Saturday, July 28, 2012

Food for Thought: A Celebration of Good Taste Exhibit @ DLSU Manila

I was at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila yesterday afternoon to view the Food for Thought: A Celebration of Good Taste exhibit honoring the late author Doreen G. Fernandez. I had not been able to visit DLSU since I graduated yearsss ago and it was nice to finally see the university again. A lot of things have remained the same but a lot of things have also changed. Back when I was still studying here, the Yuchengco Hall was still non-existent and there were no turnstiles yet at the entrance.

Food for Thought: A Celebration of Good Taste exhibit honoring Doreen Fernandez at The Museum in De La Salle University Manila

Who is Doreen Fernandez?

Doreen Gamboa Fernandez (born Alicia Dorothea Gamboa) was born in Manila but grew up in Silay, Negros Occidental. She graduated Cum Laude from St. Scholastica's College in 1954 with a degree in English and History. She earned her M.A. in Literature (English) in 1956 from the Ateneo de Manila University and got her Ph.D. in Literature (English) in 1976, also from Ateneo. Doreen married architect and interior designer Wili Fernandez, who shared her passion for art and good food. She wrote many books about Philippine art, culture, and food and received praises and awards for her work as a writer and as a teacher. She passed away last June 24, 2002, surrounded by family and friends.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Event Alert: 21st National Retail Conference (NRCE) and Stores Asia Expo

Business stuff fascinate me. I've been an online entrepreneur since early 2009 and this blog is basically an account of my experiences with different retail businesses. In particular, I like reading about how individuals and companies started small and took their humble businesses to the next level. Another topic that I find interesting deals with branding -- how companies have made their products and services stand out from their competitors and how they attracted a loyal following. When it comes to improvements in the retail sector, I want to see better handling of customer complaints and more knowledgeable sales personnel and customer support staff. Anyway, if you're into business and marketing as well, there's an upcoming event that you might wanna check out: the 21st National Retail Conference (NRCE) and Stores Asia Expo.

21st National Retail Conference (NRCE) and Stores Asia Expo 2012

NRCE is the country's biggest retail industry event. Each year, the conference invites retail industry experts to cover important retailing topics. The 21st NRCE will be held on August 9 and 10 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Its twin event, the Stores Asia Expo, will showcase retail suppliers and service providers.

Disappointing Food at Mexicali SM North...Again!

Out of the five Mexicali branches I've tried, I only get problematic food at the SM North branch. Even when we experienced lousy service at the SM San Lazaro branch last Valentine's Day, at least the food was good.

At the SM North branch, I have twice gotten enchiladas where parts of the tortilla bottoms were cold and hard. The first instance could have been an honest mistake but the second one turned me off the SM North branch. I avoided this branch for a year or two.

Last week, since I hadn't eaten there for a long time, I thought that perhaps the restaurant had changed so I gave it another chance. I was wrong. Our server seemed a bit distracted and got two order details wrong but he was quick to correct them so we were okay with him. But the food! While the enchilada I ordered was good (even though the accompanying rice was a bit dry), the burrito and the chili bowl were a downer. I loved the chili in Mexicali Trinoma -- it was thick and tasty -- but the SM North version tasted bland and was thin that I had a hard time scooping up the sauce with the tortilla chips. Also, my cold tortilla problem just got transferred to the burrito. A big part of the tortilla was stiff. Very unappetizing. Just how does Mexicali SM North store and reheat their frozen tortillas anyway?

Mexicali Restaurant
4/F SM North - The Block
North Ave. cor EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Web site
Facebook page

Saturday, July 21, 2012

BC Burgers and Chix in Kapitolyo, Pasig

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Mr. John Chung, inviting us to try their new resto, BC Burgers and Chix. Before going, I had to confirm that they were open to constructive criticisms (if any). Truth be told, he had me at hello "our wings flavor are different, we have 11 flavors to choose from".

BC Burgers and Chix menu mascots
the ridiculously cute mascots - I hope to see more of these guys!

BC is located in Kapitolyo in Pasig, inside the Pioneer Centre compound. Upon getting off at Boni MRT station, one can take a tricycle ride to reach the place. BC shares the parking space with the other establishments in the compound but finding a slot is not a problem, even on a Saturday night. Hailing a cab afterwards is easy and there are also several tricycles parked near the entrance.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe

Last month, on the way to Buffalo's Wings N' Things, we passed by a Japanese restaurant named go-en. Bf, ever the big fan of soups and noodles, perked up. Since BWNT does not serve soups, bf was fidgety and wouldn't shut up about ramen. I was already full so I thought he was just kidding, but I was wrong. After finishing our food in BWNT, bf convinced me to accompany him to go-en (while silently hoping our co-diners in BWNT would not see us eating again).

Stepping inside go-en felt like going to another dimension. You see, go-en is located between Buffalo Wings N' Things and Moonleaf Tea Shop, both of which were busy and noisy that particular Saturday night. In go-en, however, it was really quiet, very zen. Later on, we learned that go-en was still on their soft opening as they opened only last May 5. We were the only diners that time so we got showered with attention.

Unlike other Japanese restos here in the Philippines, go-en is not spreading itself thinly, at least not yet. As their name implies, it is a ramen shoppe. They have non-ramen items but the selection is not that wide. We'll see if they'll add more non-ramen food offerings in the future.


Bf ordered the Shoyu Ramen and Ramune (Original Flavor). Originally, I was planning to only accompany bf since I was already stuffed full of buffalo wings and rice but the people at go-en were so nice, they gave us complimentary iced teas and anchovies with sesame seeds as appetizers, that I felt it would be rude not to order anything, so ordered their Japanese-style Potato Salad.

go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe appetizer anchovies with sesame seeds
complimentary appetizers

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kopiko Kopiccino Instant Cappuccino

I'd been hearing good things about Kopiko's new cappuccino flavored instant coffee mix so we decided to try it. Several years ago, a coffee brand released an instant cappuccino mix that had no foam and just looked and tasted like a normal 3-in-1 coffee. I was disappointed that time and so I was a little worried that Kopiko's version would be the same. Fortunately, Kopiko Kopiccino has that froth I want.

Kopiko Kopiccino cappuccino instant coffee with granules

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Upgrade Your Proactiv Kit and Get your Proactiv Add-on at 50%-60% Discount!

One thing nice about getting older is the tendency to get less pimples. I remember my younger years and how those annoying pimples would make me feel self-conscious. My friends had it worse and it was easy to see the effect on their self-esteem, especially during our early (kids can be quite vicious when it comes to teasing).

I've been hearing about Proactiv for quite some time now, but I've always associated it with celebrities and socialities. Looking around the Proactiv site, I was surprised to see testimonials not just from celebrities but even from ordinary men and women.

I know some people who want to try Proactiv products but are intimidated by the price -- they don't mind spending a bit more than they usually do if the product is effective but will feel terrible if they don't get any positive result. There's a money-back guarantee though, so there's less risk of paying for something that won't work for your skin.

Proactiv currently has a promo for its clients residing in the Philippines. You can get a 50-60% discount on your Proactiv add-on if you buy your Proactiv kit through the Proactiv Online Shopping Cart until December 31, 2012. You get 50% discount on the add-on if you buy the 30-day kit while you get 60% discount on the add-on if you buy the 60-day kit.

Proactiv discount promo

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ritter Sport Strawberry Yogurt Chocolate

I'm a big fan of Ritter Sport chocolates. Here in the Philippines, Ritter Sport is not a big a chocolate brand as Hershey's or Cadbury so I was able to introduce the brand to some of my friends.

When bf went to Subic recently, he saw the strawberry yogurt variety in Duty-Free. Since this variety is not available in the supermarkets we frequent, he bought one for me to try.

Ritter Sport Strawberry Yogurt

I like strawberry-flavored food, yogurt, and chocolate but unfortunately, I didn't like this one much. It tasted okay but didn't appeal to me. The strawberry yogurt filling drowned the taste of the chocolate. I'm sticking to Ritter Sport's dark, milky, and nutty varieties.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Buffalo's Wings N' Things @ Sgt. Esguerra, Quezon City

Note: This branch is now closed. You can now find BWNT at SM North City Annex.

Craving for some buffalo wings, we dropped by Buffalo's Wings n' Things (BWNT) at Sgt. Esguerra in Quezon City for two consecutive Saturdays.

Buffalo's Wings n' Things wall graffiti


We got to try their Beef Burrito, Chicken Quesadilla, Dirty Rice, Classic Twin Hotdogs, and of course buffalo wings! We ordered three kinds of wings: Garlic Parmesan, The Rookie, and New York's Finest.

Buffalo's Wings n' Things twin hotdogs classic
twin hotdogs (classic)

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