Dad’s birthday treat at Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan

My daddy held his 68th birthday here so the whole family brought their hungry tummies. The thing with buffets such as Dads-Saisaki-Kamayan is that there is no earthly way for you to eat or even sample all of the resto’s offerings. My strategy is to concentrate on the food that fulfills two criteria:1. Something I’ve really been craving for

2. Something I’ll probably have trouble finding elsewhere

3. Something that’s really expensive in a non-buffet resto
In this particular instance, I gorged myself on:

1. Roast beef (meat is so tender and flavorful; lots of marbled fat) 2. Pork and salmon katsu (a happy discovery for me as katsu wasn’t normally highlighted here before; this probably came about with the recent proliferation of katsu places)


3. Salmon sashimi (this usually costs a lot order it ala carte in a Japanese resto)

4. For dessert: strawberry ice cream and mango truffle

5. Drink of choice: cucumber lemonade

This was a happy occasion celebrated with great company and great food.
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What Happens When Pirates Pirate Pirates on Limitless

I was all for Naz going all tough and empowered during her meeting with the big bossess in Washington. 

   
Until she was put under lock-and-key for treason (for funding terrorist when she waa actually negotiating the ransom of her kidnapped niece) and ADIC Johnson was called in to replace her temporarily. If you want people to be annoyed with a character, get this guy to play him.

  
Luckily, before her incarceration, she was able to mobilize Brian and Rebecca. Enter her daughter Ava.

  
I’m glad an episode was able to shed some light on Naz. And with the sparks that flew between Ava and Brian, we can expect to see Ava again sometime.

Italian Food Trip at Friuli Trattoria

My coworkers and I decided to take advantage of the relatively lighter traffic and held one of our (in)famous happy lunches in Maginhawa Street. We opted for Friuli the consensus among the group was in favor of Italian food. We ordered Bacon and Egg Carbonara, Tuna Carbonara, Puttanesca, Mushroom Pizza and Cheesesteak Pizza. IMHO, the pizzas are ok but I’ve tasted homemade pasta better than those served here. Plus, I can’t believe they charge P10 for 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese!


  
  

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Chinese restos like Hap Chan are great for family dinners

I took my folks here for a nice family dinner. I always say that Chinese restos are great for family dinners because the viands are served family style which encourage sharing and bonding. We ordered our favorite Chinese food:- Hot and Sour Soup (my mom says it helps with her colds) 

– Yang Chow Fried Rice (is a visit to a Chinese resto complete without ordering Yang Chow?)

 – Pork Ribs with Salt and Pepper (nicely seasoned)

 – Beef Steak Chinese Style (very tender with a sweet-savory flavor)

 – Pork Siomai

 – Birthday Noodles


The flavors meshed well together. As the servings were large, even when our original party of five grew to seven, we left the place with full bellies. The food were reasonably priced, too (I spent less than P2,000).


 The place is clean with bright red and white decor but not at all off-putting. The servers were polite and accommodating.

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Arrow’s Brotherhood is heavy on family

This episode is heavy on family, drawing parallels among the many issues that different sets of siblings have on each other. The trigger is Diggle‘s discovery that his brother, Andy, is alive and apparently one of Hive’s minions. Having extracted said brother from the organization with the help of #TeamArrow, it remains to be seen how he will deal with his errant sibling.

   
Oliver‘s sister, Thea, is feeling the return of her bloodlust but was able to discover that Damon Dark is a way for her to control it. Why she asks Malcolm Merlin, not her brother, for help I just don’t understand.

  

Operation: Rescue Ray is a Go in Arrow’s Lost Souls

After getting a distress call from her former boss/lover Ray Palmer, Felicity, together with Team Arrow, went on Operation: Rescue Ray.

Saddled by guilt from leaving Ray in what turned out be his time of need and peril, Felicity started becoming hostile towards Oliver, feeling that she is losing herself in him. It’s a good thing her mom Donna was there to straighten her out. Whew! So far, my #HEA is safe (but for how long?). 
   
 
By the way, there’s a new couple I’m shipping: Donna and Quentin Lance. They met in a bar when they were both convalescing on their children’s mishaps. I would like to see what grows from their meet-cute.

   
 

For late-night tapa cravings, there’s Angus Tapa Centrale

This resto is great if you have late night cravings for tapsilog or if you want to cap a night out with a hearty rice meal.  Their Angus beef tapa is sliced very thinly – sukiyaki style – and marinated to come out flavorful and tender.  You can also opt to get some local spiced vinegar to go with your tapsilog.

  

Check out my reviews of other Filipino restaurants and eateries in the Tomas Morato area: