Friday, December 30, 2011


On the last working day of year 2011, me and my officemates decided to have a hefty breakfast at Larry's in Serendra.  They had spent breakfast on the 26th there and I was told that the meals are superb.  So, we all decided to go back (well, as for me, my first visit) to end the year with something delish.  Each breakfast plate is good to fill a real hungry stomach which they serve 'til 10:30.  You can even dine before breakfast serving closes so it becomes your "brunch."  Here's what I've got:

Cebu Danggit
First, I must say that the garnishing is really great.  It's a refreshing match with the dried crispy danggit.  Tasting it from the saucer, I'd say the tomato and white onion has a semi-sweet and sour vinegar dashed with ground pepper.  The whole combination of garlic rice, danggit and sunny side up egg is totally comforting, very homey and hearty.  I actually emptied my plate in no time! :)

Next time I dine, I'd try the Hefty Platter - a sampler of corned beef, tocino and longganisa.  Yum!

Mangia! Mangia!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

REVIEW | Spaghetti at Domino's Pizza

Right after a client meeting, I went down from the building and looked for something to eat for my late lunch. Since I was really hungry, I decided to take a pasta from Domino's. I was expecting a hefty serving since it's pricey (about 100 pesos) but the serving was in a small foil tray - microwaved! It means, it's already pre-cooked. But since I'm already starving, I have to eat even if I was thinking of the pasta in Sbarro or in Trattoria Sicily Restaurant in Robinson's Place Manila where the price is almost the same: 100-120 pesos and above. While I take each mouthful, I was already comparing it with my two favorite pasta places and somehow, I regret that I ate pasta here. I remember eating pizza at Domino's and I thought it was good. And since it was good, I was kinda expecting that the pasta, too, will be as delicious. But, well yeah, I should have ordered the pizza next time. No pasta from Domino's :)

Mangia, mangia!

Bella Donna

Saturday, January 8, 2011

SHAWARMA SNACK CENTER: Authentic Mediterranean Cuisine

On Thursday night, I met a friend of mine at Robinson's Place Manila. It was a cold night and I've been starting to chill (again). She asked me if we could check out the shawarma place across Adriatico street. I was wondering if it's still there because when me and Jacob of Jacob's Shawarma checked the place, we didn't find it. And so I thought it was gone. But it was my mistake. We didn't walk further ahead. And when me and my friend did, we've seen the smoke coming out from the grill of kebab sticks. It was awesome!

So ordered for our food. What's on the tab?
- Beryani Chicken Rice
- Extra Beryani Rice
- Kebab
- Salad
- Extra Pita Bread
- one Coke in can

And we started with this:

SSC Bean Soup

Bean Soup in curry and cumin. I'm not really a fan of curry and I don't eat curry! Not ever! But when I tasted this soup, it was so good. At first I thought it was potato soup, but it wasn't. The consistency was different from potato. And since I was chilling, I think this soup gave me some healing effect while we were eating.

The green salad consists of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, parsley and with a dash of some other herbs and lemongrass. With lime or calamansi on the side, you can spread this over a piece of pita bread, put in some of chili and garlic-mayo sauce, roll it and yum yum! you won't understand the next word I say. :)

One order of Chicken Beryani Rice is meant for sharing: Half chicken and beryani rice. the rice has turmeric and cumin too and somehow a bit curry-ish but it was ok with me. The chicken is tender and juicy and there isn't a trace of blood in the meat. My friend said because the procedure of preparing the food is Halal.

The kebab is also tender. You can taste the flavors bursting in your mouth.

All of these, you think are just too much for the three of us. We were fed well that night and WITHOUT THE GUILT! You won't even feel bloated after eating these delightful cuisines. It's like visiting Persia or some mid-eastern country. And it wasn't really bad, in fact their food is good! The place is packed with people night after night. And as far as I can remember, this place is in and around Malate when I first worked here in year 2000. And it's still standing, in fact expanding! The the former seafood restaurant infront of the original snackhouse was renovated to a three-story Shawarma Snack Center seafood restaurant with free wi-fi access!

So if you're in Malate, whether craving for an authentic mediterranean cuisine, or just want to try something out of the ordinary, you should not miss Shawarma Snack Center. When you're in Robinson's just exit to Adriatico side, look out for Salas street and walk straight ahead until you reach the restaurant.

Mangia! Mangia!



Friday, January 7, 2011


I have been like this since afternoon of January 2. What a healthy way to start new year, eh? I've been blaming my period for my chilling attacks, feverish eyes, palms of my hands and my soles. It's been in and out, in and out and I'm starting to suspect, this might be something else. Maybe the weather or maybe a possible infection. I don't know. What I know is that I don't want to be staying in my room all alone. It's so sad to be alone and sick. So I just decided to go to work and bring this take-away food for breakfast:

Longsilog = Longganisa, Sinangag at Itlog
English Translation = Filipino sausage, fried rice and fried egg
I also have with me banana and ponkan just to boost up my morning. I am really really feeling tired because of muscle pain all over and this feverish-and-chilling feeling attacking me all at the same time. I'll try to get over it with my favorite meal of the day: BREAKFAST.

Mangia, Mangia!