Early Thanksgiving dinner from US Potato Board

Though Thanksgiving 2014 is still a few days away, the US Potato Board fulfilled its annual tradition to host a Thanksgiving dinner in the Philippines with prominent chefs and media guests in attendance. This time around, the venue was the One Rockwell East Tower Ballroom.

Chef for the celebration was Sau del Rosario who was a sight to behold carrying this much-awaited Roasted US Turkey which was the night’s main event.

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It was a seven-course affair that had guests feasting on potato-inspired dishes with a French touch ingeniously prepared by Chef Sau. Like this Lapu-Lapu Rilette Fried Potato Cake (note: rilette is similar to pâté).

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Potato ravioli with marinated prawns and micro sprouts Salad….

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Anzani New Mediterranean Restaurant, Cebu

And our potato adventure continues.

One of our stops was Anzani restaurant, perched atop Nivel Hills for dinner. It was a good thing that we dropped by here at night since the place is really elegant and romantic. You can stay indoors….

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….. or outdoors!

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This VIP room has a separate enclosure for more intimate functions.

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The underground wine cellar in this sprawling resto was a nice touch. I simply had to have a photo with Sophia Loren above me :)

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The man behind the resto is Chef Marco Anzani who has worked with Alain Ducasse and has been hailed by the New York Times as a pioneer of ‘New Mediterranean Cuisine.’ Unfortunately, chef Marco wasn’t around during our visit but no problem since the very able sous chef Randell was there to take his place.We had a five-course dinner and it all began with the complimentary bread served in a pot. It was eyecatching, to say the least.

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Circa 1900 restaurant in Cebu #USPotatoSafari

Last week, I flew to the island city of Cebu to join the friendly folks of the US Potato Board in their event called the USPB Potato Safari. They’re marketing US potatoes in the Philippine market (for good reason!) and the idea is to have chefs in the city’s top restaurants experiment with various potato-based dishes for everyone to enjoy.

Making an impression was Circa 1900 which is a former colonial house restored into a sprawling resto serving Asian fusion dishes . It was refreshing to see all the expanse and the trees. It reminded me of my childhood in the province with the grandparents.

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The tasteful interiors showcase Filipino wooden furniture.

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There’s also a corner where a piano could be found. Unfortunately, the piano man wasn’t playing when we visited as it was lunchtime.

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Circa 1900 serves great food whipped up by owner-chef Steve Shrimski, an Australian. He was a former executive chef in the leading hotel chains around Asia but decided to settle in Cebu for good with his Filipina wife Eya in 2009. It is perhaps the city’s good fortune that Chef Steve is able to showcase the creativity and deliciousness of his dishes in the family restos, which also includes Canvas Bistro Bar Gallery at the Ayala Terraces.

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SuperModelMe Sirens Season 5 premieres Nov. 24 on Diva

Writeup and coverage by Angelique Misa

This year’s roster of finalists for SupermodelME, The Original Asian Supermodel Series. includes 2 feisty Filipinas Irish Ong, 20, and Jasmine Ng, 21 along with the other 10 aspiring models of Asian heritage who are competing in a once in a life time chance to advance their career in the fashion industry. And last November 13, 2014, Ong, Ng and their fellow finalists, Brazilian-Japanese twins Rafaella and Gabriela Leonardo, made an appearance in BGC’s Cav Wine Shop and Café.

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During the event, the gorgeous finalists answered questions that were asked by some members of the press. Most of the questions were about the experience they had during the duration of the season. The four sirens also shared some tips like – “Be Yourself”, “Know how to market yourself well”, and “Be a smart model” to all the young ladies who are aspiring to be part of the fashion industry.

Aside from that, guests and media partners were also lucky to have watched a sneak peak of the upcoming new season of SupermodelMe Sirens. And with its return, it assures its viewers that it’s by far the most daring, most explosive and most revealing season yet! The latest seasons promises to break new ground as the search for the ultimate siren is set against an exotic background of a brand new location: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Among the grueling, fashion-forward challenges faced by the finalists were crazy casting calls, photo shoots featuring exotic birds, catfights on moving vehicles, and many more.

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Dinner with bestie at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club + winners!

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I want to tell the world about this close friend of mine who I’ve known for more than 20 years. We’re godmother to each other’s kids, I introduced her to the man who would be her husband (toinks!) …. she knows my deepest secrets, helped me through the hard times (to the tune of ‘pay when able’, haha), even lived with her family after college. If I’m ever wanted in history for some kind of infamy, the FBI and the paparazzi should know who to look for. She’d know all the answers :)

Cecil is more than family to me and she’s leaving for the USA next week (saaad!) I simply had to squeeze in time in my uber-hectic week to treat her to dinner.

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The elegant Chef Jessie restaurant at the Rockwell Club seemed a sensible choice. I’ve eaten at Chef Jessie several times in the past for press events but it was my first time to be here at night.

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Now that the holidays are in the air, the place seems prettier now with the brightly-lit Christmas tree by the foyer.

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I love the high ceiling. The resto has a mezzanine level that can host intimate functions for 30-50 persons.

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Now on to the food. There’s a long list of salads in the menu and our friendly waiter, Vince, recommended the Smoked Salmon, Grilled Prawns,and Sauteed Mushrooms Salad. We ordered this and decided to share. Price was P795 but this was so worth it since the house didn’t scrimp on the ingredients. The prawns were plump and fresh, there was an abundance of my fave salmon at the bottom and the creamy balsamic dressing was delish.This salad had everything I love!

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@SamsungMobilePH unveils its December 2014 holiday sale!

For those dreaming of getting or buying a Samsung gadget this Christmas, here’s some good news: the Korean manufacturer has slashed as much as P7,000 off their bestselling smartphones in time for the holiday rush.

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As you can see in the poster, the biggest discount is being offered on the Galaxy Note 3 which has a 5.7-inch display and a Quad Core 2.3GHz processor running on Android Kitkat. Price has been slashed from P36,990 to P29,990.

This is followed by their high-performing Galaxy S5 which has a 16MP rear camera and 5.1 inch display. The price has been discounted from P34,999 to P31,990.

P2,000 peso discounts follow for the older model Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Core 2, so named because of its powerful quadcore processor. Likewise, shoppers can get a one thousand-peso discount off the Galaxy Grand 2 and Galaxy Tab 4.7.

On the other hand, buyers of Samsung’s cheapest smartphone,the dual SIM Galaxy V, which is being sold at P4,990 will get a free jelly case protector.

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The goal of #1MCleanToilets with Domex!

Per UN statistics, one billion people around the world do not have access to a toilet and 2.5 billion more suffer from not having improved sanitation.This is the reason why the UN designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to mobilize global action to end the problem. This year’s theme is ‘Equality and Dignity’ in recognition of the rights of priority groups like women and those with special needs, like the disabled, to have a proper toilet for their own space and privacy.

In the Philippines, Unilever – through its brand Domex, has initiated the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. They’ve made this heartwarming video entitled ‘Fiesta’ and I love its message of how “the clean toilet we take for granted means the world to others.” Do watch this:

In the words of Dennis Chua, Domex Brand Manager, every unique view of the ‘Fiesta’ video translates to a pledge. And for every pledge received, Domex will donate P5 to UNICEF’s program towards improving access to basic sanitation in deprived areas around the world, including the Philippines.

Alternatively, one can like the page, https://www.facebook.com/DomexPhilippines, access the One Million Clean Toilets app and click on ‘Pledge Here’ to join other online denizens who have contributed to the good cause.

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TRESemme Runway Ready Sale!

I recently had organic keratin treatment at our neighborhood salon to give order to my frizzy hair. When you have this treatment, you don’t wash your hair for up to three days to give the nutrients time to work their magic. Afterwards, it is advisable to use keratin products for maintenance.

That is why, keratin shampoo and conditioner products in the market like TRESemme’s keratin hair care line are heaven-sent. And even better, it’s now on sale!

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From November to December 2014,TRESemme marks down their popular Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner 440ml bottle packs by 50%. I saw this at Watsons and it was P599. The good thing is that it also comes in a packaging that is perfect for gift-giving this holiday season.

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A Toothless #MerrySM Christmas at SM BF Parañaque

2014 was the year of the box office success of How to Train Your Dragon 2. And our friendly neighborhood mall in the South, SM City BF Parañaque, continues the tradition by reenacting the Viking village of Berk for its holiday theme. Shoppers, and most especially the kids, can play with Toothless or have photo ops in the magical Viking ship.

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We were there during the opening where Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivares and top officials lit up the giant 24-feet Christmas tree which now adorns the lobby.

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I even posed with these young guys in their full Viking regalia, hehe.

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The enduring musical group, The Company, rendered timeless Christmas songs that warmed the hearts and reminded us that yes, another holiday season is here!

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Puzzles Board Games Lounge in BF Homes Parañaque City

Board games are alive!It’s been ages since the family played chess and Monopoly, and my favorite Scrabble.As a mom, I should be ashamed for not weaning my kids away from the iPad and all those computer games. There’s really nothing like the board games to promote interaction, live excitement, strategy, logical reasoning and all the good stuff.

Gladly, there’s now an exclusive Board Game Lounge near where we live in the South and it’s aptly called Puzzles. My lovely niece Arisa introduced me to this place because her bf, Roby, is one of the owners (they’re all young,by the way). One look at this hangout and it just warmed up to me. It’s so cool!

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You wouldn’t blame families or groups of friends if they’d like to chill out here for hours on end. Each person only has to pay P100 and they can play as long as they want.

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