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Monday, February 25, 2013


I think one of the reasons why I became such a foodie was because of MY FAMILY! My dad, whom I slowly turning into, would always find reasons to celebrate outside with us. The venue need not to be expensive... Sometimes we would have picnics in Luneta, or pig out on 2-piece-chicken-nights at Jollibee!! 

With this you could just imagine how we celebrate birthdays... Yes you got that right, EATING! And one of the usual choices for birthday dinner outs is KIMPURA. I remember when we were kids since their teppanyaki table was so pricey, we could only have it on special occasions, ergo, birthdays. Now when all of us siblings have work and we could treat our parents there whenever we want to, we somehow still stuck to the notion that we could only eat at the KIMPURA teppanyaki table during birthdays. 

Old habits die hard yes... But with Kimpura, I do not mind rolling over in my grave for this. Ha ha ha ha!

Here are my different birthday celebrations in this iconic (for me) resto....

(February 25, 2003) The year when I was about to get married... (not to this guy....KIDDING!) 

Maybe that explains why my Dad was somewhat grumpy. ha ha ha ha!

Check out the check checking out my fiancee... ha ha ha ha!

That's me, my very pretty Mom, my Dad, and my bro Kuya Jon!

... and THAT is a thing of beauty! Yum! Shrimps teppanyaki! It was just SOOO good! The great thing was that the shrimps were so fresh and plump that their fat was just bursting in the dish!

My Dad may be grumpy but there is nothing that a song wouldn't  fix for my birthday! he he he he he! The great thing is that they also give out complimentary birthday dessert of coffee gelatin :)

This was my Mom's birthday (October 17, 2006). If you think I suddenly got fat, well it's because I was pregnant with my Andrei.

... and the great thing about being pregnant is you could eat and eat whatever you like in humongous amounts. Plus! People tend to offer you more grub since you're eating for 2.... 

That's what they think... 

Because THIS is definitely ALL mine.... Yup! My favorite.. Shrimp teppanyaki yet again.

After I gave birth, I lost all of the baby weight from breastfeeding. Now how will I reward myself from all that hard work?

EATING at KIMPURA on my birthday of course (February 25, 2007 :)

Mati loved hamming it up for everyone and was starting to be addicted to being the life of the party. Me thinks he wants more attention for the teppanyaki grub.

I have never met another couple as sweet as my mom and dad. I love that they are still acting like BF/GF... It does get gross sometimes but I learned to appreciate it with age. He he he!

But no matter how anyone is making pa-sweety sweety, we all stop when the chef starts cooking!

It is truly a sight to see the fried rice being whipped before our very eyes. PLUS the aroma that hits your nose will just make your mouth instantly water. Yup! Their fried rice is THAT good!

Their Fried Rice is so flavorful and filling that we usually order a cup less than our number and just split it evenly.

I guess that pissed my yaya off. h ha ha ha ha! Less for her?

Once again, the waiters sang and gifted me with our favorite coffee jelly dessert. This part has become a tradition as well! Hey Daddy! How about giving some to Mati? Ha ha ha ha!

On another Birthday (February 25, 2009), Mati brought his "spider-side" with him to dinner...

It is very contagious believe me.

I'm so happy that my brother Kuya Jay and his wife Karen was able to join us :)

Plus the 2 single gals in the family: My niece Rocio and Ate Jojit.

He he he... There is a Mr. Pogi in all of us...

Before starting a monstrous teppanyaki meal, we always start it off with some sushi and sashimi. One of our favorites is the TUNA... So fresh... tender... juicy! Perfectly complimented by their wasabi, calamansi and kikkoman soy sauce. 

Of course once the TEPPANYAKI cooks up, everthing else is fair game. One of our staples is the CHICKEN... Ultra perfect with their tasty fried rice. This is just exploding with deliciousness!

Here's my lord of the cooking ring!

It's another KIMPURA birthday for me (February 25, 2012), and once again my main man treated his little girl (at 37).

My boy Andrei was finally able to join us! 

If you think you have picky kids, my Andrei takes the cake. But I'm glad that he was able to enjoy the sweet dilis which was served for appetizers. He even sipped tea! Thanks Kimpura for feeding my boy! ha ha ha ha!

The waiters were always accomodating in giving Andrei some more sweet dilis when he asked for an extra helping.

If only I could have hills and hills of this wonderful Fried Rice...

Did I say SHRIMP FAT? :)

It's a great sight and sound when the chef cuts the chicken breasts. You would hear an extra sizzle from the juices!

Truly a sight to behold. Even my hyper kids stopped and stared.

Kuya Jay and Karen enjoying the grub. Perhaps next time I won't invite them so there'll be more for me??

Ha ha ha ha! Kidding! (Or am I?)

My little neice Rocio, Mommy, Daddy, and Kuya Jon, patiently posing for my memories but would later yell expletives so they could continue eating the glorious food! ha ha ha!

All hail the KIMPURA CHEF! Happy Birthday to me too!

Sorry Daddy and Karen! Next time, give me a wide lens camera for my birthday :)

After the waiters sang, it's time for me and my Andrei to blow on my complimentary coffee jelly!

Mati was so thrilled with all the cooking that he requested for a picture with the chef!

For my birthday this year (February 25, 2013), guess where we ate?

And guess what Andrei feasted on?

... and guess what I wore again? :)

I'm so proud that my Mati is now a foodie like Mommy. He loved the tekkamaki and had 4 pieces of it!!!

From Tuna Sashimi, I have moved on to their Salmon Sashimi. I am so addicted with it! Could you blame me for enjoying it's buttery, refreshing, and creamy taste in my mouth? YUM!

I got my wish that my brother and family were not able to join us. More for me?? Kidding! We definitely missed them.

But of course, there's always a next year and another. 

KIMPURA will and forever be in our veins.

... and that's just the way I like it... Along with my coffee jelly :)


Kimpura Japanese Restaurant
Greenhills Shopping Center
GH Lifestyle Center, Ortigas Ave
Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 721-8816

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