Food

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…)

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Cafés in Paris Worth Visiting

When you have a crazy itinerary like my sister and I, there’s nothing more rewarding than resting your tired feet in a café and sipping a delicate cappuccino. Although, I’ve been told that Parisians do not really drink cappuccinos (most preferring a strong espresso). I don’t understand why because cappuccinos in Paris are amaaaazing! With their chocolaty taste, it warms my heart up like listening to Oh Wonder singing Midnight Moon.

While my sister has been to Paris a lot of times, owing to the fact that her husband is French, we discovered these cafés purely by chance. I guess there are many secrets in Paris that even a seasoned Paris traveler or Parisian have not uncovered yet.

Going back to the task at hand… Here are the four cafés in Paris worth visiting! (more…)

Pizza Delivery!

With virtually no good spaces to chill out in the sun in Manila (because of the intense heat), I decided to milk the opportunity in Europe – chilling by the Eiffel Tower in Champs de Mars, walking around Parc du Buttes-Chaumont, having lunch on the patio of Dame Tartine.

The sun was like the ultimate energy generator. So… when my sister saw this blog post by Out and About sharing her experience with Pink Flamingo Pizza, we just knew we had to try it! (more…)

Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta

People’s comfort food ranges from chicken noodle soup to ice cream. My favorite dish when I’m extremely hungover or just feeling a little sick is this wonderful creamy tomato tuna pasta. You may choose to top it with cheese and pop it in the oven, or serve it with shaved parmesan and garnish with roughly chopped parsley. It’s extremely easy to make, and doesn’t take more that 20 minutes! (more…)

Got a free night in Shinjuku?

With aching feet and empty bellies, pushing your way past the throng through the extremely busy streets of Shinjuku may seem like a daunting task. A task David and I were willing to go through for the miniscule chance of getting a seat at Zoetrope, the legendary whiskey bar featured in various travel magazines and blogs.

Like most exciting things in Japan, this whiskey bar is stashed away on the third floor of a nondescript building serviced by an old, squeaky elevator. We arrived two hours before opening time and decided to get a bite to eat at the adjacent izakaya, Mifune. (more…)

Chow Rundown: Ninja Akasaka

Tokyo is home to various themed restaurants and cafés. From robots to cats, the city probably has it. Since we already visited the owl café, I wanted to give David another restaurant experience which he won’t be able to find anywhere else. I was debating between the robot restaurant and the ninja restaurant. The robot restaurant looks pretty awesome! I’m sure we would have fun there if not for the food. They only offer bento boxes which was unacceptable to me because the cover charge for the show is already 9,000 yen! My mom also had some rave reviews on the ninja restaurant so that’s where we ended up going. (more…)

Egg(s) in Purgatory

For today’s dinner, I was debating whether to make pasta or eggs in purgatory. The spicy breakfast dish won! I like the simplicity yet bold flavors of this dish. It’s perfect any time of the day. I like mine chunkier than usual so I choose to cook the sauce separately from the egg. However, you can do the traditional version and poach it in the sauce. You may also try to bake it in the oven topped with your favorite cheese! I usually eat mine as is but most serve it with bread. (more…)

Salmon with Sweet Potato Mash, Apples & Pecan

After taking a bite of the sweet potato mash my brother cooked a week ago, I knew I had to create a dish around it. I immediately thought of all the salmon and mashed potato dishes I’ve eaten before. And while it always goes well together, without its accompanying sauces, it’s always bland. I wanted the dish to be a sweeter and spicier at the same time. That’s when I decided to use sweet potato for the mash, add some apple for tartness and pecans for crunch. I also decided to make a rub for the salmon just so it can have a little kick.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! (more…)

Chow Rundown: Maison de la Bourgogne

Situated in a quiet street of Kagurazaka, this French bistro should not be missed! Fate brought me here when my friends and I were wandering around the district in search for dinner. Unfortunately, they did not have enough seating to accommodate us at that time. I vowed to come back and try their food. Thankfully, it was my birthday in two weeks. When my mom asked me where I wanted to celebrate, I immediately asked her to make a reservation for Maison de la Bourgogne.

It’s safely ensconced from the hustle and bustle of Kagurazaka providing you with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for wine and deep conversations! They have outside seating facing the street which is a great addition, provided it wasn’t 35 degrees outside. Inside seating was quite comfortable. Ask to be seated in the booths! Service was not rushed, and servers were attentive.

Maison - Family (more…)