XO46 Now Serves…
Signature Pinoy Panwiches

Delicious panwiches from XO46, from top: Beer Batter Fish, Chori Cheese Cramble, and Smoked Bagnet Crunch

WHO says you cannot make a sandwich or burger without the usual burger bun, Kaiser bun or loaf bread slices?

When in the Philippines, you can turn to the good ol’, reliable, all-time favorite pandesal for your sandwich. This is exactly what the husband-and-wife team behind XO46 Heritage Bistro, Andrew and Sandee Masigan, did with their executive chef Tanya Dizon. After a few kitchen experiments, they came up with three variants of Pinoy sandwiches which they called panwiches, perfected the formula for each, and launched them in the market.

The panwiches—Smoked Bagnet Crunch, Chori Cheese Scramble, and Beer Batter Fish—turned out to be a big success.

Smoked Bagnet Crunch Panwich served with camote chips and spiced vinegar on the side

Smoked Bagnet Crunch. The first concept that saw fruition in a panwich, Smoked Bagnet Crunch is chopped bagnet (pork crackling) sandwiched with layers of lettuce, XO46’s secret sauce, tomato, atsara and caramelized onion in a specially formulated XO46 signature pandesal.

Chori Cheese Scramble Panwich

Chori Cheese Scramble. It is a hefty, filling sandwich that has double Vigan longganisa patties with scrambled egg in between, layered with lettuce, XO46’s secret sauce, tomato and sliced cheese in the same XO46 signature pandesal. It is served with flavored vinegar on the side.

Beer Batter Fish

Beer Batter Fish. This is the guilt-free fish option to the two meat-based panwiches. A beer-battered whole tilapia fillet with sliced cheese and dill sauce sits on layers of lettuce and tomato, and sandwiched between halves of XO46’s signature pandesal.

More panwich variants are in the offing.

Meanwhile, all three panwiches are available for delivery all over Metro Manila through Grab, Lalamove and the XO46 in-house delivery team. For orders, call 8553-6566 or 0945-6158255.

The packaging, the individually wrapped panwiches, and the delicious panwiches within the packaging

(XO46 has branches located at Estancia Mall-Capitol Commons, S’Maison-Conrad Hotel, and Century Mall-Makati.)

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Baked Sushi, Ube Pandesal and More
Available at Diamond Hotel Philippines

Ube Cheese Pandesal and Ube Langka with Macapuno Pandesal available at Diamond Hotel Philippines

IF there is some semblance of normalcy that existed during the quarantine, it is that food trends continued to take shape, and two of the top food trends that emerged were Baked Sushi and Ube Cheese Pandesal.

Now, Diamond Hotel Philippines puts together these two top food trends and makes them available in one place—or one online shopping site—so you can order either or both at the same time.

Yurakuen’s Baked Sushi

Diamond Hotel’s award-winning Japanese restaurant, Yurakuen, dishes out two Baked Sushi specials. One is Baked Premium Seafood Sushi, which promises to send your taste buds on a deep-sea dive of flavor. The other one is Baked California Sushi, which gives the popular maki a special treatment with crisp, toasted rice and sweet mangoes. Both are matched with authentic Japanese sides, condiments and nori to make awesome platters that will delight the entire family.

Crafted with premium ingredients to achieve the most satisfying tastes and textures, Diamond Hotel’s version of the Ube Cheese Pandesal takes on two flavors combinations—Ube Cheese Pandesal and Ube Langka with Macapuno Pandesal. The former follows the classic recipe that took the metro (and beyond!) by storm. Diamond Hotel’s version is best enjoyed lightly toasted and paired with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The latter is a creation with the sweet tooth in mind, as it brings together three Filipino staples—ube, langka and macapuno.

Premium Dimsum from Corniche

Also new products to enjoy are Corniche’s seven Premium Dimsum specials in ready-to-order and ready-to-cook frozen packs. The seven Dimsum specials are Pork & Shrimp Siomai, Beef Siomai, Hakaw, Bola-bola Mini Siopao, Asado Mini Siopao, Chicken Feet, and Mantou Buns (which can be fried or steamed).

To order, visit onlineshopping.diamondhotel.com, send an email to restaurant_rsvn@diamondhotel.com, or call (63) 926-1569866 daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. A minimum amount of Php300 is required for an order, and it must be placed at least two days before the scheduled pick-up. Payment can be via credit card, PayPal, or online bank transfer (for Bank of Commerce and Metrobank only). Orders may be picked up at the Main Entrance of Diamond Hotel daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. J. Quintos St., Manila. For inquiries, call 8528-3000.)

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Celebrate at Home
with Welch’s Sparkling Rose

IN this time of Covid-19 pandemic, even family celebrations have to be played down. But that does not mean you have to forego of the celebration. You can still mark special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries and baby showers, and toast to a good life and a bright future with the new Welch’s Sparkling Rosè.

It is an invigorating 100% non-alcoholic drink that allows everyone to join in the celebration—including pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and minors. It is everything you love about rose wine but without the alcohol. So, everyone can actually raise a glass of Welch’s Sparkling Rosè to toast a happy occasion.

With just the right amount of bubbly fizz, Welch’s Sparkling Rosè has a light, refreshing taste, as it banks on the sweetness and tartness of a ripe summer fruit. Pretty in pink in an equally sweet pinkish bottle!

“What’s more: It’s a health-conscious way to celebrate, since Welch’s Sparkling Rosè has only 70 calories per serving. There are no added sugars, too!” says Erika Rodriguez, VP for marketing of GEMCo, the Philippine marketing agent of Welch’s International.

Welch’s Sparkling Rosè is now available at Waltermart, Robinsons Supermarket and Landers. It can also be delivered straight to your doorstep in view of the community quarantine. Visit https://acefoodservice.com. Orders may also be placed via the following online groceries: metromart.com, Lazmart, and watermartdelivery.com.ph.

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Chef Theodore Day Salonga
Brings Laguna to Your Home

Pinais na Salmon Belly

CAN’T go to Laguna just yet because of complicated travel requirements due to the lockdown? Do not stress yourself out. Why not bring Laguna to your home, instead?

Now you can do so. Chef Theodore Day Salonga, the culinary brains behind Ted’s and Aurora Filipino Cuisine in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, has made to-go packs of Laguna’s heirloom dishes available in the market.

Cachuelang Dalag


Packaged in frozen form in sealed plastic bags are Cachuelang Dalag (dalag or mudfish simmered in hugas bigas and flavored with kamias and kasubha) for P250; Minanok (shredded puso ng saging cooked in burnt coconut cream, a survival dish during the war, when there was a scarcity of meats and the texture of puso ng saging was said to be similar to that of chicken) for P175; Ginataang Kalabaw (chunks of carabao slowly cooked in coconut milk and green papaya for 3 hours) for P250; Sinugno na Tilapia (two pieces of grilled tilapia in coconut cream) for P275; Inalamangan Lechon (slowly roasted pork belly in fresh alamang sauce) for P315; Pata Estofado (one whole pata slowly cooked in soy for 2 hours) for P600; Tinagang na Kanduli (kanduli cooked in coconut cream with turmeric) for P275; and Pinais na Salmon Belly (salmon belly wrapped in kulis and cooked in vinegar with garlic and ginger) for P275. All good for two to three persons, except for the Pata Estofado, which is good for three to five persons, the dishes are all Laguna heirloom recipes—cooked, portioned generously, and all ready to reheat and eat! Chef updated just one dish, the Pinais, which originally used ayungin fish, by replacing it with salmon belly slices. The fish switch works like a charm, and so the Pinais na Salmon Belly has become one of the best-sellers in the frozen ready-to-eat line.

Ginataang Kalabaw

Aurora Filipino Cuisine has made Laguna’s heirloom dishes readily available in frozen, ready to reheat and eat packs

All these dishes are available in Laguna via official distributors in key towns in Laguna, such as Los Baños, Calamba, Sta. Rosa, and Biñan. In Metro Manila, Aurora Filipino Cuisine also has partner distributors dispatching orders in Parañaque and Alabang, while Chef Day’s brother-in-law Chef Dino Datu keeps ready stock in his Quezon City residence for customers in the Northern part of Metro Manila.

To order, send a message via FB and IG @aurorafilipinocuisine or text/call 0917-5440820, make arrangements for pick-up or delivery, and the frozen food packs will be yours to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Stay safe, everyone!

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Rain or Shine, Foodpanda Delivers!

IT’S raining, it’s pouring, you’re hungry, and you need a quick food fix. But you don’t want to end up all drenched from the downpour. Foodpanda, the country’s on-demand delivery service, is willing to run that errand for you. Rain or shine, wet or scorching hot, whether you need to satisfy a food craving or pick up some daily essentials, foodpanda has got you covered.

Whatever the weather is, you do not need to leave the comforts of your home or fall in line at your favorite restaurant or your neighborhood grocery store. Simply check out foodpanda restaurants and shops on the foodpanda app, order your favorite sisig or sinigang, and wait comfortably at home for it to arrive in less than 30 minutes’ time.

What’s more: Enjoy up to 50% off and free delivery for selected restaurants and shops this July, so download the foodpanda app now.

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