Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sumo Sam Gateway Opens in a Great, Big Way Today

SumoSam... Champion Eater... Legendary Fighter...

The legend of SumoSam began one spring when the finest Sumo Wrestlers in all of Japan awoke to the vigorous resonance of migrating cranes flying high towards mighty Mt. Fuji. As the legend says, the champion fighter Sumo Sam always received a grand banquet in his honor every time he fought with other Japanese Sumo Wrestlers. He is known as the Champion Eater, Legendary Fighter.

He is the icon that is carried by the Sumo Sam, the Japanese Restaurant that desires its guests to feel like champions by combining different techniques and elements of international cooking and integrating it to Japanese Cuisine. 

And today, the legendary fighter finds a new home in Gateway Mall. It has now opened its doors at the 2nd floor of The Gateway Mall, in Cubao, Quezon City.

Salute to the 3 great minds behind Sumo Sam: Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo; Mr. Ricky Laudico and, celebrated actor and restaurateur Mr. Marvin Agustin. Together with renowned chefs: The Chef of the stars - Chef Florabel Co-Yatco; Chef Nikki Nicolas, pioneer batch of CCA and Chef Benjamin Gonzalez, this young and determined group of business entrepreneurs has already achieved a total of 11 Sumo Sam stores all over the archipelago, and is still rapidly growing the business, and will close 2012 with over 20 branches.

The hands-on restaurateur and Sumo Sam owner, Mr. Marvin Agustin, with SumoSam's fab, indefatigable Marketing Manager and pole dancer extraordinaire, Miss Tina Andrea Papera.

Instead of the usual ribbon cutting ceremony, the cutting of the ginormous tuna sushi led by Mr. Marvin Agustin, marks the grand opening of Sumo Sam Gateway. Sumo Sam offers Japanese food with a Western flair. Hmmm.. talk about creating Japanified American food or maybe some Americanized Japanese food. Either way, it's yummy!

So long, you can tell the Sushi Chef put in a lot of effort to make it.  :)
Ready, set, slice! 
 I admire how cool and talented Marvin is. Ah.. and handsome as always. :)

On to the highlights of the event... Food tasting! :)

Spoon and fork ready... Chopsticks ready!

After the ceremonial cutting of tuna sushi, everyone had a bite. 
It's definitely a great sushi and one BIG bite to remember.
Attack of the orange sushi rolls! 
Attack! :)
Sumo Sam Gateway Branch boasts of ever-so-popular selection of grilled seafood and steaks, rolls, sushi, tonkatsu, with its top 3 best sellers such as ebi tempura, beef teppan, and chicken teriyaki, providing a high quality, Japanese dishes in a generous Western serving.

For Yori-Kiri Starters, I've tried the Fried Gyoza and Vegatable Kakiage.

Fried Gyoza with  dip
It's slick, it's yummy, it's tasty, but most of all, it's heaps of fun.
Vegetable Kakiage
This one is surprisingly good! I really love these crispy vegetable fritters. Kakiage is a tempura dish with mixed vegetable strips that were deep fried well and  absolutely delicious when paired with the dipping sauce provided. 
Then immediately following the Yori-Kiri Starters were tasty, yummy dishes like Chicken teriyaki, Ebi tempura and Japanese Fried rice.  

Chicken Teriyaki.
The sauce is delicious and the meat is tender, very 
tasty and satisfying.
Ebi tempura
It is tastier and bigger than most of us would get at similar Japanese restaurants. Love it!  

Japanese fried rice
This fried rice is one of my personal favorites! 
Definitely the best fried rice I've had in the metro... very delicious!

Bacon Dory
One of SumoSam's grand champions where you can taste the authentic Japanese flavor. Winner!

So yummy, it's so easy to slurp down. 
SumoSam's Pride Salad

This is really good, although I would have liked it to have more mangoes just because I love mangoes to bits! Haha The flavors worked well with each other and the mango gave it a very nice sweet taste that complemented well with the lettuce, tomatoes and some nuts. 

A great plate of  assorted Tuna and Salmon Sashimi with some fresh lemons and wasabi on the side. 
Fresh and flavorful!
For serious sushi eaters. That's the way to go... 

They also have a plate of assorted sushi and sashimi mix. 
So what did Sashimi A say to Sushi B? 
Wasabi! (Wassup B?) :)
Har. Har.
I'm not a sashimi or sushi eater, or maybe I just don't like sushi. I love Jap food for its simplicity, uniqueness and art. Nothing raw though. But according to my blogger friend who loves sushi, it is as fresh as it gets, as if its fresh taste just jumps out at you!

The Gateway branch has a 100-seating capacity dining area. I love the funky yet swanky, classy interiors,  and upbeat ambiance.  Lighting on the warm and soft side, with Asian-themed walls and cool Japanese artifacts. It's a comfortable feeling and for some reason,there's a kind of quaint and romantic feeling to me. So yeah, it's a great first date place! Also, the lunch menu has lots of different options to gorge yourself on. Their food on a large, ceramic plate  is beautifully presented and will easily feed two or three people. 

For the service, Sushi chefs are all smiles, just like the rest of the staff. It'll make you feel  like you can come here and feel like they'll remember you forever. The staff is always attentive without being bothersome... which I really like.

My verdict?  Everything is pretty good. Taste and quality are unsurpassed and lest I forget, it's one of the most authentic-tasting Japanese restaurants I've been to. Now I know why the owners were not afraid to pick such a busy and popular location like Gateway. They really have something to brag about!  Yes, it's a bit pricey and a tad bit more expensive compared to the other budget sushi restaurants in the area, but such is the price for awesomeness and authenticity. It isn't the cheapest, but I don't mind indulging every once in awhile. On the other hand, it isn't the most expensive either and for the quality and quantity of their food plus excellent customer service, the price is quite reasonable! 

The last time I had a dinner at Sumo Sam Shangri-la, I was expecting to fork over at least a half more than I did, and I was pleasantly surprised. Quite frankly, it was the best and most affordable Japanese food I've had so far. I would overall rate this between Very Good and Incredibly Yummy, leaning more towards Incredibly Yum. 

Would I recommend? That's a deep-fried YES. :)

Here's what we munched on at Sumo Sam Shangri-la:

I thoroughly enjoyed our meal. I love their Tonkatsu and California Rolls. Best of all, the Salmon Ankake is every Champion's ultimate reward. God bless the Japanese! ;)

Gahhh leee... my tummy's rambling while I'm blogging this. Amazing Kani rolls and Spicy Tuna Salad would be nice right about now. 

So guys, there's still plenty of time go get your grub on at Sumo Sam. For more information on new offers, visit the Facebook Page Sumosam.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kraft Tiger: Serving Up Affordable Nutrition for Your Kid's Baon

This morning;

Me: What do you want?
Me: When do you want them?
Me: Ok!

LOL Yes, it only means my daughter loves biscuits!

IN OTHER NEWS: Classes start June 13th. It is almost June and I'm already preparing my daughter for preschool. That said,one of my dilemmas as a mom is what to get her for baon/snacks in school. It is quite a challenge for me because... gaaaah leeeeh, she's such a notoriously picky eater! I want to give her healthy snacks that she will eventually enjoy eating in school instead of feeding her with highly processed foods full of sugar and additives. I also believe that kids who eat healthy, learn, behave and perform better in school.

I'm just glad I found the solution last Tuesday. :) I was invited to attend the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel which talks about the country's status on nutrition deficiency with Filipino kids, as well as fighting undernutrition.
Bulong Pululungan sa Sofitel

Nutrient deficiency is a key public health issue in our country and some other developing markets in Southeast Asia.

I've learned that normally, a kid needs about 1,400 kcal a day and only 21.5 percent meet or almost 4 out of 5 kids ages 6-12 do not meet their daily energy needs. This results to children having a weak immune system, poor growth and development and diseases. This also leads to poor performance of kids in school.

With fellow mommy bloggers, Mommy Leira of http://www.pagaspas.com/,  Mommy Jo of http://www.jobonsol.net/, and Mommy Angelyn of http://mommysmaglife.blogspot.com.

That brings us, moms, to support an advocacy of fighting undernutrition by giving our kids the best possible nutrition in their baon. With the tagline, "Ang tamang baon, may tamang nutrisyon. Labanan ang poor school performance," these crunchy biscuits are fortified with the nine vitamins and six minerals recommended by the World Food Programme.  Kraft Tiger Energy Biscuit contains Enermaxx, an unparalleled combination of 9 vitamins and 6 minerals which help provide kids with the energy they need. That's Vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B9 and B12 and the minerals Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc. 15 essential micronutrients from just a pack of Tiger Energy Biscuit should help the child build strong bones, strengthen immunity and promote growth.

Kraft is one of the trusted brands and they believe that kids today need to get more active to be healthy. Through its campaigns, Tiger provides opportunities for kids to be physically active, while giving the proper nutrition in their baon. Best of all, they make amazing biscuits that the kids LOVE!  And as a girl born in Balanga where people love dipping biscuits to coffee for brekky, I can’t say no to a biscuit!

Let's bring out the Tiger!

I just had to try their biscuits, and after eating for a while I declared it to be the best energy biscuits ever. This is really saying something. These energy bisuits are amazing and these biscuits give slow release energy! Not only that, they taste amazing and it's not overly sweet! For some reason, when I hear they are fortified with vitamins and healthy-ish, I usually know it's bland, tasteless and I am not going to like it. So that was a real surprise. It was partly that the biscuit was crunchy & crispy, tasted homemade and was full of awesomeness because it's made of wheat and milk. For me, this is some kind of a superfood, and so good you might be inclined to do yourself a mischief. Be warned. Also, I was ecstatic because my little Maia loves it to bits!

Can't wait to pack them in my kiddo's school lunchbox and then happily eat them in the afternoon. Oh and I can't complain at the price either! There are six yummy biscuits in the package and I could not eat them all at once, unless I share them with my daughter. Let me tell ya, these biscuits are really good. Each bite of Tiger comes with jampacked energy to help bring out the winning spirit in every child. You could make a great breakfast or baon for your kiddo from these biscuits alone! It was hard not to fill up and your tot will have that much-needed energy for school.
With Tiger Energy biscuits, our kids get to enjoy a vitamin fortified, delicious snack. It's available in vanilla and chocolate flavor. Being a certified chocoholic, Maia loves the chocolate more than the vanilla. It’s affordable nutrition, and one of the ways to meet the health and wellness needs of our kids.

Maia's baon! She's so ready for school!
I believe I also need these biscuits on hand for those really, really busy mornings. With or without the coffee, these biscuits can't be missed. Actually, I was dunkin' some Kraft Tiger energy biscuits for my daughter last night, just in case she wakes up needing extra energy for today.

Here she is, stacking biscuits and cookies up! :)

Yay! Good job babycakes! Haha It's really the little things, the simple things, that matter the most. 
I look forward to many, many more Tiger Energy biscuits here.  :)


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SkinWhite and Nuffnang bring you Snow White and the Huntsman

"Who's the fairest of them all?"
Lips red as blood, skin white as snow.

Yep, she is Snow White.

Sometimes, some people would call me Snow White because my skin tone is white. Some would even ask me if I ever go out in the sunlight. Lol Huwhaaat? Do I look like a vampire? :) Because I do love going out and having fun under the sun. And flawless, beautiful porcelain white skin is a must this season. Indeed, God made all things bright and beautiful . :) My secret is pretty simple.

The easiest way to get that snow white complexion is to use SkinWhite!

Sitting at the beach, in my bikini, don't care about how many people I blind with my Snow White skin! lol

SkinWhite gives me that beautiful blush white skin that my prince charming can’t resist by giving me that  SYNCHROWHITE ACTION.

SkinWhite has SYNCHROWHITE ACTION that works in FOUR ways all the time:

WHITENS the skin’s surface

REDUCES formation of new dark pigments at its source

NOURISHES skin with Vitamins

PROTECTS skin against toxins and UV rays

Click on the link below to know more about Synchrowhite Action from Kim Chiu:
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Nuffnang and Skinwhite bring you Snowhite and the Huntsman! I have to see Snowwhite & the Huntsmen! Every time a commercial comes on I die a little. Definitely looking forward to seeing  this movie.

“Kristen Stewart (the Twilight saga, On the Road) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron of Prometheus, Hancock) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagines was that the young woman who has escaped her clutches and now threatens her reign has been training in the art of war with a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth of Thor, The Avengers) who was dispatched to capture her.”  Snow White and the Huntsman Official Website

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Now, with SkinWhite, you too can also be Snow White and become the fairest of them all! :)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Happy Mommy Experience with Lotte Xylitol

Mom, Nanay, Momma, Mommy, Mama, Inay, Inang, Nanay, Mudra.. the many names of the first love we ever experienced. I'm so glad there's a day to celebrate and pay tribute for moms, the birth canal of human existence and rock of ages! Moms who endured 9 months of pain and put their child's needs over & above their own.

By any name, moms remain the "ilaw ng tahanan" (light of the home), and sometimes they even become the "haligi, kisame at alulod ng tahanan." :) Being a full-time mom is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. It's priceless. It has to be one of the hardest jobs in the world and moms deserve more than just one day in a year ( yes?) and we deserve the highest of fives. :)

Mother’s Day is all about making mothers out there feel very special. That is why Lotte Xylitol, the country’s leading dental health gum, and Working Mom magazine and Lifestyle Network, made Mother’s Day 2012 even special with the “Happy Mommy” event. Lotte Xylitol shared one happy day to moms, the women behind every child's smile.

Happy Mommy= Happy Baby
The Happy Mommy event was held yesterday at TriNoMa Mall along North Avenue and EDSA in Quezon City, the activity focused on giving the dear mommies out there a greater reason to celebrate the day that gives importance to their role as the stabilizer, caretaker and light of the home, together with Lotte Xylitol that helps us keep our teeth healthy and strong.

During the event, Lotte Xylitol provides Moms out there the opportunity to have their teeth checked by dental health care professionals. Through a dentist consultation session, Mommies were asked to fill up a “risk assessment” form. This form was of great assistance to the dentists in determining a Mom’s dental health state and in the whole consultation process to give a more accurate and detailed information and help Mommies protect their teeth and keep that toothy white smile.

The “Happy Mommy” event is also the venue for the soft launch of Lotte Xylitol’s Facebook fan page. By simply clicking the “LIKE” at their fan page, mommies received freebies like Lotte Xylitol blister packs. Or, got free photo opportunities at the Lotte Xylitol photo booth. All photos taken for the entire day were  uploaded to the Lotte Xylitol Facebook page.

And the best part of it is after the event, a contest will be held to choose the best smile among the photos of Mommies or Mommies with their kids. The photos with the best smile wins a special prize from Lotte Xylitol.
My little girl playing the Pachinko game! Photo credit: Mommy Lariza from Mom's World of Arts  & Happiness :)
Other Lotte Xylitol activities during “Happy Mommy” include the popular “pachinko” game, plus other booth activities for the kids or the kids with their Mom and Dads, too!
After the event, my babycakes begged for more fun at Active Fun! Yeah, she's unstoppable!  
Also, there were activities happening on the main stage, which includes a special appearance of the Lotte Xylitol mascot. 

I also enjoyed the free pampering services while my princess felt like royalty with her pretty glitter tats and nail art.
Nail art + Glitter Tatto = Love
Oh and I also received a ginormous, sweet Mother's Day treat from Chicco! A huge, huggable pillow! It is now the fave pillow of my darling girl Maia! :) She couldn't sleep unless her legs are wrapped around this pillow. :) The softness of cotton and huggable feel together for the first time in one pillow... Loved it! 

Aside from the TriNoMa, the “Happy Mommy” event also happened simultaneously in 5 other areas such as Glorietta 5, Bonifacio High Street, Market!Market!, Alabang Town Center and at the Marquee Mall.

Lotte Xylitol, plus its new variant, Lotte Xylitol Neo, is a dental health gum that has xylitol, a natural sugar that prevents the proliferation of tooth decay-causing bacteria, and also has “calcium phosphate” that helps re-mineralize or rebuild teeth by bringing back lost minerals in order to make it stronger and healthier. With just 3-4 pellets per day, keep your teeth strong and healthy for that wonderful and gleaming smile.

For more about Lotte Xylitol, visit www.lottexylitolgum.com. Like them on Facebook HERE

Happy Mother's Day to all gorgeous moms out there! :)