Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Classic Favorites at Pancake House

Established in the 1970s, Pancake House has been a favorite in the Philippine restaurant scene. I, for one, have dined here for countless times already. As far as I can remember, I have eaten at these branches—El Molito, Robinson’s Galleria, Bonifacio High Street, Solenad 2, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center. Their branches still has that signature movie posters decor.

But do not be misled by the name, Pancake House not only serves pancakes, but they also have other offerings such as the following: (Good thing, I was able to take photos on recent visits!)

House Specials Set—Pancake House’s non-pancake specialties all in one plate! It has spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread, one piece pan chicken, iced tea, and a piece of their “Best Taco in Town.”  The taco consists of beef, vegetable toppings, cheese and tasty dressing.
House Specials Set, PhP 257
Sorry but my friend already grabbed the taco!

Pan Chicken Special Set – Two pieces pan chicken with gravy, tuna macaroni salad, buttered toast and ice tea. This is a full meal even without the rice. As always, the pan chicken and the tuna macaroni salad tastes good.
Pan Chicken Special Set, PhP 246

Hamburger Steak Special Set- Juicy hamburger steak with gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, mixed vegetables (it is actually corn & carrots) and iced tea. I love their spaghetti but their hamburger steak is just okay.
Hamburger Steak Special Set, PhP 257
w/ iced tea (not seen in photo)

Arroz ala Cubana – Classic Spanish dish of sautéed ground beef served with plain white rice, fried egg and fried bananas. I maybe biased here but my mom’s version of this (her specialty) tastes better!
Arroza ala Cubana, PhP 240

Chicken Fillet w/Cheesy Spinach Pesto Linguini—This one’s a disappointment. It was so bland and they just put in a very tiny piece of chicken fillet.
Chicken Fillet w/Cheesy Spinach Pesto Linguini, PhP 235

I must say that through the years, Pancake House has maintained the taste and quality of their dishes plus the ambiance. Albeit, I find their serving sizes small—it really is for good one person only and not meant to be shared.

For more information, visit their website:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Aling Nene Express

For most Manilenos, placing delivery orders at Aling Nene has been a tradition when you want to treat your officemates or your family with a filling lunch. And why not, this restaurant along Osmena Highway, Manila has been around since 1955 and is well known for their legendary pork barbeque.

So recently, I chose to order at Aling Nene as a birthday treat for my workmates. We asked it to be delivered in our Mandaluyong office by 11:30am to 12nn but the food arrived at 12:30pm!

Anyway, here’s what we had:

Of course, their famous Pork Barbeque! It is tender and flavorful. The accompanying “vinegar” sauce tastes great and compliments well with the barbeque.
Regular Pork Barbeque, PhP 35/piece

This one is also a must-try, the Pansit Palabok. It has generous sauce and loaded with garnishings.
Pansit Palabok, PhP 900/large bilao

Another Aling Nene cult favorite, the Lumpiang Shanghai (I loved the accompanying sauce!):
Lumpiang Shanghai, PhP 470/medium bilao

We also had the usual Pinoy fares, Kare-Kare & Chopsuey:
the still "unmixed" Kare-Kare, PhP 700/gallon

Chopsuey, PhP 425/small bilao

We just cooked our own rice to cut costs. Total bill was PhP 3,322 (inclusive of taxes, etc plus). Our orders came with two complimentary 2-liter softdrinks, but they didn't inform us, so we already bought from the store down the building. There were 14 of us and I guess serving size is big because the leftovers can still make a full dinner! I can say that Aling Nene’s is perfect for those group get-togethers—delicious yet affordable.

For more information, visit their website:

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Eat all you can at Cabalen!

One time that I was at the cinema area of Alabang Town Center, I passed by Cabalen and saw that their regular buffet costs only PhP 298 per pax (or PhP 333.76 vat in). Since I’ve heard about Cabalen for the longest time and haven’t tried it yet, I decided to treat my mom and relatives here.

Here’s a rundown of what they offer:

The best this buffet has, is of course, the lechon de leche. This one goes out really fast. I also loved their native longganisa.
Sorry, but the lechon was gone in a flash!

Their sinigang and arroz caldo is always hot (which is good!). But I prefer my arroz caldo with egg.

What’s interesting here is the beringhe. I guess this is the Pinoy version of paella. This one’s made of sticky rice and coconut milk with some carrots, green peas, egg, chicken, sausage, etc. Another one is the crispy kangkong—my companions kept on going back for this light, snack-like dish.

Here’s a set of Kapampangan classic dishes:

Here’s the section for grilled fish, etc. I liked their pork sisig and sizzling tofu.

They also have a salad bar:

And finally, time for dessert! They have a chocolate fondue and a variety of Pinoy dessert mainstays like halo-halo, gunomis, biko, fresh & cooked banana, fresh pineapple and gelatin.

For unlimited drinks like iced tea and softdrinks, just add Php 60. Overall, service was good and hey, where can you find a buffet restaurant that can only cost you this much?

For more info, visit:

2014 Peace Cup @ RMS

I was very excited to watch our very own Philippine Azkals battle it out against the Myanmar White Angels for the Peace Cup last September 6 at the newly-renovated Rizal Memorial Stadium. Good thing they lowered the prices—lower grandstand tickets were just Php 533.60 each.

The new all-weather surface pitch has now the FIFA-standard size. The artificial grass turf looks good too. It was a sizeable crowd with the grandstand & white bleachers section filled up.
RMS, March 2013

RMS, September 2014

I used to watch from the white bleachers section and I must say, I really loved the view from where we were seated on the grandstand. We were there early, but the first game between Chinese Taipei and Palestine went to overtime so the kick-off started at 7:35 pm.

At the eight minute, Myanmar scored a “lucky” shot with the ball hitting the pole then went inside the goal. There were scoring attempts from Bahadoran, P. Younghusband, J. Younghusband, C. Greatwhich, but in vain. It was a very intense game with even the Myanmar coach, thrown out of the game.

At the second half, the crowd went wild as Sato made the equalizer. The Philippines was able to take the lead in the 70th minute after Phil converted from a penalty kick. Everyone thought that Azkals already have this one, but at the dying minutes of the game, the visiting team was able to score! Imagine the shock and disappointment of everyone at the stadium (Well, except for a handful of Myanmar supporters)

In overtime, Myanmar yet again scored another goal and the Philippines never recovered. Azkals GK, Muller kept on moving out of his territory. There were also errors in passing, throwing away possessions, and not too much pressure in defending. It seems to me that our coach loves to “experiment” as some of the players were not playing in their “natural” position and there were “questionable” choices on who to field in. Still, congratulations for the silver finish and I hope the Azkals will be better this coming Suzuki Cup.

Friday, September 05, 2014

North Park Noodle House @ ATC

I’ve eaten at North Park Noodle House plenty of times in the past and at different branches. It has been a favorite for lunch or dinner blow-outs for group of friends or officemates since the food here is really affordable and delicious.

And after about three years, I was finally able to eat at North Park again! Last Sunday, I treated some churchmates for late lunch at their branch in Alabang Town Center. Even if it was crowded, we were able to get a table fast.

I did not order my usual favorites sweet & sour pork, stir-fry beef broccoli and pinsec frito, as I wanted to try their other dishes.

Here’s what we had:

Manchurian Calamares, P243

Nanking Beef Noodles in Soup, P 173 (regular) –an all-time classic favorite

Yang Chow Fried Rice, P 193-an all-time classic favorite, good for about 3 people

Sweet & Sour Lapu-Lapu Fillet, P283—loved the sweet-tangy taste!

Roast Combination Platter, P 388—best if you want to have a taste of their different roast specialties like, sausage, pork, etc. Big serving.

Well, what can I say, everything still tastes great! North Park Noodles still remains as one of my go-to Chinese comfort food habit.

North Park Noodles
Ground Floor (near the Cinemas), Alabang Town Center

Monday, September 01, 2014

My #Slipstream Experience

I’m a fan of Marlon Stockinger so I was really ecstatic when I found out that Globe Telecom has cooked up an event called “Globe Slipstream” where I can see him drive his Lotus Formula race car in person! Thankfully, my friend from Globe invited me to this one-of-a-kind “experience”.

And on August 30, all roads (well, most of the roads in BGC were barricaded because of the parade) lead to Bonifacio Gobal City. My friend and I went straight to the Main Stage area in Bonifacio High Street. 
Side view of the main stage. James Deakin was one of the emcees

But I guess the Mind Museum area is the best place to be to see Marlon and the other celebrities (Dingdong Dantes, Matteo Guidicelli, to name a few) up close. 

A few minutes past 1 PM, the event started. Various fast cars, go-karts and Ducatis were paraded.

And finally, Marlon Stockinger in his Lotus Renault race car! Seeing and hearing how fast the car (and how good Marlon is) was a total rush! Thanks to the HDR function of my phone, I was able to capture this moment here:

Aside from the parade, there were also various attractions like these photo-op walls:

Ducati Displays:

And the real treat—a chance to drive (simulator only) the Lotus F1 WSR Race Car! I think this booth had longest line but the wait was definitely worth it. Since I don’t know how to drive, I had a hard time stepping on the gas or brake pedals and I find the steering wheel hard to manage, but it was lots of fun! Good thing there were coaches (I suppose they are from Lotus) to guide us.

We weren’t able to visit the other attractions like Mad Science, etc because we were so famished amd decided to have early dinner.

At 7 PM, we went to the Bonifacio High Street Ampitheater where the Outdoor Music Festival was already ongoing.

For VIP ticket holders, you get a free raincoat, a food stub for free samplers from the various kiosks (Brothers Burger, Quiznos, etc) and this awesome blinking tag:

Up Dharma Down was the most recognizable band which performed. Yolanda Moon, Dualist Inquiry, DJ joey Santos were some of the acts.
Up Dharma Down in the house!

A  foam party ensued towards the end of the concert but we didn’t join because we don’t want to get wet (kill-joys, haha).

Overall, it was a great experience! I’m hoping that Globe will organize another event like this in the near future or perhaps, an actual race J

Globe Slipstream official page:

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