Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DITO: BAHAY NG SINING



We need more and more art spaces these days. In all my travels, I make sure that I drop by at least one local museum to to experience the history, culture and art of that place (I suddenly miss Baguio, for example). During my UP-days, I also loved watching plays. I am in love with the performing arts. I was never a part of any, but to be an audience of such is a spiritual type of experience, don't you agree? ;-)



Last week, I was very thrilled to receive an invite from Eloise (General Eloise!) to attend Dito: Bahay ng Sining's preview night. I immediately replied yes! The name of the place alone made me excited and curious. The best part is, the Shaharazade Theater Company opened its first play that night: "God of the Machine". The play garnered first prize in the Full Length Play category at the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards back in 2010, which supported the writer in receiving the Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools Award for the Arts that same year. The writer? A Marikenyo, of course! Jay Crisostomo IV is also a native of Marikina, and he has recently won another Carlos Palanca Award for his play "End of Gallows".


Fan girl moment with writer Jay Crisostomo IV

Let me give you a quick tour of Dito:

 This art work by Claudine Delfin greets you as you go up to Dito (yes, Dito's located at the 2nd floor of the building)

 Cozy chairs

 Wow.

 Wow again.

 Wow again and again. Even the couches have art all over them!






The stage


After a brief introduction by the writer himself, the play begins.

 "My name is Gomorrah."

 GOMORRAH: "Beauty... is beautiful because it refuses even its own maker; it refuses to be understood, remaining ambiguous, mysterious--- capricious as a woman in a red dress."

GABRIEL: "You, the writer, are having problems with your characters."

 Arvin Trinidad as Gabriel, Meyanne Plamenio as Gomorrah

 
 AJ Constantino as the Writer, Nikki Isaac as Waitress (really funny character!)

 Tonibelle Chan as Flower Girl / Lily

 Neil Tolentino as the Pimp

Lily and Gabriel meets the Writer while waiting for Gomorrah

 From left to right: Carlos Palanca Awardee Jay Crisostomo IV, Tonibelle Chan, Meyanne Plamenio and Nikki Isaac

 From left to right: Neil Tolentino, Arvin Trinidad, and AJ Constantino

What can I say? BRAVI!!! Read the full play here.

After the play, dinner was served. The dish was a sample of the menu prepared by Chef Robert Rabuco.

Nom nom nom 

With my super buddy: my sister! hahaha


I see myself spending a lot of my free time here... If I am not having a food trip somewhere else, that is! Haha. Takaw. But seriously, it is refreshing to have places like this in our city. Thank you, Dito!

Of course, thank you Eloise for your invitation!

Marikenyos, this coming Saturday, September 28, Dito will have a night of "food, music, film, theater, art, literature, and everything that's good". Tickets are at 250 PhP (unlimited food!!!), but if you purchase for groups of 5 the ticket price will only be 200 PhP. God of the Machine will also run from September 28 to October 5. Hope you find the time to visit Dito!


For more details, please visit their FB page here. You can also 0917 511 4556 for more details.

Hope to see you there!

DITO: BAHAY NG SINING
2nd Floor, J. Molina St., Corner Guizama
Concepcion Uno, Marikina City
Right in front of Concepcion Elementary School
Tel. No.: 0917 511 4556
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at ...coming soon!


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

MOGU TREE NOODLE HOUSE



"We were so hungry we forgot to take a photo of the dining area." That was our reason when asked by our family how Mogu Tree Noodle House looked like from the inside. Sorry guys, we were so obsessed with our noodle pots that we completely forgot to snap some photos of the tables, at the very least.

The concept of the place is simple yet fun: you create your own noodle pot! You choose your noodle type, then choose your toppings, and finally your choice of soup: plain or laksa. If you love spicy food, I suggest you try the laksa. So creamy, so yummy. Mogu Tree Noodle House is another winner within Lilac!

 Here I am ready to create my own noodle pot!

 My tray: noodles with seafood bun, taro lobster ball and mushrooms

 There are four types of noodles to choose from :-)

More than the noodles, I am sure you are excited to see the variety of toppings. Here they are!











While waiting for our noodles, I spotted a Chinese delicacy corner by the stairs. There's lots of interesting stuff including Tsing Tao beer and Pork floss!


Below you can check out the menu for the prices:


And our orders arrive! Yeeeey!

 Hubby chose to go all meat, so he filled his noodle pot with Pork Asado. This was sooooo flavorful.

 And oh, just to give you an idea, the noodles are served like this!

My favorite of course was.... my pot! The laksa tasted really goooood! I love the right firmness of the noodles, the seafood bun with flavorful filling, the juicy mushrooms, and the interesting taro balls. But I really love the laksa! Haha paulit ulit.


A tip on the servings: the small soup bowl can serve two persons. Unless you're really, really hungry, then you can finish one serving. The large soup bowl can serve two to three persons. We're looking forward to try their claypot rice offerings and dimsum too!

Especially now that the rainy days are here, why don't you drop by Mogu Tree Noodle House and share a bowl of soup with someone special. :-)


MOGU TREE NOODLE HOUSE
60-E Lilac Street (Beside ChinaBank)
Hacienda Heights, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 738-6833
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 135 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

Thursday, September 5, 2013

WHAT EVERY RESTAURANT OWNER SHOULD MAINTAIN FOR THEIR BUSINESS TO THRIVE



This post is just a quick reminder to all food biz owners out there.

Just recently, my hubby and I went to this food place in the city, excited to discover what they have in store for Marikenyos. There was one attendant at that time, she was behind the counter. We came in, and, well, she didn't greet us. We were the only customers, and it was lunch time. I dismissed her act of ignoring us, so we settled our things on a table and went back to the counter to order.

At the counter, she still didn't greet us. Not a single word from her. Nothing. Nada. She didn't even ask what we wanted to order, nor make any suggestions of what their best products are for us to try. And most importantly, she wore this irritating grumpy look on her face, and never smiled a bit. Sorry miss, but in my opinion, if you're having a bad day, please do not let your employer's business suffer. And don't worry, I will not mention the business name here, but I will definitely tell your boss about it. I remember your shift date and time, lagot ka! :-p Really, I think I will be doing your employer a favor. And oh, I have a picture of you, too. Baka ibang kasama mo pa mapagbintangan.

So what's with the title of this post? With that food place, the grub was really good. No doubt about it. The place was clean. The concept is very promising. However, the customer service - sorry for the term - sucks.

You know, it's been said a million times, but customers of restaurants and food places do not just go back for the good food. They come back for the dining experience. You can have your restaurant serve really good food but poorly-trained staff will have your business weeded out in no time. So there: every restaurant owner should maintain GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE for their business to thrive. This has worked for centuries.

DISCLAIMER: Just because this experience is a recent one, does not mean that subsequent posts will give away the name of the restaurant. Uhm, puedeng oo, puedeng hindi. ;-)

On a lighter note: More foodie places coming your way ;-) Thanks for reading through my rant.


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni
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