Here’s another gift idea: Zenpop Japan’s Ramen Subscription Box

Zenpop COVER - Here's another gift idea: Zenpop Japan's Ramen Subscription Box

Although this is my second Zenpop Japan box, I was still thrilled. I guess I’m one of those people who like the element of surprise subscription boxes bring. You never know what you will discover inside, and for the most part it’s something totally new. Zenpop Japan sent me this Northern Japan Ramen Box a month ago. It obviously took me a while to get through it. But apart from reviewing the box, I decided to write about it now because I feel like it would make a really great gift for Japanophiles, or just lovers of subscription boxes in general.

I know a lot of people who enjoy Japan and Japanese food products, and I think this would be a really fun way for them to get introduced to new things. Zenpop actually introduced a service where you can send the box as a gift, and since you have the option to do a one-time subscription, it works out as a Christmas or birthday gift. International shipping is FREE, although shipping time to the Philippines can be a bit long so decide quick! (I’m not sure if it will make it by Christmas.)

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2019 Christmas Gift Ideas of mostly Pinoy products

GIFTS COVERR - 2019 Christmas Gift Ideas of mostly Pinoy products

‘Tis the season of gift-giving and so I am here today with a list of Christmas gift ideas! This list is for food lovers (aka for everyone!) and it is entirely made up of things I have personally enjoyed and would honestly love to receive as gifts if it were the other way around. Now is the perfect time to finalize that Christmas shopping list with all the 12/12 sales right around the corner!

I feel like food is one of the best things to give as a gift, but since we all have very different tastes, I tried my best to include a variety of things on this list so there could be something for everyone. It’s mostly made up of local products too. I know I talk about foreign products often, but I am most proud of Filipino products so I thought I’d put a spotlight on them in this Christmas gift ideas list.

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Eat or Retreat: All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant New World Manila Bay [VIDEO]

Lili COVERR - Eat or Retreat: All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant New World Manila Bay [VIDEO]

There are people who are great at buffets, and then there are those like myself who are not. And because of this, I find myself a little more critical whenever I go to one. Most of the good buffets don’t come cheap, but expensive is okay as long as you get some satisfaction in return. Value for money, in short. So was this All-You-Can-Eat Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant worth it?

Though I managed to create this brief video mentioning the things I liked and disliked about the Dimsum Buffet at LiLi Restaurant, you can find a more detailed review after the jump. I also mention what I think are the items you should order repeatedly, and which are the ones you can probably skip. This buffet is only available until January 31st, 2020 so hopefully this review can help you decide if you want to try it or not!

Filipino Coffee brands I’ve been loving (Part 1)

Pinoy Coffees COVER - Filipino Coffee brands I’ve been loving (Part 1)

To say that I’m one of those incredibly happy about the surging Filipino coffee scene would be an understatement. First it was chocolate and now it’s coffee– two of my favorite things in the world! Ever since my introduction to Figures of Beans, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for other local brands. It didn’t take long for more brands to sprout online, and my adventures in trying out the different Filipino coffee brands out there began to take shape.

Years ago, I had no idea that there were so many places that cultivated coffee in the country. Batangas barako was always famous, but it has been the Mountain Provinces that have been taking the spotlight in recent years. There are now a lot of farmers growing mostly arabica and robusta in the Cordilleras, specifically Benguet and Sagada. Mindanao also produces quite a bit of coffee, although I have yet to try any.

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The best part about this growing coffee industry in the country is how much it helps the lives of Pinoy farmers. I have always wondered why the government gives too little attention to farmers, but somehow I am relieved that at least some private individuals recognize the importance of the local farming industry. Most of the Filipino coffee brands I will be sharing today have made it a mission to partner with local farmers, not just to keep their business going, but to give their partner farmers a consistent source of livelihood.

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