Cooking Like a Pro - Solane’s Kitchen Hero

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Chef Sau del Rosario, competition ambassador of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition

Learning how to cook is one of the most practical skills anyone can have. Cooking may be intimidating at first, especially if you are a beginner, but leading LPG solutions provider Solane believes that you can master it with consistent practice. 

Chef Sau del Rosario, ambassador of Solane’s Kitchen Hero — a nationwide cooking competition which aims to recognize a new generation of local talented chefs — shares his secrets to acing your cooking skills in no time. 

Read the recipe. Before you start cooking, be sure to read through the recipe. This will help you know which ingredients need to be chopped and prepped early on. Having everything prepared before cooking will speed up your cooking time and keep you from getting frazzled or confused. 

Add creativity to your dishes. Being creative not only makes your food look appetizing but also makes the dining experience more exciting. For Chef Sau, this means being able to modernize your dish so it’s more relatable and appealing especially to young diners. 

Good food comes from good ingredients. “If the fish that you used isn’t fresh, you won’t be able to come up with a great tasting finished product,” says Chef Sau. He believes that if you’re aiming for quality dishes, then you should never skimp on quality ingredients.  

Use Filipino ingredients. The essence of Filipino food is using local ingredients. “We are rich in local resources and you should take advantage of whatever your region has to offer,” shares Chef Sau.  

There should be a story behind your dish.  “Walang kwento, walang kwenta ang pagkain.” For Chef Sau, a dish becomes even more delicious if it’s made with love, and when there’s a story or meaning behind it. Food can also be a source of comfort because it can evoke nostalgia or provide sentimental value to someone. 

Learning how to cook might take a lot of trial and error. Be patient and don’t be afraid to experiment. Follow these tips and you are on the right track to becoming a skilled cook! 


To know more about Solane, visit their new website, www.solane.com.ph, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/solane.ph.

Asian Salads: The Book Review

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People who are into salads specifically of the Asian variant would definitely treat this book a treasure to behold, Asian Salads by Maki Watanabe provides 72 inspired recipes from Vietnam, China, Korea, Thailand, and India. What makes these recipes so inviting to try is their simplicity in preparation. What with all those shortcut and substitute tips given in the instructions. It would be difficult to go wrong.

The book is comprised of 6 Chapters including:
  • Marinated and Pickled Salads
  • Light and Refreshing Salads
  • Seafood Salads
  • Salads with Meat and Chicken
  • Salads with Fritters, Spring Rolls and Other Fried Snacks
  • Stir-Fried Salads and Vegetables
But before you even get to the first chapter, you are given a fitting introduction by familiarizing you with common Asian seasonings and pantry items as well as basic Asian cooking terms. You will even get some suggestions for drinks you can enjoy with these salads.

Several Asian dressings are featured that you can use according to your preference depending on what flavor you would like to revel in for a particular dining experience. You can choose to complete the experience by using authentic kitchen and tableware pieces from around Asia. The choice is really all up to you and that is the best part. You get to eat healthy without sacrificing food aesthetics and flavor.

It is my view that Tuttle Publishing did right in publishing this book. It is something that will not overwhelm neophyte cooks nor bore seasoned ones. The author's passion for Asian salads shines through in every page and that is something every reader can start on.


You can buy it directly at the Tuttle website by clicking the link: https://www.tuttlepublishing.com/asia-general/asian-salads

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The Knott's Berry Farm Signature Collection Raspberry Shortbread

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In 1920,  Walter and Cordelia  Knott  began selling fresh produce, berries, home-made jams  made with real puréed fruit, jellies and preserves that have chunks of luscious fruit in each spoonful, from a roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California.

Their family business earned a place in history in 1932 when Walter Knott cultivated a luscious new fruit; a cross between a raspberry, a loganberry and a blackberry - the boysenberry.  The farm that started it all became a family amusement park that delights millions.     

Today the Knott family is pleased to extend their tradition of quality, using  the tried and tested recipes and farm-fresh fruits that made the name "Knott's Berry Farm" famous to include premium  shortbread cookies.  Richly flavorful, these classic favorites are prepared using popular Knott's Berry Farm fruit fillings made with sun-ripened fruit, grown and harvested from the best places on earth. .  

Besides the Raspberry Shortbread, you should also try the Knott's Berry Farm Premium Bite-size cookies: Strawberry Shortbread.  

My wife's brother sent us these all-so great tasting cookies and boy everyone loved it.  The moment the packaged arrived, everyone stopped whatever we are doing and started munching these delicious cookies.  



STEAKOUT: An evening of Heineken Beer and Premium Steak At Pan Pacific Manila

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Pan Pacific Manila in partnership with Heineken Philippines will showcase an indulgent pairing of steak and beer at STEAKOUT at Pacific Lounge on Saturday, July 27, 2019 for only Php 1,500 net per person.

The highlight of the dinner buffet is our carving of Slow Roast US Prime Rib with Mini Yorkshire Pudding, Baked Potatoes and condiments served with Peppercorn Sauce and Au Jus. The culinary team also prepares steakhouse classics such as Herb Marinated Beef Tenderloin Medallion, Flank Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Strip Steak, and BBQ Baby Back Ribs to be complemented with delicious Spanish tapas including Lengua de Buey y Pinchos de Ajo (braised ox tongue skewers with pickled garlic), Chorizo a la Jillo Banderillas (mini chorizo and chili skewers), Chicharrones de Cadiz con Papaya en Escabeche (crispy herbed pork cracklings with pickled papaya), Terrina de Calabaza y Espinacas (pumpkin and spinach terrine) and more.

Epicurean diners will experience the “signature Heineken pour” with unlimited Heineken draught beer served from their signature Heineken blade.

Pacific Lounge is located on the 21st floor, Pan Pacific Manila, M. Adriatico cor. Gen Malvar Sts. Malate. For reservations, please contact (02) 318 0788 or email dining.ppmnl@panpacific.com. Price is subject to change without prior notice.

For more information on Pan Pacific Manila, please visit:
https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/philippines/manila

About Pan Pacific Manila

The first and finest Butler hotel in the Philippines – ranked among the recommended hotel at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Forbes Travel Guide, named one of the best places to stay in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award, and also recognised among the Philippines’ Leading Business Hotels at the World Travel Awards, is conveniently located at the heart of the historical and cultural district of Malate in the Manila Bay area. Pan Pacific Manila is a short drive to the city’s convention, exhibition and business centres and a walk away from shopping, food and entertainment establishments. A business hotel, designed to offer a comfortable abode to business and leisure travellers with its excellent facilities and service, the hotel has 236 all-executive rooms and suites and 7 spacious function rooms.

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts

With hotels, resorts and serviced suites across Asia, Oceania and North America, Pan Pacific provides a safe harbour in an ever-changing world. Places with less to worry about because, when you stay with us, rest assured that all will be taken care of. For this is where you will find your balance.

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties.

Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or managers more than 40 hotels, resorts and serviced suites including those under development in 24 cities across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe.
Voted “Best Regional Hotel Chain” by readers in Asia in 2017 and 2018, Pan Pacific Hotels Group comprises two acclaimed brands: its signature brand, Pan Pacific and its deluxe brand, PARKROYAL.

Sincerity is the hallmark of Pan Pacific Hotels Group. The Group is known to its guest’s partners, associates and owners for its sincerity in people and the sense of confidence which alleviates the stresses of today’s complex world.



Exciting New Grab & Go Selection at Pan Pacific Manila

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Ham & Cheese Croissant and Fresh C.O.C Healthy Juice

For the tastiest and freshest sandwiches and salads, head to Pan Pacific Manila’s Lobby Lounge. Delight in varied and interesting sandwiches and salads for only Php 200 net per order perfect for folks in a hurry and for those in search of something new to try. 


Muffaletta Sandwich in Focaccia Bread

At the top of the list are new gourmet creations such as New Orleans signature Muffaletta Sandwich in Focaccia Bread, a layering of chorizo, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella, cheddar, and gruyère cheese, lettuce and olive tapenade served on warm focaccia bread...

Ham and Cheese Croissant

... and Ham and Cheese Croissant made of sliced farmer’s ham, tomato, onion, lettuce, and gruyère cheese on a flaky croissant. 


Chicken Tortilla Wrap

Just as delicious is the Chicken Tortilla Wrap composed of sautéed chicken strips, white onions, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber, and garlic mayo sauce wrapped in wheat tortilla.  


Pulled Pork ala Cubano

Another classic favourite is the Pulled Pork ala Cubano of slow-braised pork, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese on Cuban bread.

Complement your choice sandwich with an appetizing vegetarian fare of Mango Kani Salad comprised of fresh sweet mangoes, crab stick, and cucumber, topped with fish roe and dried seaweed or G&G Salad made with selected fresh greens, mango, grapes, tomato, feta cheese, walnut, topped with grilled chicken breast drizzled in garlic-mayo dressing.



Kick start the healthy routine further with refreshing selection of healthy drinks of Citrus Earl Iced (a concoction of Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Orange, Lime, Lemon, and Honey), Honey Cardamom Iced Tea (English breakfast Tea, Cardamom, Star Anise, Cinnamon, and Honey), Ginger Mint Iced Tea (Peppermint Tea with Ginger and Lychee), Cucumber Lemonade (a refreshing mix of Cucumber, Lemon, and Honey), Fresh C.O.C Juice (Carrot, Orange, and Cucumber), and Maple Cranberry Juice (Cranberry, Calamansi, Fresh Orange, and Maple) available for only Php 180 net. 




Maple Cranberry Juice 

Ginger Mint Iced Tea

The Lobby Lounge offers an a la carte menu of international and local dishes, open from 7 AM to 1AM. Lobby Lounge is located at the Ground floor of Pan Pacific Manila, M. Adriatico cor. Gen. Malvar Streets, Malate, Manila. For reservations, please contact (02) 318 0788 or email dining.ppmnl@panpacific.com. Price is subject to change without prior notice.

For more information on Pan Pacific Manila, please visit:
https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/philippines/manila

or contact:

Stephanie Cabrejas
Assistant Marketing Manager
Pan Pacific Manila
Email: stephanie.cabrejas@panpacific.com
Tel: +63 2 917 595 1479/ +63 2 318 0788

About Pan Pacific Manila

The first and finest Butler hotel in the Philippines – ranked among the recommended hotel at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Forbes Travel Guide, named one of the best places to stay in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award, and also recognised among the Philippines’ Leading Business Hotels at the World Travel Awards, is conveniently located at the heart of the historical and cultural district of Malate in the Manila Bay area. Pan Pacific Manila is a short drive to the city’s convention, exhibition and business centres and a walk away from shopping, food and entertainment establishments.  A business hotel, designed to offer a comfortable abode to business and leisure travellers with its excellent facilities and service, the hotel has 236 all-executive rooms and suites and 7 spacious function rooms.

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts

With hotels, resorts and serviced suites across Asia, Oceania and North America, Pan Pacific provides a safe harbour in an ever-changing world. Places with less to worry about because, when you stay with us, rest assured that all will be taken care of. For this is where you will find your balance.

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Pan Pacific Hotels Group is a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties.

Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns and/or managers more than 40 hotels, resorts and serviced suites including those under development in 24 cities across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe.

Voted “Best Regional Hotel Chain” by readers in Asia in 2017 and 2018, Pan Pacific Hotels Group comprises two acclaimed brands: its signature brand, Pan Pacific and its deluxe brand, PARKROYAL.

Sincerity is the hallmark of Pan Pacific Hotels Group. The Group is known to its guest’s partners, associates and owners for its sincerity in people and the sense of confidence which alleviates the stresses of today’s complex world.

Everything you want to know about POPEYES® before it opens in Manila

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Filipinos will soon get to enjoy POPEYES®’ big, bold and unique flavors

The world-famous American fried chicken chain POPEYES® is all set to open its first restaurant in Manila very, very soon! And fried chicken lovers have every reason to celebrate as it will open its first branch in POPEYES® Arcovia City, Pasig.

Brought to you by the Kuya J Group, POPEYES® has set the local dining scene abuzz with excitement over rumors of an opening in the Philippines. Now that it’s official, Filipino diners can finally savor the heart and soul of American Southern-style cooking best experienced only at POPEYES®.

“Everyone in Manila has been anticipating the opening of POPEYES® and we're happy to announce that it's opening this month,” says Winglip Chang, Kuya J Group President. “We are very thrilled to offer its big, bold and unique flavors to Filipino diners.”

Before its opening, here are some things you may want to know:

Its award-winning fried chicken! At POPEYES®, flavor is everything!  POPEYES® takes pride in its juicy (but not greasy) and extra crispy fried chicken with distinct flavors from the South of the USA. Made fresh daily, POPEYES® fried chicken is generously marinated in Cajun-inspired spices and seasonings, then hand battered, breaded and cooked slow and served fast.

Enjoy an exciting menu of POPEYES® signature dishes. Aside from its world-famous fried chicken, the fried chicken chain will also offer some of its other popular dishes which include biscuits, Cajun fries, Chicken Tenders, and some exclusive items to be introduced in the Philippines.

The first POPEYES® restaurant opened in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 1972. New Orleans, Louisiana is a melting pot of music, festive traditions and flavors. The POPEYES® chicken recipe is based on 300-year old culinary traditions of Louisiana and a fusion of ingredients and influences from 7 different nations.  Founder Alvin Copeland Sr. infused his chicken with bold flavors from his native Louisiana which created a unique flavor that helped launch a global chicken empire.

Today, POPEYES® is one of the biggest fried chicken chains in the world with over 3,000 restaurants in over 25 countries. And it continues to grow bigger with new restaurants opening here in the Philippines.

To learn more about the POPEYES® brand, please follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/popeyesph and Instagram www.instagram.com/popeyesph  

About Kuya J Group

Kuya J Group is one of the fastest growing restaurant chains in the Philippines. The group also owns concept stores Isla Sugbu Seafood City, Tsay Cheng Chinese Cuisine, Majestic Restaurant, and the heritage Grand Convention Center of Cebu. Recently, the group has agreed to locally operate and manage POPEYES®, one of the most popular fastfood chains in the United States. To learn more about Kuya J Group, visit www.kuyaj.ph

About POPEYES®

Founded in New Orleans in 1972, POPEYES® has more than 45 years of history and culinary tradition. POPEYES® distinguishes itself with a unique New Orleans style menu featuring spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp, and other regional items. The chain's passion for its Louisiana heritage and flavorful authentic food has allowed POPEYES® to become one of the world's largest chicken quick service restaurants with over 3,000 restaurants in the U.S. and around the world.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") is one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $30 billion in system-wide sales and over 25,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world's most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands - TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 45 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company's website at www.rbi.com

La Festa Degli Innamorati with Villa Del Conte

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No one is more passionately in-love with being in-love than the Italians. In fact, in Italy, they have a celebration called “La Festa Degli Innamorati” or Feast of Lovers, which lasts for four days to a month and is strictly celebrated between couples, where they exchange flowers, love notes, romantic candlelit dinners and delicious chocolates. This Love Month, Villa Del Conte shares the Italian tradition of La Festa Degli Innamorati with their Amore Gift Collection of creative, rich and authentic Italian chocolates masterfully handcrafted from Padova, Italy. You can choose from Villa Del Conte Amore Chocolate Gift Box that contains 115 grams of rich assorted pralines; Amore 5g square with 50% dark chocolate; Amore 100g chocolate bar; or Amore Crate Gift Set. The Amore 100g chocolate bar is available in two flavors: dark chocolate with crunchy toffee and sea salt, and milk chocolate with hazelnut chips. Meanwhile, the Amore Crate Gift is a romantic combination of decadent Villa Del Conte chocolates, fresh roses and fragrant wine on a rustic wooden crate. Visit Villa del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit www.villadelcontecioccolato.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.