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PEPPER TREE: A Taste of Indian Filipino Fusion at The Pop Up Katipunan

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PEPPER TREE is an Indian Filipino Fusion restaurant by Hiro, who retired from his BPO career to pursue his goal of opening an Indian restaurant.

The Indian food is quite good because it is based on their family recipes, and they import their own spices so as not to compromise on flavor.

Here’s what to expect at the go-to place to eat in the newly opened mini-mall at The Pop Up Katipunan…

 

PEPPER TREE FOODS
The Pop Up, Xavierville corner Katipunan Avenues, Loyola Heights, Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: +63 2 296 1690
Mobile: +63 917 587 7433
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Pepper Tree Foods
Instagram: @peppertreefoods
Website: www.peppertreefoods.com

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – midnight
Sunday, 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday, Closed

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THOMSON ROAD: A Modern Chinese Bistro Surprise in Molito, Alabang

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Thomson Road is a Modern Chinese Bistro, a fusion of Singaporean, Cantonese and Filipino cuisines by head cook and owner, Johanne Wee. Its name is inspired by and some of its dishes are influenced by the famous Thomson Road in Singapore.

From the outside, it is unassuming, and you would think it is just another one of those fusion restos. We tried it with the family because we simply love everything Chinese. And we were in for a surprise…

 

THOMSON ROAD CHINESE BISTRO
Molito 3 Complex, G/F Unit 5-6, Madrigal Ave. corner Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang
Telephone: +63917 160-8722
Email: 
[email protected]
Facebook
: Thomson Road Chinese Bistro
Instagram: @thmsonroadcb
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 10.00 pm

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ICHIRO RAMEN: Your Friendly BF Neighborhood Ramen

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Ichiro Ramen is your BF neighborhood ramen house by George Kho of Burger Geek fame. The name which means firstborn son in Japanese is a tribute to his father and his firstborn son.

Set beside La Chinesca along the famed Aguirre Food Street, its ramen is comparable to the creamy quality of Yushoken but at a more affordable price.

Here’s what we think of Ichiro Ramen…

ICHIRO RAMEN
248 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque
Facebook: Ichiro Ramen
Instagram
: @ichiro.ramen

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5.00pm – 11.00pm; Monday, closed.

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#Hotels, Staycation

OKADA Manila: How to Experience the Best Family Staycation Ever @OkadaManila

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We love staycations in Manila, and this is our best staycation experience of 2018 so far!

Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” OKADA Manila in Entertainment City is a 44-hectare oceanfront Japanese Integrated Resort with a steel and glass facade.

It’s the flagship Okada Manila resort and the largest integrated resort in Manila, integrating a 993-room Y-shaped hotel, 10 restaurants, 4522 square meters of ballroom and function rooms, Asia’s largest ultra-luxury indoor beach club and the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature in one massive complex.

We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday weekend at Okada and here’s how to organize your own awesome family staycation:

OKADA MANILA
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Telephone: +632 880 7555
Email[email protected]
FacebookOkada Manila
Instagram@okadamanila
Website: www.okadamanila.com

These are the current prices of the rooms we stayed in during the staycation:
• Okada Deluxe Twin Room (1550) –  ₱ 14,000/night
Executive Suite Room (1565) – ₱ 25,000/night
Premium Double (1565) – ₱ 30,000/night

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here.

OKADA Blog Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

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#Travel, Czech Republic

Best Restaurants in Czech Republic! (and Where to Find Them according to World’s Best Travel Bloggers)

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Related Blog post: Our Awesome Planet’s How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide)

We asked our travel blogging friends during our recent trip to Czech Republic for the TBEX Ostrava conference on what are their best and most memorable restaurants during their trip. This is a collaboration post to help add to your foodie bucket list on our next trip to Czech Republic.

Here are the Best Restaurants in Czech Republic according to the World’s Best Travel Bloggers:

PRAGUE

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip.com

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Coda Restaurant is an impeccable dining experience situated within (and above) the 5-star Aria Hotel, which is located in the heart of Lesser Town. They offer both traditional Czech cuisine as well as a refined international dishes as well as a tasting menu that can be paired with the perfect wine.

Weather permitting, I recommend trying to get reservations for the rooftop, which provides unprecedented views of Prague. From the creative dishes to the stupendous service and the romantic rooftop terrace, Coda is a symphony of excellence you will not soon forget.

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Pikeperch with Shrimp in a cauliflower purée (760 Kč) with fermented radish, herbs and a Beurré Blanc.

The meal for two with appetizers, entrees and a bottle of wine and bottled water was around 3700 Kč ($165) with tip.

 

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Cat Rufino of Finicky-Kitty.com

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The best food I had in Prague would have to be during my stay in Aria Hotel Prague by Library Hotel Collection. I enjoyed every meal in their Coda Restaurant where you can dine on the top of the terrace with a 360-degree view of the entire Prague.

For lunch, I chose the traditional Czech Cuisine called Crispy Oven Roasted Duck (695 Kč) which came with Sauerkraut, Steamed Red Cabbage, South Bohemian Row Potato Dumplings, and fried onion. The duck had so much flavor without being too salty as many ducks often taste and not too oily being baked perfectly. The meat was succulently tender on the inside.

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Last day in Prague I chose from the Lunch Menu called ” Symphony ” with an option for a 2-course experience which cost 490Kč or a 3-course experience for 590 Kč. I went for the 3-course experience.

For the starters, I had the Chickpeas hummus with Sun-dried tomatoes, green Cilantro, and Sumac. Such a nice a refreshing treat for vegetarians.

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For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Supreme which came with Mush Potato, Sauteed Carrots, Leeks. It was probably the best dish I have ever had.

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For Dessert, I tried the Chocolate Pudding which had coconut Tapioca, Raspberries, Cinnamon Biscuit. A dark indulgence that was worth the calories!

 

CODA Restaurant
Tržiště 9, 118 00 Praha 1
Telephone: +420 225 334 761
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: CODA Restaurant
Instagram: @codarestaurant
Websitewww.codarestaurant.cz

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday 07.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Terrace from 12.00 nn – 11:00 pm

The restaurant is open all year round. Rooftop Terrace is open from April 1 – October 31. Weather permitted

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#Travel, Czech Republic, Prague

How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide)

Your Last Minute Food & Travel Guide to Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague is a city with stunning preserved historical architecture known for its Prague Castle that’s the largest castle complex in the world and the pedestrian Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava river, with statues of important people in the history of the city.

We spent about 6 days exploring the city after attending Travel Blogger Exchange in Ostrava. We can’t find a guide that explains the food scene and how to’s of navigating the city and discerning what’s touristy and what’s local. Most of the information is from backpackers and bucket list travellers who just want to check  the city off their list.

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Here are our insights, learnings from mistakes and last minute food and travel guide to the City of Prague, Czech Republic (or Czechia).

HOW TO PRAGUE

I. GOING AROUND PRAGUE
II. CHARLES BRIDGE STRATEGY (BEST PRACTICE)
III. CONQUERING & SURVIVING THE PRAGUE CASTLE
IV. OLD TOWN (Prague 1) ✔ AND WHERE TO EAT?
V. THE HIP KARLIN NEIGHBORHOOD (Prague 8)

Google Map list: https://awesm.pl/howtoprague

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Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!

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Seascape Village is a mixed-use coastal development in the Manila Bay area, which opened its first phase of the seaside mall. The first phase focuses on Seafood Paluto Market and a variety of dining options while the succeeding phases will feature a spa resort, art and lifestyle cafe, man-made beach and a 9-story, 250-room hotel with infinity villas.

This is the place to be if you are craving for paluto seaside market food or if you want to treat your balikbayan friends to a good Manila seafood meal. You won’t miss its location between Sofitel and the Manila Film Center within the CCP Complex.

Here’s how to organize your own Seaside Village Market experience…

Seascape Village
Seascape Village, CCP Complex, Manila Bay (Beside Sofitel)
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @seascapevillage_philippines
Telephone: +632 869 7452
Facebook: Seascape Village PH

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#Hotels, Taiwan

amba Taipei Hotel: Why It’s the Place to Stay in Fun Taipei!

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amba Hotel is a homegrown hip business hotel that inspires creativity among local artists, promotes Taiwanese culture through local products and local eats and, most importantly, provides fast wifi connectivity.

There are three amba Hotel locations in Taipei—Ximending, Zhongshan and Songshan. You can hop from one location to another to experience the different neighborhoods of Taipei.

We all agree that this is the best place to stay in fun Taipei. Here’s why…

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#Restaurants

HACIENDA Comida Y Cocteles: Authentic Mexican Resto in BGC? (A Review)

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HACIENDA MANILA is a Mexican restaurant and bar by Steve Mills (of Don Papa fame) with food and recipes by Mexican Chef Francisco.

Most people would go here for their margarita and guarantee of only serving 100% agave tequila. They say this former Casa Marcos corner location is a bit unlucky and people hate the Burgos circle because of the lack of parking options.

Most people have never been to Mexico and understand what authentic Mexican food tastes like. I still have OAXACA on my foodie bucket list.

The food here is more authentic and way cheaper than Chino MNL. Here’s what we think of Hacienda Manila…

Hacienda Manila
F121 Forbestown Road, Forbeswood Heights Retail, Bonifacio Global City
Operating hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm daily
Telephone: +632 625-4727
Email[email protected]
Facebook: hacienda comida y cocteles
Instagram: @haciendamanila
Website: http://haciendamanila.com
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Blogging

Our Awesome Planet Survey: The Best Birthday Gift is the Gift of Feedback!

Dearest Our Awesome Planet Friends,

Awesome Greetings!

First of all, thank you for all the awesome support for 13 years (since 2005)! Thanks for the honest feedback in the survey last year which greatly influenced my directions for OAP and help me evolved over the years. After a year, I would like to get feedback on how OAP and Team Our Awesome Planet met your expectations.

Here’s the link for the Our Awesome Planet Survey 2018

We are changing our content and business model in 2018 and today is the turning point.

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.

I’ve always considered you to be a crucial part of our advisory board and you can make a difference with your answers in the survey. Please answer the survey here: https://awesm.pl/OAPsurvey2018  which takes about 8 minutes to answer.

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!

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder and Creator, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 

P.S. Thank you for the gift of feedback ( https://awesm.pl/OAPsurvey2018 ) on my birthday today!  

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