It’s the saltiness of the bacon that makes it work. If you think about it, salt and chocolate have been a great combination for years. Chocolate with salted caramel, chocolate-dipped pretzels and chocolate croissants all have some sort of hint of saltiness in them. Even chocolate milks are often mixed with salt (remember that Modern Family episode??).
So, if you think that Vosges’ Mo’s Milk Bar is too weird for you, think again! Remember, it’s just chocolate…. and bacon…. mixed together.
Madge Cafe is easily one of my most favourite places in the entire city. As I’ve mentioned before, Madge is easily the oldest kapihan in Iloilo, having been in business for around 70 years. I know they’re called Madge Cafe, but using the word ‘cafe’ suggests an air of fanciness, which is definitely not Madge. I love that when you come here, you go back to basics - there are no frills, no whipped cream, no grossly expensive tiny cakes with silly names, no slightly burnt gourmet sandwiches from the microwave; just coffee. Good coffee.
They give you a nondescript mug, and your only choices are hot black coffee (P20), hot coffee with milk (P22) and iced coffee with milk (P30), and the coffee is their own brew.
I’ve spent several hours at Madge, with different groups of people, and each visit was memorable. I especially loved my mini reunions with high school friends that I don’t see enough of, in which we realise how much or how little we have grown up. For one, we gossiped less and actually debated about world economy and sustainable energy and whatnot.
Madge can be found in the bowels of Lapaz Public Market, and you can’t get any seedier than that. Like, seriously, if at one point a rat had shown up I wouldn’t have been surprised. Plus, you get all the general pungent smells of a market, and all its noise, too. Also, street kids abound, who won’t leave you alone until either you’ve given them money or you’ve sufficiently convinced them that you have no money to spare (which never happens).
But, honestly, all that is worth it for a cup of Madge coffee.
This is the best fast food burger place I have ever been to since Brgr.
This place is actually owned by the famous chef Bobby Flay, hence the name. Chef Flay is known for his American/Southern food, which are served in many restaurants throughout the United States. This place apparently serves Chef Flay’s top 10 signature burgers, which are, I guarantee, GOOD.
Due to my obsession with blue cheese, I essentially ordered the Bobby Blue Burger, which has (other than blue cheese) bacon, lettuce, tomato and, of course, the beef patty. For the drink, I had the vanilla bean milkshake. I also ordered onion rings to share with my beloved friend, Heera, who introduced me to this place. As you can see, the onions are OBESE. Pictures are below:
Even though the burger looks kind of small, it is actually very filling. I could barely finish 2/3 of it.
Overall, this is a nice place to get lunch, especially if you skipped breakfast. Definitely try it out if you are in the area.
HELLO KIDS. So last week I went to the infamous Ms. G’s in Potts Point with a friend of mine who’s actually Chef Dan Hong’s sister in law (how cool is that? WE GOT FREEBIES!) Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try this place out since last semester, but didn’t have the chance to do so til just recently. Anyhoo, ON TO THE FOOD.
They serve their cocktails in bubble tea plastic cups! How cute.
BY FAR MY FAVORITE DISH OF ALL :
Mexican-style Corn on the cob: with mayonnaise, chili sauce and cheese. OMG THIS IS SO GOOD.
Pro Tip: The chicken katsu ones are better than the pork belly.
For main course, duck noodle! :
with XO Sauce. The photo really isn’t doing it any justice.
The most popular dish for dessert is the ‘Stoner’s Delight’: with deep fried mars bars, donut ice cream, banana fritters, and candied bacon. BUT, I prefer the Ginger Beer Granita (I think that’s what it’s called), just cos I’m not so much a dessert person, and the Granita isn’t too sweet, more refreshing:
Btw sorry for the bad quality of the pics, it was dark and I HAD to use flash :(
P.S. Make sure you come early if you wanna have dinner here, cos they don’t take bookings.