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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    


Marriott Manila makes Father’s Day truly special.

marriott Marriott Manila marks Father’s Day with culinary marvels from the steaks to the spirits.

marriott2 Give dad a big dig on a buffet made for the boss of our homes. Marriott Manila’s Marriott Café is dishing out only the best for the best by their award-winning chefs. Be greeted by cold cuts, cheese and a variety of bread to get you started.

The Gambas station serves fresh prawns with 5 homemade sauces you can choose from that seeps through the sweet meat, guaranteed to explode in your mouth with every bite. Don’t miss out on the highlight of the buffet, have your US Prime Rib Eye cooked to your likeness.

The sustainable Fresh Catch of the Day features a selection of seafood that makes the whole buffet a perfect catch itself. Diverse food choices are available like sushi and sashimi freshly prepared right before your eyes, noodles and dim-sums you can use to create your own soup, a selection of pastas you can pair with your choice of sauce, and some meaty options perfect for the grill.

The Filipino station features local favorites such as bulalo and kare-kare, that’s guaranteed to be a nostalgic experience in every bite. The teppanyaki station is a sure hit too as you watch the lively chefs prepare your order. Sweet endings is not a problem with various desserts, chocolate fountain station, halo-halo cart roaming around, the infamous gelatos and the crepe station, are all surefire to sate your sweet tooth. The hotel spikes up the brunch with free-flowing sparkling wine and martini bar perfect to toast to the super Dad dining. Marriott Café’s bountiful dinner buffet is at Php 2,650 nett and hefty Sunday brunch is at Php 2,800 nett on June 19, 2016.

marriott3There’s nothing more rewarding for our super Dads than a meaty dinner propped with a glass or bottle of wine to go with it in a perfectly dimmed and cozy steak-out place. The multi-awarded Marriott Hotel Manila’s Cru Steakhouse features a wide range of steaks complete with an extensive red and white spirit options.The 3-course meal starts at Php 2,800 while the 4-course meal starts at Php 3,800.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit


Your father deserves the best. Indulge him at Hotel Jen Manila. 


Let the superhero of your family experience a one of a kind delight at Hotel Jen Manila.

Let dad stay in our Deluxe Room and make him feel like a king. Inclusive of this overnight stay is a breakfast buffet for two at Latitude, one complimentary buffet lunch at Kitsho or Latitude, a complimentary cocktail or mocktail together with a Father’s Day Platter at our Windows By The Bay and a surprise gift from Hotel Jen Manila. Get all of these perks for only Php 4,230 ++ per night. Promo is valid every Friday – Sunday of June 2016.

If your dad’s favorites are grilled seafood and meat, then make sure to book him at Latitude Restaurant on June 19, 2016 that features fresh prawns, mussels, marinated pork belly, chicken barbeque, beef ribs and baby back ribs.

For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food&

The brand is the brainchild of virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery.

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


New World Manila Bay Hotel honors the first hero in our lives with an exciting cooking class and specialty offerings for Dads available only this June.

Curries of the World- Cook for Dad

Cook for dad on his special day and experience a culinary journey like no other .Have fun discovering different versions of curries from Executive Chef James Williams and Dir. of Food and Beverage Azmi Dahlan like Sri Lankan Pork Curry, Singaporean Chicken Curry, Roti Jala and Thai Steamed Seabass.

Join the excitement for only Php 2,888 net per person on Saturday, 18 June,  9:30a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bayview Salon, New World Manila Bay Hotel. Rate includes lunch, cooking class participation, certificate, recipe book, apron, and a special gift. Limited slots available.For reservations, call +63 2 252 6888 or cooking class is in partnership with Travelife Magazine.

Father’s Day Special at The Fireplace

Delight Dad with a 5-course set menu dinner at The Fireplace for only Php 3,000.

Have a feast of mouthwatering dishes especially prepared just for Father’s Day. Start off with Amuse Bouche followed by Chilean seabass; oxtail ravioli with beurre noisette, asparagus and fennel; slow-cooked pork jowl with miso broth and mushrooms; slow-roasted beef with bone marrow, truffle and spinach puree. Sweeten your tastebuds with white chocolate panna cotta with summer berries and vanilla ice cream. Dinner includes one round of local crafted beer.

Special rate for dads and Club Epicure members is at Php 2,500 per person.


Father’s Day Grand Buffet at Market Café

Share a memorable all-you-can-eat experience with Dad on his special day with a sumptuous feast filled with international favorites at Market Cafe.Take Dad on a palatable trip around the world with Market Cafe’s range of offerings from Western, Japanese, Korean, Chinese toFilipino stations for Php 2,750.

chili-lobsterSweet Chili Lobsters at Market Cafe’

Club Epicure members enjoy a 20 percent discount; Dads get to enjoy a 30 percent  discount.

Chinese Cuisine Delights for Dad at Li Li

Celebrate Dad’s special day with 7-course menu carefully prepared by Chef Andy Chan at Li Li.

Have a delightful meal with Japanese conpoy soup with seafood and abalone; wok-fried beef tenderloin with duck breast and agaricus mushroom in black pepper sauce; pan-fried cod fish in champagne lemon sauce; baked bouillon scallop, shrimp mousse with e-fu noodles in lobster sauce; double-boiled egg and milk with imperial bird’s nest; glutinous dumpling with white chocolate and fine peanut.

Special set menu is only Php 2,288 per person for a minimum of 2 persons dining in. Club Epicure members enjoy a 20 percent discount.

Sliders Trio and Local Craft Beers at The Lobby Lounge

Satisfy your burger cravings at The Lounge and have a taste of unique mouthwatering sliders.

Taste all three: truffle and foie gras beef slider in black sesame brioche; sous vide chicken breast in beetroot and oats bun; and beer battered seafood slider with squid ink in polenta bun. Each order is served with red and white onion crisps on the side, for only Php 845.

Pair your comfort food indulgence with local crafted beers. Choose between Pedro Beer or Craftpoint Beer selections for Php 250.

Month-long treat for Dads at Pastry Boutique

Surprise Dad with sweet treats especially created with his taste in mind at Pastry Boutique.Let him indulge with Black Forest Jack Daniels cake. Layers of moist chocolate cake soaked in Jack Daniels whiskey topped with chocolate mousse and adorned by macarons.

Serve delightful chocolate cigars; crunchy chocolate wafers covered in dark chocolate available only for this month of June.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional, the hotel directly at telephone +63 2 2526888, e-mail or visit


Casa Roces offers a special menu for the man of the household that truly befits his love.

papamio“Papa Mio 2016” feast at Casa Roces to honor all Dads

 The finest dining establishment in the heart of the capital, Casa Roces offers “Papa Mio 2016” to honor all Dads. Lavish your father with a slew of timeless and new dishes for only Pho 850/person. The menu includes Seafood Chowder, hearty Russian Salad and appetizers like chili con carne with melted cheese and nachos.

Appetizing entrees include: BBQ pork ribs, assorted skewer of beef, pork and chicken, grilled sausages like Hungarian and Schublig with morcilla rice and crunchy bacon or cheesey macaroni with roasted piminetos. Let Dad enjoy the meal with beer or sangria.

Cap the meal with irresistible desserts like leche flan, key lime pie, chocolate mousse or seasonal fruit platter.

For  “Papa Mio 2016” reservations, please call Casa Roces at 735-5896/488-1929 or visit


Because fathers deserve only the very best on their special day, the Cravings Group of Restaurants presents a one-of-a-kind belly blowout.

The Cravings Group of Restaurants call it, “Just-the-Way-Dad-Wants-It” feast for all Dads on their very special day. The meals are homestyle, straightforward but hearty and delicious. If you are treating Dad+Mom and the rest of the family, go for the 4+1 Buffet where one gets to eat for free for a group of 5 diners.

Cravings Fraser Place—hearty Baby Back Ribs for 2 with a serving of soup and salad, complimentary dessert of the day. Add Php 99 and Dad gets unlimited premium Di Bella coffee.

Epicurious—For only Php 2,400, a group of 4 may enjoy the Big Ribs Platter served with heavy sides like broccoli, corn on cob and potato wedges. Order this specialty on June 18 or 19 and get a complimentary bottle of craft beer.

Lombardi’s—it’s an Italian dining experience Dad will love and let him indulge in his favorite Ribeye Steak. For a minimal additional amount, he can enjoy the steak with unlimited wine.

The Blackboard—it offers a gourmet indulgence for only Php595 with a smorgasboard of Dad’s favorite Homemade Sausages with a choice of Lyonnaise Potatoes or Garlic Mashed Potatoes along with a bottle of beer. Chef Michael’s mini cheesecakes cap the meal.

C2 Classic Cuisine—for a festive dining spree experience for the month of June go for C2’s Pamilyang Pinoy Bilao with all-time faves like Lechon Kawali, Beef Ribs BBQ, Pork BBQ, Shanghai, Chicharon and Ensaladang Mangga.  If the family prefers something more hefty, then order B&P’s Hefty Sticky Ribs BBQ Plate (Php 299) with a walloping serving of Sticky Ribs, Mexican Corn, Potato Wedges and Bacon Rice.

bbqC2 Classic Cuisine offers the sumptuous Pamilyang Pinoy Bilao with BBQ, Lumpiang shanghai and Ensaladang Mangga.


Bountiful barbecue goodness at Cravings that includes fresh chicken, pork and seafoods like shrimps and fish.

Desserts—for Dads, there are very special offerings at Wicked for Jack Daniel’s Walnut Pound Cake and Bacon Brownies.  Check out the extraordinary sweets at Craving Fraser, Epicurious, B&P  and TCB.


Give your father a most memorable Father’s Day with Lucia Ristorante’s unlimited baby back ribs.


Unlimited Baby Back Ribs at Lucia’s, Hotel Celeste for Dad

The most important man in your life deserves the best. Treat him to unlimited baby back ribs at Lucia Ristorante for only Php 599/nett per person. It comes with a choice of two sides: rice or mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables or coleslaw.

Or let Dad indulge in an Italian set menu at Php 850/nett per person. The set includes a glass of red wine and amuse-bouche, French Onion Soup, Emmental and Poached Egg, RavioliSpinach and Ricotta with Cream Parmesan, Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Potato Gratin and Broccoli Puree. Frangelico’s Tiramisu and Candy Almond complete the set.

The Lucia’s Unlimited Baby Back Ribs is offered Fridays to Sundays for the whole month of June; the Italian set menu is offered June 18 and 19 only. By booking and confirming your reservations, you get a free bottle of wine, beer or soda; a party of 8 gets a free bottle of Italian wine.

Call Lucia at 836-0023 for reservation and #Lucia’sUnliBabyBackRibs! Lucia is at Hotel Celeste, San Lorenzo Drive cor. Arnaiz Ave., Makati City.


Take Dad to a special trip out of town and cap it with a sumptuous country buffet only at Sisterfields, Tagaytay.

roast-beefRoast Beef with mashed potatoes and buttered veggies are included in the Country Meal Buffet served for Dads at Sisterfields, Tagaytay City

The scenic views, fresh breeze and cool weather in Tagaytay City  will be a great break for Dad and then, treat him to a country meal served with the best produce the city could offer. Here’s a peek:

Starters: Buffalo Wings with Vegetable Crudite and Blue Cheese Dip, Tacos and Nachos, Fried Potato Wedges with Ranch Dip.

Salads: Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Waldorf Salad and make-your-own at the Sisterfields Salad Bar.

Soup: Corn Chowder with bread and butter.

Entrees: Baby Back Ribs with homemade BBQ sauce, Country-style Fried Chicken, Fish and Chips with Tartar Sauce plus a selection of buttered vegetables, mashed potato with corn or steamed rice to go with the mains. There’s also a Carving Station for roast beef and selections at the Grilling Station.

Sweets: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Apple Pie, Walnut Brownies, Choco Truffle Cake and a selection of Fresh Fruits.

The buffet is set at Php 699/nett per person. Get a group of 4 and Dad eats for free.

Sisterfields is at Km. 58 Maharlika West, Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City; call (02) 240-6888 for reservations.


This Mother’s Day, give Mom not just your time but treat her to great food as well.

 Present to the most important woman in our lives—Mom—a thoughtful gift of time spent at lunch or dinner at Lucia Ristorante.

On May 7 (Saturday dinner) and May 8 (Sunday lunch), treat Mom to a spectacular buffet (Php 699+/head) with mouthwatering selection from salad to dessert. Bonus: complimentary servings of sparkling wine for early reservations and free bottle of wine for reservations of 8 persons or more.

Starters include Cream of Mushroom Soup plus pates like Whiskey Chicken Pork Pate’, Liver Pate’ Marble Mushroom Pate’ as well as Croquettas Mozza or Ceviche Shots.

Then Mom can go to the Salad Bar, check out the Pasta Station and the Carving Station for Lechon Belly and Roast Beef .

Main delights: Roasted chicken with Rosemary or Fish in Lemon Butter Sauce go well with plain rice.


A Mother’s Day Special from Lucia Ristorante at Hotel Celeste—Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

 Desserts: Panna Cotta, Tiramisu and Chocolate Mousse from the Dessert Station will surely thrill Mom.

Check out Lucia FB (luciaristoranteph) for updates. It is located at Hotel Celeste, San Lorenzo Drive corner Arnaiz Ave., Makati.



Hotel Jen Manila gives Moms a memorable experience


 Hotel Jen Manila is all set to make your Mother’s Day celebration special!

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of May 2016, you may book your mom in a Deluxe Room for only Php 4,320 ++per night. This exclusive offer comes with a buffet breakfast good for two at Latitude, one complimentary lunch at Kitsho or Latitude, a voucher which entitles mom a free cocktail or mocktail plus a Mother’s Day Platter at Windows By The Bay and Jen’s special gift for mom.

On May 8, 2016, expect our Latitude buffet spread to be extraordinary as we highlight Filipino heirloom dishes. These specialties are local recipes from different families in the country and believed to have been perfected and passed on through different generations. For those moms who crave some Japanese delights, Kitsho’s Ala Carte Buffet is just one chopstick away. Whatever Mom has chosen, we can definitely guarantee you a pleased tummy for only Php 988 nett per head.

For inquiries and advance reservations, please call (632) 795 8888 or email food&


Bring Mom not just to any restaurant, make it Sisterfields at Summit Hotel Ridge Tagaytay.

An out-of-town celebration? Why Not? If it’s for Mom, it should be extra special. That’s why Sisterfields at Summit Hotel Ridge in Tagaytay prepared an unforgettable lunch buffet for Mom on May 8.

It’s only Php 699 net/person and you and Mom will surely love the fresh greens at the Salad Bar with choice toppings of Candied Cashew Nuts or Tawilis Flakes. Dressings include Pineapple Vinaigrette, Caesar and Goddess. Delight Mom at the Canape’ Station—Tawilis Canape, Dinakdakan Pate Canape’ and Longganisa Pizza Canape.

Sumptuous main entrees include Chicken Galantina, Pesto Pasta, Laing Stuffed Lechon Roll, Beef Caldereta Espesyal with Black Olives and Kesong Puti among others. Paella and plain steamed rice are also available.


A sumptuous treat for all Moms (l-r): Laing Stuffed Lechon Roll, Longganisa Pizza Canape and Pugon Rosemary Chicken at Sisterfields, Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay

Charm Mom’s sweet tooth with Grilled Pineapple Tart or Mango Panacotta.

Make the celebration better by joining #MomKnowsBest social media contest. Check out details at Sisterfields FB (Sisterfields). Summit Hotel Ridge is at Km 58 Maharlika West, Gen. Aguinaldo Hi-way, Tagaytay City. For reservations, please call (02) 240-6888.


Cravings Group of Restaurants honors all mothers with timeless dining experiences



Cravings at Katipunan and Molito, Cravings Fraser Place in Makati, The Blackboard and The Podium are serving up Mother’s Day Chef’s Special from May 6 to May 9.

For only Php 650, Mom is sure to be pleased with Chicken Marsala or Seafood Potpie, Soup, choices at the Salad Bar, Dessert Buffet and a round of Sangria. Another indulgent deal is the 4+1 Buffet, that is, come in a group of five and one diner eats for free.

chicken-marsalaChef’s Special—Chicken Marsala especially prepared for Mother’s Day at Cravings

       At Fraser Place, the chef’s special is set at Php 399 plus soup and salad. Add Php 99 and Mom gets unlimited cups of premium Di Bella coffee along with a fresh floral surprise from Island Rose and pretty gift from Benefit Cosmetics.

The Blackboard offers the Paella overload, that’s freeflow then choose from a superb selection of appetizers like Chicken Liver Parfait. For a sweet finish, take on Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla and Cardamom French Ice Cream and a round of Sangria. For a group of five, the 4+1 Buffet applies, where one for free for every group of five.


Because Moms deserve more than a one-day celebration, B&P, C2 and Wicked are offering month-long delights.

At C2—let Mom delight in Beef Ribs Kaldereta sa Gata prepared by Chef Sarah Gutierrez (Jr. Corporate Chef of C2) which she learned from her Mommy Grace.

B&P serves a simple yet yummy Crispy Kare-Kare sa Gata at Kalabasa, an heirloom recipe from Chef Angela Villaroman (Jr. Corporate Chef of B&P) which she got from her Mommy Edith.

It’s a set meal (good for 3 to 4 persons) at Epicurious ideal for brunch and dinner that includes mixed greens with choice of dressing, pumpkin soup, chorizo olives pasta and a savory board.

For all of the above, Moms get a floral token from Island Rose and a treat from Benefit Cosmetics.

Sweeten up Mom’s Day with de cadent desserts from Cravings, B&P, The Blackboard and Epicurious: Tablea Cheesecake, Cacao Nib Brownies, Cacao Nib Pan and Toffee Brioche Pudding.

The pudding 9×6 pan/slice) and cheesecake (whole or junior size) are also on the shelf of Wicked.

Show how proud you are of your mom by joining the TCG’s Mother’s Day Social Media Contest; for full contest mechanics, visit

sweet-optionsSweet options at Cravings, Wicked and The Bakeshop (l-r): Toffee Brioche Pudding, Tablea Cheesecake and Cacao Nib Brownie Pan




Yes, what more can we say but “I love you” to our beloved moms. They deserve a gastronomic feast at Casa Roces.

 Give Mom the best she deserves like a feast at Casa Roces, the fine dining resto in the heart of Manila. And it’s only Php 799+ per head!

Soup and Salad: Start with a hearty Pumpkin Soup followed with healthy greens at the Salad Bar with a choice of three sauces—Caesar, Honey Mustard and Balsamic Vinaigrette or have a Russian Salad.

Entrees: The choices will surely wom any Mom such as Baked Fish with Garlic and Cherry tomatoes in Oliv e Oil, Cochinillo with Liver Sauce and Pineapple Mango Salsa, Chicken Mushroom Salpicao, Tagliatelle with Zucchini and Paella Valenciana.

Sweets: Top the hearty meal with Pastilla de Lerche Turon, Brazo de Mercedes con Maiz and assorted mini cakes. Diners a get a free round of Sangria.

Casa Roces is at 1153 J.P. Laurel corner Aguado streets, San Miguel, Manila. For reservations, please call 735-5896 or 488-1929.


A hearty buffet awaits Mom and her family at Casa Roces that includes the resto’s popular Paella.


Did you know that we now have a bibingka that’s New York-made?


      There are countless “specialty” western confectionery products. These cutely presented eats usually satisfy the sweet tooth of any Filipino, but they also contain copious amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, synthetic flavors, and unhealthy shortenings. If only there was a pastry that was delicious, aesthetically pleasing, and, most importantly, devoid of those artificial ingredients.

The “B” in Bibingka-esk is for “Better”

Eileen Formanes, founder/head baker of New York City’s Bibingka-esk, brings her healthy treat to her home country with one thought in mind, “ I want to share my creation to the folks in the Philippines. Some of my customers in the US have commented that there were too many cupcakes all over the place and my desserts are just the kind of unique delicacies they needed to taste—the variety I also want my home folk to taste.“Having worked in Human Resources for two decades in corporate America (achieving vice President positions in several firms), Eileen decided to follow her passion for baking and the change would allow her to spend more time with her family in early 2013.

Filipino food in New York City seemed to always take a back seat in Asian cuisine.  Filipino desserts were practically unknown.  She wanted to raise the profile for Filipino food by creating her own rendition of the bibingka. “Growing up, I remember enjoying bibingka during Christmas and I knew I wanted to share that experience with the folks here in NY,” she said.

Eileen’s bibingka were first served to customers in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The uniquely-flavored, bibingkas Eileen created immediately took New York City’s food fairs by storm, eventually gaining the trust of even the pickiest eaters with her assurance that her bibingkas are gluten-free and are baked with the freshest ingredients.”

The talented Filipina had a pop-up shop at Shangri-La Plaza Mall in April and Eileen will come back regularly so Metro-Manilans will have a taste of Bibingka-esk. By early next year, the Formanes family hopes to establish a permanent shop in the metro.


CCA Manila’s Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 ignites kitchen learning discoveries.

The Young Chefs Boot Camp 2016 (YCBC) of the Center for culinary Arts is now open for kids and tweens. The culinary workshop series are designed for cooking enthusiasts from 7 to 16 years old. There are basic and semi-advanced hands-on cooking classes of five sessions held from Mondays to Fridays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. either at the CCA Katipunan campus or CCA The Podium.

For 2nd-time learners, there’s Little Chef II from May 2 to 6 at CCA Katipunan. Those who love comfort food, take the My Ultimate Comfort Food Course, May 16 to 20 at CCA Katipunan and The Podium. Tweens will love the bakery treats through Baking 101, May 23 to 27, CCA Katipunan.


It’s Summer Grilling & BBQ, May 2 to 6, CCA Katipunan; May 23 to 27, CCA The Podium; Pizza & Pasta Course is on May 18 to 22 at CCA The Podium. Cooking My Way Through Asia is set on May 2 to 6 at CCA The Podium with regional fares from Thai, K-pop to our very own Pinoy cuisine. For those who want a grasp of an advanced mastery of Filipino cuisine, try the Junior Pinoy Master Chef Course, May 3 to 7, CCA Katipunan.

For details, please call CCA Podium: 696-9083 CCA Katipunan: 218-8566 or email:



Tokyo Bubble Tea is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a new take on Japanese cuisine.

There are numerous Japanese restaurants now in Metro Manila, but if you are looking for a resto with  ts own twist to Japanese cuisine, then it’s time to hie off to Tokyo Bubble Tea (TBT). Now celebrating its 10th year anniversary, TBT is not letting up on its recipe for success as emphasized by Reagan Tan, its owner. He said, “We serve great food, drinks and we’ve got excellent service and a unique dining experience.”

Timeless favorites include Gyoza and Takoyaki, however, don’t miss the Japanese Caesar Salad, Spicy Tuna Salad and Crispy Salmon Belly. One of its bestsellers is Chicken Teriyaki Doria—savory, sweet chicken cutlets served in a bed of Japanese rice baked with mozzarella cheese on top. If you are dining with family or friends, then opt for the Tokyo Tower—sushi and fried sushi stacked together on a bed of garden salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, candied walnuts with balsamic vinaigrette) plus a crunch roll of salmon sushi on top.


If you can’t go without the burgers, you’ve got two choices at TBT—Tokyo Aloha Burger –100 percent pure beef served with pineapple and a special teriyaki sauce and Samurai apple Burger served with crispy fries and a special Japanese apple sauce.

For drinks, Tokyo Bubble Tea has in-house delicious Milk Teas and vitamin C-infused drinks. For desserts, TBT offers a unique take on the Pinoy mango and ube with its Classic Ube Cake and Mango Cheesecake.

TBT has branches in BGC, T. Morato, Katipunan and SM Megamall.   For details, follow them on FB (tokyobubbletea).


Hotel Jen Manila marks milestone together with other Hotel Jen properties around the globe.

Hotel Jen Manila’s executives grace the cake cutting ceremony.

 hj2 Dir. of Human Resources Don Bazar, Dir. of Sales & Marketing, Meegee Yap, General Manager Ed Kollmer, Dir. of Operations, Frencie Duadua & Social Media Specialist, June Ng shared a toast with everyone for Hotel Jen’s first year anniversary.

      Hotel Jen Manila marked its first year anniversary recently. With the theme, “We Are One”, the celebration became a simultaneous event as other Hotel Jen properties across South East Asia also celebrated the brand’s immense success in just one year.

Guests were invited at Windows By The Bay, the newly opened outlet of Hotel Jen Manila, providing an inspiring, magical, breathtaking and calming view of Manila Bay. Here, a three layered-caked designed with a Philippine flag on top, a symbol representing Filipino culture, was cut and shared with the public by General Manager, Ed Kollmer with other hotel executives as shown in photo.


Hotel Jen To Open in Kuala Lumpur

           Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. and Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd. announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opening in 2019, Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is the second Hotel Jen project under development in Malaysia, following the signing of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu in Borneo in September 2015.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held in Hong Kong to finalize a management agreement between Concorde Arch (M) Sdn.Bhd. and Hotel Jen.


Concorde Arch (M) Sdn initially acquired the land for building the corporate office; however, the opportunity of venturing towards hospitality became apparent with the advent of millennial travellers seeking more curated lifestyle and leisure accommodation inspired by this growing target market.The proximity of the location to numerous landmarks in Kuala Lumpur enhances the feasibility of this proposition. Judy Ng, director of Concorde Arch (M) Sdn. Bhd., said, “We are excited to be in partnership with Shangri-La International Hotel Management. This will add a new direction to our hospitality business for the group.”

Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P Ramlee, just 800 meters from the city’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers and 300 meters from the KL Tower.

The hotel will cater to both business and leisure travellers, being in close proximity to the central business district and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).

Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La, said, “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur reinforces our interest and expansion in Malaysia, in the country’s capital city, where we will now increase the group’s presence with our third hotel and newest brand Hotel Jen”.

Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new “Jeneration” of independently-minded business and leisure travellers. The brand launched quickly with the first 10 Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, followed by two new developments soon after hotel’s first anniversary.

Key Facts

        150m and 36 stories tall

  • Hotel comprises 200 rooms
  • Jen’s Kitchen, all-day-dining restaurant and lounge
  • Rooftop Sky Bar with an infinity-edge lap pool
  • Meeting rooms customised for all occasions
  • Club Lounge with privileges, including express check-in and check-out, complimentary breakfast, complimentary evening beverages and tasty local snacks and late check-out

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


Do it in style at Marriott Hotel Manila

Hunting for fun this Easter? The wilderness awaits you at Marriott Hotel Manila as they give an extra tad of glee to the Easter celebrations.. Be it an adventurous retreat for the family or a filling celebration, the hotel has prepared exciting treats and enormous spread that are perfect for both kids and kids-at-heart.

easter-marriott      Hop your way to Marriott Café and be ready to partake of the Easter spread and adventure. Go wild and explore  the café’s vast buffet offerings of international cuisines. Unleash the beast in you with the hefty spread of filling choices and prey on fresh tiger prawns, prime rib, teppanyaki and foie gras with agile chefs on standby to cook it the way you crave it.

Never thirst out in the wilderness as the hotel makes sure you’re hydrated with unlimited milkshakes, iced teas and martini selections.  For only Php 2550 nett, enjoy the Safari Sunday Brunch on March 27 and the kids can join the hoard in hunting the golden egg on the Safari field for a chance to catch a Dinner or Lunch Buffet for 4 at the Marriott Café and 1,000 worth of credits for Marriott Café Bakery.

More activities are in store for the young adventurers like glitter tattoos and magic show. Take a peek through your binoculars and be on the lookout for stilt walkers and the happy hopping bunny going around the café to bring extra ordinary joy to all the diners. More than the festivities and activities, Marriott Café is giving out loot bags filled with freebies for the early explorers to bring home.


Searching for more delectable fixes? Behind the bushes lie Easter goodies to satiate your cravings for sweet treats. Drop by the Marriott Café Bakery and Crema to discover a selection of delightful finds and decadent surprises available from March 13 to 27. Fill your sacks with snacks of the wilderness and choose from exceptional cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and cookies with prices starting from Php 120 and up.


It’s Year 3 for Jolly University!

The Boot Camp featured a Food Congress and Cook-Off challenge


Chefs Mitchie Sison (right) and Justin Sison at the food styling workshop

         For aspiring chefs and budding entrepreneurs, it was another year of learning from the masters at the Jolly University (JU). Held at Le Pavillon, the highly successful event, now on its third consecutive year, was sponsored by Fly Ace Corp., exclusive marketer and distributor of the Jolly Food line.

Says Jun Cochanco, Fly Ace president, “I am delighted with the turnout of Boot Camp participants; it showed that Jolly University has gained momentum. Ultimately, we aim to inspire students and may they appy what they have learned here when they have their business in the future.”

This year’s resource persons include:  JU’s Head Master Chef Mitchie Sison for food styling; Frances Amper Sales, Jolly’s brand ambassador/blogger and Chef Ben Bernardo who talked on , “How To Become A Successful Chef.”

Some comments from the student participants: John Prestin, La Consolacion College Manila, “I’m inspired by the workshops on cooking and food styling; on photography—I learned a lot about capturing the best shots by showing the right angle and image of the subject.” Lorenzo Juaquin, Univ. of St. Tomas: “I learned to use blogs and make viral videos to promote myself and my passion.”

jolly-bootcampFuture chefs and entrepreneurs attended the Jolly University’s 2016 Boot Camp and Food Congress