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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Zomato's First Quiz Night at 121 Bonifacio Stopover

Here's a secret: I'm a huge nerd. I love reading books and I spend an insurmountable amount of time reading through Wikipedia of whatever comes to mind. That is why I was extremely ecstatic to be invited to the first ever Quiz Night by Zomato.

The first ever Zomato Quiz Night was held at 121 Restaurant at Bonifacio Stopover. Unknown to many, 121 Restaurant is the first restobar that organized quiz nights. This concept has since been replicated by other spots around the metro.

My fellow Zomato foodies and I were divided into teams and were served drinks and dishes by 121 Restaurant while playing. The game has 8 rounds, with certain advantages that we can use every few rounds like steal and double points. The topic for the evening's game is all about FOOD!

On the first few rounds, we shared a bowl of 121 Scandal (Php 199 per glass, Php 799 per bowl) and Lumpiang Shanghai (Php 199 for solo, Php 759 for barkada size).

121 Scandal
Lumpiang Shanghai
The 121 Scandal is a mix of rum, Sprite, mint, lemon and lime. It is a smooth cocktail drink you can enjoy throughout the evening. I love the bite-sized Lumpiang Shanghai served with a simple sweet and sour sauce. It's a perfect pair to 121 Scandal.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A ‘Furiously’ Fun Summer with McDonald’s Angry Birds Desserts!

Are you an Angry Birds fan? Get ready because the incredibly popular video game franchise is coming to life in McDonald's!

Starting April 25, customers can have a unique summer experience as McDonald’s unleashes the new Angry Bird Desserts. With the upcoming Angry Birds Movie just around the corner, McDonald’s is giving customers the chance to enjoy new, limited-time offers that are inspired by major characters in the Angry Birds franchise. 

Red's Cotton Candy McFlurry

Three furiously fun treats are up for grabs to satisfy one’s sweet cravings and keep cool during the bright and sunny season. 

For those who love McFlurry, enjoy these two new flavors this summer. Go cuckoo with Red’s Cotton Candy McFlurry — creamy vanilla soft serve ice cream drizzled with Cotton Candy flavored syrup and sprinkled with crunchy wafer bits. The classic McFlurry with Oreo gets another spin with Piggies’ Oreo Matcha McFlurry — a delightfully fun vanilla soft serve sprinkled with crushed Oreo and mixed with creamy Matcha Green Tea-flavored bits.  

Piggies' Oreo Matcha McFlurry

To make this season more delightful, McDonald's is also introducing the new Mini McFlurry which customers can get exclusively in Dessert Centers. This is available in three variants, namely McFlurry with Oreo, and the two new Angry Birds McFlurry flavors. 

Bomb's Black Sesame McDip

Fans of the McDip are also in for a new treat in the form of Bomb’s Black Sesame McDip. With its velvety Black Sesame-flavored coating on luscious vanilla soft serve, customers will keep coming back for more. 

McDonald’s Angry Birds Desserts are available for a limited time only in all McDonald's stores and Dessert Centers nationwide.
Lovin’ the new desserts? Share your furiously fun Angry Birds Desserts moments on McDonald’s Facebook page, or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram. 

This is a Press Release

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Italian and Spanish Fare at Toni & Sergio in Venice Canal Mall

From the people who brought us Parmigiano is a new restaurant that serves not only authentic Italian food, but also Spanish favorites: meet Toni & Sergio. 

Toni & Sergio is named after two Italian brothers Toni and Sergio Iapino. Toni owns a few restaurants and pubs in Italy while Sergio is a well-known TV director in Italy, Spain and Argentina. This restaurant is inspired by the brothers' passion for Italian and Spanish cuisine. 

We were served both Italian and Spanish dishes to try. 

For starters, we had T&S Chicken Wings (Php 285) along with Italian Sodas - I got Green Apple (Php 150) while my friend chose Blueberry Pomegranate (Php 150).

T&S Chicken Wings
Blueberry Pomegranate and Green Apple Italian Sodas

Monday, April 25, 2016

StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park Eats!

My cousin and I recently went to the most popular food markets in the metro: StrEat, located in one of the main foodie destinations in Manila: Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. 

StrEat Maginhawa Food Park has both food trucks and food stalls to satisfy your cravings with just about anything. 

Good thing we arrived early because the place gets packed really quickly, especially at night. Here are the few things we had during our visit to StrEat:

1. Great Burgers

This cute little red truck caught my attention, so I ordered their Original Burger (Php 160), topped with cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. 

Original Burger

The patty is thick and juicy, and though the toppings were not as premium, it was well-presented and good enough for the price. 

2. Schmidt's Hotdogs

I have always loved Schmidt's Hotdogs and I was so happy to see their food truck at StrEat. I got my favorite, the Wagamama (Php 130).


Saturday, April 23, 2016

24/7 Filipino Comfort Food at Maria's

One quiet weekend, my foodie friends and I went to Maria's for lunch.

Maria's caters to everyone: families come here during the day while office workers come here at night. 

Aside from convenience stores and fast food chains, there isn't a lot of 24/7 restaurants in Ortigas Business District so when I saw Maria's open in the my neighborhood, I was excited to try it.

For appetizers, we ordered Salted Egg Ensalada (Php 130) and Crispy Beef Lumpia (Php 190).

Salted Egg Ensalada
Crispy Beef Lumpia

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Buffalo Swing Cafe in Pasig City

Since I moved to Ortigas, it has been more convenient for me to dine at restaurants around my area. However, the search for amazing hole-in-the-wall restaurants is an interest that is always with me, wherever I am. 

One weekend, I had lunch with my friends at Buffalo Swing Cafe, a small restaurant located along Dr. Sixto Avenue in Pasig. 

Buffalo Swing Cafe started as the homebase of one of the most popular buffalo wings resto in the metro, Red Buffalo Wings & Pizza (located in Eastwood and Gilmore). The spot was renamed to Buffalo Swing to separate itself to Red Buffalo's concept. 

Buffalo Swing Cafe shares space with Ingrid's Sweet Haven, a patisserie and baking supplies shop 

We have tried a few of their chicken wings and other dishes that they offer.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Calle Preciousa Seafood Dampa Palutuan

I have fond memories of eating at a dampa. Though I seldom eat there, I remember having to choose the fresh seafood to eat and requesting the chef to have it cook the way I like it. For the unfamiliar, Dampa is what people commonly call restaurants with a seafood market and a kitchen where you can request how you want your seafood to be cooked: grilled, fried, with sauces, baked, etc. 

I was excited to try this newly-opened dampa located in the middle of Pasig City named Calle Preciousa

Calle Preciousa is not exactly new to the dampa business, as it used to be named Sophia's Villa Seafood Dampa Palutuan and formerly located along Capt. Javier in Oranbo Pasig City. A change in location inspired them to change to name to complement the Vigan-inspired interiors of the place. 

You may opt to dine in the open air indoor area or in one of the nipa huts in the garden. We were comfortably seated in one of the nipa huts for our dinner. 

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