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#Restaurants, Pampanga

Everybody’s Café: All Time Favorite Authentic Kapampangan Food! #AwesomePampanga

As featured in PAMPANGA: Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Pampanga! (2016)


Everybody’s Café started as a neutral ground during liberation times in Philippine history. Anyone from Filipino, Japanese, and American could enjoy the café’s simple menu of Pancit Luglug (glass noodles with coconut milk sauce flavored with annatto and shrimp) or Mami (egg noodles with shredded meat and broth).

As the business grew, the first official branch opened in 1967 at San Fernando, Pampanga. Little by little they began adding Kapampangan specialties and treasured family recipes to the menu. A branch in Angeles City and one in Salcedo Village, Makati soon followed. After more than 50 years later, Everybody’s Café still stands as one of the most resilient and authentically Kapampangan establishments to date.

Here’s what to expect in the pride of Pampanga…


Angeles Branch: 105-106 BPI Arcade, Nepomart, Angeles City
San Fernando Branch: Mc Arthur Hiway, Del Pilar, City of San Fernando
Makati Branch: Salcedo Village, Makati (Saturday Market)
Operating Hours:
Mondays to Sundays–7:00AM to 9PM
Telephone: +6345 887 0361 | +6345 435 2085
Mobile: +6392 284 67121 | +6392 284 67121 | +6392 284 23755
Facebook: Everybody’s Café

Related Blog Post: PAMPANGA: Your Awesome Journey to Pampanga Food Trip (Infographic)


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Movie Reviews

A Centenarian’s Story of Curiosity, Love & Adventure! (A Review) @NanaFilm


I’m fascinated by people who live for 100+ years and get to tell the story of their life.  

I’ve always wondered, “what is the secret to living a long awesome life?”

This is the story of Jessie Lichauco, lovingly called Nana by her family, immortalized in a documentary film by her granddaughter, Sunshine de Leon.

Here’s what I think about the film, Curiosity, Love & Adventure… 

Curiosity, Love & Adventure
Produced and Directed by Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Suzanne Richiardone
Facebook: Curiosity, Adventure, and Love
Twitter: @nanafilm
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Sunshine de Leon +63 917 621-9979

Related Article: ‘Tita Jessie’ at 104: A story of curiosity, adventure, love

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#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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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?

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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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#Travel, Thailand

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

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The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is the biggest shopping sale season in Bangkok that happens from June 15 to August 15, 2016. The campaign is the brainchild of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, which started in 1999 in partnership with VISA International. It’s scheduled ahead of the Singapore and Hong Kong sales.

Here’s why you should consider flying to Bangkok for this…

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THE PENINSULA MANILA: 10 Awesome Things about The Peninsula Staycation! @PeninsulaHotels


The Peninsula Manila is one of the longest running luxury hotels in Manila for the last 40 years. 

This hotel is nostalgic personally for me because we held many business events here during my P&G days, and we often stayed here too because of the “P&G rate”. I was glad to be back to reminisce and to also build new family memories with our boys.

Here are 10 awesome things from our The Peninsula Manila staycation…

Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City
Telephone: +632 887-2888
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: The Peninsula Manila
Twitter: @PeninsulaHotels
Instagram: @peninsulahotels

Related Blog Post: OLD MANILA by New Filipino Head Chef Allan Briones! (Photo Essay) @ThePeninsulaMNL

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MOE’S Southwest Grill: Homewrecker Burrito, Stacks, & Famous Queso now in Manila!

Update (May 10, 2017): MOE’S New Rice Meals, Mexican Pizza & All-Day Cocktails?! @UptownMall_

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MOE’s Southwest Grill, a fast-casual dining restaurant, bears the prestige of Most Popular Mexican Chain in the US–unseating its rival, Chipotle (according to Harris Poll). With over 600 locations worldwide, MOE’s brings some of the best value-for-money burritos and tacos for the first time in Asia and the Philippines via The Bistro Group.

Mexican-inspired cuisine is a growing comfort food trend in the Philippines ever since Ristras opened in 2009, giving birth to local favorites such as Orale and Chihuahua in 2011, and El Chupacabra in 2013, the latter being awarded The Choice 2015 Favorite Mexican Restaurant in Manila. This 2016, we can finally add MOE’s to that list, and they’re here to offer affordable and signature Tex-Mex favorites from America’s most popular Mexican chain.

Check out what to expect at MOE’s Philippines…

Level 4, Uptown Mall, Bonifacio Global City (near Texas Roadhouse)
Operating Hours: Daily 11AM – 11PM (until 12mn on weekends)
Telephone: (+632) 777-2924
Facebook: MOE’s Philippines

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ADOBO CHALLENGE: Best Adobo in Manila! @Mercatocentrale


If there is anything more synonymous with Filipino food, it’s unequivocally Adobo. Many of us grew up with this savory dish at the comfort of our homes through heirloom recipes cooked by our mothers, fathers, or even grandmothers. While made with different methods, each style maintains a similar flavor profile of salty, sour, and tangy.

In an effort to pass House Bill 3926, which formally declares Adobo as our national dish, NutriAsia’s Datu Puti held the Adobo Challenge at Mercato Centrale. Fourteen veterans of the successful weekend food market showcased their best Adobofied creations.


Each entry in the Adobo Challenge was judged based on the following criteria: creativity of concept, history, banding, cooking techniques, innovation, how it adopts Filipino culinary styles, and its effective use of Datu Puti products.

Among the 14, a Top 3 were chosen and a People’s Choice Awardee. Here are the winners…


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!


FIRST PLACE: The Oinkery | “Pugon-Smoked Pork Adobo”


This delightful Adobofied dish gets inspiration from Cebu’s long history of Lechon. The pork is cooked inside a pugon oven, which allows the smoky flavors to seep.



The meat is amazingly tender and flavorful. A side of green mangoes helps add another dimension of taste, making this dish quite memorable.


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