Food, Where to Eat

Quickstop Cafe (Magsaysay Ave., Naga City)

Hi everyone!

About two weeks ago, we had a lunch gathering with friends who also happen to be co-workers. Jael initiated the meet-up while Caressa and I decided on where we should eat, which was at Quickstop Cafe, located on the second floor of Quickstop Convenience Store along Magsaysay Avenue, Balatas, Naga City.

It was Caressa’s second visit and she took the photos as I forgot to bring my camera that time.

The cafe looked like a regular cafe with ample seats and nice cool ambience where young people can hang out and probably bring a date.IMG_20181113_125517

As with the food, we anticipated that preparation would take some time so since C and I got there ahead of everyone, we texted them to ask what they wanted to eat and ordered for them. This way, they didn’t have to wait too long for the food to be served.

These are some of the food we sampled:

The Buffalo Wings were so good and for the price of a little over a hundred pesos only, there were 6 pieces and it came with garlic mayo dip.

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Buffalo Wings

The next was Chicken Teriyaki bowl. Unfortunately, I did not get to try this one but since J had no issues with it, it must be good.

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Chicken Teriyaki

This was my order – Special Daing na Bangus. It was fried milkfish with achara (pickled papaya with tomatoes and onion), rice and garlic vinegar for dipping sauce. Although the fish was a little smaller than I expected, it was still filling enough for me. I’d have it again in case I get a craving for fish.

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Special Daing na Bangus

Another dish that I really liked was the Chopsuey Rice because it was tasty, you can tell that the vegetables were fresh and cooked just right (not overcooked), plus this one already comes with rice (not in picture). Even the picky eating buntis (expecting mom), Arleyn, liked it.

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Chopsuey Rice

We also ordered Beef Tenderloin Tips served on a sizzling plate. I found it was tasty enough but I tended to gravitate more towards their chicken dishes.

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Beef Tenderloin Tips

Irene’s order was Chicken in Soy Garlic Sauce. She arrived before her order was served but was pleasantly surprised when her order came out and there were six pieces of chicken cutlets to share. This was also very good.

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Chicken in Soy Garlic Sauce

As for dessert, C and I ate a Panacotta before the meals were even served and way before the others arrived since we were famished, but had to wait for the others simply because it was good manners, of course, lol.

Finally, we washed down all that food with a refreshing pitcher of cold Cucumber Lemonade (Php150.00).IMG_20181113_120943

Added bonus pics: Caressa was nice enough to lend me some of her pictures of the first time she was at Quickstop Cafe with a friend wherein they had Carbonara and Chocolate Mousse, among others. Posting it here for additional reference of the variety of food that they offer.

If you noticed, I did not put all the prices. It was because their prices were so reasonable that every dish we ordered were just a little over Php100.00 and their desserts in jars costed, more or less, Php50.00. Not too bad at all, right? And oh, we did not order drinks like coffee or tea that time so I have no pics of those yet, but I will try to update you as soon as I can. =)

So, I guess that’s it for now. If I was able to help you guys out in some way through my posts, in keeping you informed or whatever, I’m just glad I could do as much.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Where to Eat

Lucban’s KSarap Resto (Daet, Camarines Norte)

Hello everyone! It’s me again, updating you on what’s hot and what’s worth your time and money if you ever find yourselves in Bicol.

Last week, we took a trip to Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte and one of our stops was lunch at Lucban’s Ksarap Restaurant, located along Vinzon’s Avenue in Daet, Camarines Norte – just infront of SM Hypermarket.

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Mama Pat suggested that we have lunch there as the said resto is best-known in the area in terms of serving good food. The ambiance was not bad either. They even have a machine that produces mist by the entrance to help cool the place from the sweltering heat somehow. They have a pasalubong shop, parking space inside the compound and a koi pond. DSC01317DSC01318DSC01316

Even though the place was packed when we got there, we were able to secure a spot inside and enjoy a few of their dishes like Sotanghon (Php220.00), Pork Sinigang (P130.00) and Lumpiang Shanghai.DSC01307

We shared a slice of yummy Blueberry Cheesecake for dessert.

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Blueberry Cheesecake (Php 130.00 per slice)

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I must say, we enjoyed our stopover. I hope you will too! =)

 

Food

M Plaza (Diversion Road, Triangulo, Naga City)

I have not posted anything in almost four months. I have regrettably been MIA in blogsville for quite some time because… life happened. Lots of shitty stuff happened within those months and TBH, they drained the life out of me. And if it wasn’t for my new-found love (addiction) for K-drama, I would have lost a lot of sleep overthinking stuff which could have ended pretty badly with me wearing a straitjacket. Probably. Haha.

So, life happened to dump its crap on me for a while, but it happens to everybody. And while it was all happening, I kept on keeping on and still lived my life anyway, minding my own business – eating, drinking, going on trips, watching my K-drama and even jogging now. And I guess the better stuff of life involves eating a great deal.

Well, since I’m not one to dwell, let’s talk about M Plaza instead. It is located along Diversion Road in Triangulo, Naga City and a good place to hang out and have a fun time with friends and family because they have restos offering good food and a good ambiance.38814337_313907846024576_8041155750027853824_nDSC01100

I have been there around four times already. The first time was with Caressa, a new co-worker of mine . We tried it for the first time and ate at this resto called Oppa, which is a Korean fusion restaurant.38872869_311332459436775_6220412748388368384_n Oppa’s food were reasonably priced. We had Samgyeopsal (Php 270.00) or pork belly that we grilled ourselves and Cheese Teokbokki (Php 130.00) which was spicy rice cakes with gooey cheese on top. Yum!38747542_284855658988310_1547914047498747904_n

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Cheese Teokbokki

The second time, there was already four of us and we tried the Japanese restaurant near Oppa. Their prices were a little on the high side and the portions were not very much as well, but the dishes we tried were tasty.44444465_2306343282728945_3315066783680954368_n

We had Naruto Ramen, although the waitress said that three persons can share this one but I’m pretty sure I can finish this bowl alone. The broth was lovely and I especially like the fried pork belly rolls. So good!

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Naruto Ramen (Php 310.00)

I always love California Maki, and this one is good!

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California Maki

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M Plaza is a good place to hang out during a cool breezy evening such as when we had soju and beer.44710478_2316163148413625_4231294723664379904_n44829786_2316162795080327_6405200130001076224_n

It is also very kid-friendly as they even have a play ground for kids with swing, see saw, a jungle gym and a go-kart rental.

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Photo credit: M Plaza Building Facebook page

 

I guess that’s that for now. Thanks for stopping by! =)

Where to Eat

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar (Balatas, Naga City)

I have been eating 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! =)

(Update: This establishment already closed shop permanently.)

 

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.

Where to Eat

JAPAN-JAPAN (NAGA CITY)

This afternoon, Irene and Jael asked me to go out with them to eat at this joint called Japan-Japan at Balatas, Naga City. I said yes, as I was really tired and head was throbbing from all the work I had to do for the day. And I have learned to eat whenever I’m stressed out, either that or drink wine. The former I had to learn consciously to avoid further losing weight as I tend to lose my appetite whenever I’m burned out, while the latter was easy. Enough said.

Anyway, the place was very simple and unassuming. It’s one of those hidden gems you only know about if somebody actually tells you about it or if you live near the area. In my case, they let me in on it. And I’m glad they did. By the looks of the place being very basic and simple, it can be described as more of a joint than a resto. The food though is another story because the things we tried tasted great! And by food presentation, it was almost hard to believe that that kind of food was being served in that place. Uhm, that was meant to be a compliment. I meant like, “do not judge a book by its cover” because there’s more to it than meets the eye.DSC07879

What we ordered were Takoyaki (P45), Ramen (P100), California Maki (P130) and Yakisoba (P90). It’s a relief I still remember all the names and prices of the food as general anaesthesia messed up my short term memory.

So, the Takoyaki came out first as they already had a few cooking when we got there. Each order is 5 pieces but they got excited and ate one of each from our two orders before I was able to take a picture (lol!). It tasted delicious and creamy, the usual veggies are inside like cabbage and carrots, and the octopus was very soft. What made it a cut above the usual Takoyaki being sold in the malls was the sauce. I can’t stop raving about how good the sauce was because I usually find Takoyaki bland and I usually just eat one before I’m tired of it (umay factor), but with Japan-Japan’s sauce I can maybe eat all five.

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Takoyaki (P45)

Then, there was the California Maki (my favorite) which was like party in my mouth! All the ingredients like the rice, crab meat, mango, apple, mayo and the dipping sauce with wasabi all together made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I popped one in and knew that was what I came for. There were eight pieces of heavenly bites on that plate.

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California Maki (P130)

The Yakisoba was also good and they didn’t scrimp on the bonito flakes (those thin shaves of savory translucent stuff that looked like plastic). The noodles were well cooked and savory as well.

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Yakisoba (P90)

Finally, the Ramen, which did not taste like how I expected it. I thought it would taste like Korean Ramyeon but it didn’t. I love Ramyeon and my taste buds have gotten used to eating the instant Jjampong noodles (which tasted like Ramyeon from MannA Korean Resto). But I guess the Ramen, like every authentic dish, has a different character faithful to its origin or the region where it came from. I must say, it was worth a try and a great addition to our meal.

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Ramen (P100)

By the way, the place is not hard to find although not many people know about it. If coming from Centro of Naga, just ride a jeepney going to Magsaysay Avenue and ask the driver to pull over infront of West Park building or simply say Philhealth (located in that building). There is a line of pedicabs or padyak that you can ask to take you to Japan-Japan.

Over-all verdict:  Great value for money!