Food shorts: New products, food festivals

Posted at 08/24/2012 11:49 AM | Updated as of 08/24/2012 11:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Here are some new products, events and announcements that may make food lovers happy.

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Indian food festival at Manila Hotel

Manila Hotel’s buffet restaurant, Café Ilang-Ilang, showcases the exotic flavors of India in a food festival that runs until August 30.

Here, Indian head chef Kiran Singh and chef Nazruel Sekh prepare traditional dishes from their country such as lamb roganjosh, murgh makhani (butter chicken), tandoori gulanar (spicy grilled prawn), chicken tikka masala (roasted chicken in spicy sauce), dal makhani (creamy black lentils) and aloo jeera dry (cumin-flavored potatoes).

Traditional Indian desserts, meanwhile, include gulab jamun and rasgula, both made from milk and sugar syrup.

The Indian festival, held in partnership with Philippine Airlines and Shroff Travels, will give diners at Café Ilang-Ilang the chance to win a holiday getaway for two to India.

For more details, call (02) 527-0011 local 1260 to 61.

Mooncakes at Makati Shangri-La

In celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, more popularly known as the Mooncake Festival, Makati Shangri-La is offering mooncakes in a variety of flavors.

The hotel sells mini mooncakes (starting at P268 nett per pieces), large mooncakes (starting at P538 nett per piece), eight mini mooncakes with single salted egg (P1,988 per box), four large mooncakes with double salted eggs (P2,188 nett per box), and eight large mooncakes with double salted eggs (P4,088 nett per box).

Flavors, meanwhile, include white lotus, white lotus with less sugar, red bean, green tea, chestnuts and mixed nuts.

Meanwhile, Makati Shangri-La is serving a specially crafted high tea with mooncakes and Chinese-inspired canapés at the Lobby Lounge for P680++ until October 5 in celebration of the Mooncake Festival.

For more information, call the Restaurant Reservations and Information Center at (02) 813-8888 extension 7588 or 7599, the mooncake booth at extension 7700, or e-mail [email protected].

Beverages at J.CO

J.CO Donuts and Coffee, which recently opened branches in Manila, is offering a variety of beverages to go with its unique donut flavors.

For “coffee-holics,” there is the Jcoccino (Italian espresso and milk topped with foam art), Cappuccino Avocado (espresso infused with avocado flavor) and Café Avocado (a light drink with a hint of coffee and accents of avocado and chocolate).

Coffee alternatives, on the other hand, include Iced Thai Tea (brewed tea with sweetened milk), Green Tea Frappe (Matcha green tea with ice and milk), Strawberry Yogurt Frappe and Mixberry Yogurt Frappe, which both use a yogurt base.

The donut chain also serves frozen yogurt, called J.COOL.

J.CO currently has branches at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 3, Mall of Asia and Trinoma Mall. It will soon have branches at SM Fairview, Alabang Town Center and Eastwood City.

New dishes at Greenwich

Local pizza chain Greenwich recently launched two offerings in an event at SM Megamall.

Lulu de Castro, the company’s marketing manager, described their new Special Overload Pizza as “every pizza lover’s dream” with 13 toppings, from pepperoni and beef to pineapple and green pepper.

“It tops our pizza list simply because it has everything anyone can ask for a pizza,” she said.

The other product is the Crispy Glazed Chicken, which is coated in a sweet and mildly spicy glaze.

“This new product is extraordinarily crispy and even more extraordinarily tasty,” said Greenwich brand manager Joanne Ingalla.

Greenwich has several branches across the country.