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2018 Project 365 Day 256: Mandi’s Ribs

Photo #256: September 13

Found time to visit my happy place along Lilac to eat some ribs. I feel emotional this week because of my least disliked aunt – Flow. On the other hand, that’s one thing I won’t have to worry about when I travel in 2 weeks! 

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2018 Project 365 Day 229: Happy Tummies

Photo #229: August 17

Meet-ups with the besties warrant delicious food, and of course, our happy place, Mandi’s Grill Grub, never fails to wow our tummies. 

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2017 Project 365, Day 176: Nth Time at Mandi’s

Photo #176: June 25

Had another awesome lunch at Mandi’s Grill Grub with two other sets of great friends, including Mandi herself! ^^ Aside from their yummy ribs, we also had a taste of a possible dessert offering: chocolate-covered cheesecake! Huhu, I love you, Mandi’s!!! :-*

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2017 Project 365, Day 113: El Heneral Ribs & Wings Co.

Photo #113: April 23

Realized that it’s the 23rd while looking for somewhere to have lunch. Ended up at El Heneral Ribs & Wings Co. along Gil Fernando Avenue. Too bad they only had one order of wings left! I wanted to try at least 2 variants. Anyway, we had their Bravo garlic lime parmesan, and bravo for its yumminess! Surprisingly, we also liked the sisig carbonara pasta, while the fries had generous amounts of cheese and bacon. Unfortunately, their barbecue ribs were too sweet, but the grilled corn that came with it was superb! Overall, I’d still want to go back and try their other wing flavors. Happy 81st, dear! 🙂

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2017 Project 365, Day 22: Nilagang Ribs

Photo #22: January 22

I’ve been feeling unwell since before 1 pm. A lot of friends, including a doctor, said it’s a case of food poisoning. Thank you for all the advice, guys! I would also like to thank my very thoughtful Mandi’s Grill Grub family for making some nilagang ribs for me, huhuhu I feel so loved!!!    And of course, thank you to my personal nurse, Leo, for getting all the stuff I need just so I could hopefully be well by tomorrow. I plan to teach while sitting; I feel so tired, but at least the fever has subsided, while the puking has stopped.

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2015 Project 365, Day 300: Another Mandi’s Grill Grub Visit

Photo #300: October 27

Date with my buchi-kick and Mandi’s Grill Grub‘s super yummy crispy ribs!!! Glad to know I made another MGG convert hahaha!

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Eduardo’s Peri-Peri Flame Grilled Chicken

In any way it is spelled, piri piri, pili pili, or probably the most common, peri peri, one thing’s for sure: it is one of the most delectable ways to season chicken, and Eduardo’s Peri-Peri Flame Grilled Chicken definitely knows this. Although relatively new in the Philippines (they started in April 2014), Eduardo’s is fast becoming one of the go-to peri-peri chicken places, and it does help that the owners have already established themselves through restaurant chains in New Zealand. In fact, the sauce they use for their chicken, as well as the 3 kinds of bottled sauces on each table, is manufactured in New Zealand, ensuring their quality and freshness. Before I continue talking about their chicken, let’s explore more of their offerings, shall we? 🙂

SM San Mateo branch.

SM San Mateo branch.

Eduardo’s has a variety of appetizers and side dishes to choose from, including salads, fries, coleslaw, yellow turmeric rice, and mac & cheese. I was able to taste the garden salad dressed in honey-mustard and the Mediterranean salad, which I prefer more because of its light vinaigrette dressing and feta cheese. Forgive me as I wasn’t able to take pictures of the salad, but here’s one of the mac & cheese haha! Nothing special about it, save for the fact that it has paprika or other South American spices. I still prefer rice as a partner to peri-peri chicken! 😀

Mac and CHEESE!

Mac and CHEESE!

And speaking of rice, I would definitely recommend that you try Eduardo’s version of paella! Instead of seafood, they use thinly sliced chicken as toppings, but the clear winner is the actual rice. It tastes like very flavorful chicken afritada! I felt like they cooked the afritada first, compressed the flavor, and mixed it into a separate casserole of rice. It’s like a very compact hybrid dish, afritada rice! Its aroma alone would whet anyone’s appetite!

Love at first sight and bite!

Love at first sight and bite!

If you want more chicken to partner with the paella, then you have to order Eduardo’s flame-grilled Portuguese-style chicken! This house specialty is marinated for one whole day before being oven-baked for a few minutes, chilled, and finally, flame-grilled while being brushed with their special sauce so each order is caramelized and served hot! The chicken alone is already packed with flavor, but if you want to give your tastebuds a boost (which is one of Eduardo’s taglines), you can explore their 3 kinds of sauces: BBQ & Herb, Peri-Peri, and Kick-Ass Hot! Every sauce has a unique flavor, but you can create your own by mixing any of them together.

Perfect for sharing!

Perfect for sharing!

Not a fan of chicken? No worries. Eduardo’s also offers baby back ribs! The ribs have  a similar barbecue flavor that’s common among other restaurants that serve the same dish. They taste good, but I wish they were softer, like fall-off-the-bone type. 🙂

Honey-barbecue glazed ribs.

Honey-barbecue glazed ribs.

Finally, I was surprised to know that Eduardo’s also has a line of burgers, and one of them is the Black Angus Beef burger. The buns are blackened with bamboo charcoal. The beef patty is so thick and soft, with a lightly seasoned taste. Surprisingly, the pale green pickle slices are what I liked the most because they have a good balance of sourness and saltiness, adding a pleasantly tangy flavor to the savory burger.

Black beauty.

Black beauty.

Oh hang on, one more thing I would really recommend is Eduardo’s Thai iced tea!!! It is imported from Thailand (duh haha), and it has a thicker consistency than other kinds of iced teas. It’s so good, I don’t know how else to describe it! Its pretty color is enough to make me badly want it!! 😀

Yummy beauty!

Yummy beauty!

So far, Eduardo’s Peri-Peri has 4 branches: West Avenue, SMDC Light Residences in Boni, SM San Mateo, and University of Perpetual Help in Dapitan, plus they will soon be opening branches in SM Southmall and SM Fairview. Schedule your first visit to their SM San Mateo branch this coming October 16-18 to score some awesome deals like saving P120 when you buy 2 of their bottled sauces (buy 2 take 1) or getting a special treat when you order their mixed platter meal. That weekend is also SM San Mateo’s 3-day sale, where you can get as much as 70% off on great finds (hello, Christmas shopping!). You’ll also get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio! Mark your calendars! Shop, save, and eat!

Who doesn't love sales?! :D

Who doesn’t love sales?! 😀