Sunday, July 31, 2011

Secret Recipe (Shangri-La Mall)

We had heard good things about Secret Recipe so when they had a promo in Ensogo, we bought a voucher.

Taste
I had high expectations from Secret Recipe but I was disappointed with our orders.

Bf is a sucker for tom yum soup while I am a sucker for mozzarella, so we ordered Tom Yum Soup and Mozzarella Baked Fish. I was informed that my baked fish would take 15-20 minutes. I had no problem with that. Bf's tom yum soup was served first. We were expecting it to be piping hot, but it was just lukewarm, as if briefly reheated. My baked fish took way longer than 20 minutes to arrive, but it was already cold. Perhaps it was ready a long time ago and they just forgot to serve it? The mozzarella covering the fish looked like and had the mouthfeel of cold scrambled eggs. *sigh*

Secret Recipe Tom Yum Soup
Secret Recipe Tom Yum Soup

For dessert, we ordered a slice of cream cake (for the life of me, I cannot remember what kind it was). That was delicious though we were surprised how thin the slice was. I also ordered a cold chocolate drink with whipped cream. I loved the whipped cream, but the actual chocolate drink was just so-so.

Affordability
Okay.

Interiors
I loved the restaurant's look and color scheme, especially the red couches and the red chairs. If we weren't sitting on one of those pretty and comfy red sofas, I probably would have been grumpy.

Secret Recipe Shangri-La Mall
Secret Recipe in Shangri-La Mall (photo
from their Facebook page)



Cleanliness
Good.


Service
The female server who attended to us was okay. We had no problem with her behavior. But since our food took such a long time to arrive and were disappointing, I can't say that we were happy with Secret Recipe's service. We also wonder if the poor state of the food served to us was due to us being voucher holders.



Secret Recipe
Level 5
Shangri-La Mall
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Secret Recipe Web site


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Marciano's (Greenbelt 3)

Marciano's is an Italian-American restaurant located in Greenbelt 3. Their food items have creative names inspired by old Hollywood glam.

Note: It's not my habit to bring a camera when I go out, so as with previous posts, the pictures used here are official photos, taken from the restaurant's Facebook page. I hope to change this habit in the future.

Taste
We sampled three of Marciano's dishes - Blair Waldorf 4 Cheese and Sausage Risotto, Tenderloin with Foie Gras, and Astoria Pork Medallions with Mashed Potatoes.

The risotto was very rich. You feel the umay factor early on. I wasn't sure if it was due to the oil used or due to the abundance of cheese. The Pork Medallions and the Tenderloin were both good, though. They were tender and moist. Loved the foie gras!


Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu

Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu

Marciano's Greenbelt 3 Menu


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ambeth Ocampo's "Mukhang Pera" Lecture at the Ayala Museum

I've never been into Filipiniana stuff. I became conscious of that in college, when I was in the Filipiniana part of the campus library, looking at the books, and all of a sudden this thought flashed in my head: "These books don't interest me."

I've always been a book lover. I'm not a history buff but I could see myself poring over world history books, just not Filipiniana stuff. I guess I was one of those people who overlook things in their own backyard.

So when bf expressed his interest to attend Ambeth Ocampo's lecture (it was already expected that I would be coming along), I wasn't exactly jumping for joy. Ambeth Ocampo's name was familiar but that was it. The ticket was at P350. A complimentary book was included, which surprised me -- P350 was already more than affordable for a popular historian's lecture; a free book sounded too good to be true.

Ambeth Ocampo's Mukhang Pera Lecture at the Ayala Museum
Ambeth Ocampo's Mukhang Pera Lecture at the Ayala Museum

Bf was excited to go to the lecture so we ensured seats by paying in advance. Unfortunately, the lecture had to be rescheduled due to bad weather. So we went July 9 instead of June 25.


We were 20 minutes late. I was expecting the Mukhang Pera lecture to start a little late since the weather was bad, but I was mistaken. By the time we arrived at the Ayala Museum, the place was already jampacked with people. Since we were late, we had to stand even though we had prepaid tickets. It was understandable that our seats were given to others; however, when a group of guys arrived later and insisted to be seated, the ushers were somehow able to point them to vacant seats. This annoyed me so during the first few minutes, my attention was not completely on the lecture. A few minutes afterwards, the ushers, probably seeing my sour face, brought in some seats for us. That changed my mood and I was able to enjoy the lecture then.

A big part of the audience was composed of students and young professionals. A good thing, definitely. It was reassuring to know that kids nowadays still care about substantial and intellectual things.

The lecture was very informative and interesting. Ambeth Ocampo delivered some humorous quips every now and then. He had a good way of telling stories. You won't be tuning out or surreptitiously looking at your watch, waiting for the lecture to end.

What can I say, I'm a convert! Now I look forward to more of his lectures.

Ambeth Ocampo's book Meaning and History - The Rizal Lectures

And yes, there really was a complimentary book, his recent one, Meaning and History - The Rizal Lectures. So let's see, for P350, you get to listen to an acclaimed historian's lively and intellectually stimulating lecture about currencies, you're free to roam around the Ayala Museum, and you get his latest book. Quite a deal, huh? And if you're a student, a teacher, a senior citizen or an Ayala Museum member, you only pay P200, so even more sulit!


Prof. Ocampo is also a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He regularly posts interesting tidbits and pictures at his Facebook page. The poster pictures used above were copied from his page.



Ambeth Ocampo's "Mukhang Pera" Lecture
Ayala Museum
Makati City, Metro Manila
July 9, 2011


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gerry's Grill (Tomas Morato)

This is one of the restaurants we frequently dine in. It's pretty much a safe bet.

Gerry's Grill Tomas Morato Entrance

Taste
It's a good idea to eat here in a big group so that you can sample many dishes. I like their chicken skin and lechon kawali. Their chopsuey and tinomok are also good. Our favorites here, though, are (of course) the sizzling sisig and the beef casserole.

Gerry's Grill Chicken Skin Gerry's Grill Chopsuey Gerry's Grill Lechon Kawali  Gerry's Grill Tinomok Gerry's Grill Beef Casserole Gerry's Grill Sizzling Sisig

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