Toki Japanese Restaurant – Kaiseki

Toki Japanese Fusion and Fine Dining - Sushi

Normally when I receive a text message from a credit card company I usually just take a glance at it and delete it. This time the offer of American Express for a kaiseki course at Toki Japanese restaurant was quite interesting and I thought it was a good deal.  ... [Read More]

Osaka: Jin Yakiniku

Jin Yakiniku

When I was planning our trip to Tokyo I asked my friend Jin what restaurants she recommended and she immediately suggested her namesake. We took a taxi to this place and almost couldn't find it but thanks to Jin's pictures we found it. ... [Read More]

Osaka: UCC Cafe Plaza, Animate, Doutour

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It was fun walking and eating at Kuromon Ichiba Market but it was quite warm in Osaka in June so we were parched and in need of coffee and refreshments.  The obvious answer to our needs was the UCC Cafe Plaza right across the entrance of the market.  ... [Read More]

Osaka: Kuromon Ichiba Market

Kuromon Ichiba Market

 From Dotonburi we walked a couple of blocks to Kuromon Ichiba Market, a must visit for foodies like me. My most important tip to those who will go to this market is to go HUNGRY. There are so many things to eat and buy.  ... [Read More]

Osaka: Takoyaki at Dotonburi

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On our second day in Osaka we went to Dotonburi to walk around the area and try some of Osaka's famous takoyaki (octopus snack). ... [Read More]

Osaka: Kinno-Kura Jr. ( 金の蔵Jr.)

金の蔵Jr. Kinno Kura Jr.  Bloomin' Onion

Since we arrived at night, got lost looking for the hotel and checked in to Intercontinental Osaka we walked around the area to look for a place to eat. We chanced upon a building of restaurants in the Chayamachi area so we went in and chose something that had nice pictures.  ... [Read More]

Osaka: Intercontinental Osaka Hotel

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When planning a trip to Osaka the first thing you have to decide is which area to stay in? The choices are Namba (Southern downtown) or Umeda (Northern downtown). My travel agent informed me that Namba is more popular with tourists from Manila. We chose Umeda because my friend wanted to stay in ... [Read More]

Osaka: Philippine Airlines MNL-KIX-MNL

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  Last June my friend texted me if I wanted to go to Osaka. I didn't have a visa yet and the trip was in less than a week. I said yes and quickly applied for a visa which I luckily got in 3 days. I was surprised how fast and easy it was to get a Japanese visa nowadays and they gave me 3 ... [Read More]

Birthday Lunch at Lung Hin, Marco Polo Hotel

Lung Hin (Marco Polo Hotel) Sweet & Sour Pork

How much do I love Lung Hin at Marco Polo Hotel?  I chose to have my birthday lunch there last September. It was my third time to eat there and I could eat there week after week. Can you tell it's my current favorite Chinese restaurant in Manila?  ... [Read More]

Mecha Uma at BGC

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The only time I ate Chef Bruce's creations was at Sensei Sushi all the way in BF Homes Parañaque. As much as I loved the food I didn't want a repeat of the 2 hour plus travel time. As soon as I saw the phone number of Mecha Uma, the new restaurant he heads at The Fort, I immediately called to ... [Read More]