To Pork Buns and Old Friends

5 Jan

       Today I’m thankful for the pleasure of doing my friend’s family’s makeup for their dear brother’s wedding 😀 To Tita Nena, Tita Carrie, Lala and Vic, thank you from the bottom of my smokey heart! Wishing Vic and Miggy a lifetime of love and laughter 😀🙏 And thank you, Lala, for the delicious pork buns from Tim Ho Wan ❤️  You all look so beautiful as always 😍

 





Here We Come, 2016! 

2 Jan

       Happy New Year, my dear friends!!! Let us start the year with some of Elvira’s Chicken and Potato Salad. Elvira has been our family cook since I was in grade school. We love her dearly and she makes dishes that always reminds us of HOME.

       Every January 1, we bring this chicken and potato salad to our family reunion. Always a big hit! 😀 Thank you to our dearest Elvira. She is truly family and we’ll always be thankful for her bringing delicious meals to our table and into our hungry tummies every single day 😀🙏

  

Matsusarap!

29 Dec

One of my mother’s friends recommended this restaurant in Osaka. It’s called “M” or Matsusakagyu Yakiniku. Must-visit daw when in Osaka. So dito pa lang sa Manila, nagpa-reserve na kami, table for five. Thanks to their online reservation. And thanks also to Dante for booking 😀 I believe they only have seven tables.

 
So we made it to our 6pm reservation. Hehe! Di kami naligaw. Yes, thanks again to our tour guide, Dante 😂  Well, at first when we got there, litong lito sila kung sino ba kami?! We said reservation under “Cantada” (my maiden name). Wala daw. Baka daw we’re reserved in another branch. But no, sure si Mother na ito yung branch 😂 Medyo ninerbyos ako kasi OMG, gutom na kami 😂
But anyway, to make the long story short, the reservation was under “Dizon”. LOL.

So according to Kuni, the owner slash chef slash taga-explain ng menu slash new friend ni Dante on Facebook, this was their bestseller, the Matsusaka Beef DX Platter 😀

 

So there it was… A plate full of perfectly sliced raw meat 😍

 

Look at that marbled meat… They say it’s even better than wagyu beef.

 

So Kuni helped us out 😀 he started by spreading this block of what seemed to be like butter but was actually fat 😂 OMG and my dad thought that it was some kind of appetizer 😂 he almost ate it! Hahahahaha! Buti na lang, he asked me first what it was and I’m like “I have no idea!” 😂😂😂

We also ordered some garlic rice to go with our beef platter. Soooo good!

 

It also came with some mushrooms, veggies and corn. Damien loves corn 😀

 

So there it was… Soft, tasty, melts-in-your-mouth beefy goodness. Oh my.  If beef were marshmallows, this would be it. Hahaha! Labo?! 😂 But you’ll know exactly what I mean.

 

We all had a great time here in M.  Definitely a must when in Osaka 😍 Winner siya!

 
Thank you, Kuni, for accommodating us! See you again soon for sure 😉🙏 Hopefully no more confusion with reservation names 😂 LOL!

 

We went to the branch called M Hanare at the 2/F Daruma Building, Namba, Chuo-Ku, Osaka City.  Make sure you go to the right branch.  LOL!

Happy Holidays! 🎄

26 Dec

Since everyone has been posting family pictures during the holidays, I just have to post ours ✌️😝

Merry Christmas, my friends, from my little family to yours! ❤️  I will try my best to post regularly again on my blog for those who are wondering where the hell I’ve been 😆 Been doing a lot of soul searching lately 😂 Whatever! Haha! Enjoy the holidays! Five more days before we welcome 2016. It’s been great, 2015, really. I will remember this year, lots of new beginnings for me. Hopefully, these beginnings will blossom into something special.

Ok, enough of the reflections. LOL!

Happy Holidays, everyone!!! Eat, sleep and celebrate life! ❤️

Fried Chicken House

4 Nov

Get ready for all my #missingOsaka posts.  Haha!  I so miss Japan and being with my family!  Cannot wait for the next trip.  Luckily, we all got a 5-year visa!  Hooray!  So we’re already planning our next trip.  Haha!

We enjoyed Osaka so much.  Food trip siya talaga.  I really didn’t shop much but eat… oh yes.  You can enter any restaurant here and for sure masarap yung food!  So yes, we entered this restaurant because we saw pictures of one of our favorites… Karaage!!! Also lots of pics of chickens on their walls.

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Everything in their menu was Japanese and no one really spoke in English, so I apologize I don’t know what this restaurant is called nor the exact address.  Haha!  I am so useless sorry.  Haha!

Thankfully all their menus always have photos which is a lifesaver!  So I got my favorite, the katsu chicken with curry of course.  Hehe… It was 824 Yen which is around Php 321.00.  Not bad at all!!!

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I am also so glad that Damien loves Japanese food as well.  It’s not hard to feed him here.  Unlike when we were in Hongkong, all he ate was fried rice.  LOL!

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Photo muna with my parents :)

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Hungry na! LOL!

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Dante’s order came first.  Karaage!  So good!!! And their dipping sauce was perfect with the chicken :)

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And here’s my order, chicken katsu curry!  LOVE.

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My parents got the chicken with egg over rice dish :)  My friend, Isabel, said it’s called Oyako-don.  “Oya” means parent and “ko” means child… So the chicken is the parent? and the egg is the child? LOL.

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There was no kiddie meal in this restaurant but Damien got his favorite… Chicken Tonkatsu :)

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That one last breath before I devour my meal.  Hahaha! Bumebwelo lang :)

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Yeyyyy!  Eat up, Little Bee! :)

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Obviously enjoying his meal :)  Thank you, Osaka, for keeping my son well fed with your awesome Tonkatsus! :)  More Osaka food posts to come! :)

Have a great Wednesday, my friends! :)

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My 13 Lucky Monkey Hubby Tee

3 Aug

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Last week, I finally received my very first 13 Lucky Monkey t-shirt! :)  I’ve been wanting one for sooooo long.  Thanks so much for sparing me one, Mr. Lucky Monkey! Hahaha! I know I wanted a size small but it was reserved for someone else so the large will do! Because if I don’t take this, I may never have one EVER.  LOL!!! Kidding! These shirts were made by our friends from Good Government (Instagram: @goodgovernment) So sorry for what I’m about to do to your awesome t-shirt…

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Ok, so here’s the large tee :) I would wear this shirt as is for sure and maybe just fold the sleeves.  But I wanted to do something different with it.  I know some of my friends have been doing this for years, cutting up oversized t-shirts and turning them into something new.  So I decided to try it out with this 13 Lucky Monkey t-shirt.

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So I got one of my favorite tank tops so that it would be easier for me to cut the shirt.  This one is from Be.Everyday, a local brand that I was so happy to discover during the Whitespace Pop Up earlier this year.  Check out more of their cool tank tops at their Instagram account: @be.everyday.ph :)

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So using chalk, I just traced the sleeves and made the armhole just a little bit bigger so that I can use this shirt over my sports bra when I go indoor cycling.  Yessss :)  Hahaha! Arte.

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You can cut the shirt using any ordinary scissors but I used the largest one I had so that there will less zigzags when I cut.

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Then you can just fold the shirt in the middle to make sure both sides are equally cut.  Then just smoothen the edges :)

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Looking good :)

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Now to cut the bottom part.  Again I traced it with chalk.

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Then cut…

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My Be.Everyday shirt is shorter in the front than the back.  So I just followed the pattern :)

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Tadaaaaaaa!!! My 13 Lucky Monkey tank top… I call it my Hubby Tee.  Kasi galing kay hubby yung shirt… Corny ba??? :)

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And here is my first Hubby Tee :) LOVES IT!!!

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Here’s my macho picture of me wearing my Hubby Tee :) Hahahaha! Macho talaga :) Pasensiya na sa aking feeling “siga” pose.  Haha! :)

Watch out for my next Hubby Tee at binigyan na ako ng isa pang shirt to cut! Woot woot!!! Thank you, Mister Dante! :)

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When In Baguio, You Rose Bowl!

2 Aug

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Here’s another late post during my Baguio birthday weekend :)  This was our first meal when we arrived in Baguio and we were HUNGRY.  What better way to celebrate four to five hours on the road with a big hearty meal in Rose Bowl :)

It was my first time to eat here as far as I can remember.  Apparently, Rose Bowl has been open since 1945!  Wow!  Classic na pala to… :)

And so our meal begins.  I needed my century egg fix.

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Damien only eats fried chicken at Chinese restaurants.  The servings are huge!

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And my all time favorite in any Chinese restaurant, my sweet and sour pork.  Loved their version of this.

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I’m not a vegetable girl… (I know, I should eat veggies!) but Dante loves his vegetables so he ordered a plate full of green stuff.  Chopsuey.  Okay, okay, it was pretty good! Fine, I’ll have some veggies.

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And of course a bowl of fried rice!  Oh yeah! :)  Definitely a rice girl.

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This was such a great welcome meal!  Haha! Big servings and really good comfort food! :)

Welcome to Baguio indeed!!!

Find Rose Bowl at 88 Upper, Gen. Luna Rd, Baguio, 2600, Philippines :)

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