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10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1)

by Kris Landrito

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Madrid Fusion Manila is perhaps the most awaited gastronomic event in the Philippines. With the theme of “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet” that addresses the issue of food wastage, sustainability, and climate change, Heirloom Rice, the theme of Day One’s Regional Lunch was the perfect way to start it off.


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Heirloom Rice is a variety of rice that has been passed on from generation to generation. Aside from being a rich source of flavor and nutrition, Heirloom Rice provides a sustainable and stable source of livelihood to farmers because of their strong resistance to climate change and environmental diseases.

Madrid Fusion 2017 Series:
@MadridFusionManila 2017: A Gastronomical Roadmap to Sustainability! (Photo Essay Recap)
• 10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1) 
• 10 Most Awesome "Nose-to-Tail" Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)
• 5 Most Awesome Corn Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 3)


Here are our Top 10 favorites on Day 1 of Madrid Fusion Manila’s Regional Lunch curated by Angelo Comsti:

1. Tausug Junay with Utakutak by Myke Tatung Sarthou of Agos


This beautifully layered dish was the clear favorite of everyone in our team. With a base of gelatinous rice with burnt coconut and turmeric, topped with a spiced fish cake and a Tausug garnish called Palapa, we were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful and subtle flavors that paired well with the green mangoes, red onions, and tomatoes on top. 

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10 Restaurant Trends that I learned from @MadridFusion (Read this!)

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One of the questions I get asked most often is what the latest trend in restaurants is.

Getting ahead of the trend before the tipping point is crucial in an increasingly competitive restaurant landscape in Manila.


Madrid Fusion is always at the forefront of restaurant trends–from Molecular Gastronomy to the Post Avant-Garde Culinary Movement.

I’ve been fortunate to have been able to attend Madrid Fusion in both Madrid and Manila for the past 3 years. Here are the 10 things I’ve learned regarding restaurant trends…

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SHINE FORTH! Bo Sanchez’s Holy Week Retreat 2017 Invitation…

Here's an invitation to join us for a solemn Holy Week Retreat and Grand Easter Feast at Bo Sanchez's Shine Forth… 

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Are you hurting?

Are you confused?

Are you going through a time of deep need?

Do you have questions that need answers?

Shine Forth Invitation from Bo Sanchez

Friend, God sees your pain. He wants to talk you. He wants to address your deepest needs and bind your wounds. He wants to meet you where you are. Come and listen to Him.

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LAKBAY NORTE 6: A Road Trip to Nueva Ecija and Cagayan Valley!

 by CK Santos

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Lakbay Norte is an annual media tour brought by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB) – a non-stock profit membership umbrella organization of Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB's) that's sponsored by the Manila North Tollways Corp (NLEX-SCTEX) – which aims to promote tourism in the north Luzon.

For its 6th installation, the itinerary involved a five-day trip to the North, specifically in Nueva Ecija and Cagayan Valley.

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SAGE Bespoke Grill: Secret of One of the Best Steakhouses in Manila @MakatiShangriLa

Our family loves steaks! We got a rare chance to go behind the kitchen and know the secret behind one of the best steakhouses in Manila.

Watch this video: Makati Shang Kitchen: Sage Bespoke Grill’s Tomahawk Steak with Anton Diaz


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SAGE Bespoke Grill is the steakhouse restaurant of Makati Shangri-La specializing in Josper-grilled steaks.

We ate here twice recently and came up with some tips on what to order and how to have an awesome time at Sage… 


Makati Shangri-La Hotel Level 2
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines
Telephone: +632 814-2580
Email: [email protected]
Website: Sage Bespoke Grill Website

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BAD BIRD: More Than Just Umami Fried Chicken! @SMMegamall

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BAD BIRD by the Low Brow Casual Restaurant group is the bestselling outlet at Hole in the Wall, Century Mall because of its Umami Fried Chicken. Now, here’s some good news for fans: they have finally opened a standalone Japanese-Korean inspired restaurant at SM Mega Fashion Hall, serving an extended menu of small plates, grilled items, and a new favorite–Prawn Dog.

Check out our experience and recommendations aside from their signature umami fried chicken…

3/F SM Megamall, Mega Fashion Hall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11am-9pm
Telephone: +632 753-9729
Facebook: Bad Bird
Instagram: @bitebadbird

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A MALASIMBO Adventure! @MalasimboFest (2017 Photo Essay)

by Paola Nazario

(Photo Credit: Paola Nazario of PNaz Photography Studio)

The Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, one of the pioneering music fests in the Philippines, has been running successfully for 7 years. Malasimbo’s success lies in its unique venue that boasts a scenic view of the Puerto Galera beach and a natural amphitheater that is perfect for chilling and enjoying good music.


Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Email: [email protected][email protected]
Facebook: Malasimbofestival
Instagram: @malasimbofestival

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ZUBUCHON MAKATI: The Best Lechon Restaurant in Manila!? (A Review)


ZUBUCHON is the Cebu-based Lechon Restaurant by Joel Binamira of Market Manila specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the “Best Pig… Ever!” The name is a coined word from “Zubu“, the 18th century reference to the island of Cebu, and “Chon” from lechon, which means roasted pig.

The restaurant concept is inspired by native dishes dating back to the time when Magellan Landed in Cebu in 1521. Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s Chronicler, mentioned the Filipino food during that time, which includes black pig, grilled seafood, millet and rice cakes, coconut in the form of water, milk, vinegar, and liquor.

Now, Metro Manila-based foodies can now taste the food Market Manila has been blogging about over the years. The place has actually been jam packed since it opened in Makati!

Had two lunch dates with Rache here and also got to chat with Joel about his new restaurant. Here’s what we think…


Yakal corner Talisay St. , Makati City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Facebook: Zubuchon
Instagram: @zubuchon

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Announcing… The Big Banquet V: Battle of the Best Caterers in Manila (2017)! @TheBlueLeaf


The Blue Leaf’s annual food festival raises the bar in its fifth year running.

Summer is always an exciting time over at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion. For four years now, The Blue Leaf’s flagship venue at McKinley Hill has kicked off the season with one of its biggest events.

The Big Banquet celebrates the culinary talents and décor expertise of the venue’s roster of notable partner caterers. As the food experts show off their skills, banquet guests can partake in tasting menus and put in their votes for their foodie faves.

For more info and to buy tickets, visit



Who will be this year's champion? Find out on March 26, Sunday at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion and here's what to expect:

Related Blog Post: BIG BANQUET 4: BIZU Reigns as 4-time Champion Caterer in Manila! @THEBLUELEAF

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