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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

SR Thai Cuisine's Chicken in Basil Leaves

S.R. Thai Cuisine is one restaurant near UST campus that I make it a point to dine in whenever I have the opportunity or when our itchy feet take us to the vicinity. The food are simple, authentic Thai dishes (owners are Thai immigrants) that are affordable to the budget-conscious students.

Nothing much has changed since we graduated in 1997. Except for the price on the menu, everything else is still the same. From the door, the dripping aircon, the fragile white tables and metal chairs, and the cashier/counter that looked very similar to my mom's vanity cabinet.

And because everything seems to be pretty much the same, I also stick to my order from 18 years ago. 

That's Chicken in Basil Leaves. I order this each visit even if I try other fares in their menu. The tender chicken fillet smothered with basil sauce and leaves remind me so much of my college days. It's like traveling back in time through a simple meal.

S.R. Thai Cuisine boasts of other specialty dishes like Seafood Friend Rice (my husband's favorite) and Sizzling Beef.  Actually, if you ask me, for the price of Php80 to Php110 all their dishes are recommendable.

S.R Thai Cuisine is located at 965 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Drink from the Cookie Mug in Marikina

We all love anything new and fancy, don't we? It's primarily why Filipinos quickly fall in love and in line for new restaurant franchises especially if from overseas. We're eager to say, "I have been there!" way before others could even plan going.

Having said that, it is in search for something new and fancy that I came about Cookie Mug. How about a mug you can drink from and eat after?

Cookie Mug is a small coffee and cake shop along Lilac Street in Concepcion, Marikina and from the name of the shop, one can tell what is the specialty. They serve cold milk, mocha, caramel milk or chocolate milk in a mug-shaped cookie called Cookie Shots.

Cookie Shots come in three sizes: Small (Php48 each), Medium (Php78 each) and Large (Php108 each).  Add from Php20 to Php60 pesos for the milk (or other milk variants) you will drink from the cookie mug.

Personally, the cookie shots taste fairly average although I was quite amazed the cookie doesn't crumble or turn soft even after pouring milk half a dozen times. My kids disagree with me, of course, as they devoured the cookie mug even before they were able to drink half their milk. Hence, I had to buy them additional cookie shots.

The cafe serves milk tea, specialty coffee and other cakes and pastries. It can get a bit crowded as the store itself can only sit about 10 people. Take out is an option although to have the best cookie mug experience, one must dine in. Opens at 1pm and closes by 11pm.

Cookie Mug
116 Lilac Street, 
SSS Village, Concepcion Dos
Marikina City
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