Red Maleta Eats: December Dining around Manila

Traveling in December is not exactly a very good idea. Flights are delayed and #forever waiting at the airport lounge with overpriced food and drinks. But we have to fly to Manila for the preparations of our new TVC and 2 conceptualized shoots from the giant networks. #corporatehustling

The problem about living in Manila for someone who doesn’t know how to cook is the decision to eat out. Since we’re super busy that we prefer to eat out than prepare an edible home cooked meal, the decision where to eat lies on our stressed fragile shoulders and craving taste buds. Stomachs need not to be questioned as they only need to digest food intake.

WEEK 1

DAY 1

After arriving at the airport, we decided to have lunch at Burger King. Yes we have BK in Cebu but I haven’t tried one yet, so I gave in. I’m not a huge fan of burgers but I liked it.

During my first week in Manila, we have to go to Tiendesita‘s for a quick dinner grub. After dinner, we head to Starbucks at The Grove by Rockwell for some coffee.

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First time to try Starbucks’s signature hot chocolate–it was TDF!

DAY 2

Congratulations! We didn’t go¬†out for breakfast/lunch/dinner. My boss whipped up a storm with his special adobo with steamed veggies. Yum!

DAY 3

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Got the kabisera seat in the house. That’s the perks of #powerdressing.

Concrete jungle in the morning. Lunching with the production team. #Manila #corporate #buildings #redmaletatravels

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Our meeting with ABS-CBN ended with a lunch at 9501 Restaurant, followed by coffee with GMA.

DAY 4

It’s the shoot proper. Breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner are served courtesy of the production house, Provill.

DAY 5

Lunch at Market! Market! and tambay at Mrs. Fields Cafe. I love Mrs. Fields cookies! Whenever I’ve got the chance, I would buy at least one cookie and enjoy it as much as I can. #GoodbyeDiet

Indulging at Mrs. Fields. #coffee #airport #work #corporateduties

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Trivia: I went home on a Sunday (to kiss the Cebu soil and dropped off my dirty laundry) and flew again to Manila on Tuesday (in the middle of typhoon week).

WEEK 2

DAY 1

Welcome dinner at Jay-J’s Chicken Inasal at Tiendesita’s despite the bad weather. Had coffee and hot chocolate at Starbucks Silver City.

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We did ocular at the location for our segment shoot for next week. Before the production team will pick us up, we had an Italian lunch at Chef D’Angelo in SM Mall of Asia.

Italian grub for lunch. #stresseating #foodporn #foodgasm #foodie #nomnom #lunchdate #pizza #pasta

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DAY 3

Chinese dinner at Mong Kok Dimsum & Noodles, dessert afterwards at Banapple Pies & Cheesecakes.

Chinese dinner spread with good friends. #dinner #foodie #foodporn #foodgasm #nomnom #chinese #chinesefood #stresseating

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Conversations over coffee and sweets

DAY 4

We’re supposed to go to the Manila team’s Christmas Party but due to transportation problems, we switched destinations and had a Thai dinner in Eastwood at My Thai Kitchen. Coffee followed at Caffe Bene and another round of coffee at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Tongue Thai'd. #foodie #foodtrip #foodporn #foodgasm #nomnom #Thai #Thaifood #stresseating

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Coffee run with the guys. #coffee #foodtrip #manila #drink

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DAY 5

It’s #bedweather. We had lunch delivered to the staff house. Yes, it’s Jollibee. #nochoice

We visited Provill in Makati for the last time to give our nods to Director Meily and his team. Ms. Yvonne of Manprom made her cathedral window jelly dessert and rum cake for everyone.

After we gave our seal of approval to the prod team, the Dragon Lady invited us for a toast.

But for dinner, our boss cooked us pork steak for dinner. He’s a whiz in the kitchen. All we have to do is wash the dishes in exchange for his cooking.

DAY 6

Late breakfast at Subway before we hit the tiangge stalls in Greenhills. Had a Japanese ramen for lunch at Ukokkei Japan and finished all my stickers at Seattle’s Best Coffee for my 2016 green planner.

Some BLT to get us going. #food #sandwich #foodporn #foodgasm #nomnom #brunch #breakfast

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Bowl of ramen goodness. #foodporn #foodie #foodgasm #nomnom #ramen #japanese

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Thanks for the sticker support, guys!

DAY 7

Quick breakfast at Jollibee before the shoot. After the morning hustle, we head to Yoshinoya for lunch in Glorietta. While waiting for our bosses to get back from their meeting, we hang out at Serenitea.

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It was a good Monday morning grind. #buildings #Manila #Monday #mallrats

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Dinner was scrumptious! Our boss once again slaved himself at the non-existent dirty kitchen for mouthwatering grilled pork slabs. We didn’t mind that the staff house smelled like barbecue afterwards.

DAY 8

Breakfast is at Jollibee, as usual. But we had a hearty lunch at Mamou, hosted by the Dragon Lady. We got the rest of the day off, so we head to Greenhills for another last minute Christmas shopping. Had coffee at Starbucks and dinner at Shakey’s while waiting for our Grab Car.

Business lunch with the Dragon Lady. #foodporn #foodgasm #food #foodie #goodfood #lunch #steak #nomnom

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DAY 9

We woke up extra early to beat the morning airport rush at 8 am. Our flight is scheduled at 1:40 pm but we are expecting for it to be delayed. So we had breakfast at McDonald’s airport and lunch at Hen Lin. Oh and we left Manila airport around 5 pm. Surprise, surprise.

So I gained the much dreaded #holidaze weight. Guess, I will go back to the gym on January to shed off unwanted love handles.

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