Where Grilling = Chilling — Gerry’s Grill

Sooo… I was lucky enough to make it to the top 20 of Sooo Pinoy’s Search for the Ultimate Food Blogger. But I’d rather say I’m the luckiest to have a Dad who’s willing to treat me for that… A treat to the next round!

Now let me treat you in return. :’) Here’s where we went for my date prize…

Gerry's Grill Singapore menu

Yes, Gerry’s Grill!

Where my Lola treated us when she once won the small town lottery…

Where Tito Lui treated the whole family after his long assignment abroad and…

Where my boyfriend treated me on our 1st monthsary. 😉

I guess that’s my grown-up perception of this resto…

THE ULTIMATE TREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

SO going back…

Daddy treated us one noon after Sunday mass. We’re the EARLY BIRDS! Yay! So I took some photos while waiting…

Gerry's Grill at Somerset

This is one of Gerry’s Grill branches here in SG. A little walk from Somerset station and I must say, it’s a bit hard  to find. But that’s what’s surprising. The flow of families coming in would tell you… It’s One Good Find!

Gerry's Grill Somerset

The early bird catches the zero-crowd shot. I like it that the resto managed to retain its trademark ambience — the resort/beach feel for a CHILLaxing dining experience.

After a few minutes of waiting, people started to fill-in. When you have nothing else to do, there’s two ways you can hustle while you wait at the resto. Either get a Pinoy magazine to read or watch the cooks behind the glass grilling your orders.

Gerry's Grill

What a witty way to keep you craving!

12:15 NOONTIME. LUNCHTIME. Orders served!

Sizzling Sisig

The Best Seller SIZZLING SISIG

Bulalo

BULALO to heat our tummies…

Chicken Kebab Barbeque

The brace-friendy (madaling nguyain) CHICKEN KEBAB BARBEQUE… And of course the staple food a Pinoy can’t forget to order…

Bagoong Rice

KANIN! In this case… BAGOONG RICE!

I guess there’s something about craving that keeps you from doing what you’re supposed to do… A shot while dining!

Yay! So just an after-shot for now…

Gerry's Grill

Take a look at this…

Gerry's Grill

There’s something about the barbeque oils that tempts me to take it as it is. I guess it’s the belief that all the savory juice is there. Speaking of juice…

MANGO SHAKE! Thou shall not forget! hehe

A funny pose from Daddy…

I call it “THE PRICE OF THE PRIZE”!

ALL WORTH IT! I guess that’s what makes it a ‘tampulan’ ng mga nakaka-miss ng Pinas. Here you can have a taste of Philippine Cuisine. You can order the lutong bahay you’re craving for, have a complete meal of sabaw, kanin at ulam and feel like home.

I think that’s why Gerry’s Grill is very distinguished. You’ll know it’s very Pinoy from the taste to the kind of service you get.

Actually, I visited another Gerry’s Grill branch yesterday…

It’s Valentine’s Day and it’s Gerry’s Grill’s 15th Anniversary! Years are counting and they keep on expanding worldwide! At Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the Rasapura Masters food court is comprised of 26 restaurants chosen to represent different cuisines around the world…

And yes, in behalf of the Filipino Cuisine…

So why would you find Gerry’s Grill among the list of Sooo Pinoy Restaurants?

Let me restate to you what’s written on the top of Sooo Pinoy’s About Page:

“Sooo Pinoy feeds your national pride through the appreciation of Filipino cuisine.”

Seeing a long line of people (of different races) queuing for a Filipino dish in a foreign country…Need I say more?

Oh yes! A little trivia:

15 years ago, February 14, 1997, the very 1st Gerry’s Grill restaurant opened along Tomas Morato in Quezon City…

And Gerry Apolinario is the man. 😉

The Girl Who Broke The Microwave

Caramel cake

I don’t know what it really takes to be a good food blogger. All I know is that I always want to try new sorts of food even if I’m too far from being that “batang napabayaan sa kusina”.

I’m no cooking expert…and I just always wanted to be.

I have a mom who ventured on a small resto, a dad who used to be on a fried chicken business (named after yours truly), a bar tender lolo, uncle chefs, lolas who mastered the term “sangkutsa” and now… a brother who’s on his way to graduating from kitchenette mastery.

And yet…STILL… I am the girl who broke the microwave oven.

So where do I stand?

I stand beside my lolas for the first sips, my brother for the “tasting time”. Basically, all I know is how a good food tastes like. :’)

I enjoy eating out, mostly in affordable restos. Well, I guess it’s quite normal para sa isang batang laki sa karinderya. Wherever I go, especially when out of the country, I always look for that “Mura na, masarap pa, may libreng sabaw at kaning refill pa!”.

And I always hunt for lutong bahay and pagkaing kalye… Kase nga, nasanay ako sa…

Kare-kare pag reunion…

Kare Kare From Barrio Fiesta

Pinakbet pag Semana santa…

Pinakbet from Barrio Fiesta

(Of course, this is not taken on a Holy Week)

Isaw pag breaktime…

Fries Isaw

And the likes… Halo halo on summer, champorado on rainy season, etc…

My first job as a magazine show segment producer for a government program really heightened my love for local foods. I always go to local restaurants for our foodtrip segment and there, I discovered a lot about our cuisine. Culinary tourism to be exact. As a PROMDI girl from a very historic province, Bulacan, values and stories in food really matter to me.

From those people I have talked to from interview to interview… Food depicts our history a lot. And I know, there’s a lot more to discover about our rich variety of foods. Let’s not forget that we live in a land discovered through a search for spice.

Now, even if I don’t really go eating out as much as I did back in my first job, still… I go out to celebrate “The Life” with good food.

Just recently, we dropped by in a local resto, of course here in our province. It’s Hernz Icecream Specialties. Yep. This is a certified Bulakeño owned ice cream shop. Here’s a sneak peak of our date…

Rebel Bar Ice Cream

That’s Rebel Bar Ice Cream for Maiks…

Caramel cake

Caramel Cake For Brei…

Caramel cake

And of course, Very Blueberry Yogurt for me…

Very Blueberry Yogurt

Very Blueberry Yoghurt

I actually wanted to try Turon Ice cream but I worry that my tummy might go crazy from eating yoghurt. So maybe…next time. Hehe

A few more pics…

Hernz Ice cream Specialties

The place is nice and I find their Christmas decors so cool. But this one really caught my attention…

Hernz Ice cream Specialties

So after reading it, I actually tried to peep in the kitchen to find out who’s that staff…hehe

It was a nice ice cream experience indeed…not to forget of course, Manong Guard fetched us from the car with his pink umbrella. Sweet!

Anyway, Bulacan is known for its sweet delicacies. We had the longest pastillas, biggest ensaymada, inipit and a lot more. After roaming over the province for good food… I guess, it’s about time to explore the bigger scope. Sure, there’s a lot more.

I am happy that I grew up with good foods. Sabi nga ng lolo ko, ang bawat gawain ay galling sa utak at ang laman ng utak ay hindi lalabas kung walang laman ang tyan. :’)

At sabi nga ng Red Ribbon box na ‘to…

Red Ribbon

So, cheers for more servings! :’)