Oceana: A World of Flavors

I have to admit, I’m not particularly adventurous when it comes to cuisine — my palate reacts too strongly to spices, and if I’m hungry I’d rather eat something I’m familiar with. Still, from time to time I can be persuaded to try something new.

Last Friday my family and I were invited to Oceana’s first anniversary-slash-restaurant launch at San Miguel by the Bay, Mall of Asia complex. Although Oceana itself has been there for a while now (it occupies one whole building near MOA’s IMAX wing), it was primarily a school kitchen for the Center for Culinary Arts, and an events place. This year, they decided to go full steam ahead with the restaurant, offering plated selections from around the world.

Oceana Anniversary: Tasting Manila
a dish called “Tasting Manila”

The CCA is also behind restaurant concepts such as Cravings and C2 Classic Cuisine. However, Oceana restaurant’s focus is on offering tastes from cities ranging from Sao Paolo to Hanoi. It’s world cuisine with a twist, just like the bibingka souffle we ordered to cap off our dinner. Wait, a bibingka souffle?!

Oceana Anniversary: Bibingka Souffle
cheesy, salted-eggy, custardy goodness topped with a fluffy souffle

Although the plated dishes range around 500 pesos or more each, the servings are for sharing. There are also some more affordable selections on the menu. I would actually want to be taken to Oceana on a date; but of course, the gentleman always pays. *wink*

I have a number of gift certificates from Oceana I’d like to give away, but of course I’d rather have a contest. So, here are the rules. Leave a comment below answering the following question: “What is your favorite cuisine and why?” I will use a randomizer to pick three winners, who will get a bundle of five (5) gift certificates each from Oceana. I will shoulder postage, so all you have to do is comment away!

Oceana Anniversary: Taste the World
Taste the World

UPDATE (05/17/10): Contest winners!

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84 thoughts on “Oceana: A World of Flavors

  • May 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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    I miss Burmese cuisine – it's a little bit oily but I love their mohingas – I love it because it started me on my journey of appreciating spicy food – before I started appreciating Burmese food, I didn't know how to appreciate the spiciness in food – now, I can eat even the spiciest Thai food and still see myself smiling (and sweating hahaha!)

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  • May 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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    My fave cuisine would have to be Thai πŸ™‚ I love how each dish is a blend of so many flavors. I also like the spices that they use.

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  • May 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm
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    I love Indian cuisine, and would have to say that it tops my charts. The strong flavours and interesting textures make Indian food trips no less than exciting.

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  • May 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm
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    I love Mexican cuisine! The spicy food really sticks to my palate and makes me dance salsa all the time!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 12:34 am
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    i like an authentic moroccan lamb stew with couscous and you can only eat couscous on fridays becayse that's how they roll. Hahaha. i was in Rabat before, government capital of Morocco. its available in the hotels 7 days a week, but for real locals they just make it a friday tradition πŸ˜‰

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:19 am
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    Hi Noelle, I can't really enter the contest b/c I won't be in Pinas anytime soon, but Indian food all the way for me. πŸ˜€

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  • May 8, 2010 at 11:28 am
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    It's still Filipino food for me because it's simple but definitely tasty and I do love seafoods specially scallops . . . . hhmmm, yum yum!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 11:34 am
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    My favorite cuisine would be Chinese cuisine, which i grew up eating with. =) Because some dishes really bring out not only the good taste of it but also give you the health benefit, just like a bowl of black chicken with various herbs.. a culinary dish passed along from the ancient history.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 11:46 am
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    i like italian cuisine, pizza is my favorite, also the panizza. yum! πŸ™‚

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  • May 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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    I am so into Italian and Thai cuisine. Flavors, Spices and Pasta will always be on top of my list!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm
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    i love italian cuisine and it has led me into experimenting in our kitchen trying to see if i can copy their fantastic sauces.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm
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    Italian cuisine is my favorite. I love its diversity, the aroma of the various herbs and spices. Risotto, pizza, pasta, I simply love italian cuisine

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm
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    my answer would be the american cuisine. my tongue is drooling on the the modern fast food industry types of food which are developed largely out of American innovations. yum!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm
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    For me my favorite cuisine is greek because its healthy and tasty. once you have tasted it you will definitely go back to eat some more.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm
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    my favorite cuisine is Greek because they generously use olive oil in their dishes. what a healthy way to serve up a meal!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm
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    Hi, now this is a topic I really love, its all about FOOD!!! I highly recommend guys Greek Cuisine/Food. Im into mediterranean food such as mixed grilled kebabs, Panna Cotta and Tartufo. just typing these food makes my mouth water. there's also the kebab pizza for those who want a touch of Italian food. They have the perfect pita breads and lamb chops to go with it! Yummy!!!! Try Greek food guys, you wont regret it!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm
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    hello, im the one who posted before (Anonymous) user name is monchit. sorry made a mistake earlier

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  • May 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm
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    My favorite cuisine is japanese because I love tempura very much.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm
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    I love everything Italian. You can create a million recipe with pasta! Simply delectable!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm
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    I love Italian cuisine! You can never go wrong with pizza and pasta. Mamma Mia! πŸ™‚

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  • May 8, 2010 at 3:17 pm
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    I like Japanese cuisine and I love Pinoy desserts because they cooperate well with my taste buds.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm
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    Filipino food especially adobo, sinigang and laing …
    Our family also loves pasta and pizza . .

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  • May 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm
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    i heart Filipino and Thai cuisine… my taste buds wants them so bad! πŸ˜€ still, Pinoy food is the best!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm
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    My favorite is Filipino cuisine especially the "kakanins" I love it!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm
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    I love Filipino and Chinese cuisine. I find the dishes creative and mouth-watering, and they are close to our culture.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm
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    My favorite is Korean cuisine because they look good and taste good!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm
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    I love italian cuisine,hubby and I and our kids love pasta and pizza.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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    Mine would be Chinese because it has a wide range of tastes. From simple to the most extravagant dishes.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm
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    My all time favorite cuisines would have to be Spanish and Filipino because I find the dishes very flavorful. I always find myself eating a lot with these types of food because they just smell and taste so good. ^^

    vesipisaroita [at] gmail [dot] com

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  • May 8, 2010 at 9:36 pm
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    I love Italian cuisine! I am in search for the best pizza ever!

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  • May 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm
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    Filipino cuisine! Easy to prepare very delicious and nutritious.

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  • May 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm
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    Italian.

    It's just a plethora of flavors and wonder. Each region's different from the next. Their emphasis on getting only the best ingredients shows how much the Italians love and enjoy their food.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 9:38 am
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    I do really love chinese's cause of its variety of flavors…

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  • May 9, 2010 at 10:23 am
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    i love Filipino cuisine!…..
    Filipino food is not that well-known in the US (compared to Thai food for example).Filipino cuisine is "sophisticated and exotic", it is not a cuisine that can be called "high class," but it is a cuisine that can be called DELICIOUS!

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  • May 9, 2010 at 10:24 am
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    I love Filipino cuisine because of its delightful combination of flavors. It's also not very spicy and is presented in such a way that you can't resist to eat the dish.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 10:57 am
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    I love Italian Cuisine, especially the pasta. Chinese cuisine is also very good since they have a lot of delicious foods.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 10:59 am
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    For me, I like the Japanese cuisine. My husband actually introduced me to Japanese food. I like the subtle taste and the not so-heavy feeling after you dine. Finally, I like the makis because its rice and viand at the same time dipped in Japanese soy sauce with a little hint of wasabi.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm
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    Japanese. Whenever I visit Jap restos with friends or family, i would be eating off everyone's plates, even if its improper for Japan culture.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm
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    I super Love love love chinese food. When i was a kid, we used to attend all these Chinese functions, engagement parties, weddings. Yummy. Plus i went to Hongkong and ate everything on sight. Street food or whatever i had my fill.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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    my favorite cuisine is japanese! i love how they were able to translate their lovely, healthy and traditional lifestyle into their cuisine

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm
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    my fave is got to be filipino food. filipino food has a flair for cooking their dishes. they have flavors incorporated from all over the archipelago

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm
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    my fave is chinese. they have a variety of flavors and their food has been passed on from dynasties

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm
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    i like chinese and japanese. both dishes comes from close oriental cultures

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm
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    i like american. bbqs and burgers

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  • May 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm
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    i like japanese. i love trying out different sushi

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  • May 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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    My favorite cuisine is fusion! I like trying new food combinations. I think it's exciting to the taste palette.

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  • May 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm
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    i am a big fan of french cuisine because the french takes the typical appetizer-main course-dessert arrangement to a whole new plane. it's almost ceremonial. i also like savoring some wine and nibbling on some high-quality fromage after a delicious meal. but perhaps, the best thing about french cuisine is the way it changed our dining experience. We often think it’s all about what’s in the pot and the level of our knife skills, but really, it's all about getting some people we love around us and enjoying the food.

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  • May 10, 2010 at 12:47 am
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    I love Italian cuisine. I love its flavorful taste of Italian food. I love pasta and pizza. Yes, I love the simpleness of Italian cuisine.

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  • May 10, 2010 at 12:51 am
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    Definitely italian cuisine!! πŸ™‚
    Why? Coz it suits my tastebuds sooo much!! :))

    I just love it πŸ™‚

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  • May 10, 2010 at 7:23 am
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    JAPANESE CUISINE FOR THE WIN! My dad introduced it to me when I was little. Now, my mom, brother and sister love it as well!

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  • May 10, 2010 at 11:02 am
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    I love cuisines from Singapore.. hainanese chicken, pepper crab and laksa, they were simply delicious blends of flavor and spices..

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  • May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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    "What is your favorite cuisine and why?" my favorite cuisine is PINOY ORIGINAL CUISINE…. because its very UNIQUE the taste and designs and so goooooood!!11

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  • May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm
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    I like Italian. Pasta and Pizza is a must for me. They're the best combination ever.

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  • May 11, 2010 at 1:09 am
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    I just love Chinese food. with over 1 billion eating it, you can't go wrong. what Chinese food lacks in presentation, (not to mention the ambiance in some Chinese eateries) more than makes up for the price you pay and the satisfaction you ge for a very fulfilling meal πŸ™‚

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  • May 11, 2010 at 8:32 am
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    I love ITALIAN cuisine because I'm a big fan of pasta and it's very hearty and healthy!

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  • May 11, 2010 at 10:50 am
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    you can't go wrong with Italian! any time any day! choose a variety of awesome pasta and sauces! and what's best about it: definitely for sharing! =)

    lite_blue112< @>yahoo< .>

    Lloydb

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  • May 11, 2010 at 11:07 am
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    Nothing beats Filipino Cuisine! Wherever you are, surely, you'll crave for Filipino Cuisine. As the saying goes, Home Sweet Home..

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  • May 11, 2010 at 11:41 am
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    i really love Chinese cuisine. I grew up eating a of Chinese food and really loved the different flavors of its food. Aside from the mix of flavors, I also like its diversity in terms of presentation; some are presented really simply focusing on the main meat and some are very colorful, with different herbs & side dishes.

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  • May 11, 2010 at 11:47 am
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    Nothing beats the heat with a pinoy halohalo special! overflowing with tasty ingredients with lots of shaved ice!! awesome dessert!

    Lloydb

    lite_blue112< @>< .>

    http://www.halohalospecial.com

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  • May 11, 2010 at 11:57 am
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    Nothing beats Filipino cuisine. What can I say, I'm biased to whatever my dad cooks. πŸ˜›

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  • May 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm
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    I love Filipino cuisine because it's a fusion of tastes of every continent.

    Whatever you're looking for, you'll find in a number of places in the country!

    It does cater to every tongue in the world!

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  • May 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm
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    There's nothing like the Filipino Cuisine!

    But if I will be asked on what cuisine is my "second language", I would say Italian. I love pasta and tomato dishes, gives me a taste of Europe – my dream destination.

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  • May 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm
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    italian for me. i just love pizzas and pasta. πŸ™‚

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  • May 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm
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    i love spanish food. because they're palatable and oily and sinful

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:49 am
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    "What is your favorite cuisine and why?" my favorite of course is Filipino food.. love ur own.. yeah!

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:50 am
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    Filipino cuisine ftw! Nothing beats the great taste of lutong Pinoy. Yum yum!

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  • May 12, 2010 at 12:57 am
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    I love Italian cuisine with its diverse pasta, pizza and sauces!

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  • May 12, 2010 at 6:11 am
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    Italian cuisine. From the preparation to the detailed intricacies of presentation, you'll know that it is prepared with love and care. Its like being transported to a romantic place that is Italy..

    maarja(underscore)yasmina(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  • May 13, 2010 at 8:24 am
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    i love filipino food syempre love our own.

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  • May 13, 2010 at 8:25 am
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    filipino food of course. nandun na lahat wala ng hahanapin pang iba

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  • May 13, 2010 at 10:32 am
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    Definitely, Filipino cuisine for me. Nothing beats the delectable taste of our very own dishes. Tickles my taste buds every time.

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  • May 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm
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    I love Italian cuisine… it has so many interesting spices and the taste is so unique. I also feel that romance is in the air when you eat italian food =)

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  • May 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm
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    Mine would be Japanese cuisines mainly because its simplicity and elegance

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  • May 14, 2010 at 12:31 am
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    I always love italian cuisines. Their pasta and pizza are really tempting and ooh so yummy. Can't wait to eat one again.

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  • May 14, 2010 at 1:38 am
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    My favorite is the Italian cuisine. You can eat it on its own. No need to combine with other dishes. Plus, it has a lot healthier because it has less fat but does not lose its flavor. The extra virgin olive oil and cheese is also addicting.

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  • May 15, 2010 at 12:26 am
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    My favorite cuisine is italian because everyone in our family likes it including out toddler. You also get tons of food with salad and bread sticks at most.

    onemig.astorga@gmail.com

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  • May 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm
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    thanks everyone for joining this contest and commenting! closing the comment form now and picking winners via random.org.

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