Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Foodie's Voyage at the Captains Yard

"Good food is all the sweeter with good friends". You already have your barkada in tow, so where do you grab some good chow? Tucked in G. Lazaro Street is Captains Yard, a 900 square meter food park which has a LOT of stalls to offer your group's varying palates. One Valenzuela visited Captains Yard several times to eatsplore food here and there. With 30 concessionaires, she believes you will not be able to try all of them on a single trip!
Captains Yard at G. Lazaro Street, Barangay Dalandanan, Valenzuela City

Big parking space at Captains Yard
Almost all of the stalls were already open the last time she went to Captains Yard as it will be having its grand opening today, January 28, 2017, at 3:30pm. One Valenzuela was able to take note of the following stalls as she roamed around the vicinity: Otso’Walo’Eat Boodlefight, LHizon’s, The Bulalo and Pares House, Jenko’s Fusion and Comfort, Leb’s Pizza Meal, Shanley's Bulalohan and Tapsilogan, Lucky Garage Burger, Frappi Tea Cafe, Tita Nins, Mr. Pick-A-Boom, Gracos Shawarma Station, Iceburg, Mr. Grillman, Aki Oishi, Kenli Streetfood, Syiesha Shabu-shabu and Dimsum, Kaycee Ann's Kambingan Atbp., Jjams Planet Chicken, LJB Ilocos Dinakdakan King, Annyeong Haseyo, Hotter Ego, Ihaw-ihaw at Polomig, Izakaya, Sugarbabe, #Foodie Loaded, Slurp, World Yummies, Bobok's Ribs, Sizzling Bros., and Binalot ni Juan.

Here are some photos you might want to check out:
Otso'Walo'Eat Boodlefight
LHizon's Cafe Burgery
The Bulalo and Pares House
Jenko's Fusion & Comfort
Leb's Pizza Meal
Shanley's Bulalohan and Tapsilogan
Lucky Garage Burger
Lucky Garage Seafood Festival
Frappii Tea Cafe
Tita Nins
Mr. Pick A Boom
Gracos Shawarma Station
Mr. Grillman
Aki Oishi
KenLi Streetfood
Syiesha Shabu-shabu and Dimsum
Kaycee-Ann's Kamibingan, Atbp.
Jjamm's Planet Chicken
LJB Ilocos Dinakdakan King
Annyeong Haseyo
Hotter Ego
Ihaw-ihaw at Polomig
#Foodie Loaded
World Yummies
Bobok's Ribs
Sizzling Bros.
Binalot ni Juan
One Valenzuela guesses that made you hungry, right? So tara, let us eatsplore Captains Yard! Eatsplore, Valenzuela City!

Captains Yard
Address: G. Lazaro Street, Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City (Landmark: Valenzuela City Astrodome)
Open Hours: 4:00pm-12:00mn, daily
How to Get There via Public Transportation: Coming from Monumento, ride a jeepney/bus with signages which go beyond Malinta such as Malanday and IS Bangkal. You will pass by Puregold Valenzuela and an Iglesia ni Cristo Church. Along that side of the road, you will eventually see a 7-Eleven store. Traverse the street beside it (Lazaro St.). You may ride a tricycle but if you are used to walking, like One Valenzuela, it will only take 5-10 minutes and you will soon be there. 
Parking Space: Yes, quite big!
Get updates on their Facebook page here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Eatsploring the Food Parks in Valenzuela City

Super hungry but you don't know what you really want to eat? One of the best places to go to for food variety are food parks. It is great to know that Valenzuelanos and people visiting Valenzuela City now have a number of food parks to eatsplore. They are situated strategically in various barangays and so it is quite easy to find one when you are already in the city. So get your sneakers and your tummy ready, for here are some of them:

Boxyard Food Park
Address: 54 Karuhatan Road, Valenzuela City (across Karuhatan 3S Center)
Open Hours: 4:00pm-2:00am, daily
What to Eatsplore: A lot actually! Don't miss ribs.PH (Go to for ribs cravings!), Lucky Garage Grilled Burger, SN'P and Roll (for their Cali Maki and King Ramen!), Tokyo Tempura Unlimited, and Vinsky Big Tummiez Desserts (for the churros)
Get updates on their Facebook page here.

Boxyard: Valenzuela City's first food park
(Photo Credit: Boxyard Food Park)
Sn'p & Roll's King Ramen is good for 4 persons. (Photo Credit: Sn'p & Roll)

Savory ribs of ribs.PH
Captains Yard
Address: G. Lazaro Street, Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City (Landmark: Valenzuela City Astrodome)
Open Hours: 4:00pm-12:00mn, daily
What to Eatsplore: Again, many choices! It is recommended to try Aki OishiLucky Garage Grilled Burger, JAMMS Planet Chicken, and Syiesha Shabu-Shabu and Dimsum (more stalls to open)
Get updates on their Facebook page here.

Exciting stall openings! (Photo credit: Captains Yard)
Captains Yard

Syiesha Shabu-Shabu and Dimsum
Jaedels Food Park
Address: Along Maysan Road, Valenzuela City (near Valenzuela Justice Hall / Old City Hall)
Open Hours: afternoon-12:00mn (for confirmation), daily
What to Eatsplore: RM Grill Burger Hauz (Now nearer! Ate in the Pariancillo-Villa branch and the burgers are good.)
Get updates on their Facebook account here.
Jaedels Food Park
RM Grill Burger Hauz
District Alley
Address: 191 Paso De Blas, Valenzuela City (near Malinta Exit)
What to Eatsplore: San Diego Burgers (for the Roadblock and Zartan!)
Open Hours: 4:00pm-11:00pm, daily
Get updates on their Facebook page here.

District Alley

(Photo Credit: San Diego Burgers)
Valenzuela City is fast becoming a foodie's paradise. No need to go that far for eatsploring cravings. Start eatsploring the city today.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wandering at Valenzuela Gateway Complex, Paso De Blas, Valenzuela City

If you have been to Baguio several times, you might have taken the Malinta Exit route in one of those joy rides. Wandering around that area nowadays, you will surely not miss that well lit structure across Puregold Paso De Blas. Just like a firefly drawn to pretty lights, One Valenzuela went in the newly constructed Valenzuela Gateway Complex (VGC).

Here are some snapshots that she took while strolling inside VGC.

Valenzuela Gateway Complex viewed on the upper level.
Another view of the Valenzuela Gateway Complex when you are from the parking lot.
Cut & Fix Salon at VGC's lower ground floor. Visit the Cut & Fix  Facebook page here.
Chowking at VGC. One Valenzuela also saw KFC and Greenwich.
Valenzuela Gateway Complex Parking Area. A UV Express Service which begins at 5am can be found here. There was the signage: LRT-Munoz-MRT-North-Quezon Avenue (Merced)
One Valenzuela found this video on Youtube entitled Valenzuela Gateway Complex 3.0 with Paso De Blas, Valenzuela City as the location at 0:05. Updated last April 27, 2016, it shows a vision of the Valenzuela Gateway Complex.

With many of the sections still closed, more progress is expected in this spot. Here's to a more exciting 2017 for Valenzuela City!

This incoming year proves to be another year of exploring Valenzuela City!  Drop One Valenzuela a message below. She'd love to hear from you. Have a great year, Valenzuelanos!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Taste of Ilocos: Finding Ilocos Empanada and Pansit Bagnet at Maysan, Valenzuela City

One Valenzuela has wonderful memories of Ilocos with her family way back in college. It was a long road trip that took about twelve hours of driving and several stop overs for food and rest. It was during one of those stops that she had her first taste of Ilocos empanada. A tired Ilocos bound traveler and a brown bag of empanada? A memorable relief, indeed! From that moment on, the desire to eat some Ilocos empanada would kick in from time to time. 

A foodie friend, LC Acharon, tagged One Valenzuela on his latest food find. Ilocos empanada in Maysan! It is but a fact that one has to go to other neighbor cities like Quezon City and Manila to grab a bite of the crunchy and savory Ilocos empanada. 

Fret no more. At the heart of Maysan Road, a humble dining place has recently opened up this December to serve Valenzuelanos with authentic Ilocos food fare. The place has no name yet according to its friendly owner, Mr. Arnel Antonio, whose wife hails from Ilocos. Sir Arnel said that the cooks also have Ilocano roots and the ingredients also come from Ilocos. 

The dining spot was once a house of a priest. It has several wooden tables where you can eat al fresco.
The Ilocos empanada was piping hot when it arrived on the table. Drizzled with sukang Iloko (Ilocos black vinegar), the empanada was consumed with gusto! One of the servers also suggested that it also goes well with catsup. The pansit bagnet was also satisfying, finding several pieces of meat on top of the noodles.
Ilocos empanada for Php45.00. There are generally two types of Ilocos empanada and this one is the Batac empanada. You may ask them to double the egg, double the longganisa, or have more veggies in it at an additional cost.

Pansit Bagnet at Php50.00. The cook said that even the noodles come from Ilocos. Other than the empanada and pansit, they also sell dinakdakan, bagnet, and longganisa. 
Noticeably, several diners would come in, eat, and buy several empanadas for take out. Bringing some empanada as pasalubong from Maysan to your family is like bringing home a piece of far flung Ilocos sans the lengthy travel time. So the next time you pass by Maysan Road, make sure to drop by the Antonio's place for their Ilocos empanada. 

Where to Get Your Ilocos Empanada in Valenzuela City:
Open Hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm daily
Location Landmarks: Beside CUZ Nail Salon and Spa and at the back of the Angel's Burger. It is across Petron-Maysan Branch.
Contact Number: 0995-1320272
Along Maysan Road, you will see an Angel's Burger joint across the Petron Gas Station. You will find the dining place a few steps behind Angel's and just right beside CUZ Nail Salon and Spa.