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ANOTHER STORY by Ica Sebastian: Cafe Voila 2.0 (A Review) @VistaMalls

(As featured in 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!)

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ANOTHER STORY is a casual fine dining restaurant in Evia Mall, Alabang that can be considered as the next evolution of Ica Manalo Sebastian’s Cafe Voila in Crosswinds, Tagaytay. Here, Ica brings to life her passion for cooking high quality home-style comfort food, with each dish having their own story to tell.

The place has an eclectic and fun ambiance, serving the finest home-cooked meals you’ll find in a mall setting. I heard good things about their food, but we had mixed feelings about them during our visit because of the pricing and service. It’s still one of the happiest places to eat in and have a good time with the family.

Check out our Another Story experience…

 

ANOTHER STORY by Ica Manalo Sebastian
2nd Floor, Evia Mall, Alabang (near MCX exit)
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Facebook:
Another Story 2016
Telephone
: +63 995 267-7163

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Buy your Ultimate Taste Test 2016 Tickets Now!

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Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2016 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 17, 2016 Saturday at the SMX Convention Center – Aura from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila.

Now staging the 14th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2016, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on the first UTT event at SMX Convention Center – Aura.

Read More: Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 2016: Be a Food Critic for a Day on September 17, Saturday, SMX Aura!

 

Where to Buy your Tickets?

1). Buy your tickets online via Event Brite bit.ly/BuyUTT2016Tix !

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What: Ultimate Taste Test 2016 — Be a Food Critic for a Day!
When: September 17, 2016, Saturday, 11.00 am – 9.00 pm.
Where: SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City

Ultimate Taste Test Fee: P550/head. Inclusive of:

Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors & New Food Discoveries for the entire Saturday

A bottle of San Miguel Super Dry, Premium All-Malt or Cerveza Negra
(For foodies 18 years old and above only)

Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries.

You can buy online via Event Brite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ultimate-taste-test-2016-tickets-27453933454

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Favor, Can I Request for a Gift of Feedback on my Birthday? (OAP Annual Survey 2016)

Here’s a quick link to the OAP Annual Survey 2016: http://bit.ly/OAPSurvey2016

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Dear Our Awesome Planet Friends,

Awesome Greetings!

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for 11 years! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP amidst the changing internet landscape 🙂

After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP met your expectation.

Here’s the 5-question Annual OAP Survey 2016.

As I plan for the next decade of OAP, 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.

2016 is crucial for Our Awesome Planet as the Gen X generation turns 40+ and there’s a passing of the baton to the next generation of Filipino Millennials. I’m discerning what to do next and your feedback and comments would be most helpful!

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 – http://bit.ly/OAPSurvey2016 !

 

Live an Awesome Life,

Anton

Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com  

P.S. It would mean a lot to me if you answer this annual OAP survey: http://bit.ly/OAPSurvey2016  It only would take 10 minutes to answer. Thank you!

 

 

#Travel

DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS: Manjuyod Sandbar & Dolphin Watching in Bais with the Divaguete!

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DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS is a locally run eco-adventure company founded in 2004 by Angelo Villanueva, also known as the Divaguete. Aside from promoting the local culture, Angelo spreads the love for Negros Oriental by getting you “up close and personal” with nature. Not only does the company offer over 13 different adventure packages, they also customize an itinerary based on your needs.

Some of Dumaguete Outdoors’ most popular tours are in the following destinations: Oslob, Apo Island, Twin Lakes, Dumaguete City, Valencia, and Bais. We joined Angelo on the Dolphin Watching and Sandbar Tour.

Here’s our experience at Bais, Negros Oriental…

DUMAGUETE OUTDOORS
Aninon St., Barangay Mag-Abo, Amlan, Negros Oriental 6203
Mobile: +63 919 747 7470 |
Email: [email protected]
Website: dumagueteoutdoors.com
Facebook: Dumaguete Outdoors
Instagram: @thesupermodeldiva

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Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 2016: Be a Food Critic for a Day on September 17, Saturday, SMX Aura!

Read: Buy your Ultimate Taste Test 2016 Tickets Now! | Buy your tickets online via Event Brite bit.ly/BuyUTT2016Tix !

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Finally, we are ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers and connoisseurs in Manila are waiting for this 2016!

Our Awesome Planet and San Miguel Lifestyle Brews present the 2016 Ultimate Taste Test, the celebrated food tasting event, on September 17, 2016 Saturday at the SMX Convention Center – Aura from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 40+ home-based food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila.

Now staging the 14th in the UTT series – Ultimate Taste Test 2016, food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet embarks on the first UTT event at SMX Convention Center – Aura.

Buy your tickets online via Event Brite bit.ly/BuyUTT2016Tix !

Food Supplier applications are now open! You may  fill up the 2016 UTT Online Application Form

For more info, please email to [email protected] or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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Announcing… THE CHOICE 2016: People’s Choice Restaurant Awards in Manila! Vote Now! (until August 31)

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Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there’s a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we’re always very curious about the crowd favorites.

The popular vote, if you will. So, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang), and World Food Expo have partnered to conduct the first ever People’s Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, “The Choice“.

You can participate and answer the survey here –> The Choice 2016 Survey

 

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TAHANAN BISTRO: Antipolo Private Dining at Benji Reyes’ Tahanan (First Look)

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Tahanan by artist Benji Reyes is the most beautiful Filipino home in Antipolo. I suggested to Benji 7 years ago that this would the perfect place for private dining in the city. Finally, after six years of studying in Melbourne, his daughter Keesha decided to go back home and open Tahanan Bistro.

Together with her partner Chef Kevin Tuason, who graduated from the culinary school of Academia International in Melbourne, the bistro offers a set menu that pays homage to Philippine produce. It’s Filipino food presented Melbourne-style, enjoyed in a casual-fine home dining ambiance.

This will be the hottest place to book for intimate celebrations and for showcasing to the world what Filipino hospitality and home dining is all about. 

Here’s a first look at what to expect at Tahanan Bistro…

TAHANAN BISTRO
22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision Barangay San Roque Antipolo 1870
Opening Hours: Friday to Sunday Dinner 6:00PM – 10:00PM, Saturday and Sunday Lunch 11.00pm – 4.00pm
Mobile: +63 925 880-1487
Facebook: Tahanan Bistro
Website: http://tahananbistro.com/

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POKEMON GO: A Parent’s Guide to PoGo Hunting with your Kids! (10 Tips) @PokemonGoApp

POKEMON GO is an enjoyable GPS mobile walking game based on Nintendo’s hit Pokemon franchise that uses Niantic’s Ingress game engine.

Some parents have had a negative reaction towards this game because it can get very addicting for kids (plus the older generation doesn’t really understand it). But it’s actually an innovative mobile gaming experience that puts a premium on exercise.

So instead of ignoring it, why not use this opportunity to have a fun bonding session with your kids?

Here are 10 tips and reasons why parents should try PoGo Hunting…

1. It’s a Global (Never Ending) Game

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Pokestops and Pokegyms are based on Ingress’ Portals, which are notable landmarks, artworks, religious centers, and water tanks on a global basis. 

When I played it in Stockholm and around Spain it gave me a good idea of where the notable points of interest were. It can be a great tourism tool if used with the proper images and descriptions of the different landmarks. 

In Manila, it’s a great game to play when you’re stuck in traffic because you can hunt Pokemon, spin Pokestops, or battle in the Pokegyms on the road.   

 

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#Restaurants

RAGING BULL: Best Steakhouse & Bar in BGC? (Preview) @ShangrilaFort

(Latest post: A Raging Bull Holiday Celebration! @ShangriLaFort)

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RAGING BULL is a modern American Steakhouse & Bar concept in the heart of BGC at Shangri-La Fort. They offer steaks using grain and grass-fed dry aged beef from Australia and serve classic American cocktails and wines from non-commercial boutique wineries.

It’s operated not as a hotel dining outlet but as a standalone restaurant ready to compete with the best of BGC in terms of pricing, quality, and ambiance. A homegrown Shangri-La concept, it will soon have a spinoff outlet called Raging Bull Burgers.

Raging Bull is one of the best steakhouses in Manila and here’s what to expect when dining here…

RAGING BULL CHOPHOUSE & BAR
Level 3 Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Facebook: Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort
Twitter: @ShangrilaFort
Instagram: @dineshangrilafort
Telephone: +632 820-0888

Related Post: 10 Most Awesome New Homegrown Restaurants That Matter in Manila 2016!

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#Restaurants, Pampanga

MILA’S: Arguably The Best Sisig in Pampanga?!

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

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Ranked as one of the best Carenderias in Angeles City, MILA's has been a household name for many Kapampangans since 1989. They were originally famous for their Tokwa't Baboy, but now they're more known for their unbelievably addicting crispy Sisig!

Sisig is a Kapampangan staple consisting of grilled, diced pork cheeks, ears, liver, onions, and even pig brain. This beloved drinking food is often credited to Lucia “Aling Lucing” Cunanan of Angeles City, who made the best of the discarded ingredients from Clark Air Base.

Due to the simplicity of the preparation and affordability of the ingredients, Sisig grew in popularity and more establishments, like MILA'S, began offering variants.

MILA'S TOKWA'T BABOY AND SPECIAL SIZZLING SISIG
Brgy. San Angelo, San Andres St, Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines
Phone: +63 45 888 6727
Open: Everyday 10am – 10pm

Here's why you should go to Mila's on your next Pampanga visit…

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