Picture Perfect Food at Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar

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BNP Photo workshop Nov 2014

If you can judge the taste of a restaurant’s food offerings by the presentation alone, then all of Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar‘s food taste great.

OTKB is an upscale restaurant specializing in antipasti (“before the meal”), the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. It was the perfect setting for a food photo shoot for bloggers, as part of the Basic Photography Tips and Tricks Workshop held on November 8th, that was organized by Bloggers ng Pinas (BNP).

A food photo shoot in a small restaurant is a fun, relaxing way to learn blogging and photography, and a perfect event for bonding with fellow bloggers.

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The interiors of Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar are lovely. It’s cozy and inviting. I liked its high ceiling and  warm lighting.  I  also liked the chalk board menu, which the owners could liven up a bit with colorful chalk art.

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When it was time to eat all of the food, each table had two or more dishes to share.

Our table had the chicken and waffles dish, which is described in the menu as Chicken Wings Diavolo, Amaretto Waffles, Smoked Butter, Maple.

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Being a dessert person, I had my eye fixed on the cheesecake, and I made sure that it was the one thing I would eat at OTKB. The baked cheesecake has Vanilla Bean and Ricotta, Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel, with Macarons, Granola, Fruit Jam. Rich and flavorful, this is one of the better tasting, real cheesecakes in the metro.

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I would have to go back to OTKB to taste their other offerings, some of which are shown below. If one’s hunger can be satisfied just by looking at food photos, then I would be stuffed to the max even with only half of these beautifully plated dishes that are oh so appetizing.

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I used a Canon point and shoot and an iPhone 4 camera for the photos here, and Photoscape for editing. Thanks to John Cailao and Azrael Coladilla for sharing their photography and blogging tips and tricks earlier at Fully Booked. Photoscape has been a huge help, as I previously used two separate programs for editing and re-sizing photos, and just skip the watermarking part.

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My takeaway from the photography workshop is to just keep taking photos to master your camera’s controls, to develop an eye for good composition, and to learn how to tell a compelling story.

I’m glad to have taken part in this photo workshop, and I’m already looking forward to BNP’s future events.

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Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar and Fully Booked are both located at Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.

Other workshop sponsors are Nikon Philippines, Canva, Essays.ph, Skin Philosophie, Sagabay Technologies, Sagabay Outsourcing Services and WhenInManila.com.

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