Get Tipsy From Beans and More at Tipsy Beans

Happy new year everyone! I’m not too late for the Chinese one yet, right? Anyway, before we get on to news of tikoy and mooncake aplenty in this upcoming year of the horse, I would like to tell you about this little, little cafe in far away Mandaluyong (anywhere further than 5km from my location is considered the opposite of near). It’s called Tipsy Beans. By the name alone, you know this’ll be fun. ^_~

The cafe is located in a nice little sort of complex with a spacious parking area in front, for those bringing cars. The floor area is tiny, but what they lack in dining space, they make up for adorable interior design. In one corner are pinned up pictures of the lovely owners and their friends and a Manila paper poster where you can write or draw whatever you want (hopefully not a penis).

Tipsy Beans: A tiny little cafe tucked all the way in Mandaluyong City.

Before going to the place, I looked them up a bit to see what their bestsellers were and almost unanimously, the Internet told me to order their Sisig Triangles. I was expecting something like samosas and boy, being a fan of anything sisig, the thought of fried sisig bites had my mouth watering for a good few minutes. I was partly right. For the uninitiated, sisig is a Filipino pulutan made with pork jowls, onions, garlic, vinegar and lemon juice (what, really?), thanks to the formal definition by Kawaling Pinoy. Tipsy Beans’ Sisig Triangles are delicious sandwiches filled with a healthy amount of glorious, glorious sisig.

Look at all the lovely. Sisig Triangles (p75); Carbonara (p118)

Besides the snack type Sisig Triangles, they’ve also got other heavier fare. Two of them stood out from those we tried. One is the Creamy Carbonara, Tipsy Beans’ version of this classic pasta is rich and creamy like the name suggests and is heartily laden with bits of bacon <3. It’s served with a nicely buttered and herbed toasted slice of bread too, which should help keep your tummies fully carbed and loaded. The second hit of the night is the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich. Now pulled pork sandwiches are aplenty these days, Tipsy Beans’ version packs a generous amount of the succulent and melt-in-your-mouth meat in between a pair of perfectly toasted wheat bread.

Lookit the circuit breaker dressed as a robot! Pulled Pork BBQ (p95)

Tipsy Beans noms are pretty good, but it’s the drinks that won me over. This one particular drink called Shark Infested Lemonade had me at “Shark”. I have 5 good reasons for falling in love with this drink. 1- it has a funny-cute name, which is always a good thing in my book, 2- it comes in a cute color, blue green for a drink is absolutely adorable, 3- it’s super refreshing, 4- it has a gummy shark in it, only a Scrooge wouldn’t like that, and 5- it has alcohol in it (yea, baby!), Blue Curacao to be specific. It’s still more lemonade than cocktail so you need not worry about getting too tipsy, it has but a splash of liquor in it (I had 2 and was only a teensy bit buzzed after). They also have Irish Coffee, Mexican Coffee, and even Tipsy Frappuccino. Yes, they both have alcohol! ^_~s

Shark Infested Lemonade (p55) <3

The good

  • Adorable cute interior design.
  • Alcoholic Interesting drinks.
  • Affordable prices.

The bad

  • Not a lot of main meals available (I know they’re a cafe, but it’s just something I would have liked).

The bacon

4 bacons! Oh hey, they are pretty well covered online. They’ve got FacebookGoogle+,FourSquareZomato and Looloo reviews (and now, a BaconTunaMelt one). I guess everyone should have heard about them by now. If you don’t yet, it’s high time that you drop by and get tipsy from beans (or my favorite Shark Infested Lemonade) at Tipsy Beans.

Tipsy Beans

Address: 50 Domingo M. Guevara, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
Contact no/s: 621-6330
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*Incidentally, I recently heard of a restaurant called Tipsy Pig. In my head are fantasies of bacon infused with vodka. HELLO!


A New Take on Street Noms at Chef Arch’s Lime

When it was suggested that dinner would be at a restaurant that served fancy street food called Lime, I almost vetoed the idea because I was picturing a swanky and pretentious night. I did a quick research of their menu online and offerings called “Balut in Red Wine Sauce” and “Tinapa and Sundried Tomato Pasta” cemented that idea of a highfalutin, overpriced restaurant in my head. Boy was I wrong.

As soon as we entered the place, I knew it was the complete opposite of what I was thinking. Chef Arch’s Lime is actually a simple and laid back restaurant that seems perfect for chill Friday night get togethers with friends instead of a place to bring a high maintenance date. Thank goodness I didn’t use a veto that night.

Lime Appetizers: Balut in Red Wine Sauce (p140), Quail Egg Tempura (p90), Street Style Barbecue Platter (p190)

For starters, we settled on their three most famous “sosyal” street food orders: Balut in Red Wine Sauce, Quail Egg Tempura, and Street Style BBQ Platter. Of the three, the balut is probably the most famous. What is usually eaten with bare hands on the street is now served to you de-shelled, coated in breadcrumbs, fried, and then drizzled with red wine sauce. I ate very little, only because I can’t stand eating a peaceful looking baby duck in its shell, but I liked the contrasting taste of the sauce against the texture of the coating and the taste of the egg yolk.

Because I’m a super fan of the bright orange kwek kwek balls sold in street carts, my favorite of the three would have to be the Quail Egg Tempura. Instead of an orange coating, their version had a tempura-like coating and was to be dipped in a sweet soy sauce. To make sure you get that theirs is a “Japan-ized” version, strips of nori hung from the martini glass it’s served in.

The Street Style BBQ Platter is a plateful of all your favorite grilled street noms on a stick. There’s chicken ass, chicken and pork isaw (intestine), betamax (coagulated chicken blood), and pork skin served with peanut sauce for dipping. I have no idea which was it I tasted (I don’t usually eat these things but for that night, I had them pick one for me to try) and liked the somewhat sweet seasoning on the meat(?).

Lime Entries: Crispy Dinuguan (p180), Kangkong and Kesong Puti Stuffed Chicken Breast (p170), Osso Bucco Style Kare-Kare (p210), Baby Back Ribs

Main Entries

The Crispy Dinuguan is good for sharing, it was tasty dinuguan and one order had plenty of pork and various pig innards but they weren’t as crispy as I’d have liked. The Kangkong and Kesong Puti Stuffed Chicken Breast was served on a bed of (womderful) mashed potatoes, and had a unique flavor to it that only kesong puti can give. Like the chicken, the Baby Back Ribs was served with mashed potatoes, it’s not your regular street noms (or even Filipino noms) but it was good, tender and has a smoky taste.

The Osso Bucco Style Kare-Kare is one for the books. A huge slab of succulent beef shank is at the center of a serving plate flanked by eggplant, string beans and shrimp paste, and then drizzled with thick kare kare peanut sauce. I brought home leftovers and my mom (who is famous for her kare kare) exclaimed that it was almost like how she makes it.

We would have stayed longer and perhaps would have tried their desserts (I had my eye on the Jackfruit Walnut Torte), but alas, the surprising heavy torrent of rain forced us to pack up early and call it a night (Mandaluyong apparently fills up quick and we had to drive through calf length flood water).

The good

  • Old favorites are given a new twist.
  • The staff is friendly and efficient.
  • The prices are more than reasonable.

The bad

  • There are limited seats.
  • The lighting is a bit dim (not easy to see the details in the noms).
  • The restaurant is not easily accessible.

The bacon

Chef Arch’s Lime gets 4 out of 5 bacons. They give a new take on old favorites and are able to offer fair prices for them. The flavors are unique and yet familiar. It’s a great place to hang out in and share many a good time with friends or family. We’ll definitely be back for more.

Chef Arch’s Lime
Address: 160 San Rafael Street, Mandaluyong City
Contact number/s: 775 5428
Social Network: Official Website, Official Facebook Page

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Cookbook Kitchen: A Cookbook Come To Life

Catching up on post backlogs now, yay! This one is a couple of months overdue, as Lianne‘s birthday was way back in April and it was then when we trekked to Mandaluyong to celebrate with nommies and good cheer. I say “trekked” because a Southerner like me hardly ever gets to hang out that far north unless there’s an event or a celebration or any combination of the two.

This trip was about a cookbook come to life in a real live kitchen. I don’t know about you, but my cookbooks end up like magazines, I leaf through the beautiful pages skipping one beautiful recipe after another just because it seems too complex or the ingredients are far too many for a cooking noob like me. Then after a while, the books end up stacked in a shelf, sad and unused.

CBK's famous appetizers

At Cookbook Kitchen, you can stop salivating at pictures and wishing you can whip up an intricate recipe without burning down the kitchen. You simply order a dish you can never hope to make in 15 minutes and voila! Instant tummy gratification!

We started the gluttony meal with the recommended appetizers and they were super good. The CBK Italian toast is a signature appetizer of bread topped with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. Theres a reason why it’s a favorite. It’s simple but wonderful, with all the ingredients complementing each other combining for an irresistible opener/. Another recommended appetizer is the Champignons with Caramelized Onions, which we also tried, of course. Now this came as a surprise. I’m not much of a mushroom fan, but these button mushrooms sautéed in butter mixed with sweetened onions hit the right spot with me. It’s actually something I’d want to try making on my own (as soon as I find a simple enough recipe).

Clockwise, from upper left: Temecula Ribs, Parmesan Crusted White Fish, CBK Chicken, Pasta Al Adobo

Their menu had a good selection of entrees per food group, it’s not easy to trim down from all the lovely choices. Because the prices aren’t exorbitant, having a little variety wasn’t too much of a problem. We settled on a spread of beef, chicken, fish, and pasta (practically all the categories on the menu ><). Here’s a rundown of what we ordered- the Temecula Ribs were a little too saucy and fatty for my liking, but the meat was very tender and nearly fell off the bone, the baked Parmesan Crusted White fish was creamy and easy to eat, the CBK Chicken was healthy enough even though it was stuffed with ham, cheese, and basil, and the Pasta Al Adobo gave a very Filipino twist to an Italian dish.

While we were full by the time the main course rolled off, the biggest (literally) highlight of the night weren’t the main dishes, as can be seen from our expressions of wonder in this photo- 20120626-085402.jpg

Yes, we were staring in earnest at our dessert. For an almost unacceptable amount of time too, because the waiters started looking at us like we were nuts (they weren’t wrong). This giant pile of ice cream is called the Avalanche, rightfully so. If you say it isn’t so big, you need to hold your hand in an L-shape, and double that height to understand just how humongous this thing was. If you’re still unconvinced, try and picture about fifteen scoops of ice cream all in one plate. That’s how huge it was.

An Avalanche it is!

Scoops and scoops, and even more scoops of strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream were piled on top of the other until it resembled a small mountain and topped with frozen strawberries and chocolate syrup. There was so much ice cream that after many spoonfuls, the magic ice cream plate still looked full. It was a whole lot of fun digging through it one spoonful at a time and putting it down before it put us down. We didn’t give up on it and eventually, we conquered the entire avalanche!

Cookbook Kitchen is located at 8 Socorro Fernandez Street, Mandaluyong City. If you want to contact them, you can call them at 724-35-95 or 381-59-35 or maybe send them a message on their Facebook page or website.


That Persian Resto Near The Badminton Place

That’s really how I remember it. Upon further research, that Persian resto is called World Class Persian Kabab and that badminton place is called Metro badminton along Pioneer street in Mandaluyong City. It’s been months since I was there last but I just had to share this little restaurant with a mouth-watering selection of Mediterranean nomz.

A hole-in-the-wall resto serving Persian nomz

After sweating it out playing badminton one weekend, Bim‘s sister brought us to World Class Persian Kabab to regain all the calories we burned off have a filling dinner. They serve authentic biryani, homous, kabab, shawarma, pita bread, and they even have ox brain and ox tongue among other Persian dishes. Their menu is similar to that of Andanita Taj’s in Tagaytay, the difference is that they’re closer to home.

Pita bread (p10), Chicken Biryani (p130) with curry sauce and a side salad, Beef Shawarma with Rice (p85), Fruit shakes (p45)

Everything was fantastic. I won’t elaborate on each one because they’re all good down to the fruity fruit shakes. It’s all the goodness of Persian nomz at very reasonable prices! They’ve become so popular that they now have a couple more branches, I heard that one of them is along Tomas Morato in Quezon City (you lucky Northerners).

Just because Persia is now no longer doesn’t mean the cuisine goes with it. Quick question: If Persia is now Iran, then why don’t we call the nomz Iranian? No matter the reason, this Persian resto near that badminton place is a hole-in-the-wall diner that I’m glad to have found.

World Class Persian Kabab
Location: Pioneer St., Mandaluyong (near Metro Badminton)

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Han Pao Tea House: Chinese Nomz Without A Twist (not that its a bad thing)
Hai everyone! I’m having one of the worst cases of the Monday blues in recent memory. Rain and the first day of the work week don’t go together. The gloomy weather takes my weekends-should-be-longer pouty mood and quadruples it. On the flipside, a new day means more new nomz to discover and that perks me up whenever and wherever.
Like Han Pao Tea House. If it weren’t for the Bim‘s sisters, I wouldn’t have found out about this Chinese restaurant located all the way over at Mandaluyong City. We were in the area a few Sundays ago and we were looking for a place to eat at on the way home when they suggested this Chinese restaurant in Sunshine Square. I was not familiar with the area, so I agreed right away as long as they’d lead me to it.
Appetizers Chicken Feet (p70) and Cold Cuts Platter (p280 (S))
Chinese restaurants are a dime a dozen in this country, we’ve embraced Chinese cooking as if it were our own. The popular restaurants serving Chinese food in thte country have adjusted their dishes to suit the Filipino taste buds. One of the first things I noticed about Han Pao Tea House is the number of Chinese diners present. I figure that if the Chinese like the cooking in this particular restaurant, then it must be good.
Cream Corn Soup w/ Quail Egg (p130) and Yang Chow Fried Rice (p100 (S) )
Skimming through the menu, I noticed that most of the items are typical Chinese restaurant nomz. For appetizers, we ordered Chicken Feet and the Roast Combination platter. I’m not a fan of chicken feet (don’t throw stones at me!) but I tried the sauce on this one and it was surprisingly tasty. It wasn’t as spicy as other chicken feet sauces but it had the right amount of kick.
The Cold Cuts Platter was filled with all kinds of roasted goodness, but what stood out was the Hainanese Chicken which had meat so tender and a sauce that wasn’t too salty. Not much can be said about the Cream Corn Soup w/ Quail Egg (my favorite), the Crispy Chicken, and the Beef with Broccoli Flower besides the fact that although common fare, they tasted better.
Main dishes Crispy Chicken (p200 half) and Beef with Broccoli Flower (p250)
My title may be a bit of a misnomer, this is in no way a hate post but you probably have figured it out by now that I absolutely enjoyed the nommables at Han Pao Tea House. Yes, the contents of their menu can be found in most other Chinese restaurants all over the city but Han Pao Tea House’s nomz are well-made, reasonably-priced (far more reasonable than all Chinese restos I’ve seen so far, even the fastfood ones), better-tasting, authentic and delicious.
Han Pao Tea House
Location: G/F, Sunshine Square, 312 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong
Contact Info: 717-0465