PHL | Must Try!!! Lechon Sisig by XO 46

Lechon Sisig

XO 46 The Heritage Bistro is known to serve both Filipino and Spanish dishes. Upon entering their restaurant, you will be greeted by their servers in pure Filipino Language and they are dressed in the country’s National Costume to complete the feeling of how it was in the past.

Lechon is a popular pork dish in the Philippines and is usually cooked until crunchy.

Sisig is a Kapampangan term which means “to snack on something sour”. It is most commonly known as a method of cooking which comes in three phases: boiling, broiling and grilling.

We were confused whether to order the Cebu Lechon or the Kapampangan Sisig. So, to get the best of both worlds, we tried Lechon Sisig and we were not disappointed with it. The usual ingredient for sisig is the pig’s brain, ears and other inner organs. While the Lechon Sisig has mostly meat, maybe just a few fats but were unnoticeable because it was cooked to crunchiness and topped with mayonnaise with a little spice to play with one’s taste palate.

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XO 46 Bistro Filipino (3 Branches)
Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
(+632) 532-1652

Century City Mall
(+632) 556-8143

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(+632) 553-6632 or (+632) 553-6635


PHL | All-in Surigao!!!: Enchanted River, Tinuy-an Falls & Britania Islands


by Andy Cohun

Surigao by Andy Cohun

After much delay, I was finally able to reach these places where word of mouth was the only thing I could imagine what these places would look like. We jumped off from Davao at 5:00 in the morning, we used the PICOP road to arrive faster.  The road was unfinished but it was not that bad as it just took 3 hours drive by private car.  We stayed in Mangagoy town for the night and visited two of highlight sceneries in Surigao.

REMEMBER to bring some water as the water in the area is not recommended for drinking especially for those with sensitive stomach. Bring also some snacks because food in Britania Islands is quite expensive.

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PHL | Kanto Freestyle Breakfast New Menu August 2014

by blueclouds

Are you craving for breakfast meal at the middle of the day or the wee hours of the night? Fret not because Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is there to serve you. Currently opened 24 hours in four locations:- Mandaluyong, Kapitolyo, Libis and Marikina.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a hit to many because of the quality of food as well as its reasonable pricing which are currently below PHP100 as of writing.

This restaurant is owned and operated by Chef Arch Juanta, currently Chef de Partie at Brentwood Hotel, New Zealand. He also worked as Senior Chef for M Cafe and Paseo Uno in Mandarin Hotel Manila, and Corporate Chef for other big food establishments. Thus, his experience is indeed vast to be able to come up with his own creative menu incorporating Filipino ingredients as well.

For the ambiance, I am able to visit only the Kapitolyo and the Libis branch. For Kapitolyo, it is a garage converted to a restaurant and can be really full of customers during lunch time until around 3:00 in the afternoon which only shows that many keeps coming back for their good food. Try it for yourself. For Libis branch, price can be a few pesos higher because of the location which is now occupying 2 spaces in a span of 6 months.

In August 2014, they have updated their menu with new offerings from drinks, pancakes, sandwiches and congee.

Kanto Coffee Drinks

Iced latte, Iced Karamel Macchiato, Mocha Frappe-eh, Karamel Frappe-eh, Iced Mocha (Left to Right)

KantoKapitolyo Grilled Buttered Suman

Grilled Buttered Suman with Ube, White Chocolate and Goya Ganache (PHP 65.00)

KantoKapitolyo Congee

Bacon Congee with Poached Egg (PHP 85.00)

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PHL | Pampanga Foodtrip Part 3

by blueclouds

Yes, the list is still on for the restaurants and food to try in Pampanga. I, together with 5 other food enthusiasts, have completed the Pampanga Food Trip Part 3 which included 6 food destinations and 3 churches.

Part 1 –
Part 2 –


For pictures click here –


Yes! You read it right canteen at the Public Market. With the thought of Public Market to be dirty, some of us are not welcome with the idea of eating inside of it. But Magg’s Canteen will prove it wrong. The area is clean and you will feel safe to eat the food they serve

Rice for breakfast is not a thing for everyone but when you see the viands served infront of you, you won’t be able to say No!

It’s my comeback to this eatery for a breakfast meal (included in Pampanga Food Trip Part 2) but first time for majority of the group.

Magg's Canteen

Magg's Canteen

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PHL | Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (Libis)

by blueclouds

The Libis branch was opened earlier than that of the Kapitolyo but was not made aware even if it was just a few steps from the office. According to the server, it opened mid of December 2013.

Once in a while, I find myself and my officemates at the Kanto Freestyle Breakfast Libis Branch either for lunch, merienda or dinner.

Some favorites of myself and my officemates are:  Kanto club, Batangas beef tapa, Honey Chicken, Crispy pork liempo and champorado.

Related Posts: (to see some of the pictures of the food)
The Return to Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (Kapitolyo)
Kapitolyo Food Trip Part 4
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast New Menu August 2014

The Menu:

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(picture grabbed from Kanto Freestyle Breakfast’s Facebook page)

Kanto Freeestyle Breakfast

Location: Intrepid Plaza, Libis, Quezon City
Kanto Libis Hotlines: 09283594688 / 09274644038
Twitter: @kantobfast
Instagram: @kantobfast



PHL | The Return to Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (Kapitolyo)

by blueclouds

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast serves affordable gourmet breakfast and more. Currently the prices are below PHP100.

This was my second visit to this restaurant, as previously planned was to return to try their other food in the menu. But it was not as soon as just a week after my Kapitolyo Food Trip Part 4

At 1:00 PM, I got an invite from Mike Laagan to join him and 3 other bloggers for a food review at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Kapitolyo at 3:00 PM.

We were first served with the drinks – Iced Coffee (PHP30), Hot Chocolate (PHP30), Scramble (PHP35)

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PHL | Kapitolyo Food Trip Part 4

by blueclouds

Start the year 2014 with a Food Trip – January 04, 2014 (Saturday)

Upon reading in Pinas Muna‘s blog about the opening of Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Kapitolyo, I planned to try it and invited some friends to join as well.

We went first to Capitol Commons, we agreed to try BLACK OLIVE CERVECERIA (Capitol Commons Park).  The other restaurants/shop in the area are: Nomama, Tipsy Pig, Starbucks and Santi’s Delicatessen

Capitol Commons Park

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PHL | Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (Kapitolyo)

by blueclouds

I first learned about Kanto Freestyle Breakfast which serves affordable gourmet breakfast in the blog post of Mike Laagan and was intrigued of the food. However, studying the map in its Mandaluyong branch was quite a disappointment for someone whose mode of transportation is via commuting (mrt, bus, jeep) and not fond of riding tricycles in Metro Manila.  So the said plan to try the restaurant was put on the side for the meantime.

Then, before 2013 year ends, Pinas Muna posted that the Kapitolyo branch is now open. There is hope now! Having Kapitolyo as one of my food destinations in 2013 (had 3 series of Kapitolyo Food trip), it would be easier to reach.

Kapitolyo Foodtrip Part 1

Kapitolyo Foodtrip Part 2

Kapitolyo Foodtrip Part 3

So for the first Saturday of 2014, it  was on top of my list. I will be writing my back to back Saturday experiences in Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in a different post.

Kapitolyo Foodtrip Part 4

The Return to Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (Kapitolyo)

Kanto Kapitolyo

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PHL | Pampanga Foodtrip Part 2

by blueclouds

It was in October 2013 when I first had the Pampanga Foodtrip with 7 others where we ate at 4 restaurants and went to 2 other destinations. Read more here: Pampanga Foodtrip Part 1

Last week of October 2013, the date for Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival was known and a friend was so enthusiastic of witnessing it. So, came about the plan to include some foodtrips prior to the event which happens at 6:00PM. The search was officially on. Days before December 14, most of those who said to be coming backed out including my friend who brought about the idea because she was down with flu.

December 14, we pushed though with the trip even if there were only 4 of us. But really glad we did.

We arrived before 8:00 AM, and food is still not ready at the San Fernando Public Market, so we went on with the Church Hopping as suggested by Den Lim.

The churches we visited were: Metropolitan Church (San Fernando), San Guillermo Church (Bacolor) and Sta. Rita Church (Sta. Rita).  For pictures click here


After visiting 3 churches, we went back to San Fernando for our breakfast with Chef Den Lim which was already 10:00 AM. Hungry we were, we munched some bread at the L.A. Bakeshop near the market while we wait to be fetched to lead the way to the eatery in the public market.

Special Pandesal Cookies

Special Pandesal Cookies by LA Bakeshop

Cheese Bread

Cheese Bread by LA Bakeshop

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PHL | Pampanga Churches

by blueclouds


Prior our food trip, we drop by some of the churches in Pampanga.


Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral (San Fernando)

Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral (San Fernando)

Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral (San Fernando)

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