Midnight Snacking @ Soderno

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I was so excited to visit the South last Saturday because of 2 things– to attend my inaanak Caitlin’s 2nd birthday party and to visit Soderno, the newest happy foodie place in Alabang. I spent 16 years of my life living in the South and I still consider it home. I’m happy that there are a lot of new places to go to like Soderno, the new wing of ATC and Dampa in Daang Hari. Maybe if those were already there when I was still living in BF, I would have become obese!

Anyway, enough with my senti moment. On with the kwentong pagkain!

We were still full from Cait’s handa (teriyaki, lumpia, fish fillet, paella, lechon and a lot more!!!) that we decided to just go to Soderno for dessert.

We shared a dozen Taclings. Mini tacos served in eggtrays! The beef ones were delish! Crunchy, savory and a bit spicy… I didn’t like the tuna, the ones with green shells. I think it was only Kassy the flexitarian who enjoyed it. Haha!

Joko got Fried Chocolates and Fried Oreos from Wicked Bites. Both were sinfully delicious and made my heart (and pancreas) scream for help. LOL :p  I expect their Apple Fries with Caramel Syrup to be just as good. That’s what I’ll get next time. I don’t remember how much the fried sweets cost. Joko said less than a hundred each. Anyone?

The BEST part of the Soderno experience was experiencing The Lollicake Factory goodies! The Chocolate and Red Velvet little dessert balls had perfect sweet coatings and rich moist cake underneath! I recommend the lollicakes as party giveaways or aguinaldo for your inaanaks this Christmas. Not bad at all for 40php a piece. Or, you can also get 30 lollicakes and form ’em into a multi-tiered cake and put a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IYA! :p

The Lollicakes in the picture above are chocolate, buttercream, dulce de leche and peanut butter methinks. Carla bought a whole box to bring to Cebu. Joko was the only one who got to eat the cheesecake lollicake and she couldn’t stop saying how good it was. As in paalis ng Soderno, paghatid kay Kassy, paghatid kina Carla, sa biyahe namin papuntang Laguna, pati sa sleepover ko sa kanila, she even sleeptalked about it!!! :)) Oo na, masarap na!

Btw, the amazing person behind The Lollicakes Factory is no other than LJ Moreno-Alapag. Carla and I know her as Lari Jean Ricafort. She was our classmate in Bene high. Had I known that she’d grow up making fantastic desserts, super binefriend ko sana siya noon! Hehe! Congrats, LJ! Cupcakes, take a backseat! Mabuhay ang mga lollicakes! :p

Congratulations too to Mr. Anton Diaz and Mr. RJ Ledesma for the success of Soderno. I hope I’ll be able to see some of the Soderno fyummies in Distrito! Bawais, please! 🙂

Soderno @ Molito schedule:

Soderno Nights – Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00pm to 3:00am

Lifestyle Market – Saturdays at 7:00am to 4:00pm

Organic Market – Sundays at 7:00am to 4:00pm


listening to: Kids of 88 – Just A Little Bit

DISTRITO: The Newest Foodie Happy Place in Makati!

Because it took me almost a year to experience Mercato Centrale, I vowed (naks, how serious) that the same thing will not happen to me with Distrito. And so I attended its opening night last Friday, November 25. 🙂

Distrito is located at the Amorsolo Open Parking lot (beside Makati Med). It has food, fashion and wellness stalls but I did not see much of the last 2 in their first night of business. There were lots of food stalls that serve tacos, steaks, bibingka, dimsum, cakes, pizza and other omnomnoms but only a few that sell clothes and accessories. I actually did not notice any wellness stalls but because Ms. Cory Quirino was there, I assumed that there was one. After all, she is the queen of the World of Wellness!

Distrito opens at 9pm and closes at 3am, Wednesdays-Fridays. Shani, Vlad and I got there even before 9 and we were surprised that there were already a lot of people. Took around 15minutes before we found seats. To my left were call center looking folks. I work in a call center/BPO so trust me, I know my kind. Hehe! It’s also very likely because Distrito is very near contact centers such as People Support, Convergys and Sykes. Our company, ePerformax is 10 minutes away. To my right were college kids who prolly go to La Salle, UA&P or Endurun (or the likes). I just based my guess on how they spoke– in semi-maarte English. Semi lang. If it’s super, you know na from what school! :p I kid!!!!

Ok. Food. The orig plan was to buy from the Filipino-Mexican food truck because ever since I heard about Manila Machine from Jun Belen, I’ve always wanted to eat at a sosyal version of a Jolly Jeep! But I dunno. I didn’t feel like having a burrito or taco that night so I went around twice thrice before I deciding on pizza! And macaron for dessert! (And be a PG [patay gutom] and get some of Shani’s dimsum and Vlad’s bibingka!)

The Fire Escape Pizza Burger. I wasn’t also in the mood to eat pizza, but I liked the idea of eating something as rich and sinful as Offbeat’s Krispy Kreme Burger. Their pizzaburger I chose was The Rookie with 3 cheeses (I think, one of which was feta). I was asked if I wanted it spicy and I said, just a little. The spiciness was perfect with the cheeses. Don’t let the look of the pizzaburger fool you. It’s not a light meal. The pattie’s thick and heavy. It’s also juicy and flavorful. I didn’t really count much on this pizzaburger to wow me but it did! Kudos to the guys who started off with this as their thesis. Overheard one of them saying this to another customer! I think I’ll try the one with the mushrooms next time!

Empire Macarons. There were around 10 flavors to choose from and I chose the one with the prettiest c0lor. LEMON! That and I really like lemon! 😀 This one’s not bad at all for 35php. The texture is great and melts in your mouth. The lemon-y taste isn’t so strong too. I think it will be perfect with milk tea or black coffee or I don’t know… just not with a buco-pandan drink! Haha, I know ‘coz that’s what I had with it! :)) Other flavors of Empire Macaron according to their website are: Cookies and Cream, Chili Chocolate (ohmigosh I have to get some of these), Candied Rose and Salted Caramel.

The Taiwanese dimsums that Shani had were ok, but a little too salty. :\ Shani couldn’t finish hers so I gladly gobbled the leftovers. 😀 Buti na lang, mahilig ako sa sodium! :))

I can’t remember the name of this minced pork rice something in a Chinese take out box that Vlad bought. It’s also from the stall that they got the deep fried kuchay dumplings. Verdict: it’s ok for a hundred bucks.

The bibingka. The ricecake (small one for 65php) that Vlad waited for 15minutes was not cooked well. When I cut it, some batter oozed out. But I still liked it because the sweetness was just right. And well, the uncooked mix didn’t give me a tummy ache anyway. :p

We stayed for a bit and listened to an acoustic duo play alternative songs such as DMB’s Crash Into Me and Duncan Sheik’s Barely Breathing. More people were at Distrito by this time. Even when I got home and checked my Facebook, at least a dozen of my friends updates were about their trip to Distrito. 🙂

I’ve already told them this in person but I want to repeat it here just because.

Mr. Anton Diaz and Mr. RJ Ledesma, congratulations and thank you for Distrito. You guys are one more step close to your goal of making us all fat. 😀


listening to: Duncan Sheik – Barely Breathing

Mercato Centrale, Check!

It took me almost a year to go to Mercato Centrale. Oo na, kahihiyan na ako ng mga foodies! :,(

We went there after trying out Jamba Juice. Because I was still full from the smoothie and pretzel, I decided to get a light dinner–

Claude Tayag’s Pan de Bagnet and Casa Goñi’s Paella Negra.

Shempre joke lang yung light dinner. Ano ba. Ako ito. MATAKAW AKO! 😛

The Pan De Bagnet before it became a sandwich started off looking like…


I did not fall in love with the sandwich at first bite. It tasted bland. But when I had my second bite and heard my teeth crack the crispy pork skin and felt the perfect sourness of the vinaigrette in my mouth, I knew that the medium-sized sandwich was worth the 200php I took out of my Mighty Mouse wallet. 😀 Ang sarap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Paella Negra (85php/cup) was also delicious, but I wish I bought the Wagyu Paella instead. No choice. Sold out na eh. Between squid ink and chorizo, I’d choose the former every time. I hate chorizo. Pero in fairness, maraming bumibili ng Three-Chorizo Paella nila. 🙂

So that’s my 1st ever Mercato meal. Loved it! Now let’s talk about Joko’s and Vlad’s purchases. Kung matakaw ako, matakaw rin ang mga kaibigan ko!

Joanna Katrina bought isaw, takoyaki and fruit shake. Nag-Mercato pa siya para dito, di’ba? She argued that they got bigger, better isaw and there’s crabsticks in the takoyaki. I had nothing more to say after tasting the takoyaki. Masarap nga.

And look at this isaw. Para ngang galing sa dambuhalang baboy!

Vlad bought his dinner from a Korean stall. It’s hard to miss it because there’s a sign that says Seoul Sisters and there’s a Korean lady preparing the food. Hehe.

He said that the Korean barbecue and chapchae tasted good. Good for 99php.

Vlad’s choice of dessert was Salted Caramel Ice Cream. I think he enjoyed it because he was very quiet when he was eating. Or baka na-empacho na siya? :p

Joko also got Revel Bar, Cream Cheese Brownies and Food for the Gods— 3 for 100. I tasted all 3 and found the revel bar too sweet, the brownie was ok but I didn’t taste the cheese, the food for the gods didn’t taste like food for the gods at all but it’s delicious and my fave among the 3! 😀

In conclusion, I wish it didn’t take me that long to experience Mercato. I enjoyed my 1st ever Mercato feast and I can’t wait to go back to try all the goodies from the other stalls! But then again, the people behind Mercato is opening a night market here in Makati tomorrow! DISTRITO‘s got food, fashion, beauty and wellness products galore every Wednesday to Friday from 9pm to 3am!

I guess Distrito is the more convenient choice for a Makati girl like me. But if the anaconda in my tummy strikes again on a Saturday, I will most def go back to Mercato. 🙂

Congratulations, Mr. Anton Diaz for the smashing success of Mercato and best of luck to Distrito! Busugin niyo pa kaming lahat! Cheers!


listening to: Gary Valenciano – Growing Up

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