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Life in a Foodie Neighborhood

Fact: We live a short walk away from some of the best restaurants that BF has to offer.

Moving thisclose to Aguirre has given us a whole lot of reasons to eat out, much to the dismay of our wallets and waist lines. It’s so hard to resist, especially when interesting new places pop up. Plus, there are days when really we crave for old favorites. 

Within our first eight months here, we’ve been able to try quite a few places already. Some were awesome, others we’ve already gone back to, and then there was one that we’ve officially declared a never-again. Yes, may ganon! Lol.

First, our favorites.

Ramen Kuroda tops this list. I love that MrC and I can split a ramen set here and go home super full. Soup is definitely not one of my favorite things, but the ramen at Kuroda really is so good. To me, this is the best place to go to for rainy day comfort food. Their sushi and sashimi are okay, too. 

 

Ate at Kuroda, forgot to take a photo of the ramen. #HungerGames #RamenKuroda #itswhatsfordinner #tarasasouth

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Then there’s Magnum Opus. We’ve actually already tried Magnum Opus before, but being so close to it now means that we get to visit more often. If you’re after great coffee, come to this place. I love, love, LOVE their Flat White. They have a small selection of food, there, too. Their Monte Cristo is fantabulous! The bread pudding is a must-try, too. My kiddo loves it.

 

Caught eating cookies at Magnum Opus! ?: @polcuyugs #nightcap #magnumopusfinecoffees #aguirrefoodtrip

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We also love Gerbu’s Burger n’ Tacos. To be honest, the food here isn’t super duper spectacular, but it reminds MrC and I so much of all the favorite things we loved to eat in Zobel when we were younger, so we just keep coming back. Meals here are super inexpensive, too, so it’s a very sulit option. Their Blue Cheese Burgers are good, as are the Mongolian Rice Bowls. I also like to come here for cheap sizzling steak, which, believe it or not, is something that I crave for once in a while.

 

 

When we feel like splurging, we come to Bamba Bistro. This place is owned and run by one of our friends from high school, and OMG she makes super amazing food! I love love love their Bistro St. Salad, Baby Back Ribs, and Pizzookie. Okay, my tummy just grumbled.

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La familia at Bamba Bistro

 

Now here’s a rundown of the other places we liked.

I love ice cream. I do. If I could have ice cream every day I would. We recently had the chance to try two relatively new ice cream places in our neighborhood. The first was Outre, which serves liquid nitrogen ice cream. The boys actually tried this dessert place out before I did, and of course I got annoyed and demanded that they take me there, too.

 

On my first visit, the kiddo and I shared a cup of their Cookie Monster, which has milk ice cream, chocolate chip cookies and sprinkles. We went back a few weeks later, and that time I ordered the Pink Velvet. This was super good paired with Bucky’s, which is conveniently located just a floor a above Outre. Win-win.

 

Tried the Pink Velvet tonight. Yummy when paired with original Bucky’s! #liquidnitrogenicecream #outremanila #dessert #tarasasouth

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The other ice cream place we went to was Southern Dairy. This is where MrC and I hang out on Little MrC’s card game Sundays. I think we’ve come back maybe 3 or 4 times already. So far we’ve been able to try their burgers, which were okay, their banana split, and several flavors of their homemade gelato. I liked the cookies and cream. The green tea was also good.

 

Tropical Hut Hamburger has always been a family favorite, and I love that we live so close to it now. I would honestly never eat at the restaurant, though, because it looks really grimy to me. Now, I know what you’re thinking. If the place looks grimy then the food might not actually be clean. Sure, I’ve thought about that, too, but it’s never stopped us from buying a few classic burgers to bring to Manila Memorial Park on All Soul’s Day.

 

Our Manila Memorial Park family tradition. #tropicalhuthamburger #allsoulsday ? by my daddy

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I know that I’m a few months late to the Larcy’s game, but I’m happy to say that I finally got to try this popular cupcake place a few weeks ago. I’m picky when it comes to baked goodies, which is why I learned to make them myself. Larcy’s offerings are really nice flavor-wise, but I find the cakes to be too light an spongy for my taste. I like cupcakes that are cakey and a bit more dense. My best friend predicted that I would feel this way, which is why I waited so long before finally trying this place.

 

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I post about Pastry Armoire and Chef Anna Chua quite often. That’s coz I love her, and she makes such amazing goodies. I go to them for pints of Up In The Clouds ice cream, yummy homemade pandesal and pizza crust, and Spicy Tinapa and Inasal Marinade by Chef Arnold.

 

 

When snacking is in order, the kiddo’s place of choice is Wicked Dogs. I love super loaded hotdogs, and this place does not disappoint. It’s actually the boys who have gone to the store, and yes, they tried another new place without me. They did bring me back a Chicago Dog, though, so I forgave them.

 

I want this for brekkie. #wickeddogsph #southeats #tarasasouth

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Last but not least is Kantori Yakitori. This was our date place of choice for our wedding anniversary last September. Food here is awesomesauce, and you will think so, too, if you love anything char-grilled. Thing is, you leave the place smelling like barbecue. Next time, I think I will take a bath AFTER we go there and not before hehehe.

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Anniversary dinner at Kantori Yakitori.

 

We will, for sure, be checking out more new places in our neighborhood soon. And, of course, we’ll be coming back to some of our favorite ones, too. 

As for the one place that we will never ever go back to even if you paid us? That would be Okiniiri Japanese Restaurant. It was so bad that even the dishes that I thought couldn’t possibly be done wrong were done wrong. I don’t have a single photo from when we ate there. If I did, all you’d see is sad looking food and frowny faces from us. That bad. I’m still not over it. Lol. Wish we had gone to Sensei Sushi instead.

Have you tried or heard of any good restaurants in the BF area lately? Where should we go next? 

Kiwa Solaire

Kiwa Korean Grill Dining

Confession: It’s been two weeks since I had this amazing Yang Nyeom Gal Bi at Kiwa, and I’m still not over it. As in, I think about it, I want to have it, I wish I had more while I was there. 

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Please, sir, I want some more. Lol. [Photo from Kiwa Korean Grill Dining]

 

Kiwa Korean Grill Dining is the only fine dining Korean barbecue restaurant in South East Asia. The restaurant is located in Solaire, and has the most amazing view of Manila Bay. I swear, it’s so pretty there, and when the afternoon light starts pouring in from its huge windows, it’s almost magical. I can just imagine what it would look like at sunset – So romantic! Perfect for date night. (Ahem, MrC. Please take note.)

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Appetizers with a view! This space cadet forgot to write down what this was, but one was a porridge, and the other a cold soup. They’re really good together.

 

Side-note: I’ve been trying to accurately describe what I want the small patio area at the back of our house to look like, but no one’s been able to get me. Then, I walked into Kiwa and saw exactly what I was trying to describe! Isn’t it so nice? It’s so homey and comfortable. Everything’s imported from Korea, though, so good luck to me being able to replicate this! Lol.

Oh, and case you were wondering, Kiwa means traditional Korean roof tile.

Kiwa Solaire
The restaurant interiors were designed by a Korean firm. The look is both traditional and chic at the same time.

 

I have to tell you, I was never really fond of Korean food. There was just something about the taste profile that didn’t appeal much to me. After Kiwa, my perspective has changed. Everything there tastes so clean and fresh, so unlike the greasy, all-spice-no-flavor Korean food I’ve tried before. I suppose I’ve been going to all the wrong places? Lol.

The thing with the Kiwa menu is that they really made an effort to keep the recipes authentic. Chef Gi Won Park and his team didn’t make any alterations to make the food more Pinoy-friendly. I’d like to think that this is what made a difference. This, plus the fact that they only use the freshest, most premium ingredients. 

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The food at Kiwa does not hide behind overly strong spices. Take this white kimchi, for instance – No spice, all fresh flavor.

 

Another super mega plus for Kiwa is the fact that you leave the place without smelling like smoke. They have a state-of-the-art exhaust system underneath the restaurant, so all the smoke goes down there. None of it reaches your clothes or hair. Like I said, this place is great for date night! You can snuggle after without the constant olfactory reminder of what you just ate. Though, trust me, your taste buds won’t soon forget.

I mean, seriously. Words cannot even begin to describe the meal we had. Feast your eyes on this.

Kiwa Solaire
Tomato-Yangsangchu Salad – Seasoned seafood in a whole tomato salad
Kiwa Solaire
Haemul-Pajeon – Pancake with seafood, spring onion and assorted vegetables
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Japchae – Pan fried glass noodles with beef & assorted vegetables

 

The appetizers alone were so filling already. Serving sizes here are very generous, and good enough for three to four people to share. There were four of us at our table, and we really ate our hearts out.

Kiwa Solaire
Baebaek-Kimchi – Rolled White Kimchi inside a Korean pear with seasoned water. I LOVED THIS SIDE DISH!!! Yes, all caps.
Kiwa Solaire
Gobachi – Platter of scallop sashimi, steamed shrimp, salmon sashimi, steamed octopus and marinated tomato. This was one of my faves, too. Those scallops… OMG. [Photo from Kiwa Korean Grill Dining]
Kiwa Solaire
Grilled Samgyeopsal – Seasoned pork belly. You can eat this wrapped in greens with your favorite sauce, but in all honesty, I had it with rice. Same goes for the beef.

 

No matter how filling a meal can be, I make sure to always leave room for dessert. Dessert is a priority in my world! I’m glad I did because the sweet treats at the end of our Kiwa Korean journey were so worth it.

Kiwa Solaire
Cold plum tea. Really yummy, tastes almost like a cosmopolitan, sans alcohol. It’s supposed to be good for digestion, too.

 

For a full-course meal at Kiwa, be prepared to spend around PHP 3,000. Rice sets go for PHP 800 and up. The place is totally family-friendly, so if you happen to be staycationing at Solaire, go downstairs and eat at Kiwa. You will not regret it! 

Kiwa Korean Grill Dining is located at Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City.
Contact number: 888-8888.
Website: www.kiwa.com.ph
Facebook: Kiwa Korean Grill
Twitter/Instagram: @kiwakoreangrill

New pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge

Moms Take the New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge at Robinsons Place Manila

Last November, Moms in Manila had the chance to take the New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge at Robinson’s Place Manila. Those in attendance were given the chance to bet on either Pampers or their diaper of choice, and see which one was truly able to keep babies dry.

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The New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge in Manila!

 

First, blue liquid was poured down a tube, straight to the diapers, so you could see how fast each one would absorb the liquid. While other brands struggled to take in the fluid, Pampers was able to absorb it all in no time. 

As a mom of a kid with very sensitive skin, I can’t stress enough how important this is. The faster your diaper can absorb baby pee, the less time it spends in contact with their skin, meaning less chances of rashes. So that’s a win for Pampers in my book.

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More and more moms bet on Pampers

 

After all the liquid was absorbed, a paper towel was placed over the full diapers, followed by a 5lb weight. It was a win for Pampers again when, after the weight was removed, you could see that the paper towel stayed dry.

Meanwhile, on top of the other diaper lay a stained blue, soaking wet paper towel. What a nightmare it would be if the wet towel was your baby’s precious little behind!

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While moms took the challenge, little ones enjoyed the play area set up for them at the event

 

Now obviously my Little MrC is no longer in nappies, so it’s been a while since I’ve had to fret over my choice of diaper. I did ask some friends, though, which brand they preferred, and a lot really said that they go for Pampers. My mommy blogger friend, Frances, is one, and she said she really super loves Pampers Baby Dry.

Kaity, another fellow mommy blogger, says, “Pampers is a trusted brand that’s why I use it for my 2 boys. I love that it doesn’t irritate their skin and keeps them dry for a long time. It doesn’t sag and it doesn’t have himolmol.”

One of my oldest friends, Jan-B, also bets on Pampers for her son, Noah. She says, “I use Pampers for my son because it fits him well enough to give me assurance that there wont be leaks. Pampers also has no weird smell, unlike some brands. I also like Pampers because my child can use it for a longer time compared to other brands.”

New pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge
Dry skin every night? Sounds great to me!

 

I’d most likely pick Pampers, too, if I had a baby. I mean, how could you go wrong with a brand that’s trusted by so many moms, right? 

Betting on Pampers gave moms a chance to win great prizes at the Manila event, and today mommies in Cebu are getting to experience this as well. Next week will be CDO’s turn. What a great way to kick off the holidays! 🙂

*All photos used in this post belong to Fuentes Manila.

New pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge

The New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge is Coming to Visayas and Mindanao!

Mommies with babies in diapers, this one’s for you!

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Continuing on its journey of firsts with moms and babies all over the country, Pampers, the world’s leading diaper brand, is taking the New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge to Visayas and Mindanao. 

Mommies from Cebu, you will have the opportunity to challenge your current diaper at Ayala Center, Cebu on December 6, 2015.

Moms in CDO, your chance to take the 99.9% Dryness Challenge will be on December 15, 2015 at Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. 

To join, moms 18 years old and above, residing in the Philippines, with babies 0-3 years old should simply register online, then bring your current non-Pampers diaper to the event. You could win amazing prizes, like your baby’s first play set, first high chair or first stroller.

The New Pampers Baby Dry 99.9% Dryness Challenge is guaranteed to be fun and exciting for both moms and babies. Mommies can enjoy playing along and winning fun stuff for your little ones, and babies can enjoy a full night’s sleep with 99.9% skin dryness. Actually, I think moms would enjoy that full night’s sleep to, agree? 🙂 🙂 🙂

To find out how you can pre-register to guarantee your slot, visit the Pampers Philippines Facebook page.