81 SeiHai Sushi Lounge: Rolling out soon at Timog, QC!

Wasaaa, bae? I learned a new word today!

“Omotenashi” is the Japanese concept of providing the best service without expecting any reward. This is probably why tipping in Japan is not practiced?  “Omote” means public face that is an image one would wish to present when outside the confines of his or her home, and “Nashi” means nothing. Together, it means that service is from the bottom of the heart – honest, no hiding, and no pretentions.

This kind of wholehearted hospitality (along with sticky onigiri, fluffy tamago, and sparkling bento boxes) is what I look for when dining in Japanese restos. If you want to experience Omotenashi, 81 SEIHAI Sushi Lounge, a new Fusion Japanese Sushi Lounge, will roll out in April and serve you much more than that. Here are some things I can’t wait to SAY HI to:

Their Version of Omotenashi

Hospitality is said to be taken a notch higher at 81 SEIHAI. In addition to the usual greetings like “irasshaimase” (welcome/ come in) or “ohayo gozaimasu” (Good morning), there are hospitality gestures unique to the restaurant making each customer feel at home.  This extends to how the fusion sushi dishes are prepared. Continue reading


7 Favorite Diner Dishes that are So Fast-Good!

Have you ever played “Diner Dash”? I remember looking for game cracks for hours on my computer so I could watch what happens in Flo’s story next, as my Big Fish Games free trial had just expired #11YearOldProbs.

My favorite parts were (1) decorating my diner and (2) watching the color-coded customers finish their plates of burgers, steak, fries and other appetizing comfort food. To fill hearts of impatient guests, diner dishes are the best to offer as they’re prepared quick and easy to serve food fast – good for those who are in a hurry, and apropos to label these kinds of meals as ‘fast-good’.  Below are 7 Favorite Diner Dishes that are So Fast-Good:

Silog Meals

First up is the Filipino fave -silog. Almost any viand goes well with a runny egg and cups of the garlic-heavy sinangag or fried rice. Daing? Dasilog. Maling? Masilog. Longganisa and tapa? With two eggs, please.

Ally's All-Day Breakfast silog meals

Crispy Calamari

Anything deep-fried can easily be found at a diner, just like the golden Crispy Calamari! Crispy Calamari is squid drenched in flour and peppered with lots of flavor. Paired best with lots of marinara sauce, this appetizer invigorates diners for a full meal ahead! Continue reading

Waffle Obsessed at Batter or Dough, SM North Edsa

Batter or dough SM North Edsa

We shouldn’t compare pancakes with waffles, its much more sculpted cousin (they’re the one with abs right?) because they’re both batter-based happiness cakes that everyone deserves. I’ll take them both any day tbh but today I’m craving for dessert waffles- extra crispy and a little bit chewy please.

Crispy waffle flavors
(Clockwise from upper-left) Cinnamon Sugar (P135), Batter or Dough Original (P95), Whipped Butter and Maple (P150), Nutella (P150)

Batter or Dough serves them golden brown and hot off the iron with cool and creamy drinks to go with! Read if they’re good or not on wheninmanila.com! *Drizzles more maple syrup while waiting for you to click*

Batter or Dough

4th Floor, The Block SM North Edsa, Quezon City
Instagram | @batterordough

Sugar Cravings Solved at Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Me: *Eats deep fried oreos, milkshakes overloaded with ice cream, and more sugar
Also me: ugh why do I keep getting pimples

I curb my sugar cravings on weekdays. I sometimes fail at religiously staying away from it though with a few cookies now and then but swear, I try to say no. Weekends are my cheat days when I satisfy my desire for sweets! My almost week-long dessert-fasting came to an end with a Saturday visit to Puzzles Board Game Lounge BGC.

Wicked Oreos
Oreo Afraid of the Dark? (P150)

The Puzzles Milkshake in Vanilla, Oreo, and Chocolate (P210)

Milo Godzilla
Milo Godzilla (P180)

Puzzles BGC Branch
Good food and good old board games

Puzzles did not only solve my sugar cravings but also served as an avenue for  us to be kids again. They offer about 350 tabletop games and indulgent comfort food. They’re launching a new menu this May so the prices may change. Read all about Puzzles on wheninmanila.com! *I won’t share my Oreo milkshake with you unless you click*

Puzzles Board Game Lounge

Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Instagram , Twitter | @PuzzlesBG



5 Iconic Food Trip Stops in Binondo! (A Review)

Manila Chinatown
Chinese New Year, January 28, is fast approaching! The world’s oldest Chinatown would be teeming with families on a day trip, squads on a food trip, performers in red & gold, dragons, and more people who will celebrate the Fire Rooster Year.


We wanted to experience the less crowded version of Binondo so Jolo, my brother, and I went on a Ramada Manila staycation and food trip early in January. All about our Ramada Manila experience on Wheninmanila.com. The vast choices of food available kept our tummies very happy during our stay. We wandered at night looking for the locals’ favorite restaurants for some takeout to eat back at our hotel.Here are our five must-try food trip stops in Binondo:

5. Five Spice Bistro

Five Spice Bistro at Ramada Manila kick-started our food trip. We had a lunch and breakfast buffet at this Asian-themed bistro. Arriving pretty late in the afternoon, the buffet spread was half-full. The food left was satisfactory. It wasn’t “wow omg ang sarap” levels but tasted fresh and homemade nonetheless.

Five Spice Bistro Continue reading

Nanbantei of Tokyo: Grilled Japanese Yakitori at Bonifacio Global City

This is a non-dessert related food post! Share for luck because it appears only during the 11th moon rise when planets align. Jk. I decided to start writing about restaurants that don’t specialize only in sugary stuff since I found myself constantly searching online for dinner choices. Even if I could have just cake for dinner, (Tried and tested ‘to) appetizers and mains make my tummy just as happy. 

nanbantei-of-tokyo-review-blog-8eThe honor (not really) of my first non-dessert restaurant feature goes to Nanbantei of Tokyo! It’s one of  my family’s favorite restaurant because of its authentic Japanese food at reasonable prices. On the same favorites list is Nihonbashitei at Pasay Road but that’s for another time.
japanese restaurant interior
Nanbantei specializes in Yakitori which are grilled and skewered dishes. Basically, they’re Japanese street food. I love Filipino food, but Yakitori is 100 levels above isaw especially when eaten with Gohan (Japanese Rice). Sorry Mang Larrys Isawan…  They also serve other dishes and they have affordable platters for the whole family. (Check menu below) 4-5 sticks of yakitori + steaming gohan + unlimited cold/hot brew service tea is enough to make you full.

Now to show how their food looks like with the photo ability of an iPhone 6. Itadakimasu~

Kani Salad (P195) and Miso Shiru (P85)

The miso soup was hearty as it had chunks of tofu and seaweed. Same goes for the Kani Salad with lots of crab! Artificial crab nga lang. Continue reading

Divine Desserts at Pazar Food Park, Fairview


Food parks are go-to places when you’re in the mood for a food adventure because there are a lot to choose from for your palette to be pleased! They’re spaces made for friends, conversation, and lots of food choices. Given its rising popularity in the North, Pazar Food Park entered the scene with its 10 home-grown food concepts, each with specialties that will make go “what?” to “wow” in a bite.

I’ve written about each of them on Wheninmanila.com *click for a feast*. It was by far the most food I had in years! We came in as 4 hungry foodies and left feeling (and maybe looking) like we doubled in size after tasting EVERYTHING.

Allie Halaman at Bo's (19) My foodie friends helped me out by eating :))

My favorites were desserts of course! We had our sweet ending with S’mores Dip from Flip & Dine, Oreo surprise waffle from Cuckoo Waffles,  Ice Scramble and Choco Loco from Planet Shake.

Ice Scramble with Ice Scream
Choco Loco Madness Shake

Pazar Food Park
Blk 43 Lot 14 Regalado Ave, Fairview 1121 Quezon City
Instagram | @pazarfoodpark

Red Velvet Treats at Pi Breakfast and Pies

The hunt for red velvet-flavored desserts around UP Diliman began in January when my foodie friend, Allie, and I noticed that the flavor was a favorite of dessert fans especially girls! Idk man, red velvet easily entices eyes and hearts with that alluring and fun color. So I decided to write about it on Wheninmanila.com para may purpose naman when I dessert binge 😛

The first two we discovered during our “Red Velvet Hunt” were from Pi Breakfast and Pies, a cute little restaurant in Teacher’s Village. We scanned through their menu and wanted to try out a lot because most of their items had a unique twist. We wanna try their all-day breakfast, dark chocolate champorado #craaave, and specialty pies when we come back.

Red velvet brownies

First treat is their Red Velvet Bar (P60) which was indulgent and dense! I like chewy brownies like this one. “I like it, I can taste the cocoa.” -Allie’s comment. I can taste happiness too haha

Red Velvet Pancakes

Second treat is their Red Velvet Pancake (P145). This was shockingly scarlet but we were game! The syrup was a bit sour then the server told us it was cream cheese syrup. Ooooh okay. We liked it though. The three-piece pancake saturated our tongues bright red and moods a happy color.

Pi Breakfast and Pies

Stop looking if you have Trypophobia!

We’ve found more red gold! Check out my article on Wheninmanila.com for 5 of my favorite Red Velvet Delights Around UP Diliman. *Click to make me blush

Pi Breakfast and Pies

39 Malingap Teachers Village QC | 931 2337
Open Daily 7am-10pm
Twitter, IG | @breakfastnpies

Iskoffee: Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

Cold brew coffee concentrateHomemade cold bre Iced coffee

I made my own iced coffee at home because I was not decent-looking enough to go outside. The baristas might think I’m begging for change e. Mine is a bit different because I used cold brew coffee from Iskoffee. All in all, it took 12 hours and 5 minutes to make this drink. Bilis diba? lol If you’re not familiar with cold brew, then I’ll explain it on wheninmanila!


IG | @iskoffeeph

Equatorial Coffee Katipunan


Equatorial Coffee at Quezon City (14)

Nutella, x Green Tea x Double Mocha Frappes

Equatorial Coffee at Quezon City (16)

Hurray for a third wave cafe to add to one of my get-my-sh*t-together-in-a-coffee-shop kind of trips. This is a great place to get productive because of reliable Wi-Fi, great coffee, and good food. Just look at the size of that waffle! Read all about it on When In Manila. *Sips frappe while waiting for you to click on the link

Xinnia and Allie are super happy with their drink of choice

Equatorial Coffee

325 Miranda Building, Katipunan Avenue Corner Dela Rosa Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
IG | @equatorialcoffee