Order Delectable Desserts from Tricia's Cupcakery

Ever since the start of the lockdown, a lot of people have resorted to having home-based businesses. It is not such a bad idea when you get to learn a new skill. One thing everyone would always want is dessert. As they say, you should always save room for dessert. 

With home businesses popping up left and right, everyone is suddenly becoming a baker. It's hard to order from someone you just met online though. Get your sweet cravings from someone like Tricia who has been baking wonderful desserts for 2 years.





Cinnamon Rolls (P300)

There are a lot of people who fear Cinnamon Rolls because they are too sweet. That is not the case with the Cinnamon Rolls from Tricia's Cupcakery. The sweetness is just right. For the best taste, heat it inside the microwave for 10 seconds. I guarantee you will forget your name with your first bite.





Assorted Mini Cupcakes (P250)

If you have a hard time deciding what flavor you are craving for, try one box of Tricia's assorted mini cupcakes as it has 4 flavors. The flavors are blueberry, strawberry, oreo, and mango. My favorite has got to be mango. For best taste, keep it chilled inside the fridge. 


To find out the rest of Tricia's Cupcakery sweets, follow them on Instagram. To order, text 09553420239.


The Best Pizzas in Poblacion at Crosta

Crosta has been long known to be the go-to place for pizza lovers in Poblacion. Despite being located at a food park, Crosta has gained a huge following. Their pizzas are so good that I ordered a couple for my birthday a few months ago. Here are the two pizzas that I had:


Cheesy AF (P320)

I'm always a sucker for cheese and this pizza has a lot of it. In fact, it has five known cheeses that combines to give me a smile to my face. It did not take long for this one to be my favorite.


Meatless Lovers (P550)

The meat from Beyond is the best type of vegetarian meat I have ever tasted. I'm glad Crosta is using their meat for their vegan pizzas. As for cheese, they are using cheese from In a Nutshell. I'm very happy to say that no animals were harmed with the making of this pizza. I love it and there is not much difference from the All Meat pizza except that this one is animal friendly. I love animals so I would definitely order this one pretty often.


There is no question I will be back in Crosta whenever I am craving for pizza. Believe it or not, they are not only one of my favorite pizza places in Makati. They are one of my favorite pizza places. Period.

Premium First-Class Dining at Prologue

Everything just screams first-class at Prologue. From the outstanding service up to the nice interiors. The icing on top of the cake is their food as it is extremely good. I guarantee it will leave a mark in your taste buds just like it did to mine.


4 Cheese Pizza (P470)

Wow! That is the first word that came out of my mouth when I got to try the 4 Cheese Pizza of Prologue. I found myself often craving for this pizza even if I had already eaten dinner at another restaurant. Yes, there are times when I have this for dessert. There are even times when I would have it for appetizer. It is that good!


Adlai Moringa Risotto (P470)

I saw that this is one of the most filling and healthiest risottos I have ever seen. It is loaded with mushrooms, basil, curry leaf, and pine nut. After eating this, I really wished their spoons were bigger. It was that awesome. I would not think twice about ordering it again.


Matcha Torte (P330)

Matcha combined with nuts is just pure heaven for me. I love this cake so much that I personally wanted to compliment whoever it was that came up with it. After I tried it, I knew right away which cake I wanted for my next birthday. It didn't matter if it was a little pricey. Taste rules all and their Matcha Torte is in a class of its own.




Prologue
87 Sct. Gandia St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Ca Phe Saigon = Mon Ngon

It is pretty rare that I go to all the branches of a restaurant but that is exactly what I did with Ca Phe Saigon. The branches may be a bit far from each other but "Ca Phe Saigon" seems to pop up all the time every time I ask my companion where we are going to eat. Spoiler Alert: I always win the argument.




When I see Vietnamese Spring Rolls on the menu, I order it instantly. It is like asking for butter and syrup when I order pancakes. It is as automatic as an energy-saving escalator. The crispiness of the spring rolls are something that I really felt. There is a lot inside those spring rolls too and that is always a great thing.



The Beef Tendon Noodle Soup is by far their specialty of the house. It is like you haven't been to a Vietnamese restaurant until you've tried their Beef Noodle Soup. When you receive it, don't forget to sprinkle lemon and add a lot of bean sprouts. You will thank me later. 



I was still hungry so I also had the Pork Tamarind Ribs rice. It is pretty tender which is exactly how I would like my meat to be cooked. Don't get wrong, I would want it to be delicious too and they did not forget that part. It did not only get me up to cloud 9. I think I was at cloud 10 while I was eating it. 

While dining at Ca Phe Saigon, I immediately wished I was back at Vietnam. It is a beautiful country for those who haven't been there. With everything that's going on, this is certainly the closest I can get to it.


All Photos from Ca Phe Saigon Facebook
Guest Post by Bea Lopez

Get a Hoarding Pass to The Flying House

Instead of a boarding pass, you should get a hoarding pass to The Flying House because trust us, the food here is so good that you will be hoarding them.  During these times, we can't help but miss dining at our favorite restaurants. When I think of my favorite restaurants, one place that comes to mind is Flying House. They have offer delicious comfort food at affordable prices.



The restaurant is designed like an actual house and it is a great place for friends to gather and have a round of drinks. They have a great selection of cocktails that are available by either pitcher or glass. When we got there, we tried out the food and we were pretty impressed.


Parmesan Wings (P170)

Before I became pescatarian, the last chicken wings I got to have was the one by Flying House. I have to say it is pretty underrated in terms of the country's best wings. It really needs to be up there. It has the right amount of parmesan combined with the crunchiness of the wings. I loved every bite I had of it.


 Margherita (P220)

Their black pizza dough is something else. I have never seen anything like it before. I love pizza with all my heart and I have to admit I ordered their Margherita pizza several times already. It just has the right toppings for a Margherita pizza. 

I feel lucky Flying House is located near me. With the current ECQ going on, they continue to be open for pickups and deliveries. Just message them on Facebook or Instagram.


Flying House
10-B Malingap St., Quezon City

 

The Comedy Central Roast of Captain Aldous - Dous Day Edition

Carson Daly

Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome to the day you have all been waiting for. We are going to roast the blogger you love to hate - Aldous Calubad right on his birthday hosted by me, Carson Daly.

First of all, I am glad we are doing a Zoom group chat of this Roasting. If we did it live, the number of people attending would be equal to the number of people who would usually go to Aldous' birthday parties - Zero! 

Aldous ages like fine wine. He always looks ten years younger.....said no one ever! 

Aldous, you've been blogging ever since Enrile was born. That's like 800 years and you can't still get on top?

Speaking of being on top, please welcome our first roaster Nikki Glaser..

Nikki Glaser

 image from tvfanatic.com

Before I forget, today is April 19. With that, I want to say Happy Birthday to a very humble and handsome man. He is a compassionate and marvelous leader. From the bottom of my heart, Happy Birthday Joseph "Erap" Estrada!

Carson, you used to be known as a poor man's Fredddie Prinze Jr. That was 20 years ago though. Now, you're a poor man's Bruce Campbell. 

Now it is time for the man of the hour. Aldous, you and Anton Diaz like wearing collared shirts. And that is where the similarities end.

Aldous makes full use of the 9 hours he is at office. He spends 2 hours on Tinder, 3 hours watching YouTube wrestling videos, 2 hours downloading porn, and 2 hours doing the one thing he is actually good at - eating.

Don't get me wrong though. Aldous is such a workaholic that he thinks OT stands for Okinawa Tea.


Jeff Ross

 credit - image from timesofisrael.com

Listen, I am no mechanic but I am pretty sure something is wrong with Aldous' car. It makes an automatic right turn when he sees Pegasus.

Aldous, Lee Rosales blamed you for throwing up during their boat trip to Camaya Coast. What a f*ckin idiot. I mean, you're certainly not Aquaman. You're the only person I know who snorkels at an inflatable pool. 

Before Team Aldous the blogger group, there was Team Aldous the basketball team. They actually won the 2006 LSBL Championship and Aldous made the biggest contribution of them all - not playing.

Seriously, Aldous always entertained us with his dazzling layups. His no-look behind the back passes! And of course, his one-handed free throws! I remember being in awe at all of those moments...during garbage time. 


Dave Chappelle

 credit to inquirer.com for image

Aldous, before anything else, from the bottom of my heart, I am not going to insult you. After all, it is your birthday. I am not going to say that you are a lazy, fat hypocrite. No, I'm not going to say that. I'm not going to say you're a sex-crazed dirty old man either.

Back in High School, Aldous was notorious for his cheating ways. He once put a manila paper full of English words at the back of the classroom for his Chinese memorization oral test. Unfortunately, the plan backfired on him. Why? Because nobody could understand a single word he's saying either. Yeah, it did not matter whether it was Chinese or English. Nobody could understand shit. They wished there was subtitles.

Aldous was actually pretty tall back in High School that his classmates thought he could dunk. He told them, "Nah, I can't dunk." His classmates then asked, "Why not?". He told them, "Because I'm afraid of heights!" 

You know how all of Aldous' dates start? He's going to go "Where are we going to eat?". His date will be like "Oh, I like Mcdonald's!". Aldous will then say "Nah, let's go to Shi Lin." Now this is the time when his date gives him that confused look. Why did you even ask, you white Chinese Korean-looking guy?


Aldous



Everyone, thanks for being here. It was a pretty nice birthday gift.

Nikki, the reason I turn right to Pegasus is because I always think you would be there. When I see you're not there, I'd reckon someone already beat me to it.

Jeff, thanks for being here. I know you are always busy writing jokes for the next roast even if you didn't know who you were going to roast. The only thing I can be sure of is that you eat too much roast meat.

Dave, the most expensive tickets to your Manila show cost P20,000. With that amount of money, I can probably marry your wife.



*static*

Pipino is Plant-Based Perfection

I love Pino and when I heard that it has a vegetarian sister restaurant in Pipino, I had to try it. Just looking at all the goodies on the menu, I had to order a lot when I went there. If I can't finish it, the leftovers will be my lunch the next day. You can't let food as good as this get thrown away. Yes, one thing I will never do is leave leftovers.

Pipino has pure plant-based food and so far everything I tried was great. I will seriously try everything on their menu. I am totally against animal cruelty. My decision of never eating pork, chicken, and beef again was the best decision I ever made. I'm glad I found a place like Pino and here are some of what I had:


 Longsilog (P165)

Who does not like breakfast food? Pipino opens early and serves some delicious guilt-free breakfast food. One of them is Longsilog with chickpea replacing eggs. The tofu longganisa tastes like the real thing too and the best part about it is that there were no pigs that were harmed in the making of this dish.


 Pinakbet Risotto (P195)

I love Risotto especially when it is full of vegetables. I also love Pinakbet because of all the vegetables it has. You can guess that this combination made me giddy for more. Yes, I enjoyed every bite I took of this flavorful dish. It pairs well with their other plant-based dishes like Cauliwings and Tofu Sisig.


 Portobello Inasal (P225)

Ever since I quit eating chicken, there will be times when I would miss chicken inasal. Good thing, I came across this version that substitutes mushroom for chicken. The result is extravagant and I must say I could hardly tell the difference.


Pastel (P175)

My favorite out of the four is definitely Pastel. I'm used to having it with chicken but the veggie version is just as good. In fact, I completely forgot about about the chicken version which is what I wanted in the first place. I will certainly order this several more times in the future.

I love how Pipino is dedicated to giving 100% plant-based food without any hidden meat. That is just one of the many reasons why I am now a proud regular customer. Don't forget about dessert as they also have vegan cakes and ice cream.

Pipino
Malingap Street, Quezon City

Goin Bananas Over Thai Basil

There was something about Thai Basil that got my attention. Other than the food, it was the nice interiors and awesome service by the staff. 

 


When it is rainy season, be sure to try Khao Soi Gai. It is chicken noodle soup like the way they sang it in Stranger Things. Seriously, I loved it and I have to give a shout out to the chef when I find out his social media handles.



We asked for something light and got the Pomelo Shrimp Salad. Besides, we did not want to be too full when going to the beach. I have to admit they got something great going on in here.



Guest Post Written by Angel Tuscano
All Pictures Taken from Thai Basil Facebook



Praising Thai Basil Boracay's Pad Thai

I heard a lot about the Pad Thai of Thai Basil so I made it a point to go there when I went to Boracay. Oh boy! I was not disappointed one bit. I am not that big of a foodie but I make exceptions and I'm glad I did for this beauty.



Wow, I was pretty much impressed with their Pad Thai. I love Thai food and they have shrimp, chicken, and vegetarian options. I had the shrimp version and I loved it so much that I forgot to sprinkle the lemon. I dove in like a freediver on a weekend. I guess I got too excited but can you really blame me?



I love shrimps so we decided to order Shrimp Cakes too. I was let down when there were only three pieces. I felt as if the love of my life left me for an ugly person when I saw that. It was not what I expected but I will take it. The taste more than makes up for it though I can guarantee you that.



All Pictures from Thai Basil Facebook
Guest Post by Obie Mercado

My 8 Favorite Dishes of All Time at 8 Tables

I'm always on the lookout for amazing vegetarian or vegan restaurants near me. I quit eating meat a few months ago so I am looking for plant-based meat substitutes. I found out about 8 Tables in a Facebook group I joined. After my first time eating here, I found myself coming back again and again and again. 

8 Tables has an extensive menu containing guilt-free dishes. All of them are plant-based so go do yourself a favor by feasting here. Here are my 8 favorite dishes of all time:



 Lengua


When I was a kid, Lengua was my favorite dish. When I found out it is actually pig's tongue, I stayed away from it as much as possible. Nobody should want to eat a poor animal's tongue. I was giddy when I found out 8 Tables has their own version of Lengua and it really tastes close to the original. The sauce is really superb. Two thumbs up for me.


 Binagoongan (P250)

What I love about Binagoongan is that it is pretty crunchy. 8 Tables made sure that happened and a whole lot more with their version. I was also glad that they added a bunch of eggplants to it. Anything with eggplant is always great.


 Salisbury Steak (P250)

Salisbury Steak is one of their rice meals as it also comes with sides. I have to admit I did not know the difference between their salisbury steak and the one from Jollibee. Good thing, I quit eating fast food a long time ago. Their version is pretty solid.


 Tempura (P250)

When I go to 8 Tables, which is quite often, I would always order Tempura. It is a nice source of protein and it combines well with their other meat dishes for me. Also, I love the sauce that comes with it.


 Yang Chow Fried Rice (P180)

Their Yang Chow rice is best paired with any 2 of their entrees. I always order this when I'm really hungry which happens a lot. It is pretty flavorful which is exactly how I like my fried rice.

 Pancit Habhab with VPrawn (P265)

Because of how good the Pancit Habhab with VPrawn is, I have yet to try the other pasta/noodles options of 8 Tables. I love the vegan sausage that was mixed here too aside from the VPrawn. I don't know if it is just me or the VPrawn may be different from their VTempura. Both are great though.


Krispy Kare Kare (P320)

Kare-kare is my favorite Filipino dish and this is one dish I always order at 8 Tables. It is crispy because of how they deep fry the tofu. I like combining it with their Yang Chow Fried Rice. It is just a combination that makes me want more until I am so full.


Vulalo (P280)

I first found out about 8 Tables when it was the rainy season last year so I tried Vulalo.This is indeed a lot better than the version with dead cow meat. I just wish one day people would realize it is not right to kill animals especially cows as they are friends and not food.


Those were my 8 favorite dishes of all time. I said of all time because some of the above items may have been taken off the menu since they are consistently adding new things to it. 8 Tables is now my favorite restaurant. I get to have all my favorite dishes guilt-free.



8 Tables
Congressional Ave, QC

Anti-Beach Body Dinner at Jeepney Stop

We were finally done with the beach at Boracay so no more swimming. We were really happy since it was our flight tomorrow and it was time for us to eat a lot. We were choosing a restaurant among a row of many awesome restos and we chose Jeepney Stop because there were a lot of people there.



We tried the Crab Fried Rice and it was tremendous. I had a hard time putting into words how good it is. In fact, there were times when I dreamed of it.



It does not get any sinful than their Pork Ribs. They used such a great sauce that I asked the server what it is. The meat was cooked right too.





All Photos from Jeepney Stop Facebook
Guest Post by Angel Tuscano

Heavy Breakfast at Jeepney Stop

We wanted to start the day off by having a nice meal. We certainly did not make a wrong decision when we decided to go for Jeepney Stop. I saw a lot of tourists there so I assumed that they have authentic Filipino food and I was right.



Since we wanted something a bit light, we went for the Chinoy salad. It is salad with some Chinese ingredients on it. We loved this and with the amount of vegetables, we thought it was pretty healthy.



We got some Kare-kare too and I love this Filipino dish. In fact, it has been my favorite for quite a while and the Jeepney Stop version certainly made a mark on my taste buds.




Guest Post by Coco Lopez
All Photos from Jeepney Stop Facebook

Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok - A Gem in the Busy City

During the lockout season because of COVID-19, I can't help but miss traveling. I really miss the time when I went to Thailand last year. The country is great and I can't wait to go back. We went to Bangkok and we chose to stay at Mad Monkey Hostel Bangkok.



The hostel is in a great location pretty close to Khao San Road. The street is known as a backpacker district and it comes alive at night. There are also a bunch of street vendors selling authentic Thai street food. You haven't been to Thailand until you got to try those food choices and there were so many to choose from. The Pad Thai there is incredibly cheap.



We had a private room and it was pretty clean. It is a personal preference but I loved the fact that the comfort room had a strong bidet. They also had a bar and it is open to the public similar to what I experienced in other Mad Monkey hostels. There is also a 711 just right across so you can buy what you need.



When we were there, there was a beer pong tournament that we ended up losing. That does not matter as it was just for everyone to have a lot of fun and we surely had a great time.



Just like other Mad Monkey hostels I have been to, they also have a specialty hard drink and if you drink it, you get one point for your country. It is actually a great concept.



The view from our room was amazing. There were a lot of backpackers just chilling by the pool.



We met a lot of backpackers throughout our stay here in Mad Monkey Hostels Bangkok. I actually could not wait to book a stay in another Mad Monkey hostel. Everything is just amazing and I can't really find any fault in it. You really have to take advantage of your young years.



Before we left the hostel, I decided to take a quick dip in the pool. I actually had it all to myself and I loved the fact that it had a lot of floating toys.

Tummy-Filling Lunch Before the Beach at Hobbit Tavern

We decided to have lunch in the D'Mall area and we came across this wonderful restaurant that has short people as the servers. It is a great concept that I really support. We were looking to get something to eat before going to the beach. We did not want to eat that much because you know, you don't want to look fat in your swimming attire.



We had the Chicken Schnitzel and I really like the way they cooked this dish. It is never a good practice to leave leftovers and this dish definitely deserve that. It is that good and I would not want to leave leftovers just for the sake of having a nice beach body.





We also had the Prawns in a Blanket. I have to give props to the chef for a magnificent dish here. Shrimp wrapped in bacon is always great.



All the people from Hobbit Tavern were very friendly. I even asked some of them travel advice about Boracay and they were more than happy to oblige.


All Photos Taken from Hobbit Tavern Facebook
Guest Post from Cohen Lopez

 

Is Panda Express Worth The Wait?

When Panda Express finally opened, I wanted to try it. It got me curious enough. I wanted to know if it is just one of those overhyped restaurants or if it is really good. I found out that there is a reason for those long lines. People are not just curious. They know the food is good. I decided to line up myself to see what the fuzz is about. Since I lined up last month, the wait was not that long anymore.



They have a great concept of choosing a meal. I picked the plate (2 entrees & 1 side) while my friend took the bowl (1 entree and 1 side). They even gave us a number that corresponded to the seat number. Thus, I must say they are well-organized when it comes to containing the huge crowd that comes there each day. They make a great effort in making everyone happy and I applaud them for that.




We both got the Chow Mein as the side and it is pretty tasty with the right amount of flavor. Also, I have to say their serving is pretty huge. The prices are not that bad for the serving size. For the entrees, I got the Savory Shrimp and the Mushroom Chicken. I have to say both were really delicious and I would not mind ordering them again in the future. Yes, this is one of those restaurants that I would come back to and I would not mind falling in line.


Panda Express
SM Megamall