Breakfast Buffet at Hotel Jen

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~ John Gunther

It has been a habit of mine to check if a hotel provides free breakfast as a perk. Normally, breakfast in bed. =) At Hotel Jen, what they offer is the Buffet breakfast at Latitude Restaurant located at the lobby.

The variety of choices ranges from Asian and International cuisine. I searched for dried fish, popularly known here in our country as a staple breakfast among other delis, is the “danggit”, it actually originated from the Visayan region, and is best with fried rice and tomatoes. If you are not from the Philippines, it is definitely one of our viands that you want to try. And “dilis” and “tuyo” both of which are dried fish too.

The second thing I surveyed is the Omelette station, Yay! It’s usually tomatoes and mushroom for me. This time, I tried it with bell peppers and cheese.

Jen, on the other hand, tried everything! =)This perk is a rare chance for us to enjoy our favorites just right in front of us.

Loving fresh fruits!
Cereals! =) ❤ 🙂

By the way, for those checked-in guests, they can enjoy free buffets for their kids (maximum of two kids) under the age of 6, and for those 6 years old and above, a 50% discount is given. Isn’t it a nice treat?

Check them out, as when you happen to be in Roxas boulevard, Latitude welcomes walk-in guests too.

This is the counter typically mobbed. =) The Coffee station! Took me a while to get this shot. #freshlybrewed

Fresh fruit juices.
Salad bar.

Our solid breakfast’s finale, are different types of pastries and breads. And you can warm them too. We had the sweet ones as dessert. =)

Here is how we started the day off right.

Condiments “All you can!”

It was literally a heavy breakfast for us since it’s going to be a very busy day with a lot of walking too. As included in our itinerary is to visit the museums. =)

I also noticed the vigilance of the Restaurant Manager if there are empty serving trays, they are immediately refilled. The staff are very helpful too. Great service for me. Their food offerings are both healthy and indulgent. So, it’s your call. =)

You can contact them at: 02-795-8888 for Reservation. They have lunch and dinner buffet too. Bon Appetit! =)

Featured image courtesy of: https://www.hoteljen.com/manila/roxasboulevard/photos-videos/

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Blue Ginger Restaurant – “Blame it on my Gypsy Soul”

Blue Ginger Restaurant – Blame it on my Gypsy Soul

“One of the beautiful effects of living your passion is that it inspires other people to live theirs.” ~ Curiano Quotes

I found it difficult what title should I bestow in this specific blog of mine. I truly enjoyed the brimming colors of Blue Ginger interiors and of course the food they offered and how beautifully they were presented. So I considered titles that has something to do with colors, like “Color your life” or “Live your color”. Especially now that I’m needing inspirations for my crafting. =) However, I have mull it around my head, the common ground of what really fascinates me is when a place exudes diversity. During college days, one of my professors call it “eclectic”.

Like a gypsy’s collection from her travels curated in just one place. Arranged aesthetically when upon seeing, you will truly admire. This what struck me when I accidentally discovered Blue Ginger. I really had to see it. =)

While for the delight of our tummies, Blue Ginger exceeded our expectations.

From the prawn kropek with a very nice vinegar sauce. The healthy and delicious Tom yang soup we got as starter. We both craved for veggies, so we had their fresh lumpia. It was a good choice, the sauce tasted great. It’s always in the sauce right? It came with chopped peanuts and roasted garlic.

The satay platter is nicely presented too. I must say it’s really in the sauce. =)

I stressed my buddy out, due to her busy schedule, we only had the chance to visit 2 weeks after New Year when I told her about the place as early as December while I was doing my Christmas ornaments. And I’m so happy to be there. The wait is truly worth it. I’m planning to go back and bring my loved ones there too.I should say, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

Jen wanted the raw chopped garlic and voila, they granted her wish in no time, in that cute little dish.

What else, that apple crumble cheesecake is why I’ll keep coming back here. =) Or maybe try the others: Ube cake, blueberry, red velvet and salted caramel alongside a slice of my apple crumble.

It was good to end this with something that really surprised me when I visited their Al fresco area. Those lanterns! It blew my mind because I didn’t see it from the researches I’ve made before our visit. It’s definitely unexpected and a sight to behold! =)

You might remember how I loved lanterns! =) That festive feel and whimsical mien of adorning a place. You saw them from my previous blogs like Another Story (same owner), Cafe Juanita, Fourteen Four Cafe, and about to post Tagaytay’s Cafe Voila soon, which happens to be of the same creator: Miss Ica Sebastian. She’s an instant idol of mine. =)

I can’t wait to see more. =)

Blue Ginger is located at The Wharf at Lakefront, East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City.

Bricx Cafe & Bistro Bar

Bricx Cafe & Bistro Bar


“True friends are families you can select.”~Audrey Hepburn 

Sometimes, I had this realization that I do not need to go as far to find some beautiful places to dine. Sometimes, it’s just a stone throw away from where I am located.

Jen and I recently discovered (accidentally) a cool place to dine and unwind: Bricx Cafe & Bistro Bar located in Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna.

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It is inviting due to the rustic interiors which you can perceive from the outside because of their glass facade.

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What’s important nowadays to most people is that they have WIFI! =)

And this “attention-grabber” signage.

I even interviewed the attendant as to when did they open and why the news didn’t reach me. ahaha!

Out of excitement, you will notice that the combination of our orders are a bit weird as they didn’t complement one another. It’s like I wanted to try everything in their menu.

I got a burger, Jen got nachos and we craved for shrimps too.

It is recommendable if you happen to be nearby, the ambience feels expensive, yet, the menu list is affordable. And taste might not be “to die for” though it can meet expectations. The attendants are very accommodating too. They were trained to focus on up-selling too. =)

And there’s a spot which you can consider Instagrammable! =)

It is located at Pacita Avenue, Pacita Complex 1, San Pedro, Laguna. For reservations, you can call them too: (02) 838-4659.

CAFE MACARON at The Raffles Hotel

Cafe Macaron at Raffles Hotel

On Purple Wings

Cafe Macaron at The Raffles Hotel 

“The best things in life are sweet.”

For a recent non-work related activity that I squeezed-in over a very busy weekend, we were able to spot this new cafe and enjoyed our favorite pastries while being awed with the interiors of the hotel. How I wish to spend a night here soon. I was taking photos at every corner like a tourist and passers-by are acknowledging it as if they are also admiring its’ beauty. =)

tres Fresh orchids – in pink, yellow and violet! (–,)

chands Can’t help it!

violet Cherry blossoms!

There are artworks too!

abstract An abstract..

synch Sculptures..

jars Giant vases were a a focal point too..

filipinas And a painting depicting Filipinas..

So after the activity, off we rushed to the nearest cafe, the two of us had croissants, dessert, our liquid doze of nicotine and of course macarons at Cafe Macaron situated at the…

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Let’s try TENYA

Let’s try TENYA

“Enjoy! Life is Delicious!”

To eat is an activity that we Filipinos are fond of. We dine to bond, to chat, to be relaxed, to cherish moments and look forward to the next “eating out” together.

As diversed as we are, we are adventurous and fearless to try new things, we appreciate different cultures and cuisines. One of ours is Japanese food along with the rest of the world’s offerings.

Jen and I’s favorite are Italian and Japanese food, of course we love our own Filipino dishes too. Jen recently fostered a penchant for Korean dishes which I couldn’t support since I am not into too spicy food. =)

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When Festival Mall did an expansion last year, Tenya is one of those exciting restaurants which occupied the expansion wing – The Water Garden. Strategically located at the entrance and just a short walk from Civic drive, Alabang.

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They’re in Indonesia and Thailand too. And more than 200 branches in Japan.

We opted to try it out usually due to our cravings. We’re in sync this time, usually, we craved differently so we had to decide whose wish will be granted. =)

Tenya’s interiors maintained the image of a typical Japanese restaurant with lanterns bearing some significant characters, always eye-catching you can’t help but look-up.

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That Zen feel (less is more), the unique atmosphere, minimalist approach and often uses neutral color scheme and natural woods with touches of bright colors like red, yellow or green.

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The wall calligraphy added the space a modern bibe and cascades commitment.

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Tenya’s offering boast its’ expertise in tendon. Mr. Yoshio Iwashita, opened a restaurant way back 1989 which provides a more affordable offering since tendon are expensive, and so the menu says. =)

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Tendon, also known as donburi (a bowl of rice with toppings),usually a complete meal, with everything on it, shrimp tempura, fish, vegetables,
squid, or any meat will do, topped on a steamed rice that comes with a special dontare sauce.

So I got the one with a poster outside. The Ultimate crab tendon teishoku. It comes with a special “aligue” (crab fats) sauce.

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Jen had the Jo tempura soba/ udon teishoku.

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Mine is with a miso soup while Jen’s Udon came with 2 Black tiger prawns, kani stick, green beans, sweet potato and eggplant tempura.

For sharing, we also tried their rendition of California maki.

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That dressing tasted like Kewpie…=) While their batter is so tasty.

We truly enjoyed mixing our own sauces. Their claim that theirs are the freshest is very distinct. The servings are just good enough, and the taste just met our expectations. We weren’t disappointed at all.

Due to the season, they just had a hard time attending to requests per table as swiftly as they can. As they only have 2 attendants when we came. There were times when people from production area are the ones serving our orders. Even the Security Officer is extending a hand already. Probably due to lack of personnel.

If I can also suggest, using pitchers with cover that might fall off is also not recommendable. It might spell trouble.

Over-all, we’re still wanting to come back here. =)

And it’s good to know that they are in the following locations:

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http://www.tenya.com.ph/store-locations

Itadakimasu! (spoken with a silent “u”!) =)