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May 2012

#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

STELLA, Sister of Chelsea & the Star of BHS Central

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STELLA is a wood fire bistro that offers light and fresh cuisine, specializing in wood fire oven-cooked dishes. A brainchild from the creators of Museum Cafe, it is also a sister resto of Chelsea — not a rehashed concept, but something totally new and exciting.

It is envisioned to be the Star restaurant among all the Bonifacio High Street Central establishments. It offers the best value for money (relatively affordable) with its unique and high quality dishes.

We pre-celebrated Mother’s Day in Stella, and here is what we liked and didn’t like about it…

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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Forbidden Broadway Manila Spoofs Spoiler

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Forbidden Broadway is a parody of famous Broadway Musicals (think Live Bubble Gang Spoof Skits Concert) like Into the Woods, Les Mesirables, Cats, West Side Story, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mamma Mia, to name a few.

It’s a very timely show considering some of these Broadway musicals have been staged in Manila and most musical theater fans can relate to the popular spoofs.

If you hear someone laughing about a “lost in translation” scene, it is probably because they either want to let you know that they can relate to the spoof (since they know more about Musical Broadway than you do) or they just want to reveal their age. 🙂

Here’s what we think about Forbidden Broadway in Manila…

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TAIPEI 101: On Top of the Tallest Building in Taiwan :)

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Taipei 101 observatory is a touristy stop and a showcase of Taiwanese excellence.

I usually don’t get enticed by the promise of a 360-degree view of the city, because the experience is a bit passive and there’s no cultural or entertainment value. But sometimes I surrender to the urge of checking out tourist places to see when I’m in a place for the first time. 

I would like to share with you our experience for you to decide to go or not to go to Taipei 101 observatory…

Flavors of Taiwan Series (2012):

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#Travel, Food

DIN TAI FUNG Experience @ Taipei 101!

Update 12/16/2015: DIN TAI FUNG Philippines: Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao & Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun! (A Review)

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DIN TAI FUNG is the Legendary Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings) restaurant in Taiwan that a lot of Pinoy foodies visiting Taiwan and Hongkong are raving about.

Established in 1974, it was:

  • named among the Top 10 Restaurants of the World by The New York Times in 1993
  • awarded One Michelin Star three times for its Hong Kong Branches in 2010, 2011, and 2012

It is one of the popular restaurant chains with a high franchise fee (rumor is $20M – hope that Henry Sy can bring it to Manila). So, we have to settle for the next best thing from Hongkong — Crystal Jade — and some Xiao Long Bao shops that got chefs from Din Tai Fung.

To kick off the Flavors of Taiwan series, I would like to share with you our Din Tai Fung experience…

Flavors of Taiwan Series (2012):

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

VILLAGE TAVERN, a Higher-End Friday’s?

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Village Tavern is a high-end American Restaurant Chain from the group that brought Friday’s and Italianni’s to Manila. Although it was established way back in 1984 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, most Filipinos are not familiar with this brand.

We were curious and tried it out…

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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SODERNO SUNDAY NIGHTS starting Mother’s Day May 13!

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Treat your mom on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) at the opening of the Sunday Night Market (6pm to 12mn) at Soderno – the premiere weekend food market of the south!

Mothers will get free Toblerone chocolate bars and free unlimited photos from the “I Love Mom” photo booth. On top of that, moms will also get a free gift pack from Soderno (while supplies last).


All marketgoers who visit will also get free chocolates from Toblerone 🙂

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

SARIWON’s Bulgogi and Galbi Korean Barbecue!

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The Korean craze in Manila just got even more interesting with the opening of the first branch outside Korea of the legendary Bulgogi of Mrs. Bun-Im Koo (from the Sariwon town in North Korea).

Most Filipinos are not familiar with the brand except for the Korean community that immediately patronized the restaurant. Filipinos tend to go for the Bulgogi and Galbi, while the Koreans enjoy the cold noodles.

Sariwon‘s Bulgogi and Galbi are better than those from Bulgogi Brothers, and I love that they use a smokeless roaster so you don’t smell like Bulgogi after eating.

Here are some notes, tips and recommendations if you plan to try it out…

Bonifacio High Street Central Restaurants:

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Batangas, Tagaytay

Taal Yacht Club: Sailing 101 with Peter Capotosto

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When JoMag invited us to have a sailing session in Taal Yacht Club during our monthly mastermind meeting, we were all excited and immediately blocked off our schedule for it.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect, what to bring, and what are the preparations needed for it.

It turned out to be an awesome bonding experience!

I would like to share with you my personal learnings during my first sailing experience with no less than Peter Capotosto as our guide…

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