Okada Manila: Wine, La Piazza, and The Fountain

Lamb chops with bell pepper, tomato, braised fennel, broccoli, and olives

And… we’re back! My apologies for the prolonged absence. Due to some technical difficulties, we’ve had to limit ourselves to the occasional post on our Facebook Page. It seems we’ve been able to overcome the problems and so, hopefully, we can resume posting more lengthy articles on the blog.   […] Read more »

Playing Tourist in Manila on Independence Day

Spoliarium by Juan Luna

Every Independence Day, for the last couple of years, we try to make our way to some historical sites around the city. We’ve been to Manila a couple of times, of course, but we never made it to the National Museum. This time, we made a conscious effort to go. […] Read more »

Old Favorite, New Place: Va Bene Pasta Deli in Circuit Lane

Clockwise: crispy polenta arancini; pizza prociutto; bruschetta trio (mushroom salami, salmon tartare with tuna sauce, pumpkin & ricotta)

This week’s happy place is actually an old Happy Lab favourite: Va Bene Pasta Deli! Before they opened at BGC, we would regularly frequent the Pasay Road branch (read about it here, here and here). When we heard that Chef Massimo Veronesi was opening his newest branch last night, of course […] Read more »


Le Volte Dell' Ornellaia 2013, Le Serre Nuove Dell' Ornellaia 2012, Ornellaia 2012, Ornellaia 2002

Tuscany is rightly famous for its Chianti and Brunello, but in the 70′s, rebellious winemakers wanted to make wine without the restrictions of the DOC rules and so created an entirely new category of wine, the Super Tuscan. Freed from constraints, these winemakers started to produce wines that blended French […] Read more »

The Champagne Champions League

The Champions League - Bollinger Grande Année, Krug, Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque, Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Dom Perignon, Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François Billecart

Paolo Nesi wears many hats. He  operates several Italian restaurants including L’Opera and Balducci, both in Fort Bonifacio. As a Wine and Spirit Education Trust instructor, he lectures on wine at Enderun Colleges, and he is also a certified sommelier. His passion for wines led him to conceptualize a dinner […] Read more »