BAGA Manila Expands to Molino, Cavite and Filinvest , Alabang

StarMall , Molino- Cavite and Filinvest, Alabang , Muntinlupa City

Star Mall – Molino branch

BAGA Manila which stands for Barbecuers and Grillers Association serves good barbecues , grilled foods and quality regional foods. Baga Manila started their operation at A Venue in Makati City then moved to their present site at Lakefront Area in Muntinlupa City.

Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem serves nachos, tacos to their customers . One of the best sellers are the Nachos with Php 50 and Php 60 for Tacos. what makes their nachos a little unique from the others is that they included slices of cucumbers.

nachos

What was envisioned as an adventure and leisurely dining experience for family, friends and young professional.

Sweet Grab

Eventually it became a dining experience for its loyal patrons.  One of its newest place to go is the Star Mall -Molino  parking area, Cavite province .

Kawkee is known for its dimsums

It started with just 8 food concessionaire a few months ago until there were public clamors to expand in order to include a myriad of different regional and international foods.

GotoMe

Now , There are 25 food outlets.  Customers from Cavite area who wanted to get a dining experience do not need to to to Metro Manila to experience a food adventure.

food stalls- Star Mall -Molino

After we went to Star Mall , Molino – Our group went to another place in Filinvest , Alabang in Muntinlupa City . When we arrived at the place it was way past sunset and there were about 25 stalls selling different kinds of food.

Operation: from Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm to past 1:00am .

Filinvest -Baga Manila

Cebu Best Boneless Lechon

For those who wanted to order :

Block  3 Lot 18 Jb Tan Street , BF Homes , Las Pinas City

0906-530-6127

Sugar Rush by Mark and Rose

Sugar Rush had a lot of home made cookies and pastries

Fluid Mobile Bar

The area is becoming a popular hang-out place for expats, employees of nearby establishments , young professionals and families living near the place.

There are also live band every weekend which provide free entertainment to their patrons

Operation :Thursday to Sunday 5:00PM to 1:00AM

Baga Manila Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BAGAManila

Contact :0916 512 8022

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Amazing Just Thai : Different Flavors of Thailand

Forbestown, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City- Taguig, Philippines

some of the top dishes of the restaurant that are frequently ordered by its clientele

One can easily spot the Thai -inspired place with its unique embellishment and architecture along the rows of restaurants . Thai food is known for the combination of complex flavors — sour, spicy, sweet , salty and to some extent minty .

chicken satay

 Gae Sate is Chicken satay on stick is tender and the peanut sauce is a perfect combination. The side garnish which are from finely cut vegetables adds color and presentation . Php 290 per order ( good for 3 to 4 people)

 Poh Piah Tod

Poh Piah Tod is crispy Thai spring roll filled with glass noodles and special sweet and spicy dip . It is accompanied with chopped vegetables which add texture and color to the dish. Normally serve as a form of appetizer and fried spring rolls is common in Southeast Asian cuisine. Php 260 per serving.

spices and condiments

What is nice about the dishes of the restaurant is one can adjust the varying degrees of spiciness in order to adjust to one preference. One can ask for Filipino spicy or Thai spicy – Filipino spicy tend to be less spicy and comparable to Bicol and Eastern Samar taste, While Thai spicy is at least several times more spicy compared to the Filipino level of  spicy.

Thai beef salad

Yam Neua  or Thai beef salad is a nice combination of beef , lettuce, chopped tomatoes ,  cucumber with light salad dressing with chopped onions and chili pepper – JUST Thai style.  The beef salad can be shared with 2 to 4 people . (Php350) per serving

(prawns in garlic and pepper in  soup)

Kung Kratien  or  prawns in garlic and pepper in soup , It is mildly flavored  and not soggy . You will know that the prawns and the ingredients are fresh by simply tasting the food. ( Php 500 ) per serving

(squid with garlic and pepper)

Blah Pla Muek Kratien  or squid with garlic and pepper in soup.  The soup is mildly flavored can be adjusted with the addition of extra chopped chillies .

Pad Gaprow Talay- seafood mix with fried basil leves

Pad Gaprow Talay -The sea food mixture  of mussels ( tahong ), prawns and squid plus crispy fried basil leaves with coconut sauce. The crispy fried basil leaves add a distinct minty flavor which further enhances the sea foods .  Perfect for sharing with 2 to 4 people (Php 280)

Vegetarian Dish Being Offered

Gaeng Leuang

Just Thai also offers vegetarian-friendly dishes like the Gaeng Leuang (vegetables in yellow curry). It had a healthy serving of tofu, broccoli, eggplant, bell pepper,  string beans in rich coconut milk with yellow curry topped with chopped red chillies and chopped coriander leaves ( Php 260 ) for sharing 2 to 4 people.

Pad Thai is a stir fried rice noodle  dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand. It is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs  and chopped firm tofu , mung bean sprouts , flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, coriander leaves and the flavor is enhanced with peanuts and chopped red chillies. This is some sort of ” National Noodle ” of Thailand . A visit to any Thai restaurant is a must try of this dish. The dish is neatly presented before you can mix all the ingredients.

The place is a favorite place to hang-out among the expatriate communities, celebrities  and even employees of nearby establishments .  Thai foods and delicacies is one of the top choices for Asian foodies .

JUST THAI

 Forbes town, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; tel: +63 (2) 403-8718, 

Branch : Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang; tel: +63 (2) 808-4058.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Thai/194210380589164

How to Get There:

Take the BGC hybrid bus from bus station located near McKinley Road and near MRT- Ayala station ( Upper West Route) . The bus had designated bus stop and take -off at the second bus stop which is at the back of the MIND Museum. A short walk toward Forbes Town Road, Burgos Circle, Global City.  Transportation fee is just Php 12.00 from the bus station.

Qaldi : Coffee and Pasta Restaurant in Alabang , Muntinlupa City

facade of the restaurant

Qaldi – ( Pronouced as ” Kal-dee” ) which came from the word ” KALDI”

Kaldi was an Ethiopian who discovered the coffee beans according to popular legend. Kaldi, noticing that when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush they became more energetic (jumping goats), chewed on the fruit himself. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to an Islamic monk in a nearby monastery, but the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed.

Arizona ice tea with different flavors

The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world’s first cup of coffee.

dilmah tea

This restaurant also takes pride in their coffee which is at par or even better compared to the more established coffee shops in Metro Manila. It also had a wide selection of teas from Sri Lanka, India and other parts of the globe.

Website: http://www.dilmahtea.com/

the outdoor patio area can accommodate up to 25 people

How did the Coffee and Restaurant Started ?

Inspired by the story , Mr. Joon Tianzon and his partners decided to name their budding coffee shop as Qaldi Coffee Bar and Cyber Cafe’s. The restaurant opened its doors last November 2013 and its  ultimate goal is to let everyone feel energized lively , inspired and refresh every time they visit the place. The ground floor area can accommodate up to 50 people at any given occasion and the coffee restaurant had 2 function areas ( left side ) and ( right side)  at the second floor which can be turned into a small meeting place, board meetings or team building .

stylish interior

everyone loves the stylish atmosphere, good lighting  and spacious area of the cafe.

Berry sensation tea

Berry Sensation Tea– is one of the “Best Sellers” of the restaurant . The red tea is imported from Sri Lanka . The tea is mildly favored and the scent is therapeutic. It can be compared with the ( Lipps ) red candy which is very popular among students and teenagers because it can make your lips colored-RED !  It is not that expensive Php95 per order . The tea can be shared with 2 to 3 people !

 blue berry cheesecake, black forest and  lava cake

The restaurant also takes pride of their mini-cakes , ideal for sharing . The ingredients are fresh and  creamy, sweet texture and soft !

egg and cheese wheat bread with potato chips

I must say that the egg and cheese wheat bread blend perfectly , it is not salty and the wheat bread is finely made with garlic and herbs. The potato chips is not your commercially available chips which is quite salty. This is a complete meal and perfect for twin sharing ! Php 95

tuna sandwich

I must also recommend the tuna sandwich , The sandwich is made from wheat bread , tuna spread ala Qaldi style , fresh lettuce leaves, topped with pickled cucumber and with potato chips . Php 165 per serving

chicken clubhouse sandwich

Chicken clubhouse sandwich is made from wheat bread,  chicken breast bits with mayonnaise, scrambled egg , ham topped with lettuce leaves, cucumber with potato chips . Pretty classic sandwich though.  Php 165 per serving

reuben clubhouse sandwich

Reuben clubhouse sandwich had wheat bread , cheese, corn-beef , lettuce leaves, ham and egg with potato chips .  Ideal for 2 to 3 people sharing . I liked the way they mixed all the ingredients ham and corn beef .  Php 165 per order.

sweet tomato pasta

Sweet style tomato pasta is ideal for children and people with sweet taste. It had hotdogs, sweet tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese. The pasta had 2 slices of  wheat bread in garlic and herbs ! Php 170 per serving . Ideal for  1 to 2 people.

seafood marinara pasta

Seafood Marinara Pasta with shrimp , slices of bell pepper , tomatoes, with meat and topped with Parmesan cheese.and 2 slices of  wheat bread in garlic and herbs ! Highly Recommended

carbonara pesto

I also like their carbonara pesto . The pesto is creamy and thick , i liked the bits of tomatoes , sliced- button mushrooms, ham . Php 170 per servings . The pasta is ideal for 1 to 2 people. Highly Recommended

classic pesto

Classic pesto is good made from the choices ingredients , herbs , mixed them with olive oil , topped with Parmesan cheese.  The pesto is of good quality and the olive oil is not the usual commercial olive oil that are found in the local market . We suggested that they can sell bottled pesto . Highly Recommended

fish fillet meal

Aside from the yummy pasta, cakes and drinks, one must also try their lunch meal packages . The fish fillet meal is cream dory fillet and deep fried.  There is also side dish of vegetables which consist of fresh lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and cucumber with a doze of mayonnaise. Php 140 per order .

 

five spice beef

Five Spice Beef – The beef is tender and had been marinated with 5 essential spices. The beef is carefully cooked to its perfection and is a must try if you want to eat at the restaurant. Php 150 per serving

spicy chicken with special qaldi sauce

Spicy chicken with special qaldi sauce . The spicy chicken is marinated with chili powder and with mixed vegetables like carrots, corn and green peas and with special sauce.  This is a complete meal with side garnish of fresh lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and cucumber.

Greek pork with oregano and special herbs

This pork is tender and the pork is marinated in oregano with special sauce and herbs. The meat is tender and with oregano and  had a distinct aroma. Php 110 per serving

grilled chicken breast

Grilled chicken breast is healthy and it was grilled , it does not have the smoky flavor which characterized most of the grilled chicken . the meat is tender . Php 130 per serving

qaldi caffe special frappe

Qaldi is also known for their cold , hot coffee and frappe . A taste of their famous frappe is a must if you are visiting their establishment . I hope to come back and savor their other meals and smoothies !!!!  The company also accepts reservations and catering !

I must recommend foodies and people especially living in the south particularly Ayala-Alabang- Muntinlupa ,  San Pedro and Binan  in Laguna to try this place. For the ambiance, food, service and quality of the food, I will give 8.90 out of 10 !

 Note: I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Kathy Kenny -Ngo and Mr. Joon Tianzon for the warm accommodation extended to the group .

Life is Kulayful.com : http://www.lifeiskulayful.com/

Address:

Qaldi Coffee Bar and Cyber Cafe , Barangay Putatan , Muntinlupa City 1772 Muntinlupa City

Contact :0915 -472 -2126

Store Hours: 10:00 am to 2:00am Monday to Sunday

How to Get There:

There are many ways on how to commute :

1.) From Star Mall ( Metropolis Alabang station)   –  Take jeepney route which ply Alabang ( National Road) – Katarungan village, Binan – National Hi-way  , then get-off at PureGold – Agro or Max’s restaurant .  It is just Php 8.00 minimum fare.

2.) From South Terminal : Take Alabang jeep which ply City-hall . Minimum fare Php 8.00

Please try to visit and LIKE their page:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letsgoqaldi

 

Cosmic Con 2014

3rd Floor Festival Mall, Alabang , Muntinlupa City -Philippines

crowd

 Cosmic convention 2014 was held at the 3rd Floor Filinvest Mall in Alabang , Metro Manila. In fact the entrance fee is just Php 20 per head.

Filbar’s 50% off on books and comics

There were about 25 commercial booths selling toys, comics , pet supplies , pet accessories , foods, mugs and books.

Toys

There were on the spot raffles, some talks, cosplays, auction, comic illustrators and other contests. However the bulk of the participants and activities were held on May 10, 2014 .

t-shirts

cos-players

This is a unique way for these cos- players to help a lost dog !

free hug

This cos-player had a unique way to catch attention. FREE hugs and a ” Mother’s Day ”  greeting delighted every visitors at the convention site.

Pet Starz

Pet Starz is one of the sponsors of the event, The pet store is said to be owned by Mr. Richard Yap ( Sir Chief ) of the popular late morning series “Be Careful with My Heart “

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pet-Starz/291477994340690

cosplay event

Hopefully , There will be a much bigger event and participants  in the future .

Note : I would like to ” Thank” Mr. John Paraiso for his photos