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2016 Project 365, Day 56: Magnetic Poetry MNL

Photo #56: February 25

Thank you so much for this FOODIE kit, Magnetic Poetry MNL! I had fun going through over 300 magnetic words! It was amusing to see Filipino-themed ones like balot, Jollibee, and longganisa. I can’t wait to create my own magnetic poems… or maybe just sentences since I’m not really a poet haha! I’l try! :p They have many other kits, including Game of Thrones, Taylor Swift, Tagalog, verbs, nouns, nerd, etc. You can check them out (and their respective word lists) on this website: There’s even an interactive page where you can test out the different kits! Many thanks to Gerrimie for the recommendation! ^^

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2015 Project 365, Day 296: Verified Zomato Reviewer!

Photo #296: October 23

My weekend is off to a good start as I learned that I am now a verified Zomato reviewer! ^^ That small star on my profile made my day hihihi!!! Kilig much! 😀 I have some restaurant reviews there that have not been published on my blog, so in case you’re curious, here’s my Zomato profile. 🙂 Many thanks, Zomato Philippines! ❤

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2015 Project 365, Day 137: Patio Vera

Photo #137: May 17

Leo and I have been wanting to try Patio Vera for some time now, and we finally visited this lovely place today! So far, it is the best looking restaurant I’ve encountered in Marikina! It’s an ideal place for dates or fancy meet-ups! Seriously, ang GANDA talaga! 🙂 Their food is a bit pricey, though. However, the dishes (based on what we had) came in hefty servings. This is just a condensed description, so I will definitely find time to write a complete blog post for Patio Vera! 🙂

P.S. What we ate: Dinamito (stuffed jalapeños with cheese and ground longganisa), Pasta Negra with calamares, carbonara (one of the best I’ve ever eaten!), liempo, and turones with coco jam. Muy delicioso!

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The Yabu Don Series Continues: Gyudon

Last March, Yabu: House of Katsu introduced two master class creations: the Curry Katsu & Salmon Don sets. Both are extremely flavorful donburi meals that will surely make you ask for more rice! Actually, my friends and I have a “Yabu Don hack”: ask for a bowl of Japanese rice along with your initial order, so you can mix it into the cheesy & beefy curry rice or the Teriyaki rice of the Salmon Don!  That way, you would still fully experience the well-balanced flavors of each Don. And now, you will have even more difficulty in choosing which Don to devour because starting today, Yabu will also offer a third one: the classic GYUDON. Have you started drooling?! 😀

Taken from Yabu's Facebook page. :)

Taken from Yabu’s Facebook page. 🙂

Like the private tasting event we attended for the first two Don creations, we started with some appetizers first. I chose two of their salads: potato and wakame. Those two are already so filling! In hindsight, I should have chosen the spinach salad instead of the heavier potato salad! 😀 I still finished them, though! Ako pa! 😀

Delectable appetizers! <3

Delectable appetizers! ❤

I wasn’t even halfway through my appetizers when the Gyudon set was served, and here’s a picture to excite your gustatory imagination:

Yum!

Yum!

And of course, I just had to take a video of breaking its beautifully poached egg (you can request for a sunny side-up, but it will be served separately instead of being on top of the Gyudon):

The smell of Yabu’s Gyudon will definitely whet anyone’s appetite, but at the same time, you’ll be itching to snap a photo or more because it is highly photogenic! The dark brown beef makes a good background for the brownish-white onion shreds and black & white sesame seeds. The earthy tones are a stark contrast to the chopped onion sprouts’ beautiful green hue. And if you need more color, you can mix in the separately served red ginger, which I failed to take a proper picture of because I started eating already! 😀 The grilled U.S. beef belly slices were already tasty even without the honey soy sauce, but it was a great feeling to have control over the sauce since it was served separately. It had the right balance of sweet and salty flavors, and when mixed into the Gyudon, each spoonful will remind you why Yabu continues to be the best! 😀

On the upper right corner, you'll get a glimpse of the red ginger!

On the upper right corner, you’ll get a glimpse of the red ginger!

While finishing our Gyudon, we were surprised to know that we would also be treated to a new dessert: Kuromitsu. There is always room for dessert, especially ice cream! More specifically, the Kuromitsu is composed of two scoops of vanilla ice cream on a bed of thick black honey. They are surrounded by powdered soybean and showered with very crunchy almond pieces, which I absolutely loved! However, your taste buds will have to wait until the Kuromitsu’s introduction on May 18. It will be worth the wait, so hang in there!!!

Kuromitsu: a great way to beat the summer heat!

Kuromitsu: a great way to beat the summer heat!

What made this private tasting even more special? Our gracious hosts, Candice, Yuan, and Mayer! They made me and my best friend feel like we’re very much part of the Yabu family already! Haha! See that’s one of the things I really love about Yabu; they make you feel like a VIP! ❤

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With some of the wonderful people behind Yabu! ❤

And what does a VIP eat? Something that’s worth every peso like the Yabu Gyudon set, which you could enjoy for only P495. It already comes with unlimited rice, cabbage, miso soup, and fruits. Better set a date with your family, significant other, or even your best friend! A Yabu meal is always best enjoyed with someone you love! ❤

Matchy-matchy with my BFF!

Matchy-matchy with my BFF!

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Sweet Bliss Resto/Café

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Last week, I discovered another Marikina restaurant through Facebook: Sweet Bliss Resto/Café. They are quite active on their page, so I went on a liking spree! Their photos were enough to make my mouth water and warrant a visit, so last Friday, I went there with one of my closest friends, Angel. We were both hungry, so we didn’t opt for any starters, and went straight for the main meals. Before you continue reading, I would like to apologize for the low-quality photos, as I forgot to bring my camera! A mortal sin for any foodie, I know! Ah well. I’ll take better pictures during my next visit, for sure! 🙂

Angel ordered the baby back ribs rice meal. At P190, you get 2 pieces of ribs, rice, and buttered corn & carrots. We thought it was a fair deal. The ribs taste good, but a little improvement on the presentation could still be done.

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I had my eyes on the cheesesteak sandwich even before we went there, so that’s what I ordered! It’s such a steal at P150! There was a generous amount of slightly spicy and very cheesy beef strips, which weren’t tough to chew! I would prefer a softer type of bread, though, plus more fries, please! Haha! Ang bitin nung fries eh! They were really good, too! 😀 I loved the overall presentation as well; it was like an open-faced sandwich. 🙂

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Since we were really hungry, Angel and I also shared an order of roasted vegetable linguine, which tasted divine! It was the most flavorful among the dishes we ordered and the most colorful, too! All of their pastas are worth P160 per order, so it’s relatively okay. Wish each order had more pasta, but since this is a café, I guess the serving size & price are already acceptable compared to other food places.

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For dessert, we ordered a slice of apple pie à la mode. If you think a certain fast food chain’s apple pie is too small for you, then you should try this homemade creation from Sweet Bliss! It’s HUGE! 😀 They have other sweet treats as well, and next time, I plan to try their carrot cake or blueberry cheesecake! 😀

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Sweet Bliss is located along Gil Fernando Avenue in Marikina. If you’re coming from Marcos Highway, it is on your right side, at the Shell Station in front of Rapidé (Redwood Street). It’s a good place to chill as they also have a variety of cool drinks, plus they have WiFi! 😀

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P.S. Sweet Bliss also sells some paintings, and they look really nice. Moreover, you can also purchase assorted flavored salts and local bottled delicacies. Too bad, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the latter products, but here’s a picture of me and Angel with some of the paintings, taken with her phone’s camera:

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Oh, here’s one more, this time from my iPad mini:

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