Cat cafes are booming right now and they’re popular for very good reasons. After all, who wouldn’t want to cuddle with adorable furry cats? Take me for example, I’m definitely more of a dog person and honestly speaking, I’m not fond of cats at all, but I couldn’t resist paying Velvet Friends Cat Cafe a visit when I was at Blue Bay Walk in Macapagal. With their white cozy interiors and decorative furniture, plus their super cute cats and kittens, you won’t be able to help wanting to go inside and hang out, whether with the cats or just with friends.
Pablo Cheese Tart (or some call it cheesecake) has made the Filipinos go gaga over their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts, even before they opened their store here in the Philippines. And to be honest, I was one of them as well. I was one of those who waited impatiently for the store’s grand opening, hoping to take a bit of the oh-so-famous cheese tart before any of my friends get to do so. I was excited to get a taste of their cheese tart because I heard it was really good.
But why do people love Pablo’s Cheese Tart so bad?
I can’t remember the first time I have had Spicy Szechuan Hotpot (麻辣火锅). Was it in China? Was it in Taiwan? All I know then was that there wasn’t any restaurant here in Manila that serves spicy Szechuan hotpot. When my Chinese friends and colleagues asked me which restaurants in Makati serves the famous spicy hotpot, I didn’t know where to start looking. It was through a friend that I discovered Happy Hotpot (东方火锅), but the first time I dined at the said restaurant was with my boyfriend.
Truth to be told, I got a little freaked out when we arrived at the place. The surrounding area of the restaurant was so dim. The street where the restaurant is located looks dangerous as well. But since we were already there, and with my boyfriend by my side acting as my bodyguard, we decided to go with the plan.
Discovering Coffee Habit in a street we seldom pass by was a pleasant surprise. My mother, little brother, and I were driving my aunt home at around 9PM when we saw a single coffee shop in a road lacking of any establishments. The fact that it was literally the only coffee shop I saw there made it more interesting. My little brother and I managed to convince the adults to drop by Coffee Habit first since our aunt’s house was just on the other side of the street. Turns out that Coffee Habit only opened recently and they were still in their soft opening. That was around a month ago, I think? Anyway, I loved the simplicity of the coffee shop with their red and black theme. The interiors were not overbearing and loud, making it less stressful for the eyes.
Binondo Chinatown is the world’s oldest Chinatown. It is also my home as I grew up in Binondo Chinatown. I know every corner and every good restaurant around.
Traffic is really bad in Binondo, but I can help you squeeze your way out and point to you the best route to avoid traffic. A lot of restaurants have opened up in Binondo, but the good ones and the ones that you should really try are the restaurants that have been operating for years.
I currently live in Makati now, but I still go back to Chinatown whenever I get the chance to do so; or if I have to visit a Chinese grocery store for items that aren’t available in the supermarkets. I had a chance to go back last week when my friend visited Manila for a day. I also asked my Taiwanese friend to go with us since she hasn’t been to Chinatown despite the fact that she stayed almost a year here in the Philippines.
October 9 of 2016, my boyfriend and I decided to look for a food market to go to since it has been a while since we last went to a food market. We were supposed to go to Purefoods Baconfest but it was already over when we arrived, turns out we got the date wrong. The Purefoods Baconfest was only until October 8, 2016. You should have seen our faces. We were so shocked at our own stupidity and felt really disappointed. We both love bacon, which is why we decided to go to Bonifacio High Street to look for a restaurant that serves good bacon. Even though we weren’t able to attend Purefoods Baconfest but we should at least still be able to eat bacon, right?
It was when we arrived at Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) that we discovered another food market. The Gourmand Market definitely saved our day and gave us hope. Screw bacon, we finally get to attend a food market!
Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe was created by a mother and daughter duo who started cooking and baking as a family pastime. I can only think of how lucky we are that they decided to make a brick-and-mortar business out of it, otherwise we never would’ve tasted such delicious meals and sweets! Dining here is like eating at a nice home because of their homey interior design and light-colored furniture. My family loved the cozy atmosphere here so much that we stayed for more than an hour, even after finishing our food.
What is a Mediterranean food?
Mediterranean foods are dishes from European countries, North African countries, and Middle Eastern countries. Mediterranean dishes uses a lot of spices that makes the dish unique from the rest of the world. Aside from the taste, Mediterranean foods are healthy as well. There’s even a diet called “Mediterranean diet”, a traditional diet which involves a high consumption of vegetables, olive oil, and protein. The diet is said to prevent heart attacks. Not really sure if it is true.
Anyway, I love Mediterranean food and finding a good Mediterranean restaurant in Metro Manila ain’t easy; that was why I was ecstatic to discover Sultan – a Mediterranean Grill restaurant in Salcedo Village, Makati City. Do take note that the place is packed every lunch time between 12 noon to a little over 1pm after lunch. The place isn’t huge but it definitely is cozy with the interior design and the ambiance.
Only 75 days left until Christmas!! Seriously, time flies so fast! It never actually occurred to me that the winter holiday is just a few months away until my family and I went to Bag of Beans, Tagaytay last Sunday for afternoon snacks. Apparently, Bag of Beans decided to skip Halloween and go straight to Christmas! Not that I’m complaining especially since they did their work really well! They already have an elegant Christmas tree and a bench for picture-taking inside their dining area. They even have a lot of beautiful Christmas decorations set up in one of their empty cabins where you’re free to enter and take pictures anytime. Trust me, that cabin was absolutely stunning! It’s like the Christmas-decorated houses you see in movies! Even my father who’s not fond of having his photo taken asked for someone to take a photo of us and kept telling me to take more pictures of the place. I already love Bag of Beans because of their heavenly hot chocolate and desserts, and now I’m falling even more in love!
I went to the opening day of the new branch of Landers Superstore in Otis two days ago because I had a really great time shopping at their first branch in Balintawak last month. Because of work, I arrived there at 8pm already, just an hour before closing. Landers Superstore is a membership superstore that sells a variety of imported and local merchandises, which includes electronics, apparel, health and beauty products, pastries, fresh meat and vegetables, organic food, cleaning supplies, and other grocery items. They also have a diner and a coffee shop just outside the shopping area. In their Balintawak branch, they even have a barber shop there! As for their interiors, I really like how bright their lights are and how modern the area looks. They also have two or three counters reserved for senior citizens and pregnant women. To shop there, you have to get a premium or personal membership card which costs P800 annually, or you can get an extension from your family or friend who’s already a member there, it will only costs you P400. As for me, I got my premium membership for only P400 because they had a buy one take one promo a few months ago, so I shared the fee with my co-worker and gave the extension to my sister.
Whenever I dine out with my friends, those who know me well wouldn’t normally ask me where I want to eat. That’s because they all know that my answer would be shabu shabu. I have been an avid lover of shabu shabu and I can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even midnight snack on a daily basis and I just don’t get sick of it. It all started when my grandmother brought me to a shabu shabu place and as a child, I was ecstatic that I get to cook my own meal in a small pot. So what is shabu shabu?
Shabu Shabu is a Japanese hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. You basically just mix everything inside a pot full of boiling water and wait for it to cook. Different kinds of spices can be added into the pot for taste, and for each soup, there is also a paired sauce. Shabu-shabu has evolved greatly around Asia. Aside from Japanese shabu-shabu, we now also have Chinese shabu-shabu and Korean shabu-shabu; each with their own kind of soup base and dips but the concept still remained.
Last Saturday, my boyfriend surprised me with a dinner at Shabu Shabu Ichiban, the number one Japanese hotpot restaurant chain from Nagoya, Japan brought here by Avin Ong, Vice President and COO of Fredley Food & Beverages Inc. How authentic can that be? At first, my boyfie thought it was a simple shabu-shabu on a per order basis. It wasn’t until we were on the way when he found out that it was actually an all-you-can-eat hotpot!