Project Pie 2

Artisan – a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson

In this case, you are the artisan. Your pizza is custom built by you. The freestyle approach in making your food is the way to go nowadays. You get to choose the ingredients that you only want and enjoy eating. That way, you blame only yourself if your food experiment tasted blah. Hahaha!

This is where Project Pie comes in! It is a fairly new pizza place along Shaw Blvd. situated at the old Laurel Mansion and in front of the old Cherry Foodarama (now S&R). It’s impossible to miss

During our visit, it was a good thing we arrived a little bit past lunch time. The crowd thinned out already. Normally, getting a decent parking space here is a struggle especially during peak hours. Not to mention the long queue inside the restaurant.

The entire restaurant has an industrial look, using pipes with an open ceiling that looked really pleasant.

They even have a wall full of wonderful quotes from famous personalities.

This’ll keep you (thankfully) preoccupied while waiting in line.

Since it was our first time to try Project Pie’s pizza, we took some time to check out their choices. There are (3) ways to order your pizza:
1. Order By Number – choose from the pre-set pizza flavors.

2. Build Your Own – Choose from a ton of toppings: pepperoni / italian sausage / crumbled meatballs / grilled chicken / canadian bacon / prosciutto / bacon / anchovies / red onions / green bell peppers / jalapeños / roasted red peppers / mushrooms / caramelized onions / cilantro / tomatoes / black olives / feta / gorgonzola / ricotta / parmesan / mozzarella / garlic / pesto / bbq sauce / pineapple / artichokes / fresh chopped basil / rosemary
*1 or 2 are priced at Php285.00

OR

3. Order the Classic Cheese Pie at Php245.00.

*You can opt to have a white pizza which is olive oil based or go for the usual red sauce.

I decided on ordering #7 which had prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmesan.

I really love Prosciutto and the saltiness it delightfully gives to a certain dish. I love the combination of flavors – sweet (because of the caramelized onions) and salty. I also like how the side of the crust was airy and crispy. Next time I come back, I will request for more mozzarella. Why? Because stringy cheese is twice the fun!

My husband, a meat lover on the other hand, opted for #2 with their signature red sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, italian sausage and crumbled meatballs. It includes garlic but he asked to have it removed.

I didn’t try it but based on the look of his face, he seemed quite pleased.

We also sampled their Banana Nutella Pizza for dessert compliments of the house. A perfect way to end a flavor-filled lunch!

I looked up the price for this wonderful dessert pizza and found out that it was worth Php145.00. Other dessert pizza flavors are Peanut Butter Nutella, Strawberry Mango Nutella, Cinnamon Sugar with Icing and Parmesan & Garlic.

One advice though, make sure to eat your pizza while its still warm. The crust gets chewy as it gets colder.

For the health conscious, they have several salad selections as well. And for that much awaited nightcap, you can also order some booze – a selection of beers (ranging from local to imported ones), Perrier to Stella Artois, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in small bottles are available!

They serve bottomless soda and iced tea at Php65.00. Their iced tea tough is not the sweet type because they use China Mist Iced Tea.

Before going home, the kind staff of Project Pie allowed me to go behind the counter – the area where they prepare the pizza. They even lent me a cap to make me look like I’m part of the crew.
Thank you guys for a wonderful first time experience!

Trivia: Project Pie and Shakey’s Pizza Parlor are owned by the same company.

Contact Details

Address: 515 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
T: 650 – 0925
Business Hours:
Fri – Sun from 10AM to 12AM
Mon – Thu from 10AM to 11PM

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Paninis, desserts and more at The Cake Club, BGC!

The Cake Club’s assortment of yummy food and pastries are no longer limited to the confines of Diamond Hotel nor is their popular Diamond Ensaymada or Supermoist Cake. You can now enjoy all their mouthwatering and sumptous food at the BGC branch wherein they also have a few new offerings in store as well. If you haven’t been there yet, the place is fairly easy to find. The Cake Club is beside some of the notable restaurants at the East Superblock area of 7th Avenue.

The Cake Club serves a variety of delicious Paninis.

Parma Ham and Arugula (Php485.00)

I can eat this anytime of the day, any day of the week, because Parma ham (or Prosciutto) is one of my favorite cured meat. Just look how beautifully sliced the Parma ham is! It goes well with the organic arugula that has a slightly peppery flavor. Colorful, too… making it even more enjoyable to eat!

Grilled Chicken and Pesto (Php400.00)

This juicy chicken breast with grilled zucchini and Emmental cheese, even without any kind of spread, can stand alone. It has a clean yet very flavorful taste. But if you want a little more character to your panini, add some pesto-mayo spread. This is recommendable.

Smoked Salmon (Php405.00)

My husband and I love salmon especially if it has that milky taste. I also love anything that is smoked. So when this dish was served, it was happy happy joy joy for me! Norwegian salmon + red onion + capers and cream cheese! What a fabulous sandwich panini.

Grilled Vegetables from Tagaytay (Php315.00)

These are organic vegetables dressed with cheese and home-made balsamic dressing. This’ll make anyone’s afternoon snack a tad more pleasant especially if paired with your favorite tea or coffee.

If you want to try some of their food, I suggest you order some of my favorites.

Pinoy Eggs Benedict

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I can make the perfect soft boiled egg (Pardon the “yabang”! Heehee!). So, eating this particular dish conjures exclamations like, “OH.MY.GOOD.LORD.THIS.IS.SO.DELICIOUS!” The egg is obviously runny and I like that very much (well, second to a runny sunny side up actually!) filled with Beef Tapa that was really flavorful and tender on a soft Pan de Sal. Pinoy goodness!

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Love in a bowl! Creamy Mushroom Soup never fails to hit the spot!

Beef Lasagne

This one has “comfort food” written all over it. It has a simple, straighforward taste. Honest to goodness delicious food!

And of course The Cake Club’s ever famous Truffle Fries!

I am most confident that everybody will agree when I say that the Truffle Fries with Sea Salt Flakes sprinkled on top is one badass dish! I mean that in a very good way. Crispy, not greasy at all and worth all the calories! No further explanation is needed!

For that sweet ending, I make sure to at least follow the golden rule – “always leave room for dessert”. Note though, that as much as I love cake, I have no sweet tooth whatsoever. I don’t really indulge in sweet dishes. An ice cream scoop or a very small slice of cake is enough for me. But that all changed when I saw this beauty… Wild Pistachio Dome (Php250.00)

A sight to behold, huh? The taste is as good as it looks, too!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Macaron (Php50.00)

I just had to ask Chef Decker how this was made. According to the very gracious chef, they used EVOO filling instead of the usual butter cream. When you bite into it, the EVOO taste is there but it doesn’t overpower the whole flavor. It was surprisingly good!

These Raspberry and Lemon Macarons are also delicious!20131017-111507.jpg

The Cake Club has a Daily Lunch Set at Php800 nett per person. You can enjoy these delicious offerings from Monday to Saturday:

MONDAY
French Onion Soup with cheese croutons
Chicken Parmigiana
Super moist ice cream

TUESDAY
Organic mesclun on citrun-honey dressing
Beef salpicao with bell pepper rice and garlic baguette
Melon ice cream

WEDNESDAY
Tagaytay greens with crumbled feta cheese and croutons
Classic beef lasagne made with homemade fresh pasta
Baked cheesecake ice cream

THURSDAY
Classic Caesar salad
Grilled Frankfurter with German potato salad
Salted caramel ice cream

FRIDAY
Organic rocket salad, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan disc
Mentaiko spaghetti topped with shredded nori
Genmaicha ice cream

SATURDAY
Creamy mushroom soup with herbed croutons
Sweet and sour chicken
Le Royale ice cream

The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel has already made their name synonymous to delectable and mouthwatering dishes with absolutely impeccable service!

With the very accommodating Chef Decker!

Some of the foodies that I love to be with (especially Spanky)!

We were also joined by Diamond Hotel’s Public Relations Manager, Melanie Pallorina and Twinkle Lacsamana.

Contact Details:
UG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, East Superblock,
7th Ave. cor. 29th St. Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
T: 621 – 3176

Operational Hours:
Monday to Thursday from 11:00AM to 10:00PM
Friday to Sunday from 9:00AM to 11:00PM

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Cheese-Filled Grilled Ensaymada

Over the weekend, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” featured a local snack that every Pinoy loves eating – Ensaymada. But this was not just your typical ensaymada… This one in particular was grilled! Apparently, this recipe hails from Bacolod. Since my father-in-law, a native of Negros Occidental, was also watching with us, we decided to make our own homemade version, too!

Ingredients:

Ensaymada
Sliced cheddar cheese
White sugar

What you will be needing:

Sandwich presser
*Not the electric type. Just the simple aluminum type that you normally find at the local grocery. I got mine from Unimart.
Bread Knife

Procedure:

1. Slice each Ensaymada in the middle.

Since I was on “experiment” mode, I only bought several ensaymadas from the bakery. Obviously, it wasn’t moist but tasted ok. Ill get better ensaymadas for my next batch.

2. Slice some cheddar cheese and sandwich it inbetween the ensaymadas.

You can use the pre-cut cheddar cheese. Since I want mine oozing out with cheese when I slice into it, I opted to use the “block” ones so I can slice the cheese to my desired thickness.

3. Place the ensaymada at the center of the sandwich presser.

I already grilled an ensaymada prior to this. It got a bit burned hence, the brown color that you see in the presser.

4. Sprinkle some white sugar on top.

Don’t overdo it! The ensaymada is sweet as it is. We are just adding a little more to give it a beautiful caramel color and that added crunch when you bite or slice your grilled ensaymada. Place on top of your stove on low fire. Grill for about a minute on both sides. I grilled the bottom part first.

5. Transfer to a plate and serve right away.

I also made Tsokolate to partner it with. I used cocoa powder, some reduced fat milk (to aleast remove the guilt from eating too much sweets and carbs ) and presto!

A perfect afternoon snack on a rainy day or you can also serve it during Noche Buena. It’s budget friendly and very easy to do. Try it because for sure, you will love it!

Happy eating!

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Tummy Traveler “Crumpler” Giveaway!

Because of the success of my recent raffle, you all deserve another treat! My new prize is something everyone can surely use especially when travelling.

Courtesy of our good friends from Beyond The Box, I’ll be raffling off a really cool and very cute CRUMPLER Tote Bag!

CRUMPLER “Stow Away” TOTE BAG!

 

This CRUMPLER Stow Away Tote Bag can easily be packed into its own built-in mini bag for easy storage. It is very colorful and durable. Perfect for your travels and getaways.

WE HAVE A WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
JELO MANONGSONG
(Please wait for my email on how you can claim your prize)

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Welcome

Travel and food.

Two things that almost always go together.

For Filipinos, no place is too near or too far as long as a scrumptious meal awaits… and I am not exempt to that fact.

The Philippines is a wonderful place filled with sights that will fill you with awe and amazement… and with each destination, dishes that are deliciously unique, influenced by culturally-diverse palettes are pleasantly discovered.

Perhaps my passion to travel and the desire to see new things has inspired me to finish a degree in Tourism. Similarly, growing up in a household with grandparents dedicated to perfecting home-cooked, nostalgic dishes, honed my skills in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t love to eat? Who doesn’t want to feast not just on food, but also on wondrous sights and astonishingly new places?

Allow me, through this food and travel blog, to help navigate you in and around the metropolis and beyond… exploring notable tourist spots and undiscovered locations alike. Join me as I indulge in popular cuisine specialties and bravely seek unusual delicacies.

I am “The Tummy Traveler”… and I will be your guide.

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