Yummy Veggies at Greens

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I do not love veggies. I eat them (some of them, unless it’s okra) but I do not love them. If you put a plate of steak and a plate of Chopsuey (a quick Filipino-style stir fry of vegetables and meat in thickened sauce) in front of me, I would definitely choose the steak.

Greens made me change my mind about veggies.

The first dish I tried there was the Grilled Mushrooms and Tofu Kebabs with brown rice (115 PHP or 3 USD). I didn’t like the rice that much (it has a very rough texture) but I loved the kebabs. I also love their Vegetarian Barbecue (80 PHP or 2 USD). You should order those and the Sisig (155 PHP or 4 USD good for two) if you want to eat meatless meat!

Another favorite is the Cheesy Soy Sticks (95 PHP or 2 USD). A healthier version of the cheese sticks.

The Carrot Cake is also good. It’s not too sweet and it’s flour-less.

I give it 3.5/5 spoons.

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

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Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe
92 Scout Casto St. South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 415-4796

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

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

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

Bai Yok

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Apparently Bai Yok (sculptured leaf) is a very popular name for Thai restaurants. I didn’t know that. At first I thought it was a Visayan restaurant until I saw the words Authentic Thai Cuisine under it.

Since I love Thai food, my officemate, Jed and I decided to go there for lunch and check out if they really serve authentic Thai cuisine.

They didn’t have any other customers aside from us when we got there around 12nn which was just fine because I really don’t like crowded places (unless I’m partying in a bar).

A few minutes after taking our order, the waitress gave us free appetizers which I found cool because it was as if I’m back in Phuket.

We ordered Pad Thai and Spring Rolls. I know. We should have ordered a lot more. But since we needed to be back at the office by 1pm, we decided to order just that. Also, we were being very… safe (in case the food’s not good).

The food wasn’t bad at all! Even the price. A budget of 200-300 php (5-7 USD) would be enough per person. It can actually even go lower if you just order a few items like we did. We were full after eating just those. The Pad Thai was good for 2 people (unless you’re really, really hungry).

We weren’t able to try the Tamarind and Ampalaya (Bitter Melon) shakes that they serve there. I would go back to try those and the Tom Yum.

I give it 3/5 spoons.

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

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Bai Yok Authentic Thai Cuisine
185 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Castor
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(+63 2) 475-8828, (+63 2) 788-7707

Operating Hours
Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm

Omakase Japanese Cuisine

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I actually have not heard of Omakase until my former officemate brought me and our other officemates there on his last day. I was a little hesitant at first (due to budget constraints), but how can you say no to someone who’s leaving right?

Omakase is the Japanese word for the phrase “I’ll leave it to you”. It’s something you would say to the chef if you want to order something off the menu. Of course we didn’t order omakase. I don’t know if they even offer that kind of service. We did order a lot of food on the menu though.

Omakase salad, Miso Soup, a platter of Maki and Sushi, Udon, Ika Fry and lot more. The food was so good I forgot to take a photo of everything we ordered.

When we got the bill, I was shocked, because it wasn’t that expensive! A budget of 200-300 PHP (around 5-7 USD) per person is enough.

I give it 4 chopsticks!