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A Week on YummyDiet: How 1800 Calories Daily Can Taste So Good

It’s a week after a week-long photo assignment down south and I was back to attending meetings and presentations aside from writing.  Hardly a good time to try out a 1800 calorie daily diet.  I didn’t even remember weighing myself for a before and after comparison, not that I’m overweight but on hindsight, that’s well and good.  In my busy-ness, I wasn’t even really keeping track of what the courier delivered every night for eating the next day — I merely made mental notes of what made a nice impression on my palate.

I must admit, I never really had any inclination to go on any sort of rigid dieting as I’m blessed to have a fast metabolism though as someone who used to be ACE-certified in Lifestyle and Weight Management, I’m no stranger to diets.   Five days of 5 meals daily (3 main, 2 snacks) would be too much to detail in this short post/review so I opt to instead list my impressions on the offerings that are more memorable than the others, as well as my general impressions.

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Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: Beefy, Beefier, Beefiest

Teddy's Bigger Burgers Monster Double

The past few years, we’ve seen the rise of the burger from fastfood outlet obscurity — playing second fiddle to the omnipresent bestseller, fried chicken — to being a star of its own.  For how can you explain the sprouting of burger joints locally, each one trying to outdo the others by tweaking with the burger variables — the beef, the serving size, the fillings, even the bun.  We like to call them gourmet burgers and like everything that’s referred to as such, they also carry a hefty price tag.

We’ve tried several of these gourmet burgers in the recent past so an invite to try Teddy’s Bigger Burgers was something we couldn’t ignore.  In the “burger wars” being waged, how will this Hawaiian import stack up to its beefy competition?  Was the “burger buzz” generated by its coming (and the hefty price) mere fluff or does it live up to the hype?

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Sagada Brew: A new favorite is brewing

As repeat visitors to Sagada, we at Happyfoodies were both overjoyed and saddened during our recent visit.  Saddened because a) Misty Lodge’s restaurant is closed as Chef Bogan is attending to her mommy duties in Manila, b) Masferre Restaurant has taken off our favorite Kamatis Bagoong at Lechon Kawali in favor of a menu more oriented towards foreign guests.  But on a bright note, we chanced upon a new, welcome addition to the eateries lining the town’s main street:  Sagada Brew.  It was actually the recommendation of Wanda, our kind hostess at Rock Inn Farm, to try out the new place (talk about very friendly competition).  It was also a blessing to come on an off-peak season where a lot of eating places are closed for repairs, which helped directed our feet to this shop.

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Where can you find the best casino restaurants in Las Vegas?

When you mention ‘casino dining’ to people, most would not have a clue where to begin. In fact they could be forgiven for thinking it would involve a game of poker at www.gamingclub.com/au/casino-games and a take away. However, since the rise of the land-based casino, the casino restaurant industry has seen an increase. Most of today’s land casinos offer more than just gambling with many having at least one restaurant. With casinos in Vegas being some of the best in the world, it stands to reason that there would one can find some great restaurants here as well.

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BonBanhmi, a slice of Vietnam in Makati

Traditional BonBanmhi

One of life’s hidden blessings is living a short walk away from nice eating places.   It doesn’t always have to be fancy, swanky places or franchises of big chains.   Personally, we at Happyfoodies are big fans of small establishments, hole-in-the-walls and mom-and-pop operations whose offerings defy their size and relative obscurity.  Stumbling upon BonBanhmi along Mayapis in Makati is a good example, a small nondescript shop operated from the house.  If it weren’t for the small sign, it’s fairly easy to miss.  The giveaway sight is the usual display counter.  For an eating area, it has a converted garage furnished with monobloc tables and chairs.  But if the place is simple, the food is anything but.

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Cocoon Boutique Hotel Comfort Foods: Tawilis and Binagoongang Baboy

The Crispy Tawilis

It’s not everyday that you can dine surrounded by the very herb plants that season your food.  But at Cocoon Boutique Hotel‘s rooftop restaurant, that’s what you experience exactly with every meal.  Call it an organic experience but for those old enough to remember, this is what our parents and grandparents used to do way way back when most houses still have backyard gardens and seasoning as well as whole ingredients are plucked from just outside the kitchen, not the nearest supermarket.

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Top Torikatsu: a quick meal that doesn’t taste like a quick fix

Top Torikatsu

When your Happyfoodies got an invite to sample Top Torikatsu, we were a bit skeptical.  The market is stuffed with quick fixes and instant food that are just that — quick to prepare but admittedly, short on taste.  It seems that if you’re always in a rush, you’ve got to put up with less than tasty meals.

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Short Orders: Nature’s Original Vege-Sisig is Sisig that’s good for you

Nature's Original Sisig

We’re no strangers to vege-meat and it’s wonderful how far this meat look- and taste-alike has come to resembling the real thing sans the animal fat.  Nature’s Original is Silang, Cavite, is a very good stop enroute to Tagaytay.  Well, if you like curiosities and mementos like mugs and coffee, it can be a destination in itself.  Their sisig (imitation fried pig’s cheeks, P88) is wonderful, garlic-infused, a bit spicy and has a good texture that’s, well, close to pork.  Cooked in olive oil, it’s sisig that’s actually healthful for you.  And while you’re here, feel free to grab a mug or two of their coffee (P50) — it’s that good, with a lingering nutty flavor.  We paired ours with the Spanish bread bought from the neighborhood panaderya (bakery) right across the highway — ah, the joys of simple living and eating.

Nature’s Original
Vegetarian and Natural Food Center
Km. 53 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Buho, Silang Cavite
Mobile Number: 0917.7389982

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