Menya Kokoro PH

A little birdie came by and told me a secret. There is a Global Ramen Chain coming soon here in Manila!

Menya Kokoro’s very young founder and Japanese Chef, Takuma Ishikawa, is busy cooking something for us!

What he is cooking, you are about to find it out here – NOW!

Tokyo’s Number 1 Mazesoba!

What is Mazesoba you ask?

I can’t wait any longer! I’ll be lining up to get a taste of this new ramen! This is probably going to be the newest craze to hit Manila!

It’s definitely coming soon so watch out!

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King Chef Dimsum Promo

When it’s a little late and we can’t think of anywhere to eat, we just proceed to King Chef and avail of their dimsum promo.

Everything’s at 40% off! Promo starts at 9pm. Be sure to arrive before 9pm as the line could be long!

Here are their menu boards so you’ll have an idea of the many many variants of dimsum, rice toppings, noodles and congee you may order.

Availing of these dimsums at the discounted price is so worth it! All of them became our favorite, except for the Xiao Long Bao which is different from your usual Xiao Long Bao and the Beef Ball which looks raw and uncooked.

I am not a fan of congees, but I actually like the congee from King Chef. It’s very tasty. And a bowl will really make you full so better share that bowl!

Pork Siomai
Sharksfin Dumpling
Soyed Wanton
Xiao Long Bao
Hakaw
Chicken Feet
Beef Ball
Radish Cake
Pork and Century Congee
Fried Tofu
Yang Chow Fried Rice

These beautiful flower gelatins are not included in the promo. The staff went around offering these gelatins! Oh they are so pretty!

Flower Gelatin
Flower Gelatin

All these talk about dimsums making me crave! Gotta go and visit a King Chef branch soon!

See you there!

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Forget Me Not Cafe

This cafe is one of the pioneers of Lilac Food Strip in Marikina. They have been in operation since 2012.The owner is very fond of flowers, hence the name.

Look how cute their menu boards are. The initials in each of their menu boards spells out the cafe’s name.

This is a little corner on the ground floor. Instagrammable right?

The place was packed when we came in. We were ushered into the 2nd floor and a surprise awaited us!

I love how they put these short but very inspiring quotes on the stairs.

There’s an area which children or adults could play. It also has this nice scrabble inspired wall thats says the cafe’s name. You definitely won’t forget Forget Me Not Cafe!

On the other side of the wall was a shelf filled with boardgames and books. The books are neatly arranged but I hope they fix the boardgames too! It’s easier for customers to choose what games to play if they are organized.

This corner with the quote, “where sweet memories are shared,” is best for couples dating. 😘

We just came from a heavy lunch at Burrow Cafe in Antipolo and we just wanted to hang out for a little more. We ordered drinks, some dessert and some pica pica.

Oh, the kids got hungry and ordered Carbonara! Growing children, growling tummies!

As for me, an iced cold mocha and mango graham cake will do.

I love the cake! The cake isn’t too sweet, the mangoes are. The mixture of graham bits and cream is just right.

For the rest of us, nachos and some potato croquettes.

We had the whole 2nd floor to ourselves but the air conditioning was a little hot since it has just been opened when we arrived.

Overall, the place is nice for a quick coffee break with friends or alone time so you could destress.

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Burrow Cafe

Midweek food crawl brought us to Antipolo! Tucked away inside a village, under a burrow, is Burrow Cafe.

Right after the village gate, it’s a long and winding road going to the location. It’s another long way down to the burrow.

It’s funny how they lived up to their name. We almost didn’t know that this is the right way. Another flight of stairs to go down the burrow.

Once you enter that big wooden door, all you could see is the lush greenery outside the cafe. They installed large window glass panels. Imagine yourself in the middle of the forest.

Wooden tables, brick walls, vintage chairs, drop lights, and more greens. So easy on the eyes.

The waiting area is the bomb! 4 colorful hammocks adorn this area and you could enjoy it while waiting for your table or after your meal.

The hammock is so relaxing my kids wanted the same in their rooms!

Let’s get to the food! Everything is plated but you definitely should share. The serving is big and one couldn’t finish a plated dish all by himself.

Flatbread with Assorted Dips

The toasted Flatbread’s crunchy, the dips vary.

Beef Stroganoff Pappardelle

This one’s huge. It’s good but you’ll get sated if this will be the only thing you’ll eat. Your tastebuds will look for something else.

Chicken Fingers

Though it’s off the kids meals, the chicken fingers may be a little bland for the kids. One good thing is that it’s real chicken and not just breading and crumbs.

Beef Short Ribs with Corn and Green Bean Risotto

The risotto almost tasted like Mac and Cheese, in a good way! The corn and green beans complement the rice. The beef short ribs is good as well!

Salmon, Patani & Bacon and Eggplant

The salmon’s fresh! It matters!

Lechon and Gising Gising Rice Bowl

A big check for me! The gising gising’s tasty. The lechon (kawali) is crunchy and the meat’s very tender.

14 day Corned Beef Brisket

Not your usual corned beef! The meat’s also juicy and tender.

I love the hashed browns! Crispy on the edges too!

Chori Sliders

Cute little sunny side up eggs on top of these sliders. The patty is on the fatty side though.

Nutella Pancakes

Solid pancakes with Nutella spread on top. It is served with 2 half sliced bananas.

Outside the cafe is a flight of stairs leading down to an actual river with super clear water. You can stay here if you want to have time with nature.

There’s also a house to see but a couple booked it for a prenuptial photoshoot so we didn’t get the chance to see it.

I checked the website, Antipolo Beehouse, and this is their story. The builder, Vitty Gutierrez, wanted to showcase a house that is built with nature on mind.

The house has 2 floors, and the builder now lives on the lower level while the upper level is now ideal for photoshoot as it has an open space with nature surrounding it.

Photos from Antipolo Beehouse website.

Good thing the weather is nice when we visited. This nature trip is a must. This is your chance to get away from the stressful city, see some greenery to calm your minds.

Be ready with your cash as the cafe doesn’t accept cards and the prices are on the expensive side.

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Caldo

Sometimes, we tend to go to the most popular, to the celebrity endorsed restaurants, but we forget that the most popular doesn’t always mean great. A good example is Caldo. We found this gem when we went to Nuvali in Sta Rosa Laguna.

The food is awesome! It’s like you went into the kitchen of your grandma and asked her to whip something special for the love of your tummy. ❤

Caldo is really heirloom cooking at its finest! All the best kept recipes are here!

A complimentary appetizer was served. Crunchy, toasted bread paired with chicken liver.

Their menu is simple but I think that’s okay. It makes choosing easier.

Bringhe

Caldo’s version of Spanish Paella with a mixture of blended rice cooked with coconut milk.

Chicken and Chorizo Bringhe at Php 295.00

Tastes so good, even the kids loved it!

Tapas

Calamari at Php 275.00

Fried but the squid is tender and not chewy.

Caldo Pots

Pineapple Binagoongan at Php 245.00

Not your usual binagoongan that is salty. Tastes a little sweet because of the pineapple and the coconut milk but it does taste spicy as well. Right mixture of all the spices.

This one’s for the white rice!

Laing con Alamang Fresca at Php 235.00

A different take on this staple Filipino dish. The Laing leaves are whole, also has coconut milk. The pork mixed with laing is crispy but with softness that melts in your mouth.

Grill Ala Carte

Stuffed Squid at Php 325.00

Like the Calamari, the squid used is fresh! Right portion of tomatoes and onions stuffed into the squid as it’s grilled.

Dessert

Kesong Puti Panna Cotta at Php 150.00

This dessert will be a little off when you take the first bite. But as you mix the panna cotta with the sweet mangoes on top, there will be delight in your tastebuds.

The servers are all accommodating, that’s a very big plus to us when out dining!

Caldo definitely is worth a try. Let’s give chance to these kinds of restaurants that serve good and well thought of dishes and not those commercialized, celebrity endorsed ones.

Caldo can be found at the Fiesta Market inside Ayala Malls Solenad in Nuvali, Sta Rosa, Laguna.

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Crunch Time at 7-ELEVEN

Have you heard the news? 7-ELEVEN’s famous fried chicken can now be enjoyed in your favorite flavors!

For as low as Php10.00 and you can choose from a variety of Flavorites! You can enjoy the great flavor of Soy Garlic, Creamy Cheese, Hot and Spicy, or Fiery Glaze!

How to enjoy your Flavorite!

Purchase a 1pc Fried Chicken Meal at 7-11.

Open the packet which has your chosen Flavorite! If powder, you gotta shake it. If glazed, just rub it.

Soy Garlic is the one I will try first.

As instructed, the chicken has to be placed inside the packet.

Then the soy garlic glaze follows. Personally, I should have poured the glaze outside of the packet over the chicken so I could maximize the glaze. Since I poured the glaze into the packet, I had to scrape the glaze off. Hahaha..

Here’s my Soy Garlic Glazed Chicken!

It does taste great! So during lunch and you can’t think of anything else to eat, just go to your nearest 7-ELEVEN and do the CRUNCH TIME!

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Hong Kong Little Kitchen

Been to Hong Kong and missing the famous roasts? Well, fret no more, the nearest Hong Kong tasting roasts you could get is now here in the Philippines!

And nope, it’s not located in our big malls, it’s just in the quiet neighborhood of N. Domingo.

It’s literally a little kitchen. I think it could just serve more or less 30 persons in a seating. It usually gets packed during peak hours so come in early or late!

Hong Kong Little Kitchen specializes on HK Roasted Barbeque, White Chicken, Soy Chicken, Lechon Macau and Roasted Duck. Its pricing is quite competitive.

They offer ala carte dishes and rice toppings, they also have noodles.

Their rice toppings could be mixed and matched depending on your cravings. Large servings. A plate of rice toppings comes with rice, your chosen roasts, a veggie and half an egg.

2 Combi Rice at Php 220.00

HK Pork Barbeque and HK Soy Chicken

Yes, the rumor is real, the Roasted Barbeque is really good!

HK White Chicken Rice at Php 180.00

The taste of the soy and white chicken are pretty much the same. A little bland to my taste buds. Surely be needing those ginger sauce.

HK Roasted Duck at Php 280.00

The texture of the roasted duck is good. Tastes great.

We also ordered Wanton Noodle for the kids. It tasted a little differently compared to the usual wanton noodle soup here so it’s not a favorite among the kids.

Shrimp Wanton Noodle at Php 208.00

We couldn’t have enough of the HK Pork Barbeque so we ordered 1/4 kgs of it! It only costs Php 300.00!

We could have ordered only this ↑ and the Fried Rice and we would have been set for the night!

Our verdict?

The HK Roasted Barbeque is the BEST! It truly is a Legendary Roast!

Will surely drop by again one of these days, in between lunch and dinner so line will not be long. 😂

I will be trying the Crispy Lechon on my next visit.

Hong Kong Little Kitchen is located at Sonema Square, No 44 N. Domingo Street, Quezon City.

Check out their Facebook Page at HKLittleKitchen. Be sure to follow and like their page!

PS. Last 3 pictures were taken from Hong Kong Little Kitchen’s Facebook Page.

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Experience Cashless Payments at McDonald’s

Went to McDonald’s Rockwell to have some ice cream!

They already have the NXTGEN store format going on there. It is a new technology McDonald’s brought here in the Philippines, where you can self order and pay through cashless systems.

It’s very easy and convenient. You pick everything you want from the menu, even the add-ons!

Choose to pay through cash by the counter, or pay through Paymaya or credit cards.

Aside from paying conveniently through my credit card, we also got to enjoy a Free McFlurry! Any Php150.00 purchase paid through Mastercard, Visa or Paymaya gets a Free McFlurry! The promo was until February 2019 only, but they said it was still ongoing! So hurry now!

A cold drink or an ice cream wouldn’t hurt in this very very hot weather!

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