Sunday, September 17, 2017

Applebee's Grill and Bar Philippines Launches An Exciting New Menu

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With more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and 15 countries all over the world, Applebee's is one of the world's largest casual dining restaurant. In the Philippines, Applebee's can be found in Bonifacio Global City and Eastwood City.

According to Chef Aldrin Ortile, the new dishes for Applebee's Philippines are a combination of Applebee's USA recipes and original creations which they have developed locally.

The new appetizers are good with Engkanto Beer which is a new partner of Applebee's Philippines. Delight in pairing the beer with Fried Sweet and Spicy Pickles, Bacon Jalapeño Potato Croquettes and Calamari.
Fried Sweet and Spicy Pickles
Bacon Jalapeño Croquettes
It's crispy outside but soft warm and juicy inside. The taste of bacon is absorbed by the potato which makes it very aromatic. There's a hint of jalapeño sourness but doesn't give much heat.
These yummy rings are placed on a bed of crispy fried shredded wanton wrappers. The breading of the calamari is very tasty as the breading is equally divided on all sides. The wanton wrappers gives an extra crispness to the dish when you eat them together. My 2-year-old daughter loves this dish and kept eating it without the dip because it's that flavorful!
The Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad with fresh greens, cucumbers, feta cheese, toasted almonds, spicy grilled shrimp and grilled watermelon cubes in a creamy mint yoghurt dressing is not only a colorful and unique concept but reminds one of the upcoming holidays with green and red as its primary color palette. Somehow, it tells me to remember to eat healthy (the greens) before I gain any holiday weight soon. ;P
Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad
For those who have been reading my posts would know that salmon is my favorite fish. Not only because of its uniquely pink color but its naturally sweet flavor is enough to get me hooked. Thus, the new Teriyaki Balsamic Glazed Salmon was an exciting entree to try.
Teriyaki Balsamic Glazed Salmon
The salmon is just seasoned right, soft and flaky. The green beans despite being fried are moist and retains their original texture. The rice that comes together with it is a bit on the sweeter side with notes of tomatoes and there's also bits of corn in it.
The beautiful Triple Meat All-in Burger which has USDA beef burger patty, double smoked bacon, shredded beef brisket, cheddar cheese and honey BBQ sauce in a brioche bun seems to be a crowd favorite during the launch. The rich flavor of all the meat put together will magnetize you to bite into it more and more until you finish the burger and feel that you'd like more.
Triple Meat All-in Burger
For the original Philippine creations, I absolutely love the Pork Liempo Adobo which has soft melt in your mouth sweet, salty and tangy pork belly grilled to perfection topped with crispy fried onions and with a side of warm rice. The wonderful, wonderful piece of meat works so well with the onions and rice that a whole plate is never enough.
Pork Liempo Adobo
The Fiesta BBQ Pork Liempo is on the sweeter side with its marinade of Asian BBQ sauce. The tortilla strips underneath makes the plate looks festive as Applebee's recommends its guests to #celebrateeverything because milestones are really meant to be celebrated and shared with loved ones.
Fiesta BBQ Pork Liempo
Finding that perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this dish is for you! The Firecracker Shrimp which is Cavatappi pasta covered with a rich Sriracha Parmesan Cream Sauce with breaded shrimp and vegetable relish. This is my favorite from all the newly launched dishes which I've tried so try this too, ok? :D
Firecracker Shrimp
Banoffee lovers unite! Applebee's now offers Banoffee Cheesecake which is composed of toffee cheesecake on a coffee graham cracker crust drizzles with dulce de leche, hot fudge sauces and topped with banana chips.
Banoffee Cheesecake
Another dessert to look forward to is their Smores Creme Brulee with is so heavenly! Imagine the sugar glazed chocolate flan (creme brulee) topped with banoffee crumble and toasted marshmallows that complements each other in every scoop. It's so good that I wanted to lick my bowl after eating it but was too shy to do it. :D
Smores Creme Brulee
Happiness is being able to eat good food, agree? If you do, go ahead and enjoy the new offerings of Applebee's! Below are other dishes which I wasn't able to try because I was too full but looks so good to eat. ;)
BBQ Beef Brisket Tacos
Spinach Artichoke and Grill Chicken Cavatappi
For updates on Applebee's Grill and Bar Philippines, you may go to their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram @applebeesph.
Grilling Pork Belly
All photos of this blog were taken by Johan Sy of Studiyo.💛

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Finding Forever

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Have you experienced the awkwardness of being set up on a blind date by your parents, relatives, family friends, siblings or even by your most trusted BFF for your happily ever after?
Styling by: Rhea Bue
Photo by: Jeri Ahana of Reality Box
Get a hold of your adventure in finding forever!

Chinatown TV, in partnership with, is inviting Filipino-Chinese singles to have fun in an intimate gathering to welcome the much awaited Mid-Autumn season with "Dice and Dine: A Singles Mixer" to be held on September 24, 2017 at 5pm in the Isabella Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel. For P1,500, you get to meet other singles in the Filipino-Chinese community, play the dice game with exciting prizes to be won with food and drinks included!

Tickets may be purchased through bank deposit or online transfer to either of these accounts:

1.) BDO
Acct name: Horizon of the Sun Communications Inc.
Acct # 383 006 4882

2.) BPI
Acct name: Louella Hazeline Ching
Acct # 266 912 3445

3.) Metrobank
Acct name: Jules Ivan Lo
Acct # 244 724 451 7370

4.) Security Bank
Acct name: Jules Ivan Lo
Acct # 527 9854

Email a copy of your deposit slip or proof of online transfer with names and contact number of attendees to A confirmation email will be sent which will serve as your ticket to the event.

For inquiries on the event, you may call 0917-8575037.

Go now, share the news and invite your single Filipino-Chinese friends to join! Who knows they might find their forever here, right? :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Top Picks for Ultimate Taste Test Pro Edition 2017

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The Ultimate Taste Test is an annual event found by Anton Diaz (of Our Awesome Planet) to help those start-ups be recognized. However, this year is quite different, thus called Pro Edition bevause of the following reasons:

1.) This year's winner will receive financial investment of worth P5 million pesos & business support from Foodee Global Concepts (the group behind Mesa, Todd English, Tim Ho Wan, etc.) led by Mr. Eric Dee with a guaranteed food stall, kiosk or restaurant in an Ayala establishment.

2.) The winner will also have an Ultimate Taste Test Startup Food Entrepreneur Online Show by Ms Patti Grandidge Herrera from Quark Henares of Globe Studios.

The event is running from Sept 2-3 from 11am-9pm with P550 entrance fee inclusive of taste test portions from the 30 vendors. Some vendors have more than 2 items so you really need to pace yourself and eat in small portions to ensure that you get to try all. Remember, the future of these vendors lies in your rating.

I was lucky enough to be invited and to experience the first day. It took me 4 hours to try each and every stall. I've heard about the event before but it was my first time to experience it. Here are my TOP 10 VENDOR PICKS in no particular order:

1. First Harvest

2. Calaboo

Lacy Lemon Malaboo Drops
3. Don Bao
Crazy Bao
4. Antojos
La Carne de Caballo
5. Jam Foods
Bacon Tocino
Angus Beef Tapa
6. Bakmi Nyonya
Beef Rendang Java

Sate Ayam
7. Sabaw Dumplings
8. Ted's Resto
Bibingka Cheesecake
9. Blended Fruits & Herbs

10. Connor's Chicken & Waffles
The OG Big Bad Chicken
What are you waiting for? Go now before it's over! I deliberately did not put descriptions on each item so you can be the judge since UTT is still going on. Below are my runner ups that almost made it to my top 10. Enjoy!

Charlie's Pritchon

I like their cayenne wrapper!


Chocolate Financiers
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