I absolutely love Mexican food. The very first dish I learned to cook was beef filling for my taco. Comfort food for me is tacos, nachos and chili con. Imagine my joy when I learned that there is a mexican restaurant in Pampanga.
Zapatas

Zapatas

 

Zapatas Interiors

Zapatas Interiors

The place itself is done in typical Mexican decor with knick knacks all over to give it a very authentic feel.

Quesadillas

Quesadillas

Quesadilla Supreme – Beef or Chicken Php 180. Perfect with ice cold beer!!!

Chilli

Chilli

Chili con carne – Php 95 …. Ahhhh, Piping hot. We wolfed down this yummy bowl of chili in minutes.

Rating : Love It

Food   : Quesadilla

Summary : I love Mexican food and I can have it everyday. Zapata’s was authentic and better than the Mex restaurants found in Manila!

Zapata’s

Fields Avenue, Pampanga

I’ve read so many great reviews about C’ Italian that I just had to try the place during my Pampanga trip.

The place itself is located along the restaurant row of Fields Avenue.

C' Italian Bread

C' Italian Bread

They served complimentary bread with pesto in olive oil for dipping.

Panizza Kristina

Panizza Kristina

We ordered the Panizza Kristina – Bacon and Ham, caramelized onions and mushrooms Php 570. Panizza is a thin crust pizza-like dish rolled and eaten with arugula. The panizza is a house favorite.  A very thin crust with good quality ingredients for the topping. But I guess I had really high expectations for the panizza since everyone was raving about it. It was good but I actually liked the chicken more.

Tuscan style chicken

Tuscan style chicken

The wood fire roasted whole tuscan style chicken infused with lemon white wine and virgin olive oil served on onion, roasted potatoes and garlic roated italian broccoli Php 750 was a very good. The chicken was moist and succulent. It had marinated well and the flavors had infused into the chicken. I would highly recommend this dish.

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

The tiramisu wasn’t that great. More of a sponge cake with cream filling and wasn’t authentic at all.

Summary : I would come back. The panizza was good and the chicken superb. I would definitely look forward to trying out more of the dishes from the menu.

Rating : Like It

Food   : Tuscan Style Chicken

C’ Italian

Fields Avenue, Pampanga

http://www.citaliandining.com

Bagoong Club

Bagoong Club

Bagoong or shrimp paste is made from tiny fermented shrimps. Flavour is then added by sauteing the shrimp paste with various condiments. Bagoong is very much part of Filipino cooking and well loved by Filipinos.
Traditional Bagoong with Singkamas

Traditional Bagoong with Singkamas

Bagong Lipunan – Traditional Bagoong with Singkamas is served instead of the usual complimentary bread.

 

Bulalo sa Monggo

Bulalo sa Monggo

Bulalo sa Mongo Php 250 – The beef broth mixed well with the flavor of the monggo. Really really good soup. Must order this dish.

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

Crispy Pork Binagoongan Php 220 – The pork was very tender and crispy on the outside.
Bagoong Varieties

Bagoong Varieties

Bagoong Umaga Php15, Bagoong Club Special ( has crab fat ) Php 15, Bagoong Europa Php 25 – For a restaurant named Bagoong club, the bagoong itself wasn’t anything special. They lacked flavours which comes from sauteing shrimp paste with various spices. The bagoong Europa was an interesting variation though since it mixed shrimp paste with pesto.

Pastillas de Leche Cheesecake

Pastillas de Leche Cheesecake

Pastillas de Leche Cheesecake Php 130 by Chef Pixie Sevilla-Santos – It’s like having pastillas in a cake form with a nice biscuit bottom layer.

Rating    : Like It
Food       : Bulalong Monggo

Summary : A very nice concept with a lot of food served using bagoong. The bagoong itself isn’t outstanding but the food is cooked well. Prices are also affordable. A refreshing alternative to the normal Pinoy grill restaurants in the QC area.

Bagoong Club
122 Sct Dr. Lazcano Sacred Heart
Quezon City
Phone : 632 9290544

Red Bean KitKat

Red Bean KitKat

I’m having a KitKat moment…. Been taking a break this past month.

Need to get back into blogging. Not that easy to squeeze in blogging after moving to another country, taking a mini-holiday, transferring to another state, getting a new job plus doing all the household stuff that I normally don’t do back in Manila.

In the meantime, the restaurant posts have been piling up, so yes, I will try to make my KitKat moment short!!

Apple and Green Tea KitKat

Apple and Green Tea KitKat

Green Tea KitKat

Green Tea KitKat

Some very interesting KitKat flavors I have discovered in the Asian grocery in Melbourne. These chocolates have been manufactured for the Japanese market.  Aren’t they the coolest?!!

We saw this small yogurt place in Clark while driving along Fields Avenue where most of the restaurants are found.
Haven Yogurt Exterior

Haven Yogurt Exterior

I’m not sure why the name has been whitewashed from the signboard. It might have been a different yogurt shop before.

 Haven Yogurt Interiors

As with other fro-yo shops, you can pick your topping for your frozen yogurt. Toppings range from cereals, chocolate pieces to Comstock preserved fruits.
Haven Yogurt

Haven Yogurt

 Rating  : Love It

Summary : I really liked this yogurt. It had the right balance of being creamy and tangy at the same time. I liked their strawberry yogurt. Not all the fro-yo shops in Manila have flavoured yogurts. When in the Clark area, do try out this little fro-yo shop.

Haven Yogurt
Fields Avenue
Beside The Maharajah Hotel and R&B Jazz Bar

 Flying back home to Manila for two weeks. My last PAL meal going to Bangkok was horrendous and I had low expectations for this flights meal. I was pleasantly surprised to have decent food.

PAL June 08 Lunch

This was a beef stroganoffy type of preparation and it wasn’t that bad for economy food. On the long haul flights, the meal also comes with the whipped butter and cheese and crackers which I like most from the meal tray.

PAL June 08 Snack

This is the usual pizza bread and sandwich which PAL serves as a snack on long haul flights. I actually like this and I’m fine with having this on every long haul flight rather than the straight from the fridge cold adobo roll which they also serve as a snack.

My favorite is the Anzac biscuit which they include on MNL – AUS flights. The combination of oats and dessicated coconut in a not too sweet biscuit makes the Anzac my favorite type of biscuit.

Swanston Street in the Melbourne CBD is crammed with Asian restaurants which offer quick and cheap meals. We ducked into Vietnamese Grill Bar which looked rather new with clean and modern interiors. The menu is filled with the usual Pho dishes and rice toppings. We opted for the combos which would let us try a bit of everything.

 Pork Chop Combo
Combo 1 Pork chop, broken rice, spring roll and ice longan drink $12.80

 Grilled Chicken Combo
Combo 2 Grilled chicken on tomato rice and ice longan drink $12.80

Summary : I did say these places offered quick meals, but I didn’t expect food which not only tasted bland but also pre-cooked. The chicken was cold and the pork chop has the toughness which comes from being reheated too many times. My friend and I both agreed this was really bad Asian fast food. The only thing this place had going for it was its interiors.

Rating : One nighter
Food   : None

Vietnamese Grill Bar
305-307 Swanston St Melbourne 3000
Phone : +613 9650 0068