Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is Now in the Philippines!

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The way we drank when we were younger is different from the way we drink now. In my case, I was happy to drink San Miguel Light or Red Horse beer. Back then, drinking was a means to get drunk, so there were times when me and my friends would down cheap gin before going out so we didn’t have to pay for overpriced drinks. A lot of people agree with me on this.

Now, I, with the support of the people who agreed with the point above, am more selective of what I drink. I am more likely to study the list of drinks available in a bar rather than order something safe, like the San Mig or the Red Horse. And I now drink to savor the taste, as well as the moment I found myself in. While I still do enjoy the occasional San Mig (I graduated to Pale Pilsen), my palate has become more adventurous.

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Thailand’s Coca Restaurant Brings Thai Flavors to SM Aura

One of my favorite Asian destinations is Thailand. I like how it looks and feels like the Philippines, except the public transportation is better, there are more shopping options, and the local culture is embraced and respected. One of the must-see things in Thailand is a visit to the historic Grand Palace and Ayutthaya. Another is to try the local cuisine. I love Thai cuisine’s complexity of colors, flavors, and smells. Recently, I discovered Coca Restaurant at SM Aura, a Thai import that will soon fulfill my Thai food cravings.

Coca Restaurant is a well-known hot pot place in Thailand. It was established in 1957 by Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife Patama, who created authentic recipes using fresh ingredients. The restaurant opened in Manila around 2013, and I’m a little surprised it took me this long to discover this Thai gem.

I got to Coca Restaurant’s Thai food and here’s what I thought:

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We started off our meal with the Salmon Grapow Cups, or stir-fried salmon with hot basil and chili served in fried wonton wrapper cups. I almost didn’t recognize the salmon as it was cooked in a unique way, but I liked how the chefs dared to cook things differently. It was a sign of things to come. And oh, the salmon grapow cups come with a kick so make sure to pair it with some Thai iced tea (P90)!

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The Starbucks 2017 Planner is Here + Planner Giveaway

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I’ve been using planners since 2005. I am incredibly forgetful so I need a notebook to list down everything I do. I can’t survive without it because it’s like a personal assistant, reminding me what I need to do for the month, the week, and the day. That’s how structured my days are: everything is planned. The tradition lives on even if technology has encroached on my life, and I’m excited for next year because I’ll be able to use the Starbucks 2017 planner!

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Single Origin Opens in Rockwell + Promo!

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I am a huge fan of breakfast food and places that offer all-day breakfast dining. The thought of waffles, pancakes, and fruit preserves can put a smile on my face, and the idea that you can have it past noon can fill my heart with joy.

A popular breakfast place in Manila is Single Origin. Their Bonifacio High Street Central branch is popular for its cafe and bar setup, cleverly combining breakfast food and premium coffee with cocktails. A date took me there once for breakfast and I loved the dark atmosphere.

Just recently, the guys behind Single Origin opened a new branch in Rockwell, and despite offering the same menu, the vibe is completely different. If Single Origin in BGC is moody, Single Origin in Rockwell is bright, airy, and warm. That’s because half the restaurant is made up of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that bathes the place with light and the promise of a good day.

I had the pleasure of dining at Single Origin’s Rockwell branch during its soft opening and here’s what I found:

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You Can Now Book Restaurant Reservations on the Seats App

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I am a planner. I’m the kind of person who plans everything out, and who gets minor panic attacks when things don’t go as planned. I’m trying my best to be a little more spontaneous, but I thrive when I know what’s going to happen next. This trait of mine extends to dining. When I was still with my boyfriend, we would discuss where we’ll eat on the weekend as early as Monday.

Because of this, I always make reservations. I hate it when I’ve psyched myself up the entire week that I’ll eat in the new Japanese restaurant and arrive there with the place packed. I used to call restaurants’ landline numbers to book a table, but now I can make restaurant reservations using an app. Thank you, Seats, for existing.

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I Enjoyed the French Wine Culture at Sofitel Wine Days in Manila

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Since I started hanging out with my mom and her friends, I started to appreciate wine. I liked the mellow buzz it gave me, as well as the nuances of each variety. I like white for its light flavor, rose for its refreshing burst, and red for its deep full-bodied intimacy. So when Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila invited WheninManila.com to be the only online attendee for its Wine Days, I was excited to go.

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Hey, Hanoi: Food

One of the highlights of my trip Hanoi was the food. Vietnamese cuisine is known worldwide, and I got a firsthand experience of how good it was. I tried the staple banh mi, pho, and spring rolls, and I still crave for it today.

The trick to eating in Vietnam, and anywhere else, is to eat where the locals eat. Many of them eat in holes in the wall or on humble stands next to busy intersections. Most of the time, proprietors set up clusters of low tables with even lower chairs, a challenge for someone like me who stands six feet tall. The experience was definitely worth it.

In the six days I spent in Hanoi, my favorite meal would have to be the bún chả at Bún chả Hương Liên. It became famous when food authority Anthony Bourdain took US president Barack Obama, there and the food they ate became the Obama special: bún chả (fatty grilled pork in soup, vermicelli noodles, and loads of leaves), fried shrimp roll, and a cold bottle of Hanoi beer. Not bad for P180.

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