Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas: A Touch of Spain in Quezon City

When bloggers cover stories, we can feature different sides other than the event itself.  We can blog about the prominent personalities present in the event, the venue, and of course, the food.

During the launch of NOVUHAIR with its new endorser, Fanny Serrano, we were taken to the very romantic, scenic Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas.  My first impression upon entering the wooden door and then the glass door (yes, two doors in a row as you enter) is how different it looks from the inside -- it's like you're nowhere near Quezon City.

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With its floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls, wooden furniture, and framed paintings, you'll instantly be reminded of telenovelas from Spain.

Its sumptuous repertoire of Castilian-inspired dishes like paella entice many a palate of working professionals at noon and came nightfall, the restuarant is filled with employees, groups of friends, and residents around Quezon City who drop by for a few glasses of wine as there is a wine lounge where you can enjoy superb selection of cocktails and wine.  And a visit to Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas is not complete with the bite-size appetizers or "tapas".

We were served buffet style so I do not have photos of the actual servings.

I sinked my teeth into fresh oversized chicken slices called Pollo con Perijil y Pimientos and the buttered fish fillet that goes well with the green pesto sauce.

I enjoyed the timeless food favorite, Dali's Paella Valenciana.

And one of the tapas I tried was the croquettas that is small but big in flavor.

And to cap it off, freshly-made churros with chocolate dip for a complete Spanish experience.

Its high-end Spanish ambience also makes it the latest place for corporate meetings, launch (just like what NOVUHAIR did), and business or family affairs.

Facebook Page:     Dali Restaurante y Bar de Tapas

40 E. Lopez Drive Corner Sgt. Esguerra, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

Pia Abadesco
Takes Reservations
Walk-Ins Welcome
Good For Groups
Good For Kids
Take Out
Waiter Service
Outdoor Seating


Monday, July 25, 2011

Bayview Park Hotel Manila: A Feast on Filipino Food Fare

One shouldn't pass up the chance to taste interesting variations of Filipino cuisine as Philippines' Department of Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, and Bayview Park Hotel Manila's Kulinarya Festival will mark its end this coming July 29.


We were invited at its launch last May 2011 and they gave us a local food splurge of Bicolano dishes.  Bicol express, pinangat, and native delicacies -- all familiar to us, have never really tasted as good as when you're eating them right under the fiesta-inspired buffet area of Bayview Park Hotel.

And now on its last week, Bayview Park Hotel welcome us with a buffet lunch from selected regions of the country.

Bistek Tagalog from the Katagalugan Region.

Pinakbet from my own region... Ilocos Region! (",)

Kapampangan's Igado

Pancit Habhab  from the Province of Quezon

And the crowd favorite... Kinilaw na Tanigue also from the Ilocano Region.  It is also most requested by those who frequent Bayview's daily buffet said marketing assistant, Ms. Precy Mendoza.

The lineup of sweet delicacies from different provinces remind us of our childhood, especially the palitaw which we rarely see in the city this time.

The place is filled with office employees enjoying their 450-peso lunch break and packed with families and tourists who drop by to satisfy the innate craving for the real Filipino taste.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila's Kulinarya Secret Weapon.

I, together with the other bloggers Leira Pagaspas of DulceDeLeirs, Ning Buning of Ning4U, and Tita Lucy of Pinay Corner were truly appreciative to see these cultural delights for the second time.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila is set in the tourism complex of Manila.  Ideally located at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and United Nations Avenue, the hotel is within walking distance to malls, hospitals, universities, and electronic railway transit.  Affording a splendid view of Manila Bay, it boasts 283 guests rooms, pool deck swimming pool and indoor gym facilities.  Bayview Park Hotel Manila has a concessionaire, Starbucks, for your mini-meeting needs.  With a variety of amenities and facilities, you will never run out of things to do.

Bayview Park Hotel Manila
1118 Roxas Boulevard corner United Nations Avenue
Manila, Philippines
Phone Number: +63-2-2479000
Fax Number: +63-2-5223040
Toll Free Number: 1800-1888-5555

For the Kulinarya Festival buffet reservations, you may also call +63-2-2479000

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goldilocks and Watson's Sweet & Sinless Dessert Challenge


Satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping a handle on your health as well! Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop, have teamed up with Watson’s Philippines to give you the Sweet & Sinless Dessert Challenge, a wonderful way to trim off the pounds and still enjoy your favorite Goldilocks treats!

Simply accumulate at least P300 on a single receipt of pharmacy items and win a P50 Goldilocks Gift Certificate! Avail of any of the sugar-free and low-fat line of pastries and sweets that Goldilocks has to offer, simply present your gift certificate at the counter! Each P300 purchase of pharmacy items qualifies you for a grand raffle of Sweet and Sinless treats! Winners of the grand Goldilocks and Watson’s Showcase will be announced on 30 July 2011 at the Mega Atrium, SM Megamall.

Trim those pounds today and drop by any Watson’s branch followed by the Goldilocks store nearest you! 

ANTONOV: How to Throw a Great House Party

 Going out to bars and clubs with friends or officemates is the usual way to unwind after a long week of work, but going to the same haunts over and over can get real old, real fast. To get out of that bar-hopping rut, it’s time to go back to basics—throw a party right in your own home!
Having a shindig at your place is both cool and practical. You can have complete control over how you and your pals spend the evening—your kind of music, your kind of food, and your kind of beverages—and without spending too much. To get you started, here are the basics for throwing your own little get-together at home:

Create a party playlist

Having a wide variety of party tunes is a great way to keep everyone at your party moving. Create a special party playlist for every party you throw, incorporating the latest hits, oldest but goodies, personal faves, and the particular tunes your pals love. Slip in some slow songs in between the fast ones for a little down-time as well.

Prepare a smorgasbord of snacks


Party food is no longer limited to the usual chips and dip. Get creative and mix up your menu. Go global, for instance: bite-sized Mexican enchiladas, Japanese sushi and sashimi, Chinese dimsum, Italian bruschetta, Filipino chicharon, British fish and chips, and mini-German sausages! A spread of food as varied as this is sure to fuel your party ‘til the wee hours.

Stock up on handy pre-mixed drinks

Of course, it’s not a party without some alcohol. Treat your guests to something both delicious and easy to drink. Pre-mixed beverages like Antonov Vodka Mixed Drinks are a great option—they come in a variety of flavors, and come in handy 330 ml bottles. Not only can your guests grab the flavor of their choice, but they can easily carry their drink around while mingling.

Made from high-grade ingredients at a party-friendly price, Antonov Vodka Mixed Drinks comes in three refreshing flavors: crisp Apple; Ice, a zesty blend of lime and grapefruit; and tangy Mandarin Orange. Just like the songs on your playlist and the pica-pica on your table, a fridge full of Antonov Vodka Mixed Drinks is sure to have something for each and every one of your guests.

A great party means a lot of memorable moments. With the right people, and the right mix of music, snacks, and drinks, you’re in for an unforgettable night, all in the comforts of home.

Antonov’s Vodka Mixed Drink is the newest toast of the town

Antonov Vodka Mixed Drink made its stylish debut recently, as Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. kicked off the new product line in an exclusive event attended by trade partners. Antonov vodka mixed drink brand endorser  VJ-actress Solenn Heusaff  leads the pack of hip partygoers from the industry and charmed the night’s guests with a soulful serenade.  Beside her are the hosts of the event Cesca Litton & JC Cuadrado.  An exciting roadshow of the party scene’s new “it” drinks is set to delight wholesalers in Northern Luzon this July.
Made from high-grade ingredients at a party-friendly price, Antonov Vodka Mixed Drinks 330 ml bottles with easy-pull cap come in three refreshing flavors: crisp Apple; Ice, a zesty blend of lime and grapefruit; and tangy Mandarin Orange.

Friday, July 22, 2011

NOVUHAIR: Fanny Serrano's Kissing Hair Loss Goodbye

My Clothes
My Food
My Salary
My Date
My Competition

My work

And even the single strand of

My Hair...

I stress all about these things.

And stress plus aging contributes a lot to a condition we are all afraid of... HAIR LOSS.

This transition into adulthood greatly affects our bodies.  But the changes happening in our lives are normal but some things can be prevented.

Fanny Serrano, a fashion and beauty expert tells us a story about how hair loss caused him to lose his confidence.  Beauty icons should be the first ones who should sport beautiful locks and should look good inside and out in order to become commendable ones.  Tita Fanny is not only just a beauty and fashion expert but also a known TV personality and impersonator.  Tita Fanny stopped accepting shows as he says he is not getting any younger and part of that "not getting any younger" is the slight thinning of his hair.

Fanny Serrano - Beauty Expert

Fanny Serrano has tried a lot of hair products promising good results but none have ever approached the results that he received from NOVUHAIR.

Benefits of NOVUHAIR:

1.  Helps stop hair fall
2.  Stimulate hair growth
3.  Nourishes the scalp
4.  Eliminates and prevents dandruff and scalp itchiness
5.  Darkens gray hair

He has already spread the word about NOVUHAIR to his family, friends, and clienteles even before he became the brand's newest endorser.  Time came when he found one of the owners of NOVUHAIR, Ms. Sheila Mae Velilla.  The brand thinks he is really a commendable person to endorse NOVUHAIR as he really experienced the results in just a span of two weeks.

Ms. Sheila Mae Velilla and Tita Fanny

Here, TF happily shows to us the results he got from the nature's answer to hairloss, NOVUHAIR.


NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion

All-Natural Components of NOVUHAIR:
Centella asiatica, Moringa oleifera, Zingiber officinale, Aloe barbadensis, Panax ginseng, Biotin, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and VCO.

It also has essential oils and co-factor nutrient to enhance its effect in preventing hair loss. NOVUHAIR is approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) as a topical scalp lotion that helps prevent falling hair.

HOTLINE: (02)775.8368
TRUNKLINE: (02) 411-4448 local 115
MOBILE: +63.922.883.0575

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Century Tuna: Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband as New Endorsers

 Century Tuna's newest endorsers, actress/model Angel Locsin and Azkal star player Phil Younghusband made it a night of wellness for guests at the Intercontinental Manila last June.

The two were added to the rosters of health ambassadors such as Sharon Cuneta, Derek Ramsey, Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion. 

"Showing Off the Best in You with Century Tuna" -  This is the campaign of Phil and Angel's newest TV commercial.  This is also in line with the brand's campaign before dubbed as Century Tuna Superbods which is also promoting healthy lifestyle.

Have you seen it?  Well, we are so lucky as during the launch, we were able to see the behind the scenes of the said commercial.  Both were really excited as this is their first commercial together.

Century Tuna Philippines believes that Angel and Phil embody values of health and fitness that's why both were picked as newest members of the Century Tuna family.

Also adding allure to the event were the super models wearing Century Tuna statement shirts which is seen in the TVC.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tapella Greenbelt 5: San Fermin Promo - Wine + Sausage + Redkerchief When You Dine

Tapella celebrates feast of San Fermin

I can't forget the night when me and my friends dined at Tapella...  It was my first try of originally made Spanish cuisine.  And now, I will share to you the San Fermin Promo for you to enjoy Tapella more.

Spain has always been known as an incredible tourist spot. All over the country there are a large number of events that draw tens of thousands of people annually to witness the culture, modern nightlife, and age old traditions of the Spanish. However, there is one celebration that is renowned above all others: San Fermin.

San Fermin is a festival that is held each year in Pamplona, a small city in Navarre. Beginning on the 6th of July, the afternoon Opening Ceremony draws a huge crowd around Town Hall, where the Pamplona party kicks off with the firing of a small rocket, then leads into a huge celebration with live music, champagne, and plenty of dancing. But that is only the first day of the festival, and from then until the Closing Ceremony (14th July) there are a number of activities and events to enjoy.

The most well known and exciting events of the San Fermin festival is the  Bull Run. This is a daily spectacle, and every morning a collection of bulls are run through the streets to the local arena, but the real excitement of this morning stampede comes from the many people who choose to run alongside them.

Here in the Philippines, Gaudi Restaurants brings San Fermin in Manila with a twist. They won’t have any opening ceremony around the town hall and definitely no bulls to run with, but a huge evening celebration of wine buffet paired with tapas , dancing and a lot of free items. Just come-in-your-white to Tapella or Gaudi on July 15 and you will be treated right with a free glass of wine, free chistorra sausage and a free redkerchief too!

Tapella's chistorra sausage

The feast of San Fermin is very well known not only in Spain but in the whole world. It’s a tradition that all the participants had wear traditional white pants and shirts with a red neckerchief tied at the front that’s why we would like to invite our guest to come in white on this day to feel the celebration and we are giving away glass of wine and sausage”, said Executive Chef- Alexandra Cacho.

Head to Gaudi Restaurants for the San Fermin festival, and have the time of your life at one of the world’s most famous celebrations. Gaudi is located at Ground Floor of Serendra while Tapella is at Ground Level of Greenbelt 5, both restaurants are ipen daily from 11am to 1am. For more information or reservations, call 8560473 or 7572710.