‘Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union’ debuts Aug 4 only on HBO GO

HBO’s three-part documentary, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union, debuts same time as the U.S. over three consecutive days from Wednesday, August 4 exclusively on HBO GO. The documentary chronicles the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama, as the United States grapples with its racial history. Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union reflects on the country’s past and present national identity.

Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union is directed by Emmy® winner Peter Kunhardt (HBO’s “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight For Equality,” “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls”, “King in the Wilderness”).
With the clarity of hindsight and perspective of the last four years, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union forms a cohesive picture of America under its first Black president. Obama’s presidency was unique in America’s history, but what was a historic step forward for the country also exposed the ever-present need to address deeply entrenched challenges around race, racial justice and our history.

The series provides context, insight and critique from a wide range of participants including: author Jelani Cobb; Representative John Lewis; political consultant David Axelrod; Rev. Alvin Love; author Michael Eric Dyson; journalist Laura Washington; Rev. Jeremiah Wright; journalist Michele Norris; New Yorker editor David Remnick; Rev. Al Sharpton; professor Cornel West; politician Jesse Jackson; author Ta-Nehisi Coates; NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill; political advisor Valerie Jarrett; professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; actor Keegan-Michael Key; former government official Shirley Sherrod; journalist David Maraniss; professor Ken Mack; speechwriter Jon Favreau; advisor Broderick Johnson; and Representative Bobby Rush.

Part One of Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union looks back over Obama’s upbringing by a single mother from Kansas and white grandparents, his early schooling in Hawaii and his education at Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Through archival interviews, Obama reflects on the impact of having an estranged African father, growing up bi-racial and his evolving relationship with the African American community in Chicago, where he worked with Black churches as a community organizer.

Part Two takes us from Obama’s presidential bid to his election to the White House in November 2008, exploring the obstacles and successes along the campaign trail. With constant pressure to define his identity along racial lines and frustrated by what he saw as a distraction from other important issues, Obama delivers his “race speech” of March 2008, a determined defense of the U.S. Constitution and a plea to look beyond America’s “racial stalemate” in order to advance prosperity and unity.

Part Three takes us to the White House years and the formidable hurdles that Obama faced trying to pass legislation in a bitterly divided Congress. He ultimately succeeded in passing the Affordable Care Act but the chasm across the aisle in Washington grew ever wider. As the nation faced a period of heightened awareness around police brutality towards African Americans and the fervent partisan battle over gun control, his critics accused him and the administration of not doing enough to lead a conversation about race, and the president moves forward with policies that focus on racial justice and empowerment.

Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union encapsulates the man and the president, illuminating his vision for the nation shaped from his own experiences and identity. Through today’s lens, the documentary reflects on the Obama administration with new understanding about the personal obstacles he faced and the challenging pursuit for equality in America.

HBO Documentary Films’ presents a Kunhardt Films Production, Obama: In Pursuit Of A More Perfect Union, directed by Peter Kunhardt; produced by George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Matthew O. Henderson; edited and produced by Maya Mumma, ACE; executive producers, Peter Kunhardt; Andi Bernstein and Mona Sutphen; Jelani Cobb and Jacqueline Glover. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Rodriguez; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

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Yummy sushi galore from Salmon HQ

Since I belong to a family of Japanese food lovers, it’s hardly surprising that I would develop a liking for sushi.

Traditionally made with vinegared rice (sushi-meshi) combined with other ingredients (neta) such as (often raw) seafood and vegetables, sushi has become showcases for the sushi chef’s creativity and ingenuity.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

During pre-pandemic times, we usually needed to venture all the way to our go-to Japanese restaurants to get a taste of our favorite sushi variants.

But with restrictions on movement and dining out within the metro limiting the choices available, I’m glad that innovative food entrepreneurs have ventured into sushi delivery such as the people behind Salmon HQ.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

This New Manila, QC-based enterprise specialized in delivering fresh salmon sashimi right to the doorstep of Japanese food lovers.

It soon expanded its product offerings to include the latest food trends, incorporating its fresh seafood ingredients into delectable creations, well-suited for delivery.

The Sushi Bakes.

Sushi bakes are deconstructions of the maki (sushi rolls) where, instead of rolling the sushi rice and the sushi fillings and wrapping them in nori (dried seaweed) sheets, they are layered on a baking pan and cooked in an oven. Sushi bakes are enjoyed by scooping out some of the dish and folding them into small nori squares.

Salmon HQ

Similar to traditional maki, the sushi bake offers a lot of possibilities in incorporating tantalizing tastes and textures into the dish.

I was able to try out samplers of sushi bakes from Salmon HQ, which included:

The Crunchy California (a variant of the OG sushi bake with kani and mango) and Unagi Madness (with slivers of freshwater eel and generous sprinklings of roe).

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Aburi Salmon Scallops Ebi (torched slivers of salmon mixed with scallops and shrimp) and Softshell Crab and Ebi (wonderfully textured combination of shrimp and softshell crab).

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Prices for the full trays of Salmon HQ’s sushi bakes start at Php500 (for small) and Php1,200 (for large).

The Pasta.

Who would have thought that a pasta dish can taste so distinctly Japanese? With the Seafood Wafu Pasta, you get spaghetti noodles tossed in a soy butter glaze with scallops, shrimp and salmon. It’s a perfect blend of hearty pasta goodness and the fresh flavors of the sea.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Get a tray for Php500 (small), Php1,000 (medium) or Php1,200 (large).

The Salmon Cake.

If you ever wondered what could possibly make a show-stopping cake for any celebration, well, here’s the answer.

Salmon HQ’s Premium Salmon Cake is a wondrous creation: pieces of fresh pink salmon sashimi are layered and interlaced to form a two-tier cake, with the bottom-tier hiding layers of kani (imitation crab meat), ebiko (shrimp eggs), seaweed salad and Japanese rice.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

It’s a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Treat yourself to this delectable treat for Php1,200.

So if you think you’ve seen and tasted all sushi possibilities, think again because Salmon HQ has these and more to surprise you.

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Salmon HQ

Send your orders to Salmon HQ via Facebook, Instagram or by calling +63 922 8943679. Payments via Metrobank, BPI, PayMaya and GCash are accepted.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate feedback.

The Jelly List: Countdown to sundown at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

The sun may rise in the East but that doesn’t mean that the fun stops here when the sun goes down.

Lamp Quarters in Marikina, for example, is one of the prime destinations east of Manila where things definitely liven up from late afternoon to late night.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Looking for a place to spend the waning hours of the day with friends? Lamp Quarters is your best bet, because:

  • Being located in the Marikina suburbs, it provides a welcome escape from the noise and traffic woes you experience in most parts of the metro.
  • It has a sprawling outdoor dining area where you can comfortably meet up with your pals over some brews, cues and even a bit of booze.
  • It houses several establishments that cater to diverse cravings.

So join me and my foodie friends as we count down to sundown at various foodie hotspots here at Lamp Quarters, Marikina!

4… Celsius Cafe Lounge for coffee connoisseurs

Get a taste of the sheer wondrous variety of coffee the world has to offer at Celsius Cafe Lounge.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

A third-wave coffee shop that serves handcrafted brews from single-origin coffee beans sourced from various countries, Celsius is sure to broaden your coffee horizons!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Top coffee finds here include:

Filtered Coffee from Tanzania.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Espresso Affogato.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Spanish Latte.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Want some bites to go along with your brews? Then nibble on these sweet and savory snacks!

Pork Floss.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Danish Bread.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Grilled Cheese Sandwich,

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Ube Queso de Bola Cheesecake.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Celsius also offers all-day breakfast with free coffee.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

To know more about this extraordinary coffee shop, follow Celsius Cafe Lounge on Facebook and Instagram.

3… Tongara Ramen for ramen lovers

If you’ve been craving ramen then look no further than Lamp Quarters’ ramen destination: Tongara Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Lauded for its signature broth which is also its namesake – ton from tonkotsu (made from pork bones) and gara from torigara (made ftom chicken bones), it serves up ramen and other Japanese dishes that are sure to excite ramen lovers.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Check out its best-sellers:

Tongara Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Ebi Miso Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tantanramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tsukemen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Karaage.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Spicy Chicken.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tonkatsu.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Gyoza.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

To support the drive for herd immunity, Tongara Ramen is also serving free gyoza for every ramen purchase upon presentation of your COVID-19 vaccination card until September 2020.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

You can also enjoy Tongara’s signature dishes at home by ordering a Tongara Home Kit Bundle for pickup or delivery:

  • For 2 (Php1,800). Includes 2 Tongara Ramen kits and 1 frozen karaage kit
  • For 4 (Php2,300). Includes 2 Tongara Ramen kits, 1 frozen gyoza kit and 1 frozen karaage kit

For more deets on what you can enjoy here, follow Tongara Ramen on Facebook and Instagram.

2… Wing Commander for food trippers

Are you a kapakpak? Then hie yourself over to Wing Commander where you can embark on an unli food trip.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

For just Php198, bite into unlimited crispy fried chicken wings, coated in sauces of international flavors and accompanied by filling portions of fries and rice. Add Php78 and you can have a bottomless drink to go with your meal.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Wing your next foodie adventure with these flavors:

Filipino Barbecue.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

American Honey Mustard.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Chinese Szechuan.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Russian Thousand Island.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Japanese Wasabi.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Indian Cumin.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Fasten your seatbelts because at Wing Commander, the chicken bites and the chikahan are non-stop!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

For the latest scoop on Wing Commander, follow it on Facebook.

1… Opening soon, Bar by East for cocktails

Want to cap the night with a drink or two? Pretty soon, Lamp Quarters will let you in on a little secret… a hidden bar!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

The trendy office space of architectural firm Emerging Architects Studio (EAST) will give way to a hip and happenin’ secret bar at night!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Here’s a sneak peek at some of its refreshing classic cocktails:

Whisky Sour. Made with whisky, lemon, brown sugar, bitters.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Cold Brew Martini. Made with vodka, cold brew and coffee liqueur.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Whisky Highball. Made with whisky, ginger ale and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Gin and Tonic. Made with gin, tonic water, and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Margarita. Made with tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and salt.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Daiquiri. Made with white run, lime, sugar syrup.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Negroni. Made with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Not much of a tippler? Never fear because the barista can concoct a non-alcoholic beverage for you just like this “Gel and Tonic” (a mocktail jokingly named by the barista after me, hahaha!) made with cold brew, tonic water and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

The good news is that you won’t have to travel far for a hidden bar adventure!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Bar by EAST will be opening to the public soon. In the meantime, it is available for intimate private events. For inquiries, send a message to EAST on Instagram.

So don’t let the sundown get you down: welcome the end of the day with good food, good fun and good friends at Lamp Quarters!

Lamp Quarters is located along Gil Fernando Street, Centro de Buenviaje, Bgy Santo Nino, Marikina City. For updates on its special promos and events, follow Lamp Quarters on Facebook and Instagram.

For inquiries, call Lamp Quarters +63 917 6520324 or email lamp.quarters@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Together with my foodie friends, I attended a food tasting held at this venue. Food items mentioned here were served to elicit honest feedback and were not paid for by the attendees.

Dining indulgence at Cowrie Grill

Sometimes, the occasion calls for you to indulge in the finer things in life – and what better to splurge on than an unforgettable meal? Paying homage to its former home with old world opulence, The Manila Hotel-managed Cowrie Grill delights guests by offering the choicest selection of meats and seafood.

Fine dining goes one step further at Cowrie Grill. It is a gem of a restaurant located at Promenade 3 Mall, Greenhills on Missouri Street. It is upscale and impressive, coupled with warm service reserved for VIP guests like you. Explore our distinctively flavored steaks handcrafted by our chefs, as well as tantalizing menu that includes main entrees, appetizers, healthy greens, and desserts!

As a start, go for the French Onion Soup, or try the Maitre D’ Caesar Salad – freshly prepared greens with crunch from romaine lettuce, croutons, generously drizzled in olive oil, cheese and bacon complemented by the sweet and zesty Caesar salad dressing. Pair it with the flavorful pan-seared scallops on mushroom risotto.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

Menu standouts here are the Surf and Turf set duo of Pitik Lobster Thermidor [fresh slipper lobster] and US Angus Beef Tenderloin with baked garlic and garden vegetables. Go for US Angus Beef Rib or the US Angus Chateaubriand that are seasoned and grilled to perfection. Complement this with any of Cowrie Grill’s fine selection of red wines. You also have a choice of a generous serving of certified Angus Beef Tomahawk [best shared by two].

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

When it comes to the food, Cowrie Grill is a great place to go for variety. Aside from meat cooked to perfection, the seafood is much more than an afterthought. Pescatarians will enjoy our mouth-watering sweet and silky Chilean Sea Bass, or the Grilled Norwegian Salmon Steak.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

You must also try other good choices like the Symphony of Scallops, Baked Oysters, Iberico pork loin, and Angus Beef Burger.
An excellent ending to your hearty meal is our Chuao Chocolate Gateau, a rich four-layered cake served with Crème Anglaise.

Then, there’s the crowd favorite, Baked Alaska, with its perfectly browned meringue, flambéed with brandy, mouthwatering moist sponge cake with strawberry ice cream in the middle, and layers of different textures and flavors all in one bite.

Cowrie Grill, Greenhills

With scrumptious food and impeccable service, Cowrie Grill’s guaranteed to impress. For table reservations, please call (02) 84631993 or email r.cowriegrill@themanilahotel.com.
Cowrie Grill may also be booked for exclusive functions for up to 30 guests.

About Cowrie Grill

Cowrie Grill used to be an in-house restaurant in The Manila Hotel but had to be transferred to San Juan in 1993 to give way to the famed Café Ilang-Ilang. With its classic and elegant interior, Cowrie Grill is perfect for celebrating special occasions like Father’s Day. It caters best to families and friends looking for a good intimate fine-dining place to relax and have a good meal after work or shopping. Guests can book the entire restaurant for an exclusive small function in strict compliance to the heath and safety protocols in the guidelines of the IATF.

Celebrate World Ice Cream Day with The Lost Bread x Arce’s TRIO Pack

Hooray, hooray for World Ice Cream Day!

On July 18, ice cream lovers around the world will celebrate our favorite frozen dessert.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

This is especially timely here in the metro because as summer gives way to the rainy season, the heat and humidity can be quite oppressive and a few dollops of cold and creamy ice cream can do so much to improve our mood.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

If you’re on the lookout for fun and fresh ice cream flavors to try, how about the product of the collaboration between dessert shop The Lost Bread and local ice cream producer Arce Dairy: the Trio Pack?

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

At Php950, it is comprised of pints of three ice cream flavors that should spark some happy memories for us 90s kids.

Check them out:

Blue Vanilla. The rich and comforting vanilla flavor we love that comes in a fun shade of blue. A treat for ice cream lovers who love a fresh twist on a classic fave.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

Choc Nut. The nutty candy that we seemed to carry around all the time way back when is now in ice cream form. It’s definitely a flavor we will enjoy revisiting again and again.

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

Haw Haw Milk. We 90s kids love milk and it was evident in our love for Haw Haw Milk Candy. With its ice cream iteration, we have a new way to enjoy this milky treat!

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

These flavors are also available in individual tubs or pints.

Did you know that The Lost Bread has been awarded by Big 7 Travel as the 3rd BEST ice cream brand in Asia and the 13th BEST ice cream brand in the world? So if you’re craving for affordable craft ice cream visit a store or grab your phone to order now!

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

The Lost Bread x Arce Trio Pack

You can order these treats from The Lost Bread’s website for delivery or have them picked up from these Metro Manila branches:

  • Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
  • Maginhawa Street, Quezon City
  • Green Meadows Subdivision, Quezon City
  • Regalado Highway, Fairview, Quezon City
  • SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
  • Marcos Highway, Antipolo City
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • SM Bicutan, Paranaque City
  • Evia Lifestyle Center, Las Pinas

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The Jelly List: Top breakfast finds at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Foodies in Marikina and nearby places, it’s time to rise and shine, especially with the sumptuous breakfast choices awaiting you at Lamp Quarters!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

This food hub nestled in the quiet suburb is a perfect place to enjoy the first meal of the day because:

  • It houses a diverse collection of restaurants offering various cuisines
  • It has a spacious outdoor dining area where you can meet up and dine with family and friends in comfort (you can also bring your fur-babies with you)
  • Its San Diego-inspired decor will make you feel like you’ve stepped into sunny Southern California

So if you’ve been feeling cooped up at home for the past few months, you can definitely step out and enjoy the morning in the great outdoors with these fab breakfast finds from Lamp Quarters’ restaurants.

Dampa sa Cogeo Marikina Branch

Get a taste of the sea’s bounty with Dampa sa Cogeo’s various seafood dishes plus more for a wonderful start to your day.

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast Bilao (Php599, good for 2-3 people). What’s Pinoy breakfast without the silog? Enjoy a hearty meal with this breakfast staple along with daing na bangus, tocino and beef tapa, all classic flavors we just love to wake up to!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Seafood Stir-fry (Php699, good for 2-3 people). For breakfast with a bit of zing, check out this sumptuous seafood dish made with fresh crab, squid, mussels and shrimp stir-fried with veggies in a slightly spicy tomato sauce. You’d definitely be asking for extra rice to go with this!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Dampa sa Cogeo also delivers its seafood bilao and party trays. For more details, call +63 945 8646423 or +63 961 4207400 or follow it on Facebook.

Night & Day Restorante

A fusion of Italian and American flavors await you at Night & Day.

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

With its Breakfast Buffet (Php299, available on weekends from 8am to 11am), you can feast on a whole slew of tasty, all-you-can-eat breakfast dishes. This July, the breakfast buffet consist of beef salpicao, corned beef, daing na bangus, aglio olio, pancakes and waffles, sanwiches and sliders, eggs, roasted sesame salad and breads, accompanied by iced tea, lemonade or hot chocolate.

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Night & Day is open everyday from 8am to 10pm. To reserve your slots for its Breakfast Buffet, call +63 917 1079678.

For updates on its offers and promos, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Kebomb

A wise man once said “Why have abs when you can have kebabs?”

Why, indeed, when you can indulge yourself with delicious yet very affordable Mediterranean-inspired food that will also appeal to Pinoy tastebuds!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Widen your morning meal horizons with Kebomb’s breakfast dishes such as beef shawarma tapa, kebab longganisa meal and chicken tocino meal, as well as its best-sellers like beef or chicken kebab rice plates, keema, keemadilla, hummus, Persian burgers in shawarma wrap and my newest favorite: chicken skin nachos!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Kebomb also delivers via Grabfood and FoodPanda. Pickup options are also available. For more details, call +63 956 9781805 or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

So if you want to catch the sun’s early morning rays as you fill up on tasty breakfast meals with family and friends, drop by Lamp Quarters in Marikina!

Breakfast at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

Lamp Quarters is located along Gil Fernando Street, Centro de Buenviaje, Bgy Santo Nino, Marikina City. For updates on its special promos and events, follow Lamp Quarters on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Together with my foodie friends, I attended a food tasting held at this venue. Food items mentioned here were served to elicit honest feedback and were not paid for by the attendees.

Get your groceries from SM markets within an hour via GrabMart

During pre-pandemic times, my go-to for groceries was, of course, SM Markets. Aside from having a store just a stone’s throw away from my house, SM Markets also houses a wide range of grocery products: from fresh and frozen food, snack items, canned goods, personal hygiene and sanitary products, as well as cleaning and houseware goods.

However, the restrictions on mall entry, shortened mall hours and the need to maintain physical distancing resulted into longer lines and longer waiting lines at my local SM Market.

Well, that’s no longer a problem with GrabMart’s partnership with SM Markets which enables users of the Grab app to place orders from selected SM markets via the app- including SM Supermarket, Hypermarket, and Savemore- and receive their orders at home in just an hour.

For a mom like me who manages a full household but has many demands on her time, the combination of SM Markets’ wide variety of products and Grab’s fast delivery times is a great time saver and takes the worrying over how to acquire my family’s grocery needs off my plate.

And here’s another reason to shop at SM Markets via GrabMart: With a minimum order of just Php1200 from any SM Markets branch on GrabMart, groceries delivery is FREE with code SMFREEDEL! Shoppers can save even more  by getting Php300 off with a minimum order of Php2500 with the code SM300! 

Now, mommies can rest easy knowing that their grocery requirements are readily accessible just by opening the Grab app.

Aside from this new amazing partnership, SM and Grab also joined hands to promote safe shopping inside SM Malls. This include allowing users of Grab’s in-app wallet GrabPay to top up their accounts at SM Supermalls. 

For more details on how Grab facilitates life in our New Normal, visit Grab on Facebook.

Grab is the leading super app platform in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 214 million mobile devices, giving users access to millions of drivers, merchants, and agents. Grab offers a wide range of on-demand services in the region, including mobility, food, package and grocery delivery services, mobile payments, and financial services across 397 cities in eight countries.

How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

Even before the pandemic hit the Philippines, credit card fraud has been rampant in the country. Just last year, there was a recorded increase in fraud cases of almost 30 percent. With the rise of online transactions, fraudsters have found it easy to trick many cardholders into sharing their personal information and using it to steal money through unauthorized transactions.

Due to the restrictions brought by the pandemic, the e-commerce industry has grown immensely. From food and groceries to furniture and appliances, almost everything can now be bought online. With just a few taps, purchases can be made without leaving the house. It may be convenient, but these kinds of transactions pose potential risks. One wrong click can cause the leak of sensitive information without the customer knowing it.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are different types of credit card fraud that you should watch out for and how you can avoid them:

Phishing & Vishing

Phishing and Vishing are some of the most common types of credit card fraud in the country. Phishing comes in the form of emails, fake job search sites, banner ads, fake browser toolbars, text messages, and chat room messages. Vishing, which is another type of Phishing, happens in the form of phone calls from scammers pretending to be bank representatives. With Phishing and Vishing, scammers lure their victims into giving their sensitive data by offering fake and too-good-to-be-true promotions or even by claiming that the account has been compromised and will be blocked.

What you can do: Carefully examine the emails and text messages that you receive and do not click on the links right away. For suspicious emails or text messages, contact your bank immediately to verify if the message you received is valid. At the same time, listen carefully to the phone calls you get as scammers can also claim to be bank representatives. When in doubt, it’s better to ignore and not entertain them. Never give your sensitive information to anyone, especially when visiting unverified websites.

Lost or Stolen Cards

You are on your way home when you realize that your wallet is missing and it could have been stolen or it could have fallen somewhere. What’s worse is it contains your debit cards, credit cards, IDs, and cash! Whoever gets it will have access to your credit cards and can use them to make unauthorized transactions under your name. You can only hope that someone with a good heart finds it and returns it to you, but that may not always be the case.

What you can do: If this happens to you, contact your bank right away and report your lost or stolen cards so the bank can block your accounts immediately. Moreover, cardholders should treat their cards like cash. Don’t place your wallet in areas where it can be easily seen and stolen. It is also helpful to have a different pouch for cards and cash so that you do not lose everything if anything happens to your wallet.

Card Replacement Scam

It’s just another normal day when you suddenly receive a call or message asking you to surrender your credit card because it is due for a replacement and an upgrade. You’re probably wondering why. The last time you checked your credit card was working fine. Since it sounds enticing that you’re getting an upgrade, you willingly submit and give up your card. But lo and behold, it’s a scam. Now you don’t have your card and the bill is stacking up because a scammer is using it to make expensive purchases.

What you can do: Always be careful with calls or messages you receive concerning your credit card or bank account. Remember, banks will never ask you to surrender your card even if it is up for replacement. Instead, they will ask you to destroy it or to go to their branch to give you the replacement card.

Skimming

You are out of cash and you need to go to an automated teller machine (ATM). You find the nearest one, insert your card, and withdraw cash. Little did you know, the machine was rigged. Fraudsters installed a device on the machine to skim your card’s magnetic stripe which contains all your sensitive information. Or maybe, you are shopping for a nice bag at the mall and you use your credit card to pay for it. However, the cashier’s credit card terminal has already been tampered, giving fraudsters access to your account.

What you can do: Thankfully, banks have upgraded their credit cards’ microchips and switched to EMV technology, making it harder for skimming devices to collect information from your card. However, cardholders should remain vigilant. Always make sure that all of your credit card transactions happen in your presence. Keep on checking ATMs for skimming devices by shaking the card scanners before inserting your card.

Other ways you can protect yourself from fraudsters and scammers:

One way is to avoid using public WIFI when conducting credit card transactions. It’s difficult to determine if these free WIFI connections have been hacked by fraudsters who are waiting for people to expose their sensitive information.

Another is to ensure that your issuer has your updated contact information so they can reach you for any suspicious and unusual account activities. Remember that issuers will call you to verify transactions, but will not ask for your sensitive information.

When you encounter suspicious activities or unexpected declined transactions, immediately call your bank to check and advise them. You can also use your bank’s mobile app to track your activities. If it has the lock/unlock feature, choose to lock the card when not in use for increased safety. Always be on the lookout as well for notifications from your issuers.

Overall, the very key to avoiding scams is to make sure that your account details are always secured and inaccessible to the public. Never share your personal and sensitive information, like your CVV or one-time-pin (OTP), with anyone! Fraudsters will never be able to take over your account if they do not have these important information.

Today, it is so easy to ‘add to cart’ and ‘check out’, thinking na-budol na naman ako for giving into the temptations of online shopping. But the real and more dangerous budol are the credit card fraudsters who are taking advantage of the online space to trick you into giving away your hard-earned money.

As cardholders, you should take control of your credit card transactions and be extra vigilant before engaging in any online transaction as it is one of the prevalent ways that fraudsters can gain access to your sensitive information. Join the Credit Card Association of the Philippines’ (CCAP) #FightBudolMovement and protect your sensitive information, ward off fraudsters and take charge of your finances!

Follow CCAP on their Facebook page to learn more about CCAP’s campaign.

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5 reasons why you should have your date night at Sammy’s Cainta

Sure, the restrictions from the pandemic may have prevented you going out on grand dinner dates with your beloved for several months but that doesn’t mean that you have to settle for lackluster date nights, right?

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Certainly not when Sammy’s provides the perfect venue for wining and dining with your special someone. Let me tell you why:

1. It’s quite a hidden gem.

There’s a reason many romantic adventures take place in some out-of-the-way locale. Physically separating you from the normal hustle-and-bustle of your daily life will help bring your focus to just you and your partner.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s is located inside a subdivision in Cainta, but still accessible from Metro Manila, so you can easily have that quick romantic escapade with your special someone.

Sammy’s also complies with safety protocols set by its LGU so be sure to fill up the health declaration form and follow physical distancing while you’re there!

Sammy’s, Cainta

2. Its decor sets a romantic mood.

Owner Chef Sammy Isidro and his wife Dorothy converted the second floor of their house into a cozy restaurant.

Its high ceilings give it an airy feel, while rustic lamps and fixtures that glow with warm lighting make it an intimate setting.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Large windows provides a view of the lush foliage outside which as a backdrop for your romantic adventure.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

3. Its Indonesian-inspired cuisine is simply extraordinary.

Chef Sammy and Dorothy spent seventeen years in Indonesia which certainly influenced the food the Sammy’s serves.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

These include:

Beef Konro. A large cut of beef rib slow-braised for hours until tender and drizzled with a flavorful sauce made with its own drippings. This dish is good for sharing.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Mie Goreng. Also known as Bakmi Goreng, this hearty dish is made with stir-fried noodles in a sweet and savory sauce tossed with herbs and strips of scrambled egg.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Nasi Goreng. Indonesian-style fried rice flavored with the traditional sweet soy sauce called kecap manis and other seasonings, then served with fried egg, krupuk (traditional cracker) and chicken satay.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Beef Rendang. A delicious and slightly spicy dish made with beef braised and slow-cooked in coconut milk seasoned with herbs and spices until the liquids evaporate and the meat takes on its caramlizes, becoming dark brown and tender, and infused with rich flavors.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Martabak Manis. One of Indonesia’s most popular desserts which consist of a thick pancake made with condensed milk, crushed peanuts and sesame seeds. The Choco-Cheese variant has been my favorite since I tasted it two years ago, while the newly introduced Cheese-and-Corn is a delicious new discovery.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

With exotic yet flavorful dishes such as these, your dinner date is sure to become a gastronomic adventure !

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

4. You get serenaded after your meal.

Did you know that Chef Sammy is also known as The Singing Chef?

He and his wife spent seventeen years in Indonesia as singers in Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta, where they showcased the Pinoys’ vocal talent to an international audience.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

They treat their guests to a song or two after dessert, and their duets are so nakakakilig!

5. You can have your favorite dishes delivered to your home.

Sammy’s now delivers via Grabfood, so if you want to relive your Sammy’s experience at home, or if you’re simply craving for Indonesian flavors, you can just grab your smartphone and tap away!

Chef Sammy also operates Sammy’s Cookin’, which provides catering services as well as deliver cakes, pastries and other sweets to foodies within Metro Manila.

Sammy’s Cookin’ To order, call 0939 1483960.

Sammy’s, Cainta

Sammy’s, Cainta

So even in the midst of a pandemic, you can still find the time and the place for a little romance, thanks to Sammy’s.

Check out my previous adventures with Sammy’s:

Sammy’s is located at 14 Raspberry Bend Street, Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, San Juan, Cainta. The restaurant is open Tuesdays to Sundays for breakfast from 8am to 10.30am, lunch from 11am to 1.30pm and dinner from 6pm to 9pm.

Seating is strictly by reservation so call +63 939 1483960 to book your table. You may also use the same number to order from Sammy’s Cookin’.

You can also hold intimate gatherings such as birthday shindigs, proposal dinners, engagement parties and wedding or baptismal receptions (with a maximum guest count of twenty) at Sammy’s.

Sammy’s, Cainta

For updates on its menu and offers, follow Sammy’s on Facebook or Instagram.

Sammy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Unli premium meats and Jap-Kor dishes at Yoshimeatsu

If you love unli grilled meats like I do, I’m sure you’ve been missing your yakiniku or samgyup adventures too.

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

There’s something about cooking meats on a tabletop grill as you take the time to catch up with your family and friends.

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Well, actress Arci Munoz recently opened a branch of Yoshimeatsu in Greenhills where foodies can enjoy unlimited yakiniku premium meats and other tasty dishes for just Php599 per person (minimum of two diners).

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

These include:

Meats for grilling such as beef (plain, curry, spicy, shoyu, fatty), enoki beef rolls, sakana tofu, seafood cheeseball, pork (herbed, yangnyeom, spicy, shoyu), enoki pork rolls and tebasaki teriyaki and chicken yakitori.

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Side dishes such as gohan (steamed rice), buttered kimchi rice, cheese dip, lettuce, sushi (yoshi ebi maki, California maki, spicy tuna maki, Kyoto beef roll), ebi tempura, kani salad, seasoned egg, aji tamago, pamuchim, kimchi, and shitaki (garlic butter, teriyaki).

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Plus, dessert!

For an additional Php49, you can quench your thirst on unlimited Nestea Iced Tea and Nestle Pineapple drinks!

You might be wondering: what exactly is yakiniku? This Japanese term refers to the style of cooking bite-sized meat on gridirons or griddles over flames fueled by charcoal or a gas/electric grill. While its precise origin has been the subject of some debate, it is generally considered to have been inspired by Korean barbecue.

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Wherever it came from, I’m just happy it made its way to our shores, and, with the opening of Yoshimeatsu in Greenhills, is all the more accessible to foodies like me.

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Excited to try Yoshimeatsu’s premium meats? Here are more reasons to hie yourself over there stat:

It’s Let’s Eat to Win BTS Fiesta promo has been extended until July 25, wherein BTS fans will get freebies and a chance to win cool merch and a trip to Korea!

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

You can also present your vaccination card to enjoy free bottomless iced tea!

Sushi platters are also available for takeout for Php499 (good for four), Php799 (good for ten) and Php949 (good for twelve).

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

So give in to your yakiniku craving and book your table at Yoshimeatsu Greenhills now!

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

Yoshimeatsu, Greenhills

This Yoshimeatsu branch is located at Second Floor, O-Square 1 Building, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue corner Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila. It is open for dine-in Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and Fridays to Sundays from 10am to 9pm. For inquiries, call +63 915 8988148. To reserve a table, fill up this form. It accepts cashless payments via GCash and Lyka.

Yoshimeatsu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3 reasons to chill out and pig out at Arca South’s Fieldside Market

More and more, the ability to escape from the confines of our home for some rest and recreation has become a much-desired luxury.

This is hardly surprising since the home is still the safest place to be at this time. For those who are feeling some kind of cabin fever at being cooped up and isolated at home for days on end, an opportunity to venture out and meetup with family and friends is irresistible.

Fortunately, Arca South, the Ayala Land mixed-use development located in parallel to South Superhighway, provides a way for people to come together over good food and have a good time through its weekend outdoor food market.

Arca South Marketfield

Fieldside Market by Arca South presents visitors a great way to re-discover homegrown flavors in the safe outdoors by:

1. Supporting small businesses by featuring an eclectic curation of food items from various local concessionaires.

Whatever you’re craving for, you’ll probably find it here. Check out some of the numerous food options you can indulge in:

Authentic Ilocos Empanada.

Arca South Marketfield

Premium Beef Wagyu Cubes and Tempura.

Arca South Marketfield

Arca South Marketfield

Nacho Chips with Beef Dip and Cheese.

Arca South Marketfield

Pork Barbecue.

Arca South Marketfield

Streetfood.

Arca South Marketfield

Burgers.

Arca South Marketfield

Corndogs.

Arca South Marketfield

With so many food options, I’m sure you’ll find an old favorite or discover a new one. Do try out as many offerings from the concessionaires and have a picnic with your companions.

Arca South Marketfield

2. It keeps visitors safe by implementing safety protocols and contactless payments.

Located in the expansive outdoor area called The Fields, there is enough space to practice social distancing.

Arca South Marketfield

Aside from strictly implementing health checks, requiring face masks and face shields and limiting the number of visitors, Arca South also made cashless payments via GCash the preferred payment method, making transactions safer.

Arca South Fieldside Market

3. It provides live music that you and your companions can chill out by.

Contributing to the relaxing atmosphere are the chill tunes performed by live acoustic bands and solo performers.

Arca South Fieldside Market

They will surely get visitors in the mood to let loose and enjoy.

So if you’re eager for the chance to venture out and have a good time with your nears and dears, do check out the Fieldside Market at Arca South.

Fieldside Market is located at The Fields across Visitors’ Center, Ayala Land – ARCA South, Taguig City, open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. For updates and more information, follow Fieldside Market on Facebook and Instagram or email fieldsidemarket@gmail.com.

A taste of NY hotdogs from Yellow Cab

Missin’ the feeling of traveling, dearies?

In the busy and vibrant city of New York, hotdog stands are practically landmarks. Located in almost every street corner, they serve up fat and juicy links of the city’s finest frankfurters which provide New Yorkers with a fast, filling and flavorful takeaway meal, perfect for the denizens of the city that never sleeps.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Well, you too can get a taste of the Big Apple’s deliciously dynamic vibe as Yellow Cab Pizza introduces its newest product: the Baked NY Dogs!

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

At Php129 each, these are made with all-beef franks, baked and encased in soft hotdog buns. Variants include:

The Classic. Topped with onion relish and mustard.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

The Pizza. Topped with tomato sauce, ground beef, mozzarella, onions and bell peppers.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

The Brekkie. Topped with egg, cheese and bacon bits.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Have any of these delivered to you as a solo snack or partner all of them with one of Yellow Cab’s NY-style Edge-to-Edge pizzas such as a Chicken Al Fredo (Php580) which translates a pasta favorite into a shareable pizza form.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

How about visiting a Yellow Cab branch and ordering its newest duo: the NY Street Combo! Just mix-and-match any of the NY Baked Dogs with a BRKLYN Soda Shake for just Php249!

If you’ve ever been curious about Brooklyn’s egg creams, now’s you chance to sate your curiosity! These drinks contain neither eggs nor cream but a lot sweet, milky and fizzy goodness your sweet tooth will love. These come in two flavors – Vanilla Berry and Dark Chocolate – and are available ala carte for Php129 each.

Got the cravings yet? Well, NY Street Combos are available at selected Yellow Cab outlets in Metro Manila for dine-in, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery from July 5 to December 31, 2021.

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

Yellow Cab NY Baked Dogs

You may not be able to board a plane to New York at this time, but you sure can taste one of its iconic delights!

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Yellow Cab Pizza Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

What’s new on HBO GO – July 2021

At the midpoint of the year, HBO Go brings the heavyweights in star power and stories with this month’s exclusive premieres.

No Sudden Movespremieres on Friday, July 2

Set in 1954 Detroit, this Steven Soderbergh-helmed film centers on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

The star-studded film features Don Cheadle (“Avengers: End Game”, “Hotel Rwanda”), Benicio Del Toro (“Sicario”, “The Usual Suspects”), David Harbour (“Suicide Squad”, “Stranger Things”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”, “The Town”) , Amy Seimetz (“Upstream Color”, “Sun Don’t Shine”), Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”, “George of the Jungle”), Kieran Culkin (HBO’s “Succession”, “Igby Goes Down”), Noah Jupe (HBO’s “The Undoing”, “Honey Boy”), Craig muMs Grant (“Dark Water, “Side Effects”), Julia Fox (“Uncut Gems”, “Day by Day”), Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”, “Too Legit”), with Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”, “Narc”) and Bill Duke (“Predator”, “Commando”).

Gossip Girl – premieres July 8

Developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, this extension of the pop culture classic takes us back to the Upper East Side finding a new generation of New York private school teens being introduced to social surveillance nine years after the original blogger’s website went dark. The series is based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and the original show, developed by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage.

Gossip Girl explores just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. The series stars Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith.

The White Lotus – premieres July 12, 9am

From Mike White (HBO’s “Enlightened”) comes a social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort.

Starring Murray Bartlett (HBO’s “Looking”), Connie Britton (“Nashville”), Jennifer Coolidge (“2 Broke Girls”), Alexandra Daddario (HBO’s “True Detective”), Fred Hechinger (“Eighth Grade”), Jake Lacy (HBO’s “Girls”), Brittany O’Grady (“Little Voice”), Natasha Rothwell (HBO’s “Insecure”), Sydney Sweeney (HBO’s “Euphoria”) and Steve Zahn (HBO’s “Treme”), this six-episode limited series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

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. To subscribe to SKY services, fill up this form.

Salo-salo surprise from TravelEatPinas and Goodah!!!

For many of us Pinoys, food is part of our love language: in fact, kamustahans sometimes come in the form of “Kumain ka na ba?” and part of our welcome greeting to visitors is “Kain na kayo!”

For my fellow memshie Rowena of TravelEatPinas, it’s a way to touchbase with an old friend: me!

Having missed our chickahans over sumptuous spreads, she decided to send me a salo salo package from Goodah!!! that the fam and I can enjoy for our weekend lunch.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Just the name Goodah!!! evokes so much childhood memories. Since the 80’s, this restaurant chain has been the go-to place for people seeking fuss-free comfort food that appeals to down-home Pinoy palate such as the well-loved lugaw and silogs.

And with Pinoys spending more time at home nowadays, there are more opportunities to bond over a good meal.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Thanks to Goodah!!!’s Salo-Salo Meals, the fam can get together to enjoy the various ulam that everyone loves, share stories and experiences and spend time with the people who matter the most.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

With Salo-Salo Meals at less than Php1,000 per set, memshies all over the metro can easily gather their loved ones over hearty meals that they won’t have to slave over in the kitchen.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

My Salo-Salo Meal set for example, is made up of Pinoy classics:

Crispy Pata. This dish of deep-fried pork trotters is the centerpiece of many Pinoy hapag-kainans.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Beef Nilaga. “Pag may tiyaga, may nilaga.” is an adage that teaches us the value of perseverance because of the delicious rewards that await us, no doubt because the comforting nilaga is a reward in itself.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Lumpiang Shanghai. Whether as ulam or finger food, you can’t go wrong with this ubiquitous dish.

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

I’m ever so thankful that my memshie Rowena remembered me and gave my family and wonderful meal to share.

So if you’re thinking if I’m doing good now, well, yeah, I’m perfectly Goodah!!!

Goodah Salo Salo

Goodah Salo Salo

Other Salo-Salo Meal sets available include:

  • Set A: Pork Ribs, Kare-Kare and Garlic Kangkong with Pork
  • Set B: Pork Bistek, Pork Sinigang and Daing na Bangus
  • Set C: Herbed Chicken, Pork Liempo and Pinakbet

This Goodah!!! outlet is located at 9 Granada Street, Valencia,Quezon City, open daily from 7am to 10pm. For inquiries, call +63 2 88758124 or +63 2 82473188.

It delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

GoodAh!!! Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

#QuarantineCookbook: Triple Berry Crumble

As a busy mom with a sweet tooth, I’m sometimes torn between decadent desserts that satisfy my sweet cravings and nourishing ones that contribute to the fam’s health.

The solution to this dilemma is a happy balance between the two extremes: a tasty dessert made with wholesome ingredients.

And if the dish happens to be very easy to make, then so much the better, right?

Well, with the frozen mixed berries from Ate Ceres Grocer, I was able to whip up a Triple Berry Crumble in a jiffy.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Ate Ceres Grocer is a Caloocan-based enterprise that offers a selection of plant-based food. It’s frozen mixed berries, made up of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, are available at Php190 per 500 grams.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Mixed berries became a pantry staple in my household as Hubby and I like to make smoothies for snacking on or for post-workout drinks, considering their myriad health benefits. They are considered superfood as they are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as helps in controlling inflammation, cholesterol levels and heart health.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Frozen mixed berries have the additional benefits of being readily available and convenient to store. As they are frozen immediately upon harvest, they retain their nutrients present at their peak of freshness.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

By making a Triple Berry Crumble, the fam and I don’t just get a delicious dessert but also a lot of wholesome goodness.

Ingredients:

Berry filling:

  • 1/4k (half a tray) of Ate Ceres Grocer’s mixed frozen berries
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Crumble topping:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes

Procedure:

Toss all the berry filling ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well combined.

Triple Berry Crumble

In a separate mixing bowl, combine all the crumble topping ingredients, mashing the butter into the rest of the ingredients until well incorporated.

Triple Berry Crumble

Spread the berry mixture evenly into a 6-inch pie plate then cover with the crumble topping.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 175 deg C for 45 minutes until the berry filling bubbles and the topping turns golden brown.

Triple Berry Crumble

Serve slightly warm, topped with a few dollops of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Triple Berry Crumble

Want to try this recipe? Order your frozen mixed berries from Ate Ceres Grocer on Facebook or Instagram.

Looking for other easy-to-cook dishes to try out? Check out my other kitchen adventures: