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Michelin-rated Tim Ho Wan to open in Cebu on March 25

Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong’s famous Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, is opening in Cebu at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City on Saturday, March 25. This…

Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong’s famous Michelin-starred dim sum restaurant, is opening in Cebu at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City on Saturday, March 25. This will be its 7th branch in the country and first outside Metro Manila. It will be the first and only Michelin-rated restaurant in Cebu.

Tim Ho Wan started in 2009 when Chef Mak Kwai Pui and Chef Leung Fai Keun opened a modest 20-seater hole-in-the-wall eatery in Mongkok, Hong Kong. A year after, it earned the coveted star in the 2010 HK and Macau Michelin guide, the international benchmark of good food and highest form of recognition in the culinary world.

Since then, the restaurant branched out around Hong Kong and brought its delicious and affordable dim sum overseas with its first international location in Singapore in 2013. It then expanded to the Philippines in 2014, followed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Macau, and most recently New York.

Tim Ho Wan Cebu pork buns

Crumbly and fluffy on the outside and oozing with barbecued pork on the inside, Tim Ho Wan PH ‘s famous Baked Buns is worth the wait.

Dim sum specialists

Its inclusion in the Michelin guide was unprecedented at a time when only fine dining and expensive restaurants dominated the list. Renowned as the “most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the world,” the accolade was a testament to the affordable luxury that Tim Ho Wan consistently offers in terms of taste, quality, and value.

Tim Ho Wan, in Cantonese, translates to “additional good luck” but its brand philosophy is anchored on dim sum perfection from dish placement, service delivery, to specific sizing of every morsel, right down to the folds of the snowy skins for dumplings. This precision takes years of mastery to instill, and the consistency in taste and freshness across every Tim Ho Wan outlet is evident.

The dim sum is handmade-to-order, not pre-steamed and reheated, to retain its much-intended flavor and texture. About 70% of its premium ingredients are imported from Hong Kong.

Tim Ho Wan Cebu Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp

Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp

Four heavenly kings

The Four Heavenly Kings are the stars in Tim Ho Wan’s menu that diners queue up hours for. Savor the famed Baked Bun with BBQ Pork, which gained Tim Ho Wan its success and international following, Steamed Egg Cake, Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp, and Pan Fried Carrot Cake.

With no dish over P200 and exquisite flavors that make the experience well worth the wait, Tim Ho Wan continues to earn the acclaim of food critics and heart of epicureans well beyond Hong Kong.

To celebrate its arrival in Cebu, Tim Ho Wan Cebu will be giving 1 complimentary order of Baked Bun with BBQ Pork to the first 100 transactions with a minimum purchase of P500 during its opening week from March 25 to March 31.

Tim Ho Wan Cebu

In the Philippines, Tim Ho Wan was brought in by Foodee Global Concepts, the food authority responsible for Todd English Food Hall, Pound by Todd English, Hook by Todd English, FOO’D by Davide Oldani, MESA Filipino Moderne, Llaollao, and Sunnies Café.

Tim Ho Wan Cebu is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu and is open daily 10 am to 9 pm. Seating for dine-in is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit www.facebook.com/timhowanph and follow @timhowanph on Instagram for the latest events and updates. (Press Release)

Tim Ho Wan Cebu

Cebu’s first and only Michelin-rated restaurant is finally opening on March 25 at the Upper Ground Floor, SM Seaside City. To celebrate its 7th branch in the Philippines and first outside Manila, they are giving out complimentary pork buns every day from March 25 – 31 to the first 100 guests with a minimum bill of P500.

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Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen serves fusion of traditional, creative Pinoy food flavors

Lunch at the newly-opened Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen in Cebu started with an appetizing salad combination of pomelo and singkamas tossed in calamansi dressing followed by a savoury combination of…

Lunch at the newly-opened Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen in Cebu started with an appetizing salad combination of pomelo and singkamas tossed in calamansi dressing followed by a savoury combination of chicharon and salted egg accompanied by just a hint of spice.

Then we were treated to several other dishes that offer creative takes on traditional Filipino dishes, from the vegetarian humba and tahong in coconut milk to the pinaugang balbacua and zarzuela de mariscos.

To continue the tradition of good food at reasonable prices and cater to a market segment that’s after novel and exciting experiences, the Cebu Golden Restaurant, Inc. opened a second branch of its fourth and newest dining concept.

Golden Cowrie Ayala Center Cebu

NEW TAKE ON TRADITIONAL CUISINE. The Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen reinterprets the classic to come up with new dishes.

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen menu

The Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen reinterprets the classic to come up with such new dishes as the Miki Negra made with squid ink sauce, deconstructed bone marrow served with soup, crostini, and onion jam called Pocherong Katag, and vegetarian depiction of such loved food as sisig and dinuguan. Among the seafood specials is Zarzuela de Mariscos, a dish of crabs, squid, and shellfish is cooked in light tomato sauce, olive oil, tomatoes, and coco wine.

Other refreshing takes on traditional Filipino food include the pinaupong manok, tahong in coconut milk, manong’s real balls, and Salinas kwek-kwek.

Pinaupong manok.

Pinaupong manok.

Still, such Filipino staples as lechon belly, crispy pata, sinigang na hipon, and grilled tuna belly are also available in the Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen menu.

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen, now open at the 4th level Garden Area of Ayala Center Cebu, is the premium concept in the Cebu Golden Restaurant, Inc. portfolio and it is a fusion of the traditional and creative new flavors of the different brands.

Cab-cab with smoked bangus pate.

Cab-cab with smoked bangus pate.

Good food, reasonable prices

Earl Kokseng, of the executive committee of Cebu Golden Restaurant and Golden Cowrie Franchising, Inc., said they have grown to 31 restaurants and intend to expand some more.

He added that they started out with Golden Cowrie about 35 years ago and evolved into four brands, adding Hukad sa Golden Cowrie, Salinas, and recently Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen.

“We’ve become an institution in Cebu, and our brand has won the heart of many Cebuanos and visitors. We want to continue the Golden Cowrie tradition of good food at reasonable prices and great service,” Kokseng said.

Pinaugang balbacua.

Pinaugang balbacua.

Cebu Golden Restaurant expansion

The first Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen branch was opened in Manila late last year. According to Kokseng, Cebu Golden Restaurant, Inc. had concentrated its expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao in the past few years and believed it was now time to bring the brand to the capital.

Kokseng said the goal is to add 10 more branches, most of which will be in Metro Manila, by end of 2017.

Creating another restaurant concept and adding to their four existing brands will always be an option for company, he added, citing that the end goal will be to evolve according to the needs of the market.

More photos of Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen opening in Ayala Center Cebu

 

Cutting the ribbon. The owners prepare to open the Ayala Center Cebu branch.

 

Sizzling chicharon and itlog maalat.

 

Vegetarian humba.

 

Tahong in coconut milk.

Tahong in coconut milk.

 

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen Ayala Center Cebu

Zarzuela de Mariscos. Seafood cooked in light tomato sauce, olive oil, tomatoes and coco wine.

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Peri-Peri Cebu offers new way to enjoy grilled chicken

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar gives Cebu one more dining option and brings to the island the best of Portuguese and African flavors. The restaurant’s unusual name is inspired…

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar gives Cebu one more dining option and brings to the island the best of Portuguese and African flavors.

The restaurant’s unusual name is inspired by the African Bird’s Eye Chili discovered many centuries ago by Portuguese explorers on a quest for the famed spice route, said Bryan Tiu, president of iFoods Corporation.

Piri piri, as the spicy chili is known locally in South Africa where it had grown wild for centuries, now serves as base for the restaurant’s chicken marinade.

SIGNATURE SAUCES. Eight kinds of signature sauces accompany every dish at Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar.

Special marinade

The Portuguese combined the chili with exotic herbs and spices to come up with the piri piri sauce that Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar uses to add a fiery zing to its chicken.

The restaurant chain that Tiu started in 2006 serves chicken steeped for 24 hours in piri piri sauce and dishes that are spitfire-grilled to perfection.

Chicken is cooked and served in different ways, from salads, sandwiches, appetizers to the main plates, healthy meals with wraps to afternoon delights. Peri-Peri also has an after dinner selection that goes well with its cocktails.

Aside from the chicken dishes, other items on the menu include BBQ Back Ribs, Plaza Porco, Fajitas, truffle-based Pasta Tartufo, pizzas, milkshakes, and desserts.

Peri-peri fire-grilled chicken.

Peri-peri fire-grilled chicken.

Signature sauces

What’s even more exciting is the eight kinds of signature sauces that accompany every dish at Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar.

The special sauces cover a wide range of spiciness enhanced by playful flavors: Ka Tuka’s Honey Pinakurat (a Filipino spiced vinegar), Hen Dynasty’s Hoisin Sesame (sweet and tangy), Poulet Vous Cajun Remoulade (spiced mayonnaise dip), Apachee’kn Mesquito BBQ (smoky, sweet and tasty), Tokyo Tori’s Sweet Soy (teriyaki style), Sheik Chic’s Harissa Exotica (exotic blend of spices), Count Cluckula’s Garlic Brew, and the fiery Fowl-Mouthed Chili Peppa’.

Eric Ng Mendoza

Eric Ng Mendoza, the restaurant’s partner in Cebu.

Peri-Peri Cebu partner

Eric Ng Mendoza, the restaurant’s partner in Cebu, said the chicken preparation and eight signature spices as well as the affordable dishes served within 5-10 minutes in a full restaurant environment set Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar apart.

He said he saw not just the need but demand for more dining options. Mendoza is chairman and CEO of Vivo Sugbu, Inc., which franchised the restaurant in Cebu.

Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken Cebu is the 12th branch in the Philippines and the second outside of Manila, according to Mendoza. It is located at Mandaue City’s newest lifestyle hub, Meerea High Street along Ouano Avenue, North Reclamation Area. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

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Torta gorilla

Torta gorilla.

 

Peri-peri Cebu

Peri-peri BBQ back ribs.

 

Peri-peri Cebu

Carbonara

 

Peri-peri Cebu

El Fuego.

 

Peri-peri Cebu

Nachos

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Marco Polo Cebu welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster with traditional celebration, food event

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu welcomed the Year of the Fire Rooster with such traditional activities as the lion and dragon dances, eye dotting ceremony, and yee sang or prosperity toss…

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu welcomed the Year of the Fire Rooster with such traditional activities as the lion and dragon dances, eye dotting ceremony, and yee sang or prosperity toss to usher in a prosperous 2017.

In keeping with a long running hotel tradition, Marco Polo Cebu buffet restaurant Cafe Marco also now offers a feast of Chinese dishes for lunch and dinner on top of its international buffet in Culinary Impressions of China, a food event that will run only until Monday, January 30.

Marco Polo Chinese New Year

Delicious chili crab was served during the event.

Feast of Chinese food

Just a few of the dishes in the Cafe Marco buffet during last night’s Chinese New Year 2017 celebration at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu: century egg salad with fried scallops, chicken and pumpkin cannelloni with cheese, jelly fish salad in the starters section, baby back ribs with black pepper, chili crab, hanging beef with steak sauce, steamed sea bass with soya sauce at the main course counters, and steamed buns to go with the Cebu lechon.

Desserts with a Chinese theme include the flourless cake, festival cake, buchi, and egg tart. Of course, there are also the usual pastry, cookie (malicious), ice cream, and Filipino dessert fixtures like puto bumbong.

Marco Polo and Cafe Marco provide you the perfect place to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year 2017 and greet family and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

More photos of the Chinese New Year Celebration at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

PROSPERITY TOSS. Hotel executives led by GM Julie Najar and guests perform the Yee Sang or prosperity toss to mark the Chinese New Year.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

A traditional lion dance.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Dragon dance

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

BUFFET. Cafe Marco spices up its regular international spread with more Chinese dishes during the culinary festival until January 30.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Cafe Marco entrance.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Hanging beef with steak sauce

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Jellyfish Salad

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Lechon with bun

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Chinese New Year

Buchi and tikoy.

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Cafe Marco serves a Sugbusog feast for Sinulog 2017

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon…

Have your fill of festival food this Sinulog 2017 as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco puts all your favorite Cebuano and Pinoy dishes in the buffet for Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10.

From the beef steak, Cebuano style, and halabos to escabeche na mayamaya and budbud kabog, a feast awaits you at Cafe Marco as it times its culinary event Sugbusog with the Sinulog de Cebu festivities.

Sugbusog Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

BLESSING. Sto. Niño relics are blessed at the hotel lobby.

The best of classic Cebuano cuisine, including humba and balbacua, street food, seafood, and other local classic dishes dear to your heart, will be available during lunch and dinner at the Cafe Marco buffet up to January 17, 2017.

Other yummy surprises await diners at the Cafe Marco buffet during the Sugbusog: Padayon ang Kaon Year 10 celebration.

Sugbusog, a decade-old tradition of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Cafe Marco, has thrived under the guidance of Cebu culinary guru Jessica Avila.

Sugbusog 2017 photos

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cebuano beef steak.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Budbud Kabog

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Escabeche na mayamaya.

 

Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Halabos

 

Hopia at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Hopia

 

Buko pie at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Buko pie.

 

Adobo pate at Sugbusog 2017 Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Adobo pate at the Sugbusog Store.

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Christmas season at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu: Festive buffet, other surprises

Food plays a major part in any celebration, and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers diners such traditional Christmas fare as glazed ham and chicken relleno in the Cafe Marco festive…

Food plays a major part in any celebration, and Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers diners such traditional Christmas fare as glazed ham and chicken relleno in the Cafe Marco festive buffet during the holiday season.

From December 16-23 and December 26-30, 2016, enjoy a buffet stacked with sumptuous Christmas goodies at Cafe Marco for only P1,150 for lunch and P1,140 for dinner.

Marco Polo Cebu’s Festive Buffet adds the signature glazed ham and roasted turkey, prime beef and veggies with special dressing, and such dessert treats as the Christmas log cake, fruit cake, stollen (German fruit bread), and special ensaimada to the regular international spread at Cafe Marco.

Marco Polo Christmas

CHRISTMAS TREATS in Cafe Marco.

Christmas cheer

Dinner at Cebu’s top buffet restaurant on December 24 and both lunch and dinner on Christmas Day, December 25, come with free-flowing house wines, local beers, chilled juices, and sides and have a special rate of P2,200.

The Blu Bar and Grill offers an intimate dinner a thousand feet above sea level on Christmas Eve. The festive set dinner with wine pairing is at P3,500 net per person.

The Christmas Eve dinner will have Mr. and Mrs. Claus spreading the Christmas cheer. A Christmas Eve mass follows at the Marco Polo Cebu grand balcony at 10 p.m.

Turkey Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

CHRISTMAS TURKEY. You can pre-order one for P5,000.

Magical surprises

With the series of events it has lined up for the festive season, Marco Polo Plaza becomes one of the most enchanting places to celebrate this magical time of the year.

Here are the wonderful surprises you can look forward to at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu:

Tree of Hope

The lighting of the Christmas tree that dominates the hotel lobby last November 26 marks the start of Festive Season 2016 at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu.

Donations made to the Tree of Hope at a minimum of P200 for every Christmas ball that you put up the tree with your hopes and wishes all go towards uplifting the lives of underprivileged Filipinos in collaboration with the GMA Kapuso Foundation. This year, Marco Polo and the foundation aim to raise P1 million for the victims of supertyphoon Yolanda.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

SALAD. Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Executive Chef Stefano Verillo prepares salad for guests with the hotel’s dressing. The Marco Polo salad dressing is made available for sale at the Chef’s Christmas Store for the first time this year after people kept asking about it and where they can buy it.

Christmas Ensaimadas

Limited edition ensaimadas are back for the festive season at Marco Polo Plaza. What makes them special? The rich and creamy pastry is generously sprinkled with cashews, dates, dried nuts, and an overload of cheddar cheese. They come in boxes of three and six, and are the perfect Christmas giveaways at a price of P130 net per piece.

Room Packages

From December 1-29, 2016, Marco Polo Plaza offers a Christmas Surprise room package starting at P4,850 net inclusive of buffet breakfast for two. You also get to enjoy a box of three ensaimadas to take home to your loved ones.

Room rates begin at P16,000 for December 31 and come with the following inclusions: buffet breakfast, two tickets to the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at the Grand Ballroom and Countdown Party with a spectacular fireworks display at the Grand Balcony.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

Stollen or German fruit bread.

Chef’s Christmas Store

All the things you love at Marco Polo Plaza you may now bring home. From homemade jams and Christmas pudding to festive cookies, Cafe Marco kitchen goodies are now available at the Chef’s Christmas Store. The Christmas turkey may be pre-ordered at P5,000 net and the glazed ham at P3,800 net. Also in the store is the Marco Polo Cebu salad dressing, made available this year by popular demand.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

Chicken relleno.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

Christmas log cake.

 

Marco Polo Christmas fruit cake.

Christmas fruit cake.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

Chef’s Christmas Store. This corner at the lobby is where you can buy Christmas treats.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Christmas

MALICIOUS COOKIES. These tasty and crunchy pieces are a crowd favorite.

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Busy holidays are here; make dining easier with foodie app

The merry season is here! It will be fun and hectic. Traffic will get worse and it will be that much harder to go around the city. Hailing a cab…

The merry season is here! It will be fun and hectic. Traffic will get worse and it will be that much harder to go around the city. Hailing a cab or taking public transport will also get harder and would require more patience than you’d need the rest of the year.

Will you brave the long commute, crowded malls and long lines just to eat your favorite food in your restaurants of choice?

There’s a better option: have the food delivered your office or home. And there’s an app for that!

foodpanda, #YourFoodieApp, is the world’s leading online food ordering platform and it is already available in the Philippines since 2014

foodpanda

Download and install foodpanda from the App Store or Google Play Store and have the ability to order your favorite dishes and goodies on tap.

Having your favorite food delivered to your doorstep is easy and convenient with foodpanda. The service offers a wide range of food choices from Cebu’s top restaurants.

Download the foodpanda app now or visit www.foodpanda.ph to start ordering your meal. As a special deal to MyCebu.ph readers, you can get P100 discount for a minimum of P300 order by using the coupon code Mycebu100.

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Bo’s Coffee highlights good coffee, togetherness in Christmas starter kit giveaway

Bo’s Coffee highlights the making of a good roast and the spirit of togetherness as it celebrates One Filipino Christmas in all its coffee shops across the country. In line…

Bo’s Coffee highlights the making of a good roast and the spirit of togetherness as it celebrates One Filipino Christmas in all its coffee shops across the country.

In line with its advocacy to share knowledge and contribute to the growth of its local suppliers, it has chosen to give out the Bo’s Coffee 2017 Coffee Starter Kit as the Christmas merchandise for this year.

“We want these companies to grow with us, so we ensure their products are used in our stores,” said Bo’s Coffee vice president for marketing Coochy Mamaclang.

Bo's Coffee Starter Kit

2017 COFFEE STARTER KIT. The pack, contained in a burlap bag designed by social enterprise company Anthill Fabric Gallery, contains Benguet coffee, Hario V60 Pour Over Cone, Bo’s Coffee clear Christmas cup, starter guide that contains the history of Philippine coffee and coffee recipes, two coffee filters, and postcards by Artu Nepomuceno highlighting the lives of the coffee farmers of Ambuklao, Benguet.

Bo’s sources its Philippine origin beans from five areas: Sagada, Benguet, Mount Kitanglad, Mount Matutum, and Mount Apo.

The starter kit promotes Benguet coffee as it comes with a bag of beans from this area, Hario V60 Pour Over Cone, Bo’s Coffee clear Christmas cup, starter guide that contains the history of Philippine coffee and coffee recipes, two coffee filters, postcards by Artu Nepomuceno highlighting the lives of the coffee farmers of Ambuklao, Benguet, and burlap bag designed by social enterprise company Anthill Fabric Gallery.

Bo’s Coffee 2017 Coffee Starter Kit

Johanna Michelle Lim and Bo’s Coffee vice president for marketing Coochy Mamaclang unpack the Bo’s Coffee 2017 Coffee Starter Kit during its press launch at the SM Seaside City.

Bo’s Coffee 2017 Coffee Starter Kit

All that coffee lovers need to do to get the 2017 Coffee Starter Kit is to complete 10 e-vouchers that they can access when they download Bo’s mobile app, said Mamaclang.

She added that every time they visit Bo’s Coffee and purchase a minimum order of P250 that should include either the Benguet minty cold white brew or queso de bola cake, they complete an e-voucher.

At their fifth e-voucher, they get the clear cup as a free item and the rest of the kit upon completion of the 10th e-voucher.

In Cebu, Bo’s Coffee unveiled the starter kit during the One Filipino Christmas launch at its SM Seaside City outlet on November 12, 2016.

Bo's Coffee 2017 Coffee Starter Kit

POUR-OVER COFFEE. A specialist demonstrates how to prepare coffee using the pour-over kit that comes with the 2017 Coffee Starter Kit.

Social enterprise partners

Instead of getting a planner for its Christmas giveaway, Bo’s Coffee wanted something different and innovative, cited Mamaclang.

“We want to recapture that sense of togetherness as part of the experience of enjoying Philippine coffee. This is what the starter kit is really about,” she added.

The recipes included in the mobile app fosters the joy of making your own coffee and enjoying it with friends afterwards.

Aside from Philippine farmers as suppliers of local coffee, Bo’s also collaborates with such social enterprise groups as Tsaa Laya for its tea drinks and Anthill for the woven fabric that covers the furniture and forms part of the decor in its coffee shops.

Watch: Bo’s Coffee Starter Kit launch

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Magnum Cebu opens today at SM Seaside City

Your choice of ice cream dipped in thick, creamy chocolate and coated with any three of 18 topping selections, as the Magnum Cebu pleasure store opens to the public today…

Your choice of ice cream dipped in thick, creamy chocolate and coated with any three of 18 topping selections, as the Magnum Cebu pleasure store opens to the public today at SM Seaside City.

When you Make Your Own Magnum, you get to choose from milk, dark, and white chocolate as ice cream coating and drizzle and any three of 18 toppings that range from classic, special, to experimental.

Diane Kimberly Tan, senior brand manager, said during a Magnum Cebu preview for media and bloggers that they are introducing for the first time in Cebu the sun-dried rose petals in addition to other toppings like chili flakes, pistachio, roasted almonds, dried raspberries, and caramel or dark chocolate crunch balls.

Magnum Cebu

MAKE YOUR OWN BAR. At Magnum Cebu, you can mix and match ice cream bars, coatings, toppings, and drizzles. The Magnum bar opens today in SM Seaside City.

Magnum ice cream bar

She added that three toppings are the maximum number needed to stick to and fully coat your Magnum ice cream bar.

At the Magnum pleasure store in Cebu, your ice cream bar becomes even more decadent and pleasurable.

“We believe this is the perfect time to come me to Cebu. It’s the Christmas season and people are in malls,” said Drew Tan, assistant brand manager. Magnum Cebu is the first Magnum Cebu pleasure store outside of Manila.

Magnum Cebu

KAYE Luym Sala makes her own bar during the press preview of Magnum Cebu.

He added that the Magnum ice cream bar at the Magnum pleasure store costs P120 but you get your money’s worth as the brand makes sure that the dips, drizzle, and toppings are of premium standard.

Combination of dips, drizzle, toppings

“The Make You Own Magnum elevates the whole pleasurable experience as you get to create one that’s distinctly yours. With the selection of dips, drizzle, and toppings, there are over 250,000 possible combinations for a Magnum ice cream bar,” he cited.

Since the Magnum pop-up store is an open kiosk or bar, customers get to see the Magnum pleasure makers create one based on their choices.

Andrea Huang, brand manager, said it usually takes a minute or two to create the ice cream bar for clients. Some people may have their favorites already but others ask the pleasure makers to suggest combinations.

Magnum Cebu opening

MAGNUM CEBU LAUNCHING. (From left) Brand manager Andrea Huang, senior brand manager Diane Kimberly Tan, and assistant brand manager Drew Tan during the press preview of Magnum Cebu.

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Magnum Cebu lets you “Make Your Own Magnum”

Magnum ice cream, the brand synonymous with Belgian chocolate indulgence, will open its newest Pleasure Store in SM Seaside City Cebu on November 17 for a limited time. The Magnum…

Magnum ice cream, the brand synonymous with Belgian chocolate indulgence, will open its newest Pleasure Store in SM Seaside City Cebu on November 17 for a limited time.

The Magnum Pleasure Store is a global concept of a place where people can enjoy the ultimate Belgian chocolate experience of making their own Magnum bar with personalized flavors, coatings, toppings and sprinklings.

In the country, it is currently available in SM Mall of Asia but will soon be in Magnum Cebu.

Magnum Cebu

MAKE YOUR OWN MAGNUM BAR. Choose from an array of coatings and toppings to make your own Magnum bar.

Magnum flavors, toppings

Magnum Cebu will offer mall-goers an array of rich Belgian chocolate flavors and exciting premium toppings to create truly unique Magnum bars.

Magnum Pleasure Store will be located at the upper ground floor of the Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu, right across Starbucks. Keeping true to the pop-up store concept, Magnum Cebu will be open for a limited time.

“Be sure to enjoy a blissfully delicious signature Magnum bar for P120 before it lands in a different city,” the company said.

Magnum Cebu promo

At the counter, people will select a “naked” Magnum bar of silky Vanilla or rich Chocolate ice cream as well as a Belgian chocolate coat among white, milk or dark chocolate. Next, the coated Magnum bar is sprinkled with toppings that range from classics like marshmallows or crunch balls; special and luxurious toppings like freeze-dried raspberries or pistachios; or adventurous toppings like chili or sea salt flakes. Finally, the creation is drizzled with a choice of white, milk or dark chocolate, and the store’s Pleasure Maker will top it off with an M coin.

Magnum Cebu

Magnum Cebu will open in SM Seaside City on November 17.

From November 17 to November 27, the first 50 customers to show up daily with a Magnum Cebu photo will have the chance to indulge in a free Make Your Own Magnum bar. All they need to do is visit Magnum Cebu and share the promo photo found on Magnum PH’s Facebook page to claim their prize.

Customers can also look forward to catching a glimpse of their favorite Magnum Cebu ambassadors during the store opening.

On top of these, Magnum Cebu will also launch new limited edition toppings consumers can add to their favorite bar. (Press release)

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Cafe Marco celebrates Indian cuisine in culinary event Khana

Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.” Last year’s Khana…

Cafe Marco highlights the cuisine of Incredible India as Marco Polo Plaza Cebu pays homage to the Indian Festival of Lights Diwali through the culinary celebration “Khana.”

Last year’s Khana favorites and new creations are available on top of the regular Cafe Marco lunch and dinner buffet until October 30, 2016 in a food exploration that seeks to satisfy the palate and explain Indian cuisine.

Marco Polo Cebu Khana Indian Cuisine spices

MOUND OF SPICES. Spices play an integral role in Indian cuisine. Café Marco is serving favorite Indian dishes on top of its regular international lunch and dinner buffet spread until October 30.

Indian dishes

Marco Polo Cebu brings back such Indian dishes as chili pakoora, samusa, palak paneer, pulao biryani, fish marsala, prawns kebab and adds new fare like pawa soup (goat leg), chana dal (lentils), mon dal, dai puree, and much more in the Cafe Marco lunch or dinner buffet.

Judeline L. Murjani, a Cebuana married to an Indian national and the mother of former Miss Cebu Namrata Neesha, has been Marco Polo Cebu’s consultant for Khana. She worked with Marco Polo Cebu’s culinary team to come up with the Indian menu for the culinary event.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken kebabs

Chicken kebabs.

At the launch of Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Khana last Tuesday, October 25, she showed guests how to best eat “puri.”

You create a small hole on top of this deep-fried unleavened bread and fill it with lentils and chutney or whatever suits your fancy before eating it.

Marco Polo culinary tradition

“Marco Polo has this tradition of bringing in the flavors from different parts of the world,” said said Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager Julie Najar said during the opening last Tuesday.

“Mrs. Murjani has excelled this year in bringing in the spices and all the different cuisines from appetizers to desserts. I am very excited to have this year present her extraordinary cuisine,” Najar added.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana chicken biryani

Chicken biryani.

Other Indian dishes on the menu: shahi paneer, chicken biryani, goan fish curry, chicken mulligatawny, lamb kebab or lamb vindaloo, sheik kebab and tandori, dosas with chatni, sambal and parata.

Satisfy your sweet cravings with desserts like gulab jamun, apple jalebi, rabri, kolfi, rose ice cream, and falooda.

Couldn’t wait to start sampling Indian cuisine? Call Marco Polo Cebu office at (+6332) 253 1111 Local 8249 or Manila office at (+632) 887 1263 for inquiries and reservations.

 

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Julie Najar

MARCO POLO TRADITION. Julie Najar, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu general manager, talks about their culinary tradition during the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine apple chutney

Apple chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Rosewater panna cotta and carrot halva.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine chicken tandoori salad

Chicken tandoori salad.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Colored rice provide an accent to the food spread.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Couscous with Indian spice.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine

Desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine falooda

Falooda, a delicious Indian dessert.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Judeline Murjani

Culinary consultant Judeline Murjani lights up candles at the rangoli to mark the opening of Khana.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine kebabs

Roast chicken and lamb and chicken kebabs.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Lentil bread

Lentil bread

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine lime chutney

Lime chutney

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine puri

PURI. You break a hole on these puri and then fill it with lentils and chutney.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rangoli

RANGOLI. The colorful installation at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu lobby.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine rosewater ice cream.

Rosewater ice cream.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine desserts

DESSERT PLATE. Rosewater panna cotta and other Indian desserts.

 

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Khana Indian cuisine Sandiego dancers

Sandiego Dancers perform during the opening of Khana.

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Marco Polo Cebu highlights special mushroom in culinary event ‘Weekend with Chanterelles’

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary…

One of the best edible mushrooms that used to exclusively grace the tables of nobility in 18th century France is the centerpiece ingredient in the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu culinary journey “A Weekend with Chanterelles.”

Discover Chanterelles, an orange or yellow meaty and funnel-shaped mushroom with a fruity aroma and mildly peppery taste, as it features in five special creations by Marco Polo Cebu executive chef Stefano Verrillo available at El Viento Restaurant and Pool Bar, Lobby Lounge, and Blu Bar & Grill.

A Weekend with Chanterelles is happening from October 13-16, 2016.

Marco Polo Plaza Cebu A Weekend with Chanterelles

Chef Stefano shows off the versatility and rich flavor of the star ingredient in the following special dishes:

  • Warm Chanterelles salad with white balsamic dressing, crispy prosciutto, organically farmed greens and sprouts
  • Sautéed fresh Chanterelles mushrooms on grilled ciabatta toast with fresh oregano, garlic butter, and cream
  • Braised Veal Osso Buco with Chanterelles Risotto Vegetable Ragout and Gremolata
  • Beef tenderloin with fresh Chanterelles sauce, seasonal vegetables and chats potato
  • Chanterelles and Chicken Fricassee with homemade Pappardelle pasta and provolone cheese

Discover and enjoy Chanterelles, only at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. For table reservations and inquiries, please call Cebu at (63 32) 253 1111 local 8249 or Manila at (63 2) 887 1263 or email fb@marcopolocebu.com.

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Kapampangan Food Festival at The Original Pino

Enjoy delicious Kapampangan dishes such as the Crispy Belly Kare-Kare, Rellenong Bangus or the Crispy Pansit Palabok among other culinary mainstays as The Original Pino holds a Kapampangan Food Festival…

Enjoy delicious Kapampangan dishes such as the Crispy Belly Kare-Kare, Rellenong Bangus or the Crispy Pansit Palabok among other culinary mainstays as The Original Pino holds a Kapampangan Food Festival beginning October 7.

Pampanga during Spanish colonial times became the capital of Philippine cuisine. It was a melting pot of Spanish, Mexican, Malay and even French influences that would go on to define what Filipino cuisine was to the rest of the world.

Celebrity chefs

Beginning October 7, The Original Pino brings back two of its celebrity chefs, Editha Singian and Sau Del Rosario, to treat Cebuanos to the distinct flavors of Pampanga.

Have your fill of Crispy Belly Kare-Kare with Macademia at the carving station. Delight in dishes such as Chicken Galantina Roulade, Rellenong Bangus, Morcon, Crispy Pansit Palabok and Bringhe. The Cold Station will serve Pako Salad with Salted Egg and Kesong Puti Kapampangan Ensalada: Hito Flakes, Buro, Mustaza, Green Mango Salad and Tamales.

Sapin-sapin (White Chocolate, Jackfruit, Corn, Ube), Halo-Halo, Tocino Del Cielo and Tibok Tibok will be served at the dessert station. Okoy will be prepared on-the-spot cooking and the featured soup will be Sinigang sa Bayabas Pork Ribs. In addition to those, you may also savor the Sisig Ni Sau and Kalderetang Bebe.

The Original Pino

KAPAMPANGAN FOOD. The Original Pino’s Joel Rama del Prado with celebrity chefs Sau Del Rosario and Editha Singian.

Best value-for-money resto

The Original Pino is still the best value-for-money restaurant in Cebu, open daily and serving buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call us now. Our landline is (032) 5054840 or mobile (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). We are located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

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Radisson launches ‘Love Blu, Be Pink’ in support of breast cancer awareness campaign

Radisson Blu Cebu turns one of its rooms pink and serves pink creations in its restaurant, lounge, and bar outlets in line with an October campaign to raise awareness for…

Radisson Blu Cebu turns one of its rooms pink and serves pink creations in its restaurant, lounge, and bar outlets in line with an October campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer and support for survivors.

For the whole month of October, Radisson Blu will host a Pink Room and carry pink-themed items across its food and drinks outlets. Proceeds from the sale of the room as well as food and beverages will be donated to the ICanServe Foundation, a breast cancer support network, said Radisson Blu Cebu director for sales and marketing Ann Olalo.

Radisson Blu ‘Love Blu, Be Pink’

LOVE BLU, BE PINK. Radisson Blu Cebu officials led by general manager Laurent Boisdron (center) and members of the ICanServe Foundation, a breast cancer support network, during the launching of the ‘Love Blu, Be Pink’ campaign.

According to hotel’s general manager in Cebu, Laurent Boisdron, the “Love Blu, Be Pink” campaign is also implemented in other Radisson Blu properties across the globe.

“Radisson Blu Cebu is proud to support the efforts of this global campaign. Together with our guests, we are looking forward to raising awareness against the disease, he said during the launch last Thursday, September 22, of the campaign.

Radisson Blu Love Blu, Be Pink

PINK ROOM. For the whole month of October, Radisson Blu will host a Pink Room. Proceeds from the sale of the room will be donated to the ICanServe Foundation.

Be Pink campaign

Boisdron said a spacious business class accommodation has been transformed into the Pink Room, with pink pillows, towels, artwork courtesy of Qube Gallery, and amenities.

The Dilmah t-Bar will serve the Pink Signature Afternoon High Tea, which features a three-tier serving of sweet and savory items like beetroot brioche sandwich with smoked salmon or chicken, quiche Lorraine, strawberry mousse on white chocolate brownies, watermelon yogurt mousse, strawberry cheesecake, meringue choux, and strawberry scones paired with cups of premium Dilmah tea, for only P980 net for two persons.

Radisson Blu Love Blu, Be Pink

PINK THEME. In October, the hotel will carry pink-themed items across its food and drinks outlets. Proceeds will be donated to the ICanServe Foundation.

The Lobby Bar will include pink-hued blends in the drinks menu; a diverse selection that includes Rosehip and Hibiscus Iced Tea, Merry Pinky, Pink Mojito, and Candy Cosmo for P300 net per glass.

Feria will convert its dessert station into a pink corner overflowing with decadent sweets, from the pink fondue, macarons, and strawberry opera cake to the royaltine dome and champagne mousse.

Radisson Blu Love Blu, Be Pink

PINK ROOM. Me’Anne Alcordo Solomon of ICanServe Foundation and Radisson Blu Cebu general manager Laurent Boisdron inside the Pink Room in the hotel. Proceeds from the sale of the room will be donated to the foundation.

Breast cancer network

Me’Anne Alcordo Solomon of ICanServe said they were grateful to Radisson Blu Cebu for the support. She and other foundation members were present during the launch, resplendent in their pink outfits.

She added that they had been working to get the hotel as a partner in their breast cancer awareness efforts, citing that they helped turn Radisson Blu’s business accommodation into the Pink Room.

Radisson Blu Love Blu, Be Pink

Pink-themed desserts.

Interested in contributing to the “Love Blu, Be Pink” and breast cancer awareness campaigns? Call 402-9900 or email reservations.cebu@radisson.com to book the Pink Room or inquire about other hotel offerings.

Radisson Blu is a leading global brand with nearly 300 hotels in operation in 69 countries and territories.

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Pink desserts.

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Marco Polo Plaza Cebu offers feast of French food in Cafe Marco

Experience French food whipped up by the expert hands of a connoisseur as French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey…

Experience French food whipped up by the expert hands of a connoisseur as French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Bon Appetit.

Feast on a smorgasbord of French dishes at the Cafe Marco buffet or partake of a three-course dinner with wine pairing some 1,000 feet up at Blu Bar & Grill.

Cafe Marco’s Bon Appetit, where diners get to have their fill of such French dishes as Salade d’ Aubergine, Pare de Campagne, Blanquette de Boeuf, Cailles au Raisin, Poule au Pot, Hachis Parmentier, runs up to September 25, 2016.

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

French chef Olivier Foucke brings the delectable flavors of France to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s culinary journey Bon Appetit.

Evenings with Chef Olivier at Blu Bar & Grill are also available up to September 25.

Culinary expertise

Chef Olivier started his culinary career in Dunkerque where he learned the basics of French cuisine. His passion for food and insatiable desire to discover unique dishes brought him to places like Glasgow, Geneva, Abu Dhabi, Macau, and China.

He brings 20 years of culinary experience to Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s celebration of French food in Bon Appetit.

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Feast on a smorgasbord of French dishes at the Cafe Marco buffet or partake of a three-course dinner with wine pairing some 1,000 feet up at Blu Bar & Grill until September 25.

His heavenly desserts, among them the Croquembouche and Savarin Chantilly, will satisfy any sweet tooth and make one exclaim C’est delicieux!

Experience some French goodness at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Email fb@marcopolocebu.com or call 253-1111 for inquiries and reservations.

Bon Appetit menu cycles

Cycle 1

Salads
Chicory and fennel salad
Falls salad with green lentils
New potato salad with figs
Roasted cauliflower with smoked duck breast

Homemade charcuterie
Chicken liver terrines
Dijon mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Onion soup

Hot dishes
Beef “Bourguignon”
Braised chicken with beer
Pork and beans stew
Seared duck breast, cranberry sauce
Stuffed tomato with veal stew and herbs
Fish bouillabaisse, garlic sauce

Carving
Roasted beef with herb crust, potato, zucchini gratin

Live cooking station
Pork kidney, mustard sauce

Desserts
Walnut millefeuilles
Red wine and spices poached pears
Brown beer and spiced bread brule
Apple tart with brandy

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Cailles au Raisin: braised quail with red wine and grapes.

Cycle 2

Salads
Eggplant and semi dried tomato salad
Mussels and potato salad
Beetroot, white radish and Camembert cheese
Chick peas, coriander and cumin salad

Homemade charcuterie
Pork “pate”
Dijon Mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Pumpkin and hazelnut soup

Hot dishes
Veal stew with mushroom
Braised quail with red wine and grapes
Sautéed pork with mustard sauce
Poached chicken with vegetables
Baked minced beef and whipped potato
Seared fish fillet, Caper and lemon sauce

Carving
Roasted pork loin, seasonal roast roots, roast apples, calvados sauce

Live cooking station
Savory crepes selection

Desserts
Choux pieces
Apricot tart
Opera
Savarin with whipped cream

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Fish with lemon and garlic sauce.

Cycle 3

Salads
Roast pumpkin, ricotta cheese, hazelnut
Roasted yellow pepper with anchovies and olive
Zucchini”Tagliatelle”marinated with mint
Red cabbage with apple and lardons

Homemade charcuterie
Duck rillettes
Dijon mustard, gherkins, silver onions

Soups
Fish soup with garlic sauce

Hot dishes
Sliced beef with mushrooms
Lamb stew with root vegetables
Pork cuts stewed with green lentils
Braised chicken with red wine
Baked chicory and ham
Poached seafood with vegetables and sauce

Carving
Roasted lamb leg “boulangere” potato

Live cooking station
White wine and cream mussels

Desserts
Chocolate ganache tart
Choux filled with pralines
Pumpkin crème with cinnamon
Black currant mousse with meringue base

 

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Baked minced beef and whipped potato.

 

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

White beef stew with mushrooms.

 

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Poached chicken with vegetables.

 

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

Entree.

 

Bon Appetit Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

The Marco Polo lobby.

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Mooncakes at Marco Polo Plaza

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Marco Polo Plaza’s unique mooncake gift boxes. Offered together with all the Marco Polo Hotels, these selection of unique mooncake gift boxes contain delectable and traditional…

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Marco Polo Plaza’s unique mooncake gift boxes.

Offered together with all the Marco Polo Hotels, these selection of unique mooncake gift boxes contain delectable and traditional mooncakes. Our elegant Osmanthus Gold Set is at P750 net with one piece of red bean with egg yolk and one piece of lotus seed. For our little VIP’s, the Piccolo mini mooncake box is perfect with three pieces of red bean with egg yolk and 3 pieces lotus seed. This is valued at P1,700 net.

Marco Polo Osmanthus Gold Set

Osmanthus Gold Set

Our unique mooncakes and gift boxes are ideal choices for enjoying at home with family or gifting to business partners and friends.

The Mooncake is a special kind of food famously sacrificed as an offering to the moon goddess Chang-E. The moon cakes differ in flavor according to the regions they were made from. They are round and they symbolize the reunion of family.

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Piccolo mini mooncake box

Nowadays, people give moon cakes as gifts to symbolize and demonstrate that they wish a long and happy life to the person who receives them. The Mid-Autumn festival also called as Moon Festival is popularly celebrated in China.

You may pre-order your mooncake set now! Call 253 1111 local 8249 or email fb@marcopolocebu.com. You may also visit our local website at www.marcopoloplazacebu.com. For real time updates, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/marcopolocebu or follow us on Twitter at @5StarinCebu.

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Korean coffee brand Tom N Toms opens in Cebu

Korean coffee chain Tom N Toms opened a second branch in the Philippines Thursday at The Greenery in Mabolo, Cebu City. Tom N Toms Cebu offers a wide range of…

Korean coffee chain Tom N Toms opened a second branch in the Philippines Thursday at The Greenery in Mabolo, Cebu City.

Tom N Toms Cebu offers a wide range of menu options and an alternative to existing outlets in terms of coffee, other drinks, bread, and pastry products, said Peter Kim, master franchiser of Tom N Toms Philippines.

Having lived in Bacolod City for seven years, Kim said he decided to operate the first Philippines outlet of the Korean brand there in March 2015.

Tom N Toms Cebu opening

Garlic Butter Bread.

“Our coffee products are an alternative to the very strong drinks of other brands. We serve regular coffee,” he added.

Tom N Toms Coffee will serve to enrich Cebu as a food and drinks hub, according to Rose Marie Alba, JL Alba Corp. president. Tom N Toms Cebu is a collaboration between Kim and JL Alba Corp.

Tom N Toms Cebu

Tom N Toms pastries. The cafe offers freshly baked pretzels, bread, and pastries.

Tom N Toms Cebu menu

Including its hot, iced, blended coffee creations and smoothies, Tom N Toms carries around 130 items in the menu. Worthy of note are the freshly baked pretzels, bread, and pastries as well as signature products like the TomNccino.

Kim Hyung-Suk, Tom N Toms International vice president, said the food and drinks served at the Cebu outlet are of the same quality as those served in the Korean branches.

Tom N Toms Coffee

Open 24 hours. Tom N Toms Coffee in The Greenery in Mabolo is open 24 hours.

“We want to make this a chill and great place. I’m hoping Cebuanos will come and check us out. We’re very willing to listen to feedback,” he added.

All Tom N Toms outlets are open 24 hours and the same goes for the Cebu branch. There are around 500 branches in Korea and 60 to 70 outside of that country, including two in the Philippines.

Tom N Toms Coffee Cebu

Tom N Toms Coffee Cebu opening. Peter Kim, master franchiser of Tom N Toms Philippines., Rose Marie Alba, JL Alba Corp. president, and Kim Hyung-Suk, Tom N Toms International vice president, lead the opening of the branch in The Greenery in Mabolo, Cebu City.

Private function room

Jay Alba, Tom N Toms Cebu general manager, said a friend brought them to the branch in Bacolod and they decided to bring the brand to Cebu.

He added that they had been looking for a coffee shop to put in The Greenery, citing that negotiations with Kim took around a year.

Tom N Toms Cebu

Spacious. Tom N Toms Cebu, which has two levels that total around 200 square meters, is comfortably spacious.

Tom N Toms Cebu, which has two levels that total around 200 square meters, is comfortably spacious.

It has a room that can seat from 8 to 12 people for private functions. The P2,000 rate for the private room is consumable, Alba added.

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Bread.

 

Tom N Toms Coffee Cebu

Coffee. Peter Kim, master franchiser of Tom N Toms Philippines, says the coffee they serve is “an alternative to the very strong drinks of other brands.”

 

Tom N Toms Cebu

Tom N Toms Cebu menu. Tom N Toms carries around 130 items in the menu, including its hot, iced, blended coffee creations and smoothies.

 

Tom N Toms Cebu

Opening. Tom N Toms officials cheer the opening of the 1st branch in Cebu and the 2nd in the Philippines.

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Original Pino brings you Chef Tatung’s ‘From Heart to Platter’ menu

Tinolang manok, kare-kare, and adobong pusit alongside The Original Pino’s popular dishes and delicacies are on the menu this week when Cebu’s best value-for-money restaurant presents the best of Luzon,…

Tinolang manok, kare-kare, and adobong pusit alongside The Original Pino’s popular dishes and delicacies are on the menu this week when Cebu’s best value-for-money restaurant presents the best of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao as prepared by renowned culinarian Chef Tatung.

“From Heart to Platter with Chef Tatung” begins August 24 at The Original Pino, where diners get to enjoy the cooking of one of the most sought after chefs in the Philippines on top of the restaurant’s popular menu.

Viewers of ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda know Chef Tatung as the resident chef and presenter of the cooking segment “Kwentong Kawali,” where he imparts his love and knowledge of Filipino cuisine.

The Original Pino

Sinuglaw and kilawin.

Filipino cuisine

A Manila-based Cebuano, he is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

His love for Filipino cooking finds fruition in his first book, “Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter,” which is currently on the National Bookstore Bestseller List.

Chef Tatung Original Pino

CHEF TATUNG. The Manila-based Cebuano is well-known for his passion for Philippine cuisine and the restaurants which he founded, namely Tatung’s in Quezon City, Chef Tatung in Taguig, and Agos, which opens soon at the SM Mall of Asia. He was one of only two Filipinos who joined some of the best chefs in the world at the Madrid Fusion 2016.

Here, he delves into the heart of his native cuisine by showing how to cook Filipino through basic cooking methods—steaming, grilling, sautéing, frying, curing, among many techniques.

Featured recipes

Featured are recipes perfected from Chef Tatung’s many years of research around the country. These include basics like tinolang manok, kare-kare, adobong pusit, as well as more unusual fare like bulanglang, piyanggang, and pinaupong manok sa asin.

Chef Tatung The Original Pino

Kinilaw na dilis.

Throughout, he explores important ingredients like vinegar, coconut, rice, as well as traditional kitchen tools like the palayok or claypot, and bamboo tubes used for boiling.

The Original Pino is open daily and serves buffet lunch for only P299 net and dinner buffet for only P399, both inclusive of orange juice, kangen water, and bottomless iced tea. There are no hidden charges.

For reservations and inquiries, call (032) 5054840 or (+63) 926 672 2007 (tap on numbers to call on your phone). The Original Pino is located on Wilson Street, Lahug, Cebu City.

The Original Pino Chef Tatung

Cocido.

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Anzani Prime serves top-class steak for global palate

House of Anzani infuses an upscale touch to Cebu’s culinary landscape with its 7th restaurant and steakhouse Anzani Prime. The newest dining establishment that carries the Anzani brand is an…

House of Anzani infuses an upscale touch to Cebu’s culinary landscape with its 7th restaurant and steakhouse Anzani Prime.

The newest dining establishment that carries the Anzani brand is an excursion into a world of steak, specifically meat in grades.

Chef Marco Anzani, cited by the New York Times as one of the pioneer founders of new Mediterranean cuisine, said Anzani Prime offers a comprehensive steak list – from cured, raw, smoked and dry-aged, grain fed, grass fed to 600-day rotation, 48-hour slow cooked black angus, mb3, and mb5.

CENTERPIECE. Steaks are the star in the newly-opened Anzani Prime in The Tinder Box. This one is served with sweet potato gratin with smoked speck ham and creamed spinach and truffle.

CENTERPIECE. Steaks are the star in the newly-opened Anzani Prime in The Tinder Box. This one is served with sweet potato gratin with smoked speck ham and creamed spinach and truffle.

His wife, entrepreneur Kate Dychango-Anzani, said their vision for Anzani Prime is that it contributes to making Cebu a culinary destination that caters to a global palate. She added that the Anzani brand continues to bring the notch higher with every dining facility.

Anzani Prime menu

Anzani Prime, located at the 2nd level of The Tinder Box, served its signature beer and watermelon cooler, homemade brown bread, pasta, artisan dessert, and other menu offerings during an introductory lunch for selected guests.

The centerpiece dish was the Black Angus steak served with sweet potato gratin with smoked speck ham and creamed spinach and truffle.

Anzani Prime

SERVING THE STEAK. Chef Marco Anzani serves the steak, which is first placed on a block of Himalayan salt.

Anzani signatures in the Anzani Prime menu are artisanal and curated on a meat grade level. These include Black Angus short ribs, slow roasted to perfection for six hours; a selection of 28-day dry-aged ribeye, flat iron hanging tender, or 400-day grain-fed certified Angus beef; striploin, tenderloin, or tomahawk of Anzani Prime wagyu with marble score of 3 or 5.

Also served from the grill are lamb chops, Australian and Tasmanian striploin, Angus beef ribeye, and full-blooded wagyu.

Anzani Prime

PRELUDE. Crisp phyllo, portobello mushroom and goat cheese speck ham, truffle essence.

Powerhouse desserts

Other than the steak specialties, there is a range of dishes within the culinary spectrum – from appetizers of wild boar terrine, oysters, tuna tartare, crisp phyllo; salads made out of organic and dark leafy greens as well as cauliflower caviar; soups of green pea, roma tomatoes, mussels, and bisque; main courses of veal sweetbread, tortelli, pork cutlet, roasted sea bass, and halibut fillet.

Chef Marco said they take pride in their powerhouse artisan desserts, such as the sour cherry yogurt terrine, smoked coco-lychee torte, Mille-feuille key lime tart, and sesame ice cream.

Anzani Prime

Maccha petit fours.

Wine pairing

Wine suggestions were provided by Bibendum Wines, which opened another branch at the wine cellars of The Tinder Box. Hans Eulenhofer, of Bibendum Wines, said they’re collaborating with Anzani Prime and The Tinderbox to provide the best pair of wine for each item in the menu.

Anzani Prime is a signature brand of the Anzani International Group, one that caters to an upper niche in the market and a refined and more sophisticated palate.

 

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Home-made brown bread.

 

Anzani Prime

Cleanser. Four fruits liquid.

 

Anzani Prime

Welcome drinks: Rooibos and watermelon cooler.

 

Anzani Prime

Welcome drinks: Anzani Prime Signature Beer Silver Star.

 

Anzani Prime

PRESS PREVIEW. Chef Marco Anzani discusses with guests the menu of their 7th restaurant and steakhouse Anzani Prime. At left is his wife, entrepreneur Kate Dychango-Anzani.

 

Anzani Prime pasta

PASTA. Anzani hand rolled tortelli, liver pate smoked cheese fondue.

 

Anzani Prime steak

HIMALAYAN SALT. Steaks in Anzani Prime are served on a block of Himalayan Salt.

 

Anzani Prime steak

STEAK. The centerpiece dish was the Black Angus steak served with sweet potato gratin with smoked speck ham and creamed spinach and truffle.

 

Anzani Prime

DESSERT. Sour cherry yogurt terrine.

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The Tinder Box relaunches into lifestyle destination

Cebu’s pioneering food and wine destination The Tinder Box has relaunched with a modernist design and new offerings. Aside from an updated menu that carries a wide selection of sumptuous…

Cebu’s pioneering food and wine destination The Tinder Box has relaunched with a modernist design and new offerings.

Aside from an updated menu that carries a wide selection of sumptuous meals, The Tinder Box along Governor M. Cuenco Avenue corner Bauhinia Drive in Kasambangan, Cebu City now also hosts the city’s newest lounge and bar Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and premier steakhouse Anzani Prime.

“The Tinder Box is now Cebu’s newest lifestyle destination and the go-to place for people who love the finer things in life,” said Raymond Aquino, who represented the owners of Tinderbox.

The Tinder Box ribeye steak

Tinder Box ribeye steak.

The newest addition to The Tinder Box space is Anzani Prime, which is the seventh restaurant by the House of Anzani. Located on the second floor, the restaurant carries in the menu a comprehensive steak list with focus on meat in grades.

Tinder Box menu

Ansley B. Mislang, operations manager of The Tinder Box, and head chef Van Ian Machitar presented during Wednesday’s relaunch the restaurant’s best-selling dishes.

The Tinder Box continues to serve their popular pork baby back ribs, salmon, chicken breast, and Angus beef rib-eye plus a wide selection of starters and appetizers, grilled specialties, and desserts, said Mislang.

The Tinder Box, Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and Anzani Prime.

NEW TINDER BOX. Officials representing the new outlets in the renovated The Tinder Box: Morals & Malice, Bibendum Wines, and Anzani Prime.

He said they are open from 7 a.m. to midnight. He also said they are the perfect venue for leisure dining, family gatherings, and even business meetings. The Tinder Box started operating in the 1980s primarily as a smoke shop specializing in imported cigarettes and cigars before becoming a delicatessen and restaurant.

From a dining establishment patterned after a classical French and European service and cuisine, Aquino said The Tinder Box has evolved into a lifestyle destination with a lot more to offer guests.

New offerings

Lounge and bar Morals & Malice, with interiors designed by Cebuano icon Kenneth Cobonpue, serve handcrafted coffee, smoothies, and cocktails that highlight local produce aside from the regular drinks. They are at the second floor of The Tinder Box.

Bibendum Wines, after the success of its new store at Streetscape on Maria Luisa Road, also now has a branch at The Tinder Box.

The Tinder Box salmon.

Salmon fillet with crispy jamon Serrano, brocolli-potato mash, balsamic-pickled onions and white wine sauce.

Quality fine wines from across the globe are now available at the Bibendum Wine Cellars, which offer them by the glass and bottle.

Margaret Taylor, Bibendum Wines proprietor, said they have the biggest selection of quality fine wine. She added that their offerings include French, American, Portuguese, and Italian wines at prices below P500.

Her son, Hans Joerg Eulenhoefer, added that their bestselling wines are Kressmann and Haussmann and Bibendum carries a wide range of bottles under these two brands.

 

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The Tinder Box

Cold cuts and cheese.

 

The Tinder Box

Appetizers.

 

The Tinder Box

Appetizers

 

Raymond Aquino The Tinder Box

Raymond Aquino talks about the newly-renovated The Tinder Box.

 

Pork baby back ribs

Pork baby back ribs served with grilled corn and Cajun rice.

 

The Tinder Box chicken

Chicken breast marinated with garlic and herbs

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