Thursday, June 30, 2011

Food Dreamin'

I'm having multiple cravings for meat..  I want to try Lord Byron's spare ribs, and Fake Bob's, and food from Steak Room.. then maybe desserts from Felicia's...  haven't tried any of these yet so I'm not sure if I'll be satisfied.. But Bacolod is the taste buds' haven so they have to live up to that expectation... been dreaming of food quite lately.  And it is a sad thing that I don't have much money for fine dining or even just good food in itself.  I'm having bouts with self pity everytime I go through youtube and look on how a recipe is done.. Grr!!!

But for this weekend, I'll try to cook some meat on my own and have some experiment.  I need to satisfy my rebellious tastebuds.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Home Again (and Again)

I just came home from Bacolod.

My trip home was initially intended as a vacation. But I received a call from my highschool classmate regarding my interview for the a post in the Province. So I booked a ticket for a date ahead of my scheduled flight and viola, I'm home again.


1st Day Friday

The interview is a disappointment. Not that I failed myself, but the way it was conducted was a reflection of the Backer system in the government. Aside from my credentials, the consultant asked me how I am related to certain people. It is to my advantage of course but I think it would be best to hire me because I am qualified for the position not because I am the daughter of my parents. But I'm still up to working at the province. Aside from the work, I have another objective why I am open to work there.

It was Saph's last day at the hospital so I dropped by to visit even though I have no sleep the night before. I have to go to the airport very early to avoid missing my flight and a possible delays because of flooded streets. Saph is a poor thing, having viral infection causing him not to drink his milk and vomitting endlessly. So Manong and Graze decided to put him in the hospital and have him in destrose so that even if he doesn't feed, he still gets to "eat". So I just played with him and eventually fell asleep in his hospital bed which is a good thing because it was also at that time that the nurse took the needle off his foot so I was not able to see it. =)

After an endless waiting for our hospital bill and check-out, Mel and I went across Riverside for a sumptuous merienda at Jollibee. With my limited funds, Mel covered for the rest. Graze, Saph and our maid went with my brother Rex for home. But amidst the ride, I arrived at the house earlier than them giving me extra time to fix myself for a Last Friday of the month gathering of Silak in Bacolod. I went with my brother for a joyride at first because Ron left his house late. The group gathered at the Bacolod Pavillion courtesy of Abyan Horace. Not a lot came. I exited around 9PM leaving the guys all to themselves.

From Pavillion, I proceeded to the house of my Tito for his birthday party doubled with the baptismal celebration of his grand daughter. I was late of course so I did all the rounds saying hi-s and hellos to relatives. I was a bit tipsy and light in the head so was so engaging and chit chatty.


2nd day Saturday

Spent the whole day at the house. It was unfortunate because in the afternoon, I lost my phone to a stranger... Somebody came in to the house, inquired of Mel's dogs. My brother was not around and so I called him up. And I was hungry and lazy to get involved in the conversation, I passed on my phone to the stranger so that he and my brother would talk directly. I went to the dining table to eat and totally forgot about the phone. The stranger was even invited to eat, was given merienda because he won't join us and he asked for water. He finally asked mom if he could smoke outside. And when my brother arrived and look for the possible customer, the guy was gone and so was my phone. Tsk Tsk tsk!!!

Amidst the loss, I was still happy that day because my brother brought home crabs from Hinigaran!! So I didn't much dwell on my phone. But of course I was hoping that I would get it still.

In the evening, mom and my brothers and I wen to a spa for a heavenly massage. Unlike our spa treatments in the past were I pay for all of us, I came as a free rider. I have been honest to mom and my brothers that I don't have money at all so they just treated me for a treatment!! Love it much!!

On our way out of the spa, Mel was having rashes all over his body. Blame it on the crabs that he has been gluttonously devoured. So we went for an anti-histamine and waited just outside the hospital for about 30 minutes until he felt ok. But even until the morning the red spots in his body were still there and he was running a fever due to his allergies.


3rd day Sunday

Monday, June 27, 2011

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


On a fine Sunday afternoon, my brothers requested that I try baking a pineapple upside down cake.  They have completed the ingredients and have shown me a video as a guide and all I did was to say yes and keep the oven running

Pineapple Upside Down

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)
Butter (or spray with a non stick vegetable spray) a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan with three inch (7.5 cm) sides. Prepare the toppings

Topping:
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons (55 grams) unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
3/4 cup (160 grams) light brown sugar
1 medium pineapple (peeled, quartered, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick)
Maraschino cherries or candied cherries (optional)

1. Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
2. Then remove from heat, and pour into your prepared cake pan.
3. Evenly arrange the fresh pineapple slices on top of the sugar mixture.  You may add cherries.

Cake Batter:
1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the ingredients.
2. In a different bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the vanilla extract.
4. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Add the flour mixture, alternately with the milk , ending with the dry ingredients.
6.  In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites with cream of tartar just until the whites hold a firm peak.
7.  Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the cake batter
8.  Pour the batter into the cake pan, smoothing the top.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 - 55 minutes, or until the top of the cake has browned and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan (a toothpick inserted into the cake (not the pineapple) will come out clean).

Remove from oven and place and cool for about 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and then invert the cake onto your serving plate. Serve with softly whipped cream.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dead Stars

I think my star has dimmed.  I don't seem to be excelling in the postion I am right now.  I feel like I'm drowning with work.  I haven't even started with my thesis yet.  I am so dead.  I am still in my mutt hole and I feel like all the more that I would stay, the more the hole gets deep, and by then, I could not leave it.  I need to go.  I'm desperate to go.  I'm so screwed.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Waiting at the Airport

I'm here at the Mactan Airport in Cebu, 12 hours early than my flight schedule.  I'm bound for Manila tomorrow at 5:55AM so instead of spending the night at a hotel, I took a cab to the airport where I could wait for my flight.  I usually do that in Manila when my flight is in the wee hours (4am).  I'm not being stingy, but I am not a fan of waking up very early so there is a high chance of me missing my flight.

I also planned of catching the last flight going back to Manila but after inquiring at Zest Air, I am in no way going to spend more than a thousand pesos just for additional fare.  I would actually have to add Php 3512 just to go home at 9PM... tsk!!! that is too much!  So I'll just wait here in a bench while I continuously get sore back muscles... =(

P.S I really need to invest on a neck pillow.

Shabu Way Hot Pot Cuisine

I have always believe that water is good for one's body.  That is why, shabu shabu has been a craze over the metro.  So when I found a voucher in Groupon Beeconomic on Shabu Shabu at Cebu, I didn't think twice to ge the deal.  We got half the price for a Mixed Meat Set (Php 399) at Shabu Way Hot Pot Cuisine.

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Mixed Meat Set, originally priced at P399 we only got it for P199!!

Last Day at Cebu: Lone Traveller

I just realized, I hate travelling alone.

I'm currently here at Cebu.  One of those impulsive trips I booked.  After knowing that today's a holiday, I immediately looked for another Manila escape.  And wham, Cebu it was!

Today's the last day, and I can't help but think that I'm excited to go back to Manila.  With nobody with me, and I'm in a place I don't even know about, you will appreciate the thought of going to a place that is familiar.  I have no problem with asking people around of directions as I am used to do that in the places I go to... But the problem with Cebu is that I don't speak the language and speaking Tagalog is somewhat unforgivable.  So I am left to speak English and a few Hiligaynon words that is similar to Cebuano.  I actually understand Cebuano a little bit but I could not put Cebuano words into sentences!!! And everytime I attempted to speak, I feel a bit embarrassed that they would figure out I'm "foreign" or a trying hard Cebuano.  They may probably laughing in their heads because I sound funny.

But I had fun at Cebu.  And it is still one of the places I will always remember. =)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cebu's Secret: Casa Verde

6I love cheap fine dining.  So I was so thrilled when I came to Casa Verde.  I was more thrilled with their menu which is featuring food that are so cheap at Php 150-200.  I wish I have known of Casa Verde way long before.

We arrived at the restaurant around 6PM.  And even that early, the place was already jampacked.  The garden was the only place available.
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The Fort San Pedro

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It is not my firt time to go to Cebu. I have actually toured the whole city in one of my previous trips.  So for this adventure, I was meaning to go to places I have not seen before.  While I was in Manila, I have googled the top sites of Cebu and have known about museums, Fort San Pedro and of course the Magellan's Cross beside it the Santo Nino Church.  

Cebu Day 1: Dimsum Brunch at Harbour City

I arrived at Mactan Airport a bit starved so we took the cab and while at queue, we were undecided of where to go.  I was actually useless because I didn't know the place very much and I didn't bother to help myself with a little internet research.  So when we entered the cab and the driver asked us of our destination, we just blurted SM City.  I guess a mall is always a good place to go to, to grab something to eat, especially in a place you are not familiar with.

R has worked at Cebu for awhile so he knows some places.  We ate at his recommendation, at the Harbour City.  It is a Dimsum place seemingly inexpensive luring the people in with orders as low as 45Php.  But soon enough, you would realize that you would order for more Dimsum and rice so you would end up with bill higher than you expected

Cebu Day 1: Photo Finish

I woke up late against my scheduled time.  I haven't finish packing.  I haven't done with laundry nor cleaned the house as planned.  I fell asleep unintentionally (or intentionally) after a bout with R at gmail.

I left the house two hours before the flight.  I still took the MRT because I don't want to spend much on cab.   I only took the taxi at the Taft station.  When I arrived at the Domestic Airport (I'm flying via Zestair), the check -in counter for the Cebu flight is closed.  But for the first time, I didn't panicked.  I just approached the counter and asked the lady if it is really closed.  She hurried to the main window and asked if they could still allow a late passenger and good thing they did.  While giving me my boarding pass, she was also telling me to be early the next time.  I just gave her my sweetest smile.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cebu Day 1: Fort San Pedro

While having brunch, I was telling Ron that I wanted to go back to Sto. Niño Church and told him of the museums, Fort San Pedro and of course the Magellan's Cross beside it. 

So we loaded a jeepney from SM going to Sto. Niño Church.  But just in time we are in the jeep, rain poured.  I was muttering short prayers that the rain would stop from the time on til we saw a park and an old fortress and since the Lord heared my prayer, I told Ron that we check it out.
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The old fortress is the Fort San Pedro.  Built by the Spanish to repel Muslim pirates and angry native, Fort San Pedro is considered to be the oldest and the smallest fort.  It is believed that at the fort, the Spaniards had its first settlement in the Philippines.  It was named after the flagship of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.
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We didn't have much chance to roam around because of the bad weather.  Good thing some personnel lend us an umbrella so we got to go to their small museum and altar for the Sto. Nino.  When rains stopped at a moment we had our pictures taken in the open area. 
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But basically we just waited for the rains to stop while listening to a blind man singing Cebuano songs, his heart out.
ron singing kunoout in the opensalakot

Entrance Fee: Php 30

Cebu Day 1: Brunch at Harbour City

I arrived at Mactan Airport a bit starved so Ron and I took the cab and while at queue, we were undecided of where to go.  I was actually useless because I didn't know the place very much and I didn't bother to help myself with a little of internet research.  So when we entered the cab and the driver asked us of our destination, he just blurted SM City.  I guess a mall is always a good place to go to, to grab something to eat, especially in a place you are not familiar with.

Ron has worked at Cebu for awhile so he knows some places.  We ate at his recommendation, at the Harbour City.  It is a Dimsum place seemingly inexpensive luring the people in with orders as low as 45Php.  But soon enoughm, you would realize that you would order for more Dimsum and rice so you would end up with bill higher than you expect. 

But their food were really great, sumptuous and tasty.   We ordered rice with meat toppings, mine is spicy pork steamed rice while Ron got a beef steamed rice.  Then we ordered 3 types of dimsums: plain siomai, sweet and sour chicken, and bacon roll siomai.  I had mango shake as additional.  We ordered for extra rice each in the middle of our feast because I was complaining and enjoying of how spicy my steam rice is.  Our feast was lovely and I enjoyed our Chinese food.

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Dimsum Brunch

Harbour City also has a branch at Ayala Center.  They may be reached through the number: (032) 231-2284. Enjoy your Dimsum!

Cebu Day 1: Photofinish

I woke up late against my scheduled time.  I haven't finish packing.  I haven't done with laundry nor cleaned the house as planned.  I fell asleep unintentionally (or intentionally) after a bout with Ron at gmail.  I was unsure if he is meeting me up but then I had a plan B in my head just in case he isn't.  It would not be as much fun but then again, I don't have a leash at my boyfriend's neck.  We may be a couple but we are individual people.

I left the house two hours before the flight.  I still took the MRT because I don't want to spend much on cab.   I only took the taxi at the Taft station.  When I arrived at the Domestic Airport (I'm flying via Zestair), the check -in counter for the Cebu flight is closed.  But for the first time, I didn't panicked.  I just approached the counter and asked the lady if it is really closed.  She hurried to the main window and asked if they could still allow a late passenger and good thing they did.  While giving me my boarding pass, she was also telling me to be early the next time.  I just gave her my sweetest smile.

When I finally came to the departure area, my flight is being called and I didn't even had the chance to sit down.  I just went ahead and started the queue.  =)  Being late, I was given a front row (4th) seat even though my ticket is a promo.

So I'm here at Cebu with Ron....where there's a storm and it is raining a hell lot.  =)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Banned Sites Accessed

Amazingly, I got to access my blog and multiply in my office PC.  This is a good thing as these previously banned sites are now accessible at the workplace through our office internet and even through the office wifi but all of a sudden I got to visit all of them with no restrictions.  Porn sites, Blogs, social network sites like facebook, multiply and twitter are banned by our IT due to work purposes and they are eating our bandwidth especially downloading.  Now, this is totally fun!

I now got to update my sites frequently, upload the pictures that I want whenever I want and chat to people whenever I like it... but this I also have to self-discipline myself as I wouldn't want to be reprimanded of not getting things done.

PS Let's see if I could acess facebook in a little while when the people have gone home.
PSS Sheesh!!! I just realized that my pocket wifi / Tattoo stick is stuck to one of the usb ports of my PC that is why I got access to these banned sites.  But I'm still thankful for this discovery as I would no longer bring the laptop to work just to check my facebook or multiply...hehehehe!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Mashitta

As our Independence Day celebration, Kat and I had a mani-pedi schedule at Spa 101 in Katipunan. Again, this is one of those deals that we got at the internet. For only 375Php (instead of almost 1000+), we have a foot wash, foot scrub, manicure, pedicure and upper body hot stone massage.

About 2 hours later, we were enroute to find Pat Pat's Cansi House at Visayas Ave. Kat has been craving on Cansi or the Ilonggo version of Bulalo so that is planned dinner. However, the place is close on Sundays (or maybe because its Independence Day).  So after thinking of so much options, we decided to go back to UP and try the new stalls at the Shopping Center.
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My order: California Maki for Php 90

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vargas Museum (Newbie No More)


Photobucket I have a thousand attempts to enter the Vargas Museum.  As I always ride the UP jeeps going to my classes, and passing by the Vargas Museum, I always have a quick head check of my schedule as to when I could squeeze in Vargas Museum.  As it has never been a requirement in any of my Humanities subjects, I never was obliged to get into Vargas.  But for pete's sake, I have once lived inside the campus, and now I am working just at the back of the campus yet I never had the time to visit.  Talk about being lazy or my art bug has bitten me 10 years late.


Walking Home: Another UP chronicle

It has been awhile since I walked around the Acad Oval. Walk... not jog nor run. Just walk and looking around as if i have returned home. And I miss it. It's not as if I parted with the university. In fact, I am a student again for more than 2 years now and I work just at the back of the campus. But it felt like homecoming to me as Karla and I walked for 4 hours at the campus. The campus has been my solace... and somehow, I forgot how in one way or another gave me so much comfort and pride.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Desserts for Lunch at Sebatian's

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My cousin have been hearing raves about Sebatian's. And since dinner the other night, she was meaning to go get a taste of the desserts, if not for our very late meet-up time. She won't go home without tasting Sebastian's and after packing our stuff we rushed to MOA for this treat.

A Day at Microtel

If not for the bright sky, and a waiting breakfast buffet, I would stay curled up in the comfy bed covered by sheets after sheets. One of the best sleeps I had in the longest time... I was even thinking of screwing the pool and just stay in the room all day.
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I slept over at my cousin's room at Microtel in Pasay when she came to Manila to bring her niece back to Subic. She got a Double City View Room which is well equipped with a LCD TV, aircon, ref, phone and safety deposit box.  Microtel is wifi equipped but you have to pay on top of your bill for the password.  Like most hotels, theirs also uses an electronic entry system.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Day at Microtel

If not for the bright sky, and a waiting breakfast buffet, I would stay curled up in the comfy bed covered by sheets after sheets. One of the best sleeps I had in the longest time... I was even thinking of screwing the pool and just stay in the room all day.
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But my cousin was persistent. Afterall, she's paying the hotel and she better avail of all the amenities offered to her.
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So we got down to the lobby for a feast of cheesy egg, bacon, burgers, crunchy dilis (which i did not bother to get, hehehe!), garlic mushrooms. There was a portion for kids who would love cereals for breakfast. As appetizers, vegetable salad and sotanghon soup are available. For desserts, loads of fresh fruits and croissants of different variety is beautiful to my (takaw) eyes. Bread and butter with overflowing coffee are available for the light eaters. We felt like "little queens" with the food so plenty.

After the breakfast, we went straight to the roofdeck for a swim. Their pool is not so big but enough for a water lover like we are. The roofdeck is arranged like picnic grounds with tables and chairs. Lounge chairs for sun bathing are also available with towels that could be used by the swim freaks.
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I think the pool experience capped my summer this year. I haven't gone to a lot our beach this year so I was craving for the waters.

After the pool, we rushed back to the our room to pack and check-out as we have desserts for lunch waiting.

Live Well. Love Much. Laugh Often at Italianni's

itAfter dinner with Kat, I met up with my cousin, Nang Bambi, who is here in Manila to bring her niece to Olangapo because vacation is over and school is about to start. She waited for me so that we could have dinner together. So how could you disappoint a hungry person? I had my second dinner despite being full with Buffalo wings.

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I love their wall.

Buffalo Wings at Wingstop

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After a full body scrub and massage at Nuat Thai, we proceeded to Wilson St., for a sumptuous dinner at WingStop.  Again, blame it on the deals (",). I got another half price deal (Php 145) for a bucket of Buffalo wings at Wingstop.  I intentionally looked for deals on food just because I know we would be eating dinner after and it was a good thing that the place is near Greenhills.  We only added for rice and drinks.

Full Body Pampering at Nuat Thai

Kat and I met up to treat ourselves with a spa massage.  We previously got vouchers from Ensogo and with just a small price we could treat ourselves with luxuries we usually don't give a second look or thought just because it is expensive. 

So for today's deal, we had a 1 and a half hour full body scrub and massage at Nuat Thai in Annapolis St.  The experience was originally priced at Php 750 and we got it for half the price! The body scrub is quite an intimate as most of your body will be smothered by the exfoliating scrub.  Of course, the masseuse asked for permission before doing so, so you could opt to back out if you are uncomfortable with it.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Live Well. Love Much. Laugh Often

After dinner with Kat, I met up with my cousin, Nang Bambi who is here in Manila to bring her niece to Olangapo because vacation is over and school is about to start. She waited for me so that we could have dinner together so I could just not say no to eating again despite being full with our Wingstop dinner.
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I love their wall.

We ate at the Italliani's at SM Mall of Asia.  I took something light,  dory with spaghetti noodles and some vegetables with Watermelon Shake while Nang Bambi had Roasted Chicken and Rice and Dalandan and Calamansi Shake.  As usual, we talked non-stop and laughed our hardest.  It has been awhile since we got to sit down and talk about what has happened to us and what are we up to in the next few months or years.   Though we have different set of parents, that's how we are really, we are sisters.
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Dory
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Roasted Chicken
After that, we attempted to have mojitos at TGIF.  Although we have promised mom that I wouldn't take alcohol, we tought of going to TGIF for a little bit of fun.  I was hoping for a mocktail just to ease my craving for drinks.  But it was closed at 10:30ish. So we decided to go to her hotel and  that's how we kept my promise to mom that we wouldn't drink. =P
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Sisters

Fully Body Pampering and Dinner at Wingstop

Kat and I met up to treat ourselves with a spa massage.  We previously got vouchers from group buying sites and with just a small price we could treat ourselves with luxuries we usually don't give a second look or thought just because it is seemingly expensive. 

So for today's deal, we had a 1 and a half hour full body scrub and massage at Nuat Thai.  The experience was originally priced at Php 750 and we got it for half the price! The body scrub is quite an intimate experience as most of your body will be smothered by the exfoliating scrub.  Of course, the masseuse asked for permission before doing so, so you could opt to back out if you are uncomfortable with it.  After that, they will lead you to the shower to take all the scrub off.  Afterwich, is a good body massage (with lotion) which I badly needed that day as I have tensions that I need to relieve.  Everything was heavenly and superb.  The masseuse really took the time to knead my back muscles so it was exquisite

PhotobucketAfter a full body scrub and massage at Nuat Thai, we proceeded to Wingstop for dinner.  Again, blame it on the deals (",). I got another half price deal (Php 145) for a bucket of Buffalo wings at Wingstop.  I intentionally looked for deals on food just because I know we would be eating dinner after and it was a good thing that the place is near Greenhills.  We only added for rice and drinks.

Wingstop is a small diner which caters to buffalo wings eaters.  If you are not conscious of your diet this is the place to be.  They serve buffalo wings in groups of 4, 8, 10 and 12 and in different sauces and flavors.  Also they have a yogurt maker at the side for kids and kids at heart.  The place only houses about 6-8 tables that most of the customers order their wings for a take out.
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Hands down, their wings are magnificent.  We love it. Sadly their rice was so gummy it was a pain to chew!  See my friend's reaction down there?  That's what she thought of the rice.  We requested a much softer rice for our second serving.
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