Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cafe in The Park: Taste the Travels of Rizal (Kulinarya Kalayaan 2012)

To commemorate the 114th Independence Day Anniversary, the Department of Tourist (DoT) partnered with the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) for the annual "Kulinarya Kalayaan Festival".  It will run from June 10-20, 2012.   

kulinarya kalayaan

As a foodie, I feel privileged to share with you a series of our sampling adventures with hotel and restaurants participating for the "Kulinarya Kalayaan Festival".  To be honest, I was impressed with our every visit because each of them prepared with all their hearts to come up with their offerings.  They had their own way of showing respect and tribute to our national here Jose Rizal too.  Century Park Hotel's Cafe in the Park Chef Rudy dela Passion and his team has prepared different dishes which Rizal has enjoyed during his travels around the world which includes our own regional cuisines too.

kulinarya kalayaan

Food
Cafe in The Park has a long list of dishes for the Kulinarya Kalayaan Festival such as:
  • Lengua Estofado - Spain where Rizal pursued his medical career and had his first essay in a foreign soil written
  • Fish Cordon Bleu - France where Rizal practiced his career as an ophthalmologist and at the same time tried his skills in music
  • Sunday Roast (Roast Beef, Roast Potatoes and Vegetables) - England where Rizal co-founded the Asociacion Hispano Filipino
  • Sauerbraten - Germany where Rizal finished his novel Noli Me Tangere
  • Chinese dimsum - Hongkong where Rizal was recognized as an excellent eye surgeon
  • Belgian Meatballs - Belgium where Rizal finished his second novel El Filibusterismo

Here are some of the dishes my friend Sumi and I tried...
cocido marilleno
Cocido Marilleno (Spain)
The Cocido Marilleno is one of Spains famous dishes.  It contains chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, sausage, beef, pork and chicken.  The clear broth was full of flavors and the meat were all tender.

moules a la marinier
Moules a la Marinier (France)
The Moules a la Marinier is steamed mussels with white wine sauce and butter topped with diced parsley, onions and garlic.  Who could resist these succulent mussels enhanced with white wine.

guinisang munggo at tinapa
Guinisang Munggo at Tinapa (Philippines)
The Guinisang Munggo at Tinapa is a thick stew with munggo (mung beans in English), tinapa bits and saluyot.  We all loved the texture and flavors of this healthy local dish.

hongkong crispy noodles
Hongkong Crispy Noodles (Hongkong)
The Hongkong Crispy Noodles is a all chunked up with meat and vegetables. 

In addition these are some of the other dishes you can try: Zarzuela de Mariscos, Bread and Butter Pudding, Pork Knuckles in Sauerkraut, Fresh Rolled Sushi and Sashimi, Buttered Broccoli and Carrots, Chicken Waterzoie, Seafood "Alavar", Chicken Tinola, Guinisang Gulay na Upo, Adobong Manok, Menudong Gulay, Pancit Miki, Pancit Bihon, Pancit Sotanghon, Roast Suckling Pig, Sinigang na Sabaw, Tsokolate and Pesang Ida.

They have also set up a Philippine Independence Celebration Booth where there have a wide selection of delicacies which includes native pastries, puto bumbong and bibingka.

atrium lounge
In addition, Atrium Lounge grants a special night of classic songs as well as Filipino ditties and all-time standards for the whole month from 9:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as pianists Bobby Cabral, Bobby Espiritu and the Century Strings alternately serenade you on these special evenings.

Cafe in The Park at Century Park Hotel 
Business Address 599 P. Ocampo St.,
Malate, Manila, Metro Manila
Business Hours
5:30am - 1:00 am
Payment Options   Cash
Service Charge

Budget/Person
Adult - 1,215 php
Children (6-12 yrs.) - 608 php 
Childen (5 yrs. and below) - FREE
Free WiFi Yes
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Contact (02) 528-5907
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