Friday, May 27, 2016

(My) Slappy Cakes ~ where it is fine to be SLAPPY: Restaurant Review

  Our first taste of Slappy Cakes was at the Resorts World Singapore.  My boys had fun making their own pancakes, that we were excited to visit the SM Aura branch.
The restaurant theming is standard for Slappy Cakes franchise ~ orange painted ceiling with a bit of modern and industrial feel to it. 
Couch seating gives a bit more privacy (important, when you start making your own pancake)
Table top griddle, for making your own pancakes. Careful as this gets real hot when cooking.
If you are making pancakes, you have the option of ordering separately the batter, fixins, toppings. There were so many choices it became hard to choose!
So we eventually decided on a Pancake Sampler (P350). 
The sampler comes with 3 bottles of 5oz of batter: red velvet, peanut and buttermilk.  For fixins we ordered banana and chocolate chips. Fixins cost about P50 per order.
My son as expected, rushed to making his pancake (he was obviously more excited preparing the pancake, than eating them).   
My little chef in the making (he was so serious too)! 
He did allow me to help in turning the pancakes to the other side.
He eagerly decorated the pancakes and  grinned widely as he served his kuya, his papa and me. 
We also ordered Potato Wedge Salad with mayo dressing topped with bacon bits (P160)

Pop's Pot Roast (P390), slow cooked beef with sautéed vegetables and gravy.
American classic Cheese Burger served with potato wedges (P170)
  1. Slappy Cakes is quite expensive.  But we were fine with it as my son seemed to have enjoyed playing Chef. I will not be surprised, however, if one gives it a pass and just decide to recreate their own Slappy Cakes experience at home.  
  2. With the exclusion of the pancake mixes, which we really liked, I find our other orders a bit bland. I appreciate, though, that they have been adding new meal choices to their menu. 
  3. We would gladly come, but would think twice before ordering anything else other than their pancakes and their other best sellers. 
The Slappy Cakes branch we visited is the one located at the ground floor SM Aura Premier, C5 Road corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Olives at ThunderBird Resort

 I scored a very good staycation deal at Thunderbird Hotel  in Binangonan from a travel exposition  (Read more of our Thunderbird Resort Staycation here) for my father' birthday.  
The resort is wonderful ~ scenic and tranquil. As it is located on the mountain ridges, it is a bit of a drive back to the town center, if you want to grab something to eat.    
And as Olives is the only restaurant within sight, we decided to give the place a try. 
Olives is an Italian themed restaurant with Tuscan interiors and decors.  My boys love pizza and pasta so eating here was actually just became a good choice.
The restaurant exudes an old Europe appeal. The ambience was tranquil and expensive.  It was good I wasn't paying (lol!) 
We ordered Four Cheese Pizza (P680) and Pizza Margherita (P380+).  Their pizza are oven baked which we find tastier and more flavorful.
We also had Creamy Blue Cheese Mozzarella (P250) and Sea Food Alfredo (P250).  Both were good, but was a bit disappointed, since they taste the same.  I should have just ordered a tomato base pasta. 

  • An order can serve for about 2-3 persons. 
  • The pizzas we have ordered are both spot on. They were perfectly baked. 
  • Price is reasonable given the quality of food and the ambience of the place. 
  • Staff were very attentive and accommodating. 
Olives is recommended for girlfriends/boyfriends night out or special occasions with your better half.    
Olives is located at the Thunderbird Resorts and Casino,
Eastridge Avenue in Binangonan Rizal. 
For inquiries check out Thunderbirds website:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Taste of Marison's ~ Restaurant Review

I was out gallivanting with my husband at Robinson's Mall in Antipolo when hunger striked.   We saw this fairly new restaurant,
Marison's at the malls Al Fresco area and decided to give it a try.
 They offer traditional Filipino Cuisine with a twist. They have reinvented our all too common Filipino dishes and made them special.
We ordered
Pinakbet using bagoong balayan (P220). 
I thought I ordered healthy, until I saw the lechon kawali (lol).
 Deep fried "kesong puti" with pineapple sambal dip (P295)

Empanada with papaya and pork fillings (P255)
  • I love the modern twist Marison did to their menu. The changes were not over the top, so the original flavor is still there, but better.
  • An order is good for 2-3 pax, not bad for an average P300 per dish.
  • Staff were fine, but would really need to be more attentive, we were there on a busy day, so that is forgiven, 
  • It was just me and hubby that day, so we were not able to order to much.  I would love to return with my family and order their house specialties balut tempura, tuna shanghai, chicken binakol and pasta Chinoy.
The Marison's branch we have visited is located at UG Robinson's Mall Antipolo, Sumulong Higway Antipolo City.
For more information about Marison's Restaurant please visit their website at

Ace Lunch Buffet Review

I am not a real fan of buffet restaurants,  I am quickly overwhelmed by the so many selections, I end up with  just 2-3 viands on my plate... in short "lugi".
Ace Water Spa Buffet, at the Ace Coffee Lounge, however is an exception!  Lunch buffet at the Ace Coffee Lounge is a perfect way to end your day after a 4 hours hydro-massage at the famed spa.

Lunch (11am-2pm)
Weekdays: Adults P699++ / Kids P325nett
Weekends: Adults P799++ / Kids P325nett 
Late lunch (230pm - 530pm)
Adults P599++ / Kids P325nett

(During our three times visit, guests of the Ace Water Spa gets discounted rates, please be sure to inquire).
Our last visit was with relatives from the US,  
we were so famished from the water spa and got to try everything :P

I was busy eating, I lost track of the dishes' names (One thing I am certain of, they all tasted great)

The Salad Bar...

Grilled squid and chicken barbeque.

Here is the ramen spread...

Chicken pot pie is another one of my favoritessss.
Waiting for my tempura.

Roast pork was really flavorful.
Must try fish fillet (I think I came back for this a couple of times).

The Pasta Bar... my mom had her fill of both red and white sauced pasta dishes (I had to tell her 3x to move on)...

Maki galore :P

Make your own "halo-halo (here is a tip: put plenty of ube and leche flan on your halo-halo
There are also cakes and ice cream; Or if you want to wash of your guilt fruit plates to finish your meal.

Drinks, coffee and tea are also included in bill.

MamaSpeaks gives Ace Coffee Lounge Lunch Buffet
A HUGE Thumbs Up (*burp*)

For inquiries visit their website at

Interested in a staycation at Ace Water Spa Hotel, check out also my review of the Ace Water Spa Hotel here: