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New Year @ Lili’s Yum Cha — Dimsum Buffet!


New Year’s Day is usually spent at home and we follow the tradition of absolutely no spending on Jan. 1 otherwise, you will be continuously spending all your money throughout the entire year. Yesterday was unique since we have to celebrate my brother’s birthday on January 1 since I will be out on a trip to Cebu starting tomorrow. Therefore, this was the perfect time to eat in delicious cantonese cooking at Lili’s @ Hyatt Casino. I’ve been hearing about Lili’s for its delicious Chinese fine dining that would rival or be even better than Shang Palace @ Makati Shang or Summer Palace @ Edsa Shang.

Lili is famous for its Sunday Lunch Yum Cha or Dimsum Buffet. For 1,388++ per person, you get to enjoy the most traditional and finest selection of dim sum specialties. It already includes a Shark’s fin soup (deliciously great!), drink-all-you-can iced/hot tea and local beers. It was soo delicious that I had to postpone the start of my diet just to taste all the dimsum specialties. By the way, the place is really nice and the ambiance is soo photogenic that I decided to write a separate posts on our pictorials @ Lili’s. They have themed rooms that is worth reserving. Two rooms are worth mentioning which is the wine room (good for 12-15), for a minimum booking of P15,000 for lunch and P18,000 for dinner; and the Library for a minimum booking of P12,000 (lunch) and P15,000 dinner (this is the biggest room).

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Great Crepe Wrap but Lousy Photos


I must admit that Crepes & Cream will surely become a dessert destination from now on in The Fort (There is also a store in the ground floor, The Podium in Ortigas). It is besides the UCC Cafe Terraces which is now famous for that great night cap conversation with friends. The concept is simple, Great Crepe wrapped in a cone + Delicious Ice Cream + Yummy Toppings! Their main tagline is “Crepe wraps bursting with assorted filling, delectable ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, coffee, and a whole lot more… “

Although, I would say that the photos in their main advertisement above well lacks the artistic touch — people bowing their heads, looking at the ice cream, or it lacked that authentic look of “I love crepes & cream”. So we also decided to make our own version of the photos… just a suggestion 🙂

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KO:HI:KAN (500th Store and 100th Store outside Japan)


Before dismissing this as another coffee place, you should try out their Sumibi charcoal roasted coffee and decide for yourself. Wysgal described it as a “poor man’s” UCC and she loved their Matcha (Green Tea) so that’s a second reason to try out this place in Greenhills promenade. I would also agree with her that the restaurant selection in promenade was well thought of and will become a destination place for men and women. Historically, I would avoid greenhills because I detest shopping specially walking several tiangge shops with no guarantee if its good quality or not.

Kohikan was established by Mr. Kunio Manage way back April 1970 in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Its aim was to develop a multitude of coffee shops across Japan for it wishes to share its great coffee and service to the public (what a generic vision, though). We decided to check out the coffee…

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Finally, the Galileo Enoteca Experience I was looking for!

The night was perfect and Galileo Enoteca provided the backdrop for this picture perfect shot of the reunion dinner of my P&G friends and their kids. I learned a lot from my previous dining experience in Galileo, and I made sure that I would get that perfect Christmas Dinner Party for a special reunion with friends. Talking to Vanessa (Galileo’s lovely manager) is critical in getting the right menu in place, and we agreed on a P500/person menu which is a full course menu which includes fresh olives and spanish sardines, the antipasto and different cheeses, salad in vinegrette, 3 kinds of delicious pasta served family style, chocolate gelato, and overflowing ice tea/ wine. Aside, from the disappointing salad and wishing that we got the sala 4 (last table), the reunion christmas dinner was a night to remember.

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The Pizza Company — Thai pizza chain making its presence felt!


The Pizza Company is starting to make its presence felt in the Philippines scene rivaling Pizza Hut or Shakeys or even Yellow Cab. No doubt this is a lot better than Pizza Hut/ Shakeys but I would still prefer the Italian pizza of Amici/ Bravo/ Mama Tina Pizzeria. The Pizza Company prides itself for its finest fresh ingredients, finest crust and finest cheese blends and its pizza innovations. Their salad selections are delicious that is clearly a point of difference from other Pizza chain. The first store is located in Market Market Second Floor and its value for money pizza is a good excuse for visiting Market Market.

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Discovering Fiama Ristorante Enoteca!

My Big Brother (in black) went home for the Christmas Holidays and this is a family reunion and was looking for a perfect welcome dinner for him. I’ve been wanting to check out Fiama which is another restaurant using the Enoteca (meaning wine store). It was actually awkward, when if you look closely at the back tables, people are in formal or at least casual chic attire and we were in jeans and casual attire (hehe). I just came from Tagaytay and I just invited my family impromptu to discover Fiamma. It was a fun dinner, nice ambiance, great food mostly and great service. Ideal for the date or special dinner for two (worth the extra costs).

I’ll let the food photos do the talking. Let me know if you can taste the food just by looking at it 🙂 Welcome home bro!

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Queens: Best Indian/Fusion Food I Tasted in a Long Time!


Queens, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

When Queens opened along Jupiter St. in Makati, there was a lot of buzz about how great the food and a bit on the pricey side. It has a fine dining atmosphere, that is not intimidating, and perfect for that dinner conversation with friends. I’m glad Vivian and Marge treated the entire barkada to a Sunday Dinner treat at Queens! It was a perfect dinner event for that priceless reunion with friends.

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5 Foodie Reasons to go to Tiendesitas

tiendesitas – 2, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

I’ve never been fond of Shopping Malls and Tiangge’s because (1) they are waste of time, (2) expensive since their retail prices are not direct from the source, and (3) it is not unique since anybody can get it. Tiendesitas is no exception, which means “little stores” located along Ortigas corner C-5 and has been in operation for 3 months now. It is owned by Ortigas and Company Ltd (same owner as greenhills shopping center), and it is envisioned to be the Chatuchak equivalent of the Philippines. This three (3) hectare flea market mall area is part of the bigger 2 billion, 18.5 hectare Fontera Verde Development which would also houses an Super SM Hypermarket and MC Home Depot in the future. You can go here for Fashion, Food Delicacies, Pet Shops, and Antiques with Free Parking and ATMs available.

So why would I go to Tiendesitas where the prices are touristy expensive, and each visit would be a workout in the gym ? They are living up to their equity of being able to acquire the True Taste of Pinoy and here are five reasons why…

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[Unique Stores.3] The Little Chinese Store


Little Store – 1, originally uploaded by antondiaz.

This store has been in operation for 5 years, and going strong with a loyal following of its yummy P40 chinese lumpia. This is an oriental store that serves canteen style chinese food with lumpia as the “killer” food that draws dine in and take out guests. This is my first time (can you imagine that) to visit this store which my wife’s family raves about because of its assortment of oriental goodies and seasoning. Although, according to my wife, her grandmother’s lumpia is still a lot better and more delicious than the Little Store’s version. Here is a peak at the Little Store in Greenhills.

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