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September 2009


What is Aidan’s Favorite Restaurant?

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.

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Cubao Expo

Alan’s Grill

Cubao eXpo: The Next Evolution Series

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.

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Performance Arts

A Rare Hi-5 Acappella Performance

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. 

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#Restaurants, Food

Khao Pad (Formerly U.P. Thai Canteen)

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.

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Awesome Filipinos

Ingat sa Paglakbay, Balangay!

Sept. 1 is a historical day for the Voyage of the Balangay, as the Kaya ng Pinoy team, led by Art Valdez, embarked on its first adventure sailing around the Philippine Archipelago.

The Voyage of the Balangay 2009 – Phase I – Philippine Waters

Grand Total Distance: 2,108 NM- 3,908KM

First Leg: Manila to Boracay – 248 Nautical Miles, 460 Kilometers 
Second Leg: Boracay to Cebu City/ Mactan – 369 NM = 684 KM
Third Leg: Mactan to Cagayan de Oro – 374 NM = 693 KM
Fourth Leg: Cagayan de Oro to Zamboanga City – 299 NM = 554 KM
Fifth Leg: Zamboanga City to General Santos City – 380 NM = 705KM
Sixth Leg: General Santos City to Davao City – 158 NM = 293 KM
Seventh Leg: Davao City to Siluag, Tawi-Tawi – 280 NM = 519 KM

(Note: Click on the link to see the detailed destination per leg)

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Cubao Expo, Shopping Secrets

Grand Thrift House

Cubao eXpo: The Next Evolution Series

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.

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Cocina Juan’s Grilled Meats and Chimichurri

I’ve loved chimichurri ever since Terrace at the Fifth introduced me to it.

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.


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#Restaurants, Cubao Expo

Bellini’s, 10 Years After…

Cubao eXpo: The Next Evolution Series

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.

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