December 18, 2012

Kape Chino- Ancestral Dining in Casa Roces Malacañang

Welcome to Casa Roces! A hidden gem in the vicinity of Manila's white house- Malacañang. I've spent 13 years of my elementary and high school life side by side with the palace, yet, I've never heard of Casa Roces until I graduated college. I was very eager to finally visit the place and check out what I've been missing ever since. 

Kape Chino is the restaurant and cafe in Casa Roces which is currently under the management umbrella of the Cravings Group. The menu includes classic Filipino dishes, some of which are even heirloom dishes tweaked a bit for that unique twist.

One will immediately fall in love with the ambiance of the place. It's very cozy and relaxed as if you're just in another friend's house. I love the homey vibe brought about by the furniture and interiors which captures the mood for an intimate get together with friends, families and loved ones. I would say that it is also a perfect date spot far away from the busy and crowded establishments around other cities. 

Choritos En Balsamico (P355)Crispy fried Spanish pork sausages drizzled with a balsamic reduction

A great starter to tease the palate, the pork sausages came out with a strong and distinct smokiness and flavor. A little too salty for me but the balsamic reduction helped to bring out a nice salty-sweet balance to the appetizer. 

December 17, 2012

Gift Idea For Christmas- The Bistro Group Premiere Card

The ultimate gift you can give your foodie friends/families this Christmas.. The Bistro Group Premiere Card.

Are you familiar with the Bistro Circle Card? It's a card that gives diners great privileges and dining discounts from all Bistro Group restaurants. I must admit, getting the Bistro Circle Card is so much worth it, especially for people who loves eating out and at the same time would like to avail huge savings and discounts. 

However, grabbing the new Bistro Group Premiere Card will grant you a whole lot MORE privileges and dining benefits from all concept restaurants by The Bistro Group. 

The Bistro Group currently has twelve (12) concept restaurants where you can use your Premiere Card.

                       - T.G.I.Fridays                           - The Stock Market Cafe
             - Italianni's                               - Bulgogi Brothers
    - Fish & Co                               - Ma Maison
- FlapJack's                               - Watami
           - Pig Out                                    - Village Tavern
                                      - Krazy Garlik                            - Modern Shanghai (opening soon)

So why get the Bistro Group Premiere Card?

With the new Premiere Card, here are the dining privileges and discounts one could enjoy:
- 20% off on Total Bill 
- 25% off on Total Bill on your Birth Month
- 30% off every Monday
- Complimentary Coffee or Tea for every visit
- Two (2) 40% off Dining Vouchers up to P3,000 spend
- Six (6) Appetizer Vouchers up to P400 value each (may be used in any concept of your choice)

All these benefits in just one card- The Bistro Group Premiere Card for only P2,500!

Hurry! Grab your Bistro Group Premiere Card and avail of these awesome perks and privileges now! :) 

You may purchase the Premiere Card in ALL Bistro Group Restaurants.

December 11, 2012

ChaLife Milk Tea- Relaxingly Hot, Refreshingly Cold!

Good news milk tea fanatics! Now, you may enjoy your favorite milk tea beverage at the comforts of your home with the new ChaLife Milk Tea Powdered Drink Mix

One sachet of ChaLife Milk Tea weighs 20 grams and could fill a 230ml glass. Yes, that's greater than other milk tea powder mix available in the market. ChaLife Milk Tea is available in 7-11 storesLandmarkWaltermart, and other leading supemarkets for only P7.50 per sachet or P44.00 per box of 6's. 

We were treated to a nail spa session last month at Nail It Salon- Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas, courtesy of the people behing ChaLife Milk Tea. It was a simple and casual event where bloggers were able to try the new Chalife Milk Tea drink while enjoying their nail spa services. 

We were asked to choose the services we want to avail and I ended up choosing the manicure w/ nail polish. My attendant started to clean my nails, moisturized my hands and then applied my chosen nail polish. 

December 8, 2012

Gift Idea For Christmas - Indulge in a Queso de Bola Cheesecake from Indulgence by Irene

It's no secret that I love cheesecakes. Blueberry cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, Oreo cheesecake, mango cheesecake, white chocolate cheesecake, dense cheesecake, light cheesecake, soft cheesecake, fluffy cheesecake, what ever form it may be, if it's cheesecake, I'll love it. 

So just imagine my excitement when I was given a small box of Quezo de Bola Cheesecake. Interesting cheesecake right? When one mentions Queso de Bola Cheesecake, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the cheesecake from "Indulgence by Irene". In fact try googling it and the same name pops up. 

Ms. Irene Co, owner and baker of this much raved about cheesecake, is also the wife of Mr. Richard Co, blogger behind the famous food blog Tales from the Tummy

December 7, 2012

Jasmine Restaurant Offers Authentic Cantonese Cuisine at the New World Makati Hotel

Jasmine is the Cantonese cuisine specialty restaurant of New World Makati Hotel that boasts to serve  fine and authentic Cantonese dishes. The place exudes elegance with modern Chinese art deco, spacious dining area and cozy ambiance. 

Helmed by the new Chinese Executive Chef, Wong Kam On, Jasmine will take diners to a whole new level of world-class dining. With his more than 20 years of Chinese culinary experience, prepare yourself for a palate-pleasing creations that will surely delight one's appetite. 

Dim Sum Basket

Initially satiate your hunger with Jasmine's Dimsum Basket, which is a trio of Shrimp Dumpling, Chicken and Abalone Dumpling and Scallop Dumpling. 

December 5, 2012

Gift Ideas For Christmas- Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions

Thinking of what to give away this Christmas?
Why not go all organic and eco-friendly this holiday season and make your own loot from Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions as a Christmas present to loved ones. 

Kalikhasan Eco-Friendly Solutions is a small scale business that distributes natural-based products such as insect repellents, massage oils, linen sprays, soaps, fragrance oils and oil burners. 

All products are 100% organic, natural, environmental friendly and most of all, Filipino.   

Kalikhasan offers individual products and gift packages that will certainly suit your budget. Their lowest package costs around P200 while the highest could go for around P1000 depending on the package chosen.

All products could be placed in an eco-friendly native abaca gift bags that are recyclable and at the same time unique.

December 3, 2012

Mu Noodle Bar- Mother Knows Best in Wilson, San Juan

D was consistently bugging me that we try this new noodle bar in Wilson, San Juan called Mu. He told me that their serving is really big and prices are affordable too. Seldom do I crave for noodles during dinner but one Sunday night, I decided to heed to his request and give Mu Noodle Bar a try. 

The place has this simple and modern interior with black walls, hanging lamps and wooden ceilings. It was very cozy and the place looks perfect for a quiet casual date. 

On the Table

Seafood Gyoza (P120/6 pcs.)

We ordered for the Seafood Gyoza which came in clear dumpling wrappers like that of hakao and seafood crystal balls. A nice twist to the classic steamed gyoza giving it a silky and chewy texture. 

Cereal and Hoti Prawn (P320)