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Thai Fun Food Festival at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu

Very recently Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu opens “Thai Fun Food Festival” at The Sails restaurant wherein diners will have a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Phuket, Thailand courtesy of Cebu Pacific, inclusive of two nights hotel stay at its sister hotel, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket.

In between courses, I flexed some muscles to make room for more spicy food!

Everyday from September 10-18, 2016, The Sails will showcase the best of Thailand cuisine prepared by real Thai chefs from Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket. The three guest chefs will be seen in action around The Sails, cooking and serving authentic and diverse specialities that reflect the Thai culture, ingenuity and tradition.

It’s difficult to choose if I should have Tom Yum Soup or Chicken with Coconut Milk so have I have both.

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Tom Yum Soup and Chicken with Coconut Milk Soup

Chef Christian Bouby, the executive chef, is proud to put the spotlight on the three guest chefs from Phuket, Thailand, namely Wiwat Yong-en, Sutee Yamkratho and Teenasit Nakrua.

“Thai cuisine captures the interest of many, not only for its enigmatic and exotic cultural influences, but also for the interplay and harmony of flavours present in each dish,” explains Chef Bouby. “The playful and creative nature of the Thai people is visible on every plate they serve. They are very adventurous when it comes to texture and essence.”

Here are some food on the buffet:

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With this alone, the trip to Movenpick is already worth it. 

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The salad and appetizers were big teasers.

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Another stellar dish from Thailand. I usually make Thai Beef Salad at home. 

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Thai food is always a food adventure.

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How can I forget you? I will go back to Movenpick just for this. 

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Dessert? My favorite of course is Thai’s Sticky Rice. I really don’t know why I can’t hack it at home. 

“We live by our service philosophy of bringing something fun and fresh, to be a trailblazer of genres and flavours,” says Mr. Harold Rainfroy, general manager. “We always aim to bring in new excitement in various seasons to delight our guests of different nationalities.”

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GM Harold Rainfroy, Exec. Chef Christian Bouby with guests Thai Chefs: Sutee Yamkrathok, Teenasit Nakrua and Wiwat Yong-en from Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket  and  F&B Manager Mr. Jerly Tio

“Our team is excited to work with these three kitchen superstars,” adds Mr. Jeryl Tio, food and beverage manager. “They are bringing with them years of experience and innovation in Thai culinary traditions, with age-old recipes tweaked with modern sensibilities. The menu selections they’re preparing for this food festival will use special ingredients they’ve sourced from Thailand. That’s as far as we go when it comes to bringing authentic flavours to the table, and it’s definitely something we all look forward to.”

Dinner buffet is at PHP1,600 nett per person.

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Mövenpick’s #AKiloOfKindness 

Helping couldn’t be sweeter than this. On the mail today from Mövenpick.

Support Mövenpick’s #AKiloOfKindness campaign, leading to the UN International Day of Charity on 5 September, by donating at least one kilo of school supplies in our lobby from 21 August to 1 September 2016.

Mövenpick Hotel Hotel Mactan Island Cebu is pleased to support Cordova Alternative Resource for Education (CARE) Center, the organisation that will benefit from your generosity.

Donate #AKiloOfKindness:

Books (stories for reading practice and lined exercise books for writing)
Supplies (pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, sharpeners, glue, scissors, paint, etc.)

Supporting items (backpacks, clothing, socks)

Encourage kindness by spreading the news: #AKiloOfKindness #InternationalCharityDay.

Each person who makes a donation will receive an ice cream as a small gesture of appreciation.

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Cebu Food Crawl 2016

As the the Project Director of Cebu Food Crawl, I am very excited to announce that the Cebu Bloggers Society will once again organize the Cebu Food Crawl this year. 25 food, lifestyle and travel bloggers and social media influencers from Cebu, Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Tacloban, Bohol, and General Santos are expected to come to Cebu to explore the best restaurants and food establishments the made Cebu an indispensable gourmet destination in the Philippines.

Cebu Food Crawl will take the participants and their blog and social media followers into a gastronomic journey of the exquisite and delightful taste of Cebu hinting everyone with new destinations in the progressive dining scene of Cebu.

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Cebu Food Crawl 2016 Poster


Cebu Food Crawl will take place on August 26-29 and is aptly themed: “Destination Food”. The 4-day food tour of different restaurants and hotels will highlight Cebu as a prime spot for food travelers. Beyond the pristine white beaches and beautiful islands, Cebu is a melting pot of varied food influences inherited from its early inhabitants and colonial past enhanced with modern techniques and technology. Cebu Food Crawl celebrates Cebu as a foremost gourmet destination best known for practicality and glamour of its food.

This edition of Cebu Food Crawl will be bigger with the participation of top-notch establishments and restaurants like Ayala Center Cebu, Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu, Marriott Cebu City Hotel, Rico’s Lechon, Mactan Newtown Alfresco, Anzani Group of Restaurants, Salinas Restaurant by Golden Cowrie, Choobi Choobi Restaurant, Gibbs’ Hot Wings, Profood, International Corp., Café Jasmin, and Sugbo Mercado, that will highlight food offerings that are synonymous to Cebu.

All participants will post on their respective social media accounts and blogs with the official hashtags of the event: #CebuFoodCrawl2016 and #BisayaNaFood for their audiences to follow.

 

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The New Annie at Resorts World Manila

Resorts World Manila (RWM) recently acquired the rights for the classic and original Broadway musical, “Annie” from MTI New York. It is set to play on September this year at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. Preparations were underway and live and online auditions were held in search for the new Annie. 
Very recently, RTW announces that it had concluded its search and it has already selected the lucky young talent among the hundreds of hopefuls who auditioned to play the lead role.

Meet the new Annie/s


Krystal Brimner
(9 years old), who recently won a Best Child Performer award in the 2015 Metro Manila filmfest for her role as Angel in Erik Matti’s Honor Thy Father. 

Isabeli Elizalde
(10 years old), who takes her first shot at professional acting.
Both were picked for the most coveted role as Annie.  

Krystal and Isabeli were made to perform song excerpts from the musical including the classic “Tomorrow” which caught the attention of Annie director Michael Williams and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo who will be playing the role of Ms. Hannigan.

Annie play dates and other details will be announced soon on this blog. Watch out for NindotKaayo.com’s review soon.

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Vikings Luxury Buffet Cebu opens! 

Finally, the long wait is over. Vikings Luxury Buffet Cebu is now open in SM City Cebu with more than 350 seating capacity and 2 VIP areas. 

Vikings Luxury Buffet – Cebu


Weekday Lunch

Kids Below 3ft – FREE

Kids between 3.1ft to 4ft – P188.00

Kids between 4.1ft to 4.6ft – P388.00

Adults – P688.00

75 years old and above – 50% special discount
Weekday Dinner / Weekend & Holiday Lunch and Dinner

Kids Below 3ft – FREE

Kids between 3.1ft to 4ft – P288.00

Kids between 4.1ft to 4.6ft – P588.00

Adults – P888.00

75 years old and above – 50% special discount
All prices are subject to 5% Service Charge. 
Promo Alert: Dress like a Viking (any gear) and get 50% discount until May 12, 2016. 

Reserve your seats by calling (032) 255-3888 or 09989969888. They open 11:00 AM for lunch and 5:30 PM for dinner. 

Two more restaurants by Vikings will open soon at SM Seaside City. Watch out for it soon here. 


#EatLikeAViking #cbsForever 

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Kadaugan sa Mactan 2016 Activities at Mactan Newtown

Have you been to the Kadaugan Food Fest 2016? If not, this Friday might be the best day to go at the Liberty Shrine in Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. Aside from the usual nightly entertainment and food display from top hotels and restaurants in the City, a major concert will be held at the neighbouring Mactan Newtown.

On April 22, 2016, in time for Kadaugan Festival Celebration, Barbie Almalbis, The Dawn, Shiela and the Insects, Drive Me to Juliet, Jewel Villaflores and Break Offenders will stage a concert entitled “Sound of Victory” at the Mactan Newtown, a few meters away from the Liberty Shrine. 

  
The concert is open to everyone but those who will have a minimum of 200 purchase at Mactan Newtown tenants/stores on the event date will be prioritized.

While you are there, you may check the following activities within the Mactan Alfresco in Mactan Newtown.

  

Your One Stop Food Tour

For dining and leisure activities, the township is home to the Mactan Alfresco, an outdoor dining strip inspired by Singapore’s famed hawker or food hall centers. The food strip features a varied selection of authentic Cebuano restaurants that are sure to be enjoyed by craving locals and tourists looking to dine on the best of Cebu’s cuisine.
Feast on Lechon Overload

Find only the freshest Lechon at Mactan Newtown’s 6 roast pits where you can witness tender Cebuano Lechoncooked before your eyes by Lechon experts like Ayer’s Lechon and Anna’s Lechon.
Be Captivated by Cebu’s Rich Culture

Mactan Alfresco also offers a cultural showcase every weekend. Guests can watch thrilling performances from 6:30-8:00PM to experience Cebu’s diverse culture and history. See traditional dances like Ritwal, Banga, Tinikling, Sinulog, Singkil, Subli and captivating Fire Dances performed on stage.
Shop for Souvenirs

Take a piece of Cebu home with you from the assorted souvenirs shops available at the venue. Find everything from t-shirt souvenirs, snacks, home décor and furnitureto make your trip more memorable.

A Beachfront Lifestyle for You

Tempted to live close to this action? Visit the MactanNewtown Showroom for a glimpse of the country’s first beach side township and the “Live, Work, Play, Learn” lifestyle offered by Mactan Newtown.

The Mactan Newtown is a pioneer development offering Megaworld’s trademark township model. 

Contact Details:
709-9888
709-0888
0917-8380111
http://www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

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Starbucks Philippines Summer 2016

Starbucks announces the release of their newest Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino®Blended Beverage and the Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage which shall be available starting April 19, 2016 until June 6, 2016.


The new and returning summer blended beverages – Roasted Marshmallow S’mores and Summer Berry Panna Cotta – both let you celebrate the sweetness of summer. Inspired by the distinct taste of roasted marshmallows with chocolate sandwiched between graham crackers, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino®Blended Beverage evokes happy memories of summer outings at the beach with family and friends. The returning summer favorite, Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, combines Panna Cotta with different types of berries to create a beautifully layered Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and topped with whipped cream and a tart berry drizzle.

Also, you can join the Starbucks Frappuccino®  and Friends Photo Contest by uploading your photos to the Starbucks Philippines Frappuccino®website (http://www.starbucksfrappuccino.ph) from April 19 to 30, 2016 for a chance to win a pre-loaded Starbucks Frappuccino® Card.

Also new in their stores nationwide are their summer featured food, colourful merchandise and their very pwetty summer themed Starbucks Cards.


Starbucks Philippines will also hold a series of Meet Me at Starbucks for a Summer Frappuccino® Party from April 26 to May 31 where you can enjoy live summer music, a One For You, One To Share (Buy One, Get One) promo on the Roasted Marshmallow S ‘mores Frappuccino® blended beverage, 10% off on summer mugs and tumblers and other exciting treats.

Check out the Starbucks Philippines’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StarbucksPhilippines/) for schedules and other details.

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Certified Coffee Q grader Eric Lim’s Conlins Coffee Company

What is coffee for you?

That is the question that was first propounded by coffee connoisseur (Q grader) Eric Lim to the audience during a coffee appreciation and cupping session at Alessi in the New Wing of Ayala Center Cebu as he introduced their products: Bluenotes, Artisans, and Serenity Coffee. It was a very simple question that derived varied answers from the audience. Evidently, coffee has permeated in the modern society; it becomes more personal, a passion and a lifestyle.

Eric Lim explains how his company help customers better understand coffee. There’s a lot more to coffee than what meets the eye. Conlins Coffee Company is the first coffee resource store that introduced the concept of “premium coffee” in the Philippines, and to make customers understand that not all coffees are the same.

Our conversation covered the whole process on how to achieve the best quality of coffee from growing, picking, processing, milling, roasting, packaging, shipping, grinding, brewing to drinking. It opens a lot of senses for me and provides a big picture on how to better define what quality coffee should be. (I shall share to you my notes on our conversation about coffee on a separate post dedicated for coffee appreciation.)

“Before, the concept of coffee was very basic—you had instant coffee, you had brewed coffee,” said Eric Lim. People drank coffee and went to coffee shops, but they lacked a deeper appreciation and understanding of the beverage.

 

So how shall you start your “scientific” coffee appreciation journey?

Check out Conlins Coffee Company at Alessi in Ayala Center Cebu. They have a full range of products and equipment for all your coffee needs.

Conlins Coffee Company is a full-service coffee company that offers roasted coffee beans, ground coffee, and customized blends with use of beans sourced from all over the world. Aside from their coffee line, the company is also the exclusive retailer of world-class coffee equipment in the country.

Their product, Bluenotes Coffee, offers 100% single-origin Arabica beans. “Each origin of coffee has something unique to offer; coffee from Sumatra gives a very different cup profile from coffees originating from Brazil or Ethiopia. The origin of your coffee is only one of the many aspects that affect the coffee’s flavor profile.” explains Eric.

Artisans coffee on the other hand, is about the art and science of how coffee is crafted. This line of coffee allows the master roaster to create and meld flavors of varying origins into a very satisfying cup. While Bluenotes focuses on strictly single-origin, Artisans coffee is all about taking different coffee elements and creating a masterful coffee experience.

These two coffee variants of Conlins has something to offer for different types of coffee lovers. Go-getters and jet-setters will go for Bluenotes and its “taste of the world,” as it offers an excellent, straightforward taste of coffee. Its incredible flavor and aroma from its single origins will surely wake up and satisfy the taste buds of today modern global citizen.

Artisans Coffee on the other hand, may be preferred by coffee aficionados who are immersed in the worlds of lifestyle and the arts. The harmony of flavors that are created by the crafting and blending of beans offers unique flavors that will surely impress the most discerning palates.

Many factors are taken into account of when looking for “your” coffee. Aside from the origin of the bean, roast color, grind size and preparation methods also add to the journey of discovering the coffee that best suits your taste and lifestyle.

Serenity Syrups, on the other hand, is about having the freedom to have what you want. “The syrup is there to enhance the coffee experience,” explained Eric. “It’s to add flavors to things you don’t normally have, like an almond latte. The nice thing about Serenity is that it’s not limited to coffee. You can be as creative as you want.” One can make crème caramels, flavored sparkling sodas, and flavored margaritas from these syrups. Serenity syrups can even be used for creating baked goods, among other applications. Eric also said that using Serenity “is all part of finding your own flair to classic favorites.”

Three complementary products

These three products all work together, and are complementary. Bluenotes is pure, and has a single origin; Artisan is blended, and possesses a craft science; Serenity on the other hand, is about adding flair. These products are all part of the journey of finding a coffee they can call their own, according to Eric.

Conlins Coffee Company: Giving people choices and experience

Aside from helping people appreciate and find a deeper understanding of coffee, Conlins Coffee Company has also always been about giving people options. “I want to make sure that if you want light, medium, dark coffee, or whatever origin you want, it’s available here,” said Eric. Their company offers over 20 varieties of origins available from around the world, and of course, also offers the blended coffees. “You’ll surely find at least one that you like here,” said Eric. “Each coffee also speaks to each individual; he added that it’s in finding the coffee that is right for you. It’s about finding your voice, in a world of coffee,” he said.

Eric also said that Conlins wants customers to experience coffee. He added that their company also keeps up with the trends around the world. “We want our customers to understand what they drink, before they really appreciate it,” Eric explained. They do this, he said, but they don’t impose. Their company wants customers to appreciate specialty coffee. “I think a big part of it is in educating people,” he said.

  

 

First ISO-certified coffee company, with passion

When it comes to food safety, Conlins is also the first coffee company in the country to be ISO-certified. Aside from having the largest variety of coffee, they make sure that the quality of the coffee is always consistent.

They also work with a variety of people, from commercial to retail, to coffee aficionados. Their company, including every member of their staff is very passionate about coffee. They also make sure that every member of their staff is equipped with the knowledge on their products. “We want to have a dialogue with people, and educate them, so that hopefully more will understand and appreciate coffee,” Eric explained. “We also intend for people to savor their coffee as they drink, and appreciate it.”

ABOUT ERIC LIM

COO of Conlins Coffee Company and certified coffee Q grader, Eric Lim moved to Vancouver from the Philippines when he was 10 years old. With over 15 years of experience in the retail and food and beverage industry, he moved back to the Philippines in 2005 to help with his family’s coffee company. Over the years Conlins Coffee Company has grown, and has been servicing some of the country’s most well-known hotel and restaurant chains ever since. One of Eric’s goals is to help people find what coffee best suits them by bringing a greater awareness, deeper understanding and appreciation for coffee in the Philippines.

Bluenotes Coffee, Artisans Coffee and Sweet Serenity are distributed by the Conlins Coffee Company. For more information, visit www.conlinscoffee.com or call 551-3215 and 831-2729. You can also visit their retail outlets in Conlins Elements in Greenbelt 5, Alessi in Bonifacio Global City and The Coffee Laboratory in Ayala Center Cebu.

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Andy Caldwell in Ibiza Beach Club’s Oh Ship! for Sinulog 2016

If your idea of going to Cebu for Sinulog 2016 is to party by the beach with an international DJ spinning in the booth while enjoying the best wines and steaks in the island, you’ve got to be at Ibiza Beach Club in Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu for Oh Ship! — a hip and happening party on Saturday, 16 January 2016, featuring renowned international and local DJ’s. The event is set to run from 4.00 pm to midnight.  

 

International DJ, Andy Caldwell, an established veteran of dance music based in California, leads the pack that includes DJ Italo from Brazil, as well as seasoned DJ’s Jess Milnes, Kristian Hernandez, Abdel Aziz and Miro from Valkyrie and Palace, Manila. Caldwell’s dynamic DJ sets have won over fans everywhere from London and Berlin to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

  

Ibiza Beach Club, the premier party destination in Cebu, offers travellers a unique dining and entertainment experience, amid stunning architecture, spectacular ocean views and stylised space under the stars. Named after the party capital of the world, Ibiza Beach Club in Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu regularly welcomes a stellar roster of celebrities and guest artists, making this social establishment a scene to be seen. As a trailblazer on trends, performance genres and flavours, Ibiza Beach Club aims to bring in new excitement in various seasons to delight its guests of different nationalities.

   
 

Secure your tickets for the Oh Ship! event on or before January 16.Tickets are priced PHP 800.00 (nett) per person. For reservations and enquiries, +63 32 492-7777. Doors open for sunset beats at 4:00 pm, with back-to-back DJ performances all the way to midnight.

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Plus63 Music Festival in Cebu

Sinulog parties just keep getting better every year. The newest addition, Plus63 Music Festival, raises the bar even higher as it features a perfect blend of international and local acts with local and international cuisine sizzling on the side.

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Plus63 Music Festival introduces a unique and eclectic mix of international and local musical acts, plus a curated culinary experience on Saturday, January 16, 2016, to take place at the Cebu International Convention Center grounds in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. It promises to be the truest music festival experience.

Plus63 Music Festival is the brainchild of Peter Delantar, whose work in Las Vegas, USA included venues like Tryst and XS Nightclubs in the Wynn and Encore resorts , as well as working for Angel Management Group (now known as Hakkasan Group), with hot spots like Hakkasan, WetRepublic, Pure, LAX and Chateau. Having worked with artists like Ice T and Coco, The Weeknd, Pharell Williams, Jabbawockeez, Miguel, Big Boi of Outkast, Jay Sean, Keri Hilson, and more, Peter Delantar is no stranger to the entertainment industry.

“Having attended festivals abroad like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Electric Daisy Carnival and Life Is Beautiful, I was fortunate enough to experience first hand what it was like to be at a music festival. And having been able to work for tours like the Vans Warped Tour, Bamboozle Left and Rockstar Taste of Chaos, I was able to learn the ins and outs of the live music industry. We want to bring a similar experience to the Philippines, while giving it a local twist,” says Delantar. “A music festival is about discovering new music and musical acts, exploring art installations, tasting unique dishes from local chefs and restaurateurs, while making new friends in the process. We also want to provide a venue where our local acts can share the stage with international bands and DJs, while making this unique experience affordable and truly enjoyable.”

Plus63 Music Festival is an event not to be missed by anyone coming to Cebu for the Sinulog Festival. Taking inspiration from the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals Plus63 Music Festival seeks to bring the best from these events for participants to experience, while giving it a local twist and enhancing it even more with the best of the Philippines’ hospitality and cuisine.

Get your tickets now.

Tickets to Plus63 Music Festival

General Admission – A General Admission ticket gets you into Plus63 Music Festival.

  • Eager Beaver – P500 – December 15 – December 18, 2015
  • Early Bird – P700 – December 19 – January 8, 2016
  • Regular – P1000 – January 9 – January 15, 2016
  • Day of – P1500 – January 16, 2016

VIP – Expedited entry into Plus63 Music Festival, Access to the VIP lounge, Access to VIP platforms, Use of A/C Toilettes

  • VIP Pre-Sale – P1500 – December 15 – January 2, 2016
  • VIP Regular – P2000 – January 3 – January 15, 2016
  • VIP Day Of – P2500 – January 16, 2016

 Tickets can be purchased online at SMTickets.com or at all SM Ticket outlets nationwide*

 

Watch their video:

Facebook.com/plus63festival

Follow:

@plus63festival on Instagram,

Visit

www.Plus63festival.com

 

Plus63 Music Festival is a production of Vinyl Entertainment, an independent concert promoter based in Cebu, Philippines. Created by Peter Delantar.

 

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