Food Trip

We bond over food. We love checking out new restaurants, just for the fun of it.
Like many of our generation, we click before we eat. Sometimes though, we’re too hungry to bother.
We are not prolific food critiques, we’re just normal people who know good food. :)

Between the two of us, it’s the husband who cooks at home. Maybe someday I will too. But until then, I wouldn’t likely be sharing recipes on the blog. :)

Bacolod Chicken Parilla

Note: I just changed the IM control tonight because Tracy tried it out earlier and mentioned that the screen was too small to read actual conversations. When you click on the current button (as long as it shows my username, it means I’m online), a conversation window will pop-up and we can continue to chat even after you navigate away from my blog, as long as you don’t close the pop-up.

After work on Monday night, boyfriend and I decided to have dinner at this new place along Scout Reyes called Bacolod Chicken Parilla (or something similar). It opened just a few months ago. I pass by it every night to work and I’ve found it intriguing that there’s always a lot of people there, even at 11pm. It was time we checked it out ourselves.

As you approach the restaurant, there’s a sense of familiarity – everyone seems to know each other. It feels like a hangout, really. Plus you’re greeted by the guy that I perceived was the owner, though I’m not sure about that.

The grill is outside but even you take a table there you won’t necessarily smell like barbecue. Since the location of Parilla is somewhat like an exclusive village with public roads, there are trees around and you won’t smell car fumes, so it’s really okay to stay outside. Alfred and I chose to dine indoors though.

Aside from the usual chicken inasal, which was great by the way, we ordered Salmon Head Sinigang, a soup dish. Heaven! We loved it! One order is just enough for two, though honestly I could have eaten it all since I didn’t have rice. 🙂 It was so good I couldn’t wait to tell my dad and the rest of the family (who know how to appreciate good food) right away. I’ve posted before about how much Alfred and I love to eat and we’d really go back to spots we’ve had good experiences in, or new places that had raving reviews by friends. Parilla folks will definitely see us again, and again, and again. 🙂

It doesn’t hurt that it’s just a few minutes walk home too. So after the filling dinner that didn’t cost us a fortune, we were able to walk off some of it on our way home!

Hap Chan – overeating!

In our 8 years of being together, we’ve spent a lot of time (not to mention money) dining out. There have been times that we’d dine out fewer times than usual or we’d go for cheaper options, when we find that we didn’t have much extra dough to spend. Those occasions, I must admit, are few and far between though. Alfred has always maintained that, sure, we needed to scrimp on some things, but never on nourishment. He really would go all out for good food. Of course, there were times when we’d come out of a restaurant dissatisfied and would feel that money was not well spent, but there are more times that have us leaving very (very) happy. Last night’s dinner was one of those of the latter.

Since it was my off, boyfriend and I decided to go out after his shift at 6pm. It wasn’t particularly so we could eat out, but so he could go shopping for a pair of jeans. I wasn’t in a particular mood to shop, but I wanted to buy some essentials so I agreed anyway. After making our purchases, we had to decide where to eat. There are now a lot of options in Cubao/Araneta Center. There’s our favorite Boodle meals at Seafood Island, fastfood joints, SM and Gateway food courts, and many others. We were on our way to try The Aristocrat, when I saw the Hap Chan sign. We were just talking about Hap Chan a few days back and so I asked boyf if he wanted to go there, which of course, he did.

It wasn’t difficult to pick what we’d have, though I must admit, we seem to have chosen standards, and we weren’t adventurous at all.

Yang chow rice, camaron rebusado (fried shrimps), Lemon chicken, and fried tofu. We could have done without the shrimps but I wanted to have some. Or we could have had more than just fried tofu. But we were very happy with everything we ordered. So happy, that though there were only two of us, we wiped out everything!Call us gluttonous, call us pigs, haha. 🙂 We just know how to appreciate good food!

Good luck to dieting…


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