No doubt that this Ella and the Blackbird will always be on our immediate top of mind recommendation to have good solid coffee and where people can stay for hours hanging out quietly on a Sunday afternoon reading a good hardbound book.
For perceptive travelers who are willing to go great distances for the rewards of pine air smell and pristine mountains. Sagada is unpredictable regardless of how many times you’ll visit the place.
Toyo which means soy sauce in Tagalog. Why Toyo? Navarra sees it as a spirit condiment. People look at it as simple, its day-to-day. But there are a lot of layers and elements involved in making it. Its complex yet simple and that character truly represents what Toyo Eatery is all about.
Toyo opened its doors last March 2016 to rave reviews and is located at The Alley, a compound at Karrivin Plaza along Chino Roces.
Chef Jordy Navarra’s clean technique was helmed both by his innate passion, talent and at the same time a true reflective work coming from his previous experiences at The Fat Duck in the UK and Bo Innovation in Hong Kong.
Miele One to Watch Award- Asia 2018
The recent winner of this award gave additional validation to the what Toyo Eatery has been doing for just two years.
They take inspiration from the rural style. Very ingredient based, apply techniques to it to make it different from the everyday.
Subtlety of Fixtures
The restaurant has an open atmosphere which allows guests to enjoy Filipino hospitality in a contemporary setting. Complimented with locally sourced types of furniture; Diretso Acacia Tables, E. Murio rattan chairs, and capiz fixtures by Milo Naval. The warn local wood and items stood out so well against the polished concrete and basic interiors.
The bar, by David Ong of the Curator, offers a selection of craft cocktails.
Food Essence and Philosophy
Toyo’s philosophy revolves around taking basic elements of Filipino flavor presenting it in a subtle way that strips basic elements to highlight the true essence of it.
They cook using wood and charcoal. Open fire, but in essence, keep the flavors clean that will lead to simplicity and easy to understand food.
Toyo’s offerings are best enjoyed through its tasting menus (P2,900 +++ per person) or its three-course set menu (P1,000 per person). A handful of dishes are available in à la carte. We decided to try first the 3-course meal for our first visit.
A complimentary bread basket. These are not your usual bread basket. Our particular favorite was the Tocino bread, a warm brioche with bits of tocino and onion.
Tomato Merengue with Ginataang Langka
This is a palate cleanser. Pick it up, put right in the center of your tongue and just wait for it to melt by itself.
About a song that has a garden. Took all the 18 vegetables that they would sing the song. Eggplant and peanut the sprout was a mustard leaf. Incorporated into one cohesive albeit complex dish.
It was considered by many as one of the most creative Filipino dishes to date. Apart from palatably translating the story of a small nipa hut surrounded by a garden filled with vegetables, the chef championed to employ of Filipino ingredients – a movement that took its time to come to execute.
Burnt Kalabaza with Sea Urchin and Orange Kamote
They burn the squash until it’s really dark on the outside and then thy scoop out the inside and make a soup with it, they put sea urchins inside and on top they put crispy kamote (sweet potato) for added texture.
Try to get a bit of everything for your first taste.
The three-cut pork BBQ
The three-cut pork BBQ plays on our classic and staple street fare that is the Pinoy BBQ by using three different cuts of pork (kasim, pigue, and liempo) brushed with reduced pork bone broth in a process that takes 12 hours to do. Cooked over wood and charcoal then served with coconut cider vinegar.
The meat is tender, smoky and savory. Dip it in the coconut cider vinegar for maximum flavor. Served with Silog. Chicharon, Toyo rice, garlic and egg yolk.
Grilled Belly and Loin
Twist play on our classic Bangusilog. It’s ridiculous how perfectly the bangus (milkfish) was cooked. Served on a bed of spinach, while the silog’s sticky rice, raw egg, and crispy fish skin make for an exciting amalgam of flavors and textures.
We had the Grilled Cassava cake over charcoal. Smokey and not too sweet. Delectable and simple preparation.
A fun and light approach to food and this mirroring is a reflection of the Filipino culture where we’re pretty hospitable and nice to visitors. The casual and candid approach, yet you see the technique and refined style applied to every dish.
There’s a sense of family amongst them. When you observe the way each one interacts with one another. Very confident and knowledgeable of what they are serving a true sense that all of them are very proud of their team’s output product.
A small detail that we notice as well as how they are championing to use Tagalog when they explain and share insights with the diners. No pretense.
Overall Story to Tell
A fine dining for the QUALITY and NOT for the FORMALITY.
The staff made us feel relaxed and comfortable during our stay which adds up to the overall dining experience.
Chef Jordy Navarra and his team are doing things differently. They are challenging the status quo and offers something unique, familiar and yet refined to Manila’s dining scene.
Food that represents who we are and where we’re from. It’s a good way to understand Filipinos and Filipino food in general.
We never give out CX rating of 5/5 of 5, but for Toyo Eatery we’re putting it out there.
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2316 Chino Roces Ave.
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Art Fair started in 2013, it was visioned then to be the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in contemporary Philippine visual art. It supports Filipino art practitioners and its attached community. Set in Metro Manila’s urban venues, making art more accessible to the general public.
Fast forward today. They already achieved that vision.
A larger venue for a bigger audience
It catered to a larger number of audience. They covered all 6 levels of the Link Parking lot.
A fresh section
ARTFAIRPH/PHOTO, which focuses on photography. Additional exposure of the audience to this kind of visual channel. Photography prints need to find a place in our local art scene. The same attention that other mediums are getting
Talks and tours return
ARTFAIRPH/TALKS and ARTFAIRPH/TOURS was incorporated yet again this year. They gave educational talks and feature respected artist and provided guided tour around different museums in the metro.
Art Fair venture
The fair will also see exhibitions of commissioned work from internationally established art practitioners, as part of its yearly ARTFAIRPH/PROJECTS program.
10 Days of Art
Art Fair Philippines began ahead of its exhibition dates this year as it continued its 10 Days of Art tradition, which we saw a series of art events and museum openings which held up to its opening day on March 1.
Of course in every ‘culture’ driven event you’ll see a few interesting characters that can spice up your overall experience.
1) I need be ‘SCENE’ Gen Y’s.
The typical unadulterated son and daughters of the middle class and upper class, making their way in the exhibit. With their torn jeans, cropped top from H&M. Fake hipster eyeglasses on fleek armed with their smartphones. They will relentlessly take 30 selfies in front of art pieces. Load in real-time filters and necessary #HashTags for their Instagram stories. A generation that is a slave to create double anti-thesis life online.
2) Coupling Millenials
The boy uses an art event as a way to impress his girl. They line up to get their tickets without knowing what’s in store or even navigate each floor. As they walked pass by gallery booths, hands clasped so tight as both of them stare at each other’s eyes.
3) The annoyed art enthusiast who gave sharp stares to everyone.
4) Art Buyers
are your typical Lolo and Lolas who would compare and decipher which paintings should they put up on their Tagaytay resthouse walls.
Art in front of you first before anything else.
Before you start taking your Instagram stories, appreciate the art in front of you first. Try to decipher what the artist is trying to convey. If you are moved if for some inexplicable reason you become attached to the painting in front of you.
Remember, the artwork does not subsist for your outfit. Do not be selfish to think so.
Please, stop taking too many selfies.
Try to be considerate of the people around you. We do understand that there are segments of the audience who really just want to appreciate and witness these arts personally. They stare for minutes, emotions are being evoked and there will be some sort of interpretation that they will conclude inside their minds. Having someone take multiple selfies and using the art just as a cool backdrop for someone’s photoshoot is something that can really be annoying.
Last 2017’s of Art Fair Philippines drew about 40,000 visitors, which provided a good indication that the art scene is indeed booming in the country. While it is a positive development, some artists and art enthusiasts were skeptical about why the number of art fair attendees is growing every year — they believe that most people attend the art fair and (and other galleries also) were just being used as a plausible backdrop for their self-loathing “selfies.”
A thousand strong in attendance and despite that, the sense of aesthetics and a real appreciation for art has, sadly, not been developed. Modern art galleries are seen as a status symbol. It is tainted into being treated as a backdrop, a symbol of ‘hip no different from your latest iPhone X or that overpriced limited edition sneakers.
Then again it is all impression and self-branding. We are part of a generation where we used social media as a platform to validate and affirm things that we do and how people perceive our personal brand. But, then again this could lead up to an open-ended debate of premises. If I were to counter all the advise statement on this content piece, I’d probably say that taking selfies and posting them on Instagram or Facebook is pretty similar to wearing your brand new copped clothes or taking a photo of your above tier restaurant meal before eating it as it exudes an illusion of affluence.
Then again, it is all about appreciation, It is not art appreciation if 99% of the time you have your back to it, right?
Give the art some space
Standing too close to the artwork may cause risk in damaging the item or obstruct the view of others. Step back and try not to hog the space.
Remember that the viewing of art is supposed to be enjoyable not just for yourself, but also for the rest of the goers.
Learn about the artist
Remember that art-geeking is highly recommended. These type of events only happens once a year so ask away the artist or curators about inspirations and techniques that are being exhibited.
I guess what we’re trying to say here is equal respect to all. Both for the spectators and artists.
Overall experience was very pleasant. The event was well organized and well thought off. We’re happy that the art scene is gaining its mainstream share with the Filipino’s popular culture most especially to the younger generations. We need channels and groups like them to support the growing art community.
We’re looking forward to next year’s.
Each of us has a different take on it. How we perceive art as a form of ‘something’ inexplicable. Perhaps an impression of life as in a very twisted manner, as it mirrors society and the hypocrites around us. It often times represents our own demons within that we’re so scared to let out. Art should provoke thoughts and emotions. It should make you feel conflicted within and how you ascertain and perceived things.
Well, that is the idealism of it.
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Come thru Waterside at Solaire all Saturdays of March to experience a hefty spread of Tex-Mex buffet flavors, free-flowing drinks and live music. Viva Tijuana it is!
Did you know that Bataan is one of our favorite spots to chase the ever so beautiful sunset? We were there a few months back when we visited the majestic Las Casas de Acuzar and have written an article piece on it. You may check out our complete travel guide HERE.
Our only beef with our Bataan vacation was the land travel. Traffic in Manila has been our worst enemy and now some part of Pampanga gets heavily congested as well! There are just too many unregulated vehicles by the government- Okay, so I am not going to use this article as a rant channel. We’re all for fun here and good experience. Yes? How about’ we tell you that you can skip the whole shenanigans and long haul of land travel?
From the typical 4-5 hours of travel by land from Manila to Bataan not including traffic! travelers can now reach the Mall of Asia (MOA) in precisely 50 minutes with the d Fast Ferry boat via Manila Bay.
Operated by the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System under its president Goody Ilagan, commuters will also be given free shuttle service from Orion Port all the way to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South, making the travel experience easier and more convenient. It is safe, fast and reliable.
- Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 10:00 AM / 1:30 PM
- Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 11:45 AM / 3:15 PM
- Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 1:30 PM
- Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 3:15 PM
Effective 15 March 2018, you can book online to reserve your seat when you travel to Bataan and Manila. The fare for those booked online is P450. Walk-in passengers fare is P799.
- Walk-in (an on-going process)
- Online (Effective March 15, 2018): https://its.1bataan.com/ SITE will go live on March 15th.
- Contact details: 0917-629-4766 (Open from 6AM to 6PM only)
- Facebook page: 1Bataan Integrated Transport System, Inc
- You’re helping out with the local tourism industry
- Commuters will also be given a chance to ride a free shuttle from Orion Port to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South.
Here are some of the few recommended places to stay during your visit with some of the best prices you could find online.