Hog’s Breath Cafe — Possibly the Best Food in Festival Mall

Now, here’s a heartwarming story. Among the “Big Three” malls in the South — SM Southmall, Alabang Town Center and Filinvest Festival Mall, it’s a generally-accepted notion that Festival Mall has absolutely abyssmal food options. There was KFC at the bottom, Teriyaki Boy on the third floor, with a smattering of random stuff like Jack’s Loft, and the Italian Restaurant that nobody ever eats at. And there’s Pepper Steak, which is…

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8Cuts Burger Blends #meatourblends

Alabang Town Center just got a new burger joint, the fabulous 8 Cuts Burger. It’s found in the exterior food wing, right beside Wingstop, which is near Fully Booked and Jamba Juice — right behind Makati Supermarket.  After one visit, I’ve come to the conclusion that this perhaps is the best burger joint around. It’s far better than competing spots like Stackers or Burgoo. The burgers can be a bit pricey,…

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Sancho’s Churreria [Maginhawa Chronicles]

After what amounts to 300 years of slavery at the hands of the Spanish, perhaps the finest thing to come of it is our great taste for Churros and rich Spanish chocolate. You’ll be sure to have a good taste of it here at Sancho’s Churreria, just a few blocks away from Katipunan Avenue where Filipino Revolutionaries started it all and threw off that yoke of oppression. As the last…

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The Nook — Harry Potter’s little place in Manila [Maginhawa]

People who go to Maginhawa Food Street are looking for something a little different.  Anyone can go to a mall and hit it up at Yabu or Friday’s or Kenny Roger’s. But if you’re looking for something unique, you go to these little-known places that you won’t find anywhere else. The Nook is one of those really unique places.  This is the “Harry Potter” restaurant. It’s the places where you can…

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Santouka – Grand Opening Buy 1 Take 1 Ramen!

After being in construction limbo for God knows how long, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka finally opened today at the Alabang Town Center!  I had only eaten at Santouka once before, in Trinoma, and wasn’t all that happy with what I ate. But today with the chance to get an effective 50% off on my ramen bill, I had no choice but to stop by and eat! Yes, that’s because on this…

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Ajisen Ramen – Mixed Treats

Now, one of my friends has been bugging me to try out Ajisen Ramen, so as the fearless food explorer that I am, I had to accept the challenge.  I passed by Robinson’s Place Las Pinas last Sunday after a trip to Yexel Toy Museum, and found Ajisen Ramen at the far corner of the mall.   The interior was pretty sweet. It’s nice, warm and cozy but a little cramped, which…

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KKK Coffee [Maginhawa Chronicles]

To continue my journey through Maginhawa Street, I headed over to KKK Coffee. Southwriter’s League was having a joint ops workshop with Learn Lokal here and we got to test out some of the coffee here. The most striking thing about KKK Coffee is that it has a very strong patriotic, Filipino Theme. KKK refers to the Katipuneros that rose against the Spaniards back in our history — you may have seen…

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It’s a Red Burger!!! @Red Engine

On my roadtrip to Tagaytay, I saw the most unusual thing. It’s a hamburger that’s colored Red. There really aren’t that many sights in food that can catch my attention. Smells, yes. I am attracted to strong, powerful flavors that give off the most delectable aromas.  But visually, food has to do a lot more to really catch my attention. I’ve seen it all. Except… a Red Burger. It’s from…

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Theo’s Bake + Brewed [Maginhawa Chronicles]

So I’m here at Maginhawa’s food street at 9am, and I can’t find a coffee shop to setup my writer’s portable workstation. There’s definitely something wrong with the gamut of coffee shops closed at 9am! What kind of self-respecting coffee shop isn’t closed in the morning? Thankfully Theo’s Cafe came to the rescue. While driving through Maginhawa we found a place called Theo’s. It was like, the only place open…

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Wingstop – Your One Stop Shop For Delicious

There aren’t many restaurants that get a swooning rave review from me. But Wingstop just managed to join a very exclusive club. Wingstop just opened in Alabang Town Center. It’s where Hossein used to be, right beside Fully Booked, near Makati Supermarket and across Jamba Juice and Krispy Kreme. This is, simply put, the best place to eat chicken.  Period. You will spend around 200 per head for a good…

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