Saturday, December 12, 2015

Magical Christmas Parade at SM City BF



SM City BF held its Magical Christmas Parade last Friday.  The mall's Activity Center had the  Adventure Time with Finn and Jake's  Village decorated with candies!    The Candy Land was a picture-perfect set-up for patrons to have their photos taken.   There were lollipop trees and candy seats everywhere! Marshmallow arches adorned the festive set-up.



Those who purchased SM Christmas #BearsOfJoy had the privilege of getting their photos taken at the Candy Land with Finn the Human and Jake the Dog.  Both Finn and Jake candidly posed and danced on stage  before the Magical Christmas Parade commenced at 4:30PM.





The parade started at the 3rd level of the going around the floors downward towards the mall's  Activity Center.
It was really fun to see them dressed up in interesting costumes!  Some of the Frozen characters were also at the parade.  Elsa and the handsome Prince Hans were joined in by Olaf.  Towering Men on Stilts mingled with the Chipmonks, Bears and the Ginger Bread Man.  The Angels, Fairies, Santa and his dancing elves were also an integral part of the Christmas Magical Parade.  How can you not love this parade?






Seeing the characters play dress-up warms SM City BF even more!  The huge Christmas presents that looked great decked out for the holidays swayed and danced to the Christmas beats performed by the brass band.







The highlight of the show  was the "Meet and Greet" with the Christmas parade characters.
Even the kids from Capable Foundation  had the time of their lives getting acquianted and having their photos taken with their favorite  Christmas characters at the end of the party.



The Grand Magical Christmas Parade with the Cartoon Network is on its 3rd year.  It is running every weekend since Novermber.


Do celebrate a #MerrySMChristmas2015 with Finn and Jake at SM Malls near you.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Burger Geek Food Adventure



Yesterday, I joined in the ZomatoPH foodie meetup at Burger Geek. I found it in the building just outside the parking at the back of Molito Commercial Complex (back-to-back with Yoree). The said joint is in its soft opening and we were privilege to get the first dibs on the what it has to offer. Entering the restaurant, I couldn't help but notice its classroom theme. The left wall has a table of elements monicker that spells out the burger components instead. Above it is a chalkboard. The tables and chairs were reminiscent of highschool days--wooden tops and flanks with iron bases.

According to its owner George Kho, he used to own Brooklyn Pizza. After a decade, he sold the pizza business and decided on a new food venture. He wanted a business name that bears his name and hence, he came up with the word "geek". The idea stuck and Burger Geek was established. This joint offers a wide variety of hearty, moist hamburger options for you to indulge in.

Mr. Kho shares that they do everything inhouse. They grind their own beef, make their own bacon and bake their own potato buns. Their fresh beef patties just use pepper and sea salt as seasoning. There are no fillers. And he adds that aside from using sea salt as opposed to iodized one to come up with a perfect-tasting medium-rare burgers each time, they found that the best time to salt is within minutes it hits the griddle.

For starters, we had complementary chips. They served us French Fries. Onion Rings plus BBQ Chicken Salad next. I think they had the best fried battered Onion Rings in town.


They use a blend of barbeque sauce/mayonnaise a dressing for the BBQ Chicken Salad (P 145) which gave a splendid taste on the mix of chicken poppers, greens and fried wonton.



The attentive staff took our choice of burger. She offered their Buffalo Chicken Wings as they worked on our orders. Burger Geek's take on the Buffalo Chicken Wings had that subtle spiciness underneath its batter. Though tender and flavorful, the wingtips and chunky parts were not crunchy as I expect it to be. I love chicken with its skin fried to a crisp.

Burger Geek's Chicken Sandwich came in as a surprise. The perfectly-fried chicken tenders came in crunchy this time. It had the familiar heat and a pleasant hint of vinegar flavor in the Buffalo Chicken Wings we were served earlier.

I ordered The B. Mac (P 385) for myself. I'm quite adventurous and I wanted to try something out of the ordinary. It came out moist and tender just as I expected. It was juicy and had a good flavor. The two beef patties in my order were had lettuce, American cheese and a hefty portion of Mac & Cheese piled inside. I so love the flavorful blend it makes and I highly recommend this one. The slightly-sweet potato bun was squishy and soft.





You can tell that a lot of effort has been made for these hamburgers. Head on to Burger Geek soon. It is a nice place to grab a simple meal and one of the few places that serve milkshakes.

Burger Geek
Molito Commercial Complex
Alabang-Zapote Road
Muntinlupa City

Burger Geek Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hattendo opens at Greenhills



When Hattendo opened its first store in the Philippines in the middle of May 2015, people lined up to get a taste of Hiroshima's most popular cream bun!


All Japanese sweet bread buns are baked and hand wrapped in Hiroshima, Japan, then shipped frozen to the Philippines, Korea and Taiwan. Thawing is done 24 hours prior to serving/selling, under strict temperature management.

The store's design is patterned after Japan's style, with visible wood grain finish. Cream buns are displayed in an enclosed glass chiller, maintaining 5°C, as per Japan's standards for best quality.

Hattendo's second store at the SM Mall of Asia opened almost simultaneously with the one at Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall. And in six months after the successful opening of the first two stores, Hattendo has opened its third store at the Greenhills Theatre Mall.

Unlike the first two stores, this one is different because it is an inline kiosk and there is a counter table top across, where customers can rest and bite into the creamy goodness of Hattendo buns.

Drinks are also offered as perfect combination to the delicious cream buns. Customers may choose from any of the following beverage: canned coffee, milk, flavored tea or water. All drinks are served chilled, just like the cream buns. Bundle order starts at P250. It comes with 2 pcs cream bun and 1 drink.

Come visit Hattendo and sink your teeth into the famous Hiroshima cream buns. Give your loved ones something unique, Hattendo Japanese cream buns wrapped in Furoshiki this holiday season!

These cream buns are available in seven delectable flavors: custard, whipped cream, matcha, chocolate, azuki, mango, and chestnut. Cream buns are sold at P118 per piece. It is also available in pack of 4 (P420) and box of 6 (P600). STORE LOCATIONS: SM MEGAMALL
Level 2 Mega Fashion Hall
(in front of Uniqlo)
Phone: +632-942-002-3904

SM MALL OF ASIA
Ground Floor, Main Mall
South Wing (in front of BDO)
Phone: +632-923-693-1384

GREENHILLS THEATRE MALL
Unit 4A Arts Plaza, Theatre Mall, Greenhills Shopping Centre
(across Theatre Mall Cinema)
Phone: +632-922-881-8828



Monday, December 7, 2015

Calyxta celebrates its First Anniversary


Calyxta's first anniversary of go-to beauty e-shop and community Calyxta looked like an upgraded version of a makeover party with your girl friends!

Last December 6, 2015, Calyxta invited media friends and partners to a “Beauty Fair” special to celebrate their 12-month milestone. The "SPArty" wouldn't be complete without cocktails and beats from Pioneer Philippines and “Singles of Manila” DJs Jess Milner, T-MAC, and Quark Henares. The icing to this grand cake, however, is having a stellar roster of beauty brands and services for the guests to try out themselves. Among these brands are Ciaté London, Toni&Guy, Maybelline, Browhaus, Strip, My Amazing Blow Dry Secret, and Enza Nail Spa.
Prior to the event itself, Calyxta conducted a birthday sale from November 27 to December 6 in which 12 of its favorite beauty brands were featured to celebrate the 12 months they have been online. Calyxta has been offering its readers and customers the best beauty portal online for a year.

For those who only discovered about the site during the launch, Calyxta came prepared by providing a product display with tablets for people to browse and learn their way around the site.








Besides being an online shopping place for beauty products and services, Calyxta also creates an experience by curating beauty tips and tricks through video tutorials and how-to articles conceptualized by top, influential beauty writers and make up artists like Cat Juan Ledesma, Xeng Zulueta, and Amanda Padilla. Calyxta thanks its partners, Toni&Guy, Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Scent & Beauté, Harem Inc., Dewy Tree, I Do Nails, Pioneer Philippines, and Makati Diamond Residences for the collaborations, the growth and the success that wouldn’t have been possible without them.
ABOUT CALYXTA Calyxta is every woman’s on- and off-line authority source for aspirational yet attainable beauty. From the Greek word Kallistō, meaning “she that is most beautiful,” Calyxta’s name perfectly represents the vision of the brand—to be and be seen as one who passionately www.calyxta.com enhances beauty inside and out. It works as an e-commerce platform as well as gathers ‘beauty involvers’—from professionals to consumers—to share their knowledge and passion for all things beauty.

Please visit http://calyxta.com. for moreinformation or any Calyxta inquiries.

ZomatoPH Food Crawl at Westgate-Filinvest City

I did a few food crawls in the past and I was excited for the "Guilty Pleasures in the South" invite from ZomatoPH. I'm addicted to these leisurely pursuits lately and have been looking forward to new food discoveries.

I was surprised that there are a host of restaurants located at Westgate Hub (besides S & R) Alabang. What used to be a parking lot is now sprawling foodie haven.

Our first stop was at Bugsy's Bar and Bistro. It has that typical American wateringhole atmosphere with dominant black theme and a wide display of booze and beer options. They served us three kinds of their best seller---Chicken Wings. They had the best variants in town, believe me. We had Buffalo Chicken Wings, Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings and Chicken No. 7.

The boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings had that nice balance of flavors. It had that eye-popping bold heat underneath its crisp batter. Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings appear to be the sweetest among the three variants. The tender and flavorful wingtips and chunky parts had a non-overpowering spiciness that give the crunchy chicken pieces a kick. Chicken No. 7 is Bugsy's newest creation incorporated with Jack Daniel's Old Tenessee Whisky and my favorite among all three. The addition of liquor in the chicken dish gives it a surprising flavor. The perfectly-fried chicken was topnotch for me for it has that equal amounts of heat and tangy taste.



 Sushi Ninja Philippines was next. We were served Kobe Toshi and Spicy Tuna Salad. Kobe Toshi is deep-fried Japanese Rice topped with foie gras, uni, roe, wasabi mayo and seared beef. It was meant to be eaten in one bite they say. The tender Wagyu on top was delicious!

The tossed Tuna Salad was an instant hit with my daughter. She loves the mix of flavors. The tuna had the seaweed slivers on top of the greens and what appears to be bread crumbs that gives each bite the added texture. I'm not really a fan of anything raw but I like this twist on tuna sashimi.





I've heard great reviews on Neil's Kitchen and I was looking forward to dining there. I love the homey, quaint ambience it offers. From the moment we entered, I couldn't resist the eyecandy displays and the wall decals pertaining to food journeys. The spiral staircase leads to the main dining hall on the second floor and a private function room. They even had a library across the mess hall.


Its owner, Neil, served us Sinigang Paella with Grilled Pork Belly. The Sinigang Paella was sticky rice infused with the sinigang broth. I had tried sinigang rice before and I was surprised that Neil's Kitchen's take was more savory. A hefty serving of Grilled Pork Belly makes a perfect match for it. They serve both with crispy kangkong on top.

Next stop was a fancy flank steak treat from Melo's called Christmas steak Roulade with Turkey Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes. Though my happy tummy was full at this round, I couldn't say no to perfectly-seared steak! It was something I wouldn't miss sinking my teeth into! I love the play of flavors especially the moist and tender beef flanks.





We had desserts from Detoxify Bar at the final leg of the food crawl. It was my first time at Detoxify Bar and we love how this fruit and yoghurt dessert satisfies the palette. Berries Smoothie Bowl was a refreshing fill after a meat-full mix of entrees.





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