NEW BUFFET DEALS AT HOTEL JEN MANILA

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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&beverage.hjm@hoteljen.com. 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 www.hoteljen.com.

“CRAVE THE BEAN”

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.

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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.

WORLD’S NO. 1 SPARKLING MINERAL WATER, NOW IN THE PHILIPPINES

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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.

AUTHENTIC FRENCH TREATS

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 www.bizupatisserie.com.

CONTINUING THE CELEBRATION

 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.

PERFECT PAELLA

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

 

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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.

GOING GOURMET

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 robinsons-supermarket.com.ph.

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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!

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

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Shoppers may avail of the free gift wrapping service

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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.

FULL HOLIDAY FLAVORS

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.

 

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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.

TGIFRIDAYS OPENS IN EVIA LIFESTYLE CENTER

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: www.fridays.com.ph.

PAPA JOHN’S HOLIDAY FEAST

Go big-time this Season with Christmas Puffs Family Pizza

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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.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY FEAST

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

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

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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: www.hoteljen.com/manila

 

AMAZING FAMILY HOLIDAYS

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

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

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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 www.shangri-la.com.)

CHEF SHARWIN TEE: BACON GOODNESS

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.

ARUGULA WITH WARM BACON VINAIGRETTE

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Ingredients:

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

Procedure:

  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.

 

BACON MALLOW BOMBS

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Ingredients:

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

Procedure:

  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.

PINOY PASKO

Pan de Manila celebrates Filipino holiday traditions on its Christmas paper bags designed by a young, dynamic artist.

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Pan de Manila’s colorful holiday paper bags feature Paskong Pinoy traditions.

 pande2Zamboanga-based artist JC Roxas designed Pan de Manila’s 2015 Christmas paper bags.

        This year, Jude Christopher “JC” Roxas of Zamboanga Sibugay did Pan de Manila’s famous Christmas paper bags. He said that he was inspired by the Filipinos love to reconnect as seen in our family reunions and used a tree as a prominent symbol in his design.

He believes that more than family traditions, Pinoy Pasko is about love, generosity and sharing. Mari Sebastian, marketing manager of Pan de Manila affirms, “Our packaging has always promoted Filipino traditions and values. Coming home and meeting people to celebrate the blessings of Christmas is what makes our truly Pinoy Pasko special for it reminds us of the real meaning of thanksgiving.”

Visit any Pan de Manila branch, the country’s favorite bread chain, open 24/7 in convenient locations in Metro-Manila, South and North Luzon, Cebu, Iloilo and Bacolod.

MALL OF KITCHENS MARKS 3RD ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate the milestone, the first foodservice mall in the country is holding a sale offering up to 80 percent in discounts till December 11, 2015. mok

 MOK –Mall of Kitchens is the first foodservice mall in the Philippines offering premium brands of utensils for home and commercial use.

         Do your Christmas shopping at Mall of Kitchens from December 7 to 11, 2015 and avail of huge discounts (up to 80 percent) on a wide array of kitchen products and items for commercial and home use.

Known as the first foodservice mall in the Philippines, Mall of Kitchens is celebrating its 3rd anniversary and is treating customers to a special sale.  It is fully stocked with top-notch kitchen equipment, utensils, foodservice furniture and other merchandise that will add convenience as well as style into your kitchen.

A brand under Technolux, Mall of Kitchens began as a 20sqm facility which three years later, morphed into a sprawling 2,500sqm facility equipped with a 1,000 sqm store/selling area.  It has evolved into as ‘one-stop-shop’ shopping site with premium products needed for home and commercial use.

Check out some of the premium brands that are available at attractive prices: Rak  Porcelain’s  plates, bowls, cups and saucers; American Metalcraft’s  menu holders, pizza pans, pizza screens and skimmers; Adcraft’s  chef’s knives and stainless steel food pans; Carlisle’s  polycarbonate food pans;  Vittore’s  tablespoons, table fork and steak knives.

Visit Mall of Kitchens at 9703 Kamagong corner  Lawaan St., San Antonio Village, Makati City. Ample parking is available. For inquiries, call 890- 6758 / 552-3587. Also visit: www.technolux.net.

A DISH TO KEEP YOU WARM

King Sue suggests a simple comfort dish to chase away the cold.

There are a lot of things to do at home when the weather turns cold, damp and dreary. But nothing beats a hot, delicious dish to keep the blah away. King Sue comes to the rescue—it has an array of products that can be easily transformed into cold-day-treats pronto! Like the dish below which is a breeze to cook.

 

BACON AND MUSHROOM PASTA WITH ORGANIC EGG YOLKmushroomIngredients:

160 grams pasta, cooked al dente

olive oil for sautéing

1 onion, minced

1 clove garlic, chopped

4 slices King Sue Bacon, cubed

3 pcs. button mushrooms, sliced

4 pcs. fresh portabello mushrooms, sliced

1 cup Emborg cooking cream

1/8 cup parsley, chopped

1/8 cup basil, chopped

salt & pepper

2 tbsps. bottled sun-dried tomato pesto

2 organic egg yolks

1 Emborg cheddar cheese slice, cubed

Procedure:

  1. In a pan, add olive oil and sauté garlic with King Sue bacon.
  2. Once slightly toasted, add mushrooms. Mix until cooked.
  3. Then add the cream, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and sun-dried tomato pesto.
  4. Mix well before adding the egg yolks and cheese.
  5. Add the cooked pasta, toss well. Serve hot.

VIBRANT STORE INTERIOR

Pan de Manila gets a fresh, new look.

pandemanila2Machuca floor tiles, brick columns and capiz make Pan de Manila interiors homey, cozy and give a comfortable vibe.

“The interior design upgrade of Pan de Manila is an answer to the clamor of our customers who want to enjoy their hot drinks and breads immediately,” said Mari Sebastian, marketing manager of Pan de Manila. “Thus, we decided to upgrade our stores especially the ones in the CBD or shopping mall areas, to make our outlets more welcoming to those who yearn for the comfort of a warm bread to perk up their mood.”

A striking interior feature is the brightly-colored capiz tapestry adorning the main storefront and the counters. Designed to welcome the patrons in style, the capiz detailing, all hand painted, also serves as a charming and functional back-lit store panel.

Table ledges, stools and chairs have been installed for the clients’ ultimate comfort as they browse the day’s newspapers or their smartphones. At the same time, they can discover the wide array of mouthwatering offerings of Pan de Manila from its popular pan de sal, cinnamon and ube breads to ensaymadas and various sandwich fillings. They may also try the coffee or chocolate drinks that will surely jumpstart their day.

pandemanila1Hand painted capiz tiles provide a colorful and warm welcome.

A BIG CULINARY STAR

A Filipina, Chef Elsa S. Jenstad Won a Coveted Vegas Grill Tilt

Chef Elsa Sabellano-Jenstad, an alumna of the Center for Culinary Arts made a big win in Las Vegas. With celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, she won a US$20,000-schlarship as grand prize winner in the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill challenge 2015 held at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

For her winning dish, Chef Elsa said, “I incorporated lemongrass for a Filipino taste, and okra for the New Orleans flavor. Thus I sought to prepare a French Bouillabaisse with an Asian and New Orleans twist. I just focused on what I should do. I already had a game plan prior to the competition, so I felt ready.”

Chef Elsa took the six-month Fast Track for Professional Program at the CCA Manila-Oceana and finished with flying colors. She left for America to work at the Atlantic Steakhouse of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada for three years as head of the Pantry Station. She also pursued higher studies at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas.

She is thankful to CCA for the “discipline and ethical work practices plus practical kitchen on-the-job training I got which prepared me truly well for the real world.”

For more information about CCA, visit cca-manila.edu.ph or call 218-8566.

PINAY BARTENDING CHAMP

TGIFridays Philippines’ Rizza Umlas is first female bartender to win Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan

TGIFridays Philippines has produced some of the best bartenders in the world and this year is no different as the country’s representative took home the much-coveted championship title at the recent TGIFridays Asia-Pacific Championship held in Taipei, Taiwan. The victory was made even sweeter by the fact that this is the first time a female bartender has won in the male-dominated competition and on a regional level at that.

Pinoy’s pride Rizza Umlas had everyone’s attention and admiration with her speed and amazing flair skills, beating contestants from six other countries that included Guam, Australia, Dubai, Korea, Japan and Taiwan to clinch the top prize.  The TGIFridays team that cheered for Umlas was led by The Bistro Group Chairman William Stelton.

       Shown in photo below during the awarding rites are from left April Sy, TGIFridays Phils. Director for Operations; Stelton; Umlas;  Sarah Masigla, TGIFridays Phils. Director for Operations and Donald McQueen, TGI Fridays International Director for Operations

Other winners were Rita Liu of Taiwan (first runner-up) and Mitsunobo Sakaiya of Japan (second runner-up).

Umlas breezed through and won the compulsory round, a grueling skills test that involved technicalities and speed and accuracy of pouring drinks. She also topped the freestyle category, an exciting stage of the competition that had the bartenders flipping, tossing, juggling, and catching bottles and shakers with flair and precision.

As champion, Umlas received a trophy, cash prize, and a round-trip ticket to New York for TGIFridays’ 50th year celebration this October. Best of all, she gets to represent Asia-Pacific in the World Bartender Championship in March 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Touted as the ultimate bartending competition, this global event will feature the toughest and the fiercest bartenders in the world who will vie for the much-desired title of King (or Queen) of the Bar.

“This is such a huge and significant victory not only for TGIFridays Philippines but for the whole country as well because we made history in the world of bartending. It was one tough competition but we had an exceptionally talented representative in Umlas who showcased once again that Filipino bartenders – whether male or female – are some of the best in the region,” said  Jean  Paul Manuud, The Bistro Group COO.

Umlas’ success is another milestone for TGIFridays Philippines that turned 20 last year. The popular American restaurant has long been a training ground for many bartender greats who have won in regional and world bartending events like Eric “El Terrible” Martinez who was named 2006 grand champion at the TGIFridays World Bartender Championship.

TGIFridays continues its winning streak this year with the opening of four more branches in Boracay, Solenad in Nuvali, EVIA Mall and McKinley Hill.

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HERE COMES, “HOME FOODIE!”

Discover exciting new flavors  with Drew Arellano in San Miguel-Purefoods-GMA-7’s cooking show

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San Miguel Pure Foods believes that aside from dining out, foodies should come home and harness their passion for food by cooking in their own kitchens and creating their own food experience.

Home Foodie is all about inspiring home cooks to reinvent favorites and recreate dishes from food discoveries using San Miguel Pure Foods products.

Thus, Home Foodie dishes are “masarap, masusustansya at kayang-kaya.

Home Foodie will not only appeal to women but also to men.  It also wants men to cook; to be active in the kitchen, hence, Drew Arellano is the perfect host for the show. He has wide mass appeal, is non-alienating and is a true blue foodie.  Drew can inspire and encourage men to enjoy food by spending time in his kitchen.

Viewers are expected to learn new twists, tips and techniques in food preparation with the experts from the San Miguel Pure Foods Culinary Center led by chefs Llena Tan-Arcenas, Rene Ruz and RJ Garcia.

Catch San Miguel Pure Foods Home Foodie Mondays to Fridays, after Unang Hirit on GMA7, and beginning Saturday and Sunday, within Balitanghali on GMA News TV.

BREAKFAST IS MORE EXCITING

Shake up your usual morning meal at  Italianni’s.

Buon Giorno! At Italianni’s, mornings are made even better by with new fresh breakfast fare served daily from 7:00 to 10:30am.

Don’t limit yourself to the usual bacon and egg morning starter instead, indulge in your favorite meat, the Pork Chop. Delight in the garlic and sage marinated chunk of pork that is grilled just the way you like it..

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An Italian classic finds its way to your breakfast plate as the Garlic & Fennel Meat Loaf  with amazing flavors in every bite. And there is no reason not to sink your teeth into the savory Steak & Egg early in the morning. Treat yourself to the premium protein-packed sirloin steak, grilled to perfection to get you going.

Italianni’s Confit Salmon, with its slow cooked and carefully prepared Norwegian salmon confit in  olive oil and spices, is something light and easy that helps you navigate your day effortlessly.

These new items enhance the restaurant’s already extensive breakfast menu with international gourmet and Filipino fare.  They come with garlic rice, egg and a complimentary single serve coffee or tea. They are available at Italianni’s Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt 2 branches.

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