Swift Premium Corned Beef on spotlight at Pio’s Kitchen

I think there was a look of shock from my blogger-friends when I showed up in the doorsteps of private dining resto Pio's Kitchen that night. Considering the unbearable traffic in Metro Manila now, you'd think going South to North (and vice versa) is the equivalent of crossing the Rubicon or finishing a triathlon. It takes that much willpower and motivation to venture anywhere far these days! But people like me will always be guilty of going through great lengths to try a new restaurant and taste good food. Bonus if it's "all of the above." This is what happened ... Continue Reading...

Cartoon Network Amazone water park in Pattaya

Our visit to Cartoon Network Amazone was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Pattaya, Thailand. It was part of Royal Cliff Beach Hotel's Stay and Play package which guests and families can avail of when they check in.The package includes stay in a suite room, VIP passes to the water park with special discounts on the purchase of food, beverage and items in the retail shop, among other benefits. There was a van transfer to the water park at the rate of only 100 baht per person. I found this very convenient since the park was a few kilometers away from Royal ... Continue Reading...

New oatmeal recipes to try: arroz caldo & mushroom risotto

oats caldo

Oatmeal is a good way of promoting healthy digestion and lowering cholesterol in the body. I usually just mix it with hot milk or water then add fruits like bananas for a filling breakfast . A few weeks ago, however, there was a cooking demo conducted by Dong-A Pharma Phils., the distributor of GV Michel Oatmeal of Australia at the Century Park Hotel. The different ways by which the chefs prepared oatmeal literally bowled me over. The oats caldo (oatmeal version of arroz caldo) was so good and the three-mushroom oatmeal risotto made me feel like I was eating in a ... Continue Reading...

Chef Sharwin Tee at Maya Kitchen on August 29

Chef Sharwin Tee of the Lifestyle Network's 'Curiosity Got The Chef' will topbill the Maya Kitchen's cooking demo this Saturday, August 29, from 9 am to 1 pm. Participants can watch chef Sharwin prepare and make the following dishes, mostly inspired by his love for B-A-C-O-N: Arugula Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, "Cuick" Clam Chowder, Bacon-Wrapped Fish and Mango Salsa, Bacon Mallow Bombs (his very own version of S’mores) and Waffles and Bacon with Hoisin Sauce. His TV show is now on its 5th season in the Lifestyle Network and is also shown in the US, ... Continue Reading...

Kathryn Bernardo in Primadonna’s Pre-Holiday 2015 collection

Primadonna is one of my favorite local footwear brands and that's why I had to free up my schedule that weekend when they launched their Pre-Holiday 2015 collection. It helped that the special guest that night was Kathryn Bernardo. The label's choice of the in-demand Teen Queen as their newest endorser show's just far Primadonna has come in its 8 years of existence. Starting with just 3 stores in 2007, Primadonna branches are now 50-strong nationwide. We think the secret of its success is its ability to deliver the latest footwear interpretation from the world's ... Continue Reading...