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November 2015


TASTING ROOM: A U.S. Thanksgiving Dinner in Manila! (A Photo Essay)

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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Glad to be back in Manila just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with the U.S. Embassy team at Tasting Room, with wine pairing from Happy Living Wines. After a hectic APEC week with President Obama in attendance, we are thankful that everything went smoothly with no security incidents in Manila.

It was my first time at Tasting Room, and we were pleasantly surprised by how good it is amidst the mixed reviews when it first opened.


G/F Crown Towers, City of Dreams Manila, Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque City.
Open for dinner daily: 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Telephone: +632 691-7789

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Awesome Festivals

MADRID FUSION 2016: Showdown of the World’s No. 1 Chefs in Manila! @MadridFusionMNL

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This is awesome!  The World's No.1 Chefs are coming to Manila for Madrid Fusion!

This feels like the World's 50 Best Awards happening in Manila 🙂 Here's the confirmed line-up so far for Madrid Fusion Manila on April 7-9, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center.

Manila is going crazy about the 2016 Chef line-up:

– Joan Roca, 3 Michelin Stars, World's No. 1 Restaurant – El Celler de can Roca in Girona, Spain

– Virgilio Martinez, 1 Michelin Star, Latin America's No. 1 Restaurant –Central Restaurante in Lima, Peru  (World's No.4)

– Yoshihiro Narisawa, 2 Michelin Stars, Regarded as Asia's No. 1 Chef, Les Creations de Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan  (World's No. 8 Restaurant)

– Dani Garcia, 2 Michelin Stars, Bibo Andalusian Brasserie & Tapas, Malaga, Spain

– JosĂ© AndrĂ©s, Spanish-American Chef – Think Food Group in USA


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Manila Life

Sodi World Series in SE Asia: More Than Just a Race to Paris! @CityKartRacing

The Sodi World Series, held every June in France, is a tournament that celebrates the love for karting among drivers of all levels and nationalities. However, drivers must locally compete in a series of qualifying rounds in preparation for the big event.

Read on to learn about Team OAP’s experience at City Kart Racing’s local Sodi tournament…

City Kart Racing, Circuit Makati, Barangay Carmona, Makati City 1207 Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +63 917 455 1060 / +63 920 411 2645 / +63 915 447 1060
FacebookCity Kart Racing at Circuit Makati

Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 3:00pm to 12:00am
Friday to Sunday: 10:00am to 12:00am

Related Blog Posts:
City Kart Racing, First Indoor Go Kart in the Philippines!
CITY KART RACING: Are you the Fastest Go-kart Driver in Manila? @CityKartRacing
The Need for Speed in City Kart 


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CASA ITALIA | Ep. 1: Concept Behind an Authentically Italian Cafe in Manila! (Video)

Here’s our first look before famous Gelato house from Singapore officially opens its door in manila.

How to Build a Resto: Casa Italia (Episode #1):

F&B Director, Casa Italia

Hello, I’m Donato. I’m from Rome, Italy, and I’m a chef from Casa Italia. I’m the chef that prepare all the bread, pizza, pasta, gelato, and all the delicious Italian food for Casa Italia.

Casa Italia, which means Italian House, started in Singapore as a gelato store. And slowly along the way, we started to make our own coffee—we roast our own coffee, and then after that we introduce as well the Italian food.

So we make our own bread and pizza, and all the pasta. So I will be here in Manila for conducting the training for the gelato training and for the food training. I will be here to meet all the suppliers because we want to make sure that all the ingredients that we use here are as good as the ones we’re using in Singapore as well—all the high quality ingredients. And then I will train the team here in Manila to follow step-by-step our recipes from the bread, to the homemade fresh pasta, and to all the gelato as well.

Casa Italia Manila Series:

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MILKBOX’s Wonuts, Cwazy Shakes, & Waffle Sundae! (A Review)

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MILKBOX is a specialty coffee and dessert place by Nowie and Odette Potenciano of Mochiko fame. They offer innovative desserts like Waffle Sundae, Wonuts (a cross between Waffle x Donuts), and Cwazy Shakes. They are the first shop in Alabang to provide specialty coffee by Yardstick.

Here are some tips to enjoy your Milkbox experience on your next food trip to Alabang…

Lower Ground Level, New Wing, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, 
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 am-9:00 am, Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am-9:00 am
Telephone: +63 999 884 0624
Facebook: Milkbox

Note: Cash Only

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ADAAM and YVES: Scandinavian-inspired All Day Breakfast Organic Bistro (A Review)

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Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro is a Scandinavian-inspired bistro concept with an organic all-day-breakfast food menu, by Sean Go and Leslie Tan of Davao. You can call it a millennial place that serves clean food, with an inspiring artistic industrial ambiance, and hip music. The name is Scandinavian for “Adam & Eve”.

We celebrated Joshua’s 8th Birthday here with the family. Here’s our review of and what to expect at Adaäm & Yves…


Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, 1634 Taguig, Philippines
(Near Mecha Uma)
Telephone: +632 801-6084
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
Instagram: @adaamandyves

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Awesome Festivals, Food

Project Wheelchair: 12-Course Lechon Degustation Charity Dinner @PepitasKitchen

By Abigail Javellana

Pepita’s Kitchen Project Wheelchair Fund-Raising is a 12-course Lechon Degustation with each course presented by the best chefs and pastry bakers in Manila.

Their passion project started with Dedet and her two daughters, Lileya and Liyora, raising funds to donate wheelchairs as a legacy to their sister Lauren.

With a humble beginning of selling ButterBeer and Chocolate Happiness (Hot Choco) in school fairs, turned into a beautiful full packed 12-course Lechon Degustation at Manila Hotel’s Champagne Room, with successfully raising funds for 150 wheelchairs (P3,500 per wheelchair) for the less fortunate people with disabilities.

Here’s what the chefs prepared for Project Wheelchair’s 12-course degustation…


Private dining in Makati or in the comforts of your own home.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Lechon Degustacion at Pepita’s Kitchen
Mobile: +63 917 866-0662
Telephone: +632 425-4605

For more info, contact Dedet Santos for pledges and contributions to Project Wheelchair.

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Travel to Heaven

God is waiting for us at the Kerygma Conference…

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I attended the very first Kerygma Conference in 2007 when I was at a crossroad in my career.

I was praying to God to find my passion and purpose in life. I was torn between continuing a career with a company that I love in P&G Philippines or to pursue my blog Our Awesome Planet full time.

During one of the Gospel sessions, Bro. Bo Sanchez prayed for the Holy Spirit to touch the lives of the attendees. I clearly remember when I closed my eyes I saw a vision of thousands of people hugging me and thanking me for my blog. 

My son Aidan who attended with me hugged me, and I cried the entire time.

In 2008, I quit my high paying job in the best multinational company in Manila to pursue blogging. That vision gave me the determination and inspiration to pursue Our Awesome Planet full time. 

Looking back after 10 years, I'm happy I attended the conference and made that life-changing decision.


I invite you to have that transformative experience at this year's Kerygma Conference. Here's what to expect… 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Good Coffee by Gennaro Pelliccia @CostaCoffeePh

Gennarro Pelliccia, an Italian Mechanical Engineer turned Master of Coffee, is not just your ordinary coffee connoisseur. He is the man whose tongue has been insured for a whopping ÂŁ10,000,000!

His long history with London’s favorite coffee shop, Costa Coffee, brings him all over the world to taste-test and ensure that each batch of Costa Coffee’s renowned “Mocha Italia” blend is to the highest standard.

Read on to find out a little more about what we’ve learned from the Master of Coffee…

COSTA COFFEE: Everything You Need to Know about @CostaCoffee in Manila! #LondonStyle

Ground Floor, One World Place, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City
Citywalk 1, Eastwood Mall, Quezon City, Philippines
Facebook: Costa Coffee Philippines
Instagram: @CostaCoffeePH
Twitter: @CostaCoffee

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