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Dining In/Out (08/26/21)

Gourmet take-out pizza at Sheraton

CUSTOMERS can try Sheraton Manila Bay’s oven-baked gourmet pizzas, freshly-made and ready-for-delivery in just 45 minutes. There is a selection of four thin-crust favorites: Ricotta, Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, topped with spinach, garlic and shiitake mushrooms on zesty ricotta and mozzarella cheese (P660 net); Pizza Meat Supreme topped with pepperoni, ground beef, cured bacon and ham, topped with capsicum, pineapples and shimeji mushrooms, in homemade pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese (P660 net); Seafood Pizza topped with herb marinated freshwater shrimp, mussels, local scallops and red squid in homemade pomodoro sauce and mozzarella cheese (P770 net); and Pizza Prosciutto di Parma topped with Parma ham, burrata cheese, fresh arugula, shaved parmesan, with fresh tomato, farm egg and olive oil (P770 net). To order, call 5318-0788, 0917-583-7294, 0917-583-7326 or e-mail sh.mnlsb.fnb@sheraton.com. For a full listing of the hotel’s gourmet takeaways menu, visit http://bit.ly/ccmnlsb.

Lockdown spawns pâtés, spreads business

THE PANDEMIC offered an opportunity for two gentlemen to forge a business partnership: The Charcutier Manila. Inspired by other pâté ventures, Benik Monterola reached out to Era Lorenzo Cruz, a Culinary Arts graduate from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, who delved into the specialty as a student. After several months of trial and error, the business was ready to go with two headline products: Chicken Liver Pâté and Pesto Cream Cheese Spread. They eventually introduced their crowd favorite Truffle Cheese Spread, plus Special Wooden Grazing Boxes. “We aim for a wider reach in the corporate giveaway market, as we prepare for our foray into hotels and restaurants,” Mr. Cruz said of their plans.

Mercato Centrale opens 1st physical store in Makati

TEN years after it was launched, the popular Bonifacio Global City weekend night market Mercato Centrale opened its first physical restaurant earlier this month. Called Mercato United Kitchen, it is a cloud kitchen housing 19 vendors for takeout and delivery. Located in Ayala Circuit Mall in Makati, it allows customers to order various dishes from different merchants under one delivery fee. The vendors include: Above Sea Level, Bounty Sprouts, Capa’s Seafood, Crisps, Chef Rocky’s Kitchen, Green Meat Hub, Cabanatuan’s Harvest Cafe and Bistro, Ibarra’s Kitchen, Cavite’s Pizza, Didi Kahatea PH, Khuttz Diner, Kuranosuke, PARES Express, Takoichi, The Gourmet Kitchen, Tipsy Cream, Wildsmoke, and Woke Brothers. They are also introducing international brands The Cheesecake Factory and Cebu’s Zubuchon Lechon. Mercato United Kitchen is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during general community quarantine (GCQ). Customers can order for citywide delivery via 7719-0808, Mercato’s website, GrabFood, Foodpanda, or DingDong PH. Contactless ordering in-store is also available via a QR code. Al fresco dining with protocols will be allowed when the ECQ is lifted.

Mang Inasal now offers ready-to-cook meals

IF YOU can’t dine in a Mang Inasal store, then take home a Mang Inasal Ready-to-Cook (RTC) Chicken Inasal and opt to either grill, bake, or pan fry it — whatever your preferred cooking option is, the RTC Chicken Inasal will still taste the same because the product is marinated in Mang Inasal’s signature sauce. The RTC Chicken Inasal Paa may be bought in packs of five for P360; the RTC Chicken Inasal Pecho will be available in select Mang Inasal stores by mid-September. To complete the Mang Inasal experience, Chicken Oil is available in a stand-up plastic pouch with resealable cap for P99. Both the Mang Inasal RTC Chicken Inasal Paa and the Mang Inasal Chicken Oil are available for takeout exclusively in selected Mang Inasal stores, and are also available through Call & Pick-up or Park and Go. The list of available stores is here: https://bit.ly/3hBwAax. Mang Inasal dishes are available for delivery via GrabFood, foodpanda, or Mang Inasal’s delivery website at http://manginasaldelivery.com.ph.

Shangri-La Plaza restaurants offer myriad of dining options

WITH delivery and takeout, there’s no reason to miss out on enjoying the dishes from Shangri-La Plaza’s many restaurants. Craving a taste of the Middle East? Order dishes like Sini Soor Platter which combines ground beef, beef shishkebabs, Mahi Kabab, Meigu Tanouri, ground chicken, and lamb skewers served with biryani or basmati rice rom Arya Persian Restaurant. For a taste of Southeast Asia, try Lemongrass’ Pork Riblets with Honey Garlic Sauce and Pineapple fried rice (they are menu favorites) which showcase the restaurant’s brand of Thai-Vietnamese-Chinese fusion; or go for something from Zao Vietnamese Bistro, which is popular for its modern spin on Vietnamese cuisine with dishes like Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Banh mi sandwiches, and Shrimp and Pork Noodle Soup. For a taste of Japan, opt for Japanese-style shabu-shabu or rice with toppings from Ganso Shabuway, or try Kimono Ken’s Snow Platter which offers a wide selection of sushi and maki options. Those craving all-time American favorites can get something from Kettle — either their Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken served cornbread and gravy or their special Angus Beef Hash. Or bite into some California-style pizza from California Pizza Kitchen. For a European flavor holiday, Duck & Buvette can transport anyone to the French countryside with its Provencal cuisine such Slow Braised Beef Burgundy, D&B Crispy Half Duck Confit, and Maple Candied Bacon, best paired with fine wine; or travel the Greek isles with Cyma’s Beef Kalamaki, Lamb Kebab, Pork Souvlaki and Gyros served with homemade pita. For a taste of home, start the day with Filipino breakfast mainstays from Bread Broth & Beyond like Bangus Belly, Garlic Longanisa, and Pork Tocino with egg and garlic rice. Lunch from Via Mare presents seafood and meat dishes, plus hot and hearty soups; while afternoon merienda gives a good reason to indulge in native delicacies from Puto Bumbong with Quezo de Bola, to their classic Bibingka. All these Shangri-La Plaza restaurants are open for delivery and takeout. Mall hours during MECQ are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For updates, visit @shangrilaplazaofficial on Facebook and www.shangrila-plaza.com. For inquiries, call 8370-2597/98 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial.

Personal shoppers at Robinsons Malls

WITH Robinsons Malls personal shoppers (Robbie & Rosie or R&R), online shopping from different merchants becomes easy. Doing your groceries remotely, getting medicines, and shopping for baby stuff does not entail three individual transactions and paying three delivery fees — it is all done in one go. Robbie and Rosie will shop anything and everything, from groceries to books to appliances. If you want, the shopping experience can come with live video calls: pick which mango you want from a pile to add to the cart, or view the options from the store fridge if your favorite beer is not available. Robbie & Rosie can inform you of ongoing store promos and discounts, and have a gift gift-wrapped. Do you have a discount or Go rewards card? Send a photo of that. Robbie or Rosie will send photos of every item for approval before check out. R&R will do all the legwork for free there is no shopping fee. Just pay for the items you bought, and arrange to pick up the items or book Lalamove or Grab. R&R can handle this too, and book your choice of courier. Lalamove offers free delivery until Aug. 31 with a minimum single or accumulated transaction worth P1,500 on the same day via R&R (only transactions with official receipts are accepted, and free delivery can be availed off only once during the promo period). Free delivery is applicable only for motorcycle and sedan deliveries up to a seven-km distance. Robbie & Rosie is now available at Robinsons Galleria (0968-294-9444), Robinsons Place Malolos (0999-848-2383), Robinsons Magnolia (0921-499-2958), Robinsons Place Manila (0919-430-5887), and Robinsons Place Bacolod (0999-915-5180). Visit the Robinsons Malls Virtual Mall Directory to check out the list of shops and restaurants at https://virtualmalldirectory.robinsonsmalls.com/robbie-rosie.

Multi-cooker makes low-sugar rice

TOSHIBA, a leading manufacturer of artisanal home and lifestyle solutions, makes cooking healthier rice possible with its Low Sugar Multi-Cooker (SRP: P13,195). The Toshiba 1.0L Low Sugar Multi-Cooker is an innovative appliance that has a “Healthy Rice Function” which is certified to effectively reduce sugar in rice by up to 35%. This cooker’s optimal simmering process results in a 58% increase in healthy digestive resistant starch — the rice is cooked at the right temperature to break down and drain its starch content. It has a 24-hour preset timer function that automatically cooks the rice, and a “Keep Warm” 3D Heating Induction Technology Function, so the rice is always warm when served. It has a Japanese Binchotan non-stick charcoal coated pot. To know more about Toshiba’s  home appliances or avail of exclusive promos, visit www.toshibaph.com. It has an official store on Shopee (www.shopee.ph/toshibaphilippines).

Home-based celebrations supplier C’est Ça

BACK in 2015, Toons Canoy, the owner of C’est Ça Gifts, decided to bring the business online and create a virtual store that can easily reach his target customers. The shop adopted a multimodal way of selling its products with both digital and traditional approaches. Despite already being online, the pandemic greatly affected the business. Being stuck in the confines of their homes gave people a few reasons to celebrate. Like other businesses that are not considered as an essential need, the three-decade-old gift shop struggled with staying viable. C’est Ça had to quickly adapt a more holistic approach in digitizing the whole business procedure. The business had to pivot and digitally transform the process of finances, marketing, logistics and the like. C’est Ça took every opportunity to improve its online business, from customizing the most creative gift packages to providing more options for delivery. While doing so, they chose Converge for their broadband connection. Converge offers small and medium enterprises affordable broadband plans through FlexiBiz Daytime which gives an option to double the speeds at either during peak hours of the business’ operations. These plans offer speeds up to 300 Mbps. For more information on C’est Ça, visit https://cestcagifts.ph/ or follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@cestcagiftsPH.