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Miso-Ten at Robinson's Magnolia

Note: This restaurant is already closed.  It was a chilly and rainy evening when my fellow foodie KC and I visited Robinson's Magnolia for an errand and food trip. It was my first time to visit this new mall and I was excited to discover new places there.  Nothing fits more perfectly than having ramen on a rainy night, so we decided on trying Miso-Ten.  Miso-Ten is from the same people behind Kogi Bulgogi , Tokyo Cafe and Stackers Burger Cafe . It specializes in both ramen and tempura, hence the name. :)

Boon Tong Kee at Tomas Morato

Note: This location is already closed.  Ever since few of my good friends relocated to Singapore for work, I got more curious about Singaporean cuisine. Singaporean food is mainly influenced by the Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisines, which makes it more interesting. Though I have yet to fly to Singapore, I am fortunate to try Boon Tong Kee, which is now in Manila.  Boon Tong Kee is one of the popular restaurants in Singapore. Philippines is the first country to have its franchise. It currently has three locations: SM Mall of Asia, Powerplant Mall and Tomas Morato.  The Tomas Morato branch is very spacious, with booth tables for small groups and round tables for large groups. Ms. Joy Rodriguez, one of the owners, noted that they patterned the interious of all the Manila branches from the main branch in Singapore. 

Cukay's Mini-Ensaymada

This is one of those days that I didn't want to go anywhere because I don't have the budget, but a very good friend, A, was here in the country for a really short vacation. With less than 24-hour notice, I accepted his birthday party invite. Bad news though: I don't have a gift yet! I passed by this mini food bazaar at Robinson's Galleria and saw Cukay's stall. I got the Dulce de Leche Ensaymada to give A. I was happy to hear that he loved the ensaymadas, so I brought home a Regular Mini Ensaymada (Php 100) and Mini-Ensaymada with Almond and Dulce de Leche (Php 120).

Haska D' Hasrin Restaurant, Brunei

Jerudong Park Playground was our last stop during our first day in Brunei. My kid cousins were already itching to run to the playground itself, but the adults (myself included) were quite exhausted...and hungry.  We stopped by the food complex at the parking lot of Jerudong Park. It is an open area with a string of local restaurants to choose from. We ordered from Haska D' Hasrin mainly because one of the staff is Filipina, and it is the first resto we saw.  We ordered their specialty, Sayap Panggang (B$ 5 per order). Sayap Panggang Sayap Panggang are grilled chicken wings. It is quite sweet that the kids loved munching on it. I loved it too! We had to order another serving though it really takes a while to cook. 

Yoshinoya by

I had a Japanese feast with my lunch buddies recently -- without leaving the office, thanks to :) This time, we tried Yoshinoya, one of the newest partners of! Yoshinoya is the largest gyudon fast-food chain in the world. Originally from Japan, Yoshinoya has branches all over the world, including the Philippines. I love their Gyudon and Chicken Teriyaki bowls.  My lunch buddies and I were really starving and we really want huge servings, so Yoshinoya Jumbo Plates save the day for us! We ordered two sets of Jumbo A (Php 214.50) and one set Jumbo C (Php 214.50). Jumbo A has beef gyudon and chicken teriyaki while Jumbo C has beef gyudon and 4 pcs Tempura . All jumbo sets have mixed veggies with steaming rice.  Jumbo A Jumbo C True enough, each Jumbo Plate is ginormous! I love that it was completely delivered with condiments, that we grabbed our chopsticks and ate our hearts away. Yeah, I really love my beef so much!

The Next Big Food Entrepreneur 2013

I was invited last August 2 to attend the food tasting event for The Next Big Food Entrepreneur held at Mercato Centrale. Sponsored by Solane and Entrepreneur Magazine, this event is already on its 2nd year on discovering food innovations - both old and new.  Over 60 participants joined and competed for 20 slots. I was fortunate enough to have met some of the finalists and was able to taste their unique food products too. :) The 20 finalists will move on to the next part of the challenge, which is the food selling phase. 

The Savory Dishes at The Cake Club

Note: This restaurant is already closed.  Before we had dessert and wine pairing at The Cake Club , we indulged with the savory dishes of The Cake Club. I've tried some of the dishes during my visit to Diamond Hotel's Lobby Lounge , and I was more than happy to have those dishes again.  For starters, we had the French Onion Soup (Php 250). French Onion Soup The onion flavor I was looking for wasn't exactly spot on, but I appreciate the Emmentale that came with the soup. 

Foodgasm III: Triple The Flavor on August 31!

Calling all foodies! Foodgasm is back! :) Foodgasm is a fundraising project of UP Economics Society, which aims to highlight 30 upcoming food business and their best dishes through a food tasting competition.  Foodgasm III will happen on August 31, 2013 from 7pm to 12mn at Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global  City. Get to meet food bloggers, guest chefs, and other fellow foodies!

2nd Anniversary Giveaway #4: Yabu The House of Katsu!

Note: This giveaway has already ended. Winner was already announced here ! :) July may be over, but it doesn't mean the giveaways are also over. Because this time, I'll be giving away GCs from one of my favorite restaurants, Yabu: The House of Katsu !!! Hire Katsu  Yabu has appeared on this blog for quite a number of times since it opened almost two years ago. See my Yabu posts here: Yabu: House of Katsu The Return to Yabu: House of Katsu Yabu: New Katsu Dishes and More Menchi Katsu

Breakfast for Dinner at Maple

Note: This location is already closed.  We are getting old! The sad truth I have to live with, but I'm still glad two of my friends still have time to see me (and buy me food, haha). How time flies for us: D is getting married and J is pursuing graduate studies, while I get myself busy by planning where to fly out next or where to drag my friends next. :P We agreed to have dinner at Maple just recently, because  1. I love breakfast food 2. They let me decide where to go 3. If they won't let me decide, I'll throw a tantrum. Joking! :) Maple is from the same owners of Pancake House , one of the old breakfast places around. However, Maple has a more upscale menu and a rather more relaxing environment.  While waiting for our orders, we were served warm dinner roll, glazed with maple syrup and creamy butter on the side. Uh, may I ask for a second roll? Loved it!

The Winners of 2nd Anniversary Giveaway #3: Masatami Shave Ice!

Another set of winners! Again, thank you so much for joining my series of giveaways. I really appreciate it.  Anyway, 2 winners will receive Php 500 worth of GCs and 2 winners will receive Php 250 worth of GCs from Masatami. Thank you so much, Ms. Michelle Co of Masatami for the prizes. :) ...and the winners are:

Home Cooking 101: Tuna Lumpia

Here's a healthy baon option for you: Tuna Lumpia. :) I do love the pork version, but I try to whip up a fish version every time there's a lumpia wrapper at home. Based on experience, making the tuna lumpia takes a bit more work than pork lumpia, but it is worth it. 

Brunei Darussalam: Day 2

Our second day in Brunei was spent walking around the Gadong area, shopping for pasalubong, and a short trip in the Gadong food market.  Gadong is busier and more crowded than Bandar. It also has more establishments and restaurants. We first dropped by The Mall Gadong for some shopping. inside The Mall Gadong The Mall isn't as modern as our malls here in Manila, but you can find almost anything here.  My first purchase? Two oversized pants for B$35 (Php 1225)!  But because there's no way I would post an OOTD, I'll post a link instead. I got one in black and another in pink. Medyo similar naman dyan yung itsura ng pants. Not bad eh? :) I usually buy shirts as pasalubong to my family, and we found Brunei shirts at Utama Grand Mall, which is also located at The Mall. 

Wine and Dessert Pairing at The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel

Note: This restaurant is already closed.  I have gushed about my love for desserts a gazillion times on this blog. And as a coffee addict, I always pair my dessert with hot coffee. It was only last week that I got to experience cake and wine pairing, with the  Diamond Hotel 's desserts and Sommelier Selection's Wine Flights. We first had some of the savory dishes by The Cake Club (more about this in a separate post), then we were served their much-loved desserts and wines that best pair with it. Sommelier Wine Flights features quality French and Italian wines that are also available at The Cake Club. Here are the wines we had and their suggested pairings: Clos Des Verdots Moelleux - Supple and fruity, the wine is bright red in color. More fruits are experienced on the nose and mouth, with smooth and silky tannins. Lengthy finish. - Best paired with Danielle (or Guia, Baked Cheesecake and even Diamond Ensaymada)

Rodillas Yema Cake

Note: I disabled the comments section in this post to avoid spamming from other sellers. My apologies. Thanks.  Aside from Mango Bravo from Conti's I bought for her birthday, Mother dear was also given a second birthday cake: Rodillas Yema Cake from Quezon. :) Yema is a Filipino sweet treat made of condensed milk and egg yolks. I used to hoard yema when I was a kid (well, I still do.hehe).

Singa Chicken Rice (SCR), Brunei

Before we went out for a day tour , my tita suggested that we buy local food at the nearby mall so we can get familiar with Malay food. Since it was Ramadan, we thought that it would be better if we order take-out. It was Friday, and the shops will be closing from 12noon to 2pm.  The place was practically empty when we arrived. One customer arrived soon after to order food for takeout. SCR is a restaurant chain with outlets in East Malaysia and Brunei. They serve mostly chicken dishes, noodles, and some Western dishes.  Here are the items that we had: