Japan '15 Food Photo Diary

Midnight snack at a conveyer belt sushi bar in Shibuya
Uni sushi, salmon sashimi, unagi sushi, miso soup and fried squid tentacles
What was left of the fried oysters
One hour wait in the Tsukiji Fish Market (thank goodness for menus with photos)
The different combinations of sashimi chirashi bowls are endless
Tamago, salmon, uni and tuna sashimi on top of Japanese rice with complimentary miso soup and tea 
Took a break from all the raw stuff and went with katsu for dinner that night
Every morning we got to choose, western buffet or a japanese set meal for breakfast - that morning we chose Japanese!
Ichiran ramen, famous for their ramen vending machine
Once you've ordered from the vending machine you fill up the customization sheet, press the bell and wait to be served

Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Shibuya
Lindt soft-serve ice cream
You can't leave Harajuku without buying a crepe!

Matcha ice cream, strawberries and mochi crepe with whipped cream
Dominique Ansel (genius creator of the cronut) Bakery in Omotesando
Frozen s'more, cookie shot and an iced cafe mocha
Tahitian vanilla ice cream and chocolate wafer crisps within a frozen marshmallow...and torched to order!
Another cafe hidden in the alleys of Omotesando, Cafe Kitsune, nearby their retail store Maison Kitsune 
Iced green tea and fox shaped butter cookie


Mrs. Graham's S'more Macaron

Inside-Out S'more Macaron PHP 50

It wasn't just love at first sight, it was love at first bite. French macarons have got to be one of my favorite desserts in the world and bakeries are really bringing up their game by introducing more and more unique flavors to the market. Who would've thought of combining a macaron and a s'more? Mrs. Graham's did! You experience all the flavors of a s'more but in a completely different way.

Mrs. Graham's has a ton of exciting flavors you never that you'd taste in a macaron like the Inside-Out S'more (in the photo above), Pancake with Maple Buttercream, French Toast with Peanut Buttercream, Tiramisu, Baileys and more. Check out the rest of the macaron flavors and their prices here!

Mrs. Graham's 
Address: 51C, Scout Rallos St., Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City
Instagram: @mrsgrahamscafe
Email: mrsgrahamsbakery@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (0915) 812-2662


Diet Diva

First Day
Breakfast: 2 slices of bread and a hotdog (I'm guessing it's a cheesedog!)
Lunch: fish and veggies
Dinner: chicken with red rice and cucumber slices
Snacks: Lipton tea and an orange

Second Day
Breakfast: fish and rice with half a salted egg and tomato
Lunch: breaded chicken curry with veggies and brown rice
Dinner: sardine fettuccine pasta
Snacks: Lipton tea and 'saba'

Third Day
Breakfast: instant oatmeal
Lunch: beef with mushrooms and brown rice
Dinner: chicken with sweet potatoes
Snacks: Lipton tea, wheat crackers and a hard boiled egg

Fourth Day
Breakfast: fried rice with minced chicken, carrots and peas
Lunch: "rellenong bangus' with red rice and cucumber slices
Dinner: pesto pasta with minced chicken
Snacks: Lipton tea, an orange, apple and a banana
*they gave me extra fruit to compensate for the wheat crackers on the third day

Fifth Day
Breakfast: pastrami and tomato sandwich
Lunch: chicken with brown rice
Dinner: chicken with broccoli and red rice
Snacks: orange flavored Fit 'n Right and an apple

Diet Diva is a five-day diet delivery service wherein they send you food everyday that are supposed to be under 1,200 calories. I came across their Instagram account and saw some of the meals they prepared for their clients, which looked pretty good for diet food. The portions looked just right that it seemed like I wouldn't get hungry or deprived, so I decided to give it a go.

The idea of a diet delivery service wasn't new to me as I knew some friends who tried different ones previously. I've always wanted to try something like this but the unreasonable price was what always held me back. Although when I heard about Diet Diva and their program of PHP 1,800 for five days I couldn't resist. I contacted them almost immediately and deposited a total of PHP 1,900, which included 100 pesos for delivery charge to Ortigas everyday for five days.

The people behind Diet Diva are really friendly and punctual. Being a college student, I requested my food for the day to be delivered by 8 am everyday, and they always made sure that it was at my doorstep by 7:30. I think the quality of the food is very reasonable for the price I paid which is a total of PHP 360 a day - three meals and a snack. Nowadays that amount of money can't buy you three meals in a restaurant, maybe not even one. The only problem I encountered with them was that on the third day, my wheat crackers had tiny holes in the packaging and was invaded with ants. Thankfully everything else was edible and they were very quick to apologize for what happened, they also added an extra fruit to my delivery the next day. 

Unfortunately, the diet didn't really make me lose much weight, I lost a pound or two at the most which I quickly gained back the following weekend. I guess for someone with a normal BMI, 1200 calories a day isn't gonna cut it if I wanna shed some weight. My favorite day has to be the second, favorite meal the sardine fettuccine and the meal I couldn't care for the most would be the chicken and sweet potatoes.

Have you ever been on a Diet Delivery Service?

Diet Diva
Instagram: @dietdivaph
Mobile No.: (0917) 703-3483
Telephone No.: 434-3482
*cut off is every Friday