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Spectrum Lunch Buffet at Fairmont Makati

There are many hotel buffets in town, but Fairmont Makati's Spectrum is definitely one of the must-try splurges! Check out this post and tell me I'm right.

Filipino Comfort Food with a Twist at Namnam

Tired of the usual Filipino fare? Then, head on to Namnam at Greenbelt 2 and be amazed at their modern take on our local cuisine. Just look at this Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon!

Healthy and Vegetarian Cuisine at Corner Tree Cafe

Health-conscious or not, Corner Tree Cafe sure serves tasty vegetarian fare. Even my guy who's not into healthy eating can attest that he had a great time!

Smoked BBQ Ribs at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ

What's better than BBQ ribs, you ask? Smoked BBQ ribs! Big Daddy Jay's takes ribs seriously and even spends up to six hours slowly smoking these magnificent-tasting BBQ.

Japanese Pon de Ring Donuts at Gavino's

If widely-available donuts fail to satisfy you, why not check out Gavino's Japanese donuts? They're composed of small and chewy balls made from mochi flour that form rings. Truly addicting!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Juice Hut: Healthy, Yummy & Affordable Juices + Giveaway!

It's been a while since I've posted a blog entry. Sorry guys and girls for being MIA for quite a while. *sobs* Anyhow, if you've been following me on my Instagram, which I hope you would if you haven't yet, you've probably noticed how I'm currently transitioning to a healthier diet. This isn't just a phase. I hope. I'm now enjoying incorporating more fruits and veggies into my meals. I also got to hop on the juicing bandwagon. Finally!
Juice Hut by Mia Sison The Purple Doll Giveaway

Ever since I first saw a post about cold-pressed juices for detox and cleansing, I've already been interested. However, most of what I saw online cost so much! After a while of searching, I stumbled upon Juice Hut on Instagram. Among all the sellers I've inquired from, Juice Hut offers the most affordable package. They also offer juices per bottle!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Osaka Ohsho: World's #1 Gyoza now at SM Mega Fashion Hall!

As you know, Japanese cuisine is my most favorite out of all the cuisines I've ever tried. So over a month ago, when I received an invitation to try out Osaka Ohsho which is dubbed to have the world's #1 gyoza, I just felt it would be criminal to decline.
Osaka Ohsho Gyoza Megamall

Osaka Ohsho, which obviously originated in Osaka, Japan back in 1969, is known as the world's #1 restaurant specializing in gyozas or Japanese dumplings. It prides itself as "The King of Gyoza", as they've mastered the art by focusing on using fresh ingredients, training their chefs extensively, and being particular with the temperature of their griller.

Friday, March 14, 2014

WeChat now has a 3-Step Chat History Backup!

In this digital age, there are many mobile messenger apps that can easily connect us to loved ones. One of which I've been loyally using is WeChat. It connect me to friends and the boyfriend, here and abroad, especially when I find myself out of load. Teehee!

You'd think that since I mainly use WeChat to communicate with friends, my chat history would mostly consist of nothing but silly convos. But believe it or not, we also have serious conversations, many of which have important dates and places. And just to be sure I won't lose these valuable information, I take advantage of WeChat's Chat History Backup feature, which saves conversation histories and restores them to any device.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Genji M: Eat-All-You-Can Sushi and Sashimi in Makati

If there's one kind of food I can eat everyday, it would undoubtedly be sushi! From all the cuisines I've tried so far, it's the Japanese fare, most especially sushi and sashimi, that I hold dear in my heart and palate. And I can still vividly remember the first time I got to eat sushi. It was at a small eatery near my elementary school. Though the sushi was so simple -- tuna, cucumber and mango wrapped in rice and nori, it was one dear memory I will forever remember. The day I fell in love with sushi, and vowed to eat more of it.
Genji-M Japanese Korean Restaurant Kalayaan Ave Makati Ave

If you've been a reader for quite a while, you've probably noticed how I always gorge on sushi after sushi and sashimi after sashimi whenever I'm at buffets that carry my most favorite food on the planet. However, there are times that I'm just fixated on the sushi and sashimi, so dining at an eat-all-you-can restaurant with a very wide spread and a really high price might not seem like a good and sulit option. Good thing I've recently came across a restaurant that offers just what I want and need. Unlimited sushi and sashimi.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Daily Quickie: Jollibee's Tuna Pie is back!

Daily Quickie is a short tag on the title which I use for blog entries about food I'm snacking at home, work or anywhere.

A few days ago, I received a surprise in time for our weekday merienda. Normally, I won't go giddy from fast food delivery, 'cause if you've been a long-time reader, you know how often we get fast food. I know, so unhealthy. Haha! But this was one of those rare occasions where I had a big smile on my face upon receiving the goods. Why not? It's one of my favorite items ever from Jollibee -- the Tuna Pie. Finally, it's back!!!
Jollibee Tuna Pie

This might be trivial, but another thing that made me happy was the cute packaging the Tuna Pie came in with. I was given a giant box of Tuna Pie with 10 pieces of the actual pies. #TunaPieOverload! However, the Tuna Pie just like how most of my favorite Jollibee items, is only here to stay for a limited time. Available only until April 30, 2014, the Tuna Pie can be bought solo at P33, or as a value meal with regular drink at P45.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Sweet Spot: A Sweet Bakery & Cafe at Teachers Village

While my blog is doing better as I've expected, I don't see myself as someone worth interviewing. However, in the span of two months, I've already had two groups of college students interview me for their project. Even though I usually shy away from this kind of feature, I'm floored that they actually found me and my blog. Really, I'm beyond flattered!
The Sweet Spot Cafe Maginhawa cor Makadios Teachers Village

Just over a month after these advertising students interviewed me for their multimedia class, I got another message from a group of college students for an interview. This time, it's for food blogging/writing as they themselves are making a food magazine for their creative writing class. And having worn the same shoes as them a few years ago, I know how hard it can be to look for someone who'd agree for an interview. So one fine weekday afternoon, we met at The Sweet Spot Bakery & Cafe at Teachers Village.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

6 New Features to Love about WeChat 5.2!

Most of my family and closest friends know this... I usually take so long to reply to text messages. And you know why? 'Cause I'm still using prepaid cards. So when you send me an SMS and I haven't replied in a few hours, you can bet your money that I'm probably in one of these 2 cases: either I didn't receive your text (which does happen every now and then), or I'm out of load and not in a location I can immediately load up.

And while the solution may be simple -- apply for a line, I know... One app has been saving me from the hassle of always buying prepaid cards, not to mention the monthly fee if I were to apply for a line. It has also been saving my family and friends from the frustration of waiting for my text. Yup, it's WeChat, the world’s fastest growing social app with over 100 million registered accounts internationally. And yup, it's free!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chez Karine: Macarons & More at SM Mega Fashion Hall

Even when I'm doing a certain diet, or pushing myself to go eat and live healthier, there's one thing that never fails to hold me back. You can take away my rice, pasta and bread. You can even take away my bacon! (Yes, I'm not kidding! Bacon!) But don't you ever strip me away of desserts! I'll even agree to workout harder just to keep me my sweets!
Chez Karine SM Megamall

And I actually did that after being treated with tons of goodies from Chez Karine's newest branch at SM Mega Fashion Hall, which if you didn't know yet, is the latest expansion of SM Megamall. Owned by pastry chef Karen Yang-Chiang, Chez Karine which translates to "at Karen's place" and has been famous for its macarons, is a neighborhood bakery that first opened in Serendra. I've been to the place a few times now, but not as often as I'd want to. However, now that Chez Karine can already be found in SM Megamall, I don't have an excuse anymore not to frequent the shop.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blog Anniversary Giveaway #8: Red Onion Café

As corny as it may sound, I actually vowed to try and check out all the restaurants in UP Town Center, Ayala's newest mall along Katipunan. So when I received an invitation to try out another restaurant in UPTC, of course, I knew in an instant that I had to say yes!
Red Onion Cafe UP Town Center Katipunan

Located at the back of Cotton On, Red Onion Café is the brainchild of Mark Endaya and Wen-Szu Lin, the latter of whom has worked alongside celebrity chef Martin Yan, and has managed numerous restaurants in Asia. Even before knowing all these, I already had a feeling that I'm in for a real treat. But I'm not gonna lie, Wen-Szu's impressive credentials gave me further assurance that my palate and tummy's in good hands.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Raja: Authentic Thai Cuisine at Armada Hotel Manila

Earlier this month, I was invited by the Big Dish team to check out Raja Thai Cuisine at Armada Hotel. If you've been a reader for a while now, you probably have an idea how much I'm into Thai fare. So of course, without any hesitation, I jumped on in and said yes.
Raja Thai Cuisine at Armada Hotel Manila

Located on the top-most floor, the 14th floor, is Raja Thai Cuisine, the in-house Thai restaurant of Armada Hotel Manila. The hotel used to be Centara Hotel, a Thai hotel chain, and its current management company is also headquartered in Thailand, so I guess it is just but natural that Armada has a Thai restaurant apart from its international restaurant, Caliber Café. And if you're concerned about authenticity, then fret not. Raja's kitchen is helmed by Thai Chef Pranath Samranruen. Yup, a legit Thai chef!