Ramen & Inglenook Giveaway!

I was cleaning out my cupboards when I realized I still had a Starbucks planner that I completely forgot to give away. I know it’s almost March, but it’s never to late to start using an organizer to plan your daily activities… especially when it’s free!

There will be only be one winner... unfortunately. The good news is, it’s open to local and international readers! 

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The winner will receive:

  1. Starbucks Planner 2017
  2. Starbucks Pouch
  3. Starbucks Erasable Pen

Giveaway ends on March 1, 2017. All you have to do is join the Rafflecopter below. The more entries you have, the better chance of winning!

Good luck!

Click here to go to Rafflecopter and join the giveaway!

Update: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations Cristina Jimenez!

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Paris, third day’s the charm!

Paris won’t be complete without visiting the iconic sites… and shopping!

Early in the morning, we found ourselves walking along the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, a familiar bridge for those who have watched Inception. Be careful taking photos for cyclists don’t have mercy! This is coming from a girl who almost got run over by one (and unfortunately, got told off by a cop to stay on the side). (more…)

Ramen & Inglenook in Paris!

Our second day in France, we woke up to a breakfast of jam and bread – a staple in every French household. I suddenly missed my Filipino rice meal, but when in Paris… Right?

After freezing in the castle grounds of Chantilly the day before, I was ready to brave the cold and wore the thickest jacket I had. Weather seemed to have turned in our favor though, and the sun was shining throughout the day – a perfect time to walk around Paris. (more…)

A Four Month Introspective Hiatus

A lot could happen in four months… you could have your heart broken with thoughts that you could never recover. You could open up a café… and maybe even get an awesome new job. You could start dating again, and find that there are still wonderful people who truly care. Or… you could find the time to love yourself and be a better person than you were four months ago.

After a long break from blogging, I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready to share my stories once more. Thank you for keeping up with Ramen & Inglenook, dear readers! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the next few posts I have in store for you!

Currently Reading: Ready Player One

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One might say that Ready Player One is a remix of Neal Stephenson’s 1992 Snow Crash. Both novels are set in an ugly future where greedy, money slave corporations have taken over the world so people constantly look for refuge in virtual reality. In RPO’s case, that virtual reality is called OASIS, a fitting name. While both novels seem in every way similar – nerd utopias, ass-kicking female characters, sarcasm, sticking it to the man… the main difference is that RPO is more like a treasure hunt perpetrated by a sort of Bill Gates character while SC is a cyberpunk detective story. (more…)

Top Ten Louvre Artworks

One place you can’t miss visiting in France is the Louvre, and trust me when I say that this trip needs a whole lot of preparation. The Louvre is massive! It houses more than 50 thousand art works… FIFTY THOUSAND! You definitely can’t see everything in one go so I took it upon myself to list down my top ten must see in the museum (and no, the Mona Lisa is not one of them).

Let’s get started! (more…)

A step into Marie Antoinette’s home!

It was the fourth day of our European adventure when we decided to visit the illustrious home of Marie Antoinette, the Palace of Versailles. After being in awe of the sheer size of Château de Chantilly, I was definitely expecting Versailles to be as majestic. It did not disappoint!

We arrived just in time to beat the lunch crowd, and decided to eat at a random restaurant near the palace. Got lucky and found a nice bistro that offered a huge lunch portion for cheap. You definitely have to eat beforehand because you need all the calories you can get for walking! There are some food concessionaires at the palace grounds but it’s way overpriced. (more…)

Who wants curry for dinner?

One of the things the Japanese does well is curry! However, it might be slightly different than the Indian curry you’re used to. Japanese curry is less spicy and reminiscent of thick stew. The usual ingredients for Japanese curry are potatoes, carrots, onions and meat.

When I made this recipe, I used chicken but you can use pork or beef. You can also make it vegetarian by adding other vegetables like celery, peas and bell peppers. Slices of apple may also be added for extra sweetness. Don’t worry Japanese people have also made it easier for home cooks to recreate this dish by offering curry roux cubes instead of buying several different spices.

Without further ado, here’s the quick and easy recipe for Japanese curry! (more…)

Not Your Ordinary Souvenirs

While I don’t blame you for filling your luggage with miniature Eiffel Towers or the delicate Ladurée macarons, don’t discount this list of Parisian mementos. They are a little expensive but will be wonderful gifts for special people in your life. (more…)