Friday, January 12, 2018

Paradise Dynasty: There's more to explore and experience than their Signature Xiao Long Bao

Paradise Dynasty at the 2nd level of The Podium in Mandaluyong City

Paradise Dynasty can be quite intimidating for first-timers because of its high-end vibe and exquisite modern imperial design with wood carvings and well-lighted ceilings. But don't allow such intimidation to stop you from dining here. Paradise Dynasty is a Singaporean restaurant franchise which specializes in imperial cuisine with authentic local flavors from Northern and Southern China. They have their flagship branch at the posh S Maison Mall in Conrad Hotel, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. And recently, they have opened another branch at the 2nd level of The Podium Mall in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. 



Known for their legendary take on the 8 flavors of their signature Xiao Long Bao, we were surprised to find out that there's a lot more to explore and experience at Paradise Dynasty. From their appetizers, soups, drinks, all the way to the mains (which are mostly composed of Szchuan and La Mien dishes)--were all value for one's money because they're really excellent in taste yet good for sharing too. The best part? They're all reasonably priced too. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

HERBALIFE NUTRITION-SPONSORED ATHLETE CRISTIANO RONALDO NAMED BEST FIFA MEN’S PLAYER FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR



Press Release: 

International football super star Cristiano Ronaldo, a Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athlete since 2013, was recently named “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the second consecutive year.
The award was determined through a combined voting process that included the votes of team captains and managers from national teams all around the globe, an online public ballot of football fans, and votes by a select group of global media representatives.

“Cristiano proves once again that his dedication on the field and commitment to nutrition has elevated him to the top of his game, earning him one of FIFA’s top honors, The Best Men’s Player Award,” said Rich Goudis, CEO of Herbalife Nutrition.

Ronaldo, named the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN, adds to other major awards and accomplishments in 2017.  He won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the year for the second consecutive year, after once again leading Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and finishing as the top goal scorer, as well as helping his team win the Spanish La Liga cup.  In 2017, he also became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA Champions League and European competitions.  He currently holds four Ballon d’ Or titles, the annual football award presented by France Football, and is in the running this year for his fifth.

Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athletes use Herbalife® products before, during and after training and games. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving sports nutrition and performance, Herbalife Nutrition launched Herbalife24® CR7 Drive in collaboration with Cristiano Ronaldo, a sports drink designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs of the global soccer legend and benefit athletes of all levels.

Herbalife Nutrition supports more than 190 athletes worldwide. To learn more about Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes, visithttp://iamherbalife.com/blog/athletes. To receive the latest company updates from Herbalife 


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hukad Golden Cowrie Restaurant: Celebrating Cebuano's Good Food

Hukad welcomes you in with warmth

 “Always a feast!”  This is Hukad Restaurant's official tagline. The term Hukad meant two things: to serve up on one's plate and a "ladle" used to scoop up servings. Hukad is owned by the Golden Cowrie group of restaurants which highlights Filipino tradition of eating altogether as a family over good food. Security Blanket recently tried Cebuano and well-loved Filipino dishes at their Trinoma Mall branch. 

So what do I love about Hukad? Let me count the ways:

First of all, if you're into rice, you will certainly love this restaurant. They offer unlimited freshly-cooked rice scooped in mounds which you will surely enjoy. A Hukad staff will be approaching your table and will ask if you need more rice, "Hukad some more?"

Hukad ladle ladies giving off unlimited rice
Hukad as well as other Golden Cowrie owned restaurants already had a cult following in both Visayas and Mindanao but they have yet to establish themselves here in Metro Manila. So we were delighted to get a taste of the best of Cebuano dishes without necessarily traveling to the South. We're happy that they are also expanding their reach nationwide, this way, more and more people will be able to delight in Cebuano foods. That alone saves you money sans traveling in an aircraft when you're seriously craving for some Cebuano foods like lechon and Ngohiong, right?

Some of Hukad's specialties


They have tapped in actor Gerald Anderson as their official brand ambassador. Yes, the "Ikaw Lang ang Iibigin" lead actor was said to be happy when Hukad had chosen him to become their endorser. He was part Bisaya and since he's now based in Manila, he would sometimes miss the food back home. Now, he doesn't need to go far, all he needs to do is visit any Hukad restaurants in the metro and he'll definitely satiate his cravings for Cebuano foods.



Hukad has tapped actor Gerald Anderson as their endorser.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Italiannis Now Serving Awesome Breakfast Menu in Selected Branches


We all know Italianni's Restaurant as one of the restaurants managed by the Bistro Group. Known for their honest-to-goodness authentic Italian dishes, only a few know that a few branches actually serves an awesome array of breakfast menu. I have come to know this myself only after I got invited for an FMU (foodie meet up) by Zomato. 



Our moms had always been right, NEVER SHOULD WE SKIP BREAKFAST. Simply because it's the most important meal of the day. And thus, you deserve the best that Italianni's has to offer. In this fast paced society we live in, a hearty, wholesome, healthy power breakfast is all we need to lift our moods and providing you the energy and zest you need throughout the day.

Amidst all the hype of all the fancy new brunch places popping up around the CBD, we thought to bring you a list of Italianni's Breakfast Specials which will only be available for a limited engagement (So hurry guys and try it out while it lasts!). Oh, and btw, they are only made available at the following Italianni's branches: Italianni's Greenbelt, Bonifacio High Street, and Vista Mall in Laguna. 

Here's what you can expect from their Chef's Breakfast Kitchen Menu:

* All meals come with complimentary tea or coffee.


Breakfast Porkchop (Php395)

Italianni's Breakfast Porkchop
Porkchop marinated in Italianni's choice of herbs and spices, seared to perfection and served with egg. You can have a choice of pairing it with either garlic rice or potato hash. It had that charred taste with a delicious basting and it was very flavorful that there's no need to reach for a dipping sauce.

Fried Eggplant with Sausage (Php365)

Italianni's Fried Eggplant with Sausage


A classic Filipino dish, fried eggplant toppled with sausage, pickled onion and oregano served with garlic rice. Eggplant or Aubergine goes perfectly well with  the sausages. And as they say in the vernacular, "mapapadami ang kain mo ng kanin." [You will be asking for more cups of rice]. Even if you're not a fan of eggplant, you will certainly like this dish, that's for sure. 


Smoked Capocollo Ham with Avocado (Php350)

Italianni's Smoked Capocollo Ham with Avocado
Fresh from the oven sourdough bread topped with capocollo ham, sliced avocado, poached egg and arugula. Capocollo or coppa is a traditional Italian and Corsican pork cold cut (salume). It is similar to the more widely known cured ham or prosciutto, because they are both pork-derived cold-cuts that are used in similar dishes. This open faced sandwich is one of my favorites among the Italianni's Chef Breakfast Kitchen menu. The sourdough was very chewy and I didn't know the ham will go well with the avocado slices on top. It's really very filling and I'll certainly recommend it for those people on-the-go who wanted to grab a bite but will still have a healhy and filling meal for breakfast.