ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (or PADOVA in Italian) is a Miracle Worker, the Hammer of Heretics, and more popularly known as the Patron Saint of Finding Things & Lost People. He is my patron saint, and my mother always prayed to him for guidance and protection when I was growing up. Also, a lot of … Continue reading ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA: Pilgrimage to Our Beloved Patron Saint in Padova, Italy (A Pilgrim’s Photo Essay)
Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Angelo Chua Not long ago, the chicken wings craze hit the metro and many fell for it, as seen in various food stalls and restaurants. This tasty part of the poultry is, in fact, one of the favorite foods of the creators of B.Wings. It was one year ago … Continue reading B. WINGS: The Home of the Black Mamba @Mercato Centrale @bwingsresto
Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Angelo Chua Tacos are tasty treats but I veer away from eating it because of the likely mess it would make. There’s a high probability that the hard tortilla shell would crumble with each bite. Luckily, Michelle Turabin thought of creating custom-made bite-sized taco shells. Thus, the birth of … Continue reading TACLINGS: Bite-Sized Tacos Hit @MercatoCentrale
BRASSERIE GIROLLE is a casual French resto by Chef Ian Padilla of La Girolle fame. Finally, a sequel to his popular resto that is known for its tasting menu. It’s a nice place to hang out and have drinks with your friends, or to hold a pleasant business meeting with your partners. We recently visited the … Continue reading BRASSERIE GIROLLE by Chef Ian Padilla @Girolle
CAPITOL COMMONS is the 10-hectare mixed used development of Ortigas group located at Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard where the Rizal Provincial Capitol was previously located. It incorporates all the learnings from the Greenhills district and envisioned to be the new urban center of the Kapitolyo area. Capitol Commons was recently launched last May 25 … Continue reading CAPITOL COMMONS: Greenhills 2.0 and the new 10-hectare Kapitolyo area!
CUPCAKES BY SONJA is the pioneering Gourmet Cupcakes brand by Sonja Ocampo, which started the Cupcake Craze in Manila back in 2006. Finally, they are building more concept stores around the metro to take the cupcake experience to a different level. It was great to finally catch up with Sonja to talk about the success of … Continue reading CUPCAKES BY SONJA: The Secret of Success, and the Future of Cupcakes in Manila!
MERCATO CENTRALE BRINGS ‘FOOD TOURISM’ TO SM MALL OF ASIA! Did you know that one of top tourist destinations in Manila is the SM Mall of Asia (MOA)? And what’s one of the best ways to welcome foreign guests to one of Manila’s top tourist destinations? By sharing with them a variety of great-tasting dishes … Continue reading Announcing… FIESTA BAHIA: Fiesta by the Bay with Manila’s Awesome Sunset @MercatoCentrale @TheMallofAsia!
Text by Nikka Sarthou and Photos by Michael Angelo Chua “You want a bowl?” Juana Bowl is actually a playful take on that phrase, which proprietor, Monch Bernabe, conceptualized around eight years ago. The name is apt for the brand that highlights Spanish food. In the Mercato markets though, Juana Bowl is famous for its U.S. Rib-Eye … Continue reading JUANA BOWL: U.S. Rib-Eye Steak and Norwegian Pink Salmon @MercatoCentrale
MOVIE STARS CAFE is a movie-themed restaurant featuring waiters in Superhero and Villain costumes, and Broadway Musical performances. It is a passion project of the Japanese founder of HaloHaloMall.com. Initially, it was named Star Movies Cafe, inspired by the Star Movies Cafe franchise in Japan. But they had to rename it to Movie Stars Cafe … Continue reading MOVIE STARS CAFE: Dancing Spiderman, Darth Vader Waiter & Broadway Fun @MovieStarsCafe @TheMallofAsia