Kusina ni Kambal
Kalumpang, Marikina City
Last rainy-day-Sunday was a slack-off moment for my sis and I; thus, the whim to just eat out for breakfast. Originally, we headed to Kanto Freestyle supposedly to enjoy their all-day breakfast meals. But alas, to our disappointment, it looked like the humble breakfast shack had already closed down even before we had the chance to try it out. Boohoo! Anyway, the circumstances brought us to Kusina ni Kambal.
Located conveniently at Sta. Elena, near the Marikina Shoe Museum and Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish, Kusina ni Kambal is known both for its affordable buffets and astonishing ambiance.
Housed inside a 200 year-old Bahay na Bato (house made of stone), Kusina ni Kambal does not only let its customers experience an authentic Filipino taste in food, but also in life. Declared as a National Shrine in 1968, the breathtaking abode of Kusina ni Kambal lets diners have a glimpse of the Spanish colonial history as well as the city’s ever blossoming shoe industry since this very structure also bore witness to the first ever pair of soles designed in Marikina.
As for the food, there wasn’t that much but it was more than enough. For P99, you get to enjoy unlimitedwaknatoy (pork cutlets in tomato sauce and pickle relish), chicken adobo (chicken cooked in soy sauce and vinegar), longganisa (pork sausages), fried bangus (fried milk fish), tokwa’t baboy (tofu and pork chunks), and sinangag (fried rice). Haven’t we had relocated in Marikina, I wouldn’t even know what waknatoy is. This Marikeño dish, resembling menudo (pork cutlets cooked in tomato sauce) except sweeter due to the pickle relish, was definitely the star of the buffet spread during our visit. Supposedly, the dish got its name from Chinese merchants who would always complain and say, “Ito na naman? Wak (‘wag) na toy (‘to)!” (“This dish again? Not this again!”) upon seeing the viand on their tables.
Another thing to look forward to when dining at Kusina ni Kambal is their UNLIMITED scrambled/sunny-side-up eggs and egg omelettes. I suggest having a taste of their omelettes. It’s light and fluffy to the palate.
Visit Kusina ni Kambal at J.P. Rizal Street in Baranggay Sta. Elena, Marikina City, and have a glimpse of Filipino history as you enjoy a scrumptious Filipino breakfast spread from 7am-10am.
I’ve been meaning to pay Family Mart a visit ever since they opened a branch in G3. Being an anime lover and a Jap culture fanatic that I am, I was utterly overjoyed upon learning that Japan’s top konbini (convenient store) is branching out in the Philippines. Luckily, with just two short train rides away from home, I was able to take the time off to scratch out “indulge in an authentic konbini" in my "to do" bucket-list.
Spam and Tuna Mayo Onigiri (P39/ea)
Finally able to get a taste of onigiri (rice balls). As a child, I’ve always wondered how these triangular snacks taste like. And silly as it may sound, I’ve always dreamed of stopping by a konbini to buy these things while on my way to school back then. Blame it on too much anime! Anyway, thanks to Family Mart, that’s one dream come true for me. Haha!
California Maki (P99)
Not bad for a convenient store version. I actually liked the fact that it wasn’t all rice and it wasn’t crumbly like most cheap stake sushi rolls. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much since the price was rather cheap, but it did exceed whatever expectations I had that day. Definitely a worth it buy.
Swirl-All-You-Can Matcha Soft Serve (P25)
The highlight of our visit. Creamy, tad bit sweetish matcha (green tea) soft serve. Perfect for ending such a gratifying experience. I need some more practice though to make my swirl tower much higher. Haha! ‘Til next time soft serve machine! Must plan out a strategy for swirling.
Overall, I was quite happy with my first visit to Family Mart. My friend said that they had more selections the last time she visited, so I’m still looking forward to my next visits. Next time, I’ll try out more of their packed meals and baked goodies. :)
And oh yeah, I brought a pack of assorted popcorn for my sister. Judging from the way she munched on every bit, I’d say these were quite a delight.
Matgalne Korean Restaurant: Bloggers Appreciation Dinner
Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to Matgalne’s Food Bloggers Appreciation Dinner. Just in time since my friend/fellow foodie Tin and I were also craving for some Korean eats and were actually planning to have a re-run of our Matgalne food feast
(CLICK HERE to view the first time we were in Matgalne).
Matgalne’s buffet spread includes an array of authentic healthy Korean dishes which will surely make you crave for more with every bite. Now, what I like about Korean cooking is that you don’t feel bloated even after a mouthful of noms, making the buffet experience as worth it as it can get. Not to mention that majority of Korean dishes almost always incorporate veggies in their ingredients making you pig-out session a tad bit less sinful. Haha!
Potato Croquettes and Dak Kang Jung (Sweet and Spicy Chicken)
Mattang (Sweet Potato with Caramel) and Kimchi (Fermented Vegetables)
An Assortment of Jeons (Egg Pancakes): Ham, Mushroom, and Tofu
Fresh Veggies, Sauteed Veggies, and Japchae (Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)
the ever popular LETTUCE WRAPS as seen in most KDramas
(Photo from my last visit since somehow my latest shot got deleted.)
mix it in your Do-It-Your-Way BIBIMBAP (mixed rice)
As if Matgalne’s buffet wasn’t that glorious just yet, the owner decided to give the attendees a special treat. Dishes especially prepared for the bloggers.
I didn’t quite catch what this was called but I assume that it’s some kind of Korean beef stew. Really flavorful stuff! Among the dishes which were prepared for the event, this was my favorite. Melt-in-your-mouth meat with the savory taste of tangy and spicy sauce. Can almost be compared to the Pinoy caldereta, only more saucy.
Pajeon (Egg Pancake with Spring Onions as the primary ingredient)
some more veggies
Really, how come Korean veggie dishes taste so good?!
Aside from good food, we absolutely had a fine time thanks to the ate who was in charge of running our grill. Thanks to you, not only did the bloggers had a meat-filled tummy, but also a fun-filled night. You certainly helped us ease the mood and loosen up with each other.
Ate cracking some jokes while workin’ the grill.
By the way, I think I was her favorite attendee since she gave me
most of the cooked meat. Haha! Thanks, ate! :)
(Photo credits to Matgalne Korean Restaurant)
After all the chowing, the owners and event organizers proceeded to picking the 3 LUCKY WINNERS of Matgalne’s first ever raffle draw!! Woot woot! Congratulations to you, lucky souls! Each of you just won a FREE BUFFET for THREE treat!!
For those who weren’t lucky enough during the first draw or who weren’t aware of such promo, worry not since Matgalne is doing this on a weekly basis!! Moreover, if luck’s really not on your side these days, Matgalne still has an on-going 10% off promo which can be availed through one simple step. Just “Like” their Facebook Page and voila! Instant 10% off on your visit.
To the owners and event organizers of Matgalne, my sincerest gratitude for choosing me as a part of your Bloggers Appreciation Dinner. It was a blast enjoying good food and fun laughs with the other food bloggers. ‘Til my next visit, Matgalne!
isedrop4sale and xtinadaily with Ms. Wendy Park
isedrop4sale and xtinadaily with the event organizers
Kudos to the both of you!
Experience the authentic Korean buffet experience brought to you by Matgalne at the following areas:
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The times that I’ve eaten in BonChon can be counted with the fingers of one hand since I’d always prefer Manang’s or Chicken Charlie over it. Well last Friday (roughly before midnight), due to the lack of choices, some of my tranche mates and I headed to the nearby BonChon to relieve our stresses for the week before savoring the coming weekend.
Fish & Chips (P125) and Chicken Toppers & Chips (P125)
My meal was a basket of spicy breaded fish fillet with an upgraded (+P15) fries on the side. Although, I did not quite enjoy BonChon’s double-fried chicken, their fish & chips redeemed their name for me. Quite a delectable meal with the right kick of spice that’ll make your mouth water over these tender fish chunks coated with crisp breading.
New in the menu is BonChon’s chicken poppers. Although I wasn’t able to taste it, my tranche mate said that it was quite a delight.
Crispy Squid Rice (P125), Chicken Poppers (P90),
and Onion Rings (P60)
The only thing that’s mine in here is the extra serving of onion rings. Yes, I wasn’t satisfied with my french fries so I enjoyed another order of onion rings. Sinful fried goodness all the way! Hahaha.
Similarly, I wasn’t able to try the crispy squid. But according to my observation, it was hot enough to make my tranche mate red and sweaty while munching on it.
Chicken Sandwich (P125)
More than just an ordinary sandwich, this humongous chicken burger came at our table that my tranche mate wasn’t even able to finish it all. Pretty sulit for the price.
Crispy Crepes: Apple Cinnamon and Mangoes & Cream (P60/ea)
Another add-on to the BonChon menu. I wasn’t able to try these as well, but my tranche mates’ verdict? They were good. Much like the crispy pies found in most fast foods.
Overall, I did enjoy our time at BonChon. Maybe more than the food, it was the company. But bottom line, BonChon definitely redeemed itself this time. I should’ve tried their fish & chips a long time ago!