Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Love, Love, Love for the Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut!

There are days that butter, cheese or ever mayonnaise is not enough to brighten one's breakfast. Specially during the days where the clouds are dark and rain just keeps on pouring. Luckily, last weekend, as I enjoy the applause of the raindrops on our roof and the smell of hot teh tarik that I got from Malaysia, I have these two delicious and comforting bread spreads perfect to brighten up my days - Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut!

Originally from Belgium, Crumpy bread spread offers a delectable sweet flavors suit for those people who love to start their day with some sweetness. I have their Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut last weekend, and though I honestly don't want to compare one another, I can't help to. Hahaha!

If you want something that is purely chocolate-y goodness, the Crumpy Choco is the perfect choice for you. With every scoop of this thick and creamy chocolate spread, I'm sure that your endorphin will run wild and will give you that satisfying happiness that you would love - most specially if you love Belgian chocolates. ^_^

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lechon Cebu: Tatang's, CnT and Zubuchon

Upon receiving a confirmation from the hotel that I'm gonna review in the Queen City of the South, hundreds of things came into my mind as to how I am going to spend my 4 days and 3 nights in this highly-urbanized city in the Visayan region. But being the Lafanggero that I am, despite of the millions of reviews about Cebu's national dish, nothing could really stop from having the mouth-watering, skin-crunching lechon of Cebu. And I was lucky enough to try three of the best lechons that you could find in the province - so, friends, drool, people, drool!

On the first day of my stay here in Cebu, after going around Lapu-Lapu City, I had my dinner in this lechon spot, which is just a few meters from my hotel, The Henry Hotel. Though, there's nothing much noise about this place, Tatang's Boneless Lechon is considered one of the best lechon selling names in the province primarily because of their extra crispy boneless lechon that are served hot and fresh out of the roaster.

Located in Banilad District, Mandaue City, the the only kiosk of this budding lechon name houses near Matias Barbecue Station, which is in the corner of A.S. Fortuna and Hernan Cortez Streets.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Electrolux Discover-E Food Festival

What a food festival it is! With decadents representing different regions of our country, from native to neo-Filipino delicacies, Electrolux Philippines' Discover-E proved that it is indeed more fun in the Philippines!

Last Saturday and Sunday, as the Discover-E Campaign of Electrolux Philippines culminates for its final showcase of amazing and filling Filipino delicacies, the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City was filled with hundred of foodies from the different parts of the country to gather and enjoy this 2-day of food festivity through the Discover-E Food Festival.

Of course, your dear Lafanggero didn't miss the chance to discover more delicious Filipino food that truly speak of our being and worth to make our discriminating palette happier and fulfilled.

Friday, June 14, 2013

San Pablo, Laguna: Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant

The last but certainly not the least food destination that we had for the the Electrolux Discover-E Quezon/Laguna Province leg was another art gallery hiding under the name of Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant. A bed and breakfast style with rural ambiance, Sulyap Gallery Cafe and Restaurant is located at the well-kept Cocoland Compound at San Pablo, Laguna.

The compound is consists of three Spanish-era looking houses and one superior establishment that looks like a government office or school in the old days. Lush green is also to be found adding life and color on this once populated place.

It was like entering in a different world when we got there, if not only for the staff who wear their uniforms, I would really think that we were brought back to Spanish period because almost everything here looks so perfect and nice.

The largest establishment there, which is said to be Southern Luzon Colleges and Cocoland Hotel back then is now a museum that holds almost a thousand of fine antique pieces ranging from old religious replicas, home furniture, home decors, metallic utensils and even toys. The caretaker told us that before, the museum covers the whole two-floors of establishment, but when the owners finally decided to keep everyone safe, they all transferred these beautiful stuff on the ground floor. It is also for the ease of everyone who wanna see all of these stuff.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tiaong, Quezon: Ugu Bigyan Potter's Garden

It was like discovering an amazing gem the moment we stepped inside their garage. With the fiery red bricks calling me, I know that I am in for a great treat in this place. After visiting two other restaurants here in Quezon Province, I somehow have an idea how blessed - how beautiful - this province is, but the time we reached our third restaurant destination, Ugu Bigyan Potter's Garden gave a whole new fun to our food adventure in the humble city of Tiaong, Quezon.

Located at the very heart of Tiaong lays a pottery garden turned restaurant, which is owned by one of  Quezon's greatest potters, Augusto "Ugu" Bigyan. If you love Thailand's artistry, well, you really don't have to go that far to experience that because right here in Quezon, you can recently feel the fusion of the Philippines and Thailand's artistry by simply going in and dining in their most relaxing and most unique dining area.

But before we go in to that part, let me tour you around first by sharing some the interesting items/art pieces around the place. Despite of the very humid weather, I managed to enjoy every brick and every stone around me. I, being a huge castle lover, find the  place really homey probably because of the plants and trees that compliments well with everything in here - such a masterpiece you ought to see in person.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tayabas, Quezon: Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay

Despite of having a city located at the foot of Mount Makiling, Tayabas, Quezon didn't let the goodness of the Philippines' bodies of water be out of their system just like that. And with a restaurant carrying the name Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay, anyone will surely feel the love of our natural resources may it be from the top of the mountain or from the bottom of a fish pen with their amazing contribution to the rich and delicious Filipino food finds here in Quezon Province.

Located near the boundary of Tayabas and Lucena, after we had that enjoyable and colorful experience at Pahiyas Festival 2013, as we head back to Lucena to check-in to our hotel, our group had our last food stop at this nature-ish place called Kamayan sa Palaisdaan sa Bay - Bay is what I believed a colloquial term for Tayabas.

Blending with the beautiful mountain of Makiling, Kamayan sa Palaidaan boasts a photographic and peaceful ambiance with lots of plants, trees, fountains and of course, fish pens around. You have an option to dine on a top of a tree, or in their cabanas floating on top of their fish pens, as well as plain dining areas, for those who don't to worry about anything.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Lucban, Quezon: Dealo Koffee Klatch

If you thought that Lucban, Quezon is all about Pahiyas Festival, Lucban Longganisa, Pancit Habhab or even the colorful kiping, you are missing a lot from this humble town. Because if you haven't met the Queen Baker of Lucban and her delectable Jardinera and Yema Cake, well, you are missing a lot and I think you should start considering to a pay to visit to one of Lucban's oldest bakeshop - Koffee Klatch.

Located just a few steps from Lucban Church, Koffee Klatch is housed in the one and only neo-classical structure in whole of Lucban, Quezon. Formerly known as La Casa De Dona Ana, owned by husband and wife Pedro Nepomuceno and Ana Maria Herrera, this building is considered one of the historical spots in the town of Lucban. Served as an orphanage during the World War II, the ownership of the house was transferred to husband and wife Marcelo Dealo and Eduviges Veloso after they bought it, and then passed on to their daughter Milada Dealo-Valde, who is behind the famous bakeshop.

We were lucky that when we visited the place, Mrs. Milada Dealo-Valde or Mommy Milada was there estimating their guests and clients. A simple yet very accommodating woman, Mommy Milada offered not only her food to us but as well as their town's and family's colorful stories that we find really humbling and sweet.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

One Fine Luncheon at Watami, Glorietta

If there's one thing that I really love about Japanese culture and heritage, that is definitely the simplicity of everything. The meaning of the phrase "what you see is what you get" is embodied by this culture, and the fact that it is so evident on their cuisine, no wonder a lot of people all over the world adore this unique Asian culture. And last week, I had a wonderful taste of that lovely culture when I visited this newly opened Japanese restaurant in Glorietta called Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant.

Watami, which is said to be the number one casual restaurant in Japan, is finally here in Manila and is glad to introduce their new lunch set menu that will whet the appetite of office workers and diners alike who are looking to experience an authentic taste of Japan at the convenience of their hectic schedules.

Propped up with a homey, low-key lighting and booth-style seating, this was my spot for my lunch break last week as I enjoyed their whooping 50% off on these new lunch set menu. The lunch set menus start at Php275.00 (Php137.70 at 50% off), and are served with salad and miso soup. With options that cater to a wide array of gastronomes, from raw foodies to noodle nibblers to rice lovers, it was really a good choice!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pizza-All-You-Can Tuesday at Papa John's!

The biggest pizza treat is in indeed in town as Papa John's Pizza, where pizza is served with better ingredients at better value, brings back their unlimited pizza day with Pizza-All-You-Can Tuesday!

Pizza lovers, like I do, will definitely have the best Tuesdays of their life this month of June as Papa John's Pizza offers their filling and truly wonderful unlimited pizza treat this month! It's time to unleash your inner pizza fan and take in all of Papa John’s Pizza goodness while you can every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This Pizza-All-You-Can is available for only Php225.00 per person, and diners can have all the Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Garden Special and the Special Pizza of the Week that they can in this 4-hour special. This also includes one serving of Coca Cola drink for a more enjoyable munching of Papa John's delectable pizzas.
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