May 30, 2012

Stella Wood Fired Bistro- Bringing More Thrill Your Way

As Raintree Restaurants grow new branches to provide its patrons with quality taste experiences, the group brings modish takes to wine-and-dine moments, with two of its recently opened restaurants at Bonifacio High Street Central—Stella and Rocket Room.

Taste the flavorsome distinction at the wood-fired bistro: Stella


Fusing pleasant spirits and inviting interiors with fine music and a rustic menu, Stella is a wood-fired bistro that offers a full array of delights peppered with tastes true to the West Coast, the Mediterranean and South America.


The bistro makes use of natural wood in its dishes, imparting the most flavorful aromas unlike any other cooking technique. Its menu boasts of wood-fired small plates and snacks, soups and salads, panini-pressed sandwiches, pasta bowls, and wood-fired pizzas—all magically roasted in Stella’s ovens. Continuously crafting relationships with organic farmers nationwide and being assured of the best ingredients and harvests available, Stella provides a sustainable handcrafted cuisine that can be enjoyed inside its inviting interiors along pleasant spirits and fine music—ideal for light brunches with friends or cheery family dinners.

On the Menu:

Salt Baked Gindara


Simply Grilled Pulpo


Stella’s Porchetta


Fire Roasted Truffled Mushroom



Made to seamlessly match this array of offerings are selections of Lemonade Sparklers, Housemade “Real” Iced Teas, and Blended Fresh shakes, among others. 



May 28, 2012

Girbaud's 18th Anniversary Sale!

Turning 18 is a milestone worth celebrating! That's why Marithé + François Girbaud is giving great deals on all items, including new arrivals!

Visit any Girbaud branch until June 12, 2012 to enjoy discounts starting at 18%. Club LeJean members can also double their points by simply presenting their Le Jean card and rewards booklet with every purchase.

Become a Club Le Jean member today and enjoy rewards on every purchase, moneyless shopping using your gift points and stamps, and the chance to swap your old pair of denims for a brand-new pair of M+FG jeans!

For more details, visit any Marithé + François Girbaud branch today. Girbaud is available in SM Supermalls, Robinsons Malls, Ali Mall, Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall, Festival Supermall, Gateway Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, NE Pacific Mall, Pavilion Mall, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, NAIA Terminal 3, and now in Robinsons Tacloban, KCC Mall General Santos, and Robinsons Calasiao.

May 27, 2012

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Debuts Tom Epperson’s Latest Works






From May 30 to June 5, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf gives photography and art aficionados a real treat as it lets everyone marvel at Tom Epperson’s latest works in a special art show that will be held in Greenbelt 5. Entitled “Brewfinder: Enthusiasm Over Coffee at the CBTL,” the weeklong exhibition highlights the artist’s photographic prowess with a set that revolves around the concept of finding beauty in just about everything.

“This event is part of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s commitment to enrich passions, especially passions that are related with the arts,” shares Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. “Needless to say, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has always supported causes we believe can help improve society, and art does that. Art teaches us that perseverance and patience, and not just skills, are important when it comes to creating beautiful things. And this is something that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and its employees live by.”

The six-piece set draws inspiration from Tom’s interest in dealing with erratic objects. “Lately, I have been working with mediums that are basically uncontrollable—a lot is left up to serendipity,” Tom said. “I like the idea of surprise, it reminds me of going into the darkroom in the days of analog and watching a print develop for the first time, it was magic. This is the same feeling I get when working with smoke.”

“Brewfinder: Photography Enthusiasm Over Coffee at the CBTL” is the first of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Taste Series, a seven-part pocket event series that highlights the brand’s single-serve system—the CBTL. Borne out of a partnership with the Italian design and espresso-making expertise of Caffitaly, CBTL raises the bar for coffee and tea aficionados by bringing the distinct Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf café experience into your home.

The CBTL. One touch. One perfect cup.

May 24, 2012

Support our Pambansang Kamao!


Manny Pacquiao is once again hard at work, enduring all kinds of pain as he prepares for his upcoming bout against the undefeated Timothy Bradley. With the support of Alaxan FR and the entire Philippines, Pacman is set to defend his title and once again bring honor to the country.



Support our Pambansang Kamao and wear your Philippine pride through the special edition Aray Mo, Galing Natin Pilipinas shirts by Alaxan FR. You can get one of these shirts simply by joining my promo and following these rules:

1. Show your support for Manny by taking a photo greeting for him for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley on June 10. Hold a placard, a board, or a paper with your one-liner message and don’t forget to include “Aray Mo, Galing Natin Pilipinas!”
2. Send the photo to pacquiaobradley@gmail.com. State your name, contact number, and for tracking purposes, also state my blog’s name.
3. Like the Alaxan FR Official Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/AlaxanFastRelease

Alaxan FR will be giving away 100 special edition Pacman shirts to the first users who send in their photo greetings.

The promo will run from May 23, 2012 and ends on June 5, 2012. Winners of the promo will be announced on June 6, 2012. Join now!

May 15, 2012

Kroketten: Fun and Healthy Potato Dutch Snacks

If there’s one type of carb that Filipinos have a strong penchant, that’s potato. Whether it’s mashed, fried, in a salad and soup, we so love the flavor and feel of the tiny grains that melt wonderfully in each bite.

Since snacking on potato is one of the most popular sustenance and enjoyment in the country, we introduce a unique variety that is surely yummy, appealing, and extra healthy. It’s also interesting to know that it’s made affordable for all! Introducing Kroketten, Netherland’s favorite snack as the Dutch word means a little, round ball.


“Kroketten is one of the best ways to enjoy potato—crunchy, filled with cheese and meat, while they’re deep fried in a healthy corn oil. We’re now located in twelve branches which amazingly garners an impressive response since we started operations fourth quarter of last year”, says Kroketten president/owner Maribel Bosch.

A former hotelier boasting a vast exposure to the best cuisines of the world, there’s no denying that Maribel is also an expert in the kitchen and has discerning taste buds.  Having been based overseas with her husband and kids, she discovered that croquettes deserve to be in the Philippines soon for its simple and delicious taste which she thought will appeal to all levels of people. True enough, her gut feel proved to be true as Kroketten is growing and is now trending in Manila. 

For only P35 per order, Kroketten offers three varieties: Original Kroket, the original oblong shape with ground beef, chicken, and cheese; Kroketballen, by far Filipinos’ most favorite and has three pieces of crunchy potato balls which come with dips; and the miniballen, the bite sized potato balls considered best for sharing. If you plan to tweak your group’s usual snack gathering at your place, Kroketten’s potato balls are worth serving. Since the product can last days if stored properly and has the same great taste when properly reheated, Kroketten is an absolutely healthy snack that will satisfy your guests whether for private gathering or a party!

With Kroketballen’s assorted flavors, it’s no surprise that this type is deemed the most popular.  From cheese, chicken, beef, bacon, hotdog, longganisa, pork adobo, mango, and tuyo flakes, all flavors offer an exciting taste with a Filipino twist, especially when paired with the tasty dips. “Our company aims to reach all levels of market A to C, for everyone to enjoy quality, healthy and good food. We never want our products to be intimidating that’s why we came up with a combo meal-- our five pieces mini ballen (P20) and our four pieces mini ballen with the 6.5 oz revitalize 10 or Nutri 10 fresh fruit drink (P35)”, adds Maribel.

Speaking of fresh fruit drink, it’s also amazing to know that these delicious balls are best paired with invigorating fresh fruit juices one can ever imagine! And why not? They’re made of the purest and natural fruit juice minus the white sugar, branded exclusively by Vers En Snel by Kroketten. A Dutch word means fresh and fast, it has two signature thirst quenchers. One is a certified health booster made of mango and guyabano, the Nutri 10 while the other one is made of succulent combo of strawberry and passion fruit called Revita 10. “Since these drinks have no preservative, our health buff habitués can’t surely get enough of it! If one needs an immediate vitamin boost, we recommend the Nutri 10. But if you’re feeling tired and heavy, our Revita 10 gives an instant uplift. “And because of the ever growing demand for this product, we’re also working on bottling these drinks soon so anyone can take with them this healthy beverage”, exclaims Maribel.

These perfectly composed and polished potato balls are also considered a masterpiece without the guilt. The taste is impressive since it offers a snacking experience that is never boring despite its flavorful taste.

Confident about the potential of the product, the company is also open for franchise for a very affordable total investment of P195, 00 (vat exclusive). To date, it operates in twelve malls with Mall of Asia in Pasay coming up very soon. Ultimately, the brand’s international flavor in design with a unique Filipino appeal will surely make history for being the first healthy Dutch potato snack to expand in the country.

Kroketten is located in twelve branches: Festival Mall Alabang, Albang Town Center, GT Tower Makati, Market! Market!, Starmall Edsa Shaw, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Metro East, SM North Edsa, and SM Lipa Batangas. For inquiries on franchising, please call (632) 822-5711 or 09178596623.

May 14, 2012

Soderno Sunday Night Market Open Starting Mother’s Day!

Treat your mom on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13) at the opening of the Sunday Night Market (6pm to 12mn) at Soderno – the premiere weekend food market of the south!

Mothers will get free Toblerone chocolate bars and free unlimited photos from the “I Love Mom” photo booth.  On top of that, moms will also get a free gift pack from Soderno (while supplies last). All marketgoers who visit will also get free chocolates from Toblerone.

Brought to you by the same organizers of Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City, Soderno is the destination food haven of the South with a wide selection of food choices – including charcoal grilled burgers, juicy ribeye steaks, Italian deep-fried Panzarotti sandwiches, roast beef, thinly-sliced bagnet, Pinoy street food, red velvet cake, ice-cream filled mochi balls and more - that is perfect for Sunday night family ‘salo-salo’ dinner. 





Along with the great food choices, marketgoers can enjoy free wi-fi, live acoustic entertainment and free freshly brewed organic coffee for senior citizens. Entrance to Soderno is absolutely free!

Soderno is open every Friday and Saturday night (6pm-3am) and Sunday nights (6pm-12mn). Soderno is located at the Molito Lifestyle Center, corner of Commerce and Madrigal avenues, Alabang (in front of Alabang Town Center and Ayala Alabang Village).

For more information, please visit www.soderno.com, www.facebook.com/soderno or follow www.twitter.com/soderno.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Philippines Celebrates Nine Years of Gourmet Goodness

Coffee and tea aficionados are in for a real treat, as the country’s go-to place for the finest coffee and tea celebrates its ninth anniversary.
 
For years now, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Philippines has been providing Filipinos with their premium coffee and tea drinks. The brand has been known to satisfy the palates of the country’s most discerning connoisseurs.




“We have always believed that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® offers some of the best coffee and tea beverages anywhere, and Filipinos should be able to enjoy them," shares Walden Chu, President of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Philippines. "Nine years and 44 stores later, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® fans in the Philippines continue to share our love for a good cup of coffee, and we are very grateful for their support. We are set to open more stores and are very eager to bring The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® experience closer to more people.”
 
Staying true to its Californian roots, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® won the hearts of Filipinos back in 2003 by offering a wide variety of premium Arabica coffees and hand-plucked whole-leaf teas from specially selected estates around the world. Coffee is roasted in small batches in the company's own roasting plant in Camarillo, California. These beans and leaves become the base for the brand’s globally acclaimed signature drinks.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is not just all about homegrown traditions. Known for coming up with innovative products that continue to raise the bar for coffee and tea experiences across the globe, it introduced to Filipinos the CBTL™, the country's first single serve beverage system in 2011.

“CBTL™ came about as an answer to demands for a café experience that extends beyond the confines of our stores. We no longer have to settle for watered down cups of morning brews because with the CBTL™, a single push of a button can create a cup of café-quality coffee or tea,” explains Chu. “CBTL™ is a sophisticated machine that gives everyone coffee and tea experiences that remain true to the quality that The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is known for.”

In celebration of its 9th anniversary in the country, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is holding a special promo with the CBTL™ System that aims to elevate everyone’s home coffee and tea experiences. From May 11 to 13, 2012, every purchase of the CBTL™ Machine entitles you to a complimentary CBTL™ Milk Frother valued at P4,250. For more information, visit any of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®'s 44 stores nationwide or log on to www.coffeebean.com.ph.

One of the biggest privately held café chains in the world, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has been serving Filipinos with their full selection of specialty coffee and tea since 2003. Embodying a passion for excellence and distinct experiences, the brand is known for its world-class and innovative products that continue to raise the standard for culinary experiences.

May 10, 2012

Making Mother's Day MoMo-liscious!

If anyone is worthy of a lovely treat and a big thank you, it’s your mom.

As MoMo Café continues to create a feel of comfort and convenience to its customers, the chicly-designed restaurant offers a variety of delectable dishes in time for a perfect Mother’s Day indulgence, which complements the warmth and delight inherent in every mom.

Crispy “Nacho Style” Jalapeno Cheddarella Cheese Rolls


Put together only with the finest ingredients and commitment to quality, their string of offerings highlights home-cooked takes on gourmet favorites. MoMo Café has put together a P395 set menu to bring moms that flavorful dining experience. Start the feast with a garnished bowl of greens made fresh with sliced oranges that is The MoMo! Gourmet. Liven up your taste buds with the Crispy “Nacho Style” Jalapeno Cheddarella Cheese Rolls, which are a tangy mix of chili beef and beans, sour cream and salsa fresca. Then, as a highlight of the celebration, there is the Slow Roasted Herb U.S. Roast Beef Fingers in creamy au jus, and a generous serving of mashed potatoes and onion rings.

 Slow Roasted Herb U.S.


 The MoMo! Gourmet


To add to these already satisfying dishes, MoMo Café is giving moms an added unlimited treat of the restaurant’s range of signature smoothies such as melon lychee, watermelon and green mango, chocnut butter finger, and strawberry granola yogurt made with an interesting fusion of flavors.
 
With a distinctive variety of offerings, the restaurant innovates hospitality with every visit, whether for a hearty brunch or a planned dinner. It is prominently located in Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City and Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City, and caters to all—from family lunches to dining with friends.

MoMo Café has been bringing fun and casual dining experiences with its full selection of home grown takes on western comfort food and drinks. The restaurant is a part of the Raintree Restaurants group which has other restaurants within the metro namely: Museum Café, Chelsea Market & Café and Mr. Jones. To know more about MoMo Café, you may visit www.raintreerestaurants.com/momo or call (02) 621-6161/(02) 621-6162.

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