Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Allow me to do a blogging comeback by featuring a sought-after food place who also made a big comeback: KANTO FREESTYLE BREAKFAST! For months and months, Marikenyos were wondering and impatient on whether the hit breakfast place of Mandaluyong will open its doors ever again in Marikina after a brief stint. And to our most pleasant surprise, Kanto did re-open its kitchen and has been fully booked ever since! When you do dine at Kanto, please be patient with your order, I tell you, it's really worth the wait!

 Ham and Cheese Omelette (70 PhP)

The winner fluffy Goya Chocnut Ganache pancakes (90 PhP)

The oh-so-yummy Eggs Benedict (90 PhP)

Our favorite Deep Fried Oreos (50 PhP)

Kanto Boy Breakfast of Vigan Longganisa with Garlic Rice and Tomato Pesto (90 PhP)

Read my previous dining experience at Kanto Freestyle Marikina here.

Head over to Kanto Freestyle for super affordable and super delicious gourmet breakfast!

6 Aquillina St. cor Col Divino Sto NiƱo Marikina City
200 meters from Marikina Engineering Office
Operating hours: 24/7!
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 50 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Thursday, July 10, 2014


Hi dearest Marikina Food Trippers! It's been a while since I last posted, I am really sorry about that! I was quite busy in putting up my own cupcakery in the South (we have too many already in the Metro, hehe!), but I remain in love with Marikina (and a resident of it of course), and I shall continue to write about all the great food that Marikina has to offer. Shuttling from Marikina to the South and back has been and continues to be a challenge, but I knew from the start it wouldn't be easy!

Sis and I discovered an awesome burger place near the Marikina City Hall! The place is PAPA ROCK'S BIG BURGERS AND GRILLERY. As soon as I received an invite to try out the place from Papa Rocky de Jesus himself, we packed a big appetite and headed off to Papa Rock's on an early Sunday morning.

You wont' miss it as it is located along Sparrow street, a walking distance from the Marikina City Hall. You will see this sign below, and you know that you have arrived at another awesome burger joint in Marikina.

We immediately surveyed the menu, and Papa Rocky was there personally to take our orders and chat with us as we waited for our dishes to arrive. I've said this many times, I really appreciate it when owners take time to talk to their customers and ask about the food served and their overall dining experience. Papa Rocky talked about the burger preparation, the concept behind their food, and we covered more topics about Marikina.

Then our orders arrived:

I have posted about this on the FB page, and this is by far my favorite rendition of Carbonara (60 PhP). Not too saucy, just the right amount of cream, cheese, BACON, the pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. I told Papa Rock that they definitely nailed this one. If I want Carbonara, I have Papa Rock's on top of my list.

Then comes the star of the set: THE JAWBUSTER (150 PhP). The buns tasted really fresh, the patties were cooked perfectly, the proportions of the cheese, dressing and veggies were spot on. This is definitely a burger you have to experience! I think a lot of those who already tried it will agree. :-)

We also sampled the breakfast menu, of which we chose the Heavy Breakfast (60 PhP). Yes you read it right: 60 PESOS ONLY! You have two waffles, three cocktail hotdogs and an egg, which you can have sunny side up or scrambled. I love how they cooked the waffle too! This is another item on the menu you shouldn't miss, especially if you want to have your tummy filled at an affordable price.

The shakes are good, too. We ordered the Strawberry Shake (40 PhP) and the Choco-Banana Blend (60 PhP). These went really well with the burger. It takes you to a "diner" feel. A good burger + a good milkshake ;-)

Conquered the JawBuster! Success!

 I wouldn't miss a photo op with Papa Rocky!

Papa Rock's can accommodate around 20 to 30 people (or more?) since they have extended the dining area beyond the counter. I look forward to visiting them again, and I highly recommend this place for SUPER good food, at SUPER affordable prices. Hope you visit them soon!

23 Sparrow Street,
New Marikina Subdivision, Sta. Elena,
Marikina City
Tel. No.: (0927) 879 - 2924
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 30 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


When it comes to cupcakes, I have really high standards. While most dishes, as long as prepared with love and determination (even if it lacked salt? haha), taste good to me, but I am very picky with cupcakes. And I am sure a lot of you will agree: there are MANY cupcakeries out there who charge steep prices for cupcakes that taste like cardboard. I can't even remember how many times I've rolled my eyes and shook my head after taking a bite out of a dry, overpriced cupcake. Give me a dry cupcake, you're done. Hehe!

So, whenever a new cupcakery opens their doors, you bet I'll be there! If it's really good, I'll always be there. And when a friend (hi KC Astroboy!) told me that a new cupcake shop, CUPCAKE BITES CAFE, just opened where else but in the food district of Marikina - Lilac Street - I grabbed my sister's arm and off we rushed to Cupcake Bites Cafe.

The shop is quite girly, with a pink theme going on, the tables seemed inviting for a cupcake, coffee, and more cupcakes. I, of course, headed immediately towards the cupcake counter.

 A very promising cupcakery

Yummy ceramics

One of my favorite teas

My favorite part of the store of course!

Arbor? :-p

That's Sis! Thank you Sis, for always accompanying me during food trips :-)

Here are the goodies:

Our order: Red Velvet, Cheese Cupcake and Carrot Walnut. ALL SOOO GOOOOOD! Perfectly moist, tender, with the perfect crumb. The frosting's not too sweet. These cupcakes alone won me over!

Rainbow Lemon Cupcakes


 Vanilla Chocolate and Choco Fudge

 Peppermint Brownies

Thanks Kim for the free mini cupcakes!

I was stressed the whole week at work but hey, there's nothing a cupcake can't fix!

Lovely pastel colors of the Rainbow Lemon Cupcake! :-)

Visit Cupcake Bites Cafe along Lilac Street and indulge in luscious cupcakes created with love!

73 Bennt II, Lilac Street,
SSS Village, Concepcion Dos,
Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 624-8893
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 50 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.

Thursday, May 8, 2014



You guys have seen me posting about this on the All Over Marikina Facebook page, and I am more than happy to be blogging about COCO FRESH TEA AND JUICE, which recently opened their first branch in the Philippines right in the heart of Eastwood (a neighbor of ours, yes!), and has over 1,500 stores worldwide!

We all love milk teas, fruit juices, iced coffees... a drink trend that started way back. COCO FRESH TEA AND JUICE offers not just the same line up of drinks that we are used to having, but a whole new set of healthy alternatives for refreshments. Their secret? FRESH ingredients that are sourced from the best suppliers both locally and abroad.

There are three tea bases for their drinks: the black, the green tea, and the mountain tea base, which are all beverages rich with anti-oxidants.

The Lemon Calamansi with Aloe is a refreshing mix of citrus components, perfect for the summer weather!

The Pineapple Black Tea Jelly has in its mix pineapples from Taiwan, in Assam Black Tea, topped with Coconut Jelly

 The Grapefruit and Orange tea has a very distinct grapefruit flavor, perfectly mixed with orange.

 Look at all those cups of freshness!

Sis holding our favorite drink: the PASSION FRUIT TEA BURST! Made with Passion Fruit sourced from Ecuador and Vietnam, blended with Jasmine tea, mixed with pearls and coconut jelly. This one is really, really good. You should try this when you visit Coco Fresh Tea and Juice!

No kidding: I visit their store in Eastwood least once a week! :-)

During the TeamUp event, Larry Evans Tan, General Manager, walked us through the brand and its advocacies, and addressed all the questions that we had.

EHEM! As guest speaker, they invited Chris Everingham a Health Coach and a member of the Philippine Volcanoes to give health tips, and to discuss the benefits of drinking tea.

Such a hottie!

Cute :-)

Bagay ba kami? Hehe! During the break, we got divided into groups to create our own drinks. How cool was that? Chris got assigned to our team! Yey!

I also got to meet fellow bloggers, like Teta of Let's Talk, Let's Eat, Let's Wander, and Kim Nieves of Glitteringly Yours.

 And the awesome ladies behind Mission Green Possible! Check out their site, it's really cool!

Joining Coco Fresh Tea And Juice TeamUp is Fashion Blogger Laureen Uy, (Larry and Chris), and Ateneo's Gretchen Ho and Selina Dagdag. 

From Marikina, that would be me and Sis! Hehe!

Coco Fresh Tea and Juice opens soon in SM City Fairview and Fisher Mall! Watch out for it! For now, head to their Eastwood Branch (Technoplaza 2) and grab your cups of high-quality drinks of freshness!

2nd Floor, Technoplaza 2
Near Robinson's Supermarket Entrance
Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 70 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.
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