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GB3’s Kitchen is Totally Underrated

On date night, after walking around Greenbelt 1, 2 and 3 and checking out all the restaurant menus, my date and I settled on an old favorite. We found ourselves settling in for a nice evening at Kitchen in Greenbelt 3.


The table setting and the service water bottle.

That’s their service water bottle on the left, laced with mint (I’m not so sure if they’re actually mint) leaves. On the right is the table setting, with unusually large utensils. I spent a good amount of time arranging and rearranging the assortment of table knick knacks for photos while waiting for our order.

For starters-


Breadwinner

The breadwinner includes four pieces of lightly toasted bread and assorted dips. I’m not familiar with their fancy names, so I’ll just attempt to describe them. The red dip is tomato based with clumps of tomato and some seasoning in it. The green one had the texture of pesto, it looked like crushed basil leaves with herbs in oil. The mustard colored one is mushrooms in oil. And lastly, the yellow one is grated cheese. The serving size was on the small side but it tasted good. Rating: 3.5/5

Main course-


Undercover

My date ordered the Undercover. This is basically chicken pandan with pandan rice and sweet chili sauce to taste. It was total pandan overload because he paired it up with bottomless pandan iced tea. Good value, huge serving size, great texture, fantastic taste. His rating: 5 out of frickin’ flippin’ 5!


Ribbit


I ordered what they call the Ribbit. From the name, you’d think it’d be frogs but the dish is actually deep-fried pork ribs seasoned in garlic, salt and pepper with pandan rice and a side of mixed vegetables. The serving was so large that I had to take half of it home, but it tasted so heart-stoppingly good. I paired it up with mint iced tea which was a bit on the sweet side rather than minty. The meal was delicious, but it was kind of unhealthy. My rating: 4.5 of 5.


Dessert-

And no meal would be complete without dessert, and because we were full, we decided to share. We ordered what they call Going Bananas.


Going Bananas and the uniquely presented bill

The description on the menu which read something like- bananas packed in graham cracker crusts topped with a swirl of cream -sounded promising. When it arrived, it looked like it would be super sweet, like those cakes you can get at coffee shops. It was a delightful surprise to find out that the middle part is actually (very) chilled bananas with no cream or sugar, but the graham cracker crusts were enough to sweeten it. It wasn’t expensive too, about 80 pesos an order. Rating: 5/5

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If I were to choose one word to describe Kitchen over at Greenbelt 3, that word would be ‘subtle’. From their logo, the simple letter ‘K’, to their minimalist gray restaurant interior, to their friendly but never overbearing staff, to the tasty but not overpowering flavors of their food. But make no mistakes, subtle doesn’t mean Kitchen is dull, bland or boring. Quite the opposite, actually. I can honestly say that Kitchen is one of the better restaurants (and affordable too!) I’ve been to, ever.

Meals are about 200-300 peseos per person, but these are huge meals, and each plate is good for sharing. They have great service, good ambiance, fantastic food, large servings and reasonable prices.

Total Rating: 4.75 of 5

Best restaurant reviewed as of yet, at a reasonable price. Great nomz!

*again, I am sorry for the very grainy photos, used my phone’s camera. I always don’t have the good camera with me when I go to places worth taking pictures of. -_-;

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Iloilo Treats – Barquillos, Biscocho, and Bañadas

While I have never been to Iloilo, it has already etched a place for itself in my heart because of its well-known pasalubong goodies- biscocho and barquillos.

A friend who shall remain nameless (clue: her name starts with an ‘M’ and ends with ‘arie’) recently came back from a trip to Iloilo and gave me a bagful of lovely Iloilo treats from Biscocho Haus.


Here they are: Iloilo’s well-known biscocho, barquillos, and bañadas

Oldies but goodies-

Biscocho is what Iloilo is most known for, and Biscocho Haus makes the best of them. For those of you who have not tried biscochos yet, that’s a shame, these biscuits taste like toasted bread smothered with butter and topped with sugar, only crunchier and tastier. I’m kind of ashamed to admit it, but I can finish nearly an entire pack in one sitting.

Another treat that they’re known for is the barquillos (this is my mom’s favorite). Sure, you can buy a pack off the rack at your nearest grocery store or ice cream shop. But they wouldn’t be as good as Biscocho Haus’ barquillos, nope. These barquillos are wafery (they melt in your mouth), they’re just the right kind of sweet (they’re perfect), and they’re great with (pistachio) ice cream. I tell you, they’re fantastic.

Something new-


Bañadas- giant pacencias

This time around, my friend whose name starts with an ‘M’ and ends with ‘arie’ added a new treat- Biscocho Haus’ bañadas. I was halfway through the package before I remembered to take pictures (they were delicious~) They’re like pacencia biscuits, only lighter, crunchier and five times the size. That part of my heart that belongs to Iloilo has just become bigger, I have added this to my favorites list.

When I set foot in Iloilo someday, expect me to be bringing back home boxes of all of these yummy treats.

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Chicken-All-You-Want at Max’s Restaurant!
Max’s is celebrating it’s 65th anniversary and there will be a month-long chicken fiesta! Starting June 17 up to July 17, Max’s Restaurant will be offering a Chicken-All-You-Can promo. For only 165 pesos, you can avail of this fantabulous anniversary offering and eat all the chicken that you want and can!
I’ve always been a fan of Max’s best-selling chicken and this, for me, is an awesome way to celebrate 65 years! Thank you, Max’s!


Dude on the poster is kinna cute. Anyone know who he is?

Terms and Conditions:
1. Chicken will be served in quarter pieces, and parts will be based on availability.
2. Add P39.00 for bottomless Pepsi Softdrink.
3. Promo period is from June 17 – July 17, 2010 and from 6 PM to 10 PM only.
4. Promo valid for dine in only. Not available for take-out, delivery and bulk orders.
5. Cannot be combined with other offers. No sharing. No Leftover. Chicken will be served after each piece has been consumed.

Source: Manila Life

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Bulla Fruit ‘n Yogurt Popsicle is Refreshingly Healthy

You know how yogurt ice cream has been the fad last year? Along with fun runs, yogurt ice cream gained a lot of popularity last year within a short period of time and this resulted to a number of yogurt ice cream shops sprouting in many corners of the Metro. And I’ve been on this we-love-yogurt-ice-cream bandwagon for a while now (The White Hat being my favorite). Generally, I like the tangy taste of yogurt, be it a drink, creamy, or the frozen kind.


It was this box that caught my eye.

Last weekend, I had just arrived at Podium and was in the mood for something cool and refreshing. This box sitting atop a shelf at Dippin’ Dots caught my eye. Actually, the detail in the green circle that reads “97% Fat Free” caught my eye. Upon further inspection, the box also claims that these yogurt popsicles were made with real fruit and have no artificial colors or flavors. Healthy fun food! I hurriedly got one.


The yummy Bulla Fruit ‘N Yogurt Strawberry popsicle.

Boy, am I glad I did. It was soooo goood! It had that tangy taste that I look for in yogurt, the flavor of the fruit (strawberry in this case) was clearly evident but not overpowering, it’s 97% fat free with no artificial colors and flavors, it didn’t melt as quickly as soft-serve yogurt ice cream, and best of all, you can get this for just Php50 a pop!

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Orchard Road – A Little Bit of Singapore in Manila

Last Saturday, we were at Megamall come dinner-time looking for a place to eat when we chanced upon this recently opened fast-food style eatery called Orchard Road. I had just gone to a trip to Singapore and was on a spicy oriental food hangover and this restaurant, bearing the name of Singapore’s most famous main road, caught my attention in an instant. The place was packed at 7 in the evening so we decided come back when the crowd had thinned a bit.


Orchard Road in Manila

A couple hours later, we came back to find the restaurant a little less busy so we decided to order and get settled in. It was a different kind of ordering system that welcomed us at the entrance, you get a slip of paper with their menu on it and a pencil. You can go around the kitchen area, which is right at the entrance and check out how the food is being cooked and how it actually looks like compared to the ones in picture. And then you tick the checkbox on the menu items that you wish to order.


The kitchen- right dab smack in the middle of the main dining area

Their kitchen is up front and center, with glass panels that almost make it look like a large aquarium minus the water. Actually, this kind of kitchen transparency is a good idea I think, you hear many horror stories of what really happens behind kitchen doors. With this kind of setup, you and everybody else see what’s going on in there. The dining area reminds me of the elegant food court at Ion Mall along the actual Orchard Road in Singapore.

Now let’s get on with big scoop here- the food. Obviously, with a name like Orchard Road, they serve dishes that are bestsellers in Singapore. And there were so many tasty-looking orders to choose from, it was difficult to order just enough- we wanted to try them all.

What we ended up ordering-

Main course orders:


For the main course we had: (clockwise from top-left) Hainanese Chicken, Laksa, Chicken Satay, and Chicken Curry
  • Hainanese Chicken- steamed chicken seasoned with ginger, salt and pepper. I didn’t get to try this one, but my date liked this dish best compared to everything else. He says the texture of the chicken was good, firm and tender. Rating: 4.5/5
  • Chicken Curry- this was an order good for two, it was a bowl filled with several pieces of tender chicken in rich and tasty curry sauce with just enough spice. This was my favorite. Rating: 4.5/5
  • Laksa- spicy coconut-based noodle soup that’s a popular dish in Singapore. Tasted exactly like the Laksa I had in SG, which is a good thing. Rating: 5/5
  • Chicken Satay- 4 sticks of barbecued skewered chicken fillets; also pretty tasty and the order was bigger than what I expected. Rating: 4/5
Side orders:


Popiang and Ice Kachang
  • Popiang- this was sort of like the Filipino lumpiang ubod. Chopped vegetables in a soft wrapper flavored by a sweet peanuty sauce topped with chopped nuts. Rating: 2.5/5
  • Shrimp Dumpling- hakaw, is what they call it in Chinese restaurants. Steamed shrimp wrapped in a translucent and gooey dumpling wrapper. Pretty good. Rating: 4.5/5
  • Ice Kachang- if we Pinoys have the halo-halo for dessert, they have this. Soft crushed ice drizzled with brightly colored syrup and syrupy corn with coconut milk (gata), gelatine (gulaman) and sugar palm (kaong) as the base. Rating: 3.5/5 (Nothing beats our halo-halo!)
Drinks:


Bandung and Milo Dinosaur
  • Bandung- a prettily colored Malaysian drink made of milk and rose cordial syrup. It’s an acquired taste, is what I can say. It reminded us of the Pinoy street cooler, scramble. Rating: 3/5
  • Milo Dinosaur- this happy drink is very Filipino. Creamy iced Milo topped with more Milo powder. That just says everything. Rating: 5/5
We ordered a bit too much for just two people, but the food and the ambience was that good that it made us want to fatten ourselves up s’more.

Main dishes cost about Php120-Php200 per order, which I think is a pretty reasonable price range considering the serving size and food quality. The staff were also very nice and helpul throughout the entire process, our orders arrived without delay, requests were handled with smiles and prompt service, the food tasted great and the dishes were a nice change from the usual.

Overall rating: 4/5

All in all, it was a fun dining experience. Good nomz! (^_~)d

*sorry for the grainy photos, I hadn’t brought a proper camera and used the cellphone’s cam instead

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Big, and I mean BIG, Breakfast – Double Breakfast EggMc Big Mac
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what its creators call the Double Breakfast EggMc Big Mac. It looks sinful but damn, I seriously want a piece of that.


Will I live past forty if I eat this on a regular basis? Probably not

Guess what’s in it. No? I’ll tell you anyway. This baby has (from bottom up) an Egg McMuffin, Mac Sauce (don’t know what that is), Sausage Patty, Scrambled Eggs, Pancake, Hotcake Syrup (yes, you read it right), Hashbrown, Pancake, more Hotcake Syrup, Sausage Patty, Mac Sauce again, and lastly, another Egg McMuffin.


Wow.

~Info and images from TopCultured

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Cookie Monster’s Step-by-step Guide to Omnomnoming
Whoddaknown that it all started from that lovable cookie-loving ball of fur from Sesame Street? Watch the video of Cookie Monster’s step-by-step guide.

Step 1: (VERY important!) Look at cookie.
Step 2: Identify cookie.
Step 3: Smell cookie.
Step 4: Omnomnom cookie!

So that’s how you properly nom a cookie. (^_~)d

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McDonald’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Coca Cola Glasses – Sexy and Cute

My pretty 4 piece.

These glasses are my excuses for having too much McDonald’s for the past few days. For a mere Php25.00, you can get one of these limited edition 2010 FIFA World Cup Coca Cola glasses in the color of your choice when you order any McDonald’s Value Meal. That’s a pretty good deal, I’d say.

A few seasons ago, McDonald’s already released glasses of a similar mold, but the difference with these new ones is that they have the 2010 FIFA World Cup logo on one side and the Coca Cola logo on the other. See?

This batch comes in six cute colors and have a curved design that makes the glass sexy to look at but easy to hold. Someone told me the promo will end on June 15, that’s only a few days from now. I’d be having more fastfood this week to complete the set, just two more for me!