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39 posts categorized "[Food] Cuisine: FILIPINO FOOD in Manila"

March 17, 2015

KAINAN SA DALAMPASIGAN: A Must Stop Over Filipino Restaurant in Nasugbu!

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KAINAN SA DALAMPASIGAN is a must stop over place when passing by Nasugbu town en route to the beautiful beaches in Nasugbu.

I remember blogging about Kainan sa Dalampasigan in 2006 when we were hunting down cool places to eat in Tagaytay and nearby areas. 

We revisited the place last weekend with the 4 boys on our way to Club Punta Fuego. Here's our experience...

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March 09, 2015

CUISINIERS Pork Skewers: @Chowzter Asia's Tastiest Regional Specialty! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Paul Wenceslao

Filipinos love their barbecue. Taken as a snack or a main proponent of meals, barbecue is commonly found on the streets, restaurants and the dinner table. Chef Raymund Fabre and entrepreneur Raphy dela Cruz banked on that fact when they decided to open a booth at Mercato: Cuisiniers. They went on to develop succulent pork and chicken barbecue and eventually roast beef and sisig. 

Fabre and dela Cruz are big on taste. They came up with barbecue marinade that is not overwhelmingly sweet, which blends perfectly with the meaty flavor of pork and chicken. Cuisiniers’ barbecue attracts flocks of hungry folk, and people are known to order multiple servings of rice for good reason. It even won an award: Best Pork Skewers for Food Magazine’s Barbecue Cook Off competition.

In the Chowzter Asia 2015 Awards, it was recently recognized as the Tastiest Regional Specialty in Asia :)

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December 16, 2014

MATI'S Meat & Bread: Balut Aligue & Angus Ribeye Steaks!

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MATI'S MEAT & BREAD is a casual, younger version of MELO's, created by the 2nd generation owners, Paul and Caron Macasaet. The place is named after their son Mateo, and their other children, Bianca and Tali, have their favorite dishes named after them on the menu.

We were here recently for Sunday lunch with the family and here's our experience...

Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall, Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +632 847-2273 
FacebookMati's Meat & Bread

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December 10, 2014

LOCAVORE: Filipino Food Reinterpreted using French Techniques by Chef Mikel Zaguirre!


LOCAVORE /ˈlōkəˌvôr/ is a Filipino Restaurant and Bar that proudly uses mostly organic ingredients grown locally in the Philippines. The name of the restaurant pertains to "One who eats goods grown locally whenever possible." 

Chef Mikel Zaguirre leveraged his experience as former head chef of La Regalade to bring out the flavor of each ingredient in a Filipino dish and present it in a colorful way. 

We had our doubts when we tried the restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised...

10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday  Lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm,  5:00pm onwards 
Telephone: +632 632-9600
Mobile: +63 923 588-9419

Mode of Payment: Cash Only. Reservation Accepted. 

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December 05, 2014

BLACK SHEEP Degustacion: The Culinary Brilliance of Chef Jordy Navarra! #BlackSheepBGC

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

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I was so impressed with the "Bahay Kubo" that Chef Jordy Navarra served during the Lifestyle Asia Gala Dinner, we had to go back to Black Sheep and try their most raved-about degustacion.

The first time we tried Black Sheep, the chef was still feeling his way into the Manila food scene. This time around, Chef Jordy was able to express his culinary brilliance, celebrating Filipino ingredients and our culture through food.

I'd like to share with you our Black Sheep experience with our friends Rhoda and Vince...

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

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December 03, 2014

RURAL KITCHEN of Liliw, Laguna by Chef Justin Sarabia

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RURAL KITCHEN is a Filipino hole-in-the-wall restaurant by Chef Justin Sarabia, specializing in the heirloom recipes of Fidelidad Polistico--Chef Justin's Lola--from Liliw, Laguna. This is the Makati restaurant from the same owners of the famed Mio Cucina in Los Baños, Laguna.

Here's what we like at Rural Kitchen...

RURAL KITCHEN of Liliw, Laguna
104 Rada St., HRC Centre Legazpi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 779-8073
FacebookRural Kitchen of Liliw, Laguna

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September 21, 2014

PEPITA'S KITCHEN: Project Wheelchair Fund-Raising Lechon Degustation (A Photo Essay)

UPDATE: DINNER at TIFFANY'S: 8-Course Lechon Degustacion in Splendour by Pepita's Kitchen 

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Pepita's Kitchen Project Wheelchair Fund-Raising Lechon Degustation is a 12-course Lechon Degustation with each course presented by the best chefs and pastry bakers in Manila. 

This project is a passion project by Dedet and her two daughters, Lileya and Liyora, dedicated to their sister Lauren. It aims to raise funds for 50 wheelchairs (P3,500 per wheelchair) for the less fortunate disabled people.

Here's a short essay by Lileya about her sister Lauren and her vision for Project Wheelchair: 

According to the Pilipinas Wheel Chair Foundation, “It is estimated that there are 5.8 Million Filipinos with physical disabilities requiring a wheelchair.” The need for wheelchairs remains to be an ever-present issue. My sister was one of the fortunate few who had their own wheelchair, but for the remaining 800,000 Filipinos, owning a wheelchair remains to be an elusive necessity. The problems of not having a wheelchair when you need one are numerous, mobility being the most important. Being able to move around the city is a daily occurrence and one which is made harder for those who don’t have access to a wheelchair. 

Growing up, I knew the difficulties with mobility as we struggled to transport my sister from place to place. However, we were fortunate enough to be able to do everything we wanted her to do. When traveling, my family and I would always stay behind after all passengers had left as we would need time to prepare my sister’s wheelchair to be able to push her out of the aero plane. 

But it wasn’t all about the challenges. There were also moments of joy and laughter. One example is when my family took a trip to “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland. I can still remember the delight in my sister’s face when we rode Peter Pan’s Flight; and witnessed the grand sets, the stars and the singing. Music was one of her favourite things in the whole world.

Another “Happy Time” for my sister was our visit to the beach for scuba diving. My sister would laugh and would be enchanted by the colours of the ocean as the boat sped away from the coast and into the sea. My sister never actually scuba dived, but she was absolutely entranced by the way the water moved and the vibrations of the boat. It was amazing to see how the simplest of things could make her face light up.

So why am I doing Project Wheelchair? I am doing Project Wheelchair to help raise awareness for the needs of those who are not as fortunate as my family has been. I want to help these people find their “Happy Place” as much as I can. To me, Project Wheelchair symbolizes hope, the hope that one day those who are having hard times now, surrounding their physical disabilities, will be able to find the good and happy times of their lives.

Here's a photo essay of the Project Wheelchair Fund-Raising Lechon Degustation...

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September 10, 2014

TAAL VISTA: Best Negrense Buffet by Chef Fernando Aracama! @TaalVistaHotel

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People always ask me what our favorite cuisine is, and I would always answer, Filipino Food. We especially love the regional cuisine from Pampanga, Negros, Ilocos, and Bicol.

So it's great news that Taal Vista--in celebration of their 75th anniversary--is featuring the best Filipino chefs from Manila. As part of their weekend buffet at Cafe Veranda, each chef gets to feature their specialty Filipino dishes for two weekends.

The campaign, called "CULINARY GEMS: A Festival of Filipino Flavors", kicked off last weekend with Chef Fernando Aracama's Negrense food specialties. And we loved it!

Here's a photo essay of one of the Best Negrense Buffets, which also kicks off the series on What's New in Tagaytay 2014...

What's New in Tagaytay 2014 Series:

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