The Butcher Shop & Pub

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The Butcher Shop & Pub is the newest gastropub in the metro. Just a few days old when I went there yesterday to see my favorite person Tricia, and her friends Anton, Mike, and Paolo. (Hi guys!!!)

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It was a spur of the moment trip to BGC and I was still full from my dinner of spicy tuna pasta (recipe to follow) that I only got me some Farmer’s Pâté (250php). It was this or the Dumaguete Sisig.

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The Farmer’s Pâté is pork wrapped in bacon, shitake and pistachio with jam and toast. And yeah, you’re right. It had me at bacon. :p This chow from the Longford Bar list was a good pair with my Lychee Amaretto (150php). You know me, I love sweet-savory combos.

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I am not so fond of lychees, but surprisingly, I loved the amaretto. Sweet, smooth, and strong. I also liked their Classic Margarita (150php). The Long Beach Iced Tea (160php) was so-so.

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They have an unlimited-cocktails promo now for only 700php. Not bad at all for the quality of their drinks. Thought of availing it last night, but I had to exercise self control. If only I didn’t have an early call time this morning! :p

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They have Katipunan Beer. Have been hearing a lot of good reviews about it, like it’s citrusy and can kick your ass. Hehe! Unfortunately, I believe that I should not mix my drinks, so I would have to try this ale next time along with their steak. You can create your own steak here at The BS. Choose the meat, the cut, the rubs, the sides, and the brush-ons.

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FDessert, dessert, dessert… Didn’t notice any dessert in their menu. :( I hope there will already be choices on my next visit. Chocolate mud mousse or sticky toffee pudding maybe?

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There was a dj last night that gave us hits from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Ah… sounds from the college days. Really good background music while we discussed comic books, Magic cards, charter change, photography, and the horrid tacky gown of Nancy Binay.

Will be going to The Butcher Shop & Pub again. For now, will check the latest about The BS from: Facebook/Twitter/Instragram = thebspub

The Butcher Shop & Pub
Lane P Corner 9th Avenue (near Agave),
Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City

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Thanks to Paolo Dolina of the Ayala Alabang Camera Club for the first photo (not the header image) and for teaching me how to adjust the lighting of my Z1. :D

// listening to Tamia – So Into You

Vegetarian Dim Sum and Noodles at Wabi-Sabi

I was gonna go to Fariñas Empanada for some Ilocos Miki when I realized that I haven’t eaten at Wabi-Sabi for quite a while. I used to frequent it for pho and ramen.

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They have new items on their menu, like miso ramen and harumaki. I ordered vegetarian pho, harumaki, and lemongrass iced tea. I decided against getting a bahnmi, because I like BON Bahnmi’s more.

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Wabi-Sabi is one of the few stores that has been there since The Collective opened in 2010. Their cook recognized me and said, “Namumukhaan kita. Madalas ka dati kumain dito. Payat ka dati eh.” ARAY. Ate naman eh! :,(

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I was tempted to cancel my order when I heard that. Char! Buti na lang they use healthy ingredients so diet-friendly. :p

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They have a wall with pictures of customers over the years who chose ramen over pho and vice versa. It’s the Fernando Pho Jr. vs. Ramen Padilla wall.

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I like their pho better than their ramen, but I’d like to try their miso ramen. Too bad it wasn’t available that time.

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Their Vietnamese pho has rice noodles, shitake mushroom, mushroom stems, basil, togue, Chinese cabbage, and vegetarian chicharon. It’s not as flavorful as a non-vegetarian pho so I suggest you season it with patis and the green chili or soysauce and red chili.

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I like their lemongrass tea better now. Mas masarap ang timpla. I think they added more brown sugar. Makes me want to harvest some tanglad and copy this.

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The harumaki may look like an unappetizing fat twig but I liked it a lot. So, don’t judge a dimsum by its wrapper. It’s carrots and singkamas wrapped with nori and soya paper. The dipping sauce na napagkamalan kong bagoong is honey soysauce with mustard. Yummmmm!

I’ll be back for more harumaki and to try the miso ramen. I’ll also ask why they named their resto Wabi-Sabi. Isn’t it a Japanese view that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect? Wala lang. I’ve always wondered. :D

Wabi-Sabi Noodle House & Vegetarian Grocery
7274 Malugay St., Brgy. San Antonio, Makati
(Located at the back, right side of The Collective)
Telephone: +63918-450 1714
Email: WabiDashSabi@gmail.com

// listening to Peggy Lee – I’ll Be Seeing You

Sa Jolly Jeep Valero, Bida Ang Porkchop.

Almost seven years ago, when I started working here in Makati…

Workmate: Hindi ka naman maarte, di’ba?
Me: Lintek. Hindi noh!
Workmate: O tara, lunch tayo sa Jolly Jeep!
Me: Jollibee? Can we go to McDonald’s instead?
Workmate: Jollibee ka dyan! JOLLY JEEP!!!

Hindi ako maarte! Medyo bingi lang! Anyway… I had my first Jolly Jeep that day. I believe I had bicol express, 2 cups of rice (kain construction worker pa ako 7 years ago), and turon.

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It was a good first time, meaning the food was good and cheap and I did not get food poisoning. :D Over the years, I have frequented these food stalls that are like a more pang-masa version of foodtrucks. Obviously, Jolly Jeeps are not for the squeamish. Some Jolly Jeeps sell delicious lutong-bahay food, and some sell bland gunk that can give you tummy aches (at the very least). It’s really a hit or miss thing.

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That is why my favorite branch (yes, braaaaanch) is the one in Valero. The second stall from the corner of Valero-Dela Costa. Yung kay ate na payat. :P It’s my favorite because most of their dishes are good. I especially like the ginataang pagi (stingray in coconut milk), ginataang mutang papaya (green papaya in coconut milk), and crispy liempo and porkchop. Gaaaad. Ang sarap ng crispy pork nila!

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Their crispy liempo is 70php (dami ng servings, pwedeng pang dalawang tao) and can pass for something resto-bought. Bibigyan ka nila ng free ensalada with this (red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro in vinegar) which is a great pair with the savory pork. That or the usual toyomansi with tiniris na siling labuyo. Pak! Sarap! The chopseuy in the photo below is a half-order. I think I only paid 15php for that.

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I like it with fried rice'(15php yata), something they have the entire day I guess, because they sell breakfast food like hotdog, longanisa, and the likes 24/7. The only thing I don’t like about eating here is that they don’t have Coca-Cola products. They have Pepsi, Sting or Cobra, and water. Service water: drink at your own risk!

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Other must-try dishes from this Valero Jolly Jeep is ate’s sisig (not the crispy kind, lots of ginger) and their pinakbet.

Jolly Jeep Valero
2nd stall from Valero-Dela Costa Streets
Near Commune and that sushi dimsum place

// listening to Wolfgang Gartner – Redline

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast: The Tapsihan With Sosy Food

It was a gloomy week made gloomier by Glenda, so despite the too early invite (for a Saturday) of my college buddy Karen to meet up, I said yes. With one condition, that we will eat breakfast in Mandaluyong.
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It wasn’t hard to convince her, especially it was a bore for her to stay home in Alabang that time. No thanks to Meralco for the several days of power outage. Buti na lang may kuryente sa Mandaluyong! This humble looking eatery has big time meals that are inexpensive.

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I had the Kanto Boy Batangas Beef Tapa Breakfast (90php). Tender, savory pieces of beef served with scrambled eggs (you can opt for sunny side up), sinangag, and tomato with pesto. The tapa didn’t need vinegar, it’s delicious on its own.

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Karen’s Kanto Boy Breakfast of choice was the Crispy Pork Belly (90php). It was crispy indeed, and the meat-fat ratio won’t give anyone a cardiac arrest. I liked it better with the spiced vinegar + soy sauce than the lechon sauce that was served with it.

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The Hash Browns with Poached Eggs (90php) was enjoyable, but I would have wanted a less heavy hollandaise sauce. Less yellow too, maybe. :p I ate most of this, but had to give all the tomatoes with pesto to my hungry breakfast date who enjoyed it a lot.

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I usually like my champorado chilled and without dried fish, but Kantos’s Chocnut Champorado with Tuyo Flakes (70php) is something I would like to copy at home. The smell alone was delicious. The sweetness, just right. And the tuyo they used wasn’t too salty. It was thickened nicely not like the other champorados out there na mukha ng kalamay sa lapot.

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I could have sword I heard a voice in my head that said, “Carboloading? Push mo yan, ‘teh!” when the cute and fluffy Mixed Berry Berry Pancakes (90php) were brought to our table. At least I had some fruits that day- blueberries and strawberries. Well, I had mostly the latter because my breakfast date doesn’t eat strawberries.

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And the last pahabol to our very light breakfast turned brunch (ang tagal kasi ubusin nung food) was the Deep Fried Oreos (90php). I was really full when these arrived, but ang sarap so I managed to eat two. Three sana pero nahiya naman ako kay Karen. :p Downed all these food with iced coffee (30php, and 25php for hot) If I weren’t too full, I would have had a Scramble, too.

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Like its sister resto, Chef Arch’s Lime 88 (that’s just a street away), Kanto Freestyle Breakfast serves gourmet food with affordable prices. Other things I’d like to try from the Kanto menu are their Spanish Sardines Tempura, Pancakes with Goya Chocolate Ganache, and Deep Fried Cloud 9. You can check their complete menu here.

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Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is open 24/7 and has branches in Kapitolyo, Libis, and Marikina. Special thanks to the staff of Kanto Mandaluyong for being friendly and efficient, and for not judging us by the amount of food we consumed that morning. :)

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
549 San Joaquin Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong
02 4002268
Facebook: kantofreestylebreakfast
Twitter: @kantobfast
Instagram: @kantobfast

// listening to Chet Faker – Terms and Conditions

J.Boy Japanese Fast Food

One day na nag-taksil ako sa Cash & Carry and nag-grocery shopping sa Shopwise, nag-taksil na rin ako sa McDonald’s and had my merienda in J.Boy.

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It’s in Metropolitan Street Vito Cruz extension cor. Pasong Tamo, in front of the old IAME, across Chowking. There’s a hawker place near J.Boy that I was gonna try, but a friend told me food there sucks.

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For a fastfood not that known yet, there are a lot of items on J.Boy’s menu. Several kinds of maki, sushi, tempura, ramen, bento meals, etc.

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I liked their potato salad (65php). It was tasty even if it wasn’t heavy on the dressing.

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Paired the salad with a California Combo (200php) that has California roll, shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura (eggplant, onion, sweet potato, kangkong), miso soup, and a glass of Pepsi.

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I don’t mind having everything in that combo again. Nothing spectacular, but the food’s better than the tasteless gunk Tokyo Tokyo has been serving in the past few years. Anyway, here’s their menu–

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Their website says “Masarap na, mura pa.”. I say, “Pwede na. Pwede naming ulitin.” I’m gonna get the Japanese Halo-halo and the Chopseuy Ramen next time.

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Just a head’s up (or warning!!!), J.Boy’s playlist include the Japanese version of Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca.

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J.Boy
1203 Vito Cruz Ext. Cor. Pasong Tamo,
Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Savana Complex, Makati
02-403-8774, 0917-8945483 (They deliver!!!)
11:00AM-1:00AM

// listening to Broken Bells – Holding On For Life