Erwin is back in town, and this time he’s staying longer!
Erwin is Julian’s older brother. He’s a Chef. He was valedictorian at the Culinary Institute of America (Napa Valley). He works abroad, and his most recent stint was as Executive Chef of Cotton House in Mustique, an island in the Caribbean dubbed as a billionaire’s playground.
My mom, and the rest of my family have been wanting to try his dishes so we took this opportunity and booked him for a luncheon/ cooking demo at Mom’s place in Raffles.
Mom’s kitchen is quite small, so we thought we’d just have a simple luncheon/ demo. But, lucky for us, Chef was inspired! He wanted to do more.
This was the menu:
The night before the demo, Erwin already prepared the dips at home.
Here are the eggplant and romesco dips:
Here are the dips served during our luncheon.:
The Chorizo with garlic and brandy:
The dips and appetizers were delicious!
While we ate, we watched as Erwin prepped for the main course.
The fish dish that he prepared for us was the same dish that he made for Wolfgang Puck!
While the fish was roasting in the oven, we asked Er to relax and chat with us.
You can learn more from Erwin here.
This is the Rigatoni with Parmesan cream, smoked ham, mushrooms and wilted Arugula:
Erwin added tomatoes for a fresher, lighter taste.:
My niece, Charlie. She is the cutest!
Pasta with Pesto sauce:
The whole roasted Red Snapper with lemon and herbs, roasted baby potatoes with Kalamata olives.
I forgot to take a picture of our dessert!
Here’s our group:
It was so much fun! The food was sooo good, and we learned a lot! Thank you, Erwin!
For Julian and Maia, a trip to Raffles is not complete without dipping in the pool.
Chef Erwin has a blog, too. You can read it here.
We had a wonderful beach getaway last October 28! We went back to Acuaverde Resort and stayed a night. This time, we went with Mylah, and Erwin.
We enjoyed the scenic ride!
Here’s Mylah, Julian, and Erwin:
Here are some photos from our trip:
We loved our room! It’s clean and cozy!
We spent a lot of time on the beach!
T’was so relaxing!
Erwin made cocktails!
Julian loves to swim with his Kuya Er.:
Father and sons:
The next day, Mylah and Erwin went kayaking.:
We had so much fun!
We are definitely going back!
We are currently loving the buffet at Spectrum in Raffles Makati! We love the food and the atmosphere!
Some of the photos here were taken during the soft opening. It’s a compilation of photos from several visits.
This is the dining area.:
Here’s Julian with his cousins, Maia and Catie, at the outdoor seating.:
The buffet spread is not as large as Circles, but it’s well curated, and top quality!
Here are some of the food stations:
Here are some food shots from Spectrum:
Sushi and Sashimi:
Their crunchy salmon skin sushi is delicious!:
Smoked salmon, capers, figs, Prosciutto and cheeses (Manchego & Gruyere):
I try to taste everything so I just get small servings of each dish.:
Their dimsum is quite good!:
Broccoli, Caprese and Greek Salad:
The Roast beef is tender and tasty!:
They have a lot of desserts, but I always go for their:
Chilled “taho” (soy/beancurd);
and their ice cream served with loads of nuts!
Chocolate brownies with macadamia nuts:
Vanilla with dark chocolate chips, pistachios, and almond slivers:
Mascarpone with honey and pistachios:
Here are some of the cakes that they gave us when we went there to celebrate some special occasions:
Here’s my family:
My nieces, from L-R, Maia, Luna, Dani, and Catie:
Julian with Catie and Maia:
From L-R: Hubby, me, Homer, Leslie, Angela, Kokok, Tita Didi, Mom, and Caron:
Me and hubby:
Mom, Mr. James Bevans (Hotel Manager), me, and Caron:
Me, hubby, my cousin Jaz, cousin-in-law Jackie, and cousin Mitch:
L-R: Hubby, me, Tonette, Mark, Mylah and Erwin: