My 2nd Visit to Skippy's Bar

Wow, time flies by so fast. It's been 4 years since I first tried the food at Australian bar Skippy's. When they invited me to try their new additions, I didn't hesitate to say yes.


 Sisig Pizza

They sure used a very crunchy dough for their pizza and I like that. Since it's sisig, there are some egg, chili pepper and bell pepper spread all over the pizza. Two thumbs up for this dish.


 Beef Stew

Skippy's has a lunch set promo for only P199 including this good-looking Beef Stew. Those who are working nearby should be wise to take advantage of that. Back to the Beef Stew, I loved how the meat was cooked.


 Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parmigiana is one of my favorite dishes and Skippy's version did not disappoint. It's oozing with cheese too which is exactly the way I like it. The vegetables and french fries perfectly complimented it too.


 Skippys Nachos

One of the most popular appetizers not only in Mexican cuisines but in all cuisines is the Nachos. Their nachos contains a huge serving that's good for 4 to 5 people. It contains a lot of greens, tomatoes, and mayonnaise too.


 Beef & Onion Pie

I understand how Aussies love pies and the Beef & Onion Pie is a pie after my own heart. Its crust is a little hot though because it's cooked to perfection. I really admit I cherished every bite of this dish.


 Skippys Wings

One of their best-sellers is the Skippys Wings. From the moment I sampled it, I quickly found out why. It's very crunchy on the outside and tasty on the inside. Despite the red color, it's not spicy. Of course, it's best paired with rice so I quickly ordered one cup.


 Pork Belly

Another lunch set meal is the premium Pork Belly. The meat is so tender that it got me hooked from the start. It would have been better if this one is served with fries though.


 Black Pepper Fish

I'm a big fan of Creamy Dory so I was curious how their Black Peper Fish would taste like.  To nobody's surprise, I loved it especially the sauce that came with it. This is considerably healthy too.

Skippys Sweet Porkchop

Last but certainly not the least for their lunch set meals is the Sweet Porkchop.  It's cooked simply the way I love porkchops to be cooked. By the way, if you order all of their lunch set meals, you'll get two free craft beers. You don't even have to do it in one day. What a great deal!

It's not often you see an Australian themed restaurant in the Philippines. They also have a billiard table and happy hour promos. Head over here for some great drinks and nice company, mate!

4 New Dishes at Pitmasters Smokehouse

One of my favorite places that offers smoked meat is Pitmasters Smokehouse. When they asked me to try their new dishes, I immediately agreed knowing my first experience with them went great. How did their new dishes do? Let's find out:


Oyster Sisig (P250)

The first one served to us was also my favorite. It's very creamy which is exactly the way I like my oysters. This one gets a two thumbs up!


Chili Sausage (P250)

With chili mixed in this dish, it's ideal for those who like it a bit spicy. It's not spicy enough though for those who like spicy food though. It's a bit moderate so some chili sauce should be added.

Pulled Pork & Bacon Sisig (P270)

This one is unlike any other sisig I have ever tasted. It has pulled pork and bacon! I repeat, that's pulled pork and bacon! If that doesn't make your jaw drop, then I don't know what will. It's definitely best paired with one of their flavored beers.

Sizzling Burger Steak (P370)

The reason why their angus patty is so tasty is because it's mixed with their East Capitol BBQ Sauce. The egg and mushrooms in the steak is like the icing on a cake. What a masterpiece!

Bacon & Mushroom Pizza (P370)

One dish that's not new is the Bacon & Mushroom pizza but we had it anyway. Who is complaining though? I really love their pizzas. In fact, I want to try all the flavors when I get the chance.


Pit Platter (P1500)

Once again, I had the Pit Platter and I'm not complaining one bit. It contains their best meats along with 4 sides (slaw, french beans, corn, kamote fries). I highly recommend it for people coming in groups.


Pitmasters Smokehouse
39 East Capitol Drive
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Business Lunch Meal at Va Bene Pasta Deli



I can't believe I haven't tried Va Bene Pasta Deli up until now. They have been around for quite some time and won a lot of awards too. When I got to try their food, I was very impressed. Chef Massimo certainly knows how to make good Italian food.

Appetizer

Creamy gorgonzola polenta, sauteed mixed mushrooms, lemon, parsley



Mixed lettuce, roasted onions, crispy tomatoes, balsamic dressing, shaved Parmesan cheese



Tomato Soup, Mozzarella Cheese, Basil Pesto, Black Ink Quadrucci


Main Course

Chicken Milanese, Fried Potatoes, Mixed Lettuce


Black Ink Linguine, Zucchini, Garlic, Olive Oil, Chilli, Clams, Mussels



Tortellini Bolognese, Light Parmesan Cheese Fondue, Arugula, E.V.O.

Their latest business lunch meal promo entitles customers to choose one appetizer and one main course for only P499. After trying out all of them, I have to conclude the best appetizer is the creamy gorgonzola polenta. I actually thought it was a crepe but it's pure cheese and that's never a bad thing. The best main course dish to pair up with it is without a doubt the Chicken Milanese. I guarantee you'll have a satisfying meal after those two. Of course, the other options aren't bad either.


Truffle Mushroom Pasta

I love truffle and I can smell it while they were cooking this masterpiece. I definitely recommend this dish to everyone who loves truffle and mushrooms. It's cooked to perfection.


Ravioli (P560)

I really wish there were more of the 3-Cheese Ravioli. There's greatness in every bite for this dish. I can't wait to order this all to myself next time.

Profiteroles A La Milena (P280)

I really dig cream puffs and I'm glad Chef Massi knew it's best paired with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of Nutella. I personally like mixing crushing the cream puffs then mixing them with the ice cream.


Lemon Tart (P280)

Their lemon tart tastes different from any other tart I have tasted. Of course, I meant that in a good way. The coffee ice cream is the perfect flavor to pair with it too.

For those who live or work near one of Va Bene's branches, try their business lunch meal. It will definitely satisfy your Italian cravings without hurting your budget.


Va Bene Pasta Deli
Amorsol Ave corner Edsa 
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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