Saturday, March 31, 2012

Valrhona Equinoxe ♥ ♥ ♥


It's 2:50am and I'm munching on this:


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Valrhona Equinoxe
Classic combinations with a Valrhona touch. Roasted almonds and hazelnuts coated with
the unrivalled taste of Valrhona chocolate.


Composition: Almonds and hazelnuts coated in milk chocolate (40% cocoa minimum, pure cocoa butter) or dark chocolate (55% cocoa minimum, pure cocoa butter).

Ingredientsalmonds 21, 5%, hazelnuts 21, 5%, sugar, cocoa beans, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, brown sugar, glazing agents (maltodextrin, shellac), natural vanilla extract, emulsifier (soya lecithin), barley malt extract.

This product might contain egg proteins and peanut.

Storage: In a dry place between 16-18°C / 60-64°F

Too sleepy to read the nutrition facts… Zzzzzz…..

Thank you, KT! :)


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kimpura ♥ ♥


Kimpura 1

We had raw stuff
uni, amaebi, salmon sashimi



Kimpura 3

Healthy stuff
tofu steak, shishamo, gindara teriyaki



Kimpura 2

Fried stuff
asohos tempura, fried rice, yakisoba, ebi tempura



Kimpura 4

Meat stuff
chicken teriyaki, beef usuyaki



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Human stuff: Me, Mom, Dad
Auntie Molina, Auntie Milette



KimpuraGreenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632 7218869, +632 7218816

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cibo ♥ ♥


I mean really, who doesn't like Cibo?

It's reliable, always there, and always ready to please.

It listens to your stomach growl and totally understands the urgency because it knows you only have a few minutes in between shopping.

Cibo is a best friend to everyone.

And my 5 best buddies are:


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1. Spinaci Zola
spinach. gorgonzola. crostini



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2. Crema di Zucca, Pancetta
summer squash. cream. slab bacon



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3. Manso Aglio Rosmarino
beef. garlic. rosemary



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4. Verdure
focaccia. grilled eggplant. zucchini. mushrooms. red and yellow peppers. onions. basil pesto



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5. Fresh grape shake and fresh grape milkshake. It's a tie.



On some days, when I am with female members of my family, we order a few plates more.

We TRY to eat healthy by starting with some salads...


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Insalata di Mare
shrimp. squid. crab. greens. basil pesto. alfalfa. lemon vinaigrette



Tone del sole

Insalata del Sole
greens. fennel. orange. anchovy. walnuts. balsamic vinaigrette



And then we skip the pretentious act and load on carbs...



Penne il Selvaggio
Liver pate, slab bacon, cream, sage



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Linguine di Valentino
crabmeat. stewed tomato. chili peppers. cream



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Linguine Del Marinaio
tuna. stewed tomato. capers. olives



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Spaghettini alla Pescatora
sautéed seafood. stewed tomato



Prosciutto di parma

Prosciutto di Parma Rossa
tomato. mozzarella. parma ham. arugula. parmesan



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I love my aunties and cousin. 
They don't judge.


Cibo: 2/F Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632 6317753

Toki ♥ ♥ ♥


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Had a couple of not-so-impressive meals at Toki a few years back and haven't returned ever since.

That is, until Tina told me food has improved and set our dinner date at the Japanese fusion restaurant.

Everybody deserves a third chance.



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Tina had beer. I had Umeshu Rock.
Japanese plum wine is love.



All the dishes we ordered tasted wonderful.

I can already see myself giving Toki a fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh chance.


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Spicy Tuna



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Couldn't resist one item from Today's Special. 
Guess which?



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Foie Gras Sushi!
Highway robbery at P310 a piece, but if it were any cheaper, then my cholesterol be damned.



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Tako Karaage. Deep Fried Japanese Octopus.



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And my favorite dish of the night, Kaki Dotenabe. Japanese Oyster Hot Pot.



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Look at the size of it! Suuweeeeeeeeetttt!



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Only good food can bring out such an electrifying smile



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She was so happy she let me have most of this Matcha Red Bean Cake



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So can't blame me if I look more and more like this pudgy Japanese doll


Toki: 2/F, 32nd and 5th Building., 32nd Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tel: +632 8567295

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

J. Co Donuts ♥ ♥ ♥


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Look what greeted me when I got home one midnight.
My brother's girlfriend Kim is so sweet and thoughtful!



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I took a bite from each flavor while still fresh
(Mom loves putting everything in the ref)



I tried to take one bite only, but ended up finishing the ones I liked.

My three hearts go to Green Tease and Alcapone.

Other flavors are just alright.


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Green Tease - the rich tea flavor tells me J.Co uses good quality matcha powder from Japan.
Not easy to find something as intense as this. She's a keeper.



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Alcapone - covered in white Belgian chocolate and showered heavily with almonds.
If it weren't past midnight, I'd eat six of this in one go.



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At 12:08am when I opened the box



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At 12:19am when Mom barged into my room and confiscated my snack


She put it in the ref.

It was still good the next day.

Thank you, Kim! :)


J.Co Donuts & Coffee: The Strip, SM Megamall Building B, Julia Varga Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Triple Chocolate Craisin Cookies


Patrick baked cookies.

And asked me if I wanted some.


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My stash



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Triple Chocolate Craisin Cookies with a sprinkling of sea salt



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I had three.
And some of his Blueberry Streusel Cheesecake, too. Hehehe. :)


Around Macau



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St. Paul Ruins



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Travessa de S. Paulo



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Senado Square



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Friendship Statue



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Making friends with a statue



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Alley full of of food



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Pork Chop Bun



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Pork Chop and the Bun



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Antique furniture shop



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Peanut candy



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Venetian Macao



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Restaurante Fernando



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City of Dreams



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The House of Dancing Water



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Four Seasons Macau



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Desserts at Robuchon a Galera



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Margaret's Egg Tart



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Dragon of Fortune at The Wynn



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White Alba Truffles at Il Teatro



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Guitar display at the Hard Rock Hotel



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Tasteful chandelier at The Crown



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iPad Men at The Galaxy Macau



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Seniors chitchatting at the wet market



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Grand Lisboa



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Braised Ox Tail at Ristorante Litoral



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SkyWalking at the Macau Tower



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Jumping off the Macau Tower



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Leaving in style



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Bye bye, Cotaijet! :)

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