S&R Members’ Treat



S&R - Members' Treat - March 2018

It’s that time of the year again — the S&R Members’ Treat is happening this March 14 until March 18, 2018 in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide.

S&R Members will get five whole days of big value and even bigger savings, with Buy 1 Take 1 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of your favorite everyday products as well as hard-to-find-global brands and more! From grocery staples like breakfast essentials, baon goodies, yummy baked goodies, imported treats, to various gift items, housewares, towels and linens, and even select appliances – EXCLUSIVE to all S&R members.

S&R currently has 14 warehouse clubs nationwide: BGC (Taguig City), Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, S&R Commonwealth (Quezon City) and S&R Dau (Pampanga).


This is me when I travel. And that’s our luggage for all five of us.


As we are now planning our summer trips, I was telling my husband that my shopping and packing habits have changed so much. I used to shop more while on vacation. But now that pretty much everything is available in Manila, I don’t find the need to stock up on things. I used to buy housewares and dry groceries in Toronto and bring them back to Manila. Now, many of the things I need for the home is in S&R.

Here are some photos from my own kitchen.

Early phase of baking quiche. I buy my Bisquick from S&R. And whenever I am there, I buy fresh produce too. I always get zucchini and cherry tomatoes.


Roast chicken with herbs and Himalayan salt from S&R.


This is me. Cooking in my kitchen for real. The dried herbs, salt, and pepper are all from S&R.


metro home photo
This is me. Not cooking in my kitchen.


Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the items that may be part of the S&R Members’ Treat. Some items in photo are representations of items on sale. There may be variations on the actual items.

1 Oster bioceramic indoor grill, 2 Cosco padded folding chair, 3 Kitchen Classics dish, 4 Copper cookware


5 Ocean Spray Craisins, 6 Aregente artisanal potato chips, 7 Bevti apple juice, 8 Cubi wafers, 9 Ocean Spray Cran-Apple, 10 E. Wedel chocolates


11 Bath towels, 12 Oster steam iron, 13 Cavendish and Harvey candy drops, 14 Storage bins


15 Keter Tuff Packer, 16 Arm & Hammer Oxy Clean, 17 Keter Connect Rolling System


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S&R Member’s Treat. March 14-18. Doors will open as early 8am until 10pm.

Follow S&R in their social media accounts to get the latest updates and promos: Facebook snrmembershipshopping, Instagram @snr_official, and Twitter @snr_official.



Global Views



Julia Buckingham for Global Views


A couple of weeks ago, I attended the opening of Global Views, a luxurious furniture shop in Ayala Vertis North Mall. Global Views is a US home decor wholesale company with showrooms and distributors across the US, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and now Manila. It offers a wide assortment of furniture and home accessories that can blend into elegant, refined, casual, and exotic settings. Global Views is the go-to design source of interior designers and decorators for residential and commercial projects. Now in Manila, Global Views is open for retail to the public.




The shop window at Global Views in Ayala Vertis North


Boomerang Chairs


The Wiggle Dining Chairs in black, by Julia Buckingham.


Just next door is another furniture shop called Home and Beyond. It is owned by the same couple that owns Global Views. In photo are the Global Views Philippines owner Josephine Lim and her team with influencers Tessa Valdes, Mikaela Martinez, Aubrey Miles, and Troy Montero.


With Tessa.


Home and Beyond has contemporary pieces of furniture and accessories.


Cowhide rugs from Brazil at Home and Beyond. Im wearing a K&Company top, Azotea bracelet, and Rabeanco bag.


With the owners of Global Views, Josephine and Frank Lim.


Dwell Studio accessories.


Wall sculpture that come in nickel, brass, or bronze.


Detail of the wall sculpture.


Kyoto cabinet.


With TV host Regine Tolentino


My favourite, the Link Bunching Table. Pieces with travertine tops shaped like jigsaw puzzles that link together. I also like the many choices of wall decor that come in brass, nickel, and other finishes. Here we see the Lily Pad Clusters in antique nickel.


A nickel plated “gravy boat” used as a wine cooler. This, too, is one of my favourite pieces.


The raindrop rug by Julia Buckingham. I had to show it to scale with my feet. I’m wearing French Sole.




Visit the Global Views Manila showrooms in Ayala Vertis North Mall in Quezon City, and in Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila +63 946 3940.  Follow them in Facebook at GlobalViewsPH and Instagram at @GlobalViewsPH








In celebration of its 75th year in the retail business, National Bookstore collaborated with seven Filipino design influencers including myself. The result were seven collections of limited edition stationery, accessories, and gift items launched under the campaign Inspire with Passion. Among the talents that joined me were  Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Cat Arambulo-Antonio, Cecile Van Straten, Patty Eustaquio, Rajo Laurel, and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo.

“Their unique styles and design philosophies are reflected in each of their lines,” says National Book Store managing director Xandra Ramos-Padilla. “These limited edition items can be gifted to anyone’s family, friends, and loved ones, so that everyone can receive and be inspired by the gift of passion.”

As I wrote in my previous post, I was inspired by “my tropical life”. For the DAPHNE® set, we came up with three prints all reflecting the tropical blooms and textures in and around my home.


The floral pouches for DAPHNE®xNBS


Journal Set
One set of notebooks has all three floral prints in DAPHNE®xNBS. Each of the notebooks are either plain, lined, or dotted.


At the press launch of the Inspire With Passion event celebrating National Bookstore’s 75th anniversary.


I wore a K&Company dress from the current Holiday 2017 collection.


I love that the stylist of the event placed a cute peacock chair in my vignette. In real life I have the biggest peacock chair in my living room. A gift from Vito Selma.




One of the three pouches.


An envelope pouch I meant to be a laptop carrier. But it doubles up as an everything-pouch.


My daughter uses it as a portfolio to carry her art stuff.


My laptop carrier.


I also use it as a clutch.  (OOTD: Shoes from French Sole, one piece culottes & top from Religioso, bracelet from my Instagram shop @AZOTEAph).


With National Bookstore’s Managing Director Xandra Ramos-Padilla, who has been a wonderful collaborator and supporter of my brand even before any DAPHNE product was ever created.


Patty Eustacio’s note cards and wrapping paper.


Rajo Laurel had pens and a tote bag.


Chuvaness came up with wallets and a large sized cheque book.




The National Book Store 75th anniversary capsule collection is available online at www.nationalbookstore.com



My Tropical Life





By now some of you may know that I have a new collection of products in National Bookstore. It was launched a couple of months ago as part of the NBS@75 celebration, or the 75th anniversary of National Bookstore, alongside the products of six other design influencers. This is my second capsule collection for National. The first one was a 15-piece collection released in 2015 — these were inspired by the flower names of my daughters.


My first collection at National Bookstore in 2015 was inspired by the floral names of my three daughters – the rose, the lily, and the daisy.


For the 75th anniversary of National Bookstore, we were each asked to create three products. I initially wanted my daughters to illustrate the prints. (Yes, they are that good. But like me they can be stubborn when their mother commissions flower drawings. History repeats itself). Because of time constraints, National commissioned a local artist to work on my prints. We came up with three prints based on the world I wanted to convey. I created a set of three notebooks in different sizes, an all-purpose pouch, and a file envelope pouch which can hold a laptop, books, and other things. You may see the launch event and photos of the collection in my next blog.

I am sharing with you the story of my collection, inspired by a hashtag I love to use — #mytropicallife. The past couple of years, I have spent more time at home than working on the road. You may have noticed I’ve slowed down on my TV work – both deliberately and just because – and I used this time to learn new skills, like cooking, gardening, and all these quaint domestic disciplines that I never had much time for. I finally figured out how plants grow and thrive. They no longer die on me, thank God. And because of that, my little “farm” out of town is growing cacao and passion fruit. In a couple of years, I hope I may actually have enough produce from my little farm to call myself a farmer. For now, I have my little tropical garden in our suburban home. I am constantly surrounded by bougainvilleas and frangipani/kalachuchi blooms. And that’s where I got the idea for this collection.








Will post highlights from the launch soon.



De’Longhi in my kitchen



Me in my unstyled, real-life kitchen. With Chef Mitchy Sison.


If you’ve been following me in my @DaphneOP Instagram account, you would have noticed my little cooking and baking adventures in my kitchen. I often cook on an open fire – my range is a very good gas/fire range – and I enjoy using my LeCreuset dutch oven for everything from stews to Bolognese. Lately though I’ve been using my smaller De’Longhi oven for baking quiche, bread, lasagne. It heats up faster, and gets the job done without firing up my huge oven.

I have a few nifty gadgets and tools that make working in my kitchen fun. The De’Longhi gelato maker continues to be a family favourite. My kids love creating their own gelato. Vanilla is a family fave. And when we have a surplus of fruit, we also make gelato. Let me know if you want me to blog about my gelato adventures.

This season, I have a new “game changer” in the kitchen. It is the De’Longhi Multifry. As the name suggests, it is technically an air-fryer. But it is also more than that. Sure you can make the perfect “fried” chicken using absolutely no oil. But you can also bake, make risotto, stews, steamed veggies, pizza. The possibilities are endless.

It is now December 11, and I know there are a lot of us with open wishlists for ourselves. Or you have someone very very special to give to – like newly weds, new homecooks, busy moms who have to have a constant supply of “baon”, or a person living alone – consider the Multifry. Keep reading, and please watch the video below.


My gelato maker at home.


We make our own vanilla gelato. And other flavours.


At last year’s De’Longhi Christmas get-together, I saw the Multifry at work.


We made everything from the usual crispy “fried” chicken to kebabs…


To red velvet mini-cakes.


I had loads of fun with my former colleagues in broadcasting.


I shared my books, CHIC – Tips on Life, Style, and Work. Everyone got one.


And went nuts with my De’Longhi family


In my life at home, this is what I have. The De’Longhi Prima Donna XS at home.




My favourite is a tall cappuccino. But since I’m trying to go dairy-free and fat-free, I’m now having an Americano daily. (PS, the De’Longhi coffee machines dont use disposable pods. That is a no-no in my books. I cannot stand adding any more garbage to our landfills and oceans. The De’Longhi coffee machine I have grinds the coffee beans when needed, giving it a fresh ground taste. The waste generated from ground coffee goes into our compost bin. Practically zero waste).




The De’Longhi Multifry

As the name suggests, the De’Longhi Multifry fries food and does multiple other things. It is an innovative cooking appliance combining a low-oil fryer and a multicooker to meet different needs. It enables you to rapidly fry tasty fresh potatoes in a healthier way with minimum oil and to prepare a variety of recipes: from risottos to cous cous, from stews to ratatouilles. Multifry even allows you to bake pizzas, cakes and pies.

Here are some dishes we made at home. The first is a roast chicken with sausage and apple stuffing. Its something you can serve for a festive meal – the herbs and apple stuffing give a regular roast chicken that hint of special effort. For this we didn’t use the De’Longhi Multifry, though you could roast a chicken in it. We used the De’Longhi rotisserie oven.

Roast Chicken with Sausage and Apple Stuffing

One whole roasting chicken, about 1.5 kilo

1 granny smith apple, seeded and cubed
1 red delicious apple, seeded and cubed
1 teaspoon 5 spice powder
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 pcs Italian sausage, casing removed
2 slices sourdough bread, cut into cubes
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil

Spice Rub:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


Preheat the Delonghi Oven to 400 F.

Drain any residual liquid in the whole chicken and pat dry with paper towels, inside and out.

In a medium bowl, toss together apples, 5 spice powder, sour dough bread, sausage, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with coconut oil. Mix until apple pieces are evenly coated.

Stuff chicken cavity with apple pieces and close both ends with skewers.

Combine spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and sprinkle spice mixture evenly over all sides of the chicken.

Place stuffed chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up. After 30 minutes, turn oven temperature down to 350 F and put cover on roasting pan (make sure roasting pan vents are closed).

Roast for an additional 30 minutes.

Remove chicken from the oven and rest it rest on a chopping board for 20 minutes, covered until serving.


Ingredients for chicken stuffing.


Five spice rub


Chicken is ready with the spice rub, skewered…


There it is in the De’Longhi oven


Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes


1 kilo sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

extra virgin olive oil

rock salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon butter


Using the De Longhi Multifry, remove the paddle and fill the bowl with water 2 inch in depth. Close the lid, select the PAN function, select power level 4, set 10 minutes and press the program start/stop button.

Once the water starts boiling, place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Boil for 5 minutes or until slightly tender. Drain water and attach the paddle attachment.

Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil using the oil pourer at level 2, season with salt and pepper.

Select the OVEN function and select power level 3 for 5 minutes, close the lid and press the program start/stop button.

Towards the last two minutes, add the honey and butter. Cook until sweet potatoes are crispy and coated.


Herbs and honey to top off our sweet potatoes.


The Multifry has an automatic mixing paddle which gently mixes food and permits cooking without any need to manually stir food. Hands free for me!


That butter and honey in the end totally makes this dish what it is.


Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes!! Yum.


Molten Nutella Lava Cake

1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup Nutella
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour


Using the De Longhi Multifry, remove the paddle and preheat. Close the lid, select the OVEN function, select power level 3, set 20 minutes and press the program start/stop button.

Grease two small ramekins, then dust with cocoa powder, shaking out any excess. Set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, and granulated sugar until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Add melted butter and Nutella and whisk until well-combined. Add flour and whisk until incorporated.

Divide batter among the prepared ramekins. Place ramekins on the Delonghi Multifry, and bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. You want to keep a close eye on these; all ovens run differently so remove them from the oven when the edges are set but the center still jiggles slightly.

Run a knife around the edges of the cakes as soon as you remove them from the oven. Let cool for 3-4 minutes, then swiftly but gently invert onto individual serving plates. Garnish with strawberries and powdered sugar if desired, and serve immediately.


The simplest ingredients for molten lava cake.


Folding the egg into the mixture.


Pouring the batter into those little ramekins I’ve had but have never really used.


Ready for the Multifry. It would just take 12 minutes!


A “first” in my kitchen. A real chef helping me out. I’d like to see this as an ongoing series. What do you think?


End product. Molten Lava cake. My kids loved it! So did I. And Im not even a desert person.


Perfect roast chicken


That was our lunch plate. Roast chicken with honey thyme sweet potatoes!


Please watch our video. You will see how easy it is to cook and bake using the Multifry. Lots of tips in there too from Chef Mitchy.



De’Longhi Philippines just opened their first concept store in Ayala Vertis North. It’s worth the drive to Quezon City, I tell you (southerner here). It has a fully functioning kitchen and of course a gorgeous coffee bar. All their coffee machines are there for you to try. They can demo the Multifry for you too. Just tell them Daphne sent you. Have a free coffee as well, while you are there. Follow De’Longhi Philippines in Facebook.

Let me know what you think of me blogging about food and cooking. It’s something I never felt comfortable about because I am a novice cook. But I do love cooking. And more importantly, my kids think I’m the best “chef”. Haha. Would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below or in Facebook.