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It's the season to be jolly! And what better way to share joy this Christmas season than to spread word about my new discovery? 

I recently stumbled upon Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk and my curiosity got piqued with this new product. As someone who prefers chocolate milk instead of the plain ones, it's no question that my taste buds got easily hooked to this drink's chocolatey goodness. 

Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk boasts of 100% real fresh milk from cows raised and bred in Europe, and every box is a great source of vitamins and minerals. It tastes less sweet compared to its competitors available in the market, yet the chocolate taste remains distinct in every sip. It's creamy and chocolatey without feeling the guilt for sugar that both kids and moms will surely delight of!

It's best serve chilled so pop your box of Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk into your freezer first before pouring  it into your glass to enjoy its awesome goodness. I also tried using this product with my breakfast cereal and I certainly loved it.

Switch now to this healthier alternative - pure cow's milk, real cocoa, no vegetable fat added and less sugar. Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk comes in 1L and 200 ml packaging and is widely available in supermarkets near you.

Who would have thought that in a residential subdivision far down south lies an undiscovered haven of delectable dishes that will surely keep you craving back for more? What makes it more interesting is that this food haven offers something we cannot resist this Kadayawan season.

Kusina Sa Subli introduces their Boodle Feast which offers an array of indulging spread of familiar flavours prepared from the freshest ingredients and local produce the city is proud of. 

Indulge in crowd pleasers such as mangga at bagoong for appetizers, ensaladang talong, tuna kinilaw, grilled tuna panga or belly, pork barbecue, grilled  liempo and a flavorful bowl of imbao soup you'll find in a Boodle Feast good for 3 to5 persons with packages starting at P900 to P1300.00 per set.

Kusina sa Subli has all it takes to make your Kadayawan celebration more sumptuous and more enjoying as you complete your festival experience with this gastronomic adventure.

But wait there's more! Kusina sa Subli also introduces their mouth-watering Lechon Roll that's perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

Subli  St. Lanzona Subd. 
Matina, Davao City 
Contact No: (082) 330 4701
Mobile No: 0925 350 0008

The Mid-Autumn Festival is considered to be as one of the most important Chinese holidays and has long been celebrated worldwide for centuries in thanksgiving for the abundant season. It is usually held on the fifteenth day of the eight month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which also happens to be the first night of the full moon, hence it is also labeled as the Moon Festival. This year, the festival took place on the 27th of September.  

In celebration of this festival, I was invited to an elegant dinner buffet at the Lotus Court at the Marco Polo Davao. The buffet spread included special signature dishes from the Lotus Court such as the Seafood Delight and specialty dimsum.

The festival would not be complete without the highlight of the tradition - the moon cakes. It has been thought that sharing and eating moon cakes during the week of the festival brings completeness and unity among families.

The restaurant was filled with a festive vibe when Grades 4 to 10 students from Colegio de San Ignacio entertained the guests with their song and dance performances that depicted around the celebration of love, freedom, prosperity, to name a few of the crucial things in life which are truly worth celebrating for.

C.M. Recto St. Davao City
8000 Philippines
(082) 221 0888
Instagram: @marcopolodavao
Twitter: @marcopolodavao

The wisdom from our parents’ generation is often passed down, whether it is true or not. One particular area that is common to myths is parenting. While many of these myths turn out to be old wives’ tales, there are some that have been proved by science over the years. Here are some old myths that were once discredited but have since been proved by science.

Myth #1: Chicken Soup is Good for Colds

As a child, do you remember staying home sick from school and sipping on chicken noodle soup? While you may not have thought this was a cure for the cold, it provided soothing relief. However, it turns out there is some science behind this myth. Chicken soup has been proven to slow down white blood cell activity that causes inflammation. Therefore, while it may not exactly cure your child’s cold, it can help them feel better.

Myth #2: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Everyone has heard this parenting myth, and many have added that the only way it works is if you throw it at the doctor! However, it turns out that our parents may have been on the right track. In addition to being high in Vitamin C, which benefits the immune system, apples are a great source of phenolic, which is a type of antioxidant. This antioxidant has been shown in several studies to reduce the number of free radicals in the body, thus preventing breast cancer, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

Myth #3: Hot Tap Water is Bad
Who would have thought that the hot tap and cold tap could be better or worse for children to drink? This theory was discredited at first until science considered the lead found in the water pipes of home. The problem with lead is that hot water is more likely to dissolve contaminants quickly, so that they leach into the water. Additionally, boiling water does not remove the lead- it increases its concentration.

Myth #4: Eating the Crust of the Bread is Good for You

Eating the crust of the bread and eating your vegetables seem to go hand in hand. Our parents likely told us that it would put hair on your chest, help you grow big and strong, or some other tale to encourage us to eat the crusts. It turns out, however, that this may be based on fact. The crusty part of the bread may contain eight times the amount of antioxidants found in the rest of the loaf.

Myth #5: Eating Fish Will Make You Smarter
This is another myth passed on through the generations that turned out to be true. The science behind this is that fish contains fish oils, including omega-3 and omega-6. These are fatty acids have been proven to help with the growth, development, and function of a healthy brain. Some studies have even shown that a diet high in these types of oils can improve function at school. As an added benefit, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can improve coordination, reduce inflammation in the joints and blood vessels, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, coronary heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

There might have been some myths that came to mind while reading this, that you as a child grew up on. You may have even carried them over into your own child’s life. However, we sometimes say whatever we can to get our little ones to eat certain foods, it is smart to do your research and know if what you’re saying is beneficial, health-wise. There are numerous sources on the internet (though, you can’t believe everything you read) to refer to for answers.  You can even ask the doctor the next time you take your child to a pediatrician, like Night Lite, to clear up any confusion you may have. 

Lautaro Martinez is a family man and freelance writer who writres articles on his own experiences in running a household. If you would like to learn more about Lautaro, feel free to check out his Google+ profile. 

Aside from its diverse culture and heritage, Davao City is also considered to be a great culinary destination. With its abundant supply of farm-fresh produce, one will not find it difficult to come up with a dish that uniquely depicts the character of the city. Yet, there are those who truly stand out way above rest in terms of creating a culinary masterpiece.

Take for example Marco Polo Davao’s new Executive Sous Chef, Chef Alex Destriza. Having spent his formative years as a culinary practitioner here in Davao, Chef Alex Destriza is excited to take the hotel’s dining outlets to greater heights with the introduction of his signature dishes that are reflective of Davao’s appeal, uniqueness and flavor.

His experience in various hotels and dining establishments here and abroad has sharpened up his culinary expertise. Having experienced being a chef in Ireland opened new doors of learning and opportunities for him to imbibe a different culinary culture. With that, Chef Alex is very willing and confident to share all of these in his new challenge as the hotel's Executive Sous Chef.

During the launching of the Kadayawan Art Exhibit last August 10, 2015, we were treated to a full-course menu at the Café Marco featuring scrumptious masterpieces created, of course, by the new Executive Sous Chef. 

Sweet Corn Bisque with Lapu-lapu Croquette and Ube Tarragon Cream: I like how rich, creamy and surprisingly flavorful this bisque came out to be. The lapu-lapu croquette is seasoned just right to complement with the flavor of the soup.

Malagos Green and Fern Salad, Sauteed Garlic Shrimps, Guava Jelly, Roasted Peanuts and Davao Suka Emulsion: The Davao Suka Emulsion adds that invigorating zest that makes the dish more alluring to the palate.

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin in Bistek Sauce with Pumpkin and Chorizo Risotto, Kangkong Two Ways, Glazed Carrots and Onions: This elegant serving of beef tenderloin is tender, juicy and simply delightful. The bistek sauce made it even more savory and scrumptious. 

Biko Pandan with Chocolate Mousse and Caramelized Pecan Nuts: For me, this was an unexpected combination of different spectrum of desserts, yet the convergence of flavors was just right to culminate a gastronomic delight.

These dishes are actually part of the hotel's Kadayawan Menu which will be available from August 17 to 23, 2015 at Cafe Marco of the Marco Polo Davao. 

With the introduction of Chef Alex Destriza, a whole new dining experience surely awaits every guest at Marco Polo Davao.

C.M. Recto St. Davao City
8000 Philippines
(082) 221 0888
Instagram: @marcopolodavao
Twitter: @marcopolodavao