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23 posts from June 2015

June 30, 2015

COSTA COFFEE: Everything You Need to Know about @CostaCoffee in Manila! #LondonStyle

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COSTA COFFEE, the UK's No. 1 Coffee Chain, finally opens their first branch in Manila, in partnership with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. This also marks the first time that the Gokongweis will enter into the restaurant food retail business in the Philippines.

Typically, when Filipinos are asked to think of London, they think of English Tea and tea time. But the coffee industry there is quite big, with a recent explosion of coffee culture in the UK's capital.

Costa Coffee was founded by two Italian immigrant brothers, Bruno and Sergio Costa in Lambeth, London, in 1971. It is one of four major coffee chains (and the dominant player) in London, along with Starbucks, Caffè Nero, and Prêt à Manger. Costa Coffee is best known for their espresso-based coffee using their signature Mocha Italia original blend, their famous Flat White Coffee, and cheaper yet better quality coffee than Starbucks'.

Here's everything you need to know about Costa Coffee in Manila...

Citywalk 1, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Philippines
Facebook: Costa Coffee Philippines
Instagram: @CostaCoffeePH
Twitter: @CostaCoffee
Website: http://www.costa.co.uk

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AOZORA: A Secret Japanese Resto Hideaway in Tagaytay! @ Domicillo Tagaytay

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AOZORA is the first Japanese Restaurant in Tagaytay by Chef Seiji Kamijo Kamura, located on the roofdeck of Domicillo in Tagaytay. The name means "Blue Sky", which pertains to the heavenly dining experience with yummy Japanese food, and the best panoramic view under the blue sky of the city.

This is one secret dining spot in Tagaytay for foodies looking for the best match of an awesome view of the Lake Taal with gourmet Japanese food, a good selection of Japanese drinks, and a small crowd.

We celebrated Father's Day at Aozora and here are our recommendations...

AOZORA Japanese Cafe + Bistro
The first authentic Japanese Restaurant in Tagaytay City. The place where your taste meets the sky! 
Domicillo Hotel, KM 58 Gen. E. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Cavite
FacebookAozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact: Christine Villongco
Mobile: +63 906 350-1704, +63 915 503-8800
Telephone: +63 46 413-4486
Email: chitsarriola@yahoo.com.ph

Related Blog Post: domicillo TAGAYTAY: 8-Room Boutique Hotel Designed by Budji Layug (First Look)

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June 29, 2015

BALAY DAKO Tagaytay by Antonio's: What to Expect and What to Order? (A Review)

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BALAY DAKO is the latest Filipino Restaurant by Chef Tony Boy Escalante serving Filipino comfort dishes and classic Tagaytay food. It's name means "Big House" in Negresense, and refers to the gathering place of Filipino families for milestone celebrations and other special occasions.

My brother and parents went there last Independence Day weekend and they found the food salty. We visited with our foodie friends last weekend and they were also disappointed with the food. I suppose those who visit Balay Dako have high expectations of the food quality and service, which the Antonio's brand is known for.

At the end of the day, I believe it's all about setting the right expectations, ordering the right food, and going there at the right time and for the right purpose

Here is our review of Balay Dako by the Antonio's Group...


A Filipino Restaurant by the Antonio's Group
Tagaytay-Nagsugbu Highway, Tagaytay City
Telephone: +63 917 899-2866
FacebookBalay Dako

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June 26, 2015

The Palace Pool Club BGC Experience (Dress Code, Entrance Fee, and Tips)! #Visa

by #TeamOAP 

The Palace Pool ClubThe Palace Pool Club is Manila’s first day club where swimming pools and club music come together for the ultimate pool fun.

The Palace is envisioned to be the biggest nightlife destinations in Asia with distinct outlets including: Valkyrie nightclub, The Palace Pool Club, Brewery (Craft Beers), Café Naya, and soon Revel Room - a Japanese lounge and restaurant.

It is owned by the group behind Embassy, Members Only, Prive, Aracama, Draft, 71 Gramercy and 12 Monkeys.

Check out the video highlights during the grand launch of the Palace Pool Club:

Watch The Palace Pool Club Highlights Video

Here's what you can expect at The Palace Pool Club, one of the latest hip hangouts at Bonifacio Global City…

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June 25, 2015

FRANGOS: Foodies' Favorite Portuguese-style Piri Piri Chicken in Manila! @LegazpiMarket

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FRANGOS is a popular Portuguese-style Piri Piri Chicken stand in the Legaspi Sunday Market, by Pia and Jonathan Renato. "Frango" means "chicken" in Portuguese, and sounds similar to the popular Piri Piri Chicken fast food chain, Nandos.

Jonathan was known in the bar and restaurant scene for Verve Room, Kemistry, Manila DJ Club, and the 32nd Street Bar and Resto, while Pia was known for Golden Triangle during the Malate Days.

They recently opened a standalone restaurant for all the Frangos fanatics in the market and extended their offerings to include other Portuguese favorites. 

Here's what we think about Frangos...

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