A red-hot food event is coming to Eastwood City this September as it celebrates its first ever Chili Fest. Running from September 8 – October 1, the month-long celebration of all things spice is about to heat up the rainy days as it showcases a wide variety of chili products and chili—infused delicacies, all proudly made in the Philippines.
Aimed at supporting local producers and boost support for small business owners of chili products, Eastwood City’s Chili Fest gathers more than 20 local chili farmers and merchants, offering an array of new flavors and recipes of chili goods all in one place.
A short drive from the city center, along the main highway in Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, lies a charming dining paradise where foodies can enjoy an unforgettable gustatory escape while taking in the breathtaking view of Taal Lake—Tagaytay Twin Lakes.
Already boasting unique establishments that have captured the palates of tourists and travelers, Tagaytay Twin Lakes, Megaworld’s first vineyard resort community, added yet another mouthwatering surprise with the opening of Silver Bucket Seafood Dining. Fresh, flavorful and something far beyond the ordinary is what diners can expect at this no-frills restaurant, which specializes in fusion seafood cuisine inspired by well-loved dishes all over the world.
Silver Bucket is the latest dining destination to open at the Tagaytay Twin Lakes, the country’s first vineyard resort community located along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road in Laurel, Batangas.
With a menu brimming with must-try delectable seafood dishes, it is no surprise that even as busy a person as Saranggani Representative Hon. Manny Pacquiao could not resist going to this new seafood hotspot. Boxing’s only eight-division champion led the ribbon cutting and blessing of the restaurant.
Prepared by highly-trained chefs, which diners can see in-action in the open kitchen, can’t-miss dishes include the signature Special Seafood in a Bucket, a mouthwatering mix of seafood that comes with a choice of secret blend of spices and herb sauce and two side dishes; the Dynamite Shrimp, de-veined shrimps that explode with a distinct savour right after it touches the taste buds; and Chef Francis Pumpkin Bisque, blended boiled pumpkin combined with our secret herbs and spices, topped with Silver Bucket’s specially concocted cream, served in a large bread bowl. Continue reading “SILVER BUCKET: Newest seafood hotspot in Twin Lakes Tagaytay”→
The legendary steakhouse that has captivated America is coming to the Philippines!
Rated as one of the best steakhouses in New York with nine branches across the United States, three in Japan, one in Seoul, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse will be opening its first branch in the country at Newport Mall at Resorts World this 2016, a much-anticipated event that is set to redefine Manila’s culinary scene.
Managing Partner and President Peter Zwiener, along with Amiro Cruz, Executive Chef Worldwide of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Bill Nickerson, General Manager of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Hawaii and Tony Kobayashi, General Manager of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Japan, flew to Manila this December to put the finishing touches to the restaurant, which will feature its very own dry-ageing room to create Wolfgang’s signature steaks.
Facilitating the arrival of the premier New York-based restaurant in the country is the SumoSam Group of Companies headed by restaurateurs Marvin Agustin and Raymund Magdaluyo, the group behind some of Metro’s most popular restaurants including Sandaime in Eastwood Mall, Mr. Kurosawa in Newport Mall and Marciano’s in Tuscany at McKinley Hill.
Owned by Wolfgang Zwiener, an icon in the New York dining scene having served for four decades at the legendary Peter Luger’s steakhouse, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse takes luxury dining to new heights with its famous steaks and equally excellent entrée selections, coupled with its topnotch service and opulent ambiance.
All set captivate diners at the country’s first Wolfgang’s, which will be built at the 2nd floor of Newport Mall, are its world-famous such as USDA Prime New York sirloin, ribeye, filet mignon and its signature Porterhouse steak—all personally handpicked by Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, which chooses only USDA Prime Grade Angus beef for superior marbling, tenderness, flavor and texture.
A ritual with an artisan’s flair, the sides of beef are dry-aged on site to perfection, and then carved to order by the restaurant’s own butcher, resulting into luxurious, meltingly tender and juicy steaks served sizzling hot with a perfectly caramelized crust.
Also on the menu are excellent entrée selections such as veal, lamb, king salmon, sushi grade tuna, three-pound lobsters, and more. Those who love seafood can also delight in simple but scrumptious array of seafood, including jumbo lobster, grilled yellow fin tuna, salmon or swordfish.
Wolfgang’s lineup of starters such as shrimp and lobster cocktails, fresh oysters on the half shell, thick, sizzling bacon, and crisp, fresh salads are perfect prelude to any main course, while its classic side offerings such as creamed spinach and German potatoes perfectly complement any meal.
And for capping off a delightful meal, Wolfgang’s classic dessert ice cream sundae, a throwback to old ice cream parlor offerings served in a soda shop style glass and topped with a generous helping of whipped cream swirled beneath a single cherry, is the best choice.
Joined the #QC75 Blogventure in honor of Quezon City’s 75th Anniversary and had a blast! As a resident, I didn’t know that there are still places to see and familiar spots revisited now have a deeper meaning.
Here’s my QUEZON CITY experience which started at the city hall.
A bit of Quezon City history: In 1938, President Manuel L. Quezon decided to replace Manila with Quezon City as the new capital. Quezon City was established on Oct. 12, 1939 thru Commonwealth Act 1502. It was declared as the republic’s capital on July 17, 1948 thru Republic Act. No. 333.
Our first adventure was at EASTWOOD CITY where we were welcomed with good food and had a trip down memory lane with Philippine Cinema/Showbiz legends.
A bit of Eastwood City history: Eastwood City is a 17-hectare (42 acres) commercial and residential development launched in 1997, located in Bagumbayan, Quezon City.
A short walk from where we alighted is CUPCAKE LABwhere we had delicious food al fresco. (Photo above clockwise: Churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut Dip, Bagnet and Chicken Burritos, Sisig Fries and Pandan Juice.
A bit of Cupcake Lab history: Cupcake Lab started in 2011 as a ‘laboratory’ to make the best Red Velvet cupcakes. Now aside from premium desserts, they ventured into savory offerings like single serve rice meals, sandwiches & wraps, pasta, salads and my favorite churros with Tsokolate or Chocnut dip!
After that hearty food we then took a stroll along Eastwood City’s ‘WALK OF FAME’or the Philippines’ version of ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ which is special to me because I consider its founders as my mentors when I worked at and attended workshops at Mowelfund, Inc. (Movie Workers Welfare, Inc.) which incidentally is also located in Quezon City, Cubao to be exact.
Eastwood’s ‘Walk of fame’ was established in December 1, 2005. The project almost did not materialize because of lack funds. Mowelfund Inc.’s Executive Director Ms. Boots Anson-King recommended the project to German ‘Kuya Germs’ Moreno who enjoined showbiz friends to support the cause. And worth noting also that Kuya Germs’ voluntarily used his personal fund to launch said project.
Did you know: Quezon City is dubbed as the ‘City of Stars’ because the top TV networks and radio stations are located here plus most actors live in this city.
A bit of Craft Coffee Revolution history: The Eastwood branch is the newest branch (Katipunan, Capitol Commons, Estancia, Greenhills, Podium and Broadway). They roast their beans but also outsource from around the globe.
Did you know:EASTWOOD CITY CYBER PARK was an early leader in business process outsourcing in the Philippines; out of 37 call centers operating in the country in 2003, 10 were located there. Major tenants include Accenture, Dell, IBM Global Services, Citibank, Atos, WNS Global Services, hibu, eTelecare and MicroSourcing.
Eastwood City Cyberpark is a BPO-targeted office complex forming part of Eastwood City. Its buildings include the 20-story Global One Center and the 10-story 1880 Eastwood Avenue. The cyber park is listed as an approved IT Center by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, making export-oriented companies located therein eligible for temporary tax holiday, permanent reduced rate of corporate income tax, and other incentives.
Did you know: Eastwood City has a ‘dancing fountain’ and at night in synchronicity, colorful lights bounces from the surrounding buildings for a spectacular show.
Did you know: Eastwood City as well as all Megaworld Lifestyle Malls are ‘pet-friendly’ and even has its own version of ‘Hachiko’ entitled ‘Silent Companion.’ They also have ‘annual pet blessings’ during the weekend following the feast day St. Francis.
Our last stop at Eastwood City was at GREEN PASTURES which is one of my family’s favorite ‘healthy’ restaurants.
A bit of Green Pastures history: Their slogan ‘Original, Local, Organic’ stands for original recipes, locally-sourced ingredients and authentic organic food.
We were served one of their best-sellers ‘Kale and Mushroom Risotto’ which is so delicious! Green Pastures by Chef Roby Goco has proven that eating healthy and organic does not mean eating bland and boring food.
My family likes their Carbonara, Broccoli-Kale-Arugula Pasta, Sliders, Classic Cheeseburger, Roast Organic Chicken, Duck Shepherd’s Pie and Pan-Roasted Swordfish – link here: Green Pastures
That concludes our Eastwood City venture. We headed on to Ateneo University in Katipunan. Our first stop was at the ATENEO ART GALLERY.
A bit of ATENEO ART GALLERY history: It is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It serves as an art resource for the university community and the general public as well. In the 1960s, the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) under its first curator Emmanuel Torres, organized regular screenings of foreign art films. Widely recognized today as the first museum of Philippine modern art, The Ateneo Art Gallery was established in 1960 through Fernando Zóbel’s bequest to the Ateneo of his collection of works by key Filipino post war artists. Through the years other philanthropists and artists followed Zobel’s initiative, filling in the gaps so that the collection now surveys every Philippine art movement in the post war era: from neo-realism and abstract expressionism to today’s post-modern hybrid tendencies. Artists represented in the collection include Fernando Zóbel, Vicente Manansala, David Cortez Medalla, HR Ocampo, Galo Ocampo, Arturo Luz, Impy Pilapil and Jose Tence Ruiz.
Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery hosts innovative exhibitions and public programs highlighting works from its permanent collection as well as works from other collections for special thematic shows.
Did you know: The Ateneo Art Gallery also spearheads an exciting overview of young Philippine contemporary art annually through the Ateneo Art Awards, now recognized as “the most prestigious prize for an emerging artist in the Philippines.
A bit of ATENEO CHURCH OF GESU history:It was designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas. The edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school. Its shape and design are also meant to suggest the outstretched arms of the Sacred Heart, and the traditional Filipino bahay kubo (nipa hut).
The visit at Church of the Gesu was the last destination of our Ateneo trip and we trooped back to Quezon City Hall. Luckily, the floats for the ‘Light parade’ were about to leave when we got there. Here are some of the floats during the parade made from recycled materials from different Q.C. NGO’s.
And that concludes my #QC75 Blogventure! I really had an educational, enjoyable and exciting time. The tour rekindled my interest in revisiting the city’s landmarks as well as piqued my interest to discover new places to experience. Happy 75th Anniversay my dear Quezon City!
Eastwood City is encouraging everyone to take their palate on an adventure with unusual dishes at its Weekend Bizarre Food Market, happening on Sept. 18 – 20 and 25 – 27 at the second floor of Eastwood Mall.
For beverages, Dielle’s Honey Wine provides a different take on a glass of vino with flavors like Duhat and Bignay on the table. Those who love photography and coffee will surely enjoy a cup of joe from Caffera, the country’s first photography themed café, who will also be setting up shop at the Bizarre Food fair.
For an unusual twist on desserts, shoppers can try ice cream with liquid nitrogen from Lava Ice Cream Café and enjoy luxurious flavors like Dark Chocolate, Tahitian Vanilla and Salted Caramel. Halo-halo fans can get an even more decadent experience with Patio Vera’s Fried Halo-Halo. Papa Diddi’s also has fresh takes on ice cream flavors like Tarragon, Mango Ginger and Forbidden Rice.
For a throwback treat, try a popsicle with yummy local flavors like Mais Con Hielo, Buko Bits and even Kape Barako at Ice Pops MNL. Or what about cake featuring popular local chocolates and candies? The Baker’s Table offers Butterball Caramel Cake, Haw Haw Cake, Orange Swits Cheesecake and Flat Tops Chocolate Cake, among others.
Kids will also love Pouf Cotton Candy, with their yummy cotton candy flavours that also comes in fun animal shapes like elephants and dinosaurs.
Love seafood? Try more exotic varieties like ginataang kuhol (rival snails in coconut cream) and kinunot na pagi (spicy stingray in coconut cream) from Aling Doris.
An iconic Filipino dish also gets a unique twist with Kitchen Queen’s Adobo in a Jar and spicy adobo mushrooms at Perfect Mushrooms (who, by the way, also offers other mushroom treats like mushroom chicharon and pickled oyster mushrooms).
Bacon fans can discover even more ways to enjoy this delish dish. The Beef Barn is offering Caimito Smoked Bacon. Bacon also gets better when paired with another universal favourite – chocolate! Ryan’s Kitchen is serving up bacon covered with dark chocolates and almond.
These are just a few of the unique food finds shoppers can try at Eastwood City’s Weekend Bizarre Food Market, which continues the series of fun food events in Eastwood City as part of its Food Artistry Campaign. Launched last July, the Food Artistry campaign hopes to encourage foodies and amateur chefs to create their own art on a plate.
To learn more about Eastwood’s Food Artistry Campaign and events, guests can visit http://www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com, follow Eastwood’s Facebook page at facebook.com/eastwoodcity or call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888, 709-0888, 0917-8380111.