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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.

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.

 

The Food: Fat Girls Day Out Picks

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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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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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.

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).

Do Brunch Right with Fat Girls Day Out top 5 (2018)

Do Brunch Right with Fat Girls Day Out top 5 (2018)

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 11 am up to 3 pm.

If you’re anything like us when you brunch, you brunch well. That means when you’re faced with the decision of choosing between those stacks of pancakes and having no shame to explain the chicken and waffle combination that you ordered.  You leave the brunch table only when you’re full and tamed.

We’ve rounded up 5 brunch places that can enjoy a plateful of good food paired with a glass or two of mimosa.

 

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1. Single Origin (Makati & BGC)

Why Go?

Single Origin is a haven for coffee purveyors and craft cocktails enthusiast.  It serves a hefty all-day breakfast menu, international comfort food, Lamill coffee, wines, and draft beers. Their rustic interior provides a laid-back atmosphere that’ll make you want to have a glass or two of their Bacon Bloody Mary.

What to Get

 

  • Location: C3, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,400php
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2. Old Swiss Inn (Makati and Paco)

Why Go?

No visit to the Old Swiss Inn is complete without experiencing their tabletop Raclette.  There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of potatoes, meat or even just by itself on an elegant white plate. Perfect for your next brunch meeting with your girls.

 

What to Get

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Wagyu Skewers Raclette
  • Location: Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue Corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,800php
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3. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Why Go?

Great tasting bread and well thought of menu items. Packed with creative menu options and high-quality offerings. Wildflour is our go-to place should we want to treat ourselves.

What to Get

4. SGD Coffee Bodega

SGD Coffee Bodega more than just a solid ground for a neighborhood coffee hang out place aside from serving coffee they have an advocacy as a social-conscious-driven establishment. They serve 100% Arabica Coffee Beans, single origin, naturally grown, strictly high grown, handpicked, hand sorted, small batch roasted and directly traded. Aside from good coffee, they can also whip out good savory meals perfect for your next brunch shindigs.

What to Get

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  • Location: 45 Maalalahanin Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 6oophp
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5. Martin Place Social (BGC)

Why Go?

A  hard-pressed to find an Australian restaurant tucked inside the premised of Arya Residences. The name is derived from  Martin Place, known as the “civic heart” of Sydney.  Laid back café vibe and the place also has a full bar lounge where you can order your handcrafted cocktails.

 

What to Get

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  • Location: The Plaza at Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,200php
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Brunch Well

The magic that is brunch. Breakfast and lunch foods, assorted together, a mismatched meal that usually involves getting together with friends and you’re free to slip a few alcoholic drinks together with your coffee.

 


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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.

Art Etiquette in 4 Ways: A Mindful Guide

Art Etiquette in 4 Ways: A Mindful Guide

Then again, it is all about appreciation, It is not art appreciation if 99% of the time you have your back to it, right?

Cocina Peruvia: Authentic Gallant Flavours Awaits

Cocina Peruvia: Authentic Gallant Flavours Awaits

We’re absolutely fascinated with Peruvian cuisine down to the Nikkei discipline. Culturally segregated and yet cohesive in terms of bountiful flavor profile because of the country’s confluence of immigrants bringing in so much influence. Cocina Peruvian is the third installment from Chef Him Uy de Baron.

The chef’s re-interpolation of Peru’s home-cooking made available in the Manila dining scene. Peruvian cuisine is technically latin and yet its familiar to us because of all the Asian influences that they have. Although fusion in the overall premise of Peruvian cuisine – core main staples keep traditional

New on Cocktails

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Mango Margarita

Their new cocktail concoctions are playful, fruity, and strong. A great start to a good evening with friends or family.

Food Outtakes- FGDO Choices

Ceviche Mixto

Octopus, shrimp, mussels. They use Aji rocoto, which is sharper, making it a bit spicier than most of the chilies.

Note:Aji—the most popular chili spice in Peru, which is incorporated into a lot of their dishes.

Nachos Peruanos

Nachos topped with chicken in lomo sauce and aji pajica, onions, tomato, and cucumber, drizzled in purple olive mayo.

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The Mixed Anticuchos

A roster of char-grilled meats which has three different types of grilled skewers—beef heart, salmon belly, and chicken thigh, served with chimichurri and aji anticucho sauce on the side.

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The Gambas Con Saltado

Marinated shrimp, bell pepper, sautéed in aji panca and oregano.

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Arroz Verde Con Pollo

Rice stir-fried with cilantro puree and sauteed marinated chicken, and mixed vegetables.

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Patacones Salmon

Fried plantains topped with salmon, mayo mix, parmesan cheese, and sofrito sauce.

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The Adobo Peruvia

Chinese influence – the sugar and the soy sauce and the cream was brought by its western immigrants Spanish and the Portuguese

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The Galera de Chocolate (350php)

Save room for this dessert – and this is the only dessert available on their menu. Baked chocolate tart with dark chocolate ganache, topped with salty blue chips, and dried figs. Try this dish by taking a piece of each of the elements and take it in one bite. The Chocolate ganache envelops your mouth, then you get hints of saltiness and crisp from the chips, and a chewy sweetness from the figs. This is dessert is a collaboration with Chef Miko Paras.

Why Go?

Cocina Peruvia’s commitment to stay true to the cuisine and one of the best ways to do that is that they make sure to get proper ingredients from Peru which are air flown regularly. The restaurant market is highly saturated and consumers who’re palate are discerning enough to seek for one staple character- AUTHENTICITY. Getting the right ingredients without substitutions.

Colorful, fresh flavors, balance, and hits of familiarity to the Filipino palate stamping its future path to have longevity and not just another fad in the concept-driven restaurant scene in Metro Manila

Cocina Peruvia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Visit Cocina Peruvia’s new branch located at Level 5 of The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila


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Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean.