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July 2014

#Restaurants, Food

The ERIC KAYSER Difference! Natural Liquid Leaven, Baked Fresh in Manila by French Chefs :)


ERIC KAYSER is an authentic French Artisan Boulangerie in Manila, which is a licensed partnership between Eric Kayser and his local partners, Jacky Ang, Kelvin Gaisano, and Chris Tiu. Eric Kayser has 96 stores in 17 countries, with the Philippines as the latest expansion.

You should notice the difference in the taste and texture of their bread because of their signature Natural Liquid Leaven, which sets it apart from the yeast-based breads in Manila. Eric Kayser demanded to have a commissary from the start and sent his trained French bakers in Manila to ensure the top quality of the breads, following the tradition of using a long natural fermentation process, slow kneading, and small-scale production.

Gone are the days of flown-in frozen French breads. The key is to baking fresh daily using top quality ingredients and following a strict artisan production process. Once you’ve tasted the Eric Kayser difference, it will be very hard to appreciate other French breads in town.

Here’s what we love about Eric Kayser…

Promenade Mall: F&B-L11, Lower Level, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan, Metro Manila
Telephone: +632 941-0738
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9.00am to 10.00pm
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URBAN PANTRY: Gourmet Selections Curated by Twin Sisters Clarisse Ong-Tiu & Carina Ong!


URBAN PANTRY is a gourmet neighborhood store curated by Chris Tiu’s wife, Clarisse Ong-Tiu, and sister-in-law Carina Ong.

The twin sisters’ criteria for the products they carry are only those they are willing to buy and consume at home with their family. They love natural, healthy, homemade, and artisan products that are mostly made locally and are ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook.

They also create their own Urban Pantry product line if there are no items available in the market that they like.

We sampled their selections and these are the 10 gourmet items we love…

URBAN PANTRY by Clarisse Ong-Tiu & Carina Ong
A carefully curated selection of delicious & healthy pantry essentials. 
Unit 115C, Greenhills Promenade 3, San Juan (Beside Roots & Red Mango)
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Mobile: +63 927 229-7080
Email: [email protected]
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THE WHOLESOME TABLE Organic Comfort Food Resto by Bianca Araneta Elizalde (A Review)

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

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THE WHOLESOME TABLE is an Organic Comfort Food Restaurant by Bianca Araneta Elizalde of Aria Boracay Fame.

All the produce comes from organic sources; they use free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, and local artisan products. All the sauces are natural and made from scratch, and they don’t use high fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, or trans fats.

Their passionate commitment to all things wholesome and healthy is contagious. 

It’s one of the best local restaurants to open in Manila this 2014! You’ve got to check it out…

30th St Corner 7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(Former Aria Cucina Italia Restaurant location beside Elias)
Telephone: +632 867-0000
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Note: No Reservations. Credit Cards Accepted.  

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BALER: KUSINA LUNTIAN by Manileño-turned-Baler-local Kuya Biboy

When in Baler, make sure to have a kamayan and boodle fight at Kusina Luntian by Kuya Biboy, a former Manileño who became a Baler local for the love of surfing.

It’s one of the best kept secret places in Baler for yummy and cheap Filipino food and booze. 🙂

Don Badong St., Brgy. Sabang Baler, Aurora (Near Duongan River)
Mobile: +63 905 722-5633 
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BALER: Charlie Does Quaint Surf Shop in Baler @CharlieDoesSurf

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Charlie Does is a quaint surf shop that offers better boards, equipment, and comfort food. It’s run by Alex Angara and her boyfriend, Joseph “Joe” Cole. 
Located just behind Costa Pacifica, it’s a nice HOHOL place for the evenings where you can also find artsy stuff. Check it out whenever you’re in Baler. 

They say Charlie don’t surf, but we think he should!
Buton St, Sabang Beach, Baler, Philippines
Phone: +632 902-0900
Email: [email protected]
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BALER: Costa Pacifica Mornings in Full Color! @CostaPacificaPH

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Mornings in Costa Pacifica are the best. There’s the awesome view of the sunrise that unfolds in front of you, whether you’re in your room or in the pool. Then there’s the delicious breakfast of binaliktad na dilis and Baler longganisa with garlic rice and egg, and suman with peanut butter and coco jam for dessert, to look forward to. 🙂 

Check out this photo essay on Costa Pacifica mornings…

080 Buton St., Sitio Labasin, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora, Philippines, 3200
Manila Office: +632 576 4555
Baler Office: +63917 853 6040
Email[email protected]
FacebookCosta Pacifica Raintree

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Costa Pacifica Resort (aff link)

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BALER: Dicasalarin Cove Experience @CostaPacificaPH

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DICASALARIN COVE is a secret beach cove owned by the Angaras in Baler. It’s famous for its white sand, awesome vista, and access to the Baler Lighthouse.

I recommend this as an after-lunch day trip destination whenever you’re in Baler.

Dicasalarin, Baler, Aurora
Open 6.00am to 5.00pm



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BALER: Costa Pacifica Halloween Night @CostaPacificaPH

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COSTA PACIFICA is a cool surfer’s beach resort managed by Raintree. It’s on the east coast, along Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora — the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. 

I love the resort because of its chic-surfer vibe, the hip events, yummy Baler food, and beachfront location.

Check out the photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night experience at Costa Pacifica:


080 Buton St., Sitio Labasin, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora, Philippines, 3200
Manila Office: +632 576 4555
Baler Office: +63917 853 6040
Email[email protected]
Instagram: @CostaPacificaBaler
Facebook: Costa Pacifica Raintree
Twitter: @CostaPacificaPH

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Costa Pacifica Resort (aff link)

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The Birth of YSRAEL GABRIEL “Baby Yugi” (A Photo Essay) @AsianHospital

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Happy Birthday to our 4th son, Ysrael Gabriel Uy Diaz! He was born on July 15, 2014, 4.09am, a day before typhoon Glenda arrived in Manila. We’re happy that our family is now complete, after waiting for Baby Yugi for 39 weeks. 🙂

Rache woke up at 1.50am with strong contractions every 3 minutes, so we hurriedly went to Asian Hospital. Here’s a photo essay of Baby Ysrael’s birth… 

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THE BOWERY: Fine New York Comfort Food by Borough’s Chef Cuit Kaufman @thebowery_ph

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

BOWERY by Chef Cuit

THE BOWERY is Chef Cuit Kaufman’s American Bistro Pub concept, which serves fine New York Comfort Food inspired by the chic Bowery Street in New York. It’s a “Higher-end Borough” that aims to answer the need of foodies for better quality food in Manila. It’s also a great venue to hold meetings during the off-peak hours.

Here’s what we like so far at Bowery… 

The Bowery NYC Comfort 
F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Mobile: +63 936 929-6073
Email: [email protected]
FacebookThe Bowery NYC Comfort

Mode of Payment: Cash, Credit Card

Operating Hours
Sundays to Thursdays 7.00am to 2.00am
Friday and Saturday 7.00am to 4.00am
(*soon to open 24 hours x 7 days a week)

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