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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sugarleaf Makati Celebrates 4th Anniversary with #RawFoodIsTheNewHot

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Sugarleaf Makati continues its 4th anniversary celebrations with #RawFoodIsTheNewHot: a five-part workshop series with UP-cum laude graduate and Bali-certified raw chef Sonia Astudillo. “We are thrilled to be doing what we do best – organise a series of raw classes which our customers, loyal and new appreciate will surely learn a lot from.” Sugarleafer Angelo Narciso Songco shares.

#RawFoodIsTheNewHot will guide students to raw food whether they are in it for the long haul or a quickie adventure," said Chef Sonia, who's been teaching raw food classes in Manila since June 2013. Attendees learn a lot from each class and builds up one’s knowledge about raw food, benefits of ingredients, going organic, superfoods and more.

At the end of the day, we decide what is best for us and how committed we are to a certain lifestyle. In my classes, students are introduced to the perks of a healthy raw vegan lifestyle and an array of dishes–most of which are considered the healthier alternatives to the real but not so healthy thing. Classes are held in a very relaxed, home visit like style that welcomes people from all walks of life. Home is the place where you are accepted as you are - whether you're vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, meat eater, or an optionarian. In my classes, it's all about how you feel and how your body reacts to raw food," said Chef Sonia.

#RawFoodIsTheNewHot will discuss the benefits of raw vegan lifestyle and why it is gaining popularity among the healthy community. "Years ago, we wanted fancy, elaborate dishes. Now we're moving back to basic, unprocessed food," observed Chef Sonia.

Join each or all classes and leave feeling at home in your own body.

14 November 2015: Christmas Around the World: Introduction to Raw Vegan Lifestyle

16 January 2016: Chocolates Are Forever: Know your Sweeteners

20 February 2016: Better than A Summer Fling (#CoolingFoodIsTheNewHot): Alkaline vs Acid Food

12 March 2016: French Fit (inspired by the book French Women Don't Get Fat): Juicing 101 and Healthy Eating Practices

23 April 2016: Living Bread: Food Dehydration 101

All classes are at P2,000 per person per class inclusive of handouts and samplings of at least five dishes. Early bird registration is at P1,800 for payments made two weeks before the class at the store or through bank transfer. P200 discount for senior citizens and students is available. Attend the three workshops and get 75% off on the 5th class or attend four workshops and get the 5th class at 50% off. Workshop includes all course materials, food sampling, and a healthy discussion. Contact Angelo on 0917 803 9055 for more information and reservations.

Venue for all workshops will be at Sugarleaf Makati at the MEDICard Lifestyle Center located at 51 Paseo de Roxas corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Urdaneta Village, Makati City. Email or call, SMS 0917 803 9055 for more information and reservations. Facebook event pages will be created on Sugarleaf Makati and Raw Yogini Sonia.

Information on each workshop:

14 November 2015 – Christmas Around the World: Introduction to Raw Vegan Lifestyle

Know why more and more why people are transitioning to the raw vegan lifestyle. Learn information on how to stock-up a raw vegan kitchen, how to gradually transition to this lifestyle, and how to celebrate Christmas and not miss out on your usual Holiday dishes.


· Christmas Fruit Cake
· Mango Cinnamon Tart
· Mexican Pizza
· Christmas "Turkey"
· Apple-Squash Soup

16 January 2016 – Chocolates Are Forever: Know your Sweeteners

It's a month from Valentine's Day and what better way to prepare than to learn how to change your ordinary chocolate binge into a guiltless pleasure with several desserts and a couple unexpected savoury chocolate dishes. Know the best sweetener to use to avoid the sugar spike.

· Raw Chocolates
· Chocolate Mousse
· Raw Yogini Brownies
· Chocolate Pasta
· Salad with Chocolate Basil Vinaigrette

20 February 2016 – Better than A Summer Fling (#CoolingFoodIsTheNewHot): Alkaline vs Acidic Food

Summer is just around the corner. Stock-up on cooling, non-fattening yet filling dishes and learn which food is making your body acidic and sickly. Who wants to stay in bed sick when everyone else is enjoying the summer hear?


· Raw crackers with Strawberry Sauce
· Coconut Yogurt
· Walnut Hummus
· Tzatziki
· Cool Cucumber Spinach Soup

12 March 2016 – French Fit (inspired by the book French Women Don't Get Fat): Juicing 101 and Healthy Eating Practices 

French are one of the healthiest eaters. Mind you, they don't starve nor do they count calories. It's all about variety, slow and steady eating, ritual preparation and eating, portion control, substitutions and pacifiers, facing nos petits demons, weekend rewards, and zipper syndrome. Know more about this and eat like a French. Wine for lunch, anyone?


· French Vanilla Ice Cream
· Chocolate-Cardamon Truffles
· Nutty Couscous
· Handmade Cheese
· Soupe Exotique

23 April 2016 – Living Bread: Food Dehydration 101

Bread is the ultimate comfort food, at least for Chef Sonia. It was for her the hardest food to give up but not so much anymore with the dehydrator that makes all raw bread feel and taste like the real thing. This all-dehydration class is the icing on the cake of this raw food workshop series.


· Banana-Walnut Loaf
· Carrot-Walnut Loaf
· Onion Bread
· Bagels made into a raw sandwich
· Cinnamon Roll

Sugarleaf Makati is located at the ground and second floor of MediCard Lifestyle Center at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Sen Gil Puyat Avenue, Urdaneta Village Makati. Open Mondays to Saturdays with ample free basement parking. Tel (63 2) 812 7323, mob (63 917) 8039 055. Like us on Facebook Makati and email Sign up on to be added to our monthly newsletter which features updates, recipes, tips and more all about health and wellness.

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