Monday, December 19, 2011

5 Days Before Christmas



Only 5 days left before the most celebrated and most awaited event of the year comes! Are you already done with your Christmas shopping? What about your Christmas menu, is it complete now? You still have a few days left to finish all the preparations and what not that you need to do.


In the meantime, let GetLostInMakati greet you a HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL CHRISTMAS in advance!

Tis the season to be jolly.. Falalalala... lalalala...



xoxo,

Yeps



*photo credits here

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Chickboy Scandal: What's in Your Ginisang Kangkong sa Bawang?

I have been hearing about Chic-Boy, probably one of the latest fast food eateries that people are raving about for some time now. I have not tried dining in at one of their branches here in Makati yet but there is this " Chickboy Scandal" that is being passed around and shared in different social networks as of the moment that is making me wonder if I will still give Chic-Boy a shot. Apparently, a Chic-Boy fan, now an "EX" fan, ordered a kangkong dish which came with a big, fat and hairy (?) caterpillar in it. If you want to know what happened next, you can just check out the entire rantings of the now ex-ChicBoy fan here. And you be the judge if the whole story is just some sick black propaganda of the "competitors" of Chic-Boy or that it is just a simple ranting of an unfortunate customer who had the biggest luck in the world when it comes to sucking out the goodness from a slimy creature.


Anyway, if you ask me, I believe that instances such as the one cited on the scandal can really happen from time to time and that it should not be generalized by the public. However, instead of acting all defensive and macho, I also believe that any business establishment in the food industry should know how to act responsibly during times like this.

One of the "scandal" pictures taken from the ChicBoy customer 's FB account.
So will I still try Chic-Boy after this nasty and "slimy" scandal? Hmmm, I still don't know. I will still have to think about it. Every time I see the "scandal" pictures, they just make me cringe. We'll see.

Why I Just Could Not Get Enough of World Chicken

I could not believe that I am only writing about probably my most favorite fast food as of the moment. Maybe it is because I feel so full the moment I finished everything on my plate that all I want to do next is sleep. LOL

Anyway, without further adieu, I present to you WORLD CHICKEN! I first discovered World Chicken way back in 2008 when Riju and I went to Trinoma. So why I just could not get enough of this good food?

First - I just love the idea of customizing your order, from your 2 side dishes (or 1 side dish if you are not that hungry) down to the sauce of your health/heart-friendly grilled chicken.

Second - I also think that the serving size of World Chicken is plentiful that nobody will leave his seat still hungry, unless he is a monster if you ask me. Hehehe~

Third - The chicken is not only cooked in a healthy way and that is grilled. The only chicken part that World Chicken cooks is the breast part, the healthiest chicken part. So that is like being  healthy twice! 

Fourth - The chicken is cooked to absolute tenderness.

Fifth - The chicken sauce are superb! My favorite is farmfresh mushroom.

Sixth - The side dishes that people can choose from are a lot. And all of them sure looks really yummy. My favorites are tuna fettucine, bacon rice, asian noodles and mashed potato.

Seventh - Last but definitely not the least, the total price of P158 is very reasonable already considering the quantity, the taste and the fast ordering process (no matter how long the line is) that you will get from this fast food.

However, despite of having said all that, I wonder why there are only a few World Chicken branches scattered all over the city. I hope that they will open more branches in the coming years to spread more chicken goodness all over the country. Anywho, let me show you a sneak preview of what World Chicken has to offer to all you hungry mouths out there. 

Choose your own Chicken World Adventure! Hehehe!
Just looking at this picture makes me drool! Asian noodles is LOVE.
Thank you World Chicken for your wonderful food!

My order for the day, Tuna Fettucine, Bacon Rice & Grilled Chicken with Farmfresh Mushroom Sauce. Yum-O!
Tara! Let's Eat!

If you have not tried World Chicken yet, you can check out their Makati branches found below one of these days and start dreaming about it almost every single day after you've had your first World Chicken meal.


WORLD CHICKEN MAKATI BRANCHES


World Chicken, Glorietta 4
Food Choice Glorietta 4, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 729-6543

World Chicken, Greenbelt 1
Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 818-2601

World Chicken, Times Square
Makati Ave. cor. Buendia, Salcedo Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines


*As for their menu, you can click here.


So there. Gah~ Now I want some World Chicken fixin' for myself. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Last Christmas Bazaar 2011 in Makati

I know that Christmas is going to be here in just a matter of two weeks. However, for those who still have not completed their Christmas shopping, you may still want to check out the last upcoming Christmas bazaar here in Makati. 

Best of luck with your Christmas shopping!

xoxo,
Yeps



Emporia Christmas Bazaar
December 10-11 at the Glorietta 3 park, Ayala Center, Makati.
Organizer: Ateneo de Manila Management Economics Organization (MEcO)
Contact: Iyo Castro 09175509935 or Shaun Si 09228668118


For more information, click here.


A Magical and Musical New Year's Eve in Makati!

MAKATI BARES PLANS FOR MAGICAL, MUSICAL NEW YEAR'S EVE COUNTDOWN

posted by : icrd on 12/07/2011

After a two-year hiatus, the New Year’s Eve Countdown in Makati is poised for a spectacular comeback this year with a non-stop concert featuring famous bands, a magical show, a pyro-musical display, and a raffle draw offering a brand new luxury car as the grand prize, among the events lined up by the organizers.

Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay said the countdown will be mounted at the intersection of Ayala and Makati Avenues with the theme, ‘Magical, Musical Makati 2012’, where revellers will be enthralled by the magic tricks of Jeffrey Tam and entertained by the performances of Antimano Band, Bloom Brothers, Grupong Pendong, The Dawn, The Company, and many more.

“The city government and its private sector partners are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year’s New Year’s Eve Countdown will outshine all previous countdowns we had staged.  We aim to derive the utmost enjoyment of residents, visitors and tourists, especially those who have missed it for the past two years and are excited to once again take part in the festivities,” Binay said.

The mayor also said that the event offers the public a safe yet exciting way to welcome the New Year with renewed hope and optimism, and provides a venue for the people of Makati to come together and give thanks to the Almighty for all the blessings received in 2011.

This early, major hotels in the city are coming up with special New Year’s Eve packages, and are expected to be fully booked on December 31. 

At the countdown, food booths of traders from the Ayala Center, Salcedo Weekend Market, and the major hotels in the city will provide revellers with a wide variety of Media Noche choices for the traditional New Year’s Eve meal. Six five-star hotels will also provide catering for invited VIP guests.

Meanwhile, mime performers, clowns and fire dancers will be doing their acts along the main stage area to add to the festive atmosphere.  

In between the performances will be a series of raffle draws with valuable prizes and a brand new luxury car as grand prize.  A 15-minute grand pyro-musical show will cap the countdown to usher in the New Year.

This year’s event is also expected to raise funds for Makati Festivals Foundation. The Foundation fund has been used in various relief assistance operations in calamity-stricken communities.

The Makati New Year’s Eve Countdown is supported by Ayala Land and Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA).  


***please note that I just got this news from Makati's Official Website. For further information, click here.

****So what do you think? Are we ready to par tey here in Makati??? :D

xoxo,
Yeps

Monday, December 5, 2011

Do You Know the Most Famous Korean Fried Chicken in Town?

This is just going to be a quick review about the most raved about Korean fried chicken in town as of the moment. 

Bonchon is the name if you are looking for a quick Korean food fix for your tummy. If you are still not aware about this latest fast food that I am talking about, then you might as well head to Ayala Triangle Gardens or to the nearest Bonchon branch in your place.

Their famous fried chicken is really a winner because they were able to maintain the crispiness of the chicken even if some kind of coating or some sauce just like in buffalo wings was applied on the chicken. You can choose between soy garlic and hot and spicy for your Bonchon chicken. I chose hot and spicy since I like to eat spicy stuffs. It was indeed very scrumptious and tasty. I also ordered chapchae since that is my favorite Korean noodle dish. Bonchon's chapchae did not disappoint me as well. All in all, it's good food I must say. However, I also have a couple of "room for improvement" things that I would like to say. First is that the price could have been a bit more less expensive or if not, the serving size or the chicken size could have been quite bigger. And second, the branch in Ayala Triangle Gardens could have been much bigger. But in totality, I will definitely go back to Bonchon and I am also recommending it to all those who are looking for a new place to try.

Just thinking about it makes me drool!
Yum-O!
As of the moment, Bonchon has 2 branches in Makati and 7 more outside the city. 

Bonchon Crispy Chicken
AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Ave. Bel-Air
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 621-6130

GREENBELT
Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 519-8438

KATIPUNAN
Katipunan Ave
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 442-1818

LIBIS
Acropolis, along E.Rodriguez, Libis
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 655-1818

PROMENADE
G/F Greenhills Promenade
San Juan, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 661-1818

ROBINSONS GALLERIA
Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor Ortigas Ave
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 477-181

SM MEGAMALL
UG/F SM Megamall, Bldg. A, Doña Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 451-1818

SHANGRI-LA PLAZA MALL
LG/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor Shaw Blvd
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 696-1818

UNIVERSITY MALL
University Mall, Taft Ave, Malate
Manila, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 516-1818

New Bombay: A Great Place to Try Indian Food for First Timers

Namaste! A few weeks ago, Riju and I went out to buy some groceries and after that, we have decided to check out Food Choices in Glorietta 4 for some great dishes that will silence our then grumbling stomachs.

We usually settle for World Chicken the moment we reached the food court because the food there is simply yummy! Having mentioned World Chicken, I just realized that I have not bragged about this favorite fast food chain yet and that I will have to add it in my what-to-write-about list. Anywho, going back, so instead of Riju settling for some World Chicken, I actually told him to check out the Indian restaurant that has a stall in Food Choices too so that he can see it for himself and probably order his dinner from there as well. So off he went and there on the other side of Food Choices, Riju finally saw New Bombay and of course, he ended up buying his meal from there. I have also decided to give it a shot and below are the foodies that we tried.

The color of a typical curry dish in India is different from our usual yellow green type of curry. 
Another shot of the Mutton Biryani.
Riju said that an authentic Chicken Tandoori is baked in a traditional brick oven.

The other two food that did not have solo shots are the garlic rice and the chapati.

That's Riju checking out the menu in New Bombay
So how was the food? Overall, everything tasted great. The mutton curry was very tender and the taste was really nice. Also, according to Riju the seasoning was almost close to the mutton curry that people eat in India. As for the Chicken Tandoori, I thought it will be bland and would taste dry because it kind of looked like that. However, I was surprised to find out that the chicken is actually tasty and somehow juicy. The chapati bread was also okay. Even the sweet lassi, a famous Indian drink that is yogurt/curd based that I ordered is very refreshing. But it came in a white plastic container so I didn't bother taking a picture of it.

Our entire experience was good and every food that we ordered did not disappoint us. Moreover, the price of the menu is not really pricey although again, the portions can improve a bit more. In addition to that, we can see ourselves coming back for more although we wish that the serving size will be a bit more generous in the future. Lastly, I can recommend this place to all those who are thinking of giving Indian food a try.

Moving forward, aside from the branch that they have in Food Choices, New Bombay also has other branches that are scattered all over the metro. If you want to find out more about this restaurant, just read the available details I made for you below.


New Bombay


GLORIETTA 4
Food Choice Glorietta 4, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines


GLORIETTA 3
G/F Glorietta 3 Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 986-8622


THE COLUMNS
Tower 1 G/F The Columns, 6821 Ayala Ave. cor. Gil Puyat Brgy. Bel - Air
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 901-3275


GREENBELT 2
Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 757-1704


SALCEDO VILLAGE
G/F, Sagittarius Bldg. III, 312 H.V. Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 819-2892



Oh! And before I forget, I just want to apologize for the quality of the photos available on this post. I was starving the moment the food arrived so I just quickly snap some shots and started digging in so there.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Have You Been To Dillingers 1903 Before?

If your answer to the title of this entry is a no, then keep on reading so that you can get a good idea on what Dillingers 1903 is all about and if you should be including it in your must-check-out list.

Dillingers 1903 Steak and Brew is a bistro that is really more of a bar rather than a place for people to dine in. It is located on the third floor level of Greenbelt 3. It is at the farthest right corner of the building so it is pretty easy to find but tricky to locate especially for people like Riju and I who do not often go to that place.

The reason why we had one of our date nights there is because we bought some vouchers online that offer a 50% off discount on a P500 worth of food at Dillingers. What really made us go for the vouchers is the fact that this bistro offers some mouthwatering dishes such as the USDA Angus Ribeye Steak that Riju is dreaming about.

The vouchers are only valid til November 30, 2011, yesterday that is. The good thing is that I was able to check our voucher collection (yes, we or at least I am a voucher addict) a couple of weeks ago or else, our vouchers would have just expired, our money went to waste and worst of all, we didn't get to try those yummy foodies!

Anyway, so off we went to Greenbelt 3 last Sunday and boy were we surprised to find out that Dillinger's only have four dining tables inside the restaurant and it's either you wait until those tables become empty or you just sit on one of those bar stools that people who booze usually sat on. We totally did not expect that so it was kind of a minus point for Dillingers.

And as we surveyed the place, nobody even bothered to welcome us and offered us some seat that we had to call the attention of a staff about how we can get us some comfy seats and all that. I mean, come on, it was just 5 in the afternoon that time and I saw a lot of staff over there but nobody can welcome and usher in customers? It's not even a huge place for us to not get someone's attention.

So okay, I was able to talk to one of the Dillingers' staff and told him that I called in earlier for a reservation because it was written on the fine print of the deal to call at least 2 days ahead before dining in. However, he told me that they do not honor reservations if you are going to use a voucher. Geez~ What's the point of having a fine print written about the deal? I did not bother making a scene about it since I'm too hungry to get angry so I just let it be.

About our seats, I realized that each table is actually made up of two separate tables connected together to make it look bigger. A couple was kind enough to share their extra table to us so we managed to make ourselves comfy on their very plushy seats. So we're ready to order our food!

Our initial order was made up of one USDA Black Angus Ribeye Steak for Riju and  one Fillet Mignon for me. And guess what? At 5pm in the afternoon, they said that they ran out of Fillet Mignon already! Seriously?! Anyway, I had no choice but to order another dish so I went for the Pan Seared Salmon. It was a pretty long wait before our food were served to us but maybe that is really the actual cooking time needed in order for our food to be perfect so I won't complain about that part. Aside from the two dishes we had, I also ordered some buffalo wings and a Bacardi Mai Tai.

The verdict about the food? Riju's steak was humongous! It was nicely cooked just the way Riju wants it, medium rare that is. And I think that even the regular price of the steak is quite reasonable compared to other restaurants. As for my Pan Seared Salmon, it's also nice and my fish was perfectly cooked. Even the thick creamy sauce that came with it was nice. The only problem I had with it is when it comes to plating. I think it was too plain. Haha! So much for watching too many cooking competitions on the telly. The buffalo wings? I like it's hotness although I'm not a fan of the sauce really. It's ok. And the Mai Tai? Well, it's my first time to have that so I really can't compare it with other Mai Tais but the taste reminded me of the medicine I used to take when I was still a kid. LOL!

And how much was our bill? Well, what do you know! We bought 3 vouchers which means that we have P1500 worth of Dillingers food and we consumed a total of P1497 worth of foodies. So we knew we were able to maximize the vouchers we bought.

Will we come back at Dillingers again?  Probably yes and that is mainly because of their reasonably priced and tasty dishes. Although I really hope that when that time comes, all the crews are well trained when it comes to not only taking orders of customers but more importantly in receiving arriving customers. Remember, first impression lasts.

Will I recommend it to others? Hmm, most probably a yes again. Although I will most likely give them a run down about our dining experience there.

It was actually USDA "BLACK" Angus Rib Eye Steak. This is a huge serving I must say.
My order. The taste is quite good although I still want my fillet mignon.




The bar area where booze in different colored bottles can be found. 
Dillingers' pretty chandelier
Oh! Before I forget, there is actually this one Dillingers crew who really brought down the house when it comes to customer service. He was always cheerful when taking down our orders and checking us up if we need something and what not. Too bad I forgot his name. I even made a mental note to write down his name (was it Rap?) here just in case the Dillingers management chanced upon this blog entry that I made.

So there. Decide for yourself!


If you want to give Dillingers 1903 a try, check out the information below.

Dillingers 1903 Steak and Brew
Greenbelt 3, 3rd Level
Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: (+63 2) 391-7978
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 4:00am

What Topics Do You Want GetLostInMakati To Tackle?

As much as I want this blog site to be the perfect place to share my adventures in Makati with others, I also want to know what my readers (and even future followers) would want me to talk about that is of course related to Makati.

This is because I believe that not only will I know what my readers would like to see in my blog site but it will also give me an idea on what are the other things that I can explore and experience in this dynamic city.

So tell me my dear reader, what are things that you want to see being talked about here in GetLostInMakati? =)


xoxo,
Yeps

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to Reach Makati (If You are Coming from the North)

Ever since I launched this blog site, I have already included the"how to reach Makati" topic in my what-to-blog list. And so here it is, my mini-guide on how you can reach the business district of the Philippines using different kinds of public transportation that is IF and ONLY IF you are coming from the Northern part of Luzon.

But before I start, I just want to reiterate that I will be writing about the how-to-reach-Makati guide if you are coming ONLY from the North and that this guide is based from my own experience since I am originally from Pampanga (before I got married that is). So if you think I missed something or that you want to add a few more helpful tips for all those who are going to Makati for the first time, feel free to share them on the comment section of this entry. And that if you have any question about how to reach Makati if you are coming from the South, I'm afraid that I would not be able to help you on that.



Okay. So back to the main topic, Makati is actually a pretty huge city and for anyone who is planning to come over here, he should make sure that he knows at least the right and complete address of the place that he needs to go to so he can ask around people how to get there. I will be posting several quick guide below since there are many happening places in Makati that people usually go to.  

How To Reach Ayala, Makati City
Option 1
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at Ayala
Option 2
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at the nearest MRT station (It can be North EDSA, although the bus will drop you at Paramout and you will have to walk for a quite long period just to reach the North EDSA MRT station. It can also be Kamuning/GMA MRT station)
3. Ride the MRT and alight at Ayala Station
Option 3
1. Take the bus going to Cubao and get down at the last stop of the trip.
2. In Cubao, take the bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia and ask the conductor to drop you at Ayala.

How to Reach Guadalupe, Makati City
Option 1
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at Paramount (for North EDSA MRT Station) or Kamuning/GMA MRT Station
3. Ride the MRT and alight at Guadalupe Station
Option 2
1. Take the bus going to Cubao or Pasay
2. Alight at Cubao
3. Ride a city bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia
4. Tell the conductor to drop you at Guadalupe

How to Reach Buendia, Makati City
Option 1
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at Paramount (for North EDSA MRT Station) or Kamuning/GMA MRT Station
3. Ride the MRT and alight at Buendia Station
Option 2
1. Take the bus going to Cubao or Pasay
2. Alight at Cubao
3. Ride a city bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia
4. Tell the conductor to drop you at Buendia

How to Reach Magallanes, Makati City
Option 1
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at Paramount (for North EDSA MRT Station) or Kamuning/GMA MRT Station
3. Ride the MRT and alight at Magallanes Station
Option 2
1. Take the bus going to Cubao or Pasay
2. Alight at Cubao
3. Ride a city bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia
4. Tell the conductor to drop you at Magallanes

How to Reach Bangkal, Makati City
Option 1
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Tell the conductor to drop you at Paramount (for North EDSA MRT Station) or Kamuning/GMA MRT Station
3. Ride the MRT and alight at Ayala Station
4. Below Ayala Station, take the city bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia
5. Tell the conductor to drop you at Evangelista (the most famous street in Bangkal that is along EDSA)
Option 2
1. Take the bus going to Cubao or Pasay
2. Alight at Cubao
3. Ride a city bus going to MIA or Mall of Asia
4. Tell the conductor to drop you at Evangelista
Option 3
1. Take the bus going to Pasay
2. Ask the conductor if they can drop you at Evangelista (I know one provincial bus liner that does not let its passengers alight at Evangelista but the rest actually do stop at Evangelista and allow their passengers to alight there.)



So there! Hopefully I was able to help some of you in my own little way. I am aware that this does not include detailed directions when it comes to navigating the main business hub. However, I have already taken note of that and that I will be writing about that in another post hopefully early next year since I am still not confident enough as of the moment when it comes to exploring the business district.


And just a piece of advice, no matter where you may be going, just make sure that you are vigilant of your belongings to avoid getting taken advantage of by the "not-so-good" creatures around us.


Have a safe trip everyone!


xoxo,
Yeps

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shopping at The Landmark, Makati

One of the most suggested things to do while in Makati is to shop til you drop. This is because there are a lot of shopping malls that every single lady (and even taken or married ones of course) can check out and fulfill their window shopping cravings.


And just last Sunday, I was able to do the shopping part of the "shop til you drop" thing when Riju had to go to his office and I asked him to just leave me behind at The Landmark so I could roam around the place and do some window shopping.

The good thing about The Landmark is that their items for sale are a cornucopia of the pricey and the cheapest goods one can take advantage of so a shopper would not have to worry about not finding something that will perfectly fit her budget.

Going back to my "window shopping" escapade, after circling the whole 2nd floor of this shopping mall, I actually found myself giving in to some of the cute RTWs and reasonably priced thingamajigs that seemed to be shouting my name, or at least that's what I want to think happened yesterday, the moment I walked closer to the rack or shelf they were hanging or sitting prettily.  


The final verdict? I went home with one shopping bag full of my "window shopping" haul. But I am proud to say that I only spent a little over Php1,000 for all the stuffs that I bought. Til we meet again The Landmark!


Ayala Center Makati, Makati City
Tel. #: (632) 810-9990


Store Hours from Monday to Saturday
Supermart                    8:30 am to 9:30 pm
Department Store       10:00 am to 8:30 pm
Food Center                8:30 am to 9:00 pm

Store Hours on Sunday
Supermart                   8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Department Store      10:00 am to 8:00 pm

***Aside from The Landmark in Makati, there is a newly opened branch in Trinoma that people coming from the North may want to check out if the one in Makati is too far from them and gas-consuming (blame it on the traffic).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Riju and Yepuda Go Chinese at Luk Yuen Noodle House

A few months ago, Riju and I have decided to give Luk Yuen Noodle House a try when we were looking for a place to eat for date night. Apparently, Riju believes that you can tell if a place sells mouthwatering food if it is full packed. So off we enter the Chinese restaurant located on the ground floor of  Glorietta 5.

The moment we entered the place, the sound of buzzing people who are merrily munching on their dumplings, noodles and what not greeted our ears. A waitress led our way to an empty spot and gave us their menu. As Riju and I both scanned what this new place has to offer our very discriminating palates, I knew in my mind that we have to order some dumpling. And since we both like to eat spicy food, we ordered some dumplings in hot chili. Aside from that, I let Riju do the rest of the placing of orders and so he asked for pork with vegetables in chili sauce and another dish that has failed to register in my mind as of the moment. (Gah~)

Anyway, while we were waiting for our order, I tried their appetizer whichI think comes for free or comes with whatever you order, and boy was it nice! It's called wanton chips. It's like those corn chips that we usually eat but it has its own unique flavor. I liked it's crunchiness and the not-too-salty and not-too-bland taste. Riju and I finished munching a whole plate of it (it was just a tiny plate so don't overreact ok?) and we still want more. I asked a staff from the restaurant if we can get some more and he said yes but you know what? It NEVER arrived on our table. Well, it's either they forgot about it or they don't want to give us some more.

Going back to our main course, the moment the dishes have finally arrived, we started digging in. I liked the pork with veggies in chili sauce while Riju loved it. I was more excited of my dumplings, as I am a sucker for siomai. However, when our dumplings in hot sauce was finally served on our table, I got quickly disappointed about it because of the way it smelled. I cannot really say if that is how it's supposed to smell or not since it was my first time there but the smell is just fishy and let's just say, I didn't like it. And when I tried popping one in my mouth, my disappointment even grew bigger because it was not "that" hot inside considering that they just served it on our table. What about the taste? It's forgettable. I'd ditch it in a heartbeat if someone offers me the same amount of siomai dumplings from Siomai House any day. And as for the I-forgot-the-name dish, nothing special. 








So will we come back again? Maybe. But during that time, we may just order some congee for take out instead of dining in.

If you are interested to try this place out, it has 5 branches in Manila where you can choose from.

LUK YUEN NOODLE HOUSE NCR BRANCHES


Luk Yuen Noodle House -- Alabang -- (02) 772-4967
Luk Yuen Noodle House -- Glorietta 5 -- (02) 856-5199
Luk Yuen Noodle House -- Greenhills Shopping Center -- (02) 721-2620
Luk Yuen Noodle House -- Makati -- (02) 856-5778
Luk Yuen Noodle House -- SM Megamall -- (02) 633-1610

Starbucks: Just How Many of This Coffee Shop Does Makati Have?

Starbucks. Whenever I hear that name, the first thing that enters my mind is fancy coffee. Anyway, I have a reason for calling it fancy because not only Riju calls everything that he thinks is expensive or overpriced fancy but also because a Starbucks coffee, really IS expensive and well, what do you know! Fancy.


As far as my memory serves me right, I had my very first Starbucks not so long ago. I think it was just a couple of years ago or so. Now, don't be so shocked. It's just that I really think spending more than a hundred bucks just to get a sip of coffee is too much for me especially if I will drink it as if it's my own brand of water. A little splurging every now and then is fine but buy Starbucks coffee everyday? I'm gonna have to pass on that.

I did a little bit of research about this coffee company and found out that it was first introduced to the consumers during the early 1970s by three brilliant men in Seattle, Washington. And after the opening of the first Starbucks coffee shop in the whole planet, like what most people say, the rest is history.

Going back to Starbucks Philippines, I just could not believe my eyes when I noticed that almost everywhere in Makati where I set my eye on, there it was! That famous logo where a siren (or mermaid) mischievously smiles is starting at me! I know that I have not explored the whole of Makati yet but so far, I think I must have seen at least 5 of it already!

I think the biggest reason why there is so much of this world's biggest and most famous coffee shop in the business district of the Philippines is because of the fact that there are a lot of young career people who are working in this area and that somehow, Starbucks was able to integrate itself in these people's daily lives. This is most probably because many of these working class actually works during the night and that they need a good dose of caffeine to keep themselves awake and performing well in their job.


Anyway, I think I managed to try 2 of the 28 Starbucks Makati. Not that I'm planning to try all of them because anyway, the location, the staff and the store decor may change but at the end of the day, they all offer the same menu. It just so happened that Riju and I had a date night and we topped it all with some Starbucks drinks and a slice of Oreo cheesecake somewhere behind Glorietta 4. Geez. My apologies but I forgot to take note of the exact location of that branch. And then the other branch, Jem, a friend of mine, and I had a quick coffee after our dinner in Bonchon sometime last month in Ayala Triangle. Again, I forgot which branch was that but I think it was the one in Ayala Office Tower 6750.

Riju and I's order at Starbucks

For those who are wondering about the 28 Starbucks Makati branches, I provided a list below that you can check out.
STARBUCKS MAKATI BRANCHES
Starbucks - Makati City -- 6788 6788 Ayala Avenue
Starbucks - Makati City -- Allegro G/F Allegro, Pasong Tamo Extension
Starbucks - Makati City -- AOT - 6750 - Office Drive 6750 Ayala Avenue
Starbucks - Makati City -- Ayala Tower 1 Ayala Tower One, Mezzanine Level
Starbucks - Makati City -- Cristina G/F Cristina Condominium
Starbucks - Makati City -- Enterprise Center Level 3 Tower 2, Enterprise Building
Starbucks - Makati City -- Glorietta 4 Glorietta 4, Theater Lobby, Ayala Center
Starbucks - Makati City -- Glorietta 4 Level 1 Ground Floor, Glorrietta 3, Ayala Center
Starbucks - Makati City -- Greenbelt 1 Greenbelt Mall
Starbucks - Makati City -- Greenbelt 3 G/F, GreenBelt 3 Mall
Starbucks - Makati City -- 28 Jupiter Street
Starbucks - Makati City -- G/F Alpap I Bldg., Leviste St., Salcedo
Starbucks - Makati City -- Magallanes Paseo de Magallanes, San Gregorio St.
Starbucks - Makati City -- MSE - Ground Floor Entrance Ayala Ave
Starbucks - Makati City -- G/F Pacific Star Building
Starbucks - Makati City -- Pearl Bank 146 Valero Street, Salcedo Village
Starbucks - Makati City -- Plaza 100 Herrera cor Dela Rosa Street
Starbucks - Makati City -- Powerplant Cinema Level R-1 Store #103 L Plaza Drive
Starbucks - Makati City -- Powerplant Mall Doppio 3rd level Power Plant Mall
Starbucks - Makati City -- RCBC Plaza - Tower 2 - Relocation 6819 Ayala Avenue
Starbucks - Makati City -- Rockwell Landing (Relocation) 6 Rockwell Drive
Starbucks - Makati City -- G/F San Antonio Plaza, Mckinley St.
Starbucks - Makati City -- Security Bank Building, Ayala Avenue
Starbucks - Makati City -- Lot 2,3,4 Aguinaldo Highway
Starbucks - Makati City -- The Columns Tower 3, Ayala Avenue
Starbucks - Makati City -- G/F Valero St.
Starbucks - Makati City -- Waltermart 790 Chino Roces Ave. cnr. Antonio Amaiz
Starbucks - Makati City -- Yupangco Bldg - Ground Floor