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Dining In/Out (09/23/21)

Fores to talk on The Zero Waste Kitchen

HANDS on Manila will celebrate its 20th anniversary and Servathon 2021 with a virtual talk on The Zero Waste Kitchen by chef Margarita Fores via Zoom on Oct. 9 at 10:40 a.m. To attend the talk only is P300, while the talk plus a lunch kit with free delivery (Cibo’s Penne al Telefono, spinach dip with crostini, and mango juice) is P1,000. Register is ongoing until Oct. 6 via https://forms.gle/Q9xvZaCsNe7vN3Lo8.

McDonald’s warns of fake McDelivery site

MCDONALD’S Philippines has released an advisory in its Facebook page advising customers that there are now phishing and fraudulent websites that identify themselves as the official McDonald’s Philippine delivery website, offering special discounts and promos. This is not McDonald’s official delivery website, nor is it recognized or related to McDonald’s. The public is encouraged to be extra careful and to conduct transactions only on official and verified sites. To confirm official McDonald’s Philippines sites, or to report fraudulent websites, one can e-mail writeus@ph.mcd.com, and to the proper authorities at operations@ipophil.gov.ph. The company reminded the public that McDonald’s products are only offered and sold in the official platforms and partners as follows: the official McDelivery website (mcdelivery.com.ph), the official McDonald’s PH App, the official McDonald’s Facebook (facebook.com/McDo.ph) page, Grab, foodpanda, Lazada, pickaroo and GLife.

RWM reopens al fresco dining

NOW that dining out is an option once again, Resorts World Manila (RWM) has reopened its dining options for everyone who missed going out. RWM’s al-fresco dining spots return for a laid-back dining atmosphere. Newport Parklet fires up its grill with classic Pinoy street food BBQ, while Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City’s Jardin offers classic pizza flavors at the open garden. Both outdoor dining outlets are open daily from 4-10 p.m. At the Grand Wing, guests can dine under the stars at Hilton Manila’s Vubble pods. Three-course dinner packages (ala minute menu with wine pairings) for two start at P12,500 nett. RWM’s Casa Buenas, Silk Road, and Newport Mall dining outlets are also open at limited capacity dine-in. To ensure public safety, patrons are requested to follow the standard health and safety protocols within the property. For more information on RWM’s dining offers, visit www.rwmanila.com and follow @rwmanila on Facebook and Twitter, and @resortsworldmanila Instagram.

Nespresso launches Reviving Origins program

NESPRESSO launches the Reviving Origins program, a long-term approach to revitalizing coffee agriculture and coffee economies through supporting sustainable production in regions impacted by conflict, economic hardship, and environmental disasters. Since its launch in 2019, the Reviving Origins program has made some of the world’s finest and most exclusive coffees from areas of Zimbabwe, Uganda, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, available as seasonal blends to Nespresso coffee drinkers. From one of the world’s most fragile farming regions, the Kahawa ya Congo (Hope of Congo) coffee is a smooth and fruity seasonal blend, grown on the rain-rich volcanic soils of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the once-thriving coffee farming community has been devastated by decades of political and economic instability. The Kahawa ya Congo coffee is split roast, meaning that a small portion of the beans gets a darker roast to bring out the full intensity and body of the coffee. In cup, the smooth and balanced Arabica reveals alluring sweet cereal and nutty aromas, reflecting its ideal terroir origin. With milk, meanwhile, these aromas are transformed into a light, sweet and creamy cup full of biscuity notes, a hint of walnut, and a silky texture. Nespresso is also introducing three other seasonal Reviving Origins coffees for 2021: Amaha awe Uganda, a single origin coffee with medium acidity and body, grown in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda; Tamuka mu Zimbabwe, a flowery espresso from the famous Honde Valley in the Zimbabwean Eastern highlands; and Esperanza de Colombia, a rich and balanced Arabica espresso, with fruity notes and fine acidity, from the Colombian regions of El Rosario and Caquetá. Arriving in local stores towards the end of September is Cafecito de Cuba, the first Cuban blend under the Reviving Origins program. Produced from 100% pure Cuban Arabica, it is an intense roasted coffee that boasts powerful smoky notes of wood and tobacco leaves. The Reviving Origins coffee range will be available for a limited time only in Nespresso’s boutiques, pop-up stores, and online at www.nespresso.ph.

Jollibee’s new Honey Beef Rice now available nationwide

AFTER launching in select Metro Manila stores, Jollibee has made its new Honey Beef Rice available across the nation this week. Honey Beef Rice features tender beef slices glazed with sweet soy sauce, on top of a hot bed of soft rice. It is available for P149 solo and as a value meal for P169. It’s also available as a Family Pan for sharing in two sizes: one good for six and the other good for eight. It is available via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda, Drive-Thru and Take Out.

Racks celebrates burgers with Friday deals

RACKS, the homegrown American comfort food and ribs restaurant chain, offers its signature freshly grilled flavor in its new burgers in time for World Cheeseburger Day. The “Real Deal Burgers of Racks” include BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. This Southern USA inspired pork barbecue creation is cooked slow and low. The meat is shredded and soaked in classic barbecue sauce and topped with homemade coleslaw. The Great Cheeseburger is made with imported ground pork belly and US Angus rib eye seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, topped with layers of fresh lettuce, sliced tomato, American cheese, caramelized onions and special barbecue and homemade burger sauce, and as with the other signature sandwiches. The Racks Signature Burger is a combination of the barbecued pulled pork and cheeseburger, topped with layers of fresh lettuce, sliced tomato, American cheese, caramelized onions and special barbecue and homemade burger sauce. All three burgers are served with its signature onion block or Belgian fries. To celebrate the newest additions to the menu, Racks is also offering a free BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich when the customer buys two Great Cheeseburger or Signature Burger every Friday starting Sept. 24, a promo which it calls Burger Friday. To learn more about the Real Deal Burgers of Racks, visit the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/racksphl or the Instagram page @racks.ph.

Cake and gelato treats with Cara Mia

CAKE and gelato brand Cara Mia is now at Shangri-La Plaza and is now open for takeout and delivery. Cara Mia is known for its Classic Ube Cake, with other bestselling flavors being Pistaccio Cioccolato (a chocolate chiffon cake layered with pistachio filling and topped with deep dark chocolate) and the Mango Magnifico (mangoes in whipped cream with cashew brittles in light chiffon). It is also home to Italian gelato in decadent flavors like Pistachio, Coffee Mudslide, and Chocolate Therapy as well as in fruity flavors like Strawberry Supreme, Mango Cream Pie, and Blueberry Cheesecake, all of which are available in pints and tubs. The Cara Mia kiosk is located right in front of Shangri-La Mall’s The Marketplace at the Lower Ground Level, Main Wing for takeout and delivery. The kiosk is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To order, contact the Cara Mia hotline at 8-822-1111 or visit www.caramia.ph.

Pastry chef whips up Double Delight desserts

PASTRY chef Julianne Bernardo of Jcuppacakes elevates her classic muffins into Double Delight treats. A two-in-one dessert, the Double Delight features an array of premium gourmet cupcakes topped with sweets, candies, pastries and frostings. This comes in six flavors: Classic Snicker Chocolate, Mocha Cream Puff Caramel, Red Velvet ‘n’ Macaron, Vanilla Birthday ‘n’ Macaron, Oreo Cheesecake with White Chocolate Cereal Creampuff, and Ube Lecheese. It comes in boxes of six or 12. Double Delight is the newest addition to Jcuppacakes’ growing line-up of desserts headlined by the best-selling cheesecake series in Blueberry, Ube Pastillas, Oreo Madness, and Brazo de Mercedes. The bread and pastries menu ranges from cinnamon rolls and towers, “cupsaymadas” and moist chocolate crinkles to cheese rolls, stuffed breads, and empanaditas. She also offers premium buttercream cakes and specialized bespoke creations. Ms. Bernardo, a graduate of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (SHRIM), launched the brand’s first online bakeshop in 2011. For more selections, visit www.jcuppacakes.com or their official pages on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/J.Cuppacakes/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jcuppacakes/).