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…
San Vicente is an almost untouched part of Palawan that is home to one of the longest beaches in all of Asia. A rather large municipality, San Vicente itself is divided into a handful of barangays, sleepy towns and villages.
Underdevelopment has seemingly preserved this part of Palawan with tourism in San Vicente being traditionally low compared to the rest of the island. But that will all be changing soon as the people of San Vicente prepare to open up their quaint and secluded part of Palawan to the rest of the world.
As tourism in the Philippines is expected to recover after a slight decline in 2017, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has implemented a series of aggressive and daring marketing schemes that appear to start revitalizing tourism in and to the country. With the Duterte administration’s controversial closing and reopening of one of the Philippines’ top tourist attractions, Boracay, the impacts from such an undertaking have yet to be quantified. But one can hope that the government can actually maintain its new regulations for tourism hotspots.
That’s why all eyes should be on San Vicente as it will be the testbed and ground zero for the DOT’s (newest branch) Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and its bold new tourism initiatives. San Vicente is actually a chance for the Government of the Philippines to get tourism right.
New airports and air travel routes are popping up all over the country with hopes of easing congestion in busier airports and bringing in tourist traffic to newer locations.
With the opening of the new San Vicente Airport, the local government hopes to tap into the expected influx of tourists by developing local attractions and essentially building a new tourist destination from scratch.
It’s a daring plan that will take years of dedication from both the private and government sectors. So far, everything seems to be on track, and the locals seem more than eager to start this new beginning for San Vicente.
Having opened their doors in 2012, Wild Flour Restaurant has gone on to become one of the most successful and recognizable (local) restaurant brands in Metro Manila.
Consistency, great food, and great talent are some of the key factors to Wild Flour’s success, and while a number of restaurants struggle in Manila’s highly competitive restaurant market, Wild Flour has been steadily growing with no signs of slowing down making their story a true, modern-day Filipino success story.
Starting out as a small French/American cafe and bakery that specialized in all day breakfast and lunch, Wild Flour has gradually evolved its menu to incorporate local and international items to keep up with customer demand. This has led the team to expand beyond the brunch style model by adding dinner to their menu which is now available at all branches.
Wild Flour Restaurant Ground floor, Net Lima building,
26th St., Taguig, BGC Metro Manila Hours: Mon – Thu 6am – 10pm, Fri – Sat 6am – 11pm, Sun 8am – 9pm Phone: 856-7600 or +0917 852-0950 Web:www.wildflour.com.ph Facebook:@wildflourmanila
Our good friends at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa are celebrating 10 years in the Phillippines on November 30th and December 1st. The two-day celebration will be full of activities and events that will highlight some of the best of what Dumaguete has to offer.
It’s guaranteed to be a blast, and if you’ve ever had plans on visiting Dumaguete, NOW is the time to go!
You’ll be able to choose from 10 of these Atmosphere Anniversary Specials until December 19th!
Spread your belongings over at least 10 more square meters by receiving a Room Upgrade
Cycle at least 10 K on your holiday during your guided Mountain Bike ride through the scenic mountains of Negros
Eat your Daily Dessert in 10 heavenly bites after your dinner**
Feel the power of 10 skilled fingers during your Executive Back Massage
Do 10 sun salutations during your divine Yoga Class*
Dive to at least 10 meters during your Scuba Dive on our amazing house reef***
Try to spot 10 turtles around Apo Island during your Apo island Snorkeling Trip****
Pamper your 10 fingers and 10 toes with a Manicure and Pedicure
Make at least 10 fin kicks during your Scuba Experience in the pool
Taste up to 10 wines during your delicious Wine Tasting
This offer is valid for stays of minimum 3 nights until December 19 through any booking channels – please contact [email protected] before your stay to confirm your chosen 10 Year Anniversary Special at least 48 hours before arrival. One item per adult for fully paying guest – non-transferable. You can book by phone +63(35)4006940, +63(0)9177221042, via [email protected] or via our online booking engine, and to avail of the Special, mention “10 Year Anniversary Special” in your booking.
Bicol has always been a popular destination for both local and international travelers, as it is home to one of the most beautiful works of Mother Nature. Although shy to show its tip on most days, the Mayon Volcano’s perfect cone structure has continued to attract all forms of tourists.
This region is also popularly known for their cooking – especially when it comes to coconut or chili-based dishes. So much so that they have started to package the popular Bicol Express, Pinangat, and Inulukan in frozen bags for people to take home. While those alone already make for the perfect pasalubong, why not try other unique items?
Here are some pasalubong ideas I spotted on my last visit…
Siama Hotel is one of the most visually stunning and beautifully designed hotels that we’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Inspired by the charming countryside of Sorsogon PHL, Siama seamlessly blends natural and modern architecture into a space that is calm and relaxed yet, at the same time, bold and welcoming.
Sustainability and nature, which are reflected throughout the entire hotel, were the main inspirations that went into the design.
Locally sourced materials were used in its construction, and great care was taken to ensure that the hotel has as small an impact on the surrounding environment as possible.
But looks alone isn’t what makes Siama one of our favorite hotels. The service and food are top-notch, and Siama is a great starting point if you plan to visit the many tourist attractions in Sorsogon.
Quietly tucked away on the outskirts of Sorsogon City in the Province of Bicol, Philippines, Siama is a destination perfect for those who appreciate nature, great food and great company.
The FRUIT GARDEN is an artisanal jam brand that marries French Heritage with Filipino Flare. Where each fruit jam is cooked in the French tradition of small batches in copper cauldrons. It’s 100% natural, with a minimum of 60% fruit content, and only fruit, sugar, and fruit pectin are used.
Pierre Marmonier’s The Fruit Garden is considered as one of the best fruit jam suppliers in Manila. Every Christmas season, they release limited edition luxury fruit jams in elegant packagings. That makes it a great foodie gift this 2018 Christmas season!
This year, the Luxury Jam collection is inspired by the theme of peony flowers which are both native to Asia and Europe.
Watch the video below as Pierre Marmonier explain the story behind the 2018 collection.
Combine sushi and playful art equals a certified Instagrammable visual feast! You’ll definitely feel guilty about touching the mayo art!
From the group, EatUpMnl, comes a new restaurant with its own unique twist on Japanese cuisine. Soru Izakaya offers a place to relax and enjoy inexpensive Japanese dishes and drinks which make it the perfect place for a friendly group dinner or an after-work hangout here in BGC!
Soru Izakaya provides its customers with a classy yet casual dining experience through its quality food and artistic ambiance. Inspired by the Robatayaki style of Izakaya, which means Gastropub in English.
Rather, Soru Izakaya’s menu offers a variety of new and exciting choices through its modern take on traditional Japanese dishes. Here are some of the dishes we tried…
SORU IZAKAYA BGC
Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Landline: 02 2469069 ext:875 Facebook: soruizakaya
Truffle fans rejoice! Ramen Nagi is bringing back their Truffle King Ramen that will only be available at the newly opened RAMEN NAGI CONCEPT STORE in BGC for a limited time (until December).
RAMEN NAGI is one of my favorite go-to ramen joints in Manila, known for their rich and bolder flavors where you can customize your ramen to your liking. Today, they recently launched the Ramen Nagi Concept store that offers the same classic menu but with a more modern and chic interior perfect for the working crowd of BGC.
Here’s what to expect at the first Ramen Nagi Concept Store…
European Culinary Week is a celebration of European Cuisine, featuring award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. Part of the European Culinary Week’s mission is to spark interest in European cuisine, showcase European products, and work and meet with established European chefs.
Among the events lined up for the said week is Culinaria. Culinaria showcases the creations of the award-winning European chefs in an open kitchen style and provides a high-end European gastronomic experience by way of a walk-through dinner.