This Familiar Place Instantly Became My Favorite Burger Joint

I can't believe I ignored Charlie's Grind & Grill for so long! I always passed by their Sgt. Esguerra branch but I always opted for other places to eat until now. I immediately found out it was a life-changing decision because Charlie's instantly became my favorite burger place and that's not easy given the amount of burger-themed restaurants there is. 

Check all their food out:

Chili & Cheese Fries (P175)

House Fries (P205)

Black Truffle Fries (P220)

Ideal for sharing, all of their flavored fries are highly recommended. My favorite has to be the House Fries loaded with bacon bits, chili flakes, sour cream and cheese sauce. The Black Truffle Fries is a close second as it's full of chicken liver, truffle oil and salt. Of course, there's the classic chili & cheese for those who like it the old-fashioned way.

1/2 Hot Wings (P295)

1/2 Reversed Wings (P355)

1/2 Garlic Parmesan (P355)

I know I said this place immediately became my favorite burger restaurant but their wings are fantastic too. In fact, they have an unlimited wings promo from Monday to Thursday 11am to 2pm and 10pm to 1am for selected flavors. Their wings are crunchy on the outside and very tasty on the inside. My favorite is by far the Garlic Parmesan with the blue cheese coated Reverse Wings at second.

Wagyu w/ Shroom (P455)

Beer Wagyu Cheeseburger (P380)

At first, I was surprised at the prices of the burgers of Charlie's. However, I found out that their Wagyu contains no antibiotics and are made from vegetarian fed beef. Not only is it very healthy, it's also very yummy and juicy. In fact, I think their burgers are worth every penny especially my favorite which is the Wagyu with Shroom. They put a big portobello mushroom which is a big shift from the usual small mushrooms other burger joints use. I admit that was a stroke of genius. As for the beer burger, it has quite a unique taste.

Angus Cheeseburger (P230)

Angus Bacon Cheeseburger (P270)

Angus Gorgonzola (P325)

What's unique about their Angus burgers is that the patties are select USDA Black Angus Beef. Also, they're farm choice and cooked medium well. I absolutely loved the three Angus burgers that it was hard to pick a favorite among them. There's no doubt I'll come back and try the other varieties. Well, what else do I have to say? When it comes to burgers, Charlie is your man.

Meatballs on Pasta (P340)

The Meatballs on Pasta dish is perfect to pair with any of their wings. It has a generous amount of meatballs and cheese too. Fans of tomato-based pasta will adore this.

Charlie's Chicago Sing (P190)

Wow, talk about a hotdog that has everything on it! This dawg had pickles, onions, tomatoes and lots of mustard. This hotdog is certainly a great steal for its price.

Will I go back here? Definitely! The staff are well-trained and I can't say enough great things about the food. They even deliver! The only flaw I can see is that the place is small and it can get full in a hurry. Despite the small space, they have nice Instagrammable interiors reminiscent of the Tour de Cebu due to the presence of race car pictures.

Charlie's Grind & Grill
28 Sgt. Esguerra, QC

A Look at Being Sustainable in the Kitchen

Sustainability in the Kitchen


Due to a huge number of ecological issues and disasters that are plaguing the world, we are slowly turning towards more sustainable ways of living. From carefully tracking our carbon footprint, to using cosmetics with biodegradable packaging, families are planning their lives around being more eco-friendly. Now, you already know how to make delicious food in your kitchen, but how do you make your kitchen sustainable? Other than the obvious decision to buy more organic-grown food, what else could you do to make it better? Actually, you can do plenty! If you’re looking to make more environmentally-conscious choices and live healthier, here are some tips that will help you out.

Make your cookware last

While the outcry against Teflon causing cancer has proven to be false, the fact still stands: non-stick surface pots and pans just don’t last very long. That kind of cookware wears out very quickly and needs to be replaced all the time, and this way you’re not just straining your budget, you’re also creating more unnecessary waste. A much better option would be cast iron or stainless steel pots and pans, and while they are expensive, it’s a definitely a worthwhile investment. A good cast iron skillet can last a family for generations if you care for it properly.

Maintain your appliances

If your blender breaks you don’t have to throw it in the trash right away. Check to see if it can be repaired – chances are that there’s just something minor that needs to be fixed. Also, always clean and put away your appliances right after use because simple regular maintenance can make them last.

Use the dishwasher

While 140 litres is used on average while washing by hand, a quick cycle in the dishwasher will use up only 13 litres of water. The dishwasher also uses less energy, and is generally simply easier and will save you a lot of time in the kitchen. When you do wash by hand, make sure to turn the tap off, and not to leave it running while you scrub at the plates.

Cook fresh

Rather than pre-packaged and frozen food, try to cook as much as you can. You’ll not only have better-tasting meals, but you’ll know exactly what’s going into the dish. You can also make your own compost from leftover foods and potentially use it to grow your own fruits and veggies in the backyard.

Switch to reusable bottles

There is nothing wrong with the bottled water. However, buying water from the stores is one of the biggest contributors to the ever-growing plastic waste, and it’s mostly a marketing trick used by the companies to get you to spend money on something you genuinely don’t need. Instead of that, a much better idea is to invest in a reusable water bottle that you can carry with you and refill whenever you get thirsty. You can simply wash it occasionally and keep it in your bag, and you won’t need to keep buying plastic bottles and creating more and more waste. 

Waste not, want not

Speaking of waste, store-bought water isn’t the only thing that’s increasing our use of plastic. For starters, simply carrying your own tote bag when you’re going grocery shopping instead of relying on what the store provides is a great step. Start reusing packaging, especially if it’s made of glass, and try to reduce your portion sizes – if you keep throwing away food because you just can’t finish those last few bites, then you’re wasting it. Either eat less or, like we’ve suggested before, use leftovers to make compost.

Make natural cleaning solutions

You don’t have to keep buying harsh (and potentially toxic) chemicals to keep your place clean. A solution of water, vinegar, and baking soda can actually work like magic to scrub the grime away, and it has no harsh scents or harmful chemicals to irritate your skin and eyes, and no fumes to hurt your lungs. You’ll also be saving up a lot of money if you switch out a few cleansing products with homemade solutions.

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens and it’s where most of the waste comes from. Keeping it sustainable is important if you’re looking to be more respectful towards the environment, so try these tips and enjoy your eco-friendly environment. 

Contributed by:
Diana Wills

Say Hello to Authentic Jap Food from 81 SeiHai Sushi Lounge

If 81 SeiHai has that imported feeling through its interiors, that's because it's owned by two men born and raised in the United States. Entrepreneur Chris Cordero and Chef Ronnie de Guzman combined their talents to give us this good-looking sushi bar. You can feel confident about the quality of the food as Chef Ronnie has spent 12 years cooking up great sushi in the Japanese food industry.  Are the food and drinks as good as advertised? Let's find out:

Vanilla Frappe (P120)

Mint Choco Frappe (P135)

Strawberry Okinawa (P135)

Mango Smoothie (P75)

Watermelon Smoothie (P80)

Banana Smoothie (P85)

For a Japanese restaurant, I was surprised at how affordable their drinks were. Despite the low prices, they didn't compromise on the serving size and the quality. In fact, all of them are so good that I had a hard time picking a favorite.

Salmon Sakai (P340)

Believe it or not, I had doubts about trying this dish. My doubts were immediately put to rest when I tried one. I have to say that was the last time I will ever underestimate one of Chef Ronnie's dishes.

Jalapeno Popper (P280)

Those who love spicy sushi will adore the Jalapeno Popper. The spicy tuna on top gives it a distinct flavor.

 Spicy Beef Ramen (P310)

I thought this ramen was very spicy. When I got to try it, it was just mild. That's good news for me since I have low tolerance on spices. Those who want their ramen extra spicy may want to pour more hot sauce. Oh, the meat was very tender too.

 Sisig Ramen (P330)

Seriously, I never thought I'd ever see a Sisig Ramen so I have to give props to Chef Ronnie for his creativity. It even comes with the things we're used to seeing on a sizzling sisig plate like kalamansi and egg. I highly recommend it to those who are fans of sisig and ramen.

Miso Salmon Steak with Mashed Potato (P520)

Wow, there's nothing better than fresh salmon on top of a bed of creamy mashed potates and vegetables. My cravings were officially satisfied.

 Sesame Seared Tuna with Risotto (P540)

I never liked Tuna but this dish completely changed my perception of it in a big way. It only helped matter that it was on top of risotto and veggies. I highly recommend this to not only the tuna lovers but also the non-tuna lovers. I guarantee you'll view tuna differently after trying it. I sure did.

 Beef Curry (P320)

 Chicken Curry (P250)

Both rice meals weren't spicy at all despite being given the "curry" name. Again, that's not a bad thing at all. In fact, I prefer it that way. I absolutely loved the sauces too. I felt that Chef Ronnie took his time in making the homemade sauces for these dishes. Additionally, the meat in both rice meals were very tender.

 Ninja Boat (P3600)

Don't let the price scare you off. The Ninja Boat is full of all the sushis, makis and sashimis we've grown to love. In fact, I was surprised how it fit all of that.This dish definitely fits big groups who love Japanese authentic food.

Shitake Termidor (P180)

This dish is a perfect complement to their sushi and sashimi dishes. The combination of cheese and mushroom has never been this good. Mmmmm-mmm!

 Tempura Ice Cream (P190)

Cheese Cake (P190)

Just like the head waiter told me, Tempura Ice Cream is their version of Turon with Ice Cream. I just wish you can choose the ice cream flavor that goes along with it. The other dessert we had, the cheesecake, is simply instagrammable. The taste isn't bad either as these two dishes are the perfect way to end a hearty meal at 81 SeiHai.

The sushi place is ideal for big groups at night. There are acoustic singers and DJs that perform as early as 8PM. Since it's near two of the country's top TV stations, don't be surprised if you see local celebrities hang out here. It's a great place with good food, excellent service and stunning interiors.

81 SeiHai
81 Timog Avenue, Quezon City

Teaspoon Cafe Celebrates Its 1st Year Anniversary

I can't stress enough how affordable the food and drinks are at Teaspoon Cafe. Despite the low prices, the quality is nice too. It may be a little far from the metro but I guarantee it's worth the travel. When I first came in, I saw that it's a place where a lot of students hang out. I can't blame them since the prices are student-friendly. Here are some of the food and drinks we got to try:

Fish Fillet w/ Tofu

Chinese Adobo

Squid Adobo

Beef Pares

Sizzling Porkchop

They have an amazing promo going on right now with 2 rice meals for only P199. Yes, you read that right. The choices are Beef Pares, Fish Fillet, Squid Adobo, Chinese Adobo and Sizzling Porkchop. All of them are great choices and they're generous with the serving too. It's definitely a great deal for hungry hounds like me or couples out on a date.

4-Cheese Pizza (P149)

This thin crust pizza is just oozing with 4 types of cheese. It's certainly for big groups who decide to hang out in the comfy place. Before I forget to mention, the service here is nice and fast too. Oh, the WiFi is fast as well (if it's not packed).

Cheesy Mushroom Burger (P105)

When I saw this on the menu, I just had to order it. Those who know me are aware that cheese and mushroom are my weaknesses whether it's on a pizza or a burger. This burger doesn't disappoint one bit. There's loads of cheese too and that's always a plus.

Binagoongang Bagnet (P120)

One of my favorite dishes is Binagoongang Bagnet so I love how they have their own version. It's very crunchy and tasty which is exactly the way everyone likes their bagnet. 

Hawaiian Cheesy Delight (P149)

We just had to try their Hawaiian Pizza because pineapples on pizza is always a good thing.  Lo and behold, their version simply ruled.

Kare-Kareng Bagnet (P135)

Perhaps, my favorite dish of the night is the Kare-Kareng Bagnet. I thought I had amnesia after I got to try their peanut butter sauce. Yes, it was that good. I'll definitely come back just for this one.

Salisbury Steak (P99)

I loved every bit of the homemade gravy put on top of their Salisbury Steak. The steak is well-cooked too. I certainly wish there was an option for it to be 2 pieces.

Potato Zesty Fries (P70)

Their Potato Zesty Fries tastes just like KFC's fries which is good if you're a fan of it. It goes pretty well with their rice meals or as an afternoon snack.

Nachos (P180)

Before leaving, we ordered this ultrasized Nachos. We thought we could still finish it but I guess we underestimated it. It's big enough for 5 to 6 people. Oh, did I mention it's pretty cheesy? Yummy!

Okinawa (P80)

Passion Fruit Shake (P70)

They have another promo where you can get the Classic and Wintermelon milk tea for only P120. For the quality of their drinks, that's such a great deal. I tried their Okinawa milk tea and it tastes a lot like the Wintermelon one. I know it's brown sugar but I can't seem to notice the difference. I also got the Passion Fruit shake and I love how it combines several fruits into one refreshing drink.

I love it when an establishment lasts long due to how hard it is to maintain a business nowadays. With that said, I have to congratulate Teaspoon Cafe on its one-year anniversary. With a great location, affordable food and yummy drinks, you can't go wrong with this place. Cheers!

Teaspoon Cafe
69 Pinagpala Street, Valenzuela