[BigBinondoBowl1] The Mystery of Binondo…

Ever since I was a kid, my mom used to bring me to Escolta during her PNB days and I’ve never understood and get to appreciate what Chinatown really is. … Thank you to Ivan ManDy, the self proclaimed Street Walker in Old Manila , who passionately organized the Big Binondo Bowl walking tours to show people what Binondo really is. … I was always afraid to bring my huge camera with me in Binondo but during the tour, I really took the opportunity to shoot and shoot.

[Los Angeles vs. Manila #3] Porto’s Cheese Roll

I still can remember a couple of years ago when eating a carbo-loaded krispy kreme donut is a cool thing when you visit the US. … Porto’s Bakery is a cuban family-owned and operated business that has served Glendale and its surrounding areas for over 35 years and they recently opened a beautiful new store in Burbank. One could argue that Becky’s or Conti’s taste a lot better, but the I’ve never tasted a cheeseroll as delicious as porto’s.

[Los Angeles vs. Manila #2] Hollywood’s famous Pink’s Hot Dog

This is one of the famous must-eat destination in LA, and I was extremely curious why a chili dog can be this famous for 66 years! … In the Philippines, we don’t really have something equivalent to this and Ogie Doggie would be the closest but far from the heritage that Pink’s hotdog built over the years.
…There is normally a long line in front of this hotdog place and you really have to drive to this place because it is out-of-the-way.

[Los Angeles vs. Manila #1] Inn of the Seventh Ray! Creekside Dining

The Inn of the Seventh Ray is L.A.’s most romantic restaurant and in fact, when we were eating on a Saturday Lunch, there was an engagement proposal with the beautiful setting — 12 red roses bouquet, a carpet of petals and dining beside Mother’s flow ( in other words, creekside :). … ) Let me pause for a bit here before we go to the rest of the review, it just occurred to me how lucky the Philippines is with the kind of world-class nature inspired restaurants that we have and I can already count seven easily…
…If you haven’t figure out by now, the seventh ray is violet and the philosophy is embodied in this description: “We, at the Inn, believe in giving you the purest of Nature’s foods, energized as a gift from the sun with a dash of esoteric food knowledge and ancient mystery school wisdom tossed in for your seasoning and pleasure.

Sunset Over LA :)

I’ll surely miss updating this blog regularly and I’ll surely miss exploring the culinary delights of Manila. … This blog is very fulfilling for me in making connections with other people and in the process, I learn more secrets 🙂 I leave you with this beautiful sunset picture of LA taken during the landing of our PAL flight. My brother was teasing me about some insider secrets of Los Angeles and I might have some posts on our LA adventures.

[ Playa Calatagan #5] a Manos Greek Tavern Dinner

The first time, I saw Manos Greek Taverna with its inviting blue and white structure, I hesitated to try it out because of the fear of being disappointed with a Filipino-style Greek cuisine similar to Mati in Rockwell.
…Although, it looks like a canteen atmosphere inside, I would give credit to Manos for putting in the effort to give his guests a greek ambiance by posting pictures of Crete and other greek designs. … It tasted like beef omelet with vegetables and potato but the ingredients blended very well to give you a unique taste that you’ll surely go back for more.

Shopping, Thai Massage and Amazing Thailand Subway!

The subway was very convenient to move from Pat Pong to the Suan Lum Night Market and I was amazed that Thais started to commute now vs. using cars because it is convenient and you avoid the traffic. I do hope that I get to see the day that Philippines would have our own Subway, people would prefer to commute vs. bringing their own cars, and start the culture of walking!
…At night, You should try to visit the Suan Lum Night Market — very nice ambiance, very unique finds, and kudos to Thailand for creating this night market specially for tourist who won’t have the weekend to spare for shopping.

Queens: Best Indian/Fusion Food I Tasted in a Long Time!

When Queens opened along Jupiter St. in Makati, there was a lot of buzz about how great the food and a bit on the pricey side.
…The service was excellent and the best part was this was a treat from Viv and Marge (so we were not privy to how much the entire dinner costs). Overall, if you have not tasted this yet, schedule that special christmas dinner reunion in this place 🙂 MORE INFORMATION: 146-B Jupiter Street Makati City 1209 Philippines www.queens.com.ph Tel# 895-1316 Mobile# 0917-8113368 queens_rest@hotmail.com

Sunset View

Equinox Sunset View , originally uploaded by antondiaz .
… Magnificent view of Singapore dusk taken from the tallest building in Singapore 🙂 I’m glad I had the chance to eat in Equinox Restaurant in Swissotel The Stamford. I’ve been traveling the whole week so I’ll leave you with this photo from my travel 🙂

Next Stop: El Nido, Palawan

We have been planning to go to El Nido Palawan ever since and we are scheduled to go their with Maong/Di and the gang in January. Then came this offer from Ann (one of my blog readers) of a special El Nido Gift Certificate for 3 days/ 2 nights for P14,000/person good for two person already (a lot cheaper than the P17,500). … Let me know if some of you might be interested specially for balikbayans out there who wants to go and explore Palawan before dec.