Terraz : OpenRice.Com Food Review

rsz_1mbp_pinkTerraz is becoming a sweet spot for our team at work, that it has saved us twice after a full day at work, by giving us the comfort of enjoyable food. It is convenient that it is actually on the same building where I work towards the end of week. Among the things that I like about Terraz, as well, is that it never gets into uncomfortable crowded resto that we can always find the best table where we can talk away everything funny about our work days.

So the other day, after completing back to back conference calls and performance review meets, stretching up until almost end of day, we promised to have a sumptuous and yummy lunch. I tried Florentine Beef Lasagna and I was not disappointed. I was quite surprised about the big serving, I knew I just had to share this one, except the bacon on top, of course, which was among the first ones I gobbled up.

florentinestylebeeflasagnaThe first time I visited Terraz several days prior to my lasagna experience, we just had to try all the cakes we can order. It was definitely a cheat day, as we hopped from tasting jackfruit sansrival, frozen brazo de Mercedes, Impossible Cake and three other cakes (the names escape me as I write).

terraz2I will definitely go back to taste more and have more of the quiet space we have always loved about Terraz. Going on my next blogging project: enjoy marriage, family, kids, relationships, friendships, work over food! Will be writing more food reviews I can get my hands on from the resto list from Openrice.com.

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California Pizza Kitchen – OpenRice.Com Review

rsz_1mbp_pinkFilipino families like their pizza very much, it is not foreign to hear a pizza party happening or a pizza night or a pizza celebration or to see pizza as part of potluck or a box of pizza as a gift to give.  That is why I am so happy to hear about California Pizza Kitchen’s 18 years celebration in the casual dining industry as the pioneer in offering gourmet pizzas in the country. In line with this, it is again mounting its successful annual campaign which is the National Pizza Day to be held on August 14 and 15 in all nine CPK branches in Metro Manila. It’s a two-day pizza fest with five off the menu premium items that truly highlights the innovative and creative California spirit that the brand has been known for.

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On the NPD days, guests can enjoy a free pizza for every order of regular or thin crust pizza. The free pizza can be chosen from the special NPD menu of premium and limited edition pizzas created just for those days. It is valid for dine in, takeout, and walk in transactions. Reservations and delivery will not be accepted and the promo is not valid in conjunction with existing discounts, promos, gift certificates, ENSOGO vouchers, and the Global Privilege Card (Global Resto’s loyalty card). The five free pizza are Salami + Bacon, Hawaiian Pepperoni, Traditional Cheese, Caprese, and Italian Sausage and Pepper (pictured above). Choose one for every order of regular pizza. For example, if you ordered five regular The Original BBQ Chicken pizzas, you get five free pizzas too!

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“This year, we are celebrating CPK’s 18th anniversary with a two-day National Pizza Day wherein we give our guests the gift of free pizza. By simply ordering a regular or thin crust pizza, a guest will get to have one for free from our special pizza menu just for August 14 and 15. As with the past years, these pizzas are about pushing the envelope when it comes to taste profile and having an adventure on the dough,” says Archie Rodriguez, Global Restaurant Concepts’ President and CEO, the first company to franchise CPK outside of the US in 1997.

California Pizza Kitchen is located at Bonifacio Global City, Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza Mall’s East Wing, Rockwell PowerPlant Mall, Eastwood Mall, Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center. It opened its newest branch with the first island concept design at Century City Mall in Kalayaan Avenue last year.

Read more food reviews at OpenRice.com or click here.

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For more information, visit the official website at www.cpk.com.ph and follow their social media sites via California Pizza Kitchen Philippines on Facebook and @cpkphilippines on both Instagram and Twitter.

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Do You Skip Breakfast? My Nestle 2015 Expo Take-aways

rsz_1mbp_pinkWe all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but if you are like most people I know, breakfast time is also almost always replaced by another activity nowadays. Breakfast time has been skipped time and again to be replaced by workout time, commute to work early to avoid morning traffic, or even to take care of everyone in the house first (e.g. send kids to school, plan menu for the day or complete morning chores). Tried doing a Google search for Pinoy breakfast and images surprisingly pointed to what Nestle has been providing us day on day. Again, Nestle Philippines is proving to be steps ahead in terms of helping mommies like me never to skip breakfast again.  They are making breakfast quick, easy and healthy.

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MY WELLNESS PLATE

I didn’t realize until today’s Nestle Wellness expo that I have not been doing the right thing in providing nutrition to my kids. All I know is that I need to make sure there is enough warm, fresh food on the table. But Nestle’s “My Wellness Plate” (pictured above) teaches us that half the plate should be ‘glow’ foods (fruits and vegetables) and the other half should be a combination of ‘go’ foods (carbs) and ‘grow’ foods (proteins), accompanied by a healthy beverage.

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I surely learned a lot from meeting the new Nestle Wellness Ambassadors Dani Barretto (student, fashion and lifestyle blogger), James Younghusband (professional athlete) and Nicole Hernandez-delos Angeles (former model and now a full time mom).  It was encouraging to hear Nicole share her secrets around getting her kids to eat vegetables. I was truly convinced about getting on my next project in the kitchen.

21 MORNINGS PROGRAM

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On July8, along with the other health-conscious Filipinos, I will get on the “21 Mornings Program” that comes complete with a 21-day breakfast plan, recipes with nutrient count, wellness tips and a grocery checklist. Nestle Philippines will also be sending Wellness Breakfast Trucks for 21 mornings (details and locations of which will be listed at www.choosewellnes.com.ph). The trucks will offer free breakfast and a Nestle beverage plus free nutritional consultations.

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Stay tuned for more of my improved breakfast adventure with my family. Will clue you in on the new and healthier things which will land on our breakfast table and my kids’ baon bags.

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Tried Lazada Online Shopping : Moms Make Things Simple

rsz_1mbp_pinkChecked my email one random day and both delighted and surprised to see a complimentary voucher from Lazada. I have always been a fan of Lazada online shopping which used to be my go-to-find-a-quick-item tool for my previous Trainer slash Mommy life. So I went on to check out what I can find from Lazada Online Shopping. After oohing and aahing over the list of items on sale, finally found the perfect item to order, a kitchen addition – oven toaster.

Will most likely go online again to try ShoeBiz’s shoes collection perfect for my mommy errands.
Will most likely go online again to try ShoeBiz’s shoes collection perfect for my mommy errands.

So when the order confirmation page told me that I will most likely get the item 1 to 7 days after, my mind went on Philippine delivery timeframe default of expecting the item gets delivered close to the 7th quoted day. To my surprise again, two days after I clicked submit order, I have the item right at my doorstep. In a matter of two days, also appreciated Lazada for giving their customers a string of order status confirmation to get yourself updated wherever your parcel is at for a specific date and time.

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Customers get an email as soon as Lazada warehouse starts working on your order. it quotes the delivery and item details. Very helpful for customers who need to keep track of ordered items.
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Customers also get an order confirmation as soon as your ordered item leaves the warehouse and gets shipped. This also shows you an Order Tracking tool you can also access on the move with your mobile.
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Customers will appreciate the email on approach they will receive on the same day it gets delivered. Since I ordered using Lazada’s complimentary vouchers, I did not need to pay extra other than the minimal delivery fee of P55.00

If you are like any other mommies I know, we need things fast and easy so we can devote more time to things that last. My order came earlier than I expected that I had enough time to plan what I want to use it for in time for my kids’ baon preparation. So kids and I went ahead with testing it with their favourite cheese sandwich (toasted cheese, butter, with a pinch of sugar sandwich). I will definitely go to Lazada again for my mom-needs.

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Gardenia Plant Visited

Imagine a slice of your favorite bread wafting out with that distinct hot-off-the-oven-aroma. That was what my son and I had first-hand when we went to visit Gardenia Plant in Laguna. Have you ever wondered how that bread is made? It was a fun-filled day of discovery as we witnessed and tasted what Gardenia is all about.

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As soon as we have landed, we have met Gardee, life size Gardenia mascot. Both moms and kids had a blast learning a LOT about everything bread. For starters, it was encouraging to be taught how to check for freshness of bread. Breads have different shelf lives. Some are good for 3, 5 or 7 days, while others stay at their best anywhere from 10 to 14 days. All my grocery-life, I have mistakenly been checking expiry date when I need to be checking the bread’s baking and delivery day to get more accurate information. Case in point: bread that expires in 5 days may actually be already 5 days old if its “Best Before” date is within 10 days. Aside from this, it is also important to look for other attributes such as softness, freshly baked aroma, great taste and nutritive value.

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It was also a day of sampling what mommies can make out of Gardenia bread. There is this Gardenia bread turned into Mexican tuna canapé with liver spread, baked chocolate muffins with strawberry, summer roll sandwich with seafood, special raisin cannoli, no-bake butterscotch in a jar, chocolate eclairs with cherry on top. It added to my list of baon ideas as my son made sure to ask if he can have them as baon for class next week.

gardenia7 gardenia8 gardenia9Then the plant tour began. Gab hopped from one station to the next while voice-over accurately tells us what we can see around the plant.

Cooling Tower - Gardenia is able to produce more than 6,000 loaves of bread per hour. Each loaf is prepared and produced without the help of human hands.
Cooling Tower – Gardenia is able to produce more than 6,000 loaves of bread per hour. Each loaf is prepared and produced without the help of human hands
Packaging Station is equipped with automatic cutters and metal detectors to help ensure that all wrapped loaves will have the best quality that Gardenia is best known for.
Packaging Station is equipped with automatic cutters and metal detectors to help ensure that all wrapped loaves will have the best quality that Gardenia is best known for.

Kids worked with their own hands as a Gardenia Nutritionist showed them how to create their own Refrigerator cake using Gardenia Chocolate & Mocha loaf. Kids also took the time to write personal thank-you-messages to all the moms.

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Special thanks to Mommy Bloggers Philippines for organizing the Gardenia Plant Tour aptly titled as Super Moms Deserve only World-Class Quality.

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Yummy Baon Ideas

Say hello to another school year with a new set of Yummy Baon Ideas, thanks for Yummy Magazine’s first ever Big Baon Blowout. We have always been relying on Philippine’s number 1 food magazine to deliver a delightful full-day food affair with Yummy-approved concessionaires at the Trinoma Activity Center earlier today.

Moms of all shapes and sizes, with kids or even entire family in tow, lined up to hop from one booth to the next, sample all the best baon food options. Guest chefs Yummy Magazine’s Erickson John “IDGE” Mendiola, Assistant Managing Editor Katrina Luisa “TRINKA” Gonzales, Assistant Style Editor Ma. Rachelle “RACH” Santos, along with Smart Parenting’s contributing writer Michelle Aventajado with Good Housekeeping Food Editor Roselle Miranda whipped up a few recipes for everyone.

Had a blast of fun filling my plate that towards the end of it, I had a long list of baon options to take home to my kids. Look at my filled plate below, and I haven’t even started with the recipes and baon tutorials yet, prepared in a multi-tasking-mommy-friendly speed right before my eyes.

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Miradips – my People’s Choice Nominee. Yummy cheese pimiento and sun dried tomato cream cheese, kids sandwiches will never have to be all the same Monday to Friday.
Miradips – my People’s Choice Nominee. Yummy cheese pimiento and sun dried tomato cream cheese, kids sandwiches will never have to be all the same Monday to Friday.
The Barista Juice – Part dessert. Wholly creamy frothy. Puree of health. Tried their lemon cold pressed juice, tasty for my palette, not sure though if kids will love the raw, organic taste.
The Barista Juice – Part dessert. Wholly creamy frothy. Puree of health. Tried their lemon cold pressed juice, tasty for my palette, not sure though if kids will love the raw, organic taste.
Casa San Luis – granola bars made healthy. Would make perfect power bars for moms/dads and tasty snack bars for kids. With more than one flavour to choose from, kids will not realize they’re eating the same nuts they refuse to munch.
Casa San Luis – granola bars made healthy. Would make perfect power bars for moms/dads and tasty snack bars for kids. With more than one flavour to choose from, kids will not realize they’re eating the same nuts they refuse to munch.
Cookie Sticks – cookies made into sticks. Head to SM Southmall, Fairview and Megamall to try this modern twist to an all-time classic.
Cookie Sticks – cookies made into sticks. Head to SM Southmall, Fairview and Megamall to try this modern twist to an all-time classic.
Theo Philo – Artisan chocolates in different flavours, believe it or not. Brownies are bestsellers and their peanut butter with no rough peanut pieces, it’s like a spread from melted chocolate.
Theo Philo – Artisan chocolates in different flavours, believe it or not. The peanut butter with no rough peanut pieces, it’s like a spread from melted chocolate. Theo Philo products shown in pictures best used with brownies or cookies.
Severin Crepe Maker – now crepe made possible right from the comfort of my home. Served crepes always makes one think of elaborately made desserts, but the demo from the booth convinced me that it is easy to use and can be quite a hit with the kids. Crepe in less than 5 minutes!
Severin Crepe Maker – now crepe made possible right from the comfort of my home. Served crepes always makes one think of elaborately made desserts, but the demo from the booth convinced me that it is easy to use and can be quite a hit with the kids. Crepe in less than 5 minutes!
Must be Mom’s Homemade Ensaymada – packed in 6 or 12 pcs. or go with their ensaymaditas with a pack of 60 or 80.
Must be Mom’s Homemade Ensaymada – packed in 6 or 12 pcs. or go with their ensaymaditas with a pack of 60 or 80.
Jacob’s Peanut Butter – with Praline, it is interesting to see there’s chilli peanut butter, not hot enough that your tweens can enjoy, has enough chilli tinge from parents’ taste buds.
Jacob’s Peanut Butter – with Praline, it is interesting to see there’s chilli peanut butter, not hot enough that your tweens can enjoy, has enough chilli tinge from parents’ taste buds.
Bayani Brew – all Filipino iced tea, kids may never eat raw camote but they will always drink Bayani Brew’s Camote drink.
Bayani Brew – all Filipino iced tea, kids may never eat raw camote but they will always drink Bayani Brew’s Camote drink.

bottomcollageYummy Big Baon Blowout is brought to you by Yummy Magazine together with Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Total Girl and K-Zone. This event is co-presented by Aquiva, and sponsored by Datu Puti and Lady’s Choice, and major sponsors Goldilocks, Bounty Fresh Chicken and Hunt’s Pork & Beans. Per DTI-FTRB-SPD Permit # 2118, series of 2015.

For more information about Yummy Magazine, visit http://www.yummy.ph/. Follow Yummy on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yummymagazine, and on Instragram and Twitter @yummyph. Yummy Magazine is available on newsstands and in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Yummy Magazine is also available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo and Zinio.mattel


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Bounty Fresh joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 on July 26, 2015 at SMX Aura, Taguig, Philippines

momsaffiliateAccording to Ms. Joan Clarice N. Caccam, Assistant Brand Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), Bounty Fresh Chicken is a brand under the Bounty Fresh Group of Companies (BFGC), a privately owned company operating in the Philippines. BAVI and its sister company, Bounty Fresh Food Inc. supplies live chicken, dressed chicken, and various processed chicken products nationwide. Bounty Fresh Chicken was awarded “Asia’s Best” in 2009 Asian Livestock Industry Award in Malaysia and is the most-liked chicken brand in the Philippines. It has over a million likes in one of the leading social media platforms, Facebook. This year the brand has launched its new online campaign, #DiskarteNaMayArte. This campaign aims to celebrate the Bounty Fresh Moms out there who always find creative and resourceful ways to make homemaking extra special for their loved ones.

rsz_1mbp_pinkBounty Fresh supports Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015 because it acknowledges the powerful role of digital media in reaching and interacting with its customers and brand lovers. At Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2015, different top executives will join together to share the future of Online Marketing in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific region with the following points:

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  • The digital economy of the Philippines
    • Positioning the Philippines as a gateway from East to West and West to East
    • Is the Philippines ready to be a cashless society?
    • Disrupting tradition and embracing innovation
    • Technology and Entrepreneurship driving inclusive growth
    • Micro – multinationals E-commerce connecting SMEs to ASEAN and beyondPartial list of speakers are as follows;

    • Constantin Roberts – Managing Director, Zalora Philippines
    • Earl Valencia- Head Corporate Development/Innovations, Smart Communications
    • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber Philippines
    • Donald Felbaum- Managing Director, Optel
    • Richard Upton- President, John Robert Powers Asia
    • Donald Lim- Chief Digital Officer, ABS CBN
    • Janette Toral- E Commerce Advocate, Digital Club Filipino
    • Robert Yupangco- President, Yupangco Group of Companies
    • Chinkee Tan- Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Wealth & Wellness Coach
    • Rebecca Bustamante Mills- CEO, Chalre Associates & President, Asia CEO Awards
    • Mikel Yaw- CEO, Elabram Systems Group
    • Carlos Celdran- Brand Ambassador, Tour Guide
    • Maria Camille Montejo- CEO, NWSteel Technologies & Tree Top Adventure Inc.
    • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creative Voices Productions
    • Tanya Llana- Marketing & Sales Director, Victoria Court
    • James Jimenez- Director, Commission On Elections
    • Lloyd Luna- CEO, Lloyd Luna Corporation
    • Jonathan Luzuriaga- President, Philippine Software Industry Association
    • Lewis Hong- Web Consultant, Xyxon Singapore
    • Kim Bernardo Lokin- Managing Editor, Business Class Magazine

    For more information, you may visit www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph. For partnership and sponsorship, you may contact TAG Media & PR at 09166299381 or at grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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Madrid Fusion Manila 2015 at SM Supermalls

Manila, Philippines- SM, the host to the first Madrid Fusion Manila, held a cuisine demonstration at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar, Mall of Asia last April 16, 2015. Chef Bruce Ricketts, Chef Rob Pengson and Chef Claude Tayag, the Philippines’ finest representatives to the Madrid Fusion Manila Congress showcased their mastery in cooking, with a special participation of Chef JP Anglo. Madrid Fusion Manila is happening on April 24-26, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

SM, in partnership with Department of Tourism and Madrid Fusion Manila, provides a platform to expand ideas and experiences in strengthening culinary innovation. SM has the vital tasks of bringing the richness of our culinary heritage to a global audience in Madrid Fusion Manila and to share this great celebration to our fellow Filipinos through festive activities in SM Malls nationwide.

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Chef Bruce Ricketts

Known to be one of the youngest chefs in Manila, Chef Bruce used his experiences from famous restaurants in California to prove that age has nothing to do with success.

Chef Bruce studied Culinary Management at the Art Institute of San Diego. It was his mentor Jason Knibb who made him understand ingredients and changed the way he

Chef Rob Pengson

Rob Pengson is a rebel of sorts. And this fact is apparent in the food he serves at The Goose Station, the restaurant he has built together with his wife Sunshine. The restaurant, regarded as the first tasting menu focused establishment in the metro, is known for its inventive, thought-provoking, even groundbreaking cuisine that challenges traditional cuisine by ignoring dogma and infusing culture and heritage into cooking.

Chef Claude Tayag

Self-taught culinary savant, Claude Tayag is known to have uplifted Pampango/Kapampangan cuisine through Bale Dutung (Wooden House), his abode turned into a by-reservation-only restaurant serving traditional Pampango cuisine. Spicing up Chef Claude’s culinary career is his passion to preserve the diversity of the Filipino cuisines which he showcased at the Peabody Hotel’s Chez Philippe Restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, when he was invited to serve his special selection of Filipino cuisine at the Memphis in May Festival 2012.

Highlighting the best in food, art and culture of the Philippines, these chefs shared to the guests the delectable dishes that are proudly Filipino. With their artful skill in creating wonderful meals, it is such a delight to know that the Philippines has so much excellence to offer in the culinary world.

Madrid Fusion Manila is the first culinary festival with Spain and Asia’s legendary chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz, Elena Arzak, Quique Dacosta, Ramón Freixa, Francis Paniego, Paco Roncero, Mario Sandoval, Paco Torreblanca, André Chiang, and Alvin Leung. Presenting the Philippines’ own diverse and imaginative epicurean traditions are chefs Fernando Aracama, Margarita Forés, J Gamboa, José Luis “Chele” Gonzalez, Pepe Lopez, Rob Pengson, Bruce Ricketts, Myrna Dizon, Claude Tayag, and Juan Carlos de

SM Gourmet Weekend Market

Madrid_Fusion_Manila_LogoA feast of everything delectably Filipino-Spanish shall delight foodies at the Gourmet Weekend Market from April 24 to 26 at SM Mall of Asia. A premium selection of cheese, tapas, wine, ingredients, local finds and special bundles shall be made available in partnership with SM Markets (SM Supermarket and Hypermarket).

SM Spanish Food Specials

New food concepts that reflect culinary innovation and technique will be available only this April at select SM Mall of Asia restaurants where special dishes with Spanish influence or cooked with the finest local produce, ingredients and flavors are sure to bring out your inner foodie. On April 24 to 26, irresistible dining deals await all food lovers at SM Megamall’s flagship and first-in-the-country dining destinations and the newly-opened Mega Food Hall.

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Fusion Manila 2015, visit http://www.madridfusionmanila.com.