Photo Friday is back. I am always looking for a new experience to capture with photos.
I recently read an article in my AAA magazine, San Diego Westways. The magazine featured several popular Asian franchise restaurants from Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea.
I chose Jollibee restaurant to visit. Jollibee serves American-style fast food, but does it with a Filipino Twist. Trust me, you have never had fast-food like Jollibee before.
Jollibee is the Philippine’s largest fast food chain with more than 600 stores. There are 12 stores in California. We visited one in San Diego.
My family and I had no idea what to expect for our visit. We were greeted by a giant red bee in a tuxedo jacket standing outside the restaurant.
I walked into Jollibee with camera in hand and asked the servers if I could take photos for my blog. I was referred to the manager. He told me photos would be fine and treated my family to free fruit pies. The pies are like McDonald’s apple pies, but with flavors of peach-mango and banana-langka. Yummy.
The most popular dishes are Chickenjoy (crispy-coated fried chicken) served with gravy; Jollibee Spaghetti (spaghetti covered with a sweet sauce made from hot dogs and banana ketchup); and Palabok (bihon noodles topped with garlic sauce, pork, fried pork rinds, smoked fish flakes and hard-boiled egg).
Other restaurant specialties include: breakfast with spam and eggs and a popular dessert called Halo-Halo. Halo-Halo is Filipino frozen dessert with layered condensed milk, shaved ice, sweetened beans and ube (purple yam). I am sorry to say we did not try the Halo-Halo this trip, but vowed to try it next time.
My teenage boys enjoyed burgers served with rice. My husband and I shared the Jollibee Spaghetti, Chickenjoy and Palabok. The sweet spaghetti was too sweet, but we all loved the Chickenjoy and Palabok.
Jollibee food is good, maybe too good. Most food choices are high in sodium and fat. There is not a single salad to be found on the menu. If you visit, eat a light breakfast. You will be able to eat the food with less guilt.
The service was excellent and the family wants to go back again soon.
Hope you enjoyed the visit to Jollibee. Talk to you soon, friends.