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Monday, January 14, 2019

Magnolia Bakery Opens in Manila as M Bakery #MagnoliaBakeryManila #MBakery



Last August, Magnolia Bakery, one of the most iconic dessert shops in New York City, opened its first location in Manila as M Bakery. Magnolia Bakery has numerous international locations including South Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, and Qatar but the Manila location is its first in Southeast Asia. 

Famous Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery is known for its classic American desserts, with the Famous Banana Pudding as its bestselling item along with their delicious cupcakes. 



I was invited to be one of the lucky ones to experience M Bakery a few days before it formally opened and got to try the desserts that M Bakery has to offer. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ooma Modern Japanese Food in SM Megamall



Whenever I'm in the Philippines, there are two cuisines that I usually stuff myself with: Filipino food (obviously) and Japanese food. One of these popular Japanese restaurants that I only got to try recently is Ooma by The Moment Group, the same group that brought my favorites, Din Tai Fung and Manam.

Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant concept in collaboration with Chef Bruce Ricketts, mostly known for his omakase-style restaurant in the south, Sensei Sushi. 

Tori Kara-age

We started with Tori Kara-age (Php 255), Ooma's take on Japanese fried chicken, covered with sweet potato strips. I found it quite challenging to eat but it was delicious. However, I'd rather have the traditional kara-age instead. 

Ooma is known for its aburi sushi or torched sushi so we decided not to miss it. However, there were too many options to choose from so we ordered the Aburi Mixer (Php 589) with three pieces each of Spicy Tuna Maki, Steak Aburi Maki, Salmon Skin Aburi Maki, and Kimchi & Prawn Enoki Aburi Maki. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Momofuku CCDC in Washington DC



There are a lot of restaurants that I want to try in Washington DC but on top of my list is Momofuku in CityCenterDC. Momofuku CCDC is under the Momofuku restaurant group founded by Chef David Chang, better known for his Netflix show "Ugly Delicious".

I reserved via OpenTable for late dinner. I highly recommended reserving in advance as the restaurant gets really packed, especially during weekends. Momofuku CCDC's menu changes frequently so what we had during our dinner may not be available in their current menu. 

Momofuku CCDC's menu is mostly Asian inspired, probably driven by the restaurant's new executive chef Tae Strain who was born in Seoul but grew up in nearby Maryland. 

Salted Chili Pimiento Cheese Bing Bread / Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings

For starters, we had Salted Chili Pimiento Cheese Bing Bread ($6) and Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings ($15). Bing bread is the wheat-flour based Chinese bread almost similar to a pancake. I initially thought that it wasn't enough bread for the spread but I realized the chili pimiento was meant to be spread generously. The spicy kick wasn't too overpowering so I enjoyed it with the soft bing bread. I was surprised with the flavor and tenderness of the Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings and was happy we ordered it.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!



HELLOOOOO EVERYONE!

I'm back to blogging this 2019!

My apologies for not updating this blog for months. Life happens. 2018 has been full of challenges but sprinkled with lots of fun and adventures.

I hope 2019 will be a better year for all of us.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pho 2000 in Ho Chi Minh City


During our short trip at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, we got to dine at one of the popular pho restaurants in the city: Pho 2000 across Ben Thanh Market. 



We went to the original Pho 2000, which is located above Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. The other branch is located a block away from the original branch. 




What made Pho 2000 popular is because former U.S. President Bill Clinton dined at the restaurant back in 2000. In fact, there's a framed photo of Clinton's visit on the wall and the exact table where he dined with his daughter was market with the dishes they had during the visit.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo



Six years ago, I went to Isabelo Garden Restaurant for one of the most memorable dinners I ever had. On the same year, Portia Dee Baluyut (the owner) opened Rustic Mornings to cater to walk-in customers during the day while keeping Isabelo Garden open for dinner and for reservations only.  Eventually, the owner closed Isabelo Garden and focused on Rustic Mornings.


I remember that the garden looked almost magical at night, but it looks just as majestic during the day. My friends and I got seated in the outdoor area, but there's an indoor area if you prefer a more private space to dine. 



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tony


I wish I know the exact words to describe how I felt when I heard the news that you were gone. I keep on wishing that it was a horrible joke, but at the same time, I have to accept the truth. 

Tony, why?

I cannot remember when I started watching your shows, but I remember you drinking a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen while eating sizzling sisig in Pampanga and lechon in Cebu. On how I badly wish that I can take Augusto's place. 

In a world where the most mediocre people disguise themselves as celebrities when all they can do is use Photoshop and Snapchat filters heavily, you showed that even the most admired people have flaws. In fact, that is exactly what you did until the end. 

Although I don't agree to everything you say, I admire your courage in calling things as you see them, not caring about going against the grain or calling bullshit on outrageous food trends. 

I can still see how your eyes twinkled when you finally met your culinary hero, Chef Paul Bocuse. At one time, you'd eat the finest dishes with the most renowned chefs in France and you'd be cooking food for your crew while sailing on a boat in the middle of Borneo the next. 

One day, you're walking the streets of New York and be somewhere in Congo the next. I could imagine how fulfilling your job was, that I wished that I could have your career. Didn't I realize the exhaustion and the pressure that comes with the work you did. Or the danger. Or the lack of stability in the other aspects of your life due to being on the road most of the time. 

Tony, I wish I knew you knew how you inspired foodies and travelers like me to go see the world. 

I wish you knew how you inspired me to experience the world and to speak my own truth. 

Tony, thank you for shining your light on the world when you are stuck in the darkness. 

Your stories will continue to live on. 

Photo from alux.com

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