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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bonding at the Thai BBQ Original Restaurant in Manila



After a series of conversation on where to have dinner for our small reunion, my college friends and I decided to dine at Thai BBQ Original in Shangri-La Plaza. 

Thai BBQ Original is a restaurant brand from the United States with branches around Los Angeles area. Although there are several Thai restaurants in Manila, the cuisine was not popular as Filipinos prefer sweet more often than spicy.

Though I consider myself to have low tolerance for spicy, I do love Thai food so I was excited to try this place. 

Thai Iced Milk Coffee 
Pomelo Salad

For starters, we shared a Pomelo Salad (Php 380) and drinks: Thai Iced Milk Coffee (Php 140) for me and Thai Iced Milk Tea (Php 140) for some of my friends. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Home Cooking 101: Java Japanese Curry by House Foods



Let me share something with you: there are only three types of curry that I like - Filipino, Thai, and Japanese. It is probably because of my weak tolerance for spicy dishes, but I'm currently improving, thanks to that someone who force feeds me spicy food. :P

Java Curry, along with Vermont Curry and Kokumaro Curry, is a product of House Foods Corporation in Japan, one of the most prominent Japanese food producers in the world. 


Last week, we cooked Chicken Curry using Java Curry's Hot Variant. Cooking with Java Curry has three easy steps.


Friday, March 23, 2018

iDessert By Jean-Philippe in San Diego



My friend and I were walking along Little Italy one night and stopped by this colorful dessert shop named iDessert by Jean-Philippe.

Photo from iDessert website

iDessert serves a variety of desserts: gelato, sorbets, crepes, and the chef's own creation of Dessert, which is made up of meringue crust, gelato, flavored cream, sauce, and other toppings.



The place has tablets where you can put and pay for your orders. You can watch the desserts being made at the counter while waiting for your desserts.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Dapo at Tisa in Marikina City



A few days on vacation in Manila and I was still craving for delicious Filipino food, so my friend decided on taking me to one of the restos along Lilac Street in Marikina for dinner. Unlike most establishments in the area, Dapo at Tisa has parking spaces, which I liked. 

Dapo at Tisa was almost full even on a rainy weeknight, a good sign for me. 

Pakbet

We were both famished so we ordered entrees right away. We had Pakbet (Php 175) for veggies, and Pork Sisig (Php 205) and Bulalo Steak (Php 395) for meat dishes.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

ASUS Philippines introduces the Battery King: ZenFone Max Plus!

ZenFone Max Plus – ASUS’ first 18:9 Full View FHD+ Display Smartphone with a whopping battery life – finally makes its grand entrance into the market


After much teasing and speculation, ASUS Philippines could not have started the new year any better and bigger than with the arrival of the highly-anticipated ASUS ZenFone Max Plus. Aptly called the “Battery King”, the latest addition to the heralded ZenFone Max series of smartphones packs a whopping 4,130 mAh battery life and becomes the first official smartphone of the company that has an 18:9 full view FHD+ display – ultimately making it perfect for those who want uncompromised performance with long-lasting battery life.

Mr. George Su introducing ZenFone Max Plus

“This is the beginning of all beginnings, and our excitement is at an all-time high with the opportunity to start the year anew with a launch as big as this,” ASUS Philippines Country Manager for Systems Group, George Su, shares. “We thank everyone who has supported us in the past years, and now, we invite you all once again for another round of game-changing innovation in the mobile industry with our latest offering, the ZenFone Max Plus!”, adds Mr. Su.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Woody's Breakfast and Burgers in San Diego


When in San Diego, hitting the beach in the morning seemed like the best thing to do, so my friend and I drove to Pacific Beach for some sunlight and breakfast. 



We stopped by Woody's Breakfast and Burgers, which has an outdoor patio full of beach-goers eating breakfast early in the morning. Feeling that the food must be good, we lined up for breakfast and coffee. 

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. 


Ajitama Shoyu Soba

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