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. :)

Serye

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Dad took me out for parking lessons and after an hour of going back and forth, left and right, we took a break.

Since we were already at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, we checked in at Serye.

At first things looked great. They served Dad’s tea first and the contraption used was quite interesting. But it took forever to serve my Tsokolate Frappe and the Suman sa Latik. When those arrived though, they were worth the wait.

The suman was so small though so there’s really not enough to share. After having a small portion to taste, I decided to order another serving. The waitress said it would take 5-7 minutes to prepare. 20 minutes later, it was nowhere to be seen. Dad asked for the bill so we could run soon after it is served. Guess what wasn’t included in the bill? The second suman order. So it looked like we waited for naught. Grr.

I would have recommended Serye for the little of it’s specialties that we sampled today, but their service leaves much to be desired. Sayang.

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Soooo… Serye was a bummer. I might give it another shot, perhaps at a different branch. The waiter was actually nice enough to tell us that they were selling the teapot that was used for Dad’s one-serving tea. He also showed us the tea leaves in a jar that they were also selling for 200 pesos. It really was interesting and would make a good gift for Mom, or for any tea drinker. Then because we waited so long for my orders, I had time to daydream about what kind of silverware, china, cups and glasses I’d like to have in my future home. Thought about furniture and Sferra linen even.

Anyhoo. We ended up spending an hour at the restaurant for just a drink and a light snack. Bummer.

Japanese Chocolate

I love chocolates. I’m not very choosy with them either. But since I tried Meiji chocolates, they’ve been a favorite.

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A week after the big earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I picked these sweets up from a Mercury drug store. Strawberry and Marbles.

I love their smell. As soon as I open the box, I cannot resist them.

Funny thing is, I forgot about these babies for a full week before finding them again still wrapped in plastic.

So since buying them, I’d been thinking of having them, but I managed to wait another week before ripping each pack open and devouring them. Yay, me. haha Smile

Sometimes I buy two of each kind just for backup. I keep it in my bag, waiting there for some kind of travel emergency. You’ll never know when you might need a pick-me-up right? And these chocolates do just that for me. Okay, I probably should have something else in my bag just in case there’s a real emergency too. Smile

Carinderia Buffet

The Carinderia Buffet is located in the corner of V.Luna and Mabilis Streets in Pinyahan, Quezon City. I have not been around that area so much in the last five years so I was surprised when a colleague at work told me about it. Since the boyfriend was away on Thursday, I got the chance to have lunch with a different group – King, one of my TLs, Patrick, a Trainer, and four other agents. They were going to Enchanted Kingdom after shift that day but decided to hook up with me for lunch before they set out for adventure land. Smile

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Carinderia Buffet boasts of a 99-peso Eat-all-you-can buffet of carinderia staples. A carinderia is a neighborhood/corner store or eatery that sells cooked meals at very low costs. People would eat at these places, or buy food to take home. Some people, mostly A/B crowds, try to stay away from eateries or carinderias though because these places are not subjected to government inspection for health/safety standards.

That’s what the Buffet is capitalizing on – they offer the usual carinderia fare while guaranteeing cleanliness. The price isn’t necessarily targeted for the C & D market, but for an eat-all-you-can arrangement, 99 pesos is very cheap.

Upon entering the establishment, I couldn’t help but note the roominess of the place. There were plenty of seating avaialable, and at around 1 that afternoon, there were very few empty tables. It was well-ventilated. No fancy furnishings or décor.

The second thing that caught my attention was this sign:

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Well, with the number of people dining there, I wasn’t surprised that they had this rule. Besides, it was the only way they can regulate how much people could eat. Haha. SmileAlso no sharing of leftovers.

So how was the food? They had a lot of veggie dishes, but then not a lot of variety for the meat/fish section. On the set above, the left photo are all veggies, compared to all the ulam dishes to the right. One would think there should be more selections on the section to the right. I tried their por binagoongan (not special), pork sinigang (yummy, but very fatty), fried chicken (ok), adobong kangkong, ensaladang mangga/talong, and squash with string beans dish. Everything was okay, but non really WOW’ed me.

There was only one dish for dessert and we thought it was sweetened banana – it turned out to be sugared sweet potatoes.

Drinks are not part of the 99-peso fee. A refillable drink costs about 40-45 pesos.

Will I be back? If only so the boyfriend could sample the food, yes. But there’s really nothing there to pull me back.

Would I recommend it? Why not. It’s an experience. It’s affordable and you can eat-all-you-can for one hour. You can take your friends or colleagues here and treat them out to lunch without having to break the bank or taking out cash advance online. 🙂 They have clean toilets too, with tissue and running water.

Have you tried Carinderia Buffet? What’s your favorite restaurant?

Secret Burger Stand

Burger Machine, Gilmore

What’s behind the wall?

The banner has got to be a dead giveaway.

We passed this last week on our way to PC Options. It’s along Gilmore, probably a block away from Aurora Boulevard when you’re coming from E. Rodriguez.  There used to be a big BM ‘branch’ on the other side of Aurora. I think BM Plus is what it was called? Paulinians would be more familiar with that (girls who studied at St. Paul QC). Anyway, it had the burger joint at the ground floor, and a ladies dorm on the other floors. That’s what I remember.

There were a few of those around Metro Manila, including one in Kamias. But they didn’t last long. I don’t think any exist up to now. A quick search and this WikiPilipinas article reveals that the Asian Financial Crisis of the ’90s is to blame. There also aren’t that many Burger Machine stands anymore. The one along Sct. Reyes near the corner of Roces has been gone for at least a year. I’m surprised the one behind this wall is getting any business being hidden and all.

What an interesting location. I think the house behind it is abandoned.

Now I want me some BM burger. I remember the old stand across St. Luke’s when I was little. An AILM student once took us there for a burger treat. Now, there’s a small stand right outside Garcia’s grocery store right across the Trinity University of Asia entrance.

Bart Burgers are the best, yummy and very affordable. It’s the burger that never sleeps because it’s available 24/7. Because of that, it’s become a favorite meryenda after a night of partying or drinking. 🙂

Uncle Cheffy

Apparently, the real reason why the boyfriend was late for our Friday itinerary was that he was so drunk. After I left for work at 2am, he hooked up with friends for a round of drinks. When he walked towards me at the mall that afternoon, I could see he was still drunk.

No, it was not a hangover. He was still drunk. How did I know?
> The way he talked. Not slurrred speech, just fast and a bit excited.
> How he moved
> His smell (he didn’t reek of alcohol but there’s that nice hint of it)
> How he was sweating
> His being touchy in public. 😉

The day before, we had a big lunch at Max’s. We talked about the need to regulate our food spending, and the need to eat less and eat wise. If we couldn’t prepare our own lunch, we’d buy from the stalls at the back of St. Luke’s instead of eating out.

Guess what? Because he was drunk, he had wanted another big lunch. And because I wasn’t feeling well, my conviction easily went out the window and I agreed.

That day’s restaurant of choice was one we had never tried before: Uncle Cheffy.
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Now, it’s on the list of our favorite places to dine at.

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We ordered their Asian fried rice, and their specialty dish Mediterranean barbecued ribs. The ribs were served with greens on the side and baby potatoes. There were two sauces as well – a special barbecue sauce (I didn’t ask what it was called) and the chimichurri that I so loved.

The chimichurri was a sort of pesto sauce in olive oil and a concoction of herbs. I liked it with the veggies, the potatoes, and even on the ribs. If they sold it in bottles I would have bought one. I asked, they don’t.

The whole time we were eating the boyfriend was commenting how he loved the food and that we should come back. We loved it so much we ordered dessert.

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The two cakes we had were heavenly! I got the Chocolate Roulade while he ordered Uncle Cheffy’s cheesecake. Yum!

The only thing that wasn’t quite okay was the wait time for the bill, and then again my two debit cards not working with their swipe machines. It took so long it allowed my headache to creep back in. The boyfriend eventually had to go out and withdraw from an ATM because I didn’t want to use credit. But other than that, we love Uncle Cheffy and we will be back.

(Uncle Cheffy is on the first floor of the Ali Mall. There’s an entrance from the outside walkway fronting SM. It’s next to Gerry’s Grill (or The Old Spaghetti House))

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