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Friday, June 17, 2016

Datu Puti Adobo Movement Final Challenge at the Mercato Centrale BGC

Adobo is a staple at home, and we really love my mom's version of adobo: a bit sweet, meaty and saucy adobo. I believe that adobo is the most flexible Filipino dish as it can be cooked in any style yet it will always be recognized as adobo. 

The Adobo Movement was launched in 2015 to push for Adobo to be our national dish. Each home, each province, and each region has its own adobo. This movement is also supported by partners Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement (PCHM) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). 

The Adobo Challenge

To get people more involved in the Datu Puti Adobo Movement this 2016, the advocacy group mounted the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge and gathered Mercato Centrale’s veteran home-based cooks to create their own special Adobo dish. 

Participating food vendors of Mercato Centrale prepared adobo dishes using any type of meat and vegetable, and were marinated in or cooked with at least two of the three main Datu Puti products: vinegar, soy sauce, and patis (fish sauce). 

The top 14 entries were selected based on various criteria, including: creativity of concept, which looks at the story behind the dish as well as originality, branding and cooking technique; innovation, noting the use of unique special ingredients and Datu Puti products; and Philippine culinary heritage, including how it adopts and represents regional cooking styles. 

Here are the Top 14 Finalists of the Datu Puti Adobo Challenge

1. Chicken Adobo with Potato by Good Meal Hunting Halal

Traditional adobo made with chicken breast cuts - healthy and Halal!

2. Adoburger by Hunger Buster

100% pure beef adobo patty burger with kiwi and special sauce. 

3. Adobo ala Cabiao by Chef Bab's Sisig

Sisig-style beef adobo wrapped in an omelette

4. Chicken Adobo on Fire by Good Meal Hunting

Chicken thigh fillets deep fried Korean-style Glazed with adobo sauce fused with Korean chili paste

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A New Hangout in Tomas Morato: Cafe I Am Here

My foodie friends and I were in Morato area and decided to have coffee and desserts and we ended up checking out this newly-opened Korean-inspired cafe named Cafe I Am Here or Cafe I'm Here. 

Located at the third floor of the building, Cafe I'm Here is ideal for groups looking for a place to read, study or just hang. However, there are study desks available for people who wants to go solo. 

The rule of thumb is to take off your shoes and put it in the shoe racks before sitting at any of the cubicles.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Señor Pollo: More Than The Roast Chicken

I have always been a fan of Señor Pollo's Roast Chicken and its famous chimichurri sauce. However, it has been a long time since I last visited this well-known Latin chicken place. Gladly, I was invited to have dinner at Señor Pollo Makati a few days ago to try their other dishes. 

We started with the Crispy Chicken Sisig (Php 260) and Jalapeño and Cheese Quesadillas (Php 133). 

Crispy Chicken Sisig
Jalapeño and Cheese Quesadillas

Easily the winning dish, the Crispy Chicken Sisig is generously topped with crispy chicken skin, onions and lots of chili. You'll definitely want to have this over and over. A simple dish with an amazing punch is the Jalapeño and Cheese Quesadillas, with a slight hint of spiciness combined with cheesiness. I love this!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Where's Marcel?

There is a new coffee shop in Ortigas area called Where's Marcel? at The Pearl Place, which opened a few months ago. My foodie friends and I got to visit this spacious and modern-looking coffee shop for a weekend meetup. 

Where's Marcel? is a coffee shop from Australia, with two branches in Melbourne and Sydney. The location in Manila is the third location for the brand. This coffee shop uses Di Bella Coffee, a specialty coffee brand from Australia. 

The coffee shop offers free wifi and comfortable seats which makes it conducive to reading and studying. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Affordable and Convenient Seafood Delivery by FreshOnline.ph!

I was recently invited to the launch of FreshOnline.ph, the newest online delivery service that will bring your favorite seafood at your doorstep. 

FreshOnline aims to make eating healthy seafood an easy option by working with fishermen and suppliers to source the premium seafood, including the hard-to-find ones. 

FreshOnline also dresses, cleans, scales and de-veins the seafood and pack it in cooking-size portions and deliver it to you, ready to cook. 

As shared by the founder of FreshOnline, Ms. Eleen Kee, growing up in a fishing town in Malaysia means having fresh seafood to eat everyday. When she moved to the city, she would ask her family to send her fresh seafood that she would share with her friends. 

Her love for seafood inspired her to open FreshOnline in the Philippines. 

FreshOnline.PH makes quality seafood be made more convenient and also affordable. 

During the launch was also the contract signing to sign off the partnership of FreshOnline and Jump Digital, their digital partner. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ASUS Presents Zenvolution at Computex 2016

Taipei, Taiwan (30th May, 2016) — ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih took the stage today during the Zenvolution press event at Computex 2016 to unveil Zenbo, the first ASUS robot, along with a stunning portfolio of third-generation mobile products designed to provide users with revolutionary functionality for pursuing their passions. 

The incredible line-up includes the all-new ZenFone 3 family, featuring ZenFone 3 Deluxe, the new flagship ASUS smartphone with advanced camera technology that takes mobile photography to the next level; ZenFone 3, a feature-packed smartphone that brings premium design and empowering performance to users; and ZenFone 3 Ultra, an incredibly powerful smartphone with a 6.8-inch Full HD display that excels at entertainment. Also announced were ZenBook 3, an ultra-sleek and lightweight notebook with a premium aluminum design, along with ASUS Transformer 3 and ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, the world’s most versatile PCs that feature an unrivalled combination of mobility, convenience, and expandability. While revealing ASUS Zenbo, Chairman Shih said, “For decades, humans have dreamed of owning such a companion: one that is smart, dear to our hearts, and always at our disposal. Our ambition is to enable robotic computing for every household.”

Joining Mr. Shih on stage, Intel’s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Client Computing Group, Navin Shenoy said, “For nearly thirty years, Intel and ASUS have been collaborating to bring some of the most innovative PCs and devices to market. We are excited to continue that collaboration on the new ZenBook and Transformer 3 family powered by Intel Core processors, and we look forward to working closely with ASUS on expanding beyond traditional clients into new, emerging markets like robotics.”

ASUS Zenbo, the ZenFone 3 Series, the ASUS Transformer 3 Series, and a line-up of other all-new ASUS products are on display at the ASUS showroom at the Nangang Exhibition Hall at Taipei World Trade Center. Visitors to Computex 2016 are invited to visit the showroom to experience the revolutionary functionality of these latest ASUS innovations for themselves.

ASUS Zenbo — Your Smart Little Companion

ASUS Zenbo arose from Chairman Jonney Shih’s ambition to enable robotic computing for every household. Zenbo is a friendly and capable home robot designed to provide assistance, entertainment, and companionship to families and meant to address the needs of each family member in this ubiquitous computing era. With a full range of capabilities, including the ability to move independently and understand spoken commands, Zenbo can assist in the home and interacting with him is easy and fun. 

Zenbo is designed for everyone, but he has specific functionality that helps senior family members safeguard their health and well-being as well as enjoy a connected digital life. As a home care assistant, he proactively provides convenient, spoken reminders of important information, such as doctor's appointments, medication and exercise schedules, and anything else that needs to be remembered. Zenbo also monitors the home for emergency situations — such as falls — and immediately responds to them by notifying specified family members on their smartphones, no matter where they are. When they receive an emergency notification, family members can remotely control Zenbo to move nearby and use Zenbo's built-in camera to visually check on their loved one. Zenbo is also a friendly companion who helps to bridge the digital divide between generations by making it easy to accomplish a variety of online tasks — including making video calls, using social media, shopping, and streaming movies and TV shows — using voice commands and guided help.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Pamana Restaurant in Tagaytay

One of the places in Tagaytay with the boyfie during our last trip is Pamana Filipino Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in the area.

The reception area at the ground floor serves as a shop for kitchenware. Climbing up to the second floor, we were impressed with the owner's family photos adorning the walls. 

We were seated at the veranda, where we enjoyed the picturesque view of the Taal Lake. We arrived in the middle of the afternoon so we were fortunate to have the place for ourselves. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

New Location and Amazing Dishes at Vittorio's

There are only a few places that serves delicious yet reasonably-priced steaks in Manila and one of 
them is Vittorio's. 

A few days ago, I went for lunch with my foodie friends at Vittorio's new home along Scout Borromeo in Quezon City. 

The new Vittorio's location is a more spacious and homier, where you can hold gatherings like private parties and business meetings. 

While waiting for the appetizers, we had our drinks: Chocolate Milkshake (Php 120) for me, and Strawberry Milkshake (Php 120) and Pineapple Milkshake (Php 145) for my friends.

For appetizers, we were served the Chop Noodles Salad with Miso Dressing (Php 199) and the Crispy Noodles with Spicy Shrimp (Php 225).

Chop Noodles Salad with Miso Dressing
Crispy Noodles with Spicy Shrimp

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kumori's New Signature Cheese Tarts!

My favorite bakery, Kumori Japanese Bakery, has recently introduced a new snack that surely got my addicted: the Signature Cheese Tarts!

These lovely Cheese Tarts is a sweet and savory treat with heavenly and creamy cheese inside the outer shell. If you loved the Signature Hanjuku Cheese and the Toyohashi Pudding like I did, then you will definitely love this!

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