Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's the year of Garlic Cream Cheese Pizza at CPK's Pizza Wars 2017

I remember last year when I was invited at the CPK Pizza War 2016, it's the California Pizza Kitchen's annual in-house Pizza Chef competition held at their branch in Shangri-La Plaza Mandaluyong. Now, the legacy continues to evolve on its third year run.

"California Pizza Kitchen has distinguished itself as a pizza authority attributable to its wide selection of innovative and artisanal pizzas. But more importantly, the secret behind the success of CPK here is, of course, the people behind it. Which is why, apart from showcasing the talents of our pizza chefs who are equally passionate about food as we are, we wanted to challenge them to take their culinary skill set to new heights. And sure enough, they have proven to be up to that challenge," said Bob Vallar, Marketing Manager of Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (GRCI)

"Here at CPK, we believe that there is a story behind every pizza. More than anything else, CPK Pizza Wars represents this - where the unique stories of our pizza chefs, more specifically with how their respective love affairs with food began within the context of their own upbringing, and utilizing this as their inspiration behind their all original pizza creations. The common thread here for all the talented finalists is that they find joy in what they do best in the kitchen and it shows. This just strengthens our commitment to take care of our people and nurture their innate culinary talents so that they too can be part of our celebration of California creativity, imagination, and passion." expounds Ms. Grace de Leon, CPK Philippines Regional Operations Director

The competition went through several rounds of heated competition, beginning with in-store elimination rounds. Each branch sent their own pizza champions to the semifinals, to compete with each other for the approval of judges Robert Vallar, Marketing Manager of GRCI, Chef Aldrin Ortille, GRCI Executive Chef, and KJ Calsarin, GRCI Training Manager. Of the semi-finalists, only three chefs were chosen to compete in the final round of competition. The finalists were:

 Danny Fernandez of CPK Greenbelt 5

Chef Danny's Thai Beef Pizza

Jay Mar dela Paz of CPK Promenade Greenhills

 Chef Jay's Chicken Banh Mi Pizza

 Rommel Panaligan, CPK Alabang Town Center

Chef Rommel's Garlic Cream Cheese Pizza

After several rounds of competition, Rommel Panaligan of CPK Alabang Town Center won his own creation Garlic Cream Cheese Pizza. As per Chef Rommel, it is a traditional pizza pasta with 3 different cheese and sausage. He was also the first winner of CPK Pizza War 2015 with his very own creation of Farmer's Pizza. Chef Rommel received Php 25,000 cash prize and his winning pizza will be featured in August 2017 as part of California Pizza Kitchen's annual celebration of National Pizza Day. His Garlic Cream Cheese Pizza will also be included in CPK Philippines' new menu which will be launched by next year.

The winner was voted from the polished palates of judges Archie Rodriguez (CPK President & Chef Executive Officer), Griffith Go (CPK Chief Financial Officer), Celebrity Chef & Philippine Culinary Icon, Sandy Daza and Social Media Guru & Foodie Extraordinaire Spanky Enriquez.

For more information, visit the official website at www.cpk.com.ph and follow their social media sites via California Pizza Kitchen Philippines on Facebook and @cpkphilippines on both Instagram and Twitter.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reunited with College Beshies

Last week, I had the chance to meet two of my college friends from Dominican College in San Juan. Thanks to my hubbylove who took care of our babylove that day. My boys had a great time with their father and son bonding while mommy was out.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fun Halloween 2016


Last year, we had fun with our babylove's first Trick or Treat. We went home with two big pumpkin baskets loaded with chocolates and candies! Even if babylove slept most of the time (was it boring for him?), and did not fully wear his little devil's costume, we still had fun together. Here are some of our photos.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Weekend Family Day Breakfast at IHOP

It was another fun family day for us after shooting our toy hunting video for our YouTube channel, FUNdipity. We are not a breakfast person but, that week, we craved for some pancakes, ham, and hash browns! So, we decided to visit the IHOP BGC branch after our shenanigans ;)

Everything we craved were all at the IHOP and we were really satisfied after our breakfast food trip ;)


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Awaken the Child In You at Morelli's Gelato

Morelli's Gelato - Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Morelli's Gelato are known for freshly made gelato and premium sundaes and it shares a truly indulgent experience and will keep us coming back for more. These Italian desserts that originated in the UK by the Morelli's family are made with top quality ingredients which made their ice cream business a huge success for over 100 years.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Our New YouTube Channel: FUNdipity

Hello there, dear readers! We were busy lately simply because of this! FUNdipity!!! (Wink!)

Finally, we already have our own YouTube channel called FUNdipity. It is a family-oriented channel where you can watch videos about us three and our FUN time playing and reviewing toys, and having FUN from our family bonding, food trips and travels. Please do check it out and give it a shot to subscribe and share. Below are the thumbnails of some of our YouTube videos ;)

Thank you so much and God bless.

With All the Love,

FUNdipity Family ;)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Celebrate Love at Applebee's Grill and Bar BGC

Applebee's BGC - MommyEichel

We recently celebrated our anniversary at the Applebee's Grill and Bar in Bonifacio Global City branch and we had a very pleasant dining experience. The staffs were all friendly and very accommodating when it comes to our needs. Applebee's BGC is located at the ground floor of W Global Center in 9th Avenue just beside its sister company IHOP and California Pizza Kitchen.

Friday, August 26, 2016



Mommy Eichel was recently invited to try the newest menu in International House of Pancakes or IHOP - one of the most famous restaurants that hits the Philippines' dining arena in 2013. This American favorite and all-day breakfast restaurant continues in spreading happiness by serving more than just breakfast. Now, they already have lunch and dinner with a Filipino twist, an even greater variety of options for those mealtimes in addition to the familiar IHOP classic dishes which are available throughout the day. Soon, IHOP will also be a Filipino favorite restaurant.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

IHOP Meals Perfect for 2 for P499 only!


One fine Sunday when we visited IHOP BGC for our family day.  We saw their offer IHOP Meals Perfect for 2 for P499 only and got curious about this amazing offer. Promo consists of 1 Appetizer for sharing and 2 Main Dishes from their wide array of hearty meals from starter and entree.

Choices for Appetizers from popular IHOP staples:
2 pc. Tacos
House Salad
Monster Mozza
Onion Rings
Seasoned Fries

For the Main Dishes we can choose from:
Spaghetti Bolognese
Bacon Mac & Cheese Pasta
1 pc. Chicken Rice
Longganisa Scrambler Rice
Corned Beef Hash
Angus Burger Steak Rice

We had a hard time choosing from the selections until we ended with Monster Mozza, Angus Burger Steak Rice for hubbylove, and Bacon Mac & Cheese Pasta since I enormously love cheese.

IHOP Perfect Meal for 2 - IHOP BGC

5 pieces Monster Mozza really made my day. I love these yummy fingers and I simply just can't get enough of them. Babylove enjoyed munching these crunchy monsters. Definitely a must-try. 

IHOP Perfect Meal for 2 - IHOP BGC

Bacon Mac & Cheese Pasta is sooo creamy and tasty. Kids and adults will surely love these pasta partnered with the fresh and crunchy garlic bread. The bacon is another bonus since the pasta itself is already a winner.

IHOP Perfect Meal for 2 - IHOP BGC

Angus Burger Steak Rice was also a great choice. The juicy and tasty burger steak was perfect with the buttered corn. Every single bite was pure love. This is also a must-try.

After we ate, we realized that what we ordered were exactly in the promo banner. We didn't cheat, honestly! It was really a no cheating policy and it was our taste buds' intuition who chose for the perfect meal for 2 hihi!

We are just hoping that this promo will be extended since it will only run until the end of August 2016.

For more IHOP updates, visit IHOP Philippines Facebook page at /IHOPPhilippines and on Twitter and Instagram at @ihop_ph.

Ground Floor, W Global Center, 
9th Avenue Corner 30th Street, 
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Contact No. 808-9515

Friday, August 5, 2016

Family Day at North Park

Few weeks ago, we found ourselves dining at North Park Noodles with our favorite Chinese dishes. Since it was quite hot outside then, we skipped our favorite Aniseed Beef Tendon Noodles Soup and ordered rice and two viands instead.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Buy 1, Get 1 Pizza at CPK's National Pizza Day!

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day

It's the time of the year again as California Pizza Kitchen celebrates their National Pizza Day 2016 on Aug 15 and 16. On these days, diners who visit any of CPK's eight locations can enjoy the ultimate Buy 1, Get 1 promo!

Choose from CPK's five premium pizzas: Salamai + Bacon Pizza, Hawaiian Pepperoni Pizza, Garlic Chicken Pizza, Mixed Vegetarian Pizza and Traditional Cheese Pizza. As expected, CPK will serve the highest quality fresh and seasonal ingredients, hearth-baked atop CPK's legendary hand-tossed dough.