#SDines: Toll House, the food I grew up with

Wander with S and taste a little bit of her childhood!

Serving Angeleños for 28 years and counting, Toll House is inarguably one of the reasons why Pampanga is dubbed as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. With its delicious family recipes and affordable prices, dining in Toll House is worth every cent.

Continue reading “#SDines: Toll House, the food I grew up with”

Pampanga Restaurant Tour 2016

Pampanga is considered as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines because of its “manyaman” cuisine and delicacies. A visit to the province is never complete if one didn’t eat the flavorful dishes the place has to offer.

I am a proud Kapampangan and so are my co-bloggers from Pampanga Bloggers’ Society thus a Pampanga Restaurant Tour was organized to showcase the abundance of the province’s culture.


To give you and overview, here’s what happened last July 30 & 31.


Day 1, first stop: Nayong Pilipino sa Clark where the Philippine Culture is showcased. Masayang maging Pinoy!


Next stop: Abe’s Farm. Located in Brgy. Ayala, Magalang, this restaurant serves Kapampangan dishes in the middle of a lush setting.


Last stop: Toll House. This place is close to my heart because I grew up eating here with my family.


Day 2 also promises a day full of good food and started it at Cafe Noelle in SM Clark. Its nice interiors, friendly staff, and superb food makes dining here a no-brainer.


Next is Cafe Fleur. An old house turned restaurant offers Kapampangan food with a twist by Chef Sau.


And last but not the least, Apag Marangle in Marquee. This restaurant offers authentic Kapampangan dishes.

It was a fun two-day event where not only our stomachs got full but also our hearts because of the relationship we made with our co-bloggers and with the establishments’ owners as well.

My personal reviews on every one of these soon!




#SDines: Gerry’s Plus Balibago

Last Dec. 14, Gerry Plus Balibago opened its doors to the public with a bang!

Having been in the food industry for more than 18 years already, serving everyone the most delicious Filipino food, the Gerry’s Plus that’s situated along Mc Arthur Highway in Balibago Angeles City has now become a great addition to the growing family of Gerry’s Grill food chain. It is the first branch outside Metro Manila and only second in the country.

Why ‘Plus’, you say? That is because aside from the fact that it is located away from their usual set up, which is the mall setting, Gerry’s Plus caters more food on the menu compared to Gerry’s Grill restaurants. The wider food selection, which is still cohesive, gives us diners a lot more options at any given occasion. It takes the Filipino dining experience to a new level with its more hip, and casual ambiance–with new dishes that have started to become cult favorites: Prime Beef Kaldereta, Oriental Liempo, Salpicao, Pork Spareribs, Lava Cake and Choco Chip ala Mode, among others. Gerry’s Plus Balibago is also the first Gerry’s to serve wood fired brick oven pizza.

But wait, we are not only talking about one brand here but two more brand concepts Gerry’s brought to Kapampangans. These are Ramen Sora and Yakitori Binchotan that have already built a solid following. They were both straight from Japan’s food capital, Sapporo.

Ramen Sora, a 5-star tripadvisor.com-rated restaurant, uses traditional methods of preparing ramen. Its Miso base goes with only the best and the freshest ingredients.

Whilst Yakitori Binchotan uses Binchotan, which is a special kind of charcoal found only in Japan, to bring out the taste of Yakitori.

Gerry’s has partnered with popular Japanese chefs Yoshinari Ichise, Tomio Takada, and Norio Suzuki, who have succesfully expanded their restaurant chains in Japan and US, and now in the Philippines.


It was a priviledge for me to be invited on Gerry’s Plus opening last December 14. Press and important people alike witnessed the blessing of the restaurant and the ribbon cutting followed by a great fireworks display.

Sir Red of Gerry’s Plus was so accommodating and Sir Francis from Marketing, took time to talk to us everything about the resataurant.

Pork Gyoza

Oreo Plus +++

Liquid Mocha

United Colors Tequila


Crispy Vegetable Pockets


The man behind the sucess of Gerry’s, Mr. Gerry Apolinario himself. 

“There’s more to enjoy with Gerry’s new restaurant concepts. Being the countrys food capital, Pampanga definitely deserves to have these three reatuarants,” says Gerry Apoinario, CEO and President of Gerry’s Restaurant and Bar.

Congratulations Gerry’s Plus, Ramen Sora and Yakitori Binchotan on your successful Grand Opening! Gerry’s wil surely capture even more Kapampangans’ hearts!

‘Til the next dining,


S Dines: BIF’s Smoke & Grill

Opened last May 2014, BIF’s Smoke & Grill had since been serving burgers, steaks, ribs, sandwiches, and fries to Kapampangans. It’s situated in one of the stalls of the long stretch of restaurants in Nepo Quad. The restaurant is owned by three guys who love American food.


Continue reading “S Dines: BIF’s Smoke & Grill”