Friday, May 22, 2015

The farm to table concept is quite new for me.  But as previously stated, I all in for it!  So when I was invited by the Estancia De Lorenzo team to try and critic their dishes, I was thrilled. 

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Upon our arrival, I instantly fell in love with this place.  Who could have thought that such a beautiful place is hidden inside El Dia Farms in San Mateo Rizal.  


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Check out the interiors!  It's just like your dream house depicted in some foreign interior magazine right?


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Eveything is so lovely that I couldn't help but rush in to check it out more.  The staffs are all full of smiles and politeness as we were greeted and accommodated kind-heartedly.


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Each table is completely set up with complete wares. 


estancia de lorenzo
Every detail is fascinating even the centerpiece.

Since they are currently on their soft-opening phase, the fresh plant crops still outsourced.  But once the're organic garden is constructed, they will offer their diners a one-of-a-kind experience by allowing them to pick their own ingredients.  The meats are directly sourced since they have their own free-range chicken, shrimp, tilapia and peking duck farm so they are offered fresh and affordable too.

This is just one part of El Dia Farms by the way, they also have an Aviary and Crocodile Farm.  Within a year and a half, this will be a full-blown tourist recreational area with an event place and adventure activities.  I'm very excited for that.  But right now, I'll share with you their awesome dishes that are currently offered.

Food

Our Bowls
50/50 champorado
50/50 Champorado (120 php)
You can have the 50/50 Champorado for breakfast or dessert.  It's called 50/50 because it has 50% oatmeal and 50% brown rice.  It has a nice rich creamy layer of chocolate on top of the oatmeal and brown rice then meringue frosting and served with a cookie.   

From the Greenhouse
taro bamboo shoots
Taro + Bamboo Shoots (150 php)
The Taro + Bamboo Shoot is an interested dip dish.  I love the ingenuity.  It's also very addictive! The dip is a mix of many ingredients:  taro leaves, bamboo shoots, confit garlic, taro root chips, sour cream and cheese.  It is served with grilled crispy flat bread and buttered toasted bread. 



edl house salad
EDL House Salad (180 php)
The EDL House Salad is one of the best salads I've ever had!  It has a perfectly cooked runny organic duck egg, pulled duck bits, roasted beet cubes (I know I've stated that I dislike it but I ate every piece I got because it blends well with the salad), pomelo bits, sweet potato chips, santan flowers, mixed greens and tamarind vinaigrette.  It's so good that even non-veggie lovers will praise this!

Our Boards
estancia duck burger
Estancia's Duck Burger (200 php)
The Estancia's Duck Burger is an organic thick duck patty with local greens, pickled onions and aioli sandwiched between potato buns.  It is served with their Papaya Ketchup (or Sriracha if you want it spicy like me) and mixed fries.  The sweet potato buns are soft and moist!  The duck patty is very savory and tender to chew.  

sriracha
Sriracha
They make their own fiery Sriracha and sweet Papaya Ketchup!  Both are really good.  But since I enjoy the hot stuff, I liked their Sriracha more.  It's so good they can these by bottles.


Classic Farm Breakfast (includes 2 free range eggs any style and garlic fried rice)

estancia duck tapa
Estancia's Duck Tapa (180 php)
Every one was exclaiming oohs and aah with glee over the Estancia's Duck Tapa.  I've always been a tapa fan but never have I encountered duck tapa before.  Wow!  It was really good!  This is definitely a must try.  The texture is like meat and the blend of flavors is simply delightful.  This one hefty meal too.  Ladies can opt to share this.

free rang chicken tocino
Free Range Chicken Tocino (160 php)

The Free Range Chicken Tocino is also good.  It's not too sweet and the chicken was tender and juicy.  But if you've tried the Estancia's Duck Tapa, this will just be the next best thing.  But if you're a fan of tocino dishes, this is for you.

From the Pond
Tilapia + Shrimp Gyoza (140 php)

The plating of the Tilapia + Shrimp Gyoza is so beautiful that I almost didn't want to eat it.  But, a bite of the gyoza made me want to swipe this plate clean.


Tilapia + Shrimp Gyoza (140 php)
I've tried a lot of gyoza before (beef, pork and chicken) but my golly this Tilapia + Shrimp Gyoza
has left me stupified.  Just by the look you could tell that it's cooked with precision promising a wonderful crispy and softness in every bite.  The ground tilapia and shrimp is very tasty.  They are in perfect harmony with the mango butter, sour cream, shriracha cashews and sweet potato curls. 


Smoked Tilapia Fish Cake (180 php)
To eat the Smoked Tilapia Fish Cake, you crush the smoked tilapia fish cake until it crumbles into grinded bits and mix it together with the green onions, 64 degrees poached egg, linguine pasta in red sweet seafood tomato bisque.  It also has crispy tilapia skin flakes on the side.


Beer-Battered Catfish (180 php)
Steering away from the usual Fish and Chips, Estancia offers the Beer-Battered Catfish laid on top of a squash brown cooked like a roesti and swimming in a pool of coco cashew cream with sayote tops and crushed cashew.  It's the first time I've tried a catfish fillet.  What a great idea!  I've always loved catfish and I'd certainly prefer it over the dory.

Duck Ragu Bolognese (250 php)
Rarely do I encounter a ragu pasta dish.  Boy am I glad they have the Duck Ragu Bolognese.  Yes, its a linguine pasta with less tomato sauce as its emphasis is to bring out the bold flavors of the ground duck meat complemented by the lightly salted duck chicharon.  It also comes with fried battered squash blossoms. 

Desserts
Pandan Cheesecake
The Pandan Cheesecake is to die for!  A taste of this wonderful masterpiece will make you hear the trumpets of heaven.  It's a rich, smooth, creamy and slightly dense pandan cheesecake served with a scoop of ice cream, sweetened kamias, macaroon bits and meringue. 


Drinks
I rarely insist on ordering drinks.  But, really you have to try at least one of their drinks.

House Blend Iced Tea
Pandan Water
This is the best Pandan Water I've tried yet!  This even beats the specialty beverage Pandan Tea of Ilustrado.

Chili Mango
The Chili Mango will definitely capture the hearts of spicy lovers like me.  The combination is so nice because the refreshing sweet note and fiery spice is a nice contrasting yet equally balance and matched duo like fire and ice or like yin and yang.

Cucumber Basil
The Cucumber Basil is another must try!  This a refreshing drink is so cool and cleansing that you'll enjoy every sip.

Tomato and Orange
The Tomato and Orange is a very nutritious beverage that will boost your immune system.  It is served with syrup so you can make it sweeter depending on your preference.  I'm a frequent tomato juice drinker so I'm used to the taste of tomatoes so I enjoyed it even without syrup. =)


Dalandan Lime Soda
No, this is no mojito.  The Dalandan Lime Soda is a mocktail perhaps as it is a nice sweet fizzy citrus drink.


Estancia De Lorenzo Farm to Table Restaurant Team
The Estancia De Lorenzo Farm to Table Restaurant Team who served us.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Estancia De Lorenzo won't be opening till the El Dia Farm is completely developed and open to the public.  However, I have yet to receive of an update.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Estancia De Lorenzo Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Menu 3 | Menu 4
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Estancia De Lorenzo
Business Address 26 Aquarius St. Bancom Subd. 
San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines
Business Hours

Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-1,000
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact
Other 

Disclosure: Everything I had was sponsored by the owners as guests.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bring along the kids when you dine at B&B Burgers and BrewskiesI've shared about their more popular items.  Now, this time I'm going to share what's in store for your little ones.


Kid's Grub
slip n slide
Slip N Slide (150 php)

The Slip N Slide are 2 little B&B 100% US Beef sliders with B&B ketchup, B&B cheese and potato hays.  It's the same good thing served bite size so its easier for the kids to munch.


curly tails
Curly Tails (145 php)
The Curly Tails is the classic mac and cheese with bacon!


krispy pinkies
Krispy Pinkies (175 php)
My favorite (yes, kid at heart right here!) is the Krispy Pinkies.  The Krispy Pinkies is rice krispries crusted chicken strips served with a choice of honey mustard or root beer bbq sauce.  The sauces were not available during our visit so we had one with aioliBut, if you ask me, I'm fine even without sauce because the "krispiness" is really awesome and the chicken meat is soft and moist.  I found it really fun to eat.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you want to have fun but feel guilty leaving the kids, better bring them over at B&B Burgers and Brewskies.  They have cool choices for both adults and kids.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating B&B Burgers and Brewskies Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
Menu 3 | Menu 4 |
Alcohol | Shakes |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
B&B Burgers and Brewskies
Business Address Burgos Circle
Bellagio 2, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
(02) 403-4038

Estancia Mall
Ground Floor, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, 
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 531-5632
Business Hours 11am-12pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When we ate at Jang Ga Nae, my little sister said that we should have eaten at Seoul Korean Restaurant where she and her schoolmates always dine at.  I told her that Jang Ga Nae was top-rated by bloggers and netizens while Seoul Korean Restaurant is unsearchable online.


seoul korean restaurant
She told me that this place used to be named Happy 6 Days.  Since my little sister is the ultimate K-pop and Korean food fan in the family, we take her suggestions highly and gave Seoul Korean Restaurant a try.

seoul korean restaurant
It is not as big as it's next door neighbor but believe it or not, I find simple homy places more appealing.  

Food
seoul korean restaurant
Complimentary Banchan
We were served their delicious Complimentary Banchan: Miyeok Muchim (seaweed salad), Mu Saengchae (thinly sliced radish kimchi), Kimchi, Gyeran Mari (fried egg), Okra Kangjung, Dubu Ganjangjorim (pan-fried tofu with spicy sauce).  We loved all of them!  We were looking forward to trying more dishes upon tasting these!

kimbap
Kimbap (120 php)
The Kimbap is so good too!

dak galbi
Dak Galbi (400 php)
The Dak Galbi is one of the best I've had!  The spiciness isn't overwhelming with a mellow sesame essence.  The serving size is hefty too. 
 

o sam bulgogi
O-Sam Bulgogi (500 php)
The O-Sam Bulgogi is thin pork an squid slices in soy sauce marinate.  We had the spiciness at mild level.  This was another hit!  The pork and squid were tender plus the marinade was so delicious! 

yang nyum chicken
Yang Nyum Chicken (350 php)
Leading Korean Fried Chickens brands are no match for the Yang Nyum Chicken.  It's got finger-licking sauce, very crunchy skin and tender juicy meat.  I'm actually quite surprised at how good this is! 

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Seoul Korean Restaurant is Pasig's hidden authentic Korean gem.  Every dish we ordered was so good!  Taste-wise, I felt that they don't scrimp on ingredients as the dishes are so rich and hearty just like the kind of food my mom and I would prepare at home.  Their serving size is good for sharing so bring some company with you.  I highly recommend this place.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Seoul Korean Restaurant Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Menu 3 | Menu 4 | Menu 5
 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Seoul Korean Restaurant
Business Address 8137 Plaza, Gen. Malvar St., Brgy. San Antonio, Ortigas,
Pasig City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 637-8282
Other 
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

There's been a lot of buzz over Burgers & Brewskies bizarre burgers.  So when the gang invited me to chill at their Estancia Mall Branch, I got over there in a jiffy.

burgers and brewskies
Although they are more busy during night time, they are also open for lunch.  

burgers and brewskies
It has a simple no fuzz interior with TV screens and sound system.

burgers and brewskies

They have cool messages randomly plastered over the place.
 
Food

B&B Signature
burgers and brewskies
They offered lots of intriguing burgers so we just couldn't resist trying as much as we could.

the cloud burger
Cloud (230 php)
If you've been reading my previous posts.  I've always shared my love for mushrooms!  So the Cloud is my kind of burger.  The Cloud has roasted garlic aioli, B&B cheese sauce and tons of balsamic glazed shitakes with dried figs.

call the nurse burger
Call The Nurse (280 php)
The Call The Nurse is a mandatory requirement for first timersThis is the novelty burger brought about the buzz around Burgers & Brewskies.   Just take a look at that!  The Call The Nurse is spiced mustard aioli, B&B cheese sauce, seared mac and cheese and honey sriracha bacon.

pendong burger
Pendong (275 php)
The Pendong is a Filipino inspiredThis Filipino-American fusion has B&B beef patty stuffed topped with bleu cheese topped, sauteed onion and green mangoes.  Wow! I was really surprised at how well the pickled green mangoes and the bleu cheese combo works.

philly burger
Philly (250 php)
The Philly is the philly cheese steak improvised.   The Philly is the B&B Beef Patty stuffed with sauteed thinly sliced steak, B&B cheese sauce, sauteed onions and peppers. 

winner winner chicken dinner burger
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner (230 php)
The Winner Winner Chicken Dinner has a cool name.  It's also pretty good taste-wise.  It has 1/3 B&B chicken patty, roasted garlic aioli, B&B cheese sauce, rum BBQ sauce and onion rings.
 
Wing It!
buffalo wings
Buffalo (220 php)
The Buffalo is Burgers & Brewskies' version of the classic buffalo wings.  It's spiced up with cayenne pepper sauce mixed with butterAs expected, it is served with bleu cheese sauce.

salt and pepper
Salt & Pepper (195 php)
I liked the Salt & Pepper more than the BuffaloThe Salt & Pepper is seasoned with Chinese five spice with a sweet and spicy vinegar dip.

Side Kicks
zucchini sticks
Zucchini Sticks (105 php)
The Zucchini Sticks is crispy fried breaded zucchini sticks served with olive aioli dip.  It was just okay for me.

Happy Ending
creamy soy panna cotta
Creamy Soy Panna Cotta (85 php)
The Creamy Soy Panna Cotta is smooth soy milk panna cotta topped with B&B's spiced candied bacon bits.  This cup was all for me and I loved it.


Draft
holgate mt macedon pale ale
I know you guys are more excited for the booze.  They have a lot of options Draft Beers include: Holgate Mt Macedon Pale Ale (210 php/mug) and Holgate Road Trip IPA (230 php/mug)


Bottle
burgers and brewskies
You can also pair your burgers with these: Corona Extra (140 php), Stella Artois (130 php), Hoegarden (150 php), Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen (175 php) and Becks (130 php).

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Anytime is a fun time at Burgers & Brewskies.  Their burgers are a must try especially if you want to enlighten your taste buds by trying something out of the ordinary.  And, whether it's burgers and booze, the price is reasonable.  They have FREE WiFi and great TV screens too.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating B&B Burgers and Brewskies Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2 |
Menu 3 | Menu 4 |
Alcohol | Shakes |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
B&B Burgers and Brewskies
Business Address Burgos Circle
Bellagio 2, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
(02) 403-4038

Estancia Mall
Ground Floor, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, 
Pasig City, Metro Manila
(02) 531-5632
Business Hours 11am-12pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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