Archive for the ‘Foodie Friday’ Category

I first learned of All4U when I saw one of their sponsored posts on Facebook. I swear, FB ads will be the death of me! I often catch myself getting suckered into the seemingly endless video ads of restaurants, cosmetics, and almost anything under the sun. Such a waste of time, haha! Anyway, I digress. After stalking their FB page for reviews, I trecked all the way to Century Mall to try out All4U’s buffet grill and shabu shabu. 

During our visit, they had a soft opening promo of Php599 instead of Php699 per head. With this you can order unlimited amounts of shrimp, beef, pork (for samgyupsal), vegetables, soup base, rice, sauce and side dish. It also comes with a serving of Korean ramen (the instant kind), Melona ice cream, and a drink of your choice.

They serve you four sauces – All4U spicy special sauce, soy-based ponzu sauce, sate sauce, and sesame oil with salt and pepper. Honestly, I touched only the sesame oil and maybe a little bit of their spicy sauce.

They also have four side dishes – dilis with peanuts, papaya achara with vinegar, kimchi and fresh vegetable salad with All4U sauce which tasted like Kewpie’s roasted sesame salad dressing. I liked everything except for the achara which was very forgettable.

Here comes the good part! You can order plate after plate of shrimp (so good when freshly grilled!), chicken (waste of stomach space), beef (perfect for the shabu shabu), and pork belly (the ultimate love of my life haha). The veggies provided the illusion that we were eating a well balanced meal haha! No but seriously, the veggies were also good. I love soaking them long in the bubbling broth until they almost disintegrate – am I the only one who does this?

The deal also comes with a choice of either steam rice or kimchi rice but we barely touched our rice, to be honest. For our soup base, we ditched the kimchi soup and opted for the All4U Organic Soup. Apparently, it is a stock made out of kelp, graviola, shitake, malunggay, garlic, and ginger. It comes out pretty bland so you can ask for salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste. I didn’t use any salt but put in minced garlic and chili peppers, instead – it turned out good!

As if all that awesome food wasn’t good enough, they gave us a privilege card which entitles us to avail of their soft opening price of Php599 instead of Php699 FOREVER. Now that’s a sure-fire way of securing returning customers. I am already planning out my next visit!

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After having our fill of all things fried at Crazy Katsu (see blogpost here: CRAZY KATSU), we made our way to The Iscreamist for dessert. Now, I have wanted to try this place out for the longest time. Whenever I see a video of one of my friends with smoke blowing out their nose, I would feel a tinge of envy.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here. For those who are not aware, The Iscreamist is a unique dessert place that incorporates molecular gastronomy into their food AKA you get to ingest liquid Nitrogen. That alone won me over. I wouldn’t even care if the food was not good. Well, OK maybe I would care a little bit, but I was more interested with the whole she-bang of eating something submerged in liquid Nitrogen.

The interiors of the place was reminiscent of a high school Science room. Makes sense, right? It was pretty cool, despite the lack of air conditioning. Hehe, see what I did there?

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We opted to try the Dragon’s Breath in which they give you a cup of liquid Nitrogen then you get to dip your choice of food in it. Unfortunately, the macaron and tiramisu were not available that time so we had to settle with s’mores. One of the staff started filling a pitcher with the liquid Nitrogen and cold smoke wafted all over the place. Dun dun dun… Looks like a horror scene, right? No? OK.

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Then our food was served. Each order yields 4 small pieces of s’mores and half a cup of liquid Nitrogen. IT LOOKED SO PRETTY!!! Hahaha! Mind you, it was my first time seeing Nitrogen, LITERALLY.

So what you do is get a piece of the s’mores, dip it in the cup for 7 seconds, then eat it. It wasn’t mind-blowingly good, but fuck yeah, it was cool! Just watch out for freeze burn, hehe.

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Just for kicks, here’s a video of me trying this thing out. I know, I know. I look like a doofus. LOL.

 

Another place I would love to visit again. Hopefully next time, their macarons and tiramisu will be available. Would also love to try their ice creams. Hmmmmmm….

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One of the best things to do in UP is to eat. And when I visited my Alma Mater a couple of months ago, eat we did! 🙂

First up, good ol’ fishballs and kwek-kwek (quail eggs). I like to douse mine in spicy sauce and a little vinegar. #drools

Then it was time for another old favorite, beef tapa (cured beef)  from Rodic’s foodhouse. Rodic’s has been serving their signature tapa for more than 60 years now. Now that’s what you call resiliency!

We also tried their okoy (shrimp fritters). Some people actually have it as a snack but it can also work as a viand.

We walked off all that deliciousness then found ourselves inside The Chocolate Kiss, another UP favorite.  We had their potato wedges, a slice of carrot cake, and their house blend iced tea.

UP has now become home to an increasing number of restaurants and I cannot wait til the next UP foodtrip! 🙂

 

I never really liked Greenwich. If I were to choose from a dozen or so fastfood chains, Greenwich would probably be my last pick. Not that their food is grossly unpalatable. It’s just too darn forgettable. For me, there is nothing special from this place.

But I still try it out from time to time, just in case I might change my opinion on their food. But alas! Up to this day, I am not impressed by the quality nor quantity of their food. But if you’re looking for a cheap yet filling Italian-ish meal, they might just do. This one particular time, we availed of their group meal which had three servings of lasagna, a Hawaiian pizza and three glasses of beverage of your choice – all for just P399. A good enough deal, yes?

 

Earlier, after a very sumptuous lunch at Friday’s to celebrate a birthday, we dropped by Jamba Juice to pick up some healthy drinks. Jamba Juice offers a lot of healthy drinks and treats – from freshly squeezed fruit juices to sandwich wraps. We chose from their blended fruit selection and we took sips from each other’s drinks. Haha! 🙂 Everything tasted deliciously fruity. I would definitely give them another visit whenever I crave for a healthy drink.

Also, we availed of their giant photobooth, for posterity’s sake. LOL. 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Allan! 🙂

 

 

 

An eternity ago, we spent a Friday night pigging out on delicious Chinese food at Lutong Macau Restaurant. My favorite was the Bird’s Nest Soup – it seemed too legit bird’s nest, I think I even crunched on some egg shells. LOL.

 

Lutong Macau has branches in Lupiter St. (Makati) and SM Megamall.

 

 

 

Longganisa Sorpresa, literally translating to “sausage surprise”, offers a variety of sausages originating from different parts of the country. From the sweet variant of Cebu and CDO, to Ilocos Region’s garlicky longganisa, you are sure to enjoy Longganisa Sorpresa’s wide offering.

 

 

Pansit Cabagan (P170) is fresh egg noodle dish sautéed in longganisa topped with mixed vegetables. This particular variant of pansit hails from Northern Cagayan.

 

 

Talunang Manok at Krisping Longganisa (P140) is the classic soyed  chicken with crunchy longganisa. Talunang Manok (loser chicken) is named so because the chickens used for this dish are those that lose in cockfights. Pretty morbid, huh? We also ordered Longganisa Fried Rice (P120) but I will no longer post a picture because it looks just like, well, rice… Haha! 😀

 

 

This was the star of the night – Taconissa Longganisa (P180). It looks like your normal taco salad except it’s not too normal, after all. Instead of the usual ground beef, this one is topped with crunchy longganisa bits that’s just simply wonderful. I only wish there were more nacho chips because they did not scrimp on the toppings and there were still a lot left after we’ve polished off all the chips.

 

 

We finished our meal off with Sago Gulaman (P50), tapioca balls and pandan jelly in muscovado sugar.

Everything we ordered was delicious. Plus the servers were so attentive and they displayed a good sense of understanding of their menu. Excellent service! 🙂

 

Check their website here: Longganisa Sorpresa