Monday, November 7, 2022


November 07, 2022

Chef Alexis Bouillet, Ojie Dominguez PiggingOutOnSundays, Reese Rayos The Foodie Station , Chef Nicholas Vergnlole


It was a sunny day, when I hied off to Grand Hyatt Manila for their exciting Culinary Master Experience featuring  World Pastry Chef 2011 Champion Alexis Bouillet together with Grand Hyatt Manila’s Pastry Chef Nicholas Vergnole.  The venue was 66 storeys high with a spectacular 360 degree view of BGC. Had a blast trying my hand at recreating Chef Alexis' beautiful chocolate choux dessert under his watchful eyes and kind tutelage 

Grand Hyatt Manila, in partnership with Cluizel Parisprepared a special collaboration for The Peak Grill’s newest dessert. The launch was held at Penthouse No. 66 in an exclusive Culinary Master Experience led by World Pastry Champion of the 2011 World Skills Competition and Cluizel Paris’ ambassador, Chef Alexis Bouillet, together with Grand Hyatt Manila’s executive pastry chef, Nicolas Vergnole. 

The master chefs showcased their innovative skills and precision techniques in creating fine desserts through a fun and interactive chocolate demonstration and tasting graced by 20 notable media guests and food leaders. This collaborative event aims to create the perfect dessert infusion of locally produced ingredients and Cluizel’s indulgent chocolates.


For the first demonstration, Chef Alexis  and Chef Nicholas showed us how he created the Dark Chocolate Praline Choux. It is made from chocolate choux puff and chocolate crumble topped with hazelnut milk chocolate whipped ganache, roasted hazelnut, 72% kayambe dark chocolate namelaka, cocoa nibs and asin tibuok, one of the world’s rarest salt found in Bohol

It was a delight trying my hand at recreating Chef Alexis' work of art,  under his kind tutelage. Did a decent job if I may say so myself (lol) which earned me a black apron for my effort. Yay!

He then continued with the next dessert - Cocoa Pod Plated Dessert,. Think eggshell-shaped chocolate with Gruétine meringue francaise, cocoa streusel, Laguna 70% dark chocolate namelaka, dark chocolate espuma and cocoa nib ice cream. 

What fun  as it is now  foodie EJ Bunag and The Hungry Chef Nathaniel Uy 's turn to  get their hands dirty mimicking the technique and precision of Chef Alexis and Chef Nicholas in the making of Cocoa Pod Plated Dessert

Then the most awaited part - the tasting! 

Guests were asked to judge which between  the two dessert masterpieces deserves a spot on The Peak’s Grill’s menu. My vote goes to the Cocoa Pod Plated Dessert. Alas it was bested by  The Dark Chocolate Praline Choux which had the most votes.  This winning dessert  will be available to dine-in guests starting December 2022. 

Thank you Ms. Inah Manalaysay, Director of Marketing & Communications
Grand Hyatt Manila

The Peak Grill is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays,from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Prior reservation is required. Guests may book a table at PeakBGC.

For inquiries and reservationscall (63 2) 88381234 oemail  For updates on the hotel’s latest promotions, follow Grand Hyatt Manila on Instagram @grandhyattmanilaph and on Facebook,

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Shume- Chef na Noche Buena with New Nestle Carnation Evap

December 16, 2021

Elevate Your Holidays with Shume-Chef Sa Sarap Dishes with the 

new Nestlé Carnation Evap


It’s the most wonderful time of the year in less than  two weeks and there’s no better time to prepare our families’ Noche Buena and Media Noche menu! 

As the queen of  our kitchen kingdom ( hehe), I am thrilled to  unleash my inner Shume-Chef self using the NEW Nestlé Carnation Evap with its amazing resealable package!

Made with more milk than ever*, the new and improved cooking milk elevates your cooking and helps you taste milky-namnam in every bite. 

Whether it’s a special holiday dish or your regular ulam, the new and enhanced offering of Nestlé Carnation Evap elevates your dining experience with the same taste that you love, only better! 

Now packed in an easy open, resealable packaging for ease of use, everyone can transform and level up their dishes into milky-creamy creations para talagang shume-chef!  

So bring out those family favorite recipes and make them shume-chef sa sarap with Nestlé Carnation Evap. 

In case you want to try something new, have a look at cookwithcarnation.phfor easy-to-do meals and desserts to add to your bisperas menu. 

Recipes include the classic Chicken Pastel, Beef Caldereta, and Cathedral Window, and there are also a few more additions that chefs and chefs at heart would want to try. With the new Nestlé Carnation Evap, talagang shume-chef ang galing sa kusina atmas milky-creamy ang bawat lutuin!    

Be sure to take photos of your culinary creations and use the hashtag #ShumeChefWithCarnation . Basta kasama ang Nestlé Carnation Evap, angat sa milky-namnam ang bawat lutuin. Shume-chef sa sarap!    

Check out Nestlé Carnation Evap at leading groceries, drug stores, on Lazada or Shopee. For the latest news and updates, visit


*Versus previous formulation

Saturday, October 9, 2021

When is it okay to dine in ?

October 09, 2021

When is it okay to dine in?

Missing the experience of dining in with friends and loved ones, here are a few tips to keep it safe

Like it or not, the global COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered our lives as we know it.  WFH, quarantine , zero social interaction , mask & face shield for ootd are just among a few of the changes that  we continue to grapple with and adjust to.

This is why enjoying dining in a place other than our homes  when lockdowns are relaxed is a welcome respite  from our restricted reality. 

However, just because restrictions are eased, does not mean that we can let down our guard against Madame Covid and her posse  which include Miss Delta et al. The freedom to go outside and eat out carries risk that we can overcome while keeping safe. 

Sharing some tips from East West Credit Card  to keep you safe and healthy when dining out:

Get vaccinated as soon as possible

This goes without saying—getting vaccinated is our best bet to protect ourselves from the worst effects of COVID-19.  Studies prove that vaccines are your best defense against it. Getting vaccinated protects yourself and your loved ones.

Try to dine al fresco as much as possible

You have been indoors too long. Enjoy the sun and breathe in fresh air. Free flowing air reduces the chance of catching the virus.

Go to restaurants with fewer people

Make sure you go to restaurants that strictly follow the mandated occupancy rate. You still want to minimize the risk of getting the virus, and the more people there are in a single place, the higher the chances are.

Wear a mask and a face shield Do not take off your mask unless you are ready to eat. As they say “an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure”

Practice social distancing and sanitization

Even when you’re vaccinated and wearing the right PPEs, it’s still best to practice social distancing and constant sanitization. Wash your hands before and after eating. For good measure spray some alcohol on your hands. Go ahead, dress up, put on some make up and spritz your favorite perfume. You are now ready to meet up with your favorite people and catch up over your favorite food.

Don’t forget to take advantage of exclusive deals and promos to make the most of your experience with your EastWest credit card. Here are some restaurant promos for EastWest credit cardholders that you can take advantage of:

  • Las Casas Quezon City – 10% off on food and beverage for a minimum spend of P1,500
  • Firehouse Pizza, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila – 40% off on a la carte menu
  • Burgoo – Free Seafood Linguini for a minimum food purchase of P750 and a beverage order 
  • Gumbo – Free Chicken Parmigiana for a minimum food purchase of P750 and a beverage order

Don’t have an EastWest credit card yet? Apply NOW! Chat with their  ESTA Chatbot on Facebook Messenger at, visit, or head to your nearest EastWest store to find out more and apply for an EastWest credit card.

About East West Banking Corporation

East West Banking Corporation (EastWest) is a universal bank catering to the financial needs of mid-sized businesses, consumers, and the mass affluent. Since 2012, EastWest has been trading under the symbol “EW” on the Philippine Stock Exchange. EastWest is a subsidiary of Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC), one of the country’s leading conglomerates with a diverse range of interests including real estate, banking, hospitality & tourism, power generation, and sugar. For more information, go to

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Throwback Pop Talk appearance

October 02, 2021

Sharing the you tube link to my once in a lifetime appearance as food reviewer at Pop Talk,  before Madam Covid 19’s insiduous entry into everyone’s lives.

And what an experience it was with Kuya Tonypet, Chef Arghie Omana & GMA star Sanya Lopez .

15 hours , 3 restaurants, 4 meals, 20+ courses & countless takes later and I cant help but be in awe of the boundless positive energy of the production crew and the leadership qualities of Kuya Tonypet.

At the end of the day I was exhausted but felt exhilaration at ticking off this journey in my bucket list haha

Do enjoy this episode where I get to review the food in Salamanka Restaurant together with Kuya Tonypet, Sanya Lopez and Chef Arghie of Frirnds & Family

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


August 04, 2021
I dont know about you but Im psychologically ready for ECQ because I have The Bistro Group Restaurants to count on when the craving for my favorite dishes hits.   

Just  order  via the Bistro Delivers app and  avail 30% off! 

Use promo code BISTRO 30.  Offer is  good from August 7 to August 13   

How convenient that all of Bistro Groups restaurants concepts are now in just one app.   Simply download the Bistro Delivers app in the Play Store/Google Play and App Store   

Take your pick from a panoply of cuisines be it American, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, etc.   

Avail of value-packed special delivery menus, Buy One Get One  offers  and Signature Bundles.   To know more, follow @bistrogroup.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Big , Juicy , Flavorful Jollibee Champ

August 01, 2021
Filipinos are foodies at heart. Our palates are always ready to delight in different kinds of food from the bizarre to the classics and to the comfort food. 

Take burgers for example. Nothing like big, juicy , flavorful Jollibee Champ to satisfy that craving and leave you with a big happy smile on your face for an excellent filling experience. 

 While there are other big burgers around, one burger that has stood the test of time is the Jollibee Champ. 

Truly, the Champ is one iconic burger that real burger afficionados will never stop hankering for! 

 It’s not only big, but it’s also juicy and flavorful because of its outstanding and delicious 1/3-pound patty made with 100% pure beef. When you want a great burger, you can’t go wrong with the Champ 

What’s even better is that you can enjoy the Jollibee Champ in three different yet equally satisfying ways! 

There’s the Classic Champ, which everyone knows and loves. 

There’s the fan-favorite Amazing Aloha Champ, which turns up the flavor even more with a tasty slice of pineapple and honey mustard dressing that gives the burger a sweet and tangy kick. 

Then there’s the Bacon Champ, which enhances the whole experience with savory and crispy strips of bacon. 

Ready to give in? Check out Jollibee’s official Facebook and YouTube page for their latest digital video featuring the Big, Juicy, and Flavorful Champ.

 “Burger lovers can rest assured that Jollibee always has their cravings in mind with the big, juicy, and flavorful Classic Champ, Amazing Aloha Champ, and Bacon Champ” said Cathleen Capati, AVP for Marketing - Bestsellers Category at Jollibee. 

Get your burger fix with the Champ, Amazing Aloha Champ, and Bacon Champ at your nearest Jollibee today! 

The Champ is available solo for Php 150, the Bacon Champ for Php 189, and the Amazing Aloha Champ for Php 199. 

Have these safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App,, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! 

Also available in Drive-Thru, Take Out, and Dine-In. For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Celebrate Independence Day with GrabFood

June 11, 2021

On the eve of our Independence Day, I thought it would be nice  to show support for our Pinoy restaurants in GrabFood by having our favorite Filipino dishes delivered today 🇵🇭


“Masarap. Dahil dumaan sa hirap”

The story of Andok’s began more than three decades ago at its first stall in West Avenue.

Flash forward to the present, it now has more than 300 stores all over.

Yes Sandy Javier the father of the litsong manok craze attributes their success to their core values - integrity, responsibility, hardwork, common sense, excellence, family, appreciation & lots of prayers.

Andok’s satisfies 3 of this mom’s requisite delivery a) affordable b) freshly cooked c) simple yet delicious


Nothing beats Cafe Mary Grace , when it comes to their luscious & drool worthy cakes. The piggery and the handsome hubby are obsessed with their Vanilla Bean Cake , Chocolate Truffle Cake & Strawberry Shortcake

Their savory offerings are amazing too. We love their Sirloin Tapa Silog & their Salad & Soup & Sandwich combo.

Amazing how it’s first store at Serendra in 2006 blossomed and grew into more branches in the metro not to mention its kiosks which we all see everywhere.

Kudos to the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of its owner and eponym Mary Grace Dimacali


“Fast. Satisfying. Uniquely Pinoy.”

I used to live in BF Paranaque & I recall how we would often say in jest , how we loved 24 hour S.E.X at President’s Ave. Sex of course referring to the portmanteau of  Sinangag EXpress haha.

Seriously their Sinangag Rice is something you will crave for every so often. Our fave then and now is their tapa. Pinoy na Pinoy, it is simple, affordable and  our comfort food

Other FILIPINO Restaurants at Grab Food

Of course other favorite Pinoy restos include Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Manam, Dencio’s, Max’s , etc.

Celebrate Independence Day with local color at Grab Food Ph

Watch out!

Pigging Out On Sundays soon on YouTube

I'm taking my piggery to YouTube and will be sharing here our weekly adventures. Hope you can follow along! But for now, let me share my favorite travel video.

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