Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Features
Zombies This Halloween

EVERY year, kids look forward to Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Halloween event because the hotel always comes up with fun and exciting activities for the occasion. It stays true to its reputation this year as it takes everyone on a journey to the realm of the undead to battle brain-munching monsters in Zombie Land.

Taking place on October 28, 2018, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Zombie Land serves up fun frights with awesome treats, thrilling prizes and a hearty snack buffet with drink, plus snack stations and food carts for French fries, ice cream, cotton candy and cupcakes. There will be a magic show and musical entertainment, a photo booth, glitter tattoo and loot bags for kids. For grown-ups, the Horror House will surely bring on the loudest screams and nervous laughter.

Highlight of the party is a costume parade, with kids parading in their favorite Halloween costumes not just for fun but also to win hotel gift certificates.

Tickets to Zombie Land are priced at Php900nett per person for both children and adults, while toddlers aged 2 and below can come and participate for free. For inquiries and reservations for rooms and party tickers, call (632) 570-7777. Rooms can also be booked online though www.eastwoodrichmondehotel.com.ph.


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


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Enjoy a Taste of Istanbul
at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Assorted skewers from the buffet spread of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Cucina

IF you love Turkish cuisine or have absolutely no idea what it is all about and are dying to try it, now is your chance to do so. A Taste of Istanbul is ongoing at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s Cucina until October 15 (201Smilie: 8).

Turkish guest chef Gürsel Keles

Savor the true flavors of Istanbul at Cucina with a spread of authentic Turkish dishes prepared by guest Turkish chef Gürsel Keles alongside Cucina’s expert culinary team. Born and raised in Turkey and a staunch advocate of his hometown’s cuisine, Chef Gürsel is backed by more than 30 years of experience working in world-class hotels and restaurants, such as Sheraton and The Grand Blue Sky Hotel. In 2005, he opened Fish of North, which showcases the finest catch from the sea, and he now serves as the chairman of the Eurasian Chefs Association.

Turkish appetizers of Circassian Chicken Salad, Stuffed Pumpkin Flowers, and Roast Eggplant with Olive Oil on the buffet

Steamed Sea Bass in Paper with Vegetables and Herbs (top left), and Pan-roasted Lamb and Smoked Eggplant Puree (bottom right)

Chef Gürsel’s menu, which transports foodies to the heart of Istanbul through its food, includes Circassian Chicken Salad (Cerkez Tavugu), Stuffed Pumpkin Flowers (Kabak Cicegi Dolmansi), Roast Eggplant with Olive Oil (Imam Bayildi), Steamed Sea Bass in Paper with Vegetables and Herbs (Kagritta Levrek), Pan-roasted Lamb with Smoked Eggplant Puree (Hunkar Begendi), as well as hot-off-the-grill skewers such as Red Snapper Skewer (Izgara Dil Sis), Lamb and Eggplant Skewer (Patlican Kebabi) and Chicken Skewer (Shish Taouk).

Pistachio Baklava

Candied Pumpkin with Walnuts

Fried Dough Balls in Rose Scented Syrup

Dessert comes in the form of Pistachio Baklava (Ore Baklava), Candied Pumpkin with Walnuts (Kabak Tatlisi) and Fried Dough Balls in Rose Scented Syrup (Lokma).

Taste of Istanbul buffet is available for lunch at Php1,500 per person and for dinner at Php1,800, Mondays through Thursdays; and for lunch at Php2,300 per person and for dinner at Php2,650, Fridays to Sundays.


(Cucina is located at the 24th level of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila. The hotel can be found at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)

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Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook
Has a New Look!

IN 2011, my very first cookbook, Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook, was launched in the market.

Published by Anvil Publishing Inc., the book featured 60 delicious and easy-to-prepare Pinoy and Chinoy vegetarian recipes that stayed true to its tagline, “60 Recipes Even Non-vegetarians Would Love.” I co-authored it with my eldest sister Susana T. Dy, and we kitchen-tested the recipes at home.

We came up with the recipes because she and our late mom went vegetarian on certain days of the month, just like other Chinoy families who did it as a panata or act of penance for something they had been praying about. And on their vegetarian days, when they ordered vegetarian food or cook a vegetarian dish or two, I ate with them and I actually liked it. So, we collected all the vegetarian recipes, added a few new ideas, and put them all together in this cookbook. Our efforts resulted in Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook, which took home the National Winner honor for the Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the Gourmand Awards 2011 and was thus shortlisted for international honors for the same category that year.

The cookbook went through several printings in the years that followed and, this year (201Smilie: 8), on its fifth printing, Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook has a new look. It flashes a brand new cover, with Corn Salad on Cherry Tomatoes ushering readers into the world of vegetarian cooking and healthy eating.

Pinoy Vegetarian Cookbook. Available at National Bookstore branches at Php250 per copy.

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It’s Oktoberfest Time
at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

Overflowing beer at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge for the Oktoberfest celebration

IT’S October, and it’s time to celebrate Germany’s annual festival—Oktoberfest! A grand celebration where people gather to enjoy overflowing beer with sausages, it has become a worldwide phenomenon that people look forward to every October. More so in the Philippines, where beer is a staple for friends who come together regularly to have fun with a drink or two and enjoy each other’s company.

Platter of freshly grilled Bavarian sausages

Over at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, an Oktoberfest celebration is ongoing at Vu’s Sky Bar and Lounge until October 13, 2018. With its unique vista of the Metro Manila skyline, Vu’s Sky Bar treats guests to authentic Bavarian sausages and Paulaner Beer. A platter of Bavarian sausages grilled fresh on live cooking stations and a half-liter of Paulaner Beer from the tap go for a promotional price of Php999. The craft Munich beer is also available for Php340 at Vu’s Sky Bar, which boasts of nightly entertainment.

For reservations, call (02) 720-7777 or email restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com.


(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number (632) 720-7777.)

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Shake Shack Shakes Up Manila
First Quarter of 2019

GOOD news to burger lovers who have tried Shake Shack in the United States and loved it: Shake Shack is coming to Manila soon, specifically in the first quarter of 2019, and promises to treat Filipinos to the same Shack Burger, Chick’n Shack and Shack-cago Dog that diners swear by in the U.S.

Shake Shack’s store in Madison Square Park

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti

New York’s critically-acclaimed modern-day roadside burger stand chain, Shake Shack has through the years gained a cult following for its range of 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, flat-top Vienna beef dogs with no hormones or antibiotics, fresh-spun frozen custard, crinkle-cut fries, craft beer, wine and more. Committed to using real, premium ingredients and creating a fun and lively environment for diners, Shake Shack opened its first store in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004 with the mission to Stand for Something Good. Since then, it has expanded to over 170 locations in 21 U.S. States and the District of Columbia. The chain has also spread its wings further and opened stores in more than 60 international locations. These include London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul and, soon, Manila.

Shake Shack burgers, anyone?

Chick’n Shack

Shake Shack Flat-top Dog

Besides worldwide expansion, Shake Shack has also been recognized with countless accolades, including No. 16 ranking on Bon Appetit’s “The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America,” No. 7 ranking in TIME Magazine’s “17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time,” and “Best Burger” honors for 2007 and 2014 at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash.

Bringing Shake Shack to Manila is the SSI Group Inc., the Philippines’ largest specialty retailer, which has been at the forefront of the Philippine retail industry over the last 30 years. It pioneered the introduction of globally recognized brands to the Philippine market in the 1980s and is today the partner of choice of the world’s best brands for their Philippine market. The SSI Group has a retail network of more than 600 stores and seeks to cater to the Filipinos’ evolving tastes and aspirations.

The famous Shack Burger

Shake it up with Shake Shack’s Shakes

“Shroom Burger

Shake Shack’s Chick’n Shack

SSI Group Inc. president Anton Huang

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the partnership between Shake Shack Inc. and the SSI Group,” says SSI Group president Anton Huang. “This is a testament of our company’s vision of enhancing lives and providing only the best for the ever-evolving Filipino consumer. Celebrating our 30th anniversary this year makes the partnership with this well-loved global brand even more meaningful to us. Staying true to Shake Shack’s mission to Stand for Something Good, we, at the SSI Group, are committed to continuously enrich the lives of our customers by offering the most rewarding curated lifestyle experiences. With the arrival of Shake Shack in the Philippines, we are excited to be amongst the first in Asia that will be home to the renowned American casual restaurant chain.”

Shake Shack vice president for global licensing Michael Kark adds, “Manila is an incredible city; its heart beats with a distinct warmth and hospitality. We are excited to begin the search for our first site in Metro Manila and look forward to becoming part of this community.”

Can’t wait!

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