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FoodieWeekend: Ramen for a change

My weekends these days are spent sleeping, in an attempt to recover from the toil of long weekdays and quite recently, Friday night parties. This weekend however was a welcomed change to spending time with family–living and the dead.

It was my maternal grandfather’s birthday. Had he been alive, he would have turned 83 years old. Therefore, in true Filipino fashion, we trooped to the Manila Memorial Cemetery armed with food, drinks, candles, umbrellas, and of course, tablets and phones for photos! (That no one has uploaded yet!)

After celebrating Lolo Camilo’s day, we headed to SM Aura to check out what the hype (or bashing) was all about. After getting lost twice, we finally made it! Apart from getting two new pairs of jeans (they’re on sale!!!) at Forever 21 and some lip gloss (realizing the need to look presentable these days!), we headed over to Ikkuryu Fukuoka Ramen and indulge in some Japanese noodle goodness!

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Suffice it to say, ramen is the house specialty–the centerpiece of Ikkuryu Fukuoka Ramen’s sleek long black menu. If my memory remained intact after having food here, there were about 15 types of ramen and noodle dishes you can choose from.

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We had Kimchi Tonkotsu ramen (the one with reddish soup) that is quite spicy for Filipino palate (twas fine with me after my Indian curry exposure) and this other ramen with the egg which is an-egg-added version of the original Tonkotsu ramen. Both moms (ours and our cousins’) agreed that the flavor was really rich and that it’s very tasty!

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We also ordered a fresh tofu salad which was a mix of cold fresh and smooth tofu on top of green lettuce. I can’t identify what sauce was used but it’s yummy, and complemented by the small tomatoes and crisp tofu flakes (I think).

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We also had the original yakimeshi fried rice which was so tasty that it really had our moms thinking whether it was cooked in lechon oil or in the karaage fried chicken that we also had. With bits of pork, carrots and greens, I couldn’t agree more.

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We also had something that is similar to Yyakisoba but this one is cooked in Tonkotsu soup (imagine chopsuey) and was also very savory. You should try putting it in your ramen soup too, just to savor the last few drops of the soup. This was actually for the rice as advised by the really cute paper table mat graphic but it works with the soup too!

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I would say that while the price is quite steep at P380 per ramen order, on the average, the amount of serving and the taste makes up for it. And while the classic tempura and California maki favorites are unavailable, their menu offers you alternative choices that are really great partners for ramen. All in all, for the flavor and the experience, I would say that Ikkuryu Fukuoka Ramen’s value for money makes it worth a visit!

Foodie Fridays: Workshop Food Package Choices at Day’s Hotel Tagaytay

When I was still working on a project for agriculture development, we would, every now and then, hold workshops for project implementors, facilitators, trainers, and such. There was a time when we held our workshops almost consecutively at the same place—Day’s Hotel Tagaytay.

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Happy Diners

Now, it’s not that we are biased towards Day’s Hotel. Just so happened that of the three choices we can have, their offer was deemed more reasonable. And yes, not to mention the chance to have some R&R after the *ehem* tiring and draining *ehem* workshops!

Day's Hotel - Serious Workshop People

Even if it’s as simple as staring at the Taal Volcano while sipping an ice-cold beer (and it’s cold in Tagaytay!) or messing with the DJ booth after a full glass of strawberry margarita, or enjoying the food that Day’s Hotel has to offer!

Day's Hotel - DJ RandR

See, this post is not really about the workshops we did but the food that we had over several conferences we held at Day’s Hotel. Have you eaten yet? I hope you had coz I’m betting you’re going to be really hungry after scrolling through this post. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Soups and Salads

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Merienda - Chicken Mami and Puto

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Soup

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Tinola Soup

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Caesar's Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Salted Egg Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Shredded Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dinner Green Mango Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Mongo Sprout Salad

Breakfast and Merienda

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Korean Pancakes

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Breakfast Tocino Omelette Garlic Fried Rice Tuyo

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Tofu Korean Fried Rice

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Merienda - Baked Mac and Garlic Bread

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Sandwich and Nachos

Lunch and Dinner

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Bacon on Young Corn

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Chopsuey Yang Chow Fried Rice and Pork Adobo

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dinner Lumpia and Bokchoy

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dinner Pinaputok na Tilapia

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Fish Fillet Beef and Pork with Beans

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Lunch - Ginisang Gulay Grilled Pork Liempo

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Lunch - pork and green leafy vegetables

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Lunch - Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet Buttered Vegetables Meat

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Lunch Maki

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dinner Tacos

Dessert

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Cinnamon Pudding in Chocolate Sauce

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dessert Buco Pandan Salad

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dessert Caramelized Banana

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dessert Leche Flan Custard Pie

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Mango Tapioca

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Dessert Halo-Halo

I purposefully did not enlarge the images as I thought, it would be more merciful. Hahaha And yes, I have tried each and every dish. And, because I hate wasting food, together with Acee, we took on the role of “demolishing” the stuff that other people did not want on their plates. Good thing the Chef at Day’s Hotel cooked really well!

Day's Hotel Tagaytay - Demolisher Acee

(Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Meaning, Day’s Hotel Tagaytay did not ask me to write this. Para lang malinaw. Hehehe. But really, Day’s Hotel Tagaytay is a good place to stay for workshops—just haggle for the rates, really hard!)