Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ever since I got to try the pioneer branch of Osaka Ohsho at SM Megamall Fashion Hall, I've already envisioned it opening another branch.  Years gone by and finally, Osaka Ohsho opens its second branch at SM North Edsa The BlockAnd opening at the same time also by Relic Group is Cafe Kumori. 

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
The invite is very simple and it didn't leave any details except for the time and place.  So I bet the guests were all pleasantly surprised with the Japanese Picnic Party Theme.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
 The table setting is lovely!  

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Shobe's worked hard on this masterpiece and gifted it to me! Sweet right?  Have this by my desk side. =)
Shobe got so enthusiastic with their coloring activity.  She managed to finish the Osaka Ohsho coloring card using the watercolor pencils and brushing it with water after.  While the Kumori Coloring Page was half done until now because she found it too difficult.  

Osaka Ohsho
osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
The event was graced by the owners Linfred Yap, Weiser Co and celebrities such as Tim Yap who is also Linfred's cousin.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
The interior is a bit different from the pioneer branch.  I think this one maximized the space better.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Osaka Ohsho's menu keeps on expanding.  I've featured some of the items I've tried here, here and here.  

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Kimchi Gyoza
And, I just found out there are more items to try like their Kimchi Gyoza.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Strawberry Passion Fruit Fizz and Apple Lychee Soda
Cafe Kumori
osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Just like in other countries which have the Cafe Kumogi, we now a Cafe Kumori.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa

This is Kumori's first stand-alone bakery.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
The glass shelves display their wide pastry collection.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Some of them are apparently non-consumable.

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I think this is the only section for self-service?

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
The cakes which are chilled are by the counter.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
Recognized famous instragrammers @sheroseontimare and @gourmanila being busy.
Because it is a cafe, diners can seat in while enjoying their drink and pastry offerings.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
These are most of Kumori's products.  Having tried only a few as I've shared here and here, I have to admit I was more excited for this than Osaka Ohsho.

osaka ohsho kumori sm north edsa
These are the ones we got to try.  Among these, the Hanjuku Cheese is still the best for me.  The rest had a noticeably sweeter blend.

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For drinks, the Matcha Milkshake and Choco Hazelnut Milkshake was served.  They were very fab see?  The Matcha Milkshake was very light.  I can't help but compare it to Osaka Ohsho's Matcha Milk Smoothie which I loveMany had falled in love with the very sweet Choco Hazelnut Milkshake.  The guests beside us told us that the Japanese Sweet Corn Milkshake is the best among the three milkshake offerings.  They ordered for us but they never cameAnd, I'll use that as a reason to come back and try more of their products so watch up for more updates! Till next time!

Osaka Ohsho and Cafe Kumori SM North Edsa The Block
Business Address SM North Edsa
North Ave Bagong Pag-asa, 
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 10am-9pm (mall hours) 
Payment Options Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 300-600
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact

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Friday, February 5, 2016

IHOP Philippines will be having a P25 per promotion to celebrate their 3rd year anniversary.  This is their way of thanking their loyal customers for their patronage since they opened their doors back in 2013.  Wow!  I can still recall lining up for them back in 2013!
 
ihop 25 pancake promotion
Mark your calendars because the P25 per promotion is really worth it!  From February 8 to 12, 2016, you get to buy signature Buttermilk Pancakes for only P25 per piece. 
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You can choose between P50 per 2 piece stack or P100 per 4 piece stack.  You can add along and order as much as you want.  There will also be a monthlong activity in celebration of National Pancake Day where the proceeds will be for the benefit of the children of Kythe Foundation.

ihop 25 pancake promotion
For valentines, they will also offer the Red Velvet Pancakes for 195 php.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our Cloverleaf Northern Bite second stop which is also along Banawe is at Lam Tin Tea House

lam tin tea house
Don't be turned off when you see these boxes by the side of the storeYou see, we Tsinoys like to utilize every space we've got.  You know you're in a Tsinoy territory when you see some stuff scattered around the home and office. 

lam tin tea house

The first floor is a casual fast food dining area.  If you're looking for the usual red table cloth and big round dining table set up, they have those on the second floor.

Food

Dimsum
lam tin tea house
Since it's still early for lunch, our visit is a Yum Cha session - drinking tea and having dimsum.
 
hakaw
Hakao (95 php)

Among all dimsum selections, hakaw is my favorite.  And, I'm really picky when it comes to it.  The Hakao of Lam Tin Tea is just the way I like it.  It has silky smooth skin and the shrimp is soft and tasty.


taosi spareribs
Taosi Spareribs (85 php)
The Taosi Spareribs is quite appetizing with its combination of light spiciness and savoriness.

taro puff
Taro-Puff (95 php)
To be honest, a Taro Puff is not something I'd order. You see I love Purple Yam or Ube but I have a negative impartiality toward Taro except for Quickly Super Taro Ice.  My bias begun when I was little... You see in every burial, we would go to the temple to pray for the dead and then after, we have to eat the expensive vegan tasteless meals prepared by monks.  Most of them are made of taro and to me they had different forms and names but the same bland taro taste.  But when I tried these Taro Puffs, it's as if all the negativity flow out of me and I fully enjoyed and loved this!  I think the key is the ground pork mixed in.

sea king roll
Sea King Roll (90 php)
The Sea King Roll is one of the best seafood rolls I have tried yet.  The broccoli, lettuce, crab stick, shrimp and fish fillet chime well together.


sharks fiin dumpling
Sharks Fin Dumpling (90 php)
Hold your horses folks before you hit me with comments on save sea life advocations.  You see this is a 4-piece order for only 90 php.  Do you think they'd really use real sharks fin for this Sharks Fin Dumpling for such a bargain price?  That point aside, this is delicious!

Short Order Meal
lam tin fried chicken
Lam Tin Fried Chicken (400 php/whole)
The Lam Tin Fried Chicken is served with sweet and sour sauce.  Everyone loved this!

cloverleaf balintawak
So folks this is the Avida Towers Cloverleaf that is soon too rise on Avida Cloverleaf Balintawak.  If you'll be living in one of these residential towers, then Banawe food stops like Lam Tin Tea House will be very accessible as it is only 15 minutes away.


Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
Lam Tin Tea House serves affordable and delicious dimsum and more!  If you're in Banawe with a craving for dimsum, this is the place you're looking for.


Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating Lam Tin Tea House Menu
Ambiance N/A
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
Lam Tin Tea House
Business Address 30-U Banawe Cor. M. Cuenco Street, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City, Philippines
Business Hours 7am-10pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 708-0989
Other 

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

A decadent smell that sometimes comes from the kitchen is chocolate as it melts on the stove. You can also encounter a hint of heaven while something made with chocolate is baking in the oven, such as a pie or a cake. There are a few things to keep in mind when working with baking chocolate or any other kind of chocolate. If you are using the kind traditionally set aside for baking, you will discover that it has a slightly bitter taste. You need to add a bit of sugar for there to be a sweet taste, but there are some recipes that you can make that do well with a bitter chocolate, such as creme pie.

Chocolate is an ingredient that is sensitive to heat. You have to use a lower heat so that it doesn't burn. While it's in a pot or a pan, you need to stir it at a constant rate. If you don't, then it can begin to stick to the sides of the vessel. High heat can make the chocolate lose its shine. This is something to consider if you are making a pudding or a ganache.

Cut large pieces of chocolate into small chips before melting. This will decrease the melting time. A double boiler can help control the temperature. This is a saucepan of water with a bowl sitting on top of it so that the product isn't directly in the heat. When you begin making cakes, pies and other treats, use the chocolate when it's at room temperature. This is when it usually tastes the best. Salt can enhance the sweetness as well as the cocoa flavor. You can add butter to give chocolate a shine. Vanilla also adds a sweet taste, but you need to think about how much is used as it can be overpowering.

When you're using a solid block of chocolate or chips, avoid mixing it with powder. The flavors are usually completely different, and you will often get a mixture that is grainy. If you add sugar to the product, then consider melting the sugar with butter before adding it together.
A few days ago, I got invited by Avida Land to experience a food trip in Banawe and our first stop is G's Cafe.  
 
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Why Banawe?  Because just 15-minutes aways, Ayala Land Inc. is developing an 11-hectare project right at the juncture of North Luzon Expressway, Edsa and A. Bonifacio Avenue called Cloverleaf Balintawak.  
  
cloverleaf balintawak
It will be a whole new place by 2020 as there will be QualiMed Hospital, Avida Towers Cloverleaf as residential towers, an Ayala Mall, retail strips and office buildings.  

gs cafe
So along Banawe is G's Cafe is at the second floor of Gears Autoshop so it's not that the first thing that will catch your attention.  In fact, I was really surprised at it's wide floor space.  Just like in coffee shops, it has a counter with a cake chiller.  

gs cafe
But, what makes it distinguishable from all other cafes is it's automobile theme.  It reminded me of the manly bikers bars along Mexico or Texas that I see on American films.

gs cafe
There's a rack where you can purchase mobile accessories.

gs cafe
What I particularly liked the most is their wall brick wall with cool stuffs that will remind you of road driving. 

gs cafe
And, there's a bar with leather race car seats.  Pretty neat huh?  Seeing these seats also reminded me that when I was a little kid, it was one of my dreams to have my own racing arcade machine at home.  (Like most childhood dreams, that somehow faded awayI think because when I was a child I was materialistic and now, I'm more experiential.)

Food

camber crispy bacon and honey cured ham
Camber Crispy Bacon and Honey Cured Ham (165 php)
Seeing the beautifully prepared easy over egg on the Camber Crispy Bacon and Honey Cured Ham is already a plus for me.  Then it was served with a perfectly crispy bacon and savory cured hamHow can I not like this right?  And, I have to add that the potato chips served as side dish with garlic sauce is addicting!
 
radial roast beef sandwich
Radial Roast Beef Sandwich (228 php)
The Radial Roast Beef Sandwich is one of the best-sellers at G's Cafe (according to Swarm tips when I logged in!).  I totally agree with their conviction because I also fell for this tasty roast beef with creamy mushroom and melted cheese sandwich.

breaded ham and cheese sandwich
Breaded Ham and Cheese Sandwich (120 php)
If you like breaded dishes like cordon bleu, you'll definitely like their Breaded Ham and Cheese.

 
dark choco cheese panini
Dark Choco Cheese Panini (125 php)
To be honest, I was expecting the Dark Choco Cheese Panini to be an ordinary panini stuffed with chocolate spread which you can affordably buy from the grocery.   But, I was so wrong!  It was rich and bitter-sweet.  It reminded me of pandesal being dipped over thick hot cocoa but this was richer or maybe like Nutella without the hazelnut.  The cheese is very subtle.


Drinks

cappuccino
Cappuccino Regular (105 php)
Tsinoy Foodies Verdict
We've only tried sandwiches and coffee which is not even a quarter of the menu at G's Cafe.  I'm very pleased with our dining experience.  I really love the theme and the price is very reasonable.  I look forward to trying more of their menu next time.

Tsinoy Foodies Review Rating G's Cafe Menu
Ambiance Menu 1 | Menu 2
Taste
Service
Price
=Favorites or Recommended 
G's Cafe
Business Address 802 Banawe St., Sienna, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business Hours 9:30 am- 11:30 pm
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge 10%
Budget/Person 250-500
Free WiFi No
Unlocked Foursquare Perks None
Contact (02) 516-3352
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