Saturday, April 30, 2011

RR's birthday bash at Fat Michael's, Ortigas

My diving friend RR recently celebrated his --th birthday, and he and his wonderful girlfriend Carelle hosted his birthday party at Fat Michael's in Ortigas. Aside from the booze and the inordinate amount of time spent at the photo booth, what made the party interesting for me was, of course, the food.

The star of the food table was RR's birthday cake. It was so cute as it had a diving theme. The diver actually looked like RR.

RR's fab birthday cake

The food seemed to be a hit, judging from the speed of the turnover of pizzas and other dishes at the table. Mostly, I had pizza. I liked the seafood pizza best. I wasn't able to take a photo of it anymore as they went REALLY fast. I also enjoyed their tomato and cheese pizza.

Tomato and Cheese Pizza

It was my first time to go that place. I think I went to another branch years and years ago, maybe in Mandaluyong. I do remember liking the food then (though I might not remember the exact location), and it held true for the Ortigas branch.

Great party, RR and Carelle! Happy birthday RR!

Fat Michael's
G/F Agustin 1 Bldg.
Ruby Rd. Ortigas Center
Pasig City, Metro Manila

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Can't get enough of Pad Thai at Full Moon, Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera used to be a yearly destination for me come Holy Week. I have family there, so the four-day holiday was usually spent catching up on what's going on with them and sunning myself on the beach. I haven't spent Holy Week there for some years now, mostly because it usually gets a bit too crowded during that time. This year, though, my diving friend Jan organized a trip for this holiday, and I decided to go, as Galera is always a pleasure to dive.

I did not see as many people as I expected to. Maybe because we stayed at a part of Puerto Galera where a lot of dive shops operate, and the party places were few and far between. Maybe the crowds were at White Beach. I never really had time to find out, because at the end of each diving day, I was usually exhausted and ready to turn in early.

Partly because of this exhaustion, and partly out of laziness, my friend Z and I ended up eating almost all of our meals at Full Moon, a restaurant near the resort in which we stayed. What was strangest of all was that we both had Pad Thai there during five of our meals in our four-day stay. I am not usually so single-minded in my choice of food, but we just liked it so much that we had it so often.

Pad Thai

I tried to judge which of their cooks was better- the day shift or the night shift? The Pad Thai served in the evening was usually spicier and had more shrimp. But the size of the portions varied. Aside from the level of hotness though, the taste for each serving was pretty much the same. So I decided I liked both cooks equally.

Despite the inconsistent taste and portion size of the Pad Thai, we continued to order it. I thought it was very tasty and authentic. I guess it's unnecessary for me to say I would eat at Full Moon again, not after going back for their Pad Thai again... and again... and again.

Full Moon Bar and Grill
Sabang Beach
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Baked Mac Uno style

I had lunch at Uno today, and I ordered their Baked Macaroni and Gouda. It was a bit soupy, and I would have preferred it to be much drier, but I enjoyed it all the same. I love mac and cheese and this was the adult version of a childhood favorite. Hurray for cheese and pasta!

Baked Macaroni and Gouda

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Breakfast at Ya Kun Kaya Toast, NAIA Terminal 2

When I travel domestic for fun (as opposed to work-related travel), I usually try to book an early morning flight so I can make full use of the day when I arrive at my destination. Even if this means having to wake up extremely early, I find that it's worth it. What this means is that I usually have to have breakfast at the airport. I say "have to have" because when I wake up early, I find myself getting voraciously hungry soon after. Normally, I don't get very hungry in the morning. Maybe it's my body asking me to compensate for the abuse of sleep deprivation.

I get excited when I fly PAL because Terminal 2 is where I get to eat at Ya Kun Kaya Toast, a coffee stall from Singapore, and their toast is a great thing to have for breakfast. I had another early morning flight on PAL and my friends and I all rushed to check in so we would have time to eat some Kaya Toast. Just like other meals you can get at the airport, it's relatively expensive, but given the other choices available, I'm very happy to pay for overpriced toast.

I usually order their Kaya Toast Set, which includes two slices of Kaya toast, two soft boiled eggs, and a cup of coffee or tea. The set costs P180. My friend Jan was the one who introduced me to Kaya toast, and he showed me how he mixed the sauce with the eggs for dipping the toast in, and it was simply delicious. I've tried the other meal sets since then but I like this set the best.

The famous Kaya Toast

I have to admit, the prospect of having some Kaya toast for breakfast never fails to add to my excitement and anticipation when I travel with Philippine Airlines.

Ya Kun Kaya Toast
Pre-boarding area
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Centennial Terminal 2
MIA Road
Pasay City, Philippines

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Impromptu reunion at Italianni's

I had a dinner date with Yeng one weeknight, and we both decided we wanted to eat at Italianni's. When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to see our good friend and former colleague Connie. Since she was just accompanying her husband at a meeting, she joined us for a while. Yeng and I ordered our favories, Parmesan Crusted Fish (for me) and Spaghetti Vongole (for her).

Parmesan Crusted Fish

Spaghetti Vongole

The three of us had a great time catching up, since we hadn't really been together in years. We exchanged stories about the respective companies we now work for, and it was nice to know how everyone else had been doing. We vowed to get together again, on purpose this time, but as we all know, busy schedules usually prevent these things from happening. I think we were very lucky that we had that impromptu reunion, since we once spent a lot of time together, when we all worked in the same TV station once upon a time.

Italianni's Restaurant
Unit 1 G/F CKB Center
Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Rallos St.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. 632.376.2382