Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Not-so-Fortunate Day at Fortune Island, and Some Do's and Don'ts

This should have been entitled "The Best Backdrop for a Goddess-like Photo Shoot."  But then again...

Taking a break from the electioneering hullabaloo, Bhogs and I decided to go away for a day!  Go-away in the sense that we had to leave the kids (and the dogs) behind for a day and spend some "just the two of us" time.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

What Happened When I Turned 40 Last March

I know this had been a super late post!

But I'm keeping this for my self...

Last March 20 (I know, I procrastinated that much!), my family and I spent a simple staycation for my birthday at Crimson Hotel and had spent Earth Hour here as well.  Next day was spontaneous but overly fun.

Do read on and hopefully I can inspire you to get out with your family more...








One Day #WithoutShoes

Our life is such a helter-skelter even this summer, to-do lists are never-ending, of course, how can I ever forget to schedule dates with the hubs.

However, in the midst of all the busyness, it’s vastly important to take time to do activities together as a whole family. Common activities strengthen family bonds and build a strong foundation for nurturing, communicative, healthy relationships. Could there be a better way to nourish joy in our families?

So, here is one special day to do so but can be more meaningful in the sense that we all can get to reach out to other communities with the sole purpose.

 “One Day Without Shoes”, is happening on May 10, 2015 at West Gate Alabang.

The TOMS team everyone to join “One Day Without Shoes” for a GOAL:  IN ONE DAY, GIVE 100,000 NEW PAIRS OF SHOES TO CHILDREN IN 10 COUNTRIES.

Each year TOMS spend one day #withoutshoes to raise awareness for children’s health and education. The dream is that some day, all kids will have shoes. With our support on May 10, they'll be one step closer to improving the lives of 100,000 kids in 10 countries.  To date, TOMS Philippines has given more than 850,000 pairs from 2011— highest “give" in Asia.

Bring your family, friends, co-parents, and their children to  can join us on this day.  It would be a fun and great way to educate the children as well — to be aware of what other children go through, and how there are unconventional ways of helping them.

How to join?  You my ask.

2 Ways to Join

1. Attend the “One Day Without Shoes” event + do live posting on IG (Photo of Barefoot + TOMS shoes + Hashtag #withoutshoes = Give a Pair)

2. Post on IG (Photo of Barefoot + TOMS shoes + Hashtag #withoutshoes = Give a Pair)

IG:  @TOMSPhilippines  #withoutshoes  #ODWS2016ph

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gastronomy by Joy's Summer Give-away

I have so many things lined up to share you guys, it's been a while that i haven't run a give-away on my blog so I'm glad I was able to make up for it.

Have you read my blog about Philippines: Food Holidays, a travel and dining guide?

If not here is the link:  http://www.gastronomybyjoy.com/2016/04/the-gastronomic-tour-of-philippine.html    

If so, and you are thinking of having one, then you're in for a treat.  You can now easily plan your next foodie-get away and be an advocate for Philippine culinary tourism.

GET THIS CHANCE TO WIN 1 (one) FOOD HOLIDAYS and a BAYONG filled with DEE's Gourmet Popcorns, Organic Facial mist and Lip Gloss from Brazil Spa and a travel bag tag from DOT!

All you have to do is

1.  Share this on FACEBOOK or Instagram.

2. Tag me @joyfelizardo @gastronomybyjoy

3. Use the hashtag #gastronomybyjoy #tourismphl

4. Comment below why you want to promote Filipino cuisine, with your name, cp number and email address.

Period of posting and sharing starts tonight and ends on May 5, 2016.

Announcement of the winner will be on May 6, 2016.

That's it!

Make Dishes Stand Out with Organique Acai

 I love my family as much as I love myself and when it comes to our family's health I do not compromise.  Sometimes I just can't say no to someone who comes along and offers me something that might help improve my family's health, specially when we talk about diabetes and how to prevent aging.

I've had a lot of exchange of ideas, tried almost everything that promotes good health and sometimes food and natural medicine alternatives, I guess this blog can somehow show you how crazy health conscious I have become throughout the years in the recipes that I shared and the products I have features, though not so much on the food I eat outside home.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Gastronomic Tour of Philippine Flavors at the Launch of Philippines: Food Holidays

More often than not, when I think of traveling somewhere with or without my family, I always put a list of "where to eat" in my itinerary.  Thus, I can say that traveling equates with food exploration.

In all honesty, even though I grew up savoring chocolates from foreign countries and devouring all sorts of pasta dishes at home, I have this longing to go back to our roots.  The daily comfort of my father's Pinaupong Manok and Adobo, my Lola Vita's Pochero and Nilagang Baboy. and a specialty fiesta fave my mother would prepare our guests, Arroz ala Valenciana has always been my inspiration when I think of trying out new dishes from different regions in our country.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Megawatt Pizza Chicken Burrito

If this feature won't blow your mind off then I don't know what else would.  You see if you put yourself in the foot of the restaurant owners, I'm sure you might run out of unique ideas.  In this era of food glorification, more and more unique takes on cuisine, theme and kinds of service has to be thought of really well.

Speaking of unique takes, my husband and I have been wooed by a new Tex-Mex restaurant near Gilmore and Robinson's Magnolia.  This unassuming car wash business tied up with a restaurant for a leveled up take on that eat-while-you-wash concept and the good folks behind Red Baron Ribs and Steaks are the same folks who thought this.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

When McDonald's Reached Dearly to Manila's Joys

The name speaks loudly of itself and I couldn't be happier having it as a name.


Were you like me who had been being teased every Christmas for having such as name?  That you'd hear the words of the song "Joy to world..." randomly from someone who begs for your attention.

Sigh...but it is also true that your name suggests who you really are.  Agree?  Guess, I just had to live it out and enjoy every moment until my loved ones last call me with that name.

Significant to this was the recent event, which was "amazable", btw, conducted by McDonald's as they celebrated the coming out party of the newly-improved Chicken McDo.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sultan Mediterranean Grill, A Reason for Getting Lost in Salcedo Village

I just can't get over the industrial and modern interior touch which melded perfectly with Mediterranean influence which you can feel when you enter Sultan Mediterranean Grill .  I'm glad we got lost at some of Ayala CBD's backstreet after paying some dues at Megaworld business center.  

Salcedo Village is known for restaurants such as Wholesome Table, Wildflour + Bakery, Apartment 1B and many more.  But not most us know, also in the foodies' radar belong unusual restos which for sure will ignite your senses.  There's Sofrito (Latin American/Puerto Rican), New Bombay (Indian), DiCofi (Vietnamese), Calderon (Spanish), Balkan Kitchen (Yugoslavian) and more...

It's such a long list, and I'll be adding one that really made our day right - Sultan.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Record-breaking Tourism Achieved in February

The country’s tourism industry performance is off to a thriving start this year and continues to break records with the month of February 2016 reaching a total of 549,725 visitors for a double-digit increase of 20.42% from 2015.

In the past 62 months under the Aquino Administration, this  has been the highest  growth rate  and the biggest  volume of visitor arrivals.For two consecutive months, the country’s tourism grew by double digits at 13.17percent in January and 20.42 percent in February.