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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tsuta Ramen: Michelin-Star Ramen House in Japan is now in Manila! #TsutaPH #MichelinStarRamen



Tsuta Ramen opened its first location in the Philippines at Bonifacio High Street Central last December 16. But before it opened to the public, I was invited to try the first backstreet-style ramen restaurant to be awarded by a Michelin Star. As a ramen fanatic, I was immensely curious of this resto due to its status, and doubtful as I extremely enjoy Tonkotsu (pork bone) broth that I am not sure if I will enjoy other ramen broths. However, I kept my mind and my palate open as soon as I stepped in Tsuta. 


Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta was founded by Chef Onishi Yuki in Sugamo, Tokyo, Japan in January 2012. Chef Onishi learned the art of making ramen from his father, who own the ramen shop Nanae  no Aji no mise, Mejiro. Despite a successful career in fashion, Chef Onishi decided to leave his job and fulfilling his lifelong dream of opening his own ramen shop. Aside from the Japan location, Tsuta has branches in Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

Tsuta Ramen serves three kinds of ramen: Shoyu (soy-based), Shio (Okinawa sea salt and Mongolian rock salt-based), and Miso (Hatcho Miso-flavored) Ramen. Tsuta is also known for the truffle puree on their ramen bowls, adding more flavor and scent to the broth. 


The first Tsuta Ramen in Manila has 48 seats - 20 seats at the bar area and 28 seats at the couch area. The seating is small for Manila standards, but it is a lot bigger compared to the nine-seater eatery in Japan. 

Unlike my other favorite ramen shops in Manila, Tsuta's menu is straightforward: no appetizer and no dessert - just ramen, side dishes, rice dishes, and drink options. 

I had the Ajitama Shoyu Soba (Php 440), which was recommended to me by my server. My ramen bowl has a slice of Char Siu, flavoured egg, bamboo shoot, leek, and truffle pureed in truffle oil on shoyu broth and soba. 




Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!



Here's to more food and more travels, 
Better health and wealth, 
More time for relaxation, 
More time for learning,
More time for people who matter,
More time for self-improvement,
and more happiness. 

Happy New Year everyone! :)


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in San Diego


It has been months since I went for a quick vacation in South California but I never got the time to share my dining experiences during my visit. One of the exciting places I was able to try during my trip is Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in San Diego. 

Kula (or Kura) is a revolving restaurant chain with over 400 locations in Japan, 8 locations in Taiwan, and 14 locations in the United States. 



We arrived at the restaurant right after noon and the place is already packed, with a queue waiting outside. We waited for an hour, but we didn't mind because it was orderly and chairs are provided outside the door. 



There are sushi choices in the conveyor belt that a person can possibly try. All sushi in the conveyor belt cost $2.25 per plate. If you finish up to 15 plates, you get a free item from Kula. :)

Special dishes can be ordered via the tablet on the table, and is served through the special conveyor belt. 



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tsuta Ramen Opens on December 16! #TsutaPH #MichelinStarRamen

Big Surprises Await First 100 in Line


Ramen lovers, rejoice!

This is not a drill! Tsuta, the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, is finally opening in Manila and it’s giving away prizes to the first 100 in line! Be among the elite 100 who get to try the award-winning ramen in Bonifacio High Street on December 16, and reap rewards your ramen-loving heart will thank you for.

The first 10 guests in line will receive a one-year supply of Tsuta ramen, served as one hot, delicious bowl of ramen per week, of their choice of specialty shoyu (soy-based sauce), shio (salt-based sauce), or miso soba. Diners 11 to 30 get six months’ worth, while numbers 31-50 will enjoy free ramen once per week for 3 whole months. Meanwhile, the succeeding 50 people in line will each get a voucher for one free bowl of signature Tsuta ramen valid for claiming anytime within one year. Prizes are non-transferable and not convertible to cash.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

5 Reasons To Visit India's Konkan Coast

India is home to some of the most beautiful and interesting coastal areas in all of Asia. In particular, it’s the Konkan Coast – a stretch of land on the western side of the country, bordering the Arabian Sea – that tends to draw a lot of tourists as they pass through the country. Below are some of the specific reasons you should put this coastal area on your travel list.

Janjira

1. You’ll See Ancient Forts

Many students around the world learn that in ancient times, India was known as a particularly well-defended nation. Indeed, the Western world learns that Alexander the Great conquered everything in his path on his rampage to the East, until he reached the edges of India and was repelled! It is perhaps fitting with these histories that the Konkan Coast is actually littered with picturesque and fascinating old forts. The best of them is toward the northern end of the region. Officially titled Janjira, it has been referred to as “India’s invincible island,” and makes for an excellent sightseeing stop. Located just offshore (and a few hours from the Mumbai pier), it’s essentially a small island that was entirely converted into a fortress.

Ganpatipule

2. The Beaches Are Outstanding

When we talk about the beauty of India’s coastal regions, most of the natural references are in Konkan. All up and down this stretch of line there are wonderful places to relax outside and swim in the sea. Ganpatipule Beach is perhaps the most relaxing, feeling almost tropical with its rows of palm trees and calm waters; Velneshwar Beach can feel like a secret hideaway, effectively a tranquil cove undisturbed by the surrounding area; Harihareshwar Beach has its own charming coastal town. And those are only three of many options you might consider.

3. You Can Absorb Hindu Texts


Monday, November 6, 2017

Shake Shack...Finally!


Since I have shared my In-N-Out experience, I think writing about Shake Shack would be  appropriate since the two burger chains have always been compared with each other. 

To be honest, I don't understand the comparison. In-N-Out is a regional brand with locations mostly within the west coast, while Shake Shack is an international brand with locations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. While In-N-Out is a fast casual restaurant, Shake Shack falls to a more upscale category. 

Photo by: burgerdays.com

My friend and I visited Shake Shake in F Street in Washington, DC for our early dinner. The restaurant was almost full but we were able to get tables right away.  

I got myself a single Shackburger ($5.55), with Cheese Fries ($3.99). Shackburger is Shake Shack's Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce and Cheese Fries is the famous Crinkle-Cut Fries topped with cheese sauce.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Seven Corners at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria



It has been a long time since I visited and shared about a hotel buffet dining experience, so forgive me for sharing this quite late. 

Seven Corners Buffet Restaurant is Crowne Plaza Manila's most popular restaurant. It offers continental cuisine with seven interactive stations, hence the name. I have enjoyed the hotel's Chinese restaurant, Xin Tian Di, a few years ago and I was expecting the same thing for Seven Corners.



The spread is mostly Western, one of the main stations of the buffet restaurant. 



SUSHI!
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