A Birthday to Remember

For the past two years, I reported to work even if it was my birthday. This year, I decided to take a two-day leave at the office to solely concentrate on spending quality time with my family and not be interrupted with anything associated with work.

My first plan was to spend an overnight with my family in Crosswind Suites, Tagaytay because I was so enticed with the scenery and vibe of the place.  However, the weather these past few days was unpredictable and we didn’t have the transportation so I decided not to push through with the idea. Instead, I looked for an alternative staycation within Metro Manila.

I also hid my birthday in my social media accounts this time. It’s not that I want to test who remembers my birthday, I just want to be discreet about it. The number of greetings don’t impress me anymore. I don’t want to overly flaunt it like I used to in my younger years. It’s enough that people who are close to me share this special moment with me.

Date with my brother at Bad Bird Serendra

Because I had a special discount at Bad Bird, I treated my brother for dinner. All of our orders are doubled for the price of one.

We both enjoyed the food and the conversations. Because both of us are busy with our respective work, I appreciate this once-in-a-blue-moon chance to bond with each other. This time he was more calm, composed, and kind to me.

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Lunch Buffet at Sambokojin Megamall

Before checking in at the hotel, we had a sumptuous lunch buffet at Sambokojin Megamall. We took advantage of the free buffet for the birthday celebrator and discounts for Senior Citizen and PWD.  I also invited Tita Belle and Eli to celebrate with us.

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Compared before, Sambokojin has better and more diverse offerings now. Aside from the delectable Asian cuisines, the range of meat and vegetable skewers for grilling are also delicious. They have a wide array of appetizers, main course, rice meals, side dishes, salads, and desserts.

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Besides food, I also liked the service and the ambiance. Waiters are quick to serve the customized orders and do your special requests. The restaurant is also spacious and brightly-lit.

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Thanks for the treat, Jaika!

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Staycation at Linden Suites

If you’re an avid reader, you would know my family loves staycations as our favorite bonding activity. It saves the effort, time and cost compared to traveling out of town. The cancelled Tagaytay vacation led me to look for a hotel in Metro Manila that can accommodate a group of 8 people in a suite or a serviced apartment.

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Linden Suites was the perfect choice. The two-bedroom suite has two rooms, two bathrooms, kitchen facilities, a spacious receiving area and a dining area. We just ordered food outside and bought basic supplies.

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The next day, we enjoyed the warm jacuzzi, swimming pool and sauna. It may be a bit pricy for a simple overnight stay but for me, the facilities are all worth it. Time spent with family is priceless and irreplaceable. New memories are added to my birthday celebration and that’s all that matters to me.

Merienda Buffet at Dad’s Megamall

The next day, I was planning to treat my family to a late lunch in a simple fast food such as Chowking or McDonald’s to save up the expenses. But my mom suggested that we head to Dad’s instead and check out their merienda buffet. She was right that we’ll arrive at the same amount but with more filling choices. Thanks to Lola’s Senior card and my cousin’s PWD card!

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We enjoyed the Filipino delicacies such as Dinuguan, Pancit, Arrozcaldo, Lumpia, rice cakes, Pasta, and many more.

Birthday Presents

Thank you to the people who showered me these gifts. You know who you are 🙂

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More than the amount or the brand, I am thankful that you guys showed your love and appreciation to me. I even cried receiving these. Thanks for remembering me always.

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Birthday Realizations

First of all, thank you dear God for giving me another year. I know that despite my inconsistencies, you are still faithful and gracious to me. I am thankful for the good health of me and my family, financial provision, guidance and wisdom. It may not show but it is still my heart’s desire to find Your perfect will and to fulfill it in my life.

Secondly, I am grateful of the people God used to help me grow and realize His goodness and blessings. Even if I hid my birthday in social media, it is so surprising that a lot still remembered and showed their affection through their warm greetings.

Thirty one. Wow. I feel old. But age is just a number. I still look forward to doing more adventures and claiming more of His promises.

And to you, reader, thanks for spending your time to read this blog. Thank you for all the support.

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Love,

Dani ❤

 

The Good Thing about Bad Bird Serendra

I have this impression that the food in Bad Bird is way too expensive for my average budget. There is always a long line at Hole in the Wall but I never joined the hype. For me, a chicken platter seems too common to be overrated. However, how can the good reviews not convince me it’s worth the try?

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I availed the 50% discount as a privilege given to the subscribers of Low Brow’s newsletter. I invited my brother to dine with me in a branch at Serendra to celebrate my birthday in advance.

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The Ambiance

I like the interiors of Bad Bird. The industrial theme is mixed with elegant touches from the lighting, the furniture, to the wall paintings. The restaurant is spacious inside. I was amused by how the place was artistically designed with the “bird” theme, particularly the large painting on the wall. Tones of black, red and beige dominate the interiors of the restaurant, creating that classy vibe.

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The mini bar on the side features a cage-like storage for liquor bottles.

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The Food

Since Bad Bird and Fowlbread are both managed by Lowbrow Casual Restaurants, they have similarities in the food concept. One of which is the spice meter ranging from Safe, Spicy, and Chemical. Both of us ordered the Sesame Caesar Salad + Torched Corn & Cream Cheese Plate at Php 480. Each plate comes with a bowl of rice. I picked the Safe, while Vince had the Spicy.

The chicken breading was tasty that you’ll wonder which concoction of spices and seasonings was used to create such amazing blend. It was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. At first, I was trying to figure out if the gravy will complement it since it was not served with any sauce. However, when I tasted the gravy, I realized that it can stand alone without any flavor enhancers. The gravy was a bit sour and didn’t like it.

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Spicy Chicken

The Torched Corn and Cream Cheese Plate was the definitely the bomb!! The torched cheese and cream perfectly holds the flavor together.

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Good thing, I chose the Safe. The Spicy was not friendly with my “reserved” taste buds but it didn’t stop my brother from enjoying it. To each his own, haha!

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Safe Chicken

I also liked the Sesame dressing of the Caesar Salad.

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Sesame Caesar Salad

Over-all, this platter had the nice balance of everything in it from the chicken, sides, and salad. The salad washed down the strong umami flavor of chicken and corn. Can’t wait to try the other items in the menu.

The Service

We were pleased by their warm and efficient service. The servers are friendly, attentive and prompt. The moment we entered the restaurant, we were greeted and ushered to our seats. I hope this goes the same during Bad Bird’s peak hours.

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As always, I’m impressed.

Tasteless Group and LowBrow Casual Restaurants are known for their quirky concepts, catchy taglines, creative promotional and marketing schemes and exceptional food quality. Each time I dine in any of its restaurants, I am always in awe of the unique restaurant concepts that celebrate good food and design.  Bad Bird maintained that good impression.

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Bad Bird
Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Phone: 02 9001355
Website: http://eatlowbrow.com/bad-bird/
Facebook: Bad Bird
Instagram: bitebadbird
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 midnight daily

Goto Believe: Gourmet Lugaw for the Win

With the rapid changes and innovations today, it’s no surprise to see creative and out-of-the-box food concepts sprout like mushrooms everywhere. In every city, there is something new to rave about. What’s even more impressive is that how food enthusiasts transition a simple food into something grandiose, even in the shabby nooks or corners unimaginable. In the heart of Mandaluyong city lies a restaurant which is now known for converting our favorite comfort good into a gourmet dish — Goto to be exact.

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It was a perfect timing when I visited my friend Kit in her home in Mandaluyong, because Goto Believe was near her place. When I heard that the creative minds behind Kanto Freestyle Breakfast are the same geniuses that run this place (or maybe conceptualized the idea) I am certain that this restaurant is equally no mediocre. I leveled up my expectations and set the meter high.

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My friend Kit

 The Place

The key to winning the hearts of the masses is to serve great food in a place that doesn’t intimidate. No need to conform to a dress code or suit up nicely. There’s this unexplained thrill to discover excellent tastes in humble locations because comparatively, the story becomes more interesting. It’s like unwrapping nice presents in not-so-fancy parcels. In Goto Believe, a house garage was cleverly transformed into a diner.

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It’s not air-conditioned yet but it’s well-ventilated. Wooden tables and stools typify an eatery set-up, but the other details resemble that of a restaurant. The reservation bars are witty and funny: you can choose among Single, Taken, or Hungry.

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The mural at the center represents the main stars of the show: the ingredients and toppings that add flavor to your Goto.

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The restaurant makes the atmosphere even livelier with the upbeat, hip music. Although the waiting time is a bit painstaking, the servers are commendably courteous, warm, and attentive to your needs.

The Menu

It’s obvious that Goto is the house specialty. The variations will make you ponder on the perfect mix- match of ingredients from the base, toppings, and sides.

First step: Choose if you want your Goto wet or dry.

For the wet Goto, you can select from Plain, Goto Heaven, and Goto Infierno.The Plain is the original, Goto Heaven is Goto with internal organs such as beef tripe and chicken intestine, while the Goto Infierno is the spicy version of Goto Heaven.

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Photo from Goto Believe FB page

We didn’t try the dry goto but I heard it tasted similar to Hainanese rice. It has the same seasonings of the wet Goto, only with no broth added. It could be a perfect pair to the fried or grilled add-ons.

Second step: Choose your egg.

Amazingly, there are many egg options: sunny side-up, scrambled egg, 6-minute egg, hard-boiled egg, poached egg, organic salted egg, and century egg. All eggs are priced at Php 18, except for organic salted egg and century egg which cost Php 30 each.

Third Step: Choose your toppings.

You can have your toppings grilled or fried. Drool over chicken intestine, (isaw) pork intestine (bituka ng baboy), chicken heart (puso ng manok), pork ears (tenga), chicken gizzard (balun-balunan), cream dory, Bagnet, Chicharong Bulaklak, pork belly, (liempo) chicken ass (pwet ng manok), chicken feet (adidas) chicken blood (betamax), dilis, and Tempura.  Toppings range from Php 15 to Php 85. Of course, the grilled remains unbeatable because the taste is different from charred food, but you may also opt to try the fried ones as alternatives.

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Fourth Step: Choose your sides.

From fried lumpia, tokwa’t baboy, wanton wrap, crispy wanton wraps, okoy, salted egg chicken skin, and okoy, I’m pretty sure there is a specific combo that works best for you.

Clueless on what to order but want to have the best of everything? You can try their OMG (Oh My Goto), the big-ass serving of wet or dry goto with most of the toppings mentioned above. For the price of Php 319, it can be shared by three to four people.

Our Selections

Our selections were a bit safe and conservative since I am not really a fan of internal organs. Kit and I both picked the Plain, (Php 35) with threesome chicken intestines (Php 38). We initially ordered the six-minute egg but it was not available so I picked the hard boiled while she picked the poached egg. (both Php 18 each)

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Plain Goto with Hard Boiled Egg, Php 56

The Plain was nothing short impressive, it was infused with all the flavors I wanted for a hearty bowl of rice porridge. If you are unsure of what to select but don’t want to risk, then I suggest you go for the plain. You can experiment with different combinations later on. My safe option did not disappoint. It was well-balanced with rich notes of ginger and garlic. The texture of the rice was not overly sticky nor too brothy, but just right to fit in the layers of flavors from the toppings of your choice.

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Plain Goto with Poached Egg, Php 56

The fried chicken intestine was a bit chewy for me. I ate it separately and did not mix it in my Goto because again, I was afraid to experiment. But there are no rules here so feel free to dig in and indulge in whatever your palate pleases you.

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Goto Believe is Unbelievable

Affordable prices, nice presentation, great taste and good service: what more can you ask for? Goto Believe made me impressed for breaking the barriers of traditional food setting, and inspiring us that even the simple things can evolve into something beautiful as long as you have the passion for it.

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Goto Believe
640 San Rafael Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
Phone: +63 9355222103
Open 24 hours
Facebook: Goto Believe
Instagram: gotobelieveph

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