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VITALIS VILLAS: Guide to the Santorini-Inspired Villas in Ilocos Sur!

By Abigail Javellana

Vitalis Villas
Vitalis Villas is a beautiful Santorini-inspired resort managed by Artstream Hospitality Management Group Inc. It's Greek-style villas are perched on a mountain cliff, overlooking the beautiful sea and Santiago cove.

We love the resort because of it's romantic vibe, fine sand, cobalt blue waters, beautiful warm sunset, yummy food, and beachfront location.

Vitalis Villas
Sabangan, Santiago, Ilocos Sur
Facebook: VitalisVillas
Telephone: +63 2 3733333


Here's a photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night experience at Vitalis Villas…

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VASK GALLERY: 15-Course Alamat Menu (2016) of Asia’s 39th Best Restaurant!

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GALLERY VASK is a showcase of Chef Chele Gonzales’ best dishes and his passion to promote Filipino ingredients, using Spanish techniques and others inspired by his culinary travels. The restaurant recently received recognition as the Best Restaurant in the Philippines and the 39th Best Restaurant in Asia’s 50 Best for 2016.

Chef Chele’s signature 15-course Alamat Menu (2016 edition) embodies his greatest culinary creations to date. I think it’s the best degustacion menu in Manila today that highlights our Filipino heritage. Check out Gallery Vask’s 15-Course Alamat experience…


5th Floor, Clipp Center 11th Avenue corner 39th Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open Monday to Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Telephone: +63 917 546-1673 
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Gallery Vask
Instagram: @galleryvask

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New Black Sheep Manila: Filipino-Chinese Modern Degustacion (A Review)

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The new BLACK SHEEP MANILA is now a progressive Filipino-Chinese restaurant by Chef Patrick Go, featuring a “Filipino-driven menu with influences of Chinese flavor.”

Just to manage your expectations, note that this is totally different from the old Black Sheep in the W building. The owners decided to keep the name and just bring over Chef Patrick from the original Black Sheep crew.

Their selling proposition is the ability to construct your own degustacion menu from the available dishes, which are priced individually, a la carte. Since the menu is quite limited, we decided to just order all the items. Here’s what we think of the new Black Sheep…


2230 UPRC 1 building, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Telephone:  +632 744 1569
Mobile: +63 927 783-7038
Email[email protected][email protected]
Facebook: Black Sheep Manila

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HIGH STREET CAFE: Your Neighborhood BGC Food Hall @ShangriLaFort (A Review)

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HIGH STREET CAFE is the all-day dining restaurant of Shangri-La at the Fort, designed as a neighborhood food hall, offering world cuisine with casual service and a friendly ambiance. It features 9 different buffet stations with 50% of the food prepared upon order. 

The place has received mixed reviews, possibly because of the high expectations given the Shangri-La brand. We visited with our foodie friends recently, and here’s what we liked and what we think can still be improved at Hight Street Cafe…


Shangri-La at the Fort Manila
30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +632 820-0888
Instagram: @shangrilafort
Twitter: @ShangriLaFort
Facebook: Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC

Operating Hours:

Breakfast (P1,200 net)
6am – 10am (Mon-Fri)
6am – 10.30am (Weekends)

Lunch (P1,550 net)
11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon-Fri)
12noon – 3pm (Weekends)

Dinner (P1,900 net)
6.30 – 10:30pm (Every Day)

Breakfast: 6 – 11am
All Day: 11am – 11pm

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Announcing…The Best Burgers in Manila! (2016)


When it comes to finding the “perfect” burger, the qualities we look for are simple and straightforward. At the end of the day, a basic hamburger consists of four key ingredients: patty, buns, minimal toppings, and condiments.


After asking our foodie friends about their favorite burgers, Team OAP went around BGC, Pasig, Makati and Alabang area on the hunt for the best must-try burgers. We hope this list satisfies your search for the best burger in Manila!

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THE PIG PEN: Foodie’s Favorite Fresh Casual Cafe in Nuvali! @theblackpigmnl

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The Pig Pen is the fresh, casual little brother of The Black Pig located in Nuvali. Chef Carlos Garcia, together with Tricia Villacorta-Macdonald and Berna Fajardo-Garriz, created a cafe and concept of their popular European-inspired food using only the freshest local ingredients, but at a much affordable value.

What’s awesome about this is they elevated the food scene in Nuvali, providing one of the few foodie options (alongside Kanin Club) that aren’t fast food or commercialized franchise concepts. 

Here’s what to order and what to expect at The Pig Pen…


Ground Floor, Cinema Building, Solenad 3, Nuvali
Open 11.00am – 10.00pm
Telephone: +63 49 258-0866
Email[email protected]
Facebook: The Pig Pen Cafe/ Takeaway
Twitter: @theblackpigmnl
Instagram: @theblackpigmanila

Related Post: THE BLACK PIG! Alabang’s Secret Charcuterie, Bar & Restaurant by Chef Carlos Garcia @theblackpigmnl

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ATELIER VIVANDA MANILA by Chef Akrame: 50-day Dry-Aged Steaks! (Review)

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!


Atelier Vivanda Manila is an integrated steakhouse, bistro, and wine & cheese bar (BRVT) concept by two-Michelin-star Chef Akrame Benallal of Paris. They are best known for their 50-day dry-aged meats imported directly from Paris, as well as their artisanal French-style comfort food

Atelier means “workshop of an artisan” while Vivanda comes from La Viende, which means “meat life“. The Manila branch is in partnership with Khristine Gabriel and Grace Lee, who loved their Chef Akrame experience in Paris so much that they decided to help bring it to the Philippines.

There was a lot of hype surrounding the opening of Atelier Vivanda in the metro. Here’s our experience…


ATELIER VIVANDA  (at-l-yey • vee-vahn-dah)
U-A8 Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City
Open 6.30pm to 10.00pm
Telephone: +632 VIVANDA (848 2632)
Mobile: +63 918 VIVANDA (848 2632)
FacebookAtelier Vivanda Manila 

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WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE: Best Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak now in Manila! @rwmanila

Update 6/2019: Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC: Best Steak Brunch in Manila! #OneBHSEats

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!

Arguably one of the best steakhouses in New York, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener opened its first branch in the Philippines, in partnership with Raymund Magdaluyo and Marvin Agustin.

Mr. Zwiener, through his restaurant, aims to impart his knowledge of the dry-aging process and cooking preparations after decades of experience at the famed Peter Luger’s in New York. While the restaurant is celebrated for its USDA Prime New York Sirloin, Ribeye, and Fillet Mignon, the signature steak is the Porterhouse.

Here’s what to expect at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Manila…


2F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: WolfgangsSteakhousePH
Instagram: @WolfgangsSteakhousePH

Wolfgang Steakhouse Menu: Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | Dessert Menu

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MAKATI DIAMOND RESIDENCES: Valentine’s Staycation & Weekend Champagne Brunch!

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Since Valentine’s Day was on a Sunday, it was the perfect time for a staycation with the family at Makati Diamond Hotel. 

It’s mainly a business hotel, but it’s also ideal for families because of its high-ceiling design in the common areas, signature Alfred restaurant, and strategic location in the heart of Makati (just beside Greenbelt)! 

Here’s a photo essay of our Valentine’s staycation at Makati Diamond Residences…

118 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City 1229 Philippines
Telephone: +632 317 0999 , +632 317 0988
Email: [email protected]

Check out the low rates from Agoda: Makati Diamond Residences

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Isla Sugbu Seafood City: The Revival of the Art of SUTUKIL @TheGrandCon


When traveling, one of the things most people look forward to aside from sightseeing is eating. The food of a certain place speaks volumes about their history and culture. For Cebu, that is Sutukil, which is a three-way method of cooking seafood and meats.

It has lost its popularity over the years but Grandcon’s Isla Sugbu Seafood City aims to revive the Sutukil experience….


The Grand Convention Center of Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City
Telephone: +63 32 260 – 8000
Facebook: The Grand Convention Center of Cebu
Instagram: @TheGrandCon
Twitter: @TheGrandCon

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