Teddy’s Bigger Burgers of Hawaii to open in Greenbelt 3!

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Hawaii’s number one burger, is the latest foreign food chain to enter the Philippines as it opens its maiden store at Level 3 of Greenbelt 3, Makati City (in front of Nanbantei of Tokyo) on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

I’ve been loving burgers lately and am excited with this development. We’ve been told that Teddy’s Bigger Burgers takes pride in its super thick milkshakes and signature made-to-order burger consisting of 100% cornfed ground chuck.Other must-tries are its buffalo wings,Teri Burger (with teriyaki sauce) and Bacado Burger (with cheese, bacon & avocado).

TBB Win 1 year

To attract customers during its August 23 opening day, Teddy’s is offering something irresistible -

The first five to fall in line will receive one year supply of burgers (one burger a week, for 52 weeks!)…

The 6th to 10th in line will get six months supply of burgers (one burger a week, for 26 weeks!)…

and 11th to 20th in line will receive three months supply of free burgers (one burger a week for 13 weeks!)

Among Nos. 21 to 80 in line, five lucky winners will be drawn via raffle to win a weekly supply of burgers for one month (one burger a week for 5 weeks!)

All right..pandemonium na to! :) That’s not all because

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Zark’s Burger happiness!

It is truly epic to eat a filling meal for 4 people, have chicken wings, have dessert and have your bill running to less than a thousand pesos. Isn’t that happiness? :)

bill

But I guess this is what Zark’s Burgers is all about, and what makes them popular with the college and office crowd. We ate in Zark’s Burgers BF Homes which is in the 2nd floor of a nondescript building along President Avenue, but still full of people that Sunday.

Zark's

Of course, most people would come here for the burger which I would describe as very decent and tasty for the price. Here is what our seatmate had… The Tombstone, a 500-peso, two-pound cheeseburger served with 300 grams of fries. The come-on: finish it in 10-minutes and you get a free t-shirt and a spot in the Wall of Fame

BURGER!

Thanks for the t-shirt offer, but I’d rather have their Honey Glazed Krispy Kreme Donut a la Mode (P100). It came with an extra order of candied bacon since I wanted to try that too. I truly felt that life’s Top 3 sinful things (donut + ice cream + bacon) conspired to tease my taste buds that night!

Donut + candied bacon

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LTO ban on license plate covers… is unbelievable!

We all know what this country needs aren’t more laws and stupid regulations coming from the bureaucracy. What we need is strict enforcement about policies that make sense to the public, not formulated depending on the whim of those in power.

Anyway, I was in a state of exasperation last week when I was flagged down by a traffic officer for a ‘traffic violation’. I said “what?” I was in the right lane, wasn’t driving on my coding day, and wasn’t beating the yellow light the way I sometimes do (LOL).

The officer told me that I was in violation of something that I didn’t know about: the new Land Transportation Office (LTO) order banning license plate covers, holders and third party accessories from all kinds o vehicles, including motorcycles… both old and new!

He was referring to LTO’s Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01 which prohibits the attachment of the covers etc…. the main reason being that it might block the visibility of the license plate or vehicle sticker.

I was about to say to him that as a car owner, protection is of greater importance to me than visibility, but held my peace. A smile and protracted diplomacy prevented my license plate from being confiscated that day, and being fined P5,000 for violating the order.

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Cantino in Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

I love Pasong Tamo Extension because it doesn’t remind me of the rest of the business jungle that’s Makati with its high-rises, traffic, buses, vehicles, crowds etc. It’s quiet in here, the buildings are preserved. It’s mostly filled with car dealerships, studios, ad & media agencies, and cozy little restaurants from where you can enjoy your food while relishing some privacy.

Cantino is one such secret spot. Can’t help but check out the place after some business found me at Ace Saatchi House that day. There are no signs anywhere pointing to this little canteen, you just have to negotiate a long alley.

Way to Cantino

The interiors immediately warmed up to me, and the menu written on the board is most attractive..

#Cantino

It’s quite strange that the place connects to the service center of European Motors Philippines Corporation (think about those luxury cars!) and this is the view you get from the second floor of the resto ..

View of the garage

Nothing special about the food served at Cantino but one thing I noticed, it’s quite cheap for this part of Makati with prices randing from P35 to P120. They offer good ol’ Filipino comfort food with a twist, although there seems to be a predominance of dishes from the North like Ilocos empanada and Isabela longanisa.

I ordered the Chori Pasta (P120) composed of crumbled Batak chorizo with kesong puti (white cottage cheese). It was my first time to pour Sukang Iloko (native vinegar) on pasta and it was suprisingly good!

Chori pasta

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Samsung Recipe Challenge extended to August 6!

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Remember the Samsung Recipe Challenge I posted two weeks ago? The sending of all your entries should have been until this week, but due to the weather and certain unavoidable circumstances in our favor, the deadline has been extended to August 6…yay!

So to all cooking mamas out there, this is a last-minute shout-out to showcase your kitchen prowess by submitting to us your best, world-class, award-winning recipe. The prize at stake for our lucky blog reader is nothing to be scoffed at. It’s a brand-new Samsung Smart Oven which will greatly help your switch to healthy eating habits, and current market price is P14,000.

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Tech Tuesday: selfie or groufie with Huawei Ascend P7 LTE

I travel light and you have to treat me to artisan coffee to convince me to lug around a DSLR or still camera other than the smartphone I already have for those mundane blog coverages. You see, I’d rather opt for my own comfort and convenience over the more excellent pictures that a bulky DSLR delivers (sorry, dear readers.)

But I have to admit that I had to take a second look when the full specifications of the Huawei Ascend P7 was given to me. Its dual cameras (13MP at the rear and 8MP for front-facing) are perfect for today’s wave of selfie and ‘groufie’ – crazy individuals.

Small lenses are usually the problem on camphones, but the 5P non-spherical lens on the 13MP camera of the P7 means you can take amazing panoramic shots when you’re in tourist attractions like this..

A beautiful backdrop

Double-clicking the down volume button once launches the camera in 1.2 seconds, even in a locked mode. This ensures that you don’t miss out on the action.

Double tap snapshot

(Official photos from Huawei)

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AXE Gold Pass : ticket to the good life

The Axe Gold Pass is the search for the most masculine and attractive man in the metro voted most popular by the public and an exclusive council of celebrities.It is inviting men, 18 years old and above, to join the contest by logging on to facebook.com/AXEPhilippines and get their friends to vote for them.The top 400 men with the most votes qualify for the next round, where they will get trimmed down to the final three.

From the three, the man who emerges winner in the Gold Pass Challenge will receive the ultimate ticket to live the Gold Life! Prizes at stake include a brand new 2014 Volkswagen Beetle, an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas where the winner and two guests will receive VIP treatment at the hottest clubs and a one-year, rent-free condominium unit at the Fort. Isn’t that fab? ;)

To launch the search, a grand kick-off party was held at Republiq in Resorts World Manila several weeks ago. In full force at the glam event were the celebrity members of the AXE Gold Council represented by Resident Hottie Solenn Heussaf, Axe Gold Man Luis Manzano and Axe Dark Temptation man KC Montero…

Solenn

Luis for Axe Gold

Axe Gold

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Ichiran Ramen in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

I loved Ichiran Ramen! I may have missed eating this in Japan but am glad I went out of my way to find this in HK, the land of roasted goose and dimsum. They now have two branches almost beside each other in Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay. It was quite hard to find, but just remember this landmark: a few streets at the back of Sogo Department Store :)

Ichiran

This whole order of their famed tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen with sliced pork and perfectly half-boiled egg cost HKD$101 (or P563) and darn, it fulfilled my noodle fantasies for the night.My verdict is that if Ichiran was in Manila, this would be the best ramen for me ;)

Ichiran HK

As expected, the broth was creamy and flavorful; the sliced pork was divine. A great part of the Ichiran experience is that the diner decides how he would like his ramen to turn out by filling up the order sheet.

One can tick off choices with regards to flavor strength (weak/medium/strong)…

richness (none/light/medium/rich/ultra rich)….

noodle texture (extra firm/firm/medium/soft/extra soft) …

and the garnishings that will go in the soup (garlic, green onion, mushrooms, etc).

The resto also recommends their Original Red Sauce and I wished I checked Double instead of Regular for that extra spicy kick!

Ichiran menu

Ramen

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List of 2015 Philippine holidays announced

2015, via the Official Gazette

(image source: The Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, Facebook)

Kids and adults await with much excitement the official announcement of annual holidays, especially in the Philippines.The reason is understandable because we look forward to taking a rest or planning for those out-of-town or out-of-country trips. Having this list of regular and special holidays is useful because plane tickets are usually cheaper when bought a few months ahead (tee hee). Thanks to the Office of the President for coming out with your announcement five months early :)

2015 regular holidays

New Year’s Day - January 1 (Thursday)
Maundy Thursday - April 2
Good Friday - April 3
Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9 (Thursday)
Labor Day - May 1 (Friday)
Independence Day June 12 (Friday)
National Heroes Day August 31 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Monday)
Christmas Day - December 25 (Friday)
Rizal Day - December 30 (Wednesday)

2015 Special (Non-Working) Days

Chinese New Year February 19 (Thursday)
Black Saturday - April 4
Ninoy Aquino Day August 21 (Friday)

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Seasons by Olivier Elzer

Seasons by Olivier Elzer was one fine restaurant we recently got to try in Hong Kong. It has just opened for a little more than a month but it is already busy with a lot of diners. Blame it on the fact that the head chef of the Michelin-rated L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Central has jumped ship to establish a resto carrying his name, at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay. Seeing that we don’t always see handsome, youthful chefs around, Olivier E is as refreshing as the name Seasons, don’t you think? :)

Olivier E

Upon entering, you immediately get a glimpse of the staff working in the open kitchen. The bar set-up is rather informal compared to the other sections of the resto, but at least you get to see all the action.

Seasons

My friend Barbie Chan, marketing communications director of Sáv Hospitality treated me to lunch (because am always a lucky girl!) I trust her when it comes to knowing the hottest eating places in town and sometimes I hate her for not gaining a pound, lol. Here’s our photo while waiting for the food service to begin..

with Barbie

First to arrive was the complimentary bread basket with two kinds of butter. You just know a resto is good when they know their dough, but I had to resist from carbo-loading in anticipation of the three courses ahead.

Bread & butter

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