Happy Valentine’s Day!

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Steak Out dinner takes place at Eastwood Cafe+Bar’s al fresco area

TWO days after Chinese New Year kept everyone busy, it is Valentine’s Day. Thus, the shift from tikoy to cakes and chocolates, from Oriental music to love songs, from Chinese lanterns to hearts. If you have not made plans yet, here are some possibilities…

PRIMED FOR LOVE

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s Eastwood Café+Bar sets you up on that perfect date with its top offers for a stress-free and happy celebration to remember, whether you choose to dine out or celebrate at home.

The hotel’s two amazing options—dine in the al fresco area of Eastwood Café+Bar for a Steak Out dinner with a la minute grilling, or pre-order Richmonde’s SteaK-it! (DIY Steak Kit) and put your culinary skills to work for a lovely dinner at home.

Available on February 13 and 14, 2021, the Steak Out dinner gives you your fill of U.S. beef belly kebabs (Php125 per 100 grams), Australian Wagyu striploin (Php750 per 200 grams), Skewered Smoked Pork Belly (Php335 per 200 grams), and Salmon Fillet (Php335) with a complimentary glass of wine. Due to limited seating with appropriate social distancing, dinner will be served in two batches—one at 5:00 p.m., and the other at 8:00p.m.

Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s SteaK-it! (DIY steak kit) allows you to have a fancy steak dinner at home

Meanwhile, the SteaK-it! is an easy-to-prepare steak set, which includes a 25-gram vacuum-sealed butter, aged Wagyu striploin, truffle mashed potato, French beans, shiitake mushrooms, sea salt, nori salt, chili salt, and rosemary salt. Detailed instructions on how to prepare and put everything together in enclosed in the box. The kit also comes with luscious squares of Nama dark chocolate truffle for dessert and a huggable teddy bear souvenir. The DIY steak kit, priced at Php2,200 nett, is available for curbside pickup or delivery (with applicable fee) from February 13 to 28.

For inquiries, orders and table reservations, call +632 8570-7777 or +63 917-8210333.

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

SEASON OF LOVE

Love is celebrated 365 days a year at The Peninsula Manila, but the hotel wants the fire to burn extra bright on Valentine’s Day this 2021as it sets the mood for couples to express l’amour while indulging in romantic delights that range from intimate dinners in The Peninsula Manila’s much-loved restaurants, listening to The Peninsula Strings play heart-tugging melodies at The Lobby, spending Valentine’s Weekend in beautiful guestrooms, enjoying a delicious four-course takeaway dinner from The Peninsula Boutique at home, or showering that special someone with blooms by premier florist Robert Blancaflor for The Flower Shop.

The Lobby

Endless Love at The Lobby. Enjoy a Four-course Valentine’s Dinner with your loved one under The Lobby’s iconic Sunburst sculpture at Php6,000 with a flute of Moët & Chanon Imperial Rose Brutor Php54,500 for adults (inclusive of taxes) for a four-course dinner menu. Enjoy this with the live performance of the Peninsula Strings at The Lobby from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Old Manila at The Peninsula Manila

Table for Two in Old Manila. Chef de Cuisine Allan Briones’ Five-course Valentine’s Dinner will surely delight all five senses. Pair it with a variety of wines at Php8,500 or enjoy it by itself for Php6,000 (inclusive of taxes).

Season of Love at Escolta. Chef Virgilio Aniceto suggests most sensual Seafood Dinner Buffet at Escolta on February 13 or a fabulous Sunday Brunch Buffet on February 14, both at Php3,100 per adult (inclusive of taxes).

Spices

Love Under the Stars in Spices. Spread love on February 14 with the exotic flavors of India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam in an al fresco dinner in Spices Garden. Avail of the Grill-All-You-Can and Seafood Menu at Php4,000 with a flute of Moët & Chandon or Php3,000 without it (inclusive of taxes). Completing the romantic dining experience is a percussionist’s live performance.

Takeaway Dinner for Two at The Peninsula Boutique. Nothing says romance quite like a Peninsula Manila dinner, even if it means you’re sheltering at home. The Peninsula Manila Executive Sous Xavier Castello and his team have a prepared a Four-course Valentine’s Takeaway Dinner for Two for a truly memorable dine-in experience. All you need to do is pick it up at The Peninsula Boutique and head home, set up the table, fire up some Marvin Gaye, open a nice bottle of wine, and bring out your fanciest moves and you’re set! Orders for pick-up are available on February 13 and 14.

From The Peninsula with Love Room Package. Have a Valentine’s staycation from February 12 to 14 with the From The Peninsula with Love room package, which starts at Php10,300 (inclusive of taxes). Enjoy a Php3,000 dining credit at The Lobby, Spices, Escolta, Pool Snack Bar, Old Manila and The Peninsula Boutique along with it. The staycation package also includes two Rapid Antigen Tests and a complimentary set breakfast for two adults and two children under age 6.

The Flower Shop

Love Blooms at The Peninsula Flower Shop. Say “I Love You” with exquisite bouquets of fragrant blooms created by premier florist Robert Blancaflor for The Peninsula Manila Flower Shop.

For more information, call +63 (2) 887-2888.

(The Peninsula Manila is located at the corner of Ayala Ave. and Makati Ave., Makati City.)

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Happy Chinese New Year!

The Yee Sang Salad at Diamond Hotel Philippines

CHINESE New Year. It’s the most anticipated event after welcoming 2021, which is the New Year under the Western or Gregorian Calendar. The Chinese New Year, which follows the Lunar Calendar, falls on February 12 this year. So it is celebration time!

Here are some of the things you can do to welcome the Year of the Metal Ox—and some of the auspicious food that you can enjoy while doing so.

CHINESE CULINARY TREASURES

Over at Diamond Hotel Philippines, the year of the diligent, honest and dependable Ox calls for a feast of Chinese culinary treasures at the lunch and dinner buffet of Corniche Restaurant from February 10 to 12, 2021.

Diamond Hotel’s Chinese Chef Yang Yong

For Php3,180 nett per person, you can indulge in traditional Chinese New Year favorites and other celebration dishes, as prepared by Chinese Chef Yang Yong. Consider this list: Roasted Suckling Pig, Steamed Crab with Garlic Butter Sauce, Roast Duck, Double Boiled Black Chicken Soup, Chinese New Year Pan Cai (an all-in-one dish), Sliced Pig Knuckle Aspic, and Assorted Dimsum. Add to that a host of sweet treats such as Almond Jelly and Tikoy (glutinous rice cake).

Crab Beehon of Diamond Hotel

What’s more: Every Php5,000 nett (minimum) spent at the Corniche during this period entitles you to “pick-a-prize” from the Prosperity Tree. And if you spend Php5,000 nett (minimum) at the Corniche Lunch Buffet or Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant on February 12, 2021, which is Chinese New Year itself, you get to have a 10-minute Online Feng Shui Consultation with Ms. Angel Macalino between 12:00 noon and 3:00 p.m.

Chinese Grazing Box

But if you wish to celebrate the grand occasion at home instead of at the hotel, Diamond Hotel’s online shopping site, onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com, offers various Chinese Set Menus and the Chinese Grazing Box. Select from four Premium Set Menus and three Luxury Set Menus exclusively created by Chef Yang Yong.

As for the Chinese Grazing Box, which is good for four, it contains a selection of cold cuts, appetizers, Chinese New Year Tikoy, and wine.

For reservations, call 8528-3000 extension 1121 or mobile number 0975-7921473 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

LUCKY CHOCOLATE TREES

Say hello to the Year of the Metal Ox with The Peninsula Manila’s limited-edition line of Chinese New Year edible fine chocolate trees, which are available at The Peninsula Boutiques at Php3,888 until February 15, 2021.

Senior Sous Chef Annalyn Solano and her team have created two Chinese New Year-themed trees—one is a Mandarin Orange Tree, and the other one is a Golden Fortune Money Tree—both using Auro Single Origin Chocolate. Edible to the core, both the Mandarin Orange Tree and the Golden Fortune Money Tree are painstakingly molded and finished by hand, even the “soil,” trunk, branches, leaves and fruit of the Mandarin Orange Tree and the goldfish-embossed gold coins of the Golden Fortune Money Tree. All chocolate!

The Peninsula Manila’s Mandarin Orange Tree and Golden Fortune Money Tree in chocolate

Orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth.” Through the play of words, the Chinese have traditionally associated the gift of oranges as the abundance of happiness and prosperity.
The fruit’s bright orange color also symbolizes “gold.” This is an auspicious symbol of good luck and wealth, an important factor for the Chinese New Year celebration. Goldfish, on the other hand are believed to bring about prosperity amid adversity.

With every purchase of either the Mandarin Orange Tree and Golden Fortune Money Tree at The Peninsula Boutique, patrons will additionally get eight red lai see envelopes, which are customarily passed to children and elders stuffed with money. The number eight is believed to be an auspicious number because in Mandarin it sounds like the word for “creating riches.” Also, the figure “8” is known as the symbol of infinity. Therefore, putting these two together, we have the symbolic meaning of “endlessly creating riches.”

Chinese New Year Chocolate Pralines

Also available at The Peninsula Boutique are Chinese New Year Lychee-Strawberry Macarons for P125 each, Chinese New Year Chocolate Pralines for P75 each, and Chinese New Year-themed Cakeaway Afternoon Tea Set for P2,950.

The Lobby will be also be serving a Chinese New Year-themed Afternoon Tea Set for P875 and P1,490 (with a glass of Champagne). This will be available throughout the month of February.

(The Peninsula Manila is located at Ayala Ave. corner Makati Ave., Makati City; with telephone number +63(2) 8887-2888.)

WELL-CURATED FEASTS

Conrad Manila welcomes the auspicious Chinese New Year with well-curated feasts, traditional Yee Sang Prosperity Toss and colorful Nian Gao Treasures at China Blue by Jereme Leung.

China Blue by Jereme Leung

“We are delighted to welcome the Chinese New Year, and we wish everyone good health, prosperity, peace, and rebuilding in this Year of the Metal Ox.” says Linda Pecoraro, general manager of Conrad Manila.

Executive Chinese Chef Eng Yew Khor has come up with a diverse selection of epicurean feasts at the award-winning restaurant hailed for its modern interpretation of authentic Chinese cuisine. Highlights include Golden Roast U.S. Duck with BBQ Sauce; Braised Abalone, Sea Cucumber and Dried Oyster in a Superior Shredded Mushroom and Dried Scallop Sauce; and Simmered Pork Belly, Money Bag and Fried Fish Maw with Whole Garlic. These are available in a la carte selections or in a set menu for 10 persons or more with set menu prices starting at Php 33,988++. China Blue by Jereme Leung also offers specially curated Yee Sang Salad for a Chinese New Year prosperity toss, Suckling Pig, and Peking Duck, all available for pre-order and takeaway.

Golden Roast U.S. Duck

BBQ Whole Roasted Suckling Pig Hong Kong Style

Hotel guests may also wish to purchase and bring home a box of Nian Gao (Tikoy) Treasures, available until February 13, 2021. They come in the following must-try flavors: Traditional Brown Sugar, Coconut, Orange and Red Date with Ginger. Each Nian Gao treasure is beautifully presented in koi fish or mini gold bar shapes to represent good fortune and success. The Nian Gao Treasures are available in either the collector’s edition Christy Ng designer bag at Php 2,888 nett or the Conrad Manila box at Php 1,888 nett.

For reservations and inquiries, please call +632 8833 9999 or email conradmanila@conradhotels.com.

(Conrad Manila is located at Seaside Blvd., Coral Way, Pasay City.)

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Auspicious ‘Tikoy’ to Welcome
the Year of the Metal Ox

The signature Nian Gao of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila’s authentic Cantonese restaurant Lung Hin comes in gold bar and round shapes

CHINESE New Year, which follows the Lunar calendar, is not too far away. This 2021, it falls on February 12, which is just two days before yet another red-lettered day, Valentine’s Day on February 14. So tikoy time comes before chocolate day.

Over at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, an auspicious celebration eagerly awaits as Chinese communities around the world gear up to welcome the Lunar New Year, which is the Year of the Metal Rat. The hotel’s signature Nian Gao (tikoy) series makes a comeback, thus making Nian Gao available for advanced and large-volume orders.

The Nian Gao, which is more popularly known as tikoy in the Philippines, is a traditional symbol of prosperity and good luck at the beginning of the Lunar New Year. Marco Polo Ortigas’ award-winning authentic Cantonese restaurant Lung Hin annually prepares these signature delights to signify optimism and well wishes for the New Year. These glutinous rice cakes represent a strong sense of community and personal financial growth, and are best enjoyed with friends and loved ones as part of an abundant feast.

For 2021, Lung Hin’s signature Nian Gao is available in the following variants—the Double Gold Bar Nian Gao in Red Dates Sugar flavor (800 grams), priced at Php2,118; the Red Dates Sugar Round Tikoy, and the Fortune Orange Round Tikoy, both at 600 grams and priced at Php1,558. All prices are inclusive of local taxes and applicable charges.

For inquiries or orders, visit Lung Hin on Level 44 of the hotel, call (+632) 7720-7777, send an email to restaurant.mnl@marcopolohotels.com, or reserve via https://bit.ly/LungHinBlissfulBlessings.

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

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Doña Elena Olive Oil
Now in a New, Functional Bottle

All three Doña Elena Olive Oil variants now come in a new bottle design that is both elegant and functional

I MAKE my husband Raff’s tube feeding food in two batches every day—one batch in the morning for his morning and afternoon feedings; and another batch at around 6:00 p.m. for his evening and wee-hours-of-the-morning feedings. In each batch, I use two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil for the fat in his diet. I use the ‘extra virgin’ variant because it is pure, fresh and healthy. It is the kind that you use raw, drizzled on pasta as a finishing touch, whisked in a refreshing oil-based salad dressing, or made into a bread dip with herbs and cheeses.

Doña Elena Olive Oil is made from a blend of high-quality Hojiblanca and Picual olives

When it is time to replenish Raff’s extra virgin olive oil, I often grab Doña Elena off the supermarket shelf. Why? Because it is of good quality, tastes good, and is reasonably priced. Celebrated for its perfect combination of premium quality olives—Hojiblanca and Picual olives—directly sourced and harvested from the farms of Andalucia in Spain, Doña Elena Olive Oil is dominating the olive oil market and is the preferred brand for preparing home-cooked, restaurant-quality meals that are at the same time healthy and yummy.

This elegant wooden box arrived in the house with my name etched on it…

It contained a complete set of Doña Elena Olive Oil variants

Doña Elena Extra Virgin Olive Oil for salad dressings and dips, Pure Olive Oil for pasta and everyday cooking, and Pomace for roasting and frying

BENEFITS OF OLIVE OIL

Extracted from the fruit of olive trees, olive oil defines the Mediterranean diet. It forms an intrinsic part of Spanish and Greek cuisines, which are considered as among the world’s healthiest. Doña Elena Olive Oil, in particular, is rich in good fats and oxidants through the combination of two types of olives, Hojiblanca and Picual olives. Each bottle contains 80% monounsaturated oleic acids, which is capable of regulating insulin and supporting weight management. The heart-friendly fat is also known to support heart health and enhance brain function. Studies show that the heart and the brain could be hit by Covid-19, so at this time of pandemic, olive oil should be a good weapon to have.

Doña Elena Olive Oil also comes loaded with high levels of antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and is packed with Vitamins A, E and K that are known to help lower bad cholesterol.

THREE VARIANTS

Doña Elena Olive Oil comes in three variations: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil, and Pomace.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the first extract and is so pure and clean that it is used raw, mainly for salad dressings and dips.

Pure Olive Oil is used for light cooking, especially for pasta and sautéing.

Pomace is used for frying and roasting.

All three variants come in 250ml., 500ml., 1 liter, and 5-liter bottles.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW

Just recently, Doña Elena Olive Oil took on a new bottle design. The new bottle, which is befitting the premium quality product, was made by a renowned French designer. It has successfully created a strengthened brand identity that is at the same time recognizable to regular users and attractive to first-time users.

The new packaging includes two significant fine engravings on the bottle that are exclusive to the brand—the Doña Elena insignia near the top and the olive fruit near the base of the bottle. Another detail that customers can truly benefit for is the usage recommendation per variant that is printed on the label to make it easier to choose the proper variant of olive oil to buy for customers’ specific purposes.

All three variants of Doña Elena Olive Oil are available in groceries and supermarkets nationwide. They can also be bought online at www.AceMarket.ph.

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Marks & Spencer Food
Is Now in MetroMart

IF you still prefer to stay home and have your essentials and other needs, including food for special celebrations or no occasion at all, delivered, no problem. The choices are endless, and they keep growing.

Just recently, Marks & Spencer added MetroMart, one of the top online groceries in the metro, to its growing list of online channels. So now you can have your favorite M&S food and drinks delivered right to your doorstep within two hours. This will save you from the burden of having to go out and gives you more time with your loved ones as you bond while waiting for your order to arrive.

Orders can be coursed through the MetroMart website or the mobile app to receive a contactless delivery. Simply register a free account and purchase a minimum order of Php1,000. Even a customer abroad with an active MetroMart account can order for their loved ones in the Philippines as long as the recipient is within MetroMart’s allowable delivery area, which is a distance radius of 7 kilometers per store.

The partnership between Marks & Spencer and MetroMart allows you to order from Marks & Spencer branches at Alabang Town Center, BGC Central Square, SM City North EDSA, Eastwood, SM Megamall, Rockwell Center-Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 4, and Robinsons Place.

Prices in the app are updated live. If an item you ordered has sold out during transit, MetroMart’s Personal Shopper will contact you to make replacement suggestions that you may approve or reject.

For the latest updates, follow Marks & Spencer at facebook.com/MarksandSpencerPH and Instagram @marksandspencerph.

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