Saturday, January 28, 2017

Blue Post Boiling Crabs & Shrimps expands at SM Mall of Asia

When the couple Anthony and Jennifer Ang were travelling the west coast of the US, they found themselves in the famed San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf in California, were people would brace long lines outside the establishment hours before opening time to enjoy crabs.  Anthony and Jennifer saw the business potential and had since established its own unique brand in Davao, Philippines upon return.


After successfully bringing in the well-known Davao restaurant Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps to Manila last August 26, 2016 at The Block, SM North EDSA, BPBC  decided to open their second branch here at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.



I joined in the  launch to witness the January 23, 2017 store opening and of course, to partake in their seafood offerings.

 At Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps, they offer a seafood selection from Crabs, Shrimps and Mussels. Next, they ask you for your cooking preference. You have the option to have your order  done in the Blue Posts Boil, Garlic Fried, or Sambal with your desired level of heat (Regular, Hot, Mild, and Spicy).  You can also mix up crabs, mussels or shrimps depending on your preference.

They also have Pomelo Slad and offer a variety  of add-ons like  Corn on the Cob, Pork Sausage,  Hungarian sausage  and Potatoes.


We were served Clam chowder and spicy gumbo soup for starters. The crab chowder was a hit!

The flavorful juice from clam mixes well with the butter, onions, potatoes,  celery,  and carrots. I just wished they stirred in more clam bits in its smooth soup.

The spicy gumbo soup was loaded with sausages but it lacked that wow and heat  factor I was looking for.



 Crabs do taste like a sweet  fish.  with a subtle sweetness. Eating it involves a messy, finger-licking dining since you have to dig and suck for the meat. Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps lines your table with a food-grade wax paper.  A mallet, wooden chpping board,  a Blue Posts bib and  disposable plastic hand gloves are set before you to make your  eating adventure pleasant.   


 

The Original Boiled Cajun Bag Crabs was succulent. The fresh crabs had  a delicate briny sweetness, mixed up with its Cajun-style sauce.  The sauce was so full of flavor that you can even put it  on top of your  steamed rice.



The  new Sambal Chili Crabs was my personal favorite The hot chili sauce was thick and savory. 

It was really good that I didn't mind getting my hands  in a total mess eating with  barehanded. the Crispy Garlic Crab   with tons of garlic is also a must-try!

 



Another Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps variant is the Crabs in Salted Egg.
These are fried crabs with seasoned with garlic and real salted egg.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps had this to offer along with Shrimps in Garlic Lemon Sauce.




Shrimps in Garlic Lemon Sauce brings out the sweetness of the prawns.



They also brought in Sinuglaw. A dish made of grilled Pork pieces, fresh Tuna, herbs and spices. It was a good way to enjoy grilled pork and pickled tuna. It was also a superb barchow if you like  it with beer.








Aside from  getting the perfect mix for your bag, they also have the perfect drinks!





The Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps has the Nestlé Mixology Bar. A first in the Philippines, it boasts of  different combinations using the 6 basic flavors to create colorful concoctions. 



BPBCS crabs and shrimps is unrivalled. For those hooked,  their fresh  sea to table dishes are for the books.
  


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Celebrate 2017 Chinese New Year at Novotel Manila


The Lunar New Year is a day when families gather for an annual reunion dinner to mark the beginning of a prosperous year. Lunar festivals are celebrated here in the Philippines with elaborate meals and traditional feast with friends and family.




Certain dishes are staples during the Chinese New Year for their auspicious, symbolic meaning. Food is the cornerstone of the Chinese New Year celebrations  Most families serve lucky food during this festive season, believed to bring good luck for the coming year.  The food preparation, and ways of serving and eating is expected to attract a year of good health, prosperity, luck, happiness and peace this Year of the Fire Rooster.






Food Exchange Chef Alen Meng from China has curated 3 sumptuous Lauriat  Family Set Menus to share with people close to your heart. And  I joined in and sampled one of the three special Lauriat feast created for the upcoming Year of the Rooster earlier today.

We were treated to a revelry of good fortune, and great food at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center's all-day dining restaurant. We savored a bounty of Chinese culinary from the Fortune Set (P 18,888++) that features 15 specially prepared dishes.




This includes: Assorted Chinese Cold Cuts, Sweet and Sour Squid & Garlic Fungus and Cucumber Salad, Jilin Black Chicken Ginseng Soup, Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken, Taiwanese Stir Fried Beef with Sha Cha Sauce, Steamed Grouper Fish in Light Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion, Dalian Style Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood, Dimsum Sets, Cantonese Wok Fry Noodles, and Wagyu Beef Fried Rice.

Assorted Chinese Cold Cuts




The Chinese dumplings, made to look like Chinese silver ingots, meant an opportunity to make  more money when eaten during the Lunar New Year celebrations.

I so love the steamed dumplings with  minced pork (Siomai) and diced shrimp (hakao)  wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin.


Sweet and Sour Squid with Garlic Fungus and Cucumber Salad


Dalian Style Stir-Fried Mixed Seafood





Steamed Grouper Fish in Light Soy Sauce with Ginger and Spring Onion
Chinese New Year always includes  Fish as it equates to an increase in Prosperity.  The steamed grouper was light but savory to the palette.


Jilin Black Chicken Ginseng So

It was a first for me to sip a wonderful soup made of black chicken. They this to us in individual bowls.

Our next dose of protein came as the Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken and Taiwanese Stir-Fried Beef was served.


Xinjiang Spicy Stewed Chicken



Taiwanese Stir Fried Beef with Sha Cha Sauce


The Cantonese Wok Fry Noodles, and Wagyu Beef Fried Rice came in next to complement these yummy dishes. The Noodles  symbolizes a wish for longevity and its length is  symbolic of the eater's life.  The longer  and uncut the noodles are, the better.


After a healthy protein fix, we were offered sweet treats to cap off a hearty meal. We were served Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine, Almond Lychee, Mango Sago, plus Tikoy Roll to cap our indulgence.




Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine


I loved the Sweet Rice Roll with Black Sesame Seed in Rice Wine as it tasted really good!  In Chinese people's minds, eating food made with sticky rice meant an increase in rise in business success, promotions at work, better positions year-after-year by year. In addition, the round shape is  favored by the Chinese during the New Year celebrations as is signifies "being together". 





Eating round Fruits and those "golden" in color during the Chinese New Year  implies Fullness and Wealth. Indulging in the Fruit Platter is believed to bring in more wealth.


Food Exchange Manila features all 3 Lauriat Set menus for a limited time only.  Gather around and delight in specialty dishes from Chef Allan Meng to usher in good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity until January 29, 2017!

The Money Tree 

When you are at  Novotel Manila Araneta Center ,  have your photo taken beside the Money Tree with red envelopes  to remind you of good fortune all year long. The Chinese give away red envelopes that contain money because red is the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck.  The color red is believed to bestow happiness and blessings on the receivers. 

Make a wish at the Prosperity Tree as the new energy of the Year of the Rooster will make way for new beginnings. 






Other Promotions


Stay at Novotel Manila Araneta Center from Jan 23-30 starting from P 6,888 nett.
A relaxing weekend staycation in a Superior Room (P 6,888) entitles you, your partner plus 2 kids ages 15 and below to a sumptuous Buffet Breakfast plus Chinese Prosperity Buffet Dinner at the Food Exchange.


Avail of Wish N Treat promo and get to pamper yourself and a friend to a well-deserved one-hour massage for two (2) at In Balance Spa worth P 3,000!

Check out the Gourmet Bar from January 25 to 29 and enjoy an Auspicious High Tea (P 1,874 for 4 pax) which features premium tea with Chinese delicacies such as Mini Pao, Siomai, Tikoy Roll, Rice Mango, Cake Roll and Gulameka.



Call (02) 9907888 now for reservations or visit www.novotel.com and www.accorhotels.com to know more about these Chinese New Year packages.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Look and feel your best with Whipped!




The skin is our body's largest barrier against infection and so keeping it healthy with proper skin care is important.

Beauty and skin care go hand in hand, and so we take good care of our skin.  We want to show off our best with confidence especially with the numerous holiday gatherings, and keeping good skin habits is the best way to do it.  Treating the skin with kindness  will go along way as the glow will show!

We went to Whipped Sugar Wax and Body Scrub Salon services at their new branch at South Park Ayala Alabang Mall for my daughter's underarm treatment (P 350) and half leg sugar waxing (P 650).

She tried the armpit  waxing at Whipped Sugar Wax and Body Scrub ATC Salon last year and so my daughter looks forward to another  pain-free waxing experience .


If you don't like hot wax, to try out sugar waxing. Whipped only uses sugar wax and Whipped ensures that you are in good hands.  There is no risk of scalding with this cold wax method.


The Whipped attendant cleanses the armpits. After cleaning, she scoops up some  malleable sugar wax with her fingers and applies the wax to the target area and pulls it in the opposite direction of hair growth


After waxing, finishes  by plucking the smaller hair not captured by the sugar wax.
She then tops the area off with moisturizer.

She did the same procedure on my daughter's legs.




The therapist  reminded her of  post-waxing do's and don'ts.   She told her to refrain from wetting the armpits and legs within 6- 8 hours after waxing as the pores are still open.



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Starting good skin habits at an early age will contribute to a younger looking skin later on in life.

Do vist  Whipped Sugar Wax Salon and Body Scrub at  Ayala Fairview Terraces, South Park Ayala Alabang Mall  and 8 Forbes Town Center.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Filipinos dominate Asian counterparts lacking exercise based on Sunlife's Health Index results



 Philippines topped the list of countries in Asia with individuals lacking regular exercise, according to the Sun Life Financial Asia Health Index for 2016  conducted across eight markets in the Asia Pacific. The survey questioned respondents from Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam on their attitudes towards healthy and active living, their health concerns for the future and expectations on access to healthcare.


Results of the index presented to the media last January 19, 2017 revealed that the Philippines, along with Thailand and Malaysia, had a majority or 61 percent of the population who were not having any regular physical activity.

The index also showed 30 percent of the population who feel less healthy now compared to three years ago.

Among the key barriers  to having a healthier life identified by Filipino responderespondentslack of time due to work (57 percent), lack of personal motivation (47 percent), distractions of modern life (47 percent), cost (45 percent) and lack of venues for sports and recreation (35 percent) according to
Ms. Mylene Lopa, Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer who delivered the report.



It appears the Filipino millenials do belong to a population segment called “Generation O,” or those who are overworked, overweight, and overwhelmed in Asia based on the latest findings, shared by  Sun Life Philippines President and chief executive officer Riza Mantaring.

Work seems to be one of the biggest causes of stress, making  Filipino millenials the most stressed generation if all time.

While the study reflected that a majority of Filipinos maybe hurting their health in several ways,  lacking exercise, the same research showed Filipinos are among the most optimistic about the state of their health, as it garnered a score of 89 on the overall health index.

The same research showed 83 percent of Filipinos also want to exercise to feel healthy and to improve their mental health.







Filipinos  are  mindful about their    emotional well-being since they are most likely in the region to say that their emotional health is "good" or "extremely good" and was they ranked second most positive in the region when it comes to their physical health.








Ms. Mantaring says, "With all the things that demand our time and attention, it's usually our health that suffers because it's relegated to the least of our priorities. However, this should not be the case. This is why we at Sun Life have been boosting our suite of wellness products and mounting events that would help Filipinos to pursue their health goals."


Sun Life has created SUN Fit and Well program to address these problems and get Filipinos back on their wellness track. SUN Fit and Well provides access to GoWell, Sun Life's Wellness programs wherein members can enjoy special privileges that will help them keep mind and body fit!

With GoWell,   Filipinos could start exercising now, get fit, and have fun!
It is also available to non-SUN Fit and Well policy holders. Interested individuals can be a member of GoWell by just logging on to www.gowell.com.ph to pre-register and join activities like zumba and yoga sessions, running clinics, and more!

"Sun Life remains committed to helping Filipinos face a brighter tomorrow by being in the best of health," shares Ms. Riza. "The results of the Asia Health Index reiterate the need to promote a healthier lifestyle, and Sun Life wants to be the Filipinos' partner in pursuing the journey."


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