Monday, November 12, 2018

A Chinese Lauriat at Diamond Hotel's Corniche

Just when you thought Diamond Hotel's Corniche had everything covered with their extensive buffet spread, here's one more tempting offer that's just in time for the holidays...


Guests and diners can now enjoy an authentic Chinese Lauriat at Diamond Hotel's popular Corniche for yet another memorable dining experience. With three set menus to choose from, going Chinese in a grand way is as easy as booking your reservation for a Chinese Lauriat at Diamond Hotel.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fresh, Local and Sustainable: Celebrating World Food Day at Makati Shangri-La, Manila's Circles Events Cafe

Freshness is flavor. Circles Events Cafe at Makati Shangri-La, Manila elevates the salad experience for World Food Day...


Makati Shangri-La, Manila celebrates World Food Day 2018 showcasing the freshest in local and sustainable produce with creative and inventive salads to complement the buffet spread at Circles Events Cafe. During the week-long celebration, Makati Shangri-La, Manila joins over 150 countries worldwide by highlighting its efforts in using ethically-sourced ingredients for the hotel's culinary requirements. It's a timely initiative, with #GrowingTogether as this year's theme for World Food Day. Read on for a tasty peek...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Exclusive Private Fine Dining at The Malayan Plaza's The Executive Lounge

Elegant fine dining in an intimate setting without the usual crowds, that's a rare find in the bustling metropolis. But you can find it here at The Malayan Plaza...


Exclusive and private dining for two or up to 30 persons high above the metro, it's an experience that brings elegance back to fine dining. Let The Executive Lounge at The Malayan Plaza set up your next celebration...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Casting Spells of Good Vibes in Poblacion at Gayuma

Mystical love potions may seem out of sync in today's digital age, but it just fits right in at the quirky neighborhood of Poblacion. At Gayuma...


Poblacion is the kind of neighborhood where anything and everything feels just right. It's that eclectic and bohemian vibe that makes Poblacion a favorite, offering a variety of flavors for everyone. Gayuma is a welcome addition to the neighborhood's bar and culinary scene with their own potent version of a modern love potion and comforting cuisine...

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: Have a Taste of the Best with Pampanga's Best

The brightly colored packages of frozen meat have become a familiar sight, almost a tradition, after any trip from Pampanga. You just can't go home without a few packs of Pampanga's Best...


From the original Pork Tocino to Hungarian Sausages and Sweet Ham, Beef Tapa and Pork Tapa to Bacon, Longaniza and Chicken Tocino, Pampanga's Best is a homegrown brand that's been a part of comforting family meals for over forty years. And with new products in its growing portfolio, the brand has truly become the very best of Pampanga.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: Back On The Road To San Fernando

If Angeles City has Aling Lucing and Mila's Tokwa't Baboy, then San Fernando has Mely's for Pampanga's Sisig showdown...


Ever since the dish made with pork mask, ears and liver seasoned with chili and calamansi was reinvented along the now famous railroad tracks in Angeles, no other dish has defined regional Capampangan cuisine. Crossing provincial borders and weaving into the national mainstream, Sisig is celebrated everywhere and anywhere. But when you ask a local on where to find the best sisig in Pampanga, it all depends where you are. In San Fernando, it's Mely's with her own version of tender pork mask and ears served with loads of raw onions to temper the savory richness of the pork. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: One For The Road at Best Western Bendix Hotel's Ruben

A decent Old-Fashioned done well. It's not something you'd normally find outside of Manila. But you'll be glad to know you can find it at Ruben in San Fernando's Best Western Bendix Hotel...


Handcrafted cocktails, local craft beer and hearty pub grub, essentials for any bar, are just some of the things you can expect at Ruben, located at Best Western Bendix Hotel in San Fernando, Pampanga. In addition to its sumptuous cuisine (for more on Ruben's signature dishes, see my earlier post, Flavors of Pampanga: A Peek at San Fernando's Newest Dining Destination at Best Western Bendix Hotel's Ruben), Ruben is a refreshingly new and welcome addition to the local bar scene. When in San Fernando, it's always a good idea to meet up at Ruben...

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: A Peek at San Fernando's Newest Dining Destination at Best Western Bendix Hotel's Ruben

Any trip to Pampanga is guaranteed to be a culinary experience, there are always new places to try along with the familiar favorites. It's just the way things are in the gastronomic region of the north, where heritage and tradition come together with creative modern expressions of flavor in a seamless blend. Ruben at Best Western Bendix Hotel is one of those places...


Ruben at Best Western Bendix Hotel in San Fernando, Pampanga, is more than just a welcome stopover after a road trip, it's a dining destination in itself. Ruben elevates comfort food with a modern and elegant spin while offering excellent value for a winning combination. Come along for the ride and experience Ruben's eclectic and innovative culinary style for another taste of Pampanga...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: Samsaman, A Capampangan Boodle Fight with Chef Sau Del Rosario at 25 Seeds

From the very first bite down to the last, the Samsaman feast at 25 Seeds is one experience that will be remembered long after you leave Angeles City. And it's one more reason that will have you coming back to Pampanga...


Chef Sau del Rosario showcases the various and complex layers of authentic Capampangan cuisine with his version of a boodle fight at 25 Seeds with Samsaman, an elaborate communal feast featuring the best of Pampanga. Named after the Capampangan term for "to grab," Samsaman is exactly that, where everyone can simply grab anything and everything on the table. With the holiday season fast approaching, Samsaman at 25 Seeds makes any road trip home to Pampanga even more special for a gathering of friends and family. So grab a plate and dig in...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Flavors of Pampanga: Coming Home to a Culinary Classic at Mila's Tokwa't Baboy

More than just a mandatory stop when in Angeles, Pampanga, it's an homage to a culinary institution that has endured the test of time where every visit is always better than the last. And that's just the way it is at Mila's Tokwa't Baboy, as it always has been since 1986.


Known as the birthplace of the iconic sisig, Angeles City in Pampanga is home to a long list of notable dining institutions, all in one city. Think of it as something more than just a top ten list, but a culinary version of the hall of fame. And when one is asked where to eat in the city, locals will easily rattle off a long list of names. One of them is Mila's Tokwa't Baboy...

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Carnivorous Nights: A Meaty Indulgence at Solaire Resort & Casino's Waterside Latin-Inspired Cuisine

All meat, all you want. And then some. It's A Meaty Indulgence with a unique Latin-spin...at Waterside Latin-Inspired Cuisine of Solaire Resort & Casino.


Solaire Resort & Casino offers diners a sumptuous all-meat feast with A Meaty Indulgence at Waterside Latin-Inspired Cuisine every Wednesday and Saturday starting at 6:00 pm. Give in to your carnivorous cravings with the premium churrasco selection for one cool "all-you-can-meat" dining experience at Waterside Latin-Inspired Cuisine...

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

BrewFest 2018: Barbecue and Craft Beers at Grand Hyatt Manila's Pool House

An ice-cold beer paired with savory selections fresh from the grill and a sunset, it's BrewFest 2018 at Grand Hyatt Manila's Pool House.


Grand Hyatt Manila celebrates Oktoberfest with BrewFest 2018 on October 5 and 19 at the Pool House with unlimited rounds of their exclusive House Lager and eat-all-you-can grilled selections. It's beer and barbecue by the pool on a much grander scale set against a stunning sunset for that #LivingGrand experience at Grand Hyatt Manila. At the exclusive preview, we had a taste of the grilled specialties and signature House Lager. Here's what you can expect at Grand Hyatt Manila's BrewFest 2018 on October 5 and 19...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

There's Something About Nanka Japanese Latin in Quezon City...

Drawing inspiration from the Japanese word for "like" and a casual equivalent to "something" or "anything new," there's just something about Nanka Japanese Latin...


Maybe it's the neighborhood, an old familiar haunt from so many years ago. Maybe it's the sheer boldness of setting up an innovative and modern restaurant in an area dominated by local and mainstream cuisine. Whatever it is, there's just something about Nanka Japanese Latin that makes going back to the old neighborhood such a treat...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Firing Up The Grills For Off The Grill at Nostalgia Lounge and Bar

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays mean only one thing at Nostalgia Lounge and Bar. The grills are all fired up and it's time to go Off The Grill...


The day's freshest catch of seafood, savory steaks and premium beef, pork, lamb and chicken served fresh off the grill. It's Off-The-Grill at Nostalgia Lounge and Bar every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday starting 6:00 pm all the way to 10:00 pm, just what you need to get over the mid-week hump. Unlimited servings from the grill selection and the buffet spread for only P 1,500 net per person, the middle of the week just got better...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Scenes from The Kitchen: The Good Taste Series 2018 at The Grand Hyatt Manila

The kitchens are fired up once more for the final local leg of The Good Taste Series, and the young talented chefs of the Hyatt properties prepare for one last round before the Asian regional in Macau.


The best and brightest of the Hyatt properties in the Philippines, the young chefs face off for the right to represent the country in the Asian regional qualifiers before the grand competition in the US (for more on The Good Taste Series, see my previous post, The Good Taste Series 2018 at Hyatt City of Dreams). In an afternoon where classical training and inspired creativity come together in a flurry of swift and decisive motions, the scenes from the kitchen reveal a whole lot of potential. Read on for a closer peek inside the grand showcase kitchen...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Four New Dishes and Four More Reasons To Visit Paradise Dynasty

Authentic noodles and dumplings made fresh and from scratch, that's just some of the reasons to visit Paradise Dynasty. Here's four more...


Paradise Dynasty recently introduced four new signature dishes to its growing menu selection for even more tempting reasons to visit the world renowned Singaporean chain (for more on Paradise Dynasty, see my previous posts, Paradise Just Got A Whole Lot Closer: Paradise Dynasty Opens at The Podium from early this year and Noodles and Dumplings...at Paradise Dynasty on some of my personal picks). The new savory dishes include pork, duck and seafood. Read on for a tasty peek...

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mas Paella! Celebrate World Paella Day at Discovery Primea's Restaurant Tapenade

There is probably no other Spanish dish that's deeply interwoven into our local culinary heritage like Paella. The comforting one pot, or one pan, dish combines everything we love in a comforting meal. From the soft yet plump and fluffy rice down to the socarrat, that layer of crisp crust on the bottom of the paellera, the assortment of savory toppings and delicate yet vibrant spices and seasonings, paella deserves a day all its own. And it does...


Restaurant Tapenade of Discovery Primea celebrates World Paella Day with a four-day paella feast starting September 20, 2018 showcasing Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco's innovative paella creations. From World Paella Day on September 20 all the way through the weekend, celebrate one of the world's favorite dishes at Restaurant Tapenade... 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

#LivingGrand: A Christmas Cake Mixing Preview and a Sumptuous Buffet Lunch at The Grand Kitchen of Grand Hyatt Manila

The fragrant aroma of dried fruits and nuts soaked in liquor brings a nostalgic holiday vibe...


...at the Grand Hyatt Manila. It's that time of the year when holiday traditions usher in the yuletide cheer, starting with the preparation of indulgent plum cakes. The European plum cake, or fruit cake, is one of those must-have holiday staples that completes the Christmas feast. And we got to make some to jumpstart the season at the Grand Hyatt Manila...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

#PenMoments: A Weekend at The Peninsula Manila

History, art and elegance come together for a memorable weekend of  #PenMoments at The Peninsula Manila...


Since 1976, The Peninsula Manila continues to weave memorable and magical moments, that distinct and signature #PenMoments, to the metro's evolving landscape. The Makati skyline may have changed over the last forty years, but the historic landmark remains as elegant and grand as ever, timeless in its classic lines and enduring charm. And for one weekend, I get to immerse myself with its captivating and alluring spell...  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bigger and Better: Saturday Brunch at Yakumi

Bigger. Better. And it's back...


Handcrafted cocktails, a nitrogen ice cream station, a wider selection of intricate sushi creations, an expanded Salad Station and fresh whole tuna flown in all the way from Tokyo's famed Tsukiji Fish Market carved by your table side, Saturday Brunch at Solaire Resort and Casino's Yakumi just got bigger and better with these sumptuous additions. You'll find your favorite premium fresh salmon, succulent scallops, and juicy US Ribeye too in addition to the exciting new features of the Saturday Brunch. The Saturday Brunch relaunch is set for September 15, 2018, read on for a sneak preview of what you can expect at Yakumi...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Firing Up the Teppanyaki Grill at Yurakuen's Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki

I've been going back since my first Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki experience at Yurakuen some three years back, and it just keeps getting better...


The Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki at Yurakuen in Diamond Hotel remains one of the best deals this side of the metro where you get front row seats to an epic feast prepared right in front you. From fresh seafood to savory premium beef, lamb, pork and chicken all prepared on the teppan grill, it's one dining experience that will have you coming back for seconds and a repeat performance at Yurakuen.   

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#BrighterCravings2018: Celebrate A Merry and Bright Christmas with The Cravings Group

It's September, and the arrival of the "ber" months can mean only one thing. Christmas is near. And the first thing that comes to my mind is a soft, sweet and indulgent fresh-baked ensaymada draped in cheese that just brings back fond and nostalgic memories of countless holiday memories. But The Cravings Group has more than just the traditional ensaymada for memorable holiday celebrations...


The Cravings Group celebrates thirty flavorful years of creating exceptional holiday memories with a lavish selection of catering and gift-giving options for A Merry and Bright Christmas. Now with three generations working behind one of the country's well-loved family-run and managed brands, The Cravings Group is all set to break new ground and reach new heights for its milestone 30th anniversary. And Christmas comes early with traditional ensaymadas and so much more from The Cravings Group...

Sunday, September 2, 2018

#SABORtheMoment: Mix N Mingle at Sabor Bar de Vinos

Finally. Quezon City needs a place like this...and about time too.


Novotel Manila Araneta Center adds a cool Spanish vibe with the recent opening of Sabor Bar de Vinos to the culinary landscape and nightlife scene up north. With its name derived from the latin word sapor which means flavor, Sabor Bar de Vinos offers a feast for the senses with its elegant interiors, savory tapas, sweet treats and refreshing libation with a cool and distinct Spanish flair. Uncorked, Sabor Bar de Vinos is ready to serve an exquisite dining, and wining, experience.

Friday, August 31, 2018

#aNIUexperience: NIU by Vikings Opens at The Podium

For over four years, NIU by Vikings continues to lead the evolution of the casual buffet dining experience with its impressive scale, variety and value, the very same core principles showcased in its newest location. It's something they do very well...


From the same group behind Vikings (more on Vikings on my earlier posts, Food News: Vikings Invade SM Jazz Mall and Experience a Taste of America with 4th of July Themed Dishes at Vikings SM Megamall), Four Seasons Hot Pot (more on Four Seasons Hot Pot on my previous posts, What's Hot? Four Seasons Hot Pot City and Quezon City's Newest Hotspot: Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot Opens in Araneta Center) and Nord's Bread Hub (see my post, Elevating Your Bakery Experience at Nord's Bread Hub, Now Baking at The Block), NIU by Vikings continues to elevate the buffet dining experience at its newest location at The Podium. And just like my previous dining experiences, Niu by Vikings continues to impress.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Good Taste Series 2018 at Hyatt City of Dreams

Flounder. Bacon. Couscous. Squash blossoms. And lychees. Five ingredients from a Mystery Box. And six talented young chefs take up the challenge in creating a lavish dish using these same five ingredients. Welcome to this year's edition of The Good Taste Series at Hyatt City of Dreams...


The 2018 Edition of The Good Taste Series at Hyatt City of Dreams was recently held at The Cafe last week with three winners selected for the next round of qualifying stages leading to the Asian semi-finals in Macau. Observing the competition up close was a memorable experience for me, seeing the whole creative process unfold all the way until final plating. Read on for another look back at the recent The Good Taste Series 2018 at Hyatt City of Dreams...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sunday Best: The Sunday Brunch Buffet at Nobu Restaurant

Sunday brunch is elevated to an elegant, even sublime, dining experience exuding that masterful Nobu touch...at Nobu Restaurant.


World renowned master chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his unique and expressive style of modern Japanese cuisine at Nobu Restaurant showcased in a lavish Sunday Brunch Buffet. It's a dining experience like no other with its wide array of Nobu-style Japanese cuisine infused with Peruvian hints masterfully executed taking Sunday Brunch to a whole new level.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Fresh Catch for the Weekend: The Seafood Extravaganza at The Cafe

It's the weekend, time to haul in the day's freshest catch...


Fridays and Saturdays mean only one thing, it's a lavish seafood feast for dinner. Hyatt City of Dreams presents the Seafood Extravaganza at The Cafe, a sumptuous buffet offering the day's fresh catch in an impressive buffet spread.

Monday, August 27, 2018

#TheGutomIsReal: Go All Out at Takaw! Filipino Eatery

When that insatiable craving for comforting Filipino flavors hits you with an unrelenting assault on the senses, just give in and head on over to Takaw! Filipino Eatery...


Noted chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou shares his take on comforting local cuisine at his latest dining concept, Takaw! Filipino Eatery that's perfect when that craving turns to real hunger. At Takaw! Filipino Eatery, Chef Tatung infuses some light-hearted humor to some seriously good eats... 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

#BestOfBoracay: The Best of Boracay Pop-Up at Hole In The Wall

More than just sun, sea and sand, Boracay has become a sub-culture all its own, a liberating state of mind temporarily placed on hold with its recent closure. Part of the unique Boracay experience is its equally famous beach grub to complete the perfect getaway. But Boracay is far from being the lost paradise, and until it recovers and opens late this year, we'll have to just wait and see. For a limited time, you can have a taste of Boracay's renowned beach grub at Hole in the Wall to satisfy your cravings, all the way until September...


The Sunny Side Cafe Group brings four of Boracay's very best to Hole in the Wall for a special pop-up allowing the metro's countless loyal fans to savor the flavors of the iconic beach destination. With the closure of numerous establishments in Boracay for the duration of its rehabilitation, the pop-up also assists business owners in providing continuous employment for its employees. At the pop-up, diners can rediscover the casual and comforting cuisine of Spicebird, Poketo, Fat Rice and Coco Mama, all in one place. For Nowie and Odette Potenciano of the Sunny Side Cafe Group, the Best of Boracay Pop-Up at Hole in the Wall is just the beginning of even better things yet to come until the re-opening of Boracay... 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Recreating Inspired and Flavorful Journeys at Vanderlust

Each dish is a story inspired by fond memories of a European journey, recreated and retold daily at one of The Podium's newest must-try restaurants...


Vanderlust takes you on a culinary journey of European-inspired flavors with its extensive menu at The Podium. The young couple behind Vanderlust, Mark Anthony and Valerie Spencer, draw inspiration from fond memories of a European journey, retelling their stories of memorable experiences in different European cities with each flavorful dish. And you get to share the young couple's passion for both travel and food with an intimate dining experience at Vanderlust. So go ahead and wander through the different layers of European flavors at Vanderlust, now open at The Podium.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mangiamo! Savor Hearty Italian Flavors with Deliziosa Italia at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina

The vibrant tri-colors of Italy gently wave high up at the ceiling inside the elegant interiors of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's signature all-day restaurant. Prepare for an Italian feast at Cucina...


Comforting and rustic Italian flavors take the spotlight at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina with Deliziosa Italia from August 14 to 27, 2018. From antipasti to savory hot dishes and desserts, it's an authentic and sumptuous Italian dining experience recreated by Executive Chef Alisdair Bletcher. Read on for a tasty peek...  

Fix Your Hunger: Everything You Need To Know About Yellow Cab's New Pizza Flavors Is All In The Bag...

Hunger is, according to the guys at Yellow Cab, the most unstoppable force in the galaxy. It's what drives us. And I really believe that. It's what makes us great. Hungry? Fix it. And everything you need to know about Yellow Cab's exciting new flavors is in the bag... 


Yellow Cab announces the introduction of new pizza variants in August with flavors that will take you to the streets of New York. And if you've got the bag, you're invited to an exclusive sneak peek...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Take Home Treats: Sweet and Savory at J. Co Donuts & Coffee

Sweet or savory? Why not have both...


Bring home a box or two of sweet and savory treats from J. Co Donuts & Coffee, and cloudy days just feel so much better. A box of Al Capone, J. Pops, and Donut Sandwiches, the day's lookin' good...

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fresh From Saigon: A Flavorful Tour of Duty at Propaganda Bistro

Authentic yet modern, progressive with an innovative and playful twist borne out of the colonial experience and revolution, Propaganda Bistro brings both art and food in a seamless blend for yet another colorful layer of the uniquely Vietnamese culinary experience...


From the same group behind Ramen Nagi, Toritake and Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen, Propaganda Bistro adds to the ever-growing portfolio of distinctly Asian flavors with its authentic yet modern take on Vietnamese cuisine. It's Vietnamese cuisine with a fresh, vibrant, youthful and even revolutionary spin that's just not mere propaganda. Read on and take a peek at Greenbelt 5's newest dining destination...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

M2 Malunggay Okra Luya Tea Drink: Your Refreshing Vegetable Fix for the Day

Moringa. With Okra and Ginger. In a new and refreshing tea drink. It's an unusual combination, but it's surprisingly good. And good for you too...


Quench your thirst with a healthier option with M2 Malunggay Okra Luya Tea Drink by naturearth, think of it as your refreshing vegetable fix for the day in one cool tea beverage. Sweetened with natural brown sugar, it's a better alternative to the usual high-sugar content of commercial beverages. So make that lifestyle change...

Saturday, August 11, 2018

M Bakery: New York's Finest Opens at One Bonifacio High Street Mall

Maybe it's the subtle pastel hues of the cakes and cupcakes following precise Pantone specifications. Or being chosen as one of Zagat's 9 Game-Changing Desserts To Try Around The US. Or the scene with Carrie and Miranda enjoying vanilla cupcakes topped with pink vanilla buttercream adorned with a sugar daisy at Magnolia Bakery's Bleecker Street location in Sex And The City. Whatever it is, Magnolia Bakery, or simply M Bakery, has become a global phenomenon and one of New York's finest. And it's now here...


Now an original New York institution, M Bakery brings its renowned cupcakes with its first ever branch in Manila, opening on August 22 at One Bonifacio High Street Mall. Just a little than than a two weeks away, you can soon enjoy the indulgent temptations from one of the world's most recognized bakeries. Just ask Carrie and Miranda... 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Spontaneity and Going With The Flow at Chibo Okonomiyaki

Like all good intentions and the best-laid schemes, nothing ever goes according to the plan. Take a usual and ordinary weekday highlighted by a few simple tasks: pick up a few items at the mall and have a light seafood lunch at Chibo Okonomiyaki. Sounds straightforward enough. But with so many tempting options to choose from, a light seafood lunch at Chibo Okonomiyaki is far from being simple...


Go have a light seafood lunch as planned, and have a few extra builds to your game plan for an epic meal. Spontaneity is always the better plan after all. At Chibo Okonoliayki...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Coming Home: A Weekend at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

Fratres Scholarium Christianarum. Brothers of the Christian Schools. Words that have been ingrained in my memory for years since childhood, bringing back memories of the once imposing figure of Bro. Francis Cody and his ruler. Good times. And for one weekend, I get to re-experience it all over again at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle...


From the institution that molded my formative years, a weekend stay at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle almost felt like coming home. And in many ways, it was a homecoming of sorts. Just a short walk away from my old university, returning to this part of Manila just brought back many fond memories. And one weekend at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle promised even more...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Let's Do Dim Sum For Lunch. At Jasmine...

When a sudden craving for dim sum hits you for lunch...head on down to Jasmine.


Indulge in a lavish dim sum feast at New World Makati Hotel with Unlimited Dim Sum at Jasmine for a hearty lunch. All for only P 988 per person. Now that's a deal that's hard to pass up. Dim sum for lunch? Absolutely...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Modern Cuisine. Local Ingredients. Masterfully Executed at Gallery by Chele...

When the familiar suddenly becomes refreshingly new, dining is elevated to an almost sublime experience.


Gallery by Chele takes you on a culinary journey of discovery with comfortingly familiar local ingredients as seen and tasted by a foreign master chef armed with a wealth of knowledge from the world's finest Michelin starred restaurants. It's a refreshingly new perspective, and a personal one for Chele Gonzalez whose name greets guests at the entrance of the new restaurant. For Chele, the preservation, sustainability and exploration of food and local flavors of the region remain at the heart of the new dining concept's culinary philosophy, driven by a constant curiosity in the use of local ingredients applied with modern techniques for a unique and memorable dining experience. And let me tell you, it's one flavorful journey...

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Secret's Out: Take Five at Arya Plaza For The Best Al Fresco Dining in BGC

A leisurely brunch, a hearty lunch, an afternoon tipple with wine or cocktails or a sumptuous dinner, you can do all that in at one of Bonifacio Global City's best kept secrets...


Five restaurants. One place. The Plaza at Arya Residences, or more popularly known as Arya Plaza, is fast emerging as Bonifacio Global City's best al fresco dining destination. Architecture, design and engineering weave seamlessly with the curated selection of gastronomic offerings at Arya Plaza. The secret's out, come take a peek at BGC's premier al fresco dining hotspot and take five...

Monday, July 30, 2018

A Toast to Tasty Bites: The Cheese & Charcuterie Buffet at Alfred

Friday evenings become a much-anticipated day of the week at Alfred...


Starting July 27 to September 28, 2018, guests at Makati Diamond Residences can enjoy a lavish Cheese & Charcuterie Buffet at Alfred every Friday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Indulge in a grazing menu selection of assorted appetizers, cold cuts, gourmet cheese and heavier savory dishes paired with cocktails in that elegant style Alfred is known for, all for only P 1,800 net per person. Just let Alfred take care of you this Friday...

Flavors of Pampanga: Fiddlehead Fern, Freshwater Prawns and Sisig at Binulo Restaurant

No trip to Pampanga will be complete without savoring the local cuisine. Renowned as one of the country's culinary regions, Pampanga up north offers a wide variety of flavors unique to the province. A stop at Binulo Restaurant inside the Clark Freeport Zone offers a proper introduction to Capampangan cuisine...


Named after the indigenous method of cooking by the local aeta tribes using fresh bamboo, Binulo Restaurant serves comforting homestyle and authentic Capampangan dishes. A day after a grand celebration by AirAsia at Midori Hotel & Casino (for more on AirAsia's grand celebration as the World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the tenth straight year by Skytrax, see my post on my other travel blog, #WeAreAllChampions: AirAsia Remains The World's Best Low-Cost Airline For The Tenth Consecutive Year), a hearty lunch at Binulo Restaurant before the drive home was included in the itinerary and what a feast...

Breakfast at Widus Hotel & Casino: Bring Home The Bacon. And Kimchi.

It was good to be back at the North's emerging metropolis. More and more, Clark in Pampanga is looking like the promised destination showcasing the very best with its modern and updated infrastructure and continuing development. Checking in at Widus Hotel & Casino, I was already looking forward to the sumptuous breakfast buffet at Salt Resto...


Breakfast was still a day away, but I already had breakfast on my mind the minute we arrived at Widus Hotel & Casino. My visit to Clark was for the AirAsia celebration as the World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the tenth consecutive year. That's ten in a row, and no small feat in the competitive commercial aviation industry (for more on AirAsia's grand celebration for its recognition as the World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the tenth straight year by Skytrax, see my post on my other travel blog at #WeAreAllChampions: AirAsia Remains The World's Best Low-Cost Airline For The Tenth Consecutive Year). Since my first visit to Widus Hotel & Casino four years ago (see my previous posts here at Upping the Ante Up North at Widus Hotel and Casino and on my other travel blog at Changing The Game Up North at Widus Hotel and Casino), it's good to see the property has kept its sparkle and maintained well over the years. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Luscious Loaded Layers of Goodness: Celebrate National Lasagna Day with the Greenwich Lasagna Supreme

Comforting layers of savory beef and creamy cheese on flat noodles topped with even more cheese, it's a classic dish that's hard to resist. And on this special day, National Lasagna Day, it's just right to have a serving of this much loved favorite...


Many say it's the world's perfect food, packing all the flavors from the different food groups in neatly stacked layers of pure goodness. It's no surprise the world has given the iconic lasagna it's very own day. Greenwich helps you celebrate National Lasagna Day with their signature Lasagna Supreme with its fully loaded layers of beefy, cheesy goodness in one ultimate treat...

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Temptation in a Cup: Pia Dailo's Delicate Brazo Cups

I've had a thing for Brazo de Mercedes for years. With its classic light and velvety smooth meringue made from fluffy egg whites and indulgently sweet yellow custard center made from egg yolks, what's not to love? Pia Dailo's Brazo Cups will make you fall in love all over again with Mercedes' tempting arms...


Pia Dailo transforms the traditional rolled cake of soft meringue with sweet custard into dainty cups of pure indulgence. It's just one of many tempting offerings from Pia Dailo, and it's one dessert you can't keep at arm's length for long... 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Cook's Tour With No Reservations To Parts Unknown: Chef Decker Gokioco's Chef's Table Tribute To Anthony Bourdain at U Hotels

Culinary icon. Rebel. Master storyteller. Modern day poet. Words you don't normally use to describe one of the most influential culinary icons in recent decades, but Anthony Bourdain wasn't your usual TV personality. Gone too soon, Anthony Bourdain's legacy lives on in countless lives within and beyond the culinary world inspired by his deep, insightful, and sometimes painfully honest narrative from his many travels around the world. In one special evening, he is remembered and honored at U Hotels...  


Chef Decker Gokioco, culinary consultant for U Hotels, recently hosted a Chef's Table tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a lavish feast of inspired dishes celebrating the life of probably this generation's most influential culinary and travel TV host. Casual yet intimate with free-flowing ice-cold bottles of beer, it was a fitting tribute to the man who opened the world with his stories, sharing the uniqueness of the locale yet realizing it's the simple joys that bind us together whether its the Cacio e Pepe in Rome or simply not dunking your nigiri in soy sauce in Tokyo. For Anthony Bourdain, food was always only a part of a much bigger picture... 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Meet Me For Lunch at U Hotels...

U Hotels spreads a new canvas in a tapestry of colorful layers with new flavorful offerings...meet me for lunch at U Hotels.


Poblacion's first art hotel now offers a hearty and sumptuous Lunch Menu drawing inspiration from cherished family recipes. From sandwiches and burgers to savory and comforting mains and deserts, U Hotels adds to the vibrant culinary scene of the eclectic neighborhood. Read on for a peek of U Hotels' new menu...

Monday, July 23, 2018

#DeliveryDoneRight With Delivery Guy: It's A Fried Rice Kind Of Day...

Grey skies and monsoon rains continue to hammer the metro, it's a good day to just stay in. And it's a good day for some Mongkok Special Fried Rice and Lechon Kawali...


Delivery Guy does delivery done right, simply tap on your mobile device or laptop or if you prefer, you can also do it old school and dial up 488-7676 and have your cravings satisfied in just a few clicks (for more on Delivery Guy, see my previous post, #DeliveryDoneRight With The Delivery Guy). Skip the usual traffic and occasional floods of the metro, and leave it to the Delivery Guy to save the day...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Misibis Bay: Enjoying The Sights, Views and Flavors at the Bicol Region's Premier Tropical Island Getaway

A short 50-minute flight from Manila followed by leisurely half-hour van ride from the airport takes you to one of the Bicol Region's luxurious destinations. This spot of paradise tucked away in the province of Albay is your tropical island getaway. And it's called Misibis Bay...


Misibis Bay is an elegant and exclusive private island resort offering spectacular sights, amazing views and memorable dining experiences for that perfect tropical island getaway. The new Pacific View Wing is the latest addition to this spot of paradise in Bicol, offering guests a breathtaking and panoramic vista of the ocean. Room service for breakfast becomes an all-new experience in itself at Misibis Bay's new Pacific View Rooms, adding yet one more layer to your tropical island getaway down south...
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