Pan De Amerikana, The Chess Themed Restaurant

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Picture-postcard places are the best places to go to because it makes us feel that whenever you are in that place you know that there is something that can excite you, and something that you already know would still surprise you! One of the best places that I’ve ever been too and so far my favorite is Pan De Amerikana -one of the only five (5) Chess -themed restaurant around the world  found over Marikina. Based from my research, this is there original branch but they also have another branch at Katipunan but with a different theme.

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As soon as I stepped out of the car, this big wind mill really caught my attention, aside from its size, it reminded me of the old or traditional culture making my dine-in experience at this restaurant somehow nostalgic,and romantic. When you enter the restaurant, it is getting more adorable and exciting. It feels like your in your dream place.

Upon entering, their employee accommodate and offers me a table. I noticed their ceiling decorations are mainly composed of vines and vintage style of lights. I like it because it makes the place cooler and relaxing.

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TRIVIA: The photo shown below are collections of the owner’s master piece of photography, and his name is Sir Jundio Salvador. Some of his works are featured in many events, and are awarded with titles. They use it as a wall decoration to enhance the beauty of the restaurant and also to inspire their customers through these master pieces.

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Not to mention their cute chess piece-like order number and their vintage look menu book! This really fit with the theme of Pan De Amerika. Their table is also customized with printed chess board so you could play chess on it just ask the crew for the chess piece/s.

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Two of my favorite menu here are their Carbonara and Chicken barbecue. The Carbonara is worth P158.00 that will make your taste buds satisfied. It’s saucy in a way that it wont give you “cloying (umay/sawa in tagalog) factor”, while their juicy chicken barbecue is worth P70.00 only served with rice, and atsara (a Filipino side dish). For a perfect meal? Partner them with a pitcher of their red iced tea (P90.00)!
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And who says the fun is over? We are just getting started. Did you know that they have this big space for their big chess board? Yep! They are free! Feel free to play it, and take pictures of yourselves .. a selfie or with a group! It is a great way actually to bond with your friends or family. A “not-so-ordinary” way of beating your opponent by just having fun!
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They also have this mini Greek inspired space for the players so they could have a better view as they play on the big chess board.

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In line with this,Pan De Amerika also have a space intended for picture taking. You could sit on the rocking chair located on both sides. Enjoy the 1950 feels! Look! Even the kids are enjoying it! How about you? Are you just gonna sit there  and wish you’re at their position? Start exploring this place guys! It wont let you down 😉

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So what else are you looking for? Great and picture-postcard place? Good food? affordable? NO SERVICE CHARGE restaurant? That’s heading to PAN DE AMERIKANA! This place is absolutely a PERFECT 10! 😉

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Admin Leslie Ann Bernardo

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A Japanese Foodscape

Tired of the usual food chains and restaurants around? The past holidays had a perfect reason to bond with your family, friends, and loved ones. And I discovered a new food experience. SumoSam is definetely one of the flawless food trip restaurants I’ve encountered.

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Sumo Sam is a Japanese casual dining restaurant. From where I’ve tried it, it’s located at 2nd Floor of SM The Block (SM City North EDSA, The Block, North Ave, Sto. Cristo, Quezon City) and it has now more than 20 branches nationwide. If you’re fond of discovering new places to eat, you should try it here.

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It’s not only good for the tummy. The food is served in a presentable way and it’s good for the eyes. Food visuals, indeed. Anyone who has a hobby in photography might wanna take pictures of the food here.

The best menu I’ve tasted was their bento and sizzling seafood. Unlike any other bentos I have tried, this is the best one for me so far. It has this exceptional taste that can definitely satisfy one’s cravings.

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Try it here, you won’t regret it! 🙂

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Written by Lucky | Edited by Cristine | Photos by Lucky
Quezon City, Philippines
December 28, 2014

Milk and Dogs

To all the dog lovers out there, we’re sure that Barkin’ Blends Dog Cafe will be a perfect place for you.

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The cafe just opened last September 2014, located at Katipunan, Quezon City near Ateneo De Manila University. Barkin’ Blends finally brought the dog cafe to the Philippines.

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They have more than 10 breed of dogs and for only 180 pesos (milk tea included), you can have an access to their dogs’ area to play with them, hug, and take photos (or selfies). The cafe also observed cleanliness all the time. They have set of slippers, hand sanitizers, and all.

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We did not let a chance pass, so our barkada decided to spend some time and visit. T’was another first time for us to experience buying the usual milk tea blends with an opportunity to play with dogs at the same time. What a really great delight!

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It’s a good place to hangout with your friends. Go and visit. 🙂

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Written by Lucky and Ann | Edited by Cristine | Photos by Lucky and Cristine
Katipunan, Philippines
December 6, 2014

 

Baguio Venture

Christmas is a time for family and loved ones. This is a good reason for us to take a short vacation in Baguio for a peaceful and fun experience.

Our first stop was the church of Our Lady of Manaoag to pray for our safe trip ahead. After the mass, we bought some candles that are blessed in the church, lighted up some, and prayed. I find it nice because we’re able to visit this church once in a while and give thanks to our Lord.

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On our way to Baguio, we stop by at the Lion head at the Kennon Road which was indeed awesome! This Lion Head also signifies that it’s the start of our cool, relaxing, and ease experience here at Baguio. No wonder Baguio City is filled with tourists, regardless of the weather. It’s so cold, but it’s okay. As long as my family and I enjoy the stay, it’s worth it.

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After few moments, we finally arrived at the Scout Barrio area where we have stayed for 3 days. There’s this wide field there where you can play any kind of sports with your family and friends. In addition, you can also go to the woods to go biking and more. It was really fun even though it was just a short time.

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On the first day, after settling things up at Scout Barrio, we went to Camp John Hay. I thought we would walk around or explore the place but we ended up finding good places to eat, having food trip there. Our first food target location was Army Navy. We ordered chicken which was very delicious. We also tried ice cream in FIC (Fruit in Ice Cream) which was a good reason why I’m still craving now. I think, one point of difference of food establishments in Baguio and in Manila (like Army Navy, there’s a lot in Manila) is the fact that you will appreciate the food more because of the Baguio ambiance, unlike the food experience if you’re in Manila which is a city that is always busy.

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The next day, we went again to Camp John Hay. We went to a park and to Mini-Golf. On our way, we saw some people who are camping out and some having picnics. When we got to the Mini-Golf Course, we saw a mini shop where they sell food like barbeque, hotdog, and balut, We have spent our day there hanging out, winding up, and eating.

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As for our last day in Baguio City, we took a chance to shop some souvenirs and bought some fresh strawberries at the market place. It was great relaxing and chilling for 3 days in Baguio.

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The trip was so nice; our family would always love to go back.

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Written by Kim | Edited by Cristine | Photos by Kim
Baguio City, Philippines
December 25, 2014

The Intramuros Escapade

Last December 6, 2014, we decided to spend our Saturday weekend on Intramuros because we’re looking for an interesting yet fun-filled trip. Intramuros was a good place to visit a Philippine nostalgia for its awesome historical ruins and views.

Our first destination was the very famous Manila Cathedral—the historical cathedral first built in 1571, destroyed many times by typhoon, earthquakes, and war, reconstructed and renovated, and now serves as one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines!

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We did not make it to go inside because there’s a wedding ongoing but we are able to see and appreciate the beauty of its walls, sculptured with very fine artistry.

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At first, we didn’t realize that it would be a hard time under the sun exploring Intramuros by means of walking, so we decided to ride a Kalesa (or karitela)a horse drawn calash used in the Philippines, which was made use during the 18th century as a mode of transportation. Good thing Manong and Mr. Horse were there to join us!

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Throughout the ride, we’re able to see many vintage houses and establishments. We feel like we’re in Spain. Who would’ve thought that you can already experience a mini Vigan in Manila? It’s a good feeling to have all these great vintages around!

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As the travel continues, great ruins of history amused us. The debris is awesome—very old, ancient, vintage, yet looks so classy and artistic. When wonders never cease!

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Here are also some of our hard-working people around Intramuros. Our cameras wouldn’t waste a chance on taking a shot of them.

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Memories of the past also took our interests, for the weapons during the Spanish colony and the battle in Manila were kept and preserved here. It made us realize more the essence of our heroes’ sacrifices and sufferings.

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It’s really a must to visit and enjoy Intramuros. Aside from the historical lessons, one would be able to know what it’s like to experience the scenic views and memorable places.

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Until the next adventure!

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Written by Cristine | Photos by Cristine and Lucky.
Intramuros, Philippines
December 6, 2014.