Friday, September 23, 2011

Food Review: Hello Kitty Cafe, Taiwan

I'm currently in Taipei using the hotel's free internet (yay!) and just decided to do a quick update.

I learned about the Hello Kitty Cafe in Taipei when I was doing research for this trip. So since we didn't have anything to do, we just decided to have pm snacks aka merienda there.

The place was super cute but a bit pricey, as they also require all patrons to buy at least NT$300 worth of food and beverages to dine inside the restaurant. It was fun, coz we were all cooing over the presentation of the cakes. Taste-wise it wasn't earth shattering, but I guess what you're really paying for is the ambience and the experience.

1st Row L-R : Creme Brulee, Custard Creme/Mousse
2nd Row: Layered Cake, Cheese Cake, Random Kitty Heads
3rd Row: Cake Selections

I really wanted to post the names of the food we ordered, but I really can't because the menu was written in Chinese :/

(FYI, the Cafe also serves lunch/ dinner meals from 11- 2:30(?) and 5 onwards. We arrived at around 3pm and they were just serving desserts and drinks then.)

Overall, our experience at the Hello Kitty Cafe was fun and memorable, mostly because of the whole look and feel of the place. If you're in Taiwan and you're a Kitty fan you should try it out! 

Where is the Hello Kitty Cafe (Taipei) located?

The Hello Kitty Cafe is located near the Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT Stop. Take Exit 3 and walk towards the intersection of Da An Road, Sec 1. Turn right. The cafe can be seen on your right. It's unmissable since it's pink and has Hello Kitty decor all over :))

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Visa Rant

It's unfair that we have to get visas for most of the countries in the western hemisphere. And it's molto expensivo, Hello?! since everyone's calling the Philippines a 3rd world country, why not impose 3rd world visa fees? Am I right? or am I right? end.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Filipino Food Reviews: Updates? What Updates?

Was out for the whole month of June and part of July for something work related. It was pretty tiring but it was also a great experience to travel to different places in the Philippines, and to talk with different people from all sorts of backgrounds. I've learned a lot from the stories they shared, mostly regarding their businesses and I realized that there is no single formula for success.  Everyone finds their own path to greatness. Some may take years to reach their goal, while others achieve it immediately. Basta, it was fun and educational, But it took time away from my blogging...

So. updates on food blogging? I have a few ones lined up, but for now, I'm posting a picspam from the Field :D

 Lechon Hoffun - Luisa's Cafe, Session Road, Baguio City

HUMONGOUS Baby Back Ribs - Steaks and ?, Santiago City, Isabela
Php 150 or around $3.50 

 Weird Siopao with Ketchup - From a Bakery at Balamban, Cebu

 Porcupinefish or Blowfish or Balloonfish - I say, epol apple :))
Note: I did not eat this, heard that improper cooked Tetraodontidae (oooh!)
can kill a person. no thanks.

 Stingray sinigang - Larangan in Cebu
Note: A bit fishy, tasted ok

Vegetarian Lasagna - Health 100 Restaurant, Baguio City

La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post - I know, this isn't a typical food shot, but isn't it pretty astounding?!
Millions worth of vegetables bought and sold here reach the whole Philippines.
The huge amount of activity here raises land prices to match those of exclusive villages in Manila - Php30,000/sqm ++
Think - a "carinderia" (small eatery) beside this location has monthly rentals of about 30,000 pesos. 0_0


Laing (Gabi leaves in Coconut broth), Fried Tofu and Red Mountain Rice - 
Cafe Maleng-ag, La Trinidad, Benguet

Sweetened Rimas/Kolo/ Breadfruit - Bus Stop from Baguio to Abra
Note: this is the FIRST time that I've encountered this fruit. It really tastes a bit "bready" :)) But since this was sliced thinly it resembled cassava chips/banana chips

I actually forgot to take pictures of all the other things I ate during my trips, bad blogger.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Manila Restaurant Reviews: Tong Yang (SM Megamall Atrium)

I've always been a sucker for buffets, especially seafood buffets. Tong Yang - one of the oldest grill buffets in the country has always been a go to for my family and I when we have a hankering for Japanese food.

I havent been able to try Sambokojin/ Yakimix, the (relative) newcomers - probably need to try them for comparison. 

Here are a few photos from the resto:

This place is always packed during lunch and dinner, so reservations are highly encouraged.

Yummy grilled seafood. 

I like this contraption - :D you get to choose 2 broths and you put it in a single pot  - simple but ingenious!


Where is Tong Yang located? SM Mega-Atrium, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Filipino Recipes: Sisig

My Mom loves lechon and she loves holding parties at home. And here, Party = Lechon, so you can imagine the amount of lechon that we have during the holiday season.

 Last December for example, we had around 3 for the whole month and (of course) had a lot of leftovers. Since we were tired of eating lechon paksiw after parties, we decided to make sisig (YUM!).

Here is how we made our homemade sisig:

Ingredients : Leftover lechon, Green Chillies, Onions, Chicharon, Worcestershire Sauce, Mayonnaise, Soy Sauce, Calamansi

Step 1:  Fry the leftover lechon and chop it "sisig-style"
Step 2:  Chop onions, green chillies and crush the chicharon 
Step 3: Put everything in a microwaveable container
Step 4: Squeeze 1 calamansi, Put mayonnaise, soy sauce and worcestershire sauce
Step 5: Mix well
Step 6: Pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes
Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

*nom nom nom* heart attack *nom nom nom*

Monday, January 17, 2011

Manila Restaurant Reviews: O'sonho Portuguese Fusion Restobar

UPDATE: Osonho's Eastwood City Branch is now closed (2013)

Happy New Year!

Here is another Metro Manila restaurant review about a new establishment at Eastwood - O'Sonho.
The main fare at this resto is Portuguese comfort food. Here are a few pics of the food we ordered:

 Caldo Verde - Though, this doesn't look like much, it was yummy, green and supposedly healthy! It's made from KALE leaves and is very popular with the Portuguese (accdng to their menu)

 Paella - It was a bit dry for my taste, but my parents loved it esp the "tutong"

 Salmon - Nothing special.


Stuffed Almond Crusted Chicken 

Where is O'sonho located? At Eastwood City, at the back of Makeroom very near the Eastwood Mall


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