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Movenpick’s Chocolates for Dinner

A few days ago I tried the latest offering of Movenpick, the latest culinary craze, chocolates on savory dishes.

The quality of Swiss craftsmanship is world-famous and even the country’s chocolate is produced with legendary precision. Who else can give us better chocolates but Mövenpick. Their own brand of chocolate is made in keeping with the tradition, as well as its own culinary values that date back 70 years, and is produced in Switzerland using 100% cocoa butter.

As I landed from Manila, I rushed to Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu’s The Sails restaurant anticipating what would be a refreshing dinner and also a “happy meal.” (Fact: Chocolates are antidepressants.)

We started with salmon fillets enlivened with dark chocolate. Salmon fillets were marinated for long hours like a mackerel sushi. Shime Saba is my favorite among the sashimis and I think I found its salmon counterpart.

The savoury tarte tartin with a white chocolate was a palate cleanser. It sets the mood for chocolates that night.

The seven chocolate-inspired creations include: marinated ‘beetroot salmon’ with root vegetables and 72% dark chocolate to enhance the meal’s rich earthiness; ‘tomato tarte tartin’ where ‘white lemon’ chocolate complements the goat’s cheese, pine nuts and coffee beans; ‘sea bass and green tea’ – a light foam of green tea, almonds, nuts and Mövenpick ‘Maple Walnut’ is the star; ‘minute beef goulash’, with a traditionally-made Hungarian goulash sauce, enriched with dark chocolate; ‘lamb shank and pesto’, slow-roasted and then refined with pistachio and hazelnut chocolate pesto; and ‘duck breast and potato pie’, with white chocolate, lime and pepper giving the pink-roasted meat a delicate yet spicy freshness.

I should say, my 2 favorites which I think were the standout dishes were the lamb shank pesto and the duck breast and potato pie. The lamb shank was slow cooked and off-the-bone but the meat was firm and never saggy. It was very good. The duck breast was at its perfect color, pink. It was smokey and flavorful. It has a good amount of skin on it. With ducks, you’ve got to have the skin.

We finished our dinner with ‘chocolate pavés au chocolat’, combining milk chocolate, crispy cocoa bean fragments, sizzling pecan nuts and slightly bitter matcha powder, all with a hint of green tea and paired with an espresso. I am not really into sweet treats but these are just on the right amount sweetness.

Mövenpick chocolate the hero of seven dishes in its latest global campaign, which runs from 10 October to 20 November 2018.

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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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NindotKaayo.com is a finalist of Best Cebu Blogs 2015

After a year from its inception, NindotKaayo has taken a number of milestones in the blogging industry of Cebu. This year, NindotKaayo.com is nominated as the Best Cebu Events / Entertainment Blog 2015 category in the 8th Best Cebu Blogs Awards.

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Best Cebu Blogs Awards Invitation

While Best Cebu Blogs Awards is not new to me,  since I am one of the very few recipients  of the award (through the now defunct, LaagCebu.com) on the second year that BCBA has recognized bloggers who excel in their posts and musings and had been a regular judge of the said award giving body, this has come to me by surprise because despite the limited frequency of my posts more and more are looking forward of my movie and restaurant reviews as well as the latest news on the newest and hippiest hangout places and parties in Cebu.

Knowing fully well that I am able to help my audience to spend their peso wisely by providing an impartial  reviews and relevant information I am determined to even enrich this blog with more up-to-date, live if necessary, reviews of the happenings in Cebu.

NindotKaayo will also venture into a mini-travelogue, an escape from the City soon. I hope you are as excited as I am for this.

Thank you, Best Cebu Blogs Awards. My gratitude to all of you,  my readers and followers.

 

 

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