Truly Redefining Buffet: Manila Pavilion’s Palate

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SEASONS, Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino’s lifestyle restaurant re-launches a vast wide array of buffet spread welcoming the holiday season. Celebrating its first holiday dinner for Php 999 every Friday and Satruday, Italian Executive Chef Giovanni Sias reintroduces a new take on savoring eat-all-you-can.

“In Italy, everything is prepared and served fresh from the kitchen. Buffets are usually found intimidating and costly with the food laid out waiting to be indulged. With ours, you get a vast array of choices which is plreasant to your eye, made fresh by batches and refilled only when the demand asks for it.” Sias explains.

Truth to Sias roots, Seasons’ is taking buffet into a different level where cooking is elevated to performance art using only the freshest and finest ingredients including micro-greens.

For the month of November, Season’s is taking us to a gastronomic tour of International buffet celebrating every nationality. A great value for money.

“We’ve got staples and a mix of what holidays the other nationalities have. We’re having Vegetable Samosa, Vegetable burgers, Chana Masala, Chicken Tikka; Kasmiri, Pullao and Curry to celebrate India’s Diwali (festival of lights), and some artisan gourmet cheeses, bacon, poutine and maple syrum for Canada’s remebrance day. We’re also having Turkey for the Thanksgiving weekend, and fresh hand-pulled noodles into perfection. We don’t forget the fun in devouring great food.” Sias added.

Enjoy the food festival buffet only at Season’s Lifestyle Restaurant located at the lobby floor of Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino, United Nations ave. Ermita, Manila from 6PM to 10:30PM on Friday’s and Saturday’s. Children under the age of 5 years old are free of charge.

Marini’s on 57

This is my second time to set foot in Kuala Lumpur but my first time to be in its highest rooftop bar. I came across this bar when I did my research for the trip. Someone mentioned that Petronas Twin Towers is fantastic when viewed from this rooftop bar.

Marini’s on 57 is on the 57th floor of Petronas Tower 3 just adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers and the shopping mall Suria KLCC. We had to ask the information person at the mall how to get to the place, and were directed to the area that links the mall to Tower 3.

We followed the corridor with “Marinis” signs on the wall which lead us to a staff member who pointed us to the private lifts that took us to a level called SL, we were then ushered to another elevator that took us to the 56th floor. The staff waiting by the door then showed us to another lift that we got in and very shortly after opened up to the entrance to the establishment (on the 57th level).

I had made an online reservation for 6.00 o’clock in the evening to watch the city views transition as the sun goes down. It rained that afternoon but it cleared a bit and we saw this view from our table positioned right in front of the floor to ceiling window.

View from our table

We sampled some of Marini’s signature drinks until the twin towers next door lit up.

Signature cocktail and mocktail drinks

The bar also has an open area which shows an even more incredible view of the twin towers.

View of Petronas Twin Towers

We had an amazing night! Til next time…

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis

AVOCADO – a fruit or a vegetable?

The answer to this question will depends on which part of the world you come from.

I came from a culture where avocado is a fruit. I grew up seeing avocado eaten mixed with condensed milk, or sugar spread on top. I often see avocado as an ingredient in a fruit salad.

Avocado in a fruit salad

When I moved to Australia, it came as a surprise to see avocado in a chicken sandwich! I found it strange when I was informed that Aussies think of avocado as a vegetable. It just never occurred to me that avocado can be part of a vegetable salad until I saw it mingling happily with tomatoes and cucumbers and even flirting with a bunch of lettuce.

When I first tasted avocado in a vegetable salad I found out that is good mixed together with other vegetables. I think that avocado in a fruit salad tastes yummier but that is just a personal preference.

Before knowing the Aussie culture when asked what if avocado is a fruit or vegetable, I would have said a fruit without even thinking. But now I can say that it is both and it doesn’t have to be one way or the other. It just depends on what other ingredients you want to mix it with.

Bruschetta with salmon and avocado

I think that seeing and being with other people that have a different culture than us opens us up to possibilities that we never thought of as likely. We just need eyes to see and open hearts to receive something new, even if at times it is different or even contrary to what we grew up with.

Text & Photos by Alicia Davis