Negros Trade Fair

 

 

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I have to confess that I have not been going to the shopping and trade fairs the past couple of years. My reason is simple – I am really working hard at simplifying my life. I have way too many things, and I have been buying interesting goods during my recent travels. Plus I am easily tempted by pretty things. There is one trade fair that I cannot resist though – the Negros Trade Fair.

The Negros Trade Fair is the country’s longest-running provincial trade fair held annually in Metro Manila. It was established in 1985 to provide small and medium enterprises of Negros a venue to showcase their trade. This is the 33rd year of the Negros Trade Fair, in collaboration with the Association of Negros Producers.

This year’s theme is SWEET TALK: SUGAR SPICE, & EVERYTHING NICE,   and will take place on September 26-30 at the Glorietta Activity Centre. Negros grew its wealth and heritage from the success of the sugar industry. This resulted in a fascinating lifestyle enjoyed by a few of the Negrenese families who had haciendas. We get a glimpse of that refined way of living in the world that Chef Tonyboy Escalante created his restaurant in Tagaytay, Antonio’s. So it was quite appropriate that this year’s Negros Trade Fair was kicked off with a media lunch preview at Antonio’s.

The 33rd Negros Trade Fair pays tribute to the Negros heritage influenced by the sugar industry by encouraging the exhibitors to make use of sugar, its components, and by-products. The trade fair will feature booths from various sectors such as natural and organic food, garments, fashion accessories, furniture, décor, houseware, agriculture and tourism.

 

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Antonio’s was set-up beautifully in its veranda.

 

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Beautiful setting for our press preview.

 

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Antonio’s was born out of Chef Tonyboy Escalante’s own upbringing in an hacienda in Bacolod, Negros.

 

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The menu by Antonio’s

 

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Burrata from Negros.

 

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The raclette station is always a big hit.

 

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An original cocktail concoction by Chef Tonyboy. Tropical gin infused with sour fruit from Negros, batuan.

 

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That’s my raclette.

 

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Antonio’s reception area was transformed into a showroom by Negros Trade Fair patron and supporter, Nena Tantoco.

 

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A piña blouse by Rubyline

 

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Cotton apliqued blouse by Tilia.

 

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Ruffled wrap skirt by Tilia.

 

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Woven scarves and basket bags.

 

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Salad Fork by Silay Export

 

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Sauces and dips.

 

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With my godmother from our wedding, Mrs. Nena Tantoco, who traces her roots to Negros as well.

 

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Me and good friend, Chef Tonyboy Escalante. There is a section in my book #CHICbyDaphne about him. I’ve known him since the time he was just dreaming about Antonio’s. We have a running joke, he calls me his lucky charm. It’s in the book.

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(L-R) 33rd Negros Trade Fair Organizing Committee – Treena Tecson (PR Consultant), Mariel San Agustin (Domesticity), Isabel Lozano (Antonio’s), Banj Claparols (Creative Definitions), Cata Ereñeta-Manaloto (Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo), Albert Avellana, Chef Tonyboy Escalante (Antonio’s), Nena Vargas Tantoco, Merry Ann Colmenares (Artisana Island Crafts), Ina Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Ynez Reyes (Negros Trade Fair), Joey Gaston (Hacienda Crafts) and Mike Claparols (Creative Definitions)

 

33rd Negros Trade Fair will run from September 26 – 30, 2018 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.

 

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Here are some more of the things you can find at the Negros Trade Fair. (Click on thumbnail).

 

 

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).

 

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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.

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

S&R - Members' Treat - Digital Banner - 2018

 

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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.

 

 

De’Longhi in my kitchen

 

 

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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.

 

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My gelato maker at home.

 

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We make our own vanilla gelato. And other flavours.

 

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

 

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

 

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To red velvet mini-cakes.

 

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

 

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

 

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And went nuts with my De’Longhi family

 

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

 

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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).

 

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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

Ingredients:
One whole roasting chicken, about 1.5 kilo

Stuffing:
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

Instructions:

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.

 

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Ingredients for chicken stuffing.

 

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Five spice rub

 

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Chicken is ready with the spice rub, skewered…

 

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There it is in the De’Longhi oven

 

Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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.

 

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Herbs and honey to top off our sweet potatoes.

 

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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!

 

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

 

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Honey Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes!! Yum.

 

Molten Nutella Lava Cake

Ingredients:
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

Instructions:

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.

 

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The simplest ingredients for molten lava cake.

 

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Folding the egg into the mixture.

 

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

 

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

 

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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?

 

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

 

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Perfect roast chicken

 

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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.

 

6 Hacks for a Chic Life

 

 

When I wrote my book CHIC: Tips on Life, Style, and Work, I shared stories about my life and my home. I gave tips on travel, food, fashion. I had no idea my publishers would give the book its title. To be chic is something I never attempted to attain. I always felt very under-chic myself. It’s a big word. All my life, I’ve always worked with what I have. But I did learn a few tricks along the way – from my mother, my friends, and the world that I move around in. And at my age, I know that being “chic” doesn’t just mean fashion or style. It’s how you live.

Last Christmas, I had an unplanned little get-together in my home. I was not prepared at all – no catered dishes, no fresh flowers, no nothing. So I rushed to S&R and tried to find things that would help “chicify” my tablescape. We somehow achieved it.

But living a CHIC life isn’t all about appearances. It is also about the invisible and smart choices you make – the ones that give you and your family a lot of comfort, good health, and an ease that seems so natural. It takes effort though.

Here is my attempt to share with you some tricks for an apparent chic home. Most of the tips I share contain products that will be on sale at the  S&R Members’ Treat on September 27, 2017 until October 01, 2017 in all S&R warehouse clubs nationwide!

 

1. Use pedestal trays, glass domes, and wooden blocks for instant chic on your table.

 

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Store-bought baked goods and cold-cuts look instantly chic when placed on glass pedestal trays. Glass domes make cupcakes look instantly chic. Holiday cookies double up as colorful decor to spruce up your table.

 

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Holiday cookies from S&R

 

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These cookie tins are always good to have in your pantry. They’re good for “just in case” and unplanned entertaining at home. They also make pretty gifts. I love cookie tins — I use them as storage containers. These are on sale at the S&R Members Treat.

 

 

2. Aim for a healthy breakfast. Ok, so we love our bacon and corned beef. But we consciously limit them to a few times a month. We make an effort to start the day right with fruit or green juice, plus our cereals and grains. Here’s an example of a recipe I shared in my book.

 

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Chia seed pudding. You can use yoghurt, milk, or coconut or almond milk. Store it in the fridge over night. They’re nice and chewy the next morning.

 

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Overnight oats make for great breakfast or healthy snacks. Just layer oats, yoghurt, flaxseed, chia seed, and top off with fruit or maple syrup.

 

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We’re Canadian and we love our maple syrup. The kids love overnight oats.

 

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Watch out for Dad D Pak Quick Oats at the S&R Members Treat sale. Oh look, they’re from the Canadian Prairies. Yay.

 

 

3. Use non-toxic laundry detergent. Since I am making a huge effort to detoxify our home – for my kids who have asthma, and for myself with possible hormone issues – I carefully choose our laundry products. This means less bubbles and no artificial scents. It takes a while to convert the whole household to believe in such products. We’ve been programmed to believe that bubbles equals cleansing. But really, bubbles just mean there’s a lot of detergent in the product. Luckily we have these in Manila now, via S&R.

 

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Here’s what I use at home. It isn’t cheap. So I stock up on them when they are on sale.

 

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Speaking of sale… Yay! These are included at the S&R Members Treat.

 

 

4. Always have spreads and good quality syrups at home.

 

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You can use them as snack toppings, or if you’re like me, I actually try to make homemade ice cream. Spreads and syrups do well as flavouring on dairy ice cream. Or you can simply use them as bread or biscuit spreads, or coffee flavouring.

 

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Heads up! Fundelina and Bickford’s are on sale at the S&R Members Treat event.

 

 

5. Fancy, not so fancy chips. I honestly am not a big junkfood snacker. I can do without potato chips with its salt and artificial flavouring. But if it has sea salt, herbs, natural flavour, and definitely no MSG, then I’ll take them.

 

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I discovered these fancy chips in S&R, I got hooked. These root chips seem to be the healthier choice – sweet potato, cassava, purple potato. Yum.

 

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These are good. Original Taro Chips. Look for them at the S&R Members Treat. (packaging may be different).

 

 

6. Chic people ride bikes. Or maybe not. Sometimes. Well, in a perfect world, we would all be wearing minimalist-style clothing and biking to and from work — like in Japan or the Netherlands. My husband is quite the bike guy. He is well-respected by his bike peers, (quite the connoisseur, I hear). So naturally our girls are growing up as bikers too.

 

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Sophia and Lily love their bikes. Stella is still transitioning to a big bike.

 

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I’ve always been riding a bike. I even had a horrible accident when I was 8 years old which left me with 16 stitches across my forehead. That’s in my book, by the way. I never stopped loving biking, but now I just do it for leisure because I’m terrified of too much sun exposure (my skin). Here’s a photo of me biking in the Google campus in California a few years ago. My husband thinks I liked biking there just because it felt like the entire outdoors had an air conditioner on — around 19 degrees. I think so.

 

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Patrick’s bicycle-themed cake.

 

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At the S&R Members Treat, this Schwinn Volare 1300 road bike is on sale.

 

Well, that’s all for now. I hope you liked my little list that I made. Let me know if you have suggestions for other lists I can compile for you.

The most eagerly anticipated S&R Members’ Treat is happening this September 27, 2017 until October 01, 2017 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, Buy 2 Take 2 deals and price reductions of up to 50% off on lots and lots of S&R items – 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 13 warehouse clubs nationwide:

BGC (Taguig City)Aseana (Pasay City), Congressional (Quezon City), Alabang (Muntinlupa City), Shaw (Mandaluyong City), Cebu, Pampanga, Imus (Cavite), Nuvali (Laguna), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and the recently opened; S&R Commonwealth (Quezon City)

Doors will open as early as 08:00AM until 09:00PM!

For more information S&R Membership Shopping on Facebook, S&R Official on Instagram, and S&R on Twitter

 

 

 

Abuela’s

 

 

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Had a lovely lunch at Abuela’s Restaurant in Makati. My friend Vicky Tensuan and her cousins finally opened a home for that famous prime rib I tried a couple of years ago.

Abuela’s serves heirloom dishes originally created by the grandmother of Marianne Lacson Campillo and interpreted by her husband Chef Marco Legasto. The grandmother, Eduarda Cuyugan Lacson, had an inherent love for cooking that stemmed from her Capangpangan roots. Marriage took her to Bacolod where she settled and lived an idyllic life while holding fort in the kitchen.

 

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I particularly enjoyed this pochero, served in a  modern minimalist way. The broth comes separately in a small carafe.

 

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My fave. Pochero, topped up with roasted tomato.

 

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The callos was excellent. I don’t normally eat callos. But this was so, so good.

 

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Our lunch group – Rica de Jesus of Heart 2 Heart, Preview magazine’s Jacqui Salonga, Abuela’s Vicky Tensuan, and Mega’s EIC Peewee Isidro

 

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Chefs Marco Legasto and Yoshimi Igarashi. Chef Marco graduated from IHMES Isle of Man in the UK, while Chef Yoshimi from Hokkaido, Sapporo Japan was trained in Hotel Nikko. He spent the past 17 years heading Benkay outlets in Mexico, Paris, Myanmar and the Philippines.

 

Bone Marrow Mushroom Rice
Bone Marrow Mushroom Rice

 

Mila's Roast Chicken
Mila’s Roast Chicken

 

Jojo's Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce
Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce

 

Lengua Estofado by Lilibeth
Lengua Estofado by Lilibeth

 

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The menu was designed and hand drawn by Vicky Tensuan who also owns Whisk Designs.

 

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The Abuela’s Roast Beef platter that I blogged about a couple of years ago is back! It comes with sauce of your choice and sides on a ceramic platter ready to be taken home and served.

 

For more information on Abuela’s, check out their Facebook Page.

Abuela’s is at 104 Aguirre St, Somerset Millennium Makati Building, Legaspi Village, Makati City.  Tel 02 805 2713 or 0917 853 8881