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17 posts from February 2010






February 26, 2010

The 10 Biggest Foodie Trends in Manila 2010!

Allow me to share with you my talk during the 2nd Top Menu Masters Conference in Tagaytay...

2010 Foodie Trends Slide1

Good Morning! I’m honored to contribute to the restaurant industry by sharing with you What’s Hot and What’s Not In the Evolving Philippine Dining Out Market. I’m an engineer by profession. I worked for P&G for 13 years as an IT Manager and turned into a full-time blogger in 2008 to focus on OAP. I don’t know how to cook and my family is not into any restaurant business.

What I can share with you today are the insights that I got from running one of the most popular food and travel blogs in the Philippines for 5+ years. I’ve been to most of the awesome restaurants across the Philippines -- just name almost any restaurant and I'll share with you my experience there. I interact everyday with Filipinos who love food. Since I don’t have a conflict of interest with any restaurant, I can give my insights without any bias.

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February 25, 2010

Avenue Q is BACK with Rachel Alejandro!

AVE Q past photos

Avenue Q is finally back in Manila on its fifth run!

Rachel Alejandro is back as Kate Monster/ Lucy The Slut instead of Carla Guevara-Laforteza, who is currently playing the role of Maureen in RENT. Calvin Millado, who originally played Roger in the first run of RENT in Manila, is joining Avenue Q as Brian. The rest of the Avenue Q Gang are back - Aiza Seguerra, Frenchie Dy, Felix Rivera, Thea Tadiar and Joel Trinidad.

If you missed Avenue Q last time, now is the time to see it. :) Experience the excitement in its last run in Manila before going to Singapore...

Avenue Q Manila Cast with Princeton and Kate Monster (August 2007)
Avenue Q High (September 2007)
Avenue Q Final Run - 5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss the Opening Night of Avenue Q’s Final Run! (April 2008)
- Avenue Q: My Gigantic Heart Will Go On... (May 2008)
Carla's Avenue Q (June 2008)

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February 24, 2010

Alain Ducasse in Manila


(Video Link: Alain Ducasse in Manila)

Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s most celebrated modern French chefs and founder of Alain Ducasse Formation (Enderun’s academic partner for Culinary Arts), is in Manila for a 2-day visit. He is joined by Chef See Cheong Yan (Enderun’s corporate culinary head) and Thomas Nommer (ADF’s international development manager) at the press conference.

It was an honor to be in his presence. He preferred to speak in French with a translator. His philosophy is very simple: cuisine is 60% carefully selected ingredients and 40% mastery of French culinary techniques. He encourages Filipino Cuisine to be unique, to use our natural ingredients and to NOT be influenced by other cuisines. (I totally agree!)

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February 23, 2010

Floating Island - The Best Hospital Restaurant (for me)

Floating Island 1-4

One of our main considerations for choosing Makati Med versus St. Luke's in Bonifacio Global City is that MMC, at present, has the best hospital restaurant in the country! Not only that, you can buy the best siopao in Makati in this hospital. Floating Island has been a fave secret resto among foodies in Makati. It is one of the better Filipino restaurants in the country and has been operational since 1969.

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February 21, 2010

Romeo and Bernadette

ROMEO & BERNADETTE

Valentine's is not yet over, not until you have watched Romeo & Bernadette. :)

The premise of this musical is funny in itself. Romeo did not die, he was just sleeping -- until he awakens in the 1960's. He meets Bernadette in Verona, Italy (whom he thinks is his lovely Juliet) and decides to pursue her all the way to Brooklyn in America.

It's a bit "old school" theater, but it still is very, very funny. Just imagine: Brooklyn accents, Italian melodies, Shakespearean poetry, and Gangsters in a Romantic Comedy Musical. It's sort of a weird combination but it works.

It has audience participation like RENT's "Moo!" scene. Here, the crowd chants, "DONNA, DONNA..." Rem Zamora gives ROMEO & BERNADETTE great comic relief, much like what Job Bautista's portrayal of Angel gave RENT. Both musicals are set in America but in different eras -- RENT is in the '90s while ROMEO & BERNADETTE is in the '60s.

We love it because it's unpredictably funny, complete with a showcase of 1960's fashion. It is a feel-good romantic play that is light and sure to please any theater newbie out there.

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