Saturday, February 16, 2013

Japanese Valentine x 2 (Hoka Ben and Ukkokei)

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We were not really the types to plan for Valentines Day. Perhaps its practicality or a realization that opportunistic capitalists are out to get our money! Smile with tongue out Plan or not though, we still make it a point to celebrate the day of Hearts.

After a long day of meetings and traffic, we decided to have our late Valentine dinner at BF Paranaque so that it would be nearer our home, and we would not be stuck with the Valentine rush in the other restaurants in Makati.

This is not our first time at Hoka Ben. (You can check out my previous post here). What made us decide to come back is the coziness and solitude of the place. Aside from that, it was very affordable. Open-mouthed smile

When we went there, there was only one other table filled so we practically had the privacy we quiet time we wanted.

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I ordered the hiyashisoba, which is cold noodles. The bowl of garnishings beside it also contain the semi-sweet sauce that I liked with cold noodles.

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Their gyoza was crispy on one side and steamed on the other. 5 pieces cost just about P120 I think.

2013 Valentine Weekend 013Complimentary jelly and ice cream since it was Valentines Day. Open-mouthed smile

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P.S. Hoka Ben also have their unlimited tempura for just P450. Must try that some time.

Ukkokei Ramen Ron

February 15 was a continuation of the celebration. Smile We decided to try out2013 Valentine Weekend 026 the other place that my friend Ronnie talked about. So off we went to try out Ukkokei Ramen Ron along Pasay Road in Makati.

Ukkokei is a ramen house and very casual, I guess, because the people who we saw at the place were mostly in shorts and in jeans.

The menu is mostly a choice between shoyu, shio and miso ramen. Okay, I don’t really know the difference between the 3. Sorry! Embarrassed smile

I chose Shio Butter Corn since I am fond of corns in soup. Jie on the other hand ordered the Hiyashi Ramen Goma, which is actually cold noodles. In the middle of our dinner, we exchanged bowls as I am more of the cold noodles person than he is.
2013 Valentine Weekend 020The paper placemat at Ukkokei. I have NO idea what it says Smile with tongue out
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Shio Butter Corn costs Php350 a bowl.
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Hiyashi Ramen Goma which costs Php360.

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Red roseHappy Valentines everyone! Red rose

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


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Tried this one after a meeting.

Similar to Bon Chon but Clucky's a little cheaper. 3 pieces of chicken tenders for only P149. It comes with a soda or iced tea. You also get to choose spicy or soy chicken or mixed.

They also have drumsticks or wings. Plus salads. I must try them next time i am in the area.

Hmm over all not bad for lunch today :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Meeting at UCC Coffee Westgate

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Feb 2, 2013 – My older brother arrived from Singapore to attend to some business. I also had to arrange his  meeting with my lawyer friend Laarni. The meeting was decided at UCC in Westgate Alabang and me and my mother decided to tag along.
While my brother and my friend was conducting their business meeting, my Mom and I decided to indulge ourselves at the other table with some dessert the place offers.
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After a lot of debating, my Mom and I decided to share mixed fruit crepe. We were a bit disappointed because we were expecting fruit crepes. This UCC crepe actually just contain ice cream. The fruits were actually just on the side. 2013Feb 2 Kuya's visit 010
The latte I ordered with the crepe was normal. My Mom on the other hand decided on the banana cooler. Well, it tastes like banana shake when my Mom asked me to try it. So-so, I guess. 2013Feb 2 Kuya's visit 012
Since my brother was busy with his meeting, he was not able to touch the fudge brownie ala mode that he ordered. By the time that I took a picture, the ice cream had already melted! Too bad. 2013Feb 2 Kuya's visit 014
Laarni ordered toasts with apple sauce. Okay. Both of us do not know what it was called but she swears it was delish! Would probably try it the next time I visit a UCC branch. 2013Feb 2 Kuya's visit 015
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Just some pics before and after a “successful” meeting for my brother, and an indulgent coffee break for me and my Mom. 2013Feb 2 Kuya's visit 018
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