Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Piazza Magsaysay; Tara Na, Mag Piazza Na.

The Piazza Magsaysay
Tara Na, Mag Piazza na sa Naga

Undeniably,  the Piazza in Magsaysay Avenue,

...has  the best conglomeration of restaurants 
and coffee shops, .in the Bicol Region,

...and it's not a crowded mall,'s something better.

It is a thriving lifestyle center, the glittering Magsaysay Avenue. 


Tara na. Magpa- Naga na.
Magpa- Piazza na.

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The Piazza, Magsaysay Avenue

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sweet Gallery by Jack’s Blue Plate Diner

Sweet Gallery 
by Jack’s Blue Plate Diner 

The kids were craving for the apple pies so off
we went to Jack’s Blue Plate Diner Magsaysay,

We found the Wi- Fi signal at the ground floor very weak
and the waitress suggested that we should move upstairs
as it is where the wireless internet signal is coming from.

The second floor is the newly opened coffee shop
called The Sweet Gallery by Jack’s Blue Plate Diner,

…and we were glad to learn that we could also order
the yummy Jack’s Blue Plate Diner dishes from here.

The internet signal was just as weak
but that was okay as we didn’t have to
wait long until they serve our dinner.

We started our dinner with a hot,
creamy and delicious Corn Soup.

My daughter ordered a huge Western Angus Burger.
It had a 100% juicy and thick angus beef patty, topped
with a layer of crunchy onion rings, sandwiched with
a firm hamburger buns  that does not get soggy despite
being bathed with tangy western style barbecue sauce.

It was served with fries and pickles.

Their popular and delicious breakfast fares
are available all day so my son ordered
a basic Pancake and Sausage breakfast,

…while my wife ordered an American Breakfast
that had two pancakes, two sunny side up eggs,
two bacon strips and a flat breakfast sausage.

We found the pancakes not as thick as those served in IHOP,

...and Denny’s but they were just as fluffy and just as tasty.

While I had Fried Prawns, which came as two
huge pieces of  breaded tiger prawns and frilled
to golden an crispy perfection bathed in mustard.

We ended our dinner with the delightful sweet treats.
A heavenly Choco- Caramel Cheesecake for me,

…the divine Apple Pies, (best served warm), but it was 
served cold and still tasted good, for my wife and daughter, 

…and my son had a great time dunking his huge
chocolate chip cookie that had a yummy buttery
aftertaste in a glass of supposedly warm milk, but
was served with fresh from the ref coldness.

Of course, we also enjoyed their complimentary
brewed coffee that went well with the sweet treats.

Despite the minor flaws on our dessert, and
 having poor wi fi signal  we still had an awesome 
dinner on our favorite American restaurant in Bicol.

Read the links below for related posts:
Jack’s Blue Plate Express: Panganiban Drive, Naga City 
 Jack’s Blue Plate Magsaysay: Good Food Comes to the Strip
 Jack's Blue Plate Diner, Best Burgers in Bicol
  Jack’s Blue Plate Diner: Death by Burger Combo
 Jack's Blue Plate Diner: Fresh Lobster, Heavenly Lobster 
Jack’s Blue Plate Diner: Delicious Food to Crave For, To Die For. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ministop Magsaysay: Cookie- Swiss Miss Dunking Bonding

Ministop Magsaysay 
Cookie- Swiss Miss Dunking Bonding 
It was again a post haircut cookie- milk dunking session
with my son. We in initially intended to go to Starbucks, 

…but the parking was full so
parked at the nearby Ministop.

Out of curiosity, we decided to hang
around a little  bit at the Ministop,

and later I got tempted to order  the fried
dumplings displayed on the glass encased counter.

Each order of dumpling comes in three,
and I wanted to sample all the flavors
so I ordered a Fried Pork Dumplings,

Fried Sharkfin Dumplings,

…and the Fried Crab Dumplings.

Each were served with a pre- packed soy sauce and chili sauce.
Everything was delicious but interestingly it wouldn’t matter
what dumpling flavor you order as they all tasted the same
anyway. May it be the crab or sharkfin and believe it or not-
even the pork, all had this delightful seafood aftertaste. Even
the best food connoisseur wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

My young son also decided to have his cookie- milk dunking
here, instead on the Starbucks  next door and bought a pack each
of Oreo Cream Filled Cookies and Chunkee Cookie Cream Pie.

Since all they had were cold milk in tetrapacks
and they did not have warm milk, I suggested
that he try the Swiss Miss Marshmallow, 3 in1
cocoa mix that apparently had real milk on it.

It was a hit. Dunking Oreo cookies in a warm
Swiss miss was after  all a surprisingly perfect
combination, like a marriage made in heaven.

But the gastronomic revelation in this experience
came when little Timothy started dunking the 
Chunkee Cookie Cream Pie on the Swiss Miss.

The Swiss Miss permeated the crunchy and porous
choco- chip chocolate cookie making it more chocolaty.

It also turned the cookie softer with awesome
melt in the mouth consistency but does not fall
apart as it has held firm by the densely compacted
chocolate sandwiched between the two tasty cookies.

It was so good and addicting that my son requested
for another pack of Chunkee Cookie Cream Pie, 

… and savored the delicious, melt in the mouth goodness  
choco- milk soaked butter chocolate sandwich once more.

I concluded my meal with a cup of 
My Choice Instant Capuccino Mix.

There’s really nothing to rave about this
instant coffee, and we spent a little less than
two hundred pesos for our post- haircut snacks,

…but joy brought by the simple Cookie- Swiss Miss
Dunking bonding with my young son was priceless.


Ministop  also served  an awesome alternative Starbucks 
several days later when we were supposed to have a 
cookie- milk  dunking session after our dinner in Okuya.

The queue at Starbucks was kilometric sot we decided to return to
 Ministop for the  cookie dunking using Swiss Miss Dark Choco,.

My son bought the Chunkee Cookies again,

...and a pack of Dewberry Strawberry Cookies.

It was not Starbucks,  but it was just as awesome,

...and much more affordable.

Read on tte links below for related posts: 

The Coffee Table: Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City
Travel Café, Magsaysay Avenue: The Case of Milk Disappearing Cookie 
Starbucks Naga: Milk Dunkin' Cookie Bonding 
Kopi Roti Naga: Delicious Roti Egg Dunking Meal