Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turning Japanese with a Spin at Nomama Artisanal Ramen Capitol Commons

Japanese cuisine with a cool and inventive spin, and you can definitely expect the unexpected. Blending traditional and authentic Japanese flavors with a bit of creative fun, the dishes at Nomama are not your mama's usual Japanese dishes, not at all. Refreshingly new and different, yet there is a comforting familiarity that keeps you coming back... 


At Nomama Artisanal Ramen, one finds a harmonious and flavorful balance in each of the unique dishes, with just the right amount of play, and that distinct global spin that can only come from Chef Him Uy de Baron (for more on Nomama Artisanal Ramen's creative take on Japanese cuisine, see my previous post here at  http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2013/10/nomama-artisanal-ramen-turns-two.html). Traditional it isn't, nor is it way too off the left field of fusion. But right there in the center, with balanced flavors.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Mid-Autumn Festival Feast at Crystal Jade Dining IN

The arrival of the autumnal equinox and the full moon signals the start of traditional festivities, and a good time to take stock, and thank the countless blessings of the year with family and friends. It's time to harmonize unions and say thanks. It's time for good times and mooncakes. And it's time to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with special dishes created by Chinese master chefs at Crystal Jade Dining IN... 


A traditional Chinese harvest festival, the Mid-Autumn celebration brings families and friends together in thanksgiving for the many blessings of the year. And there's no better way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival than with a traditional and flavorful six-course feast at Crystal Jade Dining IN at The Fort.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

After Six at The Malt Room

It was a little past six in the evening. The cases were unpacked, revealing countless bottles of Scotch whiskey in different shapes. And no, these were not your usual bottles of whiskey. Not tonight. It's a Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Tasting Night, with six of the best, at The Malt Room...


A good friend and fellow blogger once described the joys of a perfect single malt as sipping liquid sunshine captured in a shot glass, and for one evening at The Malt Room, the evening skies lit up with six of the best single malt whiskeys for one of those memorable experiences that linger long after the last toast.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Choose Your Steak. Choose Your Rub. Choose Your Sauce. At The Butcher Shop & Pub.

 Great steaks at affordable prices, and more...


...at your neighborhood back-alley pub, The Butcher Shop & Pub. Have a steak, a late breakfast, or a few rounds at the bar with some pub grub...all in one place.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Special Moments Made Even More Special at Shine Bakery & Cafe

Shine Bakery & Cafe adds a whole new dining experience for its loyal customers, now you can celebrate that special milestone or occasion at your favorite casual family restaurant. And leave it to Shine Bakery & Cafe to handle everything for you. 


Shine Bakery & Cafe launches its newest service, catering events, led by Chefs Rob and Sunshine Pengson for birthdays, celebrations, or corporate functions. At Shine Bakery & Cafe, special moments are made even more special...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Flavors of Ilocos: Breakfast at Hotel Luna's Comedor

The kitchens at Hotel Luna's Comedor are fired up for the day's breakfast service way before dawn, and the aroma of coffee, baked bread, and other dishes draws you in... 


...nothing like a good, comforting and hearty breakfast to start the day. At Hotel Luna's Comedor, the buffet set-up lets you sample a variety of dishes, featuring continental as well as local Ilocano flavors. The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh and available on the market, adding variety to the regular dishes. Pick a spot, grab a plate, and load up...

Flavors of Ilocos: Chillin' at Hotel Luna's Chula Saloon Bar

Back from another stroll at historic Calle Crisologo, and time for a light meal and a few drinks at Hotel Luna's Chula Bar Saloon...


A well stocked bar, a full range of dishes featuring Spanish, continental, Filipino and Ilocano cuisine, and cozy interiors with a cool vibe, it's the perfect place to unwind with a few drinks and some tapas after a full day of touring historic Vigan.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Boodle Feast at Vitalis Resort and Spa

The skies were grey once more, as the monsoon season comes early this year. But I was determined to get some sun, sea, and sand, and a real boodle feast, during my stay at Vigan. And you can, at Vitalis Resort and Spa.


Owned and managed by the same group behind Vigan's elegant Hotel Luna, you can expect the same high level of service and lavish accommodations at Vitalis Resort and Spa. A leisurely hour and a half drive from Hotel Luna, Vitalis Resort and Spa is your gateway to fun in the sun up north...

Flavors of Ilocos: A Steak Lunch at Hotel Luna's Comedor

When you suddenly have a serious craving for premium beef while in Vigan, that's no problem. No problem at all. Hotel Luna's got you covered. With a wide selection of premium steaks, lamb, and pork at Hotel Luna's Comedor, Chef Raymond Quitilen has that perfect cut to satisfy your craving.  


Hotel Luna offers a variety of steaks, from USDA Prime, USDA Certified Angus Beef, American Wagyu and American "Kobe Style" Beef from Snake River Farms and Philippine Wagyu Beef from Bukidnon's Kitayama Farms. And the various steak cuts include a 34 oz Porterhouse that's great for sharing, a 20 oz bone-in Ribeye, a 20 oz New York Sirloin, a 20 oz T-Bone, a 16 oz Filet Mignon, an 8 oz Petit Cut Filet Mignon, and a 12 oz Ribeye. Other choices include an 8 oz Loin Rack French Cut New Zealand Lamb, 12 oz Shoulder Loin Chop, and organic pork chops in 16 oz Double Chop and 8 oz Single Chop. If you have a serious craving for premium beef, Hotel Luna's Comedor is definitely the place in Vigan.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Flavors of Ilocos: Dinner at Hotel Luna's Comedor

My very first day at Hotel Luna, and I was impressed. The elegant accommodations, the impressive art collection, and an equally impressive menu at Hotel Luna's Comedor. I had to go through the menu one more time, with so many choices, and I still couldn't decide. Melvin, Comedor's friendly server, recommended I go for the bestsellers. Why not, sounds like a great idea. And Melvin took care of the rest...  


With Chef Robby Goco as supervising chef and consultant, one can expect a great meal to complete your experience at Hotel Luna. Melvin runs through the recommended dishes, and Chef Raymond Quitilen fires up the kitchen...
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