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11 posts from July 2005






July 31, 2005

Amici de Don Bosco -- Home-Cooked Italian Food that you'll love!

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Authentic Italian Food!

If you haven't eaten in Amici yet, then I suggest that you hear mass in Don Bosco Makati and right after mass, walk towards Amici which is located under the pasay road/ arnaiz st. It is authentic Italian cuisine brought to us by one of the entreprenurial Italian Salesian Priest, Fr. Gianlugi Colombo, SDB. Now, having said that it is authentic, it means that its not the Italian food that we grew up in Manila -- Spaghetti that is sweet with red meat sauce. Here are my assessment of the Amici food so that you can calibrate your expectations when eating here:

1. Canteen ambiance. The entire resto has a canteen feel to it, and it is self service. This would mean you have to order pizza, pasta, and gelato from their respective counters and they will give you a number. There's a long line sometimes and the food delivery is slow so I would suggest to avoid the main dining hours.

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2. Italian food for a price. The food is expensive and I think just rightfully so since it's kinda authentic and I'm hoping that some of the profits goes to a good cause by the salesian priest. Pizza costs around P240 while the pasta goes from a range of P120-P170. The gelato goes for P35 per scoop.

3. I love the home-cooked Italian taste! Now this is debatable because Filipino does not like the Italian taste which is bland, and sometimes sour in taste. You can certainly distinguish the taste from the commercial italian restos and the jollibee spaghetti taste. The pizza by the way is wood fire pizza so it tastes great except that sometimes there are some burned portions. Try Pizza #10 Four Seasons, #23 Al 4 Formaggi, and #24 Tutta Carne. On the pasta, try out #15 Spaghetti Vongole e Gamberetti (seafood pasta) and the Lobster Linguine. The gelato is addicting --- try out the vanilla with nuts.

By the way, there are cooking lessons available for P1,500 for 6 hours and the session varies. I actually would have an idea to propose a teambuilding cooking sessions with the priest and see how it goes. The number to call are: 893-8915 for the cooking lessons.


July 30, 2005

Dayrit's delicious Roast Beef

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Don't go back for more :(

Finally I was able to eat in Dayrit's which for the longest time I'm just seeing it along Buendia. Now, they moved in Magallenes already where they have spacious parking and a canteen like ambiance. I don't have alot to say about Dayrit's because so far, only the Roastbeef is great. All the rest, burger and non-beef food like sizzling fish is a big disappointment. So, if you are a meat lover and you happen to be in the Magallanes area, this is something to try out for a change.


July 29, 2005

Power Lunch @ Chef Ed's

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139 H.V. Dela Costa Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel# 812-0016, Cell# 0921 740710

Awesome Power Lunch!!

I've always wanted to eat and try out Chef Ed's famous cosmopolitan cuisine specially the famous paella. Yesterday, I had an opportunity to eat during lunch time with the phils leadership team in Salcedo. We arrived at 11.15am (they open at 11.30) and this was just a perfect time for us to order the paella which should be ordered one hour and 15 minutes in advance! Yes, we have to wait but it was worth it :) Lunch was heavenly specially with all the happy discussions we are having with the team. You should also try out their laing lumpia, crispy cochinillo, and the decadent cake! we tried the grilled salmon tocino on vegetable sinigang but it was just OK.

Just a couple of advice for people eating here, you should alot at least 2 hours for lunch, call one hour in advance, and prepare a power budget of >P500 :)


July 25, 2005

Carlos Celdran noble cause to change the way we look at Manila!

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Fantastic Tour! Way to go Carlos!

I remembered to post this article when Mike Best, my visitor from Cincinnatti, gave me a thank you gift which I received via mail last week. He appreciated the tour very much and I enjoyed joining the carlos celdran tours as well. Finally, I was able to meet the funky down-to-earth carlos and I joined not only one but two tours in one saturday afternoon. The first one was a scheduled Funky Imelda tour of the CCP complex buildings (CCP Main Theater, Folk Arts, and PICC). I learned the great importance of the Leandro Locsin architecture and understand better Imelda Marcos and how the CCP came to be. Then, we had a private tour of Intramuros which started with the tour of San Agustin Museum, Casa Manila and finally Fort Santiago. This tour talks alot about the spanish colonial era and the liberation of the Philippines by the Americans. There has been alot of articles already written about the tour and everything they said about Carlos is true. What I like most about the tour would be:

  • Carlos funky getup and how he starts all his tour with the Philippine National Anthem.
  • There are alot of funny anecdotes, controversial insights and unwritten gossips about the history of the Philippines.
  • Carlos is a great promoter of the Philippines and we should have all tourists to our country to have the celdran tours as a must in their itinerary.

By the way, we requested Carlos to bring a psychic friend, Jessica along to cap the day with ghost stories and psychic readings. It was truly a fun saturday with Carlos.

Here are some of the links and reviews:
>> Carlos Celdran Intramuros and Funky Imelda Tour Photoset
>> Planet Philippines Article on Carlos Celdran
>> Philippine Business Magazine: Volume 12 No. 4 - Lifestyle. A Walk through History
>> Time Article March 7, 2005: Walk the Talk
>> Official Blog: www.celdrantours.blogspot.com


July 24, 2005

Awesome Places to visit next in the Philippines

***UPDATE  9/22/11: The Balesin island cannot be visited anymore and membership will by invitation only. The island is now owned by Alphaland Corporation. ***

There are still alot of places in the Philippines that I would loved to visit and conquer. One of my dreams is to visit all these beautiful places and hopefully capture its beauty in my photos. Someday, I'll publish a coffee table book on these awesome places in the Philippines. Here are my top 10 lists of places to visit in the next 6-12 months:

1. Relaxing vacation in the Fantasy island of Balesin, Quezon
2. Sand Shower experience in Pinatubo Wellness Spa
3. French Fine Dining at Navarro Humprey's Parallel 45 in Mandaluyong
4. Rare encounters with the whale sharks of Donsol, Sorsogon
5. Honeymoon in Pansukian in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
6. Experience Lady Laguna's Tina Decal Culinary Tour of Quezon
7. White water rafting in Tuguegarao
8. Explore Sagada and the famous Banaue Rice Terraces
9. Savor the Ananyana experience in Bohol
10. Summer Vacation in Lagen Island, El Nido Palawan

Send me a note if you want to join or similarly interested in any of these places.



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