Big daddy ramen bowl – Hapa Ramen

Big daddy ramen bowl - Hapa Ramen
Pork, fried chicken, roasted vegetables, seaweed, and slow cooked egg, $14
Hapa Ramen, San Francisco CA

This ramen was good, but it wasn’t exceptional so I’m curious why it made the 7×7 list. The pork was tasty and nice and fatty. The fried chicken was bland and a bit oily. The soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked and still oozy inside. The roasted vegetables were good but tasted odd with the broth and actually made the broth taste bitter. The broth itself was a bit salty. The noodles had a great texture, and the soup was very hearty overall.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Yerba Buena Park
Yerba Buena Park.

Ham and scrambled eggs – Philippine Airlines

Ham and scrambled eggs - Philippine Airlines
Hash browns, mushrooms and tomato, pineapple, cranberry raisin bar, roll, orange juice. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Ugh, not the best way to end a vacation – with subpar breakfast food from PAL. The ham was a bit salty and the hash browns were super mushy. I never expect much from airplane eggs so I really didn’t dock PAL points for them. Oh well…

Manila Bay
Ominous skies over Manila Bay.

Truffled fries – Sky Deck View Bar

Truffled fries - Sky Deck View Bar
Fried potato wedges, truffle oil, crispy bacon bits, egg. 250 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES

We wanted to hit a rooftop bar while in Manila so we found the Sky Deck View Bar located at The Bayleaf Intramuros hotel. The bar is really cute and you get a 360 degree view of the city. We went during happy hour so the drinks were discounted. The snacks were also pretty tasty. These truffle fries were really good and sinful. Hey, I’m still on vacation!

Cuba libre & Vodka tonic - Sky Deck View Bar
Cuba libre & Vodka tonic. Each 280 PHP

Sky Deck View Bar
View from the bar.

Filipina pizza – Paraiso Grill

Filipina pizza - Paraiso Grill
Chicken adobo, salted eggs, onions, tomatoes, white cheese. 410 PHP
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES

The combination of ingredients sounded very intriguing so we decided to order this. Unfortunately, the pizza didn’t come together as well as we thought it would. And the white cheese was kinda gross.

French fries - Paraiso Grill
French fries. I don’t even know why we ordered a side of these. We had SO much food!

Boracay sunset
Boracay sunset.

Pancetta benedict – The Fat Hen

Pancetta benedict - The Fat Hen
Served with roasted new potatoes. $13.50
The Fat Hen, Seattle WA

This was pretty tasty. I loved the roasted potatoes! They were perfectly seasoned and nice and fluffy. The benedict was good too, but not the best I’ve had. I liked that the hollandaise sauce was bright and citrus-y though. The service was friendly but on the slow side.

Drip coffee - The Fat Hen
Drip coffee. $2.25

Seattle Great Wheel
Seattle Great Wheel.

Breakfast #4 – Boracay Regency

Breakfast #4 - Boracay Regency
Longanisa (pork sausage), garlic rice, fried egg, chicken tocino, fish nuggets with tartar sauce.
Boracay Regency, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Argh, the final breakfast in Boracay! It was an awesome island visit and I hope to be back in the future. AND this was probably my favorite breakfast options during our stay at the Regency, so it was a great to end on a positive note.

Crocodile Island
Crocodile Island.

Crab ‘n corn soup – Paraiso Grill

Crab 'n corn soup - Paraiso Grill
Creamy soup with crab, corn and egg. 200 PHP
Paraiso Grill, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Meh, this soup was neither particularly good nor bad. It tasted fine, but it was definitely forgettable. I guess it was something to eat while we waited for everything else.

Pineapple daquiri - Paraiso Grill
Pineapple Daquiri: rum, triple sec, lime juice, fresh pineapple. 180 PHP

Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating along the White Beach Path. The nautilus lamps are kinda cool.

Breakfast #3 – Boracay Regency

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Beef, pork, garlic rice, scrambled eggs, bacon, pancit.
Boracay Regency, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Ugh, I couldn’t stop filling my breakfast plate with SO much food every morning! I really didn’t have to eat so much and I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t pass up on tasting a little bit of everything. Hehe!

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Waffle, ube (purple yam) bun, fruit, cheese bun.

Boracay sunset
Boracay sunset, Station 2.

Sisig rice – Mesa

Sisig rice - Mesa
Stir fried rice tossed with pork sisig and topped with fried egg. 130 PHP
Mesa, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This was good, but I wish that there was more pork sisig tossed in. It really just tasted like regular fried rice and I missed a lot of the sisig flavor. I do love a runny egg on anything though!

My Fish Spa
People getting the dead skin on their feet eaten by fish in the tank at My Fish Spa. Don’t know if I’d like this. 🙂

Breakfast #2 – Boracay Regency

Breakfast #2 - Boracay Regency
Ham, grapefruit, beef, skinless longanisa, bacon, chicken nuggets, and garlic rice.
Boracay Regency, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Omg, I ate SO much for breakfast that morning! I really liked the options so I went all out and even had items from the dessert section. I think it’s OK to over-eat when you’re on vacation, hehe.

Breakfast #2 - Boracay Regency
Chow mein, egg omelet, skinless longanisa, potato, French toast, blueberry cream cheese danish, and sweet roll.

Boracay Regency view
Interesting view from the Main Wing of the hotel. The abandoned tower in the middle is actually some person’s hut now.

Argentine beef empanada – Venga Empanadas

Argentine beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
Natural ground beef, onions, red bell pepper, hardboiled egg. $2.75
Venga Empanadas, San Francisco CA

Omg, the service here was super LAME! The guy at the counter appeared and acted like he was too busy doing nothing than actually wanting to help customers. There was nobody in the frickin’ restaurant! I guess he also assumes that everyone wants their food to-go because he didn’t even ask and just shoved my food into a paper bag. They reheat the premade empanadas before serving, which is nice, but the dough/crust still tasted raw and uncooked. The Argentine beef empanada was boring and very forgetful. It’s like I never even ate the damn thing. Why is this on the 7×7 List?! Ridiculous.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Serpentine monardella
Serpentine monardella (Monardella purpurea, Lamiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Epic caesar salad – Epic

Epic caesar salad - Epic
Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, bacon, hard-boiled eggs and croutons, creamy parmesan dressing on the side. 265 PHP
Epic, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Mmm, this salad was really tasty! The ingredients were of good quality and I liked how neatly it was presented for a salad. The thick shavings of parmesan cheese were great on top.

Weng-weng cocktail - Epic
Weng-weng cocktail. Pitcher 580 PHP

Koi pond
Koi pond, Boracay Regency.