Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Php 88 for an 8 inch sandwich at Hoagies!

Hoagies, the new sandwich guy in town! Php 88 for an 8 inches sandwich? That's a bargain!

I went to SM North Edsa Annex building to buy a new hard disk for my laptop.  While on the upper ground floor, I saw this sign on a new sandwich shop called Hoagies that caught my attention.  The sign showing that for the introductory price of Php 88 you get an 8 inch sub/sandwich pulled me inside the shop.

I looked at the menu board and saw that the sandwiches they are offering for Php 88 are really costing more but was cheaper because they were on introductory price.

I wanted to go for the Ham and Cheese but its already out of stock. I love sandwiches because it gives me an alternative to our Filipino typical rice and viand meals but still satisfies my hunger and cravings! I was bit disappointed that it was only Chorizo and Adobe variants that we available. I just wanted a break from the typical Pinoy flavored food.

I just ordered a Chori Special instead.  It's a Chorizo (Sausage) Burger sub.  According to the girl in the counter, it comes only with certain vegetables and sauce. However, she said that you can add more veggies and/or sauces free of charge.  I opted for more veggies (for it to be healthier kuno!) and extra sauce.  I instructed her to put lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and splash it with a bit of honey mustard sauce.

The Chori Special with my extra veggies & honey mustard sauce
8 inches of white bread with chorizo burger loaded with veggies spiced with jalapeno in front of me ready to be devoured to satisfy my craving :)

It was good!  The chorizo meat was not bad but with the veggies and the sauces it was great!  I enjoyed the sandwich.

I enjoyed it so much that I wanted another one.  I decided to go for another flavor, this time the Pulled Pork Adobo.

The adobo sandwich being assembled

My adobo sandwich ready!
Although I know that I won't be able to eat another 8 inch sandwich, I did not ask the lady to cut it into half. My plan was of course still to eat a part and take out the remainder.  I just wanted to hold the whole 8 inches of the sandwich to make me feel that I'm eating something different (not adobo in pandesal he he he ).

Customized as well, the adobe pulled pork sandwich loaded with meat, veggies and just a bit of sauce and jalapenos.  It was ok but not as tasty adobo but I still enjoyed it. It was bit bland for me but with extra sauces it will be a great sandwich to enjoy if you like the adobo flavoring.

As expected, I could not finish the sandwich and gave it for wrapping to take out.  The previous 8 inch sandwich was quite filling :)

I'm glad I found another option for eating sandwiches in addition to my favorite sandwich shop Subway.

They have 3 branches, SM North Annex, SM Fairview and SM Southmall.  You can learn more about the place on their Hoagies Facebook page.

I will definitely visit them to try out their other subs especially their Philly Cheesesteak!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Get a Chance To Get Invited at the Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013

Do you want to attend the exclusive Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 shows and don't have an invite yet?  Here's how you can get a chance to get an invite.

1. Visit their Philippine Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 registration site.

2 . In that page, register your Email, First Name, Last Name, Mobile number.

3.  From all those who registered in the page, Philippine Fashion Week Live system will randomly select people to be invited to the designer shows.

4.  Hope for the best :)

Note: Not all those who register will receive an e-invite. Only those who are randomly selected by the system will receive e-invites by e-mail.

Good luck and there is definitely no harm in trying. It just takes a minute to register.

The good news is if you get an invite, it comes with a +1, meaning you can bring along someone to this exclusive fashion show event!

I have already got 3 invites for different shows and have attended the Philippine Supermodel Finals show last October 23 2012.

The Philippine Supermodel Finals show I attended
Please let me know in the comments section if you get an invite.  Goodluck!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Coverage of Supermodel Philippines Finals at the Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013

The Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013 opened at 6:30 p.m. with the Philippine Supermodel finals at the SMX Convention Center last Tuesday, October 23, 2012.  Seventeen young female and male models vied for the chance to be the next Philippine Supermodels.

Here are some of the photos taken during the event.


The remaining Top 3 Male & Females Supermodels

Winners Gerard Go and May Ann Naguit
 Congratulations to Ms.May Ann Naguit and Mr. Gerard Go, winners of Supermodel Philippines 2012!

For the detailed schedule of the Philippine Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, please visit their website or Facebook page.

Yours truly at the event


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Press Release: Tyler Perry fights crime in “Alex Cross”

Tyler Perry plays Crusading Detective/Psychologist Alex Cross meets his match when he goes against the psychotic, mob hit man, Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan (Matthew Fox). As Cross investigates the hit man's gruesome murders, Cross vows to hunt down the killer if it's the last thing he does. However, Sullivan is a mastermind and continues to evade Cross while pushing him to an ethical breaking point as a cop and a father. As Cross closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable—a revelation that could change everything and a role previously held by Morgan Freeman in “Kiss the Girls” and “Along Came a Spider.

“I am sure a lot of people were confounded when they heard Tyler was doing this character after Morgan Freeman did the role in earlier movies,” says director Rob Cohen. “Tyler usually sticks to his own productions but if you read Jim’s books, the character is a 40-year-old guy who is a big and physical; that’s Tyler. He’s truer to the Patterson character from the books than what was previously done on screen with Morgan.”

For his part, Perry admits to a little bit of trepidation stepping into the role.  “Knowing that Morgan Freeman had done this role was very, very intimidating but also thrilling to know I took on something that Morgan said yes to,” says Perry.

“Tyler is physically perfect,” says Patterson.  “And he’s going to blow people’s minds how good he is in a dramatic role because people have seen him do comedy and a little bit of drama but nothing like this.”
“Jim knew that this movie was important because it’s the origin story of the character.  Since he created the character nearly 20 years ago, television is now chock full of procedural investigations that are ‘walk-and-talks’ so we had to take this to another level,” says producer Bill Block.
“It’s more of a man-hunt movie,” says producer Paul Hanson, “and from a visual standpoint, there are locations that would be nearly impossible to recreate which adds to the cinematic experience.  But to create that experience we needed someone who could envision things we couldn’t imagine and we got pretty lucky that Rob Cohen said yes.”

Cohen saw the potential in the script but realized that the Cross character had to be re-imagined from the books as well as the two movies (Along Came a Spider, Kiss The Girls).  While the director, renowned for his direction of numerous action-oriented movies, realized that the cinematic experience he wanted to create could only truly come alive with some out-of-the-box casting.

Cohen met Perry in 2010 when he saw the actor in the stage production of “Madea’s Family Reunion.”
“I wanted to see what the Tyler Perry phenomenon was all about and after the show when we met I was amazed at how big he was and I told him, ‘You could be an action movie star’ and he sort of laughed and said ‘well, maybe we’ll work something out.’” says Cohen.

“Then, as luck would have it, Bill Block called me about this movie and wants to know what I thought about Tyler playing Cross and I told Bill that with his acting chops, his physical size and commanding voice that Tyler doing the role is a great idea.” Those qualities that Perry possesses are exactly what Patterson envisioned when he created the character of Cross nearly 20 years ago. 

“Morgan is a great actor.  But Tyler is much closer to the Alex Cross in books, physically and age-wise, in terms of his ability to do action,” says Patterson. Perry had to undergo some rigorous training in the self-defense art of KravMagra used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies. “I trained about three times a week and it’s the most ass-kicking workout I’ve ever experienced,” says Perry.

Perry also went on ride-alongs with Atlanta homicide policeman to get some first-hand experience and from the movie’s armorer Darcy Leutzinger, learned how to handle weapons.

With unstoppable action, and unforeseeable twists, this suspenseful action thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

“ALEX CROSS” is released and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Showing on October 17, 2012 in Philippine cinemas.

Related Posts:

Do not Ever Cross Alex Cross (The Movie)



Mathew Fox in the movie Alex Cross

MATTHEW FOX  is best known for his role as Dr. Jack Shephard in J.J. Abrams award-winning smash-hit series “Lost.” For this role, he jointly won the 2005 SAG Ensemble Award, as well as being nominated for the Golden Globe and Emmy for Outstanding Leading Man in a Drama Series.  His other television work includes the popular Golden Globe award-winning series “Party of Five.” He recently made his theater debut as 'Bobby' in Neil Labute'sIn a Forest, Dark & Deep, for which he received rave reviews. For film, his credits include Speed Racer, Vantage Point, Smokin' Aces, We are Marshall and the forthcoming movies Billy Smoke and World War Z starring Brad Pitt.  In unstoppable action, and unforeseeable twists, ‘Alex Cross’, Matthew Fox plays the baddie role and arch adversary of private investigator Alex Cross played by Tyler Perry.

When it came to casting Cross’ adversary, Cohen went against conventional wisdom which would have led him to who would make the best villain. Cohen’s take on it was that it should be somebody who could have played the hero, thus accentuating the ambiguity of the character. “I met Matthew Fox for another movie and while it didn’t happen for us, I came away with the impression that he was intense guy and I remembered him.

Mathew Fox in the movie Alex Cross

“I thought if he could somehow wrap his mind around a villain of this proportion that he would be amazing and I really think he rose to the occasion of playing it,” says Cohen. To elevate the movie to another level, Cohen believed that it was essential Fox transform himself into something neither an audience nor the actor himself were familiar with.  “Matt put himself physically and emotionally on to a whole different level,” says Cohen. “This is a villain unlike anything anyone has seen.”  Fox lost nearly 35 lbs. for the role creating a visage that has him looking gaunt, nearly skeletal yet leaving behind only sinew and muscle on his 6’2” frame.

Mathew Fox in the movie Alex Cross

“Rob is just a very, very cool director with amazing taste,” says Fox. “He told me and I agreed—months before we started filming—that playing this part was going to require a big commitment physically. I felt I had to lose a lot of weight and get shredded down so that on the outside Picasso looked like someone who would have these disturbing ideas.”

In a way, Patterson and then the filmmakers have constructed Cross as the most American of icons: a lone sheriff in the old west who enforces the law and looks for justice where he can find it. 

“He’s a civilized man who, as the movie goes on, loses his civilization one layer at a time until he’s down in the depths with Picasso,” notes Cohen.  By contrast Picasso’s twisted sense of logic has him inflicting pain his victims or even himself, as he believes this is the only time that a person can be totally free. “He captures the moment with agonizing Cubist-like sketches because the character becomes more and more obsessed with the actual moment of death,” says Fox of his role. “In his mind, he’s giving his victims a moment of truly being alive before they die.  “He’s very much of an existentialist and the notion of shattering people’s constructs of right and wrong and the way the world should work, but he’s essentially chaos personified.”

Perry recalls his one and only non-acting encounter with Fox: “We met at the production office and he says, ‘I’m Matthew.’ I say, ‘I’m Tyler and this will be the only time we’ll be talking until we’re done.’ And he says, ‘yep, you’re right,’ and we went in separate directions.”

“ALEX CROSS” is released and distributed by Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Showing on October 17, 2012

Related Posts:

Do not Ever Cross Alex Cross (The Movie)
Press Release: Tyler Perry fights crime in “Alex Cross”


Monday, October 8, 2012

Japanese Buffet at Kitsho

Sashimi Galore!

My wife and I went to Kitsho Japanese Restaurant located at the Traders Hotel in Pasay City last Sunday, October 7, for a lunch buffet.  She bought this lunch voucher from Metro Deal that cost around Php 600 pesos for a lunch buffet that includes free unlimited ice tea/juice drinks.

We arrived at around 11:40 am with the restaurant already packed with customers. We have reserved a table as part of the promo mechanics that guaranteed us a seat if we arrive by 11:45 so we were seated immediately.

Already hungry (and excited), I first visited the sushi bar area.

The sushi bar area

The first one that caught my eye was my favorite, SASHIMI!  The assorted sashimi of Salmon, Tuna and Crabsticks arranged so nicely and appetizing that I wanted to lift the big bowl and put it in my table!  Of course, I won't be able to finish it. 

Sashimi Galore!
I usually start with sashimis (salmon, tuna, in that order) to jumpstart my Japanese meals.  I just love sashimis especially salmon!

The quality of the fish used in the sashimis were very good!  You can taste the yumminess brought by the freshness of the fish. Really enjoyed both the salmon and the tuna sashimis.

Returned to the sushi bar and looked at what were there again together with the salads.

Yaki Nasu (Grilled Eggplant)

Macaroni Salad

Greens Salads you can dress with Miso or Shoyu dressings

Tamago Yaki (Sweet Egg Roll)

Oshinko (pickled vegetable) Maki

The sinfully (high in cholesterol) delicious Uni (Sea Urchins)

Another plate of sashimis, maki and sushi
I enjoyed another round of sashimis but this time include a California Roll and a Tuna sushi.  I had 2 servings of the heavenly Uni but limited myself to the pleasure to control my cholesterol intake.

Ordered from the waiter two bowls of Miso soup to complement the sushis for me and my wife.  The soup was good for me. My wife actually liked it better than I did.

Miso soup
Having the Miso soup reminded me of having Sukiyaki, which was next to the sushi bar area.

The veggies, beef and the noodles that goes into the broth to complete the Sukiyaki
When I went to that Sukiyaki station, the chef was mixing another batch.

My Sukiyaki being prepared by the chef:

The Sukiyaki was really fantastic.  With its sweet salty broth, the nicely blanch veggies and the highlight, the delicios US Beef thinly sliced cooked in the broth, was a soup/stew made in heaven. It was so good that I went for a second helping.  I requested the chef to put more beef.

Sukiyaki, a soup / stew made in Heaven!
Tempura time!

Shrimp Tempura
Ebi Tempura with Tempura Sauce
I tried the shrimp tempura and found it quite just ordinary to my taste. I find the batter a bit bland to my taste.

I then move to the next phase of the meal! Rice + Viands.

The rice and viands buffet area

Fried Rice
I really loved the fried rice matching with the Japanese Beef Curry.  I remembered the Japanese sushi train resto in Dubai where they prepare the Japanese curry fried rice that I loved.

The sauted vegetable was nicely flavored as well. Chicken was ok.  Initially they had the grilled yellow fin tuna but by the second helpings it was replaced by the salmon!

Grilled Salmon

The grilled salmon with the fried rice
I really enjoyed the grilled salmon! It's definitely preferred than the tuna.  So yummy!  Salmon grilled is really a treat for me.

Me enjoying the meal with the also tasty pineapple juice (canned not powdered drink)

Me and my wife enjoyed the Japanese buffet meal

Time for desserts!  A healthy way to end the meal with fresh fruits. 

Selection of fresh fruits: Pineapple, melon, watermelon

My healthy desert (wish there were tarts and cakes :)
The fresh fruits were sweet and enjoyable to it. I loved the sweet and sourly taste of the pineapple.

The Metro Deal of the Japanese buffet with unlimited juice was really a fantastic offer for a classy Japanese Restaurant.  Without the offer, Kitsho offers the buffet every Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays for Php 748++ which comes around Php 915 but without the unlimited juice drink.  The juice drinks ranges around Php 120.

I would recommend Kitsho for the good quality and tasty authentic Japanese dishes.  The ambiance was nice and they have partitioned areas as well.  Service was very good.  Since we were seated and by the time we left, there was a good turnaround of customers between people leaving and people waiting to be seated, therefore I recommend you make reservations.  The place seems to be very popular during the weekends especially Sundays for families and groups.

At the entrance
So if you love to eat Japanese Food and looking for a place to eat lunch during the weekends and holidays, I highly recommend Kitsho Restaurant and Sake Bar located at the Traders Hotel in Pasay City.