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April 2013

#Restaurants, Food

SOFITEL: SPIRAL’s Ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch! @SofitelManila

UPDATE: SPIRAL BUFFET: Our Top 10 Favorites in SPIRAL Sunday Brunch, BEST Buffet in Town!

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SPIRAL recently upgraded and launched their Ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch. The Sunday Brunch incorporates the best of the Spiral Buffet (like the Cheese Room) with drink-all-you-can Champagne and Mojitos served at your table, along with foodie favorites like Caviar, Foie Gras, and Roast Beef of Lamb. They also added fun elements for the kids to entertain themselves throughout the brunch.

Check out our Ultimate Sunday Champagne Brunch experience at Spiral in Sofitel…

2013 Luxurious Sofitel Escape Series:

Best Sunday Brunch Series 2013:

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LEVANTE: Announcing…. The Mercato of the East!


Fwd: Proposed Levante logo


going to be an fun in Eastwood as the Mercato Centrale group, organizer of the
premier food and lifestyle night markets around the metropolis, brings to you LEVANTE – the newest foodie lifestyle night market destination in Quezon City
starting May 17 (Friday)!

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AUNTIE MAY’s: U.S Beef Tapa, Angus Beef Salpicao and Home Cooked Meals @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Fwd: Mercato Centrale website: Auntie May's

Living a fast-paced lifestyle can burn you out and you need all the help you can get
to keep up. Though convenient, eating fast-food would be an easy option but not
necessarily a healthy one. A good alternative is to look for other “instant” food that
would satisfy your hunger for filling and healthy meals. Mercato Centrale’s Auntie
May’s definitely fits the bill.

Its specialty is U.S. Beef Tapa, thinly sliced imported beef in a special marinade. It
is served with a cup of garlic rice and sunny side up egg—a classic Filipino dish.
The best thing about it is that you can bring home a pack and cook it yourself.
Auntie May’s offers pre-packed tapa that comes in a microwavable container
with six servings inside it. Since the beef slices are thin, there is no need to thaw
before cooking. You can get it from the freezer and put it straight in a hot pan. Tapa
couldn’t be more instant than that! Auntie May’s also has a guide on how to cook the
tapa to get a good eating experience.

Flavors of Mercato Series 1:

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Travel, Baguio, Food

C BOUTIQUE HOTEL and the Flavors of Baguio Food Tour

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C BOUTIQUE HOTEL is a homey 17-room boutique hotel by Charley Antonio. It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood near Wright Park and is walking distance from the Mines View area.

You can think of it as a nice home away from home when you are in Baguio. One of the things I like in C Boutique is waking up to a yummy breakfast experience. This summer, Our Awesome Planet collaborated with C Boutique to enhance the Baguio experience with the Flavors of Baguio tour.

Here is our C Boutique and Flavors of Baguio Experience:

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

HILL STATION: One of the BEST Restaurants in Baguio! (Revisited)

Read First: HILL STATION & Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio

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HILL STATION is one of the best restaurants in Baguio showcasing the different flavors and influences of Mitos Benitez-Yñiquez’s  travel all around Europe, America and Asia. It won back-to-back recognition in the Miele’s Best Restaurants in Asia awards.

It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the Philippines because you can explore the world through her food with fine-dining quality but with a casual Baguio log-cabin ambiance.

We want to revisit Hill Station to savor their meat dishes especially at night.


Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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PINO: Chef Ed Bugia’s 5-Course PINO Meal with Beer Pairing

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Chef Ed Bugia (of PINO fame), one of the talented chefs in Manila today, created a 5-course meal with beer pairing of San Miguel Premium All-Malt Beer, San Miguel Super Dry, and Cerveza Negra.

Most of the courses went well with the recommended beer. The experience expanded my appreciation of how to match beer, especially with some dishes that were beer-infused.

Check out Chef Ed Bugia’s 5-Course PINO Meal with Beer Pairing…

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Beer Pairing Series:

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio

TAM-AWAN: Baguio’s Artist Village and Gardens in the Baguio Sky


TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point”. 

You can check out the permanent and occasional art exhibits from various Baguio artists. Also, artists are always available to sketch your portrait. There is a Cafe where you can get a taste of Cordillera flavors. Lastly, you can immerse yourself in the culture by staying overnight in the village in one of the authentic Ifugao huts.

Here’s a quick tour of TAM-AWAN Village:

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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OLVERA’S: Authentic Home Cooked Mexican Cuisine @ MercatoCentrale!

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Olvera's @ Mercato Centrale

The thing about food trends is that they come and go, but it’s different when it’s the real deal. There’s nothing more genuine than Olvera’s Authentic Mexican Grill in Mercato Centrale. For one thing, is owned by a native of Mexico City, Sergio Perez, who decided to use the surname of his mother, Olvera.

Flavors of Mercato Series 1:

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

ROSE BOWL: Baguio’s Home-Grown BEST Chinese Food since 1945


ROSE BOWL Steakhouse and Restaurant is the de facto Chinese food of choice when you are in Baguio. It was known as Rice Bowl from 1945 to 1968 and renamed Rose Bowl on March 7, 1969 by Artemio and Lourdes Nang.

To ensure the original high quality of the food they serve, they decided not to franchise but decided to put up a lone branch in Bauang, La Union operated by their son, Dr. Peter Paul R. Nang. 

Their food is Cantonese Chinese cuisine served in family-sharing portions.

Flavors of Baguio: Discover Baguio, One Bite at a Time!

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MEZZA NORTE: Announcing the BIG MOVE to Trinoma on May 3, Friday!

Fwd: New Mezza Norte logo

Mezza Norte – Quezon City’s’ premier night food and lifestyle market – is making the BIG MOVE to Ayala Malls’ Trinoma starting on May 3 (Friday)!

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