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Spectrum Lunch Buffet at Fairmont Makati

There are many hotel buffets in town, but Fairmont Makati's Spectrum is definitely one of the must-try splurges! Check out this post and tell me I'm right.

Filipino Comfort Food with a Twist at Namnam

Tired of the usual Filipino fare? Then, head on to Namnam at Greenbelt 2 and be amazed at their modern take on our local cuisine. Just look at this Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon!

Healthy and Vegetarian Cuisine at Corner Tree Cafe

Health-conscious or not, Corner Tree Cafe sure serves tasty vegetarian fare. Even my guy who's not into healthy eating can attest that he had a great time!

Smoked BBQ Ribs at Big Daddy Jay's All-American BBQ

What's better than BBQ ribs, you ask? Smoked BBQ ribs! Big Daddy Jay's takes ribs seriously and even spends up to six hours slowly smoking these magnificent-tasting BBQ.

Japanese Pon de Ring Donuts at Gavino's

If widely-available donuts fail to satisfy you, why not check out Gavino's Japanese donuts? They're composed of small and chewy balls made from mochi flour that form rings. Truly addicting!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Beijing Kitchen: Northern Chinese Delights at Grand Hyatt Macau

I seriously don't blame you if you think all we did at City of Dreams Macau is eat. Because really, we did eat a lot for the 3 days we stayed there! And I'm sure glad I was treated to plenty of good food during the whole trip. From international fare, decadent Chinese cuisine, and even French fine dining, I can tell you that I was spoiled! But of course, even good things come to an end... Fortunately, my last meal before leaving City of Dreams Macau was also as memorable. And it's all thanks to Beijing Kitchen.
Beijing Kitchen Macau

Located at the ground level of Grand Hyatt, Beijing Kitchen is a pretty famous restaurant inside City of Dreams Macau, serving authentic northern Chinese cuisine. As it's just near the House of Dancing Water, which is brilliant by the way, Beijing Kitchen has become a perfect dining destination to get one's palate whetted and tummy full just before catching the awesomazing show. And why not? It's a haven for Chinese food lovers, serving both the familiar and the exciting -- from the crowd-favorite Peking duck and hand-pulled noodles to dim sum, and even to a wide array of desserts.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Tasting Room: French Michelin Star Dining at Crown Towers

Remember my Chinese Michelin-Starred dining experience at Jade Dragon in Crown Towers Macau? While I thought that unforgettable lunch was enough reason to make me vow to come back to City of Dreams Macau, another Michelin Star-awarded restaurant inside the same hotel proved to be yet another reason -- The Tasting Room by Galliot.
The Tasting Room by Galliot Macau

Awarded the coveted Michelin Star two years in a row, The Tasting Room By Galliot promises nothing short of a gastronomic adventure. Helmed by Chef Guillaume Galliot who strongly believes in purity, The Tasting Room's menu pays homage to nature, a celebration of tastes where every mouthful is a revelation, every element meticulously orchestrated to surprise and exhilarate. And this is just what I experienced after spending dinner at this Forbes Travel Guide and Hong Kong Tatler-recognized restaurant.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nuat Thai Banawe: Heavenly Body Scrub & Massage + Givaway!

For about four months now, my body has been covered with spots and itchy patches of steroid-induced eczema. Because of this, I have been wary and uncomfortable with the idea of getting a massage. Or even worse, a body scrub. My mind just automatically says no to anything that will rub, tug, or even touch my sensitive skin. However, upon seeing improvements, I thought I'd be gung-ho and finally get a body scrub and massage.
Nuat Thai 238 Banawe

I've always loved Nuat Thai, but it was my first time at Nuat Thai Banawe tucked in the new 238 Banawe commercial center on the end of the street near A. Bonifacio. From what I know, this branch is owned by the same people behind the Nuat Thai in Libis and Pioneer, two of which locations I haven't tried yet. But like the photos I've seen of Nuat Thai Libis and Pioneer, Nuat Thai Banawe also gives a really good first impression.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Unveil the Princess in You at SM North EDSA!

November is here! And as early as now, the Christmas spirit is already upon us, which also marks the start of the shopping season! With this said, there's a couple of places that gets crazy crowded this time of the year. And one of which is SM North EDSA.
Princess in Me The Royal Christmas in SM North EDSA

SM North EDSA has been one of my go-to malls, being a born-and-bred northie. And people who frequent the mall know that SM North EDSA is a good place to shop and dine. However, this holiday season, there's another reason to visit this supermall. If you, or better yet, your kids love Barbie and princesses, then definitely visit SM North EDSA!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Crystal Jade Dining IN: Chef''s November Specials at BHS Central

Ahhh... Chinese cuisine. The choice (no choice) by default whenever my family goes out to eat. And while you can call me a Chinese food snob on regular days, I have to admit that I have a big, soft spot for great Chinese food. Yup, emphasis on great.
Crystal Jade Dining IN

Fortunately, my visits to Chinese restaurants for the past two years have always left me grinning from ear to ear. This somehow put an indefinite hiatus to my Chinese food-taste fatigue syndrome. In fact, just recently, I found another addition to my collection of "great Chinese restaurant experiences" -- it's my visit to Crystal Jade Dining IN at Bonifacio High Street Central, to try their Chef's Special Recommendation for the month.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Leann's Tea House: Honest to Goodness Korean Food in QC

Last month, when I discovered about steroid-induced eczema (and that I have it), my diet changed drastically. From eating whatever I want, I was forced to eat a lot more healthily and follow autoimmune paleo. However, I can't stay at home forever. So when it's time to finally bond with friends (which is synonymous to eating out), I was left with very few choices. Luckily, there's one type of restaurant I can easily incorporate in my new diet.
Leann's Tea House Quezon City

Guess what? It's one of my favorite cuisines -- Korean!

And it was very timely too! One of my college classmates' food-loving family just opened a fairly new Korean restaurant. And with my friend Berylle and our ever-supportive and gentleman-ly boyfriends in tow (waiting for us to finish taking photos before eating = more pogi points), we checked out Leann's Tea House in Quezon City.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

8Cuts Burger Blends: Meat the Serendra Branch

Burgers and I have a weird relationship. Normally, I'd prefer pastas and pizzas over burgers. However, when I crave for burgers, I yearn for it really badly. Like a mad man who needs his doze of bacon at once! And since I've been eating nothing but beef broths for the past month or two, the burger craving had hit me. And it hit me badly! Luckily, I was extended an invitation to check out 8Cuts Burger Blends' newest branch.
8 Cuts Burger Serendra

The timing of this invitation couldn't be any better! Not only were we (my family and I) really going to Bonifacio Global City that day, but the invite served as a friendly push for me to try to eat normal people food. (Even when my skin was already improving, I was still scared to eat for fear of the attack of the itchies.) It was also a good change of pace.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Saboten: Japanese Cutlet and More in Glorietta 5

While the "katsu war" isn't as big as the "ramen war" going on in Manila, it's still nice to know that katsu lovers in the metro now have more choices when it comes to their favorite Japanese food. And while I can't call myself a katsu aficionado yet, I have to admit that I enjoy a straight-forward katsu set meal, especially when I'm really hungry. So today, let me share with you our katsu experience at Saboten Japanese Cutlet.
Saboten Glorietta
Can you spot the Halloween décor at Saboten?
Founded in Shinjuku, Tokyo back in 1966, Saboten is one of, if not, the largest tonkatsu chain in the world, with more than 500 branches all over Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Canada, and since last year, the Philippines. And while I haven't tried the first branch of Saboten in the Philippines when it opened in Serendra, I'm sure glad I finally got to try it now at their 2nd branch, in the new Glorietta 5.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why I've Been MIA + My Eczema Story

Hi guys and gals! I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I've actually laid-low in the blogsphere for the past few months. Apart from not posting blogs frequently, I also haven't been attending a whole lot of events. Yup, I had to decline even those I've always wanted to go to! *sad* Actually, I had to skip even personal meetings and gatherings. But I hope some of you have missed me though. (Just say yes, para wala nang gulo! Haha!)

Anyway, if the title didn't give it away yet, then let me cut to the chase. The reason I wasn't blogging much since August is eczema. Steroid-induced eczema to be exact.
eczema tsw trapped in own skin

So, what is eczema exactly?

According to MedicalNewsToday, eczema is "a general term for any superficial inflammation involving the epidermis, marked early by redness, itching, minute papules and vesicles, weeping, oozing and crusting, and later by scaling, lichenification and often pigmentation. It's also used to refer to the condition atopic dermatitis."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mad For Pizza: Create Your Own Pizza at Il Terrazzo

If you've been with me for quite a while now, you probably already know how much I love my pizzas. Whether I get them for free, or more often -- not, pizza has been a staple for my family's weekend chill out sessions at home. But although I already have my favorites from different pizza chains, I can't deny that I sometimes want to create my very own pizza flavor. And thank God there are restaurants now that spoil pizza lovers to this extent... One of which is Mad For Pizza in Il Terrazo just along Tomas Morato.
Mad for Pizza Il Terrazzo

Located on the 2nd floor of Il Terrazzo, Mad For Pizza is a new, homegrown pizza shop that doesn't just let you choose from a menu of pizzas, but instead, lets you customize your own pizza. From the dough, sauce, and toppings, you're your pizza's own boss!