Cibo celebrates 20 years with Italian street food
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Hard to believe Cibo is 20 years old this year!
I still remember the first time I ever tried Cibo. It was 1997 in Glorietta.
Not this one—


but it was located at an open space which is now the 2nd level walkway to the Landmark.
It was phenomenal because it served affordable, delicious, Italian food and though they served it fast, you can’t really call it fast food.
I even remember my first order—chicken sandwich. To this day it’s still my favorite. Cibo was also first to introduce red grape shape to the country.
Everyone has a favorite Cibo dish! Ours is the beef tenderloin with garlic and rosemary. What’s yours?

Now for its 20th year anniversary, Cibo’s chef and founder Margarita Fores brings Italian street food to their newest branch at SM Aura.


“My travels to Italy aren’t complete without enjoying their street food,” said Margarita. “From then until now, I’ve taken delight in a wide range of pizze, panini, gelati and a lot of golden fried food, especially since they are reminiscent of the ones we have here. On Cibo’s 20th year, I am proud to share with you my love and my take on some of Italy’s beloved street food, Cibo di Strada.


Her special menu includes ARROSTICINI, which hails from the Abruzzo region in Italy. Arrosticini is skewered beef tenderloin cubes, spiked with chili flakes, and grilled to perfection.


FRITTO MISTO is a staple in all coastal areas of Italy. Think deep-fried shrimp, squid, zucchini, eggplant, and lemon in a light, crisp batter with special dip.


PIZZA FRITTA are Neapolitan deep-fried pizza dough pockets filled with tomato, mozzarella, and basil in groviera cream


It also comes in smoked ham, bel paese, mozzarella, and fontina in groviera cream.


For your sweet tooth, there’s Nutella banana pizza fritta.


PANINO PORCHETTA is grilled panino sandwich stuffed with slices of porchetta (spiced roast pork) that is typically Roman with tangy apple, pear mostarda, and peppery arugula.


ARANCINI, a Sicilian staple, are deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with three kinds of fillings:
Bologna-style beef, pork ragù and mozzarella


Al telefono—a blend of tomatoes, melting mozzarella, parmigiano and basil


and a mix of porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola and mozzarella.


Cibo di Strada is exclusively available at CIBO SM Aura, while Pizza Fritta is available in all branches.
Promo runs from June 26 to July 27, 2017, Mondays to Thursdays only.
Enjoy a 20% discount on a single order of any of our pasta dishes (for dine in and take out), when you order Pizza Fritta.

Ode to Kimpura Greenhills: Sayonara is not goodbye
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You heard rumors that your friend was dying but didn’t know for sure.
The only way to find out was to visit. And so you made plans to visit your friend.
You made plans to get your friends together to say goodbye one last time.
And then one day you got the text. Your friend was dead. You didn’t make it. You didn’t say goodbye.

My heart is broken.
My friend didn’t exactly die. But today I got a text from my husband that Kimpura Greenhills was closed!
We were planning to eat there on Saturday after hearing rumors they were about to close. We didn’t make it.

I had been going there since I was a kid in the ’70s. We always had to have the misono table. My staple orders were fried rice, steak and oysters.


The taste never changed 40 years later. You just knew you were going to have a delicious meal.

the chef
grilling the food
grilled salmon and onions

Never mind that they probably renovated only once. The nostalgic feeling was always there, with chefs having worked there for decades.


I loved it as a kid and and as an adult, and my kids love it too.

Taking a break from the hospital
Mark and his Power Ranger SPD

This was Kimpura Greenhills today.

Kimpura closed
Kimpura closed

Luckily they had left a sign.

Kimpura closed

Thank you, but Trinoma is too far and the one in Greenbelt is just so hot and filthy. Tried to eat there once and ended up running to Lusso.
We will wait for your comeback, Kimpura Greenhills. Please open again. Make your interiors nice and do it well so that my children’s children can enjoy it too.

the family

We’ll be back.

Well it's chocolate milk

Joy Ride! By NutriAsia offers new Filipino flavors on the road
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Last Independence Day, June 12th, people from across age groups trooped to NutriAsia’s Joy Ride! food truck at Luneta Park to have a taste of both traditional and new Filipino comfort dishes created with quality products by NutriAsia.


According to Dang de Leon, corporate marketing consultant at Nutri-Asia Inc., the food truck goes around the metro offering reimagined local food fare.
“We tweak classic Pinoy comfort food to make the taste more appealing to millennials,” she said, adding that the brand has partnered with GalaStars Culinary, which is headed by renowned chef Ernest Reynoso Gala.


Chef Gala is very excited about collaborating with NutriAsia.
“They have so many wonderful products and as a chef, I have a lot of fun being creative with the recipes I am developing.”
Chef appreciates the fact that the leading condiments brand in the Philippines includes kitchen essentials like Datu Puti and Mang Tomas, plus excellent pre-mixes that make cooking a lot easier.


Served at NutriAsia’s Joy Ride! were Adoburrito, with a choice of Spicy Adobo and Humba Adobo, a dish popular in the Visayas.


De Leon recommends the Pinoy Chicken Slider served with pan de sal and the Siga Bagnet Wrap, which is prepared using Mang Tomas Siga, a spicy version of the regular Mang Tomas sauce.
It also has Datu Puti vinegar and cucumber for that added kick.

Meantime, the crowd favorite, Skinny Chix, is street food made crunchier and more flavorful by using NutriAsia’s recently launched, first-in-the-market Golden Fiesta Big Crunch Fry and Shake, a breading mix in smoked barbeque, cheese, and sour cream variants.

Food preparation was done from GalaStars Culinary then brought into the food truck. “We cook everything onsite so that food is fresh when served,” said Chef Gala.
Chef Gala has nothing but compliments for NutriAsia’s products. “When one has excellent condiments to work with, it is easy to adjust the taste and formulate the recipes. Cooking becomes ‘masarap masaya’.”

Prices at Joy Ride! range from Php 40 to Php 80. The brand makes offerings as affordable as they can so that want can taste their food creations. Serving portions are likewise larger than average, perfect for sharing.


Apart from making condiments and sauces, NutriAsia, de Leon reveals, has ventured into beverages. “We have pick-me-ups in mangosteen, guyabano, kamias, dalandan and kalamansi. These are locally sourced Pinoy fruits that we have bottled into natural juices.”

Watch for the Joy Ride! by NutriAsia, which started rolling out in Metro Manila this month, serving people at food parks, employees of business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, and customers at bazaars, events, and universities.


To know more about NutriAsia, like them on Facebook.

Remembering Penny
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Yesterday we got together with Penny’s friends and family for her 2nd death anniversary.
To me it seems much longer than that.
I made this video a while back but couldn’t post it on Instagram because it contains Burt Bacharach.
Oh Penny, so much has happened in two years. I wish you were here to hold my hand.
Your kids are OK. I saw them yesterday and there are two cute cousins in the family. Your girls love them. Wish you would have seen the smallest one.
We love you and think about you often.

Celebrate World Gin Day this June with Ginebra Premium Gin
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Friends and family were shocked when I told them I was attending the launch of #WorldGinDay2017 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel’s poolside, along with Maggie Wilson, Will Devaughn, Greg Slaughter and Tim Cone.
That’s because I haven’t had alcohol since I got married and had kids.
I didn’t even know there was a World Gin Day. It is celebrated every second Saturday of June by people called ginthusiasts.

World Gin Day
I’m the shortest one having a toast with Ginebra San Miguel Coach Tim Cone, model Will Devaughn, host Maggie Wilson, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Center Greg Slaughter, Ginebra San Miguel Brand Manager Ron Molina and officials of GSM and Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.

World Gin Day was founded by British blogger Neil Houston in 2009 as a day to bring his friends together to drink gin.
Another blogger, Emma Stokes, has been organizing World Gin Day since 2013.
Since then, it has evolved into a global celebration with events running in over 30 countries around the world, reaching over 50 million people on social channels.
For the past two years, the Philippines has been on Stokes’ World Gin Day map. Not surprising considering the Philippines is the world’s largest consumer of gin. This accounts for nearly half total gin sales globally.

For the month of June, Ginebra San Miguel Premium Gin has teamed up with EDSA Shangri-La Hotel to bring gin lovers together not just for a day but for the whole month.
The June 1 event featured food and gin pairings prepared by EDSA Shangri-La Executive Chef Scott Brands.

Maggie Wilson hosted the launch

The featured dishes were paired with signature cocktails made with #GSMPremiumGin, a Monde Gold Awardee since 2013. This gin, which is exported to the US, Dubai and other parts of Asia, is known for its good taste and high quality.


Guests at the event were welcomed with the classic Gin and Tonic.
Among the dishes we tried were Pani Pouri with Potato Chat Masala with Fresh Tamarind and Mint Chutney—a hot, spicy and tangy Indian dish—paired with Mango Paradise Cocktail. The drink had the sweetness of fresh Cebu mango puree with a squeeze of lime. I actually liked it!

Food pairing with GSM premium

Also paired with the Mango Paradise Cocktail was the Marinated Cold Beef Salad, a spicy Thai dish with hints of coriander (my favorite).

Food pairing with GSM premium

Food pairings for the Calamansi Surprise Cocktail (GSM Premium Gin, freshly muddled calamansi and basil) were Cold Smoked Salmon Savory Cone with Caper Cream and Fresh Dill and Iberico Ham Carving on Spanish Tomato Bread and Stilton Cheese in Cucumber Tartlets.

Food pairing with GSM premium

A Sweet Lemony Martini (GSM Premium Gin, citrus and simple syrup) was paired with Warm Lobster and Prawn Sesame Toast with Sweet Chili Sauce.

Food pairing with GSM premium

Guests also enjoyed Sweet Lemony Martini with Juniper Berry and Gin Sorbet with Assorted Fresh Berries.


The GSM Premium Gin Cart will be available at the Poolside Bar of the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel for the month of June. There will be a special Buy 1, Get 1 Free promo on GSM Premium Gin Handcrafted Cocktails everyday from 5pm to 8pm.


There will also be a series of activities in different bars and establishments across the Philippines including:
Lakay’s Billiards in Manila
Padi’s Point at Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
Esquinita Bar in Balanga, Bataan
Neigborhood Bar in Sto. Tomas, Batangas
HQ Bar in Tacloban, Leyte
MO2 Bar in Cebu City
OM Bar in Boracay
Ironvoyz in Davao City
Draft Bar and The Bureau in Zamboanga City
Phoenix Nest in Valencia City, Bukidnon

GSM Premium Gin is a quality product of Ginebra San Miguel Inc. (GSMI), maker of the world’s No. 1 selling gin Ginebra San Miguel.
For more on GSM Premium Gin and the handcrafted cocktail mixes, visit Facebook or
Go to for a list of World Gin Day events.

Happy World Gin Day! Drink up but drink responsibly.