Saturday, June 21, 2014

Johnny Rockets launches its Lobster Wagyu Burger

Last Friday, I was invited at Johnny Rockets to experience its latest addition to its Gourmet Burger Line. Lobster is the focal point of menu of Johnny Rockets’ Lobster Wagyu Burger.

If you love Wagyu beef and lobster, this combo is basically a match made in heaven. Its P 925.00 price tag is an absolute steal.


It uses prime Wagyu beef for its basic burger. Topped with lobster salad, the burger-and-bun format is unfussy. The gorgeous Wagyu meat was tender. The ingredients all play off each other perfectly! And it comes with a perfectly cooked, crispy potato fries which make for a simple yet delicious side plus half portion of the flavorful lobster grilled to perfection. The Lobster Wagyu Burger is anything but a burger. It was a great dining experience!

The Lobster Wagyu Burger is a thankful addition to the restaurant’s exquisite gourmet offerings that includes the Truffle Burger and "Surf and Turf". Enjoy a great drink list that includes a selection of creamy milkshakes and malts to wash it all down.
Wasabi Milkshake (P 295)



Physically, Johnny Rockets Eastwood is pretty nice. This phenomenal place takes good effort in making your dining experience  memorable by providing a casual retro ambience.
The talented bartenders and friendly servers strut their moves to entertain diners once the Jukebox rolls. The dance performances come in every 30 minutes. Johnny Rockets has been making its presence felt in the Philippine gourmet dining scenes since 2009 with its fun, dining atmosphere.

If you are out looking for a great meal , do visit Johnny Rockets . While the food prices are slightly high, I think it was totally worth it.

Next time you are at Eastwood and want more than a Burger, Lobster Wagyu Burger will not disappoint.

Johnny Rockets Eastwood Branch
Ground Floor, Eastwood Mall Veranda
Libis, Quezon City
Phone (02)470 2117
Open 24 Hours

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

PMAP holds National Wellness Day on June 20

A health promotion activity to foster healthy behavior while at work is being advocated by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP). There is a strong connection between wellness and productivity and so employers are encouraged to take interest in their employees' wellness and in the importance of physical activities at the workplace.

On Friday, People Management Association of the Philippines is leading the National Wellness Day event where a 7-Minute Wellness Moment, a quick wellness activity that involves stretching and meditation to be done simultaneously across the nation by employees at exactly 3:00 PM.
The said National Wellness Day is envisioned to be participated in by various companies in the country, both PMAP and non-PMAP members.



Through the years, the organization have organized employee activities like sports fests, family day events and the likes for its member companies. “This time, we want to come up with an activity that will help promote awareness among employers and employees about the importance of being physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy“, according to PMAP Trustee for Fellowship and Wellness Mitch G. Guce.

The wellness moment involves the following activities: (a) 2-minute stretching/ self-massage, (b) 2-minute of silence (to pray or meditate), (c) minute dance/ jog in place/ jump or hop and (d) 1-minute clapping/ laughing or handshakes with colleagues.

Orgnizations who will join in the National Wellness Day activity are encouraged to document their participation through videos and/ or photos and send a copy to the PMAP Secretariat to be included in the list of companies who will be recognized with a PMAP workplace wellness certificate later on.

“We encourage all our members to participate in this worthy activity likewise to discuss to your employees our advocacy on how to stay fit and become more productive members of our society,” Guce added.

In addition, PMAP is also organizing the National Wellness Summit happening at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on August 28, 2014 which will showcase the best corporate best practices on wellness in the workplace, health and fitness activities, company booths and other exciting surprises.

Interested parties may contact Ms. Agnes Junio of PMAP through at 726-1532 local 306 or email agnes.junio@pmap.org.ph for inquiries. Details are also posted on www.pmap.org.ph

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Take Advantage of "LINE Free Calls” promo


LINE gives its Philippine-based subscribers up to 30 minutes worth of FREE CALLS to any landline or mobile number in the world. Filipino users will instantly get LINE Premium Call Credits* (up to 300 credits in total), plus an exclusive LINE sticker set, by just sending LINE messages from June 17 until July 1, 2014. Upon sending one message within the promo period, 100 credits will be automatically added to the user’s account balance (for guide info: www.line.me/en/call).

This special “LINE Free Calls” promo provides each user with maximum number of 100 FREE call credits per day. Maximum number of FREE call credits a LINE user can receive during the duration of the promo is 300 call credits, equivalent to 30 minutes worth of calls worldwide. Credits will be valid for 30 days.

LINE Free Calls promo is open to all existing and new LINE users in the Philippines using Android (LINE version 4.1 and above) or iOS (LINE version 4.2 and above) using mobile phones only. Only those who registered their mobile numbers on LINE are eligible to avail of the promo.

In addition, LINE will raffle off premium items such as ten (10) LINE USBs and one (1) SAMSUNG Galaxy S5 per day from June 17 to July 1, 2014 only (for a total of 150 LINE USBs and 15 S5s). Qualified entries are your LINE messages sent during the day. Entries will be refreshed daily throughout the promo period. The more messages sent via LINE, the higher the chances of winning.

Randomly chosen via electronic raffle, winners will be announced via the LINE Philippines Official Account and the LINE Philippines official Facebook page www.facebook.com/Line.Philippines. Winners will also receive a private message for verification and prize redemption procedures.

To download LINE visit http://line.me/en/

Monday, June 16, 2014

Modern Spanish Cuisine at Las Flores

A lot of people crave for the delicious flavors of authentic Spanish Cuisine, and for a good reason! Spanish cuisine is taking the world by storm because of its vibrant, intense and fresh flavors. And Las Flores prides itself for using superior quality ingredients in its food offerings indicative of centuries-old recipes, tested techniques and methods.

Las Flores (The Flowers) opened in July 30, 2012. It offers new Spanish cuisines with Catalan-Mediterranean influence. The restaurant gives a homey feel with framed floral and herb illustrations, wooden table and chairs with mix-matched cushions.

And I was glad to be part of bloggers invited to sample Las Flores' modern culinary offerings.
Fresh, sliced bread served in a wooden basket
Tartar de Atun (P 395) - is Tuna tartar with pickles capers crispy onion, calamansi mayonnaise plus raw egg on top.
Salmon and Salmon (P 595) - is smoked salmon topped with salmon caviar.  It has ricotta cheese truffle, oil vinaigrette and served atop crispy bread pieces. The flavors blend well together, creating a notable gastronomic treat.
Manchego is a delicious Spanish hard cheese made of sheep's milk.  It was served with jam and crispy bread.
Chorizo Ibérico (P 315), a Spanish dry-cured sausage which originated from the Iberian Peninsula, is a popular Spanish gastronomic fare. It can be eaten cooked or sliced directly from a piece. I like its distinctive flavor. It was so tasty and so it isn't surprising to know that it was one of the first "tapas" offered in the early Spanish restaurants. It comes with two slices of Pan con Tomate (Crispy Bread with Sauteed Tomatoes).
Jamon Ibérico on the other hand, is a light tasting ham.  The perfectly-cured ham has a mellow flavor which makes it a good appetizer paired with crunchy bread.
Parillada de Verduras con Salsa Romesco (P 425) is a great way to enjoy the fresh produce. These Spanish grilled vegetable dish has green asparagus, eggplant, shitake mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, barb led potatoes, whole garlic and white onions. This healthy vegetable dish  is a good match on a tapas meal!
Croquetas de Chorizo (P 215) are deep-fried, golden brown croquettes. The mashed potatoes with filled with Spanish Chorizo and rolled in flour and breadcrumbs. A definite must-try!
Gambas al Ajillo (P 395) is Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp. This serving of light, fresh shrimps makes a good starter to stimulate your appetite. It is simply delicious!
Secreto Ibérico (P 995) - Stir-fried pork riblets served with humus, chickpeas sauce and basil extra virgin olive oil. The 'secreto' is a specific cut (pork equivalent of the skirt steak) of the acorn-fed Iberian pigs known for its lean meat. Pork meat comes lightly marbled with fat that results to a rich flavor when cooked.
Angus and Foie minis (P 825) - Delicious Australian beef tenderloin topped with foie. The duck liver further enhances the tender meat's flavors.


Estrellados with French Fries and Gambas (P395) - Spanish dish with  sunny side up eggs, potato wedges, diced chorizo and gambas which come up as an interesting combination that is suprisingly delectable.

Paella de Marisco #21 (P 545) - This is a seafood variant of Spain's most famous festive rice meal served right in its iconic pan.  It is a festive and colorful dish because each paella is a treated as work of art, not as a formula. Fresh prawns, clams, mussels and scallops are mixed with the al dente arborio rice. This immensely savory rice pot is something you shouldn't pass up on.
Chocolatisimo (P 195) - is a chocolate fondant with melted chocolate inside. It is served with ice cream.

Flan de Arandanos con Nata (P 275) - blackberries egg flan with cream


Pastel de manzana asada al horno (P 275) - is chewy apple cake with slices of baked apple.

Churros con chocolate (P 195) - Churros is delicious Spanish fritters served with warm chocolate and scoops of vanilla ice cream on the side. For me, it is the creamy chocolate dip that puts this sweet fried treats over the top!

The also have a wide array of smoothies, cocktails and coffee mixes to go with meals.
Las Flores
G/F One Mckinley Place, 25th Street
Bonifacio Global City
(02) 552-2815

Las Flores Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Join in Jeepney Tours, a Novelty Ride to Discovery

When in the Philippines, do try out the colorful jeeps to discover what Metro Manila has to offer.
Apart from the tricycle, the jeepney is a popular Pinoy way of going places. The JeepneyTours.com takes this novel Filipino form of transportation one notch higher to let you explore the city at your own pace. Guided tours to the old walled city of Manila (Intramuros), the historical Luneta Park, Fort Santiago and many more aboard an airconditioned jeepney is a better way to explore the rich and colorful heritage that the Philippines has. In this tropical country, an aircon jeep surely is a welcome respite from the heat.

According to Ms Clang Garcia, JeepneyTours Managing Director, the guided tours can be customized to cater to client's whims. Aside from the airconditioning, the jeepneys have been modified to provide more leg room to local and foreigners alike as they go through every nook and cranny of Manila. No more hunching over just to get in.




I was glad to join in a group of blogger last Friday. While enjoying the Manila spectacle onboard JeepneyTours, I dare say I enjoyed myself singing to its karaoke entertainment throughout the trip to and from Intramuros.

Though much of Intramuros' grand old buildings  were destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945, there are still remaining architectural treasures that depict the grandeur of Intramuros in its heyday.


As our jeep turned to stop along the historical General Luna street in Intramuros, where a cultural night treat at Barbara's Heritage Restaurant awaits us we chance upon one of Carlos Celdran’s famous tours.




I love the cultural performances at Barbara's Heritage Restaurant. It was like taking a trip back in time.


More of Barbara's Heritage Restaurant's performances depicting early Spanish culture heritage.

Barbara's Heritage Restaurant's cultural show ended with the Tinikling. Tinikling is well-known traditional Philippine dance that imitates the movement of a common rail bird called a Tikling.
Dancers imitate the Tikling bird's legendary grace and speed by running over grass stems, and skillfully maneuvering between large bamboo pole traps set by rice farmers.

Overall, the jeepney tour was fun! You got to try it for yourself soon!

Jeepney Tours
204 A. Antel Seaview Towers
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City

www.jeepneytours.com

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