Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tips and Tricks to Prepare a Healthy Christmas Party

Christmas is the holiday closest to our hearts. It is the event wherein we deem it the time of joy and warmth. After all, Christmas season stands for having merry with our loved ones.  By tradition, we celebrate Christmas by having get-togethers with the family for party celebrations. And by of these party celebrations, we create lasting memories that instills deep in our hearts. 

As Christmas draws nearer and the party planning sets to happen, Beko Philippines, Europe’s leading brand of home appliances, listed five simple tips and tricks to help you prepare a memorable and fun party while promoting health and wellness for the family.


Shop early to beat the rush

Going to the stores as early as now can liberate you from the tights and cramps of the holiday rush. The items that you’ll need for your party may also be cheaper and still available as compared when you’ll buy them days before Christmas. Remember that early is ease and, late is stress.

Hoist the tree early

Decorating for Christmas as soon as possible can make a huge help in planning for your desired party. It can make you happy, free you the burden of haste and open you up with creative ideas. So, as early as now, bring in the holiday spirit, deck the halls, and put up the Christmas tree.

Budget the spend

Christmas giving is not about amounting to the expensive items.  For starters set only a price you can spend and list the things you need to buy for the people you’ll gift. By doing so, you can avoid impulsive buying, mental anxiety, and save up some cash when the merry season ends.

Fuel the fun with food

An ingredient of a great party is good food. It keeps the party alive and well as people wouldn’t be participating in they’re hungry. Vegetables, legumes, fruits bread cereal, rice, pasta, lean meats, kinds of seafood, milk yogurt, and natural cheese are your go-to healthy ingredients to a party without the panic for the menus are organic.
   
Make the party heathy binges

Make sure that the party food binges are healthy. Keep away from serving artificial or ready-made foods that are either too fatty, sugary, and oily. The menu should be with the organics of the lean and green for the Christmas party’s essence is to celebrate, not to gain weight.

Utilize the right appliances

The holidays can be a real tasking, so the appliances you use should help maximize efficiency and productivity in preparing dishes for your party. Using it shouldn’t tire you and instead, free you from worries.

When cooking, the right cookers can provide a significant aid, especially when it comes to doing multiple dishes. Thankfully, some cookers now come with features to address this problem.

This is a perfect timing to get a new cooker as Beko is launching this Christmas Season a freestanding cooker FVR62630DXDTL with Split&Cook® technology. This technology splits the oven in two, allowing you to cook two different dishes at the same time, at two different temperatures; by removing the divider the user can take advantage of the huge single oven capacity too.  Beko also offers a wide range of freestanding and built-in cooking products that It lets you cook freely for all different healthy tastes for your family’s healthy celebration needs.

For a bigger fresh storage space Beko’s innovative refrigerator such as the GN162123P side by side refrigerator has features such as the NeoFrost™ technology that provides balanced circulation of cooling and a separate airflow to avoid cross contamination.  Active Fresh blue light that helps fruits and veggies continue photosynthesizing thus, protecting vitamin C intensity and its flavor and.  It also comes with an Ion Guard to eliminate unwanted odors by circulating negative ions to neutralize bacteria and particles that causes bad odor inside the refrigerator.

Beko‘s products prioritize health and well-being with its technologies that improve efficiency, optimizing time, costs, and energy in the household.

To learn more about Beko and their technologies, visit http://www.beko.ph/ or follow them on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/beko.ph. 09/17/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Revisiting the Culinary Treasures of Luzon

From the savory sisig to the spicy Bicol Express, Luzon is a trove filled with culinary treasures. Hence, six chefs from the island group were able to explore the gastronomic delights of their hometowns through Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition, a nationwide cooking competition which aims to recognize a new generation of local talented chefs.

These chefs simply revisited their roots and took inspiration from their provinces’ staple to create their winning masterpieces. Now, all of them are a step closer to winning the grand prizes at the national round which are P100,000 cash and a culinary trip to Japan.

Smoked duck and arroz valenciana arancini with sampaloc sauce and spicy apple chutney

Dinakdakan with ensalada, roasted shallots, and candied calamansi

A unique twist on Igado was rustled up by Chef Xavier Mercado during the Ilocos leg. Igado is a famous Ilocano stew made of pork and liver braised in soy sauce-vinegar mixture and Mercado decided to amp up his version of the traditional dish by adding local fruits such as guava and grapes.

Another famous Ilocano dish, Dinakdakan, helped Chef Jan Daryl Doculan from Nueva Vizcaya prevail in his regional competition. A dish traditionally made of pig ears, head, brain, and vegetables, Doculan’s Dinakdakan was served with assorted achara, ensalada, toasted shallot, and candied calamansi.

Igadobas Ti La Union

Smoked Duck Arroz Valenciana Arancini was the star of the competition during the regional leg in Central Luzon. Chef Marlon Manuel from Nueva Ecija wowed the judges with his dish which he served with Sampaloc Sauce and Spicy Apple Chutney for added flavor.

Bistek, a Filipino favorite, was prepared by Chef Roberto Roldan Jr. during the fourth leg. Roldan improved Bistek’s salty and savory flavors with herbs and cashews, a puree of squash, green pea coulis, sago and calamansi kropek, and crispy shallots.

A famous Bikolano dish, Laing or spicy taro leaves with creamy coconut sauce, was also highlighted thanks to Chef Rommel Abion. Proving that Bicolanos have a penchant for spicy food, Abion cooked the traditional Laing and enhanced it by adding in steamed sweet potatoes and shrimp.

Steamed sweet potato stuffed in spicy taro leaves with creamy coconut sauce

Herbs and cashew nut-crusted beef tenderloin in Bistek sauce, puree of squash, green pea coulis, sago and kalamansi kropek and crispy shallot

Ginataang lamang dagat with Salinas curry sauce, seafood custard and shrimp bisque froth

Ginataang lamang dagat was prepared by Chef Mcrhyan Rodrigo during the last regional leg in Luzon. He served his winning dish with salinas curry sauce, seafood custard, and shrimp bisque broth.

These chefs from Luzon, together with the regional winners from Visayas and Mindanao, will go head-to-head in the highly anticipated grand finals wherein the next culinary master in the country will finally be named.

Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition is sponsored by Midea, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena Olive Oil, Dona Elena Al Dente Pasta, Masflex Cookware, Ajinomoto, King Sue, Anvil Publishing, Philtranco, Fastcat, and Chef Plus.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero: Chefs' Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/. 09/10/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Dream Holiday Getaway is Just a Reddoorz Away

It's the ‘Ber months and it’s time to plan that holiday getaway with friends or family. What's holding back most people from going all out to make their dreams get real is budget concerns. Now, RedDoorz with its all-out traveller perks and budget-friendly rates will make this the most memorable holiday vacay ever.

This Holiday Season, why not target these new places where RedDoorz has opened up and making a big difference in the travel scene?  




Davao

If your dream vacay is a nature trip, with some history, exotic scenery, shop-till-you-drop shopping and glorious, inexpensive food, mark Davao for your next adventure.

The Crocodile Park, the Philippine Eagle sanctuary, the Davao Butterfly House, Eden Nature Park and Resort, zipline adventures and more, are what make Davao a heaven on earth for thrill-seekers and adrenaline-junkies. Climb the summit of the “King of the Philippine Peaks,” Mt. Apo and get a 360-degree view from the country’s highest peak. Or go island-hopping and take a dip in the waters of world-class beaches.

Vacations are never complete without feasts. Enjoy native Dabawenyo dishes like sinugbang tuna (grilled tuna), inato (grilled chicken), pasayan (deep-fried shrimp), kinhason (baked scallops), and imbaw (clam soup). Sample their pomelo and durian products ranging from fresh fruit to candies to ice cream and shake. There are 22 RedDoorz hotels in the heart of this big city that will be your launch pad for your holiday adventure.

Palawan

For indelible memories, Palawan is Ground Zero for you. The natural beauty of its beaches, rivers and caves plus the tropical vibe that this island brings will mesmerize you.

Here’s where you’ll find its most popular attraction – the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the world’s longest navigable underground river – that has made it one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. 

The Ihawig River is a perfect place to commune with nature and just feel good to be alive. A visit to this historic river will not be complete unless you experience its most famous tourist attraction, firefly watching.

And to complete your magical experience in Palawan, experience the sands of the popular Honda Bay. You can use the site as a jump-off place for a lot of other islands to travel to. Choose from any of 13 RedDoorz hotels in Palawan to be nearest the island attraction you want best.



Tagaytay 

Sometimes you don’t need to go far to escape the stress of the city. Only a few hours away from the noise of Manila, you can find solitude and a much-needed break whenever you want.

Enjoy the City’s varied attractions, from the mind challenging and jaw-dropping Puzzle Mansion where you can find the most extensive collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in the world. The lady who completed all the 2D, 3D and 4D puzzles here – some as big as murals – is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the unmatchable number and kinds of puzzles she completed.

Enjoy Tagaytay’s cool breeze and chilly evenings with a romantic dinner or even just a hot sip of healthy Tagaytay Bulalo.

Don’t miss its most famous attraction - the People’s Park in the Sky. It stands at the highest point of Tagaytay and lets you have a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape, the best vantage point to see Taal Lake and Volcano. If you want rides and kiddie adventures, visit the Sky Ranch for rides and panoramic views. You can find the best branded items at outlet stores in Sta.Rosa where you’ll find quality, outlet-priced gifts to give for the holiday season.

RedDoorz at the Ridge, Mahogany and Sta. Rosa are all just minutes away from all the best Tagaytay landmarks.

But whatever location you choose, booking your RedDoorz hotel will be easy as pie because the RedDoorz App is your go-to companion for your discovery adventure. This user-friendly, 100% safe app allows you to compare hundreds of hotels, get real time prices, read traveller reviews so you can plan your trip in detail. Once you’re there, RedDoorz will pamper you with free Wifi, clean beds, clean sheets, free toiletries, unlimited water and a pleasant experience – all for very affordable rates. Even paying is easy! You can use credit cards, Dragonpay or pay-at-hotel without need for credit card guarantee.

Just one RedDoorz away should also mean that entire discovery, booking experience is just “one-app” away and few clicks

So for the holidays, don’t be afraid to pursue your adventure. There are RedDoorz Hotels - RedDoorz, RedDoorz Plus or RedDoorz Premium - that fits your budget. You’ll be glad to know that a RedDoorz Hotel is just “one app and a few clicks away” in whatever city you choose. 09/07/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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