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Jan 7, 2002 02:20 AM

Going to the Philippines- Help?

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It will be my 1st trip there, and I'll be there for 3 weeks, so I'll have lots of time to get to know the cuisine. However, any advice and input is appreciated!

I'll mainly be around/in Manila... but hoping to get to some beaches, esp. for scuba...

Limited preliminary research shows a dearth of: fresh coffee and good chocolate. Available: Bananna ketchup, made by Heinz- supposed to be same taste/color/texture as our tomato stuff, and fantastic fresh fruits.

I have tasted some foods (homemade-stateside) before: siniagiang, pansit, ensemadas, polvorone, halo-halo, lechon, lecheflan... that's all I can think of for now.

Also hope to find reputable places and prices to get South Sea Pearls. -I'd really love some advice on this as well!

Thanks in advance....

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  1. You need to check with locals with what's currently "in", because restaurant quality goes up and way down like a rip tide. The old standbys for basic variety [with low gastrointestinal distress risk] include Barrio Fiesta (chain) and Aristocrat (chain). You could do better than these, but this is just a starting point.

    Manila also has a lot of international cuisine restaurants -- Japanese, Indian, etc.

    For SCUBA, I assume you won't be doing this in Manila (because the really good beaches are pretty far away)?

    Barrio Fiesta Restaurant in Silicon Valley, related to the ones in Manila:

    Here's a pretty incomplete, uneven restaurant web site for the Philippines:
    Worth a chuckle to see how many US franchises exist in Makati alone! Possibly the last place on earth that still has Kenny Rogers Chicken?

    Hope this helps!