Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pizza 1954

Shakey's Pizza reintroduces its "gourmet crust:" the Pizza 1954.

How is it different from their normal crust? Well, this one is thin but not crispy; it's also chewy, but not thick. So, it's thin and chewy. And, it is flavored with rosemary.

The toppings of Pizza 1954 are ground beef, pepperoni, red onions, and basil. Nothing unfamiliar, taste wise. It's just that, this time, the crust is, again, thin and chewy. Or as we would say, tough and a little difficult to eat.

Why the name Pizza 1954? Well, Shakey's was established in 1954 and this thin and chewy crust was their first.

An order costs Php 459.

Try it and judge for yourself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

First bite: Fat Juan

Place: Clean and spacious. The decor is pleasant; the colors are warm and homey. The furnishings are modern and sturdy. The small restroom is clean, spotless.

Food: Generally delicious. We ordered the two bestselling dishes: the PBQ and the Chix N' Gravy.

The PBQ (Php 99): a stick of pork barbecue, unlimited serving of rice, and a small serving of atchara. The barbecue is peppery and not teeming with sugary sweetness; its flavor is not punctuated. The atchara has the right acidity and complements the meat well.

The Chix N' Gravy (Php 159): roasted chicken, rice, vegetables, and gravy, all served on a sizzling plate. The chicken is moist, well-seasoned, and tender. The gravy, interestingly, has hints of curry flavor. And we like when it gets an added layer of charred flavor when it hits the sizzling plate. Its consistency though needs a lot of improvement. The vegetables are a tad too soft, bordering on mushy.

Our meals come with free soup: a hot clear soup filled with spring onions and fat. Yum!

Price: Considering serving size and taste, we find the food just a little overpriced.

Service: The waiters are friendly but inattentive.

Fat Juan is in SM North EDSA Annex.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Bayani Brew

Some all-natural, all Filipino iced tea y'all!

Presenting, Bayani Brew iced tea, from the Gawad Kalinga group (makers of Human Nature products).  Bayani Brew has two variants: Kick-Ass Lemongrass and Purple Leaf. The first one is a concoction made with lemongrass and pandan, and the second is made with camote tops and lemongrass.  Both are flavored with calamansi and brown sugar.

As printed on the label, Bayani Brew's taste is honest, natural, nothing artificial. The flavors are distinct and pronounced, but not overpowering. And the sweetness is just right; it complements the citrus component and the earthy taste of the tea.

Each bottle that you buy helps support Gawad Kalinga communites and business that's based on sustainable development. So, you can really feel good while drinking Bayani Brew. 

A bottle costs Php 75.

Try it and judge for yourself.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Crispy Cheese Chicken

It's KFC's latest chicken variant: fried chicken coated with cheese-flavored Clover Chips. Weird, right?

Is it good? Twas O-K; it wasn't as salty as we expected. The hint of dairy flavor made the chicken interesting.  It came with a white gravy that tasted like a combination of KFC's gravy and mushroom soup; this sauce tempered the saltiness.

The Crispy Cheese Chicken came with a serving of butter rice and a cup of mashed potatoes with corn kernels.

A meal costs Php 99.

Try it and judge for yourself. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Salted Caramel Crunch Cake

A new cake from Starbucks.

Caramel? Check! This treat has good and balanced caramel flavor, ample depth and sweetness. Crunch? Check. It's teeming with crunchy caramel bits and chopped nuts. Cake? Check. The cake is moist and tasty, and it has good integrity. Salted? Nope. The saltiness is negligible.

A slice costs Php 120 (too pricey!).

Try it and judge for yourself.