Monday, April 6, 2015

Planet Grapes

Planet Grapes is a wine store and bar that offers a selection of imported premium wines to go with savory grub.

This place has a wine vending machine that allows guests to to taste premium wines by the glass (half and full) or on a refreshing sip. Their wine dispenser system serves wine perfectly at a perfect temperature. Planet Grapes is suited for those looking for a place with unique food, tasting notes and great company.
Our foodie adventure started as the Chicharon with Tinapa Dip was placed on the table. The lightly seasoned Chicharon goes well with the smoky flavor of its creamy Tinapa Dip. It was a perfect match!
Next came in what they call Red Hot Bopis. I was glad that it was not as spicy as its name implies.

This popular Filipino dish made from sauted pork lungs and heart is best eaten with alcoholic drinks and we were not disappointed.

Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc 2012 was served to pair with these two appetizers. Food do tastes better with wine! The wine's fresh tropical fruit notes gave enough palate stimulation for more food that would follow.

We had Chicken BBQ and Organic Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs for main dish paired with Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, a refreshing easy drink at any time. Lightly-marineted hunks of char-grilled chicken meat are tender!   Either the Adobo Rice or Mashed Potato makes a wonderful side pairing for this set.

I find that Planet Grapes is particularly strong on meat offerings.

The Organic Barbecue Pork Spare Ribs is something you shouldn't miss out on. The perfectly marinated pork spare ribs was very tasty indeed!

Its sweet glaze further adds tangy richness to every bite.

Adobo Rice and Mashed Potato

Turon Trilogy
For desserts, we had Turon Trilogy, Crème Brulée and Buko Pie Bites. Turon Trilogy is like a Halo-halo dessert wrapped in a flaky pastry. It has the yummy combination of banana, jackfruit strips and ube yam which won me over. Crème Brulée came in three variants--Original, Durian flavor & Banana. Buko Pie Bites is lightly-salted crunchy dough with soft coconut meat in it. The Urban Old Vines 2013 was a match in heaven!

My dining experience at Planet Grapes taught me that food and wine matching need not be complicated.

Wines are available to enhance tastes and enjoyment. Anyone can enjoy wine without the drama.

Thank you ZomatoPH for the invite.

Planet Grapes
Ground Floor, North Wing
Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas
Mandaluyong City
(02) 6378888

Sunday, April 5, 2015

One-of-a-Kind dining experience at Kawayan Kitchen

Located inside the Environment Survival Training (JEST) Camp, the Kawayan Kitchen offers local food cooked in Kawayan (bamboo).

Media and bloggers were treated to this unique dining experience during the Grand Launch of the Wings of the World “The Half-a-Thousand Birds Show at the Magaul Bird Park inside Jest Camp Subic last week.

Local people often go hunting and farming in these forests. Since it is inconvenient for them to cook when they go out, they have figured  using green bamboo will solve their problem.

The bamboo is usually abundant in the Zambales tropical rain forest and so using green bamboo in cooking methods becomes more practical for people who live in mountainous regions.

During the meal break, we got to taste rice cooked in Bamboo Tubes.  Kawayan Kitchen replicates the way our Aeta brothers prepare the rice. It was truly a delicious experience!

Aside from the Rice Cooked in Bamboo Tubes, we had Sinampalukang Manok (P 180.00).

Chicken meat are placed into fresh bamboo joints with enough water, sealed with banana leaves and cooked to perfection!
It makes a perfect viand for the Bamboo Rice!

Kawayan Kitchen dishes cooked in a bamboo stalk are good for 2-3 persons per order.

Dining experience is even made memorable by the set of dish served from the Kawayan Kitchen.

They serve meat and seafood  entrées cooked and served in a bamboo to  complement your bamboo rice (P 120.00).

Kawayan Kitchen provides a delicious taste of natural cooking in bamboo through "Luto sa Kawayan" way. Try it out soon.

Kawayan Kitchen
Upper Mau, Cubi-Triboa
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
Manila Booking Office : (02) 2189023 or 09175310992
Subic : (047) 2521489 / 09088207048 / 09177964668
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