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Bacon & Ribs Madness at Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse

October 16, 2017

I received another looloo invite from Peanut. This time, it was held in U.P. Town Center and the restaurant we went to is no other than Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse.

To be honest, it was my first time to hear about Fat Daddy’s. So before I went to the eatup, I made sure to know what their specialty is. Apparently, they specialize on bacon and ribs which I love. I had high expectations for this restaurant because I kept on seeing positive reviews and I’m a fan of bacon and ribs.

F A T  D A D D Y ‘ S  E X P E R I E N C E

There were a few looloo reviewers with Josh (the owner) alongside them. They were starting to eat this big tray of Jera’s Ultimate Pork and Bacon Nachos, Hot Pork Poppers and Buttermilk Fried Livers. The nachos was served in whole size that costs around 600php, poppers costs around 175php and the buttermilk livers costs 185php. The nachos serving is huge that even 10-15 foodies won’t be able to finish it. But you don’t have to worry about the size because you can order it in half which costs around 330php. What I love about their nachos is that it is different from other nachos. The different flavors they added complemented my palate.

When I started to have a taste of the Poppers, I thought I was eating chicken skin. Apparently, it’s liempo strips and it goes well with the piedmont sauce. Last but not the least was the Buttermilk Fried Livers. I am not a fan of liver but I gotta tell ya, it is worth ordering! Upon first bite, I didn’t realize that I was eating liver already. There are just times that you get to taste liver but it’s not that strong.

Once appetizers were done, the main dishes started to arrive. This includes the Smoked Meat Platter, Mac and Cheese, Hot Mess (170php), Pulled Pork Tacos (230php), Triple Death Burger (440php), Big Bird Burger (275php), Smoked Salmon w/ Salsa Verde, Corn Dogs w/ Chips (240php).

The Smoked Meat Platter (2400php) is one of my favorites. It consists of smoked hot links, pulled pork shoulder, beef brisket, chicken bbq, and porked ribs. It comes with side dishes like chiquito’s grilled corn, bacon and chives muffin, sesame coleslaw and 4 plain rice. But among all the meat that was served, I would have to go for their ribs because the meat was tender and you won’t get tired from eating it.

My 2nd favorite main dish would have to be the Mac and Cheese (170php). I’m a fan of cheese and this made me get a lot of servings. This is perfect for a cool and rainy weather. Aside from the normal mac and cheese, it also has melted mozzarella cheese, bbq sauce and bacon.

My 3rd favorite would have to be their Smoked Salmon w/ Salsa Verde (540php). I am a fan of salmon – be it raw or cooked or smoked. Along with the main dishes came the milkshakes. The Smokey Maple Bacon Milkshake (195php) and the Caramel Popcorn Milkshake (195php) were the ones that was served to us.

I had to contain myself because dessert was on the way! Peach Cobbler (250php), Caramel Drizzled Banana Pudding (170php) and Bacon S’mores Dips (250php) were the desserts served to us. Among the 3, I would have to go for their Banana Pudding. I love anything that has banana and it was so addicting!

I had to know more about Fat Daddy’s and good thing I was able to talk to Josh, the owner of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse. Josh and his other siblings apparently own Fat Daddy’s. They’ve been in the food industry (catering business) for so long that they decided to open a restaurant in Marikina. They import US meat instead of local for that quality performance customers look for. They wanted to name their restaurant Fat Brother’s. Apparently, a computer shop got the name already so they just decided to go with Fat Daddy’s. The nice thing with Fat Daddy’s is that they do their ingredients by scratch.

If you are looking for quality ribs and bacon, I would totally recommend Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse. If you get to meet Josh, don’t hesitate to talk to him. He’s very friendly and he will surely answer all of your questions about his restaurant.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: Ground Floor, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman Quezon City

Contact No: 7174482

Facebook: Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse

Instagram: @fatdaddyssmokehouse

 

*Sponsored by Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Food

Gabe’s Home Grown Kitchen : Home Cooked Dishes From Malabon

September 27, 2017

With the rainy weather right now, home cooked meals are much better than fast food. There’s something about home cooked meals that is comforting & soothing. No matter how much you eat, you wouldn’t mind because it makes you happy.

When I started to become active in looloo again, opportunities opened up to me. I was invited by Sir Dan to try out their restaurant, Gabe’s Home Grown Kitchen. As I received this email, I said yes in a heartbeat.

G A B E ‘ S  H G K  E X P E R I E N C E

Gabe’s Homegrown Kitchen is located at Katipunan Extension, after Hoy Panga & Nathaniels. It’s on the 2nd floor of the YDG Building. If you are driving, I suggest you slow down since this is quite hard to find.

As we entered the place, there’s a feeling of how simple & homey it is. There are games available for kids and kids at heart. There’s a wall where you get to post post-it notes for other customers to read your experience. Dan runs the business, the wife cooks & the name of the restaurant is actually their first born’s name. Now on its 3rd year, they are here to bring us Malabon dishes since Dan’s wife originally came from Malabon.

First up are Pinoy Cheese Sticks (80php), Kwek-Kwek (90php), Fish Balls (50php) and Squid Balls (60php). My favorite would have to be the Pinoy Cheese Sticks. I enjoyed eating the cheddar cheese inside the wrap. With or without sauce, it still tasted great.

Next came the main meals. First came the Lengua (280php) which consists of beef’s tongue, sauce and mushrooms. I love how tender the beef’s tongue is & how creamy their sauce is. The mushroom came in a good addition as well.

The Kare-Kare (250php) has a generous serving of beef tripes (commonly known as tuwalya) and vegetables in thick peanut sauce.

The Baked Ribs (190php) is one of my favorites. I love how easy it was for me to slice through the ribs without using a knife. With or without the sauce, it still tasted great.

The Tinumis (90php) is Malabon’s version of dinuguan. I would have to say that this dish is quite alright. Maybe I just got used to the usual dinuguan.

The Laing with Dilis (90php) was so-so for me. They did a twist in which they placed dilis. Maybe I’m just not used to the fact that there’s dilis in it.

The Crunchy Pork Sisig ni Gabe (185php) is the ultimate bestseller. To make their sisig more delicious, they added mayonnaise and special sauce. Their sisig can be at par with Manam.

The Horseylog (115php) is part of the all day breakfast. I read reviews that their horseylog is a must try. This was my first time to taste horse & it is truly for the brave at heart. As a foodie, you have to be willing to try different kinds of dishes no matter how weird it can be. Upon first bite, I can say that it is worth ordering. The taste is like beef tapsilog but better. I ain’t joking, you guys!

Valencia ala Malabon (80php) was our dessert to cap off the night. This is a levelled-up turon with saba, ube, monggo and langka. Just add 25php, you can get their ala mode which has ice cream on it.

With all the food that was served to us, they offered their freshly squeezed lemonade (65php). It was just right – not too sweet nor too sour.

During our dine-in, too bad I was not able to meet Sir Dan. But it’s okay because his staffs were attentive. They made sure that we were served properly. Hats off to them! Through this experience, I am definitely going back to try their other dishes & order another sisig with beer!

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: Second Floor, 219 Katipunan Avenue, YDG Building, Blue Ridge, Quezon City

Contact No: 439-2093 (they deliver food as well)

Facebook: Gabe’s Home Grown Kitchen

Instagram: @gabeshgd

* Sponsored by Gabe’s Home Grown Kitchen. All thoughts & opinion are mine.

 

Gabe's Home Grown Dishes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food

A 2nd Time Around in Jamie’s Steak Room

September 26, 2017

To go to a restaurant is just like being in a relationship. There are good and bad relationships. If it’s a bad kind of relationship, you have the option not to go back to the person or give him/her another chance. When it comes to restaurants, you also have the option not to go back or give it another chance. Prior to my first blog post, I decided to give Jamie’s Steak Room another chance. We might not know that there could have been improvements from last time. And because I decided to give Jamie’s Steak Room another chance, I had the pleasure to meet the owner, Ms. Arlene Tong.

#FoodisLayf ika nga so the very first thing we did as we arrived at the restaurant was to order our dishes. Here are the following dishes we ordered:

  • The Clamchowder
  • Salad
  • Porterhouse 

Both my dad and I ordered the clamchowder as our appetizer. I wanted to taste their clamchowder because aside from the fact that my it’s my dad’s favorite appetizer, he also told me last time that Jamie’s clamchowder is really good. Lo and behold, it was really yummy! I love the fact that the soup’s creaminess is just right. Jamie’s clamchowder can be at par with S&R.

For their salad, I wasn’t able to try because I was waiting for my main dish. According to my dad, their salad is good but he noticed that the vegetables were not fresh anymore. It could have been better if it was fresh to make it look presentable. What I actually like with what Ms. Arlene did is that if it’s your first time to eat in their restaurant, you’ll actually get a free salad from them. This kind of getup is actually new so they consider all their customers (be it a regular customer) as a new customer.

For my main dish, I ordered the Porterhouse again. The very first time we ate in Jamie’s, I also ordered this dish and I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. So, this time, I wanted to see if there would be a difference despite being it a local meat. When you actually talk about local meat, it’s actually unpredictable if the meat will turn out to be too tough or not. Because of this, I decided to make my steak medium. This time, it was much better. The glide of the knife wasn’t that perfect but it can pass my standards already. For their mashed potato, it could have been better if it was creamier. As with the sauce, there was a strong pungent smell. I didn’t bother using it.

Dad ordered the Sirloin Steak. He found it to be quite right as well. Instead of mashed potatoes, he got plain rice. His sauce also had this pungent smell which makes this his only problem with his order.

This time, I would rate Jamie’s Steak Room a 4/5. Ms. Arlene was able to take note of the things she had to improve for her restaurant. Aside from the meals we had, we had a good conversation with Ms. Arlene that will never be forgotten. Because of my blog & the suggestions we gave, she decided to give us a complimentary dessert.

If you are looking for quality steak, Jamie’s Steak Room is the place to go. When I go back to Iloilo, for sure I am going back & will definitely try their U.S. meat. Their U.S. meat is quite pricey but I believe it will be worth it.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: SM City Iloilo South Point, Iloilo City, Philippines

Contact No: 0929 496 2280

Facebook: Jamie’s Steak Room

Instagram: @jamiessteakroom

 

 

Food

The Common Table at Salcedo: My First looloo Rendezvoos

September 25, 2017

Last September 12, I decided to post some content in my looloo account. If you don’t know what looloo is, it’s an application where you can make reviews about restaurants & other places you’ve been to. It’s proudly made in the Philippines & you can find a good community there.

Making reviews especially on good food gives me the satisfaction & the drive to share my experiences to other people. I would want them to experience these as well. I’ve heard about these looloo rendezvoos because I have friends who have attended to one before. A looloo rendezvoos is a meet and greet of looloo reviewers  & staff in a certain place.

That day, I wasn’t expecting anything since I was not active for a long time. Out of the blue, I received an email from Peanut Dela Cruz, inviting me to a looloo rendezvoos in The Common Table at Salcedo. I have been part of the looloo community for 5 years & it is only now that I got invited to a looloo event. I have always been curious what actually happens in a looloo rendezvoos & this is my chance to meet the different reviewers I get to interact with. In a heartbeat, I said yes!

On September 20 (during a Wednesday night), off I went to Makati. Traffic was terrible as usual but I still managed to attend the said event even though I was late. I wanted to back out because of the traffic but I told myself to be patient & I said yes already.

C O M M O N  T A B L E  E X P E R I E N C E

The Common Table is beside The Fraser Place Condominium, located at the 2nd floor. It’s along Valero St. but to stay on the safe side, Waze will be your best friend for this trip. The owner, Chef Ian Padilla based his dishes on his travels. He would consistently tell us that his dishes are not fusion.

As I entered the vicinity, the concept of the restaurant is on a gastropub type. They focused on wood & metals as part of their design. You will get to see stacks of alcohol aligned as part of their restaurant’s design. Their bar area is perfect for chill drinking. When you decide to take a drink in this restaurant, don’t forget to talk to Billy, their mixologist. He can whip you up with a good drink that will be unforgettable.

Since I was late, I wasn’t able to try their welcoming drinks. I asked Billy what drink he can actually make me. He made me the Salcedo Sunset. This drink is one of his first creations. It’s gin based mixed with fresh lemon juice, strawberry & cucumber. He uses a strainer to pour the drink on the glass & puts garnish to top it off. This drink is juicy and refreshing which will make you want to order another glass.

The Pull Apart Battard Bread (450php) consists of the Battard Bread with roasted garlic butter, aged cheddar, mozzarella & rosemary. I found this to be just right. Or maybe I didn’t thoroughly eat it when the nachos came. Hehehe

The Common Table Nachos (450php) consists of nachos with house chorizo, 5 cheeses, garlic cream, tomato salsa & jalapeno. I’m a cheese lover & when Chef Ian told us that it consists of 5 cheeses, I was  ecstatic! Just make sure to eat it while it’s still hot so that you can appreciate the 5 cheeses & chorizo.

The Roasted Bone Marrow (470php) comes with toast, oxtail jam and red onion parsley salad. The bone marrow tastes better when you put the oxtail jam. Don’t eat too much of this since you can get high blood easily hehe. Also, eat it while it’s still hot because it’s going to get very oily.

The Patatas Bravas (350php) is a spanish dish that consists of onions, garlic, tomatoes, sugar, paprika and potatoes. The way of cooking is done the original way but the chef added chorizo & running egg. There’s a spice to it because of the chorizo & it complemented the dish perfectly.

The Wagyu Salpicao (420php) consists of a lot of flavors in it. It’s chewy which I totally loved and enjoyed. This is perfect with plain rice & beer.

The Sisig Fried Rice (310php) has pork, egg, chicharon & running egg. I’m a sisig lover & this dish is worth ordering. Be wary that there’s a bit of spice in this dish.

The Salmon Aburri (390php) consists of salmon with japanese rice and aburri sauce. It was just right for me. This dish has got to be my least favorite. The salmon was thinly sliced and there was little serving. 

The Warm Chocolate Truffle Fondant (310php) was perfect to cap off the night. It was chocolatey, moist and perfect with the caramelized flavor. This would make you want to order again.

F I N A L  T H O U G H T S

Among all the dishes that was served to us, my Top 2 favorite would have to be Common Table Nachos & Wagyu Salpicao. Seeing these pictures makes me crave for them. I can’t wait to go back to Common Table to taste their other dishes.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: 2nd Floor, Forbes Tower, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati

Telephone No: 5410185

Instagram: @commontablesalcedo

Facebook: CommonTableSalcedo

*This event’s sponsored by Common Table. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Food

Tamagoya! Noodle House: Ramen Cravings Satisfied

September 14, 2017

It is everyone’s dream to go to Japan and savor Japanese cuisine. Maybe it is due to their way of cooking and how they prepare their dishes. Also, to love Japanese food is through understanding their way of life. Since I love and appreciate Japanese cuisine, it is a MUST for me to discover Japanese restaurants in the Metro and I try to look for a restaurant that can be at par with the restaurants in Japan.

Last Sunday (September 10, 2017), my dad brought us to Tamagoya! Noodle House. This hidden Japanese restaurant is located at lower Antipolo. In order for you to get here, you can trust Waze to give you directions for this place. For you to fully understand how the restaurant came to be, allow me to share a brief history.

4 years ago, the owners of the building decided to turn it into a restaurant which is now known as Tamagoya! Noodle House. Tamago in Japanese means “Egg House”. Their main ingredient to create their dishes all comes from egg. Even their noodles comes from eggs and they do their noodles by scratch.

Upon arriving at the restaurant, I couldn’t keep my composure. First of all, I have been craving ramen for like FOREVER and I was finally going to have my ramen fix. Second, it was a new discovery which I thought only a few knew of this. Third, my dad went here already and he told me how yummy their gyoza and ramen was. So, it was high time for us to order!

E X P E R I E N C E

The following were the dishes we ordered:

  • Mabo and Gomoku-Nanban Ramen
  • Ebi Katsudon
  • Ebi Fry
  • Yaki Gyoza: They have two options which consists of chicken and pork
  • Vegetable Salad

The Gomoku-Nanban Ramen (which I ordered) consists of noodles with hot & spicy mixed vegetables & seafood whereas the Mabo (which my dad ordered) consists of noodles with chili miso-based soup topped with stir-fried tofu and ground pork. I decided to order the Gomoku-Nanban Ramen because as per the staff, this dish is one of their bestsellers when it comes to spicy ramen. A lot of people actually do not know that I appreciate spicy food. I just don’t order any spicy dishes because I want to be able to savor the moment while eating.

In all honesty, I really enjoyed my dish. I was expecting it to be really spicy (yung tipo mapapainom ako ng madaming tubig HAHAHAHA). I could definitely say that it was a mild spicy level. The soup has this rich flavor which makes it different from other ramen joints. With their noodles, it was thick and tasty which is evident that one of their ingredients used is egg. For its size, it is worth it! If other ramen joints would cost around 300-400php, Tamagoya’s ramens are half the price. If you are not a heavy eater, you can definitely share your dish. Since I am the type of person who enjoys eating, it is a MUST for me to have one bowl for myself.

For the Yaki Gyoza as appetizer, we ordered both the chicken and pork. The chicken and pork gyoza were cooked well. The gyozas are also served with tasty sauce. Even though you don’t put any sauce on your gyoza, it will still taste great.

The Ebi Katsudon is the best I have ever tasted. In other Japanese restaurants, the Katsudon tends to have this umay factor. In Tamagoya, the dish was tasty & it wasn’t that oily. Upon first bite, I could definitely say that this will be my favorite katsudon.

For the others, I had to ask my mom and dad. My mom ordered the Vegetable Salad & Ebi Fry. My mom found both dishes yummy. What brought flavor to the salad is their sauce. For dad’s order, he also found the soup with rich flavor.

When it comes to the interior of the restaurant, I observed that the design they followed is how a typical Japanese restaurant would look like in Japan. The staffs were courteous and would bow as a sign of respect. They don’t recommend customers to give out tips. It’s their pleasure to satisfy their customers. Before you leave the restaurant, you will have to pay at the cashier that is located near the exit.

Overall, we had a pleasurable meal in Tamagoya. I recommend this restaurant for everyone to try even though it is quite far. I tell you, it is worth the drive & commute. 🙂

 

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

ADDRESS: 2 V.V. Soliven Ave., Mayamot, Antipolo City

Telephone No: 861-8631 / 681-4804

Opening Hours: 11am-2pm / 5-9pm

 
Tamagoya Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

USA

Museum Finds : Museum of Modern Art

September 7, 2017

In one of my classes back in college, we would get to talk about different kinds of artworks. From classical to modern artworks, these caught my attention. As we get to discuss more about these different artworks in class, the Museum of Modern Art would constantly be shown in discussions. I told myself that I should definitely visit this museum when I get the chance to go back to New York. Lo and behold, mom and I were able to go back to New York. Among all the museums I had to see in New York, I made sure that Museum of Modern Art will be the very first museum I should visit.

Museum of Modern Artknown as MoMA, is an art museum located at Midtown Manhattan of New York City. Different kinds of modern and contemporary artwork can be found in this museum. There are 2 locations for this museum but I was only able to go to one since we lacked time.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

  • Address: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Open from 10:30am til 5:30pm, 7 days/week
  • Ticket Adult Price: $25, Seniors: $18, Students: $14
  • 16 yrs. old and below are considered free entrance

H E L P F U L  T I P S

  • If you love going to museums, I highly suggest that you only visit one museum in a day! You’ll get burned out and overwhelmed from seeing too much.
  • I suggest that you start early for this museum. It’s a big museum so you’ll be seeing a lot of artworks. The line to buy tickets also tends to get long.
  • Since time was of an essence, we had no choice but to hurry up. We were only able to stay in the museum around 2-3 hours. So I highly suggest that you take your time when visiting museums.
  • There are audio guides if you want to know the story behind these artworks.

From Andy Warhol’s “Campbell” artwork to Van Gogh’s “Starry Starry Night”, these artworks made a different impact on how I was able to view art. Without further ado, allow me to share the different artworks found in MoMA.

Andy Warhol – Campbell Artwork

Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe 

Vincent Van Gogh – Starry Starry Night

Travel

Top 10 Attractions of The Lake City- Udaipur

August 8, 2017

I have always been curious to visit India. India has this certain vibe that makes you want to explore and understand their culture more. Himanshu of Pearls India Tour is here to bring us to The Lake City – Udaipur and to make us fall in love with their country.

T O P 10 A T T R A C T I O N S

Historically speaking, Udaipur is one of the richest sites in India. Named after the Rajput ruler, Maharana Udai Singh, Udaipur used to be the capital of the Sisodia clan of the Rajputs (“Son of a King”). Udaipur is located in the western state of Rajasthan in India, and is the administrative headquarters of the Udaipur district. It is about 403 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Udaipur has also been nicknamed the “Venice of the East” owing to its many lakes and majestic palaces from the ruling era of the Rajputs. Due to its picturesque look and prosperous air, made even more prominent by the impressive structures, Udaipur has been the site of many Indian as well as international productions. If you are planning your first expedition to India, in particular western India, be sure to visit the “City of Lakes” as Udaipur is endearingly called, with ample time on your hands. Short tours are also possible with a good understanding of the plethora of sights well beforehand.

You’ll be smitten with this imperial consignment from the past and will end up feeling like royalty yourself! We bring you the top 10 most sought after destinations of this regal city.

  1. Bagore Ki Haveli 

    Bagore Ki Haveli is the perfect time machine for the history lovers and will take you through a magical walk in the royal past of the kings from eons ago. The enchanting mansion was built in late 18th century, between 1751- 1778, by the Prime Minister of Mewar, Shri Amarchand Badwa. Located on the scenic bank of the Pichola Lake at Gangauri Ghat, it brings to light many windows that show us glimpses of the rulers in the era of their primes. The interior is beautifully furnished with various artifacts of the Haveli itself, as well as modern art. Two peacock glassworks are among the most popular adornments in it. Items used in the heyday of nobility such as floor coverings, costumes, paintings, hookahs, low tables, traditional arts and crafts with other everyday household objects are displayed, in addition to some of the rooms having been converted to imitate living conditions of the royal era. A puppet gallery can also be viewed, with the turban collection, which houses the world’s largest turban. The Haveli is open all days of the week (10 am to 7 pm) with a puppet show and a folk-dance performance in the evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm. With 138 rooms, corridors, balconies and courtyards there is a whole world to explore in the royal quarters, dressing rooms, living rooms and many other alcoves from the stately times.

  2. City Palace

    City Palace is a stunning complex of many palaces which have been standing for hundreds of years and they hold innumerable stories from the legendary days of the Rajput rulers. An astounding conglomeration of different palaces, City Palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture which were built across an impressive duration of more than 400 years. This was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh of the Sisodiya clan. The balconies of these palaces bestow a panoramic view of the Jag Mandir on one side with the city of Udaipur on the other. Gardens, courtyards, corridors, terraces and intricately decorated mosaics of the interiors await you as you enter through the Tripolia- a three-arched doorway, built in 1725. City Palace also houses the world’s largest collection of crystals; additionally, two palace hotels and the City Palace Museum are also located within the palace complex. Make sure you attend the hour-long Mewar Sound and Light show at the complex. It is in the list of things to do in Udaipur. City Palace has been the location of many movie productions too. You can visit it daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

  3. Lake Palace (Formerly, “Jag Niwas”)

    The ultimate luxurious quixotic getaway for all your romantic wishes, the Lake Palace will impress you and leave a lasting imprint on your mind.

    Renowned as one of the most romantic hotels in India and the whole world, the Lake Palace is located on the Jag Niwas Island in Lake Pichola. The most gripping attraction of Udaipur, Lake Palace has 83 rooms which are exquisitely adorned, with the upper room built in a perfect circle. The floor is assembled of black and white marbles while the walls are lavishly decorated with different colored stones. The beauty of this palace is further emphasized by the Aravalli Hills and the city itself in the milieu of the sight. Concept of the palace is like that of Jal Mahal Palace in Jaipur, a must-visit.

  4. Lake Pichola

    A watery wonderland of endless sights and beauty, Lake Pichola will take you on imaginative journeys as you take a tour of the lake. Lake Pichola, along with Fateh Sagar Lake to which it is connected by a channel, make up the largest of the man-made lakes in Udaipur. Lake Pichola is the domicile of four islands, the “Jag Niwas” island on which the Lake Palace is built, the Jag Mandir which houses a palace of the same name, the Mohan Mandir and the Arsi Vilas. You can indulge in the charming views of the Lake Palace as well as the City Palace complex with a beautiful view of the havelis and the Ghats that line the lake by taking boat rides on the lake. Boats can be boarded from the Rameshwar Ghat (from City Palace gardens) and Lal Ghat (which includes stopping at Jag Mandir) with reasonable fares.

  5. Shilpgram

    The rustic yet charming nook of rural Rajasthan is beautifully re-created in this expansive location with lots to see and buy!

    Translated as “Village of Craftsmen”, Shilpgram is best described as a living museum of Rajasthani lifestyle, costumes, crafts and villages. About 3 km away from Udaipur, this was established in 1986. Countryside style of living comes to life in this life-size representation of not just Rajasthani culture but also of the neighboring states. Admire the authentic architecture and spend delightful hours of shopping traditional craft items and wares. Folk dances are also performed here. It is a sprawling complex of 55 acres that is packed with revelry during the Shilpgram Arts and Crafts Fair, or the Shilpgram Utsav (celebration) held in late December. It is open from 11 am to 7 pm.

  6. Saheliyon-ki-Bari

    Be it lovebirds of the introspective traveler, Saheliyon-Ki-Bari is just the thing where you can get some serene privacy and sit in nature’s copious lap of graceful beauty.

    This “Garden of The Maids” was fabricated by Maharana Bhopal Singh for the 48 lasses who had been a part of the dowry of a princess, and had escorted her to Udaipur. This garden is an idyllic setting for romance and love and had been portrayed in many Indian movies. The fountains, marble artifacts and sculptures and pools make for a relaxing and tranquil experience. It is open every day during the week from 8 am to 7 pm and a small nominal entry fee is needed to be paid for accessing this soothing nook of Udaipur.

  7. Udaipur Ropeway, or, “Karni Mata Ropeway”

    Exciting, yet mesmerizing, the Udaipur ropeway offers an incredible view of the lakes and islands with palaces and other structures.

    The famous Karni Mata Ropeway features short one way trip on a ropeway in red cable cars in between Deen Dayal Park (Dudh Talai) to the Karni Mata Temple. Being a popular tourist appealer, the queues can be extensive at times. Once you dismount from the cable cars, you can catch a stunning yet leisurely view of the sunset from a viewing platform.

  8. Jagdish Temple

    A touching and fortifying boost awaits you in this hypnotizing place of worship. The Jagdish Temple is one of the most impressive beacons of Udaipur that simply cannot be missed. With its striking white structure and rich embellishments of elaborate carvings immersed in a fusion of Indian and Aryan architecture, it is a hard-to- miss milestone. Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh, it is located in the City Palace complex, near its entrance. The most revered deity is a black idol carved from a single slab of stone, representing Lord Jagannath, one of the many manifestations of Lord Vishnu. It is open daily from 5 am to 2 pm, and from 4 pm to 10:30 pm. The “aarti” (ceremonial worship) held every morning and evening is reminiscence-inducing and leaves you feeling touched and uplifted.

  9. Vintage Collection of Cars Museum

    The ultimate destination for the lover of olden ages and mechanical buffs, this museum has a splendid compilation of old cars in functioning states.

    For the car aficionado, this is a must-see. Classic cars borne from the era of sophisticated and lavish routines continue to rumble and run in this car museum. This archetypal anthology of four-wheelers from the day’s bygone belong to the current Maharaja and all preceding royal lineages. With all the automobiles in working condition, you can not only admire them, but also be awed by the living, reverberating machines which have seen and moved through many pages of history. It is open from 9 am to 8 pm, all days of the week.

  10. Pratap Smarak

    To honor one of the greatest and most loved warriors of ancient India, this memorial boasts of a remarkable full-sized statue of Maharana Pratap riding on his beloved horse, Chetak. The Pratap Smarak is a memorial dedicated to the famous warrior and ruler, Maharana Pratap and his loyal steed, Chetak. This is life-sized bronze statue of the Maharana on his favorite horse is evocative and alluring to the history buffs as Chetak was known to be faithful and very protecting of his master. Before he died of his wounds in the battle of Haldighati, this heroic steed whisked away the Maharana away from the perilous milieu of the raging conflict. Located atop Moti Margi (Pearl Hill), this is a reverential site to pay homage to the warrior and his devoted companion. For the photographer, this location is bountiful with scenic views and magnificent angles.

    Much More to Behold

    The City of Lakes has much more in store than you can possibly fit into one single journey. Do make sure to also visit the Sajjangarh Palace, the Ek Ling Nath Ji Temple, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, Dudh Talai, Pratap Museum and Ahar Museum.

    Author’s Bio:

    Smitten by the lavish views of Udaipur, Himanshu yearns to share his trips and travels to other breathtaking locations in India and share them with the world through PearlsIndiaTour.

USA

New York Travel Diary

August 7, 2017

Last June 26, my mom and I officially left for the United States of America! The main reason why we had to go to the States was for my grandma. It’s her first time to experience an international flight and we wanted her to enjoy. So, to officially start this USA journey, we started off with New York City (making this trip my 2nd time)

New York City – a place where there’s something new you can do every day. From Staten Island til the Bronx, you surely will not run out of interesting things to do and experience in New York.

Here are a few things you should remember when visiting New York:

  • New York is a walkable city but if you need to go from one place to another, you can always take the subway or taxi.
  • Study the subway and the map of New York. These will be your lifesavers when you  navigate around New York.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you’ll be walking a lot.

A T T R A C T I O N S

  • Times Square 

You haven’t been to New York if you haven’t experienced Times Square. New York Times Square is a major tourist hub. Giant billboards and bright lights. Costumed characters and people playing instruments. Broadway shows, a lot of tourists and crazy traffic.

  • Museum of Modern Art

Known as MoMA, it’s a museum that showcases different kinds of artworks done by famous artists. Famous artists like Andy Warhol and Van Gogh can be found here. Be wary though, it’s a big museum so expect to have your stay in the museum around 2-3 hours. There is also an entrance fee which will cost around $25. It’s expensive but it will be worth it – that is if you are really interested of museums and artworks.

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This is a famous Catholic Church found at the heart of New York City. What makes this cathedral interesting is its architectural design. The Cathedral is made out of brick but overlaid in marble. Once you enter the Cathedral, you can feel at peace and being one with Christ.

  • Broadway Shows

If you love watching Broadway shows, then it’s a MUST for you to experience watching one in New York. Fortunately, I was able to watch Anastasia. If you get lucky, you get the chance to meet the casts of the certain play you would want to watch. Since I watched Anastasia, I was able to meet Derek Klena (who plays as Dmitri), John Bolton (as Vlad) and Christy Altomare (as Anastasia).

F O O D

Finally, there is this fast food chain that I believe beats McDonalds. It is no other than Shake Shack. Everywhere we went to in New York, you can actually see Shake Shack. When I get the chance to go back to New York, will definitely try their shakes this time!

Umami is a Japanese term that stands for “deliciousness”. They stand true to their word. With every bite I took, I felt like I was in heaven. You can actually taste how juicy their beef was cooked. The size of the burger was just right and worth your money.

Cafe Lalo is a small cafe located at the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They serve mouthwatering pastries that makes me want to go back. We got Strawberry Tart & Carrot Cake. When eating desserts, I tend to share with someone since I can’t really finish it. Lo and behold, I was able to finish the Strawberry Tart by myself. That’s how yummy it was!

Fun Fact: Cafe Lalo appeared in the 1988 movie, You’ve Got Mail.

  • Bibble & Sip

Bibble & Sip is a 3rd wave & hole in a wall coffee shop. I am glad I was able to try this coffee shop. I went to this place twice within a week! They have cute interiors that made me want to stay longer. Sadly, limited seats were available.

O T H E R  A T T R A C T I O N S

Since it’s my 2nd time to go to New York, we didn’t bother going back to the other attractions in New York (Grand Central Terminal & Central Park specifically). At the same time, I still have to go back for the 3rd time because we were not able to go to other attractions when we were there.

  • Statue of Liberty

  • The Oculus

  • Brooklyn Bridge

Care to share other attractions I should go to when I get the chance to go back to New York?

Personal

Life Lately 11: Another Travel Hiatus

July 28, 2017

Hey there! It’s been a month since I last blogged. Here are the following things you may need to know as to why I haven’t been blogging lately:

  1. I just arrived Manila! From June-July, I had my vacation in the USA. Specifically New York, New Hampshire, Chicago, Michigan and Washington D.C.
  2. The main reason why I was able to have my vacation there was all for my grandma. It’s her first time to officially travel outside of the country. We wanted her to enjoy and visit some of her relatives.
  3. I would LOVE to go back to New York. We only stayed for a week and it is still not enough. There are other museums and restaurants I would love to try when I get the chance to go back.
  4. It was our first time to go to Washington D.C. What I felt in New York is how I also felt for Washington D.C. There are other museums I have yet to check out.
  5. This trip, I would have to say, was very tiring. We went to a lot of different states through land and plane. But that’s what makes this adventure very interesting. You are always on the move and waiting for something amazing to happen.

How has your life been lately? Please do share! 

Events

Makati Street Meet 2017

June 15, 2017

Makati Street Meet is an event that was established since 2016. This became to be an avenue to discover new food and entertainment every Sunday.

Pound of Fun: Road To Fitness

Last May 28, the theme for this Makati Street Meet was all about fitness. As someone who enjoys working out during their spare time, I knew this would be a great event. Guests had the opportunity to participate with exercises like Zumba, Retro Fitness, Night Street Jam.

The main exercise for this event was Pound. It was my first time to hear about this exercise. Apparently, Pound is a type of exercise that has a lot of cardio involved and got the concept by playing of the drums. It was also cool that the organizers were able to bring international instructors from Singapore! How cool is that?! Check the photos below to see how amazing this event was.

Partnership w/ Karl Edwards – one of the biggest bazaar organizers in the country. Makati community and guests were treated to a wide variety of food and goods that surely brightened up a hot’s summer day.

Horchata to keep us up and about throughout the whole event

Retro Fitness

Pound instructors all the way from Singapore

Night Street Jam

This event was a success and here is to more Makati Street Meet events in the future!


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