JC de Terry’s Vega Sicilia Dinner

Juan Carlos de Terry, importer of Spain’s most famous wine, Vega Sicilia, hosted a special dinner to showcase the range of wines produced by the wineries in the Vega Sicilia stable.

I arrived early and was greeted by a glass of silky Kripta Cava 2007 in the distinctive round-bottomed bottle. This went nicely with a generous spread of various nuts and cured meats include some excellent ham being passed around while waiting for all the guests to arrive.

Kripta Cava 2007

Kripta Cava 2007

Various cured meats for the cocktails.

Various cured meats for the cocktails.

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Hot Picks at Row 101 Summer Pop-Up

There are very few things that would make us consider moving a muscle on a Saturday (and in this paralyzing heat!), but we hear that the Row 101 Summer Pop-up happening tomorrow at White Space has some sizzling fashion and lifestyle picks in store!

 

All roads lead to Row 101 this weekend!

All roads lead to Row 101 this weekend!

 

Row 101’s Miel Villamor shares that they’ll be featuring a lot of exciting  indie and start-up brands that are creative, affordable, fun, and proudly Filipino. “What we try to do with Row 101 is that we really curate the brands we feature, because nowadays there’s just so many bazaars,” says Miel. Alongside big beauty brands like Benefit and Inglot, discover over 100 up-and-coming local brands, including: Abby Jocson, Eve & Kelly, Myrrh and Gold Manila, Abby Jocson, Everyday Love, Dolly Wink, Dirty Paws Apparel, Flex Apparel, Meta Footwear, Cuesee Creations, MDSN Manila, Shine Designs, One for the Road, Ink Scribbler/The Craft Central, Anma Lifestyle, Cocooni, Lulu Swing, Luang, Lumos The Label, Sparrow Fragrances, Honeycomb Children’s Clothing, Heart & Bolt accessories, and swimsuits by Sundae and Sirena Swimwear, and so much more!

 

Here’s a sneak peek:

Fab footwear by Eve & Kelly

Fab footwear by Eve & Kelly

 

Genuine leather  Sunday Tote in Fuchsia and Sunday Wristlet in Cream by Cocooni

Genuine leather Sunday Tote in Fuchsia and Sunday Wristlet in Cream by Cocooni

 

We hear that there will be fab freebies and prizes from beauty fave Benefit!

We hear that there will be fab freebies and prizes from beauty fave Benefit!

 

Get fabulously fit in Flex Apparel!

Get fabulously fit in Flex Apparel!

 

Irresistible tees for dog lovers by Dirty Paws Apparel (10% of sales goes to CARA Welfare to help support our furry friends!)

Irresistible tees for dog lovers by Dirty Paws Apparel (10% of sales goes to CARA Welfare to help support our furry friends!)

 

Crushing on that pineapple sling bag, backpack, and coin purse by Abby Jocson!

Crushing on that pineapple sling bag, backpack, and coin purse by Abby Jocson!

 

InkScribbler turns this beautiful quote by Albert Schweitzer into frame-worthy calligraphy! A great gift idea for a friend--or yourself!

InkScribbler turns this beautiful quote by Albert Schweitzer into frame-worthy calligraphy! A great gift idea for a friend–or yourself!

 

Check out these lovely lippies and other beauty must-haves from Inglot!

Check out these lovely lippies and other beauty must-haves from Inglot!

 

Pretty playsets. Want.  By Lumos the Label

Pretty playsets. Want.
By Lumos the Label

 

Catch Row 101’s Summer Pop-Up this weekend, April 16-17 at White Space, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. For more information, visit www.row101.ph or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/row101popup.

Oxygen X Billboard event at TriNoma

What are you doing tomorrow? A little birdie told us that there’s a fab fashion and music event happening at the TriNoma Activity Center at 4 PM!

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Urban cool fashion brand Oxygen is teaming up with Billboard Music to bring you an exciting fashion show featuring the latest Oxygen x Billboard collection. Shop on the spot at the pop-up store, and catch musical performances by today’s hottest acts, including Never the Strangers, She’s Only Sixteen, Sam Concepcion, plus DJ Toby and Kat DJ spinning your favorite tunes. Do drop by, everyone’s invited!

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Inagiku Kaiseki

For our March event, the International Wine and Food Society Philippines Branch had a Kaiseki dinner at the Shangri-La Makati’s Japanese restaurant, Inagiku. It was a bit of a departure from the usual European-themed dinner but a welcome departure nonetheless. We also decided to veer away from the more famous wine regions and decided to try wines from the Loire, Provence, Beaujolais and end with a Japanese whisky instead of a dessert wine.

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Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner

Wine Depot hosts a Stag’s Leap Wine Dinner on March 31, 2016 at the Tasting Room of the City of Dreams. Among the wines to be poured are the Karia Chardonnay, Hands of Time Red Blend 2012, Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and the iconic SLV 2011. Stag’s Leap topped the famous Judgment of Paris tasting where their Cabernet Sauvignon (now called SLV), won over Bordeaux’s First Growths.

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For further details, please visit the Wine Depot website.

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The New Black Sheep

It was a bit of a shock last year when Black Sheep, with its spectacular view of the Bonifacio skyline and the creative Filipino degustation menus of Chef Jordy Navarra closed early last year. The good new is, after a bit of a delay, it reopened last January at a more modest location along Pasong Tamo near Don Bosco. The view is gone and so is Chef Jordy (who is opening a restaurant of his own), but the kitchen is now headed by Black Sheep veteran Patrick Go who melds together Filipino and Chinese flavors for a menu that is now firmly a la carte.

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

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Free Japanese film screening

Japan and animé fans! Have you heard of the film Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai, featuring the untold story of the daughter of iconic Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai?

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The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), will feature a free screening of this award-winning animation film tomorrow, February 27 (Saturday) from 3:30p.m. at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 1 (6th level of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA) as part of the Nihongo Fiesta 2016, JFM’s annual event celebrating the colorful culture and arts of Japan and showcasing the Japanese language (don’t you love the soothing, often sing-song rhythm of their language? But don’t worry, the film will be shown with English subtitles!). Admission to the film screening is free but numbered tickets will be issued on a first-come, first served, one ticket per person basis only from 10 AM tomorrow at the entrance of Shang Cineplex Cinema 1.

Here’s some more information on the film from JFM: Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai is the untold story of Katsushika Hokusai’s daughter O-Ei: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited, utterly outspoken, and highly talented woman and artist, unfolding thorough the changing seasons in Japan. Master Hokusai is one of the most globally famous Japanese artists. His works inspired Monet and Debussy. His Great Wave off Kanagawa is so iconic that it can be seen on t-shirts and coffee mugs all over the world. However, very few are aware of his daughter, and how she contributed to her father’s art. The film won various awards including Jury Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2015, Satoshi Kon Award and Audience Award at Fantasia International Film Festival 2015.

You might also be interested in these other activities also happening tomorrow at Shangri-La Plaza in celebration of the Nihongo Fiesta 2016:

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Kaiseki at Allium

This year’s annual kaiseki dinner for the Ordre Mondial was, for the first time, not at a Japanese restaurant, but was held at Allium, a place noted for its degustation menus. I had eaten at Allium a few times before and have been impressed each time. Chef Mark Tan has a fondness for Japanese ingredients and techniques and he incorporates these in his food. One of our members suggested Chef Mark would actually be quite able to execute a full Japanese menu and so we said why not? We’ve never had a winter Kaiseki so this would be something different from the usual summer and fall menus we have.

Although Chef Mark prepared a menu for us several weeks before the event, we were cautioned that it could change depending on what ingredients are best from Japan a few days before the dinner. As it turned out, about 75% of the menu had to be changed but I don’t think anyone had any cause to complain about it in the end. I suppose omakase (chef’s choice) would have been a better way to describe the meal given the extensive changes made.

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Pastel-pretty Valentine Look + Poetry Reading

Got a special date this Valentines? Here’s an idea when you want to look chic but not too intimidating, pretty but also casually cool for whatever adventure he’s cooked up (a picnic, a poetry reading*, or meeting his family, ack!):

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Start with a pastel-pretty jumpsuit by Florence Fling, and gold flats by Renegade Folk, both fab homegrown brands! Then, for a pop of color, throw in a whimsical printed scarf and a tanned leather sling bag both from Promod’s lovely Spring 2016 Collection. Just add on your favorite jewelry/accessories, and you’re good to go!

Now, for the perfect date idea: If you’re still looking for a fun event to attend (with your date, your best buds, or even gloriously single), come to National Book Store’s Love Calligraphy event at the Glorietta Activity Center this Saturday, February 13! It will be an all-day affair featuring live art murals, calligraphy demos by some of Manila’s most popular letterers and calligraphy artists, a book launch of June Digan’s A Year of Positivity Journal, and at 5 PM onwards, poetry reading by Kooky Tuason, Cecill Artates, Charms Tianzon, Marty Tengco, and Joee Mejias of Romancing Venus, and a performance by spoken word poet Juan Miguel Severo. And because I have incurable stage fright, a few poems from my poetry book The Heartbreak Diaries (have I mentioned that I recently published a book?) will be read by my brilliant artist/collaborator Celina de Guzman. Artist Alessa Lanot of Life After Breakfast will also be showing us how to turn #hugot lines from the book into beautiful Instagram-worthy calligraphy. See you there? :)

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Chaine des Rotisseurs Casablanca Dinner

Once again, the annual Diner Amical of the Chaine des Rotisseurs is almost upon us and I get the not too difficult job of tasting the food and wine to be served at the most important dinner of the year. This year, we will be returning to the Makati Shangri-La which has prepared a menu inspired by the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman classic, Casablanca.

Chef Paul Lenz and his team researched menus from the period and it turns out Casablanca had a pretty cosmopolitan dining scene, although, of course, the French influence was strongest. We had an 8 course menu which we were told consisted of small plates but even if I skipped lunch to be sure I had an appetite for the tasting, I was barely able to finish all the food as the portions were larger than I expected.

 

Chaine des Rotisseurs Casablanca Menu

Chaine des Rotisseurs Casablanca Menu

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