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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When it comes to hotel buffets, THE MANILA HOTEL'S CAFE ILANG ILANG delivers. Complete yet concise. That is how CAFE ILANG ILANG shows itself. Keeping up with tradition, MANILA HOTEL invited The Diva.
Starting THURSDAY, August 25 up to September 16, 2016, the Manila Hotel would be celebrating the FILIPINO FOOD FESTIVAL.
Happening at the Cafe Ilang-Ilang, patrons would be treated to delicious dishes from the LECHON DIVA, Chef Dedet dela Fuente. Known for her patriotic and luscious dishes, she does not disappoint in the kitchen.
For this particular event, different Filipino dishes were served along with the usual parts of the buffet.
One would enjoy the barbecued TOCINO as well as different appetizers like chicharon bulaklak for starters.

Diners would enjoy the Chef's take on seafood. Crabs were drowned in a rich sauce while shrimps had crab fat on top of them.

Surprisingly, the sisig that Chef Dedet served is not your ordinary usual dish. This one had different flavor profiles. It isn't too spicy and must be eaten with rice.
The Kare-Kare was also traditionally done. Perfect and will go well with a spoonful of shrimp paste or bagoong.
An eye candy, the FILIPINO PAELLA is also delicious. Lemongrass rice is served together with favorite Filipino toppings.
From something crunchy to something sweet and savory, you could take your pick and make your own rice meal.
One thing that Chef Dedet is known for would be her lechons. These babies are incredibly good and deadly. During the preview, she served one with truffle rice coming out from the belly of the pig.
Almost like an art, she has mastered the oven temperature and the proper way to cook a pig. The skin is crunchy while the meat is overflowing with flavor.
Better to go for it and indulge. It isn't everyday that you get to enjoy Pepita's Lechon.
Aside from all the Filipino food, patrons could also expect the seafood section to spruce up their appetites.
There are tender cuts of meat and grilling stations to attend to their carnivore needs.
For dessert, DEDET prepared her famous SUMAN with different sweet toppings liks YEMA and CHOCHNUT and even UBE.
More than Filipino selections, Cafe Ilang Ilang also offers cakes, chocolate, macarons, and sugar free ice home made ice cream.
The FILIPINO FOOD FESTIVAL would run from August 25 to September 16. Visitors would enjoy all the Filipino dishes. Aside from that, they could also expect other delectable cuisine in the buffet.

My Manila Hotel Tour

G/F Manila Hotel
Katigbak Pkwy,
Ermita, Manila City, Metro Manila

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. Was invited to this event.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Comfort food is basically defined as something that would make the diners enjoy and have fun. THE GUYS behind MAIN STREET RESTAURANT made sure that the guests would be delighted with all the dishes they offer.
Located in KAPITOLYO, PASIG,  MAIN STREET is one of the newest restaurant in the block. Aside from their first venture in Taguig City, this is their second bigger and better branch.

An old house was transformed into a relaxed and chill dining spot to cater to families and friends in the area. One could start with their impressive list of drinks.
 They could partner them with bar chows like the PULLED PORK NACHOS. A hefty serving of nachos with a lot of meat is partnered with cheese, jalapenos and salsa.
Since the owners stayed a long time in Canada, they made sure to have authentic POUTINE on their menu. Basically, it has fries, cheese, gravy and a lot of bacon. This is the ultimate sexy dish.

In contrast, health buffs would enjoy the GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD. The peanut-lime-honey vinaigrette works well with the greens and the chicken. It gave it a hint of sweetness.

Seafood lovers would crave for the MOULES CONGOLAISE. Chilean mussels are cooked to make a smokey and tomatoey taste. Mixed with lemongrass and coconut cream, it is perfect to eat with the garlic bread.

For the first time, MAIN STREET chose to serve pasta. Here, they went for the traditional SPAGHETTI and MEATBALLS and also the CLASSIC CARBONARA. IF there was one pasta dish to order, it would be the carbonara. The pasta is cooked perfectly. The eggs and cheese sauce has a bit of bacon and everything works.

A welcomed surprise would be the BLACKENED CHICKEN. Served with creole butter, this cajun spiced chicken is delicious.

Partnering it with the HOISIN BABY BACK RIBS would make your taste buds jump erupt. This 8 hour braised baby back rib is tender and perfect with the hoisin sauce.
A crowd favorite, the RIBEYE STEAK is delightful. Australian ribeye steak is cooked perfectly and is simple as it gets.
MAIN STREET has a decent dessert selection to choose from. You could go for the brownie and the creme brulee.
MAIN STREET is a welcome addition to the long list of restaurants in KAPITOLYO. Having a decent parking space in front and a lot of excellent offerings, this restaurant is a must visit.


10 East Capitol Drive,
Kapitolyo, Pasig City,
Metro Manila
MAIN STREET RESTAURANT is not to be confused
with Main Street (Road) in Pasig.

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. was invited to this restaurant.
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 The KAIN TULOG GANG has been my family when it comes to enjoying good food and amazing company. Over the years, we have learned to appreciate and be thankful for a lot of things.
As a way to give back, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang), and World Food Expo (WOFEX) have partnered to conduct the one and only People's Choice Awards for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, "The Choice".

However, we'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.

The MBKRS are rightly regarded as the Oscars of our ever growing foodie community. So we'd like "The Choice" to be the Golden Globes~ a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased. After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!

Vote Now!

You can vote your favorite restaurants here:

The 2016 People's Choice Restaurant Awards!

The Choice 2016 Voting is open for 2 weeks starting from August 15 and ends on August 31, 2016 12 midnight.

The Choice Restaurant Awarding will happen on September 17, Saturday during the Ultimate Taste Test 2016! Here's a quick look as to what to expect in UTT . (Click Here)

Last year, it was an amazing treat. Here are 5 tips you may want to read about (Click here) on how to attack UTT.

The KTG are:

The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in the Philippines; every one of their individual blogs ranks among the highest ranking and most influential online publications dedicated to food, entertainment, and travel.

The KTG is composed of some of the more senior food bloggers in the country, including Richie Zamora of "The Pickiest Eater in the World', Spanky Enriquez of "Manila Boy", Jill Bantang of "The Food Scout", and  representing the younger generation are "The Hungry Kat", "Food in the Bag", and "Nines vs. Food". And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a dedicated foodie who's also a respected tech blogger.

The KTG's objectives are not limited to discovering the best restaurants, however. While it's affectionately called the "Kain Tulog Gang", it's officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila, this "Kapatiran sa Tulong at Ginhawa" is on a constant mission to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate.

The KTG Blogs:

our fantastic foodie friends from:

Philippine Star's "Let's Eat" monthly magazine and television show.

Special thanks to our partners from the World Food Expo:

Disclaimer: I am Part of The KTG. Would be present in the awarding. See you guys there.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

MARCO POLO ORTIGAS celebrates ALL THINGS SWISS from August 19 to September 4, 2016.
Different gastronomic treats from chocolate to cheese and wine could be experienced at MARCO POLO ORTIGAS.
 For their in house restaurant CUCINA, Swedish dishes are on hand to celebrate the experience.
One could start off with the Raclette Cheese. CHEF ROLF JAEGGI serves and prepares the dish personally. He is a Swiss borne culinary expert that has a vast international experience. CUCINA guests would definitely welcome him with open arms and open mouths.
 After starting with cheese, the BEEF CARPACCIO with BEEF TARTAR would be the way to go. Served with a perfectly cooked quail egg, mache leaves and lemon pepper marinade, the flavors are all brought out. The freshness of the meat is spot on.

 TO warm up the appetite, the SWISS BARLEY SOUP is presented. Mixed with herbs and viande des grisons, this is very light.
 For the main, one could go for the VEAL ZURICHOISE with ROSTI POTATOES. The veal was tender and delightfully done. The Rosti is almost like hash browns but a bit more light and salty in a good way.
 For dessert, the PLUM TART with Vanilla snaps and whipped cream would be the right ending. Not too sweet and just right, the crisp gave it a different texture.
 Other diners need not worry as all the favorites are still present in the buffet.
 An assortment of fresh seafood are their for the picking. One could also go for the grilling station and have different skewers cooked.
 The meat section is also filled with prime rib and their cochinillo.

Guests would also enjoy the freshly made pralines that are available at Cafe Pronto.
What a perfect time to visit MARCO POLO ORTIGAS.
"Monday to Thursday at Php 1,500 for lunch buffet and Php 1,800 for dinner buffet. Weekend rates for Friday to Sunday at Php 2,300 for lunch and Php 2,500 for dinner buffet. A Special gift from Turkish Airlines awaits lucky guests."

MARCO POLO ORTIGAS: The In depth Staycation guide

(02) 720 7777
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City,
Metro Manila

Disclaimer: was invited to this event. wrote this based on my experience.
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