Friday, October 29, 2010


Looking for a place to chill with your friends on a lazy weekday - even weekend - night?

Insert drumroll here aaaand: Welcome to Café Lidia!!!

The menu centers on Italian cuisine, the restaurant interior feels laid-back, toasty, fun, and homey. We ordered Pizza Lidia, Fish and Chips, FLT Sandwich (Fish, Lettuce and Tomato, cute huh?) and bottomless drinks.

The Pizza is simply unforgettable. I LOVE IT! It has this thin crust, crispy around the edges, soft and a bit chewy in the middle, and not too overloaded toppings. If you’ve tried authentic Italian pizza, you know exactly why I’m all shook up! Take a look at the Pizza Lidiaaaa (220 PhP): thin crust, a sweep of tomato sauce, olives, anchovies and capers!

The FLT sandwich (155 PhP) was good, too. Crispy fish fillet with juicy lettuce and tomato. You can have your free fix of Mayo and Ketchup, just ask the servers. They serve Mayo Light, mind you.

The Fish and Chips (160 PhP) completed the meal. I don’t know what got into us that day and we went “alla pescatora” that night. Dining in Café Lidia was a cool experience! (Did I mention they have free Wi-Fi?)

Hope you experience Cafe Lidia soon! By the way, take a look at this cute Dads and Kiddos pic at the desserts counter:

More reasons to love Cafe Lidia here.

#64 Calderon Street, Calumpang, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (632) 6477606
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Sunday, October 17, 2010


That hot, humid, Sunday afternoon, we were driving around Marikina, looking for a place to have our late lunch.

We drove around a bit, eventually parked the car beside the church (Our Lady of the Abandoned - San Roque) and started exploring the vicinity.
Just a block from the church, behind a gas station, we saw the sign "Mama Chit's". The marquee was very nice, and the place had a garden with tables and fancy stuff set up outside, so we decided to check it out... (There was a one-level totem pole and lots of colored bottles!)

 ...and lo! Were we surprised: the interior was adorned with vintage items, from 30-year old softdrink bottles, to old car plates from the US, to old print ads, and old photographs! I'm pretty sure we missed the turntable somewhere or something!

The girl (we are hypothesizing that she is the owner's granddaughter, haha) approached us and gave us copies of the menu. I enjoyed browsing through it: saw a variety of dishes, most of them western, at affordable prices, I would say. The place is semi-self service, once you get there, go to the counter to order, then pick a table.

We ordered some burger and turkey wrap, funny how the place seems fully stocked, when I was starting to get the impression that they don't have that much clients (Sorry Roni, they DO GET FULL especially in the evening!). Please dismiss my jumping to conclusions, and let's proceed with the grub:
The burger was veeeeery juicy! I loved the chips that they served with it, kind of reminded me of Barnaby's sour cream and chives:

The turkey wrap was a hit too! The meat wasn't dry at all:

The pasta was also good, we ordered the Seafood Marinara:

We were very bochogs after our merienda (ay merienda lang pala yun?), and spent the rest of our time there taking photos and keeping ourselves amused by their extensive collection.

That was the best part of our stay - looking around, as if walking down memory lane - the memory lane where we weren't even born yet... *awww*.

More reasons to love Mama Chit's here. And definitely more places in Marikina for you! Toodles!

278 J.P. Rizal Street, San Roque, Marikina City
Tel. No.: (02) 646-8547
Just across the Shoe Museum, near Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP

Marikina, aking hirang.


Sunday, October 10, 2010


Hello dear readers,

Thank you so much for taking time to visit (and hopefully read) my feature blog on Marikina. :)
WHY "All Over Marikina"?

I have lived all my life in Marikina, and through the years I have seen the city develop and its citizens acquire that distinct Marikina pride. I want to create a blog that will serve both as a reference and as an eye candy (yes, I'm into photography) for those of you who are interested in local food places in our small but lovely city.

So, I hope you enjoy reading my entries and feel free to drop comments if you would like to inquire on anything "Marikenyo" when it comes to food.

Marikina, aking hirang.

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