Tribute to the now Defunct Tokyo Cafe… You’ll be Missed

            Earlier this month I had dropped by SM Southmall and I was shocked to find that Tokyo Cafe was gone.  This saddens me greatly because Tokyo Cafe was one of those enjoyable Japanese family restaurants that, while not being the best tasting at any dish, generally had a good lineup of delicious food. I recall particularly enjoying their pizzas, as well as their various…

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Tempura — Why it should be your Favorite Sushi Restaurant

There are a few things I look for when it comes to choosing my favorite restaurants. In my book, there are two big things that thusly: Taste – it should taste great. Better than average, the kind that gets you addicted. Affordability – the price should be reasonable for eating at regularly, like daily, or weekly, or fairly often. Competitiveness – Aside from the two important criteria above, the restaurant…

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Osaka Ohsho – Best Gyouza in Town?

Now here is a very interesting restaurant — it’s Osaka Ohsho, which for Filipino eaters unfortunately is only located at SM Mega Mall. Because I rarely go up north, I just had to try one of the Mega Mall-exclusive restaurants that I never get to eat at. Osaka Ohsho specializes in fried dumplings. It’s what they’re known for, it’s what foodies eat when they go there, and it’s what draws people…

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Uncle Tetsu: The Emperor’s New Cheesecake

I cannot for the life of me fathom why any cheesecake lover would find this glorified mamon palatable. Cheesecakes are meant to celebrate the rich creamy flavor of cheese. They were invented in England and they were rich and creamy. While I can appreciate regional interpretations of the dish, I cannot appreciate recipes that are bereft of taste and enjoyment. Uncle Tetsu is the ultimate worst cheesecake I have ever…

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Kumori – Finally a Japanese Cheesecake worth Eating

After a disastrous encounter with the worthless Uncle Tetsu Japanese Cheesecake, I swore off Japanese cheesecakes as a failed culinary monstrosity.  Call me a Western cheesecake fanboy, but Uncle Tetsu’s wasn’t even a cheesecake, it was more like a dry mamon that wasn’t as moist, cheesy, or tasty. It was a travesty and something I will never buy again. But after lambasting the Japanese Cheesecake for so long, I finally ended up…

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Making the Perfect Garlic Bread

This is how you make the perfect Easy Garlic Bread. And it’s really easy! Some people will prefer using real garlic, and its true that has its appeal. However, using real garlic has its drawbacks: it’s a bit bitter even when perfectly done, and more importantly it’s time consuming because you have to grind the garlic in a mortar and pestle (or otherwise process it). So instead, you do the…

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Jalapeno Snack Showdown: Cheetos vs. Herr’s

Join me, friends, as I indulge in the time-honored human pastime of figuring “The Best.” For today’s subject we are trying to figure out, “What is the best Jalapeno snack?” Jalapenos are awesome. They are spicy, tasty, healthy, and used all over Mexican cuisine, which is one of my favorite world cuisines. More importantly, its used as a base for artificial flavoring of junk food! Why be authentic when you can…

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The Fishmonger in Muntinlupa that’s a Hit in Japan

The taiyaki stand along National Road in Muntinlupa is a curious thing.  I’ve seen this shop blogged about on actual Japanese blogs from Japan… it must be good!  It’s very close to Alabang where I live, but because you have to pass by the underpass of SLEX going to Muntinlupa, the traffic there can be maddening. Thus, the better idea is to take the SLEX highway and go through the Susana Heights…

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Corned Tuna

Easy Corned Tuna Bread

You know, there are times when you just need to eat something quick because your gut is growling, but you’re so tired and/or lazy that you don’t have the time to go far, take the extra mile and pull out the frying pans and all fire up the stove. Here’s a very easy, yet really delicious way to make your breakfast/snack or whatever in between food:  Corned Tuna Bread. This…

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Louie Luis Ice Sandwich

Louie-Luis Ice Cream Sandwiches! The Perfect Dessert?

        I had lunch over at Alabang Town Center today and I came across this small kiosk right after finishing my bowl. It’s right in the Alabang Town Center food court, at the front.  It was hot and I was in the mood, so the alluring words “Ice Cream” magnetically drew me to the kiosk. So I stopped over and looked into the freezer, there were four flavors…

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