The Juice Experiment #3 : Cantaloupe or Melon and Apple Juice


Decided to try mixing cantaloupes or melons with Fuji apples today.   Cantaloupes- I learned were far richer in betacarotenes than oranges were.  The betacarotene level of cantaloupes are 30 x times more than that of oranges.

Cantaloupes are rich in vitamin C, A (carotenoids) , potassium, folate, vitamin b6, vitamin b3, b1 and magnesium.  They contain a wide variety of  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory  phytonutrients.

Fuji apples contain 5 mg of vitamin C for every 100g.  An average 125 g apple can actually provide 25% of your body’s daily requirement for Vitamin C.

As my youngest son was nursing a cold and the doctor specifically had orders to stay away from citrus fruits, we decided to give him cantaloupe or melon mixed with  apple juice today for an added dose of vitamins.

Cantaloupe or melon with Fuji apple juice:

1 melon

3 apples

Juice together.

The resulting juice was a little on the sweet side due to the natural sweetness of the melons.  My kids liked this a lot though.

Recommendations: Ripe melons should be chilled.  Wash melons and apples carefully prior to cutting.  Cantaloupes or Melons are prone to molds.  I often remove the skin of the apples as well.

Happy juicing everyone!


The Juice Experiment #2 Carrot and Apple Juice

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I thought of mixing both carrots and apples today to make sure that my kids got both their fruits and vegetables in one go.

To get the most out of a carrot, you need to either cook , grind or juice them in order to get the nutritional benefits of carrots which are tightly encased in protein sacs.

Juicing them increases the availability of carotenoids by 600 percent.

Apples on the other hand, are very high in vitamin C.  They also come packed with other vitamins such as  B1, B2, B6, A and Folate.

I loved how tasty the combination turned out to be.  A little  sweet and healthy- just right for my kids.

CARROT –APPLE Juice combination:

1 big CARROT

2  to 3 apples

Juice together and place in an covered jar to slow down oxidation.

Suggestion:  You can chill both the carrot and the apple hours before juicing.

*  I normally peel both carrots and apples  to be safe from pesticides.




The Juice Experiment #1 Pomelo and Green Mandarin or Ponkan Orange


I went downtown today on a fruit buying binge and came across sweet pomelos and green ponkan oranges.

The Pomelo is a citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia.  In the Philippines, the most famous pomelos comes from Davao.  Pomelos come in various sizes, the best way to tell if the pomelo is sweet is to check out the rind of the fruit.  Davao pomelos usually have thinner rinds and taste like a  sweet mild grapefruit.

They are great to snack on because they contain a lot of fiber, and have 0% fat.  They contain around 41 mg of vitamin C per 100g.


Green ponkan or green mandarin oranges are imported usually from Taiwan.  They have around 0.1 % of fat.  They are rich in vitamin C, B1, A and folate.  To get the most out of your ponkan, avoid exposing the orange to heat as this destroys the vitamin C.

I was happy to find out that green ponkan is juicier than the typical oranges I buy for my kids.  I was actually able to get 5 kilos of ponkan at around Php 50.00 per kilo.  A good buy compared to the oranges being sold around the Manila area for around 5 for 100 php.

According to the vendor who sold me the oranges, green ponkans are great for juicing .   They can stay as long as two weeks in the refrigerator and still come out juicy.



1 Pomelo

3 green ponkan oranges

Juice  pomelo and green ponkan oranges together.  Serve immediately within 30 minutes of juicing to retain freshness.

* You can chill the green ponkan oranges in the refrigerator prior to juicing.

Verdict: Delicious.

Best Juices for Kids in Metro Manila

Here’s a list of ” healthy” juices that made the cut for our family.  These are the juices we chose because they  were 100% juice with no added sugar or preservatives.   These were the brands found in either   Unimart  or Landmark.


Apple and Eve

Apple and Eve is made in the USA.  They are GLUTEN FREE.  Fruitables Tropical Orange  is a favourite of mine because the juice only has 30 calories per serving.  It’s a fun way of getting  (1/2 a cup)  ¾ serving of fruits and ¼ serving of vegetables into your kid.  It has sweet potato, apple, jujube fruit, orange, carrot, pear, pineapple, passionfruit, butternut squash and tomato juice apart from Vitamin C, A and E. and betacartone.   It claims to have 1/3 less sugar compared to other  juices.  At around 27 php per pack, it’s expensive, but still better value than the other brands that I’ve seen on the shelves . Their apple juice is made from concentrate and Vitamin C with no sugar added. Each serving contains 90 calories.


The Strawberry Kiwi is made from 100% pure juice and is fortified with calcium and Vitamin C.  Each serving contains around a 100 calories.



Ceres Fruit Juices originate from South Africa.  I like how simple their ingredients listing for their juices are .  Their Apple and Secrets of the Valley Juice (which is a mix of apple, cherry, pear , blackcurrant and vitamin C).


Red grape and orange juice are also 100% juice blend.  What I like about Ceres is that it’s a good source of vitamin C with no sugar added  and  no preservatives.  I was only actually able to buy these juices at Landmark.  I consider their price PHp 22.60 per pack as value for money.



Cyprina juices is a product of Cyprus. I particularly liked the taste of this orange juice. It’s non fattening at 46 calories per serving.  It’s made from concentrated orange juice. I was able to find this at Unimart and it’s PHp24.25 per pack.



Dimes is a Turkish brand.  I’ve been looking for this brand for a while and was glad to have found it in Landmark.  What I like about Dimes is that their apple juice is 100% concentrate with water and no added sugars.  It’s affordable at PHp 16.50 a pack.


Marigold 100% Juice Carrot Mixed Fruits

Marigold is a Singaporean brand. I was able to see several varieties of the Marigold brand in Unimart, but this was the only flavour I decided to buy because it had no sugar added, no preservatives , no artificial coloring and it’s rich in vitamin C.  It doesn’t come cheap at Php 24.50

Kichitora of Tokyo A Great Ramen Experience


Kichitora is one of Manila’s best kept secrets when it comes to ramen.   “Kichi” means  lucky  while “Tora” means tiger. Each character represents a symbol for the two families that collaborated to create Kichitora.   Imported from Japan, Kitchitora brings together winning recipes of three successful ramen chains in Tokyo: Kookai, Daijin, and Kohmen.

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Kichitora is known for it’s healthy chicken soup which are slow simmered to perfection.


Going through the menu, I noticed that Kichitora offers a limited variety of ramen and rice bowl meals along with gyoza and karaage.

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I decided to order the Paitan Ramen  Zenbu no Se is a special variation of the Paitan Ramen.  Topped with dried seaweed, ajitsuke, tamago. Fried garlic oil and a flavourful broth.  The ramen soup cost Php 420 for a bowl.

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My husband decided to order the Hokkaido Miso Ramen which is a consistent best seller in the store. The soup is  a mix of Paitan and clear soup  blended with Hokkaido miso.  Topped with pork chasyu slice, minced pork, mixed vegetables, bamboo shoots, spring onions and fried garlic oil.  One order of this will set you back Php 395.

crab seafood

A favourite of mine which was not available that day is the Special Crab Seafood ramen. At 495, you get a crab cooked in seafood paitan broth topped with clams, shrimp, green vegetables  and green onions. A must try for seafood lovers!

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Our  Taiwanese friend tried the Chasyu Rice Bowl which came in a small size which was just right for her.  The Chasyu Rice Bowl came with pork chasyu slice with a special sauce, bamboo shoots, spring onions, tamago, seaweed and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

The servers were attentive and our orders came out fast.  We were all too busy enjoying our food that we all finished eating in roughly 20 minutes.

Kichitora definitely lives up to its’ claim and we’re definitely going back for another round.

Kichitora of Tokyo

2nd Level, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall

Tel. No. 451-2218.

Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 9pm

Friday to Saturday:  10am to10pm

Yabu the House of Katsu


Yabu specializes in Katsu. It pioneered the katsu craze in the Philippines.  The word katsu is an abbreviation of the word “ katsuretsu” which means cutlet. It refers to a slice of meat that ‘s been breaded and deep fried.  The dish was introduced to Japan in the 19th century  during the Meiji period when Japan opened its doors to the West.

At the start, beef was originally used, although pork became a popular choice among people in the 1900s and gave rise to dishes such as tonkatsu.  “Ton” in Japanese means “pork”.

Yabu was a Dish of the Year Awardee by Esquire magazine for 2012.


Yabu’s katsu is cooked at precisely 165 C and is allowed to rest properly.  This ensures that the meat retains its natural juices and tenderness. Yabu makes their own panko or Japanese breadcrumbs fresh everyday which results in light and crispy flakes. They use canola oil to ensure that you get crispy and non greasy breading. Canola oil  is also rich in omega 3 and has zero transfat or cholesterol.

Yabu’s   sets are unlimited and come with Koshihikari Japanese organic rice or miso soup, Japanese pickles, organic cabbage with dressing choices such as wasabi, soy , and goma or sesame dressing. They also guarantee to be able to serve your order within 20 minutes.

The Premium tonkatsu set immediately caught my eye. It highlights Kurobuta which is also known as the Black Berkshire pig.  It is supposed to be the world’s finest pork.  Kurobuta is also called the “kobe beef” of pork due to its rich marbling, softness and flavour.  Now, this I’ve really got to try.

I tried ordering the Kurobuta pork set 120g  which is a ¾ inch cutlet made from “rosu” or pork with a trimming of fat. It’s freaking expensive at Php 575 per set. It’s almost 25 times the price of regular pork in the market.


While waiting for our order, we were given a small mortar and pestle with black sesame seeds.  You have to ground the sesame seeds in a circular manner in order to bring out its natural oils and mix them with around 2 to 3 tablespoons of their special tonkatsu sauce.


My order came out after 15 minutes.  The waitresses were polite and attentive. I loved how light and crispy the coating of the tonkatsu was and how soft and juicy the meat turned out. It was a perfect complement to the tonkatsu sauce I had just made.


I enjoyed eating the organic cabbage salad that accompanied my meal.  The cabbage salad is best eaten with a mix of either soy and sesame/GOMA or Wasabi.  I loved the combinations so much that I ate more cabbage than rice.


Even the tea they served was a perfect complement to the meal. All it was missing was the radish or Japanese daikon.   It was even better than the tonkatsu I had a few months ago at a small specialty restaurant in Tokyo’s Shinkansen station.


Mixed Seafood Katsu set 2  consists of salmon, black tiger prawns, oyster, crab at Php 545. I liked the oyster, but wasn’t too crazy about the crab. For Php 545, I was expecting to taste real crab meat, not something mixed with some sort of filling similar to Japanese potato croquettes or korokke. I wasn’t crazy about the salmon either.


We tried ordering the Rosu katsu curry which was pretty good judging by the empty bowl and the contented smiles on our faces after. Japanese curry actually rose to the popularity in Japan during the Meiji era mid 1800s.  This curry roux is thicker, sweeter and milder than other curries in Asia and oh so addictive.

At Php 375 for the set, I find it reasonable given the quality of the pork, the cooking, sidings being organic and all.

Overall, I ‘m happy with my Yabu experience and look forward to another carnivorous experience 🙂

Yabu has 4 branches SM Megamall, Robinson’s Magnolia, SM Mall of Asia and SM Southmall. Telephone number for Robinson’s Magnolia : 9614975

C’ Italian Dining in Manila

C Italian Dining  hails from Angeles Pampanga. It is best known for its’ panizza which is an original creation of  Chef Chris Locher.

I was so glad to know that it finally opened in City Golf Plaza.

Interiors look great with big stone slabs that remind one of a small medieval tavern. I love  how the autographed white plates signed by celebrities look against the wall.


I also like how cozy the place looks even on a rainy night and how they pay so much attention to detail. I love how they take the time to even print out a client’s name to put on the RESERVED table.


I loved the bread with pesto  parmesan cheese dip in olive oil starter they served. I found it very addictive.


I also liked the Mozzarella in Caroza which actually is two slabs of bread and mozzarella with pomodoro sauce and fried mushrooms which reminded me of a very rich and cheesy french toast.


The Spaghetti con Frutti di Mare was a surprise. It is actually a blend of fresh salmon, mahi mahi, grouper, prawns, imported mussels cooked in light virgin olive oil and pomodoro sauce.  I liked how the fish came out so tender and juicy.  It serves around 2 people but it’s pricey at Php 710.00


We also tried the Panizza.  The Panizza  is a crisp dough layered with a blend of five different cheeses and herbs. We settled on ordering the Kristina which is a mix of bacon, ham, caramelized onions, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. At Php 810.00 a dish, it can be pricey, but it’s good to share with around 3 to 4 people.


Overall, it was a good meal with excellent service.  I’d come back to try other items on their menu.

C Italia

City Golf Plaza

Julia Vargas Ave. Ortigas Ave