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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It's been awhile since I've discovered a new joint so I was all in to check out Eleven.8 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant upon invite. 
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Eleven.8 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant is located at the ground floor of Pacific Global Hospitality Institute (PGHI) Hotel.  One of the co-owners is a chef and instructor so I was really looking forward to the food.  According to the owners, they aim to be a cafe, breakfast place, meeting place venue, chill place at night and even a cooking lecture venue.

eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
The place is very simple and laid back.

eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
We were served the typical bar chows.  Frankly, my expectation were not met.  Even by the simple color of these fries, I  could tell they used re-used oil.


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eleven8 cafe bar and restaurant

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eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
I really have nothing much to say about the food.  The meat did not have anything spectacular in terms of taste but at least they were tender.  I feel the execution wasn't as ironed out as it should be.  The pasta was overcooked and soggy.


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But, the drinks were a hit!
eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
I'd say the it was worth the trip just for the drinks.  
eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
All the blends were smooth and addictive!
eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
Both ladies and gentlemen will enjoy all their selections.
eleven8 cafe bar restaurant
Yes, I'd recommend having some of their drinks while listening to a few gigs on a weekend night.

Eleven.8 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant Menu
Appetizers | Burgers | Salad | Sandwich |
Must Try | Tilapia Recipe | Vegetable | Pasta |
Dessert | Extra

Eleven.8 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant
Business Address
Pacific Global Hospitality Institute (PGHI) Hotel E. Rodriguez Avenue Quezon City, Philippines
Business Hours 6am-2am
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (0917) 144-9489 | (0917) 305-6979

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It was a stormy weekend.  Many would stay at their homes but not my family.  Like all other birthdays, my uncle's birthday must be celebrated!  And, this time its at the newly opened Gen Korean BBQ House.

If you recall Banzai that closed two years ago, well Gen took its spot.

I usually encounter a sushi bar but this is the first time I've seen a grill bar.  I would have tried it if I was alone but since we were a group of 30 or so, we occupied around 7 tables in the dining area.  I wonder if it was because it was a stormy night.  But other than our group, there were only 2 other groups dining that night.  

Dinner Choose Menu (Dinner, Weekend, Holiday)
The Ban Chan which includes the Sangchu Geotjeori or Korean lettuce salad is refillable.  The best most loved Ban Chan for the group is the Korean Potato Salad.

Gen Premium Steak
We were excited to order a lot of meats because my family is dominantly carnivores.  But according to house rules, we can only order 3 dishes at a time.  We began with their best-seller: Gen Premium Steak.  Of course, it's based on practical instinct that we must try the Gen Premium Steak to at least strive to get our monies' worth.  Upon trying this, I was disappointed because I'm very picky when it comes to steak.  I don't like having to taste and smell the hint of frozen meat which I did.

Premium Chadol (Premium Angus Beef Brisket)
My siblings like pork but I like beef so my favorite is the Premium Chadol (Premium Angus Beef Brisket).

Woo Beasal 
If you want to have a fattier part, try the Woo Beasal.

Beef Bulgogi
The Beef Bulgogi is pretty good.


Honey Chicken

Garlic Chicken 
The family also enjoyed the Garlic Chicken.

Chicken Popcorn
The surprising hit for the night is the  Chicken Popcorn.  If you're getting tired of all the grilled, these addictively crunchy Chicken Popcorn is a great in between snack just pop one at a time in your mouth.

No need for marinade for their fresh Shrimp.  I'd order more of these if only I didn't eat too much meat already.

Jap Chae
We ordered the Jap Chae because it is a birthday tradition to eat noodles for long life.  These noodles turned out to be good.

If there's a factor that displeased the family the most, it would be the drinks.  The Bottomless Drinks priced expensively as 138 php are listed as one section in the menu.  But turns out... when you order soft drinks, you can order soft drinks.  If you order Nestea products, you can only order Nestea products.  The saddest part is if you order Hot Coffee, we thought you can shift to Hot Tea but no.  My sister was very displeased with the Hot Coffee so she wanted to shift to Hot Tea but was not allowed.  The Hot Tea quality is really bad too.  It is oversteeped Lipton Tea...  

Birthday Surprise
And for the birthday celebrant, he gets a surprise birthday song and a birthday pineapple (yes! pineapple and not cake). 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
We felt that Gen Korean BBQ House is not worth the price.  Even if its understandable that pricing in LA is more expensive but the meat quality isn't that good too.  Given that we were one of the few customers, we weren't very pleased with the service either.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Gen Korean BBQ House Menu
Ambiance Rate | Drinks | Dinner Menu
Soju | Sake |
=Favorites or Recommended 
Gen Korean BBQ House
Business Address 561 Adriatico St. cor. Julio Nakpil, Malate, Manila
Business Hours 3pm-4am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Contact (0917) 621-8249
Other  Email: gyubou_yakiniku@yahoo.com.ph Website
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