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June 2014

The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET: And the Best Caterer in Manila is… @TheBlueLeaf

2/2/15 Update: The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

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Audrey Tanco Uy of Bizu with Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara of Mesclun.

Congratulations to BIZU for winning the BEST CATERER and for getting the highest rating in every dish category at The Big Banquet!

Here are the Top 5 Caterers at The Big Banquet:


1. BIZU (Rating = 3.97)


About Bizu

We kiss one another to show gratitude, happiness, excitement, love, and affection. A kiss inspires. And this inspiration begets energy. This energy, in turn, begets creativity. BIZU was born out of this inspiration.

From this inspiration came the unique selection of cakes and pastries that were truly made to inspire. It all began with a dream to have an authentic Parisian Patisserie where the finest French pastries and European breads can be savored right in the Philippines. With much training and patience, our Filipino chefs have learned the magical art of the French Patisserie. Indeed, ensuring the most flavorful and artful products are brought to your homes is a labor of love.

From a kiosk/café at the third floor of Glorietta 4 that started operations in 2001, BIZU now has three more outlets in Greenbelt 2, Alabang Towncenter, and at The Promenade inside Greenhills Shopping Center. 

The menu includes all day breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner items. 

Customers are not to leave without the chewy pastel-colored Macarons de Paris that Bizu Patisserie is known for.


First Midland Building, 109 Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, 1223 Makati City
Email: [email protected]
Telephone Numbers: +632 845-0590 / 845-0591 / 845-05-92 / 845-02-93
Store hours: 10:00pm – 7:00pm

Bizu Commissary 
Pacific Hardwood Building, 2158 Chino Roces, Brgy. Pio del Pilar, 1230 Makati City
Telephone Number: +(632) 843-6186

FacebookBizu Patisserie & Bistro

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Gawad Kalinga

@BayaniChallenge Week 8 & 9: “Courage to Care!” #WalangIwanan @GawadKalinga

Fwd: Week 8 and 9 Updates: Courage to Care
Spotted: A Thank YOU letter! 

The staging of a radical national event that has never been attempted before is being made possible because of believers, because people have the courage to care, because enough Filipinos take on the responsibility of being their brothers’ keepers. Many of these believers are leaders from different fields of society, from government, from business, from civic organizations, from schools, from churches. Bayani Challenge, indeed, belongs to all. That is the essence of nation building, that is the essence of an empowered democracy. 

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The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET: Top 5 Best Appetizers, Main Dishes, Desserts, & Drinks @TheBlueLeaf

2/2/15 Update: The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

Read first: THE BIG BANQUET: Battle of the Top Caterers in Manila! @TheBlueLeaf (A Photo Essay)

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It was tough to rate the different courses from the best caterers in Manila. There were about 300-350 ratings per dish, using a scale of 1 to 5 (highest), and the weighted average was calculated to ensure an objective score. 

Congratulations to all the winning caterers! 

And the winners of the Top 5 Best Appetizers, Main Dishes, Desserts, & Drinks in the first ever The Big Banquet are….

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The Big Banquet

THE BIG BANQUET: Battle of the Top Caterers in Manila! @TheBlueLeaf (A Photo Essay)

2/2/15 Update: The Big Banquet 2: And the BEST Caterers and Winning Dishes are… @TheBlueLeaf Filipinas

Read first: THE BIG BANQUET: An Ultimate Taste Test of the Best Caterers in Manila @TheBlueLeaf!

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One of the frequently asked questions on this blog is, “Who is the Best Caterer in Manila?

It’s hard to answer that question, since you have to experience the food, the setup, and the service of each caterer side by side before you can give an objective answer.

This was the inspiration behind THE BIG BANQUET — an ultimate taste test event to showcase the Best Caterers in Manila, as certified by The Blue Leaf group. 

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#Restaurants, Food

KITCHEN 1B: Wholesome Restaurant Alternative by Apartment 1B

As featured in MAKATI: 10 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Makati 2014! @MakeItMakati 

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KITCHEN 1B is a wholesome and healthy restaurant by Marivic Diaz-Lim of Apartment 1B fame. After surviving breast cancer, she is on a mission to promote a healthier lifestyle for foodies. 

We had the opportunity to try Kitchen 1B for both breakfast and lunch. Here’s our experience…

KITCHEN 1B: The Wholesome Alternative
Ground Floor, KL Tower, Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(Entrance also on Soria Street)
Telephone: +632 403-5405, 843-2392
Mobile: +63 918 897 5877
Email[email protected]

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#Hotels, #Restaurants, #Travel, Food

My AMARI WATERGATE BANGKOK Experience #AmazingThailand

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AMARI WATERGATE is a 5-star hotel in Central Bangkok. It’s strategically located in front of Platinum Mall near the Pratunam shopping area.  

I was a bit apprehensive about going to Bangkok because of the Martial Law situation there, but Amari Watergate gave me a warm Thai welcome. This erased all my doubts and fears about the safety and security in the capital. 

Check out my Amari Watergate Bangkok experience…

847 Petchaburi Road, Pratunam, Rachatavi, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Amari Watergate Hotel (aff link)

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#Restaurants, #Travel, Food

THAI JUNGLE CURRY: Ran Gaeng Pa Sriyan Restaurant in Bangkok @migrationology

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After our boat noodle experience, we made our way to Thai Jungle Curry — another favorite of my food blogger friends Mark and Ying Wiens.

I love discovering authentic Thai flavors. Learning how Thais enjoy their food is a great way to understand their culture better.
For the adventurous foodies, be sure to check out Thai Jungle Curry in Bangkok…

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#Restaurants, #Travel, Food

DOY KUAY TEOW REUA: Best Boat Noodle Restaurant in Bangkok @migrationology

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Travel Bloggers (Left-Right): Mark & Ying Wiens of MigrationologyJames Clark of Nomaric Notes, & Tiffany Cu of Asia Travel Bug

I’ve been to Bangkok a number of times, but this is the first time I’m exploring the real flavors of Thailand beyond the touristy and cliché establishments. 

My food blogger friends Mark and Ying Wiens of introduced us to their favorite hidden place for kuay teow reua or boat noodles in Bangkok.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience…

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