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May 2014

#Restaurants, Food

HOWZAT: Makati’s Indian Curry Buffet Friday :)

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Thanks to Tina for picking an awesome meeting place for Friday lunch! 🙂

HOWZAT is a 24/7 Sports Bar in Makati popular among expats and sports fanatics who love watching live coverages of their favorite sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and Ultimate Fighting Championships.

They are also known for their Sunday Roast Buffet and Friday Indian Curry Buffet. Their Indian food reminds me of what I’ve tasted in London.

Here are some tips before you try this out…

8471 Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati City
Indian Curry Buffet Every Friday 12nn-3pm
P495/head with SMB on the house.
Telephone: +632 897-3335

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Manila Life

San Miguel Premium All Malt – Grand Gold Medal at 2014 Monde Selection Quality Award!

Through the years, Filipinos have always stood out among the best in the world. And being the best gives us many reasons to be proud of. One of the reasons… San Miguel Beer. It is the Filipino beer that is recognized as one of the best tasting beers in the world. With its refined and well-balance flavor, it truly is the standard of good taste. Good enough to consistently win in the Monde Selection Awards in Brussels, Belgium. This year, San Miguel Beer won another Gold Quality Award, another true testament to it being a world-class beer. So grab a bottle now and enjoy one of the best tasting beers in the world. San Miguel Beer.

Awesome News! Congratulations to our San Miguel Lifestyle Brews family for winning in the 2014 Monde Selection Awards in Brussels, Belgium 🙂

Monde Selection’s 53rd Award Ceremony will take place in the French capital of wines, Bordeaux on June 2-3, 2014. 

The Philippines won the following International Quality Award from the 2014 MONDE Selection:


Premium All Malt 
Grand Gold Medal
International High Quality Trophy (having won for 3 consecutive years) 




Pale Pilsen – Gold Medal 
Super Dry – Gold Medal 
Cervesa Negra – Gold Medal 



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#Restaurants, Food

SIMPLE LANG: Modern Filipino Comfort Food Interpretations by Raintree

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Garlic Beef Belly & Mushroom Salpicao, Thai Green Curry Gising Gising with Brown Rice, Toyo Suka and Sosy Patis

SIMPLÉ LANG is the Raintree group’s modern take on Filipino Comfort food with a playful coño twist. This is for those days when you can’t decide and just want something yummy and simple.

Here’s what we think about the food at Simplé Lang…

Good food simplified. All you want rice and soup pa!
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City
Telephone: +632 621-6161, 621-6162
FacebookSimplé Lang

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#Restaurants, Food

THE PERFECT PINT: Philippine Craft Beers x Filipino Food by Chef Gene Gonzalez @ThePerfectPint_PH

As featured in BEST OF TAGUIG: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in BGC & Taguig 2014! 

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My Perfect Pint Combination: Lengua with Crispy Garlic x Craftpoint Liberation Pale Ale.

THE PERFECT PINT is a gastropub by the Tempongko brothers. It showcases Filipino Food by Chef Gene Gonzalez, paired with the best of Craft Beers in the Philippines.

It’s inspired by research on the ideal environment to drink a pint of beer, which concluded that: 

“The maximum satisfaction is found to occur at an ambient temperature of 17.6 degrees Celsius, with just over two days until you are due back in work, between three and four people with you, all in good spirits, with quiet music and widely available food and snacks.”  (via Mindlab Intelligent Insights)

The Perfect Pint envisions setting the standard in providing that experience to every customer in the Philippines.

We did a food and beer trip with the Tempongko brewmaster at Perfect Pint. Here’s our experience…

THE PERFECT PINT. Craft Beer. Fine Food.
2F Crossroads, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 823-1320
Mobile: +63 936 940-3406
FacebookThe Perfect Pint: Craft Beer + Fine Food
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 2.00am

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#Restaurants, Food

KYOCHON PHILIPPINES: Inventor of Double-Fried Korean Fried Chicken Technique Opens in Manila! @KYOCHONPH @SMMegaMall

Featured as MEGA FASHION HALL: 10 BEST New Restaurants @SMMegaMall in 2014!

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KYOCHON, which started the double-fried chicken craze in South Korea in 1991, is finally in the Philippines! But Filipinos are not that familiar with the brand despite its #1 double-fried chicken status in Korea. 

(For reference, BonChon was founded in 2002 but they are more popular because they were first to enter New York in 2007, while KyoChon entered Manhattan only in 2010. Similarly, BonChon had a head start in Manila in 2010.)

The double-fried chicken technique was invented to remove the fatty oils from the chicken and still make the skin crunchy and flavorful. KyoChon takes pride in the fact that their chicken has no glacial acetic acid, sodium saccharine, and MSG. They also use canola oil with zero transfat to fry their chicken. 🙂

I’m happy that they are finally here in Manila! 

KYOCHON Philippines
Upper Ground Floor, SM Megamall Building B, SM Megamall,
EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 997-3333
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 9.00pm

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#Restaurants, Food

LARTIZAN Serendra: Boulangerie Française & Mariage Frères Tea Time!

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LARTIZAN is the artisanal French Bakery, Restaurant, and Tea Salon of the French Baker founder, Johnlu Koa.

It started as a boulangerie in partnership with Mickey’s Delicatessen along Jupiter Street. Now, it has transformed into a French Cafe, with authentic French pastries and baked products, and a European cafe ambiance.

I love their signature teas from Mariage Frères in Paris.

We had the pleasure of dining with Johnlu recently and coming up with recommendations on having an awesome dining or tea time experience at Lartizan…

LARTIZAN Boulangerie Française
Le Goût du Bon Pain | Boulangerie, Restaurant . Salon de Thé
Serendra, 26th corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
For reservations, please call: telephone +632 511-7866.
Operating Hours: 8.00am to 10.00pm daily.

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#Restaurants, Food

PROST: Nurnberger Spiral and Mr. Braumeister Craft Beer @ProstBraumeister

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PROST is a German Restaurant & Bar in Bonifacio Global City. They serve good German comfort food and their own signature craft beer Mr. Braumeister — in collaboration with Craft Point Brew.

The restaurant is named after the traditional German toast, where you look into the eyes of each person and say “prost!” before clinking your beer glass.

Prost is owned by Dom Hernandez, his German friend Marc Von Grabowski, celebrity Sam Milby, and Stef Zanirato.

We recently had our team meeting with our Mercato partners here. Check out what we like…

PROST Braumeister
G/F Fort Pointe Two Bldg. 26th Ave cor 5th AVe Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +63 925 545-4386
Phone: +632 828-3940
FacebookProst Braumeister
Operating Hours
Monday to Thursdays 4pm to 2am
Friday and Saturday 4pm to 3am
Sundays 4pm to 12mn only

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Awesome Festivals

WANDERLAND 2014 Hangover! #TakeMeBackToWanderland @wanderlandfest


WANDERLAND is the hippest Music & Arts Festival in the Philippines. It is unofficially the Coachella of Manila with indie band performances, live art, and imaginative experiences.

Wanderland 2014 is headlined by American indie pop band from New York, The Drums and with performances from a five piece indie folk troupe from Melbourne – The Paper Kites, and Brisbane quartet Last Dinosaurs. The music fest best performance for the night was from the Swedish breakout indie rock band – The Royal Concept.

Congratulations to all the hip Wanderers and to Karpos for the awesome Wanderland 2014!

Check out the Wander Moments captured by the Artisanos ( …

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Gawad Kalinga

“Everyone Can Take Part!” (@BayaniChallenge Week 5) #WalangIwanan

Because there IS something that we can do. And you can still take part in bringing HOPE.

Fwd: Week 5: Everyone Can Take Part
Leyte. “A house changes the way a father thinks about the future of his family. With a safe shelter already being taken care of, he can now dream on improving his family’s way of life.” – Jedee Magoncia-Astilla  

We finally turned over second batch of homes (20 homes!) in Tanauan, Leyte. Hope built and will continue to be built!

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