Month: September 2016

7 Flavors: Affordable Buffet Dining Destination at the Heart of San Juan

If it isn’t obvious already, I’ll say it again, I love food. I love eating out. From Facebook posts to Instagram stories and Snapchat videos, you’ll see me posting a lot about food.

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Which is why I always find time to go to new restaurants and discover
what’s new in the neighborhood. For today’s post, I’m sharing my
experience at 7 Flavors Buffet & Ala Carte
at San Juan. 7 Flavors is a budget friendly buffet and ala cart dining
restaurant that uses the 7 flavors (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy,
umami and astringent), and showcases cuisine from all over the world.

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Ranked No. 7
Pinaka Patok na Buffet Restos 2016

by popular lifestyle show Ang Pinaka, 7 Flavors is helmed by celebrity chef and Kusina Master Chef Boy Logro.

The restaurant just opened last May, but it already has a steady stream of loyal clientele.

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The restaurant is separated into two sections: the ala carte cafe is at the first floor, while the buffet is at the second floor.

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I loved the ambiance of the first floor as it was really cozy, and the chalk board art + menu really stood out.

Ambiance

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As for the second floor, the setup is a buffet area at one side of the room, then there’s a big general dining area, and a few function rooms you can reserve for special gatherings. From what I noticed, there are three rooms you can get depending on your need.

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Now onto the food!

7 Flavors Buffet Food

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Appetizers

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The starters section was brimming with yummy options that can whet your appetite. From warm soft bread, soup, to crispy tacos, croquettes, and salads, there’s an option for everyone.

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My favorite would be the taco station because the shell was really crispy, and the beef was seasoned well, plus I get to put a lot of cheese on mine!

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Another favorite is these croquettes, brown and crispy on the outside, soft, fluffy, smooth, and savory on the inside.

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There’s also a DIY salad bar if you don’t like the other options, so everyone is covered.

Mains

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Lechon Al Horno – the lechon was good, the skin crispy and properly salted. The meat was juicy and tender, every bit what you would want from roast pork. The only issue for me was it took a long time for the crackle to be replenished, haha. The other buffet goers piled the crackle high on their plates, leaving little to our group.

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Chicken Fricasse – chicken in cream sauce, it was good, but easily forgettable

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Pork Medallion – I was very surprised that it was called pork medallion, because this isn’t what pork medallion looks like. Anyhow, it tastes more like an Asian pork stew

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Thai Fish Curry – surprisingly yummy, the fish curry didn’t have any of that fishy smell, instead was fragrant and packed a lot of flavor in every bite

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Soy Tofu – this reminded me so much of the tofu hot pot dishes served in clay pots at Chinese restaurants. It was good, but not a favorite

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Beef Kare Kare – you actually have to dig through layers of vegetables before you get to the beef. It was your typical kare kare, not too creamy, but not soupy either.

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Singaporean Mixed Seafood – surprisingly good as well. I didn’t think much of this one until I had a bite. It was an oriental stew of sorts, and had just the right amount chili for that extra kick

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Korean Salmon Head – the star of the night. Everyone agreed that this was their favorite. It was the perfect harmony of salty and sweet

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Baked Creamy Vegetable

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Fried Rice

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Roast Beef – it wasn’t outstanding, but it was juicy and packed flavor.

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Calamares

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DIY Pizza and Pasta Station- they also have this DIY pasta and pizza station where you could choose between sauces and toppings. I got to try the four cheese pasta and the pomodoro.

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Assorted Sushi Plate – the sushi and rolls are nothing new, but they tasted great and made with quality ingredients.

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Spotted this lobster carving on a pumpkin! Not sure if this is Chef Boy Logro’s creation but it does add a nice touch

Desserts

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They had cakes, cream puffs, cupcakes, brownies, mango sago, maja blanca, etc., for the dessert spread.

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My personal favorite was the mango sago, but my friends also loved the maja blanca

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They also have a DIY halo halo station, as well as ice cream!

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Drinks

They have juices for their unlimited drink options, but you can also order from their ala carte menu.

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Ala Carte

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We tried the Elvis milkshake, as well as the fruit shakes and a matcha green tea latte. I liked the Elvis milkshake a lot because it had the peanut butter chocolate goodness I was craving for.

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All in all, I had a great time at 7Flavors, it gives you great value for money while also giving a nice place for family gatherings and parties with friends. They actually aren’t competing with buffet bigwigs like Vikings, Buffet 101, Sambokojin, etc. because the price is lower, and they offer a more intimate dining experience. Considering what you get for their price, I’d think that’s a fair trade.

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The 7Flavors Buffet Rates:

  • Mondays to Thursdays: Lunch at Php 400, dinner at Php 500
  • Fridays-Sundays, lunch at Php 600, dinner at Php 600
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7Flavors Buffet & A la Carte
196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City

Opening Hours: 7am to 11pm Daily
For Reservations contact:  02-5036750 or 02-7210653

Facebook: 7 Flavors Buffet
Instagram: @7flavors.ph

Find them on Zomato:

7Flavors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What do you think of this review?

Feast on Streetfood Faves at SM Hypermarket’s SM Streetfood Festival

Streetfood is an important part of Filipino food culture. When I was in high school, I would always get excited after class dismissal because after that I could eat my favorite fishballs, and other tusok tusok favorites.

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Fast forward to today, I rarely get to enjoy taho, cheesy corn kernels, binatog, ice scramble, isaw or fish balls because I work in BGC and streetfood vendors are nowhere to be found. There’s nothing like a fresh, hot plastic cup of taho as my morning pick me upper, or a stick of crispy fried fishballs dipped in spicy sweet sauce to comfort me after an exhausting day. on my weekends, these streetfood vendors are more scarce because they prefer to set up stalls near schools, which usually don’t have classes on weekends. Sad.

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Recently, SM Hypermarket launched the SM Streetfood Festival, much to my delight! It gathers together literally every streetfood favorite you know, and partners with Unilever, Nestle, San Miguel, Alaska, Del Monte, P&G, CDO, Frabelle, Farm Fresh and Bounty Fresh to bring these at a SM Hypermarket near you.

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I was able to attend the Grand Launch at SM Hypermarket Fairview on August 31, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Here’s a schedule of the delicious SM Streetfood Festival Roadshow:

  • SM Valenzuela – Sept. 9
  • SM Bicutan – Sept. 23
  • SM Molino – Oct. 14
  • SM Mall of Asia – Oct. 20
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Feast your eyes on a lot of yummy food, starting from local street food classics like the fishballs, isaw, to local kakanin to international street food like waffles, takoyaki, shawarma, pasta and a whole lot more.

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Aside from these established brands, the SM Streetfood Festival also highlighted new players on the streetfood scene like Cebu Lechon Belly, Southern Dairy Gelato, Banchetto’s Crepes, Takoyaki, Bacon wrapped delights,the best selling SM Markets Turon with Langka (priced at Php 15 for something as big as my head! and filled with yummy sweet bananas and jackfruit).

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Aside from the activity area filled to brim with food stalls featuring great tasting streetfood, participants also get to join in on the fun and games and win prizes! During the Fairview leg, they even handed out prizes to participants who can show their Pokemon Go profiles!

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For the grand raffle draw on October 20 at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Hypermarket will also have celebrity guests present to join in on the fun! Spotted during the launch at SM Hypermarket Fairview was Love Anover, GMA News correspondent.

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As an added treat, participants also get to learn a thing or two from the cooking demos of renowned chefs like popular TV personality, Chef Boy Logro.

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Catch him and other chefs at the other rounds of SM Streetfood Festival.

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Participants are also saving a lot when purchasing at the festival as usual grocery buys will be on irresistible promos such as discounts or price-offs, and bundles.

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Participants can also participate in the raffle, where you can win Php 100,000 worth of Shopping Spree from SM Hypermarket. Just buy a bundle like the ones below and you get a raffle coupon!!!

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Aren’t you as excited as I am? I can’t wait for the one happening at SM Mall of Asia, and I’m bringing my whole family to have fun and fill up our happy tummies!

For more information, you can check out the hashtags #SMStreetFoodFestival2016 and #SMHypermarket, and follow them on Instagram (@SMMarkets) and Facebook.

See you there!!

Capture beautiful memories with the new Huawei P9

A picture paints a thousand words.

I cannot count how many times I’ve read/heard that phrase, but then it is true. Photos have a way of immortalizing memories, encapsulating a single moment in time, and be a reminder of what once was. This is exactly why I love taking photos, because pictures are a nice souvenir of beautiful, precious moments.

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These days, taking photos is made even easier with smartphone cameras, and the smartphone camera market is highly competitive because of well-informed consumers. To be one step ahead of its competitors, Huawei teamed up with renowned German lens maker Leica for the Huawei P9’s dual camera. The Huawei P9’s dual camera has two sensors, one in multicolor and one monochrome. The photos turn out with a striking color because of the merging algorithm that intelligently combines colors taken by both sensors

To show you guys how the Huawei P9 camera was for me, I’m sharing photos that remind me of a lot of things:

Note: All photos are raw, no treatments, just adjustments with the Huawei P9 Camera before shooting

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Back when I was a kid, my siblings and I would try to suck out the nectar from the santan flowers in our garden. Recently, we went back to our childhood home, where my grandfather currently resides, and I took photos of a few things that take me back to fun memories of my childhood.

The santan flowers were one, and I’m glad they’re in full bloom at the old house. I used the depth of field mode to blur out the back ground and other santan flowers, producing a dramatic nature photo.

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The Huawei P9 camera has a lot of tools anyone can play around with, from auto filters, to manual settings. The screenshots above show the different modes and settings you can find using the camera app.

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Back to my childhood home, the gumamela/hibiscus flowers were also in full bloom, and I was so glad the camera captured the bright pink colors. My grandfather used to make bubbles with the sap of the stem, leaves, and flowers when we were kids.

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Then there’s my angkong / grandfather, 92 years strong! He looks frail but he’s still very sharp and can even drive his car on short distances. That’s my cool grandfather. This was taken at the dining table, ignore the Lazy Susan filled to the brim with condiments. Like the santan flowers, I changed up depth of field for this one. Also notice that this was taken in dim light.

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Presenting, my dad! HAHAHAHA. My family has this tradition of taking cute photos of the babies, all in this position, and yup, even I have one. Taken in auto mode under dim lighting.

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This one is of the Malacanang Palace gate, a few hundred meters away from where I live. I regularly jog here, especially now that I play Pokemon Go, I have to hatch those eggs! This was taken around 11pm, with a slight drizzle of rain, and very little light aside from the lamps.

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Just recently, my family needed a break from the hustle and bustle of Manila, so off to the south we go! We had a short staycation, and I took this photo at the rooftop infinity pool at the hotel we were staying in. Used the Night Mode of the Huawei P9 camera, and the Alabang skyline turned out great.

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Also tried out the Panorama mode and got this view from the rooftop!

And now, a few snaps with friends:

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You all know Charlene as one of my closest blogger friends. We recently went to an event together and decided to test out the front camera, and tadaaa, we love how it helps brighten and smoothen our faces without making the effect look fake. It is one of the best selfie cameras everyone. For real.

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I also pigged out recently at a buffet, and couldn’t help but snap a photo of this sushi plate. I love how the vibrant colors were shown in the photo, and this was just by using the auto mode.

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For a group photo, I was surprised at how bright this one turned out considering the restaurant was nowhere as lit as this. Again taken in auto mode by the friendly server.

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We decided to end our day at our friend’s boardgame café (Rollplay Boardgame Lounge and Cafe), and I asked the owner to snap a candid photo of us because we were actually most active during this game. Fun Farm is the bomb guys, it’s an easy, snappy and a game you have to be always on alert for.

Also used the Huawei P9 to take snaps from my current life at work:

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The weather has been unforgiving lately, and this has been the scene for a few days now. Tested the monochrome filter of the camera and I was surprised by how it turned out. It looked like one of those rainy day photos you can enter in a contest

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On a lucky sunny day, I decided to test out the three Film Modes: Standard, Vivid and Smooth. I took these before going to my yoga class after work.

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Personally, I love using the vivid mode for lush landscapes and vibrant neighborhoods, then the smooth mode for shots of people.

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And last, my at work selfies! Kidding, my makeup was flawless because it was for my first event at my new company. It’s such a milestone because it was my first time to help out as a prod staff, because that’s not part of my job description. I got to know more about my workmates in the process, meet new people, and contribute to the event’s success! For the selfies, I just had to do a side by side comparison of the selfie cam under limited lighting (it was at a bar at 8pm), and with sufficient lighting from a ringlight (right photo). Both look great right?

And that wraps it up! What do you think of these photos taken with the Huawei P9?

In a Nutshell

The Huawei P9 boasts a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 3,000mAh high-density
battery, and is priced at Php 23,990 for 32GB ROM. It is available in 6 colors: Haze Gold, Ceramic White, Rose Gold, Prestige Golf, Titanium Gray, and Mystic Silver. Available in all Huawei stores, authorized distributors and bundled with Globe/Smart postpaid plans.

You can check out more photos taken using the Huawei P9 by using the hashtags #HuwaweiP9PH, #OO, #TheNewChoice on social media. You can also follow their official Instagram account @huaweimobileph. You can also visit their website for the complete specifications of the Huawei P9.

Back to back events for CBTL this weekend: Kiddie Enterprise Fair and Solar Saturdays

This weekend is a very busy one for the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, the
country’s authority on premium. They have two events lined up: the
Kiddie Enterprise Fair and the launching of Solar Saturdays.

To encourage parents to start them young, the Kiddie Enterprise Fair showcases what the Coffee Bean kids have been up to, ever since starting a Business Bootcamp for Kids. The Kiddie Enterprise will be held this September 3, 2016, Saturday at Bonifacio High Street, fronting the CBTL store.

Last April, CBTL gave the Gift of Light during Earth Day to communities with limited or no access to electricity. Seeing how the proceeds from that event greatly impacted the beneficiaries, CBTL decided to launch Solar Saturdays. This time, more people will be able to pay it forward, giving customers the opportunity to build their own solar powered lamps for Php 1000, at different CBTL stores every Saturday.

For more details on both events, hit the read more break 🙂

Kiddie Enterprise Fair: CBTL brews the Country’s Future Entrepreneurs

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is a brand that prides itself in supporting the development of our country and its individuals. With the brand motto being, Brew Your Best Year, it not only intends to make an impact in the lives of the usual adult cafe goers, but also to its young clientele.

With this in mind, Brew
Your Best Year, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s community for
encouraging customers to be the best versions of themselves, put
together a Business Bootcamp for Kids. Designed to teach kids the basics
of business in an interactive and experiential way, it is a two-part
activity that aspires to mold the youth into becoming the next
generation of entrepreneurs who will continue to pave the way for a
stronger economy.

For the first part of the bootcamp, Coffee Bean
Kids went through an Entrepreneurship Workshop facilitated by their
partner institution, The Ultimate Learning Accelerator (TULA). During
the workshop, the kids learned the basic knowledge and skills
needed to stwhat they have learned through the course, the Business Bootcamp is culminating
with a Kiddie Enterprise Fair. During the fair, the Coffee Bean Kids
will be selling food and retail items with one goal in mind: to create
successful business ventures and return their parents’ investments
through their earnings.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® invites
everyone to support the Coffee Bean Kids during their first business
venture at the Kiddie Enterprise Fair on September 3, 2016, Saturday!
The event will take place from 11AM-6PM at the garden area in front of
their Bonifacio High Street store. The brand will also be selling their
teas at a special rate and promises exciting surprises for all
attendees.

CBTL continues to Give the Gift of Light with Solar Saturdays

Every individual deserves the right to a home that is safe, nurturing and encouraging of growth and development. However, this isn’t the case with majority of the Philippine population. It is public knowledge that a lot of Filipinos live below the poverty line, lacking sturdy roofs above their head, food on their table, and even a stable source of light and electricity, showing that this right is not easily attainable.

Recognizing the contribution of light in every individual’s quality of
life, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® celebrated Earth Day last April by partnering
with Liter of Light, a global, grassroots movement committed to
providing affordable, sustainable light to people with limited or no
access to electricity. Customers of all ages acted as solar engineers by
building their own solar-powered lamps for a day, in the hopes of
giving the precious gift of light to those in need.

After the workshop, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®’s own Team Members
hiked to bring the newly-built solar powered lamps to the Dumagat
tribe’s village in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Their visit gave them the
opportunity to witness first-hand the life-altering impact their
initiative made on the community. “Light is so valuable. Without it, it
is impossible for us to do anything at night. Since we don’t have
electricity, we sleep early. We can’t work and the children cannot
study,” Councilor Michael Fernando shared. The community was overcome
with gratitude for the solar powered lamps they received. “We are so
grateful for the lights you have given us. This will always serve as a
symbol of light in our hearts and minds,” expressed the community’s
Chieftain, Rodolfo Bendebel.

Seeing the difference a light can make in the lives of others, the
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® was moved to launch #SolarSaturdays, a
series of events that gives customers the opportunity to build their own
solar powered lamps for only Php 1,000 at select stores every Saturday.
Each lamp will provide a renewable source of light for an impoverished
Filipino family’s home, changing the way they will see and live for
years to come. At the end of the campaign, all lamps collected will be
delivered by The Philippine Roadtrip and Liter of Light to communities
in far-flung and off-grid areas around the Philippines.

Be the light by giving the gift of light. Email the caringcup@coffeebean.com.ph to reserve a slot. #SolarSaturdays will happen on September 3 at Ortigas Park, September 10 at Kidzania in Bonifacio Global City, September 17 at Convergys on Ayala Avevue, and on September 24 at the U.P. Ayala Land Techno Hub.

For more information on The Kiddie Enterprise Fair and Solar Saturdays,

LIKE The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf® (Philippines) on Facebook, FOLLOW @CBTLPH @BREWPH on Instagram and Twitter, and SUBSCRIBE to brewyourbestyear.com.