We joined a couple of friends for a road trip to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone so we can do some Christmas shopping. A few malls, outlets, and several shopping carts later, they brought us to Gourmet Garage, a spot they had seen during a previous trip. The restaurant had a wonderful cozy vibe. […]Read more "SEASON’S SURPRISES AT SUBIC"
There’s a lot to love about Fundacion Pacita’s restaurant, particularly the fresh, farm to table offerings. Everything on the menu board was mostly made with locally grown veggies, free-range meat, and fresh seafood. Everything looked yummy, and we ended up eating most of our meals in Batanes there. For our complementary breakfasts, we usually went […]Read more "BATANES ADVENTURE PART IV: CAFE DU TUKON"
Given the two weeks it took us from planning it to getting there, our Batanes vacation can be considered quite spontaneous. It’s normally a trip that takes time to prepare, where hotels and flights have to be booked weeks or even months in advance. Luck had something to do with it. We’re fortunate that our […]Read more "BATANES ADVENTURE PART III: FUNDACION PACITA"
The attractions on Southern Batan are mostly spread out along the scenic National Road that follows the island’s coastline. Before we toured the lower half of Batan Island, we had lunch at Octagon Bed and Dine. A few minutes away from the center of town, Octagon’s dining area has a view of the ocean, and […]Read more "BATANES ADVENTURE PART II: SOUTH BATAN"
At first, we didn’t know that much about Batanes. The remote islands that made up the northernmost and smallest province of the Philippines seemed to be shrouded in mystery. What we knew was: it wasn’t the easiest place to get to; but it was worth the trip. We did our homework, and got excited. While […]Read more "BATANES ADVENTURE PART I: BASCO & NORTH BATAN"
A shopping trip to Glorietta 5 meant a chance to try Kichitora of Tokyo. So, for lunch, we headed into the restaurant chain’s second branch in the Philippines. From outside, the restaurant provides a sleek and stylishly dark contrast compared with its neighbors. As we waited for our order, we got to take in the […]Read more "Kichitora of Tokyo"
When it comes to Manila’s food scene, if a place is new, affordable, popular or franchised from abroad, lining up is to be expected. Add the Michelin factor (in a country that’s starved for a Starred restaurant) and a perfect storm occurs. For Tim Ho Wan, the lines are practically mentioned as often as its […]Read more "THE LINE UP FOR TIM HO WAN’S LINEUP"