Monthly Archives February 2014

Review: A Gastronomic Feast of Spanish Comfort Food at Beso Cucina Vinoteka (The Fort, BGC, Taguig)

Review: Beso Cucina Vinoteka by Chef Carlo Miguel

There aren’t a lot of restaurants in Manila serving Spanish cuisine, despite this being a flavor very close to home. With 300 years of Spanish colonization’s influence deeply rooted in our culture and our taste buds, many of the popular local dishes are actually of Spanish origin...

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Review: Unsatisfactory Experience at Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell (SM Megamall Atrium, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City)

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Review: Nail Spa Lounge by Ellabell, 5/F SM Megamall Atrium, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

This year’s Valentines was different from my previous Valentines, as I did not have anyone special to share it with. No worries because I don’t like celebrating it anyway. It was just that people on social networking sites were making such a fuss out of spending Valentines alone. What’s so wrong with that?

Anyway, I really wanted to show people that Valentines can be spent happily even when you’re single...

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New Discovery: Bread Haven at Panaderia Pantoja (Dian St. cor Faraday, Makati City)

The staff of Panaderia Pantoja Makati with
Mr. Anthony Pantoja (far end)
and PPI’s Executive Vice-President, Mr. Albert Gamatero (far right)

Last weekend, I went on a trip to Dian St. cor Faraday, an area past the SLEX that I hardly go to, in search for an obscure bakery that goes by the name of Panaderia Pantoja Makati. We were told that Panaderia Pantoja started out in the 1950s as a local community bakeshop in Tanauan with a capital of Php 50,000...

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Review: Savoring Traditional Filipino Cuisine at Kuse (Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig)

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Review: Kuse — Traditional Filipino Cuisine

Last week, I, along with other food and lifestyle bloggers, were invited to have our fill of Filipino cuisine over at Kuse, at The Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill, Taguig. It was a night of many firsts for me, as it was my first time to get to The Venice Piazza, and the first time to savor the flavors Kuse is famous for.

The name of the restaurant, Kuse, for those wondering, is short for the Tagalog ...

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2/13/14 Letting Go

Letting Go

God, I can’t believe I’m wasting blog space for this feels trip. But yes, please let me indulge.

Today, I’ve decided to let go of three people in my life. I guess that’s quite too many in one day, when I can hardly let one person go for months. But maybe I chanced upon some much needed revelation that helped me find the courage to let them go.

To the person who was my first.

You were my soul mate. You treasured all my secrets, like I did with yours...

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Review: Delectable Pastries from Rome’s Patisserie (University Mall, Taft Avenue)

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Review: Rome’s Patisserie (2/F University Mall, Vito Cruz, Taft Avenue, Manila)

We’re always on the look out for some fresh dessert ideas, so when we discovered Rome’s Patisserie, we stumbled upon some of their most novel pastries and sweets that will make you come back for more.

Blueberry Cheesecake (4-inch round Php 170, 8-inch round Php 850)

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Red Velvet Cheesecake (4-inch round Php 170, 8-inch round Php 850)

They have the cutest cheesecakes, something I can see myself buying as a present for a...

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Review: Shokubutsu Hana Shampoo (Soft & Silky) and Conditioner (Smooth & Soft)

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Review: Hana Shampoo Soft & Silky 200ml (Php 102.10)

The first time I encountered Hana Shampoo by leading Japanese brand Shokubutsu, was during the Ms. Earth 2013 Tour. Hana Shampoo was the presenter of Ms. Earth during that time. The brand name intrigued me. I mean, how could it not? It was a shampoo with the same name as me!

So when I received samples of their products during the Hana Hair Show, I was ecstatic to try it out for myself...

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HANA Shampoo Hair Show

HANA Shampoo Finally in the Philippines

The city’s busiest people found an oasis at the launch of HANA by leading Japanese beauty brand Shokubutsu. HANA is the newest player in the beauty category. Harnessed from nature by the technology of LION Japan, Hana believes in hair and body care the way nature intended it to be. Hana products are made with 100% natural cleansing and moisturizing ingredients to achieve another kind of beauty called Healthy Beauty.

Preview x Joey Samson for the HANA Sha...

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Review: Great Take Home Ideas from The French Baker

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French Baker Goodies! Which of these do you want to take home?

Whether its for the kids at home, or when you want to surprise the family by bringing home an unexpected box of treats, The French Baker has some suggestions for take home sweet indulgence you might want to check out.

Super Soft Ensaymada

The kids will surely love having these ensaymada for baon to school. Sometimes, I even sneak to the ref and grab a plateful of these, hihi...

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Review: A Taste of Greece at Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Review: Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Fort Bonifacio, BGC Taguig

I’ve only ever been to one restaurant which serves Greek cuisine prior to this, and I’ve fallen in love with the authentic flavors of Greek cuisine and the homey ambiance of the establishment, not to mention the energetic staff of the place. They have set the bar quite high, being one of the destination places for Greek food craving not only here in Manila, but also in other parts of the Philippines...

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