Enjoy Sweet & Savory Treats from Mnl.Oven

Mnl.Oven is the brainchild of sisters Cheska and Alee. The two are also professional dancers which gave me such a great idea. I decided to pick up my orders from them and challenge them to an impromptu dance off. Thinking they won't be prepared, I decided to put on my dancing boots and do this:

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As expected, that did not end well for me. Therefore, I did the next best thing and that's enjoy the food I got from them. They started out selling cookies and now they added a lot of other irresistible yummy (insert more similar adjectives) food to their menu. Here is what I tried:

 Crunchy Salmon Bake (P385)

We are now officially in the Sushi Bake era and Mnl.Oven is the latest to join in on the craze. This version has fresh salmon bits and a bit crunchy which is always good news to me. What can I say? Two thumbs up!

Carrot Cake with Cheese and Walnuts (P450)

I decided to get their cake for my mother's birthday. My mother says it looks good. When we tried it, it tastes even better. I highly recommend it. I just wish they have a bigger size.

Brown Butter Choco Chip Pecan (P175)

With the pandemic, almost everyone has turned into bakers. I see a lot of bakers offering the same old cookie flavors like Choco Chip. That flavor's alright but I wanted something different. Mnl.Oven's unique cookie flavors entice me though. 

One of them is this awesome Brown Butter Choco Chip Pecan. Pairing nuts with chocolate chip is always nice and this one ticks all the boxes like a Covid-19 survey. Mnl.Oven is one SME I decided to order from again and that does not happen often. That says I lot about what I think of their food. In fact, I can't wait to order food from them again in the future.

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Viaje Plus = Delicious & Highly Affordable

When I saw the menu of Viaje Plus, I recognized the usual favorites we would see at high-end restaurants. The only big difference was that the prices were way low and the quality was not compromised.

The restaurant opened this year two months before the quarantine. When the pandemic happened, they donated packed meals to the frontliners. Now, they are serving affordable meals at a karinderia setting. 

Laing (P120)

Gising gising (P120)

Mongolian Wagyu Beef and Broccoli (P205)

Teriyaki Prawn (P129/stick)

Veggie Lumpia

Pork Barbeque (P30/per stick)

 Batangas Bulalo (P120 Solo/P295 Sharing)

Fried Boneless Bangus (P190)

Halo Halo

When any of their ulam makes you crave for rice, just add P15 for white rice. The best part about all the food above is that they are cooked right in front of you as they have an open kitchen. You certainly have no complaints as the only thing left to do is to enjoy the food.

Vegan Comfort Food at Green Bar

My journey to being a full-fledged vegan is getting there. I am no longer eating chicken, pork, and beef. I also eat mostly at vegan restaurants which is why I am always on the lookout for good ones in the metro. It does not even matter if it is a bit far from me. What matters is they serve good Vegan food and I found that in Green Bar.

 Banana Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (P205)

I loved the combination between the three fruits in this smoothie. This smoothie is extremely addicting and it is not like most smoothies that will leave you coughing. Instead, it will leave you wanting a lot more.

Chickun Wings (P349)

The dish I really wanted to try was at Green Bar was their Chickun Wings. When I first tried it, I really have to compliment the person who came up with the recipe. It really tastes like Frankie's but without any chickens harmed. I really find it unfair how most people treat some animals like chickens poorly and some animals like dogs nicely. Don't forget to dip it into the sauce and combine it with rice or pasta.

 Breakfast Burrito (P349)

This burrito is full of stuff that I want for breakfast including tofu, seitan sausage, and spinach. The mild salsa goes great with it too.

Vegan Donut (P75)

One of my baby steps in going Vegan is to #ditchdairy. We all know by now that cows are used like machines to produce milk which is not good by any means. It is great how Green Bar has vegan donuts and it is no surprise how it is always sold out. In fact, I was lucky enough to land the last one when I got there. I guess me and that donut were meant to be. I l loved it too.

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.

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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