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Monday, January 14, 2019

Magnolia Bakery Opens in Manila as M Bakery #MagnoliaBakeryManila #MBakery



Last August, Magnolia Bakery, one of the most iconic dessert shops in New York City, opened its first location in Manila as M Bakery. Magnolia Bakery has numerous international locations including South Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, and Qatar but the Manila location is its first in Southeast Asia. 

Famous Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery is known for its classic American desserts, with the Famous Banana Pudding as its bestselling item along with their delicious cupcakes. 



I was invited to be one of the lucky ones to experience M Bakery a few days before it formally opened and got to try the desserts that M Bakery has to offer. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ooma Modern Japanese Food in SM Megamall



Whenever I'm in the Philippines, there are two cuisines that I usually stuff myself with: Filipino food (obviously) and Japanese food. One of these popular Japanese restaurants that I only got to try recently is Ooma by The Moment Group, the same group that brought my favorites, Din Tai Fung and Manam.

Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant concept in collaboration with Chef Bruce Ricketts, mostly known for his omakase-style restaurant in the south, Sensei Sushi. 

Tori Kara-age

We started with Tori Kara-age (Php 255), Ooma's take on Japanese fried chicken, covered with sweet potato strips. I found it quite challenging to eat but it was delicious. However, I'd rather have the traditional kara-age instead. 

Ooma is known for its aburi sushi or torched sushi so we decided not to miss it. However, there were too many options to choose from so we ordered the Aburi Mixer (Php 589) with three pieces each of Spicy Tuna Maki, Steak Aburi Maki, Salmon Skin Aburi Maki, and Kimchi & Prawn Enoki Aburi Maki. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Momofuku CCDC in Washington DC



There are a lot of restaurants that I want to try in Washington DC but on top of my list is Momofuku in CityCenterDC. Momofuku CCDC is under the Momofuku restaurant group founded by Chef David Chang, better known for his Netflix show "Ugly Delicious".

I reserved via OpenTable for late dinner. I highly recommended reserving in advance as the restaurant gets really packed, especially during weekends. Momofuku CCDC's menu changes frequently so what we had during our dinner may not be available in their current menu. 

Momofuku CCDC's menu is mostly Asian inspired, probably driven by the restaurant's new executive chef Tae Strain who was born in Seoul but grew up in nearby Maryland. 

Salted Chili Pimiento Cheese Bing Bread / Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings

For starters, we had Salted Chili Pimiento Cheese Bing Bread ($6) and Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings ($15). Bing bread is the wheat-flour based Chinese bread almost similar to a pancake. I initially thought that it wasn't enough bread for the spread but I realized the chili pimiento was meant to be spread generously. The spicy kick wasn't too overpowering so I enjoyed it with the soft bing bread. I was surprised with the flavor and tenderness of the Dry Aged Beef & Lamb Dumplings and was happy we ordered it.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!



HELLOOOOO EVERYONE!

I'm back to blogging this 2019!

My apologies for not updating this blog for months. Life happens. 2018 has been full of challenges but sprinkled with lots of fun and adventures.

I hope 2019 will be a better year for all of us.

Happy New Year!

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