New dishes at Mandarin Oriental’s Tivoli
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You guys are so lucky.
When I was growing up, there weren’t many cool places to dine in.
During the early ’90s, the Mandarin Oriental’s Tivoli was the place to go.
At that time I was a lifestyle writer at the Philippine Daily Globe. Of course I couldn’t afford it!
I do have fond memories of Tivoli during the ’90s: once when my friend Tonyboy de Leon treated me and Jenny Gonzales to a fancy dinner. Another time, when Inno Sotto and Richard Tann invited me for dinner.
So special were those occasions, I even remember what I wore.

So, when the Mandarin Oriental’s Director of Communications, Charisse Chuidian invited us to try The Tivoli’s new dishes, I couldn’t say no. Lunch was served at The Tivoli’s Roxas Room, named after former President Manuel Roxas

The Tivoli's Roxas Room

We met the Mandarin Oriental’s Food & Beverage Director, Peter Pysk and The Tivoli’s Executive Sous Chef Remi Vercelli—dying to know if there is a rat under that hat

Peter Pysk and Chef Remi

And then we were told to order anything on the menu!
I’m a simple girl, so I started with bread and butter, which came in the form of a cone

tiger bread and butter

The Tivoli is known for steaks—of course I had to have that. This was my US ribeye

US Beef Tenderloin Rossini

with the best side of hot and bubbling potatoes au gratin

potatoes salardaise

The rest of the guests went crazy with foie gras, such as Tivoli Foie Gras Terrine and pickled mushroom salad

Tivoli Foie Gras Terrine and pickled mushroom salad

Sauteed duck foie gras, asparagus, mango and green papaya chutney

foie gras

US beef tenderloin Rossini with potato Sarladaise

US beef tenderloin Rossini with potato sarladaise

Some of the braver souls ordered Australian kidney a la dijonnaise vol au vent

Australian kidney a la dijonnaise vol au vent

Others on the menu: Grilled Australian lamb chops

Grilled Australian lamb chops

Steamed Dover sole paupiette with seafood stew and lobster broth

Steamed Dover sole paupiette with seafood stew and lobster broth

Chicken “dodine” stuffed with dried fruits, braised cabbage

Roast chicken sage butter and rosemary , Potato galette with pancetta, mushrooms  and asparagus, chicken jus

We ended with lots of very unique desserts, care of their new Executive Pastry Chef Darren Harding

Executive Pastry Chef Darren Harding

These you have to try: Baked espresso tart with Baileys Mascarpone ice cream

Baked espresso tart with Baileys Mascarpone ice cream

One of the guests was celebrating his birthday—Scott Garceau’s birthday cake was a work of art

Scott Garceau

You can buy a larger version of this at the Mandarin deli on the ground floor

Scott's birthday cake

And finally, I’ll never forget the chocolate bomb they served us—Tivoli’s signature dessert.
Hot chocolate is poured over a chocolate ball to reveal surprise fruits of strawberry and basil.
Don’t miss this!

Aside from the ala carte menu, a good way to try as many of Tivoli’s dishes is through a degustation menu that highlights The Tivoli’s specialties—available in three or six courses, at PHP1,980+ and PHP3,180+ respectively.
The Business Lunch menu—a three-course menu consisting of an appetizer buffet or soup, a main course from five choices, and dessert—provides a smart option for diners who have an hour for lunch.
This weekly-changing menu is offered from Monday to Friday and is priced at PHP 1,818++.
An option to avail of two courses is priced at PHP 1,518++, while the Salad and Appetizer buffet, a favorite of ladies who lunch, is at PHP 869++.

The Tivoli is open for lunch on Monday to Friday and dinner on Monday to Saturday.
For more information call 750-8888 or email

TLC does Fun Asia: Philippines
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TLC’s Fun Taiwan host Janet Hsieh is on a mission to conquer as many islands as she can as she hosts a one-hour special in Fun Asia: Philippines to discover the country’s history, culture, fashion, music, food and entertainment.

Fun Asia - Philippines (2)

Janet follows her local friends: arts and cultural activist Carlos Celdran, TV host Bianca Gonzalez, food blogger Erwan Heussaff, artist and musician Budoy of Filipino Reggae band Junior Kilat, and many others—starting with the local port city of Manila before heading to Cebu and Bohol Island.

Fun Asia - Philippines (5)
With Bianca Gonzalez

Fun Asia - Philippines (1)
With Carlos Celdran

While in Manila, Janet learns about the city’s influences, visits the San Augustin church and San Sebastian Basillica, goes on a shopping spree, takes a bite off local delicacies like beef tapa, longanisa and sinigang, and dances the calories away at a local nightclub.

Fun Asia - Philippines (4)
Erwan and Janet get Breakfast at Antonio’s in Tagaytay

Fun Asia - Philippines (3)
With Budoy and Junior Kilat

For the perfect hangover cure, Janet scoots off to the natural paradise that is Cebu and Bohol Island.
While there, she covers a range of activities from diving in the deep blue, riding on bamboo rafts to enjoying some tasty beach barbeque and even catches a glimpse of the Philippines’ favourite territorial nocturnal creatures, the tarsiers.

Fun Asia: Philippines airs:
Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10 PM
Tuesday, July 23 at 9 AM
Monday, July 29 at 4 PM

Celebrate 10 years of success with Superdry
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British clothing brand Superdry recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary with a fashion event at London’s famous landmark, Battersea Power Station.

Superdry celebrates 10 years at the Battersea Power Station (2)
Superdry celebrates 10 years at the Battersea Power Station (3)

Steeped in British history, this incredible building provided a perfect backdrop to an exclusive Spring/Summer 2014 runway show, while up-and-coming British band Coves provided the soundtrack.

The Coves perform at Superdry 10 Year Party (5)
The Coves perform at Superdry 10 Year Party (4)
Superdry celebrates 10 years with a party and catwalk (4)
Superdry celebrates 10 years with a party and catwalk (3)
Superdry celebrates 10 years with a party and catwalk (6)

Born from an inspirational trip to Tokyo back in 2003, the brand started from a collection of five high-impact graphic tees—to up to 2,500 pieces per season in stores around the globe.
Founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton vision was to combine their passion for vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics.

James Holder and Julian Dunkerton watch the Catwalk Show at the Superdry 10 Year Party
Superdry founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton watch the runway show at the Superdry 10-year party

As it was then, and still is today, Superdry’s core philosophy is to offer classics pieces with graphic details, in original fabrics and vintage washes, and accessible price points.
In the Philippines, Superdry is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) with stores at Bonifacio High Street Central and Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing.

Superdry opens at Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing  (1)

To celebrate Superdry’s 10-year anniversary, a special event will be held on on July 26, 2013 at Shangri-La East Wing from 6-10 PM.
Enjoy live performances by the Philippine All-Stars, music by Major Chi, plus a 15% opening discount.
To know more, go to

Priceless movie
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I don’t know if you remember this, but during the ’80s, Imelda Marcos had the Manila International Film Festival.
I was in school then, but I remember half day only because we had exams. So I would rush home in my uniform, park the folding table in front of TV, eat KFC, and watch foreign subtitled movies—every single day until the festival was over.
I had the time of my life. I wasn’t an A student, obviously, but I passed all my exams.
Thus began my love affair of foreign movies.

Last Saturday night I couldn’t sleep. I started watching various trailers on iTunes, until I stumbled upon a 2006 French movie called Hors de Prix.

Hors de Prix

It stars Audrey Tatou (Amelie, Da Vinci Code, Coco Before Chanel) as Irene, a gold-digger on the prowl in the French Riviera. She likes them old and rich.

Hors de Prix

French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh co-stars as Jean, a hotel employee, who gets mistaken for a millionaire when Irene finds him drinking at the hotel bar.

Hors de Prix

A one-night stand leads to a second, and Irene discovers who Jean really is.

Hors de PrixHors de Prix

Smitten, he allows the material girl to drain his life savings, forcing him to hook up with a wealthy widow.

Hors de Prix

But let’s not give away the rest of the story.
I have to say watching this made me feel like high school again—with my uniform, TV tray and KFC.
Except I watched this in bed while everyone was sleeping, under the blanket and with headphones.
I love how Gad Elmaleh transforms into a lowly bartender into a dashing gentleman, while Audrey Tautou has the body to die for!!
Makes me wish I were young again. I could study French again, visit Paris more.
And I need to watch more foreign films.
Now don’t let this trailer fool you. The movie, though a bit long in some scenes, is really worth watching.

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