Food Encounters Going to Ruins of St. Paul

This is a continuation of “1/2 of Team foodmarks Goes to Macau!” post.

Before going somewhere else, we ate lunch first. When we arrived at the main island, we immediately searched for any restaurant. My mom and I came across this small Chinese restaurant packed with people.

Resourcefulness in times of hunger: Since the servers can’t understand English and we can’t understand Chinese, we took pictures of the appealing food photos on their wall. Then we showed the pictures to them so they will know what we want to order.

Burp! The trip continues….

The historical Ruins of St. Paul is probably the most famous tourist spot in Macau. I wasn’t surprised that the roads leading to the site were flooded with people. To add to this, my family and I went there during a holiday season so imagine how crowded it was! It was as if there was a big sale going on!

Free sample food added to the whole awesome experience. Also, along the streets were souvenir shops and stores of clothing and apparel brands.

Public vehicles are not allowed on the roads going to the ruins. Due to this, we had no choice but to walk. In our case, we walked from Hotel Lisboa to the ruins. It took us around 1.5 hours to get there. Well, without the distractions of shopping and trying free food, it would just probably take us around 15 minutes. Haha!

It is easy to find the site but if further service assistance is needed, there is a tourism center near Instituto para os Assuntos Civicos e Municipais Building in Avenida Almeida Ribeiro.

Sto. Domingo Church: One of the landmarks going to Ruins of St. Paul

Going back to food encounters….

Beating the heat: It was so hot so my mom bought her favorite strawberry ice cream from Haagen Dazs.

Egg tarts! Egg Tarts! And more egg tarts! They taste fine but I still prefer egg tarts from Margaret’s Café e Nata.

Do you know what’s inside this?

Castanas or chestnuts are being cooked inside this “cement mixer”-like equipment. It pops like popcorn. Actually, I got a little bit scared while taking a picture and a video of it.

At first, I was hesitant on trying these because my mom, who is not a fan of these kinds of street food, may not permit me. Still, I can’t resist trying these though! I was so happy I tried it. Also, I was glad that my mom tried and enjoyed it.

Shabu- shabu style: There was an option of a plain soup (I think it was chicken stock.) or satay-based soup. One of my favorites was the ball with melted cheese inside in satay-based soup.

Alas! Ruins of St. Paul!

We were greeted by young dragon dancers practicing. I also took a video of their performance.

Seeing the infrastructures and experiencing the whole journey of walking around made me realize how strong the Portuguese influence is in Macau. I also love that Macau still infuses Chinese culture and the Portuguese culture to create their very own Macanese culture.

Ruins of St. Paul

Address: Rua de Sau Paulo
For more information visit Macau Tourism website.

Have you been to the Ruins of St. Paul? Were you not distracted by shopping and trying the different kinds of food? What were your food encounters? What was your favorite? Tell us! We’d love to know it!

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1/2 of Team foodmarks Goes to Macau!


This is Natz, one half of team foodmarks. The other half, Ella, is busy with her review study for the upcoming CPA board exams this October. Yay! Hence, we cannot travel often these days.

So I am here to share with you my journey in Macau (and a HK side trip) with my family. We celebrated New Year 2012 in the place called Vegas of Asia.

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With the advent of modern technology, internet is really useful in searching good places to go and to eat. Our trip in Macau is no exception. Since this is the first time my family and I will go to this country, I want to maximize it by going to the best food places.

With the help of my awesome partner in crime, Ella, she researched the food places that must be tried. Click the picture below to see it larger.

Sorry for my poor handwriting….

Combining old and new structures

In Macau, I tried my best to search for the recommendations from the internet. The problem that I had was that locals do not speak that much of English. Another problem is that I do not speak Chinese at all. Uhoh!

It was really a challenge to get to the places that are on the list.

Traveling to different countries is one of the motivations for, especially this Macau trip. One of the aims of the site is to help other foodies in exploring other countries easier by marking culinary journeys through quality photos and better information.

Portuguese influence is still evident but apparently, most locals can’t speak it.

Scanned from my daily calendar/ journal notebook: Notes from Macau travel

Click the links below to see more Macau culinary journeys and how to possibly get there faster!

Have you been to Macau? What was your most delicious dining experience?

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Celebrating the End of August with the New Soderno

Yesterday was the last day of August 2012. What is a good way to end it with a bang? Hang out with friends and eat good food!

We chose to celebrate the last day of the month by going to the re-opening of Soderno @ Molito,the Mercato Centrale of the south.

Here is a photo essay of our culinary experience last night. Enjoy!

Fewer vendors than before

Music started at around 8pm

The only vendor that sells dessert

What we ordered:

Binagoongan Rice topped with Lechon Macau from Rice Pots (P129): Too expensive for its quality.

White Chicago Pizza from Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Pasta (P150): Taste was okay. It might be better if it was served hot.

Bagnet Rice Patong from The Original Bagnet Rice (P65): Delicious for its price but too much fat.

Isaw from Giga Bite Kebab (P35): Taste was okay. We liked the “sawsawan”.

Isaw and Isaw ng Baboy from another isawan beside Giga Bite (Sorry, we forgot the name of the store!) (P30 each): We like the taste of these better than the first one. The marinade is more flavorful.

Dalandan drink from edgys foodtrip (3 for P100): Refreshing! Try the Wintermelon flavor.

Red Velvet cake from Piper’s Pan Homebaked cakes (2 for P140): Cake is moist and really delicious, although they used buttercream as frosting instead of cream cheese.

Caramel cake from Piper’s Pan Homebaked cakes (2 for P140): We were surprised that banana cake covered with luscious caramel would taste really good! The caramel was sweet, it almost tasted like yema.

Now that Soderno has reopened, they offer alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to take a picture of the booth selling these alcoholic drinks. But anyway, for those who want to try, the name of the booth is ”Bottella Cocktails“. They offer cocktails like Mojito, a drink named Tiramisu, and Amaretto Sour.

What’s also good about Soderno is that they also have bazaars which offer fashion finds, home accents, and many more. So you can do a little shopping as well!

We just wish there would be more food stalls next time (particularly more stalls offering desserts and more alcoholic drinks)!

Dining in Soderno really gives the opportunity for friends, lovers, and families to bond and have a good time. Plus, coming from the south, we know that south people really love to hang out, chill, and relax while eating good food with loved ones.

Details on Soderno @ Molito

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Commerce Ave. corner Madrigal Ave., Ayala Alabang Muntinlupa City

Store Hours: 6pm-12mn, Friday-Sunday

Websites:, Facebook: Soderno, Twitter: @Soderno

Have you been to the re-opening? What do you think of the new Soderno? Tell us your experiences!

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