FOLLOWING the successful introduction to the public of its signature Earl Grape Iced Tea, Marco Polo Hotels recently launched a new beverage called Silk Road Iced Coffee. It joins the hotel chain’s series of signature beverages.
Marco Polo Hotels owns and runs Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, among other Marco Polo properties in the Philippines.
The new tempting signature treat is created from coffee flavored with cinnamon syrup and milk and infused overnight so its natural flavor comes out. Silk Road Iced Coffee consists of a blended iced Frappuccino poured into a swirled chocolate-glazed glass, symbolizing the well-traveled roads down the Silk Road. It is topped with marshmallow, and its burnt gold-peaked meringues are flambé-finished with a blow torch, so that sun-glinting mountains along the legendary route look like they are emanating from it. The iced beverage is presented with a fresh cookie, smothering marshmallows and chocolate between Graham crackers, warmed to perfection and inviting guests to come and explore the history of the Silk Road through a refreshing drink named after it.
The new signature iced coffee drink was first introduced when an innovative contest was held for intricately and refreshingly designed iced coffees during an assembly of general managers from Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels. The combination of infused Frappuccino and the crunchy Cinnamon S’mores made it one of the most appealing and flavorful drinks that definitely complements sweet cravings.
Silk Road Iced Coffee is now available at Café Pronto, Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s chic and casual coffee shop which is located at the Ground Floor of the hotel.
(Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is located at Meralco Ave. corner Sapphire St., Ortigas Center, Pasig City; with telephone number 720-7777.)
YOU’VE been told about how good S&R Pizza is, and when you tried it, it more than measured up to your standards. It is so good that you crave for it very often, but the long lines—and, therefore, the long wait—to get your favorite pizza turns you off.
The good news is that, now, you can have your favorite S&R New York Style Pizza delivered straight to your doorstep by foodpanda. No need to wait in line. No need for a membership card either. Just download the app or visit foodpanda Philippines’ website and click away.
Pizza Cheese Whole
There are four flavors of S&R New York Style Pizza to choose from—Pizza Combo Whole (with pepperoni, beef, green bell pepper, onions, olives and lots of cheese); Pizza Garlic Shrimp (with generous sprinkles of shrimps over loads of cheese); Pizza Pepperoni (polka dotted pizza dough, as it is topped with lots of pepperoni); and Pizza Cheese Whole (loaded with cheese).
S&R Southern Style Fried Chicken
Complementing these delightful pizzas are other comfort food items, such as S&R Fried Chicken, Cheeseburger, Pure Beef Hotdog Sandwich, Chicken Caesar Salad, and French Fries.
S&R may be the favorite grocery store of bulk-buying customers, but it is fast proving to be more than just that. The membership shopping club’s food court is fast gaining following among shoppers. S&R New York Style Pizza happens to be a favorite. Not only is it reasonably priced; it also comes in enormous servings, with its 18-inch Combo Pizza turning out to be one of the best deals ever when it comes to pizza.
Now, you can have it delivered whenever you crave for it through foodpanda, which is one of the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platforms that enables restaurants to become visible to mobile app and web users. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and powered by tech giant Delivery Hero, foodpanda entered the Philippine market in 2014 and has now partnered with almost 2,000 restaurants to provide hungry customers access to convenient and extensive food options in key cities and urban centers. The foodpanda app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Simply download the app and start ordering.
IT is important to have balanced meals every day—and what better way to achieve balanced meals than to combine meat (protein) and vegetables in a dish and then take it with rice or potatoes (carbohydrates)? Here’s an interesting dish from The Maya Kitchen that does just that.
For the pork roulade:
1-1.5 kg. pork loin, with skin on
juice of 1 pc. lemon
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. liquid seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
battonette slices of cheese and carrots
whole peppercorns, crushed
For the squash flower cream sauce:
15-20 pcs. squash flowers, boiled (squeeze out excess water and remove the sepals or the green leaves under the flower)
3 Tbsps. butter
1 cup red wine, reduced to about 3/4 cup
3 Tbsps. grainy mustard
1 cup all-purpose cream
sugar to taste
salt and pepper to taste
pork stock, as needed (use to dilute sauce if too thick)
1. Prepare pork roulade. Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice pork loin to about 1/2-inch thick. Combine lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, salt and pepper for the marinade; add in the pork. Arrange the carrots, asparagus and cheese on top of the meat. Roll tightly like a jelly roll then tie with twine to secure. Rub the roulade with crushed whole peppercorns before pan searing. Finish cooking in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven. Allow the roulade to rest before slicing. Serve with squash flower cream sauce.
Prepare squash flower cream sauce. Use a food processor for the squash flowers; set aside. Melt butter in a pan before adding the squash flowers, Worcestershire sauce, liquid seasoning, red wine, grainy mustard and all-purpose cream. Add sugar, salt and pepper depending on your taste. Use pork stock to thin out the sauce if it becomes too thick.
RICHMONDE Hotel Iloilo is celebrating its second anniversary, and along with this milestone, it also celebrates its achievements for the past two years—“Excellent” ratings on leading online travel sites such as Agoda, Booking.com and Expedia; and two 2017 Certificate of Excellence awards from TripAdvisor for the hotel itself and for its all-day dining restaurant called The Granary.
As its popularity soars even higher in the Western Visayas region as it marks its second year, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is offering a special treat—a special rate of Php3,222++ for Deluxe Room bookings. Reserve and stay from July 20 to September 20, 2017, and get spacious and stylish room accommodations, breakfast buffet at The Granary for a maximum of two persons and two children aged 5 or below, complimentary use of the Fitness Center’s gym and swimming pool, and WiFi access.
Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s Twin Room
For guests who plan to visit Iloilo later this year, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo’s “flash sale” offer allows everyone to still avail of the special rate of Php3,222++ and its inclusions until December 31, 2017, by booking online. To book, log on to the official website, www.richmondehoteliloilo.com.ph and enter the promo code YEAR2. This three-day online promotion is available only from July 20 to 23, 2017.
For inquiries and reservations, call 328-7888, send email to email@example.com, or log on to www.richmondehoteliloilo.com.ph.
(Richmonde Hotel Iloilo is located at Megaworld Blvd. corner Enterprise Road, Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.)
DUE to the fact that Spanish colonization lasted centuries in the Philippines, Spanish cuisine is perhaps the foreign cuisine that wields the strongest influence on Filipino cuisine. Spanish colonial cuisine—including Cocido and Callos—helped shape Filipino cuisine and develop the palate of the Filipino people and their passion for good food.
This is why Café Enye, which can be found in Eastwood City, has decided to serve Spanish colonial cuisine. Its symbol, “ñ,” is a special letter found in the Spanish alphabet and is a dead giveaway to the kind of food it serves. But since purely Spanish colonial cuisine is looked upon by today’s young generation as old and dated, Café Enye’s dynamic kitchen team has put creative twists into its food.
The dishes on the menu are basically Spanish, with a sprinkling of dishes originating from Northern Morocco, Argentina, Central America and the Philippines—places where Spaniards have settled. But the dishes have evolved into complex ones which offer familiar tastes but at the same time something innovative and new, infused with local flair.
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily, Café Enye starts the day with breakfast fares, offering Paella Brunch Plates (Php215), with a choice of House-cured Beef Tapa, Homemade Daing na Bangus, Handcrafted Garlicky Longganisa, and Homemade Corned Beef. It is served in a paellera with egg and rice, topped with pickled vegetables, salsa, and crispy fried anchovies.
Enye Callos Buns
It is, however, the main menu that best represents the complex Spanish colonial cuisine that Café Enye offers. Think Enye Callos Buns (Php135 for 3 pieces), which is classic Callos (ox tripes in tomato-based sauce) wrapped in a round bun that’s crispy on the outside but soft and delightfully fresh on the inside.
Callos ala Casa
Café Enye also serves Callos ala Casa (Php440), which is a whole platter of Callos with chickpeas, olives, meat and bell pepper, served with rice. The Callos is slow-cooked for six hours, sous vide style, so when diners take a biteful, it melts in the mouth in tenderness and the flavor bursts free.
Gambas, Enye Style
Also think Gambas, Enye Style (Php350), an appetizer loaded with garlic, herbs and condiments and served with roasted garlic.
Bacalao is a key ingredient in Spanish cooking, and it is accounted for at Café Enye, but not in the usual Bacalao ala Vizcaina form but in Bacalao Puttanesca (Php275), a unique pasta dish; Bacalao Mantecado (Php245); and Eggplant & Bacalao Sauté (Php225).
Caesar Salad Mojo Chicken Breast
Among the salads, Caesar Salad Mojo Chicken Breast (Php250) is a must-try. It is a combination of half a grilled Romaine lettuce and a bed of curly lettuce topped with slices of red radish and carrots, croutons and grilled chicken breast, served with Caesar salad dressing.
Fish Mojo Skewers
The restaurant also offers three kinds of skewers—Fish Mojo Skewers (Php380), Grilled Pork Skewers (Php360), and Chicken Mojo Skewers (Php330).
Enye Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables
For diners with a big appetite, a good choice would be Enye Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables (Php490), served with rice and fried root vegetables. The mojo spiced chicken is brined, so that when it is roasted, it ends up crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
Then there are sandwiches for light eaters. The top favorite happens to be Mahi-Mahi Cubano (Php290), a fish and cheese grilled panini sandwich served with thick-cut fries. The bread for this sandwich and for the four other sandwiches on the menu are baked in-house.
Chouxros with Dulce de Leche Cream
For dessert, Café Enye offers two choices—Crema Catalana (Php185) and Chouxros with Dulce de Leche Cream (Php170). Creme Catalana is the Spanish version of Leche Flan but the surface is torched like Crème Brulee and topped with fresh fruits. As for the Chouxros with Dulce de Leche Crème, it is like Churros but is made with pate choux so it is lighter and fluffier, and is served with red egg dulce de leche and choco peanut butter dips.
To wash it all down, the hands-down choice of a beverage is Kamias Shake. Yes, kamias! It’s sour, but when you make it into shake, it has a tangy appeal much like green mango and makes an excellent, refreshing drink.
Café Enye serves all these in a casual environment designed by Arch. Alan Casas to provide nooks for power meetings and comfortable casual spaces for gatherings with friends. The interiors have a hint of Spanish with modern touches of a Filipino lifestyle, as the main dining room is accented with thoughtful details such as hand-painted scripts by popular calligraphist Alexis Ventura and the Floral Woman oil painting mural executed by Japanese artist Akane Watanabe.
Aside from the main dining room, Café Enye has a large al fresco area adjacent to the bar and a function room that can accommodate 25 persons. The operable stained glass walls can open up the space to the al fresco and main dining areas.
(Café Enye is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Excelsior, 116 Eastwood Ave., Bagumbayan, Quezon City; with telephone number 671-3230.)