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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.

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!

Let the Fat Girls Day Out show you Where to EAT, Where to GO and What to DO this Holy Week 2019.

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.

***Check us on our social channels for real-time updates.

 


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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.

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.

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

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

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, The Old Swiss Inn.

 

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An established character in the Manila dining scene that is unapologetically dissing fads and is able to stand still and proud. He is the more established adult, contented, and cultured. While the rest of your modern “fusion”  new entrants are the young needy millennial, busy finding their place in the city and growing rapidly in many different tangents.

 

Embedded in Manila’s Dining Scene since 1946

Founded by Swiss national Emil Landert and now celebrating its 70th anniversary. This is their first branch was on Dewey Boulevard, now known as Roxas Boulevard. Many people were captivated by its authentic Swiss cuisine, quaint wood interiors, and service.

 

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Scanned Original Photo of the First Restaurant in Roxas Blvd.

 

 

In the 1970’s the restaurant was transferred to a larger location in Paco to accommodate more patrons. In the 1980’s the Paco branch was destroyed in a fire but was eventually rebuilt and re-opened by Mr.Felix Limcaoco in 1990.

 

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Original Scanned Photo from OSIR Archives

 

Through the years, the Old Swiss Inn has grown to its present size of two (2) restaurants with strict adherence to uncompromising standards and consistency.

Swiss Cuisine and all its essence

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. 

If you are fond of Fondue, raclette, and quality meats then you are in for a treat my friend.

 

 

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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.

 

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Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.

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For those who want something lighter, try their Mother Earth Raclette, it comes with an assortment of fresh mushrooms, asparagus, and other assorted fresh vegetables. Each of these sets is good for 2-3 people.

 

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Mother Earth Raclette (Vegetarian), La Parisienne Raclette, and Wagyu Skewers Raclette 

For those meat eaters, we suggest the La Parisienne Raclette and the Wagyu Skewers Raclette, it comes with tenderloin and wagyu skewers, respectively, and an assortment of fresh vegetables.

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Staple Classics

The Old Swiss Inn’s dedicated patrons will be happy to know that its signature dishes still stay the same.

 

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Fresh Corned Beef 

For those of you, who grew up eating corned beef out of a can. This may come as a bit of a surprise. They boil beef brisket until its tender and then serve with sauteed cabbages and boiled potatoes. A crowd favorite, this is one of Old Swiss Inns most popular dishes, and personally our family favorite.

 

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Gnagi

Gnagi is also known as pork knuckles or can be said that it’s the German version of Crispy Pata. They boil, cure then fry the pork knuckles until its crispy. It’s crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. This is served with a side of sauerkraut and boiled potatoes.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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The Establishments Like This Matters?

The perfect confluence of everything that is Swiss. The Old Swiss Inn Restaurant having two (2) quarter of a century worth of experience delivering quality and taste to the Filipino market.

For us, Good Food is Good Food. Food quality and taste is KING. No matter how “IG-worthy” these new pseudo-fusion restaurant is people will continue to come back and will turn into as a repeat customer if the food that is being served to them is something valuable, good, and consistent.

 

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Through its history and consistency, the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant is able to continue being relevant from 1946 up to this very day while you are reading this content. Why? because it doesn’t follow and jump quickly to the latest fad. They stick to their vision and values:  unapologetically serving comfort food that is neither haute or fusion.

 

Why Go?

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. Did we mention they were also this year’s winner of People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite European Restaurant” for 2018?

You go to this kind of places for the food, for the consistency of taste and the stories that were told between its wooden walls. The Fat Girls Day Out crew will sure to be regulars for more years to come.

 

 


 

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Old Swiss Inn

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours
  • Paco: Garden Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1030 Belen Street, Paco, Manila
  • Contact: 521-3002, 526-2739
  • Open daily from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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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 […]

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

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

Ever thought about going to a matchmaking event? Not sure if it’s for you? Well, the only way to know for sure is to try it, but matchmaking suits more people than you might think. It’s like rapid mingling with all the fun of a night out, paired with enough order to prevent awkward pauses and lonely hours at the bar.

The structure of Early Brunch, Buzz, and Soulmates events is all about introductions. You get to meet real, live, breathing humans who you know, without a shadow of a doubt, are looking for a connection, too. These people are pre-determined and profile in accordance to the same demographic and other determiners.

Profile pictures can’t deceive you, because there is none. You don’t have to worry about which strangers at the bar are just there for fun and which ones are looking for love. Your blossoming romance won’t come to an abrupt end when your conversation partner’s real partner returns from the bathroom.

When you agree to a date you sign an unwritten contract to spend at least one evening with someone. You have to commit, even if it’s for just a few hours. Anyone who’s ever gone on a disastrous date knows that even a few hours can be way, way too many. There’s nothing like going on a date and finding out your potential partner is a snob, a slob, or one of those precious souls who have no idea when to stop talking about their ex.

This gives you the chance to make that all-important first impression. You probably won’t know if it’s true love after a three-minute conversation, but you’ll know if the relationship is doomed before it starts. You like cats, and they like dogs. You love art, and they brag about how they don’t see any point looking at a painting. Some things just aren’t meant to be, and a matchmaking event helps you get past let-down dates in less time.

There’s a difference between an introduction to a date’s friends and an introduction to multiple dates. The focus is different, and a spark can produce without awkwardness.

You get to meet more people in a few hours than you probably could in a period of months. After all, setting up individual dates is both time consuming and quite costly. Early Brunch, Buzz, and Soulmates breaks the ice, gives you significant first impressions, and opens the door to a future connection for multiple potential partners in a span of a few hours.

Early Bruch, Buzz, and Soulmates matchmaking event is upbeat, fast-paced, and superseded with fun activities. Everyone there understands the nature of the event, so there’s always some sexual tension lurking under the laughs, but the laughs are frequent enough that no one cares. Everyone in the room is in the same boat, there’s a surprising amount of trust. There’s also a lot of fun.

This will take in Hops & Brews, the perfect venue to let your hair down have some fun time with like-minded singles like you. Mixing time allows new connections to grow and mutually interested parties can continue kindling the initial spark they found during the main event.

Popular dating apps gave predators a magical tool. It lets them snuffle out victims quickly and induce them to spend time alone in their company. Although, there are lots of people have found meaningful connections through these apps and sites, but the risk will always there. You simply can’t tell if a person plans to hurt you based on a couple profile images and some seductive direct messages.

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Although there are one or two people that might creep you out in any kind of dating situation, a matchmaking event is one of the safest options for singles, especially for women. You spend time with strangers one-on-one, but you’re never really alone. A matchmaking activity is a guided event, so there is always someone on hand that you can talk to if you feel uncomfortable or threatened.

There are a few matchmaking events more so speed dating events being organized here and there and all of their common denominators are these two (2);

  1. Tequila
  2. Body Shots

You would probably say that – YES, it is fun. But starting off with that will just spark sexual tensions and banters nothing more, nothing less.

With the Early Brunch,Buzz, and Soulmates event we will make sure that the 4 hours will be worthwhile.

Brunch Time

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 when you’re full and tamed. Hops & Brews curated some of their brunch items that will be served during the event.

Visual Snippets of the Glorious Brunch Selections

Sharing good food, light cocktails, craft coffee, and meaningful connections. Yes?

EARLY BRUNCH, BUZZ, AND SOULMATES
The Pink Bliss
EARLY BRUNCH, BUZZ, AND SOULMATES
Hops & Brews Montage of Curated Brunch Bites
EARLY BRUNCH, BUZZ, AND SOULMATES
Longanisa Pattie (In-House Made from Scratch)
EARLY BRUNCH, BUZZ, AND SOULMATES
House Best-Seller: Nasi Goreng
EARLY BRUNCH, BUZZ, AND SOULMATES
Dessert Pudding

Engage and Connect

There wouldn’t be any awkward silence is dead are time. We made sure that we’ve planned every minute- for every hour of your time.

What is your primary love language? What does it mean? How can you use it to make real connections with others? How can you improve your relationships?

The Early Brunch, Buzz, and Soulmates will be complemented with paired couple life coaching sessions. See, we will go beyond just flirting. We seek out the best potential partners for you. Time is essential and as we mentioned in this article we will make sure that it will be worthwhile of your time.

Anyone serious about finding a partner enjoys a lot of practical benefits a matchmaking event like this. Finding the right chemistry is tough because of all superficial feeds that we see on people’s social media feeds. Participating in Early Brunch, Buzz and Soulmates will spark those real connections that you’ve been looking for.


So, are you willing to give it a shot? Remember, in the worst case scenario, you won’t find someone that you like. You’ll still have fun, meet new people, and enjoy a light brunch affair with like-minded individuals.

This brunch fair event is crafted by Hops & Brews and Fat Girls Day Out. It will happen on September 1, 2018, from 10:30am-3: 00pm.

 

An exciting line up of fun activities, a great montage of brunch specials, brunch cocktails, and the chance to meet your perfect match.

YOU ARE INVITED to the exclusive get-together of single professionals in Manila!

REGISTRATION FEE: 1,800php

Inclusive of: Curated food, craft cocktails, engaging activities, live music, and coaching sessions.

What to expect: A fun, decent and exciting way to meet single and mature professionals.

Go on 3 dates in a span of 4 hours while enjoying a curated brunch menu made especially for this event.

To get you in the mood check out our Early Bruch, Buzz, and Soulmates mixtape mix.

Click this LINK to pre-register! Slots are VERY LIMITED.

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.