Las Casas Experience in the City

I had gone to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan, and it was one of the memorable tourists destinations I’ve been, I must say. When I heard that there is a Las Casas in Quezon City, going there during my birthday month was one of the things I decided to do.

Note that you still need to reserve your slots by contacting them using proper channels. Our reservation was confirmed, I think, days before the actual date. You can check their Instagram and Facebook for more details.

How to Go to Las Casas QC

We went there via Grab, but at least I could tell that—from where I live in Cainta, Rizal—the nearest and fastest public transport that could drop me anywhere near the venue was MRT 3. From Quezon Avenue Station, there are tricycles nearby that could take you to Las Casas. There may be also be jeepney routes, but I wouldn’t elaborate here since I was not able to experience it first hand.

What to Expect in Las Casas QC

Las Casas Quezon City is smaller than the one in Bataan, as expected, but it has its own charms. You will be greeted by a fountain and a garden filled with angel sculptures that would seemingly take you into another country.

For one hundred pesos, you can also tour around the plaza wherein you can see constructions that may remind you of the Spanish colonial architecture in the Philippines. One of these is St. Joseph Chapel, a well-known venue for weddings.

Both the garden and the plaza could be used for wedding receptions.

What to Eat in Las Casas QC

We arrived an hour earlier our schedule so we toured around the venue first before proceeding to Kusina Marina to dine in.

Our main dishes were bistek tagalog and tortang talong and then taro ice cream for dessert. I could not remember the prices, but these are, altogether, less a thousand. I would recommend the main dishes, but I could not say the same for the dessert.

As a sweet tooth, I felt betrayed that they recommended me this instead of the ube-flavored dessert; thus, I never wished to order something of taro flavor again.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Quezon City
134 Roosevelt Ave, San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, 1105 Metro Manila
Website: https://www.lascasasqc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LasCasasQC/

Mood-Healing Restaurant in Maginhawa: Van Gogh Is Bipolar

One of the restaurants in my “to go to” list was Van Gogh Is Bipolar in Quezon City. It was a restaurant inspired by the prominent post-impressionist artist Van Gogh, who was, in fact, bipolar. I knew about it when a colleague posted a picture on Instagram, but after some research, I decided against going, as the prices didn’t fit my budget and commuting to Quezon City was horrible. A week before my birthday, I finally went for it.

How to Go to Van Gogh Is Bipolar

We went there via Grab, but you can get there via public transportation as long as you know how to get to Philcoa, Quezon City. If you’re coming from Cainta, Taytay, and other East areas like me, you can ride a Crossing Ilalim jeep and then take either a bus going to SM Fairview or the MRT toward North Ave. For the former, tell the driver to drop you off at Philcoa; for the latter, once you get off the MRT station, look for the jeepney terminal and line up for Philcoa. Once you get to Philcoa, look for the tricycle terminal. Line up for the red ones (special) and tell them to take you to 154 Maginhawa.

What to Expect in Van Gogh Is Bipolar

You can dine in one of the two areas of Van Gogh Is Bipolar: Light and Dark. I’m not sure what Light looks like, as there was a workshop when we arrived.

Dark was ornamental and . . . relatable, I must say. I have had depression episodes, and as much as I would love to look at every word on the wall, I was afraid of triggers. I was able to feel manic, the rush of creating something. Later I learned from an article that the owner Jetro Vin Rafael had the same mental disorder as Van Gogh’s. He was there during our stay, and he seemed ecstatic to meet us, informing that we could write letters and place them inside the designated boxes.

What to Eat in Van Gogh Is Bipolar

Upon finding a seat, a “lifesaver” will explain you their menu. Take time to read what they offer. They have five feasts: classic (Php 999 per head), experience (Php 1,250 per head), signature (Php 1,750 per head), lovers (Php 3,850 for two), and great supper (Php 2,750 per head). Our was lovers, which consists of four courses: soup, appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert. Buko juice with chia seeds and a glass of wine were also served.

Before you eat, you will be asked to clean your hands with baking soda and vinegar and then rinse them with warm water. You don’t have to go to the washroom; the lifesaver will bring the needed materials to you.

The appetizer was interesting. It was a “ritual” in Van Gogh Is Bipolar that you have to take their Axl Rose egg shot (which consists of raw egg yolk, tamarind puree, sea salt, chili flakes, honey, and Jägermeister) and then say “salud,” a Spanish word equivalent for toast.

Once you’ve finished the five courses, tea is offered. You choose your tea based on the mood you want to be healed. (Since I was often feeling anxious, I chose light chill.) Also, if you choose lovers feast, you can have one box of your preferred tea.

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Van Gogh Is Bipolar
Inner Courtyard 154 Maginhawa Street, 1103 Quezon City
https://www.facebook.com/vgibipolar/
https://www.instagram.com/vangoghisbipolar/

A “Pink Lovers, Unite!” Experience in Pink Bird

Love pink and unlimited Korean barbeque? Pink Bird got it. Employed with very accommodating staff, the newest unli-Korean barbeque place in Quezon City made sure I enjoyed my first time. I was not born for buffets and unlimited rice and meat meals, but as a goer for peach and pink stuff, I decided to try.

Place

Their design stayed true to its branding: walls were pink, chairs were pink, umbrellas were pink . . . even the staff were in pink. Matched with some purple and blue, the whole place was accentuated with yellow bulbs, giving out a Barbie atmosphere. Most of the walls were painted with colorful 2D and 3D murals—a great background for your pastel Instagram feed. A corner had a Japanese vibe on it, with oriental-style room dividers and walls painted with cherry blossoms.

While their comfort room needs a little renovation as it did not seem to be well furnished, it had bidets installed. If you have to pause from eating and give your tummy a little break, then enjoy their free Wi-Fi for a while or take pictures of the place (you have a maximum of two hours to spend anyway).

Food

I have read prior reviews before we went, and I am aware of their so-called poor service. But we had a different experience on a Sunday afternoon: while the food was average, the staff were accommodating. Maybe it was the time of our visit, or the management read the reviews and improved Pink Bird’s services.

Unlike other unlimited Korean barbeque restaurants, the staff of Pink Bird will cook your own meat. In our case, while the food was being prepared, we took pictures of the place, leaving our meat cold (and since it’s our first time, we were shy to ask them if we could reheat the meat). I loved the bacon dipped in cheese, partnered with my rice wet with garlic sauce (I’m not sure what it’s called though, 9/10); however, the beef slices were a bit chewy and difficult to swallow a 7/10.

The side dishes were too spicy for my taste buds (oh god, the first morsel of their soup burned my throat), but my favorites were the marble potatoes and fish cakes. The whole unli menu costs Php 499 per head.

I liked their pink bird milk tea (large costs 110, 8/10); it was not bitter and not too sweet, and it definitely helped in canceling out the burn when I tried to taste the spicy dishes.

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Pink Bird
Open 24 hours
12 Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
https://www.facebook.com/pinkbirdph/