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Blimey, it’s London! (3/3)

More museums and the obligatory food post…

This is the entrance of the Natural History Museum.  We got free entrance, as with most of the museums, thanks to our London Pass.  The exhibits here were targeted for a younger audience.  I got bored actually because it was elementary biology.  I did learn a thing or two on modern museum interiors.

The museum was first opened to the public in 1881.  But the collections first started when Sir Hans Sloane (physician and collector of natural curiosities) donated his collection in 1753.  (Source: Natural History Museum UK)

I forgot to mention that my favorite parts of the collection were the dinosaur and whale skeleton exhibit.

These two bridges here connect the exhibits, giving the interior layout a maze-like feel.

This is “the Cocoon” in the Darwin Centre designed by  C F Møller Architects.  I wasn’t able to go inside though, so check out more pictures of it here, Darwin Centre Architectural Highlights.  We had another stop to visit.

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Korean BBQ lunch at Sam Won Garden

The Southern equivalent of Maginhawa St. in Teachers Village, Quezon City would probably be Aguirre Ave. in B.F. Homes Parañaque.

In a gist, Teachers Village in Quezon City is one of the three major residential areas in the Diliman district.  Maginhawa St. is a major road that cuts through Teachers Village, Sikatuna, and U.P. Village.  For some reason, maintaining these three subdivisions as strictly residential areas was never strictly implemented.  This resulted in a mixed-use subdivision, primarily residential interspersed with all kinds of commercial establishments.  (You name it: printing shops, restaurants, laundry, hardware stores, a grocery, factory outlets, low-rise office buildings, etc.)  I have heard someone sarcastically remark that one can find the entire universe in here.  Maginhawa St. has always been a notable place in Diliman because of its restaurants and bars.

The same applies for Aguirre Ave. in B.F. Homes, Parañaque.  B.F. Homes was intended to be a purely residential area.  Over time, through lax implementation I suppose, it evolved into a mixed-use subdivision very much like Teachers Village.

ANYWAY… One of the Korean restaurants that I have read about in food blogs like The Sugar Bug, and Southbound.ph, and ClicktheCity was Sam Won Garden.   (The family was looking for a new Asian restaurant for Easter lunch other than our usual Chinese and Japanese fare.)

**Disclaimer: This probably should not count as a real restaurant review, in my opinion.  I usually research on how to “attack” exotic cuisines before I try out such restaurants.  If the restaurant serves authentic cuisine and is owned  by someone of that nationality, I try to find out if there are any meal-related customs/rituals that have to be performed.  Manners…  I also look up the most popular dishes and the recommended combinations.  I have tried Korean restaurants a few times–those instances I can count on one hand–and I still have not mastered which entrees should be eaten with the proper condiments.

In addition, I was only armed that day with my celphone camera.

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BRGR: Burger Project

My brother and I were supposed to eat at Green Wok Deli & Cafe in Matalino St.  We changed our minds and decided to go to BRGR:  Burger Project instead.  Apparently, I am discovering all these restaurants really late because I never tried exploring Maginhawa St. till recently.  Burger Project opened last August 2010, by the way.  Their main attraction is that you can, as the owners say, “Build your own burger!”

(Photo Credit: Foodtrippings.com)

Shot of the interiors first. Hmmm… Next time our foodtrips should be in the morning so the lighting is better.

After looking at the blackboard for guidance, we placed our orders.  Below is Chito’s order form

OH THE ANTICIPATION.

And now for the moment of truth! At this point we were practically salivating.


Chito customized his burger.  His order had Gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and wasabi sauce on an oatmeal vegan bun.


I decided to try out their designer burger recipes. So got a Bleu Buffalo which consisted of bleu cheese, buffalo wing sauce, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

We also had two tofu patties in each of our burgers.  2 BIG, JUICY PATTIES. Again, whenever Chito and I eat out, the “theme” is always vegetarian. (My brother isn’t a vegetarian but is open to trying out new types of food.)  And hey, we were hungry.

We topped of our dinner with sweet potato fries.

I really don’t remember how much our individual orders cost.  We spent Php 500 on our burgers alone.  One tofu patty cost Php 75 (times 2 per burger), and Php 15 (times 2) for oatmeal vegan patties.  The fries cost Php 60.

I forgot to add that they  have chicken, regular beef and Angus Beef patties. :)

If you want to check out the restaurant which I highly recommend for their hefty servings… A word of caution, don’t get too carried away with the choosing the toppings.   Chito and I were slightly shocked at our total bill.

BRGR: Burger Project

122 Maginhawa Street
Teachers Village
Quezon City
11am to 1am


Pipino Vegetarian

And we’re still on the search for vegetarian food places… My goal is to try all the vegetarian restaurants in the vicinity before I move back to Alabang after graduation.

This week, my brother and I went grab a quick dinner at Pipino restaurant.  It was a spur-of-the moment thing after I read about said restaurant on a food review blog.  Pipino is the vegan section of Pino Restobar in Teachers Village; the former is located on the second floor.  (Pino Restobar is the main restaurant, which serves non-vegan dishes.)

The address is  Pipino Vegetarian by Pino @ 39 Malingap St., Teachers’ Village.

I had their low-fat and cheese-less vegan lasagna (left) with whole wheat pasta, silken tofu for the cheese substitute, with malunggay and zucchini.  I give the lasagna a thumbs-up especially for their pasta being al dente and the tomato sauce tasting like real tomato.  But to a non-vegetarian expecting the texture and taste of cheese, maybe they’d think otherwise.  Having tofu as a cheese substitute feels like, well, cottage cheese in the mouth but blander.

Chito had couscous with vegetable curry and tofu chips (right).  Maybe I’ll have that next time since he felt full afterwards.

For dessert, whole wheat vegan chocolate cake.

Our total bill was Php 395. Php 120 for the lasagna, Php 80 for the chocolate cake and Php 195 for the couscous with curry.

And here’s a picture of Pipino’s menu from their website.  And they serve brown rice!


Korean Food Monday

I had a Korean lunch with my dad, brother and sister at a restaurant called MiJin in B.F. Homes, Parañaque.  They originally specialized in barbecqued meat but they started including bibimbap.  We “discovered” the restaurant through my sister; she and the owner’s daughter are classmates.

The restaurant clearly was one that catered to the thriving Korean community–more than the Filipinos–in B.F. because their complete menu was posted on a large print-out in Korean characters.  The waitress, a Filipino, gave us a translated albeit incomplete version of the menu.

Being rookies to Korean food we ordered bibimbap, kimchi jigae (kimchi soup) and upon my recommendation, samgyeopsal (barbecued pork).  We were at a loss on how to eat the samgyeopsal.  I’ve tried samgyeopsal beforeon two instances I decided to break my vegetarian restrictions–but I never learned the proper way to eat it because I would simply roll the meat, along with the other appetizers inside the lettuce leaf, dip it in ALL the accompanying sauces before shoveling it into my mouth.  (Barbaric eater, I know.)

Apparently, the the only non-meat toppings that go inside the rolled samgyeopsal are the garlic and onion.  This is the proper way to eat it.

The samgyeopsal and appetizer spread (picture on the left) was not as extensive as what I had in other Korean restaurants but I’m glad my lunch companions enjoyed it.

And just when I started to enjoy my kimchi jigae, my brother said, “You don’t taste the pork bits in the soup?”  As usual, I forgot to ask if there were meat bits in supposedly all-vegetable dishes.  Damn!

Dad, my brother and I were disappointed in the bibimbap.  We were expecting it to be served piping hot in a stone bowl with the egg newly cracked over the rice.  It was served in a plastic bowl that had a fake stone finish.  And we sorely missed the burned rice crust at the bottom of the bowl.  Forgivable though, because bibimbap was a recent addition to the menu so they did not have the infrastructure (stone bowls).

[EDIT]: What Dad and I were looking for was dolsot bibimbap, the variation served in the  hot stone bowl.

(from Wikipedia)

Nonetheless, our palates were very satisfied. The food did taste good even if it wasn’t executed according to our expectations. :)