I get a lot of questions about Aidan’s favorite restaurant. We ask him from time to time about it. He would often answer either Jollibee or Pancake House. He likes both of them because most of the food is not spicy and the food is yummy daw. We try to develop his sense of taste and to discern what he likes and dislikes.
Alan’s Grill is known for its Kare Kareng Bulalo and Crispy Pata. From Bakahan and Manukan in Megamall, Alan transfered his restaurant to Cubao eXpo and became the place to be for Filipino food in the area. People hang out in Alan’s Grill for “Barrio Fiesta” kind of food, or to enjoy a band’s performance in Genre on the second floor. The food is fine if you are already in Cubao eXpo, but I don’t think it will become a foodie destination like Bellini’s.
After the Wowowie performance yesterday, Hi-5 Mania is building up for the Hi-5 Surprise! Show in November. Don’t miss their public performances during their press tour this week in the following malls:
September 3, 2009 Thursday
8:00 AM-9:00am Unang Hirit 11:30AM-12:00PM Radio Interview 99.5 RT “Tina & Neil” 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Sundown Rundown with Hillary & Scottie JAM 88.3 4:30 PM- 8:00 PM “Tayo Na Sa Australia” in Podium 2-3 Songs Performance/ Meet & Greet Presscon with Australian Embassy
September 4, 2009 Friday
10:00 AM-11:00 AM Meet & Greet with Ascott Hotel 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Meet & Greet/ 2-3 Songs in SM North Edsa 6:00PM-7:00PM SM MOA Meet & Greet/ 2-3 Songs in SM Mall of Asia
They fly out to Singapore on Saturday for their Hi-5 Surprise show in Singapore.
A lot of U.P. Foodies were thrilled to see the former U.P. Thai Canteen open in Ortigas Home Depot early this year. Most people thought that Mommy Thai (as the owner was fondly called by U.P. students) closed the resto for good in 2006 after moving twice outside of the campus. I finally had the chance to try it in its current home near Starbucks in Ortigas Home Depot.
They have a simple line pricing menu — all the small dishes (good for one person) are P70, while the large dishes (good for 2-3 persons) are priced at P140.
The Grand Thrift House is the home of vintage items, nostalgia and kitsch in Manila. They have several old copies of Wakasan (the dramatic comic magazine made by Carlo J. Caparas) and other discontinued Filipino comic magazines. It is a very interesting shop — you need to have an eye for what is valuable to cut through the clutter.
So, I was delighted to find out that Cocina Juan in Maginhawa St., Q.C. (which specializes in grilled meat) offers chimichurri sauce (Yes!). The owner’s recent trip to Nicaragua in Central America inspired this offering. There, the staple sauce is chimichurri for meats (ex. pork ribs, pork belly or chicken) and sofrito sauce for fish. The rest of Cocina Juan’s menu is Tex-Mex, where they use a lot of sweet white sauce and cheese. With a student-priced menu, you can’t go wrong with having a good food trip with your friends here.
Bellini’s is one of the institutions in Cubao eXpo (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo) since it opened in July 1999. It continues to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the Metro, together with Cafe Puccini in the Fort. They serve al dente pasta and authentic Italian thin crust pizza with a simple tomato and mozzarella base. Our favorites are the Four Cheese Pizza and the Pasta with mushroom sauce, prosciutto ham and truffle oil.
Most people look forward to the complimentary shot of sweet red wine after the meal. It is made personally by Mr. Bellini himself and tastes like sweet grape juice with a touch of alcohol.