Friday, May 24, 2019

Macaron or Macaroon? It's A French Thing...

That delicately smooth and crisp outer layer on top as fragile as an eggshell matched with lightly ruffled clean and small "feet" on the bottom, the sumptuous filling in the center between two perfectly paired discs capped by its melt-in-your mouth finish with each indulgent bite...start counting your smiles and forget the calories. But say it wrong and you get your grandmother's homemade coconut treat instead...


You've probably seen all the brightest, most vibrant colors and hues of this most decadent nibble, but there's still so much more to discover. The range of colors is probably thicker than most Pantone color guides, and the flavor combinations have gone beyond traditional with inventive creations infused with matcha, foie gras, rosewater and even fermented sour mangoes and bacon. Still, the macaron continues to tempt and entice. And as the local culinary landscape evolves, you can expect even more creative interpretations of this very French delight.       

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A Piece of Cake: Chefs Aileen Anastacio and Miko Aspiras Unveil Their Collaborative Book on Cakes, Desserts and Everything Sweet at CCA Manila

From the classic New York Cheesecake to the modern New York Cheesecake Entrement, the nostalgic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake to the avant-garde Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Verrine, the colorful Rainbow Cake to the indulgent Rainbow Cake Gelato Bar, and the decadent Sans Rival to the inventive Sans Rival Petit Gateaux, fifty lavish cakes executed two ways in the distinctive culinary styles of the country's finest pastry chefs elegantly laid out in a book...


...it's A Piece of Cake by Chefs Aileen Anastacio and Miko Aspiras. Two of the country's premier pastry chefs collaborate for a beautiful yet comprehensive, simple and easy guide to both classic and modern desserts for home bakers and professional chefs with their masterfully written and photographed book. You too can recreate these timeless desserts with each masterpiece lovingly detailed in the book. Baking at home can be "A Piece of Cake..." 

Monday, May 20, 2019

Breadtime Sandwiches at Brotzeit with Helmut, Dirk, Angela, Hasselhoff, Beethoven, Von Trapp and Reuben

Seven new sandwiches, seven new reasons to visit Brotzeit...


Brotzeit, one of the metro's finest authentic German beer bars, takes breadtime to a whole new level with a sumptuous variety of savory offerings. Breadtime Sandwiches by Brotzeit features a curated line-up of specialty sandwiches created by Brotzeit Culinary Director Ivan Maminta best paired with your favorite Paulaner. Or Gin & Tonic. Read on and meet the Bavarian band of Angela, Helmut, Dirk, Hasselhoff, Beethoven, Von Trapp and Reuben at Brotzeit... 

Friday, May 17, 2019

That Hong Kong Curry in Casserole at Honolulu HK Cafe...

Savory goodness served piping hot, the Beef Brisket Hong Kong Curry in Casserole at Honolulu HK Cafe will have you going for another round...


It's just one of many comforting dishes served at Honolulu HK Cafe, one of Hong Kong's oldest and iconic tea houses established back in 1940. Known for their signature coffee, Bo Lo Buns and Egg Tarts, Honolulu HK Cafe also offers a wide selection of savory main dishes, including the Hong Kong Curry in Casserole...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Fried, Grilled or Smoked? Meet The New Butterfly Spring Chicken Summer Specials From RACKS

A chicken dinner prepared just the way you like it. Fried, grilled or smoked? Have it all at RACKS...


Hickory Smoked Spring Chicken, Grilled Lemon-Garlic Spring Chicken and Fried Chimichurri Spring Chicken, each one prepared with that distinct real American country kitchen style of RACKS. Why not have all of them? You can enjoy the signature Butterfly Spring Chicken prepared three different ways at RACKS from now until June 30, 2019 to spice up your summer. Read on for a closer look at the tasty summer offerings from RACKS...

Monday, May 13, 2019

19 with 25: Enjoy 19 Authentic Dim Sum Dishes and More with 25% Discount at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Lung Hin

Exquisite dim sum masterfully prepared in one of the metro's finest and authentic Cantonese restaurants is showcased in a lavish presentation of tradition and culinary expertise, made even better with one sweet deal... 


Lung Hin of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila offers unlimited orders from a savory selection of 19 steamed, pan-fried and deep-fried dim sum dishes for a sumptuous all-you-can-eat Premium Dim Sum Lunch Set Menu. Paired with a choice of rice or noodles, appetizers, Hong Kong barbecue, soup and main courses from Monday to Saturday for only P 1,888++ per person all the way until May 31, 2019, now that sounds like a good deal. But it gets better. Diners can also avail of an additional and special 25% savings for an even sweeter deal...

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Tales of Rum and the Spirit of the Caribbean: Rum Diaries and Ron Matusalem at The Peninsula Manila's The Bar

An enduring legacy from the days when sugar dominated the global economy that triggered colonial expansion by the Spanish, English and French to the new world in the Caribbean, the culture and lore of rum continues to this day. Tales of pirates, naval traditions and explorers in the new world are just part of the mystique of this well-loved spirit made from sugarcane or molasses. Enjoy a tipple and rediscover the golden age of rum with The Peninsula Manila's Rum Diaries...


The Peninsula Manila showcases some the world's finest rum with Rum Diaries at The Bar from April 25 to June 30, 2019. Immerse yourself in the rum experience at The Bar with a flight of three iconic labels, Ron Matusalem 23 Gran Reserva from the Dominican Republic with its deep and indulgent hints of toffee-like sweetness, the Dictador 20-Year Old from Colombia with its complex notes and the multi-awarded Clement VSOP from Martinique. The best of the Caribbean in one flight, and it's here at The Bar. Like what you see so far? Read on for a closer look at one of the featured rum labels...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lengua, Cochinillo, Callos and Canonigo at the Alba Restaurante Espanol's Daily Lunch and Dinner Buffet

Lengua, cochinillo, callos and canonigo, the delectable quartet of all-time favorites at Alba Restaurante Espanol. And you can have as much as you want and come back for more...


The name Alba is synonymous with authentic Spanish cuisine, an iconic institution loved for generations since the day it opened back in 1952. With its fifth branch now open at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Alba Restaurante Espanol takes you back on a nostalgic culinary journey with their signature dishes of Lengua, Cochinillo, Callos and Canonigo and so much more with their daily Lunch and Dinner Buffet (for more on Alba Restaurante Espanol at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, see my post, Reunirse: Alba Restaurante Espanol Opens at Estancia Mall).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Have Wine, Will Travel: Taking It On The Road with 1Wine by Paul Sapin

Memorable summers means travel and exciting road trips. And your 1Rouge, 1Blanc and 1Rose from 1Wine by Paul Sapin is ready for the road...


Taking your libation along on your road trip or travels was never this easy, or cooler. Lightweight, portable and handy, 1Wine by Paul Sapin is ready to go wherever your summer plans take you. And there's nothing more soothing than a refreshing glass of wine for those special moments on the road to take in the summer experience. Take your 1Rouge, 1Blanc and 1Rose from 1Wine with you on your next trip, and consider it a travel essential. That's one for the road with 1Wine...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Marriott Manila's Elegant Man Ho Unveils New Menu

Savory and fork-tender beef, succulent seafood and roasted Peking Duck served with a flaming twist, take a peek at Ma Ho's new menu...


Since it opened in 2016, Marriott Manila's signature Cantonese restaurant, Man Ho, has been known for its refined take on traditional Cantonese cuisine. From delicate dim sum specialties to sumptuous beef, pork and seafood dishes using the finest and freshest ingredients, Man Ho elevates the Cantonese dining experience with its inspired modern interpretation on traditional flavors. Man Ho is ready to tease your palate once again with a selection of new dishes combining tradition with a refreshed and contemporary touch...

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