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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Introducing #TheYabuDonSeries !

I was so fortunate to be one of the first to try the newest additions to Yabu's menu: #TheYabuDonSeries

The first part of the Yabu Donburi Sets include two masterclass creations: the Salmon Don and the Katsu Curry Don.

But first, I had a glass of Honshea (Php 220), one of the Yabu craft cocktails created by Erwan Heussaff. Honshea is a mild mix of sake and lemon, just enough to relax while waiting for the food. 


I had the Katsu Curry Don (Php 480 for Rosu/Hire, Php 470 for Chicken).

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Birthday Celebration at Racks

The whole family celebrated my little brother's 11th birthday at Racks last month. 

Racks is a family-friendly restaurant that serves the most popular ribs in the metro. I love that they have a sizable menu which just screams that when you visit Racks, you have try the ribs. 

For starters, we had The Onion Brick (Php 245), served with spicy remoulade and barbecue sauces.

The Onion Brick

I love onion rings, and I love that it wasn't too oily, but I would appreciate if it could be crispier. 

For the kids (and me), we ordered Southern Fried Chicken (Php 660 for full, Php 380 for half), served with buttermilk biscuits and honey. 

Southern Fried Chicken (and the birthday boy)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Osaka Ohsho's Teppanyaki Festival!

What is Teppanyaki? Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cooking that uses an iron griddle to cook food. 

Osaka Ohsho pays homage to this authentic style of cooking by introducing the All New Teppanyaki Festival with 8 All-Original Teppanyaki Dishes last March 16, 2015. 

There are 5 seafood teppanyaki dishes and 3 meat teppanyaki dishes to choose from.

1. Salmon Bacon (Php 370)

Salmon Bacon Teppanyaki

Fresh Norwegian salmon wrapped in premium honey cured bacon, doused in teriyaki sauce with spring onions. The bacon and the teriyaki sauce makes this dish a bit sweet, but the freshness of the salmon balances it quite well. 

2. Prawn (Php 495)

Prawn Teppanyaki

Premium seasoned Black Tiger Prawns sauteed in butter and garlic, served with wasabi mayo dip. It took a bit of effort to deshell the prawn, but the effort was worth it. Don't forget the wasabi mayo dip, as it enhances the flavor of the prawns to a different level. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza has finally come to Ortigas! 

Owned by the same people behind Cello's Doughnuts and Dips, Gino's has become a favorite haven in Katipunan area for pizza lovers. It has now opened branches in Makati and most recently, at the Podium in Ortigas Center. 

I was impressed particularly with the live plants as wall decors. Nothing is more beautiful than nature, isn't it?

Aside from the usual condiments you see in an Italian restaurant, this peculiar pizza condiment piqued our interest: Gino's Spicy Honey. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CRU Steakhouse by Marriott Manila

I have been invited to a one-of-a-kind dining experience at CRU Steakhouse at the Manila Marriott Hotel. 

CRU is a global restaurant brand exclusively by Marriott Hotels that serves quality delicious steaks, other delectable dishes and amazing desserts. CRU is open during dinner service and also serves wine to  complete the gustatory experience. 

We were first served the appetizers: Salmon Tartar (Php 650), Sauteed Duck Liver (Php 920) and Seared Yellow Fin Tuna (Php 650).

Salmon Tartar
Sauteed Duck Liver
Seared Yellow Fin Tuna

The Salmon Tartar was prepared tableside and served with lemon mustard dressing and EVOO. Everyone's favorite, the Sauteed Duck Liver or Foie Gras, is served with maple lemon glaze and apple chutney. The very fresh-looking Seared Yellow Fin Tuna is served with mango slaw, soy tapioca and wasabi aioli. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Get to Know The #PerfectCoke ! #SarapNgFirst

#PerfectCoke FTW! 

Coca-Cola has always been a part of our family. It is not uncommon to see a bottle or two (or sometimes more) in our fridge, as our family loves pairing this refreshing drink along with our weekend lunches and meryenda. Though I'm cutting down my 

But did you know that the perfect temperature for Coke is 3 degrees Celsius?

How do you turn Coke into the #PerfectCoke

There are 2 ways!

1. Store your Coke bottles inside the cooler (or Coke barrel) with lots of ice.

the Coke Barrel :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Farmacy Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Shoppe

After our healthy lunch at The Wholesome Table, my friends and I walked towards Farmacy to try their desserts. Well, one of my friends thought we were actually going to Watson's to buy meds and only realized that deception when he saw the resto signage. hehe. 

Back in the old days, pharmacies or drug stores used to serve soda fountains and ice cream hence the design and name of this newly-opened dessert shop. Bar stools are available inside the resto while tables & chairs are available outside due to limited space. 

Located beside Wildflour, its sister restaurant, Farmacy's menu is straightforward with only a three items on their lunch menu (available from 12 noon to 6pm). 

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