BAMBOO GRANDE

Way before I’ve heard  this place down at Tomas Morato, called Bamboo Grande, Friends from my upper batch, recommended this place If you plan to chill and drink with friends. Actually it is a Resto Bar, they served actual meals not the usual pica pica they serve in bars. Then my friends told me that the menu is affordable and “masarap”.

I was looking for a place to celebrate my late birthday since I was in Oman and Dubai during that time, and making it a double celebration of passing my Nursing board exam. Then I want to celebrate with my good old friends in high school. 

Mostly their menu contains Filipino dishes, I’ve heard their sisig is the best, Both tilapia and pork are their best sellers. And I so love sisig, it was so “masarap” seriously. The price range was around P100 + 

The Adobo rice was so far “ubos” just P140 and massive servings good for 4-5 people, I ordered 2 platters actually.

Then I remembered ordering buttered and lemon chicken, it was around P150+ I think. Yeah, my friends love chicken.and it was certified blockbuster for my friends,The difference between the two is the sauce. 

The beef with young corn and lechon kawali was alright. 

They have a promo, If you order 5 meals you get, 2 bowls of free rice. and 3 meals with 1 free bowl of rice. 

We ordered drinks also to celebrate the night with, SAN MIG LIGHT, TANDUAY ICE AND a bucket of RED HORSE, 

My friend tried the pistachio ice cream, and she said it was really good. Yes, they have dessert 🙂

The place can be easily spotted, coming from E.Rodriguez, turn left as you seen Persian Kebab and go straight a bit and you’ll see, it is across Petron, its still going to the main Tomas Morato district.

The music, was good and the band sounded great, If you’re into the reggae music scene. You could also request a song for them to sing in a cool reggae version, If they can. The bands usually starts performing around 8-9 pm and reservations for table starts at 6pm. 

I was really satisfied, the food was great, the ambiance was just relaxing, my friends had a good time and especially I was satisfied with the bill. 

(If you plan to take a foodselfie, you better have a flashlight, my friends used their phones to help me achieve this photo )

(Awesome ceilings)

(Celebratory cake, from Home made by Cherry- Gilmore branch)

MAGNUM BAR- SM AURA

All I can say not bad for P100, you get to choose 3 toppings from a variety of choices they have(STEP 1), then choose your basic CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA FLAVOR (STEP 2),  then Coat it with white chocolate, chocolate and dark chocolate(STEP 3), Then there goes in the toppings you’ve chosen. Then drizzle with sauce from the 3 coating flavors (STEP 4), there you go sweetness overload, that’s for the take out lane. If you want to dine in and seat in literally with a fancy table and breathtaking decor, they have a wide range of menu not just sweets but also meals:) -MAGNUM BAR at 5th floor SM AURA

STEP 1

STEP 2

STEP 3

STEP 4

FINAL TOUCHES:

BOY SHAWARMA

I am forever a fan of the “Shawarma”, one thing is that I grew up in the middle east and Shawarma is what I crave for usually when I visit back home in Oman, ever since before when I was a kid, I would always ask my parents to pass by Rowasco (Oman) to buy a shawarma at this place called ‘ISTANBOLY TURKISH”, it is the best! If you have the chance to visit Oman, you should go there 🙂

Well living here in the Philippines for the past 4 years, there were some food places that sell Shawarma that don’t really look like a shawarma. (Trust me, I know how a legit authentic shawarma looks like).

Anyways my friend Vincent, told me a Shawarma place near their place that just got re-opened. So I decided to come along and It was lunch time so I was hungry. It was called “BOY SHAWARMA”, too bad I was unable to actually know the history and who owns it, maybe I was really hungry.

It actually easy to find the place,  its along  Estrada St. Malate, Manila. If you live near Taft that wouldn’t be a problem.

On the menu, they have the classic Shawarma, you could choose chicken (best seller) or beef. Then the best seller meal is the “BIG DADDY MEAL”, They have Kebab, Shawarma rice, roasted chicken, On the Grill: Afnan and Kabsa. Don’t worry the price rates are affordable. Students can afford it, mostly I’ve seen kids from La Salle and from CSB who came in to dine since its close to them.

I ordered the classic “Chicken Shawarma” which I usually order back home. Then honestly,so far its the closest to what I usually eat back at Oman, not bad. The garlic sauce was good, the fries were not as chunkier back home, but I am more of flavor, it tastes very good. My friend ordered the Shawarma rice, and he said it was good. My friend said it was cool, that they have expanded their menu,

(FOODSELFIE! Follow me on IG: @krishgeekness)

More photos:

(The anatomy of the SHAWARMA)

I would say go and try BOY SHAWARMA, So far I could recommend it, If you really want to get legit and authentic shawarma, so far its the closest to Istanboly, Among the shawarma places have tasted. You can check out their facebook page, Search for BOY SHAWARMA. They have Instagram, @officialboyshawarma and hashtag #BOYSHAWARMA

If there are other places that offer good Shawarma or arabian cuisine, let me know and e-mail me at krizialouren_catapang@yahoo.com, So I could recommend also to my friends who also grew up in Oman especially or any place in the middle east.

Pi (π) Breakfast and Pies

My friend, Jom (Short for Jomarie Anne) and I are always in search of something new to eat, since review days at SHIELD. This is the first time we hang out as newly registered Nurses. YIPEE!

We were searching for places to eat along Katipunan, Then Jom show me a link of like top 10 placeS to eat along Malingap or around Maginhawa, so she suggested π Breakfast and Pies. 

Its easy to find the place, its along Malingap beside PINO kitchen studio 

The ambiance of the place is cozy and I had no problem with the lighting while taking a “foodselfie” (maybe we sat in a nice table, and good lighting)

(LOVE THE CEILING)

(Mirror selfie with JOM)

You’ll love the layout of the menu and not only that, the prices are affordable! (Hands up in the air) then ofcourse the menu is “delishly” (I made word up) described, YUMMERS!

 

So here are our food shots: 

I ordered the SALMON AND WAFFLES. I LOVE THE “Salmonied flowers” and Banana cream pie, savory and sweets for me. 

For Jom, CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, Their bestseller the SMACK pie ( it taste somehow like macapuno-ish, Im not really familiar with Filipino sweets actually, forgive me! I LOVE MACAPUNO, by the way and its really good! and the classic cheese ensaymada.

(Meet the SMACK π– BESTSELLER)

(The SMACK and BANANA CREAM PIE) 

(There is like a selection of pastries and breads for you to check out) 

(For take out, BROWNIES- Peanut Butter, Triple Chocolate and Red velvet- YUM!)

More Photos:

(Regram from IG: @itsannalvrz )

So Jom and I were satisfied, and we enjoyed the food, Seriously. So another foodadventure soon.Any food craving invites contact me at krizialouren_catapang@yahoo.com, this would really help my starting blog. THANK YOU BREAKFAST AND PIES! Love the warm welcome and the crew were nice and accommodating, service is AWESOME. 

Follow them on Instagram at @breakfastnpies 

Address: 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

Contact number: 02 4411773, 02 2121212 · 02 121212 (Delivery)

INFOs from http://www.zomato.com/manila/pi-breakfast-pies-teachers-village-quezon-city

Photos by: Krizia Louren Catapang

Follow me on INSTAGRAM :@krishgeekness 

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DUBAI

Since this is my first post, I want to post something to share that is unforgettable and memorable to me this summer. Not to brag, my favorite holiday is my birthday, yes a day all about me. My mother thought me “LOVE YOURSELF FIRST" since I’m still young.

Now the big 21, I have to change my perspective into utterly mature thinking since I have graduated with a nursing degree and I have to deal with two words REALITY and EMPLOYMENT.

I asked my parents If we could have a family vacation outside Oman,( born & raised, pure blood Filipino), since it has been ages we’ve travelled as a family, I requested to go to Dubai on my birthday week. 

We travelled just an average Filipino family, and arrived to Dubai around 9 AM. We took a cab and headed to DUBAI MALL, dayum this baby is freaking huge. You could get a map from the concierge, you really need it and it really comes in handy 

ookin’ just got off the plane fresh.

Metered Taxi. Gnarley buildings! 

Mandatory posing before entering the mall. LOL.

Dubai Aquarium, my sisters were already hungry so we weren’t able to go inside. You could take pictures from the outside and see different colored "fishies” and I was amazed by the sharks and different weird looking stingrays or manta rays.

Breathtaking waterfalls.

Here are more pics of us strollin’ around Dubai Mall

THE VILLAGE:

More Photos, next post. 

CHIAO! 🙂