Provenciano is one of our favorite restaurants and I was surprised not to find anything in my blog about it! Let me share with you one of our lunches there. 

Mom always orders their okoy which also happens to be a best seller! It's so light, thin and crispy. It's so good! If you are a family dining at Provenciano, better order two!

My son always orders puto bumbong whenever it's available. I ate one, he ate three. I like Via Mare's version better, though. 

The fried catfish is my favorite (and also one of the very few safe dishes for me). Catfish is one of my grandfather's favorite fishes and I order this fish whenever it's available because it reminds me of him. We were pretty close and I learned a lot from him. He served as my father as my biological father left us when I was 5 years old. 

Mom regularly orders the Tagalog pinakbet. It's oily but that's how most Filipino dishes are. I just feasted mostly on the ampalaya (bitter gourd). 

The last time we ate there, the rice was too mushy. This time, it was perfect. 

I love this place because the staff are very accommodating. The head chef is also very nice and accommodating. I just text him that we're coming and he instructs the kitchen about our food restrictions. I can truly say that I can eat here with peace of mind. The ambiance is wonderful! You should see for yourself! 

Provenciano is always packed so if you're planning to eat there, better go early or get a reservation. 

It was our first time to try Crisostomo. We were looking for a place to eat in at ATC and I looked at the menu, asked the waiters about the food and decided it's worth a try. I'm so glad we did!

I like the interiors, lots of quirky art pieces. 

Love this bead necklace as I am a bead jewelry designer myself!

We ordered a pitcher of melon juice with the sugar syrup on the side. We are not huge sugar fans, we avoid it as much as we can, especially white sugar.

This is a vegetable salad that was delicious! The eggplant was too oily though. 

Mom and my son ordered the Crispy Garlic Bangus with the garlic chips on the side. I did not touch this because it had soy sauce but my son demolished it. 

I ordered the Sinigang na Hipon. The shrimps were large and the soup was made from scratch, no mixes here! Yeah, mom and I finished this dish. 

Mom let me have all this fried catfish to myself which I demolished in no time!

The food was very delicious! The service was great. The staff were very accommodating and attentive. The price point was good also. The ambiance was very relaxing. The dishes are named after the characters of Noli Me Tangere which made ordering really fun!

When we drop by ATC again, we will be sure to eat at Crisostomo! 

We love chicken rice, especially my son. I love it but I love nasi lemak even more. It was around 2 weeks after our Singapore vacation and we were missing our favorite Singaporean foods. Luckily, we were at SM Aura one night, looking for a place to eat in and found Nanyang. 

Of course, my son ordered chicken rice. He wanted the steamed version but it was out of stock so he opted for the chicken chop instead. 

Of course, my husband and I ordered nasi lemak. I was so happy that I could choose white meat for my order! Banana Leaf only offers dark meat which gives me hives. 

My son loved his meal. He finished everything on his plate. My husband and I enjoyed the nasi lemak as well. I liked the sambal very much. The peanuts tasted bad, a bit rancid. Too bad, I even asked for more anchovies and peanuts as my serving was too little compared to my husband's. That was my only complain, though. 

The service was great! The staff were very accommodating and were happy to answer my questions because we had food restrictions. The supervisor on duty was also very nice to us and I complemented them on the food. He was very happy and thankful for the kind words. 

I can't wait for Nanyang Greenbelt to open! I hope the food and service are also something to look forward, too!

CYMA is one of our favorite restaurants. Aside from the fact that Mediterranean/Greek food is safe for us, we also happen to enjoy the food and the service in that restaurant. We are regulars at the Greenbelt branch but it was our first time to try the Trinoma branch. 

We ordered hummus with pita, of course as this is our favorite (my son and I). 

Roka Salad

Roasted Salmon on Cedar Plank for everybody

The food was superb, as usual. No complaints. My son even ordered extra pita because he loved it so much. The salmon was too salty for my taste though. Sometimes in the Greenbelt branch, they are also heavy-handed on the salt. 

I also love that this restaurant caters to our food restrictions. The service is also good although the service at Greenbelt is better but I have no complaints here as well. I think the staff just needed to smile more. We went there after lunch time and were celebrating something so we were really in high spirits. It would have been nice if the staff smiled more and were a bit more jolly. But that's just me, always happy. 

I'd recommend Cyma Trinoma for a delicious, healthy and filling meal!

I know Italianni's has been around for some time but we've avoided this restaurant for so long. When they opened their branch in Greenbelt, my husband and I tried it and were very disappointed. The pizza was very soggy and the pasta was tasteless. After that experience, we never came back.

Fast forward to this day, as my son and  I have allergies and one of the only safe cuisines to eat is Italian, we decided to try the branch at Glorietta. The food did not disappoint.

We ordered the pineapple mango juice, some potato chips with truffle dip and pizza with four flavors. I had some roasted chicken and my son had a DIY pizza.  

We loved the drink although it was too sweet for our taste. The potato chips were umay. It was too rich for us and we didn't even touch the dip. The pizza was really good. My son enjoyed his pizza as well. I liked the roasted chicken but prefer Cibo's more.

Although the food and price points were okay, what I didn't like was the attitude of the staff. At the start of the meal, everyone was so nice and accommodating. The manager on duty even went to our table and talked us, asking how the food was. She asked if we brought our loyalty card with us to which I replied that we didn't have. It was our first time in that branch. I told her about our experience at the Greenbelt branch and she said, "Ah, ibahin nyo dito sa amin. Lagi kaming puno. Sige, mamya ulit." Then she left. After the meal she asked if we were satisfied. We said yes and she started to sell us their loyalty card which, if I remember correctly, costs Php4,000 and comes with a booklet of coupons for the company's group of restaurants. We don't eat out a lot because of our allergies and I personally don't see the value of this loyalty card and shelling out Php4,000 for it. So I said that we needed to discuss it first. My mom, son and I talked it over and decided that we didn't need it. (Besides, my son and I needed to test out their food first to see if we will get any reactions. We did, by the way.) So, I called the waiter and told him to process our bill and that we will not avail of the loyalty card.

After that, the service seemed to dwindle. The bill took so long to arrive and when we tried to follow up, everybody ignored us. When the bill finally arrived, we immediately paid it and my mom was trying to get their attention but they were still ignoring us, including the manager. She already saw my mom waiving at her but she pretended not to see her and proceeded to talk to the other diners. Finally, they got our payment and of course, the change and the takeout food took forever to arrive.

When we left, my mom said she didn't want to eat in that restaurant anymore, commenting that the people there are plastic.

If you have a great experience at the restaurant, good for you! But this was our experience and I'd like to share it.

We don't eat cereals at home because one, they are mostly junk. Two, we are allergic to corn and most are made from corn. Sometimes, however, I do miss the crunch of corn flakes and so I decided to make our own super healthy version of breakfast cereal.

You need:

Frozen Coconut milk
Frozen Strawberries
Frozen Cherries

Dried cranberries
Brown rice puffs
Shredded coconut
Honey or Coco sugar syrup

Special gadget: Blender

Let's do this!

1. In a blender, put the frozen coconut milk, frozen strawberries, cherries, honey or coco sugar syrup. Blend until smooth. 
2. Put the blended mixture in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!

This is by no means chopsuey. I suck at making chopsuey even before I was allergic to soy. This dish does not have soy sauce or any soy products. This is an easy, simple dish that I made after my juicer broke. I normally juice broccoli and I didn't want one head to go to waste thus the creation of this dish. 

You need:

shrimps - cleaned, deveined, shelled
broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
carrots, sliced
chopped garlic
sliced onions
boiled quail eggs, shelled
a small piece of ginger
Himalayan pink salt and pepper
coconut aminos
fish sauce
coco sugar
olive oil

Let's do this!

1. In a pan or work, heat some oil.
2. Saute onions until translucent. Add the garlic and cook till fragrant. Add the ginger. 
3. Stir-fry the carrots then the broccoli. Add the the shrimps and cook until pink/orange. 
4. Add the quail eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Add about half a cup of water.
5. In a bowl, put about a tablespoon of coconut aminos, a tablespoon of fish sauce and half a teaspoon of coco sugar. Mix well. Pour this mixture on the vegetables and stir. 
6. Taste. Adjust seasonings accordingly. 
7. Serve with rice. 

*If you want the sauce to be thick, dilute a teaspoon to a tablespoon of cornstarch in about 1/4 cup water and add the slurry to the sauce. Or, you can just add the cornstarch to the coconut aminos mixture before pouring. 

I think this is my third breakfast post for the week. Are you getting tired? Hopefully not. I put up this blog mainly to document the dishes I make so that when I get stumped on what to serve, I can just browse the archives. Breakfast is usually the hardest for me to prepare thus the abundance of breakfast fare.

These wraps are really great until I read about one of the cancerous ingredients that it contains. These are commercial wraps that I buy from the supermarket. We eat them a lot in a week, my son and I. When I learned about the fact, I immediately told my son and we both decided to stop buying them and to just make our own but that's another topic for another day.

You need:

wraps, pita or tortilla
organic lettuce
8-10 quail eggs, beaten with a small squirt of Sriracha, also seasoned with pink Himalayan salt and pepper and dried parsley
sliced button mushrooms
chopped onions
Dijon mustard (optional)
olive oil

Let's do this!

1. Pour some olive oil in a pan. Saute the chopped onions until translucent.
2. Add the mushrooms and cook until brown.
3. Add the eggs and scramble them.
4. Spread a thin layer of Dijon on one side of the wrap.
5. Add lettuce. Top with the egg mixture.
6. Serve with fruit.