A Sweet, Good Food Tour in Alabang

It has been a long while since the Urban Roamer joined a food tour. So I was fortunate and excited to take part in a food tour again. Never mind if the place where the tour will be held is very much far away from the usual haunts. In this case, the far south of the metropolis in the Alabang Town Center area.

This particular food tour is actually the latest edition in the series food tours being held since last year called the “Good Food Tour”. This tour series is organized by foodpanda, an online food delivery service that delivers food from various partner restaurants. Each Good Food Tour event offers something different. For this edition, being the month of love and all, the food tour was all about desserts. This is going to be sweet.

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BAHAY Buffet: A Barbecue Buffet at the South

These days, there are so many weekend food venues and buffet restaurants sprouting all over the metropolis that’s it’s hard even for the Urban Roamer to keep track. While this may be a testament to how Filipinos love food, there is that concern that these venues don’t have a unique identity or that their menu is basically, more of the same.

Then there is the unique concept of BAHAY Buffet, combining elements of the food market and buffet dining, with its specialty in serving grilled food, the type of food Filipinos find hard to resist.

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The Mercatos of the Metro

There are a number of food/weekend markets out there in the metro these days. Some may say this growing presence is bordering on oversaturation, while others do not seem to mind that. Especially if they have something different to offer for a discriminating palate.

Then there are a few that stand out thanks to longevity and loyal patronage among a growing fanbase. Out of that few, there are those that have stood up well enough to establish by itself a growing network of food markets in the metropolis. Such is the success story of Mercato Centrale. Continue reading


Christmas in the city: the great bazaar of the south

The Christmas spirit is definitely in the air. And here in this urban jungle, nothing can define this spirit than the maddening crowds at every shopping place imaginable. From the airconditioned malls to the crowded flea markets, people are flocking to the very corners of the city looking for that bargain find as a present to himself or to someone else.

The recently concluded St. James The Great Christmas Bazaar down south in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa was a testament to the dedication many people have all in the name of bargain finds. There are shoppers who came from far north just to see what the bazaar dubbed as the “biggest bazaar in the South” has to offer. Continue reading