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Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana (LJC): More Than Just Your Typical Expat Meeting Place

Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean.

El Chupacabra (Poblacion): Just to Give Credit to the one who started the scene

El Chupacabra (Poblacion): Just to Give Credit to the one who started the scene

El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and look for a place that sells good grubs and open til’ late.

Quick Background

Named after the legendary cryptid El Chupacabra which accurately means Sucker (Chupa) and Goat (Cabra) that sucks the blood out of livestock, particularly goats.

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Festive Facade of El Chupacabra

This Mexican concept restaurant is the brainchild of Dixie Mabanta of Mexicali. The still current location is the commissary of Mexicali, which they thought of turning into a “street taco” dining place just like those that are in San Diego and San Francisco are in the States.

El Chupacabra’s Role in the Poblacion Scene

Before Gen Z’s call this Poblacion “Poblah” (Please kids it doesn’t really sound cool) Poblacion was the hidden outskirt location in Makati for most of us when people started realizing that Ayala centers don’t give that much experience value rather than generic and overrated international franchises. The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world.

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Poblacion Neighborhood

Traditionally, it was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively. El Chupacabra is one of the very few who silently ignited that fire.

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Poblacion Street Art

Infiltrated initially by foreigners due to the surrounding cheap backpacker hostels around the area. As it started to pick up a local dive bar called Heckle & Jeckle transferred from Polaris and rooted its place also in Felipe street right in front of El Chupacabra. The two started complimenting each other ever since.

The Vibe

El Chupacabra remains dimly lit, cheap light bulbs peppered at its open dining area. Its vandalized wall and loud latino reggaeton give much character to the place.

As much as I missed the open air with no air-condition humid/smoke infused vibe the recently renovated La Cueva del Chupacabra (cave of Chupacabra) is a solid good addition to us patrons who still love their menu roster yet seeks the comfort of being the closest to becoming the next Tita and Tito’s of Manila.

New facilities, perfect air-conditioning. and not too loud reggaeton (of course, the playlist should still compliment the place)

Our dearly love street tacos. Cheap Tacos.

We recommend that you get these staples:

  • Carne Asada (grilled steak taco)
  • Baja California Fish Taco
  • Pollo Asado (chicken)

El Chupacabra’s tacos, in their most basic form. Dry griddled corn tortilla, a grilled protein of some kind, salsa, cilantro, onion, and lime. Unlike most Tex-Mex “fusion” places you see nowadays where they totally f*** up a taco because of too much playfulness. They focused so much on the aesthetics that forget to forget the truest taste of what a street taco should be.

Their proteins are well brinned as you can taste strong flavors with every bite. Generous toppings for tacos are onion, cilantro, and pinoy lime. Like any good taqueria they finely minced onion and chopped non-wilted cilantro. Drizzle with their housemade salsa and sour cream for added texture and tartness to each bite.

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These colorful small plates always remind us of years of good times that we’ve been having with El Chupacabra. Chunky, greasy, and ever so tasty.

We want our street tacos oily, flavourful, and unapologetic. They still serve the best value for money Tex-Mex food in Metro Manila (so far).

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A Bucket of Cold Beer for Less than 500php

Visit their Facebook Page for updates on their promos.

A Staple

Poblacion is the new “IT Kid” of Makati with numerous new concepts sprouting randomly from its side streets. However, El Chupacabra will always be the notable to us as being one of the cheapest places to get a drink in the neighborhood with a solid promise of good no BS street taco.

Our CX Rating:


EL CHUPACABRA (Flagship_

Address: 5782 Felipe Street
Operating Hours: 11AM-4AM, Mon-Sat / 11AM-12MN, Sun
Local Beers: Approximately PHP 55 per bottle
Expect to Spend: Around PHP 350 per person

Check out the rest of their menu items, other reviews, and location map here:

El Chupacabra Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Branches:

LA TAQUERIA DEL CHUPACABRA
The Corner Market
2F, The Podium, 18 ADB Avenue,
Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

LA TAQUERIA DEL CHUPACABRA
Container Turf
BF Homes Aguirre, Paranaque City


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Islas Pinas: More Than Just Another Food Hall

Islas Pinas: More Than Just Another Food Hall

The result of the collaboration between DoubleDragon group and chef Margarita Forés, Islas Pinas is a project that aims to spark an unrequited love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by through diaorama heritage display and Filipino cuisine. 

Fete de la Musique 2018: The Vibrant Sounds and Beats Comes in 30 Stages

Fete de la Musique 2018: The Vibrant Sounds and Beats Comes in 30 Stages

Your complete Fête de la Musique 2018 Experience Guide! What to expect, schedule and location of stages, and a few tips to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Lion King: The King Finally Arrives in Manila

Lion King: The King Finally Arrives in Manila

If you grew up in the 90’s we imagine, you’re familiar with titles such as Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Mulan, and our personal favorite The Lion King. As a kid, we would sing along to classic hits like “I just can’t wait to be King”, and “Can you feel the love tonight”. With our cassette tapes in hand, and walking around in our walkman, we sang our hearts out while replaying these songs over and over again. This Lion King phenomenon would reach all parts of the globe, that would lead to the production of the Broadway show.

Disney originally released The Lion King in 1993 with all original songs and music from Elton John and Tim Rice.

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From the Disney classic spurred the critically acclaimed Broadway show we all know and love.  The Lion King on Broadway first came out in November of 1997, showing at the popular Minskoff Theatre. After almost 20 years, it’s one of the longest-running shows, as well as, one of the most successful shows in Broadway grossing over one billion dollars to date. We were lucky enough to be able to watch the Broadway show right here in New York City in the summer of 2012.

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Photo taken: NYC, 2012.

Seated right in the center, we had front row seats to witness the marvel. Our first Lion King experience was filled with awe, glee, and sentiment. The gorgeous sets, stunning costumes, and gripping performances of the actors were moving that left us in loud applause after the entire performance.

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The Lion King follows the story of a young cub named Simba, his struggles as a young heir to the African Pride Rock. His carefree and entitled attitude eventually causes a death in the family, this causes him to run off on his own. While on self-exile, he meets a pair of unlikely friends named Timon and Pumba.  A plea from his home eventually leads him to a path of self-discovery and he realizes he needs to reclaim his rightful place as the King of Pride Rock. It’s a story love and redemption.

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Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions announces the first international tour of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, to premiere in Manila in March 2018 and continue on to Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and ending its run in South Africa.

TOUR DATES

  • PHILIPPINES – OPENS MARCH 2018
  • SINGAPORE – OPENS JUNE 2018
  • SOUTH KOREA – OPENS OCTOBER 2018
  • TAIWAN – OPENS 2019
  • SOUTH AFRICA

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The international tour, which will be performed in English, and will launch in celebration of THE LION KING’s 20th anniversary on stage and the title’s 25th global production and this is also in parallel with Solaire Resort & Casino’s 5th anniversary. We just can’t wait until THE LION KING arrives The Theatre at Solaire this March 18th and it will run until May 6th. Check out schedules and tickets HERE.

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Stepping onto the elevator heading towards the Theatre, you can already see everyone preparing for the show, there were kiosks of the playbills, a CD of the cast singing the soundtrack and a souvenir store. In the souvenir store, there were rows of Lion King merchandise from keychains, shirts, bags, and stuffed animals would tempt you to make a purchase.

The whole theatre area was brimming with Lion King shaped food and merchandise. Even in the Theatre Café, it was quite impressive to see the menu, desserts, and pastries to also be in line with the Lion King theme. It was a challenge to look away.

We finally find our seats and wait for the curtain to open.

Highlights

  • The set designs and transitions were flawless and beautifully done. Vibrant colors and patterns brought the whole stage alive.
  • The cast gave a spectacular performance, especially the kids who played young Simba and young Nala.
  • The movements of each cast member perfectly portayed the animals that they were imitating.
  • The theatre facilities of Solaire was very impressive. World class listening and viewing experience.
  • Our favorite scene was the first and last scene of the musical.

Just like my first experience with this musical, the show evoked a deep emotion of sentiment and longing for days past. It teaches each of us a lesson that whatever point you are in your life, it goes on.

The whole production was able recreate the Disney classic right here in Manila. The story of the Lion King was brought to life by the excellent performance of the cast, the crew, and the wonderful people behind the set that it recieved a standing ovation at the end of the show.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Tuesday 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00pm
Thursday 8:00pm
Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Sunday 2:30pm & 8:00pm

RUNTIME

The LION KING runs for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

Official Website Lion King

Experience The Lion King for yourself.

The Theatre at Solaire

  • 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo Paranaque City 1701 the Philippines

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A Fat Girls Day Out Guide: Third Wave Coffee Crawl (2018 ed)

A Fat Girls Day Out Guide: Third Wave Coffee Crawl (2018 ed)

    From coffee shops sprouting everywhere, distinguishing between quick-handy coffee and the fine brew has become a challenge. Most of us have developed a certain resistance to a high-quality roast, having been accustomed to the crappy ‘designer’ and ‘hand-crafted’ kuno kind that promises to give […]

Art Fair 2018: Visuals and Summary

Art Fair 2018: Visuals and Summary

Snippets, Photographs, and Selfies. Read thru our experience from the last Art Fair Philippines 2018.

Waterside at Solaire: Viva Tijuana Nights all Saturdays of March and April

Waterside at Solaire: Viva Tijuana Nights all Saturdays of March and April

Did you know that Solaire Casino and Resort isn’t just about their pretty grand casino and posh hotel rooms? When you step inside its premises there is this certain feeling of indulgence that you feel you need to dive into. May it be their unparalleled gaming facility, entertainment, leisure shops and dining. But unknown to many, Solaire is also a playground for food enthusiasts. A whole swing of fine dining in-house signature restaurants. They’ve brought in the best of the best in the culinary scene to deliver a pleasurable gourmet experience.

 

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Fat Girls Day Out- Waterside at Solaire

 

Last Saturday, the Fat Girls Day Out crew were back once again in Solaire. We had a magnificent time last December with one of their in-house restaurant Finstra. We’re pretty psyched out to be visiting yet again and it’ll be our first time to try out Waterside at Solaire’s (Latin American Dishes) and this time to have a snippet of their theme driven Saturdays for the whole month of Mach, the Viva Tijuana! – A hefty buffet spread of Tex- Mex’s best flavors, which comes with free-flowing curated beverage selection.

 

Can you think of anything better than sampling authentic Mexican cuisine, listening to live Latin music and perhaps drink the night away? Why not! Anyway, there’s still Sunday to recuperate from that fun night right?

As we step inside Waterside, vibrant banderitas adorned the whole room, red & yellow saturated hues give a very festive dinner ambiance as you walk past thru the whole buffet spread.

 

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Basic elements in Mexican cooking were well represented in stache of corns, chilis, amongst others. Looking past the street taco -casual brand, Mexican cuisine is actually as complex as those of China and Japan. Their techniques of cooking were developed thousands of years ago dating back to the Aztecs.

 

 

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Fat Girls Day Out- Waterside at Solaire

 

Tex-Mex cuisine incorporates a wide variety of sauces. Mix and match these fresh ingredients to complement your dish.

Chilies are a primary flavor ingredient in Mexican food, whether smoked, dried, fresh or picked. Waterside had everything from the chipotle style, guajillo (long soaked), jalapeno, and chilies that were leveled mild & sweet (poblano) up to super hot variety (habanero).

 

 

As you make your way around the buffet spread of Tex-Mex food, you will notice how important and unique each style cooking is. Everything is completely natural and flavorful, rich in color and taste, along with spices that have a righteous kick.

 

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The Tex Mex fusion with Ribs

 

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Cuban Style Suckling Pig

 

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The possibilities and combinations are endless for the diners who’d want to awaken their senses with fresh and bold flavors.

 

 

The Liquid Nitrogen – Frozen Margarita Bar.

Made fresh upon order.

Margarita Bar

 

Aside from the unlimited nitrogen margarita as we’ve mentioned free-flowing drinks of your choice is available for you to enjoy while listening to live music. Grab a cold Corona, house white & red, Sangrias amongst other choices.

 

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Everything was beautifully presented, of high quality and most importantly purist form representation of the cuisine that they’re trying to convey to their diners.  The service was excellent and very notable. As if giving a wonderful customer experience is a natural feat for them without trying too hard to over impress.

 

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We highly recommended that you EXPERIENCE Waterside’s Viva Tijuana dinner spread all Saturdays of March and April. The main operative word is ‘experience’ because from the moment you walk in, the smell, sound, the comfort of their dining area, the food, and those free-flowing drinks. Yes, you do deserve that kind of weekend.

 

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Waterside - Solaire Resort & Casino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bataan Travels: Bataan/Manila in 50minutes!

Bataan Travels: Bataan/Manila in 50minutes!

The Fast Ferry by 1Bataan takes you from Manila/Bataan in just 50 minutes! Chase the sunset, go to the beach and visit a heritage site while you’re at it!