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Friday, June 30, 2017

Orange Blush Salon’s Grand re-Launch At Franchise Asia Expo

 Orange Blush Salon (OBS), the fast-growing salon chain, gears up as it relaunches its brand at the upcoming Franchise Asia Expo set on July 21-23 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

The grand re-launch takes place at Booth 207 of this year’s franchise expo, touted as the biggest in the country. Hundreds of franchising businesses participate in this much-anticipated event, as OBS re-launches with revamped franchise packages that should make it easier to own an outlet of your own thru installment plans in partnership with BDO.

“We are excited to announce that during the expo, we shall be holding a three-day sale with P50,000 off on our franchise fee,” said the brand’s maker Joby Linsangan-Moreno. “Our main objective is to find suitable and qualified franchisees who could be our partners in expanding Orange Blush.”




OBS is eyeing to approve at least 10 franchisees at the Expo.

At present, there are eight franchised OBS branches, with one in Lipa, Batangas opening soon. The flagship branch and main office is located at Spark Place Mall in P.Tuazon corner 10th Avenue in Cubao, Quezon City.

Best known as a rebonding center, OBS, which originated in Cabanatuan, is set to open 10 new branches within Metro Manila and in Metro South (Batangas and Antipolo). For interested franchisees, there will be pre-approved branches located inside community malls, in partnership with Waltermart, Citymall, Vista Malls, SM Savemore, SM City, and Robinsons Townville malls.

Joby shared her valuable thoughts on franchising, stating, “Franchising is actually borrowing and sharing the owner’s operations standards with a fee. It is operating within the regulations of the franchisor with proven business system and standards.”

She added, “Franchising is for those who are willing to follow and adapt to the culture of the franchisor and for those who would want to invest and grow the business with the franchisor by sharing the same vision and beliefs.”

OBS is fast-becoming a household brand, thanks to significant exposures it enjoys on shows like ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Magandang Buhay, and ASAP. It is at present the main hair and make-up sponsor for Banana Sundae.

Joby Linsangan-Moreno
The process of rebond, a permanent hair straightening procedure is the OBS brand’s strength, backed by a warranty service wherein customers availing the rebonding treatments are given warranty cards. In this set-up, clients are asked to return after a week for their hairs to be checked. If touchups are needed, OBS staff will do them free of charge.

A mild-mannered, hard worker who takes pride on her provincial roots, Joby further explained her vision for OBS: “Our goal is to become the top-of-mind hair salon in the country. We want people to think of Orange Blush Salon when they want to have their hair cut or rebonded. We want them to feel that at OBS, you are being cared for and that our customers are our highest priority. Our mission is to make our customers feel loved, happy, hopeful, and beautiful.”

Joby, a UST graduate who jumpstarted her salon business on a P30,000 shoestring budget, is now being handled by Asian Artist Agency.

“I have been attending workshops under the supervision of King of Talk Boy Abunda. I am truly honored for this golden opportunity to speak what’s on my mind and what’s in my heart, and to share my life and my stories to others.”

Those visiting the OBS booth at the Franchise Asia Expo SMX can expect some great vibes in the name of beauty and hope.


For more info, visit www.orangeblushsalon.com

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Try out Genki Sushi's new offerings at SM Aura branch





When you are craving for Sushi, maki, tempura, udon, kushi-age and matcha ice cream. There is this cute japanese resto in SM Aura called Genki Sushi. The place has this Japanese modern vibe all over. The price are easy on the budget plus the sushis are sooo good! You can even make your own hot green tea on the side.


The ordering system is automated. You just have to pinpoint your order on a touchscreen pad and wait for that cute little express train to arrive in 5 to 10 minutes. Ready your chopsticks! My personal favorite is their Deep Fried Salmon Skin and their Sushi sets.



In less than two years after the opening of its flagship branch in Bonifacio Stopover Global City, Genki Sushi continues its innovative Japanese dining experience with the opening of its 4th branch in SM Aura, Taguig City.


Highlighted by its speedy and convenient service with the Kousoku Express Train System, delectable dishes are within reach in only 5 to 10 minutes. This service is inspired by the Shinkansen bullet train, programmed to slow down upon reaching the diner’s table.

The Genki Super Supreme Sushi


Favorites such as the famous Chirashi Don, Seared Salmon with Black Pepper, Chicken Teriyaki Don, River Eel Rice Bowl, and various sushi choices remain and new menu items have likewise been introduced. There’s the tasty Kushi-Age, 5 different kinds of deep fried skewered meat and vegetable in special Japanese batter; Coconut Shrimps, deep fried shrimps in panko bread crumbs rolled in coconut flakes; Deep Fried Salmon Skin and 4 new selections of sumptuous sushi trios.

Salmon Trio
Shrimp Coconut

Sushi Trio
The Genki Sushi Set



Also added are 6 new take-away sushi party sets that are sure to be a hit in any group gathering and a new batch of tasty desserts. Worth trying are the Caramel Mochi, the Maki Dessert, and the Vanilla and Strawberry Mille Crepes.




Genki Sushi’s fresh and easy-to-serve advantage, combined with its sleek and elegant setting, is truly deserving of its expansion.

Budget is around Php500 per head.

Other branches are at the UP Town Center in Quezon City and Ayala 30th in Ortigas Avenue and very soon in SM North EDSA. For more information, follow genkishushiph on Instagram and Genki Sushi Philippines on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Baskin-Robbins pays tribute to the Spider-Man: Homecoming film premiere with its July Flavor of the Month




Baskin-Robbins, the world’s most loved ice cream brand, welcomes the world’s friendliest superhero, Spider-Man, with special offers to celebrate his latest big screen adventure, the much-awaited Marvel blockbuster film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. 



Buy a double value scoop of your favorite of Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor and get a free themed waffle cone upgrade! Promo runs from June 15, 2017 to July 31, 2017.

Baskin-Robbins pays tribute to the Spider-Man: Homecoming film premiere with its July Flavor of the Month, Movie Theatre Popcorn, buttered popcorn flavored ice cream with crunch clusters and a salted caramel ribbon.  

You can also celebrate the launch of your favorite Marvel film with Baskin-Robbins delicious cakes. Choose from a wide variety of designs, shapes and sizes and ice cream flavors, such as  the new Cotton Candy n’ Cake, cake-flavored ice cream with cotton candy ribbon and cotton candy flakes.

Celebrate with the rest of the world and join Baskin-Robbins in welcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming!

For more information and updates on Baskin-Robbins, check out www.baskinrobbins.ph or their social media accounts: facebook.com/baskinrobbinsph, Twitter, and Instagram @baskinrobbinsph.


US Potatoes in Cilantro Pesto



When one of my kids got sick because of hypokaelemia, (low potassium levels in the blood) the doctor required him to eat foods high in potassium like banana and potatoes. I learned too that US potatoes can help restore electrolyte balance, as well as an excellent source of vitamin C, a good source of potassium (even more than bananas), vitamin B6, and is naturally fat, sodium, and cholesterol free when prepared properly.  A medium sized potato only contains 110 calories.





So after his hospitalization, I made it a point to incorporate potatoes whenever I can in the dishes I would prepare for the kids-- and not just ordinary potatoes but US potatoes which are even healthier.

Another important thing I learned was that how you cook potatoes can have an effect on its nutritional properties so you should use olive oil, salt and pepper and avoid adding MSG to season it.

In time, it became a habit of mine to include US potatoes whenever I do my groceries along with other veggies.


One of my go to dishes, is the Baby Potato in Cilantro Pesto which is both a great side dish or a snack (even goes well with salad!)

I learned this recipe from my mother and the smell alone whenever I cook it makes my kids excited as the aroma is just too flavorful and I wouldnt have any difficulty calling them out for dinner. Im sharing the recipe with you hoping your kids would love them as much as I do.


INGREDIENTS

3/4 lb  US potatoes

1-1 1/2 tsp salt,

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

2-3 tbsp Cilantro Pesto(or other seasoning)

1 Tbsp  Grated cheese


1. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and add cold water just to cover. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, about 8-10 minutes, depending on their size.

2. Drain the potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the pesto and toss to coat. (Optional) Sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Serve while still warm.


The above serving is good enough for 3 kids in one seating, you can partner it with fried or broiled chicken. Yummy! Healthy and good for the whole family.



5 REASONS US POTATOES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

 1.  US Potatoes are cholesterol-free and have zero saturated fat. According to the 2010 Dietary guidelines by the USDA and Department of Health and Human Services, potatoes have no cholesterol or saturated fat. While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in cholesterol and saturated fat may reduce its risk.

2. US Potatoes are a good source of potassium and low in sodium. Diets containing foods that include potassium and are low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Potatoes with skin are loaded with potassium — more than bananas, spinach or broccoli — and are naturally sodium free. That is why I always choose to cook potatoes with their skin on.

3.  US Potatoes are a good source of fiber. A medium potato with skin contributes 2 grams of fiber, which provides 8% of the daily value per serving. Dietary fiber has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improving blood lipid levels, regulating blood glucose, and increasing satiety (makes you feel full longer), which may help with weight loss.

4.   US Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C protects arteries from the damaging effects of cholesterol. Potatoes rank in the top 5 of dietary sources of vitamin C for Americans, and provide 45% of the daily value.

5.  US Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is required for the synthesis of hemoglobin and essential component of red blood cells. It also helps reduce levels of homocysteine, of which high levels have been implicated in heart disease and stroke.



US Potatoes are available at selected SM Supermarkets, Rustans Supermarkets, Shopwise, Pioneer Center Supermarket, and Duty Free Philippines.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/ 



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Young artists show their unique flair at the 2017 Global Art Students’ Exhibition


Armed with a mission of training children to think creatively while providing the best art learning environment for artistic expression, Global Art Philippines held the 2017 Global Art Students’ Exhibition at the upper ground atrium of SM Aura. The exciting and fun activity took place in partnership with SM Aura as part of the mall’s Art in Aura event.

Similar to previous years, the annual exhibition put together a carefully curated display of unique and original works by Global Art students rendered in various media including oil pastel and color pencil, poster color paint on paper, canvas and acrylic paints, and clay. A portion of the exhibit area featured some students’ pencil sketch on paper.

“Each year, we and our students and their families look forward to this event which provides the perfect venue to display their artworks that they had worked so hard on during the program. It’s also an opportunity for our students from different branches to come together and admire each other’s artworks, be inspired, and learn from each other,” said Yenny Saw, Country Manager of Global Art Philippines.   “We are thankful to SM Aura who generously provided a free venue for this event and for their commitment to promoting the arts and young, budding artists like our students

The exhibit is in a way a prelude to the much-anticipated National Level Art Competition which will be held on Sept 24, 2017, at SMX AURA, and prepares students in terms of working independently, managing their time, and giving it their best.


Over 200 students joined by their families and friends participated in the whole day affair that started from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  These budding artists and illustrators came from different Global Art schools in Metro Manila including Ortigas (Greenhills), Katipunan, Fun Ranch Tiendesitas, Makati, Serendra, Alabang, Del Monte-QC, Binondo and New Manila.

“We are very much elated on the turnout of participants and the genuine interest of the public to know more about Global Art. We received a lot of inquiries from people asking about our programs. Incidentally, Global Art is offering a back-to-school promo until June 30, 2017 where students can avail of discounts,” Saw shared.

Established in 1999 in Malaysia, Global Art opened its first branch in the Philippines in 2008 and currently has 15 locations found in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga and General Santos. The art school is also operating in 16 different countries such as USA, Australia, China, India and all of the Southeast Asia.

Its programs are open to students of all ages – from three to 60 – and include Creative Drawing, Acrylic Painting, Cartoon and Comic, Clay, Sketching, Poster Making and Cultural Program (creating icons of different countries using clay).

B.Y.O.B. (BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIPS FROM KING SUE)

The B.Y.O.B. (“bring your own baon”) concept has a lot of benefits—from saving money to ensuring that your kids get proper nutrition. KING SUE  rounds up some  BYOB tips to make your child’s field trip, excursion, lunch or snacks appetizing and delicious.

1. Plan ahead. A well-thought out weekly menu will save you time. Make a calendar and assign specific meals daily, infusing healthy combinations of fish and vegetables with meat. Sit down with your kids when planning the menu and take them with you for grocery shopping. Surf the Internet or exchange recipes with friends. The secret is to make the menu as balanced and as exciting to eat  as possible.

2. Cook in batches. Assign two days weekly—preferably Sunday and Wednesday—for marketing and cooking. Prepare the main meats and pack them in plastic wares with your special marinade. Pre-slice other ingredients like King Sue sausages for your pasta, King Sue hams for pizza, pre-boil or pre-grill as needed, then pack separately. This will save you time on daily meal preparation.

3. Take it easy. Select fuss-free, easy to prepare recipes that will not take too much of your time in the morning. King Sue has pre-packed meats such as tocino, chicken nuggets, burgers, longanisa and a whole lot more. Mix them with eggs and potatoes for a yummy omelet, as a nice add-on to a sandwich (don’t forget the greens!), or to a mouthwatering pasta or soup. Or you may simply fry them  and pair them with a simple salad and you’re good to go. Meanwhile, King Sue Hawaiian Ham can be mixed into Yang Chow Fried Rice or used as a topping to pizza. If you have extra macaroni at home, prepare baked mac  using King Sue old English pork  sausages and German Franks and  top with quick-melt cheese boost.  Looking for other ideas, check out www.kingsue.com for recipes.

4. Jazz up the packing. If you’re a crafter, doing a bento box is a fun idea.  There are also  other means to jazz up the lunch box. Cookie cutters can turn  fruits, cheese, and breads into fun-shaped food items. Or try to cover the rice in cling-film so you could stick on some googley eyes, sticker smileys, cut-out hearts, and other modern emoticons. Insert a post-it with one liners such as “Good luck on the exams today!” or “Enjoy your lunch. I love you”. You may not see his wide grin when he opens his lunchbox but wait till he gets home and smothers you with hugs and kisses.

Call 881-0530 364-5430, 376-6441 and +639199889642 for inquiries and orders, and check out FB IG Twitter @kingsueham or email sales@kingsue.com. Hashtags: #kingsueham #kingsue #ilovekingsue #cookingathome #philippines.  Also check out  www.kingsue.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

Celebrate the art of cooking and preparing meals with La Germania





Remember the saying that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach? While it may still hold true, the responsibility of preparing food isn't the sole responsibility of women anymore.

Even when I was growing up, both my tatay and nanay shared kitchen duties--each had their own specialties-- my tatay his Papaitan, Seafood Lomi and Adobong Pusit while my nanay was armed with a recipes she learned from being a Bicolana-- making magic dishes with her favorite ingredient-- gata.




So whenever I think of my childhood, the first memories that often comes to mind were the meals we shared together--us siblings helping out in the kitchen and sharing these dishes over dinner.

And although I've never really learned how to cook, the one thing I never forgot during my kitchen duties was the trusty white oven we had. An investment my parents would tell us and the brand was La Germania.



La Germania recently launches stoves, range ovens, range hoods, cookers at Guevarra's, Manila. The event was hosted by Suzi Entrata,  husband and wife team  Chef Roland and Jackie Laudico. They whipped out their bestseller dishes and desserts using La Germania range and oven.






La Germania, the preferred household brand of professional chefs, home cooks and foodies, has an array of cookers and ovens that suit the demands of all kinds of culinary needs.   Its wide assortment of products from its five-gas burner range ovens to single burner tabletop gas and electric stoves can also fit any budding cook’s budget.



With its Italian heritage, which can be traced to its principal Bertazzoni,
La Germania products have been meticulously engineered to be tough enough to withstand the constant grind of the modern Filipino kitchen.






Manufactured locally by General Heat Corporation under the trademark La Germania, by virtue of a licensing agreement between Bertazzoni SPA of Italy, La Germania stoves, range ovens, range hoods, cookers and accessories are prized by families and professional kitchens for their longevity, mileage, superior quality and performance.  It is also distributed in the Philippines alongside its sister brands Bertazzoni La Germania and Bertazzoni.


Celebrate the art of cooking and have a more delightful time preparing meals for loved ones and friends by using kitchen appliances like La Germania that can make your task easier.   La Germania is available in Kitchen Gallery showrooms and all appliance centers nationwide.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

With Project Pie, the possibilities are endless



Everyone loves a big slice of pizza.  What's there not to love about the cheesy melt in your mouth goodness crunchy crust with all your favorite toppings on. Yummy!

Ed Uy's Master Pizza 


Project Pie Pizza  opens its 9th store to the public on June 14 at W City Center BGC.  We were the first ones to customize our own pizza and salad. It was fun choosing and experimenting among the 32 toppings available.





At Project Pie, you have the power to make your pizza anything you want it to be. If you're a vegetarian,  just ask for no pepperoni and sausage. You can also opt for a tuna toppings for a healthier option with bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and cilantro. If you are experimental, you can pile on as many toppings as you can.  Play up with flavors which depends on your craving. You can choose from any of their 32 toppings. The possibilities are endless.

The James Project Salad


Plus, you can also customize your own pasta and salad or choose from their signature flavors. My personal favorite from their salad offerings is the The James Project Salad with mixed greens, candied walnuts,grilled chicken, dried cranberries and feta cheese drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. Yummy and healthy!




Founder James Markham was sick and tired of pizza that is dipped, dumped and stuffed beyond recognition that he created something real and better, fast and no frills in artisan style pizza. And in taking fast casual, guest engagement, consumer empowerment concept to life, James together with his partners launched in the United States Pieology and later on MOD but soon after success came and the concept diluted, James decided create his own in Project Pie. The brand opened its first store at MGM Grand Las Vegas and shortly after opened the doors to other branches in the US.


Seeing the potential of Project Pie, Mr. Leo Prieto Jr. then Chairman of International Family Food Services, Inc. (IFFSI) spoke to James and soon after, shook hands to bring the concept in the Philippines. Mr. Prieto, together with CEO Vic L. Gregorio set up DBE Project, Inc. (January 2013) the company that brought to life Project Pie in the Philippines (it’s first store opened in July 31, 2013), the first country to have the brand outside the United States.  In 2016, the company changed management hands and is now headed by Mr. Chris Po, as Chairman of DBE Project Inc. and Mr. Vic Gregorio remains to be President.




The concept of Project Pie is what fast casual pizza is all about. They empower their Guests to DESIGN and BUILD their own PIZZA, PASTA or SALAD or choose from their signature flavors. Project Pie boast of their best pizza crust and freshest ingredients, all baked in about 2 minutes! You can choose any of the 32 toppings, to create your own Master PIZZA all for the same price, TOP THAT!








Project Pie also offers their newest product- Oven Baked Chicken Wings! It comes in three (3) exciting flavors -  Buffalo Red, BBQ and Pesto Parmesan. That's one product you will surely enjoy together with your all-time favorite PIZZA, PASTA, and SALAD which you can also now enjoy delivered via FOODPANDA PH.



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