Le Bistro d’Agathe – Puerto Galera’s Famous French Bistro replaces Fat Michael’s

I was taken aback that the pioneer in Manila’s hole-in-the-wall romantic places, Fat Michael’s, has ceased operations in Makati already. We loved the kitschy ambiance and the food (even if a lot of people criticized it for its cocky service). It has now officially moved to The Frazzled Cook. When we got to Le Bistro … Continue reading Le Bistro d’Agathe – Puerto Galera’s Famous French Bistro replaces Fat Michael’s

Tamagoya! Ramen

   We are in search of the best ramen in Manila and, so far, Ukkokei Ramen Ron is leading, with Ramen Bar and Shinjuku battling for the second spot. We heard about this noodle house in Antipolo by Mr. Abe that foodies are raving about. My Japanese foodie friend Atsushi Matsuura confirmed that. “I really think their … Continue reading Tamagoya! Ramen

Announcing… Doggie Love @ Mercato Centrale!

Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the only air-conditioned weekend food and organic market in Metro Manila, officially becomes a dog-friendly market with the launch of ‘Doggie Love’ this coming Sunday (July 3) from 9am-12noon! The market will be holding a series of free talks for certified dog lovers to help them take better care … Continue reading Announcing… Doggie Love @ Mercato Centrale!

The Art of Belly Dancing in Manila (Bellyfest 2011)

 Alisha Lee, Korea’s Bellydance Goddess, and Jill Ngo-Crisologo, Manila’s Bellydance Goddess, in Bellyfest 2011. Ever since I got to watch authentic belly dancing in Dubai,  I’ve been intrigued by this kind of dance. I was happy to meet and discover the Goddesses of Bellydance, Jill Ngo-Crisologo’s professional belly dancing group in last year’s Bellyfest 2010. This … Continue reading The Art of Belly Dancing in Manila (Bellyfest 2011)

AIDA in Manila Review

On November 13, 1999,  I visited my college barkada Meli and Anna, who showed me around Chicago. We watched the Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement of AIDA at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. That’s where I was first bitten by the Broadway musical bug. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 23, 2000. In … Continue reading AIDA in Manila Review

The Room Upstairs Organic Cafe

LRI Design Plaza in Makati is starting to be known as the high-end sibling of Cubao eXpo. It’s an art haven, hub for design artists, home of great photographers and now a destination for yummy food, too. You can find the artist and business dwellers in their favorite hangout in LRI called The Room Upstairs. Owned … Continue reading The Room Upstairs Organic Cafe

Patio Carlito & WhiteHouse on 84th by Raymund Magdaluyo

One of the restaurateurs that I follow is Raymund Magdaluyo, the next Larry Cruz of Manila’s restaurant scene. Like Larry, he can come up with winning restaurant concepts that boast of yummy food and a unique ambiance. Together with his cousins, he opened Patio Carlito — a tribute restaurant to his grandfather, Carlos V. Magdaluyo, … Continue reading Patio Carlito & WhiteHouse on 84th by Raymund Magdaluyo

Hausbesetzer Laboratory @ 10a Alabama

If Cubao Center has Cubao eXpo and Malugay in Makati has The Collective, Alabama St. in Quezon City now has an art compound simply called 10a Alabama. I’m a fan of Jetro (of Van Gogh is Bipolar fame), so when we heard that he opened a quirky tea laboratory called Hausbesetzer in 10a Alabama, I knew … Continue reading Hausbesetzer Laboratory @ 10a Alabama

Chatime Fever in Manila

Read CHATIME: What We Can Learn from the Market Leader in International Bubble Tea Industry Serenitea introduced Manila to the “Bubble Tea” experience (using fresh tea). Happy Lemon showed Manila how milk tea can be a healthier alternative to our coffee habit with its wide array of innovative flavors. And now, there’s Chatime. The owners of … Continue reading Chatime Fever in Manila

General’s Lechon Private Kitchen Taste Test

General’s Lechon Overall Rating: 4.25! (out of a rating scale of 5) Together with Spanky, we are getting into organizing intimate mini-taste test events called Private Kitchen Ultimate Taste Tests (UTT). The objective is to get to know the owners and the foodies attending the event more while feasting on the food in focus. For … Continue reading General’s Lechon Private Kitchen Taste Test