Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Day With Team What's Up Dagupan

Hashtag squad goals!

We always hear this phrase whenever we see group of friends accomplishing something rad, or anything worth the envy. Like traveling outside the country together, finishing college together, or just basically doing things you all enjoy with just one goal in mind. For me and my team, FOOD IS LIFE!! And photography, and coffee, and social media too! We are the team behind What’s Up Dagupan, spearheaded by Simon Vistro. What’s Up Dagupan chronicles what’s hip and hot in Dagupan City. It is a compendium of the news, events, culture, food, arts, language and music of Region 1’s “Pandaragupan” or gathering place, the Longest Grill World Record Beaker and the Bangus Capital of the World – Dagupan City!

So what does it feel like going out with the team?

From left to right: Mike Fernandez, Simon Vistro, Grey, Jec Mabasa. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo.

Last Saturday, we were invited to attend the soft opening of Gloria Maris Restaurant here in Dagupan City. The restaurant had a major revamp and it’s worth the five-month wait. Love the interiors especially the lighting, perfect for taking a selfie. They also added new dishes to their menu and we tried them all. Did you know that they now have pumpkin soup for appetizer? Okay, I admit that I didn’t want to try it at first as I’m not a big fan of the veggie. But to my surprise, the pumpkin soup even tasted better than the usual corn and mushroom. The tiny bits of seafood in it added a twist!

Spinach Tofu. Photo by Mike Fernandez

Then they served Spinach Tofu, which became an instant favorite of the group. Then came the super tender Shanghai Beef, Sweet Fire Chicken and Yang Chow Rice. But what excited me the most? The delectable Salted Egg Prawns! We see and hear salted eggs mixed with almost everything and turned into almost anything. Like Irvin’s salted egg potato chips and Fryday’s chicken wings with salted egg. But the Salted Egg Prawns by Gloria Maris Dagupan still tops my list. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water and my tummy growl. We took lots of photos of course, we want to be the first ones to share it with our friends. I took videos though, for my new baby VLOG on Youtube.

The new Gloria Maris Restaurant Dagupan City. Photo by Jojo Estrada Tamayo

After our lunch, the boys had a relaxing spa session at Luxus Spa while I do some errands. We met again for dinner at Papi’s Grill – the first eat-all-you-can grill in Dagupan.

UnliKalot at Papi's Grill

So wait there’s more! After our dinner, Mamu and Papu invited us to join them at the newly-opened Bo’sCoffee located along Jose De Venecia road C5 extension. Yes, the Bo’s Coffee of Manila is now in Pangasinan! Sir Simon and I tried Artisanal Choco drink, it’s made from pure cacao and it’s so tasty. We also had carrot cakes and s’mores brownie. I can’t wait for you to watch the whole video on my vlog!

Thank you Mamu and Papu for the coffee and cakes! (Bo's Coffee)

A day with #TeamWhatsUp is a day to remember! We did everything we loved doing, it was a care-free, stress-free kind of day. Follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram! I can’t wait for our next trip, so lucky to be a part of this group promoting the city and the entire province one post at a time!
P.S. We miss you Senyorita Myx!
x

Friday, January 6, 2017

Where To Eat In Dagupan City: Tramo Food Hub

Where to eat in Dagupan City?

Welcome to the Bangus Capital of the world! While there is no doubt about how good and fresh the bangus are here, one still tends to ask, ‘Where to eat in Dagupan?’ This city’s gastronomic tourism has improved over the years and innovation is the only way up! There are lots of local restaurants where you can find yourself salivating and wow-ing on food taste and presentation. But if you haven’t quite decided yet, I suggest you drop by the new Tramo Food Hub just in front of Pantranco bus terminal along M.H. Del Pilar Street, Dagupan City. 

Inspired by Baguio’s Ketchup Food Community, Tramo Food Hub offers wide variety of food and drinks to choose from. They have 16 food stalls in total, each serving up unique dishes. You can add twists but never the same dish, that’s number one rule!

Tramo from the word 'tram' - a rail vehicle. The location used to be one of the train stops of PNR (Philippine National Railway) back in 1970s.
For first time visitors, I personally suggest that you guys try Gino’s Sisig. For 79 pesos, you can have chicken / pork sisig, chicken inasal, lechon belly, and lechon manok – with two cups of rice each meal! Yep, sulit! And did I mention that you get to experience to eat using your hands? Filipino-Cebuano style!

I would also like to recommend Res.to J One’s best seller – Sinigang na Kalabaw! That’s sour soup with carabeef in English, ain’t it? Or nah? Haha! Anyway, you should try it for 200 pesos - good for sharing. Res.to J One also added a twist on the classic Pigar-pigar of Mangaldan and Dagupan. I am guessing they sprinkled a bit of cumin powder in it? Ahhh, must-try!

Early bird! Haha
Speaking of classics, Beats by Kuya Max offers bangus sisig and bistek max for 90 pesos each meal. Plus batchoy and lugaw (porridge)!

Kanto Boy is where you’ll find classic Filipino street foods: isaw, hotdog, pork barbeque, tenga ng baboy, kwek-kwek etc. at a price range of 8-30 pesos only!

If you’re seeking for new taste and healthier options, you won’t be disappointed with Opa! Greek Taverna. One of my absolute favorite from their menu is Chicken Souvlaki! Oh, I keep craving for it! Also try Roka Salad, see photo below.

Roka Salad by Opa! Greek Taverna
So from Greece, let’s go to Korea! Try Ajusshi Korean Shack‘s beef bulgogi, gimbap and kimchi! Annyeong-haseyo!!

The food industry is now crazy over salted eggs, so head on to Fryday’s food stall and order chicken wings with salted egg for the ultimate tasty treat!

Now aren’t you a little thirsty? Let The Hungry Panda conquer your thirst like how it conquered Tramo Food Hub. Almost everyone is lining up for its freshly-squeezed lemonade and mixed berry yogurt smoothie! But wait there’s more, The Hungry Panda offers fruit shakes, mixed fruit lemonades and fruit cups. Plus the Vietnamese sandwich Bahn Mi and Pizza bread! Watch my The Hungry Panda vlog here :) 

The best lemonade in the city from The Hungry Panda
For manginginoms like me (haha) who likes to chill at Tramo Food Hub and listen to live acoustic music, Sides Grill and Raw Bar offers ice-cold local and imported beers! Last Christmas I was kinda sad because I miss my family and friends back in Singapore, so to cheer me up a bit I ordered Tiger Beer. It’s like Singapore’s national beer, so yeah, it kept me sane for a while. Anyway! Other alcoholic drinks available there include Asahi Beer, Evan Williams Bourbon, Brew Kettle Beer, Jack Daniels, and many more. Cheers! 

The other Sides haha! Imported beers available here
To get updates and see more photos, head on to Tramo Food Hub’s Facebook page now! P.S. to other stalls I’ve not mentioned in this post, it only means I haven’t tried your food yet haha! Will update this na lang when I get to try yours na so don’t worry.

Tramo Food Hub is open every day from 3PM-11PM! I heard they’re plannning to open from nine in the morning na SOOOOOOON! 

So guys.. thanks for reading, my Tramo Vlog will be up on my Youtube Channel next month!
x

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Where to eat in Baguio City: Ketchup Food Community

I will be honest guys, when we were in Baguio, all I could think was "where to eat now?" and "where to eat next?"I was already thinking of a few good restaurants and fast food chains inside SM Baguio. Lame, I know. Haha! Let's say I'm not particularly adventurous when it comes to trying out new food, unless it's free then it's okay, because I wouldn't have to risk spending a single penny on a food I may not like. (Kuripot logic! Haha) But I would gladly take note of any highly-recommended places and cuisines, like what we have here. If it weren't for Ate Mica of Senyorita.net, I would have probably dined in at Jollibee or Mcdonald's, it's a no-brainer. But since she's been talking about this amazing baby back ribs she had back in 2012 here in Baguio, I was more than willing to try it myself. So, off we went to the low-key yet famous Ketchup Food Community.

Free taste! That's what I'm talking about.

We has laksa for starters.
We've figured any time is a good time to dine in here, but, so as everyone else. That's why even though we were there to have lunch at 2PM, finding a table for two still proves to be a challenge.
TIP: You can cross order from other restaurants just like what we did. We ordered laksa, perfect for the cold weather, then cross ordered from Canto Restaurant.

You have other food options here.
Hi Ate Mica!
Baby back ribs from Canto - AMAZEBALLS!!
 Let me start off by pointing out how superb the salad from this meal was. It's not your ordinary side, like, I would order this solo salad meal any time. I say, any time! Because where else can you find salad with peanut brittle in it?! I KNOWWWWWW.  
TIP: Nutritionists advice eating your fruits and vegetables first before the rest of the meal. The benefits include ease in digestion and feeling full early, helping you to refrain from overeating.

Okay back to this melt-in-your-mouth baby back ribs! The overall taste and tenderness of the meat depends on which part of the pork it came from. I know that in this case it's obviously the ribs, duh?! But still, based on experience, there's the mas maganda, mas masarap na part. To help make your life easier, it doesn't hurt to just remind them to give you the tenderest and the yummiest part na lang. Oh ayan, okay na? Haha!

Ketchup Food Community where you'll find Canto Restaurant
Let the hunger games begin haha
It was a very satisfying meal! We were so full and decided to skip dinner after. So yep! When in Baguio, check out Ketchup Food Community.. pwede niyo rin kami ayain, chos!
x

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The White Hat Italian Frozen Yogurt

I can not think of words that would better describe the feeling of satisfaction and the urge of wanting more of White Hat Italian Frozen Yogurt. I love yogurt, no doubt. From traveling I've tried different kinds of yogurt than you could have ever imagined. White Hat here offers a wide variety of toppings to be selected. I am now in the midst of trying it all, experimenting on what goes with what. But my favorite? Oh I love plain yogurt. You can have all the goodness with or without the toppings! 

Healthy Nut & Camper's

Camper's & Choco Loco. 

That is Choco Loco I just added more toppings that it overflowed and won't fit the cup anymore!  :)


Oh this one is my favorite :) Yes they serve waffles too!


White Hat in Dagupan City
Nothing's better than spending the night with friends at where else? At White Hat of course!

Aren't they adorable? They look like real commercial models!



You gotta love the ambiance in White Hat stores! <3

Some of my favorite toppings are cranberries, homemade granola, kiwi, crushed graham, and almonds. And oh, White Hat Italian Frozen Yogurt is 98% FAT FREE! :)
It just keeps getting better and better each time I have a cup- full of it!
Yummy!
P.S. White Hat please bring back those little cute wooden spoons :)