Friday, August 23, 2013

All-Time American Favorites at T.G.I. Friday's, Philippines

It's Friday and it's definitely TGIF!

I know it's still a work day but somehow, waking up on a Friday gives me that happy feeling that the weekend is less than 24 hours away. Don't get me wrong, I love the weekdays too but to be able to have two full days where I can wake up later than usual, to lounge by our pool in hopes that I'd finally get a tan, to eat out and to catch the latest movie... who wouldn't look forward to the weekend? 

Today, let me talk about one of my all-time favorites when it comes to fun, casual American dining experience -- TGI Friday's. T.G.I.F., as my mom would call it, is the perfect place for groups to come together. Every time I dine there, I see families, colleagues or friends enjoying a big platter of nachos, sharing the pasta or burger and others would cap the night off with some drinks. I can still remember how fascinated I was with the button pins that adorns the uniforms of the server that at some point, I really wanted to work there for one summer just to have the excuse to show of my personal button pin collection. Teehee..

A few months ago, I was able to go back to T.G.I. Fridays with my former colleagues. Let me share with you what we had that day:

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Friday's Three-for-All (Php. 725)
We just love this appetizer that consists of all our Friday's favorites -- Potato Skins, Mozzarella Sticks and Buffalo Wings. In fact, it was because of this platter I was able to to have my first taste of these yummy starters and I've been hooked since! I love the Mozzarella Sticks with the Sour Cream and Salsa Dip. Yum yum! 

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Citrus Shrimp Summer Salad (Php. 575)
To have a good balance to our meal, we tried the Citrus Shrimp Summer Salad which was indeed very refreshing but sadly a bit boring too. There were just about 4-5 shrimps, a few mango slices all on top of one kind of lettuce. That was about it. I'd still go for their Caesar Salad anyday. 


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Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta (Php. 415 / Php. 625)
Not quite satisfied with the shrimps found in the salad, we ordered this pasta for two reasons: to have more shrimps and to try what our server claims to be their best-selling pasta dish. I was happy with this one and liked the creamy spicy alfredo sauce. Sadly, some of my colleague do not like cream-based pasta which is the same case with Paul and my parents so I just get to have this either when I'm with Pan or with other groups of friends. 

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Fish and Chips (Php. 425)
Notice that all of our dishes had seafood in it. That's what happens when you leave the ordering to me. I really love seafood so without noticing it, I ended up ordering all from the same kind. Oopsie! I'm glad my colleagues didn't mind as we enjoyed this crispy, deep-fried fish with Friday's signature fries. It was a bit too oily but definitely a yummy dish to have nonetheless. 

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Mocha Mud Pie (Php. 295)
Once again, no meal is complete without ending it with dessert. T.G.I. Friday's is known for their Mocha Mud Pie which is a scoop of coffee ice cream frozen in a chocolate cookie crust and topped with hot fudge and almond slices. I'd call it a work of art and just the thought of it makes my mouth water. I'm pretty sure it has the same effect on you too! 

Dining at T.G.I. Friday's brings back a lot of fun memories that I've shared with my friends and family. I can't keep count of the number of times I've celebrated someone's birthday there and there were some years where I had my birthday dinner there as well. Once, we even had a despedida party for a good friend in high school who left for Canada. It was the go-to place for high schoolers then and at present, still the same go-to place for young professionals who just wants to relax and unwind be it in the middle of a work day or after work.

So, where are you heading to this Friday night?  

T.G.I. Friday's has 14 branches nationwide. Click here to see the exact locations of each
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