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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Guinness World Record to Empower Filipino Farmers

We’ve witnessed hundred ways of how us, Filipinos, set, tried and beat other nation’s record on the Guinness World Record. There were thousands who lined up to form a giant rainbow, another thousand to form a giant smiley, and there were those who did for a good cause, like these guys from Calata Group who recently bagged the Guinness World Record for the Largest Serving of Roast Pork!

Last November 8, Calata Corporation, one of the biggest agribusiness conglomerates in the country spearheaded an enticing and sumptuous attempt to set a world record for the Largest Serving of Roast Pork at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle. A title which was held by Mexico, where they served 3,094.2 kilos of cochinita pibil, a popular pork dish in its Yucatan region, were now taken by our fellows who took pride of presenting 4,046 kilos of sumptuous lechon, which is a party favored dish among the FIlipino nation.

“This year, we celebrated our 16 successful years in the business by giving back to the community instead of having a lavish party. This a very momentous occasion for us and for the Philippines,” Joseph Calata, Chairman and CEO of Calata Corporation shares.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Soothing Afternoon Treat at The Fort Strip’s Dipdenza

For almost a decade, The Fort has evolved into a new world that offers the latest and newest craze that we could enjoy while battling the metro traffic and heart. For one, it became one of the hottest spots for clubbing and night-out, then became a destination for new-concept restaurants that offers nothing but the freshest idea on food and beverages. And now, as it becomes more family friendly, The Fort Strip welcomes its newest hangout place that coffee lovers could enjoy – Dipdenza.

An international coffee shop brand that brings in the best coffee beans in the world, Dipdenza is an original concept of Angeli Albana, who’s love for coffee has gone beyond her imagination and liking. 

“Dipdenza is a play on the Italian word ‘dipendenza,’ which means addiction,” she shares.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Experiencing the “Pinaka-Panalong” Crispy Pata, Lomi and Sumat in BellaVita, Lipa, Batangas

It was a shining moment for the food industry of Lipa, Batangas as finally a well-known property brand, BellaVita, recognizes the wonderful and amazing dishes made by its locals.

From the hearty Lomi, to the crackling Crispy Pata down to the chewy and oh-so-sweet Suman, BellaVita-Lipa, on the launch of its model units, invited a number of well-known food establishments in Lipa City to battle it out and be named “Ang Pinaka-Panalo.

Five well-known Lomi House, four favorite Crispy Pata destinations and amazing three Suman makers were took the challenge last Sunday, October 25, at the soon-to-be budding community of BellaVita in Lipa, Batangas.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sisterfields: The Newest Farm-to-Table Tagaytay Destination

Although visiting Tagaytay wouldn't be complete without its steamy and flavorful Bulalo, The Cravings Group (TCG) headed by its mother-and-daughter tandem, President and Founder Ms. Susana 'Annie'  Guerrero and CEO Marinela 'Badjie' Trinidad, came up with a new and fresh 'farm-to-table' concept that will surely delight locals and tourists of this top go-to place near the metro.

Nestled elegantly in one of the top-of-mind hotels in Tagaytay City, Summit Ridge Hotel, Sisterfields is set to whet one's appetite with its well-thought meals and dishes perfect to create a much more memorable Tagaytay vacation. Taking pride of Tagaytay and nearby provinces’ local produce, Sisterfields is delighted to share their “Farm to Fork”, “Pasture to Plate” and “Crop to Cup” offerings.

Sisterfields takes pride of its bountiful selection of farm-to-table fares, which are locally sourced. On my first ever visit on this sunny place, aside from the well-crafted menu; we were also introduced to their blossoming garden that will soon supply their needed ingredients.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Beautiful Friendship over Seafood Island’s Sinuglaw Boodle

Friendship is like a good food. It has a nice combination of taste, full of colors that attract positivity in life and more importantly, it is something that money can’t equate to. I love having good food around just like having a good friend, who you can laugh with and spend the day in a very nice way.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful time spending some BFF moments with my good friend, Maan Pamaran, in one of the most convenient boutique hotels in the metro. A perfect break from our busy lives, the two us had an amazing “girly” pampering in the south through the wonderful amenities of our hotel and its neighborhood. And though the hotel has its own quaint and beautiful restaurant, we chose to spend our dinner at a nearby mall to see how convenient it is to be here in the south and to somehow continue my quest in discovering the southern part of Manila.

With all our excitement and hunger, our feet brought us to Blackbeard Seafood Island. A fun, quirky and adventurous dining place located at the 2nd Level of Alabang Town Center. This is actually not my first time here, but since, we’re so hungry and we couldn’t think of any dining area that serves really good food in large and generous servings, we went in and find a perfect spot where we could just talk, relax and eat – A LOT.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mesclun Bistro: Your Mix of Wonderful Delights at Linden Suites

Aside from its convenient location, heart-warming accommodation and superb facilities and amenities, The Linden Suites in Ortigas, Pasig City, also takes pride of housing one of the classiest and comforting restaurants in the metro, Mesclun. A restaurant headed by Chef Katrina Arce Kuhn-Alcantara, Mesclun is your kitchen-dining area away from home.

Taking its name from the old Occitane for “mixture” or in popular culture, refers to a mixed greens, Mesclun fires up the kitchen of The Linden Suites sharing new and unique dishes while balancing the experience with its classy yet comfortable interior.

During my weekend stay at The Linden Suites, Mesclun served as my life-savior and life-savor as I indulged on to their mouthwatering dishes that are set to whet one’s appetite. Prices from this restaurant may be a little but high, but I can assure you that with the comfort, style and serving size that they provide to their guests, staying here over some lunch or dinner while staying at the comfort of The Linden Suites is an experience one should have.

Mesclun dishes vary from contemporary Filipino favorites to Western – mostly European – cuisines that are prepared gourmet style. Apart from Mesclun, Chef Katrina is also the mastermind behind Chuck’s Deli - an American-style super-sandwich and burger shop boasting of homemade breads and cold cuts; and Paulene Chocolat Suisses - a premium line of made-to-order chocolate confections.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

My Korean Consolation

Braving the metro's traffic is probably one of the craziest thing I did a few days back. I didn't know what comes into my mind that day to take the MRT, and join the commuting public of the eastern part of the metro as they hurried back home. I found myself lost at Shaw Boulevard until my phone beeps with a notification stating that my Uber driver is about to pick me.

I could just take a ride back home, but my tummy mumbles in hungers asking for some good dinner. It was already 8 p.m. then - a 2 hour travel time from SM Mall of Asia, I reminded myself. So, instead of asking the driver to take me home, I told him to bring me to Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, where my friends are waiting for me.

With my hunger that night, I couldn't wait for more hours to eat dinner, good thing I Am Kim, a fun quirky Korean restaurant at the lower level of Estancia Mall offers a good Bibimbap in a quick span of time.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Say Hello to Ostrich Burger!

There are only three things that I'm looking for a burger - one, must have a nice bun; two, must have a tender, juicy and nicely cooked patty; and three, must fresh veggies and cheese for additional crunch and flavor. Well, I thought that's all I ever wanted for a burger until I tasted The Ostrich Farm's Ostrich Burger.

Nowadays, people are continuously craving for good burger. But unlike before, most of us are gearing towards having a gourmet one that offers healthier option - an option that opens an opportunity to friends-entrepreneurs Frances and husband-and-wife Kristine and Jaime to introduce ostrich burger.

(from left to right) Owners Ms. Frances Medina (Chief Executive Manager, Soguilon Foods Corporation) with Husband and Wife, Mr. Jaime Jasper Lao Lim (President, Soguilon Foods Corporation) and Mrs. Kristine S. Lim (Chairwoman and CEO, Soguilon Foods Corporation)

A few days back, I had an eye-opening dinner with Ms. Frances and Ms. Kristine about the goodness of ostrich meat and how wonderful it can be a substitute to our well-loved beef burger.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Eat Like the Highlanders!

One of the most prominent destinations for special gatherings like weddings, baptisms, and birthday parties in the southern part of Metro Manila, Tagaytay Highlands gain its popularity to people who opt a classy yet comfortable special place while being embraced by the cold weather and backed by the magnificent and clear view of Taal Lake and Volcano.

Though, I must clearly indicate that Tagaytay Highlands is an exclusive, for-members-only destination in this part of Tagaytay City, having friends who are so generous to host your stay in this well-planned, controlled and secure property of Belle Corporations will let you enjoy these sumptuous meals that I get to enjoy during my 2-day weekend stay in this lush country-side world of Tagaytay.

Currently housing more than a dozen of well-chosen and high-standard dining facilities, Tagaytay Highlands takes pride on it dining options and its respective dishes that are set to whet one's appetite and make life truly remarkable and well-spent. From Akasaka, Bistro Saratoga, Chosun, Shakes & Soda Pops, Filipino, Highlander Steakhouse, Highlands China Palace, Highlands Golfers Lounge, Midlands Golfers Lounge, Sports Center Veranda, The Bread Shop, The Great Room, Toscana, The Highlands Kitchen, Trellis Grill and ZsaZsa’s KTV, one could just stay inside the club's premises and live a happy life filled with wonderful meals suits to one's discriminating luxury and taste.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Goodbye Puto-Dinuguan, Hello Cheese Roll-Dinuguan

One of the prominent food combinations in the Filipino food fare that I seriously love is this puto (rice cake) and diniguan (pork blood stew). The combination of salty and sour-y flavor of dinuguan goes perfectly smooth with the sweet and fluffy flavor of puto. But last weekend, as I revisited one of Manila’s pride, The Aristocrat Restaurant in Malate, I discovered a whole new world of Pinoy Merienda that brought my love to our own dishes to a new level.

Famous from its home-cooked Pinoy dishes, including tasty barbecues, the Aristocrat Restaurant is gaining more popularity with the creation of their amazing and tummy-filling Pinoy Merienda that are set to whet one's appetite at a pocket-friendly.

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