Kushikatsu Daruma has the best pulutan in town

Everything in Bonifacio Global City is atrociously expensive, and chances are, without food recommendations from people I trust, I don’t try food spots to avoid being schemed.

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With that, I entered Kushikatsu Daruma as a cynical faux-food connoisseur. The place is another brainchild of the Tasteless Food Group, which means innovation is what they’re best at. It is a franchise of the famous food spot in Dotonburi, Osaka, which is now available to you if you visit the Uptown Mall in Taguig.

Kushikatsu literally means fried food on a skewer, no surprises there. But more than that, the place prides itself with good umami sauce – the perfect balance of sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness. Not everyone gets it right, but they do.

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Skarm is more than a FlipTop freestyler

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Skarm performing during the Malasimbo Festival 2017. Photo by Tristan Tamayo

To loyalists of the rap battle conference FlipTop, Skarm, or Philip Pacheco, is known for his lyrical flow and consistency. He’s also regarded as one of the best local freestylers in the English language today. But recently, the 27-year-old decided to conquer the music scene more than the underground. For this, he struggled to detach himself from his rap battle days and reintroduced Skarm as a musician.

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Engkanto Brewery brings ‘magic recipe’ to beer sector

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The power duo behind Engkanto Beers: Ian Paradies (left) and Josh Karten (right)

Filipino-Spanish Ian Paradies left his job at one of the world’s largest port management companies in the country to pursue what he loves—beer.

The 34-year-old admits not knowing anything about making it, but shares with pride that he has years of drinking experience under his belt.

For his venture to work, Paradies searched high and low for a brewmaster with the right combination of knowledge and experience to make a reality of his vision.

Eventually, through mutual friends and a few email exchanges, he met Josh Kanter, the owner of the popular Proclamation Ale Co. in the United States.

With Paradies’ background in marketing and advertising and Kanter’s experience in running the award-winning brewery in Rhode Island, they started Engkanto Brewery.

Their goal? To introduce to the market a line of high-quality craft beers that fit the average Filipino’s palate and pocket.

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