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Meet Fresh Opens Its First Branch in the Philippines

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Meet Fresh, a known Taiwanese restaurant chain that specializes in fresh, natural, and healthful Taiwanese desserts including soft taro balls and herbed jelly has opened its first branch in the Philippines. I was invited during their media launch to try out some of their dishes before their grand opening.

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Lorenzo's Cafe (Ormoc)

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Right after we had dinner at Sutuwaki, we decided to have some coffee and dessert at Lorenzo's Cafe. It's simply beside Sutuwaki

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Sutuwaki (Ormoc)

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Recently, I visited Ormoc for my medical-related work and our client brought us to Sutuwaki for early dinner. I was told that this was one of the known restaurants here. 

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Cafe Xocolat

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Cafe Xocolat has been my go-to cafe whenever I would visit Mysterium Philippines in Katipunan. This was also Robin's chill spot a few years back in their old location. Cafe Xocolat is now located on the Ground Floor of SMRC Building, Katipunan Avenue corner B. Gonzales Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The interiors give a cozy, rustic vibe, that's perfect when you simply want to read a book while drinking coffee, or having a chill catching up with friends.

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Experience an Awesome Barkada Bonding with Greenwich's Pizza Making Camp

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Recently, The Kain Tulog Gang (The KTG) had our weekend bonding at Greenwich where we learned how to make their new All-In Overload Pizza in their Pizza Making Camp. 

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Ying Ying Tea House

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Exploring Binondo has brought us to Ying Ying Tea House which was recommended to me by my friend, Mark (Eatsplorations.com). What I love about this place is that they serve Chinese food with a good serving size for its price. 

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High Grounds Cafe

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High Grounds Cafe is my favorite go-to place whenever I want to play online games while with my friends. 

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Delicere

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Sunday dinner in Marikina has brought us to Delicere in San Roque. This is one of Robin's go-to spots and he recently introduced me to this place. 

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Japan x Rarindra Prakarsa

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Early this year, I flew to Japan for a week for a modeling project. I still couldn't believe that I was able to work with a well-known photographer, Rarindra Prakarsa. He held his first workshop in Japan as he collaborated with Francis Ansing--one of the people whom I admire a lot for his photography skills; not to mention that he was also the first person who lent me a DSLR as I was trying to learn photography when I was in college. Sir Rarindra and Sir Francis are very humble in person and it was such an honor working with them.

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10 Dove Street Confectionery (Cebu)

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My friends brought me to this chic cafe for dessert when I visited them in Cebu--10 Dove Street Confectionery.

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Guesting for Pop Talk GMA News TV

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Finally had the chance to be the guest blogger at Pop Talk aired last August 24, 2019. Sharing the episode here on my blog post. #PopTalkCelebrityOwnedRestos #PopTalk

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LockedIn (Baguio)

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It's almost Halloween again and I would love to recommend this Escape Room in Baguio, Lockedin. Went here with some vlogger friends and had fun.

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Southeast Asian Dining at Red Ginger (City of Dreams)

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Tried out Red Ginger with my cousins when we were in City of Dreams. Sharing my experience here. 

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Hua Spa (Makati)

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Had my Aroma Wellness Massage with Oil at Hua Spa Makati and had a hassle-free booking through Travelbook.ph.

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Buffed Nail Lounge

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Had my quick fix at Buffed Nail Lounge BGC and had a hassle-free booking and experience through Travelbook.ph. 

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Ben's Cookies Philippines

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Had a chance to visit Ben's Cookies Philippines as well as experience rolling some cookie dough in their kitchen. Sharing my experience in this blog post. 

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Hop Inn Hotel

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We decided to have a mini staycation at Hop Inn Hotel during the rainy season. We were able to avail their exclusive discount because of my Booking.com Genius account. (Above photo courtesy of Booking.com)

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Why Stupid People Think They Are Smart (The Dunning-Kruger Effect)

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We all know that one person who speaks as if they know everything, or so much at least--or someone who speaks as if he or she is a veteran yet has so little experience. This psychological bias where someone believes himself to be smarter and more competent than they actually are is called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. (Above photo by photoschmidt/Shutterstock).

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Chivas Regal Master Class

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It's nearly time for Whisky Live 2019 and I would like to share my experience when I attended last year's Chivas Regal Master Class during Whisky Live 2018. Apologies for the late post. Whisky Live 2019 will be on October 18-19 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City. You can book your tickets here.

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Trying out the Batangas Lomi in Bauan Batangas

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We were on the way back to Manila from Anilao and we wanted to try some Batangas Lomi. Googled for the "best Batangas Lomi near Anilao" and it led us here in Dad's, Bauan, Batangas (across AG&P building/office).


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California Forward: CPK Philippines Keeps the Good Times Rolling with their 8th National Pizza Days 2019

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Manila, Philippines – (July 26, 2019) California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous California style pizzas always served with a distinct California vibe, is celebrating National Pizza Days this August 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday) now on its 8th year run!  On these days, guests who visit any of CPK’s four (4) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for. 

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Ilonggo Food Fest at Cucina Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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Finally! After two years, I'm back in Cucina again. This time, it is for their celebration of the Ilonggo Food Fest which is from August 1 to 18, 2019. 

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The Imaginarium Tarot Unboxing

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Unboxing of The Imaginarium Tarot Deck by CJ Francisco
Video Thumbnail Credits to CJ Francisco, The Imaginarium Tarot

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J.CO Sweet Rush Payday Treat

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PROMO and GIVEAWAY!!

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Experience Fluffy Goodness in Every Bite with Fuwa Fuwa

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The inauguration of Fuwa Fuwa happened last June 26, 2019, in their plant in Batangas, and I was lucky enough to be invited to this event. Japanese bread is really good and that's one of the things that I enjoyed when I was in Japan. I'm so glad that Fuwa Fuwa has launched in the Philippines and it's truly fluffy and good.

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Unlimited Korean and Japanese Food at Hodai

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Last weekend, we decided to try out Hodai's unlimited Japanese and Korean fusion dishes and it did not disappoint. 

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The Choice V

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It's time again to vote for your favorite food, restaurants, hotels, and chefs on The Choice V--brought to you by Our Awesome Planet and The KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) together with World Food Expo (WOFEX). #TheKTG

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My Experience in a Capsule Hotel - Nine Hours Hotel in Narita Airport (Japan)

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Recently, I visited Japan for a modeling project. Since our (with some Filipinos I worked with) flight back to Manila was very early, we decided to spend the night at the airport. Good thing that they have a capsule hotel inside. I was finally able to experience it.

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Shtriga

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Photo credits: Ice is Black

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Waterside at Solaire Resorts & Casino Introduces Taco Tuesdays and Weekend Jam

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Waterside has recently invited us through Zomato for the launch of their Taco Tuesdays and to experience their Weekend Jam. 

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Soban K-Town Grill

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Richie (pickiesteater.net) recently invited me to a brunch meetup with some vloggers at the newly-opened branch of Soban -Town Grill in Bonifacio Global City. Sharing what he had here in this post. 

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ELM's Kapihan and Bar (Kapitolyo)

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It was a weekday when I got invited to have lunch at ELM's Kapihan and Bar in Kapitolyo with my foodie friends. Since it was just a few blocks from my office, I managed to sneak out and had a really good lunch experience here.

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Kawaii Tarot Unboxing

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Unboxing of Kawaii (Cute) Tarot Deck by Diana Lopez


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Healthy Premium Coffee with Joe Sip

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I have been doing some coffee tastings lately and my most recent discovery would be Joe Sip coffee.

I was able to have a hand of their freshly grounded French Roast Robusta and their drip coffee (flavors: hazelnut and premium espresso blend). Developed by an artist and coffee enthusiast named Joseph whom I met just a few weeks back, I'd say this guy really knows coffee. 

Being able to have tried specialty coffee, I would say that Joe Sip can compete with these existing brands. The taste of Joe Sip had a good texture and had the right "sweetness" in it. I barely noticed a hint of sourness nor bitterness with the taste. (Did you know that good coffee shouldn't have a sour or bitter taste in it?).

One factor that affects the quality of the taste of the coffee would be due to the preparation--precision during the preparation. I may have gotten it right with my coffee press, but the drip coffee was out of my control. With that being said, I used hot water in preparing my drip coffee and it also tasted amazing; which also means that the filter used in the drip coffee was just right. The water didn't pass too slow nor too fast.

Joe Sip is made from real coffee beans which give its premium quality. It does not have any preservatives, sugar, nor creamer and other additives found from other instant coffee. Joe Sip is pure coffee, making it a metabolic rate booster (helps you burn a few calories) and mood enhancer (helps you deal with stress better). 

I definitely enjoyed Joe Sip. It's easy to prepare (despite being made from real coffee beans) because of the drip coffee, which is really handy especially when you are on the go or during travel. Definitely, an "instant coffee" made healthier. Also, best paired with an original honey-glazed donut. *wink* ;) 

Joe Sip Coffee delivers freshly grounded coffee beans to your home and work stations.
Facebook: Joe Sip Coffee
Instagram: @joesipcoffee

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Pinoy Hotdogs at Franks Craft Beers Manila (Resorts World Manila)

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Never did I thought that something so American, like hotdog sandwiches, can be made very Filipino. Franks Craft Beers Manila was able to come up with their Filipino Hotdogs featuring the flavors, Bistek Tagalog, Chicken Inasal, and Chicken Pork Adobo. (Above photo courtesy of Franks Craft Beers Manila).

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Cream Silk

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The New Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive revives your dry and damaged strands, and makes your brilliant browns, stunning blondes, and awesome ash strikingly vibrant.

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My Journey on Becoming a Professional Tarot Reader

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I have been reading for my friends for quite a while now and I decided to take my tarot reading skills into another level.

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Caffe Freddo (BGC)

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There's a new place to go for high-quality coffee brews in Bonifacio Global City. Caffe Freddo prides itself in offering a very unique selection of coffee, not found anywhere else in the metro. I was lucky enough to be invited to their media launch and attend their Coffee 101 class as well as try some of their dishes. 

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Trying Out The Tea-Infused Macarons at TWG Tea

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Following our dinner after having unlimited yakiniku, we decided to have some tea and dessert at TWG Tea. They have quite a number of flavors for the macarons but we decided to try out their tea-infused ones. 

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Luxury Facial Experience at Urbanessence with Travelbook.ph

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Recently, I discovered a new branch of Urbanessence in Marikina which offers affordable beauty treatment packages and a hassle-free booking thanks to Travelbook.ph.

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Motto Motto

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Weekend with my foodie friends has brought us to Motto Motto in Serendra as we were invited by Chef Kalel Chan. Their extensive menu of Japanese dishes is sure to sate your cravings.

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New Themes at The Dessert Museum Featuring Travelbook.ph

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Went on a date with my Instagram boyfriend at The Dessert Museum recently which features four new themed rooms. We also had our hassle-free reservation via Travelbook.ph

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Eat All You Can at Gyu-Kaku (Shangri-La Plaza)

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Gyu-Kaku, the worldwide leader in Japanese BBQ, is all set to satisfy you with their new eat all you can promo!

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Hui Lau Shan Opens in Manila

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Hong Kong's famous chain of dessert shops that specializes in mango has finally opened its flagship store in Manila. 

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Preso Tea (New Manila)

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There's a new milk tea shop in town that's also known in Taiwan! This #Brew2Order brand has over 400 branches worldwide. Using an espresso machine to extract tea, comes Preso Tea. Their name came from espresso + tea, guys. Get it? Great!

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Get 10% Discount on Local Hotels with travelbook.ph and EastWest Bank

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Start your summer getaway right and score hotel discounts from travelbook.ph and EastWest Bank!
Enjoy 10% discount on Philippine hotels via your EastWest Bank Credit, Debit, or Prepaid Card when youbook from February 15 to March 15, 2019.
For more information, see promo Terms and Conditions.

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A Day in Sanya (China)

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Aside from going to Vietnam in our recent trip with Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo, we also went to Sanya, China. (See: Exploring Ha Long Bay for a Day with Star Cruises SuperStar Virgo)

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Hassle-Free Booking with Travelbook.ph Featuring Pink Parlour

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Weekend pampering has led me to Pink Parlour and  I was able to score a good deal as well as book an appointment with Travelbook.ph

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Six Doors BBQ Buffet

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The first 3D buffet in the Philippines is here and we are lucky enough to be able to be one of the first people to try it. Sharing our experience in this post.

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California Pizza Kitchen Introduces New Items on the Menu

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A new menu celebrating new adventures and reminiscing on old favorites: On its 20th year, anniversary in the country, CPK Philippines launches their new menu with all-new pizzas, pasta, salads, while re-introducing pizza favorites over the past 20 years. 

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Wang Jia Tea House

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Weekend brunch with The KTG has brought us to try out Wang Jia at Home Depot in Ortigas. I love Chinese food so I'm definitely looking forward to trying out their dishes, especially dim sum.

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Exploring Ha Long Bay (Vietnam) for a Day with Star Cruises SuperStar Virgo

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Cruising with Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo has brought us to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam this time. (See: Star Cruises: SuperStar Virgo)

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Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

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Saturday brunch with The Kain Tulog Gang (The KTG) has brought us to Rustic Mornings by Isabelo in Marikina City. I have always heard about this place whenever my friends would talk about Marikina, but it's the first time that I get to try this out. 
The ambiance is very homey and it does give that "rustic" vibe. It's very calming like you just got up from a good sleep, in your pajamas and have an amazing breakfast in the patio. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is located on 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City. 
Sharing the dishes my friends and I ordered at Rustic Mornings: 
Choco Nutella and Vanilla Speculoos Milkshake. Glad that they have flavors like these. These are bestsellers for kids and kids-at-heart.
Iced Cappuccino. I ordered an iced cappuccino with a request for whipped cream on top. (Fun fact about me: I only drink iced beverages for breakfast, even my coffee). It had the right amount of coffee and milk in it.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip. The Isabelo Garden, Rustic Mornings' predecessor, started from this amazing dish. A must-try! Rustic Mornings used to be the old home of Chef Portia, and she told us how she would experiment on cooking then call her mom to try them out. This dish is where it all began. 
Rustic Mushroom Soup. Rich in flavor and creamy. Has complimentary bread on the side. 
French Fries. Some finger food while waiting for the other dishes. Comes with two dips.
Acal Smoothie Bowl. Filled with antioxidants. This smoothie bowl is actually heavy on the stomach. I love the unsoaked chia seeds. This dish just feels very clean and healthy to me.
Three Mushrooms 3-Egg Cheese Omelet with Salad. Served with 2 slices of French baguette, herbed butter, and jam. The additional salad is optional.
Lox Toast Bar. Made of bagel, topped with cream cheese, salmon, capers, and lemon zest. I love the salmon, which is the highlight of this dish. The salad is refreshing and light. 
Half Plain, Half Churros Waffles. A combination of their crispy plain waffles and waffle churros. Something to order when you can't decide what flavor to choose. Both are good but I prefer the churros better. 
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. These thick fluffy pancakes are just amazing. I like the taste, the texture, and the blueberries. The butter is also homemade and good.
French Toast Tower with Grilled Peaches. This French toast must be eaten immediately upon serving, otherwise, the bread changes. 
Breakfast Platters. There are a lot of breakfast platters to choose from. Best shared with family and friends. 
Tinapa Burrito. Tinapa sounds boring to me until I've had this burrito. I love the saltiness that blends well with the rice and the contrast of flavor with the sauce. This is really good and I recommend this as a must-try!
Dee Heirloom Spaghetti. Generous sauce that's on the tangy side--western style. Pasta is al dente. Also good.
Beef Tapa. A classic Filipino breakfast favorite. The scrambled eggs are nicely done. Beef tapa is good.
Grilled Salmon Fillet Rice Bowl. Juicy salmon fillet. 
Beef Ribs. It reminds me of mechado.
Chicken Fricassee. Reminds me of chicken pastel. 
Real Blueberry and Lemon Cheesecake. Chef Portia made this cake all from fresh ingredients. Real blueberries that go well with the cream cheese. The citrus taste coming from the lemon gives the cake a refreshing feel after every bite. 
Party Trays were also taken home by the gang. These are ideal for family gatherings or parties. You may contact Chef Portia at portiabaluyut@me.com.
Breakfast Baskets are also available. Now, you can cook their fluffy pancakes at home. 

The KTG mandatory groupie. Definitely coming back here again with my family and friends.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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