Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CuisineKnow - Maitre d'

The maître d’ (short for maître d’hôtel - plural, maîtres d'; maîtres d'hotel, in the original French)  literally "master of the hotel" in a suitably staffed restaurant or hotel is the person in charge of assigning customers to tables in the establishment and dividing the dining area into areas of responsibility for the various servers on duty. The maître d' may also be the person who receives and records reservations for dining, as well as dealing with any customer complaints. It is also his duty to make sure that all the servers and waitstaff are completing their tasks in an efficient manner. In small restaurants, the post is also known as the headwaiter or host. This term originated from medieval courts, where the holder was an important courtier, like Olivier de la Marche in 15th century Burgundy.
In large organizations such as hotels or cruise ships where restaurants are more frequent, the maître d’ is often responsible for the overall dining experience including room service and buffet, and customer satisfaction, while the headwaiters or supervisors are responsible for the specific restaurant or dining room they work in.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Prince Wilfred and Lady Chocolatey

Once upon a time, in Southern California there was a kingdom. The King and his family were famous for being chocoholic. The entire kingdom was built in chocolate. Different kinds of chocolates can be found in the kingdom. Sweet milk chocolate, Cocoa solids chocolate, dark, white, cocoa butter, expensive and less expensive chocolates. Chocolates from the other parts of the world were transported to the kingdom.

In quest for the perfect kind of chocolate, the king commands his only son, Prince Wilfred to search for the chocolate named 'n amor. Rumor was, it can only be found in Northern California where there was another kingdom named Romepedia.

Romepedia is a land of happiness, good times, angels, breathtaking landscapes, fairries  and immortals. No one is allowed to enter the kingdom. 

Obedient as he was, the Prince pursuit the search for the ultimate chocolate n' amor and proceed to Romepedia. He disguised himself as one of the commoners to spy and prove if the rumor was true. He was informed that the 'n amor can be found in the Center Castle. One day, on his way to the Center Castle, he met a lovely young woman and fell in love. He introduced himself and found out that the lady is the Romepedia Princess named Lady Chocolatey. Lady Chocolatey fell inlove as well.

Later on, they found out that Prince Wilfred was not from Romepedia and was cursed that the love of his life will  turned to be a chocolate....

                                                         Lady Chocolatey

Photo courtesy of Wilfred Brillo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Water Plus Lu

Held at Lu Restaurant in Rockwell, last Friday, I accompanied my cousin and fellow blogger Peachy to attend the launching of Water Plus' new print ad campaign. The new Water Plus billboard print ad feature the physically fit and glamorous VJ Andi Manzano.

What’s good about  WaterPlus is its near water formulation.  Like water, it is light and refreshing, no heavy flavors, just a hint of your favorite fruits. Choose from either grape, apple, or lemon & berries WaterPlus Reduce variant. Unlike other weight loss drinks, it has zero sugar and zero calories which enables you to burn more fats without  adding extra pounds .

I liked that they paired the Water Plus with the great food from Lu's menu. Kinda wine pairing.

The Tease - Courgette flower crisp with roasted bacon & basil broth paired with WaterPlus Apple flavor.

The Green Mind - Caramilized grilled pork and rice noodle salad paired with WaterPlus Grape Flavor.

The Nice Catch - Sweet & Sour tamarind prawns green mango fried rice paired with WaterPlus Lemon and Berries flavor.

The Happy Ending - Pandan Bukayo & spicy ginger ice cream.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

See food? Seafood!!!

At Regent Magalawa, we woke up around 6 in the morning  we took a sip of a newly picked, sweet, fresh buko juice (Php 20 each) before swimming into the deep blue sea. They say that buko juice is healthy than orange juice, it contains natural sugar and complex array of vitamins and minerals that are good for the body.  Some say its good for  clearing the urinary path.

Lunch was a seafood fiesta!!!  We had Fish Sinigang, Shrimp Tempura, Fried Fish, Steamed Alimasag and Steamed Crab. All of the seafood are freshly catched from the sea. Steamed Crab is not included in the package but with an extra charge of Php 250 it is very affordable.

Each humongous crab weigh more than a kilo. You can request a day before your arrival.

Fried fish


 Fish Sinigang


Nanay Auring also sells goodies for "pasalubong", Coco Jam, Latik and Bukayo. Coco jam is my favorite best for hot pandesal and coffee.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Breakfast at Magalawa Island

The Magalawa Escapade won't be completed without sumptous food on the dinning table. Breakfast is not the typical Filipino "silog" meal. We had steamed okra with fish sauce,  steamed rice and fried fish. I liked okra,  it was fresh picked from Nanay Auring's organic farmville. It tastes naturally sweet. Most probably the owner takes care of her veggies with extra sweetness.

The big fish  fresh catch from the sea and the sweet vegetables from Nanay Auring's farmville are very delightful. Lunch is something to look forward to, will be featured next.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coffee, Tea and Me - Starbucks' Smile

Happiness is a state of mind and like other things it takes practice. Devote five minutes a day to smiling just smiling, after a while, it will come naturally. There are a lot of  things or feelings that makes me smile. Silly text messages, zero traffic when going home after long hours of working at the office, the smell of Carolina Herrera 212 for Men, a passionate kiss, the colors of the sunrise, hearing Bob Marley on my i pod, a good night sleep, a walk on the seashore, being tickled softly, great food. A molar to molar smile every time I have the Starbucks' Green Tea Latte with Strawberry Syrup and Starbucks' Oreo Cheesecake....

There are different things and reasons that make us smile. So, before putting up a frown on your face, make sure there are no reasons to smile.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Red Ribbon's Coffee Crumble

I was addicted to Red Ribbon's cakes after attending their Blogger's Event to launch their Chocolate Fudge Cake last week. Today, before going home, I tried another Red Ribbon's best seller, Coffee Crumble Cake.

Coffee Crumble is so yummy. Tastes just right, not too sweet. The design of the cake is very creative.I liked the delicious, creamy, mouth-watering slice. I can't resist but to bring joy into my daily life every time I pass a Red Ribbon store.This is indeed a heavenly slice!!!
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