Author: Clari Says

Limbaga 77’s CLASSIC Filipino Dishes

With the rise of new food concepts and being surrounded by countless restaurants, people always have something new to explore. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to expand your palate and enjoy new food. But just in case you want to go back to basics to the food you grew up eating, what would that be? Mine would be Filipino cuisine specifically Ilocano and Chavacano dishes BUT I don’t limit myself with these two. In fact, I also love dishes from other regions and I happen to know a place where you can enjoy them. In Tomas Morato Quezon City, there is a street called Scout Limbaga. There you will find a two-storey white house with large window frames. The house was actually built in the ’60s but was converted into a restaurant four years ago and is now known as Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant. I’ve passed by the area countless times but this was the first time I set foot on the place. Seeing the facade up close, the cozy al fresco area …

CCP Presents the 14th CINEMALAYA this August

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation are set to roll out the red carpet for the 14th edition of the country’s biggest independent film festival, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, on August 3 to 12, 2018, at various venues of the CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas. The 2018 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival promises to deliver the best visual storytelling to every film enthusiast. Judging by this year’s line-up of full-length films and short features, there is something that will surely capture the audience’s imagination. Following the theme “Wings of Vision,” this year’s Cinemalaya will screen 10 full-length films, all competing for the grand awards. The competing full-length entries are: “Distance” by Percival Intalan; “Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset)” by Carlo Enciso Catu; “Kuya Wes” by James Robin Mayo; “Liway” by Kip Oebanda; “Mamang” by Denise O’Hara; “ML” by Benedicto Mique Jr.; “Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land)” by Iar Lionel Arondaing; “Pan De Salawal (The Sweet taste …

Café Adriatico… EXPRESS!

Café Adriatico, the restaurant that started the “bistro culture” in the Philippines brings their old-time food favorites on a small nook at the Food Circuit of The Block, SM City North EDSA. Yes, the place is quite small but Café Adriatico Express can give you a great dining experience. Just take a look at their interior and dim lighting. (See video – please subscribe!) These elements make the atmosphere more relaxed allowing you to enjoy the food and company. Moreover, the service is fast and the staff courteous and accommodating. Now for the dishes they offer. As mentioned earlier, they serve the well-loved dishes of Café Adriatico BUT it doesn’t end there. Café Adriatico Express also offers new menu items perfect for solo diners, couples even groups! Want to see what they have to offer? Here are a few of the items I was able to try. Ensalada Esmeralda P299 Chicken Macaroni P125 Pork Empanaditas P175 Garlic Chicken Wings P195 Baked Salmon Rice Topping P250 BBQ Pork Belly P195 American Beef Stew P295 Pepperoni Pizza …

Virgin Labfest 14

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writer’s Bloc Inc., hosts the Virgin Labfest, an annual theater festival dedicated to the staging of untried, untested and unstaged works, from June 27 to July 15, 2018 at various venues of the CCP. The three-week festival promises to be a spectacular one, offering twelve new plays and four staged readings, and three revisited plays from last year’s festival all performed by outstanding thespians and directed by upcoming and established directors. Taking “Silip” as its catchphrase, the festival offers a chance for writers to see their creative skills taken from page to stage. Now on its 14th year, the annual theater festival picked 12 new featured one-act works, out of more than 150 manuscripts submitted. Each expresses the complexity of human experience and create dialogues on social issues. The new plays are divided into four sets. Set A includes: “Mga Eksena sa Buhay ng Kontrabida,” written by Dustin Celestino and directed by Roobak Valle; “Mga Bata sa Selda …

Lido Cocina Tsina by Panciteria Lido – Mindanao Avenue

The first Lido Cocina Tsina branch I visited is the one located in Visayas Avenue mainly because it’s near my place. Little did I know there’s another one close to me. The Mindanao Avenue branch may not be as spacious as the one in Visayas Avenue but it does have parking spaces and they’re right beside a gas station. Moreover, this Lido Cocina Tsina branch is well-lit, clean and ventilated. Their staff are courteous and friendly, too! When it comes to food, their Chinese dishes which are adapted to suit the Filipino palate doesn’t disappoint. In fact, they offer many choices which means you will surely find a dish that you will enjoy. They have some Rice Toppings Classico and Rice Toppings Primera perfect for solo diners. But if you’re with your family and/or friends, sharing is way better! For this food trip, we enjoyed the following: Hunan Style Lomi Beef Broccoli Drunken Lechon Macau Manchurian Wings Pugon-Roasted Asado Shrimp Foo-Yong Beef with Shallot Fried Rice Though all these dishes are delicious, there are a few that …