Category Archives: Dining101

Paradise Island in Samal

If you have the time, there’s Pearl Farm and Malipano Island in Samal. But if you want a quick escape, Paradise Island is just a 10-minute boat ride from the jetty in Davao City. You still get the same sun … Continue reading

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Going Gaga in Gaggan 

Bangkok. Here for a wedding. And a dinner. And what a magical dinner! Everything is a piece of art and a wonder of science. A genius play on creativity, ingenuity, art and technique.  Gaggan Anand. The Asian Czar of Gastronomy. … Continue reading

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Miyajima’s Oysters & Eels

And more.  We were drawn to Miyajima because of that iconic floating Torii Gate off Hiroshima Bay. At low tide, you can approach and walk around the gate. Took the 1 1/2 hour train ride from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima and … Continue reading

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Osaka’s Kitchen 

There wasn’t much we did in Osaka. No trips to USJ planned. Osaka Castle checked. Day trip to Nara and Hiroshima done. Ferry trip to Miyajima enjoyed. Shopping nearly done, bags stretched to the max. And so what’s the next … Continue reading

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Empanada, Bagnet, Poque-Poque at iba pa

We discovered new places to visit in ILOCOS. Swell. But ate the same food. Ilocano dishes rock. Beyond longganiza, empanada and bagnet, we feasted on poque-poque, sinanglao, pancit ilocos, dinardaraan, Pinakbet, dinengdeng, inabraw, dinakdakan and more.  We had bagnet, poque-poque … Continue reading

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CHILLING @Mayfield Garden

Take that literally. Tops of 5 Celsius. We were even welcomed with a light shower (hail, actually) as we dined in the Mayfield Garden’s Kitchen Café. Located about 10 kms from Oberon, NSW, we thought the place would be empty. … Continue reading

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Cupitt’s Winery & Restaurant

Here’s one gem of a place in Ulladulla, New South Wales. A boutique winery, vineyard,  micro-brewery, growers’ market and restaurant with traditional French and English influences. The restaurant and vineyard sit on a lovely slope overlooking Burill Lake and Pigeon … Continue reading

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