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Sprinkles & Crumbs

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One time after a leisure stroll in the mall, I craved for dessert. Cupcake tops my list of go-to dessert options but I felt sad when I remembered that Frostings Cupcakes is no longer available in Edsa Shangri-La Mall. My eyes widen when I saw Sprinkles & Crumbs’ too-cute-for-words little corner just right across National Bookstore located in the ground floor of the mall!

Sprinkles & Crumbs Cupcakes

They have decadent-looking chocolates too! And another thing my eyes loved about this cupcake haven is the cute heart boxes and little house boxes they use to house your cupcakes or chocolates. It’s just an eye candy!

Their cupcake price ranges from Php40 to Php70 depending on the flavor.

My take-home cupcake is red velvet, of course!

Have a sweet day! xo

Photo Credit: Brian Sahagun

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

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Hers Ramen
His Ramen

There is this ramen craze circling Manila since last quarter of 2012 (I think) and I am not one to jump off and join the bandwagon until I heard about Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen. It is conveniently located at my favorite mall, Edsa Shangri-La. This Japanese ramen restaurant is one of the establishments that are soon to open at the new East Wing of Shangri-La mall (more on the new side of the mall on my next post!).

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is a new brand concept launched by Yamagoya Ramen, established since 1970, specializing in CHIKUHO noodles, Tonkotsu soup, Gyoza (Dumplings) and Chashu roast pork.

Tapping on over 40 years of the long tradition through constant innovation, Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen is making her debut to spread the Japanese Ramen culture internationally.

With a premium Japanese Ramen cuisine dine-in concept, we promise an indulgent, hearty delicious Japanese Tonkotsu Ramen catering to all who wish to experience an authentic Japanese eating lifestyle.

Ikkoryu was on their soft opening same time as the new East Wing side of the mall. Yet, there were a lot of people who “discovered” it and started dining in!

Hand-painted calligraphy of love poems of a Japanese artist

{ hand-painted calligraphy of love poems by a Japanese artist }

The interior was warm and inviting. The use of wood, red chairs and high stools by the open kitchen wall emphasized simplicity and modest design interior.

Japanese chef and kitchen staff called "Ramen Masters"

{ Open kitchen wall. At least you can see the upper half body of the chef and Ramen Masters while preparing your meal }

Staff and crew

B and I ordered our ramen of choice. I went for something spicy, as expected. And he went for something garlic-y. I will get back to you on the names of our ramen.

Hers Ramen

I loved the soft pork slices, the mushroom and the bamboo shoots and most especially the pork broth. It really is tasty. The noodles was a bit softer but not soggy.

When asked how are they special from others also offering ramen in Manila aside from having a Japanese chef and importing major ingredients from Japan, they said it is their special Tonkotsu soup.

Tonkotsu Ramen, a very popular regional style of ramen, is a specialty of its origin Kyushu region in Japan. It is characterized by thin, straight noodles in rich creamy pork broth, which is the result of boiling pork bones with several seasonings for many hours to ensure the rich pork extract and hearty flavour.

His Ramen

All of their ramen is pork broth based or Tonkotsu-soup-based which makes it super tasty!

Their huge bowl serving was enough to pacify my growling tummy. But I’d like to go back next time to try their Gyoza and their promising desserts!

Dollhouse Diary with owner Masanori Ogata and interpreter Kenji Komuro{ Dollhouse Diary with owner Masanori Ogata and interpreter Kenji Komuro }

Thank you to Brian for these photos. To see more photos from this set, view here.

Ikkoryu Fukuoka RamenIkkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
5F New East Wing, Edsa Shangri-La Mall

Sweet ending to a beginning…

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Today we’ve succeeded… in booking our preferred date for our wedding! I couldn’t be happier and amazed that we’ve booked both the ceremony venue and the reception in one day. We feel so accomplished.

There is a back story too on the ceremony and reception venue options and the reason why I feel blessed that we’ve booked what we’ve booked (we’ll keep it to ourselves for now until we have arrange most of what we need *wink*)… but that story would have to wait.

This is just a quick hello and update on our wedding planning. I want to retire a little bit early tonight. Good night, folks!

Power snack!{ Glazed sweet potato, banana rolls with sesame & jackfruit, and smashingly sinful homemade chocolate cake served with tarragon tea }

Such a sweet ending to an already satisfying meal. I have such a happy tummy. Eaten earlier today during “our mission”.

Holiday Snippets

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My weekend of intended relaxation quickly turned into catching up on way too much laundry and tons of organizational projects, add to that the first bridal fair I’ve attended with my B. *yihee*

Although… I thought I would take a few moments today to share to you a few of our Christmas and New Year’s snippets, Instagram style. My holiday involved a lot of spending time with family and loved ones, last minute Christmas shopping, wrapping a mountain of gifts, spending more time in the kitchen trying my skills in cooking new recipes for the first time — like Classic Pot Roast, Beef and Mushroom Pasta and mashed potato (I feel so accomplished! Haha), bonding with little brother over making my lola’s recipe and not to mention my favorite puto.

Holiday Snippets 2012{ Classic Pot Roast }

Holiday Snippets 2012{ Lola Kikay’s Puto }

Holiday Snippets 2012{ Mashed Potato }

Holiday Snippets 2012{ mom’s hot chocolate }

Holiday Snippets 2012{ Why, hello there! }

Add to that my heavenly moments sipping mom’s rich hot chocolate, munching on those puto, eating lots of desserts including ate Hazel’s carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and watching batoots dance to Gangnam style (pretty little kids from my B’s side of the family). Holidays with the Sahaguns are also the best time to enjoy hosting a friendly competition and contests amongst kids and kids at heart.

Holiday Snippets 2012
Holiday Snippets 2012
Holiday Snippets 2012
Holiday Snippets 2012

December has been a hectic yet amazing month. May this month of January and each month onwards have as much love and blessings as the previous ones.

I’ll be stopping in again soon with a few bits + pieces of my reflections on 2012, but in the meantime I’m wishing you all had a very beautiful weekend and a bright Monday. Lots of love! Cheers to a fresh start!

PenPen dinner and a quick stroll around Cubao X

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Right after satisfying our creative souls, we realized how hungry we were. Though we ate a burrito and chicken gyro being sold at the fair, that just wouldn’t cut it. And since we are feeling giddy and excited with all the arts we’ve ogled on and all the creative juices that started to flow, where else could we possibly think to go to grab a bite but in Cubao X. See my previous post about this lovely place.

And where else did we grab dinner? At PenPen’s again. *smirks*

PenPen's Dinner{ His: Coors Light. Hers: Pandan Iced Tea }

PenPen's Dinner

{ Their famous Crispy Liempo, Php185 }

PenPen's Dinner

{ Super delicious Laing, Php70 }

PenPen's Dinner

{ Genuine smiles of two persons with a very happy tummy! }

PenPen's Dinner

{ PenPen’s menu as of November 2012 }

There was no time to waste. After our satisfying dinner, we strolled inside Cubao X. We’ve seen a lot of new resto and bars that are interesting enough that we already plan to have our night out with friends at one of the bars there. But this window display caught my eyes. I felt a warm fuzzy feeling. *le sigh*

PenPen's Dinner

{ A very pretty Christmas window display of MBS boutique inside Cubao X }

And… as promised, here’s a glimpse of the purchases I made at the arts and crafts fair. I’m one happy kid!

PenPen's Dinner