Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Once upon a time, I was an employee working in Makati.  It was an environment unlike any other, imagine department by department, floor by floor, building by building filled with people being busy with work just as you are.  And, the only time you can consider from all that during your work day is your meal breaks.  When you've been thinking all-day, you'd want to go to a place where you can just let your senses become your guide.  That is why I loved food courts just like Tower Cafe.

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Spang's best seller: Moksi Meti (150 php)
Tower Cafe is located at the 9th floor of Philam Tower at Paseo de Roxas Makati City.  What sets it apart from other food places in Makati is that the cuisines are diverse and mostly original.

Spang's Kapsalon (120 php)
One of the most interesting stalls is Spang which means delicious in Surinam.  In case you don't know, I googled that Surinam is a country found in South America that became a melting pot of international cuisine due to the fact that it has been colonized by the Dutch for many years.

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Spang's Sranang Kebap (120 php)
Have you tried Moksi Met - mixed pork special with Fa Chong Sausages, Char Siu Pork and Chinese Crispy Pork paired with Chow Mien? How about Kapsalon - Dutch dish of french fries, doner kebab, cheese and mixed salad with garlic dressing or Sranang Kebap-Jewish take on beef kabab ?  If not, head over to Spang!

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Chang Thai's Bagoong Rice (120 php)
One of the most authentic establishments is Chang Thai which is established by Chef Aof Suwannalert, a Thai chef from the Northern Province of Chang Mai.

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Chang Thai's Catfish w/ Mango Salad (120 php)
She has only been in Manila for 3 years and is the consultant at the Cravings Group on their latest concepts Rice Lane and Madame Ginger.

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Chang Thai's Pad Thai
You can find Chef Aof at her own little store at Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati.

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Soulful Thai Viet's Chap Chae
The owner of  Soulful Thai Viet is also of high caliber.  

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Soulful Thai Viet

During his cooking career in the US, he has served prominent people like actress "Thalia" of the telenovela Marimar.

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Soulful Thai Viet
Soulful Thai Viet promises a healthy and quality meal by promising that they use minimal amount of salt, no msg and imported and highly quality ingredients.  They also offer fresh dishes as they follow a 4-5 hour with their batch of food to avoid food contamination.

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Pasta Club
 There are also young passionate chefs offering their specialty dishes such as Pasta Club.

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Pasta Club's Bolognese with Chicken Fillet
Try some of Pasta Club's sweet and tangy Bolognese with Chicken Fillet.

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Pasta Club's Carbonata with Pork Fillet
or their very rich and creamy Carbonata with Pork Fillet.

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Altamura's Adobong Manok
While some are new to the food business, some like Altamura already has several branches.

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Altamura's Adobong Baboy
Altamura serves Southeast Asian cuisine: Filipino, Chinese and Japanese.

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Go! Salads' Chicken Kebab Panini (140 php)
I bet your also familiar with GO! Salads that has over 10 outlets.

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Buko Bar's Halo Halo
Another healthy concept is Buko Bar.

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Buko Bar's Mango Lychee Smoothie
Buko Bar partners Mirzi Lisa Pangan and Gladys Johnson who were ADMU MBA classmates aims to deliver the freshest and sustainable buko-based products.

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Teresita's Halo Halo
tower cafe

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So with around 22 food stalls all in one place.  Let your cravings and senses lead you to the meal which will bring you comfort.  Tower Cafe is open from 7 am to 7 pm.  

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Last week, I was invited to partake in a Basic Gelato Making Class with Chef Miko Aspiras.  This is part of the debut of Carte D'Or in the Philippines.

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We're so lucky that UK's Number 1 Premium Ice Cream Brand Carte D'Or will be available in the Philippines by May 23, 2017. Although it has a dominant presence in Europe such as in Italy, France, Russia, Brazil, and Turkey, we are the very first country to have it in the Southeast Asian region. 

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So what distinguishes Carte D'Or from other brands? 

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According to Carte D’Or Brand Manager Earl Keh, "Carte D’Or Gelato was crafted with the idea of offering something that’s more than just ice cream. We take pride in sourcing from only the best, no matter where it takes us: from Australian butter to pistachios harvested from South Australia and California; from Belgian chocolate to hazelnuts grown in Turkey...

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Each pint of Carte D’Or Gelato is crafted using real cream from Australia.  Using real cream not only gives gelato its creamier texture but also its pure, clean taste."

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So you see, the process of making a gelato is basic.  But, it is the ingredients that they use that gives it raises its above the rest.

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As you can see, it has a rich, creamy and smooth texture.

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Then, mixed with the finest ingredients. 

Watch the video on how we did it!

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Carte D’Or Gelato will launch with four flavors:  PistachioSalted Caramel, Double Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Hazelnut.

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Love how bittersweet the Double Chocolate is.  But, it is still the Pistachio that won my heart.

Find out more by following  @cartedorph on IG.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

There are times when we eat for convenience and there are times when we eat for exploration.  My visit to Bistro United is for the latter.  And, let me tell you I have come to the right place - if not the best place!  Have you tried tilapia ice cream?  Well, if not you have too!  There's also so many other intriguing items on the menu that I just have to share!

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Since I wasn't familiar with the area, finding this was a bit of a challenge for me.  Next time, I will search and mark for D Strip instead. 

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Love the tiles!
But, I'm so glad I found it!  It was well-decorated and very spacious.

The food is as top-notch as its interiors.

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Smoked Fish Pockets (125 php)
Starting of with the Smoked Fish Pockets.  The triangular taco-shelled finger food delivers an initial crunchy sensation before unleashing the mellow salty, savory and succulent shredded smoked fish filling.
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Nacho Poppers (105 php)

I think the saying "once you pop, you can't stop" applies to the Nacho Poppers.  The combination of the salsa with the mango is amazing!

Soup & Salad
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Crispy Ubod Salad (125 php)
If you want a healthy dish that's offers a fun crunchy experience, then definitely go for the Crispy Ubod Salad.  Love the texture of the components as well the taste of the dressing!

bagnet ravioli
Bagnet Ravioli (245 php)
I really admire how bold Bistro United got when they innovated the Bagnet Ravioli.  But, I somehow missed the crunchy skin of the bagnet which I loved that was underplayed in this.

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The Amazing Roast Beef (415 php)
The Round Table's Buffet is famous for The Amazing Roast Beef.  I'm so glad that they've decided to offer this ala carte in Bistro United.  This is truly amazing!!!

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Adobo Sa Mangga (395 php)
If you ask me what is the one dish I would pick at Bistro United, then definitely it is the Adobo Sa Mangga.  Can you believe that this doesn't have any soy sauce?  Instead, it has mango puree and bagoong?  I've never encountered something so interesting and balanced at the same time.

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Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice (245 php)
I'm really biased towards Ube.  Since my childhood, I could not resist ordering Ube food products and dishes upon discovering their availability.  So naturally, I liked the Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice.  Although I have to admit, if the Ube flavor is stronger, I would have loved it even more.

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Porchetta Kare-Kare (245 php)
The Porchetta Kare-Kare is another must try!  I'm not recommending it for the porchetta alone but also for the rich delicious sauce.

All Day Breakfast
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Arroz Caldo Overload (155 php)
While the Arroz Caldo Overload did not appeal as intriguing as the other dishes, it gave me a nice nostalgic comforting feeling.

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Spiced Salmon Burger (340 php)
The Spiced Salmon Burger is delicious!  I still prefer Slice's Salmon Burger but this comes so close.  I'd settle for this anytime of the day.

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Roast Beef Po-Boy (330 php)
If you prefer sandwiches or need a to go meal, the Roast Beef Po-Boy is a great alternative to the The Amazing Roast Beef.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich (255 php)
Look at the beautiful egg!  That is what makes eating this Fried Chicken Sandwich a challenge if you're a neat freak.  But, totally worth it.

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Banana Fritters with Salted Yema
When you're used to eating our local favorite "turon", the Banana Fritters with Salted Yema could take a while before you're taste buds could get used too.  But indeed, the crunchy, mushy, salty and sweet combination works well.

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Double Baked Brownies

The Double Baked Brownies is moist and fudgy at the same time. 

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Gold Medal Carrot Cake

My companions enjoyed the Gold Medal Carrot Cake.  Since I'm not much of a sweet eater, I found this too sweet for me.

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Tilapia Ice Cream
Don't ever dine at Bistro United without having to try their Tilapia Ice Cream.  It is really good!  I actually bought a pint of this for 275 php.  It's such a great welcome treat for house guests.  All of them seemed quite pleased with the new and interesting experience. 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Tsinoy Foodies highly recommends Bistro United for an amazingly unique dining experience.  Seriously, this place deserves more buzz with its genius menu items!  Plus, the ambiance and service is superb too. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Ramen X Menu
Ambiance Menu
=Favorites or Recommended 
Bistro United
Business Address D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-700
Free WiFi No
Contact (02) 706-1668

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