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Unite with Filipinos all over the world for International Adobo Day--let us all cook, share, and upload now! Send your photos to :) SUBO, MGA KAPATID!



Don't deprive the world of our unique culture, especially of Filipino food! Let us all unite with an Adobo Compact! How? ON JUNE 12, LET'S COOK, SHARE, and UPLOAD! - COOK your own version of adobo - SHARE it with fellow Pinoys and other nationalities, and then take a picture - UPLOAD and email it to We will feature your pics here on our FB page as a testament to the Adobo Compact! Join us, and join the whole world on International Adobo Day!

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Cuisinero (Pilot Episode)

Let Chef J Domingo show you how to celebrate the blessings come harvest time by whipping up the tastiest dishes from farm to plate. Nothing is wasted or taken for granted here, as all ingredients are given equal importance. What this cooking show will make you realize is that farmers are unsung heroes, toiling day and night to feed not just their family, but the great human family that inhabits the earth.

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

Tales From The Food Zone (Pilot Episode)

From the creators of Tales From The Friend Zone comes the cooking show of the ages--Tales From the Food Zone! This is dedicated to all who have been friend-zoned, and the millions of Abangers out there. Remember, there is hope. You may not have Ramon Bautista's dashing good looks, but you can learn how to cook. And the way to a woman's heart is sometimes the road less traveled--through her innards. So enough talk, and let Ramon lead the way!

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

In the Mood for Food with Ara (Pilot Episode)

Life is filled with different stories all pointing to the human drama--whether it be about love, family, or friendship. In The Mood For Food with Ara Mina gives you the best of these stories tied together with simple-to-follow cooking demos. Watch how Ara's life unfolds and how she cooks her way through the hearts of the people in her life.

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

Sawsawan (Pilot Episode)

What is the one thing that HAS to be on the table of every Filipino household during mealtime? You guessed it--sawsawan! See, what's nilaga without patis, what's chicharon without vinegar? And there are so many different types of sawsawan that if you want to learn them all, you've got to watch the cooking show that's all about that ubiquitous Filipino dip--Sawsawan.

What is Filipino Food

What is Filipino Food

Teaser video featuring Chef Gino Gonzalez, Chef China Cojuangco, Chef J Domingo, Ara Mina, Sam Oh, Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, and food blogger Spanky Enriquez.

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

What Is The Future of Filipino Food?

Filipino Food chefs and hosts give their answers to this burning question.

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Lutong Bahay with Chef Mitchie Sison

Let Chef Mitchie Sison share time-honored dishes from family cooks. Learn the basics of Filipino home cooking only here on Lutong Bahay.

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

PINOY HOME COOK VIDEOS! Video #1: My Lola's Arroz Valenciana

Love to cook at home for family and friends? Love to watch cooking shows? Then we'd like to see YOU cook here on Pinoy Home Cook Videos! Simply record yourself with a camera making a special dish that you'd like to share with the world. You can appear in it as the host, or not. You can record a voice over for it, or not. Whatever works for you works for us, as long as you cook a Filipino dish. If it's a classic, give it your own twist. Or invent your own. Then, upload your video on YouTube and send us the link. If you already have an existing cooking video on YouTube, go ahead and send us the link. We will screen the entries and pick the ones that will go on the show. Not everyone will get in, so make it good!  There will be two cooking videos for every episode. At the end of the show's season, we will pick one winner who will get a special prize and the chance to be featured on Filipino Food    


Enjoy special encounters and memories at Cravings and The Blackboard.

strawberry-shortcakeLuscious Strawberry Shortcake

      If you want a pre-Valentine (February 12 and 13) or post-Valentine (February 15) celebration, check out C ravings and The Blackboard. Both have “romantically-prepared meals” such as Chef Special—Pan Roasted Salmon, Jasmine and Scented Orange and Rosemary Beurre Blanc, Sauteed Haricot Vert and Squash and Truffled Potato Mash.

On February 14, top Chef Sau del Rosario presents a signature soup and salad buffet filled with buds and flowers like Beetroot, Orange and Arugula, Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil.Special love soup is Tuscan-style Tomato with Focaccia Croutons.

Both Cravings and The Blackboard are also offering limited edition cakes. They have partnered with GrabExpress, an on-demand, pick-up delivery service for Makati, Ortigas and Taguig.

For details, please call Cravings Katipunan at 426-6881 to 88 and The Blackboard (The Podium) at 696-9083.


Casa Roces will dazzle you and your loved one with a very special Strawberry and Chocolate menus.

casa-rocesThe Casa Roces Valentine Room

      From February 12 to 14, Casa Roces offers you and your beloved a feast like no other, choose between “Strawberry Infusion” and Chocolate Infusions” menus. Each is a five-course dinner.

“Strawberry Infusion”  includes Strawberry, Cheese and Sugar-beets Art Soup, Herbed Salmon with Strawberry and Dill Cream Beurre Blanc and Organic Micro-greens Salad with Strawberry-hibiscus V inaigrette. Be love-struck with “Chocolate Infusions” complete with a unique salad of Smoked Apple and Pear, local White Cheese, Grilled Chicken served with micro-greens and Citrus-Chocolate Vinaigrette. Main dish includes Cochinillo topped with Tablea and Farmers’ Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Smoked Grapes, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Puree’.

Make the dinner more memorable by availing of the art-filled and elegant function rooms, available on a first-come-first served basis. Call tel. nos. 735-5896 or 486-1929 for reservations.


Let Epicurious guide you to a romantic outing this February with a lavish feast.

dinner-tw0Lusciously decadent cakes and sweets at Epicurious for the love of your life (from top left): Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake, Heart-shaped S’mores and Strawberry Cake.

      On February 12, 13 and 15—indulge in a special ala carte dinner complete with lots of flowers only at Epicurious (Basement, East Wing,  Shangri-La Plaza Mall).

You may choose from Cream of Mushroom with Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette or a generous Chacuterie Board with two glasses of Beringer White Zinfandel or Salmon with Capers and Dill Cream or Honey-Mustard and spiced chicken with Yogurt Cream and Heart-shaped S’mores.

The Chacuterie Board is served for the whole month of February. It is best served dine-in or dine-in-bed. It has tasty morsels of salami, pate’, sweet meats, cheeses, dips and bread paired with your favorite table wine.

Epicurious is also featuring decadent sweets and cakes for February like the Naked Chocolate Caramel Cake that has layers upon layers of moist chocolate cake oozing with caramel sauce.


It’s a month-long “Love Abloom” celebrations at C2 Classic Cuisine, the Pinoy way.

love-monthSpecial V-Day menu (from left, foreground): Beef Mechado, Seared Tilapia, Pako Salad with Kesong Puti and Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas.

     Whether you are treating your significant other or your family this Love Month, hie off to C2 Classic Cuisine for its “Love Abloom” set menus. These are designed to enhance love and romance in the most Pinoy way.

Here’s Set A (Php 572): It includes Pako Salad with Kesong Puti, Salted Egg and Watermelon, Pork Ribs Sinigang sa Bayabas, Seared Tilapia with Coconut Emulsion and Pandan Rice. Set B (Php 1,579) is ideal if you are treating a big group; it has bigger servings of Set A plus B eef Mechado.

Apart from the special menus, the place is lovelier with the scent and beauty of Spring. Dainty florals and romantic elements abound to delight the senses. C2 Classic Cuisine branches are at: The Ledge, Shangri-La Plaza Mall; The Lake Front, Sucat, Parañaque; Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan and Summit Circle, Cebu.


Let Hotel Jen be your Valentine’s Day Cupid!

      Roses, chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and wines will all be symbols of love and perhaps an indication that you are indeed special to someone’s eyes and heart.

      These tokens may express that genuine feeling that you have for each other but a more extraordinary Valentine’s Day celebration may just seal the deal if you will allow Hotel Jen Manila to be your cupid this love month.

Weekend Love – Allow Jen to be your cupid and reminisce all those fairytale stories you have created so far while you stay in a deluxe room for only Php 6,000 nett per night. Couples are welcomed with a buffet of sweet treats to set a delighting mood and a complimentary bottle of house wine to accompany romantic stories. This package also includes a buffet dinner at Kitsho or Latitude for two.

roomHotel Jen’s Deluxe Room

From Latitude with Love – Grilled seafood and barbecued dishes are set to ignite more sparks to make your heart and appetite fall in love with mouth-watering menu. Have a taste of these lovable and sumptuous selections from February 12-14, 2016 for only Php 1,288 nett per head. Food is not the only one unlimited as a wine buffet is also present during this special occasion so that couples can toast the moments when love conquers everything. Roses and pralines for the ladies are Jen’s special gifts.     

mealSumptuous grilled menu prepared with great love at Latitude (left) and authentic Japanese delights at Kitsho Restaurant (right)


From Kitsho with Love – Fall in love the Japanese way and have a unique Valentine’s dining experience at Kitsho Restaurant. Give in to the Ala Carte Buffet this authentic Japanese restaurant has to offer for only Php 1,288 nett per person from February 12-14, 2016. A bottle of sake awaits the couple and roses and pralines are especially prepared for the ladies.

Date Nights at Windows By The Bay – The breathtaking view at Windows By The Bay will make you believe that forever exists. Be inspired with the bright lights of the city and imagine you and your special someone spending a lifetime together. This one of a kind date night is available for only Php 1,288 nett for 2 persons and valid from February 12-14, 2016 inclusive of one bottle of wine, Valentine’s platter, roses and pralines for the ladies.


The elegant Club Lounge of Hotel Jen with a fantastic view of Manila Bay.

     For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food& Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes. Visit Hotel Jen Manila’s website at


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

tikoyTikoy, shaped like koi fish, a symbol of double  prosperity

     To celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Marriott Hotel Manila ushers in the year of the Red Fire Monkey with an auspicious and distinctive take on “tikoy”. Impart tranquility and harmony to your loved ones with their double prosperity Ti-koi fish at 270 grams each, elegantly enclosed in luxurious red oriental boxes, sealed with a goldstamp symbolizing good fortune.

Niangao, locally called “tikoy”, is believed to bring good luck to both the receiver and the giver making it part of the customs during the Chinese New Year. The koi fish is also a symbol of longevity, success and prosperity. Spread good luck tastefully with this gift box at a reasonable price of Php1,188 available at the hotel’s Marriott Café Bakery and Crema.

To add a fashionable twist to the traditions of the Lunar New Year, the hotel partners with the award-winning jewelry artisan, Ann Ong, to showcase her latest and luckiest designs for this year. Considering the auspicious colors and trends, they are displaying and selling handcrafted bags and intricate jewelries that are believed to bring good energy and prosperity to the bearer, at Marriott’s salient lobby.

dragon    As a norm, the ceremonial dragon and lion dance is set to entertain guests and chase away the negative energies on February 9, 5 p.m. at Marriott Hotel Manila and Marriott Grand Ballroom lobbies.

Marriott Manila’s Auspicious Ti-Koi gift set is available until February13, 2016. For inquiries and advance orders, call (02) 9889999 or visit


To mark the year of the Red Fire Monkey, Good Life food products present events that bond family and friends.

flyaceFavorite food products from Good Life, distributed by Fly Ace Corporation

    To welcome the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, symbolic delicacies are shared by families and friends. Among the auspicious items are: noodles for longevity, rice cakes for prosperity, dumplings for good luck, chicken and duck for unity and family togetherness and fish for abundance.

As a salute to the celebration of the Chinese New Year also widely known as the Chinese Spring Festival, Good Life, a leading food and beverage brand, brings the distinct Asian culinary flavors into more Filipino kitchens and occasions.

“A lot of people associate the good life with good relationships and delightful experience of having good times with family and friends,” says Abraham P. Cipriano Jr., Fly Ace Corporation’s vice president for marketing.

Among Fly Ace and Good Life’s popular Asian food products are vermicelli, egg noodles, bihon, sesame oil, oyster sauce and Japanese-style breadcrumbs.

Good Life has lined up a series of events at the Trinoma Activity Center that include cooking demos, feng shui consultations, art exhibits and booth activities like Chinese lantern-making and calligraphy.

Learn more at



Hotel Jen Manila recognizes that Sunday is always about families, recreation and relaxation, hence, the Sunday Family Brunch Buffet. Priced at Php 888 nett per person, families can enjoy a mouthwatering spread of breakfast and lunch favorites every Sunday. This offer comes with free access to Hotel Jen Manila’s swimming pool, Paseo del Sol, for the entire family to enjoy and free access to Kids’ Zone for those with children.

This buffet deal is inclusive of unlimited Jen’s Signature Iced Tea, coffee or hot tea, free WiFi access and free valet parking service.

Hotel Jen Manila (formerly Traders Hotel) is located on Roxas Boulevard. The international and domestic airports are only 20 minutes away, and 30 minutes to the Makati business district. The hotel is adjacent to the country’s premier conference and exhibition facilities – the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center and SMX Convention Center and 10 minutes away from the SM Mall of Asia. Malate, the entertainment district of Manila City, is within walking distance of the hotel.

For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food& Prices are inclusive of 10% service charge and applicable government taxes.


About Hotel Jen

It is a diverse collection of hotels in the best locations across Asia Pacific, with a unique brand of style and service delivery designed to appeal to a ‘New Jeneration’ of travellers. The brand is the brainchild of virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery. To guests, Hotel Jen delivers quality, comfort, convenience and value with a twist. Jen cares about what really matters to guests – the important things done well; comfortable rooms and honest authentic service; respect, privacy and efficiency served without fuss or intrusion; cultural insights; interesting experiences; and fast, free WiFi everywhere, always.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the Hotel Jen website at


The gathering of coffee and chocolate experts plus enthusiasts by the Cravings Group was certainly a “sweet success.” The event coincided with the 27th anniversary of The Cravings Group founded by culinary authority Annie Guerrero of the Center for Culinary Arts and now headed by her daughter, Marinela Guerrero-Trinidad.

Dubbed “Crave the Bean,” the event brought together the world’s top chocolatier and coffee experts led by Alyss  “Lyss” McDonald-Bartl of BLYSS Chocolate and Phillip Di Bella of Di Bella Coffee. They were joined by local and other chocolatier and single-bean retailers like Magdalene’s, Theo & Philo, Cacao Monster and Malagos.

Chocolate Queen Lyss is confident that with the combined efforts of the government and local cacao farmers, Philippine cacao may become one of the country’s main agricultural commodities.


Di Bella Coffee set a Coffee Station at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, venue of the “Crave the Bean” event of the Cravings Group

lysRecognized as  “Chocolate Queen Lyss” of the world-famous BLYSS Chocolate, Alyss “Lyss” McDonald-Bartl, one of the international speakers at the event, is confident that Philippine cacao has a future in the international market.



gerolsteinerAt the launch of Gerolsteiner Sprakling Mineral Water: Dietmar Spille (left), executive vice president international, Gerolsteiner and Jun Cochanco, president of Fly Ace, distributor of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water in the Philippines.

From a pioneering global brand that preserves nature’s “miracle” wonder, comes Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. It’s Germany’s most trusted and the world’s No. 1 sparkling mineral water.

Since 1888, Gerolsteiner has offered the pure pleasure and absolute health rejuvenating benefits of natural hydration. Its sparkling mineral water is bottled at source—from the Volcanic Eifel located at the subterranean aquifer at Gerolsteiner, Garmany.

From inside out, make it your daily habit –#mineralize now with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water. It is distributed in the Philippines by Fly Ace and is available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores.


PorchettaPorchetta by Bizu—pork belly marinated in garlic and rosemary; It has crispy, crackling skin and served with two sauces—ArugulaPesto and Apple-Mango Chutney.

      Bizu Patisserie makes everyday a holiday. Continue the festive celebration with Porchetta—a slow roasted pork belly marinated in garlic and rosemary with crisp, crackling skin in a duo of Arugula Pesto and Apple-Mango Chutney Sauce. You’ll love the all-time favorites—Whole Turkey Roast, US Beef Roast, Smoked Salmon Caviar and Baked Salmon Rockefeller.

Bizu has always been known for its desserts so don’t forget the sweet treats from Caramella Sale (Salted Caramel Cake) to Sticky Date Cake and Chocolate Mint Popcorn. If it’s authentic French macaron you are looking for, Bizu has plenty to offer and there are new flavors added to its already impressive macaron array.

Among the must-trys are: Crème de Citron (lemon butter custard with lemon peels and candied ginger), Ispahan (raspberry, rose and lychee) and Alpaco 66% (floral notes of jasmine and bitterness of woody aroma), Tanariva 33% (milky and caramel notes), Dulce de Leche and Madagascar Vanilla.

Bizu Patisserie has branches at Greenbelt, Makati (757-2498), Robinsons Magnolia (664-5904) and Alabang Town Center (809-2498). For more details, please visit


 The New Year has moved in and 2016 promises to be an exciting season. We are filled with high hopes that the Year of the Fire Monkey will bring in more prosperity for all Filipinos especially those who are working hard like our OFWs, minimum wage earners and everyone else in the work force.

     Of course, always part of the celebration is the feast and here, we have friends who continuously deliver great food to everyone. Check out Mario’s, Bizu, the Latitude at Hotel Jen. Don’t forget the “delicious” happenings we’ve had like “Crave the Bean” to mark the 27th year anniversary of the Cravings Groups and the Philippine launch of the world’s No.1 sparkling water, Gerolsteiner.



A classic at Mario’s—Paella Valenciana with seafood, chicken, pork and sausage.



Succulent, perfectly Stuffed Whole Turkey

      Mario’s—it’s the only restaurant that has perfectly combined family tradition and grand food. It offers the Perfect Paella—a mix of seafood, chicken, pork and sausage. Craving for more Iberian Peninsula flavors? You’ll find them to your liking at Mario’s—Callos Madrileño, Cochinillo and Pastel de Lengua, among others.

For a sweet respite, try Mario’s Toffee Sans Rival, Sugar-free Apple Pie, Dark Secret Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake and Banoffee Pie.

For more details, visit Mario’s at T. Morato, Quezon City (415-3887) and Upper Session Road, Baguio City (074) 442-4241.


Robinsons Selections opens a second and bigger store in McKinley Hill

Just in time for the Big Season, grocery-giant chain Robinsons Supermarket opened its second Robinsons Selections in Venice Grand Canal Mall, Upper McKinley Road at The Fort, Taguig City. This is in response to the growing shopping sophistication among consumers.

The premium grocery store was formally opened by Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Supermarket president and CEO with Jody Gadia, general manager and Kevin Tan, first vice president and commercial division head of Megaworld.

The first Robinsons Selections is at the Burgos Circle also at the BGC. The newly-opened store is much larger at 2,481 square meters but with the same state-of-the-art design as the first. At McKinley Hill, shoppers will find a wider assortment of imported products and new sections, a bigger food-to-go area plus the unique Sushi Bar, Fruit Bar and Salad Bar sections—all guaranteed to satisfy discerning palates.

Robinsons Supermarket now has a total of 120 stores; the third Robinsons Selections is set to open in Robinsons Galleria Cebu this December.

For more details, please visit


The expanded Fruit Bar as well as a Salad Bar featuring a very wide selection of fresh fruits and fresh juices. There’s plenty to choose from at the Salad Bar—Buko Pandan, Chicken Macaroni to Fruit Salad and more!


A sumptuous and wide array of fresh Sushi and Sashimi—all ready-to-go for discriminating palates.


Shoppers may avail of the free gift wrapping service


At the opening of Robinsons Selections in McKinley Hill(l-r): Jody Gadia, general manager, Robinsons Supermarket; Kevin Tan, Megaworld’s FVP-Commercial Division & Robina Gokongwei-Pe, president/COO, Robinsons Retail Holdings.


Cravings is the one-stop-shop for your Christmas feast and gift-giving needs.

pork-bellyA Christmas Feast is made of these bestsellers from Cravings, from left: Crispy Pork Belly Roulade with Arroz Valenciana Stuffing, Homemade Glazed Ham with Pineapple and Boneless Galantina.



Say, “Merry Christmas” with the Classic Chocolate Caramel Cake

         Are you having a potluck at home or in one of your family member’s place?  Or do you need to give someone a special gift? Or do you want to have a party at home with the least hassle as far as food is concerned?  Well, to all three questions, find the answers at Cravings, the best one-stop-shop this Season to meet all your requirements.

Wow the crowd with the following: Boneless Galantina, Pork Belly Roulade with Arroz Valenciana Stuffing, Christmas Homemade Glazed Ham with Pineapple, Roast Beef and Four-Cheese Lasagna.

Sweet gifts from the Cravings Bakeshop Delights include: Classic Chocolate Cake, Quezo de Bola Cheesecake and Shards with variations like Twix, KitKat, etc.

Some of the bestselling gifts-to-go are: Smores, Walnut Balls, different kinds of bars—Mango, Calamansi and Revel and Marshmallow Pecan Barks.

Can’t decide what to give? Then go for Cravings gift certificates available in Php 500 and Php 1,000 denominations—they are thoughtful gifts for you are giving the recipient to choose the gift he/she wants.

For inquiries, please call Craving branches at Katipunan—587-9634; Fraser Place Makati—832—1491 and El Molito Mall in Alabang—556-0927.


fridaysThe famous Jack Daniel’s Burger, a signature dish at TGIFridays

        All roads led to Las Piñas when TGIFridays opened its 17th store at Evia, the newest lifestyle hub south of Manila. Now, people from Alabang, Cavite, Las Piñas, and even those on their way to Tagaytay could indulge in TGIFridays’ popular comfort food and enjoy them in a casual, laidback atmosphere.

TGIFridays-Evia can seat up to 200 persons with outside seating for those who want to dine al fresco.

The opening of Evia is just one of the many exciting developments from the restaurant chain. TGIFridays is set to enhance dining pleasures in Solenad in Nuvali, Boracay and  McKinley Hill.

To know more about TGIFridays, check out:


Go big-time this Season with Christmas Puffs Family Pizza


The Papa John’s Christmas Family Puffs is shaped like a holiday tree.

      The metro’s well-loved pizza, Papa John’s, offers Christmas Puffs Family Pizza to celebrate the holidays big-time.

Twist, pull and bite into the huge pizza dressed like a holiday tree. It has flavorful trimmings—meaty bacon, ham, pineapple marinade, mozzarella cheese, green and red bell pepper drizzled with a rich cheese sauce. Good for 4 to 5 persons, it’s only Php 430/order.


There are other combinations available appropriate to your number of guests like: Feast for 10 (Php 1999) includes 1 Family Christmas Puffs, 1 Family Classic Pizza, 2 Pasta Platters (Classic Spaghetti/Italian Style/Mushroom Alfredo), 12 pieces Flavored Wings and 2 pitchers Iced Tea (2 bottles of 1.5L Coke is provided for takeout or delivery instead of Iced Tea) and 1L Nestle Sorbetes Ice Cream.

For 6 persons, a set (Php 1299) has 1 Family Christmas Puffs and 1 Party Classic Pizza, 2 Pasta Platters, 1L Nestle Sorbetes Ice Cream and 6 glasses of Iced Tea (1.5L Coke is given for takeout/delivery in lieu of Iced Tea).

Promo is good until January 03, 2016. Please call 887-7272 for delivery or visit any branch; like Papa John on Facebook.


Give your family and friends a memorable December with a fabulous celebration at Hotel Jen Manila


Mouthwatering Roast Chicken and Beef at The Latitude of Hotel Jen Manila’s holiday offerings


Satisfy your cravings for authentic Japanese treats only at Kitsho

       This holiday is all about indulging so gather family and friends at the Latitude or Kitsho Restaurant around a sumptuous Christmas feast at Hotel Jen Manila (formerly Traders Hotel).

The offer is is ongoing at Latitude Restaurant up to January 3, 2016 for only Php 1,088 nett per person for lunch and Php 1,188 nett per person for dinner. Buffet rates on December 24, 25, 31, 2015 and January 1, 2016 will be Php 1,188 nett and Php 1,288 nett for lunch and dinner respectively.

If you are having Japanese cravings this holiday then Kitsho is very excited to welcome you on December 24 and 31, 2015 with a buffet rate of Php 1,188 nett per person for lunch and Php 1,288 nett per person for dinner.

Excited for 2016? Welcome the New Year at the Club Lounge or Lobby Lounge for the countdcown in style. If you opt for the former, you’ll get in for Php1,800 nett per person. As for the latter, it’s only Php 688 nett per person, entitling you to 2 standard drinks and a band performance playing your favorite music while you scream “Happy New Year!”.

Call (632) 795 8888 for details or visit Hotel Jen Manila’s website:



If you are thinking of celebrating the holidays out of town, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa has fabulous offers


Make the Season sweeter with High Tea At The Lobby of Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu

Give yourself or loved one the gift of relaxation at The CHI Spa

         Families have plenty to look forward to at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu, a destination of its own with a variety of dining offers, recreational facilities and jam-packed activities

At the heart of this tropical paradise is a 350-meter beach cove, where families may enjoy a range of sea sports and water-based activities, including paddle boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, banana boating and parasailing. They can also join snorkeling safaris or go diving in the Shangri-La Marine Sanctuary, an underwater haven spanning six hectares and is home to over 100 species of aquatic life.

At the resort’s main pool area, a well-loved feature is Aquaplay, a jungle gym with water slides and rainbow showers, where children can play to their heart’s content.  For indoor fun, youngsters can head to Adventure Zone, a multi-level soft play-ground with drop slides and ball pools.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu is also a haven for gastronomy. Holidays are made more delicious with the resort’s extensive cuisines, including the intercontinental variety served at all-day dining buffet restaurant, Tides; Chinese classics at Tea of Spring; modern Italian fares at Acqua; and fresh seafood at the seaside al fresco restaurant, Cowrie Cove.

To cap off the holiday, guests can have relaxing days at the resort’s signature CHI, The Spa, a sprawling sanctuary that offers a variety of wellness treatments including massages, body scrubs and more. They can also opt to unwind at the Health Club that houses first-class facilities.

Whether seeking a fun time by the water, an adventure for the palate, or a quiet time relaxation, there is truly much that everyone in the family can enjoy at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu to make the holidays amazing.

    (For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at


A little bit of bacon makes for a tastier dish, whether it’s a salad, main dish or dessert.

 CHEF-CARWINChef Sharwin Tee at The Maya Kitchen

        Young and innovative, Chef Sharwin Tee showed during his cooking demonstration for The Maya Kitchen Culinary Elite Series that “Anything with bacon tastes better.”

Bacon goes well with sandwiches and pasta; it is so versatile that it can be added to salads, main courses, soups and even desserts.

Chef Sharwin, the star of “Curiosity Got the Chef” series on the Lifestyle Network,  convinced the audience about bacon as a “magic ingredient,”  great for waking up flavors and adding more deliciousness to a dish. A lot left the room nodding their heads in approval but of course, some would say, “Go easy on the bacon.”  True, moderation as always is the key.

Here are two very interesting dishes that will be a delight on your holiday table.




1/8 cup strawberry jam
¼ cup vinegar|
¼ cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
8 strips bacon, chopped
4 cups romaine lettuce or mixed greens,
washed & pat dry
2 cups arugula, washed & pat dry
100 gms. carrots, grated
100 gms. kesong puti, cubed


  1. In a bowl, combine jam, vinegar and olive oil to form vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a sauté pan, cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside half of the bacon fat for other dishes. Meanwhile, pour the vinaigrette into the pan and heat for 1 minute.
  3. Pour the sauce over the greens, carrots and kesong puti. Toss and serve immediately.





4 strips bacon, chopped
4 pcs. graham crackers, crushed
8 strips bacon, whole
4 tbsps. hazelnut spread
16 large marshmallows


  1. In a pan, sauté the chopped bacon until fat is rendered. Add in the graham crackers. Cook for 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. In a different pan, cook the whole bacon on both sides for just 1 minute each.
  3. Spread enough hazelnut spread on each strip of bacon.
  4. Wrap 2 pieces of marshmallows with each strip of bacon.
  5. Bake the mallows under the broiler and brown.
  6. Top the bacon with bacon- graham crumble. Serve immediately.