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!
It’s no secret, I really love dogs, especially big dogs! Unfortunately, I can’t take good care of one right now because of work, that’s why I sometimes have sleepovers at my cousin’s house. She’s an animal lover in general, which I think is the reason why she became a veterinarian. The number of dogs in her house is unbelievably amazing! She has five (or more) Siberian Huskies and a Dachshund! She was the one who told me about the Wolf & Bar Dog Cafe that just recently opened up in Araneta Center. They were still in their soft opening when we went there. It’s located right beside Bengal Brew, the cat cafe which only houses Bengal Cats. Both the cat cafe and the dog cafe are under the same ownership. Unlike other dog cafes, this one mostly focuses on big and furry Alaskan Malamutes. They currently have five Alaskan Malamutes, an Akita, a Pomeranian puppy, and a Jack Russell. The Alaskan Malamutes were so cute and playful that I couldn’t get enough of them!
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In starting your own blog, the most important thing next to getting a domain name that is easy to remember is to get a good web hosting provider. I’ve been blogging since 2002, on and off, and this blog was the second time I started a blog with my sister and truthfully, the most updated and successful one as we used to slack off even before we started. The first thing we thought of when we started this blog is the domain name. We wanted it to be catchy and easy to remember but would still represent us and our personalities. The next one was to check if the domain name is available. Trust me, we probably listed like more than 10 blog names and only around 3 which domain names were available. The next move was of course to find a web hosting provider. When starting a new website, especially for starters, they usually get the most affordable web host that they can find. That was what I did, and I truly learned a valuable lesson.
For me, Macau is a place rich in entertainment and bright lights, especially with their numerous casinos in almost every corner of the street. If you’re like me who don’t gamble, then you’ll definitely enjoy shopping and dining around Senado Square, a large town square just a bus away from their gambling center. You can also drop by the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral while you’re there. For the more daring travelers, head to Macau Tower and get ready to experience an adventure of a lifetime. That’s right, I’m talking about Macau’s famous “AJ Hackett Bungy Jump“!
To be honest, I have never heard of Kyochon Chicken before even though it’s been in South Korea since 1991. I only found out how famous it is after it opened here in the Philippines. My cousin told me how much she liked their spicy chicken because it was really good despite her tongue burning! What got me interested in Kyochon is their promise of serving honest and healthy chicken using all natural ingredients. They also use Canola Oil in frying their chickens, which is said to reduce risk of heart disease because it is lower in cholesterol.
Another important fact here is that Kyochon Chicken is not a fast-food restaurant. They actually take their time in cooking the chickens, that’s why you have to wait 15-22 minutes before your food can be served. The server will inform you of that upon ordering. Personally, I don’t mind waiting for my orders if it means I get to eat quality food.
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I have been pestering my boyfriend for months to dine at Terry’s Bistro in Salcedo Village. The upscale Spanish fine dining restaurant caught my eyes a few months before while I was on my way to work. It was the route that I used to take every day to and from my day job office. I have already given up on the idea of being able to have a date in this luxurious-looking restaurant when (surprise, surprise!) my boyfriend suddenly suggested we dine at the said restaurant to celebrate for our 16th monthsary. I was so ecstatic!
Mumuso Korea has just opened their second branch in Lucky Chinatown a few days ago and it was full of people wanting to see what’s in store for them. Mumuso is a fast fashionable leisure-lifestyle commodities store from Korea and their first branch is at Farmer’s Plaza. Like Daiso from Japan, they sell almost everything from make-up, beauty products, and fashion items to stuffed toys, electronic accessories, and home decors. The best part is that those cute and useful things can be bought for as low as P99. Talk about affordable! So I went around the store and personally picked some cute things to buy in Mumuso. I’m sure you’ll like them too!
People who know me will tell you that I can never resist ice cream! So imagine how happy and excited I was when G9 Molecular Ice Cream finally opened in Lucky Chinatown Mall! I’ve been seeing their “opening soon” tarpaulin for weeks now and since I live close by, I would sometimes drop by just to check if they had already opened. If you’re a curious cat like me and you’re wondering what G9 means, it actually stands for Great9.
According to their website, G9 Molecular Ice Cream was first developed in Singapore until it spread throughout Asia, finally reaching Philippines this year. I’m not exactly sure but based on my research, the one in Lucky Chinatown is the first branch in our country. Their ice cream is made on the spot with fresh milk and fruits, and liquid nitrogen is used to change the fresh milk to ice cream.
Yes, I love their cookies and you can be
damn sure I’ll share it! I went to Mrs. Fields Cafe yesterday to have a quick lunch while waiting for someone. I went to a branch that wasn’t a kiosk but one with a dining area. It’s located on the ground floor of Treston University. The ambiance there was nice and the space in the dining area was big. A little piece of advice, don’t seat near the door during afternoons because it gets really hot there even with the air condition on.
Ogetsu Hime is a Japanese restaurant, bearing the name of the “Food Goddess”, that specializes in sushi/sashimi, teppanyaki, and sukiyaki. They use the highest grade ingredients from Japan, flown to Manila and served, as quoted from their Facebook page. Japanese cuisine is my absolute favorite so I was ecstatic to try this restaurant! My friend and I were supposed to order the sukiyaki because it was suggested by the server, but we weren’t in the mood to eat hot pot. Instead, we opted for their à la carte dishes.