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Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Taste of Greece at Kos Greek Ouzeri

Mediterranean cuisine is deemed as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. With dishes using healthy ingredients such as whole grain, fish, olive oil and vegetables, Greek cuisine is something you'd want to eat every day. 

I admire Greek cuisine, however, there isn't a lot of options for this particular cuisine in Manila and I was glad to be introduced to Kos Greek Ouzeri at UP Town Center.

Kos Greek Ouzeri is owned by Chef Mats Loo, who also owns First Gourmet Academy in Quezon City. 

An Ouzeri is a Greek tavern that serves ouzo or Greek liquor along with mezedes and other small dishes. 

Mezedes Sampler of 5

We started with Mezedes Sampler of 5 (Php 375) served with unlimited breads. We tried Melitzanosalata, Tzatziki, Hummus, Artichoke Spinach Spread and Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Spread. Melitzanosalata is roasted eggplant with garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice while Tzatziki is yogurt cucumber dip flavored with garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice. I enjoyed all dips but I'm partial with Hummus, Artichoke Spinach Spread and Melitzanosalata.

Kos Salata

Friday, October 21, 2016

5th Anniversary Giveaway #5: Foodsource PH!

I'm back from vacation and starting a new giveaway. I'll be giving away goodies from Foodsource PH! 

Foodsource PH is an online platform where you can shop quality Filipino food products and have it delivered at your door. These products are sourced from different parts of the Philippines
and made more available for consumers through Foodsource PH. 

Foodsource PH has a wide variety of food products - from spreads, coffee, chocolates, wines, tea,
snacks to bottled seafood and fruits. You'll surely get something here for Christmas giveaways for
family and friends. :)


Two winners will receive Php 480 worth of goodies each from Foodsource PH! This giveaway is open to all readers in the Philippines.

Each winner will receive the following: one (1) bottle of Pik-a-Pikel Pickled Mango 250 g (one winner will get the spicy or the regular), one (1) bottle of TheBasics Coconut Sugar Peanut Butter and one (1) Hiraya 72% Single Origin Dark Chocolate from Malabog Davao.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wholesome Refreshment with Oishi Great Lakes Juices

A few weeks ago, my family and I received a package from Oishi Great Lakes Juices Pure Pressed Apple Juice and Red Grape Juice. 

Great Lakes is Oishi's line of all-natural fruit juices, which means no artificial flavor and sweetener added. We have school kids at home and it's a huge deal for us that we are giving them healthy drinks for baon. 

Great Lakes Pure Pressed Apple is made from 100% apple juice. It is not too sweet and packed with fiber.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Add Extra Cheer to Your Holiday Toast with Franzia

The most wonderful time of the year is finally just around the corner, and what is a better way to celebrate the festive season than to open a box of Franzia for every gathering. With the classy packaging of the three liter wine, a box of Franzia would already be more than perfect to share with friends in a small sized office, with your Christmas party barkada or a family reunion during Noche Buena.

Made from the finest grapes in California USA and known as the world’s best-selling wine, Franzia’s innovative Smart Tap technology amps up its freshness and quality which make the wine fresh and delicious up to its last glass.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Gives You 5 Ways to Love Mondays

The country’s authority on coffee and tea partners with some of today's most inspiring individuals to make Mondays better for customers.

Whether you love them or you hate them, Mondays are inevitable. They confirm the end of the weekend and mark the start of the work week for everyone. No one can escape them. Constantly finding ways to pour happy for its customers, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has partnered with a few rare individuals who love Mondays to provide five surefire ways to see the first day of the work week in a new light. 

Know your purpose. 

Industrial designer and founder of design company Studio Magee Lilianna Manahan has gained international recognition for her imaginative art. Achieving success in the creative industry requires long hours of disciplined work, as well as a constant search for artistic inspiration. Manahan meets this challenge every Monday by frequently returning to her purpose. "A fellow designer told me he 'renews his contract' every year with God — his ultimate boss — so that he knows what he is  doing is where God wants him. I do the same. Whether I'm on an early morning road trip to check on samples, or concentrating on drawing my home accessories and sipping on tea, work is such a delight and an adventure because I know this what He wants for me!" 

Set goals that help others. 

Founder of MovEd and social entrepreneur Alex Eduque remains true to her purpose by doing work she knows will positively impact the lives of others. "I consider myself blessed to be able to do something for the benefit of the greater good, on a daily basis. I am truly grateful that I'm able to live my life in a meaningful manner, pursuing my passions and forging creative collaborations. No matter how tough the going gets, the fulfillment I gain in what I do is unparalleled. I encourage everyone to find that spark of inspiration in the little things—like your favorite cup of tea to start your day with that make up your daily grind. This is what will turn your Monday blues around for the better, forever." 

Be positive. 

Internationally recognized comic artist Harvey Tolibao started his career drawing on paper napkins. He has come a long way since then, now working with the biggest names in the industry, Marvel and DC Comics.  He attributes his success to meeting Mondays with positivity. “I feel privileged to be able work with the comic greats. I make start my week with optimism and a delicious cup of tea to get my creative juices for fresh ideas. I always aspire to take my artistry to a higher level. Many people don't get excited for Mondays, but not me. As an illustrator, I look forward to Mondays because they signify a fresh start and an opportunity for me to fine-tune my work. ” 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Press Release: Better at One Deals by Novotel Manila Araneta Center!

Novotel Manila Araneta Center is turning one this October 12!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Novotel Manila Araneta Center is giving us amazing anniversary deals beginning October 12.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Makansutra: Singaporean Hawker Food Arrives in Manila!

Though I haven't been to Singapore, I have always been fascinated with their cuisine. A melting pot of Southeast Asia, Singaporean cuisine is a mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and cuisines from other neighboring countries. 

Singapore's delectable cuisine is reintroduced to the Philippines with the opening of Makansutra in SM Megamall. Makansutra is a Singapored-based food market founded by KF Seetoh, an expert in Singaporean cuisine. 

Makansutra has 12 stalls (including the beverage and desserts bar locatedin the middle). Each stall has a distinct menu, so we tried our best to sample one dish per stall. However, we only got to try only 6 stalls during this visit. 

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