Classic cars, retro posters, and… lifesize action figures? If you dig the old school vibe and love good food, there’s a quaint restaurant in town you sure would want to check out! Get ready to get swept back in time when you step through the doors of Filling Station!
Rock n’ Roll with The King Himself!
Elvis Presley would be the first to greet you on the second landing, along with other legendary icons.
Check out my hot date! 😂
This thing looks like it came straight out of Back 2 the Future.
Wanna take a ride?
They’ve got some old school wheels in the house, quite literally! Make sure to dress up in a pin-up chic outfit for the perfect photo op.
Getting some dark Riverdale vibes here….
Speaking of Riverdale, did anyone see Archie?
Oh there he is! Look at all those old school posters. Even the logos go a long way back! Cadillac classics, retro gas pumps, and everything in between – it’s quite hard to imagine how much work it took to put this whole place together.
And of course, what’s a restaurant without good food? 🙂
Choosing this melt-in-your-mouth brazo de mercedes cake for the feature because I’ve never tasted dessert this good! It’s layered over vanilla ice cream and the whole thing’s not to sweet but really, really good! Enough for one, but trust me, you can never go wrong with a second serving 😉
I’m not exactly a health-junkie kind of person and I love eating desserts. I don’t count my calories and just order what I think tastes good and looks like it tastes good.
So when I saw that The Coffee Bean has this “Guiltless” Chocolate Cake that has a velvety look to it topped with some thin chocolate shavings, it just looked so good I had to try it. I am so surprised they call it “guiltless” because seriously every bite of this awesome thing tastes like SIN! It is not too sweet but not bland and rather has the rich, deep taste of pure chocolate. The mousse so smooth it feels like eating something in between cream and air.
At one point, I felt guilty for having ordered another slice 🙂
I’ve always had this deep-set desire to travel solo. So when I had a window for vacation before life got busy again, I did not hesitate and grabbed the opportunity to book a 3-day vacation in El Nido, Palawan, said to be the most beautiful beach our country of beautiful beaches has to offer.
Breakfast by the beach? All day =)
So this is the beach front view at the inn where I stayed. The moment I got down the transfer van, I heard the waves and ran to the back without even checking in yet! Doggo is happily getting a tan here! 🙂
And of course, my getaway won’t be complete without having breakfast by the beach. Got my favorite “Tito” beer to go with the chow!
That’s just me doing the obligatory “touch-down El Nido, Palawan selfie.”
Endless Ocean of Endless Wonders
As per popular advice, I booked Tour C and got to spend a whole day hopping from island to island in the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Though if you decide to head to El Nido without any itineraries or tour packages, there are several agencies in there that offer customized packages.
Getting here to the hidden beach was quite tricky for me because I don’t swim and there were sharp corals. But luckily the tour guides had earlier suggested that I get those aqua shoes that came in really handy. What’s more? The currents were pretty strong, and our kind kuyas were happy to drag me along on a lifebuoy to get there!
They call this the Helicopter Island. I am not quite sure why!
I even got to snorkel and see beautiful coral reef communities that took two decades to develop. I’ll make a mental note to take Go-Pro with me next time so I can also take photos of the underwater community.
Great food, great ambiance.
I didn’t quite feel like going back to my room when the trip ended. I wanted to take in everything this amazing paradise has to offer. So I sat myself down on a random bar restaurant, on a table by the beach side so I could face the sunset while I got me a couple glasses of margarita.
This was the lunch buffet that was included in the trip package, prepared by tour guides themselves! We couldn’t quite get ourselves to eat the watermelon. It’s pretty obvious why! Back at the dormitel, I sat outside my room for some quiet time in the evening. It happened that my trip coincided with the full moon. It felt like everything was taken straight out of a storybook. In that moment, I felt like never wanting to leave this place again.
Kitty taking comfort like she’s mine =)
On the morning on my flight back to Manila, I got up early (something I hardly do) just so that I could take in more of place. I’ve gone to several places, but I’ve never felt this sad about leaving a place all my entire life. I wished that I had booked more days so I could have seen more beaches and done more snorkeling.
Breathtaking in all its God-made glory, El Nido is a place you MUST visit at least once in your life.
There are many reasons why Vikings is one of the top-of-mind buffets in Manila, PH. From an overwhelming variety of desserts that greet you upon entry, to that sushi bar that pulls at your tummy strings every time, there are many things you shouldn’t miss out when eating like a warrior.
Caviar & Cheese for Starters
They have so many kinds of cheese I just have to get all of them, especially the soft and chewy mozzarella bites.
The Sushi and Maki Bar
Nope, that’s an understatement. It could as well be a standalone sushi-maki mini restaurant.
See food everywhere
Fresh catch of the day in almost each one of their booths.
For those who can’t live without bread and a nice serving of butter, and much, much more!
Leave room for dessert!
Obviously my favourite part of the whole buffet dining experience.
Best of all, eat for free on your birthday 🙂
I’m just so addicted to Backyard Kitchen + Brew‘s Four Cheese Flatbread that ever since I’ve tried it the first time, it’s sure to land on my order list every time I come here! It’s got the perfect blend of four different kinds of cheese that are sure to leave you wanting for more of it. Tonight, I tried another one of their dishes and had me a good serving of their Salted Egg Chicken Skin. Yes, I know it all sounds very sinful for your diet, but these are just so irresistible that for a second there I want to forget about that extra inch on my waistline. Perfect for appetizers to go with your dinner, or eat them while you drink your favourite beer!