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February 2013

#Restaurants, Tagaytay

CECIL’S CAFE: Home-Cooked Food Stop on Your Way to Tagaytay

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I’ve always been curious about Cecil’s Cafe. We pass by it every time we head to Tagaytay via Sta. Rosa. Although it looks homey and inviting from the outside, we hesitated for a while because we don’t know if the food is yummy or if it is just one of those provincial commercialized cafes.

One weekday morning, we decided to try it for lunch. Here’s our Cecil’s Cafe experience:

What’s new in Tagaytay in 2013 Series:

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#Restaurants, Food

RAMEN SANTOUKA PHILIPPINES: Legendary Hokkaido Ramen now in Manila!

 1/15/2014 UPDATE: 
KATSU SORA’s Premium Iberico Tonkatsu x RAMEN SANTOUKA’s Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen!


RAMEN SANTOUKA is one of the best ramen franchises originating from Hokkaido, north of Japan. It is named after a famous poet’s pen name — Santōka Taneda — and is the latest restaurant to join the Ramen Craze in Manila.

For their soft opening, they are serving variants of their original ramen and a few side dishes.

Here’s what to expect and what to order in Ramen Santouka:

The BEST RAMEN in Manila Series 2013:

The Best Restos of New Glorietta in Makati:

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#Hotels, Manila Life, Staycation

DISCOVER BINONDO: Chinese New Year + Ramada Hotel + 168 Shopping

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We celebrated Raphael’s third birthday in Binondo because his birth date, February 10, coincided with the Chinese New Year of the Water Snake this year 2013.

It was a different kind of gimmick because we now have Ramada Hotel, an international standard hotel in the heart of Binondo, where you can stay overnight, enjoy the yummy treats of Binondo, and take advantage of the shopping deals at Divisoria in a more leisurely manner.

The Hotel was also the best place to experience the Chinese New Year countdown, watch the fireworks and feel the authentic vibe of the new year around the oldest Chinatown in the world. 

Here’s a photo essay of our Discover Binondo Birthday Gimmik with the Family: 

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    #Restaurants, Food

    IHOP Philippines: Manila Goes Crazy Over IHOP? @IHOP_PH

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    People are crazy about International House of Pancakes (IHOP for short), judging by the long lines waiting to try the latest American franchise to invade Manila. Finally, we have a new player in the Pancakes and All-Day Breakfast scene.

    But a lot of foodies ask: Are the pancakes really good? Is IHOP just another iHype?

    We tried it out, and here’s our IHOP Manila Experience…

    The Best of ALL-DAY BREAKFAST Craze:

    What’s New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?


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    #Restaurants, Food

    CANTINA SICILIANITA – A Taste of Sicily in Manila?


    Cantina Sicilianita is a quaint Italian cafe inspired by Mark Buhain’s travels to Sicily in Italy. All we know about Sicily is that it is the place of the Mafia and only the adventurous tourists choose to explore the island.

    Mark, a 3rd-generation family member of the Rex Bookstore empire, was so impressed with Sicily specially its food that he decided to bring Sicily flavors to Manila and share it with foodies.

    It’s a promising Cafe, and check it out when you are in the Shaw Blvd. area.

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    A NACI Comfort Food Valentine ♥

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    Paris and Rome may be famous for romance, but it’s Filipinos who get the most love” on Valentine’s Day, according to a recent survey by Bloomberg View.

    Filipinos takes Valentine’s Day very seriously. Some go for the tried-and-tested restaurants because they want the dinner to be special, without any hitches. But others, like us, want to try the latest restaurants in town.

    We were looking around on Valentine’s and chanced upon the recently opened NACI Comfort Food in BGC…

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    Events, Manila Life

    BAKERY FAIR 2013: Your Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About the Biggest Bakery Fair in Manila


    There is no doubt that Food Businesses are booming in Manila specially the Baking and Food Service Industry. Knowing the new flavors and new trends is crucial in taking advantage of this boom.

    I had the privilege of asking Mr. James Chua, Director of Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association (FCBAI), the group organizing the biennial Bakery Fair, about the Bakery Fair 2013 and why you should not miss it?

    Question #1: What is the story behind the Bakery Fair and what makes it unique?

    The Bakery Fair is a non-profit event organized by the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc., with the participation of its members and allied industry players.

    For Bakers

    It is designed to provide a forum where suppliers, small- and large-scale bakers, and buyers of baked goods as well as baking implements and equipment can all meet on common ground and share information, ideas and products.

    It seeks to improve in the quality of exhibitors and learning experiences for bakery operations, trade visitors and baking enthusiasts alike.

    Its goals have always been to invigorate the baking and foodservice industry, and to provide professional competence and better service to it for global competitiveness.

    It’s Fresh

    The Bakery Fair is now on its 7th biennial year, having started in 2001. It is held during every two years to keep things fresh and to showcase new trends and advances in baking technology. It is held during the first quarter of the year, usually after Chinese New Year in coordination with and with respect to the international exhibit season, so our schedule does not clash with other exhibit events. Also, this is because businesses are always on the lookout for something new or to expand in the first quarter, when all the holiday rush is done with. 

    Unique Event

    Bakery Fair is unique because its primary focus is on baking. We are still the only large-scale Philippine exhibition that has focused and specialized on baking and bakery technology.

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    Awesome Festivals

    7 Reasons not to miss Manila’s Biggest Travel Fair Ever (2013)

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    I’ve been to previous travel fairs and even participated to promote our local tours, and I can say that this year’s 20th PTAA Travel Fair is the BIGGEST and MOST VIBRANT event ever. You can really feel that the Tourism Business is Booming!

    The travel fair has a total of 257 exhibitors and has now expanded to 5 function rooms in SMX. It is composed of 100 hotels and resorts, 67 tourism-related companies, 42 travel agencies and tour operators, 25 airlines, and 23 national tourism agencies. More than 600,000+ visitors are expected to attend the fair this weekend.

    I know it can get overwhelming, but here are 7 Reasons you should not miss visiting Manila’s Biggest Travel Fair starting today Feb. 15 until this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013:

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    #Restaurants, Food

    LA PETITE CAMILLE: American Vietnamese Cuisine with a Dash Of Joie De Vivre?

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    LA PETITE CAMILLE is the new American-Vietnamese resto in town by the same resto group that brought in Yomenya Goemon. It is the first Asian franchise of the original branch in 170 El Camino Real Millbrae, California established in 1993 by Phon Sui Khuu,  also known as “Mamafong”.

    My initial impression was: it is kinda weird eating Asian cuisine at an American franchise like Pho Hoa or P.F. Chang’s.  We like it not because the food is wow but because it is the type of food that leaves a happy smile on your face. Also, it is something new in the Greenbelt 5 area.

    Here are some tips to have a better La Petite Camille experience:

    Best Vietnamese Restaurants in the Philippines:


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