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September 28, 2012

STUDIO KITCHEN (ALABANG) of Chef Mark Tan!

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STUDIO KITCHEN is hailed by foodies as one of the best-kept secret restos located in Alabang. I was surprised that there's a restaurant this good in the south area. It would have been more appropriately located in Makati or Bonifacio Global City.

Most people don't know it probably because the name STUDIO KITCHEN gets lost in translation. The restaurant is the "Art Studio" of Chef Mark Tan, with the plates as his canvas and the dish as his artwork. In Manila, when you say "studio kitchen", it can connote a place where they sell kitchenware.

Also, the resto is hidden on the second floor of the Commerce Building where fast food joints like Army Navy and Yellow Cab are located on the ground floor. You wouldn't think that a gourmet, fine dining place would exist here.

But once you discover it, you'll rave about its Modern American Cuisine and share this foodie secret with everyone you know.

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September 27, 2012

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Manila) is There, Inside Your Mind...

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I still can't believe that PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, touted to be "the most successful musical of all time", is being staged in Manila. I was addicted to its complete soundtrack during my college days, and I never imagined I would get to hear and watch it live with the traveling Phantom of the Opera cast. :)

It's almost impossible not to be drawn into the love triangle story of Christine, Raoul and the Phantom because of familiar songs like:

  • "Think of Me" by Christine and Raoul, 
  • "The Mirror (Angel of Music)" by Christine, Raoul, and Phantom
  • "The Phantom of the Opera" by Phantom and Christine
  • "The Music of the Night" by Phantom, and 
  • "All I Ask of You" by Raoul and Christine

I loved the smooth transitions from one grand scene to the next, especially when Christine was seduced by the Phantom to visit his secret hideout under the opera house, passing through an underground lake. It was mesmerizing to see the smoke, lights and candles slowly emerging to create the Phantom's hiding place.

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September 21, 2012

WAFU's Omakase Matsu

Update 9/24/2013WAFU: Teppanyaki Omakase Buffet! (@WAFUgreenhills kicks off the Teppanyaki Craze in Manila?!)

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There's a Modern Japanese resto that is generating quite a buzz in the Greenhills shopping area. The interiors are amazingly fun, and the food is so good -- even on their soft opening period. It's perfect for celebrating anniversaries or dining for special occasions.

Check out WAFU!

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September 19, 2012

[FAMEALY MATTERS] The Secret to Success: Eating Intimately with the Family

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Finally, it's out! I'm excited to be part of the FaMEALy Matters Book (50-Plus Stories of Everyday Intimacy at the Family Dining Table) compiled by Francis Kong

It was indeed a worthwhile effort to compile the inspirational family dining stories of successful Filipinos of our generation. You have to read this book :)

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September 17, 2012

WOODEN SPOON Filipino Cuisine by Sandy Daza

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WOODEN SPOON is the Filipino restaurant of Chef Sandy Daza, the heir apparent of the legendary Nora Daza who created the Filipino Food Cookbook bible for newly married couples and for Filipinos living abroad. The resto is named after the signature wooden spoon he used in his cooking shows.

Thanks to Pinoy chefs like Sandy Daza, Filipino food in Manila is getting better. :)

We finally had the chance to try the restos in the Katipunan area. :) Here's our Wooden Spoon experience...

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