Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Roaring from the inside : Adventure Food Park



New Millenium has been creating innovations making delectable difference from the status quo we had before. Defined as the people who were born from 1980 up to 2004, millenials or commonly known as "Generation Y" are now able to set new standards that influence people.      
      
One of the example that best portray this phenomenon is the growing number of restaurants. Most of the restaurants nowadays are using variety of concepts that provide them delightful ways to attract people. This includes the ubiquitous presence of food parks that passionately blooms everywhere. 
           
Like sprouting flowers of bouganvilla,  food parks seems to multiply rapidly. When you walk on the streets, you can find some of it effortlessly. People have also spoken at social media and all sponsored advertisements are all up to our newsfeed.  One that circulates in this scenario is ADVENTURE FOOD PARK. 

 
Photo courtesy of Adventure food park


Lying along Gilmore Avenue, who would believe a food park is situated behind a prodigous gate.

Location: 704 Aurora Boulevard, 1112 Quezon City, Philippines


HOW TO GET THERE

A.  Commute - from any point of LRT line 2, you need to drop by Gilmore Station.  Adventure food park is just a 3-minute walking distance from the terminal 

B.  Private Vehicle - to reinforce a smooth and hassle-free ride, we highly recommend the usage of waze and googlemap 




THE PLACE

Inside lives a vivacious space with designs coupled by elegant lightning. There are also japanese bamboos standing tremendously on some corners of the area. Its an open-air cafe with interesting profile. The welcome scent of griller wafts through the wind, calling to our weary legs to come take a seat. A chestnut colored table reflects the light almost blinding us for a second.

Sitting on any table you may also fall to day dreaming as you lift your head and rest your eyes to dream catchers hanging from the ceiling.  The atmosphere resembles a place filled with happinness. The sun has set already, but the place is delectably bursting with life and exuberance.


The café also have a mini stage where good artists performs every weekends. The place is really cozy and worthy to explore. 

Adventure Food park also offers variety of beverages. The bar is situated at the center of six beautiful stores.  From the malty flavor of beers to the hard and alcohol-forward brands,  you will surely have the satisfaction you expect. 



ADVENTURE FOOD PARK : THE BAR 


The bar offers plethora of options such as mist,  shooters, neat,  straight-up and many more. The bar is able to arrange their bevereges beautifully giving the guests an eye to choose among their offerings. While waiting your drink,  your eyes may catch a strange mask fervidly garlanded on the wooden pillar. It paints a ray of sunshine all over its face giving a lively and balanced mood to all guest.



A lively golden mask with face of festiveness. Remind us of Maskara Festival from Negros. 

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THE STORES


1.  PARK AND GRILL



This store offers variety of popular Filipino streetfoods such as isaw,  dynamite and grilled squid. Unlike to any other similar business,  here they prefer to  keep freshness by keeping it raw instead of the usual process of having it half cooked prior to display. For quality assurance, a bed of ice is situated below the beautiful arrangement of meat stacked on to wooden sticks.

Menu list

GRILLED :

1. Isaw - 20php
2. Ensaladang talong - 50php
3. Pork barbeque - 25php
4. Chicken barbeque - 35php
5. Chicken ass - 50 php
6. Porkchop - 45php
7. Liempo / Pork belly - 120php
8. Pusit / Squid - 180php
9. Tilapia / Cichlid fish - 120php
10. Hotddog - 20php
11. Bangus / Milk fish - 150php
12. Salted egg - 50php

FRIED :

1. Fishball - 20 php
2. Squidball - 20php
3. Chickenball - 20php
4. Kikiam -20php
5. Dynamite 3pcs - 50php
6. French fries - 50php
7. Peanut - 50php
8. Chicharon - 50php


Glossary: 
✔ Isaw - very popular on streets. This food is made from chicken intestines that were cleaned  and marinated using special sauce with tons of different spices. 
✔Ensaladang Talong - is an eggplant salad composed of grilled eggplant,  tomatoes and onions.
✔ Chicharrón - is a dish generally consisting of fried pork belly or fried pork rinds.
✔ Dynamite -  is filipino finger chili peppers stuffed with pork filling, wrapped in lumpia wrapper and fried until golden and crisp.

Our team was able to try Isaw,  liempo and dynamite. It was served with soy sauce and slicced calamansi.  It feels homey to see how they serve it using banana leaves on ratan plates. The taste is very tasty and unique. The aroma curling up from the grill makes me practically tipsy. As it happens, I am waiting for the pork belly to arrive.  A leisurely bath in the vapours deepens their scrumtious flavour and softens their chewy texture. Park and Grill has truly redefined our standards about streetfoods. 

Now,  people inside will no longer hold their cravings for these kind of delicacies as it already exist as permanent option. 

The scrumptious  isaw best paired with spicy vinegar

Liempo / pork belly served on top of banana leaves


REOMMENDATIONS :
 Isaw,  Liempo & Dynamite

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2. MANDIS KANTO RIBS


Besides from being popular outside,  Kanto Ribs is also able to maintain its fame inside Adventure Food park. Their mission is to provide delicious and high standard food at the best affordable price.

Menu:

Regular w/ rice : 129php
Medium w/ rice : 149php
Large w/ 2 orders of rice : 249php

Bundle Menu:

Set A ( good for four persons) 500php
- 2 regular ribs,  1 Chicken Inasal,  3 sticks pork barbeque  & 4 orders of rice. 

Set B ( good for five persons)  650php
- 2 regular ribs,  2 Chicken Inasal,  3 sticks of pork Barbeque & five orders of rice.

As being recommeneded, our team tried their famous ribs. Prior to arrival,  the mouth-watering images of tender and succulent red meat, marinated to their original sauce then passionately grilled to perfection is already chanting our eyes. As we are setting this expectation, I just had a glimpse of how contagious the Western culture is.  Nowadays, this kind of grilled beef recipes are becoming ubiquitous and being a resident to our all day menu .  But what makes it different is how they varies in terms of taste and worthiness. Mandis Kanto Ribs is one of the superb. The beef is very tender  and the flavors are lip-smacking. The taste is also well adjusted executing robust flavor apporiate for Filipino strong tasting preferences. 

Photo Credit: is00nllatino


Recommendations : Rib with rice

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3. LOUCHEL WAFFLE HOUSE


Louchel Waffle House is quite different because they have their own fully air-conditioned dining. 

As we gingerly enter the door,  I survey the premises to behold an extra ordinary beauty that creates magic to our eyes. The lights are white as snow giving you perfect illumination to scenery inside. The walls are garlanded by dream catchers,  chanting your mood as you walk. There are also tea pots scattered on tables, a collection of mugs and variety of bohemian beaded curtains. Its a delightful marriage of American Classics and a taste of culture from prominent western tribes. 

Above the stairs, lies a beautiful cabin filled with pillows and curtains. The dining area require your legs to sit down crossing it to one another. The rainbow colored ceiling seemed to remind diners of the falling rain. But today,  it holds a promise : a promise of joy and everlasting hope. The place is really an interesting piece of art that is worthy to explore.

Louchel's Nachos

This is A MUST! A highly satisfying nachos for only 200 php is ready to swish your stress away. 

 Here they offer high quality chips allowing it to become a perfect vessel to carry the tasty beef, succulent veggies and the creamy cheese sauce into a bite. Unlike any other nachos,  the chips here are thin yet very tasty. Being a person who is not a fan of chips,  I never imagine I could fall inlove.

MENU:
1. Nachos overload - 200php 
2. Barkada overload - 380php
3. Spam fries - 170php
4. Fries -100php
5. Mojos -  130php
6. Chix and fries - 130php
7. Fish and fries - 130php

WAFFLES:
1. Butter and Butter - 80php
2. Triple toppers: Can choose up to three combined options such as chocolate,  strawberry,  gummies,  skippy,  raspberry blueberry, marshmalllw,  & nips.
-All at 80php

MILKSHAKES OVERLOAD: 150php
✔ Peperokeropi
✔ Stupid cupid
✔ Sweet tooth
✔ Im knot that into you
✔ Cookie monster 
✔ straw to my berry

Straw to my berry

Artistically prepared panckes

The cozy atmosphere inside Louchel

An elegant colection 
Photo captured by Adventure Food park


RECOMMEMDATIONS:  NACHOS


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4. YUSUF'S SHAWARMA



Shawarma seems to have a pretty good reputation towards Filipino people.  This conspicuous Eastern Mediterranean snack has been embraced worldwide because of it's tender and tasty meat. Being cooked slowly over lower heat,  shawarma  develops a quality taste packed with juicy and succulent characteristics.

Here at Adventure Food Park, we  found a store that offers passionately handcrafted shawarma. The name reminds me of my childhood as it sounds like a character from one of my favorite anime.

As being recommeneded,  we tried their shawarma wrapped by Pita. The taste is lip smacking and the meat is tender allowing you to enjoy every bites. 

MENU:

1. Beef Shawarma w/ rice - 80php
2. Shawarma in pita - regular at 70php,  two pcs for 120php
3. Chicken Kebab meal - 120php
4. Shawarma on fries - 90php

Credit : When in Manila


RECOMMENDATIONS : Shawarma on Pita

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5. MONSTER BURGER



A hamburger is almost always the best value on a menu, calorie-wise and fillingness-wise that make sense to customer.  

At times when we are in a hurry, hamburgers are one of the easiest food to eat while on the go. No matter what time it is whether its breakfast, lunch, or dinner we grab a hamburger and might throw in some fries and a soda to go with it. Many restaurants are known to make their hamburgers in a specific way. Preparation differs from restaurant to restaurant. But what really makes a hamburger taste so delicious is starting with the price. 

Being known outside,  Monster burger still makes one of the loudiest roar inside the park. The buns are inspired by lively colors merging with the tasty, soft bread. The patties are made with high quality beef, then cooked to perfection. With all the demands required to prepare this,  Monster Burger still manage to adjust their prices to very considerate figures. 

MENU

Cheese Burger Buy One Get One at 40php.
Jumbo hotdog at 28php
MB Chicken at 59php
Hungarian at 69php
Monster burger at 89php

Premium burgers:
✔ Double decker black - 179php
✔ Red Baconator - 149php
✔ Orange Chicken - 69php
✔ Cheesy Overload - 99php
✔ Jaw Breaker - 249php

The attractive Baconator


RECOMMENDATIONS:  All Premium burgers

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6. HAROJISHI



From the land dubbed as "heart of Asianovelas" , we millenials are easily attracted by almost anything about Korea. People always seek for something new.  But being a budget-wise person,  we prefer to review the prices first before deciding to eat. 

As the number of options surge the menu,  a restaurant filled with tasty Korean stuffs is ready to reach your wild taste buds. Here in Rojiro,  they offer a lot of bundle meals complete with the grilling stove, samgyeopsal meat, kimchie and many more. Unlike from any other similar restaurants,  here they offer people other items like beer and korean goods such as seaweed flakes. 

MENU

Samgyupsal complete sets:

✔ DIY 2 Good for two - 329php
✔ DIY 3 Good for three - 449php
✔ DIY 4 Good for four upto five - 599php

* All DIY set comes with rice,  cabbage,  kimchie,  spinach,  onions,  garlic and Ssamjang. 

✔ Ramyun - 89php
✔ Egg Ramyun - 99php
✔ Ramyun w/ cheese - 119php
✔ Ramyun w/ dumplings - 129php
✔ Jjampong -159php

Drinks:

✔ Soju - 139php
✔ Chilsung Cider - 50php
✔ Share O Drink - 60php

Ready to eat stuffs are also available here


RECOMMENDATIONS : DIY meals

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The people behind Adventure Food Park



OVERALL EXPERIENCE :

Sometimes curriosity is all you need in order for you to discover great places. Visiting Adventure food park is truly an exhilerating experience. From the sweet waffles to the smoked and grilled barbeques,  surely as you leave,  you will paint a ray of sweetness all over your face. 


The dining concept is also unique.  There may be limited number of restaurants but nevertheless the large variety of food is giving the foodpark a very astonishing experience. Besides from mirthful faces,  tasting all will provide you a surplus of expectation. 



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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Gangnam in Manila : Samgyupsarap




    Behind the vibrant stories from the ubiquitous number of Asian novelas, Koreans are getting closer as they top again Philippine Tourist on 2017. According to Bureau of Immigration,  Koreans registered a total imbound traffic of 1,467,982 from January 1 to November 30.

On the other side, back on 2009, we can still remember how the "Boys over flowers", a telenovela series marked their first apearance to our local tv channels. There is no doubt that our heart has been captured since then.

As the years pass, we developed our passion to listen to their music and also follow their fashion trends. Even their food  is able to reached our Filipino plates. For almost every mall you can find korean restaurant, but what makes a difference to a restaurant is how they manage to adjust their prices without compromising the taste and quality.
Probably the easiest way to describe this is to visit a litte restaurant lying along the streets of Sampaloc, not far from the area dubbed as "University Belt", you can find Samgyupsarap.




Situated at Delos Reyes St. Sampaloc Manila, Samgyupsarap is becoming popular because of their tasty Korean dishes you can savor at very affordable prices.
The restaurant brews up primarily because of the owner's passion to bring Korean's scrumptous delicacies to our plates. Owned by Alex and Bernard, they decided to build the restaurant near Universities to add meal options for students.





THE HOUSE

Prior to the door, you can easily recognize adjacent tables and chairs. Our team did not expect an open-air section but since it exists, we took the opportunity to occupy them. Though the seats are outside, it still offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.



From a distance, the rays of light coming from the entrance door is delectably setting a beautiful chemistry to the tables. A smiling staff approached us to set the griller immediately. While he is busy completing the orders, I was able to take a quick tour inside the store.

Few steps away from the door, the presence of korean pop music will greet your ears. For a moment, my curiousity disappeared, eclipsed by the beauty that surrounded me. The walls are garlanded by posters showing familliar faces from a number of prominent Korean novelas. Facing the kitchen, you will see a huge plasma television playing Korean pop songs. The music is inviting, however it becomes more lovely when combined with delectable grilling sounds from tables. Sitting in anywhere you will have a view of smiling people, enjoying their food. The designs coupled with elegant lighting will leave you utterly relaxed.





HOW TO GET THERE


Option 1 
JEEP / COMMUTE

-From Quiapo, you need to take a jeep going to España.  From there, you will spend around five minutes of walking towards the place. 




OPTION 2
GRAB / UBER / PRIVATE CAR

-Using waze or google map is highly recommended especially if you are not familliar about the place.



THE MENU

The menu offers plethora of options. There is no need to open the menu because they have it printed on walls.  Besides from the scrumptious grilled meat,  you can also enjoy a very delicious stew which is commonly recognized as "Shabu shabu". The stew is composed of meat,  cabbages,  corn,  dumplings and many more.  What makes it very exciting is  the cook responsible is no other than yourself.  I personally feel like a chef stirring and grilling the food,  but today I have chosen to use chopstick instead of spatula.


Different appetizers and Korean seasoning : kimchie,  samgyup sauce etc. 


Samgyeopsal

-Fatty slices of pork belly grilled before your nose is a South Korean foodie favorite. A few slabs of this ultra-tasty pork along with garnishes of lettuce leaves, garlic and chili paste, and you’ve got a flavor to cherish.

Upon conversation,  we found out that behind the spicy and lip-smacking flavor of kimchie is the passionate hands of the owner making it. Sir Alex have managed to develop his own recipe with full compliance to  standard flavor an authentic kimchie should taste. As per him,  they only uses ethically sourced ingredients to secure quality.

The scrumptious chemistry between grilled beef,  steamed rice,  kimchie, raw chillies and samgyup sauce covered by fresh lettuce leaf.

My sister enjoying the artistic way of making every bite especial.



Our overall experience is fulfilling and highly satisfying. The flavors are like warriors setting a new standard to our tastebuds.
Being away for about 1269 miles, Korea has been able to get closer as they inspire us especially the millenials nowadays.





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