Authentic Hokkaido Ramen Santouka now at UP Town Center

Ramen lovers in North Metro can now enjoy Japanese culture in a bowl as Hokkaido Ramen Santouka brings its authentic, passionately-cooked ramen recipe to UP Town Center on Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka opens its 11th branch at the UP Town Center to give residents of the area and neighboring communities a taste of the unique family ramen recipe developed in 1988. Santouka’s ramen offerings are masterfully made with imported ingredients—from the noodles down to the soup, which is cooked for 20 hours daily to keep it fresh and healthier but delicious to the last drop.

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The opening of the new branch features special discounts available until October. Students can truly say TGIF (thank God it’s Friday) every Friday from September 22 to October 13 as they enjoy 20% discount on Santouka’s new offerings: fried chicken tsukemen and tonkatsu tsukemen upon presentation of a valid student ID. They may also treat themselves with the buy one, get 30% off on second order of a regular takoyaki or cheese takoyaki promo.

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From September 23 to 30, diners at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka UP Town Center can avail of the soft shell crab salad and sushi promo with free matcha ice cream with every order. Currently, the soft shell crab salad and sushi, regular takoyaki, cheese takoyaki, fried chicken tsukemen and tonkatsu tsukemen are only available at the UP Town Center branch.

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Visit Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at UP Town Center and experience the best, carefully prepared ramen.

Get to know more about Santouka. Visit its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RamenSantoukaPH and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/SantoukaPh/, or go to any Hokkaido Ramen Santouka branch near you.

Southern Comfort: Avida Towers Altura is the Newest Destination for a Different Kind of Southern Metro Manila Living

Avida Land, one of the leading mid-market real estate developers in the country, launched a handy cookbook in partnership with Yummy.ph to welcome new homeowners of the recently completed Tower 1 of Avida Towers Altura.

The cookbook titled “40 Best Quick-Fix Recipes for Your New Home” collates easy-to-do recipes of homemade comfort food, some of which are shared by Chef Francis Lim of Tipple and Slaw fame, and includes a map of Avida properties and the nearby groceries and shopping centers. The cookbook will be given as part of the turnover kit for new homeowners to enable them to create delightful experiences at their new home at Avida Towers Altura.

The launch was held on August 19, 2017 at the Avida Showroom South Park District and was followed by an interactive cooking demo of comfort dishes by Chef Francis Lim. Attendees also got a chance to participate in the Mystery Box Cooking Challenge where they created quick-fix meals using only the ingredients from the box. Attendees were also able to appreciate a dining room set-up that exhibited a beautiful way to present your home cooked meals for special occasions. They also received special gift baskets from NutriAsia containing iconic Filipino sauces and condiments that would complement any food preparation or meals at home.

“In any Avida community, we always aim to provide our residents with avenues to experience a more fulfilling lifestyle. We know that moving into your new home can be challenging especially for the newly independent ones. Our collaboration with Yummy for this cookbook will be a valuable tool in our residents’ day-to-day living, with easy recipes that any newbie home cook can follow to create delicious meals they can enjoy at home,” says Tess Tatco, Avida marketing head.

Avida Towers Altura is the latest addition to the vibrant South Park District, Ayala Land’s master-planned, mixed-use development, located in the relaxed yet dynamic environment of Alabang, Muntinlupa. With Tower 1 units now ready for turnover to its residents, as well as the top-off of Tower 2, a comfortable and holistic southern living experience awaits those who choose to reside in this convenient, practical and fun environment. Avida Towers Altura Tower 1 units are included in the overall total of 3,062 units to be turned-over by Avida this year.

Anyone will be able to experience rest and relaxation at Avida Towers Altura. The thoughtfully designed units, ranging from studio to one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, provide utmost comfort which matches the peaceful outdoor environment. The condominium’s amenities, specifically designed to encourage interaction and a healthy lifestyle among homeowners, include a clubhouse, swimming pools, a children’s play area, and an outdoor gym.

Beyond the residential towers, not only will Altura residents be met with a different kind of Southern lifestyle, but they will also enjoy the various establishments that make South Park District a sustainable community.

The 6.6-hectare district perfectly bridges urban city life with the necessity for nature. It has well-planned residential buildings, its own Ayala-operated South Park Mall where residents can effortlessly shop and dine, South Park Corporate Center with BPO offices for those who want to work closer to home, an operational transport terminal that makes it easier to access various locations in the Southern Metro, and a not-to-be-missed expansive Central Park featuring iconic art pieces from world-renowned sculptor Reginald Yuson including a large steel composition of interconnected conical forms, and a sprawling composition of free-flowing 3-dimensional tubes reminiscent of doodles which inspire vibrancy, movement and playfulness while keeping a sense of peacefulness and tranquility.

Various weekend activities are also scheduled at the park such as the Mobile Flea Market held every payday weekend between 12 noon and 9 P.M. With all these, South Park District is poised to become an ideal enclave for comfortable and convenient living in the South.

South Park District is located along the National Road of Alabang, less than a kilometer away from the South Luzon Expressway.

*Event partners for the cookbook launch event include NutriAsia, Robinsons Supermarket, Unifab and Uratex.

About Avida Land

Avida is a residential brand of Ayala Land, the Philippines’ leading developer of sustainable estates offering a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments that support local economic growth.

7-Eleven celebrates 7-Eleven Day with promos, concerts and more treats

Our favorite kapitbahay, 7-Eleven, is celebrating a significant milestone as it turns another year older. Celebrating its birthday, 7-Eleven is giving back to its loyal customers and the communities they serve through a series of concerts, promos and more treats starting this July 11 to thank them for all the support and continued patronage!

CLiQQ Every Day!

Deals Launch The fun starts with the launch of CLiQQ Every Day! Deals where CLiQQ users can choose 1 out of 3 mystery boxes available starting July 11! Products up for grabs change daily so customers can choose from a wide range of daily deals. CLiQQ users may redeem the product within 24 hours and claim them within the month.

Slurpee x Big Bite Rock Back to School Combo

Students get the first taste of 7-Eleven’s overflowing treats starting with a special deal with the ultimate budget back to school combo for Slurpee and Big Bite, only for P49 (save P5) from July 5 to August 15, 2017. A portion of the sales for this promo will be donated to the student council of 8 selected colleges/universities.

Our favorite kapitbahay is also preparing a special musical treat for students with the Rock Back to School concert series, featuring acts like 6Cyclemind, Moonstar88, Gracenote, and many more, kicking off with a special sneak peek on July 11 at Eton Centris. Aside from this, the concert series will go to different colleges and universities in Metro Manila including Adamson University, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, University of Santo Tomas, and more.

To further amp up the excitement, there will be e-raffles for the chance to win 24 Bose Soundsport earphones, another 24 winners of Bose Soundlink speakers, and 5 winners of backstage passes to the Rock Back to School concert series.

Slurpee or City Blends? Get both on 7-Eleven Day!

Craving for a cool and tasty Slurpee or a hot City blends cup of coffee? Well then 7-Eleven has a treat for you! You can enjoy the refreshing taste of Slurpee and share another cup with a friend for free if you buy one Slurpee from 7-Eleven’s LV Locsin Store, and all Bacolod and Iloilo stores from July 1 to 11, 2017.

For those searching for a warm cuppa, City Blends will also be available for just P20 for a 12 oz cup and is available in all stores with City Blends from July 10 to 16, 2017. Simply get a QCode found on the 7-Eleven Philippines Facebook page and present upon payment to avail your favorite these deals.

A Cup of Thankful: Calligraphy Event

Have your message of appreciation written in the most artful way possible with renowned calligraphist Carl Chua through A Cup of Thankful. This will also happen on 7-Eleven Day at the 7-Eleven LV Locsin store from 8am to 12nn.

7-Eleven gives back

As 7-Eleven celebrates being part of every Filipino’s daily lives, 7-Eleven also reached out to our brothers and sisters who were affected by the conflict in Marawi. Donation Boxes were deployed in all corporate 7-Eleven stores in Mindanao.

Employees and customers had the opportunity to share their blessings to help the victims by providing them with food and other in kind donations. This charitable drive started last June and will last until July 11.

Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC) also partnered with PhilSeven Foundation Inc. (PFI) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to support the 7-Eleven Global Environmental Campaign by sustaining a tree planting project at the Marikina Watershed at the Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City.

Employees get to volunteer, along with community to enhance two hectares of an agroforestry site through the planting of 1550 fruit-bearing trees. With this activity, 7 Eleven hopes to improve the biodiversity of the Marikina Watershed and provide at least 20 households with additional income.

Pioneering Convenience Retailing

The roots of the 7-Eleven we know and love today can be traced back to 1927, 7-Eleven began when an employee of Southland Ice Company in Dallas started selling milk, eggs and bread from the ice dock, and operated between 7 am and 11 pm.

7-Eleven is the world’s largest convenience retail chain that operates, franchises, and licenses in more than 61,000 stores worldwide, and over 2,000 stores in the Philippines. The purveyor in convenience retailing adds two new stores every two hours to their worldwide operations.

For more information & fun facts, visit https://www.facebook.com/711philippines/.

Falafel Yo!: Authentic Israeli Cuisine for the Discerning Foodie

Good news for metro foodies — there’s a new falafel place in town! Discerning palates can now enjoy traditional Israeli cuisine at Falafel Yo!, a new restaurant offering fresh, authentic, healthy, and delicious falafel.

Falafel plays an iconic role in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the national dish of the country. It is a popular street food made with mashed chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), parsley, coriander, garlic, and other Mediterranean spices.

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The General Manager of Falafel Yo!, Guy Mann, grew up eating the Israeli treat and wants to share that experience with Filipinos. He aims to preserve the traditional recipes and methods that have been refined and passed down from generation to generation.

“At Falafel Yo, we make falafel the same way we do it back home,” Guy says. “We want it to taste the same. It has to be authentic. The Falafel you get here will taste the same, if not better, than the ones you get in the streets of Israel. We make sure that what we will be serving to our customers are not only affordable, but also fresh, authentic, and are guaranteed to fill their empty stomachs,” He adds.

Usually served in a pita bread with a choice of vegetables, hummus, and tahini sauce, falafel is perfect for holding and snacking on the move.

Guy on their menu, “We have a very focused menu and that allows us to deliver the very best in authentic Israeli falafels. At the same time, we also want to cater to other people who maybe aren’t familiar with Israeli cuisine and introduce them to falafels.”

Visit us at the 4th floor of Greenbelt 3 Makati City.

MCDONALD’S KIDDIE CREW WORKSHOP CULMINATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH BIGGEST GRAND GRADUATION IN MANILA

The World Trade Center in Pasay City was a vision in red and white racing stripes as participants of the country’s biggest summer workshop for kids came together for the Manila leg of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Grand Graduation.

The Grand Graduation was a two-day affair attended by kids around the Metro, who were just some of the proud Kiddie Crew graduates who spent their summer with Kiddie Crew, McDonald’s flagship family program that started since 1992.

With its new and refreshed program this year, the Kiddie Crew participants got to experience new things, make friends, and have fun while learning skills through play-based work. All Kiddie Crew participants went through a fun-filled five-day workshop that gave the kids an opportunity to experience in-store restaurant training and learn time-tested values such as teamwork, hard work, discipline, responsibility, and sharing.

Kiddie Crew participants and their families ended their summer experience with a bang, as they attended the exciting, fun-fueled Grand Prix-themed Grand Graduation. The World Trade Center was transformed into a busy, thrilling race track as kids got to enjoy interactive games and activities such as the Go Kart track, mini-racer Kinect simulations, a toy bazaar, and much more.

Highlights of the Grand Graduation program, which was hosted by Jackie Lou Blanco and Dominic Roque, included the performances by Ronald and the Gang, McDonald Race, and Kiddie Crew’s Anniversary video, and the traditional Kiddie Crew Anthem.

To expand the celebrations of this year’s Kiddie Crew, Grand Graduation ceremonies were also successfully held in key cities around the country such as Pampanga, Batangas, Cavite, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao.

World Street Food Congress is back in Manila this 2017

Asia’s biggest food celebration, the World Street Food Congress (WSFC)
is back in Manila this 2017. The five-day gastronomic adventure opens on
31 May 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds and will run until 04
June 2017. It is set to be bigger and better, attracting thousands of culinary
experts, hawkers and foodies from across the globe.

Organized by K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra and presented by the Tourism
Promotions Board (TPB), WSFC17 highlights three components: the World
Street Food Dialogue, the World Street Food Jamboree, and the World
Street Food Awards.

The World Street Food Dialogue is the world’s only conference and
network event that serves as a venue for industry players, individuals and
companies to converge, share, ideate, and collaborate on heritage and
street food culture.

Leading the roster of speakers for this program are international food and
travel celebrity, Anthony Bourdain and the creator of the widely read food
and travel blog, Our Awesome Planet and co-founder of Mercato Centrale,
Anton Diaz, as well as the country’s very own food maven, Chef Claude
Tayag.

Also included in the list of speakers is Greg Drescher who is currently the
vice-president of strategic initiatives and industry leadership at The
Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Joining him are Mai Pham, author of
several award-winning cookbooks including The Best of Vietnamese &
Thai Cooking, Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table and Flavours of Asia
and, Malcolm Lee who is the head chef and owner of the first Michelinstarred
Peranakan restaurant, to mention a few.

The two-day World Street Food Dialogue happens on 31 May to 01 June
2017 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The World Street Food Jamboree is a must-see for food aficionados as it
features over 40 different international street food from Germany, Mexico,
USA, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam,
Indonesia, Singapore and of course, the Philippines. Here one can find a
wide array of authentic heritage street-food, meet celebrity chefs, and
watch exciting cooking demos.

Pinoy specialties from six provinces across the country are unearthed with
fun twists and new interpretations. Among those featured is the everfamous
Batchoy from Iloilo, a rare fusion of Kare-kare and Palabok from
the country’s culinary capital, Pampanga, and the mouth-watering pork
monggo from Pres. Duterte’s favorite karinderia in Davao, to name a few.
Must-tries from international hawkers include Sweet Black Vinegar with
Pork Trotter Stew from China, Nasi Lemak from Singapore, Bánh bèo Bích
Liên from Vietnam and Claypot Apom Manis from Malaysia.

The World Street Food Jamboree opens on 31 May to 02 June 2017 at
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 03 June 2017 at 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and on 04
June 2017 at 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The event also recognizes individuals who possess characteristics of a
true street food professional including perseverance and the ability to
identify possibilities that nurture the world’s comfort and street culinary
heritage. These individuals are honored at the World Street Food Awards.
Hosted in Manila for the second time since its establishment in 2013,
WSFC17 celebrates and discusses inherent opportunities in global
heritage and street food culture. It continues to attract more global
attention and along with it, the Philippines is also being recognized as one
of the most dynamic and fastest growing gastro countries in Asia.

For more information about WSFC17 visit, www.wsfcongress.com

Robinsons Supermarket’s Route to Wellness Campaign

In time for the back-to-school season, families, especially students, can continue their journey towards healthy living as they discover nutritious and rewarding food choices in “Learn Wellness”, the second promo event in the “Route to Wellness” campaign of Robinsons Supermarket.

Robinsons Supermarket welcomed families to the “Magical World of Wellness” recently at Eastwood Central Plaza. The enchanting set-up was composed of fun wizarding activities from a VTR game, potion-making and a finders-keepers game. Select moms also got a chance to learn and make their own bento-boxes. All games and activities help educate kids and kids-at-heart on the importance of proper nutrition and regular exercise.

From May 1 to June 30, 2017, shoppers will get a PHP 100 OFF coupon for a minimum single receipt purchase of PHP 3,000 at Robinsons Supermarket. Purchases must be inclusive of PHP 500 worth of participating products from Nestle, CDO, Splash, Wyeth, or Purefoods. Loyal shoppers can also earn additional 10 Robinsons Rewards Card points when they buy select Nestle products during this promo.

Robinsons Supermarket’s Route to Wellness campaign banners its commitment to strengthening its “We Love Wellness” advocacy that enables it to provide healthier food options and alternatives to Filipinos.

To stay updated on Robinsons Supermarket’svarious activities and learn more about its “Route to Wellness” campaign, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or visit www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph.