Tag: where to eat

Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Delight in your favourite Japanese dishes at the Spectrum at Fairmont where they serve various culinary favourites every Wednesday night.

Long Time Ago (Poblacion): Your Not So Ordinary Szechuan Restaurant

Long Time Ago (Poblacion): Your Not So Ordinary Szechuan Restaurant

Long Time Ago restaurant in Poblacion offers Szechuan Dishes and Then Some. Definitely, a unique dining experience, let us tell you why.

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Black Sheep Coffee (Manila): Good Coffee, Popcorn, and a few Negronis

Bricked wall, brass metals, alternative music piped in, Banksy-inspired wall murals, and Edison bulbs. Black Sheep Coffee at the S’ Maison is one badass coffee nook and this place would top our most frequented coffee shop where we seek shelter away from the chaotic outside world.

 

 

We stumbled upon this nook randomly on one hot midday afternoon when we are in dire need of some peace and quiet away from the Mall of Asia crowd.  Upon entering this establishment the A/C is mighty strong, the Baristas welcomed us warmly, and all its table and chairs are well appointed. Moreover, the notable character of the whole place is on point.

 

 

This is coffee counterculture, London-style; a personification of the café’s mantra of “leave the herd behind’—they are the black sheep, after all.

 

Their Story

Black Sheep Coffee was started in London back in 2013  by friends who were flatmates and decided to quit their day jobs on the same day. Co-founders Gabriel and Eirik made it their mission to challenge big corporate brands and rid the world of mainstream, average-tasting coffee.

Gabriel and Eirik served coffee from a trestle table and a rented espresso machine in Camden Town and later from a small coffee van on Leather Lane. It took two long years with a series of pop-ups throughout London and a Kickstarter campaign for them to gather enough money to open their first kiosk in Aldgate East. Since then they have refused to raise any money from Private Equity houses, Venture Capital funds, or any other form of institutional backers to preserve the independence of the Black Sheep brand.

We went in for the coffee for the afternoon and then stayed til’ late for the alcohol 

What we love about Black Sheep is that they serve their coffee at 67 degrees Celsius, which is the ideal temperature for drinking, and does not burn the milk, which will then affect the flavor of the coffee.

 

 

Black Sheep is categorized as a  third-wave coffee shop in its very essence, but it appears to present itself as more commercial so that first-timers are not intimidated by which is a pretty good move and that would encourage the Filipino market to embrace specialty coffee shops like Black Sheep.

The popcorn machine that starts operating as the lights, which are timed with the Manila Bay sunset. The lights are dimmed, the neon crimson lights are on, and the ambiance became extra surreal.

 

 

The café takes on a different characterthe music rocks harder to match the “forgotten” cocktails and craft beer.

 

They can whip out a pretty decent Negroni as well.

 

Why Go?

We love coffee and stumbling upon this coffee shop was such a  beautiful surprise. It is not hyperbole to say that Black Sheep Coffee is committed to serving great products in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. From free popcorn stand to the concrete, graffiti-decorated walls, this place has got personality and then some.

 

 

Our CX Rating

Black Sheep Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 


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Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here Third Wave Speciality Coffee Shop Crawl with the Fat Girls Day Out

 

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.

Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Where to GO and What to DO this Easter Sunday 2019

Plan early on and have a grand time celebrating Easter Sunday with your family and loved ones. A Fat Girls Day Out Easter 2019 #WhereToGo Guide 2019. 

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen (White Plains): Conscious Dining

Earth Kitchen is probably the only farm-to-table restaurant concept in Metro Manila that we always go to for the past 3 years or so. We’ve been in hiatus from eating healthier alternatives last 2018 and Bianca and I finally made ourselves accountable with the food that we consume since we’re not getting any younger (so to speak).  Let us tell you why we kept coming back to this restaurant in Quezon City and why its worth the drive from Alabang.

Sourcing of Produce 

They are getting their produce from the Got Heart Foundation by Melissa Yeung, in partnership with Hizon’s Catering by Chef David Hizon and Chef JR Trani. The restaurant serves healthier and relatively tastier comfort food, with ingredients coming from Got Heart Farms in Tarlac and marginalized communities from Luzon to Mindanao.

The Got Heart Foundation

They work with several farming communities to advocate organic farming. It’s proven to be the better choice for both the producers (fewer inputs, more produce) and consumers can make healthier options.

Got Heart envisions of creating – Sustainable, Holistic, Independent, and Dignified – communities. Got Heart Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization.

Get to know them more here.

 

FGDO Staples

Vegetables are the definite must-tries: here, you get to appreciate vegetables for their freshness and not because their flavors were manipulated to taste like something else. Here are a few of our staple orders;

 

fat girls day out- earth kitchen

Shrimp Spring Rolls (Regular – P310)

Shrimp, organic/naturally-produced herbs, greens and peanuts, lime hoisin sauce.

 

FGDO Take: One of their best selling appetizers, but we find it too acidic and the zest needs to be toned down. Nevertheless, it is still a good dish for starters.

 

 

fat girls day out- earth kitchen

Shrimp Tostada (2 pcs– P220)

Warm soft tortillas topped with fresh Asian slaw, avocado and poached shrimp drizzled with their signature chimichurri and hot sauce.

FGDO Take: The contrasting textures of the tostada is addicting, the creamy avocado and the acidity and texture of the slaw with the fresh shrimp.

 

Beef Meatball Pasta (P330)

House ground beef, bacon, fresh tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs.

FGDO Take: The meatballs are firm and tasty with each bite, the mix of bacon and beef gives it an umami flavor that is compensated by the tomato sauce

 

fat girls day out- earth kitchen

Watermelon and Rocket Salad (P310)

Organic arugula, edible flowers, pili nuts, home-made kesong puti, and balsamic vinaigrette.

FGDO Take: Bianca always orders this salad, because it is refreshing and the layering of different textures are pleasant to the palate. The dressing had this perfect balance of sweetness and sourness, while the pili added a spike of sweetness that created variation to its overall taste.

 

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Pitcher of Fresh Dalandan Juice (P260)

Why Go?

Earth Kitchen serves healthy dishes that are packed with flavors and familiar local elements. Their price range is relatively competitive and does give you value for you are paying for. Moreover, we support establishments that know and execute their purpose to the community well. Earth Kitchen is a restaurant dedicated to supporting local farmers and indigenous communities around the Philippines. Each of their dishes is specifically crafted to showcase the produce of our partner communities from Luzon to Mindanao.

We get it: Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough. The torture of choosing so-called “healthier options” over that 2 pcs of Jollibee Chicken Joy and other snackable cheap eats is a downright pain to the soul. We’re glad to have found this lovely restaurant to provide plates that are relatively healthy, sustainable, and flavorful punches with every bite. Let’s chow down on better-for-you meals!

 

Our CX Rating

Earth Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

 

  • Address: Lot 10 B-10 Katipunan Ave. Ext., White Plains, Quezon City, Metro Manila, PH
  • Contact Number: +(63)917 584 3278
  •  e-mail
  • website

 

 


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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.

Kureji: Ramen Re-Imagined

Kureji: Ramen Re-Imagined

Kureji [クレージー].: “The Home of the Sizzling Ramen”- by which the Fat Girls Day Out crew hasn’t seen anywhere else. Learn about our dining experience.

Let’s take another look at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

Let’s take another look at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle

While most of us want to get out of the city during weekends. We like to revisit what Manila has to offer. Manila may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you this special feel. Dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have a day of time.

In our Manila staycation we wanted to maximise what the city had to offer by staying at Hotel Benilde.

Hotel Benilde Maison

Hotel Benilde is a 4-star hotel at the corner of Arellano and Estrada St. They share their space with the Angelo King International Center(AKIC) of the College of St. Benilde.

Being an alumnus of De La Salle University, we would often pass by this building. And on this occasion, we had the opportunity to stay in the city and explore the area and the comfort of staying nearby.

 

fat girls day out hotel benilde

 

The check in process was quite simple. Just hand over your ID, and they will let you know when your room is ready so you can rest. From the moment, we stepped off the elevator we were quite surprised with the hallway, they had newly carpets, rooms were also newly renovated.

 

fgdo Hotel Benilde

We were quite surprised when we entered the room. Everything was new, it was very spacious, and accommodations were top notch. Beddings and the fittings of the room were excellent.  Aside from that, they also have a complimentary mini bar, and their plugs are internationally fitted, suited for travellers.

They provide anything you might need for a business trip or a couples stay.

 

Room Accommodation:
Deluxe Queen (30sqm. – Php3,850)

  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast
  • Complimentary Mini Bar
  • Complimentary Welcome Drinks
  • Complimentary In-room tea & coffee facilities
  • Complimentary Daily Local newspaper
  • Free Hotel-wide WiFi access (200mbps)
  • Free local calls
  • Complimentary use of Gym and Swimming Pool
  • 40″ LED Smart Cable TV
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Electronic Bell, DND and Make-up Room buttons
  • Duvet bed linen
  • Built-in bedside reading lights
  • Waffle design bathrobe and slippers
  • Advance proximity card door lock system

 

 

After heading out to tour the vicinity, we headed back to have dinner at Cafe Romancon.  For our full Manila experience guide click HERE.

 

Cafe Romancon

Located at the ground floor of Hotel Benilde, Cafe Romancon offers an ala carte menu for those checked in, as well as, for walk in guests. Their menu has a variety of dishes that’s both affordable and satisfying. Some of the kitchen and wait staff are students of College of Saint Benilde(CSB), doing their on-the-job training.

 

Hotel Benilde

 

We Recommend the following dishes

 

fgdo Hotel Benilde

Cream of Butternut Squash Soup 130 PHP

Thick and creamy squash soup topped with bacon. Smoky bits of bacon with the soup was satisfying.

 

Kani Mango Salad  190 PHP

Mix greens topped with shredded crab sticks, mango strips, and crunchy vermicelli noodles topped with a Japanese mayo dressing. The contrast in textures was really good. A nice twist to the classic salad.

 

fgdo Hotel Benilde

Norwegian Salmon  390 PHP

Pan fried salmon with creamy leek sauce, garden vegetables, and mashed potatoes. Salmon was cooked perfectly pink at the center. Each element of the dish well thought out.

 

 

Hotel benilde cafe romancon

Fresian Express 350 PHP

Seared Beef Tenderloin with rosemary pan au jus served with a side of vegetables and fries.

 

For their Breakfast spread they serve classic buffet staples such as cereals, fruits, Filipino breakfast selections, pancakes, bread, and an omelette station. This comes FREE  when you book an overnight stay.

For more food choices in the area try our DLSU Food Crawl HERE. 

 

Overall Experience

Staying over in the Taft Avenue area will always be nostalgic to a Lasallian. The overlooking view of Manila Bay sunset, the familiar streets, and the same friendly people. Having room amenities comparable to a 5-star hotel, you’re sure to get the best value out of your money.

Hotel Benilde is a central location that is great for students, visiting parents, academe, and businessmen to stay in when they need to stay in the area. They have great facilities, top-notch service, and affordable prices.

 


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

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.