“What’s your favorite restaurant?” That’s the most basic question that I get asked almost all the time whenever someone learns that I’m a food blogger. The funny thing is, I also almost always pause and all of a sudden my mind turns blank. Wahaha! Especially when followed by “why,” it’s the most difficult to answer—simply because I have been to quite a number of restaurants and there’s too many that I find outstanding.

Metro Manila has developed the obsession with visiting and trying out all sorts of restaurants and cuisines over the last few years. People buzz about the latest trending bistros and cafes like someone just figured out how to time travel. Oh yeah.

We all want to have an incredible meal, leaving our degustation destiny in the chef’s hands! 🙂 We are always very curious about the crowd favorites. The popular vote, if you will.

What’s Your Favorite Restaurant? Vote Now for THE CHOICE!

So, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) have partnered to conduct the first ever People’s Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, “The Choice“.

You can participate and answer the survey here: (Note: Last day of answering the survey is on August 3, 2015.)


The Survey Parameters

About The  Awards

We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Top Tens have made us very pleased: we feel it’s a very diverse and fair representation of all our Metro Manila favorites. The categories are very broad, as they should be in a democratic vote.

However, we’d like to emphasize that this is NOT a “Best of…” list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.

The MBKRS are rightly regarded as the Oscars of our ever growing foodie community. So we’d like “The Choice” to be the Golden Globes~ a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased. After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!


“The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food bloggers in the Philippines; every one of their individual blogs ranks among the highest ranking and most influential online publications dedicated to food, entertainment, and travel.

The KTG is composed of some of the more senior food bloggers in the country, including Richie Zamora of “The Pickiest Eater in the World,” and Richard Co of “Tales from the Tummy.” Representing the younger generation are “The Hefty Foodie,” “The Food Scout,” and “Nines vs. Food.” And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a foodie who’s also a respected tech blogger.

The KTG’s objectives are not limited to discovering the best restaurants, however. While it’s affectionately called the “Kain Tulog Gang,” it’s officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila, this “Kapatiran sa Tulong at Ginhawa” is on a constant mission to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate.”

The KTG Blogs:
and the Philippine Star’s “Let’s Eat” magazine, now nationwide every last Sunday of the month.


Our Awesome Planet, the Philippines #1 Food and Travel Blog and Kain Tulog Gang (KTG), a collective of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in Manila, in partnership with World Food Expo (WOFEX), the Ultimate Food Show Experience in cooperation with Vikings, NIU, and Four Seasons restaurants present the first BLOSOMEX (Blogging and Social Media Expo) on August 8, 2015 Saturday at the SMX Mall of Asia.

Blogging and Social Media Expo (BLOSOMEX), co-located event of the country’s biggest and most effective food show, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX), focuses on exploding the commercial activity in the blogging and social media scene in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Blosomex aims to be the catalyst in preparing both the businesses and the bloggers/ social media practitioners to take commercial advantage of the digital opportunities.

  • Early Bird Registration – P1,497
  • Regular Walk-In Price – P2,000
To register and purchase tickets for the BLOSOMEX Summit, please email Blosomex@gmail.com.


8:00am – 9:30am Registration
9:45am – 10:00am Introduction
10:00am – 10:30am ANTON DIAZ, Founder, OurAwesomePlanet.com
Keynote: “State of Food and Travel Blogging in the Philippines”
10:30am – 11:15am VIP Guest Speaker : Mark Wiens, Founder, Migrationology.com
Keynote: “Food is the Reason YOU Should Travel: Viral Video Blogging in the YOUTUBE Era”
11:15am – 12:00nn Panel Discussion with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez
The Global Filipino Fiesta: “The Value of Social Media and Blogging in Promoting Philippine Tourism Worldwide”
12nn to 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm to 2:00pm VIBER and INSTAGRAM Presentations: “The Future is on The Move; Social Media’s Dominant New Directions are on Instant Mobile Apps”
2:00pm to 2:30pm Spanky Enriquez, Marketing and Social Media Consultant “Restaurant Industry Engagement in the age of Digital Influencers”
2:30pm to 3:00pm Richie Zamora, Founder, thepickiesteater.net
“Romancing Generation NeXt : Reaching out to the Millennials”
4:30PM to 5:00pm Closing Program
5:00PM to 8:00pm AFTER-PARTY COCKTAILS: Sponsored by Zomato


Health and technology freak. Food and lifestyle blogger with a large appetite for food and travel.

18 Responses

  1. mr_jeng

    soooo like are we going to see you there? hihihihihi!!!! See you soon dear… 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  2. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    What a fun event and I wish I was close by to attend. I live in a small town in Georgia, population under 1000 last check. We don’t have any restaurants worth eating at within a 60 mile range but I still love to get out and eat out.

  3. Nickida

    These restaurants must all be local to you because I haven’t heard of them. They usually have restaurant week in Baltimore and it’s a great way to try different places to eat that you wouldn’t usually try, oh the food truck festival is another example.

  4. Tammileetips

    I have become such a foodie over the years. I love to try new restaurants and comparing them to our favorites back home when we travel is always fun! Can’t wait to hear the results of this!

  5. Chantal

    This is awesome! Who is a better judge than the customers themselves! It would be cool if we had something like this in Canada… to my knowledge we don’t but I could be wrong! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ourfamilyworld

    This sounds like a great event, especially to foodies. I love eating out and trying out different food. Of course, it’s the customers who can judge this event better. I can’t wait to hear the results.

  7. Joanne T Ferguson

    This sounds to be such a fun event! The results should be interesting to see! What a listing of restaurants all vying for the same prestige! Who would like to be there? Me!

  8. Tiffany

    Wow this sounds exciting. Not only for the restaurants receiving the awards but for the voters. I would love to do something like this. Even though narrowing down my favorite would most likely require a lot of taste testing I think I could be okay with that 😀

  9. LaShawn

    This sounds like a fun event and exciting for the restaurants and the voters. I love to try new restaurants but haven’t been able to try many new ones in the last few years since my son has food allergies. But i’m going to start doing it again!

  10. Sage

    Despite being home to the much lauded restaurant NOMA, Denmark’s food scene is pretty poor. I actually don’t have a favorite restaurant here. My favorite restaurant is a vegetarian place on SoHo Square in London, it’s Govinda’s and it’s run by Hare Krishnas.

  11. Jelo Pal

    Reading the program is absolutely a fun filled event and lots of food too! A conference of food enthusiasts requires a lot of hard work in dealing this kind of activities, you really have that idesa and stories to share and details to show them how far you get review in each restaurant you have visited. The best decision is the one that takes into account all the reasons on both sides, that is indeed your favorite choice.

  12. Franc Ramon

    It would be nice to see who tops this polls. I’m sure the winners would receive an instant boost when it comes to popularity.

  13. Carlo Andrew Olano

    The event and awards are awesome. I wanna start a KTG chapter here in Cebu hehehe. I hope you have a very successful event on the 8th. I wish I could be there. 😉


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