Tuesday, December 25, 2012


First of all: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR MARIKENYOS! We have gone through a lot this year, not only our city but the rest of the country, and I pray that you and your families are continuously blessed as we face another year. :-) As for my latest food find...

Marikina Hotel houses a spacious cafe called Cafe Flora that serves an eat-all-you-can buffet for only 165 pesos (inclusive of 10% service charge). With this price, it's no wonder that we had quite a challenge finding parking, and the place was really packed when we went in. :-)

The entrance

 Lots of guests

  The buffet spread

Now on with the food parade...

 Spicy Beef

 Fried fish

 Chicken Fillet



 Beef Curry

 Fresh Veggies

 Buko Pandan Squares

 Fresh fruits

 Monggo Rolls

Sweetened Kamote (there was also sweetened banana)

 Fruit Squares

 Banana Squares

For the price, I can say that if you and your family or friends are looking for an affordable binging spree, then Cafe Flora might be one of the places you would like to check out. Since there are many guests, I advise you to call in advance and reserve a table. Come early too, as some items take time to replenish. Here are some of the other prices for your reference:

Eat All You Can - P150 + 10% service charge= P165
Drinks: Bottomless choice with your choice of Red Iced Tea, Four Seasons, or Lemonade - P50
Soda or juice in can - P40
Coffee- P40

The staff was very nice, too. :-) Hope you check out Cafe Flora at the second floor of the Marikina Hotel. Cheers!

Pio Del Pilar St. cor. Tangerine St., Brgy Concepcion 2, Marikina City
(Near SDS Hospital, Qizia, and Water Nymph)
Tel. No.: (02) 2279197 / (02) 6125327 / (02) 4940800
Operating hours:
Breakfast: 6:00AM - 10:00AM
Lunch:     10:00AM - 3:00PM
Dinner     5:00PM - 10:00PM
Munching Budget per person: starts at 165 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Thursday, December 13, 2012


Hello dear Marikenyos! Getting my business back on groove has been keeping me busy lately. :-(
Just in case you're interested (especially for new year, these are round thingies! hehe):

I still have loads of materials, I just can't find the time to write (excuses again.) Thanks for all your continued support! And of course, a big warm hug and thanks to everyone who sends me messages on my very challenging pregnancy ;-)

Marikina, aking hirang.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Ta-dah! Another date place for you, Marikenyos! Well, actually, this restaurant we recently visited is not only great for dates but definitely perfect for family lunches or dinners, and of course a great venue where you can hang out with your friends --- especially at night, the place simply rocks with all the lighting they have. I'll try to go back on a lunch date, so that I can also see the place in the morning (I'm sure it is lovely, anyway!). Dearest readers, may I present to you Patio Vera.

 Overhead lamp for those of us who prefer to dine outside under big umbrellas and on cozy couches :-)

I love tripods... Hehe!

The dining area near the bar and counter

 Outdoor dining


 You can also dine on this comfortable and colorful couch

The empty couch you see was our date booth for the night, hehe!

Now, let's check out more photos of Patio Vera:

 I love this area :-)

 Dine with big wheels mounted on the walls. Cute!

 Perfect place to dine in groups

 Really love the furnishings of Patio Vera!

 Lamp <3

Indoor dining

After going around a bit, our food arrived. Off to the table we rushed once more...

Complimentary bread sticks (triangles?) with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Yum.

Bottomless Iced Tea

Paella con Carne (445 PhP - good for sharing, 2-4 persons). This was the only thing we ordered since we were only a couple sharing this hearty meal!

 Tres Leches Cake (165 PhP) - We love this!!!

 Crispy Churros con Chocolate (115 PhP)

Our bill came in this lovely shoe :-)

Visit Patio Vera for another awesome dining experience in Marikina City! :-)

#70 Gen. F. Santos St., Calumpang, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 239 0615 / 09153399972 / 09263065313
Operating hours: Mon-Thu 3pm to 12mn / Fri-Sat 11am to 1am / Sun 11am to 11pm
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 200 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Saturday, November 3, 2012


I am now on my fourth month of pregnancy and I couldn't eat as much as I'd love to like before, but that couldn't stop me from discovering awesome food places for you dear readers! This restaurant has been on my list for a couple of months now after receiving another recommendation from a reader. Together with my ever reliable support group - Mom and Sis - we checked out Tiyo's Cuisine by Chef & Brewer and we had a really great time!

 Love the interiors!

 For those of you who prefer to dine outside

Big space even for parking. This place gets packed especially at night though! 

While waiting for our orders, my preggy self went around the place since I already fell in love with it. Here are some photos I'd like to share with you. Enjoy!

 The kitchen

 The fish pond

 Hello lovely, healthy kois!

 Hello Mr. Plumpy! Cute!

 Dressing up their table wine. Love it!

Two cute buddha figures by the main door. I adore these!

I just love foodie places loaded with photo ops. I was informed that the place has been operating for just a couple of months, and I really look forward to what Tiyo's will offer us in the future. Ooops, here come our orders:

 Angus Tapa (200 PhP). Our favorite!

Grilled Beer Sausage (180 PhP). Oh, we loved their sinangag, too!

Bangus Belly (180 PhP)

Pesto with Aligue (320 PhP) Soooo good! This dish serves 2-3 persons.

Mango juice and Pineapple Juice (70 PhP each)

We had a great dining experience at Tiyo's Cuisine! The ambience is great, the prices affordable, and of course, the dishes are delicious! They currently have ongoing promos such as buy 1 take 1 for beers at 55 PhP, and the unlimited 1-peso brewed coffee. Check their Facebook page for more details.

 My best friends (aside from hubby, of course) --- Mom and Sis! Love them to pieces!

 Celebrating four months of baby in my tummy! Hihi!

 Notice how the centerpiece looks like it's walking? ;-)

 Wine holder

#29 Almond St., Marikina East Subdivision, San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 646-0576 / (02) 871-4458 / 09228963636 Operating hours: Mon-Sun 12nn to 12mn
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 200 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.

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