Birthday Lunch at Nono’s

We had lunch at Nono’s at The Podium last Saturday to celebrate our son’s 12th birthday. Owned by Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto of Classic Confections, Nono’s is a classy yet homey restaurant that offers modern comfort food.

Pork Belly Balsamic Adobo, Php455

As far as I know, I’ve only tried balsamic vinegar as bread dip, mixed with olive oil. That’s probably the reason why this dish fascinated me. I wanted to discover how it tastes like. Pork Belly Balsamic Adobo is basically pork belly marinated in balsamic vinegar and served with adobo rice. The pork belly chops are tender, and as expected has lots of fats, which I’ve mostly tried to avoid. Compared with the regular adobo cooked in white vinegar, balsamic vinegar is lightly sweet but more sour than white vinegar, but the tartness is pleasantly manageable. And oh, I loved the crispy-fried leeks on top of the pork belly! While I’m okay with this pork dish, I think my husband would have enjoyed this more since he’s the certified pork lover in the family.

Parmesan Crusted Sole with Tomato & Basil Spaghettini, Php525

Hubby’s Parmesan Crusted Sole with Tomato & Basil Spaghettini should have been mine. This is baked sole fillet with parmesan cheese, herbs and lemon, served with tomato and basil spaghettini. The fish was mildly seasoned with a crispy, outer crust. Hubby said the spaghettini was good, although I wasn’t able to try it, but I know for a fact that tomato and basil together go well together.

Fried Chicken Nibblers, Php245

The birthday celebrant settled for the Fried Chicken Nibblers, which is fried chicken fillet with fries, served with gravy and ketchup. He liked this very much! He said the chicken fillet was crispy outside and juicy and tasty inside. He also finished the fries rather quickly, and he said he was “bitin” because he wanted more chicken fillet and fries. I guess the serving wasn’t enough for a hungry 12-year-old.

Cookie Skillet a la Mode, Php195

For the Cookie Skillet a la Mode, diners have the choice of freshly baked brownie cookie or chocolate chip cookie, topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel. The birthday celebrant chose chocolate chip cookie. He said he found the combination of hot and chewy chocolate chip cookie and the cold ice cream to be quite delightful. It also wasn’t too sweet.

This was how our son’s birthday lunch went. We then headed to a shoe store to buy his birthday gift.

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12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong City
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Native Gourmet Filipino Artisan Delicacies: Practical Wedding Favors and Gifts

Hubby got these Native Gourmet Filipino Artisan Delicacies from a wedding he recently attended.

Gourmet Bangus in Corn Oil 8oz (Php195), Chili Garlic Oil 4oz (Php195), Rock Organic Philippine Sea Salt 80g (Php75)

I got excited upon seeing these products, especially the Gourmet Bangus in Corn Oil because I absolutely love bangus (milkfish). In fact, I already finished the entire bottle. Yay! My verdict: It’s rightly seasoned, not salty at all. And as you can see, the baby bangus used here is full and firm. You must try this!

One thing I really like about Native Gourmet is that they use organic ingredients in their products. Aside from that, their products have No preservatives, NO MSG and NO artificial flavoring.

Here’s a list of their gourmet offerings:
• Gourmet Bangus (Premium Corn Oil, Olive Oil, Adobo Flavor)
• Gourmet Alamang
• Gourmet Tuyo
• Gourmet Crab Roe “Taba ng Talangka” (Original Lemongrass or Spicy)
• Chili Garlic Oil
• Diablo Chili Paste
• Organic Sea Salts “fleur de sel”
• Toasted Garlic Flakes

I love giving and receiving practical gifts, and these Native Gourmet Filipino Artisan Delicacies definitely fit the bill.

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Awesome Buffet Deals at Cucina, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Foodies, rejoice! Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers guests a complete gastronomic adventure at its all-day dining restaurant Cucina. From now till the end of August 2018, you can enjoy sumptuous lunch and dinner buffet spread at Cucina for only Php 1,399.00. That’s quite a steal if you’d ask me, considering Cucina’s myriad showcase of flavors from all over the world.

Located at the Level 24 of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Cucina promises a wide array of delectable selections to satisfy even the most discerning palates. Start the week right with Build-Your-Own-Burger every Monday. Tuesdays are for fire-cooked specialties from Hot Off the Grill, while Wednesdays are for Make Your Own Pizza. Make the week more exciting with a fiesta of Tex-Mex comforts like tortilla wraps, enchiladas and roasted chili every Thursday. And cap off the week with the weekend stars featuring the Executive Chef’s Signature Dishes.

Cucina’s well-curated buffet spread — from the Seafood Station, Japanese, Asian Noodles and Pasta, Carving, Grilling, Indian, Filipino, to Cheeses and Cold Cuts, and Desserts Station accentuates classic and contemporary dishes to indulge in. Guests can also watch highly experienced chefs prepare dishes using the freshest ingredients with live action stations situated at each corner of the array.

For more information about Cucina, contact (632) 720 7777, visit or email: You can also visit or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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