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Buffet Tips at Buffet101

Craving for a lot of things, food that you are not sure of what exactly it is, and what you only know is you want to eat something delicious? I know, I do too crave like that. If you have an extra budget then maybe buffet dining is the answer. In a buffet, your favorite food could be there and satisfying your unknown craving. However, be careful.. Don’t just jump right into it and devour everything right there. That’s not the wisest thing to do. So below are some of my tips in dining at a buffet.

1. Go for small portions of everything – buffet can be very overwhelming, and if you are a slapsoil like me.. food everywhere and eat all you can is such a heavenly experience. However, your belly has limits so if you want to try everything.. go for small portions.. like 1 spoonful only, that small, yes that small.

2. Start with a soup or salad – prep your belly before the fight, salad or especially soup will inform your stomach and the high water content of it makes it easy for your lovely belly to handle the next round.

3. Take a chocolate break – it sounds weird, yep! but chocolate will reset your sense of taste and rebalance your blood sugar after chowing down that savory food you took. This perks you up and gets back you on track in the game.

4.. Avoid fizzy drinks – this is a very common restaurant technique, for their customers to feel full.. though they are an eat-all-you-can buffet and they have expected already the maximum person’s ability to chow down food.. they still prefer to further limit that. And you don’t want to miss your favorite food because you feel full, don’t you?

5. Drink tea after – after you gorging all those food time for post-buffet damage control! Drink tea especially a peppermint tea to aid your digestion and reduce the bloating or nausea.

So, I hope you enjoy your dining experience, Buffet101 is located in City Time Square, Mandaue. If you are not familiar with City Time Square it’s across Parkmall.

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Roxas Night Market Davao City

Night Market is a commonplace now here in the Philippines. Almost every region or cities have their own version of the night market. The highlight of the night market is food though there are some stalls that sell RTWs or Ready To Wear and accessories; people visit the place because of the food.

Roxas Night Market is located in Roxas Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, Davao del Sur. The prominent landmarks are Marco Polo and Ateneo De Davao. It is open daily from 6:00 PM till midnight.

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Different flavors of Buchi
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Chorizo, chicken intestine, and pork

Roxas Night Market is no different from another food market like in Larsian or in Sugbo Mercado. They offer very affordable foods like skewers, grilled panga (tuna jaw), tuna, milkfish, chicken, refreshments, and desserts. Compare to Sugbo Mercado or Larsian there are foods that they are the only ones (that I know of) sells like the different flavors of Buchi, legit Durian icecream, and pastel (adobo and rice in a banana leaf). Unfortunately, they don’t have a pater, which I was really looking forward to try during my visit. ๐Ÿ™

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Steak Date at Angus Dan’s Restaurant

I consider this as an adventure of my palate because it’s my first time to order a steak in a steakhouse though I realize that I already ate this before but it was not in a fancy-ish restaurant but a homecooked one and not as fancy as I ordered in Angus Dan’s restaurant.

Just a quick disclaimer, I am not a connoisseur of steak nor a chef and not even a professional cook that has that authority to critic or say an opinion with weights on it so please consider whatever you learned from this blog post a grain of salt, a personal opinion, a preference only, and/or personal observation from a naive first time steak eater. I still highly encourage you to visit and try the place.

The ambiance of Angus Dan’s Resto

Angus Dan’s Restaurant offers ribs, steaks, and seafood; they are located in Jasmine St. corner Orchid St. in Capitol site (close landmarks are BPI, and Dynasty Tourist Inn). This is owned by Food entrepreneur, Constantine โ€œStanโ€ Tanchan and Angus Dan’s Restaurant is named after his eldest son: Dan.

The restaurant is not a formal-dining type, it’s casual yet elegant and has this home-vibe. During our stay, there’s jazz music playing in the background (audio recording and not a live band). It’s not a smokey resto like a grill-station, the place is pleasant and perfect for chit-chat or dinner date with your loved ones or significant other.

The seats are comfortable except the red fabric couch which is too soft that you will sink and the back support is too far that sitting is a little uncomfortable. I would recommend to sit in their high chair and high table group or the brown leatherette chairs. Some of their tables are “tatak pinoy” as I coined it because this is what I notice most often to all restaurants that I’ve been to here in the Philippines. “Tatak Pinoy” tables are the uneven base or feet of the table making it wobble that you have to put pressure on either of its sides of the base to stand it steadily.

We talk about life here LOL

The place is not that instagramable, their walls are red adobe brick inspired, lightings are okay they are not too harsh and not too dim, you can still clearly see your food and your companion/s but they don’t have that much another aesthetic lighting like lampshades or pendants (they have pendants but the lumens are a little high) that will eliminate the shadow under the eyes. There are no real plants inside and no wall accents like artwork frames. Overall, these instagramable aesthetics I mentioned are not important, this is only for some people especially the new generations that are highly considering the ambiance of the location.

What did we order?

We (me and Reyna) ordered the premium USDA Angus Rib-eye cooked in rare, and medium-rare, while Chok ordered the, shall we say the ordinary version of rib-eye and it’s cooked: well-done.

I don’t have much opinion about it since I have nothing to compare it with and I am open to trying to whatever they are serving; in other words, I did not put standards and expectations. For me the medium-rare USDA Angus Rib-eye is perfect! It’s not salty, the meat is perfectly tender since it’s medium-rare so I did not see so much blood on it and the meat has a warm red center. However, the outer core is not that pleasing to look at (it did not have that red tone on it) and I am not sure if it was grilled or it was broiled but I did not see the grill pattern marked on the meat.

Reyna was a little disappointed on her order, the USDA Angus Rib-eye degree of doneness: rare. She’s expecting a cool red center and should be seeing juice or blood but it looks like we have the same degree of doneness while Chok’s order which is supposedly the well-done seems the rare cooked one but the outer core is kind of toasted. We are not sure if there was a mistake or maybe that’s their signature but how we saw it was either they did not deliver the well-done and they cooked the same degree of doneness for both the premium steak we ordered.

Conclusion

Overall, we enjoyed our stay, their crews were attentive, friendly, and very accommodating, the food tastes fine though it did not match what we expect of how it would look like. The price for their food are reasonable, well actually it’s affordable depending on what kind of steak you will order. If you will order the ordinary rib-eye it only cost Php 880 while the USDA ones are Php 1K+. The difference between the USDA and the ordinary as per their crew is only the amount of fat in the meat. The ordinary rib-eye has more fats than the USDA rib-eye.

I’m looking forward to dining again right there and try their swordfish belly, lobster, scallops, and their lechon carbonara.

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Unlimited Korean BBQ Restaurant: Samgyupsalamat

Everything is unlimited! Yes, that’s right Samgyupsalamat offers unlimited pork or/and beef as well as the side dishes. Samgyupsalamat is derived from 2 different language words: “samgyupsal” or Samgyeopsal, samgyeopsal-gui is a grilled pork belly, a type of gui (grilled dish) in Korean cuisine and “Salamat” which means thank you in Filipino.

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They’ve been offering unlimited happiness since 2012 and they have now may be more than 30 branches. Here in Cebu, they are located at The Ridges, F. Cabahug, Panagdait, Cebu City (near Sykes).

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I call this gorgeous rolls of thinly sliced beef – bacon hehehe.. 

Samgyupsalamat offers unlimited pork, beef, or a combination of it with side dishes for Php 499 per person.

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presenting.. the side dishes!

Besides from offering unlimited happiness they also have “happy-hour” from 11AM to 3PM which is less than Php 50 (You’ll do the math, come on!). Very perfect for lunchtime, isn’t it amazing?!

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Since we (the humans in the picture) are nocturnal animals so we are not able to experience that happy hour but the good part is they are open until 2AM (final order will be around 1AM and they don’t accept customers from this time, let the bubbly and helpful crew rest too). They are open Monday to Sunday, 11 AM to 2AM.

Tip: grill first the thinly sliced pork or beef before the huge ones because they are using charcoal; the oil or the liquid will drip and fire down the charcoal (though you can always ask for another pot of it) but if it’s happy hour and a lot of customers are dining and their crew are busy, you don’t want your happiness to pause for a while right?

You know the rule in every restaurant that offers unlimited food, NO LEFTOVER! Be responsible and respectful of the food. Samgyupsalamat also doesn’t offer take-out so enjoy your dining.

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Nostalgia: DIY Halloween props

Disclaimer: Please be informed that there may be graphic images as you scroll, proceed with caution.

It’s a trick or treats time! I remember before when I was in my previous company, we were very active in decorating our production floor for Halloween and excited for the visitors (the kids) for their trick or treat tour.

There was a time when our area was assigned a theme as a haunted hospital and with a limited budget, we were forced to be creative and go with DIYs. I led some of the creation of DIY props like blood, brains, worm, soil, fingers, hands, fetus, and heart. We did the grocery shopping and made it after shift.

I’m going to share with you our DIY Halloween props

Blood – this is very simple since you only need 3 ingredients: corn syrup, food coloring (red and blue), and cornstarch. You just have to mix them all except that you need to slowly put them together for you to be able to get the color and consistency you desire. You need to add blue food coloring to the red food color and corn syrup for a thick and blood-like color just be careful not to put so much of it because it will turn into violet the ratio could be 1:3 (blue: red). While the cornstarch is for the consistency and makes it thick like it’s about to clot; the more cornstarch the thicker the blood (don’t overdo it, to avoid caking).

Brain and worms: we use gelatin for these 2. For the brain we use a bowl, I recommend to use a deep bowl or flanging bowl then we put a twisted paper (you may use clay or dough) and stick it inside the bowl to form furrows. We prepare the gelatin by heating it and then poured it in the bowl and wait or refrigerate to firm. While for the worms we use plastic straws to mold them; we use brown colored gelatin on this one.

Fingers, Hands, Fetus, and Heart: This is up to you if you want to consume these items since it’s the same procedure as creating a bread or a pizza dough and the only difference is you need to form them like you are playing a clay dough. On our part at that time since we did not intend to consume the items, it’s very basic and we only use all-purpose flour, water, and active yeast then baked it.

Soil: this is very easy also but we did not make this like a lot because it’s kind of expensive (we were out of budget already) and it will be messy also. Again this is so simple, you just have to mix crushed Oreo or any chocolate cookie biscuits, and chocolate pudding mixture, you may add also a very tiny amount of water to make it look like muddy.

There it goes! so it looks realistic and the props we created were really dope and kids cried when they pass our production area. BWAHAHAHAHAHA


 
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I like their place, it’s clean and the crews are very friendly and attentive to our needs. Cushion black faux-leather seats, cozy place, lights at the top corner of their seats are attractive for me. Definitely, you will not smell like smoked pork or beef afterward because each table with a grilling set has its own vacuum/fan.

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I don’t like cooking my food when in the restaurant so I ordered a cooked and ready to eat food :p
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Unli side-dish
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The location is very new, they are like inside an arcade building on the second floor, above McDonalds Maribago (this is new too so you might not find this yet in Google map as of this writing). They are located at 2F Goldberry Resorts Brgy. Maribago, Lapu-lapu City.