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Food Review: Shakey’s


Craving for pizzas? Planning a birthday celebration with your family and friends? Feel free to celebrate your special day here at Shakey’s and get a free pizza during your birth month or day, as well as a supercard.

I and my school friends celebrated my birthday at Shakey’s Hemady since it was just near Robinson’s Magnolia and my sister’s place. Their staff, Ms. Prian, was the one who served us and offered the promo. I commend her since she served us with a smile on her face and had that friendly demeanor that would surely brighten up your special day even more.

What I had for my birthday last Saturday was a family meal deal 2 which already comes with a serving of spaghetti platter, chicken n’ mojos, a thin crust pizza (cheese) , a free pizza (pepperoni) and a pitcher of their house blend iced tea. Plus, I got a Shakey’s supercard for free.




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Food Review: Kettle

As an extended birthday celebration, I and my family headed to Shangri-La Plaza Mall to have our lunch right after attending a Sunday mass and we chose to eat here at Kettle.

What we had for our lunch here at Kettle were the Clam Chowder Soup which was served on a sourdough bread bowl (Php 229), Kettle House Salad (Php 339), Australian Lamb Adobo (Php 449) , Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php 519) and Pork and Potato Strips (Php 339).  Not bad for a group meal.

Clam Chowder Soup
Clam Chowder Soup 

Clam Chowder Soup (Php 229)

This clam chowder soup tasted really great and satisfying to our hungry stomach. It’s served on a sourdough bread bowl that you can also eat right after finishing the soup.

Kettle House Salad
Kettle House Salad

Kettle House Salad (Php 339)

This Kettle House Salad is served with arugula, romaine mix, toffee walnuts, bacon, manchego cheese, berry and balsamic vinegar. It’s not just tasty, but it’s also healthy.

Australian Lamb Adobo
Australian Lamb Adobo

Australian Lamb Adobo (Php 449)

This meal is a slow cooked adobo style served  with tzaziki and truffle mushroom grown rice. Its meat tastes like the angus roast beef.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken (Php 519)

This food serving comes with a honey glazed cornbread, country gravy and Cajun honey. Best tip to make your sauce tasty for this chicken is to pour on the gravy first then the honey.

Pork and Potato Strips
Pork and Potato Strips

Pork and Potato Strips (Php 339)

This appetizer has a serving of crunch pork belly at the bottom then topped with fresh potato strips, fried herbs and red pepper aioli.

My favorite or top pick for this lunch is the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Its gravy and honey sauce is the best!

My rating: 5/5


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Food Review: The Beef Barn

Thinking of where to spend dinner time with your family when you’re outside? Are you craving for something such as a mouth-watering Angus roast beef? You can check out The Beef Barn.

About The Beef Barn


The Beef Barn serves the best tasting U.S. Angus Roast Beef in town, along with savory side dishes of pasta and vegetables at its very affordable prices. This business was run by Chef Ivory Yat, or famously known as “The Sultry Chef”, who started her career when she joined ABS-CBN’s Master Chef Pinoy Edition/Master Chef Philippines where she won 3rd place.

Did you know that? The Beef Barn started with food stalls offering roast U.S. Angus beef and smoked bacon in a number of malls in Metro Manila before opening up a branch in Eastwood Citywalk 2. This restaurant is periodically setting up their kiosks at monthly gourmet markets and food festivals at SM Aura, Ayala Malls and Eastwood Mall.

To ensure tender and real beef flavor, The Beef Barn only uses USDA Angus Beef.

Guests can choose from the restaurant’s set meals (BB1 – Meat + XL Rice, BB2 – Meat + XL Rice+ 1 Side Dish, BB3 – Meat + XL Rice + 2 Side Dish) which come with a choice of roast beef/smoked bacon/chicken. They also serve pita (regular/big), beef/chicken/side dishes (U.S. Roast Angus beef, U.S. Smoked Bacon, Savory chicken, side dishes, pasta a la carte) , desserts (coffee jelly/buco pandan jelly/strawberry jelly) and drinks

What I love about The Beef Barn is its juicy U.S. Angus Roast Beef, as well as the pasta marinara which I ordered for my side dish to go along with the beef. Their dessert was also good.

You can visit The Beef Barn in 2F of 2E-Citywalk2, Eastwood City, E. Rodriguez Avenue, Libis, Quezon City or you may contact 0977-850-8888.

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Food Review: Jang Ga Nae

One of the newest Korean restaurant here in Manila, Jang Ga Nae serves mouth-watering Korean dishes that guests wanted to try in Korea itself. There are salad vinaigrette, kimchi , watered down kimchi pancake, soup, beef short ribs, beef ribs soup and other Korean dish to try out.

I tried out this Korean restaurant with my school friends last Thursday night which was also one of my friends’ birthday. As a treat, she took us here to try Korean dishes and so far, they tasted good, even the soup. I also loved the strawberry smoothie I ordered. Too bad I wasn’t able to taste the kimchi pancake as my stomach was already full. If given the chance to pay another visit at this restaurant, I would love to try another one of their dishes.



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Food Review: Grand Duchess Cafe


Just enjoyed my sweet Monday afternoon here at this café by having a dose of their frapuccino and a slice of one of their doughnuts.

Grand Duchess Café now opens at the 3rd floor of SM City Sta Mesa where residents near this place could visit the café and order their favorite mouth-watering desserts or beverages . When it comes to the ambiance of this café, I love their design with brick walls, fancy lights and cozy chairs where guests could chill out with their friends or colleague.

This café serves kettle doughnuts, specialty coffee, fyraqava/frystaqava, and yogurt gelato. For the iced coffee, the price depends on the size (petit/moyen/grand) , kind of frap (traditional/origin), and the flavor. Other beverages include Fyra/Frysta Tea Latte, Fyra/Frysta Chocolat, Specialty Frystaqava.

As for the desserts, guests can either have the Frysta Frulli (more on fruits) , doughnuts (choose from Dip N’Braids, Single Specialty Duchess Doughnuts and Single Plain/Glazed Duchess Doughnuts. You may even buy a box of either  6 assorted doughnuts, 1 dozen assorted or 2 dozen assorted from these two choice of doughnuts to bring home to your family or loved ones.


What I tried out here was the Chocolate Peanut Butter doughnut and French Almond Macarons frystaqava . Their doughnut and frap has just the right level of sweetness. On my next visit , I would want to try more of their doughnuts and frap or coffee, preferably the Red/Black/Paris Eye (coffee with shots of espresso).


Come and visit Grand Duchess Café at 3rd floor of SM City Sta Mesa near Cyberzone and McDonald’s. There are also other Grand Duchess Café branches for you to visit.

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Food Review: Ka Tunying’s Cafe

About Ka Tunying’s Café



Ka Tunying’s Café is simply a bakery café owned by news anchor Mr. Anthony Taberna , also known as “Tunying”. This café serve all day breakfast , Filipino favorites, as well as breads and coffee and operates its business in two branches :

Timog Avenue (UG/F Caswynn Building, Timog Avenue, South Triangle , Quezon City)
*Monday to Sunday
* 7 AM-10 PM

Visayas Avenue (88 Visayas Avenue, Vasra,  Quezon City)
* Monday to Sunday
* 7 AM – 9 PM

The interior design was quite cozy and welcoming. Visitors can also find a portrait of Anthony Taberna’s painting.

What They Serve

Ka Tunying’s Café serves freshly baked breads as well as Filipino inspired dishes , coffee selections and healthy juices.

Here’s what I’ve tried during my first visit here in this café:

Coffee Bun (no image available) – P45.00

It’s not just any ordinary coffee bun that you can order from any café or even in Kopiroti as it has a filling of cheese in it. It tastes like coffee from outside but has a cheesy feeling inside. It’s quite unique.

Mochabayan Frappe (P145.00)


This coffee is concocted from a Barako Espresso topped with a tablea tsokolate.

*Though most of their café dishes might seem costly, I would  want to try one of them soon  on my next visit.

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Food Review: Backyard Kitchen and Brew


Backyard Kitchen and Brew is probably one of the best new restaurants I’ve tried , most especially at the UP Town Center. This was operated or owned by Chef Ed Bugia (Pi, Pino, Pipino and Burger Project).

Some of you might even appreciate the design and concept of this restaurant where you could see metal bucket lamps used as lightings, ladders which hung from the ceiling , but what would amaze you the most are the old car plates that are being used as lamp covers and to complete this nice homey touch would be the signage surrounded by plant pots.

Now , talking about the food…

The menu of this restaurant includes Salted Egg Chicken Flatbread which consists the salted egg and crispy chicken skin with a touch of sweet whimsy , the inclusion of  cherry tomatoes and topped with a mix of mozzarella and ricotta cheeses before being baked.

Another one is the Salted Egg Chicken Skin whose freshly fried chicken is tossed in a salted egg mixture to give off  a nicely textured and flavored appetizer.

What  I and my family tried for lunch at this restaurant are Coffee Crusted Baby Back Ribs (full slab – P850) ,  Mushroom Truffle Soup (P245) and Chicken Lollipop.

Coffee Crusted Baby Back Ribs (no image available) 

Coffee Crusted Baby Back Ribs is a slow-cooked smoke coffee spice rub baby back ribs with grilled corn on the cob and potato salad.


Mushroom Truffle Soup

This soup might taste sour at the first place, but try putting lemon in it, and it will surely taste good at the second try. Mushroom truffle soup is made up of pure mushroom puree, cream , sour cream, grilled lemon and truffle oil.


Chicken Lollipop

This dish consists of a 3 breaded chicken lollipop, mushroom gravy and white rice. Their breaded chicken lollipop sure tastes good matched with a mushroom gravy.


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Food Review: Chop Stop

Craving for a pork dish  or any food that satisfies your hunger? You can check in at any Chop Stop branches near your location. You can try out their dishes such as Chops (Mushroom Gravy, Jack Daniel’s , Buffalo or BBQ) which comes along with Buttered Veggies or Nachos , Chomps (Bacon Quarterpounder, Meatball Spaghetti, Bacon & Eggs, Salisbury Steak and Fish Chops) and Chows (Buffalo Wings, Chows Platter, Bacon Cracklings, Cheesy Bacon Fries, Sour Cream Fries and Nachos). You can also order one of their desserts (choose from Red Velvet Mug Cake, Salted Caramel Milkshake,  Fudge Brownie Mud Cake and Oreo Milkshake).

We Love Chops

What I loved about Chop Stop is its design concept . You could see the traffic signs as its wall design. Perhaps, I could have taken a picture of its whole view. This was in Farmer’s Plaza, Cubao City.


What I tried during my visit here yesterday at Chop Stop is their BBQ Chops (pork).  This dish had just the right taste and you could also feel the crunchiness of its skin. I can’t help but love the savory sauce on this BBQ chops. Might as well try the other ones on my next visit here.



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Food Review – I’m Here Cafe

Thinking of where to hang out next with your barkada or family? Check out this café at Tomas Morato Ave. It’s a new Korean café that you can spot at the 3rd floor of CTTM building across Boy Scout Circle in Timog, replacing Centerstage KTV.


You can find this café’s space cozy enough for you and your friends to hang out while sipping your drinks and munching on your snacks. You can even spend your time here working on assignments or a project, or surf the Internet. It’s huge and spacious, accommodating a lot of customers who want to chill or de-stress themselves from a very long day at work or at school.



What I like about this café is its concept of having different cubicles like the study table where students can work on their assignments and school projects. I’d say that this double-deck seating café is convenient for other customers who want to have their own private time.


This café serves coffee, non-coffee, frappe , smoothie and bread. With regards to their drinks, I’d recommend the Hazelnut Iced Latte or Java Chip Mocha Frappe. You may also want to try out their Garlic Cheese Bread when you drop by this place.


This was what I and my sisters and nephew tried during our stay here yesterday at  I’m Here Café for our bonding time. (L-R) : Java Chip Mocha Frappe, Hazelnut Iced Latte and Green Tea Frappe. We just can’t help but enjoy munching on their garlic cheese bread oozing with a bit of cheese whiz spread.

This cafe is selfie worthy for you and your barkada or family when you happen to drop by . In I’m Here Café, you’ll feel like you’re at home even when you’re outside. Take note, though,  visitors are required to take off their shoes when paying a visit here.




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Food Review: Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

Can’t get enough of ramen?  You and your family or friends may check out Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen and try their mouth-watering ramen noodles which would surely satisfy your cravings for this kind of noodles.

Here are some facts that you may not know about this restaurant

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a new brand concept of ramen noodles popularized by Yamagoya Ramen. This new concept of a ramen restaurant was established in the year 1970, and specializes in Chikuho noodles, Gyoza, Chashu roast pork and Tonkotsu soup.

Hungry for more details? These information about the restaurant’s specialty may keep your craving satisfied

Chikuho Noodles

This name came from a part of the Kyusyu region which was located between two capital cities namely Kitakyushu and Fukuoka city. Chikuho was usually known in its coal mining industry which fueled its economic growth since 1960s. However, despite its economic boom, Chikuho area is engulfed with relatively untouched villages and natural forest.

Tonkotsu Ramen

Ramen is known to be a staple product of Japan and considered to be a soul food by young and old folks and even those across the world. This is a very popular regional style of ramen and a specialty of its origin—Kyushu region. Ramen noodles are known or characterized to be thin and straight noodles in rich creamy pork broth—the result of boiling pork bones with several seasonings for many hours in order to ensure the rich pork extract and hearty flavor.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen Special Ingredients consist of special soy sauce, tonkotsu soup, noodle, and chashu.

Different kinds of ramen available are AKA Tonkotsu (for light eaters with high demands for flavors),  Ikkoryu Original Tonkotsu, Yuzu Tama Tonkotsu, Chashu Tonkotsu, Ajitama Tonkotsu, Spicy Tobonjan Tonkotsu, Black Garlic Tonkotsu and many more heart-warming ramen noodles .

The first time I visited this restaurant in Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City,  I ordered Spicy Tobonjan Tonkotsu – since I have this passion for eating spicy noodles. It consists of a spicy Tobonjan paste which results in an absolutely appetizing and wholesome flavor, enough to make you fire up.

With regards to its environment, it was obviously designed in an Asian way. Bamboos are enough to describe it.


You can  visit this restaurant in other locations:

SM Aura Premier
Level 2, SM Aura Premier, 26 Street corner McKinley parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Opens Monday to Sunday from 10 am-10 pm
Tel No. : 478-8333
You can make reservations for the function room from Monday to Friday only.

Shangri-La Plaza
Level 5, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, Shaw Boulevard corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Opens 11 am to 9 pm (Monday to Thursday), 11 am to 10 pm (Friday) , 10 am to 10 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 9 pm (Sunday)
Tel No. : 477-8333

Powerplant Mall
P1 Concourse Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Opens 11 am to 9 pm (Monday to Thursday) , 11 am to 10 pm (Friday), 10 am to 10 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 9 pm (Sunday)
Tel No. : 897-8088

Alabang Town Center
LGF, The Garden, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
Opens 11 am to 9 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10 am to 10 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Tel No. : 809-3333

Century City Mall
Level 3, Century City Mall, Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy Poblacion, Makati City
Opens 11 am to 9 pm (Monday to Thursday), 10 am to 10 pm (Friday & Saturday) and 10 am to 9 pm (Sunday)
Tel No. : 811-0333

Bonifacio High Street
Ground Level, Building 7, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Opens 11 am to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 11 am to 11 pm (Friday to Saturday)
Tel No. : 809-0333

Estancia Mall
Basement 1, Estancia Mall, Capital Commons, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City
Opens 10 am to 10 pm (Monday to Sunday)
Tel No. : 638-3333

Newport Mall
4F, Newport Mall Newport City, Pasay City
Opens 12 nn to 12 mn (Monday to Sunday)
Tel No. : 832-0333