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The New Hotel de Crillon

September

14

2017

Nix and I wanted to take a peek at the newly renovated Hotel de Crillon https://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon The hotel has been closed for renovations for over a year and when we were in Paris it recently opened. The Hotel is a land mark property right in the heart of Paris. It has always signified opulence and luxury but in a... Continue Reading
Dinner with Tita Babette!

September

12

2017

One of my favourite Filipinos lives in Paris. Her name is Babette Aquino Benoit. I first met her as an observant 13 year old boy. She was a good friend of our family and a closer friend of my Mom. My first recollection of her was when she would be with my family during the rally’s against the Marcos dictatorship. While everyone else was... Continue Reading
Restaurante, Toupeirinho!

September

11

2017

If I were to choose between meat and sea food chances are that I would be choosing sea food. Porto is a sea side town and I knew that there would be good sea food eating in my visit. I asked my friend Ricardo Prieto to suggest a restaurant for me and he decided to send us over to Restaurante, Toupeirinho. http://toupeirinho.pt Located in this... Continue Reading
TAPABENTO, PORTO!

September

8

2017

I always love a good food discovery. Specially if it comes across you serendipitously. Such was the case with our magical dining experience at Tapabento in Porto. http://www.tapabento.com/EN/contactos After our day on the beach we headed back to town and stumbled upon this square where people were dancing! It was so wonderful to see this... Continue Reading
A full day in PORTO!

September

6

2017

We had spent a full day in Porto and there was so much to see and do in such a short period of time. I am quite an efficient traveler and proud to accomplish a lot in a short period of time. We began our day with the Portuguese summer sun shining brightly. We had a quick breakfast in our apartment style hotel and dashed out for a full day in... Continue Reading
What a full day in LISBON looks like?

August

29

2017

We only had two full days in Lisbon and we had a lot of ground to cover. It’s doable but you have yo be smart and choose which area you want to see. I come from the school of thought that you really have to stay put and enjoy, linger in one place to really get to know it. However we did not have the luxury of time so we did an appetiser... Continue Reading
BELCANTO! My first taste of Portugal

August

28

2017

I associate most of my travel adventures with the food that I experience when there. To be honest I wasn’t really familiar with Portuguese food and apart their sardines I really haven’t tried it before. So this blog entry is all about my very first taste of Portuguese cuisine. When I was planning my trip to Lisbon I researched about the... Continue Reading
TAPAS 24! See you real soon Barcelona!

August

24

2017

On our last day in Barcelona we planned to do a few errands and have lunch at an old favourite Tapas 24 http://www.carlesabellan.com/mis-restaurantes/tapa... Ever since I ate there a few years ago I always made it a point to head back and have a meal with each visit. The restaurant does not take reservations so best to come early and enjoy... Continue Reading
Barcelona, EL NACIONAL!

August

23

2017

I write this entry just as I am recovering from the shock of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona! I mean my friends and I were on those streets just a few weeks ago and I cannot imagine the pain and suffering that these people are enduring now. All I can offer are my prayers to those who perished and to write about how we should not be afraid.... Continue Reading
#BarcelonaAllegre

August

22

2017

I feel so fortunate to have been able to visit Barcelona once again. I have been to this enchanting city several times and have developed several rituals and places that I tend to come back to just because it really makes me happy. My first stop is always at the Boqueria located at the centre of the Rambla. I know it sounds touristy but the... Continue Reading