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My Adarna Food and Culture experience

I’ve heard about Adarna Food and Culture before, and planned several time to go and see what the raving is all about. Adarna is very near my area of residence, and it won’t take 20 minutes for me to get there. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting that fact.

Until one day, Anna Manila and I planned to meet. She suggested Kanin Club, but I remembered my horrendous experience with my family there recently, where we had to wait over a hour for our orders that never came! (The waiters kept saying our food was coming, but when we saw that other tables who got there after us were being served ahead of us, we decided to get up and go to the resto next door instead because most probably some genius staff forgot to relay our orders. My kids were already groaning and whining!)

Anyhoo, back to Adarna… Oh, it was a lovely date! I plan to bring my kids there one day soon, because lunch at Adarna isn’t just lunch. It’s a cultural experience. So many beautiful things all around you – demijohns on shelves, old memorabilia on Pinoy pop culture, intricate dishes, bowls and vessels (no vintage enamel cookware on display though), old photos and posters, beautiful light fixtures, so many old stuff that will remind you of lola. It’s a visual feast! It would be good to bring the kids there so they see how beautiful and rich Filipino culture and food are.

Check out my article and photos at the Buhay Pinoy section of The Philippine Online Chronicles.

Banawe Food Crawl: Fu Chi (Fug Kee) Dumplings

This is yet another post on my family’s Banawe Food Crawl! Fu Chi Dumplings is one of those Banawe Street restaurants that have been around for a while but we just kept passing by – dinadaan-daanan lang. 

(UPDATE: The restaurant has changed its name to Fug Kee)

We noticed one fine day that we were hungry and craving for dumplings, though, that this place was often full. So we got curious.

Fu Chi is a small eatery, and can sometimes get a bit stuffy, especially on a hot day. Most people will probably find the food just average. But if you’re crazy for noodles (like the hub is) or dumplings (like the kids are) or pientong (like I am), this is the place.
fu chi boiled dumplings banawe food crawl

Steamed pork dumplings (P60 for 10 pieces) – my favorite among all dumplings I’ve eaten so far.

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Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles

My family would usually go to Lanzhou La Mien on Benavidez, Binondo or to Banawe for our hand-pulled noodles and dumplings fix. Binondo is a looong drive from home, but we’re like that when we like the food. Distance is not a problem. There’s a fairly new place, though, on Timog Avenue, Quezon City that serves authentic hand-pulled noodles – Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles.

Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles quezon city

So now we don’t have to go far to satisfy my family’s noodle-and-dumpling cravings (which occurs quite frequently, hehe).

I was first brought to Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles for dinner by my sister’s sister-in-law. The place happens to be partly owned by the family of the husband of my sister’s other sister-in-law, the same group that owns Mr. Choi Kitchen (another family favorite)… Bago kayo mahilo sa family tree, let’s get on with the food… 😛

Kan Zhu’s best-seller seems to be the Braised Beef Noodle Soup (P135 for a fairly large bowl). Unfortunately, because my family doesn’t eat beef, I can only imagine that it must be very delicious, as each table seems to order this one.

Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles beef noodle soup dumplings century egg
Clockwise: Beef Noodle Soup; Century Egg (P70); Fuzhu – a spicy appetizer of tofu skin and sea cucumber (P70); Steamed Pork Dumplings (P65 for 7 pieces).

When I brought my hub and kids there on another occasion, we liked both varieties of the seafood noodles. We also liked the Chinese Sausage Fried Rice (P135 for a platter good enough for 3-4 persons to share). Of course, my kids will always like steamed dumplings. Though the menu says “pork dumplings”, it really is more “kuchay dumplings” because there is very little pork. But that is exactly how my kids like their dumplings, anyway. Continue reading Kan Zhu Hand Pulled Noodles

Shareable Platters at TGI Friday’s

Some weeks ago, the shareable platters at TGI Friday’s was launched, along with its party pitchers. I was fortunate enough to be invited along with Jane, a mommy blogger friend, to sample the new offerings.

The shareable platters at TGI Friday’s actually consist of best-selling appetizers and entrees. So instead of being confused with which to order, fans can now order everything they like in one shareable platter.

Shareable platters at TGI Friday's buffalo wings, seafood

Jane and I were able to sample the Triple Chicken Sampler (upper right in photo; P925), the Seafood Platter (lower left; P945) and the Strawberry Lemonade Slush (P345 per huge pitcher good for 4-5 persons).

Mara, my offline BFF-slash-ex-boss, loves Friday’s Buffalo Wings, most especially the blue cheese dip. When we worked together, we’d sometimes go to Friday’s  whenever she was struck with a craving for the wings and blue cheese dip. I, on the other hand, love the Chicken Quesadillas. So now we can both look forward to getting both, along with Sesame Jack Chicken Strips, in one platter – the Triple Chicken Sampler.

I loved how tender and fresh the fish fillets were in the Seafood Platter – it was my favorite that night.

Other shareable platters are: Filipino Platter (P1225) which has pork liempo, pork adobo and half of a roasted chicken; and Jack Daniel’s Sampler (P1285) which has TGI Friday’s signature Jack Ribs, shrimps, and Sesame Jack chicken strips.

One other time after this event, I went back with my school mommy friends and our kids. We ordered the Triple Chicken Sampler, among others. We also tried the Gold Mango Margarita pitcher (P445) which came free with the platter (as part of an ongoing promo). Because I don’t really drink alcohol, it was good enough for me. My other mommy friend, however, found it lacking in spirit.

Over-all, the shareable platters at TGI Friday’s have good value-for-money, being huge enough for 3 to 4 or 4 to 5 (depending on appetite degrees).

Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo in Baguio City

I finally had a reunion date with my childhood BFF, Padma, whom I’ve not seen since the 1986 EDSA Revolution. I had to use a calculator to count – 24 years! We set the date at Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo, a newly opened fine dining restaurant at the top of Session Road, right below SM City.

Hill Station is in one of the oldest buildings in Baguio, Casa Vallejo. I’m trying to go back as far as I can remember, and back then (wasn’t too long ago, heh!), Casa Vallejo housed a dance studio, some government offices, as well as the hotel. I’m not too sure if the hotel was still operational then. (I was too young to care.) Sadly, through the years, the building was neglected.

Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo Baguio CIty

So it was great news to me when I heard Casa Vallejo was being restored and relaunched as a boutique hotel, and that a wonderful restaurant would soon open there -Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo.

Okay, I’m lost now. Back to the reunion date… Continue reading Hill Station Restaurant Casa Vallejo in Baguio City