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Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Buta Kakuni by The White House Fusion Cuisine

Have you ever eaten pork belly so tender it melts in your mouth? I have.

Buta Kakuni is a Japanese dish which literally translates to “pork square simmered.” Buta Kakuni is a traditional Japanese dish prepared by cutting pork belly into squares and slowly braising it in soy sauce and dashi. The result is melt in your mouth pork belly with a perfectly balanced mix of sweet, sour, and salty, and a good dosage of umami. It is traditionally served with karashi, a type of mustard paste which provides the dish with spice and a hint of bitterness.

Buta Kakuni is said to have come from Chinese origins. It is close in flavor profile and preparation technique to Dongpo Pork which is square cut pork belly red-braised in soy sauce and Chinese fermented wine. This is also similar to the Filipino dish, Humba which is pork braised in soy sauce and aromatics.
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Tomato Mozzarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

Tomato Mozarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

Tomato Mozarella Penne by Sea Green Cafe

If you’re looking for a delectable pasta dish, look no further. Sea Green Cafe‘s Tomato Mozzarella Penne is a simple, no-frills pasta dish that will satisfy anybody’s pasta cravings. Well-cooked penne in fresh homemade tomato sauce that’s tangy with a hint of sweet and spicy. The dish is sprinkled with basil leaves which adds a fresh, savory flavor to the pasta.
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Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

Whether you’re in Clark, Angeles, Pampanga for business or for pleasure, make sure to reserve a night for chillaxing at Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark.

To start your night of drinks and bonding with friends and colleagues, have a sip of their Signature LED Cocktail Drinks. Look!

LED Cocktails RedLED Cocktails Red Riding Hood, Blood Orange, Bahama-mama, Aloe Vera, Blue Lagoon, Purple Planet, and Indiana Jones by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino Riding Hood and Blue Lagoon by the Prism Lounge at Widus Clark Hotel and Casino

LED Cocktails Red Riding Hood, Blood Orange, Bahama-mama, Aloe Vera, Blue Lagoon, Purple Planet, and Indiana Jones by the Prism Lounge at Widus Hotel and Casino Clark

These pretty glasses of alcohol infused drinks are not just pretty to look at but also quaffable to drink. Whether you’re a seasoned drinker or only drink occasionally, there’s a Prism LED Cocktail for you. Taste one and you’ll surely want to try the LED Cocktails.

For those who want something stronger, you can ask the bartender for a double shot in your cocktail or you can order your hard liquor or wine of choice. They also have a selection of local and imported beers for beer aficionados.

And to complete your night out, order one of their appetizers and pizzas which are perfectly savory, the right complement to their cocktail drinks.

Nachos by the Prism Lounge

Nachos by the Prism Lounge

I highly recommend their generous heap of Nachos topped with veggies, ground meat, and velvety melted cheese, and served with creamy guacamole, tangy salsa, and a crowd-pleasing cheese sauce.
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Have Sam Thai

Set Meal #1 Beef Red Curry and Chicken Khao Pad

Have Sam Thai’s Set Meal #1 Beef Red Curry and Chicken Khao Pad


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Tiongson Arcade in General Santos City is known for its dampa style restaurants which serve fresh seafood at affordable prices. Who would have thought that in the midst of the popular dampa restaurants in Tiongson Arcade one would stand out for its unique offering: authentic Thai cuisine.

Have Sam Thai is an awesome mus-try foodie haven in General Santos City. The food is authentic, meticulously prepared and spiced properly. Not to mention, everything is cheap.

Check out the Have Sam Thai’s Set Meal #2.

Beef Red Curry by Have Sam Thai

Beef Red Curry by Have Sam Thai

Chicken Khao Pad by Have Sam Thai

Chicken Khao Pad by Have Sam Thai

Have Sam Thai's Brewed Red Iced Tea

Have Sam Thai’s Brewed Red Iced Tea

That’s a serving of Beef Red Curry, a plate of Chicken Khao Pad (Thai Fried Rice), and a glass of Have Sam Thai’s Brewed Red Iced Tea for just P170. Great deal, right? And everything is superb. The beef is tender. The red curry sauce is deliciously rich and spicy with a hint of sweet and and sour.
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Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant

Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant has brought back some of their best-sellers. And it has made me sooo happy because one of my favorites desserts (ever!) is back.

My cousins and I used to go to Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant just for this…

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant

The Hillbilly Cube Toast is a comforting yet exciting dessert treat perfect for any time of the day. It consists of a stack of cubes of French Toast dusted with Cinnamon Sugar. These are drizzled with rich and thick Native Hot Chocolate. And it’s topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The textures and flavors meld together perfectly creating a decadent dessert that is more enjoyable with every bite.

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Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant

Hillbilly Cube Toast by Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant


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Osso Buco by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Osso Buco with Turmeric Risotto by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar in Felcris Centrale, Davao

Osso Buco with Turmeric Risotto by Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar

Osso Buco is a traditional Italian dish from Milan. Osso Buco translates to “bone with a hole.” Osso means bone and buco means hole. It is prepared by braising cross-cut veal shanks (bulalo in Filipino) with vegetables and wine. Modern Osso Buco is prepared with tomatoes or tomato sauce. It is usually served with risotto, pasta, or mashed potatoes.

Perch Modern Kitchen + Bar serves a delightful, unctuous, umami-filled Osso Bucco with Turmeric Risotto. The beef is braised in a tomato sauce until tender and flavorful. It is complemented by earthy black olives that adds bite and a layer of flavor that contrasts with the tender beef and the rich sauce well. The sauce is also flavored by minced chorizo. The marrow is prepared and cooked separately from the braised beef. The Turmeric Risotto is made with Arborio Rice, a short-grained Italian rice variety. It is firm but creamy. Bread is also served with the dish.
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