Quiapo Trip: Souvenir Island + Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Quiapo is a bustling district in Manila that is full of adventure. There are many things to do and places to see in Quiapo. This is home to the famous Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene where millions of devotees flock during “translacion” to get a chance to touch or kiss the feet of the Black Nazarene. Right outside the church is Plaza Miranda where vendors and fortune tellers manage to do business.

My friend Malou and I went to Hidalgo Street to check some photography equipment and some home wall decals. We walked along Palanca Street and found this interesting shop, Souvenir Island General Merchandise. I also showed her the “secret” stores in Kilion where to get affordable spices, baking ingredients, and packaging supplies. We met Malou’s hubby and threaded the narrow streets going to Carriedo. We had our late lunch at Ramon Lee’s Panciteria. The restaurant has been there since 1929. This is history, man! With the walls adorned with photos of celebrities and politicians, I knew we found a “gem” in this spot. Hooray for a “fine meal” – chicken, pancit, pinsec frito, fried rice, soup, and banana. Yum!

 

Souvenir Island General Merchandise

Address: 135-137 1001, Carlos Palanca Sr., Quiapo, Metro Manila

Contact Number: (02) 735 4319

 

Ramon Lee’s Panciteria

Address: 1003, 540 Ronquillo St, Santa Cruz, Manila, 1003 Metro Manila

Contact number: (02) 733 0642

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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/

 

Domino’s Pizza Buy 1 Take 1 Promo (Philippines) 2012

It’s CUSTOMER’S APPRECIATION MONTH!!!

Let’s all pizzalebrate! Domino’s Appreciation month offers you BUY 1 GET 1 EVERYDAY! All Sizes, All Flavors.

Visit Domino’s Pizza branches now: Marvin’s Plaza, Silver City, El Molito, SM Center Las Pinas, A-venue, SM Hypermart Sucat & Retiro.

Available also for delivery services!!!

For deliveries, CALL NOW:

Marvin’s Plaza- 754 3030

Silver City- 576 3030

El Molito- 553 3030

SM Las Pinas- 519 3030

A-venue 795 3030

SM Sucat- 794 3030

Retiro- 567 303

 

 

GMA Makulay ang Buhay Photo Contest 2012 WINNERS

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Super Bowl of China- Unli-Birthday Noodles

 

From September 17 to November 30, 2012 you and your family/friends can enjoy UNLIMITED Birthday Noodles for only Php79 per person. You read it right! Even if it’s not your birthday, you may enjoy this special treat from Super Bowl of China.

 

Check out the “Go Unli Birthday Noodles” promo participating branches

-4th level SM Megamall Atrium

-2nd level Glorietta 4 Ayala Center

-3rd level Chef’s Avenue Festival Mall, Alabang

-3rd level Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao

-Ground floor, South Wing Main Mall SM MOA

-Level 1, Trinoma North Edsa Quezon City

-Midtown Wing of Robinsons Place Manila

Visit Facebook: Super Bowl of China for updates.

Shakey’s Prima Lasagna Bundle

I’ve been craving for lasagna since last week. Happy to find out about this promo. Wohooo! This awesome bundle is good for 5 persons and it’s only for Php 995.

Chip in Php 199 each, and you get to enjoy a large thin crust Italian Sausage, 5 pc Buddy pack Chicken n’ Mojos, a pitcher of Coke, and of course… the Prima Lasagna Platter.

Now that’s a great deal!

 

What are you waiting for? Stop staring at your computer screen. Go to shakey’s now.   🙂

 

*photo taken from shakeys facebook account