Chicken Charlie

Who’s Charlie? Does anyone know him? Well, I don’t!Anyway, I got to try Chicken Charlie a few weeks ago. I’ve heard that it’s comparable to Bon Chon Chicken but for a fraction of a price. I haven’t tried Bon Chon yet, (but soon I will), so I can’t do a comparison. But what I can say is that, dining at Chicken Charlie gives you the value of what you pay for.

1-pc drumstick w/drinks – 79php (If my memory serves me right)

It was my first time to dine at Chicken Charlie and I was so glad that their meals are very affordable. I did not expect much though, as I know good food comes with a price…and I was right. The presentation was quite simple. It’s a straight forward hey-I’m-a-food-chain meal. I can’t really complain though as it only cost me less than a hundred. But presentation aside, I love that the chicken is juicy and savory. The skin is not crispy, but I like that it absorbed the condiments very well. It’s nothing really special, though you do get a decent meal. In fact, if you’re hungry, you won’t mind ordering another cup of rice. Personally, I prefer soy garlic over buttered recipes (Jollibee chicken joy), so yes, this meal pleased my palate.

Potato Fries – 45php

You know those frozen french fries sold at the supermarket? That’s exactly how these potato fries taste like. It reminds me of my teenage life in Nueva Ecija when my sisters and I would cook these frozen fries during weekends and watch VHS (yep, vintage!). It’s actually good.

Honestly, I did enjoy this meal. It reminded me so much of my High School days when people think you’re rich because you’re eating fried chicken during lunch. Hah!  I won’t mind going back here.

 

Tealoca Milk and Teas

I used to be a coffee lover, until one day, I decided to start living healthy. Don’t get me wrong though, coffee isn’t bad for your health. In fact, I still do have my fix once in a while. However, too much caffeine can be threatening. I’m very sensitive to caffeine. I easily get palpitations whenever I try to jug down a strong coffee mix. That’s why I turned to the healthier side of things. I am now a coffee lover turned milk tea lover.My favorite milk tea fix is still and would always be 360 ° Hand Shaked Milk Tea, but every once in a while, I do entertain other brands such as Tealoca Milk and Teas.

Caramel Milk Tea: 85php (medium),  ChocolateMilk Tea: 90php (medium)

These are two of the many variants offered by Tealoca. The Caramel Milk Tea would have to be my favorite since the caramel jives well with the tea. The Chocolate Milk Tea, however, was just okay. I couldn’t get a chocolate taste out of it. Perhaps, it was overpowered by the tea. I like that the mixture is velvety smooth and well blended; you won’t feel powder residues. One thing I really love about Tealoca is that, their tapioca pearls are more chewy than 360 ° Hand Shaked Milk Tea. If you’re a huge fan of milk tea, then there’s no reason you wouldn’t love Tealoca.

See, this is the reason why I love milk teas. They’re rich with a lot of health benefits that keep your body sound and healthy. And although they still contain caffeine, it’s definitely way lesser than coffee. As philosophy would say it “always choose the lesser evil“. =)

Tealoca Milk and Teas is located at 4/F Gaisano Mall, Davao City.

For Tealoca Milk and Teas Menu, click HERE

Figaro Coffee Company

Figaro has been around Davao for years now and they do have a lot of branches scattered around the metro. It isn’t my go-to coffee shop, so I haven’t fully explored their menu. Anyway, Yuan and I went to Gmall last Saturday to watch The Campaign. While waiting for the screening, we decided to grab some hot fix at Figaro, which was located at The Peak.Yuan’s Picks:

Strawberry Milkshake
I’m not sure if most guys love strawberry, but I do know that my boyfriend loves anything strawberry. In fact, he loves it more than I do! He tried Figaro’s version of Strawberry Milkshake. I took a sip and unfortunately, I did not like it. IMO, it’s not creamy enough to pass up for a milkshake. It lacks big time on the dairy part.
Grilled Chicken Sandwhich
We had full meals instead of desserts because we were dead hungry at that time. He ordered Grilled Chicken Sandwhich. I like the intricate presentation of the sandwhich, however, I was taken aback when I saw the green herbs in between the bread. Could you see it? I’m not really fond of herb spices. Surprisingly, the taste was subtle. In fact, the herbs were overpowered by the cheese and generous serving of grilled chicken. The dressing of the green salad was also pretty delish!
My Picks:

White Chocolate Mocha

Since it was raining, I figured it was the best time to put the frappes to rest and grab something fitting for the weather. I got the White Chocolate mocha since I wanted something that has lesser coffee. Gotta love the presentation of this, too. It still taste like coffee mocha, but with a creamy addition of white chocolate.

Classic Pizza

For my meal, I settled for Classic Pizza (Solo). Again, I pursed my lips when I saw the herbs! Thank goodness for the amount of cheese, pepperoni, and sweet onion, the herbs were barely noticeable. I actually loved it! I finished this whole 10-inch pizza all by myself! Don’t judge! =p

Sorry I don’t have the prices, as I wasn’t able to take note of them. But for your reference, the beverages costs around 90php-150php, while the meals costs 180php-250php.

Cafe France: Revisited

When Cafe France launched their first ever branch outside Metro Manila (read about the event HERE), they gave the attendees a 500-peso worth of Gift Certificate as part of the press kit. I revisited the cafe a few weeks ago with my boyfriend and my sister to maximize what the GC could offer.

Roasted Chicken with Macaroni Salad; Ala Carte 175php, with coke 205php

Yuan ordered Roasted Chicken with Macaroni Salad as per my recommendation (hah!). I wanted to try it actually during the Cafe France Media Brunch  but I wasn’t able to because I wasn’t really in the mood for rice at that time. Anyway, I had a bite of the roasted chicken. It’s soft, juicy, and flavorful. It has a subtle touch of sweetness. Some people may not like sweet tasting chicken, but I do like it though. This is something you should try. Meanwhile, the Macaroni Salad tasted a little bland for my liking. Though I understood that it was to balance the savory taste of the roasted chicken.

Premier Clubhouse; Half 105php
My sister and I opted to have Premier Clubhouse. As you can see on the photo above, it has equal portions of egg, smoked ham and bacon, and lettuce. I loved the smoked ham and bacon simply because I’m a sucker for breakfast food. The size of the sandwich was pretty overwhelming even though it’s just half a serving. I doubt if I can finish a whole clubhouse.
Mini Blueberry Swirl and Mini Apple Swirl; 27php
I wanted to try their Fruit Tarts, unfortunately, it wasn’t available yet at that time. I settled for the Mini Blueberry Swirl and Mini Apple Swirl instead. It’s nothing really special but I do like that the blueberry does not taste commercial “a.k.a” fake, you know what I mean? It’s real blueberry goodness stuffed inside a  freshly baked bread that’s crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside.
Meet your Sugar Foodie! LOL!

And that’s it. Do visit Cafe France at:

– 2F Manila Bulletin Bldg, Rizal Street, Davao City
– The Peak, Gmall, Davao City

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