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Food Review – The Ultimate DADS World Buffet..

There are a few things some of us take seriously in this country.
Basketball. Boxing. The weather. Politics. Showbiz. Pancake. Maple Syrup. Adobo recipe(Filipinos love this dish!). 

And Food buffet..

Last August 26, 2015 DADS Kamayan Saisaki Restaurant offers a A SPECIAL 50% DISCOUNT  to all the guests on ALL DADS BRANCHES.


This promotion marked their milestones, memories, and merrymaking throughout 38 years in the food and hospitality business.The offer is valid for one day only and a GROUP OF 6 is all you need. 

This Half Price Treat is Strictly Pre-booked and Pre-paid.



 We booked the 5-7pm dinner schedule. Dad’s Ultimate Buffet has been there for the longest time. I remember their branch in Megamall way back college days.   

Until now, a lot of people still go there to sample dishes from 3 renowned restaurants. 

You can enjoy the dishes from 3 restaurants namely:

  • Dad’s – Continental
  • Kamayan – Filipino
  • Saisaki – Japanese



With over 200++ food choices, why settle for anything less, or more perhaps? If there is anything that I really like about eating here is not just the food, but the entire ‘experience’ in dining.      


I loved the varieties of the desserts. Too many to choose from and all of them are truly rich in flavours.   


My boys enjoyed the on the spot crepe making.   

The verdict- Over all I can say that the staff are very friendly that they give a warm, welcoming presence to the entire venue. 

I think this is one of their strengths on why they still made it all these years and why a lot of their customers just keep coming back. Kudos to the company for having such great people working for you guys.


Posted in Food review, Philippine Dining, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Food Review – Bon Appetit at The French Baker, Philippines

It’s been a two decades when French Baker opened its doors with their first branch at SM North Edsa. The company has single-handedly revitalized the breadmaking business, turning it into a booming industry.    

The French Baker has built its success out of its Founder and President Johnlu G. Koa’s vision for innovation: to take the idea of the neighborhood bakery to the next level, allowing every Filipino to enjoy freshly-baked, high-quality, and affordable breads.

And because The French Baker has a special place in my heart. (Dito kami madalas mag date ni daddy A). We ate our lunch here yesterday to reminisced the past. Hahaha..

The order- For starter they gave us complimentary Mushroom soup.  


For mains daddy A tried our favorite HICKORY SPARERIBS it’s juicy pork spareribs topped with Hickory BBQ sauce and sided with pan-roasted seasonal vegetables and rice.

While I ordered the PORK CHOP AU POIVRE it’s 2pcs herb marinated pork chop, grilled ala carte in brown peppercorn sauce and sided with pan-roasted seasonal vegetables and rice 

  For refreshment we sampled the  BREWED CITRUS ICED TEA with min leaves.

Naturally, temptation got the better of us and we ordered Oreo Cheesecake which is an epic fail. It’s so bland and complete waste of money.


The verdict – Delectable French cuisine that can be tailored to meet every filipinos desires.

The French Baker:

ug/f SM City Conception cor. San Marcelino, Manila; tel: 528-1624

Robinson Otis – Robinsons Supermarket Otis P.M. Guazon Street, Paco, Manila; tel: 559-07-31

Robinsons Supermarket – Robinsons Place M. Adriatico St. Malate Manila

Tel no. 536-78-01

Posted in Cooking experiment, Family matters, Married Life

Cooking for someone you love- Our 7th year Wedding Anniversary

How did i missed to post our simple  seventh wedding anniversary. This year we decided to have a quiet dinner at home and opt out of the expensive supper date . And for me there really is nothing more romantic than cooking a wonderful dinner for the person you love. Someone once told me a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. 

I cooked Spinach Carbonara, Chicken Parmigiana and Ham and Cheese Roll.          Part of cooking a romantic anniversary dinner is not spending the evening in the kitchen away from your loved one. So i didn’t bother to bake sweets for dessert.After all, this was MY anniversary too and didn’t want to spend the day baking away.  

An evening of delicious food and great company made this a romantic anniversary dinner at home.

Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out Dubai, Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Food review, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – New Food Destination – Dampa Seafood Grill 

Seafood Restaurant have sprout out like mushrooms here in Dubai. In fact, a number of Filipino restaurants continues to flourish in the city.Dampa Seafood Grill has been a little taste of heaven. But that heaven is located in the heart of Deira, a few steps away from Deira Metro Station.  

The unique concept of the restaurant creates a buzz in social media and quickly gained popularity among filipinos.
This new food destination serves Pinoy foodfare with focus on grilled seafood. But if you are allergy to seafood and feel chicky then you can also try their buffalo wings.

We came all the way from Sharjah but that drive is worth it. The moment you enter you can feel the fun vibe of the place.

Dampa Seafood Grill restaurant is famous in serving fresh seafood cooked to your liking. Although the word dampa is originated as a typical bahay kubo. Hence here in Dubai  Dampa is simply means dumped the “seafeast” on the table lined with wax paper sheets. 

As a seafood lover my eyes are feasting with the dishes. I can’t hardly choose. I wanted to eat them all! But in the end we settled to order one serving of Dump-@-Seafeast and a dish from the Chef’s Special. 

As for the drinks, we shared two kinds of 1 liter Fish Bowl Mocktail which are already included in the menu. Hubby and I chose the Bluer than blue – is a tropical pineapple drink and blue curacao while Tita Raquiza quenched her thirst with Lindsay Lohan- it’s a mixture of passion fruit,pineapple and soda.

They also served a plate of complimentary crackers that taste like chicharap of Chowking.

Then after few minutes our server is standing right next to our table and ready to dumped our food. It’s a pile of saucy shrimps, crabs, mussels, clams and corn in Chipotle sauce.Our server, then, placed heaps of steamed rice in the lined wax paper. Did I mentioned that rice is unlimited. #ehdiwow

And because every dish is worth Instagram, they are offering free wifi. #ansabe


From the Chef’s Special, we ordered Grilled Squid and is beautifully presented in pan.
Cost – AED 168 not bad for four adults and 2 children.
Verdict – The food creates a bursting flavor inside my mouth. You can actually taste the freshness of seafood. Even daddy A agreed that the sauce has loads of flavor too fiery and sweet but doesn’t overwhelm the natural taste of seafood. In short sulit na sulit ang pera!
Centurion Bldg  is slowly evolving into a food strip, and the arrival of Dampa  Seafood Grill adds up to the reputation of this potentially lucrative food street.

Dampa Seafood Grill

Centurion Building, Deira

Dubai, UAE

Landmark: Opposite Deira City Center, behind Day-to-Day

Contact: +971 4 299 0884
Open daily from 1 to 10 pm




Posted in Dubai Dining, Dubai Restaurants, Food review, Tried and Tested - Food Galore

Dubai Dining – Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Dubai Mall

Our movie date comes with an appetizing dinner.  This time we decided to dine in at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It’s exactly opposite of Dubai Aquarium and I can’t help but to stare at the fish.  

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is known with the warmth of an open kitchen paired with the elegance of fresh gladiolas. 

Famous with their tablecloths. They are using  butcher paper and served with crayons that can add fun while waiting for your orders.

We started with a huge hunk of peasant complementary bread, some olive oil, and vinegrette.The bread is so good that you could gobble it instantly.

For our entree, daddy A ordered Chicken Under a Brick it’s a sage half chicken, roasted asparagus and orzo rice alongside with davola sauce. This dish is hubby’s favourite and so was the recommendation from the restaurant. It was great! The orzo rice and chicken compliment with each other and creates a wonderful taste.

While I devoured the Chicken Cacciatore – it’s  chicken breast sauteed in tomato sauce with veggies like bell pepper and mushroom. I ordered mine with white sauce penne pasta —i was so disappointed considering this dish is the latest addition to their menu. It’s taste like Chicken Afritada and pang ulam siya. 

Verdict- This is our second time to dine in RMG, the first was in DFC branch which is now closed. I can say over all experience is still great despite I ordered the wrong dish. The staff are very accomodating and helpful. The place is in nice location that even staring at the Dubai Aquarium can entertain guest.

A dash. A twist. A spark. It’s makes life interesting and that’s how Romano’s Macaroni Grill started!

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

First floor, Opp Dubai Aquarium near H&M clothing store

Posted in Cook's Nook

Cook’s Nook – Pancit Palabok

I am far from being the expert cook. Admittedly, there are some dishes that I used instant mix like Mama Sita.

My husband loves Palabok but I don’t have the guts to cook it para kasing ang busisi.

So for this recipe, I used Mama Sita’s Palabok Mix. So easy in less than 20 minutes, I am done.


3 tbsps cooking oil

1 head garlic, crushed

½ cup deboned tinapa (smoked fish) flakes

1 pouch Mama Sita’s Palabok (Shrimp Gravy) Mix

3 cups stock or water

16 cups water

2 tbsps cooking oil

1 pack bihon

2 pcs hard-boiled eggs, sliced

tofu, fried until golden in color

½ cup shrimps, boiled, shelled, deveined and  cleaned.


In a wok or kawali, heat and sauté garlic, ¼ cup of the tinapa flakes and stir in Mama Sita’s Palabok (Shrimp Gravy) Mix dissolved in 3 cups stock or water. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.

Lower the heat and simmer until sauce is thick. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cook the bihon: Bring 4 liters of water and 2 tbsps cooking oil to a rolling boil and drop the noodles. Leave for 1 minute or until noodles are cooked. Drain and wash with cold water.

Arrange the noodles on a bilao (bamboo tray) or any round platter lined with banana leaves (optional). Pour the sauce over and garnish with boiled egg, toasted garlic, boiled shrimp, chopped spring onions, crushed chicharon, remaining tinapa flakes and calamansi or lemon halves.

Posted in Cook's Nook, Uncategorized

Cook’s Nook – Roasted Chicken with Butter and Garlic

Whenever I am too lazy to prepare a dish that will require lots of preparation I always opt for an easy dish that doesn’t need effort.

I particularly loves the herby butter which I rub under the skin – it keeps the chicken moist and is packed full of flavor.

This is a very simple recipe, all the ingredients are readily available in your pantry.

You’ll be needing soft butter and mix it with chopped garlic and herbs of your choice – I used lemon,thyme and rosemary. Season the herby butter with salt and pepper. Gently work your fingers underneath the chicken skin to loosen it, trying not to rip it. Using your hands, work the butter underneath the skin. Rub the remaining butter over the top of the chicken. Pop in the oven for 1-1/2 hours, depending on the size of your chicken. Served with hot steaming rice.

Posted in Cook's Nook

Cook’s Nook – Filipino Style Pork Binagoongan with Eggplant

Without bragging if there is one recipe that I loved cooking most  is my own style of Pork Binagoongan. I loved my version with lots of fried eggplants and tomatoes.

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One of the twist that I made with this recipe is adding mashed roasted garlic and cooking it inside the oven. You should give this a try the meat turns out so crispy and tender.

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 This dish is a simple Filipino dish made out of crispy pork pieces dressed with bagoong sauce, a good dish paired with garlic fried rice and a glass of cold Coca Cola.

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Cook’s Nook – Cream Dory Fillet with Spinach in Coconut Milk Sauce

Ang sosyal ng title ko noh?! hehe. Anyhow, If you are a breastfeeding mother like me then you will surely understand that preparing meal for our family requires effort but you don’t need to be a chef to make something good for your family.

There are many foods that are considered to be galactagogues, which help to increase the supply of breast milk and dark green vegetables such as alfalfa, lettuce, kale, spinach and broccoli are full of nutrients, especially calcium. They also contain phytoestrogens that may have a positive effect on milk production.

That is why I came up with a recipe that will boost my milk supply.


Cream Dory Fillet with Spinach in creamy coconut milk sauce is a simple yet flavorful dish. 



For Fillet

  • 1 pack cream dory (cut into small squares)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 cup pank Japanese Breadcrumbs

For Sauce

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • small size of chopped onion


  • Season the cream dory fillet with salt and pepper. Let it stand for 15-20 minutes
  • Dip the marinated cream dory fillet into the beaten egg and next to to the Panko Japanese Breadcrumbs. Tap excess.
  • When it is fully coated let it rest 30 minuted inside the refrigerator.
  • While waiting for the fillet, in a cooking pan sauté onion and garlic then pour over the coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let it simmer for atleast 15- 30 minutes depending on your preferences. (I like mine na parang tuyo at nag o-oil ang data.)
  • Then add the spinach,cover the pan with the lid and turn off the stove.
  • Going back to the fillet, deep fry the fish fillet until golden brown. When everything is done tossed the fillet into the sauce and stir it carefully to make sure that it is fully covered.
  • Serve with steaming rice and enjoy!



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Cook’s Nook – Baked Tahong (Baked Mussels)

Hubby was off last Monday kaya naman mega lambing ang little A na sunduin siya in his school. Since they were already within the vicinity he passed by Karama Fish Market then he saw huge mussels are all around.He bought 1 kilo and we cooked it two way, half for Tinolang Tahong para me sabaw and the rest we decided to baked it.

A popular pulutan in our country,  Baked Tahong is a very simple appetizer or cocktail dish that is made out of baked mussels and cheese. 



Traditionally this is prepared with lots of butter and cheese baked together,but I opted to add garlic as a complement to the flavors.



20 pcs large green mussels
2-3 cloves of pressed garlic
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup grated cheese



1. Place mussels in a pan; add 1/4 cup water then cook over medium heat covered, once all shells are opened remove from pan then drain. Once cooled down remove the top shell and place on a baking tray.
2. In a pan add butter and melt in medium heat, add garlic and sauté in low heat until it turns golden brown.
3. Place a teaspoon of butter mixture on each mussel then top it with a tsp of grated cheese.
4. Set oven to grill setting at 180C then grill mussels for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.
5. Season with freshly ground black pepper then serve.