OTKB: Fancy Wares, Comfort Food, Classy Pub, All-in-One

As of June 18, 2015, it was discovered that this restaurant has CLOSED. Something new is taking root in Bonifacio High Street. What used to be the old Stock Market, is this new, homey looking restaurant called Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar. People have taken into calling it OTKB, much to the proponents delight as it is their initiative to give it that moniker. Oh, and one of the proponents…

Philippine Food Industry Unites: #YolandaActionWeekend for #ReliefPH

Help spread the word of this cause. For every Facebook “Like”, Tweet, and “+1″ of this post, LYNNE-ENROUTE.COM will give PHP 10.00 to the Philippine Red Cross. This effort will run until 9:00pm of November 17, 2013. In response to the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda, major players of the Philippine food industry have gathered under one cause: Yolanda Action Weekend On November 16-17, participating restaurants have pledged to give a…

Scared by Mad For Garlic?

This restaurant has closed their W Global Center branch. Does Mad For Garlic scare you? Does the doorway made of steel and glass look too bourgeois for the usual casual dinner fare? Does that wreath hung around an eerily glowing lamp make you imagine that there’s nothing more to the food here than the over-abuse of the acrid, pungent food flavoring bulb?   Do those racks of wine make you…

Cocktails at Mad For Garlic’s “Cellar Nights”

          Mad for Garlic W Global Center is already closed. You have to love a booming economy. Not only does it give a higher spending propensity to a majority of the hard working class, it also consequentially uplifts their quality of life and discernment for things they consume, as the market opens up to embrace more sophisticated lifestyle choices, which provides a more rewarding experience. So…

Burgerbar in Greenbelt – Can it Keep You Loyal?

It’s been quite some time since a burger joint has been in topic here. While there are some that has its fans, it will be BRGR: The Burger Project and the sadly closed Boulevard Diner ( which has now morphed into Burger Company in Quezon City. Gotta schedule a visit ) where loyalties will lie. In all the searching in Makati, one name kept on blipping on the burger radar…

What to do in Florence, Italy – Spring 2013

Apart from bag-hunting, Tuscany’s Firenze is just teeming with so many things to do.

Postcard: Summer in London

During our brief stay, all we had was glorious sunshine. It was so glorious that the parks were full of people, locals and tourists alike, basking in its rays. It was like looking out on a beach, with girls sunbathing in their bikinis, guys walking topless, European teens (mostly guys) introducing themselves randomly to other groups (mostly girls) – all minus the actual beach.

Postcard from Rome: Sight-seeing and Food-tripping

Lynne: It’s pretty clear that Rome wasn’t built in a day. But we sure tried to tour the main attractions in one day! Our feet and legs don’t particularly love us right now but our eyes have done nothing but take in all the impressive architecture, new and old, ruins, basilicas and statues alike. Rome was packed with tourists, especially the Vatican. From the nice and bearable cold of Barcelona,…

Postcard: A Night Train to Rome

Ray: 8:30pm in the Civitavecchia train station, eating reheated margherita pizza, waiting for the train to take us to Rome. That’s part of figuring out your way around as travelers, I guess. It’s not so bad at all. We get to practice our Italian in asking for directions We keep on mentioning this Chee-vee-ta-ve-kia place since this is the port where the ferry docks. Rome isn’t a port city, after…

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.

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