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…

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…

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…

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. …