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With a menu of luck, the Rizal Park Hotel celebrates the Lunar New Year with prosperity

The rabbit, the Chinese Zodiac’s auspicious animal, heralds a year of abundance, optimism, and peace.

The historic Rizal Park Hotel welcomes visitors to celebrate the Year of the Water Rabbit by indulging in a decadent, carefully prepared menu of authentic Chinese food at any of the establishments, from Imperial Court to Cafe Rizal.

Families and friends may enjoy the Year of the Rabbit at the iconic Chinese restaurant Imperial Court with menu items created especially for the occasion. Start with the Good Fortune Menu, which costs P28,888 per table (10 people) and includes nine specially selected dishes such fried pigeon, steamed garlic crab, and grilled wagyu beef with honey mustard salad. Two free bottles of white wine are included with the menu.

The Prosperity Menu offers Peking Duck, Stir-Fried Scallops Szechuan Style, and Steamed Lapu-Lapu, along with six other items, for those who are desiring them. The price of the Prosperity Menu, which includes two bottles of white wine or rose, is only P29,888 for a table of ten.

Lunar New Year dinners at Imperial Court will be served from January 21 to February 5, 2023.

On the Lunar New Year’s Day, the hotel is offering an amazing dim sum buffet for just P600 that includes Siomai, Tikoy, Dumplings, Buchi, and other delicacies. The offer also includes a glass of wine, a lion dance, and firecrackers. Additionally, visitors can eat in Cafe Rizal where a buffet of Chinese congee and side dishes is available.

Call (02) 8804-8700 for more information about the Lunar New Year dining specials at the Rizal Park Hotel. Follow RizalParkHotel on Facebook and Instagram, respectively, at


Subway bestows on Kimpoy the finest of his B.M.T ™ Moments

At Subway, Kimpoy Feliciano is experiencing his best B.M.T. TM Moments! Every B.M.T TM sandwich that Subway offers is full of fantastic possibilities.

But what  is a B.M.T ™ Moment? A B.M.T ™ Moment happens when life presents you with a host of marvelous choices that deciding which is the best one becomes a challenging task. Sometimes, these moments may even bring about confusion and conflict. But, once you’ve made your decision and discovered that it was, in fact, the ideal one, ta da! There you have it—your very own B.M.T ™ Moment.

The BMT sandwiches from Subway can offer you a fantastic B.M.T. TM Moment! Whether it’s their famous Italian B.M.T TM, the delectable Cheesy B.M.T TM, or their resident heavyweight, the B.M.T TM Plus, their Biggest, Meatiest, and Tastiest sandwiches are tantalizing and intriguing options.

Italian B.M.T ™s are great for your everyday moments—if you want healthy comfort food, this is the way to go. But if you’re looking for a pick-me-up in between the dull moments, choose our Cheesy B.M.T ™s for a little fun to add to your day! And if you’re roaring for adventure, the B.M.T ™ Plus is up for the challenge! These are sure to satisfy thrillseekers everywhere!

This year, you will come across a lot of B.M.T ™ Moments. Welcome them and embrace them! These experiences will hone you and sharpen your wit. You become a better version of yourself with each wise decision you make. Just like Kimpoy Feliciano, his B.M.T ™ moment taught him to choose what is worthy and of value. And when it comes to choosing what to eat, it is always important to Eat Fresh at Subway!

Go to your preferred Subway location right away to make the most of your B.M.T. TM moments. Give them to us! The hashtags #SubwayBMTMoments #SubwayBiggestMeatiestTastiest #SubwayPH #SubwayBMT #EatFresh are appreciated.

B.M.T Sandwiches at Subway cost the following in-store:

  • B.M.T ™ Classic
  • Ala Carte – P185 (6-inch sub); P360 (footlong sub); P195 (wrap)
  • Regular Meal (w/ 22oz drink + 2pcs cookies) – P305 (6-inch sub); P480 (footlong sub); P315 (wrap)
  • B.M.T ™ Double Cheese
  • Ala Carte – P195 (6-inch sub); P380 (footlong sub); P205 (wrap)
  • Regular Meal (w/ 22oz drink + 2pcs cookies) – P315 (6-inch sub); P500 (footlong sub); P325 (wrap)
  • B.M.T ™ Plus
  • Ala Carte – P245 (6-inch sub); P480 (footlong sub); P255 (wrap)
  • Regular Meal (w/ 22oz drink + 2pcs cookies) – P365 (6-inch sub); P600 (footlong sub); P375 (wrap)

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Pasta dishes for a delicious new year’s beginning

We make the same yearly request for our loved ones’ continued health. Try out new, healthier recipes and share them with them as one fantastic approach to achieve this.

You can feed your family wholesome food without sacrificing pleasure. You can also visit your neighborhood grocery store to buy inexpensive ingredients. Pasta is a quick and simple component you may use to make a substantial dinner for extra variety. Pasta or other “pastabilities,” which you may prepare every day, also offers countless culinary options.

Start 2023 off well with masarap, masustansya, and sulit recipes that use El Real Pasta as a high-quality component. The following recipes are sure to please everyone in the family:

Bet na bet na Pinakbet Pasta

Pinakbet is a Filipino ulam with pork and vegetables like squash, ampalaya, and tomatoes, which are all good sources of vitamins and minerals. You can change it up and make Pinakbet Pasta with El Real Healthy Pasta. The combination of crispy pork belly, hearty vegetables, and flavorful bagoong will give you a burst of flavors.

See the full Pinakbet Pasta recipe here.

Spicy and creamy Healthy Laing Pasta

Add a spicy kick to your El Real Healthy Spaghetti by adding laing and chilis to it. The taro leaves used to make laing are known to be rich in vitamins A and C. For the sauce, it’s made with coconut cream to make it thicker and creamier.

See the full Healthy Laing Pasta recipe here.

Go green with Pesto and Parmesan Macaroni

For a nutritious and filling macaroni dish, you can try making Pesto and Parmesan Macaroni. Made from basil, pesto is said to be a good source of vitamins, calcium, and iron, which makes it a great pasta sauce. Give your dish more flavor with some lemon juice and sour cream in the sauce, and top off your El Real Elbow Macaroni with chili flakes and parmesan cheese.

See the full Pesto and Parmesan Macaroni recipe here.

Healthy Sardine Spaghetti for your dose of seafood

Fish like sardines are an excellent source of vitamins B-12 and D, and other nutrients. Sardines can make a great pasta dish when mixed with oil, garlic, and a little lemon juice on top of El Real Healthy Pasta.

See the full Healthy Sardine Spaghetti recipe here.

Creamy Spinach Pasta for all ages

If you want a dose of iron and vitamins, you can try adding spinach to your meals. A delicious way of incorporating this into a pasta dish is by mixing it with cream and ricotta cheese. You’ll get a nice creamy sauce with hints of spinach with every bite of El Real Healthy Spaghetti or any type of El Real pasta.

See the full Creamy Spinach Pasta recipe here.

Sarap, sulit, and sustansya meals provided by El Real Pasta will help you start the year off well. Now you may treat your loved ones to wholesome pasta recipes on a regular basis or on special occasions.

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Celebrate special occasions at Max’s Restaurant with Home Credit

Allow the fun to begin! Pinoys are renowned for being food and entertainment enthusiasts who bring people together. Filipinos usually find a way to share their blessings and celebrate milestones and memorable occasions with friends and loved ones, whether it be birthdays, class reunions, or kiddie parties!

Home Credit Philippines, the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, has expanded its services and offerings to Food and Beverages, beginning with its relationship with Max’s Restaurant, to give Filipinos new methods to make their amazing celebrations memorable and affordable.

Customers can celebrate any special occasion at Max’s Restaurant with their loved ones and have a Sarap to the Bones experience without going over budget! Therefore, this is the signal to spend a little more on your family’s holiday gatherings.

Party Now, Pay Later

A staple in every Filipino’s childhood and adulthood, Max’s Restaurant has always been a venue for family gatherings, with almost 200 branches nationwide. Their themed party packages — from kiddie party with goodies and a mascot for children, elegant wedding package to christening package, enjoyable group meeting, or other fun event packages — are all-inclusive of a decorated venue and a wide selection of food and programs to serve their beloved customers. 

Good news! Celebrations do not have to put your budget to the max. Now with Max’s Party Gives offering, customers can enjoy any special occasion at select Max’s Restaurant through an affordable monthly installment plan with Home Credit. Get that well-deserved party time without a hassle by choosing and customizing the suitable party packages that fit your liking.

Home Credit Qwarta users can avail of an exclusive 5 percent off for any of Max’s party packages. Simply download the My Home Credit App via mobile, register, and enjoy this promo and other app-user benefits, such as paying your bills contactless with no extra charge and rebates when you scan-to-pay in-store.

Pinoys can also party now and pay later through Home Credit Card. Both Qwarta and Home Credit Card offer customers their last installment for FREE for consistent on-time payments of their Max’s Restaurant party package transactions.  

Why are you holding out? Come and have a blast! To take advantage of their most recent party promotion, visit any participating Max’s Restaurant. To find out more about Qwarta and Home Credit Card offers, download the My Home Credit App.

The   Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) have properly licensed and overseen the financing firm Home Credit Philippines. Visit the Home Credit Philippines website at to find out more about the most recent news. You may also follow the company’s official profiles on FacebookInstagram, and TikTok. Customers are advised to download the My Home Credit app from Google Play in order to learn more about the most recent promotions and discover what has recently appeared in the market.

More information on HCPH is available at  

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The Rizal Park Hotel Welcomes the New Year with Style

Imagine ringing in the New Year while perched atop one of Manila’s finest hotels, celebrating with champagne on December 31 while taking in the view of the fireworks over Manila Bay. Wouldn’t that be an amazing way to mark the end of a year?

With a variety of incentives, beginning with the New Year Countdown Celebrate 2023 package, Rizal Park Hotel is welcoming 2023 in style. Guests can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks while savoring the Deck Lounge’s distinctive drinks, canapes, and Champagne toast for just PhP 1,299 per person. The countdown will remain cheerful and upbeat throughout the entire night thanks to a live DJ performance.

Rizal Park Hotel is providing a 3D2N room package for visitors staying between December 31 and January 2 if they want to relax. Guests can unwind in a Deluxe Room for just Php 11,999 while also taking advantage of the complimentary buffet breakfast and the Celebrate 2023 countdown celebrations on New Year’s Eve at the Deck Lounge. Guests of the 3D2N stay can upgrade to a spa experience for two at the Rizal Park Hotel for just Php 1,000 more.

About Rizal Park Hotel Opened in 2017, Rizal Park Hotel welcomes travelers to the historic boutique property that was once Manila’s social hall, the Army and Navy Club (ANC). Designed by the renowned architect William Parsons and unveiled in 1911, the ANC played host to Filipinos and Americans who relaxed, played sports, and enjoyed the high life within its grounds.

Meticulously conserved and restored into a boutique hotel by Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corporation, Rizal Park Hotel features 107 rooms and an array of sumptuous dining options, such as authentic Chinese restaurant Imperial Court and all-day dining Rizal Cafe. The hotel also offers relaxing fitness and spa amenities and indoor and alfresco event spaces. Its proximity to Luneta, Intramuros, and Manila Ocean Park makes it the ideal place to stay and enjoy the city.

Visit the Rizal Park Hotel in Ermita, Manila, on South Road for additional details and to make reservations. You can reach [email protected] or dial (02) 8804 8700.


In Nuvali, McDonald’s Philippines opens its 700th location

With the opening of its 700th McDonald’s Store in Nuvali—its fifth flagship Green & Good store in the Philippines—QSR juggernaut McDonald’s Philippines, owned and operated by Chairman & Founder Dr. George T. Yang and President & CEO Kenneth Yang, marks another milestone for the Golden Arches in the nation.

With its use of green building and resource-efficient solutions, such as solar rooftops and lampposts, grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, a rainwater harvesting tank, and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) Aircon System, among others, that aid in the reduction of emissions, McDonald’s Green & Good initiative is the company’s commitment to do better for the environment.

McDonald’s newest Green & Good store in Laguna also has bike-friendly features that include a Bike & Dine facility and a dedicated Bike Repair Station to cater to the needs of the growing cycling community of Nuvali—Ayala Land’s largest eco-estate and one of the country’s premier biking destinations. 

“McDonald’s newest Green & Good store in Nuvali is another step in strengthening our commitment to environmental sustainability. Our goal is to continue to test and learn alternative solutions in how we operate our restaurants. With every Green & Good store that we open, we can determine and integrate better green building and utility-efficient solutions in more of the restaurants that we will open in the coming years,” said Kenneth S. Yang, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Philippines.

With the opening of its 700th Store, McDonald’s Philippines will end 2022 with 45 new stores in different areas across the country.

“This 700th store milestone not only shows our growth over the years, starting with our first restaurant in Morayta in 1981, but it also represents our commitment to the future. As we introduce innovative solutions that elevate the customer experience and create positive impact to communities like Green & Good, we are excited to be a better McDonald’s for many more years to come,” Yang said.

As the McDonald’s restaurant network expands, each new location adheres to the fast food chain’s commitment to giving Filipinos employment and career possibilities by directly recruiting between 80 and 100 locals from the community and nearby municipalities.

The 700th McDonald’s restaurant is situated along Nature Road in Nuvali, Sta. La Laguna, Rosa McDonald’s UN Del Pilar in Manila, Shaw Boulevard Wack-Wack in Mandaluyong, Mambugan in Antipolo, Delos Reyes in Tagaytay, and Sta. On December 30, Monica (Commonwealth Quezon City) will debut. McDonald’s Nuvali is available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, McDelivery, McCafé, and McDo Parties every day of the year.QSR giant McDonald’s Philippines, owned and operated by Chairman & Founder Dr. George T. Yang, and President & CEO Kenneth Yang, celebrates another milestone of the Golden Arches in the country with the opening of its 700th McDonald’s Store in Nuvali—its fifth flagship Green & Good store in the Philippines. 

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The Creative and Simple Christmas Noche Buena Cooking Method

Everybody always eats a lot more around the holidays. It’s that time of year when we let our guard down a bit when it comes to what we eat because, let’s be honest, how much of Christmas would you have really enjoyed if you hadn’t attended every banquet there was?

What if, however, we told you that you did not have to give up a nutritious diet in order to enjoy the season? What if you discovered that you could quickly prepare your delectable recipe in your own kitchen?

Every home cook out there should have Breville’s Smart Oven Air Fryer on their Christmas wishlist. This oven from the high-end home brand can give you the best of both worlds in terms of flavor and simplicity of cooking as you make your way through the holidays. It is versatile, simple to use, and highly sturdy.

One of the beauties of the Smart Oven Air Fryer is its ten cooking functions that can let you make to-die-for crispy treats and scrumptious slow-cooked meals. Toast, bake, roast, grill, and of course air fry without any fuss while shortening your cooking time. Equipped with Dual Speed Convection, this kitchen partner speeds up the cooking process by raising hotter air while sinking colder one. The result: 30 percent reduced cooking time as compared to regular ovens and air fryers! 

Richie Zamora, the vlogger behind The Pickiest Eater in the World makes a perfect case for this when he prepared a full spread of TV chow snacks for his family to enjoy in minutes. He shares, “All these amazing snacks were cooked in the air fryer with absolutely no oil. Everything was cooked to a beautiful crisp, but you don’t even realize that they aren’t deep fried.” 

Let’s Eat Pare also showed how fast and easy it is to make restaurant-level fried crispy wings with Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer. In just 20 minutes, they were able to make a big batch of chicken wings in sour cream flavor! You can check out their recipe here if you want to try their version.

Of course, preparing healthier versions of dishes is another thing that makes this kitchen must-have from Breville essential. Air frying significantly reduces—if not totally removes—the use of oil in cooking, which means that you consume fewer calories and prevent weight gain and obesity when you air-fried food. Fortunately, for the Smart Oven Air Fryer, you don’t need to worry about sacrificing flavors just to go the healthier route. Chef Beng proves this when she made a Pinoy-style whole fried chicken using it. 

“Normally, I will have this deep fried, but using an air fryer is apparently so much better as the chicken is amazingly crispy, juicy, and full of flavor. Not to mention, this is a way healthier process than deep frying.”

“Just press a function and it automatically shows how long and high the cooking process will be.” This is made possible by Breville’s patented Element IQ System which is a smart algorithm that decides the ideal cooking environment for a range of different cooking techniques.

If you want to enjoy nutritious, delectable meals with less effort this holiday season, the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer is unquestionably the kitchen partner to have. According to Richie, Chef Beng, and Let’s Eat Pare, in that order:

“The Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer proves that cooking doesn’t need to be greasy to be delicious, and preparing food with less guilt doesn’t mean less flavors either.” 

“It has 10 cooking functions which makes it a value-for-money purchase. I totally love it and I highly recommend this smart kitchen appliance.”

“It’s the ultimate kitchen tool you need to put on your Christmas shopping list, pare!” 

Why are you holding out? Your holiday wishlist should now include the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer. Visit the Breville website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the product.

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Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria reveal treats for 2023 beyond Christmas

The greatest time for an urban staycation is typically during the holidays when fewer people travel outside the city and the roads are less congested. For families looking to spend Christmas and New Year’s in the city, two venerable hotels in Ortigas have offers that are difficult to refuse.

The Holiday Package at Holiday Inn Manila Galleria starts at Php 7,088 nett per room, per night. Kids stay and eat free, as promised by Holiday Inn. Stay at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria for a more cosmopolitan experience; the Holiday Package starts at Php 8,088 nett per room, per night.

Both offers include a buffet breakfast, a Christmas welcome amenity, and dining credits (PhP 1,500 for Holiday Inn Manila Galleria and PhP 2,000 for Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria) that can be spent in any of the hotels’ restaurant selections.

The options for a sumptuous Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are simply aplenty, from the international cuisine of Seven Corners to the award-winning authentic Chinese restaurant Xin Tian Di.

At Seven Corners,guests will enjoy many of the signature dishes of the all-day dining restaurant, including Ribeye Steak, savory Roasted Turkey with Bread Stuffing, festive Holiday Ham and a seasoned-to-perfection Salmon Wellington. Guests can delight over these astounding dishes for only Php 3,300 nett per person on Christmas Eve.

A special spread will also be available for New Year’s Eve at PhP 3,300 nett per person and media noche at P 2,500 at Seven Corners.

Meanwhile, Xin Tian Di has prepared a special set menu for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For a spectacular value of only Php1,888++ per person, guests can bask on truly authentic Chinese flavors crafted by Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria’s in-house Chinese executive chef.

Surprises for 2023

This Holiday Season, guests will get a glimpse of the remarkable transformation happening at Holiday Inn Manila Galleria and Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria. Both hotels recently unveiled their newly refurbished lobbies – part of a renovation plan that will bring contemporary flair and function to the two iconic hotels of Ortigas.

At Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, newly refreshed hotel rooms will unravel its “New Modern” style that answers the demand of the modern traveler, sparks imagination and the creative mind, and allows guests to re-energize and experience a sense of home. This new approach will emphasize productivity, efficiency, and performance, and at the same time provide comfortable, warm, relaxing, and delightfully inspiring experiences at the hotel.

The rooms at the Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, on the other hand, will transport visitors to a tropical getaway thanks to the la house en el Jardin de Jazmin theme’s vibrant color scheme and patterns. The hotel’s new motif, where the traditional and modern collide, aims to give each visitor staying in the Ortigas neighborhood a balance of luxury and comfort.

The first batch of rooms with these fresh layouts will be unveiled the following year.

For reservations and queries, contact the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila at 02 8790 9400 or the Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila at [email protected].

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Transferring to the next generation the passion for coffee

Filipinos have long regarded the “ber” months as their favorite season. Christmastime falls between November and January, which is harvest season for coffee. The happiest time of the year and the season of giving!

Imagine how the coffee farmers feel when the coffees they have cultivated all year long start to ripen and are ready to be picked since harvest season only occurs once a year, from November to January. After working with partner growers throughout the harvest season, 2019 National Barista Champion and President and CEO of Henry & Sons Michael Harris Conlin discovered the most pleasurable and rewarding approach to indulge his passion for coffee.

This year, Conlin decided to bring his 10 year old son Dylan to learn more about coffee and help around the farm. Since Dylan was a toddler, he has always been fascinated with coffee. There were times when Dylan would take part in his father’s brewing routine. So this year, Conlin wanted to show him how coffee is picked and processed at its origin. He wanted him to appreciate the hard work of the coffee farmers and take part in giving Sitio Hartwell in Itogon Benguet’s 24 children and families, Henry & Sons long-time partner farmers food and treats for Christmas.

Being around the coffee farming community, one can feel the energy and excitement of the farmers. Harvest season is hard work. Farmers worked nonstop processing, cleaning the coffees ready for drying, receiving, grading, and pulping coffee cherries. Coffee on the drying bed must be rolled and moved every three hours to ensure it dries evenly.

Most of this year’s Sitio Hartwel harvest has been pre-booked and will be shipped to great coffee roasters in Australia, Canada, UAE, and the UK.

This year Henry & Sons focused on three post-harvest processing techniques: sashed process, the company’s signature CM natural process, and a new experimental process launching in April 2023.

Conlin shared, “We found that by creating customized processing methodologies for Sitio Hartwel, we can bring out the full potential of the coffees and give the coffee farmers more value for their coffees.”

In 2018, Henry and Sons adopted the former mining town of Sitio Hartwel in Itogon, Benguet. Five years later, the town has developed into a globally recognized, award-winning coffee farming community. There are more than sixty backyard farmers in the area, and they can produce about two tons of coffee cherries per year.

Visit and www.henryandsons for further details on these coffees.





Try this nutritious Noche Buena recipe from The Goodwill Market

To celebrate traditions with family and friends over delicious food over the holidays. However, eating a lot of fatty meals might be detrimental to your health. By providing wholesome and delicious alternatives at your gatherings, you can make sure that everyone can partake in the fun without missing out.

The Goodwill Market shares this paella recipe by Chef Joel Tan Navarro that uses Duru Bulgur instead of rice. It packs more than twice the fiber and four times as much folate from bulgur, plus the umami goodness of mushrooms and the heart-healthy properties of olive oil.

Mushroom Truffle Paella (Duru Bulgur’s Vegetarian Paella)


✓2 tbsp. Umbria Original Truffle Sauce

✓1 cup Duru Bulgur coarse

✓A drizzle of Umbria Tartufi White Truffle flavored oil

✓1/2 cup shitake mushrooms fresh

✓1/2 cup shitake mushrooms dried

✓1/2cup white button mushrooms

✓1/2 cup portobello mushrooms

✓1/2 cup arugula

✓1/2 cup olive oil

✓1/2 cup onions

✓2 cups vegetable stock




1. Soak dried shitake mushrooms in hot water and let them bloom. Set aside.

2. Prepare, wash and cut other mushrooms and set aside.

3. Cut onions and set aside.

4. Wash the arugula and trim it into small pieces.

Cooking Time:

1. Heat up olive oil in a paella pan

2. Brown fresh shitake mushrooms and set aside. It will be used as a garnish.

3. Add a little bit of olive oil then sauté onions.

4. Add the rest of the mushrooms until brown.

5. Add the truffle salsa.

6. Add Duru Bulgur coarse and sauté for about 1 to 2 minutes.

7. Then add vegetable stock and let it simmer and reduce.

8. When reduced, place the fresh shitake mushrooms as garnish.

9. Cover with foil to continue cooking and adjust the heat to medium low.

10. When the bulgur is cooked, crank up the heat to achieve the socoratt (crispy bottom layer of


11. When done, take it off the heat and garnish with arugula. Serve.

This festive and filling paella, which is created with Duru Bulgur and is easily accessible at The Goodwill Market online store, will shake things up this Noche Buena. By using, you can shop wisely and have your fresh, healthy foods delivered right to your door.