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February 23, 2014

RAK of AEGIS: A Pinoy Rock Romantic Comedy Musical featuring the Songs of Aegis! (A Review) @PetaTheater

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RAK OF AEGIS is a Pinoy Original Musical based on the music of Pinoy Rock Band, Aegis. The music is weaved into a story of resilience amidst calamities and the dream of making it big someday.

It's a musical a la Mamma Mia, with a cheesy love story and the songs of Aegis as the soundtrack.

I love its visually stimulating production and the romantic comedy storyline. The first half of the musical was solid. It established the story of the different characters and their flooding dilemma with vibrant Aegis music.

The second half though was dramatic and a bit dragging. I think it could have ended better with a different conclusion. 

But overall, this is one heart-warming musical with iconic Aegis songs that can be turned into a modern movie about the Pinoy's resilience and love for music against all odds.

This is a must-see for all theater lovers. You can be proud of how our original Pinoy theater productions are evolving in Manila. :) 

You can still catch the last two weekend shows of Rak of Aegis, which closes on March 9!

Here's a photo essay when we watched the show with the boys...

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February 22, 2014

"Lechón: Pigging out in the Philippines" as featured in Chowzter.com!

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Five awesome culinary experiences highlight the national dish of this island country. 

On his Philippine episode of "No Reservations," celebrity TV Chef Anthony Bourdain hailed lechón, a roasted pig specialty of this island country, as the “The Best Pig Ever.” 

Lechón is so popular in the Philippines that an annual festival, called Parada ng Lechon, or Parade of Lechón, is held every June 24 to commemorate the country’s patron saint, St. John, and inhabitants from all over the Philippines converge upon the municipality of Balayan in the province of Batangas to parade decorated golden-red or golden-brown pigs with their mouths stuffed with apples.

Read More: Chowzter.com | Lechón: Pigging out in the Philippines

About Chowzter.com

Chowzter.com is a global search for the tastiest food item on earth via research, crowdsourcing and local bloggers. A Global Chowzter Awards is held annually  to determine the tastiest dishes around the world.

A Chief Chowzter is appointed in each key foodie cities around the world to curate the city's best dishes and to nominate the food in the Global Chowzter Award.  

Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet is the Chief Chowzter for Manila.

Subscribe to the Chowzter Newsletter to get the latest Tastiest Dishes in the World :)

Live an Awesome Life,

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Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

P.S. In our own way, let's start to promote Filipino Food to Foodies around the World!

February 21, 2014

TONKATSU WARS: The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu in Manila in 2014!

The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu is heating up in Manila! Here are our favorites so far in 2014...

1. KATSU SORA

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KATSU SORA is the premium Katsu restaurant of the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Group, offering 4 kinds of premium pork tonkatsu -- Spanish IbericoJapanese KurobutaSpanish Shimofuri, and Canadian Sakura Pork.

Also, what makes the Katsu Sora experience unique is the introduction of the Buffet Bar of Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup

"Sora" means "sky", and the name stands for their promise to bring you to Katsu heaven. :)

The concept is similar to Tokyo's Butagami, where they offer the widest variety of premium pork for your Tonkatsu pleaure.

Here's our Katsu Sora experience...
KATSU SORA's Premium Iberico Tonkatsu & RAMEN SANTOUKA's Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!

VERDICT:

We love KATSU SORA's Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set served with a Juugukokumai Rice (healthy 15-grain Japanese Rice) and their Buffet Bar of Japanese Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup. Some diners still prefer the Kurobuta because of its tenderness and more marbling of fat. Budget is P700/head.

The resto is just a bit cramp, with narrow aisleways and high traffic at the buffet bar during the peak hours. Make sure to reserve in advance to get a seat.

For ramen lovers, hop on to HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA and order the Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen to complete your Japanese dining experience. :)

KATSU SORA
2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 915 874-1990
FacebookKatsu Sora
Twitter@KatsuSora2012

Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday 11.00am - 11.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00am - 11.30pm
Sunday and Holidays: 11.00am - 11.00pm 

Last call for orders: 30 minutes before closing time

 

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TONKATSU by TERAZAWA (by The Bistro Group) @Tonkatsuph

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TONKATSU by Terazawa is a Japanese Katsu Restaurant by Chef Akinori Terazawa from Nagoya, Japan, franchised locally by The Bistro Group. It's a rebranded concept of Ma Maison Japanese restaurant in Greenbelt 2, focusing solely on Chef Terazawa's specialty, which is the Tonkatsu.

Here's our TONKATSU by Terazawa experience...

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February 11, 2014

Manila's 10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants for Valentines 2014!

2015 Update: 10 Most Romantic NEW Restaurants in Manila for Valentines 2015!

Searching for a romantic restaurant for this Valentine's Weekend?

If you're looking for the Tried & Tested Romantic Restaurants in the North & South, check out:

If you're looking for something new, here's a wrap-up of Manila's 10 Most Romantic New Restaurants, just in time for Valentine's...

1. BLACK SHEEP

Update March 9, 2016: Black Sheep BGC is now closed and moved to Black Sheep Manila. 

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BLACK SHEEP is a Single Malt Whisky Bar and Modern Gastronomy Restaurant by Chef Jordy Navarra, who formely worked at Bo Innovation Hong Kong.  

It is co-owned by Chef Jordy together with Jed Tiu Lim, formerly of Attica, Raphael Cruz, son of the late Larry Cruz, and Kato Chua of Super Sale Organizer fame.

They serve a 4-course set menu designed by Chef Jordy, which ranges from P1,900/head to P4,900/head on special occasions (Note: they don't have an a la carte menu). Their selling point is a unique Single Malt Whisky Dinner Pairing experience -- the first of its kind in Manila! :)

We recently visited Black Sheep with our Mercato partners and here's our experience...

Read More: BLACK SHEEP: Modern Gastronomy with Single Malt Whisky Pairing!

VERDICT

Overall, BLACK SHEEP's Modern Gastronomy Set Menu with Single Malt Whisky pairing is very impressive!

I personally like the Kitayama Striploin with Lagavulin, the Chocolate Praline, and the Petit Four featuring the Foie Gras Rocher and Hopia Mani Popcorn Macaron

I like the Dalwhinnie for dessert and the Japanese Single Malt Hibiki for casual drinking with friends. :) 

Congratulations to Chef Jordy Navarra and Pastry Chef Lesley Onghay for the awesome dinner experience! And thanks to Raphael Cruz for educating us and introducing us to the world of Single Malt Whisky!

Budget is P4,000/head for a full dinner with single malt whisky pairing.

Make sure to reserve the Sky or the View tables for the best dining experience. :)

BLACK SHEEP
The Penthouse at W Fifth Avenue, corner 32nd and 5th, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. 
Telephone: +632 478-4498 and +632 506 1380 
Mobile: +63917 871 4388
Email: dine@blacksheepbgc.com
Websitehttp://www.blacksheepbgc.com
FacebookBlack Sheep Bar and Restaurant
Instagram@BlackSheepBGC

Operating Hours: Open from Monday to Saturday 7:00pm onwards

Note: For reservations via phone, call from 1:00PM-6:00PM

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CAVIAR Restaurant & Champagne Bar: Aidan's Sunday Birthday Brunch @CaviarResto!

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CAVIAR Resto & Champagne Bar is an elegant modern European restaurant that showcases Frank van der Walle’s 8-year culinary experience in Europe, and his sommelier brother Bastiaan Van Der Walle's well-curated strong wine and scotch list.

It's the most romantic restaurant in Alabang because of its elaborate interiors and the lovely outdoor setting with vertical gardens.

To celebrate Aidan's birthday, we treated ourselves to their signature Family-Style Sunday Brunch.

Here's our Caviar experience...

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