Cafe attendants, dressed up in maid uniforms, clean up at the Meidolls Cafe in Cainta, Rizal on Jan. 30. The Philippines opened its first costume play maid cafe in the country where servers entertain customers with Japanese role playing culture.  (Reuters/Cheryl Ravelo)


MANILA — Waitresses in frilly French maid costumes, some with elaborate blonde ringlets tumbling down their shoulders, serve coffee and tea, pampering customers at Manila’s first “maid cafe.”

Chariss Madeja-Williams extends Ichi Umi guests Filipino hospitality.


Ichi Umi, an avant garde Japanese sushi and seafood buffet restaurant in midtown Manhattan on East 32nd Street near Fifth Avenue, has been attracting a number of Filipino celebrities visiting the Big Apple — from former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and Senators Loren Legarda and Pia Cayetano, to famous actors Piolo Pascual, Gina Pareño and Pokwang, and singers Martin Nievera and MiG Ayesa.



Food enthusiasts of the Metro were in for a treat with the grand opening of Bonifacio Global City’s Mercato Centrale last Sunday, Nov. 21. Inspired by the outdoor markets of Mercato Centrale in Florence and the Boroughs Market in London, Mercato Centrale is a new weekend lifestyle market aiming to provide fellow foodies with delicious treats as well as organic produce and meats.

Nov. 19, 2010

MANILA — The Bellagio-Lugang Xiaozhen Group, one of China’s biggest restaurant chains, has opened its first international franchise in the Philippines, under the Lugang Café brand.

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