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Delightful & Classic Savory Goodness

Classic Savory has been around for a very long time, 1950 to be exact. Though I didn’t exactly see the brand grow, my abuelito and abuelita (grandparents) sure did. They said that they frequently visit their first branch which is located in Escolta and the classic chicken is a must-order. In a nutshell, Classic Savory is a really great place.

I think we can all agree because Classic Savory became the destination for Filipino families during simple gatherings and special occasions. In fact, people come and go at their The Annex – SM North branch. Some of them enjoy a simple meal with friends and family while some who are in big groups celebrate. It’s really great. Oh! Let’s backtrack a little bit.

I was actually sick a few weeks prior to visiting that branch. Since I was feeling better, I wanted to enjoy a lovely lunch with my abuelita and tio. So I searched for a restaurant on my Zomato app and stumbled upon Classic Savory. After checking their delightful menu and asking my abuelita, Classic Savory was indeed the perfect choice.

When we arrived at the restaurant, the waitstaff greeted and guided us to an empty couch. We were given the menu and immediately ordered because it was easy. Their menu is detailed but simple. After ordering, we only waited a few minutes for the soup to be served.

Nido Soup with Quail Eggs

Thick soup with mock bird’s nest and boiled quail eggs.

Then our dishes arrived.

Salt and Pepper Squid

Deep-fried crunchy squid, served with spiced vinegar dip.

Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet

Breaded white fish with yummy sweet and sour sauce.

I don’t like soups for an unknown reason but I did enjoy Classic Savory’s Nido Soup with Quail Eggs. It was delightfully warm. Speaking of which, I didn’t know how a simple Salt and Pepper Squid can be so delicious. It was soft and flavourful and so was their Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet. Boy, we really got our money’s worth!

Oh, you might be wondering why we didn’t order the “must-order dish”. Allow me to explain. Before going back home, we passed by the restaurant to buy their Half Classic Chicken. 🙂

Now, we don’t live that far but it was a 45-minute drive because of traffic. Let me tell you that our car smelled delicious that entire time. When we arrived home and finally enjoyed it for dinner, I can honestly say that the Half Classic Chicken is really good and worth every Peso. Because of that, we’re very much interested to try their Buttered Chicken and Salted Egg Fried Chicken.

Oh, by the way, I vlogged my trip here. Would you like to watch? (Classic Savory 01:25) While you’re there, could you please SUBSCRIBE and leave a thumbs up? Thanks heaps! 🙂

You can find Classic Savory at the 2nd floor of SM City North Annex, EDSA Corner North Ave., Quezon City.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Happy eating!

Classic Savory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lunch at Sisig Society in Calle Bistro, Quezon City’s New Lifestyle Strip

Have you been to Calle Bistro? I’ve been hearing about the place from my fellow Northerners but was only able to visit it a month ago. What is Calle Bistro, you ask?

Well, Calle means “street” in Spanish and Venetian. This street is located at the side of Ever Gotesco Mall on Commonwealth Avenue. It is the mall’s lifestyle strip where they feature a series of cafes and restaurants. So whether you’re in search for a place to enjoy a lovely meal, snack or coffee, you’ll definitely find the perfect spot here. Read More

Guilt-Free Milk Tea? Keto-Friendly Coffee? One UltraKappu, Please!

I know it’s hard to believe but guilt-free and healthy milk tea options do exist, all thanks to the newest milk tea bar in the metro. The place is called UltraKappu Milk Tea Bar located at Bali Garden Residences, South Zuzuarragui Street, Old Balara Quezon City.

UltraKappu (urutorakappu) literally means “ULTRA CUP”. They are a 100% Filipino startup with a name and theme loosely inspired by Japanese superheroes like Ultraman. Cool, eh? I think it’s super! Their ingredients; however, are imported from the original birthplace of milk tea which is Taiwan. But other than that UltraKappu is a minimalist milk tea bar from the ambience all the way to the drinks they offer.

What do I mean, you ask? Read More

Zomato’s 11th Anniversary – A Birthday with a Bang!

July 10 marks the 11th Anniversary of Zomato globally. And how would a food tech company celebrate its birthday? In a very special way, the Zomato team celebrated by conducting a food drive worldwide. In line with its mission of providing better food for more people, hundreds of Zomato employees and hunger heroes distributed meals to the underserved across 11 countries: India, Philippines, UAE, Lebanon, Portugal, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Qatar, USA, and Turkey.

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The Zomato Philippines Team just before hitting the streets!

On the day of Zomato’s Birthday, July 10, Zomato Philippines gathered almost 2000 meals that were distributed to selected homeless, underprivileged, and less fortunate areas in Metro Manila. With the help of esteemed brands such as Jollibee, J.CO Donuts & Coffee, Chowking, BonChon Chicken, Long Time Ago, Kashmir, U! Happy, Sangkap, Yoshinoya, La Mère Poulard, ALTA by Relik, Tropical Hut, Rossini Ristorante Italiano, Kowloon House – Bangkal Makati, Recovery Food, Three Guys And A Grill, Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub, Buddy’s, Cabalen, Easy, Tiger, Pep Squad Events, AXA Philippines, Tang, and Hearty Bread, Zomato was able to distribute around 2,000 meals in less fortunate communities in Metro Manila. That’s 2000 smiles – a true celebration for Zomato’s Birthday in the Philippines!

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The birthday bash was then followed by a Zomato Gold Experience last July 20, with the kids of Mertixell Children’s Foundation. It was themed sibling-for-a-day, where Zomato Gold Members willingly volunteered to be an ate or a kuya for a day. The afternoon was spent with giggles and cheers from the kids, as there was a lot of dancing, singing, fun, and games. An amazing Zomato Gold experience.

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In the spirit of Zomato’s mission, better food for more people, the only way they ought to celebrate was to give back. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Zomato!

Avocado Lovers! Avocadoria, Ayala Vertis North is Now Open

Avocadoria! No, no, no. I’m not casting a spell as those in the Wizarding World. Avocadoria is a dessert stall or heaven for sweet tooths and avocado lovers. They recently opened their branch at Ayala Vertis North last July 27th. Since I’m a north girl, I passed by the following day (earlier today).

So here’s what I learned. Avocadoria has four offerings: Avocado Shake, Avocado Lover, Avocado Dream, and Avocado Cheesecake. I got to try two. Read More

Affordable Steaks, Carvylicious Chicken & Flaming Buffalo Wings? Chubs Chasers, Visayas Avenue is the Place

Though I live near the area, there are only two restaurants along Visayas Avenue my family and I frequently visit. If we decide to dine in a different place, the nearest mall is the safest bet. It all works out sometimes but with the number of vehicles, going to the mall can be a hassle.

But things are now going to change because there’s another restaurant that caught my attention. The place is called Chubs Chasers, a casual Filipino-American restaurant that offers All Day Breakfast, pasta dishes, premium steaks, and lots of chicken. Just a little note when ordering. Make sure to read their menu carefully because they have numerous good choices. So, you are sure to find something that’ll suit your taste and satisfy your cravings as I did! Read More

Beef Pares, Mami & Bone Marrow? Pares Retiro is Open 24 Hours

Pares which literally means pair is an original Filipino dish. It is a combination of beef stew with garlic rice pared with a bowl of soup. The stew is cooked in soy sauce, anise and topped with spring onions. Again, this delicious Filipino dish can be eaten during breakfast, lunch or dinner.

And if you want the best pares in town, visit Pares Retiro. They have a branch at 344 Visayas Ave corner Congressional Ave, Quezon City which is open 24/7. Besides pares, they also offer lugaw, mami, soup, pancit, sizzling sisig and more. Read More

Seven Best Asian Films at the Cinemalaya’s Visions of Asia

THE 15th edition of the Cinemalaya Film Festival presents a kaleidoscope of cinema from the Asian region through Visions of Asia, a major component of the country’s largest independent film festival.

Four award-winning NETPAC films and three Asian indie films will convey Asian sensibilities to film enthusiasts, which will be screened on August 3 to 10, at various CCP venues. Read More

Cinemalaya Takes a Bold Stand with Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa”

FOR its 15th year, Cinemalaya makes a striking move when it decides to open the film festival with Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa (The Halt)” on August 2, 6pm at CCP Main Theater lobby.

For the first time in the film festival’s history, Cinemalaya will screen a four-hour-and-thirty-minute film to kickstart the most anticipated cinematic event in the country.

Known for defying filmmaking traditions, Filipino director Diaz has been a hardcore believer of slow cinema movement, having written and produced numerous films with longest narratives.

Also, Diaz films have been known for being politically charged, with themes depicting the harsh social and political realities happening in the country. He is the creative brain behind some of the best independent films in recent years, including “Batang West Side,” “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis,” “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” “Norte, the End of History,” among others.

This screening is a homecoming of sort for Diaz’s “Ang Hupa” after making its world premiere at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight, the non-competition section of Cannes Film Festival, in France early this year.

The film is set in the year 2034 AD. Southeast Asia has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left.

Diaz’s new film, a mix of sci-fi and horror, is “about death of a dictator, the death of morality, the death of truth.”

Actor Piolo Pascual, veteran director-actor Joel Lamangan and actress Shaina Magdayao topbill the film. Joining them are actors Hazel Orencio, Mara Lopez, Pinky Amador, Susan Africa, Noel Miralles, Joel Saracho, Philip Heremans, Gala Athena Diaz, among others.

Cinemalaya is rolling out the red carpet during the opening, with a spectacular pre-screening program, to be directed by CCP artistic director and festival director Chris B. Millado.

The invitational opening night kicks off the Cinemalaya 2019, which will run from August 2 to 11 at the CCP venues, and August 5 to 13 at selected Ayala Malls Cinemas and Vista Malls nationwide.

For full screening schedule, visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph).

Roberto’s, a Filipino – American Steak House

SM North EDSA’s new wing called the North Towers features various restaurants. Though I frequent that mall, I haven’t had the chance to fully explore that building. So when we parked at the newest building, we decided to find a restaurant there as well.

We chose Roberto’s, a Filipino – American Steak House. According to their Facebook page, this place offers 100% Australian Beef and with an omnipresent Western Flavours among its menu, and making sure that quality food is served at pleasing prices combines with a relaxing ambience to form an incomparable dining experience.  Read More