A special cooking class on the use of local vegetables

The Hub Series at Discovery Primea’s Flame Restaurant will feature sustainable cuisine in an intimate cooking class on sophisticated and delicious dishes with focus on vegetables.

Supporters of the sustainable food movement and cooking enthusiasts looking for new ways to use local produce and hone their home cooking skills are invited to the cooking class led by Mesa ni Misis’ founder Juana Manahan Yupangco and Discovery Primea’s executive chef Luis Chikiamco at 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 5 August 2018.

A collaboration between The Hub Series and Mesa ni Misis, the cooking class hopes to inspire a renewed interest and a deeper appreciation of wellness, healthy eating, and locally grown produce by turning simple ingredients into spectacular dishes. Participants can look forward to an afternoon learning the basics of preparing the most humble vegetables, as well as useful culinary techniques to bring out their best flavors.

Modern and creative recipes inspired by the travels and experiences of Yupangco and Chikiamco include Vegetarian Moussaka, Monggo Stew, Kangkong Dip, Vegetable Ravioli and Sayote Pie.

Fee for each participant in the Hub Series at Flame with Mesa ni Misis is P2,800 net. Limited seats are available and a 50 percent non-refundable down payment is required to book a seat. For payment details, reservations, and inquiries, please e-mail dpmarcomm@discovery.com.ph, or call the Marketing Communications Department at Discovery Primea at +63 2 955 8888.

For more information on upcoming activities, visit discoveryprimea.com or follow Discovery Primea on Facebook and Instagram.

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For more information, contact Margaux Hontiveros

Director of Marketing Communications

Discovery Primea

Telephone: +63 2 955 8888 loc. 7240

mhontiveros@discovery.com.ph

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Myths and facts about weight-loss supplements

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Losing weight requires a lot of dedication and hard work and may involve physical and emotional costs. It is hardly surprising that many prefer the easy route by taking weight-loss supplements. While almost all weight-loss supplements are marketed as beneficial for the body, some may actually be harmful to one’s health.

Nutrition experts debunk certain claims about weight-loss supplements and reveal possible health risks.

Myth #1: Weight-loss supplements are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Truth: The US FDA does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. It only steps in when a “dietary supplement” is found to contain harmful substances.

Myth #2: Weight-loss supplements alone are enough to lose pounds.

Truth: Weight-loss supplements cannot substitute for healthy eating and regular exercise. Many weight-loss supplements’ labels include a disclaimer that they do not guarantee a specific weight-loss benefit, that individual results may vary and, to get the most benefit, they must be combined with proper diet and exercise.

Myth #3: Supplements like Hoodia, green tea and bitter orange aid in weight loss.

Truth: Green tea, bitter orange and the African herb hoodia have not been scientifically proven to burn fat. In fact, hoodia has not been studied in humans. It is also unclear if it curbs appetite. Green tea contains a fair amount of caffeine, which may result in some weight loss initially, but it will not burn fat. Too much caffeine can affect the heart rhythm and disturb sleep. Bitter orange has synephrine, an alkaloid found in plants, that can be dangerous to health as it increases heart rate and blood pressure.

Myth #4: “Natural” is safe.

While some supplements may result in weight loss in the short term, they may have long-term adverse effects on the body, which may not be able to handle the stress of dramatic weight loss or process artificial food and supplements. They may be unsafe for those with existing medical conditions or those who need to lose a lot of weight.

If you feed your body the right kinds of food, avoid unhealthy snacks and adopt other healthy habits, you should be able to rebalance and reboot your metabolism naturally. Nothing beats fresh and good food to improve health and promote healthy weight loss.

 

Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte

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Sweet 7th anniversary deals from Villa Del Conte – Villa Del Conte is celebrating a sweet milestone as it reaches 7 years of creating rich, decadent and authentic Italian chocolates! Savor the masterfully crafted Villa Del Conte chocolates with their tempting anniversary deals available only until the end of July. It features Villa Del Conte signature boxes: Grande Box which contains 500 grams of 40-45 pieces of chocolates; Medio Box which contains 250 grams of 20-25 pieces of chocolates; and Piccolo Box which contains 115 grams of 9-11 pieces of chocolates. These boxes also come with Villa Del Conte gift cards. Celebrate each bite of authentic Italian goodness with Villa Del Conte chocolates available in all Villa Del Conte stores in Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders and to know more about Villa Del Conte’s indulgent creations, contact 893-2575, visit www.villadelcontecioccolato.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram: @VillaDelContePh and on Twitter: @villadelconte.

Where to go if you are a vegetarian

Are you a vegetarian? Do you find dining out a challenge for the very limited selections?
There are actually many restaurants where any vegetarian can have a hearty meal. You just have to know where to look. Here are some options:

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Salads

For something delicious, healthy and affordable, try Harvesters Vegetarian. It serves some of the best “beef” and “meat” dishes, like beef broccoli, barbecue, and sweet and sour pork. They are so good, it is hard to believe they’re made of tofu. Visit its branches at SM Cubao, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM South Mall, SM Manila and SM Makati.

SaladStop! is known for its wide range of combinations of salads and soups, the best seller, Oh Crab Lah!, is loved for its Singaporean Chili Crab dressing that consists of romaine, crab sticks, tomato, vermicelli, egg, red onion and croutons. Grab a healthy bite today at its branches in SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.

The Corner Market, The Podium’s new food hall, is adding a new twist to the Manila food scene with the first indoor farmers market. Among the 17 food stalls, you can find Gusto!, an organic salad bar that serves produce from local farmers. Visit The Corner Market at 2/F The Podium in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The Food Hall by Todd English, the first restaurant by a celebrity chef in Manila, opened in 2014 at SM Aura Premier. It set the trend in the food hall concept in Asia. Choose from fresh salads, freshly baked flatbread, signature pastas and many more.

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Refreshments and desserts

Originally from Taiwan, TenRen’s Tea is among the best milk tea shops in the world. It has been satisfying customers in the Philippines since 2016. As a leading international retailer and manufacturer of specialty teas, it offers a number of specialty tea-based beverages! The teas are made-to-order and use only natural ingredients and whole leaf teas.  Popular flavors include the 913 King’s Oolong Tea, Orange Green Tea, Taro Green Milk Tea, and Green Tea Mango Slush. Have a cool afternoon at the SM Mall of Asia Complex.

Another popular spot is BLK 513’s frozen yogurt. What makes it different from the rest is the black color, which comes from activated charcoal that helps absorb harmful chemicals in the body. Add in strawberry, kiwi, mango, lychee and more for extra flavor. Visit BLK 513 at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia Complex and SM North Edsa.

There are no guilty pleasures in these vegetarian-friendly places, just amazing dishes. Head to the nearest SM mall to enjoy veggies like never before. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.