Friday, February 6, 2015

Café Mediterranean

Tucked away at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall is a foodie spot that combines seafood, gourmet meats, whole grains, fresh vegetables and pita with the distinctive flavors of the Mediterranean region.

While Café Mediterranean dishes are priced higher than its competitor, it is still at the affordable end of the spectrum. I find their food as "heavenly". I loved the flavors as it playfully danced inside my mouth.

Sampler Platter lets you taste Moutabal (spicy Lebanese dip made from eggplant), Hummus (chickpea-dip), Tzatziki and other nice condiments for gyros or kebabs. It goes very well with pork or lamb and makes a good appetizer.

To me, Panini (grilled sandwiches) are the end-all, be-all of sandwiches. Its crunchy bread, eggplant and melted cheese dripping down the edges gives an amount of immense enjoyment. Though I have a preference for meat dishes, I find these tangy Mediterranean vegetable panini surprisingly delicious. Using garlic sauce and a bit of their chilli sauce makes it more appetizing.
Pizza Mediterrenea (P 365) is a vegan pizza sprinkled with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled eggplant, zuchinni slices and black olives.  You may opt to add anchovies (P 385).

Moussaka's texture and taste was very unique. I brings back memories of my childhood spent in the Middle East. This Greek dish of layered eggplant ground beef really something special.

Café Mediterranean offers a large menu of traditional Turkish dishes and it is particularly strong on kebabs.

Shish Taouk are Lebanese Chicken Skewers. These tender chunks of char-grilled chicken meat are love! While most shish taouk are served with a pita on the side, you may choose to go for gyro plates which gives you the option to add buttered rice, Moroccan pilaf (rice is cooked in a seasoned broth), Biryani or Couscous.

Each gyro plate is served with Moutabal, Tzatziki and Pickled Chillies that adds creamy, tangy richness to every bite.

Beef Kebab with Buttered Rice (P 270) is my other favorite. The meat is fresh and the food is lovingly homemade. You'll know it when you eat it.
Tartufo Al Cioccolato and Panna Cotta for dessert

Café Mediterranean is a place I would recommend to get a nice dinner kebab. While a bit pricey, it offers a slew of healthy dishes incredibly well and very tasty indeed! You will feel at home in this Mediterranean gem.

Café Mediterranean
Concourse Level, Power Plant Mall
Rockwell Business Center, Lopez Drive
Makati City
(02) 238.0517

Baby Bath time is #SoMuchMore than what it appears to be according to Johnson & Johnson’s®

The latest campaign from Johnson & Johnson’s baby products line, aims to show that a bath time is “so much more”. The bathing ritual is more than just about cleaning a baby as it can help stimulate a baby’s senses.

First-time parent, Rica Parelejo-Bonifacio, shared her bath time moments at the #SoMuchMore event.

Johnson & Johnson’s® Global Baby Bath Report reveals that baby bath time is #SoMuchMore than what it appears to be. Their research on baths and multi-sensory experiences impact on the babies' developing brains reveals that bath time gives parents an opportunity to stimulate their kids' senses.

With opportunities for touch, sight, smell and sound, all parents can take advantage of bath time to nurture their kids. Dr. Didoy Castaneda of Asia Pacific Medical and Clinical Affairs said, "Bath time can be so much more than getting clean. Multisensory stimulation rituals can aid in promoting happy and healthy baby development leading to specific benefits such as increased weight gain and bone mass, reduced stressed and better sleep quality".

The informative guest doctors at the Johnson’s® Baby global launch of #SoMuchMore gave in-depth discussions on the impact of parents’ daily bath and bedtime rituals with their newborns on early child development. By enhancing baby's bath time experience, moms and dads can unlock the full power of the babies' senses and help develop healthy and happy kids.

Johnson’s® Complete Baby Care products can help set the mood for a playful bath of textures, sights and scents plus a calming bedtime routine for better sleep.

Visit to know more

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Oriental Palace sets the standards for Upscale, Fine Dining Restaurants

As a child, our family would dine in Chinese restaurant on family gatherings, special occasions and holidays. Amazing Chinese fares have been served in the majority of wedding banquets I have participated in. I often wondered why Chinese food is so popular on both sides of the family and now I know better.

Most Filipinos have developed a fondness for Chinese cuisine since most Chinese Restaurants make it a point to serve the best dishes with a festive mood. Chinese restaurants offer a wide variety of tasty, filling flavors and textures from vegetables to all kinds of meats. There is always something for everyone in the family to indulge in.

It's been a while since I had my fill of fancy Chinese fare. And if you are craving for sumptuous Chinese food preparations like I do, you'll be happy to know that Oriental Palace is now open to serve you.
The restaurant is huge with a total dining area of 1,200 sqm and a seating capacity of 800 persons.

According to the General Manager of Oriental Palace, Chris Chester Chua, Oriental Palace traces its roots to Wah Yuen (Chinese Garden), a small noodle and dimsum shop across the Love Bus station in Escolta put up by his father (then a young cook from HongKong) in 1978. It quickly became a byword among the local Chinese community and Filipino families because of its traditionally-prepared Peking duck, home-made noodles and flavorful dimsum options.

Oriental Palace offers fresh and delicious Chinese food based on their perfect understanding of balance through the years of their expertise. Oriental Palace takes great care in serving well-balanced flavors and textures for discerning tastes of their customers.

The family patriarch, Chua Kun (Henry Chua), handpicks the freshest catch of the day at the market and oversees its preparation in the kitchen as head chef. A HongKong chef himself, he guides the other two HongKong chefs in the preparation of the dishes to ensure its authentic taste and quality of food being served.

Assorted Vegetable Dumpling
Shrimp Dumplings
Peking Duck with Jellyfish

Oysters in XO Sauce

Shrimp Tempura

Steamed Lapu Lapu with Thai Sauce
Swahe Fried Rice

If you're looking for an amazing atmosphere and superb fine dining experience, Oriental Palace is your place. You will enjoy its fantastic flavors like I did.

Oriental Palace
148 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Gandia Street
Quezon City
Operating Hours: 11AM to 11PM
Phone (02)3740693
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