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June 2016

#Restaurants, Food

FLAME Restaurant: A Burning Passion for Modern European Food with an Asian Twist! @DiscoveryPrimea

4/10/2019: FLAME Restaurant: The Best of Modern Asian Dining

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)


FLAME Restaurant is a fine-casual, modern Eurasian concept by award-winning Chef turned General Manager of Discovery Primea, David Pardo de Ayala, and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco–the winning duo behind Tapenade.

The restaurant gets its fiery moniker from the team’s burning passion for creating unforgettable experiences through cuisine. At FLAME, celebrated European food concepts are tweaked and given an Asian flare.

Here’s what to expect at FLAME Restaurant…

6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 Philippines
Operating Hours (Dinner Only):
Mondays to Saturdays–6PM to 10PM
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 955 8888 | +63 2 988 2988
Facebook: Discovery Primea Makati
Instagram: @discoveryprimea
Twitter: @discoveryprimea

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Mobile Photography 2016: 20 Food & Travel Photos Shot Using LG G5 & LG 360!

( Related Blog Post: Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360 )

Selfie Marble Palace

Yes, all these photos were shot with a mobile phone like our 360 degree selfie! Mobile photography has come a long way thanks to advances such as wide angles lenses, 360-degree cameras, and creative pop-out shots.

Here are our favorite food & travel photos from June using the LG G5 and LG 360-Degree Camera…

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#Philippines, Awesome Festivals

MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 (A Photo Essay) @MTVAsia

MTV Music Evolution 2016
From last year’s successful lineup celebrating local and international chart-topping hip-hop artist, MTV Music Evolution 2016 is back in Manila bringing pop culture and more fun again in the Philippines!

The one-night-only live music event last June 24 celebrated pop music like never before, giving the fans an experience to discover the evolution of pop music and its dance influence with live performances from One Republic, Far East Movement, Apink, Bebe Rexha, James Reid & Nadine Lustre, and Gary & Gab Valenciano that kept us dancing all night long.

Here was our experience at MTV MUSIC Evolution 2016…

MTV Music Evolution
Facebook: mtvasia
Instagram: @mtvasia
Twitter: @mtvasia

Related Blog Post: #MTVMusicEvo 2015: On Francis M Tribute, Hip Hop Culture, and Naughty by Nature! (Photo Essay)

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#Hotels, Baguio

LE MONET: Your Home in Camp John Hay, Baguio! (Revisited) @lemonet_hotel

Le Monet Baguio
Le Monet Hotel is located in the Baguio City, also known as the “Summer Capital of Philippines”. The establishment is named after Claude Monet, the great French impressionist painter known for his beautiful landscape paintings. Managed by Artstream Hospitality Management Group, Inc. with 70 well-appointed rooms, you’ll find Le Monet Hotel inside the famous Camp John Hay.

We loved the combination of the hotel’s beautiful landscapes, the scent of pine, and the sweeping views that provide guests with a cozy atmosphere.

Here’s our experience…


Le Monet Hotel Camp John Hay, Baguio City
Mobile: +6374 6610202 to 07 / +639175267049
Facebook: @LeMonetHotel
Twitter: @lemonet_hotel
E-mail: [email protected]

Read More: LE MONET Boutique Hotel and Breakfast Buffet – The Best in Baguio?!

Check out low rates and availability from Agoda: Le Monet Hotel

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PAD THAI: How this 100-year-old Recipe from Tha Yang Ruined the Pad Thai Experience Anywhere Else

Read: Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016: Why should you fly to Bangkok for this?

Pad Thai Tha Yang-12.jpg

As a foodie traveler, you always look forward to visiting regions where you can taste authentic local fare. It’s always a treat understanding the culture of a place through its food and dining destinations, like pintxos from the different bars in San Sebastian, sashimi at Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, or …


…  a 100-year old Pad Thai recipe in Tha Yang district, Petchaburi province in Thailand.   Watch: BEST PAD THAI in Tha Yang, Thailand! in 360

Here’s my experience eating authentic Pad Thai at Tha Yang… 

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Awesome Festivals

NEDERBURG: A VASK Wine Dinner with South Africa’s Finest!


They say wine is the drink of the Gods. What more when it’s paired with some of the finest food in the world? Gallery VASK and Future Trade International partnered with Nederburg Wines in celebration of their next generation Cellar Master, Andrea Freeborough.


Along with the beautiful selection of wines, Chef Luis Gonzales of Gallery VASK prepared a lavish, full-course menu to pair with Nederburg’s Brew Master, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more.


South Africa
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +27 (0)21 862 3104
Facebook: Nederburg

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Attractions, Mystery Rooms

MASTERMIND: What Makes Manila’s First Theatrical Escape Room Different?

By Abigail Javellana


Skullhead Hostages by Mastermind is a Theatrical Escape Room designed to give players a different experience with an actor constantly manipulating the storyline while everyone is trapped as hostages and must escape through solving real-life puzzles within 60 minutes.

Room Brief:
You are held hostage by a radicalist gang leader, who resorts to extreme methods to uphold his clan’s values. Will you distract him and maneuver your way out of this hairy situation? Or will the war wage on? You must work with your friends to solve puzzles, eavesdrop telephone conversations, gather all the equipment, and disengage the enemy to succeed. Will you escape from reality?

Here’s what to expect in Manila’s first theatrical escape room…

Mastermind Theatrical Escape Rooms
2nd Floor, Harrison Plaza Manila (Beside DHL)
Mobile: +63920 946 3925
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: MastermindEscape

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Manila Life

San Miguel Premium All Malt, San Miguel Super Dry & Cerveza Negra Draft Beers are finally here!

The San Miguel Lifestyle Brews is a selection of master-crafted beers which include San Miguel Premium All Malt, Cerveza Negra and San Miguel Super Dry appealing to an evolving crowd of beer lovers and sophisticated palettes.

The event is the launching of it's premium line of artfully-crafted draft beers brewed locally retaining its freshness.


San Miguel Premium Beer Draft Experience

San Miguel has partnered with selected bars and pubs in Metro Manila providing the San Miguel Lifestyle brews in draft format.

The draft beers are brewed in small batches and packaged locally in their brewery in Valenzuela, assuring customers a level of freshness as if you are drinking straight from the brewery.

Here's a photo essay of the launch…

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#Restaurants, Baguio

BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)! #AwesomeBaguio


It’s been a while since we updated our list of 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio (even the list of Tripadvisor and other sites are outdated), so we revisited our old favorites and were surprised to discover new awesome restos in the “City of Pines”. We asked prominent local foodies for suggestions and came up with a comprehensive list of go-to places.

Team Our Awesome Planet together with Donny “The Last Don” Elvina of the KTG visited and tried all the shortlisted Baguio restaurants in a span of 4 days. Each establishment was individually ranked from 1-10 and their food needed to be good–and we had to have tasted it for ourselves–to be included on the list.

(Note: I have to admit that the team who rated the restaurants is predominantly young, so there’s a subjective millennial bias on the choice and ranking of the restaurants.)

Here are the top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio for 2016…

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RODRIGO’S ROAST: Adobo Dish Recipe Fit for a President by the Adobo Queen!

The simplicity of Adobo makes it so versatile and adds room for creativity in preparation. TV Personality and self-proclaimed Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes-Lumen, demonstrates Rodrigo’s Roast—just in time for our president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte.



Rodrigo’s Roast is made of rolled pork belly braised Adobo style and seared with brown sugar—eggs are added for that extra protein kick.

As a recipe by renowned cook, Enriqueta David-Perez, this dish was inspired by her father who used to make an Adobo-like roast in the Monastery.

(Note: Fatty pork shoulder was used in this recipe. Fat adds flavor and prevents the meat from drying out. )

Here’s how to make it yourself…

Adobo Movement Series:

ADOBO MOVEMENT: Making Adobo the National Dish of the Philippines!
– Chicken Pork Adobong Puti by the Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes-Lumen! (Recipe)
ADOBO CHALLENGE: Best Adobo in Manila! @Mercatocentrale
RODRIGO’S ROAST: Adobo Dish Recipe Fit for a President!

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