Saturday, April 30, 2016

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the grand opening of Pezzo Pizza in our neighboring mall: Robinson's Place Manila.

Due to the tremendous summer heat, I've been wallowing at homeAnd, something as fun and tempting as Pezzo Pizza was exactly what I needed to get me up and excited.  

Pezzo Pizza originated in in November 2012 in Ion Orchard, Singapore and has quickly expanded to other Asian countries such as Malaysia, China, Myanmar, Brunei, Indonesia and now it's here in the PhilippinesAs you can see from it's pizza tray, they sell pizza by the slice.  And, their pricing scheme is for 1, 3 and 6 (whole) slicesThe one in Robinson's Place Manila is just a take out counter but they will be opening 4 more branches within this year and some of those will have a dine in.

They make use of imported ingredients.  They freshly pan-bake their pizzas so the fragrance is really tempting for passebys.  Did I mention that their pizzas are thick but pillow-soft? 


Each Pezzo Pizza is filled with toppings.  And, their blend is distinguishable from other brands.


They only have 1 size for their whole pizza and that is a standard of 14 inch.  Their pizza selection is divided into two series: Carnival and Gala which only matter if you order 1 slice because the pricing is different.  The Carnival series is slightly cheaper.  But if you order, 3 and 6 slices the prices are the same for both series.

During the opening we got to try some of their offerings!  Although I wanted to try them all, I just couldn't because their pizza slices are thick, big and topping-filled.  Luckily, I won myself a whole pizza by spinning the wheel

Carnival Series

Cheesy Cheese (89 php)


The Cheesy Cheese is like a five-cheese pizza with Mozzarella, Cheddar, Edam, Parmesan and Feta Cheese.

Hola Hawaiian (89 php)

The Hola Hawaiian is topped with Turkey Ham, Bacon, Sweet Pineapples topped with Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese.

Very Veggie (89 php)

I really liked the Very Veggie with Onions, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Sweet Pineapples & Diced Tomatoes.  It delivered a sweet and zesty combination with a light and refreshing tone.
 

Big Daddy (89 php)


Meat lovers will definitely fall in love with the Big Daddy with Minced Beef, Turkey Ham, Italian Sausages, Four Cheese...
 

Big Daddy (89 php)


with a dash of sweet and peppery BBQ Sauce. 

Gala Series
chicken delight pizza
Chicken Delight (110 php)
The Chicken Delight has Breast of Chicken strips, Onions, Mushrooms & Turkey Bacon

fishermans favorite

Fisherman’s Favourite (110 php)

What really caught my attention was the Fisherman’s Favourite with Tuna Chunks, Shrimps, Spinach, Onions, Red Pepper, Tomatoes, Oregano & Basil topped with Mozzarella Cheese.  I failed to try this so I'll definitely order this next!

meat munchers

Meat Munchers (110 php)

The Meat Munchers is a heavy meal by itself with Ground Beef, Beef Salami, Beef Pepperoni, Turkey Ham, Beef Bacon and Italian Sausages.

mexican mania

Mexican Mania (110 php)

Being a spicy lover, I really liked the Mexican Mania with Minced Beef, Red Onion, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Herbs, Mozzarella Cheese topped with Chili Sauce.


supremo
Supremo (110 php)
The Supremo is another one from the Gala Series that I'd recommend.  It has Turkey Ham, Beef Salami, Beef Pepperoni, Onions, Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Black Olives & Turkey Bacon

Limited Edition
chicken satay pizza
Chicken Satay
Every different country has a limited edition for a certain period of time.  We got to try the Chicken Satay which is really amazing!  The sweet peanuty sauce complements the chicken satay as well as the cheese well.  

Compared to their Asian branches, I noticed that the pricing here in the Philippines is way cheaper so let's take advantage!  I can't wait to try more of their offerings.  I hope they bring some of their interesting flavors like Sambal Ikan Bilis, Chicken Rendang and Singa Laksa here too.  If you want to try more of their variants, get the 6 flavors in a pan.

Tip (Opening Promo): Plus 50% off on your next whole pizza until May 15, 2016.

Pezzo Pizza Robinson's Place Manila
Business Address Adriatico Wing, Robinson Place Manila, (fronting Robinson's supermarket)
Pedro Gil St. Cor. Adriatico St, Ermita, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 89-550
Free WiFi No
Contact N/A
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Every time we pass by Dagupan on our way to our family's home town in Ilocos Sur, we would often dine at Matutina'sMom hasn't gone back home for a very long time so she hasn't tried it thereTo our surprise, we saw Matutina's Gerry's Seafoods along Mc Arthur Hi-way. 

matutinas gerry seafood pampanga
I told the family to make a quick stop so mom can try it.

matutinas gerry seafood pampangamatutinas gerry seafood pampanga
While waiting for our order, mom shopped for pasalubong.  We bought bottled Bonuan Bangus in oil, fish sauce, Wow Bawang and even Rellenong Bonuan Bangus.
 
matutinas gerry seafood pampanga


Food

matutinas gerry seafood pampanga
Complimentary Pastillas Coconut
We were also given 1 Complimentary Pastillas Coconut each.


matutinas gerry seafood pampanga
Complimentary Pastillas Coconut
It was delicious so we bought many of this to bring home to Manila as pasalubong.  If I recall correctly, it was sold at 3 packs for 100 php.

Sinigang
sinigang salmon head
Sinigang na Salmon Head (180 php)
The Sinigang na Salmon Head is a very hearty choice.  Everyone loved this! 

Seafood Specials
bangus prito
Boneless Bangus Prito (165 php)
A visit to Matutina's is never complete without an order of their Boneless Bangus Prito.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Mom and the rest of the gang was very pleased with our stop at Matutina's.  This is indeed one of the best places to enjoy seafood coked in a homey and hearty Filipino way.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Matutina's Gerry's Seafoods Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Matutina's Gerry's Seafoods
Branches San Fernando, Pampanga
Km 71 Mc Arthur Hi-Way, Brgy. San Isidro, San Fernando, Pampanga
 
Nancayasan, Urdaneta, Pangasinan


Tondalingan, Dagupan, Pangasinan

San Sebastian, Tarlac City 
Business Hours 10am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 501-0000
Other 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If there's one place which was highly recommended everywhere (in publications, online blogs, online reviews sites, tv shows) to have Authentic Kapampangan Cuisineit would be Everybody's Cafe.

everybodys cafe
Thus, we squeezed it into out itinerary.

everybodys cafe
We arrived there around 9 pm and we were practically the only customers of this popular place.

everybodys cafe
It looks like a carinderia (even with flies).  Just with a better table set up since there is a table cloth.

everybodys cafe
The dishes are displayed like in a carinderia or turo-turo style canteen.

everybodys cafe
They have no menu and the set-up was like this so we had the impression that the food would be affordable.  We ordered the Morcon (360 php) for take out.  I think that is the their most impressive dish.

everybodys cafe
Unlike me, it is the family's first time to try the Kapampangan exotic dishes.

Food
camaro
Camaro (Mole Cricket) (220 php)
I was really excited to let the family try the Camaro.  I've had a pleasant experience with the camaro by Ikabud, Bistro Remedios and during the Marquee Mall's Big Bite!  Unfortunate, this one is not as good.  =( I felt bad that the family had to try this not-so-crispy, bland and greasy version at such an expensive price too!

kalderetang kambing
Kalderetang Kambing (300 php)
The Kalderetang Kambing is delicious with a little spiciness to it.  It was tender enough but the serving was small and had lots of bones so  felt that the pricing is not justified.


betute
Betute
I forgot how much the Betute was but I'm pretty sure it was also every expensive as it was priced per piece.  Compared to the Camaro, this is much better.  But, I still didn't like it's oiliness.  I suggest you try Cely's Carinderia and Abe's instead.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Out of all the place we dined at in Pampanga, this is the most expensive and disappointing one.  Trying Everybody's Cafe was a huge mistake!

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Everybody's Cafe
Ambiance N/A
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Everybody's Cafe
Branches San Fernando
Del Pilar, McArthur Highway, San Fernando City
(045)  860-1121

Angeles Branch
(infront of Nepo mall)
Santo Rosario Street, Corner Teresa Street, Angeles City
(045) 887-0361
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 300-1,500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, April 25, 2016

It was a holiday break and I would personally love to enjoy a relaxing day at home.  But... that's not what happened because my mom spontaneously informed us that we are going to Tagaytay in search for the best bulaloNo, we're not trying all the bulalo places in Tagaytay in a day.  We just take our time and try one bulalo place in every visit.  On our way to Tagaytay, the siblings and I googled for the best bulalo place in Tagaytay and there seems to be many mentions on Mer-Ben Tapsilogan.

merben tapsilogan
Because of the term tapsilogan, we were looking for a low-key small-scale canteen like place just like the humble taposilgans in Manila.  But lo and behold, Mer-Ben Tapsilogan seems to be a huge enterprise.  There's a big space for parking lot.  There are lots of dried tawilis vendors.  We actually bought some 3 for 100 php packs.  We were told by the vendor "Madali lang lutuin yan maam.  Tabang yan walang alat basta lagyan lang ng itlog at flour" (That's easy to cook maam.  That's not salted so just put egg and flour).  When we cooked it, we were surprised that it was saltier than dried tuyo so we gave it away.   Anyway, back to Mer-Ben... There's another restaurant beside this but with no parking space and it's also Mer-ben.
 
merben tapsilogan
There's also a souvenir shop. 



merben tapsilogan
There are a lot of huts from small to big where you can dine.  If you decide to eat in the huts, you can be serenaded by the these guys.

merben tapsilogan
We opted to go inside.

merben tapsilogan
We passed by their food display.

merben tapsilogan
This is where we settled in. 

merben tapsilogan

It has a good view as you can see the lake at the distance.


merben tapsilogan

We would see the huts from there.  And being higher and open-air, it was so cold!

Food

Specialties
special bulalo
Extra Special Bulalo M (360 php)
Number 1 on our agenda list is to order the Extra Special Bulalo.  We ate this fast without a moment to spare because it got cold pretty fast.  We loved the tenderness and portion of the meat.  But, the family was not satisfied with the flavor of the broth.

Fried
crispy tawilis
Crispy Tawilis (160 php)

We also ordered Crispy TawilisSurprisingly, the family enjoyed this more than the bulalo.  We ordered another of this.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Sad to say, the best bulalo is not here in Mer-Ben Tapsilogan. Being on the upper floor, we also found it difficult to call the staffs attention.  I'd only recommend this place if you're all for the ambiance or no place is open yet because this is open 24 hours.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Mer-Ben Tapsilogan Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Mer-Ben Tapsilogan
Business Address
Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Business Hours 24 hours
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 100-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (046) 483-0768
Other 

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