|Rheinhessen 2009 Riesling Spätlese|
|Rheinhessen 2009 Riesling Spätlese|
Noong Martes, nakatanggap ako ng e-mail galing sa opisina. Sabi sa e-mail, magkakaroon daw ng maliit na salu-salo sa pantry bilang pasasalamat sa mga biyayang natanggap noong nakaraang taon. Ang tema ng handaan ay “piesta”, kaya yung mga pagkain na pagsasaluhan ay mga pagkain na makikita natin kapag may piesta.
|Banderitas at ice kendi|
At siyempre, ang mga dekorasyon sa pantry ay sangayon din sa tema ng handaan. Mayroong mga nakasabit na makukulay na banderitas at mayroon ding mga ice kendi (na gusto ko sanang dekwatin) na nakabitin sa kisame ng pantry.
Sa piestang Pinoy, hindi mawawala ang lechon. Para sa mga hindi alam kung ano ang lechon, ito ay isang buong baboy (na tinanggalan ng laman loob) na niluto sa uling. Marami ring klase ng lechon dito sa Pilipinas, pero isa sa mga pinakasikat ang Cebu Lechon. Ito yung hinanda nung salu-salo. Ang lechon na galing Cebu ay kilala sa malutong at na balat ng baboy at malasang laman nito (na hindi na kailangan ng sawsawan!).
Hindi rin naman mawawala sa handaang Pinoy ang pansit at barbecue. Sa Pinoy Pasko sa Logica, ilang bilao ng pansit ang pwedeng pagpilian- mayroong pancit Malabon, pancit canton at mayroon pang pancit bihon (paborito ko talaga ang pancit Malabon, lalo na kapag homemade).
|Nilupak||Dirty Ice Cream|
Para sa panghimagas naman ay mayroong puto bumbong, pichi pichi, nilupak, at ang klasik na dirty ice cream. Ang sarap ng ice cream! Naalala ko tuloy nung bata pako, excited ako pag naririnig ko yung bell ng cart galing sa labas ng bahay. Para sa mga banyaga, hindi naman madumi ang dirty ice cream, pero ewan ko kung bakit ganon ang tawag sa kanya.
Sayang nga, hindi ko na naabutan yung puto bumbong, medyo na-late kasi ako. Kumuha nalang ako ng nilupak at pichi pichi, na masarap din. Noong araw na yun ko lang nalaman kung ano ang nilupak. Tinanong ko pa sa kaopisina ko na si Tin kung saan gawa yun. Sabi nya, ang nilupak ay matamis kakanin na gawa sa cassava, niyog, gatas, at mantikilya.
|Hulaan nyo sino nanalo.|
Bukod sa kainan, nagkaroon din ng mga palaro katulad nitong nasa larawan- pabilisan makaubos ng ice cream. Mahuhulaan nyo kaya kung sino nanalo?
Sa dami ng masasarap na pagkain, palaro, at palamuti, ang Pinoy Pasko sa Logica ay tila naging isang masayang piesta upang ipagdiwang ng maaga ang Pasko kasama ang mga ka-opisina at mga kaibigan. Ilang oras nalang at Noche Buena na! Anong handa nyo mamayang gabi?
|McDonald’s of the World: Hong Kong|
|Zomg, Double Sausage McMuffin! NOM!|
|Twisty Pasta is the “in” thing|
|See what I mean?|
|Instead of Apple Pie, they have Red Bean Pie|
|McDonald’s’ in Hongkong have more burger choices|
The menu is in Chinese, with English translations in a smaller font size. Compared to the menu here in the Philippines, there are more choices, even healthier ones. Twisty Pasta seems to be the current trend in Hongkong and they have different variations of it, even on the breakfast menu. I thought it best to summarize all the different items on the menu and their prices, converted to Philippine peso (based on the current exchange rate from Google [1 Hong Kong dollar = 5.67046006 Philippine pesos]).
|Menu|| Ala Cart
|In Pesos||With Meal
|Ham + Egg Cheesy Twisty Pasta||$19.30||₱109.44||$24.50||₱138.93|
|Sausage + Egg Cheesy Twisty Pasta||$19.30||₱109.44||$24.50||₱138.93|
|Double Sausage McMuffin with Egg||$16.80||₱95.26||$23.00||₱130.42|
|Hotcakes with Sausage||$14.50||₱82.22||$19.50||₱110.57|
|Sausage N’ Egg Twisty Pasta||$17.30||₱98.10||$22.50||₱127.59|
|Grilled Chicken With Twisty Pasta||$19.70||₱111.71||$24.50||₱138.93|
|Red Bean Pie||$6||₱34.02||–||–|
|Grilled Chicken Burger||$16.80||₱95.26||$28.00||₱158.77|
|Big N’ Tasty||$18.10||₱102.64||$28.00||₱158.77|
|Grilled Chicken Twisty Pasta|
|Tomato Seafood Soup|
|Spicy Chicken Wings|
|Looky, Alley Gator is next to Citiland|
|Alley Gator’s Liempo (p99 +/-)|
|Alley Gator’s Calamares (p120 +/-)|
|Alley Gator’s Fried Chicken (p120 +/-)|
|Alley Gator’s Sinigang (p220 +/-)|
Special mention goes to the calamares- the coating isn’t too thick nor too hard and the squid is soft and tender. I’m declaring them to be the best calamares in town! And they’re cheap too!
The chance to try the famous desserts of Banapple came last Saturday afternoon when we brought the dogs to Ayala Triangle Park for a walk. The restaurant wasn’t crowded and had an outdoor eating area where the dogs can stay and rest too. Finally, we get to find out if Banapple lives up to the hype.
|The afternoon sun was gorgeous for taking pictures|
Banapple is a name coined by combining the names two of their signature desserts- Banoffee Pie and the Apple Caramel Crumble. They opened shop in 2007 at Blue Ridge in Katipunan and soon gained popularity and have expanded business by opening branches at Tomas Morato in Quezon City and most recently, at Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.
Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes is more of a dessert place but the crowds come flocking in at dinner time for their heavier meals. We were there in the afternoon when there were less people and weren’t in the mood for a heavy snack so we sampled their famous cakes and some drinks.
|Banoffee Pie (p85/slice; p650 cake)|
Perhaps their most famous pie, the Banoffee Pie is artfully prepared with a layer of fresh bananas topped with a very generous layer of cream on a sweet graham cracker pie crust sprinkled with a dash of chocolate shavings and drizzled with chocolate syrup. The crunchy crust was sweet but not overly so, and bananas, cream, and chocolate is a tried and tested combination that did not disappoint.
|Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake (p100/slice; p960/cake)|
The Strawberry Amaretto Cheesecake has a thick chocolatey base with a light cheesecake and topped with what looked like strawberry jam that had a slight taste of Amaretto (alcohol free, I think). It was good- a simple and light cake that was tasty but that’s not too sweet nor too rich.
|Banana Starry-Berry Custard Cheesecake (p110/slice; p1030/cake)|
It has a regular graham cracker crust with a cake that was trying to be a cheesecake and a custard cake at the same time with a thick layer of cream on top of it. For toppings, it had some banana and also some syrupy strawberry jam that didn’t go very well together. I don’t know, maybe some of you might enjoy it but I didn’t like the combination of all those flavors in just one cake. It felt like two or three cakes fused to form one bad idea.
|The fixtures were almost monochromatic|
|Chimchuri Chicken Kebab (p375)|
|Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder (served with couscous) (p390)|
|Most affordable froyo in town|
|Banna froyo on the left, strawberry on the right|
|Get why the froyo shop is called Yogi Berry?|
|The regular sized version of the Dragon Wok menu|
|Sipa Jr. (p68)|
|Spicy Shrimps (p125)|
We also ordered a junior serving of the Spicy Shrimps. Fried battered shrimps with a sweet and spicy dip. It was okay, not bad, a tad salty maybe, but my main gripe about it is that the serving was too little for the price. There were only about 3 or 5 small shrimps for a 125 peso order. Because there wasn’t enough of it to go around, we got an additional dish to tide us over.
|Garlic Chicken Jr. (p99)|
An extra order made the nomz enough for two. Dragon Wok’s Garlic chicken is fried chicken in garlic sauce. This order had several pieces of chunky chicken swimming in brownish garlic sauce. Together with the Young Chow Fried Rice (p101), it was a hot meal that felt almost authentic, nearly Binondo-style. Dragon Wok nomz is a good place to go to if you’re looking for a Binondo-type restaurant right dab smack in the middle of the Central Business District.
Location: G/F Parksquare 1 Mall, Makati City
Contact Number: (02) 818-1016
|Pasta Box’ Nacho Chips with Dip (p75)|
You can choose between nacho chips or cassava chips and they come with two dips, both with an oil base, one predominantly tomato, and the other, white sauce (I don’t know their fancy names).
|Holy Chicken (p140)|
Holy Chicken is the spiciest one on the menu, it has strips of chicken on noodles with sweet and spicy sauce and sprinkled with cashew nuts, best in fusilli pasta.
|Popeye’s Choice (p140)|
|Seafood Pomodoro (p140)|
Seafood Pomodoro is a pasta on seafood overload- it has clams, mussels, shrimps, tuna with Italian tomatoes and herbs as sauce.
|Dirty Harry (p140)|
Possibly the dirtiest looking pasta dish I’ve seen, Pasta Box’s Dirty Harry is a dark colored dish, slightly spicy and mixed in a greenish colored (not unlike moss) sauce.
The menu is mostly Italian, so they also have Italian sandwiches (but with Pinoy flair) on it. We tried a couple of them-
|Pinoy Panini (p90)|
Adobo flakes on ciabatta bread with caramelized onions and kesong puti served with a side of potato chips.
|Italian Panini (p100)|
The Italian Panini is a sandwich made of salami, roasted pepper, pesto sauce, and cheese on ciabatta bread.
Sometimes, the best part of a meal is the dessert. That holds true for this one, I wanted to start writing about Pasta Box’s sinful dessert first, but it didn’t seem right for a restaurant review so instead, I saved the best for last.
|Pasta Box’s Banoffee (p35)|
Pasta Box’s Banoffee is a mouth-watering treat- it has a layer of sweet and crunchy graham cracker bits and then a dollop of caramel-toffee-nut mix, a couple slices of bananas, and then topped off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of chocolate powder. It’s sinful but so delicious.
In sum, Pasta Box is an Italian-Pinoy themed restaurant (they have sago’t gulaman) with good pastas, good service, and fair prices. It’s a bit out of the way, but the Banoffee is enough of a reason to make the trip. My only gripe is that their menu items didn’t have ready descriptions. Majority of their food names don’t give anything away too (prime example would be the dish called Dirty Harry) so you’d have to ask the servers for it.