Friday, June 15, 2018

Rediscover your Favorites at the revamped SM City North EDSA food court

Get ready to rediscover your favorites as the SM City North EDSA food court relaunches this June 15, 2018.

The newly-revamped food court will surely bring in more fun and excitement of with over 60 leading food concepts that guarantee a variety of flavors to suit discerning tastes.

Some of the crowd favorites since day one of the SM City North EDSA food court are food stalls of  Inihaw Express, Sizzling Plate, Kamay Kainan, Mr. Kimbob, Salo, Gracia's Lechon, Lydia's Lechon, Turk's and Sisig Hooray!

French fries is a happy meal which my child and I both share the love for since it  instantly makes any meal a statement!  These seasoned. fries so dang addictive that it is considered an old standby fare.

You need not travel far for the a taste of Batangas as Chef Ala Eh brings in a heavenly taste of Bulalo Espesyal and Sizzling Bulalo Steak.

Lydia's Lechon offers their best-tasting Special Lechon with herbs and spices that is best served with their signature lechon sauce.

As the rainy months step in, we often line our stomach with something hot. These bowls of steamy hotpots and soups from Panda Shabu-Shabu will surely warm anyone swept by the chilly winds and drizzles..

Opening soon is Hachiboru, a Japanese food concept that will surely leave a special place in the hearts of the mall-goers.

SM City North EDSA food court just got bigger to serve you better! Ir has 1,400 seats, making it a perfect place for you and your loved ones to celebrate any occasion.

Do follow @smfoodcourt on instagram for updates and promotions.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fun DAD-ventures this Father's Day await at the SM Supermalls

The month of June is filled with fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide as it honors the man of the house. Father's Day is exciting season as SM Supermalls invites everyone to have fun DAD-ventures on Dad’s Day with a host of awesome and fun-filled activities, deals and treats in 70 SM malls nationwide .

While parenting is central to a father's identity, Fathers deem it important to provide income for his children to live comfortably. Most dads often find it challenging to strike a balance between earning a decent living while spending time to keep the family together.

As June 17 draws closer, SM pulled up a plethora of exciting deals and promotions to help you finalize your plans now. SM Supermalls has countless way for you to express gratitude to your father for the things he does and the endless sacrfice he makes. And SM released its heart-warming video "Kahit Ano" just in time for #DadsDayAtSM2018.

This time of the year is the right time to do #KahitAnoForDad. Your Dad will never tell you this, but what he really wants for Dad's Day is simpler than you think----spending time with his family!

Over the years, SM Supermalls provides a second home for families, especially for celebrating important occasions such as Father’s Day. The malls serve as a venue to share family-first moments and to thank dad for all the things he does for his family,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for Marketing.

Kids and moms can give  #AweSM dining deals and promos at SM  to delight all foodie daddies! Spending Dad’s Day at SM. Adventures include Dad-licious Dining deals, such as upsized meals, dining promos, and meal combos on June 13 to 24 at participating restaurants!

Tech for Dads teaches interested fathers how to pilot a drone or remote-controlled gadgets at the drone demo or RC exhibition on June 15 to 17 or June 22 to 24 in select SM malls.

Dad’s passion for speed and motorbikes is indulged at Extreme Wheels, an exhibit of pimped-up cars and bikes on June 13 to 18 or June 19 to 24.

Let us treat Fathers to the most unforgettable #DadsDayAtSM2018 by making them feel how much we appreciate their love and sacrifices for us! Dads and their families can get up to 50% discount at SM’s weekend of fun deals and discounts from June 22 to 24 for the #AweSM men’s fashion finds. #DadsDayAtSM2018 is the special time to treat all the hardworking Dad, Papa, Ama, Tatay and Daddy to give them presents they truly deserve!

Meanwhile, digital fans of SM can get a chance to win DADmazing prizes by simply joining the #IdolDADS Photo App promo via

Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your fun Dad-ventures at SM, then use the season’s official hashtag #DadsDayAtSM2018. To know more , visit For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, Visit to get updates on #DadsDayAtSM2018 and SM’s #AweSM 60 years celebration.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Islas Pinas opens at the Double Dragon Meridian Park

A casual dining with best Filipino food can be had almost everywhere in Metro Manila, but  Islas Pinas takes Filipino food several notches higher!  Islas Pinas, Double Dragon Properties Corporation's collaboration with celebrity chef Margarita Fores, opened last June 7, 2018 at the Double Dragon Meridian Plaza.

This indoor Filipino Food and Heritage Village is the perfect place for guests to have a taste of what Philippines has to offer. It has a seating capacity of 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 sqm area that has a picturesque interior design that is instagram-worthy.

Designed by Filipino architect Lara Fernandez-Barrios, Islas Pinas showcases the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture. Islas Pinas features the authentic Sarao jeepney, the Calle Crisologo in the northern heritage city of Vigan, a street food strip and many more. Guests discover, explore and experience the Philippine heritage sites, natural resources, and hospitality as well.

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés. She entered into this partnership as part of her advocacy to bring Filipino cuisine to the global forefront.

“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”

The heritage village features seven food segments. These are:

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favorites like our TAPSILOG (TAPa – salted beef, SInangag – fried rice and ItLOG – fried egg).  I love the sweet version of tapa with its  good blend of sweet, savory and succulence. I also tried the danggit and Vigan lomggamisa.

ALAMAT or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes. Here, one gets to try unmistakably Filipino regional food in terms of flavor that balances, sweet, salty, and tart.

I had a Bulalo serving.  It had a  good amount of  rich, buttery and fatty piece of bone marrow that I gladly took care of plus meat and vegetable fillings too. Some viands appeal to more sophisticated palates that like of the  Kansi (Ilonggo Bulalo), which is prepared the traditional way.

They also serve Batchoy, an Ilonggo noodle soup with pork offal, crushed pork cracklings and beef loin.

Different textures and surprising combinations of food elements also finds its way to your palate. I love Sinuglaw, a dish made of grilled Pork pieces, fresh Tuna, herbs and spices. It was a good way to enjoy grilled pork and pickled tuna.

And of course, they have Lechon!  It has always been part of Philippine grand feasts. The presence of roasted pig at any Filipino gathering  grew out of the country’s Spanish influences and undeniably, it turns an ordinary gatherings to a grand fiesta. A Lechon completes a get-together..

PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (coolers with different flavors) and beverages ranging from fresh buko, sago't gulaman, fruit juices, halo-halo, ice tea etc. are available.

TUSOK-TUSOK , on the other hand, offers urban street food finds on skewers like pork/chicken barbecue on stick, isaw (grilled chicken intestine) fish balls and kwek-kwek (fried quail eggs). Though simple and straightforward, everything was flavorful and satisfying.

BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks like noodles, kakanin and puto (rice cakes) are usually served. It is the food section to go to for Filipino homegrown food like Pancit Palabok (a comforting noodle classic with thick shrimp-flavored sauce) comes with a luscious shrimp sauce and modest toppings of egg slices, prawns, and crunchy fried tokwa (bean curd).

Puto and kakanin are usually made of rice flour, glutinous rice, kamoteng kahoy (cassava) coconut milk, sugar, water, and served as dessert in Filipino cuisine.

PANADERIA offers neighborhood bakery favorites such as pan de sal and kalihim.

Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to one's preference.

Islas Pinas grand launch was hosted by Ms Issa Litton.

Your family will marvel at how pleasing Islas Pinas is!  Chef Margarita Fores'  Filipino cuisine innovations in are really worth praises.

Islas Pinas
Double Dragon Meridian ParkDouble Dragon Meridian Park EDSA Extension corner Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City
Double Dragon Meridian Park

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