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…

Unusual ice cream flavors!

Summer and ice cream are perfect partners! When the sun is just too much to bear,  the ice cream man becomes the neighborhood’s best friend and life-saver. But when mamang sorbetero is nowhere to be found and the call of the freshly-made artisanal ice cream proves to be very persistent and irresistible, a trip to the…

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…

No fuss at Meranti Hotel

As much as we love road trips and eating at local restaurants, the boys and I love to stay in hotels and quaint B&Bs. For us, it is an adventure (poking around and checking out the facilities and the nearby attractions), a time to bond with each other and add to our memory bank.  …

Peninsula Manila joins Oktoberfest!

After 12 long years and a German Executive Chef  (Mike Wehrle), The Peninsula Manila Hotel re-joined the merry, crazy celebration of Oktoberfest! Not to miss this chance of enjoying the company of friends and colleague and celebrate this well-loved German Beer Festival, Adolf & I trooped to Escolta, the main restaurant of  The Peninsula Manila.  We…

Batangas Food Fest at Matabungkay Beach Hotel

With the semestral break just around the corner, Matabungkay Beach Hotel beckons us to come and enjoy the sun, beach and their surprisingly delicious Batangas Food Festival (BFF). As a preview, we trooped to Matabungkay, which is 2.5 hours away from Quezon City,  expecting to be surprised and delighted with the new dishes.  And we were not disappointed. …

A surprising Chaplin Menu

Charlie, who entertained an entire generation, is the inspiration behind this cool, South Beach vibe café and bar in the metro. Atop Century City Mall, Chaplin’s glass walls generously pours light into the café inviting diners to lounge, sit back or just chill.   The menu is an eclectic mix of cultures spanning the Americas…

Craft Cookie after my heart

There’s a new kid in town! He’s different, he wears a uniform and he gives out the best cookies that you alone could make – and he made me swoon. Meet Scout’s Honor (Craft Cookie Shop), the brainchild of game changer Chef Miko Aspiras. Simply put, this shop is a make your own cookie bar!…

Salo-Salo at BenCab Museum

As I bid summer goodbye, I decided to visit one of the major attractions in Baguio, the BenCab museum.  Benedicto Reyes Cabrera – more popularly known as BenCab,  is considered as the most popular master of contemporary Philippine art.  An esteemed National Artist for Visual Arts, he has won various major art awards and has…

Kyochon 1991 : Natural is best

I am really a bit late in appreciating Korean made products (skin care and cosmetics are my favorites now) but it feels good to know that am in early taking a bite at this Korean favorite chicken! Kyochon 1991, the preferred chicken chain in Korea, has finally opened its 1st store in SM Megamall. Unlike…

A Namnam birthday

Adolf recently celebrated his birthday, and one of the things in his “must-do” list is to eat at Namnam.  Namnam (or loosely translated as “yummy” in Tagalog) is a year-old Filipino restaurant in Greenbelt with good reviews from fellow foodies and food writers. The place is small, maybe seats 50 people comfortably, decor is simple…