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Vampire Penguin Manila

February 11, 2018

Shaved snow desserts are getting popular in the Philippines. If you must know what shaved snow is, it’s a combination of ice cream and shaved ice. With shaved snow, it is feathery, has a hint of sweetness and creaminess and very cold. Just one bite, it can instantly melt in your mouth. There’s this shaved snow dessert in the Metro and it is no other than Vampire Penguin Manila.

Located at Ayala Malls the 30th in Pasig, it’s a dessert shop that originally started in California. It’s a family business owned by the San Luis brothers since 2013. For this food event,  I was invited by Sherlyn Hernandez of @wheressherlyn. It was my first time to hear of this dessert place and I wanted to see what they could offer so I said yes to this invitation.


For their specials, Sherlyn and I ordered the Strawberry Cheesecake (280php) and Tuxedo (200php). Their Strawberry Cheesecake consists of Strawberry and Vanilla Snow, Strawberries and Cheesecake. The serving was huge so I highly suggest you share this dessert with someone else (not unless you have a sweet tooth). Their Tuxedo, on the other hand, consists of Chocolate Snow, Sliced Almonds, Strawberries, Marshmallows, Chocolate syrup and Condensed Milk. This is my favorite among all that was served because the strawberry complemented the taste of the chocolate.

Strawberry Cheesecake (280php)

Tuxedo (200php)

Other desserts served were Halo-Halo (225php) and The Jillian (220php). The Jillian consists of Green Tea & Thai Tea Snow, Crushed Oreos and Condensed Milk. This has got to be my 2nd favorite because I love green tea and the taste of the green tea and crushed oreos complemented each other.

Halo-Halo (225php)

The Jillian (220php)

Aside from shaved snow desserts, they also serve different drinks like milk tea to satisfy customer’s cravings.

I am definitely going back to try their other shaved snow desserts and hopefully try their Thai Milk Tea someday.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: 3/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila

Contact: +639178926422


Facebook: Vampire Penguin Manila

Instagram: @vampirepenguinmnl

Open from 10am-9pm (Mon-Sun)

Vampire Penguin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Third Wave Coffee Shop : Firefly Coffee

December 26, 2017

Third wave coffee shops are slowly growing in the Philippine market. Over the years, Filipino people are starting to appreciate third wave coffees because they are different from the typical coffees we get in Starbucks and Coffee Bean. They are able to create this quality taste which makes Filipinos crave for.

In the past, coffee selection was simple. People would usually base it on a 3-in-1 sachet, plain black coffee or to put some cream and sugar in it. In its present time, you can expect a lot of people order different kinds of coffee drinks. Due to these different drinks, you can expect to recall what the other names are of these coffee drinks.

Before I go on, let me ask you a question. Do you have any idea what third wave coffee is? Based on my research, third wave coffee is more of a way to appreciate quality coffee. They use different kinds of beans and has their own brewing process to bring out the rich flavor of the coffee. Instead of calling the people working in third wave coffee shops “baristas”, a proper term is “ artisanal bartenders”. They are the reason why we get to taste quality, handcrafted coffees.

I have always been curious about third wave coffee shops in the Philippines. I get to hear about them but never got the chance to visit one because majority of third wave coffee shops can be found in Makati. As you all know, the traffic going to Makati from Quezon City is unbearable. Good thing I was able to discover this 3rd wave coffee shop within the area. This is no other than Firefly Coffee.

Firefly Coffee is own by Aldrich Shih, a fellow La Sallian. Before he could actually put up a coffee business, he had to take lessons on how to create quality craft coffee. From what started out as a simple stall in DLSU, it now has an actual store you can visit to. Firefly Coffee is located in Sto. Domingo, near a few schools which makes it a good location.

When you actually pass by the area, the first thing you will get to think of is how his business will grow. It’s a quiet and secluded area (try to remember pre-Maginhawa St.) which makes it quite hard for his business to get known to other people. But you will get surprised that Firefly is actually having good sales. It’s a mixture of students and working adults that can afford Firefly Coffee.

Upon arriving the coffee shop, you will notice how minimalist the place is. That is what Aldrich wants to convey with his coffee shop. His interior designer got inspirations from Japanese designs – something simple and pleasing to the eyes. You will also notice that Firefly’s logo is simple. Shih got the inspiration through a famous NBA team, Charlotte Hornets. He also decided to put up a bar area where customers can have a sit while enjoying their cup of coffee and interacting with the bartenders.

Since August 2017, Firefly has been able to incorporate different beverage and food choices. To start off, affogato is their best seller. If you are not familiar what affogato is, it is a coffee-based dessert. It includes a scoop of ice cream with a shot of espresso. Firefly’s kind of ice cream is homemade. For the first order, they let me try their Cookie Butter Affogato. It consists of cookie butter ice cream that has this rich flavor to it and their espresso known as 2401 (DLSU’s address). To make their affogato different, they placed banana lacatan underneath the ice cream to balance the flavors.

Another kind of affogato that they made me try is their B-52. It consists of housemade Triple Sec + Irish Cream with orange zests and their 2401 espresso. I highly suggest ordering this affogato if you want something strong.

For their espressos, Shih made me try their Dirty White (150php) and Latte (145php). Their Dirty White consists of ristretto over iced milk. Their Dirty White is a perfect drink for those people who came from the scorching heat and just wants to feel refreshed. Their Latte, on the other hand, has the right balance to it. It is not too strong, which I highly recommend.

Dirty White


For their Craft Tea, I was able to try their Dirty White V2 (150php). I am a big fan of craft teas and I highly recommend their Dirty White V2. This drink is perfect for non-coffee drinkers. It consists of 24-hr cold brewed Earl Grey tea with shaken iced milk.

Dirty White V2

Aside from espressos and craft teas, they also have different selections of craft juice sodas, milkshakes, handmade coffee and food.

With the selection of food and drinks they have, you can expect that Firefly Coffee will get known in the industry. You can trust Aldrich and his team to whip you up with quality drinks which will make you see third wave coffee in a different light.

*This is a sponsored post.
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A Festive Celebration in Ilustrado Restaurant

December 7, 2017

Ilustrado is a fine dining restaurant tucked in the hidden walls of Intramuros. This fine dining restaurant serves Spanish-Filipino dishes. Since 1989, they make sure to serve food that is top-notch and can pass as world-class.

The ambiance of Ilustrado brings you back to the past. It is evident through the architectural design of the place and its setup. The place will make you feel like you’ve experienced what it is like to be in during our grandparent’s time. They can also cater to your events. With that said, it is perfect not only for tourists but also for those who enjoys food and culture.


Christina and EJay invited me to this event and I am glad I said yes. All of the bloggers who attended this event got the chance to meet the owners, Bea and Bernice Pimentel. Their goal is to introduce Ilustrado to the millennial market since it is usually our parents and grandparents who knows about Ilustrado. Since Christmas is around the corner, Chef Bernice whipped out a course menu that is perfect for a festive celebration.

While waiting for the other bloggers, we were served a bread basket with a few of their specialty dips. Among all the dips served, I would have to go for their Boursin Cheese (Php165, 4oz).

For our appetizer, we were served Baked Eggplant in Filo Pastry. I enjoyed this dish because I am a fan of eggplant. It also has white cheese which creates this creamy taste. Aside from white cheese, there’s also olive and sun-dried tomato.

Baked Eggplant w/ Filo Pastry

After the appetizer came the main entrée. These were the Paella Ilustrado, Stuffed Chicken Relleno, Adobong Bagnet w/ Taba ng Talangka, Callos Madrilena, Twice Cooked Angus Beef Shortplate and Pasta Espanyola.

Among all the main dishes served, I would have to go for their Paella Ilustrado (Php 1,295) and Stuffed Chicken Relleno. Their Paella Ilustrado consists of the ingredients for a typical paella but they added local annato for a twist. I would definitely get Ilustrado’s Paella over Barcino. Their Stuffed Chicken Relleno consists of chicken relleno with tomatoes and banana on it. The way the chicken was cooked was splendid. I could still remember the taste of the chicken on my mouth.

Paella Ilustrado

Stuffed Chicken Relleno

Lastly, we had our dessert which consists of Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies, Baked Cheesecake and Chocolate Fudge Cake.

What I love about their cookies is that it’s not too sweet nor sugary. Improvements can be done on the Matcha Cookie. I was trying to look for the actual taste and look of the matcha cookie.  With their cakes, I would have to go for their Baked Cheesecake. I am not exactly fond of cakes but there’s something about this cheesecake that would make me want to get another serving. I highly recommend their Baked Cheesecake.

Ilustrado Restaurant is a perfect place to have a date or family gathering. Their food may be pricey but it is worth it and good for sharing.

G E N E R A L  I N F O R M A T I O N

Address: 744 Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna), Intramuros, Manila 1002, Philippines

Contact: 5273674 / +639399206822


Facebook: Ilustrado Restaurant

Instagram: @ilustradorestaurant

Ilustrado Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food, Travel

Restaurants Worth Going Back in San Juan, La Union

November 10, 2017

San Juan, La Union is the easiest surfing spot to go to from Manila. Although La Union is known for their waves, tourists also go for their food. Along the highway are restaurants, cafes and food stalls. This post is dedicated for those restaurants I believe is worth going back to.

L A  U N I O N  R E S T A U R A N T S

  1. Tagpuan sa San Juan

Tagpuan is a hole-in-a-wall restaurant where partygoers usually go to sober up after having drinks. It’s located at the side of the road that’s why it’s hard to find. What’s interesting about Tagpuan is that they serve delicious meals and prices are affordable. Other restaurants in the area would cost you around 200-300php. In Tagpuan, one meal can already cost you 90php and above.

They are known for their Tapa and it will cost you 95php. Their bagnet, on the other hand, costs 120php. When my best friend, her boyfriend and I went back to La Union, we ordered the bagnet again because that’s how much we missed eating this dish. Please remember that La Union serves great bagnet and that is one should not miss.

What I love about Tagpuan’s bagnet is how juicy and crunchy it is. It goes well along with the tomato salsa at the side. Although I love this meal, I still found this quite expensive because of its servings.


  1. The Coffee Library

Beside Tagpuan lies this new coffee shop called The Coffee Library. They originated from Baguio City, specializing in Vietnamese and Italian coffees. I am impressed with its interiors – wood is the majority of the material used. The café gave off a homey and cozy ambiance. A must try is their Iced Mocha. The taste of the mocha wasn’t that strong, just right. I did not get the chance to try their Vietnamese coffees. I will gladly go back just to try them out.

  1. El Union Coffee

This is a popular café in La Union that’s been gracing our Instagram feeds. Aside from their craft coffee, they also serve different kinds of food which a lot of people take for Instagram. One look at their café, you can feel and see how surfing influences their theme.


  1. Coast Call Kitchen and Bar

Located at San Juan Surf Resort, it’s a restaurant that offers international dishes at a reasonable rate. We ordered their bestsellers which are Coast Call Special (325php) and Buffalo Wings (265php). Among the two dishes we ordered, I would have to go for their Buffalo Wings. It consists of classic crispy chicken wings coated with your choice of flavor garlic parmesan, smokey barbeque and spicy hot. It was easy to eat the wings and the flavor we chose (garlic parmesan) complemented it.

  1. Makai Bowls

Makai Bowls is a known food hub in La Union. This is a place where people who are health conscious would go to. Itused to be located in Flotsam and Jetsam. It is now found at the back of El Union Coffee. A must try is their Amianan bowl (240php). It consists of dragon fruit, mango, papaya, banana and acai juice. Do take note that this bowl is seasonal.


Korean Dessert : Snowbing

October 30, 2017

Attention to all Korean food lovers out there! There’s this new dessert place in SM North Edsa and it is no other than Snowbing!!

I was invited by Jayson of Team Kaladkarin for this event. Upon arriving the place, we were able to meet Ms. Maxine, a Marketing Officer of Snowbing. We found out that Snowbing opened last August 2017, having 2 branches which is in SM North and Trinoma. It is only in their North Edsa branch that serves food.

The nice thing with Snowbing is that it is locally owned. When you get to compare their menu from different bingsu places, they only limited their menu list so that their customers won’t have a hard time. What I also like with Snowbing is that their dishes truly cater to the Filipino market. Their bingsu bowls are not too big, prices are affordable (less than 200php) and their food are yummy which makes you want to order another serving.

Here are the ff. meals that was served to us:


  • Salted Egg Pasta (198php)
  • Korean Pasta (198php)
  • Kimchi Pasta (198php)

Among all the pastas that were served to us, I would have to go for the salted egg and the kimchi pasta. What I love about the salted egg pasta was that it was creamy which I totally adore. The Kimchi Pasta was sweet and its spiciness was just right. Combine the two pastas, I felt like I was brought to heaven.

Kimchi Pasta

Salted Egg Pasta


  • Honey Butter ( 188php)
  • Belgian Chocolate (198php)

I would have to go for the Honey Butter. It wasn’t that heavy compared to the Belgian Chocolate. The Belgian Chocolate became heavy because there were a lot of chocolate placed on the toast. Their toasts are perfect for a breakfast meal plus coffee.


  • Korean Pizza (120php)

The Korean pizza could have tasted better if they could add more flavor to the meat. The cheese became more powerful than the meat. Plus points because it is thin crust. My mom for sure will like this pizza.


  • Choco Brownie (188php)
  • Cheezy Mango (168php)
  • Matcha Green Tea (188php)

My favorite would have to be the Matcha Green Tea. I’m a fan of matcha and just the right sweetness on the red beans. If you want vibrant colors and a party in your mouth, you should order their bestseller which is the Cheezy Mango. It has mangoes, cream cheese and vanilla ice cream. If you are in the mood to eat pure chocolate, then get the Choco Brownie. 

Overall, I enjoyed my stay in Snowbing. If someone asks me which Korean dessert place to go to, I will definitely recommend Snowbing.

*This is a sponsored post. All thoughts & opinions are mine. 

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


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.


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.


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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




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.


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!


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

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