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April 2013

#Restaurants, #Travel

SOLIBAO: Baguio’s BEST Filipino Restaurant since 1972


SOLIBAO is a home-grown Filipino restaurant established in 1972, now with 6 branches around Baguio and still counting. Its name was inspired by the drums used by the Igorot in the Cordilleras. It is best known for its yummy Filipino recipes like Pancit Palabok, Kare-Kare and Puto Bumbong. 

We tried the Solibao which is the in-house resto of the Heritage Mansion. It was my first time to tried Solibao, and here is our experience:

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

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JOHNNY STEAMS: Yankee Steamed Burger with Peanut Butter, Crispy Bacon and Oozing Mozzarella Cheese @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Johnny Steams.

Fwd: Mercato Centrale website: Johnny Steams

A fast-food bestseller, the burger is almost always present in diners and comfort food joints. In fact, the simple hamburger can be found in many street corners in the country. Even if the Philippines is an Asian country, locals have come to love this Western favorite as well. There are different kinds of burgers out there that range from the ordinary to the more gourmet. But have you ever tried a steamed burger?

It is not your average burger as it is cooked in a custom-made steamer that contains small trays, which hold either an individual hamburger or a chunk of cheese to be melted. In this cooking process, the meat is scooped onto a sesame seed bun and then the melted cheese is poured over the meat. Customary toppings are added after that. Steamed burgers are a healthier alternative because of its cooking method. 

If there’s one place you should try a steamed burger, it is Johnny Steams in Midnight Mercato.

Flavors of Mercato Series 1:

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#Restaurants, Food

GRACE PARK: Farm-to-Table Organic Restaurant by Margarita Fores

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GRACE PARK is Margarita Fores‘ much-anticipated farm-to-table Italian restaurant in One Rockwell in Makati. It is named after her paternal grandmother Angie Geronimo Forés’ home in Grace Park, Caloocan (the former Elpo rubber shoes compound).

The concept is inspired by similar farm-to-table, slow-cooking restos in the US (like ABC Kitchen, Vinegar Hill House, and Joseph Leonard). A lot of people have raved about the interiors tastefully done by Jorge Yulo (congrats!). It transports you to a rustic yet industrial loft, making you forget that you are in a mall.

The food is a mix of healthy and sinful comfort food, but the taste is a bit bitin. It adopts the “cleaner” Western taste versus the bolder, malinamnam flavors that some Pinoy foodies prefer.

Here is our Grace Park experience…

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Travel to Heaven

A Miracle in Mindoro – A Message from Mary

(Written by Willy E. Arcilla)

Blessed Virgin Mary

February 11 is a date which the Roman Catholic Church commemorates as the World Day of the Sick in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes to whom is attributed countless miraculous cures that have occurred in Lourdes, located in the foothills of the Pyrenees, southwestern France, a world-renowned pilgrimage site of the Marian apparitions to the 14-year old St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.  Her message then, as in all past apparitions across the world remains consistent and universal, timeless and enduring  –      a call for the conversion of sinners; prayer and sacrifice of the faithful; and charity for the poor and sick.

On the same date this year, February 11, 2013, 155 years after the first apparition in Lourdes, the Blessed Virgin Mary appears to have made her presence felt once more and her message revived, but not in Europe, rather, right here on Philippine soil – on Iling, an impoverished island off the southwestern coast of Mindoro, an hour by pumpboat from San Jose, the capital of Occidental Mindoro.

February 11, 2013 marked the inauguration of Santisima Trinidad, a new church built on the island for the Missionaries of Mary, Mother of the Poor (MMMP), with the help of private donors led by the DMCI group of companies. The MMMP was founded in 2011 by Fr. Fernando Suarez, the world-renowned and much beloved healing priest, who was incardinated in Mindoro under Bishop Antonio F. Palang, SVD.

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WRAP BATTLE: The Pita Wrap of the Filipinos @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Wrap Battle @ Mercato Centrale

Sometimes, inspiration strikes in the most unusual circumstances. For Paul Wenceslao, it happened during one of his coffee breaks. He let the idea of putting up a food business brew until he found the perfect product—pita wraps. There are only a handful of stalls that solely offer wraps so he thought of bringing it to Mercato Centrale. And that was where Wrap Battle was born. 

Flavors of Mercato Series 1:

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Awesome Festivals

Mommy Trends 2013: The Modern Mom in Manila @MommyMundo

(A Guest Blog Post by Janice Villanueva, Founder, Mommy Mundo)

Fwd: Expo Mom post

How do you spot a modern mom? She's confident, self-assured, lives an active life whether that means being fit or being active in an endeavor that brings her fulfillment. She’s updated on trends and principles that will help her improve as a person and as a mom. She uses technology to be in touch with loved ones, run her household and also gain information. She is also quite discerning about products she uses especially those that are for her family and kids. 

In the 12 years of Mommy Mundo’s existence as the go-to resource for modern moms in Manila, we’ve spotted these interesting trends among the hippest most active sling-wearing, label-reading, gadget-weilding, playground-heading women in the metro.


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@MERRY_MOO: Still One of the BEST Artisan Ice Creams in Manila! @MercatoCentrale

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Kurl Marx Mendoza

Merry Moo @Mercato Centrale

What if you mix a passion for food and travel? You get some sort of inspiration just like Kelvin Ngo, founder of Merry Moo. For those in the know, Merry Moo is an artisanal ice cream brand that creates fun, fresh and delicious ice cream. It is made with non-Ultra Heat Treated dairy and local ingredients, whenever possible. Aside from the quality of freshness, what makes the brand stand out from all the rest is its unique flavors that would excite any palate.

Flavors of Mercato Series 1:

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    #Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

    VASK: Traditional Basque Cuisine and Modern Gastronomy @VaskManila

    4/16/2016 Update: VASK GALLERY: 15-Course Alamat Menu (2016) of Asia’s 39th Best Restaurant!


    A lot of people are excited about the must-eat place of 2013 in Manila — Chef J. Luis Gonzales’ VASK.

    Chef J. Luis worked for some of the top restaurants in the world#2 El Celler de Can Roca, #3 Mugaritz, and #8 Arzak — all based in Spain. He also worked at El Bulli (and had a short stint in Noma).

    He decided to move to Asia and worked for Sofitel and Shangri-La Boracay initially. But he was really passionate about establishing a Basque Restaurant in Manila where he can showcase his creativity, introducing both the traditional tapas and modern cuisine using the latest culinary/molecular gastronomy techniques.

    The name VASK is inspired by its cuisine from the Basque Country, which is called País Vasco in Spanish. The Spanish dialect prefers the use of K so they named the resto VASK to refer to Modern Basque Cuisine. Coincidentally, the Clipp Center facade (designed by Ed Calma) uses V, A, K elements.

    We celebrated Easter with the family at VASK with their special set menu of traditional Basque Cuisine (P1,950+/person). Here is our Happy Easter experience:

    5th Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue Corner, 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    (Beside CVC Law Building. Near The Goose Station and St. Michael the Archangel Church in BGC)
    Telephone: +632 217-6563
    : +63 920 974-4742 or +63 917 806-5292
    FacebookVASK Modern Tapas & Gastronomic Cuisine

    Operating Hours: Dinner Time only. Two seatings: 6.30pm and 8.00pm.


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