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Thursday, February 22, 2018

 Cooking has never been my strong suit. I'll admit, I'm the first one on the dinner table but I'm the last when it comes to prepping the food or even gathering ingredients and getting the different things needed to cook delicious dishes.
 Luckily I was invited to "cook" and learn from no less than the Master CHEF ROSEBUD BENITEZ. Using GOLD SEAS TUNA CHUNKS, I'm pretty impressed with the dishes we got out. I saw how versatile and easy to use GOLD SEAS TUNA CHUNKS are. 
Responsible fishing and no extenders are the main draw of GOLD SEAS TUNA. These attributes makes this an interesting ingredient. This premium brand tuna are sourced from yellow fin tuna and are given the utmost care and respect so I'm pretty happy that I was able to use it to cook some dishes.
 To start things off, we made A CHEESY TUNA PIZZA. Granted that it would be better to make your own dough, but since it's way easier a ready made flour tortilla would do wonders as well.
 You should prepare the following: 
1 small can corn kernels
1 can Gold Seas Tuna Herb and Garlic
50 g canned black beans, drained
1 small red bell pepper, sliced thinly
1 small red onion, sliced thinly
2 tsp cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 piece lime, juiced and zested
Salt and Pepper
1 large Pizza Dough or Flour Tortilla 
170g Quickmelt Cheese
 The steps are pretty easy to be honest. Chef Rosebud did a number and got us all squared away. You could pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Then, place most if not all of the ingredients in the bowl. Don't forget to add a bit of the oil from the can. Break up the tuna meat by using a fork. Mix them all together according to taste and preference. You could leave a bit of the bell pepper so that you could add them later on. 
After spreading the mixture on top the dough, add the cheese. Add as much as you would want! You could then bake it for 5-7 minutes.
 From here, you get the end product. A CHEESY TUNA PIZZA!
The next dish we did was sort of a surprise. I never knew that I could do something as delicious and healthy as a TUNA WRAP. This would be perfect for LENTEN SEASON as it's a guilt-free dish to serve.
 You would need the following ingredients:
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sriracha
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp ginger, grated 
2 cans Gold Seas Tuna Lemon and Pepper
1/2 cup Water chestnuts, drained and sliced 
2 green onions, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste 
Large leafy lettuce, leaves separated for serving
 To start, you would need to make the sauce. Whisk the hoisin, soy sauce, rice wine viegar, sriracha, and sesame oil in a bowl. Add oil in a skillet and heat it up. Add a bit of the juices from the can as well. This would definitely help coat the next ingredients. You then add the onions. Saute them till translucent. Then add the garlic and ginger. Afterwards, you could add the tuna. Break everything up using the back of the spoon.  Here, you could add a bit of the sauce. Reduce the mixture and turn off the heat. You could add the water chestnuts and spring onions to give it texture.
 Scoop everything up and place some on a large leafy lettuce. It's actually pretty good that I had more than a couple spoonful. Plus, it works perfectly with rice as well. The chestnuts gave it a bite and it cuts through the flavor. I liked it.

Gold Seas Tuna Chunks was introduced to the Manila market last year. It was welcomed with big hugs and happy stomachs. Made with Yellowfin Tuna and responsibly fished, these babies do not have any extenders. That's why it's chunky. Gold Seas Tuna is available in all leading supermarkets. There are different variants that would spell delicious if you get to try them out. Personally, I just prefer the one with olive oil. Simple and straightforward. Cheers!


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Well Hello there! This has got to be one heck of a time to be craving for some alcoholic drinks. Not just any liquor but premium made by no less than the TIKI MAESTRO.
Summer seems to be coming up as the vibe right now is either on the beach or on near a pool and sipping some drinks. At SHANGRI-LA FORT, BGC, their in house restaurant, SAMBA invited over a master when it comes to TIKI drinks. Meet DANIELE DALLA POLA. Known as the "Tiki Maestro", this lively drink creator knows no limits when it comes to alcohol concoctions.

Caught red handed, he was quick with his mixtures and was even playing around. Right from the start, he made some daiquiris just to let everyone settle down. Shots of Bacardi 8 years were also distributed left and right just so as to let the party start.
Food was of course by Shangri-la Fort's SAMBA. Peruvian cuisine is the name of the game when it comes to something refreshing and light.

A number of dishes were brought out. From pulpo or octopus to other seafood dishes.
A favorite dish of the crowd would have to be the soft shell crabs. Deep fried and perfect with the mango salsa, each dip makes everything okay. You find yourself going for more.
While everyone was busy with the food, the Maestro went about on demonstrating and showing how to make different cocktails with rhum.
Some of the classics were given twists while others were given a dash of creativity as well. Surprisingly, the flavors are quite similar but there was a sense of elevation when it came to the flavors and the spirits used.
Playing with fire, this stunt caught the attention of almost everyone in the area. It's a nice treat to be treated to some entertainment especially when its paired with a nice cold drink.
Shangri-la The Fort Bonifacio Global City is known to invite guests chefs and mixologists to perform and have its guests experience something different. Cheers to more delicious events in the future.

8th Floor, Shangri-la Hotel
The Fort, Bonifacio Global City,
Taguig City, Metro Manila

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
LUB D HOSTEL MANILA: The Newest Chic Place Stay at in Makati

When I travel, I usually put a premium as to where I will stay. It needs to be in the center of everything, easily accessible, and clean. Of course being affordable is one of the key things that I need also. At LUB D, I think everything that I want and need is accounted for.
 LUB D is actually a hostel chain that comes from Thailand. It's known as a backpackers' paradise but is also quite quirky and perfect for family and couples alike.
 Just opened a few weeks ago, LUB D in MAKATI has an impressive and clean atmosphere. The second floor is filled with surprises. Aside from the usual amenities that you would see at different hostels, they have a number of unique things that would entice you to visit. They have a lot of board games, a couple of arcade fixtures, and even a pool table.
 Visitors could indulge in unlimited popcorn while relaxing at their movie studio. I could already see myself just relaxing their and watching a nice movie.
 There are 3 room categories that would cater to your needs. They have a single room that would work for couples of travelers. If you're a big group or a family, they have a room that could be configured to 3 or 4 beds. A queen sized on the first floor and a couple more up top.
 The private rooms have their own amenities such as a tea and coffee making facility, cable tv, and a private washroom.
The washroom is clean and complete. It is equipped with a soap and shampoo dispenser. Bidet is also attached to the toilet.
 For backpackers, they have rooms that could accommodate 8 persons. Each one has their own curtain for their privacy, lamp, socket, and a locker for your valuables. Unlike other hostels, their mattresses are thick and their pillows are comfortable. There is a mixed type room and some just for women.
 Food is pretty good because they partnered with Chef Nicco and Chef Quenee of Hey Handsome fame. As such, the dishes are simple but packs great flavor.
 To be honest, the dishes they brought out were simple but delicious. They even had grilled cheese and pasta to make things better.
In a few more weeks, LUB D MAKATI would open up their roof top bar to the public. I can't wait to check it out and enjoy the view. Visitors and guests could use their parking facilities. Plus, you could also check out the different food establishments in the area. It's just a stone throw away from the night life Poblacion has to offer.

7833 Makati Avenue,
Poblacion, Makati City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Burgers are a man's best friend. It's an invention that made things easier and better for the most of us. If we wanted something on a go, we put our favorite meat in between two slices of bread and there you have it. A decent burger that would do wonders for your appetite.
At POUND, they elevate the experience by providing some scrumptious deals and quality dishes to go along with your burgers. Known as the place to go for some man sandwich, this restaurant recently opened another branch in EASTWOOD CITY MALL.
Aside from burgers, they also offer a variety of salads and other side dishes that might compliment your meal. To be frank, you shouldn't pass a chance trying out the risotto tatter tots. These babies are deep fried ball perfection. Partnered with some truffle dip and you're good to go.
If you're indecisive, you could get their "MEAL". It's basically a cheeseburger with fries and iced tea. Everything packed and loaded for you to get your bite on.
 If you're semi-healthy, you could go for their Portobello mushroom slider. But, add some bacon just to mix it all up. At POUND, you get to mix and match different toppings that might tickle you fancy!
 If that's not enough, go for a double patty. Smothered with their secret cheese sauce, this baby is a wild treat.
 Personally though, their secret burger makes me jump for joy. It's a double patty with caramelized onions. Just for good measure, I added some foie gras and egg just because I wanted something more. Darn juicy beef in every bite.
 For dessert, go for their SUNDAE! This is a must have. It's loaded with brownie bites, nuts, and caramel plus chocolate. It's darn good that I'm thankful I have medications to take for this baby.

POUND EASTWOOD is located on the 2nd floor Eastwood Mall in Quezon City. They offer quality and delicious burgers to their guests. Hope you could drop by. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018

 When looking for a place to chill and relax, a restaurant bar would be the ideal place to be at. If there was one place that rings a bell, it would be CHEF AND BREWER. Being in the market for almost 2 decades, this establishment has withstood the hands of time. Now, they made another investment into the market by opening another branch in the Pasay area.
 Say Hello to CHEF AND BREWER BLUE BAY WALK. Opened to the public just last December, CHEF AND BREWER BLUE BAY WALK has officially unlocked its door through its grand opening just last February 6. Joining its brothers in Quezon City and in Ortigas, this is a huge place to party and relax.
 There's two floors that could accommodate a lot of people. Plus, they even have function rooms for your parties and private dinners.
 Entertainment is the best thing, CHEF AND BREWER could offer to the public. They have a stage prepared for bands and other performances that could really lit up the night.
 Drinks are abundant in CHEF AND BREWER. They have a number of beers and other alcoholic drinks that any party goer would enjoy and love.
 Food is also not a problem at CHEF AND BREWER. They have a number of bar chows that would entice anyone. Their wings are a bit spicy but not bad. The Sisig pancit is really good and perfect to partner with any drink.
Congratulations Chef and Brewer Blue Bay Walk for opening up to the public. Cheers!

Corner Edsa, Pasay City, Metro Manila
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