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Savoring the Great Coffee and Cakes at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Savoring the great coffee and cakes at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at their branch at Solenad 3 within Nuvali complex at Santa Rosa, Laguna province.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

In 1963, Herbert B. Hyman started The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. His dedication to finding and serving the best coffee and tea in the world made him the founding father of gourmet coffee in California.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf -Solenad branch have an indoor sitting capacity of 50 , while an additional 20 can be accommodated outdoor .

For more than 50 years , the company had made their presence felt in every country . With over 22 kinds of coffee and 20 kinds of tea.

Triple Decker Cheesecake, Mocha Cake and Lemon Frosted Pistachio Cake

Our group liked the Triple Decker Cheesecake and it is not your typical cheesecake . It is not overly sweet and does not have an ”  umay” factor .

Crazy Array of Fried Chicken at Wingstop , Solenad 3 , Nuvali , Laguna

Crazy for battered fried chicken or fries ? There is a nice restaurant at the heart of Solenad Mall within Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna province .

Beginnings

Wingstop  was born out of the big city of Garland in Texas , United States of America back in 1994, it found its roots as a small restaurant that packed huge flavor in the form of their succulent chicken wings. But it was clear that it just would not stop there.

The company had bigger things in mind and rapid expansion was the name of the game as Wingstop opened its doors to franchising in 1997. Many others followed suit and through the collective efforts of our Wing Experts, Wingstop soon sold its 1 billionth wing in the year 2002.

There are almost 1,000 restaurants scattered all over the globe. There were at least 10 location outlets in the country.

Menus

The restaurant offered their signature fried buffalo chicken wings marinated in different spices and sauces mixtures, some of which can be use for dipping french fries and sides. For spicy fried chicken lovers, one can try their spicy chicken.

signature dishes

fried onion rings and coleslaw 

The Solenad 3 restaurant outlet had 50 to 60 sitting capacity and had a cozy industrial interior design .

S’mores at Php 49

FLAVORS: Atomic, Spicy Soy , Mango Habanero,  Cajun ,Hot Buffalo, Louisiana Rub ,Mild Buffalo , Honey BBQ, Hickory Smoked BBQ ,Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan,  Honey Garlic Teriyaki ,Korean Soy Classic Wings tossed in signature flavors

Prices: 5 pcs 1 flavor 239 7 pcs 2 flavors 329 11 pcs 3 flavors 499 20 pcs 4 flavors 899 Batter-fried Wings tossed in signature flavors 5 pcs 1 flavor 199 7 pcs 2 flavors 269 11 pcs 3 flavors 399 20 pcs 4 flavors 799

Dips: Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Atomic, Cheese Boneless bites 8 pcs 2 flavors 179 15 pcs 3 flavors 319 22 pcs 4 flavors 459 Tenders 3 pcs 1 dip 199 5 pcs 2 dips 329 7 pcs 3 dips 449

Fried Chicken Sandwich classic or flavored + fried or onion rings 199 Flavored Fries: Regular 99 Large 119 Louisiana Rub Cajun Garlic Parmesan Texas-Style Fries – Regular 79 Large 99 Cheesy Salsa Fries – 149 Onion Rings – Regular 79 Large 99 Cheesy Salsa Nachos – 139 Coleslaw – 39 Iced Tea – Regular 49 Large 59

Promos 

#WingItTuesdays returns with 20 batter-fried wings for only Php 499 .  Try to visit your nearest outlet- This will only runs from March 21 to May 30, 2017

Outlet Restaurants

Circuit Lane -Makati City , Alabang Town Center- Muntinlupa City , Bonifacio Stop Over – Taguig , UP Town Center -Quezon City , Glorietta 2- Makati City , Greenhills Promenade -San Juan City , Estancia -Pasig City , East Wood -Quezon City , Trinoma-Quezon City , Solenand 3-Nuvali , Laguna province , Fairview Terraces- Quezon City

Note : Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice . 

For menus and prices, Please try to visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wingstopPH/

9 Buffet Reasons to Dine at Chef’s Laudico Feast at SM Clark Field , Pampanga

Experience buffet bonanza and feast at the newest foodie destination in Pampanga province . The restaurant boasts a culinary menus under the guidance of Chef Laudico and his wife Chef Jacqueline ( a pastry chef) .

L-R Chef Ronaldo Laudico , Dasuri , Chef Jacqueline , Mrs. Darlyn Tsang and Mr. Kyle Reyes

The restaurant had their soft opening around November 14 ,2016 and took about 5 months before having their formal opening.

Chef Laudico’s Feast 

This gastronomic expert tandem of husband and wife team along with their business partners stands by their philosophy and mission, when it comes to creating dishes and what they truly advocate is bringing out the true flavors of any dish that they serve in their restaurants and Chef Laudico’s Feast in SM Clark Pampanga .

The sitting capacity is about 170 with an al- fresco dining area extension for another 20 to 30 person. The interior is a good sample of minimalist modern with capiz chandeliers and chairs made from indigenous materials.

9 Buffet Reasons to Dine

9.) Filipino dishes– There is wide array of Filipino dishes to choose from pinakbet , kare-kare, bulalo among others.

8.) Over 100 dishes to offer – There are over 100 dishes to offer , from ordinary spaghetti to regional cuisines.

7.) Japanese foods – sushi, tempura, california maki, tuna rolls among others are sure a big hit among Japanese food connoisseurs.

meat carving station

6.) Meat Carvings -grilled liempo , angus beef tapa, roasted turkey , bellychon, pork ribs, .traditional lechon are some of the menus one can choose from.

5.) Desserts – interesting mix of fresh fruits , pastries, sandwich station and local kakanins to chooses from.

4.) No Short Cuts -There are no short cuts meaning Chef Laudico’s Feast would never use flavor enhancers such as ready-made bouillon, MSG and commercially prepared sauces and flavor sprinkles. What diners could expect is the authentic flavor that each dish represents.

seafood lovers will liked their steamed shrimps , marine crabs

3.) Chinese dishes– Dimsum , Pancit Canton , Spring rolls, Yang Chow fried rice , soups

sandwich station

2.) Korean dishes – Korean bulgogi and international fusion foods.

buffet center table 

1.) Value for Money. Considering the high buffet prices of the familiar restaurants. Chef Laudico’s Feast in Clark Field , Pampanga province had a lot of assortment of dishes which all kinds of foodies and people with discriminating taste will surely appreciate.

fried shrimps, fried crablets , calamares

The restaurant is near Radission Hotel

Buffet Rates

Here’s their rate for lunch and dinner buffet. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for lunch and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM for dinner. BUFFET RATES are as follows: LUNCH -11 am-3pm Monday – Fridays: P499.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 249.00 DINNER- 5 pm-10pm Monday – Fridays: P599.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 299.00 Weekends and Holidays Adults: P699.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 349.00

*Kids under 3 feet eat for free. All prices and dishes posted are subject to change without prior notice

Chef Laudico’s Feast 

Ground Level  BPO 1, SM City Clark, Pampanga

0949.324.8382 | 0906.351.2688

Facebook: Chef Laudico’s Feast  

Social Media #FeastAllYouCan

Eyeball and Eating at Mangan , SM North Branch

It was bright sunny morning  March 12, 2017 when we had some sort of eyeball and small salu-salo with small group of friends at Centris Sunday Market . It had been a while when i last visited the market.

Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids

I left past 8:00 am and arrived around 9:30 am at the market . There were a lot of buyers and some native orchids , ornamental plants , potted flowering plants still being sold . Bought a couple of Dendrobium Ceasar hybrids from a stall which sourced their orchids from Bulacan .  This orchid hybrid used to be commonly cultivated in our neighborhood along with Dendrobium Sonia Bom and Dendrobium University of Hawaii way back in the late 1980’s up to early part of the 21st century .  I have not seen them being grown except for a few houses within our neighborhood.

Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum

There are a lot of new buyers , preferring orchids and blooming plants with flowers ( some of them prefer live potted plants) Bought  1  small clump of Dendrobium anosmum variety giganteum with flowers from Kuya James ( trader ).

Buyers must have a keen set of eyes to differentiate the varieties , for untrained eyes – those orchid species may all look the same. The said variety was collected somewhere in the mountains of Kalinga province . This variety had bigger flowers and larger lip compared to the ordinary Dendrobium anosmum and much longer canes ( pseudobulbs ) . Was lucky enough to buy the last one ! My friend bought Dendrobium sanderae variety major .

Our group also saw, Sir Norberto Bautista and Mr. Jayson Sahagun buying some colorful orchid hybrids and variegated vanilla orchid which will be exhibited at O.B. Montessori mini-orchid show .

Mangan SM North EDSA branch ( Annex building ) 

We then commuted MRT Quezon Avenue to Trinoma and eventually walked toward SM North EDSA via the elevated walkways . We saw two more friends Philip Reyes and Jose Juan Paraiso ( not seen him for over 1 year ).  We have a short chit-chat before our small group decided to dine in at Mangan restaurant and have some kind of Filipino dish for some change.

We are also lucky that we arrived around past 11:30 am , when there are few customers and our group was seated at the couch area.  The capacity of the restaurant is about 100 pax .

We ordered the following list of menus:

appetizer complimentary snack which is fried camote chips

Lechon Paksiw -which our group liked , Adobong Pusit , Ginataang Gabi with Dulong ,Fried Okoy , 4 cups of rice , 2 tibok-tibok and 1 halo-halo for our desserts.

fried okoy

We did not like the ginataaang gabi , since it had a different gabi leaves and not the aromatic ones and  there is not much gata , however we liked the crispy dulong fried fish. While not too fond with the halo-halo serve.

tibok-tibok

Mangan version of halo-halo with syrup

Overall , we liked the ambiance of the restaurant – the waiters are very courteous and there is a mini library where one can read the books while waiting for their meal to be served.  We paid about Php 1,500 bill which included the tax and service fees.

We left past 1:00pm on our way home and have a meaningful meal, happy with our Sunday Loot !

Address: SM North Edsa , Annex Building 

Contact : 332-2320

Note: All opinions express are from the author and his group which ate at the Mangan restaurant SM North Edsa -Annex branch . 

 

 

 

Delectable Dishes at Heat Stroke Grill within Montare Food & Venue Place

Delectable and mouthwatering grill dishes , burgers , kebab and ribs are just a few sample of menus that can can try when they visit Montare Food and Venue Place . The venue is classy and not your ordinary food hubs or food parks . The outdoor garden area is neatly manicured in lawn grass with dozens of date palms , ornamental flowering plants and can accommodate between 150 to 200 people at any given time. Aside from the main function rooms.

Heat Stroke Grill stall

One of the MUST TRY food stalls located within the place is the Heat Stroke Grill stall . Their menu is perfect as finger food and best accompanied with cold beer .

Here are some of the Best Sellers in the Menu

Baby Back Ribs ( Php 160 ) per order , Chicken Kebab ( Php 160 ) and Grilled Pork Binagoongan  ( Php 160) 

pork sisig

This is one of the signature dishes offered in sizzling plate with egg and chopped spring onion leaves . ( Php 150 ) ala carte and (Php 300 )platter

Pork Belly Inasal with Jaun Rice and Chimichurri sauce – This is another dish which is a fusion of Filipino and Latin American . Chimichurri sauce made from finely chopped parsley , minced garlic , olive oil , oregano , red pepper flakes , white or red wine vinegar . It depends on what country in Latin America as the sauce can have slightly different variation .

The pork belly is cooked just right with the right chimichurri sauce and pickled cucumber and radish  as side dish. This is ideal between  1 to 2 person sharing .

Heat Stroke Chicken in Asian Style – The marinated chicken is tender with a savory taste , This is a complete meal with egg , pickled cucumber and radish .

Rice Options– Jaun Rice is a type of yellowish rice with fried garlic , Spiced Melano Rice is sweet and a little bit spicy , Albino or Plain rice.

Sauce Options : Chimichurri green sauce , This is a Latin American sauce . Harissa -Grilled pepper ,garlic , spices and cumin . Teriyaki – A Japanese which gives an Asian flavor.

There is also Heat Stroke Grill sweet sauce and sinamak ( local vinegar with spices )

Pork Binagoongan with Rice is another MUST TRY dish at Heat Stroke Grill – The pork is well marinated  with bagoong ( shrimp paste mixture is just right ) a few chopped tomatoes, finger chilies and chopped onions add more colors and spice. Not your typical salty Binagoongan dish.

Baby Back Ribs or Pork Ribs with Rice and Sauce is another MUST TRY dish . The meat is tender and the sauce is amazing . This can be shared between 2 persons .

Cucumber lemon juice

Note and Full Disclosure : prices and menus are subject to change without prior notice , author was just invited to have an honest review of the place and heat stroke grill.

Operations : Everyday 3:00 pm to 12:00 midnight

Address: Lot 12 Centro de Buenviaje Commercial, Mayor Gil Fernando corner Aquilina Street , Marikina City .

Telephone : (02) 907-1382

For more information about their menus , reservations and catering -Please visit Heat Stroke Grill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manyaman Mangan Restaurant in Glorietta 2

Manyaman is delicious in Kapampangan language . This is not our first time to eat at this Kapampangan fine dining restaurant .

Mangan Glorietta 2, Makati

This is one of the regional food that is quite close to our hearts . Since 2001, Mangan Restaurant has been serving Filipino food that celebrates the uniqueness of Kapampangan cuisine. From the name of the brand which means “Let’s eat”, it has become the company tagline in enticing guests to try and enjoy home cooked meals despite their busy schedules.

Kapampangan Culinary Magic “Mangan” is the Pampango word for eat. This restaurant is quite accessible to the commuting public as this is near MRT Ayala -Makati station . The restaurant boast of larger sitting capacity of between 120 to 130 people at any given time .

bibingka

There was some sort of contest for online group and we were grouped into 4 persons per group . We were given 10 minutes to review the menus. After the short 10 minutes , Our group was given 3 kinds of dishes which  we all guessed correctly .

tibok-tibok with latik ( Php 120) per serving

There was a tie between our group ( together with Astig writers and founder Mr. Dennison Uy  )  and group 3 , which is just adjacent table – the host made our eyes closed and one of our team member fed me a dessert . I was thinking that it could be maja blanca or tibok-tibok since this is a Kapampangan dessert and i have not tasted any corn bits. Giving a wild guess and whispering to the host . Our group got it right ! It was creme ala creme of the night !

Menus 

 sisig , crispy pata , crispy pata- diablo , bulalo , bibingka 

Mangan had three kinds of pata – Prichon Pata , Patang Demonyo ( spicy ) and Original Crispy Pata

aligi rice

kare-kare

pancit pusit

This is another specialty dish which uses squid ink and squid as part of the ingredients. We liked the kamias and chicharon ( pork cracking ) as toppings. MUST TRY

pancit puti 

This is another MUST TRY for those who wanted a different taste and version of our pancit with shredded chicken .

Desserts

puto bumbong

fruit shakes

online writers, media and guests take time for a souvenir shot

Address: Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Office Dr, Makati, 1224 Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 625 5288
Operation : Everyday -10:00 am to 9:00 pm 

Note : prices are subject to change without prior notification . 

 

 

 

 

Food Tasting Event Features Breakfast in Bread at Trinoma

Food Tasting event is a much anticipated event organized by ABS-CBN channel 2, Food Magazine , Trinoma , Kamuning Bakery , Tefal with side participation of  Alpha Corporate Event at Trinoma Mall at the heart of Quezon City shopping and business district .

Every quarter, Food Magazine invites kitchen masters from various restaurants and bakeshops to take the lead in demonstrating exciting recipes at Food Tastings.

We are fortunate enough to be given complimentary ticket for the event , This is a short cooking demonstration by top chefs and restaurateurs in the country.  The feature was easy to made breakfast meals .

The tickets were distributed around past 2:00pm for the supposedly 4:00 pm demonstration and food tasting event.  The event started around 4:30pm  with Chef Portia Baluyut, Pixie Sevilla and Ms. Kimberly Ann Boadilla in Food Tasting: Breakfast in Bread course. In the two hour crash course, the guest chefs presented several breakfast concoctions using bread as the main course.

Shibuya Benedict Savory Toast

One of the favorite Japanese restaurants in Trinoma is Cafe Shibuya. This is an easy to cook breakfast dish by Chef Kimberly Ann Boadilla.

Pan de Suelo platter or sampler plate

Chef Albert Rance and Mr. Wilson Lee-Flores, explains how their best-selling Pan De Suelo pairs perfectly with their homemade corned beef, adobo, and menudo. The platter / sampler is available at only(Php 165 ) at Kamuning Bakery .

Chef Pixie Sevilla showcase two breakfast dish which consists of breakfast noodle dish with diced longganisang Macau, Chinese sausage, all purpose cream, Sapporo sotanghon noodles, chopped onions, spring onions for garnish.

Breakfast noodle omelette included Saporro sotanghon noodles, shredded bottled tuyo or sardines, chopped garlic, chopped tomatoes, 6 to 8 eggs and 75 grams of kesong puti (carabao’s milk soft cheese) crumbled into pieces.

Chef Portia Baluyut

Chef Portia Baluyut a well-known chef, proprietor of Rustic Mornings at Isabelo Garden in Marikina and host of Lifestyle’s ” A Pinch of Portia”. She shared some of the ingredients for two breakfast meals which uses 1 day -old bread French baguette.

She shared Mushroom and Spinach Strata, Grilled Sausages and Grilled Tomatoes with Pesto and Chocolate Banana French Toast Bake with Walnut Streusel.

There were 6 morning breakfast meals that were served during the two hour cooking demonstration and exciting raffle items( apron ) c/o Tefal .