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...

Monday, July 22, 2019

Know Your Crust: Different Types of Pizza Crust Explained

When that sudden craving for pizza hits, you need to act fast. Nowadays, it's easy to satisfy any pizza craving with on-line options, a take-out call or simply pull up an app to order your favorite pizza. You can also use the best pizza tracking app too, so you know exactly where your pizza is and when it will be delivered. But before you click, you're suddenly barraged by so many options. And not just flavors, but different types of pizza crust as well. Confused? No worries. Papa John's simplifies everything you need to know about pizza crusts...


It's easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of crust options available to you. But that's all part of the fun in getting your pizza fix. Still confused? Relax, Papa John's prepared your very own comprehensive guide to the different varieties of delicious pizza crusts. Read on and learn...

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Blue Aquamarine, Green Emerald, Blue Sapphire, and Black Sea Pearls: G & T's at The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila

Blue, green and black. A tipple at The Peninsula Manila becomes a colorful affair... 


Celebrate the day's end with rounds of soothing Gin & Tonics at The Lobby of The Peninsula Manila with the Blue Aquamarine, Green Emerald, Blue Sapphire and Black Sea Pearls and usher in infinite possibilities by the time the sun makes its final bow. You'll soon realize your day is just starting after one G & T at The Lobby...

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Express from the UK: PizzaExpress Philippines Opens Flagship Store at SM Megamall

One of the UK's most beloved restaurant brands comes to Manila. Get ready for another British invasion...


Opened last June 27, PizzaExpress at the Mega Fashion Hall of SM Megamall is the third local branch of the iconic UK-based pizza chain in Manila following their Uptown Mall in BGC and SM North Edsa stores. The SM Megamall location will also be the largest branch to date with room to comfortably sit 90 diners. That's good news for the metro's pizza lovers. The British are coming...and they're bringing pizza. Lots of pizza.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gochu-Gang, Beefier and Babu: By The Numbers with Stalls 5,6 and 7 at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall

If you still haven't been to The Grid Food Market at Power Plant Mall, then consider this your partial guide to their sumptuous offerings in a first of a series posts. Let's do The Grid Food Market by the number starting with Gochu-Gang, Beefier and Babu, that's Stall Numbers 5, 6 and 7...


The Grid Food Market at Power Plant Mall is more than just another food hall, it's an elegant space where good food, company and lifestyle converge in one place for a unique dining experience. And with 12 tempting stalls to choose from offering burgers to bulgogi and bibimbap, laksa and nasi lemak to tsukemen, pintxos, porchetta and crab rolls, The Grid Food Market offers both variety and value in a lavish setting. Here's a snapshot of the wide array of tasty selections starting with Stall Number 5...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

New in the 'Hood: BOA Kitchen & Socials Opens at Quezon City's Scout Rallos

Why drive down south for some good food and good times when it's all here in the 'hood...


Joey Marcelo and Chef Julius Necor believe Quezon City is ready for a refreshing change. The evolving culinary landscape in the 'hood and the changing, more open palate of diners forever searching for something new and different are clear indicators that the time is right for BOA Kitchen & Socials at Scout Rallos...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Japan in the City: Tendon Akimitsu Tokyo Asakusa Opens at Top of the Glo's New Japan Town

An authentic taste of Japan awaits high up at the roof deck in Glorietta...


Immerse yourself in a unique culinary and cultural experience with the very best of Japanese cuisine at Top of the Glo's Japan Town, soon to be one of the metro's newest dining destinations. Japan Town transports you to the busy streets of Tokyo without even leaving the mall, offering a variety of authentic Japanese cuisine from its collection of Japanese restaurants. And for tendon and donburi, Tendon Akimitsu is your must-try and flavorful stop at Japan Town...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Four for a Feast with the Max's Fried Chicken and Soup Bundle

Sizzling Tofu, Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Gabi, Iced Tea, Buko Pandan and the signature Max's Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken...it's a feast for four at Max's Restaurant.


Getting together over a sumptuous feast is something Max's Restaurant knows so well. After all, Max's Restaurant has been at the heart of countless celebrations for over 74 years. After the festive National Fried Chicken Weekend celebrations of Max's Restaurant (more on my earlier post at #MaxsGetTogether: This National Fried Chicken Weekend, Get Together and Unlock Exciting Offers from Max's Restaurant), it's time to get together once more for the all-inclusive and lavish Max's Fried Chicken and Soup Bundle. After all, what's better than Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken? Eating it together...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

When a Typical Sunday Cantonese Lunch is Transformed with a Luxurious Vibe...at Crystal Dragon.

A late Sunday afternoon lunch becomes more than just a weekend meal, taking you on an elegant culinary journey with authentic Cantonese flavors at Crystal Dragon...


Crystal Dragon at Nuwa in City of Dreams turns an ordinary day into a memorable one with masterfully executed dishes in an elegant setting. There's just no ordinary days at Crystal Dragon, every meal becomes an experience. But for the culinary and service teams of Crystal Dragon, it's just another day... 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

#TokyosNumber1Mazesoba: Prepare For A New Ramen Experience by Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba

Just when you thought the raging ramen revolution is over...


...a new entry barges into the local food scene with an all-new and exciting ramen experience. Literally translated as "mixed noodles," mazesoba is a type of dry or brothless noodles that's rich and unctuous with bold and vibrant flavors. Way past being just another trend, mazesoba is now part of Japan's culinary mainstream. Leading the charge for this new expression of ramen is Tokyo's number one mazesoba, Menya Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba with its very first branch in the Philippines. Ready for a new ramen experience? Read on and find out why mazesoba is the next big thing in ramen...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Where's The Pie? Find It All Here at Citron...

As good as American Pie...


Apple Pie a la Mode, Banoffee Pie and Key Lime Pie, homespun indulgence of pure Americana awaits guests and diners at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati for a slice of the American dream. This July, Citron offers rustic and comforting All-American classics paired with a cup of coffee or tea for only P 250 net. Where's the pie? It's all here at Citron...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#MaxsGetTogether: This National Fried Chicken Weekend, Get Together and Unlock Exciting Offers From Max's Restaurant

Are you ready for National Fried Chicken Weekend? Bring the gang, and your appetite to the house that fried chicken built...


Since 1945, Max's Restaurant remains one of the country's well-loved and enduring brands, and still top-of-mind when it comes to fried chicken. On July 5, 2019, Max's Restaurant kicks off the National Fried Chicken Weekend with the Chicken All-You-Can for only P 399. It's back. Time to get together and unlock exciting promos from Max's Restaurant...

Monday, July 1, 2019

Turning Japanese All-Day Long at Motto Motto All-Day Japanese

Fun, playful, quirky and different. And you'll want more...


Loosely translated to mean "more," to go further or deeper, Motto Motto All-Day Japanese is Raintree Restaurants' newest dining concept offering all-day, everyday Japanese comfort food. The extensive menu, from All-Day Brunch to Teishoku Sets, Sashimi and Sushi, Salads and Small Plates, Agemono and Tempura, Sizzling Specials, Yakitori and Shabu-Shabu, Donburi, Udon and Soba, Fried Rice, Sizzling Rice, Curry Rice and Omurice, Teppan, Desserts and refreshing Beverages and Cocktails clearly tells you there's just so much more at Motto Motto. Redefining "more" with their wide menu selections, Motto Motto will have you turning Japanese all-day long...

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Day's Freshest Catch at New World Makati Hotel's Cafe 1228

When the call of the sea promises a culinary adventure that's just too hard to resist, head on down to Cafe 1228...


Sunday lunches at Cafe 1228 of New World Makati Hotel are guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for the day's freshest catch. With it's lavish buffet spread, you can come back for seconds and thirds with loads of seafood along with other dishes from their extensive buffet selections. It's also no surprise that New World Makati Hotel is the home of the master oyster shucker for 2018, Executive Chef Robert Davis (see more on on my previous post, The Master Oyster Shucker Reigns at The Glasshouse).

Friday, June 28, 2019

Morelli's On A Rainy Day...

Grey skies and a sudden downpour brings everyone to a stop in the metro. Like they say, if you want the entire city to stop moving, just add water. It's your cue for some premium gelato. Step inside Shangri-La's East Wing and have a scoop of Morelli's...


Since 1907, the rich and indulgent flavors of Morelli's have captivated customers in the UK with its authentic Italian gelato and ice cream. And now you too can savor the silky smooth richness of Morelli's right here at Morelli's Gelato Cafe at Shangri-La's East Wing, so let it rain...

Thursday, June 27, 2019

A #BourdainDay Pop-Up Dinner at U Hotels with Egg Salad Sandwiches, Macau Pork Chop, Laksa, Choucroute Garnie and Ditching Dessert for Stinky Cheese

He may have been a complex and often misunderstood character in today's media age, but he was real. It's his authenticity that endeared him to so many, and there's no better way to honor a man by celebrating how he lived...


Anthony Bourdain's birthday, June 25, was celebrated around the world just the way he would have it, eating, drinking and traveling with close friends. Dubbed #BourdainDay, his storied life is once again celebrated in a lavish pop-up by Chefs Sharwin Tee and Karla Reyes hosted by U Hotels. And just like last year, it was all about celebrating his life more than his sudden passing, of good times shared with friends over food and overflowing drinks (for more on last year's Chef's Table Tribute to Anthony Bourdain, see my post, A Cook's Tour with No Reservations to Parts Unknown: Chef Decker Gokioco's Chef's Table Tribute to Anthony Bourdain at U Hotels).

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A Matter of Taste: nawwTy's Kitchen Adds a Luxe Spin to Breakfast and Healthy Choices with Breakfast Corner and Wholesome Indulgence

 It's always been a matter of taste for nawwTy's Kitchen by Trish Panlilio. And it only gets better...


Since 2014, nawwTy's Kitchen by Trish Panlilio has redefined comfort food with her signature luxe spin. Hearty and comforting dishes are elevated and transformed, making Trish Panlilio one of the most sought-after caterers in the metro. Her restaurant, Mulberry Door by nawwTy's Kitchen at Bonifacio Global City is her own intimate stage reflecting her culinary style. Now, breakfast and healthy choices are added to nawwTy's Kitchen by Trish Panlilio's repertoire of tasty offerings with Breakfast Corner and Wholesome Indulgence...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A Surf & Turf Kind of Sunday at Stoned Steaks

When slow Sunday afternoons leave you craving for just a little sizzle, you'll need a few ingredients to make it all happen...


A premium slab of beef, succulent shrimps and a sizzling hot lava stone, it's a Surf & Turf kind of Sunday at Stoned Steaks.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Dial 73737 for North Park's Ultimate Noodles...

Wanton, pork ribs, prawn dumplings, three kinds of mushrooms, Nanking beef and tendon on Hong Kong style noodles draped in a flavorful broth, that's the superbowl of noodles. At North Park, that's the Ultimate Noodles...


The sudden downpour triggers a craving for comforting noodles. Simply dial North Park Delivery at 73737 for your noodle fix. And make that the Ultimate Noodles.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

#EverydayLechonHappiness: Lydia's Lechon Turns 55

It's a success story that continues to inspire from its humble beginnings in a small stall in Baclaran and fifty-five years and more than twenty-five branches later, Lydia's Lechon promises even more Everyday Lechon Happiness to its loyal customers... 


Since 1965, Lydia's Lechon has been the brand synonymous with the iconic Filipino staple in countless celebrations and fiestas, the whole roasted pig or Lechon. Celebrating 55 years of #EverydayLechonHappiness, Lydia's Lechon highlights this key milestone with exciting new offerings for a new generation of customers, available at selected outlets starting July 15, 2019. Curious? Read on for a sneak peek...

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Local Flavors of the Past, Revisited: The Philippine Culinary Heritage Filipino Food Festival at Diamond Hotel's Corniche with Guest Chef Christopher Carangian

Walk back and retrace the roots of our rich and diverse culinary heritage, one plate at a time...at Corniche.


Corniche at Diamond Hotel takes you on a culinary journey of rediscovery with Philippine Culinary Heritage: A Filipino Food Festival by guest chef Christopher Carangian from June 19 to 30, 2019, an epic revival of traditional dishes recreated in a lavish buffet feast. And just like the previous festivals at Diamond Hotel, Corniche reveals even more intricate layers from our flavorful tapestry of local flavors.   

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Cava Dinner with Freixenet at The Peninsula Manila's Elegant Old Manila

The finest sparkling wines from Spain paired with the bold and inventive flavors of Old Manila's Chef Allan Briones is something you don't want to miss...


The Peninsula Manila recently hosted a wine pairing dinner with Freixenet at Old Manila last June 19 as part of an on-going series on special dinners paired with featured wine labels. The dinner also showcased the culinary creations of Chef Allan Briones, the first Filipino Head Chef of Old Manila, for the special wine pairing with Spain's premier sparkling wine.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Very Raffles Weekend...

There are just a handful of prestigious hotel properties in the world that exude a richness and depth of history, old world colonial elegance and charm...


...one of them is Raffles. The very name takes you back to the golden age of travel when Hemingway sought solace with his favorite cocktail at the Long Bar after a long voyage and Maugham indulged in afternoon tea for a taste of home in the tropics. Here in Manila, that same signature style that made Raffles synonymous with an elegance from a bygone era is recreated at Raffles Makati.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A Gentleman's Affair: The Pen Ultimate Father's Day Dream Lounge at The Peninsula Manila

Salon de Ning and The Bar at The Peninsula Manila are transformed once more for a special day. Raise a toast for dad...


Now on its third year, The Peninsula Manila honors dads everywhere with another edition of The Pen Ultimate Father's Day Dream Lounge at Salon de Ning and The Bar (for more on the previous editions of The Pen Ultimate Father's Day Dream Lounge, see my posts, Raising The Bar For Dad: The Pen Ultimate Dream Lounge at The Bar and Salon de Ning from last year and #PenMoments: Adding Coolness to Dad's Day at The Peninsula Manila's Pen Ultimate Father's Day from two years ago on my other travel blog). From cocktails to tasty and indulgent bites, personal grooming to the latest in bespoke sartorial elegance, hobbies and big bikes, The Pen Ultimate Father's Day Dream Lounge raises the bar with a curated selection just for dad...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Grilling For The Weekend at Gyu-Kaku

It's the weekend, and it's time for grilling...


The table-top grills are ready and all fired-up for you for the weekend at Gyu-Kaku with a lavish Japanese-style feast (for more on Gyu-Kaku, see my previous post, Eat-All-You-Can Japanese BBQ at Gyu-Kaku, All-Day, Everyday...). Let's start grilling...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Reality Bites Reboot: New Virtual Reality Attractions and Awesome Fish and Chips at City of Dreams Manila's The Garage

The Garage at City of Dreams Manila upgrades its menu of attractions with new VR options and probably the best fish and chips this side of the metro... 


Since its opening in October last year, The Garage at City of Dreams Manila has set the benchmark for entertainment and dining with state-of-the-art VR attractions paired with a curated selection of sumptuous dining options (for more on The Garage, see my earlier post, Reality Bites: Virtual Reality and Good Food at The VR Zone and Food Park of City of Dreams Manila's The Garage from the launch late last year). And it's leveled up with new virtual reality gaming attractions plus new and tasty additions inspired by the Union Jack. Bring your winning a-game, and your appetite, at City of Dreams Manila's The Garage...   

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Light Yet Grand Mid-Week Lunch at Grand Hyatt Manila's The Grand Kitchen

Inspired by Grand Hyatt Manila's Go Green initiative, I thought it would be a refreshing change of pace to enjoy a light yet sumptuous, and healthier, mid-week lunch at The Grand Kitchen...


...and what a feast. Indulging in the finest and freshest seafood instead of the usual proteins does make you feel better. And if you wish to go all-out, experience Go Green Mondays at Grand Hyatt Manila's The Grand Kitchen where you can discover savory plant-based burgers and sausages by Beyond Meat (more on Green Mondays on my previous post, #GoGreenGoGrand: Grand Hyatt Manila Goes Green in Grand Style). If you can't go on a Monday, The Grand Kitchen still offers a wide array of healthy options for the rest of the week (you can also order Beyond Meat Burgers and Sausages from the A La Carte menu), until you meet their indulgent Baklava and mouth-watering Bicol Express. But all's good. It always is. At The Grand Kitchen. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Scott's: New Flavors and Probably The Best Laksa in Town at Ascott Bonifacio Global City

Exciting global cuisine made with the freshest, local ingredients, Ascott Bonifacio Global City unveils its newest culinary concept... 


Ascott Bonifacio Global City recently launched its casual all-day dining restaurant, Scott's, the newest dining destination at The Fort. And here's a secret. It's home to probably the best Laksa in town...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Elevating Filipino Cuisine: Come Home to S Kitchen's Sunday Fiesta at Sheraton Manila Hotel

Like coming home to a fiesta, Sundays are now even more special at Sheraton Manila Hotel...


Starting June 9, S Kitchen at Sheraton Manila Hotel launches its Sunday Fiesta showcasing a lavish Filipino-inspired buffet spread. The Sunday Fiesta at S Kitchen is an elevated buffet experience with authentic Filipino cuisine alongside international dishes. For only P 2,500 per person, diners can enjoy a sumptuous feast of local and global flavors for lunch from 12nnn to 3pm every Sunday. Think of it as coming home to comforting and nostalgic local flavors...

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Fire and Flavor: Setting The Stage For A Culinary Performance at Teppanya

 The teppan grill becomes a stage for a masterful performance of fire and flavor...


 ...it's at the heart of the elegant interiors at Teppanya where you get front row seats for a lavish teppan feast. Located at the brand new North Towers at SM North Edsa, Teppanya takes the teppan dining experience straight to the mall in Quezon City. And with Father's Day just around the corner, Teppanya is the perfect spot to get together with family and friends. The teppan grills at Teppanya are fired up, read on for a tasty peek...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Come Hungry For The All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum At New World Manila Bay Hotel's Li Li

All the dim sum you want. Steamed, deep-fried and baked. Plus appetizers, main courses, rice, noodles, congee and desserts. It's All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum at New World Manila Bay Hotel's signature Chinese restaurant, Li Li...


Dim sum cravings are once again satisfied with a lavish and sumptuous selection of savory bite-sized pouches of vibrant flavors at Li Li, New World Manila Bay Hotel's fine dining Chinese restaurant. From Monday to Sunday, 12:00 nn to 2:30pm, go all-out with your favorite dim sum and discover new favorites for only P 1,088 net per person. Read on and find out what Li Li has to offer for an epic dim sum lunch...

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Sip with the Sizzle: An Elegant Wine Pairing Dinner at Stoned Steaks' The Wine Room

 Stoned Steaks adds a distinctive sizzle to an elegant wine pairing dinner...


Stoned Steaks, known for their premium dry-aged Wagyu beef grilled on special lava stones, unveils their elegant new space ideal for intimate gatherings and corporate meetings with The Wine Room. Wine pairings become a sizzling affair with Executive Chef Errol Van Manuel's curated menu at Stoned Steaks' The Wine Room. In collaboration with Argentina's Terrazas de los Andes and their fine wines, we experienced a memorable sip with the sizzle at The Wine Room...

Monday, June 3, 2019

#TrueToPleasure: Pure Pleasure, Unveiled. Meet The New Limited Edition Magnum Macadamia Salted Caramel

Creamy and velvety smooth salted caramel draped in thick and rich Belgian chocolate and Australian macadamias, it's real decadence in an ice cream bar like no other...


Championing real pleasure in the highest, truest standard, Magnum unveils its newest limited edition flavor for pleasure seekers, the Magnum Macadamia Salted Caramel. Like all Magnum ice cream bars, the latest addition to its indulgent range is pure indulgence. Read on and unwrap Magnum's newest flavor...

Sunday, June 2, 2019

And Your 2019 Young Talents Escoffier Winner Is...

One of the country's most prestigious annual culinary competitions culminates with a lavish dinner to celebrate a young chef's journey to the global stage...


Now on its ninth year, the 2019 Young Talents Escoffier competition continues the culinary legacy of Auguste Escoffier. That evening, the torch has been passed to a new generation of young chefs selected to lead the movement for the continuous evolution of cuisine, with one chosen to represent the country for the Asia Finals in Hong Kong. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

A Few Good Men (and Women): A Gathering of the Country's Top Culinary Icons and Rising Stars at the 2019 Young Talents Escoffier Competition

A perfectly prepped baked or poached fish elegantly draped in the classic Mornay sauce, it's a traditional dish reflecting the fundamentals of French cuisine. It's also the dish that may launch a stellar career for one of six finalists...


Widely regarded as a pioneer in fine dining, luxury hospitality and elevating French haute cuisine to an elegant and memorable experience, the culinary legacy of Auguste Escoffier lives on with the annual Young Talents Escoffier competition of Disciples Escoffier International Asia. The prestigious competition, now on its ninth year in the Philippines, aims to transfer knowledge to aspiring young local chefs. This is at the very core of the vision and mission of Disciples Escoffier worldwide, maintaining the high standards set by Auguste Escoffier with the next generation of culinary talents. This year, six young candidates have been selected but only one winner has the rare privilege of representing the country and showcase his (or her) talents on the global stage... 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Macaron or Macaroon? It's A French Thing...

That delicately smooth and crisp outer layer on top as fragile as an eggshell matched with lightly ruffled clean and small "feet" on the bottom, the sumptuous filling in the center between two perfectly paired discs capped by its melt-in-your mouth finish with each indulgent bite...start counting your smiles and forget the calories. But say it wrong and you get your grandmother's homemade coconut treat instead...


You've probably seen all the brightest, most vibrant colors and hues of this most decadent nibble, but there's still so much more to discover. The range of colors is probably thicker than most Pantone color guides, and the flavor combinations have gone beyond traditional with inventive creations infused with matcha, foie gras, rosewater and even fermented sour mangoes and bacon. Still, the macaron continues to tempt and entice. And as the local culinary landscape evolves, you can expect even more creative interpretations of this very French delight.       

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Piece of Cake: Chefs Aileen Anastacio and Miko Aspiras Unveil Their Collaborative Book on Cakes, Desserts and Everything Sweet at CCA Manila

From the classic New York Cheesecake to the modern New York Cheesecake Entrement, the nostalgic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake to the avant-garde Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Verrine, the colorful Rainbow Cake to the indulgent Rainbow Cake Gelato Bar, and the decadent Sans Rival to the inventive Sans Rival Petit Gateaux, fifty lavish cakes executed two ways in the distinctive culinary styles of the country's finest pastry chefs elegantly laid out in a book...


...it's A Piece of Cake by Chefs Aileen Anastacio and Miko Aspiras. Two of the country's premier pastry chefs collaborate for a beautiful yet comprehensive, simple and easy guide to both classic and modern desserts for home bakers and professional chefs with their masterfully written and photographed book. You too can recreate these timeless desserts with each masterpiece lovingly detailed in the book. Baking at home can be "A Piece of Cake..." 
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