“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it”. ~ Julia Child~

When I first found out that Festival Mall came up with an expansion, the block fronting the east became a concert ground. They call it “River park”. One block is occupied by a few restaurants, the first of which to open is Starbucks on its’ very corner facing Festival mall. Then another one opened, and another and another.

I’ve tried Mati’s with Jen. And Hog’s Breath Cafe. Secretly, I want to spend a day just to try them all. And then not affording it, I’ll just do it one by one.

I first tried “Planet Grapes”. It was puzzling to me where did they get its’ name: Planet Grapes. I initially thought of Planet Apes or is it themed like a “Congo grill” in the making, when it isn’t Apes but Grapes. Ahaha

facade 2
Prints on glass..

So, upon entrance, It was now crystal clear to me. It is because their specialty are wines. One of the attendants told me that Planet Grapes is owned by that brilliant guy behind the conception of “Healthy Options” without telling me the name.

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The place is so posh. I loved their table-setting instantly. I loved the furniture and the lighting fixtures.

Classic.. Black and white..
I so loved this!
Napkin holder were made of corks…=)

I actually got scared if I can afford what’s in their menu.


I immediately informed the attendant assisting me that I am not a wine drinker. I just want to try their food. I asked if there are other “Healthy options” and they offered me a bottled orange juice imported from the US.


So I took two local signatures. Beef tenderloin tapa and all natural grilled pork chop with adobo rice.

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Planet Grapes… brilliant idea…
pork chop
My all natural grilled pork chop..
adobo rice
Adobo rice..
beef steak
Beef tapa..

I could not say anything but delicious and tenderness. This is both for the tapa and pork chop.

The flavor is just right and not too salty. Even the buttered veggies. But if you want to season it more with saltiness, there is a few pinch of kosher salt on your tray.

kosher salt
Kosher salt..

For my dessert, I requested for the suman (rice cake) with latik (a curd made from coconut milk). I liked the latik a lot, very similar to the latik my mom used to cook when I was a kid.

Suman and latik..

How I wish I have paired my viands with one of their best-selling wines, just like what the attendants are recommending. I was just transparent enough to admit to them that I am not into drinking wines.

wine cellar
lights bottled
Noticed their lighting fixtures? They’re made of used wine bottles..=)

Soon, I might just bring some friends who does. =)

Planet Grapes is located at level 1 Unit D River Park, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa, 1781 Metro Manila. You can contact them at:(02)831 9438. They are open daily:

Sun-Thurs 11:00am-11:00pm
Fri-Sat 11:00am-12:00am

Other branches include: Cebu, BGC Taguig City and Shangri-la Mall, Mandaluyong City

Courtesy of: http://planetgrapes.com.ph/



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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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