Kare Kare House: Truly Satisfying

One of the things I was excited about this December was the fact that my Sissy is coming home for the holidays.

In true Christine Jocson fashion, everything in her itinerary is detailed. So our schedule in her very busy itinerary was December 22, 2013. What were the plans? Deliver her sansrival, visit the house site and lunch at Anix’s Kare Kare house.

One thing I can say the food in this restaurant does not disappoint.

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Lumpia Togue Bites

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Crispy Pata – the skin was wonderfully crunchy and the meat was flavorful. I didn’t need the sauce but my Sissy is adamant she wants the sauce hehehe

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Bangus Ala Pobre – I love this dish. The tiyan of the bangus was deliciously fatty. The meat was crispy on the outside but not dry.

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Kinilaw na Tanigue – sour and refreshing. The kinilaw was a great palate cleanser from all the fatty food.

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Baked Oysters – We almost forgot that we ordered these because it was the last item served. Good thing I always have room for oysters

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Mutya ng Antipolo – I know people are expecting me to say that if you go to Anix’s Kare Kare House you must not miss their Kare Kare but for me their best seller should be the Mutya ng Antipolo. The soup is creamy and satisfying.

The food was very good but the company I was with was better…..my family

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Slice: A Slice of Heaven in a Cupcake

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I have been seeing a lot of post with regards to the Choco Yema cupcake from Slice. The only branch I know of Slice is in BGC and as an Antipolo girl, I rarely go to BGC (except to go Azkals Sports Bar and to visit our clients there). This is the reason why I was delighted when I saw that they have a kiosk in Podium. The selection was like a dream for a girl with a sweet tooth. There were were cupcakes, muffins and cookies that will delight every palate. Since I cannot buy all the items on the menu I decided to buy the Choco Yema Cupcake and their Red Velvet Cupcake.

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I maybe a big girl but I am not a glutton (I try really hard not to be haha) I decided to first try their Choco Yema when I got home. One thing I can really say that if I have to go to BGC just to get this cupcake I will. It was that good. The chocolate cupcake was tender and moist. Deliciously chocolatey but not overly sweet. The yema frosting is really to die for. Sweet and silky to your tongue. Some people tend to it the frosting and the cake separately but my advise eat the cupcake and the frosting together and you have dessert perfection in one bite. This is a dessert that is really decadent. I do not advise that you eat this everyday but it is perfect for a pick me up when you had a bad day and you really need a treat.

The next day I tried their Red Velvet Cupcake.

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I know some may say that I do not have any sense of adventure for I chose Red Velvet when I can get the other signature items from Slice like the Sir Francis M Bacon but I wanted to try something more traditional for my next cupcake. For me the choco yema was better than the Red Velvet. I am not sure if the texture of the cake changed because I placed it in the refrigerator overnight. The cake of the choco yema was more moist than that of the Red Velvet but it is not overly dry also. For this cupcake I must say that the frosting is the superstar of the dessert. The cream cheese frosting was tangy and sweet. If I was given the chance to dive in a pool of this frosting I will gladly to. I think this frosting will also work for carrot cake.

If people will ask me if the hype for Slice is legit, I must say yes. I look forward in tasting their other creations like the Sir Framcis M Bacon Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookie, Citrus Burst Cupcake and Choco Monkey PB Cupcake.

Slice is located at G/F Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Ave cor 29th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig (02) 553-7783 and their kiosk is located at G/F of The Podium.

Gram’s Diner: Not my kind of Diner

I love diner food. I guess this is also the reason why I love watching Dine, Drive Inns and Dives on Food Channel. This is the reason why I decided to try Gram’s Diner located at Crossroads 32nd st. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. 

Upon entering the restaurant, the dining area is bright and airy. Red leather booths are situated at one side of the dining area for the diner feel. 

The menu was made to look like a magazine with their foods made to look like feature articles. There were breakfast options, entrees, burgers, appetizers, pasta and dessert. 

I was a little surprised that their breakfast options were not that extensive but then I reminded myself that I was not in IHOP. 

According to the reviews and by the suggestions of the waitstaff their bestsellers are the Tapa Burger and their Tapsilog but I was in a mood for some Southern Fried Chicken Fillet (275.00). I also ordered smashed potatoes (75.00) as a side dish (I know carbs hehe). I was pondering if I should order a milkshake but decided I better have some self control hahaha.

When my Southern Fried Chicken Fillet was brought to my table I was quite disappointed. I was expecting a fried chicken steak smothered in drool inducing gravy (like the one from Banapple) instead I got 3 pieces of boneless fillet, garlic rice, buttered vegetables and gravy on the side. I have to give them points that the chicken was flavorful and crispy but the vegetables were not that appetizing. The gravy was okay but it was still a far cry from the milk and mushroom gravy of Banapple (okay okay maybe I am not being fair here but Banapple is my benchmark for fried chicken steak).

But the biggest disappointment for me was the smashed potatoes. I am a mashed/smashed potato lover. I was expecting a creamy and rich smashed potatoes instead I got a plate of cold, boiled then smashed potatoes. It was not seasoned and there were no traces of even a smidgen of butter or cream. I tried to fix it by putting a lot pepper and salt but to no avail. How bad was it? I didn’t finish it and if you really know me well I seldom have leftovers. 

Maybe it was also my fault for not listening to the recommendation of the waitstaff. I am a forgiving woman when it comes to food so I will try Gram’s Diner and order their best sellers. One thing that makes me forgiving? Their service was superb. 

 

I Bid Farewell to URC

When I was hired into UCP (yes it was still Universal Corn Products when I was hired) 7 years ago I always thought I will grow old in URC but God had another plan for me.

I will always be thankful for the 7 years that I spent with URC. It was filled with a lot of happy experiences and also some difficult circumstances. I meet a lot of people, most of them became my close and valued friends while some became a reminder that not everyone are meant to be your friends. 

I learned a lot from URC. As a veterinarian, I was clueless when it came to marketing and sales functions but with the support and training that was given to me I slowly learned the in and outs of marketing. 

With URC I became more confident and was able to overcome my stage fright. I even facilitated technical seminars and became a accredited facilitator of ACE.

As I enter a new endeavor in my life, I want to thank everyone who helped and supported me when I was in URC. I will not be the person that I am today without you.

My advise to people who are still starting, always take everything in stride. There will always be negative and bad things that will come our way but it is how we choose to handle this things will define us a person. 

Red

Red…..my lovable Golden Retriever

CCTV: not only for the bad

This made me smile and I hope it will also make you smile 🙂