Ramen Burger

After an afternoon of water play, we looked for a shop that makes ramen burger in Nakano. 

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Tita Sil was the one who found this restaurant!

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The Original Burger made with 100% angus beef patty smoothered with their secret sauce (onion based) with a side of tortilla chips (780yen)

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The Works is the original burger that comes with bacon, egg and cheese (1100yen)

I liked The Works better because…bacon. Kidding aside, the patty is very flavorful and juicy albeit thin. You can order double patties if you want though. The noodle buns are packed so it won’t disentangle on you when you bite into the burger.

I’m not sure if it is something I would keep going back for but it does make for an interesting snack. For a smallish burger, it is more expensive than your regular fastfood fare.

It’s located at 2-28-8 Jiraigen Building, 2F
Opens at 11am
Eat in, Take out ok.

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A New York Day in Omotesando (Part 2)

Another NY brand we visited that day was Dominique Ansel’s new bakery at Omotesando.

It was the opening day and we braced ourselves for the waiting time.image

Looks can be deceiving. That’s not the line.image

Here is the line on the streets. There’s another snaking line on the parking lot beside the shop. image

And a line inside the shop.

This line is just for the first floor food items. Don’t line up there if you wish to eat at the cafe– there is no (snaking) line for that. The menu, however, is different and you cannot order first floor items.image

The cakes and baked goodies better be great!image

This Kouign Amann was worth lining up for. They gave tasters while we were lined up.image

Here’s another look– such a happy pile of breadimage

Madeleines that were given out as well. Real good! image

Almond croissants on display. Sadly the famous Cronuts were no longer available. image
Matcha Monaka Cookie which is only available in Tokyo.image

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Display of cakes and pastries to try out! The cat is made of creampuffs; Tokyo Brest (instead of Paris); pine cone gingerbread cake;  lime tart; sunflower tart; Chocolate cake with mousse; The fluffy cheesecake; and caramel eclair. image

On this side, you’ll find the chocolate eclair, a 25 layer apple gratin, the lychee and coconut pavlova, cherry tart, and tiramisu.

Of the three cakes we tried, I liked the Sunflower Tart the best because the sunflower part is made with mango strips. It reminds me of home! 🙂  The rest were too sweet for me! Oh my gosh, I think my tastebuds turned Japanese!

The Lychee Young Coconut Pavlova was packed with fruits which was great. The meringue shell, though, was cloyingly sweet. It was dusted with gold leaf though so you feel a bit royal eating this pavlova.

The lime tart was interesting– you pour out the sugar mixture resting on the white chocolate curl then squeeze the lime on the cake to get an instant caramel. However, I felt that the citrus flavor was too strong. In any case, I like this better than the pavlova!

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Frozen S’mores are made to order. They torch the mallows right in front of you. It is of course best eaten soon after. image

I liked this dessert for the multiple textures on each bite. image

Another made to order dessert is the cookie shot.

That’s the creative chef right there. He was so down to earth and friendly. He was on the street watching the dancers perform (they hired some to keep the waiting people entertained). No one else bothered him– I took the chance and asked for an Anselfie (his term). Hooray for Japanese shyness/politeness!

Fyi, they serve the cookie shot at 3pm onwards. The interactive part makes this quite popular but it’s not something I would go back for. Again, I found this a tad too sweet. As with everything though, you got to try it once.imageNew Open (I think this is purposely on Japanese English ‘coz it is easier for locals to understand, no?)

The staff all speak English so it’s really not a problem if you can’t speak Nihongo. And if you want to speak Tagalog, look for Maria Cristina– the friendly server who handed us the freebies while waiting in line.

They really know how to take care of guests 🙂 They gave face misters, water, and umbrella to anyone who needed them.

Worth a try if there’s no line. We wouldn’t try this stunt again. Not in the near future anyway!

Website here

A New York Day in Omotesando (Part 1)

I like Omotesando. It has all the foreign things you need. image And sometimes, you need lobster roll! Luke’s Lobster serves 3 types of rolls. image Lobster image Shrimp image Crab

The rolls are buttered and toasted, swiped with mayonnaise and filled with awesome seafood that has secret spices and bits of cold butter.

They also have seafood mix and match wherein you can get lobster with shrimp, shrimp with crab, lobster with crab. Set meals are also available for an additional 400yen, you get chips and a drink.image They serve several special alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The ginger ale soda looked particularly interesting specially on a hot sunny day.

Luke’s Lobster is easy enough to find.

Valdirections: go to Omotesando station, take Exit A1. Turn on the corner of Kiddyland and you’ll find it on the first corner on your right.

Enjoy!

Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

It has been raining on and off this week. To entertain Little A, we baked some goodies!
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I saw the recipe below and figured we could do this easily.  I didn’t have some ingredients on hand but I suppose it would be alright to substitute whatever we had on our pantry.

Vanilla Almond Milk = Soy Milk

Shredded Coconut = Ground Flaxseed

Dates = Prunes

Almond Butter = regular unsalted butter

 Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (recipe from the link)

  • 1½ Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks or carob chips
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • large pinch of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and almond milk and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have created a nice gel-like consistency.
  3. Pour the chia seed gel into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, almond butter and cinnamon until well combined.
  4. Gently stir in the dates and chocolate chunks.
  5. Scoop out dough (about 1-2 tablespoons worth) onto a baking stone or a greased cookie sheet and use a fork to press the dough down a little to make more of a cookie shape. You should get about 15 cookies.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies have browned a tiny bit.
  7. Take them out, let cool and enjoy.
It turned out really great! She had fun mashing the bananas, measuring the ingredients and mixing everything together. She even ate some of the chopped prunes before she dropped them into the bowl.
Little A ate three cookies right after we baked them.
A success!

More PhEats

There were more food that came! Here are some snippets…

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Masuki’s Original Mami. An old family favorite even if the place is old and stinky!

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Carmen’s Best Ice cream. Very popular nowadays but it is hard to beat the Hokkaido ice cream here in Japan.

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Fruits like mangoes and sineguelas! Cannot find them here!

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Bananaque! Sweet and sweet! I have missed this fried saba goodness!

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Dimsum breakfasts at King Chef and Causeway Bay (pictured)

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Make your own pizza at Project Pie

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Bizu’s cakes. Oh Japan, you’ve ruined me!

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Brown butter’s black sesame with mango cake. Worth the trouble and calories…

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Aristocrat’s palabok is still good

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And so is their boneless chicken barbeque

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I’ll just add this Flying Saucer to the list. Yummy! It is really simple to make but they do it well!

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Oedo’s chirashi. Sad! And expensive!

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Cafe Shibuya’s Ferrero Toast 🙂

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Bibingka at Pamana, Tagaytay. Really good Filipino food!

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Hotpot Buffet at 4 Seasons!
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Sisig at Abe
As usual, the vacation flew quickly by. Truly enjoyed the time spent with family and friends. Until next time! 🙂

Lola Cafe + Bar, Tomas Morato

I am always grateful when family and friends take time out of their busy lives to meet with me whilst I’m on vacation.

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They almost always ask where I want to go eat knowing I love to try out new places. Often times though, I add a crazy condition that the restaurant be near me (regardless of where they come from! Sorry!) You see, I find it very difficult to go to far places with a toddler in tow. They understand because they love me.

This time, we ate at Lola cafe. A small restaurant converted from an old two storey house. If I am not mistaken, this restaurant was used as a set for the movie The Gifted –a Filipino film starring Anne Curtis. What!? You can leave the Philippines but still be jologs sometimes–not that there’s anything wrong with that ☺

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We tried different mocktails which were quite popular according to the servers.

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We ordered their pesto fries while waiting for the rest to arrive. It’s actually good except fries with sauces almost always become soggy quite quickly. So better to chow down as fast as you can.image

Baked Dory with parmesan crust on top– which was really good we had to order another one for the late comers.image

Binagoongan Beef — quite tender and tasty. Best with rice! Lots of rice!image

Beef Kare-kare. Next 3 photos by W because Little A fell asleep and I couldn’t reach the dish. The sauce was really rich! Best with rice. Lots of rice! Do you see a pattern here? image

Not a fan of mussels so I didn’t try this at all. But looks plenty for 220 a pot.image

Chicken which I didn’t get to try, too! I spent the time chatting and skipped dishes that were too far from my side of the table!

The food is not spectacular but the ambience is homey and familiar. Try it out for yourself! 🙂 And when you go, can you please ask the waiters about The Gifted? 🙂

Sct. Lozano St, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 917 817 6045

Breakfast and Pies

Sometimes, we wake up early enough to have breakfast outside.

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I like this place because they serve comfy foods. Reminds me of lazy Sunday breakfasts when we were young– everyday can be lazy Sundays mornings!

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Galette with 3 kinds of sausages

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Crack pie!

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Omelette with sausages

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Homemade corned beef on fried rice with eggs

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Hot chocolate for me.

It’s good if you’re near Teacher’s Village. If you have to travel far and wide to get there, I suggest you find other breakfast places in the metro. They’re a-plenty!