Saturday, November 29, 2014

Breakfast Pizza in the Afternoon at CPK

Sunny side-up on a pizza. Breakfast in the afternoon. Old and new favorites. And a few flavorful surprises in one afternoon at CPK. 


Pizza for breakfast? Why not. CPK introduces their new Breakfast Pizza, and a new pasta dish to complement their current menu.  

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tippled and Buzzed at the La Maison Cointreau Cocktail Competition Philippine Edition

A flurry of cocktails made with Cointreau, the world's leading liqueur, prepared by some of the leading mixologists, in one of the best French restaurants in the metro. An evening of limitless possibilities, new flavors and experiences. And a perfect evening to be just a bit tippled and buzzed...


Cointreau, the iconic French orange spirit brand, presented the first ever Philippine Edition of its cocktail competition, La Maison Cointreau, last November 26, 2014, at Le Jardin Manila. More than a liqueur, Cointreau's orange fragrance reveals the heart and soul of a refreshing cocktail, authentic, elegant, and always avant-garde. And that evening, I got to sample some of the most imaginative cocktails made with the iconic liqueur and prepared by some of the best mixologists...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pies, Tortes, and Cakes at The Sweet Studio

Freshly baked pies with savory fillings. Sweet tortes and cakes with an inventive twist. Welcome to The Sweet Studio...


The Sweet Studio opens its doors just in time for the holiday season, with its signature line of cakes, tortes and savory pies.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"Tontekified" at Tokyo Tonteki

Ramen. Katsu. Now, another Japanese dish takes center stage and maybe, the next big thing in Japanese food. 


Tokyo Tonteki opens its second branch at Greenbelt 5, serving its signature "tonteki" or "pork loin steak," and yet another alternative to Japanese pork dishes.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Going the Distance with Pacman at Midas Cafe

A full twelve rounds, and Pacman goes the distance. I go the full distance too, with a brunch buffet at Midas Cafe...


Air Asia brings all the thrills and excitement of a championship bout at Midas Hotel and Casino's Midas Cafe, with a lavish brunch buffet. Round after round, and plate after plate, a real slug fest...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Spotted: The Most Unusual Gin at Wolf and Fox GastroPub

Friday night, time to hit the bar. Great to see an old friend, a most unusual old friend...


For one special evening, Wolf and Fox GastroPub served up some of the coolest cocktails with the most unusual gin. Hendrick's Gin, we meet again...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Flavors of GenSan: A Tuna Feast at Greenleaf Hotel's Mint Cafe

When in GenSan, you've got to have tuna...


A early morning flight to GenSan to visit Pacman and Air Asia's CEO and Founder Tony Fernandez at Pacman Wildcard Gym (see more on that amazing visit here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/11/an-afternoon-with-pacman-via-air-asia.html, and that up close experience on my other travel blog here at http://soloexpeditions.blogspot.com/2014/11/pacman-up-close.html) kicks off my first ever visit to the "Tuna Capital of the Philippines."

Friday, November 21, 2014

One Cool Concept And A Complete Breakfast Package: Jollibee's New Pancake Sandwich

An early breakfast way before dawn for a red eye flight to GenSan.  A flight this early needs a special breakfast...


Time for the new Pancake Sandwich from Jollibee. Smoky bacon, creamy cheese and egg between two pancakes. Now that's a pretty neat breakfast package.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Limoncello: When Life Gives You Lemons...

You're driving down the winding and scenic Amalfi coast in a classic roadster convertible, with the Mediterranean sun gently kissing your cheeks. Another sharp turn, and a sudden jolt. You wake up...


And just like that, you're back right smack in the center of reality, a million miles away from the Amalfi coast. But no worries. A sip of Limoncello does the trick. The traditional Southern Italian digestivo, the classic Limoncello captures the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean in every sip. And a few more shots brings you back to the Amalfi coast...

Topping the Grade: Mesclun Bistro's Japanese Grade A5 Wagyu Sirloin Dinner

There's steak. And there's Japanese Grade A5 Wagyu steak. And the differences are just worlds apart...


Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara and Mesclun Bistro offers the most sought after and highest Wagyu grade steak for a limited time...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brasserie Cicou Opens KA by Cicou at SM Mega Fashion Hall

Light, flaky and crusty layers of bread dough with the rich flavor of butter and caramelized sugar, freshly baked every day. It's a treat that's hard to pass up. And now, there are twelve new reasons to try this classic Breton dessert.


The classic Kouign Amann, made popular by Brasserie Cicou's Cyrille Soenen, now has its very own kiosk at SM Mega Mall. Chef Cyrille Soenen takes you on a culinary journey with his creative blend of flavors at KA by Cicou, giving this traditional Breton dessert a refreshing and flavorful twist.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Osaka Ohsho Launches Brand New Gyoza Flavors and Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Combo Sets

Bacon and cheese in a gyoza. Peanut Butter and Bananas too. Japan's #1 Gyoza chain, Osaka Ohsho, pushes the envelope with its new, playful and inventive gyoza creations...  


The comforting and familiar suddenly becomes new and refreshingly different with Osaka Ohsho's new dishes, taking you dining experience to a whole new level. Bacon and cheese. Peanut butter and banana. Plus, new Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Sets...now that's cool.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Having a Break with Auntie Anne's New KitKat Wind-Upz

A familiar Christmas carol blares out at the mall, it's officially the start of the holiday season. And you'll need to have a break from the holiday rush...  


An innovative concept and one cool collaboration. Auntie Anne's launches the all-new Wind-Upz, with your favorite KitKat chocolate wafer wrapped in Auntie Anne's signature pretzel dough. Yup, I'm definitely having that break right now...

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Afternoon with Pacman Via Air Asia

The day started way before dawn, the way significant and truly memorable days often do. And this was one of them...meeting probably the world's best pound for pound boxer, and one of the business world's respected tycoons, all in one day. Two personalities from entirely different and contrasting backgrounds, yet very much the same, both being champions in their respective fields. 


Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Air Asia Founder and CEO Tony Fernandes meet up at the Pacman Wildcard Gym in General Santos City to formalize a marketing agreement before Pacman's next bout set for November 23 in Macau. And that was one awesome day...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hatching Up Asian and Western Flavors at Nest Modern Table and Bar

Defy gravity and break free from the ordinary. At Nest Modern Table and Bar, experience the rich flavors of Asian and Western fusion and some cool and innovative cocktails high above The Fort... 


Like a hidden sanctuary far away from the urban noise, Nest Modern Table and Bar offers a unique dining experience, with its creative fusion of flavors and elegant yet tranquil setting. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CaliBurger Launches New Chef's Choice Limited Edition Burger by Chef Rob Pengson

Crisp bacon. Sweet maple mustard sauce. Crunchy spiced onion rings. On a juicy all beef patty. Add some cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. And you just know this is a special burger... 


CaliBurger introduces their new limited edition Chef's Choice Smokehouse Burger by Rob Pengson.

Soup and Salad Days: Fresh Picks at Cravings

A healthy and refreshing Soup and Salad Buffet. Mongolian Buffet. Unlimited Juice. Plus a choice of one grilled item to pair with your soup and salad. It's time for Fresh Picks, every weekend at Cravings...  


The freshest picks, served every weekend for lunch and dinner at Cravings Shangri-La, Cravings Katipunan, and Cravings Molito. Fresh greens, a variety of salads and comforting soups, even a Mongolian buffet and unlimited juice plus one grilled item, all for only P 550++. Soup and salad days just got better at Cravings... 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Asian Flavors at the TriNoma Food Crawl

Japanese, Thai, Singaporean and Chinese flavors, in one place, all in one day. The modern mall has definitely evolved becoming a true dining destination. Yummy, one of the country's leading food magazines, in cooperation with TriNoma by Ayala Malls, present their top culinary picks at the TriNoma Food Crawl... 


Five distinct culinary experiences curated by Yummy Magazine, one epic food crawl. Here's a rundown on the top picks by Yummy Magazine's editorial staff at TriNoma...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Trying Something Different at Midas Cafe

Try something different. More seafood. More greens. More fruits. Just to balance things out. And at Midas Cafe, doing something different from your usual buffet lunch routine is easy. And tasty too...


Since the launch of Sabroso! A Celebration of Filipino Gastronomical Journey & Expressions last August, 2014 (see my previous post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/08/sabroso-filipino-culinary-festival-at.html), Midas Cafe has been serving a selection of the best local regional cuisine alongside its regular offerings. A second visit called for a new plan at Midas Cafe's extensive buffet spread...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Romancing the Stone at Home of Wagyu Stone Grill

A perfectly  marbled premium slab of Wagyu beef sizzling on a hot stone...


The sight, sound and aroma of premium Wagyu beef grilling on a hot stone, seasoned with just salt and pepper, is an experience in itself. And it just can't get any better than that...only at Home of Wagyu Stone Grill.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hendrick's Gin: An Evening With A Most Unusual Gin

"From the warmth of our little distillery in the deepest corner of Scotland, we create a gin that really is like no other. Its distinctive taste comes from the unusual way we make it - no other gin both steams and bathes its botanicals and no other gin would dare add cucumber and rose petal essences. It may not be to everyone's liking, but it does have a following amongst the most vanguard of gin drinkers."


Lesley Gracie, the master distiller behind each and every limited batch of Hendrick's Gin, sum it all up in describing "a most unusual gin." From the dark apothecary-style bottle and its classic typography reminiscent of the Victorian era, the intricate and meticulous distillation process, the infusion of cucumber and rose petal essences and the wide range of botanicals (fruits, seeds, flowers and roots), to the distinct and smooth aroma and finish of each sip, Hendricks's Gin is truly in a class of its own. And one night at The Fairmont Makati, I got to experience first-hand just what makes Hendrick's Gin a most unusual gin...
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