Tuesday, April 17, 2018

First Bite: Nomi Matcha and Açaí

I'm a big fan of matcha. Perhaps it's because of my intense love for anything Japanese. But there is something about matcha that I find very endearing. It's my go-to treat whenever I indulged in something (too) sinful  as a cup or two of this green wonder would make me feel less guilty. But what I love most about matcha is how it evolved from a drink made from a very precised tea ceremonies into a modern and casual treat which ranges from drinks to desserts. I've also tried some savory dishes infused with green tea! Though there are hits and misses here and there, I'm always open to trying out new matcha places. And a few weeks back, a new matcha player opened in BGC so...

Hello, Nomi Matcha and Açaí!

Nomi, or drink in Japanese, is the first food venture of three Japanese friends who thought of giving the well-loved matcha a modern take. 
Situated at the ground floor of W City Center along 5th Avenue, the first thing I noticed was its brightly lit space and its light-colored interiors with touches of green and pink. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

First Bite: Mimi & Bros

I simply cannot resist comfort food. And now with how things are going in Manila, I need daily supply of good food. Thankfully, a new restaurant just opened and it offers dishes that would definitely make get by a bad day. 

Hello, Mimi & Bros!

Friday, April 13, 2018

First Bite: Vatos

With the crazy number of restaurants opening here and there, you must be bestowed with supernatural powers if you could keep up and visit all. First impression could make or break a restaurant and I often mentally give it a "deadline" on until when it'll stay open. But there are a handful of restaurants that impressed me and made me look at my calendar on when I could visit again. And one of the restaurants that tickled my taste buds with glee is Vatos. 

Hello, Vatos

Thursday, April 12, 2018

First Sip: Olivia & Co.

It is sometimes challenging to find a spot where you could work without any distraction and with reliable internet connection. Most of the coffee shops I've been to were too noisy or have Wi-Fi connection that loves to play hide and seek. Though there are co-working spaces here and there, I still prefer a real coffee shop where I could order a much needed cup of coffee that tastes good. And last week, I tried Olivia & Co. 

Hello, Olivia & Co.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

First Bite: Sangkap

Filipino cuisine will always have a special place in my heart (and tummy). But I usually save indulging in my favorites at home as I find it easy to make. Then again, on days I feel extremely lazy to buy ingredients, more so to cook, I just visit one of my favorite restaurants. Last weekend though, I felt like trying a new restaurant and thought of trying Sangkap. 

Hello, Sangkap.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Curious Foodie: Angel's Burger

Who hasn't seen Angel's Burger must be living in a cave. This burger joint is one of the most successful local food brands in the country today with multiple branches nationwide. Though curious, I never really thought of trying it as I always have something else in mind. That was until we found ourselves starving during a road trip with no other restaurant in sight. So... what the heck? It can't be successful if it serves bad stuff, right?

Hello, Angel's Burger
Famous for its Buy One, Get One burgers, we availed of its Cheeseburger Sandwich (PHP38 or PHP19 per burger) while I upgraded mine to a Bacon Cheeseburger Sandwich by adding PHP16 for a slab of bacon. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

First Bite: Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen

I've been looking forward to dine at Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen ever since I fell in love with its sister brand, Nonna's in Nuvali. And when my fried decided to have her birthday celebration at its Ayala Malls the 30th branch, I smiled from ear to ear! 

Hello, Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen.

After years of eying this place, I finally got to visit  Mama Lou's with some of my closest friends to celebrate K's birthday. Since we were dining on a Friday night, I decided to make a reservation to make sure that we have seats. 
Almost everyone came on time except for one who got stuck in terrible C-5 traffic. And I was glad that I made that reservation as the place was packed! 

Friday, April 6, 2018

When in Cebu: Sans Rival

I am a sucker for local sweet stuff. I always find myself hoarding various delicacies from my trips down to Visayas,  especially Bacolod. One of the first things R and I buy is silvanas from Sans Rival, not the one from Dumagete but from a local mart that resells it. I even fell for its charm when I was in Mactan airport only to find out that it is being sold more than twice expensive. But I didn't care and grabbed a box in an instant. But I discovered a new place to stock up on my favorite at a more reasonable price... at Sans Rival full service restaurant in Robinsons Galleria Cebu!  

Hello, Sans Rival!
I literally jumped and twirled like a little girl who saw her crush when I read an article mentioning that Sans Rival opened a branch in Robinsons Galleria. But my heart sank when I read the next word... Cebu. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

First Bite: Cucina by Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

I usually avoid buffets as I always end up overeating and leaving the place with so much remorse for having too much of everything. But Cucina's paella has been making me drool for weeks now and I've decided to finally give in.

Hello, Cucina.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pound is now in Eastwood

It feels like it was just yesterday when Pound opened its first store in Bonifacio High Street. The place was packed with eager foodies who wanted to participate in the very tempting Pay What You Want promo. And fast forward to 2018, Todd English's burger joint now has seven branches across Metro Manila. I'm lucky though as there is a Pound store in all the areas I frequent. And one of my favorites to date is its Eastwood store. 

Hello, Pound!

Pound has been one of the burger places I'm confident to recommend, may it be to friends or total strangers. Aside from its quality ground beef patty and good selection of dishes, its pocket friendly price range makes Pound great for foodies from different walks of life.
Its Eastwood branch may not be as spacious as its Bonifacio High Street branch but it has a brighter dining area perfect for those who want to score that Instagram worthy photos. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Restaurant Favorite: Tendon Akimitsu

If I were to choose only one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be (hands down) salmon sashimi. I love it so much that I have developed an insatiable appetite for it. And a few weeks back, I had this insane craving for it. I described it as insane as I would go crazy if I don't get to indulge in some that night. Thankfully, there's Tendon Akimitsu. 

Hello, Tendon Akimitsu
Tendon Akimitsu may be known for its good selection of tempura but this Japanese store has pretty good sashimi and maki too! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

More than just Fried Chicken: BonChon's K-Fries

BonChon has been the top of mind brand when it comes to Korean fried chicken here in Manila. It came to our shores back in 2010 and it has continued to delight our taste buds with its perfectly fried chicken since then. And after the success of its favorite K-Style Chicken and Bibimbowl, BonChon expanded its menu that will make you come back for more. 

Hello, BonChon.
I usually drop by this popular Korean food chain whenever I crave for some Soy Garlic Chicken. Since I always have an order in mind, I never bothered to look at the menu.