Thursday, February 28, 2013

 What's up doc?! How are you today? Are there any happenings today in your life? How about someone special's life? Or maybe, one of your friends or family members is celebrating a once in a lifetime event and you're gonna missed it. Sad but true, this thing happens in most of us, especially if you are in a place away from your home. 

So here's a good news! Max's introduced the Max's Online Delivery. So now, you don't have any reasons not to be with your loved ones during special ocassions. Even though that you physically absent, I know for sure that they will feel your presence during special occasions through the Max's Salo-Salo Kahit Malayo

How? Please do watch the video below: 

Yes, that thing is genuine from reality and even me already experience that, too! So lemme share a story. We are a family of 6, having 2 brothers and 1 lil'sister is quite big family but we're so lucky that our parents works so hard to sent us to school and finished our studies. As we grow older and got employed, we got a better life as days passed by. My brothers worked as an OFW (the eldest brother is working in Australia while the 2nd brother worked in Japan) to sustain our living and fulfill their dreams. Quite hard because they will be working away from us. 

My 2nd brother who's married and has an almost one month old baby before he left the country had already missed the once in a lifetime happenings of his baby. And as a sibling, I can feel how much he feel sorry for his baby for being absent on those moments. 1st word. 1st tooth. 1st birthday. And. The List. Goes. On. Moments that even he wanted to be physically present he can't do anything but to work and secure his family's future - away from home. 

My second story is about my father. My father is living away from us. When my brother bought a lot in Palawan, my Dad decided to go there and back to basic. As an individual that has been raised in a province, he's thinking of going back to what a normal life has been to him - like planting, raising animals and the likes - wherein he has to live on a place with a fresh air, foods are within reach and living the simple life that he used to know. It's been a year that we already missed his Birthdays, celebrating Christmas and New Year without him because he doesn't want to go back here in Manila and that time schedule did not permit us to go there. And now, I'm already missing him. 

What I do during those special days of my dad? I just send him money and I'll call and tell him that those money is for him to buy his favorite food - Bulalo and Kare-kare. Yeah, small things that could make him happy. 

Meanwhile, I am happy to know that finally, there's a Max's Online Delivery that would deliver your loved ones' favorite dish, which is available everyday from 8am-8pm (Max's Store Hours), on his doorstep. Can't wait to surprise my dad with Bulalo and Kare-Kare on my birthday (March 15, save the date!)! Atleast, even though that he is not here in Manila, I could now possibly share my handa and of course his favorites anytime. 

Thank You Max's Restaurant for this another heartwarming innovation! (" ,)


A day after Heart’s Day, my blogger friends and I, had a post-valentines’ date which I’d rather dubbed as “An afternoon food trip at Oriang by Café de Bonifacio.” Oriang is located at the Fiesta Market, Market Market, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig – just in front of the bus and jeep terminal. After office at 3pm, it was freaking hot afternoon, I conquered the traffic jam along Ayala Avenue because I know every sweat that I’ll be having on my way going to the restaurant is worthy. Well, you can also judge if it is really worthy enough as you continue reading my post about Oriang by Café de Bonifacio. (“ ,)
Oriang by Café de Bonifacio 
From Café de Bonifacio (named after Andres Bonifacio) which has sumptuous and unique Filipino dishes, they came out with Oriang (named after Andress Bonifacio wife - Gregoria de Jesus, and since Filipinos love to pet names, Andres’s wifey was also known as Aling Oriang, thus, there is “Oriang by Café de Bonifacio”) which is also catered unique dishes from all over the Philippines and offered at much more affordable prices. So, pleasurable eating could not be costly. 

The cool, bright and vivid ambiance of Oriang by Café de Bonifacio welcomes its customer with a great smile from their staff and dainty atmosphere. Well, it’s obvious I really liked (I guess it’s loved!) the place. It is serene place that offers all-time favourite foods but with a modern vibe.
Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

Hmmm... Can you spot my favourite drink on the liquor bar counter? Ha-ha. Oriang is also good for barkadas who wanted to chillax by having a bottle or two of beer after a delightful meal. And for those who just wanted to eat like us, the place is perfect enough for your cravings. I know, as I travelled around the Philippines, I’ve been on the lookout of the special delicacies a certain place is known for – like Vigan for their Longganisang Vigan, Cavite (Tagaytay) for their hot Bulalo soup, and the likes – and Oriang has it all. They’re like a one-stop/convenience resto that would offer anything you need.

Meanwhile, here are the foods we’ve shared during our “An Afternoon Food Trip at Oriang by Café de Bonifacio."

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

I ordered this calamansi juice with a twist and since it was my first time to hear the name Calamansi Juice with Chinese Dried Plum (P75). When the waiter handed me my order, I uttered that it was like margarita because of the salt scattered on top of the glass. The taste was good and refreshing!

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

Eat-outs or family gathering wouldn’t be complete without prawns. Thus, Chili Garlic Butter Prawns (P395) is a must! However, because I came late, what’s left for me was only 1. L I love how the prawn was perfectly cooked. The prawn’s skin can be easily shredded out to its meat (which most of the time, I’m having a hard time), from there you’ll know that it was cooked well. How I wish, I came early, lessons learned (sometimes best things are not being saved for last)! *wink*

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio 
We also had the Oriang Super Fried Rice (P215). Sautéed in taba ng talangka, garlic and topped with grilled liempo strips and the well-known Vigan Longganisa that I referred as Kanin palang, Ulam na!  Well, if I’ll be on a tight budget I’ll surely order this dish, you might be poor but still you can have a richer food. The liempo was evenly cooked in an old-fashioned way, on which, you can even smell and taste that it was cooked under the heat of charcoal. The liempo really does complement the savoury taste of the Oriang Super Fried Rice. By the way, it is also good for sharing. It’s a must!

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio 
Nilagang Bulalo (P325). I couldn’t imagine that they will offer a very tender beef that would separate itself to the bones all by itself. Yeah, sounds exaggerating but it really do. Ha-ha. I highly recommend this, so whenever you are I craving for bulalo, go to Oriang!

Hep, hep, hep. We are not yet over! J We still have fish and vegetables to finish! I’m already full but looking at these yummy creations preserves my cravings. Ha-ha.

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

To balance our pig-out session, we had Crispy Hito (P265). What’s good about it is that, the fish was cooked deep fried perfectly. It was crunchy and yet the softness of the fish meat was preserved.

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

And by the way, you can also make your own sauce. So, flavourful meals could be more succulent when you add some bits of seasonings and spices.

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio

Furthermore, they also offer Pinakbet with Liempo and Chicharon (P165). I love vegies and so as pinakbet but having slimy Okra in it is disappointing for me. Good thing, Oriang has the best-ever pinakbet that I had so far. The vegies were not overcooked! Must-try!

And last but not the least, desssssseeeerts! We just have to take a rest for a while and here we go again! Who can’t say NO to these yummy goodness?!

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio
 Coffee Leche Flan (P70)

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio
 Mango Roti Latik (P85)

Oriang by Café de BonifacioTuron de Gregoria (P85)

These are the mouth-watering desserts that we feasted on. Filipino desserts with a twist, creamy and appetizing! 

Oriang by Café de Bonifacio soon will be the new venue for every barkada meet-up session, family bonding and to have sweet and sumptuous eat-outs with your loved ones. Food serves are fresh and cooked at its finest; spending your hard-earned money in luscious eating is now possibly worth it!

Have a Great Day!

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Oriang by Café de Bonifacio 
Operating Hours:
Sundays to Thursday – 11:00am to 12:00nn
Fridays to Saturdays – 11:00am to 1:00am

Fiesta Market, Market Market
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Facebook: Oriang by Café de Bonifacio 
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dining at Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina
Dining at Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina
Dining at Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina
Dining at Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina

Since I met P, I started eating at a Chinese cuisine restaurant once in a while (hmmm… once a week?), from the oldest existing restaurant to the new one. Maybe, he, having a family that loves to eat in a Chinese restaurant, just wanted me to try where they usually eat-out.

Furthermore, Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina which is also has a branch in Chino Roces, Makati City (where we ate) is considered as one of the oldest among the restaurant that offers Chinese cuisines. The first branch which is located at Binondo, Manila was started in 1963 by Mr. Lido and through nostalgic cravings for “pugon roasted asado,” which was invented from prehistoric Chinese pork roast recipe that uses an old-fashioned brick oven, it made it to be famous that the generation of today can still savour the same taste, a 70 years old secret recipe.

Meanwhile, from the photos above, these are the foods that we’ve ordered:

(1) Drunken Lechon Macau (P257). Dipped in finest wines and special spices, this 60-hour cured pork belly is a must-try! This one is also an all-time favourite aside from the well-known pugon roasted asado.

(2) Steamed Fish Fillet Soy Sauce (P255). So flavorful fish fillet, the soy sauce has special spices that made the dish extra special and sumptuous. It is perfectly suited for the Lenten Season, too. ^_^ 

(3) Brocolli with … (arghhhh… I forgot the name and exact price but it ranges from P150-P200). The taste was good, it was like vegies sautéed on a spices. 

(4) Lido Fried Rice (P65 / P205 (good for 3-4 persons)).  And to complement the entire dish above, Lido Fried Rice will definitely do. Moreover, Lido Fried Rice alone could probably make your dining well and fills your empty tummy and of course, satisfaction comes with a burp that would surely burst out afterwards.

So, if you’re looking for an old-fashioned cooked dish then Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina is definitely one of the finest restaurants that offer succulent and time-tested Chinese cuisines.

P.S. Keep the love alive and kicking. Sending all the love and kisses for all of you.
Happy Valentines Day!  

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Panciteria LIDO Cocina Tsina
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday – 8:00am to 10:00pm

Pasong Tamo, Ground Level, Marvin Plaza
Don Chino Roces Ave. (formerly Pasong Tamo) corner V. A. Rufino St.
Makati City

Phone No.: +632 811 5436
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dining experience soon at ♥
Stay tuned! (" ,)


Monday, February 11, 2013

Blueberry Cheesecake, Figaro, Cheesecake, Dessert, Comfort Food

I apologize for the hiatus, it’s been a busy days these past few weeks – work, personal travel, planning (business), love life, meeting friends and the bucket list goes on – that I wasn’t able to post lengthy blog post. I won’t promise anything but I’ll try to catch up on everything especially on my food related escapade.

Meanwhile, some of you know that my love when it comes to cheesecake is inevitable. Any flavours would do, as long as it is a cheesecake. And lately, I got myself a new flavour to be addicted on, the blueberry cheesecake of Figaro. It was like a comfort food to me, a treat to relax my nerve-wracking mind and soul due to hectic work schedule and errands that needs to be done before it hits the deadline.
So, if you wanted some extra scoop of sugar to keep you moving and kicking, a daily dose of Blueberry Cheesecake would do. By the way, if I’m not mistaken it is sold for only P135.

Happy Monday! (“ ,)