Monday, August 17, 2015

A GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY AT CDP GLOBAL TABLE

Hi Everyone! 
A special shout out to everyone that watched the First Episode of the Pickiest Eater Web Series!

I said I would be happy if we could get 500 views, and so far we've got over 1,400 and counting! 
We are currently planning the second episode, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as the first! 
In case you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it here: 

Anyways, I wanted to once again apologize for the the decreased frequency of my posts. 
My family has ventured once again into the food business, and so I've been spending most of my time making sure it opens smoothly.

If you are in the area, please feel free to drop by The Grill Boy, located at 2nd Floor of The Spark Place, along P. Tuazon St. in Cubao (Across SM Cubao)

I'm there every day, so in case you see me, please feel free to say hello :) 

Anyway, back to regular programming.. For now.. 



     I've been a fan of Chef Katrina Alcantarasince my first trip to Mesclun Bistro a couple of years ago. Her food always exudes finesse, and impressive knowledge of classic techniques. It's always interesting hearing her explain how a dish came about (often using French terms that I have no clue what they mean, so I just nod along like I do, saying, "Uh huh") through her different experiences. 

     Her latest concept, CDP Global Table, is a collaboration with seasoned restaurateurs Malou Fores and Kristine Locsin, that takes your senses on to a culinary voyage through different dishes inspired from their travels together. 

    Luckily I was able to tag along for the ride!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

AN EASY GOLDILOCKS CAKE SLICE KIDDIE TRIFLE DESSERT!

Goldilocks Trifle Dessert

        Parents nowadays are usually all very busy. It’s funny because nowadays even if a parent doesn’t have a 9-5 job, there are still so many things that needs to be done and we have so little time to do it. So in this day and age, we try what we can to do things the fast way. For instance making a dessert recipe. This usually takes a while. But with simple ingredients you can find at the grocery store, and Goldilocks, making a fun dessert for your little one will be a piece of cake!

Monday, August 3, 2015

THE PICKIEST EATER, THE WEB SERIES - EPISODE ONE: THE BATTLE AT BURGERS AND BREWSKIES



      This has always been the dream.

      From that fateful day on June 25, 2010, when I first opened a blogger account and wrote the words, "Hello. My Name is RichieZ. And I am the Pickiest Eater In The World." this is was always the end game. 

      But let me make something clear.. I have no intention of being a food and travel show host of just any show. It had to be "The Pickiest Eater in The World" show, where I would have creative freedom to be me, and do the goof ball antics that you're used to seeing on my blog. This was always what I had wanted to do since I first saw Adam Richman take down "The Kitchen Sink" challenge in San Francisco (The very first episode I ever watched from Man V. Food), and food and travel was my calling. 

    I couldn't do it back in 2010. I didn't have the network of friends in the restaurant industry that I do today, who now made embarking on a production like this, relatively easy. Not to mention, I was not yet established as a food blogger, so my "followers" at that time consisted of me, my wife, my beloved Godmother in Long Beach (who always believes in me, no matter what venture I do. Love you Ninang!).   

   My partner in this Web Series, Muvo Media was not ready either. Mark Mijares, the man behind the Production AND Post Production of The Pickiest Eater Show, and I were working together in a Post House, whose busy schedule didn't allow for us to do very many side projects. 

     Thankfully, five years later, we came together at the perfect stages in our life to make this show a reality. Any blogger can make a Vlog. Hell, I've made quite a few myself over the years. But I can say in full confidence, that this is closer to a TV show than a Vlog, and I'm incredibly proud of what we've achieved.

    In fact, a bunch of blogger friends and I are going to be coming together to create more Blogger Web Series content for you all, which we intend to broadcast over a website we called, "The Band of Bloggers Network".. I think Episode 2 of The Pickiest Eater show will be aired there, so watch out for it!

     Thank you once again to Mark Mijares, Angela Sison, Rina Zamora, Chaika Barbero, and a very special shout out to the generosity of Marc Nocon and Donny Elvina of Burgers and Brewskies
    
   Anyway, enough with the talking! Here we go! I hope you enjoy!! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALQUERIA TAPAS, PAELLAS Y BISTECAS IN SM MEGA FASHION HALL


       In case I never mentioned it before, both sides of my family are part Spanish, with my grandmother from my mother's side being an excellent chef, specializing in Spanish cuisine. Given that, I practically grew up on food with heavy Spanish influences.

      Given that, whenever any one from my family asks me for a recommendation for places to eat, I deliberately stay away from endorsing a Spanish restaurant, for fear it might not meet the high standards that my grandmother had ingrained in us. However, I recently dined in a restaurant that I would not hesitate to recommend to my family - Alqueria, in SM Mega Fashion Hall. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

CHEF TATUNG'S LATEST: ALAB IT SO MUCH!


                     After blowing my mind to smithereens with his Filipino Dishes at his restaurant, "Chef Tatung", Celebrity Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou returns to the area where his legend first began.. Quezon City. And just like the first time, his name baby, "Alab", is setting Philippine cuisine on fire with its inventive takes on home grown Pinoy food! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

MAKE THE CHOICE!!



        
THE CHOICE 

Every month, every week, and almost every day it seems, there's a new restaurant opening in Metro Manila. There are a lot of great new dining choices, side by side with the perennials, the classics that we grew up with. As food bloggers, writers, and members of the F&B industry, we're always very curious about the crowd favorites.
 
The popular vote, if you will. So, Our Awesome Planet and the Blogger Collective known as the KTG (Kain Tulog Gang) have partnered to conduct the first ever People's Choice for their Favorite Food, Restaurants, Bars, and more~ or simply, "The Choice".
 
You can participate and answer the survey here -->

www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheChoice2015


About The  Awards
We conducted an intense first round of voting among ourselves, and our resulting Top Tens have made us very pleased:  we feel it's a very diverse and fair representation of all our Metro Manila favorites. The categories are very broad, as they should be in a democratic vote
However, we'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.
 
The MBKRS are rightly regarded as the Oscars of our ever growing foodie community. So we'd like "The Choice" to be the Golden Globes~ a bit more irreverent, surely less formal, and yes, it ought to be greatly biased. After all, YOU will be voting for your favorites, this is YOUR CHOICE!!!
The Survey Parameters
1. For the Favorite New Restaurant category, our coverage period includes restaurants that opened between May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

2. For the Favorite Out-of-Town Destination, the restaurants must be reached by land in 5 hours; thanks to the TPLex, that includes Baguio!
 
3. There are 45 questions in this survey and answering this survey should take around 5-10 minutes. It is best to give a definitive answer on each question and feel free to skip if you can't decide.
 
4. All answers are treated confidential and final once you click on the submit button. One survey response for one person only.
 
5. Please give us your name and email address for our random validation of the survey responses.


The KTG:
"The KTG is a group of friends who all just happen to be some of the top food bloggers in the Philippines; every one of their individual blogs ranks among the highest ranking and most influential online publications dedicated to food, entertainment, and travel.
The KTG is headed by social media maven Spanky Enriquez, and is composed of some of the more senior food bloggers in the country, including Richie Zamora of "The Pickiest Eater in the World', and Richard Co of 'Tales from the Tummy'. Representing the younger generation are "The Hefty Foodie", "The Food Scout", and "Nines vs. Food". And from the world of showbiz, Mr. Chuckie Dreyfus, a foodie who's also a respected tech blogger.
The KTG's objectives are not limited to discovering the best restaurants, however. While it's affectionately called the "Kain Tulog Gang", it's officially participated in relief efforts in Tacloban and Iloilo after Yolanda; and in Metro Manila, this "Kapatiran sa Tulong at Ginhawa" is on a constant mission to contribute in providing joy and comfort to the less fortunate."



BLOSOMEX
 
Our Awesome Planet, the Philippines #1 Food and Travel Blog and
Kain Tulog Gang (KTG), a collective of the top food and lifestyle bloggers in Manila,
in partnership with World Food Expo (WOFEX), the Ultimate Food Show Experience

in cooperation with Vikings, NIU, and Four Seasons restaurants
present the first
 BLOSOMEX 
(Blogging and Social Media Expo) 
on August 8, 2015 Saturday at the SMX Mall of Asia.

Blogging and Social Media Expo (BLOSOMEX), co-located event of the country's biggest and most effective food show, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX), focuses on exploding the commercial activity in the blogging and social media scene in the Philippines in 2015 and beyond. Blosomex aims to be the catalyst in preparing both the businesses and the bloggers/ social media practitioners to take commercial advantage of the digital opportunities.
Early Bird Registration - P1,497
Regular Walk-In Price - P2,000

To register and purchase tickets for the BLOSOMEX Summit, 
please email Blosomex@gmail.com.


PROGRAMME:
8:00am - 9:30am: Registration
9:45am - 10:00am: Introduction

10:00am - 10:30am:
 ANTON DIAZ, Founder, OurAwesomePlanet.com

Keynote: "State of Food and Travel Blogging in the Philippines"


10:30am - 11:15am
 VIP Guest Speaker : Mark Wiens, Founder, Migrationology.com

Keynote: "Food is the Reason YOU Should Travel : 

Viral Video Blogging in the YOUTUBE Era"


11:15am - 12:00nn
 Panel Discussion with Department of Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez
The Global Filipino Fiesta: 
"The Value of Social Media and Blogging in Promoting
 Philippine Tourism Worldwide"

*** LUNCHBREAK : 12nn to 1:00pm ***

1:00pm to 2:00pm:
 VIBER and INSTAGRAM Presentations:

"The Future is on The Move; Social Media's Dominant New Directions 

are on Instant Mobile Apps"


2:00pm to 2:30pm
Spanky Enriquez, Marketing and Social Media Consultant

"Restaurant Industry Engagement in the age of Digital Influencers"


2:30pm to 3:00pm
 Richie Zamora, Founder, www.thepickiesteater.net

"Romancing Generation NeXt : Reaching out to the Millennials"


3:00pm to 4:30pm:

THE CHOICE:
THE OAP/KTG RESTAURANT FAVORITES AWARDS


4:30PM to 5:00pm: Closing Program

5:00PM to 8:00pm

AFTER PARTY COCKTAILS:

 Sponsored by Zomato


Friday, July 24, 2015

MONDE'S MAMON MINION MADNESS!

Monde Mamon Minion

        The other day, Rina packed up her bags, placed baby Rain in a car seat and and took off… Okay fine, it’s just to go to La Union to visit relatives from out of town,, but it already feels like it’s been forever. 

        So when I was invited to Monde’s special screening of the new Minions movies, it made me miss them that much more. I called up my niece Cara and asked her if she wanted to come along. She thought it would be a perfect opportunity to bond with her baby brothers, Gael and Matteo, so there we found ourselves on Saturday afternoon, in Greenbelt 3, amidst the Minion madness. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

PURE IMAGINATION: A SWEET SUNDAY BRUNCH AT SPECTRUM


        I've made no secret that I feel Spectrum at Fairmont Hotel has one of the best buffets I've ever had.. Not just in the Philippines, but anywhere in the world. Granted, they may not have a selection as extensive as other hotel buffets, but they do a great job in making sure that every entree served is nothing short of phenomenal.  

        Not only is care meticulously given to every dish that leaves Spectrum's kitchen, but the creative minds at Fairmont tirelessly think of ways to make sure their guests are always wowed with their creative themes! 

       After enjoying the Lego Themed "Awesome Sunday Brunch" earlier this year, we returned to Spectrum to check out their newest promotion.. The Sweet Sunday Brunch: A Candy Wonderland!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

ASCOTT SERVICED RESIDENCES PART 2: CAFE ON THE 6th!


        During our recent Staycation at Ascott Serviced Residences in Makati, we had the pleasure of having our dinner and breakfast at Ascott's Cafe on the 6th. With its delicious food and relaxed ambiance, It took only a few moments for me to ask myself why I had never eaten here before! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

A WEEKEND AT ASCOTT MAKATI: PART 1


         "Did you know there's a swimming pool in Glorietta?", I asked Rina. She looked at me rather puzzled then replied, "Huh? Where in Glorietta?".  "Glorietta 4.. In Ascott.", I said. "Oh.", she said answered, thinking I was being a smart ass (again). "Yeah, I knew that.".

     But you see, I wasn't just being a smart ass. I was trying to prove a point. Ascott Serviced Residences has been operating Glorietta 4 mall complex for quite some time now, yet it doesn't seem to be the top of mind when it comes to Staycations and even dining in Makati. 

    Well, as me and family discovered last Father's day weekend, it should be. 

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