Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More Reasons to Love CASA FELIZ

The area of Rainbow Street is one of the places to be when it comes to food trips. You find yourself in one foodie spot, and voila, you have walking distance access to several other grub hubs.

Most of us were sick the other week (Mom being the worst, haha!), well, except me who runs a lot (ehem) and ODs on Vitamin C. Thus, we decided Casa Feliz and its al fresco dining area would be a great option to munch and spend quality sick time together.

Look at Mom, full of energy! (Not.)

To get an idea of Casa Feliz' interiors - or exteriors, since they have open space, visit my first post on Casa Feliz here. Three things we love about Casa Feliz? The food, the price, and their support for the handicapped. When we were there the first time, the waiter who was with us that night was deaf, and we wrote our orders on pieces of paper. I love this advocacy of Casa Feliz!

Going back to the first thing that we love about their place which is the food, may I present to you our orders:

 Club Casa (94 PhP) - their version of the classic clubhouse with chunky chicken salad, sliced ham, cheese and scrambled egg, served with crispy French fries

 Kani Sandwich (84 PhP) - premium crab sticks with chili mustard sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce served on sesame wheat bread, served with crispy French fries too!

 Beef Lasagna (94 PhP) - they were really generous with the sauce! Yum!

 Fish Fillet with Tartar Sauce (90 PhP) - the fish was moist and tender, and goes well with the sauce

Casa Burger with Crispy Fries (95 PhP) - Home-made beef patty with cheese, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce. The patty was juicy and full of flavor.

We ordered two sweet endings to our meals:

Oreo Cheesecake (97 PhP) - our favorite cheesecake ever. Their cheesecake has just the right sweetness!

Vida Verde (90 PhP) - Layers of pistachio wafers with creamy green tea filling topped with seasonal fruits. Truly a winner from Casa Feliz. :)

Casa Feliz means happy home. Indeed, we left with happy tummies and Mom was already feeling better. ;) 

95 Rainbow St., Hacienda Heights, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 933-6653
Open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
You can also visit wwww casafelizcakes.com
Munching Budget per person: starts at 75 PhP

My map of Casa Feliz made with love (click on the image to enlarge):

Marikina, aking hirang.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


(This restaurant is now closed - as of 26 February 2014)

On our way to church, every Sunday since last month, we pass by a new and eye-catching restaurant that goes by the name of "Good Thymes". This fresh foodie place is found along Gil Fernando Avenue (formerly Tuazon) and is quite impossible to miss since they are open practically the whole day. So if you're the type to crave food late in the evening or early in the morning, just drop by Good Thymes to make your tummy happy.

The first thing that caught our attention was the interior. The place is great for couple breakfasts, family lunches, barkada drinks (yes, they serve alcohol), or any gimmick you can think of. I have selected only a few photos to give you an idea of the ambience, but you can view more on their Facebook page.

 Love the tones of red and white

 This place gets full in the evening!

 I really love the contrast of red and white... Ooops, already said that. Hehe!

This is where you can make pa-cute to your date, he he he!

Love the wash station too! I love everything!

Now that you have taken a bit of a virtual tour of GoodThymes, let's get back to business and check out the food! Upon seeing the menu, the first word that escaped my mouth was "Wow.". The menu is quite extensive! It has salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, entrees with rice, desserts and a separate sheet for drinks. Guess you won't run out of choices here, right?

For starters we ordered the Fried Mozzarella (180 PhP) - yummy!

 My sister and her hubby shared a plate of Mushroom and Bacon Alfredo (180 PhP)

'Littlest' sis and I shared this delicious plate of Sardines, Olives, and Dried Chilies pasta (210 PhP). I love how the pasta was cooked al dente, and the simple but flavorful mix of olive oil, sardines and garlic pretty much reminded of my days in Italy when I was studying there! *Nostalgia*

Our troupe also shared the Pizza Bianca (160 PhP) - thin crust pizza with lots of cheese, mushroom and bacon bits. I love the crust! So crunchy! ;)

Meals where I'm present never conclude without desserts:

Brownie a la Mode (85 Php) - you'll never go wrong with warm, chewy brownie and creamy ice cream!

Mango Crepe (150 PhP)

So there, another good resto that we hope you visit when you can. As this blog promises - we'll keep on bringing you great food finds! Keep on sharing the Marikina food trip love. :)

Gil Fernando Ave, San Roque, 1801 Marikina City, Philippines
Tel. No.: (02) 655-8801
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 1:00 am / Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am / Sun: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011


An unassuming but quite successful inasal joint and watering hole in one across Kapitan Moy, Parikit Inasal is one of the best places to sate your inasal craving or to have a fun drinking session with friends. The resto grill is open 24/7 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, all night.

Just across Kapitan Moy and the church of Our Lady of the Abandoned

 There are several lamps all over the place :)

The set-up is simple with a native feel

A wash station for those who want to eat their inasal the authentic way

Kuya in red is the only server at that time, (I think more people flock the place in the evening) and he is our favorite, super bait hehe! Forgot to ask his name though :-/

For lunch we had:

Inasal, 85 PhP (They have all you can-in as well - all the rice you can eat!)

The usual condiments for inasal

Little sister is a fan of tocino so she ordered tosilog, 60 PhP

We were all giddy to see the menu included Lucban specialties such as longganisa Lucban! I ordered the Lalucsilog (60 PhP) and was very happy about it! Yum yum! The menu also lists Pancit Lucban (Habhab) but they had no stock when we were there. Next time! :) Also available are merienda items like siomai and noodles.

So if you're craving for inasal in the middle of the night or need the company of family or friends any time of the day, this is one place you can definitely go to. Good food + cool drinks.  Check out Parikit Inasal today!

378 De Guangco St., Sta. Elena, Marikina City, Metro Manila
Across Our Lady of the Abandoned church and Kapitan Moy
Tel. No.: (02) 346-0024 / 09193509647 / 09228988261
Visit their Facebook page here.
THEY DELIVER! Just contact the numbers listed above.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 25 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Friday, October 7, 2011


Let's go mainstream: Chic-Boy is finally in Marikina! Only a few months ago, we were so excited to see a poster of Chic-Boy beside Dencio's at the Riverbanks area that bore the magic words "Opening Soon". I was able to try dishes at Chic-Boy last August and this place instantly went to the top of my inasal places to go to. But what caught my heart at Chic-Boy was not their inasal, but their Cebu Lechon! (For those who are already fans, we know the code: CB6)

The dining area is biiiiig. Well, maybe they know that many Marikenyos are excited to finally taste their specialties without having to travel outside the city.

Their signature lechon sauce (In my opinion, the meat they serve is already flavorful you won't need it.)

All meals come with free soup. The bottomless iced tea is ONLY 25 PhP!

Sister ordered the chicken inasal (CB2, 99 PhP)

While the rest of us ordered CB6! (99 PhP) Cebu Lechon Liempo - really good, I tell 'ya!

Rice all you can is strictly enforced, hehe!

Another tasty discovery of the night: TURONES CON LECHE (30 PhP)! Deep fried banana rolls that come with a custard cream for dipping. Highly addictive.

They also serve excellent side dishes such as grilled eggplant with bagoong (30 PhP) and ensaladang mangga (25 PhP). There are also merienda meals like palabok (45 PhP) and dinuguan (48 PhP). Chic-Boy warrants your visit, don't you think? ;)

Thanks for coming to Marikina, Chic-Boy!!!

Riverbanks Center (beside Dencio's), Marikina City, Metro Manila
Visit their website for the complete menu.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Sunday, October 2, 2011


I really love it when readers leave comments here or on the Facebook page of All Over Marikina (a.k.a. The Marikina Food Trip blog). Last Sunday, we were looking for another place to check out and remembered that a reader recommended Corazon's in Sapphire street. (That area is full of great food places, I tell you.) Curious cows that we are, we headed to Corazon's for dinner.

The restaurant is near foodie spots like Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe (SKOW), Spartea Spa and Bubble Tea, Casa Feliz, Burrito Brothers, and a gazillion more restos that we are yet to check out (*excited*). You will see a sign just outside their resto, so you won't miss this when you speed through Sapphire. SSS-bound jeepneys and FX pass here too.

We were greeted by a nice fountain set-up. There were only a few diners then, probably because we arrived quite late (err, 9:00 p.m.?). I can imagine the place getting packed for lunch or dinner or weekends since it is near schools and churches.

Extensive menu? Thumbs up!

So many dishes to choose from! Rice dishes, pasta, sandwiches, grilled, sizzling - the options are endless. Here is what we ordered:

Sizzling Tanigue Steak with Rice (145 PhP)

 Chicken Pesto with Crunchy Chicken Strips (135 PhP)

Free iced tea that comes with the pasta dish

Of course, we have a favorite dish of the night:

Fish N' Chips (185 PhP). Looooove the tender fish sticks with crunchy breading and mustard-mayo sauce, and THE FRIES! Another must-order next time!

 My photography mentor says "It's chow time!"

The perks of dining late - we had the place to ourselves, haha!

 Oooops, don't forget to try their desserts. We had the carrot leche flan (60 PhP)

The place is ideal for family gatherings, wedding receptions or debuts. Corazon's is labelled "The Village Platter" probably because the restaurant's forte is catering to big groups. (They excellently serve individual or small groups of diners too, don't worry.)

There is also a nook where you can whisper sweet nothings to your love... or simply relax. :)

CORAZON'S (The Village Platter)
60 Sapphire St., corner Sandalwood, SSS Village Phase II, Concepcion Dos
Marikina City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 948-3734
For commuters, take the SSS jeep or FX and get off right in front of Corazon's.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 50 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


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