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Luna Specialty Coffee is an all-day Filipino breakfast café partly owned by Lito Cayetano. Because I hate monotony, I am always on the lookout for new restaurants and cafes where my friends and I could eat at.

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One weekday afternoon, we took a quick break from work and decided to try this new place out. We were experiencing the usual afternoon slump and we all needed a perk-me-upper.

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They have a good selection of coffee – both hot and cold. To be honest, their cold coffees look more interesting but I try to shy away from cold and sweet beverages because I tend to develop a sore throat very easily.

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Key Kalamansi Pie | Phph140
This is a local version of the more American dessert Key Lime Pie. It was pleasantly tart and the crushed graham on top gave a hint of sweetness. I would never order this if I am dining by myself because I am not very keen on sour desserts, but I reckon this would be good for sharing especially since the serving is quite generous.

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Tapa and Egg Pan De Sal | Php230
Flat pan de sal with aioli, angus tapa and soft-boiled egg. I felt like this was priced rather steeply for the serving size. However, my friend who ordered this seemed very satisfied so I guess it’s all worth it, eh? And just look at that golden, melty yolk. Yummmm!

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White Rabbit Candyccino | Php 140
This somehow tasted like Starbucks’ Caramel Frappuccino. I am not really a fan because I felt like it was too sweet for me, but for novelty of having the old school White Rabbit in your coffee, I think this is worth a try just for the heck of it.

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Flat Tops Candyccino | Phph140
It’s like the White Rabbit Candyccino but instead of the White Rabbit Candy, it is infused with another Pinoy novelty chocolate – Flat Tops. Now this one resembled Starbucks’ Mocha Frappuccino.

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Mochaccino | Php190
This was my order and it came with 3 pieces of assorted hopia, another traditional Filipino snack. It was served in a (very) wide-mouthed French coffee bowl. It is said that the coffee bowls are originally designed to keep the hands of the coffee drinker warm during the cold months in Europe. However, I don’t think this suits me because I tend to drink my coffee in a leisurely manner, so I would want a cup that could keep my drink warm as long as possible. The coffee itself was good, but pairing it with the hopia made it a little more special. It’s a surprisingly good combination and I was able to finish everything on my plate (or cup for that matter).

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Overall, I enjoyed my first time dining at Luna. I have gone back to the café a couple of times since this first visit and I always leave with a content stomach.

Luna Specialty Coffee is located at the Ground Floor or NAC Tower along 32nd Street in BGC.

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Back when I used to live at a condo unit with a bunch of other girls, we made sure to celebrate things together. It has become one of our traditions to have a Christmas Dinner before every one of us goes home to our beloved families for the holidays. Like me, my girlfriends also love eating and discovering new food and new places to eat at.

For that particular year, we decided to have our annual Christmas dinner at Chef Tatung’s. The place is owned by Chef Myke Sarthou who converted his own home into a private dining gem.

The interiors of the place is pretty homey. The walls are painted a vibrant red that looked very welcoming especially with the gorgeous chairs and table setting. There are also paintings and other trinkets and every corner is “Instagram-worthy”.105596953

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While waiting for our food to get served, we made our way to the outside dining area and it was equally charming as the interior. We had to go in after a while though because there were a number of mosquitoes feasting on us. 105599253

On to the food…

These are the only drinks I got to take a picture of.  On the left is Tuba Shake (P110) and the other one is the 4 Seasons Shake (P150). 105594870

What’s a Filipino dinner without rice. We ordered Tatung’s Fried Rice (P160) for us to share.

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For our vegetable fill, we got the Gising Gising (P220). I was actually expecting green beans in coconut milk but this one was more like Chopsuey. No complaints though because it had bits and pieces of different kinds of seafood.

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I know these were consumed couple years ago but I can’t help myself from drooling right now. This is their Prawns Aligue (P480). Plump and juicy large prawns in a deadly delicious aligue (crab fat) sauce. Yummy!

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We also had two orders of the barbecued Pork Belly (400). As evidenced by the photo, the meat was juicy and it had a small amount of fat in it, which we loved.

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For desserts, we shared an order of Leche Flan (P60) and Tsoknut Cake (P80). These were demolished in less than five minutes.

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Before our dinner ended, Chef Tatung made an appearance to check on us and graciously take a photo with us. What a nice fella!

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I’m not sure if this place is still open for business because as I mentioned, this was a couple of years ago. Bad blogger! LOL. But if it is (still open, that is), go check it out! The food is great and you’ll definitely get the bang for your buck. 105605096

My friends and I took a long time deciding where to go for lunch during our Luneta/ Intramuros escapade. We wanted to eat somewhere with a great ambiance so we searched online for restaurant recommendations. We actually chose a different restaurant (it’s name escapes me as of writing) but it was closed down for the day. We wandered around the area and found the very inviting façade of Barbara’s.

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They have a buffet lunch offering at Php545 per head. My companions were getting hungry and the pressure of the midday sun bearing down on us made the decision-making quick, despite the slight deviance from our original budget.

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We were led upstairs to their dining area. I was quite impressed of how cozy and warm the interior is. It reminds me of old Spanish style homes in the province with its wooden floors and sliding windows.

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The whole room was bathed in the warm glow emanating from a number of chandeliers hanging above our heads. It probably was a slow day for them because aside from ours, only two other tables were filled. The absence of a big crowd made the restaurant more ambient as we could only hear occasional boisterous laughter from the other patrons and a slight clitter-clatter coming from the kitchen.

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On to the food…

Their spread was quite limited. With that, I can still say that it is still worth the price. For me, it is quality over quantity.

For appetizers, I had a bit of Waldorf Salad and Pita chips with Hummus dip. I liked the hummus a lot! I kept prodding my friends to try it out, LOL. I also had a few spoonfuls of Sweet Potato Soup, but it was too sweet for my taste.

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For mains – I sampled the Buttered Baguio Vegetables, Paella, and Grilled Fish with Garlic Sauce. The paella was really good – the shrimp looked (and tasted!) fresh.

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I liked the fish so much, I went back to the buffet table for another slice LOL. I also got a few slices of Roast Beef (best paired with the Cheesy Mashed Potato) and the very fresh tasting Lemon Peppered Chicken with Mango Salsa. The salsa must have been a favorite among the diners because the bowl was already scraped clean when I got some. I simply requested for the servers to top it up and they immediately took out a heaping bowl from the kitchen.

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Their desserts were not so impressive, I must say. I tried their Brazo de Mercedes (meh), Brownies (meh), Banana Sesame (meh), and Coffee Jelly (yums!).

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I realize I did not eat much, considering it was buffet dining. Maybe I will go back when my tummy is up for some pigging out. I was just not the usual buffet mood that day so my friends were teasing me that I did not get the bang for my buck. It’s all good, I’ll be back for revenge. Hahaha!

Also check out my Luneta Photowalk post, if you’re keen. 🙂

One of the newest food joints in the ever growing restaurant community of BGC is SARSA. It instantly acquired a large following because it is owned by one of the resident judges of the now defunct show MasterChef Pinoy Edition – Chef Jayps.

On to the food!

Pritchon Pancake | Php260
A good meal starter. 5 hefty rolls of pritchon with cucumber wrapped in pita bread served with hoisin sauce. The pritchon skin was crunchy and the cucumber slice gave a fresh contrast. The dipping sauce was a tad too salty for me so better go easy on it, unless you like really salty food.

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Garlic Rice | Php40
We finished a total of 12 servings of this bad boy (we were 9 in the group, 8 girls and 1 boy). To be fair, our only thorn was a big rice guy. Nevertheless, the amount of rice consumed in our table that night was a loooot! Mainly because the rice was so good. One of the best (if not the best) garlic rice I’ve had so far.

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Lechon Baka Skewers | Php295
These were so good! The beef slices were tender and juicy. Feels like eating a mini version of beef kebabs. It’s served with an aioli dip which was also very good. My only contention, I wish the skewers were a bit bigger.

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Tortang Talong | Php155
I love tortang talong! Chef Jayps made this usual recipe a unique twist by topping it with crispy sardines and kesong puti crumbles. For some reason, this did not work too well with me. I tried drowning it with the sukang pinakurat and spicy banana ketchup that it came with and the flavor was improved. But this one I’ll probably not order again.

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Sizzling Kansi | Php355
More commonly known as bulalo, this was the star of the night for me. Tender beef slices bathed with Batwan gravy served in a silver sizzling platter. I actually misread the gravy as BATMAN at first but a few google searches later, I learned that batwan is a souring agent used by Negrenses and Ilonggos. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. The diners are also saved from the trouble of digging around for the marrow because the bone (half of it) already comes split in the middle, with all the fatty goodness winking at you. MUST TRY!

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Twice-Cooked Pork Belly | Php240
Two generous slabs of pork belly served with Ginamos Gata and chili garlic sauce. Again, the sauce was delicious. The pork was a little too fatty for my taste, or maybe the cut was too thick. But I’m nitpicking here. This was still good.

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Crispy Tilapia | Php245
Another not so successful dish was the crispy tilapia. I felt like the fish was overcooked because there was a bitter aftertaste. It wasn’t very bad but I got a feeling of tasting burnt cooking oil. The saving grace was the mango salsa that it came with. It was fresh and refreshing and it successfully masked the burnt taste from the fish.

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Isaw | Php145, Isol | Php170
We ordered these two out of curiosity. We wanted to see how streetfood can be elevated to restaurant level. To those who are unaware, isaw is skewered chicken intestines and isol is the chicken ass. The chicken ass was actually good, fat and juicy, just the way I like my ass (chicken ass, I mean). The isaw was also OK but it tasted too… clean (!) for our taste. LOL. And coming from UP boasting of Mang Larry’s isawan where you could get 3 isaw sticks for 10 pesos, this almost felt like a ripoff. But if you’re one of those who are not too keen on buying isaw from the street vendors, this is a good place to start.

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Ambiance wise, the restaurant was ok. A few more tables could have helped manage the never-gone waiting line outside. All throughout dinner, there was a huge space in the middle of the room that was vacant when it could’ve easily held two more tables. That being said, make sure to call and make your dining reservations in advance so you’re immediately accomodated upon arrival. The wait could get really long, otherwise.

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SARSA is located at Forum South Global, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City (Between NBC Tent & Arya Residence)

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! 🙂

 

 

 

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