A Food Lover Tries to Answer the Question – Are You a Foodie?

The word foodie is being thrown around a lot these days to refer to someone who loves food. The question is, who doesn’t love food? Unless, you’re a Hollywood wannabee, I guess it’s fair to say that love for food is wired in us – most especially Filipinos. So, what are the characteristics of a bona fide foodie? Is it a meaningless word? Or is it a badge of honor among those who truly savor life largely thru gastronomic experience? Here’s my two cents on what makes one a foodie.

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Must Try Seasonal Drinks in Major Manila Coffee Shops

You don’t have to wait for Christmas to try a new brew. After spending time at different coffee shops in Metro Manila early this month, I found out that major coffee house chains in the metro offer limited seasonal coffees (or teas) that provide coffee lovers with a fresh take on their favorite concoctions. Here are three blends that I recommend. Read more

Kirin Chinese Dining Has Good Food and Value, If You Know What to Order

Kirin Chinese Dining restaurant in Bonifacio High Street may seem to you as just like all the other Chinese dining places scattered all over the metro. And you may be right, except that they have good crispy chicken, spicy jelly fish salad, and savory mapo tofu. Plus, you get assisted by a snappy manager who’s ready to breach some of his restaurant’s rules (like the PhP 8,000 minimum charge for a VIP room which we did not reach, but nonetheless he allowed us to use such room) just to serve his clients the best way possible. And we’re not even Chinese.

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Lemongrass Asian Bistro: Sotanghon and Teriyaki Sandwich Edition

Lemongrass Asian Bistro, a small Asian diner in Shangri-la Plaza, serves no-frills classic sotanghon soup that can only be described as tasty and delicious. Light guilt-free meal also comes in the form of Chicken Teriyaki sandwich. But the real treat is the iced tea that’s unique and bursting with fruit Asian flavors.
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Don’t be Mad, But I Didn’t See Happiness in Heaven’s Barbecue

We’ve heard friends recommending Heaven’s Barbecue, but we really have not tried it. So, on a humid Thursday night, we braved the dark sidewalks of Malugay Street to finally taste this supposedly nirvana of pinoy grilled meats. So, what did we find? Well, let us just say that the experience wasn’t too bad… it wasn’t too good either. Read more

A Bitter Sweet Experience at Cerchio Grill and Lounge

One drizzling Friday evening, we found ourselves wandering along Tomas Morato in Quezon City. Suddenly, we remembered a friend telling us about a fast-rising Filipino joint situated in one of the backstreets within the vicinity. Cerchio Grill and Lounge has a cosmopolitan black-and-white interior that’s arguably more suited to a business lounge. In fact, when we entered, we didn’t have a clue that the place actually serves Filipino food. Only question is will their food be more interesting than the chic interior design? Read more

Baang Coffee: Relatively Unknown Café Puts a Spell on Me

This is a short review of Baang Coffee in Tomas Morato. We don’t usually write about coffee houses because cafés have grown too ubiquitous here in Manila. But this one proved to be a welcome change to the tired old cafés that we all normally go to. I guess you can say that I simply had a great time at this coffee shop. Read more

Friends and Neighbors Restaurant in Makati: A Legacy on Its Own

After twenty long years, I found myself in the vicinity of my grade school alma mater. I was so glad to see that the old restaurant Friends and Neighbors Restaurant at the corner of P Burgos and Valdes streets in Makati still lives on. Armed with nostalgia and the longing for home-cooked meals, I went straight in and ordered everything that made my taste buds tingle. Fortunately, I was not alone to suffer all the calories. The experience was no doubt a trip down memory lane. Read more

J. Co Adds More Glaze in Local Donut Craze

J. Co hits local shores and food enthusiasts are buzzing about it. The Indonesia-based donut house offers classic glazed donuts as well as never-before-seen flavors that nobody knew could work on the ubiquitous fried confectionery. Will J. Co make waves or will it shatter against giant Krispy Kreme and the newly reinvented chain of Dunkin’ Donuts Café? It’s a wait-and-see for everyone concerned, but one thing is for sure – sweet tooths have a new place to get high. Read more

Komrad Mao in Libis: Hunan and Sichuan Cuisines for a Capitalist-at-Heart

Komrad Mao’s Hunan and Sichuan Kitchen has an awesome interior design. It’s the main reason why we decided to try the place. Moreover, unlike most local Chinese restaurants that are fixed on Cantonese recipes, Komrad Mao’s specialize in Hunan and Sichuan cuisines. Our overall experience was not exactly out of this world. But it was filling. Read more