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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    


Director Paul Soriano reveals secret to staying focused.

Staying out of the limelight and staying focused are two things director Paul Soriano has done successfully despite his stature as a sought-after director.

Paul credits his healthy work-life balance to his discovery of karada. Now in Manila is the Karada Body Therapy Center, with roots in Japan that specializes in the age-old tradition of restoring the body’s inner balance through muscle and bone alignment.

The director learned of karada through his mom as recommended by his aunt. “After a session at Karada, I instantly felt recharged and energized. The therapists are very specific to the kind of treatment your body needs which is why I like it so much,” says the 33-year-old film director, who recently got engaged to his long-time girlfriend, actress Toni Gonzaga.

As someone who spends long hours behind the camera, stress is something Paul is exposed to everyday. His schedule is mostly divided between several meetings to brainstorm with the pre-production team and actual production work, which can be anything from producing, executing and directing TV commercials and feature films.

Hitting the greens, therefore, has become the young director’s diversion, which he says helps him clear his mind and allow new ideas to come in. “Playing golf once or twice a week really improves my focus and creativity,” he shares. Outside the golf course, he also finds time to shoot hoops or watch his favorite movies, either at home or in theaters. “Sometimes, a day is good enough for me to recharge and get ready for the next project.”

Paul looks forward to a trip to the Karada Body Therapy Center once or twice a month to have the AP Balance treatment, short for Atlas and Pelvis Balance. This technique was originally developed by KARADA using the combined principles of Chiropractic, Seitai and Judoseifuku. It targets the atlas (neck and shoulders), and the pelvis area by realigning the pelvic position to its natural state resulting to improved posture and balance as well as noticeable relief from back pains.

Aside from the AP Balance, the wellness center also offers a choice list of Body Treatments (BT) and a combination of AP & BT for the full Karada experience. Prior to treatment, an expertly trained therapist  makes an assessment of the client’s present condition including any limitations in mobility, after which a recommendation will be given as to what treatment is required to correct the problem. Finally, the Karada therapist will hand over and explain a rationale that details the cause of the problem based on the lifestyle information provided during assessment

A Karada treatment can last anywhere from 20 minutes (Energizer), 45 minutes (Therapeutic) to 60-90 minutes (The Bliss), perfect for clients with varying schedules and lifestyles.

Karada Body Therapy Center has branches at the new Glorietta Wing in Ayala, Makati (02) 5538731; Greenbelt Radissons in Legaspi Village, Makati (02) 8437425; Greenbelt 1, Legaspi Village, Makati; Serendra in Bonifacio High Street (02) 8236716; Unit 205B Fox Square Bldg. 53 Connecticut St. Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City (02) 5108946 and at the 2nd Floor Westgate Hub Filinvest City, Alabang (02) 8941575.


From left:  Hiroaki Naruse, Karada regional manager;  Christina De La Pena, officer-in -charge; Director Paul Soriano; Tomohiko Oda, Karada, trainer and Sidney Stelton,  assistant to the president.


Life’s celebrations are more memorable at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

Relish precious and happy moments in your life with Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ Banquet Celebrations .Whatever the occasion, leave it to the hotel’s banquet experts to make your momentous affairs truly cherished times. Here’s a sneak peek:

Small weddings do not have to be less grand. For exclusive weddings, there is the Intimate Affairs Wedding Package available for a minimum of 70 guests. The wedding package amenities includes a two-night stay in a Junior Suite with buffet breakfast for two, bridal car service, a three-layered fondant wedding cake, table centerpieces, sound system, one round of iced tea or soda, a bottle of sparkling wine for toasting, corkage for two bottles of wine or liquor, and discounts on additional rooms, open bar, upgraded decorations, beauty salon and massage services.

When preparing for your baby’s christening, you can trust Richmonde Ortigas’ Baptismal Package so you can live up to your role as a doting parent while the Banquet Team handles everything else. With amenities that include an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two, a baptismal cake, one round of iced tea, balloons, streamers and guest book, your celebration is sure to be worry-free.

With the objective of providing hassle-free get-together for any happening imaginable, Richmonde Ortigas’ Celebrations Package lets you throw a festive gathering for family and friends complete with an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for two, two-layered fondant cake, one round of iced tea, a bottle of wine, table centerpieces, use of a karaoke mic for guests’ entertainment, corkage for two bottles of wine or liquor, and even a gift certificate for lunch buffet which you can keep for yourself or raffle off to your guests.

To know more about the social banquet packages available, please call Banquet Sales at 638-7777 local 3911 or 689-8415. Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information on Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, log on to



Graduates eat  for free at Eastwood Cafe’

For students, graduation marks the end of a journey and the start of a new one. What better way to commemorate this important milestone than with a sumptuous feast?  Hang up the uniforms and togas, then hie off to Eastwood Café’s special treat for the graduates of 2015!

Dig into hefty servings of crowd favorites from Eastwood Café’s selection of Asian-inspired and Filipino dishes at the lunch and dinner buffets which are absolutely free for all graduates with at least four family members or friends availing of the same buffet at the regular rates of Php 1,080 nett for weekdays and Php 880 nett for weekends.

Graduates only need to present any valid proof of graduation in 2015 (e.g. diploma, graduation program, etc.) to enjoy the free buffet. This offer is available from March 16 to 31, 2015 for lunch buffets from Monday to Sunday and dinner buffets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Promo is not valid in conjunction with other promotions and discount privileges (e.g. Credit Card tie-ups).

For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777. Eastwood Café is located at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, 12 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan Quezon City. The hotel is accessible from the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall. For more info, log on to

  eastwood-cafeEastwood Café’s Buffet Area



Make your weekends awesome at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

Quick weekend getaways don’t have to be just for a day or a night. Now, you can make the most of your downtime in the comforts of the well-appointed rooms of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, and at more affordable rates when you stay on a Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday.

With Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Awesome Sunday Deal, get your Sunday stays at an amazing 50 percent off based on the already reasonably priced Weekend Best Available Rates which start at Php 5,450nett for single occupancy in a Superior Room (room only with Wi-Fi). That’s just Php 2,725nett for your Sunday night! Rates with breakfast and for double occupancy are also available.

The Awesome Sunday Deal is available until May of this year and is perfect for a comfy urban escape this summer season. The first-rate facilities of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, its cozy atmosphere, efficiently gracious service, and stylish interiors, not to mention the quality amusement found inside the adjacent Eastwood Mall, will surely make your stay-cation an awesome one.

To avail of the Awesome Sunday Deal, your 2-night stay must have Saturday as your first night or Monday as your second night, with either booked under the Weekend Best Available Rate (BAR). The 50% discount will be applied to the Weekend BAR on your Sunday night stay.

For inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777. Bookings of the Awesome Sunday Deal may also be made online at Just click on the “ROOM PACKAGES & PROMOS” tab in the reservations page, after selecting your dates of stay. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan Quezon City and is accessible from the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall.


Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Superior Room, with Sunday rates under the Awesome Sunday Deal starting at only Php 2,725 nett


Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s One-Bedroom Suite, perfect for an extended weekend city getaway


Celebrate family togetherness this summer in the kitchen.

picaCheesy Pimiento Bites (foreground), Hotcake Crackers with Spinach Dip (top left) & Crepe Nut Roll-ups (right)

Get into your kitchen with the family and create these small wonders – crackers with a creamy dip, a piece of bread with a bit of spice, paper-thin crepes filled with nutty delight.

They are mouth-watering and easy to prepare. It is utterly true, big (and delicious) things really come in small packages.

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 ¾ cup            Maya All-Purpose Flour

2 tbsps.         brown sugar, packed

½ tsp.             baking soda

½ tsp.             baking powder

1/8 tsp.          salt

1                      egg

¼ cup            water

2 tbsps.          oil

3 tbsps.        canned pimento, finely chopped

1 cup           cheese, grated

1 tbsp.          pickled jalapeño, chopped

2 tbsps.        Spanish chorizo, chopped

prepared cheese spread, as needed

pickled jalapeño slices, as needed

Spanish chorizo slices, as needed


Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Grease and line an 8-inch square pan. Set aside.

Sift dry ingredients together. In a bowl, beat egg lightly with a fork. Stir in water and oil. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix. Fold in pimento, cheese, jalapeño and Spanish chorizo. Transfer batter and spread evenly in the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Cut into circles using a 2 or 3-inch cookie cutter.

To assemble. Spread cheese on top of the bread cut-outs. Finish with a slice each of jalapeño and Spanish chorizo.

Yield: 8-10



 Hotcake Cracker Variations:


1 pack                Maya Chocolate Hotcake Mix (200gms.)

½ tsp.                  salt

2 tbsps.               shortening

3 tbsps.               water

sesame seeds,  as needed


1 pack                         Maya Complete Hotcake Mix (200gms.)

1 tbsp.                         shortening

2-2 ½ tbsps.                water

sesame seeds, as needed

Whole Wheat

1 pack                         Maya Whole Wheat Hotcake Mix (200 gms.)

1 tbsp.                         shortening

3 tbsps.                       water

sesame seeds, as needed

Spinach Dip:

1 tbsp.                         oil

2-3 cloves                   garlic, minced

1 piece                       medium-sized onion, chopped

150 gms.                     spinach

salt & pepper, to taste

½ bar                          cream cheese

½ cup                         mayonnaise

½ cup                        all-purpose cream

1 tbsp.                        lemon juice

½ cup                        parmesan, grated


  1.  Prepare hotcake crackers. Combine hotcake mix and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening into flour mixture until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with water until all flour particles are moistened and dough almost cleans the sides of the bowl.
  2. Gather dough into a ball. Roll until ¼-inch thick on a floured surface or between two sheets of wax paper and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cut into preferred shapes and arrange on a lightly-greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until done. Carefully remove from cookie sheet while still warm. Transfer to a cooling rack and store in an airtight container once cooled. Prepare crackers using different hotcake mixes in the same manner.
  4. Prepare spinach dip. In a hot skillet with oil, sauté garlic and onion until translucent. Add spinach; season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and strain the mixture. Chop, cool and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add in the chopped spinach and mix. Serve with hotcake crackers.

Yield: 15 – 20 servings





1 pack                       Maya Original ‘Fluffy n’ Tasty’ Hotcake Mix (125 gms.)

2                                  eggs

1-¼ cups                   milk or water

2 tbsps.                   melted butter

oil, as needed for greasing


60 gms.                      toasted walnuts, chopped

60 gms.                      toasted cashew nuts,chopped

60 gms.                      toasted pistachio nuts, chopped

1 cup                         confectioners’ sugar

melted butter, as needed


1 cup                         white sugar

1 cup                         water

  1. Prepare crepe by mixing all ingredients, except oil, in a bowl until well-blended and smooth. Pour ¼ cup batter into a preheated nonstick pan or greased flat skillet. Tilt pan from side to side to cover the bottom of the pan. Cook until light golden brown. Flip the crepe carefully to cook the other side. Cool and set aside.  
  2. Combine all ingredients for the filling in a bowl. Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Place a piece of crepe on a plate and spread a thin layer of filling on top. Fold in the ends and roll. Brush the edges with melted butter to seal. Arrange the roll-ups, with the seams down, on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Prepare syrup by combining sugar and water in a pot without stirring. Bring to a boil until amber in color. Continue cooking until the syrup reaches a thread-like consistency. Remove from heat. Cut roll-ups into bite-sized pieces and dip in syrup or drizzle top with syrup. Serve.

Yield: 9 servings


Richmonde Café highlights vibrant Vietnamese flavors.


With its distinct vegetarian roots and vast selection of healthy options, Vietnamese food has become a staple among health buffs or simply anyone who wants to get their fix of a thrilling yet guilt-free fare. Now, Richmonde Café at Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, treats all epicureans to a sampling of its savoury goodness with Buffet Viet, a Vietnamese-inspired buffet spread that is sure to satiate your Asian food cravings.

Cooked with the freshest and most appetizing herbs and spices, Buffet Viet presents the zesty energy of its inspiration, from Citrus Sardine Salad, Hanoi Crisp Parcels with Vermicelli, Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls, Cari Chay, Pho Bo, Seared Tuna with Mango Salsa, Shrimp Cake in Lemongrass Skewers, Shrimp and Pomelo Salad, Barbecue Caramelized Chicken Wings, and Salt and Pepper Shrimp.

Buffet Viet is available at the Weekday Lunch Buffet from March 9 to 13, 2015 for Php 998 nett, and at the Friday Dinner Buffet on March 13, 2015, for Php 715 nett.

Richmonde Café is located at the second floor of Richmonde Hotel Ortigas, 21 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For inquiries or reservations, please call 689-8419 or 638-7777 extension 3409.


Savor the ultimate steak experience only at Bulgogi Brothers

bulgogiTake barbecue steak experience to the next level at Bulgogi Brothers now serving a superb line-up of USDA Choice Grade and US imported Angus Beef in its new offerings: Choice Barbecue Steaks.

A perfect steak gets its robust flavor from how much marbling there is in the meat. At Bulgogi Brothers, customers will immediately know they’re getting the highest quality just by looking at the beautiful contrast of red meat and flecks of white fat that give the steak its marble-like pattern.

Take your pick from any of the seven barbecue platters launching soon at all of its branches in the metro: Sirloin Steak Platter, a combination of rib eye steak, boneless short ribs and sirloin steak; Beef Belly Platter, a trio of rib eye steak, boneless short ribs and beef belly BBQ; and Pork Belly Platter, a plate of Korean BBQ favorites that include rib eye steak, boneless short ribs, and grilled pork belly; Sirloin Steak, lean and generous slice of sirloin steak;  Rib Eye & Short Ribs Combo, generous servings of Bulgogi Brothers’ Premium Combination; Rib Eye Steak, hefty slices of fully marbled US rib eye steak.

Bulgogi Brothers’s signature barbecue steak platters are ideal for sharing with friends and families. And while you’re at it, give the restaurant’s equally delightful house specialties a try like its selection of Bulgogi dishes, Bibimbap, Spicy Seafood Dumpling, King Galbi Tang, and Kimchi Stew just to name a few.

Bulgogi Brothers branches are located at 3/F Greenbelt 5, 3/F Glorietta 2, 2/F South Veranda Mall of Asia, 1st Level Alabang Town Center, and at 2/F Newport Mall.


Savor fish three ways this Lenten season at Sentro 1771.


Whole Fish Escabeche, a Sentro 1771 Lenten special


Fresh Smoked Fish Spring Rolls

 Rediscover fish this season: try Fresh Smoked Fish Spring Roll, fresh lumpia of tinapang bangus, salted egg, mustasa, onions and tomato; Whole Fish Escabeche is pan-fried fish of the day in sweet-sour vinegar sauce with garlic, ginger and turmeric and Fish of the Day Pandan is whole fish stuffed with sauteed onions, tomatoes, miso and malunggay, tied with pandan leaves.

These special Lenten offerings are available from February 18, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, until April 5, Easter Sunday.

Sentro 1771 introduced the modern Filipino cuisine experience over a decade ago. Traditional Filipino dishes get a new level of taste and presentation. Now famous menu items include Corned Beef Sinigang, corned beef cured in-house for 3-5 days; Rated GG, galunggong reinvented and Keso Flan which is cheesecake with red egg and queso de bola.

Visit Sentro 1771 on the 2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati City, 757-3938 or 0917-866-0449,; Serendra Piazza, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 856-0581 or 0917-814-7794,; and Capitol Commons, Shaw Blvd., Pasig City,  941-8277,


Meatless meals are made more exciting at l’entrecote.


Deep Sea Scallops on Spaghetti


Grilled Marinated Norwegian Salmon

l’entrecôte Corner Bistro at Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City offers a delicious take on Lent with fresh Norwegian Salmon, sweet US Maine Lobster Tail and Deep Sea Scallops, all prepared to make meatless meals this season exciting.    

One dish is “Sweet” US Maine Lobster Tail on Saffron Risotto with green asparagus tips and Espelette  Flavored Lemon-Aioli Sauce.

Another is Grilled Marinated Norwegian Salmon with Dijon Mustard, Dill Sour Cream Sauce on warm Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous tossed in Herb Vinaigrette.

Deep Sea Scallops on Spaghetti tossed in a Cheesy-Lime Cream Sauce with Young Leeks and Roasted Garlic is also a choice.

You can order your favorite accompaniment of soups or salads or any other item from the menu. Enjoy your meal with a wide selection of wines and spirits. Have a sweet ending with unique dessert creations.

The l’entrecote Lent Specials run from March 1 to April 5 (Easter Sunday).

For reservations, call l’entrecôte at telephone numbers 856-4858, 836-2764 or mobile 0905-991-1266. You can also visit for more information.


Crispy Dinuguan is Siklab’s latest bestseller.


Dinuguan, a popular blood stew dish, is undeniably a Pinoy favorite and a staple in most Filipino households.  Even Pope Francis had it for merienda with puto during the Holy Father’s return flight to the Vatican on board a PAL flight after his visit to the Philippines last January. So, when was the last time you had a bowl?

Come on over to SIKLAB and savor this classic dish with a pleasant twist: Crispy Dinuguan.

At Siklab, Filipino dishes are presented creatively, the Bistro way.  While other versions   have soft pork chunks and innards, Siklab steps it up by using deep fried and crispy pork maskara and belly.  These are then simmered in pork blood stew; vinegar and lemongrass that provide the tangy and aromatic balance. What defines Siklab’s take on this popular blood-based casserole is that as you enjoy the dish, there’s the accompanying punches of crisp and crunch.  No wonder, the Crispy Dinuguan is now a bestseller in the restaurant.

And because Siklab literally means “to catch fire” or “burst into flames,” the dishes served here are in their best hot-off-the-grill goodness.   Other stars of the menu are the smokey and succulent Chicken Barbecue, Kuhol sa Gata, Sinigang na Salmon Belly, Kare-Kare, Binagoongang Liempo, Pinaputok na Tilapia, Gising Gising, Sisig Rice and Turon 2.0.

Siklab is at the 3rd floor, Greenbelt 3, Makati City; please call tel. nos. 7297431 to 32 for more details. (To know more about Siklab, follow us on Facebook:


Vote for TGIFriday’s Philippine Representative to the World Bartender Championship


TGIFridays Philippines’ Bryan “Mr Hangover” Bonifacio is representing the country in this year’s World Bartending Championship to be held in the House of Blues, Dallas, Texas on March 17-19, 2015. He needs our online votes!

“There is an ongoing online voting for his year’s Fan Favorite ongoing until March 16 only. All you need to do is click the link:, look for my name and click on the “vote” button,” Bonifacio explained. “Online voting can be done every day so I hope you click on my name once daily and tell your friends to do the same,” he added.

From thousands of bartenders from all over the world, 10 best of the best ones will compete at the World Barchamps 2015. Bonifacio is set to compete the world’s best bartenders from UK, Cyprus, Peru and at least six from the US.

Bonifacio will attempt to bring home the crown as “Bartender King” with his flair, audience engagement and unique brand of humor. But he needs our online support.

The World Bartender championship represents Fridays’ longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation in the beverage industry that has set it apart from the rest of the players in the industry. The competition began back in the late 80s and has evolved into one of the most awaited and prestigious challenges among bartenders of TGIFridays around the world.  Local winners advance to the regional level and ultimately, the World Barchamps. This year, Bryan Bonifacio, a first-timer but talented bartender from Fridays Glorietta who has mastered mixology—the real spirit behind all Friday’s stores—is now set to conquer the world.

TGIFriday’s Philippines is known to produce top bartenders who have won accolades in international competitions including Matthew “Kryptonite” Burgos and Eric “El Terrible” Martinez, who both represented the Philippines and won the 2007 1st runner-up honors and 2006 Champion respectively, at the T.G.I.Friday’s World Bartender Championship (WBC) held in Las Vegas, USA.

To support Bryan Bonifacio with online votes, click and click “vote” under his name. One vote is allowed per person, per day. Voting is ongoing up to March 16, 2015 only.


Two of Japan’s comfort food get top-billing at Tonkatsu by Terazawa


Tonkatsu by Terazawa focus on two of Japan’s favorite comfort food with the launch of its new offerings–Savory Ramen and Crispy Tempura, available at its Greenbelt 2 restaurant.

A Japanese classic loved for its delicate texture and freshness, tempura is the ultimate Japanese fried food minus the greasiness. Chefs at Tonkatsu by Terazawa have perfected this tricky art form, serving succulent tempura coated in light and airy batter with crispy bits served with a warm dipping sauce. Customers may order the a la carte Shrimp Tempura in threes (Php 245) or fives (Php 375), or opt for variety with the Assorted Tempura priced at Php 355  with three pieces of shrimp, one oyster and 30 grams of kizu fish.

Meanwhile, the restaurant satiates the guests’ penchant for Japanese ramen with its line of soulful and slurp-inducing Savory Ramen served in a tasty broth of Shoyu, Tonkotsu or Sio.

Tonkotsu gets its depth of flavor from pork bones boiled for hours to have a rich, almost buttery broth that’s both delicious and comforting. Ramen in Shoyu Sauce is a reference to the popular Japanese soy sauce which gives this dish its tangy, salty and savory character. Sio Ramen, in contrast, features a mellow flavor with a salt-based, clear broth. Each bowl of ramen is served with corn, wakame (seaweed) and cabbage. Add-ons are also available to make the dish extra special: Black Spanish Iberico (45g), Php 125; Tokusen Kurobuta (45g), Php 125; Chashu (2 slices), Php 75; and Flavored Egg, Php 75.

Enjoy Japan’s favorite comfort food available at Tonkatsu by Terazawa in Greenbelt 2. Aside from ramen and tempura, the restaurant also serves some of the best tonkatsu dishes in the metro.


Make your heart and those of your loved ones healthier and happier with delightful meals from Hunt’s Kitchen Superstar.

“I love my heart” and share the same concern with your family and friends with dishes that are both yummy and healthy.  Go hearty and happy with these easy-to-prepare recipes from Hunt’s Kitchen Superstar.

For starters, here is the no-frills Tuna Loaf Wraps. Infused with Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese, the combination of garlic and cheese, and nutrient-packed tuna, this simple yet satisfying meal makes for a hearty appetizer or snack.

Generously laden with Hunt’s Pinoy Style Tomato Sauce with Lycofiber, the Fish and Tofu in Oriental Sauce dish comes with that familiar sweet and savory blend to match the mood of candlelit dinner dates or any home celebrations. Those who don’t have enough time to cook will find this a cinch to prepare and serve, with easy-to-use ingredients like cream dory, tofu and of course, Hunt’s well-loved Pinoy Style Tomato Sauce.




1 loaf white loaf bread, big  
180 grams tuna flakes in oil
30 grams onion, chopped  
30 gram garlic, chopped
1 pack, 250g Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese  
100 grams lettuce    
¼ kilo cheese, grated  


1.  To make the wrap, trim the edges of the loaf and flatten using rolling pin/bottles, then set aside.

2.  To make the filling, sauté onion and garlic using the oil from the tuna. Add tuna and Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce Parmesan Cheese. Simmer the sauce and reduce until thick.

3.   Place the flattened loaf bread on a plate then top with lettuce. Spread a spoonful of sauce onto the lettuce and sprinkle with cheese.

4.   Roll the bread and pinch the edge to lock it. You may serve it whole or cut in halves.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.





  200 grams tempura batter (showa)
  1 kilo cream dory  
  To taste:
  salt & pepper
  ½ pc. lemon
  100 grams flour
  1 Lt. oil (fryer)
  ½ kilo tofu (tokwa)
  60 grams ginger, grated
  60 grams white onions, chopped
  60 grams garlic, chopped  
  1 pack, 1 kilo Hunt’s Pinoy Style Tomato Sauce with Lycofiber    
120 ml. soy sauce  
100 grams white sugar  
50 grams cilantro, chopped  
50 grams red & green bell peppers  
45 ml. sesame oil  

1.   Mix tempura batter according to package specification.

2.   Cut dory into small strips and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Coat in flour and dip into batter. Fry in medium heat until crisp; set aside.

3.     Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes. Fry; set aside.

4.     Sauté ginger, onion and garlic.

5.     Add Hunt’s Pinoy Style Tomato Sauce and soy sauce, then simmer. Add sugar, cilantro, bell peppers and sesame oil. Pour sauce into fish and tofu, then mix well.

Makes 10 to12 servings.

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Discover more garlic-inspired delights that only Krazy Garlik can do

hog-earsKrispy Hog Ears Salad, one of the latest bestsellers at Krazy Garlik

spring-rolllsImperial Spring Rolls


Count on Krazy Garlik to come up with crazy ways to use garlic in its dishes! Here are 10   new lip-smacking items on the restaurant’s menu as proofs.

Prep up your taste buds for some serious grub ahead with Krazy Garlik’s shareable samplers brimming with garlicky goodness: Onion Rings Tower, Garlik Toast Toppers, Chorizo and Mussels , a dish of Chilean mussels and Manila clams sautéed in white wine, garlic, bell pepper and onion leeks, best paired with 12” of Garlik, a foot-long garlic bread topped with bacon bits and parmesan cheese.

If you love spring rolls, you will definitely go loco over Imperial Spring Roll, Krazy Garlik’s own take on this Asian classic stuffed with layers of ground meat, rice noodles, peanut, and romaine lettuce. Craving for something unusual? Try the Krispy Hog Ears Salad which is mixed greens tossed in garlic lemongrass dressing topped with roasted pepper, roasted garlic, red onion, red cabbage and crispy hog ears. A new entrée fast becoming a topseller is Vegetable Medley Rice, a rice dish tossed with seasonal vegetables flavored with fish paste and topped with pork slices.

Be sure to stay for dessert like the Popcorn Basket, hand formed caramel coated popcorn basket served with vanilla ice cream; Choco Panna Cotta, homemade Italian vanilla ice cream topped with dark chocolate, garlic and chocolate chips; and Charlie’s Chocolate, chocolate ice cream on a bed of chocolate crumbs and chocolate sponge cake served with meringue mushroom.

Krazy Garlik is an original, homegrown restaurant concept of The Bistro Group born out of the idea that an everyday ingredient like garlic can spawn many incredible dishes. To match this ingenuity, the restaurant gets creative with its food presentation as seen in the new plating of dishes that’s visually appetizing!

Visit Krazy Garlik at Greenbelt 5 (501 3752-53);  Newport Mall, Resorts World (621 7148-49); Promenade, Greenhills (650-3733) Alabang (659-3392). To know more about Krazy Garlik, visit


Show your loved ones you care with mouthwatering meals.


King Sue, one of the best brands of ham that has been on Filipino tables since 1930, shares useful ideas on how to prepare mouthwatering  meals to express your love using everyday ingredients combined with premium hams, sausages and bacon.  They are easy to prepare, even those with less than perfect kitchen skill can do them.

  • ·         Take your wife (and kids) to your favorite park and bond over breakfast, picnic-style. Prepare a breakfast basket which may contain any of the following: slices of King Sue ham, different types of cheeses, omelets, tomatoes, olives, crackers, bread and drinks. Bring board games for some family bonding after the meal.
  • ·         You can also have a family meal al fresco right in your own garden. Bring out the barbeque grill and start having fun by making your own version of sweet and savory skewers layered with ham, sausages, fruits and veggies.   Or you can whip pasta dishes with a creamy sauce and King Sue bacon.
  • ·         Is your loved one working on a weekend? Make ham sandwiches, quiches, grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich, or even muffins with ham filling,  he can enjoy during office breaks.

The bottom line is, there’s really no excuse not to come up with something heart-warming on any day for bonding. It only takes a dash of creativity, love and reliable ingredients like King Sue’s premium hams, sausages and bacon to put together a simple but unforgettable celebration.

King Sue hams and other meat products are available at leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide.  Visit or call 881-0530 & 364-5430 for inquiries and orders


Enjoy the “Fresh Catch” at Fish & Co’ with seven  new to-share dishes.

steam-seafoodSteamed Seafood Bucket at Fish & Co

burgerBurger Slider made of 100 percent Wagyu beef, only at Fish & Co

 Get ready to get hooked all over again as Fish & Co’ launches its new “Fresh Catch”. From starters to mains, there are seven new sharable dishes ways to lure your palates.

Big flavors begin with “Fish Bites,” the restaurant’s way of starting your meal right. Enjoy Crispy Crablets which are deep-fried until crispy and golden brown and served with the signature vinegar sauce. The Prawn & Artichoke Dip is a rich and creamy option–take a piece of flour tortilla; eat it with the baked prawns and artichoke hearts, cream and cheese dip.

Indulge your appetite  further with the  Exploding Crackers—crispy prawn crackers and fried calamari tentacles topped with cheese sauce, pico de gallo and jalapenos.  If you want something spicy, try the Bonito Fries–flavorful potato wedges sprinkled with furikake, nori sheets and katsuobushi, served with homemade spicy tobiko mayo.

Beyond the bounties of the sea, Fish & Co. serves a variety of delightful dishes that cater to meat lovers.  A popular appetizer and bar food,  the Wagyu Burger Sliders are 100 percent Wagyu beef patties mixed with honey mustard bbq sauce, cheese slices and sandwiched into mini burger buns. Care for chicken? Sink your teeth into the Sea Buffalo–chicken breasts that are coated with a hot and spicy buffalo sauce, deep-fried and served with bleu cheese dip.

Now onto the mains. Savor the lip-smacking flavors of the Imperial Fish and relish the distinct stuffings of mussels, crab meat and salmon. Seafood rice and French beans complete this delicious dish.  Find treasure in a bucket with the medley of seafood in a flavorful stock served in a hot pot called the Steamed Seafood Bucket.

Visit Fish & Co branches at Greenbelt 3 (729 7431); SM Mall of Asia (556 0683) and Trinoma (916 2028). To know more about Fish & Co., check out


Modern Shanghai Restaurant offers various ways of celebrating the Year of the Wood Sheep  to attract good luck and bring families together.

modern-shanghai             Modern Shanghai (3/F Glorietta and 2/F Mall of Asia) has special delights to thrill the taste buds for the Chinese Lunar New Year and beyond.

Ang Pao coupons entitle guests to special dishes at big savings:  Wok-fried Sliced Beef with Broccoli and Yang Chow Fried Rice may be enjoyed for Php 528 (with savings worth Php 180);   Birthday Noodles and Shandong Buns are available at Php 328 (savings of Php 98); free 6 pieces Siomai for a minimum purchase of Php 500 and free 4 pieces Hakaw for a minimum purchase of Php 500.

There are also specially prepared Good Fortune Set Meals that are meant to please  palates and bring good luck this year.  These include  Yang Chow Fried Rice, Birthday Noodles, a choice between steamed garoupa in soy sauce and deep-fried garoupa with sweet & sour sauce and sauteed string beans with minced pork. (As an extra treat to guests, free tikoy was given on February 19 for the purchase of any of these meals.)

Easy Listening Nights

A cold  brew or hot coffee plus cool soothing sounds in the background, makes for a blissful day-ender at The Lounge of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.

Reserve Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at The Lounge for Easy Listening Nights and get to experience music bliss to end your day with all the good vibes.

Easily accessible at the hotel’s lobby, The Lounge now offers not just coffee, tea, sandwiches and pastries, but also choice drinks and bar chow in the evenings. And complementing its mid-week and weekend Happy Hour are live musical performances from the hotel’s talented resident artists.

Reminisce the good ol’ days as you listen to classic strumming of country/folk tunes from the 50’s to the 90’s during Retro Folk Wednesdays; loosen up and celebrate the weekend with soothing pop jazz music from a pianist-singer duo at the Friday Rewind-Unwind; and enjoy a relaxing time listening to pop and R&B hits on the keyboards every Acoustic Chill Saturday. Performances are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. No cover charge or minimum consumption required.

Enhance music tripping with drink-all-you-can Happy Hour fun of San Miguel bottled beers, non-alcoholic drinks and standard cocktails, plus pica-pica buffet, served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for only Php 580nett.  Happy Hour is also served Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with plated bar chow.

For more inquiries and reservations, call 570-7777. Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City and is accessible through the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall.


Looking for the perfect present? Go to Daiso Japan, its wide merchandise-mix makes gift-shopping hassle-free.

eggColorful Microwave Oven Egg Trays

You’ve probably seen them in one of your trips to the malls: stores selling all kinds of merchandise for home and personal use for as low as Php 88.  While these stores somehow look the same from the outside, not all are genuine hyakuen or what is known in Japan as 100-yen stores.

iceHeart-shaped trays to make ice, popsicle or ice candy

Thus, customers looking for the best value for their money know better and shop at Daiso Japan, one of the retail formats operated by Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc.

boxesPretty boxes for personal use or for gift-giving

 Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. holds the exclusive sub-license to sell authentic Daiso merchandise from Japan and operates the legitimate Daiso Japan store concept in the Philippines.

Quality, variety and uniqueness of products make Daiso Japan the number one supplier of living ware goods all over Japan. Here, shoppers are spoilt for choice and go crazy over the store’s massive display of unique items organized efficiently to make shopping a breeze. Additionally,  shelves are being replenished each week with the latest kawaii (cute) items from Japan including licensed Sanrio and Disney items assuring customers of quality along with big savings.

babyCuddly lap blanket with sheep design to keep baby comfortable

Aside from variety, product aspects such as design, packaging, and functionality are likewise important considerations in Daiso Japan’s merchandise mix, making it a favorite haunt for all things cute and practical by discerning shoppers. Thus, choosing a gift for any occasion is a lot more fun.

Browse through the store’s heart cookie cutter, heart boxes, floral magnets, heart sandwich boxes, candy safety pins, heart shaped microwave oven egg tray and glittering clear rollers. Keep in mind that the perfect present for a loved one doesn’t have to be the most expensive. Rather, it’s the thoughtful gesture and sincerity in giving that’s very much appreciated.

Visit Daiso Japan in most Robinsons malls nationwide and start shopping for quality and affordable merchandise. Newly-opened branches are located at Robinsons Townville Buhay Na Tubig, Imus Cavite; Robinsons Supermarket BF Homes and Robinsons Place Las Pinas.

To know more about Daiso Japan Philippines, check out Facebook: or @DaisoJapanPH