Saturday, December 31, 2016

High Street Cafe Dining at Shangri-La at the Fort

High Street Cafe

High Street Cafe at Shangri-La at the Fort

What a year 2016 has been for the Philippine food scene, so many restaurants opening doors, many international brands establishing their foot hold of the hungry palates of Filipinos, and of course our own Filipino chefs and restaurateurs, creating magic with Filipino dishes and other international flair alike, and it has indeed been an interesting year for the Philippines this 2016, and looking forward to a new year of great food experiences this coming 2017.

And for our last blog post for the year, we have one of the newest hotel buffet places that have opened in the metro, High Street Cafe at Shangri-La at the Fort.

High Street Cafe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Flash Giveaway: 2017 Serenitea Diary for 3 winners!

2017 Serenitea Diary

2017 is almost upon us, and what a way to end the year 2016 and start the year 2017 with a Giveaway!  Thank you so much for the support for the past year and we are giving away 2017 Serenitea Diary to not 1, not 2 but 3 winners!

So what do you get with the 2017 Serenitea Diary, here are some of the features you will love.

A Candyland Christmas at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila

Edsa Shangri-La, Manila officially welcomed the yuletide season with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony held at the hotel’s grand lobby. This year’s tree displays candy-inspired holiday décor filled with pastel colors of life-sized candies and sweet confections that remind guests of their inner child and youthful Christmas memories. Leading the heartwarming event were Amit Oberoi, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila’s general manager, together with special guest, the honorable Menchie Abalos, mayor of Mandaluyong city.

Friday, December 23, 2016

New Year’s Countdown at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge

As 2016 nearing its end, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge will host a New Year’s Eve countdown high above the city, located on the topmost floor of the hotel on December 31, 2016.

Toast to a new year with the famous Spirit of ’67 band, as it takes the center stage from 9PM-onwards. For only Php 1,250 per person, enjoy one welcome drink with a cool vibe and a stunning view of the city. Complementing the magnificent party is a well-curated line-up of dishes that is a good mix of Filipino, Spanish, and other Mediterranean favorites. Splurge on Vu’s amazing featured cocktails such as the five flavor of the classic elemental forces in 5 refreshing drinks, and specially crafted ice ball cocktails. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Staycations this 2016

No plans to go out of the country or go to your provinces?  Well, here is the next best thing!  Enjoy the empty streets of Manila and book a night or two at your favorite hotel property in the metro, having sumptuous meals, utilizing the hotel amenities, spend time with the family and have a wonderful Holiday season.

Here are some of the offers in the metro you can avail:


Indulge on The Great Aussie Eats at Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse, one of the best steak houses down under, is bringing excitement to the Manila Food Scene, as they bring out for a limited time offer, new dishes collectively called The Great Aussie Eats.   Yes, we know how Outback steakhouse has conquered our hearts and our stomachs through the years, but these four new dishes each with unique and bold flavors along with fresh produce and ingredients will definitely let fall in love with them once more, and as well satisfy your cravings.

So when you arrive at a Outback Steakhouse, just kick back, relax, just like when you're at the Land Down Under, none of the stress, only great food at affordable prices.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Hotelier Awards 2016 Winners Announced!

The BMW Hotelier Awards, a ceremony which honours the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry, held its 3rd edition on Thursday 15th December 2016, at The Parisian Macao. Over 400 hoteliers and industry professionals gathered in the grand ballroom to await the announcement of this year’s award winners. 

The BMW Hotelier Awards celebrates the most talented and hardworking professionals that bring life to a hotel, whilst also inspiring the younger generation to join this ever-growing industry, by giving newcommers – the millenials – greater job rewards, recognition and a clearer sense of career path. This year saw applications from over 200 properties from 62 different brands. 2016 also marked the debut of the ASEAN competition, which opened up the platform to an additional ten countries. Winners of each category, for both Greater China and ASEAN, were decided by the expert judging panel through a two-round process and based on a combination of facts presented in the applications, interviews, and testimonials. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Barkada Bonding Over Greenwich’s Ultimate Overload Pizza!

The most memorable moments are even more exciting when they are shared with our barkada. Reunions, random get-togethers, and celebrations are even more highlighted when they are spent with friends both old and new.

Bond with your friends over the Ultimate Overload by Greenwich. This everything-on-it pizza is generously made with mozzarella and cheddar cheese and topped with a total of 13 different kinds of toppings that showcase a variety of meat and vegetables. With this wonderful blend of ingredients, each bite is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Despite being fully loaded, each slice is sure to make you want more. This pizza plus your barkada is indeed the #UltimateBarkadaBlend.

Ippudo opens at Eastwood City Libis


Ippudo opens shop 
at Eastwood City Libis

Ramen lovers rejoice!  Ippudo, one of Japan's most famous ramen places and one of the Philippines most sought after ramen shop expands to the East and opens shop at Eastwood City Libis.

Finally, Filipinos from the East side of the Metro, get to taste the authentic ramen goodness that Ippudo has to offer.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Savor the Fun Flavor of the Holidays at Shakey’s

Nothing makes people come together quite like the holidays. The dazzling lights, constant serenade, and chilly weather work together so nicely, somehow making you want to come home with each passing day.

And when everybody’s together, nothing beats catching up while indulging in treats that carry the familiar cheer of the holidays.  That is why this season, Shakey’s is bringing some holiday favorites together in a special pizza that’s equal parts delicious and nostalgic.

An exciting and new food-centric road trip with Andrew Zimmern

The phrase “locals know best” is true when it comes to travelling abroad. Be it in the city or outskirts of a town, you can always trust a local cab driver to recommend you their local best eats and sightseeing destinations, and that is how Andrew Zimmern is going to travel in his new series of Andrew Zimmern’s Driven By Food

Forgoing all the pre-trip research and read-ups, Andrew will go on spontaneous road trips across the globe as he hunts for authentic local favourites, all recommended by experienced cabbies! In Andrew Zimmern’s Driven By Food, Andrew will entrust his itinerary to cabbies who will bring him on a unique journey to uncover the city’s must-try and give viewers an eyeful of entertaining behind-the scenes adventure, exploring the unique food and culture of each city from a brand new perspective.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Asian Food Channel (AFC) kicks off 2017 with culinary icon and celebrity chef Martin Yan

Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites is an Asian Food Channel (AFC) Original Production that premieres on 5th January 2017

A familiar name in Asian households, Chef Martin Yan returns to AFC this January as he serves up two decades’ worth of insider knowledge and kitchen tricks on Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites. Viewers can find more information as well as download recipes from each episode upon premiere of the show at

Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites is presented by Panasonic and co-sponsored by Dr. Thanh Herbal Tea premiering on: 
·   Thursday, 5 January at 9.00pm on Asian Food Channel, Cignal Ch 62, Destiny Cable Ch 71 (Analog)/Ch 22 (Digital), Dream Satellite TV Ch 27, SkyCable Ch 22 (Analog)/Ch 248 (HD)  

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila welcomes the kids of Christian Mission Service Philippines

Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Associates and General Manager, Frank Reichenbach, welcomed the kids of Christian Mission Service Philippines to spend their Christmas party in the hotel.  

Held last December 10 at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Grand Ballroom, the kids from Christian Mission Service Philippines spent an afternoon of fun games, delightful food, and surprising gifts. A heartwarming performance from the kids of Christian Mission Service Philippines entertained everyone present in the event. Christmas presents were also given to the kids.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jumbo Cups are back!!!!! It's Serenitea's Jumbo Anniversary treat!

Happy Anniversary Serenitea!!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  Yes it's the anniversary of Serenitea, and once again to celebrate their anniversary, they are bringing back Jumbo cups!!!

Get these Serenitea Jumbo Cups from December 19 - 21, 2016 only!

Friday, December 9, 2016

‘Tis the Season to be Merry with Casa Italia’s New Gelati Flavours

True gelato lovers are in for a treat as Casa Italia introduces flavors that capture the essence of Christmas.

Made with only the most premium and natural ingredients, Casa Italia’s Christmas concoctions are a perfect complement to their current range of authentic Italian  gelati which have enticed even the most discriminating palate since its launch in the Philippine market in 2015. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Tis the Season for Nathaniel's Ham

'Tis the Season for Nathaniel's Ham

It's the season for jolly times, good friends, merry making and of course great food!  Make your Christmas complete and fill up your Noche Buena Feast with Nathaniel's Ham

19 years of inspired coffee moments with Starbucks!

Good things happen when people get together. This is why, for 19 years, Starbucks Philippines has made it a mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup, one neighborhood at a time. Its stores serve as the venue where people meet to spend unforgettable moments together. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Knorr Cookfest now on it's 6th year this 2016

 Knorr Cookfest on it's 6th year!

Knorr has been a staple to every home in the Philippines, thru the years it has been in our kitchens, our dining tables and almost everywhere at home.  With Knorr Cookfeast 2016, our goal is to tap as many household as we can and teach all Moms on new recipes they can use Knorr to delight their families, thru the program #KnorrLutongNanay.

This year, we add focus on  Philippine Cuisine. Spotlight on each region’s best and most beloved dishes: Ang kanilang mga PAMBATO at Specialty na lutuin. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Makati Shangri-La celebrates this season with sparkling surprises

What images come to mind when we hear the word "Christmas?” A child with eyes wide open in awe of the sparkles that come with the season. Glitter is everywhere, and the lights twinkling amidst the vast night sky. Christmas is the smell of hot cocoa on cold mornings while curling up beside a gigantic tree. Let Makati Shangri-La turn these images into reality with The Grand Getaway: Holiday Sparkle.

“Christmas is a time of joy. Visit Makati Shangri-La and surround yourselves in the joyful sights of Christmas’ glitter and shimmer. Discover the silver castle adorned with touches of crystal and classic pieces, sparkling trees ad glowing chandeliers. We have illuminated the entire hotel lobby in grandeur and elegance in anticipation of the brightest season,” says Patricia Javier, Director of Communications for Makati Shangri-La.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The sweet life in a cup with Swiss Miss

From dreamy gondola rides, enchanting arias by an international musician, and artists creating their masterpieces to amours enjoying sumptuous meals, and stylish couples wearing the latest Italian fashion, the setting had all the elements of la dolce vita which was theme for the launch of the new Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut from the world-famous chocolate powder drink brand.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wingstop launches new menu for when you #CantStopTheCrave

When it comes to satisfying big cravings, Wingstop hits back even bigger. The immense flavor in the wings calls out to your tastebuds and sticks in your memory. But just when you thought you’ve had it hard, along comes your craving once more—urging you, this time even harder, for that flavor that seeps through the bones.

For cravings that just won’t stop, your all-time favorite wings from the Flavor Company now come in bigger, filling servings! Score your favorite wings with drinks and sides—hot, signature Chipotle rice, tasty fries, or savory onion rings—in Individual Meals that are definitely big enough to satisfy more than just your curiosity.

An extra special Christmas with Italianni’s Holiday Takeaway items

Baked treats and exquisite wines in pretty holiday packaging from Italianni’s are the perfect presents to give loved ones, friends, clients and collegeaues. You can also bring some to the office or at home to enjoy during  the Holidays. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Aristorcrat Chicken BBQ for only P80!! Today only! 11/30/16 - Happy 80th Aristocrat

Aristorcrat Chicken BBQ for only P80!! Today only November 30, 2016

Calling all Aristocrat fans! An anniversary treat from Aristocrat to all of us!!!  On November 30, 2016 we can avail of their 3pc. Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice for only 80 PESOS!!

1. Guest can avail one (1) 3 pcs. Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice for only P80 on November 30, 2016 only.
2. Valid for dine-in transactions only (cash/credit card only)
3. Discount is not valid in conjunction with other promos or discounts.
4. Promo is valid in all Aristocrat Restaurant Branches
5. Schedule of promo:

8:00 am - 8:00 pm
-Roxas Boulevard
-Jupiter, Makati

10:00 am - 8:00 pm
-Robinson's Place Manila
-Banawe 518 St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City
-#238 Banawe St., Brgy. Manresa, Quezon City
-SM Manila
-SM City San Lazaro
-SM Mall of Asia
-Subic Bay
-S&R Shaw Boulevard
-SM City Dasmarinas
-Marcos Highway

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Filipinos’ artworks make it to Starbucks red holiday cups

Starbucks red holiday cups are back, with a special twist. This year, for the first time, Starbucks red cups will feature designs created by customers with 13 distinct cups in Starbucks stores around the world – and two of the customers, Anz and Chloe, are Filipinos. Their designs, ‘Ornaments’ and ‘Birch Forest’, respectively, are now printed on this year’s Starbucks red cups.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Magico Natale - A Christmas celebration at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Italian Porchetta
Magico Natale at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

A journey from West to East will be experienced this holiday season with Magico Natale: Spectacular Venetian Celebrations at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. Immerse yourself with magical and colourful decorations and ornaments, as if walking along the piazzas of Italy, as the hotel transforms itself glowing, with details from Venice.

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Festive Christmas celebration at Guevarra's

It's the season for love, hope, gift giving, and family reunions and as our families from abroad "Balikbayans flock to the country for the festivities and the more favorable weather ahead, expect more joys, more laughter and of course more family meals.

Filipinos are known to show the unparalleled hospitality to our guests, from giving them the finest accommodations to serving them the best food and giving them just about anything in order to make them feel comfortable with their visit.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Cantonese Fusion with Chef Raymond Yeung at Lung Hin

LUNG HIN continues to provide only the most authentic Cantonese dishes, this time with a fusion of traditional and modern culinary techniques, as it welcomes its new Chinese Executive Chef, Yeung Waai Hoi, or Chef Raymond.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jollibee launches new Rocky Road Overload Sundae

Jollibee launches 
new Rocky Road Overload Sundae

New Rocky Road Overload Sundae is topped with an indulgent mix of chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts for only P35!

Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, is giving its classic Jollibee Sundae a new twist—topped with a generous drizzle of chocolate fudge, sweet mini marshmallows, and crushed peanuts for an indulgent, flavor-packed treat!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Yuletide Feasts and Sweet Tidings at F1 Hotel Manila

This Yuletide Season, F1 Hotel Manila offers its scrumptious selection of food choices for your holiday feasts. Whether you are at the comfort of your own home or setting a Christmas party at work, the home of happy experiences aims to please the most discriminating palate.

Monday, November 14, 2016

LEGO Opens the FIRST Certified Store in the North and Partners with UNICEF Philippines

Lego Store is here in Trinoma!

Fun, intuitive and simple – these are the hallmarks of toy design that made the LEGO bricks and minifigures the most beloved toys worldwide. A brainchild of carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen who introduced it in Denmark stores in 1932, the brand soon went global and it did not take long when it became a hit in the Philippines, earning a steadily growing following from children and those young at heart who use each LEGO piece to build toys and realities straight from their imagination.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Here comes the Burger King Chicken Fries

Presenting the Burger King Chicken Fries

Have you noticed the cute yellow chick ads on buses while driving along EDSA? Has the cuteness of this little chick got you drawn to wonder what the hype is all about? This little chick has been found roaming around our metro with different faces and it appears to be the face of Burger King’s new product the Burger King Chicken Fries!  If you are both a chicken and fries fan then this new product was made for you. Imagine the flavor and meat of chicken with the crispiness and finger-shaped form of fries, the combined result would be Chicken Fries. And not only that, it has evolved into multiple personalities which are almost too cute to handle! 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Citi Credit Cards bring the world’s flavors to your plate together with The Bistro Group

Have you ever gone on a food trip, trying different national dishes for each meal? Citi Credit Cards is teaming up with The Bistro Group to make this happen for you, and at pocket-friendly prices. Simply use your Citi card to get 40% off at the featured The Bistro Group restaurant of the week.

It all started last October 3 - 6 Citi
cardholders get a generous 40% on their bill with the all-American meal at TGI Friday’s, which offers hefty portions of thick juicy steaks, famous burgers and crisp salads.  Last October 10-13, Citi card members feasted on Korean favorites such as kimchi, barbecued meats, noodles and rice dishes when you dine next at Bulgogi Brothers.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dive into a brand new Asian Food Channel (AFC) original production series : By The Sea with Ili, premiering 10th November 2016

Featuring Asia’s Beautiful Seascape And Succulent Seafood,
The Series Is Hosted By 2015 Food Hero Winner, Ili Sulaiman

Ride the waves this November with Food Hero 2015’s winner, Ili Sulaiman, as she sets sail to six coastal cities in Asia, fishing out mouth-watering seafood dishes amid stunning beach locations. Watch her learn each city’s unique cooking methods and how she recreates them with a fresh perspective. The exclusive six-episode series by Asian Food Channel, By The Sea with Ili, begins serving seafood lovers through weekly 30-minute bite-sized portions, starting Thursday, 10 November at 10pm on Asian Food Channel (SkyCable chl. 22 and chl. 248 for HD, Dream Satellite TV chl. 27, Cignal chl. 26 amd Destiny Cable chl. 71 and chl. 22 for Digital).

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

ATTN: Starbucks Card Collectors: New Starbucks Cards to collect!!! 10 in all this 2016 Christmas season

10 Starbucks Cards to collect this Christmas Season!

Yes it's the time for gift giving, it's the time for Starbucks Cards!  And this year is a very exciting year as Starbucks brings to us 10 new Starbucks Card designs for us to collect and to gift our loved ones.  And without further adieu here they are!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky with the Frappula Frappuccino® from Starbucks!

Blended Beverage

Dare to try the returning Halloween ice blended creation at Starbucks!  Available for a limited time only, this Halloween favorite Frappuccino is made of a layer of eerie mocha sauce, topped with innocently sweet Frappuccino® with Hazelnut syrup then soaked in terrifying ruby red strawberry sauce creating the unmistakable mark of a Vampire’s last mealPerfect for the sweet tooth in you.
(Tall – ₱ 185 | Grande ₱ 195 | Venti– ₱205)

Taste the goodness that Halloween brings us with Starbucks Frappula Frappuccino!  Available in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines from October 27-31, 2016 only.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Get in on the Hustle with Wingstop's #WingItTuesdays

Satisfy your wings cravings with the #WingitTuesdays promo
and enjoy 20 pieces of wings for only Php 499.

At a time when hustling hard is the name of the game, calendars are fully booked with deadlines, meetings, events, and then some. It gets pretty crazy and Wingstop totally gets that. Nothing beats getting some downtime with the crew, which is why Wingstop is giving you a reason to take a break and gather the family for a no-fail meal to share and enjoy. If you're looking to cure your crave, Wingstop has got you covered with its latest #WingItTuesday promo.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The 2017 Starbucks Planner is here! + Featured Starbucks Christmas beverages and Starbucks Christmas Cards!

Spark the Christmas Spirit with Starbucks!  
See the 2017 Starbucks Planner!

Christmas is just but around the corner, it's a time for love, for sharing, for laughter and a time of giving, and to celebrate this joyous season, Starbucks Philippines presents to us new and old Starbucks beverages, new Starbucks Christmas cards and the much anticipated yearly tradition, in the presence of the 2017 Starbucks Planners!

Want to know what's in store for you with the 2017 Starbucks Planners?  Well, scroll on down and break the ice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What Rinnai Brings to the Pinoy Table

Chef Miko Aspiras and Rinnai kitchen ambassador Chef Rosebud Benitez gave media attendees of the brand’s Passion and Precision launch at the SM Megamall Atrium a treat with cooking demos that gave a taste of culinary passion enhanced with the precise Japanese technology of Rinnai appliances.
Event host K.A. Antonio looks on as Chef Miko Aspiras parepares for the audience two exquisite dishes crafted with the help of the best in Japanese kitchen appliance technology, Rinnai.
 Cooking is very much a passion ingrained in the lives of every Filipino. Here in the Philippines, familial ties are strengthened with time spent at the household table.

In today’s context, the value of a home-cooked meal still lies in the effort we spend preparing it and how that is tantamount to the care we serve to ones we love. Rinnai, the no. 1 appliance brand in Japan since 1920, seeks to elevate the way Filipino millennials prepare their meals with tabletop stoves, hobs, cooking ranges, and range hoods designed with the precise performance of Japanese technology.

They're back! Indulge in Jollibee Creamy Floats and Iced drinks!

Jollibee Creamy Choco Float
(Solo – P49, Add-on – P30) Jollibee Creamy Coffee Float
(Solo - P54, Add-on – P35)

Get ready for the coolest surprise from Jollibee: the Jollibee Creamy Floats in Chocolate and Coffee are back!

The country’s number one fastfood chain is giving its customers another reason to indulge their Jolly cravings with this specialty beverage line-up. Made from real coffee and chocolate, these beverages offer the perfect indulgent drinks you deserve! The Jollibee Chocolate and Coffee Floats are topped with vanilla soft-serve and Jollibee’s well-loved chocolate syrup for a treat packed with cool, creamy indulgence. These Creamy Floats are the perfect reward to a long day at school or work, or as a way to celebrate anything and everything.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Starbucks Christmas Grand Launch 2016 happening this Oct. 29 and 30!

And Christmas is here once more!  Time for Merry gift giving, time to share the joy and love and once again it's time for Christmas at Starbucks!  Let's all join Starbucks for a Christmas Grand Launch to remember and get 30% discount on past promotional merchandise, early access to Christmas merchandise, a preview of the 2017 Starbucks Planner and other surprise treats. 

Get first dibs to see the newest 2017 Starbucks planner, all new Christmas Starbucks Cards, new featured Christmas drinks and merchandise, but most of all get to see all those happy faces to start your Christmas right!

This event is open to all My Starbucks Rewards members. Simply present a screenshot/printed copy of your account page to gain entrance!  Not yet a member?  Register today to a Starbucks account here: 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Cook More, Worry Less with Philips and Meralco

There’s no greater comfort in today’s complexities than to spend time enjoying delectable and healthy home cooked meals with the family. Who wouldn’t like to come home with a surprise of your favorite dish?

Perhaps the only surprise that one does not like to get in the kitchen is the shock of a high electricity bill. According to Meralco, 26% of electricity consumed in a typical Filipino household comes from the kitchen.

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