Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Pao (SM North)

There are days when we want to eat but don't have any cravings or preferences. One such day, we decided to wander around the SM North Foodcourt and order whatever caught our attention. We ended up trying My Pao.

Taste
Their Special Congee was hot and filling  I bought Emperor Pao (bola-bola siopao) for takeout and found it good.

Affordability
Very affordable! The special congee only cost P50 but was big enough to be filling and had many ingredients such as meatballs, pork chunks, pechay, and hard-boiled egg. The siopaos were likewise wallet-friendly.

Cleanliness
Good enough.

Service
Okay. We'll eat here again especially if we're on a tight budget.




My Pao
Foodcourt
SM City North Edsa
Quezon City, Metro Manila


Saturday, August 20, 2011

PB Dionisio Firing Range

Firing a real gun had been in my bucket list for several years, just sitting pretty there, not moving a notch. Looking for new things to do, bf and I decided to finally take it off the list. We made reservations in PB Dionisio, a shooting range and gun shop in Quezon City.

Upon arrival though, we found out that they closed early that day because it was their anniversary. The staff asked us to return the following day. We complained calmly (arguing heatedly with people who work in a gun shop is not a very smart thing to do, you know) and stated that we had an appointment. The party's schedule probably slipped off the mind of the girl who took our reservations through phone. Realizing the mistake, two of the staff offered to accommodate us newbies. They would just go to the party after our session. Bf and I rented a pistol and took turns loading and firing it into our respective target boards.

the staff supervising bf as he fired the pistol

Upon entering the shooting range, I asked the staff if I could handle the recoil. Like me, you have probably also seen many movies wherein there's a girl (or a wimpy guy) who shoots a gun for the first time in her life and is thrown a few steps back or even falls flat on her butt. Well I didn't want my butt to say hello to the ground, so I had to ask. He reassured me that recoil wasn't like that. True enough, recoil was minimal. The tip of the gun just swung upwards a bit after every shot.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mister Donut's Belgian Mallow Bites

I'm not a big fan of Mister Donut but I like Choco Mallows, so when Mister Donuts came up with Belgian Mallow Bites, I got curious and bought a box. Before leaving the store, I took out a piece and ate it. I found it too sweet.

I took the mallow bites home and placed them inside the fridge. The following morning, I had two for breakfast (yeah, I know, very healthy breakfast haha). I found out that when chilled, the mallow bites weren't so sweet. They went great with coffee btw.

Mister Donut's Belgian Mallow Bites are dense, probably because of the donut part. While I could eat a pack of regular choco mallows in one sitting, I was already full after eating two of Mister Donut's.

Monday, August 15, 2011

SM and QC: Visions of a City Exhibit in SM North Edsa

Okay, this is not going to be pretty. I know the people behind this event are rich, important people, but I promised no sugarcoating: I hated this exhibit!

Bf, being his usual Filipiniana buff self, wanted to see this exhibit titled SM and QC: Visions of a City. It was held in SM City North Edsa and would later be moved to other SM malls in Quezon City.

What was the SM and QC: Visions of a City exhibit about?
The exhibit showed the development of Quezon City from the 1940s (when Quezon City was being planned to be the new capital of the Philippines) to the present time, with a special focus on SM City North Edsa. Our country's participation in World's Fairs during the pre-war era was also shown. The exhibit was a partnership between Bluprint magazine (a design and architecture magazine) and SM.

The good things first.
  • The exhibit was free and open to the public
  • The exhibit was held in SM North Edsa, so very accessible and convenient.

Now the bad things.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Persia Grill (University Mall in Taft Avenue, Manila)

It had been ages since I last went to the University Mall (UM) in Taft Avenue, Manila (the one near De La Salle University). During my days as a Green Archer, UM was a dim and gloomy-looking mall. We students frequented it, though, since it was just a few steps away and the establishments there offered interesting stuff. When we went to UM after the World Food Expo, I was surprised to see that UM has been revamped into a posh mini mall.

Persia Grill was one of the several establishments that were still open that time. We were already hungry so we decided to eat there.

Taste
Several months ago, we dined at Persia Grill in SM North. I did not enjoy the food much, which surprised me since I really enjoyed other Persian restaurants like Ababu and Grilled Tomato. I was the one who chose Persia Grill in UM because I wanted to give it another chance. In the SM North branch, I ordered Chelo Kebab Kobideh, so I decided to try something else. I'm a fan of sisig, so that was what I ordered.

Persia Grill Sisig
Persian Sisig

Persia Grill Rice
Long-grained Rice with Butter

Persia Grill Blue Lemonade
Blue Lemonade

Monday, August 8, 2011

World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2011 in World Trade Center

Bf and I went to the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2011 last August 6, 2011. It was a four-day affair held in two locations: in the World Trade Center and the SMX Convention Center, from August 3-6. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedule, we were only able to drop by the World Trade Center about two or three hours before closing. We had to rush in order to visit all the booths there and of course going to the SMX Convention Center was already out of the question.

World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2011 World Trade Center

We are not in the food business but we're gluttons, er, food lovers, so we were not on the look out for interesting business ideas or any equipment that day. We just wanted ready-to-eat or easy-to-cook food items. By closing time, we have bought the following:

  • Supreme Foods luncheon meat
  • Vitamin water
  • nuts
  • dalandan juice concentrate
  • mushroom
  • kropek
  • King Sue processed meats
  • siopao
  • Tsingtao beer
  • Chinese candies

We enjoyed the items that we bought and the food didn't last long (hence the lack of pictures). To be honest, though, I was a little disappointed with the event. Mostly because of the title.

You see, the word "World" in the event title gave me a different expectation. I was expecting more exotic items - those that are common in other countries but hard to find here or not very well known to ordinary Filipinos. I'm sure there are many specialty shops and restaurants here in the Philippines that can be tapped to showcase such products. Some exotic cheeses perhaps, or fancy spices and dips, gourmet chocolates, weird snacks from Japan. Even reindeer meat and wacky KitKat flavors! Things like that. Instead, a lot of the food items we saw were common and even sold in regular supermarkets. There were even two or three booths selling siomai and siopao. The closest thing to exotic that we found was the alligator meat, but we were too chicken to try it.

I acknowledge that we should have gone earlier and checked out the SMX Convention Center as well. I might have found some of what I was looking for there.

If the event was simply called Manila Food Expo, I wouldn't have been disappointed.



World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2011
World Trade Center
Pasay City, Metro Manila
August 6, 2011


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