Random Inspiration #7

Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time! But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more.

~George Carlin (1956 - 2008), Napalm and Silly Putty (2002)

The JunA's Ramblings #10

Although I'd usually rather say "I liken you to a female canine" instead of saying "you're a bitch", I am not always that politically correct. It's just that for the greater many, it takes a long time, sometimes it even takes forever, before the sarcasm in what I say sinks in.

Ryu Ramen & Curry

My boyfriend, being a Regine Velasquez fan, found out about the Asian Songbird's husband's latest venture in Tomas Morato, Ryu Ramen and Curry, naturally (and expectedly) wanted to try it out.

For a restaurant that's just recently opened, the menus looked a bit worn out.

The restaurant was still in its soft opening when we went there last August, but it already had quite a number of visitors. It took a while for us to get seated.

The space was unexpectedly small and felt a bit crowded with individual tables placed so close to each other and it felt a bit kitchen-y. The food really wasn't that great - nothing out of the ordinary - and the service, well, kinda sucked. Maybe it's because they were just new and it's just the soft opening of the place, after all. I don't really know. Maybe we'll come back to try and give them another chance. Maybe.

We're missing a plate!
Pork tonkatsu

Chasyu Ramen

Shoyu Ramen

Ebi Furai

A Dose of Sugar and Caffeine Rush at TCB

I love coffee. I love cakes. So when a shop offers both of them unlimited, I'm sold.

TCB, The Cravings Bakeshop, offers unlimited coffee and cake - as much sweets as you can handle, as much as you can stuff in your mouth without getting nauseous from high doses of sugar - for a very friendly price.

My boyfriend and I visited TCB in West Avenue one rainy day and it was one of the happiest rainy days of my entire earthly existence.

Here are just some of the slices we've sampled.

Cake number 1 is choco-caramel.

Tiramisu was cake number 2.

This one's Philippine Mango Shortcake.

This was cake number 4 and I forgot what it was called. All I remember is that they were all so yummy!

Another Eat-All-You-Can Adventure at Mr. Miyagi

Living in Timog has a lot of perks, but the one I enjoy the most is the multitude of Buffet restaurants to choose from all in one small area.

Mr. Miyagi wasn't, at all, difficult to miss with the all-glass windows and more-than-enough lighting. The interiors were very minimalist with just a slight touch of opulence -- although those chandeliers adorning the buffet spread was very much like Yakimix in Trinoma.

I hope they weren't intentionally imitating one of our favorite Asian buffets, but everything about Mr. Miyagi was so akin to Yakimix - from the unassuming, straghtforward interiors, to the food selection. Although I think Yakimix offers more variety on the grillable stuff while Mr. Miyagi offers more cooked food choices.

Although, as always, my main targets really were the sushi bar and the desserts!

I really didn't get to take much pictures since I got too busy enjoying the food.

Make Your Own Mix'n'Match: Sweet Inspiration's Mongolian Buffet

I've always been a fan of buffets -- if that wasn't made quite obvious in my previous posts yet, I don't know what else would -- but Mongolian Buffets are on of the best for me.

Back in Baguio, there was our favorite O Mai Khan that we frequented for that make-your-own Mongolian bowl experience. So I was so glad that we found Sweet Inspirations in MoA.

Sweet Inspirations is more known for their pastries but they also offer one of the best value-for-money Mongolian buffets in the metro. The all-day, eat-all-you-can spread indulges those who love to create their own stir-fry bowls. Expect the sauce at Cafe Sweet Inspirations, mixed in with your own concoction of meats, seafood and vegetables, to turn an ordinary hodgepodge of ingredients into a satisfying meal.

I know the bowls don't quite look as appetizing as I say, but they were really yummy.

It was also a delight to munch on their desserts!

Flavors of Baguio

Since I can't seem to come up with any meaningful write up lately, I'll just (again) post pictures.

These are some shots from my Birthday vacation in Baguio last July.

Going crazy over gulay at Oh, My Gulay!

My birthday handa courtesy of Chef Jonathan

An early morning hike.

Breakfast buffet at The Manor with my boyfriend.

After breakfast relaxation at North Haven Spa

Strawberries from the market.

Lunch at The Manor.

Just Chillin' at Camp John Hay

Yes, I know. It still involves food.

The JunA's Ramblings #9

Someone says: your intelligence is my common sense. I say: your bitterness is my success.

An Italian Experience at Bellini's

For the very first day of July, my boyfriend and I wanted to try a restaurant we hadn't tried yet. We thought we'd go for something we don't usually get a taste for: authentic Italian cuisine.

So there we were, a reserved table for two at the quaint little Italian restaurant in Cubao X, and the first thing we noticed were the bread sticks on the table. Grissini! That was so Italian. Of course, a few moments later, we were also served the complimentary bread and seasoned olive oil dip.

So on to the actual lunch, we got, of course, pasta and pizza for that Italian experience.

Mine was seafood pasta which was quite a delight.

My boyfriend got pasta 3-colore alla rustica: a dish of fettuccine in three colors with simple tomato-based sauce bursting in flavor.

Of course, for the two of us, pizza on the side!

To cap off our lunch, we shared a slice of this marvelous orange cake.

Food for All June Weekends: Weekend 4

At dahil na-realize ko wala akong ni isang post for July, here's the last installment for this series.

World Chicken

Always good for gutom on a budget.


I really just love their French Macarons!

Midnight Mercato at The Fort

A good place for a food trip.

Tender Bob's

Chicken fingers and our Tender Bob's favorite: pork chops!


Since I wasn't able to get Mochico for dessert while in Mercato, Mochicreme na lang ang pambawi.

Bread Talk

Carbo loading! I love those floss thingies.


Ang dating carinderia, ngayon ay fastfood na!

The Old Spaghetti House

Frustratingly, lagi silang walang pasta negra.

And that's about it for June!