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Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine | Best xiao long bao in Manila

I am obviously a big fan of Chinese food, as you can see from my many blog posts about it. Taiwanese food is my favorite of favorites. 😀 A simple porkchop pientong brings me sooo much joy.

I discovered Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine one morning a few weeks ago after having my blood work done.

I had not eaten breakfast yet, as the blood work required me to fast overnight. Driving around the Banawe area, I was on the look out for a nice breakfast place that I haven’t tried. Tien Ma’s on Retiro didn’t seem so busy yet, and there was a slot for my car right on the doorstep so, game – Tien Ma’s.

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All Day Cafe | Banawe Food Crawl

My family loves going all the way to Banawe Street to get our Chinese food fix. Lately, the Banawe area is becoming more diverse, with more restaurants offering fare other than Chinese. All Day Cafe is, as the name says it, an all-day breakfast cafe located on D. Tuazon Street near Banawe.

Our group of volleyball moms met up for brunch at All Day Cafe last December.

Aside from having daughters who play volleyball, our common denominator is: love for food! 😀

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Novotel breakfast buffet | Food Exchange

My family recently stayed overnight at the new Novotel Manila at the Araneta Center in Quezon City. One of the things that excites me when staying at hotels is the breakfast buffet. So I will write first about the Novotel breakfast buffet that we had, instead of the hotel stay. Teehee. 😀

The Food Exchange, located at the ground floor, is the main restaurant of Novotel Manila. I like the bright, clean and modern vibe, as well as the beautiful murals on the walls.

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This hall, all the way to the end, is where the food stations are located. On the left side of the hall are the dining tables.

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Ally’s All Day Breakfast | Maginhawa Food Trip

My family is always on the hunt for great breakfast places. We’ve gone back several times to Ally’s All Day Breakfast Place on Malingap Street, Quezon City. Malingap Street is right off Maginhawa Street, Quezon City’s foodie strip.

Because the girls in this family have the sweet tooth, we simply love the pancakes, crepes and french toasts of Ally’s. The boys – well they eat anything and everything (except if Nate’s allergic to it).ally's all day breakfast

Ally’s on Malingap Street used to be in a super small space. Our first attempts to eat there were unsuccessful, because either there were no tables or no parking available. But, hooray! Several months ago, Ally’s moved to a bigger and better space with lots of parking, just down the same street.

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Gaia Cafe and Crafts in Sagada

This post is uber delayed, I know! I was going through my Sagada trip album recently and remembered how beautiful that place is. The views are breathtaking and, for the food lover, there are so many good eats. Gaia Cafe and Crafts is one of our best finds.

Gaia Cafe Sagada panoramic view of Sagada mountains

Right after our morning of cave exploration, my sis, niece and I decided to go for healthy food at Gaia Cafe and Crafts, as recommended by a co-parent in my kids’ school.

Gaia Cafe was recently named as one of the most picturesque cafes in the country, with amazing views of terrace farms below and pine trees all around. It was a refreshing sight, especially after that strenuous Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave exploration! (I don’t think I will ever do that again.)

A bit of showbiz trivia: the movie That Thing Called Tadhana shot some scenes at Gaia. 😛

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