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December 26, 2016

NEW YEAR'S EVE MANILA 2017: Where are you Celebrating NYE in Manila?

NYE 2017
(Copyright by Freepik)

The city of Manila is gearing up to ring in New Year’s Eve 2017, and as one might expect, there is no shortage of New Year’s Eve parties.

Our party-planning guide won't be complete without a dazzling display of fireworks, fantastic feasts, and music to usher partygoers into the New Year.

Here are the best New Year's Eve 2017 parties in Manila...

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December 23, 2016

BEST TRAVEL APPS for Free Independent Travelers! (My 12 Favorite Apps)

Travel Appps

We like to arrange our itinerary on our own when we travel to our next destination because we like to immerse in the local culture, food and most awesome experiences.

Here are our 12 favorite apps for planning your itinerary and making the best out of your trip to the destination.

All the apps are free so make sure to download them at home before your next flight.

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December 22, 2016

10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!

(Check out: 10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

Here are the 10 Most Awesome NEW Franchised Restaurants that opened and made a difference in Manila this 2016 ...

1. MAKANSUTRA

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MAKANSUTRA, the famous Singaporean Hawker Market by K.F. Seetoh, has finally re-opened in Manila together with local partners J.J. Yulo and Chef Him Uy de Baron.

It first launched in Manila Ocean park in 2009 and re-opened after the successful 2016 World Street Food Congress held in Manila.

Read More: MAKANSUTRA MANILA: Foodie Date Guide to @Makansutra (A Review) @SMMegamall

Verdict::

We enjoyed our Makansutra experience. The place is especially great if you miss the hawker food culture in Singapore.

Our favorites are Donald & Lily's Laksa, Geylang Claypot Rice Pots, Bak Kuh Teh, and the Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee's Salted Egg Prawns. Some may perceive the pricing to be expensive at P250-P300 per dish. Budget about P500/head.

Best to order from the Singaporean stalls to ensure what you're getting is authentic and the best that you can get in Manila.

The exhaust was already fixed when we visited so you don't have to worry about smelling like a hawker afterward. I like that they implemented the hawker system of one person specializing in cooking one dish throughout the day.

Best to go here with a group of friends or with the family so that you can order and try many dishes. But if you are going on a date, make sure to know and do your research so you can be confident of what to order.

Congratulations to the whole Makansutra Team! Wishing you great success in 2017 and beyond! :)

 

MAKANSUTRA MANILA
Unit 209 AB, 2nd floor, Building A, SM Megamall Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: 11am to 11 pm daily 
Email: contact@makansutra.com
Website: http://www.makansutra.com/

 

Related Blog Posts:

10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!
• 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!
10 Most Awesome New (Homegrown) Restaurants in Manila 2015!
10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!
BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014!
Foodie Guide: 10 Most Awesome New Restaurants in Manila 2013!

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TOMATITO MANILA: How Sexy is this 80's-inspired Spanish Tapas Bar? (A Review)

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!

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TOMATITO MANILA is an 80's-inspired Spanish Tapas and Paella restaurant by Shanghai-based El Willy Fun F&B Group (by Chef Willy Trullas Moreno) in partnership with the Rambla/Las Flores/La Lola group (by the Barcelona trio of Uri Singla, Dani Aliaga, and Sergi Rostoll). 

The name is inspired by Spanish Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres, also known as Tomatito. It also means "little tomato"--a fun brand name since it easily rolls off the tongue. The concept is a mix of Spanish popular culture, the 80's bar, and a seductive red theme.

So is the concept really sexy? We tried Tomatito with our former P&G friends and here's what we think about it...

 

TOMATITO Sexy Tapas Bar
G/F BGC Corporate Center, 30th St. cor 11th Ave, BGC, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 805-7840
Mobile: +63 915 588-4803
Instagram: @tomatitomanila
Facebook: @tomatitomanila
Website: http://www.elwillygroup.com/venues/tomatito/

 

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December 20, 2016

SAGADA Itinerary: Definitive Food & Travel DIY Guide to Sagada (2017)! @FordPhilippines

Watch the first ever destination mini-documentary of our family adventure with the four 4 boys during All Saints' Day in Sagada. 

It's a behind-the-scenes look at how we travel and feature a destination on the OAP blog. It also documents our Sagada misadventures, culinary discoveries, and unforgettable moments during our Sagada 2016 Trip with Team Our Awesome Planet.

The film was made by Mofilm Director Gian Mawo in collaboration with Ford Philippines.

Watch SAGADA: The Road to Sagada! @FordPhilippines (A Sagada Travel Mini-Documentary)

 

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This Sagada travel guide was 2 years in the making since we had to visit Sagada during two peak seasons: Holy Week 2014 and Halloween 2016.

The guide documents our lessons, travel tips, and recommendations on the Best of Sagada.

Sagada Food & Travel Guide (2017) Index:

How to get to Sagada?
When is the best time to go?
Where are the Best Places to Stay?
What are the Must Eat Places in Sagada?
What are the Must Try Experiences in Sagada?
What are the Unique Pasalubong to Buy?

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December 19, 2016

10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!

(Check out 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!)

Here are the 10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants that opened and made a difference in Manila this 2016 ...

1. SAMBA

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SAMBA is the first authentic Peruvian Restaurant by Peruvian Chef Carlo Huerta Echegaray in Manila, located at Shangri-La at the Fort.

We love it because of the ceviche with its leche de tigre sauce, its predominantly seafood and vegetable focused menu, and the flavors of the Peruvian chilis.

Read More: SAMBA: Manila's Finest Peruvian Restaurant?! @ShangriLaFort (A Review)

 

Verdict:

We love SAMBA! It simply is one of the best restaurants to open in Manila this 2016!

We really liked the unique Peruvian flavors because of the authentic ingredients used, like the chilis, leche de tigre, corn beer, and pisco. It's also healthier to eat here because the cuisine is more focused on seafood, vegetables, grilled cooking, and the use of extra virgin olive oil in their soups. 

I recommend ordering the following 3-course meal but served family style:

AppetizersCeviche LimeñoConchas al carbon, and Anticucho de Pulpo
Main CourseBrazilian Moqueca de CamaraoArroz con Mariscos, and Lomo Saltado
DessertMerengado Chirimoya and Trio de Arroz con Leche

Budget about P1,000/head for a full 3-course meal experience + drinks. 

The drinks are expensive, but if you were to try just one Peruvian cocktail, I would recommend the pisco sour.

The clubhouse ambiance is a bit boring, but it's fun to eat at the al fresco area with the cool breeze and the view of the pool.

Congratulations to the entire Shangri-La Fort team for this successful Peruvian dining concept!

 

SAMBA
Level 8, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Email: samba@shangri-la.com
Website: www.samba-fort.com
Facebook: @dineshangrilafort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort 

 

Related Blog Posts:

10 Most Awesome NEW Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!
• 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!
10 Most Awesome New (Homegrown) Restaurants in Manila 2015!
10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015!
BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014!
Foodie Guide: 10 Most Awesome New Restaurants in Manila 2013!

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CANTON ROAD: Best Modern Cantonese Chinese Restaurant in BGC?! (A Review) @ShangriLaFort

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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CANTON ROAD is a modern Chinese restaurant at Shangri-La Fort serving authentic Cantonese and Huaiyang cuisine.

Our favorites here include the signature roasted BBQ specialties, the unique dimsum selections, and of course, the Huaiyang dishes from China's Jiangsu province.

We tried it here when they first opened one Sunday for lunch, and most recently for a Christmas dinner date.

Here's what to expect at Canton Road... 

 

CANTON ROAD
Level 3, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Website: http://www.cantonroad-fort.com/
Facebook: @CantonRoadatShangrilaFort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort

Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday
• Lunch  11.30am - 2.30pm
• Dinner  6pm - 10.30pm

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December 16, 2016

SAMBA: Manila's Finest Peruvian Restaurant?! @ShangriLaFort (A Review)

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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SAMBA is the first authentic Peruvian Restaurant by Peruvian Chef Carlo Huerta Echegaray in Manila, located at Shangri-La at the Fort.

We love it because of the ceviche with its leche de tigre sauce, its predominantly seafood and vegetable focused menu, and the flavors of the Peruvian chilis.

We've been here three times already--during the Samba preview, the TBEX speakers' event, and as paying customers for a Christmas dinner with our friends.

Here's our foodie guide to Samba...

 

SAMBA
Level 8, Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Email: samba@shangri-la.com
Website: www.samba-fort.com
Facebook: @dineshangrilafort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort

 

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