Filipino and Asian Home Style Dishes at Fely J’s Kitchen in Uptown Mall

 The group were hungry after an event at the Grand Hyatt hotel.  It was past 12:30 pm when we went to the Uptown mall within Bonifacio Global City or simply called (BCG) in Taguig.
Fely J’s Kitchen restaurant

We were craving for something Filipino and home cooked dishes. Fely J’s Kitchen is just located near the escalator of the mall. We decided to eat at the restaurant without thinking of other restaurants within the mall.

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board ( set meals for group )

Some of the bloggers/ vloggers are in such a hurry covering another event that they wanted to eat. Mommy Lariza lost no time in ordering set meals ( Set C) which we saw at the menu board.

Fely J’s Kitchen

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board

Fely J’s Kitchen is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz, mother of LJC Group founder Larry J. Cruz, features Fely J’s treasured recipes. This is the second restaurant which opened within Metro Manila, the first one was in Greenbelt 5, Makati.

interiors

The restaurant had quite a big sitting capacity ( indoor had about 100 ) while outdoor patio area had another ( 50  patio area) with total sitting capacity of about 150 at any given time.

figurines on display

The place had a homey ambiance with several old photographs of old Manila like Binondo church, treasured family photos, books and figurines are found within the restaurant.

Our group only waited for just few minutes, the first to be serve was the ice tea followed by tokwa at baboy ( fried tofu with pork, chop onions, chop banana chilies with soy sauce and vinegar).

tokwa at baboy

Tokwa at Baboy is just like the same as those cooked in other popular Filipino restaurants. They should have added bits of fresh cilantro leaves, Nothing fancy.

seafood kare-kare

crispy pata with fried garlic as toppings , atchara and soy sauce

grilled chicken inasal with soy sauce, calamansi, fresh chilies and radish

pork sinigang

One of the first dishes to be serve is the Crispy pata with atchara and dipping sauce. This is followed with white rice, pancit canton, pork and bangus sinigang, grilled chicken inasal , seafood kare-kare with bagoong and gising gising.

sinigang na bangus

gising gising

I liked all of their dishes particularly the gising-gising which had a balance of spice, sweetness ,nicely chopped kangkong stems and bits of pork meat.  However the coconut milk ( gata ) is a bit watered down for my taste.
turon with langka and ube

We also ordered fried turon with langka and ube for dessert.group photo

40th Anniversary

LJC group  of companies which also included Abe’s Farm in Pampanga, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, and Polka Dot Bakeshop to name a few celebrates their 40th anniversary.

set meal C

The staff were quite attentive, friendly,courteous when some of us, ask them for a quick group shots from our cameras.

I will surely come back to eat their other specialties, One of my friend told me that their temple crab, braised short ribs, lumpiang sariwa, lechon kawali, binagoongang baboy are worth ordering.

Address: 2nd Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City

Contact Details : 802-53-54 / 946-3676 / 0995-6539039

Operational Hours: Everyday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm,  During Friday, Saturday and Sunday-operation can be up to 12:00 midnight

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A Gastronomic Treat at the Coconut House

Coconut House , Quezon City Memorial Circle , Quezon City -Philippines

coconut house

Whenever we would go to Quezon Memorial Circle or organize a walking tour within the area. I would always recommend a unique restaurant which offers the best of Philippines regional foods . One of the country’s top export and is known for. It is no other than the Coconuts !

patio area

I think we were among the first customers who were able to dine at the restaurant way back in 2010. The restaurant used to be a coffee and pasta shop called ” Bialetti Coffee ” before 2010 . I do not know if the current Bialetti Caffe located at Matino street corner Matahimik street nearby is also the same as the one that used to be located before. But is seems to be the same business , They almost have the same business logo.

Phalaenopsis equestris

Phalaenopsis equestris – This Philippine orchid species was additional treat to those dining at the patio area. This is the traditional way on growing orchids in many parts of the country. Coconut husk is the cheapest growing media ( medium )

fried buko with buko achara ( pickled coconut) and mayonnaise

One can easily mistake this dish as fried squid ring . The coconut is coated with batter and deep fried . It is presented in a square plate with young coconut , red bell pepper and chopped onion ( achara- style )  

chicken binakol

Chicken Binakol is a delicious chicken soup dish. It is similar to Chicken Tinola, although the use of of coconut meat and coconut water makes this dish unique .

pork sinigang sa buko

Pork Sinigang sa Buko is a MUST TRY – The use of coconut water and coconut makes this dish different from the usual pork sinigang

interesting menus

The business had a nice tag-line ” Nice Things Coconuts” indicative that almost all their menus and products sold at the place have coconuts. Coconuts is known as TREE of LIFE in the Philippines and in Asia. Almost all parts of the coconut palm can be utilized for food, medicine, housing materials, furniture, beauty care products, cooking oil, laxative, potting media for orchids and plants, house hold utensils among others…….

indoor dining area

The restaurant indoor air-conditioned area can accommodate up to 80 people at any given time while the outdoor patio area ideal for al fresco dining can accommodate a further 40 to 60 people with different kinds of ice buko and buko ice cream. The indoor area is quite full when our group went there for our lunch .

Buko Pancit

The restaurant also offer Buko halal value meals like Buko Mami Php 95, Buko Palabok Php 105, Buko Pancit Php105, Buko Carbonara Php125 and Buko Spaghetti Php125 – For those planning to bring their families and friends- It is best to order the buko pancit bilao which only cost around Php 625 good for 5 to 7 people.

buko pie and buko -ube pie

This restaurant also got a Zomato review sticker and was featured several times on television shows like Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho on GMA channel 7 among others. The menus had expanded since they first opened its doors in 2010 .

buko halo-halo

A dessert after a hearty meal includes buko halo-halo, buko pandan , buko ice cream , ice buko

Note: Prices quoted are based from the recent visit by the author and may be subject to change without prior notice

Operation Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 9:00pm

Stall 29 D-4, Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila
(02) 513 0142

 

Lunch Buffet at Naks Sarap Restaurant in Talipapa, Novaliches

Naks ! Sarap is one of the few restaurants within Novaliches which offers lunch, merienda and evening buffet.

buffet table

Naks Sarap facade

This restaurant recently celebrated their 10th anniversary by offering Php 99.00 lunch buffet last January 30, 31 and February 1, 2019.

We organized a Novaliches Food Trip together with some bloggers, food enthusiasts and residents back in 2009 and our small group ate at this restaurant for lunch.

Naks! Sarap interior

We got a mix review, base on our informal survey back then. Some like their price and dishes. While others are not impress with the Php 119.99 promo in 2009.

passageway going to Gloful Restort

customers

dishes

chicken adobo

pork adobo

pochero

pork ribs

kangkong

ginataang kalabasa with sitaw

There were about a dozen dishes which consists of ginisang sayote, ginataang kalabasa with sitaw, ginataang kangkong, adobong pusit, adabong manok, pork spareribs, pork adobo, pochero.

marinated chicken and pork

Grilling station where there is a choice between pork, chicken, cream dory ( pangasius) , hotdog, isaw, squid are grilled on the spot.

cream dory ( pangasius)

The cream dory, chicken intestine ( isaw) and grilled chicken are okey, but they should marinate the pork barbecue longer since the meat is tough. According to the server, it was organic.

chicken intestine ( isaw)

pork barbecue

bagoong, chilies, calamansi and atsara

Dessert/ Kakanin station – There were about a dozen of so different kinds of native kakanins: cassava cake – like the taste not too sweet, palitaw, ube, maja blanca, deep fried sweet potatoes ( camote), bibingka, sweeten saba, biko, kutsinta, malagkit na kanin with corn among others.

cassava cake

malagkit na kanin with corn

biko

kutsinta

palitaw

fried sweet potatoes ( camote)

ube halaya

ube with grated coconut

maja blanca

pudding

bibingka

Soup station: there is sinigang and rice station where one can refill their plate.

sinigang

The restaurant sitting capacity is between 75 to 100 at any given time and it had a special function rooms like ktv bar and is connected to Gloful resort.

buffet station

Over the past decade, the restaurant’s dishes and buffet selection had vastly improve but there are still rooms for improvement. The servers are also quite attentive when it comes to refilling water and in grilling pork barbecue.

awards and recognition

Lunch buffet cost Php 200 per head on weekdays, Php 250 per head for saturdays and sundays. There is an afternoon merienda buffet for Php 149.00 with additional Php 50 for bottomless ice tea.

Celebrities and Popular Personalities

There are several celebrities like Mr. Al Tantay, Ms. Janice de Belen, Chef Ella, Mr. JC De Vera, Boys Avenue, Mr. Raffy Tulfo, Mr. Chuck Mathay, Mr.Marco Sison, Mr. Rainer Castillo, Mr. Edu Manzano, Ms. Megan Young, Ms. Amy Perez,Ms. Winnie Cordero, Matutina, Shalala, Ms. Cheryl Cosim, Empoy among others.

They must add some more dishes and some food warmer, rather than focusing on grilled foods and kakanins.

Naks !Sarap facade

We gave a combined ratings of 6.50 out of 10 points- over price, food, affordability, cleanliness, staffs and accommodation.

Note and full disclosure: The author is not connected with the establishment and dined together with some friends.

Address: 542 Quirino Highway ,Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations : Everyday 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm

Landline – 939-9288 / 454-88-23 / 0999-1658526/ 0916-259-3999

A Visit to DV Boer Farm : A Community Based Partnership

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin was a former OFW based in Thailand . His trail , hardship and lack of education did not deter him from reaching his ultimate success in the field of agri-entrepreneur .

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin and wife 

Hence the name DV Boer Farm was conceptualized . The number of people’s participation to  “Pa-Iwi System” taking care of one’s livestock which is a common practice in Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna , Batangas and Quezon . Unlike the usual pa-iwi system which relies on pure luck and honesty system .

DVBoer Farm 

Methodology 

This methodology were simple using an old system and integrating a new one ( which is already testing in many countries)  some features like livestock insurance. Currently the members  kept on increasing (following the series of seminars abroad aside from the occasionally scheduled on-line seminars or webinar). Hence, to accommodate the influx, DV Boer Farm had expanded by way of establishing satellite farms or sub-farms , Now they have farms located in Pangasinan which had a combined area of about 40 hectares and in Sorsogon province.

Lian , Batangas 

Lian is just a few minutes away from the beaches of Nasugbu and its rustic beauty and picturesque view of the surrounding agricultural areas are worthy place to visit, especially those who are keen in setting -up a new farm model  or just simple relaxation .

large nipa hut which can accommodate guests for overnight stay complete with modern day amenities like air-conditioned rooms and an area for meeting place or dining area which can accommodate between 30 to 50 people .

buffet table

The farm is self sustaining , they have a lot of homegrown vegetables . While the nearby mango orchard were also well taken cared -off .  Another nice feature about this farm is that they are also gearing-up for farm tourism potential .

suckling pig

Our group were treated to a lunch buffet which consists of rice, grilled pork liempo , kalderetang kabing , sinampalukang manok , sinigang na sabaw , grilled fish ( caught from the nearby Nasugbu area) suckling lechon with their own version of  sauce cooked Balayan /Lian style and their buko salad.

grilled fish and pork liempo 

The place had a nice topography , landscape features, magnificent views and farm life. They are also planning to add more nipa huts to accommodate the influx of local and well as foreign tourists. There was also some instances that their farm was also

Boer Goats

Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaan ( Dutch ) word “boer”, meaning farmer. Boer goats are a popular breed for meat . The breed is carefully breed  with the local goats to achieve higher yielding meat . There is a growing need for goats in the country , in which local backyard growers cannot supply the market . That is “why” the price of goat meat is still relatively expensive .

Aside from goats, there are also sheep, cattle, pigs , different breeds of chicken ( heritage breeds) turkey, horses , and ostrich.

cattle

Unlike other farms, the animals are well-taken cared off , There are about 80 to 130 farm employees , which also provide  income opportunities to Filipinos . The farm also conducts a regular monthly seminars and training for those interested with their project.

group photo with media groups 

Community Partnership 

For those who are interested with their program and would like to replicate their Pa-Iwi system , one can try to reach them via at their FaceBook: Dv Boer Farm .

Websitehttp://www.dvboerfarm.com/

Address: Poblacion 1, Barangay Balibago , Lian , Batangas province.

Cellphone ( 0917-208-9388) / 9255323186

 

 

 

 

Fun and Delightful Set Meals at Giligan’s Restaurant in SM North EDSA SkyDome

SM North EDSA Scenic Skywalk  , Quezon City- Philippines

Giligan’s Restaurant name was inspired by a popular US television series in the 1960’s . Hence the themed place is known for their  sea inspired or ship inspired interiors.

 Titanic memorabilia

This is not my first time to visit this place. In fact – Whenever , we have foreign guests or friends coming – We would always treat them to any branch that is near .

customers

Their menu has wide choices of authentic Filipino all-time favorite. The price is just right and servings are quite huge , very fulfilling.

seafood fried rice

  For those planning to bring friends or family member, I suggest that you try to order set meals which cost 20% cheaper .  There are set meals which is good for 4 , 5 , 6 people. Thus, you have a choices of availing their unlimited rice or ice tea. The ordinary white rice which was included in the set meal was upgraded into seafood fried rice. We just add Php 79.00 . I am not a big fan of their fried rice as compared with other Fil-Chinese dishes. The rice is a little bit soggy .

crispy pata

We liked the way the crispy pata was cooked . The dish also comes with soy sauce dip . Ideal for 3 to 5 people sharing – Php 473.00

lechon kawali ala Cebu

We also liked their Lechon Kawali ala Cebu – They are sold at 100 grams, 200 grams – Php 218 per 200 grams – Ideal for 3 to 4 people sharing .

pancit canton -guisado

We also ordered Pancit Canton -Guisado . Since we got a birthday celebrant. The only downturn is that it is a little bit salty . An order cost Php 140.00 .  Our first option was the miki-bihon . This is a noodle dish which is mixed with 2 kinds of noodles.  egg noodles (thicker and yellow)  and rice noodles ( white and thin noodles) .  Unfortunately , It was out of stock .

garlic chicken

pork liempo with chopped kangkong ( water spinach ) stem

sinigang soup

We liked the set meal except for some which i have pointed out .

Website: http://giligansrestaurant.com/