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Bella’s Cafe

Posted on 26 February 2014 by Flisha

Wicked ended around 10pm and we hadn’t yet eaten so we decided to go to Burgos Circle for dessert/dinner. We decided to dine in Bella’s Cafe, or was it Bella’s Diner, I can’t really remember the name now. I ordered steak while Gim ordered lamb. Wow, the food was really good! Tender flavorful steaks and tender but firm veggies.

For dessert we got strawberry shortcake and strawberry cheesecake. The cheesecake was just OK but the shortcake was love! Now I don’t have to go to Vizco’s in Baguio for my strawberry shortcake fix. :)

The servers were very attentive too. So I really enjoyed my dinner. :)

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Xiao Long Bao

Posted on 28 December 2013 by Flisha

This is xiao long bao from Modern Shanghai. I love this dish. It’s a pork dumpling with hot scalding soup inside. First tried it out from Crystal Jade and it was love at first taste! :)

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Pre Christmas Dinner at Tony Romas

Posted on 21 December 2013 by Flisha

Our version of thanksgiving

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CBTL Giving Journal

Posted on 10 December 2013 by Flisha

Yayyy! I got my Coffee Bean journal! :) Finally :) My last drink was the ice blended one. Put it off until I had no other sticker left. The warm drinks were too good. But I got the original vanilla ice blended and it was good too! Tagging this post under foods because how else was I able to get my journal right? :) *high from copious amounts of coffee*

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Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Posted on 25 November 2013 by Flisha

My new favorite coffee shop is CBTL or Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Was forced to try their coffee when I was at work the other day and it was the only coffee shop around. Pleasantly surprised! Very smooth, sooo nice and frothy, mild coffee flavor – so perfect for me. And guess what, I did not get hyperacidity after. :) :)

My latest order was their Winter Dream coffee and it was DIVINE. :)

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Celebrating Gim’s 30th at Bubba Gump

Posted on 16 November 2013 by Flisha

With shrimps, chicken and margaritas. :)

gim at 30

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I ate in Matgalne and This is All I Got to Show For It

Posted on 04 October 2013 by Flisha

I heard about Matgalne, the Korean all-you-can-eat buffet for Php299, and since I LOVE Korean food, I had to try it. :)

matgale korean restaurant makati 2013

eating at matgale korean restaurant makati 2013

So, yeah. These two pictures are all I got to show for it. I am not even in them, haha! (I had too much fun cooking and eating that taking photos became not-a-priority.)

What can I say? It was affordable. There were many side dishes to choose from. My favorite was the japchae wrapped and fried in nori. It was like lumpia shanghai but healthier. :) I also liked the egg rolls.

The Php299 got us unlimited servings of thinly sliced pork belly. What happens is the waiter gives you an initial plateful of around 6 pieces, you cook it yourself, then you call him every time you want another serving. (I think I prefer being able to serve myself immediately and more substantially ala Yakimix! But I get that this is more economical for the restaurant.) If you want unlimited beef too, you add Php100.

Oh, and you need to make a reservation before you go there. Tables are limited as you can see in the second photo (we were at one end of the room with just one table beside us, what you see is basically all the space they have). We went on a Saturday around 11am and they were about to turn us away since all tables were fully booked. Good thing one customer backed out so we got his table instead. Yay!

They have a promo of shaving 10% off your bill if you take a photo of yourself there and upload it to social media. Plus you get entered into a weekly raffle where the winner gets a free lunch or dinner with 2 friends. It’s a super good deal. I’m not subscribed to a data plan though so we didn’t join. My friend Jeff did, though, and he actually won. I saw a video of the staff singing their congratulations to him on the Matgalne FB page, heheheh!

In conclusion, this is a very affordable buffet and since there aren’t that many choices, you probably won’t overeat. I will go back if I am hankering for a cheap Korean meal. :)

Location:
Matgalne Restaurant, Main Branch
4768 Kalayaan Avenue Corner Mariano Street, Poblacion
Makati City, Metro Manila
Tel #: (02) 890 – 2949

Matgalne Restaurant
2F Millenium Place Bldg., Meralco Avenue
Ortigas Center, San Antonio
Pasig City, Metro Manila
Tel #: (02) 632 – 9714

*Lunch and dinner buffets are available in both branches. Lunch buffet starts from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm while dinner buffet starts from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm.

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Ginza Bairin Philippines

Posted on 23 August 2013 by Flisha

For my birthday, I treated Gim out to a dinner at the newly opened Ginza Bairin in Glorietta. I had been hankering for a taste the last couple of weeks, ever since I found out it was already open. Blogger reviews say they serve the best katsudon in town. That being one of my favorite Japanese dishes, I had to try. :)

But first off, here is my getup that day. :) Forever 21 top and skirt, Coco Cabana coverup, Parisian shoes, Swatch watch, Accessorize earrings, Coach bag. Nice clothes for a special day.

Flisha in Condo

Flisha in Condo

It was about 6:30 pm when we got there. Gim and I just walked to Glorietta, since it’s just a few minutes away. There were only a few people dining, so got to choose our spot. I decided on a quiet booth in the corner, near the kitchen, which was separated from the dining area by glass, entertaining because you could clearly see the food being prepared. :)

Flisha at Ginza Barin Glorietta

Our first order was gyoza, my favorite appetizer. It was curiously served, with a square film of flour on top. Points for presentation, I suppose. Functionally, though, it made it harder to eat the gyoza. I had to break it with my chopsticks which made a mess, and it stuck to the gyoza so you had to carefully put it in your mouth lest the pieces break off and fall onto your clothing.

ginza bairin gyoza

But! The gyoza! Yum!!! One of the best gyoza I ever tasted for sure. :) So very soft and tender and tasty. Bit expensive at Php150, but very very delicious. I only dipped it once in the sauce. The second time, I just bit into the gyoza right away, no need for extra sauce. :)

Flisha eating Gyoza in Ginza Bairin Glorietta

I like that they serve house tea with unlimited refills. In Japan, people rarely drink water with their meals. Mostly it is tea. Adds to the charm and authenticity feel. Plus it saved me from ordering any drinks. Hehe. :)

Gyoza Ginza Bairin Manila

Here is what we ordered for mains. I got the Special Katusdon Set (Php395). Comes with free and unlimited miso soup, salad and fruit. I loved the miso soup, it was very flavorful with lots of vegetables. I maybe drank 3 cups, haha. The cabbage, not so much, but it was OK with the dressing.

Special Katsudon set in Ginza Bairin Manila

The katsudon was the star. The meat was sooo soft and juicy. Not too fatty, but very tasty. I loved that it was so thick! Plus the soft egg on top, pierced it and the dark yellow yolk oozed out. And the rice too was rich and infused with broth. Wow. It was just amazing. Truly the best katsudon in Manila. I will come back over and over for this. :)

Gim eating Kurobuta Rosu Katsu set in Ginza Bairin Manila

What I got for Gim was the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu Set (Php 595). (Yes I was the one who ordered everything, I did not let him choose, hahaha! What I ordered were the stuff I wanted to try but couldn’t finish all by myself! Hey, it was my day!) This dish is the pride of Ginza Bairin. It’s made of Berkshire black pig prized for its texture and flavor. I wanted to order this for myself, but between katsu and katsudon, I am just more of a katsudon type of girl. :) Gim and I exchanged some of our meat so we could both taste everything. It was just as soft and flavorful as I expected it to be. You could eat it with smashed sesame, or with their special katsu sauce. I especially loved the layer of fat, wow, it was really so good.

We wanted to get dessert, but truly, after all the unlimited miso, cabbage and house tea, our stomachs were full to bursting and we just could not eat any more. :) So, we ended there, after about an hour and a half of eating. At 8pm, as I got up to leave, I found out the restaurant had become full! There was even a line of people outside waiting to get in. This on a Thursday evening. Good thing we arrived early. :)

Oh, and plus points for their customer service. Waiters were very attentive. Every discarded plate was picked up immediately. They were constantly checking if you needed more tea, more miso, more cabbage, more anything! Wonderful service.

Will I go back? You bet. :)

Ginza Bairin is located at the Ground Floor of Glorietta 2 along Palm Drive, Ayala Center, Makati. Store hours are from 10am to 11pm. On weekends, they are open until midnight.

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Loving Grilled

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Flisha

I ate at Bubba Gump some time ago and really liked their grilled baby back ribs. I live in a condo so I can’t grill but I wish I could and I’d buy maybe saber grills and cook some barbecue in our balcony.

But there are all sorts of rules to living in a condo. Like you can’t use the balcony for laundry, or as a kitchen, or storage. Basically all you can do there is stand and look out over the city. What a waste of space, I think.

In the meantime if I want to eat grilled food, there is always restaurants around Makati. Another favorite is Friday’s. Gerry’s too. I love grilled! :)

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Schlurp Your Tea!

Posted on 23 August 2012 by Flisha

I am a night owl, and my favorite drink is Schlurp! :) Yummy! I found it in 7 Eleven during a midnight snack run, and I simply love the taste.

schlurp your tea

It actually tastes like tea. That’s what I love. Most of the commercial products of iced tea pale in comparison to this one. Nestea, C2, Real Leaf Tea – they are simply sweetened and flavored water. Schlurp tastes like tea! Ok maybe I am not being fair, the brands I mentioned aren’t exactly known for milk teas, just regular iced tea. But the fact is, the milk and jellies part of Schlurp is just a bonus for me. The selling part is really the strong flavor of tea. So yay for bottled tea I can buy in bulk and store at home to drink at my leisure! :) :) :)

Oh and did I mention no preservatives, and barely sweetened? The ingredients read: Purified water, premium brewed Earl Grey tea, low fat non dairy creamer, brown sugar and jellies. Wow!!! No high fructose corn syrup here! No aspartame! Wowww, no wonder it tastes so good. You could even try your hand making it at home with such a simple list of ingredients. :)

This is starting to sound like I am being paid for writing about this tea. LOL. I am not. Just happy I finally have a suitable replacement for my pop soda addiction. I just found out Diet Coke (and any kind of carbonated drink) gives me stomach ulcers. So this is a really lucky find for me.

I hope Schlurp branches out soon. Right now I’ve only found it in 7 Eleven and not in any major grocery. Good thing I have a 7 Eleven right beside me office. :)

Schlurp Your Tea!

schlurp on the net

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