Grace Park’s new offerings
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Now on its third month of operations, Grace Park gives us more reasons to go back, with new “farmhouse” offerings at One Rockwell, including favorites from Pepato, such as roasted bone marrow

GP Starter - Pepato's roasted bone marrow [IMG_4070]

Tomahawk—good for 5 persons and served with sea salt from Cervia, Italy; lemon; and béarnaise with vegetable sides of the day

GP Main - Tomahawk with bearnaise, Cervia sea salt [IMG_4173]

Fresh pappardelle with organic duck ragu

GP Pasta - Fresh pappardelle with organic duck ragu [IMG_4023]

Spaghettini with uni and prawn

GP Pasta - Spaghettini with uni and prawn [IMG_4130]

Orecchiette with Ilonggo chistora

GP Pasta - Orecchiette with Ilonggo chistora [IMG_4145]

Cotechino with lentils

GP Main - Cotechino with lentils [IMG_3998]

Chicken liver pate with sage butter on crostini

GP Starter - Chicken liver pate with sage butter on crostini [IMG_4048]

and Macedonia di fruta with mascarpone gelato

GP Dessert - Macedonia di fruta with mascarpone gelato [IMG_4085]

Grace Park was created by Margarita Fores, who was recently recognized as Ambassador of Italian cuisine in the Philippines by the Italian culinary school, Casa Artusi, which awarded her Premio Marietta ad Honorem.

Margarita Fores awarded by Casa Artusi

Margarita’s award was received in Italy by Patricia Locsin with HE Luca Fornari and Senora Silvana Fornari

Premio Marietta award of Margarita Fores received by Patricia Locsin with HE Luca Fornari and Senora Silvana Fornari [IMG_2965]

Margarita’s team was in Italy last June 2013 to represent the Philippines in the annual Italian food festival, Festa Artusiana under the banner “La Cucina Filippina” where they served pollo e maiale con salsa di soia (chicken and pork adobo), pasta di riso, verdure fresche e code di gamberi freschi (pancit guisado), pollo grigliato (chicken inasal), maiale grigliato (inihaw na liempo), and variazione di budino alla crema (leche flan).

Festa Artusiana 2 [IMG_3749]
Festa Artusiana 1 [IMG_3773]

Their participation, aimed to promote Philippine cuisine and tourism, was made possible by the Department of Tourism.

This trailer gave me goosebumps
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I’m a big fan of Pinoy cinema. Never mind if 95% of it is bad. I just like Tagalog movies.
My husband doesn’t understand. “Too much shouting,” he says.
My love affair with Tagalog movies started when I was a kid—with black and white Dolphy movies on TV, all the Sampaguita movies with Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez and countless others.
We watched Niño Muhlach movies at the old Greenhills theater. Anything Danny Zialcita is a favorite—especially if it stars Sharon Cuneta.
I will watch almost any Tagalog movie as long as it’s cheesy. But rarely would I recommend something.
Now this trailer gave me goosebumps.

In celebration of ABS-CBN Film Production’s 20th anniversary, Skylight Films presents Tuhog, in theaters nationwide on July 17, 2013.
Directed by Cinemalaya award-winning director Veronica Velasco, Tuhog stars the unexpected ensemble of Enchong Dee, Jake Cuenca, Leo Martinez and Eugene Domingo.

TUHOG MINI POSTER 18x24in lowres

Three uniquely struggling characters—the cranky bus barker, the retired old man, and the young man who preserves his virginity for his girlfriend—get their lives tangled up when they figure in a bus accident.
How will Fiesta, Tonio, and Caloy ‘disconnect’ from each other even if it means death for one of them?
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Winners: Watsons shopping spree!
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Great news!
After receiving more than 1,000 entries to my Watsons shopping promo, the good people at Watsons decided to add five more prizes worth Php 2,000 each, in Watsons gift cards!

Watsons gift cards

The winners were chosen electronically through
Winning Php 10,000 worth of Watsons gift cards is Aurora May Cabaneros.

While the winners of Php 2,000 each worth of gift cards are:
Margaret Caligner
Jo Anne Formalejo
Mary Elaine Reate
Apple May Rodriguez
Blythe Maxine Ancheta-Cabanting

Winners, please check your emails in a bit and reply so I can send you your prizes as soon as Watsons sends them to me.
Everyone else, please watch for my next giveaway in the next couple of days!

French gift shop Pylones opens at Rockwell
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I still remember the first Pylones store I ever saw—at Harbour City, Hong Kong—more than five years ago.
That place is always full.

Pylones at Harbour City

As a lover of colorful things and stationery, I can’t resist a Pylones store whenever I see one. I just have to walk in and buy something. It feels like I’m buying myself a present.
French gift shop Pylones (pronounced “pee-loan”) opened its first store in Paris in 1987, selling colorful functional gift items. The idea is to take an ordinary object and make it extraordinary through a splash of colors and whimsical design, made by a team of passionate artists in France.


With nearly 100 stores worldwide, Pylones opens its first ever shop in the Philippines today at the 2nd level of Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Center, Makati.
Some of you may have seen this barricade at Rockwell or SM Aura.

Pylones at Rockwell

I got a sneak peek at what’s behind the barricade and got to be their first customer at Rockwell.

Pylones at Rockwell

It’s amazing, the store is finished! It looks just like any Pylone store in Europe, with the colorful drums in the middle of the space.

Pylones at Rockwell

The 78-square-meter space is much larger than the one in Hong Kong

Pylones at Rockwell

Sensory overload! I didn’t know where to start looking or taking pictures, so I just shot anything.

Pylones at Rockwell

Among the things you’ll see are the kitchen items

Pylones at Rockwell

Aluminum flasks

Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell

Espresso cups

Pylones at Rockwell

Colorful bowls and plates

Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell


Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell

Pens and stationery

Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell
Pylones at Rockwell

Lunch kits and toys

Pylones at Rockwell

iPhone cases

Pylones at Rockwell

Bath scrunchies with suction cups

Pylones at Rockwell

What I love: the chic umbrellas

Pylones at Rockwell

Cool reading glasses—hey Jenny, I got one for Php 698!!

Pylones at Rockwell

The paper towel holder (for obvious reasons)

Pylones at Rockwell

The blown-glass rings

Pylones at Rockwell

Pylones is slated to open three stores in Manila—at Rockwell, Glorietta 5 (opening on July 17th) and SM Aura (opening in October).
The prices are affordable, ranging from Php 198 for an eraser to Php 2,798 for a ceiling lamp. You will go crazy with over 1000 SKUs!
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