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Saturday, August 30, 2014

SWEET BITES BY BIANCA ~RinaZ

sweet bites by bianca

        There's something about home-based baked goodies that make it more delicious than corporate brands. Well, the answer is pretty simple. The big difference is it's made with love. The taste becomes very hearty. Like a warm hearty soup on a rainy day. It hits that sweet craving spot on! And Sweet Bites by Bianca is no different. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

GET CURRIED AWAY AT ERI CURRY!


            I really enjoy Japanese Curry. Truthfully, I enjoy Curry in general, whether it be Thai or Indian, but I find the heat of Japanese Curry the most manageable for my taste buds, not to mention, without it upsetting my stomach at the same time hehe. 

     I was elated to discover that a Japanese Curry House recently opened at the SM Mega Atrium. But more than anything, it was the concept of that Curry house that appealed to me most. A Curry place that lets you customize practically everything about your dish order, to the point that the only thing that seems to be lacking is the option to choose the color of your own plate. 

    Friends, prepared to get Curried Away at Eri Curry!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OF GATECRASHERS & LOOTBAGGERS




       As a blogger myself, I get personally annoyed when I hear about unscrupulous bloggers that find ways to take advantage of establishment owners and resort to desperate tactics, such as gate crash events, then DEMAND for GC's and free meals after.


       You'd think it would be simple enough concept.. If you're not invited to the event, don't go to it. Trying to Jedi Mind Trick your way inside only works in the movies. (I tried it on my prom date.. It really doesn't work)

      I honestly try to keep my hands out of the politics in the Philippine blogging world, but I think it's time I took a stand. After hearing about a recent incident, I have decided that enough is enough and it's time to tell you all how I feel.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BENTO BOXES BY KESSAKU - RinaZ

kessaku alabang

      The South is truly booming with a lot of great restaurants. So we come from the other side of town, Richie and I make it a point try to find a restaurant in the Alabang/Paranaque/Las Pinas area that we could visit, that would make our traffic filled ride worth our while. Thankfully, we found another restaurant we could add to our list in Kessaku, a restaurant that serves delicious Japanese food, including complete and filling bento box meals available for lunch!

Friday, August 22, 2014

THE YUMMY THAT IS YUMI -RinaZ

yumi japanese restaurant

       If you're a follower of this blog, then you know all about Richie's travels around California a few months ago. Like you, I too watched in envy as he would post delicious dishes from the U.S.A.. So when we got an invitation to visit Yumi Japanese Restaurant in Greenhills Promenade, I decided to go alone and give him a taste of his own medicine, and show him what he was missing back home.

      Much to my delight, I discovered that Yumi serves beautifully plated Japanese dishes. But more than just being visually stunning, the dishes were of course delicious! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SAY ALOHA TO TEDDY'S BIGGER BURGERS IN GREENBELT!


          Did I ever mention that I used to live in Hawaii? This was around 1981, so I was a very young boy. I must admit, I don't have very vivid memories about the joys of living there, but I do remember it being a taste of paradise. I was fortunate enough to go back in 1998, and it was even more amazing than what I remembered (Especially since I could appreciate seeing beautiful women rollerblading around the mall in a bikini hehe).  

      My experience there makes me believe that, should I ever decide to leave my home country, one of the places I would first consider living in, would be Hawaii. Think about it.. It's got the best of both worlds! You have the beauty of the tropics, without fully losing the coolness of the temperate zones.

      As I continue to dream about my return to Hawaii some day, I was elated to find that a part of Hawaii is arriving in our country soon.. And in even better news, it's going to be in the form of one of my favorite things in the universe.. Burgers! 

      Teddy's Bigger Burgers, voted the Best Burger in Hawaii by Honolulu Magazine, is opening its first branch in the Philippines on August 23! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BEHOLD! THE CULINARY TREASURES OF SINGAPORE AT WEE NAM KEE


       Admit it.. The very first thing you think of when you hear the words "Wee Nam Kee" is Hainanese Chicken, right? Well, I know I do. But can you blame me? Since opening their very first restaurant in Ayala Triangle a couple of years back, the name Wee Nam Kee has become the golden standard when it comes to the Singaporean Chicken classic.      

      I've been back to Wee Nam Kee a couple more times since my first post, and the star of our visit was always the Hainanese Chicken (for Rina, it was the chicken and their Cereal Prawns, which is also quite a popular entree), coupled with their awesome Chicken Rice. 

       I realized that, though I was so focused on their chicken every time would visit, the true test of a great restaurant isn't just by how well they execute their signature dish, but how they also manage to grab your attention with the other dishes on their menu. 

       I resolved that the next time I go to Wee Nam Kee, I would see how much I would enjoy a meal there, without ordering the Hainanese Chicken and rice. 

        Someone upstairs must have heard me, because my next visit ended up being to try Wee Nam Kee's items from their new Singapore Culinary Treasures menu! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WRONG RAMEN'S RIGHT MOVE: THE ARAKAWA ABURA SOBA


           The metro has gone crazy over Ramen.. And I've got to admit, despite being a late bloomer in the game, I've become a fan of it. I admire how Wrong Ramen has carved out a niche for itself for boldly concocting the most ridiculous recipes that would drive the most loyal ramen purist up the wazoo.

        This time, they've collaborated with Ramen heavyweight, Hanamaruken, to come up with a Ramen dish that still has the insanity that Wrong Ramen is known for, but with the authentic techniques that Hanamaruken is known for. 

       Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, because you have until September 15, to try the Arakawa Abura Soba.

Monday, August 11, 2014

ALL-OUT WEEKDAY DIM SUM BUFFET AT CRYSTAL JADE SHANGHAI DELIGHTS! - RINAZ



        Just last June, Crystal Jade Dining In at BGC had their Weekend Dim Sum Buffet showcasing delicious Cantonese dim sum. And then I remember a friend commenting on our Instagram, asking if Xiao Long Baos are included. But since the Crystal Jade in BGC was strictly Cantonese, Xiao Long Baos were not included.

        But this time, in celebration of Singapore Day, it is with great pleasure to announce that they are now holding their own dim sum galore with their Weekday Dimsum Dinner for the month of August! 

         And yes, Xiao Long Baos are included!!!

CHILI'S YOUR WAY: MORE FLAVORS, MORE CHOICES!


         Chili's is one of my go-to restaurants that never fail to satisfy my admittedly Western influenced palate. To this very day, I still have dirty dreams about Chili's Big Mouth Burger Bites (Don't ask). Although I would have no problems ordering those sliders from heaven over and over and over again, I was elated to find out that they recently added more items to their already awesome menu, and I couldn't wait to try them out! 

     Why? Because they had a brand new Steak dish.. covered in Cheese.. and.....

        You guessed it. BACON.   
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