Knorr’s Sarap ng #LutongNanay Campaign

“What is your favourite mom-cooked meal?” This question was asked to me by a TV reporter a few minutes after I arrived at the Blue Leaf Pavillion for Knorr’s Sarap ng #LutongNanay campaign. As I gave my answer, ginisang munggo (sautéed mung beans), I realized that I missed my mother’s cooking. Suddenly, I craved for that thick mung bean soup with malunggay and ground pork! How I wished I could run fast to my family home and charm my mom in cooking me one. I will turn the question to you. What’s one meal that your mom cooks best for Read More …

Banzai: The Great Teppanyaki Theater | SM Mall of Asia

As a person who loves Japanese cuisine, it is inherent for me to try as many restaurants as I can to find that authentic taste of Japan. Outside the Land of the Rising Sun, it is a challenge to discover where to dine in and experience gastronomic delight that is faithful to the original Japanese palate. After a lot of misses and few hits, alas, I think I finally found a gem right under my nose. Introduction to Banzai Claimed as the biggest teppanyaki buffet restaurant with a total area of 1200 square meters and capacity of 300 people in Read More …

Yoshinoya Philippines Re-opens at SM MOA

Last March 26, Yoshinoya Philippines had its grand branch re-opening at SM Mall of Asia. Newly renovated with a larger area, the restaurant prides itself with its minimalist yet colorful interior design. To grace the event, Yoshinoya Century Pacific Incorporated president, Mr. Timothy James Yang, led the store’s blessing and ribbon cutting. Special guests from the Japanese Embassy were also present to support the promotion of their culture promotion. I missed reading these! They also gave out a huge bag full of Japanese magazines, songs, and even calendars. As a previous student of Nihongo, I marvelled how I could still Read More …

Imperial weekend in a Korean setting

Last Sunday, my good friend, Czar, invited me to go out and perhaps to celebrate Cookie’s one week-sary (?) with me. Since he knows I love tea, we agreed to meet in a local tea shop near my home, Tea Talk. Tea Talk is a small tea shop along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque City. What I love in this particular shop is the comfort they give to their customers. It exudes such a cozy ambiance. There are the ordinary tables and chairs, as well as love seat cushions, but what I like best is their platform area where Read More …

Who wants more Yakult?

Yesterday, I was eating brunch with my colleagues Ete (Esther) and Mayor (he’s not a public official) in the company’s cafeteria when Mayor surprised us with his experiment. “Do you want to drink more Yakult?” Mayor asked with the confidence of a magician in his show. “Of course,” Ete and I chorused. “Then what you need are only two things: Yakult and Smart C+ Lemon,” he replied. Yakult is a popular Japanese probiotic drink made by fermented skimmed milk with live Lactobacillus Shirota strain. Benefits of Yakult consumption like maintenance of gut flora, modulation of the immune system, regulation of Read More …

Happy Pepero Day!

Yesterday, someone said, “Wait Monica,” while turning back and getting something. He returned with an outstretched arm, nudging an object in my rested hands. “For you,” he smiled. I looked down from his face to my hands. And saw a box of Pepero. I didn’t know what to say at first. I barely know him and even though I know that some people just give a gift to random people, I still feel shy about it. Another friend saw what I was holding and freed me from my thoughts. “In Korea, tomorrow is an important day,” he began lecturing but Read More …

Ramen: Irreplaceable Japanese dish

I think I have written in my previous posts my wonderful experience in the land of the rising sun. The country might be popular for Mario, Doraemon, Rilakkuma, Harajuku girls, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, Yui, Sumo,but for me it is the place for sushi, sashimi, tempura, and of course RAMEN. It might be embarrassing to admit but in my two weeks stay in Japan, I gained 5 KG. No joke. I guess it is a no-brainer that I loved the food there and even first class Japanese inspired restaurants in my country can’t compete with the taste of authentic Read More …

Seoul Fusion (Masil) – Korean taste in the metro

Two weeks ago my friend invited me to eat out. I replied that I was busy, and I really was, but after hearing his offer I thought twice. The devil. He mentioned he’ll treat me for samgyeopsal (삼겹살)! Now, I have already mentioned my undying love for this favorite Korean food. It’s just actually thick, fatty slices of grilled pork belly fat – I know what you’re thinking: unhealthy! The most common accompaniments for samgyeopsal are lettuce (sangchu; 상추) and sliced raw garlic, but very often the meat is served with other accompaniments, such as perilla leaves (kkaennip; 깻잎), sliced Read More …

30-day Blogging Challenge: Day 25 (A recipe)

The best way to Monica’s heart is through her stomach. – Monica For those of you who know me, you can testify that I am very much a food lover. I eat more than three times a day, almost every three hours. I have this strange jaw exercise every few hours resulting to my eating habit. But oh, I’m not fat. In fact, I haven’t reach 45kg and yes, I’m abnormal. I eat almost anything (spoiled food and poison excluded)! I love to try different kinds of cuisines in different restaurants and places. Not so recently (a few years ago), Read More …

Eating your heart out: Bulgogi Brothers’ Unyang-style Bulgogi

Last Tuesday, I went to Mall of Asia to meet a friend. He wanted to eat Korean food, but I know some only along Macapagal Boulevard and not inside the mall. Still, we tried to scan the establishment until we came across Bulgogi Brothers. As I know, Bulgogi Brothers is a Korean franchise. To date, there are only three branches in the country: Greenebelt 5 in Makati, Alabang Town Center, and Mall of Asia. There’s one to be opened in Subic, but I’m not sure when. I was a bit curious with this international food chain so I agreed to Read More …