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A Taste of Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria is the newest restaurant from the owners of Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen. The First branch was at BF Homes,  Parañaque . This restaurant is synonymous to great food , rustic interior and tasty Italian dishes.

cashier and pantry area

The restaurant was surprisingly jam-packed with a lot of customers , despite it was a weekday . We also liked the light bulbs within the restaurant premises . The complimentary cold water had a lemon zest , thereby intensifying its taste .

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The interior had a sitting capacity of about 50 to 60 persons at any given time , The outdoor area have another 50 to 60 sitting capacity .

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I must also recommend their freshly squeezed juice – Among the top favorites were Apple Carrot Juice , Apple Juice , Orange Juice and Nonna’s Lemonade. Bottomless ice tea cost Php 85.00

Here are some of the dishes served:

mushroom chicharon with vinaigrette

Crispy Fried Oyster Mushroom with Vinaigrette  – We first thought it was fried chicken skin or fish when a staff told us that this was fried mushroom . The oyster mushrooms were grown in Silang, Cavite and is freshly delivered and cooked.  MUST TRY – This can be shared between 4 to 5 persons Php 160 per order.

puffed potato balls with pomodoro sauce

 This is deep fried best accompanied with pomodoro sauce .Php 175 per order

grandma’s meatballs

Homemade meatballs baked in pomodoro, pesto and alfredo sauce .Php 195 per order

Margherita pizza

Margherita is a classic thin crusted pizza with pomodoro , fior de latte and topped with fresh basil leaves . Ideal sharing between 4 to 5 . Php 295 per order

Spinach and Goat Cheese pizza

Spinach and Goat Cheese pizza serve with alfredo sauce, creamed spinach , goat’s cheese . Ideal sharing between 3 to 5 person. MUST TRY Php 365 per oder

Vesuvio penne

 Vesuvius penne topped with tomato, cream and pesto. This was named after a famous volcano in Italy – mountain of rigatoni, stuffed with mozzarella ricotta is served standing up ( which looked like a strata volcano with the red and white sauces just seeping into tubular pasta which resembles a molten lava  or eruption , flowing into the bowl )  fennel sausage  . Ideal for twin sharing Php 495

Dessert

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Pizzaockie -This is a cool dessert that one MUST TRY when you are planning to visit the restaurant , This is a combination of hot and cold delights. Moist and fresh from the oven , cookie topped  marshmallows with vanilla flavored ice cream . Ideal between 1 to 2 people sharing.  Php 225.00 per serving.

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We had a great time and had a privilege to have eaten at this restaurant .

Full Disclosure : The author was invited to have an honest review of the restaurant after an event held at the Nuvali Lights and Sound Show and is not connected with the management .

Prices posted at this blogsite are subject to change by the management of the restaurant .

Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

Address : GFF-1, Ayala Malls Solenad, Nuvali, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna

Contact Details: 0949 889 8959

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonnasPH/

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Interesting Products At Market Row in Solenad , Laguna

Interesting products , handmade trinkets , local leather products from Marikina shine at the Market Row trade bazaar at the Solenad 3 Activity Area in  Nuvali , Santa Rosa , Laguna province.

Here are just some of the Retailers

OWL stands for Obsession Without Limits

OWL stands for Obsession Without Limits – Started about 2 years ago as a hobby of Ms. Vanie Olan . The stall specializes on handmade crystal beads , semi-precious stones , necklace , bracelets , birth stones . The products are imported from India and some are locally sourced.

OWL (Obsession Without Limits)
IG & FB: @obsessionwithoutlimits

The product price range is from Php 150 to Php 2,000 

There were 20 stalls selling different kinds of products , some of them are start-up businesses by enterprising individuals and young students.

Mr. Ian Darcy 

Mr. Ian Darcy is one of the budding entrepreneur which started with his perfume collection selling at a popular online site about a year ago . Now , his perfume line had 3 stalls which are located at U.P. Town Center , Phase 2 Katipunan . Eastwood Mall ( G/F #Local Collective Shop ) and at Victory Mall , Monumento (2nd/floor Mezzanine ), Caloocan City .

They have over 2 dozen perfume fragrance and prices start at Php 250 for 60ml and Php 350 for 100ml . The brand is oil base and not the usual alcohol base , which makes the scent last longer.

Their product does not need any hard selling , since one can easily smell the difference between their line and some popular brands in the market .

Ian Darcy FB

Market Row

The bazaar was dubbed “ 7 Days of Holly Christmas ” and bazaar started last December 5 and will run until December 11, 2016 saturday , But there will be another run from December 25 to January 3, 2017 at the same area.

Alberto Sumague bag and leather collection

Mr. Alberto Sumague is a local designer of leather bags , most of his products were made from Marikina and are also exported in some countries.

IG: @asumague
FB: Alberto Sumague

For those who will not be able to catch the bazaar , there are some stalls that are planning to have a cooperative outlet store within Solenad 3 Mall.

Dogs & More 

Dogs and More sells quality pillows for dogs, cats , pet animals and even humans.

Pillows & More / Belts & More
IG & FB: @pillowsandmoreph
Eightria Manila started few years ago selling imported fashion accessories imported from South Korea . These items are made from high quality stainless steel which cannot get easily tarnish .  The elegant fashion jewelries are moderately priced and had different appeal to young , teenagers , yuppies and even those who like religious pendants , rings , bracelets , bangles and necklaces.
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Eightria Manila fashion accessories and jewelries
 They also have silver and gold plated accessories with cubic zirconia stones  which looked like diamonds or crystals from a far. Since participating at the bazaar , their fashion accessories and necklaces are a big hit among the customers , they have to look for more  durable items from abroad .

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 Marilex birth stones and accessories specializes on birthstones , necklaces, earrings  and pendants.  The company also accepts wholesale orders.
IG: @marilex78
FB: Eroles Handicrafts
Contact : 0935-3609621 / 0939-7062725
Sling MNL focuses on sling bags, wallets, wrist bags and bag charms. They are not only known for their bags , but they also have key chain holders accessories for male and female.

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Market Row also organizes some bazaars within Metro Manila at East Wood Mall and UP Town Center.

Los Baños Horticultural Society Flower Show 2016

 

Los Baños Horticultural Society  with special participation  of Department of Trade and Industry ( DTI Laguna ) will be having their annual show scheduled from April 1 to 10, 2016 at the Senior Social Garden within University of the Philippines –Los Baños premises . There will be several exciting exhibits featuring flowering annuals, orchids and ornamental plants will be featured .

There will also be a trade show in which buyers of plants and native handicrafts can buy items during the 10 day event.

There will be a minimal entrance fee at the show.

2nd Team Kovu Dog Sport Cup 2015 at Greenfield , Santa Rosa

TGIF, High Street -Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City -Philippines

Mr. Carl Micheal G. de Leon

Team Kovu would like to invite the local dog community to come out and join the first ever human and dog outdoor adventure challenge.

2nd Team Kovu Dog Sport Cup 2015

This will be happening on the ” 2nd Team Kovu Dog Sport Cup” event for the benefit of the Island Rescue Organization ( IRO) .

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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/IslandRescueOrganization/

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Mr. Carl de Leon together with Ms. Beth Sia , Yasmin Macapagal

It began as a concept before its legal formation started around February 2011 when Mr. Carl de Leon and his personally trained American Bulldog named Kovu passed the qualifying trial to compete in the official Philippine Mondioring trials. Team Kovu finally was registered on March 8, 2012.

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Team Cark and Kovu is known to the dog community way back in 2007 and was featured in several television shows . Unfortunately , Kovu died of liver disease and He named the challenge cup after his beloved dog.

Team Kovu Challenge will be launched to the public as its main event. Here are the following obstacle challenges for the TKC:

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bamboo teepee maze

Another advocacy for the group is to foster friendship and camaraderie among local American Bulldog enthusiasts and breeders to participate in the meet. There are not many American Bulldog enthusiasts and breeders in the country.

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 horizontal ladder walk

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crawling pit

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pull power

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bamboo bridge

The human / trainer together with his pet dog need to cross the bridge made of bamboo

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hurdle overload

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artifice box

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uphill battle

the uphill battle is the last stage of the challenge. The hill is not that high , it is only about 7 to 10 feet climb

There are a lot of exciting things that will happen on that event such as follows:

  • Philippine Canine Sports Alliance (PCSA) Official Agility Trials
  • Beginner’s Fun Challenge
  • All American Bulldog Show
  • Photo Contest
  • Trade Fair
  • Advocacy for Island Rescue Organization

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special cup made specially for the event

This event is set to happen on November 28, 2015 ( Saturday ) at the Greenfield City Sports Field in Paseo Center, Santa Rosa in Laguna province from 8:00am to 7:00pm

Contact Persons:

Mr. Carl G.de Leon – +63 (915) 574-6632

admin@teamkovu.com
http://www.teamkovu.com

Meow Pow Marketing Services- Ms. Beth Sia +63 ( 926) 716-1428

Ms. Yasmin Macapagal – +63( 905) 316-9652

American Bulldog information: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/americanbulldog.htm

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TeamKovu

Team Kovu : http://www.teamkovu.com/

Ticket : http://www.eventbrite.com/e/team-kovu-dog-challenge-tickets-19461633269

Los Baños Horticultural Show 2015 Highlights

 Senior Social Hall ,University of the Philippines -Los Baños, Laguna province

Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. together with members and invited guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony held yesterday at the senior social hall ( Photo credit: Mr. Vicente Chin Jr.)

Los Baños Horticultural Society in cooperation with Department of Trade and Industry- ( Laguna) , University of the Philippines- Los Baños is hosting the plant, orchid, trade fair and talks with this year’s theme : ” Green Gifts for Christmas“. 

Christmas themed landscape exhibits greeted the visitors to the garden show ( photo courtesy of Ms. Ann Valenzuela )

flowering orchids in white baskets and other ornamental plants such as bromeliads and ti-plants are incorporated in this landscape exhibit

The show gives an eye opener on beautiful plants that can be given this yuletide season. The show opened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony that highlighted several months of preparation by the LBHS members and participants. Each exhibit is also illuminated by Christmas lights .

Aside from landscape exhibits , there are also individual plant competition were owners of the plant vie for several awards .

There will also be booths sponsored by Department of Trade and Industry selling native handicrafts , sweets and food from Laguna area.

huperzia ferns, aglaonemas , anthuriums and bromeliads

well-known plant connoisseurs, collectors , farm owners and traders are also selling their prized collections from rare ferns, aglaonemas, orchids , hoyas and native plants.

For those looking for outstanding and rare plants like hoyas -you can try to visit the booth of Ms. Ann Valenzuela at the show.

 Dendrobium aphyllum ( fairy sanggumays ) variegated bamboos , flowering anthuriums and Platycerium coronarium , artificial stones and garden set were part of the garden landscape display

landscape exhibit with plastic parols ( Christmas lantern) 

There will be a minimal entrance fees of Php 20 for the general public and Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s . The show is open to the public from October 9 to 18 at the Senior Social Hall within University of the Philippines –Los Baños, Laguna from 8:00am until 6:00pm

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. and Ms. Ann Valenzuela for the photos

Commute Tips:

For those planning to come to the show, There are bus stations in Quezon City ( HM transit in Cubao ) with Santa Cruz -Laguna signage and  Green Star ( Senator Gil Puyat ) in Pasay City near Arellano University also near bus terminal of JAM Transit and Tritran (buses going to Batangas). plying the LRT/Taft to Sta. Cruz route.

Kindly tell the conductor of the bus that you will go down at Los Banos (UPLB, Olivarez Plaza,College), and  take a jeepney ride with UP College ( minimum fare Php 7.50) Senior Social Hall

Cubao area- around Php 120 to Php 125 ( air-condition)

Since i usually take – Green Star line from Pasay – transportation cost of around Php 90 to Php 100 ( air-condition)

Travel time from Pasay to Olivarez Plaza , Laguna can take between 1/1/2 hours on early morning to more than 2 hours or more during rush hour. Choke points are Makati area, SLEX and Calamba .

I suggest to leave Metro Manila before 6:00am in order to avoid the morning rush hour or after rush hour past 9:00am .

 

Los Baños Horticultural Society 2015 Show

Los Baños Horticultural Society in cooperation with Department of Trade and Industry  (LBHS) Laguna will hold its October Flower and Garden Show from October 9 – 18, 2015 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos Senior’s Social Garden.

Aside from ornamental plants, various commodities from the members of DTI Laguna will be available during the said event. Garden Show starts at 8am – 6pm.

Entrance fee is Php 20 general public and Php 15 for students and senior citizens with valid ID’s.

Hortikutura Extravaganza Advocacy and Horticulture Tour

Mr. Vicente Chin Jr. personally welcomes tour participants from different parts of the country

Philippine Horticultural Society organizer of Hortikultura Extravaganza 2015 in partnership with Department of Tourism , Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry conducted a tour on several farms, tourist destination spots and livelihood advocacy NGO tour. We left Quezon Memorial Circle at around past 6:00am on our way to Laguna, Cavite provinces . Our first stop is Mr. Vic Chin’s Orchids and Ornamental Farm in Calamba , Laguna.

hundreds of potted flowering plants

The tour open another aspect of agriculture/ horticulture  tourism a fast growing tourism sector . We were also joined-in by Negros Occidental Garden Club with over a dozen members.

caladiums

There are over 1,000 named cultivars of Caladium bicolor from the original South American plant. Many cultivar hybrids are produced with striking foliage and markings . Mr. Chin also shared a lot of stories and growing techniques. His farm is clean and production is at par with world class standards.

aquariums

Aside from orchids and ornamental plants, Mr. Vic Chin is also an award- winning fish hobbyists and breeder . He had several hundreds of fish tanks with different kinds  of tropical fresh water fishes.

cattleya orchid

There are several hundreds of cattleya hybrids that greeted us on our visit his farm.

Ding Hao Restaurant

Mr. Chin farm is located within  Ding Hao Restaurant compound  which is just beside SM Calamba. The farm covers about 3,000 square meters. It is also a favorite tourist destination among travelers and clients of the restaurant.

 restaurant is popular event place

The participants wasted no time in buying orchids and ornamental plants .  For those interested to buy plants in bulk , Please try to contact Ding Hao restaurant for scheduled appointment.

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Itlog ni Kuya

We made a short stop over at Itlog ni Kuya outlet . Participants bought salted eggs, balut and penoy . Among their specialties includes Yummy Leche Flan., Lechon Kilulob na Itik , Pekin Kilulob

Compared to the ordinary salted egg in the market , Itlog ni Kuya salted duck eggs are not that salty and less sodium content. Love the taste !

Ming’s Garden

This is another favorite stop-over and venue place among tourists and garden lovers.

bromeliads , neoregelias and guzmanias

There is a souvenir shop , restaurant , coffee shop and plant selling area where visitors can buy their plant propagation like bromeliads, medinilla , ferns , flowering plants , herbs and garden supplies.

souvenir store

The place is owned by Mrs. Amelita ” Ming” Martinez Ramos – a plant , environment and orchid lover .  She is the wife of President Fidel Valdez Ramos – President of the Philippines ( 1992 to 1998)

comfort room

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and had catering services . Ming’s Garden had also earned several accolades and awards from different travel magazines and local tourism organization . The comfort room is clean and maximizes the use of natural light.

semi-terete vanda blooming

Alcanterea imperialis

The genus Alcantarea, with approximately 20 species is an offshoot of the much larger genus Vriesea. For such regal plants, the genus is fittingly named after the 2nd Emperor of Brazil. Alcantarea imperialis is the most regal , largest and is considered the prominent species of this genus. It is one of the giants of the bromeliad family.  This Bromeliad grows to a span of more than 1.5 metres, although it can take up to ten years to get to this size.  The thick flower spike reaches up to 3.5 metres in height, producing hundreds of slightly fragrant creamy white flowers.

Strongylodon macrobotrys

This vine is called Jade Vine in the Philippines . It is called jade vine because of the color of the flowers which is bluish-green ( turquoise)  . With its long cascading translucent jade-green flowers beneath a canopy of pale green foliage, the jade vine is one of the most beautiful and elegant of all tropical climbers.  We are quite fortunate that the vine had several blooms that awaited us.

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Address: Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

Related link: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/mings-garden-and-restaurant/

China Palace

We went to China Palace restaurant located in Tagaytay Highlands . The group were served Chinese style lauriat for lunch

spinach soup

yang chow fried rice

breaded pork

fried chicken with shrimp kropek

sauteed broccoli and baby pak choy in garlic

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Negros Occidental Garden Club members enjoying the cool and windy weather

We toured the Tagaytay highland vicinity and enjoyed the breathtaking views and cool temperature.

Ms. Marvi Tulauan greeted the participants of the tour

Ms. Marvi Tulauan

Email: marvitulauan@yahoo.com

Ms. Delphine from France

The Focolare Movement, present everywhere in the world, is like a vast and varied family. It began in 1943 during the Second World War as a current of spiritual and social renewal.

handmade greeting cards

‘A people born from the Gospel,’ is how it was defined by its founder Ms. Chiara Lubich (1920-2008), a charismatic and significant woman of the 20th century.

Website: http://www.focolare.org/en/

The place is quite spacious and ideal for retreat , vacation and convention. A newly built dormitory -style building was completed to accommodate budget conscious people.

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They have several livelihood projects from arts, craft, baking pastries, greeting cards, jam, fashion jewelries, bags, t-shirts , door opener,  ladies bag, stuff dolls and religious items

wheat bread baking

Their wheat bread production is good only for the day and all orders must be pre-order at least a day or so .  The quality of their bread and prices are even lower compared to commercial bakeries and pastry shops .  Almost the entire production of the day were already ordered by the members of the Philippine Horticultural Society .

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/focolare.org

anthuriums

Arids and Aroids – This is a one hectare farm of different kinds of ornamental, flowering trees, orchids, hoyas, ferns , tillandsias , variegated plants from different parts of the world. They supply a lot of plant nurseries in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao area. Their first farm was located in the municipality of Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan before relocating in Barangay Tartaria, Silang , Cavite province.

The climate is very suitable for growing ornamental plants and even orchids. The company is planning to breed small types of sweet smelling orchid flowers for eventual export to other countries.

variegated philodendron

This is a beautiful variegated philodendron which commands a handsome six- figure sum .

After all the shopping , we were treated to a tasty afternoon snacks of toasted siopao and soft-drinks by the gracious hosts.

Note : A visit to Arids and Aroids Farm can be scheduled by appointment .

I would like to sincerely ” Thank” Tita Adoracion S. Bernabe , Tita Norma K. Villanueva, Tita Leny R. Fabul and PHSI family for the accommodation extended to us .