Jun 22, 2011


My mama and I share the same cravings for roasted cashew so when I heard about the opening of a more accessible House of Cashew. I brought her there together with my other sisters.  With the purpose of simply checking the place if its worth a second visit, I came up with this review.

AMBIANCE. The 5-tabled place (4 inside + 1 outside), housing different cashew dishes got a homey feel to it. Best for a couple or a small group of four, the House of Cashew located in one of the spaces of the new ECA Building, made a wrong decision in furnishing their Showroom and Delicacy House with bulky hardwood tables. They should rethink of putting tables and chairs that would make a small space look bigger. They can put the bigger tables outside instead. Anyhow, the use of recycled and handcrafted menu board and other stuffs inside the resto is commendable.

FOOD. We came to the House of Cashew for what they became famous for - their FRESH LUMPIA. The grounded cashew as a substitute to peanut gave the dish an oomph. The taste is indeed better compared to the other available local fresh lumpia. They also have a generous serving that would make you consider the Fresh Lumpia as a complete and satisfying meal - good news for those who are on diet. I would highly recommend people to go and try the House of Cashew's FRESH LUMPIA.

A pasta lover in me also tried the House's Lasagna. The regular serving for the price of Ninety pesos can be shared by two. The crunchy texture of the cashew made it unique and worth trying. I find the lasagna too sweet for my taste though, maybe my taste buds was used of loads of cheese on my lasagna.

SERVICE. It is really good to note that if you dine at the House of Cashew you will surely be take good care of. The owners are really hands on in managing the place that you would really get a quality service from their staff. Orders usually arrive the customers table after three to five minutes from the time the waiter took your order.

If you wish to visit HOUSE OF CASHEW:Showroom and Delicacy House they are located at #5 ECA Food Arcade, ECA building, Dadiangas Heights, General Santos City.

Jun 8, 2011

Foodie Critic: PIZAHAN

From the name itself, it is pretty obvious that PIZZA is the main attraction of this joint. With Mamma Marias introducing thin crust and huge pizza in General Santos City, followed by the equally famous Calda Pizza (both were featured on my previous posts) another Pizza Salon is getting popular for the Pizza lovers Generals.

If you are looking for a romantic place for your date, this is not the place for you. Pizahan is designed for a family, friend or a group who simply wants to enjoy each others company over pizza. Since it is an open space with picnic tables over big umbrella, the best time to dine there is late afternoon till the evening. Pizahan is more spacious compared to its neighbor Calda Pizza which is also has an Open Space Setting. We were at first a constant customer of the latter until they became too famous that they can no longer handle the growing demand of their customers specially on weekends and after work. Then we discovered this other PIZZA Joint on the same BLOCK which is less crowded and busy.

Hesitant at first but when I got a taste of Pizahan, I know I found a new place to go in times of my pizza cravings. Like its neighbor, Pizahan is generous with its spices, cheese and other toppings. Plus, its is a bit cheaper compared to its competitors. They also give freebies for its valued customer. Right now you XXL (36Inches) Pizza comes with 2 Pitchers of Ice Tea for FREE and for you XL (31inches) one pitcher of ice Tea. Aside from Pizza, they also got pasta and chicken meals on their menu.

During my last visit, they got new Pizza Recipes on their menu, like Shawarma and Barbecue among others. We usually order Quatro Stagione so appease everyone in my family's cravings.

Another worth noted is that Pizahan is open till Dawn and they serve beer incase you do not know. So if you are tired of the noisy bars and prefers the cozy type of drinking Spree Pizahan offers that type of fun.

Pizahan is located beside Lea's Pension House along Champaca          Street, General Santos City.                                  

Jun 1, 2011

These are FEW of my FAVORITE things - KAKANIN

I remembered when I was a child, when our rented apartment is five minutes away from the public market, my mom used to go to the market early in the morning almost everyday and comes home with a pasalubong at hand - Kakanin most of the time. I missed eating freshly cooked kakanin. Carb and sugar Overload! That's what you'll get if you are fond of eating few of the best Filipino Kakanin!

What is/are your favorite kakanin? Here are some of my favorites.

Kakanin OverLoad

PALITAW. Made from glutinous rice covered with shredded coconut meat. What made it more delectable is the sugar that comes with it. You can sprinkle the sugar on your Palitaw or you roll the Palitaw on the sugar before putting it on your mouth, either way is fine. I prefer the latter though. Now I am salivating.

PUTO. Steamed rice cake, eaten as is or with butter and/or grated fresh coconut or as accompaniment to a number of savory dishes for breakfast. As a personal favorite, I love pairing it with DINUGUAN.

BIKO. Rice is the main ingredient for this delicacy. Sweetened Rice Cake you may call, you will often get a served of this during All Souls Day. 

MAJA BLANCA. Made from coconut milk, cornstarch, and sugar. Often called Coconut Pudding, this luscious dessert is easy to make and the ingredients are very common here in the Philippines. Maja Blanca becomes extra special if you add corn kernels and top it with cheese. Yum.yum.