Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Trick or Treat at Vikings

TREAT!

sup guise.

This was the best date ever with my beloved birthday celebrant, Sheff. We had dinner at Vikings in SM Lanang Premiere. The place is huge and well, it's the buffet for big eats. I personally love the ambiance inside despite the crowd and busy staff, we did not feel like we were just there to eat but it felt like we were there to cherish the moment, his 26th birthday.

The staff were accommodating, they gave us detailed information and polite to take our dishes out so we won't have to use the same dish for the next round. Inside was also safe, I left my jacket and my bag on our table (except for my camera and wallet of course lol) cause I think people are there to have a good time and good food.

There are a variety of food that you can choose from: Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, American, European and maybe other cuisines that I didn't know. We went over to the first counter on the left, little by little tasting and eating their food until we reached the right counter and next to the center which was dessert. All of their food were appetizing, delicious, new, and fresh. It's a buffet to celebrate special occasions and worth the price!

We were also surprised by a group of boys, entertainers who performed a magic trick and sang the happy birthday song while they lit the candle of Sheff's complimentary birthday cake. It was hilarious and flattering at the same time. I thanked them so much for treating his birthday with a funny entertainment that was priceless, laughter is indeed priceless.


This was on my plate. I had black Italian thin crust pizza, something like a pastry sweet pizza, corn dog, paella, lasagna, chicken barbecue and thai pork barbecue. I think it's kind of heavy for an appetizer but I got too excited to care about appetizers haha. The first pizza was sweet - it seems like the dough made it sweet. The black pizza was absolutely yummy - I loved that it's black but the flavor is the same with a pizza dough. The corn dog was nothing special but it brings back childhood memories. The paella was lovely - delicious, sweet like basmati rice, absolutely perfect!. The Lasagna was very good too, and both of the barbecue were awesome! I liked the thai pork - it's full of lean meat and not fatty.


a happy celebrant.


The next round I had lechon rice, lamb stew, baby back ribs, chuck eye steak, and bacon wrapped (sorta like ham). Lechon rice was okay - I liked the paella more, I was just curious I wanted to try it. Lamb stew was perfect - soft meat melts in your mouth, sweet and savory. Baby back rib was awesome too. The bacon wrapped sorta like ham was okay - maybe because I didn't like the flavor that much. The chuck eye steak was beautiful (medium rare) - although I ate too much lamb and I couldn't enjoy the steak anymore lol so I gave my second slice to Sheff.


moi.


For the 3rd round, I wanted to eat something Asian haha. I had 4 types of sushi, fish ball I guess, chicken teriyaki and I forgot what the other one's called - it had caviar on top of it. Their sushi was delicious, except for the salmon, or maybe if only I drizzled a lil' wasabi and soy sauce on top it would have been magical. The fish balls were okay (I didn't know I had to dip it on the sauce first lol). Chicken teriyaki was terrific, and that taco thingy was kind of sweet and spicy, taste like taco but I am absolutely sure it's asian.

And for the finale, dessert!!!
Just what we've been waiting for, and you know what? If only we could stuff more food in our stomach we would have another round of dessert that time lol


Me and Sheff decided to take each other's plate with different flavors so that we can just share every one of them and we won't have to feel like blowing up.


On our first plate we had carrot cake, mango creme brulee-like (I forgot sorry), mocha tiramisu, ube, cream puff and pudding. Carrot cake was just okay - we didn't liked it very much. That mango creme brulee-like was very creamy and mangotastic hehehe. Ube is our favorite Filipino treat and this one just nailed it! Ube delicioso. The cream puff was so good - If only! if only I could eat more lol. Mocha tiramisu was our favorite in the bunch - It taste like coffee, a lil' bit of bitterness and sweetness which was a perfect combination. The pudding was also great! I would have devoured another one.


On our 2nd plate we had cake (which I forgot the flavor), coffee jelly, creme brulee and chocolate rice crisp. The cake was okay - just your typical cake. Coffee jelly was superb! a new twist for coffee. The creme brulee was meh... okay, taste like real egg yolk, I guess they changed the style of the original creme brulee?. The rice crisp was very good although I didn't get to taste it because Sheff immediately ate it without saying a word.


The complimentary cake!
It was good, taste like vanilla and the chiffon was soft and not too sweet.
A finishing dessert that we enjoyed.


Everyone also had fun watching the boys who were entertaining us with their quirky and cute acts!

Furthermore, I would recommend this to everyone who wants to have a taste of everything from food, entertainment and comfort. Birthday celebrants are highly recommended to have their occasion here because the celebrant is free of charge. We only paid my fee which was around 800 php. It's surprising because this restaurant is world class - food, staff and the whole place yet they gave us a wonderful feeling like a "Barkada" feeling, and a very friendly price. Everyone should try the food in Vikings! taste it to believe it.

Vikings is located at SM Lanang Premiere, near the fountain area.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

We love french baker

hey guise.
what's on the menu today?
hah! it was surprising of me to have French Baker's Blue Cheese Burger while my boyfriend had the usual Whole Wheat Tuna. I wanted something new, and I wouldn't want to call it "cheat meal" because it was too darn good.

I should prolly be honest that I haven't had burger in a year now because of my diet and exercise. Burger for me, as a woman, means "bulking" and I'm like 5'2" in height. Appalling as it may sound, I got fed up with my "over-strict-diet-routine" and it's making me go mad thinking about damn delicious food. Sheff indeed is strict on my diet and wants me to accomplish my goals, I have no regrets tho but sometimes you have to make your soul happy, once in awhile. 

Set aside the drama. I am veery happy to have had my burger fix at FB. What's so special about it? It's not that pricey for my appetite (I mean I can't eat massive burgers, It will become waste - I can't finish it) and the patty was not greasy even if it was pan-grilled. I can taste real beef and the bread wasn't overpowering. I saw one show who said a good burger should be paired with an awesome bun (homemade), the buns were so good, and you know what? I am hooked! lol

Furthermore, we had black tea.


It was one hot sunday and this was just refreshing, as always.


Starters Salad the best! the side dish was also splendid, very tasty like Indonesia's Kropuk and
I love that crackling sound haha.


Italian Almond Black Tea how could I ever say NO to tea!
Heavens yes!


Blue Cheese Burger, Muah!


Look at this! look at it! I love that it's full of beef flavor and the cheese was
not overpowering, especially the soft and amazing bread. Magnifico!

French Baker is located at SM Lanang Premiere, near the fountain area.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Must be a Parisian experience...

First of all, I am a Hannibal the Cannibal fan.
J'adore Hannibal Lecter, swirling in my mind like the intestines of a pig piled in the tub. Enchanted by his ridiculously gentle manners, evil schemes and blue eyes, not dead but subtle.

This is not about Dr. Hannibal. I want to share my delightful experience in French Baker, SM Lanang.

Me and Sheff didn't appreciate French Baker once because we only see pastries, chocolates, and rich people dining (lol). I mean, judging the food without even tasting it.

Then yesterday we decided to try the newly opened French Baker establishment in SM Lanang. The place was beautifully decorated with leaves wallpaper (or vines), warm colors - brown, ochre, orange, green and white, and a Parisian touch. I loved their tables and chairs, very comfortable and the staff were welcoming!

I gotta say, It is not just a place for the wealthy, but a place for family and friends, hang out, have a cup of tea, talk or perhaps read a book.

We are into Health and Wellness therefore we are not picky but aware of what we eat. We ordered their Whole wheat Tuna sandwich, two pieces of macaron, and tea. It wasn't a "cheat day" also, instead we should call it a date night (with macaron in moderation). It was my first time to eat macaron, and so I was pleased.

Furthermore, French Baker has the best tea in town! I guess I haven't tried others yet, but honestly the green tea was heaven! I would like to try Black Forest tea when it will be available next time.


I love this!



waiting for our food.


Refreshing water :)


First time to have macarons, THE BEST! all caps!
We had Mocha and I forgot the other one, it was something in french lol


Me and my boyfriend had the same order. Whole wheat tuna sandwich, with salad (which was superb!), and potato chips (I had a few and they were tasty).


We had Moroccan Mint Green Tea. We didn't even need to use sugar because it compliments with the macarons. The aroma of the mint tea was fantastic.

French Baker is located in SM Lanang, near the fountain area. Bon appetit!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Food: Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup Sweet and Savory :)


Pumpkin is chock full ‘o goodness. You can tell by its bright color that it’s going to be going to be good for you. Not only is pumpkin loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. 

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/pumpkin.htm

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

- Pumpkin 1/4
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 1 Carrot
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Half a red onion
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Water

Garnishing: (optional)

- Coconut Milk
- Parsley

Step:

- Cut all the ingredients into cubes.
- Place all the ingredients on to a pot
- Pour in Water along with salt and pepper.
- Boil it. Medium heat... boil until ingredients are breaking apart or soft (for puree).
- Puree everything on a blender or something that will puree lol
- Pour it on a bowl (for 2 people), then garnish with coconut milk and parsley (optional)
- Add spices if you want a kick. :)

I actually had the best pumpkin soup ever at Baguio City, Philippines.
It was an all-vegetable restaurant called Azotea Greens.
They serve the best veggie meals in town (for us hehe).


Food: Fried Chicken (on whole wheat and coconut breading)



You might be wondering about the taste, the texture and the idea why we used
whole wheat and desiccated coconut (plus eggs)

The whole idea was to make fried chicken LESS in calories and more on protein and other nutrients. Cooked Pan fried so it's not as greasy as finger lickin good but c'mon it's your choice. If you like deep frying them... I think you will regret the taste.

If you have like a bigger pan, it makes cooking faster but if you're using the smaller pan, at least 3 pieces of chicken will be fine. after cooking the 3 pieces (like a golden brown color), scrape off bits and pieces of torn breading or at least use another clean oil. That way, the next batch won't get burned. Keep in mind, the whole wheat and desiccated coconut can easily charred so you have to be cautious on time.

Furthermore, only use CHICKEN BREAST :p

Ingredients: (Serving: Desired Number of Serving, up to you)

- Whole Wheat Flour (can be bought at any mall)
- Desiccated Coconut (if you want organic, buy it in any public market, it's cheaper too)
- Eggs
- Chicken Breast (fillet cuts/boneless cuts)
- Palm Oil (don't use olive oil for frying please)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley Leaves and Basil for garnishing (optional)

Step:

- First, prepare the chicken breasts on a plate.
- Second, prepare the beaten eggs on a plate/bowl.
- Third, prepare the whole wheat and desiccated coconut. mixed properly with salt and pepper on a bowl/plate.
- Fourth, prepare tissue paper (for fried food) on a plate/strainer.
- Fifth, prepare the palm oil (Don't pour too many, pour a little just to cover the whole pan with oil) on to the pan with medium low heat (not too hot and not too cold either)
- Next, get one piece of chicken breast, dip it on the beaten eggs, then to the flour (cover them up good) and 
- Place the chicken on to the pan, you will like the sound of siizzzzzleee... hehehe


This is still not cooked though but it should look like this. Overcooking it means it has too many charred parts which also means chicken isn't juicy and burnt food is cancerous.

- After cooking the first batch of fried chicken, place it on the tissue paper to remove excess oil.
- Next, scrape off bits and pieces of the breading, or just clean the whole pan but don't wash it off with water. just scrape it off.
- Pour palm oil again, and not too much. medium low heat.
- Cook the rest of the 2nd batch.
- Repeat process for your desired number of serving.

Garnish:

- Prepare fried chicken on a plate
- It's either you use pure parsley leaves, or basil.

ENJOY! :D

I like mine with red rice and ketchup as sauce.


Bon Apetit!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Feeling Steaky, Expectation..

November 17, 2013 note:
Dear guise,
As you can see the comments below. A gentleman recently replied about this post for misinformation. Yes I admit I have no idea what Tadyang is, it is deep fried beef. Therefore, I apologize. However, it does not change my opinion about the flavor, and I stated below what the "cheap" word was for, it meant low in cost not the other meaning for low in quality.

P.S.
I am a beginner in writing a review hence my opinions are based in facts not "favoritism". If I don't like the food, I don't like the food, please respect that.

Hi guys! been awhile haven't posted anything in my Travelog and Foodlog.
Earlier this day, we were expecting to eat grilled beef steak. Oh yes, that juicy, tender, bon apetit steak.
We decided to try Lyndon's at Roxas.

We ordered beef and kambing (goat). I was so excited and salivating in my mind lol (so I'm not literally salivating).

and here comes our order:


 Goat Kaldereta

Tadyang ni Ruby Beef

 Tadyang ni ruby beef



Yeah so there you have it. The food chain is called Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs. We had Tadyang ni Ruby beef and Leonardo's rubbish kaldereta. The names supposed to sound like the opposite of rubbish, of world's worst... because they've been graded as the best! If not then they wouldn't have a new branch at Lanang. We ate at the old branch, at Roxas. 

However, I was expecting grilled steaks and at least a good for 2 persons serving for the kaldereta, fortunately, since it was cheap (I mean the prices weren't that expensive) I guess that's that.

The Tadyang ni ruby beef, it was obviously cooked in a pan or maybe deep fried, I don't really know but it sure taste like oil. For a foodie like me, I couldn't taste the real flavor of the beef and if you dip in the sauce, the sauce is overpowering the meat (if I ate an ordinary roasted chicken, you can taste the chicken meat). Did ya'll get my point? I think it could have been a great beef loin if it were cooked in open fire, seasoned only with salt. I'll give 5 stars for the corn hehe.

The Goat Kaldereta was really rubbish haha I'm just kidding. It was pretty good, the goat meat was tender and the sauce was sweet (which I really love). However, for 2 persons who don't eat rice, it was freaking SMALL! small like 1 serving. So sad, I gave half of it to Sheff since he needed more protein than me.

All in all, it was a nice experience at Lyndon's. The service is great, I don't have anything against them. The weather was cooperating nicely so it wasn't that hot. The food? hmm.. okay. Nothing special.
Will I recommend it? Well yes of course, for people who want to eat meat with an affordable price then Lyndon's is at your service. But, I cannot recommend this to gym goers, fitness and diet planners, those who are into fitness and those who have high cholesterol level, blood pressure and diabetes. If you want meat, the saying goes: "Abs are made in the kitchen" and a new one "Real Food is Real Medicine" Make one! grill that motherfucker lol

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Food: Pininyahang Manok (Pineapple Chicken)


This dish is excellent with family and friends. The warm colors of yellow and beige bring out the comfort in food and at home. This is a traditional Filipino dish. The taste is usually sweet and welcoming. It is mostly served in family gatherings, fiestas, birthdays, Christmas and some Festivals.


Ingredients:


  • 2 whole Chicken Breasts, cut into 8 (serves up to 3-4 persons depending on appetite)
  • Half can coconut milk
  • Fresh Pineapples (depends on the quantity you like)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Half slice white onion
  • 3 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • salt, pepper and coconut sugar (brown sugar) to taste
  • Chili flakes and basil (optional)
Process:

  • First, roughly chop the 3 cloves of garlic, next side-slices of white onion.
  • Second, heat the pan in medium heat. Then, pour the 3 tablespoon of oil on the pan. Next, saute roughly chopped garlic, saute for half a minute (don't leave it too brown).
  • Thirdly, Stir-fry chicken with garlic. When chicken breasts are cooked well (don't overcook it), Saute the onion and pineapple for 1 minute.
  • Lastly, add half can of coconut milk and saute. Add salt, pepper and coconut sugar (brown sugar) to taste.
  • Set the stove in low heat, leave it covered and wait until the sauce thickens (don't forget to taste).
  • Garnish with chili flakes and basil (optional)
Enjoy it with the family! :)