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Ramen Nagi | World's First Concept Store

11.13.2018
To all my fellow Ramen lovers out there, I'm very ecstatic to share with you that Ramen Nagi launched their first concept store here in the PH! Located at the recently opened One Bonifacio High Street development adjacent to the Philippine Stock Exchange building in Bonifacio Global City, you'll get to experience a sleeker, and more sophisticated vibe.



The new store features décor that are decidedly different from the colorful, festive aesthetic that permeates all other Ramen Nagi’s shops worldwide — born out of sketches personally made by Chef Ikuta Satoshi, the man behind Ramen Nagi. This shop combines Japanese minimalist design with an open-concept design to create an unrestrained, unfussy zen-like feel. Intimate booths and blond wood chairs line stark white walls on one side, while a marble countertop seating offers front-row views of the kitchen activity on another. In the center of the room, white lamps cheekily decorated with images of ramen bowls hang over sleek communal tables.



PORK KATSU ROLL
This concept store may look very new, but everything else remains the same! “Same menu, same customer service. You still get to enjoy your favorite Ramen Nagi noodles but in a different vibe.” - Avi Siy-Chua.

ORIGINAL KING (BUTAO)

RIGHT: TRUFFLE KING RAMEN
As a launch offering, the Ramen Nagi at One Bonifacio High Street will be the only shop to offer the Truffle King Ramen, an aromatic treat filled with the flavors of the desirable mushroom delicacy, until December. Come the new year, fans can slurp their way to a truffle-licious bowl in all the other Ramen Nagi branches across the Philippines.

I personally loved the Truffle King Ramen, with it's tasteful broth and aroma I know you guys will love this!


Originally a brainchild of Japanese chef Ikuta Satoshi, Ramen Nagi finds favor among ramen fans for its steaming bowls filled with rich broth, springy noodles and quality ingredients. The award-winning ramen chain offers four variants in its menu, namely Original King (creamy umami tonkotsu broth), Red King (spicy), Black King (with squid ink), and Green King (with basil pesto)—all served with a scrumptious slab of charred pork. Aside from these four regulars, Ramen Nagi also offers two limited-edition flavors every month.


SZECHUAN RAMEN
Patrons can also customize their own bowls based on an omotenashi sheet that lists options for the richness of soup, spiciness level, firmness of noodles, heaviness of sauce, amount of garlic, and choice of pork shoulder char shu or belly.

According to Chef Ikuta, there are three steps to eating the ramen: taste the broth, season with a generous amount of spicy sauce, enjoy the noodles and slurp to show the chef your appreciation. And at this new, more upscale outpost, loud slurping is definitely still an option.


NAGI VANILLA ICE CREAM
And end the meal with Ramen Nagi's signature dessert! How I love the combination of vanilla, chocolate and vodka! It's very subtle but it will definitely make you want more!

Chef Ikuta Satoshi and Chef Riyoichi Nishio
So to my fellow Ramen lovers now is the time to attack and devour that flavorful bowl!

Lots of love

Alyssa ♥

The Garden | Okada Manila

11.10.2018
When the ‘ber months roll in, Filipinos know that Christmas tunes and décors are sure to be heard and seen. We love the feeling of Yuletide cheer when we drop by our favorite entertainment spaces, more so when we participate in Christmas family activities around the metro.

This is why on November 17, Saturday, Okada Manila is hosting a Christmas tree lighting ceremony that is open to all. Families can enjoy a wonderful time of prancing and dancing inside a world-class destination in the heart of Entertainment City. Okada Manila will begin celebrating the beloved holiday season with a wide array of incredible shows—Christmas choir performances, a meet-and-greet session with Santa, live bands, DJs, and street performers.

Visions of Grandeur to kick off the holiday season
Starting at 5 PM, families can enjoy the evening’s entertainment interplay of Manila’s top DJ acts, merry live music from the Zcentido band, and special shows from The Fountain. New viewing decks will be opened for breathtaking views of the world’s largest multicolored dancing water feature. See The Fountain like never before from new vantage points. At 8 PM, the Christmas tree comes to life at the Fountain Foyer in the Crystal Corridor.

To really bring in the Christmas spirit, Chorus Vocales will fill the air with songs of the season as they light the magnificent tree, while the full cast of the Okada Manila Entertainment Group will elevate festivities with a thrilling performance to match the high-flying water spectacle.

A festival of Yuletide cheer at an iconic resort
Apart from the show and the performances, Okada Manila will have new stores activating the entirety of the Crystal Corridor starting November 9 where families can enjoy, learn, and create picture-perfect memories. Make room for learning and exploration this Christmas with Mind Museum’s traveling exhibits featuring three mind-blowing themes. Take a peek into the astounding biodiversity of the Coral Triangle with A Glass of the Sea and explore the story of mankind’s quest for immortality with Forever Lab. Ever wondered what goes on in the mind of teenager? Discover their funhouse-like world at The Teenage Brain Exhibit. Unwrap the gift of knowledge in this interactive space that has something for everyone of every age.

Guests can enjoy festive dining experiences at Okada Manila’s signature restaurants and stuff their stockings with holiday goodies from the Gingerbread House. There will be no silent nights at Cove Manila because turntable legend Jazzy Jeff will fill the party paradise with his classic hip-hop tracks.

Okada Manila’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony is the perfect event to kick off your family’s holiday season. There is something delightful for every member of the family—from the youngest child, to the trendy teens, to mom and dad, and even to your beloved grandparents. Couples will also enjoy creating sweet Christmas memories together, with the comfort and luxury of magnificent shows and festive music.

Make lasting memories with your family and loved ones at Okada Manila’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 17. For more details on the grandest integrated resort and destination for world-class entertainment, visit okadamanila.com, like facebook.com/OkadaManilaPH, and follow @okadamanila on Instagram and Twitter.


#ShareTheScare With Krispy Kreme Halloween Doughnuts

10.27.2018
It's that time of year again where ghouls and ghosts come out and play. It's also one of the perfect time to be creative not just with our costumes but also with sweets and desserts! Krispy Kreme wows us again with their halloween doughnuts that's creepily satisfying to the eye! Trick-or-treaters can take their pick from this year’s spooktacular squad: The Ooze, The Scary Eye, The Black Cat, The Tombstone, The Pumpkin, The Owl, The Brain, The Orange Monster, and Halloween Sprinkles for only PHP55 per piece and PHP 450 per dozen.




They also released their Frozen Kreme Shakses! Inspired by Krispy Kreme favorites, this latest treat comes in three delightful flavors: Frozen Glazed Chocolate, a sweet drink slash dessert swirled with chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate pieces and gold glitters, perfect for chocoholics out there; Frozen Strawberry Sprinkles, a spin on a classic fruity favourite topped with red rainbow glitters with heart-shaped sprinkles, and Frozen Vanilla Cake, a gold glitter-garnished celebration of flavors in a cake turned shake that will surely get your taste buds excited with each sip.

We also got the create our very own Frozen Kreme Shake named Kre Kre Shake! It has all the favorite goodies of Krispy Kreme and has a little touch of Halloween.

So don't forget to grab a box or boxes of this goodie Halloween doughnuts on your Halloween parties and use the #Sharethescare!

Penthouse By The Bay | Your New Party Destination

10.09.2018
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Ber months are the months where a lot of parties are being hosted, friends, families or officemates get together. Planning ahead of time is the best way to book the best events place, but by this time a lot of places may have been booked already but let me shed a light on you by sharing this awesome place inside Rizal Park Hotel.

The Penthouse by the bay is the newest and one of the most classy events place you can host your party. It is a new jewel at the top of 1900's colonial style building, Rizal Park Hotel. Experience al-fresco dining with an overlooking view of Manila Bay or wine and dine in style at their fully-airconditioned posh lounge inspired by the Art Deco period, also known as the Great Gatsby era.
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Penthouse by the bay is a destination events place that can cater up to a maximum of 500pax (standing) or 270pax (seated).

Now aside from the uber stylish and classy interiors their food is the bomb!


This is a pizza in a cone :D

One of the best drinks I've tasted, and let me tell you I never drink so I was surprised I liked this one! It doesn't have that strong alcohol taste. This is the Jellous Lover.

The Crab Cake is one of my faves because of the rich taste of the crab meat and how perfectly fried the outer layer is.

Penthouse by the bay is the only importer of this Rose Champagne (if I'm correct) and it tastes just wonderful! Plus you can see there's the seal of approval of the Queen of England and Prince Charles!

Spam Rice!




To finish they served the Dark Chocolate Cheese Cake, I'm really not a fan of dark chocolate but here the bitterness is very subtle an you can enjoy this!

Penthouse by the bay is the next destination events place you should book! You can check their facebook here!

Spicy To The Max's | The New Max's Spicy Chicken

9.27.2018
Who here grew up loving and celebrating a lot of birthday parties at Max's restaurant? I know I, myself, have experienced this and there's nothing more iconic chicken than Max's Fried Chicken! That sarap to bones experience will always be one of the most satisfying feeling, walang tapon with Max's Fried Chicken. I always partner it with their Banana Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce, but since we love spicy food I add a little hot sauce. But now with their new release there's no more hot sauce needed!

The new Spicy Fried Chicken is tossed in a special chili pepper seasoning that will leave you craving for more. Best paired with Max’s house blend banana ketchup, enjoy bite after bite of juicy chicken with just the right balance of sweet and spicy.

Max’s Restaurant is offering the Spicy Chicken Family Platter at only PHP529. For those who wish to have a spicy feast with friends or family, there is also the Spicy Chicken Platter Bundle which includes the Max’s Spicy Chicken together with a choice of one bestselling soup, large plain rice, four glasses of iced tea, four Caramel Bar Ice Cream, and one plush toy all for PHP1,399.

You can also enjoy the Spicy Fried Chicken with your favorite platters! For the basic meal you can avail it for 199 pesos only!

For my personal experience, it's not the type of spice that will make your mouth feel like it's on fire. It has the level 5-6 spice where even with every bite you won't feel like it's too much. Although the chili pepper is only on the outside layer of the chicken you can still enjoy that crispy balat Max's fried chicken offers. If I were to choose if I'd order this again? Sure! However I just prefer the original one :)



The love for spicy does not stop there with Max’s Restaurant’s Honey Glazed Chili Cripsy Pata. Premium pork knuckle made extra special by stir frying in garlic and ginger, and then lathered with local honey and served with Max’s pata sauce, there is no reason why the Honey Glazed Chili Crispy Pata should not be included in one’s next order at Max’s Restaurant together with the new Max’s Spicy Chicken.

The addition of the Max’s Spicy Chicken and Honey Gazed Chili Crispy Pata to the Max’s Restaurant menu is further proof of the social media awardee on 2018 People’s Choice’s commitment to cater to the changing demands of its customers. With more people becoming more adventurous in their food choices, the Max’s Spicy Chicken and Honey Glazed Chili Crispy Pata are welcome treats for you.