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

09433485407

 

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Zark’s Burgers – Taft Avenue

Finally! After waiting for such a loooooong  time, I’ve now tried the famous burgers at Zark’s. I’m from QC and I won’t travel to Taft just for a burger…well…not really!

Right after watching the Lateral Drift competition in Quirino Grandstand, the gang went to Zark’s for dinner. Though unsure if the shop’s still open (it was 9pm), we still drove to the Archer’s Nook building, fronting Lasalle, as if being summoned by the Burger Master.

We had to wait outside the store since the place was packed. We were number 5 on the wait list. The photos below were taken at the time we were leaving the place. Last call for orders were taken around 10pm.

The place is quite small and acoustics could get really bad. I don’t mind, as long as I have a towering burger stack in front of me.

Here are photos of those who’ve conquered the jawbreaker/tombstone challenge.

Check out the menu!!! Get ready for some heart-pounding, artery clogging, and calorie-packing choices. If you’re brave enough, try their Jawbreaker Challenge or the Tombstone Challenge…at your own risk!

It took some time for us to give out our orders. We wanted to try everything! Here’s what we ended up ordering.

On the table:

Fish ‘N Chips (Php 110) is Zark’s version of England’s famous fish and chips meal. At every bite, I could feel the crunch of the batter and the softness of the fish. The sauce is also flavorful and creamy. A slice of lemon would be perfect for this dish.

Wings ‘N Chips (Php 120) are 4pcs of buffalo wings. You can choose either classic or barbecue buffalo wings if you like it sweet or spicy. My nephew didn’t want fries; he had plain rice to go with the wings. We loved the barbecue sauce which is sweet and just a little bit spicy.

I’ll come back for this!

Oh! I forgot to mention how tasty the sauce was. I like it so much. Perfect dish. I just wish they serve bigger portions.

Zark’s is known its huge and out-of-this-world burger creations. We sampled the Jackhammer (Php 185) that is actually a 1/2 lb. patty stuffed with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. It comes with fries and a single serving of iced tea. You can add Php 20 for refillable drinks.

This is a heavy meal to finish. The creaminess of the mozzarella and the mild taste of cheddar make an awesome combination.


This is what I got, the Stone Cold Stunner (Php 185). It comes with fries and a single serving of iced tea. Each of us added Php 20 for refillable drinks; the waitstaff served us a pitcher of iced tea. 🙂

Check out this massive double bacon cheeseburger filled with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onion, and mushroom. OOOHLALA!!! I’m craving for one right now.

It’s huge! It’s tasty! I exactly feel the same way that guy in Man vs Food (Adam) feels when he has eaten too much. I felt bloated… and sleeeeepy after eating half of it.

It was so good. The feeling was diving. I was having Burger Lust. Hahahahah!

Wait… there’s more!

What is a triple cheeseburger with SPAM, bacon, lettuce, and tomato, that is drenched with cheese sauce???

Show some love to the… Jawbreaker!!! Priced at Php250, you can enjoy this tall stack of meat by yourself or you can share it. If you could finish the burger and fries in 5 minutes then it’s for FREE.

Tip: They serve more fries when you say you’re up for the challenge.

I love burgers and I love the ones at Zark’s, I give it a clap, clap, clap! I will come back for more. Might try their baby back ribs next time.   🙂

How about giving the jawbreaker challenge a shot? Share us your Zark’s experience.

 

 

Zark’s Burger

 

Address: 2464 Archer’s Nook, Taft Ave. (front of La Salle, on top of Yellow Cab) Manila

Contact Number: (02) 392-1211

Chili’s The 5th Annual Big Mouth Burger Day

Burger lovers unite!!! Let’s fill up our tummies with big mouth burgers on this special day— It’s the big mouth burger day!

Go to the nearest Chili’s restaurant near you on April 24, 2012.

NOTE:

– only 1 burger per guest

– available only from 11am-2pm, 6pm-12am

-not valid for delivery or to-go.

Banapple – Katipunan too (Blue Ridge)

Last Sunday, after hearing mass, my friend and I went to Banapple for lunch. It was our first time to dine at Banapple since the last few times we’ve been there, we ordered our cakes for carry out.

I made sure I brought along my camera. I knew I would be taking photos of the unique thematic interior of the restaurant. The soft-soothing tones of the walls and curtains give its customers a wonderful cozy feeling of home.   The decorations, porcelain figures, and colorful glass marbled tables are pleasant to the eyes and truly inviting.

Known for their cheesecakes and pies, Banapple also serves sandwiches, pasta, and rice meals. I already had in mind what to order… I’ve been craving for bbq ribs for the past few days. Nonetheless, we still asked the waitstaff for their best-sellers.

On the table:

Caesar Salad is one of our favorite salads and is a usual request when we dine out. Though there are a number of variations on preparing it, we like the simple, traditional way of making it. Banapple serves Super Caesar Salad (Php 120) and the menu described it as “an all time favorite salad made more scrumptious with pecan praline bits”. Quite intriguing. I haven’t tried Caesar salad with pecan. Well, it tasted good! It gave a sweet caramelized nutty taste to the dish. YUMMY!

One of the best-sellers for sandwiches is the Migs Gallabergher (Php 170) sandwich served with potato chips. Right in between those buns is a juicy and herby all beef patty with lettuce, onion rings, melted cheese, and a special sauce. The garlic-sour cream- barbecue sauce gives a sweet and tangy combination of flavors that somewhat overpowered the meat.

There’s just so many things going on in the mouth for every bite; a burst of flavors coming from the herb, meat, cheese and the sauce somewhat like a “complete chaos”.  The sauce was just too much for the palate.

A closer look at the patty. Herby and peppery taste. -not so happy about it.

I was excited to order the Hickory smoked barbecued country ribs (Php 185). Description on the menu says “extra tender country ribs grilled in hickory smoke, glazed with our hickory barbecue sauce”

There are about 3-4 big chunks of meat slathered with barbecue sauce on the platter which I was delighted about. What made me disappointed with this dish is that the barbecue sauce was too tangy. Barbecue sauce should be smoky, sweet, and tangy but not too tangy. I ate some salad in between and drank water to wash down my palate.

The first chunk I sliced was tender and easy to bite. Sad to say, some parts of the meat were tough. They gave my jaw muscles some exercise.

The Fudge Banana Smoothie (Php 105) is sweet and chocolatey. It’s good and a perfect match to wash down our palate from the tangy sauces of the meals we had.

This is the Cadbury Old Gold Oreo Cheesecake (P135). A cheesecake with thick Oreo crust, creamy filling, and  a layer of Cadbury chocolate is truly golden! Just like what a cheesecake should be, Banapple’s Cadbury old gold oreo cheesecake is mild-tasting and it has the  right amount of sweetness and creaminess. Each bite tickles the taste buds with its sweet chocolatey taste.

It may not be a perfect lunch but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a perfect dinner. Heheheh…

Overall, I give Banapple two claps… for the ambiance, cleanliness, and friendly staff who readily refilled our glasses with water, for the good food (salad and dessert) and size of servings. I have yet to try other items on the menu.  And I promise to give you a feedback on that. ‘Til next time!

Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes

Blue Ridge, 206 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City +63 2 438 2675

225 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City  +63 2 439 2675

2/L Il Terrazzo Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City 1103  +63 2 413 2675

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City  +64 2 756 2675

 47 Connecticut St., 2nd level, Northeast Square, Northeast Greenhills  +63 2 477 2675

Best Food Forward 2- Food and Travel Series

With the overwhelming success of the very first Best Food Forward held last 2-3 April 2011, and due to insistent public demand, BEST FOOD FORWARD is back!

I couldn’t contain myself when I received an email about this great news! I am one of the thousands of foodies who enjoyed the BFF event last April and I can hardly wait for the next one. Best Food Forward 2 will definitely be more exciting as the best Food and Travel deals in the country will be offered by BFF2 participants.

BFF2 is set to be staged on March 24-25,2012, 10am to 8pm, at the NBC Tent. An approximate number of more than 5,000 participants are expected for this 2 day food and travel fair.

***If you are a foodie and you want to try out sumptuous dishes… you should mark your calendar and don’t miss out this gastronomic feast. New and upcoming products will be offered on the event. Definitely a lot of food choices to enjoy.

***If you are a traveler wanting to grab the greatest travel deals… don’t think twice… mark your calendar and get ready to pack your bags for some summer fun.

***If you are a food entrepreneur and you want to showcase your product. This is the perfect place for you to shine as foodies, media, family, and friends will all be attending this grand event. Whip up your best recipe because we all want to fill our tummies with the best food in town.

***For families and friends who want some place to bond and enjoy the summer season, I promise you total satisfaction as fun activities and booths will be available for you and your kids to enjoy.

SEE YOU ON MARCH 24-25, 2012!!!

To learn more about the event, you may contact:

Timmie Hilado


Organizer

Best Food Forward

Tel  +632 2119644      

MobileNo  +639177941984      

timmiehilado@gmail.com

bestfoodforward2@gmail.com

Stackers Burger Cafe- Resorts World Manila

After a 3-hour prenup photo shoot in Paranaque, my friend and I headed to Newport Mall to grub on snacks at Stackers Burger Cafe. Both hungry and exhausted, we hiked to the 4th floor, dropped our bags, and called in the wait staff to get our orders. It took some time for me to browse the menu and decide what to order as it was my first time to dine in Stackers.  Being a burger cafe, the menu offers a wide burger variation; it’s quite confusing for me which one to get. I want to try everything!!!

On the table:

Caesar Burger Bowl (Php 148) contains a quarter pound Australian burger patty, fresh lettuce, bacon, croutons, and Caesar dressing.

It’s quite interesting to have both burger and salad greens in one dish. To date, Stackers has the most succulent and flavorful burger patty I’ve tasted. The Caesar dressing is light and runny. It didn’t overpower the flavor of the patty. I enjoyed every bite of  this dish.

Stackers Fried Mozzarella Sticks (Php 125) consists of 5 pieces breaded mozzarella sticks deep fried to golden perfection served with a tangy tex mex ranchero dip.

This crunchy outside -gooey inside deep-fried cheese snack has a fantastic crunch and flavor. The tex mex ranchero dip compliments the chewiness of the melted mozzarella cheese.

Philly Cheese Burger (Php 155) is made up of a quarter pound beef patty topped with sautéed red and green bell peppers, onions, mozzarella cheese, and ranch dressing on a long bun.

It’s like the famous Philly Cheesesteak using burger patty instead of the traditional thinly sliced pieces of steak. This burger variation is so awesome, I wolfed it down in no time.

For an additional (Php65) on top of the burger price, you can get crispy chips and a drink.

Vanilla Milkshake (Php 90) is one of the many flavors of milkshakes on the menu. Milkshakes otherwise known as thickshakes are smooth, thick, and creamy beverages that are ice cream based and mixed with flavors for that refreshing milky goodness.

Sipping on this deliciously thick and creamy vanilla milkshake can absolutely bring a smile to one’s  face.

Overall, I give a clap, clap, clap to Stackers Burger Cafe! The Auss’m burgers, lipsmacking sides, and thick icy cold milkshakes are to die for… yes, I am coming back for more!

 

Stackers Burger Cafe

Address: 4th Floor, Newport Mall
Resorts World Manila,  Pasay City
Contact Number: (632) 659-8271 or (632) 659-8287

IL Mercanti – Metrowalk, Ortigas

Another food mecca for foodies can be found in Pasig City. IL Mercanti Food Bazaar opened last September 2011, catering to families and friends as well as employees from call centers/companies nearby. It operates Wednesdays to Fridays, from 7pm to 5am.

Metrowalk has a wide parking space but it may still be hard to find a place to park your car, with a lot of people coming and wanting to try out the food here in Il Mercanti…most especially on a Friday night. As for us, it took us 30-45 min from Greenhills to Metrowalk. Whatta TERRIBLE traffic we got there! We had to wait for 15 to 20 minutes before we were able to park. Luckily, we found a table right away. We cooled ourselves down with iced tea while waiting  for our table to be cleared.

We roamed around and tried to search for something new, something interesting. There’s a large variety of food choices and one will absolutely enjoy “exploring” – it’s delightful to the senses. At very affordable prices, one can sample products such as: Mexican food, Chinese food, Filipino food, Mexican food, Korean food, Roastbeef, Lechon, Tapa, Steak, Mixed Rice, Barbecue. For snacks and drinks they have Burger, Corndog, Pizza, Pasta, Shawarma, Fish and Chips, Ice cream, Cakes and Pastries, Empanada,  Churros, Crepe, Bubble Milk Tea, and Fruit Juices.

Whew!!! I could hardly remember all the food I saw. Here are some photos of what we had for dinner.

 

The Spaghetti with Pesto sauce with Chicken tenders and Garlic bread was okay. Same goes for the Baked Macaroni. The serving was just right but it lacks flavor.

Crispy liempo thinly sliced somewhat looks like crispy bacon. It’s crunchy and a bit salty. It would’ve been perfect if served with soysauce and calamansi or vinegar. Uhmm… just a suggestion.

There’s a number of people gathered around this stall. Hmmm… the sight of the pans make me wanna try ’em all. Deep dish pizza for pizza lovers!

The pizza looks inviting… enticing… but sadly, it failed to satisfy our palate. The crust was thick and has a texture of a tasty/american bread, that absorbed the sauce. The topmost layer of the pizza did not have enough sauce which made the pizza dry and a bit hard to chew.

Oh man! You will get some sugar rush with the huge selection of sweets in IL Mercanti. We tried Blueberry Cheesecake… one of my favorites. The taste was ok but not as good as the ones sold in some famous bakeshops in the metro.

This must be the best among what I had that night. This is… AMBURGER’s Juicy Lucy with Bacon Mushroom Melt. OOOHHHLALA!!!

The patty itself is stuffed with cheese making every bite oooozing with cheesy goodness. The huge cheeseburger has generous servings of crunchy bacon, lettuce, mushroom, blue cheese, cheese sauce, onion, relish, and the thick Juicy Lucy patty.

It was awesome!!! As much as I like to finish the entire burger, I couldn’t because I had little of everything we ordered and I’m stuffed. I find this the most delish burger in town. It’s OUTRAGEOUS, I tell ‘ya!

Hurry up and experience good food and fun with your family and friends here in IL Mercanti. I know the bazaar just started and a lot of improvements will take place as they settle. I will definitely go back for some more Juicy Lucy burger and try out other food they offer.

 

IL Mercanti

 

Address: Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City

New Schedule: Wed-Sat , 8pm – 5am