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


(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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Big Discounts from foodpanda
This September

GOOD news for food lovers who like to order food online: Foodpanda, the on-demand food delivery platform, has just launched the third run of its biggest food sale event, Hot ‘n Hungry III, which makes amazing ‘ber’ months food deals possible this entire month of September.

“Pinoys love to celebrate Christmas as early as September. We, at foodpanda, want to be part of these celebrations not only by delivering food Filipinos love but also by offering great deals perfect for family gatherings through the third edition of Hot ‘n Hungry,” says IACOPO Rovere, chief executive officer of foodpanda Philippines.

He adds: “This third edition of Hot ‘n Hungry is the biggest so far since we have top restaurants giving out discounts of up to 15%.”

Hot ‘n Hungry offerings from Chili’s

Specialties of Mesa can be enjoyed at a discounted price this September

Ongoing until September 30, 2018, Hot ‘n Hungry III offers exclusive and jaw-dropping food deals in foodpanda’s three key cities: Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao. There are 180 deals, from different restaurant partners, such as Tim Ho Wan, Mesa, Italianni’s, Chili’s and Sbarro.

For more detailed information and updates about the food sale, visit foodpanda’s Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (foodpanda_ph) accounts and look for the pink tags on the foodpanda website:

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One More Day to Enjoy Moroccan Cuisine

Authentic Moroccan cuisine

SELDOM do we get to taste an exotic cuisine like Moroccan cuisine. ‘Tis why it was one of the main attractions during the recently concluded Le Couer du Maroc (The Heart of Morocco) festival held at Rustan’s Makati last August.

Held in partnership with The Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco, the Moroccan National Tourism Office in China, HSBC, and Fairmont Makati, the month-long festival featured delectable Moroccan cuisine at Rustan’s Café Casablanca, located on the Fifth Floor of the premier retailer’s flagship store in Makati City. One of Morocco’s most famous chefs, Chef Moha Fedal, prepared the authentic Moroccan food, which delighted diners so much so that the festival was extended for two weeks.

The festival ends on September 15, 2018, so there is still time to head over to Rustan’s Makati to savor the finest Moroccan dishes and enjoy the one-of-a-kind gastronomic journey that Café Casablanca offers.

The lunch buffet is priced at Php1,300, while the three available set dinner menus are priced at Php895 each.

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Welch’s Pushes the Rainbow Diet
for Good Health

AT the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold, and it is indeed a pot of gold—precious health—you will gain when you follow the ‘Rainbow Diet.’

What exactly is the Rainbow Diet?

Well, it is a diet based on the colors of fruits, vegetables and other plant-based food items. According to doctors and nutritionists, the colorful your plate is (actually the contents of your plate), the better it is for your health, as the health content of fruits and vegetables is reflected on their color. This is due to the phytochemicals in plants, which are naturally occurring compounds that provide their color, odor and flavor.


According to Ma. Paz L. Sales, a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian…

… Fruits that are blue and purple carry anthocyanin, which help keep the heart healthy and maintain blood pressure at a normal level.

… Red-colored fruits and vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting lycopene.

… Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are abundant in Vitamin C and beta-cryptoxanthin, which is converted to Vitamin A when ingested by the body.

… Greens carry Vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, carotenoids and modest amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids.

The key is to combine rainbow colors into your diet.


The problem with some colors, though, is that they are not always found in local fruits and vegetables. Blue and purple hues, for example, do not occur much in local fruits and vegetables. It is therefore important to source them from imported fruits and vegetables because the anthocyanin and polyphenols in blues and purples effectively lessen the risk of lifestyle diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.

A good source of blues and purples happens to be grapes—or grape juice. You can eat grapes or drink grape juice like Welch’s 100% grape juice. Doing the latter actually provides more polyphenols than eating grapes because: 1) Welch’s 100% grape juice is made from Concord grapes, whose thick, dark purple skin and crunchy seeds carry a good dose of healthy polyphenols; and 2) making pure grape juice involves crushing the whole fruit, including the seeds and skin, thus releasing more of these nutrients into the juice.

Welch’s 100% grape juice is available in retail outlets nationwide.

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