Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Eat for a cause with the Curious Chef

Press release: 

Following his highly successful benefit pop-up events in the US, curious chef, Sharwin Tee is cooking for a cause in Manila! Mark your calendars as he presents a 5-course dinner on September 10 at 7:00pm with an exciting menu that will celebrate the diversity of Philippine cuisine.

The benefit dinner will consist of indigenous and modern Filipino dishes as well as Chinese, Spanish, and American – all having contributed to multiple foreign cultures and influences to the evolution of what Filipino food has become.

‘Chef Sharwin Pops Up!’ will be held in Back of the House located at the G/F of the FLC Center, 15 Xavierville Ave., Quezon City. Proceeds will realize Chef Sharwin’s advocacy of encouraging the love and importance of reading by helping build public school libraries through the Ahon Foundation.

Eat for a cause and make a lot of book-loving children happy! To reserve/pledge, please call 0920 9148175 or email chefsharwinpopup@gmail.com.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Lucky Chinatown's Asian Food and Music Festival

Filipinos love to eat and so does the Chinese. The Philippine archipelago is considered a melting pot of South East Asia. And we often find ourselves in family or social gatherings where we celebrate our diverse culture along with food. Lucky Chinatown recently kicked off an activity that aims to engage the Filipino-Chinese community of Binondo in both Asian culinary as well as musical traditions. 

Popular songs were performed on stage by selected amateur young artists to the delight of the crowd. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Odds Cafe and Nail Spa Scout Castor Quezon City Food + Services Review

I’ve recently found this gem of a place called Odds Café Nails and Spa.  Actually, the café is easy to miss, but it should be on everyone’s radar. It’s got a treasure trove of comfort food goodness that ranges from sweet to savory. When you first walk in, it’s so easy to feel at ease and love the place. It is kept small and homey. I was immediately greeted by a gentleman who was more than happy to help us find what was so special about their cozy place. (I later on found out it was actually the owner, Mr. Art Sebastian who greeted me at the door, that’s how hands-on he is with his business.) I loved the staff’s level of enthusiasm and quality service. He’s very knowledgeable about what Odds Café and Nail Spa has to offer and was quick to point out drinks and orders that’s huge enough and good for sharing. I ended up ordering their concoction of Harry Potter’s famous Butterbeer. It was served on a large mug and since I’m diabetic I had asked them to minimize its sweetness. I was happy they agreed to tone down and tweak the drink upon my request. It’s pretty interesting but it’s not something you’d really order on a regular basis (unless you’d want to be diabetic too just like me). But I highly recommend them for those with sweet tooth. Odds Café and Nail Spa’s Butterbeer tastes and looks even better than the ones you’ve had (if you've ever tried it) in that small Maginhawa store serving the same specialty drink. So for my fellow Potterheads, I’d strongly suggest you guys should come and check out this place!

Hainanese Delights Re-Opens at Robinson's Galleria

Hainanese Delights Best Selling Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken Rice comes from the Chinese subtropical island of Hainan and many of the sons and daughters of Hainan migrated to Singapore. The most-popular dish of Hainan is the Chicken Rice in which a chicken is used in all ways — poached for the meat, the soup is used to make a deliciously flavoured rice and to also infuse the chili sauce. Thus, Hainanese Chicken has become one of Singapore’s top loved dishes. I have long discovered this awesome Singaporean specialty dish at Hainanese Delights at Robinson's Galleria in Ortigas. I could vividly recall the very first time I had eaten this dish and I was blown away because it was so good.  The only caution is to go easy on the chili and ginger sauce to make the dish more enjoyable. (I'm a chili fan so I used a lot of ginger and chili so you can probably imagine the intense heat because I was perspiring while eating!) 

The well-lit new Hainanese Delights at Robinson's Galleria