vegan filipino dishes Marriott Manila

Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Filipino cuisine has gained its rightful global position to be “the next big thing”. How it has evolved while keeping its authentic roots is the secret ingredient. But this is just the beginning. Marriott Hotel Manila takes the Filipino cuisine to a new level – Vegan level on that note. The hotel took inspiration from the growing vegan or plant-based eating community in the country. It’s a culinary treat catering to various, if not all, cravings such as foodies, vegans, healthy seekers and any appetite who’s up for something new.

“We thoroughly studied and searched for quality plant alternatives that provide the same aroma, texture and flavor to replace the meat.”

adds their Executive Chef Meik Brammer.

They challenged the popular “meaty” dishes such as Bicol Express, Sisig and Bacolod Inasal to an all-vegetable makeover. Substituting the pork in Bicol Express is a variety of mushrooms such as portabello, shitake and Tagaytay’s oyster mushroom. Mushrooms already are rich and meaty textured perfect to combine with their homemade spicy coconut cream.

vegan filipino dishes Marriott Manila

Bicol Express (using mushroom) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Sisig turned into a hearty fare by using banana hearts (puso ng saging) and breadfruit (kamansi) instead. These are tasteful ingredients and can easily be mistaken as pork with eyes closed.

vegan filipino dishes Marriott Manila

Sisig (using banana hearts and breadfruit) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

For Bacolod Inasal, they chargrilled high-protein alternative tofu to be dipped in traditional Iloilo vinegar, sinamak.

vegan filipino dishes Marriott Manila

Bacolod Inasal (using tofu) Vegan Take on Filipino Dishes by Marriott Hotel Manila

Marriott’s fresh take on the local cuisine makes it more available and fascinating. Vegan or not, indulge in a buffet-style for only Php 1,950 on lunch every Saturdays to Fridays and Php 2,100 on dinner every Sundays to Thursdays. Enough reason to take pride in local and healthy eating.

Cru Steakhouse is located at Marriott Hotel Manila’s G/F and is open from 6pm to 10:30 pm on Sundays to Thursdays and 6pm to 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays. While, Marriott Café Bakery is located at the G/F and is open from 6am to 10:30pm. For inquiries, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

As the whole world turns off lights on March 25 for Earth Hour, Marriott Hotel Manila brings back their illustrious Dinner in the Dark at Cru Steakhouse. Due to popular demand, this unique dining experience returns in the most perfect and darkest night.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Dinner in the Dark first came to the Philippines at Cru Steakhouse last October 2016. It returns this year with a 4-course exceptional fete for only Php 2,500 per person. How does it work? Blindfolds are provided to be worn as you take a seat and finish the last dish. Dishes are kept hidden for you to unfold by your tasteful judgements.  A guide stands by for basic instructions and desciptions of what’s on your plate. Without the sense of sight, all your other senses will awaken to appreciate every flavor of the food and your ability to see.

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

Don’t just hide yourself in the dark on Earth Hour. As nature takes rest, jump up your appetites for this rare dining experience. Hit the dial button and see you in the dark!

Marriott Manila Joins Earth Hour with Dinner in the Dark

For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Christmas Magic and Merriment at Marriott Hotel Manila

Smiles, Christmas carols, gift giving and a spread of feasts and treats were the highlights at the recently-held Christmas tree lighting at Marriott Hotel Manila.

Magical Christmas Tree with Fairies

Not to be missed is the 26-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Its gold ornaments are enhanced by beautiful fairy dolls that seem to spread pixie dust to those who wish for great success or luck. As more and more people came to admire the tree and hold the fairy dolls, a lady clad in glistening attire surprised the guests. Tessa Prieto-Valdez, the ever-gracious host, continued the Christmas cheer and introduced General Manager Bruce Winton who welcomed the guests and briefly discussed Marriott’s holiday offerings.

 Magical Feast and Treats

While everyone indulged on savories and sweets created by Executive Chef Meik Brammer and his kitchen team, guests admired the graceful performance of little ballerina, Sage Espiritu. After a few twists and turns, she handed the magic wand to Marian Rivera-Dantes. And with one swing from of the wand, it’s as if magic was spread at the hotel’s lobby—the splendid Christmas tree was lit and left everyone in awe, Himig Roseña choral serenaded the guests with delightful Christmas carols, Santa Claus and his fairy friends came down the elegant staircase and shared presents from his red sack, and the gingerbread man and the snowman mascots hugged kids and adults alike!

Magic of Giving

Christmas is a time for giving. Also present during the celebration were the students and administrators of the Philippine School for the Deaf, Marriott Hotel Manila’s beneficiary. This year, the hotel will help raise funds to jumpstart a construction of additional dormitories to accommodate more indigent students. Every purchase of Rio, the Unicorn, will aid in this advocacy. The limited edition stuffed toy is available at the life-size gingerbread train at the hotel lobby for only P500.

It was just the beginning of magical cheers for the holidays at Marriott Hotel Manila. For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit http://www.manilamarriott.com.

To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.

Spooky Treats and Tricks at Marriott Manila

Witches, wizards and ghosts have come alive and are on their way to haunt Marriott Manila this Halloween. The hotel doors are now widely open to everyone who is up for freakin’ great treats and tricks! Our pastry enchanters, led by Chef Fil Afable, have come up with both eerie and charming goodies to fill in your pumpkin bags. Creeping out from the oven are crisp finger cookies of Count Dracula and Incredible Hulk for Php 60/2 pieces.

Count Dracula Finger Cookies Made of rich and dreamy peanut butter

Count Dracula Finger Cookies
Made of rich and dreamy peanut butter

Get under the spell of hair-raising confections like the Spider Web Cake, a cheesecake-base covered by luscious chocolate ganache for Php1,800;

Spider Web Cake Choclate ganache draped over creamy no-bake cheesecake and topped by a gumdrop spider with chocolate string legs.

Spider Web Cake
Choclate ganache draped over creamy no-bake cheesecake and topped by a gumdrop spider with chocolate string legs.

Ghost Cupcakes, dark chocolate cupcake topped by fluffy marshmallows on butter cream frosting, that can be purchased per piece for Php 190;

Ghost Cupcake Dark chocolate cupcake frosted with butter cream and topped with fluffy marshmallows shaped in a ghost

Ghost Cupcake
Dark chocolate cupcake frosted with butter cream and topped with fluffy marshmallows shaped in a ghost

and bury your sweet cravings while gorging on Ghoul’s Graveyard Brownies adorned with dark chocolate chips and vanilla shortbread headstones for Php 1,600.

Ghoul’s Graveyard Brownies Dark chocolate chips brownies bleeding with chocolate glaze and vanilla shortbread headstones mark on each slice.

Ghoul’s Graveyard Brownies
Dark chocolate chips brownies bleeding with chocolate glaze and vanilla shortbread headstones mark on each slice.

Lollicakes are given its scare make-over, such as vanilla flavored Mummy Lollicake and ube cake with purple yam frosting Bat Lollicake – both for Php 190 per piece.

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Mummy Lollicake Vanilla cake with a thin layer of meringue butter cream, around with fondant

Bat Lollicake Ube cake with purple yam colored frostings enrobed with black fondant bat

Bat Lollicake
Ube cake with purple yam colored frostings enrobed with black fondant bat

You can’t also miss the rare Pumpkin Icecream made of gingersnap cookie crust filled with creamy pumpkin mix and swirls of raisins, for Php 140/2 scoops. Get unlimited scoop of pumpkin icecream when you dine in our buffet! These Halloween treats are available at the Marriott Café Bakery starting October 20 to 31, 2016.

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Bring your little monster to our Hallow’s Eve celebration on October 30, 2016.  Vamp up your kids in out-of-this-world costumes and indulge in our thrilling lunch boo-ffet at Marriott Café for Php 2,500. Devour on our hefty spread of sustainable seafood, U.S. Certified beef, Western to Eastern cuisines, and ghoulish desserts. As soon as their energies are up, the trick or treat activity begins! Little aliens shall lurk around the hotel to steal fang-tastic loot bags overflowing with goodies. You were told, Marriott Manila is giving away buffet gift certificates for the spookiest kid in costume!

Brooms out, fly in for a fun-frightening Halloween at Marriott Manila.  For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit manilamarriott.com. To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

TBEX Asia-Pacific 2016 set on October 13-16

The Philippines is all set for the Asia-Pacific leg of the world’s largest conference of travel bloggers, writers, content media creators and tourism industry professionals – the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), on October 13-16, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), in coordination with NMX Events, TBEX is expected to bring in hundreds of delegates from North America, Europe and Asia to the Philippines for the first time and will serve as the best venue for bloggers to acquire knowledge, as well as expand their networks and linkages. It will also create a good opportunity for the participants to experience the best of the Philippines through exciting tours.

Highlighting this event will be a series of talks presented by some of the world’s renowned speakers including New York Times #1 international bestselling author and veteran travel journalist Patricia Schultz, host of the award-winning podcast Slice of Sci-Fi Evo Terra, and Filipino travel blogger and founder of OurAwesomePlanet.com Anton Diaz.

Talks will cover various travel-blogging topics such as the proper use of social networking sites, video blogging, content management, marketing techniques to building brands and challenges and opportunities in blogging. The conference will also allow the participants to interact with each other and have in-depth discussion on travel blogging opportunities.

The group will also be treated with exciting tours to the country’s premier destinations including iconic landmarks, world heritage sites, scenic views, natural wonders, entertainment venues, lifestyle spaces, and top attractions. The list will include a visit to the historical walled city of Intramuros, the Eighth Wonder of the World Banaue Rice Terraces, the world’s Best Island Palawan, UNESCO World Heritage site Ilocos and the world’s most perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano.

By hosting this four-day event, the Philippines is once again set to take the spotlight for being a premier travel destination among the world’s most successful travel bloggers and the industry’s most creative and influential minds.