Migs and Alaine

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Planet Grapes: Wine without the Drama

Planet Grapes opened it’s EDSA Shangri-la branch last February and since gained a number of patrons. Who wouldn’t love Planet Grapes? 

They carry state-of-the-art Italian enomatic machines that allow customers to try different wines by sip, half-glass, and full glass sizes. Yes! It’s a wine vendo. You get to try their wine before you decide to buy a bottle.
Aside from that, they offer an adventurous menu containing foods that perfectly pair with wine. You’ll be surprised because the food that they offer are not commonly associated with wine. I love the ambiance and their interior. Black always has this classy appeal to me.




I was privileged to be invited by Zomato to try out Planet Grapes’ food and wine and to start off, we were served with Chicharon with Tinapa dip.

Yes, you read it right. It’s not mustard but tinapa dip. The tinapa dip gave a yummy twist to our usual chicharon that we are used to dip in vinegar. The dip is also a bit sour. The more dip, the better tasting your chicharon will be. Ever paired chicharon with wine? I did! A glass of Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 came with this appetizer and I must say, it’s a match made in heaven. 




I am really a fan of Bopis especially when it’s spicy. But I like it with rice tho. Pircas Negras Malbec 2013 was paired with this dish. Well, meat equals to red wine, I’m not really surprised but I really, really love their Bopis and I promise to come back for this.



The chicken BBQ that was served to us were a bit over cooked and some parts were no longer edible because uhm, they already look and tastes like charcoal.



Organic BBQ Pork Spare ribs. Looks good and tastes even better. I am intrigued on how they made this meat so succulent that it literally melts in your mouth. You can choose between mashed potato or adobo rice for this dish. I suggest that you go for adodo rice! Folie a Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 both worked for chicken BBQ and BBQ spare ribs but I didn’t have the courage to finish a glass because the staff said, their going to serve another wine variant.





Dessert! My favorite part. We were served with a dessert platter and Urban Old Vines 2013 to cap the night off.

Turon trilogy is a local dessert made of thinly sliced bananas and ube then drizzled with Langka Caramel sauce. This definitely is a must-try. 

Creme Brulee. These were steamed not baked and it comes with three different flavors: Banana. Classic, and Durian. Surprisingly, I find the Durian flavor the yummiest because it’s not too sweet.





Here’s a tip from Planet Grapes for wine virgins.
How to drink wine:
SEE. Observe the color of the wine.
SWIRL. expose wine to air; “breathe”
SMELL. identify the different aromas
SIP. taste the flavor of the wine
SPIT/SWALLOW


Sharing with you the names and descriptions of the different wine variants that were served to us:

Sauvignon Blanc
France
Tasting Notes:
Citrus fruits aroma
Fruity and vivid on the palate
Good Lenght
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Pircas Negras 2013
Malbec
Argentina
Tasting Notes:
Black cherry and plum aromas
Dark fruit flavors
Smoky finish
Alc/Vol: 12.5%

Folie A Deux 2009
Calbernet Sauvignon
California
Tasting Notes:
Red apple and black cherry aromas
Notes of oak and blueberry
Well balanced acidity
Alc/Vol: 14%

Urban Old Vines 2013
Riesling
Germany
Tasting Notes:
Green apple and mild lemon aromas
Ripe apple with notes of apricot and lemon verbena
Semi-sweet and refreshing finish
Alc/Vol: 9.5%


For bookings/inquiries:
Planet Grapes Shangri-La
Unit GD 103 North Wing, 
EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
(02) 531 8207
Facebook: Planet Grapes
Twitter: PlanetGrapesPH
Instagram: Planet_Grapes


Zomato’s Community Manager, Elaine with fellow blogger/foodie, Carlo
Alaine + Elaine 🙂

Cheers,

Alaine

Binge on Meat at Big D’s Smokehouse

For meat lovers like myself, you will definitely love Big D’s Smokehouse.
I got to try their best sellers during Comedy Cartel’s Laugh and Stack Leg 15 which happened last Saturday, November 7, 2014.


Big D’s Eastwood branch just opened last August and had been making it big since then. I’ve been hearing a lot about their ribs and was really excited to try it for myself. If you’re on instagram, do search for #ribsthatrock and drool!


One of the owners, Chef Dino welcomed us with their house blended iced tea while we were waiting for our food to be served. I rarely get the chance to meet restaurant owners during reviews/food tasting and I was really grateful that Chef Dino spent some time with us (their staff are not so friendly but could improve in the long run).







Appetizers.


Hush Puppies – Php175
Chef Dino said, this recipe is originally from his mom that he had recreated.
I love the combination of cheese and garlic sauce and the roasted pimiento inside just made this appetizer extra special.





Start Up Nachos – Duo Php150, Platter Php250
Big D’s version of the most ordered appetizer is just amazing. I love that they used pulled pork instead of the usual grilled pork or beef. The Taco Shells are super thin too and tastes great.



House Specials.


Baked Chicken – Php230.
Perfectly cooked and perfectly plated dish. This could feed two people because of it’s hefty serving. 





Ribs – Solo Php 230, Duo Php 390
One of the best tasting ribs I’ve ever tried. I prefer eating it without the sauce. 


Twice Fried Ribs – Half Slab Php380, Full Slab Php495

I haven’t tasted a twice fried ribs until I dined at Big D’s. It’s perfectly cooked and having vinegar as its dip is just superb. More of a Filipino dish for me. I would say that if it’s not cheap, then it’s fairly priced.



This one’s not yet on the menu and Chef Dino has yet to decide what to name this dish. We’re so luck to be one of the few people who got to taste this first. It’s really good and the meat was perfectly cooked. If this would be the serving size, then it could feed 2-3 persons.



Big D’s is located at 2/F Citywalk 2 (directly above Starbucks), Eastwood City, Quezon City.

Phone: 560 – 5362
Instagram: Bigdsmokehouse



Happy eating, 
Alaine

Eat Chops The Tomahawk Way

Zomato organized a Foodie Meet-up at Tomahawk, Kapitolyo last Wednesday. Because it was just a stone-throw away from my office, I attended the meet-up and walked away with a happy heart and tummy.

Tomahawk just opened last June 2014 and has been getting a lot of good feedback since then. When I entered the restaurant, I thought it was pretty small but I didn’t realized that it has a second level until one of the waiters led me to our table. Tomahawk has a nice interior and cool frames with quotations that will bring in some good vibes. It’s perfect for team buildings and small gatherings as they can accommodate up to 50 pax.

It was my first time to attend Zomato’s foodie meet-up and I liked how they do it. Before the much awaited food tasting, we were given the chance to get to know our fellow foodies. Everyone has to do a short introduction about their selves and that made us comfortable. Wouldn’t it be nice to dine with people whom you know?

To start of, we were served with five appetizers.
I personally love their buffalo wings which was perfectly cooked. I didn’t have to dip it because it was already good on its own.

Buffalo Wings, Php 180

Among all the chops that were served to us, my top pick is Grilled Tomahawk Chops with Dirty Rice and Mac and cheese. They have a hefty serving which be shared by two. I hate how their dirty rice can ruin one’s diet. It was extremely good!

Grilled Tomahawk chops, Php295 ( Go Dirty Rice option plus Php25)

Their Grilled hanger steak with wine sauce was the star of the night. This is not yet included on their menu but every foodie who attended the meet-up approved that this should be served at Tomahawk ASAP.
I am a sucker for medium rare steak so, this is definitely what I am going to order on my next visit. I think I can eat their steak on a daily basis. Haha! I was so happy when we had another round of Hanger Steak.

Hanger Steak, price not yet available


Well, aside from the Grilled Tomahawk chops, I bet my husband will love their Grilled Rosemary Chicken with Dirty rice and Mashed potatoes. Rosemary blended well with their chicken.

Grilled Rosemary Chicken, Php215 (Go Dirty rice option, plus Php25)

Also a must-try is Tomahawk’s Sausage and Sauerkraut with a big serving of fries. I am not really a fan of sausages but their sausage is just too good to resist.

Sausage and Sauerkraut,Php215


Match any of their dishes with Peach Iced Tea Carafes or any of their imported beers for a more delightful experience.

There were a lot of dishes that were served to us, but the dishes that I have mentioned are the ones that I highly recommend. Visit this resto soon to know how to enjoy food #TheTomahawkWay!

Bolognese,Php195|Fish&Fries,P255|Carbonara,P195|Grilled Baby back ribs, P425



Tomahawk Chops and Grill is located at 56-A East Capitol drive, Kapitolyo Pasig City
+63 9155135908
+63 9215764909
Store Hours: 
Mon to Fri : 11 AM to 2 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Sat – Sun : 11:30 AM to 3 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM


Happy weekend!

Alaine


*prices are subject to change without prior notice

Eat breakfast the Aussie way only at Skippy’s Bar

Ever wonder where you can eat a real “BIG breakfast?”
Look no further, Skippy’s bar offers the best big breakfast from 9AM to 3PM. So, whether you’re coming from work, too lazy too cook or you just wanted to dine in the afternoon and have your favorite breakfast, Skippy’s got you covered.



Big Breakfast, Php310



Big breakfast comes with 2 eggs, Bacon, Baked Beans, Tomato, Mushrooms, Hash Brown, Toasted Bread, Butter and Unlimited Coffee/Iced Tea.

This is how I want my eggs cooked but I would trade one egg for another strip of bacon. Haha!


Skippy’s big pancake, Php190

I don’t find anything special with their pancakes, except that it can be shared by two and it’s served with unlimited coffee or orange juice. I want to eat pancakes with unlimited maple syrup. LOL!


Potato Scallops, Php150

Steve (the owner) said he doesn’t put mayo on his potato scallops and suggested that I try their salt with sugar sidings and I didn’t regret following his suggestion. Generous serving too! This can be shared by 2-3 people.



Fried Dim Sims, Php230





Dim Sim virgin no more! I can finish 3 pieces of this. I’m surprised that it has veggies inside. You can also have it steamed or fried. I might go for a steamed Dim Sim on my next visit.




The Lot Pizza, Php450



My favorite toppings, Pepperoni, Ham, Black Bacon, Ground Beef, Pitted Olives, Cheese, Mozzarella, Onion, Jalapeno, Anchovies, Bell Pepper in one pizza! I can finish this whole pizza in 10 minutes, that’s how good it is.



Big Aussie burger (The Lot) Php450

My kind of burger! Wondering what this tower is made of? Aside from the burger bun, you get a homemade beef patty, burger, cheese, lettuce, onion (cooked), beetroot, egg, bacon, pickle, tomato and pineapple.



Shepherd’s Pie, Php450



Ooops, sorry for the blurred photo. Don’t be deceived! This Shepherd’s pie made from fresh ground lamb and vegetables is a MUST try.


Creamy Seafood Marinara, Php350

I love seafood so, this is definitely a hit for me. I would probably request a spicier version next time.


Fish and Chips, Php450

Another generous serving. Beer battered white fish deep fried to its crispness, served with chips. 




Their steaks are fairly priced. Even if they they didn’t cook the steak the way I want it which is medium rare, I just can’t help but munch on these close-to-perfect steaks. I will come back for some pinkish meat. 


Pork Sisig, Php380

One of the best sisigs I’ve ever tried! Pork is crispy and worked perfectly with other ingredients.


Baby Back Ribs, Php650 (half slob)

It’s super tender and the mashed potato along with barbeque sauce just made this the perfect baby back ribs for me.


Cheese Cake, Php150/slice

I love the texture of Skippy’s cheese cake and the lemon twist makes it more delish.


Wooloo Mooloo, Php220

This vodka based drink will make you believe that heaven is for real. Whatever they put on this drink is superb!


Just in case one you want more. haha!

Skippy’s is the perfect place for team buildings or intimate gatherings and they have all your MLB and NFL games too! The only issue that you may encounter would be looking for a parking space. They only have street parking so, you better come early if you plan to watch a game.



The owners, Cristina and Steve Bird
This is one of the best restaurant reviews that I’ve ever been to. The owners are sweet and very accommodating. 

This is me, trying to hide my tummy. LOL! Dress: Zara Shoes: H&M



Skippy’s Bar and Grill is located at Unit 1-8 THE FORUM, Federacion Drive corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. 
Facebook: SkippysPhilippines
Twitter: Skippysbar
Instagram: Skippysbarph


Happy eating!

Alaine