Valentine at Ilustrado

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Are you still looking for some place to take your special someone this Valentine’s day? How about reserving a table at Illustrado? A romantic ambiance and the most delectable meal is what Ilustrado offers this Valentine for its patrons.

The special five-course Valentine meal starts with an Amuse Bouche of Bagnet Mini Sliders, thrice cooked pork belly in home made hoisin sauce layered with vegetable slaw and cilantro in a black charcoal bun. Artisan bread basket with chicken liver pate and butter follows then comes choices of appetizers, soup and main entrée.

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A choice for a sweet ending is Rosed Watermelon and Lychee Bavarois, with rose-soaked watermelon balls and lychees on light layers of Bavarian cream and almond dacquoise. Savor the meal with your favorite wine, a rich aromatic coffee or a soothing cup of tea.
Ilustrado is located at 744 General Luna Road, Intramuros, Manila.

For reservations call (02) 527-2345 or  (02) 527-3674 or log on to catering@ilustradorestaurant.com.ph and www.ilustradorestaurant.com.ph. You can also visit Solstice by Ilustrado at the  Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati. Their number is (02) 802-1891.

Delicious Christmas Offerings From Bizu

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Merry Christmas from Bizu Patisserie! This holiday season set your table with unique and flavorful choices, both savory and sweet, only from Bizu.

A new offering is the Roast Lamb Leg slow-cooked with garlic and rosemary and served with mint jelly and lamb au jus. Another is the Porchetta, a slow-roasted Pork Belly marinated in garlic and fresh rosemary with crispy crackling skin with a duo of Arugula Pesto and Apple-Mango
Chutney sauces.

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Ten Hour Roast Beef copyThe traditional Whole Roast Turkey is a holiday staple on any Noche Buena feast. It comes with Bizu’s signature stuffing of apples, chestnuts and sausages, and served with cranberry sauce and pan gravy. The 10-hour Roast Beef is a melt-in-your-mouth U.S. Beef Belly Roast with a rich mushroom sauce.

Whole Roast TurkeyFor fish lovers, try Baked Salmon Rockefeller layered with creamy spinach and topped with rich Mornay sauce. Sample the bestselling Smoked Salmon Caviar, Norwegian Smoked Salmon lined with dill cream cheese and topped with black caviar.

Baked Salmon RockfellerAnd Bizu’s Christmas menu is never complete without Bizu’s amazing holiday cakes. Their new White Truffle Honey Cake gives you the luxurious taste of truffle and honey in between layers of moist white chocolate cake, covered with billowing soft white frosting and topped with silver chocolate pearls.

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Ginger Bread CakeThe Ginger Bread Cake is filled with dried cranberries dusted with cinnamon frosting and topped with miniature gingerbread Christmas trees. For a different taste, try the Sticky Date Cake glazed with cherries, dried dates, cranberries, pineapple, pistachio and topped with rich white chocolate. Two newcomers are the Sticky Buns in walnut and caramel and dark chocolate and orange.  For something familiar, there is always Carrot Walnut Cake just like what grandma used to make.

Sticky Date CakeBizu offers a whole lot more – cakes in personal, midi and grande sizes; Macaron de Paris in different flavors; Macaron de Paris Tower; cookies and tuile; gourmet popcorn, truffles, mendiants, chocolate revel bars, chocolate clusters, pretzels dipped in chocolate, ensaymada’s and an assortment of breads.

Carrot Walnut CakeThose looking for gifts can get specially prepared packages best suited to their budget. To place ordersVisit or call any Bizu branch at Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati, 757-2498, 903-6340; Greenhills Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City 724-2498; St. Luke’s Global City, Taguig, 823-6621, 789-7700 loc. 1337; Alabang Town Center, 809-2498, 772-1917; Eastwood Mall, 781-2524; Robinsons Magnolia 664-5904. You may also visit and call Bizu Catering Studio Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati, 845-0590.
Visit facebook.com/ilovebizu or @bizuph on Instagram. Orders are available for pick up or delivery. There are no deliveries on December 23-26, December 31 and January1.

Lola Loops From La Lola Churreria

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La Lola Churreria now offers Lola Loops. It’s their classic hot, made-to-order churros clasicos in the shape of a ‘lazo,’ the Spanish word for a bow or ribbon. Customize your churros by choosing from the selection of chocolate coating of Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Butterscotch and Matcha, and select your topping from their choices of Marshmallows, Sprinkles, Peanuts, Crushed Oreos or Almonds. Enjoy while it’s still hot. Each piece is priced at P120 only!

Lola Loops make eating churros more fun and adventurous. Mix and match your choice of chocolate coating and toppings. More coatings and toppings are set to come. The pairings seem endless.

Lola Loops and other La Lola Churros varieties are available in all branches at Power Plant Mall; SM Aura Premier; U.P. Town Center; SM Megamall; Serendra; Eastwood Mall; SM City North Edsa; Estancia Mall; SM Mall of Asia; Robinsons Place Manila; Uptown Mall; SM City Cebu; Robinsons Magnolia; SM Southmall; SM City Pampanga, SM City Fairview and newly opened SM City East Ortigas and Glorietta 4.

To learn more about La Lola Churreria, visit http://churrerialalola.ph, Facebook , Instagram and  Twitter.

Flatiron Graces Maiden Top Eats Series + Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Last November, Flatiron, under the helm of Chef Vicky Pacheco took the spotlight as the maiden offering of the Top Eats Series of The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center.Chef Vicky, who is also the force behind Chateau 1771 and Sentro graciously showed guests a number of unique Flatiron dishes like Flatiron Brisket 6, Chicken Piccata, Pizzaiola Pasta, Pomelo Orzo Salad and Manhattan Seafood Chowder.

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Flatiron brings urban comfort food friendly to the Filipino palates straight from the griddle. There are steaks, pastas, pizzas, salads, pork chop, lamb stew and burgers. There is a comfort dish for everyone. It is located on the Ground Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

Below is the recipe for Chicken Piccata. Continue Reading

2016 Christmas Card Collection by Samantha Kaspar

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Christmas by the beach, a pretty angel with pink lips and rosy cheeks, snow capped trees and colorful houses–these are how the young and beautiful Samantha Kaspar depicts the holidays in her 2016 Christmas Card Collection. Sam is a non-verbal autistic who uses her talent to raise funds for schools and foundations that support autism.

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The proceeds will go to 3 schools and 3 foundations that support autism namely: One World School, Reach International School, Autism Hearts Foundation, Shine Intervention Center, Julyan’s Pine Beach Farm and The Center for Possibilities Foundation, Incorporated.

For inquiries, visit l’entrecote Corner Bar & Bistro at Unit A Bellagio II, Burgos Circle, Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City or call 856-4858, 836-2764 or 0915-382-1529 and 0917-519-9153.