Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bachendorff Violin

This is a 2nd hand Bachendorff violin and I bought it for 3,500 php only. It produces a powerful and vibrant sound. It comes with a sophisticated hard case and I like the tail piece- - its blue! :)

Here in the Philippines, you can buy Bachendorff violins at Lyric music stores. They come in different sizes and colors. The store usually have branches at SM and Ayala Malls. They come in different sizes and colors so you can have fun while shopping.

Friday, December 28, 2012

My First Timex Watch

I bought my first Timex Watch at Robinson’s Forum Department Store. I chose a simple, casual but very fashionable type of Timex watch.  It can fit in different fashion styles as it gives that sophisticated casual look.  I can wear it in the office whether I am dressed up or dressed down.

This Indiglo Timex watch emits a green light that lights the surface of the dial. It is also water resistant up to 30 m in depth. It has a blue genuine leather strap, with a large face and easy to read dial.

It’s features are:

•             INDIGLO Night-Light
•             Genuine Leather Strap
•             Water-Resistant to 30 meters
•             Easy-to-Read Dial

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Old Spaghetti House

Forum Robinson's Pioneer St.
Mandaluyong City
Tel No. 667-3765

As a lover of spicy foods, Gambasetti is our all-time favorite. This is a pasta with shrimps in red sauce with a dash of tabasco. Winner!       
Gambasetti 215.00


I am a lover of fish fillet and this is something new to me. The fish is black but really sweet and the rice is great! Superb!

Black Fish Fillet w/ Cilantro Rice 165.00

Panna Cotta Trio 155
Served frozen.
Chocolate and cream cheese, Caramel  &Vanilla

We also tried the following:

Asian Chicken Salad (With Mangoes and Orange dressing) Single 145.00 Sharing 275.00
This is a bit new to my taste but it was really a great experience. Really Asian!

Fish Fillet Provencal with Garlic Fettuccine  165
Another fish fillet masterpiece! I was really happy with the garlic fettuccine, the taste is just right- not bland and not too strong.

We also visited TOSH at Marque Mall Branch, Angeles City Pampanga. We ordered the All Meat Trio treat and again the Pana Catta Trio.

Trio Treat: 718 @ Marque Mall
Nacho Supreme, Spaghetti Carbonara (instead of spaghetti w/ meatballs), Pepperoni pizza

We were a bit disappointed with the Nacho Supreme. The tortilla chips are good but they just added a little cheese, a bit of tomato and onion and it was boring at the end. It will be better if it was filled and topped with more of all these ingredients.

Nacho Supreme

My daughter, Mizi, like white sauce for pasta so instead of the spaghetti meatballs we replaced it with spaghetti carbonara. Compared to other carbonaras that we have tasted, this one has just the right taste. It is not too sweet or salty and it is very creamy. Mizi loved it!

Spaghetti Carbonara

This is my daughter Mizi Rei. She's really enjoying it.

Mizi eating carbonara

The pepperoni pizza has a really extra thin crust dough! I liked it because it was really thin,  and it tasted as just as expected- light and right.

Pepperoni Pizza

We ordered Panna Catta again for my kids to be able to experience the trio. They fell in love with it however I was a bit dissatisfied because it was not served frozen.

Panna Catta

(from left to right)
Caramel – sun indulged on this!
Chocolate and cream cheese

I was more satisfied with our TOSH experience at Robinson’s Forum. The ambience at Marque Mall branch is a lot better, but the service and food goes to Rob.

Shinjuku Restaurant

It wasn't really our plan to go to this cozy place, a Japanese restaurant found at 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. We went to Little Tokyo at around 3PM and since the restaurants were closed that time, we just tried this Shinjuku Ramen House since I was craving for a Shoyu Ramen.

We only ordered three dishes which cost us 745php in all:

Shoyu Ramen = 250php
Manten Ramen = 310php
Gyoza 3 pcs = 185 php

L2R: Shoyu Ramen, Gyoza, Manten Ramen

This was the Shoyu Ramen that I ordered. The dish is already good for two. I wasn't personally happy with this ramen. The shoyu ramen that was served at Jipan Restaurant, Greenbelt was even better than this.
I didn’t like the sliced pork because it is a bit tough and I had difficulty chewing it. The shoyu is weak and bland and the ramen tasted like fresh vegetable soup without the meat.

Shoyu Ramen

On the other hand, we enjoyed the Manten Ramen which consists of crabsticks, shrimp, mushrooms, cabbages and other green vegetables. The soup is savory and thick like lomi. The taste was vibrant and broad because of the variety of seafood ingredients added to it. Really recommended!

Manten Ramen

This was the best part- this four piece gyoza made my Shinjuku experience a lot better! When I tried it, the experience was wonderful and I had forgotten all the failed gyozas that I have tasted in the past! Yes, this is the best gyoza I have ever tasted so far! With the wrapper soft and thin, I enjoyed the tender and sweet meat inside. It wasn't the overcooked and dry gyoza that I expected. The sauce was perfect and it blends well with the meat and it even melted in my mouth. Delicious indeed!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Okonomiyaki and Ramen Cravings Satisfied @ Jipan Bakeshop

I was really pleased with this okonomiyaki that I and my husband discovered at Jipan Bakeshop, Glorietta 4, Ayala, Makati City. This delightful dish cost around 300 php (sorry I forgot the exact amount) but is already good for 2-3 persons. 
This exquisite food is the Japanese version of pizza or pancake. It's main ingredients are flour, egg, cabbage, meat and/or seafood topped with fish flakes and dried seaweeds (aonori). I really loved the squid that was added to this okonomiyaki!

Of course the day would not be complete without a Shoyu Ramen on the table! This one costs 200+ and I say again it's really worth it. We definitely love the pork, veggies, seaweeds and of course the narutomaki!

Shoyu Ramen

Daddy Pakz

What can you say?

I really recommend this shop for Japanese cuisine lovers and I would surely go back here to try their other dishes! Just an awesome place to have a date!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hana at Little Tokyo

Lil Tokyo

Finally! I was able to visit Little Tokyo at Pasong Tamo (Chino Roces Avenue). It was my first time to go there with my officemate, Mac. We came there @ 11 AM  however it was not opened until 11:30AM.

with my friend mac
They offered tasty raw diet Japanese foods, the chefs and waiters are friendly and place is cozy.

We ordered Takoyaki, 2 Plum Wines, 2 Spicy Tuna Salad, 2 Sea Urchin Roll, 1 Takosu and 1 Fish Cake. The cost is around 1,200 php but the price is really worth it since servings are good for two.

The best part was the plum wine and takoyaki! The octopus in vinegar tastes good as well and I also like the fish cake with mayo and cheese. I wasn't able to finish the Spicy Tuna Salad since it is my first time to eat raw tuna. My friend ordered 2 Sea Urchin Roll but I didn't dare take a bite.

fish cake with mayo and cheese
Takosu, octopus in vinegar

spicy tuna salad - a refreshing tuna salad with a kick

Uni Gunkan Sea Urchin Roll


My fave!! UMESHU (Plum wine!!)
Wd Daddy Hensley

Next time I will definitely go back and try another restaurant at Little Tokyo and would make sure to order spicy ramen and okonomiyaki.