Saturday, November 30, 2019

#ChristmasforAlways: A Christmas Holiday Weekend Staycation at Tagaytay's Iconic Taal Vista Hotel

Up high on the ridge overlooking the lake, the holiday season begins with the lighting of a festive Christmas tree shining bright in the cool December breeze. One of the country's enduring institutions down south in scenic Tagaytay celebrates 80 years of memorable moments made even more special with the coming holidays...


Taal Vista Hotel celebrates a corporate and historic milestone as it marks 80 years of tradition and hospitality up high on the iconic ridge overlooking the picturesque lake. The nostalgic past and heritage of Taal Vista Hotel keeps in step with the times as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. It is, as it was before, here, for always... 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Let it Snow: It's A North Pole Wonderland at Makati Shangri-La, Manila!

Who says it doesn't snow in Manila? Winter is coming, along with Santa and the snow. It's A North Pole Wonderland at Makati Shangri-La, Manila...


Makati Shangri-La, Manila brings the winter wonderland vibe with its festive A North Pole Wonderland for the holidays. Experience the heartfelt joy of Christmas and let it snow...at Makati Shangri-La, Manila's blue, white and silver North Pole Wonderland.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

New World Makati Hotel Celebrates 25 Years with a Yuletide Silver Tree Lighting Spectacle

A massive 25-foot tall silver Christmas Tree greets guests and visitors at the New World Makati Hotel lobby to welcome the festive holidays, and the season of giving begins...


New World Makati Hotel marks 25 years with the lighting of a 25-foot Silver Christmas Tree last November 26, 2019 led by (L-R) New World Makati Hotel's Director of Sales & Marketing Jann Delgado, guest of honor Makati Mayor Abby Binay, New World Regional Vice-President and General Manager Marcel van Mierlo and media personality Pia Guanio-Mago with her husband Steve and daughters Scarlet and Brooklyn. The ceremonial lighting ceremony not only celebrated the hotel's corporate milestone and the arrival of the holiday season, it also represented the continued commitment of support to the hotel's beneficiary, the SOLV Foundation.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Inspired Mediterranean Flavors: A Taste of the Mediterranean at Discovery Primea's Restaurant Tapenade

New signature dishes and an enhanced Salad Room, Restaurant Tapenade at Discovery Primea promises a sumptuous dining experience with a vibrant Mediterranean vibe...


Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco presents an exciting repertoire of new signature dishes at Discovery Primea's all-day dining outlet, Restaurant Tapenade including an impressive array of healthy flavorful selections at the Salad Room. Tasty starters, paella creations, savory mains and desserts, Restaurant Tapenade lays out the full range of Mediterranean flavors. Now that's more than enough reasons to revisit Restaurant Tapenade...

Monday, November 25, 2019

Australian Prime: A Stockyard Beef Wine Dinner at Brera Delicatessen

Chefs James Williams and Robert Davis take one of Australia's finest beef to the next level...


Stockyard Beef, S & L Fine Foods and Brera Delicatessen recently hosted a lavish wine pairing dinner featuring grain-fed Wagyu and Angus Beef from one of Australia's renowned family-owned farms executed by Chefs James Williams and Robert Davis. Established back in 1958, Stockyard Beef specializes in the production of high-quality beef with its Stockyard Long-Fed Angus Gold and Stockyard Wagyu (for more on Stockyard Beef, see my previous post, High Steaks: A Special Wine Pairing Dinner with Friends, Stockyard Beef, Whitebox and Don Revy at The Fireplace). From starters to mains, Chefs James Williams and Robert Davis explore the savory flavors of Australia's world-class beef in an elegant wine pairing dinner at Brera Delicatessen...

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bringing New York to You: Bring Home the Wolfgang's Steakhouse Dining Experience with Wolfgang's Steakhouse Catering

Hosting an elegant and sumptuous steak dinner at home? Just leave it to Wolfgang's Steakhouse Catering...


Since it first opened in Manhattan fifteen years ago, Wolfgang's Steakhouse has earned a reputation for serving some of the world's best steaks. Now with 23 locations in different continents including three in Manila, Wolfgang's Steakhouse is ready to bring their signature USDA Prime Dry-Aged Black Angus steaks straight to your home with Wolfgang's Steakhouse Catering...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Holiday Season Begins at The Peninsula Manila...

A massive Christmas Tree lights up gracing the elegant lobby with a festive vibe. The holiday season begins at The Peninsula Manila...


The Peninsula Manila formally starts the holiday season with the much-awaited annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last November 8, 2019 with the children from Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra. In the grand style of The Peninsula Manila, the holidays are welcomed with festive lights and treats as The Lobby becomes the metro's favorite meeting place this Christmas...

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dreamers on the High Seas: SeaKing by Superb Catch, Inc. Celebrates 20 Years of Smooth Sailings with New Product Offerings

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."


Walt Disney's memorable quote continues to drive Superb Catch, Inc. and their flagship brand, SeaKing, to reach ever higher in their quest to provide the very best fresh seafood products in the country. It's an inspiring story that began twenty years ago when four siblings began de-boning fish harvested from their father's fish pond at home and hauling the fresh catch to various wet markets. You can say it was a company built with their bare hands, hard work, resilience and perseverance, all essential ingredients in creating a successful enterprise in the tried and tested old-fashioned way.

Today, the Uy siblings are at the helm of the leading milkfish and salmon supplier in the Philippines. As Superb Catch, Inc. celebrates 20 years of growth driven by their brand, SeaKing, consumers and customers both here and abroad can expect even more exciting things from the Uy siblings...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sparkling Holidays at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

This coming holiday season, the festive Christmas sparkle shines brightest this side of the metro...at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila formally launched their Yuletide celebrations with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last Thursday, November 7, 2019 with special guest and Secretary of the Department of Tourisim, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. The evening sparkled to open up the much-awaited season...at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

Friday, November 8, 2019

More Than Dim Sum and Dumplings: Paradise Dynasty Celebrates its 3rd Anniversary in the Philippines

Three years ago, local diners had a taste of authentic and innovative dim sum creations combining both the rich culinary legacy and imperial culture of China with a modern spin. Today, these intricate xiao long bao specialties along with their signature Chef's Creations continue to be as popular as ever at Paradise Dynasty...


Paradise Dynasty celebrates three years of flavorful experiences in the country centered around their world-famous xiao long bao, a robust legacy that continues to gain popularity as one of the metro's prominent dining establishments. With its strong regional presence in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, Paradise Dynasty solidifies it's position in the Philippines with its three branches anchored by its flagship restaurant in S' Maison at Conrad Manila. As Paradise Dynasty celebrates a significant milestone, read on for a tasty look back at some of their signature dishes...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Return of the Premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin

It's back, and it's roasting from November all the way to February next year...


Lung Hin at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila announces the return of the premium Hong Kong Golden Roasted Goose starting November 2, 2019 to February 3, 2020 covering all the seasonal celebrations this year and the next. It's a culinary treat you've come to expect from a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star property (for more on my experience at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's rating as one of the world's finest five-star properties by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide, see my post Exceptional Service That Exceeds Expectations: A Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Staycation at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila). Time to welcome the return of a classic...at Lung Hin.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

#SangriaWineNot: Tapas, Sangrias and Spanish Cuisine at Ponce in Quezon City

Some days just call for a refreshing sangria. It is, in fact, the answer to a question that you've already long forgotten after another round. So have another along with some tapas and spend a Spanish afternoon without driving all the way to the usual destination down south in Makati or Bonifacio Global City. You'll find all the essential elements for that laid-back Spanish afternoon or evening, and then some, right here at Ponce...


The bustling neighborhood of Quezon City welcomes its newest dining destination with that cool Spanish vibe at Ponce, and it's the perfect spot for that late afternoon tipple of sangrias and tapas. Come on in for a round or two, better yet, stay for lunch or dinner and indulge in a mouthwatering array of Spanish dishes...at Ponce.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

#EatsForEveryone: World Class Cuisine Under One Roof at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood

The fast casual dining and food hall scene continues to grow in popularity among urban dwellers, and there's no slowing down for this emerging trend. And one food hall elevates the dining experience with a wide food selection, a modern yet homey ambience and excellent customer service backed by some of the iconic names in the local food business...


Chef Josh Boutwood and The Bistro Group collaborate for their own version of the ultimate food hall, My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood, at S' Maison. The new dining concept features a diverse and varied array of kitchen counters offering some of today's popular and most craved cuisines. Think of it as world-class cuisine under one roof...at My South Hall by Chef Josh Boutwood.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Seafood Soiree: A Tribute to Auguste Escoffier by CCA ICDE Master Chef Jeff Brouck at Lemuria

The delicate flavors of the day's freshest catch is transformed into masterfully executed dishes in a special tribute to one of the most respected culinary icons at Lemuria...


CCA ICDE Master Chef Jeff Brouck takes the helm at Lemuria in one memorable evening for a special dinner tribute to Auguste Escoffier, showcasing the freshest flavors from the sea dubbed Seafood Soiree. The lavish four-course dinner at Lemuria highlighted intricate culinary techniques to bring out the fresh and clean notes of the seafood for an inspired take in honor of the man who started it all. And the elegant Lemuria at BGC is the perfect stage for the tribute (for more on Lemuria in BGC, see my posts, The Secret's Out: Take Five at Arya Plaza for the Best Al Fresco Dining in BGC and And Your 2019 Young Talents Escoffier Winner Is...).

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween Indulgence by Park Avenue Desserts

Halloween is just around the corner, why not elevate your trick or treat game? Or indulge yourself with some spooky decadence?


Park Avenue Desserts celebrates Halloween with a lavish selection of sinful treats. Think of it as Halloween without the tricks, just pure treats. Ready to change your trick or treat game? Read on...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Craving for Pizza? Make Your Own Pizza at the Greenwich Pizza Making Camp...

A great tasting pizza always brings good times with family and friends. But did you know you can have double the fun when you make your own pizza? You can, with the Greenwich Pizza Making Camp...


Greenwich introduces a unique concept where diners can fully experience their love for pizza with the Greenwich Pizza Making Camp, an innovative program that's perfect for birthdays, team building, barkada bonding or just for the sheer fun of it. The immersive pizza making experience takes you through the step-by-step process behind the great-tasting pizzas of Greenwich. Ready to make some pizza? Read on for a peek at the Greenwich Pizza Making Camp... 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Amazing Ilocos: Bagnet, Empanada, Dinengdeng, Dinardaraan, Papaitan and More at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina

Who can resist authentic Vigan Empanada with a pinch of salt and a generous splash of sukang iloko? Or a comforting bowl of Papaitan? Then, there's Bagnet and Pinakbet. You don't have to go on a long road trip up north for classic Ilocano flavors. Just head up to Cucina at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.


Simple yet hearty dishes with bold and intense flavors, the distinctive cuisine of the north are celebrated with a lavish spread at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila from October 23 to November 4, 2019. Dubbed Amazing Ilocos, find your favorite Ilocano dishes and more at Cucina in another flavorful journey highlighting our rich and diverse regional culinary heritage...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Embark on a Flavorful Journey of Global Culinary Creations by Chef Carlo Miguel at The Food Hall in SM Aura Premier

From comforting pasta dishes to buttermilk battered fried chicken and mouthwatering burgers, Chef Carlo Miguel unveils his Global Culinary Creations at The Food Hall in SM Aura Premier...


Chef Carlo Miguel takes your palate around the world with his new dishes, Global Culinary Creations, high up in Skypark Dining at SM Aura Premier. Over the past several months, The Food Hall served as Chef Carlo Miguel's test kitchen. Drawing inspiration from various cuisines from around the globe, the results are as flavorful and diverse as one can expect from the lavish offerings at The Food Hall. Hungry? Read on for a tasty peek at Global Culinary Creations by Chef Carlo Miguel at The Food Hall...  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Modern Cuisine with a Vintage Vibe at 1950 Restaurant by Chef Robby Goco

An ancestral home in affluent New Manila is transformed and given new life as the next new dining destination this side of the metro...


Chefs Robby Goco and Chester Velas share their inspired take on classic flavors with an inventive contemporary spin at 1950 Restaurant for a unique modern meets vintage vibe. Set in an ancestral home, 1950 Restaurant showcases refreshing interpretations on comfortingly familiar and traditional flavors by the celebrated chefs. The location and the elegant home completes the nostalgic experience, it's a novel dining concept complemented by its menu of vintage-inspired favorites... 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Fresh from the Grill: A Taste of Argentina at El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse in Century City

El Gaucho redefines the traditional steakhouse with a flamboyant Argentine flair...


The flame performs its graceful dance on a slab of premium meat and the romantic image of the gaucho in the wide open pampas of the South American lowlands leaves a lingering impression. It's a steakhouse that goes against the usual mold. Using only the finest high grade meat like Prime Black Angus Grain-Fed, Australian Black Angus Grass-Fed and Pure Blood Australian Wagyu, El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse adds its own distinctive vibe and bold flavors to the city's ever-growing culinary scene. From Vietnam to Thailand, Hongkong, Germany and Slovakia, El Gaucho Argentinian Steakhouse is now here in Manila...

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Nostalgic Cuisine Recreated at Talisay The Garden Cafe by Chef Tatung in Maginhawa Street

There's somethin' cookin' along Maginhawa Street, with each dish taking you back in time when simple yet hearty food was shared with friends and family on a lavish dining table warming both the palate and heart...


Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou unfolds yet another flavorful chapter in a culinary journey that began with his curated private dining establishment several years back in the same neighborhood. Drawing inspiration from the dishes he grew up with, Chef Tatung invites you to his table...at Talisay The Garden Cafe

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Sandwich That Started It All: Earl of Sandwich Opens in SM Megamall

Who knew a card game one night back in 1762 would change the way we eat bread? Well, it did. It was an ordinary evening just like any other, but when the 4th Earl of Sandwich asked for a serving of roast beef to be placed between two slices of bread during a card game, little did he know that his hand-held feast would be an enduring global favorite. That evening almost three hundred years ago, the sandwich was born... 


You could say it's the next best thing to sliced bread. That night back in 1762 would forever change how we eat bread, making it an everyday household staple loved all over the world known by the name of John Montagu's noble title, the sandwich. Tender roast beef between two slices of bread, it's the sandwich that started it all. Lord John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, recreates this culinary milestone with the chain of restaurants named Earl of Sandwich in 2004. And it's now in Manila...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew Brings Their Festive Latin Vibe to O Square 2 Greenhills

Finally, you don't have to go far to experience the festive flavors of South American cuisine...


Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew opens its second branch at O Square 2 bringing their signature Latin vibe to Greenhills (for more on their Latin-inspired cuisine, see my previous post, Cool Latin Vibes at Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew from three years back). The Latin-inspired menu offers fresh and bold flavors as colorful as the vibrant hues of their murals recreating the rich culinary heritage down south of the border and Latin America. Get ready for a fiesta of flavors...at Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Passion for Clean, Uncomplicated Flavors Re-Ignited at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse

The bustling Quezon City neighborhood probably has more steakhouses than most, but one steakhouse cuts through the clutter with its distinctive Japanese spin...


The constantly evolving culinary landscape is all about change, adapting to it and keeping in step. We've seen trends come and go, but sometimes you need to just stop and return to the basics. Keeping things simple and uncomplicated with real and fresh flavors is often forgotten in the mad rush to be different. Chef Michael Santos takes Nanka Japanese Steakhouse on a different path not only for that much needed differentiation in a densely competitive neighborhood but to showcase a culinary philosophy built around honest and simple flavors masterfully executed. Welcome to Nanka Japanese Steakhouse... 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Start the Season of Feasting and Say Hola! to the New Holaday Boards and the New Lechon Cubano from Gringo...

It's that time of the year once again when endless rounds of feasting with family and friends bring on the holiday vibe. The guys at Gringo have been busy preparing their new dishes just for the holidays...


Gringo welcomes Holiday 2019 with a new dish and sumptuous food boards to get you in the holiday groove. Gringo kicks-off this year's season of feasting with the new Lechon Cubano and lavish Holaday Boards filled with all your favorite signature bestsellers. Say Hola! to good food and good times...at Gringo.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Secret's Out...Makati Shangri-La, Manila Unveils The Den.

Look for the bank behind Makati Shangri-La, Manila, head up the fire escape and discover the metro's newest nightlife destination...


Mysterious yet temptingly seductive, Makati Shangri-La, Manila unveils yet another novel concept for a limited two-month run guaranteed to spice up your next night out. It's all happening here...at The Den, the newest nightlife hideout at the heart of Ayala Center.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Turning Japanese with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen...

Everyone loves her savory Porcini Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and elegant Black Truffle Roast Turkey with Black Truffle Risotto Stuffing. And her rich Lengua en Salsa Porcini. And now, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen turns Japanese with her new offerings...


You don't need a reason to celebrate with Japanese food. A last minute and spontaneous get-together with friends at home or a sudden celebration at the office, you can always count on Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen to save the day. And if you're craving for Japanese just like everyone else, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen now offers all your Japanese favorites. Any day just becomes even more special with Japanese food...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

State of the Adobo Nation: The Adobo Queen and Team Adobo Comes To Holiday Inn Makati's Flavors Restaurant

There is, perhaps, no other local dish that defines our culinary heritage and brings us together like the iconic Adobo. There are as many adobo variations as there are regions, yet the dish binds us together. It's no surprise then that Adobo is considered by many as the undisputed national dish...


The Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes Lumen, and her Adobo Team brings the much-loved Filipino classic in all its regional variations and creative executions to Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's all-day dining restaurant, Flavors Restaurant for the whole month of October. It's a collaboration that explores and traces the roots of the dish as well as showcase inspired and inventive adobo creations for new flavor experiences.

Think of it as a culinary homecoming, and there's no better place than Flavors Restaurant (for more on Flavors Restaurant, see my earlier posts, The Poke Bowls Are back at Holiday Inn & Suites' Flavors Restaurant on their popular Poke Bowls, Pancakes, Waffles and Rustic Mornings at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant from last year, Poke Bowl Days at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, and All-American: The American Food Festival and Burger Bar at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant on my first visit to Flavors Restaurant back in 2017).

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Carnivores on Deck: The Carnivore 4-Hands Dinner at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant

Sinigang, lechon baka, sinampalukan, bistek...just some of the classic and familiar local flavors that nourished and delighted our palates growing up. In one special evening, Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco transforms these popular Filipino favorites using some of the world's finest beef, lamb and pork...


Chefs Sau del Rosario and Luis Chikiamco collaborate for a meaty affair with Carnivore, A Four-Hands Dinner at Discovery Primea's elegant Flame Restaurant reinventing classic Filipino flavors with premium beef, lamb and pork. Think comforting local flavors with prime cuts from Snake River Farms and you get the picture. Read on for an elegant take on local flavors with a savory and meaty spin...

Friday, October 4, 2019

Poblacion Finds: Obama Noodles, Pho and Morning Glory at VBQ Vietnamese Barbeque

Never too timid or shy with flavor, Chef Mikel Zaguirre shares his own take on Vietnamese-inspired street food in Poblacion...


The play on intense and bold flavors is a signature trademark of Mikel Zaguirre, one of the metro's creative chefs. This unabashed and seemingly unapologetic culinary style is highlighted once more in his newest dining concept showcasing the fresh flavors of Vietnamese cuisine at VBQ Vietnamese Barbeque in Makati's Poblacion. Obama Noodles, Pho, Morning Glory and so much more, read on for a tasty peek at Chef Mikel Zaguirre's VBQ Vietnamese Barbeque...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sabor Pacifico at Spices: Experience Fresh Colombian Flavors at The Peninsula Manila's Spices

The fresh, clean, vibrant and earthy flavors of Colombia shine at The Peninsula Manila's Spices this October...


Colombian cuisine is a colorful blend of flavors woven together by its rich history, multi-cultural influences and abundant biodiversity. The bountiful harvests from both the land and sea come together in traditional and popular Colombian dishes recreated by their culinary ambassador, Chef Rey Guerrero of the highly acclaimed Sabor Pacifico in Bogota. In celebration of Colombian Gastronomic Week, The Peninsula Manila and the Embassy of Colombia presents authentic Colombian flavors for dinner on October 4 & 5, 2019 at Spices (for more on The Peninsula Manila's Spices, see my posts, The Spiceman Cometh: Meet Indian Specialty Chef Radhey Shayam of The Peninsula Manila's Spices and Thailand on my Plate: A Thai Cooking Class at The Peninsula Manila's Spices). Read on for a taste of Colombia...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Quick Bites: MelonPan Opens at Robinson's Magnolia

That distinctive cross-hatched pattern on a fresh-baked sweet bun has just been spotted at Robinsons Magnolia...


The famous sweet bun filled with gelato from Melonpan Ice can now be enjoyed at its newest branch in Robinsons Magnolia. Fans of this novel Japanese concept can now indulge on their favorite sweet buns after some serious shopping at the mall or have a tasty bite before a movie. Here's a quick look, and a quick bite, at Melonpan Ice in Robinsons Magnolia...

Monday, September 30, 2019

Quick Bites: Last Call for Ramen Nagi's Tokyo Sukiyaki King...

Ever wished for tender strips of savory beef on your ramen? Well, the ramen gods have heard you...


Ramen or Sukiyaki? Now you can have both with the Limited Edition Tokyo Sukiyaki King from Ramen Nagi for an exciting and new ramen experience.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Bucky's, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu and Bun Appetit: By The Numbers with Stalls 1, 4 and 11 at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall

Fried Chicken and Twister Fries, Le Chon Porchetta and Le Chon Gourmet Manok, Lobster Rolls and Shrimp Avocado Toast. That's just a few more reasons to visit The Grid Food Market at Power Plant Mall...


The third in a series of posts, the best-selling specialties from Bucky's, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu and Bun Appetit offer even more tempting options at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall (for more on The Grid Food Market, see my earlier posts, Gochu-Gang, Beefier and Babu: By The Numbers with Stalls 5, 6 and 7 at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall and After Five: Wine, Tapas and Desserts at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall).

Good food, company and lifestyle converge in one place for a unique dining experience at The Grid Food Market. More than just another food hall, The Grid Food Market raises the bar with its impressive offerings. Once again, here's The Grid Food Market by the numbers this time with Stalls 1, 4 and 11 at Bucky's, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu and Bun Appetit... 

Friday, September 27, 2019

#MimisFriedChickenMadeButter: Summer Forever on This Side of Town with New Cocktails and the Exciting New Truffle Honey Butter Chicken at Mimi & Bros...

Just how do you make a perfectly crisp and juicy classic fried chicken even better? It's better with butter. Make that Truffle Honey Butter. Pair that with some soothing cocktails and you'll soon find out why it's always summer forever this side of town...


Mimi & Bros is known for quite a number of things. Great comfort food, refreshing cocktails and that crisp and juicy fried chicken. But the guys at Mimi & Bros didn't stop there. They're doing some amazing things with their fried chicken. You just gotta have more of that new Truffle Honey Butter Chicken at Mimi & Bros for a refreshingly new spin on a classic. Think of it as fried chicken made better, or in this case, made butter.  So gather the bros and head on down to Mimi & Bros...

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Masterfully Roasted: The Coffee Culture and Gourmet Farms

No conversations on the origins of the current coffee culture is complete without mentioning Gourmet Farms. It's a story that's woven tightly leading to the surge in popularity of coffee beginning as far back as the seventies. This is the story of Gourmet Farms...


The fragrant aroma of roasted coffee fills the air with its aromatic scent, it's just another day at Gourmet Farms (for more on Gourmet Farms, see my earlier post, Freshest. Finest. First. A Day at Gourmet Farms...). The enduring brand began as coffee traders and to this day, coffee remains their core product. Gourmet Farms showcased the world's best as well as the finest local coffee, planting the seeds for the now popular "bean-to-cup" concept with their range of premium coffee products. Gourmet Farms provided easy and convenient access to gourmet coffee, sparking the beginning of a long-running coffee revolution. Here's their story, enjoy it with a freshly brewed cup of coffee...

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Freshest. Finest. First. A Day at Gourmet Farms...

Long before organic, farm-to-table and bean-to-cup became part of the mainstream, a pioneering farm in Silang planted the seeds for the now popular culinary movement...


Since the early eighties, Gourmet Farms introduced the novel organic, bean-to-cup and farm-to-table concepts to a local market hungry for new and unique dining experiences. The emerging popularity for food provenance or knowing where your food comes from and how it's produced, reflected a growing desire to return to nature. And it all began here at Gourmet Farms. What started as a roadside diner along General Aguinaldo Highway in Silang has now grown into one of the country's premier producers of gourmet local coffee, organically grown green produce, fresh herbs, indigenous herbal teas and a variety of salad dressings, sauces and dips. Read on for a peek at my day in Gourmet Farms...  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Your Breakfast. At Your Local...

The blur of the late-morning rush always requires a stiff caffeine fix for that much needed dose of clarity. And a hearty breakfast completes your late morning start. Find both at Your Local...


Known for their distinctive Asian Fusion inspired cuisine, Your Local weaves its signature spin on favorite breakfast staples that's guaranteed to give you all the reasons you need to start your day at one of the metro's most innovative and enduring dining concepts. At an exclusive preview, Your Local showcased some of their new breakfast offerings including inventive beverages for that late morning start. Read on for a sneak peek at Your Local's new breakfast menu, available starting November 8... 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Grand Holiday Season Begins...at Grand Hyatt Manila.

Once the "ber" months arrive, you know the holidays are just around the corner...


And that means fruit cakes. Grand Hyatt Manila kicks off the holiday season with "Something Sparkling, Something Grand" for all its guests this Christmas beginning with the traditional cake-mixing ceremony last September 14, 2019 at The Apartment. This year, guests at the Grand Hyatt Manila can look forward to whimsical Gingerbread Houses, Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Santas and lavish Christmas Hampers loaded with indulgent treats in that signature grand style that can only come from Grand Hyatt Manila. And yes, you can have the traditional Christmas Fruit Cakes too...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Prost! Cheers to Endless Rounds of Good Vibes, It's Oktoberfest at Brotzeit!

It's October and that can only mean one thing. Roll out the barrels and raise up your glass, it's Oktoberfest at Brotzeit...


Paulaner, sausages and pretzels, just some of the essentials for Oktoberfest. Add some genuine good vibes to the mix and you've got a real party. Brotzeit, the metro's finest authentic German bier bar kicks off the Oktoberfest celebrations with exciting and savory offerings for endless rounds of good vibes. Here's Oktoberfest, the Brotzeit way (for more on Brotzeit, see my previous posts, Breadtime Sandwiches at Brotzeit with Helmut, Dirk, Angela, Hasselhoff, Beethoven, Von Trapp and Reuben on their new sandwich offerings and Lass uns Essen! The New Lunch Specials at Brotzeit on their lunch menu)...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tasty Finds at The Gourmand Market by Nawwty's Kitchen Preview

One of the country's long-running and much-awaited culinary events returns this September with five new merchants joining the weekend market. Think of it as your first five for more tasty options at The Gourmand Market by Nawwty's Kitchen...


The Gourmand Market by Nawwty's Kitchen tempts the metro's palates once more from September 20 to 22, Friday to Saturday, at C1 Park, Bonifacio High Street Central in BGC. You can expect your favorites to return at The Gourmand Market by Nawwty's Kitchen, and discover new and tasty finds too...

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, The Gourmand Market by Nawwty's Kitchen has been rescheduled to October 4 to 6, 2019. Please be advised. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Decade of Filipino Hospitality: Joy-Nostalg Manila Turns Ten

The elegant champagne lady in her exquisite terno welcomes guests with perfectly chilled glasses of bubbly at The Nostalgia Dining Lounge...that's the way to celebrate ten years of Filipino hospitality.


Joy Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila celebrates a decade of Filipino hospitality in an intimate gathering of guests, partners and friends at the luxurious Nostalgia Dining Lounge last September 9, 2019. How time truly flies, it was September 9, 2009 when the hotel first opened its doors offering comfort and luxury with expansive fully-furnished suites to short-term stays and long-staying guests. In September, 2017, the property rebranded to Joy-Nostalg Hotel & Suites Manila partnering with multinational hospitality management group AccorHotels. Through the years, the hotel shared their own take on Filipino hospitality endearing them to countless loyal guests. That evening, the hotel celebrated it's colorful journey with good food, endless rounds of free-flowing drinks, live entertainment and a whole lot of good vibes...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Makati's Poblacion, In Chocolate: At The Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl...

It's Poblacion like you've never experienced before, infused with the deep, rich, indulgent and nutty notes of chocolate for yet another colorful and flavorful facet of the popular neighborhood...


One of the country's finest award-winning and proudly Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate brands hits the streets of Poblacion in a curated bar crawl like no other. Auro Chocolate lets you experience Makati's famed Poblacion neighborhood with the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl, an innovative and unique dining experience in collaboration with five of the neighborhood's best bars and restaurants. Ready for a walk in Poblacion, this time with the indulgent notes of chocolate? Read on...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Perfect TEN: Say Konnichiwa to the all-new Tenya TEN Card

Indulge in your favorite classic tendon and get another. Plus, enjoy discounts and earn points too. All you need is one card...


Tenya introduces its Ten Card to reward loyal customers and their love for the tempura sets offering exclusive benefits so you can enjoy even more with every visit. Just think of it. Buy one take one on your favorite classic tendon, earn points and discounts any day of the week, the TEN Card of Tenya scores a perfect ten in my book... 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Here's What's Hot: A Sumptuous Hot Pot Feast at Choi Hot Pot...

A steaming hot broth flavored with a variety of premium ingredients, simmering right before you on your table. It's time for some hot pot...


Craving for hot pot? Head on over to Choi Hot Pot in Greenhills. Choi Hot Pot is the newest dining concept offering Hong Kong style hot pot from the group behind the popular Choi Garden in Greenhills, Makati, BGC and Clark. The new dining concept capitalizes on the popularity of hot pot, or shabu-shabu using fresh and premium ingredients flown in daily from Hong Kong. And for BDO Mastercard users, a special treat awaits... 

#MoreThanMilkTea: The Buzz on Brown Sugar Boba Continues at Xing Fu Tang

A new brand makes its entry to the local market, riding high on the country's obsession with boba milk tea. It's a trend that isn't slowing down any time soon. From Taiwan straight to Manila, meet Xing Fu Tang...


Literally translated to "hall of happiness," Xing Fu Tang is exactly that when it comes to brown sugar boba with their extensive and varied selections. Founded in Taiwan, Xing Fu Tang is the latest player to the metro's emerging and competitive boba market with their wide array of refreshing variants. Read on for more on the latest buzz on boba...

Friday, September 6, 2019

20/20: Beard Papa's Celebrates 20 Years of Cream Puff Indulgence with a Special 20% Discount for the New Langue de Chat Puff

That soft, freshly baked double-layered puff-choux pastry filled with silky smooth and indulgent whipped and vanilla custard cream...that's the word's best cream puff from Beard Papa's, now celebrating 20 years of decadent indulgence.


Japan's much-loved cream puffs from Beard Papa's is all set to tempt your palate once more as it celebrates its 20th year in the industry with an equally tempting offer. Beard Papa's Philippines is extending the celebration to its valued customers by offering its Limited Langue de Chat Puff with a 20% Discount until September 30, 2019. Now that's reason enough to celebrate with a half-dozen cream puffs or more from Beard Papa's...

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fired Up for All-Out Teppanyaki: Teppanya Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with the Insane Unlimited Madness Promotion

Everything on the menu, as much as you want. Teppanya celebrates five years of teppanyaki madness with an insane eat-all-you-can teppanyaki offer...


In celebration of its 5th Anniversary, Teppanya presents their Unlimited Madness promotion starting August to September at their new SM North Edsa North Towers branch for only P 988+ (Lunch) and P 1,188+ (Dinner and Holidays). From premium Angus beef, pork and succulent Hokkaido seafood grilled right before you at the teppanyaki grill to makimono, sushi and sashimi and everything in between (that's everything on the menu), Teppanya goes all-out with the Unlimited Madness offer for an epic teppan feast (for more on Teppanya at SM North Edsa's new North Towers, see my earlier post, Fire and Flavor: Setting The Stage for a Culinary Performance at Teppanya). Read on and find out more... 

Monday, September 2, 2019

Say Cheese. And Wine. And Raclette. It's Wine & Cheese Night at Old Swiss Inn...

Wine, cheese and raclette. That's the way to end the week. At Old Swiss Inn...


Since 1946, Old Swiss Inn has been a favorite among locals with their signature fondues and other Swiss classics. This culinary tradition is celebrated in a one-night only Wine & Cheese Night for Old Swiss Inn's countless loyal diners and to commemorate Swiss National Month (for more on Old Swiss Inn, see my previous post, First Taste: Old Swiss Inn's New Scamorza Fondue). Read on for a peek at another memorable evening at Old Swiss Inn...

Saturday, August 31, 2019

A Wine Launch of a Different Kind: Making the World a Kinder Place, One Step at a Time with Barefoot Wines

A kind word here and a good deed there, it all goes a long way. One wine brand takes it a few steps further...


Barefoot Wines recently launched The Barefoot ARK Kick-Off at Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe last August 29, 2019 advocating massive positive change through little acts of kindness. The unique Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) campaign is a timely social media movement aimed at promoting, encouraging and motivating people to perform small acts of kindness through the Barefoot ARK social media pages. The novel campaign built around positivity is consistent with the brand character of Barefoot Wines, a specialty wine brand from California known for its distinctly fun and casual personality as well as pioneering worthy-cause marketing. These values have helped Barefoot Wines earn the distinction as America's Most Beloved No. 1 Wine Brand. Time to stop whining, and start wining for good vibes with Barefoot Wines...

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