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This is a gif I made of the sizzling bulalo I had from Razon’s. 
Bulalo is traditionally a steaming, broth-y dish made with vegetables and cuts of bone marrow-rich beef shank. The meat is can be any part of beef, though. It’s a simple soup that seems to reply only on salt and pepper to bring out the flavour of the marrow and bones. It’s one of my sister’s most favourite dish. We love it with Thai fish sauce. It’s great for cold, rainy days.
But there’s also a kind of bulalo that has no broth at all. This is the sizzling bulalo, which is just the marrow-rich beef on a hot plate with gravy that spits and sizzles when poured over. When done right, it is inordinately yummy.
This sizzling bulalo we had at Razon’s Alabang was not so good. It lacked taste and the meat was a little tough and on the dry side. I vow to return to Dayrit’s at Paseo de Magallanes one day to have their sizzling bulalo once more. I remember having it when I was around 10 years old.. I still can’t forget how good it was. It’d be great if they kept the same quality after all these years.
Anyway, it makes for a great GIF! :)
Anybody know where else we can have great sizzling bulalo in the Metro Manila-Southern Luzon area?

This is a gif I made of the sizzling bulalo I had from Razon’s. 

Bulalo is traditionally a steaming, broth-y dish made with vegetables and cuts of bone marrow-rich beef shank. The meat is can be any part of beef, though. It’s a simple soup that seems to reply only on salt and pepper to bring out the flavour of the marrow and bones. It’s one of my sister’s most favourite dish. We love it with Thai fish sauce. It’s great for cold, rainy days.

But there’s also a kind of bulalo that has no broth at all. This is the sizzling bulalo, which is just the marrow-rich beef on a hot plate with gravy that spits and sizzles when poured over. When done right, it is inordinately yummy.

This sizzling bulalo we had at Razon’s Alabang was not so good. It lacked taste and the meat was a little tough and on the dry side. I vow to return to Dayrit’s at Paseo de Magallanes one day to have their sizzling bulalo once more. I remember having it when I was around 10 years old.. I still can’t forget how good it was. It’d be great if they kept the same quality after all these years.

Anyway, it makes for a great GIF! :)

Anybody know where else we can have great sizzling bulalo in the Metro Manila-Southern Luzon area?

I was introduced to frozen yogurt 2008 when White Hat first opened at the Mall of Asia. I got curious because it’s supposed to be yogurt. I love a good ice cream/gelato. And I like yogurt and yogurt made into ice cream intrigued me. I’ve tried BTIC before and that was supposed to be yogurt, too, only they made it to taste like standard ice cream so that was disappointing.
I watched as the soft-serve yogurt rippled out of the machine into my cup in a perfect swirl. Out of their many toppings I chose muesli and cheesecake. It looked scrumptious. The shop girls took a photo of me before I got to taste it (which they said was for their website), which just added to the suspense. One heaping spoonful later and it was instant love! I loved the sweet, creamy tangy sort of sourness of it. It completely tastes like yogurt but more wonderful! 
So that’s how I got started. Since then a squillion fozen yogurt stands have popped up and I make it a point to try their yogurt everytime I pass by a new one. I don’t even mind that the yogurt stand names get crazier and crazier. I mean how many times can they shorten, abbreviate and re-spell Yogurt? They’ve added dashes, umlauts and every other punctuation in existence. Or it’s some fruit’s name with completely no relevance to the product. It’s confusing sometimes, specially the ones that have identical colours, but the yogurt they serve thankfully, stays yummily the same (more or less).
My favourite all-time toppings: crushed graham with mochi. Not available at all yogurt stands. I also like heart sprinkles because it’s so cute.
I was so happy when White Hat opened in ATC, as it’s the closest to me- we’re way south. But when one night we were having dinner at one of our favourite Chinese places, I saw a yogurt place right beside it- I got super excited. At last a yogurt place in our area. It’s 5 minutes away from home.
So the latest yogurt I have tried: Purple Grapes. Yum!
Yum. I just had walnuts and it’s divine together. My sister had white and dark chocolate swirl chips on hers. I think their formula is more ‘watery.’ I don’t mean it’s melted. It’s completely frozen and holds the shape. It just seems to have more ice crystals- not as creamy as the other frozen yogurts. I hope I’m making sense. Anyway. I like it a lot. The only niggly little bit is…. the serving is so scanty! As you can see in the photo (or in this case, as you can hardly see) the yogurt barely peeks over the cup- specially my sister’s ! So that was gone very quick.
Can’t have it all, as they say. But definitely, I think there will be more yogurt places opening up here down south. I can live with Purple Grapes for the meantime!

I was introduced to frozen yogurt 2008 when White Hat first opened at the Mall of Asia. I got curious because it’s supposed to be yogurt. I love a good ice cream/gelato. And I like yogurt and yogurt made into ice cream intrigued me. I’ve tried BTIC before and that was supposed to be yogurt, too, only they made it to taste like standard ice cream so that was disappointing.

I watched as the soft-serve yogurt rippled out of the machine into my cup in a perfect swirl. Out of their many toppings I chose muesli and cheesecake. It looked scrumptious. The shop girls took a photo of me before I got to taste it (which they said was for their website), which just added to the suspense. One heaping spoonful later and it was instant love! I loved the sweet, creamy tangy sort of sourness of it. It completely tastes like yogurt but more wonderful! 

So that’s how I got started. Since then a squillion fozen yogurt stands have popped up and I make it a point to try their yogurt everytime I pass by a new one. I don’t even mind that the yogurt stand names get crazier and crazier. I mean how many times can they shorten, abbreviate and re-spell Yogurt? They’ve added dashes, umlauts and every other punctuation in existence. Or it’s some fruit’s name with completely no relevance to the product. It’s confusing sometimes, specially the ones that have identical colours, but the yogurt they serve thankfully, stays yummily the same (more or less).

My favourite all-time toppings: crushed graham with mochi. Not available at all yogurt stands. I also like heart sprinkles because it’s so cute.

I was so happy when White Hat opened in ATC, as it’s the closest to me- we’re way south. But when one night we were having dinner at one of our favourite Chinese places, I saw a yogurt place right beside it- I got super excited. At last a yogurt place in our area. It’s 5 minutes away from home.

So the latest yogurt I have tried: Purple Grapes. Yum!

Yum. I just had walnuts and it’s divine together. My sister had white and dark chocolate swirl chips on hers. I think their formula is more ‘watery.’ I don’t mean it’s melted. It’s completely frozen and holds the shape. It just seems to have more ice crystals- not as creamy as the other frozen yogurts. I hope I’m making sense. Anyway. I like it a lot. The only niggly little bit is…. the serving is so scanty! As you can see in the photo (or in this case, as you can hardly see) the yogurt barely peeks over the cup- specially my sister’s ! So that was gone very quick.

Can’t have it all, as they say. But definitely, I think there will be more yogurt places opening up here down south. I can live with Purple Grapes for the meantime!

Purple Grapes frozen yogurt

Cornbread is one of many quickbreads that is ubiquitous in other countries. Here, I can’t remember ever finding cornbread in groceries or restaurants, except for Kenny Rogers’ tiny muffins. Finding cornmeal to make cornbread with is another almost-futile quest. I say almost because although I’ve never seen cornmeal sold in groceries, I don’t look for it every single time we do the grocery. But more often than not, they don’t have it, and even when I ask the attendants, they’ve never even heard of it.   Which makes me think. We grow a lot of corn in the country. People make mais (corn) rice and they use cornmeal for that. I’ve had that once before in Cebu. Dad said that’s what their daily fare usually was back in the day, instead of actual rice. I remember it being soft, just like rice but with a different taste and a lil gritty. So, where’s the cornmeal at?

Everytime I say how much I like the cornbread muffins at Kenny Rogers’, Mom tells me about the cornbread served at Marie Callender’s and how it’s so much better. She likes cornbread and misses it too. So when we saw the Krusteaz cornbread mix being sold at S&R, we got excited. Finally we can make cornbread at home. But had to try it first so we only got a box. S&R sells it for around Php 600.  I baked it in a cake pan. It is so easy! It really is just add water and bake. It’s easier than making boxed pancakes! Here it is with some butter melting on top:

It is very good and moist. I love the grittiness. So much can be done with this, I’ve tried making it into muffins and that went well too. I bet it would be great if I add some corn kernels in. I’ll try frying it, too, and see how that goes.. lol. The best thing about it is it’s so simple. I can whip up a batch any time. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Although I do love making things from scratch. The convenience of being able to make something like this from a mixture in a box is amazing, though. We got two more boxes of the mix.  It’s great by itself warm or from the fridge and yum with some butter. But I’m a sweet tooth. So I made a simple sweet thing to drizzle over it. It’s more a like a cake now this way:

To make the drizzle, all you need is some powdered sugar and milk or cream. Just mix as much as you need, stirring well. You’re aiming to have a nice, white syrupy liquid. More powder to make it thicker or more cream to thin the glaze. This is great on donuts too! You can play it up by adding vanilla extract or real bean scrapings. If you want to colour it, dip a toothpick in some gel food colour and swirl it in the glaze.  As a muffin with butter:

And there you go… :)

Cornbread is one of many quickbreads that is ubiquitous in other countries. Here, I can’t remember ever finding cornbread in groceries or restaurants, except for Kenny Rogers’ tiny muffins. Finding cornmeal to make cornbread with is another almost-futile quest. I say almost because although I’ve never seen cornmeal sold in groceries, I don’t look for it every single time we do the grocery. But more often than not, they don’t have it, and even when I ask the attendants, they’ve never even heard of it. Which makes me think. We grow a lot of corn in the country. People make mais (corn) rice and they use cornmeal for that. I’ve had that once before in Cebu. Dad said that’s what their daily fare usually was back in the day, instead of actual rice. I remember it being soft, just like rice but with a different taste and a lil gritty. So, where’s the cornmeal at?

Everytime I say how much I like the cornbread muffins at Kenny Rogers’, Mom tells me about the cornbread served at Marie Callender’s and how it’s so much better. She likes cornbread and misses it too. So when we saw the Krusteaz cornbread mix being sold at S&R, we got excited. Finally we can make cornbread at home. But had to try it first so we only got a box. S&R sells it for around Php 600. I baked it in a cake pan. It is so easy! It really is just add water and bake. It’s easier than making boxed pancakes! Here it is with some butter melting on top:

cornbread!

It is very good and moist. I love the grittiness. So much can be done with this, I’ve tried making it into muffins and that went well too. I bet it would be great if I add some corn kernels in. I’ll try frying it, too, and see how that goes.. lol. The best thing about it is it’s so simple. I can whip up a batch any time. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Although I do love making things from scratch. The convenience of being able to make something like this from a mixture in a box is amazing, though. We got two more boxes of the mix. It’s great by itself warm or from the fridge and yum with some butter. But I’m a sweet tooth. So I made a simple sweet thing to drizzle over it. It’s more a like a cake now this way:

cornbread slice with glaze

To make the drizzle, all you need is some powdered sugar and milk or cream. Just mix as much as you need, stirring well. You’re aiming to have a nice, white syrupy liquid. More powder to make it thicker or more cream to thin the glaze. This is great on donuts too! You can play it up by adding vanilla extract or real bean scrapings. If you want to colour it, dip a toothpick in some gel food colour and swirl it in the glaze. As a muffin with butter:

Oven-fresh cornbread w/ melting butter on top

And there you go… :)

If it’s your glass and you put it there, no problem. But what if you had just been served your drink and it came in a glass with a complimentary lipstick mark? I mean I don’t care if the lipstick is YSL. That’s disgusting. That’s what happened to mom when we ate Ryuma.  I just want to make it clear: the food at Ryuma is VERY GOOD.

Miso Soup    Served warm. Tasty! I just wish it had some tofu?

Tendon The prawns are thick and huge. It’s not all just chewy batter and a minuscle strand of shrimp-like protein inside. The sauce is just the right amount. It’s one of my pet peeves: some tendon bowls I’ve tried are so dry, I feel like eating soggy tempura with plain rice. Ok and it’s a huge serving. I can only finish a bowl of this when I’m super hungry. I usually take home my left over. The rice is cute nubbly pudgy Japanese grains and fragrant. I hope they never change. You can tell about the quality of the restaurant with the rice they serve. Some think they can fool people with cheap smelly rice cooked with a lot of water to make it ‘sticky.’

Melon Shake     This melon shake is so good! It’s creamy, they put milk or sweetened milk in it. I like the sweetness and an umbrella in a drink always makes me happy :) I couldn’t finish it either.

Tamago sushi     I love tamago sushi! Sushi at Ryuma is very good. It’s fresh and as you can see, it’s huge. I can hardly fit one in my mouth.  They also serve bento meals with around 3 kinds of salads.  So yes, their food.. it’s authentic Japanese. The cooks and chefs are Japanese. The interior and the shows they play on the flat screens are Japanese. The interior is cute in a.. how do you say.. a hyper eclectic way? Stark whites and purples, the toys greeting you at the entrance, the Samurai armours in glass cases. The staff seem friendly and attentive. They give me near-heart attacks everytime new diners enter as they all explode in a rolling thunder of ‘Irasshaimases’. They give young children toys for no reason. And I love how there is a cart outside where the diner’s drivers can get free siopao and pancit. It’s a very nice touch, a very thoughtful thing to do.

Food cart with free siopao and pancit for the drivers.. The text/signs say: FREE (selected items only) CUSTOMER’S (literally working as) DRIVERS     I wonder about that ‘literally working as’ sign.. did a customer go to the kiosk and demand a free siopao saying he drove himself to the resto so he’s technically a ‘driver’?  But still there was that incident with the lipstick on the glass. Didn’t take a photo of it. As soon as mom saw it, she complained to the manager. We don’t know if it’s the owner, but a Japanese man came to apologise. They gave another toy to mom’s friend’s little daughter who we bumped into at the restaurant.   
And they gave me this free ice cream with sprinkles! I hope they don’t do it again. The lipstick was on a glass of complimentary cold tea. We think they served that to a customer who took a tiny sip. Then when the waiter/waitress came to clean the table, they thought no one touched the glass of cold tea so they served it again. OR SOMETHING. It’s disgusting and it’s so wrong but that’s what we think happened. It can’t be that a waitress took a sip before serving the drink… that’s just horrible.  This is around the fourth time we ate here.. Still recommend it! Ryuma is at Paseo de Santa Rosa. They also have a Ryuma Japanese grocery, a baby shop + a separate ramen house.. they took up nearly the entire 2nd level of the new Paseo de Santa Rosa. Visit their website here: Ryuma.  Lastly the prices: majority ranging between Php 200-450 per dish. Steaks and others around Php 600 per dish. They have specials at only Php 200.

If it’s your glass and you put it there, no problem. But what if you had just been served your drink and it came in a glass with a complimentary lipstick mark? I mean I don’t care if the lipstick is YSL. That’s disgusting. That’s what happened to mom when we ate Ryuma. I just want to make it clear: the food at Ryuma is VERY GOOD.

Miso Soup

Miso Soup Served warm. Tasty! I just wish it had some tofu?

Tendon

Tendon The prawns are thick and huge. It’s not all just chewy batter and a minuscle strand of shrimp-like protein inside. The sauce is just the right amount. It’s one of my pet peeves: some tendon bowls I’ve tried are so dry, I feel like eating soggy tempura with plain rice. Ok and it’s a huge serving. I can only finish a bowl of this when I’m super hungry. I usually take home my left over. The rice is cute nubbly pudgy Japanese grains and fragrant. I hope they never change. You can tell about the quality of the restaurant with the rice they serve. Some think they can fool people with cheap smelly rice cooked with a lot of water to make it ‘sticky.’

Melon Shake

Melon Shake This melon shake is so good! It’s creamy, they put milk or sweetened milk in it. I like the sweetness and an umbrella in a drink always makes me happy :) I couldn’t finish it either.

Tamago Sushi

Tamago sushi I love tamago sushi! Sushi at Ryuma is very good. It’s fresh and as you can see, it’s huge. I can hardly fit one in my mouth. They also serve bento meals with around 3 kinds of salads. So yes, their food.. it’s authentic Japanese. The cooks and chefs are Japanese. The interior and the shows they play on the flat screens are Japanese. The interior is cute in a.. how do you say.. a hyper eclectic way? Stark whites and purples, the toys greeting you at the entrance, the Samurai armours in glass cases. The staff seem friendly and attentive. They give me near-heart attacks everytime new diners enter as they all explode in a rolling thunder of ‘Irasshaimases’. They give young children toys for no reason. And I love how there is a cart outside where the diner’s drivers can get free siopao and pancit. It’s a very nice touch, a very thoughtful thing to do.

free food

Food cart with free siopao and pancit for the drivers.. The text/signs say: FREE (selected items only) CUSTOMER’S (literally working as) DRIVERS I wonder about that ‘literally working as’ sign.. did a customer go to the kiosk and demand a free siopao saying he drove himself to the resto so he’s technically a ‘driver’? But still there was that incident with the lipstick on the glass. Didn’t take a photo of it. As soon as mom saw it, she complained to the manager. We don’t know if it’s the owner, but a Japanese man came to apologise. They gave another toy to mom’s friend’s little daughter who we bumped into at the restaurant. Free ice cream

And they gave me this free ice cream with sprinkles! I hope they don’t do it again. The lipstick was on a glass of complimentary cold tea. We think they served that to a customer who took a tiny sip. Then when the waiter/waitress came to clean the table, they thought no one touched the glass of cold tea so they served it again. OR SOMETHING. It’s disgusting and it’s so wrong but that’s what we think happened. It can’t be that a waitress took a sip before serving the drink… that’s just horrible. This is around the fourth time we ate here.. Still recommend it! Ryuma is at Paseo de Santa Rosa. They also have a Ryuma Japanese grocery, a baby shop + a separate ramen house.. they took up nearly the entire 2nd level of the new Paseo de Santa Rosa. Visit their website here: Ryuma. Lastly the prices: majority ranging between Php 200-450 per dish. Steaks and others around Php 600 per dish. They have specials at only Php 200.


I was given a pack of candies by Kristine. They were certainly pretty to look at! I was thinking maybe I could use them as garnish for cupcakes later on, meaning to set them aside.  Then my sister opened it. It died a sweet, quick death. No candy ever decorated any cupcake. It was addicting I tell you! Not only are there a lot of cute designs, everyone tasted different. It starts off sweet with a hint of acid and you can definitely taste and smell the different flavours. Then you have to choose whether to continue sucking or give it a much-needed chomp just so your tongue can happily go over the little broken bits. As it gets smaller, and you get to the centre, it gets more sour and citrusy.
 They’re called Sticky Rock Candies, handmade in Singapore. They even do customised candies, which I think is super for give-aways at birthdays, weddings, product launches or other events. You can even customise the packaging!

I want the jar.

RocKandi

I was given a pack of candies by Kristine. They were certainly pretty to look at! I was thinking maybe I could use them as garnish for cupcakes later on, meaning to set them aside. Then my sister opened it. It died a sweet, quick death. No candy ever decorated any cupcake. It was addicting I tell you! Not only are there a lot of cute designs, everyone tasted different. It starts off sweet with a hint of acid and you can definitely taste and smell the different flavours. Then you have to choose whether to continue sucking or give it a much-needed chomp just so your tongue can happily go over the little broken bits. As it gets smaller, and you get to the centre, it gets more sour and citrusy.

They’re called Sticky Rock Candies, handmade in Singapore. They even do customised candies, which I think is super for give-aways at birthdays, weddings, product launches or other events. You can even customise the packaging!

I want the jar.