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Sofitel Philippine Plaza: French Month Specials July 2017

Every month, Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila celebrates Flavors of the World and this July, Sofitel Manila puts the spotlight on French cuisine. They have flown in the French Master Chef Patrick Terrien himself, one of the shining stars of Le Cordon Bleu. You can read more about him here. I happen to have seen a news feature many years ago about Le Cordon Bleu and learning about one of their chefs being in Manila would mean as close as I can get to eating a Michelin Star meal in France.

The Chef’s culinary animations are now featured in the Sofitel Manila’s Spiral French Atelier. There’s always something new to look forward to in Spiral because of Flavors of the World.  Anyone who have seen the film Ratatouille will absolutely delight in these authentic French dishes that stem from Chef Patrick Terrien’s many years of experience (all around the world). As you know, some chefs are a legend in their realm and Chef Patrick is one of those most sought after kitchen masters.

At one point during lunch, the Chef roamed around looking at people as they enjoyed his creations. He asked our table, how is the food? Everyone had something to say. As for me, I was transported to a luxury hotel in France, maybe Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg where I am giving compliments to this French Master Chef.

French Month Activities at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

Aside from the featured French dishes at Spiral, there are more special experiences that await guests this July at Sofitel. These activities are open to all guests who want to enjoy the French Culinary Culture. One thing you’ll walk away with is how serious the French are with their food with several rituals and customs that revolve around well, eating.

Cooking Class with Chef Patrick Terrien – July 19, 2017 at Spiral from 4pm onwards with rate at Php1,500nett per person. This exclusive class is limited for 10 aspiring artisans. Book your table for Cooking Class at Sofitel Manila.

Degustation: French Wine Dinner – July 21, 2017 at La Veranda with rate set at Php3,500+++ per person. Book your table for French Wine Dinner at Sofitel Manila.

If I have to choose one, I highly recommend the French Wine Dinner. It is a very special experience with Sofitel’s French wine connoisseur, Tanguy Gras where guests can freely learn basic to intermediate knowledge on how to pair French wine with food. My husband and I have been to a Sofitel Wine Dinner last year. It is one of our most special and memorable dates, especially it was time for us to level up our dating game and F&B knowledge as grown ups of the world :)

Walking in the clouds of Spiral’s culinary heaven!

Happy French Month and see you at Sofitel Manila!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Sofitel Wine Days – Tapas & Wine

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Tapas and wine are delicious words many of us often hear on lifestyle programs and only read about in travel magazines. But only a few of us really experience. Tapas in Spanish cuisine, are a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks. While the tapas experience are more common to places like Barcelona, us here in the Philippines can enjoy the same (maybe even better) experience without the need to travel far and long.

Wine and Tapas Night at Sofitel Philippine Plaza

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As part of the ongoing Wine Days celebration at Sofitel which will run until the end of October, the luxury French hotel presented the Wine and Tapas Night featuring wines from Cadiz, Spain. Rate was Php 2,700 nett per person which is inclusive of free flowing wine from the Gonzales Byass wine collection and a selection of traditional Spanish tapas.

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Sofitel Wine Dinner Experience

This must be my third or fourth wine dinner at the Sofitel. It truly is an experience to come out of our comfort zones, dress up, and break bread with new faces every time. There are familiar faces like Sofitel members who have made the hotel an extension of their home and already know the staff and managers by their names. Just like the gentleman we met, a retired composer who is a familiar face at all Sofitel Wine Dinners.

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We also shared the table with a couple, both former radio jockeys and from the younger spectrum of the crowd – a couple of De La Salle students who wish to experience and learn more about wine appreciation. It would be interesting to note that in the olden days, tapas was really shared by travelers who might not really know each other. Sharing tapas with new faces make the dinner even more interesting because of all the new stories you will hear.

The Tapas & Wine Menu

A total of 9 kinds of tapas were served. Serving was done one at a time starting with the marinated manchego cheese with olives. Dining format was communal where the tapas are laid out on the middle of the table, intended to be passed around. The format was different to other wine dinners I’ve attended, here one can get as many or as little as you want.

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My personal favorites were the croquettes aka croquettas which were very good with a glass of Villarnau Brut. I remembered the name because we were all provided with a wine dinner menu, this was helpful in remembering which wine we liked best – just so we could get more of it from the wine station.

No one had to be a wine expert, in fact we all shared smiles and laughter while figuring out our own favorite pairings of food and wine. We also talked about an app called Vivino which is like a digital cheat sheet to find out which food goes with what kind of wine, wine ratings, and even prices. All the 8 kinds of wine must have helped in relaxing and loosening up everyone.

Other pairings I made mental notes of are the following:

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Boquerones (marinated anchovy) and Vinas del Vero Somontano Chardonnay

Sauteed Chorizo with Red Wine and Beronia Rosado

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Tio Pepe Do Jerez Xeres Sherry tasted amazing with any food at all. It was my favorite of the night.

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There were some food that I am not sure which wine went best with, maybe because I was too focused on eating them like the Mussels with Chorizo and the Seafood and Chicken Paella.

There’s room for dessert

Perhaps the most anticpated item in the menu (at least in our table) was the Spanish Dessert. We were served fresh Churros and it made our Spanish experience even more authentic. At this point of the wine dinner, everyone knew each other and by hand we each casually took one churros each and shared a dipping pot of hot melted chocolate.

This dessert experience makes me recall a travel show that featured Barcelona and how it did end with friends visiting a churros joint, as if all the tapas in the world were not enough.

Overall, the wine dinner proved to be another worthy and unique experience. I appreciate that for a significant fraction of a trip to Barcelona or other places, we can enjoy and learn about the other cultures in the world – including the art of wine appreciation.

The next Sofitel Wine Days activity is on October 16, Soiree a la Belle Etoile: Sofitel’s Full Moon Party. A white party amidst the picturesque landscape featuring free-flowing vintage Strait Wines and an opportunity to view the majestic full moon from a telescope.

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Sofitel Manila: Chinese New Year 2016

Chinese New Year 2016 falls on February 8 and if you’re looking for a magnifique Year of the Fire Monkey experience for your family, check out Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s Chinese New Year offerings. Here’s a video I took during the Sofitel Manila’s preview.

WATCH: Chinese New Year 2016 Feast by Spiral, Sofitel Philippine Plaza

From February 1-10, enjoy extraordinary cuisine from Chef Michael Tai. Aptly called 10 Secrets to Happiness, Chef Michael Tai’s well-curated dishes is an inspiring presentation of luck, wealth, and prosperity. Even before enjoying the dishes, my eyes feasted on the Chinese inspired buffet and table setting that complement the authentic Asian flavors on offer.

Spiral’s dining hall will be dressed up with classy Chinese and feng shui inspired decors. You and your date or family will be instantly transported and immersed in the Chinese culture and celebration of welcoming a new year – without even leaving town!

My top picks for Sofitel’s Chinese New Year 2016 buffet are:

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

1. Deep Fried Crab Claw

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

2. Baked lobster with butter and fried garlic Hong Kong style

Spiral Manila's special - Chinese New Year, Valentines Day and Korean Food Festival

3. Wok Fried King Prawn with golden pumpkin egg yolk paste

*Photos taken by my husband, Azrael Coladilla

Glamorous Fashion Show by Top Fashion Designer Albert Andrada


One of the things I enjoy in Sofitel Philippine Plaza events are the shows they prepare for diners (see Korean Wine Dinner). Attractions like this make you appreciate foreign culture for an authentic dining experience that goes beyond gastronomy.

On February 3 and still in celebration of Chinese New Year 2016, top fashion designer Albert Andrada will showcase the La Prosperite Chinois. Albert Andrada is also the winning fashion designer behind Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach

Chinese New Year 2016 Fireworks Display + Lion Dance Show

What is New Year without a spectacular fireworks show by the Manila Bay? If you want to enjoy the fireworks display at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, make sure to reserve your table on February 7 for a complete and magnificent Chinese New Year experience.

On the same day, February 7 – Sofitel Manila will also treat guests to a Lion Dance show. This is my favorite spectacle every Chinese New Year.

How to Book Chinese New Year Lunch or Dinner at Spiral, Sofitel Manila
Sofitel Philippine Plaza posted this online form on their Facebook Page where guests can reserve/book their Chinese New Year experience. Do take note of the dates I mentioned above if you want to enjoy the fashion show or the fireworks display.

Book a table or send an inquiry at Spiral, Sofitel Manila here

Remember that Chinese New Year is a global celebration not reserved for a specific race. I for one like exposing my son to different cultural celebrations with the goal of learning to appreciate our own culture and in the case of Chinese New Year, appreciate the blessings we received and have a positive, prosperous mindset for the rest of the year.

Happy Chinese New Year Mommies!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.