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Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Take a look at Mango Tree BGC’s new look and delectable dishes. A Fat Girls Day Out preview.

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

6 years ago an old friend who was an UP Los Baños alumnae kept sharing how interesting her college days were. How they spent countless hours in their favorite restaurants savoring good and yet cheap food shared with friends. They call Los Baños as their second home because it embraces its visitors with open arms and will make you feel included.

“Elbi” is the term they use to show their endearment to the place. 6 years ago we drove to Elbi and ever since we kept driving back to this place. I actually cannot decipher what is this certain pull that Elbi has, certainly not just the hot springs which it is famous for. She’s actually more than that. The local agriculture, Mount Makiling just standing grand, small independent bookstores, the wonderful food scene, the open field of UPLB, and the fertility tree in the grounds.

 

A Quick Snippet of Background

  • Pre Colonial: Los Baños started as a settlement, a barrio of Bay, called “Mainit”, the Tagalog term for “hot”, because of the thermal springs at the foot of Mount Makiling. By 1589, through a Franciscan friar, it became popularly called by its present name, “Los Baños,” which is Spanish for “bathing place.”
  • American Period: 1909, the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture (UPCA) was established.
  • In 1962, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) began its operation.
  • Modern Period: Los Baños was further declared as an “Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Community”

A Different Kind of Neighborhood Food Crawl

For the adventurous foodies a short two (2) hour drive outside Manila to quest for diverse, authentic, and value for money hidden gems is worth every spent time.

 

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Let us tell you about our fondness with  Los Baños Laguna, where the municipality is rich in landscape diversity, hot springs are everywhere, and the food scene is interesting.

Let us tell show you  Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to DO.

 

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Inside the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) campus is Milka Krem where you can get fresh pasteurized milk, yogurts, and even cheese products. We never return back to Manila without grabbing a bottle or two of these creamy carabao milk. Positioning themselves as a dairy delicatessen and social advocacy hub.

 

Never leaving this place without hoarding tubs of Kesong Puti (white cheese). A tub will cost you only 75php.

 

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Pro tip: Come thru early if or go to this place first as daily stocks get pretty limited. Bring a cooler and just stock it with lots of ice.

  • Location:  UPLB Grandstand, Mariano M. Mondonedo Ave, Los Baños, Laguna
  • Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday.
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One of the best tasting inasal we’ve had! A proper contender to rest most popular chains you may find in Metro Manila. Pretty big portions that are perfectly cooked. Juicy, grilled accordingly, and compliment with at least 2 cups of steaming white rice!

 

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The price point is very student friendly. A quarter chicken of thigh and leg and the crowd favorite “Pecho” which consist of breast & wing part will only cost you less than 90php per serving and that includes rice already.

No frills dining at its best. The place gets pretty packed during lunch and dinner peak hours so we suggest coming here at least an hour earlier before lunch/dinner.

For all chicken inasal aficionados, this place will definitely hit the right spot.

 

  • Location: UP Los Baños, Silangan Rd., Los Baños, Laguna
  • Operating Hours: Monday- Saturday / 11:00am-10:00pm
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Beautifully crafted fixtures, capiz windows, paintings, softly-lit lamps, and earthy colors adorned the interior of Herb Republic. Wonderful playlist plays assertively at the background while you prepare to order your meals.

 

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Their menu roster showcases organically grown produce that is priced reasonably. Why do we vouch for this place? Herb Republic is more than just a restaurant that serves organic food. They provide production modules for livestock, herbs, vegetables, horticultural improvements, and its waste processing. They advocate producing sustainable, quality, and safe food for consumption. Also, their food is mighty amazing! Comfort food choices made healthier and mindfully.

 

What to Get

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Thai Pork Basil with Lettuce Wrap

They use organic pork, they when we tried this dish for the first time we thought it was chicken. It tasted clean and refreshing, not the usual words used to describe a pork dish.

Bokchoy Balls

Generous serving of this bokchoy balls. Steamed bokchoy with ground meat at the center. It’s tasty and filling.

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Oven Roasted Tarragon Chicken

 

You can choose what size you prefer but we recommend trying their organic chicken, it’s moist and tasty.

  • Address: Km 63 Lopez Ave, Batong Malake
    Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
  • Open from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM (SUNDAY TO FRIDAY)
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Smacked inside the Demarces Subdivision is this cozy third wave coffee shop called Siento Café. “Siento” is a Spanish term for “To Feel” and to Filipino translates to “100”. The brainchild of five (5) friends who share the same passion for good coffee and giving homage to their beloved Elbi. Wifi is not available so to encourage their customers to be more engaging in conversations.

We arrived around 4 pm on one rainy afternoon on a Saturday. Their space is quaint and inviting. Natural light floods in through their glass windows. Ferns hang loosely above and thoughtfully placed pots of plants placed around the area.

 

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They create hand-crafted coffee specialties from local and exported single origin beans and curated blended roast. The price point is pretty affordable as well. You’d be able to get a 400ml V60 coffee brew for just 120php!

 

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Don’t forget to get their pastries too. We got the Tablea moist cake and it was absolutely divine. Definitely, a must-visit coffee shop when in Los Baños.

 

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  • Location: 10665 Oregano St Demarces Subd College, Los Baños, 4031 Laguna
  • Operating Hours: 11am-11pm
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Other places worth mentioning;

  1. Bonito’s Bar & Restaurant (Hefty servings good for sharing comfort food)
  2. Dalcielo Cafe (delectable baked goods and savory dishes)
  3. Satya Graha (vegetarian)

Locations: All can be found in Waze and Google Maps

 

Why Go?

Go for the diversity, value for money, and well worth road trip experience. These places we’ve mentioned has the perfect recipe of a well-curated good food, unquestionably great ambiance, fair price points. We suggest you take your time going around Los Baños and UPLB grounds you’d be surprised with what you eat, see and do.

Skip the city and go for a weekend drive south! Want us to do the Part 2 of this series? hit us up on Facebook, Instagram, or the comment section below.

 


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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,

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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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  • 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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Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

I would definitely still vouch for the VALUE FOR MONEY line without compromising quality. You’d be able to enjoy a good old steak plate for less than 500php. Generous serving, attentive wait staff, and their ice creams are still really good.

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

Film photography and all its considerations. How to start, where to buy your camera, source for films, and much more. A Fat Girls Day Out Guide.

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

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

What is an Aperitivo? Aperitivo is similar to the American “Happy Hour”, but it means much more to the Italians. Aperitivo is a northern Italian tradition, where you have a  pre-meal drink with light snacks or finger food that’s designed to stimulate your appetite for dinner. Well, let us tell you again about our Aperitivo experience where we had another, yet memorable Friday evening over at Finestra in Solaire Resort & Casino as we enjoyed free-flowing cocktails, wine, and of course air-flown fresh oysters from Italy.

 

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Pick your favorites from Finestra’s Happy Hour beverage selection of wines, beers, and Italian-inspired cocktails: Prosecco Toso, Trebbiano Trebi, Montepulciano Moda, Aperol Mojito, Negroni Sbagliato, Sicilian Sunset, Cardinale, Garibaldi, Beautiful Incident, and Peroni.

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Italian Oysters

With their briny liquid and velvety mouthfeel, their gorgeously mottled shells and in-the-raw presentation, one can never have enough of this wonderful gift from the sea.

 

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Sharp saltiness may give way to its subtle sweetness, mild brininess transitioning into a clean taste. These 0ysters  are fresh, soft, creamy, and bursting with umami to the taste.

When enjoyed with the right wine other curated cocktails, the robust flavor of the oysters will truly come out making it an unforgettable experience.

Drinks we recommend

 

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Negroni Spaglito, it’s a gin-based drink topped with orange zest. The orange scent fills your nostrils every time you take a sip. It’s a bit stronger than the two other drinks. This rendition is lighter and more refreshing. 

 

 

Cicchetti

Also sometimes spelled “cichetti” or called “cicheti” in Venetian language are small plates of food that you could nibble in between glasses of wine.

  • Calamari Fritti
  • Roman Rice Pilaf
  • Ham & Cheese Croquettes
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Anchovies and Mozzarella Crostini

 

 

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).

 

Why Go?

There are many ways to end the week right and experiencing Apertivos with Finestra at Solaire is highly recommended. From the moment you enter the door, you are welcomed into this world of glitz and glamour and given the royal treatment. The price point is justifiably a solid good value for money. You’d be spending the same amount also somewhere in Poblacion or BGC where the crowd is too rowdy, parking spaces are scarce, combined with mediocre food & service. As for the Fat Girls Day Out crew, we’d rather be spending our Friday evenings with somewhere worthwhile.

This is THE experience you want to have on your next Friday night. A night of carefree worry, care, laughter, and delicious bites.

 

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  • Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque
  • Call 888-8888 for reservations.
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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