278 – On Washoku Wonders: Triptych 50

It’s exactly a year since the Philippines was locked down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and life has indeed returned to normal. The government initially declared the stringent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila where I am based back in March 2020. This was eventually downgraded to the less strict general community quarantine … Continue reading 278 – On Washoku Wonders: Triptych 50

275 – On Denny’s In The New Normal

The new normal has changed the way we eat and live. Restaurants have not been exempt from this paradigm shift. All-day American breakfast joint Denny's is among the establishments that have adjusted to the post-COVID new normal. I last reviewed the Eastwood Mall branch of Denny's back in May 2019, way before the pandemic broke … Continue reading 275 – On Denny’s In The New Normal

270 – On Pandemic Breakfasts: UCC Park Café, Eastwood Mall

I have been able to leave the house ever since Metro Manila was placed under the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) following a tighter fortnight lockdown in August. I also got a new job after a short tour of duty in Ortigas – and now I’m back in Eastwood! However, my current work is … Continue reading 270 – On Pandemic Breakfasts: UCC Park Café, Eastwood Mall

262 – On Eating Out In The New Normal

The Covid-19 pandemic has definitely shaken up how we live and work today with remote work arrangements, cashless payment methods, online shopping portals, and food delivery apps becoming part of the new normal. Governments worldwide have been exhorting people to stay home and step out only when absolutely necessary to avoid the spread of the … Continue reading 262 – On Eating Out In The New Normal

217 – On Breakfasts And Safe Havens: Denny’s, Eastwood Mall

There's this scene in the movie adaptation of Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet In Heaven, which starred Jon Voight as the protagonist Eddie. In the course of meeting the titular five people, Eddie encounters his father peacefully enjoying a meal inside a diner. He tries to get his father's attention, to no avail. Eddie's … Continue reading 217 – On Breakfasts And Safe Havens: Denny’s, Eastwood Mall