Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Marikina Food Tour 1: HERITAGE TOUR



Last week, I was in the company of super cool people during the first ever Marikina Food Tour organized by yours truly. While driving to our assembly point, I was excited and nervous as to how the food tour would go. I was preparing some activities (like "Ice Breaker") the night before that but after a few minutes into the prep work I decided, well, to let things unfold - the get-to-know, the conversations, and of course the meals. I was extremely happy with the way things turned out for this very first tour (Dong, Gatchie, Jonas, Jefel, Julius, Migs, Nicole and Neil, we made history!). Hope you enjoy the tour as well, through pictures!

Our meet up point was in front of Kapitan Moy. There was a set up for "Alay kay Maria", a Marian Exhibit and Procession celebrated every year.

From L to R: Jefel, Julius, Migs, Jonas, Yours truly, Dong, Gatchie, Nicole and Neil. My sister Rona took the photo this time!

Our first stop was Macky's Goto. We were ten in all in the group, so it was not really a challenge to find a table. We ordered the staples: goto with tokwa't baboy (which I fondly call "tokwa con lechon kawali, hehe), while some ordered Palabok and burgers. We had a great time introducing ourselves to each other, it was fun learning about what these people do as their profession, and amazing how we share this common love for food.

An almost identical photo, with my sis in the middle instead of me, hehe!

We tried going to Rocha's, but the shop was closed. It's just across Macky's, maybe we can try that in the next batch for this Heritage Tour (the tours are having names already... yey!). This photo is taken in front of Frederick's Barbecue's main branch along E. de la Paz. Only 10 PhP per stick and you get really flavorful barbecue!

Recognize this burger? YES! It is the infamous burger of Mama Chit's! So juicy and so yummy, no wonder it became even more popular when covered by media (KrisTV, thank you for featuring Marikina food places!)

The turkey sandwich that Migs ordered was also good. It tasted even better because Migs cut it up in portions and willingly shared it to the rest of the pack. Hooray! I wasn't able to take a photo of the salad though, which Jefel and Julius shared with the table as well.

 Neil and Nicole

 Gatchie and Dong

 Jefel and Julius

 Happy group!

 Mr. Burger at Mama Chit's garden

 Find Mr. Burger! Hehe!

Then we simply crossed the street and bought some pasalubong from Aling Remy's! :-) One of the best puto and kutsinta in Marikina!

 

Then, we walked over to Isabelo Mendoza street to have desserts and coffee at Isabelo Garden (Rustic Mornings, by day). We had no reservations but Chef Portia was very kind to accommodate our group. It was a great venue to wrap up the evening!

 A lot of us ordered the Key Lime Pie. This is SOOOO good. I regret not ordering this. Next time, I'll order two for myself. Hehehe!

The frozen brazo was also delicious. I loved the yellow layer, as usual! Hmmm... maybe I'll order one key lime pie instead... and one frozen brazo! Gotta have both!

Sis ordered the Cookie a la Mode and it took quite a long time to prepare it. Everyone has already finished their desserts and still no cookie a la mode. When the plate finally arrived... oh my. It was really worth the wait! The cookie was so crumbly and warm and buttery with the right amount of sweetness, it was what every cookie dream is about. The ice cream made the dish even more perfect ("perfect" na nga, more pa!).

 Photo c/o Migs

 Photo c/o Dong

I had a really great time with the group, and of course we had a blast with all the delicious food that accompanied us during our trip. I am definitely planning more food tours in the future. Hope to see some of you on our tours! Please visit our Facebook page for more information and other updates. 'Till next time!

More photos from Dong (click here) and Migs (click here). Enjoy!

MACKY'S GOTO
J.P. Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City
Just a few meters before Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, across BPI Family Savings Bank
(Take the Calumpang Jeepneys)
Munching Budget per person: starts at 20 PhP

MANG FREDERICK'S BARBECUE
Beside San Roque's OUR LADY OF THE ABANDONED CHURCH
San Roque, Marikina City, Metro Manila
With another branch at 129 E. DELA PAZ ST., San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No.: 6463685
Ihaw-ihaw set up usually starts at noon. :)
Munching Budget per person: starts at 10 PhP


MAMA CHIT'S
278 J.P. Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 646-8547
Just across the Shoe Museum, near Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

ALING REMY'S SPECIAL DELICIOUS PUTO AND KUTSINTA
229 J.P. Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City, Metro Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 467 9806 / 09163191811
Munching Budget per person: starts at 65 PhP
 


ISABELO GARDEN RESTAURANT
Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City
RESERVATION is a must via http://www.isabelogarden.com/
Munching Budget per person: starts at 500 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Monday, October 21, 2013

MYLENE'S ENSAYMADA AND BANANA CAKE



I was blessed enough to be invited by Dien, daughter of Tita Mylene (naks, close na ako sa kanila) last weekend to their shop in Ipil Street. Tita Mylene is the master baker while Dien assists her and also gets busy with marketing. It was my first time to hear about their shop, Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake, and I was really looking forward to the visit since I am all about signature dishes / products. Theirs are ensaymada and banana cake.

I love ensaymada, even the freshly-baked ones from the local bakeries make my afternoon complete, paired with a hot cup of cocoa,and I can face any challenge in the world. Of course my sweet little Rence's smile is the best stress-reliever of all! I was also excited to try their banana cake, since I bake myself, I'm quite keen on banana-flavored baked goods. They have to be really moist, and bursting with banana flavor.

As I mentioned, the shop is located in Ipil Street, in front of the new school building of Infant Jesus Academy

 This is how the cute little shop looks like from outside

 Their signature ensaymada!

 They have cinnamon rolls with cream cheese too. This one is REALLY good.

 Bavarian-filled ensaymada says: "Hello Roni! Please be kind!"

Aside from the classic ensaymada, Dien and Tita Mylene had us taste all variants of their filled-ensaymadas. These are: ube, chocolate, yema, dulce de leche, bavarian, and blueberry. (40 PhP per piece, 420 PhP for Box of 12)

One bite of the classic ensaymada (30 PhP, Box of 12 300 PhP) and we are immediately transported to ensaymada heaven. They use real cheddar (nope, not processed cheese food!) on their ensaymada making it more flavorful. The bread was really, really soft, and the sugar and butter mix was just the right amount to complement the cheese.

Here are more ensaymada shots, as promised on our FB page:

The Dulce de Leche variant. This one we wolfed down in less than two minutes. See how generous they are with the filling? Well, wait 'till you get to taste this one!

The Yema-filled ensaymada. Please don't hate me, yema lovers. I know I made you hungry right now. Haha!

How can you go wrong with chocolate? This chocolate-filled ensaymada was the perfect breakfast for me earlier.

 The Bavarian-filled ensaymada reminds me: "Roni, I told you to be kind..."

We were also able to try their loaves, and they were all excellent. Super moist. Dense. Flavorful. Fragrant. What else can I use to describe those loaves? I am no master in vocabulary, but if you do find a better adjective when you get to try these loaves then let me know.

Super yummy, super flavorful: Banana Loaf, Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, Carrot Walnut Loaf and Butter (this one's really yummy too... ALL OF THEM!!!) Price range from 120 PhP up per loaf.

The cheese cupcakes were a way, way, way better version of the commercially available cheese cupcakes out there. It tasted like a cupcakefied-yema. A little sweet, milky, cheesy... just try one when you visit their shop and tell me what you think! :-)

Their products are soooo ready to be purchased as gifts, give-aways, souvenirs, pot luck items... Their packaging is classy and their prices are very affordable, specially if you're getting this type of quality!

 They also have other baked goodies such as oatmeal raisin cookies.

Chocolate crinkles

 Chocolate chip cookies

Their products are SO good that they also got featured on Kusina Master. Please check out the video of the episode here. They are also launching a new packaging for this coming holiday season. The shop also becomes really busy by the "ber" months,  so better book your orders as early as NOW! :-)

With the brains and beauties behind Mylene's Ensaymada and Banana Cake Bakeshop. I am pretty sure you will have an even bigger following in the years to come! Keep it up ladies!

We were all happy clappy coming from their shop. Thanks again for the great merienda, Dien and Tita Mylene! And oh, they make killer cakes too! Check these photos from their FB page:





So Marikenyos, check out their shop! Hope you have the same happy ensaymada and banana cake experience as we did! Mylene's is hands down, the BEST ensaymada so far in my book.


MYLENE'S ENSAYMADA AND BANANA CAKE
Ipil Branch: 51 Ipil St., Marikina Heights, Marikina City (Across Infant Jesus Academy's new building)
Lilac Branch: Ruby's Building, 36 Lilac St., Marikina City (Beside Rancho 1 Gate)
Tel. No.: (02) 940-9604 / (02) 966-2303
Visit their Facebook page here.

Munching Budget per person: starts at 30 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PRAYERS FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AFFECTED BY THE VISAYAS QUAKE

I was scheduled to post a new entry today, but I don't want to be oblivious to what's happening in our country. Marikenyos, let us pray for our brothers and sisters in Visayas whose lives are devastated by the quake.

Image from here.

Lord, we know that no amount of words or hugs or relief goods can ever make up for their losses, for their mourning, but YOU, You are the greatest Comforter, You are the greatest Healer. Bless our kababayans with warmth, food, comfort, reunion with their loved ones, that they may see Your light despite all of this.

There are many ways to help, like through the Philippine Red Cross. God bless us all.

 Image from here.

Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Thursday, October 3, 2013

UDDERLY DELICIOUS MILKSHAKES AND DESSERTS



One of my favorite films is Pulp Fiction. And one of my favorite scenes is when Uma Thurman orders the five-dollar milkshake :-D I love milkshake, it's a trusted comfort food specially on down days. You don't need to chew much. You just sip and sip as you wallow in your stress or sadness. Hehe!


Beside Mogu Tree Noodle House, we spotted Udderly Delicious. I heard that they are under the same management. Not minding the damage hot noodles-then-cold-shakes would do to our mandibles, we hopped over to Udderly Delicious after having our noodles.

 Posing with the menu! I was actually trying to grab a jar of Skippy but it was too big to hide.

 They have shakes, desserts, and other snacks too.

How to create your milkshake: Choose your base - mine was premium ice cream. Then, choose your base flavor. I chose Pistachio. Yum!

Then, choose your toppings. Toppings are 20 PhP each, but you can get three toppings for 45 PhP. Might as well take advantage of the deal... which I didn't. Ha! I chose... Pistachio! Yes. My shake was Pistachio on Pistachio. :-) And if you examine it closely... You can also add in liquor!

 While waiting for our orders, we were entertained by the cow-ish wall. :-)

 Still tempted... Look how I didn't crop out Nutella! Also my favorite.

 Our orders: Pistachio Pistachio, and Vanilla with Reese and Nestle Crunch. Yum!

 There's a couch where you and your family or friends can enjoy your shakes together

We had a side order of cheese flavored fries

The place is really neat, where you can just chat with friends or hang out with your family. If you're looking for an alternative to the usual coffee shops, why not have milk shakes at Udderly Delicious? :-)


UDDERLY DELICIOUS MILKSHAKES AND DESSERTS
60-D Lilac Street (Beside ChinaBank)
Hacienda Heights, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 738-6833
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 80 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni
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