Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Dining in the Next Normal: Let's Talk Noodles...

Nothing says comfort food better than a bowl of noodles enjoyed at home. During the quarantine, we've seen both traditional as well as innovative expressions of the much loved staple warming both our palate and body in these challenging times. Here's a round up on my latest noodle picks in this new normal...


The new normal continues to change and transform consumer habits with dining at home and the food delivery culture emerging as the defining experience for the food service industry in a challenging year. The lingering uncertainty of the times left us isolated for most of 2020, yet a comforting bowl of noodles conveniently delivered to your doorstep would somehow make it all seem right even for just a moment. Restaurants, hotels and chefs have adapted to the new normal by offering their specialty noodles for pick-up, take-out and delivery. Read on and enjoy a tasty peek at some of the tastiest noodle offerings in the new normal this year...

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.
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