Places to See

All Day Supermarket is Now Open! (Del Rosario, Naga City)

Good news for the residents of Del Rosario, Naga City, nearby barangays and towns, All Day Supermarket is now open! It is located at Vista Mall, a mall which is still under construction as of this writing. However, the residents of Del Rosario, such as myself, will find it accessible to do their grocery shopping at All Day Supermarket which opened last June 15, 2018 with Alex Gonzaga as the celebrity guest.

I was meaning to post this real time but I was struggling with my own… oh, just got a bit lazy, I guess.vista mall naga city my bicol blog 1

Anyway, we went there during the opening night because we figured there’d be too many people during the day who would wanna go in first. When we arrived, Alex Gonzaga was just being called to the stage, which was situated outside the mall near the entrance. We stayed during her first two song numbers but went inside the supermarket soon after that because we were really far and couldn’t really see anything anyway.vista mall naga city my bicol blog 2

So, there were still a lot of people inside the supermarket.vista mall naga city my bicol blog 6

I have seen all sorts of food items that you would expect from a supermarket – grains and beans, canned items, eggs, milk, fresh produce and a lot more. They even have various kitchen tools, bags, slippers, toys and even underwear.

In the fresh produce section, I got excited to buy some fresh black cherries because I never had fresh cherries before. It doesn’t grow here in the Philippines and we don’t often see it in our grocery stores. It’s kinda expensive though at around Php500 per kilo so I just bought a few pieces just to taste.vista mall naga city fresh produce my bicol blog 13

They also have other imported fruits such as peaches, strawberries, kiwi fruits, grapes and lychees.vista mall naga city fresh produce my bicol blog 12

Local fruits that were on display are avocadoes, guyabano, papaya, bananas and coconuts.vista mall naga city fresh produce my bicol blog 9

What they have that other supermarkets and groceries around here don’t have are these imported ready-to-heat food such as pizza, pasta, risotto, roti and burrito.vista mall naga city imported foods my bicol blog 14

Another thing they have that others don’t is this service called “Paluto” where you can buy fresh seafood and meats and have them cooked inside the supermarket. There are tables and chairs there where you can relax and enjoy your meal, much like Dampa style.vista mall naga city my bicol blog 25

The only thing they have to improve on though is the cashier being too slow. People get frustrated while lining up at the cashier because, let me say it again, really slow. Almost not moving.

The All Home, Vista Mall’s appliance and furniture store, is also now open. This store is huge and the employees are friendly.vista mall naga city my bicol blog 3

I think Nagueños and other town folks will definitely like their display of household items, lighting, home decorations, furniture and appliances. The words I can think of to describe their stuff are updated, affordable and plenty of choices.vista mall naga city all home my bicol blog 17vista mall naga city all home my bicol blog 16

So, there it is, if you happen to be in the area, you might wanna check this new supermarket out and pretty soon, the Vista Mall will be opening too.

Thanks a lot for reading! Till next time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to Eat

Green Earth Cafe (Naga City)

I have long wanted to feature Green Earth Café in my blog ever since a friend of mine introduced me to the healthy dining experience it offers. The right opportunity presented itself when my aunts and cousins visited from Manila and I thought I’d bring them there for lunch because both my aunts cannot eat just anything anymore. They have limited food choices now that they’re older. They always have to eat healthy.green earth cafe naga city 14green earth cafe naga city 21green earth cafe naga city 4

So, Green Earth Café was the first thing that popped into my head that I know serves healthy food in Naga City and with a really cozy ambience to boot.green earth cafe naga city 3

green earth cafe naga city 5green earth cafe naga city 6The food took a long time to prepare, something that I have not taken into consideration beforehand, knowing that my guests were tired from the long trip. And tired often leads to hungry eventually. On our table was a reminder warning that healthy food preparation may be slow but it is worth it, or something to that effect. The reminder advised that to avoid waiting for a long time, better call or text your order ahead of time. Why did I not know this before?

So, after what seemed like a looong wait, the Nacho with Salsa dip was served. The nacho tasted like it was made from scratch which I like. Everyone liked the salsa dip because it was fresh and laced with mint leaves. My kid liked this dip even though she does not eat veggies unless wrapped in lumpia wrapper and deep fried.green earth cafe naga city 2

Next that came out was the Tofu with Black Pepper Sauce. This was a good healthy dish and the tofu was homemade.green earth cafe naga city 9

Then there was the Shiitake Mushroom in Sesame Sauce which I thought was very similar to the dishes you can eat in a Chinese restaurant because of the sesame seeds and sauce. It also had tofu, carrots and young pechay leaves. This might be my new favorite among the dishes we ordered.green earth cafe naga city 8

We ordered brown rice and they even made an effort to plate the rice with a sprig of mint. This mint eventually went into Nay Henring’s glass of warm water.green earth cafe naga city 10

We also ordered the Vegan Mushroom Sandwich, also a favorite of mine, but not such a huge hit in our crowd of eight. green earth cafe naga city 7

The Vegan Pad Thai was the very first dish I tasted at Green Earth Café. Bianca and I went to this café twice. And on the two occasions that I have been there, we ordered this dish, which is good for 3-4 persons. I usually like the noodles but I think they overcooked it a bit because it did not seem as al dente as I remember. And the last time I had this dish from this same café, the peanuts were young, crunchy and fresh and just barely cooked so when you munch into them they give that delightful milky taste. However, this time I forgot to get some peanuts for my plate so I cannot say that they were the same but I liked the crunch of the sprouted mung beans.green earth cafe naga city 11

We also had the Thai Spring Rolls which was made of sprouted mung beans, grated carrots, nuts and herbs wrapped in lumpia wrapper and served with Thai style peanut sauce.

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Note: Not the exact number of spring rolls because lucky fingers got to them first lol

The last order that arrived was the Veggie Spring Rolls which was basically lumpia with sprouted mung beans as the main ingredient. It came with vinegar with chilli and mint, and a side dish of tomato enchilada.green earth cafe naga city 12

After our meal and while waiting for my aunts and cousins outside, Julienne and I had a good look around.green earth cafe naga city 20green earth cafe naga city 18

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The daughter took my photo… Good job!
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Siling Labuyo… hot!

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This cafe is located at 3rd St., Villa Sorabella Subdivision, Concepcion Grande, Naga City. How to find it when you’re driving: take the Maharlika Highway going to Concepcion Grande then look out for the building which houses Banco De Oro (BDO) or Olivan Home Depot, take the right turn (assuming you came from Naga City proper) going to Villa Sorabella Subdivision, just a few houses straight ahead and you’re sure to spot their signage. Its the left turn for vehicles coming from Legazpi City. For commuters: Take the jeepney going to Concepcion and ask the driver to take you to Royal Ann. The building that now houses Olivan Home Depot and BDO used to be the Royal Ann Hotel, and until now, commuters always say Royal Ann instead of BDO so as not to confuse the driver and miss their stop.

Most of the dishes at Green Earth Cafe are priced higher than Php150.00 but with all our orders, our bill only reached up to Php1,300.00+. Good healthy food and good value for money. No wonder the restaurant has a regular following. It’s a must-try for tourists and those of you who want to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Eat

24 High St. (Triangulo, Naga City)

Hi guys! I’m happy to report that this is my third post for the month of April and I think I’ve outdone myself in the posting department. As another blogger friend, Anne, told me just weeks ago, even if I come up with only one post per month, the important thing is to not give up. Thanks a lot for cheering me on Anne! Means a lot! ❤

So, last Monday after office hours, I went out with two of my friends from work, Irene and Arleyn, who took me to this new food barn in Naga City called 24 High St. It was really nice and thoughtful of them to ask me to eat out just because they thought I could use it for my blog. Well, the place is blog worthy anyway, so why not?

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Ooops, the drinks are almost gone but where are the burgers???

24 High St., located in Brgy Triangulo,  is easy enough to find and not just because of the classic VW Beetle which was hoisted and placed about 12 feet from the ground as landmark but because it is just at the back of St. Joseph School and very near Bicol Access Health Centrum. However, it is not included in the jeepney route so you will need to take a tricycle to get there (fare is Php8.00 per person).

Inside the food barn are several food stalls selling assorted food and drinks from barbeque, chicken, noodles, coffee, fruit juices, soda, french fries, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, nachos and even lechon belly. There is even a bar that sells beer and other alcoholic beverages.24 high st naga city 10

I ordered from the stall of a coffee shop called Single Ancestry. I was in a less than adventurous mood that time and I already know this shop so I got the Matcha Over Ice which is a sweet green tea milk drink and the Shrimp Pesto Pasta. To be honest, the Matcha Over Ice was delicious but a bit too milky for my taste. I should remember to ask for more green tea and less milk next time.

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Matcha Over Ice (Php100.00)

The pasta was delicious as well. They did not scrimp on the pesto sauce and the black olives balanced the nutty flavour of the dish. The only let down maybe was the shrimps being on the small side, and oh, the portion was not a lot. I could eat two servings, and I eat like a bird.

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Shrimp Pesto Pasta (Php146.00)

My two companions were just there a few days before and Irene really liked the Hong Kong Style Noodles that she ordered again and the black gulaman drink. I liked this noodle too since I used to have this for lunch or snack when I was still working in Manila. It included two pieces of siomai and crunchy mung bean sprouts topped with sauces (teriyaki, soy sauce, chilli garlic, etc.) that is added according to your taste.

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Hong Kong Style Noodles
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Black Gulaman

Arleyn had the Watermelon Shake from Single Ancestry, which she said was really refreshing, and the Burger Platter with three small burgers (cute pink buns), nachos and fries. The taste of the food on this platter was satisfying but I think the portion was just enough to feed two people, not three. It’s a shame I do not remember the name of this stall that sold the burgers but I remember clearly that it took them almost an hour to prepare and serve the food. So, service was sluggish.

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Watermelon Shake (Php65.00)

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The ambience of the place though is really nice. Even though there were a lot of people that time and they were showing something on the big TV screen and playing relaxing music at the same time, we were still able to hear ourselves talking. When night time came, even more people began to arrive, mostly students and yuppies. The atmosphere of the place was warm and friendly. 24 high st naga city 924 high st naga city 11

Over all, we had a nice time eating, chatting and just spending quality time to talk about everything under the sun (Yes, you can actually hear yourself talk). I hope 24 High St. will continue to grow and improve to become a top foodie destination in Naga City.

 

Where to Eat

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar (Balatas, Naga City)

I have been eating my way around our little city, both for lack of better things I’d rather much do and because I want to keep ’em blog posts coming as often as I can.

So recently, I was with some friends from the office, and we have discovered this quaint resto bar located along Balatas Road, Brgy. Balatas, Naga City, that is called Woodstone Kitchen & Bar.woodstone kitchen and bar 1woodstone kitchen and bar 2

The ambience was nice, at first you get to see their bar upon arriving from the walk way. Unfortunately, I have no pics of that. I thought it would look nice during night time but during a hot day such as when we went there, it was a bit uncomfortable. The friendly receptionist then ushered us to the air conditioned area where customers can have their meal (say hello to Andeng, she joined us for lunch).woodstone kitchen ambience

I thought  the inside of the resto was a little small but wasn’t cramped. It was pretty, clean and comfortable, especially that we were the only diners at the time. The menu came and the prices are reasonable. Some are a bit pricier than the others.

We ordered the following:

First up was the Three Cheese Pizza. So yummy! Definitely the thinnest pizza I have ever eaten. Ever. It was like eating a pringle with those yummy gooey cheeses on top.

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Then, there was the Oriental Salad. The sauce I thought was vinaigrette with a bit of a punch from the chili flakes. It had fried noodles wrapped in lettuce with chicken and croutons and finally lovingly (just had to add lovingly haha) wrapped in rice paper. One order = three wraps. I remember saying, I could have just this salad for a full meal.

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Below we have the Seafood Paella, which we underestimated. As it turned out, we didn’t need to order additional rice. For me, the paella was the star of the table. It was a complete meal by itself and very affordable for the price of Php355.00 which can already satisfy a group of four to six people.

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Another certified yummers (first time I’ve ever used this word) was their new Buttered Chicken in Salted Egg. The staff told us it was not yet even in the menu. KFC has this flavor in their offerings so I was ready and curious to try it too. Well, it did not disappoint. Chicken was very well cooked with plenty of butter and salted egg was a nice addition.woodstone kitchen and bar fried chicken in salted egg

Last but not the least was the sizzling Bulalo Steak (Php275 solo/ Php405 sharing). Honestly, it was a little salty for my taste, but that’s just me. Bulalo is a Filipino word for that bone-in cut of beef or pork with the signature marrow. The marrow was, well, to die for (pun intended hehe). Well, it’s not for people with high blood pressure though, that’s for sure.woodstone kitchen and bar sizzling bulalo

Over-all, it was a nice culinary experience that I hope to share also with my family in the event that they’re up for it. A lot of times, we stick to the kiddo’s favorites and sometimes, also depending on the budget lol. The wisdom of dining with a bunch of people is that you get to try a lot of dishes but not have to pay a lot.

Thanks a lot to Mam Cha of Siram Sana for letting me use the photos from her phone since I forgot to bring my camera.

So that was that. Thanks a lot for reading my blog. Keep safe everyone! =)

 

 

Where to Eat

MarkDom’s Chips & Dips (ALDP Mall, Naga City)

Hi everyone! I just want to quickly share with you my thoughts on those pretty tasty crepes we tried out last night.

So, I was with some office mates last night and we checked out this new food stall called MarkDom’s Chips and Dips located inside ALDP Mall (food court) in Diversion Road, Barangay Triangulo here in Naga City. markdom's-chips-and-dips

At the risk of looking like a couple of weirdos taking photos of every food on our table before eating, I think we managed just fine between taking photos and tasting our food subjects. Such is life I guess when three out of four in one table happen to be bloggers lol.

The first one we tried was the Lebanese Shawarma Crepe. It was very fresh and just right for the health-conscious. Who knew shawarma would taste real great on crepe?

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Lebanese Shawarma Crepe

Next thing that arrived on the table was my order. Voila! The Peach in Almond Custard Crepe with Ice Cream. This one was really sweet and delicious. The custard caramel sauce was great and there were delectable slices of peaches inside. Yummy!

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Peach in Almond Custard Crepe with Ice Cream

Then came the very delectable and very Instagrammable (is this even a word?!) looking Okonomiyaki Crepe. It tasted like, well, of course, Okonomiyaki. But if you’ve never had one, it is safe to say that it tasted so much like Takoyaki. Everyone has had Takoyaki at least once right? Not really? Oh dear…

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Okonomiyaki Crepe

Last but definitely not the least was the Pizza Crepe. It was also very tasty, such a pity I was so full already by the time this arrived.

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Pizza Crepe

So with the four of us versus four tasty crepes, I must admit we were satisfied and full. I didn’t even need to eat dinner after.

Prices are really affordable as their crepes are being sold for only Php80.00+. Hope you get to check out this place when you are in Naga!

Where to Eat

The Barn Food Park (Naga City)

There’s a new food park in town (city), it is called The Barn located in Ojeda St. corner Dayangdang St., Naga City. I went there with my lovely friend Bam as a post-birthday (mine!) date of some sort, and she suggested we go to this new place I’ve only heard about but have never really been to. I have always thought it was out of the way.

So when we got there, the place looked festive with banderitas hanging from the high ceiling. We got there at 6:00 PM and the place was not yet packed with just three tables occupied.DSC08775

At 7:00 PM, people started coming in for dinner and tables started filling up.DSC08787

The Barn had a feel good vibe to it like you’re not just going for a meal but you might wanna go there with your best pals for a cold beer or an Instagram-worthy looking frappe. Looking around, I noticed the variety of food stalls offering different specialties to choose from – from burgers and fries to boodle fight meals for groups, from tacos to baby back ribs, and iced coffee to ice cold beer. I felt that they had everything to make my tummy very happy indeed. Now, if only my tummy actually had all that space. Hmm, wishful thinking…DSC_6400DSC08776

So, I ordered what was called the Bumblebee Tumble meal from this stall called Nori for Php188.00. It was made of basically German franks topped with bacon and parsley and  the sauce (which I think was mustard), fried potatoes, rice and buttered veggies. I was pleasantly surprised that the food tasted as good as it looked. I had no complaints whatsoever. It was delicious!

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Bumblebee Tumble

Bam ordered their Beef Shawarma with fried potatoes and some chips on the side for only Php155.00. I tasted it as well although just two bites because I was struggling to finish my own plate lol. The struggle was real because I’m so petite that my stomach can only handle so much. Anyway, the shawarma was good but I thought their garlic mayo sauce did not pack as much punch as the one from my fave Shawarma N’ Tikka (another story for another blog post).

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Beef Shawarma

We also ordered this pica-pica called Refaro (Php168.00) from the stall next to Nori which sells mainly french fries, different varieties and flavors of fries.  So the color put us off a little because the sauce was pink with chocolate colored sauce as well. Makes one think the flavor would be sweet but it tasted savory with mayo. The Refaro consisted mainly of fries with chicken strips, coleslaw, cucumbers and chips topped with the pink sauce. However, the fries were soggy by the time we got our order. The taste was good nonetheless but we thought it was meant as pica-pica for those who will be drinking beer.DSC08783

To cap it all off, we had the sweet tasting beer which was San Mig Apple. After all, it was still then Oktoberfest. I’m definitely going back to see what else they have to offer. I think that The Barn is definitely a great addition to the new attractions of Naga City.

The Barn doors open at 4:00 PM daily, with lunch service at 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.

Where to Eat

Edgardo’s Sinangag Plaza (Con. Pequena, Naga City)

Hello everyone! So, I’m back again with my discoveries of what’s new and what’s good value for money in the land of sili and gata, Bicol. You’ll notice that I haven’t really gotten farther than Naga City lately since, as always, I’ve been tied to work. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I will get to explore more of Bicol so I will have more exciting stuff to share with you guys.

So, like two weeks ago, Rovi and I checked out this newly opened tapsilogan near our office. By the way, a tapsilogan is a Filipino term for eatery or resto wherein the menu is basically composed of Tapa (cured meat), Sinangag (fried rice) and fried Itlog (egg). If one does not prefer tapa, they also offer fried chicken, pritong bangus (fried milk fish), tocino, hotdogs, lumpiang Shanghai  (Shanghai rolls) and porkchop. Every order is always paired with fried rice and one fried egg. Even better, each order only costs P80!19840190_10209538802969967_1570245568_o

As with the ambience, it was very clean and newly renovated. We actually only wanted to have lunch when we went there but upon seeing the improvements of the place, we just had to take pictures. From the outside, it didn’t seem like much but once we entered, I silently thanked the heavens that there was finally a decent place to eat at near our work place. By the way, I said improvements because the said establishment was previously occupied by this restaurant called Global Kitchen which didn’t do too well and eventually closed down. The previous resto looked gloomy and sounded expensive while this new Edgardo’s Sinangag Plaza seemed more warm, welcoming and humble or what we call masa (for the majority of people) in these parts. The interiors though are pretty sassy compared to a usual tapsilogan.20107857_10209538803969992_1599876243_o20108090_10209538820210398_926941283_o(1)

As with the food, Rovi ordered Porksilog (fried porkchop) and was surprised she was given two pieces instead of just one. She said they tasted good. I remember she mentioned there were tough parts of the pork chops, I believe it was the pork rind. 20132969_10209538809010118_1289813539_o

My order was bangus (fried milk fish) but thing is, I didn’t know I had to say I wanted the head part. Turns out you either get the tail part or head part of the fish. I wasn’t asked. So, they served me this (below) – the end tail of a very big milkfish! I mean, it must have been a very big fish that there was only a smidgen of bangus belly left in the part they served me (the most delicious part). I wanted to send it back and ask for the head part instead but I got shy and thought that they’ve already fried the tail, so I had the tail. Being the opposite of assertive definitely has its drawbacks as you cannot believe how many sneaky fish bones I had to deal with. So, the next time I’m eating there I’m telling them my specs before they fry my food!20107321_10209538807690085_187295409_o

That was basically my experience. After a few days, my co-workers have ordered take-out food and so far, we were all impressed with the portions. For instance with Lumpiang Shanghai, there were a heaping ten pieces of rolls and the serving of the fried chicken was not to be underestimated as well. However, this is not for everyday eating or for those who have an aversion for fried food because in this eatery, everything they have on offer is fried.