Degustación at Ilustrado

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To mark its 27th year, Ilustrado, a bastion of Filipino-Spanish Heritage cuisine in historic Intramuros, Manila presents a special Degustación Menu for lunch and dinner.

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Inspired by her childhood comfort food and the Manila food scene, Chef Bernice Pimentel rolls out a 7-course menu that includes: Kilawin Salad with Fried Wonton Chips, Mangoes and Apples; Sinigang Risotto served with Grilled Shrimp, Cherry Tomatoes and fried Eggplant; Chicken Binakol Consomme with Coconuts and Green Papaya served with Crackling Chili Leaf; Dalandan and Rosemary Ice Drop; Thrice-cooked Bagnet with Dark Chocolate Kare-Kare and Blanched Edamame; Baked Duck Breast on Balsamic Vinegar Adobo with Kwek-kwek and Squid Ink Tuile; and

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Ilustrado’s Degustación Menu offering is ongoing until November 30. Visit Ilustrado Restaurant, 744 General Luna Street, Intramuros Manila or call 527-2345, 527-3674, 0917-8064855, 0998-8502735 and 0998-8503234-35.Drop by Solstice by Ilustrado, Ground Floor, 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati or call 802 1891and 0977-7488861.

Thanksgiving at Mario’s

Mario's Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you’re one of the many Pinoys who love to celebrate this American holiday, then Mario’s has a treat for you.

Mario’s Tomas Morato offers a week-long Thanksgiving Turkey special from November 21-27, Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Have delicious Roast Turkey with choices of stuffing like Herbed Corn Bread, Relleno de Pabo, American Style and Spanish Style Relleno. All come with that perfect sweet-tart cranberry sauce and rich giblet gravy.

Mario’s Baguio celebrates with a one-night Special Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet on November 24, Thursday, 6pm at P850+ per adult and P425 for kids 4-7 years old.

Mario's Cochinillo

The Thanksgiving Buffet highlights Roast Turkey with Herbed Corn Bread Stuffing with Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Roast Leg of Lamb with Port Mint Sauce, Cochinillo with Liver Sauce, Spinach Stuffed Steak and Grilled Salmon with Fresh Oysters. For your sweet endings, try the traditional Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Crumble and other choices.

Indulge in a delicious feast this Thanksgiving at Mario’s. For reservations, you may call Mario’s Tomas Morato at415-3887, 372-0360 or 376-6210 or email at; and Mario’s Baguio at (074) 442-4241, 0905-297-3384 or email

Chef Vicky Pacheco at The Maya Kitchen

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The Maya Kitchen presents Chef Vicky Pacheco as the featured chef in the maiden installment of its Top Eats series at 1pm on November 5, Saturday. Top Eats features new eating places that are just making their mark in the culinary world with their unique take on food. The cooking demo comes with a food tasting.

Chef Vicky who is also the force behind Chateau 1771 and Sentro now lords it over the kitchen of Flatiron, a sterling addition to the restaurant scene at the Uptown Place Mall at Bonifacio Global City.Chef Vicky will show how to prepare Flatiron Brisket 6, fork-tender beef brisket slow-cooked for 6 hours in aromatics and served with sautéed brown and red rice and fresh cucumber-carrot slaw. Chicken Piccata, succulent thinly-pounded breaded chicken breast fried in butter and tossed in lemon butter sauce, served with lightly creamed spaghettini; Pizzaiola Pasta, bowtie pasta, napolitaine sauce, bell peppers, salami and bacon covered with cheese and gratinated. Pomelo Orzo Salad, lettuce, orzo pasta, pomelo, crumbled parmesan cheese, fried spinach with grilled lemon vinaigrette. Manhattan Seafood Chowder, tomato-based chowder with fresh fish chunks, shrimps, clams and bacon.

Flatiron connotes griddle (flat iron/plancha), a cooking equipment with a large metal plate on top on which burgers, grilled sandwiches, steaks, pancakes, meat, etc. are cooked directly. Thus, Flatiron, the restaurant 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.

Flatiron is located on the Ground Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
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email or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 and mobile Mobile No. 09296796102.

Learn How To Make Chocolates and How To Bake a Meringue at The Maya Kitchen

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It’s what chocolate lovers have been waiting for! The Maya Kitchen holds a Chocolate Making Class on November 5, Saturday, 9am-2pm. Learn how to properly melt, mold and store chocolates with recipes for Almond Roca, Choco Lollipops, Bailey’s Truffles and Raisin Nut Cluster. The class includes hands-on group workshop for P2,000.

Also on November 5, Saturday, 9am-2pm is the Paleo Diet class. The diet patterns itself on the food that early man hunted and gathered that includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, meats and excludes dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, processed food, alcohol and coffee. Learn these recipes as a start up Paleo Diet regimen: Chorizo Fritata; Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese with Lemon Butter Zuchettini; Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice with Paleo Orange Chicken, Gluten and Dairy Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Muffins, Spicy Tuna Cakes and No-Bake Cashew Cookie Larabar. The class includes hands-on group workshop for P2,000.

Basic Baking is on November 2-4, Wednesday to Friday, 9am-3pm. The class teaches Basic Baking Techniques applicable to small and commercial scale production of recipes and formulations of quick breads, pies, cookies, cakes and other bread varieties. Basic Baking is also offered on November 15, Tuesday and 17-18, Thursday to Friday, 9am -3pm and November 22-25, Tuesday to Friday, 9am- 2pm. Class fee is P8,000.

Basic Culinary is on November 8-11, Tuesday to Friday, 9am- 3pm. Learn Cooking Fundamentals and International Standard Techniques of Meal Preparation from soup, salad, pasta, main courses to desserts for Home and Institutional Scale Kitchens. Basic Culinary is also offered on November 29, December 1-2, 9am-4pm. Class fee is P9,000.

Bento Box Meals is on November 12, Saturday, 9am-12noon. Our certified Art Maki Sushi instructor will show the intricacies of preparing Flower and Heart Art Maki and Pikachu Bento Box with Fried Chicken and Brocolli and Corn on the side. This hands-on group workshop class goes for P2,000.

The holidays are just around the corner so enroll in Christmas Feast for All on November 19, Saturday, 9am-1pm. Recipes include Fried Tortilla Panzanella, Jamon Wrapped Lapu Lapu with Bean Stew, Pork Belly Roast and Roast Chicken with Spicy Christmas Rub and Marsala Gravy with Mediterranean Rice and Dried Fruits. Class fee is P2,000.

Cupcake Baking and Decorating is on November 19, Saturday, 9am-1pm. Learn how to make basic buttercream frosting, fondant from scratch, blending colors and working with it to form toppers. It is advisable to come with fondant designs already in mind. Cupcakes are already provided. The class fee is P2,000 including hands-on group workshop.

Meringue-based cakes and desserts are included in Coffee Shop Desserts 101 on November 26, 9am-2pm. Learn to bake Sans Rival, Sylvannas, Pavlova and Meringue Kisses. Class fee is P2,000 with hands-on group workshop.

For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to e-mail contactus@themayakitchen .com or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102.

Halloween-tastic Spooky Churros at La Lola Churreria

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La Lola Churreria has mummified all Chocochurros!

Get the sweetest, crunchiest and spookiest churros in Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Matcha and Butterscotch flavors this Halloween only from La Lola Churreria. Choose between Solo Flavor Cone and Mixed Flavor Cone in medium, large and extra large. You can also take home the clear-top 18-piece box of Churros to Color Your Day.
Chocochurros is your favorite churros covered in flavored chocolate and chilled just right to preserve its flavor and freshness. Eat them chilled or at room temperature. It is good for take out and stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.

The La Lola Spooky Churros are available now up to November 3 in La Lola Churreria branches in Power Plant Mall, SM Aura Premier, U.P. Town Center, SM Megamall, Serendra, Eastwood Mall, SM City North Edsa, Estancia Mall, Robinsons Manila, Uptown Mall, SM City Cebu, Robinson Magnolia and SM Pampanga. To learn more about the Spooky Churros and La Lola Churreria, visit their website or check out their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.