Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Casa Noble and Rustan's Couture Cocktails at Long Bar

The best tequila and an impressive line-up of new cocktails. It's great to be back at Long Bar...

Long Bar introduces a new line of cocktails with Casa Noble and Rustan's, twelve distinct and refreshing cocktails guaranteed to make you stay and linger at Long Bar. Nothing like the old world elegance of Long Bar and a smooth cocktail...now with twelve new reasons to visit Long Bar.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Palabok Pizza, Midnight in Pares, Spam Fries and Enveloped Ideas at 12 Monkeys

A unique and inventive Palabok Pizza, a hearty and comforting Midnight in Pares, the familiar Spam Fries, and The Dawn. Just another night at 12 Monkeys...

Formed by a group of successful individuals united by their passion for good food and live music, 12 Monkeys is a collaboration of restaurateurs Raymond Magdaluyo (Red Crab and the Sumo Sam Group), Jerico Fernando (Vask), Neil Arce (71 Gramercy and Tipsy Pig), Mike Gelacio (Publiko and Universe), JM Rodriguez (Prive), GP Reyes (Century Properties Creative Director and club/bar owner), Yuri Allado (Gallo's and 19 East), Neil Paras (Big Bad Wolf), Keith Haw, musicians Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar and Champ Lui Pio of Hale, media personalities Jinno Rufino of Solar Sports, DJ Tony Toni Bueno of Magic 89.9, and Cesca Rivas, the only rose and Managing Partner for marketing and operations.    

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Australian Flavors: An Australian Sojourn at Circles Events Cafe

The very best Australian beef, lamb, and seafood, including Sydney Rock Oysters and Blue Swimmer Crabs. With the very best Australian wines. Discover modern Australian flavors and Pacific Rim Cuisine at Makati Shangri-La's An Australian Sojourn at Circles Events Cafe...

Starting September 28 to October 2, 2014, experience a wide selection of modern Australian cuisine at Circles Events Cafe's An Australian Sojourn, prepared by guest chef Matthew McCool from Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Grab Your Chococro at St. Marc Cafe, Now Open at Mega Fashion Hall

The flaky croissant gets another makeover with a sweet chocolate twist.

St. Marc Cafe opens at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, serving its signature Chococro and more...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Up There with The King of Cognac: Louis XIII de Remy Martin

Chanel, Picasso, Churchill, and de Gaulle, icons of history drawn together with a common love, and passion, for the best cognac in the world. Louis XIII de Remy Martin, the King of Cognac.  

A hundred years of aging and blending, a slow, unhurried, and meticulous process goes into each batch of Louis XIII de Remy Martin before being filled in the iconic Baccarat crystal decanter. And with each sip, it becomes increasingly clear why Chanel, Picasso, Churchill, and de Gaulle had this fascination, and passion, for the King of Cognac. And for one special evening, I get that one chance to experience the magnificent blend...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ogetsu Hime: The Best of Japan at Special Half Price

Experience the best of Japan. At half the price...only at Ogetsu Hime. 

From August 28 to November 16, 2014, Ogetsu Hime offers the Best of Japan at Special Half Price on selected items flown fresh from Japan, available Monday to Sunday, for both lunch and dinner. The best Matsusaka beef, and a selection of the freshest seafood, at half the price. Now that sounds like a good deal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mega Flavors at the Mega Food Tour 2.0

Nine restaurants, nine distinct flavors and experiences, all in one day at the new SM Mega Fashion Hall...

Italian, Japanese, ramen, cupcakes, pork buns, burgers, Japanese-style curry, ice cream and matcha...all these, only from the Mega Food Tour 2.0.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Serious Bites at Tipple & Slaw Sandwich Shop & Bar

Finally, a place where you can get some of the best sandwiches in the metro with some cool cocktails or a cold beer. At Tipple & Slaw, you get all that and more, including some ketchup and mustard on your cocktail...  

Tipple & Slaw is one of the newest dining establishments at The Forum, specializing in artisan sandwiches, classic comfort food, and cocktails. Prepare yourself for some serious bites at Tipple & Slaw...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

An Exclusive Peek at Olive Tree Kitchen & Bar's First Anniversary Tasting Menu

Olive Tree Kitchen & Bar celebrates its first year anniversary with a special Six-Course Tasting Menu, showcasing the innovative and rich flavors of Chef Rob Pengson and his team at OTKB. 

The new Anniversary Tasting Menu features delicately plated courses from starters to mains and a unique dessert creation using the finest and freshest ingredients for yet another memorable dining experience at OTKB (for more on OTKB, see my previous post here at   http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/02/olive-tree-kitchen-bar-sampling-otkbs.html).

Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet AFC's Rebel Without A Kitchen, Matt Basile...

The Rebel Without A Kitchen's in town for a flavorful cause, and rumblings of a kitchen revolution begin to reverberate in the metro...   

The Asian Food Channel presents Toronto-based food truck entrepreneur and King of Pop-Ups, Matt "Fidel Gastro" Basile's "Kitchen Revolution Asian Tour", with an elegant dinner paired with one of the finest hand-crafted single malts, The Balvenie, at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club. The Asian Tour includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia between September 10 to September 23 in line with the premiere of Rebel Without A Kitchen, Season 2, at the Asian Food Channel last September 11.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Makati Food Tour 2014 Part 3: Good Food Simplified at Simple Lang

Simple is better. All the time. Add a few imaginative twists and familiar flavors are suddenly new and different. Welcome to Simple Lang...

The full day tour of The Makati Food Tour 2014 culminates with dinner at Simple Lang, one more from Raintree Restaurants' group of diverse dining concepts focusing on local and traditional Filipino flavors. Simple flavors with a playful and innovative spin define the culinary style of Simple Lang for a unique dining experience with new yet familiar flavors (for more on The Makati Food Tour 2014, check out my previous posts on M Cafe here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-makati-food-tour-2014-part-1.html and Terraz Bistro & Meetings here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-makati-food-tour-2014-part-2.html).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Makati Food Tour 2014 Part 2: Meeting at Terraz Bistro & Meetings

Power lunch? Make that Terraz Bistro & Meetings...

The Makati Food Tour 2014 continues with a lavish lunch at Terraz Bistro & Meetings, yet another of Raintree Restaurants' dining concepts, with its unique take on modern comfort cuisine. The cosmopolitan dining space is an ideal venue for corporate meetings, cocktails  or even an intimate dinner, with a great view of the business district.

The Makati Food Tour 2014 Part 1: Breakfast at Museum Cafe

One day, three restaurants. Three unique dining experiences from Raintree Restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Just can't get better than that...

The Makati Food Tour 2014 showcases the best dining concepts from Raintree Restaurants, a full day of gastronomic adventures with diverse flavors and a variety of dishes prepared by Raintree Restaurants' culinary team. And there's no better way to start the Raintree Restaurants experience than with a hearty and comforting breakfast at Museum Cafe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Somethin's Bakin' Along Paseo de Roxas: Inside Nikko's Baking Studio

A homey, comforting, and rustic vibe greets you as you enter Nikko's Baking Studio, and the aroma of freshly baked desserts complete the unique experience. Somethin's definitely baking along Paseo de Roxas...

A perfect spot for a cup of refreshing single origin coffee from Benguet, savory pastries fresh from the oven, or an indulgent dessert, Nikko's Baking Studio is a welcome stop on one of the busiest avenues in Makati.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Culinary Gems at Taal Vista Hotel

A celebration of the best Filipino flavors from the very best chefs in the metro, with the best view of the lake...

Taal Vista Hotel celebrates 75 years of heritage and happiness with a 12-weekend buffet series, dubbed Culinary Gems, a Festival of Filipino Flavors, featuring seven of the country's noted chefs. The festival runs on select weekends from September 6 to November 23, 11:30am to 3:00pm, on Saturdays and Sundays and from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturdays. And nothing beats a sumptuous lunch with a postcard perfect view of the iconic Taal Lake and Volcano, only at Taal Vista Hotel.

Traditional Goes Non-Trad: Mooncakes with a Twist at Vikings

Vikings celebrates the Mid-Autumn festival with a cool non-traditional tradition...

Every weekend for the month of September, Vikings offers a line of innovative and unique mooncake creations, along with traditional mooncakes, to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. Savory, sweet, and definitely different, adding to your list of must-try dishes at Vikings.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Savouring the Ippudo Experience in Every Sip

The ramen wars go into high gear, with the entry of another iconic name to the local food scene...

Ippudo, Japan's legendary ramen chain, officially opens today, September 10, 2014, at the SM Mega Fashion Hall, serving its signature Hakata-style pork-based tonkotsu ramen.

Slammin' It at Slammin' Mini-Burgers + Fries + Dips

It's true. Big flavors do come in small packages. At Slammin' Mini-Burgers + Fries + Dips, "Mini" doesn't mean just bite-sized...prepare yourself for a feast of epic "mini" proportions.

The mini-burgers may appear deceptively small, but two of these babies at Slammin' Mini-Burgers + Fries + Dips add up to a little more than the average quarter-pound burger, and three mini-burgers comes out larger than the usual 1/3 burger. And there's nothing "mini" when it comes to flavors...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ceviche, Kinilaw, and Chicharrones at Patricio's Cevicheria

The sweet and briny notes of the freshest seafood with the sharp and refreshing layers of tartness and acidity, familiar flavors celebrated around the world with the iconic ceviche dishes of South America, the traditional Poke from Hawaii, and the numerous regional versions of Kinilaw, all in one place. Welcome to Patricio's Cevicheria...

Owned and managed by Pat and Pia Roa, Patricio's Cevicheria is one of those off-the-grid, hole-in-the-wall restaurants to add to your must-try list. Specializing in the freshest ceviche and kinilaw dishes, Patricio's Cevicheria is definitely worth the drive off the beaten path, far away from the familiar hub of restaurants.

Monday, September 8, 2014

LULU Restaurant: Elegant Dining Comes to Salcedo Village

Somethin's cookin' at Salcedo Village...LULU Restaurant, one of the iconic dining establishments in Rockwell, recently relocated to a new spot in Salcedo Village, making it one of the must-try dining destinations in the area's culinary revival.  

After a few rounds of cocktails at Hooch (see my previous post on Hooch by LULU Restaurant here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/09/blood-and-sand-and-old-fashioned-at.html), we passed through the sliding glass door, and entered the elegant and spacious area of LULU Restaurant's new location. The warm amber glow of LULU Restaurant's interior is welcoming and comforting, with a formal grace and elegance in contrast with the hip and cool vibe of Hooch. The unique set-up is perfect, where you can enjoy a few drinks in a proper bar before dinner at LULU Restaurant.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blood and Sand and an Old-Fashioned at Hooch

Something old and something new. An Old-Fashioned at the newest bar in Salcedo Village...make that another round, please. 

Named after and inspired by the common slang for alcohol during the Prohibition-era, Hooch by LULU Restaurant is one of the newest bars at Salcedo Village, and a perfect place for a drink or two to end the day. Or start the night.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Southern Favorites Platter at Racks

Pork or chicken? Why not have both...

The Southern Favorites Platter (P 1,295 good for four) from Racks, with a half rack of classic Pork Ribs, half Southern Fried Chicken, with your choice of any two large sides, a platter of rice (a really hefty sized platter good for four or more), and a pitcher of Coke. Classic Southwestern flavors, pork ribs and chicken, all in one platter.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At Home at Marmalade Kitchen

Learn. Cook. Indulge. Welcome to the Marmalade Kitchen...

The Marmalade Kitchen is Chef Aileen Anastacio's newest concept, adding to her long list of successful ventures including Goodies n' Sweets (the Cappuccino Mousse still rocks!), publishing and others. At Marmalade Kitchen, Chef Aileen Anastacio serves a selection of personal favorites, uncomplicated and unpretentious, just classic comforting dishes. Just make yourself at home at Marmalade Kitchen, and let Chef Aileen and her staff do the rest...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turning Japanese with a Spin at Nomama Artisanal Ramen Capitol Commons

Japanese cuisine with a cool and inventive spin, and you can definitely expect the unexpected. Blending traditional and authentic Japanese flavors with a bit of creative fun, the dishes at Nomama are not your mama's usual Japanese dishes, not at all. Refreshingly new and different, yet there is a comforting familiarity that keeps you coming back... 

At Nomama Artisanal Ramen, one finds a harmonious and flavorful balance in each of the unique dishes, with just the right amount of play, and that distinct global spin that can only come from Chef Him Uy de Baron (for more on Nomama Artisanal Ramen's creative take on Japanese cuisine, see my previous post here at  http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2013/10/nomama-artisanal-ramen-turns-two.html). Traditional it isn't, nor is it way too off the left field of fusion. But right there in the center, with balanced flavors.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Mid-Autumn Festival Feast at Crystal Jade Dining IN

The arrival of the autumnal equinox and the full moon signals the start of traditional festivities, and a good time to take stock, and thank the countless blessings of the year with family and friends. It's time to harmonize unions and say thanks. It's time for good times and mooncakes. And it's time to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with special dishes created by Chinese master chefs at Crystal Jade Dining IN... 

A traditional Chinese harvest festival, the Mid-Autumn celebration brings families and friends together in thanksgiving for the many blessings of the year. And there's no better way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival than with a traditional and flavorful six-course feast at Crystal Jade Dining IN at The Fort.
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