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December 18, 2016

Contadina Holiday Recipe: Healthy Seafood Linguine Arrabbiata + Giveaway

Christmas is fast approaching, and we all know what that means- series of family gatherings, reunions, parties and get together. While the holiday season often calls for festive celebrations and fancy restaurant dining, there seems to be an unparalleled feeling of comfort in dining at home during this time of year. 

Coincidentally, I was sent a gift pack containing a variety of Contadina products last week. Thus, D and I decided to stay at home and cook something instead of our usual Saturdate plans. Contadina is a popular brand of Italian-inspired products such as tomato sauce, pasta, canned tomatoes, olive oil and more.


Contadina endorser, and self-taught domestic goddess, Nigella Lawson, believes that cooking at home begins with sourcing the freshest and quality ingredients, to bring simplicity, authenticity, and passion to every home cook's kitchen.

Thinking that the holidays would bring in the extra calories, I decided to prepare a healthy yet festive holiday recipe. This recipe is very simple and easy to follow even for first timers. Key to perfecting this dish is the use of fresh ingredients and of course, quality products like Contadina.

Mighty Quinn's New York Slow-Smoked Barbecue in Manila- SM Mega Fashion Hall

Mighty Quinn's Slow Smoked Barbecue- What started out as a humble barbecue purveyor in Smorgasburg, an outdoor flea food market in Brooklyn, turned out to be an overnight star that created a buzz in the food industry of New York City.


Not long after its food market debut, with several publications including a feature on the New York Times (which food experts regard as the Academy Awards), Mighty Quinn's founders Hugh Mangum, Micha Magid, and Christos Gourmos, opened its flagship store in the East Village of NYC on December 2012.


December 10, 2016

Foo'd by Michelin-Star Chef Davide Oldani opens in Shangri-la at the Fort, BGC

Davide Oldani, creator of Cucina Pop, is considered as one of the greatest chefs of contemporary Italian cuisine. He opened his restaurant D'O in his hometown Cornaredo, near Milan back in 2003. Davide Oldani has worked with some of the big names in the culinary industry like Gualtiero Marchesi, Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr., Alain Ducasse and Pierre Herme.

Chef Davide Oldani, through Foodee Global Concepts, the group who introduced to us Food Hall, Pound and Hook by Todd English, Tim Ho Wan, MESA Filipino Moderne, Llaollao Frozen Yoghurt and Sunnies Cafe, brings to Manila his culinary expertise, with his first concept restaurant Foo'd by Davide Oldani.

Located in Shangri-La at The Fort, BGC, Foo'd by Davide Oldani offers Michelin-star quality dishes at very affordable prices. The three-course menu is priced at P800, while a four-course meal is at P1200, featuring his signature dish Cipolla Caramellata.


Foo'd by Davide Oldani showcases his Cucina Pop-style, which blends together essential ingredients and incredible flavors into simple but surprising dishes. It combines tradition with innovation, promising a whole new experience that will elevate the Filipinos' concept of Italian contemporary dining.

My 3-course meal started with the Cipolla Caramellata that translates to "caramelized onion".


December 9, 2016

Thai Cooking Class by Chef in Stilettos Cecille Chang for only P2,500!

Are you tired of the usual coffee dates, dinner dates, and movie dates every time you plan a get together with friends or families? Why not look for an interesting activity that will challenge your skills and unleash the inner chefs in you. Join a Thai Cooking Class led by the Chef in Stilettos herself, Chef Cecille Chang

Last week, I was lucky enough to join her class together with some blogger friends. Price for each session is P2,500, which includes all the things you will need- cooking tools, equipment, handouts, recipes, apron, and ingredients. Plus, you get to eat or take home all the dishes you cooked.


Since it was a hand-on cooking class, everyone got a chance to cook all recipes in the handouts. We cooked 5 dishes that day, starting with an appetizer of Thai Spring Rolls or Paw Pia That.


Wingstop Launches #CantStopTheCrave Menu for Cravings that Just Won't Stop

Wingstop hits back even bigger by satisfying big cravings with their #CantStopTheCrave. The immense flavor in the wings calls out to your tastebuds and sticks in your memory. But just when you thought you’re completely satisfied, along comes your craving once more- this time, urging you to experience a flavor that seeps through the bones. 

For cravings that just won’t stop, your all-time favorite wings from the Flavor Company now come in bigger, filling servings! 

Score your favorite wings with drinks and sides- hot, signature Chipotle rice, tasty fries, or savory onion rings- in Individual Meals that are definitely big enough to satisfy more than just your curiosity.  

Go with 3-pc chicken Tenders, hand-breaded to perfection. You can also get Boneless Bites. Either way, they both start at P199.

November 25, 2016

Doña Elena Olive Oil x 49B Heirloom Kitchen Festive Flavors Holiday Menu and Promo

Doña Elena, the proudly homegrown and leading olive oil brand in the country, recently partnered up with loyal client and longtime Doña Elena user, 49-B Heirloom Kitchen, to come up with a festive holiday menu using various Doña Elena products.


Chef Erika Aquino, executive chef of the restaurant, gamely accepted the challenge, and prepared a full menu of exciting dishes fit for the upcoming holidays. 

This special menu will be available at 49-B Heirloom Kitchen from November 20 to January 2017

First is a starter of Grilled Shrimp on Patacones (P285)- a South-American inspired appetizer, made with twice-fried plantain slices, pico de gallo, tapenade mayo, and grilled shrimps, served with a chilled cucumber yogurt shooter on the side. Both are made with Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is ideal as salad dressing, bread dip, and to drizzle cooked food.