Friday, November 26, 2010

Ravioli Al Funghi @ Cantinetta, Burgos Circle, The Fort

I just can’t help myself from blogging about Cantinetta’s Ravioli Al Funghi!

Last Wednesday, I attended a blog event at Cantinetta, Burgos Circle, The Fort. We were asked to order for dinner and I chose Ravioli Al Funghi. Seeing the word “funghi” in the menu, I was reminded that I have the heart for mushrooms.

Ravioli Al Funghi @ Cantinetta

The first spoonful of Ravioli Al Funghi got me speechless. All I did was to savor it and feel all the creaminess inside—with closed eyes and in full concentration. Afterwards, I found myself telling my Superfriend, “Mmmm… Ang sarap nito! Ang sarap talaga! (Mmmm…This tastes delicious! Really delicious!)”


Ravioli Al Funghi is a dish made up of ravioli, an inch-squared pasta filled with porcini mushrooms in cream sauce. The ravioli is cooked al dente, and it complements the meaty porcini taste—which I suspected to have been generously sautéed in butter and herbs.

My score: 10. Obviously, it really satisfied my taste buds. I would love to go back at Cantinetta to have my second dose of it.
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On a different note, Cantinetta also offers the best Parma Ham in the country.
I tried it myself, too, and I can say that it is really fresh, tender, and perfect with ripe mango slices.

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Sharing This Christmas Season: An Entry to Nomnom Club's Starbucks Planner 2011 Contest



Christmas is for sharing. That is why I included donating for a charity project in my 29 Things to Accomplish Until the End of Year 2010 list.

I feel a different kind of happiness whenever I share my blessings with others. My heart pounds when I see in their eyes the overwhelming joy and unspoken thankfulness because of what I shared with them.

As the Cloudrats Mountaineers hike Mt. Ugo this December for their Christmas project, I am more than happy to be able to contribute a little for the benefit of the many Aeta families and children in Benguet. I am glad that this small step of mine, together with the small steps of other volunteers and sponsors, would come a long way to the realization of this noble cause.

School supplies I donated for Aeta schoolchildren 

I wish that every one’s Christmas—including that of the Aetas', volunteers', and sponsors'—be as memorable and joyful as it can be. May they have a night of Noche Buena with delightful pinoy food recipes to share together and a bountiful New Year ahead.


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

3 Tips on How to Choose the Best Premium-Cut Ham in Town

Christmas is fast approaching. Have you bought the ham already? It should be ready by now, as it is the most important food of the Noche Buena. If you are still in the process of choosing the best tasting ham in town, here are three things you have to consider before buying.
1. It should be made from one whole boneless meat from the hind leg, which is the best cut of pork for hams. This part is the tastier and meatier compared to the more common shaped ham—shaped ham are already processed and sometimes meat from other parts of the pork are used to make it look like a whole.

2. Check for the netmarks. Only whole-meat hams can be smoked in ham nets because if it is not, pieces would fall off. Don't be deceived.

3. It should have no extenders. The appearance, taste, and texture would attest to that. The ham is meat, juicy, and flavorful, and consumers really get the best value for their money.
Chef Rob Pengson recommends CDO Holiday Ham, and being one of the best (and hottest) chefs in the country today, I trust his choice. We are also given sample dishes for some food tasting; I can say that CDO Holiday Ham is really the best.


CDO Owner even gave bloggers each of the CDO Premium-Cut Holiday! Thanks!

Want to learn more about Holiday Ham? Visit their website on http://holidayham.com.ph/ or "like" it on Facebook http://goo.gl/CAqCv.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Drinking Coffee

Drinking coffee is the new trend and staying at coffee shops to bond with friends or talk about business is something that we Filipinos prefer nowadays.

But not me. I still prefer to drink my favorite instant coffee—Kopiko Brown Coffee in particular—alone or with my Mom at home, sitting around our marble-made round coffee table. I sometimes go to Starbucks with friends or to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf with Yobs, but it seldom happens, maybe because I see it as expensive, impractical, and luxurious.


So now I am thinking: if given the chance—and the budget—to renovate our house, I would love to allocate a little space for a coffee nook, where I can just sit back and relax, or chat with Mommy, or receive guests, while sipping a cup of coffee. I am eyeing for a small glass top dining table, round coffee table, and plug-in chandelier to make the area more conducive to meditation and socialization. I see this as more intimate than in public coffee shops with all the noise and smoke around.

If you like this post and want to check on some coffee tables online, you may visit this website.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuna in Crispy Veggies


Ingredients:

1 onion, sliced thinly
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp. of butter
5 pieces of baby corn, sliced diagonally
10 stems of asparagus, sliced (1 inch in length)
1 head of brocolli, sliced
1 can of Century Tuna (Flakes in Oil)
salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:
1. Saute onions and garlic in butter
2. Pour in the Century Tuna flakes, including oil
3. Simmer for 2 minutes
4. Include the chopped asparagus, brocolli, and baby corn
5. Mix with salt and pepper to taste
6. Simmer for another 2 minutes (do not overcook the vegetables)

Serve hot. Good for 4-5 persons.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

There is Nothing Sweeter Than A Sweet Surrender

I cannot remember the times when I told my readers that I am a sweet tooth, and there is nothing more that I could ask for during a meal than desserts! So when I heard about this food blog event, I could not think of an excuse not to join and blog about it. Excited as I am now, I am looking forward to experience the Sweet Surrender Dessert Expo on November 13, 2010 at Sitio Elena, Ortigas Extension.

If you are interested, you can visit THIS SITE for more information.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Please Vote for Bacnotan, La Union's Patola Cheese Stuffed Chicken con Funghi e Panna for Kraft Eden's Sarap ng Pasko: 100 Days of Christmas Competition

Kraft Eden Cheese launched the world's longest Christmans celebration with Eden’s Sarap ng Pasko: 100 Days of Christmas. This aims to bring the warmest and tastiest Yuletide tidings to everyone, reminding Filipino of hope and unity, through the 100 Days. 100 Towns. 100 Unique Dishes. Campaign.

KFP selected 100 towns from all over the country to promote their town's specialty. “Each cheese-infused dish was made with indigenous ingredients native to their very own town–making every dish original and unique,” says Mr. Alex Tacderas, Category Marketing Managerof Kraft Foods Philippines.

The Municipality of Bacnotan, La Union's entry to the said campaign is their ever delightful Patola Cheese Stuffed Chicken con Funghi e Panna. The municipality of Bacnotan invested in their Isang Bayan, Isang Produkto, Isang Milyon Fund to the Mushroom Industry and now cultivates export-quality oyster mushroom, which is one of the major sources of their people's income.

If you are from Bacnotan, La Union or someone who chooses Patola Cheese Stuffed Chicken con Funghi e Panna over the other dishes in the competition, please support us by voting for our entry. There will be ten (10) winners; nine (9) will receive P10, 000 each while the over-all winner will receive P2 Million to proceed to the municipality's funds for livelihood program and training materials of the people of Bacnotan.

Vote for your town and help your kababayans realize their simple community wish by winning 2M in support fund and 100,000 for yourself. To vote, here's how:

1. Buy one Eden 35g, 180g or 500g pack at any supermarkets, public market stalls, groceries, convenience stores or sari sari stores nationwide.
2. Write the following information on a piece of paper attached to one (1) empty pack Eden pack size: a) Name of Favorite Featured Town, b) Name of Eden Dish for that Town, c) Your Name, d) Age, e) Complete Address, f) Contact Number/s, and g) Signature.
3. Submit entries at Drop Boxes within participating Towns or mail entries to

Prime Cast Event Concepts Plus, Inc.
Lower Ground Level, Grayline Ventures Building,
14 Arayat St. Boni, Mandaluyong City

OR:

ABS CBN Foundation Inc.
ELJ Communications Building
Mother Ignacia St. Quezon City

Contest ends on December 2, 2010; meaning entries submitted beyond this date will not be counted anymore. So what are you waiting for? Go to your favorite store now and grab your Kraft Eden Cheese with limited edition covers, which contain the information about all the 100 entries for the Eden’s Sarap ng Pasko: 100 Days of Christmas competition. Take note: one cheese-infused dish per pack.

Visit http://www.sarapngpasko.com/ or call 72-PASKO for more details.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shrimp Arabiatta, Czechuan Steak Linguini & Mississippi Mud Pie @ Burgoo Gateway

Yobs and I celebrated our 7th monthsary last night at Burgoo Gateway. We had a delightful dinner as we ordered Czechuan Steak Linguini, Shrimp Arabiatta and Mississippi Mud Pie. It was our first time to eat at Burgoo and I was fully satisfied with the food and service.

Szechuan Steak Linguini, P395.00 regular plate

Shrimp Arabiatta, P395 regular plate

Mississippi Mud Pie, P195 regular plate

I love the saucy and spicy flavor of the Szechuan Steak Linguini. Its flat pasta bounces just right, topped with brocolli, carrots, peanuts and parmesan cheese - and of course, szechuan and strips of beef steak. While the first dish is kind of flavorful, the Shrimp Arabiatta is less than salty and spicy for me. Simply put, it passed Yobs' delicate taste. Besides, shrimp - soft and crisp - is our common favorite.

Upon asking the food server what their bestseller for dessert is, we were informed that their Mississippi Mud Pie is a must-eat! Its white and choco drops, crunchy crust, slightly rough chocolate ice cream, and chocolate syrup - put together in one serving - is just like heaven. Who does not love chocolates anyway?

We will definitely come back at Burgoo.

Photo Credits: Thanks!
Shrimp Arabiatta - Life Bliss
Szechuan Steak Linguini - Mix of Everything
Mississippi Mud Pie - Beyond Toxicity 

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Pagbabago

What is the biggest change that happened in my life? Sounds like a piece in the Miss Universe's Q&A portion, isn't it? But seriously, I think the biggest change that happened in my life was when I got into my present relationship with Yobs: the self-centered and childish me now learns to be open-minded, rational, and mature enough to understand and deal with my emotions; his emotions; in different situations.

This is actually a matter of choice. It is surprisingly good to realize that this choice actually creates positive changes in my life every single day. By learning to be more giving, I am now enjoying my healthy relationships with family and friends. My life becomes sweeter each passing day because I now appreciate the people around me. I am loving what I am now because I am already a changed person: a better Nicely who I always wanted to be. Thanks to Yobs for showing me a whole new world where love and happiness lives.

And just like Goldilocks, I will never stop believing that I can still be better, I can learn more, and I can be of greater meaning for my loved ones. Thanks for the inspiration, Goldilocks! Thank you being part of my life! 


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Longganisang Lucban

Longganisang Lucban for Sale

What: Longganisang Lucban
Where: Lucban, Quezon (If you're facing the Church, the store is at the left side)
When: April 1, 2010, Holy Thursday
Who: with Telus friends
Why: Visita Iglesia because it was Holy Week
How much: 12 pcs. = P120 (small); 12 pcs. = P180 (large)

Yobs says: It gets smaller when you fry it. Almost bite-size, perfect for rice. Masarap sya, kaso lang bitin.

Nicely says: One of the best longganisas in the Philippines; at par with that of Ilocos', at least for me. It is best eaten with fried rice and sunny side-up egg. If you're having it with plain rice, it's all right as long as you put a couple of teaspoonful of cooking oil (where you fried the longganisa) on your rice. Ugh, it's so sinful but yes, it makes you forget about the cholesterol.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bulalo @ Tantiongco's Resort, Talisay, Batangas

The story behind this bulalo thing is all about our Tagaytay trip which happened early today. I am blogging this for three minor reasons, which I will clearly state below, and for one major reason: to benefit those who seek my advice.

First, when you ask someone about directions and they answer you, think first before saying yes. Do not be blinded by their good offers. We asked a tricycle driver where we can have bulalo and he said he knows this place serving bulalo and at the same time, offering a packaged trip to Taal Volcano. The mention of Taal Volcano gave us so much excitement that we did not even bother to ask for the exact price. He just told us we can check the price list when we get there.

After the P150-worth and 20-minute tricycle ride, we got off at Tantiongco's Resort in Talisay, Batangas, downhill from Tagaytay City. We were disappointed after seeing the price range, P3,500 to P8,500: for foreigners. And for local tourists like us, by which the package includes back-and-forth boat ride, entrance fee to the resort and tour guide fee: P2,500. Take note: entrance fee to Taal Volcano itself and horseback riding rate excluded. The four of us decided not to go. Aside from the fact that the price is unreasonable, we do not want them - opportunists - to benefit from our over excitement and spur-of-the-moment decision.

Second, Tantiongco Resort's service is poor. How they treated us was actually below standards. When we arrived, no one from the resort received us. We had to be guided by our tricycle driver to the table we thought we can have the best view of Taal Volcano.

When we asked for another pitcher of drinking water, the man who acts as waiter, pointed to us a public faucet with flower boxes on both sides and said, "Ay, sir, doon po oh, kayo na lang po ang kumuha," with a smile on his face. The four of us threw each other a surprised question-marked look and said, "Dyosko, Manong, sana hindi na lang namin nalaman," while checking on our own glasses and seeing some residues in the water. Too late. We've almost emptied it.

But not all of Tantiongco's is thumbs down. My third and last point is: To be fair and honest, their bulalo is really good and we actually loved it. The serving was more than enough for us. The meat was tender; the bone marrow was super loved; and the soup was freshly hot. It has a unique savory taste, which is about as umamified as it gets. For comparison, Tantiongco's bulalo is equally good to that of LZM Lutong Bahay Specialties in Silang, Cavite. I just don't have any idea if the bulalo we have just had today gives justice to its P460.00 cost.

All in all, this trip to Talisay has turned out to be a great experience after all. There were lessons learned; that we can use as reference in our future Tagaytay trips. As I end this post, I would like you to know that this misadventure adventure won't stop me from traveling. In fact, this will push me to explore more and tell the world that life is not perfect but we can make the best out of it by simply enjoying what we have, where we are and who we are with.


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The White Hat Introduces 10 New Hats for Yogurt Lovers

Yogurt is yummy but it's yummier with delightful toppings that suit your taste and craving! The White Hat never fails to surprise us with their great products and promos! Now 10 new exciting hats are available in store for everyone. Whether you're a chocolate lover, a health buff or just want to cool down and chill out, you can enjoy every cup of guilt-free White Hat yogurt for only P125 for a regular cup and P155 for a large cup.


The Baker's Hat - Cheesecake, Blueberry or Red Cherry, Almond Cluster
The Choco-Loco Hat - Brownies, Dark Choco Drops, Oreos
The Cobbler's Hat - Peaches, Crushed Graham, Walnut Streusel
The Camper's Hat - Marshmallows, Choco Syrup, Crushed Graham
The Wizard's Hat - Sprinkles, Fruit Loops, Marshmallows
The Health Nut Hat - Granola, Cranberry, Mango or Kiwi
The Cooky Hat - Cookie Dough, Walnuts, White Choco Drops
The Monkey's Hat - Banana, Brownies, Caramel
The Pinoy Hat - Choc Nut, Barquillos, Cashew
The Lover's Hat - Red Cherry, Dark Choco Drops, Cashew

Now available in all Metro Manila and Provincial outlets!
Metro Manila Outlets:
• Alabang Town Center
• Glorietta 3
• Greenbelt 5
• Robinson’s Place Ermita
• Robinson’s Galleria
• Rustan’s Makati
• Shangri-La Mall
• SM Fairview – Annex 2
• SM Mall of Asia
• SM Marikina
• SM North Edsa – Annex Bldg.
• Tomas Morato

Provincial Outlets:
• Gaisano Mall, Davao City
• Marquee Mall
• SM Baguio
• SM Cebu
• SM Sta. Rosa

Soon to Open:
• Greenhills – Wilson
• Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street
• Landmark Trinoma
• Gateway

You can also visit TWH Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sweet Goodies in Starbucks

I am innately a sweet tooth. I can't help to just stare at edibles when I surely know these would satisfy my craving for desserts. When I get the chance to try some, the next big thing is seeing an empty plate helplessly holding still on top of the dining table. The photos below will speak for itself - feeding your mind with the imagination of how I savored each bite of these three (3) baked goodies from Starbucks Coffee.
Choco-glazed Doughnut (P55)
Waffle with Strawberry Syrup and Whip Cream (P75)
Cinnamon Roll (P55)

Well, enough with the salivating, guys, when in fact, that's my sole purpose of posting these photos: to make you salivate! Did I succeed?

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

San Marino Corned Tuna Sandwich Recipe

Yobs and I plan to visit his grandmother in Batangas City on Saturday. Knowing that he'll be coming from Quezon City as early as 6am to meet me up in Alabang by 7am, I assume that he won't be eating breakfast at home. I am this eager to prepare a healthy baon for the two of us to share while on our two-hour bus ride to their province. I think of lettuce as one of the ingredients to consider because he loves vegetables. So I googled "wheat bread and lettuce sandwich" and found this recipe.

San Marino Corned Tuna Sandwich


Ingredients:

•4 slices wheat/rye bread
•1 can San Marino Corned Tuna
•1 tbsp mayonnaise
•1 tbsp lemon juice
•1 hard boiled egg, mashed
•10 g dill, minced
•1 small shallot, minced
•1 tbsp capers
•1 tsp sugar
•Salt and pepper to taste
•1 salad tomato sliced thinly
•2 leaves lolo rosso lettuce
•1 cup potato chips

Procedure:

1. In a bowl, mix together San Marino Corned Tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, egg, dill, shallots, capers, sugar, salt and pepper and set aside and chill;
2. Lightly grill bread until crisp (you can also just toast the bread in toaster);
3. To assemble, layer lettuce then tomato on top of 1 slice of bread. Add the tuna filling then top with the other slice of bread and slice in half diagonally;
4. Serve on plate with chips.

Of course, I won't be buying all the ingredients stated above. I will be using only what is available in the market and at home, but I'm sure I will be making a good sandwich because I'll mix it with love. I remember reading an article written by my boss for Youngblood; there's a quote from his former professor in Ateneo saying, “A lousy cook is one who apologizes for having prepared a lousy meal because of the limited ingredients in the kitchen. However, a good cook can prepare an excellent meal from whatever ingredients are available in the kitchen.”

I am just so excited that I can't wait for the weekend any longer! Abangan...

Recipe source: San Marino Corned Tuna


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Best Laing is in Kalye Juan

Our high school barkada has celebrated our friendship anniversary last July 31 at the Mall of Asia. We dined in at Kalye Juan for dinner and ordered a set of Salo-Salo meal #3 for a reasonable price of P900. The package is good for four (4) persons but because of its big serving, the food was just enough for the six (6) of us.So here goes my personal review...Kalye Juan's Pork Sisig is just ordinary; there is nothing special in it. If there's one thing, I think it's just the tenderness of the pork. That's all. Still, nothing beats Dennis the Grill Boy's crispy pork sisig!
The Kare-Kare Bangus is the least touched of all the viands presented to us. Though milkfish's belly is my favorite - and I was dying to get one since it only served 3 pieces - it did not earn my amor. Aside from its dull taste, the veggies did not seem attractive to me - as of the time.
I am a lover of soup, especially sinigang and nilaga; but this time, I was giving up my love of it. I was quite disappointed with their Liempo Sinigang. Aside from its lack of sourness, you can just look at the photo above and examine how much sebo (fatty substance) is in it.
If I were to rate our dining experience at Kalye Juan, I would have given it a score of 6; but because I super loved their Laing, I'll give it an 8. Kalye Juan's Laing is the best I've ever had in my whole life - aside of course from my Mom and Dad's Laing. The pork in it tasted like roasted or smoked before it was mixed with the whole thing. Its roasted/smoked aftertaste is what made this delicacy "favorited" by the 6 of us. Plus it has shrimps in it. Wow!


And to prove that I super love their Laing, I will bring my parents and Yobs here to try it. I am sure they will love it, too.



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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Best Ensaymada For Me

Why am I blogging about this looking-so-ordinary ensaymada? Only ONE reason: so far, this is the best ensaymada I have ever tasted. It was so cheesy and the bread so soft. I bought this from Good Shepherd's Coffee Store (Baguio City) for only P35.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blueberries n' Cream Waffles @ Red Mango, SM Mega Mall

After a job interview in Ortigas, I happened to pass by at SM Mega Mall to have something to eat since it was already lunch time. While strolling around, I saw a poster displaying pictures of mouth-watering desserts, and realizing that it was Red Mango, I never had second thoughts.
I entered and since I was not that hungry, I got an order of Blueberries n' Cream Waffles and dove right to it with great satisfaction. Topped with Yogurt, I savored every bite of nourishment and enjoyed each slice of fair sweetness and smooth creaminess.
At an affordable price of P150 (waffle P85, yogurt topping P40 and bottled water P25), dining in at Red Mango was an experience.


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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Congratulations to Kraft and MIHCA for the Cheesy Success!

Congratulations to the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) and Kraft Foods Philippines (KFP) for breaking a Guiness World Record of successfully pulling off 5,845 cheese-infused dishes in a day, hurdling over India with 4,668 dishes in 2007.
And to mark another groundbreaking record, MIHCA and Kraft Foods Philippines have recently launched Café 5845, the first cheese café in the world that will serve the most unique and the widest variety of cheese dishes everyday.
Café 5845 will be located at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, while the opening date is yet to be announced.

Here are the sample pictures of food presented to us during the launching and food tasting event on June 17, 2010 at the MIHCA, Times Plaza, UN Avenue, Manila.
Grilled Vegetable and Cheese Panini
Chicken Stuffed with Ham and Cheese
Roast Pork in Mornay Sauce
Vegetable Lasagna
Country Style Omelet with Eden Cheese
Cheesy Grasshopper
and the group of food bloggers who attended the food event :D
(this photo courtesy of Your Majesty Sire)

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Mushroomburger in Tagaytay City, Cavite

The province of Cavite is known for growing quality and world-class mushrooms, and Tagaytay City has been popular for a particular food place named Mushroomburger where you can have a variety of food products with mushrooms as the main ingredient.

Last June 30, Yobs and I went to Tagaytay to experience Sonya's Garden. After dining in and taking photos around the place, we headed to Mushroomburger without any plans of going there.
Since we were both full, we decided to order only one regular mushroom burger to share, and two regular mushroom burgers with cheese for takeout for my Mom and cousin, Fernan.
The bun was fresh and the patty tasted good. According to Yobs, the patty was yummy and tasty, not to mention that it is healthy because it is made of fresh mushrooms and less preservatives and extenders.
I got to wolf down my half piece in four big bites, and gave my last one to Yobs since he really loved it. Ever since, mushrooms are my favorite, and I would definitely come back to Mushroomburger.
The products taste great and the prices are affordable. That is why many people are coming to the store and patiently falling in line just to have a chew of their burgers. They also have combo meals for rice and pasta lovers.
Mushroomburger is located at 70 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Dennis The Grill Boy's Crispy Pork Sisig is the Best

Nice and I have been looking for an affordable restaurant which offers a variety of Pinoy meals that we can eat for lunch. We found Dennis The Grill Boy in MOA, where we had eaten the best sisig ever. It was very yummy and yes, crispy. It only costs P83, served with rice, atsara and a glass of drink of your choice. You just have to add P10 if you want it with egg. I give it an honest 10/10 score.
We also ordered Lechon Kawali for only P83. It was good, too. 8 out of 10 if I am going to rate it. We really enjoyed our meal, even at a budgeted cost, and we promised to come back again to Dennis' for their crispy sisig and to try their other specialties :P
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