Bonifacio High Street Food Crawl: 6 Stops of a #BHSfoodie

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Bonifacio High Street is one of our favorite places to dine.  We've got a whole loads of food adventures at Bonifacio Global City including paying to join food tours like the BGC Eats Food Tour 2013 and twice for the BGC Food Tour 2014.  But, believe me there are still so many food establishments there that we have yet to try.  So, when  we were invited to the a food bloggers event called "Bonifacio High Street Food Crawl" organized by Bonifacio High Street and the Mercato Centrale team of RJ Ledesma and Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, we knew we couldn't miss such an amazing invite. 

First Stop: The Wholesome Table
the wholesome table
Starting things right with something healthy, our first stop is at The Wholesome Table.  It is a concept by health advocate Bianca Elizalde.

 the wholesome table
According to their statement at a board plastered on its wall, they are committed to serving fresh, natural and real so all their produce comes from organic sources except fo their cheese, meats used are grass-fed, poultry and eggs are free-range, products are sourced locally whenever possible and seafood are wild-caught.  I especially like the part that states that they don't use high-fructose corn syrup or any artificial stuff and try to avoid using shortening and partially hydrogenated fats (these are converted into trans-fats when heated!).

Small Plates
the wholesome table
Organic Mushroom Fritters (320 php)
The Organic Mushroom Fritters are tasty button mushrooms and melted mozzarella wrapped in their special Italian sausage that are breaded and deep-fried.  It is served with the tangy fresh cherry tomato sauce.

Powerbowls
the wholesome table
Enlightenment Bowl (320 php)
The Enlightenment Bowl is a hefty bowlful of nori, carrots, edamame, shitake mushrooms, lettuce, picked onion, avocado, pea sprouts, fried tofu in ginger dressing laid on atop the brown rice.

Wood-Fired Pizzas
the wholesome table
The Barcelona (690 php)
As the name implies, The Barcelona delivers Spanish flavors with toppings of turkey chorizo,
shitake mushrooms, roasted garlic, mozarella, grana panado and tomato sauce.

the wholesome table
If you like alcohol, the Wholesome Mojito is a must try!  It's the best green drink ever!

2nd Stop:Village Tavern
village tavern
After our wholesome first stop, we skipped to its next door neighbor Village Tavern which we're visiting for the nth time.

village tavern
Roasted Bone Marrow (350 php) (see post about our 2nd Village Tavern Visit Here)
village tavern
Black Pizza (475 php) (see post about our 1st Village Tavern Visit Here)
village tavern
Spiced Rubbed US Prime Flank Steak (595 php)
The cool thing about Village Tavern is that they always have new specials to try for returning diners like us.  The Spiced Rubbed US Prime Flank Steak is so good!!!


village tavern

3rd Stop:'Cue Modern Barbecue
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Another familiar place is 'Cue Modern Barbecue.   See how much I've raved about 'Cue here.

cue modern barbecue
Oink! Oink!

cue modern barbecue
Campfire-Style Skillet of Queso Fundido (190 php)
The Campfire-Style Skillet of Queso Fundido is a simple but irresistible skillet filled with melted white cheddar, chopped chorizo and red tomatoes topped with cilantro and served with flour tortillas.

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Hot Pork Belly Tips (245 php)
You'll forget about the guilt as you fall into bliss with the Hot Pork Belly Tips.

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Bonifacio Sour (225 php) and Sweet Soul Picnic (225 php)
Fourth Stop:Tampopo
tampopo
Tampopo offers the two most crazed Japanese dishes: Tonkatsu and Ramen.

tampopo
It has modern Japanese booths for a unique dining experience.

tampopo

Kyushu Ramen
tampopo
Deluxe Tampopo Black Pig Shabu Ramen (460 php)
Don
tampopo
Pork Loin Yanagawa (570 php)
Everything is so good so I'll definitely be back to try more of their dishes!

Fifth Stop: Kimukatsu

Kimukastu Assorted Set
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7 Flavor Kimukatsu Set (2400 php)
Check out our previous review of Kimukatsu here.
kimukatsu
7 flavors of juicy and 25-layered katsu!

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Plus, their special sauce...

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and addictive and fragrant Kohikiri Rice.

Final Stop: Wolf & Fox Gastropub
wolf and fox gastropub
Named after the fictional characters: Mr. Wolf (sophisticated and traditional) and Mr. Fox (quirky and creative) is Wolf & Fox Gastropub, the latest addition to the Sumo Sam group of restaurants.
wolf and fox gastropub
With a stylish bar...
wolf and fox gastropub
and sophisticated dining area.
wolf and fox gastropub
Climax
wolf and fox gastropub
Bangers & Mash (348 php) *sample size
The Bangers & Mash is their home made (made from scratch) cumberland sausage served with mashed potatoes.
 

wolf and fox gastropub
Fish and Chips (358 php) *sample size
Their take on the classic Fish and Chips using sole fish.
 
wolf and fox gastropub
Tequila Sunrise
So here ends our Bonifacio High Street Food Crawl.   But, watch out for more as there are many more to try and discover at Bonifacio High Street!

Getting the Most from Your Alarm System

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Installing a home alarm system is a prudent move for many reasons. Doing so can reduce home insurance rates and protect one's valuables, for starters. Regrettably, most homeowners fail to tap into the full potential of their systems. If you have an alarm system, you owe it to yourself to get the most from your hardware with the following tips.

Fine-Tune Sensor Behavior
The default system configuration of a top-shelf alarm setup should work well for most homeowners. However, it's rarely optimal. During the first month or so, you should test-drive the system and adjust sensor sensitivity as well as placement to avoid false positives. Pay close attention to what triggers a mobile app alert and what doesn't.

Personalize Home Access
A modern alarm system can do so much more than simply alerting homeowners to unauthorized entrances. Start off by giving each resident their own unique access code. Typically, it's also possible to set up no-show alerts that are sent to a mobile phone in case someone who's supposed to come home never arrives.

Use a Third-Party Monitor
Relying on an alarm installer to monitor your system isn't the best option. Contracting with a business that specializes in alarm monitoring is a better way to administer a home security system. When seconds matter, having the most experienced and knowledgeable security experts available notify the authorities for you can prevent a potentially disastrous outcome.

Have a Backup Plan in Place
An alarm system won't do you much good if there's a blackout in your neighborhood and you don't have emergency power waiting in the wings. At a minimum, your alarm network should be equipped with a 24-hour battery array that can keep everything operational while electricity from the grid is unavailable.

Regularly Test Your Connections
Nowadays, many home security systems rely on numerous wireless components to provide responsive protection. Despite their convenience, Wi-Fi systems can be spotty if you run into interference from microwaves and concrete walls. Take 10 minutes every month to ensure that each part of your alarm system can communicate clearly and consistently with central command.

Going the Extra Mile
If you go to the trouble of setting up an alarm infrastructure, you might as well squeeze as much functionality out of it as possible. The tips covered here in brief are a decent start. Fully familiarize yourself with your security hardware and software to make the most of your system.

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS): November 12-14, 2014

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     So, I woke up early today with no idea on what to expect for the upcoming The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS).  I'm glad I did because I learned a lot.

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)

      It was a small press conference at Uno Morato, a conspicuous place found by the parking lot area of GYY Builing between Persian King Kabab and Icut Salon in Tomas Morato Corner E. Rodriguez.

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
         We were given a background about the National Book Development Board, its activities and they also answered the concerns of editors, publishers and stakeholders of the book industry. 

Press Conference
The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
Filipino ReaderCon Sharing Insight

          I will invited to the press conference to launch Philippine Book Development Month organized by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) in partnership with Yabang Pinoy, Aklatan (spearheaded by Visprint) and The Filipino ReaderCon.

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
Yabang Pinoy and Their Advocacy

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)

Inviting All of You To The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS)

             In light of the Philippine Book Development Month, there will be an exciting book-related activity called The Pressing Issue: The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival and Book Industry Summit (PILF-BIS) happening on November 12 to 14, 2014 at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Street, Pasig City.

 With the theme “The Pressing Issue: Sustainable Business amid ASEAN Integration” the 5th PILFBIS aims to ready the local book publishing industry in time  for the integration of ASEAN countries into a single market.

For More Information Check the National Book Development Board (NBDB) Fan Page.

Itinerary of Activities

Day 1: November 12, 2014 (Wednesday)
The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
 
Day 2: November 13, 2014 (Thursday)
The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
 
Day 3: November 14, 2014 (Friday)
The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)

Into the Literary World
The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
      After the question and answers, everyone had a chit chat with each other while enjoying their delicious lunch.  It was such a warm community of publishers, editors, readers and book industry supporters all sharing their views and supporting each other.

The 5th Philippine International Literary Festival ad Book Industry Summit (PILFBIS)
          I have to admit the I have no knowledge about the book industry until today.  I was able to converse with the National Book Development Board (NBDB) Chairman of Neni Sta. Romana Cruz about the current status and the huge potential of the Philippine book industry.   We really have great authors like Bob Ong and Bebang Siy.  I hope you and I could support it.

Using Promotional Items to Advertise

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Business owners can use promotional products to advertise their goods and services to a large audience. These products can be distributed to clients and customers. Using these products is also a way to advertise to prospective customers.

Office supplies imprinted with a company's name or logo are a great way to advertise. Customers and prospective customers who sit behind a desk all day long can see the company's name every time they pick up a pen, look at their desk calendar or use a padfolio. Other office supplies that can be imprinted with a company's name include rulers, note cubes and sticky note holders.

Companies that want a large number of people to see their promotional items may want to give away caps or T-shirts that are imprinted with their name or logo. People who are wearing caps with 4-inch company logos or T-shirts with 6-inch company names are walking advertisements for a company. Caps come in black, white, green, red and pink. T-shirts can be purchased in black, white, blue, green and several other colors.

Giving away bags imprinted with a company name is another way to make the name visible to a large number of people. A duffle bag can be carried to a gym or a park. Travelers may take a garment bag that can be converted into a duffle bag on overnight trips. This can make the company's name visible to people in airports, train stations and hotels.

Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection with Sugar Acid Neutralizer Toothpaste Launch

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Everyone was all dress up and excited to find out what the Colgate was about to launch.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
After an hour the seats were filled by prestigious guests, dentists and media all eager to know more.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
We were teased by Mr. Caro on Colgate's greatest breakthrough yet.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
Dr. Eric Tayag whom I've dance with before shows support toward the dental industry.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
A brief talk on dentistry for public service and flouride toothpaste as a solution.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
Philippine Association of Dental Colleges (PADC) and Colgate has a strong partnership through the years.

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
We were served some blueberry cheesecake and vegetables in garlic dressing for appetizers.  Many were on a diet and skipped the blueberry cheesecake.  I swiped my plate clean.  I already knew that sweet are not the only culprit for cavities.  All the food we eat have sugar acids.  Many were surprised with that fact and I bet they wished they ate their blueberry cheesecakes! 

colgate maximum cavity protection sugar acid neutralizer toothpaste
All the fuzz is for the introduction of Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection with Sugar Acid Neutralizer Toothpaste!  Now, our teeth can be better protected with the unique combination of flouride and the sugar acid neutralizer.  You can actually test your own mouth with a PH paper to see the neutralizing effect.  It's really astounding!  Now, we can eat whatever we want and stay cavity-free.  The package ironically comes with a pack of m&m's which I gleefully enjoyed.  =) I brushed my teeth after of course!

Doña Elena's Al Dente Pasta Eccelente: National Pasta Day Celebration with Chef David Lombardi

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To celebrate National Pasta Day (October 25, 2014), Doña Elena invited us to learn more about it.

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 So allow me to be a pasta geek and share with you what I learned during the crash course lecture.
1. Pasta are made using either teflon dies or bronze dies.  Bronze dies produce coarser pasta which allows it to marry into sauces better. 
2. The word "pasta" is derived from "paste."
3. "Al Dente" means "firm to bite."
4. To enable you to have "Al Dente Pasta", you have to combine cooking precision and the use of pasta made from 100% durom wheat semolina which are harder than normal wheat flour.
5. Don’t use oil when boiling your pasta.
6. Your senses should be keen when cooking.  It should smell right and the color is still yellow when you blanch them.

dona elena natioonal pasta day
Chef David Lombardi demonstrated to us two delicious pasta dishes using Doña Elena products: Doña Elena Al Dente Penne Rigate, Doña Elena Al Dente Fusilli, Doña Elena Pure and Extre Virgin Olive OilChef Lombardi is the owner of Lombardi’s and Lucia Ristorante (named after his mother)  I’m glad Chef Lombardi shared his cooking technique with us because we’ve been using Doña Elena Pure and Extra Virgin Oil at home but we really don’t know the difference.  Chef Lombardi taught us to use the Doña Elena Pure for cooking and the Doña Elena Extra Virgin for last minute flavoring.

dona elena natioonal pasta day
Media Showcase their Pasta Cooking Skills Using Doña Elena's Al Dente Pasta
I have honestly never used Doña Elena's Al Dente products.  But, I will now try it after learning that they offer premium quality pasta that's GMO-free plus 100% certified all-natural.  It is available in five different variants: Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Lasagna, Penne Rigate and Fusilli.  Their pasta are made by bronze dies for coarser texture using 100% durom wheat semolina with 13% protein (as compared to other brands which only has 6%).

dona elena natioonal pasta day