Category: Gut Feel

  • Gubat QC: Hidden Kamayan Style Filipino Comfort Food Dining

    Gubat QC: Hidden Kamayan Style Filipino Comfort Food Dining

    It was hidden in plain sight. The “Gubat” signage is even so inconspicuous I passed by it twice and didn’t easily notice. Little did I know, that ensconced behind the bamboo walls and door, there’s a little al fresco dining restaurant inside. Gubat QC does feel like being inside a forest (gubat is a tagalog word which means forest) with its lush environment surrounding the wooden tables and benches of the dining area. Everything feels organic. From the food, the banana leaves as plate and even the way people eat – kamayan style (with bare hands).

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  • Craft 1945: Spanish Cuisine and Craft Beer in Baguio

    Craft 1945: Spanish Cuisine and Craft Beer in Baguio

    Braving the holiday traffic in Baguio, foodie friends, Kara, Tin and I were bent to try Craft 1945 in Baguio. A merry collaboration of Spanish food from Casa Marcos and craft beer from Baguio Craft Brewery. Set in the quiet and old town of Baguio at Outlook drive, it’s a dining experience that promises to […]

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  • Sister Curry Mee : Still Spicing up the Flavors of Penang

    Sister Curry Mee : Still Spicing up the Flavors of Penang

    It took me a second visit to finally catch the Sister Curry Mee stall open at Air Itam, Penang. I wasn’t aware of their opening time before and visited late afternoon after my visit at Kek Lok Si temple. Now I wouldn’t want to leave Penang without tasting this Malaysian dish from a stall that […]

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  • Bontoc Bed and Bistro: A Dose of Good Eats, Coffee & Great Craft Beers Up North

    Bontoc Bed and Bistro: A Dose of Good Eats, Coffee & Great Craft Beers Up North

    Tourists hiking up in Maligcong, going to the hot springs of Mainit, or breaking up their trip to Banaue or Kalinga have a good reason to make a stopover at the Bontoc poblacion: good food and coffee as well as craft beer at the new Bontoc Bed and Bistro.

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  • Lamisaan at Holiday Inn Baguio

    Lamisaan at Holiday Inn Baguio

    The crux of international hotel chains lies in the homogeneity of its offerings – it’s good when it comes to expectations regarding service and facilities.  However, it’s less than welcome if we’re talking about food.  At a time when locavore eating is encouraged, it’s a pity that oftentimes when you eat in different branches of a certain hotel or restaurant chain, you get more of the same flavors, same dishes, same offerings.  It’s even more lamentable when we’re talking of Baguio as a branch location, as the city offers a bounty of produce as well as traditional food from the highlands.

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  • Onn Kee Restaurant for Ipoh’s Signature Hor Fun Delicacy

    Onn Kee Restaurant for Ipoh’s Signature Hor Fun Delicacy

    Ipoh is a popular day trip destination from Kuala Lumpur. This Old Town that flourished through mining is a two to three hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh White Coffee may be commercially known and widely available but it is only in the old town of Ipoh where one can take sample a favorite delicacy the local hor fun (kuey teow), taugeh (beansprouts) and Hainanese-style steamed chicken. There are a couple of restaurants to go to but a lot of locals pointed us to Onn Kee Restaurant.

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