Festive Holiday Offerings for Everyone

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and to make the spirit of the season even brighter, we made a round up of festive offerings from some of the best hotels in the metro to fill your hearts with the warmth and joy the season brings. These will guide you to the many ways you can celebrate the holidays at home, with friends, and office get-togethers even in the time of the pandemic.


Dine under the stars at Al Fresco by Palm Grove

Century Park Hotel, one of the finest hotels in Manila, has been duly awarded the Certificate of Accommodation to Operate as Staycation (CAOS) by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Bureau of Quarantine. With this recent development, the hotel has prepared a host of exciting F & B offers that walk-in and staycation guests can appreciate.

A unique Unlimited Samgyeopsal experience awaits you at Al Fresco by Palm Grove for only P669 net!  Grill those meats, drink & dine under the stars and just relish the relaxing poolside ambience.

Al Fresco by Palm Grove is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00PM to 11:00PM. Under the guidelines for staycation hotels, you must be fully-vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after your second dose) or have taken your RT-PCR test 48 hours prior to your visit.  This applies to minors as well.

Slots are limited so be sure to make your reservation at 8528-8888 local 2500 or 0956-5232880. Please be on time as reservations are subject to a 15-minute holding period. Dine-in time per table is two hours maximum.  For other terms and conditions, please visit www.centurypark.com


A Festive Journey at Holiday Inn and Suites Makati

Holiday Inn and Suites Makati delight in giving you an exciting Holiday season that is bursting with enticing Christmas goodies and offer you a wonderful and relaxing stay with hearty Christmas dishes prepared for you.

The Christmas Platters which serve ten (10) persons is a perfect meal as people gather in this most festive time of the year. If you want to indulge in a complete meal for a group, the Christmas Bento is a good choice prepared in delightful bento boxes for a quick and easy meal that will surely satisfy cravings anytime of the day.

The holiday Shopcation is a perfect time to delight yourself with the holiday spree as you stay and shop in Makati’s premiere shopping malls. The Holiday Season package is for as low as Php 4,800 nett per night plus a chance to win an overnight stay in other IHG properties. Book now! For reservations, call + 632 79090888 or email hism.reservations@ihg.com.

Throw a perfect festive event that will bring holiday cheer to your attendees. An all-inclusive package awaits you as you celebrate any special events like birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or baptismal. Contact our events team at +63 917 5337340 or email hism.events@ihg.com.

For Christmas orders and inquiries, please call Flavors at +63 2 75068132 or Viber +63 917 5968897.


Take home holiday happiness from Richmonde Hotel Ortigas

To celebrate this joyous season, Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is offering an assortment of delectable creations lovingly prepared by the hotel’s kitchen team headed by Executive Chef Tristan Galang.

These Yuletide sweets, treats, and savory meals are great for gifting and even better for indulging at home during your holiday lunches and dinners with family and friends. For your Christmas and New Year’s feasts, serve up a platter of Salmon en Croute good for 3 to 4 persons and priced at PhP 2,680. It comes with potatoes au gratin and warm broccoli salad and is packed in a self-heating Hotbox so you can warm it up with ease before serving.

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For your traditional Christmas ham, Richmonde offers its perfectly cured Canadian Bacon with sidings of oatmeal loaf and herbed butter. Buy it vacuum packed with all its flavors and seasonings sealed in, for only PhP 1,830, good for 5 persons.

Planning a plated dinner affair at home? Impress your guests with Richmonde’s special Bento Hotbox specials for individual meals that are filling, tasty, and hassle-free with zero preparation needed. Choose between the Low and Slow Brisket (PhP 1,150) and Pistachio-crusted Salmon and “Buro” Risotto (PhP 1,250) for your meat- and seafood-loving party guests.

Make the holidays brighter and yummier as you savor and share Richmonde’s tasty and decadent baked goodies like Red Velvet Brownies, Rum Cake made with Zabana Rum, Sans Rival Cake, Cruffin, Cream Cheese & Chives Bun, and Floss Roll.

Also available are Richmonde’s signature year-round hits: the Richmonde Ensaymada which comes in four variants—plain, ube, and the limited edition holiday flavors of salted egg, and quezo de bola—and two sizes—the oversized regular and minis which come in boxes of 4 and 9 pieces; the Richmonde Chocolate Cake; Banana Walnut Bread; Cranberry Babka; and Salted Swirl.

RHO_Bento Box

Those extra dear to you will surely love the specially curated Christmas Crates of Happiness that consist of an assortment of Richmonde’s freshly baked breads and homemade spreads packed in a wooden crate. With two sizes to choose from, you can have an impressive and scrumptious gift set that easily fits your budget.

Santa’s Box of Cheer (PhP 1,980) is big and brimming with six types of breads—Richmonde ensaymada, pretzel loaf, cranberry babka, salted swirl bread, pistachio cream cheese bread, and cruffin—plus 30g jars of mango & orange jam, bacon jam, and herbed butter. The Holly Jolly Bundle (PhP 1,380) contains pretzel bread, a baguette, and two mini ensaymadas, with the same three jars of jam and butter.

For hassle-free purchases, all holiday goodies are available for pickup and delivery until January 9, 2022, with advance orders and prepayment. Lead times vary per item and bulk orders may be arranged.

For inquiries and orders, call (632) 8638-7777 or 0917 534 4352 or email sales@richmondeortigas.com.


Bring home holiday cheer from Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

 As we usher in the holidays, expect glad tidings with fun feasts and delightful bites from the kitchen of Eastwood Café+Bar headed by Executive Chef Victor Barangan.

Tried and tested and simply yummy, Richmonde’s signature pastries are all-time bestsellers for a reason. Soft, oversized, and ultra cheesy, the hotel’s classic plain ensaymada (PhP 185) will go perfectly with a hot chocolate drink or a steaming cup of brewed coffee on a cool Christmas morning. Of you want more to share, mini ensaymadas in boxes of 6 pcs (PhP 255) and 12 pcs (PhP 455) are also available.

For the perfect dessert, the moist and fudgy Richmonde Chocolate Cake has just the right amount of sweetness, with a texture that stays smooth and velvety even after refrigeration. It comes in two sizes—4” at PhP 215 and 8” at PhP 755.

The moist and fluffy banana bread of Eastwood Richmonde has always been a favorite go-to snack. This Christmas it has two new yummy flavors—the rich Choco Walnut Banana Bread (PhP 295) and the healthy Blueberry Banana Chia Bread (PhP 495).

Craving for something K-inspired, perhaps? The Savory Cream Cheese Garlic Bread (PhP 265) is Richmonde’s answer to the popular bread bun recipe of Korea and is great for sharing. Need a boost of Christmas energy to get you through the holiday hustle and bustle? Get Santa’s Little Helpers (PhP 535/box), a set of assorted cookies to give you a boxful of delightful sugar rush.

The set includes four pieces each of the chocolatey Double Trouble Cookies, the chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, the Charcoreo cookie sandwich, and two pieces of Homemade “Twix” Bars. Because it tastes as good as it looks, make the Hazelnut Cookie Butter Christmas Cake (PhP 1,325) the centerpiece of your holiday feasts. This moist chocolate cake with hazelnut ganache frosting and delicate chocolate toppings may be too pretty to eat, but it will definitely be worth it.

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If you wish you share the joy of sweet and savory bites this season, simply order Eastwood Richmonde’s Holiday Hamper of Goodies (PhP 1,600) which contains an awesome array of curated freshly baked treats, paired with coffee and cocoa, and packed conveniently in a chic black box.

What’s Christmas without ham? Preparation is easy with Eastwood Café+Bar’s holiday hams so don’t forget to add it to your order list. Choose between the 1.6kg Muscovado Cured Ham (PhP 1,450) that’s bursting with salty-sweet flavors, and the 1.3kg Chicken Ham (PhP 1,100) for the calorie-conscious.

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All Holiday Goodies of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel are available for pickup and delivery within Metro Manila until January 10, 2022. A minimum lead time of 48 hours is required. For orders and inquiries, call +632 8570 7777 or +63 917 821 0333.

Happy Holidays!

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Satisfying sub filled on-the-go

Until January 18, 2022, Subway is adding on their menu a cheesilicious and packed with more meat Italian B.M.T.™ Plus! Have the motivation to push through a busy day with a satisfying sub filled with your favorite ingredients which can be enjoyed on-the-go, in the office, or at home!

The Italian B.M.T.™ is an old-world favorite and is topped with sliced genoa salami, pepperoni, and ham and your choice of vegetables and condiments served on freshly baked bread.

The B.M.T. stands for the biggest, meatiest, and tastiest sub that Subway offers, and the “Plus” means we’ve added even more of your favorite cheese and meat in your sandwiches!

The Italian B.M.T.™ Plus a la carte prices start from Php 165 for the 6-inch sub, Php 320 for a footlong, Php 175 for the 10-inch wrap, and Php  260 for the salad.

SubwayⓇ also offers regular meals with the Italian B.M.T.™ Plus where customers can pair their subs with a 22oz drink & 2 Cookies! Prices start at Php 250 for the 6-inch sub, Php 405 for the footlong, Php 260 for the 10-inch wrap, and Php 345 salad.

For delivery orders, the Italian B.M.T.™ Plus a la carte prices start from Php 189.10 for the 6-inch, Php 390.40 for the footlong, Php 201.30 for the 10-inch wrap, and Php 317.20 for the salad. The regular meals with the 22oz drink and 2 cookies starts at Php 292.80 for the 6-inch sub, Php 494.10 for the footlong, Php 305 for the 10-inch wrap, and Php 420.90 for the salad.

Order now and enjoy everyone’s favorite with more cheesy and meaty Italian B.M.T.™ Plus! This is valid for dine-in and takeout transactions. Subway cares about your health and safety during this pandemic, this new item in the menu is available for delivery via Facebook Messenger BOTTY www.m.me/SubwayPhilippines or via GrabFood. You can also do takeout from any Subway branch near you.

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Gerry’s Grill Affourdables Set Meals

Christmas is fast approaching and whatever kind of gatherings that we will have for the occasion, Gerry’s Grill AFFOURDABLES  is definitely here to complete the celebration. Enjoy and savor the taste of their meals seasoned with love and freshly prepared from their kitchen.

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Have a hassle-free occasion this holiday season, plan ahead of time with Gerry’s Grill AFFOURdables — available in 3 great affordable set meals.

Visit or call your nearest Gerry’s Grill restaurant / For delivery, call them at 8332-1111 or order online via www.gerrysdelivery.com  Like them on Facebook and follow them on  Instagram.  For Gerry’s Grill franchising inquiries, please visit www.gerrysgrill.com

*Gerry’s Grill AFFOURDABLES is available for dine-in, pick-up & delivery (plus 5% service charge for dine-in) until December 31, 2021.

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From A-List Cooking to A-List Farming: Marvin Agustin Ventures into Adlai

Marvin Agustin is one of the biggest stars of the 90s. His love team with Jolina Magdangal captured the hearts of many Filipinos during this period, including their iconic tandem singing ‘Chuba chuchu.”

Since his instantaneous catapult in showbiz, Marvin shows he can also succeed in the food industry. A passionate food lover, and chef-entrepreneur, this drove him to mount esteemed brands like Sumosam, Wolfgang Steakhouse, and Cochi (cochinillo) under his name. His passion for food also drove him to discover beyond what is served, and to look into how these foods are sourced. This quest led him to discover Oh Crop! and the super grain Adlai.

Launched this January 2021, Oh Crop! has become the no.1 Adlai brand in e-commerce. Rated 5/5 stars, it is fast becoming many celebrities’ staple essential – and now we know why…… it’s sprinkled with the Cochi King’s magic.

Ang ganda ng vision ng Oh Crop! for the Philippine agri sector both for the farmers and for showcasing what the Philippines has to offer. They’re the only adlai brand I know na from seeds to planting, harvesting, all the way to milling, packing, marketing, and retail, sila talaga lahat,” Marvin shares.

“And with this kind of control, it is easier to maximize the supply chain and diversify into other sustainable products. And of course, ang sarap din talaga ka work-with ng mga partners ko – young, passionate, and very determined individuals,” he adds.

His partners, who are his childhood best friends turned business partners, are entrepreneurs Chari Trinidad-Mendoza and Rose Tolentino along with their CFO Magellan Fetalino. The Oh Crop! vision is simple, rooted in a desire to provide better income for Filipino farmers all over the country.

On average, a typical farmer earns Php15-17per kilogram from rice or corn crops relative to the season. The ‘Oh-Croppers’ (Oh Crop! farmers) earn significantly more than that.

It is not just their farmers who benefit from their Adlai, either; the consumers do, too. Considered a superfood and with COVID-19 hitting the globe, the importance of a robust immune system has never been more imminent. Sadly, eating white rice often has its downsides. According to studies, white rice has a high glucose index and glycemic load – two factors that are directly associated with type 2 diabetes and other health risks. Adlai, on the other hand, is 75% rich in protein and is an excellent source of dietary fibers and minerals that are helpful in controlling blood sugar levels, fighting cancer, and warding off inflammation.

While most of the country still prefers white rice, the increasing amount of Adlai lovers is quickly growing into a community that celebrates #MakingTheSwitch. From shared recipes of their fave Adlai sushi bakes to Filipino breakfast favorites adlai champurado and tapsilog, the growth of Adlai occupying a substantial market share in our country’s grocery shelves and house cookers is exponentially on the rise.

This is a vision Marvin perhaps may have felt and acted upon. “My long-term vision for the brand is to truly export. For Oh crop! to showcase what the rich Philippine soil has to offer. And how our country can produce true-world class products. With this kind of scope, we’ll be able to help uplift the lives of more Filipino farmers, too,” the actor shares with a smile.

In this season of merriment, let’s give ourselves and our loved ones the gift of good health. Coming soon to The Marketplace and Shopwise stores nationwide, you may also get yours online: Oh Crop!

Shopee: Oh Crop! Online Store

Lazada: ohcrop.ph

Order form: https://bit.ly/3kBlt10

Website: http://www.ohcropadlai.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OhCrop.PH

Instagram: @ohcrop.ph 

Featured photo: Oh Crop! Partners, from left: Rose Tolentino, Marvin Agustin, CFO Magellan Fetalino, and Chari Trinidad-Mendoza

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Celebrate golden wins at home

Every win in our life is a golden moment that deserves to be celebrated. Gold Series by Fuwa Fuwa is introducing the newest way to celebrate golden wins at home, be it big or small, it’s time to #BringHomeTheBacon with the Bacon & Mayo Mini Loaf!

This latest addition to the sought-after brand offers soft, delectable slices with premium texture and taste. The combination of savory bacon and the crowd-favorite Japanese mayonnaise makes it the perfect snack to indulge in after earning your much-deserved achievements. The Bacon & Mayo Mini Loaf offers six thick slices of goodness that will surely satisfy you while working at home, at the office, or anywhere your golden moment takes place. Enjoying this delicious loaf is worry-free as its packaging is heat-sealed to keep it fresh, clean, and safe to eat.

In the pursuit of golden wins, we also celebrate the people who inspire us during our own journeys. With its fluffy, savory goodness that satisfyingly fills us during snack times, the Bacon & Mayo Mini Loaf is the perfect thank you gift for our hardworking and determined family members, friends, and peers.

The newest mini loaf from the GOLD Series by Fuwa Fuwa is the go-to partner of your path: in pursuit of dreams, in celebration of achievements, and even the simple joys in life. Witnessing how far the people who inspire you have come, you, too, become motivated to #BringHomeTheBacon.

Savor this delectable new loaf when you stop by and purchase this newest mini loaf at S&R, Unimart (Greenhills & Capitol Commons), Makati Supermart, Cash & Carry, Landmark, Marketplace, Ever Commonwealth, Pioneer Centre, Metro Gaisano and selected Robinsons, Shopwise & Waltermart.

 Follow GOLD Series by Fuwa Fuwa’s Social Media Accounts:

 FB: www.facebook.com/FuwaFuwaGold

IG: @fuwafuwagold

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Spice up your relationships during the pandemic by enjoying a good meal together

Have you fallen out of love with your partner or special other during the pandemic? For couples, married or not, it is a fact that quarantine has greatly impacted our lives and relationships with the people around us.

And when everything gets too chaotic, the best thing to do is listen in and learn from each other’s experiences during COVID-19 and one place to do so is by tuning in to DJ Chacha and Sam YG’s podcast, “Lecheng Pag-Ibig ‘To!”

Sam YG or Samir Gogna, known professionally as Samir Young Guy. Is an Indian Filipino radio and television personality. He is one of the three Boys Night Out hosts on Magic 89.9 along with Tony Toni and Slick Rick. And he was also a co-host for Eat Bulaga!.

DJ Chacha or Czarina Marie “Chacha” Balba-Guevara, wife of Michael Guevara, is Filipina radio disc jockey, actress and broadcast journalist. On radio, she presents the news as a segment anchor for the segment, Showbiz Balita, on Radyo Patrol Balita Alas-Siyete and Gising Pilipinas, and co-anchors her radio programs, Radyo5 Network News and Ted Failon at DJ Chacha sa Radyo5.

Together, they host the podcast “Lecheng Pag-Ibig ‘To!” to bring you some up-to-date news on the COVID-19 situation in our community. In addition, they also provide suggestions on how to remedy lost love, repair broken relationships, and most importantly, how to get through a bad breakup and experiences by spicing things up!

Subway® chose DJ Chacha and DJ Sam YG because they can definitely connect with their audience to spice things up!. In their recent podcast episode, they talked about a letter sender confessing how she has fallen out of love with her husband when they are just two years into their marriage. There’s going to be a lot of interesting and useful advice for couples out there, married or not!

Don’t forget to tune in and subscribe to “Lecheng Pag-Ibig ‘To!” podcast on Spotify with DJ Chacha and Sam YG today!

Subway® NEW Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Problems may continue to rise during the pandemic but don’t forget to take a well-deserved break by enjoying a good meal from Subway! Continue moving forward in life and don’t stay in one situation for too long.

If you need something to spice up and invigorate your week especially when working at home. Have a taste of our NEW Spicy Buffalo Chicken!

The Subway® Spicy Buffalo Chicken a la carte prices start from Php 125 for 6-inch, Php 240 for a footlong bread, or choose to upgrade it to a 10-inch wrap for only Php 135. Sub lovers can also add Php 70 to make it a meal with a cookie and 16oz drink.

For delivery orders, the Spicy Buffalo Chicken ala carte prices start from Php 152.50 for the 6-inch, Php 292.80 for the footlong, and Php 164.70 for the 10-inch wrap. The regular meals with the 22oz drink and 2 cookies starts at Php 256.20 for the 6-inch sub, Php 396.50 for the footlong, and Php 268.40 for the 10-inch wrap.

Order now and enjoy our Spicy Buffalo Chicken sub! This is valid for dine-in and takeout transactions. Subway cares about your health and safety during this pandemic, this new item in the menu is available for delivery via Facebook Messenger BOTTY  www.m.me/SubwayPhilippines or via GrabFood. You can also do takeout from any Subway branch near you.

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First look on Peri-Peri’s 45th Store in MCU Caloocan

The home of the charcoal-grilled chicken, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken & Sauce Bar, stands its 45th mark at MCU Caloocan. Folks from Northern Manila can now begin a tasteful adventure with Peri-Peri’s famous charcoal-grilled chicken to match with its 8 delectable sauces and satisfying dishes.

The 183 sqm branch, which stands along EDSA near Manila Central University in Caloocan City, is seen with the distinct festive Peri-Peri theme inviting customers for a fun dining experience. The smiling Peri-Peri chicken mascot beckons everyone to take a bite of the best charcoal grilled recipe for all to taste.

The sauce bar area.

The interiors also provide a certain vibe that’s uniquely Peri-Peri– walls and interiors give the festive Portuguese ambiance with colorful designs and murals. To enhance the fiesta experience, eye-catching murals and graffiti are painted on the walls by partner local artists, which is Peri-Peri’s way of showcasing their exceptional skills and talents.

Peri-Peri MCU branch interiors.

The floors are also accentuated with colorful tiles of different patterns as an added touch. Lastly, tables and chairs are specially designed with a multi-colored Peri-Peri motif, all to create a memorable gathering for your family or friends. Don’t miss the bottles of Peri-Peri sauces to give your eyes something to play with and for your tastebuds to expect. Check them out while you wait for your freshly cooked Peri-Peri chicken feast.

As an added feature specifically for this branch, Peri-Peri offers a Park & Order spot where you can drop by to park, order, and wait for it in your parking space. This is a more convenient way to enjoy your meals in the comfort of your own car. An exclusive pick-up window is also set up for carry-out and delivery riders.

The Peri-Peri MCU Caloocan branch opens on September 8, 2021. As a special offer, the first 45 guests on September 8 will get FREE Whole Chicken for a minimum purchase of P500 and the same for the first 20 guests from September 9 up to the 12th.

Peri-Peri also delivers when you call 7374-7374 (PERI-PERI) within Metro Manila or 0917-7747374 for Provincial locations. Customers are also encouraged to order via Facebook messenger at m.me/pericharcoalchicken or through the website www.periperichicken.ph. For exclusive offers and promos, join the Viber community https://tinyurl.com/PeriPeriViberCommunity. #OnTimeOrOnUs

Check out their official accounts:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/peripericharcoalchicken

Instagram: https://instagram.com/pericharcoalchicken

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Hong Kong first handbrew tea bar Green Ginkgo Tea debuts third store in Pacific Place

Hong Kong’s first handbrew tea bar Green Ginkgo Tea (GGT) debuts its third store in Pacific Place this Summer. After its very first handbrew teabar opened in Tai Ping Shan Street Sheung Wan in 2017, the second store in the LOHAS in 2020, and the pop-up at Taikoo Place earlier this year, Green Ginkgo Tea is now officially launching at Pacific Place offering their signature unique handbrew tea drinks and tea products.

With the vision of “Make tea as accessible and modern as coffee culture worldwide,” the founder of GGT Shawn Mak particularly innovates fizzy craft tap tea exclusively only for Pacific Place, giving an artisanal experience in a cup.

Shop Outlook.

The new location is located on the ground floor near the high-traffic entrance of Pacific Place and its cinema. With its proximity to the many office buildings in Admiralty business district, customers can take a tea break from the hectic office work and enjoy a peaceful moment and some artisanal seasonal sweets in this new GGT tea oasis. Customers can also bring their favorite tea drinks and experience back to the office with the selected quality tea products from Japan, Taiwan, and China and enjoy corporate catering and gifting service at their own offices.

Making tea more accessible

Each tea is sourced with GGT company motto in mind “Bring you a cool moment”: offers customers a taste that they have not experienced before. To make tea more accessible, GGT brings to the menu bestselling items including handbrew reserve tea from Phoenix Oolong to Kyoto Uji Sencha, exclusive craft fizzy tap tea, cold brew tea, healthy Japan tea latte, and fruit tea, and customers can choose the drinks to be bottled for easier takeaway enjoyment.

Bottling Fizzy Tap Tea.

For tea beginners, the Craft Fizzy Tap Tea (HK$62)  is the very first tap tea in the market, a healthy alternative sugar-free fizzy drink, available in our all-time signature Phoenix Oolong (HK$68), sourced from the 1000m high altitude Mountain Phoenix. This oolong is said to have the most complex natural aromatic compounds among Chinese tea due to its hundred-year-old tea trees, unique soil terroir, and traditional fermentation processes, and is regarded as the “The Perfume of Tea”. The bubbles of the tap tea can further accentuate the iconic peachy and honey notes of this oolong with a hint of mountain meadow flowers. Having a sip of this tea can definitely beat the summer heat and bring a literally eye-opening sensory experience.

Those with a sweet tooth can go for another bestseller Japan Awarded Apple Juice White Peony Tea ($55): The natural sweetness of the apple juice complements perfectly with the apricot notes of the White Peony Tea, a premium white tea that has cooling and anti-inflammatory effects. Finished with the slight sourness from the apple taste, it is definitely the summer healthy drink to raise the appetite.

Iced Gyokuru.

Tea fans are also able to enjoy awarded and special varieties of tea in this new outlet. GGT sources directly from the single-origin Uji Kyoto tea farm awarded Japan National Matcha Championip using only traditional hand-picked single cultivar and harvested only once in early spring every year: the Light of Uji Matcha Ujihikari Polaris ($890), the symbolic, umami, and sweet matcha cultivar from the origin of matcha Uji of Kyoto. This matcha is classy and sweet with a creamy mouthfeel and fresh taste.

Those who prefer the traditional tastes can try the Alishan Roasted Iron Buddha ($288) which was grown at above 1200m in Mountain Alishan of Taiwan and was awarded the Superior Taste Award which was selected by chefs and sommeliers from different prestigious culinary associations. This exquisite tea is charcoal-roasted with longan timber for three days which gives the tea its symbolic sparkling amber color and a taste of longan, honey, and fully riped wild berries.

Health-conscious tea drinkers can try the unique cultivar Benefuki ($188) from Japan containing a special type of polyphenols that are said to help improve allergy and inflammation, in particular nasal allergies, and not to mention the abundant anti-oxidants that can bring anti-aging effects. This special benefuki green tea is served in powder sachet to be enjoyed at the office easily.

Echoing the ongoing quest from customers on the artisanal caneles (HK$38) made with French and Japanese ingredients, on top of the best selling houjicha flavour, GGT also brings a Pacific Place exclusive Divine Earl Grey and Iron Buddha Oolong flavours. The hot crispy crust of the caneles with the moist tea-flavored core is the perfect snack to go with the handbrew tea such as the house blend Divine Earl Grey (HK$188) using Taiwanese honey loose leaf black tea from Sun Moon Lake infused with the choice of bergamot and citrus fruit. It has a very mellow texture and delicate bergamot aroma that slowly releases and lingers on the palate.

Customers can take home their favorite tea experience including tea bags and loose leaf tea, premium tea set, and special edition tea and teawares. They may even pick their own handmade tea tin canister (HK$160), which is made in Japan by a century-old workshop specifically for GGT in its signature red and black.

As a homegrown brand, GGT also infuses local elements in which the centerpiece retail shelf is made in Hong Kong by local craftsmen using birchwood and dyed with layers of Japanese persimmon juice (kabisiku), a traditional Japanese method with a thousand years of history to protect the wood from bugs and weathering, and give it a glamouring reddish-amber color for the customer to enjoy their cool moments.

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Special treat for our everyday heroes

Every day can be a good day to celebrate small rewards. Holiday Inn and Suites Makati have created a special treat for our everyday heroes as we celebrate Heroes Day this weekend. Now is a good time to give the special person in your life a sweet treat that they deserve.

Let’s put a smile on your faces as we celebrate our Everyday Heroes with Holiday Inn and Suites Makati’s Heroes Treat” with our best-selling Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake made of delicately rich moist chocolate covered with chocolate ganache that is truly irresistible!

Plus get a loaf of the decadent Ube Tres Leches made of ube-flavored sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk, with a layer of ube halaya in the center and topped with ube cream, fresh strawberries, and mangoes for free. Avail of this special offer for only Php 1,500 nett from 27 to 31 August 2021. Orders may be redeemed until 15 September 2021. Use promo code “HEROESTREAT” to avail of this offer at our online store http://bit.ly/HISMOnlineStore.

For orders and inquiries, please call +63 2 75068132 or Viber +63 9175968897. To know more about the promos and offerings visit www.makati.holidayinn.com.

Please like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram at HolidayInnMakati. Not a member yet? Join the IHG Rewards Club to enjoy exclusive discounts and benefits and sign up at http://bit.ly/HISMIHGRCSignUp. Learn more at www.ihg.com/diningprivileges.

Featured photo: Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake & Ube Tres Leches

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Sentro Botanikos: An eco-haven to nourish your soul and appetite

A place where you can go to relax, recharge, and enjoy organic farm-made meals, and more.

Nourish your appetite with heart-warming, healthy food and your soul with the captivating environment — a sure way to get over the work-week stress.

The invigorating and lush surroundings of Sentro Botanikos.

It was one weekend when my family was introduced to this fledgling eco-farm and café in Alfonso, Cavite. It’s near to my in-law’s ArtFarm property also located in Alfonso.

The urged to eat good food for dinner had led us to Sentro Botanikos. It was getting dark and we didn’t find it right away the location. The signage was unnoticeable and we almost missed the gate leading to the homey restaurant. We even thought that the restaurant was closed. Just the same, we proceeded. As we alighted from the car, we were greeted with a tender breeze from the cold night air that filled the entire farm.

With my family and in-laws.

As my eyes wander, I found the facilities austere yet very relaxing, it makes you breathe with its wide-open spaces and surrounded by nature. The surprise is in the food they offer – only farm-based meals and farm-made products. Its principles are centered around community, sustainability, vegetarian and environmentally-friendly choices. They also started to produce farm-made food items for everyone to enjoy.

Appetizing Adobo ni Lola.
Delicious Palabok with seaweeds on top.

Our food choices for dinner included palabok, adobo ni lola, sisig, bulalo, and turon ala mode. All the dishes were delicious! But we were greatly surprised with bulalo, on how they made it so flavorful! Bulalo is normally made with beef shanks, and gives you a heavy feeling after a meal. I really did not know that a vegetarian bulalo can be so tasting and healthy! Most times, they said, they use a wheat/soy fillet as a replacement to “meat.”

And they also shared some farm-made products that make their dishes appetizing, like the vegan seasoning. I bought one bottle which will last for a month and plant-based M’chon sauce similar to an all-around sauce under the Solera Botanikos label.

Delectable Turon Ala Mode.

With its plant-based meals, Sentro Botanikos has been added to our list of go-to-restaurants when in Alfonso, Cavite. We are delighted to have discovered this new place, most especially beneficial to my hubby, who is a vegetarian for 10 years now. We are always on the lookout for similar establishments offering fresh, healthy, delicious, and vegan meals.

I am not a hardcore vegan, but because of my hubby’s influence, my daughter and I have learned to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle on a 50-50 ratio (meaning: we are semi-vegetarian and forgo pork, but still consuming chicken, beef, fish, and egg). When at home, we only cooked plant-based meals, and when we eat outside, that’s the only time that my daughter and I eat meat dishes.

It has been said that following a plant-based diet is healthy for our bodies and the environment. A vegan diet can be one of the healthiest ways to live. Plant-based diets should contain plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Because vegan diets often rely heavily on these healthy staples, they tend to be higher in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber. Healthy vegan diets are abundant with vitamins B1, C, and E, folic acid, magnesium, and iron while also being low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

Homey-feel inside the restaurant cafe.

No wonder, every year more and more people are making the decision to go vegan, and for good reason! A big lifestyle change is easier to sustain if you wholeheartedly believe in your decision.

Good thing, more and more vegan restaurants are opening and catering to the growing health-conscious Filipinos.

Sentro Botanikos is located at 217 Buck Estate Road, Brgy. Buck Estate Alfonso, Cavite 4123. It is open from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.

Featured photo: Flavorful Vegan Bulalo

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