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Truffle lovers, this is not a drill. La Petite Fromagerie (read more) has a special truffle cheese spread available in its shop. With this, we no longer have to endure our cravings and go into a restaurant just to have a taste of truffle. Now, we can have a bite-sized quick fix for it. 


La Petite Fromagerie is a catering service specializing in cheeses. They set up a variation of cheese buffets depending on the theme and of course the palate. In addition to catering, they also have an online store where you can buy cheese boards, spreads and anything cheese-related.

One of the products you can avail is this Truffle Cream Cheese, which has become one of their signature spreads. An instant best-seller! 


Taste
What I love about this spread is the truffle is not coming from a synthetic oil (which restaurants use as a cheaper alternative in tricking our palates). Instead, La Petite Fromagerie uses real truffle mushrooms for it. The spots you are seeing in the photo below are the tiny bits of those truffle shrooms. Taste-wise, it doesn't come in an overwhelming strength (which takes out the "umay" factor), and at some point, it's considerably light which makes it difficult to stop eating.

Texture
Others might be particular when it comes to texture, so I'll provide some elaboration on it. When left in room-temperature, the spread tends to be foamy and airy, which glides in the mouth. However, the taste becomes lighter as well. When refrigerated, the spread thickens a bit (still has that airy feel), and makes a better spread. The taste also becomes more distinct. Hence, I suggest you keep it refrigerated.


The bottle that I got didn't last one week. All thanks to my frequent snacking.

Normally, I'd be taking the spread out of fridge, and smother them on crackers or on a piece of bread. My mood would instantly get lifted


You can get your own bottle via their online shop here: Signature Spreads of La Petite Fromagerie

For catering services or other concerns, you may reach La Petite Fromagerie through these numbers (02) 725 6205 and +63 917 791 2865. Let's get cheesy! 
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Little Caesars was my first exposure to pizza. In fact, it’s my earliest memory of falling in love with the dish. I can still remember going gaga once the huge rectangular box got delivered in our home. My brothers and sister would be flocking to it, cutting a slice and munching on them over giggles and smiles. In reference to Disney’s Inside Out, this is part of my core memory. This then explains why it was heartbreaking when we found out that Little Caesar would be saying goodbye in the Philippines. As a kid, it could have been my initial idea of a “breakup”.

Now, fast forward into the future, Little Caesars made a comeback this January 2019. The kid in me rejoiced, and just this week, my family decided to go down the memory lane and refresh ourselves with an old-time favorite.


Currently, Little Caesar’s only have one branch which is located in United Nations (near a Yellow Cab store). We’re lucky we live within the vicinity.

...this excitement turned into a feeling of concern when I saw the store empty

When I saw the logo, it was nostalgic. Memories and the emotions along with them gushed over me. I got excited. However, this excitement turned into a feeling of concern when I saw the store empty. I tried to understand – maybe the interior isn’t as inviting? Too simple? Regardless, I shrugged it off as we moved to the counter to have our orders taken.


Lean and a bit of underwhelming menu
When faced with the menu, I felt underwhelmed. The menu looked bare. There were just about 5 flavors/toppings to choose from, and there are no pasta dishes. The iconic rectangular pizza wasn’t also available. Well, they do somehow, but only with a solo order (i.e. not the same thing). My heart was getting crushed at this point, but for old time’s sake, we still pushed through with 2 orders of pizza and a soft drink.


It’s like having an ex return for you, then just leaving you again soon.

While waiting, I tried understanding why Little Caesar opened up “half-baked”. I don’t want them to make a short comeback, then just disappear again. It’s like having an ex return for you, then just leaving you again soon. It’s double the heartbreak.


A make-it-or-break-it moment
Suddenly, when the pizza, all in bright orange, finally came, I paused. It was a make-it-or-break-it moment. The aroma was rich. I was gaining hope. Then, I opened the box, had I been overly dramatic, I would cry. The pizza looked fresh, oozing with vibrant, gooey mozzarella. “Fresh” is an understatement. It looked “alive” breathing with so much goodness!


...the cheese, the sauce and the toppings started sliding down. It was that freshly made.

I took a slice, and the cheese, the sauce and the toppings started sliding down. It was that freshly made. I sliced it down further, took a bite, and the next thing I knew, I was blown away. I just loved how soft the dough was. It complimented the fresh gooey cheese and sauce along with the toppings. This softness was unique. I can’t remember having a pizza this easy to chew.

Three-Meat Pizza of Little Caesars (Highly Recommended)


A hot-sauce worth remembering
When we thought things couldn’t get any better, it did. The hot sauce that it came with was as good as we remembered it back during our childhood days. It was bell peppery less the sting and more of the sensation and the flavor. Seconds later, I was hit again with intense nostalgia as I saw ourselves munching and giggling over the pizza. It was just like the good ‘ol days.

I highly recommend Three-Meat Treat 

For the pizza, I highly recommend Three-Meat Treat. It's the best among 3 that we've tried so far.


Little Caesars - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Ambiance: ★★★
Taste: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★
Price/Value: ★★★★★
Budget: at least of P200 each for a sharing type of experience for a group of at least 4 (4 slices per person)
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 2 || Date of latest visit - May 13, 2019

Little Caesar’s may fall short when it comes to ambiance and “marketing”, but it definitely overcompensated with the simple yet captivating goodness of their pizza. Its very much underrated, and I couldn’t understand why it’s not making much noise. If you haven’t tried Little Caesar’s, I’m urging you to go for it. Who knows, how long they will be there. Experience something different, because just when I thought I knew pizza so well, there was another side of it that was introduced to me here. Check it out!

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Little Caesars Pizza
Location: UN Avenue corner Alhambra St, Ermita, Manila
Service Charge: NONE
Delivery: Accepted via 0905 542 5924
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Nihonbashi Tei, or what we normally call “Nihon”, has been a barkada favorite. I can’t remember the number of memories we had in this place. Back when I was still working in Makati, we would end up walking about 20 minutes under intense heat just to have something “nice” to eat. Also, whenever we had badminton games, we would have pre-midnight snack here at around 11:00 PM. There were also several in-betweens, but my point is, I dined here more than 20 times already, and it’s now a classic for us.


I wrote a blog post on Nihon already (circa 2013), but I’m dedicating another post, so I can share with you that they have Karaoke rooms as well, though they are not as great as the standard Karaoke establishments (such as Centerstage, Music 21 and etc).


Those who dined in Nihon before would still be surprise that the restaurant actually has Karaoke rooms available. The reason why you were not able to notice is that they have a separate access/entrance for them. You’ll find this by walking to your right just before entering the restaurant proper. You’ll see stairs leading to second floor. Take that one, and you’ll reach the Karaoke rooms.


Karaoke Rooms in Nihonbashi Tei
There are about 6-8 karaoke rooms here which are all comfy. Temperature is constantly cold during the night, so you may want to bring jackets. It can really get super cold especially when you’ll be planning to stay more than 3 hours. As for facilities, there are a few rooms that have two microphones, but most have only one.


Karaoke Rooms Rates in Nihonbashi Tei
What you need to consider though is that there is a P70 per person per hour charge for the usage of the karaoke room (regardless of whether you’ll eat or even sing). Given the charging and the presence of only 1 microphone, I highly suggest that you limit your size to 4-5 pax. If you go beyond this number, it’s no longer “sulit” to avail it here, and it will be smarter, money-wise, to just book a room in karaoke establishments. Although of course, here in Nihonbashi Tei, you can make sure that you’ll enjoy the food, unlike in other karaoke places where the food is just something that will just fix your hunger.


Karaoke Operating Hours
The karaoke facility here in Nihonbashi Tei opens at 11:00 AM and closes at 1:00 AM. Reservations are highly recommended to ensure availability of rooms especially on a Friday night. Yes, it's possible, unlike in other places where they only accept walk-ins.


Got any other suggestions? Tips/ Questions? Feel free to drop your thoughts via comments section below.
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After our dinner in Limbaga 77 (read more), my mom and I decided to have dessert while waiting for my sister, who was at that time attending a bridal shower in Pink Bird. Since it was about 10:00 PM already, we decided to just stay in that place to have our desserts. After all, I noticed the sign saying that it's open 24 hours during weekends.


Pink Bird, despite the ambiguity in its name, is actually a restaurant serving the ever-famous Korean samgyupsal. Like Samgyupsalamat and Romantic Baboy (read more), they serve here unlimited Korean BBQ – P399 for Unlimited Pork and P499 for Unlimited Pork + Beef.

Then again, it was not the BBQ that we went there for, and thankfully they also specialize in Korean Desserts here (and even milk tea). Hence, I came up with a conclusion that this restaurant is basically housing today’s current cravings!


When we swung the door open, we were fascinated by the vibrant pink that filled up our eyes. Yes, everything was in pink, heck even the A/C units, but it was beautiful. The set of furniture is carefully picked matching the theme, and even the floors are painted with interesting optical illusion artworks. Needless to say, it was difficult to resist not having your photos taken. This is perhaps one of the most adorable interiors I’ve been to.


Since we were a bit full during that night, we decided to share with a bowl of bingsu, but just to give you an idea, they also have here frappes and milk tea.


The Cheese Bingsu (P240 – Small) had this dreamy-creamy appearance, which really worked up my appetite. However, when I inspected the bowl further, I was disappointed with the “cheese” in it. Normally, you’d expect it to be bread-like in texture (similar to cheesecake bits), but I was surprised to find sliced processed cheese instead (think of Eden buttermilk cheese). Well, it could have worked to its favor, but it was driving away the attention from the bingsu itself. Perhaps, they could have just grated or sliced them into smaller bits.

Anyway, taking this out in the equation, the bingsu had this melt-in-your mouth sweetness. The ice was velvety giving the mouth some ticklish feel. I’d still recommend this, but go for a different flavor.


Pink Bird - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Ambiance: ★★★★★
Taste: ★★★★
Service: ★★
Price/Value: ★★★★
Budget: at least of P100 each for a sharing/personal dessert/milk tea
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of latest visit - April 27, 2019

Pink Bird's all pink-interior is a definite eye-catcher, but there's something more to this than meets the eye. They also have a wide range of desserts to choose from. Prices are reasonable, and the taste of the dessert we tried was on-point (except for the literal blocks of processed cheese, which I thought was going to be cheesecake bits). The only downside of dining here is the speed of the service (which when I took a quick check of other people's reviews, echoed this), and they say it's worse when you dine for the samgyupsal. Overall, I'd still give it one thumb up, for the beauty of the place.

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Pink Bird
Location: 12 Scout Borromeo St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila
Service Charge: NONE
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It’s not too often that I find myself exploring the North. It’s not intentional, but I just find it not that convenient to visit. So, one day when my sister asked my mom to drop her somewhere in Tomas Morato, I took it as an opportunity to finally go on a foodie-exploration there. However, at the same time, I didn’t want to spend too much, so we limited our option to Zomato Gold restaurant. That’s how we stumbled upon Limbaga 77.


When I finally said to my mom that I chose Limbaga 77, she mentioned that this restaurant used to be very popular even years back. I felt assured of my choice, so we set this restaurant as our destination, and Wazed our way there.


The architecture was intriguing. It looks like a modernized “ancestral” home. Looking at it built up an imagery in my mind of a place where families and relatives gather together. Even from afar, it cast a spell of enchantment on me. There's also a portion on the right side of the restaurant where you can enjoy drinks (cocktails and etc). It's so hip!


When we entered, I was amazed with the interior. It’s very modern, but still maintained the homey feel. This further enforced the image that was painted in my mind, which then made me realized that Limbaga 77 is a great candidate to hold special occasions and even dates, or intimate celebrations in general.


There is however a part of the restaurant which I’d like you to avoid. The area with a wooden floor right beside the staircase. Aesthetically, it was beautiful. However, if you are sensitive to trembling, you won’t find it enjoyable sitting there. “Been there. Done that”.  Even the slightest step would make the floor shake, and it’s something you’ll not get used (well, for me).

Now, as for the dishes, they have a considerably lean menu, but have an ample variety to choose from. They categorized the menu into types of meat, appetizers, drinks and desserts. Each category has about 3-4 selections. For the night, my mom and I just ordered two dishes – Spicy Seafood Adobo (P577) and Beef Kare-Kare (P577). Both does not come with rice, so we ordered at P47 per bowl.

Notice, that “77” is prominent in their menu, going in line with the name of the restaurant.


The Beef Kare-Kare was intensely heavenly right on the first bite. The sauce was rich in peanut essence, and the texture was very creamy, gliding in my mouth as I eat. It also came with a special bagoong paste, that was refined in such a way that it’s liquid-ish. Together, they gave my palate an ultimate kare-kare experience!


Like most heavy-flavored dishes, the Kare-Kare may tire off your palate quickly halfway through. Hence, I suggest pairing this with a mildly-flavored dish to prolong the endurance of your buds. Also, while the overall taste was amazing, the beef lacked the quality that will do the sauce justice. Still, it wasn’t enough to pull the dish down.


The Spicy Seafood Adobo, like the Kare-Kare had a sauce that sparked in the mouth. The spiciness really did the trick in making the gingery-sweet-soy sauce goodness more pronounced. The only buzzkill was the lack of “freshness” in the seafood given the lack of tenderness in the meat.

By this time, it was no question that Limbaga 77 did great when it comes to sauces. However, it may still have some room for improvement when it comes to meat handling. Our experience could have been exception if they were able to ensure optimal freshness of the meats.


Limbaga 77 - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Ambiance: ★★★★★
Taste: ★★★☆
Service: ★★★★
Price/Value: ★★★★
Budget: at least of P350 each for a sharing type of experience for a group of at least 4
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of latest visit - April 27, 2019

Limbaga 77 still captivates with its homey ambiance and dishes. There are definitely points for improvement, but it’s clearly evident how much they provide warmth through their service. Dining there felt peaceful (except for the tremors I felt from the wooden floor). Also, my mom and I were thinking that maybe we didn’t order the true specialties here in the restaurant, which is why if you are reading this and you have an idea, maybe you can share it with us.

Overall, I recommend Limbaga 77. It’s iconic, and an epitome of Filipino-family dining!

Again, dining here with Zomato Gold allows you to have one complimentary dish per member. Use my code "ANOTSP" to get 20% off your membership.

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Limbaga 77
Location: 77 Sct. Limbaga St, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Service Charge: 10% before VAT
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If you are starting to get tired of the same options you have in Makati, then this latest pop up at the 5th level of Rustan’s in Glorietta, can surely give an excellent fix to that. Operating until the end of May 2019, The Plaza serves Filipino comfort dishes that have been perfected generation after generation. You’ll be coming across “classics” that became difficult to find nowadays. Let’s take a quick peek!


Before we run through the dishes served here, let’s refresh our memory of The Plaza’s rich history. Starting off as a family-run business in Makati way back in 1960’s, The Plaza was a pioneer in the food industry. Subsequent to its opening, it was also the year when The Plaza Premium Baked Ham was launched. Soon after, the minds behind The Plaza introduced an “out-of-this-world” concept during that time -- buffet. You’d think that this is a concept from this current millennium, but surprisingly they were way ahead of us.


Today, The Plaza evolved into a catering business, gracing events with festive Filipino-inspired dishes. Of course, The Plaza is still known for its Premium Baked Ham, and remains to be a house name when we speak of hams.

Now, we get lucky because we can have a taste of The Plaza through this pop-up in Rustan’s. We’ll be able to try the Crispy Kangkong which comes with a heavenly garlic aioli dip.


The Plaza Premium Baked Ham is, of course, the superstar in this restaurant. It comes with 4 dips to bring more variation to your palate, but each brings something exciting out of the ham. Dips include garlic aioli, honey mustard, wasabi mayo and the classic glaze.


This Chicken a la Kiev is a rare find here in the metro, much more something that sticks to the original recipe (perhaps even better). It oozes with butter goodness!


Then you’ll also try something unusual such as this premium corned beef on broth. Just imagine those meaty chunks finding their way to your mouth. Delightful!


If you are not a broth kind of person, you can have the premium corned beef roasted. It has a different dimension to it with bolder smoky flavor.


Those who are looking out for some snacks may go for the burgers stuffed in cream cheese.


And of course, pasta lovers are not left out in this pop-up restaurant. They have this overly comforting Lasagne al Forno that has generous meat in every layer. It’s also topped with melty-gooey cheese, making it effective in wiping out your stress. Just see it for yourself.


Then, there’s another superstar – the truffle pasta which is prepared over a Parmesan wheel. It uses real truffle which gives it this “clean” authentic taste. A definite must-try for truffle lovers!


Hurry, we only have less than a month to experience the unique goodness of The Plaza. Head to the 5th floor of Rustan’s to grab some bite!

For catering or any other general inquiries, you may reach The Plaza via telephone at 729 0001/ 729 0002. You may also drop an email at info@theplazacatering.com 
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I rummaged through our snack bar at home, and I caught sight of this yellow glossy label. I dug deeper into the pile of snacks, and took out the package. It turned out to be instant noodles, particularly Indo Mie, a famous instant noodle brand in Indonesia. I further examined the label, and found out that it’s Salted Egg flavored, a part of their Premium Collection. During that time, my taste buds were really eager to try something that would “reset” my palate, so I got excited over it.


Indo Mie has become a house name when we speak of instant noodles. It unexpectedly rose up steadily fast to gain a noticeable following among Filipinos noodle-lovers. Today, we can order cooked Indo Mie in most SM Supermarkets in their merienda booths. Now, if you’d rather have it home, they also have it in most of the grocery stores here in the Philippines.


Anyway, back to the Salted Egg Premium Collection. I hurriedly took out the contents: noodles, chili powder, savory sauce, salted egg powder.

I started boiling water, and prepared the sauce on the side. 

There are three components that make up the sauce. The dark one is the base (this I believe is the regular seasoning found in most Indo Mie instant noodles). Next one is the salted egg powder that turns the sauce into, well, salted-egg-flavored. Third, we have the chili powder, which is optional depending on your tolerance. For my case, I used ¾ of it.


The entire preparation takes less than 5 minutes, but that’s not surprising because it won’t be called instant, if the process will take 30 minutes.

I drained the noodles after about 2 minutes of cooking (instead of the recommended 3 minutes). I didn’t want my noodles to be ultra-soft. In fact, I wanted it to be a little hard.

Then, I mixed it up with the sauce I prepared earlier, and voila! 


I took a fork, twirl some, and ate some. My palate rejoiced! My objective of giving it a “reset” was fulfilled. The taste had this sharp savory flavor that lingers afterwards. Many might think that the flavor is “too strong”, but I loved it as it is. The salted egg was not very pronounced, but as I focused on the taste, it became more apparent. Above all else, I loved the flat-like strands of the noodles. This allowed the sauce to have a better hold, making each bite as delicious as the one before it.


Overall, I’ll give this a positive recommendation. The flavor maybe something that may easily tire off your taste buds (again because of the sharpness in taste), which makes this something you’ll crave just once or twice a month. Go try it! 
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Our turf did it once again! We have another addition that spices up the food scene here in Robinsons Place Manila. Originally from Hong Kong, Honolulu Café can now be enjoyed at the ground floor of the mall (right beside Yabu).


Just like any other foodies, I get excited trying something new. In fact, I was able to check out Tsurumaru (read more) when it opened about a month ago.  Now, it is Honolulu’s turn to stir curiosity.


Lukewarm interest over Singaporean and HK cuisine
Upon learning that Honolulu is actually an HK-inspired restaurant, my initial excitement faded a bit. This is because of my lukewarm interest over Singaporean and HK food (with a few exceptions of course). Thankfully, my adventurous spirit turned this around.

Plus, I wanted to figure out why there was always a long queue here in Honolulu. In search of an answer, I brought my family over.


Honolulu has this vibrantly-lit interior that adds up to its inviting aura. Though the cuisine is mostly HK, the vibe blends in some Hawaiian inspirations. But what really attracts the most is the delicious aroma coming from freshly baked egg tarts and other pastries. It’s effective, I’ll say.

Vision-striking prices
I was pretty much enjoying the ambiance, but I was caught off guard upon seeing the prices on the menu. When I walked in, I was thinking that the prices will be similar to that of Hawker Chan’s (read more), which is somewhere near P130 to P180 per dish. Much to my surprise, the average range here is P250 – P300. “Parang napasubo ako”, I thought to myself. Since I already brought my family here, there was no turning back. “Sige lang order lang kayo”, I assured them (yet at the back of my mind I was already computing).

I’ll be sharing the dishes we ordered here so you’ll have an idea of which to order (and which ones to avoid). Let’s begin with the Roasted Pork BBQ.


The Roasted BBQ Pork (P260) came in with its attention-catching vibrance, although the overall plating might have gone a little sloppy. It was juicy, and every bite oozed with sweet-savory taste. 

Had I not eaten in Hawker Chan (thus eliminating a benchmark), I would have found a lot of joy in this plate. I just couldn't ignore the fact that for a somehow similar experience, I can avail it with just about P150. It is important to note, however, that Honolulu's serving size is way more generous than Hawker Chan's (which may partially explain the price difference). 


If you intend to try two meats at the same time, you may go for 2-Roasted Meat Meal (P280). My mom picked Soy Chicken and Roasted Pork Belly, both were amazing in tenderness and texture. They also had this savory goodness that seeped richly into the meat.


The Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti (P298) was a dish that would really stir curiosity. It's not too common to find dishes such as this, and I think it's one of the unique HK dishes you'll find in the menu.

When the sauce touched my lips, it burst with immense savory greasy tomato taste -- that kind that lingers a bit in the entire mouth. It was not pleasant during the first touch, but it grew on me on my succeeding tries. Later on, I found myself enjoying it along with the tenderness of the pork chop. 


The Deep Fried Chicken Curry Rice (P268) was the most artistically presented dish among all that we had for the day. It was deeply crispy, and you can feel and taste it in each bite, making it an excellent dish. I just felt like it was expensive.

I'd recommend this, but since the next curry dish provides more delight, I am recommending that one instead.


The Baked Chicken in Portuguese Style (P278), which was my personal order, was the best dish I had for this dining experience. It featured the same deep crispness for the chicken, perhaps more playful due to the enhanced texture from the baking process. The blend of toasted cheese and curry was spot-on, intensifying the layers of flavors from the dish. A must-try! 


The Egg Tart (P50) was remarkable. The pastry came all delicate, hot, crispy and flaky giving my mouth a ticklish feel. The tart itself was gooey and instantly melts upon contact. Dreamy. 


Honolulu HK Café - Overall Ratings and Summary
Note: Unshaded stars are equivalents of half-stars. The ratings reflect my personal experiences on the times I dine here.
Ambiance: ★★★☆
Taste: ★★★★
Service: ★★★★
Price/Value: ★★★☆
Budget: at least of P250 each for a personal dish
No. of visits for this particular restaurant/branch - 1 || Date of latest visit - April 20, 2019

When you think of it, the prices here in Honolulu HK Café are not as extravagant as other restaurants wherein you’ll be spending no less than P400 each. However, in its category, Honolulu Café does seem a little pricier especially when you compare it with similar restaurants.

Despite the relative expensiveness, there are still dishes that are unique to Honolulu. Examples are Baked Chicken in Portuguese Style and Baked Pork Chop Spaghetti. These are the dishes that are worth the price! Oh, plus they have a homemade chili-garlic sauce, that’s so authentic and tasty!

In a nutshell, I still recommend Honolulu HK Café for you to experience and try. Check it out!

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Honolulu HK Café
Location: G/F Robinsons Place Manila (near Kyochon, Pound and Yabu), Ermita, Manila
Service Charge: 10% before VAT
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Peanut Butter drives me crazy. But unlike your typical romantic stories, it was not a love at first sight/bite. In fact, I despised peanut butter during my childhood days (perhaps even extending to my teenage years). It was just too drying for my mouth, and I couldn’t bear its greasiness. I felt like I was munching oily dirt.

Finding love in peanut butter
As I matured, my taste buds also started to develop. I encountered “Kare-Kare”, and instantly I fell in love. I was captivated by the richness of the taste. It was full of action and adventure. When I found out that there was peanut butter (or peanut in general), my jaw dropped in disbelief. I could not put them together in a single equation. How can be something “disgusting” produce a dish so lovable?

Little by little I became more open-minded. I’d try peanut butter on toast. It became bearable. Slowly, as I further aged, my impression on peanut butter changed. I found myself actually craving for it. Without me consciously knowing, I learned to love peanut butter. This also meant that slowly, I became “selective” when it comes to peanut butter.


So this is where the story goes. My mom came home with a bottle of new peanut butter. It came from Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) Enchanted Farm. She bought it from a Human Nature store, which is also under the GK umbrella. I also had that weird look on my face, but yeah it’s true. You can buy it in there.

Anyway, when I saw the bottle, I got excited. I hurriedly took photos, then opened the bottle.


My excitement faded when I saw the oil flooding on top. “Oh no, not this kind of peanut butter” this was what came into my head. Though at the back of my head, I knew it smelled great, delicious even!

I needed to stir the peanut butter for about 5 minutes just to unite the oil with the spread. I thought all was well after stirring it, but I came across a peanut butter that was “unrefined”. You can still see the grains of the peanut. I remained positive, so I grabbed a slice of loaf, smothered some peanut butter and ate it.

Taste-wise, it was beautiful. There was richness in the taste. However, the texture was killing the moment. It was rough and greasy – too sloppy for the mouth.



Personal take on GK's peanut butter
As I try savoring the moment, I suddenly realized that this kind of peanut butter, though may not be ideal for a spread, is definitely perfect for either baking or cooking. I imagined kare-kare using this peanut butter, I could almost taste the goodness. Plus, the “roughness” may work in the dish’s advantage.

Hence, this is my opinion, GK’s peanut butter can be marketed as a baking/culinary partner. However, should they still want to be known as a “spread”, I’d think it will be great if they can have a variant which would be more refined and uniform.

I still give my support to GK because they serve a very noble goal of helping rebuild communities and providing opportunities for those who seek livelihood. This is why I still personally want to “promote” this peanut butter. 
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Buddha Bar Manila surprises again with the recent conclusion of its special Easter celebration called “Game of Easter”. Kids and kids-at-heart all came together to bask under the Game of Thrones-inspired theme of the event. Let’s take a look at what happened during the awesome celebration! 


The entire interior of Buddha Bar was transformed to sensationalize the Game of Thrones theme. There were paper dragons hanging.


Music selection was carefully selected to mimic a medieval feel. On top of it all, they had the famous throne right at the center.


A joyous celebration for the kids
The venue despite the "dark" theme was filled with immense joy from all the children running around, and actively participating in the games. You could hear their laughter, giggles and occasional screams. It was no doubt all the kids were entertained and enjoying the program. For parents (though I am not one), I can feel their "shared" happiness. After all, normal parents will feel happy when their kids are.


No kid left Buddha Bar without any prize, so it was a fantastic time for them. Plus, they were further entertained by a puppet show and balloon tricks.

Of course, all the kids-at-heart were "entertained" with the buffet spread. There were different kinds of rolls/maki, kimchi dumplings, cheese sticks and salad for appetizer.


To be in sync with the theme of Easter, they also have some egg dishes to choose from.


For the main dishes, they served steaks, chicken parmigiana, fish in tousi sauce and grilled meat.


The Game of Thrones (GoT) theme didn't just cover the ambiance and the interior. They further reinforced it by incorporating the theme into the food, particularly the desserts. Below is a portion of the huge chocolate cake that forms the map of GoT.


Kids and the kids-at-year (literally everyone) had fun during Buddha Bar's Game of Easter. It was a day full of celebration which made me realize that Buddha Bar really knows how to make an occasion epic!


Planning to also host your own event? A birthday celebration, perhaps? Well, Buddha Bar Manila can definitely fulfill that. For inquiries/reservations, you may contact them at 8566719, 8566859, or 09989833918. 

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