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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!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Datu Puti Takes Adobo to the Next Level with the new Adobo Series!


There is no doubt that adobo is at the top of the list when you think of Filipino food. In fact, the Adobo Movement was launched two years ago pushing Adobo to become our national dish. 

In celebration of Adobo, there was an event last year when 14 finalists presented their own version of adobo. 

Adobo is a dish where each region in the Philippines has its own version. And I myself am excited to try what each region has to offer. 



Datu Puti Adobo Series is an array of perfectly blended adobo sauces that allows you to whip up a variety of regional adobo dishes for family and friends to enjoy: from the sweet Humba of Bisaya and Pininyahan of Luzon to the fiery-hot Spicy Adobo and to the delectably creamy Adobo sa Gata of Bicol.

Cooking your favorite adobo dish has never been easier with Datu Puti Adobo Series. Just simmer in a pan your preferred meat with a cup of water and your chosen Datu Puti Adobo Series sauce. Each pack is good for 1 kilogram of meat and can serve four to five people.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bay Area Eats: In-N-Out!

When I was planning my trip to Bay Area in California, I only had two places I needed to go to, no matter what it takes.

Those are:


The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

AND



IN-N-OUT!

In-N-Out Burger is a fastfood chain in the US with locations in the west coast, and a few branches in Texas. I really didn't know what the fuss is about, so I did a little research. 

In-N-Out is a fully family-owned restaurant, which means that all locations are owned by the company, with no franchises until now. In-N-Out is also known for its "secret menu", which can be found on their website. Another thing that In-N-Out is known for is its food quality. I actually saw potatoes being peeled in the store to be made into fries.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Home Cooking 101: Slow Cooker Oxtail Kare-Kare


Having a slow cooker is a game changer for me. I was never keen on using the pressure cooker for safety purposes (among other things), but I didn't have to worry about these things with my slow cooker. 

I use the slow cooker for beef stew, nilagang baka and even chicken adobo (so I wouldn't have to shred the chicken to flakes. LOL). I have recently made my all-time favorite Filipino dish: Kare-Kare. Note that I did not use any recipe mixes for this so all the ingredients are estimated.



Ingredients:

1.5 to 2 lbs (around 1 kg) Oxtail
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1 onion, sliced
32 oz beef broth
2 to 3 stalks bok choy or pechay
1/2 to 1 cup green beans or sitaw
1/2 eggplant, sliced
annatto powder, diluted in water
cornstarch, diluted in water
water
oil
Bagoong or shrimp paste

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