Jun 26, 2014

Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary to My Awemazing Husband!

Today marks a special day in our little corner of the world – it’s our 2nd wedding anniversary! Imagine how I was forced to sign that “you-are-stuck-with-each-other-forever” piece of paper 2 years ago? hehe! Kidding! It’s crazy how fast these past two years have gone by in the blink of an eye. It’s an amazing 2 years, and it is also hard, but it is so worth it.

It’s funny how your decisions and changes of course can alter the entire plot of your life. I have no plans of getting married at all, all I want before was to make money and travel. But that changed when I met Daniel. And just two years ago I made one of the best decisions I've ever made – I said "I do" to my best friend and became Mrs. Gutierrez.

I still get chills thinking about that simple, yet amazing day and how beautiful it was to be able to share it with few people we love so much. For the last 2 years, everyday is an adventure with my husband. We may be far from each other, he is in the US and I am in the Philippines, but still there is never a dull moment in our relationship as he continually makes me laugh, which I love!

Daniel is an incredibly patient and understanding man. I love the fact that he knows me so well and still loves me. He knows me at my best and at my absolutely worst and his love for me remains the same! It’s really true that the greatest thing in life is finding the person who knows you so well - knows your flaws, your weaknesses, your mistakes, your failures, and still thinks your amazing!

Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary, Mr. Gutierrez. Thank you, Baby, for being so good to me. Thank you for being you! I’m looking forward to many more wonderful years together. My love for you grows stronger everyday! I miss you tons! Come home soon! Hehe

Jun 22, 2014

Quick Lunch at My Singapore Food Street

I was in Singapore 4 years ago. That was in February of 2010 to be exact. And I would have to say that when we talk about Singapore, food is the first thing that comes to my mind. I love it there. I love their food. I think Singapore’s food has as mixed a heritage as its people.

The open air food courts have come to define Singaporean food culture. That pleasant and welcoming Singaporean street vibe, I felt that here in My Singapore Food Street. Dining here surely bring back some of my happy memories in Singapore. Anyway, here's what we had. 

Robert ordered Laksa (Php185.00)It's a Luglug noodles in coconut creamy soup topped with fish cake, togue, baby prawn and boiled egg. It is Robert's favorite. He said he used to eat Laksa when he was working in Singapore few years ago. I tried it too, and it was quite good. A ­must-try.

Rex and I ordered Hainanese Chicken Meal (Php195.00)It's a fresh chicken steamed in garlic, ginger, salt and spices. Served with Hainanese rice, ginger sauce, chili sauce, dark soy sauce and chicken soup.

Final thought: Love love love this restaurant! Service was good. Place was clean. Food here is pretty good too and the smell of smoke isn't too bad. I am not sure if what we had was authentic or not. Again, I loved it here and would definitely eat here again. I can't wait to go back! I want to try everything on their menu.

Location and Contact Information: 
2/F SM Megamall, Bridgeway, 
Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA Wack Wack, Mandaluyong 
Phone: (02) 470-4546 

Jun 13, 2014

Brunch at Donu's Pork & Beef Grill, Jupiter St. Makati City

I've got a sudden craving for Korean food right now, so I decided to dig out these mouth-watering Korean BBQ pictures I had at Donu’s. These pictures have been sitting in my files for quite some time now. I personally met the owner of this place few days ago, such a very nice man. So I thought I’d share the experience I had with Donna and Anna at Donu Pork & Beef Grill.

Samgyupsal Pork Belly (Php220.00):The BBQ port set we ordered, more than enough to feed the 3 of us. Samgyupsal is served with Banchan (small side dishes served at a Korean meal - consisting of cubbed radish, potato, kimchi, and white turnip). If none of that sounds appetizing it's probably because you haven't tried it yet! Kidding! *grin*

Tteokbokki – Spicy Rice Cakes (Php200.00): My Korean meal would never be complete without ordering this dish, unless it’s not available. To those who aren't familiar with this food, Tteokbokki is a Korean street food snack made primarily of chewy rice cakes and fiery, funky gochujang chili paste. This has been voted by travelers as one of the The World's Best Spicy Food.

Kimchi Jeongol – Spicy Kimchi Soup (Php600.00): It’s a hot spicy dish that is really tasty. In my own opinion, this is a must try!

Goonmandoo - Fried Dumplings (Php200.00): Goonmandoo or Gunmandu (군만두) is pan-fried mandu, it's derived from guun-mandu 구운만두=>군만두 to mean "panned" dumplings. These dumplings were very tasty and so authentically Korean.

I've tried this place twice and both times I went here with high expectations and both times I left satisfied. The ambiance is not cozy but good enough, customer service is okay too. Overall, I would still dine here again, and definitely recommend it to anyone who wishes to try Korean Food. 

Location and Contact Information: 
Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
Phone Number: 02 8976878
They are open 24 hours.

Jun 10, 2014

Nodasho Japanese Restaurant: Our first Little Tokyo Invasion

Having authentic Japanese cuisine cooked by Japanese Chefs... a dream come true! Haha! I am a huge fan of Japanese food, the authentic ones, though they are quite pricey. It’s a blessing that I am not the only one as the popularity of Japanese food is evident with the number of Japanese restaurants we have in the Philippines, including Little Tokyo.

Little Tokyo is a compound of best Japanese restaurants in the Philippines, which includes Nodasho Japanese Restaurant (hailed by Japanese locals as a place that serves dishes that are taste just as good as those back home). This little Japanese village is located beside Makati Cinema Square along Pasong Tamo, Makati City. It’s a place to go if you want to try out authentic Japanese feast with a matchless cultural setting. I can’t wait to try every Japanese restaurant in this little village.

As we seated, they served a complimentary appetizer; small pieces of steamed potato. And I can tell you, it does taste so good.

I ordered Beef Gyudon. This is a rice bowl dish. Simmered beef is served on top of steamed rice. Beef gyudon is, like, my Japanese comfort food.

I also ordered California Maki (left picture) which is my personal favorite, and Tekka Maki (right picture). Both are superb! I'm drooling right now just thinking these food!

Both Lisette and Donna ordered Niku Udon (beef and thick noodles in broth), Ebi Tempura comes with it as part of the lunch-set. 

We also ordered Okonomiyaki. This is my new favorite Japanese food! This meal can best be described as a kind of savory Japanese pancake-like dish. This is a must-try!

Overall, Nodasho is a lovely Japanese restaurant with great ambiance and service, not to mention good food at reasonable prices. It was indeed a great lunch experience! The food really pleased my stomach and I’m happy that we made the right choice to pick Nodasho out of all the restaurants! I highly recommend them. P.S. Nodasho is most famous for its sushi, sashimi and maki. 

Location and Contact Information: 
Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Ave
Legazpi Village, Makati
Phone Number: (02) 840-2741

Jun 7, 2014

A Noteworthy Dinner at Kulinarya Kitchen in Rockwell Center

I have written a review about Kulinarya Kitchen last year but that got deleted along with my other posts in my old blog. *sniff sniff* Anyway, thought of re-posting this review again since I love this place. This Filipino-Asian-Western-inspired restaurant is definitely a must-try when you're looking for superb meals, excellent service, a relaxing ambiance, all at an affordable price.

I found this restaurant through Facebook. I saw one of my friends liked a photo from their page that got me almost literally drooled. Yes, food is my weakness! Haha! So, I took Mom with me that afternoon to give this place a try. Here’s our first and unforgettable Kulinarya Kitchen experience.

I usually order soup before every meal. In Kulinarya Kitchen, I ordered their Fresh Mushroom Soup (Php165.00) since it’s my favorite. Honestly, it was in this restaurant that I tasted a real mushroom soup for the first time. Those awful mushroom soups that I've all tasted just became a distant memory!

Mom ordered soup too. She chose Cream of Squash Soup (Php150.00). It's Mom’s soup but I tried it anyway. HAHA! It does taste good too. It’s truly a healthy and delicious one!

I told Mom to order whatever she likes regardless of the price. She really did! HAHA! She ordered Chilean Sea Bass (Php720.00). In the menu it says “Miso marinated Chilean sea bass with sweet soy reduction. Served with sautéed spinach and soba noodles spring rolls w/ wasabi dressing”. At first I thought, “This menu is overrated, and how could a fish be this expensive“. I have never heard of it, and never tasted one! But I was completely wrong. First bite – Jesus, its phenomenal! I have never had such delicious fish-meal! This Sea Bass will melt in your mouth! A must-try!

I always order Alfredo fettuccine wherever I go, but that time, I ordered Aligue Pasta – solo (Php250.00) just to try something new. Gave it a go and have no regrets. If you consider yourself a pasta adventurer this is a must try. The tasty aligue of crab, combined with Pasta, tastes like sweet heaven! I would say this might be not too good for those with High Blood Pressure, but still I would like to recommend this. *chuckles*

A meal is not complete without a delicious dessert to top it off! We ordered Pistachio Sans Rival (Php200.00) – it’s their house favorite. Boy oh boy – this tastes so darn good I want to eat it every day for the rest of my life! *wink*

Our whole experience so far has been absolutely amazing! We had an enjoyable meal, portions were big, and prices are fair and reasonable. The staffs were very attentive to our needs and very accommodating. They were a great help! The restaurant interior had a great deal of character - refreshingly modern interior, and it’s clean. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, as both me and my Mom had a wonderful dinner experience.

Location and Contact Information: 
Kulinarya Kitchen
P1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center
Makati City, Philippines 1200
Telephone Nos. 898-1738 | 898-1864
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KulinaryaKitchen

Jun 6, 2014

Breakfast at Max's Restaurant - Jupiter Branch

Donna, my office-mate, has been craving for Sinigang na Bangus. *rolls eyes* I realize it’s been almost a month since the last time I had a good meal. My heart and my body were screaming badly for a relaxing meal, so I went online to do some digging. And that digging points us to Max’s Restaurant, located just few minutes away from our office.

Dining here actually makes me miss my Hubby. We always have a “meal-date” here whenever Daniel is in the country. I miss him! *sigh* Anyway, we arrived early, and I thought they were still close. Note that this branch opens as early as 7am. We went inside, picked a table, quickly flipped through the menus for about good 10 minutes, and then placed our orders.

We ordered Sinigang na Tiyan ng Bangus (Php269.00 – good for 2 to 3 persons). This is a tamarind-based seafood soup made mainly of bangus belly and mixed with nutritious vegetables. I was impressed that they did a great job with this meal. Definitely one of the best I’ve tasted in years.

We agreed to order Adobong Kangkong Stuffed Tofu (Php159.00 – good for 2 to 3 persons). I am not a fan of tofu, but I’d say this meal is a must try. Kangkong with sliced mushrooms, stir fried in a slightly sweet adobo sauce, and stuffed in deep-fried blocks of tofu.

I ordered Crab and Corn Soup (Php49.00) as it is their Soup of the Day. Haha! Yup, I am a soup lover, and this one is quite good. The cream sauce is smooth and rich and they put just the right amount of crab-meat and corn.

I've been in this branch a couple of times, never had any bad meal or experience, and never encountered any rude waiters at all. The ambiance is good as well. Restaurants can change, even from one night to the next but I recommend this place because I've had consistently good experiences with them, and hope that others do, too.

Location and Contact Information: 
70 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City
897-2065 /896-8171 /897-2067

Business Hours: 
Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturday to Sunday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Delivery / Function

Jun 3, 2014

Best Korean Drama in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 - Most Recommended!

I have made a long list of dramas in my old blog, unfortunately that was deleted by an unknown force. Hehe! So I thought of making a new list. This is quite a bit challenging because I have to recall all the good dramas I have watched for years. I have probably watched over a hundred Korean dramas all in all. No, that isn't too much. Haha! 

Let try to do this together. Feel free to leave your comments at the bottom with your favorite dramas too. Don’t forget to check my list of Best K-Dramas in 2013 and 2014 <-- just click this. 

Best Korean Dramas in 2012:

The Innocent Man 세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자 (Watch Here)

Main Cast:
Song Joong Ki as Kang Ma Roo (30)
Moon Chae Won as Seo Eun Gi (29)
Park Si Yeon as Han Jae Hee (35)

Synopsis: The drama is a melodrama which depicts the story of a man called Kang Ma Roo (Song Joong Ki) who has been hurt by a woman he loves called Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon) and how he continues his own life by using several women. He sacrificed his well being for his girlfriend only to be dumped by her for another man. Then, he sets off to take revenge on her with the help of his best friend. He approaches Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won), the daughter of the chaebol group executive who lost her memory in order to execute his revenge.

Queen In Hyun's Man 인현왕후의 남자 (Watch Here)

Main Cast
Ji Hyun Woo as Kim Boong Do
Yoo In Na as Choi Hee Jin
Kim Jin Woo as Han Dong Min
Ga Deuk Hee as Jo Soo Kyung
Park Young Rin as Yoon Na Jung
Jo Dal Hwan as Chun Soo

Synopsis: Park Boong Do is a scholar who had supported the reinstatement of Queen In Hyun when Jang heebin's schemes resulted in her being deposed and replaced as King Sukjong's queen consort. He travels 300 years into the future of modern Seoul and meets Choi Hee Jin, a no-name actress who is expecting a career renaissance through her role as Queen In Hyun in a TV drama.

The Moon That Embraces the Sun 해를 품은 달 (Watch Here)

Main Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo / Wol
Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung

Synopsis: “The Moon Embracing The Sun” tells a love story between King Lee Hwon and a female shaman named Wol. Wol was born from a noble family and became the crown princess, but she was entrapped and faced execution. Finally, she lived as a shaman.

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