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May 2013

#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

URBN BAR & KITCHEN: The Secret Yummy Dinner Food of @URBN_BGC

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Starting at 12mn, URBN BAR gets packed with party people from all over the metro. It’s a popular events place for launching products and holding company events because of its spacious interiors and industrial-looking ambiance.

But one of the things I love about URBN is the contemporary comfort food they serve during dinner by Chef Benjo Tuason of Relik fame.

Here’s our latest URBN experience…

Related Blog Post: A Relik Lunch

What’s New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?

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Awesome Festivals

The SARBAY FEST Hangover?! (A Photo Essay of the Biggest Beach Party in Mindanao @SarbayFest)

SARBAY FEST is the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Since 2006, it has been held around the third weekend of May in Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani to celebrate the area’s beauty and to conserve Sarangani Bay. It is one of the best beach parties to culminate the summer season in the Philippines.

Here’s a photo essay of my SarBay Fest 2013 experience:

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City, Food

SABOTEN Philippines: The Original Tonkatsu Flavor Now in Manila!

SABOTEN is the original and largest Tonkatsu chain from Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It has been serving its famous tonkatsu since 1966 and has branches in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Thailand, and now in the Philippines. 🙂  The restaurant’s name means “cactus”,  inspired by the plant’s vitality and persistence despite harsh conditions.

Although the SABOTEN launch was pre-empted by YABU in Manila, we love how they offer different ways people can enjoy katsu and the unlimited-everything experience. 🙂

Here’s a rundown of our visit to Saboten Philippines…

Battle for the BEST Tonkatsu in Manila:

What’s New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?

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Awesome Festivals

BITES & BREWS: San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Bar Crawl Experience!

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San Miguel Lifestyle Brews BITES & BREWS BAR Crawl is a bar hopping experience with a group of bar crawlers over food and beer pairing of San Miguel Premium All Malt, San Miguel Super Dry and Cerveza Negra. It’s a new way of meeting people, experiencing the different Gastro pub in the metro over unlimited serving of San Miguel lifestyle Brews.

Check out our Photo Essay of the first ever Bites & Brews Bar Crawl experience hopping through four (4) of the Gastro bars in Manila — Locale, Aracama, Cerveseria, and Dillingers in one night with over flowing San Miguel Lifestyle Brews!

San Miguel Lifestyle Brews Beer Pairing Series:

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CHEF BAB’S SISIG: “A lot of restaurants serve sisig but only Chef Bab of @MercatoCentrale can offer eight variants at one time!”

Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Chua

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The SISIG. A Filipino favorite that is traditionally made with pig’s ears and served on a sizzling plate. This humble dish is said to originate from Pampanga but is now known outside the country, thanks to the feature of renowned chef and television host, Anthony Bourdain, who raved about it in his show No Reservations.  

A lot of restaurants and bars serve sisig but only Chef Bab of Mercato Centrale can offer eight variants at one time. Even during the former Distrito Market, he has been dishing up this specialty, but now, he is offering foodies a chance to customize their sisig. Want it hot? Request for more chili. Want it as a meal? Order it with rice! Want a vegetarian version? Go for fish or tofu sisig. All orders are cooked on the spot, too, ensuring its freshness and deliciousness. 

Flavors of Mercato Series 2:

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#Travel, Food

SINGAPORE CHINATOWN WALK: Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way™ (A Review) @VisitSingapore

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Red Clogs Down the Five-Foot-Way™ A Chinatown Walk is a 3.5+ hours heritage walking tour of Singapore’s Chinatown created by Journeys Singapore.  

It’s one of the inspiration behind the Chinatown Food Tour by Ivan Man Dy in Manila.

Here’s a photo essay review of my first walking tour experience in Singapore:

Your Awesome Singapore Series:

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    LEVANTE EASTWOOD: Finally, the Mercato of the East @EastwoodMall! @LevanteEastwood

    Related Blog Post: LEVANTE: Announcing…. The Mercato of the East!

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    LEVANTE EASTWOOD is a Night Food Market every Friday at the Eastwood City organized by the Mercato Centrale group. It caters primarily to the people in Eastwood and around the surrounding communities East of Metro Manila.

    LEVANTE stands for the Yummy East. The name  literally means ‘the East’ referring to the eastern region of the Iberian peninsula on the Spanish Mediterranean coast.  

    Check out the Levante Experience in Eastwood City:

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    MAPLE: All Day Breakfast @ San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park Makati

    MAPLE is the high-end All-Day Breakfast restaurant by the Pancake House group with its flagship store in San Antonio Plaza.

    We like Pancake House, and it’s our comfort breakfast food with our boys. But recently we noticed the taste is getting too commercialized, the serving of the pasta is getting smaller, and the flavors are a bit diluted.

    I’m glad that they decided to create a Breakfast restaurant for the foodies who demand a better breakfast experience all day. 

    Here’s our breakfast date experience at MAPLE:

    The Best of ALL-DAY BREAKFAST Craze:

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    #Restaurants, Food

    PHAT PHO: A Vietnamese Kitchen @TheAbacaGroup @PhatPhoCebu

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    P.H.A.T. PHO (short for Pretty Hot and Tempting Pho?) is the Vietnamese Resto created by Jason Hyatt of The Abaca Group in Cebu.  There’s not a lot of Vietnamese flavors in Cebu, and Abaca Group’s Vietnamese concept is interesting with Vietnamese Chef Ahn Sy Hoang or Chef Bruce.

    In contrast to the other Abaca restos, Phat Pho is quaint (with a capacity of about less than 30pax) but still hip. During peak lunch and dinner time you have to sit shoulder-to-shoulder giving up a bit of privacy just to get a taste of the latest Vietnamese cuisine to invade Cebu.

    Here’s our PHAT PHO Experience in Cebu:

    The BEST of Cebu City Series 2013:

    Best Vietnamese Restaurants in the Philippines:

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    Awesome Festivals

    SM AURA: Premier Shopping & Foodie Supermarket Haven + Sky Park @SMAuraPremier Taguig! (First Impressions)

    UPDATE 1/12/13: SM AURA EATS: 10 Most Awesome Restaurants @SMAuraPremier to Kick Off Your SM Aura Food Trip this 2014!

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    SM AURA PREMIER is the high-end shopping mall of Henry Sy’s SM Group, located in the Bonifacio Civic Center in Taguig. Some call it the SM Mothership because of its unique design and because it’s the flagship pet project of Ms. Tessie Cozon (daughter of Henry Sy) herself.

    With its Grand Opening today, SM Aura goes into direct competition with Ayala’s Market! Market! and Bonifacio High Street combined. The rivalry is interesting to see, reminiscent of the stiff competition between Globe and Smart. In the end, we the consumers benefit from the rivalry with new and exciting choices in food, stores, and new experiences.

    Here are our first impressions of SM AURA — what we think SM did well, what SM can further improve on in the mall and the supermarket, and the places you should try soon…

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