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March 26, 2010

The Flavors of Ateneo (through the eyes of a Lasalista)

The Ateneo Foodie Way-10
Manang's Liempo (P45). The most famous dish at Manang's

Ever since my blog post on the Flavors of La Salle and Reminiscin' La Salle, I often wondered what Ateneo Food would taste like and how the campus would feel like. Thanks to Regine Garcia and team for inviting me to give a talk to the GK Students -- I got the chance to "infiltrate" the Ateneo camp.

I realized how beautiful the campus is and I wondered what would have happened if I went to Ateneo. (I guess, OAP would be blue. :) ) Let me show you the foodie places around the Ateneo campus...

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March 25, 2010

Kids' Earth Hour

Photo from Mead Johnson and WWF event
Every last Saturday of March, we join the world in saving 1 hour of electricity by shutting down all our lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. This is a symbolic act and a commitment to be more eco-conscious and lessen our impact on the environment. After experiencing 38-42oC of heat here in Phi Phi Island in Krabi, South Thailand, I was struck by the thought that we shouldn't wait for our own environment in the Philippines to deteriorate further.

Let's start teaching our kids that important lesson.

I invite you to join Kids' Earth Hour, which will be held simultaneously in Bonifacio Global City, Level 3 Trinoma and SM Mall of Asia's San Miguel by the Bay. Kids' Earth Hour starts at 6pm, which will lead to the countdown to Earth Hour at 8.29pm.

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March 21, 2010

[Ultimate Taste Test 4.0]: Lessons from The Battle of the Lechon

Mark your calendar: Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 on April 16, Friday, 7pm, somewhere in the Fort Area.

Ultimate Taste Test 3-99

Finally, the Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 is all set for April 16, 7pm, somewhere in the Fort area. We have a bigger venue and we can accommodate more foodies and help more food suppliers. Ultimate Taste Test is an event where emerging food suppliers, who believe they have an awesome product to share with Filipinos, can be discovered. Foodies who attend the Ultimate Taste Test will rate the food from a scale of 1 to 5. If the food gets a rating of more than 3.3, I will be blogging about the product in Our Awesome Planet. This is the fastest way for a new supplier to be known by the foodie community.

The Ultimate Taste Test is also open to established food suppliers, restaurants and food manufacturers who want to showcase a NEW product in the market. We are open to any food and drinks category -- from appetizers to main courses to desserts. Anybody can join as long as you have something NEW to offer and you have to provide taste test portions for 500 foodies.

One hundred percent of the Ultimate Taste Test proceeds goes to the St. Michael the Archangel Parish of Bonifacio Global City.

Please email or call my wife, Rache, if you want to join the Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 as a SUPPLIER at rache@diaz.ph or +63917 5318949.  Kindly indicate in the subject: Ultimate Taste Test 4.0 SUPPLIER.

We will open registration for foodies on April 5, Monday.  Kindly register ONLY thru her email at rache@diaz.ph with complete name/s preferably with email address too.

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March 13, 2010

Maven Secret: Did you know that Blog Readers are 80% Visual?

Nuero Linguistic Programming
NLP Master Ben Ampil sharing his expertise during his NLP & Effective Communications Workshop

Before you read the entire post, please answer this simple diagnostic* on what kind of Blog Reader you are... (You can answer this in a minute before you read through the entire blog post.)

1. Ask yourself: Before going to bed at night, it is most important for you that:

(a)    the room is nearly or completely dark,
(b)    the room is quiet or has pleasing sounds, or
(c)    your bed feels comfortable.

2. For you, having rapport with someone is to:

(a)     see that person in a wonderful and easy-to-be-with manner,
(b)     hear that person communicate things to you in the same manner that you would, or
(c)     feel toward that person the way you sense he/she feels toward you.

3. When you agree with someone, you would most likely say:

(a)     "that looks right",
(b)     "that sounds right", or
(c)     "that feels right".

Please take note of your answers and post them in the comments section with your insights after reading this blog post.

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March 12, 2010

Peanut Butter Love

Peanut Butter Company-37

I've been hearing raves about Peanut Butter Company (PB Co.) ever since it opened, but it is quite far from where we live. It took me some time to gain enough patience to brave the traffic going to SM North Edsa.

It was our parents' wedding anniversary and syoti Raphael's first month, so we decided to celebrate in Peanut Butter Company. PB Co. specializes in take-out pasta and sandwiches that use their gourmet peanut butter. I was a bit surprised that the place discourages dine-in guests because of the few dine-in tables available and the way the sandwiches/pasta are served (in take-out wrappers and containers).

It is a cross between Oliver's Sandwiches, a coffee shop and an Iron Chef episode with Peanut Butter as the main ingredient. We had fun because the food is quite unique and yummy. We have our own preferences but we all agree that the Sesame Peanut Butter was the best. :)

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