Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weekend Eating: Tagaytay Foodtripping and Heat Buffet

This weekend was spent with LOTS OF EATING!!! So you can conclude that I am very happy as I write this entry =)

Last Saturday was spent in an all-girls retreat to Tagaytay! The last time I have been to a retreat was way back in high school, and so I asked my dear darling BF if I could go and join the girls....he of course understood (thank you sooo much!).

The day started bright and early...meeting time was at 6am at Krispy Kreme Greenhills. My two girlfriends and I thought oh "matagl na intayan pa yan" because we were all 40 girls participating in the event. When we arrived at Kirspy Kreme, we saw our group leader and other member and no other people there...we go "let's have coffee first" wala pa naman yun others. Only when our leader informed us that every team car has already left, that we felt a teensy need to rush. She told us that we will just drive through krispy kreme to get the doughnuts provided by the we go YAY! Our leader gave our ticket to the drive through and the server handed her A BOX and a bag of doughnuts, bottles of mineral water and an envelope. As we passed out water and doughnuts around, we opened the envelope and inside were golden tickets with instructions and riddles leading us to our BREAKFAST DESTINATION!!! SOOO COOL! =) We all got excited ...and then..panic!---WE HAVE TO MOVE OUR ARS*S ;p HEHEHE

Our first task was to go to Petron SLEX give out the extra doughnuts to random individuals who looks like would need some love for the day. Take a picture with them and look for a silver vios with plate number "chocolate". Rush! Rush! Rush! When we got to Petron, we accomplished our tasks and got our next envelope with our tickets and riddles to reach our destination. Solving all the riddles, we knew we had to take a pic of pineapples, a signage "JC Cares Pest Control", the "NUVALI" signage, Ming's Garden and an Angel statue!!! It was one of the most fun and energized trip going up Tagaytay! We managed to find all of them and reached or first foodie destination:


The place was lovely! Most of the other girls were already relaxing and have mugs of coffee in their hands. We were delighted by the place. It was refreshing to be there...surrounded by greens and flowers.

Breakfast Buffet was set. There were baskets of homemade wholewheat bread, served with sweet butter and pineapple jam.

The buffet comprised of eggs with a variety of things:

Smoked Salmon Eggs

Crispy Pork Adobo Flakes with Eggs

Grilled Eggplants with Eggs

There was a bowl of Garlic Rice and Pitchers of Dalandan juice to go with our breakfast as well. We had time to relax and had group sharing and reflection activities.

Moving on to our lunch destination, we went to ......


A lovely garden path led us to the dining area, and we were to have our lunch at the second floor dining area. It was lovely also...and had a very refreshing ambiance.

Lunch Buffet was served :

Fresh Garden Salad
Pumpkin Soup
Chicken Ballotine and Fish Fillet with Mango Salsa with a side of Mashed Potatoes and Veggies
Mango with Vanilla Cream
Plate of Chocnut, Flat Tops and Candies =)

After our yummy lunch, we had collage making activities, group sharing and discussions. Fun, enlightening and relaxing =)

We then set off to our final food destination...


We had sit down dinner this time, for a more intimate with our friends.

California Maki
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Seafood Pesto Pasta
Grilled Lamb Chop with Mashed Potatoes
Bagnet Pakbet
Chocolate Fondue

Our dinner was set at the second floor of the T House dining area. The Tagaytay night breeze was cool....the ambiance was lovely =)

The whole experience was indeed soothing for the mind, body and soul. Thanks to the wonderful girls I was with ^_^

I was so excited the following Sunday to be with my boyfriend and share with him the wonderful experience I had in Tagaytay =) How perfect the day was to have buffet at HEAT to go with all that story telling!

Sushis and Makis

Filipino Faves
More Japanes for us please...
Lamb with Mint Sauce, Seabass, Veggies and Breads
My Chinese Food Plate =)
Churros, Bibinka and Palitaw
Oh, all of the plates are MINE! =D Although, I did miss out my Italian plate...I managed to finish them all ah! I guess all the story telling worked up my appetite! Get food---eat--tell story---get more food---more eating---more story telling =) hahaha Shopping time at Power plant was the perfect activity after all that eating to burn some of what we ate ;P

Going home...we see this..............
^_^ A perfect weekend.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Weekend Eating...Everywhere! =)

Weekends are made for luxurious eating indeed! I generally like eating more during weekends than weekdays, for the sole purpose that I can take time to enjoy the food, without worries of the next thing in-line on the daily agenda. With that I mean, since work is somewhat light to almost non-existent on these days =)

Back track on the weekend eating that was:

Buffalo Wings & Things Re-Visit

We like the simple and reliable food that Buffalo Wings and Things have to offer. For this visit, we tried other food in the menu, which some I ended up liking more than the house specialty wings =)

Ultimate Steak Burrito Php 175.00
This was for him. It was nice and tasty, but lacked the Mexican something-something that we like in a burrito. I suspect it needed more beans =)

NY Dirty Rice ~Php 50-60.00 (please check =))
More often than not, I tend to look for rice or some form of carbs to go with fried food. The only kind of rice they serve here is DIRTY----not dirty in a filthy way, but dirty in a tasty and may I say REALLY spicy way!~Way to spicy for my heat-weak palate, but naturally--he LOVED IT! It was rice mixed with chili and salsa.

Mini Chili Cheese Burgers Php 155.00 (please check again=))
Mini burgers of chili-cheese burgers.

Fish & Fries Php 195.00
My fave here at last! Fish and fries. One of the best fish and chips in my book. I love how it is always CRISPY (note the word always---for we have had this quite a number of times already!hehehe) I love how it is always served piping hot---spicy yet delightful to my taste buds--and generous in servings! It's not the beer-battered kind..just battered and fried to a lovely golden crisp. C is for CRISPY! That's always good for me =D I likey---I crave for it as I write this paragraph.....aaaaaaaaaaahhh...*droools ;P hehehehe

Pasto Revisited

For our light selections....
Pomodoro Basilico Pasta Php 195.00
We love the light tomato sauce, freshened by chopped basil leaves...topped with a molted slice of ricotta cheese =)

Gamberetti & Asparagus-Parma Ham Pizza Php Php 255.00

On my side, lightly spicy shrimps with caramelized onions....on his side baby asparagus with parma (that was not so parma hehehe) ham. Both were delicioso!!!

And to cool down....

Crisostomo's By Chef Florable Co

Halo-Halo ni Crisostomo Php 85.00
Made of Ube, Leche Flan, Sweetened saba bananas, gulaman and Quezo. I was a bit disappointed because they were out of UBE that day =( They also served the leche flan..SEPARATELY, because they forgot to put it ON the halo-halo. The saving grace was the fact that the leche flan was absolutely delicious! Creamy, smooth with a light hint of lime to cut through the rich taste.

Milky Way
Halo-Halo Php 95.00
It was refreshing..but you just have to add tablespoons and tablespoons of sugar to it because it tasted as if the individual "halo" was not sweetened enough...or at all ;P

Buffalo Wings & Things
Aguirre St., BF Homes,
Tel# (632) 703 4867

2/F Greenhills, Theatremall
Tel# (632)722 4992/(632)722 5006

Crisostomo's by Chef Florabel Co
2/F Eastwood Mall Veranda,
Eastwood City, Libis, Q.C.
Tel# (632) 710 1693

Milky Way
Ground Level VMall,
Greenhills Shopping Center,
Greenhills San Juan
Tel# (632) 726 5541

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Classic Savory, Greenhills

Is it "Sa-y-VORY"? or "SAA-vory"? However way you opt to pronounce it, we mean only one thing, those crispy Chinese style fried chicken, which most of us (I refer to adults and young adults) have known since we were kids---hey they have been in business since 1950! hehehe

With all the new players in the "fried chicken" industry, we have definitely missed eating here and so we decided to try it's branch located at the second floor of the Greenhills Theatremal, where Dulcinea used to be (awww---I used to love having breakfast at Dulcinea...I love the churros there----where did it go? Why leave Theatremall?---let's put this in another post! hehehe) Anhyhoos, as I have mentioned, it has been years since I last had Savory is it after all these years?

We got tempted by the good for two combo meals...1/2 Savory Chicken with various combinations of their other...because we like to have a little of several dishes when we eat. Since we were not particularly hungry that time...we gave it a go!

Savory Chicken Combo C4 Php 385.00

This set meal good for two (2) persons, include: 1/2 Savory Chicken, Pancit Canton, Salt & Pepper Squid, 2 cups rice, Special Turon and Tropical cooler drinks. We pancit and squid portions were kinda small, but they did taste pretty ok =) Perhaps we can have an entire order of both next time. The chicken was delicious...just they way I remebered it, althought the gravy was a bit watered-down. The turon was awful---the saba inside were tough and dry! The coolers were sweet and refreshing.
The combo meal experience at Classic Savory was, in all, pleasant (with great consideration to the price) and can satiate 2 mildly hungry persons. We may go back for full orders of other dishes and definitely for the chicken =)

Classic Savory
2/F Greenhills Theatremall
Tel# (632) 584 2736
(0917) 6266329

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Yedang Korean Restaurant

Craving for Korean food is a regular thing for us. It is our first time to try YEDANG Korean restaurant, in Meralco avenue. We were hungry and excited! The outside windows of the resto is covered with pictures of Jangeum (start of Jewel in the Palace---one of my fave epic Korean tele-novelas btw ;P ), inside you'll find the typical Korean dining set up---table with bbq grills in the middle and exhaust pipes hanging over and an area where you sit on the floor, should you opt to.

This is what we LOVE about eating Korean cuisine.... the FREE APPETIZERS!!! =) hehehe

Sweet Spicy Dilis, garlic KangKong, Sweet Potato Marbles (we love this---it had a nice maple-ish flavor to it) , Kimchi, Sweet Candied Peanuts and spicy shrimp-cake-like thingy ( i love that! )
I mixed them up with my plain rice---yummm!!! =)

Spicy Pan Fried Squid with Vegetables Php 300.00
It's spicy but surprisingly, I could take it's heat. I just avoid scooping the sauce! hehehe This was really good. It had lots of squid and veggies, although the angle of my pic showed more of the veggies =) We were tempted to order dolsot bibimbap, but I am glad we chose to have plain rice because it helped mute the heat of the dish.

Pajeon (Seafood with Green Onion Pancake) Php 300.00
It was yummy and had that kinda Chinese Oyster-cake texture to it, which we liked =)

We were very happy and well satiated dining here. As I write this post, I am craving for Korean food...and thinking of ordering pajeon with dolsot bibimbap =) hahaha. A come back is in order!

Yedang Korean Restaurant
88 Meralco Ave.,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Tel# (02) 6361461