Monthly Archives: January 2012

The JPL blog series: Lutong Bahay’s Lemon shake

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

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Lutong bahay is one of the two oldest canteens in JP Laurel. They are institutions to the point that people would associate the street that is JP Laurel to LB (Lutong Bahay). Lutong Bahay is a regular student-priced canteen that serves ‘lutong bahay’ favorites as well as really tasty pansits and lumpia.

But now, we focus on what we can see outside. The fruit shakes stand.

I never get my fruit shakes here because I thought that there was a better place. But they have something that I have never seen offered in other fruit shake places in UP as well as those in the malls, considering the price. Of course they have the basics like mango, melon, papaya, watermelon and some powdered chocolate, vanilla. But just lately, as I was seeing people pass by from LB, what caught my eye was a lemon-decorated cup that made me really curious.

For 35php you get this wonderful, pretty, sweet, sour goodness that may remind us of the other more sophisticated drinks like Happy Lemon. Well, yes. It is a fresh lemon shake. I have known no other stall that offers this in UP. They even slice and seed the lemon in front of you while you wait. It is good. They managed to balance the sour lemon with the sugar and made it a wonderful fresh lemonade slush. Try!

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J.P. Laurel is one of the most underrated food joints in UP Diliman. It is located near the Shopping Center along the road where the post office is on one end, and where the oval field is on the other end.

The JPL blog series: Chicken bites

Also at the middle of the stretch of JP Laurel is another month old food stall where one can relax and have a good time while munching or devouring on comfort food.

The food stall is anonymous. But still students in and outside UP Diliman buy here occasionally because of the cozy atmosphere brought by the tables and chairs behind the stall. They serve chicken bites, can be plain chicken bites or can be served with rice, rice bowl style.

The chicken bites which we ordered without the rice looks good also considering the generous amount put on the food container. Just by itself, it already is good. They cook it fresh, putting on egg and flour mixture on small cut pieces of chicken fillet. For the sauce, they have gravy, hot sauce, ketchup, and vinegar. Go with the vinegar when eating it without rice. Go with the gravy when eating it with rice.

And since it is a nice place to hang out (we were there for about 45 mins which is impossible in carinderias except those food stalls located in outside areas). And with the adjacent Flavored Fries and another adjacent milk tea place, I can be there all day!

They also have fried liempo on a rice bowl which I should also try next time.

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J.P. Laurel is one of the most underrated food joints in UP Diliman. It is located near the Shopping Center along the road where the post office is on one end, and where the oval field is on the other end.

The JPL blog series: Laurel’s Flavored Fries

The next blog brings us to the middle of the stretch of JP Laurel where all the food stalls are about a month or 2 old. And where the stalls have names that are not catchy, some anonymous, but full of surprises and full of value for money.

It’s named Laurel’s. They have 3 flavors: Texan Barbecue, Sour Cream n Chives and Cheddar Cheese.

Fries that are not NYFD, or Potato Corner, or Mcdonalds, are usually deemed not good. But surprisingly, I would say that Flavored Fries matches NYFD, even surpassing Potato Corner. The quality of the potatoes are really good, they cut the potatoes fresh before the day starts, store it cold, and use it when needed.

And even though the put the regular fries in a disposable coffee mug, the 35php I paid for it was worth it. Since they fried the potatoes at a high temperature, the outside of the fries are crispy, but close to being soft and mushy inside. I’ve never had fries like that before. And since they are newly cooked and hot and steamy, it is such an enjoyable moment to munch on these potatoes. I enjoyed it.

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J.P. Laurel is one of the most underrated food joints in UP Diliman. It is located near the Shopping Center along the road where the post office is on one end, and where the oval field is on the other end.

The J.P. Laurel (UP Diliman) blog series: Owen’s Pasta/Salad/Burger

Since I am nearing 1000 hits in this blog, and just to share my amazement with how things are working out with this blog and my life in general, I would like to give you The J.P. Laurel blog series.

J.P. Laurel is one of the most underrated food joints in UP Diliman. It is located near the Shopping Center along the road where the post office is on one end, and where the oval field is on the other end.

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Let me start this series with the food stall nearest the Shopping Center: Owen’s.

Owen’s is one of the newest food stalls in J.P. Laurel, maybe just a month or 2 months old.

They serve pasta, and burgers. I did not notice where the salads were.

I tried one of the burgers, the Cowboy burger.

They start with their homemade burger patties, which are really good for the price. They also grilled some bell peppers to add some kick to the sandwich.

The burger is really good. And just for 40php, you get your money’s worth. The  Cowboy burger has a generous amount of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, BACON (any burger with bacon is good!), cheese, green bell peppers, and their special dressing that I never got to know what it is made of.

Believe me, the burger is good. And I would like to try the others. Ara and I tried the Jalapeno burger the other day, and it was hot! The jalapenos (i dont think they were really jalapenos) were in a special hot sauce that is not too hot and was dashed with a little bit of sweetness. It’s also good. Try it!

For 40php, this burger joint is really hot. I just wished they had more burger options. I am going to try the pastas next time. More to come!!