Pampanga’s Best: Rainforest Kichene by Chef Vince Garcia

Famous for its worldly and unrivaled culinary work, Pampanga proves to be on top as it continuously expands and produces more restaurants that offer authentic cuisines sought after by growing number of tourists and fellow Filipinos.

Kapampangans are known to be one of the best cooks in the Philippines. I had the chance to visit the province solely for food with my boyfriend and friends and first on our list is Rainforest Kichene by Chef Vince Garcia. The name lives up to the structure of the whole place with its pleasant and plant filled, close to nature concept with humid effect of the sprinklers by the entrance.

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Tip ✔: You can book for an early reservation to avoid the hassle of waiting for available seats in case the restaurant’s full.

Since we’re in large group, we were directed in a small function hall-like area where we felt VIP as it looks private and classy.

The food we ordered were definitely worth the hours of travel, all hands down to Chef Vince Garcia. The dishes were very sophisticated, colors complimenting each other, balanced flavors and textures, and tasted above our expectations. The menu might be a little pricey, but the dishes are served in big portions and are good for sharing. Must tries are their Organic Salad (with sweet edible real flowers), Seafood Paella (one of the best!), Spicy Sausage Pasta, Seafood Pasta, Garlic Shrimp Pasta and Grilled Tuna. They also serve blue rice, which is very cute! ♡

 



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Special shout out to these special people who were very supportive that time as I took snaps of the whole experience! Here’s our group shot with Chef Vince Garcia:

Rainforest Kichene is open for walk-ins, private dining reservations and catering services. Checkout what they offer and contact information at http://rainforestkichene.com/.

Happy eating!!! ♡

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Flower Power: Dubai Miracle Garden

I wouldn’t call myself a nature photographer, but I just have this sort of pull towards anything close to nature, specially flowers. Anyone can agree that it gives certain vibrant in your photos that just brightens up your day, any day. ♡

I’ve been searching for places portraying nature best and one of it would be Dubai Miracle Garden. Located at the district of Dubailand, this amazing attraction showcases millions of flowers formed in modern landscapes. Pink and purple colors dominates the whole garden.



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Stalls that sell drinks are located at the side of the entrance and at the center of the garden as well as crisp and cool canopies located nearby if you’re tired of walking and need a break.


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From different animals to butterflies to dwarfs to castles and much more that every step you make takes you to a whole new concept.


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Dubai Miracle Garden operates from October to April at 9AM – 9PM and the entrance ticket costs 40 AED.

The garden is vast enough to take your half to almost whole day trip if you love to take photos like me. Best time I recommend to go there would be in the afternoon. We went early morning before it opens and had to wait in front of the ticket booth to buy our tickets. Though the weather was chilly (as it is in January), the sunlight really stings that you had to have your sunglasses on all the time, and cap from time to time.

So there you go! Hope this post helps! I’ll be glad to answer your questions and hope you leave some love too! ♡

Dubai: Jumeirah Beach and Souk Madinat

First stop in Dubai: Jumeirah. 

Jumeirah beach is perfect for surfing and paddle boarding. By 10 minute walk, you can rent surfboards and paddle boards as well as buy other surfing merchandise. It is also the best location to take a good photo of Burj Al Arab, one of Dubai’s famous landmarks and most voted as world’s luxurious hotel.




Well, water sports are not for me, so I was all happy posing and taking photos by the beach. Lol!!!

Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a combination of classy and ancient marketplace for shopping, dining and other sorts of entertainment. Best time to go there would be early morning, just when shops are about to open, to get a better view and avoid the typical time where most tourists crowd in.




You can get the Aladdin’s ‘Arabian niiight ~ ‘ vibe (if you know what I mean) all throughout the area. Lots of items perfect for souvenirs (some are gold plated) are sold by shops in which you can haggle and get discounts (on some), and restaurants of different cuisines and cafes to choose from.




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Went there last January and its giant Christmas tree display was still there at the center.

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Clear emerald green water surrounding the whole place in which you can take a tour by riding an Abra, a boat ride which is Dubai’s popular mode of transportation.

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Souk Madinat is simply breathtaking! Added bonus was the overview of Burj Al Arab blending through the Souk’s structure. I was actually amazed that this place exists! Dubai having lots of amusement parks and other thrilling adventures makes this the best choice to chill and shop at the end of your itinerary.

Special shoutout to my sister who was with me all throughout my trip! ♡

There you go! More blogs about Dubai will be published soon! I’ll be glad to help you with your questions and hope you leave some love too! ♡