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    Posted November 17, 2012 by
    makati, Philippines
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    100 places to eat like a local

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    People's Palace


    Whenever I visit my birthplace Manila, the Philippines, I always look forward to visiting friends and family.  But a big part of my trip is seeking out the food I miss.  I always make my rounds taking in the usual classic fares I grew up eating, especially the home cooked meals served at it's best.


    But aside from the usual gastronomic stops I need to tick on my list, there's one particular place I discovered.  Well, discovered for myself during my recent trip this last summer.  This is not a secret place or that hole in the wall type of place.  In fact, most people I talk to highly recommend this restaurant as well.  It's quite well known among locals.


    To add to my surprise, an old classmate of mine in architecture school designed the cool and vibrant interiors, which I will also use to describe this awesome salad I cannot get over with.  It's so good, I practically had to go back everyday.  Yes, it's that good!  Aside from being cool (to look at) and vibrant (the explosion of flavors), it's the mix of the indigenous ingredients that makes this my salad of choice.


    I'm talking about a restaurant in Greenbelt Makati (an upscale shopping center with an upscale restaurant scene) called "People's Palace".  People's Palace is a moderen thai based fusion restaurant which serves your typical thai favorites as well as some other "fused" specials.


    This salad of choice is the "Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad" which I pair with Lemongrass and Ginger Juice.  The ingredients are all prepared and served fresh.  Usually a serving for two, I end up devouring each serving as the people i'm with have to order their own.


    My permanent place of residence is San Francisco where there are also tons of good places to eat and try.   And for almost twenty one years here, I can call myself a native.  The other half of my life was spent in Manila.  Both places have a special place in my heart.  Both offer some of the most spectacular cusines one can have in his or her own lifetime.


    So, if any of the people who haven't been to Manila, there are tons of good food and friendly people to greet you like San Francisco.  Do try the local faves which any pure Manileno will be happy to direct you to the right direction depending on what type of food you like.  So, add your your must-do list is a visit to People's Palace and order the Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad!


    Now if you excuse me, this write-up is making me crave so time to book another flight to Manila... it's definitely more fun in the Philippines!

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