Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

May the coming year bring more blessings, more love and more peace in our hearts. From our home to yours, happy new year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gerry's Grill

The foodtrip never stops this season! And surely, we will not let this holiday season pass without tripping to a certified favorite, Gerry's Grill. It now has more branches in the Metro, right inside the mall, still with its bright and cheery interiors

A trip to Gerry's Grill means indulging in two of my favorite Filipino dishes, Inihaw na Pusit and Sisig.

Their Sisig hasn't changed. Served on a sizzling plate with calamansi on the side, bits of crunchy chicharon top this oh so sinfully delicious dish. It is so versatile that you can enjoy it as pulutan or as ulam. I think this is one of the dishes that made Gerry's grill famous.

But definitely, it wouldn't be easy for the Sisig to outshine my favorite Inihaw na Pusit! This is the only restaurant where I would enjoy this. They cook it just the way I want it... just the right bite and not tough (never rubbery), moist and not dry, really tasty and not bland. A visit to Gerry's grill is never without it for me.

We will always come back for more.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Yoshinoya's Green Tea

Stressful times like this holiday season, what better drink is there than a tall glass of iced green tea to refresh and detoxify.

And one of the better places to get one refreshing treat is at Yoshinoya. One gulp is enough to energize me back to my shopping mode. Try it.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Holidays!

My pinky girls and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy this season of love and giving with your family and friends. No other season brings this much cheer and spreads this so much love. Merry Christmas everyone!

Saturday, December 22, 2007


I have read and heard so much about Polly's chocolate cake that I decided to pass by Shell Station in Magallanes where it is sold. At first, I was thinking of getting only one slice each for Mon and me, but decided to get a whole box in the end. (P380.)

I couldn't resist taking a peek inside. And what started as a peek ended up as a total abandonment to the calling of the god of chocolates!

Chocolate cake this moist and this good is just so hard to resist! No wonder they were all raving about this at our forum. I'm glad I gave in to their raves and praises.

Still haven't decided on your Noche Buena dessert? This would be perfect.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tony Roma's

An occasion as special as a spouse's birthday deserves only the best dinner. Naturally, we tried to pick out the best dining place for this. And for this year, Tony Roma's was our pick.

We tried out their branch in Alabang Town Center. The interiors was bright and neat (pardon the fotos' very yellow cast... tried to correct it as much as I could in the post processing on my lafi but failed). I didn't want to sit in the regular table so we chose a couch table.

Since Tony Roma's is supposed to be famous for its baby back ribs, we opted to have a full slab of the Original and a Caesar's salad. While waiting for our orders, their complementary bread with spreads came. The bread was a bit too chewy, bordering on tough, and the spreads weren't exactly extraordinary. (butter and herbed cheese)...

Then came our baby back ribs... I was expecting a huge one, having heard that TR's serves one of the bests. But to my utter dismay, our one whole rack looked so frail and hapless. I couldn't help but wonder how this merits the description "good for two". I would have to admit though, that I liked the taste and flavor of TR's than Gumbo's baby back ribs, but the latter (4 of us shared it) was a whole lot bigger.

The salad was good too, and yet again, the serving was a bit smaller than we expected. (Italianni's still tops our salad favorites list.)

Finishing the whole slab was easy.

Will we come back? I'll probably finish my rounds of the different Metro dining spots before I would even consider going back for seconds.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

World Bazaar Festival

The 7th World Bazaar Festival ran for 11 days from Dec. 6 to the 16th at the World Trace Center along Roxas Boulevard. We were able to catch it on its last day today. People still lined up to see the bazaar.

The place was huge, bright and colorful. There were lots of shops of practically anything. From kitchenware, apparel, toys, books, audiovisual stuff, food... just about anything you find in your regular bazaar. Tianggeng tiangge.

Kids would have their own place in the bazaar in this Playland.

Christmas is definitely here!

There is a mini painting gallery in the back, as well as a stage, probably for a show later in the day just before the festivities close.

It was fun overall. A bit crowded and nothing really different from our Greenhills Tiangge and Ruins in BF... but fun.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Japanese Rice

I like my cooked rice soft, fluffy and sticky. It should be easy to chew and pleasurable to swallow with my food. I used to buy the Dinorado variety until I came across Japanese rice, particularly this Koshihikari variety.

The grains are shorter and stubbier than the Dinorado. Though both are sticky when cooked, the Japanese rice is still my choice. It literally just slides down the throat deliciously.

It is definitely not just for our sushis and makis. The instructions in the back requires much soaking but I cook it the traditional way. And it always comes up perfectly perfect.

I hope we could come up with rice as good as this. Afterall, we are an agricultural country.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Red Ribbon's Banana Crunch

It looks like any banana cake you see around. But when I heard that Red Ribbon's Banana Crunch is better than most, I had to try it.

It comes in two sizes, the loaf and the slice. I took home one slice, just to try. Slicing through, it still looked like any other banana cake around.

I managed to make several slices out of their little sliced pack. Munching on it surely made the big difference. It was soft and moist on the inside, with that bit of sweet crunchy top layer of caramelized sugar. It was not to sweet, not too bland. Just right for my ice cold glass of caffeinated soda. (Coke Lite shempre!) I'm pretty sure this would go just as perfectly with a hot cup of coffee as well.

I wish I had ordered the loaf pack instead of the single slice pack. Well, there is always a next time.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fruit Magic

If there is one treat I would recommend health buffs out there, it would have to be Fruit Magic.

Choose from among the various preparations on the menu. I always pick the Pure Nectars which is the plain fruit juice. Other preparations would be their shakes and their fruzions which I have yet to try.

They come in three sizes. My choice... orange with apple pure nectar.

It is fun to watch your fruits get juiced and to see your glass get filled with all that pure healthy goodness.

Other treats you find in the booth...

For me, this is the freshest and healthiest drink you can have in the mall. It is pure, no preservatives, fresh and delicious. Need i say that it is healthy? Even Suu agrees.