Gelato Gala at Manila Creamery

It was a Gelato Gala for the ages as me and the rest of the sexiest blogger group on the planet visited Manila Creamery near the cinemas of UP Town Center. It was actually their last day when we visited them because they are going to open their first branch next month just behind the ice cream stall. It was no surprise the two boys behind Manila Creamery, Paolo Reyes and Jason Go, came from the same high school as me. Okay, that does not have anything to do with it but it is still worth noting.


Go Mango

Go Mango! is Mango gelato with white chocolate covered poprocks. I love Mango ice cream and their version is very creamy. It sure did not take me long before I finished this one and I was already ready for the next flavor. The chocolate covered poprocks only helped matters.


Kinder Bueno

Kinder Bueno is Hazelnut Gelato with Milk Chocolate Sauce. It is actually sourced in Italy. It had that special taste that everyone was looking for. It has classic chocolate written all over it. There is no doubt I will be looking for this flavor when I become one of those kids just standing there and staring at their flavors.




All of us can't wait for the opening of your 1st branch, Manila Creamery. We will definitely be there!




Manila Creamery
UP Town Center

Brozoned at Shawarma Bros UP Town Center

If it is one thing I hate, it is getting brozoned by some hot chick. It is a good thing that is not the case because when I said brozoned I mean hanging out at Shawarma Bros which has a new branch in the new wing of UP Town Center and guess what? The entire BROtherhood could not be any more happier. They have some new dishes too to satisfy even the average bro.


Keema Nachos (P159)

A different way of experiencing the Keema of Shawarma Bros as it is poured over irresistible crunchy corn chips along with grated cheese, diced tomatoes and onions. The best part is that it is sprinkled with two sauces of your choice. It is the perfect meal for those who have a bible study session since our BROtherhood has one common religion - heBRO. PUN ALERT!


Pita Tostadas with Garlic Hummus (P80)

The Pita Tosadas with Garlic Hummus are pitas toasted in Panini presses for that grilled shawarma wrap and it made it an instant crowd favorite. Whenever you are with your bros riding a Toyota CoBROlla (PUN ALERT!) while wearing your BROlex (PUN ALERT!), this is the perfect snack for it.


Lamb Burrito Bro (P219)

I love burritos and lamb so I ordered the Lamb Burrito. I kept on putting the Cheese sauce and it ended up messing up my mouth in more ways than one. I absolutely loved it and there is no doubt I am coming back for this one. Their iced tea is a keeper too as it is a very good brewed iced tea that is bound to be memorable.


Their menu is something that is always noticeable when you go to the counter to order. Do you know what their menu is called???? A liBRO! PUN ALERT!




Shawarma Bros
UP Town Center, Quezon City

Soup Recipes to Warm a Chill Day

The following is a guest post from Pam de Guzman:


Buying a Tagaytay home for sale gives a different lifestyle compared from the Metro life because of the people and the environment. Living in one of the best cities in the country provides a culture which makes you want to stay in the city for a long time because of the views, the restaurants, and the “chill” vibe it gives out. Living here also guarantees a colder temperature, so here are a couple of soup recipes anyone can do to warm themselves on a chilly day. 

Beer and Cheese

 Courtesy of mommiecooks.com


Believe it or not, this recipe is sure to crazily satisfy you! Just prepare these easy steps.
3    bottles    dark beer s (36 oz. total)
1    pound grated Emmenthaler or Gruyere cheese,
1    small    diced onion
1    small    cleaned and diced leek
2    cloves    crushed garlic
1    small    peeled and diced carrot
1    rib    diced celery
2    tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3    springs    fresh thyme leaves
1 1/2    tablespoon kosher salt
1    teaspoon ground black pepper
2    slices rye bread, cut into cubes

  1. Heat a medium stockpot or Dutch oven on medium heat. The butter, onion, garlic, carrot, celery and leeks have to be added to a medium stockpot on medium heat. Continue cooking until the onions become translucent.
  2. The vegetables have to be soft before adding the ingredients, except for the bread. Simmer the soup for 45 minutes.
  3. Next is to add the cubed rye bread then continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Let it cool for a while and remove it from heat.
  4. Pour the soup in the blender for halfway then close.
  5. Set the blender on for low and blend for two minutes until the soup turns to puree.
  6. Finally, place all back to the Dutch oven or stockpot then garnish with pretzel sticks or rye croutons.

French Onion


Courtesy of www.flickr.com



Many are already aware about this classic soup. Get to know the procedure here.
Ingredients
1 1/2    pounds    thinly sliced onions
1    ounce    clarified butter
2    ounces    Calvados or white wine
4    cups    chicken stock
4    cups    beef broth
6    to 8    large croutons
1/2    pound    grated gruyere cheese
Salt and pepper

  1. Get a huge and heavy bottomed pot to cook the onions in the clarified butter in medium heat until it turns into brown and caramelized texture for around 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Deglaze the pan with the Calvados or white wine then add the stock and broth.
  3. Simmer until the onions turn soft, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Allot the soup to individual oven-proof crocks or bowls.
  5. Optionally put croutons on top of each soup. Place heavy sprinkling of the grated cheese and put under the broiler in your oven until it turns golden brown and bubbly.

Creamy Carrot


 Courtesy of pixabay.com


Last, if you’re looking for a simple soup, follow these easy steps.
  1. pound of chopped carrots (or baby carrots)
½          small onion
  1. clove garlic
pinch of cumin
juice of 1 lime
  1. tablespoons of plain yogurt

  1. Steam all the carrots in a microwave until it becomes tender.
  2. Mix in a blender with ½ onion, 1 clove of garlic, juice of the lime, and a pinch of cumin.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt once it is mixed altogether.
  4. Season with salt and pepper then transfer onto a stove or microwave to heat.
  5. Before eating, serve with lime wedges, half tablespoon of yogurt, and chopped cilantro.

Follow these alternative ways to treat yourself instead of buying medicine for cough and cold. It may or may not entirely cure your sickness, but it may prevent it for the meantime. However, it is guaranteed that your taste buds will be satisfied once you have these delectable soups.

Author’s Biography
Pam De Guzman, a.k.a the kid from the North, is a frustrated writer, event organizer, business owner and an aspiring director and writer of a personal/fashion/movie/book/travel blog. She’ll be writing about pretty much anything under the sun.







Yayoi Brings Teishoku to SM Megamall

Managing Directors Yvonne Yao and Jacq Gobing

Those who were lucky enough to travel to Japan should already be familiar with Yayoi as it is a famous restaurant that uses the Teishoku (set-menu) dining concept there. Since Filipinos are already used to set meals, Yayoi takes it up a notch with their ichiju-sansai which means one soup, three sides. It refers to a meal consisting of one cup of rice, one bowl of soup and three dishes (one main and two sides). They actually started 130 years ago with their first branch in Tokyo. Now, they have 300 outlets scattered over various countries like the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore. Now they open their first branch in the Philippines and we can't be more lucky than that.



Filipinos are no strangers to Japanese cuisine. Most Japanese restaurants specialize in one dish which could be ramen, gyoza or katsu. Yayoi offers all of that and a lot more as they have a wide variety of Japanese selections that will satisfy each type of foodie.



I was really overwhelmed by their ordering system. Aside from the physical menu, they also make use of an ipad menu where customers can just choose what they want to order then send it to the kitchen. They can even view how much longer they have to wait before their food gets served. It is indeed a nod to how technologically advanced Japanese people are. It is actually something I was expecting a restaurant to do so I am glad Yayoi finally implemented it.


Mix Toji Teishoku (breaded pork loin, fried shrimp, and sukiyaki beef simmered in special sauce and egg)

I had to try the Teishoku concept myself so I had the Mix Toji Teishoku. It consisted of breaded pork loin, fried shrimp and sukiyaki beef simmered in special sauce and egg. I loved how there were so many food in front of me. My suggestion is that the Teishoku should have a drink included with it too for a complete meal experience. I loved all the meat included as I definitely give compliments to the chef. Believe it or not, the best part is actually the rice as it is Kinme rice. Yayoi uses purely select brands of Japanese brands of rice produced in various parts of the country. It is made with a cleaning method that maintains its original deliciousness and nutrients. I really wish they can make this rice unlimited because I loved it even if I'm not a rice person.


Matcha Anmitsu

My favorite part of a meal is always the dessert and the fact that they have Matcha got me excited even more. Matcha Anmitsu consists of Green Tea ice cream with azuki beans and fruit cocktail along with black sugar syrup. It is indeed the perfect way to end a hearty meal at Yayoi.



Yayoi 
3rd Floor, Megamall B
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Overeating at Overrice PH

Beef/Chicken Over Rice (P99)


Thanks to Team Aldous' Captivating Conscience Angel, we got to try a concept straight from New York - Halal inspired Overrice. Their space is not actually that big and there is a take out counter outside because that is how people at New York roll. They are busy people so they would rather take out their food to get back to what they are doing.

I actually thought the Beef/Chicken Over Rice means that there is too much rice there. That would doom my non-existing diet but it basically meant that it is put on top of rice. What a treat this is. Every ingredient here is also cooked in front of you so you know they are fresh.




They give you the option of choosing between their 2 sauces Crema de Mama and Pwet Goes Boom which is the most creative name for a spicy sauce I have ever seen. It does not mean it will make you fart. It means it is really spicy that your butt will explode if you have too much of it.


Beef/Chicken Gyro (P79)

The Gyros are my favorite. Nothing feels better than eating fresh Halal food when it is wrapped around like that. It is definitely healthier and yummier than a rice meal. I also recommend dipping it into their sauce. I would say this one is a must try.


Strawberry Yogurt Shake (P75)

I immediately asked the owners about the strawberries in the Strawberry Yogurt Shake since it tasted so fresh. They revealed they try as much as possible to source them out directly from Baguio. I was just in Baguio a few months ago so I know how special the strawberries there are. Trust me, you will feel like you are in the summer capital of the country when drinking this.


Beef/Chicken Over Fries (P129)

When you are coming with a date or a group then I recommend ordering the Beef/Chicken Over Fries. It is a great snack for those who are not that hungry but want to eat over catching up with friends. It definitely feels like there are a lot of things going on in that plate and that is always a good thing.



The owners being wacky


They also have Take Out Tuesdays going on. If you take out food worth at least P99 then you have a free drink.


Overrice
Golan Arcade, Katipunan

Breaking Out of the Clown House


Nervous and Excited

That was what we were feeling when we were waiting for our turn to get locked inside the clown house of Breakout Manila. It was just a normal Saturday afternoon when me and four other members of the sexiest blogger group on the planet decided to get ourselves locked inside the most talked about room of Breakout Katipunan

I have always wanted to try Breakout Manila ever since I heard of it since the concept is a darn good one. Getting locked inside a room with a group of friends and trying to get out of it by solving puzzles does sound cool eh? When you solve it, you will get pictured into the wall of fame. If not then you will get #trappedforever (Insert hugot line here). 




Before entering the room, we were oriented to a set of rules. What's a game without a set of rules right? We were given a locker for us to deposit all our belongings and I was given the key to the locker. Believe it or not, I actually thought that this key might be helpful during the game as I tried using it. Unfortunately, the attempt backfired on me just like all of my ideas did. Remember in horror movies when the characters are getting hunted down by a killer and all of their phones have no signal so they can't contact anybody? The same thing will happen here but the difference is you don't have any phones to use. What a stroke of genius! Also, when there is something that says "Off Limits" then it is not part of the game. That is understandable because the air con won't exactly help you get out of the room.



me, Cohen, Shiela, Bea, Tin


In every horror movie, you have a host of characters that are so different from one another that it is easy to tell them apart. That is definitely the case with our group. You have the leader who barked commands and all of us believed her since she is the most experienced in the group. You have the hot chick who always seems to distract all of us (okay maybe just me). You have the serious nerd who is always anxious of the time left in the game because according to her failure is simply not an option. You have the love conscious goody two shoes who won't admit that her love life would end up distracting her from escaping the Clown House. Last and definitely not the least, you have the jerk who is so confident that he is one step ahead of everyone when he finds a clue only to find out that it is a false alarm and everyone is back to zero again. I'm not going to say who the characters are even though the last one is obvious (it is me!).

When we got locked inside the Clown House, a masked clown with an axe jumped out of nowhere and started chasing us. He ended up cornering us and taking his mask off and revealing that he was none other than....











....de Lima's driver. 



Okay so that did not really happen. I'm not going to spoil anything that happened in the game but I will say that it pushed us to our limit. 



The Katipunan branch also has two other rooms in the Detention and Walking Dead. I honestly can't wait to try the other two. They have two other branches at Serendra, BGC and Paragon Plaza Building. For more information including age limit and prices, visit their official website here.


Breakout Manila
315 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

Sapphire Bloc Food Revolution Part 6 - Cazuela


Spanish Colonial cuisine Cazuela is owned and operated by no less than Chef MonDay or Mon Urbano and Day Salonga. They are no strangers in the food industry with a couple of books about malunggay and a column in COOK magazine every month.


Baby Squid Al Ajillo (P235)

It was almost an all seafood dinner at Cazuela as we started things off with the Baby Squid Al Ajillo. The many years of experience of the two master chefs showed here as this dish is as good as it gets. Be aware that your teeth will get real black though.

Gambas al Ajillo (P328)

Their gambas is to die for. Anyway, shrimp cooked in any way is still good and it it helps that it is cooked by a recognized chef like Chef Mon and Chef Day. Be sure to not forget sprinkling it with lemon.

Paella Negra (P365)

The Paella Negra is carbs galore with lots of seafood. It is definintely the reason why I wished Cazuela came in the early stages in this food crawl. They are our 6th stop and that is not a good number as we were not able to appreciate their food that much since our tummies are already full. Never fear though. I will definitely come back with the family.

Tuna Ceviche (P229)

The presentation on the Tuna Ceviche looks really nice. I just wished it had more vegetables so it would help spice up the flavor of the fish.


Veal Caldereta (P708)

The Veal shank is not light by any means. It is 400g simmered in rich tomato sauce served on a bed of potato. When I got to taste it, it was very tender. If there was one word that I would use to describe it then it would be impressive.


Churros Con Chocolate (P160)

Saving the best for last, we had the Churros Con Chocolate. The thing I have with churros is that I get tired of them too fast because of it being too oily. It is a good thing the Cazuela version is not that oily. Their Churros is also for sharing so you can order one for the whole gang.

Since it was the 6th stop in the food crawl, we were already full but I observed everyone still wanted to try the food of the two celebrity chefs. I can't blame them and to top it all off, the two chefs even joined us and shared how much they love food.

Cazuela
Sapphire Bloc, Ortigas