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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 Who isn't excited for a sale? This coming SEPTEMBER 30-October 2, 2016, DIGITAL WALKER will be holding their CHRISTMAS SALE!!!!!
 Up to 90% discount on different items being offered. Aside from that they have a few deals that are more than worth it check it out.
 Different items from BENRO, MARSHALL, BELKIN, CRUMPLER, URBAN EARS, TAMRON, LOWEPRO, and many more would be up for grabs.
Audiophiles are pretty excited for the sound equipment they have on sale. Cool and awesome gadgets.
 Gadget freaks would enjoy the different power banks and battery options that are on stock!
 Bags would also lure you in as they have as much as 90% OFF!!!
"Let's celebrate Christmas earlier than usual at Digital Walker! All your favorite gadgets will be on sale at up to 90% off! Visit us at SM Megamall - Megatrade Hall 3 on September 30 to October 2."

Check out DIGITAL WALKER'S FACEBOOK PAGE for more info and updates.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quick and easy. That is how I perceive YELLOW BOX RICE COMPANY.
This place serves a delightful array of dishes that is perfect for on the go students, family and friends alike.
Located on the 2nd floor in LA VISTA PETRON along Katipunan, the YELLOW BOX RICE COMPANY is a quaint place to have your on the go meals.
Cooked as you order, the meals are prepared and placed inside a cute YELLOW BOX. You have an option to get a regular or a big box. Believe me when I say that the regular one is definitely big enough.
Breakfast lovers would enjoy their TAPA and EGG. Made from a special secret recipe, the TAPA isn't overly sweet. The flavor is just in the middle and goes extremely well with rice and egg.
If you are trying to stay away from meat, guests might want to try their DAING NA BANGUS with SALTED RICE EGG and the TINAPA with ALIGUE RICE. The top is covered with a generous serving of crispy fish skin. You must eat it quickly so as to experience that crunch.
For a bit of veggies, one could go for the BINAGOONGAN RICE and the CHICKEN AND SQUID MONGOLIAN.
The BINAGOONGAN is served with sweet shrimp paste and a bunch of pork cutlet. The Squid and Chicken MONGOLIAN has that distinct taste that you would get from the squid. This can also be changed into a all vegetable option.
The SALPICAO is just genius.
Covered with garlic and mushrooms, the beef is tender and moist. Definitely a joy to eat. Alongside the next dish.
If there was one rice box to order, it would be the SISIG. Oily juices are mixed into the flavor. From onions, pepper, meat and a little bit of fat trimmings, definitely a nice mix with rice. This has a little bit of kick into it.
YELLOW BOX RICE COMPANY is the perfect place to visit for something simple and straight to the point. Here, you could get your meal in a few minutes and have a taste of your favorites in a box. 
PRO TIP: Get a regular sized sisig and salpicao. Mix them both together and it will bring you to heaven.

2nd floor Petron La Vista,
Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City,
Metro Manila

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

 By now you must have heard, I am indeed handsome. Fine, cute is a more apt term. At HEY HANDSOME, they really mean what they say and deliver. Serving PERANAKAN CUISINE, It has captured the hearts and the taste buds of the foodie scene in the metro.  Thus, making it the MUST EAT PLACE this year.
You may ask: " What is Peranakan Cuisine?". Before that night, I had no inclination that there was a word as such to describe food. Apparently, it has stemmed from the dishes served in Malaysia, Singaporean and Indonesia.
Currently, HEY HANDSOME can only serve dinner as the preparation and detail they give into each dish takes a lot of time. When one gets in a bit early, you get to see the magic happen. The kitchen is open and one of the most coveted area to stay at would be by it. You get to observe how they cook the dishes and see different techniques that could make you say, "why didn't I think of that?".

One of the people behind HEY HANDSOME is CHEF NICCO SANTOS. This guy is no stranger to delicious dishes. Being able to create YOUR LOCAL, you get to tell yourself, now I see. He loves his flavor and wants it to give you punches after punches. Never ending and different profiles all in a swift motion. A bite is all it takes and you are swept in.
For appetizers, they call them SMALL PLATES. These dishes aren't really tiny but the flavors pop up with each spoonful.  SOFT SOFT TOFU is bombarded with bonito flakes and has century eggs mixed in the fun. LAAP PHET is your minced duck with deep fried egg. When you mix everything in your mouth, everything bursts in one glorious fashion. Very very strong flavors one after another.

If there was only one starter to try, it must be the FRIED EGG SALAD. Ground sausage is mixed with crispy fried egg. One order is not enough as egg lovers would enjoy this tremendously.

The use of herbs and spices seems to be the main focal point to make the dishes come alive. One of the herbs would be GALANGAL. This BLUE GINGER is also called THAI GINGER. It doesn't tastes like it but once you get to try the dishes, you'll be thankful this was in the fray. Furthermore, Southeast Asian flavors takes us on a roller coaster ride. Up and down with a bit of left and right. Giving you a bit of surprise.

Right off the bat, the menu lists only a handful of main dishes. Each one with great profile and characteristic. For guests that would like something safe, the BEBEK PENYET or deep fried white pekin duck would work. A bit of nasi ulam or steamed rice with herbs, on the side and you are good to go.

Going a bit on the wild side, the BUAH KELUAK gives you a bit of sambal and danger. This dish uses the nuts from the PANGIUM EDULE or KEPAYANG TREE which is naturally poisonous. Thankfully, a process is done so as to remove the danger and to produce this delicious dish.
THE BEETROOT PANEER is a winner for both vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. Paneer is basically cheese that is wildly used in Indian cuisine. Some could mistake it for tofu because of the consistency and texture but this is definitely cheese. Here, it is mixed with beetroot and is given a dose of quinoa. Special mention must be given to the pappadum. The crunch is there and there's a sweet touch.
Giving you a bit of familiarity, the NASI LEMAK is for fish lovers as well. Seabass is used and partnered with pickled egg and brittle. The home made brittle gives it the crunch that you would look for. The seabass is cooked perfectly. The texture is there and so as the flavor.

Another crowd favorite would be the unassuming NAM TOK. This bbq beef shortribs is pretty safe to order. The beef ribs is partnered with som tam or pickled papaya. Sort of like our atchara but a bit different in a good way.
Dessert and drinks are also well thought of in HEY HANDSOME. The bar can create drinks to your heart's content. One would enjoy the KIWI with VODKA that has bitters and lemon. It doesn't taste like alcohol so it can be pretty fun as well. Maybe, the MALIC MILK might also be your fancy.

The YOGURT is something that you could have everyday. Partnered with black sesame and beetroot, it isn't too sour nor is it too sweet. Just something in the middle.

The KUEH LENGKUAS is different. Coconut meat is mixed with galangal cream to create a play on flavors.

For adventurous patrons, the CREAM PUFF is a must. The main ingredient is durian. You won't actually smell it but once you take a bite. It sinks in. At first is seems awful. A challenge to take in. After a couple of seconds, you get to enjoy that sweet feeling.

If there was one thing to consider, HEY HANDSOME offers only a number of dishes. The thing is, this works well because all of the dishes are exceptional. HEY HANDSOME is currently open for DINNER service only with two seating. One at 6pm and another at 8:30pm. Check out their instagram account to know when they will open for lunch.


5th Avenue, BGC, Taguig City,
Metro Manila
Instagram: @HandsomeCome

Disclaimer: wrote this based on my experience. was invited to try out the dishes.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
MARCO POLO MANILA'S New Chef de Cuisine: Creating Perfection

Something has changed. Something new has come to MARCO POLO MANILA. A new Chef De Cuisine has arrived.
Once you enter CUCINA, there seems to be something different. A breathe of fresh air seems to engulf the place. Meet the new CHEF DE CUISINE, GIUSSEPE RIVOLI. A native of ITALY, Chef boasts of an incredible culinary career. He is very familiar with Asian flavors as he stayed in different parts of Asia. He has headed a number of kitchens and could definitely cook to perfection.
As such, a number of his signature dishes are on display in the buffet spread of CUCINA.
CUCINA is known for making great use of fresh products and being sure of the sustainability of the ingredients. Here, you are assured that everything is delicious and well cooked. Chef GIUSSEPE takes advantage of this in his dishes.
Showcasing his cooking skills, SIGNATURE dishes were brought out. Special mention would be the BEEF CHEEK. It was partnered with couscous and created this wonderful feeling in your mouth. Slow cooked and definitely from the heart. It's like how our parents would make it. The dish reminds you of homey experiences. Delicious.
Perfectly done, the OSSOBUCCO A La MILANESE with Yellow Polenta was another dish worthy of a second serving. The sauce created a flavor that sips into the meat. The polenta is the perfect bread to scoop the sauce of the ossobucco along with the bone marrow.

One thing that meat lovers would enjoy would be the PORK BELLY. Crispy skin and deadly meat. Sliced into huge bite sized pieces, you could go back for more.
To balance out the flavors, the BAKED SALTED FISH is something that you could have. The fish got the flavor of the sea and is soft from end to end.
The pig was stuffed with more pork belly and a lot of spices. Making each bite flavorful and delicious. The skin was heavenly and the meat tender.

For drinks, you can't go wrong with MARCO POLO'S ICED TEA. Not too sweet and just right.
Congratulations to MARCO POLO ORTIGAS for having a new CHEF DE CUISINE. Great Job Chef GIUSSEPE.

MARCO POLO: 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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