It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog due to unexpected life circumstances, but now that I’m starting to put myself back together, I’m back on writing.

I’ve been planning to do this food review post for a long time already, and I’m not even having any second thoughts now on whether or not to push through with it because you guys deserve to know how awesome these two food establishments in the South are.

If you’re thinking of passing by the South (FYI: when I say South, I refer to the vicinities of Las Pinas, Paranaque & Alabang), I absolutely suggest that you go to these two heaven-sent establishments to make your trip worthwhile: The Smoking Joint and Outre Manila.


The newest southern style barbecue joint in the South has been making huge clouds of smoke since they opened early 2015. From its name itself, The Smoking Joint cooks their meat low and slow. They even open their store, or as their staff say it, they start spreading the rub at 4:20PM! Witty, I must say.

Photo courtesy of The Smoking Joint
Interior of The Smoking Joint

For steak lovers like me, visiting The Smoking Joint is a must because you can really taste how much they differ from other steak joints. They offer meats that are “simple, authentic, rustic, flavorful, juicy, tender with flavors adjusted for the Filipino palate.” Aside from their main attractions, their side orders are the bombs! Don’t even forget ordering their mac ‘n cheese (P100/order) to complete the experience.

Spread the rub.
The Smoking Joint’s signature ribs (P490 for half order – good for two persons)
Single order of briskets (100g) w/ their signature barbecue sauce – P190/order
It’s so good, our jaws kept on dropping.
  • To see the full menu of The Smoking Joint, click here.



Once you’ve had your main course, I’m pretty sure you’ve saved up some little space on your stomach for a good dessert. Well I got a place for you, and you’ll never regret on trying this dessert haven we have in BF Homes.

Outre Manila, which also opened early 2015, serves quality sangers and home-made liquid nitrogen gelatos. I personally love this place so much because it never fails to surprise me with new gelato flavors every time I come. Each cup of gelato is priced at P150, but this is totally worth it because two people can share in one order (unless you’re a selfish b*tch like me, then you can have all lol).

Liquid nitrogen on the process of turning to awesome gelatos.

It’s always a struggle for me to decide what to get whenever I go to Outre Manila and there are new flavors to choose from that’s why it’s a good thing that their management gives free taste to customers who are confused on what to get. Another great thing that I like about this place are their walls. I love the idea that they allow their customers to doodle on their walls using colorful markers. Perfect for children and kids at heart.


The boyfriend slash transformed food buddy.


  1. If you wish to enjoy more your meals on both establishments, I suggest that you visit them on weekdays. These are both jam-packed on weekends, especially on holidays.
  2. Prepare P500/head if you plan on visiting The Smoking Joint and Outre Manila on the same day. But if you plan on splurging and trying out a lot on their menu, P500 wouldn’t be enough… trust me.
  3. I recommend that you try my personal favorites! For The Smoking Joint, try out their briskets, mac ‘n cheese and dalandan shake. On the other hand, Outre Manila changes their gelato flavors once in a while. If you’re lucky, get their tiramisu gelato!
  4. If you love taking photos of your food (like me!), prepare your smartphones because what you’re about to have are definitely Instagram-worthy. πŸ™‚


    • Store hours: Weekdays – 4:20PM-11:00PM; Weekends – 12:00NN-12:00MN
    • Address: #308 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City
    • Telephone: (02) 834-2970
    • Store hours: Mon-Thurs & Sun – 1:00PM-10:00PM; Fri-Sat – 1:00PM-11:00PM
    • Address: #169 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque City
    • Telephone: (02) 832-0290
    • Instagram: outremanila

** Prices and details are subject to change.

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APRIL 02, 2015

As promised, GERDVENTURES Travel Blog will not only cover road adventures but it will also feature my love for food. I always make sure that everytime I go to a new city, I try their talk-of-the-town restaurants to see what the fuss is all about.

Tagaytay City has always been my favorite escape city in the Philippines. Aside from the fact that it is only a one-hour drive away from my place, the scenery there is so captivating, the cold breeze just sweeps my feet away and the food is so great. (Everybody must try their local bulalo! I will be posting a blog about this soon!)

I’ve been going to Tagaytay ever since I was a kid, but I was not able to really go around the city that much. So when I got myself a job, earned my own money, and had the ‘freedom’ to do what I want, I decided to go back to this place and try one of the most talked about restaurants in the city, Bag of Beans. I remember everytime we try to get a seat on this restaurant, we always fail to do so because of the long line of people who are also trying to get their chance to check out what Bag of Beans has to offer.

11083864_10153220964804173_8570739079671520278_nBag of Beans isΒ the ultimate one-stop restaurant in Tagaytay that specializes in gourmet and all-time favorite Filipino and international dishes. They also serve one of the best freshly-baked breads I ever tasted, homemade pies, and of course, I can not forget to mention their heaven sent freshly brewed coffee.

When I brought my family with me last summer here at Bag of Beans, the first thing that really caught my attention upon entering the restaurant is the interior design. It was so homey and pleasing to the eye.

Glass lanterns used as drapes around the hallways of the restaurant.
Recycled colored bottles that served as mini chandeliers.

There are different kinds of seats that welcome the hungry guests of Bag of Beans. For couples who wanted to have a romantic date, they have their gazebos covered with white sheets for privacy. This is usually decorated with Christmas lights to give a sweeter touch. On the garden area, series of wooden tables and chairs are placed for a casual coffee afternoon with friends. My personal favorite is their set-up for family lunches. It makes me feel like I’m home.


Like I said earlier, Bag of Beans offers a wide variety of food and drinks. We went there for a quick dessert stop, and I was not wrong with my decision. With the scorching heat during that time, they really quenched our thirst for a cold treat.

Bag of Beans’ own version of the Filipino dessert, halo-halo (made of beans, gelatin, jackfruit, banana, leche flan, ube jam, shredded ice, and topped with your choice of ice cream).
Homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream & choco mocha milkshake
One of my favorites: homemade blueberry cheesecake
Oreo vanilla milkshake

We definitely enjoyed our visit to Bag of Beans, and I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t be the last, considering they also allow pets inside! (Plus points for dog lovers like me!)



  1. If you are going on weekdays and/or holidays, make sure to do a table reservation. They are always full on the said dates.
  2. Bring a camera! You’ll fall in love with the place, you’ll regret not capturing your visit.
  3. Prepare at least Php1,500 for 2 persons. One meal is not enough for a person, you’ll keep on asking for more. (But don’t worry, their prices are reasonable.)
  4. VisitΒ their bakery when you visit Bag of Beans, they usually hold sales on their pastries but don’t forget to check the expiry date!


  1. New & Traditional American
  2. Asian Fusion
  3. British
  4. Filipino
  5. Italian
  6. Seafood & Steakhouses


  1. Table Reservations
  2. Walk-Ins
  3. Take Out Service
  4. Waiter Service
  5. Outdoor Seating


  • Breakfast Buffet open from 6:30am – 11am
    Price: P395+ per person
  • Brunch Buffet open from 11am – 3pm
    Price: P495+ per person
  • Buffets are served every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
  • Children from ages 7-10 get a 50% discount.
  • Senior Citizens get a 20% discount upon presentation of Senior Citizen’s Card.
    Cash and Credit card payments are welcome.
  • Address:Β 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines
  • Operating hours: Mondays – Sundays (6:30AM – 10:00PM)
  • Contact number:Β +63 922 881 8265 for dining & reservations from 6:30AM – 10:00PM.
  • For inquiries, message them through their Facebook page:Β

** Prices and details are subject to change.

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