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Food & Beverage Reviews: The Land of Chocolate at Shangri-La’s

Enjoying my lemongrass chocolate martini

All my life I have always been fond of chocolates. I have often wondered how it feels to stuff my mouth full of these tasteful gastronomic creations until I just couldn’t anymore. One day, I got an invite from Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa to partake in the launching of a “chocolate event” and I found myself grinning at the thought. Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Land of Chocolate at Shangri-La’s”

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Food & Beverage Reviews: The Culinary Guide | Volume 2: Valencia (Stories from some of Europe’s most renowned kitchens, as told by Chef Daniel Quintero)

Beautiful Table Setup

Another night at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa brought me to the port city of Valencia. Michelin-trained Executive Sous Chef Daniel Quintero continues with his second volume of The Culinary Guide dinner series, taking eager guests to another Spanish gastronomic experience.

Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Culinary Guide | Volume 2: Valencia (Stories from some of Europe’s most renowned kitchens, as told by Chef Daniel Quintero)”

Travel: Discover Carnaza Island | Full Itinerary + Budget

I’ve never heard of Carnaza Island until someone posted on FaceBook a few months back. Looking at the photos, I immediately want to visit the beautiful island to see it first hand. Carnaza Island is located at the northernmost part of Cebu. Continue reading “Travel: Discover Carnaza Island | Full Itinerary + Budget”

Food & Beverage Reviews: The Culinary Guide | Volume 1: Gaig, Jean Luc Figueras, elBulli (Stories from some of Europe’s most renowned kitchens, as told by Chef Daniel Quintero)

table setup at Cowrie Cove

It’s a quiet beautiful Saturday night all over Cebu, but in Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, it’s the start of another dinner series, this time by the Michelin-trained Executive Sous Chef Daniel Quintero. He calls this series The Culinary Guide featuring various cuisines across Spain, Germany, and France. Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Culinary Guide | Volume 1: Gaig, Jean Luc Figueras, elBulli (Stories from some of Europe’s most renowned kitchens, as told by Chef Daniel Quintero)”

Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo V: IL Mio Percorso (My Journey)

Chef Andrea Burzio brings his dinner series to a close in a celebration of contemporary French and Italian flavours accentuated by an interesting Asian twist. Mia Percorso, the fifth and final chapter of The Many Lives of Chef Andrea, tells the story of his culinary journey in Asia and his travels around Europe. Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo V: IL Mio Percorso (My Journey)”

Food & Beverage Reviews: Shabu-Shabu Ichiban

Have you tried Shabu-shabu Ichiban? A popular hot pot chain in Nagoya, Japan is now here at the 3F of SM Seaside City Cebu (located at the South Road Properties, Cebu City)! Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: Shabu-Shabu Ichiban”

Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo IV: Citta e Stile (City and Style)

The last dinner series from the amazing Chef Andrea was special to me in which he featured his heirloom recipes that has uncover the bountiful flavors in his hometown in Turin, Italy. Such a superb dining experience since I could only imagine how its like to be served with meals in the city that is being known with its glorious restaurants. As a good enthusiast, I can’t help but wonder what their variety of cuisine is considering that its land is surrounded by the Alpine mountains with multiple culinary influences from the neighboring cities and France. I’m more than certain that besides the richness of its culture, it has come across strongly an essential ingredients to its flavorful gastronomic journey of Turin. With my new knowledge of The city’s culture and history during the previous dining series plus a couple of research before to making it to fourth installment, my understanding of Turin’s culinary journey has become more relevant. From the city’s abundant supply of dairy products and cheeses, to the varieties of bread and savory baked goods. Not to mention that they are recognized as being the forefront of industrial production of aperitifs (alcoholic drinks served before meals). That only explains how extra special it was to me. Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo IV: Citta e Stile (City and Style)”

Life + Style: Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Celebrates Chinese New Year 2018

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Celebrating the Lunar Year at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu couldn’t be more beautiful . The hotel’s beautiful lobby setup, the spectacular opening ceremony and the best Chinese buffet spread in town that makes you want to spend Chinese New Year at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu year after year. Continue reading “Life + Style: Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Celebrates Chinese New Year 2018”

Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo III: La Mia Famiglia (My Family)

In Cebu, there is no shortage of Italian food and most Filipinos love to eat the usual pizza and pasta combination. However Italian food for me is a plate filled with chicken Parma,  lasagna and probably other dishes with lots of cheese (now I’m hungry again!). Continue reading “Food & Beverage Reviews: The Many Lives of Chef Andrea | Capitolo III: La Mia Famiglia (My Family)”

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