DreamPlay, City of Dreams Manila's DreamWorks-inspired interactive play space, celebrated its first anniversary last June 10, 2016 with the launch of new activities and attractions such as King Julien's Dance Off, the new 4D movie at the Dream Theater, a new create-your-own-movie at the Dream Studio, hot air balloon-shaped cookies at Cooking with Gingy, plus a whole lot more!
Here's what's new at DreamPlay…
DREAMPLAY by DreamWorks Upper Ground Floor, The Shops at the Boulevard, City of Dreams Manila Operating Hours: 10 am to 10 pm Telephone Numbers: +632 808-0909 Ticket Purchase: At the DreamPlay entrance, or online via SMtickets.com. Cash, credit cards or Dream Rewards points accepted.
Amare La Cucina is a Neapolitan-style pizzeria in Baguio founded by a local, Edmark Bustos.
The name means "to love a kitchen" in Italian. Edmark, who is no trained chef, shows this through his passion for cooking and experimentation. This drove him to open his own restaurant, which first started in his home until it became the go-to place for good pizza in Baguio.
The name AMARE is also a deliberate combination of the Bustos siblings–Alvin, MARianne, and Edmark.
If there is anything more synonymous with Filipino food, it’s unequivocally Adobo. Many of us grew up with this savory dish at the comfort of our homes through heirloom recipes cooked by our mothers, fathers, or even grandmothers. While made with different methods, each style maintains a similar flavor profile of salty, sour, and tangy.
In an effort to pass House Bill 3926, which formally declares Adobo as our national dish, NutriAsia’s Datu Puti held the Adobo Challenge at Mercato Centrale. Fourteen veterans of the successful weekend food market showcased their best Adobofied creations.
THE ADOBO CHALLENGE
Each entry in the Adobo Challenge was judged based on the following criteria: creativity of concept, history, banding, cooking techniques, innovation, how it adopts Filipino culinary styles, and its effective use of Datu Puti products.
Among the 14, a Top 3 were chosen and a People’s Choice Awardee. Here are the winners…
CAVITE, home to the vanguards of the Philippine Revolution, is not known for its cuisine. Those from Manila often bypass the other towns of Cavite and instead, opt for a little R’n’R session at Tagaytay. You are mistaken if you think Cavite does not have any notable culinary treasures.
One of the reasons why Caviteño food is overlooked is because even local restaurants opt to serve westernized foods like pasta, pizza, and steaks—the reason being that Caviteño food can simply be made at home.
This makes tasting local cuisine more challenging for hungry visitors.
In collaboration with Food Writer Ige Ramos, and Cavitex, here’s how you can get to know Cavite through its food and history…
MELT by Chef Michael Ferrer is an affordable steakhouse inside Ayala Technohub in Camp John Hay, Baguio. They use high-quality meat products imported from the US, Australia, and New Zealand, sourced from the chef's brother who happens to be the steak supplier in Baguio.
It's named Melt because the chef envisions the steaks to melt in your mouth.
Aside from their steaks, you can also check out their deconstructed versions of classic Pinoy favorites–Calderetta, Kare-Kare, and Salpicao.
Here are our personal recommendations from Melt…
MELT BISTRO G/F Convergys 1 Bldg., Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City Mobile: +639065563324 Facebook: meltbistro Instagram:@melt.bistro E-mail:[email protected] Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 am
A savory smell with a hint of acidity fills the air, followed by a gentle waft of garlic and aromatic bay leaf. You uncover the simmering pot and taste the sauce to make sure it’s sour enough. When the meat is tender and the sauce is just right, you allow it to cool and wait the next day to eat it just like your mother did—that’s if you can!
Nothing brings us the comfort of home quite like Adobo. The simplicity of this ubiquitous dish has lent to delicious variations across the nation; and most importantly, across our households. Ask any Filipino, and he or she will tell you about an heirloom Adobo recipe or two.
In an effort to make Adobo the national dish, Celebrity Cook, Masflex Ambassador, and Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes-Lumen, celebrates the #AdoboMovement by making the classic Adobong Puti.
Chaya is our go-to place for Japanese food in Baguio. Owned by a Josef Moselina and his Japanese wife Sonoko Taguchi, the homey resto would make anyone skeptical to find delicious, authentic Japanese dishes being served in such a typical cottage home.
This should be no surprise, however, as the wife's cooking experience comes from growing up in her grandma and aunt's restaurant in Japan.
UMA UMA Philippines is a ramen franchise from Iki Concepts of Singapore of the Fukuoka Ramen Shop, “Wu Maru”. It was established in 1953 and was renamed to “Uma Uma” in 1994. The name is a play on the word that means tasty or with a lot of umami.
The flagship store in Manila is an Izakaya-Ramenya concept, offering affordable ramen, yakitori, and signature cocktails. Its claim to fame in Singapore is their “naturally rich in umami and 100% MSG-free” ramen!
We tried the branches in Singapore and the preview here in Manila. Here’s what to expect at Uma Uma Philippines…
UMA UMA PHILIPPINES Level 2, S Maison Marina Way (Mall below Conrad Manila) Operating Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm, The Bar opens 4.00pm to 1.00am. Website: http://umaumaramen.com/ Instagram: @umaumaph