Food shorts: Earth Hour dinner, poke bowls, cocktail class


Posted at Mar 21 2017 08:28 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2017 08:48 PM

MANILA -- Craving for something, but not sure where to eat? Here are some of the latest restaurant promos and food news that you can check out. 

These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. 

1. Booze delivery with Bevtools

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Got an unexpected guest? Make sure he doesn't get thirsty. Order his favorite drink at Bevtools ( 

Dubbed "Drinks on Demand," this door-to-door delivery service is available in Makati and BGC areas from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. Your favorite booze will be delivered straight to you within 90 minutes. 

To order, visit

2. Poke craze

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Poke, a Hawaiian staple made of marinated cuts of seafood and meats, is a well-loved alternative to sushi and salad. You can now enjoy this Hawaiian classic at Poke Poke. 

Poke Poke offers nine signature bowls that feature distinct flavors. The basic bowl keeps it traditional with cuts of tuna and salmon marinated with onions, peppers, and pickling, while the Samurai Bowl features a modern Japanese twist. 

Poke Poke has branches in Estancia Mall at Pasig, and SM Aura in Taguig. 

3. World Gourmet Summit

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Experience pure gustatory delight by checking out the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) in Singapore this summer. Now on its 21st edition, WGS will feature internationally renowned master chefs whose culinary creations will be featured at Singapore’s award-winning restaurants from March 20 to April 16.

For more information about the lineup of events, visit and

4. Summer macarons

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After giving away free macarons last March 19, Bizu Patisserie is welcoming summer with its new floral flavors -- Orange Blossom, Violette, Rose, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. 

Check out their branches at Greenbelt 2, Greenhills Promenade, Alabang Town Center, St. Luke’s Global City, Le Petit Bizu Robinsons Magnolia and The Eastwood Mall.

5. Cocktail mixing class

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Ever dreamed of becoming a bartender? Then enroll in a cocktail mixing class at New World Manila Bay Hotel’s The Lounge. 

Featuring award-winning bartenders Jessie Classicas and Raymund Ramos, learn the basics of making cocktails from the classic Mojito to Jessie’s award-winning cocktail, Winter Haven, and a choice from The Lounge’s signature drinks: Berry Slush, Lucky Verde or Manila Bay Sunset.

The cocktail class at The Lounge will be held on March 23 from 2-4 p.m., for P1,000 nett per person. Club Epicure members enjoy a special 20% discount. Rate includes a class certificate, recipe book, and a souvenir.

6. Dinner in the Dark for Earth Hour 

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Celebrate Earth Hour with a fine dinner at the Cru Steakhouse of Marriott Manila on March 25. 

The four-course dinner is priced at P2,500 per person. Unlike your typical meal, guests are blindfolded so their other senses will come to play during the meal.

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit

7. Spanish food festival at Diamond Hotel

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Marvel at Spanish flavors at Diamond Hotel Philippines' Corniche from April 3-9. Dubbed "Exquisita Comida Española," this food festival features authentic Spanish favorites prepared by executive chef Francisco Coque. 

He will be serving various dishes, such as Paella Negra served with Aioli, Gambas Al Ajillo, Tortilla Española, Asparagus Blanca de Navarra and Croquetas de Jamon, among others. Avail of the lunch and dinner buffet for only P2,380 nett per person. 

The hotel's Bar 27 is also offering bottomless sangrias matched with an all-you-can-eat pintxos on the same dates from 8-11 p.m.

For reservations, call (632) 528-3000 ext. 1121.

8. Best Restaurants Guide 2017

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Marco Polo hotels' signature outlets made it to this years' Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide. 

For the second time, Cucina and Lung Hin have received awards. Cucina, which highlights diverse live action stations, serves everything from cold cuts to seafood, while Lung Hin features fine Cantonese cuisine. 

Blu Bar and Grill in Cebu have also been awarded for the fifth time. This restaurant is known for its salmon carpaccio, pan-fried sea bass and warm flourless chocolate cake. 

Marco Polo Davao’s Lotus Court, meanwhile, also made the list. Its signature food items include Yin Yang Garupa, Braised Mushroom and Tofu, and Sweet Sesame Buchi.

9. Happy Day 100% Orange Juice

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This summer, boost your immune system while quenching your thirst with Happy Day's 100% Orange Juice. A litter of this orange juice contains about 2.5 kilos of sun-ripened oranges that carry substantial amount of Vitamin C and other nutrients, such as B-vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, and beta-carotene. 

Happy Days also has 1-liter packs of other flavors like Apple, Cranberry, Multivitamin, Orange Juice Bits, and Tomato. 

10. Anti-aging food supplement

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Nutramedica recently launched an anti-aging food supplement called Novuskin Lift. Packed with 18 natural anti-aging and skin brightening extracts, Novuskin Lift can help you regain and maintain youthful beauty. Moreover, it has been clinically-tested to stimulate collagen production, fight inflammation, and protect the skin against ultraviolet (UV radiation).

It is now available at Mercury Drug and Watsons outlets nationwide.

11. Piolo Pascual is Mega Sardines' newest brand ambassador

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Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual is the newest brand ambassador of Mega Sardines. This has been inked in a contract signing event held at Seared Restaurant in Pasig City.

With the Mega Global’s modern facilities for both fishing and manufacturing, as well as its international ISO and FSSC certification, Mega Global has introduced innovations in fishing, food technology, and packaging to better benefit their consumers.

To know more about Mega Global Corporation, please visit

12. Zojirushi launches induction rice cookers

Zojirushi's managing director for Southeast Asia Tsukasa Kanagawa, shows off the Induction Rice Cooker. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Japanese kitchen appliance manufacturer Zojirushi has relaunched in the Philippines.

According to Christopher Chuakaw, general manager of Mitsui Philippines and distributor of Zojirushi in the country, Zojirushi as a brand all but disappeared in the early 2000s. It was during 2009 when Mitsui took over that Zojirushi started to show up again on Philippine store shelves. 

He said it took some time to organize the formal relaunch of Zojirushi because they had to make sure that the stores were stocked with the latest and most modern products that the brand has in Japan.

Its latest product, Induction Rice Cookers, induce heat directly to the rice grains on a molecular level resulting in tastier carbs. A sushi-making demo was conducted by Chef Ronnie De Guzman from Fusion highlighting rice from the modern-looking rice cookers. 

Chef Ronnie De Guzman with his sushi creations. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra

Kat Maderazo from BentoByKat also conducted a char-bento making workshop focusing on colorful meals that she makes for schoolkids. She talked about the Zojirushi lunchjars that are easy to carry and would keep the bento meals hot throughout the day.

The products are available at the Zojirushi flagship store located at Greenhills Promenade and leading department stores nationwide. -- Report from Jeeves de Veyra