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Author Archives: Joy

Afternoon Tea in Manila: Bistro Pamana

* Part 10 of a series * When it comes to the idea of afternoon tea, can the food-crazed Filipinos be far behind? The concept of having a light snack in between lunch and dinner is commonly known to the average Pinoy as merienda. And what could be a more enjoyable merienda fare than our … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Royal Piccadilly Restaurant & Cakery

* Part 9 of a series * I know it’s only been about 7 months since I went there, but I already miss London terribly. Once you fall in love with a city, you’ll constantly ache for it. You’ll always yearn to go back. That’s how I feel about Berlin and London. Only those afflicted … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Marriott Hotel

* Part 8 of a series * There’s nothing wrong with getting oneself an early Mother’s Day treat, is there? Honestly, I feel like I ought to give myself a simple reward — nothing grand, nothing extravagant — for all the little things that I do for my family, knowing that motherhood is not the … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Lusso

* Part 7 of a series * Lusso is the Italian word for luxury. It is also the name of a restaurant-bar in Greenbelt 5 owned by chef-restaurateur Margarita Fores, who is also behind the famed Cibo restaurants. Lusso‘s décor exudes quiet elegance, while its menu epitomizes sophisticated Italian flair. Needless to say, the price … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Dusit Thani

* Part 6 of a series * Hotels are certainly some of the most reliable and ideal places to unwind and savor some of the finer things life has to offer.  Thus, in my quest to try the different afternoon tea offerings in the metro, I turned to one of our family’s favorite hotels: Dusit … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Peninsula

* Part 5 of a series * Filipinos certainly love buffets and The Peninsula Manila recognizes that. So aside from offering just an afternoon tea set for two, it also has an afternoon tea buffet available daily at its majestic lobby from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The buffet spread is really impressive. Well, what else … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Poetry & Prose Patisserie

* Part 4 of a series * With afternoon tea gaining more popularity in the city, more dining establishments are now offering it as a regular part of their menu. One such restaurant is Poetry & Prose Patisserie located on the Streetscape strip of Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong. It’s a charming little place, reportedly inspired … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Makati Shangri-La

* Part 3 of a series * Strictly speaking, there are remarkable distinctions between Afternoon Tea and High Tea. First off, the former is a light meal consisting of finger sandwiches, scones and small cakes or pastries. It is usually taken during the mid-afternoon hours between 3 o’ clock and 5 o’ clock. The latter … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Chateau 1771

* Part 2 of a series * I’ve always been kind of intimidated by Chateau 1771‘s menu as well as its high-class appeal (read: very expensive). It has that air of sophistication that doesn’t quite match my personality. The French bistro that also serves Italian and Swiss specialties has always seemed too glamorous a restaurant … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Lartizan Boulangerie Francaise

* Part 1 of a series * My biggest regret after my short vacation in the city of my dreams is not that I wasn’t able to see some of its most iconic tourist attractions like the Tower of London or the Tower Bridge or even Westminster Abbey — it’s the fact that I didn’t … Continue reading »

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