Saturday, November 12, 2016

Travel: The difference between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka

We had the chance to visit the three parks in recent years and each visit was a blast of course :) But, if I had to choose, Orlando would be the best one to visit.

Here are my insights on visiting the the three Wizarding worlds:

Orlando was the biggest 'coz it had Diagon Alley (must see: the Gringotts fire breathing dragon) You also get the chance to poke around at Knockturn Alley which was really creepy even in the daytime. Another must see in the Orlando park was the Hogwarts Express train connecting Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. It was an attraction all in itself! Wouldn't want to spoil it for you guys so that's all I'm saying :p

Hollywood was the newest and had the same rides with Orlando. It was smaller of course. But I think there are plans to expand the park in the future. There weren't a lot of people when we visited and we had the chance to visit the Osaka and Florida parks first so we weren't that impressed with this one. STILL, we had a great time here. Any Potterhead would enjoy a visit :)

Finally, Osaka was similar in size to Hollywood and had the most people! We came during the first year of its opening and it was craaaaazzy. There was a scheduled visit time, and you had to go through the Forbidden Forest which also functioned as a lining area(?) for the timed entry. In total, I guess we had to line up for around 5 hours. Even Honeydukes had an hour and a half line just to enter the shop! But, this was the first park we visited so we were fangirling and had butterflies in our stomachs the whole time we were there.

All three had Butterbeer (get the frozen one!) and Gillywater kiosks. They all had the same street performances - the street choir, and the Beauxbatons parade. The shops were the same, except for the one in Knockturn. As for the rides, they were all similar, but the ones in Japan were, of course, dubbed in Japanese. Hehe.

My takeaway? All were worth it! :) Orlando's is the best of the three, but let's see. In a few years, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood might just turn out to be the best one to visit.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Manila Restaurant Reviews: Genki Sushi BGC, Taguig, Philippines

Genki Sushi is a super affordable sushi joint located in Bonifacio Stopover (a personal favorite), a convenient hang out place/ study area/ 24 hour establishment located in BGC, Taguig.

I tried checking it out previously and have been back around 3 times, but have always failed to post about the experience.

So let's delve into the Genki Sushi experience! 

First, when you go in the establishment, the staff would direct you to a booth and if it is your first time, they will also give directions on how to order. All the booths have a tablet connected to the restaurant's system. This is where you can look at the menu, order your dish, and request for the bill. IMO, this is super convenient for introverts - less human contact. haha.

Then, your food arrives via a small shinkansen aka bullet train. After taking your dish, you press a flashing button to send back the train to the kitchen. Trust me, it's super fun.

Shinkansen with our food 😋

I've tried quite a few of their dishes but I recommend getting the seared salmon with black pepper, the crunch salmon nori roll, and shrimp garlic butter sushi. The rice bowls are also actually good and can probably feed two not-so-hungry adults :)

BGC Restaurants : Genki Sushi : Crunchy Salmon Nori Roll 

All in all, Genki has never failed me. It has really affordable and yummy dishes. I'd recommend this for the value and for the novelty of the whole experience!

Rating: 4/5
Address of Genki Sushi, BGC: Bonifacio Stop Over, Rizal Drive Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

Monday, October 26, 2015

Travel: Snaps and Stories around Manhattan

Manhattan's really one of my favorite places. It's very busy, sometimes stinky, beautiful and grungy all at the same time. And I love it more due to Central Park. So this summer when we went to NYC I asked by family to go with me around the park, but my companions didn't want to walk the long way back to our hotel. So we just ended up going to the Brooklyn Diner after around 30 mins of walking :)
The place was located halfway from Times Square and Central park and they had a long line for breakfast. We waited for around 20 mins. When we got inside, the place was  super packed!

It's apparently really popular with the theater crowd.
The waiters forgot to serve one dish - so they gave us free dessert instead! 
This was really good and the portions- for the other food we ordered- were huge.

IMO, they have great customer service - 5*

We met up with family after going around the city and they brought us to this hipster burger place near Penn Station - which I forgot the name of. Ill edit this later. They had fancy schmancy burgers and an atmosphere suited for yuppies. haha.
Mac n Cheese Burger from a hipster burger place near Penn Station
The next day, my sister and I wanted to go downtown/ the chinatown area just to check the feel/ ambience of the place. We took the bus from the NY Public Library and the traffic was really bad. While there, we went to check out Casey Neistat's studio (fangirls haha) and got Ice Cream from the Chinatown Ice Cream Co (apparently, you pass by a police precinct/ jail and we saw a man in cuffs being brought in by the police)

After, we just took the subway to Times Sqaure to watch Matilda, which was really good. The actors were great, especially the kid who played the lead. If you get the chance to watch it you should!
Blurry kebab, from a cart near the NY Public Library. 
I'll try to upload more pictures of the Lib in a separate post :)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Travel: New Orleans pic spam!

New Orleans is a place where you go to eat, see sights, and eat again. haha.
Our driver recommended Deanie's as it was one of the best local restaurants in the French Quarter for him. And he was right. The food was really was delicious. The seafood was great, the service was great - everything was yummy! Tip: Ask locals for the best food recommendations, when you do, they'll probably also share really interesting info about their city

First Meal in NOLA: Deanie's Fried Seafood


Our last night we decided to find the best chicken in the New Orleans. The best one was a taxi ride away and we didn't have the energy to go there just to eat. So looked for the best one in the French Quarter instead. 

The best chicken DAW in the French Quarter. Meh. Tastes like fried chicken marinated in toyo and calamansi hehe

Breaded and fried Mushrooms 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Manila Restaurant Reviews: Hatch 22

Where is Hatch 22: Powerplant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

What they serve: Filipino/Breakfast/ Comfort food
What we ate: Lechon bowl, corn chowder, salpicao, iced tea
What we Loved: The corn chowder!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Travel : Austria + Beaune + Paris

Salzburg, Austria

Konditorei - German for Pattiserie and Confectionery Shop

Touristy! This is where we bought Mozart Balls: Marzipan covered in milk chocolate

Veggie market at one of the plazas

Vienna, Austria

Creamed Spinach, Chicken Schnitzel, and Rosti (potato strips, like hashbrowns) from Cafe Mozart
They were really milking Mozart's popularity :)

My sister's order

Apple Strudel

I was able to finish this all even though it looked nasty :)))

Did a daytrip to Beaune, France, which is considered as a wine region. No shops were open so we had to settle for this sad-looking quiche and french bread with pesto and tomatoes

Macarons from a cute cafe

Paris - This was the meal served at La Nouvelle Eve. It was nothing special.

Unique Paris Find: We were exploring the Puces (flea market) and was able to chance upon Chez Louisette. This restaurant has the same vibe as Bellini's in Cubao X, Quezon City - Kitschy but the food, service, and ambience was great!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What to eat in Japan? - Tokyo and Osaka Adventures

Pic Spam!

Tokyo + Osaka May 2014

Yoshinoya Set: This was really cheap and filling. This particular branch is near the JR Kanda Station in Tokyo. Particularly, in a small street filled with different types of restaurants

We also found Ichiran again! Hands down the best ramen I've tasted :). We happened to pass by the restaurant on the way to the park on a Sunday

New discovery: Cheese Curry Noodles! This is so yummy! We bought all the available Cheese Curry Nissin Cups in the convenience store beside our hotel. (They only had 3 :/)

From Tokyo we took the Shinkansen to Osaka. While waiting for the train I was able to find yummy baon to eat during the 2hr journey. The dessert in the plastic cup is a traditional Japanese dessert, which I forgot the name of. It's made out of rice with syrup and powdered coconut(?)

Bubble Tea!

Takoyaki from Dotonbori

Believe it or not. This was the first time I ever saw/tasted real wasabi. Not the weird powdery stuff they serve at sushi restaurants. 

Kobe Beef

Takoyaki Museum located at Universal Citywalk in Osaka.

Note: When we went to the park, The Wizarding World was stil under construction :( bummer.


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