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 October... 

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...

Friday, August 30, 2019

Italian Flair: A Pizza Acrobat and Classic Italian Cuisine at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's La Vita Italia

Fresh and savory toppings masterfully laid on a rustic crust fresh from the oven. Nothing quite celebrates the Italian flair of fresh and vibrant flavors as a traditional pizza showcasing the pizzaiolo's craft. Now you can see it up close and rediscover authentic Italian cuisine...at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's La Vita Italia.


After the successful Ilonggo food festival featuring local regional cuisine (more on my earlier post at Kaon 'Ta sa Cucina! Savor Ilonggo Flavors at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina), Marco Polo Ortigas Manila crosses the continent to the rich and hearty flavors of Italy with La Vita Italia. And world renowned pizza acrobat, Pasqualino Barbasso, comes along for an exciting ride...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Mazesoba on a Cloudy Day at Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

The past weekend was marked by grey skies and pouring rain, and this kind of weather triggers cravings for comfort food...


Images of a hot and freshly prepared bowl of mazesoba scrolls through your mind, intensifying your craving for noodles. As the skies grow darker, the craving gets real. And there's only one way to satisfy that craving. It's time for a bowl of mazesoba...at Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba (for more on Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba, see my earlier post, #TokyosNumber1Mazesoba: Prepare For A New Ramen Experience by Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba).

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Take-Home Treats: Tasty Take-Out with Braised Beef, Mushroom and Chicken and Braised Pork Claypot Rice from Fantaste

A comforting claypot rice meal would be perfect on another cloudy day like today. The guys at Fantaste hear you, and your claypot rice is on the way. The savory richness of authentic Chinese claypot rice can now be enjoyed at home or at work, conveniently packed for take-out or delivery. And the best part is opening up your claypot rice with its fragrant aroma...


Fantaste now offers free food delivery to Makati, Bonifacio Global City and Pasay for a minimum spend so you can enjoy a sumptuous claypot rice meal at home or at work. Or you can opt to pick up your order for take-out. With these options, you're never too far away from all your favorite claypot rice bowls from Fantaste (for more on Fantaste, see my earlier post, Want More Claypot Rice? Fantaste Celebrates Its 1st Year Anniversary with the Launch of New Claypot Rice Variants).

Friday, August 23, 2019

#EatingHereIsAPlus: Meat Plus Cafe Opens at SM Mall of Asia

Road trips to Subic and Clark up north always includes a stop at an all-time favorite where dining is always a plus...


Meat Plus Cafe, the north's enduring steak and burger place for over thirty years, finally comes to Manila with its first and much-awaited branch at SM Mall of Asia. Meat Plus Cafe is a proudly homegrown concept that now includes popular restaurant brands like Kettle and their modern take on comfort food with a curated menu of classics executed with a contemporary spin (more on Kettle on my post, The Great Eatscape at SM Aura Premier: Back at Kettle and Lovin' It and Taking Comfort Food to the Next Level at Kettle), Fireside by Kettle with their roasts and grills and Tender Bob's with their signature value steaks, ribs, burgers and other savory entrees for a variety of palates (more on Tender Bob's on my post, The Fully Loaded Burger at Tender Bob's).

And it all started with Meat Plus Cafe. From Subic and Clark, Meat Plus Cafe brings their famous steaks and burgers to Manila. Read on and step inside this enduring name in both quality and value with its very first location in Manila and rediscover why eating here is always a plus...

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Back for the Le Rose at PizzaExpress...

A rose is a rose is a rose. The alliteration holds true most of the time, except when you're at PizzaExpress and their signature Le Rose pizza takes it to a whole new level of meaning...


Loaded with savory Pancetta, tender chunks of chicken, Calabrese sausages, Prosciutto and fresh basil, the Le Rose by PizzaExpress is in a class of its own. A classic Romana style pizza with a thin and crisp crust, the rich and indulgent notes of the Pancetta and Prosciutto clearly sets this pizza apart from the rest. And I'm back for another round with the Le Rose (for more on Pizza Express, see my earlier post, Express from the UK: Pizza Express Philippines Opens Flagship Store at SM Megamall). A rose is a rose is a rose may be the case, but not the Le Rose of PizzaExpress.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Happiness in a Box: The New Lechon-In-A-Box by Lydia's Lechon

It's finally here. Unbox some pure lechon happiness with the new Lechon-In-A-Box by Lydia's Lechon...


Now on its 55th year, Lydia's Lechon celebrates the corporate milestone with an exciting array of new product offerings for #EverydayLechonHappiness (for more on Lydia's Lechon, see my earlier post, #EverydayLechonHappiness: Lydia's Lechon Turns 55). From being the star of the table in every Filipino celebration, Lydia's Lechon has become the true Pinoy staple and go-to dish for everyday meals. And now, you can enjoy happiness in a box with the new Lechon-In-A-Box by Lydia's Lechon starting September 1, 2019...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Walang Kupas Ang Klasik: 65 Years of Memorable Stories with Ligo Sardines

Open up a can and its familiar flavors trigger fond and nostalgic memories of good times. For over 65 years, one brand of canned sardines has been synonymous with uncompromising quality, remaining relevant with changing consumer preferences and evolving palates. It has endured the test of time since 1954. Walang kupas ang klasik... 


Ligo Sardines Philippines celebrates 65 years of being part of countless memorable stories, and the iconic brand continues to shine with a vibrant new look with the same comforting flavors everyone loves. It's an inspiring success story hinged on a steadfast commitment to quality. And it's well on the way to being the Filipinos' choice for canned products.  

Saturday, August 17, 2019

After Five: Wine, Tapas and Desserts at The Grid Food Market In Power Plant Mall

When you're way too early for dinner, The Grid Food Market is exactly where you want to be. Here's what ending the day is like with a pre-dinner tipple and tasty bites at The Grid Food Market...


Wine and tapas. And awesome desserts. With so many tempting options, The Grid Food Market at Power Plant Mall in Rockwell is the perfect spot for a late afternoon or early evening casual dining experience with glasses of wine, tasty tapas and some indulgent desserts (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 featuring the Korean-inspired cuisine of Chef Patrick Go at Gochu-Gang, the rich and authentic Malaysian flavors of Chef Him Uy de Baron at Babu and the signature burgers of Beefier and Rainy Days and Laksa. And Nasi Lemak. And Chicken Kalbi. And Beef Japchae. At The Grid Food Market. on my second visit). End the day, or start the evening right...at The Grid Food Market.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Game Plan at the Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki of Diamond Hotel Manila's Yurakuen

The Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki at Diamond Hotel's Yurakuen is a feast like no other, but it can be overwhelming. You need the right strategy and game plan to fully enjoy your teppanyaki experience at Yurakuen...


The plan is simple. Start with the seafood before the grilled meats, and add in the vegetables and Japanese-style fried rice and you'll get to experience the full range of Diamond Hotel Manila's savory offerings with Yurakuen's Eat-All-You-Can Teppanyaki. Ready? Here we go...

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Let's Talk Irish Beef...at the Bord Bia Dinner in Discovery Primea's Flame.

The pristine and lush natural beauty of the famed Emerald Isles with its temperate climate, fertile soil, fine air quality and endless verdant fields of green grass have long been the source of some of the world's finest produce. And you can include Irish beef in a long list of fine Irish products... 


The Irish Food Board, Bord Bia, recently hosted a lavish dinner at Discovery Primea's Flame Restaurant featuring Ireland's famous beef.  It's been said that to bring out the finesse in meat requires a fine natural environment. Ireland, and the rest of the EU member states, offers diverse and unique environments reflected in both the taste and quality of their beef. Managed with the most stringent European Union food safety legislation, the EU Pork And Beef, Excellence in Quality & Production Standards is a pork and beef joint initiative between the European Commission and Ireland, the largest net beef exporter in the EU. Let's talk Irish beef...

Friday, August 9, 2019

My Personal Picks at the The Peninsula Manila's MaArte oPEN House Preview

The country's finest gourmet selections converge at The Peninsula Manila once more for the much-awaited yearly art and shopping event...the MaArte Fair.


Now on its 11th year, the MaArte Fair showcases Filipino creativity and artistry from August 16 to 18, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila with a festive mix of local products. From single-origin chocolates to gourmet home-cooked meals, organic produce and herbal teas, fashion apparel, jewelry and accessories to bags, shoes, pottery and home furnishings, this year's MaArte Fair promises both fun and nostalgia with over 65 hand-picked merchants. At the exclusive preview last August 6 at The Peninsula Manila's Escolta, guests sampled some of the tasty offerings for this year's edition at the MaArte oPEN House. Here are my personal picks... 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Persian Flavors Soar High at Kite Kebab Bar

Authentic Persian flavors fly high over Poblacion...


Kian Kazemi's latest dining concept, Kite Kebab Bar, offers authentic Persian cuisine adding another colorful layer to the culinary scene of Makati's Poblacion. The name is inspired by his own family's experience, rising above challenges and adversity. It's an apt name, as Kian draws from his own family's Persian roots with sumptuous Persian and Mediterranean style dishes. Kian shared his new restaurant's signature specialties, and some new dishes, in a sumptuous dinner. Turn to the wind and let your appetites soar for some authentic Persian flavors...at Kite Kebab Bar.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Kaon 'Ta sa Cucina! Savor Ilonggo Flavors at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina

La Paz Batchoy, K.B.L., Kansi and more, classic Ilonggo flavors representing our diverse and rich culinary heritage takes the spotlight this August at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Cucina. Kaon 'Ta sa Cucina!


Marco Polo Ortigas Manila showcases the culinary flavors of Iloilo with a sumptuous buffet spread at Cucina, from starters to savory mains and desserts along with their regular offerings starting August 1 to 18, 2019. Ready for round one with the comforting Ilonggo flavors at Cucina? Then, read on...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Rainy Days and Laksa. And Nasi Lemak. And Chicken Kalbi. And Beef Japchae. At The Grid Food Market.

You'd think the rainy days, even a tropical depression, would put a damper on your appetite. Well, think again.


Never mind the rains and give in to your appetite with a comforting bowl of soothing Laksa, a hearty Nasi Lemak, savory Chicken Kalbi and Beef Japchae...and you'll find all these and more at The Grid Food Market. So just let it rain...

Friday, August 2, 2019

Doing Danish at St. Marc Cafe

That buttery and multi-layered sweet pastry always saves the day. Whenever you need that sugar fix to get through the rest of the day, you just can't go wrong with the Danish...


...and you can find some of the finest examples of this indulgent bakery treat at St. Marc Cafe, also known for their signature Chococro (for more on St. Marc Cafe, see my previous posts, Grab Your Chococro at St. Marc Cafe, Now Open at Mega Fashion Hall on their opening five years ago, #LocoForChococro: St. Marc Cafe's New Banana Walnut Chococro and Food News: #LocoForChococro with St. Marc Cafe's New Black Sesame Chococro on their seasonal variants). Let's do Danish...at St. Marc Cafe.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Want More Claypot Rice? Fantaste Celebrates Its 1st Year Anniversary with the Launch of New Claypot Rice Variants

You can't beat a comforting and sumptuous pot of rice loaded with tasty toppings, slow cooked in the traditional way. And you can choose from fifteen tasty variants, at Fantaste...


A hearty and savory Chinese dish in a bowl, Fantaste offers the traditional claypot rice in a modern and casual setting at the heart of Makati's Salcedo Village. Using a clay pot, rice is cooked and individually topped with a selection of flavorful ingredients for a satisfying meal. Whether you're waiting out the rains, the traffic or simply looking for a quick and satisfying meal on your lunch break, the claypot rice at Fantaste is just what you need. Now celebrating its first year anniversary, Fantaste adds four new clapot rice variants to its menu. Hungry? Read on...

Monday, July 29, 2019

Comforting Filipino Cuisine with a Whimsical Spin at Mabini's Kainan Kapihan Tindahan

Revisiting comforting Filipino dishes with a modern and contemporary twist may sound like the usual and recurring narrative in the local food scene, but it goes much deeper than that. There is a well-thought out play on weaving traditional elements of Filipino cuisine for this social media savvy generation, and it's all happening in Mabini...


Located along the always busy street of Mabini in historic old Manila, the aptly named Mabibi's Kainan Kapihan Tindahan makes its mark on the metro's culinary landscape with a repertoire of comfortingly familiar flavors and some playfully inventive dishes. From one of the country's established names in local arts and crafts, Tesoro's, Mabini's Kainan Kapihan Tindahan takes its established history in Filipino craftsmanship to the table with a lavish array of all-time Filipino favorites. With one foot firmly planted on its rich heritage and another boldly facing forward, Mabini's Kainan Kapihan Tindahan lets you rediscover the uniquely Pinoy dining experience... 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

You Can Always Bet on the Kurobuta Tenderloin at Tonkatsu Maisen

The popularity of authentic Japanese-style Tonkatsu has gone beyond just being a mere trend, it's now part of the metro's culinary mainstream. And you can still bet on the Kurobuta Tonkatsu of Tonkatsu Maisen.


Since it opened back in 2016, Tonkatsu Maisen has been one of the top picks for authentic Japanese-style pork tonkatsu in the metro (for more on Tonkatsu Maisen, see my earlier posts, No Compromises: A Commitment to Flavor at Tonkatsu Maisen on their launch three years ago and Pork Love at Tonkatsu Maisen). At Tonkatsu Maisen, you can still bet on their signature tonkatsu specialties. And the Kurobuta Tonkatsu is still as juicy and crisp as the day I first tried this succulent pork cutlet draped in that deep, golden brown breading... 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Straight From The Josper Grill: A Taste of Sage Bespoke Grill's New Dishes

The Josper is all fired up for Sage Bespoke Grill's new dishes...


The finest beef, masterfully grilled. When you're at Makati Shangri-La, Manila, you'll find some of the world's prized beef ready for the Josper Grill at Sage Bespoke Grill. It's this combination of premium steaks and the unique dual charcoal grill and oven, the Josper Grill, that makes lunch or dinner at Sage Bespoke Grill a cut above. And with Executive Chef de Cuisine Sebastian Barcudes at the helm, you can expect a little of that Argentine flair with your steaks. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shaping Food Consumption Habits for a Sustainable Food Future: Knorr Celebrates Nutrition Month 2019

The numbers are alarming. According to a 2016 AIA survey, eight out of every ten Filipinos neglect to eat vegetables on a daily basis, resulting in the Philippines being one of the unhealthiest countries in Asia. This number translates to the next generation as 7.5 million children aged ten years and below are considered malnourished. This month, these health and nutrition issues are tackled head on... 


...and it's about time too. Knorr Philippines celebrates Nutrition Month 2019 with a range of efforts aimed toward helping families prepare nutritious and delicious meals in sustainable ways. Knorr also takes the lead in shaping food consumption habits, partnering with the WWF-UK to produce the Future 50, a list of vegetables, grains, cereals, seeds, legumes, and nuts from across the globe which can have a positive impact on both people and the environment. It's a timely advocacy that deserves more than a second look. Read on and find out more on what Knorr has in store for Nutrition Month and discover why #NutritiousIsDelicious...
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