Savagely Good Dining Experience with American Express

Savagely Good Dining Experience with American Express

In the last decade or so, Manila has become a hub for local foodies – from chefs to restaurateurs, critics, home cooks, and every epicurious individual in between. The restaurant scene has elevated, with delicious options that cross cultures, making use of both local and imported ingredients alike. Whether you are looking for an organic farm-to-table spot, or something with a sophisticated flair that specializes in gastronomic cuisine – you will surely have a slew of places to choose from.


And because of this, American Express has partnered with four of Manila’s most esteemed chefs to allow Cardmembers to ‘taste the experience’ with #AMEXFORFOODIES.  Being a loyal American Express Cardmember myself, I was excited to know that I could use my card in some of my favorite local restaurants to get complimentary treats!


My first stop in the #AMEXFORFOODIES dining experience was at Chef Josh Boutwood’s ‘Savage.’ I have followed his career closely because I was given the opportunity to do a piece on him back when he was new to the Manila food scene. Savage definitely did not disappoint. From our refreshing starters of Fresh Carabao Cheese with heirloom tomatoes and Beef Carpaccio, along with an order of my favorite—the sinfully rich, yet surprisingly light Deviled Eggs (We got an extra serving* of this crowd pleaser, thanks to my American Express Credit Card!), to the superb mains—perfectly cooked Grilled Octopus, tasty Ribeye with charred onions, and Pork Belly—paired with their famous Savage Rice and excellent Grilled Corn—my friends and I were very happy. We ended on a sweet note, having the Sticky Toffee Pudding, generously topped with vanilla ice cream.

I had a wonderful experience and look forward to using my American Express Credit Card at other #AMEXFORFOODIES partner restaurants of Chefs Robby Goco, Miko Aspiras and Chele Gonzalez. Do catch these one of a kind dining experiences, courtesy of American Express so that you too can taste the experience with #AMEXFORFOODIES.


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*For every two main entrees ordered. Minimum of two (2) dining patrons.



Savage is one of those go -to restaurants I frequent. Sharing some of my favorite dishes – Tuna Tartar (ginger, wasabi, cilantro, tamari and onion), Deviled Eggs, Grilled ½ Chicken (holy basil, pickled radish), Pulpo or Octopus (fresh shiso, sesame and calamansi),  Eggplant (avar and pickled mustard leaf) and the excellent Grilled Corn (harrisa and aioli).

A Last Look – Barcelona

A Last Look – Barcelona

Truly one of my favorite cities, I wanted to share some of my favorite spots with all of you.

You can’t help but feel inspired as you walk these streets… Everywhere you look, there is a beautiful structure, just sitting in the hustle and bustle, becoming a part of everyone’s history, just as it had for decades past. You cannot help but stop and revel in the magnificence of your surroundings.

Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo – building designed by Gaudi

Correos y Telegrafos - even the post office is a sight to behold

Correos y Telegrafos – even the post office is a sight to behold



Sagrada Familia


Beautiful intersections

La Boqueria

One of my favorite things to do is go around to the different markets and the one I favored most was La Boqueria for their fresh produce, fruit juices, and little food stalls where you could sit and have wine, tapas and jamon.





This is probably what I wanted to take home the most. Lovely and vibrant patterns and prints make for the perfect kitchen and table accessories.






I treated myself to somethings over there that are a little out of the ordinary – a night out at the theatre, giant fabada beans to bring home to Manila, as well as some herbs for home cooking, and of course, desserts at all times of the day. From ice cream and pastries to churros con xocolate, and my absolute favorite sweet ending… The Gaufre.

I was able to catch the Spanish version of my all time favorite musical Les Miserables

I was able to catch the Spanish version of my all time favorite musical Les Miserables




My Tia Lulu

I stayed with my grandmother’s very elegant and sassy baby sister. The youngest of 4 women, she is energetic and full of life. I miss this woman every day and she truly made our stay in Barcelona unforgettable.