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.

 

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Bone Marrow Mushroom Rice

 

Mila's Roast Chicken
Mila’s Roast Chicken

 

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Jojo’s Filipino Curry Prawns with Crab Fat Sauce

 

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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

 

Flame at Discovery Primea

 

 

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US Black Angus Rib Eye Steak at Flame, Discovery Primea

 

One rainy Friday night, Patrick and I had a rare date at Flame in Discovery Primea. FLAME is Discovery Primea’s modern European restaurant on the 16th floor of the hotel. An interesting space, FLAME is the newest creation under the partnership of General Manager David Pardo de Ayala and Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco.

“Modern European cuisine is about cooking techniques, ingredients and flavor associations, rather than hard and fast rules. It is a style of cooking that experiments with ideas and influences from many different countries, reflecting the global palate of today’s diners. Restaurant FLAME balances familiarity and originality, comfort with surprise, local with global,” says GM Ayala.

 

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This “living chandelier” at the entrance of the restaurant is stunning.

 

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I love these air plants!

 

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The interior was conceptualized by Design Worldwide Partnership. There is an expansive marble-top open kitchen surrounds the entire restaurant.

 

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We had the US Angus Rib Eye steak. It warns you that it’s good enough for two. But in my world, it’s actually good enough for 4! It was excellent.

 

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Patrick also had the “Take Out” Lobster Fried Rice – with pork, citrus jasmine rice, egg, and lobster remoulade. Unfortunately, my shellfish days are over. About three years ago, I developed an allergy towards shellfish and other farmed fish. Oh my. But this looked so so good!

 

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Dinner menu

 

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I enjoyed the olive oil infused with garlic, rosemary, peppercorn and lemon.

 

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I’m not a big dessert person. But give me chocolate soufflé any time. This is their Hot Chocolate Souffle – with Colombian coffee foam, caramelized bananas, and vanilla ice cream. So good.

 

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Other menu highlights: Pan-Roasted Duck Breast Pumpkin Puree, Charred Leeks, Radishes, Spiced Honey Glaze

 

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Taleggio – Homemade Apricot and Cherry “Mostarda”

 

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“Quezo de Bola & Hamon” Inspired by Massimo Bottura Textures of Cheese, Glazed Ham and Gelée, Asparagus

 

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With Mildred A. Amon, Director of Marketing Communications.

 

Flame is a lovely dinner spot. I really enjoyed the food and the space. I felt like I was transported to a very cosmopolitan city. The dining area allows for the creation of smaller spaces for more intimate parties. They also have an interesting lunch menu, you may view all the current menus here.

This brings me back to Discovery Primea’s wonderful restaurant on the ground floor – Tapenade.

 

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Last February, my family had a staycation at Discovery Primea. Sophia celebrated her birthday at Tapenade.

 

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We had a semi-private dining space at Tapenade.

 

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It was a rare occasion that both my parents were in town.

 

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We loved this — Stone-baked feta cheese with tomatoes, capers, Greek Metaxa brandy and honey

 

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The Salad Room was a hit. I was happy with that alone. But grateful that we also had incredible mains and other goodies.

 

 

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New at Tapenade, the Mediterranean Grilled Platter includes an indulgent selection of specialty skewers, with the freshest Beef, Lamb, Chicken, and Prawns. Traditional Mediterranean sides of tabouleh, pita, cucumber raita, and spiced rice complete this abundant platter.

 

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Good news, Tapenade Salad Room has Throwback Thursdays. Every Thursday, they’re rolling back the clock to when you first fell in love with The Salad Room. They’re throwing back to the original price of Php 620++!

 

Restaurant Tapenade’s Salad Room offers the freshest salad bar in Makati, filled from top to bottom with healthy greens, fresh oysters, exotic cheeses, and so much more. All your favorites, and new additions will be available, at the original price. Throwback Thursdays at Restaurant Tapenade. Available for Lunch and Dinner

Click here for more information on Tapenade’s current menu.

 

 

Prêt-a-PorTea at Raffles Makati

 

 

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We were invited by Raffles Makati to try their “New York State of Mind”, the fourth in its Prêt-a-PorTea series, with the legendary Tiffany & Co. at the Writers Bar. My girls and I love afternoon tea. So we took them up on the offer and made a date of it. We dressed up in our lovely clothes on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and had a mommy and daughters day.

The Prêt-a-PorTea sweet and savoury creations are inspired by Tiffany and the Big Apple.

 

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I can’t tell you enough how much joy it brings me to be able to spend slow days with my three daughters. I savour every moment.

 

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The kids had cold chocolate drinks.

 

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It’s not high tea if there are no scones and clotted cream.

 

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With my three little women.

 

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Savoury teacup sandwiches like bagels and lox, pastrami, mini-hotdogs, and soft pretzels were served.

 

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I loved this mini bagel with lox.

 

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Macarons and cupcakes designed with that trademark robin’s egg blue.

 

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So much loveliness – the iconic Tiffany Blue Box caramel cake, a white-chocolate bracelet inspired by Tiffany’s iconic T collection, bite-sized apple coated in chocolate-caramel, a sweet take on the Big Apple, and the famed cronut.

 

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The kids were so charmed by the setting, they kept taking pictures. Each of the Tiffany-inspired afternoon tea three-tier pastries is good for two people. It includes other treats like the classic New York cheesecake and all-American favorites, like the lemon meringue pie, creamy strawberry-shortcake, and sour-cherry whoopee pie.

 

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Me and Lily

 

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Making memories with my lovelies.

 

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Again, those Tiffany blue boxes and a reminder of the Big Apple.

 

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My bookworm girls were in heaven at the Writers Bar.

 

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OOTD info, Stella’s dress from Gingersnaps, shoes from Melissa. Lily wears a dress from her big sister’s closet and Saltwater sandals.

 

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My not so little Sophia now wears Just G (a subsidiary of Gingersnaps). Her purse is a hand-me-down from me, a cute Kate Spade bag. Her sneakers are from Paez shoes.

 

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Raffles Makati’s  “New York State of Mind” Prêt-a-PorTea series.

 

You may enjoy this delicately designed afternoon tea from September 1 to November 30, offered from 2:30PM to 5:30PM daily at Php 1500++ for two. Add a glass of champagne at Php 900++ for a sparkling afternoon. For more information and reservations, please call the Raffles Makati Restaurant Reservations at +632 795 1840, or email dining.makati@raffles.com.