Thursday, March 16, 2017

BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Here we go again. The last time I had this feeling was after a smashing dinner at one of the well celebrated restaurants in BGC. Restaurants that serve remarkable and noteworthy food leaves an abiding impression which makes it hard for me to roll the dice and try other restaurants. Impeccable dining experiences shoot up my standards for food and I begin to expect other places to be at par, both taste and quality, else I'd be disappointed. This is the exact feeling of apprehension that I had after a sumptuous dinner at Bistro United. I know it's utterly unfair but sometimes it cannot be avoided.

BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Located at D-Strip Mall in Kapitolyo, Pasig, Bistro United is a local concept by Round Table and is one of the most intriguing restaurants that opened this year (who wouldn't be intrigued by the Tilapia Ice Cream that keeps bobbing up on Instagram). The big idea behind Bistro United is to epitomize a modern Filipino neighborhood diner serving top-notch Filipino favorites. The restaurant also aims to support local businesses by using ingredients that are locally sourced. Hooking up modern techniques, Executive Chef Mia Capay, engineers local favorites that can compete in the world stage. It's a challenge to make a Filipino dish look beautiful on a plate but Chef Mia's mastery in the kitchen towered above the challenge.

BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

To me, Bistro United is like a picture of a museum with its bright, clean and roomy interior that houses a collection of masterpieces on a plate.

NACHO POPPERS


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

This may be a simple looking dish but do not think too little of this appetizer because each bite will hit your palate with different flavors. Inside each wanton cup is minced pork with ripe mango-tomato salsa on top, signature bagoong Balayan, paprika and sour cream.

CRISPY UBOD SALAD


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

"A salad for the non-salad eater". A combination of carrots, squash, heart of coconut palm in a wanton crisp. It simulates my mom's favorite lumpiang ubod. A splash of vinaigrette and some candied Iligan nuts takes this humble dish to a different level.

ROASTED SQUASH SOUP


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Creamy squash with herbs reminded me of Ginataang Kalabasa. It is topped with bits of Tuguegarao Longganisa to bring a tinge of saltiness to this velvety dish. If you wish to start light and warming, Bistro United's Roasted Squash Soup is perfect.

ROAST BEEF CARBONARA


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

This had me think back to one of my favorites at Cafe Enye which is Lechon Carbonara. This equally delicious carbonara took a different route with roast beef on top of fettuccini pasta in creamy white sauce. I love the contrasting texture brought by roast beef bits and flakes.

ADOBO SA MANGGA


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

I don't get excited about adobo when I eat out. It's a staple at home and is there an added value for me to really spend for it at a restaurant? At Bistro United, the answer is one big YES! This is not your usual adobo because it doesn't have the fundamental ingredients in making one. The chicken is grilled then sauteed in green mango puree and bagoong, topped with green mango and garlic served on a sizzling plate.

THE AMAZING ROAST BEEF


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Let me tell you why it's amazing. Slices of US prime roast beef  is marinated overnight using their own special blend so it thoroughly absorbs all the flavors. The meat is then slow roasted to touch up the taste and soften the meat that will make every bite perfect. Served with either rice or mashed potato, accompanied by au jus gravy.

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

What I love about this chicken dish is that the batter firmly hugs the meat, "walang hangin". Boneless breast and thigh are battered and fried to order to ensure that the fried chicken is crisp on the outside, keeping the inside moist and succulent. The chicken is accompanied with three kinds of sauce; Secret Sauce, Hot Damn Sauce and Au Jus Gravy. (Pst! Panalo yung secret sauce! Halo mo sa Hot Damn Sauce para maiyak ka sa sarap!)

DALANDAN CHICKEN WITH UBE RICE 


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Growing up in Bacolod, I know how to identify chicken inasal versus a regular grilled chicken. Although the menu only characterizes it as grilled chicken, I know and without any doubts that any Ilonggo residing in Manila who gets to try this will feel sentimental. I love that they use dalandan to bring the "asim" element to the dish which Ilonggos love (a fruity sinamak substitute). The acidity is controlled by the signature ube rice served with it. Smart play!

PORCHETTA KARE-KARE


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Although I was raised in Bacolod City, my favorite Filipino dish is Kare-Kare and Bistro United's take on this Pinoy favorite is the best I've tried. Sliced roast rolled pork sit atop a delicious vegetable kare-kare (they make their own peanut sauce from scratch). I really love the crackle of the pork skin against the rich and smooth texture of the sauce plus the vegetables are fresh and delicious! Hands down!

BANANA FRITTERS WITH SALTED YEMA


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Just like adobo, why would I spend for turon? Trust me, staying away from the usual banana fritters with vanilla ice cream or caramel and using salted yema as an alternative is already enough reason to try this.

TILAPIA ICE CREAM


BISTRO UNITED: Where Culinary Masterpieces Convene

Okay, I may sound like a broken record but again, I recoil from eating fish and mixing it with vanilla ice cream is just out of this world, crazy! This insane dessert, however, showcased Chef Mia's culinary skills. The ice cream does not have the "lansa" that puts me off but it has the gritty texture of the fish meat. The ice cream is dusted with a little bit of dried chilies that adds a delightful heat to the dessert. In case you're still wondering, it tastes like vanilla ice cream with cheese (my impression). This Tilapia Ice Cream is indeed, a culinary work of art!


I guess you now understand why I am worried to try other restaurants and that's because Bistro United set the bar way too high. They put a lot of thought and effort in each dish and anything that comes out of the kitchen will blow you away, in short "WALANG PATAPON". Bistro United did not modernize well-loved Filipino dishes just to feed the eyes. The only suggestion I have for Bistro United is that they should sell their Tilapia ice cream in pints. :D

Phew! Aching to go back already.

BISTRO UNITED


D-Strip Building, 20 United Street,
Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila


Friday, March 3, 2017

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

I got an invitation from my favorite review app, looloo, to attend a "looloo rendezvoos" at Rico Rico, La Lola Group's newest baby. Looloo rendezvoos are sponsored events wherein elected reviewers cluster at a restaurant where they get to sample dishes and write a review about the food and the place through the app. Cool yeah?! If you want to know more about looloo, you might want to check out this link (Warning: noob write up. Well not that I'm a pro now but it's one of my first blurbs).

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

Rico Rico, just like its sibs, is another local concept with a Spanish tenor to it. I'm not sure if labeling it as a restaurant is appropriate because this watering hole is stationed in the middle of Food on Four, SM Aura's food court. In my opinion, it's a smart stroke for La Lola Group.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

SANGRIA (PHP99)

We commenced our Spanish spread with a smash as we each started with a glass of Sangria. Chef Edgar mentioned that the alcohol upshot is very minimal but I think that's to his standard. The alcohol was obvious but wasn't too biting to get me liquored up. I think I can handle four more glasses before I feel dazed. YABANG! Anyways, I did enjoy this sweet, fruity, boozy but smooth drink.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

TAPAS

CHORIZO CROQUETAS (PHP190)

Rico Rico has four tapas and we started with their Chorizo Croquetas. This highly represents La Lola Group. Taste, quality and finesse are all present in one bite and this alone, plus a glass of Sangria is enough to make me come back.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

CHORIZO (PHP275)

I am unsure if they use the same kind of chorizo in their croquetas but I think they do. Its similar in taste and both are really delicious. Please do not skip on their croquetas or chorizo if you have plans to visit soon. I can guarantee you that it won't disappoint.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

PAELLAS

VEGETALES Solo (PHP225) To Share (PHP435)

We were served with four different kinds of paella that night and Vegetales or Vegetable Paella was everyone's favorite. The bold and fresh flavors of this paella came from its base which is a vegetable stock plus a mix of asparagus, onions, baby corns, slices of zucchini and fresh cherry tomatoes served with parsley aioli on top. I did not expect to enjoy this kind of paella and I'm sure that even those who do not like eating greens would love this.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

CARNE PAELLA Solo (PHP290) To Share (PHP550)

I love that the chicken stock that Rico Rico use is already jazzed up. If you get me blind folded and serve me this Carne Paella without the extra ingredients and just the rice cooked in chicken stock, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Rico Rico, however, is just too generous to add a meaty blend of chorizo, liempo, beef salpicao and chicken.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

PAELLA NEGRA Solo (PHP250) To Share (PHP475)

Although this type of paella is so common now in the culinary scene, it doesn't come easy on the pocket. I remembered paying PHP995 for this squid ink paella at one of the restaurants in BGC. Phew! Other than just serving good food, Rico Rico wants to give everyone the chance to sample Spanish authenticity which is why I think they decided to have this food joint settled in the middle of a food court and have their food popularly priced. Their version of Paella Negra is a definite steal. The seafood stock used was very pulsing delivering bold seafood flavors. It is served with bonito flakes and traditional aioli on top.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

MARISCO Solo (PHP320) To Share (PHP595)

The last paella we tried was Rico Rico's take on Seafood Paella. Similar to Paella Negra, they also use seafood stock as flavor base and serve it with a blend of seafood favorites such as shrimp, squid, clams topped with saffron aioli to lend a semi-sweet, bitter taste. It was very savory and the best thing about it is that it wasn't too overloaded with seafood ingredients and seafood flavors that it drowns that star of the dish, RICE. With all the Spanish restaurants under La Lola Group, I think they've mastered ratio and proportion.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

DESSERT

LECHE FLAN (PHP120)

As they say, "Start strong, End Strong". This is how I would define our dinner spread at Rico Rico. I don't know if this is how Spaniards make their Leche Flan but allow me to be a "Malansang Isda" for now. I love this take on Leche Flan compared to the ones we have here in the Philippines. I am not a sweet-tooth foodie and you must know that our Pinoy Leche Flan is super sweet and Rico Rico's version is gentle on the sweet buds. It has three layers; whipped cream on top, leche flan in the middle and caramel at the bottom.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS


Rico Rico is using a mix of ingredients, locally sourced and imported, whatever is best to ensure that the food is not only delicious but of high quality. The short grain rice they use is sent all the way from Spain which is the perfect kind of rice to use in paella dishes. It can easily absorb all the flavors and can cart a strong punch of flavors in your mouth.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS

More than just the food, it's the service that will make anyone want to visit any restaurant under La Lola Group. When I met Dani Aliaga of La Lola Group that night, I understood why all their restaurants have outstanding service. It's a custom that any restaurant or branch under La Lola Group have and this custom trickled down from the people on top driving this company.

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS
Peanut (looloo), Dani Aliaga and Chef Edgar (Rico Rico and La Lola Group)

PAELLA 101 AT RICO RICO: LOOLOO RENDEZVOOS
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Monday, February 27, 2017

BUFFALO SWING CAFE: Chicken Wings, Pizza, Pasta and More

A hole-in-the-wall is a small bar or restaurant that serves delectable yet inexpensive food. As I have mentioned in my previous posts, our country's dining scene is shifting and hole-in-the-walls are now every millennial's favorite. Sadly, not all of these places cleave to the word "inexpensive". I only know a few places that stayed true to the legal definition of hole-in-the-wall and Buffalo Swing Cafe is one of them.


Buffalo Swing Cafe is a hole-in-the-wall that is family-ran. A small and modest place enriched with few tables and chairs and some photos of their finest offerings. The ambiance is snuggled down, making anyone who steps in feel tucked up. Although the place looks innocent and unassuming, do not think too little of this place because Buffalo Swing Cafe means business and it has been established to impress any opinionated tongue. They serve delicious and affordable American dishes with chicken wings, pizza and pasta as their chief offerings in the menu.


CHICKEN WINGS

During our visit, Buffalo Swing Cafe offers seven different flavors for their chicken wings: Buffalo Swing, Butter Parmesan, American BBQ, Honey Soy Sesame, Flamin' Lemon, Salt & Pepper and Sweet & Spicy. Regardless of the flavor you pick, the prices are streamlined. Also, they are working on new flavors to be added to the lineup.

PHP145 - 5 pieces
PHP275 - 10 pieces
PHP535 - 20 pieces
PHP1045 -40 pieces

Customers have three options for the dips just for a little extra. PHP30 for 30 grams and PHP145 for half a pint.

Garlic Mayo
Bleu Cheese
Ranch

Buffalo Swing 

Buffalo Swing is the only flavor available in three levels of spice; HOT, WILD and BLAZING. We wanted to be able to enjoy the rest of the food so we settled for wild. I love that the chicken wings are crisp on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside. The level of spice was gentle and the chicken wings are lightly seasoned so you get to enjoy the real taste of chicken.


Butter Parmesan

What I like about Buffalo Swing Cafe's chicken wings is that  they do not have artificial coating and dusted with just the right amount of flavor. Their Butter Parmesan has a nice balance with the creaminess of butter and the slightly gritty texture of the parmesan. Both meld together perfectly without knocking out the natural taste of the chicken.

Salt & Pepper

Salt and Pepper are two of my favorites, the yin and yang of condiments. Both of these give a little kick to enhance the taste of the chicken. This reminds me of home because this is how my mom cooks chicken wings. I'm sure that everyone who gets to try it will immediately be transported home as salt and pepper are staples in every household. Nothing fancy here but when chicken is cooked and seasoned perfectly, it can get any palate bowled over.


Honey Soy

I was never a fan of this combination. I remembered eating steamed pork soused in Honey Soy and the taste wasn't pleasant. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it on chicken wings. I think you need to be really good with proportions when it comes to honey and soy and Buffalo Swing Cafe has the perfect measure to create the perfect Honey Soy Chicken Wings.

Salted Egg

Is salted egg yolk flavor the new matcha now? It's moving not only in restaurants but also packaged goods like chips. This new flavor is not yet on the menu. It was my first time to sample this on chicken wings and hands down! To the owners of the cafe, I know I can't keep Buffalo Swing Cafe a secret but please don't include this on the menu. (Selfish Request :D)



PIZZA

Buffalo Swing Cafe's pizza menu is quite extensive; Pepperoni, All Cheese, Four Cheese with Garlic, Garden Deluxe, Pizza Margherita, Bacon & Mushroom, Hawaiian Fiesta, Buffalo Swing Special, Ranch Buffalo, BBQ Chicken Corn, Philly Cheesesteak, Cajun Spice and Meat Overload.

The prices of their pizza range from PHP250-PHP330. They use a mix of locally sourced and imported ingredients for their food and having them priced at a bargain is a bit questionable. However, I guess that's the thing about setting up a restaurant at your home. Not having to pay rent means that you can tone down the price and still maintain quality.

Pepperoni

I like thin crust pizza if it's done well. Buffalo Swing Cafe's take on this pizza has loads of pepperoni slices and cheese with a crisp bottom. I love that it wasn't too greasy and that they don't scrimp on ingredients. This can definitely compete with today's leading pizza brands. Seriously.


Cajun Spice Pizza

If you think you've tried all the pizza flavors in the world, how about you pay Buffalo Swing Cafe a visit. Just like their Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings, this pizza is also new to my tastebuds. It's a thin crust pizza topped with shrimp, chicken, Hungarian sausages, bell peppers and onions. It's a blowout of bold flavors from the blend of meat with a hint of freshness from the onions and bell peppers. Smart and delicious combination.


Breakfast Pizza

This is not posted on the menu but is available as per request. The ingredients used will give you an image of the food you see on the able every morning. It is topped with egg, tomatoes, ham and cheese. I initially thought that the combination was a little bit kooky but as they say, do not judge the book by its cover. It was delicious and filling, like an energy booster before your daily grind.


PASTA

Buffalo Swing Cafe currently has seven pasta dishes; Hungarian Pimiento, Pesto Spaghetti, Chicken Alfredo, Bacon Tomato, Spicy Shrimp, Macaroni and Cheese and Carbonara. Prices range from PHP125 to PHP140.

Pesto Spaghetti

This is definitely one of the best pesto pasta dish I've tried. It's not soaked in oil and will leave a fresh and summery aftertaste in your mouth. The spaghetti is also cooked al dente so it's firm to the bite. I'm sure that my mom will go crazy if she gets to try this.


Hungarian Pimiento

I rarely encounter restaurants that use pimiento and mayonnaise as base for their pasta sauce. I am guessing that it's not easy to make and I think snags are never existent at Buffalo Swing Cafe. This Hungarian Pimiento pasta is almost similar in appearance to a delicious carbonara, only that it's elevated with some slices of Hungarian sausage and bell peppers.


Spicy Shrimp

Buffalo Swing Cafe is like Dexter's Laboratory. When this was served, I immediately thought of Gambas topped on pasta with red sauce. I've tried seafood dishes but not Spicy Shrimp Pasta. These combinations are crazy but they work together inside your mouth. It's delicious and the level of spice makes it more addicting.


BEVERAGES

Buffalo Swing Cafe offer Milkshakes and Floats but we tried their House Brewed Iced Tea (PHP35) and flavored Lemonades: Cucumber Lemonade (PHP35), Pink Lychee Lemonade (PHP35) and Blue Lemonade (PHP35). These drinks are a must with all the bold flavors. I suggest that you try the Cucumber Lemonade because it's refreshing.


This unassuming cafe in Caniogan, Pasig is not running a business but charity. Serving delicious and quality dishes at a popular price. What a steal!

Buffalo Swing Cafe is open from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM Monday to Saturday and from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM during Sundays. They also accept delivery for a minimum purchase of PHP500

BUFFALO SWING CAFE

#363 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, 
Barangay Caniogan, Pasig City
341-5288 or 641-2561

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

Food Exchange Manila is Novotel Manila Araneta's prime and all day dining restaurant. This culinary buffet outlet is like a salad bowl that feature different cuisines all around the globe; Chinese, Japanese, Italian and others, even Indian cooking. During the latter part of the month of February, Food Exchange Manila transforms as Novotel celebrates good will between the Philippines and Korea.

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

For years, Korea has been a huge part of the Philippines with contributions on culture, entertainment and tourism. Novotel gives back through GO GANGNAM: A K-Food Festival, highlighting a spread of delectable Korean dishes at Food Exchange Manila from February 21-27.

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

Food Exchange Manila is beamed to Korea with changes on dining set up, dishes and even music. Not only that, the restaurant also transported Chef Jong-Man Kim, all the way from Novotel Ambassador Seoul Gangnam, to take the lead on this fete as he showcase his sumptuous Korean culinary masterpieces.

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

You are in for a treat because in addition to the authentic Korean dishes during the GO GANGNAM: A K-Food Festival, Food Exchange Manila will still be featuring mouthwatering international favorites that we all love.

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA

A WEEK OF KOREAN FEAST AT NOVOTEL MANILA ARANETA


No switch-overs on the price, lunch buffet is priced at only PHP1,488 nett during Monday to Friday and PHP1,888 nett during Saturday and Sunday. For dinner, the buffet is priced at only PHP1,588 nett from Monday to Thursday and PHP1,888 nett from Friday to Sunday.

Food Exchange Manila is a paramour buffet restaurant which is why prior reservation is highly recommended. For more information and room reservations, call (02) 990 7888 or send an email to H7090-RE@accor.com.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

HOT STAR BUY 1 FREE 1 PROMO: Celebrating Three Years in the Philippines

Filipinos are used to seeing a sweeping spread of Filipino favorites during festivities and celebrations. This coming February 24 and 25, Hot Star, Taiwan's number one large fried chicken, is celebrating three years in the Philippines and is planning to join the Filipino food vogue through a BUY 1 FREE 1 promo.

HOT STAR BUY 1 FREE 1 PROMO
Photo by hotstar.com.ph

HOT STAR BUY 1 FREE 1 PROMO

Here are the promo mechanics:
  • Purchase any Large Signature Chicken or Fish Ala Carte plus 650ml PEPSI drink to get a free Large Signature Chicken or Fish Ala Carte (Original, Crispy in Salt & Pepper, Chili Pepper).
  • This promotion is valid for dine-in and take-out transactions only.
  • This promotion cannot be combined with other offers, promotions and discounts.
  • Maximum purchase of (5) Buy 1 Free 1 is allowed.
  • Maximum purchase of (5) Buy 1 Free 1 of Large Signature Chicken or Fish Ala Carte with 22oz of drink is allowed.
  • Promo duration is valid from February 24 to February, 2017 only.
  • Promo is available in all Hot Star Large Fried Chicken branches
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HOT STAR BUY 1 FREE 1 PROMO
Photo by hotstar.com.ph

TWO MORE DAYS! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ZOOPER CRUISE:A Magical Ride Along Pasig River


According to Manila Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA), a great deal of Filipinos are making use of Pasig River Ferries every day. It may not be known to many as compared to our fundamental means of transportation but there are those who choose this manner as Pasig River is enveloped by the beautiful city of Manila. 

The Philippines is home to so many sights and attractions but not everyone who visits the country, even locals, have seen the beauty of Metro Manila. Zoomanity Group aims to promote education and environmental conservation of Pasig River with its recent project that launched last August 25, 2016. The Zooper Cruise is a "zooper" unique experience of the Pasig River highlighting beautiful sections of the city.

ZOOPER CRUISE:A Magical Ride Along Pasig River
Photo: http://www.zoomanity.com.ph/

Just this February 14, 2017, 4:00 PM, Zoomanity Group serenaded travelers with love songs, sweet souvenirs, delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine and an experience they will never forget via our newest attraction "The Love Boat." For only PHP1,400 per head, the trip  was able to nurture a new perspective of beauty as participants enjoyed the magical ride and festive spread.


Zooper Cruise is a specially arranged tour in Pasig River every first Saturday of the month. Prices range from as low as PHP699 to PHP1,999. The trip will give you a chance to rediscover the beauty of Manila's historical places like Intramuros and Fort Santiago, pointing up to the World’s first and biggest China Town. The package comes along with music, snacks and drinks, photo souvenirs, plus beautiful sights to see and memories to take home. Zooper Cruise is not just intended for the eyes but an experience for all senses. 

Zoomanity Group, under Yupangco Group of Companies, is one of the country's leading companies in theme park industry. The company has over 30 years of experience with eight strongly operating local and international parks:


  • Zoobic Safari in Subic, Zambales 
  • Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga
  •  Clarkzilla in Clark, Pampanga
  •  Residence Inn in Tagaytay, Cavite
  • Paradizoo in Mendez, Cavite
  •  Zoocolate Thrills in Bohol 
  • Zootopia in Nagano, Japan
  • Animal Research and Development Park in Victoria Australia.
Zooper Cruise is the newest project under Zoomanity Foundation which is part of the company's corporate social responsibility. It's a living testimony to the company's four pillars which are Education, Entertainment, Environmental Conservation and Exhibit.


Rediscover the splendor of Manila historical landmarks.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

SM CITY MANILA #ManilennialEats: Haven for Millennials and Millennials at Heart

The approach for dining has been significantly redesigned . These days, most restaurants try their best to attract millennials that dominate a huge part of the world's population. The net generation loves to travel and spend gadgets that they can use for their travel (or I am simply talking about myself). Moreover, millennials love to eat out more often and it's statistically true. The dining habits for this generation changed a lot and we prefer to eat at fast casual restaurants that's convenient, affordable, socially connecting through social media and serves delicious food with a story.

This is why millennials love SM Malls for constantly working through the demands of this generation. SM City Manila is ringed with a huge crowd of millennials with schools and offices in close proximity. SM City Manila regenerated over the years and is the perfect place not only for shopping but also for dining with a selection of restaurants that millennials and millennials at heart will absolutely love. It has been years since my last visit to SM City Manila after I moved to Ortigas. My recent visit was a time for rediscovery and I was surprised with the restaurant choices and variety.

HOT STAR 

This is not new to me. I have loved Hot Star for years now because of their specially seasoned and uncommonly over sized chicken chops that are unquestionably delicious and easy on the pocket. I say unquestionable because it's Taiwan's No.1 chicken shop and is now stretching out in Southeast Asia and Australia. One chicken chop is good for 2 but I don't like to share especially if it's their Original Large Chicken seasoned with salt and pepper or BBQ sauce.

photo by SM City Manila


CHOOBI CHOOBI 

Choobi Choobi is a local concept from Cebu and there's no stopping this restaurant from growing. There is no reproof for their growth with their delicious seafood dishes. One of the favorites here that is sure to impress the taste buds and that will indisputably earn likes on Instagram is Stan's Black Pepper Shrimp. Not to forget, they have this Choobi Bay with shrimp, crab and corn in a plastic bucket with snowpea sprouts.


8 STREET BITES

If you're looking to enjoy American comfort food with a modern instagrammable setting, then 8 Street Bites is the restaurant for you. The place screams modern, young and has a bright and vibrant environment. They serve Freeway Nachos which is the perfect dish to start. The size is good to share and cheesy. Also, another must try is their Country Fried Chicken. Moist chicken tenders that you can pair with either fries or rice.



BUFFALO WINGS N' THINGS

The restaurant setting have earmarks of an after-game place where athletes hang out to celebrate victory or to feel resurrected after a defeat with the help of their notable chicken wings. You can choose between their signature chicken wings or hand-battered chicken tenders tossed in their signature and authentic sauces. I love the Garlic Parmesan and NY Finest because it goes well with their NY Dirty Rice. If my memory serves me well, I think they have about 15 sauces of different spice level. If your tolerance is high, go for their Ultimate Wingsanity.



BIG DADDY'S

It's always great to reward yourself with a delicious steak after an outstretched day in the office. Big Daddy's will be a great choice for that redemption. The choices here are extensive and apart from steak, Seafood Penne is definite must try. I love the nicely seasoned pasta with its delicious sauce. The seafood sitting on top looked very attractive and fresh. If you have an appetite as huge as Big Daddy, then you don't have any reason to skip the shrimp bucket and pork ribs.


MAD FOR PIZZA

Is there a scientific reason why everyone loves pizza or can anyone tell me why a lot of people are still hooked to the 80's? If you combine these two favorites, you get Mad for Pizza. I enjoyed the place because of their delicious offerings, especially pizza, and the old school vibe with a scent of modern. You can either choose among 8 different pizza flavors or make your own if you feel creative. Another thing that shouldn't be missed is the Danggit Pasta. It will surely stir interest from your followers and earn likes.



RAMEN COOL

Ramen landed a spot in 2015 Top Food Trends in the Philippines. It's already 2017 but people are still getting crazy about this Japanese noodle dish. If you're still on a hunt and scouting Metro Manila for ramen, don't miss Ramen Cool. The place is beautiful with an interior set to transport its customers to Japan. Try their RCool Ramen for a unique take on miso and shoyu ramen and have some salmon on the side.


RED TABLE

Letting off Filipino food, Korean cuisine is my next favorite. I love the spice and the basic seasoning that they use from bean paste, garlic, ginger to soy sauce, or a combination. However, there's one dish that can never be dismissed from my mind and it's Samgyeopsal. Korean cuisine does not come cheap but at Red Table, there's no holding back with delicious dishes at a modest price. Overindulge, just like what I did. Thanks to their kimchi.


TERESITA'S OF SAN FERNANDO

Have you ever craved for Kare-Kare but you can't give in to your hankering since you can't finish one huge bowl for yourself. That's the problem with Filipino restaurants. Most of the dishes are good for sharing but not here. You can have delicious home-cooked Filipino food prepared value-meal style. A satisfying meal wouldn't be complete without desserts. So before you wind up, treat yourself with Teresita's version of Halo-Halo.



TOKYO JOE

Japanese food is one of the most favored cuisines in the world. Anyone would want Katsudon or a California Maki Roll at any time of the day. If you're a foodie who just can't unload your craving for Japanese food, Tokyo Joe is the answer. They have a full house of delightful choices but if you can't decide on any, Tokyo Joe also offers Teishoku Set Meals.


THE WICKED WAFFLE

There's always room for dessert. If you feel drooping and empty after shopping at SM City Manila, it would be nice to reward yourself with toothsome desserts. The Wicked Waffle's Chunkee Monkey will never disappoint with bananas, whipped cream, granola crunch and caramel fudge on top of vanilla ice cream. This luscious treat will absolutely get you revived. Sweets are not the only treats served here, they also have some savory dishes that you can best enjoy with friends and colleagues after a hard day's work.



So it's true then, "here at SM, we got it all for you". Hehe!

SM City Manila is surely a destination for every generation. A good deal of delicious destinations will not disappoint as there will always be something to satisfy your craving at any given time of the day. Get ready because likes and shares are about to drizzle in - "Take your pick and take a pic".

Thank you SM City Manila and Jules Veloso.

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