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May 19, 2016
by Administrator

A Feast For The Senses

The typical weekend grind at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheatre was chimed in by an array of different scents and sounds from The McCormick Flavor Nation Festival last April 30, 2016.

The perfect prelude for the Labor Day weekend, the Flavor Nation Festival featured well-curated food offerings from Manila’s top chefs, local musical performances, life-sized games and activities for the whole family. To top it all off, guests were given exclusive, first-hand experience to taste the new variations of The McCormick Noodle and Seasoning Mix for free.


The first of its kind here in the Philippines, the flavorful noodle selections that were prepared on-the-spot and given away were Laksa, Palabok, Birthday Noodles, Pad Thai, and Chap Chae. They say there’s no better way to be accustomed to a place than through its food, and these noodles took everyone to a culinary journey across Asia. McCormick Philippines’ very own Sabrina Artadi also prepared an appetizer for everyone inspired from traditional Filipino classics – sisig, laing, and diced green mangoes. Everyone’s thirst were quenched by a selection of juice concoctions such as Herbed Peach, Rosemary Iced Tea, and Tropical Summer, all with hints of McCormick’s herbs and spices.

The festivities kicked off with introductory remarks from Kate Tan, Marketing Manager of McCormick Philippines, and Nina Niguilda, Product Manager of the McCormick Noodle and Seasoning Mix, with the main premise to empower the local food scene, which is more globally knowledgeable than ever. Acknowledgments were also given to the invited chefs wherein each briefly discussed his/her dishes and restaurant.

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The Flavor Nation Festival was an answer to the consumer’s need for accessibility and convenience by bringing together the food experience from restaurants around the metro. For the rice meals, was Chef Bernice Pimentel’s Paella Ilustrado, perfectly paired with the Callos Madrilena and Chef Jerome Lim’s Wagyu Don from Buta+Wagyu. Chef Marc Nocon’s Kandi burger with onion confit and candied bacon, was a thrill to the palate along with the other uniquely-named signature sliders from Burgers and Brewskies. Asia’s top chef, Margarita Fores also showcased some of her culinary creations including the Panino Porchetta and other notable dishes from Cibo and Café Bola alongside an actual pork lechon.

Completing the gastronomic experience were the hit churros from Churreria La Lola brought by the Master Churrero himself, Jordi Barraca. Similarly, Chef Aileen Anastacio’s snow cones perfectly paired with her confectionaries from Marmalade Kitchen was a sweet break from the humid summer afternoon.

Staying true to the promise of celebrating food and music, the night was welcomed by musical performances from TheSunManager and the soulful Keiko Necesario. Paranoid City provided a livelier intermission with its synth pop sound, while Fools and Foes soothed us with its indie folk feel. Wolfgang’s vocalist, Basti Artadi, added his own touch to covers such as I Can’t Make You Love Me and Message in a Bottle. Capping off a night of performances was Reese Lansangan with her quirky lyrics and catchy tunes.


Everyone left the event with at least something to remember the festivities by, with others luckily taking home raffle items from some of our partners Tefal, OXO, Oneida, and Anchor Hocking. What essentially was an avenue for McCormick to acquaint its five new noodle variants to the market, the Flavor Nation Festival, without a doubt, delivered more than what was expected.

This event was presented by McCormick Philippines in partnership with F&B Report, and brought to you by Hinge Inquirer Publications with special thanks to Tefal, OXO, Oneida, and Anchor Hocking, Coleman, and The Cookery Place. Official media partners include INQUIRER.net,Preen.ph, Scout, Southern Living Magazine, Northern Living Magazine, and ClickTheCity.com.
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April 25, 2016
by Administrator

The McCormick Flavor Nation Festival: A summer feast for everyone!

April 25, 2016: The McCormick Flavor Nation Festival brings you a perfect combination of food, music, and everything in between this Saturday, April 30, at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater, from 12NN to 9PM!

McCormick is set to introduce their newest line of McCormick noodles. Taking center stage on Saturday are the 5 variants of the new McCormick noodles: Palabok, Pad Thai, Chap Chae, Birthday Noodles, and Laksa – all of which will be offered or sampled for free at the McCormick noodle bars. McCormick’s resident chef, Sabrina Artadi of Sabrina’s Kitchen will also be present to offer the perfect pairings for the new line of noodles.

To add to the festivities, we’ve invited the chefs from popular restaurants to feature some of their signature dishes. Grab a plate of juicy and flavorful sliders from Marc Nocon of Burgers & Brewskies; savory paella and callos from Bernice Pimentel of Ilustrado; mouthwatering pork buns and wagyu rice by Chef Jerome of Buta Wagyu; and classic Filipino dishes by Margarita Fores of Cafe Bola. Top off your meal with classic churros from Master Churerro Jordi Barraca of Churreria La Lola as well as sweet cakes and cool sno cones from Aileen Anastacio of Marmalade Kitchen.


The McCormick Flavor Nation Festival wont be complete without music. Set to perform are local indie and rock artists headlined by Basti Artadi, Reese Lansangan, Fools & Foes, The Sun Manager, Paranoid City, and Keiko Necesario starting at 6PM.

Other exciting games and activities are also available for the whole family at the festival, admission is free so come and join the celebration of real flavors for real moments only at the McCormick Flavor Nation Festival!

This event is presented to you by McCormick Philippines in partnership with F&B Report, and brought to you by Hinge Inquirer Publications with special thanks to our partners Tefal, OXO, Oneida, and Anchor Hocking. Official media partners include INQUIRER.net, Preen.ph, Scout, Southern Living Magazine, Northern Living Magazine, and ClickTheCity.com. Join the event page for direct updates.

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April 14, 2016
by Administrator

Kickstarting Summer with Dine Al Fresco at East Bay

As we welcomed summer, our friends and families from the South joined the celebration last Sunday, April 3, at Dine Al Fresco at East Bay. East Bay (formerly Tribeca) Residences opened their doors to their Southern neighbors and threw a poolside gathering to greet the beginning of the season.

Situated at a convenient location in Muntinlupa, Dine Al Fresco at East Bay was a quick getaway, perfect for those who want a taste of summer within the metro. With a great selection of food, music, and even summer essentials from different concessionaires, it was an afternoon and evening well spent with loved ones.

Families did their summer shopping from the range of bags, swimwear, shorts, and even the trending roundie beach towel mandalas from Soak City, Rowman Shorts, and Rack City. For those who were planning an out-of-town trip or simply staying at home, Tweed & Twine offered handcrafted travel accessories designed with timeless patterns and art starter kits perfect to give away as gifts. We also made sure to check out Philippine fruit-themed ukuleles from none other than Ukulele Philippines.


There was a variety of food to choose from and some of our favorite combos included Rodrigo’s famous roast beef served with a hefty side of mashed potatoes, partnered with a nice, cold bottle of fresh ginger ale from Stanford x Shaw. We also opted to top it off with a box of Belgian chocolate thins from Jules Destrooper and an ice cream cookie sandwich from Sweet Spot. The crowd favorite, Flavor N’ Spice, served their bestselling Vietnamese wraps.

With a health-conscious crowd in attendance, a number also favored the fresh pressed veggie juices from Let Juice, and capped it off with artisanal yoghurt popsicles from Little Yeti or fresh fruit popsicles from Picolé.

But of course, we also had a lot of meat-loving tummies to fill. Nothing beats the pure beef burger goodness that only The Secret Office could offer or the Aussie menu that Hog’s Breath Café presented. If that didn’t do the trick, we couldn’t ever go wrong with chicken wings from Crazy Chick. Meanwhile, some preferred to go classic with a substantial serving of ribs from Big D’s Smokehouse, then there were those that preferred some street-style, grilled barbecue from Smoke Out BBQ.

Aside from holding workshops, Ukulele Philippines performed a number of instrumental renditions of both old and new songs. We also invited the up and coming band, SUD, to serenade us with their mellow love songs and ended the night with a couple of Paolo Mallari’s recent compositions and renditions of famous covers.

We’d like to thank our friends at Southern Living and Rockwell Primaries that made last Sunday possible. And of course no one would have known about #DineAlFrescoAtEastBay without the help of our friends at Preen.ph, Scout, Inquirer.net, ClicktheCity, and Inquirer Mobile to help spread the word! As more and more families dropped by the clubhouse, our hearts grew more and more, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a chosen charity. A big thank you to everyone that dined, shopped, and gave back. We hope to see you guys the next time around.

April 2, 2016
by Administrator

Delights at the Grand Easter Country Fair

This year’s Easter Sunday celebration was made extra special with the Grand Easter Country Fair presented by Northern Living and The Grove by Rockwell. Last March 27, The Grove residents and other guests came together to spend their Sunday amongst the sprightly and colorful ambience surrounding The Great Lawn of The Grove. Families, especially the children, were entertained by a variety of surprises such as the Easter-themed venue, game booths, and shows in throughout the fair.

It was an afternoon for the children to express their creativity through face-painting, balloon twisting, Easter Egg coloring sheets, and Easter hat designing. To the delight of the kids, games booths including bean bag toss, knock the can, ring toss, and ladder ball were set up in the venue. To spice the contests more, each participant was rewarded with goodies after each game.

The fun didn’t stop there! Later that afternoon, the guests were treated to spectacular performances: a magic show, a giant bubble show, and a golden show.

The jam-packed event was highlighted by the much anticipated Easter egg hunt wherein the kids rummaged through the sandbox of The Grove’s Great Lawn in search for Easter eggs as their parents cheered them on- a joyous sight that brought smiles to everyone. Each participant got a fair share of eggs filled with surprise treats and snacks. After the games each kid was treated to free hotdogs, popcorns, ice cream, and drinks.

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Fun games, good food and great company made for a great Easter celebration at The Grand Easter Country Fair. This event is brought to you by Northern Living Magazine and The Grove by Rockwell with official media partners, Scout Magazine, Inquirer.net, ClickTheCity and WhenInManila.

March 23, 2016
by Administrator

Unwind at East Bay for a Summer Weekend Get-together

Take in authentic Southern comfort with a diverse outfit of food concessionaires and musicians from the Metro South as Southern Living and Rockwell Primaries invite families to an afternoon of relaxation among good food and company at Dine Al Fresco.

This April 3, Sunday, at the East Bay Clubhouse (formerly Tribeca Residences), East Service Road, Muntinlupa City, we’re inviting only the best from the South — food concessionaires include Rodriogo’s Roast Beef, Little Yetti, Let Juice, Golden Cookie, and many more. Ukulele Philippines and SUD will also perform live sets throughout the afternoon while you can roam around and check out the summer essentials for the outgoing adventurers and arts & crafts materials for those who wish to stay home and get busy.

Dine Al Fresco: A Summer Weekend Get-Together will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 20% of all profits will be donated to a chosen charity. Check the hashtags #DineAlFrescoAtEastBay and #slivingph for more updates on social media and follow Southern Living on Instagram at @slivingph.


This event is brought to you by Southern Living Magazine and Rockwell Primaries. We would like to thank our media partners Preen.ph, Scout Magazine, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, and ClickTheCity.com.

March 22, 2016
by Administrator

Northern Living & The Grove by Rockwell celebrate Easter Sunday with The Grand Easter Country Fair

Northern Living under Hinge Inquirer Publications and The Grove by Rockwell invite everyone to an afternoon of games, exciting shows, and fun prizes for kids this Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Grove Great Lawn.

The Grand Easter Country Fair has a lot in store for you! There will be game booths with well-loved family favorites including bean bag toss, knock the can, ring toss, and ladder ball with treats for all the kids. Activity booths including face painting, balloon twisting, easter hat making, and egg coloring sheets will also be there to keep the kids entertained the whole afternoon.

Vendors will be present to satisfy your food cravings as there will be a great mix of sweet, savory, and specialty drinks at the event. Catch Burger Pub, Precynct, Pi Breakfast and Pies, Hanamaruken, Tramezzino PHL Panini, Thirsty Turtle, Diner on 16th, La La Fun Land, Let Juice, The Belly Good Roast Beef, and more!

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From 3 to 4 p.m., there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids where eggs filled with candy will be scattered along the play pen. Capping it off right after is a trio of entertaining shows: a Magic Show by Mr. Marlon from 4 to 4:20 p.m., a Bubble Show by the Bubble Factory from 4:20 to 4:40 p.m., and a Golden Show by Mr. Abraham from 4:40 to 5 p.m.

Participating kids and families can pre-register at www.thegrovebyrockwell.com and RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/TGECF-TheGrove for direct updates.

Follow the hashtags #TheGroveEaster2016. #TheGroveByRockwell, and #nlivingph for more updates.

See you all this Easter Sunday!

This event is brought to you by Northern Living Magazine and The Grove by Rockwell with official media partners Scout Magazine, Inquirer.net, ClickTheCity, and When in Manila.

March 5, 2016
by Administrator

The Weekend Affair

Cebu Living launches the year’s first issue with heaps of crave-worthy comfort food and a night of relaxing music.

Launching its first issue of the year, the team behind Cebu Living magazine and 32 Sanson by Rockwell threw a post-Valentines-themed food fair at 32 Sanson by Rockwell, Lahug last Feb. 20. Friends, couples, and families gathered to revel in good music and a sumptuous fare ranging from melted chocolate to Cebu’s beloved dish—lechon! A crowd of almost a thousand dropped by to unwind and have a good time—topping the number of guests from last November’s Weekend Sunset.

Upon entering, attendees were greeted with a fountain of flowing chocolate where they dipped strawberries, biscuits and many other treats. Every guest was pleased to find out there was a wide array of comfort food to choose from—notable among which are Grub Street’s beef stroganoff, Hans Rice Burgers’ bulgogi, spicy pork, and spicy tuna-filled burgers, chili and chorizo hotdogs from Craft Dawgs, grilled goods from My Lunch Box, Poké Nachos, bone marrow and bread from Boy and the Girl by Carnivore Cebu, and of course, the sought-after Tatang’s Lechon. For the more conscientious diners, there were healthier alternatives such as organic smoothies and salads from Kairos by the Lazy Chef and also Tierra Organia Corporation’s black rice, wild honey, and other organic goods that diners could take home.

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Seats were filled even before sundown. Some visitors, with their beers from The Social or their shaved ice cream from Sno, took their spots on the picnic mats near the pool—a sight reminiscent of a community picnic. The Wonggoys, Cebu’s homegrown band of brothers, serenaded the crowd with relaxing tunes, followed by an equally enjoyable set by Vincent Echo. Throughout the feast, twelve fortunate Instagrammers were even treated 500-peso worth of gift certificates from the food concessionaires present. To make the experience more meaningful for both the guests and food concessionaires, a portion of all the event’s proceeds were donated to the Children of the Coast Foundation. The evening revelry officially concluded at 10 p.m. yet it was duly extended as groups of friends and families continued to savor their time away from the usual grind and casually wallowed in the romantic and serene backyard ambiance.

This event is presented to you by Cebu Living Magazine and 32 Sanson by Rockwell, and brought to you by Hinge Inquirer Publications with special thanks to McCormick Philippines. Official media partners include Cebu Daily News, Bigseed Public Relations & Events, INQUIRER.net, and ClickTheCity.com.

February 16, 2016
by Administrator

Weekend Sunset at 32 Sanson

Experience an afternoon of al fresco dining with your loved ones with Cebu Living in Weekend Sunset at 32 Sanson

It’s just a matter of time for friends and family members to relive a memorable afternoon of good food and drinks. This time, Cebu Living and 32 Sanson’s Weekend Sunset returns during the Valentine’s season. Happening on the 20th of February, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., we launch Cebu Living’s newest issue together with a sundown al fresco dining for you and your loved ones. It is bound to be a relaxing afternoon punctuated with vibrant music and a variety of food offerings as a place for lighthearted romance when love is in the air. Hold your loved ones close while you enjoy the sunset.

Of course, what’s an afternoon of fun without food? Ready yourself for Grub Street’s selection of comfort food, assorted rice burgers from Hans Rice Burger, Tatang’s famous lechon, hotdogs from Craft Dawgs, My Lunch Box’s grilled goodies, Mac n’ cheese delectables from Little Chef, dishes from Krish’s Kitchen, and samosas from Marrakech Indian and Moroccan Street Flavors. Get some healthy goodness from Kairos by the Lazy Chef’s gyro, juices, and salads and Tierra Organia Farms’ sandwiches and organic produce. Then treat yourself to some sweets from Zucre Pastry Shop and K’sweets Ville, and wash it all down with coffee from Boots Coffee Bar or alcoholic drinks from The Social.

Weekend Sunset will never be complete without some live acoustic entertainment. This time around, the Wonggoys, a three-man band, is set to serenade guests all-night long. When you have good music, great food, and positive vibes all around, all you need is a companion to share it with. See you there!

This event is presented to you by Cebu Living Magazine and 32 Sanson by Rockwell, and brought to you by Hinge Inquirer Publications with special thanks to McCormick Philippines. Official media partners include Cebu Daily News, Bigseed Public Relations & Events, INQUIRER.net, and ClickTheCity.com.

January 5, 2016
by Administrator

Lasting Impression

A night of giving back to those who are making a difference

It was the smell of smoke, sweet and pungent with herbs and roasting meat, that drew the crowd towards the usually empty lot on Alveo Land’s latest development. For one night, Northern Living magazine’s Kulinaria at Portico convened friends, families, and loved ones to partake of good food and enjoy one more gathering before the height of the holidays.

The Sandstone at Portico was transformed into a dream-like fair with bright lights traversing lines from one end to the other, illuminating picnic tables corralled in by the pitched tents housing goods and grubs. Handheld provisions like grilled meat on skewers, Skinita’s US angus beef, and delicious sandwiches in the form of Hachi Bao’s Japanese pork belly bao ruled the night with a long queue of patrons.
More grown-ups than kids lazed on mats making dominoes out of wooden blocks at the kids’ corner, indulging their inner child with ice pops from Icepop MNL—albeit in more mature flavors such as the Strawberry Mojito. Helping some guests check off more items from their long gift lists were arts and crafts booths Tienda Wabas with their handmade notebooks, Tala Scents offering an assortment of organic soap, and Space Garden and Succulents by Miguel Antonio with their potted plants.

Smooth tunes from the night’s performers, Paolo Mallari, Niki Colet, Olympia, and Somedaydream Red, mixed with the sounds of lively chatter drifting up towards the condominiums around the area. Not so far off, a beacon of light shined through the night at Alveo Land’s showroom where art works from Olivia D’Aboville, Nina Alagao, Jane Arrieta Ebarle, Veronica Ibarreta, Ciane Xavier, and Victoria Abad Kerblat are still on display.

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Amidst the overflowing food and musical performances, an area was reserved for Haribon Foundation, the chosen charity of the night, who received a portion of the event’s profits. The non-profit organization was given the opportunity to orient the guests about their environmental conservation projects and events.

This event was brought to you by Northern Living magazine and Alveo Land with official media partners Inquirer.net, Inquirer Plus, Preen.ph, ClickTheCity, When in Manila, Scout, and Coconuts Manila.