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A mysterious package arrived in the mail last week – it was an unlabelled gift. I haven’t waited to open presents on Christmas morning for a long time now (because I am a typical Scrooge) so naturally, I was curious.

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Even Peggy was curious! In the box, was a big personalized Christmas sock with 12 more socks inside. Thanks Gold Toe!

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The socks they sent me were all from their Elements line which is 70% more eco-friendly than most socks in terms of production. I don’t know how they tally the stats but that sounds pretty cool to me. Usually when Gold Toe comes to mind, I think of sports socks – it’s nice to see that they have all these different designs now. I’m usually drawn to striped socks so these were my favorite in the bundle.

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The package label boasts all the perks so there’s this thing called Tencel mixed in the fabric that keeps the socks high-tech. Gold Toe Elements socks are anti-bacterial, they manage moisture, prevent bacteria and are naturally cooling.

Really sweet of them to send something my way this Christmas! Thanks Celina and the rest of Gold Toe. 🙂

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If you’ve been my friend for a while, you’ll know I’m crazy about milk. This is not a paid advertisement. I just am. When I travel, I always hit 7-11 to sample the local dairy. This is how I know Bangkok serves Yakult in 1L bottles. This is how I know Japan’s dairy can be both light and so creamy. Spain’s Cacaolat and Hong Kong’s Kowloon Dairy made me realize that milk tastes better when served in a glass bottle (vs the typical carton). So yeah, enough of that.

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Cocio is here and it’s nothing short of amazing. It’s an old favorite from Denmark, may well be the best chocolate milk in the world and by an unbelievable stroke of luck, it’s available in the Philippines.

What I like about Cocio is its simplicity. They use just 3 ingredients: sugar, milk and cacao. There aren’t any additives so everything sinks to the bottom and you have to shake it well. I don’t like mixing and shaking stuff so to me, the gratification is delayed yet well deserved.

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There are two variants: Classic and Dark. I’m particularly fond of the Classic for its balance. It’s light, creamy and I can drink 3 in one go if I’m feeling really fat. It’s not overpoweringly sweet yet the cacao still stands out which is what I love about it.

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At the launch, they said the Dark variant was exclusive to the Philippines. If you’re looking for a bold, full chocolate taste, this is the one for you.

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Out of curiosity, I tried mixing the Classic and Dark and heating it up. Something light and subdued melted in with bam in your face chocolate and I was sold. I dub thee The Clark and I suggest you try it this way. Double best.

For all interested readers, Cocio should be everywhere by now. Some friends of mine have spotted it already in Family Mart and Landmark for starters and the rest should follow suit.

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Thanks to Jiv and the kind folks over at GeiserMaclang for inviting me to the launch. Non-required reading but here’s what the folks at Vice Munchies had to say about Cocio too.

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Have you tried Cocio yet? If you have, which do you like better? Or are you weird like me and prefer the made-up Clark?

Feels weird to write about anything else but food on this space but I’m going to give this a shot. I’ve been wanting to expand the blog a bit more and write about other things (not limited to stuffing my face) so here’s me writing about something else I really love: shoes.

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If you’ve known me a while or if we’re close, you’d figure out shoes are really my weak spot. I used to be terrible and just mindlessly splurge until I gave myself some rules (I’m only allowed to buy when I’m abroad now). I’m a boring shopper to be honest but I’m probably any marketer’s dream. I’m the kind of person that buys the same thing in different colors. I sure hope writing about this will help me curb my consumerist greed.

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I only used to wear Adidas for football when I was playing varsity back in college. I’ve always gravitated toward classic styles so I thought the Adidas Gazelle OG would be perfect. I wear gray pants a lot so I don’t know why I bought gray shoes. Either way, I am happy with how this fits and how slim the silhouette is.

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Gazelle’s are surprisingly comfy despite being thin along the sole. They look good with absolutely anything. You could pair them with pants, shorts, a dress, a suit, whatever and they’d still look cool. That’s why classics are the best pieces – you can dress them up and dress them down.

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I’ve been preparing for a tennis tournament so apologies to everyone around me but I’ve been really obsessed. Of course I found a way to sneak this in. I went through a lot of tennis shoes, I would just get Nike before but found that they’d break easily. Adidas looked cool – I had the Barricade – but they were just way too heavy. So when I went to Japan, I thought to try on some Asics for a change. Now, I use the Asics PRESTIGELYTE AC and they’re the best tennis shoes I’ve ever owned.

They’re lightweight yet well-padded and the Gel technology makes me feel like I’m walking on clouds even while in the court. AC stands for ALL COURT by the way so whether you play on grass, clay, shell or hard courts, you can use these. There was no break-in period for these guys so I highly recommend Asics to everybody. They have great running shoes too.

If you’re looking for Asics, I know Zalora’s pretty well stocked. They don’t have tennis shoes but for running, futsal or volleyball they have a wide range of different sneaker styles. I’ve got my eye on the Onitsuka Tokuten but it’s a shame they ran out of my size.

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I’m not sure if all you food lovers are aware but there’s a lot going on this weekend at the Manila Food and Wine Festival. To kick off the entire thing, there’s a big celebrity chef showdown happening just this Friday (Feb 22) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Chefs like Robby Goco and Sau del Rosario will battle it out in their own respective food trucks and if you get tickets, you’ll get to sample their concoctions. Trucks start serving at 5PM and end at midnight.

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Another awesome thing is that from Feb 22 to 25, over a hundred restaurants have participated to give people up to 50% off on meals for people who avail of their special MFWF Festival deals. Carina and I are definitely hitting up the SPIRAL buffet at Sofitel, at just Php 1500, that’s a major steal. I know the photo up there is kinda small so click it to see some special deals. Click here to see a list of all participating restaurants.

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There are also culinary classes for interested folks spread out from Feb 22 to 25. Since I’m passively trying to lose weight, I’m most interested in Nadine Tengco’s From Flabs to Abs class. It says it’ll teach me to make 350 calorie meals. I wonder if low calorie meals are any good to begin with so I might as well take my chances here. If you want to learn how to make French macarons or artisanal ice cream or Filipino heritage dishes, go on and sign up. The rates are good! Click to learn more.

Manila Food & Wine Festival Giveaway

Lastly, I’m hosting a random giveaway here on my blog. I’m giving away 2 Manila Food and Wine Festival Shirts and 1 Food Truck Festival Pass. Winners will be picked at random using a randomizer. Do at least one and each counts as an entry!

1. For Twitter Users: Tweet “I want to witness the celebrity chef cook off at the Manila Food and Wine Festival. http://wp.me/p13LsB-hN #NowWeAreHungry”
2. For Now We Are Hungry Readers: Just leave a comment and tell me what your favorite food is. Use a valid e-mail address when you comment cause that’s how I’ll contact the winner.

I’ll announce the winners on Thursday since the event is on Friday. See ya there!

If you don’t care to join and just wanna buy tickets to any of the events I wrote about. Head on over to http://www.ticketsource.biz/public/mfwfbooking.aspx and I’ll see you there.