San Pablo’s Sulyap café and Bed & Breakfast


This is a long, long overdue post. Again hooray for IRL life getting in the way. And also a faulty old laptop that is still serving me in many ways.

Last 2016 I took a short trip back to the Philippines and spent a majority of those days in my home province of San Pablo Laguna.

Man, I LOVE Laguna. It is one of the biggest provinces in Luzon, has a vast eco tourism market from hot springs, private resorts, hiking trails, waterfalls, and not to mention the food.

San Pablo Laguna is about an hours drive away from Manila. I always loved featuring San Pablo in my travel posts because there are just so much to share about this beautiful city. I wanted to find a hidden gem similar like to the time I found Bato Springs.  Also since we had a huge family reunion at my ancestral home, the lot of us would not fit in the Bukids small 3 bedroom shack (there’s about 15 of us).

I wanted to take my younger nieces away with me while the boys play. A quick google search brought my attention to Sulyap Café & bed and breakfast located in Barangay Del Remedio, just within the Cocoland Compound.  Taking the local tricycle or jeepney commute is just about 10-15 minutes or less from the city proper. Continue reading

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Revolving Sushi Restaurant – Kula Sushi in San Diego

Kula Sushi San Diego

My friend Danny has been raving about the new revolving sushi restaurant in Convoy St. San Diego called Kula Sushi.
Problem is every time we got there, there was always an 1-2 hour wait for either lunch or dinner.
However today we got lucky after we got a tip on when the best time to go with nearly no line.
And went we did, having a blast with the Revolving Sushi bar, the games and media incorporated with your meal and a somewhat competitive wave of hunger/emotions to finish a LOT of plates to in able to win a toy. This is our Kula Sushi review and experience. Continue reading

Shopping for Pasalubong. An Amateur Balikbayani’s Guide

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Pocky Pretzels from Japan

It’s less than 3 weeks before my flight to manila. I will be making a quick stop over in Tokyo and I plan to do a mini Blog about the wonderful airport facility there.

Lately I have been massively broke yet bombarded by request from friends and family for pasalubongs- Tagalog term for gifts.

Good thing we have the Marukai stores in San Diego, several branches of Japanese themed home stores and groceries with affordable and high quality gift items I can send back home.

I already bought some sake and tea spices for friends and family especially Roasted Buckwheat Tea.  I’m saving up for some Japanese KitKats and Oreos.

I did a quick video of the Marukai Market Stores that can give you some ideas on where to shop for Japanese Spices and Ramen so you can make one at home, also those awesome home tools that only Japan can think of.

This is really one of my favorite stores to shop and I bought some great home organizers already at their home and office supply section.

 

Baked Kit-Kats from Japan – My first try at baking

Japanese KitKat

Japanese KitKat – For Baking 🙂

I’ve been procrastinating on chowing down on these Kitkats gifted to me a couple months ago from japan. One, being I was anxious to eat something out of my comfort zone and I have NOOOOO idea what any of the instructions said. On a lazy Sunday evening, I decided to give it a try.   🙂 Continue reading

Left Over Beef Stir Fry Sukiyaki

Stir Fry Beef Sukiyaki With Cabbage

Stir Fry Beef Sukiyaki With Cabbage

Last night me and the family had an awesome Hot Pot/ Shabu Shabu dinner.
We were able to finish everything but left a few amount of the raw ingredients such as

Thinly Sliced Beef Brisket (about 4-5 small slices and crumbling)
Leftover Sukiyaki soup base/sauce
Napa Cabbage
Half stick of carrot

When I came home I realized the remaining ingredients weren’t enough for a 2nd round of Shabu Shabu but were good enough for some stir fry

So here’s a quick and easy recipe for a quick dinner or lunch stir fry for Beef Sukiyaki. Continue reading

Kokoro Restaurant – A new Omakase style restaurant in San Diego

Kokoro Restaurant In San Diego

Kokoro Restaurant In San Diego

For those who are familiar with Weller Court in the Little Tokyo District in Los Angeles, there was once a restaurant there called Kappo Ishito that served  wonderful authentic Japanese sushi by their head chef Akio Ishito. The restaurant got many rave reviews but unfortunately their door closed in 2010 since the owners moved to San Diego.

Now Mr. Akio Ishito is back with a new restaurant in San Diego called Kokoro Restaurant.   Kokoro in Japanese means “Heart” or “from the Heart” which embodies the dedication and love that Mr. Akio puts into his work. He chooses the freshest of ingredients which he proudly displays onto the front bar of his restaurant.   His menu has a specialty for Jidori Chicken recipes. Jidori meals are made from free range chickens which ecompasses Mr. Akio’s theme of freshly made, high quality dishes.

Chef Akio Ishito

Chef Akio Ishito and his creations, Tako Sushi and Jidori Chicken

Kokoro Restaurant just opened their doors this May 2014 and also offer Omakase service if you reserve 2 days early.

Well who am I to keep telling the story about Kokoro.  If you are a serious Sushi connoisseur that really appreciates authentic Japanese style cusine, you need to visit Kokoro and try it out for yourself.

Panna Cotta dessert, Beef yakitori and fresh Sashimi selections

Panna Cotta dessert, Beef yakitori and fresh Sashimi selections

One more plus I will give, Kokoro in my book is one of the few Japanese restaurants I know that serves desserts other than green tea ice cream. They have a selection of Panna Cotta,  Goma Pudding (sesame pudding), and red bean soup.  The Panna Cotta I LOOOVEEE -really velvety.

 

For more info visit their website at http://www.kokoro-restaurant.net/