Friday, January 30, 2015

REVIEW: Silantro FilMex - Bo. Kapitolyo

I was craving for some Quesadillas yesterday so my new set of office friends suggested that we should head to Silantro for some heavy Mex lunch the next day!

L-R: Me, Juvy, Neil, Angel and Jess. Not in Pic: Tim
We arrived around half past 12 so the place was already crowded with lots of hungry diners. While waiting for our turn to be seated, my stomach was already grumbling as I see others enjoying their nachos, quesadillas and fries! I swear, I needed to have them!

So there came our seats and our dibs on their FilMex food.

First off, Papi's Fritas P.130

Papi's Fritas, P. 130
For a platter of fries, this is such a winner! All the gooey cheese and tomatoes, on top of skinned-on potato fries, it was really divine. I didn't even realize if it was oily or whatever. To me, it was just perfect!

Next appetizer, Beef Nachos.
Beef Nachos. P. 180
Okay, this one is everybody's favorite. As in everybody! This is like a staple to every diner's table. What can I say, hmm.. the gooey cheese on my Papi's Fritas plus a lot of chunky shred of beef - it was perfect!

Silantro Quesadillas, P. 160
Silantro Quesadillas, this has been my favorite. I could not compare it to any other Mexican resto's quesadillas because the cheese was so perfect it blends so well with their trio mexican dip. Will come back to Silantro for this!

Rib Finger, P. 220
I had my Rib Finger well done so it was really rubbery. To me, it tasted like the usual grilled T-Bone Steak. But the sauce and the mashed potato were perfect. According to my peers, I should have Medium Rare next time as that's going to give me a more tender meat, but I will more likely be ordering Lamb Chops which was highly recommended by my friends.

Silantro's Paella Fajita Mix, P. 250
Paella. I believe this is more Spanish than Mexican, but, it being a Fajita mix made it Mexican. This is really good because it kind of resemble to the traditional Filipino Paella that doesnt taste like Saffron. The combination of tahong, eggs, corn and what-have-you made it a good hit. This is highly recommended!

Okay, I guess that sums it up. 

Thanks.





Saturday, January 25, 2014

Recipe: Sinanglay - A Bicolano Fish Dish

Sinanglay is a usual staple during family dinners at my home in Quezon City. It is a great dish that's enjoyed by even the ManileƱos because of the soft texture of tilapia combined with the milky and zesty coconut milk and local herbs.

Sinanglay. Apologies for the not-so-professional image here
Ingredients:

  • Stuffing:
    • Tomatoes
    • Ginger
    • Onion
    • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Tilapia, cut open sideways for stuffings, cleaned
  • Bok choy or Pechay
  • Coconut milk
Steps:
1. Combine all the ingredients for stuffing
Stuffing. A combination of tomatoes, ginger and onions.
2. Fill them into the fish
Filling in the fish
3. Secure the stuffing by wrapping 2-3 pechay pieces around the tilapia
4. Put the wrapped fish, remaining pechay leaves and stuffing on a pan. Add the coconut milk
5. Drizzle with a pinch of salt and pepper to your liking
6. Cook until it simmers or until your fish is well done

Local Bicolanos probably have their own version. This is just how I learned to cook it from my kin, and I must say we love it :)




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Recipe: Pan-fried Cream Dory Fish Fillet with Egg Dip

While enjoying the Holiday vacation, I decided to cook up for dinner.

This recipe is very easy to follow and may be served up for the Christmas dinner. Here are the ingredients:

For the fried fish you'll need: 
A kilo of filleted cream dory, thawed and rinsed
Breadcrumbs - I used Japanese bread crumbs
Garlic
2 eggs, scrambled
Powdered black pepper
Salt to taste

For the egg dip:
2 scrambled eggs
2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon vinegar
Onion, sliced to bits
Cream cheese - for this one, I used the 1 Laughing Cow triangle cheese

Cooking:
  1. While thawing the fish, you may begin preparing the fish coating.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, garlic, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Scramble the eggs and add some pepper to it.
  4. When the fish has been completely thawed, rinse it well.
  5. Drench the fish into the egg batter, then coat evenly with the breadcrumbs mix
  6. Fry each side of fish on low-medium heat for two minutes or until it gets golden brown.
  7. Fried fish may be settled on a tissue napkin to absorb its excess oil
  8. For the dip, combine the eggs, water, sugar and vinegar on a pan and boil them until it gets thick
  9. When the egg mixture is thick enough, remove it from heat and add the onion and cream cheese on it
Enjoy!

Cream Dory Fish Fillet with Egg Dip


Saturday, July 6, 2013

The very girly Stacy's in BGC

The first time I was told that Stacy's already in BGC, I made sure I could drop by to see what they've got. But since good restaurants are best visited with good friends, I opted for a take out back then.

Now that my friends are up to lunchouts more frequently, we tried Stacy's!

Stacy's in BGC
If you've gone to Stacy's in QC, you'd know that it's a chic restaurant with a very girly ambiance. The atmosphere is really inviting and kids and kids-at-heart will definitely love going to this place.
Aprons hanging on the wall
Beverages menu written on colored chalk

Their very cute mini-garden!
Every detail of this restaurant is really chic and cute. This is also evident with their food.

Your gourmand mom holding a cup of the
complimentary cup of popcorn
2 cups of popcorn for our group of 5
Each dining-in-customers get a cup of complimentary cup of popcorn. These cups of popcorn will probably receive all the Instagram-worthy shots that they deserve. They are so cute and, for free :)

Manila Pride at P195 + 10% SC
This is what I ordered - Manila Pride - their fried bangus topped with mango-tomato salsa, creamy scrambled egg and garlic rice. I would say that the food was average. But the detailing is still at its best. Look at that heart-shaped garlic rice!


Stacy Jones at P195 + 10% SC
I told you that I ordered for a take out the first time I heard that Stacy's already in BGC. Unfortunately, they have mixed up my order with somebody else's so I got this Stacy Jones instead of my Manila Pride then. Stacy Jones is their US Beef Tapa with their anyway-you-like-em eggs (scrambled by default), roasted tomato and garlic rice.

They also have cakes and pastries for those who wanted to just satisfy their sweet tooth. (Im sorry, Blogger won't rotate my already-rotated images of the cakes)

(L-R) Adrienne, Binx, Evita, Ann and me :)
These are my officemates that I was with when we visited Stacy's. I will definitely definitely bring Bubu here next time.


Your Gourmand Mom,
Arnie

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Seattle's Best's Avocado Milkshake

My office location is nearby a Settle's Best coffee shop. Though Im more of a Starbucks junky, I decided to try what Seattle's Best coffee selection could offer me.
Agreeing to an afternoon snack with a college classmate/friend, I went ahead and searched for drinks and bevs of SB.
Seattle's Best Menu
Screen cap from Seattle's Best's website
I drink coffee but Im not a fan of the overpowering dark taste of caffeine so I decided to check the non-coffee section of the menu and decided to get an Avocado Mikshake.
Avocado Milkshake
Avocado Milkshake for P175
I was a bit skeptical to try it because there of the usual bitter-aftertaste of avocado. But this one's really good. It's so creamy and the sweetness is just right. And it doesnt even have any slightest hint of bitterness.
As for the price, they only have one size for this which costs 170 per serving. I wanted more of the milkshake so I think the cost will just be fine if they could make the size a bit bigger.
Nonetheless, this is definitely my new favorite.