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Authentic Japanese Cuisine at Tachibana, Microtel Wyndham South Forbes

Tachibana Authentic Japanese Restaurant

at Microtel Wyndham, Silang, Cavite

Last Sunday, I went on a random trip to Sta. Rosa, Laguna to meet with my girlfriends. When we go to Nuvali area, there’s one place that we cannot not go: Tachibana Authentic Japanese Restaurant.

Tachibana has been serving its customers an authentic Japanese experience for more than a decade now. They started at the 2nd floor of Makati Palace Hotel in P. Burgos, Makati. Several years later they opened at Ventura Center, Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Don Jose, Santa Rosa. Then then last year, it opened another branch in Microtel by Wyndham in South Forbes, Silang, Cavite.

How would you know that a Japanese restaurant is serving authentic Japanese food and offering real Japanese experience?

If you see, many Japanese dining there.

That is Tachibana.

When you enter the restaurant, you feel right at home. Its cozy interiors make you marvel at the tiny details that give you a feel of Japanese culture.

IMG_5647 IMG_5645 IMG_5644 IMG_5649 IMG_5650 IMG_5655 IMG_5654 IMG_5653 IMG_5652 Interiors of Tachibana Authentic Japanese Restaurant

I am not a connoisseur for everything Japanese but all I know is that they serve delicious and they don’t scrimp on ingredients.

Oolong tea

Oolong tea

Hiyayakko

Hiyayakko (Cold Beancurd)

Shake Sio Yake

Shake Sio Yake (Grilled Salmon)

Mentaiko Yaki Onigiri

Mentaiko Yaki Onigiri (Japanese Rice with Fish Roe)

Tuna Sashimi

Tuna Sashimi

Miso Ramen

Miso Ramen

We also had Tonkatsu Ramen but we were not able to take a photo of it, ha ha!

Yaki Gyoza

Yaki Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza)

Takoyaki, Kani Mango Salad

Takoyaki, Kani Mango Salad

Kani Mango Salad

Kani Mango Salad

We finished off the food with this iced oolong tea spiked with whiskey. Yum!!!

Oolong tea with whiskey

Oolong tea with whiskey

Our Tachibana experience is always worth the trip!

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Sunnies Café

A Quick Check on Sunnies Café

My college barkada, D, and I set our regular dinner meetup the other day. She suggested Sunnies Café at Bonifacio High Street.

I got excited because I have again a new place to check out. And boy, Sunnies Café didn’t disappoint me! As soon as I enter, I am greeted by a cool yellow mixed with nude colors, quite like sunshine actually, lol!

Of course, the clincher is the food. Well, the ones we ordered were superbly yummy, except for the matcha drink I got which I find lacking the matcha or green tea tangy flavor. I prefer a more umami-rich matcha.

SunniesCafe Matcha Milkshake

Sunnies Café Matcha Milkshake (P190) – green tea ice cream, matcha powder, rice krispies, whipped cream, malted milk

SunniesCafe Poke Quinoa

Salmon Poke Quinoa (P280) – spicy raw salmon, avocado, mixed greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, seaweed, citrus ponzu dressing

SunniesCafe Spicy Seafood Bowl

Rice Bowls – Spicy garlic butter seafood bowl (P270) – spicy garlic shrimp and calamari, cilantro lime rice, homemade pickles

SunniesCafe Crispy Tacos

Sunnies Café Crispy Tacos (P290) – asada steak, fried quail eggs, homemade crispy parmesan taco shells, cilantro cream sauce

My take: Highly recommended!  

OTS Highly Recommended

Sunnies Café
B3 Unit 748 Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 949 2251

List of other branches here.

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Manila Life Café

Manila Life Opens at NAIA Terminal 3

Marriott Hotel Manila Opens Manila Life Café at NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp

Manila Life entrance from Runway Manila ramp. Pardon for acting as receptionist, LOL. I realized, I haven’t snapped a photo of the café facade.

Manila Life reception area

Manila Life reception area

17 October 2017. Manila Life Café of Marriott Hotel Manila opens at the 4/F of NAIA Terminal 3. You may access the café from Marriott Manila through the Runway Manila, the elevated walkway or pedestrian crosswalk that connects Newport City to NAIA Terminal 3. If you are a passenger, you can talk the escalators/elevators to the 4/F Food Hall. If not a passenger, you can still go up entering Gate 6.

Manila Life Café, by its name, showcases the good food and good sights of Manila. I just have to say that the food was more sumptuous than the usual Filipino fare with a twist.

Manila Life Café menu

Manila Life Café menu

I especially love their soft tacos, which you can choose from pork sisig, crisp fish, and chicken inasal. With the spices and seasonings, they have just the right tanginess, saltiness, sweetness that played havoc to my palette.

Manila Life Café tacos

Manila Life Café tacos: pork sisig, crisp fish, chicken inasal

I also enjoyed the Manila Street Food Platter, Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad, Pancit Luglug, and Pork Adobo with its tenderest meat!

Manila Life Café street food platter

Manila Life Café street food platter: homemade fishballs, chicken fritters, fried quail eggs or ‘kwekkwek’ with sweet soy dip, spiced vinegar, sweet and sour sauce

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad

Manila Life Grilled Chicken Inasal Salad with ice berg lettuce, tomato, red onions, salted egg, garlic dressing

Manila Life pancit luglug

Manila Life pancit luglug: rice noodles, homemade shrimp sauce, chicharon bits, boiled egg

Manila Life pork adobo

Manila Life pork adobo: braised pork belly in soy sauce and vinegar, steamed rice, atchara

They also offer burgers, beers and other popular Filipino dishes.

Manila Life burgers and fries

Manila Life burgers and fries.

Manila Life Café burgers

Manila Life burgers and fries. You can choose from Manila Life Bacon & Mushroom burger, Manila Life Cheeseburger, or Crispy Chicken Burger

They also offer an interesting breakfast fare, the TAPDELOG, tapa and egg pandesal sandwich.

Manila Life 'tapdelog'

Manila Life ‘tapdelog’ ~ beef tapa, fried egg, freshly baked pandesal

Another highlight is the It Takes Gutz Bam-i inspired by the recipe of beauty queen and actress Ruffa Gutierrez from her hometown in Cebu. It is a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables. It is a mouthful indeed!

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i

It Takes Gutz Homemade Bam-i: a noodle dish packed with chicken strips, sliced pork, shrimp, Chinese chorizo, wood ear mushroom and vegetables

Their desserts are perfectly unique and to die for—not too sweet yet delish! Take note: the purple yam roll is Good Shephered ube with cream cheese filling and macapuno strings; the mango sago is Guimaras mango cubes with milky mango puree, tapioca pearls and pomelo bits.

Manila Life desserts

Manila Life desserts, choice of Purple Yam Roll or Mango Sago

Manila Life Café also serves local beer and craft beer. Interesting craft beer are those from Crazy Carabao Brewing Co. The men in our company had these three flavors, and they swear to their goodness!

Manila Life local craft beer

Manila Life local craft beer, Crazy Carabao Brewing Co: Exit Wounds IPA, Tarsier Wheat, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café fare

Manila Life Café 'kubyertos

Manila Life Café ‘kubyertos

Manila Life Café table setting

Manila Life Café table setting

The interiors of Manila Life Café is very cozy, perfect for both weary and excited travelers. Take a look.

Manila Life Café reception area

Manila Life Café reception area where guests of Marriott Hotel Manila can already check in or check out.

Manila Life Café has beautiful murals that depict Manila sights and sounds. Just a little trivia, that mural background of the reception desk is by an Iliganon kababayan, Rommel Bundalian. You may check out his portfolio here.

Location map

Location map

Manila Life Café interiors

Entering Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café mural

Manila Life Café mural depicting street food vendors

Manila Life Café inner room

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café guest lounge

Manila Life Café inner room or private guest lounge, if you want some more privacy. Take note of the backdrop, the famous Manila jeepney.

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café lighting fixture

Manila Life Café bar table

Manila Life Café bar table, you can actually do work here as in the middle of the long table is an electric outlet. ;)

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café tables

Manila Life Café interiors

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café local bread counter

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café counter area

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café beverage counter

Manila Life Café bar counter

Manila Life Café bar

Travelers can also shop for souvenirs!

Manila Life souvenir items 1 Manila Life souvenir items 2 Manila Life souvenir items 3 Manila Life souvenir items 4 Manila Life souvenir items 5

Manila Life Café capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Coming from NAIA Terminal 3, this is another entrance to Manila Life Café ~ capturing an endemic Filipino feature

Manila Life Café  al fresco tables

Manila Life Café al fresco tables

Manila Life Café entrance

Manila Life Café entrance

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA T3

Guest entering Manila Life Café from NAIA Terminal 3

Manila Life Café is open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

I would definitely come by here when I fly somewhere soon!

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SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee, Biggest Free Doughnut Treat!

 

KK and SM

SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee are teaming up for the biggest free doughnut treat!

SM Supermalls is bringing back its “Download & Win” in-app mobile game and sweetening the deal by giving away 3 Original Glazed® Krispy Kreme doughnuts each to 100 unique SM Supermalls mobile app registered users every day from April 30 to June 30, 2016.

How’s that for a tasty treat?

Embedded within the SM Supermalls Mobile App, “Download & Win” was the first digital scratch card promotion in the country. Its launch during SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary was marked with the giving away of exciting prizes such as free mobile data, free Spotify, Facebook, Games, Unli-Call and Unli Text every day for the entire month of March.

The celebration resumes this month with a shower of doughnuts! And joining can’t be simpler – just download the mobile app and get a chance to win.

Digital Scratch Card

Get your digital scratch card via the SM Supermalls mobile app.

Upon signing up in the SM Supermalls mobile app, you will receive a digital scratch card on the app. Scratch off the gray area to find out if you won. Get another shot of winning the next day until the end of the promo period. With some good luck and the daily habit of checking the app, you’ll be closer to sinking your teeth into those tasty doughnut treats for free.

The SM Supermalls Mobile App is free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is loaded with other features that let you plan your shopping even before you get to the mall. A unique feature of the app is the Feed section that highlights the latest store offerings, discounts and promos, services, as well as movies and events in SM malls nationwide. It also has the Mall Directory that provides a complete list of establishments in the malls while the Mall Map shows the exact location of all stores and mall facilities.

To keep up to date on what’s new, visit SM Supermalls website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber Public Chat, and Snapchat.

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Taco Bell Opens in Alabang Town Center

Taco Bell Live Mas

Taco Bell Live Mas

Taco Bell invites you to the opening of Taco Bell Live Mas at Alabang Town Center.

Have a taco on us plus other limited edition Taco Bell merchandise for the first 100 customers on November 8, 2015. Queuing starts before the mall opens at Madrigal Entrance of Alabang Town Center.

See you there!

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Tsoknut Tsokolate, Perfect for the Stormy Weather

Mary Grace's Tsoknut TsokolateTsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace

Yes, this Tsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace is just perfect for this cold, windy, and wet weather. Then what better way than to pair it with this

Mary Grace's grilled kesong puti with bagard breadMary Grace grilled kesong puti with bagard bread…

 I just love it! The bread is crunchy on the outside but soft at the center.

There is a nice surprise at Mary Grace, too. It has something to do with their customer service.

As soon as you order, they would punch in your orders and they will give you right away the bill. This will give you time to review your bill, and it also facilitates your bill-out time. I really like it. I also like the notes they add in your bill and receipt.

Take a look at what I mean.

IMG_1229Nice, isn’t it? 😉

And would you believe it? I finished the bread all by myself! Ha ha!

I love being at Mary Grace!

Have you checked out Mary Grace lately?

Find them at Serendra | Trinoma | Robinsons Manila | ATC | Rockwell Business Center | St. Lukes, Fort | Eastwood | Greenbelt 2 | Chinatown Mall KIOSKS:Powerplant | Shangri-la | G4 | Greenhills | MOA | Galleria | SM North | Podium | RCBC Plaza | Makati Med.

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Your Favorite Plates are Available To-Go at Marriott Café

Marriott Manila’s main outlet Marriott Café can turn your parties into lavish celebrations with gastronomic delights you have come to enjoy – wherever you may be! From intimate events to large gatherings, you can experience a magnificent spread that will make your events all the more extraordinary. Feed a party of 10, 15, or 20 people with gourmet choices that will fill your guests to their hearts’ content.

Sushi platter

Allow for a Japanese culinary treat with Assorted Sashimi Platter (P6500 for 15 persons), a mix of salmon, tuna, and snapper sashimi; or Sushi Platter (P6000 for 15 persons) with an assortment of ebi sushi, tuna sushi, California maki roll, and spicy salmon roll. Sample the freshest catch of the sea mixed with the enticing flavors of Baked Whole Salmon Fillet (P6500 for 10 persons) and Gambas al Ajillo (P6000 for 10 persons).

For those yearning for a taste of Italy with a twist, scrumptious dishes such as Linguine with Shrimp in Garlic & Olive Oil (P5200 for 15 persons) and Ocean’s Harvest Lasagna (P6000 for 15 persons) may satisfy your pasta cravings.

Slow-roasted US Prime Rib

And for those who want to bring home our renowned Slow Roasted US Prime Rib, now it’s possible! Available in whole (P19300 for 20 persons) or half (P9500 for 8-10 persons) servings, this succulent dish comes with corn on the cob, mashed or roasted potato, glazed carrots, and buttered vegetables. You may also choose your sauces from pepper cream sauce or wild mushroom sauce.

Plan your events and call at 9889999 at least 24 hours before your party, so you can pick up your freshly cooked meals at Marriott Café on the day of your event! It is undeniable that Marriott can deliver nothing but distinct epicurian elegance in their dishes.

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About Marriott Hotel Manila

An inviting beacon set in the world class entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3. A 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District it affords a splendid view of the adjoining Villamor Golf Course. The hotel boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40” full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 4 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

Weekday Buffet Bonanza at Market Cafe, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

The weekday buffet bonanza at Market Cafe, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is perfect for vacationers and office workers. It’s a treat of epicurean delight.

From Monday to Thursday, diners can feast on a wide selection of freshly cooked Western, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino cuisines and enjoy a special price of PHP990 net per person for lunch and P1099 net per person for dinner inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks and local beer.

Diners can choose from a wide variety of dishes, which include an abundant choice of appetizers, hearty salads, premium cuts of lamb and beef, fresh or baked oysters, salmon, oven-baked pizzas, pastas, sushi and sashimi, freshly made tempura and a sinful selection of homemade ice cream and desserts.

A new promotional price offer at Market Café
From Monday to Thursday, diners will receive as much as 40% off on the daily lunch and dinner buffet. Offer will run only until 30 June 2013.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting manila.casino.hyatt.com. You can also make reservations through e-mail at cath.mn@hyatt.com.

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771


It’s graduation time and with it comes plenty of celebrations. And what are celebrations without decadent desserts like those of  Café 1771.

 Café 1771 offers graduates and families its home-spun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista. These petite cakes are 6-inch round sizes good for 8 to 10 persons. They are perfect for gifts.

Upon seeing the Evasion cake (P270 net) (pictured above), you would want to dive into an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese  and fresh  strawberry  in a lightly crispy  feullentine at the center. It’s not too sweet  yet amazingly creamy.

For certified chocolate lovers, this Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.

This Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) is light, pillowy, and comes with a nutty center combined with the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the signature dessert sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net) of 1771 Group of Restaurants. This coffee pie is an epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years. This addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

For advance orders, call 631-7340.

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Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. Café 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, WB 1771 & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.