Wednesday, October 10, 2018

MRSWISE, A PROUD PARTNER BLOGGER OF RAWR AWARDS 2018



A few years back, December 2015 to be exact, I was commissioned to write for the very first RAWR Awards held at the Meralco Theatre. It was a special night as movie, TV stars, media personalities and fans of LionHearTV.net came together to celebrate the website's 7th anniversary. 

Fast forward to 2018 -- and guess what.  I am attending this year's RAWR Awards not as the event's writer anymore, but a proud partner blogger of the event. Yey!  This is so exciting!  To see the logo of my humble blog on the official poster is simply awesome!






RAWR Awards 2018 is all-set at Le Rêve on November 14


LionHearTV.net brings back #RAWRAwards2018 on November 14, Wednesday, 6pm at Le Rêve Pool Party Venue and Events Place. The annual award-giving body is backed up by the Filipino blogging community, particularly the entertainment blogs spearheaded by the aforementioned site.



A total of 25 awards are at stake in this year’s RAWR Awards. Dubbed as a spectacle of entertainment celebrities; apart from a 250-strong support from the new media practitioners (bloggers) across the country, PR groups are all in support as well as the respective fans of the listed nominees.

Monday, October 8, 2018

MEGA HAPPINESS FOR MRS.WISE AT THE MEGA BARKADA LAUNCH



This is only the second time that I have been invited by this well loved Filipino brand - Mega Global -- makers of Mega tuna, sardines, and prime products.  For both events, I went home MEGA happy!  Last year, I was declared as the online winner for Mega Prime Cook-off Challenge.  And this year, I was the grand prize winner in their #MegaBarkada media launch -- where I went home with an overnight GC for 6 for a much awaited glamping experience.




MEGA TUNA WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY!


But these are not the only reasons why I am MEGA happy with this brand. I learned from their recent event, that their tuna brand is something that they are truly proud of. Aside from the fact that it is proudly Filipino made, it is made with 100% pure tuna, with no extenders.  Which is a very important factor to consider for moms like me in choosing what's healthy for the family.





MEGA BARKADA, THE NEWEST BRAND AMBASSADORS OF MEGA TUNA

Youthful, dynamic, and brimming with fresh ideas, the Mega Barkada are the newest brand ambassadors of Mega Tuna, the country’s most exciting tuna brand. Made up of Deegee Razon, Ronan Domingo, Melissa Gohing, and Baninay Bautista, the MegaBarkada goes through life with a spirit of adventure and fun, exploring new things and learning from each other, while always staying true to themselves.



To bring their brand of fun and authenticity to more Filipinos, the Mega Barkada will be launching two webisodes, especially made to delight audiences across and beyond the country.

Thanks to their partnership with Mega Global, the MegaBarkada says they have become better consumers. Speaking for the group, Baninay says:  “Mega has taught us what being authentic is all about. Our togetherness has made us appreciate each other, at parati kaming tunay sa isa’t isa. Ganun din pagdating sa Mega Tuna. I now know that pag pure ang ingredients at walang halong fake, you won’t go wrong with its quality and taste.
Indeed, with Mega Tuna, you can live life fully without worrying about what you eat. And with 100% tuna, you’ll be sure to only have 100% pure experiences.
Mega Tuna comes in four variants, namely, Mega Tuna Flakes in Oil, Hot and Spicy, Sweet and Spicy, and Spanish-Style. All variants are available in supermarkets nationwide. For more information, please visit the website www.megaglobal.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/megapuretuna/. Sarap ng TUNAy webisodes will also be available on the Facebook for sharing!











Friday, October 5, 2018

LEARN, COOK, PLAY AT THE KITCHEN PLAYGROUND MANILA




All my life as an urban gardener, I believed in one theory shared to me by good friend.  That plants have feelings. That is why, I thrive as a gardener, because the plants in my garden are not threatened by me. Why? Because I CANNOT cook. Nakakahiya man aminin...  when it comes to cooking, I am a complete failure. All I can do is prepare sushi rolls, make salads and heat leftovers in the microwave hahaha!

Because the veggies, the herbs, the fruit trees know that I am not capable of killing them (cooking), they consider me a BFF. Thus, everything I plant, even gathered seeds from kitchen scraps, thrive and mature till harvest.  And they are making me happy every single day!






And guess what! I have proven, that somehow this theory is not at all true.  Because I have met a chef, who grows his own vegetable garden. Meet Chef Rhon Aguilar.






MICROFARMING AND COOK WHAT YOU GROW WORKSHOP

Chef Rhon introduced to us, during the first part of the workshop, the herbs and plants that he will be using for cooking. Majority of these, came from his own garden!  While some of the herbs I am familiary with, like the rosemary (I tried growing)  and basil (I still have lots in my garden)  -- I was very happy to have met for the very first time, some interesting herbs and plants!

GOTU KOLA: which is believed to enhance memory and cognitive skills. It is 
also known to reduce stress and anxiety.
CURRY:  good for the heart and in fighting infections
KAFFIR LIME 
HOLY BASIL: an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb
GALANGAL  (replanted and so far its thriving. Had to make sure I plant it near 
my ginger because they look alike)


COOKING TIME

After we were given a little background on micro-farming, it's time to do some cooking!  I browsed the recipes that were given, and I decided right away, what recipe I will do. Any guess?  Hehehe... told Mr.Wise that I will do the Spring Roll!  And the rest -- siya na ang in charge!  Lol!

SERYOSO SA PAGLULUTO. WANTED TO PROVE HE IS NOT A BEGINNER ANYMORE :)


All four recipes are Asian Inspired Dishes.   

THAI FISH CURRY



The secret to this tasty dish is in the Curry Paste. Chef Rhon combined all these ingredients in a blender until smooth >> Siling labuyo, turmeric powder, curry powder, garlic, onion, cilantro, lemongrass, ginger root, galangal root, water and bagoong.
CUBAN PORK WITH CHIMICHURRI SAUCE
This recipe needs ample time to prepare. The pork needs to be marinated for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight in the chiller. The marinade includes > garlic, shallots, chili, lemon, liquid seasoning, sage leaves, rosemary herbs, cuban variegated oregano, fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper.  

And because I love the flavor of pesto sauce, I liked Chef Rhon's Chimichurri sauce made from parsley, cuban Oregano, basil, garlic, chili, shallots, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. 



VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL


This one is a staple in our dinner table. We sometimes prepare a couple of spring rolls, put it in the fridge and enjoy it until the following day. But was happy to learn that when you put some herbs inside the roll, it adds up to its Asian flavor. Kindda fun when you try to pinpoint what particular herb is giving that certain taste, while munching on it!  And before I knew it, I have already eaten three whole rolls hahaha!



The herbs we included in the roll were > kuchay, mint, thai basil, Vietnamese coriander, Cilantro and Gotukola.


LEMONGRASS CHICKEN


THE KITCHEN PLAYGROUND EXPERIENCE

It was awesomely fun!  For someone who can't cook, I enjoyed it. I wasn't intimidated by Chef Ron, and the owners, as well as the chef assistants were very gracious and helpful. I got some new information on micro-farming, the hubby learned a lot from the cooking experience -- so it was the PERFECT workshop for us. Workshop na, couple bonding activity pa! 



The Kitchen Playground Manila is serving a buffet of services sure to delight the chef, foodie and food entrepreneur in everyone. And hey... the urban gardener in you (just like me!)

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Cooking Workshops
  • Kitchen Studio Rental for Personal Events and Personal Use
  • Mid to High-End Catering, Food Party Trays, Party Packs, Dessert Giveaways
  • Private Chef Services
  • Food and Beverage Consultancy





(L-R)  CHRISTINE DE GUZMAN, Head of Marketing and Co-Founder
MARGA ESPINO, Head CHef and Co-Founder
CHEF RHON AGUILAR


I think it would be a nice idea to gather your BFF's this Christmas, and celebrate your get together at the Kitchen Playground Manila. You can have fun learning to cook pulutan for your hubbies, or you can bring your hubbies and request a wine and cheese pairing session. The learning and fun never stops at the Kitchen Playground Manila!