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Sunnies Café

A Quick Check on Sunnies Café

My college barkada, D, and I set our regular dinner meetup the other day. She suggested Sunnies Café at Bonifacio High Street.

I got excited because I have again a new place to check out. And boy, Sunnies Café didn’t disappoint me! As soon as I enter, I am greeted by a cool yellow mixed with nude colors, quite like sunshine actually, lol!

Of course, the clincher is the food. Well, the ones we ordered were superbly yummy, except for the matcha drink I got which I find lacking the matcha or green tea tangy flavor. I prefer a more umami-rich matcha.

SunniesCafe Matcha Milkshake

Sunnies Café Matcha Milkshake (P190) – green tea ice cream, matcha powder, rice krispies, whipped cream, malted milk

SunniesCafe Poke Quinoa

Salmon Poke Quinoa (P280) – spicy raw salmon, avocado, mixed greens, quinoa, pickled red onions, seaweed, citrus ponzu dressing

SunniesCafe Spicy Seafood Bowl

Rice Bowls – Spicy garlic butter seafood bowl (P270) – spicy garlic shrimp and calamari, cilantro lime rice, homemade pickles

SunniesCafe Crispy Tacos

Sunnies Café Crispy Tacos (P290) – asada steak, fried quail eggs, homemade crispy parmesan taco shells, cilantro cream sauce

My take: Highly recommended!  

OTS Highly Recommended

Sunnies Café
B3 Unit 748 Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 949 2251

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Langnese Honey

#SunshineInEveryServing: Langnese Honey

Langnese Honey launch at Marriott Manila Hotel

Langnese Honey launch at Marriott Manila Hotel

Germany’s No. 1 Langnese Honey is now in the Philippines

I think most people know that real honey has a lot of health benefits. I remember when my kids got a year older, their pediatrician recommended that I put honey in their water to boost their immunity as well as encourage them to drink more water.

Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D.

Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D. sharing how unfiltered honey should be

Looking back, I wonder if what I gave my children were pure unfiltered honey. Because when Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at UP Los Baños, shared the results of UPLB’s Bee Program’s physicochemical analysis of commercial honey from selected supermarkets in Metro Manila, out of 39 samples (ie. 14 local brands and 25 imported brands) only two (2) samples passed the European Union Directive (EU Directive 110/2001). Whoa!

The samples were tested for moisture content, pH, electrical conductivity, reducing sugars, apparent sucrose, and HMF or Hydroxymethylfurfural.  HMF determines if the honey is subjected to overheating and stored poorly. Therefore, adulterated or low quality honey is high in moisture content, high HMF, and high apparent sucrose.

So when Fly Ace Corporation launched Langnese Honey last week, we really learned a lot about how our honey should be. Langnese is an old brand in Germany, which many households had been using.

Honey is considered one of nature’s sweetest gifts from nectar that’s collected by bees and naturally broken into simple sugar. With the constant fanning of the bees’ wings, evaporation takes place in the unique design of the honeycomb that produces the thick, syrupy liquid we now know as honey. Interestingly, the color and flavor of honey is an indicator of its type of flower nectar collected by bees, thus leaves consumers with more flavor options.

Here are five facts that make Langnese Honey a game changer, rebooting your appreciation for high-quality honey:

1. Highest quality and purity since 1927. Langnese Honey is a family-owned brand for nine decades; it is also a reputable market leader with a seal of approval from Germany’s Honey Ordinance and European Standard Basic Principles that strictly requires the safest and unadulterated quality. Meaning, it should be raw, unfiltered, and residue-free, with a limit of between 16% – 21% water content only. With Langnese Honey, it doesn’t only surpass these requirements, its name is a seal of guarantee that nothing is added nor removed from it!

2. No short cuts and no compromise. Ever wondered what makes Langnese Honey truly satisfying? Its serious commitment to quality and purity puts a premium importance on selection and processing, market analysis, coupled with direct and long-standing relationship with the beekeepers in the countries of origin. Much more, it also boasts a plethora of certifications from International Featured Standards (IFS) Kosher, and Halal that are true marks of its reliable source.

Langnese Honey Fürsten - Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner

Langnese Honey Fürsten – Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner sharing more about Langnese Honey and the importance of unfiltered honey to our health

3. Pollen-packed and certified safe. Did you know that when a honey comes back negative for pollen test, it’s a sure sign of ultra-processing? That shouldn’t be the case, according to the makers of Langnese Honey Fürsten – Reform’s Export Manager Mark Baumgärtner, “Absence of pollens in the honey means there’s no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources, as verified as well by the German Honey Directive and World Health Organization. Langnese Honey mindfully takes into account the latest scientific findings using modern technology and unfiltered process that effectively determines the origin and type of honey.”

Langnese Bee Easy packaging

Langnese Bee Easy packaging

4. Chic and convenient. Featuring a honey dispenser technology famously known as “Bee Easy”, this chic and convenient packaging is also guaranteed no drip and no stickiness in every serving. Available in 250 g and 500 g PET dispensers, it’s also well loved by kids who find fun and enjoyment with their food. What’s more, you can take delight as you please, as its five yummy flavors might be the best you’ve ever tasted.

5. Five decadent flavors for all types of fete and feasts. Aside from Langnese Honey’s credible process and source, there’s none quite like its well-balanced, rich, and golden flavors that’s arguably highly nutritious! Considered a staple for its subtle and mildly sweet taste, Acacia is the ultimate breakfast companion that lends character to teas, cereals, and desserts. Golden Clear on the other hand, offers a sweet antidote to dips, salads, cocktails, and hot drinks, or to just about anything. Meanwhile, cooks and foodies can never go wrong with Black Forest that’s surely a luscious ingredient from the straightforward to the flashy recipes. While Wild Flower is pretty much suited for sweetening all types of food and beverage, it makes breads and pastries tastier and way healthier instead of refined sugar. Last but not the least, Lavender is also lovely for sweetening all types of beverages like tea and is a luscious spread on breads.

Langnese Acacia Honey

Langnese Acacia Honey, the ultimate breakfast companion that lends character to teas, cereals, and desserts

Langnese Black Forest Honey

Langnese Black Forest Honey, a luscious ingredient from the straightforward to the flashy recipes

Langnese Pure Honey Bee for salads

Langnese Pure Honey Bee for salads

Langnese Wild Flower Honey

Langnese Wild Flower Honey, suited for sweetening all types of food and beverage, it makes breads and pastries tastier and way healthier instead of refined sugar

Langnese Wild Lavender Blossom Honey

Langnese Wild Lavender Blossom Honey, for sweetening all types of beverages like tea and is a luscious spread on breads

“Fly Ace Corporation is proud to welcome Langnese Honey in the Philippines, as we reinforce our commitment to bring the best of the world’s food and beverages to the Filipinos.” concludes Fly Ace Corporation President Jun Cochanco.  “When it comes to honey, there’s a reason why Langnese has been around for decades and a consistent market leader all these years–its name is the ultimate representation of what a real and reliable honey should be.”

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Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.

Langnese Honey is exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in supermarkets nationwide.

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Slow Food Onboard the Ark of Taste 2016

Farmers are Part of Slow Food

By Pacita ‘Chit’ Juan

Yes, it’s not just consumers and diners and chefs. It all starts with the farmer.

Slow Food is about enjoining farmers to keep planting our old heirloom varieties of food. And we have just the event cooked up (pardon the pun) for it on August 6 as our volunteer chef Margarita Fores (Asia’s Best female chef) shares her famous Grace Park restaurant menu with our farmers, yes real farmers that you the reader will help feed on this special day, this special lunch. We will finally break bread with the people who really feed us—the farmers.

As we were planning our third WOFEX event, we know that the public is really interested in helping preserve traditional cooking, heirloom varieties of rice and cacao and souring agents. What better way to cement the relationship between farmer and consumer but to have them come face-to-face. Just like people who have never touched soil, nor planted anything, many consumers have never met a farmer.

So we thought a special meal with a farmer may be a life-changing experience for both consumer and farm guy. The consumer knows about organic and slow food, but the farmers simply plants and reaps. We need to be on the same page. Plant old varieties. Use heirloom seeds. Practice natural farming. Nothing artificial. Use soil instead of other media. (That’s what Earthbeat Farms did. They shifted from hydro to soil).

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

Earthbeat Farms joins Slow Food

And on August  6, we will be able to also talk to the farmers and ask why they do or do not yet grow our traditional varieties—like Siling Labuyo, Batwan, Sua, Tabon Tabon, and why they stopped growing heirloom rice varieties. It will be a fun lunch talking about the same ingredients our grandmothers used but maybe some farmers do not know anymore. It may be that they think there is no market for these “old varieties”. Not everything is about newer choices, higher yields, and seeds that are nowhere to be found (check out the prominence of seedless fruits now). It used to be that our mothers planted the very seeds in our fruits at the table in our backyards. Today, mothers are proud to find fruits that are happily seedless without thinking of its effects on farming and sustainability.

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Tsoknut Tsokolate, Perfect for the Stormy Weather

Mary Grace's Tsoknut TsokolateTsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace

Yes, this Tsoknut Tsokolate of Mary Grace is just perfect for this cold, windy, and wet weather. Then what better way than to pair it with this

Mary Grace's grilled kesong puti with bagard breadMary Grace grilled kesong puti with bagard bread…

 I just love it! The bread is crunchy on the outside but soft at the center.

There is a nice surprise at Mary Grace, too. It has something to do with their customer service.

As soon as you order, they would punch in your orders and they will give you right away the bill. This will give you time to review your bill, and it also facilitates your bill-out time. I really like it. I also like the notes they add in your bill and receipt.

Take a look at what I mean.

IMG_1229Nice, isn’t it? 😉

And would you believe it? I finished the bread all by myself! Ha ha!

I love being at Mary Grace!

Have you checked out Mary Grace lately?

Find them at Serendra | Trinoma | Robinsons Manila | ATC | Rockwell Business Center | St. Lukes, Fort | Eastwood | Greenbelt 2 | Chinatown Mall KIOSKS:Powerplant | Shangri-la | G4 | Greenhills | MOA | Galleria | SM North | Podium | RCBC Plaza | Makati Med.

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Philippines with its Unique Sights and Mouthwatering Cuisines, a True Paradise to Satisfy your Wanderlust

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Philippines is heaven for any traveler, with its tropical islands that have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, luxury resorts, amiable villages, tantalizing nightlife and the most delicious cuisine. The country should be on the bucket list of any vacationer who loves to explore nature and loves to try different and delectable food.

People who have never been to the Philippines think that it is a country buzzing with tourists and nothing novel to offer to those who love adventure. While it is true that it is becoming a popular tourist destination, which according to the government report, 2,619,625 visitors have already visited the country, it still has much more to offer to excited backpackers and those on a quest for a unique experience.

The striking places and sights that make the Philippines a dreamland for a traveler:

With more than seven thousand islands, most of which are untouched, Philippines is the best place for a true nature lover. One can explore the beautiful Chocolate Hills that are considered one of the most breathtaking National Geological Monuments, or one can take a walk through history and visit nearly 2,000-year-old rice terraces that were sculpted by the earliest inhabitants of the island or enjoy the pristine beaches, some of which have diving or snorkeling activities where you get to explore splendid coral reefs.

Intramuros also called the Walled City lies at the heart of Manila, you can visit some of the oldest museums, churches and ruins here.

If you love exploring then Rizal Park is a perfect spot for you, pack your travel gear and take a stroll around this park. The park is named after a famous poet and national hero Jose Rizal. And if you believe the spooky tales, then many locals believe this park is haunted.

The Philippines with many islands offers a great range of surfing spots, however, if you do not like large crowds, then pack your surfing gear and rush to Catanduanes that is situated in the Bicol Region. It is a very secluded spot. Here you can surf on the grandiose waves and enjoy the majestic sea.

Whenever you plan an adventurous holiday, it is a good idea to take a travel insurance so your trip is full of adventure and is completely safe. If you packed light and forgot the important travelling gears then you can easily buy travel essentials at Kaymu at local affordable prices.

Experience the most tantalizing Filipino cuisine:

Filipino Cuisine

No real adventure is complete without trying the local food, and Filipino cuisine will not disappoint you. If you love seafood, then Philippines is like a food paradise for you. Fish is a staple food item that is cooked in a variety of different ways with soy sauce and vinegar.

There are few food combinations that you can find only in the Philippines, the unconventional dish called Balut, which is basically a boiled egg. If you are wondering what is so unusual about a boiled egg, then you are in for a surprise. In this boiled egg is a duck embryo, and you consume from the shell by sipping the broth first, after which you remove the shell and swallow the rest of it. There are other exotic food you will fin while island hopping.

Unleash the globetrotter in you and experience the exotic culture, sights and cuisine of the enchanting land of Philippines.

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Slow Food Summit at WOFEX 2015

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What do you remember our parents telling us about eating? Chew your food to avoid indigestion.

These days however, indigestion may come not only in not chewing properly our food but it can also come from eating at fast-food joints or eating hurriedly  because you are off to a meeting somewhere.

Few people know that there are far more benefits from slowing down, and carefully preparing your food and enjoying eating it. A  group of people are actually advocating this. This group says “no” to fast food and fast life, rather they are pushing for glocal (global-local), which support sustainable farming to make sure that you have good and clean food on your table.

Get to know more about Slow Food and the group behind at the World Food Expo (WOFEX) 2015 from August 5 to 8 at the SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center in Pasay City.  There is a Slow Food Summit  on August 7, Friday, at Function Room 2 of SMX Convention Center.

What to expect at Slow Food Summit?

  • The Ark of Taste exhibit, a showcase of some endangered Filipino food. The Ark of Taste is an international catalogue designed to preserve at-risk heritage food items that are sustainably produced, unique in taste and part of a distinct ecoregion. The Philippine list has 32 products listed such as the adlai cereal, barako coffee bean, batuan, criollo cacao, kadios, kamias, some different heritage rice varieties, luyang dilaw to name a few.
  • Pop-up food tasting booths by Down to Earth (free-range meats and chicken), Fresh Start Organic from Negros Occidental, Cordillera Network (heritage rice), Cara Milk Dairy ice cream, Theo and Philo chocolates, Pamora Farm (free-range chicken and eggs), Malipayon Farms, Meliomar (sustainable fish), and ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • A lot of sharing through educational sessions on interconnectedness and influences of food together: the plate, planet, people, politics and culture. Network and learn from participating chefs Robby Goco of  Green Pastures, Margarita Fores of Lusso and Cibo, Claude Tayag of Bale Dutung in Pampanga, Jam Melchor of Healthy Eats food delivery service, and Chele Gonzales of ArroZeria and Vask.
  • Slow Food Lunch

Good deals at Slow Food Summit

Here’s a good deal for those interested to join the Slow Food Summit.

  • Sign up and join Slow Food  online HERE or on-site. On-site membership is only P500 and then you only pay P1,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, plus lunch.
  • Non-Slow Food members will pay P3,000 for the whole day. This early bird rate was only until August 1st but if you email today (or better yet leave a comment below) till August 4th, then you get a chance to pay only P2,000 for the whole day of learning talks, sharing, networking with other members, chefs, and purveyors, and lunch.

For more information, visit Slow Food Philippines on Facebook or e-mail slowfoodph@gmail.com. Tickets are available at ECHOstore branches or call Gina at 0905-2871613, or on-site.

Also read Slow Down and Enjoy Your Food by Jeanie E. Javelosa on Philstar.com.

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Your Favorite Plates are Available To-Go at Marriott Café

Marriott Manila’s main outlet Marriott Café can turn your parties into lavish celebrations with gastronomic delights you have come to enjoy – wherever you may be! From intimate events to large gatherings, you can experience a magnificent spread that will make your events all the more extraordinary. Feed a party of 10, 15, or 20 people with gourmet choices that will fill your guests to their hearts’ content.

Sushi platter

Allow for a Japanese culinary treat with Assorted Sashimi Platter (P6500 for 15 persons), a mix of salmon, tuna, and snapper sashimi; or Sushi Platter (P6000 for 15 persons) with an assortment of ebi sushi, tuna sushi, California maki roll, and spicy salmon roll. Sample the freshest catch of the sea mixed with the enticing flavors of Baked Whole Salmon Fillet (P6500 for 10 persons) and Gambas al Ajillo (P6000 for 10 persons).

For those yearning for a taste of Italy with a twist, scrumptious dishes such as Linguine with Shrimp in Garlic & Olive Oil (P5200 for 15 persons) and Ocean’s Harvest Lasagna (P6000 for 15 persons) may satisfy your pasta cravings.

Slow-roasted US Prime Rib

And for those who want to bring home our renowned Slow Roasted US Prime Rib, now it’s possible! Available in whole (P19300 for 20 persons) or half (P9500 for 8-10 persons) servings, this succulent dish comes with corn on the cob, mashed or roasted potato, glazed carrots, and buttered vegetables. You may also choose your sauces from pepper cream sauce or wild mushroom sauce.

Plan your events and call at 9889999 at least 24 hours before your party, so you can pick up your freshly cooked meals at Marriott Café on the day of your event! It is undeniable that Marriott can deliver nothing but distinct epicurian elegance in their dishes.

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About Marriott Hotel Manila

An inviting beacon set in the world class entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3. A 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District it affords a splendid view of the adjoining Villamor Golf Course. The hotel boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40” full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 4 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club. For inquiries and reservations, call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

The Much Awaited World Food Expo 2013 is Back!

World Food Expo (WOFEX) is back! The ultimate food show experience, WOFEX 2013, the country’s most effective Food & Beverage trade show, will be held from July 31-August 3 at the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center.

WOFEX 2013, celebrating its 13th year international expo on worldwide food & beverages, technologies & machineries, is the best way for industry buyers to meet up with industry sellers, with about 400 exhibitors in attendance. It will cover both trade and retail exhibits in two huge venues.

Included in WOFEX 2013 is the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC), now on its 4th year. Endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), this is the most prestigious culinary competition where the best meet to compete. For this year, winners for some categories will get the chance to win trips to the US and Asia.

And to add to this already exciting event is Wofex University, now on its 2nd year, which takes education to the next level, and where advanced learning opportunities from industry experts are being offered. The highlight of Wofex U this year is the participation of Chef Rick Moonen, founding member of the Seafood Choices Alliances, owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, and finalist of Top Chef Masters.

Organized by Premier Events Plus Group, Inc. (www.pepgroup.com), WOFEX 2013 will also have an extensive line up of seminars, product demonstrations and workshops for the four-day exposition.

For more information, please call (632) 9297993, 9297963, log on to www.pepgroup.com, www.wofex.com, www.philippineculinarycup.com, or Like us (WOFEX) on Facebook!