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Leaving the Cannoli at Cantina Sicilianita


eave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Classic line.  In this case, we chose to leave the cannoli because of the overall experience.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Cantina Sicilianita had everything going for them.  They had this small, uncompromisingly good vibe about them.  And like any Sicilian would tell you, they’re not Italian cuisine even if the flavors ... Read More »

Is It Better Over at Shanghai Hand-Pulled Noodles?


love noodles.  I’m not sure if it’s just the Chinese in me or if it’s the simplicity of it, but I’m guessing it’s a bit of both.  This is precisely why Kanzhu‘s become one of my go-to places whenever I work late, whenever I having nothing to eat at home, or when I just need a quickie.  That’s what she ... Read More »

No Nolita


guess I’m partly to blame for expecting a lot.  First, you have the same people who brought you Borough, which I liked a lot.  Second, it’s fucking New York pizza!  It’s supposed to be the love child of American portions and the pomodoro sauce of New York’s Italian cuisine and it’s usually pretty awesome. First, we have the Lemonade, which ... Read More »

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo


couple of years ago, we had our annual holiday dinner at Isabelo Garden in Marikina.  It was a bitch of a drive then, it was a bitch of a drive now.  But it got better.  Now, they’re actually open for during the day for breakfast and lunch, but they decide to call the same place “Rustic Mornings.”  No objections.  It ... Read More »

A New Challenger in Greeka Kouzina


et’s get this out of the way: there’s no really good Greek food here in Manila.  But what we have is, at the very least, some decent ones.  Although it’s not really been a popular cuisine, it’s been gaining some traction lately.  It’s been the Cafe Med and Cyma that’s been our incumbent Greek contenders, but recently a new challenger’s ... Read More »

How to Get Your Money’s Worth at The New Spiral


piral has arguably the best buffet spread in Manila.  Usually, it’s a shit load of dishes with maybe the prime rib really standing out.  It gets overwhelming that it becomes a parade of mediocre dishes that gets covered up.  Sure, there’s the usual prime rib station, the pasta section, the Indian, Chinese and all that shebang — but what makes ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: New Lane Hawker Center


ou must visit a hawker center (or a night market) in Asia — in the food capital no less!  Why bother visit Penang if you don’t? One of the more popular ones with tourists and locals is New Lane Hawker Center on Lorong Baru.  This is the same place Bourdain went to have his share of Char Kway Teow. We ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: Chee Wah Fish Head Curry


fter that fish head curry disaster at AMK with fish head curry, I was expecting a lot from this trip.  Then my sister comes home from Kuala Lumpur about 2 weeks before our scheduled trip and tells me that she had the best fish head curry ever.  How the hell do I look myself in the mirror if I couldn’t ... Read More »

There’s Always A Line at Rub BBQ and Ribs


‘ve never been to Rub without having to wait in line for about 20 minutes.  Sure, the place isn’t as big, but so are other places with more empty seats than the waiting chairs outside Rub.   So why do I think this place is so popular?  IMHO, it’s one of the best- (if not the best) valued rib place in ... Read More »

Penang Diaries: Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul


t’s not a bad thing to stray off and explore an unknown city on foot.  Sure, it’s hot, you’re sweaty and sticky — but good things do come out of moments like this. To and from Line Clear, we walk past this corner to find a shit load of people queuing up.  And it’s an unwritten rule in Asian street ... Read More »

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