Monthly Archives: March 2013

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771

It’s graduation time and with it comes plenty of celebrations. And what are celebrations without decadent desserts like those of  Café 1771.

 Café 1771 offers graduates and families its home-spun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista. These petite cakes are 6-inch round sizes good for 8 to 10 persons. They are perfect for gifts.

Upon seeing the Evasion cake (P270 net) (pictured above), you would want to dive into an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese  and fresh  strawberry  in a lightly crispy  feullentine at the center. It’s not too sweet  yet amazingly creamy.

For certified chocolate lovers, this Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.

This Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) is light, pillowy, and comes with a nutty center combined with the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

Of course, you don’t want to miss the signature dessert sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net) of 1771 Group of Restaurants. This coffee pie is an epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years. This addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

For advance orders, call 631-7340.


Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. Café 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, WB 1771 & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

On the The 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition 2013

We caught the second to the last weekend of the 4th Philippine International PyroMusical Competition this year. It was more of a last-minute decision coming from the WorldBex in The World Trade Center.  I only had my trusty iPhone with  me, so pardon the grainy photo above. For much better photos, check out their SM MOA’s Facebook Page.

Anyhow, we went to SM  Mall of Asia with our P100-tickets purchased online by the husband’s colleague. I had a mixture of pleasant and unpleasant experiences during that Saturday.

Let me start with the pleasant ones:

  • The entrance to the P100-ticket area was well-manned. It was not congested and crowded, as I was expecting. I thought since it was the general admission ticket, there would be pushing. But there was none.
  • When we got inside, it was also not crowded. It was not humid. It was pleasant.

Now the unpleasant ones:

  • The show didn’t start at 7PM as indicated in the ticket and in their banners. It started at 8PM.
  • The sound system should also be heard (loud and clear) in all ticket areas, in fact better if the whole open area of SM MOA. It is an international show after all. We couldn’t figure out what the emcee was saying. The music was not clear in our area. Even if we got only the general admission ticket, we still went to see and paid for the show after all.
  • The presentation interval was about 30, or was it 45 minutes. After the presentation of China, we had no choice but to wait for Australia’s presentation. The momentum and excitement would be better sustained if the presentations were done one after another. But, those I know who have gone to see the show before us,  had a different experience. They were saying that the presentations had only a 10- to 15-minute interval. I am just not sure what happened that weekend.

For those who are planning to catch the last group, Canada and Philippines, this weekend, here’s what I recommend.

  • Choose a restaurant where you can get a good vantage point to see the show. It is still a better option for me than going to those viewing areas and had to wait long. At least in the resto, you’ll have food and good seating.
  • Prepare for the deluge and crowd of people at SM MOA. From parking areas to the mall and back, you had to queue. We had to take the stairs from ground to the rooftop parking.
  • This is an international show, let’s make it that—from sound system to venue arrangements.

Food Writing Workshop with Amy Besa

Amy Besa, co-author of Memories of Philippine Kitchen, is meeting with writers and bloggers for a Food Writing Workshop. The goal is to learn how to research and write about food effectively.

Invited guests will speak on their culinary journeys and expertise, which will add zest to your stories. At the end of the workshop, participants will produce an article for newspapers and magazines.

This three-day workshop will be on April 4-6, 2013 and is priced at PhP 5,400 inclusive of lunch and snacks.

Enderun Colleges is located at 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries, please call Florence Elumba at 856 5000 local 505.

Magical Easterland at Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

Do you know that Easter is the most important occasion in the Catholic Faith? Today, then, is the best time to plan for Easter Sunday.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila has prepared for you an Easter celebration that will highlight a magical family adventure. From 11AM to 3PM on Sunday, March 31, Le Salon will transform into a magical enchanted garden where both children and adults can enjoy candy fairies, wizards and dwarves. For only PHP800 net for both children and adults, the experience will not only involve delightful magical characters but also sweet and savoury food choices personally hand-picked by Executive Chef Josef Miklavc and his team. Fruit Magic’s refreshing fruit shakes are also available featuring their most popular concoctions.

Some of the featured activities will be:

  • face painting
  • meringue egg decoration
  • balloon twisting
  • pin the magic wand
  • magic hat
  • eggs in a pot
  • an exhilarating show by a wizard performing feats of magic and illusion

And of course, to stay true to the form of Easter, an Easter egg hunting will cap the afternoon activity. All children will get to “eggs plore” in the Mystery Egg Hunt, with carefully tucked-away incredible prizes, including an overnight stay in a guestroom with breakfast buffet for two at the Market Café.

Of course, no one is leaving the party empty handed. Prizes and surprises await all guests, which include Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Sqwishland, ShellCore, Faber-Castell Philippines novelties and IFEX notebooks, ABS-CBN publishing’s Working Mom, Cars and Spider-man magazines, plus Worlds of Fun and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila gift certificates.

For goodies and snacks, Fibisco Chocolate Chips cookies, Oishi, Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Trolli Gummi Candies, Yakult, Selecta Moo chocolate and milk drink, Lucky Me Special, Monde Specials, Nestle Professional, Purefoods Fun Nuggets and Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Ice Cream, San Miguel Foods Inc- Great Food Solutions, Clara Ole, Smuckers, Treetop, Coca-Cola Softdrinks, and Jack N’ Jill Snacks such as Star Pops, Knots, Quake Bars, Star Fruits, Wiggles, Yammy Chocolate Chewy Candy, Cream-O, Magic Creams Junior and Presto bring their most-loved products as a take-home gift.

To kick the Easter party up a notch, families can combine fun and feast by dining at any of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila restaurants and taking advantage of the special rate of PHP 400 net!

Official media partner for this event is Easy Rock 96.3, just the rite rock.

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is located at 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make a booking online by visiting You may also email

About Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a five-star hotel surrounded by Manila’s culturally rich and well-preserved historical points of interest. This 33-storey mixed-use complex offers 376 elegantly designed guestrooms and accommodates the largest number of suites in the Bay Area, including 58 Speciality Suites and 4 Presidential Suites. The hotel features three innovative and authentic restaurants, a pastry shop, an entertainment outlet, four floors of Regency Club accommodation as well as the most stylish and advanced event spaces in town. Fully equipped recreational and premier gaming facilities are also on the premises. The hotel is only a few minutes from the international airport, the convention centre, top tourist attractions and the city’s business district.

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