Wine all-you-can for 499 at Romulo’s Cafe

It’s the end-of-the-week and for me, it has been a long, long one. “Thank God, it’s Friday!”   If you happen to be in Jupiter, Makati; Tomas Morato; or Ayala Alabang area by tonight, do drop by Romulo’s Café and enjoy their Wine-All-You-Can at P499 from 530-730pm, Mondays to Fridays. It is the best antidote to…

3 fun things we did in Novotel Manila

Last weekend,  I decided to pack my overnight bag, and with my family, headed to Novotel Manila Araneta Center Hotel.  I anticipated a restful, contemplative weekend for me while my boys were gung-ho to try out all the facilities in the hotel. Here’s how we spent the weekend closeted inside the hotel: Enjoyed our rooms :  we stayed in the Executive Suite and,…

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…

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…

What’s new with Liquor Brownie?

Early this year, my good friends, Joby Provido and chef Jomel Salas, decided to come out with another flavor for their hugely popular Brownie Bars.  They were tireless in R&D and I was one of the happy taste-testers.  After some batches, they were able to come up with a winner! And one that I personally…

Do you want to open a restaurant?

On June 28, 2017, RESTOINVEST2, the Philippine Restaurant Investment Conference, will once again gather the most diverse Food and Beverage Industry stakeholders to share their winning insights on the state of their respective categories : fast-food, fast casual, casual dining, fine dining, commissaries, hotel-based restaurants, and others.   With the theme, Business-Building Strategies for Sustainable…

What is Kanyaman?

Last June 8, in celebration of our Independence month, Novotel Manila Araneta Center launched their Filipino Festival called KANYAMAN at Food Exchange.  The hotel invited popular chef Sau del Rosario to re-create classic, well-loved and authentic Kapampangan dishes that will be served to diners until June 30.  And to complete the Kapampangan experience, Chef Sau called in veteran…

Keto Buffet for Father’s Day?

As Filipinos can find any excuse to celebrate with family and eat, it is not surprising that Father’s Day is now quite a big event in Manila. Restaurants and hotels offer generous promotions to entice food-loving families to celebrate and dine in their places. One of them is our favorite, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café.  Owned…