Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Breakfast Bliss at Café 1771

Whether or not you’re a morning person, a hearty and delicious breakfast is a great reason to wake up early—especially when it's breakfast at Café 1771, where breakfast is served with enough imagination and charm to make anyone’s day.



Start a busy day in the quiet, library-inspired Lounge, or perk yourself up with Café 1771’s coffee concoctions amid the cheerful blue and fuschia hues of the Whimsy area. Chef Vicky Pacheco’s breakfast menu is carefully thought out, with nearly everything made from scratch, and using only the best and freshest ingredients. 



Consider, for example, the Hole-in-One Corned Beef, made of spiced corned beef hash—prepared in-house, of course—with cubed potatoes and a dense sunny-side-up egg in the center. Served on a sizzling plate with rice or wheat bread on the side, this all-day favorite is big on size and flavor. 








Considered the ultimate reward for egg lovers, Eggs Florentine in a Boat is two poached organic eggs with creamed spinach on a puff pastry and your choice of homemade ham or smoked salmon. This treat comes topped with  a velvety hollandaise sauce poured generously over the perfectly poached eggs. 











Still not convinced? The irresistible aroma of Café 1771’s Adobo Flakes Fried Rice is sure to get anyone out of bed. This comforting offering is made of both pork and chicken adobo mixed with garlic rice and spring onions, then topped with a sunny-side-up egg. 








For cheese lovers, the Croque Madame is a must-try – baked layers of ham, gruyere cheese and creamy bechamel sauce over a slice of English bread. 








Power diners will choose to energize their day with a Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo. This dish is not to be confused with the well-known Mexican tortilla. Rather, it is a hearty Spanish omelette made of chopped potatoes, onions, chorizo and organic eggs.













It’s also been said that Café 1771 has the best pancakes this side of town. With the tang of sour cream playing off the deep sweetness of syrup made from scratch, Café 1771’s fluffy Sour Cream Pancakes are sure to bring cheer to anyone’s morning. Chef Vicky highly recommends the caramelized walnuts and bananas as toppings.








A traditional, fiber-loaded meal made of granola mix, Bircher Muesli is mixed nuts, raisins and yogurt with fresh fruit toppings as a tasty finish, and with just the right amount of sweetness in it.
If you believe that a great breakfast in good company can set the tone of the rest of the day, make sure to give your breakfast all the glory it deserves—at this bright and cheerful space called Café 1771. 

                                                              

Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442.

Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Saturday is 7am to 10pm while Sunday is 7am to 3pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. Café 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, WB 1771 & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.



Friday, July 26, 2013

Sentro 1771's 3rd Branch Ground Breaking


Sentro 1771, Manila's very first Modern Filipino restaurant recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its third branch at Capitol Commons. With two branches located at Greenbelt 3 and Serendra Bonifacio Global City, the soon-to-rise Sentro 1771 is well located as it is envisioned to be the newest urban destination south of Ortigas Center. Foodies and families from Pasig and surrounding areas who crave more than the usual Filipino comfort food wil surely be delighted with Sentro's offerings. Targeting completion towards the end of the year, Sentro 1771 Capitol Commons will be located at Meralco Avenue corner Shaw Boulevard. Shown in the photo from left to right are Father Jun Sescon, Architect and Designer Noel Bernardo, Architect Anthony Cavida, 1771 Group CEO and Resaurateur Ricky Gutierrez and Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco, and OCLP Holdings representatives Senior Vice President Joey Santos, General Manager Cathy Cesares-Ko, and Senior Manager Lanie Bukuhan.
Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11:00am to 11:00pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is open from 7:00am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7:00am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581. Visit website www.1771group.com or like Sentro 1771 in Facebook.
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Sentro 1771 is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that includes Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Café 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: I Stood with Willington by James Mace

I felt like I've traveled in the past upon reading this book. Author has remarkably used words that further enticed the reader to be "part" of the novel.

The era of the plot really intrigued me. I always love reading stories like this that will bring you back in time. It's as if I was there during the war.

In times of war, you can really never tell who's with you and who's against you. You're lucky enough if you have the loyalty of your best men.

I Stood With Wellington
“Up Guards and at them!”

In February, 1815, after nine months in exile, Napoleon Bonaparte, the deposed Emperor of the French, escaped from the Isle of Elba. Seizing the initiative while the European powers bicker amongst themselves at the Congress of Vienna, Napoleon advances towards Belgium with an enormous army, where the combined forces of Prussia and England are cantoned. The French Emperor knows that if he can achieve a decisive capture in Brussels, it will shatter the already fragile European alliance.

Leading the allies is Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington; the venerable British field marshal who defeated Napoleon’s best generals in Spain, yet who the emperor had never personally met in battle. Napoleon knows that if he can draw away Wellington’s chief Prussian ally, Gebhard von Blucher, and destroy his army first, he can unleash his entire might against the British. A victory over the unbeaten Wellington will cripple the alliance even further, as it will then deprive them of both English soldiers and financing.

In Belgium, Captain James Henry Webster has finally returned to a line regiment after being terribly wounded at the Siege of Badajoz three years prior. He is given command of a line company within the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards, the elite of the British Infantry.

A series of indecisive clashes will lead to a collision between the two greatest military minds of the age and the bloodiest single day of the entire century, as Wellington and Napoleon lead their armies to either immortality or oblivion. For Captain Webster, he fights for both his nation and to protect his young daughter in Brussels. Along with the rest of the Guards Division, he finds himself at the apex of the battle, where the fate of the entire world will be decided; at a place called Waterloo.





About the Author:
BIO: 
Born in Edmonds, Washington, author James Mace is currently a resident of Meridian, Idaho. He enlisted in the United States Air Force out of high school; three years later transferring over to the U.S. Army. After a career as a Soldier that included deploying to Iraq, in 2011 he left his full-time position with the Army National Guard to devote himself to writing.
His well-received series, "Soldier of Rome - The Artorian Chronicles," is a perennial best-seller in ancient history on Amazon. In his latest endeavors, he also branched into writing about the Napoleonic Wars. After he finishes the last of The Artorian Chronicles in 2013, he looks to expand into a series about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.


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Five celebrities vie for the Elan Awards





Each one of us has a definition of the term “gentleman” but for those who have voted for “The 2013 Elan Awards: The Search for the Modern Filipino Gentleman,” it seems that impeccable style, inspiring achievement and high-wattage visibility are the unique factors that sum up this irresistible figure.

Since voting began last June 17 in McJIM Classic Leather Official Facebook Page, supporters have pushed the names Christian Bautista, Xian Lim, Dingdong Dantes, Coco Martin and Piolo Pascual to the forefront, giving us a foretaste of a heated competition among some of the most bankable celebrities today.  




Coming both from the Kapamilya and Kapuso networks, they each portray unique roles in  television and film and have different strengths and talents but what draws them together is their self-confidence that comes from having proven something of value.

For instance, Christian, the “Asian-sation,” has established himself as a record-breaking balladeer not only in the Philippines but in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Now, he wears the hat of an actor as the businessman Aston in the feel-good morning soap With a Smile in GMA 7. On the other hand, Xian, the new prince of primetime, has reached stratospheric fame with Ina, Kapatid, Anak. Now, he is poised to test his box-office mettle in the romantic comedy Bakit Hindi ka Crush ng Crush Mo, which he stars also with Kim Chiu.

Dingdong Dantes, once declared as of the world’s most sexiest men, needs no introduction as he has starred in some of the most memorable teleseryes of GMA 7. This actor proves that he has also the knack for producing quality films, such as the blockbuster Aswang Chronicles. Coco Martin, the King of Indie Movies, proves that he has also star power to shine in mainstream entertainment with his primetime hit, Juan dela Cruz. Last but certainly not the least is Piolo Pascual, the Eternal Heartthrob, who has won a grand slam for best supporting actor, starred in ABS-CBN’s high-rating teleseryers, and produced runaway hits such as the Kimidora franchise.

In a statement, McJIM Classic Leather commends voters for supporting the 2013 Elan Awards: “Our fans have exemplified good taste in supporting all of our 12 finalists, which are now led by these five handsome and talented men. What is unique among them is that they are not afraid to push the envelope in their respective fields. The competition among them is bottle-neck close. Just like those who have voted and will still vote McJIM Classic Leather Official Facebook Page, we are holding our breath in anticipation of who will bag The 2013 Elan Awards.”

As voting runs until August 2, it’s not impossible that a black horse may emerge at the forefront and snatch the title from the shoo-ins. Other contenders for the plum title are Senator-elect Sonny Angara, chef and Internet sensation Erwan Heusaff, big-band crooner Richard Poon, all-around heartthrob Derek Ramsay, award-winning actor Jericho Rosales, star cager and host Chris Tiu and football darling Phil Younghusband.

The 12 finalists were selected by high society columnist and late-night host Tim Yap, My Husband’s Lover star Victor Basa and rockstar DJ Sam YG from a list of names nominated by the fans of McJIM Classic Leather Official Facebook Page. They were able to introduce their picks under three categories: Elegance of Style, Manners and Etiquette and Accomplishment.

The Grand Winner of “The 2013 Elan Awards: The Search for the Modern Filipino Gentleman” will receive a prestigious designer trophy, P100,000 cash for himself, P100,000 to be given to the charity of his choice, and one-year supply of McJIM products. The finalists will receive plaques of appreciation and six-month supply of McJIM products.

For more information, visit McJIM Classic Leather Official Facebook Page.

Get Healthy at Chateau 1771

If ever you find yourself in the mood for something unpretentiously gourmet yet healthy, look no further as Chateau 1771 offers the best of both worlds.

 


The flagship fine dining restaurant of 1771 Group of Restaurants, Chateau is known for its “No Borders Cuisine” - innovative and well-loved renditions of Swiss, Italian, and French dishes that have remained popular over 25 years. Now that every happy, satisfied foodie understands that eating healthy is part of the culinary experience, Chateau 1771’s Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco introduces countless options for truly enjoyable healthy dining.


 It’s interesting to note that Chateau 1771 is one of the few restaurants that offer gluten-free food or anything flourless. Seafoods like Steamed Trout and Olive-Oil Poached Halibut with vegetable sides remain fresh and tasty through a preparation that seals its natural flavors. Carb options such as risotto and marble potatoes are also certified gluten-free at Chateau 1771. If there’s a dish that has crostini or croquettes, one can just simply request to add more vegetables as a replacement—a flexible approach for diners who want to enjoy a delicious, healthy meal any time of the day.


 If there’s a must-order meat at Chateau 1771, that would be the chicken dishes. The menu features naturally-raised, free range chicken. This means the chicken can roam freely for food and enjoy the sunlight. It is also fed with herbs and grass mixed with lactobacillus for maximum health benefits. Aside from that, Chateau 1771 only uses chicken from suppliers who don’t use fertilizers or feeds. Lemon Chicken is a certified Chateau favorite and one can opt to order this with organic brown rice with its equally mouthwatering crisp and filling serving. When looking for entrees free of cream or cheese, Chicken Rollatini and Chicken Fricassee-Style are must-orders too.



Freshly-cooked and al dente pasta choices like Pasta Chorizo and Gambasetti can be ordered with whole wheat pasta. For a festive and healthy pasta treat, Parmiggiano Ravioli is a colorful combination of oven-roasted tomatoes, grilled broccoli cauliflower and asparagus which never lacks in zeal and flavor.


For grilled items, Chateau 1771 presents chunky tenderloin available in different sizes without the fat. Hot, flavorful and naturally cooked, the drippings can serve as a satisfying, natural sauce, so one can just forget about the cream.  Aside from this, a fresh range of seafood items is just as irresistible, such as the fresh local fish of the day, Norwegian Salmon, Ocean Trout and King Prawns.

Most chefs aim simply to make delicious dishes. But with Chateau’s 1771’s complete roster of gourmet yet guilt-free dishes, Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco has come up with an irresistible menu that makes health and indulgence one and the same.   

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Chateau 1771 – Greenbelt 5 is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every Sunday to Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.n. for Friday to Saturday. For reservations, banquets and catering services, please call 729-9760 to 61 or (0917) 8626467.
 Chateau 1771 is a member of the  1771 Group of Restaurants that include Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Sidebar , Winebar,  and  Café 1771 in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit www.1771group.com





















Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pontefino Hotel & Residences in Batangas and the Azkals


Pontefino Hotel & Residences in Batangas City recently inked a landmark partnership with the country’s national football team, the Azkals at the Café 1771 in El Pueblo Ortigas.
 
The Philippine Azkals have won the hearts thousands of Filipinos and marked the beginning of the country’s fascination for football —no mean feat in a country devoted to basketball. While very little was expected of the team, they have defied all expectations by winning match after match after more established teams and clubs abroad.
 
The team officially makes its Batangas home at the Pontefino Hotel, an upscale 60-room accommodation. The hotel is the centerpiece of Pontefino Hotel & Residences, a complete lifestyle community. Apart from providing lodging and hospitality to the team, Pontefino Hotel & Residences will also provide a venue for future activities and efforts undertaken by the team to raise awareness and funds for training and participation in competitions and tournaments around the world.
 
The Pontefino Residences and Pontefino Prime are exclusive residential developments surrounding Hotel Pontefino. Located in the frontier of progress for secured value, growth and high returns, no other residential development in the area comes close in offering such location and accessibility.
 
The partnership between the country’s flag-carrying football team and the premier lifestyle and residential development in Batangas coincides with the launch of the latter’s newest offering, the Terraces at Pontefino. As the ultimate expression of the Pontefino lifestyle, the Terraces feature exclusive, lofts and apartments in a private cluster surrounding a private courtyard. As with buyers of other Pontefino projects, residents have the option to reside in the units or lease them to the hotel through a unique leaseback scheme that earns a monthly revenue for the unit owners.
Shown in photo from left to right (standing) are Azkals players: Misagh Bahadoran, Marwin Angeles, Jeffrey Cristiaens, andMarvin Angeles

Seated from left to right: Azkals Team Coordinator Patrick Ace Bright, Team Manager Dan Palami, Pontefino Hotel & Residences President and Chief Executive Officer Ricky Gutierrez, and SVP & Chief Operating Officer Fely T. Ramos

Pontefino Hotel and Residences is located at Gulod Labac, Batangas City and is accessible by the STAR Toll Expressway. For more information, visit www.pontefinohotel.com or www.pontefinoresidences.com.