Monday, October 27, 2014

Niner Ichi Nana: The Craft Series

Niner Ichi Nana (right next to the Hungry Hound) is one of the coolest hangouts in the Fort, and with the Craft Series, it just got cooler. Every Thursday, they offer a special menu of themed drinks and food, and we were invited to enjoy the Pulutan-themed night with drinks prepared by Chef Mikko Reyes and Erwan Heussaff.

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The interior is dim and cozy, just like I like it (however this is the reason for the grainy pics. Our phone cameras just couldn't keep up haha).

niner ichi nana the craft series
Tokwa't Baboy, P198.00
pig's ears + tofu croquette + soy vinegar foam
Talk about pulutan! The tender pork didn't actually feel like pig's ears, just delicious juicy pork. The tofu croquettes were so good. They reminded me of Saisaki's agedashi tofu, crispy on the outside with a soft center.

niner ichi nana the craft series
Pom Before Prom, P330.00
Bombay Sapphire, Pomelo Shrub, Elderflower, Mint Leaves, Simple Syrup
I'm no cocktail expert, so please bear with my descriptions. Haha. From an cocktail novice though, I enjoyed this drink. It was a smooth drink with a hint of pomelo and mint and I particularly enjoyed the fragrant dried orange slice.

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Three In One, P390.00
Hennessy VS, Cold Press coffee, Condensed Milk, Mole Bitters, Vanilla Tincture, Egg White
Only when I saw the drink did I get it. 3-in-1 coffee! Haha. I usually prefer the creamy drinks so this was my first choice. Not bad at all and the taste was definitely much deeper than any sort of coffee mix. Perfect for the sweet tooths.

niner ichi nana the craft series
Traitor Tetra, P350.00
Bourbon, Jerry Thomas Bitters, Mango Puree, Orange Juice, Orgust, Lime Juice
Another cool drink name. Tetra! Innovative idea for a fun drink that makes me feel like a high-schooler sneaking alcohol into class. Quite a potent drink, this one, but it was still fun to imbibe with all its fruity flavors.

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Legit Sisig, P349.00
face + liver + brain + onion + chili + calamansi
I think it is fair to say that classy places don't usually get sisig right, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that their sisig is goood. Legit indeed. This dish has some serious street cred. We couldn't stop snacking on it in between sips.

niner ichi nana the craft series
Sizzling Foie and Shrooms, P386.00
a la pobre gravy + pickles + pan de sal croutons
I have never heard of sizzling foie gras before, and it's not nearly as famous as it should be. It was decadently rich and flavorful. I savored every tiny bite (I was rationing it) and the sauce-drenched pan de sal croutons were very good too.

the craft series niner ichi nana
Happy Horse, P310.00
Bacardi, House Pineapple Lemon Soda, Cointreau, Paulaner
My surprising star of the night was this infectiously happy horse. The decapitated beer bottle lost its head but became something much better! The ingredients sounded simple enough but the cocktails sweet alcohol-spiked lemon soda had such a beautiful aftertaste that I just had to sip again the moment it left my mouth. On and on, until the drink was gone. I highly recommend going for this!

niner ichi nana the craft series

We thanked Erwan for the event and the invite. It was a thrilling night for the senses and the sweet alcohol-induced magic. Haha. Catch the Craft series nights and you'll be in for an awesome time.


G/F, Globe Telecom Tower,
32nd Street Corner 7th Avenue,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(0917) 876 9999 / (02) 7974064
Operating Hours:
Mon - Thu: 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Fri - Sat: 5:00 pm - 2:30 am
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mrs. M: ¡Viva La Fiesta!


I was on the lookout for a lunch buffet promo online for my husband's (Mr. Savvy's dad) birthday when I chanced upon La Fiesta Largest Filipino Buffet. I googled it and I was intrigued by seeing sushi, pasta and other non-Filipino dishes being offered.

Off we went to the venue along MOA to celebrate! Unknown to us, they also had that 'Celebrate your birthday for 7 days' promo. It's already looking pretty good. I like the ambiance and the neat, spacious environment. They just opened June of this year so I hope they keep up the maintenance of the place.

There was a band playing good OPM music but our kids wisely chose a table not too near the live music. That way our conversation will not get drowned. To add to the Filipino feel, there was a Mamang Sorbetero going around pushing the 'dirty' ice cream cart. You can call him anytime to serve you a scoop or two in a cone.

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I toured the whole buffet spread from appetizers to dessert before I made my choice.  This is the way to go to avoid regrets (hehe).

They had a lot to offer: streetfood like fishballs, kikiam, isaw, betamax with different sauces and dips, pizza and pasta, sushi and very limited sashimi, Filipino classics, Chinese dimsum and some dishes, shawarma station, barbecued meats, rolled lechon and other meats, seafood station including Paella Marinara, juices and shakes station, desserts local and international, coffee and tea.

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It is not humanly possible to sample all of them but I did try my best.

First I saw were sad one-day old chicks and I ask, "Why???" It was together with the sisigs.

la fiesta

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I started off with Ceasar Salad, California Temaki and thin crust pizza. I was not too impressed but the pizza was quite good. I would have had more pizza but that would mean the end of my buffet adventure.

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The Dinuguan was a standout for me. It was really dark, a bit oily and meaty just the way my hubby Ricky and I like it.

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The Kare-Kare, a childhood favorite of mine, was not well-represented. It was too pale and the flavor was more starchy than peanuty.

The spicy shrimps were well seasoned and spicy. They were fresh as the shell peeled off easily.

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I got one of those halved mangoes on a stick in a jar of water and I spread some pale-looking bagoong alamang on it. I had to instinctively close my eyes as I savored every morsel of the bagoong. It was the best I ever tasted. It is not salty as one would expect but more of the shrimp flavor and well sauteed too.

The durian ice cream was, literally, the bomb. The smell was strong to those nearest me and they inched away from me a bit. Haha. It tasted so good and creamy though like the real fruit which I have learned to like, thanks to my Zamboanguena friends.

Over-all, it was a very pleasant experience. It felt good to be a Filipino with our diverse heritage and culture being showcased in La Fiesta.

One thing I know, it won't be my last time there. I might have to heed the call of their savory Dinuguan in the very near future.

la fiesta

- Ellie

Mall of Asia Complex (MOA)
One Esplanade, Jose Diokno Boulevard,
San Miguel By the Bay, Pasay City
(02) 556-1111, (02) 556-1222, (02) 556-1333
Operating Hours:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Facebook: La Fiesta Largest Filipino Buffet

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Burgers & Brewskies: Call the Nurse!

We tried some burgers without the brewskies at this very interesting restaurant a short walk away from work.

burgers and brewskies
Call the Nurse, P280.00
Spiced Mustard Aioli, B&B Cheese Sauce, Seared Mac & Cheese and Honey Sriracha Bacon
Drool. We've been here a couple of times but I've never ordered this one again because it just seems so bad and so good and I am not interested in being visited by the nurse anytime soon. Bacon and fried mac and cheese nearly make the burger patty seem like a condiment in this sinfully delicious edifice.

burgers and brewskies
Heisenberg, P250.00
Bleu Cheese Sauce and Jicama Celery Slaw with Bacon Vinaigrette
How could I not order the Heisenberg??? Unfortunately though... I can't claim to have the most sensitive tongue in the world, but I couldn't taste the bacon vinaigrette, nor even the bleu cheese sauce. It all tasted like... a burger. without cheese. with strange crunchy singkamas-style fries on it.

S.P.F., P65.00
Sweet Potato Fries with a Secret Spice Mix
Not bad, not bad, and also seasoned quite well! An addictive appetizer or side dish for a price that isn't too bad.

burgers and brewskies

Call the Nurse: Very Good!
Heisenberg: Okay
S.P.F.: Good

Great place for a quick burger fix or a delicious reason to be visited by your local medical attendant! Burger and beer yourself to your delight.

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Unit E, Bellagio II, Forbes Town Center,
Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 4034038
Operating Hours: 
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:30 pm,
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Facebook: B&B Burgers and Brewskies
Twitter: @BnBrewskies

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hatch 22: No Ordinary Benedicts

How often do you get to dine on a work of art? When at Rockwell, the perfect place for a fine snack would be at Hatch 22.
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A few years ago, I was only familiar with the fancy-sounding Eggs Benedict by name and now, after trying it out at several places, I know it to be one of my favorite, however elusive, breakfast dishes.

hatch 22
NYOB (Not Your Ordinary Benedicts), P445.00
Fresh baked rustic muffins, wild mushrooms, sous vide eggs, Italian ham, sauteed spinach and torched citrus hollandaise.
Above and beyond the standard Eggs Benedict are the ones offered by Hatch 22, aptly named NYOB. Why, you ask? I can't explain it. (Some blogger I am, huh?) It may be the citrusy touch to the hollandaise sauce or how it all comes together with the sauteed spinach and the perfectly poached egg. It may have been the vibrant atmosphere of the cafe and how the sunlight shouted its way in to brighten the room. Either way, this is quite possibly the best version I've tried.

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The coffee addict that I am now, it was impossible not to order a nice latte to go along with it. The coffee art featured here is mine, by the way. I'd say it captured my mood pretty well!

Greens, Kettle Pot
Hatch Brunch Specials, Pancakes
Cafe Menu

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This is our third post about Hatch 22.
Hatch 22: Birth of a New Cafe
Hearty New Dishes at the Hatch 22

Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall,
Amorsolo Dr., Poblacion, Makati City
Operating Hours:
Mon - Wed: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat: 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Facebook: Hatch 22
Twitter: @hatch22ph

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