Oct 25, 2014

BORNGA Original Korean Taste in Makati City

With the onslaught of Korean dramas and K-Pop singers in Asia, it’s no surprise that a bunch of Korean restaurants sprouting all over the place. And I have no problem with that. I am a sucker to anything Korean, and it’s no secret that I’m in love with Korean food. *grin*

BORNGA is a stylishly elegant yet comfortable restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the sumptuous Alphaland Makati Place (this is their first branch in the Philippines). This place is the brainchild of the Korean celebrity Chef, Jong Won Paik, who has established 24 franchised food and beverage brands. He opened BORNGA in 1993 and it now has over a hundred branches in Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines. Dining at BORNGA was a pretty faultless experience, and here’s why. 

Once seated, we were offered a complimentary hot/cold tea. Attentive staffs, I like that! For our starter, since I want something hot, I ordered Kimchi Jjigae (Php350.00). It’s a spicy stew with kimchi, pork, tofu, mixed with different vegetables. When you eat this with rice, you don’t need any other side dishes. 

I want my Mom to experience how to grill and eat meat the Korean way. Meat wrapped with greens is what I meant. Ha-ha! I ordered Manchinchang Samgyeopsal (Php380.00) and a set of Samgyeopsal (Php350.00). Both tasted good, and the meats were excellent.

Once you order, the typical banchan often translated as "side dishes" that come with Korean meals will be served. These small plates of different side dishes are complimentary with the meal and if you would like to get some refill, just ask the wait staff and they will happily do it for you.

No worries when ordering meat set, you don’t need to lift a finger in grilling your dinner. A nifty server like Dudz (the guy in this photo) will help you cut, grill and serve your meats.

Overall, I highly recommend this place for the good food, and exceptional service. Also, the interior is lustrous, with clean lines and simple furniture - it gives you a comfortable-homey feel. It was indeed a lovely evening with my Mom. 

Location and Contact Information: 
Second Floor, Alphaland Makati Place, 
Ayala Avenue Extension Corner Malugay Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone: 0905-318-8282 / 0928-678-8282 / (02)519-6980
Operating Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm

Oct 24, 2014

Lunch at Pizza Hut - Makati Medical Center

Pizza Hut is a chain of restaurants known for pizza and side dishes. A global operation, Pizza Hut had its origins in Wichita, Kansas and is a well-recognized brand name globally. It has 6,000 branches throughout the US and in a string of other countries throughout the world.

Located at the ground floor of Makati Medical Center, this branch is more hustle and bustle. At a place that’s this busy, with a communal table setting and this fast-paced atmosphere, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. Anyway, here’s what we had.

Cream of Mushroom (Php55.00)

Hawaiian Supreme (Php265.00)

Fettuccine a la King (Php139.00)

Baked Fettuccine Alfredo (Php149.00)

Spaghetti Shrimp Garlic and Mushrooms (Php159.00)

Overall, it was okay. We waited about 30 minutes to get a table, but I understand because it was lunch time and there are a lot of people. But what I don't like is that we weren't given good customer service. Staffs were busy talking to each other, and it took us forever to get our order. I'm not sure if I will dine here again. My overall impression was not too good.

Location and Contact Information: 
Pizza Hut
Makati Medical Center Branch
Ground Level, Tower 1, Makati Medical Center
2 Amorsolo St. corner Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Phone Number: (+63 2) 856-9487

Oct 22, 2014

Chocolate Hills in Bohol; One of Nature's Mysterious Creations

Located in Bohol Philippines, Chocolate Hills are the island's premier attraction. During summer, the grass-covered cone shaped hills dry up and turn chocolate brown, which transforms the area into seemingly endless rows of “chocolate kisses”. 

My Hubby on top of one of the hills back in 2010

There are over 1,270 similarly cone-shaped hills creating a sea of hills over 20 square miles (50 sq km) - scattered throughout the towns of Carmen, Batuan and Sagbayan in Bohol. Heights typically range from 98 to 160 feet (30 to 50 m) with the highest reaching 390 feet (120 m).

The Chocolate Hills was declared Philippines’s 3rd National Geological Monument (together with Taal Volcano, and Hundred Islands National Park) and included in the nomination for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and also proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex

I have been calling this world-renowned attraction mysterious because up to this day, even geologists have not reached consensus on how they were formed. There are 4 different old-folks stories/legends, but of course the most commonly accepted is the theory from the professionals. It's believed though not proven yet, that these Chocolate Hills are the weathered formations of a kind of marine limestone on top of an impermeable layer of clay. If you climb the 214 steps to the top of the observation hill near the complex, you can read this explanation on a bronze plaque.

Note: Last October 15, 2013, at 8:12 AM, Bohol was jolted by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake leaving some parts of the hills dented. 

Oct 12, 2014

Pancake House: Fluffy Pancakes, Waffles and More

Browsed my files, I have more photos of food than anything else, but it didn't surprise me. I have always been a self-confessed food and eating addict with an unquenchable appetite. Ha-ha! I think I should probably have a food blog – a separate site where I can talk about stuffing my face all over town. lol

As for today’s post, I’ll talk about one of my favorite restaurants in the metro, Pancake House. I realized I haven’t posted anything about this place as of yet. I have been eating at Pancake House for a long as I remember. For over 5 years, this place has been my “go to” place for my type of comfort food. Here are some photos of what you can find on their menu.

There was much to like about Pancake House. I love the relaxed and welcoming vibe - comfortably designed with a stylish look that exudes a friendly feel, a backdrop of classic movie posters, colorful features and simple seating. And they do have an inviting and accessible menu that offered lots of variety for all - an array of international and local dishes I'd say. Whatever you get will always be great. Give this place a try if you still haven’t.

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