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Persimon Fruit

I  may  be a fool or ignorant  if  I  say  I  that  Googled  “how to eat  Persimon.’   Yes,  but I just did.

So what?   But that’s how I wanted to make sure I  won’t  trash the part that should be eaten and eat what should be trashed.    Since New Year’s Day,  every time I see the Persimon fruit in our table,  I’d always say,   “how to eat Persimon,”  and my kids  would comment..  “Just bite it”   sounding  like, “hey mom, are you serious?”  “Ma, please..”    I know they  are  just  making  a funny comment but yeah seriously,  I  really don’t know.

In most fruits like apple, pears, chico and more, I always eat the skin  because this part  contains  fiber, except of course  the common sense of  eating pineapple and coconuts.

Anyways,  here are some informative  facts about  Persimon.

The persimmon originally  came from  Japan and China but it is now grown in Italy and other Mediterranean countries, the Middle East and the USA.

Persimmons are the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros.   In color the ripe fruit of the cultivated strains range from light yellow-orange to dark red-orange depending on the species and variety.  The ripe fruit has a high glucose content. The protein content is low, but it has a balanced protein profile.    Persimmon fruits have been put to various medicinal and chemical uses.

Fact Sources:  Wikipedia, WikiHow

Poptalk features 24-hour breakfast places

“Poptalk”   featured three  24-hour breakfast places  (August 27 episode)  that offer different  meals.   I was one of the reviewers together with GMA celebrity,  actor and model Carl Guevarra,   and a student of  De La Salle – Saint Benilde and food enthusiast,  Nadia Lei Macaya.   Poptalk  is  a  30- minute weekly  news magazine  program  that  features places,  restaurants, gadgets  and more,  hosted by  Tonipet  Gaba.

Our first stop was Tapsilog Centrale where reviewers savored  the original,  authentic and organic  US Angus Tapa.  We then proceeded  to  Borough,  a hole in the mall   that offers    American  breakfast.  Our  last stop was  Kanto Freestyle,   a  very accessible  restaurant that offers  not only Pinoy  meal but also   western food  with its  price lowered   to  carinderia  level.

 

Tapsilog Centrale 
11th Jamboree cor. Kamuning Rd.
Quezon City

The above photo with  the  sign, “US  Angus Beef”  is very catchy  that  would  make one to  stop  at the restaurant to satisfy craving with its  unusual  meal.   This is the first restaurant that we reviewed which is  just near  GMA..  It is  located in the busy corner of  Jamboree and  Kamuning  streets  where  motorists,  if not always,  are  lined in  traffic.

They  offer the  best seller US  Certified Angus beef,  Wagyu Beef,  Sausages, Cakes and more.

Before we ordered the food,  I already noticed the menu chart  indicating  their special marinate that  has no MSG, no food coloring, no tenderizer and no  artificial flavor.   I ordered  Wagyu Beef  which  made me  prove   its  claim.     There was a natural taste suggesting that the meat itself is authentic and  is really  tasteful  not  because of  artificial flavor enhancers.

Salmon Steak is served with seasoned mixed vegetable.   For the price of P265,  diners would enjoy   imported Norweigan Salmon, a luxury fish,  that is very affordable wherein if you order in a  five star hotel,   the  price  is expected to be way up  higher.

Aside from Angus beef and other  Tapsilog  meal,  they also offer
tempting desserts such as Frozen Mango  Brazo de Mercedez, Classic  Sansrival and
The Dome.

They also serve  regular Tapsilog,  Pares, Porksilog, Chicksilog  for a  price  between P55 to 60.


Carl Guevarra, GMA’s actor and model with host Tonipet Gaba as they savor Angus Beef from Tapsilog Centrale.

I was quite impressed with the food servings but they served
them  in  big plates that make the food looks  a  little less.   It could mean comfortable eating for us   but for others,  it could be the  other way  around.    Nevertheless, it
was awesome and the food is flavorful even without artificial flavoring.

Frozen Mango Brazo  de  Mercedez is a delight to the eyes and even more delightful when you taste it.   This is not the typical Brazo de Mercedez  because it has Frozen Mango that puts this  dessert  into a higher level.  Salivating it is!

While for  Sansrival,   I could taste crunchy  cashew  nuts.

The Dome  is  really fantastic with its creamy nutella chocolate,  covered  with dark chocolate ganache  and surrounded with chocolate chips.

 

For desserts alone,  diners would really come  back for more.    It is usual  to recommend  the best seller,  the main course and what you think is  best for your own taste bud,    but  when you  recommend  the dessert in a Tapsilog resto,   that means it is really  extremely   delicious!

Overall, the food was great. However I felt  uncomfortable with the place.   Maybe because it is   literally open where pedestrians or even bystanders  can easily  get there and go.  Security is my  concern here.   On  the other  hand,   the place is a big  pop to all motorists  who  are looking  for  some kind  of   unusual  Tapsi meal.    They can just pull over onto a side street  for  a  heavy  breakfast   anytime  of  the day.

Tapsilog Centrale  got  7/9  Pop scores from reviewers.

 

 

Borough The Podium
G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Ave 
Mandaluyong City
 (02) 570-8906

Our second stop is Borough which is located inside  the mall,  The Podium.   Borough is a hole in the mall that serves breakfast  24 hours  a day.

As soon as we entered the restaurant,  I noticed  the  nice  interior design and  the ambiance that made  me feel very comfortable and relaxed.  I love the high ceiling  opposite the mezzanine floor  and I love  the smell of the restaurant.

They serve Omelet, Steak n Eggs,  Amaretto French Toast  and other  breakfast items.

Steak n Eggs is served hot.  Meat is tender  and sunny side up is  done  nicely.   I could tell it is yummy even before eating and the food  presentation  got  me  hungry  even if we just came from full  breakfast  meal.

If you are a first timer in a restaurant with a group,. try to order a different variety of food  and taste a bit of all  the food.  Check the embed Youtube  that I provided  below.  The  video with Carl Guevara at Borough says it  all.   Bagel is such a pleasure that Carl couldn’t stop eating.  Such a great food filled with yummy goodness!

Riker’s Island Breakfast, with baked beans mixed with bacon bits and sunny side up eggs  is a perfect cure for  hangover according to Chef Kaufman.   I think that it’s the runny yolk that makes the Riker’s Island more  appealing  with its   overloaded cheddar cheese topping.  Just perfect to start  a day!

Amaretto French Toast.    With Chef Cuit Kaufman,    Carl and  Tonipet  prepared  Amaretto French Toast.  The  bread was soaked in custard and toasted in butter with sliced banana,  topped with drooling amaretto caramel flambe.  The taste is heavenly.  Surprisingly,   Amaretto, by which I thought is a dessert,  is  listed as  main course in the chart menu.  The serving is so big  and could share for two or three depending on how big you could eat.     When I said yummy,   it’s  really  yummmmmy!   It is more of a  dessert for  me  and  is  perfect  with  hot coffee.

I will definitely  come back to try  their  cheesecakes and other sweets aside from this salivating  Amaretto French Toast.

Borough,  The Podium  price range between  P250 – 400  is  just  right  considering  that  I  could taste a bit of  New York’s  comfort food in our own  country.

Borough  is  a perfect place  for foodies who are craving for some food  even in the wee hours  of the morning  and yes.. any time of the day.  It is conveniently located inside The Podium but also  has separate  entrance  near the parking.

Borough  got  9/9,   perfect Pop score from  reviewers.


Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
San Joaquin St., Plainview

Mandaluyong City

According to Peter Juanchon,  Kanto Freestyle Marketing Manager,  the restaurant  opened two years ago  bringing in  western food  like pancake and  other  breakfast  item  but is priced lowered to carinderia level.    Since then it becomes phenomenal  that until the time of our  visit,    we could still see customers  lined  up  for their order.

We  ordered  the bestseller Pancake,   Beef  Tapa,  Champorado  and Eggs  Benedict.   We dined  in  from   7 to  8pm   and our  meals..  still..   yes..   BREAKFAST!

Kanto  Freestyle is very accessible to everyone.  The food presentation is quite impressive like you are dining at  fancy restaurant.


Tempting Pancake that even makes  me reach  the spoon in my own post!  This is just so inviting! Can you imagine this?  Meron nito sa KANTO!  Sarap talaga!


French Toast with Bacon and Eggs

For P60,  you ‘d   enjoy  Beef Tapa   while  Pancake for only  P90 which is  also  good for sharing.

If you are an  insta-addict, Kanto Freestyle is ka insta-instagram talaga  with  hashtag  from  Kuya Tonipet   #sabiksatsokolate  and if I may add  more  #babalikbalikan    #wowsakanto    which just fit  with  its hotel-like food presentation.   Definitely,   I will go back to try more of their  gourmet servings.

This is the typical carinderia style but in a higher level.  If you are planning to dine here, please check the Google map first  for your own convenience  and find the nearest  landmark so you won’t get lost.   But  if you are familiar in this area,  from San Joaquin St.,  you can just  hire a pedicab and ask the driver to bring you,   “sa Kanto lang po!”

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast got  9/9,   perfect score from Poptalk reviewers.

After I  watched and   reviewed  the video,  I told myself that I should just blog.    Honestly,  I had a lot more to say  during the review   but my mind thinks faster than my mouth could  speak , so  I   just  chose not to say more and  stopped.  Moreover, it  was my very first on cam and need a little more time to be at ease and  comfortable  for on  the spot review.

Let me end this post with a big THANKS   to  GMA News TV’s  POPTALK   for inviting me to be a guest reviewer in this particular episode.

Here’s the video that I embed from YOUTube of  Poptalk’s  24-Hour Breakfast last August 27. .

 

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Apple Mango

 

an apple with mango taste or a mango that looks like an apple in  appearance,  whatever..

We used to have an apple mango tree in front of our house when I was a kid. My father planted the tree and I guess he had a green thumb that even when the tree was very young, it  already bears a lot of fruit.   At that time,  it was always  noticed  by  neighborhood  and passers by because of its  fruit  with  pinkish and apple like  color.

We  love  the apple mango  tree but not the fruit.  We were not really interested to harvest  because we don’t like the taste at all. Yes, we eat, but it’s not our  favorite fruit,  as we  find it  dull   for  our taste bud.

It was just some years ago  when we decided to cut down the tree  as the old folks  said that it gave us bad luck  based from Feng Shui,  and  that  a sour tree is never  good planted  in  front of the house.  if only  I could  turn back the time,   I wouldn’t  have  let  them  cut  the tree.   Poor  tree, my  children would have enjoyed the fruit  and  the shade   would  have provided a cooler temperature   especially during  summer.

The taste of  apple mango  gives me a different taste like a medicinal herb.    I would always  prefer a  ripe carabao mango.  However when unripe, I liked it better as it isn’t  as sour as carabao.  I can eat  it without shrimp paste or salt.

A  few days ago,  I bought a kilo of  apple mango. Surprisingly,  I like the taste now.   Do  taste buds  change?  I guess, yes!   I find  it sweeter now just as much  as  carabao.