Showing posts with label Filipino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Filipino. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Little Manila Celebrates its 1st Anniversary with the Biggest Pizza in the UAE

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Little Manila is celebrating their 1st Anniversary today, September 14, 2016.

Happy 1st Anniversary Little Manila from us here at My Yellow Bells!


To mark this festive occasion and make it all the more historic, Little Manila is officially launching today the biggest pizza in the UAE. A whopping 27 inches in diameter pizza with four different flavors - Pepperoni, Margarita w/ jalapenos, Hawaiian and Vegetarian.

I was thankful to be part of the food tasting committee that Little Manila organized a few days ago and I can safely say that I am impressed, with the taste of the food, the service and the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Little Manila has come a long way since they've opened and they have drastically improve in all aspects of business.

(L-R) Sir Milo Torres, Pamela of Glimpses of Pam, myself, Sir Juni of Buhay sa Dubai, MM of MMinDubai and Mar of Butter N Corn
Presenting...(drum roll please) the biggest pizza in the UAE


Biggest Pizza in the UAE (the photo shows 6 flavors for food tasting purposes only)
Priced at AED 360 only which is good for 10-12 pax inclusive of choice of pasta (carbonara or bolognese), 12 Buffalo Texas wings and choice of red tea or regular cola.

Bring your barkada and be the first to try the biggest pizza in the UAE!


For smaller groups, they have the 21 inches at AED 205 good for 7-9 pax inclusive of a choice of pasta (carbonara or bolognese), 12 Buffalo Texas wings and choice of red tea or regular cola, and the 14 inches at AED 70 good for 2-4 pax served with choice of  red tea or regular cola

The pizza crust is made of foccacia bread (a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza doughs), it is soft and chewy and everything that we love about foccacia bread. The toppings are fresh and cooked nice and even.

I love each and every flavor but my favorite was the Queso Loco di Pimento or Margarita with 3 cheeses and jalapenos and the Centura grande or the super supreme

I've mentioned pasta earlier, it is inclusive when you order pizza of 21 and 27 inches respectively

pasta and buffalo wings inclusive when you order the 21'' or 27'' inches in diameter pizza
closer...

Buffalo Texas wings
The chicken is tender and juicy with just the right sweetness and zesty flavor. It comes in 12 whole wings, a very generous serving of buffalo wings.

pasta bolognese and pasta carbonara
Both the pasta bolognese and pasta carbonara were cooked al dente topped with a generous amount of sauce.

The pasta carbonara is rich and creamy with juicy chicken pieces with enough cheese to add saltiness to the dish. On the other hand, the bolognese was also delicious although I find it a little oily for my liking. Chef Jojo explained that the oil came from the three way infused tomato sauce.

The cap off the food tasting event, the new Double Decker Choco Fudge Cake was served. It was indulgent, not too sweet nor bitter. If you've been reading my blog, you know that anything not too sweet is a winner in my books.

The new Double Decker Choco Fudge Cake is available at the bread shop at AED 100/1 kg. You can ask them to write your message on the cake too.


To sum it all up, our experience tasting the new addition to Little Manila's menu was a success. I personally liked the new dishes, not being biased here but because the food speaks for itself.

Visit Little Manila today to join in the celebrations. If you are like me who missed the festivities in the Philippines, it is best to go there now.





You will also be happy to find that Little Manila brought it's own jeepney and you can have your souvenir photo taken, its for free.


Sakay na!


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Max's Restaurant Sharjah

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Max's is a family business dating back to 1945.After almost 70 years, from a single restaurant it now boast more than a hundred branches all over the Philippines and still expanding. Expansion reached the UAE with two branches, one in Karama and Sharjah City Center.



We entered the restaurant already starving; it was I guess after 10 pm, we had a very late dinner last night. We went grocery shopping first before deciding where to eat. 

You know you really cannot confuse a good Filipino restaurant because it gives you the feeling of nostalgia, it is something that you know by your heart and it always makes you feel home. Max's was like a time machine and it transports us to home. This was the first time we are dining in here after it opened its branches in the UAE. 

The restaurant is no longer crowded like the earlier time when we pass by it, did I say we are eating xx minutes past ten? So we were ushered to our table, there were only few tables occupied by diners so we almost have the whole restaurant to ourselves.

The menu consists of all time favorites from kare-kare to pancit to sago't gulaman for drinks. My sister-in-law attest by the taste of the crab fried rice so we were enticed to order three plates not knowing that one plate is good for two to share and it is so good that we finished it all up.


We also had fiesta plate for ate and Max's tapa for Mica. The only disappointing piece on my sister's plate was the lumpiang sariwa because it looks so good, big, and fresh on the photo but it lacks this quality once served, it looks more like unfried spring roll to me.


While Mica was without complain about her food. It came as a surprise to her to have two yolks in an egg but by the looks of it, I think these are two eggs cooked together actually.



This is the fried chicken that built the house, must be millions of these. It's a sin not to have it if you're at Max's Restaurant,  :p it has a secret recipe that's been concocted by Nanay Ruby (pictured above.), evidently we are sold. As always this chicken is crunchy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside like the way we want our fried chicken. It comes with some sticks of fried sweet potatoes on the side.


And what's a fried chicken without ketchup? They are selling these ketchup bottles for AED 5


We washed down our sumptuous dinner with iced tea and sago't gulaman



All meals should have sweet endings and a dessert plate sampler was a beauty but before I could even snap a photo of it, my kids were already digging in so yeah just to give you a view I nabbed a picture from a fella who have a very good review of Max's too.


That concludes our dinner and we left the restaurant happy and sated but we didn't leave without taking a picture with the ever hot papa endorser of Max's - Coco Martin un oh!!!!


And the kids with the chic! :)


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Celebrating Christmas in Dubai

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UAE is a Muslim country but then Dubai and the rest of its Emirates are open cities. Almost 60% of its workforce depends on expatriates coming from different countries that have different culture and religion living peacefully and harmoniously in the land of oil and sand. Muslims celebrate Eid, Hindu celebrates Diwali and Christians or Catholic celebrate Christmas freely in their own way and its being respected completely.

To celebrate Christmas in UAE is totally different in celebrating Christmas in the Philippines in the sense that only those Catholic or Christian populations celebrates it and not as whole country.

Dubai is a friendly place to celebrate Christmas and the government of UAE has nothing against it. For the last seven years that I have celebrated it here, it is nothing different in the Philippines.

When we came to Dubai, we carry our culture with us. After
Eid Al Adha celebration of our Muslim brothers, it became a family tradition to decorate our house or our room with Christmas ornaments that we have been keeping from the last nine months. Like in the Philippines, we also observe the longest Christmas preparation and celebration here in Dubai. As the time draws near, we also plan of how we will celebrate it, what food should be on our dinner table on Christmas Eve, of course it will never be complete without all traditional Filipino dishes, what gift to be wrapped in fancy papers for our dear friends and loved ones, buy new clothes to wear on that very special occasion dedicated specially in commemorating the birth of our Savior, and also plan for parties with friends and officemates where some are also having their "monito monita" for fun. Write letters to Santa and complete our wish list.


There are also several Catholic Churches in UAE like Saint Mary's Church and Saint Francis of Asisi in Dubai and Saint Michaels Church in Sharjah where one can attend and complete "Simbang Gabi". Inside the church premises, traditional "puto bumbong" and "bibingka" are also being sold by the Filipino community so one can also enjoy this native sweets after the mass.

On Christmas day, we also visit relatives if there is any and friends for those who are bachelors, this year since Christmas falls on a Friday so it is the best time to visit them since we are off from work.

You see there is not much difference in celebrating Christmas in UAE in my own perspective. Even in a foreign land like this, I can still celebrate it the most traditional Filipino way I know and I am doing it to inculcate it in my daughters mind that we Filipinos have our own way of celebrating Christmas and I want her to know deep in her heart what is the meaning and purpose of all this celebration.We must not forget one thing, that Christmas beyond all the lights and celebration is the time of giving and showing our love for one another. It is the time of forgiving afterall, it is the main reason why Jesus was born.



Home Decor for Christmas


Now, I want you to take a peek in our humble room that me and my family dutifully decorate with Christmas ornaments and a very special tree. This is our Christmas tree. Its the second year we have this. The very first fir tree we had was sent to my mom in the Philippines so she can use it at home. We bought it from Dragon Mart for AED 150. The red and gold ornaments are from Ace Hardware and some are curtesy of Marks and Spencer when my sister is working there here in Dubai.
These are snowflakes made of cutout paper. I made it myself with the help of Lanna then we stick it at the glass door on the way out of our terrace. I just wanted to have a feel of snow at home.


This is the holy leaf that I also made myself. Who says it has to be expensive, one just have to play with the immagination and voila, I have this wonderful ornament for my altar. Isn't it wonderful?

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Growing Numbers of Filipinos in Dubai

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This is an e-mail being circulated recently. I posted it here to give the Pinoys an idea how many Filipinos are in the UAE. We are on the 6th place with 4.3% of the overall population of this nation and contribute daily in nation building as well as building the assets of the Philippine Goverment.
An official public figure in the UAE has revealed data related to the nationality split in the country. With the latest update on the census (2007), the total UAE population is touching 6.5 million people. This represents an increase of almost 70% against the preliminary results (3.8 million) that were published back in 2004. It was not a secret that the Emiratis represent a small portion from the population, the previous estimations were always between 15% and 25%; the below chart shows that it is even lower that the estimates at 13.5% only.
Details of the nationalities as follows:-

Nationality Absolute population%
Emirati 875,617 13.5%
Arab Expat 823,633 12.7%
Indian 2,367,732 36.5%
Pakistani 822,914 12.7%
Bangladesh 589,545 9.1%
Filipino 279,602 4.3%
Sri Lanka 104,623 1.6%
Iran 100,309 1.5%
Nepal 93,4691.4%
China32,6370.5%
Other Asian151,2342.3%
Other African72,453 1.1%
Europe and Australia 134,630 2.1%
North American 41,3540.6%
South American 4,1770.1%

Total 6,493,929 100.0%
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