But most of all, we love each other. That’s the quote from TV show Madeline that has stayed with me through the years, combining all my favorite things and reminding me of those 12 little girls in two straight lines.

“In two straight lines, they broke their bread”—aaand we’re back to my obsession. My friends know how much I love bread that they’ve dubbed me “Dyan Valdyan” because if I were to go to jail, they say it would be for stealing bread!

Kidding aside, all this bread talk brings me to Gardenia’s Next Big Sandwich Hit, a sandwich-making competition that took place last weekend. It’s amazing how the participants shook things up and created edible art that you can even DIY at home.


Healthy Box Sandwich from La Consolacion College, first runner-up


Tuna and Shrimp Tempura Overload Sandwich from Philippine Women’s University, second runner-up


Pan Fusionado Sandwich from National University, grand prize winner


Yum! Baon inspiration, anyone?


Photos courtesy of Gardenia. 

The Flavors of Spain

by guest
October 22nd, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites |

¡Hola! Thinking of a great place to treat your friends and family? We were invited to the launch of Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria, and with its soothing house music, cozy interiors, and scrumptious meals, you will surely have a dining experience that is one for the books.
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“Alqueria” is a Spanish term that means “farmhouse”. Alquerias have served as homes to rural families in Spain, and now, they are being converted into places for social gatherings. If you’re lucky, you might catch performances of traditional Spanish dances that are sure to keep you entertained while you enjoy your food. Some of our favorite dishes include Tabla de Jamon en Queso (appetizer), Fabada Asturiana (soup), and the Paella—they’ve got a variety of them!

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You should also try the Sangria, a popular Spanish drink, and Bacalao a la Vizcaina, a seafood dish.

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Alqueria is also home to Valor Chocolates, a well-loved sugar-free Chocolate brand in Spain. One of the restaurant’s best-sellers are the Churros, which are perfect with Valor Chocolate dips.

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Chef Adrian came all the way from Barcelona to share several family recipes, which have been passed down from many generations. Here, he demonstrates the traditional way of cutting the Cochinillo. The chefs in Alqueria tend to be very hands-on. You’ll see them manning the open kitchen and approaching the guests in their tables, so you might want to google some common Spanish terms and greetings so you can strike a conversation with Chef Adrian!

Visit Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria, 3rd level, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Building D, Mandaluyong. For reservations, contact 09175463370.

Macee Rosimo & Chiara Ocampo
Council of Cool 15

Sunday Funday

by marla
October 19th, 2014
Posted in Candy Bites, Spotlight |

It’s Sunday and you’re probably already on sem break: if that’s not a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is! In light of your newfound (and temporary—LOL sorry) freedom from academic madness, here’s a list of things you can do today with your family or best buds. (Or you can just, you know, stay under the covers and watch old Carrie Diaries episodes with nothing but a tub of butter popcorn for company. You deserve it.)

1. Treat yo’ self and yo’ taste buds at Niu by Vikings in SM Aura.

Niu by Vikings has everything (so. much. food!) for everyone in your family—from your pizza-monster brother to your carnivore dad to your dessert-loving mom. Everything looks so pretty and so Instagrammable, too.

Look! Bridges of Madison Sushi! (No? Okay.)

DROOL x INFINITY. Email [email protected] or call 478-3888/ 847-3888 for reservations.

2. Get dessert. Obviously.

Sebastian’s took all our favorite things in the world and put them in one ice cream flavor. Everything is right in the universe.

Photo via the Sebastian’s Ice Cream Facebook page. Visit their branches at The Podium, Mall of Asia, and Katipunan.

3. Watch Whiplash. We mean it.


“Eh? It sounds like a Disney TV movie,” a friend commented when we heard about this Sundance favorite starring Miles Teller. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Disney TV movies, this film is ~serious business~. I saw it last week and still haven’t quit asking people to watch it themselves—it’s that good. Miles does an absolutely stellar job as a drummer in a cutthroat music program, and JK Simmons, who you might remember as Juno’s dad (he who taught us that “the right person is still going to think the sun shines out of your ass”), plays a jazz band conductor so deliciously mean-spirited he’ll make you question your faith in humanity. It will also make you question your own goals and dreams, and how far you’re willing to go to achieve them, and at which point steadfast determination becomes blind obsession. Heavy stuff, but pretty important things to consider, especially after the hell semester you’ve probably just had.

Have an amazing Sunday and an even better week ahead, everyone!


A Quick Trip

by kaye
October 18th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight, Travel |

My family and I don’t get to go on as many vacations as we used to. Trips out of town were easy enough to fit in when it was only my schedule and workload they needed to work around, but now that I work, and my sisters are in college and high school (with vastly different activities and vacation times), it’s almost impossible to find a good time for all of us. Fortunately, I learned of a place just 30-45 minutes away from our house to relax and unwind on a free weekend.

Fishing Village (1)

There’s definitely something for every member of my family at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite. We all love to eat, so assuming that we’ll get there by lunch time, our first stop would definitely be The Fishing Village. It’s a Filipino-themed restaurant with the freshest seafood I’ve ever tasted. Facing Manila Bay, you can eat on bamboo huts on top of the water, and even try to fish for your meal for the full experience. I was there during the afternoon but I was told that at nighttime, it’s got an amazing view of the Manila and Makati skylines. If you’re into fireworks, it’s also the perfect place to watch the annual Pyromusical Festivals because you’re away from all the crowd and smoke.

Wildlife sanctuary

They also have a Wildlife Sanctuary that’s home to different species of reptiles, birds, and mammals. I’m personally not a big fan of zoos  but I actually like that they’re pretty socially conscious about acquiring animals. It’s a sanctuary in the realest sense because they take in the animals that Filipinos import but end up not being able to care for properly. It’s also great fun tossing raw chickens in the crocodile pit and guessing which one will actually go after it. Crocodiles may have jaws strong enough to crush rock, but they’re also pretty lazy—they only grab the chicken if it’s within stretching distance!


My dad and youngest sister, Trina love to swim so they’ll probably get a kick out of the Oceania Swim and Splash Park. Look at those massive slides! Meanwhile, my mom, my other sister Ela, and I will probably play Just Dance or Dance Central on their gaming consoles, or maybe even camp out in their Bayside KTV.

Sangley Point specialty, ribs cooked to perfection

Finally, we might as well end the day with another round of eating, this time at the Sangley Point restaurant. Their best-selling ribs are super tasty, just the right mix of smoky and savory. I wasn’t able to include a picture here, but my second favorite dish from Sangley Point has to be the Three Cheese Flat Bread Pizza. It was so good that I almost ended up polishing off almost the entire thing! Here’s an insider secret: stay away from the Tabasco and try their homemade chili sauce instead. It adds a dash of spice without numbing your tastebuds to the rest of the flavors.

For more information on Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, check out their website or their Facebook page by clicking the links!

Why You Should Watch The Book of Life

by guest
October 14th, 2014
Posted in Spotlight |


Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and his best friend Joaquin (Channing Tatum) have been head over heels for Maria (Zoë Saldana) since they were little. It may have started off as puppy love, but now there’s no turning back! This rivalry is made more interesting by two spiritual deities as they bet on which guy will win Maria’s heart. Because of this, Manolo finds himself in different worlds, determined to do whatever it takes to reunite with her—conquering his fears and following his heart in the process. Both hilarious and heartwarming, The Book of Life is an animated comedy filled with moments that will make you LOL and go aww. Its catchy tunes and vibrant colors will surely keep your eyes glued to the screen. This movie is a celebration of life and love, perfect for the Halloween season! Catch it when it premieres on October 16. —Coleen Pascual, Candy Council of Cool 15

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