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Dining In/Out (04/28/22)

Shangri-La Mactan celebrates mothers in May

SHANGRI-LA Mactan celebrates mothers in May with #bestMOMentsinShangriLaMactan. For Mother’s Day, plan a special tropical escape for mom and spoil her with everything from a cozy staycation to a fun, food spree. The Mother’s Day package rates start at P9,000++ for an overnight stay for two adults and two children, inclusive of breakfast and dining credits worth P1,500. All mothers get a special amenity and Mother’s Day gift. CHI, The Spa offers a 30-minute Intensified Body Sea Scrub and a 45-minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage for P3,200 net/person. Opt for a culinary date with Mom at any of the resort’s restaurants. Keep mom looking and feeling youthful with Tea of Spring’s Collagen-focused dishes, available from April 29 to May 15, from Pork Trotters to Double-boiled Soup, Braised Dishes and more. On May 6 to 8, the Lobby Lounge has a light and intimate High Tea (P888 net per set). Enjoy an appetizing array of international specials on May 6 and 7 at Tides at its festive Mother’s Day Dinner Buffet. Indulge in local selections at their lunch buffet, available on May 7. Lounge poolside with the whole family with Buko Bar’s Feliz Dia de Mama buffet. Enjoy a festive Spanish-themed buffet featuring traditional and contemporary Spanish dishes with live grilling and carving stations, available on May 6 and 7. To cap off a fun night, bond over Sangria and Spanish beer. If an intimate Mother’s Day celebration at home is preferred, pre-order takeaway creations from the online Shangri-La Shop like Butter Blossom Cupcakes and Themed Croiffles. Visit the official Shangri-La Shop at https://mac.shangrilaphshop.com/. To book a getaway, visit bit.ly/ShangriLaSummer. For reservations and further inquiries, call (63 32) 231-0288.

New World Makati’s weekend buffet

ALL-you-can-eat aficionados can look forward to weekends at New World Makati Hotel’s Café 1228 restaurant, where the buffet stations highlight the venue’s best-selling dishes from off-the-grill meats and seafood, Asian and local selections, handmade pasta and pizza, decadent desserts, as well as breads, charcuterie, and cheeses. The carving station features prime rib or ribeye with sides of either mashed potato or pumpkin, and roast vegetables. Other options include porchetta or roasted turkey, beef striploin in herb oil, soy calamansi marinated pork spare ribs, lamb brochette, tanigue, and Hungarian sausage. Fresh seafood includes prawns, mussels, and crabs with the options to grill or steam and top with various sauces. These can likewise be enjoyed as a soup dish and with noodles. On special occasions, lobsters and oysters are also available. The buffet also has a Japanese section, a Western kitchen, an Asian station, and a slew of desserts. Café 1228 offers a Book and Buy promo with a limited-time rate of P1,488 nett per person extended until May. Prepayment is required to confirm the reservation. To reserve, guests can fill out the online form: https://bit.ly/NWCafe1228BookandBuy. For inquiries and reservations, guests can call 8811-6888 or e-mail reservations.manila@newworldhotels.com. They can also send a mobile message on Viber or Whatsapp via 0917-888-4194.

Pinoy breakfast with Nutella

NUTELLA and Wildflour Café + Bakery have launched a special limited-edition collaboration box. From April to May, the popular hazelnut cocoa spread, Nutella is offering a series of new “Good Morning” label jars in which the regular label is replaced with positive messages: “Tara, Breakfast!”, “Good Morning!”, “Musta?”, and “Gandang Umaga!” In connection with this, Nutella has launched a limited edition bread box in collaboration with Wildflour Café + Bakery. The box is designed in the shape of a Nutella jar, and contains Nutella copetta packs, a Nutella bread spreader, and a number of popular Wildflour Café + Bakery baked goods including cannelle, croissant, cookies, pan de baton, and pandesalitos. The Nutella and Wildflour Café + Bakery box will be available for a period of five weeks starting April 23 at Wildflour Café + Bakery outlets, or online via www.wildflourtogo.com for P999. Nutella’s special ‘Good Morning’ jars are available in most grocery chain stores nationwide.

Starbucks X Line Friends collection marks Earth Month

STARBUCKS and Line Friends, a global character brand, are joining together once again for a limited-edition merchandise collection to commemorate Earth Month across the Asia Pacific region. The Brown collection includes an assortment of lifestyle accessories and reusable drinkware. The drinkware is made in partnership with MiiR, a company dedicated to driving sustainable change. There are four social media challenges for a chance to win Starbucks Rewards Stars. The limited-edition merchandise collaboration is now available at select Starbucks stores across the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan while supplies last.

Seattle’s Best now has Spam, bacon paninis

SEATTLE’S Best Coffee’s signature paninis now have two new flavors: the Spam Luncheon Meat & Egg and Bacon & Cheese with Aioli. The Spam version features scrambled egg and creamy cheese while the pan-fried bacon panini is topped with fresh mozzarella and cheddar cheese with aioli spread. Seattle’s Best Coffee’s panini favorites are still available: the Ham & Cheese Panini, Pesto Tomato & Mozzarella Panini, Quattro Formaggi Panini, and Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Panini. Now available in all Seattle’s Best Coffee branches nationwide, each panini order is served with potato chips. It can be ordered for dine-in, take out, pick-up and delivery through FB messenger, Grabfood, Food Panda, and Pickaroo.

Mother’s Day Special from Honeybon

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Honeybon Cakes is launching a new cake for customers’ moms and mother-figures: Pistachio Nougat Cake. It has multiple layers of subtly sweet and crispy-on-the-outside-and-chewy-inside meringue with nougat and crushed pistachios in between two layers of classic vanilla chiffon cake. The cake is then covered with vanilla whipped cream, dotted with crushed pistachios. The entire cake is then crowned with even more crushed pistachios. The new Pistachio Nougat Cake will be available in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. Pre-order the cake at www.honeybon.ph. It will be available for ₱1,250 at Honeybon stores at SM Megamall and Festival Mall Alabang starting May 1.

Sante and Meraki restaurants open at SM MOA

PROVING that good food and healthy eats are not mutually exclusive, Sante and Meraki are two of the newest restaurant concepts under the Visum Ventures Group. Located in one space at SM MOA that shares an open kitchen, customers can order from either one or both. Sante means health in French, and the word is often used as a toast to wellness. With a cozy space, tasteful interiors, and refreshingly healthy food, the menu can easily take guests from brunch to cocktails. The healthy breakfast options include the Signature Mini Croissant Cereal that has homemade mini croissants, fresh strawberries, and edible flowers, served with T2 Tea-infused Very Berry milk. It also has Mushroom & Truffle Sourdough, made with fresh mushroom, drizzled with truffle oil and topped with fresh parsley on toasted sourdough. There is a tapas selection which includes Tuna and Avocado Tartare with fresh tuna and avocado drizzled with sesame oil, topped with micro greens, and Squash Blossoms with goat cheese, served on a bed of Napoletana sauce and topped with micro greens. Signature dishes include Pumpkin Risotto, topped with goat cheese and balsamic glaze; Chicken Marsala, chicken breast with cream and Marsala wine, topped with fresh mushrooms; Beef Pot Pie, a dish made more savory through a well-balanced combination of beef, potatoes, carrots, and red wine in a puff pastry. The choice of desserts: Mike’s Mess, made with fresh cream, strawberries, and passion fruit in a crunchy merengue; and Mango Crème Brulee Cheesecake. Meanwhile, Meraki serves elevated Greek cuisine. Among its dishes are Smashed Avocado with halloumi cheese, poached eggs, and toasted sourdough; Beef Moussaka, hearty and flavorful with layers of beef, eggplant and potato and topped with a decadent sauce; Salmon Tzatziki, fresh salmon lightly pan seared, served with asparagus and fresh thyme; Lemon Chicken is pan seared chicken on a bed of potatoes, oregano, lemon, and fresh thyme; and Filet Mignon is served with herb butter, olive tapenade, grated cured egg yolk, and peppercorn sauce. For dessert, there is Chocolate Lava Cake served with almond dacquoise, vanilla bean ice cream and dehydrated strawberry. And for those looking for healthy drinks, their freshly squeezed juices have variants ranging from orange juice, to the special Immune Booster that has green apple, cucumber, celery, kale, lemon, and ginger, and Tropical Sunrise with watermelon, pineapple, passionfruit, and orange. Visum Ventures brought in the drinking yogurt Koomi, premium casual restaurant Zig, and Oh My Greek! Sante and Meraki are located at MOA Square, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex.

New dining experience at Tagaytay

GO to Tagaytay and try out a new weekend hotspot al fresco at Fora Mall Tagaytay. Local Tagaytay businesses such as Ready Coffee, Bubble Waffle, Unique K-Food, Better Blend, Manang Joy, Pinoy Street Foods, Steak Garage, and Bogo Burger Food Truck have set up a food bazaar at the Fora Piazza. A short walk away is The Forest Landing, an instagrammable garden ampitheater. At night, visitors get serenaded by Tagaytay’s local acts. There is also a display of one-of-a-kind motorbikes at the Fora Piazza, from cute Vespa scooters, classic VHM motor bikes, to impressive BMW big bikes. The event, aptly called MotoEats, is at Fora Mall Tagaytay, located right along the iconic Tagaytay Rotunda and runs all weekends until May 29. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those who plan to stay overnight in Tagaytay can also give Quest Hotel Tagaytay, located right beside Fora Mall, a try. To know more, check out Fora Mall’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FilinvestLifemallsFora.

Kenny Rogers’ dishes get the salted egg treatment

KENNY Rogers Roasters is offering something different from its classic roast chicken: Salted Egg Roast, Unfried Fried Chicken, and Unfried Fried Chicken Bun. These are all familiar Kenny’s dishes which are elevated with special salted egg flavors. Available at all Kenny Rogers Roasters stores nationwide starting April 25, customers can enjoy the rich taste of Salted Egg Roast, which is marinated in special herbs and spices, and garnished with salted egg powder and salted egg sauce. A healthier option would be the Salted Egg Unfried Fried Chicken, cooked through an oven with circulating hot air and is not deep fried. The result: crispy skin, juicier meat and no excess oil used in the cooking process as it used the chicken’s natural oil. Making it taste even better is the generous coating of salted egg powder served with salted egg sauce. For a filling snack there is the Salted Egg Unfried Fried Chicken Bun: chicken fillet tossed with salted egg powder and salted egg sauce, with tomato, lettuce, and onion, then sandwiched in a wheat bun. These latest offerings can be enjoyed with other Kenny Rogers Roasters classic combos: Salted Egg quarter roast or two-piece Salted Egg Unfried Fried Chicken for P290 each. It comes with salted egg sauce, two side dishes, rice, and muffin. For P270, customers can have a full combo with the Salted Egg Unfried Fried Chicken Bun with potato chips and a 12 oz drink. The Salted Egg Roasted Chicken group meal comes with Salted Egg whole roast, while the Salted Egg Unfried Fried Chicken comes with one bucket (eight pieces) for P1,025. The set includes salted egg sauce, four cups of rice, a choice of four side dishes, muffins and 1.5 L Coke. All these are available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery through www.kennyrogersdelivery.com.ph, hotline: 8-555-9000, or via Grab Food and Food Panda.

Shake Shack brings ShackMeister Burger to PHL

SHAKE Shack’s popular ShackMeister Burger has made its way to the Philippines for a limited run in all Metro Manila Shacks. Originally created in 2014 for a burger competition in the US, the idea was to bring the iconic pairing of burger and beer to life. Topping the classic ShackBurger, a 100% all-natural beef cheeseburger, with crispy beer-marinated shallots and ShackSauce on a potato bun, the ShackMeister Burger (P325) was born and ultimately bagged the Judge’s Choice for Best Burger at that time. It had a limited time offering in 2015, and was brought back in 2020. Also coming this summer is the ShackMeister Dog (P295), made with 100% all-natural beef hot dog, beer-marinated crispy shallots and cheese sauce smeared on a potato bun; and the ShackMeister Fries (P215) with beer-marinated crispy shallots and cheese sauce over a generous serving of crinkle cut fries. The ShackMeister Ale (P180 for 16oz; P260 for 24oz) was exclusively brewed for Shake Shack. Shake Shack is partnering with local destinations Masungi Georeserve and Huni Sicogon in a bid to help promote sustainable and responsible tourism. Running until May 25, every dine-in, takeaway, or delivery purchase of any of the ShackMeister sets entitles customers to a raffle ticket where they get a chance to win Shack gift cards plus off the beaten experiences from Discovery Trail packages at the Masungi Georeserve or a three day/two night stay for two in Huni Sicogon in Iloilo. Visit shakeshack.ph for more details.

Jollibee keeps cool with new coffee and choco floats

JOLLIBEE launched new Creamy Floats for summer. The Choco Float is a smooth chocolate drink topped with creamy vanilla soft-serve, while the newest Coffee Float is coffee topped with vanilla soft-serve. They are available at Jollibee stores for P49 (solo) or as an upgrade to a value meal drink for P35. Jollibee also offers Coke Float and Royal Float for P40. They can also be delivered via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda, and are available for drive-through and take out.

New must-try: Coolblog dessert beverage

COOLBLOG, a rising star in Asia’s dessert-beverage and ice blended drinks is now in the Philippines. It serves coffee, tea, and chocolate, to a wide range of fruity iced-blended drinks and desserts. For unique summer thirst-quenchers, there is the signature Unicool smoothie series which features layers of strawberry, ube (purple yam) or bubblegum smoothie topped with raibow jelly and boba pearls. Coolblog’s signature smoothies come in three flavors namely Unicool Magic, Unicool Dazzle and Unicool Twinkle, with pearl and rainbow jelly toppings. There are a variety of toppings to choose from: black pearl, oreo, chocolate chip, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, mango jelly, lychee jelly, rainbow jelly, brown sugar syrup, and cheese mousse. Customers can create their own blend and mix different flavors: bubble gum, green apple, honeydew, lychee, mango, passion fruit, rose, strawberry, vanilla, and classic ube and lemon. Coolblog’s menu also includes milk teas and ice blended coffee and chocolate beverages. With roots from Malaysia where it already has more than 300 outlets, Coolblog continues to expand its footprint across Asia. The Three Bears Group Holding Corp. (TBG) is the company behind Coolblog. Established in March 2020, TBG continues to grow its portfolio of brands in the Philippines, which includes Dominos Pizza and Coolblog. Coolblog has kiosks at the Montalban Town Center – Rodriguez Rizal, Sola Grande Center – Molino Bacoor Cavite, Sampol Sapangpalay, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, and Tutuban Center in Manila, with more branches to open soon.

Mang Inasal offers summer promos   

AFTER two years of limited movement, people are finally meeting up with friends and family physically. To level up the fun, Mang Inasal treats its customers with a summer “phygital experience” wherein they can enjoy not only physically eating in-store but also have fun online with exclusive promos and sharing their family and squad moments on digital. The #SummerSarapAtMangInasal Groufie Challenge is now open for photo entries until May 31. Just dine-in, take a groufie, and share it in the official promo post on Mang Inasal’s Facebook page for a chance to win Mang Inasal gift certificates.