Sunday, November 30, 2014

Casual dining and booze at the 'Cue Modern Barbecue in BGC

Earlier this month, we had been to the ‘Cue Modern Barbecue branch in Bonifacio High Street Centrale in BGC in the ground floor of Building C3, right beside the fountain plaza and tiers of concrete staircases that serves as mini-amphitheater for some open-space entertainment.  

Campfire-style Skillet of Queso Fundido
It's white cheddar, chorizo, cilantro, and red tomatoes...
... that you have to scoop out and place as filling on a lightly toasted flour tortillas.
The restaurant has an elegant fa├žade with fancy interiors.  Some tables and two sets of tables with two canvass tents are placed on the porch just right in front of the store for a casual outdoor dining where you can take fresh air, listen and take a glimpse of some live musical entertainment or hear the natural nuisances of children gleefully running around the pulsating jets of fountains in the nearby plaza.

Hot Pork Belly Tips
It is a thick sticks of fried breaded pork...
...served with 3 kinds of dips that includes Dijon-honey and bourbon char siu barbecue dips.
Inside, you can be seated near the mini-bar of the main bar for you to easily choose and pick your drinks. There are few more tables inside the resto for small groups of diners and for those who prefer to dine in air-conditioned place. 

Cheesy popcorn is served while waiting for the main dish.

The decorations inside accented with framed images of pork, poultry, and beef meat parts certainly reminded me of 8 Cuts Burger Blends, which we learned is related to the ‘Cue Modern Barbecue. 

The framed meat parts of  familiar food animals reminded me of 8 Cuts Burger Blends.

Dining here may require advance reservation if you prefer to be seated in preferred side of the resto of if you are with a group of diners. So make that call now to reserve your space.

The ‘Cue Modern Barbecue branch in Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

The ‘Cue Modern Barbecue is an American steakhouse that opened a branch in BGC last May 2012. Though the name of the resto expressly mentioned “barbecue” the stuffs it serves are not just limited to grilled or barbecued dishes. There are a lot of choices to select from. They have a variety of dishes made with seafood poultry, pork, and beef prepared and cooked the American way.  The staff occasionally mark  particular dishes as their picks, and put warning sign on the menu that some are spicy-flavored. 

For the booze, they would serve cocktails and other spirits, beers, and wines.  For your pulutan, you can order their pica-pica, finger foods, and spicy appetizers

Two glasses of lovely but kicking cocktails:  (Left) Bonifacio Sour, a concoction of Buffalo Trace Bourbon with lemon, Calamansi, egg white, and red wine float and served in short glass. (Right) Sweet Soul Picnic, a concoction of Sauza Tequila Gold with fresh watermelon agave and fernet branca, also served on short glass and on the rocks. 

All the prizes in the menu are inclusive of VAT. Only a service charge of 10% will apply, but for the nice dishes and superb cocktail concoctions they served, you will not mind giving tips to the serving staffs.

'Cue Modern Barbecue
Space NELG 105 (Building C3), Lower Ground Floor
Bonifacio High Street Centrale
Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
P h i l i p p i n e s

landline:    (02) 621-4052
cellphone: (+63) 917-899-2283

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

RJ Ledesma's latest book - BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN

RJ Ledesma launched his latest book, "BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry" on November 26, 2014 (Wednesday evening) in the National Bookstore of Glorietta 1 in Makati City.

RJ sent me a text message then followed by an email with attached press release. He invited us to come to the launching of his latest book. My wife and I accepted the invitation and we were there giving our full support. We took photographs and listened him reading an excerpt from the book he was launching. His family, relatives, friends, and a number from the blues and greens were there. 

The main part of the press release was him talking about his latest book: 

"I would be honored if you could join me for the launch of my latest humor book "BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry" on November 26 (Wednesday) 6pm at National Bookstore, Glorietta 1 Makati. This book is an interesting read for anybody who has been amused, passionate or even infuriated by the rivalry:) I will be reading excerpts from the book and will be signing both my new and old books as well:)

"Ateneo and La Salle basketball games have drawn the most ardent and passionate crowds. Their on-court rivalry has extended into many other competitions and has, at times intensified from good-natured ribbing into ugly tussles between students and alumni from both schools. This has led many to ask: How did the rivalry between schools start in the first place?

"This question is what award-winning columnist, TV host and author RJ Ledesma tackles extensively with his trademark humor and ironic wit in his latest book entitled BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry. In his essays, RJ traces the rivalry back to the late thirties during the first Ateneo-La Salle ‘friendship game’ in the Philippines and even further back to 19th century America when a teaching dispute erupted between the two largest teaching congregations of the Catholic Church – the Jesuits and the Christian Brothers.

The author reading an excerpt from his book during the launching held in the National Bookstore, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

"He also gets fresh perspectives on the classic rivalry from ‘cross-breeds’: alumni who have gone to both alma maters, including Br. Ricky Laguda, FSC, former President of DLSU and a graduate of Ateneo and Paolo Trillo, team manager of the Ateneo Men’s Senior Basketball team and a high school graduate of De La Salle Zobel. He even interviewed former Superior General Br. Alvaro Echevarria, FSC of the Christian Brothers to find out his thoughts about the rivalry from a ‘global perspective’ (Did you know that Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, the Superior General of the Jesuits, is a ‘cross-breed’ as well? He went to a La Salle school in Barcelona).

"BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry from Anvil Publishing is an interesting read for those who have been mesmerized, infuriated or amused by this storied rivalry. 

The author reading an excerpt from his book.

"RJ has authored five best-selling books, including Lies My Yaya Should Have Told Me, I Do Or I Die and Playing With Pink Parts. His third and fourth books, Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? and It Only Hurts When I Pee are both National Book Awards Finalists."

"Thanks kindly for your support and I look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to invite your family or friends who are blue or green or any other color of the rainbow :)

"Animo and One Big Fight!" 

RJ Ledesma

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

15 of 31 participants passed the 2014 New Big Food Entrepreneur Taste Test

After attending the free seminar on How to Develop Your Business Food Ideas during the  startup of Food Entrepreneur Weekend last October 25 (Saturday) in the Mercato Centrale of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, thirty-one aspiring food entrepreneurs finally set their tables  on November 7, 2014 (Friday) for the first step to winning the  3rd Next Big Food Entrepreneur  contest organized by the Mercato Centrale, the country’s premier night food market.

The list of 31 contestants
The participating food entrepreneurs presented their food creations vying for a win in the food taste test.  Each of them served bite-sized portions of their dishes to a judging panel composed of select lifestyle and food media practitioners, food bloggers (that includes us), some entrepreneurial consultants, and the Mercato Centrale’s partners that include Our Awesome Planet, Unilever Food Solutions, MasterCard, Globe MyBusiness, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yummy Magazine, Go Negosyo, Solar’s Second Avenue, and, with support coming from Mercato vendors and management. Sampled are different combinations of savory dishes, artisanal food, pastries, and desserts. Some food creations were inspired by foreign cuisine but presented with Filipino twists by using some locally available ingredients or by catching the Pinoy taste and the ways the foods were introduced and served. I was amazed by the creativity of the participants in coming up with their own recipe. However, I was more fascinated upon realizing that most of the contestant food entrepreneurs were inspired by Pinoy tastes and food culture. It must be of what they learned from the earlier seminar that Pinoy flavors, ingredients, and food performers were the most trending and popular in those years of Mercato Centrale's food market experience.

Helping find the best food entrepreneurs this year was a big challenge not only to the competing contingents, but also to the panelist of judges who sampled and rated the food entries presented by each of the aspiring food entrepreneur.  We sampled more than a hundred food entries in less than two hours. Most of the judges were not able to sample a bite of all the stuffs presented due to time pressure.  In my case, I missed to taste the food entries of two participants due to time constraint despite observing discipline to limit myself to take only two bites for each entry so I could speed up my review and to avoid my guts from getting filled too much halfway in our race against time. However, the said two contestants passed the Taste Test because the got favorable votes from those who have tried their dishes. I managed to try their dishes after the contest and agreed their food creations deserved to win the test.  We, the food tasters-con-judges, were asked to rate the food entries on the following criteria: 25% for Creativity, 25% for Taste, 25% for Presentation, and 25% for Marketability, or a total of 100%. 

Finally, after tallying all the score cards at the end of the search, 15 entrepreneurs won the votes of judging panel. The winners automatically became qualified to the final round of the competition, which is to sell their best food creations for over four weekends in the Midnight Mercato, Bonifacio Global City on November 14 & 15, 2014 and on November 21 & 22, 2014,  and at the Banquetta, CCP Complex on November 28, 2014 and on December 5, 2014. The ultimate winner of the contest will get PHP 100,000 start up capital, a rent-free stall in Mercato Centrale for six months, and will be featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Yummy magazine, The Philippine Star,, Globe My Business Digital, and Our Awesome Planet.

The 15 finalists who made it to the final round of the competition are the following (in alphabetical order):

1. A Guy’s Flan
2. Bakmi Nyonya
3. Bigorots
4. Cubano
5. Dirty Fingers
6. Home of French Toast
7. Hunger Buster
8. Let’s SuTuKil Atbp
9. Mad Wraps
10. Mr. Pallman's Sandwiches

11. Naughty Nachos

12. Siowarma Twist
13. Tiya’s Kitchen

14. Turrone de Manila Cafe
15. Up in the Clouds
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