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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

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!



Here's to more food and more travels, 
Better health and wealth, 
More time for relaxation, 
More time for learning,
More time for people who matter,
More time for self-improvement,
and more happiness. 

Happy New Year everyone! :)


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