Way back 2013 or so, I thought of starting a site to be named “Table for Two”. It would be a food blog, because I always ate out with my then boyfriend and that phrase was what we’d normally say when we enter a resto. In the same manner that the relationship did not progress, so did that idea never materialize hahaha! No bitterness, just a comedic opportunity haha!
Fast forward to 2017, when I noticed Pao and I did nothing but eat, the idea of making a food blog came back. Alas, the domain tablefortwo.com (well .blog) is now taken. So we just continued eating, with me taking (horrible) pictures of my food every now and then.
Then around 2 weeks ago, we had dinner with my college best friend Pauline (Pol) who has noticed that our top couple activity is eating. The idea of food blogging came up and I told her about how I had that Table for Two plan way back. Ever so supportive, she said I SHOULD write about our food adventures. We played around the idea of “Table for Three” wherein there would be a friend eating out with us – her being the first guest haha.
I kept that idea on the surface every time I’d eat out, telling myself I’d get started on writing about things I ate in due time. As of 15 minutes ago, it was still on the table. Until I searched for Table for Three on the internet and found that another witty individual already owns it.
Hence, just read about my food encounters under gemmaflorido.com and enjoy! Hahaha!
Kicking things off with my Drive-by Taco and Southern Dairy experience!
I used to rarely go to the South. The “South” basically refers to the southern area of Metro Manila. In distance, I don’t live far from the South. But with Manila traffic, oh boy! There are days when that 20 km drive would take you 3 hours to cover. But since Pao lives in the South, my visits have increased. And Pol who also lives in the South is happy about it because she’d always be the one heading to Makati (where I live).
So as mentioned, a couple of weeks back, we had dinner with Pol. We ate at Drive-by Taco located in Aguirre St. in BF Homes, Paranaque. If you search it online, Aguirre St. is a famous street for eats in the South. It’s known for good restaurants that you can only find in the area.
At Drive-by Taco, we ordered Beef Nachos (for sharing), Chicharones Taco (Pol’s order), Chicharones Burrito (Pao’s order), and Cubano Taco (my order). Best paired with either a bottle of beer or my personal favorite, a cold glass of Coke Zero.
Disclaimer: I’m not the best in taking food photos ahaha! Nonetheless, see as follows. Our orders arrived after just the right length of waiting.
The Beef Nachos at Php 200.00
Cubano Style Ground Beef Taco at Php 85.00. Chicharones Burrito at Php 245.00. Chicharones Taco at Php 125.00.
The nachos were okay. Not out of this world but good. Currently thinking where I had the best nachos… and zilch. I like Nachos King lol! But it could use some jalapeno, and the Drive-by Taco nachos has jalapeno so thumbs up for that!
I think if you’ve had La Chinesca, which is another taqueria located in Aguirre St., you’d have a hard time finding a place that serves better. This was what crossed my mind while I was eating my Cubano Taco which I found to be a bit dry (naks fumu-foodie lol). The Chicharones Taco of Pol was really good though! Wish I had gotten the same thing. After trying Pol’s food I proceeded to eat Pao’s burrito because I like the meat and flavor of Chicharones 10x better (OA haha) as to that of the Cubano.
One thing to note is that Drive-by Taco makes their own tortillas. Pol really likes this. 🙂
Overall our meal at Drive-by Taco was good! It’s worth going to especially if you want a laid-back night. Compared to La Chinesca, it has more space. I like that we chose an outside table because the air that night was not so hot. Hence, going al-fresco was perfect.
We craved for something sweet after so the suggestion of the Southerners (hehe) was to go to Southern Dairy. I garnered it’s the only dessert place in Aguirre St. Let me know if there are other places! It was a 3-minute drive away from Drive-by Taco.
I didn’t get to take a picture of Southern Dairy’s interior but I like the neutral colors and the chalk on blackboard menu they had going. One thing I didn’t like about the furniture they used though are the steel chairs… which have turned rusty. So if you rest your arms on the armrest, you smell of iron after.
Pizookie at around Php 200.00? I forgot the exact price
We ordered a Pizookie which is a half-baked chocolate chip cookie served on a skillet with ice cream on top, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce. I sadly didn’t like it. 😦 I tried hard to, but did not. The ice cream was good! But I think half-baked cookies aren’t for me. I can taste the rawness and my tummy had to suffer on behalf of my whole body haha. I definitely won’t come back for a Pizookie haha but I’m up to try other desserts or maybe main menus since they have those too. 🙂
Here are pictures of us at Southern Dairy. Spot Pol giving a look of disgust with our new habit of doing a finger-heart ahaha!
Expect more South resto reviews! Til then –