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After the holiday indulgence, take a reprieve and partake of healthy fare at as Executive Chef and fitness buff Jerome Cartailler presents a menu inspired by the South Beach Diet at the Oakroom restaurant of Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center (Ortigas) from January 10 to 31, 2011.

The South Beach Diet favors relatively unprocessed foods such as vegetables, beans, and whole grains as well as foods rich in unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Lean meats, nuts, and oily fish substances make up majority of the dishes.

Chef Jerome guarantees that the fare in Oakroom is as delicious as it is healthy. The selection includes couscous salad with spicy yogurt dressing; “gazpacho” or chilled vegetable soup; foil-baked salmon with olives, tomato, garlic, saffron and pine nuts; grilled chicken supreme with ratatouille compote; soy-grilled shrimp; and beef tenderloin and mushroom kebabs. Desserts are a delight with low-sugar raspberry cheese cake, apple and berries cobbler and fresh kiwi and orange salad.

Oakwood Premier General Manager Brian Connelly says, “The South Beach Diet is easy to follow because it does not entirely eliminate carbohydrates from the diet. Instead, it replaces "bad carbs and fats" with "good carbs and fats". Having been developed by a cardiologist, its original intention was to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease but in the process leads to weight loss as well.”

The Oakroom menu is appropriately matched with light, cleansing and refreshing beverages with health benefits. These include carrot, cucumber and lime (carrot is highly-nutritious and strengthens our immune system); apple, mint and ginger detox juice (helps remove noxious substances and cleanses the colon); and papaya and pear juice (papaya aids in digestion and has rejuvenating properties).

“Healthy Sips and Bites” is available a la carte from lunchtime onwards. For reservations, please call the Oakroom direct line, 719 1160 or trunk lines 637 7888 / 910 8888 or email premiermanila@oakwoodasia.com. Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center is located on 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

For more information or images, please contact:

Genny Puno
Public Relations and Marketing Communications Manager
Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila
T (63) 2637 7888 / (63) 2910 8888 ext. 8118
F (63) 2719 1157
M (63)(0908) 874 1639
genny.puno@oakwoodasia.com