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The Battle of the Gasoline Cakes

Caltex Chocolate Cake aka Celine’s Bakeshop Choco Midnight Fudge

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Shell Chocolate Cake aka Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes and Desserts Chocolate Cake

Sometimes I would come home late from the office and my wife will be disappointed. I always make sure that I have chocolates as pasalubong to appease her heart and tummy — and usually it works. One day, we had a lovers quarrel and she said that no amount of chocolate in the whole world can fix our misunderstanding. I told myself that this is the perfect time to try out the chocolate cakes of Caltex in Buendia/ Pasong Tamo and Shell Magallanes, which a lot of people are raving about. These gasoline cakes passed with flying colors because both of them are equally very good and my wife was happy 🙂 !

If you would ask me which one is better, I would have a hard time answering. We even tasted the chocolate cakes side by side but still it was a close call. But of course, only one can win the Battle of the Gasoline Cakes!

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a 6 Underground Party



I must admit that I’m too old for drinking all night at a bar. I was down all weekend and the suspect may be because of that nasty hangover. After drinking 4+ glasses of red wine, 1 tanqueray cocktail, and 4++ bottles of red horse last friday night, I realized that my body can only take so much alcohol abuse in one night. The celebration was all about Romi Garduce’s treat to his colleagues which he decided to celebrate at the 6 Underground Bar along C. Palanca in Makati.

The crowd normally arrives around 10ish (as they would say these days) once the front act band starts. So if you want to have the place all to yourself then i suggest that you be there before 10pm. Once the clock strikes 10, the program starts it with two groups of amateur band, working their ass off for free. In exchange, 6UG gives them jam time to showcase their talents. If you are into pinoy rock, then you might enjoy the music. As for me, I find it too loud and felt too old for these kind of stuff 🙂 But I had to hear the music of Mayonnaise band who sang “Jopay”. They started to show their stuff by midnight. It was a Red horse night which means most of the bands are sponsored by Red horse. However, only Red horse beers are served at a buy one take one promo for that night.

Even though loud rock music is not my cup of tea, I still had fun listening to them with the company of my officemates. However, I learned my lesson that night on my body’s limit in drinking alcohol. This is one of the reason I don’t really blog about bars in the metro even though I wanted to include Embassy, Temple Bar and others. Thanks to Romi for the treat last Friday. Check out some images of 6UG…

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Kublai’s Rock is Back!

“Kublai’s Rock on Jupiter St. was the place to be in the late 80’s.” according to Christine of ramblings from a gypsy soul. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t know and the name does not ring any bell. I started hitting the bars in the 90’s already during my college years. As with anything that is 80’s, this legendary place is making a comeback and hopefully for good after 20 years. ( Can somebody share what makes this Kublai Rock a legend during its time?)

What interests me in this place is the all-you-can-eat Mongolian Buffet that my wife and I have been craving for the past years after our favorite mongolian restaurant along Mile Long closed down, no other restaurant here in manila have been able to fulfill this craving. I’m sure some of you would remember that simple Mongolian restaurant (they even have 2 stores at that same location), the favorite hangout of almost everybody before watching a Louie’s movie (the first THX movie house in the Philippines) in Milelong, Makati. So ever since Christine posted “The Return of a Legend: Kublai’s Rock“, we were looking for the first opportunity to eat in Kublai’s Rock and finally we satisfied our hunger for Mongolian last Sunday night.

The good thing about Mongolian is that the food is as good as how well you would mix and match the ingredients. So for me, I had the best Mongolian buffet that I have ever tasted in years 🙂 Although, I think we ate too much and we were so excited that we finished 3.5 bowls. I was not disappointed with the assortment of meat, seafood and vegetable ingredient, including my favorite fish ball, mushroom, and tofu. They also have a free potato soup that comes with the buffet that just tasted like too much arina. We were hoping instead of soup, that they would include a dessert — that sago coconut milk dessert which gives closure and a satisfying experience after eating a lot of mongolian bowls. For P365 / person (including VAT and service charge), I do hope they include a dessert because we just felt that it was expensive for a Mongolian buffet. If I can remember correctly, we would only pay P100+ then for the mongolian buffet with dessert and I can’t imagine that it would be 3x more. But I guess you go here to experience the Legend of Kublai’s Rock…

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Tandoor King – Indian-inspired Fast Food in Mall of Asia

I love food adventure and I’m always excited to try innovative food. So when my friend Grace called me raving about this new indian place in the Mall of Asia, I can’t wait to taste their Indian-inspired food. Like most restaurants in the Mall of Asia, they are on soft opening mode and hence, there is an invisible sign that says “Proceed with caution”. My wife and I only agreed that the Mixed Tikka Pizzanaan is an absolute winner but the rest of the food got mixed reactions. First and foremost, the reason for being of the restaurant is its Tandoori Chicken cooked in a very hot special clay oven with charcoal. I loved the spicy Tandoori taste where the chicken is marinated in a mixture of herbs, spices and yogurt that give it a distinctive red color and it has a distinctive smoky flavor. However, my wife was expecting a sweet teriyaki taste but it failed to meet this expectation. Since this is a fast food concept, the food is very affordable with a price range of P100-P200 max.

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Peri Peri Chicken Experience

Definitions of peri peri on the Web:

“Piri-piri, peri-peri or peli-peli is the name used in Portuguese and a number of African languages to describe the African bird’s-eye chilli, a member of the capsicum plant genus. This is a small and extremely spicy variety. The variations in spelling derive from the various pronunciations of the word in parts of Africa, although “piri-piri” is the correct spelling in Portuguese. ” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peri_peri)

Just by its definition, you can tell that the peri peri chicken would taste something exotic. After roasting the chicken for 30mins, it is then subjected to a spit fire oven before being served to the guest. The white meat was just as tasty as the dark meat that every bite was juicy and releases the flavorful taste of herbs and spices. One would be surprised that the usual chicken wing can now be eaten with much gusto unlike when you eat Baliwag’s or Andok’s that it just goes to waste. The experience was similar to the CNT lechon of Cebu where you do not need any more sauce to supplement its taste and it can stand on its own. Although for chili lovers, you might opt to try their unique peri peri chili sauce which could be an acquired taste because we are used to the tabasco chili sauce or the garlic chili taste in chinese restaurants. The sidelines are nothing but ordinary but the place turns over diners like a fast food restaurant.

I’m not surprised that this less than a month old restaurant is such a hit and this became famous through word of mouth. Although, I was sad that Peri Peri Chix replaced Kohikan’s spot in Greenhills Prominade. This is their first store and I’m sure at the rate they are going, I’m hopeful that they will open in Glorietta soon! Check out the rest of the photos of the peri peri chicken experience. Thanks to Pam and Tanya for the tip!

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Sonja’s Cupcakes— Creating the Cupcake Craze in the Philippines?

10/2/2015 Update: CRUPCAKE Craze by Sonja in Manila?! #Crupcakes

What happens when a passionate baker, who had a stint in New York’s Magnolia Bakery, famous for its cupcakes which have a cultish following (where Carrie and Miranda of Sex in the City devoured cupcakes), opens up a bakery store dedicated in selling cupcakes in Serendra by July 2006, and bakes the most mouth watering cupcakes I have ever seen in the Philippines? Just maybe, we are looking at the next dessert cupcake craze in the Philippines! As Lori pointed out in her article, “Cupcakes for a birthday girl and an anxious mom“, the cupcake craze have not yet taken off in Manila but it is one of those desserts that are absolutely loved by kids. I recently recall an interesting article by Lori regarding her daughter Boo baking art cup cakes. There are in fact, an entire blog dedicated to cupcakes and recipes: Chokylit’s Cupcake Bakeshop blog, and Cupcake Queen’s 52 Cupcakes.

I got this tip from Christine’s blog “Ramblings from a Gypsy Soul” and I immediately got hooked and I was not disappointed. The cupcakes are heavy because they are full of ingredients and not one of those cupcakes from local bakeries that are full of air. One cupcake which costs P45 for the classic ones and P65 with special ingredients, is actually enough for one sitting. So just imagine how much weight my wife and I gained in devouring 18 cupcakes in 4 days. This is to share with you what we think about Sonja’s cupcakes. But just a disclaimer, I’m really not fond of cupcakes and as a child we never really got into eating cupcakes for dessert, so read the following review from a point of view of a virgin cupcake lover.

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Sango — The Japanese Burger Master!

Sango Master Cheeseburger (P98)

There is a new burger place in town which provides an alternative option for all burger lovers out there. I would not immediately associate japanese food with an american burger concept, that is why the first time I saw this I was skeptical. The Burger Master name sounded like a title from an anime cartoon, so the concept sounded weird at first. I was waiting for some people to rave about it and whipsmart’s review was enough for me to try this out. The difference is in the special sauce (like a spaghetti sauce with too much onions) they put in their master cheeseburger which blends well with the thick tomato slice and the soft bun. It is deliciously addicting especially with the slice of cheese. We only tried the burgers but there are other options in the menu. It feels like a japanese version of Jollibee that caters to the taste buds of a japanese.

The verdict, the burgers are very good and you’ll get it with a free origami! My only complaint is the poor exhaustion system inside the restaurant where if you stay too long inside, the aroma of the burger sticks to your clothes. This is similar to going to a fast food area in the malls where you would hate smelling as if you haven’t put on any deodorant for the day. An option for those who doesn’t want to smell would just to eat it outside the restaurant or just take out the food and hopefully, the food would still taste the same when you eat it at home.

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Myron’s Blogging Buzz



Paolo Steak (P495). 5 ounces of Grilled US Certified Angus Rib Eye of Beef.

I’m fascinated at the way Myron’s created a blogging buzz with Lori originally blogging about it with her post “Want steak? Go to Myron’s“. Marketman followed with “Myron’s at Rockwell” and “Plum and Grape Shakes” posts. How can a restaurant create a blogging buzz so fast with key foodie bloggers blogging it within a month’s time? Unfortunately, the comments about Myron’s are mixed and I have a theory that food reviews can influence your taste bud. We visited here during Father’s Day weekend with my friends who make it a point to try out new restos every month. Despite mixed reviews, I tried it out and even had a chance to meet with Mon Eusebio who owns the place. He was very concerned with the mixed comments, and I was glad that they are trying their best to improve it. I will be concerned too specially if it’s your father’s in law name that is at stake here and the reputation of the family of chefs catering to important people and taipan’s in the society.

The Verdict. The food is unique and very good. My only complaint was how expensive it was but that is another story. This restaurant is less than two months old located in Rockwell ground floor restaurant area, and this is certainly a place that I would go back to treat my parents during special dinner occasion. I would like to certainly contribute to the blogging buzz and give my 2 cents worth on the Myron’s experience. Certainly, we are now seeing the age of alternative media in the Philippines with blogging being able to influence your view about a certain place or restaurant. All bloggers are not paid to do it, and the power of blogging is in the personalities of people who blogs about their passions, creates a credibility and following built over time. You can agree or disagree to it and there is no perfect food review. But if you have Lori and Marketman blogging about it and certainly that is a good restaurant to try out!

This is my own experience at Myron’s…

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Cyma in Manila!! Opa!!

Related Blog Post: SOUV! by Cyma with Chef Robby Goco’s Culinary Magic!


O-pa!! Cyma is now in Manila and for anyone who have been to this bora resto favorite (see related article: Top 5 Bora Resto), you can’t help but it but to say O-pa!! Opa is a greek cheer and it is such a happy greeting that would make you feel at home in this 2 week old resto in Edsa Shangrila Mall. In Bora, it is hidden inside d’mall and sometimes you’ll get lucky to be eating with famous people, actors/ actresses, who frequent this greek restaurant. This is indeed a “flourishing” resto as its name suggest in greek, and anybody can attest that the food is great 🙂 Although the food are a bit on the expensive side and not to mention that they increased the prices by 10% in their mall outlet.

These days, there is almost no reason for you to go to Edsa Shangrila mall with the Edsa and mall traffic. I would prefer to go to Mall of Asia than meet somebody in Edsa Shang Mall. At least in Mall of Asia, once you figure out the technique of how to park and navigate your way through the maze, then it would be a pleasant experience for you. (Note: only on weekdays 🙂 But Edsa Shang gave me enough good reason to brave the Edsa traffic and park on the 6th floor cinema level with its steep long winding road just to enjoy the dishes of Cyma. This is a good way to satisfy your Cyma craving rather than waiting for summer next year to fly to Bora. By that time, we would have moved on to the next resto fad in bora.

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The Legend Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant

I’m always on a lookout for good chinese restaurants in the Manila area. Normally, I prefer not to blog about them because there are too many of them. Although if you are tired of always eating at Gloria Maris or Emerald Garden for that special occasion, maybe you might want to try out the new Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Boom na Boom complex in CCP. It has a nice ambiance for a chinese restaurant and the food is good chinese cooking by a Hongkong trained chef. This is their first store in Metro Manila but they have branches in Malolos, Bulacan; San Fernando, Pampanga; Tarlac and the most popular one in Angeles City. We treated my parents-in-law and the food passed their taste buds. I’ll tell you that they are a great critique about chinese food (they know what good chinese food is) and they can certify that the food was cooked by what my father-in-law calls as a Hongkong Boy 🙂

Overall if you are looking for a good cantonese Hongkong-style chinese food, your budget is P300/head and you are escaping the madness in Mall of Asia, then it is worth to try out The Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in CCP. Check this out!

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