Tourné, Slow Food, and Chef Sandralyn Hataway

Update 6/6/2012: This restaurant is now closed 🙁 The TournĂ© restaurant concept by a balikbayan Le Cordon Bleu Dallas chef whose passion is to serve modern good food using the local produce in the Philippines is interesting and admirable.  Chef Sandra’s concept is similar with Chef Tatung’s Private Dining and Chef Sau’s Le Bistro Vert.  She aims … Continue reading TournĂ©, Slow Food, and Chef Sandralyn Hataway

Beer Pairing Basics 2: French Food with Beer?

This is Part 2 of the Beer Pairing Basics with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews. This time, it was a private, by-invite-only event. (Maybe because matching beer with French food is risky and experimental?) The premise is, if we can pair French food with wine, why not beer?  Let me share with you our experience… San … Continue reading Beer Pairing Basics 2: French Food with Beer?

Manang’s Chicken – the Unofficial Story…

We ❀ Manang’s Chicken! It has the double-fried crispiness of Bon Chon Chicken, but with a sweet/spicy Filipino sauce comparable to (if not better than) Charlie’s Chicken. Their story is typical — Jill’s Manang (a trusted househelp) created this fried chicken at home with a signature Filipino sauce. Every time Jill’s friends would come to their house, … Continue reading Manang’s Chicken – the Unofficial Story…

Building St. Michael the Archangel Church @ BGC a Square Meter at a Time!

Here is a chance of a lifetime for our generation to help build the Catholic Church of Bonifacio Global City, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The church will be located along 39th St., North Bonifacio Triangle. This is different from the St. Michael the Archangel Chapel along MRT Avenue (formerly Bayani Road).  Here is a … Continue reading Building St. Michael the Archangel Church @ BGC a Square Meter at a Time!

30 Awesome Food Experiences around the Philippines (by Pinoy Travel Bloggers)!

Food is an integral part of the Filipino culture. To understand why, you need to travel and experience it. We asked the most passionate Pinoy Travel Bloggers this question:  “What is Your Most Awesome Food Experience while Traveling in the Philippines?“  The answers pleasantly surprised us. We have only tried 16 (✔) out of 30.  Our favorite posts … Continue reading 30 Awesome Food Experiences around the Philippines (by Pinoy Travel Bloggers)!

Hong Kong Roast: A Bagtikan Hole-in-the-Wall Favorite

When I first visited Hong Kong Roast, I had this nagging feeling that the food seemed familiar… Later on, we found out that this HK-canteen-type resto along Bagtikan St. in Makati was actually the morphed version of Fortune Empire, an Ultimate Taste Test 5.0. winner and one of the pioneers who helped us launch Mercato … Continue reading Hong Kong Roast: A Bagtikan Hole-in-the-Wall Favorite

The Cheese Steak Shop: Authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Anyone?

Manila’s Philly Cheese Steak scene just got interesting… The Cheese Steak Shop is the first international franchise of the company known for serving the original Philly Cheese Steak in California. This new shop brings a good mix of options to the already-popular cheese steak offerings of Elbert’s Cheesesteak Sandwiches and Charlie’s Cheese Steak Sandwich. It would be … Continue reading The Cheese Steak Shop: Authentic Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Anyone?

Ganso-Shabuway, an American Japanese-style Hot Pot Franchise

Update August 7, 2012: They removed the sharing fee charge already. Yehey! A new hot pot place is in town. It is the first international franchise of Eiichi Mochizuki‘s Shabuway, based in the US with branches in San Mateo, San Jose and Mountainview, California. Now, it’s in Greenbelt 5 too. 🙂 Shabuway is a coined … Continue reading Ganso-Shabuway, an American Japanese-style Hot Pot Franchise

My Varekai Act :)

  The first time a Cirque du Soleil show visited Manila, I ignored it. I thought it was just another circus. But I was bitten by the Cirque du Soleil bug when I watched La Nouba at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida during our honeymoon. 🙂 I love Cirque du Soleil shows because … Continue reading My Varekai Act 🙂