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U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals   


U.S., Japan Sign Limited Deal on Farming, Digital Trade Deals(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and Japan signed a limited trade deal intended to boost markets for American farmers and give Tokyo assurances, for now, that President Donald Trump won’t impose tariffs on auto imports.The accords on agriculture and digital trade cover about $55 billion worth of commerce between the world’s largest- and third-biggest economies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said at a ceremony in the Oval Office alongside Trump.The accord is a “game changer for our farmers” and ranchers, Trump said at the event.The goal is for the accord to take effect Jan. 1.Trump, who faces re-election next year, was eager to make a deal with Japan to appease U.S. farmers who have been largely shut out of the Chinese market as a result of his trade war with Beijing. American agricultural producers, also reeling from bad weather and low commodity prices, are a core component of Trump’s political base.Under the deal, Japan will lower or reduce tariffs on some $7.2 billion of American-grown farming products, including beef and pork.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s priority was to win a pledge that the U.S. won’t slap tariffs on Japanese automobile exports, a sector valued at about $50 billion a year and a cornerstone of the country’s economy.Read more: Click here for the most recent research from Bloomberg EconomicsThe written text of the deal doesn’t explicitly cover auto tariffs, but Abe has said he received assurances that Japan would be spared from them.The proposed pact won’t lower the barriers protecting Japan’s rice farmers -- a powerful group supporting Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This could help the prime minster smooth the deal’s course through parliament, where it must be ratified before coming into effect.The U.S. has said this agreement -- which was signed in principle on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month -- is just the first phase of a broader agreement.To contact the reporters on this story: Justin Sink in Washington at;Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington at;Brendan Murray in London at brmurray@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Margaret Collins at, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Senate Republicans Recoil From Trump’s Decision to Abandon Kurds   


Senate Republicans Recoil From Trump’s Decision to Abandon Kurds(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and abandon Kurdish allies has prompted a furious backlash among key members of his most important bulwark against an impeachment conviction: Senate Republicans.Hawkish GOP senators, whom Trump will need to keep him in office if the House moves ahead with impeachment, condemned the president’s decision as a win for terrorists and a defeat for American credibility. Some are already discussing legislation to push back.“A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran and the Assad regime,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. He urged the president to “keep together our multinational coalition to defeat ISIS and prevent significant conflict between our NATO ally Turkey and our local Syrian counterterrorism partners.”Foreign policy has long been the issue where Republicans are most likely to disagree with Trump, and it’s not clear that strong words against the president’s Syria policy will cost him any political support. Trump would have to lose the support of at least 20 Republican senators to be removed from office if the House votes to impeach him.The harshest criticism Monday came from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a strong Trump ally and frequent golf companion. Graham said this “impulsive decision” will benefit Iran and cost the U.S. leverage in the region.Graham also said he and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen will introduce sanctions against Turkey if the NATO ally invades Syria. He said he expects such sanctions to get a two-thirds majority -- enough to override a Trump veto.After criticism from Graham and others, Trump tweeted that he would “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it took “off limits” actions that he didn’t specify. He also said Turkey must “watch over” about 12,000 captured Islamic State fighters and tens of thousands of their family members living in jails and camps in Kurdish-held territory.The Senate earlier this year had a veto-proof margin to pass an amendment authored by McConnell opposing a withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan. On Monday, Criticism in Congress was bipartisan, focused on the move to abandon Kurdish forces who helped U.S. forces fight ISIS, and who are holding thousands of ISIS fighters in custody.Other Senate Republicans pushing back on the president include Marco Rubio of Florida, Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine, though none other than Graham have yet said they plan to act on their dismay.Romney, who heads a Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Middle East and counterterrorism, released a joint statement with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, the top Democrat on the panel, saying Trump’s decision “severely undercuts America’s credibility as a reliable partner and creates a power vacuum in the region that benefits ISIS.” They demanded that the administration explain the decision to the full committee.Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who is up for re-election next year, warned against partnering with Turkish President Recep Erdogan.“If the president sticks with this retreat, he needs to know that this bad decision will likely result in the slaughter of allies who fought with us, including women and children,” Sasse said in a statement Monday. “I hope the president will listen to his generals and reconsider.”Some House Republicans also criticized the abrupt withdrawal. Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, a member of GOP leadership, called the decision a “catastrophic mistake.” New York Republican Elise Stefanik recently returned from a bipartisan trip to the region and joined a statement with Democratic representatives condemning Trump’s “rash decision.”“Not only will this decision further destabilize the region, it will make it more difficult for the United States to recruit allies and partners to defeat terrorist groups like ISIS,” the statement said.One of Trump’s Senate allies approved of Trump’s decision: Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has long called for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan.(Updates with McConnell quote in third paragraph)\--With assistance from Erik Wasson.To contact the reporter on this story: Steven T. Dennis in Washington at sdennis17@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at, Anna Edgerton, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Sanchez Pitches for Moderate Vote Amid Fractured Spain Politics   


Sanchez Pitches for Moderate Vote Amid Fractured Spain Politics(Bloomberg) -- Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez painted himself as the voice of moderation in Spanish politics as the country braces for an election campaign in the shadow of forthcoming verdicts in a trial of Catalan separatists and international disputes over trade and Brexit.“I humbly ask people to think who can guide our country with moderation toward progress,” Sanchez said in Madrid as he presented his Socialist party’s campaign pledges. His pitch to voters includes further increases to pensions and the minimum wage.Spaniards head to the polls on Nov. 10 after Sanchez’s efforts over the summer to forge a new government came to nothing over his refusal to allow the anti-austerity party Podemos to join his Socialists in a coalition.Even so, the prospect of a new election -- the fourth in four years -- is focusing the minds of Sanchez’s political rivals. Albert Rivera, the leader of the center-right Ciudadanos party, signaled over the weekend he might be open to talks with Sanchez while Pablo Casado, leader of the conservative People’s Party told El Mundo newspaper he might consider pacts with “historical rivals” such as the Socialists.Spain needs a coherent government as it faces down threats including the response in Catalonia to a verdict due in coming days on the case of jailed pro-independence Catalan leaders. Other challenges include a potential hard Brexit, and the consequences of a cooling economy amid international trade disputes.Sanchez said the Socialists’ full electoral programs will be unveiled in coming weeks. Listed below are some of the 35 “social commitments,” he unveiled in Madrid on Monday:Peg pensions to the consumer price indexIncrease minimum wage to reach 60% of the average wage by the end of his next mandateRoll back the most “harmful” parts of the labor market reform passed by the PP government in 2012Improve housing opportunities for young peopleCreate a watchdog to protect banking costumersMake Spain’s tax system more progressiveTo contact the reporter on this story: Thomas Gualtieri in Madrid at tgualtieri@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Charles Penty at, Ben SillsFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Portugal's Costa Pins Debt Strategy on a Rosy Growth Outlook   


Portugal's Costa Pins Debt Strategy on a Rosy Growth Outlook(Bloomberg) -- Amid cheering supporters on his election night, Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa went out of his way to reassure investors he has an ambitious target to tackle the country’s big Achilles heel, its towering debt.The problem is that his strategy assumes robust economic growth, not a given in today’s uncertain world. The external climate is deteriorating fast and there are signs that job creation is slowing. Portugal’s four main export markets are within the European Union, where expansion is falling to around 1%, and whose biggest economy looks set to enter recession.Let’s look at the numbers. Costa said he’d bring public debt to under 100% of GDP by the end of his next four-year term in 2023, from currently 122%. In the government’s base-case scenario, that assumes average annual GDP growth of around 2%. Consensus forecasts and even the Bank of Portugal’s estimates are now closer to 1.7% growth. Rabobank even sees a slowdown to 1.2% next year, and that assumes an orderly Brexit and no U.S. import tariffs on European cars.The debt-reduction target "is quite ambitious,” Michiel van der Veen, an economist at Rabobank, said in an interview, citing already slowing growth and trade tensions. “They need to take care of the demands that people are making for more government expenditure.’’Indeed, there have been signs of social discontent, and voices demanding an increase in spending have become louder. Given his larger majority in parliament and reduced dependence on the far-left, the 58-year-old Costa could entertain spending cuts to offset slower growth.But for the man who came to power reversing some of the unpopular belt-tightening measures imposed during the 2011 bailout, the chances of an about-turn are slim.The entire strategy is to reduce debt by outgrowing it, not by squeezing the budget to pay it down more quickly, said Filipe Garcia, an economist at financial consulting company IMF-Informacao de Mercados Financeiros SA.“To reduce the debt ratio in this way, which is a slow process, Portugal needs a favorable external environment,” said Garcia. “I am afraid that, in the context of a crisis or interest rate hikes, the debt reduction process will be interrupted.”The government says that in a worst-case scenario in which GDP growth would slow from 1.6% in 2019 to 1.3% in 2023, it would miss its target, though debt would still fall to 103% of GDP.For now investors aren’t terribly concerned. On the contrary, the yield on 10-year Portuguese bonds fell as low as 0.11% Monday, edging below the Spanish equivalent for the first time since December 2009.The reason for such calm? The European Central Bank is lending a helping hand with near-zero borrowing costs, said Garcia.(Updates with Portugal yields in tenth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Henrique Almeida in Lisbon at;Joao Lima in Lisbon at jlima1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at, Raymond Colitt, Chris ReiterFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Ethics complaint targets Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton’s endorsement of Pasco marijuana business   


Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton’s endorsement last summer of a marijuana business seeking a license in Pasco has prompted formal allegations of unethical conduct.

The complaint, made to the city’s volunteer Ethics Commission, was made in the midst of a re-election campaign for Stratton, and as she and her husband navigate a bankrupcty case complicated by her own ties to the marijuana industry. The complaint was made by Spokane resident Neil Muller, who has made political contributions to Republican lawmakers and former political foes of Stratton. He alleges a letter the councilwoman sent, on official city letterhead, violates “both in spirit and specifically” several provisions of the city’s ethical code, including prohibitions on conflicts of interest and using an official position for personal financial gain.

Stratton said her relationship with Lucky Leaf, a marijuana retailer that opened in downtown Spokane in 2015, was borne out of her official role on the council assisting a business with complaints from the public. The pot shop opened amidst many protests from a nearby church four years ago. Stratton also said the marijuana production business she operates with her husband and other family partners does not have a processing license from the state, which would be necessary to sell their product directly to a retail store.

“I wrote it as a city councilperson, to me it was a city council to city council thing,” Stratton said, adding that she did not believe her actions were violations of the city’s ethical code.

The letter urges members of the Pasco City Council to consider the economic opportunities afforded by retailers such as Lucky Leaf, drawing on the transformations along First Avenue in downtown Spokane where the shop is located.

“The area has seen a resurgence of investment in recent years, and Lucky Leaf has been an important part of that resurgence,” Stratton wrote in her letter.

The owners of Lucky Leaf opened the store in Spokane after city officials forced closure of their Pasco storefront in 2015, and were hoping lawmakers there would reconsider their ban on stores during the summer of 2018. A ban on marijuana businesses in the central Washington city remains in place.

Stratton said she was approached by David and Shilo Morgan, owners of Lucky Leaf, to write a letter on their behalf, and she conferred with the City Council’s policy advisor, Brian McClatchey, before sending her own letter.

“I know Brian and I talked about it,” Stratton said. But Stratton said the conversation did not include whether writing the letter on city letterhead was appropriate.

When Washington regulators established the legal marijuana industry in the state, they split licenses to operate in the business into three categories: producers, processors and retailers. Producers are allowed by law only to sell to other producers or to processors. Processors are allowed to sell to retail stores. Some businesses own both producer and processor licenses, but Stratton’s business does not, which means her farm cannot sell directly to Lucky Leaf.

“Had that been a processor, I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Stratton said. “We don’t sell to retailers.”

David Morgan said Monday his business has never purchased directly from Stratton.

“There’s really no business connection,” he said.

But nothing in the law would prevent product her business had sold to a processor from ultimately winding up on Lucky Leaf’s shelves.

The letter, in the upper right corner, includes the logo of the City of Spokane and Stratton’s official office. Muller, in his complaint, urges the Ethics Commission to examine whether that official statement should be considered a conflict of interest.

“Stratton could have easily chosen to write a personal and/or business letter supporting her cannabis business colleagues and forwarding her personal political beliefs,” Muller wrote. “Instead, she invoked her office and the City of Spokane in a most improper manner.”

Stratton said the letter has been shared in Republican circles online, and the councilwoman canceled her scheduled appearance at an unrelated candidate event with the local GOP because they hadn’t called her to question her motives before posting the letter on their Facebook page in August.

“If I’ve done something wrong, I’ve been very transparent about it,” Stratton said. “I just can’t believe that this would be an ethics complaint. David Condon, Andy Rathbun and Jim Hedemark will do whatever they can to make this hard for me. Period.”

Rathbun is running against Stratton for her seat in northwest Spokane, and Hedemark is a political consultant for Rathbun’s campaign. Condon, Spokane’s mayor, reposted on his personal Facebook page a link to a blog shared to a local politics group mentioning the Strattons’ bankruptcy and her letter to the Pasco City Council.

The complaint also alleges a violation of the ethics code that prohibits the acceptance of gifts or gratuity for public services if it was “intended to serve as a reward for any official action on their part.” Lucky Leaf made a $1,000 contribution to Stratton’s re-election campaign Aug. 8, according to Public Disclosure Commission filings, but Morgan said the letter was not discussed before his firm made the donation.

Rathbun said he knew Muller professionally, but was unaware the ethics complaint had been filed. He declined to say whether the letter was an appropriate use of city resources.

“She wrote the letter, so she’ll have to answer as to her motivations,” Rathbun said.

Condon said in an email over the weekend that he had not coordinated with anyone in posting the link on his personal Facebook page. The mayor and Stratton have quarreled publicly several times in the past few years over issues including pay for department heads, Condon’s push for a restructured 911 response system in the city and the handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub.

Muller has not contributed to Rathbun’s campaign, according to records filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. But he contributed to Condon’s 2011 and 2015 mayoral campaigns, as well as a $50 donation in 2015 to Evan Verduin, who was running against Stratton. Verduin earned the mayor’s endorsement in that contest.

Stratton has recused herself from some votes involving the marijuana industry in the past, including when an arcade with dubious origins attempted to block the opening of a retailer on East Sprague Avenue.

As of Monday, the city’s Ethics Commission had not scheduled a meeting to discuss the complaint.


Why Don’t We Vote In Runoff Elections?   

From Texas Standard . If you didn’t vote in this week’s primary runoff elections, you’re hardly alone. In fact, you are in the vast majority. According to the Texas Election Source , fewer than 1 million ballots were cast in both parties’ primary runoffs. For the Democrats, it was the lowest primary runoff turnout with a governor’s race on the ballot in almost a century. The Texas Election Source reports the Republicans actually had one of the highest turnouts for a runoff election year, but the percentage of voter participation was still just around 3 percent.

New Poll Numbers in Governor's Race   

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Re: Your latest retro purchase   


@Ninfan, I decided to risk it and get them of E Bay. So far all genuine games in their boxes with manuals and more importantly in working order. Failing that there are retro gaming resellers such as Chillout Games and Retrogames. Even sites like MusicMagpie and Cex still have a large selection of GameCube and Wii games.


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On this day in 2016   

From Dave Winer: This is the graph we were looking at on this day in 2016. It says that HRC had a 75% chance of winning. The black line at the right is Election Day. Most people didn’t understand enough … Continue reading

Maithripala Sirisena not seeking another term as Sri Lanka president   


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to seek re-election next month after failing to fulfil many of the promises in his first term.


Canada opposition leader slams Trudeau as a fraud in key election debate   

Andrew Scheer, Canada's main opposition leader, on Monday kicked off a key televised election debate by lashing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as "a phony and a fraud" who did not deserve to win an Oct. 21 election.


U.S., Australia to bolster police ties as they cooperate on 2016 election probe   

The United States and Australia said on Monday they would work to bolster law-enforcement ties as the two countries are separately cooperating on a politically charged probe examining whether U.S. officials overstepped when they investigated Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.


Virginia deserves better than self-described ‘redneck’ Amanda Chase   

Regarding the Oct. 1 front-page article “Va. legislator’s swagger stirs GOP election angst”: “Swagger” is not a word I would use to describe Virginia state Sen. Amanda F. Chase. A self-described...

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Huge blow for APC ahead of Bayelsa governorship election as 6,000 members defect to PDP   

At least 6,000 members and loyalists of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa ahead of the state's governorship election.

Kogi election: APC already scared of defeat - PDP campaign DG   

The governorship election slated for November 16, in Kogi state, is becoming more interesting as both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its main challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in verbal attacks

Just in: Jubilation in Benue as Ortom floor APC candidate at election tribunal   

Samuel Ortom of Benue was on Monday, October 7, affirmed by the election petition tribunal as the clear winner of the recent governorship poll held in the state.

Kogi election: APC cautions PDP against violent rallies   

The APC specifically asked the candidate of the PDP in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Engineer Musa Wada, not to wage violence against the people of the state.

APC suffers stunning defeat as tribunal upholds election of PDP governor   

The election of Bala Mohammed as governor of Bauchi state has been upheld by the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.

Turning Japanese with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen...   

Everyone loves her savory Porcini Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and elegant Black Truffle Roast Turkey with Black Truffle Risotto Stuffing. And her rich Lengua en Salsa Porcini. And now, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen turns Japanese with her new offerings...

You don't need a reason to celebrate with Japanese food. A last minute and spontaneous get-together with friends at home or a sudden celebration at the office, you can always count on Bambi Reyes-Javelosa of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen to save the day. And if you're craving for Japanese just like everyone else, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen now offers all your Japanese favorites. Any day just becomes even more special with Japanese food...

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen is everyone's favorite kitchen for special feasts at home or the office, and this time, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa (L) adds a whole new repertoire of dishes with a Japanese spin to her extensive offerings (for more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, see my earlier post, A Holiday Feast by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen).

It seems there isn't anything Bambi can't do in her kitchen. Western, Filipino, and now Japanese, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen has pretty much everything covered. What's even more impressive is that this home kitchen churns out made-to-order dishes with the highest quality using the finest and freshest ingredients on a par with some of the best restaurants and even hotels in the metro. Bambi Reyes-Javelosa's signature seasonal favorites like Wagyu Prime Rib and Roast Turkey are always the centerpiece of countless family feasts at home, and she's adding even more to your list of favorites.

At a preview of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's latest offerings, Bambi Reyes-Javelosa served her lavish selections of Japanese dishes including intricate hand-rolled Sushi Rolls made with premium ingredients. Japanese dishes may seem simple, but it's a delicate and tedious cuisine demanding a high level of skill and the very best ingredients to make the flavors pop out. Without these, the flavors fall flat. For Bambi Reyes-Javelosa, nothing ever leaves her kitchen if the ingredients or execution don't make her cut. It's that simple.      

The variety of colors and flavors in Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's lavish Special Sushi Roll Platter rivals the offerings of premier establishments (for prices and other details, please refer to the contact details listed below). Fresh, clean and bold flavors with a subtle briny sweetness, you just can't expect anything less from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. What surprised me the most is the elegant presentation, and one bite validates with its fresh flavors. Bambi Reyes-Javelosa's dishes are of the highest quality, from its fresh ingredients to the masterful execution of each dish is something many of her loyal customers and clients have come to expect from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen.

Each sushi roll has its own distinct flavors, each one with a different topping delicately arranged on a platter. Imagine the reaction of your guests when you bring this platter to the table.

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers different platters, each with a different selection of tasty bites as well as price points. Following the Japanese aesthetic of artful presentation, you can be sure your guests will be more than impressed at your table. And why not, all of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's sumptuous platters first feeds the eyes before the palate. 

Whatever platter you choose, you know you're getting some of the finest and freshest seafood from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. Many of their ingredients are flown in and hand-carried directly to their kitchen. Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's sources also supply some of the metro's best hotels to give you an idea on the quality of the ingredients. Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers a wide selection for even more options including local and imported Nigiri Sushi, Assorted Special Rolls and Aburi Sushi.

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Sashimi Platter with thick slices of premium Salmon, Hamachi, Tamago and fresh and briny fish roe is equally impressive. And this platter surely tastes as good as it looks. There's just nothing quite like the creamy, buttery texture of premium salmon that just melts in your mouth followed by an elegant and lingering sweetness. Check out Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's FB Page at and you'll see a whole slew of tasty videos, including how they do their Tamago from scratch, slicing up a whole tuna and other behind the scenes look at their always busy kitchen. 

The vibrant colors tempts both the eyes and palate, it's just what you need to add a splash of vibrant colors and flavors to any celebration.

The seasonal Shishamo Platter filled with grilled Japanese smelt can be served as an appetizer or entree for any festive occasion. Enjoyed from head to tail, the delicately flavored smelt offers rich and bold notes with just a subtle hint of smokiness from the grill. It's not easy to find this seasonal delicacy in the metro but this is just one of many authentic dishes that Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen offers for its discerning clientele.   

If there's any dish that serves as a proper gauge of any Japanese restaurant's quality, it's usually the tempura. From the batter to the way it's deep-fried for that lightly crisp texture, premium ingredients along with time, temperature and skill come into play for that perfect piece of tempura.  

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Ebi Tempura is way up there when it comes to the perfect tempura. Lightly crisp on the outside and succulent with a tasty snap inside from the large tiger prawn, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen scores a homer with this one (check out how Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen does their signature tempura on their FB Page at

A light dip in the tempura sauce coats it with delectable sharp and sweet notes to complement the crisp batter and fresh, briny sweetness of the plump and succulent prawns. This one's good all the way to the tail. And there's a lot to go around with each serving, so there's no need to fight over the last piece (for prices and other details, please contact Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen).

You can't go wrong with the Kurobuta Pork Katsu of Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen with tender pork cutlets draped in a lightly crisp layer of nutty breading served with a thick, sweet and mildly sour dip. Perfectly fried without being excessively greasy, the pork cutlet remains tender and juicy inside capped by the crisp breading.

Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen has another tasty surprise with the seasonal Soft-Shell Crab Tempura with contrasting textures bursting with rich flavors with each bite.

With a light coating of crisp batter, the succulent soft shell crabs drape the palate with a savory and briny sweetness. The dipping sauce adds that sharpness to temper the richness for balanced flavors. This prized delicacy is seasonal, best to call Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen for the latest seasonal catch.

Tender and juicy chicken thighs coated in a thick yet crunchy batter make this another must-have from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. The Chicken Karaage is delicately seasoned without overwhelming the subtle and delicate notes of the juicy chicken. 

And once you start, you can go on all the way to the last piece.

Fresh off the teppan grills, the Wagyu Tenderloin Teppanyaki paired with Yasai Itame or stir-fried vegetables is a fitting main course for any festive feast at home.

With huge fork-tender cubes of premium Wagyu beef, the beefy chunks almost melt like butter with just the right bite. Perfect even without any sauce. It's just pure beef goodness. 

Pair your all-Japanese feast with Bambi Gourmet Kitchen's soft and fluffy Seafood Fried Rice (L) and the light Mushroom Soup (R) with its delicately flavored broth filled with a variety of earthy, nutty mushrooms. From starters and sides to savory mains, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's got everything covered.

Curry cravings? Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's got that covered too with the Beef Curry. The mildly spiced thick curry with tender beef and vegetables will have you going for another bowl of rice. Guaranteed.

Creamy with just the right amount of soothing heat, the Crunchy Spicy Tuna Salad is the perfect side to your sumptuous all-Japanese feast by Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen. The rich play on contrasting textures makes each bite different. Second servings? Yes, please.

A comforting bowl of hearty Wagyu Ribeye Sukiyaki with tender slices of premium beef, glass noodles, vegetables and tofu is a mandatory dish for any celebration. And if you have any requests on specific Wagyu grades and classifications, just let Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen know in advance. Just imagine your own bowl of premium sukiyaki with Wagyu Grade 6 Ribeye, right?

When only the best beef will do for your celebration, the Wagyu Prime Rib Steak from Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen is the perfect centerpiece for your Japanese feast.

Each slice and bite is just like butter. Lightly drizzled with a thick and sweet sauce, you don't need anything else for beef this good. No more words needed to describe how good this slab of premium beef is, the picture says it all.

You know you're getting the real thing with Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen's Grilled Hamachi Buri Kama or fatty yellowtail collars. Grilled to perfection, the collars are juicy with rich briny notes complemented by mild smoky undertones from the grill. Even most Japanese restaurants in the metro don't feature this item on their menu on a regular basis, but just give Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen a call. Depending on your order, please allow at least three days to one week leadtime for imported menu items as these are hand-carried from Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and Fukuoka just for Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen.

At the end of the preview, one wonders, is there anything Bambi Reyes-Javelosa can't do? Hotel grade Japanese cuisine prepared just for you, Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen makes any celebration at home or the office easy without the usual fuss. It's fine cuisine from one of the finest home kitchens in the metro (for more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, see my previous post, A Holiday Feast By Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen and prepare to drool with her signature dishes like the Wagyu Prime Rib Roast and Roast Turkey). And there's just more reasons to love Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen as it turns Japanese with its latest offerings of Japanese favorites this holiday season or whatever celebration you have in mind...just give Chef Bambi a call.  

For more on Bambi's Gourmet Kitchen, simply call 0917-672-7230 and 0999-881-4272 or email at and for inquiries and more information. You can also visit her FB and IG accounts at @Bambi'sGourmetKitchen.

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State of the Adobo Nation: The Adobo Queen and Team Adobo Comes To Holiday Inn Makati's Flavors Restaurant   

There is, perhaps, no other local dish that defines our culinary heritage and brings us together like the iconic Adobo. There are as many adobo variations as there are regions, yet the dish binds us together. It's no surprise then that Adobo is considered by many as the undisputed national dish...

The Adobo Queen, Nancy Reyes Lumen, and her Adobo Team brings the much-loved Filipino classic in all its regional variations and creative executions to Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's all-day dining restaurant, Flavors Restaurant for the whole month of October. It's a collaboration that explores and traces the roots of the dish as well as showcase inspired and inventive adobo creations for new flavor experiences.

Think of it as a culinary homecoming, and there's no better place than Flavors Restaurant (for more on Flavors Restaurant, see my earlier posts, The Poke Bowls Are back at Holiday Inn & Suites' Flavors Restaurant on their popular Poke Bowls, Pancakes, Waffles and Rustic Mornings at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant from last year, Poke Bowl Days at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, and All-American: The American Food Festival and Burger Bar at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant on my first visit to Flavors Restaurant back in 2017).

Noted food writer, researcher and home cook Nancy Lumen Reyes (L) is at the forefront of the culinary movement promoting all things adobo along with her team of fellow advocates, chefs Jen Seranilla and Jaja Andal of Team Adobo (R). Together, the Adobo Queen with Team Adobo and Flavors Restaurant team up for a tasty collab...  

Tracing the origins of the dish goes as far back as the pre-colonial period when Malay voyagers showed how to use vinegar and salt to preserve food to the hearty French Daube,  a classic Provencal braised stew, and the Spanish influence on the name of the dish as we know it today. These multi-cultural influences make adobo unique and special, but it's purely a part of the Filipino experience.

"Adobo reflects the Filipino personality, our ability to create different styles based on a centerpiece dish, 'strike anywhere' as they say. The name Adobo may be borrowed, but the flavors, ingredients, and colors of adobo cover the foodscape of this country and is so much a part of our culture that we truly own it. What other dish can you bring and eat for all occasions, whether you're at the airport, dorm, beach, wake, party, meeting, or what have you? Only adobo. Every Pinoy has an adobo story, and that is why it's a part of our lives," explained Nancy Reyes-Lumen. 

Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Lady Bess Howe (R) and Rhea Castro-Sycip (L) join Nancy Reyes Lumen  in welcoming guests at the exclusive preview of Adobo Nation at Flavors Restaurant. "We chose to cook variants of adobo to show that the dish is neither just a recipe, nor a cooking style...

"...but actually a menu of assorted tastes centered on sour and salty, and sometimes also sweet," explained Nancy Reyes Lumen. Prepared the traditional way with vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf and other spices or with creamy coconut milk and chili, rediscover the flavors of adobo in different expressions at Flavors Restaurant this October. The Adobo Queen and Team Adobo's lavish showcase will be featured in the extensive buffet at Flavors Restaurant, known as having one of the best curated buffet selections in Makati alongside Southeast Asian and Western dishes. 

Just ask any Filipino how they like this most quintessential of Filipino dishes, and you'll get as many ways as there are islands in the Philippine archipelago. It's this variety that makes adobo special to many Filipinos, reinterpreted with local and regional ingredients. And this is what diners can expect from Adobo Nation at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Flavors Restaurant for the entire month of October. Traditional and modern, nostalgic and playfully inventive, it's Adobo the way you like it and more...

Chefs Jen Seranilla and Jaja Andal draw inspiration from local, regional and foreign flavors, spicing it up with the comforting notes of adobo. The result? Diners get to experience both timeless and modern renditions of the traditional adobo in countless and creative ways.  

What's more Filipino than some freshly-baked pandesal...

...stuffed with a savory adobo filling?

Enjoy your savory bites with the refreshing signature cooler of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, a soothing Mint & Basil Lemonade...

...and you're ready for another round to start your Adobo-inspired feast with some Adobo Saba Turon for sweet and savory tasty bites.

The silky-smooth Adobo Pate topped with cream cheese lays a savory richness to your palate, followed by the lingering hints of the familiar vinegar, soy and black peppercorn infused notes of the classic adobo.

The Adobo Rillette adds even more flavors to the adobo-inspired feast with its bold flavors, and they know how to do rillettes at Holiday Inn & Suites Makati (for more on the signature Rillettes of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, see my post, Wine, Cheese, a Sunset and More at Oz Bar).

More tasty bites come in the form Tamales ala Adobo (L), steamed rice mash topped with salted egg and wrapped in banana leaves and fresh Cherry Tomatoes filled with flavorful adobo pearls. The creative variations inspired by adobo is impressive, but there's so much more in store at Flavors Restaurant...

At the extensive buffet spread of Flavors Restaurant, the savory mains that day included the Chicken Adobo Pianggan with Palapa Sauce inspired by Mindanaoan flavors from the deep south...

...while the Stuffed Squid with Spiced Adobo Garlic Sauce combines the fresh, clean and briny sweetness of succulent seafood with the familiar notes of adobo in another creative blend of flavors.

Influences from the Spanish colonial experience are also added to the mix with the Adobo Paella, a traditional rice dish reinvented with savory pork, chicken and seafood on soft and fluffy rice infused with the rich notes of adobo.

The tender and juicy Adobo Chicken Roulade with Sisig Stuffing combines traditional flavors in a new and refreshing way, with the pork sisig and adobo seasonings adding multiple layers of rich flavors to complement the delicate notes of the chicken roulade.

Seafood gets an adobo spin with the Adobong Tuna...

...while the savory and fork-tender Beef Tadyang draped in a flavorful adobo glaze offers both hearty and comforting flavors to your adobo feast at Flavors Restaurant.

Go for a second round with even more exciting flavors like the Beef Adobo Roll ala Orange...

...or the melt-in-your-mouth Sinaing na Bangus Adobo. But the classic adobo takes on even more surprising twists at Flavors Restaurant.

How about some Adobo Pizza (L) or Adobo Pasta (R) for that culinary crossover? On pizza or with pasta, the versatile flavors of adobo works perfectly with its subtle sour, tart, garlicky and salty notes with just a hint of sweetness. Who knew you could enjoy adobo in countless ways? 

Nancy Reyes Lumen's signature Rodrigo's Roast is the highlight at Flavors Restaurant's Carving Station. A whole tender slab of Adobo-cooked pork belly, then baked with a savory sweet umami crust that just melts-in-your-mouth draping your palate with an indulgent and savory finish like no other, it's a taste of Christmas at the Carving Station. The Rodrigo's Roast is paired with a special Adobo Sauce with the sharp hints of black peppercorns to complete the adobo theme. 

A glass of ice-cold San Mig Light cleanses the palate with its refreshingly clean and crisp notes, and you're ready for yet another trip back to the buffet for even more adobo-inspired dishes at Flavors Restaurant.

No sumptuous feast at a lavish hotel buffet is complete without a decadent selection of desserts. At Flavors Restaurant, you'll find their signature Ube Cheesecake (probably the best in the metro) along with other decadent selections. But you can indulge in another adobo-inspired dessert with the Adobo Cheesecake (L) too.

The savory and sweet flavors come together in a perfectly balanced and seamless blend with the Adobo Cheesecake, with the hints of adobo more pronounced at the crust. It just shows how versatile and creative the much-loved adobo really is, and you can experience it in all its different forms and variations at Flavors Restaurant. Holiday Inn & Suites Makati in collaboration with the Adobo Queen and Team Adobo makes sure you get to experience adobo in its purest, traditional and classic renditions alongside inventive and even surprising dishes at Adobo Nation in Flavors Restaurant

"Adobo is such a big part of Filipino cuisine, we want our guests, especially those coming from abroad, to experience it, as well as how it translates to different dishes and not just the classic pork and chicken,' shared Holiday Inn & Suites Makati's Manager Andy Belmonte. "We hope they come to love adobo as much as we Filipinos do."

Rediscover and experience adobo with a fresh palate at Flavors Restaurant's Adobo Nation for Lunch and Dinner this month of October. Buffet rates start at P 1,825 net per person. Come celebrate the comforting flavors of local adobo and all its flavorful varieties in a sumptuous homecoming at Flavors Restaurant...

Flavors Restaurant is located at the Lobby Level of Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Palm Drive,  Ayala Center, Makati City or call 632-909-0888 for inquiries and reservations.

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