Postcard: Aboard the Grimaldi Ferry to Rome: Andiamo!

Lynne: By this time, we’ve taken 3 planes, 1 high-speed train, a scattering of cab rides here and there, and numerous metros. Transportation options are just numerous, each one providing its own level of convenience and excitement. Capping off our brief ham-filled Barcelona stop, we take things to the sea as we now board a ferry for a 20-hour journey to Civitavecchia, Italy, a port town north of Rome. Our…

Breakfast at Antonio’s Reopens in Tagaytay Cliffside

Fans of the original cliffside site of Breakfast at Antonio’s are rejoicing with its reopening. After all, it just died down without much reason, with some people who are not in the know thinking that it never got the same appeal as the Antonio’s Restaurant tucked away in the villages of Tagaytay.   But how can it not be appealing when it is situated by the cool Tagyatay cliffside with…

Stumbling Upon Route 66 of the USA

Ah yes. The American open road. Songs and movies have been made, drawing inspiration from the dream of just riding it out from the West Coast down to the East, in search of new adventures. But depending on the place in America, most of the open road looks like this: There was this quote by someone who said that thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is possible to get…

Aria – A Taste of Boracay within the Concrete Jungle

I have a few staples when it comes to a beach vacation.  I need a beer or any other alcoholic drink in hand, a lounge chair, lots of inactivity, sun, sand, and sea. When it comes to Filipino beaches, we will always give Boracay as an example.  It has long been the top of mind choice for vacation getaways of both locals and foreigners.  For me, it’s the home of…

Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant Opens in the Philippines

And the inflow of foreign restaurant branches continue to pour into the Philippine food scene. For the last part of 2012 to early parts of 2013, Philippines based The Bistro Group of TGI Fridays fame has been busy bringing in and creating new restaurant concepts for the sit down, non pretentious casual diner. Modern Shanghai is already up, and very soon, the kid cult favorite Chuck E. Cheese will be…

Poco Deli – Kapitolyo, Pasig’s Deli Pride

This post is long overdue (like about a year or two), but it just cannot be stressed enough even with all the raves and blogs already giving this place high regard: Poco Deli in Kapitolyo Pasig is all that a comfy neighborhood deli should be. Delicatessen is a term meaning “delicacies” or “fine foods”, with German origins. It normally sells food made from those who run the deli themselves, like…

Mesclun in Linden Suites, Ortigas – Homey Hotel Dining

When people first hear the term “hotel restaurant”, there are a few words that pop out: Exquisite Extensive Extravagant Exclusive Expensive After all, the very hotels that come into mind would be those like The Peninsula, Sofitel, Banyan Tree, or Shangri-La. So the restaurants that are associated with it such as Escolta, Spiral, Senju, Red, or even the Champagne Room of Manila Hotel carry with it heft price tags for its…

Tuscano in Burgos Circle – Simply Italian

This post is dedicated to a newly found foodie couple who felt totally victorious when they found out that they were able to suggest something that was worth featuring in En Route. (You know who you guys are. ‘Till the next food trip! ) Admittedly, even with a bit of research about Tuscano, not much popped into the radar on what would be great to try. It doesn’t help that…

The Night of the Launch of TruffleFinder

Most of us know truffles as either the oil used to give an exquisite flavor on French or Italian dishes (like Italian truffle oil pizza), or as a chocolate truffle dessert that normally has a rich, rounded taste variation of chocolate. But the real truffle is actually this rare fungus that grows near the trees of France and Italy, and the traditional way of digging for them is to use…

Harvest Gastropub – A Reaping of Good Food & Good Times

Don’t we all look for a no-fail place, where we can hang out with good friends, get some tasty meals, indulge in some good drinks or distinctive beers, and just relax in the overall vibe of a music that matches the good taste of the food? People will always have that sanctuary of comfort. It is some place they will swear by and invite everyone else to try. And Harvest…

There’s Really More in Mana-Ish and More

AS OF OCTOBER 25, 2013, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THIS PLACE HAS CLOSED Let’s be real. Not all of us would think a place holds some exciting flavors from non-familiar lands if the logo design looked like this: The cartoonish letters mixed with basic colors shined in light box style makes it look more like the other more non-descript places that may have lackluster food. But never judge a restaurant…

Baker’s Hill in Palawan For the Young and Young at Heart

While touring Puerto Princesa City, one of the places that shouldn’t be missed (especially if you have kids) is the popular Baker’s Hill and Restaurant. It is just beside the Mitra’s Ranch that is normally part of a tour package. One thing that makes Baker’s Hill in Puerto Princesa popular are the baked goodies. Although not unique, they pack good flavor. The must try would be the monggo and ube…

Marveling at the Sky – Fireworks Display!

The recently-concluded 3rd Philippine International Pyromusical Competition turned everyone back into kids as we marveled and said “Wow!” at the bursts of light and color from the fireworks displays of ten participating countries.

A Veneto Pizzeria Ristorante – Where Big Servings are Worth It

Enjoy big servings of easily-prepared Italian food from A Veneto Pizzeria Ristorante, located in 5 branches around Metro Manila.

Howzat – How’s That for an English Pub in Manila?

Who knew that somewhere just within the outskirts of the red light district of Makati City stands a good replica of an Enligsh Pub filled with all things sports complemented by some of the best beers in the world? Howzat (A play on the Cricket term “How’s That?”) Sports Bar is situated somewhere in Kalayaan Avenue where most people rarely visit due to its sketchy neighborhood establishments. But probably English…

Ristorante Bigoli – New Name, Same Good Food

. .   When the commercial center of Eastwood was just this little strip of restaurants where you can park directly beside it back in 2002/2003,  one of the very first restaurants there was Fazoli’s. It was a quick service Italian restaurant that seemed to have catered to the Filipino palate. Fast forward to 10 years later, and Eastwood is now a concrete jungle with pretty much every dining option…

The Winebar – El Pueblo’s Chill-out Place

For the Ortigas crowd, you need not go far to shun out the busy streets for a chill way to wind down for the day. The Winebar by the Chateau group is conveniently located in El Pueblo. Get your wine fix along with burgers, steaks, or oysters to name a few!

Gorky’s Pizzeria Pasong Tamo Extension – Quick Italian Fix

One fine day, it seemed like a good idea to try some comfort food from Bistro Better, only to find out they changed their menu into something completely different. Looks like market forces have forced it to change its approach. So for now, gone are the cream dory meas and tasty hams in buns. Read here about En Route’s visit to Bistro Better Luckily, pizza is also considered comfort food,…

Lime 88 – Filipino Street Food Meets Haute Cuisine

The Philippines has its own set of unique and special street foods, wether it be your run of the mill fishballs and squid balls, or something refreshing during the summer like dirty ice cream and the very nostalgic scramble. These cheap thrills are nice treats as you go about on the road. So what happens when these street foods were given an upscale and somewhat “haute cuisine” appeal? Lime 88…

Sunrise Buckets – Buffalo Wings to Brighten Up Your Day

Buffalo Wings are not really associated with sophisticated, fine dining and haute cuisine settings. It really is more for the casual, easy going grub grind, much like your burger joints and pizza parlors. (Click here to open a new window to find out more about what haute cuisine is) So when making a restaurant where your main showcase is buffalo wings, it has got to feel relaxed, cheerful, and more…

The Market – Your Next-Door Deli

A little deli place for quick lunches and that needed break from work. The Market offers you sandwiches plus an array of other items a foodie might need. What’s nice is that it’s only a short distance away from a lot of offices in the Salcedo Village area.

Dinelli Gourmet – Burgos Circle’s Deli Fix

AS OF DECEMBER OF 2013, THIS PLACE HAS ALREADY BEEN REPLACED BY BURGERS AND BREWSKIES The Burgos Circle has slowly become a popular place for dining and togetherness. It isn’t a surprise, then, that the establishments can get packed, and your plans for a comfortable and hearty meal can even become a cause for stress. But a few shops remain that still give the quiet meal experience deserving of your…

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