Little Store on the Hill – Little Baguio, San Juan City

Good things come in small packages. That’s exactly what Little Store on the Hill proves itself to be- a hole in the wall restaurant that offers filling and satisfying budget friendly meals.

I’d like to thank my friend Malou for giving me a birthday treat and for bringing me to Little Store. Every moment was wonderful – it’s like finding a hidden gem in the busy streets of San Juan.


Never underestimate this tiny store for it sells almost everything. One part of the store looks like a mini grocery where fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, candies, seasonings, and spices are displayed. The food display and counter is located at the center; a wide variety of viands can be seen here as well as lots of take-home products to choose from. The rightmost part is the dining area where more or less 8 tables are situated. I like the green painted walls and dimmed lights that give a warm and cozy ambiance. Condiments and free drinking water are readily available at one side of the dining area. Feel free to mix your own concoction to your liking.




On the table:

50/50 Rice (Php 100) is composed of soy chicken, kikiam, and adobo egg on top of a cup of plain rice. The chicken meat is tender, fall off the bones, and well-seasoned. The kikiam is also delectable; I like how chunky and well-spiced the meat is.


Lomah Rice (Php 100) is made up of rice topped with adobo pork, kiamchay, and adobo egg. The adobo pork is tender and well-spiced. The vegetable dish matches perfectly with the meat.


Maki (Php85) is another store best-seller. Maki consists of coated pork slices in thick brown soup and topped with spring onion. The pork is seasoned with spices, tenderized, and coated with starch then deep fried. I enjoyed the warm soup as it is… though some say it tastes better with black vinegar. I should try that next time.


And now, here’s what my friend kept telling me to try… the famous Lumpia (Php 75). I was surprised how big and tightly packed their lumpia is.  We had it split into two for sharing. The mixture of chopped meat and veggies gave a nice texture to the lumpia. The lumpia sauce has the right consistency and flavor. Add crushed garlic for some  extra kick!


I must be lucky that day as I was able to meet and talk with Ms. Mona Chua. She recalled how both her parents Bartolome and Rosalinda Chua shared their passion for cooking that later on bloomed and led to the birth of the Little Store. The mix of Taiwanese street and home-cooked Hokkien dishes were designed to appeal everyone.

When asked about the ingredients of the lumpia, Ms. Mona explained that they only use authentic ingredients of a Hokkien lumpia. It’s the store’s best-seller…they sell about 600 pieces of fresh lumpia per day. Definitely a must-try!!!

With the great service, friendly staff, generous owner, and great food, I give Little Store a clap, clap, clap!!!




Little Store on the Hill

Address:  2 Jose Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan

Contact Numbers:  7219174/ 7236881/ 4113324/ 7212359.


ICON Bar: Intercontinental Hotel- Makati

Elmer Dado with Gruppo Tribale and all the DJs killed it! Everyone felt the vibe as laser fountains webbed the entire dance floor to the beat of live percussion plus techno/trance music filled ICON bar last September 4, 2011. ICON has 9 VIP rooms and 3 bars plus the tables all over the dance floor. The crowd arrived late evening and the party just started around 2am. Woohooo!!!

Beer is my usual drink when I go out with friends; nevertheless, I enjoyed the Classic Mojito (Php 230) that was served. The mint, lime juice, and rum mixture was refreshing. What I didn’t like about mojito is straining all the mint leaves while drinking. It’s either you swallow it or get it stuck between your teeth.

We liked the Lychee Martini (Php 230) with a hint of coconut. I was delighted with the sweet scent and tropical flavor.

We were served a tall serving of Margarita (Php 230). It would’ve been great if the consistency is slushy rather than watery. Maybe the ice melted faster making the taste a bit bland, lacking the kick of tequila.

We had ICON Supreme pizza (Php 720) which I love. The pizza was served warm, just about the right temperature to sink my teeth in. It was topped with mushroom, beef bits, ham, pepperoni, bell pepper, onion, mozzarella cheese and dashed with herbs. It was so flavorful!!! The smoky taste of mushroom, the sweet caramelized flavor of onion, combined with the meaty flavor just hit the spot. No doubt, this pizza deserves to be named ICON Supreme. Definitely a must try.

If you like something hotttt and spicy then this appetizer will satisfy your taste buds- Nachos El Grande (Php 410). It’s a bed of nacho chips loaded with chili meat sauce and melted cheese topped with another layer of nacho chips drizzled with sour cream to finish it off. I like the soggy part where all the meat sauce and cheese combine. Yeah! The spiciness of the meat sauce that heats up my mouth followed by the mint-lime taste of mojito is just perfect! I could finish this entire thing! Uhm… if I wasn’t in a bar. Heheheh…

Feast your eyes with the laser lights, fill your soul with energy with the music, fill your tummy with the great food and drinks ICON has to offer. Experience all these only at ICON.


Address: Intercontinental Hotel Manila, No. 1 Ayala Ave.
Makati City

Contact Number: 793-7000

Business Hours:10 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Uncle Cheffy “Snack&Treat Buy 1, Take 1” Promo- Alimall, Cubao

Wooohoooo!!! Uncle Cheffy’s awesome treat was definitely a great deal. We had oven baked panizza – All Meat Barbecued and Uncle Cheffy Favorites…plus ice cold beer and chilled lemon juice.

All Meat Barbecued panizza (Large-Php450) is topped with beef teriyaki, pork, chicken barbecue, onion, chili flakes, and 3 cheese.

Uncle Cheffy Favorites include oven dried tomatoes, mushroom, garlic, anchovy, chili flakes, basil, and 3 cheese.

How to enjoy eating a panizza:

– get a strip of the panizza (a large rectangular thin crust pizza cut diagonally).

-lay down some greens (lettuce, alfalfa, arugula)

-top it with salsa

-put some hot sauce if you want it hotttt…

-roll it

-sink your teeth into that panizza roll and feel the flavor burst in yer mouth.  YUMMMM!!!

Notes: best match to the panizza is a their homemade iced tea…ice cold beer…or their chilled lemon juice


MORE TO COME!!! Promo ends Sept. 30, 2011… i’ll be back.