January 17, 2011
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho is an award-winning TV show on one of the largest networks in the country. Jessica Soho has been a constant presence on Philippine television for a long time now, establishing her mass influence, integrity and solid journalistic reputation through the years.
Her show is the first one to feature and acknowledge the Food Bloggers on primetime TV. It's also the first time that Joel of Market Manila, Lori of Dessert Comes First and I appeared in one TV show feature -- we were all excited about it.
Here is the inside story...
For my segment, we wanted to feature the food, travel, and Filipino angle of the blog. We decided to travel to Dolores, Quezon (2 hours away from Manila) to feature one of my favorite restaurants -- Kinabuhayan Cafe, Kubli Springs. (see: Top 10 Awesome Restaurants of the Philippines)
Here are the blog posts about Kinabuhayan Cafe:
- [Viaje del Sol Series.3] "Starbucks" stop @ Jay's Kinabuhayan Cafe
- [Viaje del Sol Series.4] Postcards from Kinabuhayan Cafe
- [Viaje del Sol Series.5] The Charm of Kubli Springs
- Kubli Springs Night @ Viaje del Sol
- Hailed the Most Beautiful Experience in Kubli Springs
Kinabuhayan Cafe is awesome because the entire place seems like a production set. There's the rustic bed and breakfast; there's the charming tree house (that most foreigners love); and there's Onion, Jay's pet pig. What's not to love? :)
It costs P500 per meal. You can stay overnight for FREE at Kinabuhayan Cafe by just paying for 3 meals -- lunch, dinner and breakfast.
Jay's Risotto is a Filipinized version already. He showed us how easy it is to cook it. His version requires a shot of lambanog (Quezon is known to have the best lambanog) and he ignites it as part of the cooking process of this dish.
Lori shares her own version of our food trip to Jay's Kinabuhayan Cafe:
Dessert Comes First | Tailing Mr. Awesome Planet in Quezon Province
The best part about eating at Kubli Springs is being able to eat good food in a lush, natural setting. The spring waters caress your feet while you eat. This is the best place to drink lambanog, too! :)
There are only two places in Manila where you can eat Alagaw Salad -- one in Crescent Moon in Antipolo and here in Kinabuhayan Cafe.
Thanks to Lori for making this trip awesome with her stories about the blogging life and other things. :) We truly bonded after spending time together during this whole day shoot in Quezon.
Visit Lori's DessertComesFirst.com for the best of home-based bakers and desserts in Manila.
Kinabuhayan Cafe, Kubli Springs
Contact Jay Herrera +63 916 221-5791
Thanks to Jacq and the Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho crew. They are one of the most professional and talented TV crews that I've met from our local TV networks. They were game to troop all the way to Quezon, and they will do whatever it takes to make the segment look artistically great.
Here is the Food Bloggers Segment during last Saturday's episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho:
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals (with discount) at Kinabuhayan Cafe. That's probably why Jay or Kubli Springs was not mentioned in the show because they did not sponsor the meal.
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