Sunday, November 30, 2014

Amoroma Ristorante Tagaytay ~ Authentic Italian!

The place is a bit unassuming from the outside and I would not have dared venture inside, if not for the beautiful reviews I have read from the other bloggers!
The inside of the restaurant, however, tells a different story.
There were obvious efforts from the owners to transform the place into a bona fide little Italian restaurant: 

... upon entering using the back door access from the restaurant's parking,  you would we delighted with the sight of numerous Italian Renaissance paintings that adorned the halls, a real working wood fired brick oven is also something you would not normally see elsewhere,  red checkered plaid pattern tablecloths and Italian music at the background would surely complete your dining experience.
There is a notice posted by the kitchen window: Orders are prepared fresh, simply put... "you shouldn't eat here if you are already hungry and famished, since it would be a while before they have your orders finished and served". 
When our food finally came, there were no frills and plating was almost nil,  honestly not very attractive.  Hohum...
Until we took a bite and unanimously agreed that this is by far one of the best pizza we have had... the waiting and the simple plating became forgivable... 
L-R/T-B: We ordered 5 Italian cheese pizza, carbonara, focaccia bread in pesto genovese dip, crab and shrimp stuffed pasta in tomato and cream sauce and creamy mushroom soup (not on photo)
We are happy we decided to stop over for lunch.  Amoroma Ristorante (literal translation "I Love Rome") succeeded in giving us a taste of Rome.
Pricing is a bit steep for most Juan, but I think the price was worth it.  We love everything that we ordered and would not hesitate to come back.

When in Tagaytay and if you are craving for authentic Italian cuisine, do not hesitate and seek out Amoroma Ristorante. Highly recommended.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jipangyi ~ Seoul Cane Ice Cream (latest ice cream craze in town)

Jipangyi ice cream stalls never seem to run out of people lining for a cane (yup cane) of Jipangyi ice cream.
The curious cat in me, caught up and I got me my son  a cane each.
Jipangyi ice cream prides itself as the only ice cream store offering soft served ice cream in cane cones made of corn.   
Cost is really affordable at P35 per cane.

  • My son did not finish his ice cream. My boy loves ice cream, but this one was just not his taste.    
  • Never got to finish mine either. I cannot understand why everyone enjoyed their Jipangyi ice cream and I did not.
  • I totally love the cute presentation, but that was just about it for me. 
  • The ice cream was just ordinary and the cane cone bland and too hard. I can't hardly bite through. 

Should you buy? 
Others enjoyed their Jipangyi ice cream, so don't let this review stop you. Besides eating ice cream in a cane cone made of corn should be experienced at least ones. 

My yummy BANNAPLE!!!

Love, love, love BANNAPLE
But the long and endless queue of customers lining up is very disheartening, especially if your stomach is already growling!!!
I am happy to see that Bannaple has been expanding branches to serve its hungry customers. 
As of writing, they now have stores at Robinson's Galleria, Ayala Fairview Terraces, the Sky Garden at SM City North Edsa, Tuscany at McKinley Hill, Katipunan, Connecticut Greenhills, Market Market at BGC, Alabang Town Center, Tomas Morato at Ayala Triangle.
Cute interiors at the Market Market BGC branch.

Bannaple Pies and Cheese Cakescakes serve hearty meals guaranteed to satisfy your hunger.  Hot dishes and pasta meals are reasonably priced and are with generous servings. 
It is highly recommended that you finish your meal with a cup of their brewed coffee and an order their top seller banoffeepie.
Simply delicious!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Movie Star Cafe just like in the MOVIES

I have heard quite a lot about one of the newest family restaurants in town - Movie Stars Café.  
It is a special kind of restaurant that runs hourly performances for the entire family entertainment.
So on my youngest son's 6th birthday, I pre-booked seats for us to check out and see for ourselves what the rave is all about.
 Movie Stars Café (here we are)
My boys gamely posed next to the King (himself) Kong (LOL!)
We came at about 6pm and found the place already half-packed.  There were still plenty of seats upfront, but to my dismay, we were given seats at the back. 
Although the place is small, and the back seats are only about 3-5 feet away from the  small runway stage,  I have been wanting to get front seats to amp my kids enjoyment in watching the shows.
I tried to use my charm to be moved upfront, but nah!
People started pouring in at 630pm and by 645 it was already jam-packed, so it was good we came in a little early.
We got eat-all-you buffet for four (2 adults and 2 kids), which cost P699 for adults and extra P100 for drinks.
There is not much to say about the food. It was plain and simple - much like a birthday party sort of spread.  
I honestly recommend you just do an a la carte.  That would be much cheaper and you get to choose what you like.  
There are plenty of MSC cast in famous movie character costume around to keep your kiddos busy in between performances that starts at 7pm.
If you did not get your money's worth from the food, don't fret since the shows are truly worth your every centavo.
(Performances photos courtesy of MSC FB page)
My boys had so much fun - my youngest son's jaw dropped seeing Spidey dance.
 Our choice pictures. L-R/T-B: Papa with Atom; Raj with Spider Man; Kuya with Jabbawockeez and Me with Bubblebee!
  1. Reserve early.  Don't take chances, especially during weekends as it gets really crowded.
  2. Do a la carte instead of buffet. 
  3. Enjoy and don't hesitate to approach the performers.  They are very accommodating and will gladly pose with you!
  4. Enjoy and have fun.
Movie Stars Café
Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia
Pasay City
Tel. No. 550-1234

Monday, November 3, 2014

MR. PARK (yummy breads and cakes)


This is a long over due shout out!
My husband discovered this unassuming pastry shop in Ortigas Center Pasig. Hubby bought a box of Mr. Park's cream puffs for the kiddos for pasalubong.

The boys opened the box and giddily munched on the cream puffs.
The cream puffs literally "pops" at first bite.  A bit messy, but an awesome eat!!!
It was such ruckuss as the boys finished everything... except one that I managed to save (hihihi!)

Don't bite, put the entire puff inside your mouth then chew (Mr. Park should have stamped this warning on his cream puff boxes)!
Mr. Park is an absolute must try.  Check out their other specialty breads and cakes too, I am sure you won't be disappointed.
I suggest you visit the Eton Emerald Lofts branch.  The Korean owner is so nice, he would often hand out new products to customers to try for free.
We frequent the Mr. Park's Breads and Cakes located at the
Ground Floor of Eton Emerald Lofts,
Garnet Street Corner F. Ortigas Jr, Ortigas, Pasig City.