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

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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!

Eat or Retreat: Coolhaus Ice Cream Pints & Sammies

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I’ve been intending to write about the Coolhaus Ice Cream I received from the California Milk Advisory Board for no other reason than because I found myself really liking the ice cream. In fact, they exceeded my expectations so much I immediately went online to check what other flavors are available.

One of my favorite childhood treats has always been ice cream. Until now, I would gladly take ice cream over a cupcake any day. But boy am I picky with my ice cream! The moment an ice cream is too sweet or not creamy, I get turned off. It has to do with my philosophy of making the treats I eat count, so every time I try a new-to-me ice cream brand I get a little nervous.

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Opening my package of Coolhaus Ice Cream invoked the same feelings in me: Uncertainty tinged with anticipation. And then, as I read the label and playful flavors, all that was left was excitement. Milkshake & Fries? I personally don’t get weirded out by such flavor combinations, but the expectations start building the moment I see the potential for something interesting. I was hoping really hard that this would not let me down!

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Local Discoveries: MC Special Rice

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One of the most gratifying things about this whole blogging thing is when I can sit down and write about a local brand with a glowing heart, because the moment we took my first bite of MC Special Rice, I knew I was going to rave about it. My mom loved it too actually. She was immediately asking, between spoonfuls of the rice, where and how to order.

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For the longest time I have felt that our local brands have so much potential, if only we could put them on the spotlight more. As you guys know, I like to make listicles about local brands that I discover, whether on my own or by way of the brand’s introduction of themselves. But from those round-up’s, only certain brands end up being my real favorites. MC Special Rice has earned a spot on that list.


Healthy days with MC Special Rice

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MC Special Rice is harvested from the province of Isabela, so every order made goes into supporting the farmers there. This direct relationship helps in keeping the price of the rice lower than what you find in supermarkets, but there is no lack in quality or freshness. The brand began in October 2017 so it’s a relatively young one, with the goal of making special unpolished rice more visible in Metro Manila. The brand’s office in Manila is located in Quezon City, and this is where the rice gets shipped out when you order.

Eat or Retreat: Zenpop Japan July 2018 Sweets Box Review

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Zenpop Japan sent me this box a few months ago, and just like with the other box I reviewed before, it took me a long time to get this thing together. But here we are now, finally!

Funny story about this subscription box: This is actually the second box they sent me after the first one got delayed in the post office for 8 months. 8 MONTHS! That’s insane right? Many of the products inside that box were past their best before date (but I still ate those that didn’t smell funky) so Zenpop graciously decided to send me another box. So yes, this is a PR box, but this post is not sponsored or paid for. I’m writing this because I think I am not alone in finding subscription boxes fun.

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This second box took a detour to Hong Kong, arriving at my aunt’s doorstep before getting to me. And it took maybe a month and a half? Anyway, I’m sure many of you who have experience in ordering these kinds of things abroad through standard shipping have your own horror stories, but for me, that 8-month delay is an all-time fail. But it could be an isolated case for all I know. My other box arrived after a month!

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