Dining In/Out (09/17/20)

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The Peninsula marks 44th year with special offers

THE Peninsula Manila is celebrating its 44th birthday from Sept. 14 to 30 with signature dishes at nostalgia-laden prices for takeout and delivery. The hotel is offering a slew of “Our Birthday – Your Birthday” offers at The Peninsula Boutique for those who — despite much of the city sheltering in place — find themselves missing the cuisine of The Lobby, Spices, and Old Manila; cocktails from Salon de Ning and The Bar; and cakes, breads, French pastries, and packed lunches from the bakery that are synonymous with The Peninsula name. They are now available for takeout and delivery at The Peninsula Boutique until Sept. 30. The hotel’s Executive Sous Chef Xavier Castello is offering many of The Pen’s most beloved culinary creations and libations at prices evocative of that day 44 years ago when the iconic Peninsula pages welcomed their first guests through The Lobby’s doors. The Peninsula Boutique’s assorted French pastries, 70% Dark Chocolate Cigar, Coffee Eclair, banana bread, sourdough ciabatta loaf, etc. are priced at P197.60. Also on the menu are The Lobby favourites like Pancit Luglug and Grilled Schüblig Sausage and Spices classics Nasi Goreng and Phad Thai for P444. Old Manila’s Angus Beef Ribeye Steak and Beef or Salmon Wellington are on offer at P1,976.  Beverage Manager Rico Deang’s bottled batched Aperol Spritz, Margarita, and Negroni can be enjoyed for P 1,976. Complimentary delivery within Makati City will be extended to guests making a minimum single-receipt purchase of P2,000. For inquires and orders, call 8887-5747 8887-2888, e-mail penboutiquepmn@peninsula.com or through PenChat, The Peninsula Manila’s 24-hour e-concierge by clicking https://bit.ly/PenChatFacebook.

Greenhills Shopping Center now hosts a weekend market

ORTIGAS Malls has partnered with Barangay Greenhills to bring a weekly Weekend Market at the V-Mall Parking at Greenhills Center. This initiative started on Aug. 22 and is being held every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Greenhills Weekend Market aims to support small business enterprises (SMEs) during this unpredictable time, as well as to bring household essentials closer to Greenhills’ community. Food such as frozen and fresh seafood, meat and poultry, and vegetables can be found at the market from vendors such as Candy and Ronnie Vegetables, Alvin’s Fish, Eharvest Trading, D&G Fruits, and others. Some familiar vendors are Auntie Annie’s pretzels, Nacho Bravo, The New Albergus’ frozen foods, Hap Chan’s Chinese food, Sabroso’s Lechon, Ramen Nagi’s frozen Japanese food packs and many more. Aside from fresh produce and baked goods, the Weekend Market offers other souvenirs and household items, plus a variety of plants and florals. The arrangement of the stalls at the Weekend Market encourages social distancing to protect shoppers. Greenhills is also implementing thermal scanning as mandated by the IATF. Face masks and face shields are also required upon entry. For more information, visit Greenhills’ Facebook and Instagram pages and subscribe to Ortigas Malls’ newsletter.

Grab Food, Grab Express now operating 24/7

GRABEXPRESS and select merchants on GrabFood resumed their 24-hour operations across Metro Manila starting Sept. 16. The two services will be observing local government’s curfew policies, and will not be delivering liquor beyond curfew hours. The list of participating GrabFood merchant partners who will resume operating 24/7 can be found at  http://grb.to/gf247

September deals and more from Max’s Group

WITH the start of the “‘ber” months, Max’s Group continues to offer diverse dining experiences from its various brands. Max’s offers its fried chicken re-engineered into a juicy, no-frills sandwich that can be assembled at home yourself with the Build-Your-Own-Fried-Chicken set for P839 for takeout and P923 for delivery. From Sept. 16 to 20, customers who buy Yellow Cab’s Large Charlie Chan pasta dish will get a Regular Charlie Chan for an additional P20. Its Free 9” Cheese Pizza + Free Delivery promo is also back from Sept. 21 to 30 for every minimum purchase of P799 worth of Yellow Cab products — available in all Yellow Cab delivery stores nationwide. Pancake House has a new dish: Taco Chips with Baked Dip. For P399, enjoy a combination of crunchy taco chips served with specially-baked dip and taco salsa. Krispy Kreme’s best-selling Signature Coffee now comes iced. Starting at P75, choose from three variants — Iced Classic, Kremey Iced, and Kremey Iced Blend. Then there is the Perfect Together bundle — a combination of Original Glazed Doughnuts and a Brew Box Jr. starting at P599. Chocolate lovers can opt for one 12oz. Hot Chocolate and one Original Glazed for P135. To kick-off the holiday season, Jamba Juice introduces its new #BlendAnywhere frozen products: Live Fruitfully Kits and Superfood Smoothie Tubs.  The Live Fruitfully Kits are frozen fruit mixes that can blend with other ingredients to make the perfect smoothies at home. It comes in daily packs which starts at P300 for five days, and 500g packs which starts at P299. The Superfood Smoothie Tubs (P225 per pint) come in four different flavors: Banana Berry Blush, Creamy Strawberries Wild, PB is a Moo’d, and Mango-A-Go-Go. Meanwhile, Dencio’s celebrates its 30th year by offering free delivery for every minimum order of P1,000 done through Dencio’s website (https://www.dencios.com.ph/) until Oct. 3. This promo is available for all stores including Cloud Kapitloyo and Jupiter (except EDSA Eats). Over at Teriyaki Boy, Teriyaki Boy’s Donburi for 2 lets you enjoy two rice bowls from the following choices: Teriyaki Boy Chicken Tendon, Tonkatsu Tendon, Tori Karaage Tendon, and Teppanyaki Tendon, all for P499. Good things come in twos, especially with Sizzlin’ Steak’s Beef Salpicao Duo. For 499, get two orders of Australian Beef Salpicao served with plain rice and egg. Place orders for these deals and products by calling the delivery hotline 888-79000 or by placing an order via Grab, foodpanda, and LalaFood. You can also use the delivery website https://maxsgroupdelivers.com to place your order and to check out the list of available stores open for dine-in.

Hendrick’s Gin offer limited edition Midsummer Solstice variant

HENDRICK’S Gin launches Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice, a limited-edition gin that captures the bright, aromatic intensity of a midsummer day. Midsummer Solstice contains an infusion of deeply floral essences that enhance the drink’s existing botanical bouquet: the result is a floral and refreshing gin that blossoms on the palate while remaining unmistakably Hendrick’s. Midsummer Solstice’s fragrant notes include zesty juniper with an initial brightness that melts to reveal hidden undertones of orange blossom and exotic ripeness. For recipes for cocktail mixes using Midsummer Solstice, visit the Hendrick’s Gin website. Meanwhile, Hendrick’s Gin has teamed up with the S&R supermarket chain where Midsummer Floral displays located within the aisles of selected S&R stores. Bring a Hendrick’s Gin Midsummer Solstice Twin Pack home (limited quantities which will be available starting Sept. 21) or search for QR codes hidden within the displays to watch some Midsummer magic come to life. Following Midsummer Solstice, additional new and unique gins will be released, replacing the previous expression and each variant will only be available exclusively during its launch year.  For more information on Midsummer Solstice, visit www.hendricksgin.com

Chocolate, coffee, tea take centerstage in DOT’s KAIN NA! food festival

THE FOUR-DAY KAIN NA! Food and Travel Festival 2020 kicked off on Sept. 15 with chocolate, coffee and tea taking the spotlight. Filipino products highlighted the launch of the virtual festival’s thematic approach in partnership with Ayala Malls. Virtual symposiums during the Sept. 15-18 Food Tourism Exchange will feature some of the most prominent chocolatiers, inspiring coffee entrepreneurs, and new and relaxing tea experiences around the country. One of the key features this year is the “KAIN NA!” Trading Post, the online store featuring Filipino products. The online store will go live at www.kainnastore.com for one month. The online learning modules will offer e-commerce training for food and farm tourism stakeholders and other micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) CTRL+BIZ Reboot Now program with the help of enablers Google, Facebook, Zomato, Eat In, GrabFood, Gcash, Air21, and Lazada. The Food Tourism 101 will feature Margarita Fores, JJ Yulo, Ivan Man Dy, and Michelle Cruz of Klook, who will present share-worthy food tourism experiences from food walks, market tours, foodie hotspots, and other inspiring food tourism experiences. Grab will roll out a Kain Na! tile on the homepage of the Grab app to increase the discoverability of partner merchants. To further promote the project, Guide to the Philippines (link to https://guidetothephilippines.ph/) published an extensive guide on places to try chocolate, coffee, and tea around the country. Zomato will also highlight Kain Na! in their Collections feature.

Conrad Manila launches ‘Meetings To Go’ packages

CONRAD Manila has launched “Meetings To Go,” a pioneering initiative which brings the hotel business meeting experience online and right to its guests’ doorsteps. The Meetings To Go package includes a Signature Takeaway Hotbox meal specially prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Patterson. It also houses an eco-tumbler, handcrafted bamboo utensils, among other stylish innovations that bring virtual meetings closer to home. Event attendees get to enjoy their meals hot and fresh “together online” with their colleagues. Virtual meetings at Conrad Manila are made more convenient with the hotel’s dedicated Events professionals taking care of every detail, high-speed Internet connection and Hilton’s EventReady with CleanStay that highlights elevated cleaning and sanitation best practices. For Meetings To Go inquiries or packages, call 0917-846-2282 or 8833-9999, or e-mail mayeth.gopez@conradhotels.com.

Mooncakes from New World’s Jasmine

THE NEW World Hotel Makati celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes from its Jasmine restaurant. The mooncakes are available in four classic flavors: red bean, red lotus, white lotus and five kernel (watermelon seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, Terminalia seeds and almonds). Sealed in an elegant tangerine box with gold accents, these make a perfect gift to family and friends. A box of two is priced at P1,088 nett while a box of four is priced at P1,588 nett. Jasmine is offering a 20% discount for bulk orders with a minimum of 30 boxes. Dine-in guests for the restaurant’s dim sum buffet likewise can avail a 30% for a minimum of 10 boxes. Club Epicure members likewise can avail a discount of 15% while supplies last. For more information or to place an order, call Jasmine at New World Makati Hotel at 8811-6888 ext. 3679 or 0917-888-4194. To place orders online, the online form is available at https://tinyurl.com/yy4cbk2u.

Lung Hin sticks to tradition

AT A TIME when new habits are formed and practised, traditions remain treasured. Marco Polo Manila’s award-winning restaurant Lung Hin’s Executive Chinese Chef Ken Leung presents a new line of Hong Kong Chef’s Recommendations and a special selection of dishes for intimate dining groups. Until Oct. 31, guests may look forward to enjoying the featured dishes of Pan-fried minced pork chive dumplings topped with dried Sakura shrimp, Sauteed squid with three-kinds of onion, Steamed garoupa fillet with olive and ginger in soy sauce, and Chilled red bean with coconut milk jelly. This limited selection is available for dine-in only. Dine-in guests may also enjoy a special set menu while overlooking the cityscape in one of Lung Hin’s private dining rooms. For a minimum dining party of five adults, chef Leung presents a seven-course meal which includes the restaurant’s favourites: Deep-fried Japanese oysters in wasabi sauce, Crispy roasted baby duck in black pepper sauce, and Steamed live crab in Chinese wine and egg white served with e-fu noodle. This limited-time promotion is available at P3,888 per person, which includes the use of any of the restaurant’s private dining spaces. Advanced reservation of at least three days is required. For more information about Lung Hin and its ongoing dining promotions, call 7720-7777 or e-mail lunghin.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.   

Newport City holds farmers’ market this weekend

AS PART of Resorts World Manila’s 11th anniversary celebration, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls brings the fifth leg of “Harvest to Goodness” to Newport City this weekend, Sept. 18 to 20. The weekend farmers’ market — a collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), non-profit group Resto PH is offering a wide range of fresh, locally grown produce and lots of other healthy items. There will be premium lowland and highland vegetables straight from the farmers from Benguet, Baguio City, Bulacan, Quezon, and Batangas. Also available at affordable prices will be fruits such as lemons, pineapples, avocados, and lanzones, among others. The weekend market will also feature fresh seafood picks, including Dagupan boneless bangus (milk fish), salmon belly strips, crabs and prawns; fresh dairy products like milk and yogurts; and farm-to-table dishes from the members of Resto PH. Special and exclusive deals from participating hotels, mall merchants, and dining outlets including Hush Puppies, Pacsafe, Sunglass Haven, Hilton and Sheraton will also be offered in pop-up stores at The Plaza in Newport Mall. Guests can opt for cashless payment options powered by PayMaya and contactless transactions. As an added perk, Newport Mall will be offering free parking to guests until Sept. 30. Guests can also shop from home and have their orders delivered via personal shopping service app MyKuya. Cashless personal deliveries for all purchases from participating merchants can also be made via Lalamove and Mr. Speedy with exclusive promo codes (NEWPORTFAVES for Lalamove and NEWPORTVIBE for Mr. Speedy). The Harvest to Goodness farmers’ market is located at 81 Newport Blvd., Newport City, beside Savoy Hotel Manila and across Plaza 66. To ensure everyone’s safety, the weekend market will implement government-mandated health and safety protocols, such as mandatory temperature checks, footwear and hand sanitation, wearing of face masks and face shields, and strict observance of physical distancing.