Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MAGNOLIA BAKERY NEW YORK OPENS IN MANILA AS M BAKERY!


      From New York to Manila, Magnolia Bakery has landed on our shores, under the name, "M Bakery", bringing with them their world famous pastries and Banana Pudding! 

Friday, August 17, 2018

THE ENCHANTING STORIES BY LILYPAD


       Finding places to eat in Quezon City is often bittersweet for me.. Mainly because I used to live in the Area, and back then, the dining choices were few and far between. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a charming restaurant along Times Street, whose laid back ambiance combined with delicious food makes it a wonderful place to dine in at Quezon City.. Stories By Lilypad. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

VLOG: OUR STAYCATION AT MARCO POLO ORTIGAS MANILA!


          The Pickiest Family in the World got the opportunity to stay at the beautiful Marco Polo Ortigas Manila for the second time, giving us a chance to make a new VLOG to show you how beautiful the hotel is!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

THE BEST BRUNCH BUFFET EVER AT THE CAFE, HYATT CITY OF DREAMS!


       Families are in for a treat this August, because The Cafe at City of Dreams Manila has an amazing promo that will blow your kids minds (in a good way)! Every Sunday, The Cafe is holding what they've dubbed, "The Best Buffet Brunch Ever!"! And considering your brunch includes amazing food that The Cafe is known for, coupled with games, dance numbers and character dining with some of Dreamworks' most famous characters, its hard to argue otherwise!

     But what really makes this deal quite the steal, is how your meal also includes an All Day Pass at DreamPlay Amusement Complex at City of Dreams! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET FOOD HALL: INARI

 The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


        I heard a lot of great things about Hamaru Yakitori and Sushi at Crave Park, but since it's a little out of the way for lazy old me, I've never actually got to visit. Though the doors of Hamaru may be closed, the brilliant minds behind their kitchen, refused to let the Hamaru name die, so it conceptualized a little brother stall at The Corner Market Food Hall, that serves rather unique Japanese dishes.. Inari by Hamaru. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: THE RABBIT HOLE

         The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


           With all the savory options at The Corner Market, those with a sweet tooth would be happy to know that there are actually a couple of dessert purveyors as well! If you're looking for a stall with a wide array of cakes and pastries, look no further than The Rabbit Hole!
            

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

COCINA PERUVIA OPENS AT THE PODIUM MALL


          From the moment I tried Cocina Peruvia three years ago, I was absolutely blown away by Peruvian food. This was my first foray into the cuisine that for the past few years, seems to have taken the world by storm, and I instantly became a fan. 

         It was nice to see that others seemed to have taken to Peruvian cuisine as well, as Cocina Peruvia opened two more branches since, including one at Vertis North and most recently, The Podium Mall.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET FOOD HALL: GUSTO! FAST & FRESH

     The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


      It's quite refreshing to see that healthier dining options have been sprouting up across the metro. Admittedly, these dining spots are usually seen by me as a last resort, but there are a growing number of health conscious people that are looking for restaurants that offer meals that are not only delicious, but nutritious as well!

     Gusto! at The Corner Market Food Hall is one such restaurant that offers innovative takes on healthy food.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

KAMS ROAST: NOW ROASTING IN SM MEGA FASHION HALL


My KTG FRIENDS AND I ABOUT TO PIG OUT!!

      It's not often that one gets to dine at a restaurant with Michelin Star lineage, so when Kam's Roast opened in our shores, I was absolutely ecstatic for the opportunity to see for myself why they got the acclaimed award in Hong Kong!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

THE CHOICE : YEAR IV


In the first six months of this year alone, over 500 new restaurants opened … and that’s only all over Metro Manila! Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there’s a new restaurant opening its doors. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with.

As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we’re always very curious about the crowd favorites. The popular vote, if you will. What are the beloved favorites? Let the voice of the people be heard!


Monday, July 23, 2018

SABADO DE FIESTA AT SAMBA, SHANGRILA AT THE FORT


      Samba at Shangri-la the Fort is making Saturdays even more fun! Not only does the popular Peruvian restaurant bring its Latin inspired flair to its dishes, but they also set up live food stations and included an all you can eat menu to its incredible Sabado De Fiesta lunch spread!

Friday, July 20, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM - STOCKWELL CAFE + LOUNGE


The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


       Stockwell began as a charming little coffee shop in the Quezon City Scout Area. People flocked to their endearing place not just for the homey atmosphere, but for their fresh brews and delicious food as well. They recently expanded their operations by opening up a stall at The Corner Market Food Hall in Podium!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

DISCOVERING DISCOVERY PRIMEA


         I'm always excited when my family and I schedule a Staycation at a swanky hotel. And let me tell you, When it comes to luxury and elegance in the hotel world, one would be hard pressed to find something better than Discovery Primea. 

      From its service, accommodations, facilities and most importantly its food, Discovery Primea shows how Filipino hospitality is taken to the highest echelon of world class standards, making it stand toe to toe with some of the most illustrious brand names in the world.   

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

HOMEBASED DISCOVERIES: POPS ORGINAL LUMPIANIZA


            I've always been a huge fan of fan of Lumpia Shanghai, and it seems like my daughter took after me as well! Which is why when I heard about a home based purveyor with a brilliant idea of taking the traditional Lumpia to another level, I was immediately interested. 

           His creations, the Lumpianiza, is not only easy to cook, making it a convenient meal for your family, but they're incredibly delicious as well! With a variety of flavors to choose from, you're definitely going to find a flavor that fits your palate! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: CA PHE SAIGON


    The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


          Vietnamese Food has been spreading like wildfire across the metro, with Pho and Bahn Mi shops sprouting around the area. One full service restaurant in Marikina has been making a name for themselves as a go-to place for an amazing Vietnamese meal, by the name of Ca Phe Saigon.

          Building on its success in Marikina, Ca Phe Saigon opened a stall at The Corner Market Food Hall, bringing to the masses their take on classic Vietnamese dishes.

Friday, July 13, 2018

SAY CHIZU AT TORI CHIZU!


         Fast-casual restaurant chain Tori Chizu opened late last 2017, bringing an exiting slew of Japanese dishes, given the Western treatment! Japanese classics such as Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Yakiniku and Kani Takoyaki are turned into mouth-watering Baked Rice Meals that are... wait for it... topped with MOZZARELLA CHEESE! 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SCOTT BURGERS: THE RETURN OF THE COMEBACK


        I'm not ashamed to let my age show so I'm going to tell you all now, college life for me began in the mid-nineties. During that time, Taft wasn't really the food haven that it has become now. The decent places to eat were few and far between. Whenever my classmates and I would find an acceptable restaurant, we would be quick to share our discovery with one another. There was one particular place that I remember my friends telling me they particularly enjoyed, and it shocked the hell out of me. It was this small stall underneath the stairs of the LRT, and I remember it so vividly because it had an iconic statue of a boy with his tummy hanging out of his too small shirt sitting on a barrel as he carried a huge burger over his head right in front of it. 

     And that's how I was first introduced to Scott Burger. I'm not going to lie to you.. I didn't try it. I distinctly remember that a burger was about P25, Buy One Take One. Admittedly, that was the very same promo that my friends were raving about, but the Picky Eater in mean refused to take the risk. 

   Cut to: More than 20 years later, Scott Burger is making a comeback in a BIG WAY, bringing in a their classic brand of burger for a New Generation. This time, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try the burgers, especially when I found out that it was infused with creations by Celebrity Chef Sharwin Tee!

Friday, July 6, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET: EASY, TIGER

       The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


       The Corner Market Food Hall made sure that some of the finest food cultures in Asia are made readily available for it's customers. Thailand, known for its diverse cuisine, is represented by "Easy, Tiger". Easy, Tiger serves Classic Thai Noodle dishes and popular set meals consisting of entrees that we all know and love, at very affordable prices!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HOT DATE NIGHT AT FLAME: DISCOVERY PRIMEA


        Since Rina and I had Rain, we admittedly don't get to go out on date night as often as we used to. Not for anything, but we both do feel kind of guilty when we leave Rain at home and we go out and enjoy a night out by ourselves. Truth be told, our little Rainbow makes all our our family days (or nights) out so fun, it never really bothers us. 

     However, during our staycation at Discovery Primea a couple of months back, Rain decided to stay in the room with her yaya and watch Disney Channel instead of having dinner with us.

    Since this gave us the opportunity to go on a date night without straying too far away from our little girl, Rina and I made the most of it.. And as you could imagine we fell in love.... This time with the food of Discovery Primea's premiere restaurant, Flame! 

    (And one another again of course hehe)

Monday, July 2, 2018

RIDING INTO THE WINGZONE, SM MEGAMALL ATRIUM


        There are times when I just look for a laid back place where I can enjoy a good burger and wings with my buddies over an exciting basketball game. I recently found a really fun place in Megamall that checks all those boxes for me.. Atlanta based Franchise, Wing Zone!

Friday, June 29, 2018

B & P ALL DAY BREAKFAST: THE EATIGO P1K CHALLENGE!


          It was my officemate Toon's Birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I offered to treat him and a couple of members of our team out for a celebratory birthday lunch! I had a budget of P1,000, so my challenge to my buddy was that he choose from a list of restaurants from my Eatigo App, so we could get the best bang for the buck deal!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

STAYCATION AT THE JEWEL BY THE BAY: DIAMOND HOTEL PHILIPPINES


        One of my favorite things to do with my family is enjoy a relaxing staycation at a hotel in the metro. Although admittedly it's quite fun to go out of town once in awhile, sometimes you don't really want the hassle of a road trip, but far enough to make the trip worthwhile. 

        I've been to Diamond Hotel numerous times to sample their stunning restaurants. but for the first time, I had the opportunity to enjoy a staycation there with my family. I knew the hotel was beautiful, but this would be my first glimpse at their rooms and other facilities. 

        I was definitely not disappointed! 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

CHEFS SAU DEL ROSARIO & MIKO ASPIRAS: FILIPINO CULINARY PRIDE AT CORNICHE DIAMOND HOTEL


           I'm always game for a buffet spread that features the gastronomic creations of some of the finest chefs the country has to offer. And truth be told, I've been fortunate to have tasted a number of amazing ones. However, whenever the name "Sau Del Rosario" is entered into the equation, you can be rest assured that you're in for a whole new level of culinary excellence. And perhaps there is no one higher on the dessert food chain right now then Chef Miko Aspiras, so when I found out the two titans of the industry were joining forces to come up with the "Filipino Culinary Pride" Food Festival at Diamond Hotel's Corniche, all bets were off. This is one collaboration that I would not missed for the world! 
  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET: LA TAQUERIA DEL CHUPACABRA


              El Chupacabra is often identified as the pioneer of the popular Poblacion restaurant Scene, turning a once quiet neighborhood into a burgeoning food Mecca.  El Chupacabra's die hard fans have been clamoring for the little cantina to expand and open new locations, but it was only in 2018 when El Chupacabra finally opened a "Little Sister" branch at The Corner Market, bringing their phenomenal Street Tacos to an even wider range of customers! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: CHAR EXPRESS

The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


          Being a lover Chinese food, I was incredibly excited to try Char Express at The Corner Market at Podium Mall. Char boasts of a slew of Roasted Meats, done the oriental way, at very affordable prices! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET: BARCELON DE CALDERON


The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


        Coming from a family of Spanish heritage, Spanish cuisine became a staple for me, growing up. To this very day, every family celebration is highlighted by the presence of my Aunt's famous Paella. Given that, my standard for Spanish food is very high, because the women in my family are known for whipping up restaurant quality Spanish dishes in their own kitchen (Which is partially to blame for my.. umm.. "Rotundness"). 

        Calderon is one of the few restaurants that I give my thumbs up to when it comes to Spanish Food. Once known as Little Baguio's "Best Kept Secret", Calderon has expanded to three branches across Metro Manila, namely Makati and now at Pasig, through their stall, "Barcelon De Calderon" at The Corner Food Market!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

F1 HOTEL'S LUZVIMINDA 6: TIMELESS FLAVORS


          When Independence Day rolls in here in the Philippines, the foodie world is always abuzz in anticipation of an event that never fails to captivate our taste buds.. I'm talking about F1 Hotel Manila's LuzViMinda Festival!  With the theme of the 2018 incarnation "Timeless Flavors", we knew we were in for a treat, as this year's set of chefs pushed the envelope when it came to culinary innovation of beloved Filipino dishes!  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

22 PRIMES'S FATHER'S DAY MENU


       Whenever I dine at 22 Prime, i'm always certain i'm in for an amazing meal. Although they are best known for their selection of premium quality Steaks, 22 Prime is more than just a world class Steakhouse. Recently Discovery Suites' Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon developed a menu for Father's Day that showed the finesse and execution that he and his staff possesses, that made 22 Prime the highly regarded restaurant it is today.

   And being a father myself, I was the perfect person to try out the new Father's Day Menu! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

CHIBO OKONOMIYAKI AT PODIUM MALL: PREMIUM EXECUTIVE SET MEALS


         Whenever I'm at the S Maison area, it's quite likely that I'll dine at Chibo Okonomiyaki. Knowing that it's a little bit out of the way for me, I always try to make the most of the opportunity to feast on their delicious Okonomiyakis. You have no idea how excited I was when I found out that Chibo would be opening a branch just two blocks away from my office, at the new Podium Mall! 

      As soon as it opened, I found myself there three times in the span of two weeks, bringing some officemates with me, so they could experience the awesome food for themselves. 

      Now, Chibo  raised their game by beefing up their menu to feature more than just Okonomiyaki.. But Set Meals featuring some Japanese cuisine favorites as well!

Friday, June 8, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: LITTLE KAYA

The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!


         Korea's growing influence in the world has been highly evident in the way their culture has made an global impact. From their music, to their films, and most especially (for me) in their food. Kaya Restaurant has been in the country for many years, and has perhaps become one of the top of mind places to visit when looking for a Korean meal. It comes to no surprise that they decided to open up a stall in The Corner Market Food Hall, albeit a down-scaled version of their menu, to help more customers experience authentic Korean cuisine.. 

         Check out a few of the dishes available at Little Kaya!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: CATCH OF THE DAY BY COLD STORAGE

  The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!   


          Being a Picky Eater, it never fails to shock people when I tell them that I really love to eat fish. Other seafood, such as shrimps and crabs and the like, I'm not too fond of, but I truly do love a good fish dish. Being serial grocery shopper, I was fully aware of the Cold Storage name, even before seeing their kiosk called "Catch of the Day" at The Corner Market, so I was intrigued with what this seafood purveyor would bring to the table.. And I was not disappointed!

Monday, June 4, 2018

MAIN STREET'S AWESOME NEW MENU


          To me, Main Street Restaurant in Kapitoly has always been one of those restaurants to me that I go to when I'm not in the mood to explore new places. Every time I visit, I know i'm in for an amazing meal. I've always felt that the style Main Street's Head Chef Adam Tan really appeals to my personal palate, making me excited when I find out he has whipped up something new. 

       Chef Adam recently unveiled new items to Main Street's Menu, so I couldn't wait to troop to Kapitolyo to give it a try! 

Friday, June 1, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET PODIUM: BIRDHOUSE

  The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!    


            I've heard good things about Birdhouse since they opened at Uptown Mall in BGC a few years back, but unfortunately I had never gotten a chance to try it. However, since they opened a branch at the new Corner Market at Podium, which is just a few steps away from my office, I would soon rectify that situation.. and find myself kicking myself for not going sooner.. Because the food I discovered was spectacular. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

AZALEA RESIDENCES BAGUIO: TRULY YOUR HOLIDAY HAVEN


      Despite our numerous world class beaches, it is the beautiful city of Baguio that has been hailed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. With it's colder weather and fresh air, it comes to no surprise that people flock to the city of Pines for a relaxing break. 

     Because Baguio has been a Pinoy vacation favorite for decades, the itinerary is usually the same.. Horseback Riding at Wright Park, searching for finds at the Ukay Ukay, Buying delectable treats at Good Shepherd, Biking around Burnham Park, among many others seem to be the staples, and no matter how many times you've gone to Baguio, no trip is complete without it. 

     With so much things to do at Baguio, coming up with an itinerary shouldn't be a problem. In fact, your biggest obstacle would probably be finding the time to fit everything you'd want to do it your given time frame. When planning your vacation, I highly recommend choosing a hotel at the heart of the city. A place strategically located so that it wouldn't be too difficult to get to the city's top tourist attractions.

    A place where, even for just a few days, you'll feel right at home. One place truly does exist in the city of Baguio, and I'm excited to tell you all about my wonderful experience at Azalea Residences.. Your Holiday Haven!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

THE CORNER MARKET FOOD HALL AT PODIUM: MEAT DEPOT

      The sparkling new renovation of Podium Mall opened up opportunities for more shops and restaurants to settle into the bustling Ortigas center. Recently, a sprawling Food Hall opened, named, "The Corner Market". Spanning roughly around 1,200 square meters, The Corner Market is set to house 17 food establishments in its massive halls.  

      Though not all 17 are operational yet, your friendly neighborhood Pickiest Eater made the ultimate sacrifice for his beloved readers, to try the food stalls that have opened their doors at the Corner Market.. Where good food is just around the corner!        


          As I entered The Corner Market, it was The Meat Depot that immediately caught my eye. The sizzle of the steaks could be heard from where I was standing, and the aroma of cooked meat was undeniable. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DISCOVERY PRIMEA MAKATI: TAPANADE



     I've been meaning to visit the restaurants at Discovery Primea for quite some time now, but with my work and all, visiting Makati has become increasingly difficult. A lot of my food blogger friends have been raving about it, further amplifying my agony. Thankfully, I was able to spend the weekend at the Discovery Primea (more on that in my upcoming Vlog!), giving me the opportunity to try two of their restaurants, including the flagship cafe, Tapanade.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SAILING THE HIGH SEAS ON STAR CRUISES SUPERSTAR VIRGO


         I've always been fascinated with the thought of Cruises. I would always joke with Rina that the moment we win the lotto, we'd book a trip on a cruise ship to the Bahamas just so we could finally experience a luxury ship on the seas. 

       But you see, that's the popular misconception with Cruises. Not all Cruise lines cost an arm and a leg. Star Cruises in particular, offers a "High Seas" promotion that offers you the full Luxury cruise line experience, without having to break bank.  

        Fortunately for us, one weekend, some of my friends from The KTG and I joined other blogger friends on board Star Cruises Superstar Virgo to sail the high seas! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

BEHOLD: ZARKS NEW SIGNATURE BURGER STEAKS!


     Zark's Burgers is known for their absolutely insane burger creations that have taken the country by storm. From a humble 20 square meter space in a ratty old mall, Zark's is now looking to end 2018 with roughly around 50 branches.. All that in less than 10 years! 

     Now, they've undergone a rebranding, coming up with a sleeker, more modern design to their interiors and look, but their delicious food at affordable prices still remain the same. In fact, they recently expanded their menu to come up with new Signature Burger Steak Rice meals that will undoubtedly get the Pinoys appetite rumbling!

Friday, April 20, 2018

HOMEBASED DISCOVERIES: MILKBOXPH HOKKAIDO CAKES AND MORE!


      There are a whole bunch of local online purveyors that you can find on social media.. So this begs the question, how do you know which ones are good from the ones that are not. I plan to do a series of online vendors that I find on the net and give my two cents on whether they're worth it or not, and I thought it would be best to start with one such online business that totally blew me away with its delicious concoctions.. MilkboxPH.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

TRAVELING TO KOREA WITH KKDAY: NAMI ISLAND, GANGCHON RAIL CAR PARK & GARDEN OF THE MORNING CALM


            After reigniting her obsession with Korean Dramas, Rina had dreams of visiting Korea, especially in the winter. After 2018 rolled in, her dreams finally came true when I told we had tickets to Incheon via AirAsia with our names on it! 

      Rina had her own itinerary set, based on the locations of her favorite Korean Drama shows, however she asked me to take care of the more touristy spots in Seoul that I wanted to check out. I didn't hesitate to log on to www.kkday.com to gloss over the offers they had, before finally settling on a couple of tours that would make our vacation even more memorable. 

      Based on the advise of my friends that had visited Korea in the past, some of the MUST VISIT SPOTS are Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm. 

    Thankfully, there was a tour available that would take us to those gorgeous spots, with a short stop at another popular tourist attraction, the Gangchon Rail Car park.

Friday, April 13, 2018

THE PICKIEST FAMILY FLIES TO KOREA VIA AIRASIA PHILIPPINES !



          Whenever I fly with AirAsia, I feel like my vacation experience begins as soon as I sit down on my seat on the plane. Our trip to Korea via AirAsia once again made me feel right at home. From our hassle free check in via the AirAsia App, to our delicious in-flight meal, our flight help set the tone for what would be an epic family vacation to the land of the morning calm. 


Friday, April 6, 2018

I DID IT MAI WEI FANG


   I have professed my love for Chinese food on my blog time and time again, which is why I have so many Chinese restaurant entries. However, this was the very first time I would be visiting a Chinese bakery.. And I was incredibly excited! 

   I was ecstatic to find that the same care and precision used in meticulously creating Chinese savory dishes, is also used when baking the different types of breads.. Perhaps even more so with bread because being off by a few milligrams could lead to a baking disaster! 

   But Mai Wei Fang at Robinsons Place Ermita does a masterful job of bringing popular breads and other well loved snacks from China for us Filipinos to enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SPOILER FREE REVIEW: READY PLAYER ONE



I'll admit, I don't read very many books, but sometimes there will be one that catches my attention and gets me hooked. The moment I found out the premise of Ready Player One, I was instantly intrigued. An ode to 80's Pop Culture? Sign me up for that!

I was equally ecstatic when I found out that it was being made into a movie, directed by no less than Steven Spielberg.. Which was rather fitting considering how he played a vital role in the 80's pop culture, making him part of the book's lore.

So I made sure to read the book before the movie was released, just so that I could compare one with the other.

In case you're not aware, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline, set in the future. The world has become quite a dreary place to live in, and a visionary game developer, James Halliday, created an entire virtual world called the "Oasis", where you can be anything. The Oasis evolves into more than just a game, and becomes a way of life.. And perhaps the most important commodity in the world.

Halliday had become such an icon (Think Steve Jobs x 100), that studying him and his pop culture favorites has become popular among the youth. When Halliday passes away, it is revealed that he has hidden three "keys" within the infinite worlds of the Oasis, which would lead to the coveted "Easter Egg". Whoever finds the egg wins Halliday's share of his company, essentially giving that person control of the Oasis. 

Roughly around five years passes, and despite the efforts of the huge corporation,"IOI", who employed an army of gamers with the goal of gaining control of The Oasis, and several "Clans" throughout the world filled with experienced Egg Hunters (aka "Gunters") who aim to win in order to keep the integrity of Halliday's vision intact.. The scoreboard remained empty, making some people believe that the  

Until one day.. A single name appears on the scoreboard.. "Parzival". 


Monday, April 2, 2018

A BIG YES TO NONO'S BY CLASSIC CONFECTIONS


    I was invited to Nono's by Classic Confections a few months back, when they opened their first branch at U.P. Town Center. Unfortunately, since I rarely frequent Quezon City, I as unable to visit them. Thankfully though, the opening of the newly renovated Podium Mall has helped create room for more restaurant establishments, paving the way for Nono's to find another home in Ortigas!

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