Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Red Panda Bistro: A Fusion of European and Asian Cuisines with Chef Philip Golding

I've long been fascinated with fusion culinary, blending food styles, a mingling of previously divided worlds which when thrown together, undergo a sea of change into something peculiar yet comforting.  However, I realized that this blog haven't really dealt with a lot of restaurants adapting to this wave.  Case in point, Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Mr. Kurosawa, are just some of the restaurants still unticked on my bucket list.  

More recently, fusion restaurants are embracing the formula to give their diners a totally unparalleled experience.  That said, I could never refuse an invitation from a fellow foodie at the newest restaurant in Kapitolyo, Pasig, the Red Panda Bistro.

Red Panda gives you a taste from both sides of the world and is heavily inspired by both European and Chinese Cuisine.  The invitation however was for an event in which chef representatives of Disciples of Escoffier Philippine Delegation will be cooking up a storm not only to show what they are capable of but to raise funds to support them in their culinary endeavour.

Monday, August 18, 2014

No Frills Coz It's SIMPLE LANG

This restaurant epitomizes all the modern day needs for simple yet pleasurable Filipino food.   If you happen to be in Ayala and are looking for a dining venue where you not only get your pennies worth, your stomach full, and your mood that's positive till the end of the day, better head on at simple lang.

Gingerly located at the middle, amongst 15 restaurants lined up at the Ayala Triangle Gardens,  Simple Lang broke the classical, humdrum, Filipino tradition in preparing home-cooked dishes we may have grown up with.

"Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance."
- Jon Franklin

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Royal Piccadilly Tea Time with my Bestie

In the most unpredictable times, my friend from college would invite for a lunch out.  The concerned friend that I am, glee bottled up, have thought of an idea that would not really bother her too much of having to drive or brave the city's traffic just for us to do some catching up.  This idea was conceived when I was checking out royalty themes for a friend's wedding preparation.  I got to check in at a Facebook page through this link.

I tagged her on a post about Royal Piccadilly's Afternoon Set, and so began the scheduling and rescheduling of the meet up.  Situated at the 2nd floor of  Petron La Vista Gas Station, along Katipunan Ave, it's the most convenient place for her, though not for me.

Anyways, here are some photos I got from the place, I can't really decide whether it was a typical British interior design, since they do boast about the place being inspired by the owner's lives spent in London.

We were seated in front of this wall display cabinet.  I was totally in awe.  I've been 

The place is a nice for intimate or small group parties.  Famous for being a venue for baptismal, anniversary and birthday parties, they to not only cater the food but can also customize the event for you with that specialized cake as the center of the attraction of the event.

Our lunch was spent sipping cups after cups of brewed teas.

I came late so I wasn't able to take a photo of what my bestie got for lunch.  While I gorged on a huge serving of Ceasar Salad.  With that, my friend loathed me for being "plastic" on dining.

For the tea time part these are what we had.  More teas and a serving of quartered sandwich, scones and two other pastries for the day.

It was not as spectacular as expected, since we limited ourselves to a budget and we would just want to sample some of the pastries.  Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with it, well, maybe because I'm a baker and I know my pastries all too well.

I would still recommend the place though, I've heard they have other dishes on the menu that are worth the trip here.  I hope to try them next time though.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gustare Kitchen

"Potrei gustare di cioccolatini per tutto il giorno!"  

As much as I want to claim the above sentence which is written in Italian language I simply can't, for health purposes.  In English, it means "I can enjoy chocolates all day!" 

However, this post isn't all about chocolates, it all about relishing and enjoying sweets at Gustare Kitchen. To zero in on what the namesake of the restaurant (I recently discovered) means, I had to use is in a sentence. Gustare is an Italian word which can can connote many usages with a single meaning.  It can be translated in English as "to taste," "to enjoy or savor," "to appreciate" and also "to please."

Foodies who know this place allegedly call this "sha gilid ng The Goose Station."   Oh well, I did try my best to be a slapstick here.  It is however, tucked in behind the latter fine dining restaurant.  Located at one of the W buildings at BGC, this one is on the 39th St.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Blog Survived Through Affiliate Programs

(Photo from web)

Unless you're a blogger who have been living under a rock, you'd know about how affiliate programs can increase the power of your blog.  Though I must admit that I have joined a couple of promising networks that I thought could give me some moolah to help keep my blog up and running, most of them did not quite work for me, in the sense that keeping up with their updates is hard enough for me.

Now that I have amassed quite a list of popular posts and my readers are getting acquainted with my activities, all that's left me throughout these years are bills for my annual domain fee, additional Google back up files, and other website applications that I needed to pay.  I'm glad that I was able to find ways in managing the needs of my website.  I'm not too O.C. when it comes to having a great blog, however I do owe my followers and readers, so in return I just have to go on and continue discovering great places of interests and more unique epicure finds to please them, and of course including me, after all, this blog is a major advocate for my sanity.

Thanks to affiliate programs, this proven method of increasing web site sales and profits, have given me enough funds to not only sustain this blog but also gave me more freedom in buying online not only with the stuff I need to beautify my blog more so get stuff to enhance my lifestyle as well.

Simply put, affiliate programs, also called associate programs, are bloggers modern BFF's (best friend forever).  These are arrangements in which an online merchant website pays affiliate websites a commission to send them traffic. These affiliate websites provides links leading to the merchant's site and are paid according to some agreements. Agreements are usually based on the number of people the affiliate sends to the merchant's site, or the number of people they send who buy something or perform some other action.

Over the past few years, affiliate programs have tremendously grown in popularity, in forms that are many to describe.  If you have a website that don't deal much in e-commerce (marketing products or services online) themselves, functioning as an affiliate is a good way to participate in e-commerce.

To put into perspective what rendering in affiliate programs means to me, let me give you some of the benefits that have kept me from getting my blog off the online space.

One is that, I don't even need to sell anything on this site to benefit from having affiliates.  Do you know that a lot of content-based blogs get most of their money from advertisers, which are attracted by high traffic numbers?  Because of this, traffic translates directly into profit for these sites. Pay-per-click affiliate programs are an excellent way to increase traffic.

However, if you run an e-commerce site and would like to increase your sales, you might want to start your own affiliate program or if you are a member of an affiliate program like ALFAcashier and have generated a total of 1200 dollars in affiliate earnings, you may opt to level up by joining VIP level, specially for those who are most active affiliates who own popular blogs, forums and websites.

You can register to most of the e-commerce affiliate programs for fee, including VIP level of ALFAcashier.

What's more is that The VIP level offers affiliates as much as 20% of all future referred currency conversions. The VIP status is granted for a lifetime and is non-revocable. ALFAcashier offers users a complete set of banners of different formats that can be easily inserted into any webpage or a personal signature block of a user’s forum posts. Obtaining the VIP status in the ALFAcashier affiliate program enables users to generate stable passive income by referring new users to the system. Payouts can be made to the user’s PerfectMoney purse when the accumulated amount of affiliate commissions reaches $100.

This is an excellent way both to serve your visitors and to make money off your Web site's traffic. don't you think?

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