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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

THE AMBASSADOREOS TAKE MANHATTAN!


        For our first full day in New York, Oreo scheduled a City Tour for the Philippine AmbassadOREOS. We were treated to a driving tour around the Big Apple, passing by some of the city's most significant landmarks. 

       Honestly, this wasn't my first time in New York. I had been to there before, but only for the day. I have relatives in Delaware, and when we would visit them, my Uncle would drive us up there to check out the sights. He wasn't too sure what building was what, so we never really learned anything about the historical significance of the structures. Since we had a true blue native New Yorker by the name of Sylvia as our tour guide, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn more about one of the greatest cities on earth!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE: THE AMBASSADOREOS AT PEKING DUCK HOUSE


             Though we had just feasted on a magnificent Breakfast Buffet a couple of hours earlier, we worked up quite a bit of an appetite (Well.. At least I did)  during the first half of our New York City Tour (Coming up in the next post!). We had seen many landmark sites that we had only had seen in our favorite movies and TV shows. But even then we still had an entire City to explore, so it was best to make sure our belly was filled before moving on to the next leg of our tour. 

          Once again, Oreo Philippines, had our back and took us to Peking Duck House in China Town. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

BREAKFAST BUFFET AT HILTON NEW YORK'S MARKETPLACE CAFE!


        If you thought having the Blogger AmbassadOREO title was all fun and games you'd be.. well.. Right. From the start of the trip, Oreo made it clear that apart from documenting the trip of the AmbassOREOS, Jennifer and Jasmin, they wanted us to make sure that Rina and I had fun during the company's scheduled activites. This was clearly a huge event, and Oreo Philippines made sure that we'd be comfortable throughout our trip. Since the action would be happening in the "Hilton New York", along 6th Street or Avenue Of The Americas, it made complete sense for them to book us there. 

       As I mentioned earlier, The Hilton New York is more of a business hotel, so don't expect a poolside deck you can lounge in. Besides, if sunbathing on your vacation is more your thing, then you flew to the wrong state. This is a hotel with a location in the Center of the city, and a short distance from such tourist attractions such as the Rockefeller Center, Times Square, and Central Park. 

     Yet another fantastic perk included in our stay, was the free breakfast buffet every morning at Hilton New York's Marketplace Cafe. 

     God Bless You OREO. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

THE FINAL ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY WINNER IS...




Sorry for the delay everyone! 

        Things have been really hectic at work this week so I haven't been able to focus on my blogging duties (don't you hate it when life gets in the way?). Nonetheless I have finally drawn a winner! 

       Oh and just so you know, the winner made use of all the bonus options, which to me, proved that the options can help you win... 

    Which is why for I strongly suggest that for Baby Rain's Birthday Giveaway, please make use of the numerous extra options, in order to increase your chances of winning!

     Anyway, without further ado, the winner of the Wee Nam Kee GC Giveaway is....

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I LOVE YOU, BABY RAIN :)


     I'm usually an alternative music/rock and roll kind of guy, but when I first heard the Song "I Love You 2" by Usher, I loved it instantly. In fact, it made me, more than ever, want to have a child. 

      I can't name you another song of Usher at the moment, but I found this to be the best Father-Daughter song I've heard. I promised myself that when we had our first child, I would make a video using this song for him or her. 

         I've deviated from the usual food posts to share with you a video I made for my daughter for her birthday.. Which, if you follow my food blog..you all know her as "Baby Rain".

Monday, October 22, 2012

A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE: IHOP AND BAOHAUS


           I hadn't even been in New York for five hours yet, and I had already dined in a legendary Cantonese restaurant that Anthony Bourdain had featured in his TV Show, "No Reservations". Based on that alone, I was ecstatic that my trip to the Big Apple was off to a smashing start. 

         After filling up my belly with Chinese Style Fried Chicken and Pork Chops, I joined the younger batch of the Oreo contingent, as we set of to The Biergarten at The Standard Hotel to unwind. 

       I had heard of numerous horror stories about roaming charges, I had resolved to use my smart phone in "Flight Mode" throughout the trip, and only turning it on for emergency purposes. I managed to catch a Wifi signal at the Biergarten and found some Facebook messages from my cousin Brian that lives in New York. 

      Since I hadn't seen him in years, so I was ecstatic to find out that he was more than happy to pick me up and go see us. Within minutes, Brian and his wife, Dori came fulfilling our dining plans that had been years in the making. 

     And so continued my first night in New York, which I look back at with much fondness as, "The Night of Three Dinners".

     *Tear*

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE DAY 1: HOP KEE


             During my first meeting with Jennifer and Jasmin, the Official Philippine AmbassadOREOS, we were talking about the the places I wanted to eat at New York. As you can imagine, a free trip to New York is every person's dream come true (unless of course, you live in New York), so imagine what it felt like to be a food blogger, planning a trip to one of the greatest food cities on the planet.  

    My goal when going to New York was making sure that I would try some of the delicious hot spots I had seen on some of some of my favorite food shows that I had watched in the past. During our conversation, the twins told me, "Oh, please reserve one dinner for us! Our parents are taking us to Hop Kee!".

     The name "Hop Kee" instantly rang a bell, but I couldn't place it. Hey, it was a free meal so I wasn't going to say no to that. It was only after we had eaten did I realize where I heard the name "Hop Kee" before..

     From a little show called "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations".

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BABY RAIN'S FIRST BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!


             A year ago today, the most amazing moment of my life happened. Our first child, our daughter Renee Amelie.. A.k.a. "Rain" was born. Ever since that day, my life has never been the same. And truth be told, I wouldn't want it any other way. 

        Before she was born, I had contemplated putting an end to this blog, thinking that there was no way I would be able to financially maintain this blog and raise a child at the same time. Well, with the grace of God, and the support of Rina, that hasn't been the case. In fact, my blog has thankfully grown exponentially since last year, and i'd like to think that Baby Rain's adorable photos have been a contributing factor for that.  

        Case in point.. One of my readers left a message on my Thai Bistro Post: 

    "You know, aside from the pictures of the food you eat, I follow your blog because of Baby Rain hahahaha :D sooooo cute!!!!" - KC Astroboy

     Hearing compliments like that, truly does warm my heart, because it doesn't matter how many hits my blog will ever get, or whatever accolade I may receive for it.. It is Rain that will forever be my life's greatest achievement. 

     Baby Rain would like to thank you all for the kind words and compliments that you all have been giving her the past year, by holding a special giveaway for some of her favorite clothes,  from some of her favorite restaurants! 


Monday, October 15, 2012

THE GREAT OREO ADVENTURE: THE AMBASSADOREOS ARE OFF TO NEW YORK!

Imagine waking up from a deep in-flight slumber, 
looking out the window, and seeing this glorious sight. 

       If you visit my blog with any form of frequency, there's a chance that you might have stumbled unto a little tidbit of me winning the title of the Oreo's "Official Blogger AmbassadOREO".

     So what exactly did winning that title mean? 

     Well for starters, it gave me and my wife the opportunity to fly on an all expenses paid to New York (with pocket money) so we could attend the highly anticipated "100 Years of Oreo" event, where Oreo lovers from around the world gathered in a fun filled celebration of everyone's favorite cookie!

     So begins the travel log of what I consider, -next to my wedding and the birth of my daughter- The greatest experience of my life.. Our Great New York Adventure, courtesy of Oreo Philippines! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

A NEW THAI EXPERIENCE AT THAI BISTRO


            Ever since I visited Robinsons Magnolia during the opening of Yabu's branch there, I've had a fascination with the mall. Around half the stores aren't open yet, so the place isn't too congested, and even parking is very accessible (not to mention at the moment, free!). Of course, once the mall begins to fill up with more and more stores, things will change, which is why i'm savoring every moment of it while I can. 

        Rina wanted to take Baby Rain out for the day, so I thought a trip to Robinsons Magnolia would be a nice change of scenery for her, because we usually take her to Bonifacio High Street (Of course it probably wouldn't make a difference to her). There's a nice garden area that Rina thought Baby Rain would enjoy, as she's slowly learning how to walk. 

       Right in front of that garden area, we spotted a restaurant that I hadn't noticed before, called "Thai Bistro". After a few minutes of walking around the grass with baby Rain, Rina and I decided to give this Thai Bistro a try. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MR. D'S ARTISANAL PHILIPPINE WAGYU CORNED BEEF

            
        I remember the first time I saw a Corned Beef Brisket. I was a child- Either in the fourth or fifth grade- living in Cebu, and my father took us to a family dinner at one of his favorite restaurants.. "Eddie's Log Cabin". My dad would keep going back there for their Fresh Corned Beef. Even my sister would rave about it. 

      During my first time there, I was a bit surprised when I saw the plate the waiter placed in front of my father. I was expecting to see some shredded meat, sauteed with garlic and onions. Instead, it was a big hunk of beef, placed beside some potatoes and cabbage.. and oddly enough.. there was no "corn".

      Maybe it's because it was my first time to taste corned beef that didn't come from a tin can, but Eddie's Log Cabin was my benchmark for fresh corned beef. But that was until I got my hands on some of Mr. D's Artisanal Philippine Wagyu Corned Beef.

      Let's just say that bar has now been raised. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ROCKWELL'S 2ND ULTIMATE TASTE TEST PICKS!


       The last time I went to Our Awesome Planet's Ultimate Taste Test in Mercato Centrale, I really didn't have a good time. Since the taste test would only last from 7pm til around 11pm or so, people were scrambling to get a chance to sample some of the country's best kept culinary secrets. It was honestly a bit too crowded and it became ridiculous to line up for around 20 minutes and come out of the tent all sweaty, with half a brownie in your plate. 

      During the course of one of his blogger gatherings, I told my blogger friend Spanky Enriquez, who happens to be a good friend of Anton Diaz, the man behind Our Awesome Planet and the Ultimate Taste Test, and he just replied, "Wait for the one in Rockwell". 

     A few months later, I realized what he meant. The Ultimate Taste Test X held in Rockwell was far more orderly than the one I attended at Mercato Centrale. Since it was a whole day affair, it had a relaxed atmosphere, and I didn't have to clothesline an old lady for a piece of a chicken wing.

    (Never happened, by the way)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

PLEASE WATCH THE FILM "GIVE UP TOMORROW"


         I watched a movie the other day that totally blew my mind.. A movie I had been wanting to see for so long.. The documentary, GIVE UP TOMORROW.

         Give Up Tomorrow is the story of how seven men were screwed over by the Philippine justice system. Basic civil rights and judicial procedures were cast aside just to satisfy the public's cry for blood and vengeance. The movie really hit me really hard for a simple reason.  

       The man in the movie, the person tagged as the "leader" of the "Chiong Seven", Paco LarraƱaga.. is a friend of mine.

YOOGANE, YOU GOT IT BAD...


        I first heard of Yoogane from my blogger friend Richard, the man behind the food blog, Tales From The Tummy. During a trip to Korea earlier this year, Yoogane was one of the places that he had visited, and mentioned that they would be bringing their famous signature dish, "Dak Galbi" to the Philippines. 

       A few days after they opened their doors to the Philippine public, my blogger buddy Glenn Ong asked if I wanted to join him and other bloggers for a taste of what Yoogane had to offer.

      I hadn't had Korean Cuisine since my delicious trip to Bulgogi Brothers , so I was more than happy to go! Not to mention I had never been to Il Terrazzo, and I was hoping to add more entries to my "Quezon City" Label..

      And I wanted to make my mom, a Koreanovela fanatic that made her obsessed with anything to do with the country, jealous hehe.. 

       

Friday, October 5, 2012

THE WINNER OF CARLO'S KITCHEN GIVEAWAY IS...


         I'm sorry for the delay everyone, but after much deliberation with Kat and Carlo, the amazing team behind Carlo's Kitchen, we have finally selected a winner for their Boracay Giveaway! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BRUNCH AT THE CAKE CLUB: PART I


          On weekends, there's a very good chance that I would skip breakfast and just have a heavy lunch. If it were up to me though, I would always start the day with Brunch. Maybe something in the mid-morning, around 10 or so.. Not too heavy (Definitely no rice).. So that by 1pm or so, I could have a heavy lunch, then a light dinner in the evening.

      Of course, that would be in a perfect world. One that I don't live in.

      But I did get the chance to try the new Brunch Menu of The Cake Club By Diamond Hotel at Bonifacio High Street, and it gave me a glimpse of what that perfect world would be like. The array of choices were impressive, and I could definitely see myself starting off my day with these mouthwatering dishes. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

THE PICKIEST EATER'S GIVEAWAY #10: WEE NAM KEE


        A couple of weeks ago, my dad asked me where he could go for some really good Hainanese Chicken, which is one of his favorite dishes. Although my dad is in good health for a man his age, he's made a conscious effort in what he eats. While to me, a pig out session involves heaps of bacon, cheeseburgers and pizza, to my father, Hainanese Chicken is something he enjoys indulging in from time to time (Hard to believe I'm his son, right?). 

        As soon as I heard "Hainanese Chicken", the first restaurant that popped into my head was "Wee Nam Kee". I've had some very delicious Hainanese Chicken here in the Philippines, but for me, without a shadow of a doubt, Wee Nam Kee is the very best in our shores. 

      If you haven't tried their food yet, here's your chance to dine there armed with P2,000 worth of Gift Certificates.

      The Pickiest Eater Giveaway #10 has now begun! 
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