Pinkberry launched in Los Angeles last 2005 ignited the current fro-yo craze. There are now a handful of frozen yogurt shops sprouting up in Metro Manila like Yoh-gurt Froz, Cold Spoon and I Love Berries .

Another fro-yo shop which is found along Tomas Morato is Yogurbud. They also serve Yogurt salad and yogurt cakes. The yogurt salads and cakes were not available so we were only able to try the yogurt ice cream.

 Yogurbud sign

Yogurbud machine

Sberries and cornflakes yogurbud

 You can select from different toppings of fresh fruits to chocolate bits. I had strawberries and cornflakes on mine. The only other yogurt ice cream I’ve tried is Yoh-gurt Froz and Yogurbud tasted different. Yogurbud is different to Yoh-gurt Froz in the sense that it is closer to a sorbet texture and tangy while Yoh-gurt Froz is creamier with dairy notes prevalent in the taste. Yogurbud is an acquired taste as it is sour but tastes better though with every spoonful.

Rating : Like It

Yogurbud
Grnd floor, 170 Tomas Morato Ave
cnr. Scout Castor, Qc

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There are days when I crave for food that is light and healthy. Food that gives you a feel good all over feeling after the meal. And on this Sunday, we decided it’s about time we tried Greens over at Quezon City.

Greens is located on Scout Castor which is just a small street along T. Morato. It is a house converted into a restaurant with greeenery covering the facade making it look homey.

Greens signage

The inside has a calming ambience and sun streaming in from the windows.

Greens facade

The menu is quite interesting. Aside from the salads, it had all sorts of gluten meat prepared in different ways. When I go vegetarian, I go for real veggies though and am not really crazy over gluten dishes and so opted for the classic veggie dishes.

Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup – Made of pumpkin puree with no cream. The waitress also handed over the salt and pepper shakers. I should have picked up immediately what the shakers meant. The soup was quite tasteless. Very bland, just plain puree like baby food.

Trio of Appetizers

Trio of appetizers – Chicharon, cheesesticks and fried mushrooms Php80 – Good ol’ chicharon. The fried mushrooms were terrible though. Very oily with no taste. Redeeming piece would be the cheesestick which is like a big penne with a creamy filling on the inside.

Tofu and Mushroom Kebab

Tofu and mushroom Kebab Php 105 – Expecting the worst after having the soup and appetizer disappoint us, the tofu and mushroom kebab was a nice surprise. Not only did it looked good, it tasted good though. There were tofu, mushrooms, green bell pepper and zucchini pieced together in two skewers and grilled nicely with a nice teriyaki sauce over it and served with brown rice.

Summary – I was pretty disappointed with my Greens experience. Two out of three dishes miss ratio is quite high. The soup and appetizer’s were not even so-so, they were on borderline terrible.  The tofu and mushroom kebab was quite nice but not something I would go out of my way for to visit the place again.

Food : Tofu and Mushroom Kebab
Rating : Chance Visitor

Greens 
92 Sct Castor South Triangle
Quezon City
Tel 4154796, 4102440

Its a lazy Sunday. Den and I wanted to bring Bam to Animal House to say thank you to Dr. Anthony for taking good care of Bem when he got sick. Being in the QC area, we decided to try out Kozui along Tomas Morato. Kozui is a Japanese cafe whose motto is ‘Its Healthy to go Green’ . The green motif makes you feel like you’re having something healthy and feel good about having a meal in the place.

Kozui - It’s Healthy to Go Green

Kozui cakes

The cafe has a tempting list of green tea varieties to choose from. I opted for the korichio drink since it looked the yummiest on the menu board.

Macho Melon Korichio Tall

Macho Melon Korichio Tall Php120. I went for the melon and found it really refreshing. I’m not a frappe fan since I find frappe’s too thick and fattening. Frappe’s usually make more thirsty but this was really good though. The melon made the frappe refreshing and light.

Karaage Chicken Wrap Php158

Karaage Chicken Wrap Php158 – Deef fried breaded chicken with lettuce, onion, tomato, cucumber  and Japanse black sesame dressing in toasted pita bread. Very interesting  take on wraps. This was quite good. Thie chicken was crispy and the dressing was interesting. The oil used on the chicked was a bit rancid though. I could taste it when biting on the chicken. I hope they would stop reusing the oil! I would want to try the Tofu and Veggie wrap next time.

 Takoyaki Balls

I always had a love affair with samurai balls. I just can’t resist buying from any food cart which sells them in the shopping mall. There’s something about th combination of the samurai ball with japanese mayo and bonito flakes which does it for me. The Kozui Special Takoyaki Php98 is filled with chunks of ika, ebi and egi (squid, shrimp and asian leeks).  I wish the batter of the takoyaki balls be improved to make it softer and creamier though.

We really wanted to try the Anmitsu which looks like a Japanese halo-halo but we were too full. We would definitely come back to try this though. Overall, I enjoyed Kozui a lot. It’s different and an interesting concept from the coffee and tea cafe’s we have around the metro. It’s a good place if you’re looking for something light. Food selection is good and gives you a healthy feel. The extensive list of green tea beverages from iced green teas to macho’s (frappes) will also make any thirsty chap leaving satisfied.

Rating : Like It

Food : Korichio Drinks

Kozui Green Tea Cafe

258 Tomas Morato St.

Quezon City

Tel : 413-2705