A Christmas Dinner Larry Would Love

Mention the name Larry Cruz and you right away think of iconic restaurants Café Adriatico, Bistro Lorenzo, Bistro Remedios, Bistro Burgos among others.

The list continues with Ang Hang, Larry’s Bar, Café Havana, Bollywood, Camp Gourmet, Paper Moon, In the Mood Dance Bar plus the more recent Fely J’s, Lorenzo’s Way and Abe.

Larry Cruz is no longer with us but his legacy continues as the LJC Group makes sure that everything is as perfect as Larry would have wanted it.

On November 29, Saturday, 9am-1pm, The Maya Kitchen presents Chef George Lizares, the corporate chef of the LJC Group, in a cooking demonstration entitled “A Christmas Dinner Larry Would Love.” 

Chef George will prepare Cheerful Feta and Watermelon Salad  (black olives, yellow and red watermelon with Italian dressing); Kingfish and Shrimps Curry in Coconut, (Tanigue fillet and shrimps gently simmered in Indian-style coconut cream curry sauce); Chicken with Three Mushrooms, (roast chicken with Porcini, Button and Shitake Sauce); Couscous with Seven Vegetable  (tender lamb morsels combined with chickpeas, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, capsicum and cabbage in a rich broth); and Baklava (filo pastry, nuts, butter and orange-infused syrup served with vanilla ice cream). 

Chef George took inspiration from his long relationship with the late Larry Cruz who had been both a boss and a mentor to him. He started with the LJC Group in 1998 as a food and beverage manager. He left and came back in 2008 as corporate executive chef, left and came back again in 2011 up to the present in the same capacity. 

Outside of the LJC Group, Chef George has had a long and stellar career in the culinary industry both here and abroad.  He has had stints with the Bistro Group, Julius Maggie Kitchen, Taal Vista Hotel, The Camp John Hay, Baguio Country Club, Tagaytay Highlands and even had the chance to work for the Royal Kitchens of the Sultan of Oman. Another foreign posting is with the Radisson Royal Palm Hotel, Australia.

The LJC Group was borne out of Larry Cruz’s decision to take a career change way back in 1979.  The journalist became a restaurateur. Larry’s indelible mark will forever remain in the history of Philippine cuisine. Every day, Chef George Lizares and the people behind The LJC Group continue to pay tribute to the man who cannot cook yet somehow managed to permanently change the country’s culinary landscape.

“A good meal is one that satisfies all the senses. …More than just looking good, it has to taste good…match the setting… More important for me, it should be enjoyed with someone.”—Larry J. Cruz

For more information on this and on other courses offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com  or e-mailcontactus@themayakitchen.com  or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F  Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63947 835 2290. 

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The Best of Thanksgiving at Chef Jessie Restaurants

It is traditional Thanksgiving at its best at Chef Jessie Restaurants at  Rockwell Center, Makati, Citibank Tower, Makati and Eastwood, Quezon City.

Start off with Watercress, Fiddlehead Fern, Cherry Tomatoes and Edible Flowers Salad and follow it up with a rich Butternut Pumpkin Soup. Freshen your palate with Celery Tarragon Mint Sorbet.

Choose from two main courses of Roast Tom Turkey with Onion, Sage, Orange, Chestnut and Apple Stuffing in Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Compote or Pan Fried Baramundi Fillet in Lemon Butter Caper Sauce served with Homemade Mashed Potato and Sauteed Brocolli Florets.

Dessert is a slice of Traditional Pumpkin or Pecan Pie ala Mode with coffee or tea. This Thanksgiving meal is available for lunch and dinner at P1,500++ per person. For reservation, visit or call Chef Jessie Rockwell Club at the Ground Level, Amorsolo Square, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati with telephone 890-6543 or 890-7630; Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie on the 34th Floor, Citi Bank Tower, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City with telephone 750-5810-11; and 100 Revolving Resturant, 33rd Floor, MDC Building, C5 corner Eastwood Drive, Quezon City, with telephone 962-1016 and 962-5654.

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Thanksgiving Turkey from Bizu

Enjoy the goodness of a succulent, plump, juicy and golden brown whole roast turkey right in your own home from Bizu Patisseries.    

Bizu’s Whole Roast Turkey comes with its signature stuffing of apples, chestnuts and sausages along with a duet of sauces, cranberry and pan gravy. The cooked weight is approximately 5 kilos and is good for 10 to 15 persons. Each order comes at P8,775 and requires 3-days advance notice.

For more information, email concierge@bizugroupe.com or call 845-0590 to 93.  You can also visit Bizu Patisserie branches near you at Greenbelt 2 (757-2498), One Rockwell Tower, (478-7755 or 779-5044), Greenhills Promenade (724-2498 or 726-2496), Alabang Town Center (809-2498, 772-1917, or 772-1918), St. Luke’s Global City (823-6621) and Le Petit Bizu Robinsons Magnolia (467-0670).

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Beverage of the Week | Brewed Starbucks Autumn Blend

Leaves are falling and your coffee is calling ;-)

Autumn is the best time to have coffee, it tastes better when there's chill in the air. So why don't you start your day with the unique taste of Starbucks' Autumn Blend brewing in the kitchen, waking up your love ones with the aroma of brewing coffee is love.
A cozy coffee for the early days of autumn. And a perfect coffee fit for a feast to complement the Thanksgiving meal next week.

Beverage of the season - spicy, full-bodied blend of coffees. It reveals subtle herbal notes when paired with a savory main course. 

And with its syrupy body it’s perfect for lingering over buttery desserts late into the night. 

It’s features a big cup with medium acidity, full body and a round mouth feels. 

And it’s give it a lemony, citrus finish.

My perfect cup of coffee: 2 scoops Starbucks' Autumn Blend, drip brewed.


Cravings' Fresh Picks | Mongolian, Soup, and Salad Weekend Buffet

Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Pasig City - Cravings re-launched its Fresh Picks Weekend Buffet. Here's a healthy culinary experience never to be missed before heading to the upcoming holiday get-togethers.

At Php 550++ only during lunch and dinner on weekends, experience unlimited healthy and delicious pleasures with family and friends in a weekend buffet that refreshes and satisfies with a variety of dishes using freshly picked ingredients from the owner's nearby Antipolo farm to your table.

Begin your dining experience with a cup of unsweetened Di Bella Coffee latte (not included on the buffet) and fix yourself a light green salad with fresh 15-20 item seasonal salad ingredients.

Dress-up your salad from simple Balsamic Vinaigrette or try all other interesting dressings from Thousand Island, Citrus Vinaigrette, Asian Vinaigrette and Caesar Dressing. 

Prepare your own choice of soup or you can try both Cream of Potato Soup and Egg Drop Soup. Fill it in with fried noodles, pesto, croutons and fried potato skin.

Dinner Rolls are also available with three kind of spreads from Liver Patte, Herb Butter and Fruit Jam. 

For your second set of vegetable serving, choose from their Mongolian station and let the chef cook it with sweet chili sauce, Hoisin sauce or Teriyaki Sauce right before your eyes. 

To complete your buffet experience, select from a variety of grilled items – Pork Steak, Salmon with Malunggay Sauce, Two Pieces of Prawns, Chicken ala Pobre, Stuffed Squid or T-bone Steak.

Fresh Picks weekend buffet is Cravings’ ongoing promotion in its 3 flagship branches at Katipunan, Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Molito. Through this offering, customers get to experience Cravings’ popular Mongolian and soup and salad buffet, unlimited juice and a choice of grilled item for only PhP550++ during lunch and dinner on weekends.

Also, avail of the Fresh Picks weekend buffet by availing of pre-selling coupons (PhP495/head) or advance reservations (PhP500/head, for a minimum of 4 persons).  The promo is valid for dine-in only.

For inquiries and advance reservations, call Cravings Katipunan (441-6529), Cravings Shangri-La Plaza Mall (635-6088), and Craving