Archive | May, 2013
Quote 29 May

A real life doesn’t mean getting what you want; the achievement, the priviledge, too, is knowing what you love. But getting what you love? Having what you love love you back? Oh, my friend, its a miracle: your one tiny life’s head-on collision with divinity.

Quote of the day: May 29, 2013

“Having what you love love you back.” Enough said.

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

28 May

So, how many times have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for Japanese food? Hundreds of times perhaps? Yeah I passionately love Japanese cuisine and I can eat it every single day! 🙂 For real! Hence, I am always on the lookout for new Japanese restos in the city (aside from visting my regular favorites). Thank God for the ramen craze in the Manila, more and more authentic Japanese restos have been sprouting here and there. An old time favorite would be Ukokkei Ramen Ron in Pasay Road Makati but the parking is always full and the resto is always cramped.  It’s good to have alternatives especially during rainy “craving prone” days/nights. I’ve discovered that Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a great alternative, in fact it might even be better! 🙂

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is the legendary ramen brand that offers the same family recipe since 1988, enjoyed throughout Japan and in other international cities such as Taipei, Malaysia, Singapore, Hongkong, Indonesia, USA, Canada and now in the Philippines! It is one of the best ramen franchises originating from Hokkaido, north of Japan. (Source: OurAwesomePlanet)

I deem the word legendary to be an apt adjective to describe Ramen Santouka. Their ramen was indeed soooo good it looks like they have maintained the quality of their food for a long time and regardless of the location. I enjoyed my meal so much! My Shio Ramen had a the perfect Japanese taste. I chose the mild salt flavor that night instead of my usual hot and spicy but it didn’t fail to please my taste buds. My only concern would be the serving size – it was a bit too small for me. I imagine it would be okay for “normal eaters” and not “piggy eaters” like myself haha! My Sake Ikura Gohan (Grilled Salmon & Salmon Roe Rice Bowl) was also delicious and so cheap! Such a bargain for P170. And of course, any meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert – the Matcha (Green Tea) Cake was oh so yummy! Everything was commendable and my tummy and taste buds enjoyed. 🙂 Oh and service was not bad as well.

Sorry for the lame photo – I was too excited to eat.

Ramen, Rice Bowl, Matcha Cake

Ramen, Rice Bowl, Matcha Cake

 

Unfortunately, many people have discovered this gem of a resto in the busy Glorietta mall so there’s always a line as you wait to be seated. But I don’t mind waiting for 10-15 minutes, the food is worth the wait. Just come earlier during peak hours (lunch and dinner time). For private/group functions, they have I think about two function rooms you can reserve.

Can’t wait to visit Ramen Santouka again! If it rains this Friday, I’m so going to drag my hubby with me. Haha! 🙂

 

 

 

Japanese-food-a-holic,

♥ Abby Wasabi

Gyu-Kaku

27 May

Konichiwa, friends! 🙂 So here’s something interesting – though I’m a Japanese food addict,  I never really became a fan of Yakiniku or Japanese BBQ. Kinda weird right? The “cook-your-BBQ-on-the-smokeless-grill-in-front-of-you-concept” just doesn’t appeal to me. Maybe because I’d rather cook in my kitchen and when I eat out it means I do not want to cook! 🙂 Also, the taste of Yakiniku doesn’t excite me that much. It’s just grilled meat for goodness sake, nothing special haha! Okay, sorry, enough pessimism.  I’d still end up eating Yakiniku one way or another anyway. Since people were raving about the the much-anticipated opening of Gyu-Kaku in Manila (Apparently it’s the world’s No. 1 Japanese BBQ Yakiniku brand), we decided to give it a try. 🙂

Gyu-Kaku is located at the W Center near Bonifacio Highstreet.  It’s right beside iHop. The resto is not that big, although it has two floors. I prefer the ground floor because of the high ceiling but unfortunately we were seated on the upper floor. I automatically disliked the table because I couldn’t stretch my legs. Space was cramped for six people. 😦

Now onto the food… well I can’t really say much about the food except – I LOVED THE WAGYU. That’s it. Apart from the Wagyu, there was nothing else special. The Bibimbap was decent but not great. The Assorted Mushrooms were so-so. Only the Wagyu beef made my dining experience delightful. Sorry for the Yakiniku fans out there but really, I don’t get it! 🙂

Ishiyaki Mentaiko Bibimbap

Ishiyaki Mentaiko Bibimbap

 

Wagyu (Raw)

Wagyu (Raw)

 

By the way, Wagyu being Wagyu, came with a somewhat hefty price tag so be prepared to shell out P1,750 for Wagyu ribeye, P1,850 for Wagyu Sirloin, and P2,350 for Wagyu Tenderloin. All 200 grams.

For Yakiniku lovers, I think you might enjoy it here so give it a try but for people like me, hmm I suggest we stick to our good old Little Tokyo restos/Sugi/Magetsu/Nihon Bashi Tei/et al. 🙂

 

 

 

Convince Me More Yakiniku,

♥ Abby Wasabi

A Wanderful Night

23 May

2013 is the year of music festivals! So happy to know that we’re now getting into this scene. Filipinos love music and we should do more of these. 🙂 Last month, the popular tooth paste brand launched a Summer Solstice music festival and I heard it was a hit (especially to teens).  Then last week we had the first ever WANDERLAND MUSIC FEST. This is the one I went to. Negative people would call it a “trying hard” Coachella slash Tomorrowland. It’s actually true but so what! It was hella fun! 🙂

I’ve always wanted to go to Coachella, it’s in my bucket list ’til now. So having some kind of a Philippine version is fine by me! Besides, I don’t go to concerts/music festivals if I don’t like the artists. I’m not just there for the “Coachella vibe”  (that’s just a bonus), I’m there to see Up Dharma DownNada Surf, Neon Trees, and Temper Trap!  All in one night! (there were more bands I didn’t mention)

And as expected, they totally rocked! Woohoo! I particularly fell in love with the performance of Neon Trees! They were realllllyyyy good. I didn’t expect them to be THAT good awesome! Their performance made me dance and jump up and down. Their voice quality was even much better live I couldn’t stop raving about it. 🙂

Hub and I didn’t pay for our tickets cos they were given by a friend (thank you, Jap!), but even if we did pay P5,000 each, it would have been totally worth it! The bands were awesome and it was one great experience. Wanderland really brought out the inner hipster in me! 🙂

 

Wanderful Night
Wanderful Night

 

P.S. Of course I was totally feeling the hipster vibe and wore my favorite boho-print shorts with matching boho-braids and the flower clip. [Outfit from H&M and Cotton On]

The first ever Wanderland Music Fest was a huge success! Kudos to Karpos and the sponsors! Can’t wait for what’s in store next year! 🙂

 

 

 

Your Wandergirl,

♥ Abby Wasabi

Laboracay 2013

15 May

And it gets better every year!!!

Yep ladies and gents, Boracay Labor Day weekend did not fail us once again.

It was another weekend of fun partying (and pigging out) with friends at the beach! White House/Sur HAPPY HOUR FTW! And who doesn’t love Boracay’s sun, sand, and sea water. ♥

My Laboracay Ladies

My Laboracay Ladies

LABORACAY buddies

LABORACAY buddies

Too bad I wasn’t able to prepare for the trip. Every year I say “I’ll have abs next year promise” but nah it never happens. Check out my birthday belly (Spiral buffet birthday belly for that matter). Lots of bikini clad ladies showed off their toned bodies while I looked like a whale! 😦 Oh well, at least my hubby thinks I’m sexy HAHA! (He doesn’t have a choice) 🙂

Of course while on the island we took advantage of our faves – Real Coffee’s Calamansi Muffins, Fruit shakes and chocolate shakes, Cafe Del Sol cheesecakes, Ole Mexican food, and Dos Mestizos Spanish cuisine.  🙂

A trip highlight for me would be having breakfast with hubby at the veranda of our hotel while appreciating the beautiful view of Boracay Station 1. It was our first time to stay at Nigi Nigi Too, the not so popular Polynesian hotel beside Willy’s (because Sur and White House were fully booked) but we loved it! Excellent service as well. Wouldn’t mind staying here again next time.

See you next year, Boracay! Ciao!

Your Laboracay Lady,

♥ Abby Wasabi