Ube bun – The French Baker

Ube bun - The French Baker
I bought this bun because I thought it looked really pretty with the purple rings peeking out from underneath. I loved that it wasn’t super sweet but had a great purple yam flavor. The bread portion was also delicious. 37 PHP
The French Baker, Las Pinas PHILIPPINES

Boats on Taal Lake
Boats on Taal Lake, Tagaytay.

Ube ice cream – Philippine Airlines

Ube ice cream - Philippine Airlines
Magnolia brand purple yam flavored ice cream. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Philippine Airlines

Ube ice cream - Philippine Airlines
I love ube ice cream! This was definitely no where as good as Mitchell’s ice cream in San Francisco, but I loved that they served a tropical flavor instead of the usual vanilla. And it’s always fun to eat ice cream with a wooden spoon!

Construction mural
Construction mural, Ermita.

My first Hawaiian luau!

Ali'i Luau buffet
Kalua pig, teriyaki chicken, fish, purple yam, noodles, pickled vegetables, salad, braised greens, etc.
Ali’i Luau, Laie HI

During my previous trips to Hawaii, I somehow managed to avoid attending a “cheesy” luau. Well, I made it my mission to finally go to one of these popular tourist attractions during this visit and what better place to attend one than at the Polynesian Cultural Center! Their website advertises the Ali’i Luau as Hawaii’s “Most Authentic Luau”, but I’m still not convinced of its authenticity after sitting through it. It seemed pretty cheesy to me. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience and the chance to check a Hawaiian luau off my bucket list. The food was ok as buffet food goes, and the entertainment was enjoyable. I don’t think I’d do it again, but I would still recommend it for those who haven’t tried it.

Taro roll - Ali'i Luau
Taro roll. This was pretty good, especially slathered in butter, lol!

Ali'i Luau entrance
Entrance to the luau.

Ali'i Luau dining area
The dining area.

Ali'i Luau entertainment
Luau entertainment. The show was actually pretty long with many dancers. The little kid dancers were SO cute to watch!