Wednesday, January 17, 2018

STARTING THE NEW YEAR AT F1 HOTEL MANILA WITH THE KTG!


         For the past few years, My blogger family known as The KTG has celebrated our Christmas Party at F1 Hotel at Bonifacio Global City. This is only fitting because it pretty much was the place where our Blogger Collective was born, and we now consider it the Home of The KTG.  For the past few years though, we decided to avoid the December rush and instead, celebrate it during the first week of January.. Which coincidentally happens to be the week of two major events for me, namely my Wedding Anniversary, and my Birthday, making the Party at F1 Hotel extra special! 

        During The KTG's 2018 Holiday Party, not only did we usher in the new year with a bang, we also welcomed Chef Chubby Timban to the F1 Family, as their new Executive Chef!

Monday, January 15, 2018

EAST MEETS WEST AT PING PONG DIPLOMACY



         The moment I heard that the restaurant "Ping Pong Diplomacy" would be opening up in SM Aura Premier, I was ecstatic for two simple reasons:

                            #1 I'm a huge fan of Chinese food
                                                       &
                            #2 I'm a huge fan of Chef Him Uy De Baron. 

         I've tried Chef Him's take on Japanese Ramen and Korean Bibimbaps, and both times he blew me away. I had an eerie feeling that his take on Chinese-American fusion food would be no different.. And BOY was I right. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

FROM CALI TO MANILA: GEN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE


  The last time I was in the US was back in 2014. Even though it was a little over three years ago, there was a place that I had eaten there that I really enjoyed and never forgot. I was amazed because, even though we were in the United States, it was probably one of the best Korean Restaurants that I had ever tried, and I couldn't help but wish that they would open up a branch in the Philippines someday. 

          Last August, that wish came true, when Gen Korea BBQ opened it's doors to the Philippines at the Mall of Asia Complex. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CHIBO OKONOMIYAKI AT S MAISON CONRAD HOTEL


       Japan sure has a way of coming up with food trends that we Filipinos seem to love. From Katsu, Ramen, Soba,Tempura, Teppanyaki and so much more, the demand for these incredible Japanese dishes have become so strong, that stand alone restaurants featuring them have been thriving. The next dish that seems to be catching fire is Okonomiyaki, with more and more restaurants setting up in the Philippines, giving us Pinoys a closer look at the delicious Japanese delicacy. 

      One such restaurant is Chibo Okonomiyaki, which opened earlier this year at S Maison Mall at Conrad Hotel. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

BOUTIQUE BURGER KITCHEN: A BURGER HAVEN AT THE FORT STRIP


       Chef Carlo Miguel shook the Burger game to it's core when he opened his brainchild, Boutique Burger Kitchen early last year. Being the Burger aficionado that I pride myself in being, I immediately added it to my list of burgers to try. 

       And I was happy to discover an array of burgers so amazing, it easily vaulted itself to the elite status of burgers in my book. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

IBIZA BEACH CLUB AT BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY


           I still remember my 15 Course Balearic Grilled dinner at Ibiza Beach Club in Movenpick Cebu being among the most epic I've ever had in my lifetime. It was always the highlight of my trip whenever I would visit my former hometown. 

       Can you imagine my elation when Ibiza Beach Club finally open a branch here in Manila, bringing with it the fantastic festival of meats that their Balearic Grill has been known for? 

     Check out my latest VLOG about my long awaited visit to Ibiza Beach Club in BGC! 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

10 RONIN WILL RISE AGAIN


            When I began the blog, my intention was to be able to visit the smaller restaurants that needed help with marketing. Social Media was pretty new at the time, so anything you could get on the internet had a chance of being a big help to small businesses. As much as it worked out that way, I also had the good fortune of becoming friendly with the larger establishments, such as international hotel and restaurant chains.  

             As much as I appreciate being in the good graces of these industry Titans, I do make it a point to make sure I never overlook the small hidden gems of the hospitality industry that doesn't have the marketing machinery to keep up with the big boys. 

        One such gem I discovered was 10 Ronin, a Filipino Japanese Fusion restaurant located at the outskirts of Makati.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

RELAXATION AT MARINA BAY SPA & LIFESTYLE CLUB


            As a fan of massages and anything to do with relaxation, I was incredibly excited to hear that Marina Bay Spa and Lifestyle Club would be opening. Although it's a little far from where I live, hearing about their luxurious facilities and relaxing amenities assured me that this would be worth the trip! 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

POUND BY TODD ENGLISH: MEGA FASHION HALL


         Since opening his Food Hall at SM AURA in 2014, the Todd English brand has continued to spread around Metro Manila. Given that the Burgers of Todd English Food Hall was the breakout items on their menu, it made sense that they would spin off "Pound By Todd English", which specializes in Burgers done by the celebrity chef himself.  

        Pound first opened at Bonifacio High Street, and was a major hit. Since then, they've opened two more branches, One in SM Mega Fashion Hall, and another in Robinson's Place Manila. Since Mega Mall is just a 10 minute walk from my office (Some do it in five.. I have short legs), I was able to drop by with the KTG to get a taste of these world class, and truly amazing burgers. 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

#HAPPYHOLIDANES WITH DANES CHEESE BALLS


           Rain really loves cheese, so when we got a delivery from Danes Cheese Balls, she couldn't hide her excitement! What is it about cheese that the holiday season doesn't seem to be complete without it? A sprinkling of cheese seems to emphasize that added bit of love you imbue in your dishes, showing you're willing to go a little extra to make sure your loved ones are satisfied. 

         And one of the best ways to show them you care, is by giving them Danes Cheese Balls!    

   

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