After trying out all of Crisp on 28th’s new Filipino fusion dishes, I can’t pick a favorite. They were all incredibly well thought out and expertly executed, with Chef Siggy Santiago-Torrente taking inspiration from the owner’s go-to Filipino dishes, like co-owner Solenn Heussaff’s fondness for kansi.
I think I’ve fallen in love with Paradise Dynasty. I really have. The interiors are gorgeous you’d think you were in a hotel, but the prices are that of any decent Chinese place that serves lemon chicken, Macau crispy pork, and Yang Chow fried rice. If you haven’t yet, here are 8 reasons to take your family there, and maybe change your mind.
I had always wanted to go and pay Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar a visit, if only to support two female creativepreneurs I highly respected, but life had been keeping me in the south for most of this year, working on a few new projects, and picking up a few clients in the process, so just the thought of crawling through at least two hours of traffic for a smoothie just wasn’t worth it. Until I discovered that the cafe was INSIDE a garden center.
Mama Lou’s had recently come out with a few new dishes for families and friends to bond over (just in time for Christmas, too!), but I still can’t help but revert back to old favorites. Here are a few of the reasons why I keep on coming back to Mama Lou’s.
The steakhouse is named after Wolfgang Zweiner, who opened his eponymous restaurant after having worked as head waiter at the legendary Peter Luger’s steakhouse in New York for more than 40 years. It was during those years where he gained extensive expertise in the dry ageing process of USDA Prime quality beef as well as the steak high temperature broiling preparation process – key elements which would eventually evolve into Wolfgang Steakhouse’s unique philosophy for excellence.
When I walked into Café Creole at Newport Mall, the old Hank William’s song started playing in my head, ticking off the gastonomic delights of this cooking style I had been anticipating to sink my teeth into that evening. “Jambalaya, crawfish pie, fillet gumbo…”
Between learning about the benefits of juicing, exploring their organic farm, and melting on the massage table from a two-hour traditional Filipino massage, Jericho and I spent our days in different corners of the big property, either exploring the place by ourselves, catching up on sleep, taking a dip in the pool, or finding a quiet spot to curl up with a book and read ’til we dozed off. The only time we’d actually see each other was during meal times, where we’d meet at the restaurant, Gabriela, to enjoy the healthy cuisine choices they had on offer.