Monday, February 2, 2015

There's an old saying that "Old Favorites Die Hard".  That rule applies to Cafe Breton, my favorite creperie since childhood.

cafe breton
Whether its for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Cafe Breton is my go-to place for French Crepes and coffee.

cafe breton
I'm not very particular about their ambianceOur favorite branch at Robinson's Place seems a little cramped but no one seems to mind.

cafe breton
My preferred seating place is the one near the open kitchen so I could see my French crepes being prepared.

Food
They have DIY options but I don't want to tickle my brain of such matters and trust their combinations instead.  However, on some occassions, if they run of a single or few ingredients in an item, you are allowed to substitute the said ingredient/s for others that are available.
 

Savory Favorites
poseidon
Poseidon (248 php)

The Poseidon is my favorite.  It has smoked salmon, dill sauce, sour cream and capers.
 
excalibur
Excalibur (215 php)
If you don't feel like eating fish, the Excalibur is a great choice for a savory but not-so-heavy meal.  It has ham, emmental cheese, fresh cream, asparagus spears, sauteed onions and mushrooms.

Savory Galettes (buckwheat crepes)
For a healthier choice, you can go for the Galettes which make use of buckwheat flour.  I used to think that buckwheat is a type of wheat or at least related to it.  But, after my research, I found out that buckwheat is actually a fruit seed.  It has a flavanoid called rutin which helps lower cholesterol and extend the action of vitamin C.  It is also a source of magnesium.  Its more important feature is being a gluten-free fiber.  Well, pardon me for being such a health geek but the bottomline is... its healthy! =)  
galette bretonne
Galette Bretonne (280 php)
The Galette Bretonne is a choice for seafood lovers.  It has spinach, shrimps sauteed with crab meat and onions, fresh cream and gryuere cheese.

galette don quixote
Galette Don Quixote (270 php)
The manly and savory is Galette Don Quixote has ground chorizo , onion, tomato, cream and mozzarella.


galette americain
Galette Americain (240 php)
For a hefty meal, try the Galette Americain with beef patty, mushroom, egg sunny side-up and tomato provencal.

hamburcrepe
Hamburcrepe (245 php)
Compared to the Galette Americain, I like the Hamburcrepe more because the burger patty is laid on a bed of spinach  and topped with sauteed mushrooms, cheese and tomato provencal.

Dessert Crepes
eden
Eden (155 php)
Most of their desserts are too sweet for me.  My classic and default order is the Eden with stewed apples, cinnamon powder topped with whipped cream.

Coffee

Hot Coffee
cafe au lait decaf
Cafe Au Lait Decaf (100 php)
Their hot coffee is nothing extraordinary but good to pair with dessert crepes.
cappuccino decaf
Cappucino Decaf (100 php)
Cold Coffee

cafe liegeios
Cafe Liegeios (130 php)
Sometimes, I go for their cold drinks just for an extra dose of sugar.  The Cafe Liegeios pronounced as "leej*wah" is my kind of cold drink with espresso coffee, ice cream, whipped cream and choco syrup.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Cafe Breton is my favorite creperie since childhood.  It's a low-key place that's serves good quality dishes and drinks that everyone just goes back for without any need for any marketing mumbo jumbo.  I just love their velvety soft and moist galettes and French crepes that can go with any topping I crave for.  The price is reasonable too.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cafe Breton Menu
Ambiance Savory Meal | Pasta | Sandiwches |  
Salads | Savory Favorites | Savory Galettes | 
Dessert Crepes | Dessert
Drinks | Drinks 2 | Drinks 3

Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cafe Breton
Branches Tomas Morato 
Tomas Morato cor. Sct. De Guia Quezon City
(02) 374-6334
 

Westgate 
Space C-806 Central Precint, Westgate Center, Filinvest Alabang Muntinlupa City
(02) 771-1214

Trinoma Mall 

Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor. North Avenue Quezon City
(02) 916-9186
 

Greenbelt 3
1/F Greenbelt 3, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center 
Makati City
(02) 757-4125
 

The Podium 
G/F The Podium, 18 ADB Ave., Ortigas Center Mandaluyong City
(02) 687-5971
 

Mall of Asia 
1/F SM Mall of Asia, Entertainment Mall, SM Central Business Park, Bay City Pasay City
(02) 556-0279
 

Robinson’s Place Manila
Midtown Wing, Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St., Malate Manila
(02) 567-0704
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-800
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other 
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Friday, January 30, 2015

When I was young, I was like any other kid, I loved the pinoy-style spaghetti.  There were only two places we'd frequently dine for it and that is Yum Yum Tree Coffee Shop and Pancake HouseI'd We frequented Pancake House more because it had more branches and it survived while Yum Yum Tree Coffee Shop closed down.

Pancake House used to have a really retro interior with orange and pink booths and huge movie posters of the latest movies and newspaper designed wallpaper.  Being big movie fans, my siblings and I, would always have fun counting the new movie posters that has been placed up since our last visit and quiz each other of their plots.  Dining there for gazillion of times, I can still vividly remember the place.


Over the years, Pancake House has toned down its interiors into a more common and casual look.  But, the food is still the same.  So let's get on with the food...

Food
In this post, I'll present all our classic favorites.  We've been ordering the same thing since forever!

Mom's Pancakes & Waffles: Pancakes
classic pancakes
Classic (169 php/3 pieces)
Pancake House' pancakes are still the best in my book!  (Other than my mom's of course).  It's moist, soft and fluffy.  We always order the Classic because we love their buttermilk.

Omeletts
mushroom omelette
Mushroom Omelettes (147 php)
The Mushroom Omelettes is the first omelettes I've ever tried in my life.  It's still the best for me.  (Again, other than my mom's!)  What I love about it is the perfect combination of the mushroom and cheese.

Patio Pasta
crispy bacon on asparagus and mushroom tagliette
Crispy Bacon on Asparagus and Mushroom Tagliette (186 php)
The Crispy Bacon on Asparagus and Mushroom Tagliette is one of my latest discoveries at Pancake House.  It is topped with shitake mushrooms, asparagus, capers and bacon. 

spaghetti with meat sauce
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Regular (175 php)
The Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is hands down the best pinoy-style spaghetti for me.  (Again, other than my mom's =p)  I just love the bold meaty flavor with the right blend of sweetness.  I also like the the really buttery and garlicky tasted garlic bread that comes with it.

Hale and Hearty Mains: Main Course
classic pan fried chicken
Classic Pan Fried Chicken (213 php/3 pieces)
I also love their Classic Pan Fried Chicken.  It has a perfect crunchy skin and juicy meat.  What makes it different from the rest is that the oil is not evident.

Special Sets
house special set
House Special Set (257 php)
I sometimes crave for their Best Taco in Town too.  In that case, I order the House Special Set which has the Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Best Taco in TownClassic Pan Fried Chicken and garlic bread. 
 
roast beef special
Roast Beef Special (273 php)

My brother is loves their Roast Beef Special served with casaer salad and iced tea.

On some days, I also order their Club House and Vanilla Milk Shake.  Their Vanilla Milk Shake is the first milkshake I've ever tried.  It used to be my mom and I's dining tradition to order and share one.  As I grew up, I became conscious about sugar and calories so I skip it once in awhile then order it again whenever I miss it. =p


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Pancake House will always hold a special place in my foodie heart.  I'm glad I can always go back and revive old memories in every visit.  I'm very pleased with their consistency and I certainly hope they keep it that way.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Pancake House Menu
Ambiance Pancake | Pancake House | Waffles
On the Side | International | Filipino
Omelettes | Soups | Fresh Garden Salads
Brown Rice | Law-Salt | Flavors of Asia |  
Main Course | Special Sets | On the Side
Steaks | Pasta | Sandwiches | Snack LitesDesserts |
 Coffee and Tea | Milk Shakes | Drinks |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Pancake House
Business Address 4/F Robinsons Place Manila, Padre Faura Wing, Adriatico St Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-600
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 536-8063
Other  Website
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tony Roma's Ribs Seafood Steaks is an international franchise which needs no further introduction.  Everyone knows they've got the world famous ribs!

tony romas

tony romas
The place has never lost its flare.  It's always there waiting for someone to crave for its ribs. 

Food
tony romas
Complimentary Bread
Upon being seated, we were served their Complimentary Bread served warm with butter.

Refreshing Salads
caesar salad
Caesar Salad (395 php)
Their Caesar Salad with generous grated parmesan cheese, fresh romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and classic caesar dressing never fails to satisfy us.

Flatbread
vegetarian flat bread
Vegetable Flatbread (375 php)
The Vegetable Flatbread is great finger food to share with the group.  It is topped with zuchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red and green bell peppers, pizza cheese, parmesan cheese and mozarella cheese.

World Famous Ribs
original baby back ribs
The Original Baby Back Ribs Full Slab (1,088 php)
Of course, a visit to Tony Roma's is never complete without ordering
The Original Baby Back Ribs. The original bbq sauce will simply leave you sucking for more.  The tender, savory and juicy meat is also unbeatable.  It is served with our choice of side dish: french fries...
 
coleslaw
Coleslaw

and Coleslaw.

Popular Combos
rib combo with steak
Rib Combo with Steak (1,190 php)
I'm personally happy with just the ribs alone.  But, you could also try their Rib Combo with SteakThe steak is seared at 550 degree farenheit so it's char-gilled on the outside and kept juicy on the inside.  It is served with our choice of side dish: baked potato and ranch style beans.

Flame-Grilled BBQ Skewers
lunch skewer sampler
Lunch Skewer Sampler (525 php)
The Lunch Skewer Sampler with skewers of beef, pork, chicken and fish is something new to try but, nothing special.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Tony Roma's Ribs Seafood Steaks will always be our favorite Baby Back Ribs place.  It has never let us down throughout the years.  They are consistent with everything even their marketing style of giving out a discount card of 20% on your next visit once you'll paid your bill.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Tony Roma's Ribs Seafood Steaks Menu
Ambiance Sampler | Flat Breads | Starter | Soups
Seafood | Chicken | Steaks | Ribs | Combos | Skewers |
Burger | Sandwiches | Salads | Desserts
Favorites | Delivery | Party |
Designated Drinks | Healthy Drinks | After Dinner
  Barley | Hops | Drinks | On Tap | Wine |  
 Mocktails | Mocktails 2 |
  Cocktails | Cocktails 2 | Cocktails 3 |   
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Tony Roma's Ribs Seafood Steaks
Business Address G/F, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, 
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-12mn
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 800-2,000
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 757-1926
Other  Website
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Monday, January 26, 2015

I'm a big fan of cheesecakes.  So when I received an email to taste test Pellegrino's Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake, I gave an immediate yes with a secretive jolt of excitement.

cakes by pellegrinos
Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake 9-incher (800 php)
As expected, a City Delivery guy rang our doorbell handing out a cool box of Pellegrino's Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake.
 
cakes by pellegrinos
Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake 7-incher (400 php)
To be honest, as the brand is unfamiliar to me, I didn't set any expectations.

blueberry no bake cheesecake
Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake 7-incher (400 php)
Yet, a forkful was all it took to make my lips curl with a delightful smile as the soft cream cheese massaged my tongue with its insatiable mild sweet and salty hints.

blueberry no bake cheesecake
Blueberry No Bake Cheesecake 7-incher (400 php)
It was perfectly complimented by the blueberry topping.  But, what made it one of the best blueberry cheesecake that the family has tried is the crust with cashew bits!  I swear not a crumb was left on the box.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
We Tsinoy Foodies highly recommend you order one and shared it on occasions.  Hindi ka mapapahiya! ;)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Cakes by Pellegrino's Pricelist
Packaging Cake Pricelist
Taste
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Cakes by Pellegrino's
Business Address 641 Unit A Boni Avenue 
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Contact (0920) 927-7488
Order Instructions 1 day advance notice
Payment Options Cash
Other Facebook Fan Page
Product Price Range 200-1,500
Disclosure: Item was provided by Cakes by Pellegrino's for taste testing purposes where I am free to express my own insights.

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