Bellefleur by Beatrix’s
Awesome Mango Tres Leches Cake

Bellefleur by Beatrix’s newest addition to its dessert line is Mango Tres Leches Cake

THESE days, homemade cakes by professional chefs and serious home bakers are the toast of the metro. They are giving commercially produced cakes, which are available in popular bakeshops, a run for their money because they provide variety. These homemade cakes are more creative, especially in terms of flavors and variants, and certainly taste as heavenly as they look.

One of the artisanal bakeshops that are gaining a steadily increasing stream of clientele is Bellefleur by Beatrix. With a store located at Unimart Greenhills, it is owned and operated by Beatrix Atienza, who offers many unique and awesome tasting cakes.

The newest addition to Bellefleur by Beatrix’s line of cakes is Mango Tres Leches Cake. It is a thin layer of leche flan topped with vanilla chiffon cake, covered in a layer of mango cream, outlined by broas soaked in a special tres leches sauce, and topped with fresh mangoes.

Keep it in the freezer all the time, taking it out only when you want to enjoy a slice or two. Slice immediately from its frozen form, and it comes off easily. Each bite is divine because it is a cross between a cake and an ice cream. The leche flan, vanilla chiffon cake, mango cream, broas and fresh mangoes meld together into one cohesive mouthful of dessert that is to die for. The flavors, the texture, and the feel of frozen mango cream melting in your mouth… Ah, pure bliss!

An 8-inch round Mango Tres Leches Cake, which makes 8 to 10 generous servings, costs Php1,350 per cake. Since it is a very popular cake and stocks run out quickly at Bellefleur by Beatrix’s store at Unimart, it is best to order two to three days in advance to make sure you get your sugar fix without hassle. To order, call 0917-8258730 or visit Bellefleur by Beatrix’s Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Love Is Love–In All Forms
at Richmonde Hotel Iloilo

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is offering a free cheese platter for every order of a bottle of house wine or premium wine on Valentine’s Day

LOVE comes in different forms—not just in romantic love, but also in love for parents, for children, for family, for friends. So who says you cannot celebrate love on Valentine’s Day just because you do not have a partner? At Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, you can!

Enjoy dinner buffet with family and friends at The Granary on Valentine’s Day

Over at The Granary, families and friends can enjoy the Valentine’s Day Dinner Buffet together tonight, February 14, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Priced at Php1,150 nett with bottomless lemonade, the delightful buffet feast consists of wide selections of appetizers, a charcuterie station, entrées, carvings of Lechon Roll and Braised Beef Chuck Roll, and desserts. The open kitchen features a la minute cooking of tempura, grilled meats, laksa, tom yum and pasta, prepared according to your personal preferences. Kids aged 6 to 12 who dine in get 50% discount, and children aged 5 and below get to eat for free.

Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s BizBar hosts an anti-Valentine’s Day party for singles and the broken-hearted

Who says you cannot party on Valentine’s Day if you don’t have a partner? At Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, you can!

Enjoy a 1-4-3 promo on Heineken draft beer

Zabana Anti-Love Potion cocktails

For singles and broken-hearted guys and girls, the hotel’s BizBar is throwing an anti-Valentine’s Day party tonight, starting at 8:00 p.m. The event, called No to VD, will be devoid of mushy romance and will instead be filled with fun and freebies for the fabulously unattached. There will also be complimentary Zabana Anti-Love Potion cocktail, a free cheese platter for every order of a bottle of house wine or premium wine, a Buy-One-Get-One promo on San Mig Light Beer, and 1-4-3 on Heineken draft beer and Zabana cocktails (1 glass free 4 every 3 glasses ordered). Dance heartaches away to the retro mixes of DJ Enzo of Fatboidjs, and get the chance to win a hotel gift certificate if you are chosen as Star Dancer of the Night. Another hotel gift certificate is up for grabs for the Valentine “hater” with the best Instagram party post and caption with #BizBarNOtoVD.

 

(Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Blvd. corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo; with telephone number +6333 328-7888.)

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Valentine’s Day 2019:
Where and How to Spend It

Spend Valentine’s Day at Diamond Hotel’s Corniche

THE Love Month of February reaches its climax on February 14, Valentine’s Day itself, with hotels and restaurants trying to outdo each other with Valentine’s Day packages that ensure a memorable celebration.

If you have not yet made plans, here’s a rundown on what’s going on in the metro:

 

MY VALENTINE AT DIAMOND HOTEL

Diamond Hotel Philippines presents My Valentine, an array of Valentine offers designed to set hearts a-flutter—via a romantic urban getaway, intimate dinners, and sweet gift ideas.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than spending the night in a luxurious Executive Suite with the Make Room for Love package. For Php19,000 nett per night, enjoy the breathtaking view of the magnificent Manila Bay from your room, plus a complimentary dinner buffet for two at Corniche. Or opt for a Premier Room at Php13,000 nett per night or a Club Room at Php14,000 nett per night. If you need some pampering, you may book an Executive Suite for Php18,000 nett per night or a Club Room for Php14,000 nett per night, both inclusive of a relaxing foot reflex and Php2,000 worth of dining credit.

If staycations are not your thing and just want a romantic dinner, Diamond Hotel offers a number of options:

At Corniche, partake of a Valentine’s buffet for Php3,380 nett per person and get a chance to win an overnight stay for two with breakfast buffet for every Php5,000 spent. On February 14 and 15, 2019, there will be live piano entertainment during lunch and a quartet will regale diners with songs during dinner.

How about a Japanese-style date at Yurakuen? It offers a lunch and dinner set menu for couples with a glass of Piper Heidsick at Php2,880 nett per person, and musical entertainment by a duo.

Valentine sweet treat at Lobby Lounge

Enjoy each other’s company at the Lobby Lounge with a four-course set menu and a glass of Cava. Make it an intimate date at Php3,300 nett with a complimentary slice of cake while a soothing saxophone plays in the background.

Dining under the stars at the Poolside

At the Poolside, experience al fresco dining under a beautiful night sky. A set five-course dinner, priced at Php2,800 nett per person, is best enjoyed with musical accompaniment by a soulful duo.

Enjoying each other’s company–and the view!

Then cap off the evening with a glass or two of your favorite cocktail drink at Bar 27. The place offers a spellbinding view of the cityscape at night, which is great for enjoying a four-course set menu with a glass of red wine. Packaged at Php3,500 nett for two persons, the romantic dinner comes with live band entertainment.

All ladies dining on Valentine’s Day will receive a special memento from the hotel, and it is an added treat to have a roving violinist serenade couples on February 14. Live entertainment is available only on February 14 and 15, but the hotel’s dining promo also covers February 13.

For room reservations, call (632) 528-3000 extension 1141. For restaurant reservations, call (632) 529-3000 extension 1121.

 

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila.)

 

L’AMOUR AT EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Eastwood Café+Bar celebrates Valentine’s Day with L’Amour, a Valentine’s Day dinner feast filled with delectable dishes that are as rich and exquisite as love and as passionate and dreamy as a French romance.

This special Valentine’s dinner buffet, which is taking place on February 14, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., features a lavish spread of mouth-watering international dishes highlighted by favorite carvings as the entrées, such as U.S. ribeye, Australian leg of lamb, U.S. turkey and Chilean salmon. These are complemented by Paella Valenciana and Paella Negra with various sidings.

Leg of Lamb

Turkey

Ribeye

The antipasti station is teeming with cold cuts, cheese, chorizo, olives, grapes, artichoke, as well as munchies like walnuts, almonds, dried apricots, crackers and bread sticks. Also in the buffet are a salad bar and a soup station. There’s also a kids’ station, where there’s plenty of spaghetti Bolognese, Quorn nuggets and chicken fingers.

But the pièce de résistance can be found at the dessert counter, which showcases an assortment of chocolate confections, from candies to cakes to pastries.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Eastwood Cafe+Bar

Priced at Php1,750 nett per person, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s L’Amour Valentine’s Dinner Buffet comes with bottomless flavored Mimosa plus live piano entertainment. What’s more: Kids aged 10 and below who dine with their parents get 50% discount and a toy.

For inquiries and table reservations, call (632) 570-7777.

(Eastwood Richmonde Hotel is located at 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.)

 

LOVE AT FIRST BITE AT F1 HOTEL

Celebrate the day of hearts in comfort and style in a Fort Suite at F1 Hotel Manila with the hotel’s Comforts of Love Room Package. A staycation for two from February 11 to 15, 2019, priced at Php7,700 per night, comes with an in-room massage for two, breakfast in bed in the morning and a complimentary bottle of wine.

For a romantic dinner date on February 14, Love at First Bite is a package that combines a delightful Valentine’s Day dinner and a night of music. Priced at Php2,288 per person, it has Jet Barrun serenading diners in two sets—the first set running from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the second set taking place from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.

For room reservations and inquiries, call 908-7888 or visit www,f1hotelmanila.com.

(F1 Hotel Manila is located at 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.)

 

SPARK LOVE AT RICHMONDE ORTIGAS

Ignite passion and romance this season of hearts with Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ month-long Valentine offerings. Opt for a staycation any time from February 1 to 28, 2019, and enjoy two Spark Love Valentine packages—Bed and Breakfast (from Php3,900 nett), whose cozy accommodations come with a filling breakfast buffet for two at Richmonde Café; and Valentine Package (from Php4,600 nett), with room accommodations, breakfast buffet for two, a bottle of wine and a cheese platter that can be served in-room or at either The Exchange or Richmonde Café.

A bottle of wine and a cheese platter are served in the room

Richmonde Cafe

Richmonde Hotel Ortigas’ heated indoor pool

Valid only for local residents, these promotional rates are inclusive of taxes, service charge, WiFi access, complimentary use of the Health Club’s gym, steam/sauna rooms, and heated indoor pool, plus free parking.

For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 638-7777 or book online via www.richmondehotelortigas.com.ph.

 

(Richmonde Hotel Ortigas is located at 21 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

 

SWEET LOVE AT MARCO POLO ORTIGAS

Celebrate all things sweet and lovely this Valentine’s month with Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, which offers a romantic overnight stay on February 14, 2019, Valentine’s Day. Book a room and get a complimentary upgrade to a Premier Room, which comes with an intimate dinner for the couple in the comforts of their room. Dinner consists of U.S. MacDonald’s Premium Angus Beef Tenderloin and a bottle of Cadet d’Oc Chardonnay. Reservation may be made via resv.mnl@marcopolohotels.com or (02) 720-7777.

Heart ablaze at Cucina

For Valentine dining, there’s a tempting love-themed buffet spread at Cucina from February 13 to 15, 2019. Reserve a table for Php1,399 per person for lunch and Php2,888 for dinner. A special a la carte menu will be available during dinner, with items such as Chicken Piccata on Tomato and Olive Ragout with Tagliatelle in Basil Pesto and Grilled Australian Lamb.

Time for romance at Lung Hin

An intimate dining experience also awaits diners at Lung Hin. Its authentic Cantonese dishes are crafted to perfection, served in the ambiance of romance, through special set menus made available on February 14 and 15.

A breath-taking view of Manila as you dine at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge

A dinner date can be made even more memorable with a good view of the metro at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge. Dine on February 14, available at Php3,000 per person, and enjoy a welcome drink of Prosecco upon arrival as well as live performance by the Silk Band beginning at 9:00 p.m.

Sweet treats at Cafe Pronto

For delightful desserts, head for Café Pronto, where Valentine-inspired pralines are available until February 15.

For more information, call (02) 720-7720 or email restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.

 

(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.)

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M Bakery Presents…
Perfect Valentine’s Desserts

Individual Icebox Cakes

THERE are only a few days left before Valentine’s Day. Do you already know what to get for your special someone? How about a cake, or maybe a few cupcakes, perhaps some cookies to show just how much you love her (or him)? If it’s as special as Valentine’s Day, it has got to be deserts from M Bakery. Known for its delicious American desserts, M Bakery is making a selection of Valentine’s-inspired desserts available for Valentine’s Day. They look and taste so good that your loved one would not be able to resist.

INDIVIDUAL ICEBOX CAKES. These sweet treats are four layers of M Bakery’s handmade chocolate wafers, sandwiched with strawberry puree whipped cream cheese between wafers, and sprinkled on top with red, pink and white heart-shaped candy sprinkles.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

VALENTINE’S DAY CUPCAKES. What say you get a box of M Bakery’s cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate and red velvet flavors, with three cupcakes piped into lovely giant roses to simulate a bouquet and the other three cupcakes printed with special edible image messages? They are a cool way to express your feelings.

Valentine’s Day Confetti Cookies

VALENTINE’S DAY CONFETTI COOKIES. Nothing can go wrong with classic sugar cookies baked perfectly—and, for Valentine’s, studded with red, heart-shaped ‘confetti’.

Red Velvet White Out Cupcakes

RED VELVET WHITE OUT CUPCAKES. Red is the color of love, and M Bakery’s Red Velvet White Out Cupcakes are undoubtedly red all over. They are special red velvet cupcakes topped with whipped vanilla icing topped with red velvet cake crumbs. They scream Valentine’s!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

RED VELVET WHOOPIE PIES. These are another version of Red Velvet Cake, this time molded into two handmade mini round cakes with perfectly piped vanilla buttercream between them.

VALENTINE’S CAKES. M Bakery also offers 6-inch and 9-inch classic vanilla or chocolate Valentine’s Cake with vanilla buttercream icing and cute piped hearts designs. A dedication can be added on top to give it a personalized look and feel. Customized cakes and cupcakes with edible printed images are likewise available for the occasion.

 

(M Bakery is located at the Lower Ground Floor, Unit 23, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 5th Ave. corner 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; with telephone numbers (+632) 847-9829 and (+63) 917-6331718.)

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New Tastes, Old Faves
at California Pizza Kitchen

Jambalaya Linguine

CALIFORNIA Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Philippines, and so it takes advantage of this opportune time to recall its most popular pizzas in the past 20 years and make them available again.

“California Pizza Kitchen has distinguished itself as a pizza authority the world over, fashioning out a creative niche of California style artisanal pizzas n much the same way as New York and Chicago established their own distinct pizza identities in their own boroughs,” explains Bob Vallar, marketing manager of CPK Philippines.

Rustica Pepperoni Pizza

Old pizza favorites that will be making a grand re-appearance on the CPK menu include Roast Duck Pizza (marinated duck breast, soy glazed shiitake mushrooms, Mozzarella cheese, crispy fried wonton strips, scallions and Hoisin sauce); Tuna Melt Pizza (tuna salad, mixed cheeses, tomatoes and onion); Mango Tandoori Pizza (Indian spiced chicken chunks with Mozzarella cheese, onion, ripe mango chunks, curry sauce and red peppers); and Rustica Crispy Thin Crust Pizza (pepperoni, fresh Mozzarella cheese, Neapolitan pizza sauce, olives, capers, chili flakes and Parmesan cheese); all of which were first introduced in 1998.

Wild Mushroom Pizza

Also making a strong comeback are two 2000 originals, Wild Mushroom Pizza (sautéed wild mushrooms, mixed cheeses, fresh parsley and mushroom pizza sauce) and Cheeseburger Pizza (ground Angus beef, crispy bacon, mixed cheeses, caramelized onion, tomatoes, lettuce and secret sauce, plus sliced fresh avocados).

Each of these pizzas has distinct characteristics that warrantees its comeback. Roast Duck Pizza is a classic Chinese gourmet dish transformed into a pizza; Tuna Melt Pizza is preferred by the health-conscious; Mango Tandoori Pizza enjoys a bit of a cult following with its Indian flavors; Rustica Crispy Thin Crust Pizza exhibits the simplicity and clean flavors of classic Italian and Sicilian pizzas; Wild Mushroom Pizza is a big hit among vegetarians; and Cheeseburger Pizza has a hand-tossed pizza dough replacing the traditional burger bun and carries on a unique California twist with the avocado slices on it.

Spicy Chorizo Pizza

White Clam Pizza

Chicken Fajita Pizza

Complementing these pizza avengers are new creations guaranteed to become instant but nevertheless long-lasting favorites: Spicy Chorizo Pizza (Spanish chorizo, chili pepper sauce, cheese, roasted bell peppers, onion and fresh avocado slices); White Clam Pizza (clams, Mozzarella cheese, onion, extra virgin olive oil and select spices); Chicken Fajita Pizza (Latin heat comes with Mexican spiced chicken, cilantro pesto, scallions, mixed cheeses and spices).

Tropical Quorn Pizza

Two vegetarian pizza options—Tricolore Crispy Thin Crust Pizza (with mixed greens and diced tomatoes, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese), and Tropicale Quorn Pizza (regular hand-tossed pizza dough topped with Quorn chunks, grilled pineapple, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, yellow onion and cilantro on coconut cream sauce, drizzled with Caribbean sauce)—also made it to the new menu. The latter is a partnership with Quorn, which is a brand of meat-free, low-calorie, low-fat, high-protein and high-fiber mycoprotein derived from a type of mushroom.

Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

The new menu also includes two new pasta offerings, Chicken Tequila Fettuccine (with chicken chunks, bell pepper, cilantro and lime juice in Cuervo Gold Tequila cream sauce) and Cajun-spiced Jambalaya Pasta (with chicken, smoked sausage, blackened shrimps, and scallions in Jambalaya sauce).

The comprehensive new menu of CPK comes complete with two salads, three all-new rice entrées, and two desserts.

California Harvest Salad

Golden Pear Salad

Both salads are of fresh garden style. The California Harvest Salad is loaded with baby kale, Napa cabbage, carrots and steamed farrow seeds mixed with red seedless grapes, strawberries, watermelon cubes and almonds, with a choice of Citrus or Blueberry vinaigrette for dressing. The Golden Pear Salad is more straightforward, with fresh arugula, celery, parsley, candied walnuts and Cheddar cheese in lime olive oil dressing.

Thai Calamari Rice

Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Rice

Following the positive response to CPK’s introduction of all-new California inspired rice entrées for the first time in the country last year, three all-new rice entrées have been added to the menu—Thai Calamari Rice (with roasted peanuts, pineapple, chili peppers, scallions and Japanese furikake in sweet Thai chili sauce); Salisbury Steak Rice (juicy Wagyu beef patty, caramelized onion and sunny side up egg in demi-glace sauce); and Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp Rice (with garlic, mushrooms, carrots, ginger, bell pepper, roasted peanuts and cilantro in coconut curry sauce).

Banoffee Pie

Nutella Cheesecake

For meal-enders, Banoffee Pie (with bananas, coffee powder, cream, caramel syrup and candied walnuts on Graham cracker crust) and Nutella Cheesecake (with hazelnut chocolate, cream cheese, chocolate syrup and whipped cream on Graham cracker crust).

For a restaurant chain that has just marked its 20th year, CPK is on the right track in bringing back old favorites and complementing them with new but equally exciting creations. The old and the new, the familiar and the promise of a good gastronomic adventure… They are a good formula for a successful new menu.

 

(California Pizza Kitchen has branches at Alabang Town Center, W Global Center in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Century City Mall, and Shangri-La Plaza.)

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