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“Munch” (to chew or eat audibly or with pleasure) and “Gulps” (to swallow rapidly in large amounts). A blog that sprung out of two sisters' passion for food. A compilation of food trips, food finds, recipes and other information akin to food. Be it high end or street food. Be it home-cooked or chef-made. Be it eaten hot or cold. Be it eaten cooked or raw. Let’s list and hunt for ingredients..let’s chop, slice, dice, mince, julliene..let’s boil, marinate, poach, bland..let’s stir-fry, barbecue, deep fry, bake..let’s plate and decorate..let’s mix, blend, squeeze and concoct. Let’s share recipes and other food information. Let’s Munch and Gulp..Bon Appetit and Cheers! =]

Sunday, December 12, 2010

GreenwichTaking the pizza experience to the next level with new Top That Pizzas




Greenwich has been popularly known for being the most innovative pizza brand. In fact, in only 7 months, the brand has already launched 6 new exciting pizza flavors. From leveling up the Filipinos’ classic favorite Hawaiian Pizza with its Ultimate Hawaiian Overload in January; giving their consumers a taste of the American Idol experience with their American Idol Limited Edition Pizza in March; bringing the pizza experience to the extreme with the Xtreme Cheese Level Up Pizzas in May to offering Bigatin in flavor under the new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas in August.

While the brand has delighted its consumers with all its innovations, Greenwich has taken its commitment to innovate to a whole new level that goes beyond new pizza flavors.
Dubbed as the “game-changer” in pizza, Greenwich launches its Top That Pizzas that will make you change the way you and your friends enjoy pizzas. Adding a twist to the usual way people enjoy pizza, Greenwich’s newest innovations are towering with a mountain of toppings like you’ve never seen before.

Experience the new Top That Pizzas in 2 new and exciting flavors—Buffalo Chicken and Onion Rings Pizza and Meatball and Fries Pizza.

Greenwich’s Buffalo Chicken and Onion Rings Pizza with Blue Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese topped with juicy Buffalo Chicken with a tower of Crunchy Onion Rings . Another delightful pizza treat is the Meatballs and Fries Pizza boasting with Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese topped with mouth-watering Meatballs with a mountain of Pizza Fries. It’s an over-the-top delicious experience that no other pizza chain can match.

With the Top That Pizzas, it’s easy to let creativity and fun reign during friendly gatherings. Let the barkada unleash their wacky side, too. Start on the toppings—put the Crunchy Onion Rings on your fingers or give Pizza Fries to your special someone—there’s a fun way to devour it all with delicious slices of pizza. You think you can top your friends’ creative ways of enjoying their Top That Pizzas? Show them how you enjoy Greenwich Top That Pizzas anyway you like it, just the way you like it; it’s pizza pleasure that’s beyond the ordinary.

Want the Greenwich’s latest pizzas with an over-the-top twist? Top your pizza experience now and invite your barkada to the nearest Greenwich branch, or call Greenwich delivery hotline at 5-55-55.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big Daddy’s Chicken: Taiwan's Famous Chicken Chop is now in Manila!

Taiwan's Famous Chicken Chop is now in Manila! Big Daddy’s Chicken is all about flavor and frying perfection. Large crispy chicken chops are selected using very strict standards and served without the skin and chicken fat. Each piece is then soaked in special sauce before frying and uniquely flavored after with all-natural aromatic spices that make every bite simply heavenly and addicting. Customers can have their Asian-style fried chicken in Original, Chili, Lemon, Nori or Plum Flavor which adds that extra kick to the chicken. Bite your way to the famous Chicken Chop for a fairly good price of P80 a piece.

Big Daddy’s Chicken is located at Greenhills Theater Mall and also at the newly opened store at the G/F Entertainment Mall of SM Mall of Asia. Big Daddy’s Chicken is also accepting bulk orders for parties and events throughout Metro Manila. Just call Hotline 345-8232.

For more info and for franchise inquiries:

Jerry Perez Jr. or Kimberly Ting at 0917-792-4850 or send an email to inquiry@bigdaddychicken.com.

Monday, November 8, 2010

THE SWEET SURRENDER: 1st EVER Dessert Expo in the Metro

Join the very first dessert expo exclusively for bloggers, photographers, media, dessert enthusiasts and VIP guests!

THE SWEET SURRENDER this coming November 13, 2010 (Saturday) at Sitio Elena Events Place (Ortigas Extension).

For more information please contact:

Ms. Stephanie So

0917.518.5188

thesweetsurrender.gfp@gmail.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

Chefs on Parade (COP): Bigger, Grander, Tastier!



The Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) brings back Chefs on Parade (COP), the Philippines’ longest running culinary competition, on February 10, 11 and 12 at the SMX Convention Center. COP’s return has gotten the Filipino food industry celebrating. Restaurants and hotels are already choosing who among their chefs will be fielded. HRM colleges and culinary schools are signing up to join; their students busy with research and training for D-day. Foodies have hailed COP’s comeback as the answer to the community’s craving for a sumptuous gastronomic experience.

“Chefs on Parade is a prestigious event,” affirms Christopher Park, General Manager of the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Vice-Chair of the COP Competitions and Judging Committee. “It is recognized as the first national culinary competition in the Philippines and the only culinary event organized by the official association of the industry, the HRAP.”
Mother of all culinary events
The COP began in 1974 as a simple food display. Held for only a day at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Bacolod, it attracted a modest audience. But thanks to the efforts of organizers, most especially the chairpersons, COP grew in scope and support. “It is considered to be the mother of all culinary events in the country,” says HRAP Board Director JM Tanalgo who is also the head of the COP 2011 Ways and Means Committee.

Tanalgo further states that the COP is an HRAP creation. “The term ‘Chefs on Parade’ was made popular by HRAP and the association even owns the trademark and registration of COP.”

As the event became more popular, it attracted more participants and bigger crowds. From hotels, the COP was housed in big venues like the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), World Trade Center and the Intramuros Clamshell Pavilion.

The competition was held yearly from 1979 to 1998. It was then held every two years from 2000 to 2004. It stopped after 2004 due to financial constraints and the country’s challenging economic situation.
Back by popular demand
That is, until the intercession of the current HRAP who noted that new developments called for the COP’s return.

Richard Masselin, COP 2011 Over-all Chairman, explains: “Food has taken center stage in the lifestyle of a large and growing consumer base. Restaurants and food concepts are flourishing like never before and finally, on the human resources front, the country has thousands of young individuals undertaking college degrees, courses in culinary and or Hotel and Restaurant Management. … With established and new talents eager to showcase, compete and certainly celebrate, the COP will be a great platform for all of us to share our passion amongst professionals and also with our Public.”

He sums up the decision to mount the COP again as a “moral consideration.” Masselin says, “It was a response to requests from the community and the supporters of the HRAP as the industry and partners were urging us to revive the COP.”

The greatest cooking show
However, the current group of organizers realized that if they were going to do so, the event cannot simply be a revival; the COP would have to be on a grander scale and at par with global standards. Masselin says, “We set one condition… make it the greatest culinary event in the country!”

To this end, the HRAP prioritized raising the necessary funds. “The financial aspect of the operation was rationalized early… We have decided to form several partnerships to meet our financial requirements. As of to-date, we are well on our target,” says Masselin. “COP requires a massive amount of work and organization as well as for the logistic. We have a dedicated team on board with a lot of things to do until February 2011 but we are moving forward.”

Asian-wide
Based on the venue and the line-up of activities, alone, Chefs on Parade 2011 is set to be the biggest in its history. Halls 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center will be utilized for three full days. “So that is about 9,000 ++ square meters of culinary experience,” says Tanalgo.

More than food
Aside from the culinary contests, there will also be several free cooking demonstrations form known chefs, a book launch and several free workshops from industry experts. Two of the biggest highlights will be the presentation of the Larry J. Cruz Culinary Award to an individual who has made a great contribution to the food industry, and an ASEAN & Filipino Culinary Journey featuring historical cuisine and savory dishes from the Southeast Asian countries.
All these will be open to the public. The HRAP assures that the entrance fee and the tickets will be at popular prices.

JURA coffeemachines: Aroma boost, Eco-Intelligence..it’s all about perfection

JURA Elektroapparate AG of Switzerland extracts the aroma better than their cheaper, commercial counterparts. This in turn, naturally translates to some of the best-tasting cups of coffee you’ll ever get the pleasure of sipping.

Originally a home appliance company founded way back in 1931 in Niederbuchsiten, Switzerland, it wasn’t until 1994 when JURA started to specialize in fully automatic espresso machines with the very first of its innovative and now very popular IMPRESSA line. Since then, JURA has sold more than 2 million espresso machines, each one meeting JURA’s three main criteria of outstanding design, simple operation and the best coffee result. By outstanding design, JURA means compact espresso machines for the home characterized by clean lines and beautifully finished surfaces that have consistently won international design prizes. One look at JURA’s IMPRESSA J7 and IMPRESSA J9 One Touch machines and they look like high-end audio appliances that would look great not just in the kitchen but in any other room in the house, for that matter.

Ditto with the IMPRESSA C9, the Top of the Line IMPRESSA Z7 and the slim and sexy ENA7 and ENA9 machines that all embody elegance, sophistication and function in compact enclosures that are conversation pieces in themselves. As simple operation goes, nothing can be more intuitive than JURA’s interactive plain text dialog screen that makes it easy for anyone to serve a cappucino or latte machiato at the touch of a single button. Coffee strength, temperature, water and milk quantities are all adjustable not only in the IMPRESSA J9 One Touch but also in other equally state-of-the-art models like the IMPRESSA J7, the IMPRESSA C9, the IMPRESSA Z7, the ENA7 and the ENA9 models.

Monday, October 18, 2010

David Phoenix vs Skittles Fans



Drown a man in Skittles! Watch him, right now, right here: www.dazzletherainbow.co.uk. Your visits will add more Skittles!

Italian Festival at White Hat this October



Celebrate the Italian Way at White Hat this whole month of October. Try the Italian Hat - a blend of Fresh Kiwi, Strawberries in Syrup, White Chocolate Chips and Biscotti.

Regular Cup Php. 125 and P155 for the Large Cup Php.155. Free biscotto when you avail of the combo.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Save the date for Yoshinoya's Jumbo Plates Buy 2 Take 1

Yoshinoya's newest promo "Buy 2 Take 1" on their Jumbo Plates will run from Oct. 25 - 31, 2010. Save the date for a Jumbo Plate!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mang Inasal now delivers within selected areas



Mang Inasal endeavors to adhere to elements that bear a distinctively Pinoy stamp-grilling with charcoal, rice wrapped in banana leaves, a marinade concocted out of local spices and herbs, bamboo sticks for skewers, and the ambience that encourages kinamot (the Ilonggo term in eating with the hands) whenever chicken inasal is served. All these evoke a rush of nostalgia for tradition, culture, and most of all, Home.

Now they deliver within Metro Manila, Antipolo and Cainta! Just call 733-11-11

Friday, October 15, 2010

Josiah's Catering's Black and White Thanksgiving Party

"Great food. Elegant setting.Excellent service. A night of exquisite dining experience.."

Indeed that was what we experienced at Josiah's Catering's Black and White Thanksgiving. The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion was transformed into an elegant venue with a fresh ambience plus of course great food..a really wonderful dining experience!



*For more information: 9342163 / 9417032 / 9425738 / 9345134 / 9349253 loc. 101 to 112 or email us at info@josiahcatering.com



Wendy’s Greenbelt reopens with a new look

Jason John W.S. Lim, newly appointed president of Wenphil Corp. (the Philippine franchisee of Wendy’s International), said Wendy’s International has seen the wisdom of creating a more "modern and clean feel" to their stores as a way of attracting a more diverse clientele, specifically from among the younger market aged 16 and up. The company decided to renovate its stores starting this year and to date, he said the company has spent P200 million to renovate 18 of its current 30 stores. Mr. Lim said Wendy’s has allotted another P150 million for the face-lift of the remaining 12 stores next year.

Wendy’s Greenbelt was the fourth Wendy’s branch in the country. It opened in October 1986. It was first renovated in April 1991, and then in June 2004. The store was renovated earlier this year, and was closed for 45 days until its soft reopening last month.

As Wendy’s improves on the look of all its stores, Mr. Lim said the company is also gearing up to aggressively expand next year. He said Wendy’s plans to open at least 15 new stores, mostly in the provinces like Cebu and Davao. "We feel it’s the best time for Wendy’s to change and keep up with the competition," Mr. Lim said.

Go crazy over garlic at Krazy Garlik

Yes, another restaurant from The Bistro Group that serves anything with and almost everything with garlic.. Krazy Garlik!

Recommended favorites are their Garlicky pizza, Krazy drinks and the Crema Catalana (creme brulee with caramelized garlic of course!) Plus for the daredevil in you, try the Hara Kiri Rice!

Located at the 2nd Floor, Greenbelt 5 (near the border of Greenbelt 1) Makati, they are open from 11 am to 11 pm.

*For more information: 501-3752 or log on to www.krazygarlik.com



McDonald’s Twister Fries is back!



It’s time to get twisted once again as McDonald’s Twister Fries makes its mouth-watering, eagerly-awaited return.

Made from only the best, freshest, high-quality potatoes, with each strand twirled and curled to perfection, McDonald’s Twister Fries has a unique and scrumptious taste you won’t find anywhere else. One bite of its tempting, crispy goodness will make you surely ask for more.

Show how much you love McDonald’s Twister Fries by liking the McDonald’s Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/McDo.ph and watch out for exciting Twister treats and updates. The fun starts as McDonald’s Twister Fries takes over Yahoo! Philippines and Munch Punch - Visit www.ph.yahoo.com from October 15 to 17 and www.munchpunch.com from October 15 to 28 and prepare to be mesmerized by the crazy twisting frenzy.

You’ve waited long enough for this. Visit any McDonald’s store and treat yourself, your family and friends to a twisting good time with the one and only McDonald’s Twister Fries.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WENDY's New Baconator Mexican Melt



WENDY's New Baconator Mexican Melt

Recently, Wendy’s introduced its biggest burger to date -- the Baconator Mexican Melt. It boasts of two 100% beef patties weighing a quarter of a pound each, combined with six strips of smoked bacon, and one generous slice of American cheese before it gets topped with cheese sauce, and sliced Jalapeño peppers. It is served on warm kaiser buns.

For the more health conscious, Wendy’s will soon offer shrimp fritters to complement the restaurant’s very popular shrimp sandwich, and its wide variety of salads.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA—US consumers’ top choice¬—is coming to the Philippines!



Papas John’s International, Inc. and Berjaya Pizza Philippines have sealed a deal to bring to the Philippine market the better pizza from Papa John’s in 2010. Filipinos, who are great pizza lovers, will surely appreciate and enjoy Papa John’s pizzas that are renowned for using high-protein flour, cheese made from 100% mozzarella, real meat toppings and other high-quality ingredients.

Papa John's has consistently been rated No. 1 in customer satisfaction among all national pizza chains in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Restaurants & Institutions Magazine (R&I) honored Papa John's with the 2009 Gold Award for Consumers’ Choice in Chains in the pizza segment. Papa John’s is the Official Pizza Sponsor of the National Football League and Super Bowl XLV, XLVI and XLVII.

Papa John’s will open outlets in major malls in Metro Manila and near Residential and Commercial Business Districts to cater to the delivery service segment. Filipinos who have stayed in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, China and other Asian countries all attest to the great experience they have at Papa John’s.

For more information about the company or to order pizza online, visit Papa John’s at www.papajohns.com.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sabroso Lechon


"Now you know why.." was what fellow food blogger Leira's said when we finally trooped to Sabroso Lechon located at E. Rodriguez Ave., Corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

We reside in Quezon City and frequent passing E. Rodriguez and have noticed Sabroso but we thought they just sell lechon by order, whole, by the kilo, etc. Lo and behold they also serve it dine in with rice and soup!

Truly they live up to their tagline, "Incredibly flavorful lechon"..will definitely retum!


Jollibee's JollyHotdog with Sarah Geronimo

What reminds you of your teenage years? That was the theme of Jollibee's JollyHotdog launch with new celebrity endorser Sarah Geronimo.

For more than twenty years Jollibee has been the choice for almost every foodie's momentous feat. Be it a birthday party, Sunday after church brunch with the family, nourishment for exams, etc.

Jollibee, love ng foodies ito!

Asya Filipino-Asian Resto at Eton Centris


Filipino-Asian dishes with a fresh twist

Drink, desserts, modern and interesting interiors, Chef went out and greeted us, Eton Centris' unique structures

Asya Filipino-Asian Restaurant, another exciting concept from the Prasaad Group *the group behind Zuni Restaurant and Duo Steakhouse) is one of the first food establishments in Eton Centris (EDSA corner Quezon Avenue) which is sure to be a hit with fellow foodies.

Asya offers authentic Filipino and Asian dishes with fresh and delightful twists. From well-known g\favorites like Humba, Baked Oysters, to drinks, desserts and the fabulous modern and interesting interiors amidst unique structures was truly a great dining experience!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Greenwhich launches 2 new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas—the Hungarian Sausage & Bacon Overload and Shrimp & Garlic Overload plus Greenwhich Pizza Cookie


Greenwich celebrated International Friendship Day (celebrated every first day of August) by introducing the Greenwich Bigatin Friends and launching 2 new Overloaded Bigatin Pizzas—the Hungarian Sausage & Bacon Overload and Shrimp & Garlic Overload.

The Hungarian Sausage has twice the usual amount of Hungarian sausage and crispy bacon strips topped with 100% mozzarella cheese. The Shrimp & Garlic Overload, on the other hand (my favorite!), boasts of generous servings 1/3 pound of juicy grilled shrimp, complemented with roasted garlic, onions and fresh green bell peppers—all packed atop a thick bed of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses.

Aside from the two new pizza flavors, a new dessert was also introduced—the Greenwich Pizza Cookie. A flavorful dessert of Butterfinger chocolate-stuffed cookie topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with rich chocolate syrup, and sprinkled with crushed Butterfinger chocolate.

*For more information, log on to www.greenwich.com.ph

Jollibee recently launched the Transformers Animated Jollibee Kids Party

Jollibee recently launched the Transformers Animated Jollibee Kids Party, thrilling young and young-at-heart fans of the popular alien robots.

The larger-than-life presence of Autobot heroes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Brawn and Prowl excited everyone at the media launch held in Jollibee Ortigas Roosevelt last August 7. Guests experienced what birthday celebrants can look forward to when the popular Transformers characters and the country’s leading fast food chain team up on their special day.

A sumptuous Jollibee merienda, treating attendees to the staple langhap-sarap party fare – Chickenjoy, Chicken Barbecue, Jollibee Spaghetti and desserts like Chocolate Sundae and Jolly Krunchy Twirl. And since no birthday party would be complete without a cake, guests also sampled the Transformers Animated birthday cake specially designed by Red Ribbon.

You can choose from exciting party themes like Jollitown, MyScene and Transformers Animated. Visit your nearest Jollibee store or www.jollibeekidsparty.com or call 898-7777 for details.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine: Part 2 (Kulfi,Masala Chai,Buttered Naan and Gulab Jamun)



*left to right: Pistachio Kulfi; Masala Chai; Buttered Naan; Gulab Jamun

Now here are great endings to cap an authentic Indian feast! These featured desserts certainly deserve a separate post. Each is uniquely Indian and not your ordinary dessert fare. Namaste!

Pistachio Kulfi P125 - a flavored frozen dessert made from milk which originated in India similar to ice cream in taste, texture and preparation; takes longer to melt than ice cream; a fitting dessert to after a spicy meal with its creamy consistency and nutty pistachio bits - heaven!

Masala Chai P80 -"spiced tea"; beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs; a perfect alternative to coffee

Buttered Naan P70 - a generic term for various flat-breads from different parts of the world, the name stems from (New) Persian; a typical naan recipe involves mixing white flour with salt, a yeast culture, and enough yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough; not exactly a dessert fare but its great to munch on even after a meal because of its buttery flavor

Gulab Jamun P80 - Milkballs in Sweet Syrup also known as "waffle balls," is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh from Persian; from gulab, "rosewater" referring to the rosewater-scented syrup, and"Syzygium jambolanum" , a South Asian fruit with a similar size and shape; for the sweet tooth this wonderful dessert is served comes in four packed "waffle balls" best coupled with Masala Chai

Namaste!

Namaste India
Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Unit 1A Kensington Place, 1st Ave. corner 29th St.
Burgos Circle, Crescent Part West,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
(02) 403-6088

Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine Part 1 (Lassi, Kebab, Pullow and Masala)

Their interior is very sleek and modern but with touches of Indian culture particularly with their interesting wall decors. I fancy the subtle details of their napkin holders, sugar and cream container and water glass tray (3rd and 4th photos above) all silver and with intricate designs. A table for four or eight are available ergonomically spaced and very comfortable. The ambience is laid back, enjoying good food while watching the latest Indian music videos on their telly. They are available for private functions it and can fit approximately 30-50 people easily. Oh and as stated above they are Halal-certified and vegetarian friendly.



*left to right: Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi; Chicken Seekh Kebab;Fish Tikka;Golden Cauliflower;Prawn Pullow;Chicken Reshmi Kebab;Machi Masala;Kashmiri Pullow

Namaste is a common spoken greeting or salutation which simply means "I bow to you", accompanied by a slight bow made with hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest. A few weeks ago the privilege to feast on authentic Indian and Halal certified food here in the Metro is now noted as a remarkable gustatory experience!

Strawberry (Sweet) Lassi P80 - is a popular and traditional Punjabi yogurt-based drink of India and Pakistan; this is sweet lassi, blended with sugar or fruits (strawberry) instead of spices; served refreshingly cold; also great to cleanse one's palate after a spicy dish

Chicken Seekh Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with traditional herbs and seasonings; served sans skewers

Fish Tikka P200 - fish coated in Tikka paste and then grilled/barbecued

Golden Cauliflower P160 - yellow cauliflower deep fried until it turns to a golden crisp; surprisingly not oily due to Namaste's technique and a best bet for vegetarians; yellow cauliflower tastes almost the same as white cauliflower but definitely looks more enticing

Prawn Pullow P245 - rice cooked with prawns, spices and onions; a light fragrant dish perfect to accompany kebab dishes

Chicken Reshmi Kebab P140 - chicken mixed with Reshmi Masala; served sans skewers

Machchi Masala P225 - medium sized grouper fish fillets mixed with salt and Turmeric powder fried until golden brown then coconut milk, ground Masala and Tamarind juice; perfect with rice

Kashmiri Pullow P180 - rice cooked with nuts, aromatic spices and fruits; perfect accompaniment to any main dish

Glossary of Terms:

*Sweet lassi - a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater and/or lemon, strawberry or other fruit juices

*Kebab - the traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and taboos, it may now be beef, goat, chicken, pork; fish and seafood; or even vegetarian foods like tofu; served on the skewer or döner kebab served wrapped in bread with a salad and a dressing

*Tikka - a piece of meat, such as a cutlet, and the popular dish chicken tikka is made of chicken cutlets in a marinade; made from a mixture of aromatic spices and dahi (the Indian word for plain yoghurt)

*Pullow - (Basmati- a variety of long grain rice grown in India and Pakistan, notable for its fragrance and delicate, nuanced flavor); rice cooked with spices and onions

*Reshmi - a traditional Muglai dish prepared in India. It gets its name from the succulence of the meat after prolonged marinating and light braising

*Machi Masala - fish curry cooked in various spices

*Masala - can either be a combination of dried (and usually dry roasted) spices, or a paste (such as vindaloo masala) made from a mixture of spices and other ingredients—often garlic, ginger, and onions. It is used extensively in Indian cooking to add spice and flavor

Namaste indeed! I can't wait to go back with my family and savor their authentic Indian fare again!

*Namaste Authentic Indian Cuisine
Open Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m
Unit 1A Kensington Place, 1st Ave. corner 29th St.
Burgos Circle, Crescent Part West,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

(02) 403-6088

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Dads, Saisaki and Kamayan: Eat All You Can One Day Only (Aug. 26)




Eat tempura to your heart's content for only P330 served with soup, rice and iced tea. Its VAT inclusive and no service charge. One day only on Aug. 26, 2010!

My Taste of Heaven

Heaven launched a promo entitled "My Taste of Heaven". For promo details and mechanics just click here: "My Taste of Heaven"

Make Your Cheeseburger Count at McDonald's


McDonald's Philippines "Make Your Cheeseburger Count"hand in hand with Bright Minds Read (BMR) and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Monday, August 9, 2010

Real Leaf Tea: It’s what green tea should be!

real leaf

If you wanting to cleanse and detoxify nothing beats a cup of green tea. But with a busy lifestyle one can’t help but grab for just a bottle of iced green tea rather than brew it. The market abounds with almost all of the tea combination out there especially the green tea drink variants or iced green tea labeled with real leaf. Studies have shown that green tea benefits aside from vitamins, its also full of anti-oxidants and theanine (an amino acid only found in tea plants).

Real Leaf has three delightful flavors: Honey Apple, Honey Lemon and Honey Lychee, all equally and deliciously reviving - its real tea, real honey better than C2 if or any other brand in the market today.

Their brewing process follows only world-class standards based on years of experience and expertise of The Coca-Cola System. Not to mention that green tea leaves used are sourced all the way from the Zhejiang region of China, the country that produces more than 70% of the total green tea output in the world.

Add honey, that has low calorie level, is an excellent substitute for sugar in drinks and food. It contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids and can even help prevent your seasonal allergies and is a good source of antioxidants.

So grab a bottle of Real Leaf Green Tea..it’s what green tea should be!

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Jimm's 7 in 1 Coffee Mix is now out in the market!




The difference is that Jimm’s 7in1 coffee mix has Ginseng, Mushroom, Spirulina, & Reishi:

SPIRULINA (Arthospira platensis) is the most extensively researched food microalgae. Many people use Spirulina in their own self-care strategy for more energy, nutritional insurance, weight control and cleansing. Perfect in between or before meals for good nutrition without the heaviness of bulky food. There are no known side effects and few developed allergic reactions.

REISHI (Ganoderma lucidium) is considered one of the most important herbs in Asian healing. It is believed to heal physical ailments, also it said to bring about a peaceful state of mine and to increase spiritual potency energy.

MUSHROOM (Agaricus blazei) contains a large amount of polysaccharide, which is believed to enhance immunity. It does not only bolster immunity but reduces excessive immuno reactions to maintain a balance. Of all fungi, ABM mushroom is particularly strong results in treating and preventing cancer.

GINSENG (Panax) is known as the root of life or root of longevity. It is also known as “the elixir of life” or “king of oriental herbs medicine”. It is used as an herbal supplement, natural tonic and health food. Today, ginseng is widely demanded all over the world because its efficacy is being proven and rediscovered by modern scientific research. Unlike synthetic food and drugs which can produce harmful side effects, ginseng relives the stress and strain of life without any side effects and overdoses. As an herbal extraordinary efficacy, ginseng has successfully maintained its supreme position over other herbal products.

Jimm’s 7in1 coffee mix drink is available in all groceries, drugstore, supermarkets and Mercury drug outlets nationwide.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Angel's Pizza

After an event we got an invite for Angel's Pizza! We trooped down to their Makati branch excited to try everything..and boy, they did let us taste everything!

Top favorites are their Shrimp Pesto Pizza (thin crust) and their Double Cheesy Melt (P599.00)

Angels-Pizza-seafood

Shrimp Pesto Pizza (thin crust)

Angels-Pizza-stuffed

Double Cheesy Melt, like a stuffed pizza oozing with goodness! (P599.00/Family Prize)

Angel's Pizzas have three sizes: Medium Php249.00 - Php315.00; Family Php339.00 - Php435.00 and Big Family Php399.00 - Php555.00. They also have Pasta and Desserts which are all equally delicious! But don't fret if you have those midnight cravings because they have eight branches here in the Metro Manila and one in Dagupan City and they are open 'til the wee hours.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kopiroti (Malay meaning coffee shop)

Milo Dinosaur, Kopi and Kopi Bun

Kopi Roti Philippines began its operation middle of August 2005. We tried these at their The Columns, Ayala Avenue, Makati after watching Defending the Caveman at RCBC.

Kopiroti's Milo Dinosaur - their version of a well-loved chocolate drink topped with granules of Milo
Kopi / Iced Kopi – traditionally brewed Singaporean coffee served with sweet milk.
Kopi Bun – the house specialty; soft bread with coffee flavored crust and buttery filling inside.

They also serve:
Iced Kopi – traditionally brewed Singaporean coffee served with sweet milk.
Milk Tea / Iced Milk Tea – Ceylon tea leaves brewed the Singaporean way served with sweet milk for that distinct Singaporean taste.
Tea Tarik / Iced Tea Tarik – Milk tea with a twist, a tea of Indian origin prepared by quickly transferring tea from one mug to another (pulling) to create froth and aroma.
Home Made Iced Tea – Ceylon tea leaves brewed the Singaporean way mixed with lemon.
Barley / Iced Barley – a caffeine-free, Pandan flavored refreshing drink for the health buffs. Also good for digestion.
Kaya Toast – thinly sliced toasted bread served with Kaya spread and butter.
French Toast – like your ordinary French Toast but instead of syrup, Kaya is served.
Chocolate and Milk Toast – a thick slice of toast with margarine, chocolate syrup and sweet milk.
Soft-boiled Egg – perfectly soft-boiled egg in special soy sauce and white pepper.

*For more information just click on: http://www.kopiroti.com.ph
*Visit their branches at:
Tomas Morato, Katipunan Avenue Antonio Mansion, Banawe Quezon City, 3rd Level Greenbelt 3 Makati, The Columns Ayala Avenue Makati, Adriatico Malate, South Parking, SM Mall of Asia, NAIA Terminal 1, NAIA Terminal 3, Pergola BF Homes Paranaque, Pallocan West Batangas, The Gallery Mabolo Cebu, Mandurriao Iloilo, Jacinto Extension Davao, Magsaysay Avenue Naga

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Melo's Steakhouse


For the best and the trendsetter for authentic Angus beef in the country, treat your tummy at Melo's Steakhouse

*Melo's , Quezon City
58 Sgt. Esguerra St., Quezon City

The First Philippine Chocolate and Ice Cream Melee

Chocoholics, ice cream enthusiasts and entrepreneurs unite for the sweetest event this year!



In conjunction with the Hotel-Hostel and Restaurant Expo Philippines in partnership with the Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, The 1st Philippine Chocolate and Ice Cream Show is slated to open on July 14 and it will last until July 16, 2010 at The World Trade Center.

The country's best and world class chocolate and ice cream of every imaginable concoction, shape, sizes will be presented plus chocolate spa treatments to be done by professionals and experts in the beauty industry

*For more information: http://www.facebook.com/pages/1ST-PHILIPPINE-CHOCOLATE-AND-ICE-CREAM-SHOW-HOTEL-AND-HOSTEL-RESTO-EXPO/111937318837579?v=wall *For pre-registration: http://philchocoshow.weebly.com/index.html

Agave Mexican Cantina

*photos Left to Right: Appetizer Sampler, Nacho Grande and Agave Fired Ice Cream (All images in this post are proprietary to www.sirearevalo.com. Should you wish to use them in your own website, do ask permission and link back to www.sirearevalo.com)

Strolling down Bonifacio High Street after an event and realizing sudden hunger pangs, the gang all trooped down to Agave Mexican Cantina.

These are our favorites from that wonderful happy place just around the corner..enjoy!

Appetizer Sampler - If you want to taste a bit of almost everything, you should try this on for size; A mixed platter consisting of Yucatan Chicken Skewers, Beef Taquitos, Fresh Mushroom Empanaditas and Crab and Shrimp Chile Rellenos served with Hacienda Ranch dip, chips and salsa (P410)

Nacho Grande - Hanging out with family and friends for an abre gana or merienda for that late-afternoon snack eaten between la comida and la cena, then this is great to share! Everyone's Mexican favorite consisting of a layers of corn chips topped with delicious salsa with your choice of taco-beef or grilled jalapeno chicken (P365)

Agave Fried Ice Cream - Ay Caramba! This is their signature dessert and indeed a must try! Fried Vanilla ice cream served in a Crispy Cinnamon Bowl topped with Chocolate Sauce and Whipped Cream (P185)

*Branch Locations:Bonifacio High Street (Taguig), Eastwood City (Libis), Shangri-La Plaza Mall (Mandaluyong), SM North EDSA Sky Garden (Quezon City)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

SM Hypermarket Adriatico


Long-time Manila residents remember M. Adriatico Street in Malate not just for its array of restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars, and discos, but also as the address of some of the city’s famous destinations such as the Manila Zoo, the Rizal Memorial (now Ninoy Aquino) Sports Complex, and Harrison Plaza.

Recently, another landmark destination with a unique “first” opened along Adriatico to lure residents, shoppers, tourists, and Malate habitués to the famous street.

SM Hypermarket Adriatico, located beside Harrison Plaza, promises to bring a new face to Adriatico as it boasts of a “first” in SM Hypermarket history – a never-before-seen modern and vibrant façade designed by award-winning US-based architectural firm DSGN.

Dining convenience
Students, office workers, and residents of nearby communities will find SM Hypermarket Adriatico a convenient stop for quick lunch, merienda, or even dinner. Food tenants such as Mang Inasal, Savory, Zagu, Odd Balls, Henlin, Leylam Shawarma, Noodlelicious, Joses's Goto, Fiesta Pizza, and Paotsin offer budget-friendly meals and provide spacious dining facilities.

Those who are rushing to school, office, or gym can drop by SM Hypermarket Adriatico for a quick bite of ready-to-eat items from the Rotisserie, bakeshop, fruit and salad bars.
Shopping and other “mall” services
A supermarket and a department store under one roof, SM Hypermarket Adriatico also caters to the shopping needs of condominium dwellers and community residents – be it food, cooking, kitchen, appliance, personal care, home, or hardware needs.
The newly opened store even has a Big Packs area where nearby food stalls, restaurants and hotels can get their kitchen and food supplies.

Shoppers can also get their school and office supply needs at the Hypermarket or at CDR King. While those who want to escape the afternoon heat or rush hour traffic can while away time at the Quantum Arcade or relax at David's Salon and Let's Face It.
SM Hypermarket Adriatico is also the best place to run to for much-needed household errands. It is a one-stop-shop for your banking needs (BDO), bills payment, remittance (Western Union), pharmacy (Watson’s), and money exchange services.

Come to SM Hypermarket and see the new face of Adriatico.

Tipco Juice Drink and Mornflakes


Beetroot and Aloe Vera plus Mornflake (Raisin, Banana and Pineapple)


The Transaxion Unlimited Corp. (TXN) team has just launched a healthy and nutritious fruit and veggie packed beverage: Tipco 100% 32 Veggie & Mixed Fruits Juice and 100% Gojiberry Juice. Tipco 100% Juices, an imported and well-known juice brand from Thailand has easily been one of the Filipinos’ most-loved meal staple since it was first introduced in the market a few years back. Made of 100% pure natural vegetable and fruit juices, Tipco has changed the way Filipinos see healthy with its wide variety of juice blends now numbering 22 and counting.

Dra. Jocelyn Margelino, a registered nutritionist and dietitian said "The truth is, being fit & healthy is very simple. Just follow a simple regimen of rights: sleeping right, feeling right, exercising right, and eating right. A glass of natural fruit and veggie juice gives you significant daily doses of fiber, vitamins and minerals. It’s something you rarely or never get from carbonated drinks, and artificially-flavored beverages."

A healthy lunch of salad and sandwiches were served along with mouthwatering snacks such as Mornflake Oat Apple Crisps and Bissin Black Currant Wafers.

Unique variants like Spinach & Mixed Fruit with Wheatgrass Juice, Broccoli & Mixed Fruit Juice, Aloe Vera & White Grape Juice, and Beetroot & Mixed Fruit Juice among others don’t taste like vegetables at all! You gotta try it. What’s more, each Tipco 100% juice has a sealed-in goodness due to a special packing system allowing us to have juices with all the nutritious benefits, but without harmful preservatives,” Wong added.

*For more information about Tipco 100% Veggie and Fruit Juice variants, visit www.tipco.net; call 353-2878 or e-mail: jaclo_txn@yahoo.com.

*Tipco is found in leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide in both 1L and 200ml sizes.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Panciteria Lido Cocina Tsina: Home of Pugon-Roasted Asado (1936)





*(From L-R: Chami; Steamed Fish Fillet; Asado; Fried Shrimp Balls; Drunken Lechon Macau; Poached Tofu; Fried Rice; Hot Belgian Chocolate)

What comes to mind when we hear Panciteria? Pancit or Pansit (Chinese pian i sit; "something conveniently cooked fast"; noodles) is a Filipino staple next to rice. Almost every nook and cranny in the Metro has a Panciteria with their own version of this Chinese food tradition. Be it guisado, asado, wanton, etc., served "for long life" at birthdays and almost every occasion. But at Panciteria Lido they offer so much more.


I live in Quezon City and frequently passing E. Rodriguez, I came to notice Panciteria Lido. Anticipated its opening but put off foodie visit until last week and the trip was truly worth it!

Conceived in 1936 by Chinese Chef Lido in Binondo, it started as an eatery serving different noodle dishes Filipinos have grown to love like wanton, guisado, asado all seasoned to fit the Filipino palate.




Chami-special (petit P112.00; mucho P185.oo0)

Noodles made of flour, water and eggs kneaded into long strips sprung in Northern China around AD 100. At Panciteria Lido, their Chami or Chami-special is still the reigning Pancit version specially seasoned to fit the Filipino palate.



Steamed Fish Fillet Soy sauce (P255)

Dory fillet steamed drenched with special soy sauce is delightfully light and melt in your mouth. Non-fish lovers may be converted!



Pugon-Roasted Asado (P267.00 per 1/4 Kilo)

Chef Lido went through lengths of experimentation to perfect this dish 70 years ago! Made of marinated overnight pork loin meticulously roasted in a "Pugon" (brick oven) making it tender but juicy and thereby bringing out a melody of flavors and its signature sweet sauce. A definite must try!



Fried Shrimp Balls (P275.00)

I'm a big fan of shrimp and have tried almost every fried shrimp ball there is in Manila from restaurants to food stalls. Chef Lido's Fried Shrimp Balls are not only bigger in size but every bite is indeed a shrimp-full delight.



Drunken Lechon Macau (P257.00 per 1/4 Kilo)

Another must-try and best seller is their Drunken Lechon Macau. It may look like the Filipino Lechon Kawali but the difference is in the taste. Panciteria Lido has mastered the balance between crunchy and meaty plus its not oily.


Poached Tofu (P105.00)

For vegetarians or a light side dish to accompany any of Panciteria Lido's dishes you might want to try their Poached Tofu. They also have Braised Tofu in Hotpot (P180.00)


Fried Rice (Yangchow P65.00 per cup/ Mucho P185.00; Lido Fried Rice P65.00 per cup/ Mucho P180.00)

Rice is a Filipino staple and at Pancit Lido's you may choose from Yangchow Fried Rice or Lido's Fried Rice be it solo for a cup or mucho good for (2-3 persons)


Hot Belgian Chocolate

To cap your fully satisfying meal the unconventional dessert way, try their Belgian Hot Chocolate. Which is for me the best Hot Chocolate I've tasted in the Metro! Belgian chocolate in its finest form and every sip engulfs you with an overwhelming rich taste. Best savored slowly as an alternative to their signature beverages Iced coffee and their must-try Syphon-filtered Coffee.

Syphon-filtered Coffee

Introduced and has been a favorite since 1994, this delectable coffee is made with Panciteria Lido's special bean blend brewed using a 100-year old method, "syphon" or "siphon" wherein a tube running from the liquid in a vessel to a lower level outside the vessel causes an atmospheric pressure which forces the liquid through the tube.

Three Cups Chicken

Developed over a decade ago, Three Cups Chicken or "San-bei-ji" is also a top dish originating from China's Song Dynasty in Jiangxi. Also a specialty of Ningdu, it is served in the traditional earthernware sizzling hot.

Panciteria Lido prides itself not only with original "Wok"- style cooking, no added MSG and authentic Chinese dishes but also of their well-researched and developed ground breaking dishes combining only the freshest ingredients, methods and a balanced Chinese-Filipino distinct taste.

At present they have branches in:

West Avenue Westlife Building, West Avenue corner Bulacan Street, Quezon City
Telephone: 02.374.7494 / 02.448.5165

SM Fairview Upper Ground Floor, Annex 1, SM Fairview, Quezon City

Telephone: 02.355.5436

New Manila Ground Floor, The Capitol towers, E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., New Manila, Quezon City (Across Trinity College)

Telephone: 02.414.5436

I must say with what I have experienced, Panciteria Lido is definitely a sound investment and the ROI (Return of Investment) rate as of present competes with most food establishments in Metro Manila. And as observed, majority of their daily sales come from bulk orders and delivery orders (414-5436). So for franchise inquiries please do click here Panciteria Lido Franchise

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