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Cubao City: The Obscure, The Cool, and its Hidden Subculture

Cubao City: The Obscure, The Cool, and its Hidden Subculture

Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO when in CUBAO City. Featuring the obscure, the cool, and its hidden subculture. A Fat Girls Day Out Guide.

Manila Coffee Crawl

Manila Coffee Crawl

A quick coffee history lesson for you: back in the 1960s, coffee consumption began to grow exponentially. For the first time, coffee became widely accessible. This marked The First Wave.

The Second Wave came with an increase in the quality of coffee readily accessible. Big companies – such as Starbucks – started running coffee shops as money-making businesses. Coffee started to turn into a luxury product rather than a necessity.

The Third Wave is about giving special focus to specialty coffees and giving importance to their quality, origin, and unique characteristics. They focus on using a scientific approach in farming, roasting, and brewing to bring out the very best in coffee.

 

  • Embrace Manila’s brewing café scene as you get to know more about the country’s Third Wave Coffee Industry
  • Discover Manila’s obscure cafés in unlikely corners, known to serve the best well-crafted coffees in town
  • Learn from your guide about the vast coffee culture per café, from beans to roasting techniques
  • Klook exclusive: Participate in a coffee crawl tastefully curated by Fat Girls Day Out!

 

Experience a different kind of Manila tour and dive into the exciting Third Wave Coffee Industry happening in the metropolis. The Manila Coffee Crawl is dedicated to all caffeine junkies and tourists who want to dig deeper into the hip and trendy scene brewing at the moment. Led by the Fat Girls Day Out team, this tour will take you to Manila’s lesser-known destinations, where only the best-handcrafted coffees are made. Get to know five obscure coffee shops all across the metro and embrace each of their cultures as you learn more about them. From beans, roasting techniques, to experience the handcrafted coffee per shop, every visit is worth the money if you’re looking to blend more into Manila’s local scene.

 

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PACKAGE INCLUSION:

  • Philippine exclusive one of a kind Third Wave Coffee Crawl Series
  • 2 English speaking tour guides
  • Transportation (Pick up, transfers, and final drop off)
  • Photo coverage

Visual Snippets from our tour

BOOK YOUR TOUR HERE!

For inquiries e-mail us at experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or call us +63998 5448140

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HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

HOW TO EXPERIENCE MANILA FOR A DAY (Series 2)

This experience guide is a mixture of the old and new. As we try to re-introduce Manila to you in a different angle.

U Hotels (Makati): Your Next Multi-Sensory Hotel Experience

U Hotels (Makati): Your Next Multi-Sensory Hotel Experience

The very first Art-centric Hotel, U Hotels experience review and so much more. Find out why this should be on your next boutique hotel destination.

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Bricked wall, brass metals, alternative music piped in, Banksy-inspired wall murals, and Edison bulbs. Black Sheep Coffee at the S’ Maison is one badass coffee nook and this place would top our most frequented coffee shop where we seek shelter away from the chaotic outside world.

 

 

We stumbled upon this nook randomly on one hot midday afternoon when we are in dire need of some peace and quiet away from the Mall of Asia crowd.  Upon entering this establishment the A/C is mighty strong, the Baristas welcomed us warmly, and all its table and chairs are well appointed. Moreover, the notable character of the whole place is on point.

 

 

This is coffee counterculture, London-style; a personification of the café’s mantra of “leave the herd behind’—they are the black sheep, after all.

 

Their Story

Black Sheep Coffee was started in London back in 2013  by friends who were flatmates and decided to quit their day jobs on the same day. Co-founders Gabriel and Eirik made it their mission to challenge big corporate brands and rid the world of mainstream, average-tasting coffee.

Gabriel and Eirik served coffee from a trestle table and a rented espresso machine in Camden Town and later from a small coffee van on Leather Lane. It took two long years with a series of pop-ups throughout London and a Kickstarter campaign for them to gather enough money to open their first kiosk in Aldgate East. Since then they have refused to raise any money from Private Equity houses, Venture Capital funds, or any other form of institutional backers to preserve the independence of the Black Sheep brand.

We went in for the coffee for the afternoon and then stayed til’ late for the alcohol 

What we love about Black Sheep is that they serve their coffee at 67 degrees Celsius, which is the ideal temperature for drinking, and does not burn the milk, which will then affect the flavor of the coffee.

 

 

Black Sheep is categorized as a  third-wave coffee shop in its very essence, but it appears to present itself as more commercial so that first-timers are not intimidated by which is a pretty good move and that would encourage the Filipino market to embrace specialty coffee shops like Black Sheep.

The popcorn machine that starts operating as the lights, which are timed with the Manila Bay sunset. The lights are dimmed, the neon crimson lights are on, and the ambiance became extra surreal.

 

 

The café takes on a different characterthe music rocks harder to match the “forgotten” cocktails and craft beer.

 

They can whip out a pretty decent Negroni as well.

 

Why Go?

We love coffee and stumbling upon this coffee shop was such a  beautiful surprise. It is not hyperbole to say that Black Sheep Coffee is committed to serving great products in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. From free popcorn stand to the concrete, graffiti-decorated walls, this place has got personality and then some.

 

 

Our CX Rating

Black Sheep Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 


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Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here Third Wave Speciality Coffee Shop Crawl with the Fat Girls Day Out

 

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Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

A charming tradition awaits afternoon tea aficionados as Writers Bar offers a Champagne Afternoon Tea with luxury brand Veuve Clicquot from April 23 to June 30, 2019 at Raffles Makati.

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen serves healthy dishes that are packed with flavors and familiar local elements. Find out about our recent dining experience.

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Holy Week 2019: Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO!

Do you have plans this Holy Week? For some of us who’d rather opt to stay in Manila and avoid the Armageddon of cars before and after this holiday season,  Having so many things in our lives from the daily rat race we participate in it is imperative to take a pause. Finally, some peace and quiet in the city! Truly a pretty rare occasion where more than half of the population will go on a hiatus elsewhere.

EAT, GO and DO this Holy Week 

Not everything is closed for Holy Week and we’re here to show you how you can optimize your down low time during this season.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019

 

We’ll show you which restaurants are open, where you can go with your family and loved ones, and compliment that with worthwhile activities.

 

fat girls day out- holy week

 

So you’ve probably seen listings of open restaurants in Metro Manila this Holy Week, but the thing is those list will just give you branches of all the popular commercial chains, by which is already a Captain Obvious information. As we always commit to curate things for you, here are 5 restaurants that we frequent. 24 hours open and solid good food!

 

SINSUN SEOLNONGTANG (MALATE)

A hidden Korean Shabu-Shabu and Samgyusal Restaurant in the center of Manila. Unlimited deals, good quality meat, and excellent sauces.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality and premium meats (dry aged pork and USDA beef)
  • Bang for the buck! Unlimited deals starts at 450php

What to Get?

  • Go for their excellent Shabu-Shabu
  • The Unlimix BBQ set

Find Sinsun

  • 1845 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila
  • Contact:02 310 8282

 

OLD SWISS INN (MAKATI)

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Quality comfort food
  • Private and comfortable ambiance
  • Zomato Gold: Buy 1 Take 1 on main dishes

Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past  70 years?  With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant.

 

What to get?

Try out their lent special, The Neptune Fondue (1,650php); The wealth of the sea on your table: salmon, shrimps, fish fillet, squid and scallops, dipped in saffron-infused seafood stock. Served with a carousel of sauces and garlic rice

 

fat girls day out- holy week

 

Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

Perhaps go for their signature classic dishes;

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Old Swiss Inn

 

Read more about our dining experience here

THE ARISTOCRAT

The home of the best chicken barbeque in Manila! Introduced back in 1945 and has been well loved for generations of Filipino families.

What to Get?

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Photo: The Aristocrat

 

Why Go?

  • Open 24/7
  • Comfort food served the right way
  • Central location

Find The Aristocrat (24/7 Branches)

  • Makati: 46 Jupiter Street corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City Phone: 899-5035/ 895-0725
  • Roxas: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila Phone: (02) 524 7671 to 7

The Original Pares Mami House

Located at the corner of N.S. Amoranto (famously known as Retiro). Red and white walls are scruffily faded and the bright orange bowls are readily available to welcome patrons. The place is simple, again scruffy, and raw. But you can see the old hardware of aluminum, paint on the wall, faded old menus that it is a heritage restaurant and the tradition of eating at this place had been passed on from generation to another.

What to get?

But none of these competitors or copycats can battle out The Original Pares Mami House. I recommend ordering the classic Beef Pares, of course, the camaron rebusado and their campto soup. Good food stands the test of time. You do not need so much forward thinking concepts and expensive restaurants to satisfy your search for palate satisfaction. A complete set of Pares will cost you 90php (2 USD) as of May 2017. Expect to spend 300php (4 USD) for two people. You already have 2 sets of Pares, 1 side viand or noodles and share a bottle of cold Coke.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Pares

Find The Original Pares Mami House

  • The Original Pares Mami House (check Waze for exact location)
  • N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City
  • Open 24/7 (except Maundy Thursday and Black Friday)

fat girls day out- holy week

Engaging Reflection with Church Simplified’s WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Most will do Visita Iglesia (visiting churches) as traditional we all grew up doing, but you can pray and commune spiritually in a different way.

 

fat girls day out- holy week
Photo: Church Simplified

 

From filling an exhibit that covered 20 feet back in 2008  to 2 kilometers stretch if installations across BGC High Street. The Walkway: Reflections of the Stations of the Cross exhibit re-imagines how we experience Christ and re-establishes why there is a need to reflect during Holy Week. Experience the Station of the Cross in a different way.  The event runs from March 20-27.

Location: Stretch of Bonifacio High Street, Global City Taguig.

Get to know Church Simplified here.

Start a Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need.  The feeling of Gratitude constitutes another facet of Positive Psychology.

Practicing gratitude means paying awareness to what we are thankful for the scale of feeling more compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives.

 

fat girls day out- holy week 2019
Photo: Positive Psychology Journal

 

One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful and experience this feeling of calmness and contentment. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to form this daily habit.

 

Check out our related article: HOLY WEEK 2019 MALL SCHEDULES IN METRO MANILA

 

The Quintessential of Holy Week 

 

Us Christians remember with sorrow all the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus also comes is the resurrection. The quintessential representation of Life, Death, and New Hope. This is the season when we can just pause and reflect on our spiritual life. We don’t want to sound preachy here, but often times we tend to forget how important it is to keep our parched souls nourished from time to time.

Wishing you a blessed and restful Holy Week.

****Make sure to also check out our: Easter Sunday Guide 

 

 


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Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Most won’t have any clue just yet where to take their precious Dads, so the Fat Girls Day Out crew listed our top curated recommendations to help you out!


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