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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VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

VIDEO | VLOG #037 – S&R’s Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza

I have been good with keeping my meat cravings down. 10 days in and I have managed not to put a single bite of meat in my mouth. This is an accomplishment really, considering I usually cannot get through a day without a meal that involves meat, at least for the last 6 months. I know because I keep a monthly habit tracker, and the “NO MEAT’ column is completely unmarked since October. I am a person who keeps emergency bagnet in my ref, and I can always find an emergency scenario that deserves a bagnet break. I, sometimes, amaze myself with my resolve this time around. On one lunch recently, I actually spat out a lettuce from a Caesar’s salad because I need to flick off the bacon bits on it. To which Jr remarked, “It’s not even real bacon.”

Whereas before when Jr commiserated with this self-inflicted pain, I told him this time, it’s completely my thing. He can eat meat in my presence and I guess with age comes discipline, it doesn’t bother me as much anymore. Jr used to be so frustrated when we have to choose restaurants for us to eat out while trying to figure in my seasonal diet. Now, he can eat Spam Pizza from S&R and I’ll just tell my brain, it’s just spam over bread. I know how spam taste. I know how S&R pizza tastes. I basically know how that taste and in spite of the fact that it’s a limited offering, I don’t have to have it now. It’ll be alright. I will be okay.

There’s a lot of inner dialogue that goes on when rationalizing about food I can and cannot have.

But I did not entirely have the raw end of the deal here. Because S&R’s other limited offering is their Nutella Strawberry Dessert Pizza — it’s Nutella spread over S&R pizza crust, with a generous sprinkle of fresh strawberries. However delighted I am when I saw the ads on social media, I’m pretty wary about quick service promotions. Sometimes, the photos does not exactly match the actual product. As for this one, well, here’s the expectation:

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And here’s the reality:

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Not bad. Not bad at all.

The slice is big enough for two people, and since it’s really(!) nutella, there is a need to share in fear of diabetes. The pizza is more chewy than crunchy so dividing it in two can be a challenge, but speaking as a nutella lover, half the slice is enough to make you happy. The strawberries are small but decent. Be warned though — this calls for at least a 5 table napkins situation. Things will get messy.

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VIDEO | VLOG #020 – The Cinema Game.

VIDEO | VLOG #020 – The Cinema Game.

Jr and I enjoy going to the cinemas. For us, it’s still an experience to watch a movie and get excited and laugh and sniffle (not cry. kahiya) with the crowd. And we’re always on the lookout for the newest cinema in town.

Can we just right off the bat ask why SM’s cinema floor are always sticky? Also, is it just me, but in the rare times I’m out with friends watching in SM Cinemas, my seat does not seem to be hinge that tight anymore. You know, it’s angled downwards like I’m about to slide off it any moment now? What’s up (down?) with that, SM?

JR refuses to watch at any SM cinemas anymore. He wouldn’t even try even if the movie we wanted was only shown in SM, unless it’s Director’s Club. I think the ones in Director’s Club were the first recliner seats available for movie watchers. They were fully automated and the ticket came with a drink and a bowl of popcorn. That one time we watched at SM Director’s Club, he fell asleep.

It’s a compliment to the cinema if he falls asleep. That speaks highly of their comfort. Or he’s just tired. He kinda does that all the time. Sometimes I think he goes to the cinema so he can sleep in a mall.

Now, malls are upping their game for the cinema goers. And I think it’s only logical to do that. These days, movies are posted online and ready for streaming or download the same day they open at the movie houses. Those of us who are still bear with the traffic and hassle of parking opt to go to the cinema because we want to enjoy the experience. And people are willing to spend for it.

The newest cinema to offer recliner seats are the ones in Ayala Malls The 30th. They have two cinemas with full recliners, which are quite comfortable. When we watched La La Land, the only seats available were those nearest the screen, but we didn’t mind. We were practically on our back, lying down, full reclining mode on. Too bad, unlike Fishermall’s VIP cinema, they don’t offer free use of blankets. Next time, I’ll remind myself to bring my own kumot.

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KAPITOLYO EATS | Bagneto

KAPITOLYO EATS | Bagneto

I love going to food parks. Very much like in my happy place, which is any mall food court, there are a ton of options to choose from. You can eat a meal everyday for a month in SM Megamall for instance and never eat the same meal twice. But unlike food courts, food parks, especially the new ones popping up, offer a more curated choice of meal. Whereas in a food court where you would most likely find a whole wall offering the two viand, one rice and free iced tea combo meals, food parks are less generic, and more thematic — and more instagrammable. I mean, who would like to instagram your kare-kare and bopis combo meal, but that pretty, overindulgent milkshake is what instagram stories are made for.

But although a good food park offers a ton of options, I am nothing if not predictable. Sure, I may scout the whole damn place for something new and interesting, but when it comes to decision time, the selection may be overwhelming but I will always choose bagnet.

Because in a good food park, somebody’s always cooking bagnet.

I’ve been to Gastropark in Kapitolyo a number of times. The choices are on the fewer side compare to other millenial box parks, but then choices don’t matter if I’ll just make a beeline to Bagneto.

To my defense, when I reach Bagneto, I mix it up. I’ve ordered in in

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Bagneto
Gastropark, Barrio Kapitolyo
Pasig City

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Kapitolyo Eats | Lee Hak Korean Restaurant

Kapitolyo Eats | Lee Hak Korean Restaurant

We have a three year long running goal in HQ to diet and lose weight so we could at least have a decent “meh” beach body when Summer Siren Festival comes. For the last two years, the beach body was left at home because of weeks of late nights and stress eating leading up to the event. But this year we started early. We decided we were going to finally get serious about it. We were going to eat clean… right after we finish the big bag of chocolates I brought home from the States. Nobody’s allowed to order fast food delivery… until one of us forgets to bring lunch and we start ordering mcflurries and choco hot fudge sundaes with fries at 3 pm. The diet will start on Monday, until Monday rolls around and we decide there’s always another Monday. You kinda know how all these ‘dieting’ would pan out…

Also, please consider that we work in Brgy. Kapitolyo. Sometimes, there’s a new restaurant we’d like to try. And sometimes, the old restaurant brings out a 299 lunch buffet you’d just be silly to ignore.

We are, after all, very weak human beings.

So when you read on a Viber chat that Lee Hak, this korean place we’d been wanting to try, had this huge promotional “come hither” tarp announcing unlimited buffet and samgyeopsal for lunch at 299 pesos, you just have to type ‘Yes, I’m in’. I don’t care if I have a packed lunch I actually prepared for that day. I can eat my lunch for dinner. I am flexible that way.

We came in at 12 pm and we’re one of the first groups to find a place at the buffet section at the second floor. We were 3 little girls, and I’m sure we’ll be out after an hour. I looked at the selection and thought, hmm, we might need more than an hour.

On top of the unlimited organic pork belly — raw and marinated — you can have somebody cook for you, there was a wide selection of cooked meals spread in a long center-island table. As if you can’t wait 10 minutes for the guy to cook your meat, there was grilled liempo already cooked on a serving plate, beside it, among others are lechon paksiw and chicken cordon bleu. There was the usual chapchae and other korean fare in the mix. You can make your own bibimbap on one end of the table, but on the other end, there was unlimited pork sinigang.

This buffet terribly lacked focus. But I am not complaining. I could actually work there for the rest of the afternoon because of the unli pork sinigang. Forget work from home. I’ll work from Lee Hak. And I know it shouldn’t even be the highlight of my meal since this is a korean restaurant, but the pork sinigang was decent and was the first one on the huge spread to bottom out. I was starting to get territorial about it and giving the evil eye to anyone who linger in front of it ‘too long’. Good thing, Lee Hak always tops it off. Yes, I was taking notes. On the sinigang.

We were chuckling by the amount of plates the waiter had to pile on top of one another and clear from the table when we asked for the bill an hour and a half later.

Kuya: “Ilan po ba kayong kumain?”
Me: “Kami lang tatlo.”
May nakikita ka bang hindi namin nakikita, kuya?

We were kinda uncertain and curious if everything we ate was just 299 pesos. I ate the whole amount of 299 pesos on sinigang na baboy alone. The waiter handed out the slip and we were billed as advertised. We sighed —and burped — in relief.

I was terribly concerned for their business about the pricing. But again, not complaining.

Lee Hak

 

 


Lee Hak Korean Restaurant
Pioneer Center Supermart
8006 Pioneer Street
Kapitolyo, Pasig City
025843279 / 639178579896
Hours: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 11 PM

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