I am so happy the gang chose to dine at Hole in the Wall!!  We had a table right in front of the entrance and it was very comfortable
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So happy to see the Big Boss of Century Properties Tito Joey Antonio who stopped by to say hi and Big Boss # 2 Marco Antonio explaining the concept of Hole In the Wall which apparently is a concept by the same owners as Wrong RamenChristmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (23)

Since they do not have wine, we brought our own bottles :-)Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (25)

Because there is so much choices in the place, we are happy to choose what we want.  This is what each one had :-)  Lindy ordered so much and I wonder how she stays so sexy!
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My order! 1 pc Umami chicken from Bad Bird.  Yum!!  Its not so salty and just right.  I got the SAFE kind because I do not really like Spicy Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (24)

Chut eating the Shawarma that was already gone by the time I went to take his photo! haha!!Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (27)

Pat also having ChickenChristmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (28)

Chris having his noodles from PhoboboChristmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (29)

Steve, Cherina and tried many :-)  Form Kwong’s, Bad Bird and Liberation ShawarmaChristmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (30)

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Liberation Shawarma for Raffy and Carmina
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Thanks Marco for getting us these Green Cheese Cheesecake! YUM!! So light and yummy.  I personally liked the original.  Heart2Heart likes the HAPPIEST CHEESECAKE IN THE WORLD! :-)Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (37)

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And of course for dessert – Scout’s Honor Cookies- Thanks Lindy for sharing your loot   Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (39)

 Cherina’s creation which had bacon!scouts honor craft your cookie

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The snow globe was already closed, but because Big Boss Marco was there, he set it up for us to take our photo!!Christmas Get Together at Hole in the Wall (41)

I think it was the guys who were excited about this! haha!!  Marco, Raffy and James plus the three other guys at the back  Pat, Steve and Chut keeping the hole closedsnow globe century city mall marco antonioSince we were with Marco, we also got a sneak peek at the upcoming resto of Chef Chele Gonzales who was there.  It will be called Arozzeria and they will have 15 paellas

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Heart2Heart loves the new Food Hall at Century City Mall!!!

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 There are 8 stalls opened for now but there are two more which I saw that are still openingHole in the Wall at Century City Mall (4)

Super love the interiors of the place – there are different themes and looks in each section of the food hallHole in the Wall at Century City Mall (26)

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I saw Chef JP Anglo there so I asked for a photo :-)  He said that his Shawarma is not the traditional Shawarma.  It is made with mediterranean spices but with a much more pronounced flavour.  They use pita pockets and use a panini griller to heat the sandwich Hole in the Wall at Century City Mall (32)

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 Love smoothies!!!  I wish they had a stall that sold healthy food :-) aside from Spruce Hole in the Wall at Century City Mall (15)

Japanese Cheesecake- YUM!!! Hole in the Wall at Century City Mall (17)

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 I love that everything here is unique and can’t be found elsewhere yetHole in the Wall at Century City Mall (23)

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 Scout’s Honor is another popular stall and it has long lines during dessert time :-)Hole in the Wall at Century City Mall (7)

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 LOVE THIS!!!! Make sure you have a photo by the Snow Globe outside Hole in the WallHole in the Wall at Century City Mall (3)hole in the wall century city logo[email_link]

 Finally Kettle is nearby!!  Now open in SM Aura 5th levelKettle Now Open in SM Aura (2)

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 Kettle Grilled Four Cheese – YUMMY!!!! Kettle Now Open in SM Aura (7)

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 Buttermilk Fried Chicken – SUPER YUM!!!Kettle Now Open in SM Aura (11)

 A Must!  The Checkered Cake.  This is even harder to make than the Rainbow cake.   It is made by the mom of Chef Chiloy ( Chef of Kettle ) and his Mom’s name is Vilma Santos!! I love trivia :-)Kettle Now Open in SM Aura (12)

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Just in time for the happiest season of the year, SSI Group, Inc., the no. 1 specialty retailer in the Philippines, brings the iconic toy brand, Hamleys, to the country with its first store in Central Square, Bonifacio High Street opening on December 20, 2014 at 12:00PM. With over 250 years of experience in bringing smiles and laughter to children, Hamleys Central Square will be witness to familiar smiles and laughter that Hamleys is known and trusted for all over the world.

Growing up in Cornwall, England, William Hamley might have become a tin miner. Or a fisherman. But William had other ideas. He dreamed of opening the best toy shop in the world and in 1760, he did, cramming ‘Noah’s Ark’ with every kind of toy, from rag dolls to tin soldiers. Over the street-sellers’ calls and horses’ hooves ringing on the cobbles, you could just make out the delighted cries of children as they approached the window. By the time Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Hamleys was already a London landmark. Families flocked to William’s ‘Joy Emporium’.

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So successful was the shop that in 1881 a new branch opened in Regent Street. To cope with the public’s growing appetite for playthings. Hamleys added a further five floors of toys! We can only imagine the spectacle, as toy theatres, puppets, pedal cars and miniature railway trains jostled for space in the largest toy shop in the world.

Hamleys faced hard times in the late 1920s, along with everybody else. In 1931, the picture looked bleak and the shop was forced to close and its fleet of horse-drawn delivery vans was stilled. But this story has a happy ending. Walter Lines, the Chairman of the Tri-Ang company, bought Hamleys and worked hard to bring customers back. In 1938, his efforts were rewarded. Queen Mary gave Hamleys the Royal Warrant! Even being bombed five times during World War II did not stop Hamleys. Wearing tin hats, staff served at the shop entrance, rushing in to collect the toys then handing them over at the door.

The Festival of Britain in 1951 brought a Grand Doll’s Salon as well as a vast model railway to amaze children –and their mothers and fathers. When she came to the throne, Queen Elizabeth II showed she still remembered the toys her grandmother had given her. She in turn gave Hamleys toys to her own children. In 1955, her Majesty honoured Walter Lines with a second Royal Warrant as a ‘Toys and Sports Merchant’. But it was the children’s smiles that truly rewarded Walter Lines and his staff.

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Arriving back to the present, we find Hamleys in its famous location at 188-196 Regent Street, London, England. Step over the threshold and you enter a world of joy and wonder. Over the squeaking, bleeping, whizzing and chiming of toys, you hear children laughing excitedly as they goggle at the sheer choice over seven floors of toys and games.Hamleys Regent Street - Christmas Today! 2014 v1

The familiar sound of children cheering and giggling would be heard in Central Square now that Hamleys is opening in the Philippines. A second toy shop in the country is set to open next year to bring smiles and laughter to more Filipino children.

 

From over 250 years ago, the toys may have changed, but the same delighted faces will be seen on anyone who enter the Hamleys toy shop –whether in Regent Street, Central Square or other parts of the world.

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In the Philippines, Hamleys is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) – a member of the SSI Group – and will open at Central Square on December 20, 2014.

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 I went to Petron Dasma to visit Karen’s Kitchen.  It’s below Cuerva and beside The PlazaKaren's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (11)

 Newly renovated after it has been here four years already :-)Karen's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (12)

 And the beautiful owner – Karen Young of Karen’s Kitchen :-)  In the 80’s and still in high school Karen used to be the assistant of her sister – she was the mixer stand and the egg cracker :-)  When her sister left for abroad, Karen took classes and played around with recipes.  And it was in the late 80’s when she started fondant which has icing embroidery on tulle but it was a lot of work since it took 2 to 4 days to finish a cake.  Then she stopped baking when she had her kids then in 2004, she started officially selling from her house and her commissary.  Then in 2011 she opened in Petron Dasma and then three years later renovated.  She is opening another branching Kapitolyo in February!! More power Karen!!Karen's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (1)

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 And all the little details in this very small space :-)Karen's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (14)

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 Her bestsellers are Red Velvet Cake, Carrot cake and her Chocolate GanacheKaren's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (4)

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 But she has many many more other yummy desserts.  New is her Raclette Japanese CheesecakeKaren's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (8)

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 Sticky Toffee Pudding!!!!! YUM!!!Karen's Kitchen at Petron Dasma (9)

 Red Velvet Cookies!!!!16 Red Velvet cake karen's kitchen_medal_042

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 Macadamia Sansrivalmacadamia sans rival karens kitchen  Duchess Apple Piekarens kitchen duchess-apple-pie  Luscious Lemon Kisskarens kitchen luscious-lemon-kiss  Splenda Tiramisu- she has other Splenda dessertskarens kitchen-tiramisu-splenda

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Check out her website for her full range of goodies!!! Click below
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