Monday, November 28, 2011

Holidays in High Spirits Exclusively at Marriott Hotel Manila



Happy Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us

which means a few months full of friends,

food,

festivities,

and family togetherness.

'ts the season to appreciate all the blessings that came our way throughout the year.

Yuletide season will be more festive with a feast filled with joy, thanksgiving, and of course...

Gourmet foods!

Join The Cuisineuer as I welcome the most festive season of the year with at taste of memorable luxury and class...

only at Marriott Hotel Manila.


Marriott Hotel Manila's Geaneral Manager  Richard Saul with Phoem Barranda and  Miss World First Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais


Christmas tree lighting and silent auction over sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner buffet style was Marriott's fabulous and meaningful ways of welcoming the 2011 holiday season.

The event was hosted by Phoemala Barranda and was graced by the presence of  Miss World First Princess 2011 Gwendolyn Ruais who were very elegant that night.




My first stop was the Asian Station

the spread was filled with amazing selections of siomai, dumplings, and chicken soup.

Since it was time for Thanksgiving, gourmet style roasted turkey was the ultimate treat.

It comes with cranberry sauce, corn bread stuffing, and sauteed brussel sprouts with bacon.

Call in and allow 24 hours before pick up.



Turkey to fly is available at Marriott Hotel Manila from November 24 to December 26 prepared by no less than Executive Chef Meik Brammer. PhP 6,700.00




Prior to the Christmas tree lighting,

we were entertained with the world class performances of singing sensation Ralph Salazar

and Resorts World's Manila European Dancers!




What I liked most that night was the luscious and tempting desserts.

Not enough can be said about just how good it feels during the event but with these blissful desserts, Marriott Hotel Manila definitely celebrates holidays with bountiful gastronomical experience that warmed my heart.




On December 14, 11, and 18 at 11:30am to 3p:00PM, Marriott Café will hold sumptous buffets featuring rib eye steak, fresh prawns, laksa, grilled fish, Mongolian rice, blissful dessert choices, plus unlimited Western and Asian sections.

Indulge the whole family for only P2150 net per head from appetizer to dessert with free-flowing iced tea, soda, and sparkling wine. 




On Christmas and New Year's Eve, Try Cru Steakhouse’s 4-course set dinner at P4, 500 net per head.

Considered a house specialty when it comes to thick and meaty steaks, it also features inventive entrees and side dishes nestled in an ambiance conducive for intimate conversations.




Visit Java+ and take a look at the endless gift options from cookies, breads, cakes, and pralines.

For a limited time only, tis’ the season with some of these signature Christmas delicacies by pastry chef Fil Afable:

Hanzel and Gretel Ginger bread house (P320),

German Christmas fruit bread (P600),

 felchin dark and white chocolate Santa (P240),

and Buche de Noel cake  (P1,350). At P4, 250 net

or P2, 100 net, delight distinguished friends and folks with a hamper filled with home made breads, confectionery, prime carvings, and other unique, yummy snacks.




Pay your blessings forward!

Experience the joy of giving back while shopping for loved ones as Marriott Manila also launched its Bid and Build that night, a fund raising auction project with Habitat for Humanity.


Manila's elite and celebrities have donated their pre-loved pieces for the auction, here are some;

Connie Sison – Kate Middleton engagement replica ring.
Charice Pempengco – Louis Vuitton monogram Macassar canvas globe trotter sneakers (s6).
Shaira Luna – Offers free pictorial to a bid winner.
Daphne Osena – Hand carved kiln-dried mahogany wood with gold leaf chair.

To check out the full list of items for bidding, drop by at the hotel lobby from November 24 until December 25.




Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starbucks' Rush - A Birthday Celebration

Classic Chocolate Cake, PhP 700.00

In a corporate world like ours,

everything is fast.

from the moment we log in until the rest of the day,

everyone is so busy,

rushing,

beating the heavy traffic early in the morning,

hurrying to meet our deadlines,

eager to push our limit,

maximizing the limited eight hours.

taking coffee and sweets  to fill the gaps between,

There are three SB store around the office,

one in Salcedo at the back of the office,

another one in front,

and one in Insular building.

We normally start the day with a hot fix from SB (Starbucks)

Lunch is a piece of cake or a sandwich from Starbucks

we sealed a great day with a cold fix from Starbucks.

More often than not,

Special occasions that fall on a weekday will definitely be celebrated in Starbucks.




Last week,

one of my colleagues, Rush, celebrated her birthday at Starbucks in Insular.

She bought us deep dark, Classic Chocolate Cake from Starbucks

and a cup of coffee of our choice

I had my personal favorite,

cold fix of matcha tea

for me, it was a perfect match...




Like y'all,

I love Starbucks'  dark, moist,  chocolate filled, classic chocolate cake

I guess everyone wants that for their birthday

A sweet reminder of our existence.

Even sweeter if its free.

Happy Birthday, Rush!

Wishing you all the best in life!

and oh, thanks for the cake!





Thursday, November 17, 2011

Totally Tasty at Tokyo Café, SM Mall of Asia

Chicken and Cheese Roll, PhP 260.00


What comes into your mind when you hear Tokyo Cafe?

Traditional Japanese food like Sushi...Sashimi....raw.

Same with you, I thought, it was purely Japanese. Perhaps, because of  its Japanese name.

I'm am not a big fan of  raw, uncooked food, except veggies and fruits.

So I never dare try this resto for years. Although I've always noticed that a lot of people were on "waiting" list everytime I pass by at their branch in SM North which means a lot of people love the foods they serve.

In all honesty, 'twas my first time to try Tokyo Café last Saturday when I was invited to have a taste test.

Only then that I've realized,

TOKYO CAFE is the only Japanese style family restaurant that offers Western dishes with distinct Japanese touch and prides itself with genuine Japanese hospitality and service.


 Café Au Lait, Php 95.00


The modern Japanese menu in this place was terrific!

From savory to sweet,

from coffee, to pasta and pizza,

to parfait and desserts....

It's all pretty good!

The dishes were artistically presented,

I've never been this in love with these foods...
 

Katsu-Ju, PhP 240

I came on the event straight from night shift,

I decided to have a bold and distinctive flavor of full-bodied cup of coffee to wake my half-asleep-mind up.

The real Japanese coffee Sumibiyaki was perfect for my taste with fresh, warm milk. 

Strong enough to awaken me throughout the day.

While we were waiting,

over casual introduction to fellow bloggers,

chicken fillet stuffed with mozzarella cheese, rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried to perfection was served.

It was warm and hmmmmm...... cheesy!


Oyaku-Ju, PhP 240.00 

We've sampled their set rice topping meals served in a Ju box,

Servings are pretty and big, some of them are good for two!

The sliced chicken braised in signature tempura sauce with onions and leeks mixed in egg on top of steamed white riceOyaku-Ju came in first with vegetable side dish.  


Ten-Ju, PhP 240.00

The golden, deep fried breaded pork chop, Katsu-Ju seasoned with signature tempura sauce, onions, leeks, and scrambled eggs on steamed rice was tender on the inside and crispy outside. 

The Deep fried shrimp Tempura with signature Tempura sauce on steamed rice definitely satisfied my shrimp cravings.


Unaju, PhP 373


Among their set rice topping meals Unaju is highly recommended because its very tasty.

It was made of pan fried eel fillets topped with caramelized soy sauce over rice.



Hamburg and Shrimp, Php 293.00


Double the goodness with these plateful of two juicy burger patties and breaded black tiger prawns and gravy. 

I think this is their finest dish.

This is really flavorful and highly recommended whenever you choose Tokyo Cafe to dine in during your stroll in the Mall of Asia.


Creamy Ebiko Pasta, PhP 270

Another Tokyo Cafe's signature dish that you will surely ask for more is the Creamy Ebiko Pasta.

This pasta was made of shrimp, karashi ebiko and cream sauce. 

This dish is extremely delicious!


Chicken in a Basket

Our half-full stomach was filled-in with these big Japanese style crispy fried chicken with french fries and gravy.

Prices are very reasonable; 

Chicken Trio (3pcs) PhP 198.00
Regular (5pcs) PhP 305.00
Family Pack (7 pcs) PhP 408.00

We had more than enough but beautiful experience will not be completed without beautiful ending. here are their artful desserts, starting with.....


Tokyo Affogato, PhP 185


Tokyo Affogato is Ice Cream in Espresso.

I don't need to elaborate,

coffee lovers like us understand that this is an ultimate dessert.

For dessert, there are many crepes, parfaits, cakes  to choose from with Japanese twist.


Tiramisu, PhP 145.00


The awesome Tiramisu is an exquisite blend of coffee liqueur in between layers of espresso soaked lady finger and Mascarpone cheese. 


 Japanese Cheesecake, PhP 125


The divine Japanese style cheesecake is soft, light and spongy.

perfect match to my iced, blended coffee.


Azuki Parfait, PhP 123


Y'all knew that I love matcha,

This  Azuki Parfait became my instant favorite.

This fabulous dessert is composed of sweet red azuki beans, vanilla & green tea ice cream topped with whipped cream.


Choco Banana Almond Parfait, PhP 130.00


The Choco Banana Almond Parfait was a stellar,

fabulously presented like a Japanese hand fan.

Layers of banana slices carefully plated with banana sauce, vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream and swirl of chocolate syrup.


Coffee Jelly Smogee, PhP 131


A good concoction of  hot and iced blended coffee and smoogees (coffee and non-coffee based) are available in all of their 7 branches.


Matcha Smoogees, PhP 130.00


Matcha Smoogee is my utmost favorite among the wide array of beverages.

My love for matcha tea doesn't end...

this one,  I knew is authentic.

 Milk Oreo, PhP 130


Crushed Oreo cookies loaded in a milkshake was ordered by my fellow blogger.
she said it was good.

Caramel Vienna, PhP 131.00


When I feel the need to intake sugar,

I chose Caramel-flavored latte Vienna,

This beverage is also recommended
Something that you cannot taste from Starbucks or any other fancy coffee shops.


Mango Smoogee, PhP 128.00


Mango smoogee topped with mango jellies was refreshing.


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Serving water as soon as we sat down was an indication of a prompt service. Plus, the food crews were friendly and accommodating, the epitome of Japanese work ethic.

The whole experience was exceptional.

Foodie bloggers I've met on the event were fun to be with,

We've talked about anything, blogging, politics, zoloft birth defects, gadgets, anything...

I've enjoyed their company and I learned a lot from them.

I promised myself to go back again and again until I complete the rest in their menu.

and oh, I heard that Tokyo Cafe serves ‘TAPSILOG’ breakfast dishes at their GoHotel branch. Gotta hit that branch when I come back from Puerto Gallera next week.


Tokyo Café
SM Mall of Asia
South Ground Floor,
Main Mall Bldg.
(02) 556-0517
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo-Cafe-Philippines/285812833621
Website: http://tokyocafe.com.ph/

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Flavors of "F" - The Signature Restaurant of Best Western Premier F1 Hotel



BEST WESTERN PREMIER F1 HOTEL - A brand new, stylish hotel

in a brand new city

introduces the latest and modern luxuries

featuring a fusion of  brand new local and international flavors 

at their signature restaurant "F"

located on the 5/F Amenity Level

at 32nd Street Bonifacio Global City, Taguig...




The buffet lunch was showcased in a sophisticated, upscale ambiance, against the business towers of Bonifacio Global City  that served as contemporary backdrop.

My expectation was empty when I stepped-in

as well as my stomach...

The smell of a brand new establishment blends with the aroma of freshly cooked food.

I was fascinated when I saw the fabulous array of flavorful dishes 

I was so thrilled to take a small bite of everything. 

I started with...


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Fantastic Cheese, Bread and Soup Stations



The buffet introduction was wedges of Bleu, Gouda, Camembert, Brie, Emmental cheeses set up beautifully in a Cheese Board.

"You are all mine!", I exclaimed to myself.

Y'all knew me, I love cheese more than desserts.

Carefully, I stabbed small pieces of strong Blue cheese, golden Gouda cheese, soft Camembert cheese, "the queen of cheese" Brie, and Emmental "the great" cheese.




 Here's my first plate...




To complement these cheeses, 

I sprinkled it with dried fruits and roasted nuts that were also lined up on the station.




I moved to the Bread and Soup station next to the Cheese station

"These breads are freshly bake", the aroma whispered.

Leavened, wheat, baguettes, and soft breads are available to choose from.




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Fresh Pasta Station



Guests will have an opportunity to create there own “signature” pasta from Chef Executive Chef Nino Ante gastronomical palette.

 Have it expertly prepared by our encouraging and entertaining pasta chefs.




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First Central Station



Conversations with my fellow blogger were set aside when I had these outstanding dishes.

The superb tastes made "F" an instant favorite...

I am not sure if the menu changes everyday but here are the delightful dishes that we had indulged in.


Mixed Seafood Au Gratin

Mashed Potato and Vegetable Panache

Garlic Chilli Crab

Roast Pork Apple Mustard Sauce and Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi Lemon Capers

Roast Beef in Mushroom Sauce and  Grilled Tuna Belly with Dill Herb

Mixed Seafood with Garlic Lemon

Salt and Pepper Prawns

Steamed Fish Fillet

Steamed Rice and Yang Chow Fried Rice

Beef Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

King Du Spare Ribs

My 2nd Plate

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Festive Asian Station

Sharks Fin, Siomai, Siopao, and Xiaolongbao

Fried Mantao, Assorted Tempura, Lechon Macau, Pork Asado

Noodles

F offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets..

this special offering is valid from October 23 - November 30, 2011

Php 600 nett for Breakfast

Php 998 nett for lunch and dinner

5 + 1 Buffet treat. Dine in a group of five and the 6th person is free.


My 3rd Plate

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Fashionable Salad, Cold Cuts, Sushi and Seafood Delights



Operating Hours: 

Breakfast 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Lunch 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Dinner 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Reservations are required.

(+632) 928 9888 local 6107 or 6109

Direct Line: (+632) 478-3976







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Fabulous Dessert, Crepe and Ice Cream Stations


Chocolate Fondue, Mallows, Fruits, Mud Cake Carnival and Chocolate Mousse




Pistachios and Double Dutch Ice Cream



Dessert was not really sinful. 

Most of the desserts are Sugar free; 

Sugar Free Peach Upside Down, Sugar free pineapple Upside Down, Tress Leches, cream caramel, Sugar Free Lime Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake,





F
5th Amenity Level
BEST WESTERN PREMIER F1 Hotel
32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig, Philippines

Website: http://bestwesternpremierf1hotel.com/
For reservations and inquiries:
Reservation hotline: +632.928.9888
fax:+632.928.1888
email: reservations@bwpf1hotel.com
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