FRUIT AND NUTS DE LUXE: Fog City Creamery and Emperador De Luxe
If you happen to pass by A. Venue Mall don't forget to drop by Focacia restaurant located on the ground floor for a very special brandy ice cream.

Who would have thought that ice cream and brandy could be mixed to make a delightful and luxurious creation?

FOG City Creamery, a popular, one-of-a-kind artisan ice cream brand, and Emperador Distillers, Inc., a company with a long tradition of bringing world-class liquor products to Filipino celebrations  decided to combine their expertise and create something that can be enjoyed by many – especially ice cream lovers and liquor connoisseurs.

FOG City’s expertly made Fruit and Nuts Deluxe ice cream has the signature touch of Emperador Deluxe’s distinct flavors of Palomino grapes toffee, almonds and honey. This perfectly complements the rich taste of different fruits and nuts and the creamy goodness of ice cream.

Emperador Deluxe is a luxurious blend that allows people to savor everyday luxury,” Mr. Edward Gador, Brand Manager for Emperador Deluxe said. “Why not have that taste of luxury in an ice cream? We are very happy to have Fog City as a partner in achieving this very unique creation!” adds Mr. Carlos Vergara, Managing Director for International Spirits.

Emperador Deluxe’s golden amber liquid has been the result of carefully followed traditions that have been handed down through generations. This new imported blend from Emperador Distillers, Inc. imported from Spain allows consumers to experience a new level of luxury with its renowned taste and quality.

In the same manner, FOG City only uses top quality ingredients as a commitment in serving only fresh, all-natural and quality ice cream.
“More is not always better,” Ms. Edy Gamboa points out, “but by using only the finest and purest ingredients, and by meticulously mixing all of these ingredients together, we can have a creation that has more depth in flavor and in taste. Having Emperador Deluxe as one of the key ingredients is a big privilege for us.”

Every scoop of Fruit and Nuts Deluxe will change the experience of eating ice cream, tasting dried apricots, pistachios, almonds and Emperador Deluxe, highlighting the delightful and luxurious ice cream FOG City and Emperador Distillers, Inc. made.

Make sure to place your order at FOG City Creamery to experience this exception ice cream, Fruit and Nuts Deluxe, at (+632) 729-9403 or Mobile (0917) 883-3344. For more information on Emperador Deluxe, visit or follow them on Facebook at
Seven on 7th, the youngest and the latest in modern European dining located in BGC’s newly constructed commercial strip Forum South Global at 7th Avenue has recently opened, amplifying the city’s vibrant milieu of dining destinations.
Vamping up the city’s already bustling lifestyle, Seven on 7th is poised to be one of the city’s go-to place for high quality casual dining.  The restaurant is the brainchild of young entrepreneurs who have different taste palettes when it comes to food but have collaborated to unify their differences to produce a unique set of menu based on the best of what they have discovered eating from across the country and other parts of the globe.
Seven on 7th’s kitchen is helmed by the talented Chef Jay Rollan who graduated as one of the top students among their batch and eventually became a Faculty Assistant at the world renowned ISCAHM (International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management).  Along with Chef Jay in the kitchen are equally creative talents who have also graduated from ISCAHM with honors.  Together, they give a fresh twist to familiar dishes and have created their own set of original recipes for soup, pasta, meat, seafood and dessert.  Chef Jay’s area of specialization includes Hot and Cold Kitchen Preparations, Menu Conceptualization and Development, Catering Operations and Kitchen Staff Training.  
Likewise, he also serves as consultant to some of the country’s premiere dining destinations.  Sharing his knowledge and passion of the culinary world and hotel management, Chef Jay has also graced and continues to be a resource speaker in various seminars for students nationwide. He has also appeared in GMA-7’s The Sweet Life Valentines Special way back in 2009. 
Aspiring further for that feel-good dining experience,  Seven on 7th have also ensured thorough training for the crew whom they have also supervised personally to ensure they also offer the best in customer service.
Join their growing online community on Facebook - Seven on 7th ( and Instagram @sevenon7th for the latest daily, weekly and monthly offerings and promos.   You may also get in touch with them for reservation (lunch and dinner) at these numbers:  +63 917-8409876  and +63 917 577 2720

Seven on 7th is open Tuesday – Sunday starting 11:00am until 10:00pm.
8 CUTS BURGER BLENDS: Do-it-yourself Burgers
There's a new burger in town at  U.P. Town Center, the newest mall of Ayala Land, Inc. along Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.  
The burger restaturant is aptly called "8 cuts Burger Blends."
It offers the yummiest burger I ever laid eyes on.
Best of all, you can opt to make your own burger!
I love the double cheese burger. The soft buns, fresh organic lettuce and tomato with its perfect juicy, meaty goodness still lingers in my mind.
I felt like I was in burger heaven!
I love 8 cuts Onion Rings. Yummy!
Here, I had a feast together with other press people.

DULCELIN GOURMET: Yummy Red Rice Shiso Salad
Dulcelin Gourmet is one of the new restaurants at U.P. Town Center along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. A stone's throw away from U.P. Diliman Campus, U.P. Town Center is the newest hang-out of cool people.

It has a minimalist ambiance.
I never tasted nor heard about Dulcelin Gourmet until yesterday. From being a dessert place, it is now a full service restaurant. Too bad, we're already full when we dropped by Dulcelin.
The amiable owners let us try their original Yummy Red Rice Shiso Salad. 
Red Rice Shiso Salad is composed of seared tuna with shrimp and tamago quail egg on a bed of Japanese rice mixed with Korean spices and shiso leaves.

This dish definitely deserves a second visit.


Branch Location: 2/F U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave. Quezon City

Phone no.: 374-2165 or 67

FREE: French Fries of Your Choice

Good news, dear readers!

Flavored french fries retailer Potato Corner is giving away free Potato Corner fries as part of introducing new flavor variants. 

Follow the instructions at my rafflecopter to get the coupon! Don't forget to print your coupon (voucher) plus bring a valid ID. Strictly one treat per person only.

So, what are you waiting for? Tell your family and friends about this treat and don't forget to "like" my blog on Facebook! Smile always!

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Gardenia Philippines' the next big sandwich hit food kiosk challenge was held at Mercato Central in BGC last Friday, October 18, 2013.

Four (4) out of the ten (10) finalists composed of HRM students who won the qualifying rounds from various schools get to represent their respective schools that night.

The total sales they make at the qualifying round will be part of their final standing. Winning team who gets the most sale that night wins the Mercato Centrale Food Kiosk challenge. 

The four participating schools that night are the following:
  1.  University of Santo Tomas (UST)
  2.  Far Eastern University (FEU)
  3.  Philippine Woman University (PWU)
  4.  Our Lady of Fatima University
The Gardenia Challenge tests not only the culinary skills of the HRM students during the activity but also their marketing skills, online social media presence and ingenious sandwich-making skills to deliver hit sandwich creations.

Gardenia bread has been a part of our family's morning routine for the past years.  I was so happy to get a glimpse on how creative these students are. Take for example these two creative creations by UST.

Crunchy Daylight Rolls
Meet TEAM INFINITE DREAMERS, one of the qualifying round winner and representing team of the University of Santo Tomas in Gardenia's The Next Big Sandwich Hit Finale!

Meet TEAM HELL WEEK MASTERS, another qualifying round winner and representing team of Far Eastern University in Gardenia's The Next Big Sandwich Hit Finale! 

Meet TEAM DECKA, the qualifying round winner and representing team of Philippine Women's University in Gardenia's The Next Big Sandwich Hit Finale! 
Meet TEAM BULACHING, the qualifying round winner and representing team of Our Lady of Fatima University in Gardenia's The Next Big Sandwich Hit Finale!
Have a #HappyBreadDay!
I love #Gardenia!
CHEF GENE GONZALES: The Real Fruit Ninja Uses Masflex Kitchen Pro
I finally met in person the extremely cool chef behind Cafe Ysabel in Greenhills. My friends and I used to dine at Cafe Ysabel and I really really love its dishes.

Will the real Fruit Ninja please stand up?

In a very entertaining afternoon, 
Chef Gene Gonzales proved to us that he is the real Fruit Ninja as he sliced a watermelon in mid-air in front of a live audience using the Masflex KitchenPro 10" Chef's Knife.
The Chefs Knife is part of the Masflex KitchenPro Culinary Knife Collection which Chef Gene personally designed & tested for 3 years before he gave it his seal of approval. 

This shot also shows how sharp the KitchenPro knife is straight out of its packaging.
This is the Masflex KitchenPro Culinary Knife Collection, the Culinary Standard.

Warning and Reminder: Please do not try this stunt yourself at home unless you have been a Chef for over 30 years and you also happen to be a trained martial artist & teacher plus a fencing gold medalist. Only Chef Gene Gonzalez is qualified to do this stunt since he meets the above requirements.


Impressed with how sharp Masflex Kitchen Pro is, I bought these Masflex items during the event for our kitchen:

The 5-in-1 Scissor, an herb scissor and a knife.
I had my DVD autographed by Chef Gene Gonzales.
 Masflex executives with their prized endorser, Chef Gene Gonzales, at the event.

MarQuee Mall presents grandest Northern Food Festival this October

MarQuee Mall, Ayala Mall’s first dining, shopping and entertainment destination located in the north of Manila presents “Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival” at the MarQuee Park, Angeles City, Pampanga from October 18 to 20, 2013.

Big Bite! is a foodie’s dream come true with its huge outdoor food market featuring everything from cooked Filipino favorites to famous native delicacies and baked goodies, fresh fruits, vegetables and more. The food festival showcases over 100 food stalls featuring the best food products from across the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Ilocos, Baguio, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Cagayan and La Union. It’s a culinary showdown of the most mouth-watering heritage cuisines from Northern Luzon. 

The brainchild of MarQuee Mall, Big Bite! is envisioned to be the go-to food gathering in the country. No better location lies than Pampanga, long hailed as the Philippines’ culinary capital. MarQuee Mall plays host to what will be the largest celebration of the Filipino’s love for great food.

Adding star power to the event, renowned chefs from the Asian Food Channel will also be at Big Bite! to do live cooking demos. Festival goers will get to see their favorite TV chefs cook up a storm onstage.

Families from across the north are also invited to share their heirloom recipes. They will demonstrate how their special dish has been handed down from past generations and continue to be family favorites.

The food festival will also feature Big Banquet where a minimum of P500 receipt entitles shoppers to sample delectable treats at the Food Festival for free.

Students, chefs and other food enthusiasts will face off in culinary cook-offs adjudged by food industry experts and celebrities. Fun events for the whole family such as food eating contests and live entertainment every night are scheduled throughout Big Bite!.

Opened in 2009, MarQuee Mall is Ayala Land’s first mall north of Manila. The mall is just an hour’s drive from the metro and is strategically located adjacent to the Angeles exit of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). With over 400 shops, exclusive boutiques, restaurants and cinemas, MarQuee Mall is the region’s premier destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.

MarQuee Mall’s Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival is staged in partnership with the Department of Tourism, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Asian Food Channel, Cignal Digital TV, and Mercato Centrale Group.

For further details and inquiries, please call +639177527071 or email Like and follow MarQuee Mall’s social networking, @MarQueetweets, and instagram: @iloveMarQueemall.

PLDT & ME: PLDT 85th Year Promo
PLDT, in celebration of its 85th year, PLDT launched PLDT & ME Promo.
The promo will run from September 30 until the 25th of October, 2013.

How to join? 


You can simply join by downloading the "PLDT & Me" app from the following:
Participants can upload their photos once they have registered and they will receive an email from PLDT within 24 to 48 hours to let them know if the photos submitted are valid.

PLDT & Me encourages everyone to upload a photo of themselves, their relatives, or their friends using a PLDT telephone unit. The photo can be a throwback picture from as long ago as 1928, the year PLDT was founded, all the way up to present day.

Why is PLDT so keen on giving away such gadgets? Because these devices are among the different platforms that customers can enjoy with their PLDT subscription. PLDT’s Head of Public Affairs Ramon Isberto explains through this statement: 

“PLDT's move into multimedia services seeks to take advantage of its extensive and robust fixed and mobile platforms to deliver digital media content such as entertainment like music, photos and video through various devices including laptops, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.”

Weekly e-raffles will be held beginning October 4, and all qualified participants will be eligible to win. The prizes are exciting because each raffle winner will receive not one but two Samsung gadgets—and there will be three winners every week. Prizes at stake are the following:

Here are the details of the weekly e-raffle draws:

Week 1:

Duration – starting 12:01 PM of September 30, 2013 up to 12 Noon of October 4, 2013 

Draw Date – October 4, 2013 at 4 PM

Announcement Date – October 4, 2013 at 7 PM

Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Laptop NP270E4E-K06PH and Samsung Smart HDTV UA-32F4500

Week 2:

Duration – starting 12:01 PM of October 4, 2013 up to 12 Noon of October 11, 2013

Draw Date – October 11, 2013 at 4 PM

Announcement Date – October 11, 2013 at 7 PM

Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 10.1 GT-P5210ZWA and Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Phone

Week 3:

Duration – starting 12:01 PM of October 11, 2013 up to 12 Noon of October 18, 2013

Draw Date – October 18, 2013 at 4 PM

Announcement Date – October 18, 2013 at 7 PM

Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Laptop NP270E4E-K06PH and Samsung Galaxy Tablet 3 10.1 GT-P5210ZWA 

Week 4:

Duration – starting 12:01 PM of October 18, 2013 up to 12 Noon of October 25, 2013 

Draw Date – October 25, 2013 at 4 PM

Announcement Date – October 25, 2013 at 7 PM

Prizes – 3 winners of Samsung Smart HDTV UA-32F4500 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Phone

Participants can submit as many photos as they want, but may win only once. Non-winning entries from previous draws will automatically be included in the following draws.

What are you waiting for? Join the newest PLDT online promo and win big prizes!
#PLDT85 Changing Lives.
DESSERT JARS: Heavenly Taste

Everything tastes better out of a jar! Dessert Jars mousse simply reminds me of the special goodness of fresh and made from scratch desserts made by my auntie Lolly. They're simply heavenly!

Dessert jars line of desserts is especially made by Chef Carol. It comes in five (5) variants, namely:
  1. Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake
  2. Green Tea Chocolate Mousse
  3. Mocca Mousse
  4. Lady Finger Trifle
  5. Orange Chocolate Mousse
I think it can be a very nice presents to your friends and love ones. I was surprised that my brother who hardly eats sweets for dessert devoured the whole jar by himself! I scoop one spoonful using the attached wooden spoon and it was really delicious.
 My favorite is the Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake squeezed in a jar.
The chocolate mousse is simply irresistible too! 
The green tea is such a delicious treat. 
You could see the love that the chef invested on each of the dessert jars. it was delicately wrapped, labeled and tied with a colorful string with a wooden spoon attached. It was so dainty. 

Whatever flavors you choose you can never go wrong with desserts squeezed in a jar. Enjoy!

I am surprised that it only costs between Php70 to Php95 per small bottle and Php180 for the big bottle.

For your orders please call Chef Carol at (632)0998-4664571  or visit