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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen: The Worst Ramen in Manila

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ot so long after declaring some place the best of something with my last review, I did get some hate mail from people who thought I was insane.  Or an idiot.  Not that they would be wrong.  I figure, no better time to rattle more cages and receive death threats instead of hate mail by doing the opposite: declaring the ... Read More »

Wee Nam Kee: The Best Chicken Rice in Manila

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here’s no other way to say it but the Chicken Rice shops we have in Manila are shit.  Now I don’t claim to be an expert of boiling chicken and steaming rice, but you don’t have to be a genius to know the good ones from the bad.  Chicken Rice is NOT the national dish of Singapore.  It is, however, ... Read More »

Why Breaking the Rules at Mamou Too! Works

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o offense to bacon and pork lovers, but steak is the ultimate bro food.  So it’s an absolute no-brainer that you want your steaks done right.  You’d want the best kind of meat, the right cut to begin with.  The French snobs will then tell you that steaks have to be cooked medium rare, seasoned really well with just salt ... Read More »

Why You Should Visit Nomama Ramen

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o, not for their ramen.  I know it’s called “Nomama Artisanal RAMEN,” but I give them more credit than stating the obvious.  Sure, I also tried them little bowls of goodness, but it’s the other stuff that makes the place special. Nomama is one of the first restaurants to promote local and organic ingredients and free-range poultry and pork.  They ... Read More »

Breaking Bread at Wildflour Cafe + Bakery The Fort

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‘d like to think that I’m not so fashionably late with certain trends.  Sure, I’m a little behind that some people, but for the most part, I’m just really late when it comes to writing about it.  The whole bakery-turned-brasserie is one such example. It’s been there for the longest time in Europe, but has recently gained steam in Asia ... Read More »

Leaving the Cannoli at Cantina Sicilianita

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eave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Classic line.  In this case, we chose to leave the cannoli because of the overall experience.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Cantina Sicilianita had everything going for them.  They had this small, uncompromisingly good vibe about them.  And like any Sicilian would tell you, they’re not Italian cuisine even if the flavors ... Read More »

Is It Better Over at Shanghai Hand-Pulled Noodles?

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love noodles.  I’m not sure if it’s just the Chinese in me or if it’s the simplicity of it, but I’m guessing it’s a bit of both.  This is precisely why Kanzhu‘s become one of my go-to places whenever I work late, whenever I having nothing to eat at home, or when I just need a quickie.  That’s what she ... Read More »

No Nolita

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guess I’m partly to blame for expecting a lot.  First, you have the same people who brought you Borough, which I liked a lot.  Second, it’s fucking New York pizza!  It’s supposed to be the love child of American portions and the pomodoro sauce of New York’s Italian cuisine and it’s usually pretty awesome. First, we have the Lemonade, which ... Read More »

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

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couple of years ago, we had our annual holiday dinner at Isabelo Garden in Marikina.  It was a bitch of a drive then, it was a bitch of a drive now.  But it got better.  Now, they’re actually open for during the day for breakfast and lunch, but they decide to call the same place “Rustic Mornings.”  No objections.  It ... Read More »

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