Food Camp

Food Camp, located along Katipunan Avenue beside the first branch of Banapple, serves really excellent burgers. I usually put our verdict at the end of our posts but the place is so damn awesome that I just can’t contain all the love I’m feeling for it.

For our first visit, Lynn and I decided to order their house favorites – the Mozzarella Bombs (P99) for our appetizer and the Bravo (P220 for the double patty version) and Charlie (P175) burgers for our main course. Let’s begin this gastronomic journey with their appetizer, shall we?

To be frank, we were expecting little breaded mozzarella sticks to be served. So imagine our surprise when the Mozzarella Bombs came: five pieces of hefty, golden brown, mozzarella sticks of appetizing goodness. There’s a garlic dip and a salsa dip served with it that nicely complement the mozzarella cheese, but I personally enjoy eating it as is.

Then Lynn’s burger came: Charlie. Its highlight is its mozzarella-filled burger patty, but the cheese didn’t overwhelm the taste of the burger. Lynn did say she wished the buns were toasted to make them more sturdy, though, since the patty was a bit too substantial for the two untoasted pieces of bread to cope with.

My double-patty Bravo burger was served last. I have a good idea of the size of their burgers based on Lynn’s order but I was still shocked when I saw how huge my order was. Placed between the buns were two flame-grilled beef patties a third of a pound each topped with cheese, lettuce, garlic, tomato, mushroom, and strips of bacon; it was a sight to behold. The best thing is that it tastes as good as it looks. It tastes like proper burgers ought to taste, to use a reworked line from Marv in Sin City.

Both of our orders didn’t have any ketchup, mayonnaise, or any extra dressings to sully the taste of their beef patty. We believe that the best burgers are the ones that need no extra sauce to make it taste good and Food Camp’s burgers taste good on their own.

Anyway, it’s only our first visit in Food Camp but we already count it among our most favorite eating places. They do serve some of the best burgers in town without burning a hole through your wallet. There are still quite a number of things we like to try on their menu, so expect to hear more about them soon.

Food Camp Burgers and Sandwiches

Address: 225 Katipunan Ave, Blue Ridge Quezon City
Landmark: Beside Banapple
Phone: 440-7528
Web: Food Camp on Facebook

Chicken breast with onions, peppers, and brown rice

Chicken breast with onions, peppers, and brown rice

I should start referring to the food I cook as “meals for lazy people” since they don’t really require a lot of thought and preparation. Dinner for tonight was chicken breast sliced into random sizes, accompanied by one red bell pepper and one whole white onion chopped any old how. I can’t believe I just ate an entire onion; it’s pretty amazing, given my lack of fondness for onions for most of my life. Now I’m chomping into them like they’re chips. The dish didn’t have any other dressing apart from salt and pepper.

Dinner at Banapple

Tj and I had early dinner tonight. After an hour or so of tossing ideas around and driving by The Burger Project twice in hopes of finding parking space, we ended up at the big Banapple branch along Katipunan.

I first ate in Banapple after voting in the 2007 elections (I still remember putting in three names for senators then crossing out all the other spaces because the rest of the candidates were just…meh); I had pasta, as I recall. I enjoyed their food since then, but had a pretty tough time trying to convince Tj to eat there, who thought the place served pricey food in small servings. Fortunately, he deigned to allow me to drag him a month ago and whaddya know, he fell in love with the place after ordering Crisp Pork Scallopini (P160), which wasn’t just affordable, but pretty damn hefty. At first glance, he thought it was just one slab of pork, but was pleasantly surprised when he lifted it up and found another big slab lurking underneath.

Today was therefore his second visit to Banapple and my nth, and he ordered the Hickory Pork Country Ribs (P175), a pretty sizeable dish with a sharp and rich hickory sauce and really tender pork.

Banapple, Hickory Pork Country Ribs

I tend to order the Baked Fish Gratinee or the Garlic Beef Tapa with Creamed Parsley Eggs when I go to Banapple, but tonight, I opted for the Chicken Parmigiana (P175).

Banapple, Chicken Parmigiana

Banapple, Chicken Parmigiana

What can I say? The chicken was crispy, and the sauce itself seemed pretty meaty as well. The carrots on the side are nice and easy to bite into. All in all, a satisfying dinner.

Egg white omelette

I love smashing an egg yolk and seeing it pour over my garlic fried rice, but the egg white is actually my favorite part of an egg. This morning, I decided to play around the kitchen and make myself an egg white omelette.


egg whites from four eggs
one red bell pepper
half a small white onion
one clove of garlic
cheese cut into cubes

I cubed the bell pepper and the onion, then minced the garlic. I then tossed them around in a pan with heated unsalted butter for a few minutes, and set them aside. After pouring in a small bit of canola oil in the pan, I poured the egg whites in and let it cook for a short while, then when it was nice and done, I dished it onto a plate and scattered the bell pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, and cubed cheese on one side of the egg whites…

Egg white omelette

…folded it in half…

Egg white omelette

…and voila! a nice, hefty meal.

Egg white omelette with croissant

And above is my complete breakfast, the omelette paired with a croissant from The French Baker. Interestingly, their croissants nowadays are much bigger than they used to be.