Sunday, August 7, 2016

Llao Llao Frozen Yogurt now in Manila!

I can clearly remember when I first tried Llao Llao when I was staying in Malaysia "Sana magkaron nito sa Pinas!" little do I know that the food Gods were listening to my request!
I found out that Llao Llao already indeed in Manila (Glorietta). Popular all throughout the parts of the world, it's not surprising anymore when curious customers got easily hooked with the craze.
Llao Llao is probably by far my favorite Yogurt Ice cream parlor. Not because of the raves I am hearing around, but there's something distinct with its yogurt that you can't taste from other brands.
Same simple drills follows. Decide for the cup you want to try and choose your desired toppings

Fresh fruit slices for the healthy conscious..
Nuts and nibbles for some added crunch..
Then finally topped it off with sauce of your choice.
I am recommending you to try the Choco Rock sauce! Really good! Reminded me of my favorite Ovomaltine! :)
I don't have the first hand experience yet here in the Philippines but Llao Llao in Malaysia surely didn't skimp on filling up your cup!
The perfect blend of sweetness and tartness of the yogurt yet remains it so creamy is the reason why it stood out compared to other brands in my opinion. (together with the Choco Rock Sauce ofcourse! hehe!)
"You'll be back for my taste"
I usually get the medium one. (RM 14.90 = 178 pesos). I've heard that the price here in Manila is almost double compared to Malaysia. But I guess it's just normal especially when the brand came from other country. And yeah, nothing can stop me having Llao Llao one of these days!

Have you tried Llao Llao my foodie friends? :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Anniversary Dinner at CYMA Greek Taverna!

 After our quick snack at Coffee Project, we headed straight to CYMA to have dinner. It was actually a hard decision before us to find a place to celebrate. It's not the usual gateway/escapades adventure Anniversary celebration compared before (See Travel Tab). 
Since I am not allowed to travel to far places, our only option is to dine somewhere to celebrate our day our togetherness. Naks! Originally, I wanted to dine at Isabelo Gardens operated by Rustic Mornings by Isabello. Because of its romantic and secluded area.
The only difference is that it only accepts prior reservation and they have special and separate menu exclusively offered at Isabelo Gardens. Aldrin and I already have the dishes on our minds before calling for our reservation only to found out that they already stopped the operations of Isabelo Gardens.
Okay change of plan, the only thing that I have on my mind to make our anniversary romantic is Vieux Chalet. Ranked as one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. Near to our place since it's just in Antipolo, overlooking, and really romantic place! Now that we have our desired dishes and ready to make our reservation, I was informed that they don't operate on Wednesday and Thursdays (our anniversary). BAAAAAM! Now what?
Weighing pros and cons, we decided to have our celebration in a simple way at CYMA Greek Taverna. It's very risky for us. Since we haven't tried Greek foods yet. I just read really good reviews of the place and Aldrin and I agreed to try something for a change!
 Apologies if I don't have the complete menu of CYMA, but they have wide array of choices from appetizer, down to dessert!
 I was not a fan of salad with vinaigrette dressing until I tried this one. I got curious since almost every review that I've read regarding this place, they are suggesting that it's a must to order a Roka Salata (360 pesos). And they are right! It's worth the order. The serving size is good for 3-4 pax, but we managed to consumed it all (especially me) because the vinaigrette that they used was just sweet and mildy sour. The lettuce was perfectly crisp together with sun dried tomatoes served with Parmesan Shavings. But Aldrin loved it even more with the generous amount of candied walnuts on the salad. Really addicting!
 Our order was served with some pita bread but I wasn't able to enjoy it that much because we were too focused on the salad that time. Hehe!
 Aldrin is such a rice person so it's a must to have rice on our meal. The choice of rice that I can only remember from their menu is this Spanakorizo (180 pesos). It's a greek spinach rice served with tomatoes, onions and dill. It's basically a sticky rice that reminded me of Chinese Rice "matchang". Taste wise, it was okay for both of us. Nothing really special.
 The carnivores in us decided to order their meal platter --Kreatika Meat Platter good for two (1,500 pesos). It consists of 4 Keftedes (meatballs), 1 piece of Pork Chop, 2 Beef Kalamaki Sticks, and 2 Lamb shoulders. Aldrin and I find this deal so sulit! We wanted to add boiled prawns with caper butter sauce (add 250 pesos), but the server said "Maam, madami na po yang order nyo, sure po kayo?" HAHAH! So we decided not to add the prawns anymore.
 The Lamb Shoulder was spot on. Seasoned with salt, pepper and some spices, this dish alone is truly satisfying. The lamb was soft and tender, with some fatty trimmings on the side won't hurt that much. *wink*
 The Pork Chop was also good. It's soft and flavorful that is pretty much can adaptable to Filipino taste buds.
 The Meat balls on the other hand were our least favorite that night. The meatball was sweet. We are expecting it to be on savory side.
However, the Beef Kalamaki sticks were surely the highlight of our dinner. Melts in your mouth skewers with touch of greek spices, make us want to have another trip on this place for this dish alone!

Overall, we had a great experience on trying out different cuisine that is completely unfamiliar to us. It makes us want to try and explore different food choices from other continents any time soon. What can you recommend foodie friends? :)

For more information visit the website here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Must Visit Coffee Place: Coffee Project!

There's gazillions of back logs that I should share with you, but I realized that this place is something I should prioritize. Not only because of the raves but it's really something worth a visit.
Coffee Project is the newest coffee hub in the Metro that offers a shabby garden set up for its patrons.
 Located at Will tower in E Rodriguez Quezon City, it's very visible to everyone who likes to visit.
 As soon as you enter the place, you will feel the whimsical ambiance of their garden set up cafe.
 The hanging floral lights are surely an eye candy to everyone!
Different memorabilias awaits for you inside the store.
 The counter was filled with different pasties and sandwiches. I was also surprised to see that they also serves pasta dishes and all day breakfast.
 Coffee Project is perfect for those who are looking for a quiet time while enjoying a good cup of coffee paired up with a pastry. The place is huge and homey.
 Not only for a "me time" but it's also a perfect spot to hang out with your friends because the place is equipped with a good wifi connection.
 The second floor of the place is equally pretty. Loaded with floral decorations and rustic set up.
 For bigger groups, you may opt to stay upstairs where they have huge place to accommodate bigger number of crowds.
 Isn't it lovely? :)
 Every corner of the place is instagram worthy. Including their rest rooms!
 Moving on with our orders, since we are having a Anniversary Dinner that day, we settled for the following:
 Ice Mud (185 pesos) - I ordered this one since I'm not allowed to drink too much coffee. Underneath is crushed cookie, filled with coffee-milk based drink. It was okay for me but it was a bit bland for my liking. (or maybe I'm just a sweet tooth :P) I appreciate that each serving of the drink comes with a free cookie too!
 Sea Caramel Frappe (175 pesos) - This is Aldrin's order and as usual, it's better than my drink. (So we exchanged. haha!) This is something I would go back again for! I'm quite hesitant when I saw this on the menu for I was thinking that it will be overly sweet. But to my surprised, their version blended really well. It's quite addicting that I wanted to order another one! :O
 Vanilla Con Leche (120 pesos) - I didn't bother to ask for their best seller on their cake, instead we choose this cake because it's too pretty to eat! A bit wrong move though. I actually expected a soft custard on a layer of cheesecake, but I find the cake too dense for my preference. But Aldrin really enjoyed this one, especially the candied nuts on the side. So if you are like Aldrin that loves those kinds of cake, then it's a must order for you then!
Our stay here made our Anniversary day worth while. Good food, nice place, especially the ambiance will surely be the reasons why we want to visit this place again. :)

For more details, you may visit their page here

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters @ Ayala Triangle!

It was sometime when I just came back from Malaysia and I am definitely dying to eat some meats! After Aldrin's work, I asked him to join me where I can satisfy my cravings. It was nothing much around Ayala Triangle so we settled at Chef Lau's Pugon Roasters.
I've been hearing quite good reviews with this place. Offering sulit meals that will satisfy both your tummy and your wallet!
It's obvious when we arrived the place, it was packed with employees even it's not even lunch time. Pardon me if I forgot to take some photos of the menu. I am already starving that time--so I totally forgot even our bill. Hahah!
I was originally planning to order their Bangus Belly, but a nosey little me got envy with the orders beside us when they had the Fried Chicken Adobo. I was surprised with the generous serving size they have on this one. For less than a 150 pesos, this is sulit! The dish is a bit underwhelming for me. The sauce was okay, as well as the chicken, but I find it too cloying already.
If there is Lechon Kawali on the menu, it's a no brainer that Aldrin will order that one. We both loved it. It's not the typical fried Lechon Kawali, since the meat was infused with some lemon grass which I enjoyed. The vinegar served with it was good, but still, nothing beats Lechon Kawali if it was served with some sarsa aka Mang Tomas! Yum!

How about you? What you can recommend on our next visit? :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Chicken, Ribs, and More at Gringo!

If you think that you tried a good 'ol ribs,  then better think again. Have you tried the newest food chain in the metro? Introducing Gringo!
Gringo recently opened their branch in SM North that offers array of Mexican food choices. They don't limit to Mexican flavors alone, but they made sure that pinoy taste buds will also enjoy savoring their offerings!
Gringo's Original Roasted Chicken - Tender roasted chicken served with a side of your choice. The kiddos were the ones who enjoyed this dish the most because of the mild spices that lingers on every bite.
While the kids enjoyed the above dish, the adults went gaga on the Gringo's Southern Spice Chicken! It is a combination of Mexican spices, lemon and herb and a sweet touch on the outer part. Don't think that the dark part was roasted, because that's the winning piece over there! See for yourself!
But on top of the list is Gringo's Ribs. I clearly remember when my nephew told me "Mommy Teta, this is my new favorite ribs already!". Coming from a 10 year old boy, you know it means a lot. The sweet and tender combination of the ribs complimented well the side dishes accompanied with it. 

For more details visit their facebook page here.

Flavor Invasion by WingStop!

One of the most addicting snacks that you can possibly think of?--- Wings! It's so good that you can have it anywhere you want! A quick bite, while on the road, food trips with barkada, have it inside the movie house, or hop in the nearest Wing Stop around you!


That's why Wing Stop is offering you an explosion of 14 different flavors through their Flavor Pass starting May 23 up to 31st of August. Yup, you read it right! 14 enjoyable flavors of wingies! How to avail the Flavor Pass? It's redeemable with any single receipt purchase at any Wingstop store. Collect stamps for every favor that you try and earn yourself 1000 pesos gift certificates for every Flavor Pass that you complete!
But that’s not all, Customers get extra wings with every purchase of the Classic or Batter-Fried Wings. So if your appetite requires a 5-piece, you get 1 piece free. If you’re craving for a 7-piece, you get 2 wings for free and if you order an 11-piece, you get 3 free wings with your purchase! 

Hungry for their Garlic Parmesan?
Or for the brave hearts out there with these Atomic Wings?
 How about these mild, zesty and savory wings?

So whether you are undecided with the flavors of your deep fried battered crispy wings The Wingstop Flavor Invasion gives you the freedom to explore and try many different flavors that Wingstop has to offer. So if you’re looking for the heat of the Atomic but want the zest of the Lemon Pepper on the side or if you’re craving for the sweet and salty taste of the Garlic Parmesan but are raring to try the Asian kick of the Spicy Soy, the Flavor Invasion is your best bet for your next flavor adventure. What are you waiting for? Start collecting your stamps and enjoy these treats! 

You may also visit their page here
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