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I've had a not so good experience with Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake when it first came to our local market. It didn't live up to what I have expected and I thought it was too cakey. We even compared it to Red Ribbon's Mamon. Never tried it again after the first time. Until I got the chance to try it again December of last year as Christmas gifts from Uncle Tetsu's Management. I found that it has improved in terms of taste and texture. Never really had the chance to enjoy it because of the overwhelming food that my family received that season. Until ysterday's sponsored |ooloo rendezvoos. We went to SM Megamall to try the products of Uncle Tetsu through an invite from |ooloo. We got to meet Mitzy (President of Uncle Tetsu PH) and Charles (Marketing Head). They had us try all of their products --- | Signature Cheese Tart for 400Php, Mini for 49Php - This was surprisingly good. The crust was flaky, the cheese filling was smooth. Though it lacked a sharp cheese flavor, it wasn't bland. This wasn't too sweet but what I really liked was how the crust held up even after putting the tart inside the consuming it hours after. It was still a little flaky and it was not soggy. IMO, this is best consumed after sitting inside the ref for a while. | Signature Japanese Cheesecake for 299Php, Mini for 99Php This has improved, as I've mentioned above. The "cheese" part was more prominent with a very light and soft texture but a little more tartness will be better, IMO. Though this has more "mamon" like part than other Japanese Cheesecakes, but it's not bad for it's price considering the size. |Japanese Cream Cake Roll for 250Php, Mini for 99Php Best served chilled to give it's cream filling a better texture and flavor, this one's good too at room temp. The cake itself was soft and light - more like chiffon. The cream was also very light, not too sweet and not cloying at all. Good snack option. | Cheese Tart with Oreo for 450Php, Mini for 59Php This was just okay. I still prefer the Signature Cheese Tart. We tried the Mini one. There was too little cheese here, the tart was too shallow. I'm okay if this was priced a little higher but with more of the cheese filling. The bottom was lined with Oreo and honestly, I'm not a fan of the mix. We also tried their Pastry Puff, Cinnamon Roll but didn't find them wow - just okay. Will definitely go back for the Cheese Tart! Thanks Peanut D for the invite!!!
Staycations are best when you just wanna chill and literally do nothing. I've been dying to get some pampering-sesh and R&R lately cause i've been really exhausted from work. BER months are really tiring cause it's peak season for weddings. So instead of going somewhere else I just searched for affordable hotels in Agoda and found St. Giles Hotel, Makati. St.Giles is one of my best finds last December 2016. I got it for P3,300 (Overnight Promo Price) +P700 (Late Check Out) latest it at 6pm Inclusive of Taxes and Fees without breakfast The lobby is classy and looks like a 4 Star Hotel, it's pretty decent. The receptionists are very accommodating. The hotel is situated in a very strategic location, it's near Century City Mall and Poblacion Makati which is a cool place to have midnight foodventures and night outs! Really love this neighborhood cause it's so ALIVE at night! I took the DELUXE room which is pretty spacious, it has the ff: ✔️King Size Bed ✔️Bathroom: Bathtub; complimentary soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush kit, shaving kit and hair cap ✔️HAIR DRYER It's pretty neat though it doesn't have a bidet. The shower heater works perfectly. I wish I bought bath bombs with me to fully make use of the tub. 🙁 ✔️Others: The room also comes with hotel slippers, bathrobes, 2 complimentary water ✔️Iron and Ironing Board ✔️Air-condition with temp control ✔️Coffee/Tea Maker ✔️Mini Refrigerator ✔️LCD TV with Satellite Channel Special Facilities of the Hotel: ➕Indoor Pool / Rooftop Pool ➕Top Level Gym ➕Bayleaf Restaurant and Bar ➕Annex Bar VERDICT: 4/5️ - In Room WIFI is so weak, my phone's internet is faster so don't bother connecting to it - The pool isn't really nice so I didn't bother going for a swim - Hallways are well lit but obviously old The view from the room is facing Makati Ave. Really had an awesome time staying here just laying in bed all day watching Tv Series. It's just so good to take a break once in a while, think about nothing and do nothing. I'm starting to get addicted to staycations and i'll be spending my third one on Feb, I just can't wait!
Hello Friday! It means that doughnuts are back at Sonja's cupcakes. I've been eyeing to try their doughnuts for quite a while now but they are only available during the weekends. They have a lot of quirky flavours to choose from and their doughnuts are priced from P60-P75 each. I was able to try the following: Vanilla Bean Cacio e Pepe Olive Oil and Basil Toasted Rice I loved the flavours especially the Vanilla Bean! It's nice also that they are open til late so whenever you crave some treats at an ungodly hour, you can trust that Sonja's will not fail you. But you know, stuffing yourself with doughnuts at any given hour is also acceptable
As I was getting lost in Makati, I stumble upon Century Mall. The mall was actually a few blocks away from where I grew up. It's been a decade since I was here in the area. I noticed that Le Petit Souffle is one of the restaurants here so we quickly decided to try this even if we were not hungry. The place is well executed with fancy art deco and comfy seats with french background music. A perfect place for a casual date. We tried their LPS Carbonara and Cream Cheese Souffle Pancake. Our very nice server suggested to have souffle on top of our Carbonara. How can i resist? The pasta with souffle on top makes it even more instagrammable! The serving would be good for two people. Although, a bit disappointed with the taste. Just bland. Pepper to taste needs to be added. But I am way happy with Cream Cheese Souffle Pancake we ordered. It reminds me of the bread pudding of Bellevue in their breakfast buffet. Soft and fluffy with a good cream cheese filling in the center with maple and creme Anglaise to complement the pancake. I do hope that someday they will open here in the south part of the metro.
*Reposting because multiple photo upload! Photo 1: In the mossy forest. Photo 2: In my full climbing gear. The headlamp is v. important! Photo 3: At the summit where all you can see is fog. Photo 4: The trail. And the fog. Photo 5: At the grasslands, still foggy. Photo 6: Grasslands with less fog. Photo 7: Grasslands still but you can see where the mossy forest begins! Photo 8: Mossy forest behind me heh. Sorry it's all my face but it's proof that I went there LOL Mt. Pulag has been in my bucket list since I first tried hiking, maybe about two years ago. Perhaps the only thing that has been stopping me was the fact that there are no toilets at all (only a hole in the ground, I've heard). But since I acquired a portable bidet, I decided I was ready. I've been reading a lot of blogs and consulting my mountaineer friend about tips and preparations for the hike. I went on cardio training two weeks prior to the trip and I think that helped a lot. I was jogging 8km per week in preparation for the climb. Aside from that, I also made sure to get a medical certificate and have tests done to make sure I was fit to climb. This is required by the DENR for them to allow you to enter the National Park. So make sure to take care of this at least a week before your trip because some of the tests require time to get the results. Anyway, make sure to get everything in the checklist for your trip because the weather up there is very unpredictable. I packed a lot of heat tech clothes, from inner wear to socks (thanks, Uniqlo!) and a lot of water resistant clothing for the rain. We joined a tour group which left Manila at 12 MN. We arrived at Baguio a little after 6AM. Because it was the long weekend, it was traffic as hell in EDSA and NLEX. We transferred from van to jeep in Baguio and headed to Kabayan in Benguet via Ambuklao Rd. The trip took around 4 hours. Make sure to make a stop in one of the roadside eateries in Bokod to catch a glimpse of the scenic Ambuklao Dam. We reached the DENR office around 11 AM to register and to attend the required orientation. We had to wait a long time, maybe a couple of hours, for our turn as there were hundreds of people in the mountain for that weekend. Also, media people (ABS CBN) were there, so they were being prioritized first. After orientation, we finally head up to the Ranger Station to set up camp. We got there past 4 PM and it was chilly and foggy. This didn't bode well because that meant that the summit will also be foggy at dawn (spoiler alert). I've also been checking the weather for the weekend and it was reported that there will be rain showers but thankfully, the rain didn't fall. It was just cloudy and foggy AF. 🏻 Anyway we set up camp (we rented a tent and some sleeping bags to lessen the things we had to borrow/buy/bring) and took a nap while waiting for dinner. We ate at around 7 (dinner was provided by the tour group) then slept at around 8PM to rest in time for the 1AM summit climb. Being mountain noobs, we took the Ambangeg Trail, which is the easiest (Relatively! Don't think it will be super easy!) out of the three trail choices to the summit. Since it's the easiest, it's also the longest. It takes 4 hours going up and 4 hours going down. Equipped with our headlights (a must!), we head out at 1:30 AM which is still pitch black and definitely one of the challenges of the climb. I had a hard time breathing at first because of the altitude, another challenge of the climb. And then I started asking myself why I was doing this to myself (as I do every time I climb... Like the other 2 times. LOL feeling ang dami). Anyway! You really have to watch where you're going and pace yourself for the long and tiring climb ahead. One of the advantages of camping at the Ranger Station is that you don't have to bring your pack up at Camp 2 (or 1). Mine weighed around 20lbs, which is fine for a few minutes. But I can imagine struggling to carry it with me had we been required to sleep at Camp 2. So I brought smaller backpack with 1L of water and a LOT of trail food. We occasionally took breaks along the way. We reached the summit at around 5AM. The sun was set to rise at a few minutes before 6. We found a spot in the to rest in the grass. The sky was getting a bit lighter as the minutes passed by. By 6 AM, it was still foggy and the sun didn't make an appearance. Which made me feel really sad. We just took photos by the Mt. Pulag Summit sign, which by the way, is the highest peak in Luzon, and the third highest in the country. At past 7, cold and tired, we dejectedly head down. Since it was already light, you can now see the trail you almost blindly climbed before sunrise. It was breathtakingly beautiful! Near the summit was the Grasslands (in photo), which is pretty self explanatory. It's all grass lol. After that is the Mossy Forest, which is a completely different world. In the orientation, the DENR park lady told us that you can see where the Grasslands end and the Mossy Forest begins, and she was right. It truly was a sight to behold. As we were going down, I was thinking to myself, holy crap, so this is what it looks like! In the dark, you can't even tell that you were hiking right next to a bangin already! Despite not seeing the famed sea of clouds, it was still a great experience. Just make sure to thoroughly prepare for the trip to truly enjoy it! Also, I've heard that all weekends this year is already fully booked. If you plan on going, just go on a weekday. There should be less people then. If you plan to DIY your trip, there's an article on looloo Insights sharing tips on how to plan it yourself. I believe this has been my longest review yet. If you've reach till the very end, thanks for reading! ️ I'll also gladly share any tips with you if you plan on going!
Zoo Coffee is an interesting new place to get coffee with friends or if you want to spend your weekend reading a book. A quiet place and not as crowded like other coffee shops. I recently visited the place and was satisfied with my experience. I ordered the White Chocolate Latte, requested to make it less sweet and put it in a mug. I am glad that the taste of my coffee was perfect but was surprised of the lack of ARTSY stuff in presentation. The strawberry waffle was also enticing so I ordered one as well. Good thing, I have a friend to share because the serving looks good for 2-3 people. The waffles are soft and really matched the fresh strawberries, berries and a single serving of strawberry ice cream. Point of improvement would be on the whipped cream. It was too soft that when it was served, it looks like a mess. Overall, a great place to spend some time. Budget wise, it is good for me because most of the servings are huge and can be shared.
I kind of like working in BGC because you have all these restaurants and food joints accessible to you. Truth to be told, I did not have a really good experience with IHOP in Alabang (though they closed down already) so it wasn't really my prime choice for a brekkie/catch up date with Yan B. But the plus side, it's very near my office and I have GCs I won from Looloo a while back! (Thank you Peanut D!) We spent more than three hours and I actually enjoyed it. I ordered the Broccoli Cheese Omelet which comes with a choice of one side (either 2 Buttermilk pancakes, Toast, Hash browns or Mixed Fruits). Of course, I went for the Buttermilk Pancakes. I've been alternating between the omelet and the pancake. Thinking that I won't get full but it's actually pretty heavy and I didn't even finished it. The pancakes were delicious and they are not what I remembered it to be. Paired with their syrup, you will really enjoy your breakfast fare. The staff were nice because they even accommodated Yan B's request to charge her phone. Oh and I also ordered the Splashberry which is refillable. I thought that when you ask for a refill, they will just fill your old glass up but they would actually serve you a new one. I loved it! Nothing beats catching up with a friend and eating a hearty breakfast!
Hooray to my first Looloo Rendezvoos for year 2017. And this is not only one but a double rendezvoos. First stop: Papa John's Pizza Location: 3rd Floor Building A SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Fun facts about Papa John's Pizza: It was originated from U.S.A. and founded by John Schnatter in 1983. One of the largest pizza company in the world. And currently they have more than 4,500 restaurants in 37 countries. Interior: The place is bright, vibrant and colorful. The brick wall actually looks good with the beautiful posters hanged on it. The restaurant is not that big, I think it can accommodate at least more than 50 customers. Service: We were greeted by their Marketing Executives - Riza & Layton and Graphic Artist - Ryan in Papa John's SM Megamall branch. The staff provided us beverages (iced tea, soda and water), plates and utensils while waiting for the food they will served to us. Food Sides/Appetizer ▪️Seasoned Potato Wedges for Php120.00 - 4/5 ▪️Herbed Parmesan Breadsticks for Php120.00 - 5/5 Pasta ▪️Mediterranean Seafood Linguini for Php190.00 - 4/5 ▪️Creamy Crab Meat for Php99.00 - 4/5 ▪️Spinach Alfredo for Php99.00 - 5/5 Pizza ▪️Super Papa (Pepperoni, Italian, Sausage, Ham, Sliced Mushrooms, Onions, Green Peppers, and Black Olives) - 4/5 ▪️Tuna Pesto (Tuna, Tomatoes, Bay Leaves, Chili) - 4/5 NEW FLAVOR ▪️Chicken Cheesy (Chicken, Spinach, Onions) - 4/5 NEW FLAVOR ▪️Tuna Pesto Cheesy Stuffed Crust (Tuna, Tomatoes, Bay Leaves, Oozing Mozarella)- 5/5 NEW FLAVOR Mi Amore Stromboli (Valentines Promo - For limited time only) ▪️Savory Stromboli for Php214.00 - 3/5 ▪️Cheesy Pesto Stromboli for Php214.00 - 3/5 ▪️ Pineapple Caramel Stromboli for Php214.00 - 4/5 Verdict: All the dishes served were great, especially the Cheesy Stuffed Crust Pizza, my favorite among the pizzas. The Herbed Parmesan Breadsticks, Super Papa Pizza and Spinach Alfredo were remarkable. It's included in my list on my next visit. By the way they have existing promo - 2 pizzas for Php495.00. The event was paid and sponsored by Papa John's Pizza. Thank you Peanut D for the invitation. Nice meeting you Jonathan R, Sheena D and Amyxal V and good to see you again Ruth D, Ruth S, Clarissa P, Norman Lester T and Kevinross B. #ilovetoeatph #looloorendezvoos
My date and I went to Intramuros yesterday, and we commuted through taking the MMDA Pasig Ferry (it was the first time for both of us to take a ferry boat and we liked at how fast it got us to our destination). We both love historical places, and my date is passionate about Philippine history in particular (so I benefited very much from him since he is a Manila boy and he acts as my tourist guide when it comes to going to these kinds of places). It was the first time I entered the Manila Cathedral -- it had been sort of a dream for me to go there. I have visited many old churches, and I was surprised to learn that its present construction is not as antique as I previously thought. Although it laid its humble foundations during the 16th century, its much of its present building was made after WWII. Not as ornate as, say, Pakil Church, the Manila Cathedral is still impressive -- I loved the high vaults in the ceiling. We entered Fort Santiago at ₱75 fee per head (adults). We were kind of disappointed because there was some renovation going on, and there were trash and vandalism marks that I saw on some of the buildings. First we saw the ruins that told us of their troubled and tragic past. The buildings had been damaged several times during their existence, but this walled city incurred further damage during the WWII when US and Filipino soldiers bombed it to wipe out the Japanese when they occupied Manila. We saw old cannons and bombs (of course they were no longer live ones). Even in ruins, the buildings were still fascinating to look at. My date said the Japanese refused to surrender so they'd rather get executed than to give in to the Allies. Gave me the creeps... Haha. I guessed that the ghosts of the murdered soldiers were lurking through and behind the ruins. Buti nalang wala akong third eye hehehe. Then we walked to the fort itself, and we were greeted by the golden footsteps that re-enacted José Rizal's last footsteps to Bagumbayan where he was executed. I found them kind of odd because the distance between his every footstep was short -- did he walk like a penguin or something? Or were his thighs sort of tied to prevent him from running away? I dunno. We also visited the Rizalina Furniture Exhibit (₱10 entrance fee) which featured some of the Rizal family's personal belongings from their home in Calamba. Also included is the first edition of "Noli Me Tangere" (but the original copy is displayed at the National Museum as far as I can recall). But what I was most fascinated with was the Rizal genealogy. Jose Rizal's sister Saturnina had the most number of descendants! You can also see some of Rizal's garments like the wool-and-silk suit and vests. We wanted to go down to the dungeons but their gates were locked at the time. We spent a really short time at the Intramuros because well... The call of our own duties! We will definitely come back there when we have more free time.
Jojo's is one of my favorite places ever. The hidden gem of the Balara area. There isn't much to it to be honest. Just a couple of kubo or nipa huts. But the food. The fooooooooood. I've never had anything I didn't like. For three years now, this place has been my barkada's go-to tambayan. Especially for after class chow and drinks. Jojo's serves Filipino food that will come across to some as for pulutan. For others, it might be comfort food. For this particular visit, we just had crispy pata and tuna sisig. But since my friend Paco is a regular, we got free iced tea and sinigang na salmon (panga)! Both were really good. The crispy pata's skin was crunchy. Had a lot of meat that was soft, tender, and not dry at all. The tuna sisig was creamy. A nice alternative to the usual pork sisig. They only serve beer here if you're looking for alcoholic drinks. And if you still have room for dessert, you can never go wrong with the leche flan!
While browsing through a list of Eight Wolves pomade resellers, I stumbled upon one reseller/barber shop in Lipa which is quite close to my hometown. I checked their facebook/instagram profile and noticed that they had just newly opened and I got curious if they offered good service. Fortunately, within the same week of my discovery of Tabas Barako, I was in Mediatrix, a hospital in Lipa, and remembered about it. I searched it again and found out that it's just 5 minutes away from the hospital. I went there and there were a few customers waiting for their turn to get their haircuts done. I was there mainly to check out other products of eight wolves pomades and while I was checking out the display, the man in the counter who happens to be the owner greeted me and asked me if I tried using pomades already. The chat went on and eventually I also decided have a haircut. That's when my attention turned to their equipment. Since they just opened late last year, their equipment are still fairly new and well maintained. The place is well lit, aircon keeps the place cool, there's a TV for people in the queue, even a water heater for free coffee and tea plus a jar of free candies. The barber near the door entrance, Ariel, was the barber that did my haircut. He assisted me to my big and comfy chair and put on the barber's cape. Cool thing about the barber's cape, it was partially transparent so I could use my phone while having a haircut. After my haircut, I was given a choice to apply pomade to my hair and since I was curious about the scent they used, I agreed and I was happy with it! I'm glad I found out about this place! This has been my go to barbershop ever since I discovered it! Other factors as to why I come back include the ability to book you haircut in advance, just by texting them, cleanliness of the place and equipment ( they use barbicide as their disinfectant. ), free quick head and back massage after a haircut and it's all for Php150! If you'd like to rinse your hair before styling, just add Php50. Other services they currently offer: Shave - Php 120 Scalp Treatment - Php300 Organic Hair Treatment - Php300 Regular Hair Dye - Php450 Organic Hair Dye - Php450
Japanese franchises are popping up at a dizzying rate in Manila... Being a fan of cheesecakes, LeTao is one brand in particular that I have been looking forward to opening. Two days in my diet resolution for 2017, it was effectively ruined by their Double Fromage cake... This cake is actually made up of two layers-- the one on top is a no-bake cheesecake layer that has a slightly creamier texture than the bottom layer. They utilize mascarpone for the no-bake portion and it achieves this ultra milky taste... It quite literally melts in your mouth with each bite. The layer underneath, in contrast, is baked and has a more solid consistency. It also has a richer, cheesier flavor, closer to the typical cheesecake. Combining the two contrasting tastes results in a harmonious pairing of subtle but stellar flavors. The crumb coating is like a light cheese snow for a lack of a better description. We actually ate half of the cake without even noticing it-- we did not get taste tired at all and it was hard to stop eating this delightful dessert... We bought the cheesecake prior to watching a movie and grocery shopping. We even stopped by somewhere before going home. So it was a good six hours from buying to consumption, but the cake was still frozen when we first opened it. I want to say that it was all in the packaging, but I might be oversimplifying it. I'm sure there is some kind of science behind it and leave it to the Japanese to pursue perfection in any matter. This is a cake that you can actually freeze for up to six months without affecting the taste. The staff said that they developed a freezing technique that is unique to the brand. Well we did try it. After eating half of it, we kept the cake frozen for 1 day before polishing it off and I have to say, it tasted the same as when it was fresh. Just note that it is best to let it thaw completely before consuming. At present, they only carry the Double Fromage in the local stores. This is the most popular item from their line of baked goods--which is much sought after in their country. I am not going to sugarcoat it-- the cake was really expensive. LeTao is definitely LeMahal... But apparently, Filipinos have an insatiable appetite for products coming from the land of the rising sun. Despite the pricetag, their stocks don't last long... It was great that we got to try it, but it's not for daily consumption. Known for their attention to detail, use of quality ingredients and spectacular taste, I look forward to more Japanese brands invading the Philippine market...
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