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One Tagaytay Place: A Weekend Get Away

One Tagaytay Place: A Weekend Get Away

An hour and a half drive out of the city to get recharged, relaxed, and pampered at One Tagaytay Place

Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Mango Tree (BGC): Re-Opens with a Brand New Look and Menu Selections

Take a look at Mango Tree BGC’s new look and delectable dishes. A Fat Girls Day Out preview.

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2019: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines season will soon grace us with all the hyper-romantic prepositions, imposing marketing schemes from our local malls, and extra cheesy extravaganzas of everything. Despite our awareness about these schemes, Us Filipinos still give in to this once a year occasion. We’re sappy romantic and its embedded in our culture’s DNA.

The mind-boggling question that most couples face is the quest to know: WHERE TO EAT? – Worry no more, The Fat Girls Day Out crew got you covered. We’ll even throw in other places to go (Where to Go) and fun activities to do (What to Do).

Plan ahead for Valentines

So play your cards well my friend. Take this article as your guideline on how to bring your A-Game on to the field. Plan ahead as early as now and let us share with you our top recommendations so you and your date this upcoming valentine will definitely have a superb time.

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Here are our recommended lists of restaurants that’ll definitely score you some points on your rack. Please keep in mind that AMBIANCE IS KING.

CX conditions must be met:

Ambiance rating: => 4 Extra Rice Rating
Taste/Food: => 4 Extra Rice Rating

Toyo Eatery:  Quality without the Formality

  • Contact Number:+63 9177208630
  • Ground Floor, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Magallanes, Makati City
  • Approximate Budget: 1,300php/pax
  • Ideal time: Dinner

Why Go?

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 warm local wood and items stood out so well against the polished concrete and basic interiors.

 

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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.

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What to Get?

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.

You can dine for a maximum of 2 hours.  Read about our overall Toyo Eatery experience here.


The Old Swiss Inn Restaurant:  A 24-hour rendezvous 

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251 (reservations)
  • Approximate Budget:750php/pax
  • Open 24 hours***
  • Ideal time: Late Afternoons- Dinner
  • View full menu here

Why Go?

Switzerland is known as a neutral country but they actually have many influences from Germany, Italy, and France. This confluence of flavors can be found in Old Swiss Inn’s menu roster where you can see and taste the influence.

Old Swiss Inn provides the new generation of customers the quintessential experience to European dining. It has all the beautiful textured layers of experience, a remarkable induction to Swiss menu staples.  

The ambiance is charming and quaint. If you value privacy and exclusivity then this place is a charmer. They’re  open 24/7 ready to treat you and your date anytime.

What to Get?

Go for their special Scamorza Fondue. Smokey and luscious cheese fondue made from apple-smoked cheese. They add in tomatoes to highlight its flavor profile.  Each pot is serve with housemade bread and apples.

sharable pot of Scamorza is priced at 1,100php ++ add 300php to get two (2) glasses of house wine.

 

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Come this February 10, Old Swiss Inn will be including this as a tasty new offering to its house famous cheese fondue with the new Scamorza Fondue made with an Italian semi-soft cheese with its diverse milky and smoky notes

 

Chocolate Fondue

Melted chocolate on a pan beneath an open flame. Take a few their homemade marshmallows and dip it in. Sinful, and elegant this simple snack is a sure winner for any age.

 

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Patio Vera Marikina: An Unexpected Secret Garden

  • Address: #70 Gen. F. Santos St., Calumpang, Marikina City
  • Operating hours: Mon-Thu 3pm to 12mn / Fri-Sat 11am to 1am / Sun 11am to 11pm
  • Approximate Budget: 350-500php/pax
  • Full Menu on here
  • Facebook page here.

Why Go?

Looking for a perfect place to bring your date? This place is smothered with romance and valentines appeal all around its surroundings.  Then let us tell you about this mecca of a place in Marikina called Patio Vera. It is magnificent during the night. Perfect fixtures, mood warm lights surround the place, ample space and valet parking available. It’s an old house in Marikina that was converted into a restaurant. Antique and glamour pieces adored the place giving the restaurant its own character.

 

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The garden provided a relaxing al fresco dining experience. Large tables, candlelit areas the works. You may opt to stain indoors where there is A/C, but we highly recommend that you experience their al fresco dining.  The ambiance of the place is perfect for dates to a lovely dinner. The ambiance is perfect for a more relaxed, intimate, & laid-back feeling we city dwellers badly need.

What to Get?

Their food is also worthy of praise and served with large portions perfect for sharing. Their menu is nothing unique or ‘fusion’, but rather delectable to the taste and value for money.

 

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An unexpected, totally underrated, rustic restaurant. Forget those chaotic over-hyped and noisy restaurants for a while and come visit this secret garden in Marikina.

The clincher is where they put their change for your bill. It’s reflective of Marikina City’s history

 

Note: All three recommended restaurants have functioning bars with the proper collection of wines, spirits, and liquors. Fancy to go somewhere else to drink? Get our list here

 

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Ditch going on a movie date. Do that when you reach your old-plateau stage of the relationship when you’ve got nothing else to do, but to sit silently for at least 2 hours doing nothing. Do something new and memorable that heightens the senses and will evoke positive feelings and emotions. It has been proven that people who shared an adrenaline rushed-activity tend to become closer. Read more on abstract of the study here. 

 

Activities

Go target shooting over ARMSCOR.

Click here for their list of branches. You can bring your own gun or rent at P500/gun (guest), P300/gun (member). The cost of a bullet is roughly 10php/each. For first-timers. there will be an assigned instructor to teach you and your date the ropes.

 

 

Dance a different way over at Republic Fencing and Sports Club

  • Address: Basement 1 Makati Square, Don Chino Roces Avenue, Pio del Pilar
    Makati
  • Opens 10am-9pm
  • Find them on Facebook here. For reservations and rates here’s their number 0905249221

If you’re a little afraid to handle a gun. Fencing is a good alternative. It is classy, its competitive in nature and it’s artfully choreographed.

“FENCING IS A GAME THAT DEVELOPS INTELLIGENCE, ATHLETICISM, HONOUR, DISCIPLINE, AND FITNESS. IT IS A GAME THAT CAN BE PLAYED IN OUR OLD AGE. IT IS A GAME WE LOVE, AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS ARE INTERESTED. “
–NICHOLAS MARCO GALAN, CO-FOUNDER/CHAIRMAN

 

PhotoA from Republic Fencing

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Overall Take

If the person is really worth it and you’re willing to go an extra mile to make a solid impression then I hope these tips and recommendations would create an awesome valentines experience for both you and your date.

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Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Elbi Food Chronicles: A Los Banos Weekend Wanderer Guide

Los Banos Laguna food crawl weekend wandering activity! A Fat Girls Day Out Curated List 2019.

Soogba: The Best Inasal in Manila

Soogba: The Best Inasal in Manila

A Declarative Statement: Soogba whips out the BEST Chicken Inasal in Metro Manila.

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

BODEGA CASA VILLA: A Warm and Inviting Home

Marikina has been a secret munch-worthy destination which echoed its way through the ears of many food connoisseurs way back 2009. The city has become quite the food destination for East and North residents, as well as hard-core foodies from the South (like us!) who are willing to go beyond the toll gates. This eclectic area is touted as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” has become a hub for many food concepts, from Japanese to Italian and everything in between, drawing visitors from all over the Metro.

But with great fame comes great expectations. The more hyped a certain neighborhood scene is the bigger the risk of being stamped as “just another fusion- millennial themed concept”. That’s our immediate bias as food writers. Neighboring areas become a crowded scene, literally and figuratively, turning what used to be a celebration of start-up concepts into a survival of the fittest, restaurant edition. Countless restaurants have closed down in sequence, an ominous trend that does not promise well for even the most solid of businesses.

I have learned about this Fil-Mex place from a good friend and a long-standing invitation which lasted for a few months. I was pretty skeptic going to another Fil-Mex restaurant. Telling myself, how can this place be different from the rest, and is it worth the drive from Alabang to Marikina?

On a random Saturday night, I found myself in Bodega Casa Villa, it is still relatively a new entrant to Marikina’s roster of restaurants & bars. The new hopeful kid on the block which has lots to offer to the current dining scene drawing us into a conclusion that the kid has the potential to outlast the rest of their co-siblings in the neighborhood.  Let me tell you why.

 

What Made Us Stay

The intricately-carved wooden double doors opened widely that night, leading me to the airy alfresco dining space. It already feels homey and warm. The yellow walls, cream tufted booths, and wooden tables & chairs were so inviting.

As we make our way through,

 

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Artist Performance: Angel Paylado (Fridays/Saturdays)

 

The open space, warm lighting and a solid live music playing in the background made it more conducive for my friends and I stay for hours sharing a drink or two

 

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Warm, inviting Mexican case. Walls painted bright canary yellow, intuitively accented with murals. My favorite place was the alfresco part of the Bodega CASA Villa. It is complete with a complete bar counter.

 

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Owned and operated by Karen Villa (head chef), Keanne Andeza (in-charge of Marketing & Entertainment), and Jan Junsay highschool friends turned into business partners visioned  Bodega Casa Villa as your next home away from home destination and make you feel as if you’ve been invited by a friend’s home.

 

The Food: Fat Girls Day Out Picks

Bodega ’s menu as fusion, taking after Latin American cuisine, with familiar Filipino taste elements.

 

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Mucho Nacho Bodega (220php)

is a mountain of nachos mesh together with fresh salsa, longanisa, jalapeno, kesong puti, loads of garlic and queso sauce.  Best shared as pulutan.

 

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The Taco Trio (295php) crispy buttered ox brains, beef barbacoa, and bagnet sisig.

Their take on the taco is by adding rich ingredients and balancing it with other flavors. These flavors are created by pouring in some of their sauce, a garlic yogurt sauce, salsa, and spicy sauce. Each rich in flavor and complementing the base protein of the taco.

 

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 Alique Squid Pasta (275php) Cappelini, Aligue and Grilled  Squid.

The Aligue pasta topped with baby squid sauteed with garlic was a nice tag team on your tongue. Served with pita instead of the typical bread.

 

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Drink Tab

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One notable drink that you should order is the Sili Mo Rita (140php/shot,  Bodega’s Jalapeno infused tequila-based alcohol shot. Rimmed with half salt.

 

Check out their full menu selections here. Please take note that menu roster is subject to updates/changes:

 

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Overall Take

The playful execution of Chef Karen Villa for this restaurant is instinctive and comforting that is prevalently shown on the food that they’re serving. Their price point is competitive considering their portion sizes are generous.

 

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This special nook in Marikina City is a place of refuge where you can end your stressful day. Their dishes are comforting, drinks are strong and people are open and inviting. A CASA I wouldn’t mind going back to every now and then.

 

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The Marikina community has become so diverse,  That we are given a chance to try dishes in small quantities to test on customers who would actually have an appreciation for bold flavors. The city will always be a destination, even if currently, the other counterparts such as BF Homes Pque and Maginhawa scene has a lot of ebb and flow. Marikina has a lot of gems worth seeking out – and Bodega Casa Villa is one of these gems.

It’s pretty refreshing to see a well-thought-out concept for the Filipino market. For the interiors, dynamic menu selections with generous servings and yet partnered with reasonable pricing. It is really a value of your time and money to check out this place.

 

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Bodega Casa Villa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

  • Address: 48 Dragon Street, San Roque, Marikina City
  • Contact Details: +632-6451952
  • Operating Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 5:00PM-12: 30 AM
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Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

I would definitely still vouch for the VALUE FOR MONEY line without compromising quality. You’d be able to enjoy a good old steak plate for less than 500php. Generous serving, attentive wait staff, and their ice creams are still really good.

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Finestra at Solaire: Aperitivo Epico happens every third Friday of the month and it already started last October 19th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reasonably priced at 1,295php ++ (*Price is inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge).

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES [ Press ]– Welcome the holidays with indulgent staycation packages and delightful feasts! Enter a world of mouth-watering holiday favorites at Market Café and enjoy a delicious spread of yuletide dishes from around the world from any of its international show kitchens. On Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Year’s Eve enjoy a hearty dinner at PHP 3,500 per person inclusive of free-flow soda, chilled juices, beer, ice tea, and wine. Continue your celebration onto the New Year with a lunch or dinner buffet at PHP 2,019 per person inclusive of free-flow soda, chilled juices, beer, ice tea, and wine.

 

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Walk into The Fireplace and discover one of Manila’s hidden gems with a 3-course Christmas set menu. Tuck into the Yuletide flavors of Roast Pumpkin Soup with Nutmeg Foam, your choice of Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin in Port Reduction or Duck-Fat Turkey Breast with Porcini Gravy for the main, and Red Velvet Fondant in all its festive-colored glory. Rates start at PHP 3,200 per person and available on 24 and 25 December only. Usher in the New Year with another 3-course set menu comprised of creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Soup with smoked bacon followed by a generous serving of grilled Outside Skirt Steak with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato in Shallot Confit. End your meal with the sweetest of finales with the Caramel, Rum, and Vanilla delight of Bananas Foster. Available only from 31 December to 01 January at PHP 3,200 per person.

 

 

For intimate family gatherings, celebrate with a sumptuous Chinese banquet at a modern and elegant Cantonese restaurant, Li Li. Gather your family and friends and get ready to feast with set menus, dim sum, and plenty of festive fun during the holidays. Holiday Yum Cha rates start at PHP 2,188 per person on  25 December 2018 and 01 January 2019. On 24, 25, and 31 December 2018 and 01 January 2019, the Yuletide Set Lunch and Festive Set Dinner start at PHP 2,688 per person and PHP 3,288 per person (minimum of 2 persons).

 

 

For those looking for a livelier way to welcome the new year, welcome 2019 in the sky with a dazzling celebration filled with splashy cocktails, a live countdown, and a dance party hosted by one of the city’s top female DJs. Join us start 2019 in sparkling style on the hotel’s topmost floor featuring panoramic views of the cityscape and New Year’s Eve fireworks. New Year Countdown Party at the Rooftop is on 31 December 2018. Party starts at 10:30 P.M. with a ticket fee of PHP 1,900 per person inclusive of three (3) rounds of drinks.

 

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In this season of togetherness and merriment, bring the family together and plan your holiday vacation ahead to be rewarded with exclusive rates and discounts starting with the Christmas room package priced at PHP 4,888++ for an overnight stay in a Superior Room inclusive of buffet breakfast for two (2) persons at Market Café, discounts on restaurants and spa; early check-in and late check-out, and other exclusive benefits. This offer is valid from 01 December 2018 until 15 January 2019 (except on 30 and 31 December 2018). Usher 2019 in spectacular fashion with a long weekend city getaway, an all-night New Year countdown party, and other exclusive benefits. Rates start at PHP 7,888++ per night for a Superior Room inclusive of tickets to the New Year Countdown Party on 31 December 2018 and buffet breakfast for two (2) persons at Market Café, discounts on restaurants and spa, and other exclusive benefits. The New Year room package is valid from 30 December 2018 until 01 January 2019.

Celebrate and indulge!

 


About New World Hotels and Resorts

New World Hotels & Resorts are deluxe properties and stylish hubs where business and personal connections thrive. Its nine hotels and one affiliated property are located in popular Asian gateways and resort destinations in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. New World Hotels offer a full range of relevant amenities and services including multiple restaurants, business services, extensive meeting facilities, Residence Club executive floors, and recreational options.  For more information or reservations, please contact your travel professional or visit newworldhotels.com.

 


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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?

 

 

 

Do Brunch Right with Fat Girls Day Out top 5 (2018)

Do Brunch Right with Fat Girls Day Out top 5 (2018)

Too early to wake up for breakfast, too late to wait for lunch. What’s the perfect solution? Brunch! The Fat Girls Day Out crew rounded up 5 places.