Balbacua at Urban Kamote

Ili-Likha | A Baguio Balbacua at Urban Kamote

It must be the cool weather, the bountiful freshness of greens in the region and the creative vibe the city of Baguio exudes that makes food tripping in Baguio so fun. A recently opened creative space called Ili-likha Artist Village, which is getting quite an attention from foodies and artists alike. A hub for healthy eating, they have a Kiwing na Kahoy Food Community and each member establishment offers something different. One we tried is Balbacua at Urban Kamote, bringing a famous Southern Philippines dish to the highlands of Baguio.

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happyfoodies-kabila

Kabila Filipino Bistro | On the Filipino Fine Dine Side

Kabila may mean the “other side” or “across” in Tagalog, but don’t treat Kabila Filipino Bistro as an option. Sharing space with its sister restaurant, Museum Cafe, in the vicinity of the Ayala Museum in Makati, the Kabila Filipino Bistro, simply offers people yearning for Filipino food a simple but fresh alternative in a cozy fine dining space that’s bright, relaxing and have an unhurried feel.

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Ogetsu Hime Teppanyaki bar

Ogetsu Hime | The Best of Japan for Half the Price

The “Goddess of Food”, Ogetsu Hime is offering their Best of Japan selection for a Special Half Price until the 16th of November 2014. Ogetsu Hime is found at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier. It’s hard not to miss its warm cozy interiors and the sushi bar easily seen by the entrance. Upon entering, the restaurant is spacious with teppanyaki stations at the center while the sukiyaki-ready tables on the sides. Happyfoodies got to sample the selection of Half Priced offerings and more.

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All-day breakfast at Mr jones

All-Day American Breakfast with Mr Jones

Counting Crows keeps playing on my head “Mr Jones and me, tell each other fairy tales, staring at beautiful women…” The popular 90’s track depicts the iconic Mr Jones, an American icon harkening back to the old era of jukeboxes, roller skates, foam-padded diner seats and 60’s chics with big hair. I wouldn’t be surprised if Raintree’s restaurant Mr Jones was inspired by this. This all-day breakfast diner teleports visitors to this lively colorful era and completes the experience with their scrumptious American comfort food presented in all-american flair.

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Teddy's Bigger Burgers Monster Double

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: Beefy, Beefier, Beefiest

The past few years, we’ve seen the rise of the burger from fastfood outlet obscurity — playing second fiddle to the omnipresent bestseller, fried chicken — to being a star of its own.  For how can you explain the sprouting of burger joints locally, each one trying to outdo the others by tweaking with the burger variables — the beef, the serving size, the fillings, even the bun.  We like to call them gourmet burgers and like everything that’s referred to as such, they also carry a hefty price tag.

We’ve tried several of these gourmet burgers in the recent past so an invite to try Teddy’s Bigger Burgers was something we couldn’t ignore.  In the “burger wars” being waged, how will this Hawaiian import stack up to its beefy competition?  Was the “burger buzz” generated by its coming (and the hefty price) mere fluff or does it live up to the hype?

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