Marks & Spencer Food Fair

Did you know that some of Marks & Spencer’s delectable treats and food finds are now priced lower? I am sure this is good news to all M&S fans, like me!

During their Food Fair which was held at The Atrium of the Eastwood Mall just recently, I was able to try their delicious treats and sampled several dishes whipped up by Chef Luigi Muhlach during the cooking demo that featured some M&S food products such as, authentic Italian pastas and sauces, chilled-to-frozen ready meals and desserts and confectioneries.

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Chef Luigi’s menu using M&S products.

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Chef Luigi about to get his hands dirty with the beautiful Sam Oh hosting the event.

Crab Cake, Ham Sandwich and Duck Spring Roll

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These are easy to make and can be your kid’s school snack. They can also be served during an afternoon party with friends.

Pomodoro

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The noodles were cooked properly and the flavors were evenly distributed. I just wished for more sauce, though.

Vegetable Curry and Bagoong Rice

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I was surprised that the vegetables were still crunchy despite it being frozen. The aroma of the curry will tickle your fancy. The combined taste of curry + bagoong surprisingly worked to think it both had strong flavors. These dishes were full of character and turned out quite well!

Mango Cheesecake

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For that sweet ending! This Mango Cheesecake using M&S New York Cheesecake was worth every calorie!

To complete the event and to feature the selection of M&S wines, a discussion on wine pairing was given by a wine expert, Ms. Chie Gatchalian of 5 & a ½ Twists afterwards. She walked us through each type of wine – white, red or sparkling and what goes best with a particular type of dish – because wine should not overpower the food.

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These are the wines that I liked:

Prosecco.

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We started off with this Italian sparkling wine that has 13% alcohol content. This particular drink is dry and is most often taken as an aperitif or before a meal. This type of sparkling wine is friendly on the pocket, too. So, if you want to serve this kind of wine to your friends, M&S has ’em. Pardon the glass, this should be served in a flute glass. Guess it’s it wasn’t available.

Bordeaux Merlot

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This is a palate-friendly red wine. Softer, juicier and fruitier. Tastes like plum and smells like pencil shavings. Best paired with cold cuts or sausages.

Sherry

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This wine has a vanilla taste to it. According to Ms. Gatchalian, this is vanilla ice cream’s perfect partner. Just drizzle a little and voila!

The more I learn about wine, the more I am eager to buy. It’s good to know your wine very well. Good thing M&S wines are affordable. I can splurge a little bit more.

I’ve been attending wine events lately with my husband and these wine tasting sessions are slowly turning me into a wine enthusiast.

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