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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fresh, Modern, and Progressive Greek Cuisine at Souv! by Cyma

Pioneer, trailblazer, and innovator, just some of the words you can use to describe Chef Robby Goco. And Chef Robby Goco is at it again with his latest dining concept...


Traditional Greek flavors are given a refreshing and modern spin by Chef Robby Goco in his newest concept restaurant, Souv! by Cyma. Described by Chef Robby Goco as "progressive" Greek cuisine, Souv! by Cyma highlights the pillars of Greek cuisine with the use of good fat, healthy grains, beneficial fibers, low sugar and a healthy dose of carbs with the five staple ingredients of Greek cooking with salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano, and lemon to bring out the natural flavors of each ingredient. Read on for a tasty peek at Chef Robby Goco's latest innovative dining concept.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pizza and Beer: Celebrate with a Pizza Bundle and a Pitcher at Stella Wood Fired Bistro

A pair of wood-fired pizzas fresh from the oven and an ice-cold pitcher of beer. That's one cool bundle for any celebration...at Stella's.


Stella Wood Fired Bistro brings added value to the classic pizza and beer combo with its cool Pizza Bundle offer, with two wood-fired pizzas and a pitcher of a beverage of your choice all for only P 749. The Pizza Bundle is just what you need for any celebration. Pizza and beer? Game on...

Friday, July 21, 2017

Seoul Food at Marriott Cafe's Korean Food Festival

One of Asia's more distinctive and popular cuisines known for its bold and vibrant fresh flavors, Korean food continues to grow in popularity all over the world. And for the month of July, you can enjoy the rich and authentic flavors from the Land of the Morning Calm at Marriott Cafe...


Manila Marriott Hotel highlights authentic Korean flavors at Marriott Cafe's Korean Food Festival starting July 11 to 31, 2017 with a team of Korean guests chefs. From Kimchi to Bibimbap, Korean-style Fried Chicken to Bulgogi and Korean Barbecue, it's Seoul Food and it's all here at Marriott Cafe...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Savor The Flavors of Spain at New World Manila Bay Hotel's Market Cafe

Paella Valenciana, Arroz Negre, Cordera Asado, Caldereta de Cornero, Cochinillo and Porchetta with round after round of refreshing Sangria, it's the Flavors of Spain at Market Cafe...


New World Manila Bay Hotel celebrates the festive Flavors of Spain at Market Cafe this July and August, 2017 with a wide selection of authentic Spanish dishes along with their regular international buffet offerings. The two-month long festival takes you on a flavorful journey of rich Spanish flavors, from starters to mains and desserts paired with a refreshing glass of Sangria and Spanish wines. Read on and take a flavorful peek at Market Cafe's Flavors of Spain...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Man Ho: Cantonese Flavors at Manila Marriott Hotel's New West Wing

There are few restaurants in the metro that offer authentic Hong Kong style Roasted Goose with its rich and succulent notes complemented by an equally rich and flavorful plum sauce. One of them is Man Ho at Manila Marriott Hotel...


Located at Manila Marriott Hotel's new West Wing, Man Ho adds an elegant spin to traditional Cantonese cuisine with its wide range of signature dishes including Roasted Goose. Dining at Man Ho brings the total experience, from its authentic cuisine to its courteous and attentive service and luxurious interiors in one memorable feast...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Traditional Filipino Delicacies: Salted Duck Eggs Prepared the Old-Fashioned Way

For Daniel and Nikka Aligaen, it's all about doing it slow and doing it right. Like everything good, it takes time...


It takes no less than fourteen hours to cook the duck eggs, including a long fifteen-day process buried in a special mixture of salt and soil for the perfect salted duck egg. It's old school and traditional the way it should be, offering richer flavors unlike the usual commercial variety of salted eggs. Produced in small batches, there's just nothing quite like salted duck eggs prepared the right way with time and whole lot of love and care with each batch.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Greenhills Gets the Day's Freshest Catch with Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps

Finally, the day's freshest catch comes to Greenhills...


Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps recently opened their third branch in the metro at O Square Greenhills along Ortigas Avenue, allowing even more diners to experience Davao's best. Fresh and succulent crabs and shrimps, cooked the way you want it. Now, it's fun to be messy at Greenhills...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

All-American: The American Food Festival and Burger Bar at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Cafe

Celebrate a flavorful fourth of July weekend for the whole month with classic all-American flavors, and create your very own customized burger...


Holiday Inn & Suites Makati presents an all-American feast at Flavors Cafe every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the whole month of July along with their international buffet offerings. Fourth of July is given a new and flavorful spin at Holiday Inn & Suites, with a celebration of American favorites reinterpreted and executed at Flavors Cafe. This weekend, go all-out with all-American classics at Flavors Cafe...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fast-Forward to the Weekend at TGI Fridays...

It's almost the end of the week, but if you just can't wait for Friday, head on over to TGI Friday's and jumpstart your weekend... 


...with some Pacific Grilled Pork Chop, Jack Daniel's Chicken & Shrimp, and the new Cajun Angels to get you in the weekend groove.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#DiamondExperience: A Preview of New Dishes at Alfred

Alfred's been busy. From soup and salad to mains and desserts, Alfred will soon unveil new dishes to add to that distinct #DiamondExperience...


Setting new standards in luxury serviced living, the Makati Diamond Residences adds yet another reason on a long list of offerings and amenities that combine to make it stand apart from other serviced apartments in the Makati commercial and business district. Read on and take a sneak peek at Alfred's new dishes, available soon on the menu...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

#DiamondExperience: Discovering Exclusivity at the Club Lounge

Experience privileged exclusivity at Makati Diamond Residences high above the metro at the Club Lounge...


The exclusive Club Lounge at Makati Diamond Residences offers both comfort and privacy with its dedicated staff catering to your needs. Located at the 27th Floor, the Club Lounge also provides impressive views of the Makati commercial and business district, the perfect spot for a soothing Latte, cocktails or breakfast. During a memorable staycation at Makati Diamond Residences (see my previous post, #DiamondExperience: French Flair with Bon Vivant Fridays at Alfred), the Club Lounge was a favorite stop. Read on and find out more on the exclusive Club Lounge at Makati Diamond Residences...

Monday, July 10, 2017

#DiamondExperience: French Flair with Bon Vivant Fridays at Makati Diamond Residences

A refreshing glass of wine and rustic Farmer's Pate en Croute followed by a hearty melted Raclette Cheese...it's Bon Vivant Fridays at Alfred.


Makati Diamond Residences offers a sumptuous taste of France with Bon Vivant Fridays at Alfred starting July 7 to September 29, 2017. Indulge in a variety of traditional French fare paired with fine wine from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm every Friday within the spacious and elegant interiors of Alfred, one of the metro's secret culinary gems. Read on and find out more on my exclusive #DiamondExperience at Makati Diamond Residences...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Cheese Steak Shop Turns Five...

Five years on, The Cheese Steak Shop remains a favorite. And here's why...


One of the early pioneers in the local food truck scene, The Cheese Steak Shop offers authentic Philly-style Cheese Steaks and Hoagies using the finest ingredients to recreate the classic flavors of one of America's iconic sandwiches. And five years on, The Cheese Steak Shop is still top-of-mind when it comes to Philly Cheese Steaks.   

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fired Up at Fire Station

Delicately grilled skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables generously spiced for that flavorful punch of heat...


...the grill's all fired up at Fire Station. From the same group behind The Cheese Steak Shop comes another innovative food truck concept, Fire Station with its inventive range of char-grilled cuisine. Refreshingly different, here's a spicy peek at Fire Station's tasty skewered offerings...

Thursday, July 6, 2017

More Than Ice Cream: Fresh Scoop From the UK's Favorite Ice Cream Brand, Carte D'Or.

Savor an indulgent scoop from one of the world's best made from the finest premium ingredients...


Pistachios from California and Southern Australia, rich Belgian chocolate, and roasted Turkish hazelnuts, each draped in decadent and velvety smooth Australian cream...meet the signature gelato flavors from Carte D'Or and surrender to pure and real sinful indulgence in a pint.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Food Trips: Good Food and Good Vibes All Around at Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera

Composer, actor, painter, dreamer, visionary, and innovator, nothing can adequately describe Rod Ongpauco's multi-faceted and dynamic personality. Widely known as the inventor of the iconic Crispy Pata of Barrio Fiesta at the young age of 15 back in the sixties, Rod Ongpauco continues his passion for culinary innovation with his newest Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera...


The third and newest location of Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera is Rod Ongpauco's grandest vision of a foodie theme park, offering a wide range of sumptuous local dishes and warm service layered with distinct elements of design and entertainment for a unique dining experience. Read on and take a peek inside Rod Ongpauco's latest project, Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Talavera, Nueva Ecija...

Friday, June 30, 2017

Food Trips: A Boodle Fight at Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Gerona

Road trips and boodle fights. It's one of those enduring culinary traditions perfected at Isdaan Floating Restaurant for a unique dining experience...


There's just no slowing down Rod Ongpauco, the inventor of Barrio Fiesta's iconic Crispy Pata back in the early sixties and second generation to one of the country's noted culinary clans. Rod Ongpauco's Isdaan Floating Restaurant is his latest innovation, the first Filipino restaurant theme park established in 2005 representing the culmination of years of experience with the family's famed restaurants, including Barrio Fiesta, Bakahan at Manukan, Ihaw-Ihaw, Kalde-Kaldero, Kawa-Kawali at Aawitan Kayo Restaurant, and The Singing Cooks and Waiters, Atbp. Isdaan Floating Restaurant combines an experiential dimension to dining, taking the very best of local cuisine to grand scale with its impressive theme park vibe. Food trips and boodle fights simply don't compare with Isdaan Floating Restaurant's many offerings, just let Rod Ongpauco show you the way to a proper boodle fight...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pamana: A Legacy of Filipino Cuisine

Tradition, heritage, legacy. It's the foundation of Pamana Restaurant's signature dishes, preserved by the third generation in a continuing story of an iconic and illustrious clan's culinary journey... 


Pamana Restaurant is yet another chapter in the family tradition of good food, going as far back as Barrio Fiesta and their signature Crispy Pata in the early sixties, to the Bakahan at Manukan chain of the seventies and eighties, the Singing Cooks and Waiters of the nineties to the popular Isdaan Floating Restaurants. Happy Ongpauco ventures on her own with Happy Concepts Group offering a balanced mix of innovative dining concepts and traditional cuisine. At Pamana Restaurant, the comforting dishes of Barrio Fiesta along with other family recipes are recreated for a new generation of diners while preserving the family's culinary legacy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Luau in the Metro: A Hawaiian Feast at The Original Hawaiian BBQ

A wide selection of fruit-infused meats and seafood delicately grilled, time for a Hawaiian-style luau in the metro...


The Original Hawaiian Barbecue offers a wide selection of signature dishes celebrating traditional Hawaiian cuisine, each reflecting diverse influences and the fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polynesian, Portuguese, and even Filipino flavors for uniquely Hawaiian notes. Happy Ongpauco, the dynamic young entrepreneur from one of the country's noted culinary families behind such iconic institutions as Barrio Fiesta, Isdaan Floating Restaurant, and Singing Cooks and Waiters, established her own food business led by the innovative dining concepts of Happy Concept Group's Bento Box, World Topps, Pamana, Tsokolateria, Private Dining by Happy Concept Group, I Love Backyard BBQ Grill, The Boutique Bed & Breakfast and The Original Hawaiian BBQ. Read on for a tasty peek at The Original Hawaiian BBQ's savory offerings...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Five Years Running: The LuzViMinda Ika-Limang Serye Gastronomical Fusion Filipino Food Festival at F1 Hotel Manila

For the past five years, I've seen this special annual food festival evolve showcasing the very best of Filipino flavors in another month-long celebration of good food and good vibes at F1 Hotel Manila... 


I always look forward to the annual LuzViMinda Filipino Food Festival at F1 Hotel Manila, with each edition offering yet another layer in the country's culinary tapestry of rich flavors. Molded and defined by history and indigenous resources, Philippine flavors takes the spotlight once more with tradition reinterpreted by noted young chefs in this year's edition of LuzViMinda Ika-Limang Serye: Gastronomic Fusion at F1 Hotel Manila...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Street Food with Italian Flair: Takin' It To The Street with Cibo di Strada...

Street food takes on a cool Italian vibe and Asia's best female chef, Margarita Fores, shows the way at Cibo...


Drawing inspiration from her frequent travels to Italy, no Italian experience is complete for Margarita Fores without enjoying their traditional street food. From pizza, panini and a whole lot of golden and crispy fried food, Margarita Fores takes it to the street with her own take on Italy's favorite street food. Meet the new line of Italian-style street food prepared in that classic Cibo style, the Cibo di Strada.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Afternoon Tea with a Local Twist: The Fiesta Filipino Merienda Buffet at The Peninsula Manila

Think of it as afternoon tea with an all-Filipino spin. All your all-time childhood favorites served at one of the metro's most photographed spots. It's another memorable afternoon at The Lobby...  


The food, the vibe, and the place, it's just one of many classic #PenMoments. The Peninsula Manila celebrates the 119th Philippine Independence month of June with The Fiesta Filipino Merienda Buffet at The Lobby offering a sumptuous array of traditional and local dishes created by Executive Sous Chef Ed Maddela. Starting June 10 to 21, 2017, indulge in a feast of local flavors at one of Makati's iconic venues, The Lobby at The Peninsula Manila.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Savory and Spicy: Tasty Bites at Applebee's...

Refreshing notes, tasty seafood with a spicy kick and a savory burger inspired by the old west, it's all here at Applebee's...


There's always a reason to celebrate at Applebee's, and their selection of comforting American cuisine always hits the spot. Here are some tasty bites not to be missed at Applebee's...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rustic and Authentic Italian Flavors at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Fiesta Italiana

A rich culture, impeccable art, and a heritage of good food, experience a true Italian feast of rustic flavors at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila...


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila celebrates authentic Italian flavors with Guest Chef Andrea Delzanno at Cucina with Fiesta Italiana, an Italian food festival from June 7 to 18, 2017. The week-long festival highlights authentic Italian flavors infused with Guest Chef Andrea Delzanno's modern and innovative twist while preserving the true and vibrant notes of the sunny Mediterranean. It's la dolce vita...at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pure Chocolate Indulgence: ChocoLiquor Cakes by Maricar

Decadent, luscious and velvety smooth chocolate gets even more sinful with the infusion of liquor...


Actress, doctor and home baker Maricar Reyes takes chocolate cakes to the next level with Choco Liquor Cakes by Maricar. Rich chocolate with a whisper of liquor, it just doesn't get better than that. Get ready for pure, real and sweet chocolate indulgence...with Choco Liquor Cakes by Maricar.

Variety and Value at Madison Commons Food Park

A sudden craving for kebabs, callos and tacos can be a real challenge, and the only way to satisfy it is to head on over to Madison Commons...


Madison Commons is one of the newest food parks this side of the metro, boasting of well over thirty food stalls offering a wide variety of flavorful options, from Korean, Japanese, Mexican, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Filipino, and everything in between including a selection of beverages and ice cream all in one place. Craving for kebabs, callos and tacos? No problem. A stop at Madison Commons should do the trick...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rare Delights and A Tomahawk at The Fireplace

Some beefy rare delights and a serious Tomahawk. It's just another memorable evening at The Fireplace...


The warm amber glow from the ovens provide that unique ethereal radiance that defines The Fireplace at New World Manila Bay Hotel, and you just know dinner is going to be special...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flavors of Pampanga: The Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival by Chef Sau del Rosario at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange

The colorful and rich culinary heritage of Pampanga takes the spotlight at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange. Prepare yourself for some real serious kanyaman moments...


One of the country's highly regarded and much respected culinary icons returns to his roots with a lavish Capampangan feast on a grand scale. Chef Sau del Rosario shares his modern take on traditional Capampangan cuisine at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange in a colorful feast of fresh and authentic flavors dubbed the Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival from June 8 to 22, 2017 (for more on Novotel Manila and the Food Exchange, see my previous posts, Novotel Manila: Luxury Comes to Quezon City and International Flavors at Novotel Manila's Food Exchange). Read on for a tasty peek at the Food Exchange's Kanyaman Filipino Food Festival...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Celebrating Twenty Years of Italian Classics at Cibo SM Aura Premier

A bowl of pasta prepared with the finest ingredients and served the classic Italian way, it's pasta that way it should be. And that's how it's been at Cibo for the past twenty years...


Real flavors and nothing less, Cibo has been at the forefront of bringing authentic Italian-style pasta to mainstream palates since 1997 led by Margarita Fores. Chosen as Asia's Female Chef for 2016, Margarita Fores remains one of the country's innovative icons transforming the local culinary landscape with her dining concepts. At the newest branch of Cibo located at SM Aura Premier, this single-minded vision and passion is reflected in their menu of authentic pasta dishes, like the Penne Al Telefono (P 375/P 660 La Famiglia), a vegetarian pasta dish with stewed tomato, mozzarella, white cheese, basil, and cream. Fresh and clean flavors, each bite delivers the richness of every ingredient, coming together in bold and vibrant notes.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Savor the Flavors of the Philippine Archipelago by Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou at Corniche

The month of June marks the country's independence day celebrations, and it's also a good time to rediscover local and regional flavors...


Noted chef, award-winning author, and culinary TV Host Myke "Tatung" Sarthou showcases the diverse flavors of the Philippines with a flavorful gastronomic celebration at Diamond Hotel's Corniche with a Filipino Food Festival dubbed Philippine Archipelago starting June 2 to 12, 2017. Chef Tatung takes diners on a unique culinary journey, reflecting how both the east and west came together in a melting pot of flavors. The sumptuous spread will also feature local indigenous cuisine and other distinct flavors that make up the colorful tapestry of Filipino cuisine. Read on and take a tasty peek at a distinctly Filipino feast of local flavors at Corniche...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sticks and Skewers: Eat City's Signature Sampler Cookout and New Skewer Meals

A variety of skewered meats delicately grilled, generous servings, value-added group meals and reasonable prices, looks like a winning formula...


Eat City offers its unique Signature Skewers, by the stick or group meals, for a flavorful and satisfying dining experience. Drawing inspiration from global flavors, you'll find a mouth-watering array of delicious options at Eat City.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Let it Rain: Wine and Oysters at Fairmont Lounge

A sudden afternoon downpour signaled the onset of the rainy season, a welcome relief to the summer heat but a damper on any plans for the evening. And with the rains comes the legendary metro traffic. Like they say, just add water and the entire city stops. Thankfully, there's Wine and Oyster Night at the Fairmont Lounge, so let it rain...


A never-empty glass of wine and fresh oysters, just what you need to end the day on the right note. Indulge in free-flowing wine with a platter of oysters at the Fairmont Lounge's Wine and Oyster Nights, and simply let the rain and metro traffic takes its course.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Date with Dad: Celebrate Father's Day at Myron's New Home in Ascott Residences Makati

Everyone's favorite since 2008 now has a new home...


For Ramon and Monica Eugenio, it's a culinary journey that began at the long-running Salcedo Market more than twelve years ago with their ready-to-eat gourmet items like US Certified Angus Roast Beef, Roast Australian Leg of Lamb, and a selection of pastas, signature dishes that formed the core for the menu of Myron's when it opened back in 2008 at Greenbelt 5. Since then, Myron's has been a favorite among local diners, its reputation built by its signature steaks.  Now, Myron's is the lead dining concept in an expanding group that includes Miguelito's in SM Mega Mall's Fashion Hall, Franco's in Rockwell, and Flying Pan at Citadines Salcedo (for more on The Flying Pan and Franco's, see my previous posts, The Flying Pan Has Landed: Now Serving Comfort Food Daily at the Heart of Salcedo and Franco's: Reconnecting with Comfort Food). At the very core of each dining concept of Myron's Group is the single-minded culinary philosophy and vision, to make a difference in the dining experience of every guest by committing the highest quality and greatest value for every client, every team member, and every shareholder. And this is taken to heart at Myron's newest location at Ascott Residences in Makati. With Father's Day coming up soon, there's nothing quite like the classic dishes of Myron's to celebrate another family milestone...

Friday, June 2, 2017

Leonardo's Lechon Goes Prime Time...

The Carnivore Lechon takes the spot light in yet another TV feature...


Leonardo's Lechon, one of the metro's iconic names with a solid reputation going as far back as 1947, goes on prime time with another TV feature. And it's the Carnivore Lechon that's hugging the spotlight, an innovative variation of the classic Lechon Tagalog stuffed with sausages, bacon, and potatoes for pure pork love on national television.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Progressive Chinese: A Tasty Peek at Ping Pong Diplomacy's New Dishes

Who would've thought that the game of table tennis would pave the way in re-opening Sino-American relations back in the seventies? A milestone in international diplomacy, it's also the inspiration behind one of the metro's newest restaurants serving modern Chinese cuisine...


The wittingly named Ping Pong Diplomacy at SM Aura Premier offers its own inventive take on modern Chinese cuisine, described as "Progressive Chinese," for a new flavor experience that's unique and different. Fusion? Not quite. It's Chinese flavors that's fresh and bold that can only come from the out-of-the-box philosophy of maverick techpreneur Charles Paw and Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Noel Mauricio. Come and step back in time, back to the seventies when Nixon and Chairman Mao shook hands for the first time thanks to the game of ping pong, and experience Chinese cuisine like nothing you've tried before at Ping Pong Diplomacy...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Old World Colonial Elegance and Provencal Flavors: A Weekend at Raffles Makati

When at Raffles, why not visit Singapore? Or Dubai? Or Phnom Penh? Or Makati? No matter the destination, that unique brand of hospitality remains unchanged since 1887. A destination in itself, it's the same kind of emotional luxury that has drawn some of the world's iconic writers to Raffles, from Somerset Maugham to Alfred Hitchcock, Rudyard Kipling to Ernest Hemingway, and the story continues. From the original Raffles Singapore where it all began to its countless destinations around the world, each property is linked by its legendary service and luxury that is unmistakably Raffles. At Raffles, they call it emotional luxury. Guests simply call it Raffles...


And now it's your turn. A weekend at Raffles Makati takes you back to the storied past of old world elegance and grace of bygone colonial times, a brand of emotional luxury synonymous with Raffles for over 130 years. No matter how much has changed since 1887, Raffles would remain exactly the same, stopping time with its colonial splendor, unmatched luxury, and legendary service. And like so many individual stories weaving a colorful tapestry enhancing the enduring image of Raffles, here's yet another, my own story, on a perfect weekend at Raffles...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Airport Eats: Never Hungry at Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The minute you land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you automatically get hungry...


At KLIA 2, there are well over 160 retail and food outlets offering a wide array of both international and local dining options. Getting hungry at KLIA2 is the perfect way to get acquainted with Kuala Lumpur, so let's eat...
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