Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

Loop Creative Dining at the FEU Makati

Last May 13, Loop Creative Dining, a growing sustainable kitchen at the heart of the Makati CBD, launched their new sumptuous offerings. I was there with some friends to try out the latest menu. The experience was simply gastronomically delightful. Check these out:

“It’s all about coming up with the best ways of using humble ingredients. As the restaurant’s infinity logo signifies, the possibilities are endless,” shares Executive Chef Joey Herrera. “Loop also means going back to your roots and focusing on ingredients but giving it a modern presentation. While there are some ingredients that we still have to import such as truffles and Prime Beef, we give priority to local ingredients. We give opportunity to the small farmers and artisans as much we can, as our own little way of helping the economy too.” he continues.

Whole Fried Tilapia in Tamarind Sauce, Lime – PhP 392

Gazpacho, Grilled Watermelon – PhP 158 (in a soup bowl)

Grilled Adobo Blood Sausage – PhP 248

Vegetable Tian, Couscous – PhP 187

Tuna Steak in Miso-Dashi Emulsion, Rice, Tempura, Vegetables – PhP 429

Loop Thinizza – From PhP 304 – PhP 642 (in eight variations)

Salmon in Laksa Nage, Soba Noodles, Bok Choy – PhP 453

Foie Gras Creme Brulee – PhP338 (in a bigger serving)

Salmon Burger – PhP 266

Sinigang Wings – PhP 194

Kids’ Flowerpot – Ph 107

Banana Pave, Green Tea Ice Cream, and Fruit Spheres – PhP 286

My plate :P

My personal favorites are: Carabao Cheese Triangles (old menu) which is rightly fried and has just the right amount of melt-in-your-mouth sweetness and tang, with the tomato sauce complementing the taste. Grilled Adobo Blood Sausage is succulent and has a chewy texture. I love that it tastes like organ meat. Salmon Burger Canapes, I practically nibbled on them while chugging down Blue Kamikazes. And the Fois Gras Creme Brulee is just witty – who knew that the luxurious fattened duck liver could be dessert?

Loop also gives you the atmosphere that’ll keep you staying and coming back. You’ll never go wrong with the urban cool, only so ambient for the urban eater –

I always love the open kitchen! It gives me a hint of confidence because I see how my food is done. The open kitchen allows the guests a view of all food preparation. While culinary students from sister company the Institute for Culinary Arts and Food Service (ICF @ FEU) hone their skills at Loop, the restaurant is not entirely student-operated.

A full team of professional chefs run the show.  Working with chef Joey are Chef de Cuisine Carla Aragon and Sous Chef Francis “Bitoy” Tarin. Each one enforces strict rules to ensure that every plate that leaves the kitchen is exactly how it’s supposed to be.

Blue Kamikaze, Strawberry Surprise, and Screwdriver. I’d prefer a long shot of Cuervo Gold Tequila though :P

These food portraits are just so good to look at, I can’t resist taking a picture.

Everything in Loop seems so chic and fresh. Add to that, that Loop’s launch was graced by media, friends, and of course, none other than Manila’s top tweet-ers! Welcome zeh tweeps!

@tonyocruz , @Jonver_David @runaholickassy and sorry-I’m-not-good-with-names-:(

@tiffyabiera, ros’-boyfriend-I-forgot-name-again, and @juanxi

Loop Creative Dining
FEU-Makati Building (corners Gil Puyat Avenue and Malugay Streets, Bgy. Bel-Air, Makati) Open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday.
Call 8927970 or email loopcreativedining@yahoo.com for inquiries and reservations

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Disclosure: all meals we had that night were free.

Rizal Park: Then and Now

Who among you, reading my blog, have lived long enough to see Rizal Park change its many facets? Do you remember these shots?

Notice the American Flag on that pole? Gives you the age of this photo…

Post-World War II Ruins

Look for the Rizal Monument – when it was still not yet built!

Near-present-day

Rado Flower Clock. I bet your any baby boomer can recognize this.

Neglected playground.

Slimy Relief Map.

Manila Orchidarium. My Grandma, a self-professed orchid lover, I bet can spend the whole day inside this.

Now, on its new administration (whose work we are watching very closely) it is but with great honor that I am of the few ones to see the latest improvements here. Proud to introduce to you – Rizal Park NOW.

One of the first improvements – Children’s Playground at the Rizal Park, where it is cheap, fun, and wholesome.

Revamp of the Rizal Park Signage.

The Reopening of the Dancing Fountain.

Some special occasions spent in the new Rizal Park – New Year’s Countdown, Chinese New Year’s Celebration, Feast of the Black Nazarene, and Valentine’s Day free concert.

World Cup Pilipinas commenced April 30 and continued until May 15.

Prospective design of the Noli Me Tangere Gardens featuring the Wilhelmsfeld fountain from Heidelberg, Germany. It is said that this is the actual fountain where Dr. Jose Rizal drank while finishing his first novel.

Prospective Design of the new Boardwalk and Relief Map of the Philippines which will serve as an educational portal of Philippine geography, history, and sociocivic matters. Very much HeKaSi? Heard that there will be LED screens around the walk and a cafe where people can sit, relax, and learn.

Added security is being addressed also by the NPDC. It is not an uncommon fact that crime rate is high around the area – so the Committee is exerting extra effort on adding security personnel around the area. Heard that they’re making the place a Wi-Fi hotspot there would be less apprehension in guarding your most-beloved gadgetry.

And glory be – NEW RESTROOMS!

Some of the events this coming June:

June 12 – Independence Day
Freedom Run
Flag Raising
Pagbabago Murals & Sculptures Unveiling
Flower Clock by Hyundai
Final Presentation of Musical Dancing Fountain

June 19 – Rizal at 150
Noli Me Tangere Garden
Flag Raising & Floral Offering by 150,000 students & youth
Launching of Rizal Park Youth Volunteers Movement
Rizal Concert for the Youth
Rizal Artists in Rizal Park (With the Higantes Parade)

June 23 – July 24 – Varekai by Cirque de Soleil

With all the improvements and developments going on, we ask, why just now? But instead, I urge you to ask, is this going to last? The NPDC is just an entity, appointed to maintain the park.

Largely, the maintenance and beauty of the park rely on how we would utilize the park. Fifty four hectares is not easy to guard, clean, and look after to. We should do our part also to help in giving this facelift a rather lasting effect. After all, it is us who benefits from this, not others, why not care for it? And why not do it NOW?

Photos from the NPDC