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

Sunday, March 18, 2018

WHERE TO EAT IN CALASIAO : Javeritas


Inspired by my WHERE TO EAT IN DAGUPAN Blog Series, I bring you WHERE TO EAT IN CALASIAO! Dagupan City and the municipality of Calasiao has been Pangasinan's main food hub centers for years. So there's no doubt that more people are visiting these place each year to dine or to open a food business of their own. 


I've been invited by the owners through my Facebook page to visit their humble cafe located at San Miguel Rd, Calasiao. It's almost on the exact opposite side of Robinsons Place Pangasinan so it's easier to find. I like the vibe as I enter the cafe, for me, it looked like a bachelor pad with a feminine touch here and there. It's simple with an exposed concrete wall inside and bricked wall on the outside. 


I ordered beef lasagna and a coffee-based frappe on my first visit. Lasagna was good! I also love the fact that they have a window huge enough to give someone who loves taking a selfie a good natural lighting. They have a wide space for parking and may I say a small yet nice comfort room as well.


I recommend this cafe for everyone who wants to chill without hassle. It's relatively a small cafe but it's a worth a try. I also recommend their cakes and tuna pesto, I wasn't able to take a photo of those. If you want to see more from this cafe, just follow @javeritas on Instagram and Facebook!

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Where To Eat in Dagupan: Gino's Sisig

What is all these buzz about Gino’s Sisig Dagupan? Is it the Lechon de Cebu? The affordable price? Location? Or - all of the above? Find out here as I get to have a one-on-one interview with the man behind this successful food business!

Lechon De Cebu. It was March 2009 when the then 22-year old Gino Largo first came to Dagupan City from Cebu. His job as a sales representative of one of the industry’s most respected milk brands already brought him to many places in the country. He did well during his first few months stay here in Dagupan, but like everyone who’s been away from home for too long, he was already getting homesick. To ease the pain, he searched for restaurants that serve Cebu Lechon. He tried and searched again, but to his dismay, nothing seemed to satisfy his authentic taste. That’s when the idea to put up his own lechon business was conceived, and on December 2009  “Grill Hauz” was introduced to all Dagupenos.

Gino's Sisig logo - Home of the first lechon belly de cebu in Northern Luzon.
According to him, #GinosLechon recipe came from his father  - Mr. Rodney Largo. However, it never crossed his mind that he will someday be successful in the same line of business.

“When I was in college, my dad had a lechon business in Cebu. I was never interested in it, but I know all the ingredients and the prep procedures because I watch the workers do it every single day.” He added. 
But what makes their Lechon De Cebu authentic? 

“There are ingredients that only come from Cebu City, sent via courier or I, myself, bring from there.” He answered. “And we are very proud to be the first authentic Lechon Belly De Cebu in North Luzon.”

Photo by idol Jojo Tamayo during the grand opening of Tramo Food Hub.
I also learned that even the head cooks are imports from Cebu and are pure Cebuanos themselves. Today, Gino’s Sisig has two branches in Dagupan City alone. One at Perez Boulevard in front of Victory Liner bus terminal and the other is doing an outstanding sales performance at Tramo Food Hub. During the next years to come we will see Gino’s Sisig branches inside malls in Northern Luzon, and very soon in Quezon City.

Dealing with Business Competition. When Gino had stayed long enough in Luzon, he said he realized that clearly - not everyone can afford to have lechon on their dinner tables.  Saved for special occasions only, lechon is rare to many Filipino households.
A closer look! Check out their Facebook page here. 
 “This is why I decided to make our meals more affordable to everyone. [Because ] I want them to try the best-tasting cebu lechon without having to buy more than what they can consume and afford.” Gino stated. “Now, there is no need for a special occasion to enjoy lechon!”

A single meal order of lechon belly with rice costs Php89 only. Can you believe it? Plus you get to experience eating kamayan style! It’s what makes the eating experience more fun in Gino’s Sisig Tramo. Gino affirms that this definitely is not just a marketing strategy and it doesn’t apply within a promo period.

"The best Lechon de Cebu I've tasted so far." -Mayor Belen Fernandez, Mayor of Dagupan City.
According to Gino: "Competition is only tough when your vision is unclear and if you’re only working for yourself."
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Part 2 of this interview will be up next.
Cheers!

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!
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Paul Maison de Qualite

What's a better way to spend the afternoon than having a cup of Joe? And in my pursue of finding the best coffee in the city, I found myself at PAUL. Paul Maison de Qualite is a French chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. It specializes in serving French products including breads, crepes, sandwiches, macarons, coups, cakes, pastries, coffee, wine, and beer. Paul belongs to Groupe Holder, which also owns the French luxury bakery Laduree ~ ooh high tea! So today I chose the Café Surprise off the menu, it includes two French macarons, a cake, crème brulee, and your choice of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. I ordered café mocha, with whipped cream! So what? I loved it. The crème brulee was everything I have ever hoped for to taste like. Yes, I highly recommend you to try Paul's delicious crème brulee. The two French macarons I had were caramel and coconut flavoured. Another thing that I loved the most while at Paul, aside from the obvious quality pastries and coffee drinks, is their interior design. Look at the photo below. Fancy isn't it? It is quite nice to have a place like this at the heart of the city. It's an escape to the buzzling sounds of vehicles and crazy construction sites every where you look at. I've also visited Paul in Ngee Ann city and the look's quite the same. Consistency is the key, not only in the quality of their products but of the over all package of course.

I will come back for their crème brulee.
Modern elegance.
The artworks graced their walls.

I know you are all going to love my next blog entry - 'Where to eat in Singapore' Yes? You'll read about ten of the best restaurants/cafes in the country, according to me, based on their location, the quality of food, ambiance, and the overall package. I would like all of you to know that none of my posts are sponsored, so far. But for interested parties, do drop me an email at lovelovelyb@gmail.com.
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