Personal: I will be back

Hello fellow foodies! It has been a long hiatus since my last food post. Having received a few likes in the Facebook page and still receiving email food invites, in case you’re wondering if I’ll still be making food reviews? Well, I just want you to know that I’m not abandoning my food blog (due to lack of posts). In fact, I’m quite surprised to receive such invites even if I’m not that active anymore.

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Must try: Cafe Shibuya’s Choco Lava Cake

One of my not-so-recent food discovery for the month of September, was during my birthday celebration with my significant other. After having our dinner at Suzukin Makati branch, we were supposed to go to SM Jazz to have my cupcake fix at J. Cuppacakes. But instead, he suggested to go to Glorietta instead and finally try – Cafe Shibuya. 

Lava Cake P175

Lava Cake P175

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Nigiri sushi P165

Revisiting: Suzu Kin

Last week, I celebrated my 30th birthday with my significant other. And for our food destination, we decided to go back to basics. Meaning, finally trying out the restaurants listed in our bucket list. One of which was, a place that I’ve been wanting to revisit for the longest time – Suzu Kin. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant has been around since 1981. A Japanese restaurant where my mom used to bring us when we were younger. I remember entering during lunch time, and the place is always packed with people.

When ordering, there were no menu’s at that time since you can find them written in chalkboards adorning the walls. Well, that was during my time. I was surprised, that the menu system had changed but the ambiance hasn’t changed one bit. Okay, maybe the paint job made the whole area seems more brighter, but everything else was like stepping back to my childhood. Tables, chairs and even the staff has been there through the years. Loyalty award please.

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When In Korea: Buy some Market O Real Brownies!

Sharing another one-of-a-kind ‘pasalubong’ from my sister, from her layover in Korea a few days ago. Being a first timer in visiting various countries, her ‘motto’ when buying us goodies [food]. She wants to play it safe, by buying a box or two for us to try. The first one was the Galaxy Flutes, and now Market O Real Brownies [Korean brand]. I sense, the reason behind this purchase was because of its cute packaging. Hehe!

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Chips Ahoy Brownie Filled Cookies

Having seen the Chips Ahoy Brownie Filled cookie for a long, long time. My significant other and I finally decided to give in to temptation a few Saturdays ago. And why not? It’s not everyday, or even every weekend that we get to indulge into something so calorificly (if there’s even such a term) sinful.

In my mind, I had high hopes on this cookie.
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When In AbuDhabi: Buy some FLUTES!

The best thing about travelling? Aside from immersing yourself in culture, landscape and food? Well, it’s definitely bringing home something unique from the place and sharing it with your love ones. In Filipino terms, ‘Pasalubong’. When my sister spent her first layover in the land of AbuDhabi, one of her ‘pasalubong’ for us was a small pack of Flutes [made by Galaxy], and other chocolates. We really didn’t know how Flutes would taste like, until we were able to try it ourselves.

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Dip or Dunk at The Fondue Factory.

Spotted: The Fondue Factory

I have been keeping an eye of the Fondue Factory, ever since it had opened in Glorietta Makati a few weeks ago. Thankfully, last weekend my significant other and I were able to try it for dessert after our quick lunch date.

I initially thought that their price range would be around P100 and up, but surprisingly it’s quite affordable. Two thumbs up for affordability! Now I wondered if their chocolate fondue tastes any good.

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The Travelling Hello Kitty

Spotted: Choc Nut Milk Chocolate Drink

Choc Nut is a local brand well loved by kids of the 80’s and even presently. Despite the changing times, the taste has remained the same through the years. A simple candy bar, when melts in the mouth, the flavor of chocolate and peanut explodes and brings nostalgic memories. Just like the feeling of Anton Ego as we was served with a little “perspective”.

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'Ang fried chicken ng Pinoy!'

Weekend Bites: Manang’s Velvet Sundae

Last week, I decided to join my significant other’s little project called the Travelling Gundam. Where he and his favorite toy gets to travel and discover food joints in the metro. Only my feature is not about Gundam but, Hello Kitty. So let me start off Hello Kitty Eats here in my blog. Hello Kitty went out on a date / errand with the Travelling Gundam last Saturday. The place where they chose to eat, is yet again not a new restaurant but something he where he had influenced me to enjoy a chicken craving [aside from Bonchon] – Manang’s.

'Ang fried chicken ng Pinoy!'

‘Ang fried chicken ng Pinoy!’

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Pork Siomai P65.00

Weekend Bites: Dimsum Break

I suppose, growing up like most families, Chinese food is a staple and is one of the most well loved cuisines in the world. My family frequents such when we get to eat out on weekends or if mom simply wants to treat us out. My most ordered food from any Chinese restaurant would be dim sum. And speaking of dim sum, finally, having travelled to the North for the past few weeks. I was able to try Dimsum Break at SM North Edsa.

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Missy Bon Bon's Pastel

Missy Bon Bon – Chocolate filled buns!

 

Missy’s Bon Bon’s is well known bakeshop located in Cagayan de Oro, and one of their best selling item is their Bon Bon’s – A soft fluffy bun filled with either ‘yema’ or chocolate filling.

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Missy Bon Bon’s chocolate filled pastel is indeed delicious. The bun is fluffy and not too heavy. The best part? The chocolate filling, which almost tasted like Nutella spread. I sure know someone who will love this.

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Many thanks to my sweet sister for the sweeet gesture.

 

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Food Destination: Dining at Ugu Bigyan’s Potter’s Garden and Restaurant

It has been a long time since I last visited, Ugu Bigyan’s pottery house in Tiaong, Quezon. Fast forward last May 15, 2014, we organized a day tour at Lucban Quezon. Which we all had fun and our tummies full from a Lucban Food Trip. Before even heading to the Pahiyas Festival, our first itinerary was card making (morning snack and lunch included) in Ugu Bigyan’s Potter’s Garden and Restaurant.

For those who may not know who Ugu Bigyan is, he is well-known in the country for making world-class hand made potteries, a restaurateur, interior designer and landscape artist.

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Encountering Marinduque’s Sights and Sounds

 

In continuation of my second trip to Marinduque last week, here are a few more photos of our nature tripping around Gasan. Our first destination was at the Paadyao Falls. Before trekking, our tourism officer Mr. Joven showed us what used to be an overflowing river. Sadly because of Mining many years ago [man’s greedy intentions], turned this once natural resource into dry “land”.

The result of Man's Greed

The result of Man’s Greed

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Captivating Marinduque: Romantic Sunset

 

It seems that I’ve been traveling a lot since the start of 2014. While I have traveled to different places, there is one bucket list that I’ve been meaning to capture for the longest time and thankfully I was able to do just that, during my travel back to Marinduque last week [May 8-10].

That bucket list was to take photos of a romantic sunset by the beach. Mother Nature truly leaves me speechless with its astonishing beauty. Breathless. Spectacular. Romantic.

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[A Surprising Food Discovery] The Best Pizza is in BATANES

 

When I think of Batanes (when it comes to food), the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Bukayo’.  ‘Bukayo’ is dried coconut and sugar mixed together and formed into bars; a delicacy in the island. Other than that, Batanes isn’t really a destination you can consider a food destination to begin with. But, that changed when an authentic Italian pizza place opened around 4 years ago called – Casa Napoli.

Casa Napoli brands itself as authentic, as the owner’s brother worked in Italy as a chef and learned how to make good pizza. The word “good” or “awesome” simply does not justify the pizza he makes, you really have to try it yourself. The restaurant is located in their newly opened hotel called Bernardo’s, which is a few kilometers away from Batanes Seaside Lodge.

Minimalist. Bernardo's Hotel

Minimalist. Bernardo’s Hotel

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Where the water flows

Travel Destination: SOCKSARGEN

 

Even before my Batanes adventure began for this year, I was able to travel to SOCKSARGEN (South Cotobato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos). As most people would think, hesitations can be foreseen due to the negative news we’ve been seeing on television. But, as what our security escort had told us, presently things are far more better compared to the previous years in.

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Basco Light house

Travel Destination: Spectacular Batanes!

 

I have visited the province of Batanes many years ago. If I can recall correctly, I was still a college student back then. After coming back last week, it is without a doubt still a destination that leaves me breathless with its bare beauty of places such as; the beautiful sunset at the Rolling Hills, iconic light houses and enormous hills that is surrounded by the pacific ocean. A living painting if I say so myself.

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Afforda-snacks: Moshi Manju (Why you so good?)

 

If you have been reading this blog for quite a while, you would notice that I have a very strong penchant for sweet desserts. Let me start this week with a something sweet, which by the way is another food court find but this time located in Ortigas City. A trip to SM Megamall for me is never complete without me buying a snack pack of Moshi Manju. Moshi Manju are mini Korean pancakes shaped like a fish, and has different kinds of fillings. However currently, they only maintained two flavors which are their best sellers – Chocolate and Pastillas de Leche. They used to have custard filling but it seems they phased that out already.

Moshi Manju located at SM Ground Floor, Food court

Moshi Manju located at SM Ground Floor, Food court

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Samurai Food Stall at Glorietta

Afforda-meals: A pleasant adventure at SAMURAI

Hello Foodies! For today’s post, let me share with you my current food discovery which I pleasantly enjoyed at Glorietta Food Choices yesterday. My date and I met past lunch time, and before going to the book signing of Mr. Gerry Alanguilan at Robinsons Galleria, we decided to eat first before travelling to Ortigas.

When I’m not craving for anything in particular, I always find myself in this kind of situation; “I want something different, but don’t want to spend so much today”. Ha-ha!

Samurai Food Stall at Glorietta

Samurai Food Stall at Glorietta

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Quick Bites: Fratinis Restaurant Pasta & Pizza

 

Nothing beats when your mom brings home ‘pasalubong‘ for the family. For today she surprised us with a box of Fratini’s Restaurant Pizza – Meditteranea (grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, capsicum and pitted olives). Now, this is THE kind of pizza that I prefer to have, as I simply love grilled veggies especially bell pepper and zucchini.

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Quick Bites: Affordable yet Filling Hoagies

As much as possible when I make food reviews, I try my best not to get too technical about it. Let me just share with you then my food adventure this time with Hoagies. Hoagies opened last October of 2013, and it was only a few weeks back that I was finally able to try this sandwich shop along with my food trip partner.

Sandwich shops normally has 6 or 12″ inch subs, but what sets Hoagies apart? They have 8″ inch subs for only P88. Now that is what I call, a bang for your buck kind of meal.

Choose your sandwich sub

Choose your sandwich sub

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Craftsmanship at it's best

Marinduque Landscapes: Boac Cathedral

What I love about the Philippines are, our historic cathedrals as they are simply majestic and is rich in cultural history. Boac Cathedral is no exception, as it was our first panoramic sight of Marinduque was on our second day. We may not have been able to enjoy checking out the nooks and cranny’s inside the church, as there was an on going wedding taking place. But we still managed to take a glimpse of the church’s magnificence.

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Boac Hotel

Captivating Marinduque: Boac Hotel and Cuisine

My recent travel destination was in Marinduque, and I must say that we were all blown away with this province not only because of its beauty but the people as well. Our first stop upon arriving from our 5 hour travel by car and boat, was at Boac Hotel to have our late lunch. I wasn’t able to take photos anymore but despite the “normality” of seafood and the soup dish it was well received by our empty tummies.

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Boac Cathedral

Travel Destination: Captivating Marinduque

Saging lang ang may puso! [A familiar phrase that we Filipinos commonly say on rare occasions].

While that phrase may be true, If I may say ‘hindi lang saging ang may puso‘. The Philippines too has a heart, and you can find it at the breathtaking province of Marinduque. Admittedly, it was only then that I discovered that this province was the heart of the Philippines. Because the first thing that comes in my mind is their well-known festivity called Moriones. The province is indeed rich in historical and religious culture as legend has it that, Marinduque was formed as a consequence of a tragic love affair between Mariin and Gatduke. As told by our tour guide, Mr. Dindo Asuncion-Tourism Officer.

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Because watching movies  deserves an awesome movie munchie

[Movie Munchies] Nacho King

Because I like to keep things organized for my blog posts, I’d like to add a new category and this one is called ‘Movie Munchies’, and for today’s post is my favorite movie munchies of all time – Nachos!

While others prefer popcorn for their movie snack, I personally prefer nachos between the latter.  There are two contenders; Taters and Nacho King. But if I would have to vote which is best between the two, my vote goes to [hands down] NACHO KING! Taters is also good, but price value is a bit ‘pricey’ as you would have to separately pay for the toppings for P20 each.

I never got a chance to take decent photos of the Nacho King kiosk at SM Megamall. More so being able to take a decent shot of the Nachos itself, as it’s all gone before I can even attempt to do so. Luckily during my visit at the World Bazaar Festival, I saw a Nacho King kiosk at the food hall. Finally! It deserves a well taken photo feature here in my food blog. Ha-ha!

Because watching movies  deserves an awesome movie munchie

Because watching movies deserves an awesome movie munchies

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Roasted Milk Tea - can be served hot or cold

[Drink up] 3:15PM Roasted Milk Tea

 

During my visit at the World Bazaar Festival a few days ago. I was able to find one product that I’ve been meaning to find for the longest time – 3:15PM Milk Tea

More on 3:15PM Milk Tea:

A Taiwanese brand that makes 100% natural milk tea bags. No artificial flavoring. 

I’ve read quite a few of blog reviews about 3:15PM Milk tea, so I decided to give it a try myself. Also because I want my sister to try out their product as she loves milk tea a lot. As we passed by their booth, the guy offered us their roasted milk tea for us to try.

Because 3:15PM means I LOVE YOU~haha #cheesy

Because 3:15PM means I LOVE YOU~haha #cheesy

And I was right! My sister loved their Milk Tea a lot that she wanted to pose beside their products. See photo below.

My beautiful and sweetest sister in the whole wide world

My beautiful and sweetest sister in the whole wide world

Roasted Milk Tea - can be served hot or cold

Roasted Milk Tea – can be served hot or cold

My thoughts about 3:15PM Roasted Milk Tea?

There’s nothing much to say about this variant really. It’s just simply delicious! The milk and tea component are just right. Not too sweet, and the tea was not over powering.

I searched through their Facebook page and found out that  3:15 products are available at;

Unimart, Cash and Carry, Makati Supermarket, Robinsons Supermarket – Ermita, Otis, Galleria, Pioneer, Magnolia, Eastwood, Nuvali and Tagaytay.

 

To know more about the brand:

Follow them at their Facebook page or Instagram

 

El Pollo Loco

Revisiting: El Pollo Loco

I remember during my childhood years when my mom used to bring us to El Pollo Loco. I can’t recall whether it was in Greenbelt, but it was one of those food adventures that I haven’t forgotten up to date.

Last Saturday, I was in a chicken craving phase and my date and I decided to try something ‘new’. Well, more of new for him and me revisiting to find out if it has still remained the same.

El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

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Raw Cacao Nibs Php350.00

The Foodie Goes Healthy: A sweet fix that won’t make you fat

Hello foodie readers! If you have been a long time reader of this blog, you would know that I have a serious sweet tooth. With that said, let me quickly share with you something sweet YET something healthy that I currently discovered. Many thanks to one of the Editorial Assistant here at work for sharing this.

New discovery from The Superfood Grocer

Raw Cacao Nibs Php350.00

Raw Cacao Nibs Php350.00

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Ristorante Bigoli at TriNoma

Ristorante Bigoli

How timely that I had plans on pursuing a one month challenge, and then on the fourth day I suddenly get sick for almost a week. Well, let me just carry on with it shall we? Last Friday, I accompanied my date to TriNoma for a parcel and what’s a date without a foodie adventure right?

Quite frankly, aside from the ‘adventure’ we were just simply famished by that time and Ristorante Bigoli seems to be the perfect place to satiate our Italian craving for the day.

Ristorante Bigoli at TriNoma

Ristorante Bigoli at TriNoma

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NaBloPoMo Day 3: Something new from North Park

Eating out with my family is predictable as our most frequented restaurant is either Luk Yuen or North Park. I guess it always boils down to our family favorite every time we dine out. And what luck that Glorietta 5 has both, although last Saturday Luk Yuen was closed so we opted the latter. While we normally order our favorite wanton noodle soup, my sister and I saw a man with a huge bowl of noodle soup with lots of toppings. It simply looked so good that we both decided to order what was called – Ultimate Noodle Soup.

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Melt in the mouth aged Wagyu steak

NaBloPoMo Day 2: Celebratory lunch at The House of Wagyu Stone Grill

November is one of the months that most writers look forward to, as they annually have their NaNoWriMo challenge (National Novel Writing Month). I never attempted to write a novel and so this challenge is something that I’ve been passing up, ever since I found about it a few years ago. However, when I learned about the #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month); I know this is more up my alley [so to speak]. Basically, the goal is to post once every day for the entire month of November. No theme, no word count, no rules; just you, your blog, and 30 new post. I already missed two days worth of blog post but I will try my best to make up for it. But really the challenge is actually trying to come up with daily post about food or travel until the end of November.

Well, here’s to my first post for the NaBloPoMo challenge.

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Bonito’s Bar and Restaurant – Not that kind of food review

Hello my fellow foodies! Quite a long week huh?

Anyhow, for today’s post is a mini ‘feature’ of a restaurant that we were able to try at Los Banos, Laguna called – Bonito’s. I say a mini feature because it was more of a lunch treat from our cousin, and I preferred to spend my time catching up with my cousins at that time. But as a serious foodie, it is a ritual for me to take photos of my meals especially when I dine out. Well, It can’t be helped!

Honestly, there are a lot for me to say about my experience with Bonito’s which was a hit and a lot of misses. First up was the water container they used to serve the customers, which was really dirty and had some brown stains. My cousin and I immediately noticed it and I was really grossed out. I didn’t take photos of it anymore, as I didn’t want to be the cousin who kept complaining when it was a free lunch. While I did appreciate the treat, I can’t help but scrutinize how dirty the glass containers were.  I asked the waiter to replace the container, unfortunately it just looked like it has been sitting in the shelf for a while.

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COFFEE ORIGINS 2013 is the biggest coffee tasting experience with over 10 companies providing free coffee samples [all local] and including creamers and sweeteners

Coffee Origins – for the coffee fanatic

Last Sunday after lunch at Greenbelt 1, while on our way to watch a movie at Glorietta 4. My family and I passed by the Coffee Origins at Greenbelt 5. It was actually our mom who wanted to check what the different kiosks had to offer, and we all happily agreed.

I was invited to attend the launch of the event, however due to the bad weather I didn’t bother risking the inconvenience.

COFFEE ORIGINS 2013 is the biggest coffee tasting experience with over 10 companies providing free coffee samples [all local] and including creamers and sweeteners

COFFEE ORIGINS 2013 is the biggest coffee tasting experience with over 10 companies providing free coffee samples [all local] and including creamers and sweeteners

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Top Torikatsu with Cheese and Chives

Bounty Fresh – Top Torikatsu

We always have this notion that easy to cook meals are not healthy. While that stands true at most breakfast food choices such as canned goods, or processed meats are what we often prepare for the first meal of the day. Let’s face it, it’s fast and because we are already pressed for time to go to work or whatnot. However, now a days people seem to be more health conscious and wants what’s best for their family.

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Nestle goodies

Nestle Goodness

Nestle goodness! Aside from my ultimate favorite snack Yogurt, I found a not so new milk from nestle that I am currently enjoying now. I was thinking of getting the usual low fat milk from Nestle, but because more often than not, anything pink is a big sell for me.

Case in point?

Nestle Non Fat Milk P30.00

Nestle Non Fat Milk P30.00

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Upcoming Events: Join Mandy Navasero’s Batanes Photo Tour 2013

Amidst my love for food, I also love travelling [given the chance and the time] and I’m thankful to have been around beautiful places in the Philippines. One of my memorable travels was a trip to Batanes a few years back. I’m not saying this just to promote a photo safari, but because I believe Batanes is simply spectacular. Like all the participants say – You have to see it, to believe it!

As we are slowly approaching the last quarter of 2013. Once again, Mandy Navasero is conducting her year end Batanes Photo Safari.

Mandy Navasero Batanes Photo Safari 2013

Mandy Navasero Batanes Photo Safari 2013

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Comes in two flavors: Tuna & Egg Salad and Quezo Embutido

News Release: Goldilocks Bunsaymada

A fitness aficionado and a foodie at the same time? Yes it is possible! How? Well, admittedly there are quite a few sacrifices to be made [choosing what to eat wisely] and most importantly consistent exercise.

I won’t be ashamed to admit that I am by nature a foodie, and I think I will always be one. While I am careful of what to eat most of the time, sometimes I find myself yearning for something satisfying [or rewarding]. Cheat days! Hey, live a little right? And you should!
Thinking of what to have for you cheat day? Well, there’s this new product from Goldilocks that peaked my interest [also because I love sandwiches too].

Introducing, Goldilocks Grab ‘n Go Bunsaymada

Comes in two flavors: Tuna & Egg Salad and Quezo Embutido

Comes in two flavors: Tuna & Egg Salad and Quezo Embutido

I’m looking forward in trying out the Quezo Embutido soon and I’m pretty sure that it won’t hurt my pocket. Something you can expect from Goldilocks, reasonable prices, yet food that you can actually enjoy eating.

Head to your nearest Goldilocks branch, and grab Goldilocks newest Bunsaymadas.  

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Cooking With My Sister’s Bestfriend

Cooking with my sister’s bestfriend is always fun but unfortunately a rare ocassion, as she always brings either cooked food or chips from the grocery every time she visits. We love having her at her in our humble home, as she is one of the few friends my sister has that I really like. Almost like family actually. For her visit today, since we couldn’t attend her 22nd birthday last August, she prepared for us their special potato salad. A family recipe of theirs that my sister missed eating for a long time.
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Choco Butternut goes “Premium”

“New” premium donuts from Dunkin Donuts.

A few days back at a Dunkin Donut shop near my place, the guy told me that they had phased their regular Choco Butternut donut which sells for P20. I thought it was some joke and thought they could have just told me they were sold out. I mean how can you phase out one of their best sellers? I got more skeptical when a dear friend of mine was able to get his choco butternut fix last weekend at a different Dunkin Donut branch.

Today I found the answers to my questions.  Dunkin Donuts – Vito Cruz corner Pasong Tamo branch currently changed the regular donut to a premium one which now costs P35.

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