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Anton Diaz

#Travel, Czech Republic, Prague

How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide)

Your Last Minute Food & Travel Guide to Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is a city with stunning preserved historical architecture known for its Prague Castle that’s the largest castle complex in the world and the pedestrian Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava river, with statues of important people in the history of the city.

We spent about 6 days exploring the city after attending Travel Blogger Exchange in Ostrava. We can’t find a guide that explains the food scene and how to’s of navigating the city and discerning what’s touristy and what’s local. Most of the information is from backpackers and bucket list travellers who just want to check  the city off their list.

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Here are our insights, learnings from mistakes and last minute food and travel guide to the City of Prague, Czech Republic (or Czechia).

HOW TO PRAGUE

I. GOING AROUND PRAGUE
II. CHARLES BRIDGE STRATEGY (BEST PRACTICE)
III. CONQUERING & SURVIVING THE PRAGUE CASTLE
IV. OLD TOWN (Prague 1) ✔ AND WHERE TO EAT?
V. THE HIP KARLIN NEIGHBORHOOD (Prague 8)

Google Map list: https://awesm.pl/howtoprague

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#Restaurants

Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!

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Seascape Village is a mixed-use coastal development in the Manila Bay area, which opened its first phase of the seaside mall. The first phase focuses on Seafood Paluto Market and a variety of dining options while the succeeding phases will feature a spa resort, art and lifestyle cafe, man-made beach and a 9-story, 250-room hotel with infinity villas.

This is the place to be if you are craving for paluto seaside market food or if you want to treat your balikbayan friends to a good Manila seafood meal. You won’t miss its location between Sofitel and the Manila Film Center within the CCP Complex.

Here’s how to organize your own Seaside Village Market experience…

Seascape Village
Seascape Village, CCP Complex, Manila Bay (Beside Sofitel)
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @seascapevillage_philippines
Telephone: +632 869 7452
Facebook: Seascape Village PH

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#Hotels, Taiwan

amba Taipei Hotel: Why It’s the Place to Stay in Fun Taipei!

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amba Hotel is a homegrown hip business hotel that inspires creativity among local artists, promotes Taiwanese culture through local products and local eats and, most importantly, provides fast wifi connectivity.

There are three amba Hotel locations in Taipei—Ximending, Zhongshan and Songshan. You can hop from one location to another to experience the different neighborhoods of Taipei.

We all agree that this is the best place to stay in fun Taipei. Here’s why…

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#Restaurants

HACIENDA Comida Y Cocteles: Authentic Mexican Resto in BGC? (A Review)

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HACIENDA MANILA is a Mexican restaurant and bar by Steve Mills (of Don Papa fame) with food and recipes by Mexican Chef Francisco.

Most people would go here for their margarita and guarantee of only serving 100% agave tequila. They say this former Casa Marcos corner location is a bit unlucky and people hate the Burgos circle because of the lack of parking options.

Most people have never been to Mexico and understand what authentic Mexican food tastes like. I still have OAXACA on my foodie bucket list.

The food here is more authentic and way cheaper than Chino MNL. Here’s what we think of Hacienda Manila…

Hacienda Manila
F121 Forbestown Road, Forbeswood Heights Retail, Bonifacio Global City
Operating hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm daily
Telephone: +632 625-4727
Email[email protected]
Facebook: hacienda comida y cocteles
Instagram: @haciendamanila
Website: http://haciendamanila.com
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Our Awesome Planet Survey: The Best Birthday Gift is the Gift of Feedback!

Dearest Our Awesome Planet Friends,

Awesome Greetings!

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for 13 years (since 2005)! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP and help me evolved over the years. After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP and Team Our Awesome Planet met your expectations.

Here’s the link for the Our Awesome Planet Survey 2018

We are changing our content and business model in 2018 and today is the turning point.

I want to make sure to incorporate as much feedback as possible on how to continue what’s working, to correct what’s not, and to understand your expectations for OAP for the years to come.

I’ve always considered you to be a crucial part of our advisory board and you can make a difference with your answers in the survey. Please answer the survey here: https://awesm.pl/OAPsurvey2018  which takes about 8 minutes to answer.

I read all the survey feedbacks (both positive and negative) and it directly influences my plans and directions for OAP.

AWESOME THANKS for caring enough to answer this survey!

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder and Creator, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

P.S. Thank you for the gift of feedback ( https://awesm.pl/OAPsurvey2018 ) on my birthday today!  

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#Restaurants

CHINO MANILA: Modern Mexican Japanese Fusion by Chef Erik Idos (Review)

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Chino Manila is a Modern Mexican Japanese restaurant by Filipino American Chef Erik Idos. It is the second branch of the Asian Mexican fusion restaurant originally from Hong Kong, popular among Filipinos traveling to the city. The name is Mexican slang for people of Asian descent.

The Manila menu is almost similar to that of Hong Kong but with unique specialties based on local produce. Most people agree that it is quite good, befitting its One Bonifacio High, BGC location. What’s more, you don’t have to travel to Hong Kong to enjoy it.

However, most people also say that it is a bit expensive given its portion sizes. We tried it for the first time, and here’s what we think…

chino manila
ground floor one bonifacio high, bonifacio global city
mobile: +63 917 142 0588
operating hours: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
email: [email protected]
website: http://www.chinorestaurant.com

note: closed mondays! tuesdays to sundays from 6 pm to midnight. no reservations, walk-ins only.

 

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, Tagaytay

NANAY CIRILAS’ Kapeng Barako: The Best Local Restaurant in Tagaytay? (A Review)

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We are always on the look out for first places to bring our balikbayan friends to eat in Tagaytay.

Sometimes, we would search TripAdvisor to cross-check recommendations. We were surprised to find that Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako is a highly rated private dining, local cuisine restaurant destination.

We were skeptical about the reviews but decided to book, pre-order and risk to dine first time with our guest.

Here’s what we think of Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako restaurant…

 

NANAY CIRILAS’ KAPENG BARAKO
Mayor’s Drive, Tagaytay City
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8:00am-8:00pm
Mobile: +63 922 291-3869
Email: [email protected]
FacebookNanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako
Instagram@nanaycirilas
Website: http://www.nanaycirilas.com

(Note: STRICT RESERVATIONS & PRE-ORDER of food selection 6-24 hours prior to appointed time is required!)

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#Restaurants

Ilonggo Food Company: Namit gid? (A Review)

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Ilonggo Food Company or IFC is a Negrense Filipino restaurant by Chef Rommel Hinlo. It is a sister company of Kuppa Restaurant and Cafe (located beside it).

Our friends keep raving about how good the Kansi is. I love how Filipino food in BGC keeps getting better each year.

Here’s what we think of IFC …

 

ILONGGO FOOD COMPANY
Ground Floor, Commercenter Bldg., 31st Street cor 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Mobile: +63 917 827 4264
Email: [email protected]
Instagram@ilonggofoodco
Facebook: Ilonggo Food Company

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, Staycation, Tagaytay

Qiwellness: 10-Course Yin Yang and Guest House Escape!

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Qiwellness is a secret Chinese-inspired Teahouse, Bathhouse, and Guesthouse in Tagaytay.  Designed by Budji+Royal, it’s a place for couples to celebrate special milestones or for close friends to party in an intimate setting.

We recently tried their first ever 10-course Yin Yang degustation at the Tea House and their Guest House Escape experience to celebrate 15 wonderful years together as a couple.

Here’s what to expect.  Plus, some tips in planning your own Qiwellness celebration…

Qiwellness Living
Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay City, Philippines
Mobile: +63 917 522-6969
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @qiwellnessliving
Facebook: Qi Wellness Living
Websitehttp://qiwellnessliving.ph/

For inquiries or reservations for The Teahouse (dining), The Bathhouse (spa) or The Guesthouse (overnight accommodation), please email [email protected]

Related Blog Post: Qiwellness Living: Secret Tea & Bath House in Tagaytay! (A Review)

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#Restaurants

DC Cafe Manila: Yugi’s 4th Birthday!

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DC Super Heroes Cafe has finally landed in Manila at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

It’s a merchandising store and restaurant in one, with a DC-inspired menu created by Chef Kel Zaguirre of Locavore fame and drinks by Liquido Maestro Kalel Demetrio.

We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday with his cousins here and this is what we love about DC Super Heroes Cafe…

 

DC Super Heroes Cafe Philippines
4L Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
Telephone: +632 477-5673
Instagram: @DCCafePH
Facebook: DC Super Heroes Cafe Philippines

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