Kimukatsu

I remember this place back when Century City Mall was just newly opened.  Hubby and I spent an anniversary dinner here.

Now, with kids in tow, we decided to let them try some of Kimukatsu’s best sellers!

Kimukatsu doesn’t serve regular tonkatsu or pork cutlets.  Aside from selecting the highest quality pork, they take time to slice the pork thinly and layer it 25 times over before they cover it with fresh breadcrumbs and fry it slowly in low temperature.  This locks in the natural juice of the meat while having that crispy batter outside.

Kimukatsu is the only restaurant in the world that offers 25 layersof mille-feuille Katsu in multiple flavors.

For appetizers, we ordered Agedashi Tofu.

Agedashi Tofu – Php 180.00

Even my daughter loved this!  It’s very very soft and tastes so good.

For our main course, we ordered a Salmon Set, and 4 Kimukatsu (Plain, Cheese, Garlic & Creamy Spinach).

Cheese Kimukatsu – Php 380.00

Plain Kimukatsu – Php 330.00

My kids love these 2 Kimukatsu.

Creamy Spinach Kimukatsu – Php 430.00

 

This is my favorite of them all!  This is their plain kimukatsu but it’s topped with creamy white sauce consists of spinach, onions, mushrooms and bits of bacon!

Salmon Set – Php 430.00

Every Kimukatsu flavor has a place of their own.  Why not try them all!

 

And as icing on top of cake, service is very good in the branch that we went to – Century City Mall.  They are very attentive to our needs, especially when we are asking for another serving of cabbage or another serving of their Japanese rice!

Definitely going back sometime soon!

There are now 3 branches:

SHANGRI-LA PLAZA
Level 5, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Telephone No: 727-0333

CENTURY CITY MALL
Level 3, Century City Mall
Telephone No: 812-0333

BONIFACIO HIGH STREET
G/L, Building 7, Bonifacio High Street
Telephone No: 808-0333

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Travelbook’s PAY-AT-HOTEL Promo!

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Open Kitchen

As food parks keep on sprouting all over the metro, we tumbled upon a newly opened one in Quezon City.

It’s called Open Kitchen and it’s located along P Tuazon.

So many ‘kitchens’ to choose from.

Here is the map of the kitchens in 2 floors.

There could be at least 30 kitchens available now. And there are a few more opening soon.

Tables and chairs scattered all over. There is even a rooftop aside from the General Dining Area on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Our family loves to eat! We ordered different dishes from different kitchens!

Starting with my number 1 bet!

The Bourbon Whiskey Glazed Pork from Charlie’s Point is one of the bests!

Very very tasty ribs. Super tender. Even the rice is flavored.

 

I also love the Classic Pan Fried Dumplings from Momo Dumpling Bar! They have Black Pepper Dumplings also.

 

Inihaw na Bulaklak from Biggy’s

The barbeque marinade is good. But the fact that the bulaklak isn’t chicharon and crunchy, doesn’t sit well with my taste buds.

 

They also ordered another steak at the Meat Pub, tasted good but not as flavorful as the ribs in Charlie’s Point.

 

My aunt wanted to try this. Its called Ispabok – a fusion of spaghetti and palabok. This dish was the last to finish.

 

The lechon has super crunchy balat (skin) and super tender laman (meat)!  They got this at the Carnivore Cookery!

 

Going a little bit Japanese with this Spicy Ramen and Takoyaki at Taka Ramen.  Waited for this Takoyaki for a very long time and the wait definitely is not worth it.  The ramen is okay though!

 

Something fried, get this at Seafood Squad.  We love this because it’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  It’s not chewy so it’s ok for kids and seniors.

 

The following are our family’s other choices!

Prata from Senyor Roti

Chicken Wings

Pork Ribs from Kanto Ribs.

Chicken Pops

Shrimp on Garlic

Laksa

Philly Cheese Steak

 

The Ham and Cheese Raclette from Mr Raclette.  Too expensive for its worth.  Too salty.

Our taste buds differ from yours so go find out what your own hits and misses are.  This food park doesn’t have those commercialized stalls that you see in almost all the other food parks in the Metro.  Maybe we could support this budding culinary geniuses.   We might be able to make some of them break out and for the rest, there’s always room for improvement.

Open Kitchen is located at 22 P. Tuazon Blvd, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila.  

Pros:  A big parking lot beside the food park.

Cons:  Parking is not Free (unless you go in late at night)

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Where to eat in Subic?

Shopping posts done now, what else to do in Subic but EAT!

Since this was just an overnight stay and we have free breakfast from our hotel, we only got to eat 2 meals inside Subic.

Would we pass the chance to eat at good ‘ol Meatplus? The answer is NO!

The place was still bustlin’ and I think it’s the only place outside of a mall that really is full house regardless of the time in a day!

Hubby ordered Oven Roast Beef Belly while I ordered for BBQ Pork Ribs. Serving is huge! We were supposed to try the Potato Skin but I mistakenly ordered the French Fries. Still good though. We were both filled that we didn’t have room for dessert anymore (as always!).

 

For our dinner that night, we wanted to try Cocolime but decided against it because it was late already. We were still in the mall and aside from the regular Manila based restos, this was the only local place that has so many people eating.

Ben’s Kitchen is an affiliate of Xtremely Xpresso which is a famous resto also in Subic.

We ordered 3 dishes because everything seems to be good. We tried the Shrimp Linguine, Buffalo Wings and the Beef with Mashed Potato dish that I forgot the name already.

2 cream based dishes needed to be balanced by our little tangy buffalo wings! Had a great dinner. Even at 9pm, people were still going in. That’s how good the place is.

You could also have coffee and desserts here if you already had dinner.

So there! Try these places out when you drop by Subic. You won’t regret it!


Meat Plus is located at Sampson Road, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

Ben’s Kitchen is located at Harbor Point River Walk, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales.

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The Stamp Studio

I am taking a break from my travel posts and talk about my addiction nowadays. Before you react, this is not a bad addiction, in fact, this is a very useful addiction!

My friend introduced me to his sister’s newest venture, The Stamp Studio.

And right now, I already have 4 stamps. 1 for the whole family and 1 each for me and my daughters. I think I will be adding more to these as I want to have something cutesy and with a character as well. I told you, #addicted!

For sure, once you see their designs, you will be clamoring to order too! The best thing is that they can personalize your stamp to your heart’s content!

See the samples and get excited!

The stamps differ in sizes, here’s your guide:

I know, the price is important, but you need not worry, the stamps are affordable and will not break your pockets!

So what are you waiting for? Click that link and start ordering!

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Subic = Shopping

Being in Subic reminds me of so many memories especially during my childhood. It is just so sad that it’s not as it’s used to be now. When we were there last weekend, it looked a little like ghost town in some parts, not much people to be seen in the streets. The shopping centers are so old and very not well maintained anymore. It even looked dirty in some. The other shops literally didn’t have customers and even the personnel were just standing waiting for their closing time.

Since there is a newly built Ayala Mall now by the name of Harbor Point, maybe some businesses will follow. So that Subic will be back to how it’s used to be.

Here are our visits to the duty free shops and outlets inside Subic Bay.

1) Royal Duty Free Subic (old one)

2) Royal Duty Free (new one)

Same stuff being sold only the place is newly built – meaning cleaner surroundings.

3) Freeport Exchange

This place looks terrible now. It boasts of being the 1st duty free store, but it doesn’t make an impact at all.

4) Puregold Duty Free

5) Adidas

6) Nike Factory Store

I think there is still hope for Subic because it is still one of the nearest places to go to outside Metro Manila aside from the very crowded Tagaytay. People are still flocking, just not that many. I like that it isn’t that crowded but I hope the malls are kept nicely.

The prices are still competitive and some items are not found anywhere else.

Let us bring hope to Subic Bay, so our kids can experience what we experienced. Before there were Landers and S&Rs, there were Royal Duty Free, Puregold and Freeport Exchange.

Stay tuned for more of our Subic adventure!

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Shopping @ Shell of Asia (NLEX Southbound) Stopover

This is by far the best destination if your goal is to shop during a stopover!

After our food stopover at San Fernando Pampanga, we went ahead and proceeded to our last stopover at Shell NLEX Southbound.

Such a good find with all the outlets located here!

1) Outland

2) Adidas Outlet

Adidas Apparel like Jerseys, Shorts, Shirts are all on sale. They also have bags and of course, lots of shoes!

3) Giordano Outlet

It’s a treasure out here! I was able to score some work pants / slacks at less than 1000 each. You just have to browse through it all to find your size! Plus, you get to fit it also!

Shirts and Polos are about 300 to 999 pesos! In different colors and designs!

4) Puma Outlet

5) Designer Outlet

Mixture of different brands.

6) Fusion Outlet

Skechers, Sperry and Keds all together in one outlet. They also have watches and accessories.

Sorry for the photo, we were about to leave already.

So don’t forget to drop by Shell of Asia if you have enough time. For sure, you will be able to get some good deals out of all these outlets!

Shell of Asia is located at Shell Gasoline Station, along North Luzon Expressway South Bound, Guiguinto Bulacan. Right after Sta Rita exit.

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Stopover at San Fernando Pampanga

On our way home from Subic, we stopped over at San Fernando Pampanga to have lunch. Good thing there was no traffic!

Our first stop was at The Souq! It is a compound where Kapampangan food converge! They have 2 buffet restaurants which open at night only. They are number 1 in Trip Advisor’s San Fernando Pampanga List.

We had one of the best lunch ever!

So many dishes to try but there’s only the 2 of us so we settled for the 3 best dishes.

Seafood Kare Kare

Mango Salad

Crispy Pork Binagoongan

All the dishes we ordered tasted so good that we finished everything.

Next stop was at the famous Susie’s Cuisine to buy some pastries and kakanin delicacies(sticky rice). They have so many variants it was so hard to choose!

Last stop before we left San Fernando was of course at Pampanga’s Best. This is where you buy the best tocino ever!

Actually, there’s so much to see and eat at San Fernando outside both the SM Mall and Robinsons Mall. We just didn’t have enough time.

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