Healthy ingredients for healthy dishes at Clean Plate Restaurant

Clean Plate is one of the newest additions to the food haven that is the UP Town Center in Quezon City, Philippines. What differentiates it from the other restaurants in this joint is that Clean Plate is a green restaurant that serves sustainable and healthy dishes. Ingredients are chemical-free and fresh. And portions are big enough for one person so you can really literally have a clean plate when you finish your food.

Your dining experience is also made fun and exciting with this grass-topped dining table. So far, Clean Plate is the only restaurant I’ve seen with this kind of furniture. You really feel the fresh vibe of this restaurant with something as cool as this.

Clean Plate restaurant in UP Town Center has this unique grass-topped dining table that makes eating fun.  In this pic are eggplant parmigiana and a yummy fried chicken dish.

Clean Plate restaurant in UP Town Center has this unique grass-topped dining table that makes eating fun.
In this pic are free-range chicken and eggplant parmigiana and free-range chicken wings.

Food tends to be on the pricey side, which the restaurant tries to justify by making you do the math with the health benefits of buying chemical-free and natural ingredients versus contacting cancer or some other disease by buying commercially manufactured and mass-produced food.

Honey beef belly roast that's so tender and tasty.  The beef is grass-fed. The sauce is made with coco-honey reduction. One of my favorites!

Honey beef belly roast that’s so tender and tasty.  The beef is grass-fed. The sauce is made with coco-honey reduction. Be sure to pour this sauce generously over the beef before eating for maximum taste. One of my favorites!

Ragu, a light but filling pasta dish made from organic wheat pasta, grass-fed ground beef, pomodoro, and goat's milk cream. A must-try!

Ragu, a light but filling pasta dish made from organic wheat pasta, grass-fed ground beef, pomodoro, and goat’s milk cream. A must-try!

You know what, I forgot what this dish is called. But I fondly recall it as a  delicious twist to our usual paella.  The rice is moist and tasty like paella (or is it risotto?) so I know that it was carefully cooked. The chicken is fried to perfection and compliments the rice-based dish well.

You know what, I forgot what this dish is called. But I fondly recall it as a delicious twist to our usual paella. The rice is moist and tasty like paella (or is it risotto?) so I know that it was carefully cooked. The chicken is fried to perfection and compliments the rice-based dish well.

Pro-biotic chicken tocino, which basically means that this chicken was raised the healthy way. And then here's another pasta dish called Al Negra, which is organic wheat pasta generously topped with baby squid. Light, healthy, and yummy!

Pro-biotic chicken tocino, which basically means that this chicken was raised the healthy way. And then here’s another pasta dish called Al Negra, which is organic wheat pasta generously topped with baby squid. Light, healthy, and yummy!

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Enchanted Burger @ Enchanted Farm Cafe

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Here’s a delicious routine after stocking up on your Human Nature beauty essentials. Just a floor above the Human Nature flagship store along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City (Philippines) is Enchanted Farm Cafe, a social enterprise selling healthy salads, burgers, and desserts straight from (you guessed it right) Enchanted Farm.

I tried the Enchanted Burger, a yummy compromise between my love for meat and my brain’s nagging to eat more veggies. It is made from 20 percent meat and 80 percent veggies, so it is, of course, a guilt-free meal. It is also loaded with other fresh veggies like cucumbers and greens. All of this cafe’s burgers are served with side salad and sweet potato fries. So I suppose this will fill up our fiber needs for the day.

The salad was super fresh and the dressing had a sweet, tangy taste which i loved. While I’m not really a fan of sweet potato fries, the tartare-like dipping sauce made it a delight to eat. 

Next time I drop by the area, I will their pastas, salads, and desserts (sabanoffee pie, in particular!).

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Yummy Seabass Set at Be Organic Restaurant in Bangkok

Yummy Seabass Set at Be Organic Restaurant in Bangkok

Gave myself a yummy organic treat at Be Organic restaurant in Bangkok last Sunday. I’ve been wanting to sample some dishes from this restaurant by Lemon Farm and I finally had my chance after church. Too hungry to choose, I picked the seabass set (250 baht) which includes the seabass plate with brown rice and veggie sides, veggie salad, soup of the day, and bancha (tea).

I loved the tangy sauce that the seabass came with. Staff were nice and they served my food with a smile.

There’s also a mini grocery shop beside the restaurant, selling organic veggies and other health foods. Beauty products are also here. It’s a one-stop shop for almost all of your organic needs!

Be Organic is located at the first floor of Portico Building. Take BTS Chitlom exit 4. Walk along Soi Langsuan for a bit until you see Portico on your left. You can’t miss it!

Happy eating!

Spicy Ginger Ice Cream at Bohol Bee Farm! Yum!

Total number of times I’ve been to Bohol in my lifetime: 4

Total number of places I look forward to visiting whenever I’m there: 5

  • Loboc River Cruise
  • Chocolate Hills
  • That tarsier place
  • Alona Beach
  • Bohol Bee Farm

Most favorite place in Bohol: Bohol Bee Farm

Why?

  • Organic products such as honey, corn coffee, and herbal tea
  • Organic food such as salads and yummy muffins
  • Beautiful seaside house that has been my benchmark for beach living since the first time I saw it
  • Spicy ginger ice cream!

As soon as we set foot at Bohol Bee Farm a few days ago, I made a beeline for the ice cream store that sells the yummiest spicy ginger ice cream in the planet. I haven’t tasted the other flavors yet (malunggay, ube, etc) but I’ve already decided that the spicy ginger ice cream is my favorite. The cone, too, made from cassava, is the yummiest ice cream cone around. It’s way better than the usual wafer cone for its semi-softness and just-right sweetness. For Php50, you’ll get the ultimate summer bliss.

Also try their halo-halo. For just Php90, you’ll get a big cup of this summer favorite. Bohol Bee Farm’s version is generously packed with fresh fruits and a scoop of their yummy ice cream on top! No wonder this place tops my list of Bohol tourist spots to troop to!

Shopping Fatigue

So…the ukay-ukay store near where I work, which I visit frequently, now sells their stuff for 3-for-100 (that’s any 3 pieces of clothing for PHP 100). But I didn’t go this week. I seem to be experiencing some sort of “shopping fatigue” over the Christmas season. Opening my wallet thus seems like a chore these days. Even paying for lunch at the cafeteria seems like a tiring thing. I hope I’ll get over this soon.

P.S. My situation doesn’t seem to be the widely-accepted definition of shopping fatigue, when I googled it on the internet. But that’s what I’d like to call what I’m feeling, parallel to what generous donors feel with “donor fatigue”.

 

Organic Geek in Puerto Princesa Part 2: Ka Lui!

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It’s great to be back! The first time I went to Ka Lui with my friend Ria, I didn’t have any idea how famous this restaurant is, until I saw it reviewed in a major newspaper months after dining there. But still, I enjoyed the place and I promised to be back for the pinacolada and all the great food!

This time around, I was with my brother. We ordered the seafood special for the night and we loved it! And it was only Php 400—good for two persons! There was soup, appetizer, seafood like prawns, tanigue and squid, rice, and a complimentary (coconut) bowl of fresh fruits in season. My brother ordered an additional plate of kilawin because it’s his (our) favorite.

At first, I dutifully took photos but I soon forgot to snap away. All the food streaming on to our table made me forget!

But here’s what I managed to take, aside from the pinacolada photo above:

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Clear soup. Very tasty and served hot!

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Fresh seaweed. A bit salty on its own. Wakes you up with an added zing when you squeeze in the calamansi.

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Kilawin tanigue. It’s the best kilawin I ever tasted in my entire life! I thought the best was the kilawin at Bethel Hotel in Dumaguete, but it turns out it’s only second best. Ka Lui’s tops ’em all! It’s very vinegar-y, very spicy and very tasty!