Chili’s: Not just for hot stuffs

13 05 2009

Chilis logo

A friend back in grade school contacted me last month.  After exchanging pleasantries over the phone, we decided to meet up for more updates and bonding.  Previous schedules didn’t push through until last Friday.  Chili’s Grill and Bar at Greenbelt 5 was our venue.  It was still early when I reached the area so I thought of making a reservation before scanning the mall to while away the time.  I learned though that Chili’s does not accept reservations but it allows you to get a table while waiting.  It was only around 6 p.m. and my friend was just in the vicinity so I just went with my shop-browsing.

I hadn’t gone far enough from Chili’s yet when my friend arrived.  Without much ado, we dragged our feet straight to the resto and chose a non-smoking area.  I tried to look for the most recommended offerings beforehand but my friend does not go for spicy stuffs so I decided to try other dishes with interesting descriptions in the “Favorites” section of the menu.  We started off with Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad which did not impress me much.  It was short of dressing but I liked the taste of the shrimps.  I’m a pasta and noodle lover so any meal will not be complete without a least one pasta or noodle dish.  That night we opted to have Tomato Basil Chicken Penne, the only tomato-based pasta.  My friend and I were both disappointed with this dish.  There was something lacking.  We requested for more parmesan but that didn’t quite fill the void.  I loved the tender grilled chicken breast though. 

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

We also had the Big Mouth Burger Bites, which is the bite-sized version of the Big Mouth Burgers, with savory and juicy mini grilled beef burgers topped with bacon, American cheese and Ranch dressing and complemented with onion rings and fries. We had them well-done.  I wouldn’t come back for this, although it was quite satisfactory for me, co’z I really don’t go for burgers now.  I just did for the experience.  I would rather try its fajitas next time. 

Big Mouth Burger Bites

We were initially planning to have margarita but we ended up with bottomless lemonade.  On the overall, this place is still worth coming back to for its cozy ambience, great service (I salute the crews who attended to us) and maybe sumptuous dishes still to be discovered. 


Justice for Baron!

11 05 2009

Up to this moment, I still can’t get Baron off my mind.  Today, a day after Mother’s Day, on the first working day of the week, at around 6 a.m., our dog – Baron, met an untimely death in the hands of some cruel people in the neighborhood.  I was on my regular morning beauty rituals when I overheard mother breaking the news to my father as she came in the house, so I got out of my room.  “Anong nangyari” (What happened?)  She told us that Baron was hit by a vehicle and was lying, still warm, on the road next block.   I told her that I was sure he was not hit or ran over by a vehicle.  No one can drive a vehicle that fast in our streets that would kill a dog.  He was beaten to death, I was very sure.

Father brought his body in front of our gate.  My whole body was trembling, my heart crushed as I watched him lying lifeless, his mouth still with some blood.  I still could not believe what I was seeing.  I wanted to cry… Mother was misty-eyed.  From the looks of Baron, he was really beaten.  Mother even saw some wet marks near his organ, an evidence that he urinated on the spot while fighting for his life.  How dare those people kill a man’s friend?  We had lost several dogs in different occasions in the past.  After they broke out of the gate, they never returned, not because they did not want to or because they did not find their way home, but because they were captured and I think killed to be made as “pulutan” (a snack accompanied with liquor or beer).  I couldn’t think otherwise co’z there was an instance when I heard dog cries after our dog got out and was nowhere to be found.   We’re very much aware that there are some people in the neighborhood who are dogmeat eaters. 

In the case of Baron, he broke out of our gate when the tenant in our other house left at around 4:30 a.m.   So while roaming around the next block, I was sure he was beaten but was able to get away from his attacker/s until he fell down on his way home.

This experience is more painful compared with the previous losses co’z right then and there, we saw a long-time companion, who was so full of life and energy, now lying in silence, idle and gone forever….

I personally condemn you all, whoever you are, who are responsible for the death of Baron.