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2,000th Blog Post: Discover NORTHERN and SOUTHERN EATS!

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I am very excited to finally share with you these restaurants that we have discovered and grown to love. These are the restaurants that can serve as a perfect backdrop to special family gatherings, a romantic date with your special someone or the perfect bonding moment with your friends.

There are three (3) criteria that we followed in coming up with this inaugural list of Northern and Southern Eats' restaurants in Manila:

1.It is not commercialized.
There is magic in knowing that what you are enjoying is not mainstream. These restaurants are typically not based in the hotel or in the mall. It is not a local chain or foreign franchise that expanded around Manila. On certain occasions though, we give in and include the original stores of local restaurants that somehow evolve to be chains as long as they still haven’t lost the magic of what made them stick.

2. It has a unique concept.
The restaurant offers a differentiating concept which is a combination of good and consistent food, nice ambiance, and friendly service. It maybe a hole-in-the-wall, a garden restaurant, a home converted into a private dining, or just a simple place to eat and yet they end up being the destination restaurants that the foodies can’t stop talking about.

3. It has an Inspiring Story.
Most of these restaurants have an interesting story to tell. In our dining adventures we found out that the personality, the story and passion of the owners are sometimes big factors on how their food comes out. Indulging yourself not only on the food offering but also the “why” of these restaurants can spell the difference on why people take that long trip or the long wait. 

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SOUTHERN EATS - Discover 50 Restaurants in the South
As Recommended by ANTON DIAZ of Our Awesome Planet
Presented by Southern Living and Co-Presented by AVIDA 

I would like to invite you to the book launch on:
What: Southern Eats Book Launch
When: October 26, 2012
Where: Mercato Centrale, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

1022F HP Northern Eats Teaser Ad

NORTHERN EATS - Discover 50 Restaurants in the North
As Recommended by ANTON DIAZ of Our Awesome Planet
Presented by Southern Living and Co-Presented by AVIDA 

I would like to invite you to the book launch on:
What: Northern Eats Book Launch
When: November 9, 2012
Where: Mezza Norte, UP-Ayala Land Technohub

This book is dedicated to the passionate owners, unsung cooks, and hospitable servers who dedicated their work to providing the best service to all of us. Thank you to my lovely wife, Rache and my three boys - Aidan, Joshua and Raphael who patiently discovered these restaurants with me and for making each dining moment memorable.

I invite you to try them out one at a time and challenge you to visit each one of them. 

These are the restaurants that make our lives in Manila simply Awesome! 

Live an Awesome Life,

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Full Disclosure:  I just want to let you know how sacred this list -- it is 100% free from any advertising or reciprocal favors. We followed a strict ethical standard in choosing the restaurants. You can be assured that we did not accept any advertising money from any of the restaurants featured in this list either in my blog or in producing this book. Southern Eats and Northern Eats project is a collaboration between Our Awesome Planet and Hinge Inquirer, co-presented by Avida Land.

P.S. Can't wait to reveal the restaurants included in the Northern and Southern Eats!



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Will there be books for sale in tomorrow's book launch? Or do we have to wait until November? :)

The Southern Eats will be sold tomorrow. The Northern Eats will be available after the book launch. See you!


I want to have these books also. I am collecting cook books from many states, provinces, or countries that I've visited.

Oh my! Definitely getting 2 copies each ... for myself and my dad :)

Very nice :)

Send me my copy.

hi, are these available in all bookstores? :) i tried looking for one in fullybooked but I didn't see any :(

Congrats on your 2000th post... The books are interesting...

It will be available after we launch Northern Eats this coming Friday.


Wish southern eats could be available for sale online

Hello, I haven't seen this on sale in any of the bookstores in the Alabang area. Any word on when it will be available?

Ill check with the publisher. It might be taking time for the distribution to go through the network.


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