Grand Opening of Blue Post Boiling Crab and Shrimps at Greenhills , San Juan

Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps opened their 3rd Metro Manila after SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia .

crab chowder, spicy beef soup, garlic lemon butter shrimps with corn cobs, crab with fried garlic , fried chicken are some of the in-house specialties of the restaurant.

The rustic fisherman’s wharf inspired restaurant first have their successful restaurant chain in Davao in 2013 , where the some of the freshest ingredients like crabs, shrimps , pomelo , native chickens are sourced from nearby provinces like Davao, Zamboanga and Surigao.

The restaurant theme and foods were inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Louisiana and the popularity of boiled seafood restaurants in the United States.

Aside from good food, there is also an unlimited supply of DIY Nestle powdered juice station and bottomless pineapple drink courtesy of  Dole Philippines. One can also mix juices and form their own flavor ( mixology ) from about half a dozen flavors.

The sitting capacity of the branch is between 140 to 150 persons at any given time.  There is a small private room with a capacity of between 30 to 50 people, ideal for small company .

Dining Experience

visitors enjoy eating with their bare hands and foods are laid out in the table (boodle style )

The restaurant management encourages diners to enjoy their dishes with their bare hands. Food-grade wax paper is used as a plate, along with a plastic bib. Which is one of their tag line is “It’s fun to be messy” since diners will definitely get their fill of seafood while eating with their hands.

Appetizers 

Deep fried squid with light batter mixture with sauce.

Calamares– Php 237 per order

Deep fried crab meat with shrimp and pork meat in light batter mixture with sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Roll– Php 259

Boiling Crabs and Shrimps with Corn cobs in three kinds of sauces: Garlic Fried Sauce, Sweet and Spicy Asian Sambal Sauce, and the Savory Boiling Cajun Sauce.

Games

There was an in-house game of mixing powdered juices, The winners were Mr. Bryan Depano ( Blue Post Slim ) and Mr. Apolo Cuenco ( Rocket Apolo ) , While Always Hungry PH won the ” Best in Instagram ” contest . Each of the participant won gift certificate and loot bags courtesy of Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps , Dole Philippines and Nestle Philippines.

Overall , we liked the menus and the rustic ambiance of the newly opened restaurant. We also had a chance to meet the CEO Mr. Anthony Ang or Mr. AA

Operational Hours: Everyday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Address: 2nd Floor , O-Square Building , Greenhills Shopping Complex, San Juan City ( The building is just in front of Unimart )

Website: http://www.bluepostsboiling.com/

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

2nd Hamster Fair

Philippine Hamster Owners Society (PHOS) in partnership with Star Mall  EDSA Shaw-Mandaluyong and JuanLovePets Store will be having their 2nd Hamster Fair to be schedule from June 17 and 18 , 2017 mall hours.

The two-day event will highlight the different kinds of hamster breed , hamster race , mini bazaar , talks .

Inquiries about the event: /https://www.facebook.com/JuanPlusJuanOfficial/

There is an active Philippine Hamster Owner’s Society Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/PHOS.Official/

Flores de Mayo Exhibit at Orchidarium

National Parks Development Committee, Department of Tourism in partnership with League of Orchid Conservationists of the Philippines (LOPHIL) will be having an exhibit and bazaar at the Orchidarium within Rizal Park.

It used to house the collection of Madam Amelita “Ming” Ramos but has been neglected for quite sometime. There will be a landscape exhibition and contest, as well as sellers of plants. Participants come from different parts of the country. Judging of landscapes, opening of exhibits will be on May 14 ,2017morning, followed by 9-days of plant selling (14-22).

The event is called ” Flores de Mayo ” which will showcase blooming flowers this May. There will also be a ceremonial presentation of Dendrobium orchid hybrids named after the president.

Winners at the Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines held their Cactus Fiesta Fair at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak ( Flower Garden) from May 5 to 7 and the winners of the best in booth was announced during the last day of the show.

Mr. Noel ” Botchie ” Canicula and Mr. Jayvee Agustin of Concrete Jungle
(Contact Mr. Jayvee Agustin : 0995-8878357 GLOBE )
Pia’s Garden specializes on pots and drip irrigation potteries .
Contact Person: Pia W. Santos -Mobile (0998-5542017 ) (0905-4451263)
There are at least 40 stalls selling different kind of cacti , succulents, pitcher plants, flowering plants, pots, fertilizers, indoor plants, tillandsia, roses among others.
organic bath soaps by Eros & Beamth
Cactus Fiesta Fair Winners
Winner of Best Cactus- Parodia schumanniana
Owner of Best Cactus : Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro
Winner of Best Succulent – Crested Graptoveria “Fred Ives”
Owner of Best Cactus : Ms. Ressie Paz Navarro
Winner of Best Booth (Fiesta Theme)
The Cactus Experiment by Mr. Ronald PaneloRonald Panelo
Lectures

10:30 am – “Initiation to the Asclepiad Cult” Tips on Cultivation and Propagation of Stapeliads Resource Speaker: Mr. Nonoy Sionosa: 2:00 pm – “SOS – Save our Succulents” A Lecture on Basic Care and Nutrition of Succulents including Common Pests and Diseases Resource Speaker: Mr. Ron Apostol.

May 6, 2017, 10:30am Lecture: Tips on Cultivation and Propagation of Stapeliads Resource Speaker: Mr. Nonoy Sionosa.

Food Racing at Pit Stop Food Park

Food Racing and enjoyable family meal at Pit Stop Food Park . One will surely love going around and enjoy the race track inspired food park. The food park had their soft opening about year or so and is slowly becoming a food haven for residents of Quezon City, Fairview , Marikina and adjacent places.

Jian’s Dimsum House, Tapa Out , Masta Pasta ,Crazy Quesadilla

There are over 2 dozen food stalls offering different menus not only locally but those found in other parts of the world.

lounge area at the second level

The area can accommodate between 280 to 300 people at any given time and there is also an ample parking space beside the food park.

There are also live bands and performances during weekends. Some of the food stalls are already open by 4:00 pm.

Tokyo Tempura stall

Tokyo Tempura stall offers interesting eat all you can shrimp tempura promo for just Php 199.00 with additional rice value meal to avail of the promo. The stall also offer fried chili tempura for those who wanted to try a more spicy flavored tempura.

Jian’s Dimsum House

Jian Dimsum House offers dimsums, noodles, siomai and siopao

Brandon’s Steak Hub

The exterior of the stall is rustic and one is not intimidated to ask for the menu or their signature dishes. They are posted visibly handwritten in the blackboard .

Chef Robert Principe of Brandon’s Steak Hub

Brandon’s Steak Hub started their operation about a year or so with common friends who likes Italian and American dishes.  Almost all of the proprietors are from Quezon City area, hence they choose the food park for their initial endeavor.

Rib’s Eye Steak cost Php 289 , There are three kinds of sauces Php 10.00 per additional order ( wild mushroom sauce, brandon’s signature sauce and black pepper sauce ) .

For just additional Php 55.00, one can add Maki Cheese Balls , Potato skin for side dishes.

different kinds of in house drinks

We bought the in-house ice tea blend which cost Php 70 small jar and Php 140 for large jar.

ice drinks in fancy containers ( light blubs )

Ideal between 3 to 4 people sharing. There are also soft drinks and beers that are available.

Andy Cola

Andy Cola is a combination of whiskey and cola drink which was popular in the local market way back in the 1980’s . This drink is making a big comeback in the local liquor market and luckily there was a sample taste .

Shisha Bar

Shisha Bar is ideal for those who wanted to try shisha which starts at Php 350 full load.

Chef Resty’s roasted beef carving station

Sons of Burger proprietor Mr. Glen San Agustin and staffs

Another eye catchy name for a burger stall is Son’s of  Burger or SOB . This burger stall had their branch in Antipolo, Rizal province and this is their second stall . The specialty are burger meals, kickin wings, frinkin fries and potato cheese balls.

We also got a chance to talk with the proprietor and we saw how the burger patties are grilled upfront . The hamburger and quarter pounder is even better than some commercially available ones.

Sons of BurgerFacebook Page

Kimu San specializes in Japanese cuisine

This stall offers Ramen dishes, Yakitori, Donburi , Maki roll, Takoyaki  in a traditional Japanese stall setting.

Chinders ice cream and ice cakes are popular not just for kids buy also adults

  nitrogen infused cold brew coffee

Some of the food stalls are also open to catering to some events and they would be glad if one could personally visit them .

Beer Below Zero

live performance

customers and visitors

Operations: Monday to Thursday -4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight 

Friday to Sunday -4:00 pm to 2:00 am

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How to Commute :

1.) There are jeepneys which ply the Congressional via Luzon Avenue and Munoz market .

2.) Electric jeepneys from SM North to Katipunan via Congressional Avenue.

Note: Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice from the food stalls. The dishes posted in this site were ordered by the author and companion. The Food park is near Luzon avenue and Tierra Pura subdivision entrance.

Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines in partnership with Quezon City government  and Quezon Memorial Circle administration will host a trade fair and exhibit called ” Cactus Fiesta Fair 2017” at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak or Flower Garden within Quezon Memorial Circle facing East Avenue side.

This will be held on May 5, 6, and 7, 2017 . Aside from lectures/ talks on various cacti and succulents topics, there will also be a trade fair and exhibit.

There are no entrance fees and the public is invited to join the fair. The fair opens from 8:00am until 6:00 pm .

For those interested with the activities , there is an active FB page :

Contact Person: Ms. Amy Lastimosa (Secretary) – Cactus & Succulent Society of the Philippines

Mobile 0905 356 5353

A Visit to Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno

Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno  is a shrine dedicated to Saint Ezekiel Moreno  C-5 Extension Road, Pulanglupa, in honor of the Spanish Agustinian priest who served as parish priest of Las Piñas from 1876 to 1879.

Saint Ezekiel Moreno facade

This was part of the extensive ” Semana Santa” -Visita Iglesia tour of churches in Pasay , Las Piñas and Parañaque cities.  From Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church, One can walk or ride 1 jeep going to the site.

pilgrims from nearby provinces would also visit the church

One would climb the stairs going to the main door which had an elaborate wood carvings .

Architecture 

The modern stylized Spanish Baroque-inspired Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno is designed by architect Claude Edwin Andrews. There are columbarium units located at the ground floor of the church are managed by Golden Haven Memorial Park. A Villar group of company.

The columbarium units are still on the process of finishing and the landscaping of the surrounding area is still ongoing. While the memorial park is located nearby.

church interior

The church was finished sometime early 2014 and had been one of the most popular churches visited within Las Piñas. There is a small museum dedicated the life and works of the saint. Unfortunately, the museum was closed during our visit .

church organ

The church was finished after more than 3 years, when the initial plans started around late 2010. The sitting capacity of the church is between 720 to 750 people.

Saint Ezekiel Moreno interiors with religious icon covered in purple cloth which symbolizes mourning

Architect Joey Amistoso did the church’s interiors, including an intricate retablo (altar tableau) featuring niches with images of Saint Joseph and Saint Ezekiel.

church dome

It is said that the cost of the church construction was estimated to be between Php 200 million to Php 225 million. There are no concrete columns which would obstruct the view of the public from the main altar of the church.

Since the church architecture is well designed, natural light and air circulation inside  easily flow . There is no need to open the artificial lightning especially during long days.

 

 

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