Monday, November 30, 2020

Have A Merry Brotzeit Christmas with Brotzeit's Christmas Menu

For months since the lockdown, the coming holidays are just what everyone needs in this new normal. Brotzeit brings the holiday vibe with a lavish menu to end a challenging year for yet another reason to raise a toast...


Chef Ivan Maminta rolls out some holiday cheer with the sumptuous new Christmas Menu at Brotzeit. From starters to mains and dessert, Brotzeit teases the palate with a wide selection of holiday-themed dishes along with their specialty Bavarian offerings paired with authentic German beer. The only legitimate German beer bar and restaurant in the metro, diners and guests can enjoy a spot of Bavaria at the heart of the metro. Read on for a peek at the new Christmas menu of Brotzeit...

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Take A Big Bite With These Burger Picks

Perhaps no other dish exudes pure and classic americana than the iconic hamburger. Many claim to have invented it yet its history and origins remain ambiguous. But everyone agrees that it earned national recognition with its debut at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair just like that other all-American favorite, the hotdog. And the burger continues to evolve with inspired takes on the classic as well as inventive spins for a new flavor experience. During the quarantine, we've seen five savory burgers that pleased the palate earning another mention in the blog. Here's my latest quarantine edition round-up of burger picks...  


A juicy and savory slab of meat slapped on a bun just never fails to trigger one's appetite. From the usual fastfood variety to gourmet creations, the burger has endured the test of time even in the new normal. Hotels, restaurants and chefs unveiled their burger offerings in response to changing consumer habits with dining at home on the uptrend and the continued rise of the food delivery culture. From classic flavors to innovative new expressions of the all-time favorite, here's five savory burgers that are now available for delivery to your doorstep...

Friday, November 27, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Pick Your Pizza...

From classic flavors to playfully inventive and creative variations, the popular pizza made its way to our homes during the quarantine weaving comfortingly familiar notes as well as refreshingly new home dining experiences. Have a slice from some of the metro's finest and innovative offerings in another round up of fresh picks...


The new normal continues to change and transform our daily routine leaving its long-lasting impact in everything we do, but the popular pizza remains as popular as ever. We've seen inspired spins on the classic pizza as well as novel and unconventional expressions of the enduring staple during the lockdown, and here's another round up of fresh picks of your favorite slice...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Fresh Picks Delivered to Your Doorstep

Since the lockdown back in March, it's hard to believe that more than eight months have passed in a new normal that has defined the way we go about our daily routine. And we all can't wait to see the year end. It's been a rough year, but there's always a silver lining to offset the anxious uncertainty of the times. Consumer habits continue to change and transform due to the lingering threat of the pandemic as dining at home and the food delivery culture emerged as one of the year's many lasting legacies. During the lockdown, we've discovered incredibly fresh dining options conveniently delivered to your home. Here's a rundown on some of the best and freshest delivery options that should be on your list... 


As quarantine restrictions gradually ease with the promise of a new vaccine expected by early next year, a renewed and much-needed sense of optimism ends a challenging year on a positive note. Isolated for months during the quarantine, access to fresh and premium produce seemed almost impossible. Yet despite the countless challenges, options for fresh seafood and premium meats delivered to your doorstep simply meant a few clicks or taps on your laptop or mobile device. Here's the year's freshest picks...

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Even in the New Normal, The Steaks Still Sizzle at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse

Despite the sweeping transformation in our daily routine caused by the viral pandemic, some things just don't change. Like a good steak. And the steaks still sizzle at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse even in the new normal...


The long-lasting impact of the quarantine experience forced the food service sector to adapt and evolve to shifting consumer habits. And just like many other restaurants, Nanka Japanese Steakhouse now follows all the mandatory health protocols to ensure a safe dining experience. The wide and spacious interiors allow more than adequate social and physical distancing for your peace of mind. In spite of the numerous additional layers that are now part of the dining out experience, one thing always remains the same. A good premium steak, masterfully grilled to medium rare, is still high up on the list. And at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse, Chef Mike Santos and his team keeps the grill fired up for your perfect steak. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Grand Hyatt Manila Brings Grand Tidings for the Holiday Season

It's been a year of extreme challenges that we all wish would soon be over. This year, the much-awaited holidays will be celebrated unlike any other, yet at the heart of the of the season is the familiar warmth of reuniting with family and friends over a sumptuous feast in a new normal that has defined and shaped the year. Bring back the joy and sparkle we've missed to end the year on a bright and positive note at Grand Hyatt Manila...  


Grand Hyatt Manila brings grand tidings with their festive culinary offerings created by Executive Chef Mark Hagan for a grand holiday experience. From the hotel's The Grand Kitchen to The Lounge, up high at The Peak and down below at The Pool House, exclusive private dining at The Cellar, decadent holiday cakes at Florentine to a Grand Holiday Getaway for a memorable staycation to traditional Christmas dishes delivered to your home, Grand Hyatt Manila lets you celebrate the season with your health and wellbeing first above all else. You too can experience the Grand Hyatt Manila's grand holiday experience with their indulgent Christmas High Tea at The Lounge along with their other delectable offerings in this most festive of seasons...

Monday, November 16, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Recalling Days of Noodles and Dumplings at Paradise Dynasty Before the Lockdown

If I remember, it was one of the last few dining out experiences before the lockdown. Bowls of fresh noodles and platters of sumptuous dumplings, the usual suspects with every visit at Paradise Dynasty were always at the core of our dining experience. Little did we know that everything was about to change...


News of a viral pandemic in Wuhan, China broke the news as early as December last year but I, like many others, didn't see the need to raise the alarm. Like past experiences with the bird flu and SARS, we all thought that our distance from the mainland would be enough. But Covid-19 was unlike any virus previously encountered. Globalization and the continuing rise in foreign travel helped spread the virus and by March, the extent of the pandemic reached worldwide proportions. Technological advancements in travel made the world a smaller place but it also made it more vulnerable to the spread of viral threats. It's a lot to take in, but that was farthest from our minds that day in Paradise Dynasty...

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Resorts World Manila Launches Grand Fiesta Manila Holiday Offerings with 11 Thrills of Christmas

It's been a year of extreme challenges, with the lingering effects of the new normal transforming and changing our daily routine. But you can end the year on a high note and set the tone for the coming new year...


Resorts World Manila launches a two-month long property wide holiday season promotion starting November 11 dubbed Grand Fiesta Manila 2020 with its 11 Days of Christmas Thrills to mark 11 memorable years as the country's premier integrated tourist destination. Reflecting the sign of the times, the launch was announced in a virtual press conference held online last November 11 on YouTube. To make the online event even more special, Resorts World Manila sent a sumptuous feast featuring their latest culinary creation, BAD Burgers to the homes of media representatives invited to the virtual press con. The virtual press con unveiled some truly exciting offers and activities starting November 11 at Resorts World Manila, read on for an exclusive peek...

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Chef Mike Santos Unveils His New Burger Creations at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse

Chef Mike Santos is serious about his burgers. One look at his creations and you'll see why his burgers are making waves on the net and your social media feed. Scroll down for a closer look at the new burger line-up at Nanka Japanese Steakhouse...


For over a year now, Nanka Japanese Steakhouse along Mother Ignacia corner Roces Avenue has become a dining destination up north under the helm of Chef Mike Santos. With their wide array of Japanese-inspired savory offerings from succulent seafood to prime steaks, Chef Mike continues to create and expand his menu and he's been busy. The new Nanka Burgers offer even more reasons to visit this hidden gem in Quezon City.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Enjoy #NovotelManilaAtHome with Take Me Out by Novotel Manila

Novotel Manila takes dining at home seriously. With its wide selection of specialty dishes available for pick-up, take-out and delivery coupled with value packed offers and daily specials, Novotel Manila goes all-out for the emerging home dining trend in the new normal... 


Shifting consumer habits due to the quarantine experience have forced the food service industry, including hotels, to adapt and evolve in response to the new normal. Dining at home and the food delivery culture have become the norm rather than exception as our daily routine continues to change and transform as a result of the pandemic. Take Me Out by Novotel Manila is an innovative response to this emerging consumer trend and Novotel Manila pulls all the stops with its wide selection of tempting specialty dishes. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: From Baguio to Manila, Le Chef at The Manor Comes to You with Their Fresh-Baked Bread, Cookies, Jams and Marmalades

The lingering fragrant aroma of fresh baked bread and cookies fill the air as bottles of fruit jams and marmalades tied with colorful ribbons remind you that the holidays are just around the corner... 


Get into the festive holiday vibe with the sumptuous offerings of Le Chef at The Manor by one of the metro's celebrated chefs, Billy King. But you don't have to drive all the way up north, Le Chef at The Manor now comes to you with Le Chef at The Manor in Manila...

Friday, November 6, 2020

Art for Everyone: Cartellino Launches First Edition at Gallery by Chele

As the quarantine experience continues to change and transform our daily routine, the need to feed our eyes and soul with the finest local contemporary art remain equally as important for some semblance of normalcy. An innovative new online platform promises a unique and engaging experience to reconnect with the local art scene, and even own limited edition prints signed by artists to add to your collection. Prepare for a visual feast with First Edition by Cartellino...


An online only platform, digest and shop, Cartellino reimagines and reconstructs the art experience with digital possibilities to interface with artists, collectors and enthusiasts to support the visual arts. Cartellino takes this experience a step further with the launch of First Edition providing ease of access and making art available for everyone. Starting November 16 to 30, First Edition will hold a special two-week run of limited edition archival prints from over a hundred artists for enthusiasts and collectors built on the mission of art supporting its practitioners and selected charities. At the launch held in Gallery by Chele last November 6, the experience of nourishing both the eyes and palate becomes complete with the masterful culinary creations of Chef Chele Gonzalez.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Setting the Standard for Authentic Japanese Cuisine for 50 Flavorful Years at Kimpura

It was the restaurant that defined our love affair with Japanese food, setting the standard for authentic Japanese cuisine along the way. And for fifty flavorful years, Kimpura continues to trigger fond memories of that first and memorable experience with their wide array of specialty dishes. Few restaurants have stood the test of time and as Manila's culinary scene adapts to the new normal, one brand turns another page in a continuing story of memorable food moments.


You can say it started the Japanese food trend back in the seventies, pioneering the way for the popularity of authentic Japanese cuisine in the metro. The name of the iconic institution is a combination of two words roughly translated as "golden tempura" and it still resonates to this day. As it celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary, Kimpura takes you back to that first time you experienced authentic Japanese flavors. An enduring brand built on history and tradition, the passion for perfection continues and Kimpura is ready for the new normal with its classic dishes and service.
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