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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Art of Japanese Cuisine in Wafu's Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet

Situated at the very heart of Greenhills, San Juan, opened almost a  year now, Wafu is a modern-style Japanese restaurant giving twist and modern approach to Japanese dishes that swept many Filipinos feet and palette off. And last week, together with some friends, I was able to try their latest sit-down offering that consist of 12 hot out-of-the-stove dishes collectively known as the Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet.


Yes, you read it right - BUFFET. So, if you think that the small servings of 12 different Japanese dishes won't be enough, you can keep them coming as long as you finish the first set of 12 dishes, according to out serving chef that night, Jonathan.


Anyway, upon getting our spot on the second level of this very exquisite restaurant - the most exquisite Japanese restaurant, I've been to, actually - our group was welcomed by our chef and two more servers who will be guiding us t our Japanese cuisine adventure.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Whipping Christmas with Clara Ole Products!

Last week, I received a sweet package from a brand that is now ready to fill our Christmas dining table with delicious and healthy meals that aren't just eye-candy but also easy to prepare. And to be honest, I didn't expect that Clara Ole's brand is now this big and composed of really exciting products that can help not only moms but also those who aspire to know how to cook.


Everyday, one of my mom's daily problems is what food to cook for me and my siblings. Her knowing us how "maarte" we are when it comes to home-cooked meals, especially me, because I rarely have a chance to eat at home due to my busy schedule outside, she always makes sure that her dishes are 100% perfect when we are all home to dine and to bond.


And if everyday isn't enough, well, holidays, like this coming Christmas, takes the challenge up for her to whip up with something more delicious and memorable that is enough for it to serve as our Christmas gift from her.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Burger King: The Battle of the Stacks King Eating Challenge

Dude, Boss, Chief and King - those were the four Burger King (BK) burgers that tested not just the men but also the women who vie for the Battle of the Stacks King in Burger King 2 E-Com Center,SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City last October 19.


Answering the big question "Are you man enough?", ten individuals from different parts of the Philippines "outburger" one another in this exciting and truly filling challenge made to crown the biggest eater of BK Stacks in the land.


By simply sending or posting their funny videos on BK Facebook page, the ten finalist stood out among all the hundreds of entry-senders and named as the finalists for this challenge. All finalists "outburger" each and everyone of them by munching as many as they could BK Stacks in just 15 minutes.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Wicked opens at Shangri-La Plaza East Wing

Evil, sinful, naughty, mischievous, playful and roguish - whatever and however you define the WICKED, I really don't mind now. Because by the opening of this new sweet shop in Shangri-La Plaza in Manadaluyong, nothing can change the definition of "Wicked" in my mind - which is sweet, delicious, sinfully good and playfully thought!


Led by Chef Christine Paredes of Cravings, and helped out by in-house chefs Ton Albasin, RJ Bernabe and Mac Reyes, Wicked is a place where one can have his/her sweets with a shot of their favorite alcohol. Exciting as it sounds, Wicked's menu is divided into three characteristics sure to tickle one's mind - the Wickedly Sinful, Wickedly Sexy, and Wickedly Intoxicating.


I had a wonderful time visiting the place on its opening day last October 15, and boy, the day that I thought I'll just be having some sweets turns out to be a wonderful time having a chat with Chef Christine, sharing some information about the place and how they've come up with such a "wicked" idea.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bounty Goodness from Bounty Fresh Top Torikatsu

If you are getting tired of having your same old chicken - or same old fried chicken to be specific - well, worry no more because with the new offerings from our favorite chicken brand, Asia's Best Bountry Fresh, your fried chicken dining experience will never be as dull and as "ordinary" as ever again. Offering something that is truly Asia and has that Japanese kick, Bounty Fresh is now selling Top Torikatsu of Japan. 


A popular Japanese breaded chicken cutlet dish, Top Torikatsu shares a unique fried chicken experience that young and adult can enjoy. And with its two great-tasting flavors that are set to delight everybody's taste bud, Top Torikatsu comes in Classic and Cheese & Chives flavors.


I had a wonderful time trying these new offerings from Bounty Fresh a few days ago, and as delighted as I was for there's this new twist to our ordinary fried chicken, my family, including my elder relatives and young and cute little nieces, enjoyed tasting and savoring these new fried chicken delights that are out in the market.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The National Boodle Day by Blackbeard's Seafood Island!

Imagine a day of dining with food that you love and the people you love to share it with... Well, I just had a day like that when Blackbeard's Seafood Island celebrates a day of love, sharing and happiness through their National Boodle Day!


A day filled with delectable Filipino dishes ranging from pork, beef, vegetable and seafood dishes, Blackbeard Seafood Island's National Boodle Day was a feast not only to the eyes of all the foodies but also to the eyes of people who loves to party.

Dagupan's Pride

Equipped with festive music and fun games, our National Boodle Day experience in Blackbeard's Seafood Island in Market! Market! was nothing but exciting, fun and memorable night. So aside from indulging on to these wonderfully chosen dishes combined and made up to be one boodle-licious boodle, we enjoyed the night of music brought by some local bands in the metro.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Taters Sandwich: Are You a Sandwicher?

While everyone is in Luneta screaming "No to Pork! No to Pork!", I and five of my friends are having a tasty non-pork meal in Trinoma that shares nothing but the most delectable chicken sandwich. Glazed in sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing, Taters' featured sandwich for the month of August - California Honey Chicken - is definitely something that all chicken sandwich lover should try now.


Available in ala carte and in combo meal, Taters' California Honey Chicken is simply different from the usual chicken sandwich that we have now in the market. Grilled to its tenderness but still keeping that tasty juice, the chicken in this sandwich is so divine that you won't be guilty having it from time to time.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Burger King's New: A More Fillet-vorful Chicken Sandwich

Just before Maring and Habagat submerged the whole Luzon to flood, a more fillet-vorful chicken sandwich is making its to way the taste bud of every lafanggero in the metropolis. And with its crispy and flavorful look sure to share to everyone that filling experience, Burger King Chicken Crisp Fillet Sandwich is a must-try this season!


From the original home of the Whopper comes juicier, more “FILLET-vorful” chicken sandwich in the market set to crave every Lafanggero's palette with it two variants everyone would love - the Chicken Crisp Fillet Garlic Mayo and the Chicken Crisp Fillet Honey Mustard.

Two of the country's most loved taste, I was able to indulge on these freshly prepared sandwiches last Saturday in Burger King E-Com Two in Mall of Asia Complex.


The hand-pressed, breaded and immediately deep-fried to transfat-free oil chicken fillets came juicy and tasty, just enough to give me that crunch I enjoyed in my every bite. The crisp, fresh and green lettuce added sweetness to the well-cooked chicken fillet. But what makes the whole experience really good was sauces that are generously smothered in every sandwich.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cronut Craze hits Krispy Kreme

Aside from their delectable and sometimes colorful doughnuts, the world's number doughnut chain, Krispy Kreme, now joins the cronut craze in the Philippines sharing the most delicious and refreshing taste everyone will have a hard time to resist. A hybrid of two delectable baked creations, croissant and doughnut, Krispy Kreme now offers Krispy Kroissant, their version of cronut.


Currently available in 4 refreshing and luscious variants, all set to to take everyone's cronut experience to a different height, these Krsipy Kroissants that I was able to try with my family last day, share not only the goodness of the world-renowned doughnuts but also exciting and thoughtfully-baked croissant crunch that has been creating buzz all over town.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

XO46's Philippines on a Plate: A Food Tour Like No Other

A well- researched story reliving the evolution of Filipino food way back our very first ancestors learn how to cook,  XO46 Bistro Filipino, a restaurant located at the very heart of Makati City is now offering a Filipino food tour that is definitely like no other. With 8 beautifully plated dishes representing every historical turning point of our culture's evolution, Philippines in a Plate Food Tour is created for every Filipino food lover who seeks unique and distinct flavor - Filipino flavors that will change how you look to our way of eating.


Instead of taking us to different regions showcasing the most pride dishes of the 80 provinces of the Pearl of the Orient, Philippines on a Plate will take us back in time reliving the most distinct dish that molded the kind of Filipino eater we are now.


Educational, entertaining and truly filling, with Gabe Mercado as the host guiding every diners back in time, the most delectable story telling started through an audio-video presentation with Yoyoy Villame's Philippine Geography.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Vigan's Cafe Leona, Must Experience!

Vigan, a city of cobblestone, old houses, delicious empanadas, garlicky longganisas, crunchy bagnets, and many more - things that I will never get tired experiencing in this humble and peaceful place. And as I rediscover this humble town up north, Cafe Leon served as our relief and dining room away from home ready to fill one's tummy with the irresistible Ilocano dishes that are truly world-class.


Taking its name from the famous Ilocana poet, satirist and playwright, Leona FLorentino, Cafe Leona is located right at the very heart of the city offering all the famous Ilocano dishes that you could think off, as well as some unique international cuisine fusion, to all tourists spending time taking a walk back to the past. 

From morning til late at night, after the enjoyable their stroll along the famous Calle Crisologo, one can find relief through the delicious Filipino food offerings here at Cafe Leona.


And I, together with some friends, who took time off from work and appreciate the beauty of the Philippines from the far north, spent some quality dinner time here in Cafe Leona after our long and enjoyable walk at the historic Calle Crisologo.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Best of Ilocos At Herencia Cafe

Pinakbet, Bagnet, Empanada, and a whole lot more! When we heard of Ilocos, these food are definitely in our minds, but did you know that in Herencia Cafe, one of the oldest in the region,  is now offering something that's suits the palette of the new and old generation. And your Lafanggero is happy to share these amazing food finds that I enjoyed during my recent visit to the historic and photographic Ilocos Norte.


Herencia Cafe, which is said to be the birthplace of Pinakbet Pizza, is located at the very heart of the peaceful town of Paoay in Ilocos Norte. Directly fronting the photographic and historic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paoay Church or the Church of Saint Augustine, Cafe Herencia offers the best of the region twisted in a contemporary way, which is definitely can be enjoyed even by the young generation.


And during our visit here with my friends, we were lucky enough to have a good weather and a readily available table. Usually, according the staff who assisted us with our orders, this place is packed during vacation season. With people from different parts of the world trying their version of the renowned Ilocano dishes, Cafe Herencia is considered a gem worth experiencing in this part of the country.

Friday, August 2, 2013

It's More Fun to Eat With Friends in Zarzuela!

Other than its chic family-friendly ambiance, Zarzuela on the 6th Level, East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza in EDSA could also be a great venue for friends gathering that are sure to bring more color and life to this casual dining place. And a few days ago, together with some good friends from the blogging community, I indulged again into their amazing Filipino food that gave a delightful and fulfilling meaning to the word "play"


Carrying the title "Play on Filipino Flavors," Zarzuela gave a whole new meaning to the word that locals and tourists can definitely enjoy. From the rice dish, down to the chicken, pork, beef and seafood dishes that signify how abundant our country is, Zarzuela is definitely a must-visit place ready to share a modern twist to our all-time favorite meals.


Since some of us have been here before, including me, I opted to try something more to find out how good their dishes go. And so for our gathering, while some of us opted to have the plain white rice, there are some who tried their Chorizo Rice.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Business Lunch at Buddha Bar Manila for only P790!

Started last July 15, meticulously prepared by Chef Soc Santos, Buddha Bar Manila recently launched an appetizing and worth-every-peso Business Lunch Menu that is suit for all kinds of business lunches. And for only Php790.00, one can indulge to a hearty luncheon set in one of the stylish bar in Makati City.


Whether it is meant to impress a new client and land a coveted account or to celebrate a colleague’s promotion, there's definitely a good reason why one should pay a visit to this lavish bar at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City


And as I got a chance to fill not just your tummy but as well as my eyes with its rich and distinguished heritage, ears with soothing music and soul with its comfortable yet very stylish interiors, Buddha Bar Manila takes business and leisure to another level as it present delectable offerings all for the unbelievable price of Php790.00 (net).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Korean Food Experience at Woo Galbi

The East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza is definitely stealing every foodie attention lately, because with the addition of one great restaurant to another great restaurant, I mean, how could you not love the place, right? And now, adding more spice to their great selection, a Korean House is ready to share a modernize Korean cuisine that seriously filled my tummy and made me realize that there is really something about Korean food to love! Tara and let's lafang to Woo Galbi!


Located at the posh 6th Level of Shangri-la Plaza in EDSA, Woo Galbi Korean House is under the umbrella of iFoods Inc. that is also the group behind Stackers Burger Cafe, Parmigiano, Peri-Peri, Kogi Bulgogi and Miso Ten, which is also one of the latest babies of the company.


Woo Galbi Korean House's interior is way far too modernized to start with. The cozy feel and the the magnificent lighting is just perfect to pump up one's appetite. I personally love their wall decors and the lamps! The tables and chair look exquisite too, which can suit to simple night out with special someone or family weekend dining.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

All-time Favorite from Pinkberry - Strawberry!

I guess Pinkberry wouldn't as pink as it should be without one of the world's all-time favorite flavors in their stores, right? And so, as this unique flavor finally hits their Philippine stores, I'm sure that more and more yogurt lovers will fall deeply in love with Pinkberry, most specially now that they finally have Strawberry Pinkberry


Strawberry, being on one-of-a-kind flavor that tastes just like the fruit itself is what Pinkberry sharing to us in this cold rainy season. Perfect to pair with their distinct and delicious toppings, I was able to enjoy that and a whole lot more last time as I was invited to food taste every cool combination they have prepared for their guests: Strawberry Classic (fresh strawberries and balsamic glaze), Strawberry Truffle (fresh strawberries, milk chocolate crunch and a waffle cookie), Strawberry Squeeze (fresh strawberries, fresh watermelon and watermelon puree), Strawberry Crunch (fresh strawberries, low fat oats honey granola, toasted almonds), and finally, the Strawberry Duet (fresh strawberries, raspberry, coconut).


Everything made the strawberry flavor really exciting, but for me, the one that really gave me this sweet and relaxing flavor fit for this kind of weather that we are having is the Strawberry Truffles.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Music and Tea at Moonleaf Makati's 1st Anniversary

Time is indeed flying so fast, and from one cup of tea to almost a million being sold now, the first and so far the only Moonleaf Tea Shop in Makati celebrates its first year with something that goes perfectly well with their offerings, music! And with Ebe Dancel, LM Cancio, Ai del Cruz and Anyo all lined up for this special day, Moonleaf Tea Shop shares Moonleaf Beats.


One relaxing week was experienced by Moonleaf Tea Shop patrons as they pay a visit to their favorite store in Makati last July 1 to 5. Teas that are just so right and sweet treats that are perfect to have more reason to smile were complemented well with soothing music that came from up and coming artists that are truly Pinoy.


From great music from LM Cancio, Ai del Cruz and Anyo, guests were treated to a night of alternative music and original compositions that complement well with the wide array of flavors offered here in Moon Leaf Tea House.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Speculoosly Delicious Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Speculoos Cookie Butter is definitely the latest food craze in town, and if you haven't tasted it yet, well, don't be sad, because Krispy Kreme just leveled up the wonderful Speculoos experience by putting them in to their well-baked doughnuts for you, your family and your friends to enjoy anytime and anywhere!


Made available since Father's Day, these Speculoos Krispy Kreme doughnuts come in three variants that are suit to delight everyone's sweet tooth - the Speculoos Cookie Butter Dougnut, the Speculoos Cookie Butter Vanilla and the Speculoos Cookie Butter Dark Chocolate.


All of these three flavors are really wonderful, but if you are that kind of foodie that prefers matching your doughnuts to your drinks, well, hear what I'm about to say here.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Krispy Kreme presents Monster University

Kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy the latest creations from one of the world's best tasting doughnuts as they present our much-love creatures that never fails to give us happiness and learning - the Monster University.


Led by the characters of Mike, Sully, Randy, Terri terri, Art and Squishy, Krispy Kreme presents these six delectable doughnuts that comes in great and enjoyable flavors fit to awaken the doughnut monster or monsters in you. And I had a wonderful time sharing these delectable last weekend with my nieces who adore the characters so much!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Love, Love, Love for the Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut!

There are days that butter, cheese or ever mayonnaise is not enough to brighten one's breakfast. Specially during the days where the clouds are dark and rain just keeps on pouring. Luckily, last weekend, as I enjoy the applause of the raindrops on our roof and the smell of hot teh tarik that I got from Malaysia, I have these two delicious and comforting bread spreads perfect to brighten up my days - Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut!


Originally from Belgium, Crumpy bread spread offers a delectable sweet flavors suit for those people who love to start their day with some sweetness. I have their Crumpy Choco and Crumpy Nut last weekend, and though I honestly don't want to compare one another, I can't help to. Hahaha!

If you want something that is purely chocolate-y goodness, the Crumpy Choco is the perfect choice for you. With every scoop of this thick and creamy chocolate spread, I'm sure that your endorphin will run wild and will give you that satisfying happiness that you would love - most specially if you love Belgian chocolates. ^_^
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