All posts for the month May, 2012

mother’s day celebration at dona felisa

Published May 27, 2012 by ladyemelye

last mother’s day, we decided to treat out mama for dinner at dona felisa which is located at cavite city.  the restaurant is situated where the former paredes-yamaha store (which sells piano/keyboard and also offers lessons — wherein i studied when i was young).  they serve mostly filipino dishes.

here is a rundown of what we ordered, together with some comments:

fried siomai – php 110.00

for starters, we ordered fried siomai.  the filling was tasty and the ratio of filling to wrapper ratio was ok.  this was served together with chili garlic oil and some toyomansi.  the only downside is that it was a bit overfried as you can see in the picture.

shanghai rice – php 140.00

we were supposed to have the sisig rice, but unfortunately it was unavailable.  so we ordered the shanghai rice instead.  it was fried rice that contained the fillings of what would have been a lumpiang shanghai.  it was ok, but nothing extraordinary.  the serving is good for 3 to 4 people.

beef with broccoli – php 150.00

for our vegetable dish, we had the beef with broccoli. the beef was thin strips and it was tender.  the broccoli were cooked just right and not soggy.  matteo liked munching on the green florets.

garlicky crispy pata – php 260.00

we ordered the garlicky crispy pata for our main viand.  the pork was crispy and it helped that it was already chopped into almost bite sized pieces, so that we did not have a hard time cutting up the pork.  the dipping sauce that came with it was the usual vinegar-soy sauce with onion.  it lacked the “garlic” flavor though that i was expecting due to it’s name.

crab foo yong – php 150.00

we also tried the crab foo yong.  this was a little unique than the usual foo yong served at other restaurants since it has a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds which gave the dish a nutty taste.  what i didn’t like about this dish is that it used crabsticks instead of true crab meat.

we also ordered bottomless lemonade for our drinks.

by the end of our dinner, we were already full that we were not able to order dessert.  maybe next time.  i am interested to know what the “sikreto ni churva” is.

overall, this is a good alternative if you are looking for a restaurant in cavite city where you could have good filipino food.  the location is easily accessible.  the restaurant itself is spacious and offers free wi-fi.  the only downside that we experienced during our visit there was that it took a little time for our orders to be served, since they were a little understaffed that night.  but the waiting crew was very courteous and attentive to what we needed.

it is very likely that we will revisit this restaurant to try out their other offerings.



Dona Felisa Restaurant

567 Paredes Building

P. Burgos Avenue, Caridad, Cavite City

(046) 489-8174

subi-monte cafe

Published May 20, 2012 by ladyemelye

one friday night, junjun and i decided to have dinner at a cafe 10 minutes away from our house, subi-monte cafe.

the name of the cafe are from chavacano words which means “mountain climbing.”

the cafe offers a wide range of appetizers, rice meals, pasta, sandwiches and pizza.  also they have a selection of coffee and tea based drinks.  they have “frappuccino” type of drinks and also the “milk tea” type.

here is what we ordered:

fish n’ fries – php 99.00

hickory spareribs – php 145.00

honey mustard liempo – php 130.00

strawberry peach iced tea and blueberry lime iced tea – php 50.00 each

the fish and fries were for matteo.  the fries were ok and was not too oily.  the fish fingers were good, it was a little bit salty which was complemented when dipped into the mustard sauce.

i ordered the spareribs, and it was flavorful.  although i had a little hard time getting the meat off the bone.

junjun’s order was the liempo, and according to him it was tender and the flavor was good.

we both loved the cheesy corn sidings that was included in each rice meal.

the iced tea was refreshing.  i think they used flavored tea bags + syrup to achieve their variants.  for example the tag on my tea was “peach” plus they added strawberry syrup (flavoring).

overall our experience was good.  the ambience in the cafe was nice and service was also efficient.  next time around, i would like to try other items in their menu, especially their drinks.

and yes, they have free wi-fi connection. 😉


Subi Monte Cafe

Along Centennial Road, Kawit, Cavite


Published May 11, 2012 by ladyemelye

as how daniel matsunanga pronounced it. 🙂  i got to try tokyo tokyo’s burger only recently. 🙂

one lunch time in the office, i decided to go to tokyo tokyo. and instead of ordering the usual tempura or donburi, i opted to try their burgers.

i ordered the shiitake mushroom burger.  at Php 145.00, it already includes nori-wasabi fries and a regular red iced tea.

shiitake mushroom burger + nori-wasabi fries

the burger was good.  the size was big enough that a regular person would be filled after eating it.  i liked the sesame seeds on top of the bun.  the burger consists of a beef patty, lettuce, shiitake mushrooms and teriyaki sauce.  i could have enjoyed this burger more should it had more sauce and more mushrooms.

i was surprised with the fries.  i thought they were just regular french fries with a little bit of nori powder.  but once i took a bite of it, there was a pleasant saltiness from the nori, plus a subtle kick that could only be brought about by the wasabi.  i liked it very much.  i just don’t know if you could order this separately, or it just comes with the meal.

overall, i think the burger meal offered by tokyo tokyo was fair in value.  at least now you have more choices when dining at their fast food restaurant.

mcdonalds: additional cost for breakfast

Published May 8, 2012 by ladyemelye

for breakfast yesterday, i went to mcdonalds for a takeout of the longganisa meal (scrambled eggs) + iced tea.

i was a little bit surprised when the cashier told me that there is an additional Php 5.00 for the iced tea.


it used to be that for breakfast meals, you could choose coffee, hot choco, regular softdrinks, regular oj or regular iced tea. but now, you have to pay extra for oj or iced tea. oh well…

another thing i noticed, they are now using green leaf iced tea instead of nestea.

mom and tina’s

Published May 5, 2012 by ladyemelye

the other day, one of my officemates texted me and said that they were at mom and tina’s in makati and if i wanted something for take out.

as i was craving for pasta, i replied back with the order of chicken spinach lasagna. plus i also ordered hershey’s kisses brownies.

unfortunately the brownies were unavailable so i opted for the dark choco chunk brownies instead.

this is my merienda:

chicken spinach lasagna with bread rolls; the brownies are in the plastic

the pasta dish was good. it was very flavorful and the taste of the spinach was very subtle.  a good way to sneak veggies to your kids (even non-kids) food.  i would have liked the rolls to be more garlicky. for Php 175.00, it is a satisfying meal.

i loved the brownies. they were moist, chewy and full of chocolatey goodness. 😉 they are priced at Php 32.00 a piece.

i would have to ask junjun for us to eat here next time so that i could try other dishes and desserts.

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