28 November 2014

Bacolod City Food Trip (Part 4)

My testament that Bacolod City indeed have great food spots is that I have already come up with 3 parts of my Bacolod City food trip from the past few years. Places that I have tried and loved. Some, I repeatedly visit in my annual homecoming to my dear province and some, I take great joy and excitement as I try it for the first time. New discoveries are always around every nook and cranny of this beautiful city.

Check out my previous posts:

So for the late part of this year, me and my family had an epic foodie experience and I want to share this with everyone.

Here they are:

Address: 21 Street, cor. Lacson Street, Bacolod City

This is still at the top of my list of to-go-to places upon landing in the province. This is practically an institution already and they really deliver great food for their customers. I only wish that they don't run out of Batchoy because this is one of their bestsellers and is one of the best tasting that I have tried. Even better than my experience in Iloilo's Deco's.
My ultimate favorite. Never fails to satisfy. The steak was tender and was nicely complimented by the mashed potatoes and the fried caramelized onions.
My brother's favorite here. 
This picture only shows half of the order because this was shared by my dad and my brother. It was good but something that I would not order again because I can have this in Manila. Serving size was big and filling. 
Extra order of fried caramelized onions for Php30. One plateful! So I shared this with my dad and brother. So loved this. Added crunch to our food and I actually like eating it on its own. 

Address: Lacson St. corner 21st St., Bacolod City

Also another go-to place that one should not miss. Calea is good and gets a lot of raves but Bob's has a lot to offer also that can keep up with its other competitors. And their prices are very very reasonable. All below Php100. 

Plus, they have sugarfree cake and pastries options and Calea does not. 
For my dad. He was one happy camper that night. 
For less than Php 100 only. Can be shared by 2 actually. It was good, says my brother. 
I forgot the name of my cake but I remembered that I liked this very much. It's a cheesecake that I liked, amongst all the rest. 
For my dad again. He was on cloud 9. 

Address: El Court Building, Lacson St., Bacolod City

This place is highly recommended by my relatives and I was happy that we finally got there to give it a shot. Their prices are, the same with a lot of places in BCD, very affordable. I will try this again next time to order some of their other dishes. I get a strong feeling that they will also taste great.

The spareribs look a bit small here but it's much bigger when seen in actual. And this is for Php88 only! So flavorful and so good! This was a great near-midnight meal, I must say. Haha!
Address: G/F North Wing, SM City Bacolod, Rizal St., Reclamation Area, Bacolod City

One of Iloilo's original (they share the same spot with Ted's and it's not yet clear which one came with the idea first). Well, for this serving, I am not very excited because it does not taste spectacular compared wo what I had in Iloilo. But my dad liked it. 
Address: Piazza Sorrento Building, 13th St. corner Lacson St., Bacolod City

My first time was way back in 2008 and this year is my second time. But I'm mighty glad to be back. Their prices here are a bit above average but they do deliver in terms of quality and taste. It's a nice hang-out place with family, friends and loved ones.

Pitcher of Iced Tea
GRILLED SHRIMP SALAD (w/ Raspberry Vinaigrette) Php 169
This alone is totally filling. I liked the combination of sweet and sour of the vinaigrette, it well-complimented the salad.
It is a bit saucy and not the way that I was used to having Salpicao but it is good in its own way. 
Now this I want to order next time!
My brother's order. He said it was good but he said that he should've ordered it medium rare or medium well next time. 
Address: Balay Quince, Lacson St., Bacolod City

The most popular dessert place! It's almost synonymous with Bacolod. Their choices are otherworldly and prices are very reasonable too. I started eating here way back in 2007, if I'm not mistaken. 
Very chocolate-y. For all the lovers of choco out there.
My favorite of theirs. The crust is different than the rest, it's chewy and nutty, so I like this. Remember, I'm not a fan of cheesecakes so this is very rare. 
It crumbled but it was good. Not my favorite compared to other pistachio sansrival out there but it was worth a try.
Sweets on sweets!
Address: G/F Hi-Strip IV, Circumferential Road, Bacolod City

This is a new place that I definitely could not pass up on. Why? It's Vietnamese! I always try to look for Banh Mi sandwiches so this called out to me. 

The place is pretty simple and neat. No frills or whatsoever. What you see is what you get. But oh boy, their prices are very dirt cheap! It made me so happy when I saw their menu. 
It's not the nicest thing that I have seen in a fresh spring roll but it's ok. I actually liked it. And for that price, why not?!
Very refreshing! Loved this and so cheap too.

I love this! The cost of the Banh Mi that I had in the streets of Ho Chi Minh was Php35 so imagine my happiness when I saw that theirs is Php50 only! So happy! I ordered 3 orders to go so I can share it to family. I just hope that they add cilantro because that's what makes it very authentic-tasting. But other than that, it's very satisfying. The assorted meat and hams tasted good.
The makings of Banh Mi sandwich.
Address: Ascalon Building, Lacson St., Bacolod City

Our very generous relatives recommended a new dessert place on our second to the last night in the city, but when we got there they were close already so we were a bit disappointed. But, the next day, they brought us a couple of boxes of pastries and a cake from Quino's! Initially look at them and we were all delighted with their appearances. And the taste that followed was simply divine. We were so happy with our dessert loot that night and we were able to take a lot home when we got back to Manila.
Very rich in taste and not too sweet. And the sizes are just right so you won't feel too full after finishing a couple of these babies.
A miniature-sized cream puff. Very delightful to the tastebuds! I believe this is one of their bestsellers. A must-try definitely.
Oh my gosh! I finished this one whole. It's not very sweet and the cake was very moist. For me, it's love in every forkful. And this costs Php125only. 

So there! Part 4! I have friends who recently visited Bacolod and would say to me that they loved everything especially the food. Very affordable but tops at quality. 

I'm looking forward to my part 5! =) 


19 November 2014

Project Pie - Creating Pizza Combinations of Your Own

I really am just an ordinary not-so-fan of pizzas, unless it is something very extraordinary than what I usually encounter in other pizza parlors. I mean, I like Shakey's especially when we have our family's favorite DVD nights or Yellow Cab too, but they all seem to be the same to me.

But this changed when I finally tried Project Pie. The concept of create-your-own-pizza appealed to me and much more so when I finally experienced it.

 So here we go:
STEP 1: Choose your base sauce--red or white. I went for the red.
 STEP 2: Choose your toppings.

STEP 3: Pick up your orders
My very first create-your-own pizza!
My toppings are..are you ready?
For the cheese: Mozarella, Feta, Gorgonzola, Ricotta and Parmesan
For the meat: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon, Prosciutto and anchovies
For the veggies: Green bell peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, garlic, black olives and red onions
My second pizza creation, done on a separate visit to the same branch.  Much of the same ingredients but much more!
For the cheese: Mozarella, Feta, Gorgonzola, Ricotta and Parmesan 
For the meat: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon, Prosciutto and crumbled meatballs 
For the veggies: Green bell peppers, tomatoes, caramelized onions, mushrooms, garlic, black olives, pineapple and red onions
For dessert, had their Banana Nutella Pie and it's good to share because it's very sweet. Well, for me it was. 

Thirsty from all that dough? They have a Php65 drinks that you can refill up to 3x. May it be Coca-Cola products or their China Mist iced tea. Great value for your money. They also have imported beers or wine available.
With my first creation.

I definitely enjoyed my experiences and the place is really filled to the brim but somehow, you will find a place to sit in. The servers are nice and attentive and they seem to have fun with their jobs so in return, customers feel that positive vibe and that's very good.

Honestly, Php285 is a bit expensive especially if you just order a simple pie but if you order almost everything on their toppings list, then that gives you satisfaction knowing that you get what you paid for. You might think it small but when you get all that toppings, you will definitely feel full. And happy.



Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/projectpiephilippines


07 November 2014

Leyte 2014: The Beautiful Kalanggaman Island

It is a known fact that our country has lots of surprises when it comes to scenic gems and fantastic beaches, after all, we are included in the list of countries with the longest coastlines.

Boracay, Palawan, Davao, and more others are known for pristine white sand beaches but who would've known that there is a small island, in the province of Leyte, that has that also and what's more, they have two magnificent sandbars!

Kalanggaman Island is a pristine beach with fine white sand and oh-so-crystal-clear waters. It is the most beautiful beach that Leyte has to offer. It is located off the shore of the Palompon, Leyte municipality. The island takes the shape of a bird if you see it up in the air. And a piece of trivia, the Cebuano term "langgam" means bird and that's why the island was named as such. 

So here it is!
An hour trip going to paradise.
Weary from the long travel but pumped up for a few hours of sun and sand!
Threats of  rain scared us for a bit but we were so thankful that the dark clouds and rain moved the opposite direction. The entire time that we were there, it was just dry land for us. 
Cottages are for rent for a minimal cost
There was just a sprinkling number of people that day. It was truly a haven for relaxation that day.

  • Activities at the island includes:
  • - Swimming
  • - Kayaking
  • - Snorkeling
  • - Aqua-biking
  • - Scuba diving
  • - Camping

  • There's the SANDBAR! Amazing! When we arrived, it was high tide so this sandbar was not that visible. But we were so lucky that after an hour, low tide came and we were rewarded with this sight. We were able to walk all the way to the end.
    I did say crystal clear water, right? =)

    The happy jump!
    Sunburned but happy and satisfied nonetheless.
    Kalanggaman Island will always have a special place in my heart. #cheesy

    The small port just right outside the Palompon Tourism Office. We rode in the pump boat together with the tourism police who were stationed at the island. 

    We were told that during typhoon Yolanda, the locals thought that they have seen the last of the sandbars but good thing, it went back to its former glory.

    Entrance fee to the island is at Php125-150 and will be paid directly to the Palompon Tourism Office. Pump boat rental is for a minimum of Php3,000 for a maximum of 15 pax. But on the day that we went here, we were given a discount of Php500 so we were happy with that because there is only four of us who will split the costs. Maybe they gave us a discounted rate because the Tourism Police came with us, all 3 or 4 of them. But that was fine,

    If you commute coming from Tacloban City like we did, ride a van. There is a van going directly to Palompon, however, we missed the first batch so we had to do a sudden plan B which was to ride a van going to Libungao (you will be dropped off at the Libungao junction) then take another van there going to Palompon. Upon settling yourselves in the second van, inform the driver to drop you off at the Palompon Tourism Office. Total travel time is around 2 hours. Fare each way is around Php180-250, if I remember correctly.

    This experience is truly great and I am so happy to experience this particular gift of nature. Big sigh!



    Tacloban Foodtriphttp://thisislovelee.blogspot.com/2014/09/leyte-2014-tacloban-city-food-trip.html

    Tacloban City (after typhoon Yolanda)http://thisislovelee.blogspot.com/2014/10/leyte-2014-tacloban-city-after-typhoon.html

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