Lo De Alberto, J. Vargas Ortigas

After an errand with Mr. A, we decided the try out this new restaurant in City Golf along J. Vargas. We were supposed to have wings at Frankie’s but it was taking too long for a table so we crossed over to Lo De Alberto. They replaced Bugsy’s restaurant, if you’re familiar with that area. The ambience is lively and the interiors bright and welcoming.

Their menu is on top of the bar and it’s pay as you order. They already accept debit and credit cards which is a plus since there’s no ATM in the area. I took a while to order (as usual) since I wanted to try everything! But since it was just me and Mr. A I had to make my decision count. 😀

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Upon entering, the owners warmly welcome you. I guess you know it’s a legit Mexican because the owners (or some of them) are actual Mexicans hehe. The accent gave them away. They did a few recommendations but they don’t smother you with too much attention, if you get what I mean.

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Suadero Burrito (Php 230) — melt-in-your-mouth beef, seasoned Mexico style
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Horchata (Php 80) — milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice. This one was made of rice & cinnamon.
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Enchiladas con Pollo (Php 295) — rolled corn tortillas with chicken fillings drenched in salsa, sour cream, and cheese

There was quite a bit of wait for the food but it was worth it. The steak burrito was not that warm according to Mr. A but it was still full of flavour and the beef was tender. I loved the Horchata, I didn’t really taste the rice part of it; it tasted milky and cinnamon-y (? :D) The enchiladas were a hit! I devoured them, haha. And it’s under the ‘sharing’ menu! I did share, Mr. A took 1 bite. 🙂 The tortilla was crunchy, the chicken inside was tender, the salsa was perfect, and I loved the pickled onions on top.

When we were done, one of the (Mexican) owners asked us about the food so we said that we loved it and she said that the Enchiladas was on top of her list, second to the Flautas (mental note to order this next time). We were on lolo and lola mode since we came from work but will definitely go back for the sangria and margarita.


Lo De Alberto Taqueria
City Golf Plaza,
Dona Julia Vargas Ave.
Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City
Monday to Saturday, 11AM to 2AM
Sunday, 11AM to 10PM
(02) 2469069 ext. 456

The PigPen, Eton Towers

“Saan tayo kakain?” this infamous question that we ask every.single.day during lunch time at work. And the more famous answer, “Ikaw? Kahit ano ako.” It can get frustrating sometimes but we just laugh it off and still have a hard time deciding where to eat. Good thing there’s another option that opened near the office. We wanted to check it out right away but it’s not an everyday kind of lunch place price-wise so we waited for payday before trying them out, hehe. 😛

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There are a lot of options to choose from and since it’s just me and my good friend, we couldn’t order that much. Will definitely go back to try more.

Here’s their full menu for reference of the many different food you can choose from. They have rice bowls/toppings, sandwiches, viands that are for sharing (same viands with the rice bowls). They also serve brunch for almost the whole day (7AM to 5PM).

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We ordered an item off the bar bites list and we were surprised with the serving size. You will really get your money’s worth with it.

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Truffle Fries (Php 200) — Poutine style, French fries & onion rings smothered with gravy & cheese sauce

I took the longest time to choose what to order. I wanted to try one of the chicken dishes but I already had chicken 2 days in a row, so I decided to get pork. My friend chose the classic Mac & Cheese.

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Mac & Cheese (Php 280) — Home-made childhood favourite, Pigpen style.

I only had a forkful of the mac & cheese and the crunchy and gooey texture was really good. My friend though had to ask for pepper for a bit more oomph. But it was still good overall.

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Pork Belly Kimchi (Php 280) — Slow-cooked, juicy slices of pork belly with a side of flavourful kimchi

The pork had the perfect crispy skin, fat, & tender meat layers. It was flavourful and melts in your mouth. It could do without the onion strings and maybe add a few more pickles. The kimchi did not have much heat which was just perfect for me so I was able to finish it.

We had a good lunch and came out very satisfied. We’re already planning our next visit and already have a few dishes in mind we want to try out.


The PigPen
Ground Floor, Eton Towers Makati
128 Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village
Monday to Saturday, 7AM to 12MN
Sunday, Closed
(02) 2469066 ext 643

Picada Tapeo Restaurante, BF Homes

Last Father’s Day, after visiting Daddy in Manila Memorial we decided to try this new restaurant in BF Homes along Aguirre Avenue. The restaurant is near Central, if you’re more familiar with this gimik spot. From the name itself, you would guess it right that they serve Spanish cuisine. We were a group of 5 so we were able to try a few more dishes. Mental note to self: I should always bring my camera, huhu, these were just taken using my phone so the quality is not the best.

Here’s a copy of their full menu; as it says, it’s still their Soft Opening Menu —

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The space is not that big and since we didn’t have a reservation on Father’s Day, we decided to have dinner early. And true enough, the space filled up pretty fast. The middle part was reserved by one family so that left just a few other tables. We were supposed to stay in the front part of the restaurant but the seats didn’t have a backrest hehe good thing there’s a little private nook by the bar so that’s where we decided to sit.

After perusing the menu, we were salivating over all the Pintxos (pinchos — small finger foods served at bars & taverns) but we also had to leave room for the appetizers and the main course hehe. They served complimentary bread with pesto.

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Some of the pintxos we ordered —

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Chorizo and Quail Egg (Php 165)
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Pringa (slow roasted beef & pork shredded with chorizo) & Tomato Chutney (Php 175)
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Mushroom & Truffle (Php 175)

A few appetizers 🙂

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Chopitos — deep fried baby squid, pimiento aioli (Php 225)
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Croquette — 3 cheeses bechamel, truffle, pimiento aioli (Php 245)

Their Salpicao is sooo gooooddddd!! We each had a piece and decided right then to order another one without finishing the first one yet; it’s that good! The meat was tender and melt-in-your-mouth! The sauce was not too salty and had the right balance of soy sauce and olive oil and all other magic ingredients they put in it. 😛 We definitely mopped up that sauce with the toasted bread.

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Salpicao — beef tenderloin, garlic, paprika, olive oil, toasted bread (Php 295)

And here are the dishes we had for our main course —

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Almejas Pasta — garlic, olive oil, white wine, Manila clams, smoked ham, linguine (Php 215)
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Paella Valencia — Saffron rice, chicken, pork, chorizo, shellfish (Php 475)
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Carne Asada — slow roasted beef belly (roast beef), seasonal vegetables, Au jus (Php 395)

We were so full after our lovely dinner that we literally didn’t have space for dessert as much as we wanted to try what they had to offer.

I cannot wait to go back and have the Salpicao again! Ang sarap siguro with rice, haha! 🙂


Picada Tapeo Restaurante
252 Aguirre Avenue,
BF Homes, Parañaque
Monday to Saturday, 4PM to 1AM
Sunday, 11AM to 3PM, 6PM to 10PM
+639568053676

Nadai Fujisoba, SM Aura

We are not done with soba yet, haha! Mr. A craved for cold soba again; I think he is on a quest to find the best. We got there pretty early for dinner so there wasn’t much of a crowd yet but by the time we were done there were already a few people waiting outside. The location is unexpected as it’s not in any of the restaurant areas of the mall. Nevertheless, we were full to the brim with yummy soba.

Nadai Fujisoba’s full menu:

Some interior shots:

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Our orders:

First, a few condiments: salt, pepper, soy sauce, chili oil, and crrrunchy tempura batter bits – I loved this!

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Ebi Ten Mori Soba (Php 300) — cold dipping soba noodles, prawn tempura, onion leeks, wakame seaweedCold Soba

Kake Udon (Php 180) — udon noodles, onion leeks, wakame seaweed

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Karaage Soba (Php 280) — soba noodles, chicken, onion leeks, wakame seaweed

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Nadai Fujisoba
Lower Ground Floor,
SM Aura Premier,
C5 corner 26th Street,
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City
Monday to Sunday, 10AM to 10PM
(02) 7773333

Foodie Finds 01

I’m not one to go with fashion trends but good food finds? Count me in! Here are a few things I’ve tried over the past few months. Hoping to add other discoveries to this “series” real soon. 🙂

BLK 513

Don’t be fooled (or scared?) by the black/gray color of this yogurt. Its smooth & creamy texture will surely satisfy your palate. According to BLK 513’s Facebook page, they are the country’s first activated-charcoal enhanced frozen yogurt. Activated charcoal is a global remedy for anti-aging, bloating, and heart health. I love how they layer the toppings so that you don’t finish all the toppings before you get to the middle. They have a whole range of toppings & sauces that you can choose from so there’s something for everyone. I ordered a Dark Skim Cup which has 1 crunch, 2 fruits, & 1 sauce for Php 185. I had mangoes, strawberries, faux Ferrero (milk chocolate, hazelnut, & crispy cereal), and milk chocolate syrup.

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Lava Cheese Tart

I love, love, love cheese! So it was a given that I will eventually try this. They have 3 flavors now (2 when I first tried it) — Original, Gorgonzola & Honey, and the Limited Edition Prosciutto & Melon Gelee. True to their posters, these tarts are definitely perfectly golden brown on the outside and soft & gooey on the inside. It is quite pricey though but I’ll still buy it every once in a while. Php 85/piece, Php 255/box of 3, & Php 480/box of 6.

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Purple Yam Affogato

After a hearty lunch in Estancia Mall, Mr. A and I had dessert at Purple Yam cafe. They have a whole range of ice cream flavors to choose from that are out of the ordinary — macapuno, avocado, banana caramel, strawberry rhubarb, & of course ube/purple yam to name a few. I had their Affogato (Php 200), shot of espresso with a scoop of nipa pandan ice cream. It was strooong (duh) but very flavorful. The ice cream flavor was not your usual vanilla but the subtle flavor of the pandan was just right. This is just a screenshot of a gif that I have, still can’t upload gifs hehe.

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Vietnamese Iced Coffee

One very hot and humid afternoon, Mr. A and I went to Greenhills to watch a movie and decided to have late lunch at Zao. I decided to get a Vietnamese Iced Coffee (Php 155) to help cool me down. It’s a strong highland roast coffee using the traditional filter method combined with sweet milk and poured over a glass of ice. It had just the right kick and it definitely hit the spot.

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Green Pastures small plates

Mr. A and I had a short (but sweet) midweek lunch last week and since we couldn’t go far, we just had lunch at Green Pastures which is around his work area. They are known for serving organic, farm to table food. These 2 dishes were a hit for me and I could eat them every.single.day.

KFC (Korean Fried Cauliflower) Php 230 — soy glazed with house made Sriracha mayo. It was crispy/crunchy in the outside and moist & flavorful in the inside. I could eat it as it is without the Sriracha mayo, but the sauce also brings a different flavor to it.

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House Made Cheese (served with toast bread) Php 270 — ricotta: cow’s milk, made fresh daily with onion jam, & roasted garlic. This was heavenly! You spread the roasted garlic first on the toasted bread then put a generous amount of the cheese & onion jam on top. I loved the jam with the cheese; it brought a whole other flavor to the cheese which complemented it well. One thing I can say about this dish is I hope they serve it with more bread next time. We could’ve ordered more but the first serving should have more pieces of bread, IMO.

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Mother’s Day 2017

We had Mother’s Day lunch in our Lola’s (grandmother) house and just had food delivered. We initially wanted to take her out but she insisted on just having lunch at home. We had Shakey’s for lunch and we had a feast!

We were given an extra pizza though (Manager’s Choice) because one of the pizza we ordered got folded (?) and when we received it we found out that it didn’t have the fresh cilantro pesto drizzle on top (huhu cilantro! I looove cilantro) — fail! But nevertheless, we had a nice quiet Mother’s day lunch at home.

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Our free Manager’s Choice – Shakey’s number 1 flavor, loaded with ham, beef, Italian sausage, green bell pepper, & onions.
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The fail Texas Chicken BBQ – Tasty chicken barbecue, red onions, rich smoky barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, drizzled with fresh cilantro pesto, all on top of Shakey’s signature thin crust.

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Scallop Primo Pizza – Premium seafood pizza, loaded with mouth-watering baby scallops, crab kani, basil strips & parsley flakes; available for a limited time only
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Classic Pepperoni Pizza

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Forever love Shakey’s Chicken & Mojos

** All photos on this post were taken using a Sony RX100 Mark IV


Shakey’s Pizza Parlor
http://www.shakeyspizza.ph
(02) 77-777

Ogetsu Hime, SM Aura

Mr. A and I were on our way out of BGC to go home last night but traffic was worse than usual so we decided to just go to SM Aura and have dinner.

He just had a procedure done to his throat last Wednesday so we couldn’t just eat anywhere. We were thinking of cold soba because he was advised to eat something cold more often after the procedure to soothe the pain. We passed by Ogetsu and asked if they had cold soba, when they said yes, we didn’t bother to look anywhere else.

This was our first time eating in Ogetsu Hime so we didn’t know what to expect. Upon perusing the menu, I felt overwhelmed (in a good way) because they had so much food to choose from. Of course, we ordered the cold soba but then they had a sale on some of their teppanyaki offerings so last minute Mr. A ordered wagyu hehe.

To start off, we had some Norwegian Salmon sashimi. Look at that marbling! It was creamy, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth. I’m a tuna girl but Mr. A wanted salmon so we ordered that which means I get to choose what roll to get. 🙂

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Now, on to my choice. I looove cheese! So when I saw this, it was a winner for me. This is the Momo Tera Maki. It is a foil wrapped heated chicken teriyaki & asparagus rolled in orange ebiko and topped with creamy bechamel, torched mozzarella cheese & light teriyaki sauce topped with crunchy bacon bits. It tastes as good as it sounds & looks! It was so good & cheesy! This is the only photo I have of it. They serve it with the foil closed and they will do the big reveal on your table.

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The noodles,  Tenzaru Chasoba, came and we were surprised to see how huge the order was and we still had the wagyu teppanyaki. The noodles were flavorful and the sauce was very good. The order came with 2 pieces of Ebi Tempura. I had 2 mouthfuls of the noodles & 1 piece of tempura and they did not disappoint.

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Eto na ang pahabol na order, hehe. This is the Japanese Wagyu Steak with Spicy Kurobota Sausage, original price is Php 900 and it was being offered at 50% off. The beef was really tender. I didn’t need to teeth to bite it!

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We definitely need to go back to try their other dishes. There were a lot more Japan’s Best Beef teppanyaki offerings which were so tempting at 50% off.


Ogetsu Hime
5F, SM Aura Premiere, 
C5 Corner 26th Street,
BGC, Taguig
Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday to Sunday, 11 AM to 11 PM
(02) 5199840
(02) 5199740