Nadai Fujisoba at SM Aura

Soba (そば) is a noodle made from buckwheat and wheat flour, popularly known in Japan which is a low-cost noodles found in fast foods. The soba is commonly served with hot broth or cold. 

Since Japanese ramen is gaining so much popularity here in Manila, we tried the new soba place Nadai Fujisoba at the lower ground floor in SM Aura. 

In search for the great food experience, I also look to any design details of a restaurant. Nadai Fujisoba welcomes you with a beautiful Japanese art, a cool interior design that also feeds the eyes. 

First order was a delicious Gyu Don with beni shōga (or commonly known as red pickled ginger) on top. What makes this bowl even better was the rice texture and grain shape, which you can tell is premium rice.

Gyu Don (P190 - Regular)

We also had the Teisyoku Set, an option from any of the Donburi Rice Bowls; Currydon, Gyudon, Buta Bara Kimuchidon, Ebi Tendon, or Katsu Don plus with a choice of Kake Soba/Udon, or Mori Soba/Udon

We had the Buta Bara Kimuchidon paired with Kake Soba (P250 for the set). For pork belly and kimchi lovers, the Buta Bara Kimuchidon is a good choice partnered with hot Kake Soba! I personally liked the soba for its light and less grease taste. Really good!

Buta Bara Kimuchidon (Small)
Kake Soba

Since most Filipinos love hot soup, for first timers in soba, I would recommend trying their hot soba because you might not appreciate yet the cold one. But if you are a little exploratory you go for the cold soba!  

On the sides, we had 3-pieces Ika Tem (squid) and Yasai Kakiage (mixed vegetable strips). These two are so good when dip in their sauce! Good serving size for Ika Tem for it’s really big!

Ika Tem (P180 - 3pcs.)
Yasai Kakiage (P100)

Nadai Fujisoba is must try Japanese restaurant, a value for the money with really good serving, and food that will satisfy you. I’m definitely going back!

Healthiness (4/5)
Taste & Food Quality (4/5)
Value for Money (4/5)

Nadai Fujisoba
Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura
Facebook: Fujisoba Philippines
Instagram: @fujisobaph
Mobile: +63.2.777.3333

Have you tried Nadai Fujisoba? Leave a comment below and share your experience! 

Eat, Drink, Play at The Green Olive Café

Board game cafes are the coolest spots to hangout nowadays. Since we engage too much on our smartphones when we dine, cafes like The Green Olive let you enjoy friendship and gives you a memorable bonding experience. The Green Olive café offers great dining experience with their food, booze, and of course board games!

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They have good choices in their menu from small bites, all-day breakfast to some of Tagaytay’s best. 

For wine lovers, they have fair choices on their rack and a menu for booze.  

The wooden interior is exquisite that gives you the casual-homey feeling. 

Bryan and Ron at the counter

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Have your game and food at their viewdeck

Here are three of our food picks: Ceasar Salad with Grilled Chicken, Angus Steak, and Chicken Pasta Aglio Olio.
Ceasar Salad (w/ grilled chicken)
Angus Steak (w/ 2 sides: corn & carrots, fries)
Chicken Pasta Aglio Olio

Take your pick! You can choose from their great selection of card or board games. Also, just beside the game rack are some take home products.

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Chili Garlic, Ensaymada, and other take home products 

Overall, we had fun experience during our stay at The Green Olive Café. The food we tried just needs a little more uniqueness but sure there are other options on the menu you can try!

Healthiness (4/5)
Taste & Food Quality (3/5)
Value for Money (3/5)

The Green Olive Café
Sta. Rosa Road, Tagaytay City
Facebook: The Green Olive Café
Instagram: @thegreenolivecafe
Mobile: +63.917.850.4273

Have you tried The Green Olive Café? Leave a comment below and share your experience! 

Creamy Goodness From Kumori Japanese Bakery

Growing up as a kid, our bakery provided me a convincing sense of bread & pastry goodness. Joseph Bakery, a family business owned by my late Chinese grandfather taught me the experience of simple baking, the appreciation of handmade bread. It was my father who showed me the importance of exact measurements and the right mantra of pressing or shaping the dough. (Hongkong bread is my personal favorite)

We’re all familiar with our usual bakery that we all love, but Japanese bakery is just starting to mark its charisma here in the Philippines. 

Located at the basement of SM Makati and Landmark is Kumori Japanese Bakery. Kumori is a Japanese term for “cloudy” (). The bakery offers a new level of craving for fresh breads, cakes and pastries. There’s no “pan de coco” or “tinapay na putok” here, rather a quality taste and texture of products. 

My friend Mary told me about Kumori, I ordered two of their products to try. As recommended by her, I had Hanjuku Cheese & Namachoco Sand Chocolate

First impression, the packaging has its own charm combined with elegance. Only Japanese can do that, making it cute and simple but goes with a class. 

The Signature Hanjuku Cheese is made with premium cream cheese, their version of cheesecake in soft and moist texture. Not similar to a “blueberry cheesecake”, the Hanjuku Cheese is fluffy, it has its particular subtlety yet creamy that you’ll crave for more.

Hanjuku Cheese is made in finesse that needs to be eaten with finesse. 

Namachoco Sand Chocolate is a sponge cake with cocoa cream. These small blocks of mini cakes are light and soft with a mouth-watering chocolate cream glancing on the sides. It has the perfect level of creaminess, neither too sweet nor bitter. An easy winner for my taste.  

A box of Namachoco is a sweet gift for special events like Mother’s Day. Can be a small token to someone or a take home surprise for your love ones. Maybe Namachoco is the key to someone’s heart who you always endear. :)

Kumori Japanese Bakery is unquestionably a store to visit. There are more products to try like the fuwa-fuwa cream buns, soft matcha bun, salmon bonito or maybe try their croissant. It’s the bakeshop that offers a one-stop shop of “heavenly goodness”. Quality always deliver a strong impression, Kumori has a great one. For my first try, it was never a regret. Know the experience and visit their store today.

Taste & Food Quality (4/5)
Value for Money (3/5)

Kumori Japanese Bakery
Lower Ground Floor, Landmark and SM Makati
Ayala Center, Makati City
Facebook: Kumori PH
Instagram: @kumoriph
Mobile: +63.917.828.5012

Have you tried Kumori? Leave a comment below and share your experience! 

Find Your Peace In Malvar Batangas

Recently, I visited Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas. It was for a product planning and as they say when you’re not in the office your brain sets out of the box. Being creative and critical, those are the essentials of a good mindset. 

It took 1.5hrs to reach the hotel via SLEX. Similar to SBMA or UP Techno Hub, the hotel was situated in Lima Technology Center currently under development.  
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lima Park Hotel (facade)
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lima Park Hotel (driveway)
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lima Park Hotel (Pavilion)

We opted not to eat lunch in the hotel, there is a Japanese restaurant and Big 30 pizza just across it. But a crave for "bulalo" takes about thirty minutes drive to Tanauan City. Metrobank and RCBC are also accessible within the vicinity of Lima Technology Center.

Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lunch at Big 30 pizza
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Restaurants nearby
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lima Park Hotel (Reception)

The hotel is currently under renovation for some interior enhancements. Its modern upgrade gives a fresh blend with the landscape. Also furnished with function roomsswimming poolgardenin-house gym, and a restaurant.  According to their receptionist, kids and adults can enjoy biking in the community which we didn’t have the chance because there was a heavy downpour. (Note: they require wearing shoes to use their bikes)  

Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Hotel Hallway
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Lima Park Hotel (landscape)
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Swimming Pool
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Slingshot Team
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Pool at night
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Tabs & Jesus 
Lima Park Hotel Batangas
Pool at night

Weekday work gives a lot of mental weight so if you're up for a quiet staycation on a long weekend break, give this hotel a visit.

Lima Park Hotel
Lima Technology Center, Malvar, Batangas, Philippines
Website: Lima Park Hotel
Telephone: +63.43.981.1555
Mobile: +63.917.504.2385

Your Imaginary Friend Bing Bong

Bing Bong is a character of Inside Out movie. He is a cotton candy, an elephant-cat hybrid which also according to him, a dolphin! (That part when he squeals like a dolphin is really funny!) He has the ability to cry candies and the perfect personality of a best friend.

Little did we know, Bing Bong became the iconic character when he said his last words to Joy,

"Take her to the moon for me, okay?"
All tears. *sobs* 

I never had an imaginary friend, so here's my vector art of Bing Bong who will never be forgotten.

(Related Story: Meet Sadness of Inside Out)

Inside Out Bing Bong

Meet Sadness of Inside Out

I've been waiting for Pixar's Inside Out for months and I finally get to watch it. It was a very heart-melting story. I caught myself weeping especially when Bing Bong vanished from Riley's memory. Sad. Really Sad. (*sob*)

I love all the characters but it was Sadness that made me realise things. To feel it, you have to accept and let it out because in life, you may choose to be happy at all times but there are emotions that will make you feel better only when you don't deny it.

To Sadness, I feel your importance. Here's my vector art of her.

Inside Out Sadness