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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
GOJU NATURAL FRUIT INFUSION: Refreshing Drinks To Keep You Hydrated!

 Just recently, a new drink was introduced to the Philippine Market. GOJU FRUIT INFUSION is the perfect way to keep you hydrated while having a fun time doing it. Short for GO JUICE, these are fruit concoctions that came from SPAIN.
 Having 5 different flavors, there's something for everyone's taste buds. Aside from being packed with Vitamin C, these drinks boost energy and helps in their own way to help protect your health.
 Overall, these drinks are light and not overly sweet. Perfect with a snack or with your lunch.  The Orange flavor is reminisce to a childhood favorite. The Mango Orange is the perfect mix of two of my go to fruits. The White Peach Passion fruit is something that a number of my friends like. The pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit were the perfect mix. For someone that would want a little help with digestion and to keep the kidney healthy, you could go for the Raspberry Lemonade flavor.
Honestly, I was pretty impressed with how GOJU was refreshing and healthy.
GOJU is available at Landmark and Anson's in Metro Manila. Up north, it is also available in CSI Supermarkets. SRP is Php 39.00

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Monday, August 6, 2018
FIVE GUYS: Damn Good Burgers in Flagstaff, Arizona

 Ever since I came to the United States, I have been craving for burgers. I had a few but they weren't stellar. Thankfully, when I moved to FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, I was able to try out one of those great burger chains. FIVE GUYS. 
FIVE GUYS is known as a straight to the point burger joint that could fulfill your cravings. They have fries and even milkshakes that would go well with your meal.
 Ordering is pretty much just like any fast food joint. Order, pay up and then wait for your number to be called.
 While waiting, you could watch how the burgers are assembled and cooked.
 Better yet, you could get some peanuts just for fun. It's pretty much free so go for it.
 When my burger came, I was pretty much surprised. It was huge. I think ordering the bacon cheese burger was a bit too much. Specially, if you wanted fries with that. When getting a burger, don't forget that you could add whatever toppings you like.
 Aside from the cheese and the bacon, I realized that the normal bacon cheese burger, had two patties. Quite a mouthful, the meat was straight on delicious. Granted that it was a little oily, it's definitely a must try and worth your time and money.
FIVE GUYS is located on 1800 S Milton Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Of course, it has a number of outlets scattered on the west coast. Enjoy!





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Friday, July 27, 2018
THE CHOICE 2018: MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

 It's your time to shine. The power is in your hands. Well, technically that's true. You see, this year's THE CHOICE AWARDS is about to happen all over again. 
For the first time though, I won't be able to attend. But definitely, I'll be there in spirit. This coming August 4, 2018, awards would be given out to different restaurants, people in the food industry, and even personalities that have been able to make a mark. Of course, it's up to you who they will be. This is a for you, by you, from you vote. Hence, it's personal so make it all count.
Last year, everything was opened up by these fellas. You can see the SPANKY on the left,  RANDY in the middle, and ANTON on the right. They made it big in this little place of ourse when it comes to food. They've definitely touched our lives one way or another.
 Last year, we saw a lot of our favorite influencers, bloggers, and food industry personalities mingle. It was a festive event. Hopefully, this year would be the same as well.
I sure miss my KTG family. Hopefully, I get to see them soon.
Also, just in case, you have the time. Please check out and answer this brief survey. 
Remember how it's a popular vote award? Well it's your turn to shine.
SURVEY: https://awesm.pl/TheChoice2018







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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
IKINARI STEAK HOUSE IN SHIBUYA, TOKYO: AFFORDABLE BUT DELICIOUS STEAK!

No this is not steak. This is daifuku or a mochi that is filled with something sweet. I just wanted to take note of this dessert and some other street food items that are a must when you visit TOKYO'S famous TSUKIJI MARKET. Although, yes, we will talk about steak, these items were very iconic in my return visit to Tokyo as I had them before and now that I'm back, I was able to fall in love with them all over again.
Even before I went to Japan, I have been hearing about the amazing dishes it has to offer. Granted that I was introduced to local Japanese fare in Manila early on, TOKYO is the foodie haven waiting to be conquered. 
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After visiting the famous TSUKIJI MARKET for a dose of street/market food, we went back to our home base in SHIBUYA. Thankfully,  our hotel was just a stone throw away from IKINARI STEAK.
This steak house franchise is known for affordable deals and they charge you based on the amount and type of steak you order. It's really getting your money's worth. Furthermore, most of their restaurants do not offer seats or chairs. THIS SHIBUYA location thankfully, does.
After ordering sides, you're given a table number and are expected to go over to the counter. There, you choose your type of steak and how big you want it to be. After a few minutes, they prepare it and serve it on a sizzling plate.
Don't worry as you are given a clothing protector for the sizzling oil. After you get your steak, don't forget to add the different sauces on the table. Everything is affordable and it's quite delicious. Of course it doesn't compare to those pricey cuts of meat that you could get at other locations. At IKINARI STEAK however, you'll enjoy everything and your wallet won't feel the pinch.
IKINARI STEAK in SHIBUYA is located just besides ICHIRAN. Their address is
Japan, 〒150-0041 Tokyo, Shibuya, Jinnan, 1 Chome−22−7 岩本ビル. Just like with other Japanese restaurants, payment is done on the counter just before you leave. Get the paper they put on your table, and pay the amount.




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Monday, July 9, 2018
KIEN: Must Visit Tokyo Restaurant For An Affordable Michelin Experience

I visited this place twice in a span of two days. Not because I was madly deeply in love with it (believe me, I have done that before). Rather, the first visit yielded negative results. It was fully reserved hence no lunch deal. The next day was way better as we were the first in line. KIEN is a michelin star restaurant that is worth a try.
It looks like a normal place. It's in a residential area and is surrounded by houses. You won't really know that KIEN is there other than a front loaded garden with a small sign on top.
Going for full on courses would require reservations. Other than that, the lunch sets are pretty much affordable and are on a first come first serve basis. There's actually two types to pick from and both of them are pretty good. Once has deep fried fish and some sweet pork.
From my understanding, they sometimes change certain parts of the set to go with the season. The pork was tender while the tuna was mixed with a sort of sesame dressing making it wonderful to eat.
The other set was somewhat different in a sense that you have to mix different components to make your bowl. The seafood is already marinated and you actually add a bit of broth to your rice with it. We were glad that there were a couple of Japanese ladies that were able to teach us how to eat it. Thankfully, they were able to speak in English and were a delight to speak with.
For the price and the quality of the food, I can say that it's worth a visit. Maybe next time, you could go for the kaiseki or the multi course Japanese set KIEN is known for. It may be a bit expensive but it's definitely one of the reasons why this restaurant has a Michelin Star. Don't forget to check out their operating hours and that they're also close during Sundays. Cheers




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2 Chome-18-8 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
http://www.akasaka-kien.com/introduction-english/
3 minute walk from Gate 12 of Tameike-Sanno Station, Tokyo Metro
5 minute walk from Gate 3 of Roppongi-Itchome Station, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line
7 minute walk from Gate 5b of Akasaka Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
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Monday, July 2, 2018
MUST VISIT: ROKURINSHA THE TSUKEMEN SHOP in TOKYO RAMEN STREET

 Want to learn something I've realized when I visited Japan for the nth time? Japan is more than just ramen. They have different noodle dishes among other things that makes its food culture amazing. After checking out the must visit TSUKEMEN SHOP in TOKYO RAMEN STREET, I told myself it was worth the 30 minute walk from my earlier lunch.
 Located in the underground floor of the Tokyo station, ROKURINSHA is one of the noodle shops that is a must visit among the different restaurants in the TOKYO RAMEN STREET. Since Japan is known for their subways and train station, you should realize that most restaurants put up shop there. It's like they make their own underground strip mall that has everything. From clothes, to restaurants, to even mini grocery stores, they are all there.
 ROKURINSHA is known for having long lines. It's a good thing I visited after an earlier lunch. Even so, I had to wait a good 30 minutes just to get in. Once you line up, a staff ask for how many you are in the group. If there's only one or two, you might get lucky and sit on the bar. There you could see the magic happen. If a bigger group, they have tables good for four.
 When you're near the end of the line, they let you go to the vending machine and pay for a meal. You could then get a ticket stub and would present such once you are seated. The place is busy almost always. As you can see, there are only a limited number of seats available so it's best to plan out when you will visit.
 Once you give your stub, they cook and prepare the noodles infront of you. I'm guessing the broth has been cooked for hours. They set everything up and you have your meal. Don't forget to use the paper bib that they give you. Slurping and adding some broth to your dipping sauce makes it a messy way to eat. The noodles are perfectly good and aren't soggy. The dipping sauce is thick so it's deep flavor really sticks to the noodles. If you finish your noodles, you could order up some more or add some broth to it to make it into a soup.
It's definitely a must visit place to enjoy your Tsukemen. I would gladly wait for an hour to get another dose of this treat. Of course, I'm going to plan my visit just so that I don't go during peak time. ROKURINSHA is located in Tokyo Station.


Japan, 〒100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi, 1−9-1 東京駅一番街 東京ラーメンストリート内

They are open from 7:30-9:45 am and 10:30Am to 10:45Pm. They have a different breakfast offering for the early visitors.
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