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Anton Diaz

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LOTUS BLANC: Excellence in Siem Reap (Photo Essay)

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Lotus Blanc is a 4 Star resort in Siem Reap Cambodia that has won numerous awards over the years for excellence.    

Part of The Innotality Group of Hotels – Lotus Blanc is proudly run and managed by an entirely Cambodian staff.  They take great pride in the reputation they have built, and their dedication to customer service is their number one priority. 

Fantastic service, world-class cuisine, and friendly staff are the reasons why we recommend Lotus Blanc Hotel and Resort to anyone visiting Siem Reap.   

 

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Located 15 minutes from Siem Reap Internation Airport20 minutes from Angkor Wat Archeological Park, and 5 minutes (Tuk-tuk) ride to downtown, Lotus Blanc sits at the heart of the busy tourist city of Siem Reap.    

Lotus Blanc Resort    
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap 069, Cambodia
Phone: 00 855 63 969 300
Email: [email protected] 
Website: lotusblancresort.com
Facebook: Lotus Blanc Resort

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LITTLE BAO Hong Kong: Our 14th Wedding Anniversary Eve Celebration @LittleBaoHK

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LITTLE BAO is a modern 20-seater Chinese Diner by May Chow. Chef May was recognized as Best Female Chef in the 2017 Asia’s 50 Best Awards.

We love how she was able to elevate the simple Bao into a sought after dish that treads the fine line between fusion and authentic. Her concept is simple: it’s all about sharing–both food and cultures. She takes inspiration from local traditions as well as from the international tastes you’ll find in Hong Kong.

We celebrated the eve of our 14th wedding anniversary here at Little Bao Hong Kong. Take a look at our experience… 

 

LITTLE BAO HONG KONG
66 Staunton Street, SoHo
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Email[email protected]
Telephone: +852-2194-0202
Facebook: @littlebaohk
Instagram: @littlebaohk
Website: https://www.little-bao.com/

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MOTT 32 Hongkong: Eating Dimsum Will Never Be the Same Again! (A Review)

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MOTT 32 is one of the most raved about Modern Chinese Restaurants in Hong Kong. It was established by Maximal Concepts and is located at the basement of Standard Chartered Bank Building. Its name is a tribute to NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which opened in 1851 on 32 Mott Street, New York.

They say eating dimsum will never be the same after you try Mott 32. Here’s our experience…

 

MOTT 32
Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4a Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
Operating Hours: 12:00PM – 2:30PM, 6:00PM – 11:00PM
Telephone: +852 2885 8688
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Mott 32
Instagram: @Mott32HK
Website: http://www.mott32.com/

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BAKERY FAIR 2017: What to Expect & How to Get a Free 3-Day Pass?!

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On February 17 – 19, 2017, the Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc. (FCBAI) will be holding the 9th International Exhibition on Bakery, Confectionary and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies dubbed as “Bakery Fair 2017” at the World Trade Centre, Metro Manila.

The Filipino-Chinese Bakery Association, Inc. (FCBAI) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote harmony, unity and strong relationships with allied businesses, strengthening the core of members and uplift the baking industry.

 

Bakery Fair is a biennial event which started in 2001 and is organized to showcase under one roof the technological advancement and techniques in baking, gain competitive intelligence about market leaders and to track industry trends and its opportunities.

It is participated in by its members of the Filipino Chinese Bakery Association and allied industry players. Furthermore, it is supported by the 13 country-members of the International Federation of Confectionary and Bakery Association (IFCBCA).

 

BAKERY FAIR 2017
9th International Exhibition on Bakery, Confectionary and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies
World Trade Center Metro Manila
February 17 – 19, 2017
Website: http://www.bakeryfair.org
Facebook: @BakeryFairPhilippines

Related Blog Post: 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit BAKERY FAIR 2015 This Weekend!

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BAR PINTXOS BGC: Is this the Best Pintxos Tapas Bar in Manila? (Review)

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Bar Pintxos, Alabang’s Secret Spanish Tapas & Pintxos Bar by Miguel Vecin and Tinchu Gonzalez, is now in BGC–completing the Pintxos Triangle in BGC with Vask and Tomatito Manila. Pintxos are small snack tapas with flavorful meats or seafood on top of bread, and are very popular, especially in the Basque region of Spain.

Bar Pintxos provides the closest Pintxos experience in Manila, just like how one would enjoy it in San Sebastian. Its location is still hidden, which adds to its appeal as a go-to Pintxos Tapas Bar in the metro.

We tried it for lunch and dinner during our holiday reunions with friends. Here are some tips and recommendations…

 

BAR PINTXOS BGC
5th street corner Mckinley (Forbes), Taguig, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Email[email protected]
Telephone: +632 810-1307
Facebook: Bar Pintxos BGC
Instagram: @barpintxos 

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210° by Chef William Mahi: More than 180° Turn from Fine to Fun Dining?

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210° is a “Fun Dining” French Bistro by Chef William Mahi. The name is taken from the perfect roasting temperature and also symbolizes his more than 180° turnaround from cooking Fine Dining food (in his last stint at Tasting Room, City of Dreams) to his very own Fun Dining concept.

We love the place because of its fine quality food, relaxed environment, and fun price! This is consistent with the theme of 2017the leveling up of quality and service in restaurants at the right and affordable price.

Expect the menu to change regularly, but don’t miss the chance to try the awesome 4-course Soft Opening Menu of Chef Mahi’s favorites…

 

210° KITCHEN + DRINKERY
1D G/F Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 6:00pm 6:00pm – 10:00pm Monday to Saturday
Mobile: +63 995 015-2192 
Telephone: +632 958-5305
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @210degrees.ph
Facebook: 210degrees.ph

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IRON MAN EXPERIENCE & STAR WARS TAKEOVER: Hong Kong Disneyland is Now for Boys this 2017!

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Last time we went to Hong Kong Disneyland with the boys, my eldest, Aidan, commented that “Disneyland is for Girls.” He thought the place was Princess-centric and they couldn’t even buy anything from the stores. It became an internal joke among my sons but that is about to change.

I’m excited to bring them back this 2017. With the addition of the Iron Man Experience, the World’s first Marvel-themed ride in Disneyland, and the Star Wars takeover of Tomorrowland, Hongkong Disneyland is now for boys! 

Here’s a complete guide on how to plan your own awesome trip…

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DAMNAK LOUNGE: The Best Khmer and French Restaurant in Siem Reap? @damnaklounge

by Sean Nolan

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Damnak Lounge is considered to be the best Fine Dining restaurants in Siem Reap.  The menu celebrates the marriage of bold Khmer spices with the finesse of French cooking techniques.   

In a city that is flooded with millions of tourist a year, mediocrity amongst restaurants can be a big problem. All too often tourist may visit a popular restaurant expecting the best gastronomic feast they ever had, or at least, a taste of authentic local cuisine.  Sadly that isn't always the case.  

 

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Damnak Lounge, however, is one of those restaurants that will meet any food lovers expectations.  We were blown away by the quality of the food they served and the passion that went into every dish.

If you ever find yourself visiting Siem Reap and want good quality Khmer Cusine, we recommend giving Damnak Lounge a try. 

 
DAMNAK LOUNGE
1st Floor
Lotus Blanc Resort,
National Road 6, Kruos Village,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone: +855 63 965 557
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @damnak

 

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PHARE The Cambodian Circus: Changing Lives One Show At A Time! @PhareCircus

by Sean Nolan

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Phare: The Cambodian Circus is a mixture of theater, modern dance, and acrobatics, expertly choreographed to tell a captivating story which combines Cambodian folklore and history into a show for all ages.     

Eight different programs  are rotated monthly. We were fortunate enough to catch Influence. A story about survival, domination, manipulation, and ultimately – redemption. 

 

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The history behind Phare and its inception is one of the more, amazing aspects of this incredible social enterprise.  Shortly after the Fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1994, a handful of Cambodian refugees found their way home and founded Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO School of the Arts in Battambang Cambodia.

Around twelve hundred students each year, receive free public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. There is also free Professional Level Arts training in dance, music, theater, animation, graphic design, illustration, painting, and circus.

The Circus launched 3 years ago as a means for PPS to help generate income, provide employment for graduates, and share Cambodian/Khmer Culture.  

We were amazed at the creativity and talent of the performers and surprised at how funny and powerful the story was. We encourage anyone visiting Siem Reap to make the time and experience Phare. 

 

PHARE: The Cambodian Circus
Phare Circus Ring Road, south of the intersection  Sok San Road,
Siem Reap, The Kingdom of Cambodia
Email: [email protected]
Ticketing[email protected]
Phone: +855 (0) 15 499 480 & +855 (0) 92 225 320
Facebook: Phare The Cambodian Circus
Instagram: @pharethecambodiancircus 

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