Welcome to The Summer Heat with Starbucks

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Summer here is one of the most exciting seasons for Filipinos. It is a time for fun vacations in some of the most wonderful destinations in the country. From globally-renowned tropical getaways like Boracay and Palawan to cold destinations like Baguio or Banaue, summer is a season to bond with friends and family.

To make summer more exciting and refreshing, Starbucks is introducing a new Frappuccino® flavor and will bring back a well-loved flavor from last year. This summer, get ready for an unexpected throwback as Starbucks brings together two of our childhood favorites—popcorn and pretzels—in one delectable drink. Pop’zel Coffee Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is blended with delicious popcorn and pretzel syrup and topped with real caramel popcorn and salted pretzel over whipped cream.

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A returning favorite, the Roasted Marshmallow S’mores Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is flavored with vanilla, layered with smooth marshmallow whipped cream, indulgent chocolate sauce, and graham crumble. This delicious concoction is then finished with whipped cream and more graham crumble on top. Both flavors will be available for a limited time only starting April 18.

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“This summer, the iconic Frappuccino® blended beverages are inspired by our customers’ personalities: fun, creative and bold,” said Keith Cole, marketing head for Starbucks Philippines. “We have created beverages that match customers’ summer moods, handcrafted with flavors that blend sweet with savory or delight with the most exciting toppings”.

For a different kind of refreshment that is perfect to be enjoyed during hot summer days at home, Starbucks VIA® Iced Coffee has you covered with its flavor profile defined by hints of citrus and a caramelly-smooth finish.

Starbucks VIA Instant Iced Coffee

For those who prefer brewed coffee as a delightful start of your day or as a way to unwind during sweltering summer afternoons, the Starbucks Kati Kati Blend is perfect with its balance of citrus and spice notes from Kenya and floral aromas and crisp acidity from Ethiopia.

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Speaking of exotic coffee destinations, Starbucks Reserve® Nicaragua La Roca and Starbucks Reserve® Costa Rica West Valley Yellow Honey will bring you to a journey of flavors.

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For those who want something filling and can be perfectly paired with either a Frappuccino® or a cup of brewed coffee, there’s the Banana Chocolate Danish, a baked pastry filled with chocolate and banana

Banana Chocolate Danish

For a savory option, you may try the new Roast Beef Deli on Ciabatta Bread, sandwiched between tender rosemary ciabatta are slices of slow-roasted beef, button mushrooms, tangy and sweet pickles, and finished with horseradish spread.

Roast Beef Deli on Ciabatta Bread

Meanwhile, chocoholics out there will surely be pleased with the new 65% Dark Chocolate. This single-origin chocolate bar was sourced from the award-winning Malagos Chocolate from Davao. Every bar has 65% cocoa solids and has a distinct fruity flavor profile

For My Starbucks Rewards® members, Starbucks Frappuccino® die-cut cards will be available in new colorways, and can be bought for an initial activation fee of P1,000.

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Meanwhile, the new ‘Stay Cool’ card will be available for P300. Both will be in Starbucks stores starting April 18.

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La Maison Arabe

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Our last dinner in Marrakech at La Maison Arabe.  I was not yet tired of Moroccan food on Day 11 :-)La Maison Arabe (2) La Maison Arabe (3) La Maison Arabe (4) La Maison Arabe (5) La Maison Arabe (6) La Maison Arabe (7) La Maison Arabe (8) La Maison Arabe (9)La Maison Arabe (23) La Maison Arabe (10) La Maison Arabe (11) La Maison Arabe (12) La Maison Arabe (13) La Maison Arabe (14) La Maison Arabe (15) La Maison Arabe (16) La Maison Arabe (17)  Mechoui d’agneau – lamb shoulderLa Maison Arabe (18)  Tanjia ala Marrakchia La Maison Arabe (19) La Maison Arabe (20)We celebrated the eve of Carmina’s birthday :-)
La Maison Arabe (21)  Bastilla birthday cake @lamaisonarabe for #MorokrewCarmina @thecrazycook_ph  Ktefa (or ktifa) is a traditional Moroccan dessert sometimes called “milk bastilla.” Rounds of crispy warqa pastry are layered into a stack with sweetened fried almonds and a custard sauce (creme anglaise or creme patissiere) scented with orange flower water. Ktefa may also be prepared with a milk sauce thickened with corn starch or rice flour rather than egg yolks, but I much prefer the richer custard

Fresh seasonal fruit, particularly berries, may be added between each layer or served over the top as a garnish. ( spruce.com) #LaMaisonArabe #Marrakech#Morocco #bastilla #h2hbirthdaycakes#h2hdessertsLa Maison Arabe (22) La Maison Arabe (1)

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Royal Mansour

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 Hotel Royal Mansour @royalmansour which is one of the hotels of the King.  

We tried to ask to view a Riad but they were very strict. The highest cathegory of riad is the 4 bedroom Grand Riad with 1,800 sq meter hosting 4 bedrooms, 1 dining area, 2 lounges, 1 bar, 2 pools, 1 gym, Private terrace, outdoor dining space, private entrance to the street, elevator, professional kitchen, snooker table, office, waiting lounge #RoyalMansour#Marrakech #Morocco #Morokrew#h2hinteriors

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Cafe Dela Poste

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Lunch at a French cafe
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Grand café de la poste restaurant à Marrakech : véritable institution depuis les années 20, chargé de l'histoire de la ville rouge ré ouvre ses portes.

Grand café de la poste restaurant à Marrakech : véritable institution depuis les années 20, chargé de l’histoire de la ville rouge ré ouvre ses portes.

Christian Louboutin’s Spring Summer 2017 Collection

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From the lively spirit of Carnival to the seductive sounds of samba, the warm and colourful atmosphere of Brasil inspires Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection for women. A favorite destination of the designer, he visits often to design summer collections, immersing himself in the heat during the European winter months.

This season’s glittering fabrics, audacious exotics and colours bold and neutral take inspiration from the natural beauty of Brasil’s flora and fauna. Brightly-coloured Python KAA and watersnake Ayers Moreila in Blue, Rougissime and Sunshine, as well as screen-printed Canevas Jungle summon the mysterious creatures lurking in the overgrown forests of the Amazon. Otherworldly flora and fauna on Python Flowers and ridged, cut leather motifs equipped with prickly thorns allure with striking vivacity, as brilliant beaches are evoked through a vibrant palette of Egyptian Blue, Electro, turquoise Bora Bora and metalised patents that gleam like the surface of the ocean in the sun. Rich neutrals DouDou and Galet conjure sandy shores, whilst smooth accents of Latte transport us to white sand beaches. With the heat of the summer sun, in yellow sunshine and Full Moon caress the skin with warm golden rays.

A collection of breadth and depth, a few key themes emerge for Spring/Summer 2017. First, a colourful adventure in spirited styles that mix hand-painted animal prints applied to jungle-ready exotics. Watersnakes Ayers Khan, Ayers Zebra and Leopard are fastened together with Pony Leopard and earthy nappas on cage sandal Zebriana 120 while a vivid mix of splashy watersnakes Ayers Moreila Blue, Rougissime and Sunshine on Zefir 100 don leather strap detailing that recalls artisanal weaving techniques. Flaunting the same multicoloured scheme as Zefir, Madame Menodo 100 and 120 wear a delicate, hand-crafted python bow while Loris 150 on a sky-high Lady Peep platform, a corset-inspired ankle strap. On handbags, traditional artisanship is displayed with handwoven, patchworked ribbons on Tissu Afridiam in the Eloise collection, and on Paloma Clutch and Paloma Medium in a vivid Tissu Africube. A new, bite-sized Paloma Nano is adorned in faceted beads that glint in the light, mimicking sunlight on sand.Christian Louboutin (2) Christian Louboutin (3) Christian Louboutin (4)

Venturing deeper into the mysterious depths of the jungle, we find the rarest vegetation.Carnivorous plants with a poisonous bite seduce with voluminous silhouettes and lush colours that simply won’t be tamed. Venecage 100, Venenana 100 and pump Douanati 100 wear striking, cut-out floral motifs that are more Venus Fly Trap than Bird of Paradise. Featuring glittering tissue fabrics in trippy acidic colours and a version in deceivingly coy powder pink Poudre, the shoes are cloaked with sharp thorns and a mirage heel that may just be a hallucination induced by the plant’s toxicnectar.Christian Louboutin (10) Christian Louboutin (8)

From the rainforests of the Amazon to the concrete jungles of Sao Paolo, city style boots Who Runs 70 and Who Dances 70 are equipped with tread-ready lug soles and military-inspired button details to make a style statement in flashy, multi-coloured material collages of Safari pony, metalised leather and Glitter Tissé. Pumps and peep toe sister styles Estradouche 100 and Aribak 100 channel fashion gurus in a delightful mix of pony and Glitter. The addition of Rosa pink and purple Cassis suede draped into couture turban knots adds an elegant evening detail to the foot on Marchavekel 100 and 150 on a curved Fetish heel. Meanwhile, multicoloured jewels and bauble embellishments ornament the gloriously eccentric material combinations of Riveraluna 100, Oaxacana 85 and Rivieraluna Flat.Christian Louboutin (9) Christian Louboutin (6) Christian Louboutin (5)Jewelry applied on sandals this season tells the tale of free-spirited women dancing well into the wee hours of hot Rio nights. An artisanal element with a distinctly ethnic twist, multi-coloured Gysandal Flat, Gypsandal 100 and Gypsandal 70 add shimmy to your Samba with dangling rings adorning ankle straps. Continuing with the theme of native jewelry, Aztekanana 100, Azteka 85, and Azteclou 25 are informed by both geometric patterns and nature, with studs and spikes that conjure the richness of ethnic jewelry adapted on strappy sandals with a nod to Mesoamerian design.Christian Louboutin (1)Jeweled Dvinapaik spreads its wings with a metallic butterfly hardware motif that opens its wings to form the shoe’s décolleté. Veering towards antiquity, loafer style Octavian Flat and low pump Oaxacana wear large gold jewelry reminiscent of precious vintage brooches. Aztec-inspired sandals fit for temple offerings bring glamourous embellishments to the streets with bold, sun dial motifs and jewelry details woven into Kaleitop Flat and 85, Kaleikita 100, Kaleidal 70. Each pays tribute to the sun gods with gold specchio heels and gold Glitter Tisse strap accents that harness the energy of solar light.Christian Louboutin (7)

Sun bursts through shady palms to sizzle and ignite the season. A pop star explosion of candycoloured leathers and touches of fishnet soften the jagged geometric lines of Explotek 70 and 100, Explozina 70 and 100 and in the leather goods collection on Paloma Large. Echoing the serpentine ways of water, strappy styles high – Antigua Bay 100 – and low – Antigua Bay Flat – add colour and shine to any pool party in a summer palette of Poudre, Sunshine and Rosa integrating oversized buckles and touches of silver metal patent and patent Mosaique Flower. Buckle sandals, M.I.F. Flat and M.I.D 85 go for a stroll along the Ipanema Boardwalk on a comfortable new rubber sole in soft bubble gum pastels.

Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection debuts in boutiques and luxury department

stores beginning in November. Shop the collection 24/7 at ChristianLouboutin.com.

Christian Louboutin is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Christian Louboutin was created in 1992 when Louboutin opened his first boutique at 19 Jean Jacques Rousseau in Paris. An artist and a craftsman with a true passion for shoes, his designs are unique and instantly recognizable, thanks in part to their signature and now trademarked red lacquered soles. Louboutin’s collections for both women and men combine wit, glamour, elegance and technical proficiency like none other.

Since the brand’s launch, his creations have been immortalized in museums, on fashion week runways, red carpets, and in pop culture around the world. A woman’s beauty has always been at the centre of Louboutin’s inspiration, and 2014 welcomed the launch of Christian Louboutin Beauté with its first nail colour, Rouge Louboutin. The brand’s highly anticipated ‘second chapter’ of beauty, lip colour, launched in September 2015. The brand entered the world of fragrance with the launch of three signature Christian Louboutin fragrances in September

2016.

With a prolific collection of women’s and men’s shoes, day and evening handbags and small leather goods, Christian Louboutin now counts more than one hundred boutiques around the world, including several locations dedicated to men’s and a one-of-a-kind beauty boutique located in the heart of Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, just two doors away from 19 Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Souk in Marrakech

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We had 2 full days in Marrakech and it was obviously not enough.  The souk has so many beautiful things.  It is actually not chaotic as I imagined – so it is quite pleasant to go around and shop peacefully.  I just put together here all the photos I took around the souk.  I am sure there are other places we missedSouk in Marrakech (2) Souk in Marrakech (3) Souk in Marrakech (4) Souk in Marrakech (5) Souk in Marrakech (6) Souk in Marrakech (7) Souk in Marrakech (8) Souk in Marrakech (9) Souk in Marrakech (10) Souk in Marrakech (11) Souk in Marrakech (12) Souk in Marrakech (14) Souk in Marrakech (16) Souk in Marrakech (17)Souk in Marrakech (22) Souk in Marrakech (23) Souk in Marrakech (25) Souk in Marrakech (26) Souk in Marrakech (28) Souk in Marrakech (29) Souk in Marrakech (30) Souk in Marrakech (34) Souk in Marrakech (35) Souk in Marrakech (37) Souk in Marrakech (38) Souk in Marrakech (39) Souk in Marrakech (41) Souk in Marrakech (43) Souk in Marrakech (44)Souk in Marrakech (2)Souk in Marrakech (3) Souk in Marrakech (46) Souk in Marrakech (47) Souk in Marrakech (48) Souk in Marrakech (49)Souk in Marrakech (1) Souk in Marrakech (50) Souk in Marrakech (52) Souk in Marrakech (53) Souk in Marrakech (55) Souk in Marrakech (56) Souk in Marrakech (57) Souk in Marrakech (58) Souk in Marrakech (59) Souk in Marrakech (60) Souk in Marrakech (62) Souk in Marrakech (64) Souk in Marrakech (65) Souk in Marrakech (66) Souk in Marrakech (70) Souk in Marrakech (71) Souk in Marrakech (72) Souk in Marrakech (74) Souk in Marrakech (76) Souk in Marrakech (77) Souk in Marrakech (78) Souk in Marrakech (79) Souk in Marrakech (81) Souk in Marrakech (82) Souk in Marrakech (83) Souk in Marrakech (84) Souk in Marrakech (85) Souk in Marrakech (87) Souk in Marrakech (88) Souk in Marrakech (89) Souk in Marrakech (90) Souk in Marrakech (91) Souk in Marrakech (92) Souk in Marrakech (93) Souk in Marrakech (94) Souk in Marrakech (95) Souk in Marrakech (96) Souk in Marrakech (97) Souk in Marrakech (1)

Le Jardin

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 Love this place for lunch in the Marrakech medinaLe Jardin (2) Le Jardin (3) Le Jardin (4)  Mini mirrors in the hallway entrance :-)Le Jardin (5) Le Jardin (6) Le Jardin (7) Le Jardin (8)Le Jardin (14)Le Jardin (15)  March is good weather that we are able to dine outdoors pleasantlyLe Jardin (9) Le Jardin (10) Le Jardin (11) Le Jardin (12) Le Jardin (13)Le Jardin (16) Le Jardin (17)Lentil Salad
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Rustan’s Summer Flavors 2017

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Rustan’s welcomes the summer season packed with exciting activities and promos for everyone looking for the hottest offerings. Get a taste of the latest and freshest picks of the season with Rustan’s cool summer collection.

FOR THE LADIES

Delight in the sweet prints and patterns of quality and comfortable swimwear from Maaji, Onia and Seafolly. Dress to impress with the elegant beach kaftans and dresses from Lily Pulitzer and Natori. Add a touch of sparkle and shine to make a statement this season with magnificent pieces from Damiani and Tiffany & Co.

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Summer nights always need stylish staples, just like the exquisite handbags of Fendi, Loewe and Longchamp. Pair these up with, sky-high heels or colorful shoes from Christian Louboutin, Aquazurra, Sergio Rossi and Kurt Geiger.

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FOR THE MEN

Comfort is key when it comes to surviving the hot days of the season. Embrace bright shades of blue, red and yellow polos and pique shirts from KCA, Hackett, Faconnable, and Pedro Del Hierro. These brands also offer a wonderful selection of light jackets, longsleeves and easy, tailored pants perfect for summer evening parties. OHW, OLI13and Allen Edmonds will perfectly complement any summer outfit with their stylish and comfortable footwear selections.

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FOR THE KIDS

No one probably has more fun than the kids during this time of year. Savor the sun in fun colorful outfits by Neck and Neck, Kiddos,Rustan Jr. and Rustanette. Let the children enjoy their time playing and learning either indoors or outdoors with awesome toys fromCrayola, Shopkins, and Sunny Patch by Melissa & Doug.

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FOR THE HOME

Spruce up the home with beautiful unique decor pieces from Goebeland Lalique. Add a touch of color to the dining table with emerald huedAndre House glasses; stunning dinnerware from Bernardaud, Kahlaand Kate Spade New York. Bring elegance of the warm summer nights to the dinner table with the beautiful MOOD by Christofle, now available in Rose Gold.

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THE HOTTEST BUZZ

Get more fashion inspirations this season as Rustan’s hosts its Children’s fashion show, entitled: “Summer Island Adventure” in Rustan’s Makati (April 1), Alabang (April 2) and Cebu (April 8).

An afternoon of play and discovery will sure to delight the kids on April 16 as Rustan’s celebrates its Easter Island Party at Rustan’s Makati and Rustan’s Alabang.

Get up close and personal with renowned designer Criselda Lontok, as she discusses new fashion trends and dishes out timeless style tips on April 19, from 4pm – 6pm. Lady Rustan & Luna designer Pia Hebron and Jill’s designer Jojie Lloren will also host private consultations in Rustan’s Makati, Alabang, Shangri-La, Gateway, Cebu.

Rustan’s The Beauty Source also brings exciting launches and beauty workshops this season.  Spend an afternoon hosted by The Misty Mom (Shari Macainag) this Saturday, April 1, 3pm at Rustan’s Makati with a workshop entitled “Green Your Beauty Routine” featuring Jane Iredale, Deborah Lippmann, Phyto and Palmer’s. Also this April, watch out for the launch of the hottest new picks – Rouge Coco Gloss from Chanel and the new White Plus Pure Translucency range from Clarins.

For the Kate Spade New York Fans, bring in quirky colors and statement pieces into your home with KSNY Home. Join in the fun on April 5 for the exclusive selling event.

This season, Rustan’s lets you celebrate the bright summer days in the most exciting ways. With Rustan’s Summer Flavors, There is definitely something that will fit your taste.

For more information, visit www.rustans.com.ph

Visit Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-la, Gateway, Alabang and Cebu.

Herbs and Spices in the Souk

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Spice shopping in Morocco is a must!  We enjoyed our visit to this shop in Marrakech.  It is near Place Ben Youssef ( see address below in the list of spices )Herbs and Spices in the souk (2) Herbs and Spices in the souk (3) Herbs and Spices in the souk (4) Herbs and Spices in the souk (5) Herbs and Spices in the souk (6)  There is a room where he explained to us the different herbs and spicesHerbs and Spices in the souk (7) Moroccan saffronHerbs and Spices in the souk (8) Herbs and Spices in the souk (9)  Essential oils!!!Herbs and Spices in the souk (10) Samples to try!! I bought Orange blossom from Morocco for relaxation and stress relief and rose for eyebagsHerbs and Spices in the souk (11)  Diet tea!Herbs and Spices in the souk (12)  Argan oil of course!Herbs and Spices in the souk (13)  Ras el hanout is the most common Moroccan spice which they use for almost all their dishes!  YUM!!!  We all took home someHerbs and Spices in the souk (14) Herbs and Spices in the souk (15) Herbs and Spices in the souk (1)

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