HAVE A “WOW WEDNESDAY” | DINE OUT WITH 50% OFF ALL DAY THIS APRIL 18!

EAT OR EEK? EAT!

Hungry? Download the Eatigo App now and enjoy 50% all day at your favorite restaurants like Barcino, Dillingers 1903, Alta at Ascott BGC, Gelatofix, Vengo and so many more. Check out the app now.

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To all food lovers out there, this is not a drill! No need to blow your budget to enjoy sumptuous, mouth-watering dishes as the newest, revolutionary dining app brings you WOW Wednesday! Starting this summer, Eatigo offers you 50% discounts ALL DAY at your favorite restaurants one Wednesday of each month.

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Dine at 50% off at the metro’s best-selling dining places:

  • Barcino, the home of authentic Spanish cuisines;
  • Dillingers 1903, where steaks and pasta reign supreme;
  • Alta at Ascott BGC, an American and Italian restaurant helmed by world-famous Chef Margarita Fores;
  • Gelatofix, a lifestyle café specializing on a spectrum of dishes that complement their vast gelato flavors; and,
  • Vengo, where you can find the marriage of a taqueria and coffee shop in one shop

The impressive list of brands goes on! Check it out on the dedicated WOW Wednesday panel on the Eatigo app.

WOW Wednesday will certainly give you something to beat that midweek slump! WOW Wednesday kicks off this month on April 18.  But seats can be reserved as early as 12 midnight of April 16!

So hurry up! Download the Eatigo App now, browse and take your pick from the participating restaurants and experience half-price treats on your eats with Eatigo’s WOW Wednesday! Also make sure to keep tabs of  Eatigo’s Facebook page so you don’t miss out on the next schedules of WOW Wednesday!

About Eatigo

Founded in 2013, Eatigo’s mission is to connect empty tables with empty stomachs by offering time-based discounts of up to 50% every day at all of its participating restaurants through its online website and mobile applications. Having seated over 5 million diners at more than 2,000 venues across the region, eatigo is the leading online reservations platform for restaurants in Asia, downloaded by more than 1.5 million users. Backed by TripAdvisor with total up to date funding of US$15.5 million, eatigo is available in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India & Manila and is looking to expand to more countries. Users can choose to dine anywhere, from upscale hotels to popular food chains, and enjoy the same discounts with no strings attached, while restaurants get to fill their empty seats during off-peak hours.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this press release are those of the author and not of  http://www.joelandrada.com as a whole. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. This blog site accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

EAT OR EEK? | NOBU MANILA’S SEVEN-COURSE MEAL

Verdict: EAT!

If you are into authentic Japanese cuisine, then you have to try Nobu Restaurant located at the Level 1 of Nobu South Tower, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy.Tambo, Paranaque City. They serve Nobu-unique modern Japanese dishes fused with Peruvian influences.

On February 21, 2018, I had the most wonderful opportunity to feast on a specially prepared seven-course meal comprised of both cold and hot dishes at the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant Nobu Restaurant . Thanks to Blogapalooza for inviting me to dine and meet with fellow Travel and Lifestyle bloggers.

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Me having a blast and fantastic food at the world famous Nobu Restaurant

I arrived with fellow travel blogger Erica Poyauan of thegirlwiththemujihat.com. We met up in the SM Mall of Asia and grabbed a cab to get to the City Of Dreams.

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Selfie with Erica Poyauan by the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant.

At the reception area, we were welcomed with the usual Japanese greeting  “Irasshaimase!” or “welcome to the store” in English by the accommodating staff.

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The Nobu Restaurant Staff, all clad in black with warm smiles, gladly posing for the camera.

Nobu Restaurant’s classic and orderly ambiance coupled with the fine luxuries of a five-star hotel no less got me transported back in time when I last visited Japan in May 2016.

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Me doing the “blogger pose”.

Erica and I were then escorted by the Restaurant Manager, Ms. Melanie Dimayuga, to the patio area to meet the rest.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Constant Haloot (Assistant Restaurant Manager)  and Melanie Dimayuga (Restaurant Manager) posing for the camera
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Diners may also opt for al fresco at the Nobu Restaurant Manila

In no time, we were asked to proceed inside where a private dining area was reserved for us. I found the chefs at the sushi bar busy preparing the meals for the guests. Despite that, they agreed to pause and pose for a photo opportunity.

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Sushi Bar, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Sushi Bar and Dining Area, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs at work, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Chefs pausing and posing for a photo opportunity

Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people. They have two (2) private dining rooms and two (2) Teppanyaki tables.

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Dining Area near the entrance of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila has a total seating capacity of two hundred ninety one (291) people.
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Dining area of the Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Teppanyaki table, Nobu Restaurant Manila
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Nobu Restaurant Manila also has a separate bar where guests can order sake and other alcoholic beverages

They are open daily and below are their operating hours:

Breakfast
6:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Monday to Saturday
6:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Sunday

Sunday Brunch
11:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Sunday

Happy Hour
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Everyday

Dinner
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Monday to Thursday
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Friday to Sunday

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Photo opportunity with fellow travel and lifestyle bloggers and friends from Blogapalooza.

To me, the seating arrangement was impeccable because we all got to sit next to someone whom we were meeting for the first time. It was a riot sitting between Me-An Clemente  and  Janelle Lazo Tee as we indulged our way to the very end of this seven-course meal. I might just post a vlog soon.

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Nobu Manila’s Seven-Course Meal Menu. IMPRESSIVE. Got my taste buds all excited!

Each one of us got an Origami bird placed next to the menu of the seven-course meal. I must say that the meal selection consisted of seafood, vegetables and Wagyu meat to name a few got me and my taste buds excited! I am no food connoisseur and I will not pretend to be one. Hence, I will be sharing with you how I visualized my taste buds’ reactions to the food assuming that my taste buds had a mind of their own. So here it goes…

ZENSAI

We started with Zensai or  hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” dish was explosive. The adage “size does not matter” seemed appropriate to describe it. It prepared my taste buds for what was to come. My taste buds were pretty much warmed-up for some jumping-for-joy moments! #smallbutyummy

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Zensai or hors d’oeuvre in Nihon-go. Do not be deceived. This small and seemingly simple “taco” was explosive. It prepared my taste buds for what it was to come.

FIRST COURSE: SASHIMI DUO

The first course consisted of two equally strong dishes, the Yellow Tail Jalapeno & the Oyster New Style. #notonebuttwo

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First Course: SASHIMI DUO Those oysters were to die for from slurp to burp. The yellow tail jalapeno was spot on. Naks parang #masterchef

Oyster New Style 

I had second thoughts of eating the oysters out of fear of getting an upset stomach. I first sniffed one oyster. The aroma that filled my nostrils was reminiscent of my growing up years in the province of Pangasinan.  And the next practical step for me was to open my mouth and succumb to it. Me-An told me that the best way to eat it is to suck and slurp. So I slurped the second one till I burped as  my taste buds swayed to some calming music. #maalaalamokaya

By the way, the Kumamoto Oysters originated from Japan. They were brought to and raised in Australia just to end up in my mouth. #yunlang

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Janelle and Joel Slurping an Oyster
Janelle and me doing the slurp-to-burp

Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Next stop was the Yellow Tail Jalapeno. Oh, did I mention that this was just the first course? LOL.

The Yellow Tail or Dalagang Bukid in Filipino melted in my mouth. It was that good that my taste buds were in full synchronicity bowing their heads while chanting in complete unison “we are not worthy” as this world famous sashimi blanketed my palette. #grabesya

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Yellow Tail Jalapeno

Further, the first course came with a pickled relish that cleansed and prepared my palette for the next course.

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Me about to devour this pickled relish to cleanse the palette

SECOND COURSE: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI

The second course was composed of assorted Nigiri and Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice placed on a rectangular plate that was almost two feet in length.

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From left to right: Tamago or egg omelette with white fish and shrimp, Anago (sea water eel) cooked tempura-style, Tasmanian salmon sushi, Lapu-lapu sushi and crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna.
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Me and Me-An showing off the length of the plate

I asked the waiter where to begin. Do I start from the left to right or otherwise? No further instructions were given. I guess I just got to trust my gut on this one. My taste buds could not agree more as they prepared for this delightful marathon. My taste buds said, “STOP over thinking and just get one ASAP!” #nowna #walanaakongmasabi #bastamasarap

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Second Course: CHEF’S CHOICE SUSHI
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Me-An looking so excited to munch on that crispy sticky rice topped with spicy tuna

THIRD COURSE: SASHIMI SALAD

The last of the cold dishes, this salad was composed of a lightly sheared big-eyed tuna with mixed greens and Matsuhisa dressing. People close to me know that I am not fond of eating just raw fish. I have always preferred Sushi over Sashimi. But my taste buds told my eyes to close and leave the tasting to them and told my mouth to shut up and partake! And I did… happy I did. That Matsuhisa dressing complemented the tuna.

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Third Course: SASHIMI SALAD
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Sharing is caring. Ace Gapuz of Blogapalooza getting a piece of Lee Rosales’s (not in photo) Tuna Tataki as Zandy Palisoc hands over the plate while Kenneth Surat looks on and is just having a grand time enjoying his meal.
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Susi Chef Kirika Oi of Nobu Restaurant Manila briefly discussing his selection of cold dishes

FOURTH COURSE: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

The fourth course introduced us to the first hot dish. The perfectly pan-roasted Snapper or Maya-maya in Filipino resting on that golden stash of Miso butter and mixed vegetables such as bok choy, baby corn and shitake star drizzled with sweet chili cilantro sauce on top was a bomb!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER

“Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and by this time decided to do the Zumba with zest!

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Fourth Course: PAN ROASTED SNAPPER Miso butter, sweet chili cilantro sauce, bok choy, baby corn, shitake star Hot meal time! That perfectly cooked fish resting on that golden stash of goodness was a bomb! “Aaaawww, poor little fish looks so unhappy”, I said. My taste buds did not care and were doing the Zumba.

FIFTH COURSE: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS

The fifth course was Aka Miso Braised Wagyu Cheeks with Soba noodles, onsen egg and Kizami nori. After devouring the succulent pan-roasted Maya-maya, I was already full to the brim. But my taste buds were now out of control and mounting a mass picket.

“Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… “, they clamored.

“Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not?”, they added.

#Nagwawalanasila #paEDSAnasila

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Fifth Course: AKA MISO BRAISED WAGYU CHEEKS Soba noodles, onsen egg, kizami dori By this time, I was full to the brim. Wag you ako pigilan… wag ako… sabi ng taste buds ko. Besides, wagyu is wagyu so why not? Nagwawala na sila!

SIXTH COURSE: BLACK COD HOT POT

This clear soup looked all too simple but this sixth course cannot be undermined. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. Well, I thought wrong. As always, when it comes to food, the final verdict rests on the sense of taste and not of sight. The perfect blend of tofu, mixed mushrooms and negi was just right to settle down the joyous chaos experienced by my taste buds from the first course to the fifth. The sixth course also made sure that my taste buds had a good cool down, ready for dessert.

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Sixth Course: BLACK COD HOT POT tofu, mixed mushrooms, negi. Again… DECEPTIVE. This clear soup looked too simple. I thought it was going to be bland and boring. I thought wrong. #akonalanglagi By this time gusto ko na matuto ng Nihongo

SEVENTH COURSE: MISO CAPPUCCINO

Delightfully satisfied with the six courses I just had, I thought that there was nothing better to cap the night than a cup of coffee to get me going on my way home.

And so I picked up the spoon intending to mix that cappuccino.

“This cup of coffee is too small for me”, I thought.

Lo and behold, it was not a coffee beverage. I guess I was not being attentive to John Christian Ochoa when he served the last course. Or was it Fidel Cebreros? I can not recall. I was too engrossed sipping my soup that I missed the detailed introduction and whoever delivered it. LOL.

Being a sweet-tooth myself, I must say that this Miso Cappuccino is probably one of the best desserts I have ever had. The candied pecan loaded at the bottom of that vanilla miso custard revved up my already calm taste buds. They stood at attention as they crazily waited for that spoonful to land in my mouth. I finished this last course in less than two minutes! We (my taste buds and I) wanted to ask for seconds. LOL.

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Seventh Course: MISO CAPPUCCINO candied pecan, vanilla miso custard I thought I was having only coffee to cap the 7-course meal… again… I was wrong… #akalamolang mali na naman ako… ang sarap nito!!! nasa loob ang kulo kumbaga! You gotta dig deep!

Truth be told, this Miso Cappuccino got us all energized that we just kept on and on with our exchanges. We went around the restaurant to take more selfies and photos of the place, too.

Check out our Instagram and Facebook accounts for more. LOL.

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Nobu Restaurant’s Head Chef Michael De Jesus paying us a visit to make sure that we enjoyed the seven-course meal specially prepared for us (Video Screen Shot)

It was already past 10:30 in the evening when we decided to call it a night. We started dinner at seven. We had so much fun that I lost track of time. I did not expect that this was going to be a seven-to-eleven seven-course dinner affair.

Erica and I were among the last ones to leave the venue. We took the 11 PM City Of Dreams bus en route to the SM Mall of Asia and went our separate ways. I got home feeling great and not overfed. Tucking into bed, I messaged my brother in Dubai who is a big fan of Japanese cuisine to tell him that we visit Nobu Restaurant Manila the next time he comes home. He said yes and even commented on my Facebook post that featured the photos of the seven-course meal.

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Oh, by the way, I did not get an upset stomach.

 

For reservations:

Call: +632 800 8080 (24 hours) +632 691 2882, +632 691 2885

Email: ​noburestaurant@cod-manila.com

Signing out for now. Peace!

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Candid shot by Erica Poyauan at the Sushi Bar of the Nobu Restaurant Manila

EAT OR EEK?| WENDY’S SALAD BAR FOR ONLY P199 | ETC AP24

VERDICT: EAT

For only P199, enjoy a single trip to Wendy’s SM North EDSA Annex Salad Bar and get to choose (or not) from the following in filling your plate and appetite:

1. Russian Salad

2. Chicken Macaroni Salad

3. Pandan-flavored gelatin

4. Strawberry-flavored gelatin

5. Fruit cocktail

6. Cucumber

7. Lettuce

8. Tomatoes

9. Carrots

10. Cheese

11. Hard-boiled eggs

Get to choose from the following salad dressings:

1. Honey mustard

2. Ceasar

3. Thousand island

This is a one-trip, dine-in only deal and food should be placed inside the plate (and not the tray) provided or you will be charged for another serving. Sharing is allowed but only one plate will be provided so better assign the “master builder” in the group to fit in all your salad cravings.

Assign the “master builder” in the group to the salad bar. Make sure food is placed inside the plate or you will be charged another serving.

No leftovers and not for take away. The salad bar attendees regularly refill the bar. The last salad bar refill is two (2) hours before closing.

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Me by the Salad Bar with Cristina and Mavs of Wendy’s SM North EDSA Annex branch
From top to bottom: Thousand Island Dressing, pandan-flavored gelatin and tomatoes
From top to bottom: grated cheese, carrots and honey-mustard dressing
From top to bottom: hard-boiled eggs, Russian Salad and cucumbers
From top to bottom: fruit cocktail, strawberry-flavored gelatin and Ceasar salad dressing
From top to bottom: chicken macaroni salad, lettuce and chicken macaroni salad

 

ETCETERA

I went to SM City North EDSA today to meet my loyal customer of AP 24 Whitening Toothpaste. I love this Whitening Tootpaste so much that I decided to become a distributor. Here is a short video on how effective it is with just one use.

After meeting my loyal customer who ordered five (5) tubes of AP 24 Whitening Toothpaste (P380 each), I decided to have lunch and found myself inside Wendy’s to order salad, perfect for my 2018 New Year’s resolution of #roadtofitness.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Me walking in SM North EDSA Annex after meeting my client who ordered five tubes of AP 24 Whitening Toothpaste

 

WINNER | UNI-PAK SPECIAL GIFT PACK

Congratulations to Roselyn P. Dela Fuente. Please do get in touch with me on Facebook and tell me your shipping address so I can send you this special gift pack from Uni-Pak.

Remember, “hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Unipak!”

Read post here for the announcement of this giveaway alert. I regularly conduct giveaways so do stay tuned for more. Thanks to the different brands who believe in me and support my blog.

Signing out for now. Peace!

EAT OR EEK? | CHEESE BURGER FOR ONLY P 109 BY ZARK’S BURGERS

VERDICT: EAT

The Zark’s Classic Burger priced at P 109 a piece is probably the biggest P 109 Cheeseburger I have ever seen! The burger bun comes with a quarter pound of ground beef, melted cheese and fresh lettuce and tomatoes.

The Zark’s Classic Cheeseburger is bigger than my Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses
Add P 60.00 to get a large fries and  a cup of blue lemonade

Now, I understand the reason for all the pandemonium in malls during Zark’s Burgers’ Eighth Anniversary last August 2017. Hahaha talk about being a late adopter when it comes to food. More about Zark’s Burgers’ Eighth Anniversary here as reported by CNN Philippines.

Zark’s Burgers also has other equally satisfying offerings. Below are photos of Zark’s Burgers’ menu:

Photo of Zark’s Burgers’ menu of their “regular” burgers
Photo of Zark’s Burgers’ menu of appetizers
Ready for bigger burgers? Try Zark’s Burgers’ Challenge Burgers!

My brother and I visited Zark’s Burgers Cubao branch. Thanks to Mr. Drew Bonifacio, Branch Supervisor, for welcoming us and to the whole crew for the efficient service.

Me with my brother Jem Mark while waiting for our orders to be served in Zark’s Burgers in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Me with Drew Bonifacio (Branch Supervisor) and Gladys Oreta of Zark’s Burgers Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

To me, Zark’s Burger Cubao Branch is what a burger joint should be. No frills. Just honest-to-goodness burgers at affordable prices. I wonder if the other branches also exude the same ambience. Perhaps, I should visit other branches soon.

Zark’s Burgers Cubao exudes a ‘burger-joint’ ambiance
Zark’s Burger’s red and black interior
Zark’s Burgers also provides complimentary disposable gloves
Me enjoying my Zark’s Burgers Classic Cheese Burger

To find their branch nearest you, click here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

EAT OR EEK? | PORK KATSU BY WATAMI | ETC EMV ATM

VERDICT: EAT

For only P295.00, you will get a decent slice of pork meat, refillable Japanese rice and cabbage at Watami.

Pork Katsu by Watami

ETCETERA

Fresh from the province for the Christmas holidays, my brother Jem and I stormed our way to Makati on a rainy Wednesday afternoon to exchange my good old magnetic striped Banco De Oro (BDO) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card for an EMV ATM card. EMV stands for Europay, Mastercard, Visa, the original developers of the chip technology to minimize fraud. For more information about EMV, click here.

You can no longer use your old ATM card after January 31, 2018. Go to your Banco De Oro branch to claim your EMV ATM Debit Card.

Apparently, my old ATM card will work only until the end of January 2018 and we do not want to start the year with a near expiry ATM card, do we?

Screenshot of Banco De Oro’s text reminder to claim the new BDO EMV ATM card.

After BDO, we were famished and we went around Greenbelt 2 to look for Japanese cuisine. We ended up in Watami.

If you are looking for a Japanese casual restaurant in Greenbelt, i.e., a Japanese restaurant that serves authentic Japanese food sans the usual “formalities” of a Japanese restaurant, then you might want to try Watami.

Me and my brother Jem while waiting for our food in Watami

Watami is located on the ground floor of Greenbelt 2.

The crew was friendly and attentive. Walang suot na ‘horseblinds’ in short (they were not wearing horseblinders)  Don’t we all just hate it when they pretend to be busy and blind? Lol. Overall, service was good. The manager even approached us  to check if we needed anything else.

Jem ordered salmon sashimi and Watami salad, too. Based on the munch rate that he was going, I could say that he enjoyed both.

Watami Salad P255. Serves two.
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Watami’s menu for salads
Salmon Sashimi P375
Watami’s menu for sashimi
Jem enjoying his Watami salad and Salmon Sashimi

We capped the day off with a lively conversation and coffee.

Me enjoying my cup of coffee. Thanks Jem for the treat!
Jem busy on his phone while walking in Greenbelt 2

Signing out for now. Peace!

EAT OR EEK? | MACKEREL SANDWICH & GIVEAWAY FROM UNI-PAK

VERDICT: EAT

The Christmas Season has been so fun and filling. I gained 10 lbs in a span of just two weeks. Thanks to all the yummy dishes that were made accessible to me by my mom and my brother during my stay in the province.

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Me with Mom and my brother Jem enjoying breakfast

For the New Year, my goal is to be back in shape. Hence, I will try to stay away from meat and rice. I also want to try an alternative to tuna. I have been eating tuna for as long as I can remember. For today’s dinner, I prepared  a Mackerel Sandwich.

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Ingredients:

1 can of Uni-Pak Mackerel 5oz
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 slices of bread
pepper
oregano (optional)

Open the easy-open can of Uni-Pak Mackerel and drain the oil. Put contents in a bowl.

Open the easy-open can of Uni-Pak Mackerel and drain the oil. Put contents in a bowl.

Mix the Mackerel meat with two tablespoons of mayonnaise.

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Put pepper to taste.

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I put oregano or basil to give it an herbal smell. It is a personal preference and it is completely optional.

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Generously, spread the mix on the bread. I prefer toasted bread. Yummy!

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With proper diet, regular exercise and enough sleep, I know I will be back in shape in no time. Thanks to Uni-Pak for making mackerel available as an alternative to tuna.

Remember, “hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan kaya basta Mackerel dapat tatak Unipak!”

I will also be giving away a special gift pack to one lucky winner to be drawn on January 6, 2018.

Just follow this Pak na Pak na Mechanics:

1. Like the Uni-Pak Facebook Page.

2. Tell me in the comments section the dish you will be preparing using any of the Uni-Pak products and remember to add the following hashtags #tatakunipak, #paknapak and #unipak.

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One lucky winner of this special gift pack from Uni-Pak will be drawn on January 6, 2018.

Signing out for now. Peace! Happy holidays!

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Missing my sister Joy who is in Dubai this Christmas.

 

EAT OR EEK? | BUDDY’S LONGGANISA

Today’s featured budget meal is Buddy’s Regular Lucban Longganisa with a cup of rice. All for P 145.00. Longganisa is Filipino Pork Sausage made from ground pork (sometimes chicken or beef). It is a derivative of the Spanish chorizo. In the Philippines, there are regional variations, each using a unique blend of spices and seasonings.

Buddy's Longganisa

VERDICT: EAT

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I am not really fond of eating longganisa because of the big pieces of ground fat found in a regular longganisa. However, Buddy’s Lucban Longganisa has that good mix of meat and fat seasoned with just the right amount of spices. Each order comes in twelve pieces and one has to bring a buddy to finish it. I guess that’s why the restaurant is called Buddy’s. Their servings are too big for one and are meant to be shared.

Eating at Buddy’s has always been a treat and a trip down memory lane. I guess I have this thing for associating restaurants to good memories and people that I miss. Hahaha. My former housemates and I would regularly head over to Buddy’s Kalayaan to feast on their famous Pancit Lucban back in the day when we were all starting out in life… too fresh out of college to eat home-cooked meals or too lazy to prepare one.

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I am going back to Buddy’s soon to try their other offerings! Do you want to join me? Let me know!

Signing out for now. Peace!

Buddy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

EAT OR EEK? | GOTO KING’S ARROZ CALDO & FRIED TOGUE

Today’s featured budget meal is GotoKing’s Arroz Caldo and Fried Togue all for P110.00.

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VERDICT: EAT

I am not feeling well but as they say “when the going gets tough, the tough get going!” So here I am braving another “stormy” day at work and expecting another round of torrential rains in the afternoon based on today’s weather forecast. Because I am feverish, I feel like eating Filipino comfort food like arroz caldo (rice porridge with chicken slices) or champorado (chocolate-flavored rice porridge).

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I remember my grandmother would cook her family-famous arroz caldo every time someone in the family fell ill.  I miss Nanay… our go-to Queen. I guess this holds true to most of us Filipinos. It is almost second nature for our lolas (grandmothers) to prepare something soupy for their sick apos (grandchildren). And to us,  a sip of that sumptuous miracle soup would almost always somehow magically take away the sickness.

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Naimas! (delicious in Ilocano). Stay dry everyone! Signing out for now. Peace!

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EAT OR EEK? | JOLLIBEE’S BREAKFAST SHANGHAI  

Today’s featured budget meal is Jollibee’s Breakfast Shanghai. For a meager P50.00, this okay meal comes with  three pieces of fried spring rolls, one medium cup of garlic rice and one fried egg.

VERDICT: EAT 
To satisfy my morning appetite, I ordered a cup of pineapple juice (P10.00) and a two-piece pancake a la carte (P50.00) for a total cost of P110.00. That is a full meal at USD 2 only. I must say that this meal is a tummy-filler or what I call in the vernacular “lamang-tyan” or “panawid gutom”.  It is not something that will fancy your sophisticated tastebuds. Manage your expectations, guys! I mean how much meat should one expect from a meal worth P50.00 anyway?

Just the same, I enjoyed my meal. Thanks to Jollibee’s effective mind conditioning over the years with its super relatable TV and online ads. I mean, the heck, despite their meals not having the standard nutritional content guides on the packaging, I still feel good eating whatever that big red bee has to offer. Weird, huh?

Have you tried this budget meal yet? Let me know what you think.

Signing out for now. Peace.