Friday, October 24, 2014

Most addicts don't admit that they are addicts.  But, I'm really honest so I'll confess I'm an ice cream addict!   To prevent myself from stuffing up on too much ice cream (I used to eat a pint/s a day), I have a personal policy of not eating ice cream unless someone else invites me.  So one usual malling night, the family decided to try Swensen's

Of course, I was so excited! 

I quickly checked out the flavors at the counter even though all the diners are seated as they have a menu so no need to stand up lol.



As I counted, they have 16 different flavors available.
 
They had a large seating capacity but it was a bit crowded.

Food
Apple Cranberry Sorbet (95 php) and Blueberry Cobbler (95 php) (Add 20 php for the Waffle Cone)
Yogen Berry (95 php), Mango (95 php) and Blueberry Cobbler (95 php)
We really love that they have tarty options.  The flavors are also out of the ordinary.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Swensen's Philippines offers delicious ice cream that will cool you down anytime you need to chill.  They have lots of flavors to offer so you'll sure find one to your liking.  However, I find their pricing a bit steep. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Swensen's Philippines Menu
Ambiance Menu
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Swensen's Philippines
Business Address G/F SM Mall of Asia, South Wing, Seaside Drive,
Pasay City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 804-0046
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As much as the family wants to enjoy buffets as often as we can, we'd like to pace ourselvesSince my cousin recommended Fresh Buffet at Solaire Resorts and Casino upon its opening, its long been on our hotel buffet list.

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Finally, we got to try it... not once but twice!  I'll just share both experience here if you don't mind.  Our first visit was on a Thursday night and the second was on a Monday night so it's the same weekday rate.  But, the former is way better than the latter.

Food 

Cheese Station
fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Goat Cheese, Goat Cheese, Bleu Cheese, Jams, Honey and Preserves
This was constant on both visits.

Cold Cuts Station
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Cold Cuts with Pate
So are these...

Mediterranean Station
fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
I love their Mediterranean section.  They not only offer more than just the basic hummus, I noticed that some of the selections vary as well.

Fresh and Smoked Seafood Station and Japanese Sashimi, Sushi and Maki Station
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Fresh Seafood During Our First Visit
During our first visit, we were so delighted with their Seafood Station.  It has large King Crab.  Look at the size of those claws!  There's also huge Alaskan Crab LegsI had to come back for a second serving of those!  The Oysters were large and fresh so we ate them raw.  The Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackarel and Smoked Tanigue were all great too.  The Shrimp Salad and Squid Salad were also satisfactory.  From the Japanese Sashimi, Sushi and Maki Station on the side, the Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi and Red Snapper were all so fresh as you can observe from their vibrant colors.

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Fresh and Smoked Seafood and Sashimi During Our Second Visit
We obviously had an excellent first dining experience so we came back with a party of over 20 and we ended up disappointed with the Fresh and Smoked Seafood and Sashimi offerings.  The Salmon Sashimi looked pale and frozen. The Fresh Oysters were not only small, they were slimy and tasted yucky.  We requested them to be baked in butter (they don't have cheese!) but the experience was just the same.  Only small Crabs and Mussels were offered along with the Squid Salad and Mussel Salad.  The Smoked Selections were the same.  

Prepared Salads
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Plate from Our First Visit and Offerings on Our Second Visit

During our first visit, we there was Lobster Salad!  It was prepared the same way as the Shrimp SaladIn addition, they offered the Tuna Nicoise Salad, really good Coleslaw and Potato and Ham Salad.  On our second visit, they had the Tuna Nicoise Salad, Beef Salad, Tomato Mozzarella Salad and Coleslaw.  Sadly, the delicious Lobster Salad and  Shrimp Salad was not offered.

Bread Station
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Bread Station
Lots of choices for pastry lovers!

Soup
During our first visit, they had a delicious Barley Soup.  The next visit, they had Curry Soup which was exactly the same as their Filipino Curry Chicken from the Filipino Station without the toppings.  I didn't like it.

Namul Station
They also offered variantions of Namul such as Fresh Lettuce, Kimchi and Japchae plus Korean Sauces.

Main Dishes
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Main Dishes During Our First Visit
We loved the Truffle Macaroni and Cheese, Red Snapper, Arabic Style Lamb Shoulder with Cous Cous, Duck with Orange, Vegetable Gratin and wait for it... Sweet Chili Lobsters!

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Main Dishes During Our Second Visit
I didn't try much from our second visit except for the Roasted pork with Sauerkraut.  Other were pretty much like ordinary party catering dishes like the Tagliatelle Bolognaise, Pancetta Rissotto and Mini Beef Sliders.  Good thing they also offered the same Vegetable Gratin which my nephew indulged in.

Dimsum, Noodle Soup, Chinese Cold Cuts and Filipino Sections

They had the same offering on both visits.  The Dimsum Selections were pretty good.  They Pork Siomai was tasty.  The Noodles Station allows the Chinese chef (speaking English with a typical Chinese accent) to serve your Noodle Soup according to your preferred noodle type, vegetables, sauces and broth: beef, chicken or pork.    The Chinese Cold Cuts had two offerings: Hainanese Chicken and Peking Chicken.  From the Filipino Station, constant offerings are the Liempo and Chicken Inasal.  There are also variations of cooked Filipino dishes and soup like Sinigang.  I tried the Filipino Chicken Curry.   It was pretty good.

Fish Station
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Lapu Lapu in Sweet and Sour Sauce (first visit) and Tilapia in Sweet and Sour Sauce (second visit)
The delicious Lapu Lapu in Sweet and Sour Sauce was downgraded to Tilapia in Sweet and Sour Sauce on our second visit.

Grilled Station
fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
Lamb Quesadilla and Prawns Pil-Pil
The Lamb Quesadilla and Prawns Pil-Pil were our favorites from the Grill Station.

fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
The items are pretty much the same on both visits even the Vegetarian Pizza.  I didn't mind trying that for the second time though because it was really good!  Also try the Chicken Teriyaki.


Roast Station
fresh buffet solaire resorts and casino
The Roast Station does not disappoint!  On our first visit, there was Suckling Pig.  Our second visit there was Roast Beef which always had a waiting customer.

Fruits
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Fruits During Our First Visit
On our first visit, there were a lot of Fruits Selections.  Only Melons and Bananas were offered during our second visit. =(

Gelato Station
gelato station
Of course, I wouldn't miss the Gelato and had them on both visits.  I love the Mango flavor so had it twice. 

Cake Station
dessert station
They have a lot of cakes!  On both occasions, the offerings were essentially the same.  They even have Sugar-Free ones.  My favorites are the Signature Chocolate Cake, Pistachio Opera Cake, Tiramisu, Raspberry Cheesecake and Coconut and Mango Mousse.  


Chocolate Fondue and Candies Station
chocolate fondue
Aside from the Chocolate Fondue, they also have a Chocolate and Candies Station.  On our first visit, they have a Chocolate Lollipop Filled with Chocolate Ganache .  It was really good!  On our second visit, they offered Chocolate Bits.  They also have some candies like Polvoron and Ube.

After-Meal Coffee
solaire drinks
The buffet rate is inclusive of free hot drinks: Cappuccino, Latte or Tea.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
I really can't conclude much on Fresh Buffet because of the great disparity between my two visits.  Since they offer them at the same rate, I'm expecting high standard of quality which they would maintain consistently especially since there were a lot of people dining and most of them were tourists. 

How about you?  How was your experience?

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Fresh Buffet Rate
Ambiance Breakfast: 
Adult: 1,100 ++
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 500 ++ 
Lunch: 
Mon-Sat: 
Adult:1,900 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 950 ++ 
Sun & Holiday
Adult:2,400 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,200 ++ 

Dinner: 
Sun-Thurs:
Adult:2,100 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,050 ++
Fri & Sat:
 Adult:2,600 ++ 
Child (7-12 yrs.old): 1,300 ++
*Children 6 yrs. and below: FREE 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Fresh Buffet
Business Address 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, 
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Business Hours Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am
Lunch: 12pm-3:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 1,800-2,500
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 888-8888
Other  Website | Facebook Fan Page
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Way back in high school, my classmates and I would sneakily eat behind the teacher's back just for fun.  We Tsinoys call that "Taw Cha".  We would take turns bringing snacks and share it with the group.  One day, my classmate brought Kopi Roti which was entirely new for me.  

kopi roti
I asked where he bought it and brought home some for the family as a surprise.  They loved it too and since then we've been loyal customers.

Food


Set
kopi roti
Set E: 1 pc. Kopi Bun with Coffee (or tea) (105 php)
When dining in, our usual order is Set E: 1 pc. Kopi Bun with Coffee (or tea)Kopi Roti's Coffee is pretty good for such an affordable price.

kopi roti
Kopi Bun (50 php)
But,our favorite is really their Kopi BunJust its coffee and butter aroma can wake me up from a drowsy state.  When I was in high school, this was only 30 php.  Naturally, it's been price has increased like the rest of the commodities.

kopi roti
Kopi Bun (50 php)
The Kopi Bun has a thin flavorful crispy coffee crust with followed by its  soft and fluffy dough with warm butter in the middle.  Whenever we spot a Kopi Roti branch, we'd buy some of this for take home.  They have a nice packaging for 6 pieces with matching paper bag.  We enjoy eating this for breakfast or merienda.  It's easy to reheat.  We just use the electric oven toaster.


kopi roti
Kaya Puff (25 php)
It's our first time to try the Kaya Puff which was smaller in size and topped with powdered sugar.

kopi roti
Kaya Puff (25 php)
It was not as crisp as the Kopi Bun.  Instead of butter, it had the Kaya spread.  It was pale in comparison to our all-time favorite Kopi Bun.

kopi roti
Soft Boiled Eggs (35 php)
They also offer the Soft Boiled Eggs  which was prepared the Singaporean way.  It has 2 soft boiled eggs mixed with black soy sauce and sprinkled with white pepper.  I'm not a big fan of this style since I love my eggs plain as I appreciate the egg yolk flavor but some prefer eating eggs this way.  If you haven't tried this, you should try it out for yourself.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Over the years, we've tried coffee buns from local bakeshops and international franchises but nothing even comes close to Kopi Roti!  It is still our favorite Kopi Buns and I think it's pretty tough to beat. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Kopi Roti Menu
Ambiance Specialties | Beverages | Set | Rice Toppings |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Kopi Roti The Columns
Branches The Columns
Ayala Ave, Makati City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-10pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 50-200
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 945-9746
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

UCC Cafe Terrace is our favorite coffee place because it serves a wide variety of Japanese inspired meals in addition to coffee and cakes.

ucc cafe terrace


ucc cafe terrace
They sell a good selection of coffee products.  We always buy some to make sure we have a stock at home.

ucc cafe terrace
They have a lot of cakes available.  I have yet to try them all.


ucc cafe terrace
It has a dim yellow light with a casual atmosphere.

Food

Salad
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Chicken Teriyaki Salad (299 php)
The Chicken Teriyaki Salad has chicken teriyaki chunks, cucumber, corn kernels, pineapple slices, tomatoes and romaine lettuce.


Japanese Spaghetti
ucc cafe terrace
Bacon, Mushroom and Sausage Spaghetti (359 php)
 For a savory and creamy Japanese pasta, I recommend the Bacon, Mushroom and Sausage Spaghetti.

Cakes
ucc cafe terrace
Chocolate Fudge Cake (150 php)
The Chocolate Fudge Cake is a very soft and moist dark chocolate sponge cake covered in rich bitter-sweet chocolate ganache.



ucc cafe terrace
Macadamia Sans Rival (220 php)
The Macadamia Sans Rival is a great choice for non-chocolate cake lovers.  It's crunchy and chewy textures and right blend of sweetness is simple captivating.


Special Brewed Coffee
ucc cafe terrace
Houseblend (109 php)
A visit at UCC must always end with an after-meal coffee.  The Houseblend is good enough if you're on a budget.  But, for a more wholesome experience, I suggest you try the Blue Mountain.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
UCC Cafe Terrace serves affordable meals, coffee and cakes that never fails to satisfy. 


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating UCC Cafe Terrace Menu
Ambiance Salad | Soup | Pasta | Gratin | Casserole | Risotto|
Omurice | Rice Plates | Curry Rice  |  
Waffle | Toasts | Desserts | Coffee 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
UCC Cafe Terrace Robinson's Place Midtown
Business Address G/F Robinsons Place Manila, 
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-600
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 567-2029
Other 
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