My Continental Club Staycation

It was my birthday recently and I decided I will celebrate it outside my home, in a relaxing place where the mattress is one of the softest, cleanliness is gospel, food is delicious and the service is impeccable. So, I  booked the family to stay at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel. Upon entry, those who are booked in any…

Health & Beauty with Seed Oils

I have always been fascinated by natural oils, whether for use as a moisturizer, for health benefit  or for cooking.  But then, my selection of oils is limited to olive oil, argan oil, sesame oil and virgin coconut oil. During the launch of Misso s2o wonder seed-extractor machine last month, we were told that we can…

SOUV Opens tomorrow

SOUV, the latest and newest restaurant of Chef Robby Goco, opens for the public (soft-opening) tomorrow, July 5. SOUV aims to make Greek cuisine (also known as the Mediterranean cuisine) more familiar with the young Filipinos. It will feature more modern dishes, easy-to-drink wines and yoghurt desserts.  Chef Robby says “All the dishes that we will serve, are…

Unboxing of Misso s2o machine

Last month, a friend invited me to attend a preview of this new oil extracting machine that will allow me to make my oils. Intrigued, I came to the preview and met the Korean inventor of the machine, Mr. YS Kim. He was so excited to show us his latest invention, the Misso s2o, seed-to-oil…

We escape at View Park Hotel

When things get a bit too much in Manila (it gets too hot, we get too busy or too tired and even when we find the city too boring), the family would clear our schedules and head off to Tagaytay to recharge, renew and recover.  Happily, we found our 2nd home in Tagaytay, its a quiet…

What’s new with Liquor Brownie?

Early this year, my good friends, Joby Provido and chef Jomel Salas, decided to come out with another flavor for their hugely popular Brownie Bars.  They were tireless in R&D and I was one of the happy taste-testers.  After some batches, they were able to come up with a winner! And one that I personally…

Do you want to open a restaurant?

On June 28, 2017, RESTOINVEST2, the Philippine Restaurant Investment Conference, will once again gather the most diverse Food and Beverage Industry stakeholders to share their winning insights on the state of their respective categories : fast-food, fast casual, casual dining, fine dining, commissaries, hotel-based restaurants, and others.   With the theme, Business-Building Strategies for Sustainable…

Busy? Try these easy lunch recipes

There are so many upside of doing homeschool and one of those perks, is I get to make sure my boys  eat freshly cooked food and eat them properly.  And because my boys eat quite often and a lot, I do look forward to  preparing meals using easy-to-follow recipes.  Check out these out-of-the-box recipes from Jolly (popular canned…

Unusual ice cream flavors!

Summer and ice cream are perfect partners! When the sun is just too much to bear,  the ice cream man becomes the neighborhood’s best friend and life-saver. But when mamang sorbetero is nowhere to be found and the call of the freshly-made artisanal ice cream proves to be very persistent and irresistible, a trip to the…

What is Kanyaman?

Last June 8, in celebration of our Independence month, Novotel Manila Araneta Center launched their Filipino Festival called KANYAMAN at Food Exchange.  The hotel invited popular chef Sau del Rosario to re-create classic, well-loved and authentic Kapampangan dishes that will be served to diners until June 30.  And to complete the Kapampangan experience, Chef Sau called in veteran…

Keto Buffet for Father’s Day?

As Filipinos can find any excuse to celebrate with family and eat, it is not surprising that Father’s Day is now quite a big event in Manila. Restaurants and hotels offer generous promotions to entice food-loving families to celebrate and dine in their places. One of them is our favorite, Gourmet Gypsy Art Café.  Owned…

“I want this!” “I want that”

Parenting is not much easier these days. We are bombarded with so many advertisements /messages everyday that seem to brainwash us into thinking that our life is not as well-lived as we want it to be without this newest car model or gadget or a pair of these blush colored sneakers or this super new…