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November 2006


The Good Burger

If you are looking for the best Vegetarian Burgers in the Metro, get it from Good Burgers! The vegetarian patties are made from wheat and soya and it tasted like luncheon meat. I’m glad it is not made from glutten which is sometimes slimmy in texture that makes me not want to eat the food. They also serve chicken patty for those who would like to be healthy and still get a taste of the real meat. This literally hole in the wall establishment along C5 in front of Tiendesitas and the new SM Hypermarket, have been existing for almost 6 years.

Thanks to one of my vegetarian readers, George Ramos for this tip. He described it as “The Best Vegetarian gourmet burgers in the World!!” He recommends the Garlic BBQ and Mexican Salsa. Best of all, the burgers are affordable at P50-75 for a “good” single patty and P75-P100 pesos for a “best” double patty. Almost the same price when you buy your burgers at the usual hamburger joint. The only issue here is where to eat your just bought burger. It is either you eat it outside their kitchen or in your car. As you can see from the first photo, rightmost part is where you will have your table. Correct! Too hot! But you can call in advance to order your burger so that you can just pick it up ala drive through along C5 🙂 But be sure to get it when you do order or else, the staff in charge might pay for it or maybe somebody will not get a fresh cooked burger! That would just be to bad.

Don’t you think they should have a stall in Makati? I’m sure they won’t be able to manage the demand there. If you happen to know who owns this place, let me know. We need to support, acknowledge and give thanks to establishments like this! This is indeed a great find and this should be included in the list of good vegetarian place in Metro Manila.

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Market Manila Eyeball !

The Blogging Families. Merry Christmas Shot 🙂

It was a great and successful eyeball, Marketman! Finally, we met MM, MMM (Mrs. MM), and the kid. The eyeball ended at 10pm, after 4 hours of chikahan and kamustahan. The time was not enough to meet everybody. I learned a lot during that night and it was a night of pleasant surprises for me. We came for the conversations with the intent to truly build online friends. We also have a lot of questions for Marketman but those would continue to be unanswered specially on the impact of blogging on the family.

Generally, we don’t enjoy buffet food that much because of the mess it creates on your plate and sometimes it is served cold. In short, I wasn’t able to really indulge myself with the food last night aside from making more acquaintances of the bloggers who were there. There were lots of desserts and for us, the winner for the night was Dimpy Camara’s Frozen Brazo de Mercedes. I can’t wait to order an entire cake all to ourselves! This was featured by Wysgal last month in her post, Icebox Brazo de Mercedes but it was Debbie who brought this awesome dessert to the party. Thanks Debbie!!

I was not able to take a lot of photos because I realized some people might not want their identities revealed. I missed a lot of foodie EBs due to travel. There have been three already — Marketman’s First EB, Lori’s Tea Party with parade of desserts, and Lori’s Nestle cooking demo. But for those who were not able to attend, here is a glimpse of what happened during that night.

Thanks to Chris for hosting the eyeball in Gourdo’s!

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[Fort Ilocandia #2] The Youngest Quester @ Microsoft CIO 5th Quest

To my dearest son Aidan,

I’m sure you won’t remember this already but I’ll share with you our 3 day adventure during the 5th Microsoft CIO Summit last Oct. 19-21, 2006. We had fun and we always love traveling with you. Your mom and I loves to travel, eat and discover new places. You are exactly 21 months old at this time. This is our second time in Fort Ilocandia thanks to the Microsoft team. Yes, you are the youngest delegate to this Microsoft summit. If you chose to be in the IT field, someday, you’ll be joining these summits too.

I’ll share with you the highlights of our trip…

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[Fort Ilocandia #1] a Fort Ilocandia Affair

Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino, the only 5-star resort in Northern Luzon. A spanish Moroccan inspired villa. “

This is the official marketing tagline of Fort Ilocandia. What they did not tell you is that it is a spanish Moroccan inspired villa with a chinese accent. It is an open secret that Fort Ilocandia is marketing to taiwanese gambler and chinese golfers. Golf and Casino is its biggest asset and with its proximity to China, this resort needs to attract tourist who has money. That is why all around the vicinity, you can see chinese poster, chinese rates and chinese TV stations, that would make you feel out-of-place in your own home country.

It is a 5 star resort indeed. If you come here via road trip it is like an oasis of city amenities in the middle of provincial neighborhood. When you are driving for almost 10 hours, seeing Fort Ilocandia is like seeing a Fortress in the North. You can opt to fly via Cebu Pacific directly to Laoag airport and it would only take you an hour to arrive here. The cost of a one way flight is equal or even cheaper than the cost of fuel going to the North. I prefer the road trip because you are not trap inside the resort and be held hostage with the activities and tours offered by the resort. You also control your time and itinerary if you have your own car — that’s the way I like it.

All the comforts you would need in a resort can be found here. But I would argue, why go all the way to the North and just experience city amenities in the resort? It is true that there are all sorts of activities that would keep you occupied. They have a hot air balloon for P900/person/flight (P1,400 on weekends) where the balloon would rise up to 20 meters above the ground and you can enjoy it for 15 minutes. There is a firing range (P550/ shot), golf driving range (P600/hour), paint ball (1,000/hour/ 100 rounds), wind surfing (P300/hr), and an all terrain vehicle (P550/ 20 mins) where there is a sandy track along the beach. There are tour packages of Laoag City for P750/person, and a Pagudpud tour for P900/ person. Again, I would argue, if you are already in the north you really need to explore the different churches, the heritage sites, the market place, see the Laoag mansions, or head over to Pagudpud. It would be expensive if you would just treat Fort Ilocandia as a sleeping destination.

C’mon, let Aidan tour you inside Fort Ilocandia and let you decide for yourself if it is worth coming here or not.

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#Restaurants, Food

Abe means good filipino food!

Abe (ah-beh), noun.
1. Capampangan word for friend, companion, and getting together.
2. Nickname of a beloved son of Pampanga, Emilio Aguilar Cruz (1915-1991), writer, editor, painter, connoisseur, bon vivant and legendary eater outer.
3. Means good “Filipino” food!

Finally, a Serendra restaurant that is relatively cheaper with a filipino food quality that can rival the best Filipino restos. Of course, expect only the best from this restaurant which is a loving tribute to Larry Cruz’s Father, Abe. This is part of the LJC group of companies and you should not be surprised to see some of the menu items from Cafe Adriatico, Bistro Remedios, etc. etc. What I like about this is that it serves true Filipino food and I always believe that Campampangan dishes are the authentic Filipino food that have little influence from our colonizers.

Also, if I would have foreign visitors, this is the type of place that I want to bring them to experience Filipino cuisine. This is not your modern fusion cuisine but Capampangan dishes at its finest. Think about Kamayan + Cabalen with a touch of Chef Laudico into the quality and presentation. The menu items are P200-P400 and if you just stick to the P200 menu items, this would be the best deal in Serendra restos! Also, rice is bottomless @ P45++ so you can eat all you want ] as most Filipinos do. The Buro or what they call balo balo relish is superbly done. Rey, the manager who has been with the LJC group of companies for the longest time, provides very good customer service. I do hope he gets to train the rest of the staff quickly.

In the past, I have a star rating system for restaurants with 5 as the highest rating. I would rate this a 4.5 overall because of the overall ambiance, quality of food, value for money and friendly service. The only thing is that it is not kids friendly and they don’t have a high chair. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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Broadway Musicals

The Good Body by Eve Ensler (creator of Vagina Monologues)

Finally , Eve Ensler’s The Good Body will be showing in the Philippines courtesy of the New Voice Company. I was happy to receive the email below and I’m sure would not miss its premier shows either on Nov. 10 or 11 @ 9pm. I’m sure it would be a night of laughter, and intellectual stimulation on the subject of Flabby Stomach. The main cast of the show would be theater veterans MONIQUE WILSON, PINKY AMADOR, and JUNO HENARES.

See you there! I do hope that the show won’t be disappointing because I heard mixed reviews about it.

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[Dear Awesome Planet #6] Viaje Del Sol Itinerary

Dear Anton,

I read your entry about Viaje del Sol — and great timing, too, since my
wife and I are planning to drive there this weekend. You mentioned that if
we needed tips I can email you. I was hoping you can help me out with the
itinerary. Like where should we start? And is there a need to call in

Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.

Glenn, OAP Reader

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