When you’re working in the city, there’s no more familiar
sight than that of the local Starbucks. True, there are probably a thousand
different coffee spots in and around the Metro, with all sorts of offerings.
But when it comes to Starbucks, at least you can be sure what you’re getting
into. When you need to grab a quick caffeine fix before work, or recharge in
between meetings, this is one place where you can get your old favorites with
However, sometimes your usual coffee order won’t cut it, and that’s when the Secret Menu comes in. These are “off” the menu drinks, and need a bit of digging around to find. Starbucks’ secret menu has been well-popularized, to the point that fans have even curated a website guide to the Secret Menu items. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous on your next coffee run, here are some of the items you might want to try.
Living in a predominantly Catholic country like the
Philippines means that a lot of your daily life is influenced by religion. The
Christmas season in this country famously lasts several months, big events like
the Translacion can derail an entire workday or two, and every Friday of Lent
means no meat or chicken anywhere.
According to this article in Crosswalk, Lent for Roman Catholics is a period of fasting in preparation for the sacrifice of Easter, when Jesus Christ finally gave up his life for humankind. The forty days correspond to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert being tempted by the devil. To symbolize his sacrifice, people tend to give up specific things during the Lenten period. There’s also a rule about fasting every Friday, which means less than three meals and no meat.
Exercising your faith is a human right, but it can be pretty
tough to keep thinking of meals without meat for a whole forty days. Here’s a
short list of restaurants that have what you can eat, and where to find them.
Staying productive is pretty important, but sometimes tried and tested strategies just won’t cut it. Construction work outside your house, an office going through pest control issues, or loud voices in the library— any one of these things is enough to throw anybody off their groove.
And even if your usual place has the
best set-up, sometimes it’s good to check out what other places are good in
case of an emergency. Luckily, cafés-come-co-working spaces are the new rage in
the Metro, and you won’t find a shortage of affordable places to get your to-do
list done. Here are some of our favorites.
The best comfort food in the world is what’s most familiar
to us. Sure, you can talk about the artistry in gourmet food until you’re blue
in the face, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but there are still some gastronomical
Old Faithfuls out there that aren’t too fancy but somehow keep you wanting more
Human beings are creatures of comfort, and there’s a reason
why they call some dishes out there “soul food.” A dish of piping hot breaded
chicken can bring out a reaction unlike any other, and sometimes all you really
need to get you through the day is a thigh part and some fluffy white rice.
While there are fastfood chains out
there that are fantastic and need no frills, here’s a list of the five best
fried chicken places that add their own spins on a classic dish.
If you’ve been out and about in the Metro, you’ve definitely heard of Poblacion. This barangay is the old downtown area of Makati, and also houses the city’s government, historical and cultural sites. Given all the history and culture crammed into one area, it’s no wonder that this district is full of little gems for anybody who’s willing to take a look. But with so much to see and do, it can be tough to get a handle on everything that’s going on in Poblacion— which is why we’ve put together this handy list of some spots that we think you should definitely consider on your night out.
With the year drawing to a close and the weather getting colder, there’s nothing better after a long day than a piping hot bowl of ramen. Traditionally made with wheat noodles, char-grilled pork, sliced onions or bamboo shoots, and a soup base famously boiled for hours, it’s is an excellent comfort food for the soul (or stomach). It’s no wonder the ramen craze has been going strong for years, and with how much Filipinos love food, there’s no shortage of excellent ramen spots in the Metro. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, and there’s nothing a pet owner loves more than spending time with their furry friends. But for those who want to take their pets out and about the Metro, it can be hard to find a place to sit down and eat that accommodates both humans and animals. If this is something that you have trouble with, never fear! We’ve prepared a list of pet-friendly restaurants that you can try with your four-legged companions. Read more