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NARA THAI: Finally, Legit Thai Food in Manila?!

NARA is a well-loved Thai restaurant and voted as the best Thai Cuisine place in Bangkok, finally opened in Manila after branches in Hong Kong, Myanmar, Taipei, and Mumbai.

The restaurant was founded in 2003 by female entrepreneurs and it is just fitting that it is franchised by a Filipina entrepreneur, Sheila Romero of Roku Sushi and Ramen, and Sushi Nori.

The restaurant name “Nara” is a tribute to one of its founders, Narawadee Srikarnchana.

Thai food lovers rejoice and here are some tips and what to order before you go…

NARA THAI CUISINE
3F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, Philippines
Facebook: @narathai.ph
Instagram: @narathaiph
Telephone: +63 945 476 9643
Websitehttps://www.naracuisine.com/

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Dinner in the Sky Philippines – Is it Worth It?

DINNER IN THE SKY Philippines is a Belguim-based novelty dining service where a 22-seater dining bar with roller coaster-like seats is hoisted 150 feet off into the air along Manila Bay. This instagrammable and unusual culinary thrill is made possible by MMI LIVE, in partnership with Malaysian-based DITS Asia and Solaire Resort & Casino.

This ₱10,000 dining experience in Manila, which is equivalent to dining in the Michelin-starred The Ledbury in London or eating at Enigma, considered as El Bulli 2.0, in Barcelona.

Is it worth it?

Yes and No depends on where you are seated, the time, the chef, the menu, and the group you’re with. Definitely, you have to go for it!

Here are tips on how to make your DITS worth it and memorable:

Related post: EATSplorations |  Dinner in the Sky Philippines – Solaire Resort

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Pizza Express: Making Every Carbo Count @PizzaExpress Manila

Pizza Express–the leading pizza chain in the UK–finally opened its Manila Flagship store in Uptown Mall, Taguig.

Most Filipinos who have been to Hong Kong should be familiar with this casual Italian place, known for its fresh dough and unique pizza creations.

It’s definitely a carbo-loading place! Here’s how to make every carbo bite count…

PIZZA EXPRESS BGC
Ground Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue, Taguig
Facebook: Pizza Express Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Websitehttps://www.pizzaexpress.com/

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Manila Life, Staycation

LUB D Family Hostelcation (and How to Plan your Own) @Lub_d

Lub d, which means “sleep well” in Thai, is Southeast Asia’s leading Hotel & Hostel brand based in Bangkok. The new Brgy. Poblacion, Makati branch is their first expansion in Manila.

Though the design and pricing is that of a hostel, having more Private Rooms (119) vs. Duplex Rooms (34) and Mixed Dorm rooms (10) makes Lub d Makati more like a budget hotel. It’s the largest one in the Philippines targeting millennial travelers who want to see the world. It’s also great for families and training your little travelers to get used to the hostel vibe.

Our family stayed for a short “hostelcation” over the weekend. Here’s why we think it’s the best place for one in Makati…

Lub d Hostel
7833 Makati Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City 1210
Telephone: +63 2 541 6358
Email: [email protected]
Facebook@LubdHostel
Instagram: @LubdHostel
Websitehttps://www.lubd.com/makati

Check out low Lub d Makati rates and availability from Booking and Agoda.

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Desgo 大帅锅火锅: 24H Chinese Hot Pot in Makati–Tara Let’s Go? (Review)

Have you ever noticed the different restaurants in the metro catering to Mainland Chinese? One such resto is Desgo Hot Pot in Makati.

We were craving for some authentic Chinese hot pot but didn’t know which place to go to. Thankfully, we got a tip from our Chinese friend from Jaycees about the 24H Hotpot restaurant along Washington St.

We were excited to try Desgo Hot Pot with the boys. Here’s what we think about it…

 

Desgo Hot Pot 大帅锅火锅
Ground Floor, Victoria de Makati, Washington corner, Dela Rosa Street, Makati
Facebook: @desgohotpot
Telephone: +632 824 5798
Email: [email protected]

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Events, Manila Life

Love Canadian Beef?

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Have you tried Canadian Beef? Do you know why they say it’s better than USDA Beef?

The first time I tried Canadian Beef was at the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador in Manila, which was prepared by a Canadian chef.

Here’s the story of the experience and what I think of my first taste of Canadian Beef…

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Blogging

10 Fresh Lifestyle Business Trends in the Philippines (2020 Edition)

I’m very excited to share with you the upcoming Business Trends for Food, Travel, and Digital in Manila.

The last time I shared the 11 biggest business trends in the Philippines 2014, not only did most of it come true, a lot of businesses were empowered by leveraging and capitalizing on those trends. I was actually hesitant to share my insights the years that followed because other people used them without credit to OAP. They even used photos of my kids and my words verbatim.

This 2018, I’ve decided to put all of that behind me. I want to focus my efforts on repaying all the people who helped me–the entrepreneurs who mentored me and all the coaches who empowered me to break through–by paying it forward.

I’m also launching my 1-on-1 Coaching Program to help fellow entrepreneurs, digital mavens, and social enterprises be successful in Philippines 2020!

Without further ado, here are the 10 Fresh Lifestyle Business Trends in the Philippines (2020 Edition)

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Manila Life

2018 Restaurant Trends, Food Discoveries and Insights from @MadridFusion

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Madrid Fusion is the most influential culinary congress in the food world, not to mention a haven for the gastronomic Spanish cuisine.

Now on its 16th year with the theme “Fourth Generation: Those Who Own the Future“, the Congress is meant to showcase how you can future-proof your restaurant business and satisfy the ever-evolving demands of the food industry.

I’ve attended Madrid Fusion for the last 4 years, and this year is a turning point–a passing of the baton to the next culinary generation.

Here are the key restaurant trends, food discoveries, and personal insights from Madrid Fusion 2018

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