#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

DENNY’S: America’s Favorite 24/7 Diner Opens in Manila!

As featured 10 Most Awesome NEW (Franchised) Restaurants in Manila 2016!

Denny's PH

Denny’s is America’s 24/7 diner famous for their affordable all-day breakfast menu.

Founded by Harold Butler, Denny’s opened its doors in 1953 with its first store in California and has grown into 1600 stores located in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, United Arab Emirates, and now for the first time, the Philippines via The Bistro Group.

Their hearty all-time menu items include the Original Grand Slam, pancakes, skillets, and burgers. The Manila branch, however, will be adding several Pinoy favorites on the menu designed by Chef Josh Boutwood.

Denny’s Manila opens its doors on October 7th at 6am and will be always open moving forward.

Here’s what to expect…

Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Open 24/7 Monday- Sunday
Facebook: DennysPhilippines

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BOROBUDUR TEMPLE: Experiencing the Most Wonderful Sunrise in the World!

Borobudur Sunrise

The majestic BOROBUDUR TEMPLE lies in the heart of CENTRAL JAVA. Its nine tiers overlook rolling hills and lush greenery that are best viewed at sunrise. Borobudur is only an hour’s drive away from Yogyakarta City, the center of education and traditional Javanese arts.

Built in the 9th century during the Sailendra Dynasty, this marvel boasted 2,672 bas-relief panels and 504 Buddha statues in its prime. And get this–no mortar or cement was used in the process. These massive structures were expertly “glued" together with interlocking volcanic stones. It's no surprise this temple is widely considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World! 

Related Blog Post: BOROBUDUR Sunrise Experience (The Largest Buddhist Temple in the World)

Here's my unforgettable experience at Borobudur… 


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#Restaurants, Cebu

The Original Balamban Liempo: Johnna’s Liempo in Balamban Market!

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Ask any of the locals for the original liempo in Balamban and they’ll direct you to Johnna’s Liempo Haus.

Balamban, located in the western part of Cebu, is known for its distinctive method of grilling Liempo using traditional herbs and spices, similar to how you would prepare Lechon Cebu.

Bebot Mapa, the creator of the original recipe of Balamban Liempo, rightfully deserves the “original” label. He is not affiliated with the Balamban Liempo brand you’ll find across Cebu. He sells his liempo at a humble take-out store near Balamban’s public market.

Johnna’s Liempo Haus
Balamban Public Market
Mobile: +639182065607

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#Restaurants, Bonifacio Global City

SUGAR FACTORY : Candy Store, Restaurant, & Bar Concept from Las Vegas now in Manila!

Sugar factory

Something sweet just opened in Manila!

The world famous brand from Las Vegas–Sugar Factory–is an all-family restaurant that caters to everyone of all ages! It has a unique concept of being a candy store and restaurant by day, and a hip bar by night. They have branches around the world such as in New York, Chicago, Bahrain, and Miami.

The American Brasserie is a treat for all, serving sweet and savory dishes like pancakes, salads, burgers, and pizzas throughout the day. They are most famous for their insane milkshakes and alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets adorned with candy, chocolate, sprinkles, lollipops, popcorn, and a whole lot more.

Here’s what we liked at Sugar Factory…

Sugar Factory Manila
Unit GF5 Ground Floor Shangri La The Fort 3rd Ave cor. 30th St. Bonifacio Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Telephone: (02) 958 5175
Restaurant Hours:
• Sunday to Thursday – 10:00am-12mn
• Friday to Saturday – 10:00am-2:00am
Facebook: sugarfactorymanila

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#Restaurants, #Travel, Cebu

RICO’s LECHON: “Da Best Gyud” Most Awesome Lechon in Cebu!

Cebu: Rico's

Eating Lechon is central to your Cebu experience! Dubbed as the “Lechon Capital” of the Philippines, Cebu prides itself in having perfected the art of roasting pigs, and in the tastiness and crispiness its lechon is known for.

We asked locals where we could find the best lechon and they all pointed us to Rico’s Lechon, pioneer of the famous Spicy Lechon. Owner Enrico Dionson likes to keep things simple–his roasted lechon is only seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and has always been since he opened the business in 1997.

Their slogan, “Da Best Gyud”, lives up to our expectations. Indeed, it’s a lechon worthy of being called the best in Cebu. The restaurant also likes to stay ahead by adding Pinoy favorites to the menu other than lechon.

Here’s what we liked at Rico’s…

Rico’s Lechon – Mabolo Branch
F. Cabahug St, Cebu City, Cebu
Telephone: (032) 260-2443
Mobile: +63927-352-2078
Restaurant Hours:
• Monday- Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm
Facebook: @RicosLechonOFFICIAL
Instagram: @RicosLechonOfficial
Twitter: @dabestgyud
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://ricoslechon.com/

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OSAKA Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Family Food & Pokemon Trip in Osaka with #KaraksaHotels

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I always look forward to traveling with our four boys aged 11, 8, 6, and 2 with no yaya. It was their second time traveling to Japan but the first time traveling to the Kansai regions of Osaka and Kyoto. 

We didn’t join any organized tours on this trip–we had a Do-It-Yourself itinerary of the best places in Osaka and Kyoto that we thought the kids would enjoy. Thanks to Karaksa Hotels for our plane, accommodations, and transfers, and to Bryan Tiu for the awesome foodie tips around Osaka!

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Japan with your family…

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KYOTO Travel Guide: Lessons from our DIY Familymoon Trip to Kyoto with #KaraksaHotels

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360 Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto

Went on a honeymoon with my wife to Kyoto in 2004 and after 12 years, we were finally able to go back–for a familymoon this time with all our four boys! 

With Karaksa Hotel Kyoto as our home base, we navigated the trains to reach Kyoto and created our own itinerary to explore this cultural city of Japan.

Here are our learnings on our best discoveries during the trip, and travel tips when traveling to Kyoto from Osaka with your family…

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The PIG & PALM: What to Expect in Cebu’s @ThePigandPalm by Chef Jason Atherton?

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The Pig & Palm is a Modern Spanish Tapas restaurant in Cebu by renowned British chef, Jason Atherton, and his Cebuana wife, Irha

Chef Jason earned his first Michelin Star in 2011 and has worked with some of the greats, like Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at elBulli, and oversaw the opening of 5 'Maze' Restaurants with Gordon Ramsay

He has since branched out and started his own chain of successful restaurants under The Social Company Group with different restaurants in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Sydney, and now in Cebu. 

The Pig & Palm is the 16th and his first in the Philippines in partnership with Cebu-based property developers Chris and Carla McKowen. He chose Cebu to honor the hometown of his wife Irha

Here's what to expect when you dine at The Pig & Palm in Cebu…

The Pig & Palm
MSY Tower, Pescadores Rd. Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Telephone: +63 32 255-8249
Restaurant Hours:
• Tuesday – Friday 7:30am-12am
• Saturday – Sunday 8am-12am
Bar Hours:
• Tuesday – Thursday 12pm-12am
• Friday – Saturday 12pm – 2am
Twitter: @ThePigandPalm
Instagram: thepigandpalm
Facebook: The Pig and Palm
Website: http://thepigandpalm.ph/

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Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! (as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360)

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LG G5 Girona Txuleton
Txuleton (Girona, Spain)

The quality of mobile photography is amazing and I can’t travel now without my LG G5. I love the high resolution, the sharpness of the images, the wide angle lens, and the wacky 360 selfie.

Here are our favorite food and travel mobile photos in 2016 from our trips to Spain, Chiangmai, Dumaguete, Osaka and Kyoto …

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