Weekend Story: Two Ramen Places and Two Unexpected House Guests

Last Saturday, the hubby and I met up with our Bohol-based friend Eric and his girlfriend Joy. She stays and works in ParaƱaque and he visits her regularly and vice versa. When the hubby had a short vacay in Bohol last May, he promised Eric that he’d take him to a ramen place when he goes to Manila because he got curious about the ramen craze here. So, off we took the lovebirds to Ramen Kuroda in Aguirre, BF Homes.

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I was the one who picked the place because I haven’t been to Aguirre Avenue that’s fast-becoming a popular destination for foodies. And since we would be picking them up at SM Sucat, the proximity of the two places was just perfect. We were also fortunate that when we arrived at Ramen Kuroda, the place was only starting to get packed. We were able to get a table in a jiffy. We availed of their ramen sets and it was the best decision, ever. Their ramen sets were so sulit (worth the money)! We easily got stuffed. And delightfully so because the food was good!

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Friday Plans

I normally don’t make Friday plans because this is the time we go home in Bacoor. Unless of course the hubby and I have a date or a meet-up with friends. The last time I went out on a Friday night, I was with the hubby and some friends pigging out at Midnight Mercato in BGC, Taguig.

Today, being a Friday, is a bit different, though. We have visitors who flew in from Bohol (the hubby’s province) and need to be shown around the city. They are municipal councilors and they’re here to attend a conference. The PILs’ suggestion was to take them to Mall of Asia (MOA) and choose from one of the buffet restaurants (e.g. Yakimix, Buffet 101, Vikings, Sakae Sushi, Cabalen, etc.) there for dinner. After that, we could just show them the many attractions within and around the mall complex at night. Alright then, MOA it is!

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Buffet Restaurants in Tagaytay

So far, I only know of three restaurants that offer buffet in Tagaytay. They are Bag of Beans, Sonya’s Garden and Celina’s Cafe and Restaurant. Among them, I’ve only tried the last one. Theirs is a lunch buffet price at P325 per head plus 3% city government tax. From what I gathered online, Bag of Beans offer brunch buffet during weekends at P495 nett per pax while Sonya’s Garden serves set menu (eat-all-you-can) for lunch and dinner at P683 per person.

The lunch buffet at Celina’s Cafe and Restaurant, based from my dining experience last Saturday, was quite good and affordable, too. The hubby and I, along with my parents, enjoyed simple, home-cooked meals in a cozy setting with a nice view of the famous Taal Lake. The building where the buffet was served and the restroom that caters to the guests need some serious maintenance, though.

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La Milagrosa’s Famous Sotanghon

Aside from the well-conducted lectures and the fun discussions, what I remember most about the 3-day seminar I finished yesterday was the food. You see, we were provided with three delicious meals per day and they were all prepared and served to us by La Milagrosa, one of the well-known caterers in Manila.

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As a food lover, I eat almost everything served to me. There are just a few dishes that I’m not a fan of and one of them is sotanghon. I don’t like it both as soup and as a noodle dish. La Milagrosa’s sotanghon, however, made me a convert. Their sotanghon (the noodle dish) was very good. It was very simple as it only had chicken strips, some mushroom and garlic bits as toppings. Boy, was it so delicious! The sotanghon noodles were firm and were tasty and flavorful in itself. The toppings were just a bonus.

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Night Out at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati

Last Saturday night, I had a date with the two important men in my life: my husband and my brother. We went to Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati.

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The last time I was there was two years ago and I noticed a lot of changes in the park. For one, there are now more restaurants and the lighting was better. There are also more people going there now (I saw many adults jogging and several families dining out!) as compared to before. I liked it as it makes the place more alive especially at night.

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Quick Binondo Trip

Last Sunday afternoon, the hubby and I made a quick trip to Binondo to use our dining vouchers for The Original Salido Restaurant on Ongpin St. It was supposed to be a merienda but since we intentionally didn’t have lunch for the unlimited dimsum waiting for us, it turned out to be a late, long lunch.

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For P299 per person, we had an eat-all-you-can dimsum at the restaurant. There were nine kinds on offer and we tried them all. Haha. Among them, my favorites were the hakaw, siomai and bean curd roll. We also ordered Yang Chow rice to go with everything. Our dining vouchers also included drinks and desserts. We got red iced tea for our drinks and had mango sago and almond lychee to cap off our dimsum-loaded lunch.

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