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Teasing again

Hi guys! It’s all about coffee this coming April 🙂  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post Meeka and I’s Cucina Andare food-venture and my Yoshinoya visit for now so… let’s just stick with my coffee trips, okay?

And oh… let’s not forget my Zark’s comeback with our first ever guest food critic. Who? Stay tuned!

Will post later so don’t go anywhere! 😉

♥ Lexy

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Authentic Wonders of the Hidden Resto: Bugkyoung Korean & Chinese Restaurant

(Photo: ph.openrice.com)

Bugkyoung Korean & Chinese Restaurant, located at Unit 107 Dakota Mansion, 555 Gen. Malvar st., cor. Adriatico, Malate, Manila

Date: October 29, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

This is my second (I think?) food-venture without Meeks. Oh well, c’est la vie.

And you’re right; it’s one heck of a Korean food tripping once again. Well honestly, this wasn’t really planned. My big sister just invited us (my lil sis and me) because her Korean friend is in town and, well, willing to treat us for lots of grub. Can you imagine: free food at a very unexpected time! Awesome!

Okay, enough chitchat about that. As I’ve observed, Adriatico houses many authentic Korean restos in the metro. You can tell that they’re really owned by Koreans just by looking at the store’s exterior (it’s hard to explain, so if you have time, I suggest you visit the area), and when the resto’s somewhat “original,” rest assured that your taste buds will experience a different kind of satisfaction that you don’t get when you eat in “influenced” ones (you know what I mean).

Bugkyoung Restaurant is somehow unnoticed by most people because of its location and uninviting exterior, but give this place a try and you’ll definitely come back for more.

(Look, there’s even a TV that displays Korean shows and really nice tables that will make you feel like you’re in Korea!)

Before I share my stories, funny thing: I made my sister’s Korean friend jot down the names of the dishes so I can put them here. Good thing I can understand Korean writings, because he wrote them using Korean characters. (O_O) Fortunately, I was able to translate them well, thanks to my self-teaching practice many years ago. 😉

(Clockwise from left: Tangsuyuk, Bibimbap, Galbitang, Mul Mandu, and Japchae Bap)

Now for my palate experience!

Of course, we started with the appetizers. There’s kimchi again, the “sweet little fish” (hahaha), and that yellow one that surprisingly tastes good. I forgot what it’s called, but they’re really delicious. Kinda reminded me of our very own atsara the first time I took a bite, sour with a little kick.

Tangsuyuk (탕수육) – I think this was my favorite dish that night. Tangsuyuk is a sweet and sour pork with vegetables like bell pepper, cucumber, etc. It was a hefty serving, and boy was it really delicious! The tangy taste mixed well with the sweetness of the sauce and tenderness of the pork, and as you go on with every bite, you won’t be able to put down your chopsticks anymore. This dish was just so sinful, I swear I could’ve finished the whole thing!

(Bibimbap once again!)

Bibimbap (비빔밥) – Interesting fact: bibimbap actually means “mix mix rice” (that explains the procedure before eating this stuff). Last time, I also ordered bibimbap during Meeks and I’s visit in Kogi Bulgogi, and that dish was terrific. This one, however, is beyond terrific. Aside from the fact that it’s got seaweeds, this one’s definitely much more authentic. Still served in a ceramic stone pot that kept my dish hot and smoking for the next 30 minutes, this complete meal got me smiling and sighing in every bite. The meat, rice, veggies and other ingredients were mixed very well, giving me that “so much satisfaction” look on my face with every lift of my chopsticks. If not for my hurrying companions, I would’ve finished it.

It’s official: my new favorite Korean dish is bibimbap. 🙂

Galbitang (갈비탕) – this was actually my lil sister’s dish, but I got the chance to taste it. In fairness, this beef bone soup is perfect for those who don’t want to part ways with their Filipino taste buds, for this dish is very much like nilagang baka. Very healthy and apt for rainy days.

Japchae Bap (잡채밥) – Japchae is some sort of a stir fried noodles made from sweet potato noodles (dangmyeon). Honestly, I wasn’t able to savor this dish because it was so spicy (I don’t really eat spicy foods), but I can say that it’s not that bad. I think I recall eating this dish before in Yakimix (not sure), so I believe that if I order Japchae sans the zesty taste next time, I’d surely enjoy it.

Mul Mandu (물만두) – Lastly, we had this dish. Also known as boiled dumplings, mul mandu is usually stuffed with pork and green onions, and–basing on the food’s presentation– topped with black sesame seeds. Each bite of these cute little dumplings is surely a treat to every palate, for they’re really chewy and soft. Dip them in soy sauce and you’re good to go (and when I say go, I mean eat them all)!

After trying all these awesome Korean dishes, my long-due desire to go to Adriatico and eat in another Korean resto just got intense. I wonder why these restos don’t get so much publicity and fame like the others. If we have the luxury of time, I will drag (yes, drag) Meeka in one of the many oriental restaurants in Malate and have that different grub experience once again. 🙂

And oh, prices range from P100-P500!

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SPOON RATING:

FOUR SPOONS! YAY!

“I really enjoyed eating here, and I hope many people will feel the same.” – Lexy

Sinful Delight Inside a Tricky Exterior: 8065 Bagnet

8065 Bagnet, located at Leon Guinto St., Malate, Manila (Contact #: +632 519-6511) and at 8065 Estrella St., San Antonio Village, Makati City (Contact #: +632 519-6511)

Date: August 3, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

For our second “Calorie Friday,” Meeks and I decided to try some of the “delicious meals” of this simple eatery known as 8065 Bagnet. There’s one branch near my place (Estrella st., SAV Makati) but we opted for the other branch (Leon Guinto st., Malate) since we’re currently on our “Taft Invasion.” (Well, okay this is not really within Taft but… never mind. ^_^)

I’ve been hearing (and reading!) a lot of positive reviews about their main star (which is Bagnet, of course), and when Meeks suggested this place, I didn’t hesitate. I was very curious by how their “double-fried crispy pork specialty of Ilocos” tastes like, and so our adventure began.

(Oh BTW, this cozy resto is owned by Alain Nadal, brother of singer Kitchie Nadal ^_^)

Okay, I’ll go straight to the point: I didn’t notice the resto at first. It looks just like a simple house with chairs and tables outside. But good thing there’s a big sign on top that says “8065 Bagnet.” If you’re weak and picky, its exterior can really deceive you. So a piece of advice: explore and take the risk 😉

When we opened the door, we were kinda surprised by the ambiance: super laid-back, chillax, and very artsy. There are so many artworks hanging on the walls and other knickknacks that are just too cute to be true. The place is kinda dark, but the small light is enough to make decent photographs (and to see everything). One more thing: the resto made me feel like I’m in an acoustic bar. 😉

(Some of the displays and paintings inside the Malate branch. Cool!)

Aaaand… here comes the food.

(Sisig Bagnet! :D)

I ordered Sisig Bagnet (Php 110) for a challenge. (Meeks tried the original and we slightly shared the Kare-Kare Bagnet) Well, it was good, in fairness. 🙂  The crispiness of the pork is just right, the sauce is good (though kinda spicy), and the whole viand is just so satisfying :)))  Really, it made me so full that I wasn’t able to eat half of the Kare-Kare Bagnet. Hahaha!

But I must say, I tasted a little bit of the latter dish, and it was really good too! 🙂  Take it from me guys; I don’t eat Kare-Kare but if  this is the dish, I’ll put my plate down very neat! The peanut hints of the sauce is just right, perfect for those who don’t want their Kare-Kare strong in flavor. It’s just subtle and taste buds-friendly, I could eat it all day. 😉

(Kare-Kare Bagnet! :>)

It was a great bargain all in all 🙂  The super yummy and tummy-filling viand with rice and a very delicious soup– swear I can come back there as many times as I can. Hahaha! 🙂  Though I’m still watching my weight and knowing that oily fried pork is a very deadly food… oh, who needs diet? Life is too short to deprive myself of good things! (Nah, just kidding. Of course it’s bad to indulge on cholesterol-packed foods.)

Feeling your mouth water? Why don’t you go ahead and give this “hole in the wall” resto a try? Swear, you and your taste buds won’t regret it. 😉

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MEEKA SAYS:

[To be posted soon :)]

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SPOON RATING:

THREE SPOONS! NICE JOB!

“Bagnet is really a good dish to eat when you’re hungry for lunch or dinner. 🙂 My taste buds are eternally grateful. ;)” – Lexy

[MEEKA’S STATEMENT SOON :)]

 

 

 

Whimsy in Every Nook & Cranny: Café Noriter

Cafe Noriter, located at 2nd flr. Reyes bldg., Estrada st. cor. Taft Ave., Manila (Contact #: 489-5223)

Date: July 27, 2012

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MEEKA SAYS :

It’s the first day of our “Gastronomical Venture” and we decided to hit the busy streets of Taft Ave., with a plan on sampling the famous Zark’s Burgers, and boy did we! (Post about Zark’s later)

So after out burger-eating galore, we decided to walk around the area to scout for possible joints to try out next week, as I was scanning every establishment in sight, a sign caught my attention… the “Café Noriter.” The name of the place is familiar to me as I have maybe read it from a magazine somewhere… whatever.  So to cut to the chase, without any double thinking, we went for it!

And believe me… the place blew us away! It’s vintage-y, it’s loft-like, it’s cozy….

It’s DIFFERENT. We LOVED it!

The entrance is really inviting, don’t you think? Festive.

I love the color scheme of their counter area… yellow and powder blue. 🙂

Mismatched furnitures created a playful and creative setting and yet the ambiance is still cozy and whimsical. It’s not your typical ‘formal’ cafe indeed!

This is what I truly love about the place! There are elevated wooden (treehouse-like) corners wherein you and your friends could sit crossed legged, lie down or however you like it and just chill. It’s really a fun place. Home-y if I may say. Hehe.

And the cuteness continues in the comfort room. Smiling kawaii faces makes it fun even while you pee and wash your hands… haha!

Well, that’s it for now. So sorry I failed to post the menu they have there. 😦  Maybe I’ll update this post next time.

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LEXY SAYS:

I’d totally say that this café really swept me off my feet. From the entrance to the little knick-knacks to the beverage– oh my mind just blew up! Hahaha. 🙂

No, seriously speaking, Café Noriter is definitely a must-visit for every artsy people out there. This quaint coffee shop literally made my jaw drop with its cool vintage-y displays (if you know me, I love everything vintage). As soon as you open their door, you’ll be instantly greeted by the welcoming vibe and the pastel colors scattered everywhere– from the counter to the chairs– will surely give you a very calming feel.

(Awesome spot ever ;>)

And don’t even get me started on the beverage!

(Meeks’ Iced Mocha and my Iced Chocolate <3)

I ordered a simple Iced Chocolate (contentment at Php110) and, promise, it was really good. After the first sip, I literally blurted out, “I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die!” ^_^  It’s maybe a little OA but it’s true. A sip is all it takes for you to be transported into chocolate-y heaven. 🙂

Okay, back to the chic ambiance of the place (hahaha!)  This “99% coffee, 1% Korean” shop is like a gentle massage– it’s just so comfortable and soothing there. You can laze up all day and just bum around (of course, with something from their menu, which we’ll try real soon). The music is very relaxing (yay for old songs!) And there’s a bonus fun activity: you can design your very own “doodle cup!” :)))

Yezz, they’ll provide you with cups and markers and, from there, you can draw or write anything you want. Who knows? It might get included in their display of other doodle cups!

(Meeka and Lexy, both busy with their creations :P)

(Aaand… the result. Lol.)

“Small details make a big difference,” This is very true with Cafe Noriter. You won’t just be coming in for the food/drink, but for the place as well. If our words are not enough, feel free to visit this adorable and charming-to-the-last-furniture coffee shop. 😉

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SPOON RATING:

4 SPOONS! YAY!

“I haven’t tasted the pastries yet, but the place itself and the beverage are enough to make me say ‘Wow!'” – Lexy

“It’s rare nowadays to find a place that is beyond the normal everyday scene, the place brings out the imaginative and the weirdo in me” – Meeka

 

 

 

Awesomeness in Greasy Heaven: Zark’s Burgers

Zark’s Burgers, located at 2nd flr., Archer’s Nook bldg., Taft Ave., Manila (Contact #s: 09237372517, 392-12-11) and at BF Homes branch, President’s Ave., Paranaque (Contact #: 09237372515)

Date: July 27, 2012

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LEXY SAYS:

“It’s Fresh. It’s Huge. It’s Great.” – Official Zark’s Burgers’ slogan

Well, I can’t say that I’m a newbie with this famous “crowd-drawing” burger joint (this  is my 3rd time), but the excitement of sampling their grubs is still there. So you can’t imagine my face when Meeks and I agreed to go here for our first ever blog entry. Spell “totally cool greasy awesomeness, yay!”

Okay, for starters, Zark’s Burgers is a cool burger place that college students (or not, actually, people of all ages) often visit. And why wouldn’t they? I’m not really a burger person, but honestly, they serve some of the finest (and not to mention greasiest) burgers in town– freshly done, put together by hand, and served with uber yummy fries and iced tea. They also offer different goodies aside from burgers, but really, these mouth-watering, fatty goodness in a bun are the stars of every patron’s plates. (And oh, they have some fun– but real deadly– contests; like if you finish a Tombstone burger within 10 minutes, you won’t have to pay for it anymore <Php500> and you’ll get a free “I survived the Tombstone challenge!” shirt, AND finish a Jawbreaker burger within 5 minutes and it’s free! <Php250>)

I’ve actually tasted two of their awesome burgers (Strikeout and Ultimate Burger, all with mushrooms), and since I love mushrooms, this time I chose to munch on their “Bourbon Burger,” filled with a 1/4 pound patty, lots of mushrooms, moist tomatoes, crispy lettuce, yum cheese, and bourbon sauce.

The end. (Lol, just kidding ;>)

( Zark’s Bourbon Burger)

It was so greasy-heavenly! The sauce surprised my picky taste buds (’cause it’s my first time to taste bourbon sauce) and, yes, I gladly took every calories that’s in there. I have no regrets, as always. 😉  A great lunch-up-to-dinner meal for only Php150 (inclusive of fries and iced tea)! Greasy but not pricey!

(Two almost-clean plates! :9)

No doubt about it– Zark’s is really the place for every burger-hungry folks out there. If you want different awesome takes on burgers, well head on over at Taft or BF Paranaque for some of that yummy dose of calories. 😉

(After eating… satisfied and super full!)

To know more about Zark’s and their burger-y coolness, go to their Facebook page. 🙂

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MEEKA SAYS:

(To be posted soon [she ate a Three-Pointer Burger, by the way ;>])

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SPOON RATING:

3 SPOONS! NICE JOB!

“I told you, I’m not really a burger person. But I still enjoyed Zark’s– I always do. ;)” – Lexy

“Not a burger person as well… but food is food and yummy is yummy, so there! Haha what?” –Meeka

Are you ready for our Taft invasion?

This is it! 🙂  Meeka and I just began our food-ventures and we will post our awesome experiences in just a bit.

First stop: Taft Ave., Manila! 😀

Stay tuned for our updates and get your towels ready because our picks will surely make your mouths water! 😉

♥ Lexy.

(HEY TEASERS!)

(You guys have a clue already? Well, just wait for our updates! ;>)

(And oh, I have something to share. Before we end our every post, we will “critic” everything that concerns the food and the place. We’ll call it “Spoon Rating” <lol>. We’ll base the “criticizing” on the following: food/drink, service, overall place cleanliness, ambiance, and that “WOH!” factor that we also can’t explain, hahaha. But since we’re not really food critics here <that’ll explain the quotation marks on every “critic” related word>, don’t take our ratings too seriously. This will be solely based on what we see, taste and feel. ;>)