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Review: Pitmaster’s Smokehouse BBQ


What started as an “ihaw-ihaw” barbeque concept of cousins Chef Raffy Sunico and Ben Donato has grown to a more technical “smoking” barbecue. Thanks to Chef Raffy’s extensive research and dedication to his craft. Pitmaster’s Smokehouse quickly became a home of mouthwatering smoked meats with the support of businessmen William Chia and his son William Chia Jr., Winston Lao, Willard Po, Jon Lao, Burgers and Brewskies owner Mike Floro, Robinson Laxa and Von Samson.


Truffle (P370)


Pesto and Tomato (P300)


3 Cheese (P300)


Bacon and Mushroom Pizza (P370) and 3 Cheese Pizza (P300)


Pit Caesar Salad (P240)


Chicken Skin (P145), Pit Caesar Salad (P240) and Pulled Pork (P200)

With hours of smoking using only local wood and unique blend of spices, Chef Raffy gives only the best variety of smoked meats which includes pork ribs, briskets, bacon slabs, chicken and even salmon. And his collection of homemade sauces such as Apple (sweet), East Capitol (spicy) and Hazelnut is truly genius.  Pitmasters Smokehouse is also serving local craft beers.


Pit Platter (P450) 5 of their smoked specialties with 4 regular side of your choice plus 1 carafe of iced tea.


Pit Platter (P450) 5 of their smoked specialties with 4 regular side of your choice plus 1 carafe of iced tea.


Gelato from Manila Creamery.


Flavored Beer Paddle (P250) Toasted Marshmallow, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Banana

Pitmaster’s opened its door to the public last on May 20, 2016 and it is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 12mn.


Red Sangria, White Sangria and Beer Paddle

Pitmaster’s Smokehouse Barbecue is located at #64 East Capitol Drive Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Contact number: 0917-316-0255 or 616-9719


Review: After All, Makati City

After all was started by a group of friends who felt that fun and business can go together, that friendship should last forever, and that a bar-resto set up can best achieve this objective, where there is good food, good music, and good laugther.

The group named this place After All to commemorate all those years that they’ve been together through thick and thin, and still enjoying good times together. Its a watering hole, a meeting place for friends, a place to talk about old jokes and funny things in the past, and what else to do “after all that we’ve beeb through.” I guess we just stick together, after all.

After All foodie adventure will start now. Yay!

Gambas Al Ajilo – classic favorite shrimps and garlic sauteed in olive oil with tomato sauce.


Deep Fried Crispy Pata – juicy pork leg famous for its crunchy skin. So sinful!


Romanian Deviled Squid – tender squid seasoned with herbs de provence and spiced with cayenne chili sauce.

Tuna Salpicao – fresh tuna chunks stir fried in savory sauce.

Saikoro Steak Skewers – a popular Izakaya dish of pan grilled skewered cubes of wagy beef. My favorite!


Buko Melon Freeze – coconut and melon slush.

Cara Java – creamy caramel coffee frappe gone wild.

Calibre – signature spin to the cuban libre witj a lime incused salted sugat rim.

Apple Yuki Matsuri – inspired by the Sapporo snow festival in Japan.

That’s what the place is all about. Thank you, After All for inviting! Good food and good music. :]

Review: Fariñas Ilocos Empanada

Fariñas Ilocos Empanada is now available for franchise. Sounds exciting for every entrepreneur out there, right?

Grabbed from FIE’s Facebook page.

Here are the best of Farinas Ilocos Empanada foods.

Special Empanada is so good as expected.

Recently, salted egg foods are getting popular so you better try their Bagnet with Salted Egg.

And the special Pancit Bagnet with Salted Egg is insanely good!

Enjoy Longganisa Bilao with tomatoes and salted egg. This Bilao is good for 6 persons. So sulit for only P495!

You can never go wrong with Dilis paired with Sukang Ilocos.

Authentic Ilocano food is truly worth trying for and something to be proud of.

Fariñas Ilocos Empanada is now open for franchise. For more information, please call 0917-8437078 or email them at Thank you for inviting, Miss Hazel and Sir Brian of FIE.

Review: Steak77, Quezon City

Taro Chips (P140) – served with cheesy spicy sauce.

Steak77 House Salad (P460) – fresh greens, crispy smoked bacon, red apple, candied walnuts, tossed in a creamy chili balsamic vinaigrette.

Spaghetti with Truffled Lobster Brandy Sauce (P760) – spaghetti with rich creamy lobster sauce, flambéed with brandy and drizzled with truffle oil.

Bourbon Glazer Baby Back Ribs (P790) – tender slow-roasted ribs brushed with tangy sweet bourbon sauce and grilled, served with seasoned fries, sweet corn and taro chips.

Roasted Bone Marrow (P390) – broiled Kitayama Wagyu bone marrow served with crusty bread, mustard and herb salad.

Steak77 Certified US Angus Ribeye Steak – price is P725/100grams.


US Angus Tomahawk Steak – price is P750/100grams.

Banana Foster (P180) – caramelized banana flambéed with dark rhum and cinnamon and served with vanilla bean ice cream.

My dining experience with Steak77 is truly unforgettable. From the food to the atmosphere, it is like you’re living the life of the rich and famous. Naks! I’m not exaggerating here. The gold decorations gave them an ultimate extravagant ambiance.

Novuhair: The gift of healthy ‘crowning glory’ fit for the queen this Mother’s Day

CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanay, inay, ‘nay, mama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives.

There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority.

No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life.

Still drooling over the ways on how to spend this time of the year again with her? Well, you may opt for the basics of gift-giving from simple trinkets to expensive items. But take note, your appreciation of her is not equated by the tag price of your present. It’s the thought that counts, as an adage says.

You may consider a set of hankies that will bring back the memory of her wiping out her tears of happiness upon knowing that she’s conceiving a li’l creature inside her womb. That’s you, of course. A loose yet comfy clothes shall make her remember that sort of a duster or preggy dress she wore in the laborious yet exciting “nine months” of gestation.

Why not a pillow that she could hug as tight as she embraced you after giving birth, or maybe a brassiere for protection of the very bosom she fed you with during infancy? A bed will bring to her mind your tot years when you started to crawl and roll over it freely.

Shoes are a girl’s best friend, too, like your mom. Either sky-high heels or flattering flats, there’s a pair to match every bit of her fantasy. For as long as it brings comfort to her feet, it’s more than enough to reciprocate the ease you had when you took your first walk with her guidance back then. If it isn’t her thing, though, a flip-flop will cause her to think that she also disciplined you through the proverbial “rule of slipper” hit on your buttocks while you were growing up.

Much to her delight, a bling ring will be worthy of your dear investment to show your deep appreciation of her just like when she never failed to recognize you with a pat on the back for simple good deeds or a job well done in your lifetime.

Stuck for an idea yet? Here’s a simple but meaningful token of gratitude that for sure will make a big difference and, eventually, pull off a surprise for the celebrant herself: The NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack which includes the topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner. Yes, you read it right.

Still not convinced enough, why don’t you spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto your mom’s scalp and massage it for five to ten minutes. You may not even know that with such a plain gesture of yours, it can melt her heart as it reminds her of the past when she used to do the same thing while you were still young, either as a trick to put you easily on a slumber or merely a relief every time you got sick. Those caressing hands of yours, likewise, imbibe your act of giving back the “natural care from mothers” like her.

Whatever impression it may have on her, what’s tangible she could gain is that you’re giving her nature’s gift of health. NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion is so unique that it combines 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients––all working synergistically to help address hair problems from growth to vanishing. This breakthrough product helps to rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the moist of her tress from root to tip, aids in stimulating the growth of her hair and helps prevent it from excessive falling, while improving the overall appearance.

More than anything else, NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack may be one of the most precious gifts that your mom could ever receive in her entire life. Well, she’s the most important woman in your life after all. Hence, she deserves to be treated like a queen with that vibrant, bouncy and shiny “crowning glory.”

NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack is beyond compare. So, don’t think twice to wrap it as your present for her this Mother’s Day and, if ever, for life. Head on to any Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores to get a dose of nature’s answer to hair loss.  For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit for more details. Follow us on Twitter @NovuhairNatural and Instagram @NovuhairOfficial for promo announcements and exciting updates.

Breakout, Katipunan

When Aldous Calubad invited me to try Breakout in Katipunan, I didn’t hesitate and immediately said yes.

Since 2014, Breakout has been providing a unique experience to thousands of players by trapping them in different themed rooms for 45 minutes. They are given an interactive game where players have to team up to find clues and solve logic puzzles based on various storylines. Participants are encouraged to PLAN as a team, SOLVE puzzles collaboratively in order to ESCAPE before time expires.

Breakout was present when I attended Blogapalooza way back in 2015. Here’s the photo I had.

Breakout is one of the activity in the city that you can consider if you are looking for a new and exciting summer adventure. Escape within 45 minutes and get a chance to be part of their living legends leader board.

For more updates, please follow Breakout Philippines on and Instagram http://@BreakoutPH

Xiao Nan Men, Banawe

I’ve never been in Taiwan yet, but because of Aldous Calubad, I was able to try their cuisine without leaving the country.
Xiao Nan Men, located in Z Square Mall offers delish Taiwanese cuisine.

We started our foodie adventure with Xiao Long Bao (Php199.00).


Ja Chang Noodles (Php159.00).


Fried Stinky Tofu (P199.00).


Beef with Bell Pepper (Php288.00).


King Fish in Mango Chili Sauce (Php250.00), the fish looks angry. I liked the flavor of this dish. A bit tangy and spicy at the same time.


Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php199.00), tasted like Chowking’s Yang Chow. It was good!


Three Cups Chicken (Php199.00), I honestly don’t know why they called it three cups chicken; nevertheless I liked how it was cooked.


Fried Xiao Long Bao (Php199.00), topped with black sesame seeds.


Spicy Wanton (Php199.00).


Deep Fried Pork Chop (Php199.00).


Stir Fried Garlic Taiwan Sausage (Php199.00).


Foodies behind the scene




Xiao Nan Men’s serving is good for sharing. Foods are delicious and affordable.


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Review: Rib City, Maginhawa

Last week, Rib City in Maginhawa filled our hungry tummy with their savoury dish. Well, Rib City’s surf and turf is back! Oh, Yes! This is not a hallucination. For only Php458.00, you can enjoy their eat all you can Ribs, Tempura, Wings, Side eats and Drinks. And it is available all day, everyday.





Aya Gonzalez, the girl in-charge of Rib City let us try their dessert. Of course, our foodie adventure is incomplete without any dessert. 😉
Queso De Bola Cheesecake (Php138.00).


White Toblerone Cheesecake (Php148.00).


And their yummy Brownie Ala Mode.


Their huge serving of Not Just Nachos (Php198.00).


Rib City in Maginhawa can accommodate 78 Pax.






Location: 63 Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City

Contact number: 2380844
Mondays – Thursdays, Sundays 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Fridays – Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:00 MN

Address: Upper Ground Floor, Globe Telecom Plaza Tower 2, Pioneer cor. Madison Sts., Mandaluyong City
Contact number: 7304309
Mondays – Sundays 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM

Thank you for inviting, Rib City! 😊

Review: El Chapo’s, Katipunan

El Chapo’s in The Yard is a food stall that offers Filipino Mexican dish. As per Mark (the owner), the name El Chapo’s was inspired by a Mexican drug lord. So don’t worry, it’s legal. 😉

What I enjoyed most in El Chapo’s food is their Fil-Mex Style Barbequed Street Corn (Php60.00), it is a combination of sweet and spicy flavor. Hey! Believe me, it may look like a fish because of the plating, but this is really a corn. And this one is a sweet corn!

We also had their Cheesy Beef Salpicao Nachos (Php160.00).

Their humongous Onion Rings (Php75.00) is good for sharing. It has parmesan and sriracha.

If you are looking for a new flavor of tacos, El Chapo’s is here. You can try their Chicharitos Lechon Sisig (Php85.00), it has sour cream and salsa verde.

Or you can try their best-seller Beef Salpicao Taco (Php95.00).


Location: 83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Contact Number: 09209831619

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Review: Shizen Ramen, Marikina City


Situated in Marikina City, Shizen Ramen obviously offers Japanese food like ramen, gyoza and salads. Ramen lovers should visit this restaurant because of their huge serving. Yung tipong kasing laki siya ng mukha mo or mas malaki pa sa mukha mo yung serving bowl nila. Man, I’m serious, walang halong biro. And hey, it is affordable, too!

We started our dinner with their mini version of Gyoza. For only Php80.00 you can have three pieces of it.

For the Ramen, I had their best-seller The Beast Ramen (Php229.00), a combination of beef strips, corn, chasyu and egg. The meat was tender, the broth was flavorful, the egg was perfectly cooked, and the sweetness of corn was good. No wonder why this is their best-seller. It was full-flavored! Sulit and byahe from Quezon City to Marikina City.

Once you try their ramen, you’ll look for it the next time the rain pours. Just like what happened two days ago, The Beast Ramen can be my comfort food for this crazy rainy weather.

Here are the other flavors you can try:
Chasyu Ramen (Php179.00) is a combination of four pieces of Chasyu, Wakame and Spring Onions.

Yakuza Ramen (Php199.00) is a combination of Beef Strips, Chili, Bean Sprouts, Tofu and Mushroom.

Tokyo Ramen (Php189.00) is a combination of Fish Cake, Bamboo Shoots, Kombu and Chasyu.

Thanks to Aldous and Shizen Ramen for inviting!

Location: 70 Bayan-bayanan Avenue, Marikina City
Contact Number: 09778025260

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