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.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Inspiration: Jessica Alba + The Honest Company

I really admire Jessica Alba for all that she's accomplished. I really thought that she was just another pretty Hollywood actress and I'm really happy that she proved me wrong :) She co-founded an eco-brand which originally catered to new moms & dads, but now seems to be growing to become a brand which a family can grow old with. Her company, The Honest Co., sells eco-friendly baby and household products which are good for the environment and are well-designed.

Acting Disruptive: Jessica Alba + The Honest Co.

Yeah, I know there's nothing food-related in this post, but I just wanted to share this series on AOL, titled Acting Disruptive which featured her and her company. If you don't care for her or her projects, no worries, there are other actors featured in the series!

But, since I'm a fan, please watch the Acting Disruptive featuring Jessica Alba, if anything, you'll probably learn something new!

Wannabe Baker: Puff Pastry Apple Tarts = YUM!

Wannabe Baker: Yummy Apple Tarts!



I got really hungry earlier and couldn't find something sweet to nibble on, then I suddenly remembered that I had a pack of puff pastry in the fridge. YAY for impromptu apple tarts for wannabe bakers like me!

This was actually my first time baking anything using puff pastry, and I must say, it was yummy and easy! I got the recipe from thepioneerwoman.com and just added a bit of cinnamon to the apples and butter on top of the tart. People at home loved it and were asking for more :)

Wannabe Baker Experiment #1 : Puff Pastry Apple Tarts = Success!

Tip: Puff Pastry is a bit hard to find in the Philippines. I bought mine from Shopwise Cubao and I've seen S&R carry them (but they'd probably be more expensive)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Food Review: What in the world is Shakshuka? Shakshouka? Shukshuka?


Shakshuka. Shakshouka. Shukshuka?
Shakshouka (Arabicشكشوكة‎; Hebrewשקשוקה‎) (also shakshuka) is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoeschili peppers,onions, often spiced with cumin. It is believed to have a Tunisian origin. - from Wikipedia
It's pretty weird sounding, right? This type of food may be common in the middle east/ Mediterranean but  I can guarantee that most Pinoys haven't even heard of it. 

I had the chance to try out the dish from Cafe Mediterranean at the Powerplant over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by how it tasted. The Wikipedia description posted above is fairly accurate in my opinion. The texture was a bit like runny spaghetti sauce without the meat and it tasted a bit like it too. They poached an egg over the mixture which, in my opinion, made it tastier.

Would I order it again? Maybe. It was too much like spaghetti sauce, albeit with slivers of onion and chillies, and I thought that I could easily (hehe) recreate it at home. Still, Kudos to the Cafe Mediterranean team for adding something new (and interesting) to their menu!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ramen Review: Menya Musashi - Shinjuku Area, Tokyo, Japan

Continuation of our Tokyo Ramen Adventure:

The day after trying out Ichiran Ramen, my family decided to go out and look for Menya Musashi to try their noodles.  So we braved the cold, early spring weather and went out to the Shinjuku station area to find the shop.

Menya Musashi serves their ramen in a different type of soup base but it was also good. (IMO) the experience was better in Ichiran, maybe because it was weirder / unique? To be fair, the pork was better here (lamang ng mga 5 paligo :)), and you could actually see the ramen being prepared in front of you. Also, the ramen guys knew right away that we needed help so they guided us through the vending machine ordering system (what do they even call those?)


Menya Musashi Ramen with YUMMY/ Melts-in-your-mouth pork

I read that you have to line up for 30 mins to an hour during lunchtime for their noodles. Luckily, we went there at around 9 PM and it was so cold that only a few Japanese yuppies bothered to brave the winds for the ramen :) 

Tip: The restaurant is tiny and there's only 1 counter available for the diners (which seats around 20 people). If you're planning to eat here, arrive a few hours earlier or later than lunch time/ dinner time. 


Directions to Menya Musashi, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Where is Menya Musashi located? Tokyo, Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku 7-2-6. Coming from the main entrance of Shinjuku Station, turn right, walk for around 3-5 minutes. After passing the Shinjuku Post Office, look for a side street with a sign for Sakura House. You'll find the Menya Musashi storefront (with curtains) right beside the sign.

>> Link to my Ichiran Ramen Review

Pre-Wicked dinner at 2 Bridge Place, Double Tree by Hilton : Food Review

While we were in London last summer, we decided to watch Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. We purchased a package online where you got a 2 course dinner at 2 Bridge Place restaurant near the show venue. It was a simple 2 course dinner where you got to choose whether to get an appetizer, main, or a dessert.

Clockwise from Left: Fish, Veal, Chocolate Mousse, Ravioli


The food was good for a show-bundled meal. My father liked the fish course (as usual) while I liked the ravioli (as usual). My sister had veal as her main and it was a bit gamey but the presentation was good. 
The chocolate mousse with mint sauce was the best part of the meal but it was too thick and had to be shared (which was a good thing). 

Where is 2 Bridge Place by Hilton located? In the vicinity of the Apollo Victoria Theater / Victoria tube station. 

From the theater entrance, turn left until you see Hudson's Place (St) on your right. Turn right at Hudson's Place and go straight till you see Bridge Place (St.). Look for the Double Tree by Hilton hotel. The restaurant is around 5 -10 minutes away from the theater. 



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