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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Celebrate Chinese New Year at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, and SM City Lucena this Feb 10, 2013

Chinese New Year will also be celebrated at the South area of Luzon, our provinces will have their own celebration and a part of each SM Supermalls will be like a Chinatown, come and visit SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, and SM City Lucena this Feb. 10, 2013.

Gong Xi Fa Cai !!

This coming February 10, join the South Provincial Malls of SM Supermalls in celebrating the coming of the Year of the Snake. Various activities are being held to rekindle the spirit and attract the good fortune of the coming Chinese New Year.
Events in SM City Batangas
Events in SM City Lipa

Events in SM City Naga
Events in SM City Lucena

A showcase of the Chinese traditions are also being depicted through the malls’ respective Chinese New Year Displays.
Display in SM City Batangas

Display in SM City Lipa
Display in SM City Lipa
Display in SM City Lucena

Display in SM City Lucena
SM Naga Chinese New Year Centerpiece

Some of their recently concluded activities for the Chinese New Year are:

Feng Shui Consultation
After shopping at SM Department Store, SM Supermarket, and SM Appliance Center with a minimum single receipt-purchase or from all other mall tenants with a single receipt purchase of Php500, shoppers have a privilege of having their good fortune told for free by the feng shui masters.

Feng Shui consultation in SM City Lipa
Feng Shui consultation in SM City Luecna
Chinese Bazaar
You can also shop for items that attract good fortune like lucky charms and Chinese food at the Chinese Bazaar which will run from February 1-10.
Chinese bazaar in SM City Lipa
Chinese Bazaar in SM City Lucena

Chinese Dance Presentation
SM City Lucena had a recently concluded Chinese Dance Presentation last February 3, 2013 featuring CHAMS which was a great showcase of Chinese culture.

SM City Lucena Chinese Dance Presentation featuring CHAMS

SM Food Court
Street Food for Chinese New Year
SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, and SM City Lucena will be having the Street Food at their respective SM FoodCourts where diners can feast on authentic Chinese Street Food.
Foodcourt in SM City Lipa

Chinese Mascot Meet and Greet
Kids and those young at heart surely loved the Chinese Mascot Meet and Greet at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, and SM City Lucena.
Chinese Mascot Meet and Greet at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, and SM City Lucena.

Chinese Astrological Forecast Display
You may also read about your good fortune this coming Chinese New Year 2013 by reading the Chinese Astrological Forecasts located at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, and SM City Lucena.
SM City Lucena Chinese New Year Display
Chinese Astrological Forecast Display in SM City Lipa

Chinese Astrological Forecast Display  in SM City Batangas

There are still a lot of lined-up activities for the upcoming Chinese New Year so let’s join the celebrations at SM City Batangas, SM City Lipa, SM City Naga, and SM City Lucena!

SM City Batangas

SM City Lipa

SM City Lucena

SM City Naga

Bistro Group’s Taste the Love, Premiere Card and my taste of Village Tavern

We know that the Bistro Group is expanding and they are putting more restaurant concepts here in the country, my eyes are giggling because seeing new food concepts and a variety of taste makes my soul happy, I love eating and I also love foreign style of food being brought here, its like traveling around the world and these restaurants are the only airplane we can ride going to the next country.

Bistro Group owns these international casual dining restaurants, like Fish and Co, Flap Jacks, Italiani's, Krazy Garlik, Pig Out TGIFridays, Watami, Village Tavern, Bulgogi Brothers, The Stock Market, Ma Maison and Modern Shanghai.

Village Tavern in BGC
Its my first time here and I’ve been hearing a lot of good review about this restaurant, its funny that it was located at the same area and near the restaurant we usually dine in, and I didn’t even caught a glimpse of it months ago. I’m glad that there’s internet and here I am…infront of the Village Tavern.

Logo - Taste the Love
Bistro Group launches their Taste the Love promo, its not just about food, but also a way of thanking everyone and inviting for a celebration, they already opened up a total of 50 restaurants in the country with 12 concepts, last resto to join the group is Modern Shanghai, Watami, Village Tavern and Ma Maison. Villag Tavern resto here is the 1st ever branch outside of USA. But then it also celebrate the appointment of their Corporate Chef Josh Boutwood, he created new dishes for Village Tavern and its only available here in our country, he introduced to us the Black Pizza, Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Wings and Fully Loaded Sweet Potato Skins. He also created the ala carte Katsu Menu at Ma Maison.

Premiere Card
Bistro Group also launches their "PREMIERE CARD" its a privelege card with multiple discounts and covers all resto of Bistro Group. The discount offer is up to 40% off the total bill and it includes complimentary appetizers, coffee, tea and birthday treats for the Premiere card holder. The privelege card offers - 20% off the total bill, 30% off the total bill every Monday, 2 40% off dining vouchers up to Php3,000, 25% discount vouchers for your birth month, 6 appetizer vouchers up to Php400 each and compli coffee or tea in every visit.

Chef Josh Boutwood 1
We got in touch with Chef Josh Boutwood and we learned from him that he owns this restaurant in Boracay and he manages it still today, now he is in focus as the Corporate Chef for Bistro Group, we have a fun chat with him and we learned that he tries to learn how to cook sisig and other Filipino dishes, the Filipino-British chef studied at the Escuela de Culinario Mojacar in Spain, and apprenticed under French Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in England. He has worked in various restaurants in Spain, Denmark, and Sweden, most notably at Noma, touted as one of the best restaurants in the world by San Pellegrinos’ 50 Best.

Chef Josh shared to us how hard he perfected the Black Pizza of Village Tavern, he said that it is not the first ever black pizza, or maybe it could be the 1st, but he wants to contribute something, a new taste and maybe people can consider it as exotic and special that is available only in Village Tavern.

During the Bistro Group launch of their Taste the Love, I sat with the whole group of medias and bloggers just to try these new food created by Chef Josh.

Shrimp Mango Quesadilla
I love the taste of this, at first I thought that it was pizza, I recognize it finally after tasting the pico de gallo layered with Monterey Jack cheese and the taste of the tortilla.

Penne with Italian sausage

more sample platters
1. Crispy Chicken Wings
2. Homemade Jalapeno Poppers – this one is like a dynamite finger food! sweety chili but yummy
3. Chorizo and Goat cheese rolls – love this and its my favorite, a crisp roll stuffed with Spanish chorizo and goat cheese, served with chipotle sauce
4. salad

Shrimp Mango Quesadilla

A slice of Black Pizza
The pizza is made of squid ink, that explains that the pizza is black, it is a weird but yummy pizza, it’s the most best seller here in Village Tavern, its also in my favorite list and must try pizza here in the resto. At first I thought that the Black Pizza might be full of fishy odor, but I’m surprised that it is not and still smell good because of the parmesan cheese on top.

My Watermelon shake…I always order this in some resto


Inside Village Tavern


Before eating Smile with tongue out

My Black Pizza

I super love their cakes…omg!!! I feel like in heaven, it’s a Double decker cheesecake and St. Barths Chocolate cake.

the cakes are perfectly pair with a hot brewed coffee

Here’s a whole Black Pizza

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I forgot the name of this burger, but its one of my dream come true to act like one of those food eats in Man vs. Food.

more platter

Penne with Italian sausage

Shrimp Mango Quesadilla

Here’s the comfy seat and table inside Village Tavern

It’s a big space for a restaurant

seats near the wall…best seat for me.

relax…its only a replica and not the real deer horns
For more info of Taste the love and if you are interested in getting your own Premiere card, I suggest you visit these restaurants (any branches) : TGI Friday's, Italianni's, Fish & Co., Flapjacks, Pig Out!, Krazy Garlik, The Stock Market, Bulgogi Brothers , Ma Maison, Village Tavern, Watami, and Modern Shanghai.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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