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FOODtography: Din Tai Fung – Silvercord Branch, Hong Kong

 

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Black Truffle and Pork Xiao Long Bao

 

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Shrimp and Pork Shaomai

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Photo Blog: My Birthday in Singapore

Flashback to May. I joined an online contest wherein the prize is a 2-night stay at one of the hotels by Stay Far East Hospitality in Singapore. I didn’t get my hopes up since it was too good to be true. Then, a month later, I received an e-mail stating that I won! After confirming the prize, I decided to use it on my birthday since the voucher was good until September 19, 2013. Booked a ticket for my mom, sister and myself then reserved a room at the Village Court Albert Hotel. After few months, it was already my birthday and we were on our way to Singapore.

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It was a lucky day for me because Lee Seung Gi was also arriving at Changi Airport. I only found out when I saw this at the arrival hall and when I asked some of his fans who were eagerly waiting for him. They were very nice because they answered all my questions. To those fans whom I met at the airport, thank you very much. 🙂

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I waited for an hour just to get a glimpse of him and it was worth it.

SG 2013 (7)The World Food Fair was held that weekend and admission was free so we stuffed ourselves with cheap but good food.

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My visit to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without eating at Din Tai Fung.

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The best xiao long bao (steamed pork dumplings) I’ve ever had.

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I was disappointed to hear that the AFC Studio had closed down 3 days before my arrival.

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I didn’t have a cake on my birthday but I did have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. ❤

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It was a short but fulfilling trip. I will be coming back again someday to one of the places I love to visit.

I am now 26 years old! I don’t know if every good thing that has happened to me right now is a blessing or just luck, nonetheless, I am thankful.


FOODtography: La Crêperie, Cafe Bene and Pizza Hut Bistro.

1st stop: La Crêperie.

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Just passing by La Crêperie makes your mouth water from the sweet enticing smell emanating from inside.

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Cappuccino: Espresso, steamed milk and foam.

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La Christine: It’s a crêpe with fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream.

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This is my friend’s reaction after tasting La Christine. It’s that good!

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Make your own crêpe: Hazelnut spread (Nutella) crêpe, whipped cream, sliced almonds and salted butter caramel syrup.

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Campagne: Bacon, potato, caramelized onions, cheese and jalapeno pepper. The jalapeno pepper is optional but I had them add it in. I thought it would be spicy but it was only subtle. The side salad was just lettuce with honey mustard vinaigrette. It may not look enticing but it was so good that I had to stop myself from ordering another plate.

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We also ordered a side of bacon.

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Their teas are from TWG.

2nd stop: Cafe Bene

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Cafe Bene is a Korean coffehouse chain. It’s a great place to study or hangout with friends. They have a 2nd floor so there’s no need to worry about getting a table and there are outlets all over the area so you can plug your laptops or other electronic devices.

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Iced Misugaru Latte: homemade multigrain drink containing black sesame seed, black bean, black rice, brown rice, barley. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I like it and it’s a healthy drink.

3rd stop: Pizza Hut Bistro

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Penne in tomato cream sauce: When they added this in their menu, it became my favorite. I don’t know what happened but this order is bland so I was disappointed. I don’t know if I’ll order it again.

All 3 restaurants are located at Eastwood City, QC.


Vikings: A Feast from the Sea, Indeed!

Yesterday, I went to Vikings with my family. It was our 1st time there except for my eldest sister. We were celebrating my niece’s 3rd birthday. I’ve read a lot of good reviews and after my experience, I will definitely go back.

The restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of SM Marikina. It covers a big area so they can serve a wide variety of dishes and seat hundreds of hungry diners. It was a weekday but there were still many customers. I guess it was because many people opt to celebrate their birthday there since they get to eat for free. I can’t even remember how many times I heard the Vikings crew sang Happy Birthday and they do that everyday for lunch and dinner. I suggest to make reservations in advance so you don’t have to wait for a table. We were seated near the window which had a beautiful view of the sunset over the skyline.

There are so many kinds of food that I bet no one has ever tried to get a taste of everything. They have soups, salads, bread, spreads, seafoods, steaks, sushi, cakes, ice cream and fresh fruits to name a few. There’s also a variety of drinks available such as juice, shakes, tea, coffee and even beer.

This may sound absurd but I always make a mental checklist before eating at buffets. The #1 rule is to consume equal to or more than what you pay for. You should eat the most expensive dish available. In Vikings, they have steaks, lamb, sushi, sashimi, tempura, crabs, caviars and oysters. Do not eat raw fish and shellfish on an empty stomach. Start your meal with a light salad. Avoid eating foods rich in starch as well as soups because it will make you full. It’s better to eat those at the end if there’s still some space left in your stomach. Don’t pile up your plate and only eat small portions of different dishes to try them all. It’s a buffet so you can go back as many times as you want. Lastly, drink hot tea to aid in digestion.

I must have consumed 10 plates of food and 6 glasses of drinks so my 888php dinner was worth it. I loved the salmon and tuna sashimi (It’s so fresh that it truly is a feast from the sea!), canadian roll, oysters rockefeller, tenderloin steak with truffle sauce, pastrami (I was surprised that they had this), spinach spread, avocado ice cream, chocolate mousse, blueberry cheesecake, red velvet cake and crème brûlée. As for the dishes that kind of disappointed me, starting with the tempura which was heavily battered. Then, the lamb steak that I got had more fat than meat so I didn’t get to enjoy it. It was good with the mint jelly. Plus, I think they just reheated the meat on the grill so it gets cold fast. What they did to the prosciutto was very disappointing. Why would you sprinkle thyme on it and wrap it around a hard to bite melon? WHY?!

The next time I get to feast at Vikings I know what I’ll be eating.


Valentine’s Day 2012

Last year, I spent my Valentine’s Day with a few of my single friends. Since we all had nothing to do, they came over my house where we had tacos and watched movies. It was my first time to receive a flower and on Valentine’s Day to boot so the thoughtful gift was deeply appreciated.

As for this year, I was supposed to stay at home and do the same thing I did last year, but only this time I plan on doing it alone. However, I was persuaded by my friends to attend a gig because when they asked me if I was going, I told them I’d pass and they immediately assumed that I had a date. So I had to change my plan for Valentine’s Day and based on what happened last night, I had no regrets. I spent my night with my friends and they had a gig at an auditorium which looked like a mini Valentine’s Day concert from where I was seated. It was a small crowd and they loved the band. I loved the setlist because it was perfect for the occasion. We ended the night by fulfilling my craving for bulalo at Tapsi Ni Vivian, the restaurant that serves the best bulalo in town. To sum it all up, I had a wonderful time.

I wonder how next year will be.


Tis The Season To Be Jolly….. And Fat!

“It’s Christmas Eve and we are going to go celebrate being young and being alive!” – Jack Black from The Holiday (2006)

As our yearly tradition, my family and I are gonna celebrate Christmas with a feast and then go to sleep. Yeah, we’re a bunch of pigs. LOL. Anyway, there’s no such thing as diet in my vocabulary so let’s just enjoy the moment. Cheers!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Photo Blog: Food Cravings

Warning: What you are about to see may cause drooling. If you’re hungry, I suggest you read this later after you’ve eaten but if you wish to torture yourself then keep on reading and enjoy!

Lately, I’ve been craving a variety of foods coming from all over the world. Some of them are either expensive, hard to find/not available where I am in the world, or laborious. So I’ve decided to make an entry and share my misery to other people. Let’s start!

Pastrami Sandwich – The first time I had this was during my vacation in the US. Before going to a museum with my cousins, we had lunch at the Yard House and I ordered a pastrami sandwich out of curiosity. I’ve only seen and heard of it from the food channels that I’ve been watching so I wanted to try it. After my first bite of the sandwich, I fell in love with it. I’ve been trying to find a restaurant here that serves yummy, authentic pastrami sandwich but so far none of those I’ve tried have satisfied me.

Samgyupsal – It’s just a thin slice of pork seared to perfection on a grill but how you eat it is what makes it interesting. You can dip it in a sauce, eat it with rice, wrap it up in a lettuce or have it as it is. It’s been a year since I’ve dined-in a Korean restaurant with friends and ordered this. I might grab some slices of this next time I get to visit a Korean grocery.

Bagnet – Simply put… It is unhealthy but I don’t care cause I’ll die happy after eating this.

Chicken Curry – It’s been a few months since I last had eaten curry. Ever since I woke up this morning, I’ve been craving for this. *drools*

All the fried goodies of this store in HK – Discovered by my sister during her last visit in HK, she raved about this corner store that sells delicious fish balls, fried octopus, lobster balls, hungarian sausage, fried stuffed tofu, etc. When I got to go on vacation in HK last June, it was in my to-do list that I find this store and try their food. Luckily, it was near our hotel, about 10 minutes of walking. As you can see on the picture above, the store is flocked by many and based on the look of my cousin and my face, it’s that good. For HK$9 per stick, it’s delicious and cheap.

Katsudon – Back in high school, every friday after class, my friends and I would hangout at Kamirori, a Japanese restaurant near our school and I would always order Katsudon. Out of all the Japanese restaurants I’ve tried, Crazy Katsu has the best Katsudon, in my opinion. It’s one of my comfort foods.

Steamed Salmon – Just so I have something healthy on the list.

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – What’s a meal without a dessert? I love their New York Super Fudge Chunk! Hope they open a store here soon.

*wipes drool off chin*

And there you go, ladies and gentlemen.

*stomach growls*

So what are you craving for? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Note: Some of the images used in this post are not mine.