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FINALLY!!!! Heart2Heart is happy to announce that Markus Gfeller has opened a new restaurant concept….CAV.  Markus was one of the pioneers in the country for fine dining and starting the trend of hip restaurant concepts.Location is perfect because it has its own access to the street and it is away form the Serendra madness yet you are still at Fort Bonifacio.  It is peaceful and quiet and is just perfect to have a nice dining experience.  It is right across NIKE and right beside The SPA.Cav had just started offering lunch though they are still on soft opening. But everything went well and the food was just as expected…delicious and a great dining experience!  MORE POWER TO CAV and to MARKUS!   



 As you enter, the first thing you see are the wine dispensers.  What an interesting concept! Markus explained that he wants to introduce everyone to the wine experience…you do not have to be a wine connoiseur to appreciate wine.  With this concept, anyone can taste the wines by selecting the sampling portion, or get a half glass portion or a whole glass.  You can go back and forth and try the many wines in the dispensers. 






 Behind this high tech gadget is a wine cellar for the more serious wine drinkers.     


In front of the restaurant is the CAFE which is all day dining.  Wi Fi is available so you can hang out and surf while drinking a cup of coffee, having a snack or drinking different kinds of wines throughout the day.  The menu is different from the main dining. We still need to go back to try this..definitely looks YUMMY!!!!







 cav-menu-cafe-january-1-copy.jpg   print-winefood-a-copy.jpgWe then went to the main dining where we had made our reservation. I wanted to treat my good friend Michele to something special so I made sure that we had the full course….  Beautiful interiors by Noel Bernardo, same designer for East Cafe at Rustan’s and Elbert’s Steak Room  





a unique effect on the ceiling, creating that wood effect


and a peek at the kitchen…………



 And finally, our special table, I say it is special because it was actually my favorite spot when I entered the restaurant… perfect for the two princesses having a friend’s lunch :-) 



And finally, the main event… our four course lunch….. which was just PERFECT! EVERYTHING was delicious!!

 cav-menu-dining-january2-copy.jpgFirst course:   Heart of Baby Romaine with Jamon Crisps, Caper Bellies and Truffle Aioli


Young Arugula salad with Watermelon and Tomato Confit and Parmesan Crisp  


Foie Gras Brulee ( WOW!! first time to try this and it was really good!!! Will try my luck to order it alone next time ) and Seared Foie Gras on Melon Cucumber Carpaccio, Vanilla Bean dressing 


 Second Course:   Basil Gazpacho with Jamon Croquettas


 Salmon Pastrami with Pistou and Sweet Corn Emulsion



Main Course:  Chilean Sea Bass with Cannelini Bean Confit, Pumpkin Juice and Aligui  Bisque


French Duck Magret on Shiitake Risotto with Asparagus and Rasin-Caper Essence


 Variation on Lamb- Charlotte and Chop with Soft Cheese Polenta and Ratatouille


Fourth Course:  Yoghurt Pannacota with Fresh Fruit Minnestrone


 Glazed Cinnamon Apple Galette-not in the Dining menu but in the Cafe menu – make sure you order this!!!!!!! One of my Mom’s favorites!!! 


Valrhona Chocolate  Souffle with Grand Marnier Strawberry float 


Dayap Curd on Pistacchio crust with Dark Chocolate Sorbet 






2008 Travel Trends from TWI

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 With the strengthening of the peso, now would be a good time to TRAVEL outside the Philippines….jan08flyer-jpeg.jpg
  Travel Warehouse Inc is pleased to present the 2008 travel trends!For the first quarter of 2008 expect low airfares to Asia such as Hongkong, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok, bigger carriers will compete with budget carriers in terms of rates. Single travel ( as many singles can afford to travel), medical tourism, heritage tours, free and easy tours, Asian cruises will be on high demand for this year.  Beijing is the center of tourism now, not only in Asia but the whole world as the summer Olympics is getting near.  If you plan to go on Beijing expect a higher rates and plan ahead of time.

As per Philippine tourism, destinations like Boracay, Bohol and Cebu will offer more choices in terms of hotel and resorts, as new investments are happening there.  Batanes is really promising but again rooms and flights here are not sufficient to accommodate the high demands. Please see the attached flier to get details of our latest promotions. 

Feel free to call us for details at (632) 6872490 to 92 or email us back. We will be glad to help you in planning your next trip!

Jaison Yang

Operations Manager-TWI




Unit 1007 OMM-Citra Bldg,

San Miguel Ave. Ortigas Center

Pasig City, Philippines 1600

Tel. Nos. (632) 6872490 to 92

Fax: (632) 6872493


Cebu Foodie

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When you are in a resort, it’s important that the food is good so that you do not need to keep leaving the place just to eat.  At Shangri-la Mactan, be assured of beautiful restaurants with nice ambience and good food.Breakfast is included with the room and you can have it either at Tides, the coffeeshop or at Acqua, the Italian restaurant.  Since the hotel has 2 wings, they made it more convenient for the guests to go down to whichever restaurant is nearer to their rooms. BREAKFAST AT TIDES

 We walked all the way to Acqua even if it is in the farther wing because it is not as full as Tides. Breakfast buffet is almost the same as Tides, but we prefer a more quiet and stress free breakfast Tea of Spring seems to be the family’s favorite.  We had dinner……..429424095503_0_bg.jpg one of the favorite dishes..prawns wrapped in bacon with mayo…461425095503_0_bg.jpgand then lunch for the dimsum ACQUA, Italian Restaurant We were able to eat outside the hotel a few times….Always a must is to pass by Pipo’s at Ayala mall for an After 8 gelato!14.jpg23.jpg  3.jpg Tried out this japanese restaurant for the first time ….and enjoyed it! They had some interesting dishes which we never had in other japanese restaurants. 137830406503_0_bg.jpgAnd of course, SUNBURST!!!  Eversince we were kids and we  first went to Cebu, Sunburst is the chicken place to be. [email_link]

Chi Spa

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Chi Spa   Shangri-la Hotel Mactan, Cebu – What a treat!!!!!  Just being there is a vacation in itself…. If you are in Cebu, try Chi.  Inquire about packages which come with the room so you can get better rates Website:  **************************** 

Spacious Luxury in a Private, Personal Spa

Designed as a secluded village, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La allows you to enjoy the privacy and luxury of an enchanted world of 6 spacious villas and 8 garden suites, a private garden patio, water pavilions, sunken tub, herbal steam room and shower.From the calm serenity of the Spa’s welcoming Sanctum, guests enjoy the experience of the unique CHI Water Garden Pavilion, featuring vitality hydro pools, herbal steam rooms, aroma-relax beds and body scrub salas as a prelude to a relaxing and revitalizing body massage.Cabanas beside the CHI pool allow you enjoy the serene gardens and spacious timelessness of CHI.

Understanding Ch’i

In traditional Asian philosophy, ch’i is the universal life force that governs well-being and personal vitality. For people to maintain good health, it is believed that ch’i must flow freely within the body.Exercise, stretching, massage, hydrotherapy and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body’s natural renewal, forming the basis of the CHI experience.*********************************************************************************************** A retreat from a retreat! [email_link]

Abaca boutique resort + restaurant

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For now, Abaca is a restaurant but soon they will be having accomodations as well.  They have been operating the restaurant for a year already.  More power to Jason Hyatt, executive chef and owner.  Look for Glenn Ylanan, the manager, when you visit the place and he will definitely take care of you.  Hopefully we get to stay here one of these days.  We will definitely be back to try to other dishes.



Les Chocolateries

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Another cookie discovery!!!!!! YUMMY!!! BELGIAN CHOCOLATE LACE COOKIES!!!971137137503_0_bg.jpg



It is Belgian chocolate in between lace cookies!!!! I have never tasted or seen a cookie like this before and it really tastes good!  I only tried the DARK chocolate, will have to try the WHITE chocolate which is my favorite kind of chocolate. 

 681137137503_0_bg.jpg Comes in 4 variants:  Dark, Semi sweet, White and Milk chocolate Contact Sandra ( Manila Distributor ) at 0917-8555502  ( Do not follow the cellphone number below )300 grams P 360.00 and 600 grams  P 560.00 390017137503_0_bg.jpg[email_link]