Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In Crust, We Trust: CPK Cements Its Pizza Authority With National Pizza Days 2017!

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous California style pizzas always served with a distinct California vibe, is celebrating National Pizza Days this August 15 & 16, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) now on its 6th year run! On these days, guests who visit any of CPK's six (6) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for. Serving fresh, premium quality ingredients in season and hearth baked on top of CPK's proprietary recipe hand-tossed dough are the hallmark of all CPK pizza creations.

Whereas the theme of National Pizza Day 2016 was bringing back old favorites, CPK is introducing five NEW artisanal pizzas you can choose from for the National Pizza Day 2017:

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017
Ham + Mango Cucumber Pizza
Sweet seekers will love the delightful combination of Mango puree & house made Mango Cucumber Salsa balanced out with the diverse flavors of smoked ham, creamy Mozarella cheese, and farm fresh Arugula leaves.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017
Pizza Italiano
You'll be busting out with your Italian accent with their Pizza Italiano with Pomodoro, Mozarella cheese, and select Italian herbs & spices topped with ham, rustic pepperoni, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and parmesan cheese.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017
Cheese Triplets Pizza
Cheese lovers will swoon when they get a bite of CPK's NEW cheese Triplets Pizza, generously topped with creamy Mozzarella, Velveeta, and Queso Quesadilla cheeses.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017
Asparagus + Chicken in Spinach Artichoke Sauce Pizza
Fans of CPK's legendary Spinach + Artichoke Dip will be elated to discover that they turned it into a pizza and then some with their Asparagus + Chicken in Spinach Artichoke Sauce Pizza: Spinach Artichoke sauce with Mozarella cheese, grilled chicken and asparagus spears topped with chopped parsley and croutons for an added crunch.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017
Primavera Delight Pizza
As a lighter option for ladies who lunch, the NEW Primavera Delight Pizza blends of roasted squash puree, Mozzarella & Queso Quesadilla cheeses, grilled zucchini, red onion, broccoli, button mushrooms, carrots, and fresh tomato sauce topped with Parmesan cheese.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017

"CPK popularized California-style pizza and has been at the forefront of unique and innovative pizza creations highlighted by fresh & seasonal ingredients. Just like the iconic Original BBQ Chicken Pizza CPK invented in 1985, these NEW pizzas that will take centerstage for our National Pizza Days 2017 Celebration epitomize the same essence of California creativity & culinary innovation." stated Bob Vallar, Marketing Manager of Global Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (GRCI) the first company to franchise CPK outside of the United States of America. 
"We would like to invite everyone to join us for this awesome 2-day pizza extravaganza. We derive our greatest pleasure in wowing our guests with eclectic flavor combinations that awaken & invigorate their palates as we constantly push the envelope with our indigenous pizza creations.  Incidentally, our National Pizza Day 2017 will kick-off our celebration of our 20th Anniversary in the Philippines so watch out for more surprises coming your way over the next several months."

The Smoke Has Cleared, A Victor Has Been Crowned 

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017

As an added treat to our guests in National Pizza day 2017, the Grand Prize Winner of CPK's recently concluded Pizza Wars Competition (annual Pizza Chef Competition) will be made available to them. The Garlic Cream Cheese & Sausage Pizza is a singular treat combining our Garlic Cream sauce with Smoked Sausage, Mozarella, Fontina, and Parmesan Cheeses, and fresh mushrooms drizzled with a sweet Balsamic Glaze. What's more, when you buy this CPK Pizza Wars grand prize winning pizza, you will still be able to avail of any one (1) of the five (5) NEW featured pizzas for free.

California Pizza Kitchen Philippines - National Pizza Day 2017

For more information, visit follow them on Facebook & Instagram @cpkphilippines, or visit any if their following branches:
• 2nd level Alabang Town Center
• Ground Level W Global Center, BGC
• Ground Level Promenade 3, Greenhills San Juan
• Ground Level SM Mall of Asia
• Basement 1 Century City Mall Makati City
• 2nd Level Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing Mandaluyong City

About California Pizza Kitchen
In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style pizza. Since then, CPK has launched what has become a global brand known for creative California cuisine. Today, CPK is approaching 300 restaurants in 16 countries around the world. Dedicated to a unique dining experience, CPK is now introducing its Next Chapter featuring reimagined menus, open kitchens, amd unique renovations in all restaurants across the country. For more information on California Pizza Kitchen, visit


1. What are National Pizza Days?
National Pizza Day (NPD) is an annual CPK Philippines event wherein guests are treated to buy 1, get 2 free pizza promotion. It will be held on August 15 & 16, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday) at all six (6) California Pizza Kitchen branches in Metro Manila.

2. How does it work?
On the designated National Pizza Days, guests can enjoy a free pizza for every order of regular or thin crust pizzas. The free pizza can be chosen from the roster of NEW premium, limited edition pizzas created specifically for those days. This limited time promotion is valid only for dine-in and take-out transactions. There will be a 10%d packaging charge for take-out transactions. Reservations and delivery will not be allowed for this promotion. In addition, this promotion is not valid in conjunction with other existing promotions, discounts, gift certificates, Metrodeal vouchers, and the Global Privilege Card.

3. What are the five (5) free pizza choices?
The five (5) pizzas you can choose from are as follows:
🍕 Ham + Mango Cucumber Pizza
🍕 Pizza Italiano
🍕 Cheese Triplets Pizza
🍕 Asparagus + Chicken in Spinach Artichoke Sauce Pizza
🍕 Primavera Delight Pizza

Choose one for every order of a regular or thin crust pizza. As such, if you order five (5) regular hand tossed or thin crust pizzas in one go, you can immediately get all the five (5) featured pizzas for free!

4. Can I purchased any of these five (5) featured pizzas ala carte?
These NEW pizzas are not available for regular purchases. To try them, guests would have to purchase a regular hand tossed or thin crust pizza.

5. What are the payment options for National Pizza Days?
Both cash & credit card payments will be honored in availing od this promotion. However, gift certificate payments will not be accepted for those who wish to avail of the promo. Should you wish to use your GCs on these days though, you will not be entitled to a free pizza for your regular hand-tossed or thin crust pizza purchases.

6. Are there time restrictions for this promotion on National Pizza Days? 
There are none. The National Pizza Day Promotion is valid all day from opening to closingin all six (6) branches from August 15 to 16, 2017. Come early as cool surprises await early birds!
Official store hours on National Pizza Day 2017:
CPK Alabang 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
CPK Century City Mall 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
CPK Shangri-la Edsa Plaza 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
CPK Bonifacio Global City 11:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
CPK Promenade 3 Greenhills 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
CPK SM Mall of Asia 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

7. Can I purchase other items on those days aside from pizza?
Yes you may as the rest of our regular items are available at regular prices on both days.

8. Where are your CPK branches located?

• 2nd level Alabang Town Center
• Ground Level W Global Center, BGC
• Ground Level Promenade 3, Greenhills San Juan
• Ground Level SM Mall of Asia
• Basement Level Century City Mall Makati City
• 2nd Level Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing Mandaluyong City

9. Do you have any other offers on National Pizza Days?

Aside from the free NEW premium pizzas, the framd prize winning pizza from the recent 3rd Annual CPK Pizza Wars Competition will be available on those days: the Garlic Cream Cheese & Sausage Pizza. When you buy this pizza at its regular price, you will be entitled to choose ine2 (1) free pizza from our NEW premium pizza choices.

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 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.