Monday, March 19, 2012


De gustibus non disputandum est (Tastes are not debatable). One of my favorite Latin maxims. Different strokes for different folks. That was probably the one that really stuck to my head from the three units of Latin I took up waaaay back in college. Come to think of it, it was a cool language elective.

Why did I mention taste? Sort of a disclaimer, probably. Or something to convince you with. You know when you buy a music album for example, and then you listen to the songs and start to identify which tracks are good and which tracks seem to be fillers? It's just like restaurant menus. There may be hits, there may be misses.

But not for this one. I am talking about FIRUZ, the newest Mediterranean foodie spot to grace city of Marikina. Once you try their food, I am 99% sure you'll agree with me: they serve good stuff. There may be the 1% who wouldn't agree, but like I said, tastes are tastes. Just like good wine, what is excellent for some, may be vinegar for others.

Okay, so maybe I am generalizing a bit. After all, I haven't tried everything on their menu. But, all the dishes that we ordered that night were really, really, really good. I even made a teaser about this post on All Over Marikina's Facebook page. Take this: Four dishes ordered. And all four were delicious. I won't be surprised if Firuz would need more seating space in the near future! (My estimate is that they can currently sit 30 people.)

According to their flyer, Firuz offers its diners a "different kind of gastronomical experience right in the heart of Marikina city..." And what a gastronomical experience it was! I would definitely come back for more!

Now, time to share with you what we stuffed ourselves with at Firuz:

 Hummus and Pita Bread

Wow, these guys really know their hummus: the hummus (60 PhP) looks, smells and tastes so good! Not to mention you get a LOT for only 60 pesos. The basil paste added flavor and texture to the hummus. Bravo Firuz!

I love hummus (I always order it whenever the restaurant I'm at offers it on their menu) so I smother the pita bread with hummus and an olive. So yummy!!!

Took a picture of these lamps while waiting for our other dishes. Lovely lamps, eh?

We also ordered the Moroccan Lamb Pizza (120 PhP). The lamb meat was so fragrant and tender. The pizza base was crispy and fresh. The veggies added a nice crunch to the pizza. This dish is good as it is, but do you know what makes it perfect? The yoghurt relish with rosemary.

You should try this pizza when you visit Firuz! Let me know what you think about it, okay? :)

Of course, no Mediterranean food adventure would be complete without trying their kebab. The beef kebab was juicy and flavorful, and the buttered rice tasted great with the kebab! I think I will request grilled tomatoes next time. That would be kebab heaven for me.

A chunk of beef kebab on buttered rice with yoghurt sauce and some chili sauce. Yum yum yum!

Little Sis ordered Shawarma Rice (85 PhP). This dish is served with a green salad but since Little Sis is not really a fan of vegetables, we miss out on the green part of this picture. Hehe! (Side story: we took half of this dish home because Little Sis couldn't finish it. When we reheated the whole thing, the beef was still very tender and full of flavor. Winner!)

Uber super yummy Mango Yoghurt Shake (120 PhP)

Our favorite toothpick dispenser. The toothpick pops out! Surprise! Haha! (Children, be careful with this.)

Will I be coming back to Firuz? Of course!!! Was that even a valid question? :) I am now wondering how their Feta-stuffed burger tastes like. And their gyros too. Oh la la.

Check out Firuz Mediterranean Cuisine and experience the same gastronomical adventure they offered us that night. Enjoy! I would be really happy to hear about your experience. (To one of AOM's readers, BENEDICT, thank you for suggesting Firuz on the Facebook page! I owe you one.)

382-B J.P. Rizal Street, Sto. Nino, Marikina City
(Walking distance from 7-11 / Pizza Smile right after the Marikina bridge)
Tel. No.:09272642123 / 09321853154
Operating hours: 5:00 PM - 12 Midnight (You can also text them if they are open at an earlier time)
Visit their Facebook page here.
Munching Budget per person: starts at 60 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Dearest readers, especially the foodies out there:

I would like to invite you all to a BENEFIT FOOD AND TRAVEL FAIR: BEST FOOD FORWARD! I will also be there at Stall #24 (Duckie's Cupcakes), in case you'd like to drop by and say hi (and buy cupcakes?) Hehe! The event will run from March 24-25, 10 am to 8 pm at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City.

So, bring your family and friends and food trip buddies along and plan your next vacation together while indulging in yummy food. Entrance is 50 pesos. Join us, will you? This event is for the benefit of Unang Hakbang Foundation.

As for me and Duckie's Cupcakes: Marikina, represent!!! :) See you there!

Marikina, aking hirang.


Friday, March 9, 2012


Hello dear readers and beloved fellow Marikenyos and Marikenyas!

I have been contemplating on what "gimmick" to put in my blog since this is All Over Marikina's 2nd year running. You have made this blog one of the top (if not "the" top? hihi) results in searches related to foodie spots in Marikina. At the same time, you have always been so thoughtful in sending me e-mails, BBMs and of course posting comments here and on the blog's Facebook page.

In short, none of this happiness I am experiencing now would have been possible without you, my dear readers.

So! Here comes the good part: Starting April, and every other month from then on, I will invite one reader to dine with me in Marikina! Sounds cool? Thanks. Haha! I will make a special post about the food trip with the mechanics so you'll never miss out on it. Of course, if my wallet allows me, I can take two or three readers at a time in one food trip with me. Pray for my kabuhayan, okay? ;)

Keep sharing the Marikina Food Trip love! I hope to meet a lot of you soon! :)

Marikina, aking hirang.

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