#Philippines

Tout à la Française: Everything the French Way this July! @SofitelManila

by Monique Tendencia

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This July, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is paying homage to its rich French history, culture and tradition with Tout a la Francaise (Everything the French Way!)

Sofitel is a French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries, so it is only apt that they lead the celebration of French Month.

Headed by French Master Chef and Traditional French Cuisine Expert, Chef Patrick Terrien, Sofitel has lined up events for the rest of the month to showcase L’art Culinaire Francaise and premier wine selections from renowned vineyards.

 

SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA MANILA
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Telephone: +632 551-5555
E-mail: [email protected]
Websitehttp://www.sofitelmanila.com
FacebookSofitel Manila
Twitter@SofitelManila
Instagram@SofitelManila

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OLD MANILA by New Filipino Head Chef Allan Briones! (Photo Essay) @ThePeninsulaMNL

Related Blog Post: THE PENINSULA MANILA: 10 Awesome Things about The Peninsula Staycation! @PeninsulaHotels

OLD MANILA by Chef Allan Briones

OLD MANILA at The Peninsula Manila is now proudly run by Filipino Chef Allan Briones. They advocate a 50% local/50% international ingredients philosophy, delivering a “sophisticated market” menu to their discerning clientele. 

The CCA-alumni worked and trained under legendary Chef Marco Pierre White in London, who trained notable chefs like Mario Batali and Gordon Ramsay. He worked for prestigious hotel restaurants in Dubai before coming home to Manila to work at The Peninsula Manila in Banquet before being promoted from within to head Old Manila. 

Here’s our firsthand experience of Chef Allan Briones’ fine dining cuisine in Old Manila…

 

OLD MANILA @ THE PENINSULA MANILA
Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati City
Telephone: +632 887-2888
E-mail: [email protected]
Websitehttp://manila.peninsula.com/
Facebook: The Peninsula Manila
Twitter: @PeninsulaHotels
Instagram: @peninsulahotels

Related Blog Post: THE PENINSULA MANILA: 10 Awesome Things about The Peninsula Staycation! @PeninsulaHotels

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LIO, EL NIDO: Family Staycation and Lio Beach Festival Guide!

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LIO is one of the best places to escape to with the family this 2017. A master-planned sustainable Ayala estate development just around the corner from El Nido town in Palawan, it is the perfect place to get access to the El Nido isles in Bacuit Bay.

Palawan enjoys comfortable weather all year round with occasional heavy rains on the islands. It’s good to go anytime, but you may want to consider making the trip during the Lio Beach Festival, which happens on the Independence Day weekend nearest June 12.

Here’s our guide to enjoying a family staycation and the beach festival experience at Lio…

LIO ECO-TOURISM ESTATE
Lio Beach, Bacuit Bay, El Nido Palawan
Website: www.lio.ph
Facebook: Lio El Nido
Instagram: @LioElNido

Search for the lowest Hotel Covo, Balai Adlao,  Seda Lio rates at Booking.com in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

Read Blog Post: LIO El Nido, Palawan: A Hidden Eco-Tourism Paradise! @ElNidoTourism

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AMORITA BOHOL: Staycation at Panglao’s Little Darling Resort! @AmoritaResortBohol

 

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Located atop a limestone cliff on the Southern edge of Panglao, Amorita Resort Bohol offers the best, unobstructed view of Alona Beach and the Cebu Strait. Its secluded location allows guests to enjoy the eco-friendly and luxurious resort in peace.

Amorita Bohol is one of the four properties handled by the One-of-Collection hotel management group. The group promises to deliver one-of-a-kind experiences to guests in all their properties. Our stay at Amorita was undeniably one-of-a-kind.

“Amorita” translates to little darling in Spanish–our sweet and intimate stay in the resort undoubtedly lived up to this namesake.

Here is our #AirAsiaxAmorita Experience in Bohol…

 

AMORITA RESORT
#1 Ester A. Lim Drive, Barangay Tawala, Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol
Manila Office: 
Unit 701 The Infinity Tower, 26th St. Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 856-1443 / 553-9549
Mobile: +63 917 861-9441
Instagram: @amoritaresortbohol
Facebook: @AmoritaResort
Twitter: @AmoritaResort
Website
www.amoritaresort.com

Search for the lowest Amorita Resort rates at Booking.com in partnership with Our Awesome Planet.

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#Travel

TAIWAN GUIDE: 10 Authentic Things to Do for First-Time Visitors in Taipei ?

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Taiwan has always had a special place in my heart. I remember visiting Taipei 10 years ago, back when Taiwan was still under everyone’s radar and Taipei 101 was still the tallest building in the world.

I remember traveling around this tiny island nation that has a little bit of everything, from mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches to a sprawling nightlife in the metropolis. Not to mention the country has four seasons, meaning it gets hot during summer and it can snow on some parts during winter.

WATCH: All this combined makes Taiwan the perfect travel destination for Filipinos.

• Related Blog Post: KAOHSIUNG & TAINAN: A Cultural Journey to Southern Taiwan (2017) 

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Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing…Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: “Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!” (Applications Now Open)

We are finally ready to announce the most exciting tasting event that most food lovers, connoisseurs, and food startup entrepreneurs in Manila are waiting for this 2017!

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Our Awesome Planet and FOODEE Global Concepts, in partnership with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, present the celebrated food tasting event… 

2017 Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: “Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!

📅 September 2-3, 2017 Saturday and Sunday
🕙 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 pm
📍Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive, Ayala Malls

The brainchild of food blog pioneer Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and now on its 15th staging over a span of 8 years, Ultimate Taste Test 2017 is the second UTT event at Glorietta Activity Center.

 

I. What’s new with the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition?

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✔️ 1. FOODEE INVESTMENT. The Overall Champion of Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition will receive Financial Investment & Business Support from Foodee Global Concepts worth up to PHP5 Million to launch a guaranteed food stall, kiosk, or restaurant in an Ayala Establishment

About Foodee Global Concepts

Foodee Global Concepts has now grown into a food empire. It has become the number one multi-faceted food operator in the Philippines thanks to a careful selection of restaurant concepts (like Mesa, Todd English Food Hall, Tim Ho Wan, Pound Burgers, Hook, and FOO’D By Davide Oldani) that will stand the test of time and the ever-adapting Filipino palate.

When Rikki and Beng Dee started, they had a simple dream as two 19-year olds: to feed their newborn son as they were both still studying. Rikki sold his car and put up Chin Chin on Pasay Road where they specialized in Chinese food–with Rikki waiting on tables and Beng doing the cashier’s work. Chin Chin was their pet name for their son Eric Thomas. Their bestseller, fish head noodle soup, was well-loved by a then unknown Henry Sy, Sr. He would frequently call up their restaurant after a long day at work and ask to keep it open so he could eat.

One day in 1987, Eric recounts, Henry Sy, Sr. tells his father Rikki, “You are a great guy, hardworking. I am opening a mall and I want you to be a tenant.” The mall that opened 30 years ago was SM North EDSA. The rest is history.

 

✔️ 2. TWO-DAY FESTIVAL. This much-anticipated annual food trip will be a two-day food festival composed of…

Ultimate Taste Test (Sept. 2, Saturday 11.00 am to 5.00pm)
Enables 1,000 food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering new flavors from over 30+ home-based or startup food businesses and new food discoveries in Manila. The winner is hailed as the UTT Foodies Choice!

UTT Popup Food Hall (Sept. 2, Saturday 5.00pm to Sept. 3, Sunday 5.00pm)
Ignites the passion and creativity of 30+ Food Entrepreneurs to battle in a live Pop-up Food Hall at the center of Glorietta Mall. The top seller is hailed as the UTT Best Selling Food Stall!

A panel of judges from Our Awesome Planet, FOODEE Global Concepts, and Ayala Malls will determine the overall UTT Champion!

 

✔️ 3. UTT VIDEO SERIES. The Ultimate Taste Test experience will be published in an Our Awesome Planet Originals Video Series featuring the entire journey from auditions, to the taste test event, and until the food stall, kiosk, or restaurant is launched. 

 

📝 Apply Now! Startup Food Entrepreneur 2017 UTT Online Applications are now open!

🎟️ Buy Your Tickets Now! 2017 UTT Pro Tickets for September 2, Saturday.

📩 For more info, please email to [email protected] or call Rache +63 917 531-8949.

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#Travel, Japan

SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

 

Shirakawa-gō (白川郷) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the highest number of gasshō-zukuri style houses located in one area. “Gassho”, meaning “hands in prayer,” refers to the unique steep thatched roofing feature that is made to withstand heavy snowfall.

 

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Located in Gifu Prefecture in the heartland of Japan, it’s central location means easy access from anywhere in the nation.

Shirakawa-go Tourist Center
Ogi-machi, Shirakawamura, Ono-gun, Gifu
Contact: +81-5789-6-1013
Website: www.shirakawa-go.org

Central Japan Blog Series

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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The Secrets of Newport Mall (this July)!

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Our family has enjoyed going to Newport Mall lately because of the super increased security measures and a lot of offers that aim to woo back customers.

Here are 8 things I bet you didn’t know about Newport Mall and what they have in store this July… 

 

NEWPORT MALL
Newport Blvd (Opposite NAIA Terminal 3), Pasay City, Philippines
Contact: +632 239-1412
E-mail: [email protected]
Instagram: @NewportMall_
Facebook: NewportMall
Website: www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com/mall/newport-mall

Related Blog Post: 5 Exclusive Restaurants Worth Going to in Newport Mall!

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TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!

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Blooming tulips signal that spring has arrived! But in Toyama, these beautiful flowers bloom throughout the year!

The Tonami Tulip Gallery is the only facility in the world where you can appreciate tulips in all four seasons. The amazing facility is home to a museum and garden where you can experience the mysteries and secrets of their tulip bulbs.

 

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It also annually hosts the Tonami Tulip Fair, a simple event that started in 1952 in an experimental agricultural field station and has now grown into Japan’s number one most anticipated flower festival. It is held in Toyama from late April to early May every year, featuring 2.5 million tulips blooming in over 600 varieties on the extensive grounds totaling to 16-hectares of land.

Here’s a photo essay of our experience…

 

Tonami Tulip Gallery
100-1 Nakamura, Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture 939-1381
Contact:  0763-33-7716
Website: www.tullipfair.or.jp

Central Japan Blog Series

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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#Travel

MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!

 

Delicious-looking, life-like ramen, sushi, steak, and beer. Have you ever noticed food replicas of these things on display while walking along restaurants and shops in Japan? It’s said that 60% of these replicas are made here in Gujo City.

 

Gujo City: Food Replica Workshop

At Sample Kobe, visitors can get a first-hand experience of watching artisans make food models and also try creating one of their own! It’s a fun, affordable experience and a great souvenir you can take home to your family and friends!

Here’s a photo essay of our food sample making workshop…

Sample Kobe
956 Hashimoto cho, Hagimachi cho, Gifu Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9 am – 5 pm (Closed: Thursday)
Contact: 0575-67-1870
Website: www.samplekobo.com

Central Japan Blog Series

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World’s Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō!

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