179 – On Wayback Gastronomy: Namanama, Eastwood Cybermall

Eastwood City was first built in 1997, but it was around Christmas of 2004 when me and my family first visited this place. It was no surprise then that I knew the place like the back of my hand when I worked there from 2012 to 2013, and from 2016 until now. Before I begin … Continue reading 179 – On Wayback Gastronomy: Namanama, Eastwood Cybermall

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178 – On Chicken Parts Flying High: Wingstop, Fairview Terraces

Finding another use for chicken parts that aren't usually eaten is not a new thing. Here in the Philippines, isaw (chicken intestines), helmet (chicken head) and adidas (chicken feet, named after the athletic shoe company) are popular grilled fare in street corners. These are paired with the local lager as pulutan or appetizers. In East Asia, … Continue reading 178 – On Chicken Parts Flying High: Wingstop, Fairview Terraces

176 – On Charcoal-Powered Indulgences: BLK513 + 80 Queens, Eastwood Mall

Millennials and hipsters from every corner of the Internet were overjoyed when BLK513 opened its first branch at SM Megamall. Given their tendency to crowd a newly-opened joint for their Instagram posts, it took me some time to find out why this Philippine frozen yogurt purveyor is the talk of the town. Months passed and … Continue reading 176 – On Charcoal-Powered Indulgences: BLK513 + 80 Queens, Eastwood Mall

175 – On A Retrospective: Makansutra Hawkers, SM Megamall

(AUTHOR'S NOTE: This establishment is already defunct; thus, its original address was never indicated in this entry.) The island nation of Singapore is known for its diverse cuisine, influenced by the different cultures making up its society. From laksa and Hainanese chicken rice, fish head curry and roti canai, to chendol and teh tarik—the Lion … Continue reading 175 – On A Retrospective: Makansutra Hawkers, SM Megamall

174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall

I have seen a lot of establishments in Eastwood Mall open and close – from my initial stint in 2012 up until my return in 2016. A lot of restaurants and retail shops set up shop here, only to shutter after two or three years in business. Closures here can either be caused by the … Continue reading 174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall