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Chopstop: Place for Chops, Chows, Chugs and More

It’s a place where chickens can freely cross the road without being questioned. One of the amusing quotes found in the eye catching interior of Chopstop, a fastfood restaurant serving chops, nachos and unlimited margaritas. I must admit, the street corner theme complete with pedestrian walks and stoplights got me prodding to chop-around their offerings.

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Caja: A Hidden, Homey Eating Place in Bontoc with a Marvelous View and Interesting Menu

Most of the eating places in Bontoc town proper and Illi are located on the main road, much like the arrangement of restos and cafes in Sagada.  Even if you’re new to the place, it’s fairly easy to spot them, each one just a short walk, after alighting from the bus or van from Baguio or Banaue.  Thing is, the main avenue can be noisy at certain times of the day, and if you’re looking for a quiet place to eat, relax, chill or meet a date, it’s a tricky proposition to find it.  Well, good thing there’s Caja.

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Gringo's Baby Back Ribs
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Gringo Chicken Ribs Friends, 3 Pleasant Surprises in Goodie Boxes

Don’t chicken out!  Especially when the newest Mexican-Latin flame-grilled chicken specialty restaurant, Gringo Chicken Ribs Friends, invades SM The Block. I recently got a chance to sample their main entree when they sent some goodie boxes to my office – one each of the Gringo Original Chicken, Southern Spice Chicken and the Baby Back Ribs. I can imagine the look of delight on my face as I opened the boxes must’ve looked a lot like the charming grin of the Gringo mascot character on the company’s logo. Each dish is paired with its own set of garlic rice, nachos, mushrooms and special sauces.

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The Balai Pandesal branch at Makati dela rosa walkway
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Balai Pandesal, Dropping by at the 24/7 Pinoy bakery

Who’s to argue that the pan de sal is the quintissential Pinoy bread?  Its popularity may have waxed and waned through the years but it has remained a mainstay on the Filipinos’ table for generations.  Embedded deep into our culture, it has also become some sort of an economic barometer, shrinking in size and puffing in price with economic downturns.  I remember years ago when every neighborhood bakery rode on the hot pan de sal craze, then slowly diminishing in popularity.  It didn’t really go away, though, even moving from being a breakfast fare to an all-day treat.  Which is why probably the people behind Balai Pandesal built its business around this Pinoy staple.

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The Coffee Library Baguio
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The Coffee Library in Baguio, Vietnamese coffee and cuisine come to the highlands

Your Happyfoodies trudged to the northern highlands for the days leading up to the new year with an overnight stop in Baguio.  By chance, we got billeted in a hotel on a quieter street parallel to the always-busy (read: noisy) Session Road and chanced upon the barely month-old The Coffee Library on the ground floor of the Rex Hall Student Residences along General Luna Street.  Needless to say, it was a serendipitous find.  Yes, it is eye-catching, with tasteful touches of ethnic crafts, mix of red brick and warm wood, even vintage “padyak” (foot pedal-powered) sewing machines converted into tables, but how was the food, you may ask.

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Vikings Luxury Buffet's Binusog na Lechon
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Vikings Luxury Buffet Oktoberfest Specials

October is around the corner and its time to raise your mugs and enjoy an overflowing dose of beer-goodness. It’s Octoberfest and Vikings Luxury Buffet is there to celebrate with you with a meaty-licious menu to chug in more beer from the tap. Check whats in store for you this Vikings Luxury Buffet Oktoberfest.

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Satinka Naturals: Organic Eating and A Piece of the Mountains in the City

The shop looks rather nondescript from the outside save for a simple, elegant signage that announces “Satinka Naturals” and a blackboard that says, “A piece of the mountains in the city”.  Well, the second one got our attention.  As is common with some other establishments, the promise can be just that – a promise premised on purely commercial purposes, just enough to pull in a customer for the first time but not for a return visit.  Happily, Satinka Naturals’ advertising sign is not mere rhetoric.  In fact, the more often we visit, the more delighted we are in discovering, not just healthful foods, but also nuggets of health wisdom from its owners, Satinka and Shaller, who both hail from Kalinga.

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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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