Gourmet Shorts: Salty Birthday Cake, Highball Bar

MANILA – Check out some of the latest from the local food scene.

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CCA MANILA VEGETABLE COURSES

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The Culinary Arts Center (CCA) Manila is now offering a plant-based course in partnership with online culinary school Rouxbe.

Here, students will learn about knife techniques, nutrition, recipe conversion and substitution, and the principles of balancing and layering flavors that can appeal to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

CCA Manila offers herbal education courses through its partnership with Guang Ming College. The pair hosted a plant-based lunch inspired by the traditional Filipino song “Bahay Kubo.”

More details are available on the CCA Manila website.

CITY OF DREAMS MANILA MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL MENU

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City of Dreams Manila kicks off the Mid-Autumn Festival with an auspicious a la carte menu at its Chinese restaurant, Crystal Dragon.

Available until September 10, the menu consists of crispy dried scallops with crabmeat and snow egg yolk; Chicken Soup with Double Boiled Herbs, Sea Cucumber, Black Garlic and Cordyceps Flower; Roasted duck meat with Grand Marnier herb reduction; crispy golden crab claw wrapped in potato noodles; and Crispy Wasabi Shrimp with Toasted Sesame and Slow Roasted Almond Nuts.

Crystal Dragon offers mooncakes as part of a dessert trio: homemade coconut pandan mooncake, crispy avocado kataifi roll with fragrant mango, and pomelo with sago pearls for dessert.

For inquiries and reservations call (02) 8800-8080 or email [email protected]

CONTI’S OPENS MORE BRANCHES IN LUZON

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Conti’s is expanding its presence in Luzon with the opening of new branches in Bulacan, Batangas, Tarlac, Pampanga and Manila since the beginning of the year.

To date, Conti’s has nearly 70 stores nationwide. The restaurant chain is known for its selection of cakes, pastries and comfort food.

HEINEKEN LAUNCHES A NEW BEER

Heineken has launched a new beer for today’s social gatherings.

Called Heineken Silver, the drink is made by master brewers using natural ingredients, including the brand’s famous A-yeast, pure malt and sustainably sourced barley.

The new product is available in 330ml cans and bottles, as well as 500ml cans.

BAR HIGHBALL BY JOHNNIE WALKER

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The takeover of Johnnie Highball Bar at The Courtyard of the Molito Lifestyle Center is now in its final weekend.

Until September 11, visitors can enjoy live performances and DJ sets, interactive arcade games and food offerings from Notorious Concepts’ Alamat, West 32 and Japonesa.

They can also try new cocktails developed by Diageo Brand Ambassador Rian Assidao and Diageo Reserve World Class Philippine Bartender of the Year 2018 Lester Ligon.

The entire Johnnie Walker range is also available at the bar for customers to enjoy by the shot or the bottle.

The Johnnie Highball Bar serves patrons from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. for patrons 18 and older. More details are available on the Johnnie Walker Philippines social media pages.

KEE WAH’S SUPREME MOON CAKES

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Kee Wah Bakery, which has more than 100 stores in Asia and the United States, offers supreme mooncakes in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Kee Wah Supreme Mooncakes come in the store’s signature tin and are available in white lotus seed paste with two yellow ones. Golden lotus seed paste, mini golden lotus seed paste with yolk, mini white lotus seed paste with yolk, red bean paste, red bean paste with two yolk and assorted nuts.

Produced and imported from Hong Kong, all Font Brands Concept Inc. Kee Wah Bakery products are delivered through the following channels: Lazada Official Store (Hong Kong Kee Wah Products Philippines), Shopee Official Store (Hong Kong Kee Wah Products PH), Pickaroo (Kee Wah Bakery), Metromart (Kee Wah Bakery) and GrabMart (Kee Wah Bakery).

Pop-up locations are also available at Robinsons Magnolia and Uptown Mall.

KENNY ROGERS’ NEW BEYOND MEAT OFFER

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Kenny Rogers continues to partner with Beyond Meat for more plant-based offerings.

The restaurant chain now serves Kenny’s Beyond Basil Bowl (P270), or Beyond Meat plant-based protein mixed with basil and a hint of chili served over rice; and Kenny’s Beyond Bolognese (P220), or spaghetti tossed with tomato sauce and Beyond Meat plant protein.

Along with these new menu items, Kenny Rogers is also offering Kenny’s Beyond Burger (P295), a quarter-pound Beyond Meat burger with lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayo sandwiched between small wheat breads.

All of these are available at all Kenny Rogers stores nationwide for a limited time for dine-in, take-out and delivery.

KFC SALTY BIRTHDAY CAKE

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To celebrate Colonel Sanders’ 132nd birthday, KFC Philippines has created “OG Cake”, a mix of a traditional birthday cake and the fast food chain’s signature fried chicken.

The tasty birthday cake includes layers of mashed potatoes, corn, cheese, gravy and KFC’s original recipe chicken.

It’s only up for grabs for a select few – from September 9 through October 17, 11 lucky customers who place their KFC’s website or app will have the chance to win an OG cake.

NESPRESSO OPENS IN A BHS

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Nespresso has opened a new store at One Bonifacio High Street shopping center in Taguig.

The boutique boasts of locally inspired designs, including a seagrass wall mural to give customers an authentic pearl of the Orient feel.

It also has a farm window that gives a virtual view of the coffee plantations and a wall of greenery that symbolizes the local coffee plantations where the coffee beans are sustainably sourced.

PHILIPS’ FRYER MOONCAKE RECIPES

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Just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival, Philips shares mooncake recipes that can be made with its airfryer.

The recipes, which use the Philips Airfyer, are all available on the brand’s NutriU app. Here is one of them:

ASSORTED NUTS MOONCAKE

Dough

  • 50g of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g unsalted butter (molded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 300g plain flour
  • 30g custard powder
  • 40g evaporated milk
  • 10g olive oil
  • 1 beaten egg

Red Bean Filling

  • 30g chopped macadamia nuts
  • 10g pine nuts
  • 50g red bean paste

Lotus filling

  • 30 g chopped American walnuts
  • 50g lotus seed paste

Procedure:

  1. Combine macadamia nuts, pine nuts and red bean paste. Divide into 20g pieces and roll into balls. Chill in the refrigerator for later.
  2. Mix nuts and lotus seed paste. Divide into 20g pieces and roll into balls. Chill in the refrigerator for later.
  3. Prepare the dough by mixing the egg, sugar, butter and baking powder. Add plain flour and custard powder, mix well and knead into a dough. Add evaporated milk and olive oil, then knead to combine well.
  4. Divide the dough into 40 g portions. Roll each into a small ball and flatten with palms. Place a portion of the filling of your choice on the flattened dough. Wrap the dough around the filling, gently rolling it into a ball.
  5. Place the balls in a lightly greased stamp pan. Press down to release the mooncake then cover with cling film and refrigerate for over an hour.
  6. Cut the baking sheet into small squares. Place the mooncakes on top. Put in the Airfryer and cook at 160°C for 10 min. Take out and brush with egg wash. Put back in the Airfryer and cook at 150˚C for 5 min. Again, take out and brush with egg wash. Return to the Airfryer and cook at 190˚C for another 2 minutes.
  7. Place the mooncakes on a plate and serve.

RED RIBBON CHOCOLATE SKY CAKE

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Red Ribbon promises to deliver heaven in every slice with its new cake offering.

The Chocolate Heaven Cake is made with layers of chocolate fudge cake, chocolate icing, chocolate ganache and a drizzle of chocolate.

It is available at Red Ribbon’s Metro Manila and South Luzon stores as a junior cake from P895 and as a full size cake from P1,195.

The Chocolate Heaven Cake can also be ordered through the Red Ribbon Delivery website, app, and hotline (#87777), as well as through GrabFood and Foodpanda.

TIVOLI ROYALE COUNTRY CLUB OPENS IN QUEBEC

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The Tivoli Royale Country Club recently opened in Quezon City, offering both amenities and food and beverage options.

Executive Chef Emmanuel Roxas described his menu as simple, honest, and familiar, with comfort foods such as Buffalo Wings and Beef Tapa.

Other offerings include the Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chicken Inasal, Royale Club Sandwich, Bogey Sisig, and Caprese Salad.

Tivoli Royale Country Club’s F&B concepts include the all-day Royale Lounge, Bean Leaf Cafe, Grid Sports Bar, Game Center Snack Bar and its future Baia Pool Bar.

It is located at Yakal Street, Tivoli Royale Subdivision, Quezon City. More details are available on the club’s website and social media pages.

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