Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Agico Vegetarian Cafe

Agico Vegetarian Cafe: What Is This Sorcery?

by Cityzen | M.C. Jose
“Are you sure this isn’t fish?”

That was the first thing I blurted out upon taking my first bite of fish tausi at Agico Vegetarian Cafe. I found it (almost) impossible to believe that something that looked and tasted exactly like fish—minus the aftertaste—was never actually fish to begin with.

That is the way almost everything is at Agico; things are not what they seem to be, but they are delicious—and good for your health—anyway.

Aracama - A Restaurant that serve so-so Filipino

Looking for A Place to Treat Your 'Bisita'? Bring Them to Aracama!

by Alexis dela Rosa
I'm sure it has happened more than once: a foreigner asks you to recommend where he or she can eat great Filipino comfort food and you're at a loss for an answer. It's not that the metro lacks good Filipino restaurants. In fact, they are everywhere! But do you accompany him or her to your favorite (but kinda dingy) turo-turo that serves the best sisig and beer combo? Shall you accompany him or her to your go-to fishball stand? Or do you point your guest to “safer” Filipino restaurants that serve so-so Filipino food?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Manila's Most Sinful Chocolates


Your Cheat Sheet to Manila's Most Sinful Chocolates

by The Click List
 We've decided to jump into the "mistress" bandwagon that's currently trending in the Pinoy pop culture. But instead of featuring popular three-partied relationships in the biz, we shine the spotlight on everyone's favorite mistress: this rich, irresistible, and diet-wrecking thing called chocolate.
Whether you're buying a gift for your significant other or looking for an excuse to break your diet, you better bookmark this rundown of Manila's best artisan chocolates.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Seminar on Filipino Food and Identity

We are what we eat. The more we understand what goes into the claypot and how it transforms into food that nurtures and defines us, the better we appreciate our own culture.
This November, “Paano Naging Pagkaing Pinoy: A Seminar on Filipino Food and Identity” aims to engage participants in a lively conversation (and tasting!) on the subject of Filipino food.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Things You Must Know About Italian Cuisine


10 Things You Didn't Know About Italian Cuisine

by Trix Deseo
Dreaming of flying to Italy to taste 'authentic' pepperoni pizza? Can't wait to talk to an Italian waiter and say “prendo fettuccine all'Alfredo, por favore” in your most convincing Italian accent? Chef Davide Lombardi, CCA instructor and head chef of authentic Italian restaurant: Lombardi, warns you against doing so.

Read on to know why ordering pepperoni pizza or Alfredo pasta must not be done in authentic Italian restaurants. Below is a mix of fun facts and debunked food myths that you probably didn't know about Italian cuisine.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Burger Project at Vito Cruz

Design Your Own 'BRGR' at The Burger Project, Vito Cruz

by Trix Deseo
I've had too many burgers since my first time at BRGR: The Burger Project in Maginhawa Street, but none yet has overwhelmed me as much as how this Four-Cheese burger did.

Romulo Cafe - A Restaurant Cum Museum


Have a Slice of History, a Bite of Relleno, and a Taste of Art at Romulo Cafe

by Trix Deseo
 Young Filipinos know Carlos P. Romulo as the diplomat who penned the famous “I am a Filipino” essay-- a required reading in the Elementary and High School curriculum. Others remember him as the small army general in the iconic picture of General Douglas MacArthur's return to the Leyte shores. To his former students and his literary fans, he's an unparalleled writer and editor. On the other hand, those working in the government and those well-versed in Philippine History look up to him as one of the country's notable people: an ambassador, a National Artist, a respected UN General Assembly President, and a loyal Presidential aide.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chef's Noodle A Taste of Korea at Budget Friendly Prices

Where authentic Korean food is concerned, fans of the cuisine would tend to agree that the best food experiences are in obscure places wherein the atmosphere is nondescript and menus hardly have a word printed in English.

Obscure, nondescript, and alien-- Chef's Noodle is not. But don't let this friendliness deter you from discovering Chef's Noodle's authentic Korean flavors.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in the Metro

by The Click List

In celebration of World Vegetarian Day, we give you a rundown of our favorite places where we usually get our veggie fix. Read on to know where to get exciting meatless dishes that can rival their meaty counterparts!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Quiznos Philippines in Bonifacio High Street


Meet the Superstar Subs of Quiznos Philippines

by The Click List
After establishing 4,000 shops across the United States, 300 in Canada, and 100 elsewhere in the world, Quiznos finally opened its first restaurant in the Philippines. The first branch in Manila is located at Parkade One, Bonifacio High Street.

The Bunker Restopub in Quezon City

'If You're Drinking to Forget, Please Pay in Advance': The Bunker Restopub

by Cityzen | M.C. Jose
I kid you not; that’s what it says on the wall—it’s one of the first things you see as soon as you enter. Don’t let it fool you, though; The Bunker Restopub isn’t all about getting yourself sloshed. It’s a place where you can kick back, relax and enjoy amazing food.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Papa John's Pizza Better Ingredients for a Better Pizza


Papa John’s: Only Better Ingredients for a Better Pizza

Various pizza brands in the market today claim to offer the best products and the most value for money. Papa John’s does away with promises. Instead, it only takes pride in what its origins have long been known for, and that is offering better pizza, made only from better ingredients.

Handuraw The Best Tasting Thin Crust Pizza

Handuraw More Than Just a Pizza Place

Handuraw: More Than Just a Pizza Place

by Trix Deseo

At this time and age when even you can make excellent pizzas by just watching a Youtube video, “thin-crust” can no longer be a pizza place's sole unique selling proposition. Handuraw, a Cebu restaurant, takes pizza selling to the next level by rallying a cause. That is, to support and uplift the local music scene while answering to everyone's pizza craving.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Where to Eat 'Katsu' in Manila

Crunchy Cravings: Where to Eat 'Katsu' in Manila

by The Click List
Katsu used to mean "glamorized pork chop"-- that other dish you order in casual Japanese restaurants when you grow tired of gyudon and tempura. But that is no longer true, especially today when restaurants are put up solely for this golden slab and people are willing to pay premium (as much as P500!) for a crunchy bite.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bicol Express Recipe

Kitchen Notes: Bicol Express Recipe

by Alexis dela Rosa

A front liner among the popular dishes of the Philippines is Bicol Express-- a stew of chili, pork, coconut milk, and balao (salted baby shrimps). Debates are still on going as to where this dish originated but one thing is for sure: Bicol Express is not for the faint of heart, or in this case, tongue.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Le Petit Cheri in Alabang

Le Petit Cheri: A Taste of Paris in Alabang

by  Cityzen | Crystal Joy Rebucas
 The South has always had a unique homey feel. I had yet to find a restaurant that truly capitalizes on this, until I found Le Petit Cheri. Tucked in a quiet corner of Molito, there lies the little darling. With its high ceiling and the use of dominantly white color, it is already inviting from afar. I go inside and immediately feel right at home.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bob Marlin Restaurant and Grill's Bicol Express and Laing

Kitchen Notes: Bicol Express Recipe

by Alexis dela Rosa
A front liner among the popular dishes of the Philippines is Bicol Express-- a stew of chili, pork, coconut milk, and balao (salted baby shrimps). Debates are still on going as to where this dish originated but one thing is for sure: Bicol Express is not for the faint of heart, or in this case, tongue.

Eat All You Can Dimsum at Tsim Sha Tsui, Cebu

Tsim Sha Tsui: An Ode To Unlimited Dimsum

by Trix Deseo
Why do I love thee, Tsim Sha Tsui? Let me count the ways...

Tsim Sha Tsui An Ode To Unlimited Dimsum

I love the interiors pink, green, and white,
The little girl in me squealed upon first sight.
I'm quite pleased you're not dressed in red or gold,
You must think too, that look is getting old.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bar Dolci at Burgos Circle in BGC

Life is sweet in this little spot located within the bustling dining hub that is Burgos Circle in Fort BGC. Bar Dolci has been drawing patrons from all over the Metro like a swarm of bees for more than a year now and they can’t seem to stop buzzing about it.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Esprimere Italian Deli - Italian Restaurant Must Try!

Everyday Italian with Esprimere Italian Deli

by Cityzen | M.C. Jose

Italian restaurants have never been difficult to find. In almost every commercial center, you can spot an establishment dedicated to old and reliable dishes like pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Sometimes, the only way to tell the difference between authentic Italian and Italian-inspired is to check the menu for its prices—authenticity isn’t always easy on the budget, after all. This is why I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon Esprimere Italian Deli, an establishment in the Ortigas area where authenticity and fair costs reach a compromise. Its prices are not just affordable for the work force; the dishes here may fall within the budget of a college student as well.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Where to Eat Lasagna in Manila?

Lasagna Mania: Where to Get This Pasta in Manila

by The Click List
 In preparation for the World Lasagna Day set on Sunday, we've rounded up the places where you can get your cheesy lasagna fix. Unleash the Garfield within you and partake on these al dente treats!

The International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2013

The International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines 2013, the Philippines' biggest and most important food trade event, is now open to food manufacturers interested in the highly lucrative Asian food and beverage industry.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Buddha Bar Manila

Surrender Your Senses at Buddha-Bar Manila

by Beatriz Acosta

Grandiose and commanding, Buddha-Bar Manila in Picar Place is something to talk about. Buddha-Bar Manila can accommodate over 500 guests in its three storey structure; it boasts being the biggest franchise of the Buddha-Bar brand (with others located around the world like in Paris, London and Mexico). I've never been to the other Buddha-Bar outlets in other countries, so my starting point for the Buddha-Bar experience is right at our homebase. And I can say its aesthetics -- both in food and design -- do not fail to impress.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bistro 98 in Quezon City


Bistro 98: A Hole in the Wall in Quezon City

by Cityzen | M.C. Jose
I love stumbling upon small restaurants nestled in areas just off the main streets; it kind of makes me feel that I’ve just discovered a new hidden treasure. Fortunately, my task here is to write about the said hidden treasures so that readers will be able to enjoy my discoveries as well.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chez Karine Experience

Have A Jenga-like Dessert Experience at Chez Karine

by Trix Deseo

Much has been said online about Pastry Chef Karen Yang's macarons (P50 each, P350 for a box of 7) in Chez Karine (pronounce: chey-karin) and I'm not a bit surprised. When a Le Cordon Bleu Paris diploma and an internship under no less than Pierre Hermé ('The Picasso of Pastry' according to French Vogue) are reflected in your curriculum vitae, people will talk about your macarons-- regardless if they're just one-eight of your entire product line.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Restaurant Experience @ Brick fire Steaks and Chops

Steaks hot off the... oven?!

In a new casual dining steakhouse in Katipunan, that’s exactly what you’re going to get: juicy, succulent steaks and chops cooked in the 400-degree dry heat of a brick fire oven.

In contrast to the traditional grilling and frying methods, cooking in an enclosure of a brick oven locks in flavor and allows the meat to cook in its natural juices.

“The meat is also cooked in the same temperature all around,” explained Tadi Diaz, one of the co-founders of Brickfire Steaks and Chops; he is also the restaurant chef.

Budget-Fiendly Restaurants in Katipunan Avenue

Katipunans Budget Friendly Eats
Typical of a freshman, I started out my college life bringing baon and eating in the school's cafeteria. But it only took a while before I got sick of eating the same thing everyday. That made me go out, seek, and try different restaurants along Katipunan Avenue.

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