Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chili Lime Shrimp Nachos at Chili's

I had lunch at Chili's today, and a new item on their menu caught my eye. It was their Chili Lime Shrimp Nachos, and they were described as "crisp tortilla wedges topped with melted jack cheese, cilantro-lime shrimp, tangy-sweet pineapple pico de gallo, with chili lime glaze, and served with sour cream".

I decided to have one whole order for lunch. It was pretty big, and rather pricey at P425, but that's about typical of Chili's prices.

Chili Lime Shrimp Nachos

I really enjoyed the nachos, and finished them all by myself. I asked for an additional order of sour cream because it was just  perfect for it. (The server kindly informed me I would be charged an extra P50 for it.) The sweetness of the pineapple was a nice contrast to the saltiness of the cheese.

I hope they keep this item on the menu. I often find seafood dishes disappearing from menus, probably because they end up being more expensive and therefore less popular. I definitely will have this again in the future. If it's still around, of course.

Chili's Bar and Grill
199 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Fernandez
Quezon City
Tel. No. (63)(2)372.5007

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly at UCC Vienna Cafe

It was a very hot Sunday afternoon, so some friends and I decided to cool off by hanging out in freezing coffeeshop airconditioning. We met up at UCC Tomas Morato, where the A/C is usually in full blast.

We all ended up ordering UCC's signature Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly. Some of us in fact had more than one. We ended up hanging out for several hours, and our group's loud laughter earned us some dagger looks from the other customers. It's a wonder no one actually complained to management.

Sumiyaki Coffee Jelly

We really enjoyed ourselves, a little too much maybe. Thanks, UCC customers, for tolerating our group's laughter volume.

UCC Vienna Cafe
Ground Level, Unit 101, Tomas Morato Plaza
Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Roces Ave.
Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No. (63)(2)928.6964, (63)(2)928.7047

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Just another Uno lunch

James was in town, so as usual, I had lunch with him and Chi at Uno. (I think they'd been having lunch there the whole week.) I ordered their lunch special, which was some pea soup and pan fried snapper with hollandaise sauce. James was late, so when he arrived, my food was already being served. He became envious and ordered the same thing.

The soup was filling, but nothing really extraordinary. It went very well with their bread though.

Pea Soup

The snapper, as James described it, "looked better than it tastes". Actually it was a bit tough. The taste itself was fine as far as I was concerned, but the fish was a little hard to chew.

Snapper with Hollandaise Sauce

I didn't take a photo of the Fallen cake that James and I shared for dessert. I think I've posted several photos of that cake here already.

It wasn't one of the best meals I've had in this restaurant, but their delicious bottomless bread and coffee more than made up for it. Of course I'll be back.

Uno Restaurant
195 Tomas Morato cor. Sct. Fuentebella
Quezon City
Tel. no. (02)374.0774

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Last coffee of the trip at Black Canyon Coffee

After our rather lackluster breakfast at the train station food court, Z and I went to have some coffee at Black Canyon Coffee. It was one of the few places in the station that were open at that early hour.

I was rather amused at their tagline. "A drink from paradise... available on earth." I love taglines that are born of puffery.

I had their "Black Canyon Coffee" as this, I assumed, was the specialty of the house. It was pretty good. I just don't know about the coming-from-paradise part.

Black Canyon Coffee

As it turned out, this was to be the last restaurant that we would visit for the trip, since we had no more time to eat at any of the restaurants when we arrived at the airport. The train we took was very slow, and travelling to the airport took way longer than we expected. I guess that's all right, considering the amount of food we had already consumed the past week.

All in all, it was a good (food) trip, and it was happy eating for the most part. Bye Bangkok and Laos!

Black Canyon Coffee
Central Train Station
Bangkok, Thailand

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Rock climbing in Vang Vieng, Laos

I was so happy to find out that they had rock climbing in Vang Vieng. The problem was I didn't bring any gear with me. Luckily, we found a place called Green Discovery, which offered rock climbing tours, among others. Z and I signed up for the one-day course, which included lunch. They said they brought food for vegetarians, so that was fine by me.

 The next day, they picked us up around 9am and we rode a tuktuk to the climbing area. It was a short ride, and an even shorter approach to the actual rock face (around one minute of walking!). After a tiring morning of climbing several routes, our friendly climbing guides prepared our lunch.

I wasn't able to finish my meal, which was a baguette, some fried rice, and barbecued vegetables. It was pretty good, but it was just way too much for me to finish.

It was good that we had a hearty lunch because the routes we climbed in the afternoon were even harder. It was a great day for me. Outdoor climbing always gives me good vibes. I think I'll try to come back to Vang Vieng, hopefully in the not-so-distant-future, for more climbing.

Green Discovery Eco-Tours
Vang Vieng, Laos

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Dinner at Arena- First meal at Vang Vieng, Laos

We arrived in Vang Vieng after a four-hour bus ride from Vientiane, quickly checked into our hotel, then set out to explore the town. After a few minutes of walking, we decided to have dinner at Arena, which got positive reviews on Trip Advisor.

It was easy to find the place. It looked rather westernized, and the menu had a lot of western dishes as well. I figured that a lot of those posting reviews on Trip Advisor regarding Vang Vieng are westerners, so it makes sense that such a place would get a high rating. I liked the look of the place, and they had a nice outdoor area, which was perfect for people-watching.

 We ordered Pad Thai with Squid and Fried Rice with Mixed Seafood.

Fried rice with mixed seafood

Pad Thai

Both were satisfactory, although nothing particularly memorable. I liked the rice better than I did the Pad Thai.

Not bad for our first meal in Vang Vieng. I'm certainly looking forward to trying more of the restaurants that line the main road.

Arena Restaurant and Bar
Ban Savang, Vang Vieng 01000
Tel. No. 020-78181171