Ogetsu Hime Teppanyaki bar

Ogetsu Hime | The Best of Japan for Half the Price

The “Goddess of Food”, Ogetsu Hime is offering their Best of Japan selection for a Special Half Price until the 16th of November 2014. Ogetsu Hime is found at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier. It’s hard not to miss its warm cozy interiors and the sushi bar easily seen by the entrance. Upon entering, the restaurant is spacious with teppanyaki stations at the center while the sukiyaki-ready tables on the sides. Happyfoodies got to sample the selection of Half Priced offerings and more.

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All-day breakfast at Mr jones

All-Day American Breakfast with Mr Jones

Counting Crows keeps playing on my head “Mr Jones and me, tell each other fairy tales, staring at beautiful women…” The popular 90’s track depicts the iconic Mr Jones, an American icon harkening back to the old era of jukeboxes, roller skates, foam-padded diner seats and 60’s chics with big hair. I wouldn’t be surprised if Raintree’s restaurant Mr Jones was inspired by this. This all-day breakfast diner teleports visitors to this lively colorful era and completes the experience with their scrumptious American comfort food presented in all-american flair.

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Teddy's Bigger Burgers Monster Double

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: Beefy, Beefier, Beefiest

The past few years, we’ve seen the rise of the burger from fastfood outlet obscurity — playing second fiddle to the omnipresent bestseller, fried chicken — to being a star of its own.  For how can you explain the sprouting of burger joints locally, each one trying to outdo the others by tweaking with the burger variables — the beef, the serving size, the fillings, even the bun.  We like to call them gourmet burgers and like everything that’s referred to as such, they also carry a hefty price tag.

We’ve tried several of these gourmet burgers in the recent past so an invite to try Teddy’s Bigger Burgers was something we couldn’t ignore.  In the “burger wars” being waged, how will this Hawaiian import stack up to its beefy competition?  Was the “burger buzz” generated by its coming (and the hefty price) mere fluff or does it live up to the hype?

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Tapsilog from Goldfish Cafe

Bontoc Eats | Goldfish Cafe: Fancy and Cozy

It became my temporary office in Bontoc. The cozy sofa and chairs, the tasteful interiors heavy on the travel theme coupled with beautiful photos of the rice terraces and people of the Cordilleras is truly inviting. My almost weeklong stay in Bontoc finds me at Goldfish Cafe catching up on work and the online world. For Bontoc standards, Goldfish Cafe is the fanciest cafe in town. For a town whose local coffee culture is quite predominant already how does Goldfish Cafe’s specialty coffee offerings fare?

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happyfoodies-sagada-brew

Sagada Brew: A new favorite is brewing

As repeat visitors to Sagada, we at Happyfoodies were both overjoyed and saddened during our recent visit.  Saddened because a) Misty Lodge’s restaurant is closed as Chef Bogan is attending to her mommy duties in Manila, b) Masferre Restaurant has taken off our favorite Kamatis Bagoong at Lechon Kawali in favor of a menu more oriented towards foreign guests.  But on a bright note, we chanced upon a new, welcome addition to the eateries lining the town’s main street:  Sagada Brew.  It was actually the recommendation of Wanda, our kind hostess at Rock Inn Farm, to try out the new place (talk about very friendly competition).  It was also a blessing to come on an off-peak season where a lot of eating places are closed for repairs, which helped directed our feet to this shop.

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