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Elements Gastrolounge @ Greenbelt 3

Science and Food has long been intertwined. From the very first man who decided to hold raw meat over an open flame gastronomy was born. Elements Gastrolounge seeks to mold together two things that the greenbelt area is known for, good food and good drinks. Drawing from the inspiration of a basement laboratory, the lounge offers your not-so-common barchow with a unique twist. The personality of the owners really shine through as each dish is signature and quite unique and equally good. But if you think Food is all they offer then you have to sit down and chillout for a few hours. As unique as the food was, the drinks were even more unique. Some of them served in test tubes with a test tube holder, some in beakers, truly sticking with the theme. Elements Gastrolounge is a place where you come for the food, but stay for the drinks.

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Retox Ice Cream

One of the perks of being a food blogger is when readers send over some of the stuff they make and let me try it. The other day, Lyschelle from Retox Ice Cream emailed me asking if I wanted to try out their concoctions of alcohol infused ice cream, and its ice cream, who would say no to ice cream. I quickly agreed and she had her partner send it over.

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TeaTap

With the milk tea business growing and booming, a sudden growth of milk tea shops all over the metro has indeed sprouted up. Although some are exceptionally good, there are a bunch of those that make you even wonder why it’s even called milktea. Luckily Teatap at P.Guevarra cor. Wilson at San Juan is one of those places that you could somewhat call a real milktea place.

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Mooncake Festival: Midautumn Festival

As most of you know (or do not know for that matter), it has been the ghost month this past few weeks. For the superstitious Chinese, there are different implications regarding the ghost month. But for the us looking in, it is quite fascinating. Usually falling during the Mid-Autumn festival, several different folklore is associated with Ghost month and the mid autumn festival as well as the tradition of eating/giving mooncakes during this period. Time for the Filipino to look into something quite different happening in my own backyard.

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Almost Gourmet

No. I am not a pro-blogger. I do not make a living purely from my blogs. I have been blessed with enough readership to be considered somewhat influential, but I still blog about food and restaurants because of my mad love for eating and food. Therefore as much as I can, I watch what I eat. No I don’t count calories. My pants and belt would attest to that. I watch what I eat in terms of its yummy-ness! If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout this journey to food nirvana, is that make every bite worth it. Don’t get me wrong, not everything expensive is good, and vice-versa. I still love my Chickenjoy. I still love my occasional isaw. You would actually catch me ordering the occasional ice scramble should a vendor be passing by.

Being saddled with a desk job, lunch everyday is a constant test to one’s tastebuds and wallets. Trying to find the best place to eat for the best price is sometimes an oxymoron that one cannot just achieve. But the other day, a group called ALMOST GOURMET, sent over food. PREPARED FOOD!

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Amoroma @ Tagaytay

I’m a sucker for anything authentic. Authentic Pasta? I’m there. So imagine my delight when I finally discovered Amoroma at Tagaytay. Tagaytay is a brief 1 hour 30 mins drive from Manila and you have the cool crisp weather which is a cool respite from the hot & sticky weather that Manila has to offer.

I first tried this place with The Club on the way to Punta Fuego and have been back the succeeding weekends because I could never get enough of the place. I soak in the ambiance, the choices of handmade pasta, the music, and the weather, everything just ties in. This is one place I wouldn’t mind dining Al Fresco.

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Restaurant 101 @ Enderun

If I wasn’t doing what I am doing now I’d probably be a chef. Food and cooking are passions of mine which falls neatly into photography. That is why when Enderun held an open house which included a lunch at Restaurant 101 I definitely didn’t want to pass this one up.

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Aquaknox

When we talk about vietnamese food in Manila we usually think about Pho Hoa. But Aquaknox has come to change everything. Serving affordable, quality, not to mention yummy viet food, Aquaknox has started making waves among foodies in manila with their chic interior design and quality food and wider range of food choices to really give us a taste of Vietnam. I can’t wait to plan my visit to Vietnam soon!

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ChaTime

Milk Tea has recently been trending food-wise as of late with milieu of Milk Tea shops sprouting up all over the Metro. From the likes of Serenitea and Bubble Tea, and Happy Lemon, another new player has put up shop and being a loyal Serenitea customer I vowed that Serenitea was still better.

That was up until I tried it.

Chatime offers pretty much your standard Milk Teas with its own little twist here and there. But what I really like about the place are the intangibles. Everything in between and the little things are what put you up and beyond the other stores in the market.

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Top 10 things to do in Sagada

I’m on a quest.

A quest to fullfil at least one out of town trip per month this entire year.

The reason for this new found love for adventure and travel stems from the fact that I don’t get out as often as I would please. And what is life without a little bit of travel and liesure to go along with the trials and tribulations of daily life right? If you notice my blog entries, you would subtly see where I was these past few months from Bacolod to Nagsasa, to Coron Palawan, and now Sagada Mountain Province.

I’ve had Sagada on my list of places to visit since forever and I was a bit hesitant in joining the tour organized by Tracey Santiago of Traveltales Inc. (email me on how to get in touch with her for other tours!) primarily because I had reservations about the place. But then if not now, when? I jumped right in with both feet!

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