#Travel

TAITUNG: 5 Reasons to Visit on your next trip to Taiwan

Located on the Southeast of Taiwan, Taitung literally translates to “East of Taiwan.” Taitung makes up for 10% of Taiwan’s total land area, but only holds 1% of the country’s total population.

Taitung doesn’t seem all that popular when people talk of Taiwan. It’s always Taipei, Kaohsiung, Keelung, or Taichung. If your idea of a great vacation involves relaxing hotels and easy, outdoor activities, then Taitung just might be the one for you.Read more

Manila Life

La Petite Parisienne Guide to Food and Wine Pairing

La Petite Parisienne is a wine cellar, deli, pizzeria, and events place all rolled into one. Offering some of the widest selection of classic and premium wines directly imported from France to Manila, it is only apt that they also take part in educating interested parties in the intricacies of wine and the best ways to enjoy it.

La Petite Parisienne offers a multitude of classes about wine, one of them being the Wine and Food Pairing. I don’t claim to know a lot about wine. In fact, I just go for a Moscato or a Rosé without thinking twice whether they match my food or not.

Here’s what I learned at the Wine and Food Pairing Class at La Petite Parisienne

La Petite Parisienne
Le Village Lifestyle Park, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue Corner Cordillera Street, Tatalon, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 4PM – 1AM
Telephone: +63 998 593 7605
Email: [email protected]
FacebookLa Petite Parisienne Manila
Instagram: @lapetiteparisiennemnl

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#Restaurants

PEPPER TREE: A Taste of Indian Filipino Fusion at The Pop Up Katipunan

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PEPPER TREE is an Indian Filipino Fusion restaurant by Hiro, who retired from his BPO career to pursue his goal of opening an Indian restaurant.

The Indian food is quite good because it is based on their family recipes, and they import their own spices so as not to compromise on flavor.

Here’s what to expect at the go-to place to eat in the newly opened mini-mall at The Pop Up Katipunan…

 

PEPPER TREE FOODS
The Pop Up, Xavierville corner Katipunan Avenues, Loyola Heights, Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: +63 2 296 1690
Mobile: +63 917 587 7433
Email[email protected]
Facebook: Pepper Tree Foods
Instagram: @peppertreefoods
Website: www.peppertreefoods.com

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – midnight
Sunday, 10.00am – 10.00pm
Monday, Closed

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#Restaurants

THOMSON ROAD: A Modern Chinese Bistro Surprise in Molito, Alabang

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Thomson Road is a Modern Chinese Bistro, a fusion of Singaporean, Cantonese and Filipino cuisines by head cook and owner, Johanne Wee. Its name is inspired by and some of its dishes are influenced by the famous Thomson Road in Singapore.

From the outside, it is unassuming, and you would think it is just another one of those fusion restos. We tried it with the family because we simply love everything Chinese. And we were in for a surprise…

 

THOMSON ROAD CHINESE BISTRO
Molito 3 Complex, G/F Unit 5-6, Madrigal Ave. corner Alabang Zapote Road, Alabang
Telephone: +63917 160-8722
Email: 
[email protected]
Facebook
: Thomson Road Chinese Bistro
Instagram: @thmsonroadcb
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 10.00 pm

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#Restaurants

ICHIRO RAMEN: Your Friendly BF Neighborhood Ramen

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Ichiro Ramen is your BF neighborhood ramen house by George Kho of Burger Geek fame. The name which means firstborn son in Japanese is a tribute to his father and his firstborn son.

Set beside La Chinesca along the famed Aguirre Food Street, its ramen is comparable to the creamy quality of Yushoken but at a more affordable price.

Here’s what we think of Ichiro Ramen…

ICHIRO RAMEN
248 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque
Facebook: Ichiro Ramen
Instagram
: @ichiro.ramen

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5.00pm – 11.00pm; Monday, closed.

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#Hotels, Staycation

OKADA Manila: How to Experience the Best Family Staycation Ever @OkadaManila

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We love staycations in Manila, and this is our best staycation experience of 2018 so far!

Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” OKADA Manila in Entertainment City is a 44-hectare oceanfront Japanese Integrated Resort with a steel and glass facade.

It’s the flagship Okada Manila resort and the largest integrated resort in Manila, integrating a 993-room Y-shaped hotel, 10 restaurants, 4522 square meters of ballroom and function rooms, Asia’s largest ultra-luxury indoor beach club and the world’s largest multicolor dancing water feature in one massive complex.

We celebrated Yugi’s 4th birthday weekend at Okada and here’s how to organize your own awesome family staycation:

OKADA MANILA
New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Telephone: +632 880 7555
Email[email protected]
FacebookOkada Manila
Instagram@okadamanila
Website: www.okadamanila.com

These are the current prices of the rooms we stayed in during the staycation:
• Okada Deluxe Twin Room (1550) –  ₱ 14,000/night
Executive Suite Room (1565) – ₱ 25,000/night
Premium Double (1565) – ₱ 30,000/night

Pricing changes based on day and availability so best to check out Okada Manila’s low rates and availability here.

OKADA Blog Series:
• OKADA MANILA: How to Experience the Best Staycation Ever?! @OkadaManila
• LA PIAZZA: Your Next Italian Romantic Date with an Awesome View of The Fountain @OkadaManila!
• COVE MANILA: Southeast Asia’s Biggest Beach Club & Nightclub! @OkadaManila

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Food

Culinaria: A Night of European Gastronomy (Photo Essay)

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.

Here’s our experience at Culinaria… Read more

#Hotels, #Philippines

SEDA ABREEZA DAVAO: Where to Stay in Metro Davao!

Seda Abreeza Hotel is an urban lifestyle hotel located at the heart of Davao City, that’s conveniently just a pedestrian lane away from the upscale Abreeza Mall!

You’ll get that Filipino lifestyle experience whenever you’re staying at Ayala Land Inc.’s hotel brand, Seda. From indulging in Davao’s best flavors to modern accommodations, and notable amenities right in the middle of the city – that’s perfect for both business and leisure travelers.

Seda Abreeza

Seda Hotels is a homegrown chain, currently holding eight other branches across the country – Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Quezon City, Nuvali, Taguig and Davao. With a resort hotel set to soon in Palawan.

Here’s a photo essay of our staycation…

SEDA ABREEZA HOTEL
JP Laurel Ave., Poblacion District, Davao City
Landline: (082) 322 8888
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.sedahotels.com/abreeza
Facebook: sedaabreezahotel

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#Travel, Czech Republic

Best Restaurants in Czech Republic! (and Where to Find Them according to World’s Best Travel Bloggers)

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Related Blog post: Our Awesome Planet’s How to Prague? (Food & Travel Guide)

We asked our travel blogging friends during our recent trip to Czech Republic for the TBEX Ostrava conference on what are their best and most memorable restaurants during their trip. This is a collaboration post to help add to your foodie bucket list on our next trip to Czech Republic.

Here are the Best Restaurants in Czech Republic according to the World’s Best Travel Bloggers:

PRAGUE

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Mike Shubic of MikesRoadTrip.com

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Coda Restaurant is an impeccable dining experience situated within (and above) the 5-star Aria Hotel, which is located in the heart of Lesser Town. They offer both traditional Czech cuisine as well as a refined international dishes as well as a tasting menu that can be paired with the perfect wine.

Weather permitting, I recommend trying to get reservations for the rooftop, which provides unprecedented views of Prague. From the creative dishes to the stupendous service and the romantic rooftop terrace, Coda is a symphony of excellence you will not soon forget.

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Pikeperch with Shrimp in a cauliflower purée (760 Kč) with fermented radish, herbs and a Beurré Blanc.

The meal for two with appetizers, entrees and a bottle of wine and bottled water was around 3700 Kč ($165) with tip.

 

Coda Restaurant
Photos and text by Cat Rufino of Finicky-Kitty.com

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The best food I had in Prague would have to be during my stay in Aria Hotel Prague by Library Hotel Collection. I enjoyed every meal in their Coda Restaurant where you can dine on the top of the terrace with a 360-degree view of the entire Prague.

For lunch, I chose the traditional Czech Cuisine called Crispy Oven Roasted Duck (695 Kč) which came with Sauerkraut, Steamed Red Cabbage, South Bohemian Row Potato Dumplings, and fried onion. The duck had so much flavor without being too salty as many ducks often taste and not too oily being baked perfectly. The meat was succulently tender on the inside.

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Last day in Prague I chose from the Lunch Menu called ” Symphony ” with an option for a 2-course experience which cost 490Kč or a 3-course experience for 590 Kč. I went for the 3-course experience.

For the starters, I had the Chickpeas hummus with Sun-dried tomatoes, green Cilantro, and Sumac. Such a nice a refreshing treat for vegetarians.

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For my main course, I ordered the Chicken Supreme which came with Mush Potato, Sauteed Carrots, Leeks. It was probably the best dish I have ever had.

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For Dessert, I tried the Chocolate Pudding which had coconut Tapioca, Raspberries, Cinnamon Biscuit. A dark indulgence that was worth the calories!

 

CODA Restaurant
Tržiště 9, 118 00 Praha 1
Telephone: +420 225 334 761
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: CODA Restaurant
Instagram: @codarestaurant
Websitewww.codarestaurant.cz

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday 07.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Terrace from 12.00 nn – 11:00 pm

The restaurant is open all year round. Rooftop Terrace is open from April 1 – October 31. Weather permitted

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