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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oriental Palace Tomas Morato

I was invited last Friday to dine at the newly-opened Chinese restaurant along Tomas Morato named Oriental Palace. It was very special dinner because it was my first meet-up with Didi, the blogger behind one of the blogs I enjoy reading. :)

Ground Floor Function Area

Spacious seems an understatement in describing how huge Oriental Palace is. 

Opened last November 2014, Oriental Palace is an authentic Chinese restaurant that can cater to all types of occasions.

Second Floor Function Area
Shabu-Shabu Area

I was impressed with the collapsible walls so they can adjust the function rooms according to the needs of the client. Brilliant move! 

Oriental Palace has 3 Hong Kong chefs to ensure that their food is as authentic as possible. 

While waiting for our food, we were served Mango-Kiwi Smoothie. 

Mango Kiwi Smoothie

I haven't tried this combination before and it was delicious! I must have this again soon. :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Comfort Food: Pares Mami House in Katipunan

It was a fun-filled day: a food event in Makati, a drinking sesh in Ortigas and a short stop to a "not so" food festival in Quezon City. Not sure where to go next, the boys decided to drive us to Katipunan to have something closer to home: Beef Pares. 

Pares Mami House, located along Xavierville Avenue, is one of those places you go to for no-frills food at pocket-friendly prices. 

It was almost midnight, at to keep our tummies warm (and happy), we each ordered a serving of beef pares, a cup of rice, with hot broth and a bottle of softdrinks. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Maesa Elephant Camp, Chiang Mai [Day 5]

Our last day in Chiang Mai started early for our first stop of the day: Maesa Elephant Camp. We booked a half-day tour via our guesthouse for this adventure. 

I booked for an elephant show and elephant ride while my friend skipped the elephant ride (he has tried it in Indonesia, where he went a month before our trip). 

We were picked up from our guesthouse by the tour guide who was also our driver. 

Maesa Elephant Camp is around 30km away from Chiang Mai City Proper. We didn't eat breakfast because of the early pick-up but we're glad that there's a small restaurant near the gate, serving affordable rice meals. 

breakfast for 50 Baht (Php 68)

Our arrival was just in time for the elephant ride. I was quickly ushered by our tour guide to line up. I was expecting to be riding with a stranger, but realized I'm taking the elephant ride alone. YAY!!! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marikina Food Trip: Crazy Chicken

Our second stop for our Marikina food trip was Crazy Chicken, located along Lilac Street. 

I eat chicken almost everyday, but we still went on to try this place because of one flavor I haven't tried before: the Black Listed or the chocolate-coated chicken. 

Crazy Chicken has 6 flavors: Korean Spice, Original Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Soy Garlic, Lemon Pepper and Black Listed. 

We settled with Wings Solo (4pcs, Php 109) and Drumsticks Solo (2 pcs, Php 109). Other serving sizes available are Duo (8 pcs of Wings or 4 pcs of Drumsticks for Php 213) and Family (16 pcs of Wings or 8 pcs of Drumsticks for Php 428).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Giveaway: Made in Candy!

Let's make this Christmas a little sweeter with a lovely giveaway from Made in Candy! :)

I will be giving away 2 Made in Candy jars (Jar of Everything) each to 10 winners! 

Christmas rocks

Kindly read the guidelines before joining.

1. This giveaway runs from December 9 to 21, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Euro Diner & Bar, Chiang Mai

After our day trip to Chiang Rai, we were tired and extremely hungry from the long drive back to Chiang Mai. Still, we managed to walk around the city center to look for a decent resto to eat. Either than or McDonald's (which is quite near our guesthouse, btw).

We found this resto, Euro Diner & Bar, located along Ratvithi Road. My friend might craving for Western food, after all. 

Turns out both of us wanted to stick to Thai food, which was also on the menu. 

Coconut Shake

We both requested to have Coconut Shake, and we were served the cold drink with this lovely orchid. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Marikina Food Trip: The Snack Shack

Have you experienced the extreme lust to try out a restaurant and find that it's closed? It feels like heartbreak.

That's how I felt when I tried to visit The Snack Shack in UP Diliman a few months back. Imagine my delight when I found out that they opened a branch nearer to me. So when we planned to have a food trip in Marikina, including this place in the itinerary was non-negotiable. Because I said so. 

This small burger joint wasn't difficult to spot. It was only a few meters away from OLOPSC, a school in Marikina. 

The smell of burger patties was so enticing you wouldn't have second thoughts on which food to order. 

With a pretty straightforward menu, we all chose to have a Quarter-Pounder with Chiz (Php 70). The burger takes a while to cook, but it was really worth it. 

Quarter Pounder with Chiz

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