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January 11, 2017

Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza: New World Baking by Dean Brettschneider

by Abigail Javellana

Baker & Cook / Plank Sourdough

"Global Baker" Dean Brettschneider introduces his New World Baking style with a delightful selection of handcrafted artisan breads, pastries, and sourdough pizzas through his two restaurant concepts, Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza.

New World Baking is the compilation of Dean's travels and experiences, bringing a little of bit of Germany, Italy, France, America, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and other places to his store. It is a modern, multi-dimensional style of baking with different breads, pastries, ingredients, and desserts from around the world.

Here's what we liked at the two newly opened restaurants...

Baker & Cook | Plank Sourdough
G/F, S Maison Conrad, Manila
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 10.00pm
Website: www.bakerandcook.biz
Facebook: BakerandCookPH
Instagram: @bakerandcookph

 

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January 06, 2017

D.I.Y. POKE: A Healthy Bowl of Poke to Kickoff 2017! (Review) @MadisonGaleries

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D.I.Y. POKE (/poʊˈkeɪ/) is a Hawaiian-inspired Poke place by Mariah Pobre and her Enderun partners. It is located at Madison Galeries, the new boutique mall in Alabang. Poke refers to a raw fish salad or sushi bowl with Asian-inspired sauces. The name is a Hawaiian verb that means "to cut crosswise into pieces".

Every new year starts with a resolution to eat more healthy and to become a better version of yourself. So we're kicking off the year with a healthy bowl of Poke and send out healthy vibes to all our OAP friends.

Here's what we think of D.I.Y. Poke...

 

D.I.Y. POKE
2/F Madison Galeries, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa
Mobile: +63 995 473-6224
Instagram: @diypoke
Facebook: D.I.Y. Poke

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January 04, 2017

TAO Philippines: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Makes @TAOPhilippines Successful? #TBEX

One of the Philippines most highly regarded toursTao Expedition has drawn thousands of travelers from around the globe to the beautiful islands of Palawan, a Southern Province in the Philippines.

Tao Expedition, while known for its tours, has also been very involved with local communities in and around Palawan.  Tao considers itself a socially responsible enterprise that works with local communities in helping to preserve the environment and bettering the lives for the locals through educational programs and sustainable planning and immersion and awareness.   

 

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Climate Change and Tourism has drastically altered the delicate ecosystems of Palawan and the surrounding waters that the locals depend on for survival.  The hundreds of dedicated people who are a part of the Tao Expedition or Tao Philippines have made it their life's work to preserve Palawan as best they can.

TAO PHILIPPINES
Coron Tao Office: Don Pedro St. Coron town.
El Nido Tao Office: Serena St. El Nido town. 
Email: info@taophilippines.com
FacebookTao Philippines
Instagram@TaoPhilippines
Twitter: @TaoPhilippines
Websitehttp://www.taophilippines.com/



Here is a quick behind the scenes look into what makes Tao — not only one of the best tours in the Philippines but one that is also important.      

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January 03, 2017

2017 Awesome Calendar: "Breakout Year for Filipino Food and Tourism!" @TourismPHL

2017 Festivals & Holidays

2017 is looking bright! As all eyes are on the Philippines as we host the 2017 Miss Universe, a major international event that will surely boost the country's already growing tourism industry.

The world is also excited with the increasing trend of Filipino cuisine - a mix of Spanish, Malay, Chinese and Southeast Asian influences! Bloomberg declared "The Explosion of Filipino Food" in 2017 in the article, "Eleven Fancy Food Trends You'll Face in 2017."

With more than 7000 islands, the Philippines does not fail to impress with the many colorful fiestas, beautiful beaches, rich history and untouched countryside that'll make you feel alive!

So if you’re looking for a new adventure or an explosion of flavors on your palette, here are the countless fiestas and food events that'll surely make your 2017 awesome!

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December 26, 2016

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

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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/

 

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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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