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Published July 8, 2021, 6:14 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Introducing Cebu’s best lechon baka

Cebu’s favorite Rico’s Lechon, now also Manila’s, is once again satisfying everybody’s cravings with its newest offering: Lechon Baka, roasted beef hand-sliced to keep the juiciness and tenderness in the meat. It has the right amount of fat and that smoky roasted flavor that will make you want more with every bite. With Rico’s Lechon signature flavorful taste, intensify the flavors even further by dipping the Lechon Baka in the delicious homemade Suka Lami.

A crowd favorite, this “crispy, juicy, and flavorful” lechon has reaped international awards. It has also been dubbed as Cebu’s best lechon, made even more popular for its iconic spicy variant.

Get your hands on Rico’s Lechon Baka for only ₱350 for the junior size (serves one to two pax) and ₱1,350 for the fiesta size (serves six to eight pax). But that’s not all! It also comes in the iconic Rico’s spicy variant, which is priced at ₱380 for the junior size and ₱1,460 for the fiesta size.

Avail of Rico’s Lechon Baka in select stores: Rico’s Lechon BGC, Tiendesitas, and U.P. Town Center. It will soon be available at all Metro Manila and Cebu stores.

 ‘Dampa,’ but make it fancy

Hilton Manila’s award-winning Kusina Sea Kitchens restaurant recently re-opened its doors to diners with a fresh and exciting new take on Filipino, Western, and Asian favorites served in a Market Place or dampa-style format to ensure all guests of a worry-free dining experience.

Known for its wide selection of both traditional Filipino and international dishes, Kusina delights guests with a heightened Dampa grill station offering a variety of fresh seafood and other meat choices cooked a la minute to the guest’s request. Enjoy tiger prawns, shellfish, sausages, and even steaks, especially cooked on a grill of lava rocks.

The journey of flavors continues with the famed ‘Samalamig’ station where guests enjoy homemade Filipino refreshments such as sago’t gulaman, buko pandan, and even authentic local desserts sorbetes and halo-halo. From there, guests may ‘hop on over’ to the Japanese station serving succulent and sustainably-sourced sashimi and sushi, the fan-favorite carvery with US beef on premium nights, pork and Chinese items on offer, mouth-watering laksa or beef pho at the noodles station, fresh and crisp salad choices and fruit slices from the sustainable garden and playfully vibrant and decadent sweets at the dessert station among other well-curated culinary ensembles masterfully prepared by executive chef Benoit Chargy and his team.   

The restaurant also features a signature live station during the weekend Premium Nights with themed cuisine varying from one visit to the next—a taste of Italy on one night, the kitchens of the Mainland on another, the rich spices of the Mediterranean on yet another, etc..

Kusina is open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. serving a ‘Premium’ dinner buffet at ₱2,350 net per person on Saturdays and Sundays, and ₱2,050 net from Mondays to Fridays. 

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Learn to cook like Margarita Fores and other famous chefs      

There’s nothing like ordering takeout from your favorite restaurants and enjoying these meals from the comfort and safety of your home! But what if you could cook them yourself, and skip the hefty delivery fees and long waiting time? 

La Germania is hosting the Cooking with La Germania: Masterclass Series, a five-part installment of virtual cooking classes in partnership with your favorite chefs and celebrities.

During these online lessons, expert instructors will be present to guide you through the step-by-step process of cooking signature dishes from your favorite restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the chefs.

Learn to cook your restaurant favorites like penne al telefono, Italian-style meatballs, okonomiyaki, chicken namban, or steak and mashed potatoes in this masterclass series featuring award-winning restaurateur and Cibo founder Margarita Forés, Chef Lau of Chef Laudico Guevarra’s and OK Café, Yabu and Ippudo executive chef Lee Jose, Taintree Group corporate chef Kalel Chan, and celebrity couple Jim and Saab Bacarro.

Classes are limited to 10 to 12 participants per class to ensure that each attendee receives the appropriate amount of guidance, except for Saab’s class, which is open to the public. There is a joining fee of ₱500 to take part in this exclusive masterclass. Interested participants may view more details and sign up through La Germania’s Facebook page.

Chocolate lovers unite!

Yesterday was World Chocolate Day! Made from cocoa beans, this mouthwatering sweet to bitter treat has been an inspiration in media such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and a gift-giving tradition on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day that it deserves its own event. Enjoy and celebrate every day with a bite of indulgent a 125g Swiss chocolate bar from Marks & Spencer. Choose from premium extra fine Swiss chocolate milk with a touch of hazelnut, or go extra dark with 72 percent cocoa solids for an intense and rich flavor. You can also opt for something fruity and nutty with the perfect mixture of rich and extra fine Swiss milk chocolate, raisins, chopped hazelnuts, and whole almonds.

Try something unique with the Swiss Blond Chocolate Bar with its distinct aromas of caramel and shortbread.

Care to share? Choose individually wrapped chocolates with the M&S Swiss Extra Fine Dark Chocolate Discs with 72 percent cocoa solids or the M&S Swiss Dark Chocolate Truffles made with extra Swiss chocolate with smooth chocolate centers.

Or why not have it all with a variety of flavors such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate with hazelnut individually wrapped mini bars in a box? This also makes for a perfect present for any occasion.