Zomato redefines restaurant discovery

Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service, has rolled out a completely revamped version of its web and mobile product. Building on its already rich and exhaustive restaurant database, ratings and reviews from its millions of monthly users, Zomato has now added a new, social layer to restaurant discovery - personalized recommendations from people whose opinions you choose to value.

“Even before the advent of the internet, people relied on social opinions for restaurant discovery. In our endless discussions with our users, we realized this behavior is still widely prevalent, but not catered to effectively by existing local discovery tools or review websites. With our new product, we want to cater to that intrinsic behavior in an amplified, social setting”, said Deepinder Goyal, Founder & CEO of Zomato.

Zomato’s revamped product is built on two simple pillars of thought – that individual preferences vary, and that building a more trusted ecosystem of recommendations will result in quicker and easier decision-making. From personalized search results to quickly adding restaurants to your Wishlist from anywhere on the site or app, Zomato has made restaurant discovery very swift and highly personalized. Among the new features is a FoodFeed that lets users see updates and activities from their network on Zomato, as well as restaurants visited, rated and reviewed - encouraging a more social, real-time discovery of restaurants. With this enhanced social layer, users will be able to filter search results to display recommendations from their network, i.e. the people they choose to trust and follow. To enable this personalized experience, Zomato will now be a login-only service.

The latest update also comes with a lot of changes to the design and user experience that make the product easier to use than ever before. For example, the search flow has been revamped completely to help users discover restaurants with fewer clicks, thereby offering a superior product experience.  Restaurant ratings have been normalized to prevent too many restaurants being clustered within a certain range, and the search algorithm has been tweaked to show more relevant results when users are searching for restaurants. Enhanced spam-control measures have been implemented to keep out junk reviews. Users can now also easily find and invite friends to Zomato from other social networks.

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About Zomato

Zomato is an online and mobile restaurant discovery service providing in-depth information for over 221,000 restaurants across 12 countries. Zomato’s core content features include menus, photos and geocoded coordinates for restaurants; allowing users to rate and review restaurants, as well as create their own network of foodies.

Zomato currently sees over 16 million monthly visits globally, across its web and mobile platforms, from people searching for places to go out for a meal, get home delivery, catch up at a cafe, or enjoy the local nightlife. The highly targeted platform makes it convenient for restaurateurs to interact with customers who are looking for dining options.

Zomato was started in Delhi in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah. The company has since expanded its services to 41 cities across India, UK, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Qatar.

For more information, please visit: http://www.zomato.com/or write to us at pr@zomato.com

Contact

Alok Jain (Chief Marketing Officer, Zomato)

alok@zomato.com

UpasanaNath (Regional Director, Zomato South East Asia)

upasana@zomato.com

Katrina Alexis L Clasara (AVP Operations, Zomato Philippines)

katrina@zomato.com// +639175124647

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Sam Concepcion for Chef’s Noodle

Chef’s Noodle, the new favorite go-to restaurant for hearty Korean dishes, introduced its new endorser - actor, singer and dancer Sam Concepcion.

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Sam is the newest addition to the roster of celebrity endorsers of Chef’s Noodle, including TV host Grace Lee and gorgeous couple Lloyd and Shamcey Supsup-Lee.

Sam’s cool and casual personality as well as his vibrant energy perfectly capture the brand. As a fairly new player in the food industry here in the Philippines, Chef’s Noodle is indeed a rising star - just like our new endorser Sam”, says Nancy Go, Chef’s Noodle operations manager.

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I am truly honored to be part of the Chef’s Noodle team. The restaurant has been known for its delectable dishes and high culinary quality. Who would not want to be associated with that?”, says Sam. 

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Sam furthers, “My Friends and I love to hang out and try different kinds of food. I especially love Chef’s Noodle because you get to enjoy a delicious meal at an affordable price. I can’t wait to invite my friends to try Chef’s Noodle and love it the same way I did”. 

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The first international master franchise brand from South Korea, Chef’s Noodle is fast becoming a diner’s haven for those who want a taste of the land of K-pop, Kimchi and more. Offering a wide array of mouth watering food choices, Chef’s Noodle boasts of dishes especially crafted by no less than the award-winning Korean celebrity, Chef Choi In Sun.

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Carving for Korean cuisine? Visit the nearest branch in your area:

University Mall - 4050129
Atlanta Center - 5765054
Robinsons Magnolia - 6567033
SM North EDSA The Block - 3765367
Robinsons Place Malolos - 09175486187
Soon to open in SM Megamall

You can also check Chef’s Noodle website at www.chefsnoodlephils.com or like their facebook page HERE 

They are open for franchising :)

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Youth is a state of mind

SM YOUTH LAUNCH PARTY

Please bear with the “V Sign” and “Okay” Pose lol!

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I had so much fun! Thanks SM Youth! :)

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Blog Giveaway: ALEJANDRO x ZOMATO

Hi guys! The month of April is finally here! To start it with a bang, I’ll be hosting my first ever giveaway! So go ahead, keep on reading :) 

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In collaboration with Zomato, one lucky reader will have the chance to own as much as P1,800 worth of GCs from different restaurants and food establishments. 

For those who are not aware, ZOMATO is one of the fastest-growing restaurant guides in the world. It provides menus, ratings, reviews, photos, maps and contact details for a huge number of restaurants across the globe. The site is extremely easy to use and in a few simple clicks, foodies can explore a whole range of restaurants depending on their choice of cuisine, location, and budget.

I started to have my own Zomato profile mid of 2013. As of this moment, I have posted 5 reviews already (You can check it by clicking the Zomato widget on my blog sidebar). Im planning to add more in the coming days ahead so watch out!

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Now going back to the giveaway! Just wait for the rafflecaptor widget below to fully load. Click on it and follow the steps on how to earn points. As easy and as simple as that! So click click click!! :D

IF THE RAFFLECAPTOR WIDGET DOESN’T SUCCESSFULLY LOAD, KINDLY CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER: 

A RAFFLECAPTOR GIVEAWAY

600 worth of GCs from Burger Project
200 worth of GCs from Burger Company
1000 woth of GCs from Mandarin Palace

Last day of submission is on April 15 (12 noon). All entries will be double checked for validity.

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Walled City

First of Six: Bricks, Blazer, Instax and David

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MODEL: David Guison
PHOTOGRAPHER: Alejandro Taag
Unpublished photos for Fujifilm Instax mini 9

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Hurdle

Having a toned body is no longer an option for me, it’s a must.

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I still have a long way to go, but I would like to take it one step at a time.  it’s been only a month since I started running and so far, I can say that I can do it on a regular basis. 

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Good thing I have "Hurdle" by World Balance to keep up with my semi active training. It’s so comfy that I like to wear it everyday! It comes with the Tera Soft insole system that makes the shoes light and soft. Aside from that, Hurdle is built with superior cushion to  absorb shock and make it extra durable. Now, running will be extra fun and less draining because of these new kicks.

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Mogao Sweat Pants | Hurdle by World Balance | Sleeveless Hoodie

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stay fit, active and Healthy. Ditch the couch potato behavior, go out and workout! :)

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Figaro: Eat Right and Lite

Summer is coming! The warmest season of the year is fast approaching. I’m sure a lot of us are on the process of achieving our “beach body”. Some might do intense workout while the others on serious diet. Being the foodie in me, I sure find it hard to achieve these two! LOL :D

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But since my tanktops and boardshorts are ready, I must find the will to start! Perfect timing cause Figaro had just launched two healthy dishes and a new line up of drinks specially made for the warmer days ahead. 

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Pasta and Pizza will be the main focus of their new dishes. Specifically made to answer our cravings without having the guilt feeling. In preparation as well and in observance of the Lenten season, all ingredients are mostly made from vegetables and seafood.

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RATATOUILLE PIZZA (169 php)

A traditional Provencal ratatouille pizza made from pieces of eggplant, tomatoes, bell pepper, Zucchini and herbs.

This is a must for Pizza lovers and at the same time health conscious people out there. You get to enjoy the food without really worrying about the amount of meat and fats that you will consume. Aside from that, I really like the idea of them using a thin crust, it compliments the fresh flavour of all the toppings.  

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SHRIMP SUNDRIED PESTO (185 php)

A pasta dish made from quality sundried tomatoes sauteed with ground almonds, garlic, parmesan cheese, shrimps and Capenelli pasta. 

This is actually my personal favorite. Aside from the fact that I’m a pasta lover at heart, Seafood also has a special place in my palate. So imagine my delight when it was served in front of me. OH MY! :D It doesn’t just look appetizing, it tastes really good and healthy as well. I can honestly say that this is one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Of course, a meal will not be perfect without a refreshing drink on it’s side! This summer, Figaro came up with the best tropical fruits and coffee, selected to create a rich and creamy flavor. A perfect concoction to give us a one of a kind summer beverage collection.

LYCHEE CUCUMBER FUSION (130 php)
FOUR SEASONS (130 php)
BANANA MOCHA (145 php)
COCO CAPPUCCINO (145 php)

The Lychee Cucumber Fusion and Four Seasons have already been introduced last year, but they are having a major comeback this season as part of Figaro’s SUMMER FUSION 2014. To complete the line up, two coffee based drinks has been added; Banana Mocha and Coco Cappuccino. The scoop of Vanilla Ice cream on top made it an instant summer refreshment!

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To complete our Figaro experience, they served two desserts for us to enjoy:

FIGARO SUGAR COOKIE (59 php)
Iced Sugar cookies made from butter, sugar, flour and coffee. Just the right partner for their Summer Fusion drinks!

CHOCOLATE QUAKE
Figaro’s own version of Chocolate crinkles. BIGGER, Chewy and Chocolatey! 

Once again, my tummy has been one of the happiest that day, thank you Figaro for the Lavish treat! Till the next one.

Make sure to try these out if ever you will visit the nearest Figaro in your area, and tell me your verdict by posting a comment below :)

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With fellow food enthusiasts, bloggers, Chefs and the gorgeous team of Figaro Coffee Company. 

For more information,You can go and check their Facebook page HERE

and follow their twitter account HERE

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Earl of Cardigan: ADIDAS NEO LABEL COLLABORATION

Last of the four. Here’s my take to one of fashion’s conservative staple; The Cardigan.

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What I’m wearing: Men’s adidas NEO Lifestyle Apparel STRIPED CARDIGAN

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Versatility is what I love most about Cardigans, it can be worn in both casual and formal settings. 

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Normally, this type of garment is paired with a button down dress shirt. But since I would like to keep it more on the casual side, I decided to have a black Deep V neck tee underneath instead. This type of look is a less formal style, an ideal attire for a lunch out or dinner with friends and loved ones.

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Smart with a playful wink; just right for the semi cold - warm weather :)

That’s it! My last of the 4 looks featuring ADIDAS NEO LABEL’s SPRING Collection 2014. Big Thanks to the whole NEO TEAM, specially 
Laura
for the opportunity and for entrusting this kind of challenge to me. I’m forever grateful. #NeoHappyDays

For more information and updates about their new collection, check out NEO’s WebsiteTwitterInstagram and Facebook

You can also follow me in Twitter: alejandrotaag and Instagram: alejandrotaag

*Special thanks to my Brother for helping me out with the photos :)

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Small Swirls: ADIDAS NEO LABEL COLLABORATION

For my third look, I decided to go for a Button down - Shorts ensemble; a perfect chill attire to keep it light and comfy.

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What I’m wearingMen’s adidas NEO Lifestyle Apparel POLKA-DOT SHIRT

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This is my personal favorite among all the clothes under the SS14 Collection because of it’s unusual print. Unlike the common Polka dots that you see on most clothes, this one comes in a scatter of small swirls! :)

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Sunny days are approaching. Bring out those walking shorts, button downs and comfy shoes. A delightful time to go out and enjoy the warm weather.

For more information and updates about their new collection, check out NEO’s WebsiteTwitterInstagram and Facebook

You can also follow me in Twitter: alejandrotaag and Instagram: alejandrotaag

*Special thanks to my Brother for helping me out with the photos :)

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Filled Circles: ADIDAS NEO LABEL COLLABORATION

Polka dots is slowly paving it’s way to become a basic clothing pattern for both sexes. 

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What I’m wearing: Men’s adidas NEO Lifestyle Apparel POLKA-DOT CREW SWEATSHIRT

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A cute little pocket with black zipper to add character and style.

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White filled circles over gray brings a fresh combination and feel.

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A perfect outfit if you just want to have a stroll in the park, but would still like to look stylish and comfortable.

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As what I had mentioned in my previous post, the SS14 collection of Adidas Neo Label is packed with patterns and polka dots. So expect my two upcoming blog entries to be filled with these as well! :) 

For more information and updates about their new collection, check out NEO’s WebsiteTwitterInstagram and Facebook

You can also follow me in Twitter: alejandrotaag and Instagram: alejandrotaag

*Special thanks to my Brother for helping me out with the photos :)

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