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  • Stamp of Approval: Gelatissimo

    Digestive sisters (K and Coco) try out Gelatissimo (Janie Octia, Yahoo! Southeast Asia)Digestive sisters (K and Coco) try out Gelatissimo (Janie Octia, Yahoo! Southeast Asia)I've been on a mission to be healthier. I sometimes fail and I sometimes try too hard but the conscious effort to eat better is there. This pretty much explains why I've been in love with yogurt for the past year. But with the summer season in full bloom, my  self-confessed sweet toothed sister Nicole has opened my heart once again to other glorious desserts other than yogurt.

    In keeping with the free taste tradition of kuripot people everywhere (such as myself), the digestive sisters sampled various flavors in Gelatissimo. I enjoyed seeing Coco's eyes light up as she shared the combos she concocted during her school days in Australia. She made me try raspberry sorbet and white chocolate. It's not a mix I would ever think of but she held my hand and told me not to fear mixing sorbet and dairy because it's delicious. For the adventurous, she recommends a mix of chocolate and more chocolate. Lalanggamin ka sa sarap!

    Many thanks to the Gelatissimo staff. Thank you also to the owners from

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  • Stamp of Approval: Alexandre

    Digestive sisters Karylle and Nicole (Janie Octia, Yahoo! Southeast Asia)Digestive sisters Karylle and Nicole (Janie Octia, Yahoo! Southeast Asia)Something about Alexandre makes me want to twirl around and bust out Belle's opening song in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

    BELLE

    There goes the baker with his tray, like always
    The same old bread and rolls to sell
    Ev'ry morning just the same
    Since the morning that we came
    To this poor provincial town

    BAKER

    Good Morning, Belle!

    BELLE

    Good morning, Monsieur.

    BAKER

    And where are you off to, today?

    BELLE

    The bookshop.
    I just finished the most wonderful story
    About a beanstalk and an ogre and a -

    BAKER

    That's nice. Marie!
    The baguettes!
    Hurry up!

    Alexandre brings to The Fort (and soon in Megamall) something authentically French. The baked goodies are to die for. I often find myself there to get my weekly stock of croissants and other pastries that I eat for breakfast right before "Showtime" :) The sweets are also wonderful as you will see from my sister's sparkly eyes in this video blog post.

    The interiors are beautiful and the people who eat there are from all over the world which

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  • The "Digestive Sisters" are back due to popular demand and this time, we attack Mercato Centrale at these coordinates:

    The corner of 30th Street and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

    In this two-part special, we explore the organic market section and healthy food section, as well as the cakes, pastries, desserts and grilling sections.

    Nicole and I, Ate "K", hope you enjoy our new videos as we go berserk in a wonderland of food.

    Thank you to RJ Ledesma for the earth-friendly Mercato shopping band and apron :)

    For more information, please check outwww.mercatocentrale.ph

    Video co-produced by Yahoo! Southeast Asia and loqal.ph

    P.S.

    I love Sunday food markets but I could never go because of work. Every time there's a Pacquiao fight, I have my day-off from ASAP (a Sunday noontime show in ABS-CBN) and organize a little family day outing complete with doggies.

    Thankfully, I no longer have to wait for a boxing match to enjoy a market day because Mercato Centrale (open Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00

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  • I'm not a connoisseur but I'm a big fan of many things.

    When it comes to food, I can eat 'tuyo' everyday but when I taste something great, I rave about it for days. When it comes to traveling, I love going on little adventures with my mom and my sisters Nicole and Zia. The list of my favorite things grows longer everyday and you can click here to learn more about my latest finds.

    Watch my first food blog with my sister Nicole and find out if Amber's 'pichi-pichi' is worthy of our "Stamp of Approval!"

    Video co-produced by Yahoo! Southeast Asia and loqal.ph

    Disclaimer: The views and observations of the author do not represent the position of Yahoo! Southeast Asia on the issue or topic being discussed.

    Pichi-pichi courtesy of Amber Golden Chain of Restaurants.

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  • (May Tatlongharing nagsi-blog-an Christmas blog series)

    I was at a barkada dinner last night with my high school friends and I found it funny that even after all these years, everyone is still shy to be the prayer leader.

    We had to pass on the job three times and finally it was assigned to me - the last one to arrive. (For the record, I was late because I had band rehearsals for our New Year's countdown concert. See you at the Makati Shangri-la on December 31. Plug! Plug!)

    I have heard some pretty awesome prayers in my life. My favorite ones come from Tito Gary who unconventionally incorporates movement as he prays in a circle with a big group of artists-singers, dancers and musicians right before a concert.

    I asked relatives, friends and Twitter friends to share their Christmas prayers that we can impart with our own families on the day of the biggest birthday party of year.
    @angeliPV Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano

    Lord Jesus, amidst the busy buzz going around me, may I stop now to offer a

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  • (A Christmas blog series)

    Are you seeing too many red lights on the streets that are not of the Christmas-y kind? Then, it's time to feel the December breeze in the middle of the city.

    I am talking about a little Christmas village located at the Meralco Compound along Ortigas Avenue, which is a couple of meters away from the historic EDSA shrine.

    "The best things in life are free" as I discovered when I entered the Meralco gate and was told that I could walk around the premises for free amidst all the pretty lights!

    The premises are open to the public from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on weekdays and 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. on weekends. Children from different parts of the metro have been visiting the village as part of some organizations' outreach programs.

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  • Quest Crew in Manila

    Yesterday, we had a very special dance-off in "Showtime."

    Quest Crew, the third season winner of "America's Best Dance Crew," went up against XB Gen San, the Season 1 grand champion of "Showtime." Streetboys' Vhong Navarro presented himself as one of the Filipino-American members along with Aris Paracuelles, Daniel Ryan "Ryanimay" Conferido, andBrian Hirano since he fit right in with the group with his purple shirt.

    If you missed their performance and that amazing kids-do-not-try-this-at-home-land-on-your-head (without hitting it)-tumble that they do, you have to check them out over the weekend!



    You can catch them today, Friday, December 3, 8 p.m. at the Newport Plaza @ Resorts World.

    Saturday, December 4, 7 p.m. at the Eastwood Mall Open Park @ Eastwood City, Libis.

    Sunday, December 5, 7 p.m. at The Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill.

    For more information, go to Questcrew.com.

    Photos by Jerome Ascano, NPPA Images

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  • Zoom in on ‘Showtime’

    TIMESLOT:12:30-2:30 PM, Monday-Saturday

    CHANNEL: ABS-CBN

    Take one look at the eclectic mix of the "Showtime" hosts and you'll know that it was a purely genius "out of the box" idea to put the following hosts all in one show: one top dancer/comedian, one fashionista/best actress, a stand-up comedian, one broadcaster, and two rockstars. Throw in two DJs, a stage director/choreographer…and let's not forget the most important element, the ultra-energetic MADLANG PEOPLE and you've got a hit show!

    I was really curious about how the "Showtime" family was formed, so I asked the director Bobet Vidanes a.k.a. "The Father of Showtime" for a backgrounder.

    He started with the characters he wanted. He shared with me his winning formula:

    1. People na may ambisyon na nag-uumpisa palang sa hosting = Rock n Roll Jugs & Teddy

    Formula: Look for "taong may ambisyon sa buhay…lahat naman tayo may ambisyon like Teddy and Jugs. Gusto ko nag-uumpisa palang."

    2. Taong mamahalin mo = Vhong Navarro

    "Mapapatawa ka niya,

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  • (The inspiration for WWJD is a "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelet on my make up kit given to me by a young man in one of my shows. I wonder what His answer would be to this question.)

    You probably woke up to the news that someone won the P741-million lotto jackpot.

    When we still thought that we could be gazillionaires by this week, I asked a QUESTION and got 100 answers from Twitter. I was going to pick my top 10 but I think it would be interesting for everyone to read the tweets I got. After all, it is an issue of national concern.

    Q: What WouldJa Do if you win the Lotto?

    LOTTO = CHARITY?

    A: @kuyakim_atienza Kim Atienza
    I'm challenging the universe to make me win because I will give ½ to my favorite charity, the Philippine Eagle Foundation and I'll keep the other half.

    A: @jumilneri Jumil Neri
    I will share half with different charities and the other half,  I will invest on different companies and pag lumaki share lang ng share.

    A: @iloveyham08 Martina Remelyn
    ) Tulungan ko mga charity na

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