Go on a virtual food trip with Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Flavors of Asia

While I do enjoy traveling to new places here in the country and abroad, what I really look forward to are the new and exciting dishes I get to try.

I do travel through food and whenever possible, I include my family, especially my kids, in the experience. For me, delving into local cuisines is one of the best way to get to know a foreign culture. It paints a picture of the area’s agricultural scene as well as tells the story of its history, food traditions, values and influences.

However, traveling can be quite costly, time-consuming, and during a time a worldwide pandemic, well nigh impossible.

The solution? Going on a virtual food trip at home.

We might not have the means to always be ordering food from various restaurants to be able to go on our virtual food trip, but we can try to whip up exotic dishes ourselves for the fam to enjoy.

If you find cooking foreign cuisines quite intimidating, brush your fears aside. We now have a set of handy kitchen aids that will help us in achieving our lofty culinary goals.

Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Flavors of Asia

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

These new additions to Del Monte’s line of mixes and sauces are set to make cooking exotic dishes so much easier not just for kitchen newbies, but also for more experienced cooks who may not have the time to study unfamiliar recipes.

Perfectly seasoned and blended to approximate the authentic taste of Asian dishes but still appeal to the Pinoy palate, Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Flavors of Asia packs are made with real ingredients, bringing out real deliciousness in each dish with every bite.

By following the recipes in the packaging like I did, anybody can whip up real sarap Asian dishes at home, while saving on time and effort in securing and preparing various ingredients.

Get ready for your culinary adventure with these!

Teriyaki Marinade 80ml

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Teriyaki is a cooking style used in Japanese cuisine wherein food are grilled or boiled with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar.

Made with real ginger and soy sauce, Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Teriyaki Marinade brings out the signature sweet and savory flavors of a Japanese-style Teriyaki dish!

Chicken Teriyaki

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo chicken breast, filleted and cut into thin slices
  • 1 80ml sachet of Del Monte Quick n Easy Teriyaki Marinade
  • 1/4 cup spring onions sliced thinly
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds

Procedure:

  1. Marinate the chicken in Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Teriyaki Marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place the marinated chicken into skewers
  3. Pan-grill the chicken while basting with the marinade.
  4. Garnish with spring onions and sesame seeds before serving.

This recipe makes 6 servings.

Green Curry Mix 30g

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Sweet green curry – also known as kaeng khiao wan – derives its name from the creamy mild green color of the dish brought about by the combination of green chillies and coconut milk.

Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Green Curry Mix contains turmeric, ginger and other spices which brings that fresh taste of Thai-style sweet green curry dish.

Green Curry with Chicken

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo chicken breast, filleted and cut into thin slices
  • 1 30g pack of Del Monte Quick n Easy Green Curry Mix
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 bunch Thai basil leaves

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil and Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Green Curry Mix in a saucepan until fragrant.
  2. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in chicken and simmer in a covered saucepan for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add eggplant and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add red bell pepper and basil. Simmer for another minute.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe makes six servings.

Red Curry Mix 40g

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Curry originated in the Indian subcontinent with its name coming from the Tamil word kari which refers to a sauce or soup eaten with rice. While Indian cuisine is highly diverse, it is also highly influential: India’s spice trade with Europe sparked the Age of Discovery. Indian cuisine’s influence is present in the food cultures of Britain, the Middle East, Southern and East Africa, Southeast Asia, North America and the Pacific Islands.

Made with real paprika, cayenne and other spices, Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Red Curry brings out the spice and richness of Indian-style curry dishes!

Red Chicken Curry

Del Monte Flavors of Asia
Del Monte Flavors of Asia

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo chicken breast, filleted and cut into thin slices
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 35g pack of Del Monte Quick n Easy Red Curry Mix
  • 1 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch French beans
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil and Del Monte Quick ‘n Easy Red Curry Mix in a saucepan until fragrant.
  2. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add in chicken and simmer in a covered saucepan for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add French beans and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add red bell pepper and cilantro. Simmer for another minute.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

So if you feel like broadening your culinary horizons, stock up on Del Monte Flavors Asia on Lazada.

Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites

Don’t you just love weekends?

It’s that time when you can wind down and recover from the hectic work days that precede it.

It’s also the time when you can treat yourself and the fam to a few indulgences.

Some of my favorite weekend memories are those I spent with my foodie friends hanging out at Sammy’s, a hidden gem of a restaurant located in Cainta.

There, we enjoyed great Indonesian-inspired dishes, along with a lovely post-meal serenade from Chef Sammy and his wife Dorothy, amidst the restaurant’s beautifully cozy interiors.

Sammy’s, Cainta
Sammy’s Interiors
Sammy’s, Cainta
Sammy’s Indonesian-inspired Food
Sammy’s Cainta
Post-meal Serenade
Sammy’s, Cainta
Together with foodie friends

Recently, Sammy’s brought food lovers another reason to love weekends: its Weekend Quick Bites!

Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Sammy’s offers yummy and highly snackable treats to sate our food cravings.

Being a mom to two budding foodies, I decided to have some of these munchies delivered to our home for the fam’s weekend merienda.

Korean Corndogs.

That sausage-on-stick that we love so well as kids got a significant upgrade, thanks to its thick coating of crunchy-on-the-outide, chewy-on-the-inside batter and further jazzed up with various fixins and condiments.

Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites

I got the Classic (Php99) for me, the Cheesedog (Php125) for my son, the Mozza (Php130) for my daughter and Overload (Php150) for Hubby.

I barely had time to take pictures of these corndogs as the fam was raring to get at them!

We weren’t able to try the Potato (Php125) but that’s what next orders are for!

Milk Teas.

Of course, we have to have something to drink together with our snacks, right?

Sammy’s has already got that covered with its refreshing milk teas that come in a variety of flavors with yummy and chewy tapioca pearls.

Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Classic Pearl (Php60 16oz | Php70 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Okinawa (Php65 16oz | Php75 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Chocolate (Php65 16oz | Php75 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Cheesecake (Php79 16oz | Php89 22oz)

I actually already sampled these milk teas a few months ago when these were launched together with a special offer of a free slice of banana bread for every purchase.

Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Dark Choco (Php79 16oz | Php89 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Cookies ‘n Cream (Php65 16oz | Php75 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Red Velvet (Php79 16oz | Php89 22oz)
Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites
Launch Promo

Other milk tea variants available include: Wintermelon (Php65 16oz | Php75 22oz) and Taro (Php65 16oz | Php75 22oz).

Aside Korean Corndogs and Milk Teas, other snackable items included in Sammy’s Weekend Quick Bites are fries, nachos and floats.

Sammy’s makes weekends even better with its Weekend Quick Bites, wouldn’t you agree?

Weekend Quick Bites are available Saturdays and Sundays, from 3pm to 6pm.

Drop by Sammy’s at 14 Raspberry Bend Street, Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, San Juan, Cainta to dine in and snack on these treats.

To enjoy these at home, order by calling +63 939 1483960, and book your delivery via Grab or Lalamove.

Follow Sammy’s on Facebook and Instagram to keep updated on its latest offers.

VREAL Cosmetics brings real beauty solutions for real people

I pretty much consider myself a low-maintenance kind of girl.

I seldom have the time or the patience for tedious beauty rituals and multi-step self-care routines. With this personal bias, you can bet that when presented with a beauty routine that involves several applications or complex instructions, you can bet I’d be avoiding that like the plague.

However, I’m definitely not getting any younger. As a woman nearing – or already in – middle age, I have resolved to let myself age gracefully but not to just let myself go.

Fortunately, VREAL Cosmetics makes it easy for me to inch my way into a beauty routine.

VREAL Cosmetics

True to its tagline “Real Beauty Solutions for Real People,” homegrown beauty brand VREAL Cosmetics seeks to make skin care more accessible to Filipinos.

An offshoot of one of Ilocos’ biggest beauty service businesses, Villareal Salon and Spa, VREAL Cosmetics prides itself on its unique formulations and simple applications, such as:

VREAL Cosmetics

VREAL RealNew Set A.

This illuminating set that began as an aftercare routine for salon customers who availed of facial services received so many positive reviews that it was spun off as a retail product and started the VREAL Cosmetics line. It consists of a triple whitening soap, toner, nutrifirm gel, day cream and night cream.

VREAL Cosmetics
Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Combines the whitening powers of papaya, glutathione and kojic acid.
VREAL Cosmetics
Realnew Toner. Deep cleanses into the skin to help reduce pore size and promote fresh and youthful skin.
VREAL Cosmetics
Nutrifirm Gel. Contains collagen that helps tighten and tone skin, octyl methoxycinnate which helps protect skin from the sun and aloe barbadensis extract which helps treat acne and dry skin and provides protection from photoaging.
VREAL Cosmetics
Day Cream and Night Cream. Both clinically proven to help prevent premature aging and pigmentation.

Morning Routine:

  • Wash face with Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean cloth.
  • Using a piece of cotton, apply Realnew Toner all over face and neck.
  • After cleansing and toning, apply a sufficient amount of Nutrifirm Gel on fingertips and spread evenly on face and neck.
  • Apply Day Cream liberally onto face before sun exposure. Reapply as needed.

Night Routine:

  • Wash face with Realnew Triple Whitening Soap. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a clean cloth.
  • Using a piece of cotton, apply Realnew Toner all over face and neck.
  • Using your fingertips, apply a thin layer of Night Cream onto face and neck.
VREAL Cosmetics

VREAL Sensireal Foaming Wash.

A facial wash that helps reduce acne as it gently cleanses and brightens skin.

VREAL Cosmetics

VREAL Ultra Real Deo.

An effective anti-perspirant that protects from excessive sweating and body odor, as it gently whitens underarms.

I’m in my first week of use, and while I experienced a slight amount of peeling but there was no discomfort. The peeling is caused by the tightening of the skin’s pores and removal dead skin cells.

VREAL Cosmetics
VREAL Cosmetics

This new skin care routine is very easy to follow up and does not significantly add to the time I take to get ready for my day or to wind down for the night.

VREAL Cosmetics products are available in Villareal Salon and Spa branches in:

  • Ilocos Sur: Second Floor, Bantay Arcade, Bantay, Ilocos Sur (Contact: +63 077 6040628 or +63 917 5682043)
  • Ilocos Norte: Viven Hotel Phase 2 Ground Floor, Valdez Center, Barangay 1 San Francisco, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte

VREAL Cosmetics products are also available online through Shopee and Lazada.

Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature story.

This post contains affiliate links.

HBO Asia horror anthology series FOLKLORE returns for a second season

Six Asian directors take fear to another level in the new season

HBO Asia Original horror anthology series Folklore, which features deeply rooted superstitions and myths across Asia,ramps up the fear factor with the return of a second season. The new six-episode season premieres November 14 at 10pm exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. A new episode will debut every Sunday at the same time.

Folklore Season 2 continues to dive into Asia’s myriad of traditions and beliefs. Set in six different Asian territories – Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, the series examines the human condition when exposed to supernatural phenomena in a mind-bending race against oneself with each story providing a different take and perspective. Each episode is directed by a local director from that territory.

Directors for this season include Shih-Han Liao from Taiwan, Seiko Matsuda from Japan, Sittisiri Mongkolsiri from Thailand, Erik Matti from the Philippines, Billy Christian from Indonesia and Nicole Midori Woodford from Singapore. Singapore’s award-winning filmmaker Eric Khoo returns as the showrunner.

Highlighting female directors from the region, Japanese pop superstar Seiko Matsuda makes her directorial debut, drawing from personal experience to present an original concept featuring a haunted Japanese idol, while Singaporean director Nicole Midori Woodford’s episode speaks to dealing with family trauma.

Folklore Season 2 also features an ensemble cast from all over Asia. The stellar line-up includes Vivian Sung Yun-Hwa (“Our Times”, “Lost Romance”), Wu Kang-Ren (HBO Asia Original series “The World Between Us”, “A Touch of Green”), Win Morisaki (“Ready Player One”, “Honki No Shirushi” (The Real Thing)), Jennis Oprasert (“Where We Belong”), Dolly de Leon (“Verdict”, “Midnight in a Perfect World”), Lydia Kando (“Boneka dari Indiana” (Doll from Indiana), “Kejarlah Jodoh Kau Kutangkap”) and Mindee Ong (“881”, “The Transcend”) in leading roles in the respective episodes. Produced with the support of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Folklore is HBO Asia’s very first horror anthology original series. Various episodes of Folklore Season 1 were screened at numerous major international film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), Fantastic Fest (Texas, USA), Scream Fest (Singapore), Five Flavours Asian Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland), Asian World Film Fest (California, USA), Geneva International Film Festival (Geneva Switzerland), Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (Trieste, Italy), Philadelphia Asian Film Festival (Philadelphia, USA), San Diego Asian Film Festival (San Diego, USA), CinemAsia International Festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Festival Series Mania (Lille, France), Tokyo International Film Festival (Tokyo, Japan), and Ehime International Film Festival (Ehime, Japan).

Episode Guide for Folklore Season 2

The Rope, premieres Sunday, November 14 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO

Directed by: Shih-Han Liao (Taiwan) | Cast: Vivian Sung (Sung Yun-Hwa), Wu Kang-Ren

folklore s2 1

A newly-wed woman is walking home alone after a joyous wedding ceremony when she gets caught in a purification ritual performed for suicide victims. The ritual officers warn her that she will need to follow the ritual, or she will be cursed. However, she runs away despite their warning. Her life is turned upside down with strange phenomena and disturbing hauntings. Fearing that she has been cursed, she seeks aid from the Master of the purification ritual who confirms her worst fears. However, there’s more to the situation than meets the eye and she needs to get to the bottom of the mystery before it destroys her completely.

The Day the Wind Blew, premieres Sunday, November 21 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO 

Directed by: Seiko Matsuda (Japan) | Cast: Win Morisaki, Haori Takahashi

folklore s2 2

Mika is a schoolgirl who meets the man of her dreams – Ken, her favourite singer. As she takes her seat at Ken’s concert, nothing could be more perfect. Not only is she witness to a performance that is everything she’s expected and more, it seems he’s actually taken an interest in her. But something seems amiss. Ever since the day of the concert, a cold wind has stalked the woman’s path as her dream encounter is marred by a bone-chilling presence. What appears to be the beginning of a fairy tale love can only be described as a fable destined for a hellish end.

Broker Of Death, premieres Sunday, November 28 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO

Directed by: Sittisiri Mongkolsiri (Thailand) Cast: Natee Ngamnaewprom (Ton), Jennis Oprasert

folklore s2 3

Manop is a 45-year-old single father who owns an amulet shop. It doesn’t pay him well, especially when he has to pay for his daughter’s exorbitant medical bills. In fact, his main source of income comes from being a “Broker of Death” – someone who trades in corpses. One day, he is told to pick up a dead body. The corpse is to be a part of the ritual so that a wealthy politician can have more power. Manop has to choose between two frightening options – ghost haunting or poverty.

7 Days Of Hell, premieres Sunday, December 5 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO

Directed by: Erik Matti (Philippines) | Cast: Dolly de Leon, Roshson Barman

folklore s2 4

A righteous policewoman and mother races against time to save her son when he falls dangerously ill from an unknown cause. When her son is given only a few weeks to live, she discovers that his illness is of supernatural origin and that a powerful sorcerer has cursed him. The only way for her son to survive is for him to apologise and make amends to the sorcerer. As the clock ticks, she is sent on a desperate quest to save her son.

Grandma’s Kiss, premieres Sunday, December 12 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO

Directed by: Billy Christian (Indonesia) | Cast: Lydia Kandou, Ken Zuraida

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Marni is a new resident at a nursing home, having been left there by her daughter. She feels abandoned and longs for her old life. She suspects that her roommate Ningsih might be a supernatural being – a Palasik – haunting the home and able to make any wish come true if caught. Will Marni use the Palasik to get what she desires – her old life back?

The Excursion, premieres Sunday, December 19 at 10pm on HBO GO and HBO

Directed by: Nicole Midori Woodford (Singapore) | Cast: Mindee Ong, Ethan Ng, Darren Lim

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A troubled mother is depressed and suffering from insomnia. Her husband is never at home and her son talks to an imaginary friend Under immense stress, she starts to see a ghostly, somehow familiar figure in her house. Her son’s erratic behaviour becomes dangerous and life-threatening. Can she save her son and her family before it’s too late?

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month.

SKYcable subscribers can activate HBO GO via Lazada

Not yet on SKYcable? Subscribe now. Get your priority pass.

Details, video and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Capital One moms find the sweet spot in work-life balance

Balancing work and being a mother is no easy task. You are constantly under pressure to be in your best form as a mom and as a career woman. As if it wasn’t hard enough, the pandemic came and kicked it up a notch and the support that was once their anchor such as school and childcare is now upended.

Women are often paid less and are more vulnerable to retrenchment. Because of the pandemic, women are either being let go or are forced to give up their jobs to take care of the household. According to data from the International Labour Organization, because of these dynamics, 29.4 million women ages 25 and above, from 55 high- and middle-income countries, lost their jobs between the 4th quarter of 2019 and the 2nd quarter of 2020. 

In an effort to show support and ensure the safety and job security of its associates, Capital One Philippines provided flexibility and expanded benefits.

“Here in Capital One Philippines, we strive to provide an environment where all associates have the support system they need to address the challenges they are currently facing due to the pandemic,” said Capital One Philippines General Manager, Osman “Oz” Parvaiz, “The last thing we want to happen is to make them feel that they have to prioritize work over self-care, or that they do not have enough resources to care for their loved ones.”

Capital One Philippines working mothers shared their personal experiences and advice on work-life balance.

Lianne Muhlfeld, a Capital One Philippines’ people manager is a mother to a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. Since her children are doing school at home, Lianne wakes up a little earlier to take care of their needs and assist them with their classes before going to work. 

“Thankfully, I have some flexibility in managing my schedule at work to help me balance my work and my family’s needs,” Lianne shared. “Having a company that considers the needs of each associate has provided peace of mind and lessened the anxiety that we each are facing during this pandemic,” she added.

Gracie Magallanes-Hawak, one of Capital One Philippines’ coordinators is a mother of three, ranging from one to eight years old, including a 4-year-old who was diagnosed with a developmental condition. In having her youngest at the peak of the pandemic last year, Gracie was very focused on the safety of her family. 

“When I went back to the office and saw the safety and health measures we had in place, I felt relieved that my workplace was caring for my own and my family’s safety. I also appreciate the increase in our HMO benefits, enabling me to add more dependents for free and allocate more budget for the needs of my children,” shared Gracie.

These benefits have been furthered through the support of employee resource groups like EmpowHer, a community of women and allies,  that provides support and advice while working together to continue the advancement of women inside and outside of the company.

One of Capital One Philippines’ unit managers can attest to this. Michelle ‘Mitch’ Osorio has been with the company since it opened its doors in the country and she shared, “Being with a company that promotes diversity and inclusion, there are a lot of opportunities available for mothers like me. Through the EmpowHER BRG, I was able to find sisters with whom I can communicate openly and share common interests. By being part of this BRG, I can give back to the company by helping elevate other women.”

Capital One Philippines believes its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and belonging across all fronts is important now more than ever. Rob Nunnally, Capital One Philippines Assistant General Manager said, “We need to ensure that all associates, including mothers, continue to have a safe workplace where they can thrive and a supportive community where they belong.”

To learn more about how Capital One is living its values, visit https://capitalonecareers.com.ph/benefits.php.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $310.3 billion in deposits and $425.2 billion in total assets as of March 31, 2021.

Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

Capital One Philippines Support Services Corporation supports Capital One’s US credit card business.

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Japanese-style burgers and more from MOS Burger

With a burger joint practically at every street corner, the Philippines may well be a Burger Nation.

Those proliferating burger outlets, however, are mostly Western-style, largely because the burger was introduced by the Americans to the country.

One of the few bright spots of 2020 is the introduction of new, Japanese-style burgers to widen the culinary horizons of Pinoys, thanks to the opening of MOS Burgers first store in Robinsons Galleria.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger
MOS Burger
MOS Burger

This outlet joined the brand’s 1,300 stores in Japan and almost 400 stores overseas. Pretty soon, new branches sprouted up such as in Megamall, Glorietta and Kapitolyo.

My daughter, who’s a serious fan of Japanese food and culture, has always wanted to eat at one of MOS Burgers’ local branches ever since the first one opened but the lockdown due to the pandemic precluded me from taking her.

Thankfully, with the recent loosening of quarantine restrictions, we were able to visit the Robinsons Galleria branch where we enjoyed some of its celebrated offerings.

MOS Cheeseburger (Php169 solo | Php269 set with iced tea and sides). I got this Japanese-style cheeseburger that comes with MOS’ special meat sauce poured over a pile of beef patty, tomato, onion, and cheese. It was well complimented by an order of Chicken Karaage (Php160).

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

Wagyu Burger (Php309 solo | Php409 set with iced tea and sides). My daughter ordered this Japanese-style burger made with flavorful Wagyu beef. It’s excellent when enjoyed with a side of Japanese House Salad (Php90).

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

Hash Browns (Php60/3pcs | Php90/5pcs). Crispy and golden-brown grids of fried potatoes.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

Strawberry Cake (Php129). Fluffy chiffon cake layered with cream filling and slices of candied strawberry.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

I’m glad that I was able to experience MOS Burgers again as it’s been quite a while since its Grand Opening when I last had a taste of its menu items.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger
MOS Burger

A few days later, the fam was able to have another MOS experience – at home, this time – thanks to a food truck making its rounds in BGC which Hubby happened to pass by on his way home.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger
MOS Burger
MOS Burger

Of course, he brought home the MOS Cheeseburger in a Family Pack (Php499/3pcs).

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

But he also added two MOS Garlic Rice Onigiri (Php79 each): Chicken Karaage Mayo and Ebi Tempura. These are balls of Japanese rice flavored with garlic chips and wrapped with nori along with their fillings.

MOS Burger
MOS Burger

With its unusual burgers and sides, MOS Burgers surely is a welcome addition to the local food scene!

MOS Burgers outlets are located in the following areas, now open for dine-in, takeout and delivery:

  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Kapitolyo
  • SM Megamall
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Glorietta
MOS Burger Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal from Pancake House

Ah, the holidays are comin’!

Along with tidings of comfort and joy are also news of great eating and feasting as Pancake House brings its famous Pan Chicken in a new and exciting GrabFood Exclusive offer: the Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal!

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Pancake House has been a mainstay in the local food scene since the 1970 when it opened its first store in Magallanes, Makati. Today, its menu has expanded to include, not just pancakes and waffles, but also classic Pinoy breakfast fare and American diner favorites.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

One of its most celebrated offerings is the Classic Pan Chicken. Juicy chicken pieces are fried to a beautiful golden-brown with a satisfying crunch with every bite. Accompanied by its unique savory and buttery gravy, the Pan Chicken will always remain a go-to order for many of Pancakes House’s customers.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Available until December 31, Pancake House’s Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal gives fried chicken fans more reasons to celebrate. Eight crunchy and juicy chicken pieces are paired with a free one-liter of Coke for just Php795, resulting to Php93 in savings.

For my family’s Sunday lunch, I ordered a Ceasar Salad (Php284) to go with our Pan Chicken. Bacon bits and croutons tossed with crisp salad greens in Caesar Salad dressing and sprinkled with parmesan make for a tasty and interesting contrast to the Pan Chicken.

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

Well, it sure looks like ‘tis the season for good eats for fried chicken lovers!

Order your Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal from Pancake House via GrabFood!

Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal
Holiday Pan Chicken Bucket Deal

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Underrated yet must-try Korean food from Soban K-Town Grill

Sure, Korean culture has infiltrated the Pinoy consciousness with all the K-dramas, K-idols and K-variety shows almost constantly streaming on our TV screens.

However, there’s one aspect of Korean culture that appeals to me the most: Korean food!

Despite its penchant for pungent fermented condiments and spices, Korean food is known for creating a delicious harmony of flavors.

For years now, Korean food, particularly the samgyeopsal or the Korean pork barbecue, has been capturing hearts and palates of Pinoy diners, with restaurants such as Soban K-Town Grill serving up diverse meats and side dishes such as the ones I enjoyed during a previous visit with the fam.

Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Classic BBQ Combo Set
Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Banchan

However, today, I’ll be featuring some of the lesser known Korean dishes which I think also deserves some attention.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Hubby decided to order some dishes via GrabFood to go with the Korean barbecue I’m cooking at home so these delectable dishes arrived to grace our dinner table.

Gimbap (Php110/6 pcs | Php195/12 pcs). Lightly seasoned steamed rice, scrambled egg, chopped vegetables and meat rolled in gim – dried seaweed sheets – then cut up into thin slices prior to serving. Although highly snackable, it’s also a good side dish in any Korean meal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Php405). Thinly sliced pork pieces are marinated in spicy gochujang paste along with fresh garlic and ginger, then stir-fried along with vegetables. I like wrapping up the pork in lettuce leaves along with rice and sliced garlic and ssamjang, essentially treating this dish as another form of samgyeopsal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Banchan Set (Php140 | free with our order). For me, much of celebrated harmony of flavors that Korean cuisine is known for is attributable to its wide array of side dishes also known as banchan. With Soban’s Banchan Set, diners can enjoy six side dishes such as kimchi, scrambled eggs and stir-fried or pickled vegetables that can be mixed and matched with other dishes.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

These dishes sure added a lot of interest (and flavor!) to the fam’s dinner, and further strengthened Korean food’s position in our hearts.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Craving for your Korean food faves or want to try something new? Order now from Soban K-Town Grill via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Steak break at Meat Depot

If you’re a true-blue carnivore like me, a big hunk of steak would be one of your ultimate gustatory pleasures.

Just imagine: a sizeable well portioned slice of beef, rightly seasoned and then seared over on a hot grill over charcoal or a cast-iron pan to the perfect juicy and tender doneness (and no, it won’t be well-done).

Meat Depot, Greenhills
Meat Depot

What’s not to love?

From the contrast of its seared surface to the reddish tender flesh underneath, its wonderful aroma wafting to your nostrils, to its strong flavor and rich, juicy mouthfeel, a perfectly cooked steak is a multi-sensory experience.

For me, the go-to place for this kind of epicurean delight is Meat Depot in Greenhills.

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

With the pandemic still a consideration, Meat Plus implemented health and safety measures for strict compliance inside its stores to keep its customers and staff safe. These include:

  • Wearing of face masks inside the premises and conduct of respiratory etiquette (covering of nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing)
  • Temperature check and footbath upon entry
  • Frequent washing and sanitizing of hands
  • Maintaining 6-foot distance from other people

All store personnel are also required to face masks and disposable gloves, while the stores and their equipment are cleaned and sanitized on an hourly basis.

Being both a butcher shop that carries a wide variety of meats, poultry, seafood, and of course, steaks, as well as a steakhouse, Meat Depot allows you to select your preferred meats from among the choicest cuts to bring home or turn over to the store’s expert grillers who can cook them up for you to enjoy in a jiffy. You can also select which sauces and sides will go with your cooked meats.

Such was the case when Hubby and I dropped by after a running a few errands to give in to our steak cravings.

Rib Eye (Php870 + Php150 cooking charge)

Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot

We know that we can count on Meat Depot to bring out all the possibilities in flavor, juiciness and tenderness of our chosen steaks.

Lamb Chop (490.42 + Php150 cooking charge)

Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot

Similarly, Meat Depot did not disappoint with our Grilled Lamb Chops, which are tender and full-flavored with every bite.

Well, the true-blue carnivore in me surely got her wish!

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

With some family celebrations coming up, we took advantage of the opportunity to stock up on some Rib-Eye (Php2,670/kg) that we can grill at home.

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

Hubby masterfully pan-grilled these steaks for our family celebration. This way, we were able to indulge our carnivorous cravings at home!

Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot

So if you’re craving for a delicious piece of steak or specialty meat that you can enjoy when you dine out or you can cook at home, check out Meat Depot.

Meat Depot branches are located at:

  • 2/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, North Avenue, Quezon City
  • 815 Banawe Street, Brgy. St. Peter, Quezon City
  • 283 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
  • G/F Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City
  • 2/F O Square 2, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
  • Corner Market, 2/F The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
  • 3/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA, Quezon City
  • G/F U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

Click here to reserve a table or here to shop online among Meat Depot’s extensive selections of meats.

Cowrie Grill reopens, celebrates 8th anniversary with gift voucher promo

The Manila Hotel’s signature grillery, Cowrie Grill, once again opens its doors to diners. It also celebrates its eighth year with its “8 and Great” promo for its avid customers and those who have yet to discover what it offers.

Located along Missouri Street, Promenade 3 in Greenhills, San Juan, Cowrie Grill’s clientele has known it for eight years of excellent food—steak perfection behind every tomahawk, sirloin, and eye fillet that it serves; amazing flavors in a plate of seafood heaven; and so much more. Through it all, it has kept its focus on dishes with only the freshest ingredients served in premium quality. 

Cowrie Grill

In celebration of Cowrie Grill’s 8th year anniversary on November 5 and as its way to welcome back our valued guests, it kicks off a gift voucher promo where a customer can purchase gift vouchers of their chosen featured dish during the promo period from October 15 to 22, 2021, and get the second serving for only EIGHT PESOS (P8). The regular rate applies to the first serving and the second helping will only cost them EIGHT PESOS

Customers may avail unlimited vouchers during the promo period and can redeem them for both dine-in and takeout transactions. Buyers may use the anniversary gift vouchers from October 16, 2021 until February 28, 2022 (except blackout dates).  

Some of Cowrie Grill’s signature bestsellers included in the eight featured dishes are Cowrie Grill’s famous Caesar’s Salad, Pan-Seared Scallops, Sea Bass, Angus Beef Rib (English cut), Chateaubriand, U.S. Tomahawk Rib Eye, Iberico Pork Loin, and for dessert, our decadent Tiramisu

Cowrie Grill

Soon, Cowrie Grill will also launch its celebration packages for small gatherings, in compliance with standard safety protocols in line with the DOH and IATF guidelines. If you are looking for a venue for small gatherings like birthdays or a simple, long-awaited get-together with family, Cowrie Grill may soon be booked exclusively for functions. Further announcements will be made, or you can check out its Facebook page @CowrieGrill. 

Cowrie Grill by The Manila Hotel is taking every precaution to ensure safety of its guests and staff. The tables have acrylic separators and proper social distancing are also in place. The staff has intensive health and safety training, and the restaurant continues to implement enhanced cleaning procedures as well as deploy only fully vaccinated staff. Implemented health protocols will depend on community quarantine alert levels set by the government. 

Cowrie Grill

With scrumptious food, the voucher promo, and impeccable service, Cowrie Grill by The Manila Hotel definitely deserves a visit. For table reservations, please call (02) 84631993 or email r.cowriegrill@themanilahotel.com

Images and details provided by Cowrie Grill in a recent press release.

#QuarantineCookbook: Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada

Which Filipino dessert does everyone in your family looked forward to when you were young?

Mine was the Brazo de Mercedes.

This scrumptious meringue roll with a thick and rich custard center is actually named after Mama Mary, the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes or the Virgin of Mercy.

It is said to date back to the Spanish colonial period when Filipinos sought to repurpose discarded egg yolks when builders at the time would use the egg whites for mortar and plaster for houses and structures.

Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada
Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada

Whenever my parents brought home a roll of Brazo de Mercedes, my brothers and I knew that something wonderful was waiting for us come dessert time.

Despite both my mom and I being both home bakers, it took us a while to attempt to make Brazo de Mercedes, primarily because the egg whites need a high-powered mixer to become a fluffy meringue.

Thankfully, Hubby gifted me with a KitchenAid 5QT Artisan Stand Mixer which made making this dessert a breeze.

Now that the meringue won’t be a problem, I know the custard won’t give me any worries either, thanks to Jolly Cow Condensada.

With its rich, creamy texture and right amount of sweetness, it helped make the custard filling of my Brazo de Mercedes absolutely Creamy Sarap and so irresistible.

Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada
Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada

Ingredients:

Custard:

  • 1 390g can Jolly Cow Condensada
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Meringue:

  • 10 egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada
Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada

Procedure:

Combine egg yolks, condensed milk, vanilla and lemon zest in a double boiler over low heat. Cook while stirring regularly for about 30 minutes until mixture thickens into a spreadable paste. Remove from heat and set aside to allow to cool.

Combine egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl and mix at slow speed until they form a thick foam. Add sugar in small amounts while continually beating, gradually increasing speed until stuff peaks form and the mixture is smooth and glossy with no sugar grains.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and lightly grease it. Spread the meringue evenly on the sheet to about 1/4 inch thick. Bake at 350 deg F (177 deg C) for 20 minutes until the meringue is set and the top has turned light brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Using a light mesh sieve, lightly dust the meringue with powdered sugar. Cover with another sheet of lightly greased wax paper the gently invert to transfer the meringue onto the new wax paper and peel off the wax paper on top.

Spread the custard mixture evenly on the 3/4 of surface of the meringue. Starting from the side with the custard, carefully roll the meringue into a log.

Cover both ends of the log with wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada
Brazo de Mercedes with Jolly Cow Condensada

My son has declared this his “Number 1” favorite dessert (among the many sweets I’ve made for him so far), and I know I’ll have lots more for him to sample with my pantry fully stocked with Jolly Cow Condensada.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think!

Gear up for baking

KitchenAid 5QT Artisan Stand Mixer
KitchenAid 5QT Artisan Stand Mixer
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven

Stock up on ingredients

Jelly’s Picks
Jolly Cow Condensada 390g

Kabab delivery from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

It’s no secret that Middle Eastern food holds a certain appeal to my fam.

Even my youngest couldn’t resist beef kabab, and has been known to demolish several helpings of this dish in one sitting.

With the pandemic still raging outside the safety of our home, the family can’t go out to dine at our usual kabab haunts. Fortunately, Hubby has discovered a resto that can not only cater to our kabab cravings but can supply the side dishes we love so well.

What’s more, its Middle Eastern food offerings are quite affordable and easily accessible.

Cheers to Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub, now available for long distance delivery on GrabGood!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

First established at Ortigas Home Depot in 2006, Uncle Moe‘s Shawarma Hub focused its offerings towards premium yet affordable Middle Eastern food.

Since then, it has branched out to fifteeb locations across the metro, serving a carefully curated menu stripped down to what its clientele keeps coming back to.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

For several weeks now, Hubby would oftentimes order some kababs from Uncle Moe’s via GrabFood for his midnight snack (which he is obligated to share with whoever among us is still awake, hehehe!). The fam grew to love Uncle Moe’s offerings and we started to look forward to it more and more.

At the tail end of a particularly hectic weekend, I decided to heed Hubby’s request and ordered our faves from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub for our Sunday dinner.

This included:

Hummus (Php185). A popular Middle Eastern dip, spread or dish in itself made from cooked chickpeas (garbanzos), tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It is best enjoyed with fresh pita bread.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Moutabal (Php185). A version of the baba ghanoush made with mashed broiled eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and various seasonings. It has a yummy savory and smokey flavor which complements many Mediterranean dishes.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Ox Brain (Php195). Made with fried ox brain sprinkled with a bit of citrus juice, it adds a lot of richness to any Mediterranean dish it accompanies.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Beef Kabab Tray (Php510). Eight pieces of juicy beef kababs accompanied by four pieces of pita bread, garlic and red chili sauce as well as tomato-onion salsa.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Given my fam’s huge appetites and our love for kababs, it’s no wonder that we were able to finish off two orders of Beef Kabab Tray, three orders of Ox Brain, two orders of Hummus and an order of Moutabal, all in a single meal!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

So if you’re on the lookout for delicious yet affordable Middle Eastern food, grab your phone and order from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

#QuarantineCookbook: Cheesy Baked Macaroni

My mom’s Cheesy Baked Macaroni has always been a family favorite.

She used to make it for the fam during special occasions such as birthday dinners or holiday feasts. We would sometimes bring it as our contribution to our clan’s potluck parties.

Later on, when I got married, Hubby would request a tray of Baked Macaroni from my mom for his birthday.

What makes this version different from other Baked Macaroni recipes is the flavor and aroma from the red bell peppers. Coupled with the melted cheese, it helps make a truly mouthwatering dish!

Baked Mac Recipe
Baked Mac Recipe

It took me a while to gather up the courage to cook this dish given the sheer weight of expectations surrounding it, but I’m sure glad I did!

I was able to piece together the recipe, thanks to my memories from years of helping my mom cook this, as well as a few phone calls to my mom, just to make sure I’m on the right track.

I’ve made this dish three times in as many weeks so far, a testament to how much my fam loves it.

Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kg elbow macaroni, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/2 kg ground beef
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups milk, heated
  • 220g cheese, finely grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Baked Mac Recipe
Baked Mac Recipe

Procedure:

To make the tomato meat sauce:

  • Saute garlic, onions and bell peppers in oil for up to five minutes until fragrant.
  • Add in the ground beef and cook until it is evenly browned, then stir in the beef cube.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, stir and bring to a boil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toss in the bay leaves, and allow to simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.

To make the cheese sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  • Stir in the flour and cook for about two minutes until a paste forms.
  • Pour in the milk and stir constantly until the flour paste is fully dissolved.
  • Add in the cheese while continuing to stir until the cheese has melted and blended into the mixture, then remove from heat.

To assemble and bake:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 deg F (190 deg C).
  • Divide the meat sauce in half.
  • Mix in the cooked macaroni to half of the meat mixture.
  • Coat the bottom of the baking pan with a thin layer of cheese sauce.
  • Add a layer of macaroni, then meat sauce and top with another layer cheese sauce. Repeat the three layers if the baking pan can accommodate.
  • Make sure the top is covered by a thick layer of cheese sauce.
  • Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil.
  • Bake with the foil cover for 15 minutes, and without the foil cover for another ten minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve.
Baked Mac Recipe
Baked Mac Recipe

Try this recipe for your Noche Buena spread or your New Year’s Eve feast.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Gear up for cooking.

La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven
La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven
La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven

Stock up on ingredients.

Jelly’s Picks
Del Monte Salad Macaroni 1kg
Jelly’s Picks
Del Monte Tomato Sauce Original Style 1KG
Jelly’s Picks
Dari Creme Classic 200g
Jelly’s Picks
Jolly Cow Pure Fresh Milk 1Lx3
Jelly’s Picks
Eden Filled Cheese 165G/160G

La Germania dishes must-have kitchen tools for the holidays

Given the growing number of items on your holiday to-do list, staying ahead of the curve by doing your Christmas shopping in advance can save you a lot of time, stress, and money. It can be such a nuisance when you’ve already figured out the perfect gift for your loved one, but get beaten out by the influx of last-minute holiday shoppers and delayed deliveries.

That’s why La Germania is dishing out their must-have kitchen tools you absolutely need during the holidays. Not only do these choices help make you a whiz in the kitchen, but they elevate your home cooking experience.

For the aspiring baker

La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven

La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven

Gifted in the art of pastry making? Take your baking skills to the next level with the La Germania Electric Thermostat Oven. Tiny yet mighty, this portable electric table oven will help you bake pastries and other food items to perfection. Plus, it’s compact size makes it optimal for those who have smaller kitchen spaces.

For the foodpreneur

La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven

La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven

Running your own food business can be challenging and time-consuming. That’s why you should invest in a multitasking kitchen appliance like the La Germania Range FS5031 21XR oven. Equipped with three gas burners and one electric burner, a gas thermostat oven and an electric grill, this multi-tasking range can help you elevate your menu, and make cooking more efficient and hassle free so you can keep your customers coming back for more!

For the growing family

La Germania Range 84cm FS8041 30XTR oven

La Germania Range 84cm FS8041 30XTR oven

Preparing enough food for a big family can also be difficult, but having the La Germania Range 84cm FS8041 30XTR oven can make your life in the kitchen so much easier. Armed with a plethora of functions such as one turbo, one large, and two medium gas burners, one electric hotplate, a gas thermostat oven, and a gas grill with rotisserie, you can cook up a storm with this sleek kitchen appliance for a lifetime of delicious meals and family bonding moments.

For the serious home cook

La Germania Electric Range 60cm FS6004 40XTR oven

La Germania Electric Range 60cm FS6004 40XTR oven

If cooking is your passion, you can’t go wrong by investing in the La Germania Electric Range 60cm FS6004 40XTR oven. Packed with four electric hotplates, an electric thermostat oven with an electric grill, and a rotisserie function, cooking your noche buena extravaganza will be so much easier with this heavy-duty kitchen tool.

For big families

La Germania Range TU140 71CX oven

La Germania Range TU140 71CX oven

Home cooking never looked this good! Function and style combine in the La Germania Range TU140 71CX oven. Excellently designed with four aluminium gas burners and a fan-assisted gas oven with an electric grill, this particular model is packed with a lot of safety features. What’s more, it’s stainless finish will blend seamlessly into your chic home.

For the chef of the party

La Germania AMS96L 61LAX oven

La Germania AMS96L 61LAX oven

Cooking for a crowd is no easy task, but with the La Germania AMS96L 61LAX oven on your corner, you can prepare all your dishes to perfection. This super-duty kitchen appliance is armed with 6 brass gas burners and electric multifunction 9 settings oven, making it fit for the demands of a seasoned chef.

When it comes to preparing dishes for the holiday, it’s important you use good quality kitchen equipment like La Germania. Built according to the highest European standards in terms of construction and design, La Germania appliances allow you to prepare delectable dishes for the holiday season in an efficient and easy way. With guaranteed durability and superior quality, they’re a good investment for you to channel your inner chef, and unleash your kitchen genius.

La Germania products are available online through La Germania’s official e-commerce website http://www.lagermaniaph.com and e-commerce platforms on Shopee and Lazada. For more information on La Germania and its products, you may follow the official Facebook and Instagram accounts of the trusted kitchen and appliance brand.

About La Germania

Italian-heritage brand La Germania has been the preferred kitchen companion of Filipino homemakers for 53 years and counting. Its wide array of ovens, cooktops, and stoves is made of high-grade materials and designed to stand the test of time and extensive use. La Germania’s current line of products continues to serve the cooking needs and lifestyle of this generation and the next.

Product photos and details provided by La Germania in a recent press release.

Header photo created by DCStudio – www.freepik.com

Tips for a fresh and clean-smelling home that sparks good vibes and great productivity

Did you know that exposure to scents can affect your mood and productivity?

With many of us working or learning from home, we have seen the need to make our homes more comfortable and conducive to optimal work performance.

Odors do affect how we feel and how we work, primarily through how we associate events and experiences with them. Scents that we associate with good experiences (such as the aroma of freshly baked bread) tend to make us feel good, while scents that we associate with unpleasant experiences (such as the sterile smell of a hospital operating room) tend to make us feel bad.

Odors can also affect how we think and how we behave. For example, people exposed to pleasant odors tend to exhibit higher levels of prosociality, self-efficacy and work efficiency.

With these findings, it is important to ensure that all rooms in the house are clean and sweet-smelling so we can function as we should.

Living Room

Home Scents
Homr Scents

The living room is where we hang out with our household members to relax and unwind. It is also the place where we receive guests and make an impression on them.

To keep your living room smelling good, be sure to check the carpet from time to time. Carpets and rugs tend to trap odors from pet dander, sweat, smoke or mildew. Make sure these are cleaned and deodorized regularly.

It also helps to keep this room ventilated. Open a window to let fresh air in. Avoid overcrowding furniture to give the air some space to circulate. Using fans or air circulators also help to keep the air moving and dissipate most unpleasant smells.

Kitchen

Home Scents
Home Scents

The kitchen is where food preparation and post-dining clean-up occurs, both of which produce food waste which could contribute to foul smells in this area.

Make sure that food waste is properly put away in sealed trash cans and take them out of the house as soon as you can.

Ensure that your cleaning materials themselves – such as kitchen towels, sponges and brushes – are clean. Dry them after use as they will develop odors if they stay damp.

All kitchen surfaces should be cleaned and wiped dry after use as moisture can cause unpleasant smells.

Clean under heavy furniture or appliances such as the range hood, stove or refrigerator regularly as well. These can accumulate dust and grease which can trap bad odors.

Also, make sure that air can circulate when you cook by using fans or opening a window.

Wipe down drawers and shelves in your food storage areas and refrigerator at least once a week. Throw out any food item that may have gone bad or past its expiry date.

Dining Room

Home Scents
Homr Scents

As the place where the family converge to share meals and converse during breakfast, lunch and dinner, the dining room should also have an atmosphere conducive to a good appetite and happy conversation.

Before and after every use, the dining room should be swept and wiped clean and all surfaces disinfected to minimize any possible contamination or possible sources of unappetizing smells.

Bathroom

Homr Scents
Home Scents

As the place where we spend a lot of our personal time, the bathroom should have a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere.

It tends to be a humid room, so keeping damp towels here is not a good idea. It would be best to dry your towels outside in the sun after use, and store them in another, drier part of the house when not in use.

Ventilation is also key to keeping your bathroom smelling fresh and clean. Open the door and windows to let the air circulate for at least 15 minutes everyday.

Bedroom

Home Scents
Homr Scents

As our haven for rest and recharging ourselves at the end of the day, the bedroom has no room for dank or musty smells.

To ensure a good night’s sleep and the restful tranquility that make the bedroom your place of respite, banish unpleasant odors by changing your bedsheets and linens to freshly washed ones at least once every week and ensuring that your bedroom rugs are vacuumed and deodorized.

As with all parts of the house, proper ventilation and air circulation greatly help in keeping the bedroom smelling wonderful. Allowing some spaces in between furniture and opening the window from time to time to let fresh air in will surely help.

With these tips in mind, you will find it easy to maintain a sweet-smelling home you and your family members can comfortably live, work and study in.

Aside from these practical steps, we also have tool that help us in keeping our home smelling clean and fresh

Albatross deodorizer blocks and scented gels help in eliminating any home malodor in any part of the house. They also come in various scents and colors that suit our preferences and home decor. Shop now at Lazada through the links below to stock up on these for your home.

Albatross Deodorizer Blocks.

Albatross
Albatross
Albatross

Albatross Scented Gels.

Albatross
Albatross
Albatross

Venue for home interior photos courtesy of Alyssa Tuangco.