• New Chinese resto in the city

    Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant offers not just ordinary Chinese food.

  • Where to eat when you're in Baguio City?

    Travelling soon? Here are some place I recommend when you reach Baguio City.

  • Earthlingorgeous' Clara Ole Potluck Foodfest

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  • Food Panda Maginhawa Food Tour

    We strolled along Maginhawa Street, Quezon City to try the best food finds with Food Panda. Maginhawa Street has become famous with its array of food finds from different cuisines. Surprisingly, aside from family businesses, young entrepreneurs run their establishments through creative imagination and identifying their own market.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

#CheesePaMore: Gardenia's spin-off to old favorites

I love cheese and I hope I get to bring cheese anywhere I go. And thank Gardenia that they released new products that are so convenient and still lives to its yummy goodness. And they are not just filled with cheese, they are old-time favorites for me.

I brought Gardenia Toasties at the office for my break time snack and I didn't know that it was one of the new Gardenia products. It's crunchy and cheese-filled goodness that I cannot stop munching on. It is so convenient to bring so you can have it also while at home, school or on the road. You can also serve it with coffee or at any given occasion. Did you know that it also comes with Crunchy Buttered Toast variant?
For those who watch their weights, figures and health, Gardenia Toasties has 0% transfat. Now I wonder if I can mix it with salads or soups for that extra texture.

Another thing in the cheesy goodness is the Gardenia Cheese Buns. This is definitely I remember back in my high school days when we take a break. But Gardenia's version is soft and cheesy and again, transfat-free! Gardenia promises that their products are baked to goodness with fresh ingredients and keeping them flavorful with every bite. Cheese Buns lives to Gardenia's tagline, "Masarap kahit walang palaman."

For more information about Gardenia, you can visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph or website at gardenia.com.ph.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

first XILAIMEN Seafood Restaurant opens in Robinsons Magnolia

It was a long busy day and it was just after my Baguio stint and I was thankful to be invited by one of my friends from the said tour. The newest restaurant resting at the center of the Robinsons Magnolia is Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant.
Ms. Andrea Joyce Ng-Wen
Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant opened July 19 this year and is located fronting the ice cream house at the ground floor of Robinsons Magnolia and serves authentic Chinese seafood dishes that are rich and flavorful. The place is also very cozy for family gatherings, dates and reunions.
According to Ms. Andrea Joyce Ng-Wen, “Xilaimen means happiness in Chinese and this is what we want for the customers to experience whenever they dine in at our restaurant.” “An ambiance of joy as they enter the restaurant,” added by Ms. Wen. Not only with the restaurant but with the food that is served as well. By doing so, it makes the food experience more fun and enjoyable, more enticing for everyone to go back and have an exquisite dining experience.

The food are overwhelming with flavor and generous servings and are very affordable. We were served with these amazing dishes that made it a night full of flavor.
Mixed Seafood with Polonchay Soup
Lapu-Lapu in Egg White
Sauteed Fried Crabs with Sotanghon
Elephant Shell with Broccoli Flower in XO Sauce
Cold Cuts
There are defnitely more in store and I returned to Xilaimen for dinner and spent only around Php1000, which is already reasonable for these dishes. And they're good for 2-3 persons.
Clockwise from left (Fresh Shrimp in XO Sauce with Broccoli Sauce, Special Seafood Hotpot, Yang Chow Fried Rice)
I'm really sure that these dishes are prepared clean and added with love before it gets to the plate. The experience on the mouth and inside the restaurant is really worth-spending.

Xilaimen Seafood Restaurant is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Al Fresco, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City with telephone number (02) 720-97-25.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pasalubong finds in Baguio City

You definitely have something to take home when you've been someplace, that is a big Filipino character. And during our tour in Baguio City, two places should not be missed: Tartland Baguio Pasarabo and Good Shepherd Convent.
We stopped over at a place where a common delicacy is made: lengua. There's no other place in Baguio that creates a crispy, milky and delicious lengua than in Tartland. We almost got lost driving to Tartland but the journey was worth it because we are about to meticulous review how their famous lengua is made and reaches to our palate.

The working area is very sanitized and the workers are well equipped and neat. From a simple mixer turned into massive machines for big production now displayed at the developed facility just a meter from the owner's home.
The mixer and syringe pioneering the Tartland business
Workers and baking oven
After a few talks and a visit inside the factory, we are so lucky that the owner let us taste the product fresh from the oven. There are a few overcooked lengua and I prefer them than the lighter ones. But every jar of lengua you buy from the market or pasalubong store, they are guaranteed fresh from the oven and tastes so good.
Another pasalubong find from Baguio is the Good Shepherd Convent that produces the famous ube. Most people want this from any tourist who goes to Baguio. Overseeing the Mines View from the convent, (by the way, the place is also managed by nuns) you can stroll along while some of your companions may be queuing for jars and jars of ube which costs Php200 each. Enjoy the view or buy, you will be satisfied. Also for every purchase, you help Cordillera youth with their studies.
I really have to bring something home because I wanted to.
While the dark seeps in and it's nighttime in Baguio City, we are about to get scared. Follow the #aftersummer trail.

What to eat in Baguio City's "Slaughterhouse?"

Find comfort in Baguio City's slaughterhouse. Though the  name has an uneasy feeling but the meals are perfect for beer-moments even. If  you want to have a dive on warm soup with a lot of memories as your pasalubong, Balajadia Restaurant is the place to be.
The entrance welcomes you with a smoking grill and boiling large pot of papaitan luring you into this humble restaurant.
Just beside a public market, the place is forgivable to be clean and efficient. They serve barbecue, warm soup dishes and the price is very affordable. But note of these dishes for your next Baguio City visit: liempo, bulalo, papaitan and BnB.
The liempo has a special blood sauce, just like the sauce from the local dinuguan. I cannot imagine the combination at first but it tastes great. While the bulalo and papaitan are regular inuman session dishes, we are greatly curious of what BnB is.
Liempo with blood sauce
Standing for Butt and Balls, yes this dish is made of pork butt and balls that are somehow awkward to eat. Cooked like asado but more tender than meat. Try it soon.

Monday, June 29, 2015

authentic Igorot dishes in Cafe Yagam

Travel is not complete without food. And for every place you visit, you'll learn more of the culture. During our #aftersummer #groupgetaway in Baguio City, courtesy of Azalea Residences, we get more acquainted with the locals by trying their own dishes. These dishes are served fresh warm in Cafe Yagam.

We are totally feeling the cold weather in Baguio and it was raining outside. Cafe Yagam, was just a humble 2-storey house converted to a restaurant. The fireplace warms down the cooling climate and even made cozier by the owner of the place, Miss Poleen Carla Rosito, that welcomed us cheerfully.
Then the food is served. They taught us how natives prepare these food and why they are made. Mostly these dishes are served in big tribe gatherings or offered in rituals and later consumed.
Blood Sausage
You'd better be careful of what you put in your mouth. If you can't tolerate exotic dishes like these, Cafe Yagam also serve normal food in the menu. But the experience trying these are priceless. They also come best with rice wine, also called tapuy, to draw heat to your esophagus down.
Cafe Yagam is located at 25 J. Felipe St., Gibraltar, Baguio City. You can also call them at these numbers: +63 948 9585 157 or +63 946 4550 364.

Cafe Yagam was our last stop for the first day in the Baguio City group getaway. Click here to continue the tour.