Coal Spot: Good Burgers Has Arrived In Valenzuela

It was a bad day going on for me, no actually it was a bad week. I missed two sessions of my MuayThai class and on that day it rained really hard that I had to wade through the murky flood waters in Manila from work. I was like ugh, can someone give me break!?

Good thing I was with my co-worker who lives in Fatima (Valenzuela). I wanted to shake off all the bad vibes before I go home, then it came to my mind about this burger joint that my gym friends always talk about, so I asked Dy to have some burgers before we go home.

They call it Coal Spot their menu is very simple all focusing with the their main product, their chargrilled beef burgers with some house blend ice tea to compliment your food.

Their burgers are a far cry from the fast food type burgers that you eat, these are works of art! Well not to exaggerate but they are really good not to mention cheaper than those fast food restaurants. Imagine you can get a quarter pounder (picture above -sorry didn't have camera that time, just my phone) for just 55 pesos!

The patties are really juicy even though they are grilled unlike their others who fry them. However, I still feel that it can be improved with a little mayo and a good ketchup and a hint of pepper. My preference.

I'm sure that you'll love this place! Oh and it could have been better if they serve beer! hahaha But no they are too near from a school so, no beer mi amigo! Check them out details below.

Address: 143 Mc Arthur Highway, Valenzuela City

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My First Korean Ice Cream

I was in Seoul and there was a fridge load of Ice Cream, I have heard that Korean Ice Cream is one of the best in the world, so what am I suppose to do!? hahaha

Freshly Cooked Piaya In Manila

Piaya is a popular snack from the Visayas particularly Bacolod and its surrounding areas, so I was so surprised and delighted to see something new like this to be around the metro.

I went to SM Manila after my shift to run some errands and as I walked from the metro station to the mall my eye caught something unusual, there was this lady selling Piaya on the street and she's cooking it on the spot!

They have at least three flavors Plain, Cheese and Chocolate of course I tried the choco flavor. It was nothing special when it comes to the taste but I find it awesome for this Visayan delicacy to become available for us in the Metro. 

Their stall can be found a few meters from the LRT Central station in front of the Universidad De Manila. They say that they are there every day but when I checked back on them the other day I couldn't really find them. Maybe they were located somewhere nearer to the Mehan Garden, I don't know so just try your luck in getting your fix of freshly cooked Piaya! ;)

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Real Cups of Seoul

It was my last night in Seoul and it was very late when I remember that I haven't had dinner, so I walked around the area and look for food. There were lots of stores that offer fried chicken and beer but I wanted something where I could experience a true Korean taste. After walking around for a bit I decided to eat yet another chicken dish, Real Cups

They sell spicy chicken especially spiced with Korean ingredients and some corn .

It was slight of a challenge when I tried to order as the cute lady that prepares and serves the dish didn't speak any English, amazingly she got my order right! She couldn't what spicy is in English but she showed me the spice bottle before she pour on to my meal. Like a charade she acted what that bottle was for, she started fanning her mouth like it was burning and in response I signaled with my two fingers that I just want it a little hot.

Here's how they prepared my meal it's actually quite simple.

Step 1. Deep fry chicken nuggets/bits

Step 2: Mix spicy Korean sauce, sesame seeds and rice cakes. 

Step 3 Mix in the deep fried chicken nuggets and put in a cup for to go or on a bowl if you are dinning in.

Step 4 Sprinkle with nuts and corn then serve

I don't know if there's a misconception of Korean food being too hot because on my three day journey around Seoul I have experienced what they call hot and really hot (at least it's how the vendors describe them) but all of them were really tolerable just like how spicy you would want you maming gala to be. 

Anyways this one though really not a must try when in Seoul is something that you would enjoy! I just wish I asked the lady to make it a bit more hotter. 

UGU Bigyan's Potter's Garden

I must say that a trip to Quezon province would not be complete without tasting Ugu Bigyan's wonderful menu. So it was just so fitting to end our trip around Quezon with a sumptuous lunch at Ugu Bigyan's Potter's Garden Restaurant.

Here's how my plate looked like.... so what's in it???

Well we'll get into those later on what we need first is to prepare our tummy's for the feast ahead and a scallop soup is just right for the job. 

It was actually the first time that I ever tried scallops and they were actually good. I've always been intimidated with how they look, I mean it wasn't something that I regularly see on our dinning table at home.

Okay, so we are done with the soup here comes the feast!

Baby backribs: Really tender and flavorful I love how soft they were.

Tahong Salad: Easy on this one for those who have high blood, it's really easy to get carried away munching on these. 


Paco Salad: A must try, very refreshing. 

Kulawo: That was the first time that I ever tasted Kulawo and I was really surprised on how it tasted. It was smokey yet it is based on cocomilk!

Being the Philippine's coconut country the Ginumis really tells a lot about how daily life in Quezon is lived, see instead of the regular milk Ginumis has cococ milk!

Lunch at Ugu Bigyan's place is really something, it doesn't just gives your taste buds an experience but your eyes as well. When going to Quezon makes sure to make an appointment with Ugu Bigyan's restaurant, this is something that you shouldn't miss.

Notes: Ugu Bigyan's restaurant does not accept walk in customers, you must make do reservations at least two days before your date. You may contact them through their facebook page

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