Weekend Warriors in Bulacan

We survived this trip and reached our destination by the power of “Asking for Directions”. We probably had more than 5 stop overs to ask where Hagonoy is. We missed 2 exits in NLEX and had to drive back south and exit at Sta. Rita.

Carla, Kuya Art, and I were on a quest for some seafood. It turned out to be a lot more fun than anticipated as we discovered interesting places.

Now, the power of “Bargaining” got us the best deals. Three buckets of seafood and we’re good to go. On our way home, we passed by Malolos and took photos of the Barasoain Church. Yep, that church you see on the old 20 peso bill.

 

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Thinking what else to see in Bulacan, chicharon came to my mind. We drove to Sta. Maria for some BACK FAT action.

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Oh, and we get to adore some antique houses too.

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After all, I can say that it was an awesome 12-hour weekend trip. Tired…but happy.

To Jay, may chicharon ako for you.🙂

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Thanks to Kuya and Ate Liza sa masarap na lunch and sa pagsama sa amin maghanap ng seafood. Sa uulitin po.

Flaming Moo Grilled Burgers – Novaliches

Hi there! I’m starting my year right by updating my blog. Cheers to more food trips and travel adventures this 2016!

I’d like to thank my sidekick, Carla, who is easy to drag on a food trip. Out of the countless lists of food we like, it is meat that stands out – burger, steak, kebab, anything meat. She has been telling me about this food truck along Quirino Hway (it is walking distance from Robinsons Mall Fairview going to Zabarte) and it was last December when we had the chance to check it out.

We arrived at Flaming Moo Grilled Burgers around 7pm and the place was starting to get busy with 3 tables occupied. It’s interesting to watch how food is prepared in such a compact space

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Carla had the Classic Moo burger (Php65). It’s a single patty burger with tomato, lettuce, cucumber, and onion.

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I had the Moo Moo Burger (Php100). It’s a juicy burger loaded with TLC, bacon, cheese, caramelized onion and mushroom, and topped with cheese sauce.

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DSC_0028We also had french fries (Php25) and Raspberry Iced Tea (Php25). Yes, it’s that affordable. The burgers were good, tasty, and juicy. They don’t skimp on the quality of the ingredients. Bonus: mayo, mustard, ketchup (no extra charge)

Service was fast and done with a smile.🙂

Flaming Moo is a simple and unpretentious food truck to get affordable and decent meals. We have yet to try the other burgers on the menu and the sausages too. We definitely have to visit soon.

 

Flaming Moo Grilled Burgers

Quirino Highway, Novaliches

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The Best Family-Friendly Spots in Las Vegas

A friend thought of writing about favorite places to visit and encouraged me and other bloggers to pitch in, this way, we are able to share our experiences and learn about other culture. Below is Kendra’s post about her favorite places to go in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

 

Las Vegas hasn’t always had the best reputation. While it is indeed rich in indulgent splendors, there is also a lot of good, clean family fun awaiting you.

 

Become Tiger Woods

When my husband and his friends attended the Butch Harmon School of Golf, they were thrilled. As the name suggests, Butch Harmon, the swing coach for Tiger Woods, operates this area of the Rio Secco Golf Club. Although the staff working there teaches most of the classes, Mr. Harmon does give lessons in person for three days out of the year. If you purchase a stay at Caesar’s Palace hotel, you’ll have the option to sign onto this activity, along with free transportation. This is a wonderful present for your husband or boyfriend, and it provides you with a reason for a girls’ day out!

 

Interesting and Innovative Museums

If you came to Las Vegas to take in more culture, you won’t be disappointed. This city boasts numerous museums to peruse, some of which have thought outside the box. The Children’s Discovery Museum is my kids’ favorite, but I really liked downtown’s Neon Museum. This outdoor venue is made to look like junkyard for the creative, and it features long ramps, walkways and stairs that meander around glowing examples of Las Vegas’ neon past. The National Atomic Testing Museum, a mere 65 miles from the original testing site, is a great destination for those interested in science and history.

 

Play Mini Golf Like a Rock Star

My kids really enjoy miniature golf; so taking them to new courses is always a blast. Myrtle Beach may have its dinosaurs and pirates, but they certainly don’t have KISS. Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas is home to a KISS-themed course, and is intended to be a salute to one of the most famous bands in America. Admission will get you 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark, KISS-based mini-golf mayhem. Putt your ball through enormous electric guitars, and even into a 12-foot replica of Gene Simmons’ head!

 

Unleash Your Inner Chowhound

If you’ve ever wanted to see if you’ve got what it takes to eat competitively, then you’ve come to the right place. Grab your appetite and head to the BRAND Steakhouse in the Monte Carlo. For $250, you’ll receive a 120-ounce steak, two sauces and a side. It’s a lot of money, but there’s a catch: If you can eat it all, it’s free! Just a short walk beyond the BRAND Steakhouse, you’ll find another deliciously meaty challenge in the form of an eight-pound cheeseburger. It’s always a riot to watch people try to put away so much food, and you have to admire their determination.

 

Las Vegas is truly a unique place with one of a kind casinos and world-renowned hotels. With so much to see and do, sites like Gogobot make it easy to plan your trip and feel more comfortable before you head out to Las Vegas.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast- Mandaluyong

We were all smiles when my friend Malou and I found out about this hidden ‘carinderia’ type restaurant in Mandaluyong that serves budget friendly, gourmet style meals. They are open 24/7 and that means you get to order breakfast meals at anytime of the day. What’s interesting is, you can choose whatever is in the menu, as the name itself says Freestyle.

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We had French Toast with Bacon and Egg (Php 90). As it is a usual breakfast fare, there’s nothing special about the taste but it is the way how the food is presented that makes a difference. I like the crispiness of the bacon and the creamy and fluffy scrambled egg. The serving of the maple syrup is generous.

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The Honey Garlic Chicken (Php 90) came with Tomato Pesto and Garlic Rice. The chicken is crunchy and tasted okay.I just find it too sweet. Good thing there’s the tomato with drizzle of pesto sauce to balance the taste.

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To cap our meal, we had Deep Fried Oreos (Php40). Crunchy coating + Oreos = the bomb!

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I heard they’re opening 2 branches soon, one in Marikina and the other in Kapitolyo, Pasig and it’s just their 2nd year in the business. Good job, guys! Will go back to try the pancakes next time. Two claps for Kanto Freestyle Breakfast.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Address: 549 San Joaquin St., Mandaluyong City

Contact #: 4002268

Manang’s Chicken – ang bagong fried chicken ng Pinoy

It was 2011 when I had my first taste of the famous double deep fried crispy chicken from Manang’s Chicken. I remember that was at Mercato Centrale. What I like most about their chicken is the crunchiness of the skin and the flavor of the soy garlic sauce that just hits the spot.

Now, I’m happy that Manang’s Chicken is introducing new items on their menu. My friend Sha and I got to try their Manang’s Chips & Dips, Garlic Pork Rice Meal and Red Velvet sundae.

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Manang’s Chips & Dips are all natural potato chips that are fried to golden perfection. You can choose from creamy cheese, garlic may or spicy ketchup or have all three as your dips.

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Their new entree, Garlic Pork Rice Meal, gives a different twist to the boring “Pork Chop” as their version has special garlic topping. The vinegar dipping sauce is a perfect match for this treat.

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Enjoy it with a choice of sides. We had buttered corn and macaroni salad.

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Of course we had Manang’s Chicken double deep fried chicken. Ang sarap papakin!

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We ended our meal with these… 2 cups of Red Velvet sundae. The red velvet cake at the bottom was served warm. I like how the warm cake and the ice cream mixed in my mouth. Sweeeeeeet ending.

What I like about Manang’s Chicken is that they serve food that matches the Filipino palate, the affordable meals, the size of their servings that are just right to what I pay for.

Clap, clap for Manang’s Chicken. I’ll drop by for some Red Velvet sundae one of these days. Absolutely perfect to beat the heat this summer.

 

Manang’s Chicken

http://www.manangschicken.com/

 

Bellissimo Ristorante – Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Bellissimo Ristorante, the name speaks for itself- “Beautiful Restaurant”; it delivers a very beautiful dining experience that is worth repeating.

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Previously located in the busy Tomas Morato area, Bellissimo is now located within the residential area of Scout Rallos Ext. in Quezon City since September 2012. Celebrity couple Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz- Montano developed this place where people can celebrate their passion for Italian food, appreciate art, and enjoy music.

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Upon entering, we were welcomed with warm lights, wooden tables and seats, brick walls adorned with Cesar Montano’s fabulous paintings. His interesting artworks can be a conversation starter, as you wait for your food, with a classical music playing in the background.

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Upstairs, there are rooms for private gatherings or business meetings; Each room has its own design and is named after a family member of the Montano’s which gives this places its own unique charm. Overall, it has a great ambiance for a date night or catching up with friends.

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On the table:

For appetizer, we had a basket of  Italian Bread Stick with marinara and pesto dips.

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Pescatora spaghetti (Php370) is spaghetti enveloped with a tomato based sauce with shrimp, squid, and mussel and Parmesan cheese. This seafood pasta dish is rich, creamy and delicious. This festive dish encompasses a balanced flavor; I like it that it’s not too tangy. The sauce did not overpower the delicateness of the seafood. The pasta is cooked ‘al dente’ – firm to the bite; Good job for this one, chef!

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Cesare Pasta (Php 340) is spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, bell pepper, black and green olives, tomato, capers, basil leaves, and Parmesan cheese. This dish is perfect for vegetarians. It has a light and fresh taste even non-vegetarians would enjoy. I like how the olives, tomato, and bell pepper give a refreshing taste.

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Aglio Olio (Php 365) is a classic Italian dish. It is spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chili anchovies, shrimps, clams, and Parmesan cheese. Alio Olio in English is garlic and oil; if you love garlic then you would love this pasta dish. This dish has my two thumbs up for the night; the garlic infused olive oil creates a gorgeous flavor that tickled my taste buds. Though it is packed with flavor, it does not overpower the sweetness of shrimps and clams. This dish is heavenly and worth coming back for.

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Ali di Pollo (Php 285) consists of 5 pieces chicken wings slowly cooked to perfection and smothered with Original or Hot Barbecue sauce. Although the amount of heat/spiciness is variable, I like the way Bellissimo Restorante’s Ali di Pollo is made; it’s sweet with just a hint of spicy flavor aftertaste.

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The best way to quench the heat is to match it with the Cesare Iced Tea (Php 75). It’s not your regular iced tea as it has secret ingredients that make it interesting.

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Sunshine Pizza (Php 465) is another favorite. It is a thin- crust pizza delightfully embellished with white sauce, mozzarella cheese, bacon, beef, Pocini mushroom, onion, minced garlic, bell pepper, oregano, and olive oil. I’ve tried different kinds of pizzas and this one gets two thumbs up for the flavor. It has superb- quality ingredients the restaurant should be commended for. You will undoubtedly fall in love with this pizza after taking your first bite.

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Bellissimo Supreme (Php 465) is another gourmet pizza cooked from a wood-fired oven. This visually appetizing pizza is loaded with tomato, mozzarella, cooked ham, spicy salami, sausage, mushroom, bell pepper, onion, pineapple, and oregano. I like the texture and taste at every bite. The crunch of the crust and the burst of flavors is ‘Amore’. It’s a feast to the eyes and the stomach.

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Bellissimo Ristorante offers a sufficient selection of wine to appease wine aficionados.

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Bellissimo Ristorante – The Chef in Action

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The Staff with Mr. Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz-Montano

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The Staff:

Christina D’ Souza – Head Chef

Ryan Tolentino- Asst. Chef

Chuck Dennis Amante- Asst. Chef

Giovanni Loyola- Asst. Chef

Lara Patricia Tio- Bartender

Margarette Cuerda- Server

Patrick Sison- Server

Jayr Muega- Server

Suzette Antigua- Cashier

Marivic Vargas- Secretary

Perla Corpuz- Asst. Secretary

The menu

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What I wish they could improve on is to extend their entree selection, perhaps Roasted Chicken or Baked Salmon, other than steak or ribs to provide more options for guests. On the bright side, I commend Bellissimo Ristorante for their wide selection of pizza and pasta.

To conclude, I would say that Bellissimo Ristorante is a restaurant that not only serves food with excellent quality but beyond that, it is a venue for sharing the passion for good food, art, and music. It’s a clap, clap, clap for Bellissimo Ristorante for great food, outstanding staff who are attentive to the customer’s needs, and cleanliness of the place.

We’ll definitely visit this place again…soon!

Bellissimo Ristorante

Contact Numbers: 4123553 / 9273162

Address: 135 Scout Rallos Ext. Brgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City