Dining In/Out (10/28/21)

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Asia Society’s food crawl focuses on Thailand

ONE of the best ways to understand a culture is through its food, so Asia Society Philippines presents another installment of its Eyes on Asia series focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine, the “S.E.A Digital Food Crawl,” on Nov. 5. The S.E.A. Digital Food Crawl is a three-part series that highlights the diverse and rich culture of Southeast Asia by taking its viewers on a journey through different countries’ cuisines. While the talks are online, the food crawl experience is real: audience members have the chance to purchase the dishes at the center of the talks, have them delivered right to their doorsteps, and join the live demo and discussion with featured chefs and cooks. The first stop is Thailand. Done in partnership with Manila House, Asia Society Philippines’ S.E.A. Digital Food Crawl explores the history and culture of Thailand through the country’s signature street food, Pad Thai. The Thai episode will feature Manila House Executive Chef, Piya Suthasiri. Audience members can order the Pad Thai paired with a Cha Yen, a Thai iced tea kit. For more information, visit Asia Society Philippines’ website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages at @AsiaSocietyPH S.E.A.

Max’s caps anniversary month with a chicken blowout

MAX’S Restaurant is capping off its 76th anniversary celebration this month with another great deal and high-profile limited-edition collaborations. Due to popular demand, Max’s is bringing back its Chicken Blowout on Oct. 29 — its Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken is offered at P200 off its usual price for both Regular and Family Whole Fried Chicken. The P200 discount on Whole Fried Chicken will be available in all Max’s stores nationwide except Cebu, Antique, Bukidnon, and Pavia. Price starts at P299 for Regular Whole Fried Chicken. Customers can avail of this one-time deal for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. Meanwhile, Max’s has collaborated with award-winning photojournalist Hannah Reyes Morales for a special 2022 documentary calendar that emphasizes how the most special days are those spent with family. Customers can get the anniversary calendar for free when they buy any regular-priced Max’s product for a minimum of P2,000 at select stores. This will be available for dine-in, take-out, and delivery starting Oct. 31. Max’s is also collaborating on limited-edition T-shirts with Linya-Linya. These Max’s x Linya-Linya shirts combine the signature wit of the Linya-Linya brand with favorite items from the Max’s menu. Customers can get these shirts for free when they buy any Max’s Set Meal good for 10, for dine-in, take-out, and delivery. The shirts will be available in select stores only starting Oct. 29. For more information, visit the official Facebook page at @MaxsRestaurant.

Citi, Bistro Group offer treats for vaccinated cardholders

CITI Philippines and The Bistro Group have teamed up to give vaccinated Citi credit cardholders a treat: vaccinated Citi credit cardholders will get a P150 eGift voucher when they dine in at any participating restaurant of The Bistro Group in Metro Manila. Too, they can also get a 15% discount on their total bill when they use their P150 eGift Voucher and pay using their Citi credit card with a minimum of P1,500 food bill. Citi credit cardholders can avail of this treat until Nov. 5. They must pre-register at the Giftaway site (www.gft.ph/gj21) using their unique code to redeem the eGift voucher. With their voucher code, vaccination ID, and Citi credit card ready, customers can enjoy a wide selection of dishes at The Bistro Group’s 16 brands and 54 participating restaurant outlets, such as TGIFridays, Italianni’s, Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Bulgogi Brothers, Fish & Co., Red Lobster, Las Flores, Tomatito and more. For details, visit www.citibank.com.ph/finedelights or follow @CitiPhilippines on Facebook.

Crown Plaza restaurant reopens

CROWNE Plaza Manila Galleria’s Chinese restaurant Xin Tian Di has resumed daily operations. It is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Only fully vaccinated individuals ages 18-65 years old will be allowed to enter the premises. Diners must present their physical vaccination cards upon arrival. Prior reservations required due to limited seat availability. To book a slot, call 8790-3100 or send an e-mail to mnlcp.xintiandi@ihg.com. Meanwhile, the hotel is celebrating Halloween with a DIY Halloween Cupcake Kit. Order a kit via www.crowneplazamanila.com.

Mang Inasal offers new chicken empanada

MANG Inasal now carries a new merienda (snack) item: the Crunchy, Chunky Chicken Empanada. Inside the crisp, buttery pastry shell of the empanada is a mix of chicken chunks, potatoes and raisins. It is available per piece (starts at P49), in packs of three (starts at P145), and in boxes of six (starts at P289). It can be paired with either the Palabok or with the Extra Creamy Halo-Halo. Both Merienda Savers come with Lipton Iced Tea (starts at P95). The chicken empanada is now available in all Mang Inasal stores nationwide (https://bit.ly/3hBwAax). It can also be ordered through takeout or delivery via manginasaldelivery.com.ph, GrabFood or foodpanda.

Nespresso’s Special Reserve Hawaii Kona returns

FIRST introduced in the Philippines in 2020, Nespresso’s Special Reserve Hawaii Kona coffee has made its seasonal return in local Nespresso boutiques, pop-up stores, and online at www.nespresso.ph. In the Hawaiian language, Kona means “leeward,” which pertains to the western side of the island that’s protected by the mountains from the effects of the trade winds. Only coffee that’s grown in this very small region, such as Nespresso’s Special Reserve Hawaii Kona, can be labeled Hawaii Kona. The coffee is made of 100% Arabica Kona beans. The coffee is medium roasted in a single batch and ground to medium size. This heightens the intensity while letting the exotic fruit notes prevail in the cup — it is best served as an espresso. Hawaii Kona is produced in very limited quantities — it’s smaller than other Nespresso limited-edition coffees due to its rarity.

Rico’s Lechon now offers Frozen Lechon Baka and more

THE NEWEST entry in Rico’s Lechon’s ready-to-eat (heat) food packs assortment is Rico’s Frozen Lechon Baka. Now available in leading supermarkets and grocery stores, Rico’s Frozen Lechon Baka has two sizes; the Junior Size Original (250 gm) for P350 and the Fiesta Size Original (600 gm) priced at P810. The spicy variant is priced at P380 for the Junior Size and P870 for the Fiesta Size. Other frozen food pack variants are Lechon Baboy, Dinuguan Special, Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Sisig, Lechon Pares, Lechon Binagoongan, and Lechon Humba. They are available at leading supermarkets, groceries, and convenience stores in Metro Manila and selected provinces. Customers can also pre-order for pick-up and delivery by contacting the Lechon Fulfillment Center at 0917-814-7648 or (02) 7799-0810. For more information, visit www.ricoslechon.com.

Viber celebrates a Cebuano Food Feast

FREE messaging app Vibe celebrates Cebu’s culinary specialties and other food through a first-of-its-kind partnership with food and delivery platform Let’s Eat Bai. Let’s Eat Bai has launched its own Viber Community giving members exclusive access to promos and updates from their favorite local food businesses as well as food reviews and trivia. To make their conversations more appetizing, Viber and Let’s Eat Bai have created a special sticker pack that also redirects users to the Community after download. Let’s Eat Bai has become the go-to e-commerce platform for Cebuanos who are looking for food, drinks, and groceries.

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