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.

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.

Chef d’ Angelo- Eat All You Can promo

Absolutely delicious and affordable meals only from Chef d’ Angelo. Get ready to be tummy-filled!

Carinderia Buffet- V.Luna

This is probably the cheapest buffet restaurant in Quezon City. It opened with a P99 pesos price tag then added a few more bucks the following year. What’s awesome about dining here is that there’s no time restriction, unlike other buffet places that gives a time limit of 2 or 3 hours.

We arrived just in time for dinner and a number of customers were coming in. Ambiance is rustic and cozy. Don’t expect fancy interiors or food presentation as this place is styled with simple Filipino decorations.

The dishes they offer are Filipino home-cooked meals you can also find in a carinderia. They have all sorts of fried fish- galunggong, tilapia, etc. There’s lumpia  and fried chicken.

They have sarciado, dinuguan, menudo, afritada, tokwa’t baboy, binagoongan,  adobong pusit, bopis, and more.

Breakfast items are also offered such as the longganisa and tortang talong.

Watch out your cholesterol level as some food items are oily and have more fat than meat content.

For dessert, they offer minatamis na saging, gulaman, and ginataang halo halo.

I had ginisang petchay, adobong pusit, tortang talong, longganisa, and binagoongan for my 1st plate. My 2nd plate had menudo and friend chicken, and a few more longganisa. I wasn’t able to try everything on the spread as I was full drinking bottomless pineapple juice (plus Php 45).

If you are in Quezon City, particularly near V. Luna, go drop by Carinderia Buffet for a tummy-filling lunch or dinner. This is the place to dine if you are on a budget.  🙂

Note: Carinderia Buffet also accepts reservations as a party venue for Birthdays, Christening, and other special occasions. Feel free to contact them anytime using the number posted below.

Update: June 8, 2012- I was here this afternoon, buffet price is now Php 144 per head…vat inclusive.

Note: They are open from 10:30-2pm and 5:30-9:30.

 

Carinderia Buffet

Contact: Ms. Minie Bergado

Address: Mabilis St. corner V. Luna Road, Quezon City
Contact No.: 435-9196

Raza’s Kabab and Persian Cuisine – Katipunan Ave.

It’s past midnight and we’re hungry so we searched for a place to eat. We drove along Anonas.. checked out 70’s Bistro and found out Parokya ni Edgar was playing. Oh, only if we knew they had a gig that night we could’ve gone there earlier. We then drove to Teacher’s Village but most of the restaurants were closed… and we ended up in Raza’s, a new restaurant in Katipunan. It is located where Blue Finn Grill & Restaurant used to be.

Raza’s offers Kabab and Persian cuisine though some Filipino food are also part of the menu.

On the table:

Raza’s Beef Shawarma (Php 85) has minced beef,  cucumber, tomato and onion wrapped in pita bread.  Add garlic- yoghurt sauce and hot chili sauce for some kick. The pita that was served was good… it’s puffy and hot.

Here’s Chelo Kebab (Php 95) that comes with ground beef with tomato and onion. I was quite disappointed with what was served. How am I supposed to eat kebab without pita bread or rice? The meat is juicy and tasty but still overpriced. I wished I ordered Beef Shawarma instead.

Extra order of pita bread costs Php 15 each. We ordered 5 more for carryout.

Also on the menu is Pancit Bihon (Php 130), obviously not Persian, but tastes satisfactory for a group with hungry tummies. It is cooked upon order which is good.

This is the Seafood Chopseuy (Php 130). It looks and tasted the same as the toppings on the pancit bihon. Hahaha… Sorry but price is the same, tastes is the same, except that it doesn’t have noodles. Serving is good for 1-2 persons and yes you need to order a cup of rice separately.

Another Filipino dish on the menu is the Chicken Inasal (Php 90). The chicken is covered with sweet sauce,  you won’t need a dipping sauce anymore.

I checked out Raza’s facebook page and it’s good to see that they’re offering value meals ranging from Php60 to Php 90. That’s GREAT!!! There’s room for improvement and with a little more staff training (familiarity with the menu), Raza’s will go a long way. See you again a few months from now.

 

Raza’s Kabab & Persian Cuisine

 

Address: 361 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines 1101

Contact Number: 4347336

They are open until 3:00 am.

Gloria Maris – Araneta Center, Cubao

It was past 7pm and my mom didn’t have enough time to prepare dinner… and so we had an impromptu dinner. It took us more than 30 minutes to arrive in Araneta Center due to heavy traffic. It was James Ingram’s concert that night, hence the heavy traffic and the full parking lot. We spent another 10 minutes looking for a parking space in Gateway Mall. Oh… I was thinking, dinner should be good…

We headed to Gloria Maris for some tummy-filing Chinese meal.

 

On the table:

 

We couldn’t decide what dimsum to order; I thought the Dimsum Combination platter (Php 247) is a great choice. It has assorted dumplings like hakaw, japanese siomai, siomai, beancurd roll, and some sort of seaweed with sesame seeds. It was a solid starter while waiting for our main course to arrive.

 

The Asado Noodle Soup (Php 178) arrived steaming hot. Each sip was packed with the tasty Asado flavor. The meat was tender and easy to cut and chew, same with the noodles that remained firm yet tender.

The Lechon Macau (Php 268) was cooked nice and crisp. I love the sauce that came with it, it went well with the tender meat and crispy skin of the lechon.

Mom wanted a fish dish and chose Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet (Php 268). The seemingly ordinary dish turned out to be a flavorful meal. Not to mention, healty too! The fish fillet was loaded with sweet and sour sauce with lot of carrots and bell peppers, and onion strips. The flavor brings fireworks to the mouth… yum!!!

Among all the food on the table, the Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper (Php 278) was my favorite. Dunk it on the vinegar with chili and chow it down… ooohlalala… It’s undeniably the best dish for the night. I love the easy to chew squid… not gummy, and the crunchy breading. It explodes in the mouth like a bomb!!!

We thought we should get a noodle dish other than the Asado noodle soup so we ordered Crispy Noodle with Mixed Vegetables (Php 228). It is like the usual noodle/pancit dish just with a crispy noodle. I didn’t get to eat much of this pancit.

I ate and ate until such time I realized I ate too much there’s no more room for the Seafood Mango Salad (Php 168) or for dessert. Still, I ate about 2 spoonfuls of this salad. I find it interesting to combine seafood and fruits, though I’m not a big fan of it. As for the Seafood Mango Salad, it has crabsticks and shrimps and mango chunks topped with cream and cherry. Surprisingly, it was good. The sweet and tangy mango chunks paired well with the crabstick and shrimps.

Overall, I give Gloria Maris a clap, clap, clap for the good food that we had. Though I hope you could improve more by maintaining clean and presentable tables/seats. Some of the  seat covers are already torn and badly need a replacement.

For families and friends who are looking for some good tasting Chinese food, visit Gloria Maris and you will definitely leave the place with a smile… and a heavy tummy.   🙂

 

Note: I didn’t bring my camera that night and so I would like to thank my sister-in-law, Cy, for taking photos of the food using her Iphone.

 

Gloria Maris

 

Address: G/F Coliseum Circle, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City

Contact Number: 63 (2) 421-7362

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood & Grill- Quirino Ave., Davao City

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood & Grill is ” the #1 Barbecue House in Davao.” Well, that’s what it says in their banner. I’ve read about how good the chicken inasal is and how their customer service sucks before flying to Davao. Good or bad, I wanted to try it myself. After landing at the Davao airport, we headed to Elle’s Pension House owned by the Mangaoils. We checked out nearby stores and restaurants and lucky enough we found Penong’s grill -Quirino branch just blocks away from the pension house.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by some wait staff having their lunch, others were busy wiping the tables, and I saw a couple of ’em sleeping. We arrived around 1pm and the restaurant was empty; I thought they were closed or we just came in early. We then went inside an air-conditioned room since it was freaking hot that day. A wait staff readily followed us and handed the menu.

Without batting an eyelash, I ordered for the Inato meal 5 (Php 92) that comes with a jumbo sized chicken inato and pork barbecue, unlimited rice and soup. Baloogs had Sinugbang Pusit (Php152) and bottomless rice (php16), plus the Adobong Kangkong (Php 63) for sharing. We added a pitcher of Iced Tea for Php 42.

It took more than 30 min for our food to be served. I was able to take pictures of the restaurant, cross the street to buy prepaid load, and up to the time I came back, our food wasn’t served still. I try to understand that it takes a lot of time to grill meat but they should’ve at least served our drinks while waiting.

On the table:

Here’s the Sinugbang Pusit with atchara on the side. The grilled squid is stuffed with onion, tomato, ginger and spring onion. I was expecting a bigger size of serving for its price. I could get grilled squid way cheaper than this in Manila.

The squid, however, is soft and easy to chew. I didn’t enjoy it much since it has too much onion and tomatoes in it that overpowers the taste of the squid.

In contrast, the serving of the Adobong Kangkong is more than expected. It’s probably good for up to 4 persons. We couldn’t finish it. It has too much pepper and ginger which again, was overpowering. We were disappointed about ordering this dish.

Then came my chicken inato and pork bbq. It’s fantastic. I like the char and the golden brown color of the skin. The juicy meat was cooked well. I dipped it in soy sauce with calamansi and chowed it in no time.

I like the chicken skin, as always. It was sweet, similar to tocino. I think vinegar with chili would be the best match for this just to balance the taste.

The pork bbq tastes the same. There was just 3 small pieces of it which left it unnoticeable. The soup wasn’t served. I had to remind the wait staff that the soup is included in the meal.

The chicken is good…but in my opinion, the chicken inasals I’ve tried in Manila tasted better than Penong’s. I give it one clap though for the good taste of chicken and the cleanliness of the place.   🙂

Penong’s Barbecue Seafood and Grill

DAVAO BRANCHES

Ilustre Branch
Ilustre St., Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 8390


Matina Branch
McArthur Highway, In Front of Southern Motors,
Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 297 2674

Sta. Ana Branch
Sta. Ana Ave., In Front of Davao Central High School,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 9280

Matina Gallera Branch
McArthur Highway, Beside Matina Gallera
Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 298 1005

Quirino Branch
Quirino Ave., Cor. Mabini St.,
Davao City, Philippines
Telefax No. (082) 282 2088

Buhangin Branch
Buhangin District, In Front of Ladislawa Entrance,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 221 7308

Toril Branch
Toril District,
Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 295 1171

Lanang Branch
J.P. Laurel Ave., In front of Toyota Motors
Lanang, Davao City, Philippines
Tel. No. (082) 234 9718