Tagaytay Food Adventure- Part 1

A few weeks ago, me and the gang of Pambansang Almusal, went on a food adventure in Tagaytay City. Tagaytay is always a perfect getaway for it’s only an hour and a half drive from the city. It has so much to offer aside from its cool breeze and beautiful scenery. The restaurants and the food there make the people come back.

Our first stop was at the Loumar’s Cafe. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you’ll get to have a feel of the classic Tagaytay. This place offers great food all day. Want to try the classic tapsilog (beef, fried rice and fried egg) and bulalo (beef soup)? They’ve got it alongside with various pasalubong items that’s perfect to bring home with you. The best that they offer is their Buko tart! It was just so heavenly! Too bad I wasn’t able to take a photo of it ’cause we were all too excited to try it! It was so good!

loumar’s cafe, tagaytay- kathcooksph.com

Next stop, The Silver Bucket Seafood Dining! This restaurant is located at the newly opened Twin Lakes by Mega World in Tagaytay City. If you still do not know, I am all about seafood! Crazy over them! And chef Francis of the Silver Bucket just made sure that every seafood lovers will have the best dining experience here!


I loved how they serve their seafood-on a silver bucket! It was a little spicy with a hint of sweetness in it but just enough to boost the flavor of the seafood. It was so good!  

This is their version of the shrimp cocktail. It has a little bit of a kick in it. Just enough to still taste the shrimp. If you’re a sucker for shrimp and chilli, then you gotta have this one for appetizer. 


Their paella is TDF! Please give them time as they cook this to perfection. It’s serving size is good for sharing.   

Not only they serve good food, they also serve very delicious and refreshing signature drinks! My favorite is their apple juice, it’s so refreshing and just perfect thirst quencher after munching on some seafood! 

from L to R: ze husband, moi, our Executive Producer-Ning Conde, Chef Francis, kuya Alvin, and my co hosts- Bobby and Apple

I’ll definitely come back and visit this restaurant again and I’ll make sure to bring the family. This is such a perfect place to enjoy with the them. ❤️

That wraps up the first part of our Tagaytay food adventure. I’ll keep you guys posted for the second one! It’s gonna be mouth watering!


A few days ago, I was asked by our executive producer to do an easy to prepare sandwich for our morning show. Only one recipe came to my mind, my mom’s Kani Salad Sandwich which we serve at Sarah’s in Diliman, Q.C. 
Here are the things you need to prepare:
Mayonnaise (Japanese or not will do)

All purpose cream




Crab sticks 





White onions

Sesame oil

Wheat bread
First, mix the mayo and the all purpose cream (3:1 ratio). Add a dash of salt and pepper and a little sugar too. Season to taste. 
Cut the crab sticks, cucumber and carrot, into long thin strips. Then, slice your tomatoes and onions thinly.
Add everything in your mixture (except for your lettuce). Add a few drops of sesame oil into the mixture. The sesame oil is your game changer in this recipe. But be careful, too much of sesame oil can be overwhelming. Mix them well. 
Spread the mixture on your bread and add your lettuce. You may also add ripe mango or thinly sliced apples (which I prefer) to your sandwich. The salad can last for 2 days when stored properly. Its heavy on the tummy and is actually good as a meal! 


Kani Salad Sandwich – kathCooksPH.com
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Your Mornings – Served Just the Way You Like Them

So much has happened these past few weeks. I know I’m still due to post and share with you guys my fantastic trip to Osaka and Tokyo but I have to share with you first this exciting news!



It’s official! We are now part of the Eagle Broadcasting Corporation’s family! Stay tuned for more updates on our morning show on Net 25! I’m just so excited to do it because my sister, Carmella, will also be one of the hosts! We hope you’ll support us too like how you’ve supported the previous hosts of the PAMBANSANG ALMUSAL. We know we’ve got big shoes to fill but we’ll definitely put all our efforts to make your mornings just the way you like them!


Having a family member with a congenital heart defect (CHD) is unimaginable but our faith in Him kept us together and our sanity as well. Our family and friends’ prayers and support was a huge help too!

When I wrote my entry for MyChampion Hero it was the last day of submission and Evan, my nephew, was confined for his 2nd open heart surgery. I prayed that if this one is for us, we’ll win it.

Like what I’ve said yesterday in the interview, For being the no. 1 birth defect worldwide, chd’s awareness rate is relatively low. That is why we are so thankful for Champion and Fox Intetnational channels Ph for giving us the opportunity to speak about it and eventually inspire other Braveheart families (as we like to call ourselves). Also many thanks to APT productions for producing the the film. They really did a wonderful job!

To doc Jonas Del Rosario, again endless thanks to you. Thank you for taking care of his heart! On behalf of the hundreds of Fililpino families you’ve already helped, for the lives that you’ve change, maraming salamat po! You truly are a champion hero!

click to watch the awarding ceremony.






The short film “super”, the very first locally produced short film presentation of Star Movies, will premiere tonight, July 22, Wednesday 8:55 PM, on Star Movies.

You may also catch them on these dates:

July 23, Thursday, 8:55 PM

July 25, Saturday, 8:55 PM

July 26, Sunday, 2:55 PM

July 29, Wednesday, 8:55 PM

August 1, Saturday, 2:30 PM

August 5, Wednesday, 8:55 PM

August 8, Saturday, 8:55 PM

August 9, Sunday, 3:10 PM

August 12, Wednesday, 8:55 PM

August 15, Saturday, 8:55 PM


Food is a powerful binder- one reason why my family and I love to try out new food joints. Last night’s case was definitely a first. I’ve been married for over a year now and it was just last night that I’ve accompanied the husband to have the car washed. Yes, you got it right! There’s a powerful binder, a powerful taco place – CHAMPION TACO!


As a frequent passer of Congressional Extension, we’ve always noticed Champion Taco. Finally, last night before heading home, we decided to try out the place and have a car wash too. Yep, beside it is a car wash.


Being a small community food joint and all, we never expected anything special from the place. But to our surprise, there’s a reason why they named it Champion Taco. Goodness gracious! They serve 10-inch tacos!!! It reminded me of my childhood memories of our trips to Zambales and their jumbo tacos!


We ordered their best-seller of course, the champion taco! This 10-inch taco that’s generously filled with beef (choice of beef/chicken), salsa, cheese, and lettuce was served warm. The taco shell was warm too! Thanks to ate joy, the woman in charge of the place, for making sure that we’d love our first experience. That’s not all, a plastic glove was also served with the enormous taco for our eating convenience. Their tacos were actually good but if you’re a huge fan of the cilantro and jalapeños, then you’ll be longing for them. As a customer I wouldn’t mind paying a little more for those flavors that I was craving for (a good option maybe to add in the menu). All in all, it was a GREAT experience for P100 ($2.25 I Know right?)! Yes P100!!! We’ll definitely have a car wash there again and have our tummies satisfied!


Here’s their menu:


Champion Taco is raising the bar for other food joints in the area. Since the Congressional Extension Ave. is becoming a promising area for foodies, Champion Taco is definitely here to stay.

For more info about Champion Taco, you may like them on FB: www.facebook.com/championtaco or follow them on IG: @championtaco


Last night, the husband and I went to the Powerplant Mall. Oh this season’s sale is so sinful!!! But I won’t be talking about that now (except for the 50% off on Jimmy Choo’s !). We had dinner at Wild Ginger. We ordered their nasi goreng, beef rendang, and pad thai. Food was okay. They actually tasted better than how they’ve presented them. They needed better plating, I guess. Like what my mom used to say- “Diners eat with their eyes too”. 🙂 

As we were enjoying our dinner, I noticed a food stall, just across where we were eating, with people lining up to order. It wasn’t like the queue during the j.co opening (that was ridiculous). From our table, all I could see was the name of the stall-“La Lola”. I had no idea what they were serving but it really got me curious.


After dinner, we went around the mall and saw a bunch of people holding a huge carton cone with churros in it. The cone had “LOLA” printed on it. And I thought “that must’ve been what they’re serving!”. I admit. I have a sweet tooth. Well okay, I think more than a tooth! I try to stay away from sweets as much as I can but when I get my hands on them, I don’t let go! So I told the husband that we should try those churros. We waited in line.


It took us a while because they ran out of churros dough and had to make another batch from scratch. So we decided to wait patiently for it since the other customers were doing so. But in my mind, I kept thinking if this was worth it. We actually waited for 30 minutes until we finally got our order. We paid P170 for 6 pieces of churros and a medium-sized chocolate dip. We had it to go so we ate them at home. I re-heated the choco dip for 1 minute in the microwave. The churros were still a bit warm, it was already good to eat.

The verdict: All I can say is that….

THEY ARE THE BEST CHURROS I’VE EVER TASTED!!! They were so crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. And the size of it is bigger compared to the ones that we’re used to. Expect the grease, folks! These are deep fried churros! Surprisingly, there’s no “after taste” from the oil even if we were the last batch of customers they had that day because the mall was already about to close. So I think they keep track of their use of oil. Thick napkins were placed at the bottom of our cone to absorb excess oil. 



The chocolate dip, on the other hand, is running her own show! It was sooooo good!!!! When I was reheating it in the microwave, it smelled like condensed milk so I’m guessing there is in it. It was so thick and dark and it tasted like chocolate heaven! 

Their presentation is pure genius! It was well-thought! One hand for holding the cone, and the other for munchin’. How simple is that? Felt like I was eating an authentic greasy, unhealthy carnival food (in a good way)! 

La Lola serves freshly made churros and people are lining up to get their hands on them. That basically causes the long wait. I just wish that they will have a better system that will make it faster. But as a cook myself, I know that anything freshly made eats up time. It’s opening one soon in UP Town Center, which is relatively near our place. I think when they open there, I’ll just get in line earlier for a fresh batch! Haha! 

I would buy again in a heartbeat! 😍 yes I am in love with La Lola! 

Note to self: start doing cardio.

For more information about Churreria La Lola, visit their FB page: