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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, October 27, 2014

Saboten: Japanese Cutlet and More in Glorietta 5

While the "katsu war" isn't as big as the "ramen war" going on in Manila, it's still nice to know that katsu lovers in the metro now have more choices when it comes to their favorite Japanese food. And while I can't call myself a katsu aficionado yet, I have to admit that I enjoy a straight-forward katsu set meal, especially when I'm really hungry. So today, let me share with you our katsu experience at Saboten Japanese Cutlet.
Saboten Glorietta
Can you spot the Halloween décor at Saboten?
Founded in Shinjuku, Tokyo back in 1966, Saboten is one of, if not, the largest tonkatsu chain in the world, with more than 500 branches all over Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Canada, and since last year, the Philippines. And while I haven't tried the first branch of Saboten in the Philippines when it opened in Serendra, I'm sure glad I finally got to try it now at their 2nd branch, in the new Glorietta 5.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why I've Been MIA + My Eczema Story

Hi guys and gals! I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've actually laid-low in the blogsphere for the past few months. Apart from not posting blogs frequently, I also haven't been attending a whole lot of events. Yup, I had to decline even those I've always wanted to go to! *sad* Actually, I had to skip even personal meetings and gatherings. But I hope some of you have missed me though. (Just say yes, para wala nang gulo! Haha!)

Anyway, if the title didn't give it away yet, then let me cut to the chase. The reason I wasn't blogging much since August is eczema. Steroid-induced eczema to be exact.
eczema tsw trapped in own skin

So, what is eczema exactly?

According to MedicalNewsToday, eczema is "a general term for any superficial inflammation involving the epidermis, marked early by redness, itching, minute papules and vesicles, weeping, oozing and crusting, and later by scaling, lichenification and often pigmentation. It's also used to refer to the condition atopic dermatitis."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mad For Pizza: Create Your Own Pizza at Il Terrazzo

If you've been with me for quite a while now, you probably already know how much I love my pizzas. Whether I get them for free, or more often -- not, pizza has been a staple for my family's weekend chill out sessions at home. But although I already have my favorites from different pizza chains, I can't deny that I sometimes want to create my very own pizza flavor. And thank God there are restaurants now that spoil pizza lovers to this extent... One of which is Mad For Pizza in Il Terrazo just along Tomas Morato.
Mad for Pizza Il Terrazzo

Located on the 2nd floor of Il Terrazzo, Mad For Pizza is a new, homegrown pizza shop that doesn't just let you choose from a menu of pizzas, but instead, lets you customize your own pizza. From the dough, sauce, and toppings, you're your pizza's own boss!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jade Dragon: Chinese Michelin-Starred Dining at Crown Towers

Just the mere mention of Chinese food when I'm about to dine out can make me go, "oh, no no!" But it's not because I don't like Chinese cuisine. Actually, my system has probably run on Chinese food for so long that I really have to veer away from it now to try other cuisines. However, when we were brought to Jade Dragon at Crown Towers Macau for lunch, I had to take off my Chinese food pseudo-restrictions. I needed to!
Jade Dragon Crown Towers City of Dreams Macau

Well, I don't know about you... But if someone tells me they'll bring me to a Michelin-starred restaurant, I'll just have to be flexible. Like, eat gluten even when I'm on a paleo diet, or even go all-carnivorous even when I'm a vegetarian. Umm, not that I am. But I'm sure you already get the point. I just can't pass up an opportunity like this.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ippudo: World-Famous Ramen Now in Manila!

Only less than a hundred days before Christmas! And as we're in the midst of the "ber" months, the weather has undoubtedly continued on with the rainy, ramen season. So although there have already been a lot of players in the ramen market the last 2 years, we wholeheartedly welcome yet another addition -- the long-awaited Ippudo from Japan.
Ippudo now in the Philippines

Famous for their Hakata tonkotsu pork broth, Ippudo already has tons of ramen fans waiting for their first Philippine outlet in SM Megamall to finally open doors. I mean, who wouldn't be excited to get a taste of their ramen? With really impressive credentials -- over 80 stores in Japan, and outlets in New York, Singapore, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, and not to mention its founder Shigemi Kawahara revered as Ramen King, even I wouldn't mind queuing up at the country's first Ippudo.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Detalle Bar + Kitchen: A Secret Chill-Out Gem in Ortigas

Whenever my friends and I want to hangout, we usually prefer establishments with a chill, laid-back vibe. Unfortunately, we end up in noisy bar-restos, or more often than not, in equally loud coffee shops. Earlier this year though, I finally found a perfect spot to bring my friends for our much needed get-togethers. It's a not-so-mainstream, or secret if you may, chill-out gem in the heart of Ortigas called Detalle Bar + Kitchen.
Detalle Bar Kitchen Ortigas

With my friend Ronn in tow, we happily checked out Detalle Bar + Kitchen located in the corner of Meralco and Julia Vargas Avenues. We were really excited to pay it a visit, as just one look at its Facebook page, and we knew we'd love the interior and feel of the place. And know what? Even from the outside, we can already see the clean lines and industrial theme of Detalle that we oh-so-love. So let's head inside now, shall we?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tous Les Jours: Freshly-Baked Breads and Cakes Now in Trinoma

You guys might already know my most favorite cuisine. (Clue: Starts with a J) But if you ask me what my favorite type of food is, I won't hesitate to tell you that it's "carbs". Yup! The type of food almost everyone is scared of is actually my favorite of them all. Whether it be rice, pasta, pizza or breads, it'd be hard for me to resist! So when I received an invitation from one of my favorite bakeries, I didn't think twice and gave a big "Oh yes!"
Tous Les Jours Everyday

This French-Asian bakery called Tous Les Jours, which originated from Korea is no stranger to me and my family. Since I first saw their SM North EDSA branch open back in 2012, I already became a fan, bagging a few breads whenever I'm in the area and even getting myself and my family cute and pretty cakes for several special occasions.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nail Cocktales: Hand and Foot Pampering at Bluebay Walk

Call me a late bloomer when it comes to nail kaartehan. But ever since I first applied nail polish, my nails were almost never seen naked. So when I received a timely invitation to visit this new nail salon in Bluebay Walk, I didn't even thought of passing up the chance.
Bloggers at Nail Cocktales Bluebay Walk

Located at the 2nd floor of the retail cluster of buildings in Bluebay Walk, Nail Cocktales is a chic paradise for women (and even men) who loves glamming up their nails. Since it's not too "out there" unlike most nail salons inside the busy and bustling malls, Nail Cocktales also offers more privacy for an uninterrupted hand and even feet pampering.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ginzadon: Japanese Meets Korean at Resorts World Manila

It's no secret that I'm in love with Japanese food. If you ask me to choose just one type of cuisine I'll have to eat forever, the answer's a no-brainer. Japanese cuisine. But when it comes to Asian fare, I can't deny that Korean food is steadily closing in from behind. So when I got the chance to visit this Japanese and Korean restaurant at Resorts World Manila, both my palate and my tummy were seriously giddy for the meal to come.
Ginzadon Resorts World Manila

Located at the second floor of Maxims Hotel in Resorts World Manila, Ginzadon which name is a combination of "Ginza" (a district of Chuo in Tokyo, Japan) and "don" (money in Korean), is a Japanese and Korean, not fusion, restaurant. Yup, they don't serve Japanese-inspired Korean dishes nor Korean-inspired Japanese dishes here. They really carry a wide menu with a selection dedicated to Japanese fare, and another portion for Korean gustatory delights. And although the concept of a Japanese and Korean restaurant in one was initially a little odd for me, I have to admit, Ginzadon definitely makes life easier for people who crave for both Japanese and Korean food.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lose weight, the healthy NaturHouse way!

Being a food blogger, I would be caught lying if I don't admit that I too have problems with controlling my weight. With all the food tasting events I willingly and happily attend on top of the usual flavorful, sinful dishes I eat on a daily basis, it would be impossible not to pack on the unwanted pounds. Actually, in this day and age where a fast-paced, modern and internet-dependent, yet sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you can call yourself one of the lucky (or really hard-working) ones if you don't already sport a ballooning waistline.

Weight Loss Tips

And unfortunately, weight loss doesn't come in a one-size-fits-all dress. Some people turn heavily to all kinds of slimming products and fad diets to no success, while many still have the "to start working out" on their must-do-but-never-have-done list. There are even some who try their hardest to squeeze in some exercise time on top of trying to eat more healthily, yet would still find themselves hitting a plateau on their weight loss goals.

And while you might not share this same belief, for me personally, the key is not really "to lose weight" but "to eat and live healthier" with an added bonus of losing weight.