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

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

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

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.

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

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

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten usually during the late morning to early afternoon, generally served from 11 am up to 3 pm.

If you’re anything like us when you brunch, you brunch well. That means when you’re faced with the decision of choosing between those stacks of pancakes and having no shame to explain the chicken and waffle combination that you ordered.  You leave the brunch table only when you’re full and tamed.

We’ve rounded up 5 brunch places that can enjoy a plateful of good food paired with a glass or two of mimosa.

 

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1. Single Origin (Makati & BGC)

Why Go?

Single Origin is a haven for coffee purveyors and craft cocktails enthusiast.  It serves a hefty all-day breakfast menu, international comfort food, Lamill coffee, wines, and draft beers. Their rustic interior provides a laid-back atmosphere that’ll make you want to have a glass or two of their Bacon Bloody Mary.

What to Get

 

  • Location: C3, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,400php
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2. Old Swiss Inn (Makati and Paco)

Why Go?

No visit to the Old Swiss Inn is complete without experiencing their tabletop Raclette.  There’s nothing like warm, melted raclette layered over a mound of potatoes, meat or even just by itself on an elegant white plate. Perfect for your next brunch meeting with your girls.

 

What to Get

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Wagyu Skewers Raclette
  • Location: Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue Corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,800php
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3. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Why Go?

Great tasting bread and well thought of menu items. Packed with creative menu options and high-quality offerings. Wildflour is our go-to place should we want to treat ourselves.

What to Get

4. SGD Coffee Bodega

SGD Coffee Bodega more than just a solid ground for a neighborhood coffee hang out place aside from serving coffee they have an advocacy as a social-conscious-driven establishment. They serve 100% Arabica Coffee Beans, single origin, naturally grown, strictly high grown, handpicked, hand sorted, small batch roasted and directly traded. Aside from good coffee, they can also whip out good savory meals perfect for your next brunch shindigs.

What to Get

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  • Location: 45 Maalalahanin Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 6oophp
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5. Martin Place Social (BGC)

Why Go?

A  hard-pressed to find an Australian restaurant tucked inside the premised of Arya Residences. The name is derived from  Martin Place, known as the “civic heart” of Sydney.  Laid back café vibe and the place also has a full bar lounge where you can order your handcrafted cocktails.

 

What to Get

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  • Location: The Plaza at Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Average Spend for 2 Pax: 1,200php
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Brunch Well

The magic that is brunch. Breakfast and lunch foods, assorted together, a mismatched meal that usually involves getting together with friends and you’re free to slip a few alcoholic drinks together with your coffee.

 


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Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

There’s no better place for Authentic Swiss and European cuisine like the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant. Why? Because 70 years of marketability and credibility are the only proof of concept that you need.

Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences: Cheese & Charcuterie Fridays

Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences: Cheese & Charcuterie Fridays

Perceptive palates will be in for a solid treat when they visit Alfred at Makati Diamond Residences every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., from July 27 to September 28. Enjoy an amazing an astounding Cheese and Charcuterie Buffet for only P1,800 net per person.

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

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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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Early Bunch, Buzz, and Soulmates: Top 5 Reasons WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Early Bunch, Buzz, and Soulmates: Top 5 Reasons WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Brunch x Matchmaking Event crafted by Hops & Brews and Fat Girls Day Out. It will happen on September 1, 2018, from 10:30am-3: 00pm.

Chaplin: Wants you to take your time while you savor every dish.

Chaplin: Wants you to take your time while you savor every dish.

Chaplin serves authentic Israeli cuisine, pastries, fine coffee and curated cocktails.

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

A few days left before June 17th (Sunday)! Where will you celebrate Father’s Day? A few may say that mandatory celebration like is just a big marketing hoax to get you to spend and be lured in as a consumer. Well, partly YES. Same with Valentine’s day right? or any life celebrations for that matter. We, Pinoys are sappy sentimental like that and we are more empathetic, celebratory, and sentimental by culture. We grew up that way and we shouldn’t feel sorry for it. Besides, Father’s Day is a day for many people to show their appreciation towards fathers.

Most don’t have any clue just yet where to take our precious dads so we the Fat Girls Day Out crew listed our top 10 recommendations on where to take our Tatay this coming Sunday!

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10 restaurants. 4-6 recommended menu items. 4 different price points.

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All beef needs to be aged to allow the natural enzymatic process to tenderize the meat. They are currently two ways to do it: dry aging and wet aging. Wet aging allows the meat to tenderize for 7-14 days, any longer and it gets this metallic flavor that is unpleasant to the mouth. For dry aging, full enzymatic tenderization takes about 28 days to complete. They do this by keeping the beef in a temperature controlled room for a certain amount of days.

The longer it ages, the more moisture it loses. The result is similar to that of reducing a broth down into a demi-glace sauce or a gravy. as more moisture comes out the flavor of the meat is more concentrated thus elevating the true taste potential of the be

Type of Dad

Who wants an elegant MAN-MEAL!

What to Get

Wolfgang Steakhouse brings the New York experience here in Manila. While there are many establishments that offer steak, the way they prepare theirs is the key difference. Finding the quality USDA Prime Black Angus flying it in Manila chilled then aged for a minimum of 28 days before this dish is cooked in a 1,500-degree Fahrenheit broiler and served sizzling. They take the proper time, effort to ensure you get the quality of meat in every visit. The Fine Dining experience gives you enough time to enjoy each course, while eagerly waiting for the next dish to come. Paired with fine red, and good conversation makes any meal even more worthwhile.


Read about our full experience: WOLFGANG STEAKHOUSE: DRY AGED STEAK, FINE WINE, AND LONG CONVERSATIONS

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Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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La Mère Poulard in Manila is the fourth branch of the renowned French restaurant. The original restaurant still sits in Mont Saint-Michel, while the two other branches can be found in Japan. There are only 4 La Mère Poulard in the whole world and that includes their venture here in the Philippines.

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The restaurant was founded by Anne “Annette” Boutiaut (1851-1931), who married Victor Poulard on 14 January 1873 and founded the Hostellerie de la Tête d’Or, after finding that customers came and went quickly, gave them the idea of cooking giant omelettes in a wooden hearth in a certain way made these eggs puffy and frothy . This technique made it feel that the eggs were more like a souffle rather than an omelet in the mouth. This, along with a number of other recipes she had crafted, gained her the French honorary title “Mère” or “Mother,” which is only granted to excellent cooks. This was the beginning of La Mère Poulard’s worldwide reputation for its hospitality and well-executed dishes.

Type of Dad

For those fathers who want something simple yet elegant.

What to Get

Worried about small kids? They have an excellent kids menu that makes us want to relive our childhood days. We recommend their Carbonara and Bolognese.

Note: Dads get 15% off on La Mere Poulard’s Traditional Menu this Father’s Day Weekend.


Read about our full experience: LA MÈRE POULARD: TRADITION AND QUALITY SINCE 1888 and

LA MÈRE POULARD (PHILIPPINES): VISUALS AND SNIPPETS FROM MEDIA FOSTERING EVENT MARCH 2018

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La Mère Poulard Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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This fine dining Cantonese style restaurant opened its first branch in Greenhills, San Juan back in 1995 and over the years, Gloria Maris triumphed in one aspect and that is consistency and that is probably the reason for all of their repeat customers. Gloria Maris represents celebration. It is an institution and it will continue to be one. From its grandeur interior, how each meal is prepared and served. The sheer size of everything is just GRAND.

Type of Dad

For the strict traditional father who wants to have an elegant meal at his go-to Chinese staple.

What to Get


Read about our full experience: GLORIA MARIS (ALABANG): GRANDEUR, MODERNITY, AND CONSISTENCY.

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Gloria Maris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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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.

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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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.

Type of Dad

For the playful young dad who wants to try the something familiar yet refined.

What to Get

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 on our first visit.


Read about our full experience: TOYO EATERY: OUR COUNTRY’S CULTURE ON A PLATE

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Toyo Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Bistro Remedios can be found right around the Remedios circle. It’s that place with the wooden door and green roof. The moment you step in, it’s like going back in time. Antique fixtures, furniture, and art from local artists herald their walls and bring back the Old Manila charm.

A live ensemble of Filipino Folk singers serenades you, as you have a traditional Filipino meal.

Type of Dad

For the traditional Pinoy dad who can sometimes be hovering and overprotective.

What to Get


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Bistro Remedios Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Get re-acquainted with your love for French cuisine in the most refined yet modern way at the ground floor of NÜWA, The Tasting Room’s new home in Manila, which shares the same name as Chef Guillaume Galliot’s Michelin-starred restaurant at the City of Dreams Macau. You can create five to eight courses and pair them with their fine select wines and whiskeys.

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With high ceilings, gilded space with elegant droplights encapsulates the whole area making it an elegant stage for the set to be an elevated dining experience.

Type of Dad

For the dad who wants everything to be perfect. He’s the type of guy who wants everything in order, and that includes his meal.

What to Get

The chef’s mission is to let core ingredients shine and trump the balance between panache and flavor. For diners to revel in the delights of each dish composition.

Every dish will be paired with their curated and pre-selected vintage wines.

FULL MENU HERE

PRICE POINT:

  • 4 Courses PHP 4,588++ (TTR With Wine Pairing PHP 2,000++)
  • 6 Courses PHP 5,088++ (With Wine Pairing PHP 2,800++)

Read about our full experience: THE TASTING ROOM: IMPECCABLE GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE

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The Tasting Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Thai food is known for its impactful taste, variety and unique combinations of seasoning. It’s a balance of different flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. They also use herbs and spices to further enrich the taste of the food. Mango Tree has showcased a variety of Thai cuisines that would excite your taste buds. Their cooking is carefully balanced to bring out the diverse flavors of their plates. The authenticity of food – their genuine approach in presentation, proportions, freshness of ingredients of their dishes has made them the pate of Thai fare.

Headed by seasoned Chef Siwat Korsem with experience in Thai cuisine for over 27 years, Chef Korsem will continue Mango Tree’s vision of ensuring that every customer is satisfied with the complexity of tastes by using only the best and freshest ingredients, authentic herbs, and spices.

Type of Dad

For the adventurous dad, who likes to try all different kinds of food.

What to Get


Read about our full experience: MANGO TREE, BGC: A MODISH FINE DINING THAI RESTAURANT

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Mango Tree Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Take your palette to the Basque region of Spain and head over to Tapella Bar and Restaurant. It’s a modern Spanish restaurant nestled within the confines of Greenbelt 5. Tapella spearheads their food with influences from the Basque region while also taking influences from nearby neighboring countries.

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Ingredients are sourced from Spain, Morocco, and locally where they are able to bring these parts together and bring life to Tapella. Adorned with modern furnishing and hues of light and dark. They have an air-conditioned and al fresco dining options. One thing that we love Tapella is on how they meticulously curate and source their core ingredients such as the locally made chorizo that they use in their dishes

Type of Dad

For the dad, that’s hit with the travel bug and constantly talks about his latest trip to Spain, Italy, or France. No boarding pass required.

What to Get


Read about our full experience: TAPELLA: FLAVORS OF SAN SEBASTIAN

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Tapella Bar & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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The Pantry has nine global stations: the Chinese bao bar, the Indian Tandoor oven, the brick oven pizza area, the salad station, the seafood station, the carving station, the dessert station, the beverage studio, and a takeaway counter called Grab & Go. They observe three to four cycle changes in its menu. That means, if you come for lunch today, and the succeeding two days, there would be a different lunch every day.

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Their idea of farm-to-fork is their constant ethos. Using only organic and locally sourced fair trade produce and ingredients to create quality tastes and textures from Indian, Italian, Filipino and Pan-Asian cuisines.

Type of Dad

Open minded, adventurous and likes to get value for his money.

What to Get

This is a buffet so go all the way in and eat your heart out.


Read about our full experience: THE PANTRY BY DUSIT THANI MANILA: LUNCH GAME IS STRONG

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The Pantry - Dusit Thani Manila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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Chef Florabel’s mission is to make fine dining as non-intimidating and within the greater public’s reach. She’s known for her ingenuity and brilliant infusion of the best local produced and making something world class. Felix is one of the 9 concept restaurants on Yatco’s roster and can probably be the best representation of her vision. The restaurant was named after Chef Florabel Co-Yatco’s dad, Felix. Opened last April 2008 serving Asian Continental food and is one of the pioneering restaurants in Greenbelt 5.

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The restaurant is architecturally elegant that offers no less than fine dining. Modern and upscale interiors. The ambiance is chic but not stiff, with very courteous and knowledgeable staff welcoming and serving guests.

Type of Dad

For our dads who stick to the classic and disciplined preparation of dishes. One who enjoys classic Pan-Asian food! Perfect for Sunday lunch after hearing the Sunday mass in Greenbelt.

What to Get


Read about our experience: REACQUAINTED LOVE WITH FELIX

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Felix Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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When Yuval and Norfar Mann moved to the Philippines from Israel about eight years ago, Norfar struggled to find restaurants that cater to vegetarians like her and most of the times vegetarian dishes that were being served to her wasn’t really 100% vegetarian at all. On February 2016, the couple opened Chaplin at Century City Mall in Makati. Chaplin serves authentic Israeli cuisine, pastries, fine coffee and curated cocktails.

The food that we sampled was excellent and comforting. Israeli food has a lot of similarities in terms of character to Asian-style dining. Their food is served in big portion sizes that is meant to be shared family-style.

Type of Dad

The Hipster Dad. He passes around a petition to have the water fountain changed to organic water.

What to Get


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Chaplin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Why Celebrate Father’s Day

It may appear like every month there is another “Hallmark” holiday that needs to be taken care of with cards, gifts and family lunch/dinners. June brings in all the other holidays but on its trail comes Father’s Day. However, Father’s Day is one of those celebrations, we should take time out of our demanding lives to recognize. After all, we all have (or had) a father and without him, we would not be here today.

We hope this list helps and please feel free to engage with us anytime thru any of our channels. Have fun during your Day Out!

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Fat Fook Kitchen: Diversified Taiwanese Food Experience

Fat Fook Kitchen: Diversified Taiwanese Food Experience

Just around 200 km away from the most northern tip of Manila lies Taiwan. This country is Large, flat, bold and often forgotten. A few years back Taipei was often not included in the top 5 must-see cities in Asia for travelers, but since the […]