Arroz Ecija in Greenhills, San Juan

It was October last year when we chanced upon Arroz Ecija in Greenhills. While our 11-year-old son liked to go somewhere else for lunch, he had no choice but to come with us because it was already late, we were quite famished already and we didn’t have the energy to walk any longer. We just wanted to eat, period!

Our uber late lunch consisted of the 72-Hour Bagnet and Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa con Alimasag. For dessert, we had Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel, Malaubeng Panaginip and Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème.

72-Hour Bagnet (1/2 slab), Php490

This 72-Hour Bagnet was highly recommended to us by the waitstaff when we asked what food we should try at Arroz Ecija. A laminated food poster hanging on the wall of the restaurant gave us a clear idea of what to expect when you order this popular house specialty: crunchy crackling with succulent layered meat and fat that’s packed with natural pork flavor and slightly salted. Well, they kept true to their promise because that’s exactly what we got. All three of us loved it!

Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa con Alimasag, Php245

Kalabasa con Alimasag was the perfect complement to the 72-Hour Bagnet. It’s squash and string beans with crab meat in coconut milk. Now I’m not really fond of squash but I ate everything from this platter with gusto. The sauce is creamy and well-seasoned, and the combined flavors of the local veggies and crab meat was pure bliss.

Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel, Php65

Soft, chewy and sweet with a hint of salty is how I would describe this slice of Cassava Cake with Salted Caramel.

Malaubeng Panaginip, Php75

Malaubeng Panaginip, nice name! This ube leche flan, according to hubby, was fine. He didn’t elaborate on his comment, though. Lol!

Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème, Php155

This Hot Homemade Ube Cookie con Queso Ice Crème with cashew nuts is another sweet treat fancied by our young man who’s both a cookie lover and cheese lover. He enjoyed it but didn’t finish all of it. The serving was actually big because it’s meant for sharing. The solution? Hubby and I ate what’s left.

Arroz Ecija
Ground Floor
Connecticut Carpark Arcade
Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan City

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Tempting Signature Chocolates at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Marco Polo’s signature chocolate treats will surely satisfy your sweet cravings. These scrumptious delights from the Chocolate Tinsel Town are simply irresistible!

Try Marco Polo’s Silk Road Iced Coffee. Created from overnight-infused coffee flavored with cinnamon syrup and milk, this enticing sweet treat consists of a blended iced frappuccino poured into a swirled, chocolate-glazed glass, symbolyzing the roads well-travelled of the Silk Road. Topped with marshmallow, burnt gold-peaked meringues are flambé-finished by blow torch, emanating the sun-glinting mountains along the legendary route. The infused frappuccino combined with the crunchy cinnamon s’mores brings perfection to every sip.

The hotel’s signature cake, the Chocolate Haven, is also a dessert you’ll love on the first bite! It has three textures of succulent dark chocolate flavors that melt in your mouth: Dark Chocolate Sponge, Dark Chocolate Mousse and Dark Chocolate Glaze. Enjoy a slice or whole of a special layer of crème brulee that complements the bitter taste of chocolate.

Café Pronto is located at the Ground Floor level of the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award winner Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. To know more about the hotel, visit Follow the Hotel in Facebook at or @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Bag of Beans, Tagaytay

Another Instagram-worthy place that we’ve recently visited is Bag of Beans in Tagaytay.

It’s our first time in this restaurant, and I must admit, I’m smitten!

The place is spacious, warmly lit and cozy.

By the time we arrived at Bag of Beans, all three of us were already famished, so we greatly appreciated the complimentary bread and butter was we wait for our orders.

Complimentary bread and butter

The freshly baked bread was soft and warm, so perfect with that lightly seasoned butter. It was so good that we actually asked for extra bread. Lol!

Chicken Strips, Php310

Our 11-year-old son personally picked Chicken Strips from the menu for his dinner. I’m not sure if the dip that went with his chicken strips was tartar sauce or aioli, but Justin wouldn’t have any of it. He asked for ketchup instead for both his soft chicken fillet and crispy French fries. He’s okay with his order, though his buttered veggies remained untouched.

Tuna Belly, Php370

My Tuna Belly was grilled just right, still succulent with that rich smoky flavor. I would have wanted it drizzled with some lemony and garlicky sauce, though, instead of the mayo-based dip that it was served with.

Baby Back Ribs, Php475

Hubby’s Baby Back Ribs might not be the best he’s had but it was tender enough and tasted good enough for him, so all was well.

Blueberry Cheesecake, Php160 per slice

Smooth and creamy with generous blueberry toppings, this Blueberry Cheesecake was equally enjoyed by father and son.

We want to go back here really soon!

Bag of Beans Café and Restaurant Inc.
115 Aguinaldo Highway
Mendez Crossing West
Tagaytay City, Cavite
Tel No.: 046-4134356/046-4132724/046-4130026

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