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Eye Society Dinner in the Dark

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 First time for Heart2Heart to dine in the dark and realize how hard it is to be blind even if it’s something just as simple as eating. How blessed we are to have our sense of sight!  Thank you to @eyesocietyph  for your advocacy and most especially for providing a solution to help prevent blindness. Thank you for supporting the Eye Bank Foundation that helps people gain back their sight from corneal blindness. We all need to take care of our eyes #EyeSocietyPh#ESDinnerInTheDark #h2hhealthEye Society Dinner in the Dark (2)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (25) Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (3)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (9)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (6)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (7)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (10) Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (8)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (11) George Mirani and Margarita ForesEye Society Dinner in the Dark (46)What an eye opener for me!  I didn’t know!!!! We listened to Neelam Gopwani, President of @eyesocietyph  on what’s destroying our eyes and how we can prevent blindness.Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (47)

In our world nowadays with so many gadgets we need to protect our eyes ( esp kids ) and there is a solution –  Let’s all spread the word #EyeSocietyPh#ESDinnerInTheDark #h2hhealth#h2hheatlhyproducts #h2hhealthtipsEye Society Dinner in the Dark (44)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (43)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (41)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (31)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (38)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (34)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (29)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (30)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (32)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (15)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (14)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (13)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (24)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (35)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (26)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (27)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (33)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (36)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (23)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (28)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (39)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (40)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (42)Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (45) Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (49) Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (48) Eye Society Dinner in the Dark (55) If you are going to eat in the dark or as a blind person, you will have to trust the people who are feeding you. Find out from Chef @margaritafores what she served us for our super amazing dinner at @eyesocietyph Dinner in the Dark 2 #ESDinnerInTheDark .

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Not only did we enjoy the taste, smell, feel and hear about our food, we realized how lucky we are that we can see what we are eating and how important it is to have our sight. It was nice to see the food after because they were works of art so lovingly prepared by Chef Gaita and her team from @ciboph Thank you Gaita for giving so much of yourself always especially for good causes to help our society.   #eyesocietyph
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From August 1 to September 30, 2017 Eye Society celebrates Sight Saving Month through Dinner in the Dark.

For every minimum single receipt purchase of
Php10,000 guest is entitled to a dinner for two (2).

In Partnership with:

(Manila)
Margarita Forés, Cibo di Marghi Signature Caterer, Moët & Chandon & SM Aura Premier.

(Cebu & Iloilo)
Cebu City Marriott Hotel

For the benefit of:
Eye Bank Foundation

Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 8312 Series of 2017
#ESDInnerintheDark

Old Manila

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 It’s nice to be back in Old Manila.  I have not been here in a long time.  It’s been renovated since a year ago.Old Manila (6) Old Manila (9) Old Manila (7) The young and talented chef behind the restaurant, Chef Allan BrionesOld Manila We came for a special dinner so the place was closed for the special function.  This was the menu
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Souv

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Chef Robby Goco of Cyma launches Souv – a new concept restaurant that’s more fun, fresh, modern and progressive Greek.

“Cyma’s success, the most popular Greek resto in the country, is the foundation of Souv! Chef Robby Goco integrated the top 12 favorite dishes of Cyma here in Souv! because it still has the DNA of Cyma but like we said earlier, we’re progressing. Souv! is adhered to Greek philosophy cooking of -good fat, healthy grains, lots of fiber , low sugar and carbs”Souv (8)Souv (9) Souv (16)  Authentic Greek handpainted plates brought in by Chef himself.  He saw a guy painting them and he brought them back home and now they are here on the wall of Souv :-)Souv (10)  Souv comes from the word souvlaki/souvla/souva – a Greek dish referring to pieces of meat on a skewer. Staying true to its concept of being more fun and added with a little word play, we came up with “Souv!” Souv! is a full-sevice modern Greek concept focusing on a spit fired meat. Rotisserie is a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a long solid rod while being cooked over fire, using large joints of meat or entire animals such as lamb, pigs, and chickens.Souv (11)  So nice to meet Chef Robby Goco @bleurobster and his business partner since the beginning (12 years ago), Kristine Meehan. Now with 6 Cymas ( “My Rock”) 3 Green Pastures ( spearheaded the organic movement in the country ) Yumi ( Japanese ) and Munchtown ( hotdog ) This is my first time to meet him and I’m impressed by his way of thinking and how he chose to do Greek and how he owned it in the country. I learned a lot from him about ingredients, about business, about many many things. I love listening to his rational behind things, his stories and dishes. Today I also found out why I like Greek food – it’s because of LOOPS. Come visit Souv @souvbycyma and I’m sure you will love it. #SouvByCyma #EverydayGreek#H2HChefsSouv (27)Souv (15)  For appetizers, you can start with a range of mezzes from dips, to spinach and clam fondue. Souv (2) Greek NachosSouv (13)Sticky Chicken wings
Souv (17)Strapatsada Souv (18) Baked FetaSouv (5) Clams and Spinach FondutaSouv (3)  Cheese Saganaki – Souv’s version of the famous ” Opa” dish of CymaSouv (4)  Grilled Sous Vide Octopus – YUM!Souv (14) Souv (12) such as the new take on Roka slata- the kinoa slata.  Souv (19)To the Souv Salad
Souv (6) YUM! Avgotaracho- Greek tuna roe ( made by Souv themselves ) pasta in @souvbycyma “The thing about pasta is again it lacks fiber.  So what the Greeks do is they put a green for fiber.  #souvbycyma#everydaygreek #H2HPasta #h2hcaviar#avgotaracho
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Souv (21)Lunch at @souvbycyma by Chef Robby Goco @bleurobster “You can have it as a wrap, a salad or a bowl.  It comes with sides.  It’s about  450 grams of food.  In reality you are eating a lot but by weight, its just right.  It’s going to full you up but not make you feel heavy. The food is cooked of 6 hours.  It is slow food at its finest but served super fast”  #SouvByCyma#EverydayGreek
  Customizing your meal based on your preference whether what diet you have vegan, paleo, gluten-free. Orders are guaranteed to be served in just 5 minutes.Souv (30)Souv (20)
Souv (1)  Wow! a MUST in @souvbycyma Angus beef short rib braised and grilled gremolata! Make sure to squeeze that grilled lemon.  Our #chefjavs just made this for us 2 days ago  #EverydayGreek #SouvByCymaSouv (23)That’s not mayonnaise!! It’s emulsified extra virgin olive oil with clam juice!!!

 Lavraki at @souvbycyma Whole fish ( shallow water sea bass ) served with clams and EVOO lemon sauce. I love how Chef Robby @bleurobster tries to always put a healthy factor in his dishes at #SouvByCyma#EverydayGreek
Souv (24)  Meat Platter ( good for 2) garlic yogurt, pits, juicy potatoes, pickles and Greek coleslaw ( lahanosalata) You can have it in all chicken, all pork, all lamb, choice of 2 or all 3. This was all 3 and ofcourse my favorite was the lamb Souv (22)There are only 3 desserts at Souv @souvbycyma and I love them all because it’s made of fresh Greek yogurt ( locally made ) 
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 There is an off menu dessert – Rice pudding, salted caramel and pistachio  #SouvbyCyma #EverydayGreek#H2HFroyo #GreekYogurtSouv (29)

Souv uses the 5 staple ingredients of Greek cooking, which we call SPOOL, to bring out the natural flavors of each ingredient-salt, pepper, olive oil, oregano, lemon.

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At Souv! you are assured that all our dishes are made from scratch in house, all fresh daily. The idea is perfect simplicity, to preserve each ingredient’s distinct flavor and nutritional value.

Our dishes are perfectly paired with modern day Greek libations that are creative and everyday  wines that are very affordable. We also cater to health conscious because we have organic and vegan-friendly red wines.

Come visit Souv! and have your #everdaygreek fix!

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Plato Wraps Celebrating 16 years

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July 2017 sees Plato Wraps celebrating 16 years in the business. Starting out as Tony and Kamela Seen’s labor of love, Plato Wraps has grown over the years to become a true Filipino favorite – wraps that are deliciously familiar and comforting.

To mark their 16th year, the mother-daughter team of Kamela and Kreme Seen-Sumayao rolled up their kitchen sleeves and has come up with something really special after launching a fresh look for the brand last year, and many months of research and long hours in the kitchen.

Plato Wraps is adding two new exciting flavors to their menu – Peri-Peri Latino WrapPlato Wraps (1) and Crabby RappuPlato Wraps (2)starting July 29, 2017. These new wraps will be initially available in SM Megamall, Robinson’s Galleria, Glorietta 4, and Shangri-la Mall.

Kamela and Kreme decided to add these new items to their menu of time-tested favorites because they wanted to provide a new experience for their customers. They know that a person’s tastes and preferences are always evolving given that every time they experience new cuisines, they begin to enjoy a much wider world of flavor.

Plato Wraps will continue to develop new, exciting wraps – this is just the beginning, and they can’t wait to show what they have in store for the future!

Experience and taste your favorites to-go meals at @PlatoWraps and @PlatoWrapsOfficial or visit www.platowraps.com.ph

New at Neil’s Kitchen

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 Happy to see again this very handsome, cute, fun, passionate, kind, sweet, hardworking and successful chef – Neil aka Wonderwoman! haha!!  New at Neil's Kitchen (4)  Back in this wonderful place this time with his wife, Michelle aka Batman! :-) together with Karen and Jane.  How time flies it has been 2 years since and definitely one of the few restaurants surviving in the area

 Previous entry:  Neil’s Kitchen March 16, 2015

Lunch at Neil’s Kitchen May 13, 2015New at Neil's Kitchen (2)  So blessed to meet “Batman”  Michelle Balaguer Ramos @michbramos :-)   The woman behind the famous Neil Ramos of @neilskitchen I never met her before but she’s a friend of my sister. I took her photo in Westgate mall with the sign which has a photo of her husband Neil and their daughter Kaela. ( zoom in )  Yesterday she told us how she sold her business ( Andy & Karen 9 stores) so she could be an “obedient wife” and make her husband shine. And what happened? Neil is now so successful, so famous and so talkative ?? from being so quiet before. Who says that you won’t shine even if you are behind the scenes? So blessed to know the people and story behind @neilskitchen More power!  though we know God will take care of you always !!  #neilskitchenph #h2hpeople #H2Hquotes#h2hreligiousNew at Neil's Kitchen (1)

 She told us a story about how she saw this poster of Neil in a sari sari store and she asked if she could buy it!  The owner just gave it to her! :-)  Neil Ramos of Neils kitchen New at Neil's Kitchen (3)  I will never get tired of this dessert! Fried Suman, Mangga and Chocnut
New at Neil's Kitchen (9)  We tried new dishes!!!

Papaitan Pie – an ilocano soup with innards

First time for me to try it and I actually like the taste!  Especially the sauce which I dip with the bread!  or you can put on garlic rice. YUM!  #Papaitan#h2hproudtobepinoy New at Neil's Kitchen (10) Sweet Corn Maja Blanca!!  SUPER YUM!!!  It’s a good thing I got a bite before Karen devoured this! haha!!  New at Neil's Kitchen (11)  Crab cake sorta with Aligui pastacrab cake torta with aligui pasta neils kitchen  And this which I never even took a photo of and saw in Karen’s blog! She must have eaten it too!! haha!! Go here to read her blog on our merienda :-)

 https://butterflyinthespring.com/2017/07/19/neils-kitchens-stories-with-neil-and-mich-ramos/ Maja Blanca neils kitchenNew at Neil's Kitchen (7) It’s really different when the owner is there to explain!  I never knew that this bookstore was an honesty bookstore!New at Neil's Kitchen (12)  With many reminders! haha!!! Quotes from the bible on the shelves! :0)New at Neil's Kitchen (17) New at Neil's Kitchen (18) New at Neil's Kitchen (19)  There is a pack of envelopes where you leave the money for the books that you buyNew at Neil's Kitchen (20) New at Neil's Kitchen (13) New at Neil's Kitchen (16)  And drop the payment hereNew at Neil's Kitchen (15) New at Neil's Kitchen (14)Michelle also took us to their new floor which used to be a rooftop.  They covered it and made it into additional seating area or an area for special events
New at Neil's Kitchen (5) With her special copper chafing dishes which customers always request New at Neil's Kitchen (21)

 And the restroom which has a bike sink :-)New at Neil's Kitchen (8)  On the wall!  From the heart of Neil and Michelle :-)New at Neil's Kitchen (6)

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AShark

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Congratulations Amy Peng @amypeng8 on the launch of @asharkclub  #asharkclub ASHARK CLUB

ASHARK CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS

With the best in cuisine, entertainment and events, this Chinese club is set to be the best in the metro.

Manila, Philippines–Welcome the city’s newest topnotch dining experience with Ashark Club, a world-class, state-of-the-art restaurant and entertainment club located right at the center of the most luxurious hotel and leisure spots in the city. Located at the 2nd floor of Golden Phoenix Hotel in bustling Manila, Ashark Club combines the best in Chinese-Filipino cuisine

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KTV entertainment, and the finest event facilities in the country.

Ashark Club has employed masters in the world of gastronomy—hailing from China, a pristine pool of chefs have developed the best in Cantonese, Hunan, and Sichuan cuisine, with the menu expanding to cover the most delectable Filipino dishes as well.Ashark (5) Ashark (6) Ashark (1) But there is definitely more to Ashark Club than its extensively satisfying menu—the venue is hub to first-class, state-of-the-art event rooms and facilities that provide an innovatively modern entertainment experience. Ashark Club features four (4) KTV rooms with modern sound systems and larger-than-life screens

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  as well as seven (7) VIP & Conference Rooms with spaces that cover as much as 200 people. With a total land area that amounts to around 1600, Ashark Club is currently top standard among all Chinese clubs in the metro.

Ashark Club takes its name from an actual live shark housed in the venue—a symbolism to fine food and an aggressively modern aesthetic. The club caters to dining enthusiasts, families big and small, companies in need of conference and event venues, wedding organizers or couples in search of a reception hall, and anyone looking to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of friends and a full leisure experience.Ashark (3) Ashark (2)

High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort

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 Heart2Heart finally tried the buffet at the Shangrila Fort :-)  High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (71) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (68) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (50) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (51) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (40) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (37)Infused water in each tableHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (66)Basil and Watermelon was the flavor of the day.  It changes dailyHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (67)There are 9 live stations in the buffet.  I did not get the exact names so I will just describe them :-)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (52)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (64)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (62)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (63)Salad StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (55)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (57)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (58)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (56)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (59)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (60)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (57)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (61)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (3)Seafood StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (2)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (12)Grilling StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (41)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (43) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (42)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (11) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (69)Noodle BarHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (28) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (31) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (29)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (30) Dimsum, Roasts and Wok StationHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (32)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (34) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (35) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (33)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (38)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (39)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (36)Pasta, Teppanyaki and Sous VideHigh Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (21)High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (24) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (22) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (23) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (25) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (27) High Street Cafe at Shangrila Fort (26)Beverage cart
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Father’s Day at Mecha Uma

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We celebrated Father’s Day at Mecha Uma :-)

I tried some ala carte items and I liked both.  Definitely unique flavors from Chef Bruce
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 LambFather's Day at Mecha Uma (12)  Everyone else had the Omakaze Father's Day at Mecha Uma (3)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (10)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (11)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (13)For the main – Choice of  PigeonFather's Day at Mecha Uma (15) or BeefFather's Day at Mecha Uma (14)Father's Day at Mecha Uma (1) We walked to the back to check out Bank Bar so Dad and Mom could see it :-)  It was also my first time :-)

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