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May 23, 2016

Quim's Cake Bakeshop & Cafe- Beyond The 5M Cake Controversy in Tomas Morato by Executive Chef Jack Labang and Chef Jhollow Ignacio

I'm pretty sure most Filipinos have heard of the viral news about the 5M worth of free cake to be given away by Quim's Cake- a local bakeshop and cafe located in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

For those who haven't, let me give you a quick recap: Late last year, during the time when Rodrigo Duterte decided to run for the presidential elections, chef/baker Jack Labang posted on his facebook page that he will be giving away 5M worth of free cakes should Duterte wins the presidential bid. Several months after, with Duterte winning the race by landslide, the people reminded that they did not forget.

People started sharing the post and eventually made it viral, with everyone asking for their free cakes.

According to Jack Labang, co-owner and executive chef/baker at Quim's Cake Bakeshop & Cafe, they will be staying true to their promise, and will be sampling the 5M worth of cakes in scheduled batches. The first batch of 50 registrants will be accommodated on July 1, 2016.
*Please note that the Facebook event page for a cake sampling on June 30 is not true. 

Last week, we visited Quim's Cake to try their dishes and have a taste of their much talked about cakes.

May 17, 2016

Nadai Fujisoba- Affordable Japanese Udon and Soba Noodles in SM North Edsa

After the ramen craze that took the country by storm, Filipinos can now enjoy a good bowl of ramen without having to line up for hours. During those times, I've had my fair share of the piping hot noodle soup from ramen bars like Ramen Nagi, Ippudo, Ikkoryu Fukuoka, Hokkaido Santouka, Hanamaruken, Ramen Bar, Kitchitora, Kokoro Ramen, Moshi Koshi and more. 

Quietly making its way capturing the hearts and appetite of Filipinos, is a noodle franchise from Japan, specializing in udon (thick wheat flour noodles) and soba (buckwheat noodles). Nadai Fujisoba humbly entered the country a year ago, and has since created their own fan base of soba and udon aficionados.

After Nadai Fujisoba opened its first branch in Bonifacio High Street, it quickly expanded to a total of 5 branches in a span of one year. 

Few months ago, we visited its newest branch at The Block, SM North Edsa for a quick soba and udon fix. 

Menu prices at Nadai Fujisoba are exceptionally cheaper than other ramen joints. Here, you can enjoy a large bowl of noodles for as low as P180.

The basic Kake Soba/Kake Udon (P180) is a simple bowl of noodles topped with sliced scallions and wakame, in a light and clear tasty broth. You may choose to add an egg for an Onsen Tamago Soba (P200) and have an order of  Yasai Kakiage (P120) on the side.

Manang's Chicken New Crunchtastic Fried Chicken ng Pinoy

There's a new product from our favorite Manang's Chicken- the all new Crunchtastic Fried Chicken!

Manang's classic fried chicken recipe with a 10-spice blend, deep fried to crunchiness and perfection.

The chicken is meaty and juicy, while the skin gives that special crunch in every bite. The 10-spice blend offers a different fried chicken experience from their all-time favorite soy-garlic variant, but still has that sweetness to it. 

Bite into the crunch and taste the fantastic new chicken flavor at Manang's Chicken today!

Visit Manang's Facebook Page for more information and updates about their new product offerings. 

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May 13, 2016

Isla Una Casual Filipino Dining- P199 Lunch Specials at City Golf Plaza, Ortigas Pasig

It has been a while since I last visited the Ortigas area particularly the City Golf Plaza, Metrowalk, and Ortigas Home Depot. I used to frequent these places when I was still working in Pasig 5 years ago.

Just recently, we found ourselves back in City Golf Plaza for a quick lunch before I head on to a cooking lesson with Kikkoman at the 25 Mushrooms Kitchen in Valle Verde. We were planning to visit Frankie's, but changed our minds last minute when we saw this new restaurant called Isla Una. Frankly, since I am not much into Filipino cuisine, I was not too enthusiastic about it.

But as soon as we entered the place, a sudden feel of excitement came in. The place was very nice and cozy. It has this stylish and modern vibe, contrasted with native decors. I suddenly saw myself looking forward to try Isla Una's dishes.

We ordered a starter of Tusok-Tusok (P160) while waiting for our favorite couple Sumi and J to arrive.

May 12, 2016

The Vegetarian Kitchen- Cooking Up Exciting Vegetarian Dishes in Mother Ignacia

A few meters away from Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar, is another healthy haven serving delectable and interesting vegetarian dishes. D was scheduled for an Organic Urban Gardening 101 in Cedarhills Garden Center, so my friend Sumi and I decided to visit the nearby restaurant called The Vegetarian Kitchen.

I am far from going vegan or vegetarian, but somehow, vegetarian dishes interest me quite a lot. It is fascinating to see how restaurants turn vegetarian dishes into something creative and fun. For me, this is a tougher challenge for chefs, since they have to use limited ingredients without having to sacrifice the taste and flavor of a dish.

The Vegetarian Kitchen successfully did just that. The restaurant offers more than just your average vegetarian dishes and mock meat recipes. In fact, dining at The Vegetarian Kitchen won't make you feel that you are eating at a vegetarian restaurant at all.

We started with an appetizer of Spinach and Cream Cheese Dumplings (P214) which were crispy pockets stuffed with cream cheese and spinach.

Gourmet Society Membership Card- Get 20% Off Your Total Restaurant Bill

If there is something that foodies get excited about, that would be trying out the newest restaurants and getting first dibs on new dishes. A bonus would be getting discounts on their food purchases too!

You can now enjoy these perks with the Gourmet Society Card- a new loyalty and privilege membership card in the Philippines, that can get you a 20% discount on your total restaurant bill.