The 36″ Pizza

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No, we didn’t try the 36-inch pizza. There were only 3 of us in the group so eating a pizza that humongous is just impossible. A group of students near our table ordered one though. At that time, there was a promo at El Buono. A group of 10 can order a 36-inch pizza and if they finish it in 5 minutes, it’s free. We had a great time watching them stuff their faces with pizza. Too bad they weren’t able to finish it in time. They looked like they had fun though.

We ordered the Mexican Nachos, a 10-inch El Buono Special Pizza, Pasta & Chicken, and beer (San Mig Light).

While we were eating, 2 of the wait staff started setting up a beer pong table for the students. To be honest, I haven’t played that game yet. I find it… I dunno, dirty? Unhygienic? My friends need to get me drunk first before I play that game.

The food was not bad for the price. A  budget of 150-300 PHP or 3-7 USD per person would be enough. The pizza was ok. It was great with beer, even though I had to remove chunks of pineapple off it (I do not like pineapple on my pizza). I didn’t like the chicken that much though. It’s as if it wasn’t cooked enough. I like my friend chicken cooked super crispy yet tender. The bolognese pasta was so-so. I liked their nachos.

I’d give the place 3.25/5 spoons.

Food – 3 spoons
Ambience – 3 spoon
Price – 4 spoons
Service – 3 spoons

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El Buono Pizza
Branches: Tomas Morato and Greenhills

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Coffee & Crepes at Cafe Breton

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I LOVE coffee. I cannot function properly without coffee in the morning. I usually have Cafe Mocha (105 PHP or 2 USD) or a Macchiato (80 PHP or less than 2 USD). If I’m really, really sleepy, I take black with sugar or honey. I like it sweet.

I also love crepes. I prefer the sweet ones over the savory ones unless I’m starving. In that case, I’d probably get the Veal Sausage, Tomato, Cheese and Egg Crepe (210 PHP or 5 USD) or the Ham, Cheese, Tomato and Egg Crepe (184 PHP or 4 USD).

Aside from coffee and crepe, Cafe Breton also serves salads, pasta, sandwiches, milkshakes and ice cream.

I like the Peach Melba – 1 scoop of caramel ice cream, graham crackers, peaches, whipped cream, caramel sauce, almonds and chocolate syrup (160 PHP or less than 4 USD).

I give it 3.75/5 spoons.

Food – 4 spoons
Ambience – 4 spoon
Price – 4 spoons
Service – 3 spoons

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Cafe Breton
Branches: Tomas Morato, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Place Manila, Trinoma, The Podium, UP Technohub and Pasong Tamo

9 Books in 2013

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I’m a little disappointed with myself. I was only able to read 9 books this year compared to last year’s 12. But it’s ok. I guess I spent too much time traveling and wandering this year. 9 is not that bad.

  • Hey Whipple, Squeeze This. A Guide to Creating Great Advertising
  • A Storm of Swords
  • Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
  • The Adweek Copywriting Handbook
  • Curious Wine
  • The Tipping Point
  • 48 Laws of Power
  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire

I’ve started reading Thinking Fast and Slow and A Feast of Crows so I guess I’ll be able to finish those by next year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Korean-style Fried Chicken

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Here in the Philippines, only one thing comes to mind when you think of twice-fried super crispy and flavorful Korean fried chicken – BonChon.

They now have 3 flavors – Soy Garlic, Spicy and Honey Citrus. The Spicy flavor burns my tongue so I usually pair it with Soy Garlic or Chapchae.

I also like their Kimchi Coleslaw (only 45 PHP or 1 USD). But unless you really like spicy food, don’t order the Kimchi Coleslaw with Spicy Chicken. I almost cried when I ate them together.

Kimchi Coleslaw

They also serve beer by the way, that’s why it’s now my favorite fast food restaurant.

I give it 3.5/5 spoons.

Food – 4 spoons
Ambience – 3 spoon
Price – 4 spoons
Service – 3 spoons

While exploring Koreatown in New York, I saw KyoChon. I should have tried the chicken there. I’m curious which is better.

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BonChon
Branches: Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Cebu and Davao
Metro Manila Delivery: +632 6331818

Branches Worldwide: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Virginia, New Jersey, Seoul, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, Singapore

A Boodle Feast at a Time of Mourning

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I know it’s weird to start a food blog with death but the first time I ate at Blackbeard’s Seafood Island was when my grandma died. Some of my friends brought me there for dinner to cheer me up a bit.

We ordered Dapitan’s Pride (785Php or 18USD) – crispy shrimps, San Mig clams, grilled tilapia, grilled squid, laing, steamed crabs, grilled liempo and rice which is supposedly good for 3-4 persons. There were 5 of us and what we ordered was more than enough. The food was ok and the place is great for large groups or friends or family.

I give it 3/5 spoons.

Food – 3 spoons
Ambience – 2 spoon
Price – 4 spoons
Service – 3 spoons

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Blackbeard’s Seafood Island
Branches: Metro Manila, Davao, Laguna and Pampanga

Ristorante Bigoli: The Italian Fast Food

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According to the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten), Italian food is the easiest to cook. I kind of agree. Kind of, because I still have to learn how to cook pizza from scratch.

Ristorante Bigoli is a fast food restaurant. If you’re craving for something Italian and you’re in a hurry, try the food there. I recommend the Stromboli. It’s good.

Fast, filling, and inexpensive. A budget of 150-300 PHP (3-7 USD) would be enough. If you know how to make them at home though, I suggest you do that instead.

I give it 3/5 spoons.

Food – 3 spoons
Ambience – 2 spoon
Price – 4 spoons
Service – 3 spoons

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Ristorante Bigoli
Branches: Trinoma, Eastwood and SM City Fairview