Export-worthy Pinoy Finds at MaArte Fair 2016

Time to go treasure hunting at the MaArte Fair this weekend! Happening this August 28-28 at the Penthouse of 8 Rockwell in Makati (a swanky upgrade from the Rockwell Tent, its home for the past 7 years), the MaArte fair presents over 70 handpicked retailers to showcase proudly Pinoy finds, many of which are usually only available to overseas buyers, or have no venue to showcase their work.

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Organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, this annual fundraiser provides a venue to support export-quality products, while raising funds to support the National Museum. “Our challenge is to ‘Evolve the Filipino Craftsman,” shared Maritess Pineda, Museum Foundation president. “Over the past years that Rockwell (Tent) has been our home, we have attracted a wider market of individuals who appreciate the indigenous work of the Filipino, for the modern lifestyle. Fabrics, baskets, jewelry, clothing, and a myriad of new accessories will be available to our buyers.” Oh, and delectable gastronomic discoveries, too!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for you this weekend:

Fine jewelry by Micki Olaguer

Fine jewelry by Micki Olaguer

 

Zarah Juan

Zarah Juan’s footwear inspired by Bagobo tribe prosperity symbolisms (“Except for the dragon, I was just being playful with that one”), featuring Binakol fabric from Ilocos, hand-embroidered by the T’boli tribe

 

Kathy&Kathy

Traditional tambourin necklaces and jewelry inspired by the islands of Guimaras by Kathy & Kathy Bespoke

 

Gabbie Sarenas

Gabbie Sarenas shows us her lovely apparel featuring callado embroidery inspired by Filipino mythical creatures (Tikbalang! Sirena! Si Malakas at Maganda!)

 

Joanique

Hand-carved minaudières by Joanique

 

Pacific Traders

How elegant are these crustacean table accessories by Pacific Traders?

 

Filip + Inna

Apparel (Filip + Inna) and bags (Zarah Juan) featuring Filipino weaves by indigenous artisans. We’re also looking forward to the Zarah Juan + Rhett Eala collaboration to be presented at the Fair!

 

Ken Samudio


Wearable art: Coral-inspired accessories by Ken Samudio

 

MaArte Fair 2016 will be held at The Penthouse of 8 Rockwell in Makati this August 26-28, 9 AM-9 PM.

 

 

Rhone Classics at Flame

Continuing with its Wine Classics series, the Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Degustateurs (OMGD) presented a Rhone Classics dinner at Flame, Discovery Primea, last August 2. Wines from across the various Rhone appellations were paired with the food of Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco who did an excellent job of allowing the food to showcase the wines.

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Pampas

It’s a bit off the beaten track, since the development in the area is still ongoing, but if you are after some hearty food, meat especially, Pampas is the place to go. Pampas is onwed by the same group that put up another Argentinean restaurant, Gaucho, at Robinsons Magnolia several years ago. Unfortunately, it seemed that the area was not the right location for the concept and so they closed it last year. We used to go there quite often as the food was great and very reasonably priced, so it was a big loss for us when it closed. Fortunately, they resurrected the concept with Pampas, although on a more modest scale.

The International Wine and Food Society (IWFS) Philippines Branch recently held its July event there with a menu showcasing the restaurant’s specialty dishes.

Before dinner proper, a barrage of small bites were presented. These included empanadas, small chorizo sandwiches, fugazetta (onion pizza), ceviche, and beetroot salad. There was so much of these starters that it you weren’t careful, you could end up too full to eat the mains.

Fugazetta, Chorizo Bocaditos, Emapanadas, Beetroot Salad

Fugazetta, Chorizo Bocaditos, Emapanadas, Beetroot Salad

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Flame at Discovery Primea

I finally had the chance to try Discovery Primea’s premier dining outlet, Flame, earlier this month.

Located at the 16th floor, the cuisine at Flame has touches of east and west. Pride of place is given to steaks prepared in their state of the art Josper oven, but they also have items which incorporate asian influences such as the Hainanese Chicken Rice, Asian Beef Carpaccio and Soft-Shell Crab Tempura. You are surrounded by great views of the city and the service is faultless.

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TOMS Anniversary Sale!

TOMS

 

Who loves TOMS? (These pretty, super comfy T-strap flats are my favorite TOMS pair!) Get up to 70% off on select styles for men, women, and kids at the TOMS Anniversary Sale, which is ongoing until the end of the month (July 31)! TOMS Bags are up to 30% off and TOMS Eyewear up to 40% off as well.  The best part? For every pair of TOMS you purchase, another pair goes to a child in need–that’s the TOMS One-for-one philosophy.

TOMS stores are located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Aura, Glorietta 1, Rockwell. Also available in all Nothing But H2O stores: Alabang Town Center, Glorietta Trinoma, Ayala Cebu, Robinsons Galleria, D’Mall Boracay, and SWIM Rockwell.

Common Room X Power Plant Mall

If you’ve always wanted to visit the magical happy place that is Common Room, but can’t seem to find the time or energy to trek to their shop in Katipunan, Quezon City, great news: they’ve just opened their new (pop-up) branch at Power Plant Mall in Makati! This charming arts & crafts treasure trove will be there for the next six months, hence their pop-up hashtag #180daysofmaking.  (Note to self: the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping!)

Junior Lab Rats Sari, Mikey, and Gita at Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Junior Lab Rats Sari, Mikey, and Gita at Common Room x Power Plant Mall

Arts & crafts

Drool over the handcrafted creations from over 60 local artists, crafters and makers (that’s double the amount of partners and concessionaires when they started just a year ago)

 

Craft supplies! Stationery! Paper flowers! Journals! Accessories! Horsies! Handmade dollies! And so much more...

Craft supplies! Stationery! Paper flowers! Journals! Accessories! Horsies! Handmade dollies! Dreamcatchers! But wait, there’s more…

 

Run by sisters Roma (of plushie brand Pop Junk Love) and Maan Agsalud (who runs the Type Kita collective) and a host of dedicated partners, Common Room provides a wonderful home for a growing family local crafters and makers, as well as a workshop space for artists, dreamers, and crafts enthusiasts.

 

Sandwiched between sisters Maan and Roma Agsalud, the fairy godmothers of the Common Room family, and cheerleaders of the local arts and crafts community

Sandwiched between sisters Maan and Roma Agsalud, the fairy godmothers of the Common Room family. I’m so thrilled that beyond lovely arts and crafts, they have a cool indie book section too, which includes my little poetry book The Heartbreak Diaries!

 

Don't forget to take a #shoefie by the succulents of The Greenhouse Project!

Don’t forget to take a #shoefie by the succulents of The Greenhouse Project!

Catch Commom Room at the Archaeology Section, Level 2 of Power Plant Mall till the end of the year. Just look for the paper cranes!

A Don Quixote Dinner

It has been a while since the International Wine and Food Society had a dinner by JC de Terry. Certainly one of the most creative (he says he’s crazy) spare-no-expense chefs you can find in Manila, I’ve certainly enjoyed my fair share of JC’s creations, some of which I have shared on this blog.

For the Society, JC proposed a dinner to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publishing of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece, Don Quixote. All the dishes for the dinner would be modern interpretations of food that appeared in the book, or dishes inspired by the book. These would be accompanied by Spanish wines, except for a Tokaji donated by the Society President, Bernie Sim.

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Japanese Design Today 100 at the MET

Did you know that July is Japanese-Philippine Friendship Month? How kawaii! To commemorate 60 years of Japanese-Filipino friendship, Japan Foundation Manila has lined up exciting activities, and we’re particularly keen on these two: the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, and EIGASAI (the Japan Film Festival). If you’re a fellow fan of the Japanese aesthetics and ingenuity, you must visit the Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition, which is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Japanese Design Today 100

Issey Miyake

Up close and personal with Issey Miyake’s No. 1 Dress, featuring the revolutionary method of folding cloth in three-dimensional patterns and cut in certain areas

Roaming the world since 2004, this traveling exhibition features a range of everyday and iconic modern Japanese designs from the 1950s through the 1990s which have influenced the designs of today, as well as a few product designs from recent years. Beloved Japanese inventions such as the Sony Walkman or  Nikon camera are sure to spark a wave of nostalgia for many. But the exhibit’s main focus is to generate appreciation for the beautiful simplicity and functionality that elevate “ordinary” items, such as disposable plates you won’t be embarrassed to use, or ice cream spoons that conduct heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop and serve your favorite dessert.

The exhibition's chief curator Hiroshi Kashiwagi tells us that his wife likes to use these ice spoons, which transmit heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop!

The exhibition’s chief curator Hiroshi Kashiwagi tells us that his wife likes to use these ice spoons, which transmit heat from your hand to make it easier to scoop!

 

Don't you love how the Japanese put so much thought into everyday products?Exhibit #9: the simple "G-type" soy sauce bottle allows you to pour sauce without leaving any annoying residue in the spout. OC heaven!

Don’t you love how the Japanese put so much thought into everyday products?Exhibit #9: the simple “G-type” soy sauce bottle allows you to pour sauce without leaving any annoying residue in the spout. OC heaven!

 

"Cupmen 1 Hold On" is shaped like a man and holds down the lid of your instant ramen noodles cup, and also changes color according to the temperature. Sugoi!

“Cupmen 1 Hold On” is shaped like a man and holds down the lid of your instant ramen noodles cup, and also changes color according to the temperature so you don’t burn your tongue. Sugoi!

 

The Children’s section features the Teteo Mugseries, which are sippy-cups that follow the progressive development of a baby’s mouth, and the Bentwood Cycle, a bicycle made by craftsmen with local beech wood

The Children’s section features the Teteo Mugseries, which are sippy-cups that follow the progressive development of a baby’s mouth, and the Bentwood Cycle, a bicycle made by craftsmen with local beech wood

 

An upgrade on plastic cups and boring paper plates, these durable, disposable dishes are almost too pretty to throw away! Plus, it's made from tree-free renewable material, so it's environmentally-friendly, too

An upgrade on plastic cups and boring paper plates, these durable, disposable dishes are almost too pretty to throw away! Plus, it’s made from tree-free renewable material, so it’s environmentally-friendly, too

The 100 pieces in the exhibition are divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Houseware, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, Transportation, and my favorite, Stationery!

Yoohoo, fellow stationery lovers!

Yoohoo, fellow stationery lovers!

Now why isn’t their high-tech, butt-warming, music-making toilet included in this exhibit? The Japanese Design Today 100 exhibition runs from June 30 to August 19 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, held in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) and the Embassy of Japan, with the support of JT International Philippines Inc. P.S.  EIGASAI (AKA, the Japanese Film Fest) is happening on July 7!

Warung Indonesian Cuisine

It’s been awhile since we tried one of the new places that are sprouting around Kapitolyo. It seems like pretty soon, the entire East and West Kapitolyo will be nothing but restaurants, as many of the houses that line this quiet residential neighborhood convert to  providing commercial spaces for new restaurant concepts.

Among the latest to join the the crowd is Warung Indonesian Cuisine. Warung is run by two sisters who spent many years in Indonesia. A few years back, they started a food stall at the Legaspi Sunday Market in Makati, and the success of that stall inspired them to start a restaurant. The menu is isn’t fancy or very extensive, as it changes daily. But many of the most familiar Indonesian favorites are on it. The restaurant itself is quite large, with many large but separate dining areas. The decor is minimal but with well-chosen Indonesian accents and the staff are, of course, all in batik. The effect is a place that is very clean and elegant but unmistakably Indonesian. Although there are many choices for Southeast Asian cuisine in Kapitolyo, Warung is the only one doing Indonesian.

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Bar Pintxos

Although I’ve been to Bar Pintxos a couple of times (thoroughly enjoyed myself each time I’ve been there), I never got around to doing a post about it. I suppose it’s because I get so caught up with all the friends I find there that taking pictures of food doesn’t cross my mind.

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to an event at Bar Pintxos featuring a special menu to show off the wines of Barcino Corp., one of the suppliers of Spanish wines and food to Bar Pintxos. Although it was another great event with lots of friends around, I did have the presence of mind to document it.

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