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Showing posts with label Event Foods. Show all posts

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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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Food Bits: Ramen, Ramen, and More at the Ryu Ramen & Curry

Ramen  is one of my favorite dishes. When you treat me in a Japanese restaurant, my first order will be ramen! Thanks God that one of our food stop during our food trip at the SM Jazz Mall is in the Ryu Ramen & Curry.

The best selling ramen here at the Ryu Ramen & Curry is their very own Ryu Ramen Curry. This specialty made with the finest ingredients is in its most affordable price of Php380 per serving. And we've tasted it during our food trip!

Another stuff that we had during the event was the Chasu Ramen  and Tantamen. These were also house specialty all at the same price.

The Best Selling Ramen
 
One of My Favorites Here at the Ryu Ramen & Curry


But aside from these top-selling favorites are the following Japanese goodies:

The Pork Gyoza

Karage Tantamen

Agedashi Tofu

My Favorite Shrimp

The Chasi Ramen


Well if you want to experience a brand new Japanese tasting, try Ryu Ramen & Curry at the ground of the SM Jazz Mall here at Makati.

Let's have another round of food trip here on the coming days! 05/09/2019 (Bits of Rocks)


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Tambayan Sa Kanto Gives New Taste to Our All-Time Favorite Street Foods!

When we say Filipino foods, the so-called street foods which already became Pinoy's all-time favorite may also flash on our minds. Barbeque, fishballs, kwek-kwek, betamax, and other goodies were some of the instances which already comprised the Filipino culture.   

It's good to know that Tambayan Sa Kanto or TSK or simply Sa Kanto, a classy Filipino restaurant located in the heart of The Podium which serves different Pinoy cuisines from the different region of the country gives a brand new connotation to these 'street foods.'

During our bloggers' night one rainy Saturday for "Fun with Philip" where we conducted the event in this place, TSK served us different Pinoy signature dishes. We had the grilled lobster, crispy bagnet, coconut crushed fish fillet, empanada with Ilocano vinegar, and ensaladang pusit to name few. But what surprised us on that food-fulled rainy night were the all-time favorite Pinoy street foods which came with brand new goodness! 

TSK have their very own versions of pork barbeque, fish balls, and turon. Well these three Pinoy goodies sound ordinary. But when you taste them, you can say that you already tasted three of the best foods in the Philippines!

For some, turon is just a plain banana wrapped in pambalot ng lumpia. But TSK put a new twist in this favorite Pinoy dessert - they partnered it with langka sauce making it a world-class sweet dessert!

Well, check out some of the yummy photos of the foods Sa Kanto served to us during our event: 

An All-Time Favorite Pork Barbeque

The Best-Selling Street Food Fish Ball

TSK's Spicy Talong

Kanto's Very Own Lemon Salad Dressing

Sweet Turon with Langka Sauce

The Appetizer Empanada with Ilocano Spiced Vinegar

"Pictures pa lang, ang sarap na!" I know you are already craving while reading this post. :)

Talong or eggplant is not my favorite vegetable. I'd rathet eat okra than talong! But when Sa Kanto served us their version of spicy talong in small stick for pica-pica, my view on this vegetable eventually changed!  

Salad and squid are two of my favorite foods. What if these two things were put together into one great dish?! Yeah, TSK made that via their very own Ensaladang Crispy Squid with TSK Salad Dressing! Awesome! It pulled me to have my second round! Haha! 

"Nagugutom ka na ba?!" You want more?! Well, check out more great foods served to us on that rainy bloggers' night below: 

Ensaladang Crispy Squid Salad with TSK's Dressing

The Chorizo Gambas

The Grilled Lobster with Lemon Sauce

The Coconut Crusted Fish Fillet

With great foods served to their customers and with the very nice ambiance of the place, I admit, Tambayan Sa Kanto is really my favorite restaurant! I've been in this place since last year. And because I'm too very busy with the different commitments, I wasn't able to visit this place for many months. But when opportunity came (this Fun with Philip Bloggers' Night), I strongly recommended this restaurant to sir Philip Abadicio as the venue for our event! And Philip, the staffs of the show, and my blogger friends exceeded their expectation for this restaurant! All of us went home happy and full! :)     

 Remember this logo of the best restaurant in town which serves all our favorite Filipino cuisine:


Want to taste those great foods I've shared in my post as well as experience the same feelings we had in this resto?! Well, visit Tambayan Sa Kanto in the ground floor of The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. See you there! (RCB)

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Another Feature in Philippine Daily Inquirer!

Yours truly is again featured in the major newspaper broadsheet. This time via the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Our bloggers' event last Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Marina Seafoods Resto wherein they launched the very first unlimited Halo-Halo dubbed as "Halo-Halo Sorbetes All You Can" was featured in the said broadsheet on their Sunday (May 4) issue.   

Here is the feature's photo of yours truly together with my blogger friends:  


I already bought a copy of the said newspaper. If time permits, I'll share with you the whole feature story in the said broadsheet here in my blog.

Thanks much for this and looking forward for more print, TV, and probably movie appearances in the coming days! (RCB)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Food Bits: Delights at the Seventh High!


We had a fun night last week at the APEX Lounge of Seventh High in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), The Fort Taguig. The international heartthrob Chris Cayzer serenaded us with his rock and melo music together with his band led by Ali Alejandro in an event dubbed as the "Soul Nite." 

But aside from the music of Chris, we enjoyed more the foods served by the resto bar. Yes, the Seventh High brought us four of their newest best offering which completed our night. Well, check out those dishes that fulfilled our senses:  


The Chicken Barbeque Quesadillas

Yes, this is the menu I love the most! It is a Barbeque chicken Breast and Monterey Jack Cheese Sandwiched between Crispy Tortilla! It's so yummy that you will truly ask for more! Take note, I ate three plates of this dish! It's tastier and yummier than the regular taco we used eat.     

Chicken Barbeque Quesadillas Was The One I Love Most

The Wild Mushroom Pasta

As the term suggests, this is the type of pasta recipe that will drive you wild! Yeah, this food made me wilder on the said night. Imagine that I even went up the stage jammin' and singin' with Chris! Wow! This recipe is made up of Shitake White button porcini mushrooms sauteed with cream and tossed with linguine pasta, finished with truffle oil.   

Wild Mushroom Pasta Made My Night Wilder

The Steak and Egg

What if an ordinary egg made so special blended with meaty ingredients?! Well, that was the third dish served to us during the "Soul Nite." At first, we can easily recognize it as a simple egg. But when you taste it, ...awesome! The menu is made up of seared beef tenderloin topped with sunny side up quail egg. It is served with English muffin and bearnaise sauce.   

My Tummy Made Full with Steak and Eggs

 The Sticky Rice and Mango Flambe

Now it's time for dessert! And since I'm a dessert-lover person, I appreciate all the desserts served to me and even want to make my own style! During the said night, I discover something new and interesting dessert to serve to our guest. It's a combination of two popular Pinoy delicacies - rice cake and mango! Who knows that these two foods can be put together to give us something new! This dessert is a local rice cake and fresh ripe mangoes tossed in caramel syrup.   

Oh I Like This Sticky Rice and Mango Flambe

Great, four new dishes which captivated our taste buds! Now, there were four new menus to crave for! Thanks to Seventh High for letting us taste their new masterpieces!  

If you were to ask, which of these four servings do you love and like the most?! Which of them will you taste first?!

The said "Soul Nite" event not only fed our ears with great good songs from Chris Cayzer, it fed our stomach with yummy foods as well! Two thumbs up Seventh High for this! We will truly come back for more! (RCB) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Party with the Young Businessman Marvin Agustin!


If you will ask me to name a successful actor today, I will definitely put on my number one list the actor, chef, and businessman Mr. Marvin Agustin.

Yes that is because, Marvin is very successful not only in showbiz but also in business! Despite the fact that he is starring in many TV show projects today with various TV commercials or endorsements, Marvin is also a young businessman! He manages and owns different business just like restaurants. And one of these restos is the Sumosam which has now 25 branches!    

Last Friday, I'm glad that I received an invite for the opening of new Sumosam branch in Olympia Tower, Makati City. And I finally met in person one of its owners, Mr. Marvin Agustin! 


Marvin was even the one who performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony! But he did it in a very unique way! Instead of ribbon-cutting, he did a sushi-cutting! 

Check out Marvin below cutting a big sushi which is part of the opening ceremony:



Sumosam is actually an Eat-All-You Can resto offering Japanese dishes. And since sushi is a Japanese food very popular to Filipinos, they use this one to symbolize the grand launch! 

Aside from being an actor and a businessman, did you know that Marvin is also a chef?! Yes, that's why majority of his TVC were more on cooking and his current TV reality show is "Karinderia War." Marvin is even dubbed now as Ser Chef! :)

I want to be as successful as Marvin Agustin in the future - a career-oriented man at the same time a successful businessman! Thumbs up Marvin! (RCB)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Food Bits: The Red and White Spaghetti!

I enjoyed different foods and dishes in the different events or presscons I have attended from the different restaurants or hotels. Before start eating, I took first photos of the foods. And I really lots of them in my camera.  

Since I'm not a food blogger, I didn't include those foods in my posts. But since those foods were really great and may caught your interest, I am now starting again my food segment! Remember years ago, I shared with you my own recipes. This time, I'll share my food events.  

Let me start with the food during my recent UNIQLO Spring Summer 2013 Launch in Venice Piazza, Mickinley Hills. We had our dinner in Tokyo Cafe. The major dishes they served was the red and white spaghetti.   

Here are the photos of the foods I've tasted: 

The Red Spaghetti

The White Spaghetti

I Love Tokyo Cafe!

Tokyo Cafe is actually a Japanese resto. They were serving Japanese foods. The Spaghetti and the piazza were in Japanese style. Actually in the red spaghetti, there are shrimps. And the taste was truly extra-ordinary!

The white spaghetti is actually their style of carbonara. There are some strands of fish in the meal making it more delicious!

The two spaghettis were served together with fried chicken, bread, and fresh ice tea! So tempting! Love it! (RCB)

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