Jul 14, 2017

Epilogue Philippines

July 14, 2017
Epilogue in S Maison Mall at Conrad Manila

The glowing red restaurant that has everyone curious what they are and what they offer. Epilogue serves a fusion of Japanese European flavours with techniques and styles combined for a distinct culinary experience.

At first glance the dimly lit ambiance already projects mystery, it contrasts the uniform white vibe of the mall and its neighbours and their eye catching radiate red bar will draw you in.

Upfront you'll be greeted by the display of breads, cakes, and various pastries, which by the way is discounted 30% less after 7 PM daily. 


The 4-course tasting menu is highly recommended when dining at Epilogue. The set menu is priced based on your main entree you choose. You start with Soup and Salad, then your choice of main dish; Pollo Cotoletta (900 PHP nett), Foie's Gold (1,400 PHP nett), Spigola (1,600 PHP nett), and Maestro (1,900 PHP nett), then end with something sweet from the Pastry display. You can pick a cake or pastry from the display, cakes start from 280 PHP for a chocolate cake to 330 PHP for the Matcha Cake, we suggested the latter for the best value for your set.


Pollo Cotoletta Set (900 PHP)

   290 - Cerchio Soup
   420 - Signore Cardini
   780 - Pollo Cotoletta
   330 - Matcha Cake (choose your own)

1,820 - À la carte price (supposed savings of 920 PHP) 

Buta Amiyaki (590 PHP)

Jul 13, 2017

Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

July 13, 2017
Hotel Stripes an Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott.

Hotel Stripes welcomes everyone to experience the urban neighbourhood of Jalan Kamunting in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The property has a total of 184 rooms arranged across 21 floors, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop bar serving the outdoor infinity pool. The distinctive brick-lined facade along with the vertical wooden louvres and colonial white base of the building really gives the hotel its unique character.


Brasserie 25

Ground Floor, Hotel Stripes, 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

BRASSERIE 25 - French Restaurant

Brasserie 25 exudes a rustic charm. With its red brick arcades, mid-century copper sputnik chandeliers and dark wood floors, this French-style restaurant located on level 1 provides a dramatic yet relaxed vibe. Read more....

Opening Hours:
11 AM to 12MN Daily

The Snug

2nd Floor, Hotel Stripes, 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Breakfast Buffet 

The Snug is the breakfast venue for guests staying at Hotel Stripes. The Layout is parallel to the road which gives it optimal daylight. Tables are spaced well apart and some table setups with couches allow guests to lounge during breakfast. The wide assortment of fresh juices alone already suffices make their buffet rate a good deal. The hot dishes may not be as extensive, but at least they change the menu items daily. The pastry basket is filled with the usual croissant, peach and strawberry danishes, and various breads for sandwich making. Cereal selection has the popular basics. The egg station at the Buffet nook tends to get busy, but don't worry about waiting as they will always offer to deliver. 

The row of fridges filled with freshly squeezed bottled juices, cold sandwiches, cheeses, yogurts and various fruits.

The overall breakfast experience is worth having even daily, we visited all 5 mornings during our stay and the consistency of the service and food quality is commendable. The location of hotel stripes isn't central for breakfast joints, which is why we didn't bother eating breakfast elsewhere. Our room rate included breakfast and we didn't expect it to be as good as we had.

Breakfast Buffet Rate
60+ MYR or 16 USD

Opening Hours:
6 AM to 11 AM Daily

Man Tao Bar

21st Floor, Hotel Stripes, 25, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The View from Man Tao Bar

The Man Tao Bar is located by the infinity pool on the roof deck that overlooks the KL Tower complex and the Kuala Lumpur City Center. We arrived stripes in the evening and being hungry we immediately had dinner at Brasserie 25, which was worth the premium. Afterward, we had to top off our night somewhere, but we couldn't venture off anywhere as we forgot to change currency at the airport. The hotel does offer money exchange, but we suggest doing it at a mall for better value.

We recommend NS Cast Point at Suria KLCC Mall, enter from the Louis Vuitton side, take the first escalator from the door down and make a u-turn, walk straight and it will be on your left. They're open from 10 AM to 10PM Daily.

Back to Man Tao Bar, we decided on a couple of drinks and took the table by the pool. 

Opening Hours:
7 PM to 12 MN Daily


The 30 square meter Deluxe Room maybe smaller than most 5-star hotels in the Kuala Lumpur, but sometimes space isn't everything. The room layout is functional and for most travellers it's more than enough to relax after a long day of exploring the city. The unique features such as the wide sofa bed that accommodates another adult comfortably.

50 inch TV with international channels

When booking direct through the Hotel Stripes website you get the mini-bar complimentary that's restocked daily. We didn't avail of it early on as we embarrassingly couldn't find the fridge. It's hidden behind the vertical mirror by the right side of the Television.

Basic mini-bar setup

The welcome amenity are these old-fashioned sweets popular in Malaysia in the 80's and I'm familiar with the White Rabbit cream candy as it was also popular treat back then in the Philippines.

The Coffee and Tea amenity is stocked with Black Teas from BOH Plantation - local Malaysian tea manufacturer and refreshing Japanese Green Teas from OSK Japan, while coffee is provided by the San Marco Capsule System with 100% Arabica blends. Interestingly, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Sydney uses the very same machine.

The unique facade of red bricks does impede on the view of the floor to ceiling windows with some rooms limited vertical openings from the decorative doors and holes from the interweaved red bricks. Despite the obstructions the room is still easily filled with natural light, besides the view from the roof deck is much more pleasant especially during sunrise as the sunlight filters through the tall buildings.


The bathroom layout is out odd yet practical with the sink in the bedroom area effectively allowing more space in the bathroom and to think about utilising the unused hallway space is ingenious plus the daylight from windows make it easier to groom.

Bathroom amenities are a mix of brands with Shampoo and Conditioner provided by Mangosteen in pump bottles affixed to the shower wall and Aromatherapy Associates for soaps and body lotion.

Mangosteen made exclusively for YTL Hotels

Body Lotion and Soap by Aromatherapy Associates


Hotel Stripes is a good balance of luxury and location with amenities that's ideal for both business travellers and leisure guests seeking a quiet hotel in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

The Gym is well equipped state of the art machines with the latest built-in entertainment system.

The Pool on the rooftop is unheated is suited for lounging rather than laps as 15 meters maybe too short for some.

The WiFi during our stay was unstable and tops out at 3 mbps which is alright for browsing and social media. Business travellers may need to avail of the premium internet package.

The Location is on the quiet neighbourhood of Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit with shops and dining limited to boutiques and cafes. The nearest mall would be Quill City Mall, but is inaccessible by foot unless you pay the fee to cross the Medan Tuanku Monorail Station. We recommend taking GrabCar to Suria KLCC or any mall to Bukit Bintang. Ask the reception if they still offer the complimentary shuttle service to JW Marriott in Bukit Bintang as the property is also managed by YTL Hotels. I remember them offering it until 8 PM daily.

The Price you pay for at Hotel Stripes in our opinion the best deal you can get in Kuala Lumpur. A brand new hotel built-in 2017 branded under Autograph Collection by Marriott. 

The People at Hotel Stripes are young and eager to please. The doorman always greets you with a smile and genuinely welcomes you every time you pass through the door. 

Jul 11, 2017

Toby's Estate: New Food Menu

July 11, 2017

Toby's Estate Philippines introduces 4 new items to their growing food menu. Toby's strategic locations sets itself up as the one stop solution for diners looking good coffee and food to pair. The new items cater to the different markets Toby's attracts - the quick bite businessman, the busy lunch crowd , and the relaxed weekend brunch customers. Their menu is in constant development and will keep you up to date with their latest offerings. For now, try all of them and tell us which you like the best. We enjoyed the Pepper Salami and Cheese Croissant the best, but it could be better if they added some chips on the side.

Corned Beef and Hash (350 PHP)

Home-style corned beef hash, potato rosti topped with two sunny side up eggs. 

Brasied Chicken in Wine (350 PHP)

Chicken braised in red-wine and served on creamy mashed potatoes.

Linguine Puttanesca (350 PHP)

Classic pomodoro sauceswith anchovies, capers, olives tossed in linguine pasta.

Pepper Salami and Cheese Croissant (290 PHP) #EAT

The Salami and Cheese Croissant is our favourite on their new menu and it best represents Toby's Estates quality.  The simple layers of the croissant sandwich beginning from the single lettuce strip, appropriately sized row of tomatoes, fresh alfalfa sprouts, sharp manchego cheese, and the pepper crusted salami slices held in between the buttery croissant is just the ideal cafe treat. The kick of spice from the mustard adds flavour to the refreshing taste of the sandwich. Our complaint would be the lack of chips on the side, which will add some texture to the silky smooth experience. 

Hot Chocolate (140 PHP)

Their classic hot chocolate is consistently decorated with their intricate latte art design. A dark yet sweet taste served at the optimal temperature for immediate consumption.


Toby's Estate Salcedo
G/F V. Corporate Center, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila
7 AM to 10 PM Daily

Toby's Estate Legaspi
G/F Senta Condominum, 140 Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
7 AM to 10 PM Daily

Toby's Estate Shangri-La Fort
G/F High Street Park, Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
7 AM to 10 PM Daily

Toby's Estate Ortigas
Robinsons Cybergate Beta Building, Ruby Road, Ortigas, Pasig City
7 AM to 10 PM on Monday - Friday
7 AM to 8 PM on Saturday - Sunday

Toby's Estate Greenhills
G/F The Viridian in Greenhills, Connecticut Corner Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
7 AM to 12 Midnight Daily

Toby's Estate Whitespace
Whitespace Manila, 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes, Makati City
7 AM to 6 PM Daily

Jul 10, 2017

The Choice 2017

July 10, 2017
Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there's a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we're always very curious about the crowd favorites.

The popular vote, if you will. So, Our Awesome Planet, the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) and World Food Expo (WOFEX) have partnered to conduct the People's Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more …. or simply, "The Choice".

You can participate and answer the survey here -->

We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Finalists have made us very pleased:  we feel it's a very diverse and fair representation of all our favorites from all over the Philippines. The categories are very broad, as they should be in a democratic vote.

However, we'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Taste, after all, is subjective. This is a vote for YOUR FAVORITES. These are not the Oscars of our ever-growing foodie community.

Instead, we'd like "The Choice" to be the Golden Globes:  a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased. After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!

The Choice 2017 Voting is open for 3 weeks starting on July 3, Monday and ends on July 23, 2017, Sunday.

The Choice Restaurant Awards will be on August 5, Saturday at the SMX Convention Center at the MoA during the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2017!

The Survey Parameters

1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017.

2. There are 60 questions in this survey and answering this survey should take only around 10-15 minutes. It is best to give a definitive answer on each question and feel free to skip if you can't decide.

3. All answers are treated confidential and final once you click on the submit button. 

One survey response for one person only.

4. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.

5. We've added your Favorite Hotel categories as part of this year's The Choice 2017 survey!

The KTG are:

"The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food bloggers in the Philippines; every one of their individual blogs ranks among the highest ranking and most influential online publications dedicated to foodentertainment, and travel.

The KTG is composed of some of the more senior food bloggers in the country, including Richie Zamora of "The Pickiest Eater in the World', and Jill Tan of 'The Food Scout”.
Representing the younger generation are "Food in the Bag", "The Hungry Kat", and "Nines vs. Food". And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a foodie who's also a respected tech blogger.

The KTG's objectives are not limited to discovering the best restaurants, however. While it's affectionately called the "Kain Tulog Gang", it's officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila, this "Kapatiran sa Tulong at Ginhawa" is on a constant mission to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate."

The Pickiest Eater

Rina’s Rainbow

Franny Wanny

The Food Alphabet

Chuckie Dreyfus

The Tummy Traveler

Tales From The Tummy

Eric Jaz Foodies

The Mommist

Dude For Food

Janed Chua


The Hefty Foodie

The Food Scout

The Purple Doll

Lynne Enroute

Food Review Manila

Food In The Bag “ The Jengster”

The Hungry Kat

Roch Kirstin

Nines Vs Food

Pepe Samson

Babe For Food

A Not So Popular Kid


One Big Bite

Pinas Muna

Metro Staycation

Manila Eat Up

Eatsplorations by Mark and Bianca Tan

Quiche The Cook

Phantasm Darkstar “Princess”

Bettina Bacani “Bett”

Mommy Practicality

Eater Philippines

Your Foodtographer “Besh”

our fantastic foodie friends from:


Philippine Star's "Let's Eat"
and television show

plus our partners from World Food Expo:
Last but certainly not the least,
the #1 Food Blog in the Philippines,
and one of the Top 10 Travel Blogs in the World….

Our Awesome Planet

Jul 6, 2017

Crosta Pizzeria

July 06, 2017
Crosta Pizzeria: Passion Pizza

Crosta Pizzeria is currently one of the 2 stalls open at The Social - Poblacion Makati's first food park just across from Señor Pollo one of the cornerstone establishments that propelled the area into the dining district that it is today. Crosta's journey from a pass time to a standing concept was 4 years in the making, numerous experimentations and tastings made what they call "The Poblacion Pizza" a unique style that's yet to be categorised.

The dough at Crosta goes through a 48 hour fermentation period that results into the puffed and crisp crust that's a sight to see. Expect a crunchy bite with a slight heft, it may be thin but it surely satisfies.

Crosta Pizzeria: The Basic Bitch Pizza (200 PHP)

The Basic Bitch pizza is a simple layer of tomato base, mozzarella cheese, and topped with basil leaves. The  basic done right.

Crosta Pizzeria: Shroomed Out (380 PHP)

Topped with 3 mushrooms - Shitake, Portobello, and White button, a even coat of mozzarella, Fotina, Tellagio, and Parmesan, and finally fresh thyme. Time to eat!

Crosta Pizzeria: Pepperonly Pizza (250 PHP)

A classic pepperoni with salami slices, mozzarella and parmesan. Ideally had with some beer or wine, which Crasto will be pairing / bundling soon.





Crosta Pizzeria at The Social on Ebro

5770 Ebro St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City

5 PM to 10 PM  Sunday to Thursday
5 PM to 12 AM  Friday & Saturday



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