Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

Zamboanga Restaurant | Malate

ZAMBOANGA RESTAURANT was recently featured on Kris TV, according to Marielle. Kris was apparently impressed and gladly endorsed it in her show.

I have to agree, and not because Kris said so. Read more

The biggest lechon I’ve ever seen!

HOLY COW! No, it is actually a pig and not a cow.
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Whoa! That’s a big one, isn’t it?

I was amazed when I saw it in a friend’s Facebook update. At first I really thought it was a small cow. But a closer look revealed that it is, in fact, a big pig.

Roasted pigs or lechon are commonly medium-sized. And then of course, there’s the premium lechon de leche or roasted young pig. But huge roasted pigs are virtually unheard of.

Photos courtesy of Liezel Gerada, who celebrated her birthday at London beach (somewhere in or near GenSan in Mindanao) in November with this huge roasted pig as one of her handa.

An unplanned dinner date at Yashinoya

20121213-225642.jpgTRUE it was unplanned. But that does not mean I – we – did not enjoy it, my ex-girlfriend and I.

20121213-225704.jpgIn fact we may have enjoyed it a little bit too much. We over ate. As usual. Forget about my diet.

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Not just another chicken house

WITH SEVERAL restaurants and fast food chains offering chicken as their primary specialty, is there a room for one more?

Apparently the people behind The Chicken Rice Shop think so. And I think I can agree with them.

All their chicken dishes – Hainanese, roast, barbecue – are very good. Their non-chicken dishes are winners, too (e.g., tofu on teriyaki sauce). For dessert their local version of iced kachang (famous Malaysian/Singaporean version of the Philippines’ equally famous halu-halo) is a must try.

I did not quite like their brewed coffee, however. I find it too strong for my liking. But maybe other people would prefer it that way.

I know of only one The Chicken Rice Shop location – the one in Harbor Square in CCP Complex. I am not sure if there are other branches although I am guessing that there are.

The Chicken Rice Shop appears to be owned and operated by the same group behind Pancake House. I say this only because I saw a sign of the Orange Card which I associate with Pancake House.


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I am an amateur, independent blogger. I don’t get paid for writing about the places and food I feature in this blog site. The stuff I write are a product of my own experiences and personal biases and opinions. As a matter of personal choice, I write mostly about my positive experiences. Nevertheless, I am always candid and, as a consequence, sometimes I write things that may not necessarily flatter or praise. My sincerest apologies if I somehow offend anyone. In such a case be assured that I mean no malice.

Laughter and Gossip at Tapella. And food, too.

I haven’t been doing much of FOOD blogging for quite some time now. In fact I haven’t been doing much of ANY blogging at all since November last year. Time to break the dry spell. And what better subject to break a dry spell than food?

On Sept 28 I had a dinner date with five ladies at Tapella in Greenbelt 5. They are former colleagues of mine and I call them the xACIS ladies. Of course one of them happens to be my xGF, too. Read more

Move over Mang Jacinto. Make room for Mom and Tina.

THE MONSTROUS traffic in C5 on our way home from my kids’ pedia clinic in Marcos Highway on November 12 made the whole family ravenous. We were looking forward to a KFC bucket in Libis (near Eastwood) only to find out that it is temporarily closed for renovation. That’s when my ex-exgirlfriend and I thought of Mang Jacinto’s Panciteria across SM Hypermart between Tiendesitas and Valle Verde. We missed Mang Jacinto’s famous Pancit Malabon and Pancit Guisado. The kids weren’t too excited, however.

But alas! Mang Jacinto is no longer there. In its place is a new establishment: Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe. Curiosity — and extreme hunger — made us decide to check it out. We were not disappointed. Mom & Tina’s food is great and reasonably priced. The kids love their blue lemonade and green dalandan juice (or is it blue dalandan juice and green lemonade?). My ex-exgirlfriend enjoyed the desserts. I was so hungry I devoured everything that the waiter, my xxGF, and my kids placed in front of me. Read more

A new Starbucks that’s a spitting distance from the office. Hooray!

I originally described this new Starbucks Cafe as “walking distance” from where I work. But then I realized that the Starbucks in Roxas Boulevard corner UN Avenue is walking distance. And so is the Starbucks in Midtown Wing of Robinson’s Manila.

This new Starbucks branch at the ground floor of J. P. Laurel Building in Roxas Boulevard corner Pedro Gil, Malate, Manila is almost perfect for me. It’s a mere 100 meters (or less) from our office building, it has a great view of Manila Bay (and a good supply of great views inside, if you know what I mean), and it was unscathed by the never-before-seen storm surge that ravaged many of the ground-floor establishments along Roxas Boulevard a few days ago.

It’s only shortcoming is that it does not have free Wi-Fi. But I won’t take it against it since very few Starbucks stores offer free Wi-Fi. I’m just happy to have a nearby Starbucks Cafe to buy my cup of Green Tea Soy Latte from anytime I need one. And to have an alternative work area when it gets too “hot” or too “boring” in the office.

I’m sure I won’t have trouble blending in with the mostly college student clientele of this Starbucks branch.

Steaks from human feces, anyone?

Steaks from human feces, anyone?

NOW ISN’T THAT YUMMY?  I mean yucky? Eew.

Mitsuyuki Ikeda, the Japanese scientist who masterminded the making of an imitation meat product from human feces. | Photo grabbed from original article in

Apologies to those who happen to be munching on something while reading this blog post. We have one really smart Japanese scientist to thank for this. You don’t have to agree with my choice of adjective in referring to the scientist.  If you feel strongly about adding A-S-S to it then go right ahead. Read more

Our Idea of Abstinence During the Holy Week

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ON MAUNDY THURSDAY our family did what every Catholic is taught to do:  abstain from eating meat.

So why did we feel so guilty?

That afternoon on April 21, right after completing our 9-church Visita Iglesia we stopped by the Seaside Market along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City.

No we did not take a binge in one of the restaurants there.  We just bought some fresh produce from the sea foods market there, had one of the restaurants cook what we bought for us, and went home.

And then we binged.  At home.


A taste of Brazil!

(This posting is delayed by almost half a year.  I kinda lost the photos, and then found them recently when I was doing housekeeping on my old white MacBook.)

FOR our 10th anniversary dinner date my xxGF treated me to Brazil, Brazil in Serendra – Bonifacio Global City.

I had a great time and, shortly thereafter, indigestion from over eating.  It’s nothing new really. Read more

The next miracle food: BUGS

This is one of the few areas where third world countries, including the Philippines, are way way ahead of first world countries.  Advanced countries like the US are just starting to discover what many third world countries have known all along — the nutritional and culinary values of… insects.

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Until recently, bug-eating in rich countries is restricted to the belated realization that there has been an unwelcome addition to the salad or that there was an unidentified floating object in the soup.

This may soon change. Read more