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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
MAGURO NIGHTS at CROWNE PLAZA ORTIGAS

Located in the CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL in ORTIGAS, 7 Corners is a buffet restaurant in a hotel that started it all. A few years back, this was the place to be. Right now, they are improving and trying out new dishes to entice guests to return.

From now till the end of January, they have MAGURO NIGHTS. Here, they serve fresh whole fish tuna as sashimi. Cut on the spot, you are given smooth pieces of fish to start with.Other than that, patrons are assured of their hits and specialties. Things that keep people coming back for more.
One could start with some personalized salad alongside different slices of meat and cheese.

Pasta and noodle lovers would enjoy their cooking station where one could mix and match the different toppings and sauces.

Seafood lovers would enjoy the freshly cooked shrimps, clams, scallops and fresh crabs.

Meat enthusiasts would love their prime rib and how they grill it based on your preference. More than that, they also have some sausages, lamb and other meat to cook.

One shouldn't miss their lechon or roasted suckling pig. Small piglets are used to cook this crunchy and decadent dish. The meat was tender and the skin crunchy.

A personal favorite would be their Indian Section. It's basically HALAL certified so you don't need to worry. The plates, utensils and even the dishes are created based on strict guidelines.
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MAGURO NIGHTS at 7 CORNERS would run all throughout January 2017 during dinner time. It's a nice way to start the year. Something that a foodie would love and enjoy.


RELATED LINKS:
7 Corners of Crowne Plaza Manila

7 CORNERS
CROWNE PLAZA MANILA
Ortigas Ave cor Adb Ave, Quezon City
Metro Manila
 +63 2 633 7222

P.S. call them up for a reservation and ask for promos and discount. Currently, they have a few percent off depending on your credit card.


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Monday, January 16, 2017
DIAMOND HOTEL MANILA'S BAR 27: Amazing View and Chill Vibe

One of the amazing draws to Roxas Boulevard would be the MANILA BAY SUNSET. Described as one of the best in the world, it is something that people would definitely enjoy. At DIAMOND HOTEL MANILA, being a guest at their BAR 27 would allow its patrons to experience this.
Located on the 27th floor, BAR 27 offers a majestic view of the MANILA BAY SUNSET. Open at 5pm to 2am except Sundays, this lounge is not only a place to relax but drinks and bar chow are also provided.
Comfortable chairs and a relaxed setup, the lounge has a bar and a stage set up for its performers. The view from the windows provides a southbound and northbound panorama of the Roxas Boulevard and the Manila Bay.
Cocktails and other drinks can be custom made. From refreshing cucumber mojito like concoctions to some Bacardi mixed spirits.
Bar chows are presented to go along with the drinks. These would be perfect while watching the sun set and let everything be.
If part of a large group, one could go for the cheese or meat platter. Better yet, get them both. The cheese board is made up of tasty and flavorful profiles. Wine would go well with this. As for the meat, different cuts of premium choice are presented along with nuts and dried fruits. Iberico, Parma ham and Serrano are presented.
PROSCIUTTO and MELON is a blend of salty and sweet delight. Each bite would give you more reasons to relax and enjoy the night away.
A definite crowd favorite would be the the crunchy anchovies. Deep fried seafood works well with anything alcoholic. Dip in the vinegar sauce and add a bit of salsa, you won't go wrong with each handful.
This not so secret bar gives more than what one would imagine. A perfect view, great drinks and lovely snacks. The mood is flawless for an intimate get together or just a relaxed night out.




RELATED LINKS:
YURAKUEN : Diamond Hotel's Japanese Restaurant.
Diamond Hotel's Corniche: Culinaria Filipina
Diamond Hotel: Spanish Cuisine
Diamond Hotel: Mexican Food Festival

BAR 27
27th Floor
5pm to 2am. Closed on Sundays.
DIAMOND HOTEL
Roxas Blvd cor. J Quintos St.
Manila City, Metro Manila

(632) 528-3000 or (632) 305-3000


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
MARCO POLO: Celebrating Chinese New Year in LUNG HIN.

A week or so after January 1st, one can still feel the holiday season in the air. Parties are still happening and people are just starting to come back from their vacation. Sometimes, we could forget that our Chinese brothers and sisters haven't actually celebrated theirs. This coming January 28, the CHINESE NEW YEAR would be upon us. MARCO POLO ORTIGAS' LUNG HIN has something in store just for this occasion.
As you enter, you are assisted to your booth. One would suggest to reserve seats by the window for a fantastic view. If privacy is important, they have function rooms that would cater to a small gathering and would be perfect for the CHINESE NEW YEAR this 2017. Different set meals are suggested but ala carte would work too. Since this is for the CHINESE NEW YEAR, certain dishes were prepared for everyone to enjoy and celebrate the prosperous new year.
The first dish would be the SALMON FISH "YU SHENG" for the PROSPERITY TOSS. Different ingredients were mixed and match to represent good health, wealth and prosperity. It starts off with tossing the ingredients up high with chopsticks and saying LO HEI for luck.
A little citrusy, different textures greet your mouth as you take a bite. The fresh salmon alongside the different vegetables makes it the perfect starter.
 Something to warm the stomach, the Braised Pork Tongue with dried oysters and black moss was a welcome treat. A very light broth was created to wake up the appetite.
Another seafood dish, the BRAISED CRAB MEAT with DRIED SCALLOP and ASPARAGUS was served next. Crunchy asparagus were topped with a mixture of scallops and crab meat. One might think of it as a little soupy but the contrasting texture is welcomed.
As scary as this might be, the BRAISED PORK KNUCKLE with BLACK MOSS and VEGETABLES was pretty good. The hair like component on top is actually black moss. It has a neutral flavor but it is usually added for "to hope for wealth". 
The meat is moist and cooked perfectly. Delicious and a bit on the sweet side.
The LUNG HIN BRAISED SEA CUCUMBER CASSEROLE was a great addition to the menu. This dish has variety in itself. Having different seafood from squid, fish, shrimp and sea cucumber makes it a must try.
A crowd favorite would be the stir-fried PRAWN with ASPARAGUS and RED WINE PEAR. Huge and plump, they partner well with the red wine pear. It gives a great deal of flavor.
Dessert could be a combination of sticky rice cake and sweetened cashew nut with sesame dumpling. This menu was specially created for the CHINESE NEW YEAR at MARCO POLO. It would be an awesome way to celebrate the New Year here because of the fine selection of dishes and the wonderful service.



RELATED LINKS:

LUNG HIN'S NEW DISHES
BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT in ORTIGAS: LUNG HIN
LUNG HIN of MARCO POLO ORTIGAS

LUNG HIN
44th Floor
MARCO POLO ORTIGAS
(02) 720 7777
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City,
Metro Manila
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
10 TIPS and TRICKS WHEN VISITING UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN

 All smiles and definitely worth it. One of the most memorable events when visiting OSAKA would be having a whole day just for UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN. It may be a bit overwhelming for some but hopefully the tips and tricks here would be able to help you out. In case you don't know, OSAKA is home to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS that houses the WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER. It is one of the main draws that attracts thousands of visitors per day.
TIP 1: PLAN AHEAD. READ AHEAD. There is a need for some type of research when it comes to fully taking advantage of a visit to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN. It's not everyday that you could pass by the place. By being prepared, you get to maximize your experience and not miss a thing.
TIP 2: BUY TICKETS and EXPRESS PASS in ADVANCE. Tickets could be bought online or from your neighborhood travel agency. If you don't like lines and want to skip the long wait, it is important to get an EXPRESS PASS. It is important to remember that this is different from your ticket to access the park. You need to buy both. There are different types of express pass that range from 7, 4 or 3 rides. If you get the 7, you are given a time stamp that tells you when to enter the WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER. Take note that getting in there is time sensitive. Meaning to say if it says 3pm, you can't enter before the time stated. If in case you don't have an express pass, you could get a ticket just outside the entrance to the Forbidden Forest. It would be best to buy tickets weeks or months in advance just to have your preferred date available.
TIP 3: KNOW HOW TO GET THERE.
If you picked a hotel or loft near the city center, you would need to ride a train just to get to UNIVERSAL CITY STATION. Alot 20-30 minute travel time since this is pretty much out of the way. If you are excited as some people I know, you might want to check out nearby hotels like HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT. Here's my experience when I stayed there.
 TIP 4: EAT A HEARTY BREAKFAST.
Can't stress it enough, you will be doing a lot of walking and it would be a shame to not be up for the task. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gives you the energy to go all out. Have your fill and be ready. TIP 5: BE THERE BEFORE THE PARK OPENS.
IF you plan to spend the entire day to make the most out of your visit, you need to go there before it opens. Be early. Most likely, there will be a long line at the entrance. Don't worry, everything would be orderly and people would line up. TIP 6: GO STRAIGHT TO THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER.
This is the main attraction of the park. If you're a Potter Head, you should not miss this. Even if you're not, you would still have a good time here. Once you enter the park, go towards the right. Don't worry if you see the hoards of people running in that direction, just follow them. DO as the Romans would. By arriving early, you won't need any timed ticket to enter the area. If you get in the park later in the day, you would be be required to get a timed ticket just to enter. It gets packed easily as it is a crowd favorite. If you have an express pass, it would already come with a timed ticket. The good thing about arriving early even if you have an express pass would be that you could enter the area twice in the same day.
TIP 7: DON'T GET DISTRACTED.
Eye on the prize and go for the big rides. The good ones usually have 240 minute wait time. These are your priority. Once you see ARTHUR WEASLEY'S CAR, you are in the right path. Don't stop just yet. Follow it and you'll arrive in HOGSMEADE. The legendary town near HOGWARTS, HOGSMEADE isn't just hollow buildings. They are real stores that sell different WIZARD memorabilia.
When you see HOGWARTS CASTLE, you're in the right place. That's where the FORBIDDEN JOURNEY RIDE is located. Get there and line up fast. Waiting time could reach as high as 240 minutes or more just for this ride. If you plan it right and you have an express pass, you could ride this twice within the day and be able to visit and check out all the highlights of the park. It's a sort of 4DX with a ROLLER COASTER vibe. Be careful though if you're hefty or a bit on the plus size, you might have a hard time riding. They have trial seats for every ride just to make sure that you will fit. Since this is Japan, the seats are of Asian Sizes and are a bit small compared to US sizes.TIP 8: TAKE YOUR TIME INSIDE THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER.
After checking out the main rides inside, you may want to go back to HOGSMEADE and go window shopping. Here you could also get your wizarding feels by buying souvenirs and even taking photos of the HOGWARTS EXPRESS TRAIN and THE MONSTER BOOK OF MONSTERS.
TIP 9: SOUVENIRS ARE PLACE SPECIFIC.
If you fancy something, it would be better to go for it. More often than not, you won't be able to see that particular item anywhere else in the park. In HOGSMEADE, they have all the goodies that you may want. If you see it in the film or read about it in the book, you would more or less have a chance to take it home with you.
TIP 10: MAKE MEMORIES and HAVE FUN. 
Ever wondered what butter beer tastes like? Or what would it feel to have the perfect wand choose you? Go and explore and have fun.
Don't forget to approach the different characters on the street. They are game when it comes to picture taking. Half a day is perfect for the WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER. From there, you might want to go clockwise around the park. Usually, visitors tend to go counter clockwise because they start with Harry Potter. BONUS: THE FOOD IS PRICEY INSIDE THE PARK. As with any touristy place, the food is mediocre and a bit on the expensive part. Furthermore, there's not a lot of choices.
You might want to go back outside towards the strip of restaurants. Aptly named as UNIVERSAL CITY WALK, you get to have a lot of choices here. There's even a TAKOYAKI MUSEUM that you might want to check out.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN is quite an experience. When visiting OSAKA, this place is a must visit. It gives you another chance at being a kid.


RELATED LINKS:


OSAKA:
HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT in OSAKA, JAPAN
PORT DINING RICO RICO in HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT
SHINKANSEN FROM TOKYO TO OSAKA

TOKYO:
5 THINGS To Do In TSUKIJI MARKET
TOKYO CITY TOUR
STAYING in TOKYO: RICHMOND HOTEL in SUIDOBASHI
IPPUDO EBISU
5 TIPS FOR VISITING TOKYO'S DISNEY SEA

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima,
Konohana Ward, Osaka,
Osaka Prefecture 554-0031, Japan
 Website of Universal Studios Japan






Studio Map of Universal Studios Japan




Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. The maps and brochures are from the website of USJ and may not be updated.
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