Good Pork Barbecue at Lola Ote

Lola Ote Grill and Restaurant is known for their iconic hanging good pork barbecues is located along 26 Sgt. Esguerra street, Diliman near popular television stations ABS-CBN channel 2 and GMA channel 7 . This restaurant is one of fastest growing hang-out place within the vicinity  .  They also have a branch at 2nd floor Robinson’s Mall in Novaliches , Quezon City .

Lola Ote- Home of the Best Barbecue

This restaurant is located at a former ancestral house built in the 1960’s and was converted into a travel and tour office for several years until it was re-adapted and renovated into a restaurant about a year ago.

 restaurant is jam-packed with customers

The restaurant proprietor is a culinary graduate with some of the recipes handed down from her grandmother  .

pork barbecue  are presented in steel skewers like kebab 

Among the iconic foods served at this restaurant and bar are its 18 inch pork barbecue , isaw and balun-balunan, chicharon bulaklak  not to mention sisig and other well-known menus. The pork barbecue , isaw and chicharon bulaklak is best dipped with vinegar .

chicharon bulaklak or chicharon bituka

sisig ala lola ote

The steel skewers had undergone several changes before coming up with the current style.

display rack showcase items brought home from travel abroad 

The restaurant had a capacity of between 80 to 120 people at any time . The two rooms were converted into function rooms with 35 to 45 people capacity each .

Lola Ote can also accept in house catering and their function rooms can be rented out for small groups .

Note and full disclosure : Please try to visit the link for prices and reservation , Prices are subject to change without prior notice . The author was just invited to be a part of the review.

Address: Courtyard Building, Sgt. Esguerra, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
Telephone Number: +639175217892 / 546-8553
Facebook: Lola Ote
Instagram: lolaote
Twitter: @lolaotebbq

Christmas Cooking Caravan by CDO and Masflex

Good News to all , There are a lot of reason to celebrate Christmas season with a big smile.

CDO company , one of the biggest food manufacturing company in the country together with MASFLEX cookware products and BrainPoint Advertising Company  in partnership with Robinson’s Mall is showcasing different recipes which can be prepared this Yuletide season .

Mall Schedule 

The cooking demonstration started last December 3 at Robinson’s Las Piñas , Robinson’s -Novaliches last December 4, Robinson’s Forum last December 10 , Robinson’s Galleria -December 17 , December 18 Robinson’s -Otis ( aka Paz Guazon ) in Paco and December at Robinson’s -Antipolo City on December 23 , 2016. Demonstration starts at around past 3:00 PM and until 5:00 PM

Chef Jhollow Ignacio with CDO Holiday Ham and CDO premium hot dogs 

The cooking demonstration starts past 3:00 PM with celebrity Chef  Jhollow Ignacio , Tawag ng Tanghalan  star Ms. Angela Hao performing some of the well-loved songs.

Ms. Angela Hao

participants at Robinson’s Galleria Ortigas -Atrium area

The place is packed with eager participants with some coming from different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

stir-fry cdo hotdog with broccoli 

There is a pre-registration process during the cooking demonstration in which participants will have a chance to win interesting gift packs courtesy of CDO premium hot dog packs and products, Masflex cookware set  ,  Doña Maria premium rice , among other stuffs.

 winner of gift pack and CDO premium hotdog

There were over a dozen in-house raffle winners ( winner of gift packs and CDO premium hotdog ) and 3 major winners of Masflex cookware products at Robinson’s Galleria .

one of the major winner of Masflex product

winner of major prize courtesy of Masflex 

The aim of the cooking demonstration is to promote new recipes from ordinary hot dogs and hams into an international recipe such as CDO premium hotdog tempura , stir-fry hotdog tempura , holiday ham kebab and holiday ham macaroni salad. I will be posting some of the interesting recipes in the site .

Chef  Jhollow Ignacio will be part of Bay Brothers Surf and Turf within Mall of Asia .

Aside from gaining additional knowledge , participants had fun and excitement during the duration of the demonstration. Until my next post ! Happy Cooking

 

 

 

Buffet Dining Experience at Zensho

Zensho Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar is located along Tomas Morato street  within Barangay South Triangle , Quezon City . The restaurant is near GMA Channel 7 and ABS-CBN channel 2 station. This restaurant specializes on authentic Japanese foods and dishes.

Eat and Drink All You Can Promo 

Sushi station

What makes Zensho different from other all-you-can-eat buffets is that it isn’t a buffet. You order your food ala carte and they serve it to you freshly prepared.

Kani Kuni salad

pork tonkatsu

Pork Tonkatsu is a deep fried pork with batter , special condiment and pickled vegetables.

photo gallery

The restaurant had a wall in which several local celebrities and politicians have dined in the place. Among the local celebrities are Mr. Dennis Trillo , Zoren Legazpi , Mariel Rodriguez , Jojo Alejar , Mr. Alvin Patrimonio , Micheal V , Raymart Santiago, Claudine Barreto , Boy Abunda , Cherry Pie Picache , Jolina Magdangal , Robin Padilla , Kris Aquino and former presidents Corazon C. Aquino and Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo among others.

*Note : A prior reservations must be observed for large groups 

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Address: Zensho Teppanyaki Restaurant and Sushi Bar
168 Tomas Morato Ave. South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 929-1069

Visit to Nayong Pilipino -Clark

Nayong Pilipino -Clark  occupies about 5 hectares of the southeastern portion of the Clark Expo (formerly Expo Filipino) within Pampanga province. This site is between 1 hour and half to 1 and 1/2 hour drive north from Quezon City in Metro Manila. The distance is approximately 91 kilometer to 92 kilometers .

Maria Sinukuan statue

Our first visit at the old- Centennial expo site was on the later part of 1998- The area is larger but the landscape is still not mature at that time .  This was built as part of the Philippine National Centennial Exposition event . Site was intended as a showpiece during the commemoration of centennial anniversary of declaration of the Philippine Independence. Nearby features an amphitheater-type tent that can seat 35,000 people.

Malakas at si Maganda

Then, we revisited the site during the time of Ms. Charito Plans around 2007 . The last one was about 3 years ago , with a group of American tourists attending a conference . This is the fourth time to visit the site. The place also had interesting pocket gardens with Philippine popular characters based on myths , legends and folklore .

Barasoain church replica – This church was erected around 1998 funded by Agencia Cooperacion Espanola Internacional 

Barasoain Church was inaugurated during the visit of then King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on February 13, 1998 , in commemoration of Philippine centennial of declaration of independence.

The theme park is divided into 15 different places .

Replica house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba, Laguna and Gen. Emilio Aguinalo house 

Heroes Plaza – named after famous Philippine heroes and that plaza had several replica houses of Philippine heroes , Emilio Aguinaldo, Dr. Jose P. Rizal and Apolinario Mabini.

Obra Maestra of Mr. Rafael Maniago  ( theme Philippine kalesa painting) 

There is also a heroes gallery , stage area and administration office is located . There is an ongoing painting exhibit of Mr. Rafael Maniago at the second floor at the Administration office. The exhibited opened to the general public last December 7 and will run until the end of the Yuletide season.

Mr. Rafael Maniago was born in an impoverish Mexico , Pampanga. He is world reknown for his paintings

numismatic exhibition

There is also an ongoing numismatic and banknote exhibition at the Emilio Aguinaldo house – The exhibit showed the history timeline of Philippine coins, banknotes and pre-hispanic era. The collection is owned by a fellow stamp and coin collector Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan

Kalinga Village 

Kalinga Village shows a typical village in Kalinga with several native huts , complete with rice terraces , stage area with wooden seats.

Orchidarium

The Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium had Philippine bred orchid hybrids named after Philippine presidents . There are also pocket gardens where one can appreciate native trees and plants.

Ifugao hut 

There are craftsmen and wood carvers from Ifugao which makes wonderful artistic wood crafts like statues , tissue holders, wooden mortal and pestle, chopping board and other items.

wood carvings

One can easily buy interesting wood carving from native tribes.

orchid hybrids mounted on drift woods

There are a couple of Philippine native orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay ),  Cymbidium finlaysonianum , Vanda lamellata and Dendrobium crumenatum ( dove or pigeon orchid ) within the grounds .

Museo sa Nayon 

Museo sa Nayon houses different textiles made by different indigenous tribes of the country .

Salangi Restaurant 

Salangi Restaurant specializes on Kapampangan dishes like adobo , menudo among others . The restaurant had a second floor , ideal with rustic views of the place.

native cottage 

Those who wanted to experience a rustic bahay kubo with modern amenities , one can rent any of the bahay kubo within the Nayong Pilipino for a minimal fee – each bahay kubo had a capacity of between 4 to 6 people .

The place is also ideal for team building , debut , wedding and special event.

Cultural Shows

cultural performers

There are daily cultural performance held at the Nayong Pilipino – one is held around past 8:00am at the lagoon area and 11:15 am to 11:45am at the Centennial plaza fronting the Barasoain Church (except monday )

cultural performer inside the teatro

There is also a daily performance of rondalla , cultural shows at the Teatro every 2:00pm

A visit to Nayong Pilipino is worthwhile not only for balikbayans , tourists but for every Filipinos .

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/NayongPilipinoOfficial/

Operational Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information :

(+63) 943-553-2414 , (+63) 906-117-9037 ,(+63) 927-287-0097 , (+63) 949-768-1893

Entrance Fees: 

General Public : Php 150 

Students and Senior Citizens :Php 120

Photography and Pre-Nuptial : Php 2,000 ( inclusive of 4 hours shoot with complimentary entrance for 5 PAX and use of holding area ) Php 300 per hour in excess – (Prices are subject to change without prior notice ) 

How to Commute 

Take any Bus to Baguio and Pangasinan with stop-over  at Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga. Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, on the other hand, have Manila-Dau route.

From Mabalacat Bus Terminal, walk towards McArthur Highway and wait for jeepneys to Main Gate Terminal. You can also take jeepneys to Angeles, get off at 1st street, and walk towards SM Clark. The Main gate terminal is just few meters before SM.

From the main gate, take route 1 jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Parkson Duty Free (Claro M Recto Highway cor. Centennial Road) then walk along Centennial Road to Clark Expo or Nayong Pilipino.

There are also occasional service shuttle from Clark Freeport Zone, Main Gate near SM City Clark- This was according to the staffs of the Nayong Pilipino .

Note : The author was invited by the new head of the Nayong Pilipino to visit the site , this is for some unsolicited advice and free consultation about the landscape, plants and orchids . I would like to thank Mr. JQ Quesada and Ms. Mich Aguilar -Ong , Sir Stephen from the Nayong Pilipino administration.

The author is not connected with the management of the theme park.

A Taste of Korean Casual Dining : Leann’s Tea House

Leann’s Tea House is a Korean restaurant that is located within two popular television stations  ABS-CBN channel 2 and GMA channel 7 . The restaurant is located within Mother Ignacia street in Diliman , Quezon City . This is a great place within a food hub of the city . The only downside is there is no ample parking space for those planning to bring big  group .

magazine reviews

The restaurant is getting popular reviews based on individual foodies and review sites .  When you enter the place , you can see a small display rack of items from Korea. The proprietors are avid Korean food lovers and had relatives from South Korea.

display rack

There is a tagline ” Korean Casual Dining ” . Where the interiors of the place looks like one had been transported on a busy restaurant in South Korea. The total sitting capacity is about 50 persons with an event place good for additional 50 persons at the third floor.

Here are some of the popular menus and appetizer meals

 Hamemul Jeon or Seafood Pancake 

Seafood Pancake had a  generous batter mixture of scallops , squid , shrimps , carrots , mung bean sprouts, beaten eggs, onion leeks leaves, chopped onions with dipping sauce. This is more fluffy and had an more crunchier taste compared to other pancake batter mixture .  Php 300 per order ( Ideal for 3 to 4 people sharing ) MUST TRY

Appetizer meal

Kimchi ( Korean fermented cabbage ) , Kong Namul ( mung bean sprouts,  julienne carrots, chopped onions and spring onion leaves), Potato Salad and Lettuce Salad.

interiors

The tables have their own grilling station and one can share their meals together with friends , barkadas or co-employees.

pork belly 

The restaurant also had an interesting mix of smoothies, ice tea ( cold or hot ) , cocktail mixture .  Popular cocktail blend includes:   Soju Margarita ( Php 160) , Soju Kamikaze (Php 150 ), Soju Srewdriver (Php 150) , Mimosa Soju (Php 160)  and Yakult Soju (Php 120)

 smoothies and ice dolong tea

Popular smoothies includes Acapulco Breeze Php 140 , Four Season Php 120 and Catalina Sunrise Php 110 per order. Ice Dolong Tea cost Php 120 .

In House Promotion 

Customers may choose from either Spicy Buchaesal or Sweet Soysauce Buchaesal. Promo period is from Dec 1-31, 2016. ( For more information about this special in-house promo, please try to visit the FB or Instagram page ) 

food reviewers together with Ms. Jiselle Chua ( Manager ) 

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Leannsteahouse/

Address : 105-R Mother Ignacia St, Diliman, Quezon City

Contact (02) 411 8902
Operations Everyday – 11:00am to 2:00pm , 6:00pm to 10:00pm
 
Note : The author was invited together with a small group of seasoned foodies and critique to give an honest rating of the restaurant and its  menus.  All photos are from the author , except the  ( promotion poster)  provided by the restaurant management .  Prices posted at the date of the review are subject to change without prior notice .