Comos, biggest food park in Pampanga

Where can your 100 PHP bill take you? A Happy Meal, maybe? A short trip to the school canteen, perhaps? What if I tell you that you can actually get good food, great music and awesome people with that purple paper bill? Believe it or not, you actually can at Comos! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Comos will be the best place to satiate your cravings! This is the biggest food park in Pampanga, proudly showcasing 70, yep, you read it right, 70 amazing food stalls that will never make you run out of options. Comos is at Villa Filipina, Brgy. San Juan, San Fernando, Pampanga and it opens from 5 PM till 12:30 AM. Just like their online pages to know about their promotions or schedule. Follow these lights to get to Comos!

Fred, my two sibs and I went to Comos last Monday, May 1, Labor Day.
While on our way…
Catcat: Ate, I want Carbonara. Can we eat that?
Me: Sure, if it is available.
Catcat: How about cake?! I want caaaaake!
Me: We are going to a food park, not a cafe so let’s see what we can get sweetie.
Catcat: (pouts)๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ˜—
Me: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


We arrived around 6 to 6:30 so the place is almost full and we went around to look for a place to stay. Tents and blankets with mini pillows and tables were strewn at some areas of the open field. There are tables and chairs available as well. People are slowly flocking the place. Ha! We found a gazebo right next to Tazza Uno. 

Just look at this amazing crowd! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

Catcat and I immediately went around the food park. I don’t want to keep her hopes up initially and make her sad afterwards so I am actually praying that out of the 70 stalls, at least one of them offers a freaking pasta or cake. lol Comos offers rows and rows of barbecue stalls, options for Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, native kapampangan cuisines, burger stops, pizza stalls, local streetfood, lemonade and cooler stands, coffee and smoothies stalls, beverages and liquor stands and thank God it existed, a stall for sweets and pasta! We tried a couple of the food available!

Burjer’s diner, is pretty much being swarmed by people because of their very uniquely colored buns! There is black, green, yellow, orange, redishpurple and the regular burger bun. The flavor varies as well. We tried the green one, Bacony Burj! This one comes with bacon and barbecue sauce. Pretty cool! It was only for 140 pHp and there is an option for additional patties as well. Must try! 

Catcat is already staring at Pasta Overload. She seriously wants it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ We tried their Carbonara. It was less than 120 pHp but the pasta and sauce was good and it even came with a garlic toasted bread. Good food for a very low price! ๐Ÿค”

We then saw a stand for Japanese food, Itadakimasu. Catcat was already pointing at the Corn Dogs. They were funny looking corn dog bites with eyes. Kids will surely love it! However, we were not able to try it since it was not available at that time. 
Me: What is that?
Catcat: I don’t know, but they have eyeeeesss! (freaky grin)
Me: hhhhmmm, so being freaky runs in the family. hahahah ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Too bad, but there is always a next time. I ended up ordering their Filipino themed maki rolls, Japinoy.  They used smoked fish, mango and cucumber for this roll and it is lightly sprinkled with toasted garlic bits on top. Very pinoy! I enjoyed this one. Try it too! 

Barbecue is something that you should not miss! There are loads of options for this one. I randomly picked a Barbecue stall and ordered 3 pork bbqs. It was only for 35 pHp per stick, very affordable! You can get rice servings as well if you want too!

Have you seen a local bibingka that went a la mode?

Try it at Comos! ๐Ÿ˜

 

For the drinks, there are loads of optionsWe tried Thirsty Buddha and Tazza Uno. I like the fact that I see how fresh and cleanly our drinks were made. We tried Thirsty Buddha’s Hong Kong style lemon iced tea and it was very refreshing! Lemon was actually squeezed in front of us so freshness guaranteed! 

Next was Tazza Uno. This one is familiar to me since they also have a stall at Moderno Food Park which I blogged about months ago. I met Sir Dexter who is one of the main foundafions of Tazza Uno’s stalls. I ordered an Oreo smoothie and I was very much delighted to receive an additional complimentary smoothie from Tazza Uno as well! Oreo smoothie can come with or without a shot of coffee so it is good for all ages! I definitely appreciated the generosity. To all my readers, please try Tazza Uno! They offer smoothies, coffee and frappes. They have stalls at Moderno Food Park and Hungry Yard in Tarlac! More power to you guys! 

 I noticed this Lemonade stall that offers a huge pail-like pitcher which is good for sharing. Cute and funny straws were hanging at the rim and lights goes in and out at the bottom. It was good for 250 pHp. I wanted to try it but I glanced at Catcat then back to the pitcher, back and forth for like multiple times.I had a thought…

Me: Nope, I am sure she would love to blow bubbles into that thing just like how much I wanted to do so. hahahaha. It is doomed to happen. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Excuse me about the gross thought. Lol
It looks fun so maybe you can try it with your friends when you come over at Comos! 

Those are what we have tried however, here is a list that will show some of the food stalls present at Comos! Use it as a guide for your first visit and sorry if I missed out a couple, the whole place was flooded with people! You may add the ones that I missed through the comment box below! I would appreciate that! 
Drinks: Thirsty Buddha, Ice Planet (Halo Halo), Buco Sago, Juice Bar, Milkshake Avenue, Tealicious, The Juice Ave., Oranges and Lemons, Fruchte, Syrup, Elixir, Pinatubo Craft Beer etc. 


Food: JLDS Prince Burger, Kapampangan Rice Toppings, All on Stix, Planet Shawarma, Taco Express, Sizzling One Oh! One, Wild Wild Wings, Baya Griller, Dimsun n’ Toppings, Pitstops Grill n’ Rancid, Pasta overload, Kusinang Kapampangan, Itadakimasu, Burger’s Diner, Tempura &Shrimp Burger, Ribsko, Nachos Grande, Waffle Avenue, Kuya G’s Pamangan Kapampangan, Steak to Juan, Chef’s Kitchen, Hungrill, Banh Mi Ngon, Fried Attack, Nya Mahn, Eggzoited, Pares House, Chix and Stix, Bagnetipid, Kapampangan Rice Toppings, Mabsi, Mr. Bibimbap, Nichelle Salvador etc. 

 


Aside from the fact that it is the biggest food park in Pampanga, what will be the reason why you would want to visit Comos? It is the live performance every single night! Not all food parks offer this type of combo.

Comos is able to give off that Coachella vibe. What with all the local bands that they invite every single night plus their fire dancing performance! We were able to enjoy music from two bands namely, Slowdown and Southburger and Cheese. Slowdown is an all-boy acoustic group who did not actually “slowed down” with their awesome rap performace of great OPM hits like Hinahanap Kita, Bagsakan and many more! They were funny as well since they throw off jokes in between songs. Totally cool so I enjoyed it!

Southburger and Cheese is quite interesting as well. They are also an acoustic group which performed hits from The Beatles down to Brownman Revival. They also did an impressive job by granting song requests from the audience just like one of my requested songs which is “Lintik” a few minutes after receiving my piece of paper. Well done! You will notice that their percussion player uses djembe instead of a beat box or drum set. Djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands which originally came from West Africa. As a drum player myself, I find it cool that he was able to maximize it with their performances. Kudos to that! Good job to Comos as well by supporting local talents and giving them the breaks that they deserve! Keep it up! ๐Ÿค—

We were entertained by their firedancers as well! It was so wonderful to see them dancing with fire! You don’t have to go that far now to witness one, Boracay can wait. ๐Ÿ˜‰ They used different props and did stunts to wow the crowd. 

They even invited some of the spectators to sit on the ground while they made the fire sling thingy go around in a halo like motion. I joined, obviously, and I became an angel for once! Or maybe not. ๐Ÿ˜‚lol It was so freaking amaaaaazzzinnng! That was some serious fire bending! #avatar ๐Ÿ˜Ž hahah You better don’t miss these fun events!

There is also an activity area for kids. Well the whole place is quite safe but there is an area for certain games and a place where you can release stress. It is called Hugot Bes?. It is like the famous โ€œTakshapo Wallโ€ where in you can throw plates, glasses, etc to a part of the wall which corresponds to the main cause of your stress. Sounds fun! ๐Ÿ˜‚


I like the fact that Comos serves very affordable food which starts from 15 pHp and up. Your 100 PHP will surely go a long way!  You can bring your family, friends, bf/gf and have a good time! Just make sure to come early since the whole place is easily full! 

Grab your sneakers and visit Comos as soon as you can! Food, music, fire, yes, fire in a cool way, hahah awaits you! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž

See yah!๐Ÿค—



 

 

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Velvet Ganache, the repeat. ๐Ÿ’—

Bonjour Monsieur et Madamoisele, bienvenue aโ€™ la Velvet Ganache!

Donโ€™t you worry, we are still going to talk about the lovely French Boulangerie and Patiserrie, Velvet Ganache, ย located at Greenfields, San Fernando, Pampanga which is owned by Chef Vince Garcia, who believed in the positive effect of social media and word of mouth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I couldnโ€™t agree more. No wonder the great Jose Rizal chose to wield the pen instead of the sword. ย I choose to wield the keyboard! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got my own font style so typing would be best. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž Nothing beats the speed of a positive feedback, a few click on your mobile device, a gal who loves anything that is edible, affordable and classy, and at least 5 to 10 mbps of data speed. Voila! You got a fan who is very much happy to share the wonderful experience that she got. So here my friends is Velvet Ganache, the second encounter.๐Ÿ˜

We were back at Velvet Ganache last 12th of March, to claim my prize as the Best Blogger Shot winner last month. Here is the link to the winning post!ย 

Velvet Ganache, a place or a painting?


I brought my family with me to check out Velvet Ganache for the second time. As soon as we enter the place, we were welcomed warmly. There I met again JM, Mr. Nice, and Jester, Mr. Nice 2, which were mentioned in my previous blog about this place.

Ding-a-ling!

Me: Hiiii! (perky as usual๐Ÿ˜‚)

JM and Jester gave me friendly and warm smiles, still dressed neatly with the adorable bow ties.

Jester: Hello Maโ€™am! Welcome to Velvet Ganache! Ilan po kayo?

Me: Hello! Iโ€™m surely back! And yes, Iโ€™m with my family this time. We are 5. Do you need my ID?

Jester: No need na po Maโ€™am. We know you by now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Me:Woooow! Okay, thanks! Yeah, I made sure I wore the same clothes, just in case. Ahahahahha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค—

Jester: (Huge smile) Have a seat po while we prepare the meal.


I looked for a place that can accommodate five persons as the place was almost full that Sunday night. Cheers to good business and happy customers!

Ice cold water was served, followed by Iced tea. Two mountain-full of salad came after. One was Kani Salad, the other was Ceasar Salad. Kani Salad which was a plate full of shreds and cuts of lettuce, cucumber, carrots, mango, crab stick, dried sea weed with Japanese Mayo.

ย The Ceasar Salad on the other hand was a mix of cuts of lettuce, bacon, a bit of olive oil and mayo, croutons, and loads of powdered parmesan cheese (which I love!).ย 

Both were so good and fresh! It made me think that a garden is just near, where ingredients can be taken from. All of their salad plates are good for 165 pHp, affordable isnโ€™t it? ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜

My brother is giving me a strange look by now. ๐Ÿค”

Bro: Did you memorize the menu? I never saw you get one.

I snickered too loudly since my mouth was full of greens. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ My mom gave me a light nudge on the side, the prim and proper woman that she is, since some of the other guests are staring at our direction.

Me: This is the prize for the blogging contest that I told you about.. Enjoy it while it last! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿค—


Two plates of pasta was served afterwards. One is Jackie Chan and Carabonara. Both were served using spaghetti as pasta but with different sauces. The Carbonara has a very mild taste. The usual Carbonara is made by eggs, cheese, bacon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Some use roux.ย 

Roux , pronounced as โ€œrooโ€, is a thickener for sauce and soups that combines equal parts or flour and butter.

Jackie Chan on the other hand is very intriguing. The taste of onion and garlic is very evident, with the pieces of chicken and mushroom tossed here and there. I was nodding while eating this one. So good!ย 

Pasta is al dente and both plates were served with spanish bread on the side. There are other pasta dishes that you can try! There is Napolitana, Chicken con Pesto, Spicy Aglio Alio Con Pollo, Bolognese, and Seafood Tomato Cream pasta. Just prepare 175 pHp to 215 pHp for their pasta dishes.

Next on the menu was Bulgogi wings. It was a mound of crispy fried chicken wings surrounded in a bowl-full or sweet and spicy sauce. It kinda reminded me of the medieval castles, ringed in moat. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I guess, guys will like this one since it is almost a very good partner with beer but soda will work as well. One bite of this chicken wing dipped into that sauce and you will feel your ears go red. Hahahha It is just one of the dishes in their “Wings Madness” menu. There is Hickory Barbecue wings, Korean Spicy Wings, and Spicy Buffalo Wings. These crispylicious chicken wings are good for 219 pHP only. A must try!ย 

Bro: When will they stop delivering food? These are too good. hahahhaha
Me: ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Pizza anyone? I just saw a 12- 14 inch of pizza goodness being catered to us. I was like,” Drumroll please….”. ๐Ÿ˜

I immediately made room for the pizza slice on my plate, took a slice and was amazed at how gooey and stringy theย  cheese was while I pull a slice from the platter. It was filled with fresh meat, tomatoes, onions, pulled together by the sweet and barbecue flavored sauce and cheese. My eyes grew wider and wider while I munch on it. ๐Ÿ˜‚I looked at my elder sis as she took a slice as well. We were basically talking with our eyes. ๐Ÿ˜‚
ย Her eyes: (almost popping out because of the yummy surprise) OMG! For real? This is so good!ย 
My eyes: (already popped out of the sockets, lol) I know right!ย 

We must have looked really hilarious will all the eye bulging moment that happened. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

It is freaking good!ย 
I like how firm, thin and light the dough was. The sauce was thick and heavy but it was able to hold everything together. Kudos to that! I am guessing that what we had was the Cowboy pizza, there are more flavors though. You can try their Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Farmers, and Four Cheese Pizza. All of these can be ordered for 399 pHp only!ย 

It took us almost an hour to actually try everything. We ordered for coffee and desserts afterwards. I was excited to see their cute cups again! We tried their Cappucinno, Dark Mocha and Brewed Coffee.ย 

I ordered for their delectable cakes as well namely,ย  Red Velvet Chocolate Torte, Choco Espresso Cake, and Dark and White Chocolate Mousse.ย 

I ordered for another slice of Red Velvet Chocolate Torte because my baby sister devoured it with in a couple of minutes. I was just left laughing at how much she loved it! Awww, she is so me! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

See? Such a cutie! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

The other cakes were really toothsome as well! I might be biased because I have a secret affair with coffee but everyone with me that night totally agrees! I like how light their cakes are. They are not too sweet so you will surely not notice that you are taking one bite at a time. The prices for the cakes, cupcakes, sweets and bread vary so just prepare 200 pHp to make sure that you can at least try one of their toothsome selection!

There are more options on their menu so you would not run out of choices. There are Cake Shakes ( 199 pHp each), Shakes which can be Matcha, Java Chip, Salted Caramel etc. ( 159 pHp each), Main Courses which can be Rosemary Roasted Chicken, Steak Ala- minute Beef, Chicken bucket and many more ( 250 – 700 pHp), Fries Toppings ( 99- 160 pHp), Burger ( 215 pHp each),ย  Starters like Mozarella stick, Chicken finger, Calamares etc. ( 199- 215 pHp each), Sandwiches ( 215 Php each) and Quesadillas ( 199 Php each).ย 

My little sister even filled up their survey form. Another satisfied customer! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Mixing Mexican, American and French dishes will surely leave you with endless options!ย Velvet Ganache is bad news to my waist line, but that is alright! Round is still a shape.๐Ÿ˜‚ Better try this place as soon as you can!ย 

See yah! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

Thank you Velvet Ganache! More power to you guys! Keep serving great food while providing amazing customer service to keep your clients happy! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘


Coffee Project, second time around. ๐Ÿ’—

I simply love coffee shops! Just the hint of coffee in the air is enough to give me that sudden feel of hysteria and sereness all at the same time. I like that kind of mix. ๐Ÿ˜ As soon as I open the door of any coffee shop, I always take a deep breath in through my nose to get a dose of coffee before ordering anything!๐Ÿ˜‚ I will always find myself going back towards these places. One of which is Coffee Project. I visited it again last February 14 to check out their Hot Chocolate or Mocha Bloom!ย 

Hot Chocolate or Mocha Bloom is basically one of our usual favorite drink from Coffee Project but is topped with marshmallow that slowly blooms at every sip! It is so cute and you can never go wrong with hot chocolate. ๐Ÿค— Everybody loves it! I was brave enough to go out alone on that day. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I tried their special drink and also I wanted to check out if they have a great featured musical artist. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram so you can know about their promotions, new cool drinks and events!ย 

Ting-a-ling!
A girl with a very cute smile and bright eyes greeted me right away…
Cashier: Hello Ma’am! Welcome to Coffee Project! What would you like to have?
Me: Hello! I would like to try the chocolate drink that you featured online? Yung may mallows on top that blooms like a flower?ย 
Cashier: Oh sure! Grande or Project po?
Me: Project please! Thank you!ย 
Manager: Miss Criselle?
Me: Oh hiiiiiii! (literally perky which is more than necessary lol)ย 
Manager: Mike po. Thanks for featuring us with one of your blogs!ย 
Me: You are welcome po! I enjoyed my last visit so I thought that everybody should know how nice Coffee Project is!ย 
Manager: Thanks po! Have a seat po,we will just deliver your drink.
Me: Okay! Thanks po! It is a pleasure to meet you!ย 

Thank you to this awesome team! More power to you guys! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

And so I went to look for an awesome spot to enjoy my hot choco and the amazing saxophone artist that was featured that day! It was mostly swarmed with lovebirds so I gave myself a tap on the back for being a lone soldier that day. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ
Saxophone (sax) ย belongs to the family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.ย 

Sax is one of the instruments that I want to learn since I already play guitar and drums. I find it very sensual and romantic so I am very pleased that Coffee Project invited an artist that will certainly make that night memorable! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—
Mr. Vergel Valencia, saxophonist, surely did an amazing job with seranading and giving off that romantic vibe! He played different genres that everybody definitely enjoyed! His performance was composed of classic songs and famous hits like Close to You, A Thousand Years, Versace on the Floor and many more! I was constantly checking my watch because I have a freaking shift that night and I just got my cup of hot choco and the music was just getting good. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ถ I will surely come back for a part two! ๐Ÿค— You can contact him through this line for more inquiries about his professional services, 09198358814.

Coffee, Hot choco, jazz music, and a fascinating ambiance are all hitting the marks on my checklist! How about flowers? Coffee project was very thoughtful by giving an Ecuadorian rose to the first 30 ladies that visited them that day. I made the right choice! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ The Ecuadorian rose is known worldwide as the best rose in the world, in every imaginable category: bloom size, stem length, vase life, color. It was really nice to receive one! ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒน

Thank you Coffee Project! ๐Ÿ’—

ย I never knew that flowers have different meanings. I researched about pink roses and apparently a single pink rose says: “I like you” . Over all, pink roses are used to convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also connote elegance and grace. I love the meaning of that single bud! Guys, take note.๐Ÿ˜‰

If you will ask me, I will prefer chocolates over flowers simply because I can not eat flowers (I know, facepalm hahahah๐Ÿ˜‚) but receiving one felt really good and made my heart flutter! To everyone who knows me in person, I know, it is cringe worthy. hahahha But yeah, “kinilig po ako ng slight“. ย ๐Ÿ˜‚
All of us holds on to something that we treat with value. It can be a candy wrapper from your third grade crush, a torn up handkerchief from your best friend or a flower from someone special. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜ So, I decided to try flower pressing. This method will preserve your pretty blooms plus the memories attached to it!ย 

You can actually press a whole bud however I wasn’t able to do it because I clumsily swung my single stem of Ecuadorian rose and accidently hit it into something hard so the petals fell off.I guess, I just walked too happily. ๐Ÿ˜‚Very unladylike, I know.๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, I just used some of the petals instead. There are loads of options when it comes to flower pressing. It can be by a wooden flower press, book, iron, or your mom’s microwave. Yep, microwave works! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰ But I used my diary to make it more simple. All I did was place the flower or petals, in my case, between two sheets of paper. Closed it. Locked it for a week and tada! You got pretty looking and very classy looking pressed flowers! I saw more intricate ones which are encased in glass frames or tiny buds placed inside lockets but if you just want to make everything simple and you have your huge and dusty Physics book lying on the shelf, try this one out! ๐Ÿค—


Visit Coffee Project as soon as you can so you can try their very rich and heart warming Hot chocolate! Don’t forget to like their Online page so you can see on when will their next event is, just look for Coffee Project Pampanga. Who knows, you might get another chance on that Ecuadorian rose or they might feature a different artist?!ย 

See yah! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Velvet Ganache, a place or a painting?

It was almost 9 oโ€™clock in the evening. I just had a full dose of pizza and chicken wings goodness and a cup of tea or coffee was all I needed to end the good night. I have heard of a French Cafรฉ around the Green Fields area and so my partner and I set off to that direction. We were not able to see it at first but we followed the light. And you should too! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚

There it is! Velvet Ganache. A French inspired patisserie and boulangerie which is managed by the known Chef Vince Garcia, who is also the mastermind behind the Rainforest Kichene.ย Velvet Ganache is at Greenfields Commercial Complex, Sindalan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga. This Cafรฉ opens at 11 AM and closes at 9 PM.

ย Patisserieย is a French bakery that specializes in pastries, cakes, and sweets whileย boulangerieย is a bakery that specializes in baking and selling bread. Velvet Ganache is both. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was a very luminous and cozy place even from a far so it gives off that warm and welcoming vibe. The walls are painted white so the furniture and fixture stand out. You will easily notice every detail in the room. From the white roses framing the top part of the windows, vintage and pale paintings andย  photos of flowers, French lanterns and bird cages, shrubs on little pots, white tables and chairs, and chandeliers all add up to a very simple but stylish feel. It was like a painted canvass to me. We were staring at the totality of the place, letting it embrace us. I felt like I wanted to be a part of the pretty picture. And so we went in.

Me: Hi!

A tall neatly combed waiter with a cute bow tie instantly approached us. I forgot his name, my bad. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜“ I will refer to ย him as Mr. Nice. ๐Ÿค—

Mr. Nice: Hello! Welcome to Velvet Ganache, what would you like to have?

Me: Hello, uhhhm, what time do you guys close?

Mr. Nice: ย 9PM po.

Me: (checks watch which freakingly shows 8:38 PM, I let out a sigh) Ooohh, will you still accept clients by this time?

Mr. Nice: Of course. (smile)

Me: Yay! Okay, may I please have your menu? ๐Ÿ˜

Mr. Nice led us to an available table and gave us our menus. That is a very good customer service, I must say, very accommodating. We ordered for Cappuccino. I then checked on their pastries and cakes. Everything was cute, especially the cupcakes. One cake caught my eye though. I stared at it for like a couple of minutes and another server finally approached me. I donโ€™t know his name, for the life of me. I will make sure to check on name plates next time. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค— I will refer to him as Mr. Nice 2.

Me: Oh hi! What is the name of this cake?

Mr. Nice 2: Hi! Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache Torte po. Itโ€™s our best seller.

Me: Ooohhh really? Cool. I would like to have a slice please. Thanks!

Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache Torte has this glittery, gold and mirror like finish on top that I really find attractive. It was walled with a thin slab of white and milk chocolate bar and is layered with red velvet and ganache. I was hesitating to poke the pretty slice of cake with my cute little fork so I decided to take loads of photos of it as a memorabilia before finally digging in. ๐Ÿ˜‚ With a let out of deep breath, I finally stabbed the lovely cake with my fork, and I was surprised on how soft and smooth it was. My fork slipped through the layers effortlessly. Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache Torte just had that smooth and moist layer of cake and is complimented by the ganache. It was not very sweet at first so you will surely find yourself taking one bite after the other which is what happened to me.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ I also liked the small hint of dark chocolate somewhere in each bite so it made the taste more interesting. I tried the slab of chocolate bar from the side and it was superabundantly sweet! ๐Ÿ˜Š So each part of the cake slice has that different level of sweetness that when eaten all together totally sent me to coud 9. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜ My eyes, taste buds and tummy are all happy! Toothsome indeed! It is something that you should not miss so be sure to get a slice of Red Velvet with Chocolate Ganache Torte soon! Who knows, you might order the whole cake after trying one slice?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Their cappuccino made the whole experience better. They were served in these fascinating cups. Mr. Nice was just about to give my cup and I already mouthed, โ€œWooooow! Those cups are really cute! โ€œ Mr. Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland will surely fancy those as well!

My favorite word that night was cute and I was snapping photos here and there. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I love the way that my interest was aroused with every detail of Velvet Ganache. The cup, cake, cushion, view from the second floor, interior design, even the washroom is very minimalist but intriguing in a very good way. So two thumbs up even if we just stayed there for a couple of minutes!ย 

You can have a sweet romantic moment here with your special someone, a moment to breathe and read a good book all by yourself or enjoy the whole experience with your barkada. You have the option to stay on their veranda and enjoy the night sky or stay indoors and be a part of the โ€œpainted canvassโ€. It will surely be a worthwhile and relaxing moment either way! Visit Velvet Ganache as soon as possible and be a part of the beautiful painting. ย So yep, it is both a pretty painting and a must visit place for me. I will surely come back! See you soonest! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰

Cafe Noelle, holiday feels on a Februaryย 

Thank goodness itโ€™s Saturday!ย 

Say, “Hello day ooooffff!”ย 

If you knew me in person, you would probably see me go jumping up and down and smiling from ear to ear. Yep, I just go gigglish whenever I see SATURDAY blinking on my phone. ๐Ÿค— You must have felt it too! It’s time to roam around and reward yourself with a yummy treat!

ย As per Virginia Woolf, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ย ย 

ย Why don’t you try Cafe Noelle? Wow, that actually rhymed. ๐Ÿ˜‚ This themed casual dining restaurant is located at Greenfields Square, MacArthur Highway,San Fernando, Pampanga. Cafe Noelle opens at 10:30 AM-11:00 PM. They offer a huge variety of dishes that you can try so it is great for the whole family as well. They offer cakes, pastries, steaks, pasta, salad, sandwiches, and beverages! They even have a menu for kids as well! Two thumbs up. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

We usually end up here at Cafe Noelle for snacks or after-dinner coffee and tea sessions. It is quite accessible from the main road so it is on top of the list whenever we think of coffee or tea. Cafรฉ Noelle offers hot to cold thirst quenchers, cocktails, smoothies, coffee, and tea. We tried their Hot Tea in a Pot. You can choose from Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Honey Lemon and many more. Their tea selection is all neatly stacked in a wooden box which they present to you so you can choose freely. My sister chose Mint. I’m more of a Green Tea fan so I was like,” Why does it taste like toothpaste?” ๐Ÿ˜‚ Kidding. It was quite refreshing!

(Ignore the pizza please, that’s just me, being a junkie. Lol) ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚

I never knew that they offer cocktails and mixes so I did take a double look when I noticed the beverage selection for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I tried Strawberry Daiquiri. This one is served in a coupette glass and is made by blending white rum, lime, grenadine, and strawberry syrup. It has a texture similar to a smoothie. A must try! The other one was Pineapple Paradise. This one is served in a cosmopolitan and is made by stirring brandy, blue curacao, lime and pineapple. We also tried the Cucumber Basil Agua Fresca. One word for this drink, healthy. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was like, “oohhh, it reminds me of a pasta dish!” ๐Ÿ˜‚ย It is my least favorite but it is the kind of drink that your organic-driven sister or girlfriend will order. ๐Ÿ˜‚

They also offer a wide selection of breads , pastries and cakes!ย 

ย I totally love their crinkles! It is my favorite cookie since I was a kid so I was very excited when I tried it. It brings me back pieces of my childhood memories with every bite that I take! ๐Ÿ˜So good! It’s just at 120 pHp per pack which includes 6 yummy crinkles! All for me! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Their ย ensaymada is great as well. Creamy and soft, I must say. It is a great pasalubong to your mom or grannies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also tried their Impossible Cake. This is a combination of chocolate cake layered with egg flan on top. This is a perfect epitome of hitting two birds with one stone. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got two of my favorite desserts in one toothsome cake! I’m happy. ๐Ÿค—

My sister also tried the Popcorn shrimpย for starters. Have you ever experienced popping your eyes out with every bite that you take? That was my reaction when I tried this one. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Deep fried “bite-sized” shrimp is served with potato chips and 3 sauces (mustard, sweet and sour, sweet and spicy). I enjoyed eating that one as well! ๐Ÿ˜

ย Cafe Noelle will surely give you the holiday feels since it is still decorated with twinkling lights, Yule tree, dangling mistletoe and balls, nutcracker and such. ๐ŸŒฒโ›„๐ŸŽ

Don’t forget to check out their loo as well! It was quite interesting since it stylishly lights up the cubicle with a chandelier. ๐Ÿค— It got frames, cat figurines, and lighting can be adjusted. How’s that? ๐Ÿ˜Ž I muttered to myself,” I can actually live here.” ๐Ÿ˜‚

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I also asked if they sell the marshallows that was displayed on top of the glass case. The lady said that it is free sweets for little kids. My thoughts were,” Why am I so big? Sayang.” Hahaha So kids, don’t miss that one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย There are still a lot of dishes on the menu that is waiting for us to be tried! There is Grilled rib eye steak, Spicy tinapa pasta, Chicken pot pie, Thai seafood curry, Roast beef sandwich and many more! Just typing out the names made me hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย 

Who’s with me?! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฎโ˜•๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน๐Ÿด๐Ÿฝ

Central Park Tower Resort

It’s the season of love! I know. You don’t have to rub it on my face. I get you, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Please don’t get me wrong. I celebrate love every single day , it is better that way! Also, I am always in love. I love food, music, photography and literature. See? I am not that bitter. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค— hahaha The more I blabber about this, the more funny I get. Facepalm. ๐Ÿ˜‚
So let’s just get the ball rollin’.ย ๐Ÿค—

Why don’t you guys try Central Park Tower Resort this coming Tuesday the 14th? Both of you and your partner can enjoy a romantic dinner while getting lovey-dovey over live music! It is located at 888 Lourdes St, Balibago, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga. They are open 24/7(even on holidays! Yep) and this Tuesday, a Plated Dinner Service for couples will start at 6 to 10 PM. How sweet is that? You may like their Facebook page to check on their promotions.

My friends and I tried this place so it was not romantic at all but I can give you an idea of what its like. Please press on 12 for the lift to get you to the rooftop! ๐Ÿ˜‰
You will be welcomed by the very inviting infinity pool! Yep, so no diving. You don’t want to get to the ground floor that fast, right? Hahaha Safety first. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I like the option of sitting by the bar or if you want to be comfortable and classy, you have the option to hangout in their canopy sofas as well.ย 

We were kind of unlucky because we went there on a rainy Sunday night, what a great way to enjoy the night sky, right?๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜ hahahah You don’t have to worry though. We transferred to their pub instead.ย 

It was pretty cozy and the ambiance is very relaxed. The whole room is in retro style. You see wine racks lining up some of the walls, miniature and vintage Ducati models and Cadillacs are on one side and the other side is a series of glass window panes.

ย I like that idea since you have the option to see the city lights and the night sky if you want to do so. There is a smoking area with seats so everyone can enjoy drinks and live music freely. I like the lighting as well so no need to get flashy. ๐Ÿค— Overall, it is a great and relaxing place to hangout with your friends or get to be personal with your date. Either works. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Good thing about this place is you can order coffee, frappes, smoothies, cocktails, beer or wine! So it is for everyone as well. (If you are reading this Mom, don’t worry I ordered Cappuccino. hahahah)ย 

The food is mostly western-themed. We tried their onion rings, nachos, buttered chicken wings, chicken fingers with potato fries, pizza for 4 and mozzarella bites.ย 

Price for drinks are mostly 100pHp to 150pHp. The food options is good for 2 to 3 persons and can be ordered a la carte or group. A la carte orders ranges from 200pHp to 400pHp, depending on the portions. We ordered separately so we missed the chance to save more, so it is always best to ask. That is a note to myself. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚ hahaha They have a Plated service this Tuesday so the food will surely be different and special. ย Nice part as well is you get to enjoy live music. Two thumbs up from me as a music lover! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—

Central Tower Resort also has a good view of Angeles City so I was able to try a photography trick. I tried doing heart-shaped bokeh.ย 

Bokeh is an adaptation from a Japanese word meaning “blur”. In photography, this term is used to describe the quality of the areas in the picture which are not in focus. I used a Canon 550D, 18-55mm F1.8 lens and a magical sheet of black paperboard. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚haha Yep, that’s all you need for this trick. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

ย You can also use any large aperture lens. You just have to cut the bokeh shape that you want to try. I tried a heart one. I just cut it by hand and I am not sure on how big it is supposed to be so I made multiple ones to experiment. I asked my friend, to help me with this one because I was not smart enough to bring tapes. Good ol’ me. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‚ lol I was about to give up but voila! Heart-shaped bokeh right in mah face! I was so happy and you can try it too! Central Park Resort is high enough to help you accomplish some photography tricks.๐Ÿ˜‰ This one is a sample of bokeh as well but it was taken from Baguio. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Be creative! ๐Ÿ˜

I am quite supportive and I would like to help out the guys out there who want to make their special girl loved and appreciated. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰ Pero para sa mga hindi pa umaamin diyan sa crush nila, umamin na kayo, magiging tigyawat yan. HAHHAHAHAย ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚Kidding. Take your time but don’t make it too long, she might get tired of waiting and someone else will see her value and treat her the right way. Guys, as the saying goes, “No guts, No glory.” ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‰
So man up, get that bouquet or flower, a box of chocolate or a tray of fries and nuggets (whichever she fancies LOL) and ask her out before it’s too late! Try Central Park Tower Resort, who knows, you might get a yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜

Have fun lovebirds! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜

Moderno Food Park it is!

Our weekly grind is almost done and we are all itching to slack off and get those muscles loosen up a bit. I have never been to a food park before so I am very much excited about it! I personally got tired of the food stalls and restaurants at the mall so if you feel the same way, keep reading!

Moderno Food Park is the first and biggest food park in Pampangga. It is a badminton court that morphed into a food park that houses 16 food stalls! Yep. We got 16 amazing food stalls to try, so make sure to wear something adjustable perhaps? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚ It is along MacArthur Hwy, San Fernando, Pampanga which is right next to Holy Angel Village. It is literally along the highway so accessibility is a huge YES and if you are into commute mode just say to Manong Driver,” Smash lang po.” aaaaand Bam. Moderno Food Park right in yo face. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚ It is open 4pm till 12 midnight from Monday to Friday. On a Saturday, it opens at 11 am till 12 mn and every Sunday, it is open as early as 11 am until 10 pm. 

In my opinion, people of all ages will enjoy this place. Kids can have Popsicles, your dad or brother can have booze, your Granny can have coffee, you and your friends can enjoy pizza and so on. Name it, this place has something to offer to everyone! So here is a list that you can use as a map when you visit this awesome place! 

1.)TazzaUno is their official coffee shop so you can have your hot or cold coffee, frappe, smoothies or even sandwiches. Caffeine, anyone? ๐Ÿค—โ˜•

2.)Pipeline Co. on the other hand, is their official beverage stall. Your dad, boyfriend, or brother will be happy about this one. This stall offers juice, beers, soda and wine!

3.)Daily Detox will be your dieting sister’s favorite drink stall!This one offers 100% cold-pressed juices and water detox.

4.)Racks & Ribs offers American styled steaks so say hello to baby back ribs!
5.)Steak N’ Bake presents a selection of Western dishes such as steaks, roast beef, and more! Oh I love mashed potato! You can choose rice to go with it though if you like. ๐Ÿ™‚
6.)Fiammata. I love this one! You can build your own pizza, salad and crepe! So it’s time to be creative! We tried Capricciosa pizza. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ• oh remember ,Sammie? ๐Ÿค—

7.)Fat Mama serves my favorite chicken wiiiings! My friend said that I might start growing feathers and wings soon. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ— I tried their soy-garlic flavored chicken wings, so goooood! We tried the garlic with parmesan chicken wings but I personally like the first one. But that is just me, you may choose from their other flavors! ๐Ÿค— They have popsicles by Picole too! What’s funny is that there are different flavors and each of them has different calorie count. lol I tried their chocolate flavored popsicle which is just for 50 pHp and just contains 10 calories. It was kind of pointless for me though since I still dipped it in chocolate syrup. Enough calorie counting for me. Facepalm. I know. Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜š

8.)Curry Up offers filipino dishes that has a twist of curry spices. Very flavorful and tasty!

9.)Urban Crunch is very Pinoy for me. They offer Bagnet-themed dishes, it can be kare kare, dinakdakan and so on.

10.)Simple Viet Kitchen is quite a healthy option as well. As expected with Vietnamese dishes, you may order their spring roll which can be fresh or fried, hot bowl of Pho and many more. I tried their Lime juice, very refreshing I must say.

11.)Benjamin is a must try as well! It’s a stall which serves Mexican-filipino dishes. I tried their taco and I was shocked that it was bigger than my face. (considering that my face is big) LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… It was really crispy and jam packed with vegetables and tasty meat and cheese. Perfect for the whole gang. Money-wise, this is a good option!

12.) Next is Yellow Street! These place is heaven for me! Everything with cheesey goodness! ERMERGERD I tried their heap-of-potato-swirls-drenched-in-cheese (sorry, I kinda just described on how it looked and tasted, forgot the name LOL) and yeah, I was speechless. To all my cheese-obsessed  friends out there, you better try this one!

13.) Coco’s is a great chicken shack! And yeah, I love their chicken pops! How can you go wrong with fried chicken wrapped in juicy bacon? Oh and the owner is cute, so girls? You know what to do. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‚

14.) Sunny Side Up is a place for a mix up of breakfast and desserts! They even have our favorite “silog” and fried desserts. Yes, they serve fried snickers, oreos and many more!

15.) They also have Meat Fuel! This one serves affordable burger and sandwiches. They are proud to serve food using super fresh ingredients and they have this mini burgers that kids will surely love!
16.) Lastly, we have Tokyo Tempura. This place offers the most affordable shrimp tempura in town! For 199 pHp, unlimited crispy shrimp tempura is yours! We tried that and their Dynamite which is filled with melted cheese, and yeah it was really hot and spicy. hahahah To all the shrimp tempura addicts out there, this is your best bet!

All the food options mentioned above are ranging from 50 pHP to 300 pHp so it is very budget friendly.

Moderno Food Park is perfect for your barkada trips, family weekend night out, or a cool and new idea for a couples date. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are seats outside so if you want to eat or drink your beer with the cold night’s breeze, you can definitely do so. There are table for groups of 6, 4 or 2. The designs for their tables and chairs differ from each other so I really find that cool and artistic. All of the food stalls are on the sides encircling the court and there are seats available on the second floor as well. It can also accommodate meetings and workshops since there are three cargo containers that are modified to take in groups of 6 or more. These are fully air conditioned and I think using those modified cargo containers are super cool and very modern! Talking about, reuse, reduce, recycle. Kudos to that! Mind you, the whole place is open but the wash room is fully air conditioned as well. How cool is that? LOL If only I can eat in the comfort room. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—

Calligraphy workshop is currently offered in Moderno Food Park. Why don’t you try it this weekend for a different cool vibe? Arts and Food at the same places is a great idea!

Have fun! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜

Do you know any other cool dining places in Pampangga? Let me know about it and share your experience! I’d love to know about it too!