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Author Archives: Joy

Afternoon Tea in Manila: Relish at Ponte

* Part 13 of a series * The list of establishments that offer afternoon tea in Manila keeps growing longer, it’s getting harder for me to keep up. I stumbled upon Relish at Ponte while searching online for must-try afternoon tea offerings in the city. I’ve heard of Relish – Hello, Happiness! located in Quezon … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: Discovery Primea

* Part 12 of a series * There’s a new luxury hotel in Makati and it’s quite hard to miss because of its towering presence along Ayala Avenue. Discovery Primea is the latest addition to The Discovery Leisure Company‘s growing roster of fine hotels and resorts including Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Discovery Country Suites in … Continue reading »

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Afternoon Tea in Manila: The Manila Hotel

* Part 11 of a series * For more than a hundred years now, The Manila Hotel has been a landmark of grandeur, luxury and rich tradition right in the very heart of the City of Manila. It has witnessed many historic events and still remains one of the favorite hangouts of the well-heeled members … Continue reading »

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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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