Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy Foodie Year 2014

2013 was a great year for the foodies, it was a year of great expectations, a year of surprises, and as the year ended, a year of sad disappointments.


Wrong Ramen's F.U. Ramen
An outrageous ramen with Bacon, Spam and Fried egg

2013 saw the year of the ramen wars, with Ukkokei Ramen Ron, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Ikkoryu Fukuoka ramen, Mitsuyado Sei-men, Wrong Ramen, with late contenders Ramen Nagi, Ramen Yushoken and Hanamaruken Ramen.  Each having their own distinct flavor, originating from different parts of Japan.  It is indeed an amazing feat that Filipinos have come to love ramen nowadays, and is slowly shifting from taking rice as a staple.


Last year also saw the Tonkatsu wars, where Yabu, leading the chase, with Ginza Bairin, making up for loss ground, and popping up was Saboten and Tonkatsu by Terazawa.  Each boasting their authentic tonkatsu specialty.

New concepts have taken into shape such as Kettle and Green pastures at Shangri-La mall, Project Pie along Shaw boulevard, 8 Cuts Burger Blend, Cafe Shibuya and Tokyo Tonteki in U.P. Town Center, L.E.S. Bagels and Main Street in Tuscany, Mc Kinley Hill, Silk Road and VASK in Bonifacio Global City, Stockton Place, Black Olive which all have taken their healthy share of the market.

But as good stories and good food surrounded us the past year, there were also sad stories of some of our favorite restaurants that said goodbye to us, Lolo Dad's and Cold Spoon to name a few.  And now comes the year 2014, where as we all hope would bring good fortune, and of course good food to satisfy our palettes.

This year promises to be a year for the foodie, with lots of new and exciting flavors taking shape.  With more and more businessmen and restauranteurs, collaborating on bringing in the next big thing in the food industry.  People are getting more discerning on what they eat, so this serves as a challenge to all, to up the ante in providing the best dishes and provide the best service, and be the next foodie destination for 2014.

So what do you think of the year 2013?  And what are you expecting this 2014?

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