Followers of Sfera would be glad to know that the Spanish fashion brand recently launched its Fall-Winter 2016 collection at its flagship store in SM Makati.
The event, held in partnership with the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (La Camara Manila), had the local Spanish community and members of the diplomatic corps among the guests.
They were treated to a fabulous showcase of the collection, along with cocktails and an exciting shopping experience.
In attendance were Maria Jose Carrasco, wife of Spanish Ambassador Luis Antonio Calvo, Pedro Pascual of the Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain, Alfredo Roca, vice president external of La Camara Manila.
Sfera, part of Madrid’s renowned El Corte Ingles Group of Companies, opened its first store in Asia in the Philippines in 2014, on the second floor of The SM Store Makati. In 2015, it opened more branches—on the second level of Building B in SM Megamall, and on the upper ground floor of SM Seaside City Cebu.
September 2016 saw its first department store corner at The SM Store in Aura Premier.
This premium fast-fashion brand offers men’s and women’s wear, and is known for its ability to stay on-trend every season while maintaining good-quality clothing and affordability.
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Salvatore Cuomo’s new dishes
From SM, heading to the opposite side of town, we were treated to a gastronomic symphony at one of our favorite restaurants, Salvatore Cuomo.
The six-course dinner, prepared by chef Salvatore Cuomo himself, served as a sneak peek of his new dishes on the menu.
The Italian culinary titan has narrowed the boundaries between innovation and fine taste. The meal was a roller-coaster of dynamic flavors and textures—an array of small bites paired with light aperitif for starters, washed down with Italian and French medium-bodied red and white wines.
In true Salvatore Cuomo fashion, the ingredients used in the entire dinner were thoughtfully selected and sourced from the best producers in Europe and Asia.
Added to the menu are new items: Bruschetta with Parma Ham, Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella; Octopus Salad in Green Pesto Sauce; Insalata Mista di Stagione (a seasonal salad with cherry tomatoes, olives and Grana Padano cheese); Pumpkin Soup served with crispy Parma ham; Bismarck Pizza with Mortadella ham, spinach, mozzarella and egg; Salame e Pollo Piccante, Napoli Salami, Chicken and Mozzarella pizza; Isola Verde (a pizza with shrimp, panna, cherry tomato, rucola and mozzarella); Penne Pasta with Italian Pork Sausage and Basil in Tomato Sauce; Seafood Spaghetti; Squid Ink Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomato; Sauteed Swordfish with Olives, Oregano, Capers and Tomato Sauce; and Pan-Fried Salmon with Vincotto Sauce.
Call Salvatore Cuomo at 9463072, 9463073.
From eyewear to food
Eyewear brand Sunnies Studios has expanded its lifestyle reach by opening Sunnies Café, which serves brunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails. Its menu includes favorite comfort food with a modern twist.
Sunnies Café is a partnership with FooDee Global Concepts, the group that brought Tim Ho Wan, Pound and Todd English to the Philippines.
Eric Dee Jr., Sunnies Studios finance director, said: “Sunnies Café doesn’t just serve tasty dishes in hip interiors, but delivers a great dining experience.”
For his part, Eric Dee Sr., FooDee Global Concepts managing director, added that diversifying from retail to food was “something we were more than happy to do.”
“The feedback we got online was overwhelming,” said Martine Cajucom, Sunnies Studios creative director, who added that people have expressed interest for Sunnies Café to open in Cebu, Baguio, among other places.
A branch at Alabang Town Center will soon open.
Sunnies Café is at SM Megamall and Bonifacio High Street; visit sunniescafe.com, Sunnies Cafe on Facebook; follow @sunniescafe on Instagram.