Foodie Adventures | Glokal by Chef Gi

Foodie Adventures | Glokal by Chef Gi

Located in Nimfa Street in Marikina, Glokal isn't your typical neighborhood snack house. Aside from the fact that they serve heavy meals and local dishes with a twist, the place is air conditioned and is very appealing to be an average snack house.

The place gives off the vibe same as other restaurants that you can go to in some business areas as well as in the malls. We went there before the Halloween so you can see that they did an effort to make it look like Halloween.

We were already hungry by the time we reached Glokal. We anticipated that we will eat a lot, and true to what we thought, they served us mouthwatering food that satisfied our cravings.

Sisig Chicharon Salad - 225 PHP
This is their Sisig Chicharon Salad, the first of the many food that we tasted. Ten years ago, if you'd serve me this platter, I'd probably make a sour face because I don't really like eating veggies before. Good thing I changed, for the better, and when this was served, I was already actually craving for it. It easily became one of my favorite. I loved how every ingredients complimented each other. Their vinegar vinaigrette is also to die for! The combination is perfect.

Nachos - 180 PHP
Their Nachos is perfect for an appetizer. The toppings is very generous. Just make sure to eat it immediately as it will lose its crunch once exposed to the air for long.

Sizzling Tofu (Meatless) - 180 PHP to 225 PHP
Binagoongang Baboy - 180 PHP
Palabos - 115 PHP
Sizzling Sinigang - 250 PHP
It tastes just like your regular Sinigang, but with a sauce! I enjoyed this dish so much.

Halo-Halo ala Mode - 85 PHP
We also enjoyed the big serving of their Halo-Halo! The price would be very worth it as some restaurant sells their Halo-Halo for a higher price but for a smaller serving.

And when we asked Chef Gi what GLOKAL means, she said that it's a fusion of Global + Local. She says that whenever she travels, she makes sure that she can pick up a thing or two about that certain place's food, and maybe try to incorporate it with our local foods. Some of the ingredients she uses are also from other countries as well. Chef Gi also owns another restaurant, but on the higher end, and she told us that Glokal is her way of giving back for the success of her first venture into business.

Glokal by Chef Gi
Nimfa Street, Marikina, Metro Manila
Opens: Till 12am
Contact: (063) 459 9120
Foodie Adventures | Pizza Grigliata

Foodie Adventures | Pizza Grigliata

The first time I saw Pizza Grigliata's instagram account, I knew that their place isn't just a regular pizza place. The furnishings, the overall look as well as the warm and cozy ambiance of the place, for once, is truly exceptional. It's cold inside the place, but you'll soon be enveloped with the warmth of the ambiance.

We were ushered inside and got settled. We waited for Chef Emman who emerged from the kitchen, still wearing his apron proudly.

Chef Emman, making sure that the 'photoshoot' will have nice lighting and exposure.
While waiting for the foods, he talked to us about Pizza Grigliata and its humble beginning. It's really amazing how from just a concept or idea, they came up with a cart or a pop-up store for their grilled and torched pizza. He told us that they just used to join food bazaars and/or catering for events. 

Pizza Grigliata's brick and mortar store is just a few months old when we visited, but we knew instantly that they have potential. I particularly love how Chef Emman talk about the place and the business. He's so passionate about it. He told us that he and his business partners wants Pizza Grigliata to be a place not just for the tummy, but also for the heart. They want people to enjoy the food while also enjoying being there.

He said that he usually talks to the costumers especially when he feels like they needed someone to talk to. He wanted them to feel at home there. He wanted the people who will go there to feel that they can go back there anytime.

It was just a defining moment for me. Pizza Grigliata isn't just a business for them, but it is also their passion that they wanted to share to other people.

This menu is a display outside their store. You can already check out what to order even before going in!
While the food is being served, Chef Emman suggested that they can bring a table outside so we can take better photos of the food. He also helped us in the arrangement and all the jazz. He's quite a creative directed as well, aside from being a chef.

The photo above can tell how our efforts in the shoot has been worth it!

We then went back inside and since the lunch time was over, Chef Emman is free to still personally assist us. We exchanged stories while eating. He joined us while eating. We're literally having a wine and dine since he bought us wine to cleanse our palate every time we taste a different pizza.

Their pizzas are really tasty. It's different, not just for the way it was cooked but the flavors as well. Chef Emman said that they source their ingredients to different provinces while still making sure that it's fresh. One of their advocates is to support local farmers.

Signature Salad - 350 PHP
This is their Signature Salad. Its ingredients consists of orange, tomatoes, presto sauce, honey cottage cheese and basil. This one's easily our favorite. Who would know that these combos will be so dang delicious? We can't stop eating it and we ended up emptying the plate. I swear, this one's a must try!

Prosciutto Arugula Pizza - 400 PHP
Spanish Sardine in Beet Root Dough - 320 PHP
Margheritta - 280 PHP
Quattro Formaggi Pizza w/ Truffle Oil - 320 PHP
Don't they all look mouthwatering?

Just as I said above, the pizzas are very tasty. They have different and distinct taste that are foreign in my tongue. Tasting the pizzas is quite an experience for me.

The reason why the dough in Prosciutto is black is because it was mixed with a squid's ink.

Fried Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings - 380 PHP
This chicken wings is tasty as well. And the overall presentation adds to the appetite of whoever would see them.

Yes, they also serve coffee! Hot and cold! Chef Emman is nice enough to still whip up coffee for us before we left! We enjoyed it so much.

Pizza Grigliata2/F 8 Missouri, Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
Contact: 0917-549-7310
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)

You can also visit their other branch at The Garage in City of Dreams.
Mga Batang Poz: An eye-opener book that tackles HIV and its stigma.

Mga Batang Poz: An eye-opener book that tackles HIV and its stigma.

Realistic, on point and an eye opener.

Those were the words that I’d use to describe the book Mga Batang Poz written by Sir Jun or Segundo Matias Jr.

The first time that he told me that he will come up with a book that tackles HIV, its stigma and to raise awareness about it, I knew instantly that it will be a must-read. The same day that I got a copy of the book, (Thanks, Sir Jun!) I started reading it while waiting for a friend in a mall. I couldn’t put it down and finished it when I got home that night.

The book is all about four young people, practically strangers to each other, that were positive (POZ) with HIV. You’ll know their life, heartaches and their journey from how they were living before and after being diagnosed with HIV. With this book, you’ll see how they struggle and how painful it was to feel alone and be left alone by the people who should be the one supporting you.  

What I also liked about this book most is that the characters and scenes were too realistic. A character living in the slums and another character living with a strict business-central family.. they were all detailed. The cursing and the vulgar words were also an added character. It was as if I knew this character personally even though they were just in my mind. And I think this is also one of the charm of this book.

The book is available in Precious Pages Book Stores as well as in National Bookstores.
If you want to purchase it online, you can order here:

Where To Watch And Download Korean Dramas And Movies?

Where To Watch And Download Korean Dramas And Movies?

If you would ask me what's the first Korean drama that I've watched, I'll tell you that it is Autumn in my heart, an installment of Endless Love series. It was the drama where I fell in love with Song Seung Heon and Song Hye Kyo. If you're not familiar with it, it's a heavy drama show that whenever I think about it, I feel like my heart is still aching. I learned about it because it was played on GMA. Then, next would be Full House. Another Song Hye Kyo drama but this time, he's with Rain.

When my cousin came home from UAE early 2007, she introduced KPOP to me and my siblings. She was also the one who told me where to watch Korean Dramas and Korean Movies. If you're one of the oldies like me, you'd know or remember MYSOJU. It used to be the number one website for addicts like me. I forgot when it just vanished and a lot of other websites slowly pop up all over the internet.

Recently, a lot of people have been asking me where I watch or download Korean dramas and movies since I'm really watch heavily.

So for the benefit of the people who also wants to watch Korean dramas and movies with less hassle (I'd say less hassle because they can still watch it there better even though the sites are all heavy with ads) rather than the other sites.

I discovered DRAMAFIRE.INFO almost two years ago. That was the time where my sister and I became really so into dramas and movies that we really searched the best website to watch and/or download.

But recently, I found my new favorite. KISSASIAN.SH is the bomb. It has a cleaner and more sleek look than dramafire and I think it's also easier to download. But you have to be a member for the download link to show. So sign up first!

I hope this helped people out there who are looking for a better site to watch.