Pampanga’s Best: Rainforest Kichene by Chef Vince Garcia

Famous for its worldly and unrivaled culinary work, Pampanga proves to be on top as it continuously expands and produces more restaurants that offer authentic cuisines sought after by growing number of tourists and fellow Filipinos.

Kapampangans are known to be one of the best cooks in the Philippines. I had the chance to visit the province solely for food with my boyfriend and friends and first on our list is Rainforest Kichene by Chef Vince Garcia. The name lives up to the structure of the whole place with its pleasant and plant filled, close to nature concept with humid effect of the sprinklers by the entrance.

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Tip ✔: You can book for an early reservation to avoid the hassle of waiting for available seats in case the restaurant’s full.

Since we’re in large group, we were directed in a small function hall-like area where we felt VIP as it looks private and classy.

The food we ordered were definitely worth the hours of travel, all hands down to Chef Vince Garcia. The dishes were very sophisticated, colors complimenting each other, balanced flavors and textures, and tasted above our expectations. The menu might be a little pricey, but the dishes are served in big portions and are good for sharing. Must tries are their Organic Salad (with sweet edible real flowers), Seafood Paella (one of the best!), Spicy Sausage Pasta, Seafood Pasta, Garlic Shrimp Pasta and Grilled Tuna. They also serve blue rice, which is very cute! ♡

 



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Special shout out to these special people who were very supportive that time as I took snaps of the whole experience! Here’s our group shot with Chef Vince Garcia:

Rainforest Kichene is open for walk-ins, private dining reservations and catering services. Checkout what they offer and contact information at http://rainforestkichene.com/.

Happy eating!!! ♡

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Let’s Eat: Restaurants KShow Fans Will Love

I think I got too excited about desserts that I skipped the mains. Let me make it up to you by sharing these few suggestions perfect for cheat day. A lot of kpop fans must like the idea of going where their favorite celebrity ate. I’m a fan myself so I visited few of them just to reminisce few episodes from korean drama/variety shows I love. ♡

1. Miss Lee Cafe

Famous for its Byeoldabang’s memorial assorted box (korean traditional lunch box meal), this cafe has been a shooting location for korean drama and variety shows. Korean stars such as WGM’s YongSeo couple (CNBlue’s Jung Yong Hwa and SNSD’s SeoHyun) and SNSD’s Yoona filmed here.

Notes shared by their customers are hung all around the cafe.

To eat this meal, close the lid and shake the lunch box hard to mix the insides well. The meal is not for those who can’t tolerate spicyness though. The soup is free and they also give you korean tradional cookies as complimentary. Total cost is KRW 19,000.

2. Winter Sonata 
Named after the popular korean drama, Winter Sonata, this would be the first restaurant you’ll notice when you arrive at the bus stop for Nami Island. They serve pizza, cutlet and pasta.



This Chicken Teriyaki pizza (good for 3-4 persons) is a must-try and costs KRW 19,000.

3. Loco Quan 401 Restaurant

This probably is the main reason why I only got few restaurants to share (as I’m writing this). As I mention in my previous blog, I’m a huge Running Man fan (popular korean variety show that has taken international fans by storm). So out of desperation to see at least one member, I basically spent all dinner during my stay in the country there! 401 is co-owned by Running Man’s HaHa (Ha Dong Hoon) and you can see in SNS that other members visit it. Unfortunately and to my dismay, I failed to see anyone <sighs>. I visited ones that are in Hongdae, Myeong-dong and Euljiro 6-ga.

Hongdae branch has a lively young vibe and always full everytime I visit.

I specifically captured Running Man members’ messages and signatures posted in the restaurant’s wall. Can you guess who’s who? ♡♡♡

Like in Hongdae, Myeong-dong branch is always full of customers. What I love about the interior is the pictures of happy fans captured together with HaHa. ♡ How I envy them! It also has a photozone which can be a souvenir for international fans.






It’s in 8th floor of a building with great overview of the busy streets of Myeong-dong.

Euljiro 6-ga branch has a different vibe and more quiet than the two, I guess because the location is quite tricky and I only saw few customers eating there. We’re told by the one in the cashier that HaHa currently focuses on the branch in Busan, probably because it just opened recently.

The food ranges from KRW 31,000 – KRW 32,000 since it is required to order two sets of meat. They also have a salad bar which is self-service.

4. Cook’n Heim

Located in Samcheong-dong, this restaurant was featured in Running Man episode 206 with Joo Won and Hong Seok Chon as guests. You can easily find it as it has a huge Running Man banner outside. It specializes in Italian and New York style dishes and has special menu set named after the variety show.





The food actually tastes great! ♡ I had the same reaction with the Running Man members in that episode. It looks light (for me) but actually heavy once you eat it, perfect for lunch or dinner (for some). Totally recommending it not only for Running Man fans out there, but for food lovers as well.

Wow, this post is actually making me crave and miss everything again. I’ll be updating this post again with additional suggestions you won’t be having any second thoughts of going once you’re in Seoul. Hope this post helps. Happy eating! ♡