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It was actually my first time to dine at La Piadina and what better way to do it than to have a Q & A with their head chef Giorgio Matera. We asked him all the hard questions including how the dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the earth and who shot John Kennedy. Kidding aside, he revealed that he wanted us to experience a different type of Italian cuisine at La Piadina.
Owner Everson Go-Tian also marveled about the creativity of Giorgio as he suggested that he come up with a dish that combines both pizza and pasta and he reveals that he came up with something so creative that it will make headlines. Chef Giorgio proclaimed that he loves the Philippines as he keeps on coming back. Speaking of coming back, all these dishes made me want to come back to La Piadina...
We were given samples of each dish and I have to say my favorite was the Straccietti. The only thing I can't take about the dish was pronouncing the long name. The Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna should also not be taken for granted as it is a good dish to pair with the meaty dishes.
It was only a decade ago when I was studying at La Salle so I got ecstatic when I heard of Burger Avenue's new branch there. After tasting their food, I knew the La Salle students are in for a treat when classes start on August 24 since this branch just opened last week.
I even saw an old classmate and old professor when I went out for a bathroom break. Wow, this place is full of cool memories and I got to thank Burger Avenue for helping me relive those times. I was actually asked by both my former professor and former classmate if I'm already married to which I replied "Hindi pa, pero malamang mauunahan kita".
I really enjoyed their burgers. Co-owner Martin Silverio also told me a story of how there was a time when they were the only ones open at their 7 year old Fort Strip branch before because clubs nearby closed down. I was not surprised they were able to survive that time when I was able to try their burgers because it was so good.
Burgers are better eaten when with fries or onion rings. I got onion rings this time and theirs was crunchy and tasty. I could not ask for anything more while I was eating their onion rings.
Have you ever heard of the Chodobo? Me either as co-owner Kim Pelayo told me it is a combination of chorizo and adobo with sunny side up egg on top. I admire their creativity in coming up with the name. It is also one of their best sellers and I was not surprised one bit as the meat is tender and the rice is addicting as well.
Burger Avenue is one street I would not mind getting lost in.
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It is a good thing there was also desserts to take away the umay we had from eating all that meat. Both dessert dishes impressed and I wish there would be an unlimited dessert promo soon to go along with the unlimited meat.
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I was lucky enough to get invited to Mahalin Pagkain Atin at Mercato Centrale or Panlasang Norte which is a food fest showcasing some of Luzon's finest delicacies. Pilmico and Mercato Centrale brought this wonderful event together and Chef Boy Logro was also on hand to give us live cooking demos.
Pilmico's JP Pangilinan talked about how the advocacy Mahalin Pagkain Atin has been traveling around the country to raise awareness about our local food. The Madhouse's DJ Chris, DJ Tracy and DJ Stan were also on hand to give away prizes. DJ Tracy tried to get Chef Boy Logro to be their chef at home and Chef Logro quickly answered to her that he will do it if the price is right.
The Pinakbet with Bagnet is just one of the foods showcased by Chef Boy Logro. I suddenly realized how this guy became a celebrity chef. He let us sample it and it was delicious. I also admired his sense of humor as he told us a story of the time he worked abroad and his boss wanted him as their Sous Chef and he thought the Sous Chef would just prepare the sauces.
There is nothing like being able to appreciate our local food. Mr. "Yum Yum Yum" definitely stole the show and a lot of bloggers wanted to get a selfie with him. He made cooking Filipino food so easy but I have to admit the same won't happen if I was the one cooking.
Do you know what time it is?
Nope. Don't have a watch.
It's time for you and me to have coffee.
Cheesy huh? Don't worry, I'm not talking about that type of cheesy. I'm talking about the Fried Kesong Puti in a Bun by the Cheesy Project.
I applaud the creativity of owners Irene and Rai as I paid them a visit at their booth. It turns out the kesong puti is fried right in front of you and put inside toasted bread for only P80 for 2 buns.
They also have a couple of tasty flavors:
I salute their creativity in thinking of the names of the dishes as Sgt. Pepperoni's includes pepperoni along with the grilled kesong puti with herbs. It was so good that I was hoping there's a double pepperoni version like a double cheeseburger where the meat is doubled. That would turn Sgt. Pepperoni into General Pepperoni.
Another delight for meat lovers is the Longga Bits 4ever! I think it won't be long before they start supplying these fried kesong puti in a bun flavors to coffee shops. I just hope they would add more flavors like: Veggie Veggie Veggie, Can't You See? Sometimes Yours Words Hypnotize Me (Vegetables) and When I Seafood, I Eat It (Seafood, duh?). Okay, so maybe those names were a little off the hook.
They were at the I'm Shoe In Love bazaar so I can't wait for the next time they decide to join a bazaar again so I can try these cheesy (pun intended) goodies again.
I was both excited and nervous when I was walking towards Life Yoga for my very first yoga class. They are the newest yoga studio in town and at the end of the class, I am not ashamed to say I enjoyed my first yoga session there. They have a homey ambiance as I felt very relaxed when I was there. They have everything you need in a yoga class like locker rooms, showers that have shampoo and soap plus the mats are already provided. There are two rooms for classes and one is heated while the other one is not.
Before my class, I decided to practice my balance and check out what happened:
This is me trying to balance....
Hold your horses, mate. Don't get the wrong impression that yoga is just for ladies. There is actually a Broga class every Saturday afternoon for guys. Now, you can hang with your bros while doing something that guys don't normally do but it is way cool. Just avoid laughing all the time as the entire thing would turn into laugh therapy if that happens.
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