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HOT-STAR Philippines: Taiwan’s Large Fried Chicken Chop in Manila (A Review) @HotStarPH

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HOT-STAR is a popular shop in Taiwan’s Shilin Night Market and famous for its large chicken chop.

Unlike those of the other Taiwan Chicken Chop places that have opened in Manila, Hot-Star’s fried chicken is 30 cm long — big enough for 2-3 persons — and priced just right at P110-P125, depending on the flavor.

Check out Hot-Star Philippines…

HOT-STAR PHILIPPINES
Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue cor. EDSA, Pasay City, Philippines
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
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Twitter@HotStarPH
Websitehttp://hotstar.com.ph/

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Gawad Kalinga, Tacloban

TACLOBAN: 140 Days After Typhoon Yolanda (A Photo Essay March 2014) #TindogTacloban

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I visited Tacloban with my friend Spanky to create an ongoing Voluntourism Program in partnership with Operation Santa, to help the people of Leyte affected by Typhoon Yolanda. 

As donation fatigue sets in, the artificial economy created by International aid is removed, and the media starts to focus on 2016 politics, the Yolanda-affected areas will be forgotten — unless we do an ongoing program to help the people rebuild.

I love Tacloban because of its yummy food and warm hospitality. Visiting the city, 140 days after the typhoon hit, changed our life perspective forever.

Related Blog Post: Awesome Tacloban Series

Here’s a Photo Essay of our visit…

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

BAGUIO CITY: The Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio 2013! #AwesomeBaguio

UPDATE June 17, 2016: BAGUIO: Top 10 Most Awesome Best Restaurants in Baguio (2016 Edition)! #AwesomeBaguio

Here’s a wrap-up of our Top 10 Most Awesome Restaurants in Baguio for your memorable Baguio Adventure with your family and friends:

1. MAMA’S TABLE

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(L-R: Rache Diaz, Chef Vicky’s Mother, Chef Vicky’s brother Gaby Tinio, Pat and Marivic Silva)

I’ve heard yummy stories about Chef Vicky’s private dining in Baguio from foodies raving about the experience. We met Chef Vicky in Mercato Centrale, with her stall selling her yummy goodies from Baguio, when we first opened in 2010.

She offers an 8-course, French-inspired, strictly-by-reservation private dining in her lovely home in Baguio. She only accepts strictly one group at a time, with a minimum of 6 persons.

There is no menu, so just be prepared to be surprised with the 3-hour, 8-course Degustation Meal.

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VERDICT

Mama’s Table gets our two thumbs up. Highly Recommended! 🙂

Your Baguio foodie trip would not be complete if you don’t get to experience Chef Vicky’s food, warm and kid-friendly hospitality and authentic Baguio Home ambiance.

(Tip: You can bring your own wine with no corkage fee.) 

Can you share your own experience at Mama’s Table?

MAMA’S TABLE Private Dining
by Chef Vicky Tinio Clemente
8-course Degustation Meal 
P1,500 +10% service charge per head
Strictly by Reservation only with 2 days advance notice
888-A Ambuklao Road, La Trinidad, Benguet 
Telephone: +63 (74) 442-1794
Mobile: +63 915 643-8775 
Email: [email protected] (take note of the .CA) and [email protected] 

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#Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Food

KETCHUP: Canto + Green Pepper + Happy Tummy + Rancho Norte + Rumah Sate

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KETCHUP is a Food Community composed of Baguio home grown Food concepts which includes Canto, Happy Tummy, Rancho Norte, Rumah Sate, and Green Pepper.

We love the outdoor feel under the pine trees, the affordable food and it’s a nice food stop after visiting Wright Park, Mines View Park, and The Mansion.

This will be an ongoing collection of posts of our own experiences with the different restos at Ketchup. 

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#Philippines, Baguio

CHAYA: Yummiest Homey Japanese Resto in Baguio!

Update June 8, 2016: CHAYA: Still the Best Japanese Restaurant in Baguio! (Revisited 2016)

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In my search for the best restaurant in Baguio, I asked Mitos, the Hill Station owner, on where does she eat good food in Baguio. She shared me this secret home-based Japanese place called Chaya.

CHAYA stands for “authentic Japanese cuisine, wholesome food and healthy lifestyle” by CHAYA Chef, Sonoko Taguchi. 

I was skeptical at first, but we were blown away by our Chaya experience…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, #Restaurants, #Travel, Baguio, Family Escapades

A MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas! (A Photo Essay) @TheManor_CJH

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MANOR at Camp John Hay is one of the best places to spend Christmas in the Philippines. You get the cold December weather, log wood cabin accommodations, actual pine Christmas trees, and a romantic restaurant, Le Chef, to complete the festive experience.

Here’s a photo essay of our MANOR at Camp John Hay Baguio Christmas….

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

YUAN’s Original Chicken Wings! (UTT Rating: 3.94)

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #1: (Main Dish) 
YUAN’S CHICKEN WINGS

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  206 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
   173 foodies rated 4- I love it!
   131 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     42 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       8 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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In most features for Ultimate Taste Test, Yuan’s Wings is consistently mentioned because of its Original Chicken Wings. Their version has the right balance of spicyness, sweetness, and tanginess, and we like it because it’s a bit different from your usual soy garlic flavor.

Congratulations to Jeremy Salvan, IT guy by profession but foodie at heart, for winning the Top Overall Spot (Main Dish category) in the Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

THE SULTRY CHEF’s Sultry Roast Beef with Saucy Gravy (UTT Rating: 3.81) @MissIvoryEats

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #2: (Main Dish) 
THE SULTRY CHEF

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  163 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  166 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  130 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     53 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
       9 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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I remember Ivory going to one of the Ultimate Taste Test events before as a foodie because of her love for food and her dream of one day making her own mark in Manila’s culinary scene.

Fast forward to 2013, Ivory is the 3rd placer of Masterchef Pinoy Edition (known as “Kusinera Fashionista”) and has launched her food business, The Sultry Chef in Mezza Norte at Trinoma.

Everybody loves her roast beef, pasta, and anything else she creates. She has a very lovable personality and always tries to give her best service when manning her own stall.

Congratulations to the Sultry Chef for winning the #2 spot in Ultimate Taste Test XI!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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#Philippines, Events, Food, Ultimate Taste Test

GOLDEN DUCK’s Premium Duck Burger (A Product of Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!) (UTT Rating: 3.81) @GawadKalingaHQ

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UTT XI: Rockwell Winner #3: (Main Dish) 
GOLDEN DUCK BURGER

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  117 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
  119 foodies rated 4- I love it!
  160 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
     75 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
     17 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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GOLDEN DUCK BURGER is one of our best discoveries in the Ultimate Taste Test Series! 🙂

It continues the legacy of Gawad Kalinga’s Social Food Enterprises where they provide excellent gourmet quality food while partnering with Gawad Kalinga communities in Enchanted Farm in Bulacan.  The duck is locally sourced and proudly raised in the Gawad Kalinga community. 

It joins other UTT Winning Yummy Products from Gawad Kalinga’s Enchanted Farm!

Congratulations to Golden Duck Enterprises for winning the #3 spot in the UTT Series!

Related Post: About Ultimate Taste Test 11: 3rd Rockwell UTT @PowerPlantMall (A Photo Essay)

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