Friday, July 24, 2015

35 Restaurants participate in the first Australian Grassfed Beef Promotion

Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), Victoria Government, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), and Qantas Airways has collaborated with top Manila restaurants with a special dining promotion that showcases Australian grass-fed beef.

"The promotion reinforces Australia's position as the best place to raise beef cattle as its climate and environment provides the perfect growing conditions to raise premium beef", according to Mr. Paul Perez, MLA Country Manager.

Score a Healthier You with Grass-Fed Beef

Pastured beef meat from cows that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lives is rated superior over those finished on a concentrated diet mix of corn, soy, grains, antibiotics and supplements for rapid weight gain. Grass-fed beef is naturally leaner than grain-fed beef. It is more nutrient dense and has heart-health benefits that other types of beef don't have.

Grass-fed Beef is a healthy source of many nutrients. Letting cows roam the fields to graze at will makes their meat healthier. Hence, the meat from the pastured cattle is higher in omega-3s, beta-carotene, plus conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and other healthy fats. It is four times higher in vitamin E than the meat from the feedlot cattle. The high vitamin E content in fresh grass accounts for the equally high vitamin E content in the meat of grass-fed cattle.

Furthermore, the reasons to switch go beyond nutrition. By switching to Australian Grassfed Beef, you make a difference in the health and lives of other people, you help sustain the ecosystem and help improve the cattle herds' quality of life.

Australian Grass-fed Beef is a healthy food of the highest order

In Australia, grass-fed beef tends to be the rule rather than the exception. This makes Australian Grass-fed Beef nutritionally superior to feedlot meats. The numerous health benefits it provides makes Australian Grass-fed Beef an important part of a healthy balanced diet.

Grass fat beef is best when the cattle have been on fresh grass rather than hay. There's grass year-round in Australia, making the grasslands plentiful, inexpensive and less costly to the planet. With lots of it for grazing animals, it can certainly make a bunch of cows happy. And what makes herds happy also makes their meat healthier.

Australian Grass-fed Beef Culinary Trail

I was invited to join in the Australian Grass-fed Beef Culinary Trail along with media friends and I was surprised at how fulfilling and far reaching the Australian Grass-fed Beef can go in satisfying one’s nutritional needs and palette.

I find that Australian Grassfed Beef tasted better. Here are some of the fares served to us using Australian Grass-fed Beef---

The Wholesome Table

Meat Balls / Beef Tenderloin Fillet with a Light Demi Glaze Sauce and served with Roasted Potatoes
Australian Beef Sliders 


Seared Carpaccio of Australian Grass-fed Mulwarra Beef Tenderloin rocket, Radish and Truffled Pecorino Salad
Tortelletti of Australian Grass-fed Mulwarra Beef Short Rib Ragout Sweet Onion and Sage Soubise


Steak and Egg Salad
Steak Gyro - Australian Angus Onglet

Carpaccio Ristorante Italliano


Grilled Tenderlion with Garlic herb butter, red wine glace, green asparagus,
Tomato and Fontina mash

Prime 101

Braised Grassfed Sirloin in Iberico Chorizo and Saffron
Grassfed Beef Tartar 101

Pinnacle Grassfed Ribeye cooked in #Prime101 Signature Way

Top of the Citi

Australian Grassfed Top Blade Salpicao
Australian Grassfed Top Blade  Slider

Roast Australian Grassfed Beef Sandwich with Homemade Country Fries

A Steakhouse at Acacia Hotel

 Australian Grass-fed Tenderloin 150g served with Honey Marjoram Roasted Pumpkin, Sauteed Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Fig-Dolcetto with Sherry Vinegar Steak Sauce
Australian Grass-fed Rib-Eye 160g with Grilled Asparagus, Roasted Potatoes and Chianti Sauce

Win roundtrip tickets for 2 Australia or P 5000 Dining Privileges

Guests availing any of the featured Australian Grass-fed Beef Dish from partner restaurants during the promotion will be entitled to one Promo Code coupon. A total of 40 Dining Privileges (5 weekly winners per cut off) in participating restaurants will be raffled off. Promotion runs from June 23 to August 23, 2015.

All non-winning weekly entries qualify for the August 25, 2015 Grand Draw where one (1) winner of two (2) roundtrip tickets to Australia via Qantas Airways will be drawn.

Make the switch from grain-fed to Australian Grass-fed Beef now!

The other participating restaurants include: 100, Arya, Blackbird, Casa Roces, Chef Jessie Rockwell Club, Chef Jessie, Chesa Bianca, Cravings, Epicurious, Ilustrado, Kitchen 1B, Lucia Ristorante, One Way, People’s Palace, Sala Bistro, The Blackboard, The Breakfast Table, The True Grill, and The Urban Farm

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Discover Restaurante Pia y Damaso's "Subversive Pinoy Cuisine"

Restaurante Pia y Damaso had quickly captured the people’s food interest since it opened in 2007. The restaurant bears the name of two Noli me Tangere characters--the infamous friar, Father Damaso, and Donya Pia (wife of Kapitan Tiyago), whom he violated and sired a child (Maria Clara).

According to its owner, Chef Bambi Sy Gobio, Damaso was a personal choice by her brother. Damaso signifies all the Spanish influence to our local cuisine, which to her mind is represented by Pia. Restaurante Pia y Damaso is a modern Filipino restaurant that serves subversive Filipino cuisine representing contemporary twists in traditional home-cooked mix of Spanish, Filipino and Chinese food that we have come to love.

Now, on to the feast--


Almond Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon is a fun appetizer that gives the palette a play of sweet and salty treat. I love the taste of rich and decadent dates with a rich almond center.

Filo Tart with Pork Asado and Apple Relish (P 220) refers to thin bread dough stuffed with salty sweet pork. These flaky filo cakes are then are pan-fried and served with caramelized apple and vinegar.

Spanish-Style Sardines with Toasted Pandesal (P 220) is homemade sardines prepared without any preservatives. I love how it tasted. The fish meat and its bone were tender and flavorful.

Sisig ni Kabesang Tales (P 300) is the classic Filipino sisig made more exciting with a mix of diced pork belly, cheeks, nape and ears. Pork sisig is usually the show stopper in any celebration because of its crunchy and chewy texture. And this fare is one of my favorites!


Filipinos have been chewing betel quid or "nganga" for centuries and Nga Nga Beef Salad is the restaurant's modern take on this Betel Chewing concoction. Nga Nga Beef Salad is a DIY roll-up salad made of salty sweet chewy beef flakes, green mango pickle, red onions, haw flakes, cilantro, arugula and lettuce.

Crisp Soft Shell Crab Salad with Mango Pepper and Cilantro Relish was delicious. The soft-shell crabs were made crisped with flour crust and served over greens. I have never had anything that tastes as perfectly fresh as this!

Restaurante Pia y Damaso satisfies your exotic cravings with Elias (P 450). Elias is a refreshing Crocodile Salad that brings out an extravagant taste. The seared, marinated Crocodile (farm-bred from Davao) slices atop the mixed greens, tomato, caramelized pineapple, crisp shallots mix well with its mango cilantro vinaigrette.

Restaurante Pia y Damaso also creates invigorating meals from rare game but flavorful ingredients, such as deer (tapang Usa), wild boar (tapang Baboy Ramo) and ostrich.

Main Dishes

Ostrich Beef Steak (P 600) is a must try! It is a Filipino version of the Beef steak made even more exciting with thinly-sliced ostrich meat cooked in soy sauce and native lemon juice. The lean ostrich meat is red like beef. I swear I couldn't tell the difference!

Ode to Heidelberg (P 1,500) is a slow-cooked German platter of brined pork leg, slab bacon, plus four different sausages---wienerli, kielbasa, frankfurter, and cervelat.

Pork Belly with Chorizo and Chickpeas (P 600) reminded me of Christmas dinners spent at my grandparents' house. This festive Spanish stew comes in great flavor. I love the casserole's soft texture made from slow-cooked pork belly, garbansos and chorizo de bilbao.

Kare-Kare is a traditional Filipino stew complimented with a thick savory peanut sauce. Another favorite viand of mine. Now, Kapitan Tiago’s Kare Kare is made fresh by Restaurante Pia y Damaso from scratch we were told. The tender oxtail and tripe comes in a native stew made of freshly-grounded and roasted rice, garlic and peanuts. They serve it with their own bagoong shrimp paste.

Smoked Tapang Usa (P 450) is salted deer meat sourced from Nueva Ecija according to Chef Bambi. It is served with green mango pickles, roasted pepper omelette on garlic rice.

Roast Chicken with Sherry and Pimiento (P 375) is roasted chicken quarter with garlic, sherry, spanish paprika, green olives, extra virgin oil, herbs and roasted peppers. This is something people fond with herbs and spices would love. I love its aroma!


Sisa's Dementia (P 175 per slice) is a superb cake made of creamy white chocolate almond pastille, dark chocolate mousse, and ganache.

De Espadana Quezo De Bola is cheesecake with a twist. While it looks like the usual blueberry cheesecake, this one uses santol, prune and fig compote instead.

More Desserts

Brazo ni Dona Vicki (P 100 per slice) is a chewy meringue roulade filled with a thick and gooey pure butter curd.

Toasted Yema Parfait (P 125) is a yummy cold dessert made of vanilla creme topped with toasted Yema (custard candy using milk and egg yolks).

I had so much fun with my culinary adventure at Restaurante Pia Y Damaso. I pretty much enjoyed the food especially the exotic fares. Thanks to Chef Bambi Sy Gobio for inviting us.

Restaurante Pia y Damaso
2/F Greenbelt 5
Makati City
Phone (02) 502-0106

A Refreshing Vibe at Serin East Tagaytay

Press Release

Tagaytay City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is well-known for its majestic view of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake plus its relaxing mountain breeze. Though the city has evolved over the years, it retains a charming and relaxing vibe that has captured the hearts of both its dwellers and vacationers.

People often find comfort in Tagaytay’s tight-knit culture, evident in the overall warmth of the communities. Guests and residents alike revel in cozy dining options offered in family houses that have been converted to private restaurants.

Being part of this inviting community is possible in Serin East Tagaytay, Avida Land’s latest residential development amidst the beautiful Tagaytay City. The development stands on a quiet location that gives its residents the privilege to enjoy a new side of Tagaytay as a contemporary haven with a laidback feel.

Serin East Tagaytay stands out as the ideal vacation home as it reflects the timeless allure of the city while blending the comforts of modern lifestyle. This countryside haven will rise along the diversion road connecting Aguinaldo Highway and the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. It is strategically located within close proximity to the city, and actually serves as a gateway to other travel destinations such as Batangas, Cavite and Laguna.

People were given a taste of the delightful living experience that Serin East Tagaytay offers during its launch held at the Avida Showroom in Glorietta, Makati City. Avida partnered with tastemakers of bespoke furnishings - Joel Salazar and Paul Baez of Lucina Home, and Kristine Neri-Magturo and Mike Magturo of Urban Abode for the launch, to exude the Tagaytay lifestyle offered in Serin East Tagaytay.

In order to help its future residents make the most of Tagaytay living, Avida Land also came out with the second issue of Stay Tagaytay magazine in partnership with Good Housekeeping on discovering the dream life at Serin East Tagaytay.

“The dream life usually happens after retirement…but Avida is making this attainable even for younger families through affordable home options in picturesque locations such as Tagaytay. You may just find that your favorite weekend getaway can turn into a permanent address,” said Good Housekeeping Editor-in-Chief Tisha Alvarez-Angluben.

Bursting with abundant greenery, wide open spaces and modern features, Serin East is a refreshing getaway to come home to for those who need a relaxing living experience. Its clubhouse is surrounded by manicured lawns and pocket gardens inspire both fitness and reflection. Idle days can also be spent lounging by Serin East’s resort-type dipping pool.

Know more about Serin East Tagaytay and Avida’s other condominium and house and lot properties in the Philippines by visiting

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hernatto Food Hub opens on September 3

Are you a foodie? Hernatto Food Hub, the newest One-Stop-Shop Food Bazaar in the South of Metro, opens its doors on September 3, 2015 (Thursday) with a Kick-Off Party on September 4 (Friday) to celebrate this milestone. Do join in and party with invited Bands, Celebrities, and Chefs.

Hernatto Food Hub is a great venue where you can Dine, Party, and Enjoy with your friends and family every Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of September from 6PM to 3AM. Strategically located at H-District in front of SM Southmall, Las Pinas City to cater the growing demands of BPO employees and residents of Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Pasay, and Las Pinas, Hernatto Food Hub is a masterpiece of the creative team that is dedicated to provide a unique and one of a kind unforgettable event experience that will surely satisfy every individual’s food and beverage craving. Fun activities such as Food Wars, Best Booth Design Contest, the Next Big Foodtrepreneur, Raffle, Games, and Entertainment is also something to look forward to at the Hernatto Food Hub.

Food Entrepreneurs and Restaurant Owners interested to expand their business may inquire from Jenica Ti at 0917-5809770. You may also send Sponsorship and Concessionaire inquiries to

Sunday, July 19, 2015

SkinWhite's #BetterMe Campaign Helps Empower Teens Become Better Versions of Themselves

I consider my teenage life as one of the most exciting life stages. Adolescence then gave me newfound independence to explore opportunities and enjoy life. Puberty was a crazy time of deep emotional changes, raging hormones and rapid physical development as well.

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SkinWhite Captivate Council - Achieving A Better You With SkinWhite

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