Author: FoodieViewsPH

Mercato Centrale Firenze

Have you been to Florence? No? Same. That is why we are happy to share with you photos that our guest foodie recently shared with us. Below are a few image of her journey through the streets of Florence. Don’t they look good? Anyway, there another photo that really caught our attention. This was taken at Mercato Centrale Firenze. If you love watching shows on Food Network and TLC, you have probably seen this scenario. Mercato Centrale Firenze was the brainchild of Umberto Montano, who with Claudio Cardini launched the project that would give Florence back one of its most important locations: the first floor of the covered market in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood. The project became a reality in spring 2014, marking the 140th anniversary of the iron and glass building erected in 1874 according to a design by architect Giuseppe Mengoni – also responsible for the San Ambrogio market and the more famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Source: http://www.mercatocentrale.it Open daily from 10 am until midnight, this large covered marketplace will give …

SNOOPY Cha-ya, Kyoto Nishiki

Jackie, one of our foodie friends visited Kyoto, Japan. There she explored various places one of which is Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba). This narrow, five block long shopping street features more than a hundred shops and restaurants earning them the name “Kyoto’s Kitchen”. This place is lively with fresh seafood, seasonal foods and many of Kyoto’s specialties. Tako tamago: A small baby octopus with a quail’s egg which is both salty and sweet. In the middle of these stalls is a cute SNOOPY-theme cafe. Yep, you’ll find Charlie Brown’s pet beagle here. The cafe offers a variety of meals such as Snoopy Japanese style omelet rice salad with soup and Woodstock’s Japanese style curry. For dessert, they have Snoopy roaring tea chiffon cake, Snoopy grilled pancake, Woodstock Ise Hojo Tea Parfait and Uji Green Tea Warabimichi wich you can partner with Snoopy Matcha Latte or Snoopy roaring tea latte. Cute, right? Menu images from http://www.snoopychaya.jp

Welcome to Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café – Tagaytay City

Last weekend, two of our FoodieViewsPH friends (Suze and Ayen) went  to Tagaytay City. There they discovered Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café, a homey place targeted to all dreamers as well as doers, thinkers, artists and crafters. Just look at that lovely interior and colorful decorations. Everywhere you look you’ll find something that would brighten your day – dreamcatchers of every color and size, inspirational quotes as well as arts & crafts (that you can buy).  Even the tables, seats and stairs don’t break theme. Indeed, Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café will inspire you to dream and conquer. What’s great about this is they won’t let you conquer the world on an empty stomach! 😉 Take note that the main attraction is their arts & crafts and their food is their secondary offering. Moreover, Dreamland Arts & Crafts Café is not a a fast food chain which means that they cook your food upon ordering. Though it might take a while (depending on your order), you’ll get to eat good food cooked with love and NO preservatives. …

Utoy’s Batangas Lomi, Bulalo, Pares, atbp.

Summer is upon us but sometimes we just want to enjoy a bowl of warm, savory, and thick lomi. Wanna know where you can get that delicious bowl? Try Utoy’s Batangas Lomi, Bulalo, Pares, atbp. Though small, this eatery along Visayas Avenue has enough space for their diners. They have a designated area inside and also a couple of tables and chairs outside (not photographed). Take note that the place doesn’t have air-conditioning but they have electric fans. Plus, it’s somewhat an open-air eatery so you’ll be able to enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. Now onto food! Utoy’s offer Batangas Lomi that comes in Regular, Special, Super, Pares, Lechon or Chicken Lomi. They also have Bulalo, some short orders of Beef Pares and the like as well as All-Day Breakfast choices and Sizzling Plates. For this trip, we ordered some Special Lomi, Tapsilog and Omu Rice. As you can see they have an ample serving. The Special Lomi is packed not just with thick fresh egg noodles but also with eggs, kikiam, fish balls and …

Manilachon, The Famous Lechon Porchetta

After all the excitement, I left SM Cinema 2 hurt and honestly, quite hungry. Pretty sure you’ve guessed which movie I’m talking about. Anyway, my family and I were at The Block, SM North EDSA and the first place you would want to check out when you’re hungry is The Food Circuit located at the ground floor. Why, you ask? Well, The Food Circuit features many restaurants and cafes which means that whatever type of dish you want, you will definitely find it there. So when my grandmother said she was craving for lechon, we checked each restaurant and something caught our eye. We saw an aluminum (I think) silver lechon and below it is a sign that says Manilachon, The Famous Lechon Porchetta. Manilachon has a simple set up but their strikingly beautiful wall décor/ signage, lights and those two crispy lechon displayed near the entrance made the place so inviting. But what I like even more is the simplicity of their menu. Want some Lechon Porchetta? You can order the classic or the spicy …