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May 31, 2013

URBN BAR & KITCHEN: The Secret Yummy Dinner Food of @URBN_BGC

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Starting at 12mn, URBN BAR gets packed with party people from all over the metro. It's a popular events place for launching products and holding company events because of its spacious interiors and industrial-looking ambiance.

But one of the things I love about URBN is the contemporary comfort food they serve during dinner by Chef Benjo Tuason of Relik fame.

Here's our latest URBN experience...

Related Blog Post: A Relik Lunch

What's New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?

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May 29, 2013

The SARBAY FEST Hangover?! (A Photo Essay of the Biggest Beach Party in Mindanao @SarbayFest)

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SARBAY FEST is the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Since 2006, it has been held around the third weekend of May in Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani to celebrate the area's beauty and to conserve Sarangani Bay. It is one of the best beach parties to culminate the summer season in the Philippines.

Here's a photo essay of my SarBay Fest 2013 experience:

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May 28, 2013

SABOTEN Philippines: The Original Tonkatsu Flavor Now in Manila!

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SABOTEN is the original and largest Tonkatsu chain from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It has been serving its famous tonkatsu since 1966 and has branches in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Thailand, and now in the Philippines. :)  The restaurant's name means "cactus",  inspired by the plant's vitality and persistence despite harsh conditions.

Although the SABOTEN launch was pre-empted by YABU in Manila, we love how they offer different ways people can enjoy katsu and the unlimited-everything experience. :)

Here's a rundown of our visit to Saboten Philippines...

Battle for the BEST Tonkatsu in Manila:

What's New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?

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May 24, 2013

BITES & BREWS: San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Bar Crawl Experience!

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San Miguel Lifestyle Brews BITES & BREWS BAR Crawl is a bar hopping experience with a group of bar crawlers over food and beer pairing of San Miguel Premium All Malt, San Miguel Super Dry and Cerveza Negra. It's a new way of meeting people, experiencing the different Gastro pub in the metro over unlimited serving of San Miguel lifestyle Brews.

Check out our Photo Essay of the first ever Bites & Brews Bar Crawl experience hopping through four (4) of the Gastro bars in Manila -- Locale, Aracama, Cerveseria, and Dillingers in one night with over flowing San Miguel Lifestyle Brews!

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Beer Pairing Series:

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CHEF BAB’S SISIG: "A lot of restaurants serve sisig but only Chef Bab of @MercatoCentrale can offer eight variants at one time!"

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Chua

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The SISIG. A Filipino favorite that is traditionally made with pig's ears and served on a sizzling plate. This humble dish is said to originate from Pampanga but is now known outside the country, thanks to the feature of renowned chef and television host, Anthony Bourdain, who raved about it in his show No Reservations.  

A lot of restaurants and bars serve sisig but only Chef Bab of Mercato Centrale can offer eight variants at one time. Even during the former Distrito Market, he has been dishing up this specialty, but now, he is offering foodies a chance to customize their sisig. Want it hot? Request for more chili. Want it as a meal? Order it with rice! Want a vegetarian version? Go for fish or tofu sisig. All orders are cooked on the spot, too, ensuring its freshness and deliciousness. 

Flavors of Mercato Series 2:

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