It was our first time watching a CineConcert where the entire film is shown on a 40-foot screen playing only the original dialogue (with subtitle), with the music performed live by a symphony orchestra in sync with the movie.
It was indeed a magical experience to watch the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ with the musical score performed live by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga.
This was literally the best Ultimate Taste Test ever!
Thank you to our Lord for making the event memorable and successful. Thank you to all the purveyors, foodies, blogger friends, industry partners and sponsors for making the UTT 10th Anniversary Edition a historic success.
And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…
Live an Awesome Life, Founder, Our Awesome Planet
A DECADE OF FLAVORS: Ultimate Taste Test XVII 10th Year Anniversary Text by Roxi, Photos by Carmi
Sweet, sour, salty or simply oozing with umami—the Ultimate Taste Test has been serving it for ten years. And in a 10-hour feast held last August 31, Our Awesome Planet did it again!
Dubbed as the longest-running tasting event in the country, OAP’s Ultimate Taste Test XVII may have just bagged the biggest taste event title as well as it filled up the SM Aura SMX Convention Center with 40 food entrepreneurs and ~1,000 food enthusiasts.
With so much more hunger to raise the bar, this year’s banquet included 20+ beverage purveyors from Agos Pilipinas. Agos is a community of beverage enthusiasts providing avenues for the showcase of spirit cocktail, craft beer, artisanal coffee and specialty juices.
For a first-timer attending a tasting event, this notable addition has undeniably elevated my experience! I found myself wandering the hall without a care about time as I indulged in an enthusing cycle of sampling mouth-watering food and trying out delectable drinks.
Probably one of the things I appreciated most about this gathering was that it gave equal power to food lovers—seasoned and newbies alike, to quantify their food encounters. Through an online voting system, we were equipped with voices to express our verdict. We spoke and we were heard.
This year’s The Choice Awards is special because:
• It is our 5th year anniversary in honoring Manila’s favorite restaurants, hotels, and personalities through a popular vote,
• We had the biggest response rate with 3,438 respondents to the survey last July 1-31, 2019, and
• The awarding was attended by the restaurateurs and who’s who of the food industry in Manila.
Thank you to all the people who voted and supported The Choice Awards 2019!
About The Choice Awards
We’re now in a Golden Age of Philippine Restaurants and Hotels that we’ve never experienced before.
In the first six months of this year alone, over 500 new restaurants opened … and that’s only all over Metro Manila! The construction boom in hotels and resorts all over the country is likewise accelerating at a rapid pace.
Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there’s a new restaurant opening its doors. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we’re always very curious about the crowd favorites. The popular vote, if you will. What are the beloved favorites? Let the voice of the people be heard!Read more
This Ipoh itinerary covers the northwestern Malaysian city’s best attractions. From epic landscapes, to quirky street art, to iconic architecture, to mysterious temple caves, to fantastic accommodations. It even includes directions on how to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh!
Ipoh is famed for being the place where white coffee originated, but there are certainly a few more factors that make it charming to the wandering tourist. Check out my 2-day Ipoh Itinerary to get the most out of your visit…
Food District Signatures, curated by the Foodee group, is your everyday BGC food hall located in the basement along the 5th. Instead of establishing a high-end food hall like The Grid or Hole-in-the-Wall, they created the cheapest yummy place to eat (under ₱300/meal) in BGC.
Here’s what to expect at the first official food hall in Bonifacio Global City…
Wild Flour Italian is a BGC neighborhood corner restaurant featuring Italian comfort flavors made the Wild Flour way—quality ingredients with flavors that speak finesse. It serves curated antipasti, cocktails, pizza, pasta and desserts for a satisfying Italian night.
Here’s what to expect at Wild Flour Italian restaurant in BGC…
Wild Flour Italian Restaurant
Ground Floor, The Finance Centre, 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open daily, Monday-Sunday
Lunch: 11.00 – 3.00 pm Dinner: 5.00 – 11.00 pm Telephone: +632 244-3930 (landline) Mobile: +63 917 632 9384 (mobile) Instagram: @wfitalian Website: http://www.wildflour.com.ph/
Ready for a respite from the bustling Alona Beach? Look no further. Located atop a limestone cliff, Amorita Resort Bohol is undeniably one of the best eco-friendly and luxurious resorts in the Philippines. This perfect cliffside hideaway boasts a sweeping unobstructed view of Alona Beach, best enjoyed from its infinity pool and five-hectare property that overlooks the whole stretch. A bonus: there’s a hidden private beach accessible only to Amorita guests.
“Amorita” translates to little darling in Spanish. Our sweet and intimate stay at the resort undoubtedly lived up to this namesake.
Here are 5 reasons why you should stay at Amorita…
We all know how everyone loves online shopping, but don’t you just wish you could buy and even try on pieces from your favorite online brands in one place?
Paragon by The Penthouse is the store’s newest and most innovative multi-brand concept that is home to various online homegrown brands. The 426-sq. meter space is an exciting playground for those who love to Instagram, shop and dine.
Here’s a peek inside their latest store at SM Mall of Asia…
AirAsia launches a burger that can help save lives. The InspiRED Burger features a mouthwatering chicken patty infused with fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass, topped with zesty green chili mayonnaise, shredded purple cabbage and tomato on a red beetroot bun. It’s the best burger I’ve eaten while up in the air!
The InspiRED burger was a creation of New York-based chef ambassador Hong Thaimee who wanted to combine the best of both worlds with Thai flavors in an all-American classic. The result? An east-meets-west burger that delivers a satisfying spicy punch!
For every inspiRED burger, 10% of the purchase price goes to a fund to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Besides the burger, you’ll also love the award-winning Santan inflight menu. Here’s a look at what else we loved…
Rong Hua is the first authentic Bak Kut Teh (literally means “meat bone tea”) concept restaurant in Manila from one of Singapore’s oldest and most famous pork rib soup shops by founding grandfather Chua Ah Hua and Uncle Rong.
Brought to Manila by master franchisee Silver Lush Food Corporation, it has three branches in Singapore before expanding for the first time outside the Lion City. Finally, we now have a place to satisfy our cravings for our Singapore Bak Kut Teh favorite right here.