Saturday, October 21, 2017

Five Star A La Carte: A Peek at the New Cucina A La Carte Signature Dishes

New a la carte dishes add another tasty layer to the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina...


Executive Chef Alisdair Bletcher of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila introduces a new a la carte menu at Cucina offering guests and diners even more tasty options during their visit at one of the world's finest luxury Five Star properties as rated by Forbes Travel Guide for 2017 (for more on the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, see my earlier post, Exceptional Service That Exceeds Expectations: A Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila). Read on for a peek at the new a la carte dishes of Cucina...

Friday, October 20, 2017

Now Boarding: Marriott Manila Opens Manila Life Cafe at NAIA 3

Leaving from and returning to Manila starts and ends with a tasty encounter at Manila Life Cafe. NAIA Terminal 3 now has a new and flavorful dining option for travelers...


Manila Life Cafe by Marriott Manila adds local flavors to classic western favorites for a unique dining experience at NAIA Terminal 3. From All-Day Breakfasts, Manila Tacos and Burgers, Mama's Comfort Bowls and the Manila Street Food Platter, Manila Life Cafe offers travelers and visitors to Manila a tasty introduction to local flavors. Now open at NAIA Terminal 3, welcome aboard Manila Life Cafe...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Top Fusions: Inspired New Dishes at Chili's...

It's the delicate balance of contrasting notes, blending seamlessly for a new flavor experience. At Chili's, they call it Top Fusions...


Chili's celebrates unique flavors fused to perfection in a selection of all-new dishes, including starters and savory mains to dessert with Top Fusions. The new dishes offer diners a glimpse of Chili's innovative culinary style, going beyond the borders of Southwestern flavors drawing tasty cues from Latin American cuisine. Read on for a tasty peek at Chili's Top Fusions...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#911ShrimpFever: Unlimited Shrimps for Only P 911 for Two at Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps

When one order of Sambal, Boiled or Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimps at Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps just isn't enough to satisfy your seafood cravings...


Unlimited shrimps? You got it. With Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps' 911 Shrimp Fever, a month-long shrimp feast for only P 911 for two persons from October 30 to December 8, 2017 in all Metro Manila and Davao branches. Get your bibs on and dig in, it's always fun to be messy at Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps..

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Maya Kitchen: Good Food For Over Fifty Years

There's no other name that's so comfortingly familiar and synonymous to home baking and well-loved like The Maya Kitchen. And it continues to be the leading local brand and top-of-mind when it comes to fluffy pancakes and more...


For over fifty years, The Maya Kitchen has touched the lives of countless generations with their premium cake mixes making homestyle baking quick, easy, accessible and convenient. Simply open up a box and you're good to go...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perfect Starts on the Last Day of Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis' Modern Spanish Cuisine at Spectrum

It was the last day for Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis' unique take on Modern Spanish Cuisine at Spectrum, and just like the preview a week earlier, it's all about perfect starts. From the very first bite from the first plate of appetizers followed by even more tasty nibbles from succeeding plates, perfect starts always sets the tone for your dining experience at Spectrum...


And perfect starts are always expected at Spectrum with its wide range of dishes supplemented by the unique and inventive cuisine of private chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis of Pio's Kitchen. On the final day of Modern Spanish Cuisine by Chef Chin at Spectrum, I go for one more round of tasty appetizers for another perfect start...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reliving the Iconic Flavors of San Francisco with See's Candies...

It's a tasty piece of the iconic city's rich flavors, draped in indulgent chocolate and delicately packed in a box...


Since 1921, See's Candies has served a selection of decadent chocolate treats to generations of loyal customers. And receiving a box of San Francisco's famous See's Candies just brought back a lot fond memories from a road trip in the US some seven years ago (more on that epic road trip on my blog's very first post here at A Thousand Miles). More than just a box of chocolates, it's the best of San Francisco in a box...

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rockin' at City of Dreams Manila's Oktoberfest

City of Dreams Manila rolls out the barrels, benches and tables and a whole lot of fun for Oktoberfest...


It's Oktoberfest at City of Dreams Manila, kicked off with a rockin' launch last October 12, 2017 at the Grand Ballroom with an exclusive celebration for the resort's key corporate and travel accounts followed by another celebration open to the public on October 13 with overflowing beer, sausages, German delicacies, rock bands and barrels of fun. And City of Dreams Manila kicks it off in a grand and massive scale, bringing the rich and diverse flavors of German cuisine with a selection of the finest beers to the integrated resort. Read on for a feel of the Oktoberfest celebrations...at City of Dreams of Manila.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Exceptional Service That Exceeds Expectations: A Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Memorable weekends with a five star touch...


Providing exceptional service that exceeds expectations, it's a commitment and a promise that highlights every visit to Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. It's also one of many intangible details that describes your stay at one of the world's finest five star properties for 2017 rated by the Forbes Travel Guide. At Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, it's all about meaningful journeys, and it all begins with a warm smile the minute you enter starting a long chain of memorable experiences...

Monday, October 9, 2017

#CelebrateReal With #RealGoodVitasoy

From Hong Kong, China, and Australia, have a refreshing sip from the The Soy Experts with Vitasoy, now available in the Philippines...


Vitasoy is the #1 Soy Milk Brand in Hong Kong, China, Australia, and New Zealand providing real taste, nutrition, and sustainability in handy and convenient bottles. Real soy, real good, that's what you get with every sip from each bottle. Nutrition and wholesome deliciousness, that's a winning combo. Read on for more on The Soy Experts and Vitasoy...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Frozen: Starbucks New Teavana Frozen Teas

 Starbucks gives you two good reasons to chill with a whole lot of flavor...


Starbucks expands their successful Teavana line of handcrafted tea-based beverages with a refreshing duo, the new Teavana Frozen Teas (P 150 Tall/P 165 Grande/P 180 Vernti) in Frozen Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls and Frozen Chamomile Tea with Kyoho Grape and Aloe. Soothing and full of flavor, it's another new way of enjoying tea with a cool spin. And two new reasons to chill at your nearest Starbucks...

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pork Knuckles, Sausages, Apple Strudel and Beer. It's Oktoberfest at Long Bar...

Sweinshaxe, sauerkraut, apple strudel, and Paulaner, all you need to turn happy hour into a festive Oktoberfest celebration...


For the entire month of October, why not indulge in a Bavarian-inspired Happy Hour at Long Bar with premium German beer and delicacies?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Celebrating Modern Spanish Cuisine with Private Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis of Pio's Kitchen at Spectrum

Reconnecting with a shared history and heritage often brings back memories that define who we are, and savoring comfortingly familiar flavors strengthens this link with the past. Revisit these flavors in a sumptuous feast prepared by one of the metro's best private dining chefs...


Fairmont Makati celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with noted Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis of Pio's Kitchen at Spectrum in a week-long culinary festival of modern Spanish cuisine. From October 9 to October 15, 2017, Spectrum showcases the sumptuous dishes of Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis, from jamons, cazuelas, tortas and her signature paella, in a lavish spread highlighting our rich culinary heritage and historic links with our colonial past. Read on and take a tasty sneak peek at Spectrum's Spanish flavors by Chef Chin Gallegos-Bagis...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Dim Sum Feast by the Bay and More at AG New World Manila Bay Hotel's Li Li

You can find the ubiquitous dim sum just about anywhere in the metro, but when you find yourself at the heart of old Manila by the bay, there's always Li Li...


Dining on delicate dim sum is elevated to a whole new level at Li Li, AG New World Manila Bay Hotel's fine dining Cantonese restaurant. Each steamer is an expression of Li Li's culinary creativity and mastery by its Hong Kong chefs using the freshest and finest ingredients prepared in the traditional way. Dim sum, which literally means "touch the heart," becomes a memorable experience in itself...at Li Li.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time To Meat The New Smoked Chipotle Ribs From Racks...

Nothing beats enjoying the taste you remember, and discovering something new at the same time at Racks...


Since 1992, Racks has been synonymous with rich, dark-glazed ribs, simply the #BestRibsInTown with its signature and savory slabs prepared with the same classic and proprietary formula you've loved all these years. But the smokers at Racks have been quite busy lately, churning out their newest innovation with smoky hints and that soothing heat, time to "meat" the new Smoked Chipotle Ribs from Racks...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

#NTF32: Showcasing The Best of Negros at the 32nd Negros Trade Fair

Blessed by an abundance of natural resources and a robust agrarian-based economy, Negros remains the nation's prime producer and exporter of sugar. The fourth largest island in the country with its own unique cultural and culinary heritage, there's more to Negros than vast sugar cane fields, much more. Experience the art, colors, and flavors of Negros without leaving the metro...at the 32nd Negros Trade Fair.


Since 1985, the Negros Trade Fair has showcased the very best of Negros becoming the longest-running provincial trade fair held annually in Metro Manila for the past 32 years. With its aim of providing small and medium scale enterprises from Negros a venue and platform to exhibit their individual creativity and ingenuity to a larger audience and possible export trade, each edition seems to just get better and better. Read on and discover the uniquely Negrense spirit at the recently concluded 32nd Negros Trade Festival, and have your fill of regional favorites like piaya, kansi and inasal too...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Last Chance for Ramen Nagi's Limited Edition Oyster King...

The rich signature tonkotsu broth infused with oyster sauce topped with tender chashu, savory oyster cake and succulent deep-fried oysters, it's yet another continuing chapter in your #FavoriteRamenStory at Ramen Nagi...


If you still haven't tried the latest Limited Edition Oyster King from Ramen Nagi, you have a few more days left to savor this unique seafood ramen creation. Your #FavoriteRamenStories get better with Ramen Nagi's Limited Edition variants, with new flavors to enhance your ramen experience. But better hurry, the Limited Edition Oyster King will be available only up to this Saturday, September 30, 2017...  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Going for Comforting Local Flavors at Applebee's...

Applebee's may not be the first name one thinks of when it comes to traditional Filipino flavors, but think again...


Applebee's adds its own flavorful punch to comforting local favorites reinventing the traditional Adobo and BBQ with the unique Applebee's touch in a new and exciting menu. From appetizers to salads, mains and pasta dishes to desserts, the new menu offers bold and vibrant flavors to supplement its regular line-up of signature dishes. And here's two inventive takes on classic local dishes that should be on your list on your next visit to Applebee's...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#InstaMug: InstaDessert with The Chef's InstaMug

An indulgent dessert in mere minutes, now how cool is that? All you need is a microwave. And some water...


Meet The Chef's InstaMug, your cup of sweet indulgence in a cup. Easy to prepare in less than five minutes, it's just what you need to satisfy any sudden sugar craving...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

#ILoveDishRWM: Resorts World Manila Serves Up Some Love with LOVE Dish, A Celebrity Menu for a Cause.

A feast from the heart. Celebrities join RWM's special Corporate Social Responsibility initiative with their very own signature dishes for a cause...


Former MTV Asia VJ Donita Rose, TV host and chef Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, actress Dimples Romana, showbiz icon and chef Luigi Muhlach, actress Meg Imperial, TV and radio host Sam Oh, and singer Mark Bautista come together to share some love with their signature dishes at Resorts World Manila's LOVE Dish, a unique and special collaboration for a cause. Led by RWM's Director for Culinary Arts, Master Chef of France Cyrille Soenen, LOVE Dish highlights several dishes created by celebrities to be served in different RWM signature restaurants from September 21 to December 31, 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charitable institutions as part of RWM's Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Flavorful new dishes and all heart for a cause, here's a tasty peek at the new celebrity menu at Resorts World Manila...

Friday, September 22, 2017

#PoblacionHop: A Food and Art Hop at Makati's Poblacion with Hop Inn Makati Avenue

It was more than just a food crawl. It was a memorable immersion into one of Makati's vibrant communities...


Hop Inn Makati Avenue, in cooperation with Tralulu, recently hosted a walking tour of Poblacion's blossoming food and art scene providing key insights on the community's unique vibe and pulse. The diverse flavors and emerging art movement combine for an immersive experience in a dynamic and constantly evolving neighborhood. Founded with a rich history with one foot firmly maintaining the tradition and legacy of its storied past and another boldly advancing a step forward, Poblacion remains one of the metro's hidden gems. Take a peek and read on, or hop on, to another side of Makati's unique sights and flavors with Hop Inn Makati Avenue's Poblacion Hop... 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

King Chef Dim Sum Kitchen: The Ultimate Dim Sum Destination at SM City North Edsa

On a rainy day like this, there's just nothing quite like a soothing cup of tea, a steaming hot bowl of noodles, and a variety of dim sum for a sumptuous feast...


Why stop with just a bowl of noodles when you can go the whole nine yards with a selection of dim sum to complete your meal? And when you're at SM City North Edsa, head on over to the #ultimatediningdestination at King Chef Dim Sum Kitchen...  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Soup's On: Ombu Kusina's Sinabawan Specials

When it pours, a steaming bowl of soup always hits the spot. Rain or shine, the Sinabawan Special at Ombu Kusina is one cool deal...


Ombu Kusina offers its comforting Sinabawan Specials for the whole month of September, 2017, featuring local favorites such as Sinigang na Baboy, Binakol na Manok, and Sinigang na Salmon sa Miso paired with an appetizer, steamed rice, dessert and house brewed iced tea in one sumptuous meal...

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Delightful Feast for the Senses with Crystal Dragon's New Dim Sum Creations

Intricate and tasty bite-sized pieces of steamed or fried pockets of heaven, it's really impossible to resist the wide variety of steamers with freshly prepared dim sum. Tracing its roots from the Silk Road, the iconic Cantonese delicacy which literally translates to "touch the heart," is elevated to a whole new level by Executive Chinese Chef Bong Jun Choi and his team with their new dim sum creations at City of Dreams Manila's Crystal Dragon...  


A refreshing sip of tea followed by the fresh and vibrant notes of delicate dim sum is always a welcome treat, and Crystal Dragon at City of Dreams Manila masterfully recreates authentic dim sum with an innovative flair that first feeds the eyes before the palate for a sensory dining experience like no other. Read on for a few visual bites of Crystal Dragon's new dim sum creations...  

Friday, September 15, 2017

#CIBO20: Cibo Marks Twenty Years of Real Italian Flavors

The United Kingdom returns Hong Kong to Chinese rule, Microsoft becomes the world's most valuable company, Mike Tyson goes for a bite instead of a punch, Titanic becomes a global blockbuster, a royal fairy tale ends with Princess Diana's tragic accident and Steve Jobs returns to Apple. The year 1997 featured both highs and lows, definitely interesting times... 


It was also that same year when Chef Margarita Fores introduced real and authentic Italian flavors with the opening of Cibo, her take on a modern caffe-paninoteca. Countless servings of Cibo's very own antipasti, zuppe, insalate, paste, pizze, secondi platti, dolci, and bevande became a special part of our daily routine, satisfying and nourishing our appetites and warming the heart with each visit. Twenty years later, Cibo remains as popular as ever, with even more good things yet to come. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A New Menu and More Reasons to Celebrate at Applebee's...

Now there's more reasons to #celebrateeverything at Applebee's. Get ready to savor the next wave of flavorful celebrations with an all-new menu at Applebee's Grill and Bar... 


Applebee's Grill and Bar recently launched its sumptuous new menu including appetizers, salads, pasta, chicken, seafood, burgers, handhelds, and desserts plus their own inventive take on local flavors. Read on and take a flavorful peek at Applebee's new menu...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Yes, More Pizza Please. At Salvatore Cuomo & Bar's Anniversary Special Pizza & Lunch Buffet

It's a deal that's just too good to pass up...


Hearty and authentic pizza fresh from the ovens and comforting pasta dishes in a sumptuous buffet spread, go all-out with Salvatore Cuomo & Bar's impressive Anniversary Special Pizza & Lunch Buffet daily for only P 600 (Monday to Friday) and P 900 per person (Saturday, Sunday, Holidays).

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Freshly Baked, at Cafe Maxims...

"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts."


James Beard, noted American culinary author, mentor, and the "Dean of American cookery," perfectly described the simple pleasures and joys of bread. A visit to Cafe Maxims at Resorts World Manila's Maxim Hotel offered the day's fresh picks from the ovens...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Home Again...at Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen.

Finally, Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen comes to the north...


...and you're home again to classic, comforting and homestyle Italian flavors. Ever since my first time at Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen and Nonna's Pasta & Pizzeria at Nuvali, I've always hoped that they would expand to the north one day. Apparently, that was all in the pipeline, with new branches in UP Town Center, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Ayala Malls The 30th in Pasig City. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen is now much closer to home...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

One More Bowl: Sweeter This Time Around at Cafe Sweet Inspirations

Back then, it was all the rage. Bowl after bowl, it was a culinary trend that defined an era of consumerism with more bang for the buck. Years later, it's still a deal that's pretty much hard to resist. The popularity of the Mongolian barbecue buffet may have waned these past few years, and few of the restaurants built around the concept remains. But somehow, the concept still works. And it's definitely sweeter this time around with one more bowl...at Cafe Sweet Inspirations.


For over twenty years, Cafe Sweet Inspirations has served bowl after bowl of their signature Mongolian Rice Bowls along Katipunan Avenue, and the long lines for the buffet continue to reflect the enduring popularity of this iconic establishment. And it still tastes as good as my first ever bowl so many years ago...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Wine Away With Me: A Wine and Cheese Experience at Shangri-La The Fort's High Street Lounge

Fridays are more than enough reasons to celebrate. So why not wine away with me...at High Street Lounge.


High Street Lounge at Shangri-La The Fort makes every last Friday of the month extra special with Wine Away With Me, a unique wine and cheese experience from 8:00 pm to 10:30pm offering a wide and extensive selection of premium wines, cheeses, and charcuterie. Wine, cheese, and charcuterie plus a live jazz performance, this is Friday happy hour with a classy spin...at High Street Lounge.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

#MeatMeAtFinestra: An Italian Spin on the Classic Steakhouse Vibe at Finestra

Fresh lemons from the Amalfi coast, plump tomatoes from San Marzano sul Sarno, USDA Omaha Angus Beef from Nebraska, Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef from Idaho, and Blackmore Wagyu Beef from Australia, Solaire Resorts & Casino's elegant Finestra adds a uniquely Italian spin to its classic steakhouse vibe...


It's a steakhouse with that distinct Italian flair. One of Solaire Resorts & Casino's premier dining establishments, Finestra Italian Steakhouse elevates the steakhouse experience to a whole new and elegant level infused with an Italian touch. Premium steaks and classic Italian dishes, that sounds good to me...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

From Palette to Palate: Art and Modern Filipino Cuisine at Marco Polo Manila's Cucina

Each dish is a canvas of fresh and vibrant notes, accentuated by bold strokes of masterful execution for a unique food festival infused with the artistry of a master chef's passion. Art and modern Filipino cuisine come together in a seamless and elegant blend at Cucina's From Palette to Palate, featuring the art and contemporary take on Filipino cuisine by guest Chef Ramon Antonio... 


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina features the art and culinary masterpieces of guest Chef Ramon Antonio in a unique Filipino food festival dubbed From Palette to Palate: Art and Modern Filipino Food from August 22 to 31, 2017 offering guests and diners a new perspective on local cuisine. Known for his artistic sketches on plating, a creative process that defined Chef Ramon Antonio's culinary style and philosophy, Cucina's From Palette to Palate: Art and Modern Filipino Food coincides with the celebration of Filipino Week highlighted by comforting local flavors with a contemporary spin. Take a peek at guest Chef Ramon Antonio's creative process through his elaborate sketches and flavorful dishes at Cucina, and prepare for another unique dining experience at Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas Manila...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Creative Innovation and Inspired Indulgence at The Workshop Bespoke Bakery

The culinary benchmark is raised once again, combining the rustic and traditional with the modern and progressive in a seamless and indulgent blend elevating the bakery experience...at The Workshop Bespoke Bakery.


The young and creative duo behind Le Petit Souffle, Scout's Honor, Garde Manger, and Freezer Burn, chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla are back with another innovative dining concept with The Workshop Bespoke Bakery. Going beyond the usual cupcakes, brownies, and cakes, chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla are on a mission to showcase more than just the usual desserts created by local homegrown talent. And the market is ready for something other than the usual run-of-the-mill desserts...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Doing it Right: Tea Etiquette at The Writers Bar's Queen Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea

Bring me a cup of tea and the Times...


And so ordered Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India at the height of the British Empire. And to this day, tea remains a daily habit and an integral part of their social fabric, a legacy recreated at the elegant Writers Bar of Raffles Makati. Inspired by the Victorian era, Writers Bar presents the second edition of their Royal Afternoon Tea Series featuring Queen Victoria. I've enjoyed afternoon tea quite a number of times at Writers Bar, but this time I'm doing it right with a little help, make that a lot of help, with a special tea etiquette class at Writers Bar...

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Caveman Beef Ribs, Not Mapo Tofu, and Surf & Turf Noodles at Ping Pong Diplomacy

You definitely won't find these dishes with their descriptive names in the usual mainstream Chinese joint. Then again, Ping Pong Diplomacy isn't your usual Chinese restaurant. Not by a long shot...


Drawing inspiration from the seventies with the historic re-opening of Sino-American relations sparked by the exchange of table tennis players, the cleverly-named Ping Pong Diplomacy offers a uniquely fresh and inventive take on Chinese cuisine infused with good ol' American flair. Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Noel Mauricio call it "progressive Chinese." You can simply call it Ping Pong Diplomacy's power-smashing #killerserve...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Burgers and Sliders with the T. E. Touch at Pound by Todd English

Craving for burgers with that signature T. E. touch?  Just give in and go with the flow...


...at Pound by Todd English. Maybe it's the premium beef, house ground and delicately cooked sous-vide before grilling. Or the house-cured slabs of bacon. The fresh-baked buns prepared in-house. And the wide variety of inventive sauces and add-ons that just elevates the burger experience. Todd English is spot-on down to the last detail with his unique T. E. touch...at Pound by Todd English.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bringing The Vibrant Flavors of Asian Street Food to Novotel Manila's Food Exchange

Fish balls, tokneneng, kwek kwek, balut, gado-gado, tteokbokki, laksa, Hainanese chicken, dim sum and rojak, iconic street food favorites from all over Asia converge at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange. It's Asia on a plate. One very big plate... 


Novotel Manila celebrates the rich and diverse flavors of Asia with the Asian Street Food Festival at the Food Exchange from August 17 to September 3, 2017. Savor and rediscover classic and comforting flavors from Japan, India, China, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines all in one place with a wide selection of dishes prepared by eight Asian chefs led by noted celebrity chef Sau del Rosario. Experience the rich flavors of Asia, one plate at a time...at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Skillets and Filipino Breakfasts at Chelsea Grand Cafe

What's for breakfast?


French toast, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs on bread bowls, Filipino breakfasts, toasts and skillets, take your pick. At Chelsea Grand Cafe, you can choose from a wide variety of breakfast options for that perfect start...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Northern Exposure: A Taste of Authentic Northern Chinese Flavors at City of Dreams Manila's New Jing Ting Restaurant

The rustic and hearty flavors of China's famed northern region comes to City of Dreams Manila at Jing Ting Restaurant with its signature selections of authentic hand-pulled noodles, buns and dumplings.  


Rich, bold, and savory, authentic Northern Chinese cuisine comprises mostly of meat dishes with wheat-based dumplings, soft buns and hand-pulled noodles spiced and seasoned with garlic, coriander, leeks, salt, and vinegar for upfront flavors. Braised, steamed, boiled, stewed, steamed, roasted, glazed, deep-fried, and stir-fried, Jing Ting Restaurant offers diners another taste of China, comfortingly familiar yet refreshingly different. The rugged terrain of the north is reflected in its hearty cuisine, recreated at the new Jing Ting Restaurant of City of Dreams Manila.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Weekend Eats: The Sunday Lunch Delights at The Nostalgia Dining Lounge

A relaxing Sunday weekend just got a whole lot better...at The Nostalgia Dining Lounge.


The Nostalgia Dining Lounge at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila now offers a sumptuous Sunday Lunch Buffet to end the weekend on a high note, serving a wide array of dishes for a Sunday family treat. Read on and have a virtual taste of the Sunday Lunch Buffet at The Nostalgia Dining Lounge...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Back at IHOP...

Four years later, the long lines may have faded, but the comforting flavors remain favorites. After all, IHOP has been "spreading happiness" since 1958...


Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, dinner or any other time of day when you're craving for classic IHOP flavors, you know you can have your fill at your nearest IHOP branch (for more on IHOP, see my earlier posts on the opening of the very first IHOP branch in the country at Food News: IHOP, Now Spreading Happiness at The Fort and Breakfast at IHOP from four years back, A Late Afternoon Breakfast with IHOP's Fried Chicken Dinner and A Steak Lunch at IHOP on their savory mains, Go Ahead and Stack 'Em High: IHOP's New P 25 Pancake Promotion on their previous promotion, and new menu items at New Flavors: IHOP Introduces All-New Lunch and Dinner Menu). Long after the buzz and hype of the first ever IHOP launch in the country from four years ago, I still find myself coming back for that taste of iconic IHOP classics...

Go North: One Night at La Maja Rica

Any road trip up north is made even more special with the tasty stops along the way. And if you need to spend a night on the route, here's one spot that makes the long drive north a memorable one...


La Maja Rica is a boutique hotel and restaurant conveniently situated along MacArthur Highway in Ligtasan, Tarlac City. Think of La Maja Rica as your oasis on the never-ending roads of the north. It's a welcome stopover on a road trip, and a flavorful one too...

Friday, August 11, 2017

#GWithTheBarkada: Celebrate Friendship Month with the Greenwich Hawaiian Overload Pizza!

Round up the gang, time to go #GWithTheBarkada...


And there's no better way to celebrate Friendship Month with the barkada than flavorful bites of the bestselling Hawaiian Overload from Greenwich, now available in Crispy Thins. So have a slice and bring out the karaoke and selfie ring light for another epic #GWithTheBarkada session...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Cold Guinness and Comforting Pub Grub at Finnians Irish Pub

Finally, a neighborhood pub with that distinct Irish spin...


There may not be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but you can experience the proverbial luck of the Irish at the heart of Little Baguio, right here at Finnians Irish Pub...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Firing Up The Glasshouse at The Fireplace Pop-Up

One special evening. It's The Fireplace at The Glasshouse...


New World Manila Bay Hotel's iconic steakhouse, The Fireplace, pops-up at New World Makati Hotel's The Glasshouse for one special evening. From Manila Bay to Makati, this one-night only pop-up recreates the signature cuisine and service of The Fireplace at the heart of the metro's premier commercial and business district. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Taking It To The Barangay: The 2017 Marriott Asia-Pacific Culinary Workshop's Chef's Challenge

Over forty of the very best chefs from Marriott's thirty brands across the Asia-Pacific region converged at the quiet Barangay 76 Zone 10 in Baclaran for an epic food fight. It's the much awaited Chef's Challenge, part of the 2017 Marriott Asia-Pacific Culinary Workshop...


Manila Marriott Hotel recently hosted the 2017 Marriott Asia-Pacific Culinary Workshop last July 31 to August 3, 2017, bringing together Marriott's best chefs from Asia-Pacific to exchange and share new culinary ideas and best practices. The culinary workshop also featured an intense off-site Chef's Challenge at a local barangay where chefs from the different Marriott hotels in the region showcased their skill and creativity in a unique food fiesta to the delight of local residents. After a light yet satisfying seafood lunch at Marriott Cafe (see my earlier post, A Light Seafood Lunch at Marriott Cafe), it was time for the food fight at Barangay 76 Zone 10...

A Light Seafood Lunch at Marriott Cafe

A light yet sumptuous lunch at Marriott Cafe before an epic food fiesta and Chef's Challenge at Barangay 76 Zone 10 in Baclaran. It's a full day of seriously good eats...


From July 31 to August 3, 2017, over forty F&B representatives, including directors and executive chefs from thirty Marriott brands across the Asia-Pacific converge at Manila Marriott Hotel for the annual 2017 Marriott Asia-Pacific Culinary Workshop. That day, the chefs geared up for a culinary showdown at a nearby barangay scheduled for mid-afternoon, while I settled in for a light seafood lunch at Marriott Cafe...

Friday, August 4, 2017

Red Lantern Lights The Way To Authentic Chinese Flavors at Solaire Resort & Casino

The very best of China's diverse regional flavors take the spotlight at Solaire Resort & Casino's Red Lantern...


From suckling pig to Peking duck and authentic dimsum, you'll find all your favorites at the elegant Red Lantern with its wide array of Chinese regional dishes. Just let Red Lantern light the way to experience and savor the best regional flavors of China at Solaire Resort & Casino... 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Elevating Your Bakery Experience at Nord's Bread Hub, Now Baking at The Block.

There's just nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked artisan bread. And when it tastes as good as it looks, you've got a keeper and a must-try spot right there...


From the same group behind the popular Vikings chain of buffet restaurants comes yet another innovative dining concept, Nord's Bread Hub. Consistent with the Vikings brand, the name of the new concept literally translates to "north" in reference to the Nordic race or Norsemen. And Vikings. But more than just the name, Nord's Bread Hub also shares the same high quality standards with the Vikings chain in all of its offerings. Stop by and savor the aroma and taste of freshly baked artisan bread, cakes, pastries and more...at Nord's Bread Hub.
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