Thursday, December 29, 2011

Breakfast at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

I was excited to get a breakfast treat from my friend at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. She was bragging to me at how delicious their breakfast was so I was eager to try it even waking up early on my day off. I was still not sure if I will bring my kid with me because he was still sleeping. But I felt guilty because I made a promise the night before that if he behave and sleep early, I will bring him along. My friend still need to finish some work so our breakfast date got delayed for a bit and my kid woke up so I decided to give him a quick bath and bring him along. I was expecting a cool morning weather but it was so hot already for around 9 am. We got to U.P. Ayala Techno Hub and there was not much people there and most restaurants and stores are still closed. 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has a nice cozy design and we chose an area with 2 couches and a mini couch suited for my kid. I ordered the bagel with chicken sausages and scrambled eggs while my friend chose bread with salmon and egg. 

Wow! It looks really tempting and has a nice presentation but when I started cutting the bread, I was disappointed because it was as tough as a rock! My kid who had a hard time chewing just ate the eggs which is quite bland for me. The chicken sausage was cold maybe I guess they really serve it that way. I asked for ketchup so I can give my kid the sausage but they said they don't have any ketchup....WTF! First time I went to a restaurant that does not have any ketchup and this is even a high-class coffee shop. I tasted my friend's order and since I was not a big fan of salmon unless it is sushi...I did not like the taste as well. She told me that her bread was also tough. The coffee was really strong so I was not able to drink it at all or else I might end up palpitating so for those who love strong coffee then this coffee shop is for you. The only thing I liked is the small packs of cream cheese and jam. The prunes was the dessert but I think it would be better if they serve fresh fruits and not preserved ones. 
All in all..I was not happy with my breakfast but since I did not pay anything, I need not complain. Now I know where not to have breakfast and spend more than a hundred. 

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Yehey for Yedang Korean Restaurant

My sis invited us for dinner to celebrate the birthday of her hubby and when she mentioned Yedang...I got excited because I have read a lot of good reviews about this restaurant and was even planning to eat there for my birthday if I had a bigger budget..but unfortunately I ended up buying vouchers for a Japanese resto to save up. Since I passed by that place before, we decided to go there ahead of my sis because my kid was sleeping. The guard was really nice to help us get out of the cab to the restaurant even assisting us with an umbrella. There was a small bench near the entrance for guests waiting to be assisted for their seats. I requested for a table for us so we can sit comfortably while waiting. The venue was nice even adding a Christmas tree to give that holiday feeling.

The table has a nice set-up offering chopsticks and spoon (not ordinary looking spoon so there is still that Korean feel to it). They served us water with a hint of pandan which made it taste more refreshing...(the container though looked a little groovy with a pic of a Korean lady emoting..LOL)

Finally my sis and her family arrived so they ordered already and the waiter started serving side dishes/appetizers....which was awesome! They had two sets and there were lots of choices too...of course my fave was KIMCHI! What was great is that you can even ask for a re-fill without being charged extra!
Next served was Japchae which is a noodle does taste good..not too sweet and not too saucy..perfectly cooked
Next was the beef stew...the beef was really tender which my kid loved because he is always too lazy to chew and this dish was easy to eat.

Next was beef and pork strips which were grilled right in front of us...which made it more fun can eat that rolled in sesame leaf or cabbage...i tried them both and prefer the cabbage...or with plain rice and some side dish like kimchi and their salad.

Everything is delicious at Yedang (mapapa-Yehey! ka sa sarap) and now I know why it got good reviews and even celebrities love eating there...spotted were singer Sitti and actor Cesar Montano. The restaurant is easy to find because it is near Metrowalk. For those who are interested in eating at Yedang then here is their menu:

In time for the I wish they would have a discount voucher at Yedang! Hope it would come true soon :)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bistro Miyake Birthday Treat

Finding a place to have that perfect birthday dinner is a huge task for almost everyone because there are a lot of factors to consider: the price...the venue...the food...the serving...and the reputation! I love Japanese food and my former colleague who already ate at this place told me that their serving is big and it is delicious so I took her word for it. The price is expensive but having 4 vouchers (P250 each) for P500 worth of food was worth it! It has a convenient venue and easy to find since Annapolis street is not that long. Bistro Miyake is located at unit 101 Intrawest Bldg, 33 Annapolis St. Greenhills. (Plus the huge sign on top makes it easy to see)
When we got there around 6:30 pm, the sign says it was closed which made me panic a little but I was glad the waiter told me that it was already open. The girl approached me and I told her that I have been calling their number to make a reservation since yesterday but it cannot be reached and she told me that they had a problem with PLDT and accommodated us.
I wanted to stay in that area but it were all reserved already which is not fair because I have been trying to get a reservation but their phone is busted! So we just settled sitting in the middle part with no couch! (bitter me again...LOL)

Our meal started with complimentary hot green tea and dilis

Followed by the nicely presented but expensive sushi and sashimi mania worth P675. It is good for 6 to 8 people but if you are sushiholics it can be consumed by only 3 or 4 people. Tastes fresh and good! 
We ordered Agedashi Tofu, Katsudon (tastes good and not that expensive), Mushroom Trio Yakisoba (which is just fine...nothing extraordinary), Spicy Pork Soba (it is not really that spicy), Beef Yakiniku Don (tastes like beef steak but big serving too), and Ebi Tempura (i think the price increased because we paid almost P500 for this dish and got like 5 pcs of tempura meaning that it costs around P100 per shrimp..whoa!).

My over-all dining experience was good! Staff were friendly and food service was fast (maybe because there were not that much people when we got there). Plus point is an individual bathroom with bidet (my kid had an easy time pooping there...LOL) The only downhill is the price...quite expensive...we paid service charge for the additional orders we made so if you are planning to eat there with your voucher make sure to order just right and not exceed so as not to be charged extra. If I have a lot of moolah then I would certainly go back there again and eat! 
Here is their menu and price but I don't think this is updated.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Unsatisfied with My Second Barrio Fiesta Voucher

It was my birthday and I was stressed out in treating my family and close friends to dinner because I have a tight budget. I was tempted to buy the Barrio Fiesta Voucher offering crispy pata and shanghai rice plus 1.5 litro of coke for only P495. 
I thought it was a good deal and my past experience buying a voucher at Barrio Fiesta was satisfying so I clicked paying online for an instant voucher. 
When we got there, place was packed but was lucky to get a table for 5. I gave them the voucher and decided to make additional orders because my friend decided to treat me by adding sinigang na hipon and my mom is cutting down on pork so I ordered sizzling sisig na bangus. 
The Crispy Pata was good and crunchy but I think for a regular price of almost P500, it is too expensive. There is a small store near our place that sells Crispy Pata with the same size for only P290. As usual, consumers always buys the name and not the food. 

 The Sinigang na Hipon is not a good deal! There were only like 7 shrimps swimming in a big bowl of soup...really deceiving. Price is P495!  
Now the Shanghai Rice is bad! I thought that there would at least be bits of lumpiang shanghai in the rice...but if you take a closer look...there were parts of rice that were totally white! It was like they made a quick run on the frying pan where they cooked the lumpiang shanghai. 
Lesson learned! Not all good deals would give you another good deal next time you go there : ) 
P.S. Warning to those eating at Barrio Fiesta! They would give you small packed towels that would be charged automatically to your bill so make sure not to use it if you are not willing to pay and check your bill. Another thing is that they would choose the cheapest amount of dish in your bill to give discount for senior citizen. I think the discount my mom got was only P20 pesos which they gave for the halo halo we ordered and not the sinigang na hipon. BOO Barrio Fiesta!  

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Blue Experience at Blue Elements Spa

I have been waiting for this moment...and that is to get some pampering. I bought a voucher at cashcashpinoy months ago for Blue Elements Spa & Wellness Center worth P260 and that includes 1 hour massage (swedish, thai or shiatsu) + foot spa + manicure or pedicure. I think it is a pretty good deal and the location along congressional avenue is very convenient for me. 
It was my birthday so that is the perfect time to use that! I texted the two numbers on the ad to set a schedule for that day but got no reply so I just decided to go there. When I got there, no one was at the reception so I waited til someone came out and she told me that the reception did not go to work that day, but still she should reply to customers. 

They asked me to come in and I think they were more surprised than me because I saw around 3 masseuse chilling on the couch of the foot spa area but they hurriedly left the room to accommodate me. 
The foot spa was relaxing but the place was kinda hot maybe because they just opened the air-conditioning. I was also bothered by the noise of the trucks and cars passing by because that room is situated beside the main road. I was expecting to hear some soothing sound like tide, rain or whatever. So I was forced to chat with the lady giving me a foot massage and cleaning my nails. 

Finally there was music but it is not suited for the theme of the spa. They played love songs or ballads which isn't really my type. 
I was busy surfing on my phone that I did not realize the lady pierced my small skin allergy while cleaning my nails...I saw a cotton pressed on my pinky finger to stop the blood and she said I should have it checked by the derma. Sheesh no sorry ma'am? 
 Oh well! Hope the massage would be good, but when the thin girl who acted as a receptionist called me I was surprised and said "Ikaw ba talaga?" and she said "Ano po gusto nyo na massage?", I said "Hard. Kaya mo ba?"..of course she said yes. I even made a comment that "All-around ka pala dito" the other staff laughed because they do all sorts of stuff from massage and foot spa to manicure and pedicure. Requirement is to know it all! 
It was kinda dark so I was not able to take clear pics but basically it is like an array of beds with curtain covers.I got my own small space where they lent me shorts so I changed into that and laid down. She got a hard hand but I the massage is not consistent because the only area she worked on well are my legs and feet...the back lacks some force....but my legs and feet did hurt a lot which I like! haha
I was really irritated by some people poking inside my room while I was getting a massage. I think it happened twice...first was this girl asking my masseuse something and then this dude masseuse that just took a peek and closed it immediately! I was glad that the only thing exposed on me was my arm. 
After that I got some complimentary tea and a red envelope for tip (guess what? of course no tip because of the bad service and peeping toms!) 
Maybe I just had a bad day, but I won't definitely go back there for regular price.  If there is another voucher that gives 50% off, then I might consider basically because there are no other spa near our place. 
Here are their rates if anyone is interested: 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pinoy Habits

Curiosity killed the cat but HEY! I am still alive. I enjoy observing people and checking out how they act... I got lots of comments and questions that I just keep to myself because that person beside me might think I am crazy if I start talking to myself... although there at times I just can't stop myself from airing out my opinion and talk to the person beside me. 

I have noticed a lot of PINOY HABITS and find them very amusing because it was never taught to every just comes out naturally. Here are some of the things I noticed:

1. Pagpaging the upuan - each time a person goes down of the jeep, the person hits the chair hard two or three times (maybe to take away the dirt) before sliding to that sitting area. 

2. Katokin the bubong - instead of saying "Para", the person knocks on the hood of the jeep and some even do it at the same time (para - katok combi)

3. Slowmo tawid - people here cross the street pretending that they are crossing fast but when you see them cross they are actually running in slow motion. 

4. Excuse me sabay yuko at isang kamay sa harap - Most people here would say excuse me and then stoop down with their right arm pointing towards the direction they are going even if there isn't anything blocking them on site.

5. Unahan sa MRT at iba pa - Pinoys don't like being the last one on the line or being left behind. Someone is still coming out and they are pushing themselves inside already. Even going out, they rush like there is no tomorrow even if they are not really in a hurry. 

6. Lagayan everywhere - there are lots of barkers for the jeep, bus, taxis scattered all over the streets and they keep on asking for a small fee for calling out passengers even if they are parked (mostly for taxis) and they even ask extra from the passengers.

7. Nagkakagulo sa mga free taste/sample - I have witnessed some who would even get into an argument because they said they asked for the sample first. Some would go back and pretend that they never received any sample yet. Guilty? Yes i am. LOL

8. Patake out kahit buto - Leftover take outs are normal for pinoys unlike in other countries who only does that for their dogs. Here we do that for our meal next day and for our dogs too.  

9. Mapiling mga taxi - Most of the taxis here are choosy and they would ask you first where you are heading before letting you in. BAWAL YAN! but still it exists!

10. Walang barya excuse o nabibingihan - I really hate it when I hear "walang barya" (no smaller change) this from trike or jeepney drivers. Usually this is followed by "kakalabas ko lang kce". So now I get a smaller change but this happens mostly with trikes because most jeeps would just not let you pay so FREE RIDE! But there is another tactic being done by jeepney drivers and that is to hold on to your change saying that they still don't have change so it is either you forget all about it and never get your change or once you ask for it they pretend they didn't hear you so you are forced to scream out loud and demand for it. Phew! what a waste of energy. If it is just one peso I just let them have it but they are marked already in my head so I won't let them do it to me twice. That actually happened to me and told them off the second time getting the approval of the passengers. hehe. 

11. Matagal magsakay...ang bilis magbaba - Most drivers are greedy so they wait a long time to fill up their bus or jeep and then once they got all the moolah, they speed it all up and ask you to hurry up when you want to go down.

12. Going to Cubao Farmers so ride Cubao FastLane...NOT! I really don't get the logic of people who are planning to go down in Cubao Farmers and still ride the Cubao fastlane when they know this bus is not allowed to stop there since it should be in the fastlane? I tried to analyze that and maybe when they see fastlane they think they would get to Cubao faster? hmmm

13. Hati sa food at patikim naman - Most pinoys love sharing food but in some other countries it is improper to do that. Expect to see forks dipping in your food when you are with a pinoy.

14. Overloading to the max - Sorry but this is all about greediness again. We had a lot of cases already of accidents caused by overloading being the worse was MV Paz but still you can see them everywhere...I was shocked seeing a trike filled with kids from school around 5 inside, 3 on the riders side and 2 on the hood. 

15. Dapat I-celebrate na yan - Pinoys love to celebrate and they always try to find things and events to celebrate like the birth of their new dog, getting good grades in school, monthsary of their relationship, 3rd month birthday...etc. We have the longest Christmas in the world because we start celebrating when the "ber" months enter. Starting September you can start hearing Christmas songs, decors and countdown of Christmas everywhere. 

These are just a few and I am sure there are more unique habits of filipinos worth knowing about! I LOVE BEING A PINOY...let us just try to change all our bad  habits and we're gonna be uber cool. AYUS! 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sumo Sam and Cerealicious: Jap VS. Cereals/Crepes.

If there was a battle between Jap and Cereals/Crepes which I tasted last Saturday, then definitely the winner is JAP!

My mom was craving for Japanese food during her birthday but I already bought a voucher so she had to settle for Filipino food...I was glad she did like it!

So she had another celebration the next day which was my sister's treat! She finally had her cravings satisfied at SUMO SAM. This restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong cor EDSA. 
While waiting, they served hot green tea and I really like the ambiance and design of the resto because it really does look Japanese with mini waterfalls and bamboos. 

The Victory Float was first served which has a nice presentation. It is a selection of sushi and sashimi. Sooo love it! Really fresh and fake jap rice and yucky raw fish.  
My mom ordered tempura and it also tastes good. More prawns and less batter unlike those sold in fast food restos.
The sushi rolls are actually filling so I just ate two pieces of tempura which is enough to satisfy me. Everything is great at SUMO SAM except for the price. It is kinda expensive, the Victory Float costs around 858 and the Ebi Tempura costs around 368. Actually each meal is good enough for two so the price is still reasonable.
For the menu just click here:

My kid was not able to eat much because he had to poop. HAHAHA. So I decided to buy something for him at Cerealicious. It is located near the parking entrance so this stall is not that visible to the public.

I really like the cute which would appeal to kids. Even the chairs and tables suit the theme.

My niece ordered cereals with ice cream on top..i forgot the name of it and didn't taste it so not sure if it's good or not..but she is a big cereal fan so i'm sure she liked it a lot. For the price of P80, not sure if it is worth it. 
I decided to order crepe with mangoes and vanilla ice cream of my little boy because I know he loves mangoes. I was actually disappointed with it. The crepe is tough and the mangoes are not that ripe. Maybe I just expect too much cos I have tasted the best crepes and that is at Cafe Breton. For the price of P120, it sure is not worth it!
Another thing! The plastic fork is brittle and easily breaks so not good quality. 
Maybe cereals is their forte and I suggest, they just stick with that. 
Here is their website if you want to check them out.

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