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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1970 Grill Yakiniku Restaurant



I met up with one of my closest friends since high school. We agreed to meet up in Tomas Morato area. Since I wasn't familiar with the area, I was excited to do a food trip in the area. After walking for quite a long time, this particular restaurant caught my attention: 1970 Grill, which I initially thought was an ordinary cafe. But it was a Korean yakiniku restaurant. :)

I haven't really been to a Korean restaurant (Sambokojin is considered Japanese-Korean). I was quite uncertain with the food since I have low tolerance for uber-spicy food. Anyhoo, I have to give this a try. :)



inside 1970 Grill

Monday, February 27, 2012

Cafe Mary Grace



I was really craving for a breakfast meal that I had to drag my friend to one of the places I haven't visited for years, Cafe Mary Grace.

I received a cake from Mary Grace for my birthday last year, that I made a mental note to visit Cafe Mary Grace soon.

Cafe Mary Grace looks like a home library cum coffee shop. It was a bit full that we were seated at the al fresco area, which I didn't mind as I was really looking forward to having a breakfast meal, and cheesecake. :)

What do I love more than the food? The quotable quotes!


Friday, February 24, 2012

FREE FB via Globe *143#


As a post-Valentine treat to all its loyal subscribers, Globe Telecom gives its prepaid and TM customers free access to Facebook via their mobile phones until March 14, 2012.

    Through m.facebook, the mobile version of www.facebook.com, Globe Prepaid and TM subscribers can browse Facebook on their handsets and easily post status and comments, add friends, upload and tag photos, and edit privacy settings wherever they are, without the need to log on to their laptops or PCs.

    Globe subscribers using any internet capable phone* can enjoy unlimited access to the world’s most favorite social networking site. With this exciting promo, everything will be a breeze for Facebook fanatics: post a status while braving the traffic, make a hilarious comment on a friend’s status, take a photo of that yummy dessert and then upload and tag your best buddy to get her envious, or change account settings to make sure profile is kept private. Capture all these special moments in an instant with the Free Facebook promo from Globe. 

The Sandwich Guy




I've included The Sandwich Guy at my post about my favorite quick eats, and recently, I'm really getting obsessed with The Sandwich Guy! :)

I spend an hour traveling from our house to the office and though I eat breakfast at home, I'm usually hungry by the time I reach the office so I grab something for a quick breakfast (part 2) and I usually buy at The Sandwich Guy.

The Sandwich Guy uses patented hexagon whole wheat breads, fresh and organic ingredients for their sandwiches. They also serve pasta, baked potatoes and salads.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Curious Tag Game


I was tagged by my fellow blogger Vallarfax to do this curious tag game. I've read it in other blogs and I'm glad Vallarfax tagged me. Thank you! :D

Dear readers, feel free to answer any of my questions by commenting below. :)

So here are the rules for the game:

- Post these rules
- Post 11 random things about yourself
- Answer the question that the tagger set for you in their post
- Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
- Go to their blog and tell them they've been tagged



Monday, February 20, 2012

All-Day Breakfast at Pancake House



Much as I hate to admit, I've only been to Pancake House recently, and it was even unintentional.

My friend and I were looking for a resto where we could eat lunch, but we weren't much in the mood for an adventure and so we settled to what we know and we love best: all-day breakfast! :) And boy, I was really craving for all-day breakfast for quite a while.

Pancake House always has this orange theme and an old diner feel, think Johnny Rockets without the dancing crew and a more yellowish hue.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bugsy's Bar and Bistro



Let me share with you another voucher success story: Bugsy's Bar and Bistro.

Bugsy's Bar and Bistro is a neighborhood bar and bistro offering American comfort food and delectable drinks at affordable prices. Bugsy's is one the restaurants I've been eyeing for quite a while that when I saw the Groupon deal, I bought vouchers right away.

The deal may be claimed from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, which was perfect for lunch. :)

The ambiance of the place looks like a classy home, with mostly dark wood interiors and a long red couch for more comfortable dining experience.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Globe Telecom's Speed Dating Event with the Philippine Volcanoes




I was invited to attend Globe Telecom's Free Mobile FB launch with the Philippine Volcanoes at Izakaya Sake Bar, Greenbelt 2, Makati City. The Philippine Rugby Union, better known as the 'Volcanoes', are Globe's Ambassadors for Bill Shock. 
 
The event was attended by more than 25 media people and women bloggers. Since there are 7 guys from the Philippine Volcanoes, the session was divided into batches and we were given 2 minutes per guy to strike a conversation and take a picture using the camera phones provided by Globe.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Poco Deli



PEx food club recently had dinner at Poco Deli, located at one of the newest food spots in the metro, Bgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig City.

Poco Deli is a small delicatessen serving traditional German sausage and other deli meats. They also serve wine and other dishes and desserts.


The place is quite homey, with simple display of racks of wine and shelves of imported beers. Instead of the usual cushioned seats, they have wooden benches for a more laid-back feel. The lights are tinted with yellow (thus all the pictures are yellowish).

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Seattle's Best Milk Tea and Valentine Cookies






I was recently invited by Seattle's Best Coffee for an afternoon delight with fellow bloggers. It was a good opportunity to try Seattle's since I was planning to do a coffee-and-cheesecake thing there (I'm quite addicted to cheesecake recently). Little did I know that I would be up for a challenge: Milk Tea!

If you've been reading this blog, you'll notice that I don't have posts about milk tea. It is because for some reasons, I don't like milk tea. There's this taste that I just don't like. I don't like pearls too, that even my taho doesn't have sago on it.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Finally!





I finally have a domain: dekaphobe.com
Teehee! It's a lot easier to remember (and faster to type too!)
Thanks to Sumi for the tip. =)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Citizen Pub and Burger Bar

Note: This establishment is already closed. 

I was again invited by OpenRice to try one of the newest hang-outs in Ortigas: Citizen Pub and Burger Bar, located at the City Golf Complex.

Citizen Pub and Burger Bar is a three-level restaurant which opened less than a year ago. It serves mostly American comfort food like pizza, grilled meat, sausages and offers imported beers and other booze, but what Citizen Pub takes pride of their Classic and Flavored Burgers.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Note: I just updated my blog roll. Kindly check if I put your blog under a wrong category, please inform me through email. Thanks! :)



"Me time" means coffee and cheesecake for me recently. As I've already tried Secret Recipe, I tried Coffee Bean this time.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf started almost a decade before Starbucks. If Starbucks is from Seattle, Coffee Bean is from California. There are several Coffee Bean branches around and outside the Metro, however, there are still have so much expansion to do to be at par with Starbucks. (My apologies if I have to compare it with Starbucks). I think this is more of a tea shop than a coffee shop, and I'm not really into tea (including milk tea).

I ordered a large Hot Cafe Latte (Php 135) and a slice of Triple Decker Cheesecake (Php 135).


Cafe Latte
 
Triple Decker Cheesecake

For the unfamiliar with those coffee terms, a cafe latte is espresso added with milk. I found the coffee mild, but maybe I'm just used to strong coffee. The Triple Decker Cheesecake are layers of coffee, oreo and Chicago cheesecake on almond cookie crust. This cheesecake is quite heavy and it's not too sweet, which I liked. It doesn't look appeticing though.

I also got a slice of Chicago cheesecake (Php 125) for take-away.

Chicago Cheesecake
 Chicago cheesecake is plain cream cheese with some lemon tartness on almond cookie crust. I love this cake! Again, it's not too sweet and I could pass my fork through it. This is quite childish but I love that it sticks to my palate.

Another thing that I love about Coffee Bean is the take-away cake box:

My cutie take away box!

It's so easy to carry the cake box, and it looks like a gift box. :)

Overall, I'd think I'll go back to Coffee Bean for another generous slice of their cheesecake.

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The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
3rd Floor Bridgeway
SM Megamall
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue,
Mandaluyong City
 

Other branches include Robinson's Galleria, Rockwell Business Center and many more

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Photo Album #07: Transformers

It's my most favorite brother's birth month! (Before you react violently: I only have ONE brother). My brother is so obsessed with Transformers, so I took photos of his robots last weekend. He owns more than enough toys (cars, trains, robots, he have it), but these robots are the only photo-friendly ones.

I can't remember the names of the Transformers. I could only remember Bumblebee so forgive me if I can't label them.



Advanced Happy Birthday Little Bro!

Monday, February 6, 2012

2012 Book Challenge: January



I did some book-hoarding lately from Fully-Booked, Powerbooks and Bookay-Ukay Pilipinas. And so I solved my life-long problem: not having any book to read. I also received books last Christmas, and that makes me a very, very, happy girl. ;)

I'm a voracious reader. My love for reading started when I was in Grade 2, when I was offered to buy an atlas (so I forced my mom to buy it for me, I still have that book with me).

This year, I'm trying to read as many books as I can. For January, I read 4 books.

Let me share with you some insights about these books:

1. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella

- The second book in the Shopaholic series, Becky Bloomwood was asked by her boyfriend, Luke, to accompany him to New York. Leaving behind a flourishing career giving financial advice on TV and accumulating more debts from buying more TV outfits, how will Becky tell Luke of her situation and how will she pay her bills?
- I was getting annoyed on how Becky buys clothes and some other items, thinking it was an investment. Reading the Shopaholic series reminds me to be more frugal and save more.

2. Diana: The Making of a Saint by Ted Harrison

- Another Diana biography (and another addition to my Diana collection, thanks to Andrew), including how some people consider Diana as an angel, a saint and even created a religion for Diana.

3. Like The Flowing River by Paulo Coelho

- A collection of thoughts and reflections based from Paulo Coelho's experiences, with anecdotes from famous people. I don't like Paulo Coelho that much but this book made me think a lot of things. I see myself re-reading it soon.

4. Pugad Baboy 18 by Pol Medina Jr


- Another addition to my Pugad Baboy collection (I currently have PB 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23). Pugad Baboy never fails in making me giggle. I'm hoping to complete this collection soon.

Hoping to share more books with you this 2012. :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Return to Secret Recipe

Note: This branch is already closed.



As I've mentioned last time I visited Secret Recipe, I'll go back to try the dessert, and so I did to have a some 'me-time' and destress a bit. 

Secret Recipe is an international lifestyle cafe chain with branches in Bangkok, Melbourne, Brunei, Shanghai and many more.

I ordered their best sellers: a slice of Marble Cheese (Php 150) and Flat White (Php 80)

Marble Cheese
Marble Cheesecake is plain cheesecake with chocolate swirls on top. This cake is quite simple (well, the slice is a bit small), but I love the uber-cheesy taste. I just don't think a slice is enough for me. 

Flat White

I also got their must-try coffee: the Flat White, which is an Americano with milk. Nothing special with their coffee, but I liked how it was presented. It goes well with the cheesecake too. 

I'm a certified dessert addict, and I'd definitely go back and to try their other eleven cheesecakes and maybe the cream cakes as well. Maybe I'll get more than a slice since I really found a slice bitin. Or maybe I'm just a cake monster, oh well. :)

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Secret Recipe
Level 2, Mega Atrium
SM Megamall
Contact Nos. 7065246, 7065243

Other branches are Robinsons Place Midtown, Shangri-la Mall and Fort Bonifacio

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello

Note: This restaurant is already closed. 



My fellow bloggers and I were invited by OpenRice to try this new Filipino restaurant in The Podium called Sa Kanto (emphasis on the 'Sa'). From the people behind Il Ponticello, Sa Kanto specializes on Filipino dishes with a twist.

The interiors of the restaurant reminds me of Old Manila. It made me forget I'm in the middle of Ortigas. The decorations are very simple, and lighting creates a comfortable ambiance. Sa Kanto also has an upstairs area for a much intimate dining experience.

Salads

Ensaladang Ampalaya
We were served Ensaladang Ampalaya (Php 145), a mix of ampalaya, tomatoes and onion. We were told that it wasn't  bitter, but didn't take the challenge: I don't eat ampalaya, sorry. :(

Starters

Gambas Chorizo
We were also served Gambas Chorizo (Php 330) as starter. The dish has sauteed tiger prawns, Spanish chorizo, chili and garlic. The spiciness is just right for me. I liked it that I think I could finish the whole dish.

Bar Chow

We were also served the following bar chows:

Dynamites
Fishballs
Isaw
We were given their bestseller, Dynamite (Php 250) and some of their yet-to-be-introduced dishes: Isaw and Fishballs. Dynamites are breaded and deep-fried chili fingers stuffed with beef and cheese. I have low tolerance for anything spicy but I was able to finish a piece of the dynamite, I liked it. :) The fishballs are served with both hot and sweet sauces. I don't usually eat isaw but I'll take Sa Kanto's Isaw anytime.

Main Entrees

We had the following beef dishes:

Crispy Tadyang
Kare-kare
We got Crispy Tadyang (Php 445), which are fried selected beef ribs. Surprisingly, the beef is sooo tender. I agree that the beef really falls off the bone. We also got Kare-kare (Php 380), roasted beef oxtail and tripe stew in peanut sauce. Kare-kare is one of my favorite dishes and it didn't disappoint me. I could taste the ground peanut in the sauce, which I really love.


Pork Binagoongan
We were also served Pork Binagoongan (Php 325), a pork belly dish sauteed in shrimp paste served on a bed of crispy eggplant. Sa Kanto did an interesting twist of using deep-fried breaded pork belly for this particular dish. This dish is a must-try if you love binagoongan. :)

Kanto Style Fried Chicken
The restaurant owner Patrick allowed us to order one particular dish and so we got Kanto-Style Fried Chicken (Php 310). I was too full by the time this was served, but my friends found it a bit bland.

Spicy Eggpplant
We were also served with Spicy Eggplant (Php 180), which is sauteed eggplant in olive oil, garlic and chili. I'm not keen on veggie dishes, I didn't try this one also.

Adobong Hito
Another delectable dish is the Adobong Hito (Php 340), which is fried crisp butterflied catfish with white adobo sauce. I like my fish simple and this one really got me. :)

I wasn't able to stay for dessert but I'll definitely go back to try those desserts and the other dishes they offer. The homey ambiance is recommended for low-key lunches and dinners. This is a place where you can really relax while enjoying the comforts of Filipino food.

Thanks for having us, Sa Kanto. 

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Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello
Ground Floor
The Podium
ADB Avenue
Mandaluyong City
Contact No.4779045
Operating Hours:
11:00AM to 10:00PM (weekdays)
10:00AM to 10:00PM (weekends)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Slammer Burgers

Note: This branch is already closed.
 

A good friend introduced me to Slammer Burgers (or Slammers) during college. During that time, their Galleria branch is just a stall in the middle of the Sports Loop, and now they have their own space. :)

Slammers has become one of go-to places whenever I'm craving for a burger.

What makes Slammers special are the mini burgers and the belgian fries. Unlike the usual burger restaurants, they serve cute but delicious 3-inch burgers. And if you're a fries junkie like me (still not doing my 2012 goal: avoid fries), Slammers has quite a variety: Belgian fries, crisscut fries, potato wedges and mash potato crispers.

Slammer Burgers Menu

I would always order Slam Meals. Slam Meals come with fries, dip and iced tea (just add Php 10 to upgrade to softdrink in can).

I ordered Slam Meal 3: 2 pcs Bacon Mushroom Melt (Php 165) while my friends ordered Slam Meal 2: 2 pcs Cheeseburger (Php 155) and a medium Belgian fries with dip (Php 55).

Cheeseburger
Slam Meal 3


Belgian Fries

I liked the carton holders of the burgers that I didn't create a mess while eating, which I always do with the regular burgers. The burgers are just right, not too dry and not too juicy.

the dips
 We got the following dips: Roasted Garlic, Barbeque and Jalapeno Cheese. The Japaleno Cheese dip wasn't that hot, the Barbeque dip is also good. However, I love the Roasted Garlic dip!

It's been years since I tasted my first Slammer Burger, and I still keep on coming back. Maybe I'll try the fish and chips next time. ;)


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Slammer Burgers
3rd Level Sports Loop
Robinson's Galleria
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue
Quezon City

Note: Other branches include SM Mall of Asia, SM City Masinag, Trinoma and many more
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