Megamall Mega Eats

Guys, Megamall really is a mega mall. While Megamall has heaps of retail options, their food scene continues to get better and better. The last few months I was lucky enough to take a few field trips to newly opened Le Petit Soufflé, Mighty Quinn’s and Makansutra. Each establishment wowed me with their food and…

Pilipino Pantry: Local Substitutes

I enjoy cooking. I am not the best at it but I do enjoy it. I love visiting grocery stores and convenience stores in any new country or place we visit just to look at their new-to-me selection. Our first two years in Manila I would go on hunts in search for a specific ingredient…

Starry Night, Holiday Eats and Activities

I love how much The Philippines loves Christmas. They love it so much they start prepping in Septemeber, October, November and then finally culminating in December. I usually don’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, the day after to be exact. We even put our tree up in November this year! Keeping up with…

Living The Dream: Supermarket Sweepstakes

Did you ever watch the show Supermarket Sweep? I loved that show, it got so intense. Y’all, I got to live my dream of being on that show last week during Contadina’s Shop Your Heart. From the moment I got the invite I knew I wanted to take a photo in a shopping cart. Cheesy?…

International Rice Research Insitute, Exciting Stuff!

Don’t be fooled by the title, I am not kidding. The International Rice Research Institute is down right exciting! The drive was breathtaking, the grounds are sprawling, the museum fascinating and the cafeteria delicious. IRRI is exactly what it’s title stands for, an institute that researches rice. They have scientists, economist, lobbyists etc. It is…

Makiling Botanical Gardens, Dairy Husbandry UP Los Baños

The Philippines has got it all. My friend Alma said it best, “Why are so many people going to Singapore for Gardens By The Bay when we have this right here.” And its true. We leave and travel to see fascinating places but do we appreciate what we have right here? Metro Manila really is…

Love Lokal: Beatriz Accessories 

This is a post I have so much excitement for. I love treasure hunting and I love it even more when it is in my barangay. Last month I was gifted a Beatriz Bag from The Travelling Trunk. Upon finding that it was one of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016 I felt so much Pinoy pride. If…

Craft Camp

I upgraded my tent and bugs for gourmet food, art museums and craft workshops right here in Manila, Antipolo to be exact. Best decision ever! I love Manila and Filipinas so much. Filipinos have a vision and they go for it. A group of creatives put together a day camp filled to brim with beauty, nature…

Dept 24, Christmas and Home Decor 

Textiles, baskets, home decor, handicrafts I love it all. Markets, bazaars, trade shows I love them all. Manila Fame is The Philippines biggest trade show. While I love going, I am always so sad when I hear the reply, “Export only Ma’m,” meaning they won’t sell to me. Those words hurt my shopping heart. When…

Nerd Alert: How To Have A Star Wars Family Photo Shoot In Manila

Alternative title: The day my husbands dreams came true. Joke lang! Guys, we are a nerd family and I have decided not to fight it but embrace it, full on. A few years ago we visited Yexel’s and found this incredible Vader and Storm Trooper stage. We snapped the photo below in 2015 and it…

Manila Fame, Peacock Chair Redux

Peacock chairs have become one of the most iconic decor items in home decor, especially bohemia and island style interiors. Antique shoppers and DIY’ers are fanatics for the peacock chair, making pilgramiges to Palm Springs and other hot spots. And here we are living in the birth country of this chair! This iconic ratan chair…

Kitchen Camp With The Adobo Queen

This year I have tried to be more exploratory with Filipino Food. It helps to have a friend who knows your palette and can recommend flavors and combinations you would enjoy. With all the consuming I have been doing I haven’t actually learned to cook Filipino food. Lucky for me, I attended Kitchen Bootcamp by Masflex…