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TasteAsia-BuffetThe ‘Buhay Coke, Buksan Mo’ jingle was in my head as I was on my way to this Coke-SM Hypermart sponsored party for invited bloggers held last June 27 at Taste Asia, Mall of Asia. The event could be described as a cool night of food, of course-Coke, booze, party and prizes.

The Food
Read my TongueI had to take three rounds of dinner. But before you react, that is because there are also three sets of buffet. Two of which are from Reyes Barbecue and Sizzling Plate. I just had to taste all of them albeit in small servings. =) This is actually my first time in Taste Asia. I previously assumed that it was some sort of the usual restaurant. It turned out to be a collection of food stalls where you can also buy raw fish/seafood and have it cooked ala-dampa-style.

The Night
Aside from the usual party gimmicks, there also was the devil-angel ala-coke-commercial costume contest and some street magic care of Kel at the latter part of the night.Party Mode

The Take Home
A case of Coke Zero for everyone who can carry them and 2 Imax tickets for succumbing to an embarrassing banana dance contest (I hope no one filmed/vlogged about it. =)Imax plus Coke Case


Coffee BeanandTea Leaf High StreetIn conjunction to CBTL’s ‘What’s Your Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Story?’ campaign, they sponsored the recently concluded Flash Creativity Workshop yesterday, June 24, for the blogging community at their High Street branch.

It aimed to share some basic techniques in the fields of creative writing, photography and short film. I was actually surprised to learn at the event that we would only have to choose 1 from among the 3 sessions. It made sense though with the limited time. I found it hard to choose at first since I’m interested in all them but eventually decided to take the short film workshop. I thought that it is the rarest among the three (in my perception) and this is my chance to take a glimpse on film making. =) The workshop was interesting and short film turned out to have a lot in common with photography, from framing, to composition, and angles, among others.

Short Film Session & Group Mates Benj, Kel, Coy,& Fritz

I bet the other participants learned a lot as well since the speakers were experts from each of their own field. Mr. Dean Alfar handled the creative writing workshop, Mr. Jay Tablante for the photography part and our very own Mr. Mike Cabardo for the short film session.

The Mentors & Judges (left-right) Mr. Dean Alfar, Mr. Jay Tablante and Mr. Mike Cabardo

The workshoppers also produced their own entries (the hands-on part) and three winners from each session were declared. One among which went to Markku Seguerra, a fellow blogger and friend from the IT industry, for his entry in the photography session. (partial image of the winning entry on background)

Markku Seguerra

I was not able to take pictures of the served food. I was too hungry then to consider that. =)

Around The Beanery


Manila Food and Beverage Expo 2008 opened last June 18 and will be shown until tomorrow. As usual, the World Trade Center was filled with enterprising exhibitors and guests.

The event included cooking competitions, seminars, food shows, and exhibitions by different players from the food industry from small franchises to raw material suppliers and from machine importers to big packaging outfits.

Aside from the major objective of getting equipment and supplier’s info through flyers and brochures for future business use, a food event is not a food event without the free food tasting. With a Php50 entrance fee, I have to make sure it was worth it. =) Although last year’s Mafbex had more generous exhibitors, this year was still ok. Cakes here, cakes there. Sad thing they were enclosed behind see-through cold storages with a hefty price tag.

Sweets, chocolate fondue, chocolate making demo and art cakes were also spotted.


There were areas specially for other asian products such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. There were dine areas too for those wanting a break and a bite such as Yellow Cab and ‘COke’ areas.


There were caterer table setups, cake ‘painting’ and an ice carving competition towards the end of the second day.


I concluded the event with a 127gm serving of a pistachio flavored gelato being sold by the Philippine distributor of a gelato-making-machine worth Php850,000.


Italiannis-sicilian-chicken-saladItalianni’s has a new ‘extra’ surprise in pursuit of their customer’s “complete dining experience”. Every time you dine, you will be treated to some mysterious “extras”. These may be a free salad, pasta, or any of their well loved dishes.

Don’t think about it, just be surprised, like we did when they invited us last June 17 for the experience in coordination with The menu consisted of Caesar salad, appetizers spinach & artichoke formagio, fried calamari and generous servings of main courses penne arrabiato and parmesan crusted fish fillet, among others. Almost everything satisfied my taste buds but my favorite in the group was the big plate of Sicilian chicken salad in partner with my kiwi shake. Yum!

Italiannis-spinach-artichoke-formaggioAnd now here come the ‘extras’….hmm….what could it be? It turned out to be bakery pastries, desserts and orange amaretto. Being a sweets blog, the baked pastries and desserts deserve a separate post.=) Watch out soon.

So who decides what the extras would be?…the managers and staff. They check out your list of orders and thinks of what it may be lacking in some way to complete it. If your order’s missing dessert, it would be a good candidate.

This campaign started sometime May and would run until August of this year. But who knows, it might just get some ‘extra’ extension. You have 12 branches to choose from including Bonifacio High Street where we had this sumptuous lunch.



 Catch the “EXTRA” experience!!!

Enjoy a lunch treat from Italianni’s and Yehey! 
on June 16 & 17 at Italianni’s Bonifacio High Street from 11AM to 2PM!

Register now and send the following details to

Blog Title
Blog URL
Email Address
Mobile Phone Number
Date when you want to attend:
(Each participant may attend only once- either June 16 or 17)

There are only 15 slots available for each day, first come, first served basis.  Registration is open until June 13, 2008 at 6:00PM

(you have still have, like, 2 hrs from now. =))

Confirmation emails will be sent to the lucky participants!

Just make sure you bring your EXTRA…whatever. 🙂

* See for more details

*Announcement from the mentioned site reposted with permission 

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