Thursday, August 30, 2012

Red Meat Diary

Warning:  If you are not a red meat fan, please stop reading.

Forgive me for being so inactive lately.  I haven't been much of an adventurer since I started this new journey which I still prefer to keep mum till something happens.

It has been 41 days since my last red meat gorging.  And I think, it has finally taking its toll on my well being. *sheepish grin*  and while I was scanning my phone for rubbish pics I found this!

Oh hello there my good friends...

Dear Oinky Bacon,

I miss your crispy personality.  I can't get enough of you.  I'd welcome you anytime of the day.  I miss the way your smell makes me dream of a sunny day while swinging under the shade.  I miss how your crunch marries the chargrilled taste of your good friend Beefy Patty.

Dear Beefy Patty,

As I've said, the experience is not perfect without you in the picture.  It is an empty gastronomical fulfillment.  It was like drinking coke zero or pepsi light without the zing.  Or eating low fat ice cream.  Subtitutes just don't make the cut.  It is not the real thing.

Good, good friends...when will our paths cross again?  

Until then, I will keep you on the pedestal of my wish-list.

This monstrous burger by the way, is from Davao.  Had the chance to sample it way back in March 2012.

Gino's Burger
Door 4 Yu Uy Tong Bldg.
Lapu Lapu Street
Corner Sobrecarey Street
Davao City 8000, Philippines
(Near Sta. Ana Parish / Between FabuLocks Salon and ARVP)
Telephone Number (082) 226 2659
Mobile Number: 0946 565 4636
Open: Monday to Saturday from 9AM to 8PM
for the menu, click here

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Three Countries in One Day

So the long weekend for Eid al Fitr has finally passed, and we spent it glued to the tube.  Seriously, while everyone else we know frolicked under the sun, we jumped from one channel to another just because its free!  No, I will not be talking about the free cable channels. 

I was berating my husband for not making any plans for the long weekend - sad to say because we were both so wrapped up with the door thing.  We currently don't have a doorknob.  Don't ask, I might end up complaining about our real estate agent. hmp!

Anyway, since we didn't have any reservations for the first and second day of Eid, hubby woke me up early and promised to take me around the globe in one day.  I jumped into the shower and some coffee.  He took out our emergency bag and filled it out with chips and then we're off.  Road trip!

First stop. IKEA! Imagine my glee when I noticed the road we are heading.  So we had Swedish breakfast.  We had their breakfast meal plus waffles and refillable coffee.  We didn't linger inside the store because we need to take a longer trip from Abu Dhabi.

Second stop, yes, its in Dubai.  We decided to do some early Christmas shopping.  Make the most of what ever is on sale.  For lunch, we had an American meal.  Nope its not the big yellow M logo with it.  We opted to eat healthy and go for Subway.  Healthy subs plus cookies is the perfect lunch while shopping.

For our last stop we decided to try out the newly opened Filipino restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Max's Friedn Chicken.  The restaurant is located in Khalifa St. in Abu Dhabi.  It is at Corcniche Apartment building at "R" floor.  We were excited to try it since, it has been a while since we ate something Filipino.

Once you the elevator doors opened at level "R" we were warmly greeted by the hostess.  There is a queue for the table.  So she got our name and we sat at the waiting area.  The restaurant was buzzing.  Every Filipino was excited to try out Max's.  Good thing the waiting didn't take that long.  We were seated and our orders were taken.  After 15 minutes our order came and we dive in.  We had Max's platter and Max's basic and Chicken sisig.  I'm not a sisig eater but husband told me to try it, and amazingly it was good.  Everything was good.  It tastes like being back at home. *sigh*  downside though, the plates were oily.  It felt like it was not properly washed?  I'll let is pass, being it newly opened and too busy with customers.  Total wallet damage was AED 84.00 not bad.  Not bad at all.

All in all we had a taste of three countries in one day.  Maybe next holiday we'll do this again and maybe this time we will have a plan.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Break The Fast in Abu Dhabi

Well, I really have to wait for the last day of Ramadan just to make this article, right? Uhmmm...would it help if I say " I was swamped with work for the last couple of weeks." ? Anyway, before the moon shows up tonight I've checked some restaurants and Iftar deals where you can indulge all the yummy foods to your burst out of your seams.

Le Jardin
Mercure Centre Hotel, Al Markaziyah
Rate: AED 95.00
Time: sunset - 8:30 pm
For reservations: 02 633 3555

Mafraq Hotel Abu Dhabi
Mafraq Hotel Abu Dhabi
Rate: AED 99.00
Time: sunest - 10:30 pm
For reservation: 02 659 6207

Hyatt Capital Gate
Khaleej al Arabi St
Rate: AED 170.00
Time: sunest - 10:30 pm
For reservation: 02 596 1440

Cristal Salam Hotel,
Tourist Club Area
Rate:  AED 125.00
Time: sunset - 7:30 pm
For reservation: 02 659 7712

Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri,
Bain Al Jessrian
Rate: AED 125 ++
Time: sunset - 8 pm
For reservation: 02 510 8888

Al Badiya
Tilal Liwa Hotel, Liwa
Rate: AED 140.00
Time: sunset - 10:30 pm
For reservation:  02 894 6111

Al Bathna
Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel
Rate: AED 160
Time: sunset - 8:30 pm
For reservation: 02 441 5900

Radisson Blu, Yas Island
Rate: AED 105
Time: sunset - 10:30 pm
For reservation: 02 656 2000

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island
Rate: AED 120
Time: sunset and onwards
For reservation: 02 656 0600

Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Island
Rate: AED 125
Time: sunset onwards
For reservation: 02 810 7777

Yas Island Rotana, Yas Island
Rate: AED 160
Time: 9 pm to 11:00 pm
For reservation: 02 656 4000

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, 
Al Markaziyah
Rate:  AED 149.00
Time: sunset - 10:30 pm
For reservation: 02 614 6020

Aloft Abu Dhabi,
Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Rate: AED 135
Time: sunset - 8 pm
For reservation: 02 654 5013

Cristal Hotel, Madinat Zayed
Rate: AED 125
For reservation: 02 652 0000

Grand Millennium Al Wahda,
Al Wahda Complex
Rate: AED 139
For reservation: 02 443 9999

Holiday Inn
Downtown Abu Dhabi
Rate:  AED 140
Time: sunset - 10:30 pm
For reservation: 02 657 4856

Jing Asia
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Yas Island
Rate: AED 140
Time: sunset - 9 pm
For reservation: 02 656 3053

La Terrazza
Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Khubeirah
Rate: AED 165
Time: sunset onwards
For reservation: 02 681 1900

Emirates Palace
Emirates Palace Hotel
Ras Al Akhbar
Rate: AED 250
Time:  sunset - 9:30 pm
For reservation: 02 690 9000

Most fastfoods are also offering iftar meals at a low cost prices.  Like the following:

Mary Brown
For AED 25
includes: 5 pcs chicken, 2 fries, 2 softdrinks

For AED 55
includes: bucket good for 4 person includes free donuts from Krispy Kreme

For AED 10
includes: 6" subs any filling

Well, that's about it for Ramadan.  Time to celebrate Eid!