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September 22, 2016

Our Best Mobile Photos of 2016! (as Shot by LG G5 & LG 360)

( Related Blog Post: Mobile Photography 2016: 20 Food & Travel Photos Shot Using LG G5 & LG 360! )

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Txuleton (Girona, Spain)

The quality of mobile photography is amazing and I can't travel now without my LG G5. I love the high resolution, the sharpness of the images, the wide angle lens, and the wacky 360 selfie.

Here are our favorite food and travel mobile photos in 2016 from our trips to Spain, Chiangmai, Dumaguete, Osaka and Kyoto ...

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September 20, 2016

VEUE CABINS: Weekend Staycation at Secret Bolinao Beach! (Photo Essay)

Veue cabins

Veue Cabins is a modern beach cabin concept located in one of the hidden treasures of the north--Patar Beach, Bolinao.

The name "Veue" was taken from the old French-Latin word meaning "viewpoint". We loved their clean and relaxing cabins resembling those modern box houses in Europe, plus we had a great front view of the beautiful off-white sandy stretch embracing the deep, blue waters of Patar. Staying here feels like a home away from home, complete with everything you need in a beach house. 

Here's a photo essay series of our 3-day/2-night family beach staycation....

VEUE Beach Cabins
Sitio Abrac, Patar White Beach, Bolinao 2406, Pangasinan, Philippines
Mobile: +63 998 998-5863
Website: http://www.veue.ph/
Facebook: VEUE Beach Cabins
Email: veue@outlook.ph

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September 16, 2016

HEY, HANDSOME! The Best New Homegrown Restaurant of 2016?

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HEY HANDSOME is a Southeast Asian restaurant collaboration of Chef Nicco Santos of Your Local and Charles Paw of Hole in the Wall. Its name is inspired by how Singaporeans call potential customers to their establishments--"Hey, Handsome"--just like "Hi, Pogi" in local terms.

The food portions are huge, yummy, and provide good value for money. Most foodies rave about it because of the consistent quality of the food. 

Is this really the Best New Homegrown Restaurant that opened in 2016? Check out what we think...


G/F Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday 6 - 10pm
(with two seatings for reservation 6.00pm and 8.30pm)
Telephone: (+632) 946-3815
Instagram: @HandsomeCome
E-mail: info@handsomecome.net 


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September 15, 2016

PABLO CHEESECAKE: Osaka's Famous Cheese Tart Opens in Manila! @benchtm

Pablo Manila

The world famous Pablo from Osaka is now officially open in the Philippines!

Pablo is well known for their signature freshly-baked cheese tarts--deliciously soft and creamy treats that taste like no other cheese tart you've had before.

In addition to its classic cheese tart, the popular shop also carries a rich line of pastries, cheese puddings, cookies, drinks, and soft served ice cream.

Here's what to expect at the newly opened Pablo Manila...


Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila
Website: http://pablophilippines.com/
Facebook: Pablo Cheesetart Philippines
Instagram: @Pablo_cheese_tart_philippines

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Chef Josean @NeruaGBilbao X Chef Chele @GalleryVask: Two Old Friends Cooking (A Photo Essay)

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Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao was the last restaurant Chef Chele worked for before coming to the Philippines, and he considers Chef Josean Alija as one of his mentors. Naturally, having these two old friends cooking together for the first time here in Manila was bound to result into something really special. 

Here's a photo essay of  the 4 hands dinner by Chef Josean of Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao x Chef Chele of Gallery Vask... 

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September 09, 2016

THE TABLE by Golden Circle: @ShangrilaHotels Food & Beverage Loyalty Program! (Photo Essay)

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What happens when the best Shangri-La Chefs get together to launch a Loyalty Program not only for in-house hotel stays but also for all their dining outlets?

Introducing...THE TABLE by Golden Circle, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' new food and beverage loyalty programme that earns non-staying guests points when dining at any Shangri-La, Hotel Jen, or Kerry and Traders restaurant.  

This is good news for all foodies who love to eat in Shangri-La restaurants in Manila. You'll get more rewards, instant indulgences, elite bonus points, and sweeter deals as you dine more at "Shang".

The Table launch was awesome, set in 5 acts featuring the different dining moods--Elegant, Intimate, Upbeat, Chill, and Adventurous--with different food and wine pairing in a Bea Valdes masterfully-designed setting.

Here's a photo essay of the moments we love most from the event... 

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September 08, 2016

@Nigella_Lawson: The Face of Contadina in Manila! (Photo Essay) @DelMontePH

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CONTADINA is a high-quality line of Mediterranean cuisine essentials by Del Monte Foods, which include olive oils made from the fine olives of Andalusia, Spaincanned tomatoes made from Roma Tomatoes in Californiapasta made from 100% Canadian Drum Wheat Semolina, and pasta sauces made in Italy. 

The name is Italian for "woman of the fields" and symbolizes the care Italian women have in cooking home-cooked meals using only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

Nigella Lawson, known as the Domestic Goddess, embodies these Contadina qualities that align with her philosophy of cooking with Simplicity and Instinct. According to Nigella, there are no secret ingredients to delicious food, only good quality ingredients and maximizing flavor with minimal effort.

The Manila Food Community was so happy to meet Nigella in person, the face of Contadina products in the Philippines. 

Here's a photo essay of the awesome launch experience for Contadina x Nigella...

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