Food shorts: Flavors of the Philippines, Wagyu burger, Mediterranean diet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2017 06:32 PM

MANILA -- Here are new food offerings, promos, and events. These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. 

1. Baskin-Robbins' new ice cream flavors 

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Beat the summer heat with new ice cream flavors from Baskin-Robbins. Joining the lineup are Butterscotch Toffee Blondie, Dulce de Leche, Salted Chocolate Truffle Crunch and Tiramisu Delight.

2. Tokyo Tokyo's Wagyu burger 

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Satisfy your cravings for quality beef with Tokyo Tokyo's all-new Wagyu burger. For only P160, this bun of goodness contains a juicy Wagyu beef patty served with fresh lettuce, sliced cheese, and special sauce. 

If you want burger for breakfast, try the Rising Sun for only P175. It comes with egg, onion rings drizzled with teriyaki sauce, complemented with sliced cheese, special sauce sandwiched in a brioche bun.

Those with bigger appetite, meanwhile, can check out the Double Cheeseburger for P235. This is a double-patty Wagyu burger served with fresh lettuce, double sliced cheese, special sauce impeccably loaded into a brioche bun.

3. Flavors of the Philippines 2017

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The grandest food festival in the country is back with more exciting gastronomic delights. Various activities, such as cook-offs, food bazaars, food tasting, and market tours, are included in this year's lineup. 

Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Department of Tourism, The Flavors of the Philippines aims to promote different food and local cuisines from the different regions. The festival runs until April 30. 

To learn more about the events and activities involved in the festival, check out their Facebook account: www.facebook.com/flavorsofthephilippines. 

4. TWG's Iced Teabag Collection

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Making a liter of iced tea is so much easier with TWG's Iced Teabag Collection. Each teabag is packed with 7.5 grams of tea, which is good enough to produce a pitcher of refreshing drink. 

This collection includes TWG Tea classics such as French Earl Grey, Eternal Summer Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea and Darjeeling, as well as TWG Tea exclusive blends like Sweet France Tea, Pink Flamingo Tea and Cocktail Hour Tea.

5. Costa Coffee's new wraps and salads 

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Apart from serving quality coffee and blends, Costa Coffee also serves food, like its new wraps: Tuna, Egg and Sweet Corn (P175); Chorizo and Egg (P180) and Chicken and Jalapeno (P185). 

Costa Coffee also serves salads: California Cobb for P165 (romaine lettuce, tomatoes, egg, feta cheese, bacon and avocado dressing); and Chicken and Egg for P175 (romaine lettuce, chicken, egg and yoghurt dressing).

6. Mediterranean diet 

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The Mediterranean diet has long been prescribed to help prevent cardiovascular diseases. This diet consists of plant-based food like fruits and vegetables, whole grain, legumes and nuts; herbs and spices; pasta, olive oil and a higher proportion of seafood and poultry than red meat. 

In 2013, UNESCO included it on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. A recently published research on the International Journal of Cancer also discovered that Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of receptor negative breast cancer.

To make this diet available to more Filipinos, Doña Elena is offering different products that will help you create your own Mediterranean Diet regimen, such as olives, capers, Italian canned tomatoes, Spanish sardines, flat fillet anchovies, pasta, tuna and olive oil. 

7. 5 celebrity-approved ways to enjoy whiskey

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Scotch whiskey has a reputation for being a "serious" drink. Most of the time, it is reserved for special celebrations and gatherings. But celebrities Nico Bolzico, Freida Pinto, Mond Gutierrez, Martine Cajucom and Jess Connelly think otherwise. 

Here are some of their suggestions on how to enjoy Johnnie Walker Black Label: 

Nico Bolzico: "I like to have a glass of Scotch by myself on the balcony, looking into the horizon, pretending I am super smart. Drinking Scotch calms me down at the end of a long day and makes me very relaxed." 

Freida Pinto: "I love my Scotch in different ways – I love an Old Fashioned. And absolutely, Scotch can be mixed – there are so many ways to drink Scotch."

Mond Gutierrez: "I used to think Scotch was too strong for me – I didn’t like the taste. But then last year, Coco Rocha told me her secret when it comes to drinking Scotch – it’s that she mixes it with Ginger Ale. So I tried it, and fell in love with it."

Martine Cajucom: "I usually like my drinks stiff – I don’t want any of the extra calories. But on those nights when I feel like having a cheeky drink, I’ll have a Scotch-based cocktail – it’s a great way to unwind and catch up with friends." 

Jess Connelly: "I grew up watching my dad, who is also a performer, have a drink before every performance – so now, I have a drink before every performance. Scotch is my go-to drink because even when I doubt myself, Scotch reminds me that deep down, I am the rock star I know I am."