KAPITOLYO EATS | Pitmaster’s Smokehouse

KAPITOLYO EATS | Pitmaster’s Smokehouse

As much as I love my quality, dining out, alone time with my husband, I get excited on the prospect of having company for dinner. I don’t mean people who are on a diet. I mean food people. Food people who love to eat. Food people who love to eat and are very very hungry.

Because it means I can order everything.

Dining out with my husband is limiting. I am sure it’s not as shocking a fact now, but I have a much larger appetite than his. But even my tummy can only eat so much. And I hate wasting food. So everytime we eat out, I only get to choose 2 entrees at most, one if we’re having an appetizer. If I like the place, I will just be content in looking forward to another visit so I can try their other stuff.

But then there are a million new restaurants to try. So good luck with that next visit. And If ever that comes around, if I like a certain food, I’ll most likely get that again. I am a creature of habit.

One sunday, after a very adulting afternoon accompanying Tessa to site visits for a potential home in the foreseeable future, we found ourselves in Kapitolyo. Condo hopping can get very tiresome, and we were hungry. We want meat and we want rice. Kapitolyo has a ridiculous amount of options, but I know exactly where to go.

I enjoyed my first visit at Pitmaster’s Smokehouse. They were relatively new in the area then and curiosity led me to their door during their soft run. The meat from their smoked ribs falls off the bones. It was tender, juicy and delicious. And it was massive. A rib would be enough to satisfy me. And I like my ribs! Jr and I enjoyed it so much we tried it twice. A third visit was not out of the question.

And then I found out they burned down. Sad.

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But good thing they didn’t give up. Recently, I learned that they re-opened. We were in the area, we were hungry, and they want meat. I’ll give us meat.

Pitmaster's Smokehouse - Pulled Pork Roll

We ordered a couple of Elotes, shredded, and Pulled Pork Roll with Kesong Puti for appetizers. I took a quick bite off Jr’s piece and thought it was good. I didn’t have a whole roll because I didn’t like it. I didn’t take a roll because I was saving space for The Pit Platter.

Pitmaster's Smokehouse - The Pit Platter

The Pit platter is a full size sampler of every barbecued dish they were offering. And I want my hungry friends (and me, of course) to have everything. We got to try the Pitmaster’s smoked ribs, Black Angus Brisket, Smoked Bacon Strips and Smoked Corriander Chicken, which we got 4 servings of because they didn’t have the sausage (we didn’t mind). It was the same ribs as I remembered when they first opened. The chicken too was as juicy and tender. The bacon and angus were great fillers for the platter but if you’re ordering it ala cart, you can skip them. The ribs and chicken will be enough. Nevertheless, we destroyed it. And we still have room for dessert.

Friends are great.


Pitmaster’s Smokehouse
64 East Capitol Drive,
Kapitolyo, Pasig City

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Bacon On Mud at Single Origin

Bacon On Mud at Single Origin

There are moment when you question how you got here. This time, I know exactly how I got here.

Jr dragged me to BGC. He wanted to go to a watch club meet, and it’s somewhere he’s not familiar with. We’re QC people. BGC is a strange place to us. He doesn’t have waze so when normally I would just stay at home and let him ogle for hours at watches, I got dragged here, to be his personalized (and patient) navigational voice.

But I always have an escape plan. I messaged Tessa, my homie from BGC and asked if she was home. She had nothing up and was game to hang out with me. It was my turn to drag someone, and Tessa will help me kill time and find some waffles.

For weeks now, I have a waffle craving that needs some fixing. I mean I could go to Pancake House to fix that, but Pancake house is safe and boring. I am BGC. BGC is an upscale place. Upscale people eat waffles. I should be able to find waffles here.

We picked up Tessa at McKinley and Jr dropped us off at Serendra. Tessa found us a waffle place at Single Origin at Central. We hope that walking the entire length of Bonifacio High Street can work up an appetite for waffles. After several pitstops along the way — the 3-storey Uniqlo, Muji for little bits of happiness, Beauty Bar for a quick pick me upper — we found ourselves at a table for 2 at Single Origin. It was 6:15 pm, and asked the server for a menu.

A quick scan and there was no waffles on the cardboard paper.

Apparently, they stop serving waffles at 6 pm for dinner service. Charm and shameless begging went nowhere. The nice server went to the kitchen twice to ask and to rely that the machine they make waffles on was already clean. We offered to clean it again after for them, but slave labor wasn’t really a good payment option for them.

So we ended up ordering this: Bacon on Mud — homecured crispy bacon to be dipped on chocolate on the side. I would’ve wanted the chocolate to be a little richer — like it would coat the well-cooked bacon and it would actually stick. It was too liquidy for me that it just slipped and dripped all over and we left a little mess. To be honest, I wish it came with champurado, because that salty, crispy bacon would just be perfect in that champurado weather afternoon.

I’d still like those waffles though…


Single Origin
2F C3 Building Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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HongKong Roastings at Famous Kitchen

HongKong Roastings at Famous Kitchen

Sometimes, you just want a quick bite. Most likely, sometimes is a friday and you just want to avoid the weekly expected carmageddon. You want to park somewhere, grab a table and have something in front of you in a jiffy. Hopefully it’s something the kitchen can just slice off their well prepared mise en place and assemble in under five minutes. Sometimes, you just need a fast and filling meal.

Lucky for us, Famous Kitchen popped up in the neighborhood and ticked off every box.

Famous - Interior
Famous - Char Siu BBQ Rice
Famous - Peking Duck Rice
Famous - Roast Pork Belly
Famous - Exterior

So on every given Friday night, when on a pinch as to where we want to eat, we can just park somewhere along Tobias, hope for a table (or have it to go) and choose from the many roastings over rice they offer. It’s delicious and it’s hearty and it’s satisfying. I would probably have peking duck, Jr would most likely have the char siu BBQ rice and because I am Lallie, there will be roasted pork belly on the table.

And I will be home in under five minutes — full and happy.


Famous Kitchen
Scout Tobias Corner Scout Gandia Street
Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City

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CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

Everytime Kentucky releases something new, I’m automatically baited — hook, line and sinker. So when I saw somewhere on Facebook that KFC’s latest concoction rides the salted egg yolk craze, I was drawn, even though I have every reason to stay away, far away from it.

One, I have long established that fried chicken is bad for me. Everytime I have the urge to eat chicken, I make sure my inhaler is at arm’s reach. Second, salted egg is high in fat and not the good kind of fat. Third, salted egg yolk fired chicken is practically eating both mother and the child. Do I possess no heart?

Well, I still made a beeline to my nearest Kentucky, so that settles that.

We went into KFC about 15 minutes before they close. We were bound for a last full show screening of Wonder Woman (yes! me and LFS’ — good luck with that) and we thought we can squeeze in a dinner to kill some time. Basically, for an additional 10 pesos a piece, the staff in KFC will bathe their spicy fried chicken with the salted egg yolk mixture. I got one leg piece, and one in original recipe, you know, for insurance, in case I don’t like it. And since they’re closing already and the precious gravy dispenser was already cleaned and tucked away, they graciously handed us a BOWL of gravy.

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Okay, so it’s not abhorable. It’s does taste vaguely like it’s topped with mushed salted egg, but the kind of salted egg that’s trying to be good for you. It lacked the saltyness you’re kinda looking for with these types of dishes. It’s okay. Or let me put it this way: It’s 10:30 at night, and it’s 3 hours past my bedtime. I’m hungry. This is pwede na.

Now, if your looking for your salted egg yolk fried chicken fix, and if this is a possible problem, I will offer you a solution.

Classic Savory Salted Egg Fried Chicken

Classic Savory – the restaurant famous for their fried chicken, added the Salted Egg Fried Chicken on their menu. The day after we had KFC, we ate at Savory because (tadaaaah) the salted egg fried chicken called from their poster mounted on their glass wall. We ordered that and with just a bite, the craving for salted egg slathered everything was satisfied. Of course, you’ll physically feel your blood pressure spiking up immediately after the meal, but it will be worth it.

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CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

If I had to go in a food court and pick something that I know, in absolutely certainty, will bring my stomach joy, I’d beeline it to the instant sisig kiosk. Pre-chopped meat from the huge mountain of deep fried pork on display is tossed in a cup along with some minced onions and chili fingers, sprinkled with some secret powder and then drizzled with soy sauce and some magical mayo before being zapped inside the microwave for a minute. When the microwave dings, the server vigorously mix the mush altogether before dumping it beside a hot cup of rice and sprinkling it with crushed pork rinds. If you’re lucky and there’s is no line, you get a little box of instant happiness below 5 minutes.

When Kentucky (yes, in this blog, we are calling it Kentucky) announced that they were coming out with Sisig rice, I got curious. And then I asked Regina, my friend, if she tried it. Of course, she already did. And she’s said it’s good.

Regina is a friend who’s is notoriously a fan of Kentucky. She can live off Kentucky for the rest of her life. If the whole fast food industry blows up, and only Kentucky survived, she’d be perfectly fine with that. She eats at Kentucky all the time here, and makes it a point to eat at Kentucky whenever she’s overseas. Which means all the answers relating to Kentucky I get from her I take with a grain of salt.

She’s biased.
Or is it BIAS? DILAWAN? OBOSEN?

One late night at Regina’s and wanting to eat something, I caved in and ordered one for delivery. Kentucky never delivers on time, or should I say, KFC delivers on THEIR TIME. It’s been like that everytime. Our office in Shaw Blvd is a stone’s throw away from a branch and it would be faster if we walked to KFC ordered and come back to the office than wait for our food delivery. For this instance, the nearest Kentucky from Regina’s condo is a short 5 minute walk, but still it took a little under 2 hours for them to deliver the food. And at this point, I’m not surprised.

KFC Sisig rice deconstructed is fun shots with mayo and chopped leaks topped over flavored rice, with half a boiled egg. It did live up to its name — it has sisig rice, so you have to give that to them. But funshots over rice is not sisig. It’s a rice topping. And definitely, it’s not happy sisig. I finished it sure, but it’s more because it was already 10 pm and after a two hour wait, I was really hungry. And it’s just that — pwede na, paggutom.


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