Okini Bar and Grill – A Delicious Hidden Secret in BF

The great thing about BF Homes is that it’s home to a wealth of fine establishments you can’t find anywhere else. It’s one of the treasure troves in the South that we have over the North where all the good stuff is.  I generally find myself content with this little bubble of exclusivity, but when I come across a gem like Okini I am just overfilled with joy. Okini is…

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Recovery Food — Best Place to Eat After the Gym?

So I’d hit the gym and worked up a good sweat. I’ve been focusing on getting myself back in lean, fighting shape, so I did a lot of super sets with high reps. Naturally, that really takes a huge toll on the muscles. What do gym rats do after a good workout? Why they Recover. Recovery is the term for the process by which your body knits back its muscles after…

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Tempura Closed

  There are those among you who may recall that I consider Tempura to be one of the best Japanese restaurants from a bang-for-the-buck standpoint. It certainly offers some of the best value in Japanese cuisine in the South, with a well-priced menu, lots of specials, and great taste all around. Unfortunately, the last bastion of Tempura in Alabang has closed shop… temporarily. I took this photo yesterday. Unfortunately, it…

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Pepper Lunch, Sizzlin’ it Your Way

Hot plates are a great way to eat sizzling food that cooks right in front of you. I remember eating at The Aristocrat booth back in school and they would serve us teriyaki and barbecue on hot plates, keeping the food hot, crisping them, and making them really delicious in all the oil they were swimming in. Let it be known: it’s not for the faint of heart, but it…

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Cinnabon, serving up great Cinnamon Rolls

One thing I’ve realized while commuting through the metro, is that if you want your restaurant business to succeed, set it up along the stopovers of a major highway. Cinnabon, perhaps the finest cinnamon roll vendor in the country, is all but dead in malls and commercial centers. But it thrives along the highway between the Susana Heights and Alabang exist of the Southern Luzon Expressway. Here in this little…

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Getting over my Hatred for Chinese food: Binondo Food Crawl

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hated Chinese food. There is a taste to it that I simply do not like, it’s a kind of rancid, putrid overtone that almost all Chinese food has. I am not entirely sure what it is, it sort of tastes like Vetsin, or the evil monosodium glutamate that American foodies will warn you against, but that’s not the whole story. I’ve eaten…

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Kitkat in Japan’s Colors

Ah, Japan, the land of exotic culture, majestic pagodas and girly men.  But there’s one other incredible thing you will find in Japan that you won’t find anywhere else: the most amazing selection of Kitkat flavors. Aside from the usual chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter flavors, Japan has special flavors like cookies and cream, green tea macha, and apple pie. But going  beyond that, each of Japan’s geographical areas has…

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Mr. Bean, lay off the Comedy and the Calories

If you were looking for Rowan Atkinson, you may want to go here instead. If, however, you’re cool like the rest of us hungry foodies, let’s talk about Singapore’s least kept soya secret, Mr. Bean!   For today’s visit, I went ahead and got some delicious soya milk, some pancakes and a couple of tubs of chilled taho.   Mr. Bean’s Classic Soy Milk This is the most basic of entrees you can get…

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A Tale of Two Yakults

Have you ever noticed that the exact same food in one country can taste quite different when you eat it another country?  I’m not referring to how spaghetti in Italy tastes different from Spaghetti in America, for instance. I’m talking about the exact same, mass-manufactured product which theoretically should have the same recipe, but somehow they taste different in different parts of the world. McDonald’s is a popular example. I’ve…

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The Breakfast of Champions – Yushoken

Well, more like brunch of champions.  Or dinner.  Since Yushoken only opens at 11am. Yushoken has, for a long time, been something of a “Jewel of the South” in the food landscape. Yushoken, for those who have been living in a cave for the last three years, is a premier ramen spot in Alabang, situated right in Molito right beside Alabang Town Center. It’s not without a hint of smugness…

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