Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Maginhawa Food Festival

I've been meaning to do a food tour at Maginhawa St., Quezon City ever since I first heard of it.   My first UP Teacher's Village food tour was with some church friends, back when my 10 year-old daughter was to celebrate her 7th birthday.  Hubby and I decided to have lunch meeting with some of our party organizers at Gayuma ni Maria.

Years went by, still yearning to do a trip back there, which may be more like a field trip, cause we live far south from Q.C.   However, an invitation came for a food review at "the" Maginhawa St., finally and it was from Galli Village Cafe.

Furthermore, my itchy feet made a way for the family to travel to Malingap St., one of the streets adjoining Maginhawa to check out Chef Edward Bugia's  π Breakfast and Pie on its soft opening.

That was it!  Among the twenty or so number of cafe's and restaurant, and now foodies still counting, I have only been to three of them.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CCP and LJC Restaurant Group Present “A Holiday Symphony” Featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

The Cultural Center of the Philippines , with the support of Bonifacio High Street and the LJC Restaurant Group present  “A Holiday Symphony” featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on November 23, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The concert, which is free to the public, will be a serenade of Christmas, classical and contemporary  pieces. Under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform the Christmas-Beatle's Medley, J. Nowak's A Christmas Portrait,  Ryan Cayabyab's Kumukutikutitap, selections from Starwars and The Titanic, among many others.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra  is considered as the country's leading orchestra and as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Holiday Symphony  is  presented as a Christmas offering of Bonifacio High Street and in celebration of  35 years of the LJC Restaurant Group, a company created by the late restaurateur, Larry J. Cruz. The LJC Group manages Cafe Adriatico, Abe, Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J's Kitchen, Lorenzo's Way, Larry's Cafe and Bar, Abe's Farm, Polka Dot Bakeshop and the LJC Catering Service.

Guests watching the concert will also get a chance to win LJC dinner certificates, discount coupons and other prizes. For inquiries regarding the free concert, please call 5520403 or like us on facebook, LJCRestaurantGroup. For inquiries regarding subscriptions to PPO concerts, please call 8321125.

Not Only for the Sweet-toothed Us!

I've never taught myself how to believe in tooth fairies and as grew up and became a mom, I also didn't give my daughters any inkling to this slowly-dying myth.  I'm sorry if I'm hitting any principles
here, but it's the truth.  However, this does not make any exception that I never cared of having good sets of teeth to replace milk teeth, same goes with how I decided to teach my kids how to take care of their permanent teeth.

We are undoubtedly a family of sweet-tooth, that is one reason I learned how to bake and create lovely, appetite-inducing desserts.  Thus, it is important that my family knows the importance of brushing our teeth to protect it from decays and what nots.

But here's the thing, at the recently concluded Colgate event at Marriott Hotel Manila, the common knowledge that sweets are the major culprit of tooth decays had been debunked.  

Having realized that not only sweets -meaning foods rich in sugar and carbo and acids, can ruin our teeth.   As a matter of fact, any kind of food can be culprits.  Yes, even healthy food such as fruits and vegetables can also cause damage, this is due to sugar acids.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fleeting Moments of Travel Bliss at Bluewater Sumilon

Here is a reminder from Jamie Hall, "life is but a fleeting moment so do not waste a second on something that doesn't make you smile."

I have never seen myself exploring Philippine islands and the natural beauties that made our country a wonderful tourism target.  However, when I started going out there and overcoming worries and fears that could have hindered me from seeing scenic spots that has left me breathless, I guess I have nothing more to share...

Although I am up to my neck with business stuff and writing (blogging) assignments, plus add to that my parents coming home from Milan, certain invitations from friends are just hard to say no to.  To say that the week has been “super busy” does not even justify, and with many things I have on my plate, I hope the title suits the weekend that made me forget about the word "busy."

The invitation for a weekend of bliss and nature-tripping, came too soon, but when I heard that we will be goin

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pan Pacific Manila opens the Sunset Lounge

It has been a while since I last visited Pan Pacific Manila.  To date I had organized two precious events for my clients here, one is a wedding and the other is an Alice in Wonderland-themed debut. Pan Pacific Manila is known to exude with comfort and classy flair without overbearingly so.  Thus, many businessmen chose this as a venue for meetings and other business-related gatherings.

It was a pleasure to grace an event held by Pan Pacific to launch their newest al fresco venue and with one of Manila's sought-after venue for sunset viewing.  Last November 12,  Pan Pacific Manila had a relaxing get together with valued guests and clients to the launch of  Sunset Lounge.

The guests were treated with overflowing drinks and a sumptuous buffet that samples the dishes that came from the Sunset Lounge Menu.  The guests got to unwind and enjoy the comforting ambiance while watching the famous Manila Bay Sunset.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Sumptuous Bohol Bee Farm Tour

Do you know of a place where you deserve to bee?  Pun intended, Bohol Bee Farm is 
a venue partly concealed from everyone but is a jewel meant to be discovered.

Located in Dao, Dauis in Panglao Island in Bohol. it is one of the well visited places by tourists. Nestled on a cliff with a view of the ocean, guests would surely enjoy the fresh air and  the sea breeze and with a buffet that will make you want to stay for a healthy and organic get-away.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dinosaurs Island Adventure with my Girls

Overcome your fears of these ferocious monsters, for they conquered this part of Clark, Angeles, Pampanga.  Hundreds of them, different kinds and sizes, are scattered and kept captive inside the walled park known as Dinosaur Island, only it's not really an island per se.

In my girls' recent class field trip, I was the one who chaperoned them, I thought I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, since I'll be flying the next day to Cebu, but I made sure that I keep my girls safe, hydrated enough and having a blast with their friends and classmates.  Though, I hated walking under the sweltering heat of the sun, I just made the most of it while keeping up with my Dana and Danica.  

The planned itinerary all summed up in Clark Free Port, Angeles City, Pampanga.  We first visited Nayong Pilipino, then the aircraft park, next is the Creamline Factory, and finally at Dino Island Park.

The tour and entrance fee is P 150.00, this includes activities such as the walk along the Dino Trail with a tour guide, entrance to the Fossils Museum, and an entertaining (yet scary) dance number from some dinosaur mascots.

The following photos show how exciting the tour was, as if you were walking on a forest being migrated by semi-life-sized dinosaurs.

First, pardon me for the not so clear photos, as I didn't manage to bring my heavy dslr, I guess not for this trip though, since I anticipated. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Whale-shark Watching in Oslob, Cebu

Ticked out from my bucket list - swim with the Butanding!

Well, I didn't really swam with the whale sharks, it took me quite a while to dive in the water and have a photo with the closest whale-shark at the pier of Tan-Awan, Oslob, Cebu.  For one reason, I'm not a good swimmer, and also I need to take photos from above the water. But that doesn't mean I had less of an adventure and fun compared to my friends who were with me.

The once-sleepy town was transformed into an eco-tourism spot and had been gaining popularity since they have welcomed the butandings in their coastal areas.  "Tuki" as it is referred to by the locals, is such a gentle giant indeed.  Our boat ride to Oslob was taken care of Bluewater Sumilon and even the adventure itself was arranged by the kind staff of the resort.  With Bluewater Sumilon's own outrigger, we were brought to Tan-awan port with only 15 minutes ride.  Coming towards the island, you can feel the exhilaration, with a swarm of tourists ready for the close encounter with our Philippine whale sharks.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Early Yuletide Surprises from Century Park Hotel

If you're ready for the holidays then let Century Park Hotel surprise you with early yuletide treats and a feast to share with the whole family.

Would you care for some relaxation, rejoicing  while spending a leisurely yuletide break this Christmas season?  Century Park's Holiday Getaway room package thus is timely for this.  Enjoy the celebration in their Classic Superior Room at P4,500 net/room/night and Deluxe Room/Studio/One-Bedroom Park Tower Suite/Junior Superior Suite at P 5,500 net/room/night. Packages include complimentary buffet breakfast for two plus P500 credit in all food and beverage outlets. Promo is from November 24 to January 4, 2015.

As you welcome Thanksgiving, why not indulge in a sumptuous buffet spread  at the Café in the Park on November 27 with a vast array of appetizers, salads, sides, main entrees, succulent slow roasted U.S. Prime beef and satisfying desserts.

Oh yes!  Christmas starts this November at Century Park Hotel as they light up the 25-footer Christmas tree in a lighting ceremony on November 11 at the Atrium Lounge, where appetizing treats are hard to beat.

Relish on the tapas buffet, wine, beer, cocktails by the carafe at the Atrium Lounge and get a chance to draw from their Day’s Lucky Pick for a minimum of P 1, 500+ on promotional tapas receipt. The Tapas Buffet is only P 595+ per person and the small plate tapas with local beer are only for P 320+. At P 375+, your small plate tapas can be enjoyed with an imported beer or house wine.  Promo is available from 4:30pm to 8:30pm every Wednesdays to Sundays.

Last quarter blast of surprise treats and feast bliss afoot at Century Park Hotel.

You will enjoy authentic Japanese fare with Century Tsukiji’s Teppanyaki Meal Deals selection.  Choose from Century Tskukiji Teppan Set at P1,455+ , Uminosachi Moriawase good for two persons at P2,005+, Moriawase Teppan at P1,500+ and Teppan Gozen at P575+. Available from 11:30am – 2:00pm and 5:30Pm – 10:00pm.

Palm Grove joins the party by presenting overflowing treats to keep you cool this season. Get 3 drinks for the price of 2. Choose from Nestea Iced Tea (lemon and apple), Local Mineral and Distilled Water, Ice Cream and Halo-Halo. Promo is valid until November 30.

Take an exciting plunge in our luscious sangria collection, all for P 385+ per order.  Enjoy our Ice Melon Sangria, the well balanced cocktail that pairs red cherry and fresh melon.  Toast and sip on their Classic Sangria, the perfect blend of fresh apple, lemon and pineapple.  The mouth-watering Peach Tree Sangria is made from distinct flavours of fresh mango and pineapple.

An early Christmas treat is up to unwrap! Celebrate the brightest of the season with Century Park hotel's Christmas Party Packages. For reservation call Banquet Sales (632) 528-5871 to 73 or email us at

For more inquiries, contact them at telephone no. 528-8888 or email  at

The Century Park Hotel is owned and operated by Maranaw Hotels and Resort Corporation.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bluewater Panglao’s Aplaya Restaurant and Bar

I'm still not over with my recent Bohol travel write up, it's just a fitting backdrop to ease your stress away.  Amidst the beauty and glory that is Bohol are hidden gems tucked away from the city's hustle and bustle.   One of which is Bluewater Panglao and I can't help but share all the grandiose experiences from the province.  

To see my hotel review of Bluewater Panglao kindly click on the link below:

The three-day tour I had with my new-found media friends was one that will stay in my memory bank forever.  With the adventure, warm welcome, the serene sights and of course the food that defines the culinary culture of Bohol, the accommodation chosen for us also summed up these things. 

All thanks to Bluewater Panglao for the unparalleled kindness they show to all their resort guests.  Of course the stellar stay were coupled with a gustatory delight from their in house restaurant and bar, Aplaya.

Customer service is superb, as what you can always expect Boholanos to show.  

Though I missed my kitchen and cooking for my family, their in house restaurant didn't fail to whet my cravings - the cravings I had for my Papa's and Lola's dishes since I've been cooking and writing about food.

I had several pleasurable experiences locked in my memory bank, and hopefully I could bring my parents here someday.

Dinner by the beach...

After touring some districts in Bohol, including Carmen, which happens to be the heart of the province (because it geographically lies in the middle of Bohol), we retired for the day with a romantic set up at the beach.  A cordon of light bulbs covered in bamboo tubes with decorative holes gave an obtuse lighting effect.  It was the only spot which wass lighted, except for one hut for the spa and the Aplaya building, about a few meters away from our dining table.

Many memorable and touching moments might have happened here.  Probably the same-weathered night with hidden speakers where a love song being played on while a man braces himself up to declare his love and asking for that ultimate relationship spectacle question, with which answer - I do, expected.  

But for now, we just savored first the hefty dinner that was prepared for us.  The Pumpkin/Squash Soup really prepared our appetite for a unforeseen meat binge.

Another hit among our group is the Grilled Eggplant Salad in Lemon and Bohol local vinegar, with tomatoes and onions.

Fried Rice for dinner?  Why not, as long as it had a couple of crunchy and sinfully delightful Lechon Kawali.

Fried Fish in Sweet and Sour soy based sauce, flavor elevated with ginger and leeks shavings.

Visayan cuisine is as usual highlighted in this dinner, thus Humba and Sinubang Manok with a licorice barbeque sauce.

Another perfectly done "sugba" or "sinugba", a usual dish during fiesta.  The Grilled Pusit made us all gasped and wailed "wow", how can you not!

Of course, a typical Visayan meal course is not complete without a stir-fried vegetables, in this case, Pinakbet. 

Dessert was astounding too.  I was overjoyed when I saw "Ube Halaya", one of my fave native delicacy served on a cassava wafer they call "cabcab".  On the same plate is a mango ball topped Cassava cake.

Buffet Breakfast

I remembered when I was at Camiguin, I had an absolute breakfast quite similar to what I had first at Aplaya - there's a stress there on the word "first", coz I was back many times at the buffet.

Tsikwate (in Camiguin) familiarly known as Visayan hot chocolate, has that distinct dark and rustic chocolatey flavor similar to Bohol's traditional hot chocolate drink, which they call sikwate.

Aside from the hot chocolate, I was also served with their local brew.  But you have to take note though that they have several brews, sourced not only from their locally grown coffee beans.  They also make coffee out of roasted rice and corn.  

Ala Carte Lunch

To see my hotel review of Bluewater Panglao kindly click on the link below:

Aplaya Restaurant and Bar

Address:  Bluewater Rd, Sitio Daurong, 
                Brgy. Danao, Panglao, 6340 Bohol.
Contact Numbers: (038) 416-0702 and (038) 416-0695 to 96
Fax: (038) 416-0697
Manila sales office: Rm. 704, Cityland Herrera Tower, 
                Rufino cor. Valera Sts., Salcedo Village, 
               1227 Makati City, M.M.  
Tel: (632) 817-5751 and (632) 887-1348
Fax: (632) 893-5391

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