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26th St. Bistro by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

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I just love Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Manila. We went there for breakfast on our first morning in Manila. This particular location has a full service restaurant as well as counter service. What I love about this CBTL is how cozy and inviting the place is. It’s decorated in warm tones and the furnishings is reminiscent of a Filipino home. It’s floor to ceiling glass walls also adds to its charm since it makes the room bright and gives it a modern feel at the same time. They…read more

Shrimp and Avocado Sandwich

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This is another easy and fuss free lunch idea specially in the Summer months. For the shrimp, I used frozen Boom Boom shrimp (fully cooked) I got from Whole Foods and I just quickly heated this in the oven toaster until warm and a bit crisp. Peel and dice an avocado and combine this with the shrimp. Add a couple of tablespoons of Japanese Mayo and mix to combine. I also added some dill to the mixture for flavor. I then toasted a couple of slices of country bread I…read more

Overstuffed Egg Salad Sandwich

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I love making these overstuffed sandwiches, they are not only filling but also appealing to the eyes. To make these sandwich, I used pumpkin and sesame bread from Paris Baguette. It provides a nice color and contrast and it also the thick slice kind which works well for making overstuffed sandwiches. First, prepare your egg salad by roughly chopping three hard boiled egg and adding about 2-3 T Japanese style mayo. Mix to combine and season to taste. Next cut in half two hard boiled egg and set aside. To…read more


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Upon my family’s recommendation, we ate at Manam on the first day of our vacation in Manila. It’s a restaurant specializing in Filipino comfort food. They serve the classics as well as Pinoy dishes with a twist. As we were a big group my family including my parents, sisters and their kids, we were able to order and try out several dishes. We got Ensaladang Kamatis and Kesong Puti – House made kaesong puti, fresh basil leaves, native tomato wedges, extra virgin olive oil. My dad loves kaesong puti and…read more

Overstuffed Sandwich

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It’s Summer and my girls are back home. Lunches during this time of year are usually simple, mostly sandwiches or salad. I wanted to make something other than an old boring tuna sandwich. I got inspiration from some Japanese vloggers creating sandwiches for bento lunches. One thing that stood out for me was the amount of veggies they use. More than you would see in an ordinary sandwich. First, prepare your filling by making some hard boiled egg, peel and cut into half. Then drain a can of tuna and…read more

Green Rice Bowl with Beef Tapa

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We have been on a month long vacation that is why my blog was put on hold. It’s hard to get back to cooking when you stopped doing it for a while. I used a simple recipe in an attempt to get back to cooking – Beef Tapa Rice Bowl. Beef tapa, is a Filipino dish of fried beef slices that has been marinated or cured. Rice bowls are very forgiving and there is very little room for error in making one. Start by marinating a pound of thin slices…read more

Edo Sushi

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There is a new restaurant in town, it’s a fusion of Japanese and Korean cuisine. They specialize in rice bowls and sushi. We tried it upon the recommendation of a friend. You order on the counter and they deliver your food at your table. We tried the Edo bowls. I had the protein bowl which is fresh salmon, tuna, avocado and cucumber over sushi rice. Serving is pretty decent, I just wish that they have some sauce mixed in with the fish like poke bowls and cutback on the amount…read more

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Avocado and Arugula

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Spring has come really late for us this year. We still had snow beginning of April and frankly I am tired of the cold weather. That is why I wanted to create a dish that would remind me of the season. Something light, bright and refreshing is what comes to mind. First, get two slices of sourdough bread or whatever kind you fancy. Then spread both slices with dijon mustard. Layer the following on one side: couple of slices of swiss cheese, ham and a handful of arugula. Top with…read more

Oven Broiled Butterfish

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We love fried fish, what stops me from making it is the smell and the spatters it leaves my kitchen. What I do when we have the craving is use the fry service our local 99 Ranch. Recently I discovered oven broiling is the perfect solution to my dilemma. You can achieve the taste and texture of fried fish without all the hassle. Turn on your oven broiler to high. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels your butterfish (I had it cleaned and gutted at my local Asian store)….read more

Wafu Pasta (Japanese Style Pasta with Shimeji Mushrooms)

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Wafu pasta means Japanese style pasta. Simply defined it’s a pasta dish with Japanese ingredients. I was introduced to wafu pasta by my sisters during a visit back to Manila in 2013. They brought me to Yomenya Goemon, a Japanese/Western noodle house based in Japan. We ordered among other things a pasta dish with mushroom having a unique Asian flavor. This recipe is my take on wafu pasta with Shimeji mushrooms. It’s not as good as the one served at Yomenya Goemon bit it will do for now. You will…read more