Saturday, May 2, 2015

Don Andres - A Peruvian Kitchen

Peruvian cuisine is known worldwide as one of the best in South America. I had a chance to try this unique cuisine and see what everyone is raving about at Don Andres - A Peruvian Kitchen.

Aside from Peru's abundant seafood from the coast and a bounty of tropical fruits from the jungle, corn, potatoes from the Andes and chillies have comprised the indigenous Peruvian cuisine. I found Don Andres dish offerings to be carbohydrate-rich.
Saguchon De Chicharon (P 225) is Barra with mayo topped with sliced ham, sweet potatoes, Peruvian onion salsa and batata chips. This sandwich combo makes a good appetizer and can be shared by 2 to 3 persons.
Pulpo Al Olivo is an ideal appetizer made from sliced octopus coked in citrus juice, saltine crackers with Botija olive sauce (P 290).

Chorizo Al Plato is another appetizer of grilled chorizo with garlic served with a salad side dish (P 260).

Ceviche de Pescado is marinated Mahi-mahi, a Hawaiian fish or Dolphin fish cured in citrus juice with yellow chili sauce (P 280). The Peruvian ceviche features raw fish that is citrus-cooked by marinating it in Peruvian lime juice, raw onions, and chili.

This dish comes with corn, toasted corn kernels and a slice of sweet potato which balances the acidity of the ceviche marinade.

Pollo Entero (P 650 served with side dishes; P 590 without side dish) is a tasty whole Peruvian Chicken. It is marinated with enough flavor to satisfy anyone, but mild enough for all to indulge in. The slow-cooked rotisserie style chicken is served with fresh green salad, rice or mashed potatoes as an option.

This is the best rotisserie chicken I've ever tasted!

Brochetas De Lomo (P 420) are tender Beef Tenderloin Skewers with bell pepper and onions. It comes with a serving of French fries and dip.

Lomo Saltado (P 420) is stir-fried beef tenderlion strips, a popular fusion dish that mixes the Chinese stir-fry tradition with chopped parsley leaves, parsley, onions tomatoes, french fries.

Lengua Guisada (P 420) is Ox Tongue marinated and cooked in Peruvian style served with mashed potatoes. The beef tongue slices were outrageously good! It has that melt-in-your-mouth tender meat that was really flavorful.
Arroz con Mariscos (P 380) is one of my favorites. The mixed rice represents bountiful Peruvian harvest of the sea. This house specialty combines rice with tiger prawns, Peruvian mussels, coriander leaves in wine sauce topped with bell pepper and celery.
Arroz con Mejillones is Mixed Rice with Peruvian Mussels simmered in white wine (P 380).

European, African and Asian influences were evident in their Peruvian cuisine. Overall, my food experience was delightful. I recommend that you visit them soon.

Don Andres - A Peruvian Kitchen
26 Courtyard Building , Sgt. Esguerra Street
Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
Open Daily from 11AM to 3PM and 6PM to 11PM
Get updates by following their Facebook Page
Don Andres Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, May 1, 2015

Nuvali Night Sky Cinema viewing this Labor Day

After a successful launch in 2013, Nuvali Night Sky Cinema brings people together once more this Labor Day under the open sky for fun activities!
This entertaining outdoor film-viewing event made Labor day celebrations extra special with fun activities and music filling the air by day plus festive movie screenings featuring Cinema One Originals “That Thing Called Tadhana,” “Shift,” and John Carney’s “Begin Again” that lasted all night long.

Music fans rejoiced as The Fields, Nuvali was converted into a music haven as Up Dharma Down, Moonstar88, Ransom Collective, Jason Dy, and Kai Honassan performed their best hits.

Hosted by John Lapus and Katkat, Summer vibes are all around the Nuvali picnics grounds as games and prizes completed the Labor day family getaway. Kids had a grand time playing at the inflatable slide, trampolines, inflatables, and testing out the kite flying activity.

The Nuvali Night Sky Cinema was designed to give visitors unique activities to enjoy outdoors and a peaceful break from the stresses of work in the big city.

Visit the NUVALI official website ( and pages on Facebook, Twitter (@NUVALIOfficial), and Instagram (@nuvaliph) to get updates.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

See History in Art at the Sining Saysay Exhibit

I was surprised to find out that there is an art gallery at the 5/F Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City. The exhibit combines Philippine history with visual arts on 6 feet by 12 feet canvasses.
The Sining Saysay: Philippine History in Art exhibit is a joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the Araneta Center.

Twenty-eight (28) UP alumni artists were invited to chronicle the Philippines history in 30 large-scale paintings. The participating artists who depicted the different eras of our local history were Adonai Artificio, Armand Bacaltos, Adi Baen-Santos, Grandier Bella, Benjie Cabangis, Ben Cabrera, Angel Cacnio, Romeo Carlos, Cris Cruz, Denes Dasco, Gig De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Vincent De Pio, Neil Doloricon, Norman Dreo, Amado Hidalgo, Abdul Asia Mari Imao, Ben Infante, Gigi Javier-Alfonso, Aileen Lanuza, Romeo Mananquil, Norlie Meimban, Julius Samson, Jonahmar Salvosa, Randy Solon, Michael Velasco, Jun Yee, and Janice Young.

UP Artists had consulted historians Dr. Serafin Quiazon and Prof. Ma. Luisa Camagay to help recreate the details that shaped the events in our local history.

Martial Law in the Philippines by Adi Baen-Santos

Filipinos Unite to End Martial Law by Angel Cacnio

Ramos - Estrada Administration by Michael Velasco

Restoration of Democracy Continues by Grandier Bella

The 30-piece collection is a brilliant way for students to learn the history of the Philippines by going over these artworks. Sining Saysay tells about our country's independence and political maturity. The Chinese, Spanish and American influences and its role in Philippine history were well-researched and accurately illustrated. This art exhibit represents a continuous, history source that spans across different periods.

The Sining Saysay exhibit at the Gateway Gallery is open to the public. These canvasses will eventually be transferred to its permanent home in the UP Diliman campus.

Sining Saysay is a great way to engage kids and/or students in a fun learning activity. Don't miss out on this pleasurable walk back in time.

Monday, April 27, 2015

World Health Organization calls for Healthy and Resilient Cities

As the urban sprawl of rapid urbanization expands, it leads to the creation of several problems. Half the world's population now lives in urban areas, and this figure is expected to accelerate. With unplanned urbanization, that is a lot of vulnerable people exposed to disturbing levels of pollution, plus hazards such as floods, storms and earthquakes.

At the rate urbanization increases, it becomes necessary that this is strictly governed and conducted in an organized manner so as to prevent this growth from spiraling out of control and create further problems.

The World Health Organization recognizes the role that the city mayors play in addressing the sensitive problem of unplanned urbanization. In a presscon held at Manila Diamond Hotel last April 27, 2015, WHO invited Professor Sandro Galea (Dean, School of Public Health in Boston University), Honourable Hae-Sik Lee (Mayor of Gangdong-gu, Seoul Republic of Korea), Honourable Jose Enrique S. Garcia (Mayor of Balanga City, Bataan, Philippines), and Dr Susan P. Mercado (Director, Division of Noncommunicable Disease and Health through the Life-Course, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific) to raise awareness and share opportunities in addressing the issues on energy, pollution, sustainability, safety, Public Health and other challenges of the urban age.

 Healthy Cities rises to these Challenges

To make cities healthy and resilient, national and local government must invest in building up a city's resources and capacity. This involves working closely with other sectors such as housing, transportation, energy, and education, to integrate health in the design of urban environment.

The World Health Organization has been working with cities across the region to recognize and promote best practices, facilitate city-to-city learning and advocate for health at the center of urban planning and development. The Alliance for Healthy Cities was established by the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific. This international network protects and enhances the health of city dwellers. The alliance meets regularly to share knowledge and information while promoting the Healthy Cities approach to members and the public.

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