Experience Modern Eurasian Cuisine in Akrotiri

They say food transports you to places. Every destination has their own cuisine to offer. Each dish has its distinct taste and look that either brings back good old memories or probably just takes you to its origin. I haven't been to Greece nor any of the European/Mediterranean countries, and I can't even remember the last time I've had a Greek or Mediterranean food. Having said that, I honestly am clueless on what to expect in my recent trip to this newest restaurant in the South. 


Akrotiri, one of the newest restaurants in Alabang, introduces the modern Eurasian cuisine to the Philippine food scene. During the VIP Bloggers' Night, we were taken to a gastronomic journey and tried some of the best Eurasian dishes Akrotiri has to offer.



As Akrotiri's General Manager David Jones puts it, "Akrotini’s offerings reflect the Mediterranean classics, mainly Greek and other European influences but at the same time, we’ve localized the taste to create a new flavor. One can call it ‘fusion’, but we feel that ‘EurAsian’ highlights what we represent—an amalgamation of influences that have strong ties with the Philippine food culture."

To help you understand further on what to expect in your visit in Akrotiri, let me show you what this restaurant has to offer... 

Grilled Squid Stuffed with Feta Foam
Grilled Squid Stuffed with Feta Foam (Php 550)

This one's a fave! Well, I love squid to begin with, but that feta foam inside the smokey grilled squid definitely changed the game. It surely adds a different flavor and twist to the usual Filipino-style grilled squid we grew up to. I didn't get to try the Black Ink Risotto though but I'm sure it's equally good and perfectly compliments the squid.



Watermelon Salad (Php 350)

With various flavors and textures in one dish, this Watermelon Salad is also a good starter for a delectable meal. It's got feta cheese, lettuce, watermelon, and walnuts drizzled with balsamic dressing.

Wagyu Skirt Steak
Wagyu Steak (Php 900)

Another must-try dish in Akrotiri is their Wagyu Steak. It's topped with Spicy Chilli Jam and comes with roasted vegetables too. The meat is so tender and tasty, I can finish two servings in one sitting.

Other than those above, Akrotiri also offers few other dishes that will surely entice your taste buds. Here are just some of their most recommended items in the menu:

Salmon fillet with Tzatziki-wasabi dressing & fried rice
Grilled salmon fillet with tzatziki-wasabi dressing & fried rice (Php 600)

Seafood Tagliatelle with clams, mussels, prawns, squid, and tomatoes
Seafood Tagliatelle with clams, mussels, prawns, squid, and tomatoes (Php 600)





Wagyu corned beef with turmeric mashed potatoes, fried kale and aioli wasabi
Wagyu corned beef with turmeric mashed potatoes, fried kale and aioli wasabi (Php 450)

Grilled prawns in tamarind dressing & greens
Grilled prawns in tamarind dressing & greens (Php 600)




24hr pork belly with apple-ginger, wood sorrel leaves and kimchi
24hr pork belly with apple-ginger, wood sorrel leaves and kimchi (Php 500)

Rustic chicken teriyaki with crispy salad, oven potatoes, curry mayo
Rustic chicken teriyaki with crispy salad, oven potatoes, curry mayo (Php 500)

Chocolate Garden Mosaiko (Php 450)

All these mouthwatering dishes are co-conceptualized by Chef Luca Maffei. An Italian chef with intricate taste to flavours and fusion, Chef Luca masterfully re-imagined Akrotiri’s food, bringing the blissful flavours of Asia and Euro-Greek cultures to our local cuisine.

Weaving together the different flavors found on different coastal food cultures all over the world and presenting them as delicious gastronomic offerings makes Akrotiri a unique destination that delivers an exciting culinary experience that will surely indulge every type of Filipino diner.

Akrotiri Modern Eurasian Cuisine is located at Ground Floor of  the Commerce Center in Alabang. They are open daily from 11am. For more information, you may visit www.akrotiri.ph.

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Soban K-Town Grill

K-pop has truly taken the world by storm as a lot has already been influenced by anything Korean - from music, fashion, skin care, to food. And speaking of food, we had the chance to try this newest Korean restaurant in Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita. Soban K-Town Grill serves unique Korean-Mexican dishes other than the usual you've probably tried in some other Korean restaurants out there. 





During our visit, we had their Premium BBQ Combo Set, which is already good for a group for 3-4 persons. The set comes with 180g USDA Choice Premium Marinated Beef, 180g Pork Belly, 180g Boneless Fried Chicken, 1 Japchae, 1 Pajeon, 1 Egg Casserole, 1 Half Gimbap, 4 unlimited kimchi fried rice, soup, and side dishes.



The Kimchi Fried Rice already has this quite strong but not-so-spicy taste so better pair it with the non-marinated meat because it might just overpower those barbecue-flavored meat. Still depends on your preference though. The caramelized Boneless Fried Chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Kimchi side dish is good and well-seasoned. It's crispy and it's not that spicy. I'm used to putting gravy on my mashed potato but theirs doesn't need it at all. Their mashed potato has corns and raisins that kind of mixed together adding flavor to it. They also have other side dishes like the peanut and anchovies and kangkong but there's really nothing special to it. As for the meat, their beef hanger steak is my fave! It's a bit sweet and really tender - just don't overcook it. For the pork belly, you can choose up to 2 flavors but I suggest you get at least one serving of the regular/plain pork belly. The side dishes will add flavor to your bite anyway when you mix it all together. I tried the flavored one and it tastes like tocino for me. It's their bestseller according to them so might as well give it a try.



Kimchi Fries is basically french fries topped with cheese, roasted pork bits, and kimchi. I love anything with kimchi so I'll be biased. This one's really good and they're quite generous with the toppings. I find it quite pricey though at P199 per serving. 


Japchae

Gimbap 

Coffee Crepe

Hey, they also serve beers!

All these are priced at P2,200. There may be some Korean buffet restaurants that offer the same at a much cheaper price but the ambiance, good service, and the quality of the food is what sets Soban apart from the rest.

Does this post make you crave for Korean food? Go ahead and visit Soban K-Town Grill at Robinsons Place Manila. You can also find them in Eastwood Mall, Greenbelt 3, ATC Corporate Center, and SM City North EDSA.


Soban K-Town Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Megabrands and Lifestyle Sale - June 2018

On June 08-10, 2018, Metro Creative Themes Inc. will  kick starts the back-to-school sale with the MegaBrands and Lifestyle Sale happening at Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level, Bldg B of SM Megamall.

Catch the trendiest back-to-school fashion steals and take advantage of up to 70% discount offering from brands like Reebok, Umbro, Sebago, Elle, Echolac,  Hush Puppies, Case Logic. Further, markdown items are also up for grabs ranging from accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, housewares, personal care and many more!



The event is free admission to everyone. Doors are open from 11am- 10pm daily.  RCBC Bankard is the official bank partner and Bankard holders can enjoy up to 12mos 0% interest on deferred transactions.  


This post is an official press release from Metro Creative Themes Inc.

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10 Ways to Jumpstart a Healthier, Happier Digestive System

The world’s leading digestive health products— Essentiale® Forte P and Dulcolax®— join hands in a campaign to make our digestive systems happier and healthier. Together, the two brands take action on World Digestive Health Day on May 29th, reminding people about the importance of keeping their digestive system happy and healthy.


So how do you keep your gut healthy and happy? Let us count the ways:
  1. Junk the junk. Avoid eating processed foods (chips, cold cuts), breads and pastas.

  2. Go for gold. Probiotic foods feed the good bacteria in your digestive tract. So what should you go for? A plant-based diet would be good. If not, make sure you have more nuts and seeds in your diet. Check out pistachios, bananas, garlic, onion, wheat, oats, quinoa, millet and chia.

  3. Avoid unnecessary drinking of antibiotics. Taking antibiotics may have a negative effect on the bacteria and other microbes living in your intestines. Antibiotics may kill healthy bacteria. Before taking antibiotics, ask your doctor questions about then and do some research. Get a second opinion if possible and don’t self-medicate.

  4. Keep your liver in check. Instead of steaks and fried chicken, opt for taking in less fats from your food as these can lead to having too much fat stored in the liver. A fatty liver is a sign of an unhealthy digestive system and will affect your entire health. Keep your liver in check with Essentiale® Forte P. It contains essential phospholipids that repair damaged liver cell membrane, regenerate lost phospholipids and restore normal functions of the liver, keeping your liver healthy for a happy digestive system.


  5. Take a good probiotic. Probiotics are micro-organisms that provide health benefits when consumed. Probiotics help with digestion and stimulate the immune system. They rebuild intestinal flora for better digestive health for kids. It also stops diarrhea symptoms and addresses other intestinal issues. Consult your doctor to learn more about the benefits of Probiotics!

  6. Water is important. Hydration is the key to having a healthy digestive system. Constipation is often the result of dehydration in the colon. Drinking at least 8 16-oz glasses of water a day will ensure that your stool will be soft and easy to pass.

  7. Taking a laxative helps. Frequent constipation is a sign that your digestive system is in poor health. If you haven’t moved your bowels in days, don’t just suffer. Dulcolax® stimulates bowel movement and softens hard dry stool to treat constipation and other bowel irregularities. Dulcolax®, the world’s No. 1 laxative4, ensures you have a happy tummy ensures that you’ll have a happy tummy in the morning.


  8. You’ve got to move it. Regular exercises like brisk walking or running will get things moving, so to speak. Allot at least 10 minutes a day to exercise. Make it 15 mins daily if you can.

  9. Chill, don’t stress. Your work life is stressful enough; find time to chill and relax. Don’t bring work home. Find little pockets of relaxation throughout the day. For instance, when it gets to be too much, do some breathing exercises for a few minutes. Stress can affect the health of your digestive system.

  10. Get enough sleep. If eight hours of sleep is not doable, make sure you get six hours every night. Lack of sleep can cause gas and poor digestion.


If you build and maintain a healthy and happy digestive system, your quality of life will be better, too. If you skip the bad habits and embrace the good ones, you will have less health issues and a healthier, happier life! Make sure you regularly consult your doctor if you feel any symptoms.

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Rak of Aegis Season 6: What's New in Barangay Venizia?

Rak is back mga ka-baranggay!!!

Oh yes! The very successful all-Filipino musical, Rak of Aegis, is going back onstage for their sixth re-run. If you have not seen at least one show from the past five seasons, you should know that you're missing the fun! They wouldn't reach this far and people wouldn't be asking for more if it's just nothing, right? 



Just like the lead character in the musical, Aileen, there are so many talented Filipinos that are aspiring to pursue their dreams and be successful in the entertainment world. We have so much reality shows on TV and everyday, we discover great talents that are truly world-class. 



As they prepare for yet another much-anticipated re-run this year, the people behind Rak has thought of a brilliant idea. Why not make the story of Aileen a reality? Months ago, PETA has launched an online reality search for new talents who will be joining this year's run of the musical. Dubbed as Hu Got Talent: The Search for the Next Rakstar, hundreds of hopefuls submitted their video entries and the lucky Top 20 underwent intensive workshop where they experienced how it is to be part of "Rak".



The list was further trimmed down and the Lucky 9 who will be joining the cast were finally introduced during the press launch held last May 22 in PETA Theater Center.

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Let's meet and get to know the new cast members of Rak of Aegis:


SHAIRA OPSIMAR, Aileen





Role: Aileen
Theater Experiences: The King and I, Grease, The Sound of Music
Trivia: Shaira joined The Voice and the Philippines Season 2 and she's also a multi-medalist and division winner in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA)


Princess Vire, Aileen




Role: Aileen
Theater Experiences: Into The Woods, Annie
Trivia: Princess is a multi-medalist and division winner in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), and was a contender at It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan.




Kent Pontivedra, Tolits




Role: Tolits
Theater Experiences: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Coat
Trivia: Kent is considered as a real life Tolits. He's a graduate of Tourism Management from the International School of HRM School System while working as a Stock Clerk in SM and Sales Specialist for WOW Videoke. He has also joined quite a number of local competitions including Eat Bulaga's Just Duet, It's Showtime's Tawag ng Tanghalan, and Century Tuna Superbods Ageless.

Adrian Lindayag, Jewel


Role: Jewel
Theater Experiences: Rent
Trivia: Adrian was part of GMA 7's "Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman" from 2013 to 2016 and guested in GMA's "Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy". He also worked as a full time celebrity stylist in 2016.

Remus Villanueva, Kenny

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Role: Kenny
Theater Experiences: Aurelio Sedisyoso, Solomon
Trivia: Remus has been doing theater since 2008. He's also a Theater Arts Moderator in Bloomfield Academy in Las Pinas, and a Theater Arts Program Head in Bulacan State University's College of Arts and Letters.




Marielle Mamaclay, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: The Sound of Music
Trivia: Marielle is the band leader of the all-Filipino Pop Vocal Group, 5th Gen, and is also a mentor for the Euro Talent Festival Team Philippines. She's also bagged the Senior Grand Champion Vocalist and Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World awards at the prestigious World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA).

Gil "Chamyto" Aguedan, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: -
Trivia: Gil worked as a Gondolier at the Venetian Macau Hotel from 2012 to 2016. He's also appeared in GMA shows "Karelasyon" and "Wagas", and in the online series "Finding Clickton".

Matel Patayon, Ensemble




Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: Himala: Isang Musikal, Sakuntala: Ang Singsing ng Kapalaran
Trivia: Matel is a Comm Arts graduate from UP Los Banos. She earned an honorable mention for Best Actress citation from Gibbs Cadiz of Inquirer for her role in Sakuntala. She also voiced Suzy in ABS-CBN's "I Am Not A Robot".

Crystal Paras, Ensemble





Role: Ensemble
Theater Experiences: Performed in various theater companies like Repertory Philippines, Atlantis Productions, and Trumpets
Trivia: Crystal previously joined Eat Bulaga's Music Hero - Vocal. Aged 20, she's also the youngest addition to the "Rak of Aegis" cast.




Rak of Aegis Season 6 Sneak Peek


To get you even more excited, the cast has prepared a sneak peek of what to expect in their upcoming shows. Check out these videos from my Youtube Channel:









Rak of Aegis Season 6 Show Details


Rak of Aegis will run from June 20 to September 2, 2018 at the PETA Theater Center with shows on Wednesdays to Fridays (8PM) and Saturdays to Sundays (3PM and 8PM). For tickets, you may contact PETA at 725-6244 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.






CAST

Aileen - Kim Molina, Shaira Opsimar, Princess Vire
Mary Jane - Shiela Valderrama - Martinez, Carla Guevarra - Laforteza, Isay Alvarez - Sena, Sweet Plantado - Tiongson
Kiel - OJ Mariano, Lorenz Martinez, Robert Sena, Renz Verano
Mercy - Kakai Bautista, Joann Co, Neomi Gonzales
Kenny - Poppert Bernadas, Vince Lim, Myke Salomon, Remus Villanueva
Tolits - Joshua Bulot, Pepe Herrera, Jerald Napoles, Kent Pontivedra
Jewel - Ron Alfonso, Jimmy Marquez, Phi Palmos, Adrian Lindayag
Fernan - Juliene Mendoza, Gie Onida, Rody Vera
Ensemble - Gimbey dela Cruz, Marielle Mamaclay, Gab Pangilinan, Crystal Paras, Matel Patayon, Abi Sulit, Teetin Villanueva, Gold Villar-Lim, Gil Aguedan, Roi Calilong, Gio Gahol, Carlon Matobato, John Moran, Paeng Sudayan, Adrian Lindayag

ARTISTIC STAFF

Written by Liza Magtoto
Directed by Maribel Legarda
Musical Direction and Arrangement by Myke Salomon
Choreography by Gio Gahol
Set Design by Mio Infante
Lights Design by JonJon Villareal
Costume Design by Carlo Pagunaling
Shoe Design by Maco Custodio






Rak is back mga ka-baranggay!!! Oh yes! The very successful all-Filipino musical, Rak of Aegis , is going back onstage for their six...