Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shakey's Ultimate Cheese and Garlic Pizza

My favorite pizza place, no contest, is Shakey's (only for the thin crust pizza, though). It must be the crunchy thin crust, oil, and special cheese (some of my friends insist their cheese is what margarine is to butter, but frankly, I don't care). It could also be the happy childhood memories I have of kid's parties held at this restaurant.

Whatever it is, Shakey's is always my first choice when it comes to pizza. When I arrived home after I lived a couple of years away from the Philippines, the first meal I had was in here, and I ordered what I'd usually ordered there for years and years and years... which was their garlic and cheese pizza.

A few years ago, I was very, very happy to find out that Shakey's had introduced a new flavor- ULTIMATE garlic and cheese. I had some as soon as I heard about it. It turned to be just as good as it sounded. If there is any pizza that deserves that name, Shakey's version has to be it.

Shakey's Ultimate Cheese and Garlic Pizza

As this photo illustrates, I usually have this pizza in a box. This means (at least for the Shakey's-savvy) that I have a Shakey's pizza-natic card and have more pizza delivered than is healthy for anyone. For those unfortunate souls who do not own a pizza-natic card, you are basically missing out on a free pizza and a bottle of coke for every large or party pizza you have delivered. The free pizza is either pepperoni or hawaiian, but since I'm pescetarian, I request a free- you guessed it- garlic and cheese pizza instead.

Now some people might think that one large (when I'm on a diet) ULTIMATE garlic and cheese and one large garlic and cheese pizza would be too much garlic and cheese (and pizza for that matter) for one person. I beg to disagree. Of course, I end up having it for breakfast and lunch the next day. But I don't really mind. In my book, you can never be too rich, or eat too much pizza.

Shakey's Pizza
Everywhere, Philippines

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Gigi's birthday lunch at A Taste of LA, Quezon City

Last week, Gigi treated Chi and I to lunch to celebrate her birthday. And as we did for a years back, we headed to A Taste of LA along Roces Avenue. As I mentioned in an entry a few years ago, this place holds some sentimental value for the three of us. We often ushered in Gigi's birthday here while having pizza and wine as we waited for the clock to strike twelve.

This year though, we made do with lunch. We started off with some oysters. Gigi also has a love for cheese, so we had the Oysters Formaggio. They were delicious (as things swimming in cheese inevitably are), and it was such a waste when the cheese dribbled over to the salt that the shells lay on.

Oysters Formaggio

In the interest of diet damage control, I didn't order anything carbo-loaded. Or at least, not till dessert. I had some roasted pumpkin soup, and butterflied shrimps to go with it. I usually enjoy pumpkin soup, and their version was as satisfactory as any other. I also liked the dip for the shrimp, which had some anchovy and cheese.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Butterflied Shrimps

For dessert, we wanted to have their cheesecake, which is one reason why go back to this restaurant. Unfortunately, and to our great disappointment, they didn't have any. But we couldn't end a birthday meal without anything sweet, so Gigi and I had their African Date Pie along with some coffee. Chi ordered the chocolate cake, though I don't think she was as happy with her choice as we were with ours.

African Date Pie

All told, another great meal at one of our favorite restaurants. Happy birthday, Gigi!

A Taste of L.A. Café
171 Roces Ave., Tomas Morato
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(632) 374-2461