TGIT – Thank God it’s Tramway

Ate Dot celebrated her birthday last July 2 and so a day before her BIG day, she invited us for an all new eat-all-you-can experience in Tramway, Timog Ave. Quezon City.  The good part is it’s her treat but the best part is yet to come. 🙂

An affordable buffet restaurant

Come in!

Tramway offers whole day buffet meals (check their site for schedules) and serves Chinese, Japanese and Filipino dishes but with separate time-durations.  There’s lunch and dinner, I just didn’t ask if there’s breakfast.  There will be two batches for the dinner buffet.  First is at 6PM-8PM, second is at 8PM-10PM.  We’ll have the first batch.  Does that mean that we have to finish eating before 8PM and leave on the dot? Answer is Yes. But according to one personnel, they don’t force the people to go out.  Good thing about it is they inform all the guests beforehand of the policy. Setting of expectations is an SOP. 🙂

I arrived as early as 5:20PM.  Thanks to my assumption that traffic going to MRT Ortigas Station from our office will be heavy and train going to Kamuning Station will be jampacked, I came in 40 minutes early.  But it’s not as bad as I thought.  As a matter of fact, I was able to take advantage of it because they opened at 5:30PM and the buffet table was ready.  I just waited for my sisters to arrive and secure a table for the four us.  A few minutes later, it’s CHOW TIME! 🙂

The interior

Reservations can be made

It would be helpful to make prior reservations especially during weekends.

And there's a lot of people already.. and it's only 5:40PM 😛

I should’ve prepared my camera minutes before people invaded the buffet table so that I got better shots of the food served.  I can’t blame them. We’re all hungry. lol

The Buffet haven

Sweet and Sour Pork + Yang Chow Rice

Sweet and Sour Pork is juicy and a little sweet.  I didn’t notice the “sour” part. 🙂

Chopsuey + Pansit

I am a fan of mixed vegetables because the mixture brings a better-tasting (not to mention, healthy) flavor.

Honey Glazed Ham? + Mapo Tofu

The ham is soft and the juiciness undoubtedly add enjoyment to your digging..

Steamed Fish

The belly part is…. delizioso.. 🙂 It’s sauce has a good mixture of salty and sweet ingredients.

Shanghai Rolls + Fried Chicken

Not quite sure if it really is Shanghai Rolls but I think it’s just wrapped with one. And oh,  Max’s offers unlimited fried chicken (which is until July 10 only), right? In Tramway, I can have it even beyond July 10. 🙂

Spiced Clams

To balance the heavy meal, they also serve this one of a kind dish. A treat to seafood lovers.

Maki galore

So that your mouth won’t get satiated with the common foods around, they placed a variety of Maki to fill up those hungry tummies.

Cream Puffs

Fried Wanton

After plunging ourselves to the main course, how about a dose of neautralizers for a healthy digestion? 🙂

Fruits and Veggies table

If you’re thinking about going back for a refill, worry not.  Though it looks like there’s a lot of people lining up, you can get as much food as you want.  Servers do not let the buffet table be empty with food.  They are always on the look out and make sure that the servings are more than enough.

Reminders...

Just like in any other buffet or eat-all-you-can restaurants, make sure to consume all the food you get.  Mind you, it’s EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN.. 🙂

The experience is great especially when shared with your family and loved ones.  For only 205Php (adult) and 138Php (kids), you can surely satisfy your bellies with good-tasting food.  Very much affordable, isn’t it? I just hope on the next visit, I would see cake slices of various kinds on the desserts’ table.  🙂

Some tips:

– Make sure to be ahead of the time to secure a table.  Though buffet dinner starts at 6PM, they allow people to get in as early as 5:30PM.

– If you’re going out in a big group, make reservations ahead of time.  They ask for 70% deposit.

– Check the buffet schedules so that no inconveniences will be encountered along the way.  They only accept CASH and has NO SERVICE CHARGE.

For more info, visit their site here.

 

Djokovic wins Wimbledon 2011

Defending champ Rafael Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the recent Wimbledon 2011 Men’s Final.  The Serb took advantage of the game, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 winning most of the sets’ break points.

Djokovic kisses his Wimbledon trophy

This is Novak’s first Wimbledon title. 

“It is the best day of my life,” Djokovic said. “This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning. I think I am still sleeping, still dreaming. When you’re playing the best player in the world … I had to be on top of my game. I played probably my best match on grass courts ever.” According to the new World No. 1 seed.

For me, it’s one of the few games that Nadal wasn’t in good shape producing several unforced errors.  Djokovic advanced with the first two sets but Rafa came back to claim the third.  On the fourth set, Novak continued to dominate the grass court winning the last set at 6-3.

Честитамо Ђоковић!! (Congratulations Djokovic!)

 

Smoking.. Banned!

Starting today, June 27, 2011, smoking will be banned to public places and other specified areas to support the campaign to make Metro Manila 100% smoke-free.

For those who are unfamiliar with the ordinance, posted below is Section 5 of Republic Act 9211:

    *      Centers of youth activity such as playschools, preparatory schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities, youth hostels, and recreational facilities for persons under eighteen (18) years old;
    *      Elevator and stairwells;
    *      Location in which fire hazards are present, including gas stations and storage areas for flammable liquids, gas, explosives or combustible materials;
    *      Within the buildings and premises of public and private hospitals. Medical, dental, and optical clinics, health centers, nursing homes, dispensaries and laboratories;
    *      Public conveyance and public facilities including airport and ship terminals and train and bus stations, restaurant and conference halls, except for separate smoking areas; and
    *      Food preparation areas.

hmmmm bakit wala sa loob ng mga public vehicles like jeepneys and non-aircon buses? mga drivers pa naman ang malakas mag-yosi..

And B-T-W.. Starbucks supports this campaign.

Smoke-free on your coffee

Photo credit:  http://everythinginbudget.blogspot.com

Some avid Starbucks-goers are against it.  Some even sent fillers that they’ll boycott the store.

I know this will draw a lot of mixed reactions.  For the benefit of the common good (good health that is) I think it should be strictly implemented.  We’re all aware of what smoking could bring to people (re: health concerns), right?.  At least for once we should have discipline and obey a certain rule of our law.

Please be guided accordingly.  I wrote this as a reminder to my friends and others out there who aren’t still aware of this.  Mahuli kayo bigla, hindi nyo pa alam.. 🙂 Iba ang may alam.. (pahiram GMA NEWS TV..)

And yes, I am a non-smoker.. I’ve seen the damage it could bring so I decided to be against it.

P.S. ..against smoking.. not the smokers.. 🙂

 

Happy Father’s Day!

This time it’s for real.  It’s Father’s Day and oh, I’d like to greet all the fathers out there but the most special greeting goes out to my father, Jack.

Ka Jack or Ka Ito

Photographer ka rin pala 'Tay? 🙂

I won’t be able to give him a big hug tomorrow because he’s on the other side of the world. Yep, he’s in New Jersey, USA together with my Nanay and my Ate Tina’s family.  If my VISA was approved, I’d be able to celebrate Father’s day with them.  This time, we’ll still celebrate it but through the magic brought by technology in which we call “Yahoo Messenger”. 😛

It took miles between us for me to realize how I badly miss his presence. 😦 Though we haven’t really shared much and didn’t have very often father-and-son bonding, I miss him.  But I know he’s having a great time as he enjoys his retirement – away from the stress here.

Thank you ‘Tay for everything….
From Antipolo, with so much love from us.. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Dad’s Day!

Nope, not yet.  Father’s day is a little far from today. 🙂

I’m talking about DAD’s  – located in SM Megamall where we had our EAT-ALL-YOU-CAN Merienda.

Disclaimer:  I didn’t have my SLR camera with me (tsk! I know.. ) but in situations like this, I can always rely on my camera phone. My 5800 baby.. 😛

Kain Ta!

Merienda time starts at 3pm ’til 5pm and for only 169Php per head, I bet those anacondas in your bellies will be surely satisfied.

Now what’s on the buffet table.  Take a look.

Meet the eat-all-you-can gang.. L-R: Jodelyn, Stayz and Eric. Irman's left at the table. He'll take his turn once we get back.

We arrived a few minutes before 3PM.  There were no long lines yet so we’re lucky enough to pick every food that entices us – or better yet just get all of ’em. 🙂

Okoy and Okoy with Lugaw on the side

Jodie got two plates on her hands and she just gets a few each kind. Tutal naman eh maghahati hati rin kami paglanding nyang mga yan sa table. 😛 But I didn’t eat any of it. Di lang ako mahilig sa okoy.. hehe

Tokwa't Baboy and Pansit Bihon

A few serving on the plate again. Lagay lang ng lagay, excited eh.. hehe

In Tagalog: BIko - a kind of sweetened Rice Cake

This is one of my favorites since I was a kid.  This is always present whenever we have an occasion to celebrate in my Inang’s house. Got two pieces. Mabigat sa tiyan to eh. 😛

Turon - Banana Fritter

An all-time favorite Pinoy merienda.  I just had a few bites because I enjoyed eating spaghetti – a lot!

Kamote Cue

Sugar-coated sweet potato! – oha.. 😛 lol

Palitaw - Rice Dumpling

Another heavy for the stomach (mabigat sa tiyan!) lol 😛

Puto - Pinoy Rice Muffin

While I am writing this post, I realize that it also nourishes my brain. Why? It’s because I am learning the english terms for all of these.. 🙂 Instant English 101! BTW, I just had a single bite of it.  Walang lasa para sa akin..

Paansit Palabok & Dinuguan

Sumarap na ang Puto.. hehe 😛 Ayan na ang kapartner eh.. 😛

Lumpiang Ubod at Bilo-bilo

Fresh Spring Rolls and Rice balls! – oha! again.. 😛

Spaghetti and Carbonara

What’s the Tagalog term? hehe.. Though, not an original Pinoy food, it has been a part of a Pinoy merienda (snack).  Especially when it’s sold at the side streets.

I didn’t notice that it’s Carbonara at first glimpse.  Akala ko buko salad.. 🙂

I had a lot of serving of that spaghetti that made my tummy full already.  It was so sweet and juicy that I enjoyed it very much. This is the very reason why I only had a few bites of camote cue and turon.  This is where the gang gets in the picture.. hehe They helped me consume what I still have on my plate (I know sharing is not allowed… shhhhhh! :P) What are friends “ARE” for?..  lol 😛

Tacos

I had four. That proves that it tastes so good. 🙂

Shawarma

I thought it was burrito (tsk!) but apparently it’s not.  Could’ve been more delicious if served a little hot.

Burgers!

What’s a buffet merienda if you won’t have Burgers! But I didn’t. Blame it to McDonalds near our office. Almost everyday, a burger day 😛

Flavored French Fries

Same with the burgers.. it’s an almost everyday thing for me.. 😛

Unknown type of Cake

It’s a chocolate cake but I don’t know exactly.  It tastes good according to Jodi.

Siopao

I decided not to get one because I fixed my eyes on the one beside it.

Here it is.

Fried Siomao

With a steamed version just beside it as well.  Both have an addicting taste that’s why a plate of 6 each won’t be enough.  I’m talking about the plate on my left hand.  My right’s still empty.. 😛

Mami in Dad's

Cream Puffs

The culprit of the senseless conversation! 😛 I’ll keep it to ourselves.  One thing’s for sure, hindi sya egg pie at hindi sya bavarian!.. 😛 Right, Jodi and Eric? hehe

Plate number 1

No drinking of water.

Plate Number 2

Sip.. Sip.. baka mabusog agad eh..

Plate Number 3

Don’t worry the plates aren’t that big. It just looks big in the picture. 🙂

Plate number 4

This is the plate on my right hand.. 😛

I'm on a diet.. 😛

If eating in an eat-all-you can restaurant, the first rule is of course making sure that you’re stomach has all the space available.  As an unsolicited advice, just also make sure to only get those that you want to eat.  Quality goes first before quantity.  If you want to try something else, just get a few then just go back if you’d like the taste.

169Php for a buffet snack was indeed a very good deal.

P.S.  I find it fun to discover all their English terms.  However, I really don’t have to translate all of them.  Besides, they’re all Pinoy food.  What’s wrong if I call them as they are? 😛