Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gerry's Grill @ Tagaytay

Gerry's Grill, Tagaytay
With our bellies craving for good food, our first stop is this resto also known in the metropolis but this time it is located overlooking Taal, Gerry's Grill at Tagaytay. It is located near Robinson's Supermarket along the highway. It has a wide parking space and a feel good entrance. 

The waiting area is cozy and the atmosphere is light, there's a bar inside at entrance. You do not need to enter the dining area just to have your bladder emptied because the restroom is located on the left side of the waiting area. We are sited in the middle of the dining area and in front of us is a stage. We thought that there will be a performance that night but maybe it was just for weekends or special occasions.

Lablab wants soup dish and since there is a soup I wanted a dry dish, so we decided to order Sinigang na Baboy and Gerry's Chicken, together with Inihaw na Liempo. The crew were all polite and attentive, they serve us with a smile (or are they just faking it... nah!). Since there are a lot of customers our food was serve slightly late but we did not felt it since we are having a nice conversation and feel of the place. 

Sinigang na Baboy, Php205
The first to be served is the Sinigang na Baboy. This better than we the same dish we ate on Max's, where the pork is not fresh since you can see it through its fats. Gerry's Grill's version of Sinigang doesn't taste like it was prepared quickly, and I don't think they added artificial flavor to that. The pork is tender and you will see the freshness of the veggies.

Inihaw na Liempo, Php155
Next is the Inihaw na Liempo. This one is just a normal grilled pork with nothing fancy, served with vinegar with onions.  
Gerry's Fried Chicken, Php255
Then came the Gerry's Fried Chicken,  we thought that this dish is only good for two but to our surprise, it has 6 pcs of medium cut chicken and served with fries. The fried chicken has a good taste, not like fastfood chicken, this chicken I think is marinated with pepper, salt and garlic and was deep fried.

Overall if you want a place to hang out for the night in Tagaytay, I would recommend to go this place. They have great tasting meals, and the ambiance is nice and comfty.

Tagaytay Trip

Welcome Sign in the Rotonda

This is my first trip to Tagaytay, well actually I once passed by it when i was 11 (I guess??) and literally we did just passed by the place when we're going home from Mindoro (my father's homeland) to Batangas then we took Tagaytay to Cavite and to Manila. Again, this is my first trip to the 2nd Summer Capital City of the Philippines with lablab and it was UNPLANNED. Yes! You read it right it was unplanned, all we know is that we will go to this place and sip a cup of coffee and feel the cool breeze... So we went there knowing only one place we want to go, that is Starbucks Tagaytay because lablab told me that it is cozy and it has a great view of Taal and its lake.

via Google Maps

Our start point is lablab's hometown, Rosario, Cavite. It took us about an hour drive to Tagaytay. We passed by Gen. Trias and took A. Bonifacio highway then right on Governor's Drive and left to Crisanto M. De Los Reyes Avenue and then passed by Amadeo Tagaytay and finally Tagaytay City. This route is parallel with the Emilio Aguinaldo highway in Cavite but less the traffic. Now reaching our location we look for a place to eat.

There are a lot of restos in Tagaytay, we want a place with great food and a good ambiance to celebrate my lablab's birthday and maybe have a little booze after. We ended up at Gerry's Grill  near Robinson's Supermarket. It is just 7pm and the night is young, a lot of cars were parked outside giving us an idea that we are not the only one's that liked the place. We ordered 3 dishes, Sinigang na Baboy, Inihaw na Liempo and Gerry's Chicken. Then have two bottles of San Mig Light and boy I like it when its too cold, hehehe. Next stop is Starbucks but we decided to look for a place to stay first.

We drove through the highway to find a Hotel or an Apartelle, we reached an apartelle called Radiant Star, it is just alongside of the highway. Then we decided to go to Starbucks after an overnight sleep because there are no spotlights to light up Taal at night.

The next day at lunch we want something exotic or not a commercialized place to eat, like a karinderia or a small resto. There is a place along the highway that captured our attention. It is a small canteen but has a lot of travelling customers like us. Out of curiosity we parked our car and took a chance of eating a great meal. They offer home cooked meals and the ever so famous Bulalo. We had an order of Bulalo and Inihaw na Tilapya. The inihaw was just ordinary but the other dish earned it title "Special Bulalo" for it is superb! After eating our dessert, a home made leche plan, and finishing our mango shake we drove to our only planned destination, Starbucks Tagaytay.

On our way I thought of going to Picnic Grove or to check out some other places but we have a limited time and lablab is a bit tired. We parked and went to Starbucks. The top place is full so we went at the back to have a view of Taal while waiting for a vacant seat upstairs. Now I know why that lake is the widest in our country. I have seen lakes that are just the size of ponds but not a body of water surrounded by massive amount of land in the province of Batangas. 

Then lablab told me she thought that the lake is the water inside Taal volcano is the lake but actually the water surrounding it is a much bigger lake. We did some picture taking on the site and after the photo shoot, lablab saw that the best place/table in Starbucks is vacant, so we hurried up and occupied the corner left table facing Taal. We ordered two hot coffee and a slice of cheese cake.

We have a nice conversation while sipping our coffee with the cool breeze of Tagaytay. A little cloudy but it did not rain, a very nice atmosphere to enjoy the place. Having a relaxing moment ovelrooking the beautiful view we went back to the car and drove home. But on our way, we visited the Pink Sisters, a convent for nuns. Pink is their dress so maybe that is why they are called Pink Sisters and lablab told me you cannot touch them and they are separated from visitors by iron fences, almost looking like a prison but maybe that us a sign that they are for God to serve Him and to separate them from sins and impurities. After saying our prayer, we then drive our way back to manila. We took the Emilio Aguinaldo highway this time since it is a shorter route to Manila than going back to our first route.

Tagaytay is a very nice place with a lot of food choices, aside from its breeze the site of Taal is a very relaxing place to converse and to remove stress. There are a lot of activities you can do, horse back riding, picnics, zip line, etc. and you will take roughly about 3 hours to go there, not bad right. Tagaytay, Bulalo, Taal, the sight is worth visiting for! :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Toy Kingdom Warehouse Sale

MegaTrade Hall I and II, MegaMall

Dahil Malapit nang magpasko nandito na ang inaabangan kong sale sa Toy Kingdom, hehehe. Hindi lan dahil medyo mababa ang presyo, libre din kasi ang pabalot ng mga regalo kaya hindi na ako mageeffort na magbalot at bumili ng pambalot at muka xang mamahalin kung ibibigay mo sa mga inaanak ko dahil Toy Kingdom din ang wrapper nila, hehehe. November 5 - 7 ang sale pero ung November 5 ay para lan sa mga member ng SM Advantage Card, SM Prestige Card, BDO Rewards Card at mga ilang piling Credit Cards. November 6 and 7 ay para sa lahat, so kung wala kang kahit anong card na aking nabanggit pwede kang bumili nang Advantage Card (Php150) o kaya pumunta sa mga araw na hindi na kailangan nang mga Membership Cards.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tokyo Cafe

 It is a Thursday, and since lab lab and I does not have a REAL date we decided to have one. She told me about this great resto that I should try.

Tokyo Cafe, SM North Edsa (The Block)
  It is found only at SM North Edsa (The Block) and SM Mall of Asia. So we decided to go to the nearest location which is SM North Edsa since she came from work that day. We found the place in the bridge connecting the Main building and the The Block. On the resto we saw only 1 couple dining in since it is early in the morning and the mall itself has just opened.

Inside the resto
The ambiance is cozy and the staff are very accommodating. One of the staff approach us to get our order and I was amazed (I don't know about lab lab) that she does not have a pen and paper, she just got our order by just remembering what are those! And I thought that she will return back because she forgot some of our orders but she did not, what a talent.

Anyways, going back to the menu, most of the dishes are pasta and burgers, and since we want to have a rice meal we opted to go for the rice meals rather than the burger.

Chicken and Cheese Roll (Php238)
Bacon Tomato Cream (Php218)

Prok Shoga Yaki (Php180)
 First stop, Chicken and Cheese Roll. This was recommended and ordered by lab lab. To simply describe this dish, it is like cordon bleu without the ham which you can dip into a salsa sauce but I prefer to eat it without the dip. Next is Pork Shoga Yaki, thin pork slices with Japanese soy sauce and ginger and I tell you this pork tastes like beef! And the serving will fill your appetite, this is the second dish I like in our feast I will tell you later the first, hehehe. Then ordered pasta, Bacon Tomato Cream, it has some sweet, salty, sour, and spicy taste and the serving is good for two persons. Now it is time for our drinks/dessert.

Iced Chocolano (Php121)
Cafe Jelly Smoogee (Php126)
Lab lab ordered a Cafe Jelly Smoogee and this one is better than Coffee Jelly of Starbucks! the coffee jelly is soft and smooth not like the one on SB and the taste is awesome!!! And this is the moment your waiting for, the top dish or should I say drink that I had in this resto is the Iced Chocolano and damn! this is good! by just looking at it you can wait but to sip it! It came with a sugar syrup for those who like it sweet since it was prepared without sweetener and it is my first time to see a chocolate whip cream! not just a whip cream with chocolate syrup but chocolate whip cream with chocolate syrup! yum yum yum! Tokyo Cafe is highly recommended to all, they have affordable meals also. And I think the next time I go there I will try their burgers, hehehe.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Rai Rai Ken

Rai Rai Ken, 4th floor Robinsons Galeria, Ortigas

the place
Dahil wala kaming magawa at may pera naman kami, nagpunta kami sa Rob Gale para maglunch. Humanap kami ng makakainan na masarap, hindi ko pa nakakainan, at mura, hehehe. Sa paglilibot namin umabot kami sa 4th floor ng Rob Gale at may mga pwedeng makainan doon. Sa Burgoo sana kami kakain kaso pang maramihan ung servings tsaka mahal, hehehe. Nauwi kami sa Rai Rai Ken masarap daw kc dun sabi ni lab lab, ahihihi. Japanese style resto xa, cozy sa loob and wala maxadong kumakain.

from top left; Gyudon Php195, Katsudon Php185. bottom left; Gyoza Php60, California Maki Php155.

Sarap nung gyudon na kinain ko, though may raw egg sa ibabaw, ung lasa nang egg eh nagtugma sa lasa ng sauce kaya thick and malasa talaga ung sauce. For the Katsudon, normal lan ung lasa for me, pero sabi ni lab lab juicy daw, hehehe. Ung maki, pwede na xang icompare sa maki ng Teriyaki Boy though medu maliit, pero masarap and mura naman. Overall experience was great, price versus quality is met so if gusto nu nang japanese food, i can recommend this resto.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

a new past time

label for a test machine sa opis
this is not my first time to make a blog, i used to blog back on my friendster page, pero xempre kailangan maki in (facebook era na eh, hehehe). back then puro emo blogs lan ata ang nagawa ko coz i thought that blogging is made for that. i was influenced my my colleagues in the office to make one, simple lan daw kc gumawa and it will not require a lot of effort, juz have an idea or things you wanna share and then blog it. and here i am starting a new past time. hope to share a lot of things and ideas to all who use the world wide web...