Monday, September 01, 2014

Wingstop at the Regis Center, Katipunan!

And so the battle of the chicken wings along the Katipunan strip continues!

Wingstop is located where Moshi Moshi used to be at the Regis Center in Katipunan. Moshi Moshi was such a yummy place (their beef gyudon's the best) with different Japanese snacks on their shelves. I wonder what happened to them.

We visited Wingstop yesterday, Saturday, and I guess it was a great decision to visit the place since it’s always packed with students on a weekday. Although there were a few Ateneans who were there (because of NSTP classes), the crowd was bearable.

You can choose from baskets of 5-piece wings (at Php 185), 7-piece wings (at Php 255), 11-piece wings (at Php 395) and 20-piece wings (at Php 695).

They have different flavors too! Atomic, Cajun, Original Hot, Louisiana Rub, Mild, Hickory Smoked BBQ, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan, Hawaiian and Teriyaki.

Although the boneless wings were easier to digest (or in our case to inhale), we thought that the bones in the wings make it a great chicken experience. 

We got a basket of 11 wings in 2 flavors – Louisiana Rub and Lemon Pepper. These are their 2 best flavors according to the manager. I prefer the Lemon Pepper more since the spiciness in the Louisiana Rub is quite artificial. If you’re tired of the spiciness, just take off the skin! 

We enjoyed our chicken wings with some blue cheese. Blue cheese on anything will never be wrong in this world. The sauce is quite authentic as opposed to some blue cheeses I tried which were more liquified than chunky.

Wingstop’s worth the try. Although the majority of the Katipunan crowd today can afford this (despite the fact that they aren't part of the work force yet), I think most would still opt for the cheaper, bigger and tastier wings at Flaming Wings. No compete!

2/F Regis Center
Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

Wicked Kitchen at Maginhawa Street!

For a picky eater such as myself, it's really hard for me to settle on a restaurant, which I will qualify later on as my comfort spot. I rarely eat out these days (hence the scarcity of my blog posts), but that does not mean I treat myself to restaurants from time to time even if it is just around the neighborhood.

Last Friday night after a milk tea run at Snow Creme, my sister and I thought that we might actually be needing real food to fill our stomachs with. Hehe thankfully there's Wicked Kitchen just around the corner. It is at the same new commercial complex along Maginhawa Street corner Makadios Street.

The place reminds me so much of Flamings Wings - the black tables, the WYSISWG menu and the overall relaxing ambiance.

Since it was a semi-cheat day for me, I went for the Linguine Carbonara while my sister opted for the Fire Starters and a serving of Fish and Chips.

As if we haven't had our fill yet of Wicked Kitchen, we went back the next day, Saturday, after having a massage at Nuat Thai, which is also on the same commercial complex! I had the Linguine Carbonara again along with these amazing desserts - amazing and sinfully delicious desserts! Can you guess how these are wickedly called in the menu?

Linguine Pasta Carbonara - creamy, bacon-y carbonara!

Fire Starters

Fish and Chips + tartar sauce!

Smores Skillet

Smores Skillet - up close

Gluttony - A giant chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, cream and chocolate syrup!

Wicked Kitchen
2/F, 189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City, Metro Manila

Snow Crème at Maginhawa Street!

I’ve heard before that should music festivals are to be likened to a food or a beverage, it would be milk tea. I agreed to that statement before, but I milk tea is still in the trend, isn’t it? It’s probably a fad that will never go away.

Carrying the cross that’s called payday traffic, my sister and I decided to grab some milk tea at this place in Maginhawa Street called Snow Crème. It’s located at the new commercial building where Via Antonella, Katsu Café, Wicked Kitchen, etc. are.

It’s cheap for Php 75 for a regular cup of Wintermelon Milk Tea. We also got ourselves a serving of Shaved Match Ice with mochi balls and beans on the side. It was good, but I didn’t eat much since I’m still nursing a sore throat. Not bad at all!

Snow Creme
2/F, 189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village
Quezon City, Metro Manila

UCC Coffee: A Caffeine Battle

Severing ties with coffee is a futile effort. Its effects may be psychological, but there real is something to coffee that jump starts my day and resets my neurons for another day of work. From 3-in-1s and drip coffees to hot ones and cold mixes, I guess I've tried all of them.

I'm not brand conscious when it comes to coffee, but what I'm particular most about is the sugar content in my cup. I like my coffee more black than creamy and sweet. That's why when I got this UCC Coffee kit (props to my big sister for passing work-related treats to me), I knew then that I can curate my own brew according to the bitterness and strength that I like.

Ironic as it sounds, but we do not have a coffee maker at home. What we do have is a juicer, but not this household staple that would verify my love for coffee. 

What's cute about this UCC Coffee kit is that you do not need a coffee maker or a drip set to get the most of the ground coffee, which are packaged into these small vacuum packs for convenience. One small vacuum pack of ground coffee is equal to one cup.

You just need to fit the coffee filters on the mouth of the mug, put the ground coffee in, pour hot water and let it steep for a few minutes. UCC Coffee in a jiffy!

The instructions may be in Japanese, but the visuals are clear enough.

Yey, Monday!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe Now at Station 2, 2nd Floor of PADI's dive station!

I had a really great long weekend last week. Who would have thought that Jonjie and I would make it to Boracay? It's a shocking revelation considering how domesticated we are.

Time is precious for us as a couple. Living in separate cities and regions makes time spent together really special regardless if we're just hanging out at our house or grabbing late night burgers whenever he goes home to me. Aww!

The magic of Boracay will never fade. This is an understatement regardless of the bad press this beautiful place in Aklan gets. Although it rained every night when we were there, I don't regret it since we always woke up to super calm beach waters. 

Good morning, paradise!

What a beauty!

So for 4 days, it was all sun and sand for the both of us. It's nice to spend time away from the usual comforts of Metro Manila. We promised ourselves that we go to Boracay again before December, the month when each of our sisters will get married :) Please remind us to bring our running shoes the next time we hit Boracay. We had no idea that the coast is a great place for a morning jog before swimming.

And of course, what's Boracay without coffee and calamansi muffins from Real Coffee and Tea Cafe?

And did you know that from station 1, Real Coffee's now in station 2? They are at the 2nd floor of a PADI dive shop. Unlike their old location, Real Coffee offers amazing seaside views making it the best place to enjoy a cup of good brew and their famous calamansi muffins + other baked goods. That's why of the 4 days we were there, we visited the cafe thrice - brewed coffee, calamansi muffin and fudge brownie overload for me as he flipped through Rogue and car magazines. Thanks love for understanding my need for familiarity.

Also, what's Boracay without shakes from Jonah's? Aaaaaahhhh I can live here forever!

Green Pastures at Shangrila Mall's East Wing

I'd like to believe that I'm wrong with this, but I think little is known to the culinary brains behind Charlie's Grind & Grill, Cyma and more recently, Green Pastures at Shangrila Mall's East Wing. Chef Robby Goco is indeed a culinary genius.

For someone inspired to eat clean, Green Pastures is a real treat. 

It was a quick brunch for my sister and I. After doing some errands, we decided to try Green Pastures. On the onset, the place looks small and there's always a queue, but apparently they have more chairs at the back close to the stairs leading to the old mall. It's a bit warm, but better than waiting for a table inside to free up.

I was feeling a little fickle minded and wanted burgers that day so I got their burger sliders - 3 sample burgers in the following preparation - vegetarian, 80/20 and wagyu! The sliders came with a serving of fries.

Burger Sliders (vegetarian, 80/20 and wagyu)
Vegetarian [Organic chickpea, mushrooms, leeks, celery and eggplant with house made cheddar cheese on a potato bun]
80/20 [80% wagyu and 20% double smoked organic panchetta with house made stracciatella and buttered brioche]
Wagyu [Freshly ground Kitayama wagyu short rib, chuck and brisket with Malagos Roguefort blue cheese on grilled brioche]

I found the burgers a little dry, especially the vegetarian burger that came with the potato bun. I loved the Wagyu burger though as it was still a little red and juicy. The meat was very soft, thank you very much!

As for my sister, the ever conscious eater of the family, ordered an appetizer of Ricotta Cheese with unlimited toast and buttered cloves of garlic. I took some from her meal. Yummy!

House made ricotta + toast - cow's milk, with onion ham and roasted clove of garlic

Hopefully tomorrow in between errands, we can drop by Shang again for another dose of Green Pastures. Fingers crossed!

Green Pastures
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
4/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 654-3219

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snack Attack

My hopes and plans of becoming a snack reviewer all came crumbling down when I realized the migraines I constantly have may be influenced by my saccharine intake. 

Coming into terms with my low tolerance for sugar is a learning process. Nevertheless, taking things in portions should help me from drowning in pain meds and the occassional vomitt. #TMI

What would I do without you?

Earth Kitchen at White Plains, Katipunan - Healthy, Local and Sustainable

I guess it's true that one will only learn the value of healthy food and healthy eating habits when one gets old, but hopefully not before it's too late to change ways. I've never been a fan of diets, but I've always believed in the beauty and the benefits of a good workout. However, I realized as I got older (huhuhu) that to give your body the best, you have to watch out what you put in your mouth. And with Earth Kitchen just around the corner (well, not really, but it's a drive-away from our house), getting healthy isn't so hard to keep up with.

Earth Kitchen is not just heaven for someone on a diet. Earth Kitchen is a product of the Got Heart Foundation, a group formed by young and wise entrepreneurs to help farmers and grassroot enterprises flourish their honest businesses and inspire better livelihood for the families. Nothing can be more heavenly and inspiring a story than that.

For a quick and healthy dinner before going home, my sister and I had the following dishes. Apparently, Earth Kitchen is part-owned by Hizon's Catering.

Watermelon Rocket Salad
arugula + edible flowers + kesong puti + the best balsamic vinaigrette I've tasted

Fettucinne Bolognese

Tomato and Arugula Pasta

The walls are almost adorned by artworks created by the ids of Cabuynan Elementary School in Tanauan, Leyte. Each artwork is Php 500 and will be received to rebuild the school.

Although a bit on the pricey side, healthy and organic food really do comes with a cost. And at least you are helping lives as you bite.

Earth Kitchen
White Plains
Katipunan Ave
White Plains, Quezon City
(02) 577-9138
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