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January 2014


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

Here’s a 2013 wrap-up of our 10 Favorite Restaurants to kick off the SM Aura Food Trip this 2014:



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PAUL Boulangerie and Patisserie has been baking bread and pastries in France since 1889. Finally, after 124 years, they have opened a store in Manila this December 2013. Their bread is baked traditionally, hand-crafted using the best natural ingredients that are freshly flown in all the way from France.

The local franchise is owned by Ben Chan of the Bench empire. Paul Boulangerie’s flagship store in SM Aura integrates the bakery, patisserie, restaurant, and tea salon in one. 

Check out Paul when you are in SM Aura…

Read More: PAUL: Boulangerie, Patisserie, Restaurant, and Salon de Thé in Manila! (First Look)


We love PAUL‘s French café ambiance and their authentic French breads and pastries. Make sure you try the croissants, macarons, and their version of croque-madame. Best to go in the mornings when most of the goodies are fresh from the oven. 

It would have been lovely if they had a nicer view or were located somewhere with an alfresco setup, instead of the current commercialized view of SM Aura’s main entrance. 

Budget is P250-P500/head, depending on whether you go for merienda or  breakast/lunch/dinner. It’s relatively a bit expensive. 

SM Aura Premier
26th Corner McKinley Parkway Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1630
Telephone: +632 808-5324
Email: [email protected]

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LUGANG CAFE: What to Order in the Best Contemporary Taiwanese Restaurant in Manila? @SMAuraPremier‎

 Read: 10 Most Awesome Chinese Restaurants in Manila!


LUGANG CAFE is the best contemporary Taiwanese restaurant in Manila. They were able to beat their rivals in this category and continue to expand with the same yummy consistency in the Metro.

They have a huge menu, and I’ve often asked what the best food to order on the list is. We had one of our mastermind meetings at the SM Aura branch and each one ordered their favorites. 

Check out our Lugang Cafe Experience…

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COCA RESTAURANT: Thai-style ‘Suki’ Steamboat Dining in Manila! @SMAuraPremier‎

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COCA is a Thai Hot Pot place famous for their Thai-style ‘Suki’ steamboat dining, created by Mr. Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife, Mrs. Patama, in 1957 in Soi Dejo, Thailand.

We loved our COCA experience at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, so we were happy when they finally opened a branch here in Manila at SM Aura Premier. 

It got mixed reviews from foodies. Sharing with you our own COCA experience…

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MAHARAJAS KABABS: Hole-in-the-Wall Northern Indian Kababs in Makati!

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MAHARAJAS KABABS is a Northern Indian Kababs place by Aasish Mirpuri which started as a stall at Sunday Legaspi Market in 2011, and eventually opened in Salcedo Saturday Market.

They also won in the Food Magazine BBQ Cook-off in 2012 for their Ashman’s Pork Kabab recipe.

Towards the end of 2013, they finally opened a hole-in-the-wall place along Dungon St. in Brgy San Antonio Village beside Goto Monster. Maharajas means “King of Kings”.

If you are craving for Indian food, check out Maharajas Kababs…

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TIPSY PIG: Capitol Commons’ Coolest Hangout! @tipsypig_ph

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Conceptualized by Ton Gonzales, TIPSY PIG is known for its signature brews, extensive drink selection, and good food by Chef Rainier Barbers. The name is inspired by the after effects of alcohol and the food they want to be known for. This is the coolest place to hang out at Capitol Commons in Pasig.

We tried the food as recommended by the Chef and here’s our experience…

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11 BIGGEST BUSINESS TRENDS in the Philippines 2014! (*Must Read for Every Filipino Entrepreneur)

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I’m super excited for 2014 because it’s a pivotal year for the Philippines in terms of technology, life stages, and starting a new cycle of business innovations.

When I was giving a talk to entrepreneurs about how I started OAP and related businesses, one person noted that the single most important success factor in my businesses was spotting trends before they peak and acting on it. 

For the first time, I’m sharing with you the 11 Biggest Trends in 2014 that would significantly impact and shape the business landscape in the Philippines…

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