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December 28, 2012

IMPRESSIONS Sunday Brunch Buffet - A Foodie's Buffet Favorite :)

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IMPRESSIONS by Maxim Hotel has an interesting Sunday Brunch buffet strategy -- they only have 3 stations (hot, cold, and dessert) that serve limited but high quality food using only the finest ingredients in the buffet.

Foodies love it because it is not overwhelming but satisfying, and you can savor each of the carefully curated item in the buffet by Chef Cyrille Soenen also known as Cicou. Also, foodies love the live stations where the food is only cooked or prepared upon order -- as many as you like.

Here are some tips to enjoy the Impressions Sunday Buffet and highlighting our favorites:

Best Sunday Brunch Series 2013:

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December 22, 2012

Manila's Awesome Guide to Year End Christmas Celebrations and BEST New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

12/30/15 Update: New Year's Eve Manila 2016: Awesome Guide to a Dazzling New Year!

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(Photo: Symphony of Lights @ Bonifacio Global City)

As the Mayan Calendar ends its 5,125 year-cycle, we continue to celebrate life and forever thankful for all the blessings we received in 2012.

It's never been this great to be in Manila during this Christmas Season. Manila is bustling in every corner of the Metro with festive buffets, innovative festivals and celebratory parties.

We welcome back Spiral at Sofitel, and welcome the new Spectrum at Raffles and Fairmont Hotel. Foodies kept on raving about Impressions, recognized as the Best Hotel Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2012 MBKRS Awards, for its ala carte and Sunday Brunch buffet.

Don't miss to experience the modern festivals in Manila -- SM Mall of Asia's The Grand Festival of Lights Parade, Cucina Andare's Food Truck Festival every weekend in Glorieta 3 Park, and the first ever Nuvali's Lantern Parade.

On New Year's Eve, you can choose to party at Makati's Official Countdown entitled, "One World. One Makati"; GMA 7's Official Countdown at SM Mall of Asia, or Eastwood City Countdown featuring Iyaz, Ely Buendia and Up Dharma Down.

On January 1, 1 AM, the party continues at 31 to 1. 100% Rockwell New Year Party!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Our Awesome Planet Readers :)

Here's the Manila's Awesome Guide to:
Year end Christmas Celebrations & BEST New Year's Eve Parties to Welcome 2013!

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December 21, 2012

BORACAY's White Christmas: 10 Never-Boring Experiences to Enjoy with your Kids!

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This is the first time that we visited Boracay in December. I must agree with most that December is the best time to be in Boracay because the beach is whiter, the sky bluer and the ambiance cooler. Hence, this time is known as the Boracay's White Christmas.

It was also the first time for our three boys to experience the white powdery sand beaches of Boracay. But what can one do in an island (with kids) made more famous by its vibrant night life and adult-oriented activities?

Here are 10 Never-Boring Experiences to Enjoy with your Kids in Boracay:

BORACAY'S WHITE CHRISTMAS Series:

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December 19, 2012

Larcy♥s Cupcakery Cafe in BF!

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As we were driving along Aguirre Street in BF Homes, Paranaque City, we couldn't help but notice the Larcy's Cupcakery Cafe that opened  this holiday season.

Ever since Sonja's Cupcakes opened in Sept. 2006, most of the bakers that specialized on cupcakes are either home-based or bazaristas, and no one has a full-blown bakery, and cafe with an all-day breakfast. 

"Who is Larcy?", I asked myself because I was impressed that she has opened with a wholistic-brand approach and focused on niche-marketing  - the "Cupcakery Cafe" concept.

Check out why Larcy's will be the coolest place for desserts and after-meal hangout in the BF area:

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SENSEI SUSHI by Chef Bruce "Broosy" Ricketts

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I met Chef Bruce Ricketts, nicknamed "Broosy",  when he was doing his specials for the night in the @ChefBroosy Food Truck at Cucina Andare. He had worked for various famous restaurants in California, and has finally decided to go home to join the vibrant dining scene here as one of the youngest chefs in Manila. 

For an early 20’s guy who had worked in California and who comes from the  family of famous actor (and tito) Ronnie Ricketts, he was surprisingly down- to- earth and very passionate about making a difference right now in Manila.

After his short stint in Robot, and contemplating to have a molecular gastronomy restaurant in Makati, he decided to set up his resto in the BF neighborhood and go for what most Filipinos love - Japanese food.

Sensei Sushi is not designed to be cuisine-based and does not pretend to be authentic. The food is based on what is freshly available in the local markets and what they can concoct in-house. The menu is written on the blackboard so that they can change it every 2 to 3 days.

Just the kind of resto that we like. Check out our Sensei Sushi experience:

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December 18, 2012

@CucinaAndare: 10 Pioneering FOOD TRUCKS to Kickoff 2013 as the Year of Food Trucks in Manila!

Read First: CUCINA ANDARE: The First Food Truck Market Opens in Glorietta Park!

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2013 is the year of the food trucks in Manila!
It all starts here at Cucina Andare, the
first Food-Truck Market in Manila located at the Glorietta 3 Park fronting  Shangri -la Hotel Makati. 

Cucina Andare means "Kitchen On-the-Go" and Glorietta 3 Park  is where all the food
trucks in Manila converge every weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  4PM to 3AM.

Let's welcome the 10 pioneering food trucks in Manila and check out the 5 reasons why you should go to Cucina Andare: 

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December 17, 2012

SOFITEL Overnight & SPIRAL's Champagne Breakfast!

Read FirstPlanning Your Awesome Sofitel Escape

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SOFITEL is one of the best “staycation” escapes for Manileños because of its awesome sunset experience; Spiral - the best buffet in Manila, and Le Spa -- a favorite massage experience for couples.

We have blogged about this a number of times through the years, and it continues to be our favorite hotel resort in Manila:

Here's an updated photo essay of a Sofitel "Staycation” experience and SPIRALS' Champagne Breakfast:

2013 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

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