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December 06, 2016

GAIA Sagada Cafe: That Famed Cafe in "That Thing Called Tadhana" (Review)

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GAIA CAFE is a community-based Kankanaey cafe by Gawani in Ambasing, Sagada. Its tree-house-inspired cafe made from scraps is located on a cliff with a 270-degree view of the valley on the way to Sumaguing Cave. 

The name means "Mother Earth" in Greek, and they only serve organic, community-sourced ingredients from around Sagada. The menu is mostly vegetarian, but not limited to it.

Here's what to expect in this cafe featured in the movie "That Thing Called Tadhana"...


Ambasing, Sagada, Philippines
Mobile: +63 949 137 6777 (Smart) +63 915 727 6831 (Globe)
Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11.00am to 7pm
Facebook: Gaia Cafe and Crafts

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December 02, 2016

LOG CABIN: A Cozy Retreat in Sagada (A 2016 Review)


Log Cabin has made a name for itself as a favorite among both locals and tourists in Sagada. This rustic home was transformed into a bar, restaurant, and then lodge in the 90’s by Dave and Janice Gulian.

In its early stages, Log Cabin was a bar exclusively for foreign dignitaries. Food was incorporated into the menu after Dave and Janice returned from Switzerland and experimented with the European palate. A fusion of European and Filipino elements eventually made up the 5-set menu we know today.

Log Cabin is most recognized for its Saturday buffets prepared by French Chef, Philippe Heyer, who has had more than two decades of culinary experience all over the world. Alas, Chef Aklay (his Igorot name) is no longer part of the Log Cabin Family, but the buffet still carries on every week.


Poblacion, Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province
Mobile: +63 915 671 7949
Email: sagada_logcabin@yahoo.com
Facebook: @logcabinsagada

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November 17, 2016

AGOS by Chef Tatung: Best New Filipino Restaurant in 2016?! @TheMallofAsia

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AGOS is a Filipino-Spanish restaurant by Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou inspired by Madrid Fusion and the 250 years of Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.  The name means "flow" or "current" (of water).

The restaurant is designed like a cruise ship boat and will be beside the new galleon museum in SM Mall of Asia near IMAX.

We dined with Chef Tatung who shared with us the story behind his new resto and his Agos' specialties ... 


AGOS by Chef Myke Tatung Sarthou
G/F North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay (near IMAX)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10.00am to 10.00pm
Email: myke.sarthou@gmail.com
Mobile: +63 916-239-3273
Telephone:  +632 889-1462
Facebook: Lutong Tatung
Website: http://lutongtatung.com/ 

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November 15, 2016

SAGADA CELLAR DOOR: Agadulay's Kitchen Igorot Dinner and Sagada Craft Beer Experience! (A Review)

by Abigail Javellana

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CELLAR DOOR by Andrew Chinaplan Jr. and Binggirl Clements is Sagada's first and only private dining, wine cellar, and craft brewery place.

Bing prepares her signature Igorot and Ilonggo Buffet (at least 3 hours prior reservation required) at Agadulay's Kitchen. They can also serve a French Buffet by Sagada-based French Chef Aklay, but you have to reserve 3 days in advance.

Andrew curates their wine cellar and brews the Sagada craft beers, proudly made from local products like Sagada Arabica Coffee, Heirloom Rice, Sunflower Honey, and Sagada Oranges. 

We visited Cellar Door for two straight nights while we were in Sagada, and here are our recommendations...


(Strictly by Reservation)
Lallalai, Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province, Sagada
Mobile: +63918 942 8506, +63917 554 1354
Facebook: Sagada Cellar Door

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October 27, 2016

MADE NICE Supper Club by Young New York-Trained Filipino Chefs!

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MADE NICE is a New York-inspired restaurant serving Western cuisine with Asian influences. It's by the Greatful Group made up of young New York-trained Chefs--Jack Flores (29) and wife Gabbi Ramos Flores (22), Toby Panlilio (26), Wren Go (27), and Raulito Fores (26). 

Gabbi is the daughter of Neil of Neil's Kitchen fame, while Raulito comes from the Fores clan of Mamou. It's inspiring to see the next generation of restaurateurs going back to Manila and contributing to the flourishing vibrant dining scene in their homeland.

The name of the resto is inspired by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's "Make It Nice" restaurant group.

My wife and I had a date night with some friends at Made Nice. Here's a first look into this Supper Club...

G/F PPI Building 109 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 6.00pm to 10.00pm
Telephone: +63 995 017 2482
Email: madeniceph@gmail.com
Facebook: Made Nice Supper Club
Instagram: @MadeNicePH 

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September 15, 2016

PABLO CHEESECAKE: Osaka's Famous Cheese Tart Opens in Manila! @benchtm

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The world famous Pablo from Osaka is now officially open in the Philippines!

Pablo is well known for their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts--deliciously soft and creamy treats that taste like no other cheese tart you've had before.

In addition to its classic cheese tart, the popular shop also carries a rich line of pastries, cheese puddings, cookies, drinks, and soft served ice cream.

Here's what to expect at the newly opened Pablo Manila...


Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Website: http://pablophilippines.com/
Facebook: Pablo Cheesetart Philippines
Instagram: @Pablo_cheese_tart_philippines

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September 06, 2016

ANOTHER STORY by Ica Sebastian: Cafe Voila 2.0 (A Review) @VistaMalls

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ANOTHER STORY is a casual fine dining restaurant in Evia Mall, Alabang that can be considered as the next evolution of Ica Manalo Sebastian's Cafe Voila in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Here, Ica brings to life her passion for cooking high quality home-style comfort food, with each dish having their own story to tell.

The place has an eclectic and fun ambiance, serving the finest home-cooked meals you'll find in a mall setting. I heard good things about their food, but we had mixed feelings about them during our visit because of the pricing and service. It's still one of the happiest places to eat in and have a good time with the family.

Check out our Another Story experience...


ANOTHER STORY by Ica Manalo Sebastian
2nd Floor, Evia Mall, Alabang (near MCX exit)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Another Story 2016
: +63 995 267-7163

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July 27, 2016

PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)

(This article is sponsored by AZURE NORTH, an amazing, tropical-inspired residential project featuring a man-made beach in the heart of San Fernando, Pampanga! Developed by Century Properties who clearly know that Pampanga, with its delightful food and hospitable people, is a place really worth living in. Check it out: www.azurenorth.com.ph)


PAMPANGA is widely revered as The Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Highly acclaimed Kapampangan Chef, Claude Tayag of BALE DUTUNG and 1956 DOWNTOWN CAFÉ, believes the province’s reputation for good food is because of its history with Clark Air Base (a military facility for American and Filipino forces from 1903 to 1991).


Due to the base’s proximity from the capital city, Angeles, international goods and other ingredients became easily accessible. Thus, locals assimilated these ingredients to their cuisine and signature Kapampampangan dishes like Sisig were born.

In collaboration with the Angeles City Tourism, Team OAP traveled to Pampanga in search of the best restaurants.

Here are the top ten most awesome restaurants in Pampanga in 2016 ... (watch: Pampanga Food Trip - Top 10 | Hot Stop )

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