Monday, July 24, 2017

I found Happiness at Hanamaruken 🍜

I miss having lunch dates with my Dad! 💙 I used to go out with him during weekday lunch during my funemployed student days last year, but now I rarely get to see him because of my work schedule. 💔 One rainy weekend, we went to Hanamaruken Ramen in Trinoma. Nothing beats hot ramen during cozy days. (It's like a warm hug for the tummy!)

Here in Manila, trends in the food scene quickly come and go - just a few examples are froyo, milk tea, and ramen. Today, ramen restaurants are a dime a dozen, and it's always a challenge for the remaining competitors to set themselves apart. How? By meeting three criteria - quality, authenticity, and (for the bolder chefs), innovation - and that's exactly what Hanamaruken seems to be so good at! 🍜
Spare Rib Ramen (P390)
tonkotsu, shoyu, slow-cooked spare ribs
Champon (P350)
stir-fried pork, shrimp, and fresh vegetables doused in our shoyu tonkotsu soup and special seasoning
Gyoza (P240)

My Dad ordered Spare Rib Ramen because he loves meat, while I ordered Champon because I was looking for something healthier with a lighter flavor. The Spare Rib Ramen had soft cuts of spare ribs which was delicious but the soup bit on the oily side, so I split both our orders to share. Champon is a Chinese-inspired ramen dish popular in Nagasaki, and the taste was very close to the noodle dishes served in Chinese restaurants - veggies and all. The shoyu tonkotsu soup in Champon had a fresher taste because of the greens in it, while the Spare Rib Ramen was on the saltier side. Both variants are flavorful and have distinct differences, and we liked them. Gyoza was just like my favorite kutchay dumpling - it's enjoyable but it's quite pricey at P240 for 8 pieces.

Hanamaruken Ramen was founded by Takaku Arakawa in Osaka, Japan. Arakawa's family was in the piggery business, and he found a way to integrate his favorite cut of pork into ramen, the Japanese national food. He discovered "Tonkotsu" which is stewed pork cartilage - a cut that was not only delicious and flavorful, but one that could easily broken by chopsticks. This is what set his ramen apart from the numerous ramen restaurants in Osaka, and is what birthed to his masterpiece ramen: The Signature Happiness Ramen.

Signature Happiness Ramen: This joyful bowl includes a shoyu tonkotsu broth ramen topped with a tender, slow-braised custom cut soft bone rib.

The Signature Happiness Ramen is one among 7 options to choose from, on a menu that is simple and straightforward, but nonetheless appetizing. The Spare Rib Ramen and the Potbelly Ramen are certainly menu stars, but the other selections - the Curry Tan Tan Mien, the Spicy Tobanjan Ramen, the Salary Man Ramen, and the Chasyu Ramen can certainly hold their own as well. And for a small fee of P50, you can add an Aji Tamago, a traditional marinated soft boiled egg.

At Hanamaruken, meat is taken quite seriously, so we can enjoy it and find happiness in different forms and ways. The Hanamaruken Rice bowls capture the Filipino palate's fascination with rice. The Happiness Rice Bowl, which includes the famous pork rib over steamed rice, has gotten a lot of rave reviews. And there's nothing like  a bowl of carbs and protein for nursing a hangover - try the Drunk Man Rice Bowl, which includes kukuni with two fried eggs on rice. Other must-tries include the classic Gyoza and the Ebi Tempura. 🍤

For more information on Hanamaruken:
LIKE Hanamaruken Ramen Philippines on Facebook
FOLLOW @hanamaruken_ph on Instagram

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Freezer Burn's Ketchup Mayo Fries is back!

This July, an old favorite is making its way back to Freezer Burn! 🍨

The Ketchup Mayo Fries a la Mode - the oddball flavor Freezer Burn debuted last year - is officially back.

It's as weird as it's enjoyable, with salt and pepper fries accompanying your Ketchup Mayo ice cream, which then turns into a milky dip as it melts. 😍

You can also have it now with twister fries! 😋

Drop by Freezer Burn until July 31 and treat yourself to a solo serving of Ketchup Mayo Fries for just P95, or invite your family and friends and get a bigger carton (for sharing) at only P195!

Get the Ketchup Mayo Fries at Freezer Burn, Q3 (Ground Floor), Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Althea Turns 2 + My Birthday Haul 🎂

Althea Korea turns 2 this month, and they have a LOT of surprises in store for us! 😍 If you love Korean beauty products and all things cute, then read on!
My Althea Birthday Cake 💝
(You can make your own, too!)

There are many exciting things happening on Althea's birthday month. From June 3 to 31, the first 5,000 qualifying orders will get the limited edition Althea Birthday Box that looks like a cake! 🎂 OMG! I already love the classic, sturdy pink boxes my previous orders came in, so this one I think I will keep until I'm old. Haha. It's sooo cute! 😁

Let's unbox my Althea Birthday Haul! 💖

I know I only bought 4 items, but look at everything that's inside! Weee!

My box came with a DIY Birthday Kit, and this one is only included in the limited edition birthday box (large) while stocks last. Hurry! 💙 (You will want this because decorating your own Althea Birthday Cake could win you a trip to Korea and other cool prizes!) 😮

And now, my haul!

I've always wanted to try this BB cushion because everyone is raving about it as their HG face base. I'm currently using it now, and so far so good, I'm loving how it keeps my skin even and glowing even after a long day. Will use it more often so I can give a more detailed review soonest!

Trivia: Did you know that this one sells for P1,950 in Laneige stores here in the Philippines? If you get it from Althea, it's just P1,320 + FREE SHIPPING straight from Korea. Love it!

This one is something I NEED. No kidding! I never knew such a product existed before I saw it at Althea. My hairline is uneven, so this one makes me look more polished and even younger (!) whenever I tie my hair back in a ponytail. I can't wait to show you how it works! 😜 Basta super effective, and I will repurchase should I start hitting the pan. Worth it! If you have thin hair problems, this will help.

For your reference, my hair is black, and the shade 06 Baby Face Hair goes well with dark hair. (Do not get a black one! It would look too harsh.)

Now I don't need another hand cream since I already have two, but how can you resist the pink gummy bear packaging? Please tell me how. It's too cute, and it smells like chocolate!
Innisfree No Sebum X Emoji Mineral Powder (P227)

This one's a limited edition version of Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder (P260). The emoji you'd get is random, and I'm so happy this came in the box! 😍 (This one's now sold out though! 😢)

My box also came with a  birthday sample pack for lucky early bird shoppers! SO MANY SKINCARE SAMPLES TO TRY!!! 😍😍😍 I also spy a full-sized Calmia Belle Journee Tattoo Lip Tint (P250). (So generous of Althea! Thank you!)

For the entire month, there will be birthday sales and promos for customers. I'm excited about the Althea Birthday Giveaway Festival, where there will be free products every other day in July to add into cart - so you have to act fast! Also, they've launched the Althea Birthday Makeup Box to add to the festive theme. Every week, a lucky shopper stands a chance to win P10,000 Althea credits. 🎉

The most exciting part about celebrating with Althea is that you stand a chance to win a trip to Korea for 2 just by showing off your decorated birthday box on Instagram with the hashtag #AltheaTurns2!

Fly Me To Korea Contest: The Althea birthday box creation show off on Instagram.
  • The grand prize is a flight to Korea for two!
  • First prize is a year's free shopping on Althea.
  • Second prize is 3 months free shopping on Althea.
  • Consolation prizes are USD$100 Althea credits x 10 winners.

Do participate as well in their online promos, too! 👍

FOLLOW @AltheaKorea on Instagram and join the 20 Days of Beauty giveaway.
(Every working day, they'll be giving away a prize on Instagram.)

LIKE Althea on Facebook and join the Althea FB Giveaway.
(Every Monday, a contest will be up for FB Fans.)

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I'm really happy with my Althea Birthday Box - from the cute box, to the DIY Birthday Kit (so creative!), to cutting the cardboard decors, and to my sister for helping me decorate my cake. My haul is filled with everything that I like, need, and want. Plus, tons of samples! I'm still not over them yet. 😍 I'm joining my Althea Birthday Cake on the Instagram promo, too! But I already feel like a winner with these. Grateful to have celebrated Althea's 2nd birthday! 💖 Wishing you guys more birthdays to come! 🙏

Happy 2nd birthday, Althea! You amazingly make k-beauty accessible to everyone, and I appreciate that a lot. 💋

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