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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Burger Battle Royale part 1

I call this post –the Burger Battle Royale. I love eating burger in different resto and fast food, I also tried the burgers in hotels with expensive price. I also heard about the biggest burger in town, but I’m not convinced to try it because they just sell the size and not the flavor, there’s nothing special about those giant burgers, But in the future, I’ll give it a shot and try if it is indeed yummy. Burgers are introduced here when Americans invaded the Philippines during the WWII and the absorption of the style and American culture became a common and regular food meal in almost all local and international fast food and resto.

Its just a bun with fried patty meat with pickles, onions, lettuce, mayonnaise and catsup, it’s a regular style and taste the same in the past, but I still miss those old burgers sold in mini fast food joint like Burger Machine, Pac-man, Tropical Hut Hamburger, Scott’s burger and also I miss that P10 burger sold in our canteen in UST when I was in elementary.

I remember when I was with my Grandma Epang and mom during the 80’s and we dined in to this mall in Makati, from the basement of the mall, they have this mini restaurant in “sosyal” theme, the serving and style is like in a hotel, I forgot the name of the mini resto but it’s not fast food joint, the mall is still there but the mini resto is already gone.

My mission on that year is to eat the biggest burger in town! My Grandma Epang is happy to see me craving for the biggest burger, then she shared to me that the burgers in the USA (she lives there) is so big!!, I started to imagine how big it is, but then I look on the other side that the burger in the US is much bigger than the Jollibee Yum that I know from their Carriedo branch. We ordered some food and then I ordered a burger, it was weird that their burger is served in a plate with lots of French fries, the fries are big and it places Jollibee and Mcdo’s fries to shame and also the burger is big!!, it was my first time to eat a burger using a fork and knife, my Grandma taught me on how to eat it, because I complained that its too big and I don’t know how to eat it. I discovered from there that the burgers comes in different sizes and has different way to eat it.

Transport back to our town in Sampaloc, Manila, there I discovered the yummy burgers of Burger Machine, the only burger stand we know that exist during the 80’s in the corner of Dimasalang St. and Laon Laan st. in Sampaloc, Manila. People line up there just to buy a burger, there’s also an opening promo that they gave out coupons and get a discounted burger price. It was chaos for me and I felt that I was ignored by the staff of Burger Machine and then I didn’t know that they are taking too many orders and my order is after 40plus orders more. I stopped ordering and went home, I told my mom and dad that I want a burger, there we went to Jollibee Carriedo after attending a mass in Quiapo Church.

Burgers are already a part of my life, and they are evolving, from yummiest form up to the weirdest form. I still hunt for the yummiest burger in town, the most affordable and the rarest burger of all. Also joining Burger eating contest is fun!!! but deadly hahahaha

Here I start my Burger Battle Royale and this will be a new blog series. enjoy!

Chili’s Big Mouth Burger - Gourmet Burger
A peppercorn crusted creation with fried pickets, gouda cheese and Dijon aioli. This is my favorite in the line and I love the gouda cheese on it

Ultimate Mushroom Burger
With mushroom sauce, swiss cheese and crispy onion strings, the winner in all sizes and heavy fillings, with the title as the ultimate, we should respect this due to its size

Smoke Meatloaf Burger
The title says it all, the meatloaf is like an embutido,but a lot more tastier. The burger is laoded with shredded letture, tomato, pickles and onion strings.
obviously, I just lifted this post from my old food blog

Chili’s Big Mouth Burger is a big eye popping and mouth watering delight, the bigger, the better theme will satisfy you. I encountered this way back 2010, and I’m not sure if Chili’s still offer this. Hmmm I think I need to visit Chili’s again.

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Jollibee Champ
Its my all time favorite burger for a fast food joint, I complained years ago that their Champ is getting smaller, you can tell the difference if you order this regularly, but when the burger battle started last 2011, I noticed that Jollibee is honest that they make The Champ bigger again. I enjoyed eating this and its my messy nature to eat as all the catsup and burger juice flows from behind the burger.

KFC Cheese on Top burger
I like to give KFC an award for innovating an original style for their chicken burgers, 1st was the Double Down and the Tower Burger, now they have this kind of burger with cheese on top and they placed the cheese on top of the burger and instead of inside the burger. They re-cooked the burger again in an oven just to melt the cheese. It was a disappointing look when you saw the actual burger, and when you compare it to the poster ad they have, the cheese on top burger on the ad is much yummier. But then, I found the KFC Cheese on top burger delicious!! thanks to the cheese that melted on top of the bun.

KFC Tower Burger
watch my video that I ate this in 2 minutes -

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McDonald’s Big N’ Tasty burger
It’s a late offering to us to have this Big N’ Tasty burger, its one of the most popular burger in McDonald’s, I still prefer the Big Mac, Double Cheeseburger and the Quarter Pounder burger, I don’t know why… maybe because the 100% pure beef didn’t sink in too deep to my taste buds and prefer the regular burgers. They say its big, but there are some parts that are tasty. It is still small for me, but not messy to eat it. I still enjoy the Big Mac with lots of lettuce, tomato, pickles and cheese, but here for the Big N’ Tasty, I can eat it in 5 bites only.

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Tokyo Tokyo Baa-gaa - Godzilla burger
Tokyo Tokyo launched the very first burger line of this Japanese fast food. I tasted their 5 kinds of burgers, the 1st three burgers are available in the market, but the other two are not yet available, I think they just did a taste test to us that time during the launch of Tokyo Tokyo Baa-gaa burger line. I believe that the last two burgers will be a hit, just watch out for it. As for this Godzilal Burger, its my new favorite burger of the generation, its 100% pure beef, with lots of cheese and check out the thickness of the burger patty..its really a Godzilla burger!, its tall and it can match the size of that small catsup in tetra pack. Did you know that I ate this after I got disappointed when I ordered Mcdo’s Big N’ Tasty. It’s the yummiest burger for me, but I just wish that Tokyo Tokyo will also offer catsup for their burgers, I just don’t like teriyaki sauce being poured on my burger, its messy and makes the burger salty.

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my 2nd order of Godzilla burger after two weeks

Tokyo Tokyo - Shitake Burger
Shitake burger is one of the 1st burger line that comes along with Shogun burger and Godzilla burger. I like the taste of this burger with shitake mushroom on top of the burger beef patty, I think I need to eat this again because I forgot the taste of it.

Big Better Burger – Double Dare with Cheese
I read online about this new burger joint in SM North EDSA Annex, I visited it after a month and then I ordered the biggest and most expensive burger from their menu. The Double Dare with Cheese. I didn’t expected that it is big and heavy! Its like meeting a saint and you go out with them and play golf or bowling for the entire day. I thought that I can’t finish this, but I’m glad my iPhone 4S keep me company and as I update my Twitter and Instagram, then check my emails…and do lots of mobile internet jobs, I noticed that I finished this burger around 20-25 minutes. Its heavy because of the thick double dare patty and I love the melting cheese, I think next time I’ll try to have an additional cheese to this burger.

my version of Darth Vader Burger
The concept came from Quick fast food in France, in line with the promotion of Stars Wars movies back to the big screen in 3D format. Here in Manila, I re-heated my Johnny Rockets burger in the oven and it turns black.

Wendy’s Son of a Baconator
I thought that the Son of a Baconator will be bigger than the regular Baconator, but then it was like a medium version of the Father Baconator. I’m not sure why they call it the “Son” and the Baconator maybe the father of it. I heard that there’s a mother and I can’t spill the details here because it will come out really soon in Wendy’s. Kudos to Wendy’s for battling head to head with other burger joints.

Wendy’s The Baconator
It’s a 100% pure beefy burger double patty top with lots of cheese and some bacons. The Baconator reigned the burger throne during its 1st launch, and it dethrones all fast food who serves The Baconator. It’s a dare burger, because you might have an heart attack when you eat this. Its one of the best burger that was ever made. Big….and crazy! I still love this,but its so pricey for me. But what the hell… I always enjoy this when I ate it.. omg.. I’m going to buy one now.

So that’s the end of our Burger Battle Royale party 1, expect more burger battles here in my blog. I like a head to head battle between the Godzilla burger vs. The Baconator and see who will win. But for me,
the Double Dare Burger, Godzilla burger and Baconator burger stands out!

Watch out as we will try new burger concept and new burger venues.

But then..I’ll be waiting for this…..


and this...
McDonald’s Japan – Mega egg and Mega Tomato burger

happy eating!

The Bread and Sandwich chronicle part 1

This is my new series in my blog, the original title was supposed to be – “the sandwich chronicle”, but then I realized that all my food photos posted in this section are not purely sandwich, but most of it are toasted breads and other bread concepts with weird spread. I decided to convert the title to “ the bread and sandwich chronicle”, just to make the bread be included in this blog post series.

I love eating bread, its my love food every morning and during afternoon, its my comfort food and added with a hot coffee or tea makes it a great combination. The bread can be made from any kind of bread, I’m not choosy when it comes to bread but I’m very choosy when it comes to spread for the bread. I love Star Margarine, Dairy Crème butters and Lady’s Choice sandwich spread, sometimes I love Reno and Lily’s peanut butter, but it’s a seasonal favorite and I’m not eating it everyday. My bread companion is always the Lady’s Choice sandwich spread and Star Margarine.

From June to September 2012, I took photos of different kind of sandwich and bread meals that I consumed from those months. There are also unrecorded sandwiches that I forgot to take pic and sometimes my tummy comes first and never bother taking photos for my blog or Instagram. But I’m sure if you are a follower of my Instagram and Twitter network, you’ll see lots of photos of my sandwiches and bread in your PC or smartphones.

I love eating sandwiches!! and if ever I hear or watch the music video of Yo Gabba Gabba’s “I love eating sandwiches” there are instances that I want to travel out of town and head to the nearest mall that houses the yummy Oliver Sandwiches or Subway. I think I need to check out some sandwich hubs in the metro and check out which are the best and which are the flop. I’m thinking also if ever I need to dare myself try – The Sandwich Guy, I’m scared to eat there, after the scandal in the past, I still bow not to try it, but the scandal is dying already and I think I need to give it a shot and a 2nd chance, because the rumor spreading online is not proven and I don’t know if the TSG sued the customer who spread an email letter to tell everyone about the unhygienic state of TSG, but I’ll give them a chance soon and maybe try it.

Also I love the egg sandwich of Oliver’s Sandwich, I can it eat it forever!, so when I’m in a mall or a place that offers Oliver’s Sandwich, expect me to drop by and order a take out meal. I don’t know what’s the magic of these sandwiches,they are the best for me, and its like living in the heavens and I don’t want to go back.

When my wife ordered me to boil eggs and make an egg sandwich, I always leave my work and head to the kitchen, because egg sandwich is one of my weakness, and also don’t forget the yummy Star Margarine with sugar on top of your bread is always a winner, If you grew up in the 80’s and you are a Filipino, you’ll understand this kind of trend that we followed since childhood and til we grew lots of white hair, we still love it and misses the taste. I started doing that again for the mid year of 2012, and I’m the only person adding sugar on top of my Star Margarine here at home. I tried the Vanilla flavored Star Margarine and it tastes so bad, they should avoid adding flavors, they should remain original…just like Reno in a can, that never change its logo and packaging and I think it exists even way before former President Ferdinand Marcos learned how to rule the Philippines.

Sandwiches are here to stay and I love them… and I’m lucky because my wife makes yummy sandwiches every afternoon.
Cheesy melt sandwich of Starbucks

ohh yummy wraps and sandwiches in Starbucks

me and wife enjoyed eating while chatiing.. its our only time to chat during break time.

Home made sandwich by my wife, she always get mad at me whenever I don’t use the lettuce and cabbage that she bought

ohhh baby… my meal every morning here at home
Best with Gardenia bread

For the 1st time in my life, I saw myself cutting a loaf of bread, we bought this during the Habagat rain and flooding, all stores and malls are flooded and closed and the only open establishments are the nearby bakery, it’s a luck for us to bought this uncut load of bread from the bakery. Everyone from the village are panic buying and we must buy this immediately

my toasted bread with sugar and Star Margarine in the afternoon…

I think this is a spam and egg sandwich from Starbucks

Egg sandwich prepared by my wife

Tuna sandwich at home

Egg sandwich that was served at Medicard clinic

a closer look of my toasted bread with sugar and Star Margarine.

Bread and humus dip.
Suddenly, my wife got addicted to that humus and she bought a bottle of humus and she created a dip for our bread.

Thanks for reading my bread and sandwich chronicle, see you after 3 months!

Another Issue

I thought that I can finish my work starting Monday, but we just experienced some internet problems and it took me awhile just to fix it. I think our modem and router need to rest, I turn it off and then turn it back again, I waited for another 30 minutes to have a normal wifi signal. Our router might give up soon, but I checked its condition and it looks okay.

My mobile number is nearly cut off, it will be my first time to pay for a post paid plan and I need more extra time to do this, go to the mall and pay for the mobile plan package. I skip attending events lately because my body need to rest and I need to finish lots of work here at home. Lots of projects are coming in and Christmas is months away! I must prepare.

I need to re-program myself and install large post it notes infront of my laptop. Reminders..reminders…and lots of notes to myself

Okay..I’m going to take a bath just to put away all the stress of doing nothing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Big reset again for my day of routine and I’m out of balance already. Lots of jobs are taking over my list and my table is overflowing with tasks that are needed to be finished before the start of October. I’m trying my best to finish all of it and now new projects are coming in and I need to finish all those back logs. Last night, someone volunteered to be my assistant, and I was thinking of getting one assistant few weeks ago, because of the workload coming in and all of it are needed be accomplish before mid of this month.

I’ll re-organize myself first and start new.
good luck to me.

btw, I’m having some browser issues since last week. I don’t know what’s the problem of Firefox and Google Chrome, btw, I’m using Windows 7 OS.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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