The best way to immerse oneself in a particular region’s culture is to eat like a local. And that’s exactly what we did during our recent trip to Dumaguete City. Its food scene offers a good mix of traditional and modern cuisine, catering to the myriad tourists that flock the city. Being a waterfront settlement, expect seafood to be abundant, readily available and affordable at Dumaguete.
For the past four years, it has become a tradition for us to celebrate special family occasions at Circles Event Cafe in Makati Shangri-La. This restaurant has witnessed a number of birthdays and anniversaries, and it was also here where my wife and I had our first breakfast as a married couple. There are so many things to love about Circles such as the homey atmosphere, the friendly staff and, of course, the great selection of cuisine.
While the Kapitolyo and Ortigas districts in Pasig are popular food havens, seldom would we dare go there because of the notoriously heavy traffic in the area. However, when we were looking for a lunch venue away from Makati, we were drawn to Seven Corners Restaurant in Crowne Plaza thanks to a promo with Citibank and the positive reviews about the place. It was Saturday but traffic was thankfully bearable.
One of the hotels in Makati that we have frequently been to is Holiday Inn. It’s not as grand as the older hotels in the vicinity but it holds its own charm primarily because of its sparkling new facilities. Promos are also always available so Holiday Inn is a convenient choice for celebrations and special gatherings. As such, when we were planning a dinner party with colleagues, Flavors Restaurant, the hotel’s signature restaurant, immediately came to mind.