Events, Manila Life

CULINAIRE: Around the World with Flavors from SMX’s Top Caterers! (Photo Essay)

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Culinaire is one of SMX's biggest events of the year–a celebration of all their top accredited caterers and partners!

This year's theme–A Flight of Flavors–was different and a bit more fun. SMX designated one country each for their 14 caterers to showcase their respective food. For one night, guests had a chance to travel to different nations and gain access to some good food. These countries include Japan, Spain, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, India, France, USA, China, and Mexico. 

The event was held last October 3 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila and was also a joint celebration of SMX Manila's 10th Anniversary, Megatrade Halls's 25th Anniversary, SMX Davao's 5th Anniversary, and the Sky Hall's 1st Anniversary. 

Here's a photo essay of what happened at Culinaire…

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#Philippines, Bacolod

SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival? @TourismPHL

Craving for Silay delicacies? Find all of these–from piaya, inasal, and lumpia ubod, to pancit molo, batchoy, guapple pie, and pili squares–in one place!

Silay City is not just the land of wealthy hacienderos, it is also rich in history and heirloom recipes that have withstood the test of time and have become the present generation’s pride and legacy.

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KAON TA! Silay Food Festival is a two-day celebration held on every Cinco de Noviembre Indepence Day Celebration at Balay Negrense Museum, the heritage house constructed by sugar baron Don Victor Fernandez Gaston. This elegant structure also serves as an iconic heritage marker for the city.

The Festival will happen on November 4-5, 2017 and KAON TA! Restaurants from all over Silay will be putting up booths on the Balay Negrense grounds and serving their most popular dishes.

The best part is when you land at Bacolod-Silay Airport, you’re just minutes away from a gastronomic journey showcasing the best of Silay City.

Here’s our food guide to what to eat in Silay and the KAON TA! Festival…

 

Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet:

• BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!
 MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival!
• SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival?
• LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar!
• 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod!
White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!
 BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Bacolod

Atmosphere Resort: Taking Sustainable Cooking to the Next Level in Dumaguete!

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Atmosphere Resort is a multi-award winning luxury resort nestled on the coast of Dauin near Dumaguete, Philippines.  

The first-class resort is known for its excellent location, excellent service, excellent staff, and most importantly, excellent food. 

They embrace sustainability as a business practice, which is evident in the way they run their kitchen. The food here is some of the best resort food we've had in the Philippines. 

If you ever find yourself in Dumaguete and are in need of a fantastic meal, we suggest paying Atmosphere Resorts a visit.   

 

Atmosphere Resorts & Spa Philippines
Maayong Tubig, Dauin, 6217 Negros Oriental. Philippines
Telephone: +63 35 400 6940 
Mobile: +63 917 700 2048. +63 998 960 2289
Email:  [email protected]
Web: atmosphereresorts.com
Facebook: @atmosphere.resorts
Instagram: atmosphereresorts 

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#Restaurants

FIGARO: Reinventing the Coffee Shop to a Filipino Café Concept?

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Figaro Coffee is a proudly Filipino coffee chain and is one of the most successful to grow on a global scale. Their vision has always been to support our farmers and promote high-quality, local coffee beans.  

The coffee shop has been around since 1993 and is the brainchild of a group of coffee enthusiasts who dreamt of a café where they could entertain people while enjoying a great cup of coffee and delicious pastries. Its name comes from the male lead in the opera "The Barber of Seville" and encompasses the whole Italian and European concept they were going for. 

Recently, Figaro decided to launch its new menu and Figaro Café store to cater to the evolving market while still staying passionately committed to boosting the local coffee industry. 

Here's what to expect from the new and improved Figaro Coffee… 

 

FIGARO COFFEE
Ground Floor, 102-B Liberty Center Building, H. V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday,  7:00 AM to 11: 00 PM
Telephone: +632 637-5969
Email:  [email protected].com
Instagram: @figarocoffee
Facebook: Figaro Coffee Company
Website: http://figarocoffee.com/

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Bacolod

LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar! @LakawonIsland

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What is the perfect paradise? For me, it’s an island with everything you need within arm’s reach. A place where you don’t have to travel far and sacrifice your comfort. A remote and beautiful destination with all the modern amenities that you’ll ever need.

Say hello to Lakawon Island Resort & Spa (also called Llacaon), a 13-hectare banana-shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in Negros Occidental.

It’s a world-class beach resort famous for its pristine white sand, crystal clear waters, and the famous TawHai–Asia’s largest floating bar.

 

LAKAWON ISLAND RESORTS & SPA
Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental
Website: www.lakawon.com.ph/
Facebook: @lakawonisland
Instagram: @lakawon
Email: [email protected]
Contact: +63 917 555 6979

 

Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet:

• BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!
 MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival!
• SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival?
• LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar!
• 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod!
White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!
 BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?

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#Philippines, Iloilo

BREAKTHROUGH vs TATOY’S: Who is the Undisputed King of Seafood in Iloilo?

A trip to Iloilo wouldn’t be complete without sampling fresh seafood, creamy oysters, native lechon manok, pancit molo, and of course, the famed cholesterol-laden batchoy!

During our visit, we stopped by Breakthrough Restaurant and Tatoy’s Manokan & Seafoods–the kings of fresh seafood famous for their Ilonggo-style cooking!

Here’s what to expect at my two favorite seafood restaurants in Iloilo…

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#Hotels, #Philippines, Bacolod

White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!

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Bacolod City has always been one of the most visited destinations in Negros Island, and with the Maskarra festival fast approaching, it can be hard to book a room.

While there are many choices of hostels and backpacker hotels within Bacolod, some of them are either too far away from the city or are a little hard to find.

Worry not! In this article, you will find the two latest and most accessible backpacker hotels in the City of Smiles.

 

Bacolod Series in Our Awesome Planet:

• BACOLOD FOOD TRIP: Eat Like a Local in Bacolod!
 MASSKARA: Our Awesome Guide to Bacolod’s MassKara Festival!
• SILAY FOOD GUIDE: What to Eat in Silay & KAON TA! Food Festival?
• LAKAWON: Negros’ Secret Paradise Retreat & TawHai Floating Bar!
• 10 Awesome Places to Visit Around Bacolod!
White Hotel vs. Hometown: The Old and New Backpacker Hotels in Bacolod City!
 BACOLOD PASALUBONG: What to Bring Back Home from Bacolod?

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#Restaurants

SAGANA Epicerie & Bistro: Sustainable French Food by Chef Marc Aubry in Manila (REVIEW)

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Sagana Epicerie and Bistro is the latest Farm-to-Family French restaurant concept by Chef Marc Aubry. Located in the same spot as his old bistro, Champetre, Chef Marc still offers French food but now highlights farm-fresh, organic, and locally-sourced ingredients.

Make no mistake though, despite its Filipino-sounding name, Sagana is a full-fledged French restaurant. It doesn’t try to make anything Filipino.

“Sagana” refers to abundance and is a fitting tribute to the rich produce and diverse ingredients of the Philippines.

Here’s what we loved about Sagana…

 

SAGANA EPICERIE & BISTRO
G/F Net One Center, 3rd Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open Daily – Mondays to Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +632 815 8801
Mobile: +63 917-6327946
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Sagana Epicerie and Bistro
Instagram: @saganabgc

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#Travel, Taiwan

TAIWAN FOOD: The Ultimate Taipei Food Guide!

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Anyone who has been to Taipei knows how much the capital city of Taiwan loves FOOD. The city and its people seem to be very proud of their penchant for anything delicious.

So, if you’re planning to visit Taipei, you’re in for a treat as we tell you right here what’s really good and worth the extra pounds!

 

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#Restaurants

RUBY JACK’S MANILA: Tokyo’s Popular Steakhouse Elevates Its Menu! @CityofDreamsPH

Read First: RUBY JACK’S: Awesome Steakhouse in Tokyo, now in Manila! @CityofDreamsPH (Video)

RUBY JACK’S is a popular steakhouse in Tokyo famous for their dry-aged meat and premium grilled steaks.

Founded by Chef Matthew Crabbe, Edward Baffoe, and Nathan Smith, the seasonal restaurant constantly innovates their menu using only the best natural ingredients from both Japan and Italy.

 

Ruby Jack's Manila New Menu

The recently launched upgraded menu features not just high-grade steaks but also excellent seafood dishes and desserts! Here’s what to expect from Ruby Jack’s new menu in Manila…

 

RUBY JACK’S STEAKHOUSE & BAR MANILA
Upper Ground, City of Dreams Aseana cor. Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque
Operating Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri and Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Telephone: +632 801-8888, +632 886-9646
Email: [email protected]
Websitehttp://rubyjacks.ph
FacebookRuby Jack’s Steakhouse & Bar Manila

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