Category: foodtrip

10 Things to see in Bangkok

What’s in Bangkok for a Filipino traveler?

We hear about Bangkok. We hear about Thailand, but what’s to see when you’re from Manila or the Philippines? What’s to consider  when visiting Bangkok as a Filipino?

Clueless Commuter visits Thailand

I decided to join my parents during their trip in Thailand. It’s not everyday to you get to have a chance to.

Last July 2017, I stayed at Bangkok for four (4) days and three (3) nights. My parents attended a homecoming reunion hosted by one of my father’s college batchmates from Thailand.

I have a knack on going with loved ones and friends on trips. I do this so I can spend time with them and benefit from the discount you get with group travels. Alternatively, I do clueless commuting (like my solo Japan trip last November 2016).

1. Shopping

Fashion

Too bad I wasn’t geared for this. I don’t have words enough to explain how Bangkok is ‘THE’ place to be if you want to go for a wardrobe overhaul. Converted to Philippine Pesos, you can get fashion finds for as low as PhP 300.  All this already with the quality, fabric and style as what I see in Forever 21 stores.

Pastel dresses in Bangkok.

Flowing dresses priced somewhere around P2200 when converted to PhP.

Their fabric, cloth quality and cut are refined craftsmanship. They are comfortable to wear. They have the flair. They set the trends (you see in Manila). The clothes are flattering.

Bangkok printed skirt.

Exquisite prints and quality fabrics are used for Bangkok clothes.

If I get to visit Bangkok, Thailand again, I’ll make sure to save up and bring home an enormous amount of fashion finds with half the cost.

If you plan to shop in Thailand, You can check out Platinum Shopping Mall .Forget about shopping in Hong-Kong or Korea if you have been there. Bangkok. Is. The. Real. Thing. Continue reading

Kanto Freestyle in Makati Avenue

It’s a Filipino concept diner that brings you Pinoy local breakfasts, street style.

A few of my colleagues have repeatedly mentioned Kanto Freestyle.

I was only able to visit it this week when Ez and I needed a late dinner fix. Since Makati Avenue caters to night life and after party eats, Kanto Freestyle is also open until late. If I’m not mistaken it’s even open 24-hours.

Where is Kanto Freestyle in Makati?

Kanto Freestyle’s Makati  branch is located at the end of P. Burgos Avenue and Makati  Avenue, a few steps near J.P. Rizal Avenue. As far as I know they have a prior branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig City that actually started the buzz.

Kanto Freestyle location in Makati City

Kanto Freestyle in Makati is located at the end of P. Burgos and Makati Avenue. It’s already a few steps to J.P. Rizal Avenue.

People might get confused since Kanto is located at the corner of the two avenues.

P. Burgos and Makati Ave. meet twice: one near Jupiter Avenue and the other one near J.P. Rizal.

What’s special with Kanto Freestyle

I believe it’s positioned as a place to get meals after tipsy friends end the night out. That’s why, they’d be open until the wee hours in the morning.

But, more than that, their menu is designed so you can get a taste of Pinoy mix and match diner breakfast experience. You can get some bacon with a classic Pinoy Tinapa (smoked fish) topped with Herbed tomatoes, some eggs– name it and add it to your heart’s content.

… With which, I’ll make sure to take a photo of their custom menu when I go back, okay.

What we ordered

Ez was hungry. She decided to go for a rice meal. I was opting to be a bit more conservative, it was already late.I thought I needed something (subjectively) just enough for a midnight snack.

So my friend here orders crisped Kanto Freestyle Fried Pork Belly. What a Pinoy classic to stare at for a midnight snack.

Kanto Freestyle fried pork liempo

Ez orders Kanto Freestyle’s Fried Pork Belly (Php 110). It’s an everyday Pinoy street style classic.

After that, her Grilled Suman gets served. It’s a Filipino native snack dessert. It’s made of glutinous rice drizzled with chocolate and ube halaya (I missed the ube in the photo, sad).

Kanto Freestyle suman

She also decides on having a native grilled suman (Php 85) for dessert.  We shared them but boy, was that was h-e-a-v-y.

As I was saying, I was on the decoy to order something light. I didn’t want to drowse off while finishing off a website project when I get home. Apparently, it’s not what you go to Kanto Freestyle for.  Continue reading

Kyoto 京都 Kyōto: Arinco Roll at Arashiyama 嵐山 Park, Japan

Arinco was a most delectable matcha experience I had to date during my Arashiyama (嵐山) Park visit in Kyoto, Japan

I visited Kyoto, Japan last November 2016. This was one of the fanciest things I have stumbled upon during my day trip at Arashiyama (嵐山) Park, in Kyoto, Japan.

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If you look closely, the chocolate was made of delectable refined milk, sugar, and matcha powder. For some reason, it was really an unforgettable treat. The sensation of how it melted as I took my bite has not been paralleled by anything I know, yet.

As you can see here: This matcha chocolate was hand crafted right there and then at Arino.jp branch in Arashiyama (嵐山) Park, Kyoto, Japan.

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The lady right on the photo above is seen crafting the Matcha chocolate by hand.

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I wasn’t able to try this Kyo Roll on the photo. I know I’ll have to try it when I go back. It’s one of those things you’ll need a friend to share it with. Since I went to Kyoto, Japan alone, I decided to skip it during my last visit.

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I’ll tell you a secret. This Matcha chocolate, actually, fell on the cement floor.

Yes. I ate it. It costed gold– and even if other tourists saw me, they’ll never remember who I was. Plus! It makes a great story now. Clueless Commuter's LOL smiley

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The set comes with hot matcha milk. The drink didn’t quite made as much impact compared to the matcha chocolate, but they definitely blended memorably as a pair. The drink also became memorable as it was warm during the chilly November autumn weather.

The matcha drink is actually available in a hot or cold variant.

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A few high school students seemed to have also been enjoying another local treat from Arashiyama (嵐山) on these photos.

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Try Arinco’s matcha chocolate and goodies if ever you get to visit Arashiyama Park in Kyoto, Japan. It’s just a delectable as how it looks. It was so refined and delectable, I can vividly recall how it the sensation of melting matcha felt inside my head.

Meanwhile, leave a comment below if you’ve got a similar matcha experience to share. Until next time!

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Visit University Burger and Try Their Ice Scramble Milkshake

I visit University Burger every once in while for one reason: their Ice Scramble Milkshake sends me back my childhood. 

I come back to University Burger for their Ice Scramble milkshake.

University Burger is a new burger joint on JP Rizal Avenue in Poblacion, Makati. It’s sending waves because of its affordable, home-grilled, yet agreeable Angus beef patties. If you’re on a tight budget but are still looking for great-tasting burgers in the metro, consider this your day.

University Burger's home grilled burger.

University Burger’s quality home-grilled burgers.

Where is University Burger?

The shop is two blocks away from Makati Avenue if you’re coming from the Makati City hall complex.

Look for Robelle Hotel and Funeraria Filipina along JP Rizal Avenue. The tiny street between these two landmarks will lead you straight to University Burger’s doorstep.

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How to Commute to University Burger

If you’re commuting from EDSA-Guadalupe, find a jeepney that goes to L. Guinto or Munisipyo ng Makati. It will pass through JP Rizal.

After the jeepney crosses Makati Avenue, go down at Robelle Hotel. It’s a huge green building to your left. University Burger is on the street next to it.

You’ll recognize the joint by its chalkboard-decorated interior and yellow-lit, high-school-hangout vibe.

What’s in the Menu?

Their shop caters to budget trippers! You can get a home-grilled meal for as low as Php90. Check their full menu here.

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During my previous visits, I have ordered…

  •  Mr. Nice Guy – Quarter pounder basic burger Php 90
  • Cheese Quesadilla – Php 55
  • Choco Loco Special Shake – Php 100
  • Big Bully – Half-Pounder Burger – Php 140

If you’re on a diet, visit on cheat days so you can splurge on extra with their novelty milkshakes. I tried Chocoloco and I did get loco with the choco mallows inside the mug. 

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Chocoloco specialty milkshake at University Burger

What to Expect

The store has a tambayan setup that can accommodate 4-8 foodie groups at a time. They say there’s more seats upstairs, but I haven’t checked the second floor yet.

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If it gets cramped, there is a second floor. Otherwise, share a seat and earn a friend!

The ground floor can get a bit crowded due to the store’s rising popularity. Make it a consideration if you’re going as a group. If you’re going alone, I recommend just sharing a seat and gaining a friend if the place becomes too cramped.

The shop also has reminiscent classroom interior in it. It’s the perfect place to invite your high-school friends for a mini-reunion. Or, you know, invite your highschool crush for a budget date.

Open Hours and Delivery

Take note though, they’re only open from 3pm-2am. I know–you can’t visit them at the normal lunch hour. Just visit them after work, maybe?

Also, they said they CAN deliver, but only within Makati’s vicinity. And for a minimum of Php 700. If you could, just visit them so you could also enjoy their grilled burger right from the kitchen. For more details, visit their facebook page.

Final Thoughts

University Burger is the best place to visit when you’re on a budget and you’re still craving for quality burgers. It’s also great if you’re looking for a budget date in Makati during pre-salary periods.

Lastly,  the store’s interior makes for a fun environment to reminisce school memories. I was actually surprised to learn that some of the owners were my high school batch mates!

Got more questions about University Burger? Like their facebook page and contact them!

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