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Thursday, November 28, 2013


We, of ERICJAZ FOODIES, are very happy to notice that Filipinos right now will not just go for the "usuals" when it comes to having a good time or going for a great grub. Even with the emergence of carnival-like malls in every corner of the Metro, we would look for an experience that is out of the ordinary and go for something bordering on exceptional!

The same goes for food! Now I know that I am STUCK (tee hee) with somebody who would rip apart his burger demoting it to a naked patty and bread but even HE is interested to try something new to shock his palate.

With all these in mind, we, of ERICJAZ FOODIES, are so excited to invite you all to experience food tripping  brought to a whole new level...



1 ticket to 8 gastronomical stops for only P1,000.00!

Read on to find out what awaits you and how to join this awesome food tour!

We, ERICJAZ FOODIES, thank you.

Or should it be the other way around? Ha ha ha! You'll see what we mean.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


I wonder if I was the only being who enjoyed the movie PULP FICTION not just because of the momentous dance of Uma Thurman and John Travolta, or the numerous profanities shouted by THE Samuel Jackson (yes that's how terrified I still am of him... teee hee). But because of that scene... that ONE tasty part where Uma ordered this Cheeseburger and she was savoring its beefy gloriousness while talking to John Travolta. I really can't forget that. And if memory serves me right, she would even wash it down with dainty sips of strawberry milk shake. 

photo grabbed from the net

Ooooh yeah Uma.... do that milkshake proud!

Of course, let us not forget that whole Le Big Mac exchange between the 2 main killers of the movie! Come to think of it, you would be crazy not to crave a big juicy pound of burger after watching PULP FICTION!

For one Saturday, that scene from the iconic movie of Mr. Tarantino was grazing in my mind which was fine because I know I will be chomping on some fat greasy burgers ahead. But the great thing was, I need not to get me a bodyguard slash killer to take me to this "on the rise" burger joint. Instead, we were going to meet our favorite KAIN TULOG GANG  for some delicious grilled beef patties and much, much more it will make you jump up and do the dance!

Certainly not the DANCE OF JOY but you know what I mean  when you watch the movie. He he he!

And if you were not paying attention and suddenly say it's "The Hunger Games : Catching Fire", I will eat you alive hook, line, and sinker I swear.

Oh I'm kidding! 

Or am I? Tee hee!


Saturday, November 23, 2013


If there was one event which we do not celebrate in the Philippines that we are bummed about, it's THANKSGIVING. I mean sure, blah blah blah we could be thankful everyday but still, it wouldn't hurt having that special "give thanks" holiday meal where you slice into a juicy, plump, roasted turkey, stuffed with all the sinful trimmings, and pile your plate with all the buttery side dishes imaginable.

It's the only Thursday of the year wherein I fret the whole day of what we coulda, woulda, shoulda, EATEN!

I think it's also the only Thursday of the year where my husband is thankful that he has to go to work. Ha ha ha ha!

Anyway, once again the foodie gods heard the prayer of hungry people like me and present to us MARRIOT HOTEL MANILA's special THANKSGIVING SPREAD this November 28, 2013!

No need to fly out to the US or Canada to enjoy and authentic Thanksgiving Meal!

Friday, November 22, 2013


I don't know about you but if I am going to eat with somebody, that person has to be a friend, a family member, or a HUSBAND... teeeheee. I could never imagine sitting down to a meal that may run for 3 hours, depending on the food and the topic of the day of course, with somebody I detested, loathed, or even just slightly irritated with.

Call me old fashioned or boringly sentimental but if there was anything that my family instilled in me was that we should'nt just eat to live. Instead, we should LIVE TO EAT. And I don't mean just wolfing down food and bordering near gluttony but more on making every meal an experience or an unforgettable adventure. Trivial matters such as work or facebook could wait. This IS far more worthy and important. And surely that trip down the table lane would prove to be much more enjoyable if you have a loved one or two laughing crazy during the meal while you outwit each other on who will get the last brownie.

And that was how our BALDUCCI RESTAURANT dinner was for me and my husband last Friday. The dinner was an experience beyond words. Because not only were we feasting on an exceptional meal created deliciously by the genius behind L'Opera, but we were also sharing laughs with our new food blogging family. Never mind that traffic was horrendous or that one of us (who???) was trying to diet. We were with great food and wonderful people. All bets were off for that night in BALDUCCI RISTORANTE and our tummies and selves couldnt be more happier.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


by Eric John Yap

I flew to Malaysia sometime July last year for a bit of work training. It was such a great experience to finally set afoot in my company's Malaysian office and seeing again my batch mates from other countries who also joined the seminar. The days definitely flew by because not only did we learn a lot for my job and enjoyed the views, but I also savored what the country "served" and ate more than what was good for me.

Now for somebody who is such a finicky eater, this was TRULY a feat for Malaysia! Ha ha ha! Everything was just delicious, simple, and highlighting the cuisine of our continent. I loved the food! Wow!

Yes, MALAYSIA is TRULY Asia! Looking forward to bringing the missus here soon with our little boys.

So on to my food experience... 

 My first Malaysian meal at Village Park Restaurant!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


It was TEAM YAP's second day at HOTEL KIMBERLY in Tagaytay along with the Campos, the Quitorianos, and the Virreys (see our first day HERE) and even if we turned in late last night from our "midnight chat", our family woke up extra early for breakfast so we could have a part 2 of the vacation that is worthy for the books!


The Campos, the Quitorianos, and TEAM YAP had an early breakfast at HOTEL KIMBERLY's cafe (blog post soon to follow!). I love that they made a special set up for our big group so we could all be in one table chatting and eating to our heart's content.

Yup! One family is missing! LATE!


Christmas came early for ERICJAZ FOODIES because HALLELUJAH we received a surprise gift that made our night more special and delectable! So for our meanies out there (and when I say OUR it really means, MY), HA! That just means Santa thought I have been very, VERY good this year. And it is now time to show my REAL colors! Tee hee!

Oh I am just kidding!

Anyway, after experiencing the heaven that is of QUEZO DE BOLA CHEESECAKE by Indulgence By Irene (see HERE) the foodie gods thought that I needed extra cellulite on my right hip and sent my way ANOTHER dessert that would surely be a favorite for the chocoholics out there. (You know that's you).


Monday, November 18, 2013


My husband and I are now very addicted in taking our little boys out for weekend getaways since we feel that we only got a few years left before they turn into GUYS and would be embarrassed to be seen with their Mommy and Daddy. So now we are relishing every moment with them and, like how my parents did, we would make it a point to take them somewhere special for a Yap bonding experience rather than the usual "mall tours". But of course, being the practical parents that we are, we were still very careful not to break bank.  So every chance we see a special deal online, we check it out and see if it is ERICJAZ FOODIES worthy!

My friends share the same sentiment as TEAM YAP that for one weekend, we planned another getaway for all 4 families. We agreed to make our venue for the mini-vacation to be HOTEL KIMBERLY since there was a deal online that got the approval from all the "practical" (read: sorta stingy) mommies. At first we were a bit hesitant that we may be holed up somewhere that would prove to be a burden to our enjoyment. But after our 2 day bonding trip, we were all declaring that HOTEL KIMBERLY may be the best hotel for your family. Once you're there, you wouldn't want to go anywhere!

Except to see the volcano of course! Ha ha ha!

It was a rainy weekend last October 12, 2013 and it was such a wet travel going up to Tagaytay. We thought that we were not going to make it but fortunately the storm scare made everybody stay at home so it was a fuss free drive for us.

And since it was very cold and we were hungry, we decided to warm ourselves up in the rainy weather with a big piping hot of bulalo!!!

Could you guess from what restaurant this delicious bubbling soup is from? 

Yup! It's from LESLIE's! Blog post soon to follow!

On our way to our destination, we thought that probably one drawback to HOTEL KIMBERLY was that it was not in the "central tourist district" in Tagaytay and you have to do a 20 minute drive down from the city. 

It was very foggy that morning and visibility was almost zero. We just took extra care in driving and turned on our head lights. 

And finally we're here!!!! HOTEL KIMBERLY!


It is very rare that ERICJAZ FOODIES will travel all the way to Quezon City from our sweet beds in Mandaluyong just for food. I mean yeah, sure we love food and we concur that it IS a basic necessity but you gotta give Sundays to us to just be lazy the WHOLE day and sleep till our eyes hurt.

(Oh yes. We are the model couple. Run far away from us if you don't want to catch our "disease". Tee hee!)

Anyway, yes, we DO prefer to have our weekend meals nearby and we would usually let out such a long and grovely groan when pressed to go the distance. But there are special nights wherein our curiosity and tummies get the better of us that we will be hypnotized to travel far far away to get a taste of that extraordinary SOMETHING.

And for that lazy last Sunday night, that SOMETHING turned out to be BAR B SKEW --  the first grill of its kind here in the country! 


BAR B SKEW is located at the heart of Tomas Morato Quezon City where the lights of other restaurants blink like Christmas lights!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


For this week, why don't you let your mouth do the "helping"?

No I did not mean that you'll just sit comfortably while verbally bashing and judging everything that is happening in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. What I meant was during this horrible week where there is no limit to the amount of help you could bestow to our fellow men, you could also EAT to HELP the victims of that monster storm.

Yes. We could always do MORE.

With the efforts of MR. DELICIOUS (Mr. Jeremy Slagle), we have YOLANDA ACTION WEEKEND, where a significant number of restaurants have bonded to share a portion, if not all, of their earnings this week and donate it to the Yolanda victims via PHILIPPINE RED CROSS. Like I said, there is really no limit in helping out your Filipino brothers severely affected by that witch Yolanda. Let us do what we can by donating cash, clothing, food, and other goods but you could also extend support to the victims when you EAT. So if you are planning to go out this weekend with your loved ones, why not drop by the restaurants listed below and EAT to HELP? 


Monday, November 11, 2013


Our country was suddenly in the spotlight appearing in many news reports and social media forums. However, we were not talked about because of a pageant win or there's a new talent discovered in an episode of Ellen -- we caught everyone's attention because Yolanda, the monster typhoon which has entrapped our country in that dark weekend, left our countrymen homeless with a death toll that might reach a tragic 10,000.

We all saw how our countrymen are doing out there where not only they had to contend with the heartbreak of losing their loved ones but they now need many things that we take for granted in order to survive.

So for this difficult season, let us all do our share. Forget first the selfies, the OOTD's, or even the sharing of your favorite pet videos.

We should just all stop and HELP.

Let us show everyone that even if typhoon YOLANDA bitched her way into our system, we have something that no amount of wrath could damage.

Our Filipino spirit.

And here are some of the verified donation channels for your information.


Sunday, November 10, 2013


For this year's Father's Day, TEAM YAP treated our BOSS to his restaurant of choice. We came from somewhere out there which I forgot already (blame the epidural effect tee hee) that our guy wants to have simple meal nearby. We were really getting ourselves ready for his usual favorites like Buddys (SEE HERE) or Slice N' Dice (Here here!!!) so we were surprised that he requested for CAFE MEDITERRANEAN since he craved for their pizza.

I'm happy that the little lords were agreeable to their Boss' choice of restaurant since we do not usually go to CAFE MEDITERRANEAN whenever we're in Powerplant Mall so I guess it was meant to be. 

And what a great time we had. We got just what we all wished for every FATHER'S DAY... Simple, delicious, affordable, cozy, and a Dad who IS the best of all mankind!

We love you Daddy (aka Yub!). You don't need to do the laundy tonight!

I. AM. KIDDING. Of course! Tee hee!


Saturday, November 9, 2013


For our last day in Lucena City Quezon Province, we were supposed to have lunch in our usual pig out hub, Palaisdaan (SEE HERE), but then since we got so tired from the previous days' activities we decided to just lounge around the house and have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

But where to?

When we're at Lucena, we always eat at the "usual suspects" like Cafe Antigua (HERE), Ground Zero (HERE!), Buddy's (OH YEAH HERE), Koon Lin (HERE AGAIN!), etc, etc. Actually I wanted to go back to my new favorite with the best chami, PEKING (HERE!) but my husband was thinking of something else. Fortunately for me, Eric was like this pregnant gorilla and was deeply craving for some Crispy Pata. So where to then?

That's when the lightbulbs in my big forehead lighted and gave out such an alarm... DING DING DING!



Thursday, November 7, 2013


We were at Lucena City recently for the All Soul's weekend and we were able to meet up with my husband's long time friends for a night of food, coffee, and a lot of laughs!

When I say long time friends, by the way, I truly meant LONG time. Think friends since kindergarten! Yup! That's how they go waaaay back!

My husband explained to me that originally they were all boys in the group. Later on, they bonded with the equally fun girls in their batch, and therefore TOPMUD was born.

Believe me, I have never met a more united "barkada" than TOPMUD. Their friendship is still strong even after many years and they still remain close to the ones who are living abroad.

I love my husband's TOPMUD barkada and we are honored to be a part of it! They are the true epitome of FRIENDSHIP. It is always a HILARIOUS time with them!

We got together at Zennah's house after their team won in the day's basketball game. Wohooo! Any reason to celebrate! It's a shame though that the others were not present since they had to be somewhere else for the All Soul's Weekend, but of course, they were still with us in "spirit". KIDDING! 

(from l-r) MY MUCHO GWAPITO EL ESPOSO, Raul, Rommel, and Vincent. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


For ALL SOUL'S DAY, we went home to Lucena, Quezon Province to be with my husband's family. Besides spending the weekend in his beloved hometown, it also gave him a chance to play basketball with his mates from High School. 

After one game, we were deciding on a place to eat and my husband suggested we try out PEKING, which, they say, serves the best chami (noodles) in town. I was wondering why, after about 14 years of going out, I just heard about this PEKING. We would usually go to Cafe Antigua (SEE HERE), Hacienda Inn (soon), or Buddies (HERE!!!) so it was really a surprise for me that the we have not had a taste of that famous chami yet. My husband then explained, that it was because the restaurant was finally renovated and sanitized (he he he) so now we will be able to enjoy their famed chami, worry-free!

Uh yeah like a little thing like THAT would stop me. He he he!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013


With the emergence of many breakfast hubs out there, you would THINK that other restaurateurs would become scaredy cats in launching another one that MIGHT bite the dust.

But nooooh, not MAPLE. It came and we saw. But I was not surprised that it conquered. It wouldn't really be such a shocker since MAPLE was from the Pancake House Group and with that, you are assured of home cooked goodness but with something MORE.

So one night, we finally got to meet up with good old friends BGP (Best Gal Pal) Marian and her hub Manong Fred. We decided that the best place to eat would be this much buzzed about restaurant which has been earning raves from many satisfied customers. 


I don't know about you but this menu cover seems to be from the old scriptures from Lord of The Rings... Tee hee!


I am a person who is HEAVY on traditions. Call me a sentimental schmuck or just plain patriotic to "glorified routine" but I always want to honor a family custom and perhaps tweak it a bit so it could be passed on to my kids.

Most recently, my siblings and I made this new "tradition" to celebrate birthdays with a GLORIA MARIS dimsum breakfast. I mean, yeah, we do have the usual birthday breakfast before but now it's going to be obligatory to be at GLORIA MARIS. I tell you, there's really nothing like starting your natal day (I was supposed to write nasal.. ha ha ha!) with a hot bubbling bowl of congee and plump steamed dimsums!  Since we had such a grand time when we did it for my Dad's birthday morning, we will be doing it again and again. And with dimsum and congee, GLORIA MARIS in Greenhills will be your best bet!


Monday, November 4, 2013


I mentioned in an earlier post that for June 12, 2013, we celebrated the Philippine Independence Day by going around Manila and showing the little lords some of our famous landmarks. At first, we thought of going to various museums, as we have already done before, but we thought, why not go to places we haven't been to as a family? 

So off to Manila Baywalk, Luneta or Rizal Park, and Planetarium we go.

Okay, I know that the PLANETARIUM does not really have anything to do with the country's independence but I included it in the itinerary for my own personal reasons. HA!

So after our Filipino brunch at ARISTOCRAT (SEE HERE), we dropped by Manila Baywalk to look for a loyal steed to officially start our MANILA DAY!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


It was the birthday of Kathi Raneses, aka MUCKING AROUND MANILA, and my favorite foodie group, the Kain Tulog Gang had a mini celebration for her at BALKAN.

You may be familiar with BALKAN as the Yugoslavian restaurant in the small streets of San Juan where there's only 5 tables -- definitely fitting the bill of a hole-in-a-wall food hub. We have often passed the humble restaurant and always wanted to try it but never got the chance, probably taking the whole look of it for granted. It's a good thing that dear Spanky Enriquez invited us to celebrate Ms. Mucking's birthday in BALKAN because we were oblivious to 2 things:

1) I did not know that they have already opened a branch in Bonifacio Global City.

2) I was not aware that we are passing by a restaurant that served SO DELICIOUS FOOD (take note of the all caps). Why oh why have we been so ignorant of your goodness?? What have we done to be deprived of awesome home-cooked Yugoslavian grub for these many years?

I guess for this time, Ignorance is NOT bliss. So we may have to do a lot of catching up to be able to enjoy more of BALKAN's goodness. Anyway, that's a certain plus besides celebrating one of my favorite blogger's birthday. 

So, let the merry eating and celebrating begin!  

The foodie gods were smiling at us for this night because I was able to get out of work extra early to be on time for our dinner at BALKAN.

Friday, November 1, 2013


For All Soul's day, TEAM YAP will be going home to my husband's hometown in Lucena, Quezon Province to visit his family and of course, light a candle and offer prayers for his Dad. Now a trip to Lucena, or as I would playfully call it, Timbuktu, is always a fun vacation for us because not only will we meet up with my husband's kind family, but we will also have a gastronomic 3 days as well!

I swear, I always gain about 5lbs every time we go to Lucena and NO, it DOES NOT go to my big forehead.

Anywho, since we will be going to Lucena this weekend, I remembered our visit to Yub's family last September and the new restaurant we tried. Yeah, yeah, every time we're in  Lucena, we always eat in Palaisdaan (CLICK HERE), Cafe Antigua (CLICK HERE TOO), Koon Lin Restaurant (CLICK HERE AGAIN), and Ground Zero (YUP, HERE), but this time we wanted to live dangerously and try something else. PLUS, my very generous sister in law Ivy had some discount stubs to share.

So OFF to ZYMURGY we go! 


ZYMURGY is located right in heart of down town lucena. The cafe and lounge has a reputation for serving good food and entertainment as well.

I'm the one in the green blouse. Check out "Edward Sullen" staring at me. Ngiiii!

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