Monday, August 22, 2016

Whenever we would be in the Kapitolyo area, my cousins would recommend dining in Haru Susi Bar & Restaurant.  For some reason, we were not able to dine there but it sparked my mom's epicuriosity once again and we tried it one night when they had an available parking space.

haru sushi bar restaurant
The place is always full so we were quite delighted for the chance.

haru sushi bar restaurant
Upon reaching the entrance, we were told to wait a few minutes as they are still preparing our table.

haru sushi bar restaurant
We intended to have sushi by the sushi bar but it was still occupied so we decided to try that next time instead.

haru sushi bar restaurant
The atmosphere is different from all other Japanese Restaurants we've triedIf only we weren't such a shy family, I bet it would have been fun to take our photo ops by their decors.

haru sushi bar restaurant
There were Japanese memorabilia that really give it a traditional Japanese vibe.  

haru sushi bar restaurant
From the parking area is a path way towards their extended area.

haru sushi bar restaurant
We passed by this room after our dinner. 

haru sushi bar restaurant
There were Japanese toys which reminded us of our childhood.


haru sushi bar restaurant
Brother had some of those when we were little.  But, unfortunately, they got lost when we moved to our new home. 

Food
Now, on with the food...
dynamite roll
Dynamite Roll (269 php)
They say, you can't dine at Haru and not have sushi so we ordered the Dynamite Roll.  True enough, this is by far one of the best Dynamite Rolls we've tried!  This is their version of the sushi roll with spicy tuna, salmon, Japanese cucumber with a coat of tobikko.  We loved this so much that we ordered 2 more of this!

crazy roll
Crazy Roll (198 php)
The Crazy Roll which is a sushi roll with kani, ripe mango, cucumber with haikara flakes and topped with kani tossed with Japanese mayonnaise.  We loved the crunch factor brought by the haikara flakes but this was outshun by the Dynamite Roll.

Nabemono
sukiyaki
Sukiyaki Large (605 php)
We ordered the Sukiyaki Large which exactly serves six bowls.  Mom was amused by the little quail eggs they added on each bowlful finding them to be quite cuteWe were impressed by their Sukiyaki which was served piping hot and not too sweet.   We also enjoyed the tenderness of the meat and the silky smooth tofu.


Yakimono/Robata-Yaki
tori shitake hasayamaki
Tori Shitake Hasayamaki (315 php)
The Tori Shitake Hasayamaki was just okay.  It didn't give us an impression of ordering it again anytime soon.


ika teppanyaki
Ika Teppanyaki (375 php)
One of mom's strict consideration when ordering a Ika Teppanyaki is that it should be easy for her to mince.  This passed!



oyster teppanyaki
Oyster Teppanyaki (248 php)
What we all loved the most among our cooked dishes is the Oyster Teppanyaki.  We could tell that it was fresh and cooked with precision to keep it delicious sea flavors locked in.

Gohan
fried rice
Fried Rice (80 php)
For staple, we ordered the Fried Rice.  I normally have no say when it comes to staples but this one stands out because of the crunchy vegetables.  We all had extra rice!
 
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Haru Sushi Bar popularity has already preceded this post and I can totally understand why.  Perhaps, the only set back is its steep price compared to other restaurants in the Kapitolyo area.  But, one should also consider that its premium food quality and its Japanese cuisine justifies their pricing.  I really do hope we could go back soonest to try their sushi bar. 


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Haru Sushi Bar Menu
Ambiance Yakimono | Tempura | Tempura 2 |  
Teppanyaki 1 |
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Haru Sushi Bar
Business Address 21 West Capitol Dr, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Business Hours 11am-2pm
5:30pm-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 500-800
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 631-0597
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

One of my little sister's friend from college is a Buddhist Taiwanese and he has long been recommending Caffe Dolce.

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So one night, my mom once against drags as all out just to have some dessert and coffee there.  If you've been reading my posts... that is usual for my mom.

Caffe Dolce
We were surprised upon reaching the mezzanine level that there is a cute and coffee cafe hidden therein.  

Caffe Dolce

And despite being late for an ordinary night, there were numerous couples and groups who seem to be enjoying the comforts of the serene place.  Caffe Dolce also has an Al Fresco area.
Caffe Dolce
While waiting for our orders, the family had fun taking photo ops with these teddy bears.

Cafe Selection
Caffe Dolce
Marshmallow Caffe Hot (135 php)
The Marshmallow Caffe was enjoyed by my little sister.  The marshmallow adds a mellow tone of sweetness and a lovable puffy and creamy texutre. 


Caffe Dolce
Rose Caffe Latte Hot (135 php)
My other sister chose the Rose Caffe Latte which she loved till the last sip.  It's fragrant rosy flavor and aroma complements their coffee well.

Caffe Dolce
Caffe Jelly (135 php)
I had the Caffe Jelly which passed my picky standards.  The froth and jelly brings a liveliness to the coffee coffee.

Saint Petersburg Selection
Caffe Dolce
Chamomile with Apple Hot (120 php)
Their pot of Chamomile with Apple is good for sharing.  I loved the combination of the real apple bits and refreshing chamomile tea.

Classic Tea Selection
Caffe Dolce
Iced Pomelo with Peach (109 php)
My youngest sister who isn't much of a coffee and tea fan ordered the Iced Pomelo with Peach.  We were all thrilled when she finished this.  She rarely fully consumed what she orders.


Honey Toast Selection
chocolate matcha honey toast
Chocolate Green Tea Honey Toast (209 php)
A must order for me in every Taiwanese Cafe is their honey toastMy majority vote, we got the Chocolate Green Tea Honey Toast.  It was good but not the best we've tried.  The toppings were great but I guess it was the honey toast which could be better.

Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
When you're in the Banawe Area and looking for a place to relax, definitely give Caffe Dolce a try.  Their ambiance and drinks offers a unique cafe experience.  The price is affordable too.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Caffe Dolce Menu
Ambiance Caffe | Tea | Frost | Soda
Soup | Salad | Appetizer | Sandwiches
Pasta | Pizza | Set | Set2
 Waffle | Honey ToastGroup
 
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Caffe Dolce
Business Address 848 Banawe Corner Linaw Street, Sienna, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 11am-11pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 150-800
Free WiFi Yes
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02)  806-1103
Other  Facebook Fan Page
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Whenever I would go to Tagaytay, the first on my list would be Buko Pie and in addition, I'd buy Buffalo or Carabao Milk as pasalubong for the family.  Buffy's is located just beside Orient - The Original Buko Pie Shop so it's quite convenient for me to purchase there.

buffys buffalo milk
Their signage is big and eye-catching.

buffys buffalo milk
Inside, there's a dine in area.

buffys buffalo milk
Yes, they have a menu. But despite my numerous visits, I have yet to try it.


buffys buffalo milk
Carabao Pastillas
buffys buffalo milk
Carabao Milk (110 php)
To be honest, all buffalo or carabao milks I've tried taste just the same to me.  So I just buy whereever convenient.  The price is negiligible of course.  But, I think Mr. Moo which I've previously shared is a bit cheaper because it is merely a pop out store.  But, the service here is better because they ice the milk properly.  They also have ice creams and yogurt which I have yet to try.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Buffy's Menu
Ambiance n/a
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Buffy's
Business Address Santa Rosa - Tagaytay Rd, Silang, Cavite, Philippines
Business Hours 9am-7pm
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person 100-300
Free WiFi No
Contact (0917) 5069531
Other 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join the Oishi Snacktacular 2016 to celebrate Oishi's 70th Anniversary.

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I extended the invite via Instagram too.  
 
oishi snacktacular 2016

Although this has become an annual event for Oishi, it was a first time for me so you can imagine my excitement!  Being an avid gamer, I couldn't have expected a better theme.  The event was graced by Team O Wow composed of the most popular love team Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Alex GonzagaSlater Young, and Ramon Bautista with Sam Purvor as host.

oishi snacktacular 2016
Upon registration, I was given my O-Pass.  The O-Pass is basically a record of your scores from each booth and the highest scorer, will get this 4 feet Oishi Snack Bag as loot

oishi snacktacular 2016
I first tried the Make Your Own Snack (20 php) which is the first booth I spotted.

oishi snacktacular 2016
 I wanted to make something unique so I made a Wasabi and Nori Ridges and Potato Fries Combination.  It's like a Japanese-American fusion snack.  

oishi snacktacular 2016
I took this snack bag home and the family loved it!

My Snackcatcher Experience!

oishi snack catcher
Berylle of itsberyllicious.com Being a Human Crane
The highlight of my first Oishi Snacktacular experience is the Snack Catcher (200 php).  Before this, the nearest experience I have with a crane machine is watching the Toy Story Movie Scene where Buzz Lightyear and the Squeeze Toy aliens were trapped in it.  But it was nothing like being a human crane.  The experience was quick and intense.  I think the only thing that dominated me during that time was my gluttony instinct to grab as much snacks as I can.

oishi snacktacular 2016
Berylle got a total of 69 snacks!

kathryn bernardo
Kathryn Bernado
After an intense activity, we wanted to cool off.  There was a lot of commotion with the Smart C+ Booth as Kathryn Bernado grabs her favorite Oishi Slush C+ Calamansi.


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I followed her suit and chose that too over the Pomelo.

oishi snacktacular 2016
I also enjoyed the Cuckoo Blaster (100 php)I've played ping pong but catching ping pong balls in Cuckoo's cute costume is definitely more fun!

oishi snacktacular 2016
 After burning some calories from the last booth, I had to regain them at the Oishi O-Twirl (20 php).


oishi snacktacular 2016
 Remember Tetris?

oishi snacktacular 2016
You get to add-on two snacks as toppings.  I didn't give much thought into it this time and settled for Chocolate Pillows and Ridges.  It turned out to be surprisingly good.


oishi snacktacular 2016

The most in demand booth is the Snack Shack (295 php) where you have to fill up their 2 feet bag within 1 minute and you get to take it home too!


oishi snacktacular 2016
 You can choose you're favorite snack design.  Scores for this booth is based on the weight.
 
daniel padilla
Some fans got to meet ad greet and take selfie as souvenirs.

oishi snacktacular 2016
While, I'm just happy for the whole experience!  Can't wait for next year!
 
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