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September 12, 2017

BISTRO MANUEL by Chef Ariel & Mia Manuel: Lolo Dad's for the Millennial Generation!

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BISTRO MANUEL is a fine-casual dining bistro serving fine contemporary cuisine by Chef Ariel & Mia Manuel in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati!  

It serves the Best of Lolo Dad's with new contemporary dishes for the millennial dining crowd looking for better food choices in Manila. Lolo Dad's set the trend for fine cuisine in Manila outside the hotels and was the go-to place for a romantic dinner in the heydays of Malate.

Bistro Manuel aims to continue the legacy in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati and elevate the dining scene to Michelin-star level quality.

Here's what to expect and what to order at Bistro Manuel...

BISTRO MANUEL
2nd Floor, Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati
Open 7 days a week. Lunch 11am-2pm | Dinner 6pm-10pm
Instagram: @bistro_manuel
Telephone: +632 871-8566

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September 11, 2017

Kyoto Gionya Kimono Experience! (Photo Essay)

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The Kyoto Gionya Kimono Experience is a unique way for tourists to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and traditions that are still practiced to this day.

What better way to remember Kyoto than visiting one of many historical sites in a Japanese style Kimono? This unique experience is one of a kind and a must for any tourists who love culture and picture taking.   

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September 09, 2017

And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017 are...

You can now apply for the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2 to be held in Summer 2018! 

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We have finally successfully completed the first Pro Edition of the longest running Taste Test Event in the Philippines, now on its 15th cycle in 9 years. I'm so happy that we were able to discover deserving start-up food entrepreneurs whose Food Business Dreams we will help make a reality!

Thank you to Foodee Global Concepts, our long-time sponsor and partner San Miguel Lifestyle Brews, our partner venue Glorietta & Ayala MallsGlobe Studios, and our lovely host Patti Grandidge-Herrera for taking this historic food taste event to the next level.

This was literally the Best UTT Ever, with a well-curated list of start-up food entrepreneurs and an awesome line-up of new food discoveries

And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017 are...

 

Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition Series:
And the Winners of the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition are...
A Foodie's Guide to the Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017!
Announcing...Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition: "Making Your Food Business Dreams a Reality!" 

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September 06, 2017

CENTRAL JAPAN: Awesome 5-Day Itinerary to Explore Central Japan! (Day 1-2)

 by Abigail Javellana

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Central Japan, the old country, has so much more to offer than the famed Shirakawago UNESCO Heritage Site, 400-year-old Matsumoto Castle, and the dazzling Snow Wall of Kurobe Alpine Route.

Discover Central Japan as you'll find beautiful fields of tulips, fun activities like food replica and soba making workshops and trying out fantastic food like first-class Japanese Hida Beef and affordable Michelin grade sushi- Central Japan has something for everyone!

Here's a sample 5-day itinerary to make the most of your trip to Central Japan...

 

Central Japan Blog Series

CENTRAL JAPAN: 5-Day Sample Itinerary! (Day 1-2)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano's Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World's Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō! 

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CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano's Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

by Abigail Javellana

Central Japan

Nagano Prefecture besides having the most accessible snow resort in Japan, it is surrounded by sought after attractions like the famed 400-year old Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple, and the cute wild snow monkeys!

Fun Fact: Nagano, known as the prefecture of longevity is blessed with fresh air and clean water from the soaring 3000-meter high Japan Alps. It is believed because of this beautiful environment and fresh produce from the mountains to be related to the highest average life expectancy rate in Nagano.

Here's a sample itinerary for a day trip in Nagano...

Central Japan Blog Series

CENTRAL JAPAN: 5-Day Sample Itinerary! (Day 1-2)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route & Toyama Bay Sushi! (Day 3-4)
 CENTRAL JAPAN: Nagano's Matsumoto Castle & Soba Making Workshop! (Day 5)

 MY WAX TEMPURA: Food Sample Workshop in Gujo City!
 TONAMI TULIP GALLERY: The World's Only Tulip Garden Where It Blooms All Year Round!
 SHIRAKAWA-GO: The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō! 

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