Friday, July 20, 2012

Family Lunch at Pan Pacific Manila

For my 39th post birthday celebration, my family had lunch at Pacific Lounge in Pan Pacific Manila. International and national à la carte selection is served during lunch, snacks and dinner.

What we had is a light and healthy lunch composed of Crab and Corn Oriental Soup, Poached Norwegian Salmon in Ginger Cream Sauce with Rice Pilaf and Sauteed Green Beans on the side

This Crab and Corn Oriental Soup made Juan very happy for he likes eating just rice and soup.

This  Norwegian Salmon is so delicious I had 2 plates, I ate Juan;s leftover.

Raspberry Almond Cake

Mango Bravo Cake

The Pacific Lounge is one of the perfect place to hold business meetings during lunch and snack and or chill time with friends for dinner. Facilities, spread over 12,000 square feet, include meeting areas (complimentary use to registered guests), a separate lounge, dining area and bar and a rooftop garden with gazebo. The mood is business and professional by day, relaxed and sultry at night, it is the perfect venue to end a day.

For enquiries and reservations, email or call 318-0788.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bistro Filipino - Proudly Filipino

The intimate lunch with Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico of Bistro Filipino gave me a renewed respect for the local cuisine that most Filipinos have taken for granted. Initially, it could be intimidating to enter this elegant dining area but once inside, I immediately felt at home seeing the meticulous table settings  and perfect  lightings  that set the mood for a classy and yet relax atmosphere.. I particularly like the glass/transparent serving plates they use. Chef   Jackie proudly shared that these plates were made by Bobby Castillo. 

Bistro Filipino proudly use local produce and none of the shortcuts most restaurants have resorted to.   There is definitely no talk of fusion in this restaurant as every dish is distinctly and proudly Filipino 

Trio of Appetizers: Starting with Ubod Lumpia. Freshly chopped vegetables are nestled in a cone-shaped wrapper which is itself a conversation piece.  The froze vinegar, which I so like, is perfect for the lumpia.

Sisig Basket is a mix of pork, squid and chicken sisig in crispy rice basket with quail egg shooter.

Kilawin Carpaccio - sashimi grade tuna with calamansi emulsion drizzled with virgin coconut oil.

Trio of Soup

Nilaga Corn Chowder - wagyu beef broth with corn puree and garlic cream foam.

Chicken Binakol - native chicken simmered in coconut juice served with molo dumplings.

Adobo Mushroom Cappuccino - garlic cream foam and adobo mushroom saute.

 3 Kinds of Mangoes Salad -  3 Kinds of Mangoes drizzled with dijon bagoong vinaigrette.

Seafood Palabok - crispy bangus with squid adobo, garlic shrimps, quail egg, tinapa flakes, fish chicharon and palabok crab roe.

Bangus Belly Paksiw - bangus belly with paksiw glaze, ampalaya and eggplant chutney
and quail egg.

Grilled Kitayama Wagyu Tenderloin in Bistek Onion sauce served with blue cheese, sweet potato puree and organic vegetables. Kitayama Wagyu is proudly Pinoy from Bukidnon.

Pineapple Juice and Sapak Juice (watermelon, ginger and lambanog). I opted not to have the lambanog for my Sapak.

Trio of Dessert

Pandesal Pudding. Rich pudding served with dried fruits, while chocolate halo
and brandy butter sauce.

Sansrival Moderne. Layers of cashew meringue served with whipped cream and mango puree.

Yema Bicho-Bicho. Bread Balls with egg custard, hot chocolate fondue and ice cream. 

If you' have a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Patisserie Filipino where Chef Jackie whips desserts and specialty chocolates.

Bistro Filipino is situated at the ground floor of Net 2 Building, 28th St., Bonifacio Global City.
For reservations contact (632) 856-0634 (632) 856 -0541 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Healthier Tuna Spread

It's very seldom that my daughter ask for something and when she does, I make sure that I give her the best. Yesterday Julia asked for tuna sandwich, so I made one early this morning.

Ingredients: 1 big can of Tuna in brine, 1/2 teaspoon of malunggay power, 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and 100 grams Lady's Choice mayonnaise.

It's very basic, mix everything and voila, a healthier tuna spread

For me and my husband, I use Lady's Choice Mayo Lite to cut down on fat and calories.

For my kids, they prefer  Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

D' AMburger - Where Burgers are Big,Delicious and Healthy

At the Grand Opening of  D' AMburger, guests were treated with burgers that are big, delicious and truly healthy. I can't help but tell the owners how happy I am that their burgers live up to their name - AMBurger for American Burger. When it comes to ingredients, the Chef uses only the best and the freshest as the owners believe in serving healthy comfort food that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The success of achieving this perfect burgers is a combination of love for food and tireless effort by its owners.

Get to taste D'Amburgers burgers and more at Greenhills Town Center, #2 Granada St., Bgy. Valencia, Quezon City. Accepts Delivery: 654-1395.

Juicy Lucy BLT (A MUST TRY), is a half pound, stuffed cheese patty with bacon,
lettuce, tomato, with special bacon dressing, P230.

Juicy Lucy (A MUST TRY), is a half pound, stuffed cheese patty with onion,
pickles, mayo, mustard and ketchup. 

Nachos with Spin Dip at P300 is big enough for sharing of 4 persons. It is a mixture of spinach, mushroom and beef topped with a lot of cheese.
Truffle Popcorn, P170, is freshly popped corn in salt and truffle oil.

O-Rings, P140, cut onion rings is especially crunchy and yummy with house made batter cooked til golden brown. 

Crabmeat Mac and Cheese, P380, is specially delicious with creamy crab with real crabmeat 

Onion Radish Hotdog, P130, battered hotdog with onion and radish.

BM Hotdog, P130,  battered hotdog , bacon, golden mushroom with  tempura sauce 

Fish and Chip, kids favorite, P315.

Fresh mango shake
Vanilla Ice Cream tossed with peaches, caramel and graham was at the time not included in the menu. This is just the Chef's  way of surprising guests. 

A wide range of choices of imported beers at very reasonable price compared with other gastropub in the Metro.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Taste of Asia's Best at Marriott Cafe - Marriott Manila

It is of no question that Asia has one of the most flavorful food in the world. In line with the tradition of bringing the best food, Marriott Cafe at Marriot Manila brings a taste of Asia's best from Thailand , Malaysia , Indonesia and Vietnam , through a month-long celebration. 

For only P2, 300 net (Sunday to Thursday) and P2, 500 net (Friday and Saturday), one will get to experience gastronomic adventure from  Renaissance Kuala Lumpur’s Ruhizad Muri, JW Marriott Jakarta’s Dadang Wahyudi, Renaissance Riverside Saigon Phan Tien Hoa, and JW Marriott Bangkok Thanatorn Krobsuay. 

Thai food from Chef Thanatorn Krobsuay, such as: deep fried sea bass with chili sauce, sautéed squid with pineapple and cucumber, beef balls cooked with typical Malay sauce, and braised beef spiced with turmeric and coconut.

Malaysian food from Chef Ruhizad Muri, such as nyonya cuisine (a signature Penang-type of cooking that blends spices from roots, leaves and fruit, together with other ingredients like shrimp paste and chilies.  This section invites everyone as well to get creative with blue crab, shrimps, dilis fish, beef tenderloin, chicken, clams, barbeque chicken, steamed fish, assorted vegetables peppered with Malaysian spices.

Indonesian food from Chef Dadang Wahyudi, such as bebek betutu klung klung, an all-spiced up Balinese dish enhanced by a host of pungent roots, herbs, and seasoning and skewers tastier and more appetizing with these selections: chicken, shrimps, calamari, beef, goat, pork and fish in assorted marination.

Vietnam food from Chef Phan Thien Hoa like steamy and flavorful bowl of pho, spring rolls—soft rice wrappers filled with choicest meats and vegetables such as shrimps, tofu, chicken, and beef. 

Last, but of course, not the least, enjoy the best of the Philippines such as tiger prawns, steamed lobster on ice, marinated marina clam and curacha crab which are all highly regarded for its freshness, standout taste and quality. 

By simply dining Marriot Cafe, you'll get a chance to win three days and two nights gift certificates at Marriott properties in Thailand, Malaysia , Indonesia and Vietnam , are giving away  to four lucky diners of Flavors of Asia.

Marriots four chefs will also conduct a special cooking class for only P1, 500 net inclusive of a hearty lunch: July 9, Thai; July 16, Malaysian, July 23 Vietnamese; and July 30, Indonesian.

Instead of hitting the usual haunt, invite the group over and explore a night of culinary adventure at Marriott Café, guaranteed to give anyone a quick passport to Asia .
For inquiries or reservations, call Marriott Café at 988-9999.

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.