#Philippines, Awesome Festivals, Food

10 Most Awesome “Nose-to-Tail” Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)

by Kris Landrito


Day Two of Madrid Fusion Manila 2017 continues with the theme “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet”, focusing on “Nose-To-Tail” for the Regional Lunch. 

A buzzword that spread throughout the culinary world, Nose-To-Tail is actually more a tradition than a trend in the Philippines. It’s part of our culinary lifeblood as evidenced by our wide range of food that uses ingredients or parts of an animal that some would consider as trash. Just look at our streets filled with hawkers selling adidas (chicken feet), isaw (skewers of intestines), and even betamax (congealed pork blood).

Because of the deep history of nose-to-tail cooking in the Philippines that transcends social classes, the entire hall was abuzz with excitement to see (and taste) how the chefs would take this style of cooking to the next level.

Madrid Fusion 2017 Series:
@MadridFusionManila 2017: A Gastronomical Roadmap to Sustainability! (Photo Essay Recap)
• 10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1) 
• 10 Most Awesome "Nose-to-Tail" Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)
• 5 Most Awesome Corn Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 3)


Here are our Top 10 favorites from Day 2 of Madrid Fusion Manila’s Regional Lunch curated by Nina Daza Puyat, Sasha Lim Uy Mariposa, and Idge Mendiola:

1. Next Generation Adobo by JP Anglo of Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

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This dish was a culinary journey through the Philippines as much as it was a culinary feast for the palate. Adobo, being one of the most iconic Filipino dishes, has no agreed universal recipe in the country. Each region (sometimes even each household) has their own version of Adobo that they claim to be authentic.

This dish doesn’t choose sides but instead takes us through the different ways Adobo can be prepared. From the sweet and comforting chicken tail braised in gata all the way to the chicken liver in XO sauce, JP Anglo has shown us that the only authentic adobo is the one we love to eat.

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#Philippines, Awesome Festivals, Food

10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1)

by Kris Landrito

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Madrid Fusion Manila is perhaps the most awaited gastronomic event in the Philippines. With the theme of “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet” that addresses the issue of food wastage, sustainability, and climate change, Heirloom Rice, the theme of Day One’s Regional Lunch was the perfect way to start it off.


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Heirloom Rice is a variety of rice that has been passed on from generation to generation. Aside from being a rich source of flavor and nutrition, Heirloom Rice provides a sustainable and stable source of livelihood to farmers because of their strong resistance to climate change and environmental diseases.

Madrid Fusion 2017 Series:
@MadridFusionManila 2017: A Gastronomical Roadmap to Sustainability! (Photo Essay Recap)
• 10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1) 
• 10 Most Awesome "Nose-to-Tail" Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)
• 5 Most Awesome Corn Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 3)


Here are our Top 10 favorites on Day 1 of Madrid Fusion Manila’s Regional Lunch curated by Angelo Comsti:

1. Tausug Junay with Utakutak by Myke Tatung Sarthou of Agos


This beautifully layered dish was the clear favorite of everyone in our team. With a base of gelatinous rice with burnt coconut and turmeric, topped with a spiced fish cake and a Tausug garnish called Palapa, we were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful and subtle flavors that paired well with the green mangoes, red onions, and tomatoes on top. 

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10 Restaurant Trends that I learned from @MadridFusion (Read this!)

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One of the questions I get asked most often is what the latest trend in restaurants is.

Getting ahead of the trend before the tipping point is crucial in an increasingly competitive restaurant landscape in Manila.


Madrid Fusion is always at the forefront of restaurant trends–from Molecular Gastronomy to the Post Avant-Garde Culinary Movement.

I’ve been fortunate to have been able to attend Madrid Fusion in both Madrid and Manila for the past 3 years. Here are the 10 things I’ve learned regarding restaurant trends…

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

UPTOWN PARADE: 10 Awesome Restos to Try in Fort Bonifacio! #UptownParadeBites

Uptown Parade Bites

UPTOWN PARADE has so much more to offer than partying at Valk and the Pool Club!

You’ll be surprised with their mouthwatering eats. From freshly caught seafood, all-day breakfast items, authentic Neapolitan pizzas, Korean BBQ, and South-American comfort food, down to one of the best burgers and crispy pata you can find in the metro, Uptown Parade has something for everyone!

The place is home to a row of charming restaurants that offer a wide selection of dining concepts. So take your pick and satisfy your food cravings with different flavors from across the world!

Here’s a summary of our favorite dishes from the #UptownParadeBites series…

Uptown Parade, 38th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City
Facebook: Uptown-Bonifacio
Instagram: @uptownbonifacio_
Phone: +632 709-9888

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SAGE Bespoke Grill: Secret of One of the Best Steakhouses in Manila @MakatiShangriLa

Our family loves steaks! We got a rare chance to go behind the kitchen and know the secret behind one of the best steakhouses in Manila.

Watch this video: Makati Shang Kitchen: Sage Bespoke Grill’s Tomahawk Steak with Anton Diaz


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SAGE Bespoke Grill is the steakhouse restaurant of Makati Shangri-La specializing in Josper-grilled steaks.

We ate here twice recently and came up with some tips on what to order and how to have an awesome time at Sage… 


Makati Shangri-La Hotel Level 2
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines
Telephone: +632 814-2580
Email: [email protected]
Website: Sage Bespoke Grill Website

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BAD BIRD: More Than Just Umami Fried Chicken! @SMMegamall

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BAD BIRD by the Low Brow Casual Restaurant group is the bestselling outlet at Hole in the Wall, Century Mall because of its Umami Fried Chicken. Now, here’s some good news for fans: they have finally opened a standalone Japanese-Korean inspired restaurant at SM Mega Fashion Hall, serving an extended menu of small plates, grilled items, and a new favorite–Prawn Dog.

Check out our experience and recommendations aside from their signature umami fried chicken…

3/F SM Megamall, Mega Fashion Hall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11am-9pm
Telephone: +632 753-9729
Facebook: Bad Bird
Instagram: @bitebadbird

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ZUBUCHON MAKATI: The Best Lechon Restaurant in Manila!? (A Review)


ZUBUCHON is the Cebu-based Lechon Restaurant by Joel Binamira of Market Manila specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the “Best Pig… Ever!” The name is a coined word from “Zubu“, the 18th century reference to the island of Cebu, and “Chon” from lechon, which means roasted pig.

The restaurant concept is inspired by native dishes dating back to the time when Magellan Landed in Cebu in 1521. Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s Chronicler, mentioned the Filipino food during that time, which includes black pig, grilled seafood, millet and rice cakes, coconut in the form of water, milk, vinegar, and liquor.

Now, Metro Manila-based foodies can now taste the food Market Manila has been blogging about over the years. The place has actually been jam packed since it opened in Makati!

Had two lunch dates with Rache here and also got to chat with Joel about his new restaurant. Here’s what we think…


Yakal corner Talisay St. , Makati City
Operating Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm
Facebook: Zubuchon
Instagram: @zubuchon

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#Restaurants, #Travel

HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?!


Come and discover Hakodate in Hokkaido. Known as the “City of Gourmet Food,” it is overflowing with mouthwatering eats–from freshly caught seafood and excellent sashimi, to Japanese pub fare, shio ramen, and various specialty desserts.

Their fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about while here. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood!

Check out our guide on what to eat and drink when you’re in Hakodate, Hokkaido…

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#Restaurants, #Travel

LUCKY PIERROT: Hakodate’s No.1 Burger Chain!

Lucky Pierott

Bite into Japan’s best local burger!

Food is central to any trip to Hokkaido. Hakodate in Hokkaido may be famed for their fresh seafood and rich salt-ramen, but it’s their unique burger joint serving this juicy and addictive Chinese Chicken Burger that locals and tourists rave about.

Lucky Pierrot currently has 17 branches found all over the city. Each restaurant has a unique theme that sets it apart from all the other fast food stores. Did I mention it’s only found in Hakodate?

Lucky Pierrot
Hakodate-shi Goryokaku-cho 30-14 (Hakodate)
Gakkoukoukyo 30-14 Goryokoro Tower
Telephone: 0138-55-4424
Opening hours: 10am to 12:30am (1:30 am Sat only)

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THE TEST KITCHEN By Chef Josh Boutwood! @thebistrogroup (Photo Essay)

Test Kitchen

THE TEST KITCHEN is a private dining venue that serves as the creative outlet of Chef Josh Boutwood in partnership with The Bistro Group. Its where he gets to showcase his fine dining background from top Michelin-starred restaurants through his own personalized menu.

It is located at the actual test kitchen of the Bistro Academy, where they create new dishes and try them out before rolling them out to their stores.

What’s exciting about this is the menu changes everyday. So you can expect something new every time you visit.

Here’s a look at our The Test Kitchen experience…


9780 Bistro Academy Kamagong St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Email: [email protected]
Strictly by reservation only.

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