Monday, January 16, 2017

Manila Pavilion will have a grand Chinese New Year Celebration on January 28th, 2017 (6 pm onwards).

waterfront manila pavillion

Bring the family at the hotel lobby to partake in the Chinese New Year festivities that combines a bunch of traditional offerings and auspicious food that will draw good fortune, health, prosperity and luck towards you and your loved ones.  The program begins with a traditional Lion and Dragon Dance performances from Choy Li Fut Hong Sheng Koon Dragon and Lion Dancers, coin showers and the gastronomic surprises of the Oriental food fest

chinese new year

Of course,  a Chinese celebration is not complete without the food.  Manila Pavilion Hotel's Seasons Restaurant will offer a delectable Chinese Buffet featuring your favorite Chinese dishes such as Crabs with Ginger and Leek Sauce, Hot Prawn Salad, and the authentic Chinese Vermicelli Noodles, Hakao Chinese  Dumplings and the famous Chinese Century Egg.  For the price of only P 888 nett, it's a dinner feast that your family and friends will find satisfying.

chinese new year
The Patisserie will also sell Chinese Red Bean Cake (P 1,100), Chinese Cupcakes (P360/box of 6) and “Nian Gao” (Tikoy)  (P 300)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

From the outside, running a successful bar or restaurant looks like it would be a lot of fun. After all, these are businesses that are generally full of people enjoying themselves, so what wouldn't be great about that? The difficulty is that for a bar or restaurant in Texas to legally serve alcohol, the business owner must apply for and secure a Texas alcohol permit. All of this is more complicated than it might sound at first, which is why business owners have to plan ahead and plan carefully before opening up an establishment that serves alcohol.

The Complications Involved In Securing a Permit

In order to obtain a liquor license in Texas, a business owner must become very familiar with the regulations involved and deal with a series of government bureaucracies. They must also deal with mounds of paperwork, all of which must be filled out accurately in order to be accepted. Sound simple? It’s not.

Quite frankly, the process for getting a liquor license in the state of Texas has become so complex, many consulting firms have been formed in order to better serve the needs of those who are applying for permits. Apply for a liquor license involves dealing with numerous government entities, including the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Comptroller. All of this involves a lot of time and the kind of expertise in law and government that many business owners don’t have.

Speeding the Process Along

The complexity of the application process means it can sometimes take up to six months for a business to obtain a permit. Any business owner who needs a liquor license would be understandably anxious to get one secured as soon as possible, which is why many owners do retain the services of consultants who are skilled in the permitting process. By using a specialized consultant, businesses can often cut the approval time down to just two months. Consultants do advise that business owners plan ahead and start the process at least three months in advance of opening a bar or restaurant, to give the consultant time to adequately prepare the application.

Every business is different, but no matter what kind of establishment is being run, having a legal license to serve alcohol is always required. Knowing there is skilled help out there to smooth the process is good news indeed. 

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Friday, January 13, 2017

When my mom's best friend came home from the US, I recommended that they dine at Apag Marangle Kapamangan Restaurant.  We've been meaning to dine at their Pampanga branch but could no longer find a consolidated time given our work.  Mom loved it so much and she wanted to try more of their dishes so she decided that we celebrate her birthday there. 

apag marangle
So that Sunday, we made reservations.  

apag marangle
Only to find the place barely empty on a Sunday night.  We reserved the entire mezzanine area which has the best ambiance.  It has kawayan tables and benches with a fish pond.

apag marangle
Look at how huge their menu is.  It takes the form of a giant leaf.  There are so many options.  Although we are a group of almost 30, we couldn't try them all and we had a lot of left overs.

apag marangle
Although Apag Marangle is found at the heart of Makati specifically at Park Square, their interiors and dish presentation will make you feel like your having a native-style salu-salo in Pampanga or some provincial area.

chili garlic camaru
Chili Garlic Camaru (185 php)
My cousins wanted to try the exotic dish of Chili Garlic Camaru.  It was dominantly garlicky so you really can't tell that you're eating insects.  This was passed in between tables several times before we finished this though.  Some are not daring enough to try.
ningnang pusit
Ningnang Pusit
Among all our orders, the Ningnang Pusit did not make a lasting impression because it is simply grilled squid.

Nasi (Rice)
nasi marangle
Nasi Marangle (275 php)
Although we ordered the Nasi Marangle as staple, as you can see it already has enough viands to consider as a meal in itself.  I'm not sure if its just our Ilocano roots but we loved this very much since it's similar to the Ilocano dish pinakbet with the addition of rice.

tabang talangka
Tabang Talangka (175 php)
The boys opted for the Tabang Talangka.  I think they had to burn this off at the gym later on.

Manuk (Chicken)
pepalukluk manuk
Pepalukluk Manuk (415 php)
According to my aunt, there's a similar Ilocano dish that looks like this which my Angkong used to cook.  Since we never got to try it, the Pepalukluk Manuk is the closest that we will get to try.  It is very light tasting on its on so have it with the bagoong or vinegar sauce.

kalderetang bibe
Kalderetang Bibe (415 php)
The Kalderetang Bibe is so good!  This is one of the dishes that was first to be emptied.

Sabo (Soup)
suam mais
Suam Mais (220 php)
The Suam Mais reminds me of sweet corn in soup form.  At first, it was comforting but I couldn't the cup.

Bulalo (545 php)
The Bulalo is a classic and it wins over the other soups we ordered.

Bulalo (545 php)
 The price is just right given the amount of meat.

sigang king kamias bangus
Sigang King Kamias Bangus (320 php)
We also loved the Sigang King Kamias Bangus.

Pagmayumu (Desserts)
meyumang kamuti
Meyumuang Kamuti (135 php)
The oldies ordered the Meyumuang Kamuti.  It was surprisingly good that even though we were all full from our overwhelming amount of orders, we found this pleasurable to eat.

leche flan
Leche Flan (Big) (175 php)
The Leche Flan is delicious but nothing extraordinary.

ebun malat ice cream
Ebun Malat Ice Cream (65 php)

Our top pick for dessert is the Ebun Malat Ice CreamI did not really dive into the salted egg craze despite receiving so many salted egg chips as gifts but one spoonful of this boy this is Ebun Malat Ice Cream and I'm a fan.

Buko-Pandan Juice (70 php) and Lemon Grass Tea (70 php)
For drinks, any of the choices are good.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I highly recommend Apag Marangle especially for Balikbayans and foreigners who want to experience native Kapamapangan cuisine including exotic ones.  The pricing is reasonable and the ambiance and service is nice.  The serving size is good for sharing so the bigger the company, the better.  For us, this seems to be an under-rated establishment.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Apag Marangle Menu
Ambiance Menu 1Menu 2 |  
Menu 3Menu 4
=Favorites or Recommended 
Apag Marangle
Business Address Space 16 & 17, Park Square, Ayala Center, San Lorenzo,
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-600
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 246-9069 ext:580
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

It has become quite obvious for me that it has been a long time since my first time to visit Banawe and tried Kao Chi because I had no idea that it is now replaced by Tra Vinh Australia.

tra vinh banawe
I almost didn't recognize the place because of the total make over.

tra vinh banawe

Tra Vinh feels very clean, spacious and bright.  I was amused by their Asian-conical-hat-shaped lamps.

tra vinh banawe

I first wondered the sign said Tra Vinh Australia... only to find out that one of the partners is the owner of Tra Vinh Australia.  Tra Vinh is actually a name of a province in Vietnam.  

I was fortunate to meet one of the owners Michael who oriented me with some of their dishes.  Michael explained that just like any other cuisine, Vietnamese Cuisine has different versions in each region.  Thus, I was very intrigued as this is my first time to try the interpretation of the Southern region of Vietnam. 

tra vinh banawe
Prawn Pomelo Salad (240 php)

For starters, we had the Prawn Pomelo Salad.  This is the most bountiful Prawn Pomelo Salad I have ever encountered.  I could tell by the looks of the huge orange prawns that they are fresh.  Eat this by placing a piece of pawn and some pomelo bits on the crackers.

tra vinh banawe
Fresh Spring Roll Special (180 php)

The Fresh Spring Roll Special with prawn and pork is hands down the best one I've tried.  The key to this dish is its fresh and quality ingredients.  

combination beef noodle soup
Combination Beef Noodle Soup (180 php -S / 230 php - Reg / 299 php Lrg.)

Never ever leave this place without trying their Combination Beef Noodle Soup.   You can see the meat partially raw and being cooked by the hot soup.  This gives you a sweet juicy beefy flavor upon indulging yourself with their tender beef slices.  I swear I couldn't help but close my eyes and savor the wonderful sensation.  Winner talaga!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee (100 php)
They use authentic Vietnamese coffee beans for their Vietnamese Iced Coffee.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you love light tasting food like I do, then you will surely appreciate the wonderful balance of flavors that Tra Vinh Australia has to offer.  Everything for me was perfect!  Although it is distant from my home, I will surely bring the family here on my next visit. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Tra Vinh Australia Menu
Ambiance Entrees 1 | Entrees 2
 Ala Carte | Noodle Soup
 Dry Noodle | Rice Dish 1
 Rice Dish 2 | Desserts |
Taste ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 
Tra Vinh Australia
Business Address Unit 3, 109 NS Amoranto Corner Cordillera Barangay, Maharlika, 
Banawe, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-400
Free WiFi No
Contact (02)  246-9069 ext:496
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