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Dining In/Out (03/17/22)

Belmont’s al fresco lounge

AMIDST the rows of hotels found in Newport City is a quaint rooftop that is quickly becoming the hideaway of travelers and vacationers for a relaxing evening. Rooftop 11 is Belmont Hotel Manila’s alfresco bar with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a breathtaking view of the city. Enjoy their hit Grill and Chill Night with grilled meat and seafood served with a choice of vegetables or potatoes. Live acoustic performances of classic and modern hits start at 7 p.m. Grill and Chill Nights are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Prices vary depending on the choice of grilled food. Rooftop 11 has also partnered with Nipa Brew locally brewed craft beers. The hotel’s selection includes Tropic Haze, Professor’s Brew, Fizzo, and Release Me From Lockdown. Meanwhile, in celebration of International Women’s Month, women guests will be treated to a complimentary pink cocktail with a minimum total bill of P500 for the month of March. For more information, e-mail  info@belmontmanila.com or call 5318-8888.

Summer drinks, more at Discovery Shores Boracay

AS PART of Discovery Shores Boracay’s “Happy Summer” campaign there are culinary offers and value for money accommodation deals among others. Choose between limitless servings of Cuba Libre, Mai Tai, Rhum Rita, Caiprinha, Daquiri for P890++ per person from Mondays to Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. at Sand Bar, or bottomless pours of premium gin-based cocktails at P1,590++ per person every day from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sand Bar and 360 Roof Lounge. For those who want to have numerous toasts on their favorite summer mixes, they can order the Pitcher Perfect offer with cocktails served by the pitcher at P990++ daily at Sand Bar and 360 Roof Lounge. Guests can avail of 20% savings on Tomahawk Steaks for lunch and dinner from Mondays to Thursdays or enjoy a free Pepperoni or Margherita pizza when they order a whole gourmet pizza from 3-5 p.m. at Forno Osteria Restaurant from Mondays to Thursdays. For fresh seafood, guests can book a table at Indigo Restaurant for a family-style meal or Indigo’s Signature Seafood Board consisting of Boston lobster, mud crabs, hard shell clams, prawns, and Chilean mussels. A Happy Summer booking at Discovery Shores Boracay starts at P14,999++ per night in a Junior Suite, inclusive of daily breakfast for two at Sands Restaurant, roundtrip Caticlan airport transfers for two, one round of complimentary Happy Summer cocktails per adult per night and P3,000 in dinner credits at Forno Osteria or Indigo Restaurant per two-night stay. The “Happy Summer” package is available until May 31. The package is valid for a minimum of two nights stay. For inquiries and reservations, visit www.discoveryshoresboracay.com, or call (632) 7720-8888 for Discovery Shores Boracay. A summary of Boracay travel requirements is listed at https://www.discoveryshoresboracay.com/discover/what-to-prepare-when-traveling-to-boracay/.

Club Paradise looking forward to a Happy Summer

CLUB Paradise Palawan’s “Happy Summer” campaign includes culinary offers and value for money accommodation deals. Guests may choose to cool down with a glass of fruit and milk shake, or go for a glass of Minty Matcha, a minty cocktail drink with a green tea twist for P550+ per glass. For those who want to bring an ice box full of fun to their room, at their private terrace, or by the beach and have numerous servings of their favorite cocktail, chilled beers, wine and cold canned sodas, they can order “Booze by the Ice Box’ or have Bar-on-the-Go, with drinks specially prepared for them by their personal bartender. Guests may savor a gourmet pizza, freshly baked by the poolside, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Club Paradise Palawan’s “Happy Summer” rates start at P13,999++ per night in a Garden Suite which comes with daily breakfast at Firefish Restaurant for two persons, roundtrip Busuanga airport transfers for two, one round of complimentary Happy Summer cocktails per adult per night, and P3,000 in dinner credits at Firefish Restaurant per two-night stay. The “Happy Summer” package is available until May 31. The package is valid for a minimum of two nights stay. For inquiries and reservations, visit www.clubparadisepalawan.com or call (632) 7719-6971. A summary of Coron travel requirements at https://www.clubparadisepalawan.com/discover/traveling-to-coron-checklist/.

Panda Express introduces Kung Pao Fish

EXCLUSIVELY created for Panda Express in the Philippines, the savory Kung Pao Fish, its latest seafood-based dish, is now available on the menu, just in time for Lent and available for a limited time only. Kung Pao Fish is inspired by a classic Panda entrée, Kung Pao Chicken. Panda Express puts its own unique spin on the dish by using lightly breaded boneless fish, a wide variety of freshly cut vegetables along with crunchy peanuts, all tossed in a flavorful sauce with a kick. This newest menu addition is available in all participating Panda Express store locations including Don Antonio and SM North EDSA in Quezon City, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, SM Grand Central in Caloocan, Robinsons Place Mall in Manila, and Double Dragon Meridian Park in Pasay. Aside from Kung Pao Fish, guests can try a variety of other plant and seafood-based entrees like Eggplant Tofu, made with fresh eggplants, bell peppers, and tofu, wok-tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce; and Honey Walnut Shrimp, made with large tempura-battered shrimp, wok-tossed in a sweet honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts. Dine-in, take-out or opt for delivery through order.pandaexpress.com.ph, GrabFood, or foodpanda.

Nespresso releases Miami Espresso

NESPRESSO expands its World Explorations range with the addition of a new and limited-edition espresso coffee: the Miami Espresso. The World Explorations range, which embodies the diversity of local coffee cultures, was launched in the Philippines in early 2021 with a permanent lungo (long coffee) line. The arrival of Miami Espresso marks the start of the brand’s expansion by adding espresso blends to the range. Miami Espresso is a bold blend of Arabica and Robusta coffees that highlight roasted, woody and cereal notes. Sip it as a cafecito (short coffee) black or with a sprinkle of brown sugar to enjoy like a local. Nespresso World Explorations Miami Espresso is available for a limited time in local Nespresso boutiques, pop-up stores, and online at www.nespresso.ph.

New Jollibee sundae, tuna pie for summer

JOLLIBEE has levelled-up a classic favorite, the Cookies ‘n Cream Sundae by adding even more crushed Oreo cookies to the creamy vanilla soft-serve, which is topped with a whole Oreo, crushed Oreos, and chocolate coating. The Cookies ‘n’ Cream Sundae is available for P45 at all Jollibee branches in Metro Manila, and will be available nationwide starting March 29. Meanwhile, just in time for Lent, Jollibee has come out with its Tuna Pie, available in both Original and Spicy flavors. The Jollibee Tuna Pie is available for P45 for the Original Solo, P132 for the Original Trio, P49 for Spicy Solo, and P145 for the Spicy Trio in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

Conti’s goes healthy

THIS YEAR, Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant offers a new product line, Healthy Grain Bowls and Gourmet Greens. The Healthy Grain Bowls are similar to rice toppings, but instead of white rice, these seafood meals are paired with locally sourced grains called adlai – nutrient-packed, energy-boosting, protein-rich, and low in glucose. The range is made up of gluten-free Scallop Adlai Risotto, Garlic Squid Adlai, and Soy Ginger Shrimp Adlai. Meanwhile, Gourmet Greens combine fresh greens, fruits, vegetables, and nuts with Conti’s own dressings, made in-house using farm-fresh ingredients. The line is made up of Ensalada, a mix of crisp mustard leaves, red cherry tomatoes, green papaya, white radish, and salted egg, topped with pili nuts and served with a bagoong vinaigrette; and Squid Salad, made with squid, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts, served with a citrusy soy-ginger vinaigrette. For details visit http://www.contis.ph/ or check out the Facebook (@contispastryshopandrestaurant) and Instagram (@contis_ph) pages.

Raw Bites PH makes healthy snacks, beverages

GAIL Go and Jane Dee established Raw Bites PH in 2017, a digital store dedicated to offering nourishing, wholesome meals, and beverages. Helping them break new ground is cloud logistics platform LOCAD, which ensures that items remain fresh, accessible, and delectable. Raw Bites PH started as a snack subscription box business, sending their subscribers imported and healthy snacks monthly. Go and Dee did this approach for two years before they were able to assess what tickled people’s taste buds. With the launch of its website, along with its marketplaces, the online store makes it easy for more people to access their products. Today it carries a roster of healthy food alternatives, and non-dairy beverages. With its increasing popularity, Raw Bites PH was not able to keep up with the sudden surge of orders, which is why they enlisted LOCAD’s expertise in warehousing and logistics. Since then, it has been helping the owners fulfil the increasing demands for their products. Sustainability serves as a growing consideration for e-commerce shoppers these days as shown by LOCAD’s research on key e-commerce trends for 2022. The report says that 92% of SEA customers are willing to pay more for brands with sustainable products. Raw Bites PH is prepared to respond to this trend because of its commitment to sustainability.