Church, Food, Restaurant

A Trip to Binondo Church and Savory Restaurant

Last January 16, 2011, we went to Binondo Church for a baptismal ceremony of one of my nieces from my husband’s side of the family. Here are some pictures I took with my struggling Sony Ericson K770i phone. I do apologize for the quality of the pictures.

Desserts, Food

Head Over Heels with Magnolia’s Limited Edition Apple Strudel Ice Cream

Since Media Noche 2010 was fast approaching, I was frantically searching the internet on what desserts should we get. Thankfully, I stumbled upon Not only did I got a great idea of what dessert to buy from the said website, but it also informed me of Magnolia Ice Cream’s newest limited edition flavors for the Yuletide season.

There are three limited edition flavors to choose from: Vanilla Praline, Apple Strudel, and Caramel Cheesecake.  I bought the Apple Strudel flavor because my family just love apples. I also planned on buying Vanilla Praline, but apparently it’s sold out from the supermarket I went to in Alabang.

Magnolia Limited Edition Apple Strudel
Apple Strudel Ice Cream

As I’ve tasted the Apple Strudel ice cream, I can already taste the rich apple flavor combined with their delicious, classic vanilla taste in each bite. In each scoop, I found lots of apple cinnamon bits with crushed chocolate pretzels with green and red apple ripple. My mom, my sister, and I just can’t get enough of it. It’s definitely a must-try dessert for the whole family to enjoy and truly a perfect frozen treat for our Media Noche.

Spot the Apple Strudel ice cream!
Our Meja Noche

Magnolia’s limited edition ice creams are only here to stay until February 2011; so we should enjoy them while they’re still here. And while they’re still here, I’ll make sure to get either their Vanilla Praline or their Caramel Cheesecake… or both! I’m even thinking of stocking up all 3 flavors in the ref before they vanish because I already fell in-love with their Apple Strudel.

I really wish they’d extend it until the summer because their Apple strudel alone would make a great dessert for the hot season because of its refreshing apple flavor, or even their Vanilla Praline would make a delish ice cream topping for halo-halo or mais con hielo 😀

Apple Strudel again :D
Hoping to enjoy an apple strudel serving like this during the summer 😛

Their Limited Edition Christmas Flavors costs only Php220.00 for their 1.5 liter. You can also choose to buy their smaller tubs depending on your budget. In addition, all Magnolia ice cream tubs are economical because they’re dishwasher safe, food safe, and microwavable safe. The limited edition ones have colorful designs on the side; so they would make perfect containers for toys, accessories, candies, etc.

Useful tubs
After days of ice cream indulgence, I used the tub as a container for my son's toys.

I salute Magnolia for their innovation and excellence for their line of ice creams and making them budget-friendly, too,  so that every Filipino can experience the goodness of their flavors. So while Magnolia is here, let’s all enjoy their ice creams while they’re here.


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Magnolia gift certificates
Magnolia GCs

I’d like to thank Magnolia and NomNom Club for the gift certificates they gave me from winning 1st place in Magnolia’s “Enjoy While It’s Here” blog contest. They gave me 3k worth of Magnolia Gold Label gift certificates. Each certificate is equivalent to 1 1.5L Gold Label ice cream. I used 3 gc’s and was able to use them in Robinsons Supermarket. My family and I was able to taste Magnolia’s Double Dutch, Rocky Road, Cookies & Cream. I definitely recommend the 3 flavors because they’re not too sweet as I expected them to be and they all tasted so rich and flavorful. I still got some gc’s left so I’ll try other flavors next time.

Once again, thank you Magnolia and NomNom Club! 😀

Fast Food, Food

Tropical Hut in BF Homes

It was one hot election day and I just finished voting. Since the keyword there is “hot”, we decided to cool down and went to a nearby fast food chain, Tropical Hut.I really like eating here. It has a certain ambiance to it and you got a lot to choose from in their menu. Plus, they’re open 24/7 and they deliver.

Tropical hutPromosnicoNico looking at the promos.

Nico eatingFirst bite!

Halo-haloHalo-Halo with one scoop of ice cream (Php 59)
Delicious and refreshing.

Mais Con HieloMais Con Hielo w/ 1 scoop ice cream (Php 46)
If halo-halo is too heavy for you, why not try mais con hielo? This is what I usually order when I don’t feel like eating halo-halo.

black gulamanBlack Gulaman (Php 30)
Sweet and refreshing drink. This is my sister’s favorite summer drink.


Our billOur total bill.

Tropical Hut Restaurant
President’s Avenue cor. Aguirre Avenue
BF Homes, Paranaque

Food, Restaurant

Savory Chicken in Alabang Town Center

Savory Chicken has been famous since Vilma Santos’ movie, Relasyon, showed in the big screens and I think that was some time around the early 80’s. I say this because the name of the restaurant, Savory Chicken, was mentioned in that movie by Vilma Santos herself. I guess that’s what happens if you watch too many Tagalog movies in Cinema One channel.

Since I live in the south, I was delighted to know that Savory has a branch in Alabang Town Center and Festivall Mall, Alabang. The difference between the two is that in ATC, they’re located in a food court so their store is pretty small, while in Festival Mall, it’s actually a restaurant inside the mall.

savory Chicken

We ordered 2 solo meals which costs around Php 155 each inclusive of 1 quarter chicken, 1 side dish, 1 cup of yang chow fried rice and one dessert. Drinks not included in the price.

Their fried chicken is very delicious. You have to try it yourself to see the difference among other fried chickens in the market.

FYI: They do deliveries in nearby areas.

Food, Restaurant

Cara Mia Gelateria in SM SouthMall

We were about to go to Starbucks inside SM Southmall until we saw the colorful sign of Cara Mia.

Cara mia signAs we approached the store, we were welcomed by the view of their mouth-watering gelatos being displayed at their store.

Gelatogelato cakes

And so, we gave in and didn’t waste any time ordering the following:

strawberry and mango gelatoOne scoop of Strawberry flavored gelato and one scoop of Mango Jubilee
(Php 60 each )

We told Nico not to touch the gelatos yet, so he patiently waits until we’re finished taking pictures of them. (So cute!) My husband and my son got addicted to the Strawberry-flavored one. I really can’t blame them because when I tasted it, the flavor is just so rich and so yummy! Same goes with the mango, but, we like the strawberry better.

Caramel Espresso gelato shake
Caramel Espresso Gelato Shake (Php 130)
I like this drink. It’s actually similar to your typical milk shake – milky, flavorful, delicious!  I also like its not-too-sweet flavor because of the espresso mixed into it. I’d say it’s a refreshing alternative to your typical iced coffee.

cake slice of brazo
A slice of Brazo de Mercedes (Php 45)
Just your good old fashioned brazo de mercedes.

All in all, it was a very satisfying dessert experience. We’ll definitely go back to try out their other flavors.

FYI: They also accept major credit cards for payment.

Food, Restaurant

Luk Yuen Noodle House in ATC

Ever since my then-boyfriend-now-husband had tasted Luk Yuen’s Beef Brisket Noodle Soup last 2004 in Glorietta (before the gas tank explosion), we’ve been dining to Luk Yuen ever since. Since we are residing in the south, we’re quite blessed because LY has a branch in Alabang Town Center right beside Makati Supermarket (It’s still a mystery to me as to why they call it Makati Supermarket when it’s located in Alabang).

I think this resto’s strengths are its noodles (well, it is a noodle house), dimsums, and their rice bowls, while their weakness is their ala carte menu.  When I tasted their ala carte viands such as lemon chicken, beef in broccoli, and sweet & sour pork, it was quite disappointing because there is no difference with the taste compared to other Chinese restaurants around.

beef brisket noodle soup, pork siomai, chix feet Beef Brisket Noodle Soup (Php130) , Chicken Feet w/ chili (Php 70) & Pork Siomai

When I got to taste their Beef Brisket NS, I knew right away why my husband fell in love with it. It’s because of its rich beefy flavor. You can actually smell the aroma of the beef when it’s freshly served in front of you.  Its beef brisket meat is quite tender and flavorful, and its soup is really tasty unlike in other Chinese restaurants where their noodle soups taste bland. LY also offers Beef Brisket Rice if you want to eat it with rice instead of noodles.

Pork SiomaiSteamed Pork Siomai (Php 90)
Take note that their pork siomai has shrimps in them (yum yum!)

King Dao Pork Noodle

Kung Dao Pork Noodle (Php 140)
I just tried this dish today and I find it quite delicious. It, kind of, tasted like spaghetti with  sweet and sour pork in it. It’s really good. One order can be shared by 2 people, but if you’re hungry, then it’s good for 1 person only.

Iced tea

Iced Tea (Php 42)
It has bubbles in it because it’s served fresh from the blender.

Dessert Menu

Their Dessert Menu
I haven’t tried any of their desserts yet except for their one scoop of ice cream 🙂

take out menu/platter

Their Take-Out Menu
They also offer party platters perfect for pot luck parties.

I also mentioned that their rice bowls are good. My personal favorites are: Soya Chicken Rice, Tausi Spareribs, Pork Chop with Vegetable Curry and Fried Rice with Chicken & Salted Fish.

Luk Yuen Noodle House, Alabang
Commerce Ave. Makati Supermarket, Alabang
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Tel. No. (02) 772-4967