An afternoon at Uma Uma Ramen Philippines and The Horse’s Mouth Bar

It’s no secret how Manila’s food scene has been on the rise these past few years, but the ramen craze in particular doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon. Ramen fans will be happy to know that there’s one new player in town that brings forth what I feel are a bunch of unique ramen flavours you can’t find anywhere else. And guess what, they are 100% MSG Free too!

Uma Uma Ramen was originally named ‘Wu Maru’ back in 1953, but when the owner’s son took over the business in 1994, he decided to rename it ‘Uma Uma Ramen’ as a pun on the Japanese word for “tasty”. The son, Mr. Masahiko Teshima, is now the President of Uma Uma Japan. Under his leadership, Uma Uma Ramen took its first step outside of Japan and into Singapore, where it gained a cult following among ramen devotees.

To tell you the truth, people I know who go food tripping in Singapore have mentioned this restaurant to me but I have yet to try it. (I haven’t been to Singapore in years!) It’s why when I heard they were opening a restaurant here I was extremely curious. I had the same question in everybody’s minds: What did they have to offer that would set them apart from the many other ramen shops in the metro?

I was about to find out.

The main dining area of Uma Uma Ramen looks like your typical ramen place with just a touch of industrial-like flair. The tables are neatly arranged and bearing your usual ramen condiments. There’s nothing wrong with how this place is decorated, but it’s not particularly special either.

But then you’ll notice there’s actually a dark curtain at the end of this room, and behind that curtain is a bar that’s only open from 5PM onwards.
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Adding pizzaz to a classic pasta with Delimondo Corned Beef

We can always manage to find interesting ways to spice up old and familiar things.

Life is made up of 80% mundane and 20% extra-special events. Well, unless you are part of that tiny minority who gets to live life in adventure mode everyday. But the thing is, how do we define mundane anyway? Isn’t it just a label we ourselves attach to our own lives?

The older I get the more I feel that most of the things that go on in our everyday lives can be under our control. We don’t have to live everyday doing the exact same thing and complaining about how boring it is. Even the smallest change in our routines will count. It could perhaps even bring something we thought we always knew under a new light.

It’s nice to wake up and go: This is my life, and it’s not some big extravagant life, but at the end of the day it’s a good life. And I can always make it better depending on the choices I make that day.

I didn’t come up with that analogy to introduce this Garlic Lemon Pasta with Delimondo Corned Beef recipe to you guys. It just so happened that it’s a topic that runs along the veins of my idea for this pasta dish.

I’m a fan of the Garlic-Lemon Pasta. It’s probably the simplest pasta in the world but boy does it pack the most satisfying flavours for me, being a fan of both garlic and lemon. So I thought, hey, why not try to add another dimension to this dish? Nothing complicated, just something potentially different and delicious.
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A quick Chocolate Souffle Recipe made even easier with KitchenAid [VIDEO]

When people say soufflé– wearing their best French accents of course– it conjures up images of class, luxury, and indulgence. The name of the dessert is based on the French verb souffler (to breathe), because of its beautiful puffy crown and airy as cloud center. Eating it is such a pleasurable experience that it’s no wonder the soufflé is highly regarded by many dessert-lovers.

For many home-bakers, perhaps just the French name itself makes the dessert seem intimidating. Admittedly, some French desserts can be a bit daunting to take on, requiring a gazillion steps and labour (croissant!) or some special technique (macarons!), but I must say that the soufflé is truly not one of them. In fact, I was even surprised by how easy it was! I think after reading through the recipe below you will agree with me.

The first time I ever made soufflé, the pessimistic and nervous side of me was prepared for the worst. It’s a terrible habit to go into the negative what if’s before you even get started, but I have my days too. Then as I read through the instructions I thought to myself, ‘Hey, this isn’t hard at all!’ And I was right. It wasn’t difficult in the least, especially when you have the right tools in hand. I really believe that you guys will end up agreeing with me once you try this recipe out. 😉

The “hardest part” about this Chocolate Souffle recipe is beating the egg whites to stiff peaks. Let me tell you, if you are planning to do it by hand, think twice. It will be exhausting! Instead, take out your hand mixer. If you don’t have one, a hand mixer is probably one of the best investments any baking enthusiast can make. If a stand mixer is too pricey and you don’t really make that many yeasted breads anyway, I would suggest going for the KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer. Ever since I got mine, I’ve been using oh so much!

Here’s my little video tutorial on how to make this easy Chocolate Souffle recipe with a matching Quick Chocolate Sauce, and I can assure you this will be the first of many videos that will be featuring the KitchenAid 7-Speed Hand Mixer because I LOVE IT SO MUCH I want to use it all the time! It’s so handy and so easy to use, and it made this recipe 10 times easier too, as you will see in the video.

The great thing about this recipe, apart from the fact that it is DELICIOUS, is that you can make it up to a day ahead. Prep it then pop in the fridge covered in plastic until ready to bake, and you will get these beautiful and divine chocolate soufflés every time!
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Father’s Day Diaries 2016 at Century City Mall

After months of hearing my Dad wonder about whether or not he should get a selfie stick, I finally caved and bought him one for Father’s Day.

This Father’s Day was a little different from the ones before. I feel like I’m stepping into that stage in my life where I’m stable enough to give my parents gifts beyond a kiss and a card, because now I can buy them meals and stuff. Feels pretty good actually.

Before I start the retelling of this day, I just want to say this post is not sponsored at all in any way. My Dad wanted to head to Century City Mall for the day so I planned some activities within the area that might be fun. First order of business when we arrived of course– LUNCH! They say the early bird catches the worm, but that is not the case for all-day breakfast places like the Early Bird Breakfast Club.

I’m a breakfast girl through and through. You can keep me from lunch or dinner, but never ever take away my breakfast. I get super duper cranky, and I’m not even kidding. In a perfect world I’d be brunching everyday with a good book in hand, alas, reality dictates other practices. It’s a nice thing to imagine though.

Ironically, despite my love for all things breakfast I never quite felt the pull towards the Early Bird Breakfast Club. Looking through the menu (which takes the breakfast concept to another level since it looks like the morning paper!), it seemed a pretty expensive place for Filipino breakfast staples that were just made to look more gourmet with the plating. But my dad has been wanting to try this place out for a while and since it was Father’s Day, I decided to go ahead and reserve us a table.

In fairness to Early Bird Breakfast Club, it both surpassed and somehow confirmed my expectations of it. It’s a cute and inviting little place you’d want to hang out in, although the Century City Mall branch is a bit hot. The inside is filled with lovely good-morning-vibe wall paintings, but you can opt to dine al fresco as well. But not only is the interior photo-worthy, it’s also got some of the most Instagram-able food ever. (Not so much the ones we ordered, but I couldn’t help peeking at the food being brought to the other tables!)
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Bayani Brew wants you to be an #EverydayBayani

What does it mean to be a hero?

Do you have to be a martyr? Do you have to take up arms and lead a battalion of men into the battlefield? Do you have to invent a cure for cancer? The truth is, you don’t have to accomplish such a tall order of things to feel like a hero. You don’t have to do something in an earth-shaking magnitude to feel like you made a difference in the world.

You can start small. You can start with something that you can actually realistically contribute to.

Most of us will probably never end up with our names on history books like one Jose Rizal or one Nelson Mandela, but ask yourself: Is that the only thing that truly counts? How about going to bed every night with the knowledge that you did something good that day? You see, even the smallest things can create a ripple, which means we always have a chance to make a difference in this world.

That’s why I love brands that give us regular people a chance to contribute to society in a good way, just like what Bayani Brew has been doing for years. I was first introduced to Bayani Brew by my younger brother a long time ago; when he brought me home a bottle of their Kick-Ass Lemongrass iced tea after doing some community service with Gawad Kalinga. Since then we try to buy Bayani Brew as much as we can.

What makes me admire Bayani Brew so much is the fact that they support Filipino farmers. I know that in other countries, farmers are respected for the obvious reason that they are the ones who produce the food that each household brings to their tables. But here in the Philippines that is not the case.
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