Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cook with an Italian Chef at The Maya Kitchen

Chef Roberto Cimmino

An Italian Chef will Visit The Maya Kitchen and will cook traditional Italian fare on May 5, Saturday, 9am-1pm. Chef Roberto Cimmino, Italian Chef de Cuisine at Edsa Shangri-la Hotel’s Paparazzi, will share his culinary tricks and tips as he prepares a complete the traditional Italian course of Zuppa Minestrone, Italian Vegetable Stew with Prosciutto and Parmesan; Insalata Rughetta, Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts and Balsamico Reduction; Fettucine, fresh homemade Pasta with Classical Tomato and Basil Sauce; Risotto alla Parmigiana, a basic recipe; Pan Seared Black Lapu-lapu with Broccoli Mash, Capers, Nuts and a touch of Anchovies and Tiramisu “As Roby Likes It.”

The 25 year old chef was Chef de Cuisine of Italian restaurant Danieli’s at the St. Regis Hotel, Shanghai prior to joining EDSA Shangri-la Hotel in October of 2011.He was also the Chef de Cuisine at Italian restaurant Bene at the Suzhou Sheraton Hotel & Towers. 


The Maya Kitchen's Summer Culinary Workshops for Kids and Teens continue this month of May. The Junior Culinary Workshop for 6-12 years old is from May 8-11, 8:30am-12:30pm. Kids learn something different each day with the following themes: Breakfast Surprise, Fine Dining in Italy, Modern Mexican and Jazzed-Up Kiddie Food.

For teens 13 years old and up, classes are from May 15-18, 9am-1pm. Daily themes include: Party Fare, Pie Day, Italian Yummies and Decadent Fun Desserts and Food Truck.

International Breads is on May 19, 1:30-6pm. Certificate Courses with Hands-On include: Cake Decorating (Basic and Advanced), May 2-4,10am-3pm; Fundamentals of Bakery Production, May 2-5, 9am-2pm and May 15-17 and 19, 1:30-6pm;  Basic Culinary, May 7-10, 1:30-6pm and May 22-25, 9am-3pm; and Catering May 25-26, 9am-5pm.

For more information, log on to or e-mail   or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F  Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ninong Max's Treat on Xia's Christening

Previous office mates of mine were reunited when Xia (Jelaine's daughter) was baptized last month at the Church of Malate. Jim, Jelaine, Lady and I strengthen our ties when we stood as Xia's godparents. In Catholic tradition, parents and godparents were asked to ‘reject the devil and all rebellion against God’ and to renounce ‘the deceit and corruption of evil’. We were asked to ‘submit to Christ as Lord’ on this solemn ceremony. It was a memorable experience to welcome Xia in Christian world.

 Baby Xia

Although it was a mass baptism, the ceremony was not long for the exciting part - the christening reception. It was held at Max's Restaurant in Robinsons Place - Manila. Xia's mom, Jelaine, availed Max's "Ninong Ko Si Max!" Promo. Max’s, being such a nostalgic restaurant that has nurtured family relationships for generations, has always been the first choice for milestone festivities like graduations, anniversaries - especially baptisms, a popular tradition among Filipinos who predominantly adhere to the Christian faith. 

Veggie Lumpia Bites

Max, the celebrated figure behind Max’s Restaurant, will be the official ‘ninong’ or godfather of every infant and child who will celebrate their christening reception at any Max’s Restaurant. Every year, until they reach the age of 7, Max’s inaanak’s can expect Christmas and birthday presents from their doting Ninong Max. They are also privileged to receive treats like free Max’s Corner Bakery goodies every time they visit Ninong Max’s restaurant (with a minimum purchase of PhP 200). They also get a special 15% discount on their 1st and 7th birthday celebrations at any Max’s Restaurant in the country.

The Package also includes the following:

• 2 hours use of venue
• Free use of bassinet
• Theme Cake **
• Decorated Party Area
• Party Balloons
• Balloon Centerpieces
• Tarpaulin Banner Rental
• Invitations
• Guest Book with Pen **
• Gift for the Baby
• Souvenirs
• 5% discount certificate (for your next party)

The dishes were great! We started from thick and rich soup. The original, classic fried chicken that made Max's popular was cooked to golden perfection, processed in a very unique way which gives this product the unforgettable "sarap to the bones" quality, spiced just right and totally MSG-free was my favorite. It comes with Max's Kamote Fries, a new spin on the sweet potatoes, a traditional and nourishing Filipino staple food, and turned them into a unique side dish. The Veggie Lumpia Bites (above picture), a selected vegetables in bite-size pieces comes with honey mustard dip was superb!

Pancit Canton, A traditional well-liked rice noodle dish topped with vegetables, pork strips, chicken balls, chicken liver, chicken gizzard and shrimps.

Steamed Fish Fillet In Light Soy - Expertly marinated cream dory fillet with a light soy sauce topped with spring onion confetti.

Asparagus With Tofu - A healthy serving of fresh asparagus, tofu and vegetables mixed with an exquisite taste of dried wooden ear mushroom which makes this dish different from other vegetables.


Max's Corner Bakery Caramel Bars  - Soft, chewy caramel bars made with premium milk and butter generously topped with ground peanuts.

Max's Restaurant, Robinsons Place - Manila
4/Lvl., Robinson's Place - Manila, M. Adriatico St.
Manila, Metro Manila Philippines
(02) 7-9000

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kitchen Gadget: 3D 16 Liters Electric Oven Toaster w/ Roaster

My growing admiration with The Peach Kitchen and Not Just A Food Blog roasted chicken recipes prompted me to purchase this oven toaster. The last time I checked before I decided to bought it, it was around Php 3,000.00 so I waited like 300 years (lol!) until it went on sale and bought it for the price of Php 1,895.00.

Product Features:

Power Output: 1000W
Capacity 16 liters
Rotisserie function
Bake, roast, broil function
4 Temperature Settings
Broiler Option
With Timer
Auto Shut off
Color : White

The moment I went home, I tried to roast a quarter of chicken to test it but I thought it's not for share because I burned  it. What I'm just sharing is the "before" picture, lol! A beautiful chicken waiting to be roasted on my brand new 3D 16 Liters Electric Oven Toaster w/ Roaster.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Manila STG Canada Celebrates Quarter End and Welcomes New Colleagues at Seattle's Best

Big Breakfast #3: Egg, Schublig, Bacon Strips, Pancakes, Wheat Bread, Fruit Marmalade

"The Canadians" had breakfast at Seattle's Best in celebration of good 1st quarter end of 2012. It was at least caused cheer for us as it emerged that we had the busiest 3 months with 'unprecedented' business volumes. It was the day I'm waiting for, the best-ever day in the first three months of the year . To Celebrate great team at its best teamwork, as everybody agreed... with best food. I must admit, this is the best part of every quarter.

While other teams chose to spend an overnight stay out of town, some were gone far outside the country, we chose the warm and casual ambiance, a typical of modern American coffee shop of Seattle's Best. Most of The Canadian members were family people and going out of town was out of the proposal. At the back of our building where the nearest Seattle's Best is located, we immediately put ourselves at ease after our shifts to fully enjoy its brews and try their enticing array of cold drinks such as SBC's Javanilla Shake, Iced White Chocolate Mocha, as well as iced varieties of lattes, mochas and sodas. 

Since I'm not a big fan of Seattle's Best, I never knew that they offer a wide array of breakfast choices. Their breakfast choices were divided into four; pancakes, french toast and omelets, regular breakfast, and big breakfast. Y'all knew how I love breakfast. I became an instant fan!

Ham & Cheese Omelette, French Toasts, Fruit Marmalade

I chose Big Breakfast #3 that includes scrambled eggs, Schublig, Bacon Strips, Pancakes, Wheat Bread, and Fruit Marmalade. Rush, picked one from french toast and omelets. She had Ham & Cheese Omelette, French Toasts, Fruit Marmalade.

Big Breakfast 2: Egg, Cocktail Sausages, Bacon Strips, Pancakes, Fruit Marmalade

Daddy Regie, Gemma, Bobby, Austin and Lee had Big Breakfast 2: Egg, Cocktail Sausages, Bacon Strips, Pancakes, Fruit Marmalade. Austin, Rad and Lee are the new members of the team. Rad was absent and he missed that warm welcome from our team.

Pancakes, Bacon Strips, Maple Syrup

Nathalie chose Pancakes with Bacon, as usual she wasn't able to finish it. The Team had to go home with heavy stomachs. It was another splendid gastronomical experience!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sippin' Margarita in Bora!

Beside the Zeouk Bar in station two, while waiting for Carlo and Josh getting their non permanent  tattoo done, I ordered Margarita. A random picture when we had a Boracay get together.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lawn Care? Mow Worries! Just Snap, Lock and Go!

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The colorful spring and bright summer days are my favorite seasons of the year and are just around the corner. This is the most exciting times that brings flash back to my memory of good times during my college days, living in the countryside with my parents.

Back in my province where my parents still chose to stay in our old provincial house, the balcony over our front lawn was my favorite spot while cooling off with home-made iced tea or lemonade. From the balcony, I would always adore our green, manicured lawn that's surrounded by a tapestry of star apple, mango, citrus trees and adorned with different kinds of tropical orchids that my mother used to collect. Ahh, memories of laid back times that I longed to experience again.

The last time I went home, I noticed that my oldies had forgotten to take care of the lawn. The lawn's gone brown - it's full of mole-hills! Maybe because they are kinda old and have other priorities that I understand.

If time and work permit, I'm going home this summer and I planned to revive the green grass at home. So, I started looking for some ideal lawns and gathered some gardening techniques online. The lawn in the park near my office where I eat my lunch everyday captured my heart. This would be my model lawn when I get back in the province....

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Cafe Via Mare, Landmark

Crispy Binagoongan, Php 298

When I've told you last week that I decided to go on a three day liquid diet for abstinence and fasting and that the first food that will enter my palate  would be pork belly, it was not an April Fool's joke. Yes, I mean it.  So here, we had a visit at Cafe Via Mare in Landmark with my "kumare" Jelaine to renew our love for pork, lol! She ordered Crispy Binagoongan that we both shared. A slice of crispy pork belly served with sauteed shrimp paste, green mango and small amount of  "pinakbet".

Vigan Longanisa, Php 290

I had  Vigan Longanisa - crispy fried, lean , garlicky pork meat sausages flavored with freshly cracked black peppercorns and lightly soured sukang iloco. That pink vinegar ( sukang iloco) is definitely a win!

Sago, Php 42

We also shared the Sago (Tapioca pearls in caramel and ice) but I wont recommend this refreshment to y'all. The unsweetened sago was a disappointment, I'm telling you. Maybe you wanna try something else from their menu.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Last Supper at McDonald's

Hot, steaming coffee and crisp, sweet apple pie! My final dinner before abstinence and fasting. I vowed to go on liquid diet after this dinner at McDonald's before the fast food closed earlier today. Of course, I'll be missing pork belly until Monday.

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