Food shorts: Handcrafted coffee for P100, Australian beef, new treats


Posted at Aug 04 2017 03:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2017 03:12 PM

MANILA - Check out some of the latest news and promos in the local food scene. 

These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News. 

1. The Joys of Ting Hun

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Marco Polo Ortigas Manila is offering a special package perfect for Chinese engagements.

As part of the package, the bride is given a complimentary overnight stay in a suite, which includes a breakfast buffet for two at Cucina.

Engagement cakes will also be prepared, while two floral bouquets will be given to the groom. Families can welcome each other through prosperous traditional gifts such as Chinese tea for respect; misua noodles served with eggs for a long-lasting relationship; and sweet tea soup with red dates and winter melon for harmony between families.

The reception, meanwhile, is made more memorable with a string
trio to play for three hours, special floral centerpieces for the presidential table and up to 10 guest tables, and a special chosen Lauriat menu from the authentic flavors of Lung Hin.

For more information, contact (02) 720-7777 or book online via

2. Handcrafted coffee for only P100

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For the whole month of August, Costa Coffee is offering handcrafted coffee for only P100 per primo cup. 

You can enjoy a cup of Mocha on August 8; a Cappuccino on August 15; a Latte on August 22; and a Flat White on August 29.

All featured coffees are available hot or ice-shaken. 

3. TGI Fridays launches new dishes

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TGI Fridays welcomes August with new, innovative dishes.

The "Fresh from the Chef" menu was drawn up by The Bistro Group corporate chef Josh Boutwood and TGI Fridays Philippines executive chef Greg Natividad in tandem with Kevin Miller, International Culinary Director for TGI Fridays.

The new dishes include fresh salads, appetizers, sandwiches, wood-smoked entrees, and flatbreads, among others. 

4. Italian dining at Manila Pavilion Hotel

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This August, Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino is offering Italian favorites. Kickstart your gastronomic journey at the Seasons Restaurant and try their Grilled Platter of Sausage, Pork Belly and Chicken paired with a glass of house wine.

The hotel's pastry shop, Patisserie, serves Tomato
Bruschetta served with a Classic Tiramisu Shooter and a glass of house wine, and Sicilian Cassata Cake layered with ricotta cheese and covered with icing and pistachio.

Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino is also holding the "Buy 1 Take 1 Last Man Standing Promo" on standard cocktails or local brewed beers every day from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a choice of spicy peanuts or popcorn for your pica-pica. 

For inquiries and reservations, log on to or call (02) 526-1212. 

5. Sky-high bar in bay area

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Located at the 27th floor of Diamond Hotel Philippines, Bar 27 is one of the hippest spots to drink your cocktails and hang out with your buddies. 

The bar features a stunning view of the vibrant cityscape through 
their floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while a stage has been set up at the middle for live musical entertainment. 

Bar 27 has an extensive selection of cocktails, mocktails, signature wines, and craft beers, as well as tapas and bar chow that are good for sharing. 

The bar is open from Monday to Saturday at 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 528-3000.

6. Villa Del Conte's Ovicinis 

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Love chocolates? Here's one colorful way to enjoy this sweet treat: Villa Del Conte's Ovicinis. 

These are candy-coated dark chocolates from Padova, Italy. They are filled with premium hazelnut cream, promising a crunchy bite with a luscious finish.

Ovicinis are available at all Villa Del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders, call (02) 893-2575 or 621-6101, or visit

7. Chipotle Chicken Chop Platter

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Krazy Garlik's newest offering, the Chipotle Chicken Chop Platter, is only P1,295 and can feed three persons. 

The platter contains six pieces of leg and thigh chipotle-flavored chicken, a serving of nachos, and garlic rice. 

Krazy Garlik is located at Level 2, Greenbelt 5. Check out for more information. 

8. El Pollo Loco sports new look 

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El Pollo Loco's flagship store at SM Megamall has recently undergone remodeling and now has brick walls, hanging lamps, wood beams, and hand-painted tiles. 

El Pollo Loco is known for its slow-grilled fragrant chicken, which can be ordered with potato salad, fiesta corn, coleslaw, Spanish rice, and loco fries.

The restaurant also serves beef nachos, spaghetti con salsa, cheesy taquitos, and cheese quesadilla. 

9. Philippine National Latte Championship

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Jolly Cow Fresh Milk was selected as the official milk for this year’s Philippine National Latte Championship.

Twenty baristas from various coffee shops in Metro Manila competed in a friendly Latte Art Throwdown at the Fly Ace Corporate Center last June 3. 

Jolly Cow Fresh Milk has 3.5% butterfat with nature-enhanced lactose content. 

10. International chefs at Edsa Shangri-La

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Edsa Shangri-La's Heat has gotten even hotter with its new lineup of eight international chefs and bigger and better themed buffets. 

The hotel restaurant is bringing together the specialties of executive chef Scott Brands, executive sous chef Christine Zarandin, Senju's executive Japanese chef Yusuke Hino, Paparazzi's Italian chef Giulianno Berta, Summer Palace's executive Chinese chef Tony Sum and dim sum chef Andy Liew, Indian chef Raghu Singh, and executive pastry chef Martin Frowd.

For inquiries or reservations, contact (02) 633-8888 or e-mail [email protected] 

11. Ways to keep your kidneys healthy 

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Here are some tips on how to keep your kidneys healthy from Old Orchard, which offers Cranberry, Apple Cranberry, and Cranberry Raspberry drinks:

  • Eat healthy and exercise regularly 
  • Give up smoking 
  • Follow directions for over-the-counter medications
  • Have your kidneys tested regularly 
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

12. Gourmet meals at AirAsia 

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Last July, AirAsia launched a new set of in-flight meals which include Asian flavors, savory snacks, healthy food selections, and a variety of beverages. 

Passengers can enjoy Thai Green Curry with Rice, an aromatic chicken curry infused with authentic Thai spices and served with fragrant white rice; Malaysia's Nasi Lemak; Singapore's Chicken Rice; and the Philippines' Chicken Adobo.

AirAsia's Santan menu is also adding Chicken Lasagne via online pre-booking. The dish is a blend of classic creamy cheese, chicken, and assorted vegetables. 

Hot meals with drinks are priced at P180 each. 

13. MIASCOR Catering opens facility in Kalibo 

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MIASCOR Catering recently opened its third facility in Kalibo, making it the only certified in-flight catering company in the area. Such development will better equip the airport as an international hub. 

MIASCOR Catering also has kitchen facilities in Manila and Clark. 

14. Australian grass-fed beef at COD 

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Hormone-free and antibiotic-free certified Australian grass-fed beef is now available at City of Dreams Manila’s signature restaurants – Crystal Dragon and Red Ginger.

The promotion is held in conjunction with the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Victorian State Government, and Meat and Livestock Australia, with participating outlets in the city.

Crystal Dragon’s exclusive a la carte menu, available until August 23, features Crispy Crystal Beef Rump Sliced with Manuka Honey and Fragrant Sesame Seed, Smoked Tea Beef Short Ribs Served with Pickles and Fried Homemade Bun, Wok-fried Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus in Sichuan Pepper Sauce, Sitr-fried Diced Grass-fed Beef Sirloin with Vegetables and Mushrooms Served in Crispy Golden Cup, and Pan-fried Grass-fed Beef Sirloin Rolled with Enoki Mushrooms in Barbeque Sauce.
Meanwhile, for diners seeking Southeast Asian cuisine, Red Ginger features Char-grilled Mulwarra Beef Tenderloin Steak (served with Balado sambal sauce, hand-cut potato wedges, and tossed green beans); Vietnamese Beef "Luc Lac" (wok-flamed beef cube roll with watercress and rocket salad); Indonesian Beef Satay (with Sambal Matah, roasted eggplant, crispy shallots, and steamed Jasmine rice); and Thai Beef Massaman Curry (slow-cooked beef oyster blade in fragrant cashew and spice paste, coconut cream, and steamed Jasmine rice).
For inquiries, call (02) 800-8080, e-mail [email protected], or visit

15. TWG Tea's wedding collection 

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TWG Tea is offering an exclusive wedding collection featuring the exceptional Grand Wedding Tea in Caviar Tea Tin, captivating Tea Scented Candles, and luxurious tea accessories for the joyous occasion.

These are available at TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques at Greenbelt 5, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Resorts World Manila, Central Square,
and S Maison Conrad Manila.

16. Colgate adds salt in new toothpaste 

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Colgate officially introduces to the Philippine market the Colgate Active Salt Toothpaste, which contains the natural goodness of salt. 

Colgate Active Salt combines salt with calcium and minerals to help fight germs for healthy gums and strong teeth. 

It is now available in leading supermarkets and sari-sari stores nationwide.