Healthy Monsters

I’m not much of a cook, mainly because I’m lazy, so I’m always looking for prepared meals. It broke my heart when Almost Gourmet stopped offering individual meal packs for pickup or delivery because it meant I was out of an option for healthful ready-to-eat meals.

But just recently, I stumbled upon Healthy Monsters (@healthymonstersph) on Instagram. They deliver fresh salads with homemade dressing in jars, and you have to order a minimum of six 720 ml jars at P190 each. Right now, four salads are available: Asian, Fiesta, Walnut, and Chia. They deliver only to Mandaluyong, Makati, Ortigas, San Juan, Pasig, and the Fort. Being from Quezon City, I naturally wondered how I could have some of these salads and was able to make an appointment to pick up them up in Greenhills.

And here are two of the salads!

Healthy Monsters salads

Healthy Monsters salads

I’ve only had the Walnut Salad so far, and I have to say that it’s pretty darn delicious–nice rich dressing, plenty of greens, a hearty amount of nuts, and a sprinkling of cheese. Given that first taste, I’m already confident that the others are great, too. I’ll definitely be ordering again. The distance is a bit of a drive, so next time I order, I’ll make sure to pick the salads up on a day when I’ll be in the area.

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

For dinner tonight, I, Tj, and my sister initially intended to eat at Shakey’s in Pearl Drive, Fairview. However, Minppy Japanese Hot Pot caught our eye. Little did we know that we were in for a filling dinner. Hot pots are very cool, and Minppy’s no exception. Just choose the type of soup you want, choose your meats, choose your veggies, throw them into the pot of soup, then let everything boil until it’s cooked.

At Minppy, we chose the eat-all-you-can option, which went for P498 a person and allowed us to, well, eat everything that we can. The price also includes endless drinks. We chose sukiyaki and miso for the soups, and they were served in a divided pot.

The pork, chicken balls (chicken that has been rolled into balls, I mean), slices of beef, tofu, and squid soon followed, as well as a hefty array of vegetables, such as corn, pechay, cabbage, Baguio beans, onions, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, among others. At first, we thought the meat was pretty meager, given that the pork and beef were sliced quite thinly. Boy, were we wrong.

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

Minppy Japanese Hot Pot

We were also given a free taste of tempura and gyoza. I don’t eat shrimp, but I was told the tempura was nice. The gyoza was lovely, but then again, I’ve rarely met gyoza I didn’t like.

We managed to do quite well with the food even though there were only three of us. We even asked for more beef, cabbage, and broccoli, and were given extra cauliflower. With one more person, I think we would’ve wiped out the contents of the pot.

Dinner was a few hours ago, but we’re still stuffed–always a sign of a great meal.

Bodato Burgers

Sometime ago while driving along Visayas Avenue, the big green sign for Bodato Burgers caught my eye. You know what giant suckers we are for burgers, so I made a mental note to check them out when they’ve opened.

Bodato Burgers, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City

So a few days ago, Tj and I decided to have lunch there. Parking is limited in that you have to share the space with other establishments. Also, don’t make the mistake of trying to open the door to get in–you have to order at the window. We chose the Beef Burger Deluxe (P139) and potato wedges (P45).

Seating area’s in the back, where you share space with an eatery called Kainan ni Doc May. We saw that eating place a long time ago, and we noticed it because it said they welcome pets. Makes sense–Doc May is a veterinarian and her clinic’s in the back of the eatery. She chatted with us while we were waiting for our food, talking about her medical missions for pets in different parts of the country. We couldn’t help but admire her commitment to her work.

After around 10 minutes of waiting, our burgers finally came out.

Bodato Burgers, Beef Burger Deluxe

The Beef Burger Deluxe is a modest-sized burger, and it contains tomato, cucumber, lettuce, cheese, and chili. The chili is a welcome addition to the whole thing. We loved how the beef patty tasted–like real, honest-to-goodness beef. Mine got a bit too sloppy though, like the buns couldn’t hold in the beef, so I ended up with a chili-drenched plate and fingers. The potato wedges are wonderful, too. Nice, thick, and properly fried, plus they weren’t greasy and salty. We’re already looking forward to our next visit.

BLT sandwich at Goodfellas!

My mother and I had lunch at Goodfellas yesterday. Awesome meal, as always, and they’re adding new options and new menu items too. The most recent additions are the Clubhouse Sandwich and the BLT (P265). My mother got the BLT. It was a very basic, no-frills sandwich, but the bacon slices are mighty hefty. I say it’s a nice addition to their really awesome menu.

Goodfellas, BLT sandwich

Marcia Adams’ Restaurant

A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I headed to Tagaytay specifically to have lunch at Marcia Adams’ Restaurant. The restaurant is actually in Alfonso, Cavite, and it’s pretty easy to get to. You simply have to drive along Aguinaldo Highway, turn right at the arch with the pineapples, and drive several meters. Marcia Adams is on the left side, and you’ll know it by the brown wooden door with the blue trim and the lion’s head knocker.

People are in love with Marcia Adams’ Restaurant because the place has a rustic country charm that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Tuscany. Okay, personally, I wouldn’t know, never having been to Tuscany. But I did like how the place looked, with its interesting decor, stone walls, huge windows that open out to views of far-off hills, and outdoor seating.

Marcia Adams Restaurant

Marcia Adams Restaurant

Marcia Adams Restaurant

The minimum price at Marcia Adams is P700, which already gets you an appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. Salads and drinks cost extra, and you have to add P75 if you’re getting other types of desserts. Take a look at their latest menu.

My mother ordered the Amalfi prawns and the fish souvlaki (tanigue).

Marcia Adams Restaurant, Amalfi prawns

Marcia Adams Restaurant, fish souvlaki

She was thrilled with the taste and texture, and was satisfied with the amount of breading. About the fish, I wish I could get anything more out of her than, “Oh, this is really good.” But that should be enough to tell you that it’s a tasty dish.

I ordered the soup of the day, which is Galician soup, and the Corsican beef stew.

Marcia Adams Restaurant, Galician soup

Marcia Adams Restaurant, Corsican beef stew

The soup was blazing hot and ridiculously delicious, and all the meat makes the whole thing extremely filling. I had to leave some of it uneaten so I could make room for the actual meal. The Corsican beef stew was amazing: really tender beef, rich sauce, and an incredible mix of spices.

We rounded out our meal with dessert: my mother chose the banana split with chocolate ice cream, which wasn’t like your typical banana split. Her dessert featured a banana sliced in half and still in its skin, drizzled with Nutella liqueur, with a scoop of ice cream.

Marcia Adams Restaurant, banana split with chocolate ice cream

I decided to pay the extra P75 for the lavender creme brulee. It was pretty rich, but the lavender and the mint leaves made it more refreshing.

Marcia Adams Restaurant, lavender creme brulee

With the incredible setting, quiet area, and great food, Marcia Adams’ Restaurant is perfect for a nice quiet lunch or maybe even a small party. Make sure to text them at 09178011456 first to reserve a table 24 hours before you go there. Marcia Adams’ Restaurant is at J.P. Rizal St., Brgy. Sikat, 4123 Alfonso, Cavite. E-mail them at marciasresto@gmail.com.

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