ChopStop: Your One-Stop Chop Shop

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ChopStop, located at G/F Centrum II, Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City; with branches at Eastwood City Walk and SM BF Paranaque

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Another foodie entry!

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Thanks to my good friend, college (guy) best friend and tough kuya Alex Panzo (hello!), I was able to try one of Makati’s well-hidden restos. If it wasn’t for you, I guess I would never discover this place (or at least it would take me a looooooong time lol). So thank you bro! *splodin fist bump*

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ChopStop is an Army Navy-ish restaurant located “inside” the hustle-and-bustle of the city. It’s a very “chill” place with cool ambiance and modern interior (signage… street signage everywhere hehe). They serve full meals, pasta, and breakfast, as well as desserts, alcoholic drinks and pulutan to go with whatever “chugs” you’re having.

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So for my first ChopStop experience, we ordered the Gravy Chicken Chop, Meatball Spaghetti, and the must-try Brownie Mug Cake (which I heard was “to die for… literally”).

IMG_20140213_185553(Gravy Chicken Chop)

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Overall, the food was okay. I guess I just had high expectations, but honestly, the only thing I enjoyed here is the Brownie Mug Cake (which is REALLY TO DIE FOR and DEFINITELY A MUST TRY!) and the side salad in my Gravy Chicken Chop meal. The others were okay— not bad but not that memorable for me. Sorry guys (I know I’m not a food critic, but you know… just… okay…)

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I’d be glad to give this place a second chance. 🙂  The place’s not that far from me, so I guess I can pay ChopStop a visit again and hope I’ll get satisfied this time.

Check their menu out here aaaaand here!

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Happy blogging (and eating)!
Jane

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Insanely Yummy (and Heavy!) Food

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Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats, located at 2/F Glorietta 5Office Dr., Ayala Center, Makati. Other branch: 23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig (Contact # (02) 342-6802)

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Wow! A blog post about food. Haven’t done a foodie post in a while… geez.

Anyway, just recently, I was able to try something new in a not-so-new place for me: Glorietta 5. Hahaha. (I know, I know. Shame on this Makati girl.)

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For dinner, my food buddy Mark suggested Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats (or simply Mad Mark’s) in Glorietta 5 because, well, it’s his namesake. Haha. He initially picked the place because of its name, but we were surprised that it’s actually a good place with very sulit food.

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Mad Mark’s actually started out as a quaint, hole-in-the-wall creamery in Kapitolyo, and eventually made its way into the fast-laned city of Makati. They serve the whole package– from appetizers to the desserts, which is their made-from-scratch ice cream, I believe.

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Now for the grub we had. My pig-out buddy ordered the Signature Steak with two sidings (bacon potato salad and garden grains) and bootstrap sauce (P265.00), while I had the Yard Bird and Bacon Slab (P290.00). As a starter, we ordered Patatas Bravas (P75.00).

IMG_20140724_191944(Signature Steak with Bootstrap Sauce, Garden Grains and Bacon Potato Salad)

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I had every bit of what we ordered and, in fairness, they’re all “Janey Approved!” I absolutely love the steak and the bacon– their chunky goodness just had me begging for more. The chicken’s also good, but honestly, I prefer the bacon and steak. Hehe. The fries (Patatas Bravas) are great, too! I love it when I chance upon long pieces of fries– no fast-food fries can amount to that!

IMG_20140724_192315(Yours truly, amazed by how chunky and heavy the serving is. Lol.)

Mad Mark’s offerings literally filled our tummy to the maximum level. Each meal was so heavy that I had to loosen up my belt! Haha not kidding. Not ideal for dinner (especially if you’re a weight-watcher), but they’re delicious anyway, so why not? Hahaha.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try any of their ice cream products, but at least we’ll have more reasons to come back SOON! We shall, and we will!

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For a very satisfying food fest that’s not so hurtful on the pocket, try Mad Mark’s! Just make sure to list your name once you get there, because I think they’re jam-packed most of the time. 😉

Check their website for more information: click!

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Happy blogging (and eating!)
Jane