Japanese Beer: Kirin Ichiban

So, I had just come back home to Alabang from Antipolo and it was a long drive, and much was said about what I had seen and said throughout the day. But now I wanted to kick back and relax a little to soothe my weary muscles. So what better than to have a quick drink? We drove by Total gas station in Westgate, Alabang. There wasn’t much of a…

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The Bellevue Cafe d’Asie: The Sweets Section!

After a hearty Chinese meal, the best thing to do is have dessert! Well, the best thing after every meal is to have dessert.  Yes, I have empirical data from 30 years of eating to back that up. Every time I ate a meal and had dessert after, I smiled. Every time I ate a meal and had no dessert, I was frowning. Yes, I have 99.99% statistical confidence in…

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Phoenix Court – the best Chinese Restaurant in the South

Longtime readers should know that I do not like Chinese food at all. In fact, it’s a big pet peeve of mind, and I lambasted the entire Binondo Food Scene because of my hatred of Chinese food. However, there’s one Chinese restaurant that I recommend people to eat at and it’s the only Chinese restaurant where I actually enjoy eating things. It’s called Phoenix Court, found at the 2nd Floor…

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Antipolo Cathedral: Hidden Eats!

On my trip to Antipolo last weekend, I went ahead and visited the Church of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.  I’ve always found it funny how churches around the world have a “specialty” for supplicants, even though it’s always the exact same blessed virgin Mary they are praying to. Apparently, when Mary is in Antipolo, she promotes peace and safe trips. When in Manaoag, she grants miracles.   It’s…

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7-Eleven: Finer Japanese Dining for Everyone, Instantly!

The words “Japanese Fine Dining” and “7-Eleven” don’t really come up together all that often, but today they do. You don’t exactly think of 7-Eleven as your go to place for some Japanese eats, but surprisingly they have some really good things in store in their selection of quick microwave foods. Here in their “Big Time Meals” selection, among some Beef Tapas, Beef Lasagnas and some “Gourmet” style sandwiches are…

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7 Big Changes to the Food Scene at Alabang Town Center

I had previously noted that Tempura has closed temporarily at the Alabang Town Center. Well, after walking around a bit more I realized this wasn’t an isolated thing. Whether it’s due to down-sizing, cost cutting, or just wanting to make the restaurant more presentable, there are some big renovations going on at Town. And some of them have me very excited. Nanbantei is Coming to Town This is the single…

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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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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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