Food shorts: Food festivals, smoothie bowls, summer salad


Posted at Jun 01 2017 12:54 AM

MANILA -- Here are some of the latest offerings and promos from your favorite restaurants and food brands. 

These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. 

1. Quaker Overnight Breakfast Club

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Most of us skip breakfast because we usually run out of time to prepare a meal. With Quaker Overnight Breakfast Club, which was launched Wednesday with Joyce Pring, Wil Dasovich, Patti Grandidge and Lauren Young, you can prepare your oats at night, and eat it in the morning. 

All you need to do is throw oats, milk and toppings into a jar, put it in the fridge, then pull it out the morning after. 

For Quaker oats recipes, check out or follow their Facebook page (@QuakerOatsPhilippines). 

2. Smoothie bowls at Salad Stop

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Salad Stop introduces the freshest flavors of the season with its all-new and natural Smoothie Bowls.

Each Smoothie Bowl is packed with different fruits, vegetables, and other healthy treats. You can choose between Tropical Harvest (melon, mango, avocado, banana, yoghurt, soy milk, honey, mixed nuts, dried fruits, chia seeds and granola) and Hey Sunshine! (mango, pineapple and melon, whipped up with coconut water, honey, green apple, pomelo, strawberry, chia seeds and granola). 

Smoothie Bowls are available from 2-5 p.m. at Salad Stop Central Square and Salad Stop One Palanca. 

3. Johnnie Walker Red Label releases party pack 

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Make your last-minute summer party with the bold, smoky, characterful flavor of Johnnie Walker Red Label. 

Make it extra fun by mixing it with clear soda. Create this satisfying drink with one part Johnnie Walker Red Label, three parts soda, ice, and a wedge of lime for garnish (optional).

The Johnnie Walker Red Label Summer Party Pack comes with a 700mL bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label, a can of soda to create the Johnnie Soda mix, red party cups to start the party, and a marker to point guests to their drinks.

4. Diamond Hotel features Chef Tatung

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From June 2 to 12, Diamond Hotel Philippines takes diners on a culinary journey of the Philippines with the help of celebrity chef Tatung Sarthou. 

Chef Tatung will take centerstage at Corniche to prepare Pinoy dishes such as embutido, kinilaw, chicharon bulaklak, chicken tinola na may mais, classic molo soup, traditional nilagpang, classic kare-kare, adobong pula, kalderetang kambing, hamonado, bagnet, adobo glazed roast beef, durian triffle, champorado mousse, buco merigue pie, and halo halo flan, among others.

This buffet is available for P2,380 nett per person. Match your meal with a bottle of wine and get a 25% discount on the Wine of the Month. For restaurant reservations, please call (632) 528-3000 local 1121. You may also purchase buffets online via

5. Ayala Malls holds ASEAN Food Festival

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Ayala Malls Vertis North, one of the newest developments in Quezon City, recently sponsored an ASEAN Food Festival, which coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the ASEAN, and was the culminating activity of the Flavors of the Philippines campaign.

Top Pinoy chefs Gene Gonzalez, Tatung Sarthou, Rob Pengson, Claude Tayag, Vincent Veluz, Vincent Garcia, Lowell Tolentino, and Joel Francia showcased their creations at the event. 

There were also regional favorites such as empanadas by Gloria Caluya of Rio Grande de Laoag (Region I), signature dishes and condiments from Costales Nature Farms, Siglo, Big Ben’s, Teofely’s and Antipolo (Region IVA), Curacha crabs in Alavar sauce from Alavar Seafood Restaurant (Region IX), assorted pasalubong products from MIMAROPA (Region IVB) and an array of exciting grilled street food, kakanin and deep-fried delights such as bagnet and lechon.

Meanwhile, Seda Vertis North hosted cooking demos that gave opportunities to aspiring chefs and homemakers to create their own “bestsellers” such as tiramisu, panna cotta and other desserts.

6. Tim Hortons now open 24-7

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Tim Hortons branches in Uptown Place Mall, Bonifacio Global City and UN Square Mall, Ermita are now open round-the-clock. This Canadian fast-food chain is known for its coffee and donuts. 

7. Unilever holds Funlasang Pinoy cook-off

Unilever Food Solutions is holding the "Funlasang Pinoy" culinary cook-off. This challenges chefs and cooks across the country to make classic Pinoy dishes more exciting by putting flavorful twists that will bring these dishes to the spotlight.

To join the competition, cooks and chefs should come up with their recipes showing their own creative takes on the classic pansit, sinigang, kaldereta, tapa, and sisig dishes. The challenge? Think of a delicious twist and go as far as they can from the original dish to create exciting new recipes using Knorr products and Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise.

These recipes and their corresponding dish shots should be submitted to until July 15, 2017. 

All entries will be judged according to the following criteria: creativity of the twist, food presentation, and the use of Unilever Food Solutions products included in the competition.

To know more about the UFS Funlasang Pinoy competition, visit

8. Italianni’s new summer salads 

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Italianni’s is adding new healthy offerings to its menu by adding five new salads -- Peach Mango Insalata (P295), Lychee Grapes Salad (P325), Melone Prosciutto (P395), Tomato & Cucumber Insalata (P345), and Chicken & Cranberry Insalata (P345). 

For news and updates, check out their Facebook ( or Instagram (@italiannisph).

9. Italian staples at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

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Have a taste of authentic Italian staples as Marco Polo Ortigas Manila hosts an Italian food festival at Cucina from June 7 to 11. 

Feast on dishes such as Parma ham and melon, and tomato and mozzarella caprese; roasted lamb rack with garlic and herbs, and stewed chicken cacciatora style. 

On June 9, there will be a wine dinner, showcasing Chef Andrea’s signature dishes and wines to match at the Connect Lounge, for only P2,888. Check out the Linguine alle Vongole (linguine with clams), Guancetta di Manzo Wagyu Cotta Lentamente su Pure’ di Zucca, Barolo (slow-cooked Wagyu beef cheek, Barolo sauce, pumpkin puree), and the sweet favorite, Tiramisu.

10. World Street Food Congress 2017

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Global culinary experts are set to join this year's World Street Food Congress, which is ongoing until June 4 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. 

Leading the roster of dialogue speakers are Anthony Bourdain, international food and travel celebrity, and Greg Drescher who is currently the vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The Culinary Institute of America. 

Joining him are Claude Tayag, who specializes in Kapampangan dishes and owns the famous Bale Datung, as well as Sau Del Rosario who is a proud owner of the popular modern Kapampangan café, Café Fleur and 25 Seeds, Sarsa’s JP Anglo, and Rafael Jardeleza who is the founder of project director of the annual Tabu-an Western Visayas Ilonggo Heritage Cooking Competition and Food Fair.

Also included in the list of speakers are Mai Pham, author of several award-winning cookbooks including "The Best of Vietnamese & Thai Cooking," and "Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia," and Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, to name a few.

11. F1 Hotel brings back Luzviminda festival

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Executive chef Deceker Gokioco together with guest chefs Mikel Zaguirre (Locavore), Dennis Uy (Meximama), and Kalel Chan (Museum Café) are teaming up for the fifth Luzviminda food festival at F1 Hotel Manila.

This year's festival dubbed "Gastronomical Fusion" features recipes from all over the country in the hotel's buffet spread.

The festival runs from June 9 to June 30, for lunch and dinner at P1,699 nett per person. You may avail of a 40% discount when you use Maybank credit card.

F1 Hotel Manila is located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

12. New cheese biscuit 

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Mayora Philippines recently launched CalCheese, a new cheese wafer biscuit. It is made from real cheddar cheese and milk. CalCheese is now available in supermarkets and sari-sari stores nationwide.