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Coco Melon Cooler

Posted March 30, 2015

Holy Week Schedule

Posted March 30, 2015

The 6th Philippine- International Pyromusical Competition

Posted February 24, 2015

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the LJC Restaurants

Posted February 13, 2015

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a Free Concert at Bonifacio High Street

Posted November 13, 2014

Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in a Free Concert at Bonifacio High Street




The Cultural Center of the Philippines , with the support of Bonifacio High Street and the LJC Restaurant Group present  “A Holiday Symphony” featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) on November 23, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheatre, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The concert, which is free to the public, will be a serenade of Christmas, classical and contemporary  pieces. Under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera, the PPO will perform the Christmas-Beatle’s Medley, J. Nowak’s A Christmas Portrait,  Ryan Cayabyab’s Kumukutikutitap, selections from Starwars and The Titanic, among many others.
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra  is considered as the country’s leading orchestra and as one of the top musical ensembles in the Asia-Pacific region.

Holiday Symphony  is  presented as a Christmas offering of Bonifacio High Street and in celebration of  35 years of the LJC Restaurant Group, a company created by the late restaurateur, Larry J. Cruz. The LJC Group manages Cafe Adriatico, Abe, Cafe Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J’s Kitchen, Lorenzo’s Way, Larry’s Cafe and Bar, Abe’s Farm and the LJC Catering Service.

Guests watching the concert will also get a chance to win LJC dining certificates, discount coupons and other prizes. For inquiries regarding the free concert, please call 5520403 or like us on facebook, LJCRestaurantGroup. For inquiries regarding subscriptions to PPO concerts, please call 8321125.


E. Aguilar Cruz centennial kicks off with Dimasalang Group exhibit at National Museum

Posted November 13, 2014

E. Aguilar Cruz centennial kicks off with Dimasalang Group exhibit at National Museum


The centennial celebration of artist and journalist Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz kicks off with an exhibition of paintings by the Dimasalang Group at Gallery 15, 3/F of the National Museum in  Padre Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. The exhibit’s official launch held last November 6, 2014 was attended by National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, National Artist for Visual Arts Ben Cabrera, NCCA Executive Director Adelina Suemith, National Museum Director Jeremy Barns, National Museum Assistant Director Dr. Ana Labrador, members of the Dimasalang Group, Sofronio Y. Mendoza (SYM) and Romulo Galicano, and LJC Restaurant Group President Lorna Cruz-Ambas who spoke for the family of Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz.




Over 65 art works by SYM, Galicano, Andres Cristobal Cruz, Ibarra de la Rosa, and Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz are on display in a show that runs till July 27, 2015. To commemorate Cruz’s centenary (he would have been100 in 2015), his select paintings from this exhibition will be donated to the National Museum. Meanwhile, a mall tour highlighting Cruz’s contributions to art, journalism, and food is also in the works.

Named after the street in Sampaloc where members rented a ramshackle apartment to live and paint in during the late ’60s, the Dimasalang Group was known for its outdoors painting sessions of landscapes in Tagaytay, Bulacan, Antipolo, and Mt. Arayat, and its leanings toward realism and impressionism.


Cruz, a prolific artist who mounted a successful retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila a month before his death in 1991, became associated with the group when he chanced upon two small paintings by SYM in a shop downstairs from his apartment studio in Manila at the time. After purchasing them, he struck up a friendship with SYM, as well as groupmates Galicano, Cristobal Cruz, and De la Rosa. It was Cruz who christened them the Dimasalang Group and introduced them to important art patrons like then First Lady Imelda Marcos and her coterie of Blue Ladies. The members’ evolving styles saw the eventual disbandment of the group in 1978.

The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm. For inquiries, please call tel. no. 527-1215 or e-mail HYPERLINK “mailto:nationalmuseumph@yahoo.com”nationalmuseumph@yahoo.com



Cafe Adriatico New Dishes

Posted October 9, 2014

Cafe Adriatico serves Baby Squid Pasta, Arroz a la Cubano
From an appetizer and four main courses to a delightful dessert, Cafe Adriatico recently unveiled six new dishes in its menu.
For starters, try the Hot Shrimp Cocktail, featuring golden breaded shrimps draped on a martini glass filled with creamy aioli sauce.
Two rice dishes have been added to the main course category: Lola Ising’s Adobo Flakes (fried pork adobo flakes with garlic rice, fried egg, and a tomato and onion salad on the side) and Arroz a la Cubano (stewed ground beef and pork with vegetables and tomato, served with fried saba bananas and a fried egg on steamed rice). If you want noodles other than your usual selection, ask for Baby Squid Pasta, which uses a touch of squid ink and Parmesan cheese to enhance a serving of sauteed squid with garlic and tomatoes. Meat lovers definitely shouldn’t miss the Solana Steak, juicy pan grilled US tenderloin topped with shiitake mushrooms and onions, and served with mashed potatoes, buttered zucchini ribbon, and light pepper sauce.
Cafe Adriatico Cream Puff, a classic pastry stuffed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and served with caramel and chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and slivers of almond, is a perfect way to end each meal.
Cafe Adriatico is at 1790 M. Adriatico Street, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila (738-8220); 2/F Entertainment Section, SM Mall Of Asia, Pasay City (556-0608); and G/F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City (913-8736).

Good to Dine Campaign

Posted September 30, 2014

LJC Month: A Tribute to Larry J. Cruz

Posted September 17, 2014

Bistro Remedios marks its 30th year with five new dishes

Posted September 5, 2014

Three decades after its opening, Larry Cruz’s Bistro Remedios continues to satisfy patrons’ appetites for homestyle heirloom meals served bistro style

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the restaurant introduced five new regional dishes in its menu. Lechon Kawali sa Gata features everybody’s favorite fried pork belly simmering in coconut cream. Grilled Cebuano style with soy, vinegar, and spices, Sinugbang Manok is a half chicken that can either be shared or enjoyed solo. Stewed in adobo seasoning and finished with coconut cream, Adobong Hito is an Ilonggo preparation. Another entree with coconut milk as its ingredient, Piniñahang Baboy is stewed pork belly with pineapple and vegetables. And the Sinugba Platter is a generous spread of prawns, pork belly, and chicken grilled Cebuano style and accompanied with achara and spicy vinegar. The dishes, which boast fresh ingredients and a creative, bistro-style plating, are now part of the menu of traditional Filipino specialties that originally belonged to the family of late LJC Restaurant Group founder, Larry J. Cruz.

Bistro Remedios’ list of new offerings also includes two new desserts of local flavors: Pandan Delight and Chocnut Cheesecake.

Bistro Remedios first opened at the corner of Remedios and Adriatico Streets in 1984, it  drew in foreigners as well as locals hankering for authentic, homestyle Filipino food. Today, Bistro Remedios is recognized by the Department of Tourism as one of the restaurants foreigners should visit when in the country.

Bistro Remedios is located at M. Adriatico Street, across the Remedios Circle in Malate, Manila. The restaurant is open from 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm on Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays; and until 12mn on Fridays and Saturdays. For those who prefer private dining, Bistro Remedios has function rooms that can accommodate 12 to 50 persons. For more information on Bistro Remedios, please call 5239153, 5229163 or visit us at www.ljcrestaurants.com.ph or like us on facebook/LJCRestaurantGroup.