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Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Los Banos Laguna food crawl weekend wandering activity! A Fat Girls Day Out Curated List 2019.

Soogba: The Best Inasal in Manila

Soogba: The Best Inasal in Manila

A Declarative Statement: Soogba whips out the BEST Chicken Inasal in Metro Manila.

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

Marikina has been a secret munch-worthy destination which echoed its way through the ears of many food connoisseurs way back 2009. The city has become quite the food destination for East and North residents, as well as hard-core foodies from the South (like us!) who are willing to go beyond the toll gates. This eclectic area is touted as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” has become a hub for many food concepts, from Japanese to Italian and everything in between, drawing visitors from all over the Metro.

But with great fame comes great expectations. The more hyped a certain neighborhood scene is the bigger the risk of being stamped as “just another fusion- millennial themed concept”. That’s our immediate bias as food writers. Neighboring areas become a crowded scene, literally and figuratively, turning what used to be a celebration of start-up concepts into a survival of the fittest, restaurant edition. Countless restaurants have closed down in sequence, an ominous trend that does not promise well for even the most solid of businesses.

I have learned about this Fil-Mex place from a good friend and a long-standing invitation which lasted for a few months. I was pretty skeptic going to another Fil-Mex restaurant. Telling myself, how can this place be different from the rest, and is it worth the drive from Alabang to Marikina?

On a random Saturday night, I found myself in Bodega Casa Villa, it is still relatively a new entrant to Marikina’s roster of restaurants & bars. The new hopeful kid on the block which has lots to offer to the current dining scene drawing us into a conclusion that the kid has the potential to outlast the rest of their co-siblings in the neighborhood.  Let me tell you why.


What Made Us Stay

The intricately-carved wooden double doors opened widely that night, leading me to the airy alfresco dining space. It already feels homey and warm. The yellow walls, cream tufted booths, and wooden tables & chairs were so inviting.

As we make our way through,


Fat Girls Day Out- Bodega Casa Villa
Artist Performance: Angel Paylado (Fridays/Saturdays)


The open space, warm lighting and a solid live music playing in the background made it more conducive for my friends and I stay for hours sharing a drink or two


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Warm, inviting Mexican case. Walls painted bright canary yellow, intuitively accented with murals. My favorite place was the alfresco part of the Bodega CASA Villa. It is complete with a complete bar counter.


Fat Girls Day Out- Bodega Casa Villa


Owned and operated by Karen Villa (head chef), Keanne Andeza (in-charge of Marketing & Entertainment), and Jan Junsay highschool friends turned into business partners visioned  Bodega Casa Villa as your next home away from home destination and make you feel as if you’ve been invited by a friend’s home.


The Food: Fat Girls Day Out Picks

Bodega ’s menu as fusion, taking after Latin American cuisine, with familiar Filipino taste elements.


Fat Girls Day Out- Bodega Casa Villa

Mucho Nacho Bodega (220php)

is a mountain of nachos mesh together with fresh salsa, longanisa, jalapeno, kesong puti, loads of garlic and queso sauce.  Best shared as pulutan.


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The Taco Trio (295php) crispy buttered ox brains, beef barbacoa, and bagnet sisig.

Their take on the taco is by adding rich ingredients and balancing it with other flavors. These flavors are created by pouring in some of their sauce, a garlic yogurt sauce, salsa, and spicy sauce. Each rich in flavor and complementing the base protein of the taco.


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 Alique Squid Pasta (275php) Cappelini, Aligue and Grilled  Squid.

The Aligue pasta topped with baby squid sauteed with garlic was a nice tag team on your tongue. Served with pita instead of the typical bread.


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Drink Tab

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One notable drink that you should order is the Sili Mo Rita (140php/shot,  Bodega’s Jalapeno infused tequila-based alcohol shot. Rimmed with half salt.


Check out their full menu selections here. Please take note that menu roster is subject to updates/changes:


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Overall Take

The playful execution of Chef Karen Villa for this restaurant is instinctive and comforting that is prevalently shown on the food that they’re serving. Their price point is competitive considering their portion sizes are generous.


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This special nook in Marikina City is a place of refuge where you can end your stressful day. Their dishes are comforting, drinks are strong and people are open and inviting. A CASA I wouldn’t mind going back to every now and then.


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The Marikina community has become so diverse,  That we are given a chance to try dishes in small quantities to test on customers who would actually have an appreciation for bold flavors. The city will always be a destination, even if currently, the other counterparts such as BF Homes Pque and Maginhawa scene has a lot of ebb and flow. Marikina has a lot of gems worth seeking out – and Bodega Casa Villa is one of these gems.

It’s pretty refreshing to see a well-thought-out concept for the Filipino market. For the interiors, dynamic menu selections with generous servings and yet partnered with reasonable pricing. It is really a value of your time and money to check out this place.


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Bodega Casa Villa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Address: 48 Dragon Street, San Roque, Marikina City
  • Contact Details: +632-6451952
  • Operating Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 5:00PM-12: 30 AM
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Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Finestra at Solaire: Aperitivo Epico happens every third Friday of the month and it already started last October 19th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reasonably priced at 1,295php ++ (*Price is inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge).

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

Welcome the holidays with indulgent staycation packages with AG New World Manila Bay Hotel

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

Since 2005, I started going to ukay ukay places almost every other week and hunt for one-of-a-kind-pieces. I remember my mom introducing me to a few pieces she got from the thrift shop she went to in Pasig. She wanted me to be frugal because I started working in Makati back then and my corporate job requires me to wear pencil skirts and blazers. A brand new blazer back then from a local department store would cost around at least 1,200php comparing to these pieces that she got that only ranked up to as low as 50php per jacket.  I was reluctant at first because I was thinking that nobody would want to 2nd hand clothing and not to mention a few hygiene concerns. Then again after we washed these blazers, they looked mighty fine (also, no skin reaction from using too much detergents)


fat girls day out ukay ukay
Photo from Mean Living PH


The Fat Girls Day Out team will understudy the culture of shopping in an ukay-ukay.

  • ukay-ukay” – Tagalog: hukay, wagwag, Eng: To Dig Up

This frugal b-culture is more than just fashion, but rather a lifestyle.  This content is not to gentrify thrift shops, but rather share a few insights and point you out where to get good pieces around the metro.


Backtracking its roots

An interesting study from Rina Locsin back in the mid-2000s. She tells that, it can be traced back early 80’s, but exact dates are yet to be determined. The Salvation Army shops channeled their goods here in the country, oral accounts also point to NGOs, and other organizations who started selling donated and tax-free used clothing to raise funds for an activity.

The author states that this period after the second world war overlapped with the time the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) donated billions of dollars in value of relief to Asia, which was around the 1940’s.

Ukay Ukay is Ukay Ukay

Ukay-ukay culture having being rebranded because of this surge of online sellers. They style and flat lay clothes to appeal to the middle-class and jerk up the prices by at least 5-10 times the store price. You will see others pre-curating their items and naming themselves seller of “Class A” vintage items. I say, NAY. Stop browsing your online selling apps or even your Facebook Marketplace pages.


Mapping Out Where the  best ukay ukay locations


There are so many thirft clothing stores peppered around already, but we’d like to share the best and OG places wheere you can score solid and bargain deals.


1. Cubao City

This city is our usual go-to location to quest for good vintage band shirt finds. Numerous stores may be found near LRT stations and its all connected with one another. The best part about Cubao ukay-ukay stores is that they can go as vast as having a 2nd or 3rd floor to display their items. Score not just clothes and other fashion accessories, but also vintage toys! Thrift shopping in Cubao is really a conquest, so expect to work your way through the crowd, the dust, and humidity.

Never miss: Anonas Ukay Ukay


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Photos from Mean Living PH

How to get there: Take the LRT 2 and drop off at Anonas Station. The exit will lead you to the mall itself.

2. Star Mall in Alabang 

Never miss: Magarbo is a popular ukay-ukay store in Alabang, their pieces can retail from P100 a piece to 4 for P100. Browse through their items at the basement level of Starmall.

3. Makati Cinema Square 

The Makati Cinema Square is known as the BEST spot for ukay-ukay shopping in Makati. Numerous options contained in one complex. It’s pretty comfortable in this area as all of the shops are airconditioned.

Never miss:  3j Riza’s RTW Shop at the entrance of the mall. This ukay ukay has very good prices.

How to get there: From Gil Puyat LRT Station, ride a jeepney to PRC and get off at Chino Roces Ave. Ride another jeepney bound for Don Bosco and drop off at Makati Cinema Square.

4. Tagaytay City

When in Tagaytay City, after you’ve bought all  your Rowena’s buko tarts perhaps it might also interest you that Tagaytay has the biggest ukay-ukay store in the south.

Nevermiss: Ukay Ukay Hub along Aguinaldo Highway (in front of the new Fora Mall and Andok’s). Looks pretty small from the outside, but wait til’ you enter. It has 3 levels of neatly portioned clusters.


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Photo credit: Ukay-Ukay Hub Tagaytay


5. Carriedo Street, Quiapo

The OG of ukay-ukays, check out stores around Carriedo Street in Quiapo offers items for as low as P5. The place is near Quiapo church.

How to get there: From Carriedo LRT Station, walk to SM Clearance outlet near Quiapo church and find the ukay-ukay store.


6. Pasay City

This city is the best place to scour ukay finds because prices become cheaper every week until all goods are sold. There are roughly 8 shops around this intersection of Edsa and Taft also known as Pasay Rotonda.

Never miss: Ukay-Ukay Wagwagan branch in Pasay Rotonda is strategically located along the MRT and LRT Taft stations. Score items for as low as 10php-15php!

How to get there: Take the MRT or LRT 1 and drop off at Pasay Taft.

Pro Tip: Arm yourself with a bottle of water, some wipes, and alcohol, and an extra t-shirt. Ask when their next batch of arrivals come in (some might have a text “mailing list” or they’d just give you a mobile number)

Why I Still Go to Thrift Shops?

Now that I’m 34 years old, I still visit my favorite thrift shops to score unique band shirts from time to time. More often than being frugal, I like finding things that are amazing and one of a kind- it is the habit that my mother passed on to me.

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MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

Imagine a market- style presentation of the frehest produce and ingredients cooked to your particular liking. A Fat Girls Day Out Dining Experience.

Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire promises an unforgettable all-you-can-meat experience. Indulge in their premieum churrasco selections and unlimited drinks this October.

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Have you ever experience an authentic Octoberfest celebration? No, we’re not talking about just drinking flimsy local beers at the back of a shopping mall. I reckon back in the 90’s and early 2000’s when a local beer brand leverage on this kind of celebration.

But see, consumers now are more discerning more than ever. Having so much noise and clutter presented to us we seek authenticity in brands, service, and products being offered to us. Do we want to get our money’s worth right? Most definitely! We worked hard for it and we expect anything less than the best.  So when we now say Octoberfest we’d want it to be celebrated in the most Bavarian way!


Fat Girls Day Out- Octoberfest


Us, the Fat Girls Day Out crew are recommending these two (2) places where you can celebrate this year’s Octoberfest and have solid and fun experience.


Venue 1: Solaire Resort & Casino (with The German Club Manila as a Host)

As the German Club Manila’s Oktoberfest is the longest-running and largest Oktoberfest celebration in the Philippines you can expect to experience the most genuine Oktoberfest in the Philippines as the German Club Manila celebrates its 80th Oktoberfest in partnership with Solaire Resort & Casino.

Imagine a big tent will be set up to an expansive Biergarten for the most authentic beer festival in the country. Indulge in a nonstop Bavarian feast, unlimited flow Weihenstephaner Beer, German traditions, and exciting raffle prizes await you.

Why Go?

The Guaranteed Solaire Experience

Solaire Resort & Casino known to execute beyond 5 starts in all aspect of their verticals and most especially on their food and beverage roster. Batian Breuer, VP for Food & Beverage commits to making this year’s Octoberfest the most authentic- The beers, the food, and the entertainment. It’ll truly put the spotlight on the best of German culture.


Yes, there will be free-flowing beer. But not just any beer.

Over 25,000 liters of wheat beer and Oktoberfest beer from Weihenstephaner, the world’s oldest brewery, will be served during the event.

The three-day event will happen on October 4 – 6, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday) from 6 pm to 2 am and will be held at the 2,400 sqm Solaire Oktoberfest Tent. Entrance to the Tent is located at The Gallery, ground floor of The Shoppes.

  • TicketWorld – ticketworld.com.ph Tickets from TicketWorld will be exchanged at the entrance for German Club tickets.
  • German Club – Guests can buy tickets in their office located at 5F Penthouse, Eurovilla II Bldg., 118 V.A Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati City. You may reach them thru reservations@germanclub.ph or 818-4236.
  • Solaire guests and Solaire Rewards members can also get tickets at Solaire Box Office/TicketWorld counter, which is open from 12noon to 9 pm daily.
  • Tickets will also be available during the event.
***Only 18 years old and above are allowed inside the Oktoberfest Tent.

Read complete write up here

Venue 2:  BROTZEIT: Experience the 2018- OKTOBERFEST THE BROTZEIT WAY!

Brotzeit already kicked the Oktoberfest celebration with a ceremonial Keg Tapping at their Shangri-La Plaza flagship branch last September 15, 2018. The tapping is accompanied by shouts of “O’zapft is“, which means this has been tapped and the official kicked off has launched.

Why Go?

Brotzeit has been hosting 5 years of memorable Octoberfest shindigs and based on our friend’s stories it had been anything but epic. Their kitchen working overtime to prepare not just a fantastic Bavarian spread, but with their outmost commitment to authenticity.


Shangri-La Plaza

  • SEP 29: Oktoberfest Celebration featuring KO Jones Band, DJ Allan Corpus, and Aussie DJ Brock Donald, hosted by Tina Ryan.

All Branches (BGC and Shangri-La)

  • All Fridays of September and October: Beer-centric games and challenges
  • SEP 15 onwards: Dine & Spin to win premium sponsored items!


BROTZEIT Exclusive Menu Roster. Served from September 15 to October 31, 2018, in all Brotzeit branches

Read complete write up here


If you want authenticity do not go elsewhere but to these two (2) places. Best German beers and roster of Bavarian food.  These two (2) venues are supported by the German Club Manila so to make sure that whatever F&B roster are calibrated and at par to standards.

Oktoberfest is a period of conviviality, and the perfect time to get together with friends, colleagues, and families. You are definitely encouraged to indulge.


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DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another