Toblerone celebrates National Thank You Day – 365 Days of Gratitude

I was recently quite surprised to find out that contrary to what we might think in the Philippines, Filipinos are not known throughout the world as the most hospitable people. I read an article about a small census by Readers Digest in Canada which ranked major cities of the world according to how they displayed gratitude, an essential part of hospitality. The top spots weren’t held by Manila and Cebu City as I expected, but instead belonged to New York and Toronto. Admittedly great cities, but come on, the people of Manila are way more grateful than New Yorkers!

Now there is a great opportunity to change all of that. Toblerone and the city of Manila worked together to create National Thank You Day a few years back and from that humble beginning on October 20th, 2007 it has grown to become one of the most beloved holidays of Filipinos everywhere.

Last year in 2009, the event was expanded to included awards to those who the Philippines should be most thankful to. The awards were given by the President herself!

This year the Las Pinas City Representative, Cynthia Villar and her husband Senator Manny Villar trying to get the October 20th designated as a national holiday!

From humble beginnings come great things! In the respective bills in the house and senate, the Villars state that a national holiday on this day would be “celebration of the Filipino bayanihan spirit of according respect for the elders, warm hospitality and distinctive courtesy, and a commitment that the Philippines takes pride in its age-old respectful values.” (more…)

Slow Melting in Progress : My Häagen-Dazs Caramel Biscuit and Cream Experience

My job keeps me going non-stop. From the time I wake up to the time I fall into bed, I am on the move and there isn’t much time for enjoyment in the middle parts. Sure, I take time off to enjoy with friends, I get time to have a vacation, and I usually get at least one day a week when I can work on my food / travel blogs and watch tennis championships on TV, but for the rest of the time, my life is go go go!

That’s one of the reasons why I’ve learned to appreciate some of the little things in life during my busy days. Take yesterday for instance. In the morning I had to rush to a meeting to convince my new clients that the campaign I’ve designed for them is superior to anything else they’ve ever dealt with. So in addition to dealing with an early commute, I also had to do a lot of preparation beforehand, which meant that I didn’t have a full nights sleep. (more…)

Wonka Carameldelicious : The Newest and Sweetest Triple Treat in Town!

No one says chocolate and makes it quite like the confectionery legend, Willy Wonka. And the newest addition to their decadent collection, the Wonka Carameldelicious,introduces sweet tooth’s to a new chocolate experience.

Wonka Caramel Delicious
Wonka Caramel Delicious

“Wonka Carameldelicious is our newest addition to the American original Wonka Bars,” said Patricia Bowles, Confections Division and Brand Affairs Manager. “With Wonka’s sweet invitation to ‘Feed Your Imagination,’ the NEW! Wonka Carameldelicious chocolate bar will surely open your mind to a magical world with every bite.” (more…)

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Easy Seafood Casserole Recipe from Lea & Perrins Recipe Booklet

Adapted from a recipe that was given by Chef Jill Sandique’s close family friend, Tita Betty Chicote-Garcia, this dish is simple, fast and easy to make. Absolutely divine!

Easy Seafood Casserole Recipe
Easy Seafood Casserole Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves 6 – 8 (more…)

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Tita Judy’s Hot Crab Dip Recipe from Lea & Perrins Recipe Booklet

It was Chef Jill Sandique’s youngest Aunt recipe. Her Hot Crab Dip version calls for 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, which is sometimes difficult to find in the supermarkets. As an option, you can combine local cheddar and Edam cheese or queso de bola.

Hot Crab Dip Recipe
Hot Crab Dip Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking/Baking Time: 20-25 minutes

Serves 10 – 12 (more…)

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“My Family Treasures” Recipe Booklet from Celebrity Chef Jill Sandique

Foremost culinary genius Chef Jill Sandique has plenty of memories growing up in a household that loves good food and cooking. She would venture into the kitchen as a small child doing small chores while her mother, Dr. Lita Fran Sandique prepared the family meal.


Free Recipe Booklet from Lea & Perrins

One ingredient she distinctly remembers is Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce, a staple in the Sandique household. As a 5-year old, she was tasked to gently mix together ketchup and about a teaspoon of Lea & Perrins. The resulting dip is something she knew tasted very good. Lea & Perrins became such a favorite condiment that Chef Jill even brought a small bottle to her 3rd grade Christmas party. (more…)

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