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#Restaurants, Food

Lu Moroccan/Mediterranean Restaurant

Yes, we now have a decent Moroccan restaurant in town. Most yuppies and business people are flocking to Lu (named after Luis, the owner) for a good meal of Moroccan/Mediterranean food. The place converts into a bar by 10pm — this is one of those restaurants where you won’t see any kids dining.

Some people mistakenly call it Lu Lu because of its logo, which represents a mirror reflection of LU. This was the perfect venue for us to meet one of our good old friends also named Lu (short for Luisa). 🙂 I like it because of the exotic taste of the different spices used. Plus, my favorite couscous is a staple on the menu. 🙂 Some people probably won’t like it because of its “Indian” taste, which some taste buds can’t seem to appreciate.

If you are looking for a new place to try in Rockwell, Lu is the place for you. 🙂

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#Restaurants, Food

Taqueria Mia: Taqueria Chilanga’s Reincarnation

Sasha asked me in the OAP Comments Section:
hi anton. happy new year! im reading your blog on a regular basis. i really like your features. im just curious if you know the mexican restaurant “taqueria chilanga”. it used to be in metropolitan avenue in makati (near shopwise) then it moved to greenbelt 3 and branched out in shangrila mall. i dont know where they are now but i really really love the food in that restaurant and im just wondering if they’re still around. hope you can help me find them.

Sasha, I’m happy to say that I finally found them. 🙂

Estella Blanco, the Mexican housewife who was cooking for Taqueria Chilanga, has been living in the Philippines for about 15 years already. She partnered with Lance to launch Taqueria Mia in the Saturday Salcedo Market, where they use all of Estella’s Mexican recipes.

They also have an “outpost” now in the Power Plant Cinema Snack Bar. They serve limited Mexican favorites on a to-go basis there. I prefer the Salcedo Market stall, which offers fresh and homemade Mexican favorites (ex. burritos, tacos, quesadillas, etc.) vs the Rockwell outlet, where the food tastes frozen.

 

 

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Brasserie Boheme by The Gustavian

I’ve heard a lot about The Gustavian, especially from foodies who were raving about it when they visited Cebu. They have branches in Banilad, Marina Mall, and Ayala Mall in Cebu. Now, they plan to win over the foodies in Manila by opening a branch in Eastwood Mall and another in the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati (it’s called Brasserie Boheme — I originally thought it was Bohemian Brasserie).

The Gustavian is the restaurant partner of The Picasso, which is the latest Boutique Serviced Residences in Manila. The Picasso is entering the Serviced Apartments category, currently dominated by Ascott (formerly Oakwood) and Fraser Place in Makati. It offers a very interesting artsy concept, plus a gourmet restaurant.

I personally like Brasserie Boheme for its homey but formal ambiance, and gourmet food. It is perfect for business meetings and get-togethers with friends. But for the first month of The Gustavian’s operations in Manila, it got mixed reviews, particularly the Eastwood Mall outlet. (Have you tried this branch? Please leave a comment.)

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A Gustavus Anniversary

We celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary last January 11 in Gustavus.

Gustavus is a recently opened steakhouse in Legaspi Village that proudly serves only USDA Prime Beef. The restaurant is challenging Elbert’s Steak supremacy in Manila with the help of Hongkong-based Scottish chef David Griffith and Chef Aya Dantes.

The restaurant is named after Gustavus, supposedly the Inventor of Steaks, according to Mike Gayoso (one of the many partners). Although I’ve searched the net, I can’t find any information about Gustavus. Can you help?

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Van Gogh is Bipolar, Are You?

When somebody says to you, “I’m bipolar,” what would you say? I was taken aback the first time I heard it because I thought being bipolar meant the person likes both sexes. But I was mistaken. Bipolar, apparently, is a description of a person who has a Manic Depressive Illness — someone who feels very happy at one moment and then suddenly becomes depressed.

Jetro, the owner of the resto, is bipolar. The entire premise of Van Gogh is Bipolar revolves around introducing mood-altering inspired dishes that trigger happy hormones in the body. The restaurant pays tribute to popular bipolar people by naming the food in honor of them. This is one of the interesting places to visit on the Foodie Street of Maginhawa in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

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#Restaurants, Tagaytay

Marcia Adams’ Tuscany

On New Year’s eve, we decided to escape the noise and pollution of Manila and spent it in Tagaytay. We had an afternoon merienda in one of Tagaytay’s latest garden restaurants — Marcia Adams’ Tuscany. We’d like to credit this discovery to Metro Magazine, which featured this place in its November issue.

Ever since that article came out, the owners started to open the venue to friends of friends until they fully opened this January. (You can probably say you’re a friend of OAP. 🙂 ) Thanks to Marge for introducing and treating us to this place. 🙂

Here is a photo essay of how we celebrated the last day of 2009 in Marcia Adams’ Tuscany place:

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Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Erica’s Happy Bacon Chocolate :)

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.4 out of 5.0

Happy Bacon is a personal favorite, and I’ve been addicted to it ever since Erica shared it when we met in Singapore. I encouraged her to join the Ultimate Taste Test to really put it to the test among foodies.

This is one of the highly debated foodie discoveries in UTT3 (see comments below). Fifty percent loved it because of the unique sweet-and-salty combination that is almost aphrodisiac in nature, while the other half hated it because it’s deadly, sinful and they didn’t like the aftertaste of bacon. But it passed the test with a rating of 3.4. This is a great Christmas gift for foodies who love new adventures with their chocolate.

The packaging can definitely be improved on and maybe Erica could create a version with the truffle-like quality of chocolate. Some think that its price of P250 for 100g is too high, but for us, the only problem is that the product has to be picked up in the QC / ABS-CBN area.

I’m a Happy Bacon fan, are you?

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Food

Flavored Kefir-licious!

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.4 out of 5.0

My favorite healthy drink these days is Jeren’s Flavored Kefir. The healthy benefits of Kefir are popular among the Chinese community. There is already one seller of Kefir drinks in Salcedo Market. I usually get my fix of Kefir in Arama in Serendra.

I had no doubt that the Flavored Kefir of Jeren would pass the discriminating taste of foodies. Some people even commented that it was so good in terms of sweetness and flavor that they couldn’t believe that it’s made purely of Kefir. I like the Mango and Vanilla variants (in that order). It’s like drinking ice cream — very milky rich, very tasty but still very healthy. How can you beat that?

Related Blog Posts:
The Kefir Culture by Jeren
Arama’s Kefir-licious

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The Canapes Chef

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST 3.0 RATING: 3.7 out of 5.0
 

Canapes Chef was a last-minute addition to the Ultimate Taste Test 3.0. In fact, they just called to ask if they could join one day before the event. We would usually say no since we have deadlines we have to honor, but for some reason, I let them join the event to share their Canapes with the foodies.

The Canapes were an instant hit with a 3.7 rating in UTT3. It was served at room temperature but it was still good — it is best served hot, though. You can keep them in the freezer and then just toast them in a regular toaster for 4-5 minutes for an instant yummy canape meal. 🙂 I like the classic Beef with Mushroom Canape.

These days, if you want Canapes, you have to go to either Bizu or Delifrance. But nothing beats homemade goodness and being able to taste the passion for food of Carrie and Leslie in every Canape bite.

Check out their Canapes for the Christmas Season!

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