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Monday, November 6, 2017

Shake Shack...Finally!


Since I have shared my In-N-Out experience, I think writing about Shake Shack would be  appropriate since the two burger chains have always been compared with each other. 

To be honest, I don't understand the comparison. In-N-Out is a regional brand with locations mostly within the west coast, while Shake Shack is an international brand with locations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. While In-N-Out is a fast casual restaurant, Shake Shack falls to a more upscale category. 

Photo by: burgerdays.com

My friend and I visited Shake Shake in F Street in Washington, DC for our early dinner. The restaurant was almost full but we were able to get tables right away.  

I got myself a single Shackburger ($5.55), with Cheese Fries ($3.99). Shackburger is Shake Shack's Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce and Cheese Fries is the famous Crinkle-Cut Fries topped with cheese sauce.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Seven Corners at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria



It has been a long time since I visited and shared about a hotel buffet dining experience, so forgive me for sharing this quite late. 

Seven Corners Buffet Restaurant is Crowne Plaza Manila's most popular restaurant. It offers continental cuisine with seven interactive stations, hence the name. I have enjoyed the hotel's Chinese restaurant, Xin Tian Di, a few years ago and I was expecting the same thing for Seven Corners.



The spread is mostly Western, one of the main stations of the buffet restaurant. 



SUSHI!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Datu Puti Takes Adobo to the Next Level with the new Adobo Series!


There is no doubt that adobo is at the top of the list when you think of Filipino food. In fact, the Adobo Movement was launched two years ago pushing Adobo to become our national dish. 

In celebration of Adobo, there was an event last year when 14 finalists presented their own version of adobo. 

Adobo is a dish where each region in the Philippines has its own version. And I myself am excited to try what each region has to offer. 



Datu Puti Adobo Series is an array of perfectly blended adobo sauces that allows you to whip up a variety of regional adobo dishes for family and friends to enjoy: from the sweet Humba of Bisaya and Pininyahan of Luzon to the fiery-hot Spicy Adobo and to the delectably creamy Adobo sa Gata of Bicol.

Cooking your favorite adobo dish has never been easier with Datu Puti Adobo Series. Just simmer in a pan your preferred meat with a cup of water and your chosen Datu Puti Adobo Series sauce. Each pack is good for 1 kilogram of meat and can serve four to five people.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bay Area Eats: In-N-Out!

When I was planning my trip to Bay Area in California, I only had two places I needed to go to, no matter what it takes.

Those are:


The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

AND



IN-N-OUT!

In-N-Out Burger is a fastfood chain in the US with locations in the west coast, and a few branches in Texas. I really didn't know what the fuss is about, so I did a little research. 

In-N-Out is a fully family-owned restaurant, which means that all locations are owned by the company, with no franchises until now. In-N-Out is also known for its "secret menu", which can be found on their website. Another thing that In-N-Out is known for is its food quality. I actually saw potatoes being peeled in the store to be made into fries.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home Cooking 101: Slow Cooker Oxtail Kare-Kare


Having a slow cooker is a game changer for me. I was never keen on using the pressure cooker for safety purposes (among other things), but I didn't have to worry about these things with my slow cooker. 

I use the slow cooker for beef stew, nilagang baka and even chicken adobo (so I wouldn't have to shred the chicken to flakes. LOL). I have recently made my all-time favorite Filipino dish: Kare-Kare. Note that I did not use any recipe mixes for this so all the ingredients are estimated.



Ingredients:

1.5 to 2 lbs (around 1 kg) Oxtail
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1 onion, sliced
32 oz beef broth
2 to 3 stalks bok choy or pechay
1/2 to 1 cup green beans or sitaw
1/2 eggplant, sliced
annatto powder, diluted in water
cornstarch, diluted in water
water
oil
Bagoong or shrimp paste

Thursday, August 3, 2017

BadWolf Public House: Not Just for the Beer Drinkers


Another place in Old Town Manassas that we love visiting over and over is the newly-opened BadWolf Public House. This place is our go-to spot for dinner most of the time because it's open until late night. 

BadWolf Public House by the same owners as Bad Wolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grille, so if you love beer, this is the place you should visit. But more than the beer, this restaurant serves food from brunch to dinner. 

For appetizers, we have tried the Poutine ($10) and the Mediterranean Board ($9).

Poutine
Mediterranean Board 

Poutine is hand cut fries with cheddar cheese curds and beef gravy, while the Mediterranean Board is homemade hummus served with marinated olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and warm naan. I'm partial to Poutine since I'm a fries junkie, however, the Mediterranean Board isn't bad either. I'd just rather go to Katerina's for hummus. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bay Area Eats: Cupertino

Apologies for the lack of posts the past few months. Trying my best to get back to blogging. Will
be posting an alternate of backlogs and recent experience more often. I promise!

This took a while, but I cannot not share the area in the US the I liked most (so far): Bay Area in California. :)

Here are the awesome places we have tried and enjoyed during our stay in Cupertino area. I tried my best to remember all the names of the dishes, but my memory failed me. Sorry. :p

1. Parkview Kitchen and Spirits

Located inside Juniper Hotel Cupertino, Parkview Kitchen & Spirits serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, to dinner. This place is also perfect for happy hours. 

We ordered Joe's Special ($15), a salad and a soup for brunch. 

Joe's Special


Joe's Special has ground chuck, baby spinach, cheddar, and onions, served with Parmesan bread and toasted Juniper butter. The food and service were amazing, but it's somewhere you'd want to go if you want to spend a bit more. 

2. Aqui 

Aqui is a California Mexican restaurant that serves delicious Mexican-inspired dishes and industrial strength margaritas.

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