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La Collina: Where both food and ambiance is King

La Collina: Where both food and ambiance is King

The Poblacion neighborhood is filled with the burgeoning food scene and grungy bars where the crowd is rowdy and the ambiance is gritty. This neighbourhood is humid, has sketchy roads, and close to one to none parking space. A whole new dining world resurgence comes strongly into play and their playground is Poblacion. Amongst these numerous concepts, one interesting European bistro caught our attention- this Spanish-Italian restaurant called La Collina. Where both food and ambiance is KING.  The kind of space that Poblacion needs to have that counterbalance. 

La Collina is both Italian and Spanish, which means “The Hill”. The owner, Anita Celdran shared with us that originally they were opting to open in Tagaytay City, but due to unforeseen delays, she decided that put up the restaurant in Poblacion Makati and thank heavens she did.

 

A Beautiful Space

La Collina resurrected an old dormitory house and injected a whole new life into it.

 

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Drive towards the upper west side of Brgy. Poblacion area where Siargao famous- Kermit Pizza is its neighbor alongside Chuck’s Deli and this beautifully revamped house turned into an oasis. Elegant, posh, and yet welcoming. The perfect counterbalance by B&C Design.

 

 

We went up to the 2nd floor and we were amazed by how open and beautiful everything is. Solid wood furniture, rattan lighting fixtures from Bicol, and lots of greenery both inside and out.

 

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Film photographs were taken by Cru Camara

The spacious second floor is bright and airy thanks to large windows.

Slow Food Movement

La Collina is driven by its owner’s vision and passion for the environment. They practice the Slow Food adaptation by which in its very essence getting ingredients as a close radius from the restaurant as much as possible. Thus, a low carbon footprint impact and they get the freshest ingredients possible. Where it is sourced and how our food choices affect the world around us.

Celdran shares that cooking has always been her passion, even as she worked in environmental research. She shares her love for cooking and how the Celdran household would always be surrounded by Spanish-Italian food. She’s been exposed and has been re-creating the family recipe for years and she knew that one day she’d be putting up her own restaurant.

 

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Spanish and Italian food is very festive in every sense and is engineered to be shared amongst loved ones. Plates that are star flavor-packed, salty ingredients, thanks to frequent cameos of umami-rich anchovies, piquant cheeses, and the nutty salinity of jamóns.

 

Aperitivo

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Start your meal with a glass of their Red or White Sangria. Mind these glasses as these sangrias are actually pretty strong.

 

 

Starters 

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Fritto Misto (450php)

The name of the dish roughly translates as; “Mixed Fry”, by which encompasses all sorts of frying sweetbreads, meats, and vegetables. La Collina’s version is the Venetian style of just using seafood. Lightly battered Frutti di mare – “Fruits of the Sea”.  Lightly battered and you can taste how fresh these seafood assortments are. A squeeze of lemon juice, but it’s also wonderful with tartar sauce.

 

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Arancina (350php). Risotto balls with mozzarella

A classic Sicilian snack. Arancini are a necessity for all good Sicilian cafés in Italy.  Savory risotto stuffed with melted mozzarella cheese.

 

Mains

 

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Cochinillo Black Pig-roast suckling pig ( price varies)

Organic and naturally raised black native pig from Sambali Beach Farm in Botolan, Zambales. All livestock from the farm is naturally raised and fed with natural food and other supplements. Wood vinegar products are also applied to the livestock to ensure that their pens are clean and without any pest. Learn more about Sambali with Hertz PH Travel Guide.

The act of cutting through the meat of the roast with a plate instead of a knife is meant to illustrate just how crispy the skin is and just how soft the meat is inside. The meat is so tender, juicy, smokey, and because it came from an organic farm.

 

Fabada Asturiana (320php)

 

This is comfort food in a bow.  Rich Spanish bean stew with assortments of hams and chorizo.
A heritage recipe of the Celdran Family using Jamon Serrano from Pamplona and secret ingredients which made it stand out compared to other Fabadas.

Hearty, satisfying, and hits the right spot. The buttery, smooth beans have an uncanny ability to absorb the flavors brought in by the chorizo and sausages.

 

 

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Blue Crab Ravioli with Picant Cherry Tomatoes (495php)

First, we noticed that La Collina’s ravioli is tender and delicate. These pillows of pasta perfectly pocket the fresh and sweet blue crabs. This pasta dish is truly stellar in every aspect. It’s drizzled with a light butter sage sauce. We wouldn’t mind ordering our second plate.

 

Linguini Vongole (380php)

 

Lightly crushed tomatoes and simmered in white wine, fresh Manila clams are added to its pan, then flavors are broken down to release each elements profile to the sauce. The pasta is al dente and the overall dish is so vibrant

 

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Paella Mixta (4 pax – 2,000php)

A generous spread of meats and seafood. This mixed paella is served with the real saffron and arborio rice topped with mixed sausage meat, prawn and mussels cooked just right amount of  socarrat. The best part of any paella is the socarrat and they get this exactly right with the ratio, so you get a little bit in each bite. Don’t forget to squirt a bit of lemon for a more balanced taste.

 

 

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Creme Catalan with Strawberry Topping (230php)

A Spanish meal is not complete without crema Catalana to clean the palate and end on a sweet note.

 

Why Go?

The people behind La Collina radiates how passionate they are in advocating the Slow Food Movement, ensuring that every ingredient they use are sourced nearby. They are also thoughtful in every sense that each element used to build the restaurant from the tables, chandeliers, and even the coasters are all sourced locally from different provinces or cooperatives.

The next time you’re in the Poblacion neighbourhood look for that bright La Collina on quiet Molina Street. Eat well and be merry!

 

 

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LA COLLINA RESTAURANT & BAR

  • Location: 4558 Molina St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
  • Contact Number: +63 917 325-2168
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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.

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 16th!  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.

 

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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 5 recommendations on where to take our Tatay this coming Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

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 ageing and wet ageing. Wet ageing allows the meat to tenderize for 7-14 days, any longer and it gets this metallic flavour that is unpleasant to the mouth. For dry ageing, 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.

 

 

What to Get

 

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.

 

 

What to Get

 

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Butcher’s Board: Angus Ribeye Steak, Lamb, Sausages, and Bacon.

 

Read about our experience: Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Old Swiss Inn (book a table here)

  • Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
  • Contact: 818-8251
  • Open 24 hours

 

 

If you want a unique dining experience and the restaurant’s character itself is a conversation topic.  Their price for their hot dishes (to share) is a little steep, but the serving portions are huge which is perfect for large groups. Long Time Ago stays true to the Szechuan lineage of crafting each dish by using authentic core ingredients.

WE ALSO HAVE TO POINT OUT THAT, PARKING IS AVAILABLE! BURGOS IS KNOWN TO HAVE ONE TO NONE PARKING SPACES AND THANK HEAVENS FOR ESTABLISHMENTS WITH DEDICATED PARKING SPOTS.

Stay for hours enjoying their good food while chugging an ice-cold beer.

What to Get

Read about our experience: LONG TIME AGO (POBLACION): YOUR NOT SO ORDINARY SZECHUAN RESTAURANT

 

 

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.

 

What to Get

 

 

Thai food is known for its impactful taste, variety and unique combinations of seasoning. It’s a balance of different flavours: 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 flavours of their plates. The authenticity of food – their genuine approach in presentation, proportions, freshness of ingredients of their dishes have made them the pate of Thai fare.

What to Get

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

 

 

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 time vegetarian dishes that were being served to her weren’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.

What to Get

 

 

La Collina is driven by its owner’s vision and passion for the environment. They practice the Slow Food adaptation by which in its very essence getting ingredients as a close radius from the restaurant as much as possible. Thus, a low carbon footprint impact and they get the freshest ingredients possible. Where it is sourced and how our food choices affect the world around us.

 

What to Get

Read about our full experience: LA COLLINA: WHERE BOTH FOOD AND AMBIANCE IS KING

 

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.

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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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.

 


Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com

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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.


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