Thursday, November 29, 2012

Celebrating Sister's 22nd Birthday

Gerry's Grill - SM City Fairview
LGF, SM City Fairview
Quirino Highway cor. Regalado Avenue, Quezon City
+ 63 (02)935-2133 / +63 (02)935-1779

Gerry's Grill - SM Fairview

Gerry's Grill is one of my sister's favorite places to eat whenever she's with a special someone, so it was no surprise when she chose this as the place where we will celebrate her birthday. I have dined there, but mom and brother haven't yet, so even if I prefer for us to eat elsewhere, I figured I'd give the place another chance.

Gerry's Grill - SM Fairview

I have always liked how the place looks like inside, however, despite the many lights, it still looked dark, making it difficult for me to take pictures of the food. I guess the warm tone in the lighting provide a certain feel while dining, and I guess I am fine with that.

Ginataang Kuhol

Ginataang Kuhol. This is sister's favorite Gerry's Grill dish; she always orders this one whenever she dine there, so even if us three (mom, bro, and I) still haven't browsed the menu, sister already ordered this for us to eat as an appetizer.

This would be my first time to eat snails at a restaurant (I do eat it at home, though), and this didn't disappoint me. The sauce wasn't too thick yet it was creamy; the alamang (shrimp paste) provided the right amount of seasoning, and the snails are cooked perfectly. We were provided with several color-coded toothpicks to help take out the meat inside the shells, and all of us had a fun time doing so.

Pansit Bihon

Pancit Bihon. Noodles for long life, of course! We only gave this a taste as it was too salty, we just opted to take it home so we could add more noodles to balance the saltiness.


Seafood Rice. Sister chose this; it was quite mushy for my taste, but the flavor was okay. It had shrimps and squid rings, which was cooked fine.


Beef Kare-Kare. It didn't look good, but this tasted really, really good! The ox tail was tender, the vegetables were crunchy, and the sauce was rich.

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken. My mom's not really into fried chicken, but she ordered this. It was a little dry, but the taste was just okay. Just like the pancit, we took home most of the chicken pieces.

Grilled Tuna Belly

Grilled Tuna Belly. Brother's choice. Another awesome dish, I must say. No need for dipping sauce, it tasted great as is.

Tuna Sashimi

Tuna Sashimi. While we were saying our orders, the wait staff asked us if we wanted to avail their dining card, which allows users to have 1 free dish every time they dine. It was only 100 pesos, so sister availed for it - after all, it can be used in any Gerry's Grill branch. For her free food item, she chose the Tuna Sashimi, which she and brother shared. Well, I don't eat sashimi, so no comment from me.

Sago't Gulaman Buko Shake Mango Shake

Drinks. Mom had Sago't Gulaman, which was too sweet (she added more water to it), sister had Buko Shake, which she loved; and I had the Mango Sago, which had the right amount of sweetness to it. Brother went for the bottomless Iced Tea.

Sans Rival Ice Cream

Desserts. Two desserts for us four to share - Sans Rival, which was okay, (I still believe the one at Sizzling Plate Baguio tasted the best for me), and Ice Cream, which was a good way to end an awesome celebration.

Sister will be celebrating another birthday next month (yeah, this took so long before I could share it), I wonder where will we celebrate it?


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Royal Tru Lemon

When I arrived in Manila from La Union, a poster of Royal Tru Lemon on the wall of 7-11 caught my attention. At that time, it was only available at the said store, but since I was carrying two heavy bags and there was no 7-11 branch near our house, I didn't get to buy it within the same week.

While shopping for things needed for a dinner the family is hosting last week, I was surprised to see that the supermarket located just outside our neighborhood now sells the same fizzy drink.

Royal Tru Lemon
Royal Tru Lemon Royal Tru Lemon

This drink reminds me of Mountain Dew, but very light on the lemon flavor, and slightly sweeter as well. One thing I liked is that it wasn't as strong as the other fizzy drinks out there, and it is a good pair when eating lunch or snacks. However, I try my best to stay away from sugary drinks, so as much as I liked this, I won't really drink it everyday, or even 3x a week for that matter. Maybe during special occasions, I will.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Home Cooked Meals by Sandy Daza at the Maya Kitchen

Chef Sandy Daza Chef Sandy Daza
Chef Sandy Daza Chef Sandy Daza

Last Saturday, I attended the Home Cooked Meals class by chef Sandy Daza at the Maya Kitchen. After years of watching him on television, I finally was able to watch him cook in person! Just like the previous class I attended at the Maya Kitchen, his class was informal - meaning, anybody in class can ask questions related to the dish being prepared or any questions about food or the chef's career. The way I put it.. it wasn't really being in a class; it was like having a friend prepare food for us.

His ways of teaching reflects the many years he has been in the food industry. Me at the front row, it felt like I was just watching another episode of his show, only difference was that I could smell it, too! :)

He prepared six dishes for us to feast on:

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie. Chef Sandy admitted that there might be too much mashed potato for this dish, but because the meat filling was very flavorful and that the mashed potato was equally tasty, it turned out to be just fine. For the filling, he used two kinds of meat - beef and pork, as lamb might be too expensive for typical Filipino homes. I still haven't tasted authentic Shepherd's Pie, so I am in no position to compare this, but for sure, this was delicious!

Shrimp Putanesca

Shrimp Putanesca. While the chef was cooking this, I was sort of worried it might be too salty because it had 8 anchovy fillets, 2 bouillon cubes, capers, and other seasonings (liquid seasoning and salt). However, when we were served the pasta, it turned out be just perfect! If there's one thing I didn't like about this dish, it would have to be the cheese.

Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice. Now this is truly comfort food - at least for me!

Crispy Fish with Garlic Sauce

Crispy Fish in Garlic Sauce. The fish was crispy, the sauce was simple, but very tasty. Too bad there weren't much for us to share.

Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin. A lot of the people in the class loved this dish, but I am not a wine drinker and this still had the wine taste to it (tangy, bitter taste), so among the dishes, this was my least favorite. I know, it wouldn't be called Coq au Vin without the wine... I'm sure you get what I meant when I said I am not a wine drinker, so I sort of didn't like this.

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding. The bread was moist and soft (unlike the many bread pudding I have tasted in the past), and the sauce wasn't too sweet. It was a good ending to a wonderful food journey.

All the dishes chef Sandy prepared were so simple, all of us can actually do one or two dishes at home (well, we don't have an oven, so I can't bake the pudding). The ingredients are all easy to find and wouldn't require that much cooking time, and I am already thinking of cooking and serving the fish and pasta dishes for Christmas.

The Maya Kitchen gave us printed copies of the recipes, but because I hope to serve some of the dishes for Christmas, I will try to re-create them first, then I'd share the recipes. :)

Last year, I got to meet chef Sandy personally. This year, I got to taste his cooking. Next year, I will surely make it a point to dine at his restaurant. Happy new week, fellow foodies!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oodles of Noodles

Oh wow, it's Monday once again! Time flies so fast lately. :)

My weekend wasn't that eventful, although I was able to do my laundry and clean the bedroom again, as well as dispose some items in the bathroom. Anyway, this is my food blog, so let's just talk about food from the last weekend.

Last Friday, we had quite a lot of food at home. Brother cooked two dishes for dinner and our next door neighbor sent this plate of Pansit with Lumpiang Shanghai because the eldest kid in their house celebrated his 7th birthday. Since I was in La Union, I have been eating Pansit almost everyday, which I am liking a lot! I guess not eating Pansit for quite a long time before my last travel caused me to crave for it.

Speaking of Pansit, when mom got home, she handed me a bag of food. She told me she and her friends had dinner at Savory and she took home the food they weren't able to eat. In it were two kinds of noodles - Pansit Lomi and Pansit Canton as well as some chicken. She also had a box of Jollibee Chickenjoy, which was given to her by a friend. Yum yum!

Saturday afternoon, sister told me she won't come home 'til Monday (she's home now), so I cooked Spaghetti for us to share before she left. Nothing fancy - just ground pork and hotdog in spaghetti sauce. Sometimes, sis and I are like that when we crave spaghetti... no need for a whole lotta ingredients; it's the spaghetti noodles that counts. :)

Here's to hoping we'll all have a great week ahead.

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Jenn, the Foodie

I come from a family who loves cooking and eating. I never had any formal training in cooking and that I taught myself how to cook based on the handed down recipes, but I could say that I can cook good food. In 2008, I started documenting my food trips for my travel blog, and since I have quite enough to start a food blog, might as well put all those food trips in one location. Thus, a food blog is born - thanks to the new Friendster Blogs. However, due to several problems, I was left with no choice but to pack bags again and move here instead. Here's the permanent address, promise! Enough talk, let the food trippin' begin! {Know More About Me}