Michelin-star chef goes to Tivoli

Mandarin Oriental, Manila’s Tivoli plays hosts to another acclaimed Michelin-starred chef, Richard Toix, from February 24 to March 2. 2014.
Held with the support of Etihad Airways, the week-long promotion promises food connoisseurs a rare dining experience.

Michelin Chef Richard Toix

Richard Toix brings with him over 20 years of culinary experience, evident in the colorful presentations of his dishes. His fine dining restaurant, Passions et Gourmandises restaurant in the village of Saint-Benoit, earned its first Michelin star in 2008, a mere nine months after opening.

Gustatory Artistry by Chef Richard Toix

Richard Toix’s award-winning cuisine will make its way to The Tivoli through the signature three-course Business Lunch menu at PHP 1,950, and the six-course Degustation Dinner menu at PHP3,400 and an additional PHP1,800 with wine pairing. Prices are subject to service charge and prevailing taxes.
A selection of dishes will also be featured in the restaurant’s daily à la carte menu.
For reservations call Tivoli at 750-8888 or email momnl-tivoli@mohg.com.

Potato black truffle croustillant with brown butter
Potato black truffle croustillant with brown butter

What happens when a young gay man falls in love with a woman?

That’s the central conceit behind Red Turnip Theater’s second offering, COCK by Mike Bartlett.
A sold-out hit when it first premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently during its off-Broadway run a year later, COCK revolves around a gay couple whose rocky relationship derails when one of them sleeps (and falls in love) with a woman.
Debates over one’s sexual identity explode when all three decide to sit down and “duke it out” over dinner.
Hilarity ensues when another unexpected guest turns up and loyalties are put to the test. As one character puts it, “It’s the ultimate bitch fight”.

Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK.
“We’re excited to be back in Whitespace. A lot of people who came to CLOSER said they enjoyed the intimacy of the experience and the space.”
COCK is a comedy with bite. No props, scenery or furniture. Just actors, sharp dialogue and some clever staging.

Rem Zamora

Zamora has assembled a tight cast of theatrical heavyweights for COCK’s Manila premier.
Topper Fabregas plays John, a young man caught between his gay lover and his growing attraction to another woman- W, played by Jamora.

Topper Fabregas
Jenny Jamora

Niccolo Manahan makes a theatrical comeback as M, John’s lover who isn’t about to let him go without a fight.

Niccolo Manahan

Rounding off this impressive cast is Audie Gemora as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop.

Audie Gemora

Cock is directed by Rem Zamora with technical direction and lighting design by John Batalla, set design by Denis Lagdameo, and sound design: Jethro Joaquin.
Whitespace is at 2314 Chino Roces Avenue Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati

Playdates
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 — Friday at 9 PM
March 8, 15, 29 and April 5 — Saturday at 8 PM
April 5, Saturday at 4 PM
March 9, 16, 23 and April 6 — Sunday at 4 PM
and a special closing gala on April 6, Sunday, 8 PM

Tickets
Premium (Reserved Seating) Php 1,563
Patron (Free Seating) Php 1,042
Available online at TicketWorld or call 891-9999.
For more information, email redturniptheater@gmail.com or go to https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater

COCK is supported by Fila, Whitespace, Gung Ho Films Manila, Bose, National Book Store,
Powerbooks, When In Manila, and Radio Republic. BusinessWorld, and HerWord.com.
Food and drinks concession provided by Speakeasy.

Thank you for my felawrs

My baby keeps giving me flowers. Sometimes he just leaves them on my nightstand.

Christian gave me a flower

He picks them from the park, from the neighbor’s house.

Flowers from Christian

You can’t stop him.

Christian wanted to give me a flower

All the boys give me flowers. Even Kuya Ben when he was small.

Flowers for my birthday

Jeroen brought me flowers in Utrecht

Jeroen gave me flowers

Thank you for the truckload of felawr, Christian. I love them all.

Valentine card

Spend your Valentine at home with HBO

In my house everyday is Valentine’s Day. So this Friday I’m excited to be home and just chill with my boys in my socks and sweats.
Got no date on Valentine’s Day? Who wants to join the traffic anyway?
Have your date with HBO as it lines up a romantic movie marathon on February 14, 2014.
Here’s what showing from 12 midnight onwards:

12 AM — The Five Year Engagement
(Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans)

About a young couple that takes a little longer to say ‘I do’. An affianced duo—he’s a chef and she’s an academic—weather their share of challenges including several moves across the country, a romantic competition and even a break-up.

The Five Year Engagement

2 AM — Like Crazy
(Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence)

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she overstays her visa and gets banned from the U.S.

Like Crazy

3:30 AM — Message in a Bottle
(Kevin Costner, Robin Wright-Penn, Paul Newman)

Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Walking alone on deserted beach, a woman finds a bottle containing a moving, passionate letter, signed simply, “G.” The letter’s poetry and heartache compel her to begin a search for the author which eventually leads to a sailboat builder on the Outer Banks of North Carolina—and a chance to find love.

Message in a Bottle

5:45 AM — The Holiday
(Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law)

Two women with problems in love, Iris and Amanda, meet on the Internet and exchange houses to change their lifestyles. When Iris heads to California and Amanda moves to a traditional English countryside, respective romances brew and both ladies find it hard to make a decision.

The Holiday
The Holiday

8:00 AM — How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg)

Andie is a sexy young journalist who’s stuck writing a cheesy advice column for a magazine. For a change, she decides to write a piece on things women do that turn men off, and personally attempts to snag and scare off a man in 10 days—in the name of research.

How to lose a guy in 30 days

9:50 AM — The Notebook
(Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, James Marsden, Kevin Connolly, David Thornton)

Based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed author, Nicholas Sparks. When a young North Carolina boy, Noah, sees the beautiful Allie Hamilton, it’s love at first sight. Allie initially treats him as a friend and nothing more, but against the wishes of her aristocratic mother, she finds herself falling in love with Noah. Their vastly different social backgrounds, her mother’s stifling supervision and her looming, arranged engagement to Lon Hammond Jr., are more than enough to hinder their romance. But Noah and Allie prove that true love is indeed strong enough to withstand the brutal tests of memory and time.

The Notebook

11:55 AM — Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
(Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace, Josh Duhamel)

A small-town grocery bagger, Rosalee, adores the Hollywood bad-boy celebrity, Tad Hamilton, and ends up winning a date with him. She’s over the moon, but her friend, Pete isn’t since he’s been carrying the torch for her. When the actor gets smitten by Rosalee’s character, he follows her back to West Virginia, much to Pete’s chagrin.

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton

1:30 PM — Bridget Jones’ Diary
(Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant)

Based on Helen Fielding’s book. Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single English woman, decides to improve her life and chronicle the efforts in a diary. We follow her efforts through her wry and witty narration, as she struggles with career, family, and romantic challenges.

bridget jones diary

3:05 PM — Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
(Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant)

Bridget Jones begins to question her romance with the ultra-conservative Marc Darcy. To complicate matters, Daniel Cleaver, Bridget’s wild playboy boss asks her to join him on location in Thailand for a TV shoot.

bridget jones edge of reason

4:50 PM — The Lake House
(Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)

As lonely Dr. Kate Forster exchanges letters with architect Alex Wyler, their correspondence grows into love, but the two realize they are living in the same house two years apart. To be together, they must unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance, knowing that their quest may destroy the link that has allowed them to fall in love.

Lakehouse
Lakehouse

6:30 PM – When in Rome
(Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Huston)

An ambitious young New Yorker, disillusioned with romance, takes a whirlwind trip to Rome where she defiantly plucks magic coins from a “foolish” fountain of love, inexplicably igniting the passion of an odd group of suitors: a sausage magnate, a street magician, an adoring painter, and a self-admiring model. But when a charming reporter pursues her, how will she know if his love is the real thing?

When in Rome

8 PM — Hitch
(Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James)

Alex Hitchens is a legendary, and deliberately anonymous, New York City “date doctor” who, for a fee, has helped countless men woo the women of their dreams. While coaching Albert, a meek accountant who is smitten with a glamorous celebrity, Allegra Cole, Hitch finally meets his match in the gorgeous, whip-smart Sara Melas, a gossip columnist who follows Allegra’s every move. Hitch suddenly finds himself falling in love with Sara, a reporter whose biggest scoop could very well be the unmasking of Manhattan’s most famous date doctor.

Hitch

10 PM — This Is 40
(Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow)

Both Pete and Debbie are about to turn 40. With their kids hating each other and both of their businesses failing, the couple is on the verge of losing their house and their already estranged relationship.

This is 40

To know more, go to http://www.hboasia.com.

Kiss on the lips at Pepper Lunch, year 5!

Is there someone you’re dying to kiss who just happens to love chocolate?
On Valentine’s Day, bring him/her/it to any Pepper Lunch store in the Philippines to get a free Molten Milk Chocolate cake to share!
Only 100 cakes will be given per outlet, so come early.
Now that’s a good reason to kiss on the Lips.

Pepper Lunch promo

Find your favorite branch below and like them on Facebook.

Pepper Lunch locations

Win Samsung phones and more from @chuvaness

I dislike any form of online voting, but I couldn’t say no to Style Bible when they shortlisted me this time for Blogger of the Year 2013. And thanks to all who voted and persevered and a miracle, I won!!

Best Of 2013 _ Stylebible

I don’t believe in vote buying, but I believe in prizes and thank yous.
That’s why I’m giving away two wonderful phones from Samsung Philippines.
I personally love my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and don’t leave home without it. The Samsung Galaxy Mega is a larger device called a “phablet” (phone/tablet) which is similar to the Note 3, minus the S-pen tool.

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If you don’t win a phone, eight of you can also win a pair of plush toys from Line, the Mobile messenger app with various stickers, plus free voice and video calls over 3G/4G & Wi-Fi.
Now please read carefully…

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ELIGIBILITY
To win a phone, you must be able to pick up the prize at the Fort (my office) or a Pepper Lunch Shangri-La Plaza, Rockwell or Greenbelt.
To win a plush toy, you must have a Philippine address (I can ship them to you).

MECHANICS:
1) Must have a Philippine address.
2) Must have a Facebook or Twitter account.
3) Share this entry by clicking the Facebook or Twitter button below.
4) Register HERE.
5) Contest starts on February 12, 2014 and ends on February 15 at 11 PM.
6) There will be two winners of Samsung phones and eight winners of Line plush toys (two plush toys each).
7) Winners will be chosen via electronic raffle and posted here on Chuvaness.com.
8) Winners will be informed via email or text on how to receive their prizes.
9) Only one entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted.

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