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Monday, September 20, 2010

Stalk Exchange - Vegetarian Restaurant (Leyte Park, Tacloban. September 2010)

Stalk Exchange, Leyte Park. Tacloban, Leyte. PH.


Charm and I were looking for a nice place to eat at, so we decided to go to Leyte Park. We saw the park the night before, when a couple of police officers offered to give us a tour of Tacloban down town while (on their mobile patrol!) looking for Cafe Urbana (now closed according to Stalk Exchange's owners).

  
Tired from traveling from the Mc Arthur site and Imelda Marcos' house, we wanted to have a pleasant dinner at a cool place. Leyte Park was the liveliest place we saw the night before so we chose it for our second dinner in Tacloban. Amongst all the darkly lit restos in the compound, Stalk Exchange stood out because it was the brightest. I liked it because the well lit place will give me better photos.

Stalk Exchange is located at the Leyte Park where 65 Hundred Club stands. The group of restos opened last August 27, including Stalk Exchange. We were so happy to find this cute little place because no one has really blogged about it yet (okay, I googled it and found one. haha!).


I loved this wooden board showing the different dishes the resto offered. I am in love with Tofu Seaweed Tempura plate and Veggie Nuggets plate!




I love TOFU! Leave my breasts alone!

Charm and I were so excited when we entered the resto and found out that it is a vegetarian place. We both love tofu and we almost screamed with delight when we saw that almost all dishes were made of tofu! Tofu heaven! ***swoooon!




I loved the book shelves! I saw this design in one of the blogs I frequented years before.




 
 This one was awesome too!




Charm at Stalk Exchange

I loved this wall that served as a bulletin board where they posted different kinds of posters and messages about being vegetarian. It was simple and useful, my kind of design.




This one was a funny one. Haha! Poor babies!




They had this design on their paper place mats. It is a picture of a cow, showing vegetarian alternatives on different parts of the cow's body.




We camwhored while waiting for our food.




Banana Peanut Smoothie at Php 55. It was okay, could have been improved with more banana and milk.




Mango Lassi at Php 68.

This was absolutely delicious! I can drink this all day. The after taste resembled that of condensed milk, but the owner said, it was yogurt. If you happen to be there, don't miss this! It was so yummy, I was still raving about it the morning after.




 Sisig at Php 88. It ain't meat!

I thought this was made of some kind of vegetarian meat but Nelly (the owner) said that it was tofu, the firmer kind. The texture felt like it was really meat. I was impressed!




 Charm loved the Sisig. She munched on it while I focused on the vegetarian nuggets. Haha!




 Beach Lover's Salad at Php 55.

I loved this because of the Nori. This was tomato and cucumber topped with pepper and some kind of chili powder, sprinkled with vinegar dressing. Nori is now my favorite vegetable (?).




 Me taking photos of the healthy food.




 I will try to duplicate this salad. I love loooove love it!


When we were almost finished with dinner, Nelly, one of the owners, approached us and asked how the food was. She was so nice and accommodating. She took time to introduce herself and tell us about how they started the business. She also explained the ingredients used in the dishes we ordered and how they made it from scratch. It was quite impressive!

They also own a diving business in Tacloban which is currently slow due to apparent global warming, the corals aren't as beautiful as before. She said they are advocates of the environment and health, hence the related businesses.




 Stalk Platter at Php 132. Tofu Seaweed, mushroom tempura, veggie nuggets and shanghai rolls, served with soy ginger, chili, and garlic mayo dip.

The tofu seaweed and veggie nuggets are best with garlic mayo dip (their own recipe). Charm said I finished all the veggie nuggets. It was sooo good, Nelly said it was made of Banana's heart, which is my favorite too.




Leche Flan at Php 20.

Nelly said we shouldn't leave the place without trying the Leche Flan and she was right! It was sooo good, I can't believe it's made of seaweed. It's best frozen so it can retain its shape as seaweed is not as good a coagulant as an egg.




 The owners, Nelly and her boyfriend. They're from UP. :)





 I love this wall. :)




 Nelly's business partner. The woman in green is the Chef and has previously owned the only vegetarian resto in Tacloban.




 Stalk Exchange owners and Charm.



Stalk Exchange is my new favorite vegetarian resto in the PH. MUST TRY!










Food : 9/10 for all the yummy healthy food.
Ambiance : 9/10 for the simple and clean design
Price : 60 - 250 Php per person
Plus : Friendly owners; clean place; healthy food; only vegetarian resto in Tacloban.
Minus : no wifi (yet?).



Stalk Exchange
Club 6500, Leyte Park Hotel Compound
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City.
Leyte, PH.






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Anonymous said...

Hi good day!

This is mae of tv5 public affairs. I have seen your pictures of sisig while browsing the net. I would like to ask if we can get your permission to use the pictures you have taken for our cooking show Chef vs Mom. We have this episode about "SISIG" and we needed different pictures of sisig. We will acknowledge you if you have given us the permission to use the said pictures. If it would be alright, kindly send the tofu sisig picture at the email address indicated below.

Thank you very much and we are hoping for an affirmative response.
Godbless and have a great day.

You can reach me through 0927-251-5550 or zhemhaye_esperancilla@yahoo.com


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