Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Secret Recipe at the Fort

My friend Kennie is one of my favorite eating partners, mostly because she can eat as much as I can. This means I don't feel like a pig when I have dinner (or dessert) with her. She actually amazed me with her capacity to chow down (and this is not easy to do), when we once had a buffet dinner at a Japanese restaurant. She had plate after plate after plate of this dish and that... but I digress.

Since Kennie is an athlete and a badminton champion, she can afford to eat a lot. Her daily training as a professional player burns a lot of calories. This is how she manages to eat as much as she does, without turning into a blimp.

After an extended period of not seeing each other, we finally fixed our schedules and made dinner plans one night. She invited me to try one of her recent favorite restaurants, Secret Recipe at the Fort.

I went to her house and she drove us to the Fort, which I really appreciated. I hate going to that place because I get lost so easily in that area. Because Kennie took over the driving, we got there in good time.

She ordered the Curry Seafood Laksa, while I had the Caribbean Style Dory. I liked my fish, but I ended up eating off Kennie's bowl a lot. I like curry, and I should've ordered what Kennie did, instead of finishing all the soup from her bowl and stealing her calories (which I could ill-afford anyway).

Caribbean Style Dory

Curry Seafood Laksa

After our meal, Kennie suggested that I try the Chocolate Banana Cake. She said that the main reason she invited me to try this restaurant was actually because she liked this dessert a lot.

Because of her recommendation, I had high expectations for the cake. I was a bit disappointed when it arrived though. Kennie herself said that it was a bit drier than what she normally had. It wasn't all bad, but it just didn't live up to the hype.

Chocolate Banana

Secret Recipe
Ground Level, 32nd St. cor. 5th Ave.
Fort Bonifacio
Taguig City, Philippines
Tel. No. (632)856-2953

Monday, July 07, 2008

My current addiction at Cibo

One thing I like about Cibo is that each time I eat there, I can always rely on the food to taste almost exactly as it did the last time I visited it. The pasta is always al dente, and the sauces are consistent in their... well... consistency.

There is a branch of the restaurant in our office which has been around for almost a decade. It's the place I go to when I particularly want to be alone during a meal. It's perfect because there are booths which afford a degree of privacy, and also because I can count on having food that I will surely enjoy.

Farfalle ala Genovese

One of my favorite dishes there is called Farfalle ala Genovese. Farfalle is my favorite kind of pasta because I think it's very cute and fun to look at. I also don't like pasta that is thin (which is the best way I can find to describe it), like angel hair, or even spaghetti. I like pasta that I can really bite into, like penne, rigatoni, and farfalle.

The sauce of Farfalle ala Genovese has cream, pesto, and mushrooms. The combination is just heavenly to me. It's very heavy and I usually feel super bloated after having a plateful. But I don't much care. I really enjoy this dish, and recently, my fondness for it has been revived.

I recently had it three days in a row, and in one of those days, I had it for lunch AND dinner. After that week, I've had to consciously stop myself from going to Cibo so often. It was throwing my food budget off-whack, not to mention that all that cream has made my jeans a little too tight.

I do miss it though, and if my wallet and weight were not a consideration, I'd eat Farfalle ala Genovese every day of the week.

ABS-CBN Compound
Mother Ignacia St.
Quezon City, Philippines
Phone number: (63 2)410-2116,(63 2)410-2122