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Take an adventurous foodie route with Rockwell’s 3rd Ultimate Taste Test on September 14

Certified foodies are all set again to rejoice as Rockwell’s 3rd Ultimate Taste Test (UTT) event takes place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Rockwell Tent, in partnership with the famous lifestyle blog Our Awesome Planet and in cooperation with San Miguel Lifestyle Brews. Enjoy a fun and delicious chance to become food critics for a day.

Have the ultimate food tasting adventure from Rockwell’s restaurants, home-based food businesses and other up-and-coming food concessionaires. Look out for curious-but-cool Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake by Amy’s Fruit and Vegetable Cakes, Truffled Tuna Crudo from BITE by Chef Jam Melchor, Premium Duck Burgers from Goldenduck’s Premium Meat Products, and Jalapeno Alfredo from Flavors on Fire Catering. Dessert and drinks like the Oatie Granolie treats by 2407 Weekend Bakery and Café, Black and White Cupcakes by Everyday Mom, plus a Green Cayenne Reboot by the Juice Barista are also up for grabs.
A UTT ticket entitles foodies to a wristband and a passport to enjoy a one-time sampling from all the participating concessionaires. In line with this, foodies get to critic and rate the product on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest. The Top 10 highest rating participants will be featured in Our Awesome Planet and will get other exciting prizes from Power Plant Mall.

Buy your ticket to Rockwell’s 3rd Ultimate Taste Test at the North Court Concierge Desk, R1 Level of Power Plant Mall. Tickets are sold at Php 585, and each ticket comes with a free San Miguel Lifestyle Brews beer. The Rockwell Tent will be open from 11AM-9PM. For more information/inquiries, please visit or call 898-1702.

Native Cooking at Casa San Pablo

How was your school break?     Ours is awesome.  We spent our semestral vacation at Casa San Pablo together with  Mendiola family.  Indeed, the reviews that we read from other families who have stayed in the resort were all excellent. These families  all came home very relaxed and energized.   Our children enjoyed  the activities a lot, which they said were  unforgettable and  they never experienced  in other vacation.

Casa San Pablo offers a lot of  fun activities.  Native cooking demo,  Clay Art Making and Camp Adobo Bonfire are some of  the resort’s  sem-break activities  lined  up not only for the  children but adults as well.

During the native cooking demo, the children  participated and  were very eager to know of the past and how the coconut became favorite as basic ingredient  of  Laguna dishes.  The kids showed interest during the whole session.   There’s also a Native Cooking Tour at Lake Pandin but our time prevented us to do so.  In  Lake Pandin Tour,  you may choose hands-on  or educational cooking tour and  will experience  to harvest  fresh shrimps and fishes like tilapia and bakuli, then cook in traditional way.








Before we proceeded to native cooking demo, the owner of the resort, An Alcantara shared the rich history of  San Pablo and  the story about the coconut.








The setting where the cooking took place is quite like my old hometown with typical Filipino kitchen. We cooked  Adobo sa Gata, Kulawo and Pinaltok.


You could tell  by the photos above  that they were happy  but it was the  experience in native cooking demo that make them the happiest.









Adobo sa Gata‘s  main ingredients:  coconut cream, chicken, dahon ng
sili, dried kamyas.

Pinaltok  or
glutinous rice balls:  coconut milk,  tapioca and jackfruit  for added flavor.

Kulawo:  coconut cream squeezed from burnt shredded coconut , roasted eggplant,  onion & vinegar.

And here are the native dishes with coconut as the main ingredient  that we cooked that day.

Adobo sa Gata



Casa San Pablo is a  B & B resort at the heart of  Laguna. The place is perfect for family getaway, retreat, reunion, wedding, anniversary celebration  or  just  traveling alone for me-time.

The owners, Boots and An Alcantara run Casa San Pablo as husband and wife team. Boots is an avid art collector while An is a magazine writer and editor.
Each room has different themes  and  can accommodate small or large group.
They got their inspiration during their travels in Europe and other countries.

How Casa San Pablo started.

From a day resort called “Kay Inay” Boots decided to put up his own country inn  inside Gomez compound, a  family compound where Boots grew up.  He built the first six rooms together with his friends using an old house in Quezon. They rebuilt the house using antique items, doors, windows, old flat irons. Every piece in bedrooms in Casa San Pablo has different pieces of art. Casa San Pablo can accommodate 130 guests. There are rooms that can accommodate 2 to 4 people, 8 people, 16 people and more. The price for overnight package is quite affordable including 3 meals, (lunch, dinner and breakfast). Check the website for the rate.









What to do at Casa San Pablo? 

Check out this video I provided below. The video below is from Casa San Pablo.


For more photos during our vacation, please click here.

I suggest  that you  book now for  early Christmas vacation.  Don’t go far  to smell the fresh pine trees this coming season.  Casa San Pablo is just an hour and few minutes away from Manila.


Casa San Pablo
Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna Philippines
Contact Numbers: (0920) 962 4083 (0917) 812 6687  (632) 211 2132



Update: 10/Nov/12

Congratulations!  Casa San Pablo Native Cooking Tour was included among the Best Tourism Practices in the Philippines.  Read full article here.

Knorr & Yummy Cooking Demo


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Hey guys! You might be interested to register and join  Knorr & Yummy Cooking Demo which is  broken into 5 legs and starts this October 6, Saturday.  Please see the above flyer for the dates and venues. Knorr Chef Dianne dela Cruz and Yummy’s Chef Katherine Jao will be doing the demonstrations. Recipes include Mexican Tortilla Soup and Creamy Dory Fillet with Sofrito.