FOOD

Joy of Food: Themed Dinners at Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort

March 26, 2017

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There's nothing like a perfect beachside hang for days off, weekends and summer soirees. 
After all, Isak Dinesen once said and I quote, "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea."  But what's a perfect beachside hang without good food?

Luxurious Dining at 50% Off: A Special Blogger Rate Privilege at The Cebu City Marriott Hotel

February 22, 2017

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In today's burgeoning culture of wine, dine and unwind, it is no new surprise that restaurants are sprouting everywhere like mushrooms.  We have arrived at a time where almost everyone's ideal weekend consists of visiting a new bistro, a new café or a new destination restaurant.  Not only has this been going on as just "a thing" where people just want to be seen at the most happening places, it is actually becoming more like a lifestyle.  When we would just get together with cousins and friends over bonfire and lugaw during weekends back in the 90s (i feel so old), today's get-togethers would certainly include table reservations, spiffy outfits and fancy restaurants.  I'm not saying this is a bad thing because it surely isn't.  We are merely pointing out how much times have changed over the span of a decade.


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With all the new food places here in Cebu, there will always be those restaurants that have made a mark in Cebu's F&B sector that we always go back to-- and that includes the Garden Café at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.  Maintaining the number 1 spot in Tripadvisor as it out bested 597 other restaurants in Cebu, the Garden Café aims to delight and excite with its assortment of food stations across different cuisines.  Live cooking stations are also available for whatever you fancy.


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With a wide array of international dishes and with the hotel situated right smack in the heart of a busy business district, one would definitely take delight in the idea of dining at your leisure.  From their soup counter, salad bar, assorted cheeses and cold cuts, find your way to the Japanese station for a generous helping of Sashimi, Pasta station for all things carbs, stir fry and noodle station, bread station, Sisig station for all things Filipino, carving station, fresh seafood and meat grill station and of course, their dessert and halo-halo stations.


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Their Sisig is a must try! Don't forget to swing by their Local Flavors station.


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Ngohiong, anyone?

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Guess who immediately made her way to the Grill Station after taking photos?

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And because I don't want you guys to miss out on the gastronomic experience that Garden Café has to offer, a special blogger rate privilege awaits when you dine from today until March 31, 2017! 

Just show this particular blog post (or screen cap the poster below) to the waiters before you ask for the billing to enjoy the 50% off blogger rate privilege.  Or you may call to make reservations and mention the "blogger rate" privilege for them to take note of this special arrangement! Details and rates below!


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Make Your Own Magnum at Magnum Cebu

November 16, 2016

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Informing you all in advance that i did not get to Make My Own Magnum because Vania went ahead of everyone else and made her very own Magnum even before the program started.  I had to help her finish the whole bar hence the likelihood of me getting way too full to make another one. Haha!

Thai Fun Food Festival at Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

September 9, 2016

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Cebu, Philippines – Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu treats you to another gastronomic adventure as it presents “Thai Fun Food Festival” at The Sails restaurant.

Best identified for its varied dinner buffet themes, The Sails caters to discerning palates with its wide range of dinner buffet serving delicious dishes from different origins, available on weekdays and weekends. To add zest to its nightly culinary showcase, the hotel invited three chefs from its sister hotel, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket, to take the lead in their kitchen. For the entire duration of the food festival, from 10-18 September 2016, the guest chefs will be seen in action around The Sails, cooking and serving authentic yet diverse specialities that reflect the Thai culture, ingenuity and tradition.

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“We live by our service philosophy of bringing something fun and fresh, to be a trailblazer of genres and flavours,” says Mr. Harold Rainfroy, general manager. “We always aim to bring in new excitement in various seasons to delight our guests of different nationalities.”

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“Thai cuisine captures the interest of many, not only for its enigmatic and exotic cultural influences, but also for the interplay and harmony of flavours present in each dish,” explains Christian Bouby, executive chef. “The playful and creative nature of the Thai people is visible on every plate they serve. They are very adventurous when it comes to texture and essence.”

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Chef Bouby is proud to put the spotlight on the three guest chefs from Phuket, Thailand, namely Wiwat Yong-en, Sutee Yamkratho and Teenasit Nakrua. 

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“Our team is excited to work with these three kitchen superstars,” adds Mr. Jeryl Tio, food and beverage manager. “They are bringing with them years of experience and innovation in Thai culinary traditions, with age-old recipes tweaked with modern sensibilities. The menu selections they’re preparing for this food festival will use special ingredients they’ve sourced from Thailand. That’s as far as we go when it comes to bringing authentic flavours to the table, and it’s definitely something we all look forward to.”

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Dine and win a round-trip ticket to Phuket, Thailand, inclusive of two nights' hotel stay.

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Finally, not only can guests taste the flavours of Thailand, but also find their way to the beautiful country of Thailand. All guests who dine during the Thai Fun Food Festival get a chance to win a round-trip Cebu-Manila-Phuket ticket courtesy of Cebu Pacific, and a gift certificate for a two-night stay in Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket.  

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Dinner buffet is at PHP1,600 nett per person. 


Book your table now to get more chances of winning. For reservations and enquiries, please call +63 32 492 7777 or email hotel.cebu@movenpick.com

Barbecue Nights at Circa 1900

May 17, 2016

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Back in the 90s, Summer for me was synonymous to barbecue. Every chance we get, my cousins and I, along with our childhood friends, would gather almost every night to have bonfires, play games or just share stories. We'd pool money so we can buy the ingredients and shortly after dinner at our respective houses, we'd start to gather in the open field at the back of, coincidentally, all our houses. That was our playground, Manoy Tiyo's kasagingan (banana plantation), the place where summers were lit af until we all went to college and my cousins and i moved to our new homes.

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In some fiction books I've read (read: teen novels lol), barbecue nights usually happen during Summer, as it should because the warm summer breeze calls for activities that are everything outdoorsy. And yes, you don't have to worry being blanketed in barbecue smoke while grilling because, breezeless summer nights. You all get the drift, right? ;)

But if you're not up to grilling your own meal and smelling like a skewered meat yourself, there's always Circa 1900 to save the day. Or night.

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A few weeks ago, my friends from Cebu Fashion Bloggers and I, were invited over to try Circa 1900's latest offering, and as the title of this post suggests; Barbecue Nights at Circa 1900. 

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Over lighthearted conversations, we got to enjoy a wide array of their best dishes coupled with their famous bowl of green salad and good serving of Rosé. From US ribeye, to Persian chicken to Snapper fillet, it was one gastronomic feast that left too little room for dessert. haha!

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If you're dining with your family or friends, you can try the family platter suitable for groups of (6) and that comes with a complimentary bottle of Morande Pionero Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah - Rosé that has the ability to highlight and balance at the same time the rich flavor of all the meat that you're having.

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Each dish comes with a Circa Garden Salad and a Garlic Mash or Thai vegetable fried rice. Something that all you salad eaters, myself included, would definitely enjoy.


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Should you wish to enjoy the dishes individually and have a good serving all to yourself, here's a list to give a better idea of what you're about to indulge yourself in.

Tamarind Garlic Calamares Skewers with Coriander Ginger Prawns (P645)

Mirin and Yellow Miso Glazed Snapper Fillet with Basil and Black Sesame Seeds (P495)

Korean Style Extra Spicy Pork Ribs (Dwaeji Galbi) served with Cabbage Kimchi (P495)

Persian 1/2 Chicken, Yoghurt Aioli and BBQ dipping sauce (P395)

US Beef Eye with Black Pepper, Mustard & Aussie Beef Sausage, Cabernet Sauvignon Jus & Mushrooms (P695)


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One of the best things about dining in this upscale restaurant?


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You get to be serenaded with live music all throughout the evening. Major cheeseball moment right there, I tell ya.


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Cebu Fashion Bloggers Jesse, Ching, Katrina, Sophia, Toni, Jean and Marco.
Photo from Life on A Flavored Runway


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Thank you Circa for having us!

Circa 1900, Cebu

Barbecue at Circa 1900 is only until June 8, 2016.
Circa 1900 is located at Sanjercasvil Road, Lahug Cebu City.

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Pastry Making with Chef Benoit Laboureux of Waterfront Cebu

March 28, 2016

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I kicked off summer with a pastry making class at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel with Chef Benoit Laboureux and it was a lot of fun!  Being a frustrated pastry chef, I jumped at the opportunity to get all hands on in making tasty desserts that I can easily make at home.
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Growing up, my mom would let me and my sister help her make butter cookies, chiffon cake, leche flan and chocolate cupcakes from scratch. I remember how we'd clear our 8-seater dining table of its center decors and use the whole space as our kitchen counter. I remember being covered in flour because I was mixing the dry ingredients too quickly. I also remember using the "cookie gun" with different cookie molds to make another batch of butter cookies. Baking was one weekend activity I would always look forward to doing because aside from the fact that it's fun, it is also very rewarding. What better way to enjoy the fruits of your labor than by eating all of it, right?
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We were taught how to make Tiramisu and Chocolate Coffee Almond Truffles that had me squirming in my seat with delight because I have 2 new recipes that I can try at home with Vania. Having a 3-year-old who is very interested in baking, learning new things to teach/show her excites me and this experience was definitely one of them!
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I have never tried making Tiramisu at home because it sounds so complicated and Truffles were something I never really thought of adding to my list of must-try recipes. But having someone with years of experience and expertise share with you tips (and his best recipes, too!) on how to whip up a fancy dessert, everything was a breeze!
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With fellow CFB Ching Sadaya of www.chingsadaya.com and Jean Yu of www.lifeonaflavoredrunway.com :)
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Thank you so much Waterfront Cebu, Bea and Arnel for having me and Thank you Chef Benoit for sharing with us your best recipes! You guys just made one momma two recipes richer! :p


some photos are from ching sadaya

Sinulog 2016 and BBQ Wine Nights at Planet Grapes

February 2, 2016

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Sinulog is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January and is by far the biggest and grandest festival in the Philippines to date. It celebrates the miraculous Senyor Santo Niño or the Child Jesus and draws tourists from all around the globe.
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Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Shoutout to our first guests! 

Last January 15-17, I, together with fellow Cebu Fashion Bloggers, joined in on the fun by celebrating Sinulog at Planet Grapes, Ayala Center Cebu. With their very own version of Dress Up Your Sinulog 2016 shirts, customers were treated to an on-the-spot designing and styling. Having a knack for calligraphy, Jean Yu and I added some personal touch by doodling on the shirts after styling them according to the guests' preference.
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In between cutting and styling shirts, Jean and I decided to try their street food- stuffing ourselves to get ready for their BBQ and Wine Buffet that followed soon after!
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Sisig and Isaw because I can't remember the last time I had Isaw and boyyy did I enjoyed munching on this all-time favourite filipino street food!

Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
BBQ and Wine Buffet ensued and for P690 per person, guests were treated to a wide array of barbeque specials like pork, chicken, quail eggs, chorizo, squid and isaw! Yes, ISAW again!
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Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
We also got to try their Paella Negra and Paella Longganisa, two of the many dishes that you can order a la carte. Each serving costs P135 which you can share or eat alone because really, if the food is that good, why share when you can order one for each, right? :D
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
With 4 kinds of wine to choose from to go with the restaurant's grilled favourites, it was definitely a different yet familiar dining experience for all the guests.
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
I may not have joined the thousands of revellers on the streets this year but my Planet Grapes Sinulog 2016 made up for the experience missed because it was well worth our time and staying indoors during Sinulog has never been this fun! 
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Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
Cebu Fashion Blogger, Sinulog, Planet Grapes, SInulog 2016, Dress Up Your Shirt, Jean Yu, Life on a Flavored Runway, Toni Pino-Oca, Cebu Food Blogger, BBQ and Wine Buffet, Wine Nights, Food Blog
So should you find yourself looking for a place to wine and dine on the 14th, Pour In Love only with Planet Grapes! Follow their Facebook page for updates and promos for Valentine's Day!

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Thank you Planet Grapes for having us! Pit Senyor!

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