Friday, May 14, 2010

Juicy Burgers with great value at BBB Victoria Towers

Burgers have come a long way from the overpriced and tiny burger sizes served up by huge fastfood chains.
So the advent of thicker beef patties and fresh veggie slices in burger portions, not only of Brothers burgers(which are exceptionally pricey) but mushrooming big burger stalls, kiosks and full restaurants are a welcome change to the westernized PInoy taste buds.
After a hard workout, instead of heading for healthy fruit juices, I changed my mind and opted for this all red, and appetizing looking outlet of Big Better Burgers located at the second floor.
What sets this apart is , as i mentioned the inviting red interiors, but aside from that, it's the menu of mouthwatering creations. Burgers in value meals to the premium burgers were available.
I chose their best value burger, which at less than a hundred pesos, was a real treat.
the burger patties were well done in cooking, juicy, tasty and no extenders were evident. The tomator and lettuce portions were big, and pairing this burger with ketchup was bliss.
Though I have not seen their other outlets in the malls, they are visible in SM supermalls, and worth checking out for their other menu offerings.
So pardon my greedy looks here, I simply cant resist this chompworthy addition to the food tripping area of Victoria Towers.
Nesxt trip, I would try other offering and post an update here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I heart Greenwich

Summer time is a good opportunity to eat and pig out. And I took that chance to satisfy my late lunch cravings at Megamall's Greenwich.
I have already had my teeth half sunk into their pizza while I was ordering their much touted American Idol pizza, but I discovered there is so much more they are offering.

Greenwich has a promotion where premium AI items such as speakers shaped into the classic retro microphone, 4 t shirts of various AI designs (And I like the design with the dog tag and vest worth by Lloydie.:D ) and a color changing glass.

Ok, going back to the scrumptious pizza, it does live up to its mouth watering images as I saw each time I drove down Edsa and gaze at their billboard. It has crunchy bacon and crispy warm potato strings, tasty thin sausages,juicy beef chunks, mushrooms, bell peppers and lots of cheese, mmm, 7 toppings!

Each bite was crunchy and it satisfied my hunger pangs!! MMM! Its hype lived up to its name as the pizza really rocks. So this is four stars for me.
But apart from the pizza, pasta is part of the combo I ordered.

The carbonara sauce topped lasagna was of a medium one person serving (for a person of my size it is single, for some it might be for sharing). Its cream sauce and the pasta is ok, nothing outstanding, and I ate it warm and hungry, so that is why nevertheless I devoured it. Three stars for this one.
As I stayed on at Greenwich reading and taking time to think, I almost fell asleep reading. Is it the comfortable couch I sat on, the corner seat I took had this cozy feeling, and the mint green tables reminded me of the same colored walls at home, this must be the reason!
OK enough of my corny quip. After an hour, I got stomach curious about the other menu items that caught my eye, so I decided to splurge on a few more items. And here they are with my comments on each one:
1. American Idol blue soda
Pepsi was the pioneer in bringing a blue colored soda some years ago, and while another fast food chain brought in colored soda sundae floats as part of their gimmick. Greenwich decided to mix in some mint flavor with Sprite and created an American Idol signature drink. Sprite is a very good base for flavors, so, instead of a boring dark cola, plus the psychological feeling of being able to belt like a contestant on stage after sipping this drink, it is a winner in taste and in style.
Though of course, I would love for this drink be presented with a premium price of having the color changing glass together with every purchase, but then that option is only available in purchasing a higher volume food combo.

2. The dessert sampler

Sweet tooth that I am, the orange chocolate truffle slice and the brazo de Mercedes portion are sweet with their own individual signatures.
The brazo loaf, exteriorly is fluffy and soft, and its sticky sweet leche flan like filling oozes out, so its like eating yema de pastillas in a chewy liquid form.
The chocolate cake is not nakakasawa in sweetness for it does not irritate the palate, but just gives a right dose of exciting tastiness of cocoa, without being mushy, the cake itself is firm and has a moist chewiness that does not stick to the teeth. So even if you have a gorgeous to impress date with you, you wouldn’t have to be conscious of any brown tinga on your teeth.

3. Pizza fries
If I had been less generous, I would have not ordered this at all, but katakawan can have the better of me at times, so these warm potato crisps arrived on my table paired with a saucer of tomato catsup.

My cynical potato bias (reminders of potato corner and run of the mill potato fries with cheap powdery flavoring lingered) crumbled as my mind registered the exquisite and delightful mouth feel of the crispy crackling potato fries full of pepperoni flavor and heavenly when dipped in processed tomato sauce.

As I wrote this, I was still chewing away on these fries. Whether it was the MSG in the powder or the satisfaction of a meal overall, it really helped me complete my blog.

All in all, instead of heading for the gym, my afternoon cravings were fully satisfied, my diet was wrecked (as if I ever went on one), and I have something new to post for all my food trip friends!

So Greenwich, thank you, for your nice waiters also who unfailingly cleared my tables and allowed me to occupy your premium space to write and relax!

Monday, April 26, 2010

JEJEMONISM? What is that???

can anyone have such language that will be as degrading as this language?

I wonder how one can adequately communicate with this in the oral form .

If you received any of these in text form, post them up and let's dissect what they mean.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My first bazaar for the Pasko

When I got Harvard's text, I knew that it must be a good place to go to the bazaar he endorses. This particular MArche bazaar held last SAturday and Sunday at the MAkati Sports Club along L.P.Leviste St.
For the weekend's browsing, I had my picks already and some comments along with it.
1. Yogurt would be the last thing I would expect, but it proved to be a heavensent yummy, it has lychee flavor which I sampled and enjoyed so much I got two take home tubs. It should be a great breakfast treat!
2. And Beside healthy food, would be comfort food, and that would be these sausages and barbeque, topped with rice, the bbq combi costs only 40 bucks, while sausage sandwiches just around 65 pesos! Yum!
3. Instant noodles! More expensive than the brand endorsed by the megastar, i decided to give this imported Singaporean origin mami a try. On the other hand, the aggressive and winsome team of KoKA girls did help pull in some customers, that includes me!
4. Recycled handbags and desk furnishings are so thumbs up for me! Not only do you get some nicely woven items, you get to help promote eco waste friendly cooperatives like this! See the items made from woven newspapers, yellow page directories and magazines. Creative huh?
5. Antiques welcome one into the bazaar, is this like saying the past DOES catch up with you? heheh. Love the gramophone and the coke collection. To think these would be throwaways, like the phones and the typewriter, now sold at a good price!
6. Of course, no respectable bazaar this Christmas would be without SAnta and The Nativity characters with our beloved PArol hanging around there.
7. Lighting up your life can be wholesome and make a statement! WEaring these shirts, caps and keychains with self lighting animated signs would indeed make you stand out, specially on a cool night out during the holiday season!
8. Comfort, warmth and healing scents of herbal seeds from this pillow. Just heat it in a microwave for a minute or two, and lay it on the aching part of the body. I like how it has different cloth choices for the pouch and it smells really nice. I hope my mom and dad gets to use it, as they are not feeling well lately.
9.Memory foam pillows! a local and creative colorfuil alternative to the more costly and imported Tempur brand, priced at 300 to 2 k PLus for the bigger models.I love how they are ingenious with such useful products.
10. Customize pillows and shirts with your face and a friends on the spot!
11. PLanners and more planners and folios, that's files for you!
12. Cutie stuff must still get more customers, especially these large ice cream tub purses and other cutesy things like cup holders and purses.
13. LAcoste shirts at around 30 dollars? hmmm, now that got me thinking if they are authentic.
14. Food oh man! They got lots of food here . I have got to try the instant cooking risotto, as it says here, it can serve 4 people already with this packet as explained by the chef himself.
15. Cebu origin GAYUMA pastries. hmm , the name says it all, gingerbread cookies, angel food cake and the bTs cake, Better than Sex is what she calls it, ahhhhh. I will just smile and stay quiet lest i say something unsmart..:D
16.Bro. Raphael, a genial priest in a casual polo shirt and jeans enthused about his Guimaras origin Mango biscocho and pies, I sampled the jam and I instantly got wooed by the CAlamansi. Yum yum.
17. CAkes cakes and more sweets, the mango thingy and the choco cookies did get me in. I would have loved to take home the creme brulee i sampled. But, gotta watch the tummy!
18. Italian jewelry for men and women. ah vanity!
19. Christmas decors in the form of crystal balls filled with glitter confetti. Tempting but not for clumsy people like me. I prefer non sand derived pieces.
20. There was this lady who just shocked me when I was supposed to take a shot of her innovatively cartoonish backpacks when she curtly asked what I was doing and if what the photos are for. After I said it was for personal use, she said "next time ask permission ha, and she planted herself at the front of her booth. Too bad, my sis got turned off by this lady and didnt buy anything from her. That's what cross teenage looking old ladies get for being taray.....
21. Organizers are fanciful, like these layered jewelry keepsakers, and the mallard duck design remote control holders.
22. Turkey, ham, relleno, delectable christmas treats!!! ahhhh.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Glass skydome of Greenbelt 3

Before Trinoma and SKy Garden, the Ayala developers had a vision for an environment friendly and in-touch-with-nature kind of feel to its malls.

One striking proof is the use of glass and wood awning to crown the ceiling of Greenbelt 3. So during the day, as one ascends the escalator, they are greeted by a bright skylight. As the sun sets, one can see how the sky changes from its light blue hues to a rich palette of red, green, and orange into grays and dark blues.

The use of glass allows light to come in and saves on electricity to light up the corridors of the mall, while it allows mall goers shelter at the same time from the harsh rays of the sun.

Overlooking the glass dome, one can gaze at office buildings at a distance. It seems to tell the mall goer "You are lucky to be taking a respite here in Greenbelt away from your workplace."

Chinese Fever Medicine

I took this medicine when I got really sick back in March, I had persistent fever and cough that would not go away.
Then, after blisters of paracetamol wouldn't drive the stubborn 38 degree fever, I was given these.
These are pills, yes, in small bottles, that I had to gulp in 9 pieces each dose with water.
And..yes, they did work, my fever went away, and I recovered.
Unfortunately (or am I lucky) I did not drink any of those weird smelling Chinese herbal soups, they would have been Fear Factor material.
I guess you can get these at Chinese drugstores. But price wise, oh I cannot remember. I hope I do not have to find out, for then, I would have to get sick again to discover the answer.
Something interesting to note, in these modern times, Chinese medicine does still have its place.

Black and white puppy speakers

Woofy and classy!
These are the cutest cosmopolitan desk accessories for your desktop, as it plugs directly into your computer's speaker port without need of an external power supply.
It can bark out tunes from your iPod as well as it can serve as quirky amplifiers for applause sounds to light up a snoozy office presentation.
I got this pair as a birthday gift for sister, and she loves it. Good thing, I didn't get the hot pink pair of doggies.
Setting you back at 795 bucks in Rustan's Makati, with free gift wrapping as well, it is a bargain for its cool style and for scoring points with the ladies, or for that stud who you want to get notice of. worth a try eh?