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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. 


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.

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.

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 sightse…

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. 

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.


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. 


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 peop…

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.

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

BadWolf Public House: Not Just for the Beer Drinkers

Note: This restaurant has been renamed to Public House Kitchen & Brewery 

Another place in Old Town Manassas that we love visiting over and over is the newly-opened BadWolf Public House. This place is our go-to spot for dinner most of the time because it's open until late night. 
BadWolf Public House by the same owners as Bad Wolf Brewing Company and CJ Finz Raw Bar & Grille, so if you love beer, this is the place you should visit. But more than the beer, this restaurant serves food from brunch to dinner. 
For appetizers, we have tried the Poutine ($10) and the Mediterranean Board ($9).

Poutine is hand cut fries with cheddar cheese curds and beef gravy, while the Mediterranean Board is homemade hummus served with marinated olives, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and warm naan. I'm partial to Poutine since I'm a fries junkie, however, the Mediterranean Board isn't bad either. I'd just rather go to Katerina's for hummus. 

Bay Area Eats: Cupertino

Apologies for the lack of posts the past few months. Trying my best to get back to blogging. Will be posting an alternate of backlogs and recent experience more often. I promise!
This took a while, but I cannot not share the area in the US the I liked most (so far): Bay Area in California. :)
Here are the awesome places we have tried and enjoyed during our stay in Cupertino area. I tried my best to remember all the names of the dishes, but my memory failed me. Sorry. :p
1. Parkview Kitchen and Spirits
Located inside Juniper Hotel Cupertino, Parkview Kitchen & Spirits serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, to dinner. This place is also perfect for happy hours. 
We ordered Joe's Special ($15), a salad and a soup for brunch. 


Joe's Special has ground chuck, baby spinach, cheddar, and onions, served with Parmesan bread and toasted Juniper butter. The food and service were amazing, but it's somewhere you'd want to go if you want to spend a bit more. 
2. Aqui 
Aqui is a Californi…

Father's Day Gift Ideas from Gifts Less Ordinary!

Father's Day is almost here!

In case you haven't got anything for your dads (and granddads) yet, here are my gift suggestions from Gifts Less Ordinary. What's awesome is you can personalize these gifts too!

1. Personalized Watch Box (for 3 watches)

This watch box is perfect for watch-loving dads. You may also add a watch (or two) along with this item. ;)
2. Personalized Mini Cocktail Shaker for Dad

This cocktail shaker is perfect for making solo cocktails. Your dad will have fun making his own drinks at home. 
3. Wooden Wireless Phone Charger

Does your daddy always forgets his charger? Mine does. :P This item is a classy gift that he can use easier than the regular chargers. Works for selected phones only.
4. Personalized Cafetiere for Dad

If your dad loves coffee, he'll definitely love this! You can add coffee beans and coffee cups, if you want. :)
Gifts Less Ordinary currently ships to Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Check out the website…

Press Release: Old Orchard Cranberry’s Summer Cooler Recipes

With summer’s scorching heat around, there’s nothing more delightful than sipping something cold and fruity. However, when you’re after a refreshing drink with the right balance of sweetness-and-tartness, Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is the answer. 
This thirst quenching drink can complement any meal and can serve as a base for easy-to-prepare mocktails. So whether you’re at home, on a vacation-out-of-town, or at a get-together party, these delightful non-alcoholic infusions would surely be a good company and help bring along the fun!
Non-Alcoholic Sangria


Ingredients:  1 bottle Old Orchard Cranberry 64 oz. 1.5 liter lemon soda 1 orange 1 lemon 24 pieces of grapes
Directions: 1. Combine chilled Old Orchard Cranberry  and chilled soda in a punch bowl.  2. Wash fruit. Halve grapes and place in the bunch bowl.  3. Cut the orange and lemon into wedges.  4. Place the orange and lemon slices into the punch bowl. Stir and enjoy. 
Summertime Kiddie Cocktail

Katerina's Greek Cuisine

One of the first homegrown restaurants that I have visited in my area is Katerina's Greek Cuisine in Old Town Manassas. I have always been a fan of Mediterranean cuisine and wished the cuisine I grew up with is as healthy as the Greeks. 
It was said that this restaurant is always full during weekends, so I was glad we went for lunch on a weekday. 
We shared the Greek Sampler ($13) for starters. 

The Greek Sampler has olives, huge chunks of feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, tomatoes,  anchovies, cucumber, peppers, pepperoncini, tirokafteri, and tzatziki served with pita bread. The homemade pita bread was delicious on its own, but a lot better with the tzatziki and tirokafteri.
The boyfie had the Greek Salad ($10), which has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, Kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, feta cheese and special Greek dressing.

Reality Bites: On Living and Settling Overseas

IT'S TRUE. 
Living outside the Philippines is not as fun. Nothing can beat the hustle and bustle of Manila streets, the noise from the neighbors singing videoke early in the morning, the lovely smell of the freshly baked pan de sal from the bakery in the corner (or Pan de Manila), the unforgiving heat even in the monsoon season. I definitely miss those and more every day that I'm here in the US. 
But we all are entitled to make our own choices, and I am one of the few who chose to live elsewhere. However, this doesn't mean that the choice I made is an easy one. 

To be honest, I underestimated homesickness. I never thought I would have to deal with it as I enjoy being away from home, but settling to a new environment hit me like a ton of bricks. 
I never thought that I would start bawling watching a Jollibee ad, or cry for no reason at all. I must admit, even the most optimistic part of me cannot override the loneliness. 
It is true. Some friends who you thought will stay i…

Traditional Meets Modern at Manam in BGC

Weeks before I left the Philippines, I was having separation anxiety with Filipino food. I am glad my friends are willing to indulge me. One of the most unforgettable Filipino restaurants I have visited before I left is Manam Comfort Filipino in BGC. 

Manam's menu is divided into two categories: the Classics and the Twists. All dishes are available in 3 serving sizes: S (good for 1), M (good for 3), and L (good for 6). 
We tried dishes from the Classics and Twists menu. 
For starters, we had the Caramelized Patis Wings (Php 165 for S, Php 295 for M, Php 525 for L). We also ordered Crispy Pork Binagoongan (Php 205 for S, Php 360 for M, Php 645 for L).

I love the salty and sweet combination of the Caramelized Patis Wings, I wished I discovered that patis is amazing with chicken wings. I'm not much of a fan of bagoong (unless it's for Kare-Kare), but the Crispy Pork Binagoongan is impressive. 

IHOP Philippines Join in Celebrating the 3rd National Pancake Day On March 7, 2017!

On March 7, all IHOP® restaurants in the Philippines will once again join locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and Mexico in celebrating a unique and beloved IHOP restaurant tradition: National Pancake Day.


From 7AM to 10PM on Tuesday, March 7th, all 5 IHOP locations will be offering guests the opportunity to enjoy unlimited servings of their world famous buttermilk pancakes for only Php 250, to enjoy in the restaurant. Php 200 out of the Php 250 generated from those pancakes will once again be donated to the Kythe Foundation, which provides children with cancer and chronic illnesses the chance to learn, play, and grow while in treatment, even if they’re in the hospital.
National Pancake Day began in the United States in 2006 and in the past decade has raised $20 million dollars for children’s health charities in the local communities. Last year, IHOP Philippines joined the celebration, raising nearly Php 400,000 for the local Kythe Foundation charity.

Life Recently

It's been a month since I moved to the US and my whole life did a complete 360-degree turn. It's also the same reason why I haven't been blogging for a while. I am currently juggling new roles and I could say that I'm adjusting well to this new life. 
Homemaker
Kitchen experiments: Chicken with Mushroom Sauce with Mashed Potatoes and Veggies / Baked Rosemary Chicken with Veggies
Because I am not a 'housewife' yet, homemaker seems to fit me better. I am living with my boyfriend, which gives me a lot of household chores: cleaning, laundry, cooking, ironing (!), etc. Oh boy, it is not easy to maintain a whole house by yourself, and harder for somebody who was never used to doing chores regularly. I feel frustrated at myself sometimes on why I didn't learn these things earlier. However, I'm learning and getting better at it (especially cooking). Thanks to the boyfie for being so patient with me. 
Student



I went back to school last January for my graduate degr…

Moving

The past year has been challenging yet amazing for me. It was a series of ups and downs that had challenged my emotional strength and at times, my sanity. 
As a blogger, I was given wonderful opportunities to feature trusted brands, and I even got a chance to fly to Cebu to experience Sinulog for the first time! I turned down a majority of event invites the past year as I needed to allot more time to other things. 
I took digital marketing more seriously by taking up certificate courses. I also became the digital PR and social media manager for a restaurant, where I got to practice what I have learned from the courses I took and my experiences as a food blogger.
I got my US visa approved and flew to the US twice: in New York and DC and in California. I will share my California visit to you soon.
I have learned some things this past year.
The past year, I have learned to take better care of my health. I'm almost 30 so I need to be more careful with what I eat and exercise regularl…