Greenwich Free Pizza Blowout This January 31, 2012

Greenwich is inviting all Pizza Lovers Nationwide to come and test out their new Ultimate Hawaiian Overload Pizza for FREE this January 31,2012 starting at 2PM (For Metro Manila, North and South Luzon)

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You'll also get a coupon to purchase 2 Pizzas for only P299!

greenwhich FREE pizza

What are you waiting for? Go to your nearest Greenwich Branch now!

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 Ultimate Hawaiian Overload Pizza from Greenwich Pedro Gil Taft Branch

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Also wait for Greenwich's Pizza Blowout in Visayas and Mindanao on Feb 3, 2012

Scrambled Eggs Using Lady's Choice Mayonnaise (Scrambulicious) Recipe

Last week, Lady's Choice sent us a package along with some recipes.  We were really curious to see whether we could cook the same delectable scrambled eggs as the ones we saw in TV advertisements.  So, we decided to try it out!

Scrambled Eggs Using Lady's Choice Mayonnaise (Scrambulicious) Recipe 


4 Pcs Eggs
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Ground Pepper 
4 Tbsp Lady's Choice REAL Mayonaise
2 Tbsp Cooking Oil (For healthier option you can use PAM cooking oil spray on a non-stick pan)

Step 1: Beat the eggs, salt and pepper until frothy

color looks lighter with the Lady's Choice REAL Mayonnaise
Step 2: Put the Lady's Choice REAL Mayonnaise
Step 3: Heat Oil on Frying Pan and add the beating eggs.

Step 4: Stir while cooking until the egg solidifies.
Doesn't it look fluffier and creamier?
Enjoy our Scrambled Eggs Using Lady's Choice Mayonnaise (Scrambulicious) Recipe!

Tsinoy Foodies Recipe Rating
Recipe Difficulty Level
Estimated Preparation Time1 minute
Estimated Cooking Time2 minutes per batch

Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Robinson's Place Manila

Located at the top most floor of Robinson's Place just beside Handy Man is Bacolod Chicken Inasal.  I haven't been to Bacolod so I'm glad that we have the Bacolod Chicken Inasal restaurant chains here in Manila.  

bacolod chicken inasal

bacolod chicken inasal

bacolod chicken inasal
Bacolod Chicken Inasal offers a simple ambiance with a Filipino feel.  The servers are all wearing yellow polo in accordance to its yellow and white theme.  It also sells local Filipino delicacies.  


Pang-pagana (Appetizers)
eggplant ensalada
Eggplant Ensalada (65.50 php)
The Eggplant Ensalada is a simple appetizer dish composed of a grilled eggplant in vinegar topped with diced fresh tomatoes and onions.  

Sabaw (Hot Soup)
pancit molo
 Pancit Molo Solo (59.50 php)
The Pancit Molo is always something warm and soothing to order.  For me,  the Pancit Molo  is like the Filipino version of the Chinese Wanton Noodle Soup.  I love the molo which is wrapped in wanton wrapper and filled with pork.  

Chicken Inasal
chicken inasal paa
 Chicken Inasal Paa (Chicken Thigh) (95.50 php)
I always order Chicken Inasal Paa whenever we dine at Bacolod Chicken Inasal.  I know that there are many types of inasal but the Bacolod style inasal is the best for me.  I love its fragrant flavor.  The pricing of Bacolod Chicken Inasal is also very affordable.  Their serving size is pretty good, the chicken size is big and it comes with one cup of rice topped with fried garlic bits.  However, I was displeased that among seven orders of the Chicken Inasal Paa, mine was overcooked.  

Utan Kag Pancit
bangus lumpia
Bangus Lumpia ni Mom (4 pcs.) (87.50 php)
Enticed by the photo of the Bangus Lumpia ni Mom dish on their menu, we were eager to try it.  It was our first time to try a bangus filled lumpia.  It was okay but nothing special.

Merienda (Snacks)
suman at mangga
 Suman at Mangga (69.50 php)
Regardless of the time we drop by at Bacolod Chicken Inasal, we always order the Suman at Mangga and eat is as dessert.  I know this is easy and simple to prepare.  It has one piece of suman, two strips of mango with coconut milk but I just love this!  In fact, I even ordered another of this for take out just to eat it as a midnight snack.

Pangpatam-Is (Dessert)
Buko Pandan Delight
Buko Pandan Delight (59.50 php)
The Buko Pandan Delight is mainly pandan jelly and fresh coconut strips in cream.  There is nothing unique with Bacolod Chicken Inasal's version.  

leche flan
Leche Flan (49.50 php)
The Leche Flan is too sweet for my taste.  I also did not like the texture.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Bacolod Chicken Inasal is the place for good quality food at a budgeted price.  What I love about Bacolod Chicken Inasal  is their consistency in taste and serving size.  The service is great too.  The staffs are friendly and accommodating.  

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Bacolod Chicken Inasal Menu
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Bacolod Chicken Inasal Robinson's Place
Business Address
2/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St., Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 60-150
(02) 404-0388
Other  Website

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Mommy Lucy Bibingka and Puto Bumbong

I won't deny it!  We love Bibingka and Puto Bumbong (see previous entry) so here I am sharing about it again.  Every time we go to Malate Church, we would always buy at Mommy Lucy.  It is located just outside The Aristocrat Restaurant at Malate.  

mommy lucy

Bibingka (75 php)
Mommy Lucy cooks their Bibingka the traditional way with the charcoal.  The Bibingka is topped grated cheese and laid upon a Banana leaf.  It also comes with shredded coconut.  The size of the Bibingka is average.  The taste is good but not the best we've tried.

puto bumbong
Puto Bumbong (65 php)
Mommy Lucy's Puto Bumbong is simply topped with butter.  It also comes with shredded coconut.  

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Mommy Lucy's Bibingka and Puto Bumbong is offered for an average price and for that you get what you pay for.  It is enough to satisfy our yearning for Bibingka and Puto Bumbong but it is not the best available. 

Tsinoy Foodies Review RatingMommy Lucy Menu
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Mommy Lucy
Business Address
432 San Andres cor. Roxas Blvd., Malate Manila
Business Hours

Payment OptionsCash
Service Charge



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Ramen X: Affordable Authentic Japanese Ramen For Everyone

From the same owners of Ramen Bar and Yakitori Kitchen (see previous entry), comes Ramen X.  The first branch of Ramen X is located just beside the entrance of Trinoma Garden.  Ramen X is currently on its soft opening.  They want everything to be perfect before approaching their regular operations.  
ramen x
Being a a Philmugger for so long, this is the first event I've ever participated in.  Although its far from our place, I convinced Kurt to go with me.  Coincidentally, Kurt and I were lining up by the entrance of Trinoma Mall when we saw ailes, a co-blogger .  We also saw my Philmugger brother by the entrance of Ramen X with my sister.  We all dined together.

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ramen x

ramen x

The ambiance of Ramen X is bright, modern, spacious and fun.  We all appreciated and loved the design. 


We noticed that their Special Ramen bowls are ceramic while the Regular Ramen are plastic and black and red in color.  
shoyu ramen
Shoyu Ramen (99 php)
The Shoyu Ramen is a soy based noodle soup topped with Roast Pork, Egg, fish cake, vegetables and green onions.  It was complete in terms of ingredients.  The serving size was very generous given its price.  It was pretty tasty too.  The texture of the noodles are okay.  Kurt enjoyed this.

Special Ramen
chikuwa 7 ramen
Chikuwa 7 Ramen (129 php)
My brother and Ailes both ordered the Chikuwa 7 Ramen.  Ailes loved the Chikuwa when we dined at Yakitori Kitchen (see previous entry) so she ordered this dish.  Based on the name, the Chikuwa 7 Ramen is a soy based ramen with topped with 7 Chikuwas and green onion.  The Chikuwa 7 Ramen was the best dish among all our orders.  Aside from the soy taste, its soup had a flavorful seafood taste.  

kimchi ramen
Kimchi Ramen (129 php)
The Kimchi Ramen is soy-based noodle soup topped with Kimchi, Egg, Roast Pork, fish cake, vegetables and green onions.  The Kimchi Ramen is actually the Shoyu Ramen plus the Kimchi.  I enjoyed it!  I find it more delicious than the Shoyu Ramen because of the blending of the saltiness of soy and spiciness and sourness of the Kimchi.

oishi ramen
Oishi Ramen (129 php)
The Oishi Ramen is the most featured dish in their menu.  In addition, we all know that "Oishi" means delicious in Japanese.  Naturally, we all had high expectations for this dish.  If you notice, all the ramen we ordered is soy-based, but the Oishi Ramen is a special blend of soy and miso.  It is topped with Roast Pork, Egg, fish cakes, beef, vegetables and green onions.  The taste is more on soy than miso.  My sister did not enjoy it because she was looking for a more flavorful taste like the Chikuwa 7 Ramen.  However, my brother and I were able to appreciate its simple balanced flavor.  

Ramen Toppings
Kimchi (30 php)
The pricing for the ramen topping like the Kimchi is really good.  You can just add whatever toppings you like.  If you ask me, I think the Roast Pork (2 slices) at the 30 php is very cheap!  Since this are served in a separate plate, it is not limited to just the ramen.  You can eat the Kimchi as a side dish to your rice bowls like I did.  =)
Egg (15 php)
Rice Bowls
Gyudon (89 php)
Gyudon is my favorite Japanese rice topping.  I always order Gyudon whenever available.  The Gyudon was served with thinly sliced beef strips which made it very tender and easy to eat.  I liked that the sweetness was just right as expected from an authentic Japanese Gyudon.  However, it could use a little more helping with the sauce so it would be more proportional to the rice.  At the same time, the rice wouldn't feel so dry to eat too. 

braised pork
Braised Pork Tamago Rice (89 php)
The Braised Pork Tamago Rice is braised pork bits with egg and topped with green onions.  The pork bits were really tender that you hardly need to chew.  Unlike the Gyudon, this dish was overflowing with sauce.  However, on most parts, I found it too salty for my taste.  There was a portion where it was sweet.  But, Kurt finished enjoyed this and finished this quick too.

Too bad, they don't offer any desserts yet.  My little sister was craving for something sweet so I ordered some soft drinks but apparently no one appreciated my logic so we had to move on to another dessert place before going home.  (I'll share that soon) 


Ramen X is a pay-as-you-order restaurant.  Simply pay at the counter, get your number and wait for a few minutes for your order to be delivered at your table.  Staffs are very courteous and nice.  At an early stage, I could see that their staff are already well-trained.  
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Ramen Sora Ramen Yushoken Ukkokei Ramen Ron Wrong Ramen

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Ramen X offers authentic Japanese ramen at an affordable price.  I don't think you can find a ramen anywhere as cheap as the price offered at Ramen X.  Ramen X is a potential market leader among ramen places.  However, we feel that the rice bowls can still be improved.  The ramen toppings concept at Ramen X is brilliant.  It makes eating ramen not only affordable but fun and customizable.  So if ever you pass by Ramen X, don't be intimidated by its beautiful interior and think its only for those with deep pockets.  Ramen X offers affordable authentic Japanese ramen for everyone. =)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Ambiance ★★
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Ramen X Trinoma Menu 

Ramen X Trinoma
Business Address
Trinoma Mall, Edsa Corner North Avenue, Quezon City
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours)
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 79-150
(02) 628-1603
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Best Winter Restaurants in the United States

There are certain cities in the United States that makes the perfect destination during the winter. From skiing getaways to urban vacations, dining should always be a large part of the experience. This list encompasses the 5 very best winter restaurants in America.
1. Syzygy,Aspen: Visitors to this ski resort of Colorado may spend their days on the slopes, but at night it is time to try the world class cuisine on offer. Many of the meals need to be hearty in order to fill up hungry skiers and snowboarders after a day full of activity, and Syzygy is no exception. Utilizing local ingredients from Colorado such as beef, lamb and even elk, the entrees are primarily focused on a high quality protein surrounded by organic and creative sides. With an extensive wine list and attentive staff, this is easily one of the best restaurants in all of Colorado.

2. Balthazar, New York City: Many people enjoy trips to Manhattan in the winter, in order to soak in the many Christmas decorations and excitement. Duck into museums for warmth and choose this restaurant for a filling, hearty meal. Balthazar serves Parisian fare, reminiscent of European cafes.

3. America's Restaurant, Houston: When the weather gets freezing elsewhere in the United States, Houston has the perfect winter temperatures for visitors. Except cool days perfect for walking around and exploring the city, and be sure to stop in at America's Restaurant, an establishment that draws on ingredients, style and preparation techniques from North, South and Central America to create incredible meals. The bold interior decor gives diners a glimpse of what to expect in their entrees, including vibrant colors and cutting-edge innovation. Try entrees featuring the cuts of meat most popular in Latin America, or salmon for a lighter touch. Desserts such as tres leches or dulce de leche finish off the meal perfectly.

4. Ortanique, Washington D.C.: This city is a fantastic place to visit during the winter, as many of the permanent residents take holidays to other destinations and vacation time for Congress means a quieter vibe for the city. Although the weather might be cold, take advantage of the tropical dining at Ortanique to revive your spirit and bring an island getaway to mind instead. The food is a delightful fusion of Caribbean ingredients and French preparation techniques to create the ultimate entrees featuring fruits, fish and freshly baked breads.

5.Baleen at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Miami: When you simply can't take the winter weather for another day, head to Miami to warm up and experience delicious cuisine at Baleen. With a heavy emphasis on fresh local seafood, diners should be sure to taste house specialties like seabass, scallops and grouper. 

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Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream at Mercato Centrale

If you can recall, I shared our last visit at Mercato Centrale (see previous entry) where we tried the Supreme Brazo Bars by Ces Lopez (see previous entry).  We passed by once again just to try out more of their offerings.  Upon seeing the Merry Moo wooden sign, I was pulled in automatically.  I just couldn't resist ice cream.

According to the Merry Moo sign board, they use our fresh local dairy and they offer unique and fun flavors.

As I approached the Merry Moo stall, the staff greeted me immediately and asked what flavor I want.  I was glancing down looking at all the unique flavors and had a hard time deciding on what I wanted.  I asked the personnel for their best seller and he told me it was "Sea Salt and Caramel" and "Earl Grey Tea".
He offered me a FREE taste of each.  Both were really good!  The Earl Grey Tea is fragrant and refreshing with a citrus twist.  But, I found the taste of Sea Salt and Caramel more intriguing so I ordered a scoop.  A scoop is reasonably priced at 70 php.  They also offered a mix scoop but at a higher price.  
Sea Salt and Caramel (70 php/scoop)
Sea Salt and Caramel carries a taste of both saltiness from the sea salt and sweetness from caramel.  The contrasting flavors creates a surprisingly good sensation.  I love it!  However, it may be a bit too sweet if you eat too much so Kurt and I shared for this.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Merry Moo offers rich and creamy ice cream with unique flavors.  The Sea Salt and Caramel  is certainly worth trying out.  The flavors are all enticing, I want to try them all out!  Any recommendation on what we should try next? =)

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
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Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream
Business Address
Business Hours
Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm-3am 
Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am to 2pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 60-180
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Ba Noi's: Fresh Flavors of Vietnam in Makati

I've always loved Vietnamese Cuisine because I love the herbs and all the vegetables.  But, there is only a few dining selections available here in Metro Manila.  For many years now, my family would always eat at Pho Hoa whenever we would crave for Vietnamese Cuisine.  Last night, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Ba Noi's, a hidden gem for fresh flavors of Vietnam in Makati, with a group of foodies whom I've always looked up to.  I'm so glad i get to meet them for the first time.

ba noi's
Ba Noi's has a casual yet comfortable ambiance.  It has a simple yet beautiful interior with its Vietnamese designed lights, dramatic portraits of Vietnam and wooden tables and benches.  

ba noi's
Although Ba Noi's is new to me, it has already won distinguishing awards.  I did not find it it surprising since their food has a lot of potential.

ba noi's sugarcane press
Right in the middle of its counter is their Sugarcane Press.  I usually see this in China Town so its the first time I've seen one inside a restaurant.  After seeing this, I can't wait to order their freshly made Sugarcane juice.  It's my favorite!

how to eat vietnamese
Vietnamese Cuisine Instructions
Located in the middle of each wooden table is their Vietnamese Cuisine Instructions.  I then realized that I've been eating Vietnamese food for quite some time and never have I been thought how to eat one.  I find their guide very helpful.  I'm glad to know that I was eating "pho" the right way. 

lobster crackers
Lobster Crackers
While waiting for my companions, the hospitable owner Henry offered us some Lobster Crackers.  I've never met anyone who doesn't enjoy munching on these.  I usually see this with Chinese Cuisines but I guess the Vietnamese serve this too.

pho bo
Pho Bo (220 php) *photo is only half size
pho bo
Pho Condiments
The Pho Bo is probably one of the most popular Vietnamese dish.  The Pho Bo is beef noodle soup served with various herbs and spices.  It came with a platter of bean sprouts, lime, basil, chili.  It also came with some hoisin sauce and a chili sauce (tasted like "Sriracha").  The best feature of this dish is that you can add your your desired condiments and sauces to created your preferred taste.  The way I do it is to add everything except for the sauces because I enjoy the light naturally beefy and herb-y taste and a little bit of spiciness.  The thinly sliced beef was so tender that it felt like I hardly had the chance to chew it.  This is the best Pho Bo I have ever tasted!

goi cuon
Goi Cuon (300 php)
The Goi Cuon is a famous Vietnamese appetizer.  The Goi Cuon is pork, shrimp, and rice vermicelli, rolled in rice paper.  It is served with Ba Noi's peanut sauce.  I have always enjoyed the Goi Cuon.  Ba Noi's version with the protruding large shrimps is delicious!  You get to enjoy the natural light sweet taste from the shrimp and the meaty flavor of pork.  The peanut sauce adds more flavor into it too.  I was glad that it was wrapped really tight so it was easy to eat with their wooden chopsticks.

banh xeo
Banh Xeo (250 php)
The Banh Xeo is something new for me.  The Banh Xeo is a crispy thin crepe filled with sauteed pork and shrimp bits, mung bean and bean sprouts.  It is served with fresh vegetables such as lettuce, basil, carrots and radishes and nuoc nam sauce (fish sauce).  I liked the Banh Xeo because of its crunchiness and flavorful ingredients.  This is a must try!

How to eat Banh Xeo?
ban xeo
How to eat Banh Xeo
At first glance, I was wondering how to eat the dish.  I'm glad we dined with Henry because he thought us how to eat one.  Allow me to share it with you.

Step 1: Place the lettuce flat on your place.

Step 2: Cut a portion of the crispy crepe and place all of them on top of your lettuce.

Step 3: Add the rest of the veggies you see on the plate dish

Step 4: Grab the wrapped lettuce and dip in into the nuoc nam sauce and eat it.

cha gio
Cha Gio (190 php)
The Cha Gio is deep fried spring rolls with a mixture of ground pork, shrimp, taro and black fungus.  It is served with fresh lettuces, basic and the nuoc nam sauce.  This dish is exploding with flavors.  

How to eat  Cha Gio?
cha gio
How to eat  Cha Gio
I really thought eating this dish is as simple as our custom spring rolls but it isn't.  To eat this correctly, you have to eat this by placing your lettuce on your plate, add some basil and then the deep fried Cha Gio.  Grab everything and then dip it in the nuoc nam sauce.  

Beef Dish
bo luc lac
Bo Luc Lac (320 php)
The Bo Luc Lac is stir-fried spiced beef cubes topped with sesame seeds served with chili and fried basil.  I really enjoyed this!  The beef cubes were so tender and each bite is so flavorful.  It goes well with the fried basil too.  This dish reminds me of Beef Salpicao but it was more fragrant with the sesame and spices and it was not oily.

Chicken Dish
Ba Kho Cari Xa
Ba Kho Cari Xa (240 php)
The Ba Kho Cari Xa is braised chicken slowly cooked in lemongrass and curry powder and infused with fresh chillies, shallots and spring onions.  The chicken was very juicy and tender with a strong taste of lemon grass, curry and other spices.  This dish goes well with rice.  

Ca Kho To (250 php)
The Ca Kho To is catfish simmered in rich caramel sauce with some spring onions and fresh chili bits.  I love catfish ("hito" in tagalog)!  Catfish always had this distinguishing soft texture and delicious flavor.  During my childhood, we used to buy live catfish in supermarkets but over the years they have become quite rare.  I also don't encounter much catfish dishes being offered at restaurants so I was quite glad that this was available at Ba Noi's.  The sweetness of the caramel sauce was contrasted by the spring onions and fresh chili bits.  The taste was just right and the catfish was cooked with precise timing.

 Sugarcane Juice (90 php)
Ba Noi's makes their own Sugarcane Juice so I was enticed to order one.  I am accustomed to China Town's fresh sugarcane juice ever since I was a child.  Ba Noi's is just as good.  Plus, I think its the best beverage to pair with Vietnamese Cuisine.  The sweetness of the Sugarcane Juice allowed me to reset my palate after each spicy or herb-y dish I ate.

Hot Jasmine Tea
Hot Jasmine Tea (65 php)
rose wine
Rose Wine
Banh Dan Long
Banh Dan Long (135 php)
The Banh Dan Long is a warm pandan cake filled with a layer of mung beans in the middle.  It is topped with coconut cream and toasted sesame seeds.  I always enjoyed this dessert.  I love the fragrant pandan taste and the mild sweet taste of mung beans.  The coconut cream and toasted sesame seeds compliments the cake too.  This refreshing dessert is the best way to end a heavy meal.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Ba Noi's certainly delivers the fresh flavors of Vietnam.  It has a wide range of great tasting dishes that I have yet to try.  Their dishes are with the freshest and premium quality.  The taste of their offerings is authentic Vietnamese.  I also greatly appreciate their good intent to educate us on how to eat Vietnamese Cuisines properly.  Ambiance is great for hanging out with friends or family.  Prices are justified as they serve in large proportion that makes it great for sharing.  I highly recommend this place!

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating
Ambiance ★★
=Favorites or Recommended 

Ba Noi's  Menu Noodles | Appetizers and Salads | Pork and Beef | Chicken and Seafood | Vegetable and Extras | New Dishes | New Dishes 2 | Desserts and Beverages | Other Beverages | 

Ba Noi's
Business Address G/F Greenbelt Mansions
106 Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati
Business Hours 11am-9pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Contact (02) 893-7359

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