Sunday, March 01, 2015

Food finds, so random

 Some delectable finds from last year that I may not have posted:
Strawberry shortcake P125 from bebe rouge, near sacred heart makati. French patisserie run by japanese chefs. Très cher but the cutest packaging non? The place looks very chi-chi but there are biscuits and snacks that cost around P50
 Binatog is now offered in malls! Bought a large order (P25) from Mang Binatog at SM Bicutan
 I am not a fan of cheesecake but Kitchen's Best has a Macadamia Brittle Cheescake that is impossible to resist. I think I said that their chocolate cake tasted like sin but their macadamia brittle was redemption! (P1,780 for the 9" cake and P180 per slice)
Purple Oven's Rustic chocolate torte (P820) is like a choclate sans rival with whipped cream and slabs of more chocolate!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tonkatsu by Terazawa for Jon's birthday

 I gave Jon a gift certificate from the Bistro group of companies for his birthday. Little did I know that he would use that to treat us for his birthday.

I was a bit scared that he would go over budget since I looked up the price range of the meals there and I saw that it would be around P400/person without drinks.
 Luckily, they had a cheaper set meal of P295/person for 80 grams of either the pork loin or pork fillet meals that come with unlimited cabbage, rice , and miso soup!
 I like how the meals are presented. They also come with pickled veggies and corn bits sprinkled with some spices to awaken your taste buds if they get tired of all the pork.

I haven't tried all the other expensive katsu places but I'm quite satisfied with what we had. The pork was tender and delicious, the serving was quite alright if you pair each bite with lots of rice and veggies. I also loved the soup, clear and perfect after all the rich food we ate for New Year's.

If you want a more tender meat, you might want to order the pork loin, which also has more fat. The pork fillet cut is a bit chewier, but it doesn't have the evil fat bits, which might be the better choice for the health-conscious folks who still want to eat deep-fried pork.

Customers have a clear view of the kitchen if you're curious as to how your meal is cooked.

On a funny note, they have a cute little restroom at the back which has all the bells and whistles as well as an abundance of toilet paper: I think I saw 3 types of dispensers. :P

Tonkatsu by Terazawa is at Greenbelt 2, Makati City.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Best and Worst of 2014

Film


 Best: Captain America: Winter Soldier

This is heresy coming from a DC comics fan but I loved how this superhero movie tackled a dark topic without losing the fun part of its source material, unlike DC's Man of Steel, which felt so serious it got dreary. Also, it remained true to the image of Cap, he would rather die than kill his buddy. The Superman I know would have found a way to stop Zod without offing him and half the city of Metropolis

Noteworthy: Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow were also enjoyable romps but the hype of Guardians made me expect much more from it.

Worst: A million ways to die in the West.

 Dear Seth Macfarlane, a key component of a comedy movie is that it should be funny. Don't quit your day job...on second thought, quit that, too

TV


Best: Bob's Burgers

I know they look weird and most of the girl characters sound like they were voiced by male actors (they are) but stick around and listen to the script. The lines are a joy to hear even on reruns.

Noteworthy: Game of Thrones, Mindy Project have gone from strength to strength this season. King Joffrey's death!  The Mountain vs the Viper!!!
And Mindy and Danny plus Danny's mom make a hilarious combination.

Worst: Seth Macfarlanes' Family Guy

 has gone from irreverent to plain "offend-everyone-we-can" for no other reason I can see other than that they have run out of ideas.

Song



 Best: Ain't it fun by Paramore

I don't know why I love this song. Maybe it's because my cousins were graduating from college and this was a song that perfectly captured how I felt when I first ventured into the real world. Plus that chorus is so catchy you can't help but sing along.

Noteworthy: Fancy by Iggy Azalea (plus points for the music video's Clueless reference), Blank Space by Taylor Swift, Happy by Pharrell Williams

Worst: Maybe it's you by 3logy. 

If you watch GMA 7, you'd surely heard that the Korean soap Kim Sam Soon is back but instead of using the theme song performed by Jolina or Regine, they got a boy band called 3logy (ugh) which then proceeded to murder the sweet melody. I swear, parang nagpa-practice lang ang tunog. Fortunately, the powers that be used another version, sung by a female singer I have yet to identify, when the show started airing again.

Dishonorable mention: Anaconda by Nicky Minaj. Far from sexy, the lyrics and the music video made my stomach turn.

Book:


Best: Trese 6

Once again, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo have come out with a scary and fun book. We see more of Trese's family and the imperious Madame firmly establishes herself as the arch enemy. The Madame is obviously based on Imelda Marcos and the creators' decision to portray someone so obsessed with maintaining a facade of beauty as a villain worse than an aswang has made me very worried for the lives of Tan and Baldisimo. In light of the events at the magazine Charlie Hebdon, it's not a far-fetched fear.

Noteworthy: 14 by Manix Abrera continues to impress, and Pinoy Komiks Anthology (featuring my Crazy Jhenny strip) is a treasure trove of talent. (Alliteration alert!)

Worst: DC's World's End.

Ugh. After destroying all the alternate worlds and bringing them back again, the people at DC show their  creative juices are  drying up by coming up with a long drawn -out apocalyptic crisis that has bored me so much I don't even bother downloading them. Just end it already!

Gadgets


Best: Wacom

This was a gift from my uncle and I am loving it! Sure, i miss the feel of pen on paper as the tablet's surface is too smooth, but ease of drawing has made comic strip-making so fun and quick!

Noteworthy: Selfie stick
So useful for parties and reunions, it apparently hasn't caught up in the West yet as my relatives from the States were all agog to get one here. An officemate who used hers in Canada got stares and offers for it when she went for a visit. I told her someone should import some selfie sticks and corner that business abroad!

Worst: internet junk

Used properly it's great.  But When such an important tool is wasted on endless selfies, and chain mail, and idiotic news like Hello Kitty is not a cat, or how a Kardashian wants to break the internet, we can imagine Tim Berners -Lee (Inventor of the internet) weeping

Trend



Best: Adaptive reuse like Luneta Hotel

It wasn't a perfect stay, but we sure appreciate the effort the new owners made to bring the Luneta Hotel to its former glory. Now, if they could also work on the sound-proofing and the food...

Worst: Destroying heritage sites

We have so few sites that survived the war, it's a shame they finally succumb to crass commercialization

Disturbing:  Teleseryes where 2 women fight over a cheating man.

From Temptation of Wife to The Legal Wife to Two Wives... it's like women empowerment is unheard of in this country.




Sunday, November 09, 2014

Peter Lee's Tea House


We were staying at the Luneta Hotel over the weekend and while the room rates were reasonable, we found the food prices at their Cafe Yano just too expensive!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Overnight at the historic Luneta Hotel

For my mom's birthday, she wanted to try out Luneta Hotel, which was originally built in 1918  and was regarded as one of the most elegant hotels in Manila. It was one of the few buildings that survived World War 2 but fell into disrepair over the years. 
Old photo of the original hotel from the lunetahotel.com website

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Random adventures in food

 My aunt sent us a big slab of smoked salmon and I thought I'd make a salmon and cream cheese spread just like the one Chef Jessie Sincioco of 100 Revolving Restaurant makes.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day at Italianni's plus some other restos

 We haven't been to Italianni's in quite a while but thanks to a gift certificate from Twinx, we found the perfect opportunity to use it ---Father's Day!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mother's Day in Cristina Villas, Antipolo


 I had never spent the night in Antipolo and we hadn't gone out for summer yet so I thought, why don't we combine our annual pilgrimage, our summer vacation and Mother's Day in one trip?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Where I ate in Bohol

Alona

 When we first went to Bohol, my family didn't want me to spend so much on food, that's why we went away from the beachfront restos which were generally more expenisve than those by the provincial road.
Now that I was here on my own, I still went to the road but this time, I was going to splurge a little to dine at what Lonely Planet and a local tv show declared the best restaurant in Alona Beach, Bohol: L'elephant bleu.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Alona Beach and Dumaluan Beach, Bohol

Alona Tropical's nipa hut-styled roof

I've been to Panglao's Alona Beach before and I loved how it's less crowded than Boracay, though Lonely Planet calls it a "congested strip of resorts".

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