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Cine Lokal: Takes you to the future with Instalado


The future of intelligence and thought takes center stage with Instalado which screens in Cine Lokal starting on January 26.

From Director Jason Paul Laxamana, the sci-fi film is an intriguing exploration of the worth of thoughts and learning. This is topbilled by Kapamilya heartthrob and Hashtag member, McCoy De Leon on his first ever leading role together with Junjun Quintana, Barbara Miguel and Francis Magundayao.

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7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant: A gastronomic hub in San Juan by Chef Boy Logro

7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant facade

Why the name “7 Flavors”? It is from the seven basic tastes: bitter, salty, sour, astringent, sweet, pungent (ex. chili), and umami or savory. There are however five basic tastes that the tongue is sensitive to: salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami, the taste of MSG.

7 Flavors is owned by ‘Kusina Master’ Chef Pablo ‘Boy’ Logro and almost all the dishes are his own recipe. They serve seven different dishes everyday depending on the fresh supply of ingredients. Though they constantly have the MYO (make your own) 7F Tacos and Halo-Halo.

Once you arrive there’s ample parking and the facade of this two-storey restaurant is Instagram-worthy. Their al fresco dining is located at the ground floor which is is adorned by greenery and ample lighting. The walkway towards the main entrance has a wall with Chef Boy in action. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by the staff and while waiting to be seated, their Japanese-style waiting area is cozy with throw pillows to boot.

So enough of the accessibility, ambience and all that jazz and let’s get started with the food!

My favorites on that day of visit were (photos above):

Crispy Barbecue Wings – sticky, savory and spiced just right. I went back for seconds!

Baked Macaroni – one of the best I’ve tasted in the metro. Its addictive, cheesy and creamy. I wish they could sell it for take out.

7F Tacos – its one of their best sellers and with one bite, I totally know why! You make your own with their taco shells that are crispy and chip-thick, the ground pork is cooked right to the bite combined with diced tomatoes & shredded lettuce, but the sauce is what makes it taste different topped with grated cheese.

Seafood in Red Thai Curry – there may be steamed mussels or clams but you don’t see much of seafood curry in a buffet in the metro so this is a delight eating with scooping up the meat of the shellfish with some of the sauce.

Roasted Tamarind Chicken – this is another dish that you usually don’t see in buffets in the metro. A savory & tangy chicken dish to definitely try.

Cebu Lechon – who doesn’t go for lechon right, and Cebu lechon at that! Though I didn’t get the chance to ask if they have it as a staple but one thing’s for sure, every time they refill it, it gets wiped out in a minute. Its crispy skin and soft meat with that distinctive Cebu lechon flavor brings a fiesta to the mouth.

Other dishes they had on that day were:

California Maki – I tried a couple of pieces and it was okay.

Fried Tofu with Black Beans & Oyster Sauce – here’s a dish that’s healthy and delicious. I’ll definitely try to make this at home.

Salpicao – their version has a lot of sauce in it which sort of masks the customary garlicky taste.

Braised Roast Beef – the meat is so soft complemented with the added sauce.

Alaskan Fish Cake – this fish croquette is another deliciously healthy dish which you will not usually find in other buffets in the metro.

Beef Stir-fry with Chili Sauce – sweet, savory and spiced just right this beef dish is also a must-try.

Of course they also have different types of rice, steamed vegetables, soup of the day and your choice of salad.

For something sweet their constant fare is their MYO (make your own) Halo-Halo, an assortment of pastries and another must-try, their Mango Tapioca Pudding.

So there you have it! I really enjoyed 7 Flavors Buffet Restaurant and highly recommend for everyone to try it with your family, when you have special occasions or weekend eats, even have your meetings there! When you reserve one of their function rooms and or private rooms you may choose the food that you’ll be served. Don’t just take my owrd for it, try it!

Location: 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City

Lunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM | Mon-Thu
PHP400
Lunch 11 AM to 2:30 PM | Fri-Sun
PHP600
Dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM | Mon-Thu
PHP500
Dinner 5:30 PM to 10 PM | Fri-Sun
PHP600

 

 

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Hello 2018: Here’s to a new and better year full of happy experiences and adventures!

Its been a month: Its been almost a month since the last post but December has always been such a busy month. The first week of December was spent preparing materials for the coming weeks for the TV show (which meant up to at least the second week of January 2018). The days up to Christmas was spent uploading updates and monitoring as usual, just a few last minute shopping for gifts (Ate F and I always start the gift-hunting around September) and ‘Simbang Gabi’ at Sto. Domingo Church, Mary Queen of Hope, etc.

#ThePromise: Yes, and not ashamed to admit it, there are still moments of sadness because we truly miss Ate M. And going to mass every Sunday plus holy days of obligation is also our way (promise) to pray for and honor her. You see, when she was still alive, she would scold us if we missed Sunday mass or a holy day of obligation and reminds us constantly that a TV/online mass (unless you are sick) is not enough. Because it is only in an actual mass celebration that we receive the sacraments and blessing.

Dr. Love and Padre Pio: Speaking of blessings, Ate F and I considers clicking upon Bro. Jun Banaag, O.P.’s TV/Radio show as one of them. We began the habit of watching Bro. Jun since June 2017 not only because of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, but because his words of advice indirectly counselled us on how to deal with the loss of Ate M.

“How are you?”: On coping with the loss of Ate M., I am so grateful for my Sarap Diva Family, blogger-friends, neighbor-friends and Betan brods & sis’ whom have constantly been checking up. You see, a person whom have lost a loved one does not really need a production number of a gesture to show that you care. The sincere “How are you?’ every now and then is more than enough and has been such a great source of strength for me.

“Kami na ang pamilya mo.”: I cannot forget feeling so numb, probably/definitely still in denial and trying hard AF to look ‘ok’ when I went to the first Sarap Diva pre-prod meeting after Ate M.’s death. My butt has not yet landed on the chair and Direk Louie Ignacio said, “Kami na ang pamilya mo.” Those words meant the world to me because I felt so alone, ‘ulilang lubos’ as they say because there were so many things going on that I just blocked crying/grieving and just want to focus all my energy on being creative.

Filling the empty space and gaining weight: A downside on putting grief on hold is stress-eating. Yes I admit it, when I can’t sleep because of overthinking, I eat; when I feel there’s too much down time, I cook (and eat); when out doing errands then I’d suggest to eat lunch and dinner out; when there’s no time to cook, order (fastfood) takeout or delivery – I consciously know its to seemingly fill an ’empty space’ within me and did not know it may happen to me but yes, it did. I don’t do fat jokes even with friends because that is so mean AF but expected it somehow on me since hitting the scales at my heaviest. And the diet struggle is real especially since reaching the 40’s.

Going back to old hobbies: I went back to the art & design world, delved into urban gardening, visited museums and exhibits – just went out as much as possible. As much as it was therapy for sadness, it made me realize again that there is more to life; that there is still so much to create, to experience.

40’s, the #TitaHits: Speaking of the 40’s, I’ve come to realize that a lot and I really mean A LOT of what our elders has warned us are so true and they are so right! Will compile and make another blog post about this but in the meantime, here are some of my advice/warning to those aged 40 below:

  • Take care of your skin and moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE!
  • Wear makeup sparingly during your teens to mid-20’s; you will need that make up when you are much older
  • Sleep is important and do more of it while you are young; when you get older it will be harder to go to sleep
  • Do not exercise only at the gym; go out for a nature walk, do some gardening – just be with nature!
  • Eat your vitamins; do not rely on manufactured pills/tablets and try eating healthy at least once a week
  • Collecting material things are not that meaningful; instead collect memories
  • Buy/use well-made products & better if locally made; buy according to need not want (imagine the savings)
  • Vick’s vaporub for colds, pimples, etc.; Pond’s Cold Cream to remove makeup; baking soda is life!
  • Katinko. Bengay, Salonpas and Sensodyne are your friends as you ‘mature’!
  • The truly rich people wear simple clothes and nearly no jewelry & makeup; there’s no need to impress any one when you have such financial freedom

Anyway, that’s it for my first 2018 blogpost. I’ve a few restaurant and movie reviews on drafts and will publish within the week. I truly hope, ardently wish and fervently pray for every thing that is good for every one this 2018. Cheers!