Monday, September 29, 2014

The family wanted to check out the Century City Mall.  It was still new so there wasn't much to see so we were eager for dinner.  We were all agreed to try a restaurant that's unique to the place so we chose between Azzuro Restaurante Mediterraneo and Caliburger.  Wanting to have a more healthy and wholesome meal so decided to go for the former.

azzuro restaurante mediterraneo
Little did we know that according to our server, Azzurro actually has other branches. 

azzuro restaurante mediterraneo

 The restaurant is very spacious.

azzuro restaurante mediterraneo

We opted to dine at the second floor and owned it to ourselves for that evening.

Food


Soup (Sopa)
sopa de ajo
Sopa de Ajo (140 php) *split into 2

The Sopa de Ajo is a Spanish garlic soup.  It's actually my mom's favorite kind of soup.  This version has bacon so it's a bit more savory and oily than the usual but we loved it!
 

creamy seafood chowder
Creamy Seafood Chowder (200 php) *split into 2

 The Creamy Seafood Chowder is also a good choice for soup.

 
roasted pumpkin soup
Roasted Pumpkin & Root Vegetables Soup (140 php) *split into 2

I enjoyed my healthy choice of Roasted Pumpkin & Root Vegetables Soup.

Salad (Ensalada)
caesar salad
Azzuro's Crisp Caesar Salad (250 php)
Their Azzuro's Crisp Caesar Salad is great version of our favorite classic salad. 

Main Course (Plato Principal)
For the main course, they have Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Egyptian (Arabic).  The server suggested we go for the Spanish dishes because that's the chef's specialty.  The chef was said to be from Casa Armas.


Spanish
callos madrileno
Callos Madrileno (350 php)

The Callos Madrileno is really good!  It was bursting with zesty flavors and everything was tender.

Rice (Arroz)
paella valenciana
Paella Valenciana Small (450 php)

The Paella Valenciana also met our standards.  It was generous with the toppings.  I just didn't like the kind of ham they used. 


paella negra
Paella Negra Small (460 php)

The Paella Negra was good but I think it would go better with some garlic mayonnaise. 

 
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Azzuro Restaurante Mediterraneo offers interesting Mediterranean dishes for a reasonable price.  It was a good discovery for us.  The food quality, ambiance, service and pricing is good enough to draw its own crowd.  But, they may be lacking in terms of marketing.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Azzuro Restaurante Mediterraneo Menu
Ambiance Appetizer | Appetizer 2 | Soup
Salad | Spanish
French | Italian
Pasta | Greek
Egypt (Arabic) | Rice (Arroz) | Dessert
 Beverages | Alcohol | Wine | Hot |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Azzuro Restaurante Mediterraneo
Business Address 3/F Century City Mall , Kalayaan Ave Poblacion, 
Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-800
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 519-3928
Other 

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If you're looking for a 60's diner ambiance that's serving great American breakfast meals, Mr. Jones is probably the first thing that pops into your mind.
 
mr jones

mr jones
It's retro vibes will definitely brighten up your morning.

mr jones
The place is so colorful and lively.

Food
mr jones
Bacon and Eggs
The classic Bacon and Eggs with a pair of eggs (any style you want), thick bacon slab, potato wedges, pancake balls and slices of oranges.
 

mr jones
Jones' Famous U.S. Ribcap Tapa
The Jones' Famous U.S. Ribcap Tapa is served with a pair of eggs (any style you want), garlic rice, atchara, crispy fried garlic and atchara. The tapa bits are tender, savory and meaty, you'll surely chew for more.

mr jones
Jones' Huevos Rancheros
My favorite would be the Jones' Huevos Rancheros.  It's a dish with slow-cooked sirloin chunks, cumin scented black beans, roasted tomato, bell peppers, salsa fresca, American and jack cheese, two and sunny side-up eggs.  It is served with fresh tortillas, lime, and a bottle of hot sauce.  I just love to spice the day with something fiery in the morning. =)

mr jones
Big Boy Fried Chicken & Waffles
The Big Boy Fried Chicken & Waffles is served with chicken stock gravy to complement the big fried chicken and whipped butter and maple syrup for the waffles.
 
mr jones
Challah French Toast
The Challah French Toast is one of the most exquisite french toast variant I've tried.  It is a french toast tower with nutella and raspberry.  It is topped with caramelized with bananas and crispy bacon.  It also comes with maple syrup, whipped cream or whipped butter.  

Milk Shakes
mr jones
Banana Cream Pie

They say a visit at Mr. Jones is not complete without an order of their famous milk shakes.  At Mr. Jones, every milk shake order comes with the refill in a stainless glass.

milk shakes
Banana Cream Pie

I tried the Banana Cream Pie which was a vanilla milk shake with banana bits and topped with cherry, graham bits, Cinnamon and nutmeg.  It was pretty good.  The consistency is not too thick and not diluted either.


Mr. Jones will be closed by September 30, 2014 because it will be moving to Bonifacio High Street Central.  Watch out for the opening of Mr. Jones Jr. by the end of the year!  I can't wait to order some burgers and milk shakes as movie snacks. ;)


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Friday, September 26, 2014

After numerous Gerry's branches sprouting locally and internationally, who could ever guess that it would open Sweet Chili Thai Fish & Noodle House.

sweet chili thai fish and noodle house

I have to admit, I had no clue on what to expect.  The name barely even hints what it has to offer.
 
sweet chili thai fish and noodle house

The pioneer store is stationed at Fisher Mall.  It has a casual ans Asian-influenced dining area with an open kitchen.

Food

Soups & Noodles
seafood tom yum
Seafood Tom Yum (205 php)
 The Seafood Tom Yum is good for 2-3 persons.

seafood tom yum
Seafood Tom Yum (205 php)
As you can see, they made use of authentic Thai spices which made the soup rich and flavorful.  I even like the spicy kick it delivers in every sip.  Seafood include fish fillet, shrimp and squid.  

Seafoods
5 kind herbs
5 Kind Herbs (365 php)
The 5 Kind Herbs is a deep-fried king fish dish with sweet and sour sauce, garlic and five authentic Thai herbs.  This is my first time to try a dish like this and I certainly enjoyed it!


Chicken
chicken pandan
Chicken Pandan (265 php)

One of our all-time Thai favorites is the chicken pandan.  Sweet Chili's Chicken Pandan does not disappoint in terms of size and taste.

stir fried spicy chicken basil leaves
Stir Fried Spicy Chicken in Basil Leaves (245 php)
The Stir Fried Spicy Chicken in Basil Leaves is another hit among my companions.  We all enjoyed the crispy skin, tender juicy meat and the crunchy basil leaves.

Pork 
grilled liempo
Grilled Liempo (215 php)
 I don't know what's Thai about the Grilled Liempo.  But, my friends enjoyed eating it with the spiced up sauce.


Dry Noodles

phad thai
Phad Thai with Egg (185 php)

 The Phad Thai with Egg is delicious!  The noodles were bouncy and chewy, the sauce is rich in a captivating way especially with the chopped peanut.  The shrimp was so soft.

Vegetables

tofu minced chicken
Tofu with Minced Chicken (195 php)
The Tofu with Minced Chicken is my favorite among all our orders.  It's fried breaded smooth and silky tofu topped with basil, chili and minced chicken.

Rice
bagoong rice
Bagoong Rice (185 php)
For the price, this generous serving of Bagoong Rice is already good up to 4 persons.  Their version is pretty good because of the huge pork chunks. 

seafood rice in basil sauce
Seafood Rice in Basil Sauce (185 php)
I've always been a fan of bagoong rice but this time, the Seafood Rice in Basil Sauce appealed more to my liking.

Desserts
thako
Thako (85 php)
 A serving of the Thako has six dessicated coconut topped cream pudding with tiny tapioca pearls base and wrapped in pandan leaves.  My friends found this to be irresistible while I thought this is one of the sweeter thakos I've tried.

Drinks

Beverages

thai milk tea
Thai Milk Iced Tea (55 php)

The Thai Milk Iced Tea was a bit too sweet for me.


Shakes & Juices
mango shake
Ripe Mango Shake (80 php)

mango shake
Green Mango Shake (80 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
If you're looking for affordable Thai cuisine that's good for sharing then Sweet Chili Thai Fish & Noodle House is one of your best bets.  I regret missing out on the Thai Noodles so I'm planning on coming back with the family.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Sweet Chili Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Sweet Chili Thai Fish & Noodle House
Business Address 2/F Fisher Mall, Quezon Ave., Del Monte,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 150-400
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 364-5550
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I'll admit, I had the impression that healthy food is often expensive, boring, inconvenient and inaccessible.  But, Zigla! Fresh, Healthy and Organic seems to solve all that!  It's an affordable and healthy fast food located at the Zuellig Building in the busy district in Makati.  They also have a branch in Robinson's Magnolia Food Court which I seem to have missed during my visit. 

zigla fresh healthy organic
I've been a foodie since birth.  But, am I a health-conscious foodie?  Honestly, not until I recently encountered so many skin allergies sprouting about which made me conscious of what I eat.  My family became really disappointed when I've become quite a picky eater.  But, I'm actually glad I got a bit unwell because it awakened me to a healthy lifestyle.  I promise you, if you eat healthy food, you'll certainly feel the impact to your body in a holistic way including your energy and mood.

zigla fresh healthy organic
At Zigla!, you don't only get to see the ingredients of the food you'll order with their transparent packaging, they also list down the ingredients and nutritional information (such as the calroies, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar and protein) per product on their menu.  They also list down significant attributes such as "Gluten-Free", "Sugar-Free" and "High-Fiber" which are very helpful!

They have a farm in Batagas so they guarantee that their food items are made from grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and farm-fresh organic produce.

Food

Salads (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and High-Fiber)
zigla fresh healthy organic
Korean Beef Salad (215 php)
The Korean Beef Salad has the following listed ingredients: Grass-fed Beef, romaine lettuce, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, red bell pepper, corn, nori and Oriental dressing.


korean beef salad
Korean Beef Salad (215 php)
As you can see with the Korean Beef Salad, they don't scrimp on the ingredients.  The oriental dressing is surprisingly very sweet and flavorful so I'm guessing it's stevia sweetened.  The korean beef was so tender.  The romaine lettuce and bell peppers were really crunchy.  The pumkin seeds, goji berries, corn, nori and sesame were excellent complements too.

tuna mediterranean
Tuna Mediterranean Salad (199 php)
The Tuna Mediterranean Salad has the following listed ingredients: tuna, romaine lettuce, pumpkin seeds, white cheese, tomatoes, red bell pepper, olives, egg, croutons and citrus dressing.  I'm actually curious on what the croutons are made of and how they manage to made that Gluten-Free.  This is a lighter option than the Korean Beef Salad.

Brown Rice Meals (Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free and High-Fiber)
roast beef mushroom
Roast Beef & Mushroom with Brown Rice (225 php)
The Roast Beef & Mushroom with Brown Rice has the following listed ingredients: grass-fed beef, high-fiber, brown rice, gravy and mushrooms.


roast beef mushroom
Roast Beef & Mushroom with Brown Rice (225 php)
Wow!  The Roast Beef & Mushroom with Brown Rice is so good that it will totally erase all you negative connotation of a healthy food.

fish tausi
Fish Tausi with Brown Rice (145 php)
I'm quite impressed that despite the affordable pricing, the Fish Tausi with Brown Rice makes use of the healthy cobbler fish. 

fish tausi
Fish Tausi with Brown Rice (145 php)
The texture of the fish is superb!  It goes well with the tasty black bean sauce, onions, leeks and red bell pepper.

Wraps (Sugar-Free and High-Fiber)
The Wraps are convenient on-the-go options.
beef cheesesteak wrap
Beefy Cheesesteak Wrap (135 php)
The Beefy Cheesesteak Wrap has the following listed ingredients: grass-fed beef, high-fiber oil tortilla (first time to try this!), romaine lettuce, bell pepper, onions, cheddar cheese, low fat mayo and barbecue sauce.

beef cheesesteak wrap
Beefy Cheesesteak Wrap (135 php)
The high-fiber oil tortilla is not as soft as other tortilla's I've tried but it's okay.  I enjoyed this very much!  The meat was savory and tender.  The sauce is dominantly cheese and mayo that I could hardly distinguish the barbecue sauce.

buffalo chicken wrap
Buffalo Chicken Wrap (145 php)
An equal contender to the Beefy Cheesesteak Wrap is the Buffalo Chicken Wrap.  It has free-range chicken, high-fiber olive oil tortilla, romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, low fat mayo and buffalo sauce.  I found this easier to munch because the chicken were cut in cubes and were very soft but very tasty as they are covered in buffalo sauce.  

Sandwiches

herbed chicken
Herbed Chicken Sandwich (135 php)
Although I'm not fond of sandwiches, I really enjoyed the Herbed Chicken.  It has a high-fiber wheat loaf, herbed spread, free-range chicken.
 
herbed chicken sandwich
Herbed Chicken Sandwich (135 php)
I like how the ingredients were evenly spread throughout the sandwich.  The herbed spread was so aromatic and flavorful!  To my surprise, this Herbed Chicken Sandwich is actually a hefty meal in itself.


Drinks

Zuper Juice
zuper juice
Roselle Bignay Soda (150 php) and Green Juice (135 php)
The Natural Fruit Soda is probably the healthiest soda I've ever encountered.  The Roselle Bignay Soda is a carbonated drink with rich roselle flower flavor, probiotic inoculant, soluble fiber, stevia and unrefined cane sugar.

The Fresh Detox Juice selections were however more to my liking. 

The  Green Juice has kale, parsley, apple, celery and lemon.  I bet if I don't tell you what's in it, you'd never guess you're having veggies!

zuper juice
Orange Juice (99 php)
The Orange Juice has a safer flavor which no one could resist especially the kids.  It has orange, carrots,  celery and lemon.

zuper juice
Yellow Juice (170 php)
The Yellow Juice is my favorite!  It has pineapple, apple, celery, lemon and ginger.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Overall, I'm very impressed with Zigla! Fresh, Healthy and Organic.  Their pricing and quality are beyond my expectations!  I just wish that they' have more branches so people like me can conveniently avail of it as often as we can.  It's certainly my kind of fast food.  I hope we can have more of this kind of fast food in the future.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Zigla! Fresh, Healthy and Organic Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Zigla! Fresh, Healthy and Organic
Branches Zuellig Bldg.
Makati Ave. cor Paseo de Roxas
Makati, Metro Manila


Robinson's Magnolia Food Court
G/F Robinsons Magnolia, Doña M. Hemady Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-8pm
Payment Options cash
Service Charge
Budget/Person 120-300
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

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