Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Skydreamer Dines in Cebu: Brothers Burger in BTC!





Hubbydoo and I went to Brothers Burger in Banilad after checking out some accessories at the iStore. We were so hungry then, and wanted big, flame-broiled burgers (for the hundredth time). There wasn't any Flame It branches anywhere near so we decided to check it out.

The place was small, and nobody was inside. I thought, what the heck! They have flame-grilled burgers, and I want to try what their burgers taste like.

Daddy had Brothers Burger with cheese. I had one of their gourmet sandwiches: Brothers Cheese Steak. As you can see, they're really huge, and they taste really great! What's unique about them, is that they serve their burgers and sandwiches in oatmeal buns. They're really soft and it goes great with the meat! So much better than the regular burger bun!

Oh, and the staff is really good at recommending which burger or sandwich to order if you aren't sure what to get. They really know their products which is a big plus.

The price though, wasn't pocket-friendly because to me, Brothers Burger is a fast food joint, and their stuff can be found in Flame It, Big City, or Burger Joint but the price is like double! Their brothers burger with Cheese costs P130, and the Cheese Steak was P160! So that's P290 already for only two burgers and no drinks.

And it doesn't end there. After eating all of it, we weren't really full yet so we went to Dimsum Break which was just on the other side, and ordered some Chinese food. It was delicious! We had Oriental Nido soup, steamed rice, 3 kinds of siomai, buchi, Sweet and sour pork, egg pie, and some drinks and it only came up to P160. I mean, how cool is that?

So anyway, back to Brothers Burger...here's the description of the chow we ordered:



sauteed strips of beef, onions and mushroom with garlic cream cheese




flame-broiled pure beef with lettuce, tomatoes, catsup, mayo and cheese

Skydreamer Eats: Skeets' Sisig!







I am so lucky. My husband cooks. And he doesn't just cook, I mean he definitely can whip up a delicious meal. If there's something new that he wants to cook, all he does is look for the perfect recipe, and voila! He gets it right! He's gifted that way. I envy him.

Let me give you an example...or several...

First: I love Don Henrico's chicken ala buffalo. So, he looked for the recipe (I can't tell you where, though and who he got it from) and cooked some for me! Everyone was begging for an encore! It was delicious, it was amazing! And it was the first time he tried it!

Another: he loves spaghetti. Bolognese spaghetti. So, he bought some ingredients and cooked one of the best spaghetti I've ever tasted.

Last, he wanted to cook sinigang for me. He didn't know how to prepare it, but he knew the ingredients. He went to the market, bought the stuff, and created magic!

He's unbelievable!

So anyway, this entry is all about his sisig. He prepared some last Sunday, and this is the end product. It was beyond amazing! Pictures don't lie, so here goes:






I could not ask for more.

Beyond amazing.

xoxo

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Spotted: OLBO Rocked at the Outpost!




Saturday night after dinner at Roma Mia, we headed down to one of the local hangouts that feature Cebu bands -- their event that night was "When Southern Belles Toll" (women in rock represent Cebu!) -- and one of the bands featured was OLBO (Outer Lid Break Off).

This band has great tracks, and they play great music. They're all good looking, cute, and they look like a group of punk college princes with a princess -- but when they start jamming, they rock!

The group is composed of 5 members: Gaz (lead guitars), Janry (guitars), Klaus (drums), Mar (bass), and Gryz (vocals). You can mostly catch them at the following venues: 14zerobar in Raintree Mall, Handuraw, and The Outpost.

Check out some pictures of the band...But first, let me explain something:

If you have noticed (or not yet), I have taken more pictures of the bassist -- that's coz he's my cousin. I think he's my dad's favorite nephew, but that's just me. I'm not really sure.

I also recorded some of the songs that they played, and did some basic editing. I'll post it next time so you can see them (I haven't finished my editing - hehe). They could be the next big thing in Cebu or even beyond!










That's it for now!


xoxo

Skydreamer Dines in Cebu: Roma Mia






What a night. Hubby and I originally planned to go to Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast in Banilad, but decided to go to The Terraces in Ayala instead because we were so hungry. We still wanted Italian though, so off we trudged to Roma Mia.

Their food is great -- and the price is just right too so we got to save a lot compared to what we could have cashed out had we gone ahead with the original plan.

They have free wifi there, so you can bring your laptop, netbook, ipod or whatever, and update yourself in Facebook or Twitter while waiting for your food. Their service was okay, but not excellent either. (We asked for a doggy bag of our potato wedges because we still had more than half left over, but they didn't give it back to us -- that's not good!)

So anyway, we ordered potato wedges, which has thick slices of deep-fried potatoes with garlic-mayo dip. The patotoes were well cooked, but it was soft. The dip was great, though.



Hubby ordered godfather chops in gravy. The name says it all -- and the picture can tell you what words cannot.



I had bolognes in linguine. It's pasta with tomato sauce, ground beef, and mushrooms topped with parmesan cheese.






The food was great, the service was okay, and the price was the best!








xoxo

Monday, September 7, 2009

Skydreamer Dines in Cebu: La Maison!



So last night, hubby and I, together with my sister jenn, and his sister nessy went out for dinner. We settled for La Maison because they have this "barkada package" that was too irresistible. We were planning on Kublai Khan or Hola Espana, but decided against them after checking out the menu in La Maison.

For less than a thousand, we got their signature baby-back ribs (arguably THE best in town! Their version can beat Casa Verde's any day!), steak and mushroom casserole, and grilled chicken with herbs. They also served four servings of rice, and frothy iced tea! While waiting for our food, they served us complimentary garlic sticks.

Their food is divine. It's not too stuffy, or too rich for my taste. Everything in their platter was just right, specially the chicken with rosemary.

If you're in Cebu, you've got to try it! They have two more barkada packages, but we picked this because it was the only package that included the ribs that made them famous.

Check out the pictures:






Skydreamer Dines in Cebu:Bread Talk!




I love bread! Do you?...Here in Cebu, we have some great bakeries, and the one I love most is Leona's. But you have got to try Bread Talk too! Yep, breads do talk in this place! Their pastries and breads are so creative, that more often than not, I end up just going around the place, looking at whichever bread catches my eye. I get so indecisive because they have many goodies to choose from. I mean, take a look at the pictures, and you'll understand why.








...they all look great, right?...and they taste just as good as they look!


Bread Talk has branches in Northwing and The Terraces. Most of their breads/pastries are affordable with prices ranging from P29 - P90, depending on the size and flavor.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, that bread called Tornado?...It isn't chocolate and vanilla, honey! It's squid! They fooled me too, haha!

That's it for now.

xoxo

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Skydreamer Dines in Cebu: Flame It vs. Big City







I love monstrous flame grilled burgers! They're the best! (NO, I don't diet and I don't care if it's junk food!) Hubby and I compared Flame It and Big City last Sunday after watching GI Joe, and this is what we came up with:

We decided to see if Flame It's flame grilled burger is better than Big City's grilled burger with cheese.

First off, the price. Flame It's Flame grilled burger (basic burger without cheese) costs P78, while Big City's Grilled Burger with cheese and french fries on the side cost P110. I totally understand the difference. Cheese and fries add-on? Totally reasonable.

On to the taste. Flame It tasted sweet-tangy, was more meaty, and was juicy! It was divine! I loved it!

Big City had more flavor, but it was a bit dry compared to Flame It's burger, and it also looked bigger because they flattened out the patty to accommodate the size of the bun. Their fries were delish though, and they gave us some sort of dip (I don't really know what it was. It's like ranch, but not really).

So here are some pictures. At the end, we're going to put an X on the burger we liked better.

Here you go:








AND THE VERDICT:




haha. yep, we loved both burgers! Flame grilled burgers rule!


xoxo

Movie Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra





So hubbydoo and I finally got around to watching GI Joe in the big screen. Hubby really liked GI Joe, and collected action figures of the team back when he was a kid. So anyway, since we were really into our "saving" mode, hubby said that he's content to buy a dvd copy and watch it at home. But then last Sunday, we changed our minds, relaxed a bit, and finally decided to watch it in SM.

So the movie was great and I loved it! It was full of action, and I know this review is way late because most of you have already seen it, but I have just seen this movie, and that gives me the right to gab about this to no end. *grins*

First of all, let me tell you that I didn't even know what GI Joe was, and I didn't even know the plot, the story, the cartoon series way back, the action figures, whatever. I mean, I know hubby loved them, but come on, right? I've no interest in them whatsoever.

So I ended up in the theatres expecting to fall asleep. But I didn't! I loved the movie, and I understood it! You don't have to be a fan to watch it.

Besides, the people were gorgeous and sexy. That certainly didn't hurt!


That's it for now.


xoxo

Book Review: Liir's time to shine...



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So after some time, I finally finished Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire. It wasn't at all what I expected. I was thinking of something more like Wicked with Liir in it instead of Elphaba. Well, was I in for a surprise! For instance, it lacked Wicked's humor and wit, and although it's still a fantasy book -- having Animals, a flying broomstick, the Grimmerie, dragons, Princess Nastoya and all that jazz -- it didn't strike me as magical enough. Well, Glinda was there, but if you've read Wicked, you know that her magic is really limited than what we were led to believe.
Son of A Witch is a book of revolution. It does not have the romanticism approach of Wicked. Everything in this book is more serious, more bloody, more political, more cruel, and more grim. Gregory Maguire spared no details and I found myself wincing in some of the descriptions. Wicked made me think along with the characters. Son of a Witch made me react against some of the characters.

But anyway this is still a good read. If you're Filipino, think of it this way: Wicked is to Noli Mi Tangere, where Son of a Witch is to El Filibusterismo. I mean, it's not exactly the same, plot-wise and everything. What I'm trying to say -- when you read Wicked or Noli Mi Tangere, it's light and serious at the same time, but there's always this beacon of hope even though someone dies at the end. Son of a Witch had to be grim and serious the way El Filibusterismo had to, because it somehow had to clean up the mess left in the first story. I think...So anyway...
Enjoy!

xoxo

L'appuntamento

Listen to this song:





So you might be wondering why I'm making an entry about a song in a language that I can't even begin to understand. I don't even know what the title means. I googled its translation but I'm thinking it may be a loose translation seeing how many times I've tried translating some Tagalong songs that ended up not quite getting the soul of the song.

From the translation, the singer was asking love to hurry up, because she was ready for it, and that without love she can't exist. There was also a line that meant "I was waiting for you, and suddenly you came from a distance." So anyway, the song is very romantic, and very sensual, and I love love love it!

Is it just me, or do you feel it too?

Do me a favor, will you? Close your eyes and imagine.

Tuscany. Sunrise and golden fields. Mountains. Fresh Air. Endless possibilities. Kisses. Warm whispers. Hugs. Orange sunset. Long walks under the stars....And yet, there's heartache too. Longing. And bittersweet memories.

*sigh*

Whenever I listen to that song, it makes me fall in love with love all over again. Does that make sense?

Thank you Ornella Vanoni for this beautiful, haunting song (even if I can't understand a single thing you're saying!)



xoxo

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