HARRY’S Cafe de Wheels: “Sydney’s Best Pie” in Nuvali (A Review)

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Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Nuvali is the first franchise in Asia (outside Australia) of Sydney's popular beef pie and hotdog place. It's one of the unique establishments that opened recently in Solenad 3 at Nuvali, Laguna.

We tried it despite the mixed reviews and here's what we think of Harry's…


Home of Sydney's iconic meat pie and hotdogs, also offers all-day breakfasts, poutine, country style chicken, desserts and a lot of heart warming meals.
Solenad 3, Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna
(Facing GEOX in Solenad 2, along the road where Robinson Supermarket is located.)
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Harry's Cafe PH

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THE SMOKING JOINT: Low & Slow Barbecue from the South (A Review)

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THE SMOKING JOINT is an American BBQ neighborhood joint by Tony Fernando in collaboration with Chef Dino Dizon. It used to be a Knuckle Sandwich Shop by the same owner which is a boxing-themed sandwich shop located along Aguirre Avenue in BF (near Puregold).

We are getting addicted to smoked low and slow meats specially after a football game with the kids in Alabang. Here is what we think about The Smoking Joint… 


Barbeque smoked low and slow
308 Aguirre Avenue BF Homes, 1718 Parañaque
Operating Hours
Monday to Thursday: 4:20 pm – 11:00 pm, and Friday: 4.20pm until 12.00am
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Telephone: +632 834-2970
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: The Smoking Joint BBQ
Instagram: @thesmokingjointbbq

Note: Cash Only

TEXAS BBQ in Manila Series:


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BUTA + WAGYU: Best Japanese Wagyu Beef in Manila x Korean Recipes by @GraceLeeManila @SMAuraPremier

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BUTA + WAGYU is a Japanese Wagyu Steak restaurant by the Villarica family, who also runs Wagyu Japanese Beef in Makati. The family is the only authorized importer of Japanese Wagyu Beef by the Japanese Government in the Philippines. The beef is air-flown in chilled containers and not frozen. 

They only sell Grade A5, levels 9-12 Wagyu Beef (Ohmi, Saga, Kagoshima) plus homegrown organic pork, the source of which are exclusively fed okra and okra enzyme. Hence the name: Buta (Pork) + Wagyu (Beef). They also serve curated Korean dishes from the recipes of Grace Lee’s mom.

Here’s our dinner experience with Wesley Villarica, owner of BUTA + WAGYU (and the manager of Maria Ozawa in Manila)… 


5/F SM Aura, Sky Park, SM Aura Premier, 26th St cor McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 2.00am
Telephone: +632 946-7262
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Buta+Wagyu

Best Steakhouse in Manila Series 2015!

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GENKI SUSHI PHILIPPINES: Japanese Sushi Train in Manila (A Review)

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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One of our favorite places to eat in Tokyo with the kids is HamaZushi, where the sushi is served on a conveyor belt and the entire ordering process is automated. Our boys love how interactive ordering is, plus you can make your own green tea, and the quality of sushi is OK.

I’m happy that Genki Sushi opened in the metro with a similar automated concept, with the sushi served via cute trains straight from the kitchen. Here’s our review of Genki Sushi Philippines…


The Original and Authentic Kaiten Sushi from Japan
2nd level of the Bonifacio Stopover Pavilion, 31st cor. Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City.
Telephone: +632 624-2867
Facebook: Genki Sushi Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Operating Hours
Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm,
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm

Note: Credit Cards accepted 

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TASTING ROOM: A U.S. Thanksgiving Dinner in Manila! (A Photo Essay)

Related post: 10 Most Awesome New (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2015! 

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Glad to be back in Manila just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with the U.S. Embassy team at Tasting Room, with wine pairing from Happy Living Wines. After a hectic APEC week with President Obama in attendance, we are thankful that everything went smoothly with no security incidents in Manila.

It was my first time at Tasting Room, and we were pleasantly surprised by how good it is amidst the mixed reviews when it first opened.


G/F Crown Towers, City of Dreams Manila, Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque City.
Open for dinner daily: 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Telephone: +632 691-7789

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CASA ITALIA | Ep. 1: Concept Behind an Authentically Italian Cafe in Manila! (Video)

Here’s our first look before famous Gelato house from Singapore officially opens its door in manila.

How to Build a Resto: Casa Italia (Episode #1):

F&B Director, Casa Italia

Hello, I’m Donato. I’m from Rome, Italy, and I’m a chef from Casa Italia. I’m the chef that prepare all the bread, pizza, pasta, gelato, and all the delicious Italian food for Casa Italia.

Casa Italia, which means Italian House, started in Singapore as a gelato store. And slowly along the way, we started to make our own coffee—we roast our own coffee, and then after that we introduce as well the Italian food.

So we make our own bread and pizza, and all the pasta. So I will be here in Manila for conducting the training for the gelato training and for the food training. I will be here to meet all the suppliers because we want to make sure that all the ingredients that we use here are as good as the ones we’re using in Singapore as well—all the high quality ingredients. And then I will train the team here in Manila to follow step-by-step our recipes from the bread, to the homemade fresh pasta, and to all the gelato as well.

Casa Italia Manila Series:

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MILKBOX’s Wonuts, Cwazy Shakes, & Waffle Sundae! (A Review)

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MILKBOX is a specialty coffee and dessert place by Nowie and Odette Potenciano of Mochiko fame. They offer innovative desserts like Waffle Sundae, Wonuts (a cross between Waffle x Donuts), and Cwazy Shakes. They are the first shop in Alabang to provide specialty coffee by Yardstick.

Here are some tips to enjoy your Milkbox experience on your next food trip to Alabang…

Lower Ground Level, New Wing, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, 
Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 am-9:00 am, Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am-9:00 am
Telephone: +63 999 884 0624
Facebook: Milkbox

Note: Cash Only

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ADAAM and YVES: Scandinavian-inspired All Day Breakfast Organic Bistro (A Review)

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Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro is a Scandinavian-inspired bistro concept with an organic all-day-breakfast food menu, by Sean Go and Leslie Tan of Davao. You can call it a millennial place that serves clean food, with an inspiring artistic industrial ambiance, and hip music. The name is Scandinavian for “Adam & Eve”.

We celebrated Joshua’s 8th Birthday here with the family. Here’s our review of and what to expect at Adaäm & Yves…


Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, 1634 Taguig, Philippines
(Near Mecha Uma)
Telephone: +632 801-6084
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
Instagram: @adaamandyves

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Awesome Festivals, Food

Project Wheelchair: 12-Course Lechon Degustation Charity Dinner @PepitasKitchen

By Abigail Javellana

Pepita’s Kitchen Project Wheelchair Fund-Raising is a 12-course Lechon Degustation with each course presented by the best chefs and pastry bakers in Manila.

Their passion project started with Dedet and her two daughters, Lileya and Liyora, raising funds to donate wheelchairs as a legacy to their sister Lauren.

With a humble beginning of selling ButterBeer and Chocolate Happiness (Hot Choco) in school fairs, turned into a beautiful full packed 12-course Lechon Degustation at Manila Hotel’s Champagne Room, with successfully raising funds for 150 wheelchairs (P3,500 per wheelchair) for the less fortunate people with disabilities.

Here’s what the chefs prepared for Project Wheelchair’s 12-course degustation…


Private dining in Makati or in the comforts of your own home.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Lechon Degustacion at Pepita’s Kitchen
Mobile: +63 917 866-0662
Telephone: +632 425-4605

For more info, contact Dedet Santos for pledges and contributions to Project Wheelchair.

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MANILA CREAMERY: Mango Suman Latik Gelato & Bacio Gelato! #UTT2015Winner

About UTT 2015: Most Remarkable Ultimate Taste Test Ever @AyalaMalls! (Photo Essay) 

Manila creamery is one of the newest brands to hit the Gelato Market, concocted by gelato specialist Jason Go and Paolo Reyes both with degrees at a respected gelato school in Italy.

Foodies loved their creative flavors and modern take at crafting Italian gelato, producing radical and bold flavors with using natural and high quality imported and local ingredients in their batches.


Facebook: Manila-Creamery
Phone: +63 915943-8316
Email: [email protected]

MANILA CREAMERY: UTT Winner #4 Rating 4.21
198  foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
141 foodies rated 4- I love it!
61  foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
20 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
2 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.  

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