Papa Diddi’s is not just ice cream

Have you ever  been to Papa Diddi’s?  When they started out in Maginhawa St., the place could only seat around 8-10 people comfortably and offered select hand-crafted and artisanal ice cream. It started out as a tribute to Papa Diddi – an Ibanag lawyer, whose passion for law can only be matched by his love for Cagayan Valley  food. …

What must you order at Jing Ting?

It is hard not to like Jing Ting, the newest casual dining restaurant inside City of Dreams.  The restaurant features popular Northern Chinese dishes that are so familiar and compatible to the Filipino palate. Flavors are strong and robust, the serving is generous, food is freshly prepared and the prices are reasonable. Full Flavor : The Northern…

Mark the dates! August 15 and 16

There is one pizza and pasta chain that has been working so hard this year. They started the year with the launch of almost an entirely new menu – new pizza and pasta dishes as well as rice meals (yes, Filipinos love rice); then they held their Pizza War competition to encourage and challenge their own pizza chefs to come…

Are you being true to your Brand?

We do live in a noisy world. With hundreds of thousands of messages assaulting us on a daily basis, what and who do we remember the most? If you think that only brands that spends millions can be heard and remembered, then this workshop is for you. Connect to your audience in today’s hyper sensitive…

Art+Modern Filipino Food at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

From Palette to Palate at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila : Chefs, I realized, can come from all walks of life.  The call of the kitchen and creating something beautiful and delicious at the same time,  proved to be a strong siren call for some former bankers, lawyers and even accountants.  But I believe that most…

Keto Diet or just plain mindful eating?

I have never been on a serious diet. The last one I tried was the Fit for Life program (authors : Harvey and Marilyn Diamond) by just following the basic eating principles prescribed in the book. I was then 105 lbs but wanting to make my digestion more effective and to provide me more energy throughout…

Are you ready for a Mojito night?

Oh,  how I love weekends! Recently,  good friend, Ouie,  invited some friends and I to an all-you-can-drink Mojito night at The Lounge inside Hyatt City of Dreams.  What?  An unli mojito night?? This I gotta see! So with a bit of coordination, Marilen (another good friend and co-writer at http://www.dineph.com), Ouie and I decided to investigate…

My Continental Club Staycation

It was my birthday recently and I decided I will celebrate it outside my home, in a relaxing place where the mattress is one of the softest, cleanliness is gospel, food is delicious and the service is impeccable. So, I  booked the family to stay at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel. Upon entry, those who are booked in any…

Health & Beauty with Seed Oils

I have always been fascinated by natural oils, whether for use as a moisturizer, for health benefit  or for cooking.  But then, my selection of oils is limited to olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil and virgin coconut oil. During the launch of Misso s2o wonder seed-extractor machine last month, we were told that we can…

SOUV Opens tomorrow

SOUV, the latest and newest restaurant of Chef Robby Goco, opens for the public (soft-opening) tomorrow, July 5. SOUV aims to make Greek cuisine (also known as the Mediterranean cuisine) more familiar with the young Filipinos. It will feature more modern dishes, easy-to-drink wines and yoghurt desserts.  Chef Robby says “All the dishes that we will serve, are…

Unboxing of Misso s2o machine

Last month, a friend invited me to attend a preview of this new oil extracting machine that will allow me to make my oils. Intrigued, I came to the preview and met the Korean inventor of the machine, Mr. YS Kim. He was so excited to show us his latest invention, the Misso s2o, seed-to-oil…

We escape at View Park Hotel

When things get a bit too much in Manila (it gets too hot, we get too busy or too tired and even when we find the city too boring), the family would clear our schedules and head off to Tagaytay to recharge, renew and recover.  Happily, we found our 2nd home in Tagaytay, its a quiet…