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Review: Zark’s Burgers

I recently had the opportunity to try Zark’s Burgers, since it was just beside Mani|Pedi Nail Spa at BF Homes, Parañaque City. Honestly, it’s my first time there and knowing that this place is usually jampacked, I was quite surprised that only 2 people were there when I visited. It’s a rare moment to have Zark’s Burgers all to myself. Haha!

The place is so neat. I’m really thankful for the chance to have some peace and quiet here. 🙂 So if you want the place to yourself, visit them on Sundays, around 3 to 4pm.

Their chairs are so cute right? But I doubt the sturdiness of those bin chairs. I saw a kid fall out of one. Yikes. So better get seated on the long chairs for your safety.

While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their bulletin board which features the winners of their challenges. 🙂

Anyway, every table is set with bottles of ketchup and mustard as well as salt and pepper. A fork and knife were also laid out on the table for the burgers.

The usual condiments and utensils

Zark’s Burgers has an impressive menu of zesty, succulent dishes. Their menu consists of rice meals, hotdogs and sandwiches, desserts, and of course, their famous burgers.

Zark’s Burgers Menu

Zark’s Burgers Menu

They have a wide array of burgers to choose from. In fact, I had a hard time choosing which one to try. I ended up ordering Zark’s Ultimate Burger and a Jawbreaker for pasalubong.

Zark’s Ultimate Burger is a quarter pounder burger with cheese sauce in a bed of fresh veggies and then topped with sauteed mushroom and bacon. Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! Yum! This burger costs only P130. Quite affordable right?

Zark’s Ultimate Burger

Unfortunately, I was only able to finish a third of the burger because I felt full already. I love how it tasted though. Grilled burgers are definitely the best!

What makes Zark’s Burgers stand out is their generous servings. Their burgers are so ginormous (that’s gigantic and enormous combined)! Plus, another thing that makes them so interesting and worth the try is their challenges: Jawbreaker and Tombstone. Check out their Facebook for more info on these.

I know I mentioned that I ordered a Jawbreaker… but my sibs were so excited to try it so I wasn’t able to take pictures of it.

Don’t fret though. I will definitely be going back to Zark’s Burgers someday with my boyfriend. I’m sure he’ll love all the bacon in this one.

Sooo… Have you ever tried Zark’s Burgers? 🙂

Zark’s Burgers

Address: 2nd Floor J32S Bldg, 35 President’s Ave. BF Homes, Paranaque

Contact Number: 09237372515

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♥ Monique ♥


Purple Oven

Had a busy but productive day. We had a meeting with Philhealth and UP Manila College of Pharmacy regarding a project. So excited for this project. Been reading a lot too about this. Gonna be super busy for the next 3 months!

Anyway, we passed by a bakeshop in Pasig called Purple Oven. According to sources, Purple Oven is where Starbucks get their cakes and pastries.

Purple Oven

Purple Oven (Photo Credit: Ganch Aguas)

There were already a lot of customers when we got in. It was quite hard to choose which one to buy because a lot of my favorites were there. There were revel bars and of course, my favorite, Banoffee Pie. Eventually, we settled on getting Bannoffee Pie which costs only P650. Click here to view their complete menu.

The Banoffee Pie was heavenly! Even though it feels like we were exceeding 2 days of caloric requirements, it was indeed a guilty pleasure. It was creamy and sweet and oh my gosh, words can’t fully describe how it tasted. If only Purple Oven has a branch in Paranaque, I’d love to go there again and again!

You may visit Purple Oven at 63 St Peter St. Oranbo, Pasig. Contact at (02) 631-4221.

Starbucks Secret Menu

Have you ever ordered any of these so-called “secret” coffee combinations?

Starbucks Secret Menu

Starbucks Secret Menu

I have come across this menu last summer and though I haven’t tried any of these yet, I definitely would try them out when I get back in the Philippines.

Just take note that you cannot order these BY NAME. You have to describe how to make it to the Starbucks barista for it to be created properly and uniquely for you. According to Starbucks, their baristas do not have these drinks memorized by name but they will cater to any type of order that you would want. Of course, you just have to pay extra for these. *wink*

Here’s the text of the secret menu and some more additional combinations:

Biscotti Frappuccino

Buy a biscotti and ask the barista to blend it up with any flavor of frappuccino. It blends into tiny cookie chunks that add a delicious little crunch to your frozen coffee. *Insider Tip: This can be done with any pastry you buy.

Captain Crunch

To make this one, order a Strawberries and Creme frappe with a pump of caramel, add two pumps of toffee, one pump of hazelnut and two scoops of chocolate chips.

Neopolitan Frappuccino

Ask for a Strawberries and Cream frappe with some vanilla bean powder and a pump of mocha.

Raspberry Cheesecake

Order a White Chocolate Mocha (can be iced, hot, or as a frappe) and have them add a few pumps of raspberry.

For a Chocolate Turtle Flavor

Any drink that has mocha, caramel, and toffee nut.

For a French Vanilla Flavor

Any drink that has toffee nut and half vanilla.

Blended Strawberry Lemonade

Basically a strawberry lemonade frappuccino.

Oreo Frappuccino

Ask for a double Chocolate Chip frappe with white mocha syrup instead of the regular mocha.

Tuxedo Mocha

Also called Zebra Mocha, Penguin Mocha, Marble Mocha, Black and White Mocha, or Michael Jackson. This drink combines regular mocha with half white chocolate and half regular chocolate. *Insider Tip: If you want to take it one step further have the barista add a shot (or two) of raspberry flavoring and viola, you have what is called a Red Tux Mocha.

The Nutella

Order a Cafe Misto with pumps of chocolate and hazelnut and a caramel drizzle. For the sweet toothed people, you can also ask for caramel drizzle inside the cup.

Super Cream Frappuccino

Ask the barista to blend some whipped cream into the drink so that the drink will be more smooth than icy. This works especially well for the Mocha frappuccino.

Three C’s

Order a cinnamon Dolce latte with a pump of caramel and a pump of chocolate mocha syrup.

Chocolate Pumpkin

Order a pumpkin spice latter with chocolate syrup for a drink that tastes just like pumpkin chocolate chip bread. It also tastes great in Frappuccino form.


Other “Secret” Drinks and Insider Tips:

Short Drinks

The sizes the “mainstream menu” gives you are “Tall,” “Grande” and “Venti,” but if you say you want the “short” size to any Starbucks drink you can receive a less expensive and smaller sized drink. The size is in their cash register because of espresso shots. It’s on the menu in the Philippines, and is the same price as a tall in Indonesia.

Short Cappuccino

A “short” cappuccino is a more Italian style cappuccino because there is less room for milk which somehow got mixed in with this drink and waters it down.

Red Eye

A Red Eye is a shot of espresso in regular cup of Starbucks coffee.

Black Eye

A Black Eye is two shots of espresso in regular Starbucks coffee.

Green Eye / Blue Eye / Purple Eye / JFK (for the 3 shots to the head which killed him) / Shot in the Dark

Whatever you call this drink it is a whopping three shots of espresso in a regular Starbucks coffee. Be carefull with this one! Do not drink at night unless you want to be up all night, shaking, in caffeine withdrawal.

Poor Man’s Latte

An Iced Americano with no water and half ice, then head over to the condiments station, fill the rest up with half and half cream (certainly not the 18% coffee cream) and viola, you have a Breve Latte at less than you would pay for the actual drink.

Poor Man’s Chai Latte

Order a Chai Tea Misto with extra foam, two tea bags, and half cinnamon-half vanilla syrup. This is essentially the same drink but at half the cost.

Chocolate Dalmatian aka Michael Jackson

A White Chocolate Mocha with java chips and chocolate chips sprinkled in.

Cafe au Lait

Order the Misto without foam for a classic French coffee drink.

French pressed coffee

You can choose any coffee they sell by the bag and have it served in a French press. For coffee snobs, this is one of the best way to appreciate all of the flavors of the coffee you chose – it takes about 5 minutes for this to be done and don’t be surprised if you get a dirty look if you are doing this during their morning rush.

Chocolate Cream Frapuccino

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Chocolate syrup and chocolate flavoring in this frozen blended coffee.

Cake Batter Frappuccino

Originally, this drink contained vanilla and almond syrup added to a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino. However, since the almond syrup is largely no longer available, some recommend that you try subbing in hazelnut syrup and white mocha for a similar flavor.

Dirty Chai / Filthy Chai

Chai latte with a shot of espresso. 2 shots of espresso gets you a double dirty or extra dirty!

Affogato-style Frappuccino

If you order any Frappuccino ”affogato-style” and you’ll get a shot of hot espresso added on top of your drink as opposed to having it blended in.

Snickers Frappuccino

Order a Java chip frappuccino with two pumps of toffee nut syrup and drizzle it all over with caramel and you get a drink that tastes just like a snickers bar!

Apple Pie Tea

Black tea with apple juice and light chai

Cinnamon Roll

Combine a White mocha latte with a Cinnamon Dolce latte.

Widow Maker

Half iced black tea, half iced black coffee.

Samoa Frappuccino

Mocha coconut Frappuccino with caramel drizzle.

Thin Mint Frappuccino

Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino blended with chocolate syrup and java chips.

Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with vanilla and hazelnut syrups, whipped cream, and a whole banana.

Apple Juice Orange Blossom

Tazo Orange Blossom Tea steeped in steamed apple juice (with no water).

Grasshopper Frappuccino

Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and peppermint syrup.

The Dirty Hippy

Dirty Chai Tea Latte with soy milk instead of regular milk.

Marble Mocha Macchiato

White mocha on the bottom with no whip, shot on the top and mocha drizzle.

Cookies & Cream Frappuccino

A White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and a dash of peppermint syrup.

Bootleg Brulée

Add two shots to a white mocha, toffee nut syrup, and caramel drizzle.

Bacolod Day 6

This is my last day at Bacolod. After my usual breakfast at Jollibee, I went to the training area to give the trainees their comprehensive exam. They actually did quite well overall so I gave them a dozen Dunkin Donuts for a treat. 🙂

Dozen Dunkin Donuts

Dozen Dunkin DonutsDozen Donuts

I am actually quite amazed by how they did well during the comprehensive exam because they all passed considering that they have not had any store training. Good job, guys! 🙂

And of course, here’s the so-called CLASS PICTURE.

With Libertad Bacolod Trainees

With Libertad Bacolod Trainees

With Libertad Bacolod Trainees

With Libertad Bacolod Trainees

Wacky Shot with Libertad Bacolod Trainees

Wacky Shot with Libertad Bacolod Trainees

Wacky Shot AGAIN with Libertad Bacolod Trainees

Wacky Shot AGAIN with Libertad Bacolod Trainees

It’s my pleasure to handle the training of Generika Drugstore Libertad Bacolod branch. I know you guys will do well. 🙂 I’m gonna miss you!


♥ Monique ♥

P.S. Here are some of the events that occurred today:

  • Had lunch with the franchisees, Mr. Earl and Mrs. Evelyn, at Imay’s Bar and Restaurant, specializing in seafood dishes and Filipino foods. I was not able to take pictures but I really loved this restaurant. They have interesting decorations, mostly were various depictions of fishes. They were simple yet they’ll give you with a feeling of dining in a beach-side restaurant. I particularly love their fish-shaped lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Overall, I love their food. 🙂 The food is just good and satisfying.
  • Bought pasalubong from Negros Showroom. They have really unique and beautiful items though a little bit pricey. Also bought from BongBong’s for the usual piaya, barquiron, etc. 🙂
  • Saw Sen. Gringo Honasan at the Bacolod Airport. He was seated behind me.
  • Had dinner with Papa at NAIA Terminal 2. Tried their jumbo bola-bola siopao which costs P140, but employees get 50% discount. 🙂 It was really huge and yummy! Also tried their hakaw. Yum!

Calea: Cake Heaven in Bacolod



Calea is a specialty cake house in Bacolod which serves a variety of cakes and coffee. I was advised by a friend to visit it during my stay in Bacolod. It’s located along Lacson St. corner 15th St., in front of L’Fisher Hotel.

The store has a very nice and welcoming interior with blue and white as the main colors. They have numerous chairs that are also comfortable. This is a great place for hanging out with friends, eating cake while having coffee, and chatting all day long.

Calea's Sign Inside the Store

Calea’s Sign Inside the Store

Chairs near the entrance

Chairs near the entrance

More seats inside

More seats inside

Cute decors on the ceiling.

Cute decors on the ceiling.

Upon entering the store, I was greeted by rows and rows of cakes displayed in refrigerated cases. I wanted to try at least 3 but I cannot eat them all. 😦 So I ended up trying Coffee Fudge Cheesecake for only P85. The chocolate topping is a different kind of icing because it’s hard. I’m actually not sure what it’s made of. The large brown layer is coffee-flavored cheesecake and the bottom layer is chocolate brownie.

Coffee Fudge Cheesecake

Coffee Fudge Cheesecake

Coffee Fudge Cheesecake

Coffee Fudge Cheesecake

What’s really great about Calea is that they offer these delicious cakes with generous servings and at a very very low price. I only spent P85 for a slice of cake. The next time I go to Bacolod, I’ll surely visit Calea again. 🙂


Lacson St. cor. 15th St. (in front of L’Fisher Hotel)

Store Hours: 8AM to 10PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and from 9AM to 11PM during Fridays and weekends.


♥ Monique ♥