Sapphire Bloc: Starbucks Reserve

Sapphire Bloc: Starbucks Reserve

I have never been a heavy coffee drinker. People who know me, know that I only like “patweetums” coffee: coffee heaped with sugar or caramel or cream or whipped cream or chocolate or all of them. I am no Lorelei nor Rory Gilmore who love coffee straight from the coffee …

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Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela (Spanish Colonial Cuisine)

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Press Release 25 July 2016 Cazuela Serves Spanish Colonial Cuisine The cazuela is a clay pot used in cooking, it serves as a vessel for combining ingredients to make sumptuous dishes. Executive chefs Mon Urbano and Day Salonga had a similar idea for their newly-opened Cazuela restaurant. “We want diners …

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Restaurant Review: Tapella by Gaudi

Restaurant Review Tapella by Gaudi

One of the best restaurants where I had the privilege of eating was Tapella by Gaudi which serves authentic Spanish food and is conveniently located at Greenbelt 5. Although I have been a student of the language for years, I hardly had much experience with real Spanish food outside of …

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Restaurant Review: Sultan Mediterranean Grill

Sultan Mediterranean Grill Restaurant Makati Chasing Jayce

Revamped and relaunched this year, Sultan Mediterranean Grill offers the Makati CBD a sumptuous alternative to the daily canteen and fast food. Set in a quiet street and decorated with a tasteful interior, no wonder this gem of a restaurant has been met with success since its relaunch earlier this year. …

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Restaurant Review: Aozora Japanese Café + Bistro

Restaurant Review: Aozora

Overlooking the Taal volcano, is an authentic Japanese restaurant. Inspired by nature’s azure roof, it named itself “Aozora” – literally blue sky in Japanese – enticing you to take your taste buds to heaven, eat authentic gourmet Japanese food under the canopy of the majestic Tagaytay sky. Part of the Domicilio …

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Restaurant Review: The Boiling Seafood

Restaurant Review The Boiling Seafood

A couple of months ago, I ran my first (and will probably be the only) 21km run for the year. And what better way to work up an appetite than running a half-marathon? My preparation had not been for naught as I had one of the best post-run meals at …

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Staycation at City of Dreams

Staycation at City of Dreams

Once upon a time, my best friend Jam invited me to a staycation at City of Dreams.  Who was I to refuse? City of Dreams is a luxury integrated resort and casino, featuring three hotels: Crown Towers, Nobu Hotel and Hyatt, as well as diverse dining and entertainment facilities that can …

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Restaurant Review: Burgers & Brewskies

Call the Nurse Burgers and Brewskies

In a country full of creative people, cooking up something original is a daunting task. Restaurants cropping up at every corner make it essential to have a specialty in order to standout. And this is what Burgers & Brewskies has done. It looked deep, searched wide and came up with what makes people tick: bacon. …

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Weekend Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Staycation at Seda Nuvali

Nuvali lies about 40 km south of Manila and straddles the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and the Municipality of Cabuyao in Laguna. Lots of people go there to enjoy the lake that’s filled with koi, have picnics on the grounds and shop at the factory outlets of various brands.  It has also …

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Restaurant Review: Uncle Cheffy

Corned Beef Panizza Uncle Cheffy

Uncle Cheffy has just launched its new set of special dishes – all based on its in-house corned beef!  These dishes are the by-product of the owners’, Mr. Larry Cortez’ and Chef Mau’s, creativity, research and quest to offer new food at affordable prices. This 100% Filipino-owned restaurant is striving to …

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Restaurant Review: Sweet Ecstasy

When Aldous told me we’d we reviewing Sweet Ecstasy, a burger and shake place in Makati, I got pretty excited. I like  burgers enough but it’s milkshakes I love. And with its location on Jupiter St, I was already thinking that it’s a very promising place. And I wasn’t wrong …

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