Sunday, March 20, 2016

Maximus Athlete's Shop Cafe: Metro Manila's First Cycling Cafe

Maximus Athlete's Shop Cafe is a specialty cafe and a specialty retail shop for cycling, swimming, and running all rolled into one. They just recently opened on February 2016 along Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City in hopes of breaking away from traditional sports retail stores and typical neighborhood cafes. Located inside the Sparta Complex, the Maximus Athlete's Shop Cafe hopes to be a hub where athletes and fitness buffs can enjoy outstanding great, good food, and top-quality coffee. 

Putting up a specialty cafe wasn't initially part of the plan, but after going on a coffee crawl across Los Angeles, shop owner and cycling coach Andy Leuterio said that if he were to serve coffee then they might as well serve only the best - similar to the rest of the cycling, swimming, and equipment that he sells at the specialty retail shop. With that, they took up coffee classes at EDSA Beverage Design Group so that they can start serving their patrons specialty coffee.

If you're looking for a list of the brands they offer, check out their Facebook page. Here's a bit more about what makes Maximus Athlete's Shop Cafe stand out. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Revel in a Night of Booze, Grub, and Beats at Valero Eat Street 2 on March 11, 2016

Still looking for the perfect spot to enjoy good booze, grub, and beats with the barkada this Friday? Head on over to Valero Eat Street at the Signa Designer Residences, Makati City this coming March 11, 2016 from 11AM to 10PM for a day of good quality booze and equally delicious food! 

Loads of fun activities are in store for you including Cocktail Mixing with Erwan Heussaff, Beer Pong Competition by Takao, Flip Cup Tourney by Zomato, and raffle prizes. Live music from Aeon Mapa, Shirebound and Busking, DJ Pasta Groove, and Keiko Necessario will also be playing throughout the evening. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Serye Restaurant & Cafe: Filipino Cuisine as It Should Be

Serye Restaurant & Cafe is a Filipino restaurant that serves fantastic Filipino food from age-old recipes dating back 1930s developed by Aristocrat's Engracia Cruz Reyes. The name Serye is actually a play on the letters of REYES as the restaurant hopes to carry the family heritage of making diners happy by serving only the best Filipino dishes. 

They don't take short-cuts, preparing each dish from scratch with only the best ingredients. Recently, they even won the title for Manila's Best Kare-Kare by Food Wars Asia, a title I believe was well-deserved (more on the Kare-Kare later).  

Serye serves more than just Kare-Kare so read on to know more about our Serye experience...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2016: Gaggan Claims the Top Spot, Gallery Vask Named Philippine's Best Restaurant at No. 39th

Gaggan claims the top spot once more in the 2016 edition of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. The Bangkok-based Indian restaurant ranked first place for the second consecutive year, edging out world-renowned restaurants like Narisawa (No. 2) from Japan, Andre (No. 3) from Singapore, and Amber (No.4) from Hong Kong.

Gallery Vask (No. 39), the innovative Spanish restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, was named as the best restaurant in the Philippines. For a full review of Vask, check out this blog post. Tagaytay-darling Antonio's, which ranked No. 48th in the 2015 edition, sadly did not make the cut to be included in Asia's top 50 restaurants this year.

The 2016 edition also named Chef Margarita Fores of Cibo, Grace Park, and Lusso as Asia's Best Female Chef for 2016. Overall, this was a great year for the Philippine food industry and I'm hoping that more Philippine restaurants will make the list in the years to come!

Click here for a full list of Asia's top 50 restaurants in 2016.