Alavar: A Must-Try Seafood Restaurant in Zamboanga

I ultimately love seafood that I always try to include it in my food trips during my travels. Whether at the beach, a city tour or a formal restaurant, seafood will always be included on my list. When I heard about a restaurant in Zamboanga whose specialty is seafood, I hurriedly marked this as part…

Dampa Marikina: Ain’t Your Lavish Seafood Feast

When dining as a group, Dampa is always a favored option. For one, servings come in huge portions ideal for sharing. Secondly, the ingredients are fresh, sourced from the restaurant’s market. But sometimes, the budget becomes a consideration. Prices shoot up based on the quantity of the fresh produce, and the cost of labor too.  However, we found a…

Dani’s Kitchen: My Own Version of Pad Thai

Thailand is my first out of the country trip and I would always remember my food adventure in that place. After an island trip or an evening stroll at the night markets, we’d grab ourselves some authentic Thai street food. One of the things I really miss is their authentic Pad Thai which locals prepare…

Valentine’s Dinner at Wangfu Chinese Café

It’s been a while since my family and I dined out for occasions as celebrations are usually done at home this pandemic. To make it a bit different, my sister and I thought of treating our family in a restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Although we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, this is a good chance…

My Top Ten Most Viewed Blog Posts in 2020

It’s surprising that even if I was not able to write frequently last year, there were blog posts that garnered a huge number of views from my readers. I only wrote 14 posts the entire year! (Call me too lazy, or busy?!) It is with gratitude to realize that your audience deem your writings informative…

My Birthday Wish List for 2020

In just a few days, I’ll be turning a year older. Can you guess my age? Haha! This year has been a roller coaster ride for me. However, I am still grateful that I have a stable job and my family’s health is not affected by the COVID-19. Yes, there have been challenges and changes,…

Meet the Diamond in the Rough Squad: Friends You Often See In My Blog

Before my blog grew and gained followers, they were the first ones who supported my passion for free. They liked my posts, shared my blog and invited their friends to like my page even without me asking for it. It’s funny that even without me telling them, they would pause before eating because they know…

Ye Dang: Going back to Authentic Korean Cuisine

Back when Korean BBQ was not yet a hit among foodies, I’ve always had a penchant for Korean food. I’d rave for Dolsot Bibimbap that sizzles on a huge stone bowl or a platter of well-seasoned Bulgogi that I’d pair with crisp lettuce or steamed white rice. For these cravings, I’d go to Poblacion or…

Reasons to be in Love with Four in Love BBQ and Hotpot Buffet

With the influx of Samgyupsal restaurants in Manila, food entrepreneurs have surely developed several ways to make their creations differ and stand out among the rest. There’s this aggressive competition of featuring more side dishes, betting at the lowest buffet prices, or even adding more elements to the menu to be at par with the…

Great Santa Cruz Island: Exploring the Pink Beach of Zamboanga

Pink Beach is one of our planned itineraries in Zamboanga. Aside from city tours and food trips, beach bumming is one of our fave pastimes when traveling. The initial plan of going to Once Islas was cancelled due to budget. Our intended date for that trip didn’t have registered joiners and we’d end up paying…

Food Trip in Taiwan

One of the definite reasons why people go to Taiwan is to experience its immense range of food offerings — a diverse array of amazing dishes and beverages combined to satiate global tastes and preferences. We’ve had a considerable experience of what is it like to do food-tripping in Taiwan from the night markets, local…

Celebration at Racks: Why is it a Family Thing up to the Present

Racks is one of the favorite restaurants of my family. Frequent visits during my childhood years were among those happy memories that I surely recall up to this day. Reliving the good times, we often dine here regardless if there is a special occasion to celebrate or we just wanted to indulge in the goodness…

All4U Unlimited Grill and Shabu Shabu in Venice Grand Canal Mall McKinley Hill

Samgyupsal, undeniably, is among the hottest food trends today. We all love the idea of unlimited Korean food, shabu shabu, and grilled meat combined in one dining experience.  However, the popularity of this food craze is often tied with one dilemma: enduring the long lines.  Thankfully, there is a newly-opened Samgyupsal restaurant in Venice Grand Canal…

Fish and Co. Venice: Fish and Chips on to the Next Level

Even if Fish and Co. is relatively an old restaurant, it was only recently that I had the chance to try it. I always pass by the branch in Greenbelt but stepped back often because of the intimidating prices and the notion that it has limited choices. Good thing, I found the perfect occasions to…

Feel at Home in Marfel’s Lodge, Batanes

In Batanes, homestays are popular because they are cheap, practical, and convenient.  A big house is typically subdivided into small rooms but you share the common amenities such as the kitchen, toilet, and living room with the other guests. When tourism in Batanes started to boom, Marfel’s Lodge was among the first to open its…

Chateaubriand Ph: Indulge in Churrasco + Buffet in a Luxurious Setting

Buffets are very common in our family celebrations that I could say I’ve tried several buffet spreads to distinguish one from the other. Sadly, there’s not so much difference except for the pricey buffets I’ve had in some 5-star hotels.  That being said, my experience at Chateaubriand was one for the books — as it…

A Newbie’s Adventures in Baler

My summer was packed with colorful adventures. Another late summer trip last June which was memorable to me was when I traveled to Baler for a team building with Team D. I mentioned in my previous post that I am always game for team buildings because I want to bond with my associates outside work…

Exquisite Dining Experience at The Cafe at Hyatt | City of Dreams

In the family, we always treat each occasion as special as possible. My mom instilled to us that memories are always priceless and that family should be a top priority. That’s why even if it comes with a hefty price tag, my sister and I often look for new ways to hold our celebrations, be…

Elements Hall @ Rallos Grand Opening

Quezon City is a bustling food scene in the metropolis. In addition to the bountiful restaurants, food gems, food parks and hole-in-the-wall dining spots, Elements Hall brings together in a two-storey food complex a dynamic range of gourmet finds. Today, we witnessed the grand opening. I noticed that each concessionaire is a new concept, something…

Restaurant Depot: Your One Stop Shop in the Food Industry

Being in the food business requires you to have several connections to constantly replenish your stocks, supplies, and equipment. Surviving in this booming industry means being on par with your competitors, so completing all the necessary things is a must. Good news for everyone in the restaurant business, there is now a depot tailored to…

All4U Unlimited Grill and Organic Shabu Shabu

Annyeong-Haseyo! There is something too enticing about Korean food that made me visit three restaurants in just two months. I’ve visited Nice 2 Meat U, Jumong, and just recently – All4U Unlimited Grill and Organic Shabu Shabu in Century Mall, Makati.  It could be the freshness of ingredients, the aesthetics in food presentation, convenience in dining,…

El Mateo: Artisan Spreads Within Your Budget

We always look for ways to enhance our food. With the constant innovation in the food industry today, I am not surprised if there are several new products being introduced left and right in the market to improve our food experience. As an example, dips and spreads started to boom among small entrepreneurs to provide…

Shrimp, Chicken and Veggies in Olive Oil Recipe

Lately, I am trying to switch my lifestyle by changing my diet. With that, I am trying to find recipes that can substitute veggies for rice. My food stash consists of mostly vegetables, chicken, seafood, etc. With the available ingredients in my refrigerator, I tried to come up with a simple recipe that combines chicken, shrimp…

Rediscovering El Nido in 4 Days: A Travel Guide

Second Time’s the Charm It’s my second time in El Nido. Back in 2015, I did not have the courage to blog about it fearing that I might not give justice to the beautiful place through my words and photos. El Nido is too immaculately beautiful to describe, not to mention I only have a…

Nacpan Beach and Las Cabañas: El Nido’s Pieces of Paradise

When you talk about El Nido, you’d equate it to beautiful islands, lagoons and limestone cliffs. Little did we know that there are other beaches around that are exquisitely beautiful on their own, and comparison is pretty much a taboo. Just like the other islands in the prominent Tours A, B, C and D, the…

Experiencing the Best Pizza of El Nido at Trattoria Altrov’è

El Nido, being a melting pot of tourists from all sides of the globe has an immense range of food hubs to satiate your taste buds. International cuisines like Italian, Greek, French, American, European, Mediterranean could be among your favored dining choices near the beach. On our first night, we googled the top dining spots…

Mesa 30th: Continuing Legacy for Modern Filipino Food

A Significant Story We’ve known Mesa as one of the best providers of affordable Filipino food. Even before local restaurants have flourished in the Metro, Mesa has established a brand popular for innovative Filipino cuisine. Through the years, I never got the chance to try it. Chanced upon a perfect timing, I was invited to…

More than a Stick Party at Kushikatsu Daruma Philippines

Uptown is a spot where my friends and I frequently meet before our skate sesh. We normally go to the Food Hall to grab a quick snack in the evening. But since it rained last Friday, we opted to find a new place to have a decent dinner and catch up with each other at…

Casual Chinese Dining at Wang Fu Serendra

My family is not adaptable to foreign cuisines so taking them out during family dinners is quite a challenge. Good thing, there is a Chinese restaurant in Serendra which was a safe option and a familiar cuisine to their conservative palate.  Wang Fu saved me from the hassle of finding a good spot to celebrate…

Ditto’s Paella: A Slice of Heaven on Earth

Paella is both an Art and Science itself. Art in the sense that it has varying types, presentation and components. It’s Science because it requires precise steps to achieve the desired taste and texture. Obviously, there is a certain man who has mastered the balancing act of both to perfect this Spanish delicacy we all…

RSM Lutong Bahay: A Culinary Legend of Tagaytay

If you’re hankering for good food paired with a scenic restaurant view, then Tagaytay is the place to be. I’ve been here several times for an easy escape, and over time, I’ve developed a personal list of the best restaurants I love going back to. RSM Lutong Bahay definitely is one of them. RSM specializes…

The Untold Secrets of Islas de Gigantes

Going to a new place every year for my birthday has been a self-imposed commitment. I like rewarding myself with travels to enrich myself more in experiences, creating more memories as I embrace a new chapter in my life. This year, my close friends and I booked a ticket to Iloilo. Going as far as Western…

Thailand Throwback: Falling in Love with Thai Cuisine

Among Asian cuisines, Thai food used to be last on my list. Aside from my dislike on the fusion of sweetness and spiciness in a dish,  there is a rarity of restaurants in Manila that seem to execute Thai dishes well, based on experience. Not to mention, I am not a fan of spicy food. Not…

Wrong Ramen Burgos Circle: Not Really Wrong After All

I am no ramen expert. I don’t have a comparative list of the best ramen joints in Manila, and judge them according to noodle texture, tastiness of the broth, serving sizes, ingredients, etc., like what’s featured in most blogs today. But even if I’m no ramen guru, one thing is certain – I  ultimately love…

Cebu Adventure Series Part 1: Heading to Oslob and Sascha Resort

If there is another thing that excites me aside from checking out a new restaurant or writing, it’s a ticket to a new destination. The opportunity to see another dimension of the world’s beauty is an empowering feeling that alters my perspective, while I take on unfamiliar roads outside my comfort zone. And with a country…

Something to Love about Loveshack SM Aura

Update: THE PLACE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED  SM Aura is aptly tagged as one of the premiere malls in the metro, with its top-of-the-line stores, boutiques, restaurants and facilities. That being said, it makes one reluctant to dine at its restaurants with the limited range of choices that can suit your budget. But if you move…

Bag of Happiness in Bag O’Shrimps

My recent visit to Bag O’ Shrimps was a long overdue plan in my bucket list. Perhaps I was waiting for the right companions and timing, even if it is just near my office. Having the chance to share this moment with a friend who shares the same ultimate love for seafood, is but a perfect…

Savory Yakitori and More at Nanbantei of Tokyo

Nanbantei of Tokyo holds a special spot in my heart for many reasons and good memories.Visiting it again is like seeing an old friend in the past after ages. Now that it has a branch near my place, I have no excuse anymore to miss it. Rekindling the old friendship would make you wonder if things…