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Thank You Steve Jobs! You Made the World a Better Place!

The passing of Steve Jobs is just devastating for me. Though I never met him, I found inspiration in his passion for what he does. This guy believed…

On Bourdain’s Trail: Ho Chi Minh City’s Ban Xeo 46A

On our last vacation to Ho Chi Minh City, we wanted to go to a place where Bourdain visited. We walked so far to this place from our…

Dinner Prep in a Tiny Kitchen — Sydney Style

Upon arriving in Sydney, my bestfriend Ana told her friends how great it was to have her chef bestfriend come over…and will be open to cooking dinner. Hence,…

The BEST Chicken Pho: Cat Tuong, Ho Chi Minh City

Anthony Bourdain: I don’t know how you missed this place. The first time I went here, I didn’t like the idea of making this my midnight snack since…

A Love Affair with X2’s Khao Ka Moo

On my most recent trip to Bangkok, I finally had the guts to try their braised pork knuckles. I’ve been seeing it for 8 years now, but it’s…

A Fabulous Saigon Experience — Cac Guch Quán

Sorry I haven’t been able to update my blog. I’ve been bed ridden for the past couple of days and it’s quite hard to think about delicious dishes…

Zushi in Sydney

I just love sashimi. In fact, I think in my past life, I was a Japanese handyman of some sort. For my last dinner in Sydney, Ana took…

Beautiful Produce: Sydney’s Woolworths

I think one of the greatest challenges of foodstylists in the Philippines is finding great produce. Food that looks like it’s just been picked off the stems or…

One of the Best Drinks in the World: Vietnamese Iced Coffee

I never really appreciated coffee…I’ve travelled all over and never really stopped to sip a cup in Paris, Venice or any of those European countries (because I always…

The Old and Famous Nhu Lan after All the Shopping

Feeling adventurous, Mig and I used our entire morning to shop at Ho chi Minh City’s version of Manila’s Divisoria — the Binh Thay Market in china town….

Jam Donut

Oh Jam donut, why are you so unforgettable? For those of you who haven’t got a clue on what a Jam Donut cocktail it…you should order it, before…

Touristy Night Eats at Ben Thanh Market

On our first night in Saigon, Mig and I decided to go touristy and we ate at the hawker stands that set up outside the Ben Thanh Market….

Picnic Across the Opera House with Bourke Street Bakery Take Aways and Raspberry Wine

Bourke Street Bakery is so famous in Sydney. When Ana would mention it to her friends, they would all sigh and say “mmmm, sausage roll” or “mmm creme…

Adriano Zumbo — pastries inspired by local products

We decided to go for breakfast at Adriano Zumbo. To our dismay, we found out that the cafe was still being renovated…meaning…no real breakfast meals and no refrigerated…

Refreshing Fennel Salad

What I love about my vacation in Sydney was that I was able to do some fantastic things with the stuff at the apartment. I love cooking, but…

Mongers Gourmet Fish n’ Chips in Bondi Beach

Ana took me to see Bondi beach on the afternoon of my birthday. Bondi beach is one of the beaches very near the city and it is the…

Lunch at The Sanctuary at Peppers Guest House

We loved the ambiance at our hotel. And since we had such a great time eating at their bar the other night, Ana and I decided to try…

Sydney Train Station Eating

At Milson’s point train station, there’s a small friendly eatery called Fisherman’s cove where a lot of working people have lunch. They serve all sorts of food from…

Bills Fantastic Breakfast

Ana took me to Bills for breakfast. Bills is a cafe of one of Australia’s celebrity chefs, Bill Granger. I saw several of his books while I was…

Off the beaten track — Dinner in Shakey Tables in Hunter Valley

Since Hunter Valley dining was a great delight to me and Ana, we decided to go for a spur-of-the-moment-on-the-Hunter-map place and this eventually led us to the Shakey…

Bottom of the Harbor picnic at Balmoral Beach

Sydney really is a convenient city. We lived 15-25 minutes away from 3 beaches…today’s sun bathing was going to happen in Balmoral beach since Ana says it’s a…

Dinner at Peppers Guest House Bar

Ana and I decided to just have dinner in our lovely hotel because we had such a wildly delicious lunch. And so here was what we ordered… really…

Our Hunter Valley Hotel: Peppers Guest House

It was pretty easy to find our way around Hunter Valley thanks to Ana’s GPS. And to find our Hotel Peppers tucked away in the middle of some…

The Best Birthday Dinner Ever at Toko in Surry Hills!

This was my first birthday being away from my family and it was pretty ironic because I was quite excited. Ana took me to one of Sydney’s finest…

The Smelly Cheese Shop in Hunter Valley

I love cheese. I love cheese. I love cheese. And this is the place to go crazy with cheese if you happen to be in the neighborhood. For…

First Time at Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market holds a mind-blowing array of edible living creatures from all over the world! I was just overwhelmed by the variety of everything fresh…there were…

Messina Gelateria, Darlinghurst — creative gelatos!

Off to more food adventures, we headed to Messina Gelateria in Darlinghurst. Before we could enter, we had to go through a throng of children just getting their…

Assisting Janet Mitchell, one of Australia’s top food stylists

I was in great luck to be given the opportunity to assist one of Australia’s top food stylists, Janet Mitchell. It was pretty surreal at first but as…

Mad Pizza Bar, Darlinghurst — a wonderful pizza experience!

Darlinghurst is an area in Sydney that’s famous for eating. With little cafes lining up their streets, it’s pretty hard to pick-out places that might be just good…

A Fine First Lunch At Margan Restaurant, Hunter Valley

By my fifth day in Sydney, Ana and I were off to Hunter Valley, a wine country that has become one of the world’s best known wine making…

Do as the locals do — Campos Coffee Newtown

Ana took me on a quick drive tour of her old university. But before that, she introduced me to some of her uni friends at their favorite coffee…

Mater Turkish in New Town

Ana took me to New Town to meet up with some of her friends at the University. New Town, she says, is famous for multicultural cuisine and vintage…

Welcome to Sydney! — David Jones Yogurt and Grill’d Burger

Because of my excitement, I came to Sydney with little amount of sleep and too much excitement…hence, my energy crashing by the second hour of my stay in…

Leaving for Oz!

I think this is the best month of the year! I am finally visiting my best friend, Ana, over in Sydney Australia, home of the “natural” food styling…

Dreaming of the “Luther Burger”

I know this may sound gross, but ever since I watched Adam Richman of Man vs. Food scarf down this incredibly heart clogging, brain damaging sandwich, did I…