Everything seems fast-paced except for the stressful heavy traffic.  In the busy business district of Makati, I found refuge for comfort at After All Bar & Grill.

after all bar and grill
My young apprentice has been having financial, family and health problems so  I thought I could bring him here to chill out a bit. 

after all bar and grill
He shared that it was his first time ever to stop by the City of Makati.  He has passed through Makati but never actually visited it. 

after all bar and grill
After All has a bar but...

after all bar and grill
that's not really what we went after.  My apprentice is a musician.  Even at his teenage years, he plays in a church band and earns a living as a guitar tutor.  After All lets guests play if they want to.  I tried to encourage my young trainee but he was too shy.

after all bar and grill
So, we just got on with the food.


Filipino Fiesta
crunchy pork sisig
Crunchy Pork Sisig (280 php)
We started off with their After All's best-seller: Crunchy Pork Sisig.  We loved this!  He even had extra rice just for this!

romanian deviled squid
Romanian Deviled Squid (210 php)
I found the Romanian Deviled Squid really interesting.  And, it was cooked perfectly tender too!

glazed balls of fire
Glazed Balls of Fire (210 php)
My favorite for the night is actually and surprisingly the Glazed Balls of Fire.  The buffalo sauce complemented the tender and succulent meat balls well.

beef salpicao
Beef Salpicao (330 php)
Now, steak lovers will surely be delighted with their Wagyu Beef Salpicao.

crispy shrimps
Crispy Shrimps (250 php)
The Crispy Shrimps is a superb beer match.

calamares fritos
Calamares Fritos (240 php)
And, last but not the least of our order is the Filipino favorite Calamares Fritos.



Calibre (150 php)

For drinks, we tried the Calibre which is Cuban libre infused with lime and sugar.  It was pretty smooth. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
The pricing and food quality at After All Bar & Grill has exceeded my expectation.  Being located at SM Jazz which is a highly commercial and prominent area, I expected it to be more pricey.  I also loved the ambiance with great music.  The only thing that didn't satisfy me was the service.  Albeit having a few customers, we found it difficult to call the attention of the servers.  And when I told the server that the dish was a bit rare, he didn't say anything and just went away.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating After All Bar & Grill Menu
Ambiance Liquor List
 | Mains | Tapas |
=Favorites or Recommended 
After All Bar & Grill
Business Address Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Corner Jupiter Street, 
Bel-Air, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-1pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-1,500
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 816-3652
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Having a heavy craving for meat that needs to be satisfied, I somehow ended up at Fat Daddy's Smokehouse in UP Town Center Katipunan.

fat daddys smokehouse
It's been a long time since I've gone back to UP Town Center and it was so much different from my last visit.

fat daddys smokehouse
I initially intended to explore more of it.  But, the menu at Fat Daddy's is so extensive that my dining experience was already more than satisfying.

fat daddys smokehouse
Fat Daddy's occupied a huge portion of area space at UP Town Center.  It has a nice western vibe.

The displays are cute.  They also sell merchandise in case you're interested.


hot pork poppers
Hot Pork Poppers (175 php)

Before you proceed to the heavy course, Fat Daddy's recommends you to have some starters first.

crispy fried pickles
Crispy Fried Pickles (185 php)
I also recommend that you don't skip this part because their starters are really good and fun to munch with your companions while waiting.

fried chitlins
Fried Chitlins (185 php)
 I can't keep my hands of these Fried Chitlins!  It's so addictive you'll forget about guilt. =p

Set Meals
fat daddys smokehouse
Smoked Pork Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Hotlinks and Smoked Chicken BBQ with coleslaw, pickles on the side an our choice of side: Mashed Potatoes
I think we got to  try every meat dish and sides on the menu.  My top picks are: Smoked Pork Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken BBQ and Mashed Potatoes.

hot mess
Hot Mess (170 php)
I really love the Hot Mess.  The texture of the mashed potato is comfortingly smooth and the savory flavor complements it well.
mac and cheese
Mac and Cheese (170 php)

The Mac and Cheese is also one of the best I've had!  

pecan pie
Pecan Pie (250 php)
I know it is a difficult thing to do but definitely save room for desserts!  This Pecan Pie is the best pecan pie ever!!!

peach cobbler
Peach Cobbler (250 php)
The Peach Cobbler is a bit sweeter than the Pecan Pie.  

bacon smores dip
Bacon Smore's Dip (250 php)
If you're with a group, a must order is the Bacon Smore's Dip.  It comes with a chocolate lava inside.


Lemonade (150 php)

To refresh and cleanse your palate, the Lemonade is a great choice.  Although if you're saving, I think you should just skip this because the price is not reasonable.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Overall, Fat Daddy's is the place to go to when you're craving for smokey and savory meat!  Better bring your food squad because its best to share so you can try all their variants and see which fits your liking like we did.  I think the only thing that will hinder students from frequently revisiting this place is the pricing.  It is a bit beyond a student's staple allowance.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Fat Daddy's Menu
Ambiance Starters |Soup | Salad |
Set Meals | Sides
Set Plates | Kids Plates
=Favorites or Recommended 
Fat Daddy's Smokehouse
Branches UP Town Center
Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11 am - 10 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 350-800
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 717-4482
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I had a craving for fries, thin-crust pizza, and a chili dog recently and decided to create a dish that can
have the combined flavors of my three favorites! If you’ve read my recent entry on Fatburger, you
noticed that I liked the crunchiness and fluffiness of their fries. This dish is inspired by my experience.

Baking a crispy dough requires complex skill and practice so I improvised with an easy, affordable and convenient method. Good thing US frozen fries can be pruchased easily at a nearby supermarket and can be stored conveniently in the freezer (they can last for a long time too). They’re also gluten-free.

I’m steering away from gluten because it slows down my digestion.
Since I needed crispy fries to imitate crispy pizza dough, I chose the shoe string variant which is quicker to bake to a crisp golden brown.
The fries are very versatile so if you're not into cooking, you can simply just observe by the color and you can produce the right texture.As for the toppings I used Cattle Drive Gold Chili with Beans which is one of the best in terms of beefy flavor and it’s gluten-free too.

Here’s the step-by- step process of my US Crunchy Skinny Chili Cheese Fries Casserole Recipe:


  • ½ pack of frozen US potato skinny fries 
  • 1 pack of shredded cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese
  • 1 can of chili sauce (any brand)
  •  Salt and Pepper
Cooking Instructions

1. Spray cooking all on baking pan

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

3. Place frozen fries in thin layer over the baking pan

4. Cook in preheated oven for 30 minutes until brown and crispy

5. Add canned chili with beans (any brand)

6. Add salt and pepper to taste

7. Add shredded cheddar and cheese

8. Cook in preheated oven for 4 minutes

9. Serve while hot

The fries are crunchy even with the gooey cheese. I love that US fries have several of variety cuts. If
you want crispy, definitely go with shoe string fries.

Visit the Potatoes USA Facebook page to learn more US potato recipes!

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Fatburger is a US franchise that started in 1952. It’s located in 150 locations with its HQ located in
Beverly Hills.


Knowing this, I was surprised that it made its way to the foodie radar here in the Philippines.

I ordered a nice Chicken Burger spiced with Cajun. But, what caught my attention was their Chili
Cheese Fries. They use US Potatoes for their fries and offer them in two variants: fat or skinny. I chose fat fries because I was craving something thick and fluffy . I definitely made the right choice. The fries were really smooth, but still had crunch.

chili cheese fries
That’s what I love about US potatoes – crunchy on the outside yet fluffy on the inside.

chili cheese fries
The Chili Cheese Fries are surely a winner! I’ll definitely visit Fat Burger again and try their skinny
version for a different experience. I just love how US Potatoes have so many cuts to choose from
which makes it fun to consume and even cook with!

Fatburger’s Chili Cheese Fries are part of Potatoes USA’s Poutine festival wherein they partnered
with 4 restaurants to serve limited edition poutine dishes starting November 2017 until February
2018. To know more about the promotion and other US potato facts, visit the Potatoes USAFacebook page.  

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