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Kangaroo Jack

One of the food trips that Mark and I had since he came home was at Kangaroo Jack at the Araneta Center. We've been passing by this restaurant for quite some time and have been seeing a lot of diners piling up over their buffet.


I'm just not sure if they also have buffet dinner but there was none during that time. But then again, there were a number of diners who seemed to be enjoying so we decided to give Kangaroo Jack a try.

Mark wanted something hot for his stomach so he ordered for their mushroom soup. His hot soup was served a few minutes after we got our drinks.

Iced Tea (Php 45.00) and Pineapple Juice (Php 55.00)

There was nothing really special with this soup. Mark even said that it tasted like the ones that are taken right out from the can. :p

Mushroom Soup - Php 50.00

Mark's order was served next. The sirloin steak comes with java rice, corn, and veggies. Unlike the very appetizing picture on the menu, the actual thing wasn't that appealing. I think what ruined the look was the pool of gravy. :p Taste-wise, Mark said that it was just so-so. The steak was tender yes, but unlike high-end steak houses with steaks that are to die for, Kangaroo Jack's was just ordinary-tasting.

Sirloin Steak - Php 145.00

I was craving for sausage that time so I went for their Hungarian Sausage Sizzler. Aside from the egg, the dish also came with java rice and veggies. This one got me drooling the moment it was served, but the spicy sausage killed the deal. I wasn't even able to savor the sausage's taste because the spiciness was overpowering.

I don't know but I'm just not really into spicy dishes. I just had a spoonful or two of the dish, and then Mark finished the rest. And Mark's verdict? It was just another so-so dish. :p

Hungarian Sausage Sizzler - Php 135.00

Although the food was not that good (or at least the ones that we had), their service was still commendable. Our orders were served a few minutes after we placed them. They also have a live band which is perfect for the diners who were also having some rounds of alcoholic drinks.


Though not a perfect place for some gastronomic treats, I think it would be heaven for those who just want to unwind and chill while being serenaded by a live band with old time favorites. :p

KANGAROO JACK, Araneta CenterKangaroo Jack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Araneta Center, Gen. McArthur Ave.
Cubao, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 352-6838

Pigging Out at Burgoo

Date of Visit: September 22, 2011

We dined at Burgoo on Mark's 5th day of being back home. After flipping the pages of the menu for a little while, Mark finally knew what he wanted to eat. I guess he still had his Qatari culture in him that's why he ordered Burgoo's Ultimate Fajitas--choice of char-grilled chicken, steak, prawns, or combo with buttered potato wedges, mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers; with tortilla wrappers and sour cream, grated cheese, and salsa.

Ultimate Fajitas - Php 595.00

When the dish was served, I was surprised at how very different it was from the photo in the menu. It actually didn't look that appetizing and with all that oil, oh my! Mark also got surprised that it was served on a sizzling plate.

This dish is usually eaten by having all the meat, veggies, and dressings wrapped in the tortilla; but since Mark is still on a diet, he just decided to do away with the tortilla and dressings. He didn't seem to be liking his dish, mainly because it was swimming in oil. But even so, I still decided to give it a try.

Tortilla Wrappers

I tried eating the fajitas the traditional way. Honestly I didn't like it too. I was expecting a pungent dish, but the dish was just plainly bland. The dressings didn't even help. And the tortilla was a little hard to chew.

Grated Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream, Salsa

Good thing this mashed potato saved Mark's day. :p I wasn't able to get to taste it because it was gone the moment I finished taking a photo of the rest of the dishes. :p I'll just take Mark's word that their mashed potato is good. :)

Mashed Potato Mexicano - Php 175.00 (Regular), Php 295.00 (Large)

After a quick glance at the menu, I already knew what to have...Chicken Diane!!! I've tried this before and immediately fell in love with it. :) The generous serving of grilled chicken fillet was very tender and juicy. The sautéed onions and tomatoes, and the pool of creamy Diane sauce made the chicken even tastier. The garlic spaghetti and garlic bread were also a hit as they balance out the flavors of the chicken fillets.

Chicken Diane - Php 375.00 (Regular), Php 525.00 (Large)

I sensed a hint of envy from Mark when he saw my dish. :p And since I knew he wasn't loving his dish, I just let him have mine since I was already full.

Aside from the food here in the Philippines, Mark must have missed me a lot that he always wants our picture taken whenever we dine out. :p

IMG_1397Mark and I in one of the many pig out sessions that we have since he came back :p

Okay fine, he just actually wants to have more of his photo posted in my blog because according to him, his photos will make the readers come back for more! Haha!

BURGOO, Gateway Mall
2/F Gateway Mall, Aurora Blvd.
Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 913-6112

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One Year Later...

Date of visit: September 21, 2011

...Mark and World Chicken finally got to meet again! :p

Mark and I went to the Gateway mall for another movie date. And when he got hungry after the movie, there was no food that he wanted to have other than World Chicken. :p

Mark and World Chicken: reunited ♥♥♥

Mark was still a little strict on his diet but he still managed to enjoy his favorites. He ordered grilled chicken with 2 mashed potatoes as side dishes, minus the sauce and gravy. :)

Grilled Chicken Fillet (without sauce) and 2 Mashed Potatoes (without gravy)
Grilled Chicken + 2 Side dishes - Php 159.00

And I, not being able to get to dine at World Chicken when Mark was still abroad, gave in to my cravings and ordered my all-time favorites! Unfortunately they ran out of potato salad so I settled for mashed potato. :D

Grilled Chicken Fillet with Gravy, Fettuccine Al Tono and Mashed Potato
Grilled Chicken + 2 Side dishes - Php 159.00

WORLD CHICKEN, Gateway MallWorld Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Level 3, Food Express, Gateway Mall
Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City, Philippines
(02) 440-4286

My Favorite Hat


I immediately fell in love with White Hat on my first try. And since then, I began craving for more! :)

But I don't always get to satisfy my craving for White Hat as much as I want since there aren't any branches near our home. And so I make sure to always give in to my cravings whenever I can. :)

Just like last Saturday, when I had a movie date with my friends Karen and Alvin at Trinoma. Karen and I decided to catch up while waiting for Alvin to arrive. And is there any better way to have it than having it over a cup of White Hat frozen yogurt?

No matter how I dress my hat--may it be just plain yogurt; or topped with cheesecake, blueberries, and almonds; or with my favorite toppings: kiwi, mangoes, and strawberries--it just never fails to take all my sadness away. :)

My Favorite Hat: Large Frozen Yogurt with Kiwi, Mangoes, and Strawberries

And now it got me all craving for White Hat again! *drools* Good thing they will soon be opening up a branch at Gateway mall, which means that I'll get to enjoy my favorite hat very often! Yipee!

THE WHITE HAT
Italian Frozen Yogurt
2F Trinoma North Avenue
Quezon City

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Just Like the Old Times at The Old Spaghetti House


Mark accompanied me to the dentist for my dental checkup last Saturday (July 25). We also planned of going to the gym for some workout. But before hitting the gym, we first had a luscious lunch at The Old Spaghetti House. Haha!

It took me some time choosing from the menu, until I finally decided to try the Swiss Mushroom Chicken with Creamed Fettuccine. The generous amount of pasta cooked al dente with a generous amount of creamy sauce was not superb, but I just love how the chopped parsley, parmesan cheese, and ground pepper gave the pasta its distinct taste. The Swiss Mushroom Chicken was what I loved the most! The melted mozzarella with Swiss mushroom gravy on top of the grilled chicken breast fillet was oh so delicious! The dish also came with a slice of garlic bread and a salad of fresh lettuce with fried shoestring potatoes seasoned with apple cider vinegar. ♥♥♥

Swiss Mushroom Chicken with Creamed Fettuccine - Php 175

Mark just had a quick glance at the menu and already knew what he wanted. He ordered for their Classic Lasagna. I got to taste it and it was so good! It was like a mixture of tastes of spaghetti, lasagna, and pizza. :p The serving was generous too. :)

Savory Saturday Lunch with Mark


Fridays will never be the same as before. There will be no more Friday movie and coffee nights with Mark. :( But oh well, we still have Saturdays! :)

Mark and I met up yesterday and had our lunch at the Savory Chicken in Ali Mall. I've already tried Savory Chicken before but it's my second time at the Ali Mall branch and I believe it's Mark's first. :)

I ordered my favorite Savory Tropical Cooler for the drinks and Mark also opted to give it a try. It's a blend of luscious pineapple, orange, and guava fruit juices. Mark loved it as much as I did. :)

Savory Tropical Cooler - Php 45

Salt and Pepper Spareribs was Mark's choice. The deep-fried pork spareribs seasoned with salt and pepper was perfect for both Mark and I. I loved that the dish was not too oily. The red chili and green bell pepper slices made me scared at first since I'm not a fan of hot and spicy dishes, but I'm glad that the dish was spiced just right. You may also dip it in spiced vinegar for an additional tangy and spicy kick.

Nice Hat!


After our lunch at Super Bowl, Karen still has not arrived so we decided to roam around for some window shopping. We passed by The White Hat stall and immediately grabbed some dessert. Since yogurts are generally healthy, we thought it would be a great way to balance out what we had during lunch.

We had a hard time choosing from their toppings since everything looks yummy, so we just settled for their Hat combos. For Php 150 (large) or Php 120 (regular), you'll get to enjoy The White Hat's Italian Frozen Yogurt, with 3 best-seller toppings plus a free sauce drizzle! *drools*

Mark chose the Cowboy Hat, while I chose the Baker's Hat.

Cowboy Hat (Large) & Baker's Hat (Large) - Php 150 each

The Cowboy Hat has toppings of homemade brownies, a choice of cocopops or barquillos, and dark choco chips.

The Baker's Hat has homemade cheesecake, a choice of blueberries or red ruby cherries, and almond cluster as its toppings. Each combo also comes with a choice of caramel or chocolate sauce drizzle for free!

I love that their froyo was 98% fat free, but I guess the toppings were not. Well I don't care! Haha! Hmmm..I sense some additional pounds! Haha! ;p

Mark and I both enjoyed our hats and we will definitely try out the other hats next time. :)

THE WHITE HAT
Italian Frozen Yogurt
2F Trinoma North Avenue
Quezon City

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Super Bowl of China


Mark accompanied me to Trinoma yesterday and we got there around 11:30am because I was supposed to have a lunch date with my friend Karen, but I got a message that she might come late, around 2pm, so I and Mark just decided to have our lunch instead.

He was craving for Chinese food so he suggested that we try Super Bowl of China. We were greeted by the friendly waiting staff who accompanied us to our seats. Another waiting staff followed and handed us their complimentary shrimp crackers. We started munching on it as we wait for our orders.

Complimentary Shrimp Crackers

First to arrive were the drinks. Mark got bottomless Mug root beer while I chose the bottomless red iced tea. I didn't like their red iced tea and was very regretful of correcting Mark when he ordered bottomless iced tea. I really should have just ordered the iced tea.

Bottomless Root Beer (Php 65) & Bottomless Red Iced Tea (Php 79)

Served next were the Yang Chow Fried Rice and Braised Tofu with Mushrooms. Mark immediately thought that we might have to have our left overs wrapped since the servings were really generous.

I guess dining in Chinese restaurants will just never be complete without Yang Chow Fried Rice. Though it was not the best, I liked that their Yang Chow was not oily. There was a generous amount of shrimps too! :)

Yang Chow Fried Rice - Php 210

The Braised Tofu with Mushroom was a sure hit for both Mark and I. The mixture of veggies, tofu, and mushrooms in oriental sauce really appealed to our palates. The tofu was cooked just right and there was a generous amount of Shiitake mushrooms which I ♥♥♥! :p

Braised Tofu with Mushroom - Php 220

The waiting staff suggested that we try the Super Bowl Lemon Chicken, which he claimed as one of their best sellers. It was good, alright, and it surely was better than what we had at President Tea House, but North Park's lemon chicken is still the best for me. ;p

Super Bowl Lemon Chicken - Php 260

I wanted to have dimsum but can't decide which dimsum to order so Mark suggested that we just get the Dimsum Combination Platter.  The platter consists of Siopao, Hakao, Siomai, Deep-fried Wanton, and Vegetarian Spring Rolls. The platter costs Php 260 but it was on a 50% off promo that time, and we were lucky enough to enjoy it for just Php 130. :)

Dimsum Combination Platter - Php 260

Unlike in our dining experience at Seafood Island wherein we first thought that we might not finish everything but ended up consuming a feast for 3-4 persons, at Super Bowl we weren't able to finish even just a single dish. We were so full that we had left overs on each of our orders, so we just had them wrapped. Other than the Red Iced Tea, we were satisfied with the rest our orders. Aside from the good food, Super Bowl's customer service was also superb!

SUPER BOWL OF CHINA
Ground floor M1 Activity Center
Trinoma North Avenue, Quezon City

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Boodle Feast at Blackbeard's Seafood Island


The summer season is officially over! But I still haven't completed my posts about our summer adventures. *sigh* So I'm warning everyone, most of my posts will be backlogs of the adventures and food trips that I had this summer. So please bear with me, and I hope that you will find time to read and enjoy the adventures and food trips as much as I did. :)

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Mark's normal life, specifically in terms of eating, finally got back! Since summer is over, it's also his off-season from bodybuilding, which means he no longer has to deprive himself of food that normal people eat. :D

It actually started last week when we had our late lunch at Butter Diner. It was then followed by another pigging out session last Friday, May 28. We were supposed to have a dinner date last Thursday, but since I had work, we decided to just move the date.

Since I knew how Mark wanted to eat so badly, I was already surfing the net and reading reviews about restaurants around the Araneta Center even days before our dinner. There were a lot of choices, but Blackbeard's Seafood Island got me all hooked up. :D I was just browsing through their menu but I can already imagine how Mark would love to dine here.

It was both our first time to try it out at Blackbeard's Seafood Island. We were greeted by staffs in pirate costumes when we entered the restaurant. Aside from the pirate costumes, another main attraction in the place was the interior. I just had my camera phone at hand so just bear with me with the photos. :p

The ceiling fans made from individual abanikos really caught our attention. What a nice touch! :)

Situated on each post are preserved crabs and lobsters. They also have an aquarium right next to the entrance wherein you may choose fresh seafood and have it cooked.

There were also some abacca ball lights hanging on the other side of the restaurant. They also have a bar which resembles that of a pirate ship.

Aside from the nice ambience, the restaurant also takes pride of their seafood and grilled treats.

Both Mark and I had a hard time in choosing what to order, it's like we wanted to have everything in the menu! Haha! After a few minutes of contemplating, we finally decided to go for the Dapitan's Pride Boodle Feast. For the drinks, I got the Buko Shake while Mark opted for the bottomless Iced Tea. I ♥♥♥ their Buko Shake! I don't know if I'm right but it tasted like it also had dairy milk on it. The Iced Tea was good too. :)

A few minutes after we placed our order, one of the wait staffs went to our table and got the place mats, plates, and utensils, and left just a single plate with 2 pairs of utensils on the farthest side of the table, which really made Mark and I surprised. We got more surprised when our order was served. The Dapitan's Pride Boodle which consist of Crispy Coco Gin Shrimps, San Mig Clams, Grilled Tilapia, Grilled Squid, Laing, Steamed Crab, Grilled Liempo, Kalkag Rice, and Atchara Papaya, on banana leaves layered on top of a huge wooden tray was right in front of us.

We were like stunned for a few minutes! Haha! We even said that we'll just have the left-over food wrapped since we know we can't finish the whole boodle. But no! We were enjoying the food that we didn't notice that we ate up all of it! And the food that was supposedly for 3-4 persons, as stated in the menu, was gone in no time! Haha!

The clams were perfect, I love its soup. I just didn't know why they called it 'San Mig' clams, hmmm... :D The Laing, which I tasted for the first time, was also good. The Grilled Tilapia, Liempo, and Squid, as always, appealed to our palates. The Crispy Coco Gin Shrimps and Steamed Crabs were just oh so delectable! But I guess the best part was the Kalkag Rice. It has tiny dried shrimps on it and it tasted like it had Crab Aligue. Hmmmm!!! Mark and I simply love it! *drools*

View seafood island

We both enjoyed the dinner that we forgot that we ordered fresh fruits for dessert! Generous serving of sliced watermelon, apples, mangoes, and oranges, in huge platter with crushed iced sure is a perfect dessert, unfortunately we were already full so we just had it wrapped.

We just really had to rest for a few minutes because we literally can't even drag ourselves up after our gluttonous feast. *burp* Mark and I both enjoyed our dinner. We definitely will come back again to try out the other boodle feasts! And I will make sure to bring my camera when we get back..*wink*

BLACKBEARD'S SEAFOOD ISLANDClick to add a blog post for Seafood Island on Zomato
Seafood Grill and Barbecue House
Shopwise Arcade, Araneta Center
Cubao, Quezon City

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