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Happy 5 Years. Here’s a Special Instagram Giveaway!

Hello friends! It’s been a long while since my last giveaway. I think it was August last year and that was just a simple one, not the usual “Inspire to Win” Anniversary Giveaway that always do on Facebook. I was quite busy with work, friends and life in general.

I did; however, attended a number of FMUs or foodie meetups from June to September. But I stopped mid-month because I took a new job role. Thankfully I still get invites for events as well as products reviews. Where you able to see them? I’ve been quite active making videos on YouTube as well as on Instagram TV. They’re not a vlog style though. But who knows! Maybe I’ll do it in the near future.

Going back, I really do appreciate those opportunities including the changes in my job. But I really miss meeting my fellow bloggers – old and new. So I told myself that whenever possible, I will grab the opportunity that comes my way. If it’s not, then let it go because it might be meant for someone else.

Blog updates…

Okay, so enough about me.

After careful consideration, I decided to make some changes last March. I brought my friends on board. If you check our homepage, it’s divided into two: Clari’s section and FoodieViewsPH + ReelViewsPH section.

Besides my main posts, you also get to see “What’s That? Where’s That?” posts care of my friends from FoodieViewsPH. I am also part of this group and I occasionally post new things there, too. Then I also have my movie reviews as well as movie and threatre news on the ReelViewsPH side.

Note: We have a separate Facebook and Instagram account for these two. Hope you follow them as well!

The Special Giveaway…

Now let’s talk about my blog’s anniversary! Since my blog officially turned 5 today, November 19th which is also my birthday, it’s only right to celebrate and host a special giveaway. ONE (1) follower will win a Premium Dessert Wine! Every day will definitely be a celebration with this Coffee dessert wine. It is sweet and creamy – you’ll love it!

Take note, this is NOT sponsored. I purchased this with my own money as this is my way of saying thank you for always supporting Clari Says. If you’re new here, well this is my way of welcoming you, a new follower and buddy!

How to join? It’s easy.

  1. FOLLOW my accounts @ClariSays and @ReelViewsPH as well as our group account @FoodieViewsPH
  2. TAG a friend/s that you want to celebrate with but just leave ONE comment. I think you can mention 5 people in a single comment, so you can maximize that.

*Contest ends on November 29, 2018 and winner will be announced the next day. This is open to any person above the age of 18 and is residing in METRO MANILA as I will be handing the prize personally, if possible.

***Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc.

I have also embedded the Instagram post for your convenience. I hope you could also share this special giveaway.

Thank you!

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ONGOING GIVEAWAY! | Take note, this is NOT sponsored. This is our way of saying thank you for always supporting Clari Says. If you’re new here, well this is our way of welcoming you, a new follower and buddy! Here’s how to enter! 1. FOLLOW @ClariSays and @ReelViewsPH as well as our group account @FoodieViewsPH . 2. TAG a friend/s that you want to celebrate with! … .. . *Contest ends on November 29, 2018 and winner will be announced the next day. This is open to any person above the age of 18 and is residing in METRO MANILA as I will be handing the prize personally, if possible. . ***Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. . . . Check the #linkinbio to see our latest post!💻 #ClariSays #FoodieViewsPH #food #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #foodphotography #foodpic #contest #contestalert #giveaway #bloganniversary #anniversary #wine #dessert #dessertwine

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Katsu Shokudo Ramen Restaurant

After my first visit at a ramen place along Congressional Avenue, I’ve been on the lookout for a different one. I think it’s pretty obvious why I moved on without a second glance. Anyway, I am fully aware that there are several Japanese restaurants that offer a great bowl of ramen. But those restaurants can be quite expensive. And if you’re craving for ramen at night, going to the mall isn’t always the best idea.

Good thing there’s a new shop along Visayas Avenue. Katsu Shokudo is a small katsu and ramen shop. They opened their doors on April 2018 but it was only in September when the news reached us. A friend and a few other people recommended this place when we were looking for a place to dine one night.

Our first visit was on a Friday night. Since the place was packed, we just ordered a ramen for take-out. After we tasted Katsu Shokudo’s Shoyu ramen, we know right then and there that we found our go-to place for good value ramen.

Shoyu Ramen

Besides Shoyu Ramen, we were also able to try Katsu Shokudo’s Tantanmen (spicy) Ramen as well as their regular Gyoza and Takoyaki. They’re really good especially the Takoyaki!

If you’re looking for a food that will warm and delight your belly especially now that the Christmas breeze is coming in, visit Katsu Shokudo. Their menu isn’t intimidating at all! They offer three different ramen flavours: Tonkotsu Chashu, Shoyu and Tantanmen (spicy).

Tonkotsu Chashu ramen has a thick, creamy and nearly white soup with pork belly (chashu). The Shoyu ramen, on the other hand, has a clear broth and is commonly based on a vegetable or chicken stock with the addition of Japanese-style soy sauce (shoyu). And lastly, Tantanmen is the adaptation of a Sichuan Chinese Dan Dan noodle which is typically spicy AND packed with flavor. I’m 100% sure you will find one that suits your taste buds.

Happy eating!

Katsu Shokudo
78 Visayas Avenue, Vasra, Project 6, Quezon City
Katsu Shokudo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

TEApid Season? Why Not Prepare Your Own Milk Tea!

Though there are various tea shops in the country with prices ranging from Php60 to Php150, drinking it on a regular basis can be quite expensive. It can even get more expensive if you’re craving for more than one add-on. So what can you do if you’re on TEApid mode?


Prepare your own!

By the way, this post is not sponsored. I just enjoy Nestea’s milk tea flavored powdered drinks. It comes in Wintermelon, Hokkaido-style, Taro and Thai-style. I often drink Wintermelon because it is my ultimate fave when it comes to milk tea. Recently, I tried the Hokkaido-style, Thai-style and their newest flavor Taro. All three are delicious and very unique. If you love milk teas, you should really get one of each because it gives you a different kind of experience.

Having said that, are you ready to know how to prepare your own milk tea at home? If you want to keep things simple, just pour a sachet into a glass and add in a small amount of hot water. Stir until the powder has dissolved then add ice and cold water. But if you really want to level it up to saTEAsfy your milk tea craving, you can do that for a minimum of Php20.

Yes, you just need a minimum of Php20 because a sachet of Nestea’s milk tea flavored powdered drink costs Php10 to Php12. To complete the drink, you will also need pearls. Tapioca balls are the usual partner of milk teas but you can also use sago.

Sago is a smaller version of tapioca balls that become translucent when cooked. It is also more tender than the latter. Moreover, sago is used in rice cakes, coconut milk-based desserts and for refreshments like milk tea!

You can buy this at the market at a very cheap price. In fact, a 10-Peso of sago goes a long way! Cooking it is easy, too. There are various method but this is how we make ours because we use it right away.

  1. Boil a pot of water then slowly add in the sago. Take note, the amount of water should be slightly more than the sago.
  2. Make sure to stir it constantly until it becomes translucent. Take note that as the sago reaches that state, small dots will slowly appear at the center. Just continue cooking it until it becomes completely translucent.
  3. Once it’s cooked, add in some brown sugar. The amount depends on how sweet you want it to be and continue stirring. Take note that we want to reach a thick syrup texture here so don’t add too much water.
  4. Once the sago syrup is done, you can now scoop them onto a glass. Then add in the milk tea drink.

A little note. We added some ice to make the drink colder. We were wrong. If the pearls you’ll use is this small, I suggest preparing the milk tea drink first and place it in the fridge. When you mix it with the sago syrup, do not add ice. This way you will enjoy the drink and the syrup so much more.

Lastly, if there’s a leftover sago syrup you can eat it as is or add slices of mangoes. It’s so delish! 😉

Ballet Manila Presents ‘Cinderella’ in Comeback Run

Ballet Manila brings back Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Cinderella, with the beloved fairy tale’s trademark romance, magic and happy ending told in dance by the country’s acclaimed “storytellers on toes.”

Cinderella goes onstage on November 24 and December 1, 6 p.m., and on November 25 and December 2, 3 p.m. at Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

Joan Emery Sia steps into Cinderella’s glass slippers, with Rudy De Dios as her Prince Charming, in the ballet choreographed by Lisa Macuja-Elizalde. Kong Ke Xin portrays Fairy Godmother.

Ballet Manila artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is excited over the return of Cinderella, her first full-length choreography which premiered in 2016. “It’s a Cinderella that is modern but familiar, witty and comedic, a bit sentimental yet absolutely delightful! It is a really light and happy ballet where kids and grownups alike will laugh out loud,” says Macuja-Elizalde.

The ballet version of Cinderella also showcases the romance and enchantment of the popular fairy tale. “It will make everyone in the audience swoon to the mesmerizing power of love!” Macuja-Elizalde assures.

Principal artists Abigail Oliveiro and Joan Emery Sia share the role of Cinderella, the kind-hearted country lass who endures the wicked ways of her stepmother (John Balagot) and stepsisters (alternately played by Jasmine Pia Dames and Rissa May Camaclang, and Nicole Barroso and Emma Harris). Thanks to the appearance of her Fairy Godmother (Kong Ke Xin), Cinderella gets to attend the ball where she meets her Prince Charming (principal danseur Rudy De Dios and soloist Mark Sumaylo). After she hurriedly departs at the stroke of midnight, leaving behind her glass slipper, the prince embarks on a quest to find her.

The pre-Christmas production is set to dazzle with Cinderella’s metamorphosis from soot girl to princess ready to attend the grand ball at the palace, scene-stealing moments of tiny “animals” magically transformed into a coachman, footmen and white horses, and all the thrilling dance sequences to be performed by the Ballet Manila cast.

For the music, Macuja-Elizalde uses a selection from the Prokofiev score, melodies of Oscar Wallace from the animated film and popular tunes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical strung together with original sections by composer/musical arranger Roy del Valle.

Cinderella is Ballet Manila’s third offering for its 23rd performance season dubbed “Tour de Force,” following Iconic 1.0, Iconic 2.0 and Le Corsaire.

Tickets to Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Cinderella are available at TicketWorld via or 891-9999.

CUISINE DISTRICT at A Circuit Holiday Night Market

Mercato Centrale and Zomato Philippines in partnership with Circuit Makati and Make It
Makati bring good tidings and holiday cheer with A Circuit Holiday Night Market!

Don’t be a grinch and indulge yourself in a gastronomic experience from November 16-
18, 2018 at Circuit Makati from 5PM to 12 Midnight! Get into the spirit of the season
with great eats from your favorite culinary delights:

May the spirit of the Holiday and joy fill your heart and bellies in the Culinary District at
A Circuit Holiday Night Market. The Culinary District is brought to you by Zomato
Philippines and Mercato Centrale, in partnership with Globe MyBusiness, Novellino,
Circuit Makati and Make It Makati. Event page.