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May 2015

Attractions, Manila Life

First LEGO® Certified Store in the Philippines in BGC near Kidzania by Aidan! @LEGO_Group

by AIDAN DIAZ (Aidan’s First Blog Post!)

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This is the first LEGO store in the Philippines. It’s a bit expensive but is a fair deal.

There are some newly released Lego sets like Simpsons, some old ones like Ninja Go and Star Wars, and some hard to find Lego sets like Minecraft.

There are tables where you can play Duplo and see Legos in display cases. You can engrave your names on bricks, and you can choose the color of the brick and the text.

Let me tour you around the first Lego Certified Store in the Philippines:

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Manila Life

GIFTED.PH: Greet your Loved Ones in Manila with a Personalized Gift Certificates! @Gifted_PH

Gifted Mother's Day

Gifted.PH is an online internet startup in Manila that aims to provide an easy, practical and personal way of giving gifts to the people that matter to you anytime, anywhere you are. Finally, we now have an online Gift Certificate service in Manila!

Here are 5 Things You Need to Know about the Gifted.PH Personalized Gift Certificates Service in Manila:

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#Restaurants, Awesome Festivals

BACON CRAWL: The Best Bacon Creations @BaconFestMNL! #PurefoodsBacon

BACONFESTMNL is a local celebration of the yummy goodness of Bacon and Filipinos’ love for it! PUREFOODS has put out the challenge to restaurants in Manila to create unique bacon dishes from this month of May until June.  

Took my wife Rache on a Bacon Crawl date, and I’d like to share with you our favorite Bacon Creations from the event…

1). BACONFEST BURGER by Charlie’s Grind and Grill

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Charlie’s Baconfest Bacon is made from Black Angus meat with spicy bacon and mozzarella integrated into the patty. Barbecue sauce is added to complete the unique Bacon Burger experience.

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#Travel

LAKE TAAL: Up, Up, and Away! Parasailing Adventure–1 Hour away from Manila! @ClubBalaiIsabel

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PARASAILING, also known as parakiting, is an extreme sports activity where you glide through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a motorboat.

Time to cross off parasailing from your bucket list because you can now experience it in Lake Taal, just one hour away from Manila! 

Checkout Team OAP having fun at Lake Taal:

Here are some tips on how to organize your parasailing adventure at Lake Taal…

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#Restaurants

TAPENADE: Mediterranean Goodness and The Salad Room at Discovery @PrimeaMakati!

Update 12/14/15 Post: TAPENADE: Dinner with a Heightened Sense of Celebration! @PrimeaMakati  

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TAPENADE is the all-day Mediterranean dining restaurant of the newly opened Discovery Primea in Makati. It is named after the centuries-old Mediterranean recipe of olives, capers, olive oil, and anchovies.  

The concept comes from the insight that Filipinos love Mediterranean cuisine as much as Chinese cuisine–if you count the number of Chinese restos vs. the collective number of all Mediterranean restos (including Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, etc.) in Manila. 

It’s refreshing to see these newer hotels elevate their restaurant concepts and not just going the usual all-day buffet route.

Here are some tips on having an awesome time at Tapenade… 

TAPENADE
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea
6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226, Philippines
Telephone: +632 955-8888
Website: www.discoveryhotels-resorts.com
Facebook: Discovery Primea Makati
Twitter: @PrimeaMakati

Related Blog Post: A Different Kind of Foodie Staycation @DiscoveryPrimea

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#Restaurants

CASA ROCES: Chef Sau’s Grand 7-Course Kapampangan Dinner! @Casa_Roces @MadridFusionMNL

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Chef Sau del Rosario, one of our favorite Kapampangan chefs in Manila, cooked the culminating Madrid Fusion Manila dinner for the Spanish Chefs together with the Center for Culinary Arts Chefs.

Here is a photo essay of the Grand 7-Course Kapampangan Dinner at Casa Roces:

First Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 Series:

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#Restaurants

TERRY’S SALCEDO: Chef Juan Carlos de Terry x Brandy de Jerez Dinner! @MadridFusionMNL

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It was the night before the opening of Madrid Fusion Manila; Chef Juan Carlos de Terry hosted a Spanish dinner with Brandy de Jerez pairing.  

Brandy de Perez is a protected designation of origin for brandy that is only produced in the Jerez area of Andalusia, Spain. This appellation include the “sherry triangle” of  Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the province of Cádiz (where Chef JC Terry originally comes from). (wikipedia: Brandy de Jerez)

First Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 Series:

Here’s my first experience with sherry and brandy pairing:

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#Restaurants

BLACK SHEEP: X-treme Filipino by Chef Jordy x Bo Innovation’s Demon Chef Alvin Leung! @MadridFusionMNL

Update March 9, 2016: Black Sheep BGC is now closed and moved to Black Sheep Manila.  

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Chef Alvin Leung is a three Michelin Stars chef of Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. He is known as the “Demon Chef” for his playful spirit and approach to his X-treme Cuisine. He is the mentor of Chef Jordy Navarra of Black Sheep fame.

Chef Jordy and Demon Chef collaborated on a four hands one-night only dinner at Black Sheep with the theme: X-treme Filipino during the first Madrid Fusion Manila!

First Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 Series:

Here’s a photo essay of the #BlackSheepxBoInnovation dinner experience:

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