A YUMMY dinner at Tosca, Dusit Thani Manila

I have been a fan of the local YUMMY Magazine for the longest time. I always make it a point to buy the latest issue from the nearest Ministop or 7-Eleven, and have gotten a kick from trying out some of the recipes as well. I have just one complaint from this magazine: viewing its pages never fail to make me hungry. The pictures seem to leap from the confines of colorful paper and ink, looking ready to be eaten! My friends agree as well :D

That is why when the invite from Yummy came for their media Christmas dinner (thanks Fran and Ro!), I was excited to attend. The venue was the elegant Tosca Italian restaurant of the Dusit Thani hotel in Makati which had this impressive wine cellar.

Tosca, Dusit Thani Manila

The menu for the night: Potato Sour Creme Soup with Lemon-Grilled Shrimps and Tarragon; Chicken Breast Filled with Marinated Apricot, Orange-Cinnamon Couscous and Green Asparagus. For dessert, we had Trilogie of Vanilla and Red Wine Creme with Caramelized Mango. The chosen dishes didn’t really remind me of Italian food (as I know it) but I must agree with the others that the dessert was heavenly.

I also had fun taking pics of YUMMY editors and staff who make the magazine exciting and worth reading issue after issue.

In this table: Angelo Comsti of yummy.ph, Chef Aileen Anastacio and editor in chief Becky Kho.

Yummy Magazine people

I was fortunately seated beside food editor Rachelle Santos and yummy.ph staffwriter Dudi Aureus . A running question through my head: being surrounded by tons of recipes and food products to try, why are most of them so thin? LOL

Yummy Magazine people

In this corner: managing editor Paulynn Afable, Jonathan, Liezl and associate publisher Fran Haw.

Yummy Magazine people

Some important tidbits from the dinner:

YUMMY 2010 planner cover

If you’re a foodie and avid cook, it’s probably time to ditch the Starbucks planner and get your dainty hands on the YUMMY 2010 planner. It’s replete with recipes, shopping lists and cooking tips and is available for for only P250 at your favorite newsstand.

YUMMY So Easy Desserts

A gift that will make your foodie friend smile this Christmas: the handy and portable YUMMY cookbooks! I was one of the first to buy YUMMY Meals in Minutes when it first came out, and now am glad they’ve also released YUMMY So-easy Sweets, and soon – YUMMY Weekend Cooking. This glossy compilation of YUMMY recipes should be a welcome addition to your cookbooks and they’re a steal at only 100 pesos!

Finally, grab the December 2009 issue of Yummy for a chance to try luscious baked treats and to find out who in their opinion offers the best lechon in Metro Manila. Thanks to them, I am dying to try this best lechon maker soon :D

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