Update 12/21/18 – Just confirmed that Philippine Swimming Mermaid Academy in Boracay is back!
We love the new Boracay!
At one time we thought Boracay was hopeless, but, thanks to the government’s will, it was able to remove all the unsustainable activities and fix the sewage treatment plant compliance after the 6-month closure of the island.
People focus too much on what’s out, but I’m so excited about what’s in…
The holidays are here, and it’s that time of the year again when you would always look for the best foodie gifts or the best food to bring to potluck celebrations.
We finally had a taste of Christian Mark Jacobs’ Naked Patisserie that specializes on bespoke cakes for celebrity weddings and celebrations and signature luxe gift sets. Christian is known as the Naked Foodie in hisfood and travel vlog and the partner of celebrity fashion designer Francis Libiran.
Why the Naked branding? They believe in being true and transparent and in using only the best natural ingredients to create good food.
Here are some suggestions on how to have Merry Naked Celebrations according to the Naked Foodie…
Chef Josh Boutwood’s Helm offers one of the best degustation experiences that’s certainly not to be missed in Manila. After the successful opening of Test Kitchen and Savage, Helm’s 10-seater theatre dining experience is his best one yet.
It’s like Chef Josh’s culinary playground where he unleashes his creativity after managing Bistro Group’s culinary empire. At Helm, he is in charge, and it’s awesome to see the chef having fun and to have a taste of it with every plate.
Ingredients. What I like about Chef Josh’s Culinary Philosophy is that he pays attention to the ingredients first, especially the local ones but not limited to these. All the ingredients used during the degustation are displayed and you can ask what’s the story behind each and every one of them.
Technique. After the ingredients, he would think about the best culinary technique—from using sous vide, Excalibur dehydrator, liquid nitrogen or using the Big Green Egg to unleash the flavors and the best textures.
Experience. With Helm’s live theatre dining experience, everyone has a front-row seat from which to watch the handsome chef create culinary magic and be hypnotized by his British accent. You don’t get full after the 14-course degustation because they don’t use carbs (except the bread), yet your mind, palate and heart are all satisfied.
Take note, you have to buy a ticket to dine here with two seating options. The Degustation Menu concept changes every quarter.
The blog feature below is a spoiler, so best not to read it.
HELM by Chef Josh Boutwood
G/F The Plaza, Arya Residences, Mckinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City
(Just below Savage also in Arya Residences) Facebook: helmmnl Telephone: +63 906 234 1900 Website: https://www.joshboutwood.com.ph/
The Peak is a multi-level bar, music lounge and grill roof deck restaurant in Grand Hyatt in Manila. The concept is inspired by Penthouse Living with different homey rooms, set against the Manila Skyline backdrop, to discover.
This is the landmark restaurant Manila is waiting for, ushering us to 2019 and beyond. Here’s a sneak peek of The Peak…
I love Chinese lauriat celebrations! I think this is a beautiful Chinese family tradition where everyone shares a communal feast on a roundtable with everybody wearing red to bring good luck to the celebrant.
We don’t have it in my Filipino family and I married my wife so that we can eat Chinese lauriats every time there is a birthday celebration.
My wife’s family often celebrates at Causeway because everyone enjoys the food— good variety and good value for money.
Here’s what we love about the Chinese lauriat at Causeway…
Social Media used to be a very different place. For an instance, back in 2009, people simply used Facebook to communicate with friends, reconnect with estranged grade school buddies, or to keep in touch with a grandma who lives overseas.
But with Facebook’s present landscape of 2.23 Billion active users, social media has truly evolved into something more. It’s no longer just a tool for simple communication, it has become a powerhouse for influencing businesses, reaching audiences, and cool marketing tactics.
Social Media’s continuous growth open lots of opportunities more than we can keep up with. Luckily, a pool of passionate people thought of putting together a conference that can further the discussion on social media, technology, and digital marketing.
It was awesome to experience my first river cruise along the Danube River in Eastern Europe with an awesome group of top travel agents from Manila. It’s like staying in a floating hotel, cruising from one town to another while having a lazy champagne breakfast or just chilling on the sundeck or in the comforts of your stateroom.
It’s a lot better than going on an Ocean Cruise because it can dock directly beside the city and you just literally walk into town. The experience is all-inclusive—walking tours from a local guide and eat-and-drink-all-you-can breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here are the details of the actual Danube River Cruise that we took. There were changes in our itinerary because of the low river level due to a long drought during the European summer season. We had to go by land from Budapest to Vienna and board a different Avalon ship, missing Nuremberg, Germany.
THE BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
Deluxe 7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds.
13 days – Budapest to Prague (Cruise Code WBN)
Avalon Passion (Dept # 1024)
Start Budapest – October 24 – November 5
Land/Cruise – $3,809
Cruise Only – $2,799
Gratuities to Local Guides & excursion drivers are included.
+ Tip to Cruise Director & Crew (~ $300)
Port Charges $168
All Departures are guaranteed.
Here’s a complete guide to the Avalon Danube River Cruise experience with all the awesome highlights for you to decide: Is it Worth it?
BARON TRAVEL CORPORATION
3rd Floor, PCCI Corporate Center 118 L.P. Leviste Street
Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines Telephone: +632 817 4926 Email: [email protected] Website: www.barontravel.ph
We feel honored to have witnessed the culinary evolution of Bruce Ricketts and we always look forward to tasting his passion on the plate.
Looking back at my archives, I realized we’ve covered almost all of our foodie moments with Bruce’s culinary creations like fanboys. We met him during his Food Truck by Chef Broosy days in 2012 before he retreated to BF after a failed stint at Robot. We have fallen in love with his food ever since.
It was awesome to have a taste of how a passionate culinary master would do a branded collaboration for the first time with Nespresso’s Master Origin coffee series. Aside from the memorable orgasmic creations, I learned a lot on how branded collaborations should be executed as a master would.
This is another story for the blogging history books, a living tribute to a culinary lodi in Manila.