Friday, April 28, 2017

Flavors of Catbalogan: Breakfast at King Bean Cafe

Early morning, time for some breakfast...


The second day of my Secret Kitchens Of Samar Kulinarya Tour began with a light breakfast at King Bean Cafe, a local and homegrown concept from Samar. With a wide range of signature coffee blends, pastries, cakes and even full meals, King Bean Cafe is Catbalogan's place to meet and unwind before another flavorful day of gastronomic delights in the Gateway City of Samar.

Flavors of Catbalogan: A Tasty Encounter with The Tamalo at Orlando's Grill

"You have to try Tamalo." I've been told quite a number of times since I arrived at Samar for the Department of Tourism's Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour not to miss this unique dish. And I'm glad I did...


If there's one dish that distinguishes the local cuisine of Catbalogan and Samar, it's the iconic Tamalo. Tracing its roots back to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade during Spanish colonial times, the Tamalo is the unique and savory local version of Mexican tamales, with slabs of fork tender pork belly slathered with rich peanut sauce on a soft rice flour base, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed for hours. Pampanga, Batangas, and Bulacan have their versions of the tamales, but Samar's tamalo is in a class of its own. It's one of many memorable and tasty encounters during my Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour with the Department of Tourism and the Catbalogan City Tourism Office, and it remains one of my lasting impressions in #CaptivatingCatbalogan...

Flavors of Catbalogan: Cooling Down with the Locals at Tina's Garden

Chillin' with the locals at a favorite spot not only gives you a better understanding and appreciation of the local culture, it's quite refreshing too...


After a hearty breakfast of traditional dishes and snacks at the city of Calbayog (see my earlier posts, Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour: Flavors of Calbayog and Flavors of Calbayog: Chillin' at Rebelito's Refreshments) and a sumptuous lunch at Catbalogan (Flavors of Catbalogan: Comforting Cuisine at City Grill), the second part of my Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour with the Department of Tourism Eastern Visayas and the Catbalogan City Tourism Office continued with a stop at the Capital City of Samar's favorite establishment. Time to cool down with some classic Halo-Halo at Tina's Garden...

Flavors of Catbalogan: Comforting Cuisine at City Grill

The flavors of Eastern Visayas continue to amaze and surprise at the Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour, with each stop offering yet more insights into the rich culinary heritage of Samar. And now it's the turn of Catbalogan...



After a sumptuous early morning breakfast and mid-morning snack in Calbayog (see my earlier posts, Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour: Flavors of Calbayog on that epic breakfast and Flavors of Calbayog: Chillin' at Rebelito's Refreshments for their classic Halo-Halo) and roughly an hour and half drive, we arrived at the city of Catbalogan, the provincial capital of Samar. Known as the "Gateway to Samar Region," the capital city has its own unique culinary heritage, and my Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour continues with a taste of Catbalogan at City Grill. Seafood plays an important role in Samar's economy and tradition, and City Grill's Kinilaw, with fresh fish in coconut milk, green tomatoes, and red onions is the perfect way to start your taste of Catbalogan...

Flavors of Calbayog: Chillin' at Rebelitos Refreshments

Fifty-four years after it served its very first order of Halo-Halo, the local homegrown favorite remains as popular as ever...


Since 1963, generations of local residents from Calbayog knew one place where they could beat the heat with a tasty serving of sweet halo-halo. When in Calbayog, a stop at Rebelito's Refreshments for a refreshing halo-halo is always a good idea not only to cool down but to get a feel of the local vibe...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour: Flavors of Calbayog

There's no better way to appreciate the richness of Philippine regional cuisine than to head out to the source and immerse yourself in the local culture and experience it first-hand. With over 7,107 islands, our culinary heritage is as diverse as the vastness of the archipelago, infused by the distinct local cultures of each region, and spiced up by historical influences. It's this unique diversity that makes Philippine cuisine so rich, shaped by the unique geographical features and resources of each region, and lovingly preserved by tradition and a deep sense of local pride.  


The Department of Tourism's Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour is an offshoot of the recent Madrid Fusion, an annual culinary event celebrating the shared history and culinary heritage of Spain and the Philippines (for more on Madrid Fusion, see my previous posts, Sights and Flavors at Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 and Made in Spain: Pork Love at Madrid Fusion Manila 2016). The renewed interest in traditional gastronomy, specifically regional cuisine, presents unique opportunities to rediscover comforting flavors and reconnect with our roots. And there's nothing like experiencing local cuisine, providing insights in the region's culture and history. Like they say, know what the locals eat, and you'll gain a better perspective on the local vibe. Read on and rediscover the flavors of Eastern Visayas on a virtual tour of the twin cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan with a final stop at Tacloban on my Secret Kitchens of Samar Kulinarya Tour...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Flavors of El Nido: Seeing Seafood at El Nido Grill

Not having any fresh seafood while in El Nido is missing half the point of your Palawan getaway. At Lio El Nido, you'll find a variety of new dining establishments to enjoy the day's freshest catch. And the El Nido Grill is one of them...


El Nido Grill offers fresh seafood prepared just the way you like it. Steamed, fried, grilled, your call. And with so much fresh seafood to choose from, an all-seafood feast at El Nido is a natural thing to do, even mandatory. Just pick and choose your seafood and leave it to El Nido Grill to prepare your seafood feast...

Flavors of El Nido: Steaks and Beer at Pukka Bar

A cold beer and a good steak, always a good idea. A cold beer and a good steak by the beach? Even better...


Pukka Bar is another dining establishment inside the impressive Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido, offering great food, cocktails and ice cold beers with a beachfront view. It's part of the growing mumber of dining and retail establishments at Lio Tourism Estate by Ayala Land, the first eco-masterplanned integrated resort community in Palawan.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Flavors of El Nido: Beads and Coffee at Bead Cafe

The best way to enjoy a soothing cup of coffee is to take it slow with a leisurely and unhurried pace. It's the kind of pace that not only lets you enjoy your coffee, but also gives you enough time to complete a bracelet made with a variety of beads...at Bead Cafe.


The expansive Lio Tourism Estate at El Nido now includes a coffee shop with a cool spin to complement its growing dining and retail establishments. Bead Cafe offers premium coffee and tea, iced and blended or hot, along with colorful beads in case your feeling inspired with the island vibe at El Nido. Ready for some coffee and beads? Read on for a sneak preview...

Flavors of El Nido: Global Flavors at Globy Travelling Chef

South American, Thai, Indian, Filipino and Indonesian flavors, the best of global cuisine, converge at Lio El Nido's Globy Travelling Chef...


Hit by a sudden craving for Indonesian-style Nasi Goreng with Chicken Satay in the picturesque coast of Lio El Nido? Or maybe some Indian Chicken Tikka Masala? No worries. Globy Travelling Chef at Lio Tourism Estate by Ayala Land has it all covered to satisfy your globe-trekking palate...

Flavors of El Nido: Good Vibes at Manille Beach Bar

A cool cocktail by the bar facing the beach, it's one of those mandatory activities on a getaway to the legendary coast of El Nido. And there's one spot that's perfectly set-up for that scenario...


Manille Beach Bar is another establishment within the expansive Lio Tourism Estate in El Nido by Ayala Land, and if you're after some cool good vibes, this is it. Inventive, handcrafted cocktails prepared by master mixologists using the very best selection from the country's oldest distillery, it's another must-try bar at Lio Tourism Estate. Named after Destileria Limtuaco & Co.'s flagship Philippine craft spirit brand, Manille Liqueur de Calamansi and Dalandan, you can expect new and exciting cocktails right here at Manille Beach Bar. Read on and take a virtual round of cocktails and tasty bites...

Flavors of El Nido: Pizza Love at Pizza & Amore

A rustic pizza fresh from a wood-burning brick oven...that's pure pizza love. That's Pizza & Amore...


Pizza & Amore is one of many dining establishments at El Nido's hottest new travel destination, Lio Tourism Estate by Ayala Land. With so many dining options, it's almost guaranteed you'll find a favorite during your stay at Lio Tourism Estate. But if its rustic and old-school pizza love you're after, it's Pizza & Amore... 

Flavors of El Nido: Go For A Winning Pair at Lio El Nido's Pair-A-Dice Burger Bar

A burger and salad, a cocktail and appetizer, whatever pair you choose, the odds are always good. At Pair-A-Dice Burger Bar...


Pair-A-Dice Burger Bar is one of the new dining establishments located inside the new Lio Beach Village in El Nido, offering a wide range of signature burgers and cocktails and everything in between for a winning pair. A cool cocktail, a hefty burger, and a sunset by the beach in El Nido, just can't get better than that...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cupcake Love: Chocolate Coffee Cupcake by Pia Dailo

Many say there's nothing a good cupcake can't solve. It's true. One bite of these cupcakes by Pia Dailo is more than enough to make any day so much better, so go ahead and take another bite...


Soft and moist chocolate with the nutty hints of coffee crowned with a swirl of chocolate ganache, it just can't get better than that. One more bite, and you have a smile on your face. It's just the way it is with Pia Dailo's cupcakes.

Monday, April 17, 2017

An Easter Weekend Staycation at F1 Hotel Manila

Every year, I always look forward to another memorable staycation at my second home...


And for the past five years, F1 Hotel Manila has been home being one of my blog's first posts. That's five great years. And a milestone for F1 Hotel Manila. F1 Hotel Manila celebrates five successful years in the industry, and I've been fortunate to go along with the ride. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chill. At Novotel Manila's Ice N Cream...

When summer temperatures rise, simply head up north to Novotel Manila and chill at the new Ice N Cream by Novotel...


Novotel Manila launches the metro's newest ice cream destination, Ice N Cream by Novotel, scooping a selection of refreshing and innovative flavors just in time for summer. Scheduled to formally open on April 16, 2017, read on and take a flavorful peek at Ice N Cream by Novotel...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Back at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange...

Sushi, authentic Indian cuisine, the day's freshest catch and more, all in one place...


Up north, you don't have to go down south of the metro for an impressive buffet spread, it's all here at Novotel Manila Araneta Center's Food Exchange (for more on Novotel Manila, see my previous post, Novotel Manila: Luxury Comes to Quezon City and Novotel Manila: Transforming The Landscape in Quezon City on my travel blog). A short drive to the heart of Quezon City sets you off on a global culinary journey, one plate at a time, at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nagoya's Favorite Hot Pot Restaurant Comes To The Metro: Shabu-Shabu Ichiban Opens at Circuit Lane Makati

A hearty bowl of choice beef, pork, chicken and seafood with everything on it fresh from the hot pot and more...


Shabu-Shabu Ichiban, Nagoya's leading hot pot restaurant, simplifies the hot pot experience with its sumptuous sets with everything you want for that perfect hot pot and more. Simply pick your set and enjoy...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

And Bring The Kids Too. At Brotzeit...

Next time you want to enjoy an ice-cold Paulaner, why not bring the kids too? You can enjoy your Paulaner with Brotzeit's new Lunch Specials and the kids can have their own fun with the new Kinder Menu...


Brotzeit introduces their New Lunch Specials, perfect when paired with your favorite ice-cold Paulaner, and the new Kinder Menu for the kids. Now on its fourth year, it just keeps on getting better with good beer, good food, and good vibes at Brotzeit.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Prohibition and the Glitz of the Roaring Twenties Return at Nostalgia Dining Lounge's Mobsters and Molls

Ma Baker, Capone, Gatsby, and Sabrina, iconic characters from bygone eras come to life once more at Nostalgia Dining Lounge's special themed nights.


Every Thursday, twice a month, Nostalgia Dining Lounge recreates the mood and feel inspired by a period in history, film or literature, adding yet another element to your dining experience. Tonight, it's Mobsters and Molls and the Roaring Twenties at the Nostalgia Dining Lounge...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Summer's On with Great Lakes 100% Juice Fruit & Carrot Mix and Tropical Blend Fruit Mix

It's summer, time to quench your thirst with real fruit juice, and nothing less...


Oishi introduces two new refreshing fruit juice flavors, just in time for summer, with the Great Lakes Fruit & Carrot Mix and Tropical Fruit Blend Mix. Bring on the summer heat...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Steamin' with the New Steam Pot at Huat Pot

You've tried hot pot before, but have you tried steam pot?


Huat Pot Restaurant adds a new spin to your dining experience with their new Steam Pot style of cooking, using the freshest ingredients right on your table. The latest trend in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, steam pot comes to the metro at Huat Pot...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Spanish Festival of Flavors: Exquisita Comida Espanola at Corniche

It's that time of year when the best of Spain comes to Manila...


Diamond Hotel Philippines celebrates the richness of Spanish cuisine with its Exquisita Comida Espanola, a Spanish Food Festival at Corniche from April 3 to 9, 2017. Read on for a tasty peek of authentic Spanish flavors...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Before Sunset: Aperitivo at Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge

A bar with altitude. When the sun sets, head 45 floors above the metro for a classic tipple with a view...


...at Marco Polo Ortigas, Manila's impressive Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge. Enjoy the panoramic and unobstructed 180-degree view of the metro with your favorite cocktail, tapas and a sunset with Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge's Aperitivo, it's happy hour with an Italian flair and a sunset. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Anti Pasti Misto Buffet, Vu's Sky Bar and Lounge takes pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers 45 floors up for unique experience.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Where The Sun Never Sets: A Provencal Lunch at Mireio...

Flavors as vibrant as sunshine, the very essence of Provence, lights up your palate with dishes inspired by the endless summers of southeastern France...


The rustic flavors of Provence, with its sunny and fresh, rich flavors, shines for lunch at Mireio, as Chef de Cuisine Nicolas Cegretin adds new dishes to the bright and flavorful repertoire of Mireio's comforting Provencal cuisine...

Friday, March 31, 2017

#DiscoverNewMOAEats: Delectable Discoveries at SM Mall of Asia's New North Wing

Japanese, Thai, Southwestern, and Filipino flavors are just some of the delectable discoveries at SM Mall of Asia's new North Wing. Add some refreshing teas and indulgent desserts, and that's all the reasons you need to visit the new North Wing.


SM Mall of Asia adds a world of flavors, from familiar favorites to exciting new culinary discoveries, each one located next to the other at the new North Wing. Dubbed as the new Entertainment Mall Food Zone, it's the perfect spot for a classic food crawl. Read on and take a flavorful peek at the new #MOAEATS...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Burger Love at Pound by Todd English

Premium all-beef patties delicately cooked sous-vide before grilling, house-cured slabs of smoky bacon, and brioche buns freshly baked in-house, it's the little details that make the burgers at Pound by Todd English one of the best in the metro. And now, you can find it here at the Mega Fashion Hall...


From the same group behind Todd English Food Hall, Tim Ho Wan, Maisen, Hook, and Mesa, Foodee Global Concepts shares the spotlight on its signature burgers at Pound by Todd English with its newest branch at Mega Fashion Hall. Get ready to indulge in some serious burger love...at Pound by Todd English.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flavors of Pampanga: Mangan Tamu Queni at Binulo Restaurant...

Any trip to Pampanga always includes a mandatory and tasty meal...


And Binulo Restaurant is one of those flavorful stops to complete your Pampanga road trip. With its name inspired by the traditional method of cooking using bamboo, Binulo Restaurant serves local Capampangan cuisine in a comforting and homey style, like dining in your favorite aunt's place.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Scratch Kitchen. Craft Bar. Village Tavern Marks 5th Year with New Dishes...

And just like that, it's amazing how five years can just pass like a blur. And in those five years, Village Tavern has remained true to its original mission, serving made from scratch signature dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients reflecting the very best of classic American cuisine.


Scratch Kitchen, craft bar, aptly describes Village Tavern's culinary approach for their comforting American dishes. Now on its fifth year, Village Tavern celebrates this milestone with new dishes reflecting their unique culinary style. US-based Filipina Executive Corporate Chef Grace Viado and The Bistro Group Corporate Chef Josh Boutwood recently unveiled new dishes to mark Village Tavern's 5th Anniversary. The fifth year of Village Tavern is also special for me on a personal note, one of my blog's very first posts was on the Village Tavern (more on that first time at Village Tavern five years ago on my old post, Food news: Awesome New Dishes and Old Favorites at Village Tavern). And it's great to be back...

Monday, March 27, 2017

Going for The Original Slam and More at Denny's

The Original Slam and weekend brunches, always a winning pair. And when you're at America's favorite diner, going for a Slam is always a sure thing...


It was just supposed to be like any other late Sunday morning, but a sudden craving for The Original Slam at Denny's just made it a whole lot better...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Culinary Journeys in Asian Fusion at Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room

The vibrant and distinct flavors of Asian cuisine come together in one place...


Embark on a culinary journey of Asian flavors and experience playfully inventive combinations of rich and diverse regional notes at Toast Asian Kitchen & Tasting Room, the newest dining concept from the same group behind Relik Bistro & Bar. The bold flavors of Asia are masterfully woven in a seamless tapestry of inventive and innovative dishes for a refreshingly unique flavor experience at the new Ayala Malls the 30th. Read on for a tasty preview...

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Taste of Feel Good Food at Bistro United

If there's one thing that brings people with varying opinions together, it's good food. And if you're talking about "feel good food," there's Bistro United by The Round Table in Kapitolyo...


Everything you loved about The Round Table, from their signature Roast Beef, Adobo sa Mangga, Q Salad, Carrot Cake and more can now be found, rediscovered, and enjoyed once more at Bistro United by The Round Table.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

#HamaruLetsGo: Night-Out at Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi

Oysters, sushi, yakitori, highballs and Sake Bombs, it's a night-out at The Food Hive's Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi...


Tadeo Chua and Therese Larroza had a simple idea. After leaving the banking industry, Tadeo and Therese realized that the QC area was ready for something new and different despite the proliferation of dining establishments. To enter Quezon City's competitive culinary landscape, Tadeo and Therese needed something unique and refreshingly different, leading to the creation of Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi, a modern izakaya with a bold and innovative take on Japanese cuisine and one of the many reasons to visit The Food Hive along Visayas Avenue (for more on The Food Hive, see my previous post, #ChangeYourCravings at The Food Hive Food Park). Creative, playful, even crazy, Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi blends traditional Japanese favorites with contemporary and modern spins for new flavor experiences. Leading the charge of culinary innovation at Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi is Chef Nino Laus, the same creative force behind Alamat, with his own inventive style and unique vision on modern Japanese cuisine.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Live a Guilt-Free Sweet Life with Leaf Life Stevia

Zero carb, sero calories, all the sweetness you want with absolutely no sugar...


...enjoy life's indulgences without the guilt. And it's good for you too. Read on and find out how to live a guilt-free sweet life with Sweet Life Stevia...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our Daily Bread: A Baker's Dozen at Boulangerie 22...

There's nothing quite like the comforting aroma of freshly-baked bread and the sight of fully-stocked shelves filled with traditional loaves, rustic and traditional bread to sweet and savory baked treats, all in one place...


Boulangerie22 brings together classic artisan methods and modern state-of-the-art baking in a seamless fusion of old world techniques with a flavorful contemporary spin. From baguettes and rolls to croissants, muffins, cakes and cookies, grab a tray for a baker's dozen of the day's freshly-baked treats, and pick your daily bread and more...at Boulangerie22.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Gotta Eat 'Em All: The New Pokemon Cakes at Boulangerie22

Jigglypuff, Snorlax, and Pikachu...gotta eat 'em all at Boulangerie22.


Finding that elusive Pokemon can be a real challenge. But at Boulangerie22, tracking one down is a sinfully indulgent and flavorful adventure. Change the game and the flavor of the hunt with Boulangerie22's new Pokemon Cake Collection...

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ombu Kusina Turns 4: Chef's Picks, Inventive Filipino Spins, All-Time Favorites And More...

A new look, new dishes, comforting favorites, and sweet value-added deals, Ombu Kusina celebrates its fourth anniversary with exciting new offerings...


Ombu Kusina turns four, marking the milestone with new dishes, Chef's Picks, paired with sweet treats for another comforting dining experience this side of the metro. Simply choose one of six new dishes and get your dessert for only four bucks. Now that's a cool fourth anniversary treat from Ombu Kusina...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Fresh: A Taste of Vietnam at Crimson Hotel's Cafe 8...

The rich culinary heritage from the Land of the Dragon People come to the metro in a lavish feast of flavorful entrees and desserts...


Crimson Hotel, Filinvest City, Manila, presents A Taste of Vietnam at Cafe 8 from March 10 to 18, 2017, with a sumptuous spread of authentic dishes prepared by guest chefs from Vietnam. It's the freshness of ingredients that make Vietnamese cuisine so rich and flavorful, and healthy too. The pure, fresh and clean flavors with layers of distinct notes delicately balanced in a seamless blend typifies Vietnamese cuisine, and you can experience the very best of Vietnam...at Cafe 8. Read on for a peek at a unique culinary journey of Vietnam's diverse flavors...

Monday, March 13, 2017

#ChangeYourCravings at The Food Hive Food Park

The north's newest dining destination is about to change your cravings...


The Food Hive Food Park brings together some of the metro's finest and talented chefs and dynamic entrepreneurs in one cool spot along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City. Enjoy a comforting lunch, a light afternoon snack, cocktails, dinner and more without even having to transfer to another place, it's all here at The Food Hive...

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Having Your Comforting Pasta Fix at Cibo...

Not having any kind of pasta dish in your list of comfort food favorites just doesn't make it complete. And for over twenty years, Cibo has been satisfying pasta cravings with their line of authentic Italian-style pasta dishes. That's twenty years of pure pasta amore...


Since 1997, Gaita Fores and Cibo's authentic Italian pasta dishes have become staples in the metro's culinary landscape. And it still tastes every bit as good as the first time I had a comforting plate of pasta made with amore and more at Cibo...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Weekday Blues: The Blue Plate Specials At Racks...

Can't get over the slow weekday blues? Spice it up with a flavorful Blue Plate Special at Racks...


Kick out the notorious weekday blues with a sumptuous lunch at Racks with their Blue Plate Specials. A comforting meal at Racks always does the trick, and the Blue Plate Specials are just what you need for a flavorful punch to get over the dreaded weekend blues...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Serious Beef: We Steak and Wine Seriously...at Sage Bespoke Grill.

A slab of premium beef paired with fine wine, that's serious business, almost a religion. And at Sage Bespoke Grill, they take steak and wine seriously...


Sage Bespoke Grill introduces its unique We Steak and Wine Seriously, a sumptuous and savory feast with premium steaks paired with unlimited wine from March 1 to April 30, 2017. And if you're serious about steaks and wine, read on...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Seeing Vegetables in a Fresh, New Way and an Internship at the Big Apple...

Using the freshest seasonal vegetables is all you need to create that single perfect dish. And seeing some of New York's top chefs transform vegetables into masterfully executed culinary creations can be a mind-blowing experience. Imagine if you could work alongside New York's finest in some of the Big Apple's best restaurants...


Now you can give it a shot. Enderun Colleges, in partnership with Placement International, recently launched the Jean-Georges Academy last March 6, 2017, offering experienced chefs, culinary arts graduates, and food enthusiasts unique opportunities to work with culinary icons via coveted internships at some of the best restaurants in New York. If you're ready for the Big Apple, read on...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Eat Consciously. Live Consciously. At The Wholesome Table...

Fresh, natural, and organic, it's all about going back to basics and rediscovering comfort food in a healthier new way at The Wholesome Table...


Now with three branches, The Wholesome Table aims to change the way you eat, one plate at a time. Real, pure, clean and honest flavors that's comfortingly familiar, who says healthy food has to be completely vegetarian, or even bland? Discover a whole new dining experience and a healthier lifestyle at The Wholesome Table, and it's about time you did...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Pork Chop and Salmon Dinner at Outback

Steaks usually come top-of-mind when you mention Outback, and that's no surprise. But Outback also offers other savory dishes, and just like their signature steaks, offer equally flavorful options...


...like thick slabs of tender and juicy pork chops and premium salmon for a satisfying meal at Outback. Whatever dish you choose, Outback always delivers the goods with its wide range of dishes to complement their steaks.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What's in the Fridge...The Classic Grilled Cheese

"It's good," said young Percy after a bite of the grilled cheese sandwich prepared by his dad, Carl Casper played by Jon Favreau. "You bet your ass it's good" replied Carl, and it really is...


That one scene from the film, all of one minute and three seconds, was more than enough to make you hit the pause button and head for the fridge to create your own grilled cheese sandwich...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Yokohama in the Metro: Ippudo's New Yokohama Iekei Ramen

Ippudo shares another ramen creation inspired by the regional flavors of Yokohama...


Ippudo recreates the classic Yokohama-style ramen with their new limited edition Yokohama Iekei Ramen, highlighting another regional variation for a new flavor experience.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Back at Market Cafe...

The freshest seafood and a wide array of global flavors, all in one place...


It's always special revisiting a place after so long, and going back to Market Cafe at New World Manila Bay Hotel is one of those moments. One of my blog's first few posts from four years ago featured Market Cafe (more on my older posts, Surf's Up at Market Cafe and Desserts at Market Cafe), and it was great to be back...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Made in Saga: The World's Best Comes to New World Manila Bay Hotel...

The perfect marbling, the buttery melt-in-your-mouth texture, and that distinct beefy richness that can only come from Japan's famed Saga Beef...


...and it's here at New World Manila Bay Hotel for the month of May. At The Fireplace and Market Cafe, savor Japan's finest beef for a limited time. And if you can't wait, here's a sneak peek of pure beef bliss with Saga Beef at New World Manila Bay Hotel... 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tasty Indulgence at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina

Pork Knuckles stuffed with Foie Gras with a tart pineapple salsa, savory Beef Roulade stuffed with Cream Cheese and Seafood, and Salmon and Minced Beef with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, prepare for a sumptuous tasty indulgence at Cucina...


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's award-winning all-day dining Cucina, named as one of the best restaurants in The Philippine Tatler's Best Restaurants Guide 2017, recently introduced three new signature dishes as part of their impressive buffet spread. Read on for a flavorful peek at the new signature dishes and prepare for Tasty Indulgence at Cucina...
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