Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea

Hello guys! Look what I have just discovered!

Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea is the newest brand of milk tea to hit town!

And their store in Ayala Malls Manila Bay opened just this November. Here are some snippets on what happened during their opening.

They definitely looked that they had an amazing opening day! The customers were given Php50.00 Gift Certificate to enjoy.

So what does Lucky Dragon Pearl Milk Tea has to offer?

Brown Sugar with Pearl & Milk – who doesn’t like this?

Coffee with Pearl & Milk for coffee /milk tea lovers. Who said you can’t have it all?

Green Tea Latte is also a favorite.

And of course, my super love Taro with Pearl & Milk.

I am sure they have more drink to offer and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these yummy drinks!

Driving to Ayala Malls Manila Bay now! See you there!

PS. If you think the south is too far for you, they have 2 branches in the north – One Mall Valenzuela and Shell of Asia Sta Rita.

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EaTogether Food Hall by Vikings

If you have a big family, it’s really hard to decide on what cuisine to eat on a Sunday Family Day. Nothing to fret anymore as Vikings has already introduced EaTogether Food Hall. It’s a one stop fusion food hall with high tech self service ordering and paying counters.

This is not your usual food court, this place is actually a cool hang out place. The interior is very nice. They even have live music during weekend.

They offer different cuisines all in one food hall! And since Vikings is behind this great concept, you can be sure that food is of quality.

HAWKER LANE

Singaporean dishes await you here at Hawker Lane. Their fried rice and crispy noodles are good. The salt and pepper squid is tender and not chewy, the breading is not salty at all.

Salt and Pepper Squid and Fried Rice
Crispy Seafood Noodles
Sweet and Sour Pork with Peaches
Shrimp Pancake
Beef Brisket
Oyster Cake

JUST STEAK A MINUTE

This is where you will get your grilled stuff. The salmon is not proportioned to the rice. The rice is just too much. The salmon’s good though, it’s perfectly grilled and not toasted!

Food Display at Just Steak A Minute
Grilled Salmon
Grilled Pork Belly
Menu

SALAD & DESSERTS

If you want something healthy, you go directly to this stall. They have Salad in Bowls or in Wraps. They also serve bibingka and puto bumbong.

Puto Bumbong

Salad Bowl
Salad Wrap

JEEPNEY AVENUE

Filipino cuisine

L’ITALIANO

Pasta and Pizza carbo loading.

TONG YANG EXPRESS

Seeing those meat balls made me want to get a bowl and create my own shabu shabu meal. I controlled myself since I wanted to try Hawker Lane. Next time maybe.

SECRET CHICKEN

This stall is already closed when we arrived. Their cheesy chicken looks yummy. That’s something to try on our next visit.

MIEN BAO

If you’re craving for noodles and dimsum, this is where you should order.

DRINKS

They also have a separate stall for your drinking needs.

Another good thing about this place is their self service order and payment stations. Very high tech. Just press your choices into the machine and pay via your Vikings load, credit card, debit card or even via PayMaya.

Press press then tap tap! Easy right?

I love the concept of this food hall. Unlike other food halls, their prices are lower and the food they serve tastes good.

This is actually the 2nd EaTogether food hall. The other one is in SM Megamall. This branch is located at the 2nd floor of Uni Mart supermarket building at Capitol Commons.

Follow them on their Facebook page, Eatogether Food Hall, Capitol Commons for more updates.

See you there!

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Menya Kokoro Ph

The long wait is almost over! Menya Kokoro Ph, the home of the brothless Ramen, the Mazesoba, will be opening its doors sooner than you thought!

The store is located in the 3rd Floor, Al Fresco Dining Area of Uptown Mall in BGC.

We got the chance to be one of the first people to try the Mazesoba and it is really worth the trip!

Here is their Open Kitchen where you could see the Chefs in action while preparing your Mazesoba!

On one wall, there’s a mural of the founder of Kokoro, Chef Takuma Ishikawa. Chef Takuma Ishikawa founded the Kokoro brand 2013 and has been awarded the best Mazesoba in 2014. His brand has expanded internationally to Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and Spain, and now in the Philippines.

Cleanliness is top priority. All diners are served with this cute dry towel. It’s poured water so you could wipe your dirty little hands before eating. 😉

To start off our lunch, we ordered some appetizers.

Agedashi Tofu

Who doesn’t love Agedashi Tofu? Soft and creamy tofu.

Chashu

The Chashu is very juicy.

Takoyaki

I’m not much of a Takoyaki fan but this one I like. It’s crunchy on the outside then your usual soft filling inside.

So let’s talk about our main star – the Mazesoba. What is Mazesoba? It’s a brothless ramen. It’s dry ramen. It’s saucy ramen. It’s like yakisoba but it’s not. It has mostly these ingredients – nori (dried seaweed), minced garlic, soft boiled egg, green onions, chives, bamboo shoots, and spicy minced pork.

The bestseller and the original is the Tokyo Mazesoba.

Spicy Mazesoba

Zenbu Mazesoba

When your Mazesoba is served, it’s perfectly arranged. So how to eat it?

Break the egg.

Pour some vinegar to level the spiciness.

Mix everything.

Devour your ramen.

When you’re finished with your ramen and you still have sauce left, you will be given rice.

Mix the rice with your sauce and eat again.

Finish your bowl happy and full.

The mazesoba is really different from your usual ramen.  The overall taste is so good, the mix of all the ingredients makes it so satisfying to the palate!  It’s spiciness is tolerable and adds to the taste.

Menya Kokoro PH will be opening soon! Follow their Facebook page, Menya Kokoko PH, for updates!

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Rico’s Lechon

Tried this lechon place from Cebu, their largest branch in Manila is located in Tiendesitas Pasig City. Rico’s Lechon is Cebu’s Best Lechon! It was founded in 1997 and has been serving traditional Cebu Lechon for 22 years. Their lechon is roasted to perfection and mixed with garlic and leeks.

The branch in Tiendesitas has a tropical vibe. The branch can hold up to 300 seating capacity. It also has VIP rooms for events and meetings.

Photo from Rico’s Lechon Website

THE BEST Lechon I ever tasted. True to their hashtag, they are Da Best Gyud!

There are serving 2 kinds of lechon.

Regular Lechon

Spicy Lechon

I like their Spicy Lechon better than the Regular Lechon. It is tastier. But both lechon are very very tender and has crunchy balat!

The other items we ordered are just your regular Filipino dishes.

Pancit Canton

Regular and Spicy Longganisa

Pakbet

A cup of rice is served in a mini kaldero

My kids also enjoyed the Lechon. In fact, they vlogged about it!

Go visit and enjoy the best lechon ever!

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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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