Southern Manila Foodtripping: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

Outside Mama Lou's

It was a warm Friday afternoon, specifically on a Good Friday, and we’re craving for decent food. We decided to head out to Southern Manila (Paranaque) to dine at Mama Lou’s. This was highly recommended by some of my Southern friends and so we decided to dig in. Mama Lou’s is located at Tropical Avenue in BF Las Pinas.

Mama Lou’s is originally a house converted into a restaurant which is why the place feels very homey. We were told that the place is usually packed with customers on a normal day so good thing that we went there on a Good Friday. We didn’t have to wait long! Continue reading “Southern Manila Foodtripping: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen”

Tuscano Italian Wood Oven Pizza

Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Risotto Ball at Tuscano Italian Wood Oven Pizza & Restaurant

Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Risotto Ball

Pizza, pasta and more. No, this restaurant is not a fast food chain. I got the chance to eat at Tuscano Italian Wood Oven Pizza restaurant last June through an invitation of their PR. To be honest, I was quite hesitant because I was thinking it might be another Italianni’s. Good thing it’s not.

The restaurant opened in Dec 2011 and located near the Burgos Circle at the Bonifacio Global City.

We tried a lot of food (food tastings like these really serve lots of food!) but I guess I will highlight my favorite ones here.

For appetizers, the Wild Mushroom and Mozzarella Risotto Ball is a must-try. The risotto balls are nested in fresh tomato sauce. So good! If you’re a salad lover, try the Tuscano Salad. Its dressed with balsamic vinegar and have apple slices coated with cinnamon powder. If you like cottage cheese, try the Caprese salad. Continue reading “Tuscano Italian Wood Oven Pizza”

Robinson’s Galleria – The Veranda Food Trip Part 1

Outside Papa John's

Thanks to Robinson’s Galleria for inviting us over to a food tour of the restaurants in The Veranda. Our first stop was Papa John’s where we were able to sample their thin-crust and hand-tossed pizzas. Continue reading “Robinson’s Galleria – The Veranda Food Trip Part 1”

Regional Italian Dishes at La Piadina

Il Pollo Saltato al Balsamico con Basilico at La Piadina
Il Pollo Saltato al Balsamico con Basilico (from Romagna Region, 350 pesos)

If you’ve been to Glorietta Food Choices, you probably have encountered La Piadina. Just a few months ago, La Piadina opened a restaurant which is quite different from the one that you’ve seen in Glorietta Food Choices. The restaurant offers regional Italian dishes. Continue reading “Regional Italian Dishes at La Piadina”

Goodles – Pasta on the Go!


In my personal belief, pasta dishes have already absorbed the Filipino palette. Most restaurants (and also fast food chains) have pastas in their menu; from the basic spaghetti with tomato sauce up to the most complicated ones. From my observation, it has become a substitute to cooked rice. Pastas are easy to eat and can already be considered a meal on its own.

At this day and age, people are always on the go. The catch is that, most of the time, fast foods are not healthy. Usually burgers, fried or processed foods come to mind when we think of fast foods. Pastas were considered to be unhealthy foods but actually, it can be healthy and not be all about carbohydrates. Goodles, located in Robinsons Galleria, wanted to create healthy pasta dishes that can be cooked and eaten immediately. Franny of invited us and other bloggers to experience Goodles, the newest pasta-to-go place in town. Continue reading “Goodles – Pasta on the Go!”

Creamed Tuna and Mushroom Pasta


Christmas dinner with my mom is done and now I have the time to blog about the simple dishes I cooked for tonight. Since it’s just the 3 of us at home, we decided to cook only 2 simple recipes for us to enjoy. It’s been a tradition that my mom and I cook during the holidays because these are some of the special times that we’re together.

The first dish we cooked is Creamed Tuna and Mushroom Pasta. I got this recipe from Yummy Magazine, September 2009 issue. What I like about the recipes featured in Yummy Magazine is that they have a wide range of recipes to choose from. From the simplest recipe to the hardest one. So here goes… Continue reading “Creamed Tuna and Mushroom Pasta”