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July 2013

Movie Reviews

BOSES: A Tagalog Indie Film about Child Abuse Every Filipino Parent should Watch! @BOSESTheMovie

We watched the homecoming screening of BOSES at Cinemalaya, and Wolverine last Sunday.

Wolverine was visually entertaining, but we never talked about it after the movie. BOSES, on the other hand, kept us reflecting on child abuses at home or around us and what are we doing about it.

  • During the times when you become a “monster” parent, do you verbally and physically harm your kids?
  • What will you do if you heard of a child abuse from your neighborhood? Will you just ignore it and mind your own business, or will you help stop it?
  • Do you bully your own kids or tolerate bullying in any form?

This is the movie that every Filipino parent should watch! 

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#Restaurants, Food

GINZA BAIRIN MANILA: BEST Katsudon, Kurobuta Rosu Tonkatsu and Unagi Katsu @GinzaBairinPH

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GINZA BAIRIN pioneered the modern Katsu House in Japan in Ginza, the luxurious district in Tokyo, in 1927. It’s a boutique family-ran Katsu franchise with branches in Tokyo, Hawaii, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and now in Manila.

Ginza Bairin’s claim to fame is that they invented the modern Tonkatsu sauce formulated by pharmacist epicurean patron,  Nobukatsu Shibuya. Its name is inspired by Bairin, or plum forest, which they say is the secret behind their Tonkatsu sauce. 

Also, Ginza Bairin’s Special Katsudon is hailed as the number one Donburi in Japan by Japanese Food authorities from culinary TV programs Asahi “Tokyo Restaurant Guide” and Fuji TV “VivaVivaV6” and as well as Iron Chefs Robusaburo Michibo and Yoshiharu Doi.

We were fortunate to dine with Masaya Shibuya, third generation owner of Ginza Bairin, who shared with us stories about Katsu and how to properly appreciate it the Ginza Bairin way.

Battle for the BEST Tonkatsu in Manila:

The Best Restos of New Glorietta in Makati:

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BACON RECIPES: How do you like your Bacon? Crispy vs. Chewy?

(Guest Blog Post by Liz Yin from our friends from Curate Hub)

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(Bacon | Image credit: rikomatic)

Hey there Bacon Fanatic! Not one yet? No worries. Just wanted to share some creative bacon treats and discuss crispy vs. chewy bacon.  Which do you prefer?

We often eat bacon with eggs or some other breakfast items but personally I get tired of eating bacon straight from the pan.

Here are three alternative methods that make delicious bacon treats:

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#Travel, Subic

OCEAN ADVENTURE SUBIC: Planning Guide to the Best Experiences of Ocean Adventure Park!

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OCEAN ADVENTURE  is a marine conservatory and adventure park located in Subic Bay and founded by animal behaviorists and trainers. It is owned by Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium, that is the same Philippine corporation running Camayan Beach Resort beside it.

Here is a family’s guide to the must-experienced attractions at Ocean Adventure:

Top 10 Adventure Attractions in South East Asia for Kids!

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#Restaurants, Food

MAGOSABURO MANILA: Mago Kaiseki & Japanese Wagyu Steak on Lava Stone with Wine Pairings!


MAGOSABURO is a posh Japanese restaurant and wine bar hailing from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan founded in 2009. The Mago Manila franchise specializes on Mago Kaiseki which is a 9-course set (think degustation) with Japanese Wagyu steak cooked on a Lava Stone as the highlight.

Some foodies are familiar with the Magosaburou in Singapore which is known for its “Ultra-luxurious Japanese BBQ” concept. The Kaiseki focus and the wine-lounge concept sets the Manila branch apart from Magosaburo international franchises in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Thailand. 

We tried the 9-course Mago Kaiseki and sampled a selection of their famed Japanese wagyu steaks during an intimate lunch with the owner a few days after its soft opening.

Here’s what we like and some tips to have an awesome experience at Magosaburo Philippines:

What’s New in BGC Restaurants in 2013?

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STOCKTON PLACE by Chef Celine: Hidden Makati Resto Every Foodie is Raving About!


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STOCKTON PLACE is hip and cozy restaurant by Chef Celine de los Angeles hidden in Legaspi Village, Makati City. Its well- curated menu is described by the Chef as “approachable and thoughtful”. 

Chef Celine is a fresh young talent who shifted  from a para-legal and advertising career in LA to a culinary field back in Manila. She graduated in culinary arts from CCA, worked for Manila Peninsula, and hone her craft in The Goose Station before setting up her first- ever Resto,  Stockton Place. 

The buzz about the resto spread like “Wildflour” reminiscent of the excitement around the opening of Lolo Dad’s in Malate.

Check out the Stockton Place experience…

Best Places to Eat-and-Be-Seen in Manila in 2013:

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing… Rockwell’s 3rd Ultimate Taste Test 2013 on September 14, Saturday! (Now Open for Applications!)

Update Sept. 6, 2013Countdown to Ultimate Taste Test 2013 @ Rockwell… 8 Days to go! 

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Finally, we are ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers and connoisseurs in Manila are waiting for. 

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 3rd Rockwell’s Ultimate Taste Test 2013, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 14, 2013 Saturday at the Rockwell Tent from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering food preparations and concoctions from over 40+ home-based food businesses along with Power Plant Mall’s very own establishments.

Now staging the 11th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2013, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on this annual partnership with Rockwell for the third straight year.

Related Blog Post: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie’s Cheat Sheet

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#Restaurants, Food

VICTORINO’S: Sunday Lunch @ Authentic Ilocano-Filipino Homey Restaurant in Quezon City :)

VICTORINO’S is a homey restaurant in Quezon City specializing in authentic Ilocano-Filipino dishes with signature cakes by Heny Sison.

It is owned by DV Savellano, the vice governor of Ilocos Sur, his sister Queenie Paras, and family friend Chef Heny Sison. It is a tribute to their father and patriarch of the Savellano’s of Ilocos.

Finally, we now have a really good Ilocano restaurant in the Metro Manila.  Also, I’m glad that one can savor Heny Sison’s creations in a warm homey setting 🙂

Here’s our Victorino’s Sunday Lunch experience:

The Homey Cafe Restos of QC:

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#Restaurants, Food

TAMARIND by Chef Tum: Level Up of Jatujak Thai Resto @SMAuraPremier

TAMARIND is the SM Aura level-up version of the popular Thai resto Jatujak by Chef Tum and Al Purugganan. It offers the same comfort Thai food at affordable prices with a nice contemporary Thai ambiance.

This is like the “SukhoThai”, the comfort Thai resto of this generation. It’s always fun to be here if you are craving for simple Thai food. 

Here’s our Tamarind experience:

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SM Aura Premier Series:

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COCINA CENTRALE: The Story of the Mercato of Central Luzon, at MarQuee, Angeles, Pampanga @MarQueeTweets

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We always envisioned to expand nationally and bring the Mercato experience to key foodie areas around the Philippines.

We were hesitant to go out of Manila, but we found the right partner location – Ayala’s MarQuee, and the right foodie city – Angeles City, Pampanga, to launch our first ever Mercato market outside ManilaCOCINA CENTRALE.

Here’s the photo essay of the Mercato of Central Luzon, at MarQuee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga:

Related Blog Post: COCINA CENTRALE: Where the BEST of Pampanga Meets the BEST of Manila!

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