Home-grown and heritage dishes at Anonas Bistro

Now more than ever, we harried denizens of the metro look for comfort whenever we can, right?

Well, what’s more comforting than feeling the warm welcome of home?

That’s what it felt like to enter this newly opened restaurant in Anonas, Quezon City.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Sure, the hustle and bustle of the city may stay just outside its doors, but inside its premises is a haven for your spirit.

“We want this experience to be like going home to your lola’s house in the province,” shares co-founder Lucien Aquino. “You’re with your family, your lola is cooking your favorite food in the kitchen, and you feel right at home.”

Anonas Bistro, QC

The place certainly calls to mind the familiar comforts of our beloved ancestral homes in the province that we enjoy spending time in again and again.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Its outdoor seating area is surrounded by lush greenery. Sheltered by a large mango tree from much of the sun, it affords diners a comfortable al fresco setting for their meal. In the evenings, lighted lamps adorn the mango tree giving diners whimsical lighting for their dinner.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

The two-storey residential house was renovated by builder/contractor Lucien and his co-founder Roman Ignacio, updating the structures and finishings to current standards and for use as a restaurant. Its dining areas are furnished with heavy wooden tables and chairs, shipped all the way from Ilocos. The walls, on the other hand, are decorated with artworks by local artist Ronan Rosacay as well as other homey bric-a-bracs.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Completing the transformation of this space into a homey Filipino restaurant is Chef Severino Palunday. He brings with him a considerable thirty years’ worth of culinary experience as a sous chef in a European cruise liner.

Anonas Bistro, QC

From his kitchen, Chef Sev whips up traditional and home-style Pinoy dishes, that make use of fresh local produce, just like the ones your lola makes, but infused with the techniques and methods of an internationally trained chef.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

His menu includes:

Soup of the Day. Usually a cream-based soup that the chef whips up from choice ingredients. It is served with every meal.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Creamy Tofu (Php135). A savory appetizer made by combining crispy fried tofu, aromatics with cream.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Dinakdakan (Php315). An Ilocano dish in which pig parts such as ears, liver and face are boiled until tender, then grilled and sliced thinly. Flavorings and chilis are then added to complete the dish.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Fried Lumpiang Ubod (Php195). A Filipino appetizer (or ulam in my case) which julienned ubod (or heart of palm) are sauteed with chopped meat and vegetables, encased in lumpia wrapper and then deep-fried and served with a spiced vinegar dip.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Gising-gising with Shrimp (Php275). Otherwise known as ginataang sigarilyas, this Kapampangan dish is made with chopped winged beans in coconut milk spiced with siling labuyo, garlic, onions and shrimp paste. Chef Sev serves it with plump shrimp.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Pork Belly Roll (Php380). Pork belly is seasoned and stuffed with aromatics and flavorings, then oven-roasted until the skin becomes golden brown and crispy and the meat is tender. Chef Sev serves it with mashed camote and a buttery gravy.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Kare-Kare Ox Tail (Php480). A viand made with stewed ox tail, tripe and other offal in a sauce made from roasted peanuts, onions and garlic, colored with annato seeds and then thickened with ground rice.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Turon Ala Mode (Php160). A dessert made with fresh ripe banana slices encased in lumpia wrapper and then deep-fried until golden and crispy. It is then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Mango Shake (Php120).

Anonas Bistro, QC

Avocado Shake (Php120).

Anonas Bistro, QC

Ampalaya Apple (Php120).

Anonas Bistro, QC

Whoever said that Filipino food lacks color and character obviously has never encountered Chef Sev’s takes on Pinoy food classics.

Anonas Bistro, QC

So if you’re looking for a place where you can come home to good food and a good homey vibe in Quezon City, Anonas Bistro is your best bet.

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro, QC

Anonas Bistro is located at 145 K-6th, East Kamias 1102 Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 995 1200969 or email anonas.bistro@gmail.com.

For more deets on Anonas Bistro, visit its website or follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting here together with fellow foodies. All food items mentioned here were served for us to sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

Anonas Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chef Resty’s Roast Beef

I’ve always considered roast beef as similar to lechon.

To me, it is a show-stopping food that can serve as the central dish of a feast. In fact, when I dined at eat-all-you-can buffets, I usually make a beeline for the carving station to fill my plate with roast beef slices.

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

I also find it a dish of many possibilities: aside from being a main dish in itself, leftovers can be made into all sorts of dishes. These can range from roast beef sandwiches, beef salpicao, beef stroganoff, roast beef burrito and roast beef cottage pie. Imagine, from one dish, you can have several tasty iterations!

This past New Year’s Eve, I decided to have Chef Resty’s Roast Beef as the centerpiece of my family’s Media Noche Feast.

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

I used to get my roast beef fix at a Chef Resty’s Roast Beef Carving Station at SM Pasig but, sadly, that kiosk has since closed.

Fortunately, there’s another way to get my fam’s roast beef: instead of heading west from my home to SM Pasig, I instead looked to the east!

Chef Resty has opened a dine-in restaurant at Sitio Elena Events Venue in Cainta. I simply had to call my order in the day before, pay for the roast beef and the in-house delivery fee via GCash and await my slab of beefy goodness the next day.

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

It arrived way too early from Media Noche, but that’s ok. I just had to reheat it in a 250 deg C oven for ten minutes. It came out piping hot and ready for the fam’s New Year’s Eve feast. It was also accompanied by Chef Resty’s signature gravy which completed the dish.

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Each slice was tender, juicy and so flavorful. Clearly, it was the highlight of our celebration!

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

(Unfortunately, my 1 kilo order of Chef Resty’s Roast Beef was just enough of my small family – who apparently have huge appetites – so no leftovers.)

I can’t wait for the next celebration with Chef Resty’s Roast Beef! How about you?

Chef Resty’s Delivery

Chef Resty’s Delivery

To order your Chef Resty’s Roast Beef, send a text or Viber message to +63 917 4329953 or +63 919 0985448 with your name, mobile number, address (including barangay), date and time of delivery and order quantity.

Chef Resty’s Roast Beef are priced at:

  • half kilo (Php900): sliced only, serves four people
  • 1 kilo (Php1,600): whole or sliced, serves eight people

Allow at least one day lead time. Cut-off for orders is at 7pm.

Chef Resty's Roast Beef Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chef Edmond Dannug brings back-to-basics comfort food via Heavenly Spiced

You would think that after honing his craft through stints at upscale hotel restaurant Amber in Hong Kong and as head chef of Enderun Events in Davao, Chef Edmond Dannug will bring his considerable skills to bear in whipping up complex French dishes when he decided to go into business.

But no.

Instead, he opted to offer comfort food – his personal favorites, actually – through the online store that he co-manages with his fiancee Jasmine Guillarte. They named it Heavenly Spiced.

Heavenly Spiced

“My cooking mentors always taught me that the best food are the simplest,” he shares.

Still, the dishes on offer at Heavenly Spiced are no run-of-the-mill viands. Their flavors have been enhanced through careful preparation and cooking techniques ingrained into culinary professionals, such as Chef Edmond. They come in large party trays that can serve six to eight people and are perfect for small gatherings or for a special family meal that you don’t want to slave over in the kitchen.

He started out with the Hainanese Chicken and Rice (Php850), widely considered as one of Singapore’s national dishes. Based on the Wenchang Chicken, a well-known dish in South China dating back to Qin Dynasty, this dish is painstakingly made by poaching a whole chicken in sub-boiling temperature, with some of the resulting stock combined with ginger, garlic and other flavorings to cook the flavorful rice that will accompany the dish. Chef Edmond completes this platter with bright green bokchoy and the three traditional dipping sauces for Hainanese Chicken: a red chili sauce, a thick and dark soy sauce, and a paste of freshly ground ginger.

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Another of the chef’s comfort food faves is the Bourbon Glazed Barbecue Pork Ribs (Php1,400). Meat lovers would love to get a hold of this dish! Slow-smoked, falling-off-the-bone meat flavored with a sweet-savory bourbon glaze and partnered with umami corn cobs made for a finger-licking dish! It’s messy eating but there’s really no better way to enjoy it.

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Chef Edmond recently expanded his menu to include Chicken Wings (Php900). Inspired by his favorite chicken chicken place Frankie’s, this dish is made with large pieces of chicken wings which are deep-fried then coated with a vinegar-based cayenne pepper glaze. They are then served with bleu cheese dipping sauce which made for a well-balanced combination of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors.

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

The chef’s newest creation which also joins Heavenly Spiced offerings is the Angus Burger (Php1500). Six hefty quarter-pound patties made with ground Angus beef are lightly seasoned and then grilled to medium doneness to bring out their beefy goodness. These are then placed in grilled brioche buns along with lettuce, tomato, battered onion rings and cheddar cheese then coated with the chef’s Bourbon Barbecue Glaze and served with a side of umami fries.

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Heavenly Spiced

Aside from these party trays, Heavenly Spiced can also cater your Zoom parties via its gift boxes made with solo servings of especially curated dishes from Filipino, Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisines. Prices range from Php450 to Php600 per box.

Now we know where we can get tasty and wholesome comfort food that’s been meticulously prepared by a professional chef!

Heavenly Spiced

To order, text or call +63 939 2373383 or Viber +63 929 4514998. To know more about Heavenly Spiced’s latest offerings, follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting of Heavenly Spiced dishes together with fellow foodies. Items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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Last few days to get a taste of Chef Park’s Truffle Honey Chicken

We’re down to the last few days of February, and if you haven’t gotten a taste of Chef Park’s Truffle Honey Chicken, I suggest you get down to it pronto! 😋

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

The Korean invasion is going strong in the country with K-pop acts dominating the airwaves, K-dramas dominating the playlists and K-barbecue not letting go of its hold of the dining public.

However, another Korean item has been steadily making its presence known: K-chicken!

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

This style of cooking and enjoying fried chicken is characterized by crisp boneless chicken pieces with tender and juicy meat smothered in flavorful glazes, giving rise to new chicken possibilities.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

This month, for example, online fried chicken store Chef Park’s released its limited-edition flavor: Truffle Honey!

This new chicken variant adds the sweetness of honey and the earthiness of truffle oil to the Korean Fried Chicken.

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

Chef Park’s

It’s perfect as a meal with steaming-hot rice, or as something to munch on while binge-watching your favorite K-dramas.

Enjoy it as a Single Happy Rice Meal for Php325 or in a Chicken Sharing Box good for two to four people for Php545.

Chef Park’s

But like I said, you better hurry up and place your orders stat since this flavor is available only within February.

In case you missed this limited-time offer, you may still opt for Chef Park’s regular flavors: Yangnyum, Soy Garlic and Garlic Parmesan, each available for Php295 as a rice meal or for Php495 as a sharing box.

Chef Park’s is a cloud kitchen that operates from #23 9th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City (between Col. B Serrano Avenue and Liberty Avenue), accepting orders from 10am to 7pm daily.

To order, call +63 977 8030111, email chefparksph@gmail.com or visit its website.

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Breakfast with the parents at Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

With all the restrictions from the lockdown since last year, my folks may have been nursing a case of cabin fever. Stuck at home for months, with only a few short trips out to break the monotony, I suspect they may have been feeling blue.

So with my daughter #ExhibitA as my co-conspirator, I set out to find a way to cheer up the parental units.

We decided to treat them to breakfast at a new breakfast joint I chanced upon on Instagram: Almusal Cafe.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

The name says it all doesn’t it?

Almusal Cafe has has been serving comforting Filipino breakfasts – albeit with a New York or Aussie twist every once in a while because of its expat owners. It opened its doors just as the metro was loosening its restrictions on dining out and mobility and was transitioning to a general community quarantine. To me, this restaurant serves breakfast food that act as reminders of better days past and better days to come.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

What better place to bring my parents for some breakfast and bonding, right?

For one thing, Almusal Cafe boasts of lots of greenery at its outdoor seating area that will surely excite, not just plantitos or plantitas, but also any suburbanite longing for a break from quarantine.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Its interiors are also well-appointed, sporting couches where you can lounge while having your coffee and dining areas where you can eat your breakfast in comfort.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Our group enjoyed Pinoy breakfast classics with a few welcome touches of the unusual. Check them out:

Kesong Puti Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Php370). The soft and un-aged white cheese made from carabao’s milk is partnered with sundried tomato pesto on sourdough bread and served with potato crisps on the side.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Beef Belly Tapa (Php380). Beef belly slow-cooked for a day then served chimichurri sauce on top of mixed red and white rice.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Ultimate Fried Chicken (Php450). Two fried chicken fillets served with elote, country-style gravy and hot honey.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Shrimp & Arugula Croissant (Php580). Fresh shrimp is tossed with arugula and cherry tomatoes in a light and creamy aioli and served in a toasted croissant with potato crisps on the side.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Long Black Coffee (Php100).

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Strawberry Mint Iced Tea (Php120). Freshly picked strawberries blended with mint leaves and tea.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Peach Basil Iced Tea (Php130). Iced tea made with peaches, fresh basil and lime.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Cold Mocha (Php170). Malagos chocolate mixed with a double shot of espresso.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

With great food, great surroundings and great conversations over our meal, I had a memorable breakfast experience with my folks; one, I hope, that ushered in some good cheer in their hearts.

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Well, it certainly made for a brighter start of the day for me!

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe, Katipunan

Almusal Cafe is located at The Pop Up Katipunan, Xavierville Corner Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 4pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 1371510.

To know about its latest promos and updates, follow Almusal Cafe on Facebook and Instagram.

Almusal Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Valentine Cookies from Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Valentine’s Day may be over but it’s not too late to treat your loved ones to a sweet treat.

This is what I did this past weekend when Hubby and I made a stopover at Santolan Town Plaza and I espied a branch of Scout’s Honor in the area.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor is an artisanal cookie store inspired by the Girl Scout cookie concept. Its cookies are made fresh daily with premium ingredients, certainly a treat for dessert lovers. Having expanded its menu to include hot comfort food, Scout’s Honor outlets became places where kids and adults can hang out in comfortably.

I decided to bring home some cookies for my kiddos to brighten their day.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Fortunately, I was able to get two pieces each of limited-edition Valentine cookies, Scout’s Honor’s beloved cookie flavors shaped into cute hearts available within February:

Ultimate Chocolate Chip (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Cashew Macadamia (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Rocky Road (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Ultimate Red Velvet (Php95/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

To make an even dozen, I ordered two more pieces each of other Cub Scout Cookie flavors:

White Cranberry Oatmeal (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

1969 (Php60/pc).

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

For my Hubby’s toddler niece who was visiting our home that afternoon with her parents, I got a dozen of 1 Bite 2 Bite cookies (Php95) which consisted of four pieces each of Milk Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Fledge for the little one to bring home.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

As luck would have it, I was able to get some treats for my fur-baby as well as Scout’s Honor also offers peanut-butter flavored Dog Treats (Php95). It’s a well-deserved for my beloved pooch and Guardian of Casa de Jellybeans.

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Why don’t you bring home some sweet treats for your little ones to show your love today?

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

Scout’s Honor, Santolan Town Plaza

This Scout’s Honor branch is located at Ground Floor, Santolan Town Plaza, Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, Little Baguio, San Juan City, open daily from 11am to 7pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinson’s Place Manila Ermita, Ermita, Manila
  • Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Scout's Honor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Give in to your tummy’s rumblin’ at Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Foodies, if there is one thing you can count on, it’s the fact that your Tita Jellybeans is always on the prowl for new and exciting gastronomic experiences to share with you.

And, boy, do I have great news!

There’s this restaurant along Mayon Street in La Loma, Quezon City (a place I’m a bit unfamiliar with but I didn’t let that stop me from going on this foodie adventure) that specializes in takoyaki and milk tea called Gulu Gulu.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

If you’re thinking that it’s just another snack bar or street food stall, you’ve got another think coming. For one thing, the place is not a stall at all but a beautifully designed and well-appointed cafe. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the interiors in bright, natural light while Japan-inspired murals add color to the interiors. Tables and cushioned chairs are spread in the sprawling space, giving diners comfortable seats in which to enjoy their food. Comics and short story books are also displayed, adding to the relaxing cafe feel. Almost every nook and space can be an Instagrammable spot.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Plus, you can watch Gulu Gulu’s takoyaki masters in action in the open kitchen as they prepare the food fresh upon order.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu’s real claim to fame, of course, is its food.

With a name derived from the sound of a rumbling stomach, Gulu Gulu strives to satisfy hunger with delicious and filling fare that are definitely worth several return visits.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

First of these is its takoyaki, claimed to be the best ones in town and unlike any other takoyaki balls you may have tasted. I really can’t argue with that claim. Made with the freshest ingredients like chopped octopus, cabbages and onions, they come in wondrous and creative variety, giving even the takoyaki connoisseur new ways to enjoy this delicious snack.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Available takoyaki flavors include: Classic (Php65/3pcs | Php120/6pcs), Pork Floss & Nori (Php70/3pcs | Php130/6pcs), Tuna Floss (Php70/3pcs | Php140/6pcs), Roe (Php70/3pcs | Php140/6pcs), Seaweeds (Php70/3pcs | Php140/6pcs), Chizu-Yaki (Php70/3pcs | Php130/6pcs), Spam-o-Yaki (Php70/3pcs | Php130/6pcs) and Crispy Takoyaki (Php130/6pcs).

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

If you feel like having something more substantial, you can always opt for a sushi roll. Here, Gulu Gulu does not scrimp on the variety either. Take your pick among these sushi flavors: California Roll (Php220/8pcs), Crazy Maki (Php280/8pcs), Cheese Mango Roll (Php260/8pcs), Crispy Maki (Php250/8pcs) and Salmon Aburi Roll (Php230/8pcs).

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

You can also mix ’em up by getting a 12-piece sushi box with 4 pieces each of California Roll, Crazy Maki and Cheese Mango Roll for just Php230!

If you’re feeling really peckish, you can always go for a Rice Bowl, consisting of a Japanese meat dish topping a steaming bowl of fluffy Japanese rice. Choose from these rice bowl options: Torikatsudon (fried breaded chicken cutlet – Php210), Katsudon (fried breaded pork chop – Php210), Ebi Tendon (shrimp tempura – Php210), Gyudon (beef strips – Php230), Grilled Salmon Steak (Php290) or Japanese Curry (Chicken or Pork – Php240).

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

You can also add a serving of Ebi Tempura (deep-fried batter-coated shrimp – Php150/3pcs | Php240/5pcs), Yakisoba (stir-fred noodles – Php200) or Kakiage (deep-fried batter-coated veggies – Php125) to complete your meal.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Now, what to drink as you eat your fill of those delectable Japanese food? Gulu Gulu’s got you there as well with its extensive line of teas that make use of the finest and first-boiled black, green, red and jasmine tea leaves, lusciously chewy black pearls, nata de coco, grass jelly and other add-ons to bring you the highest quality drinks in amazing variants.

Milk tea flavors include: Original with Pearl (Php100/700ml), Milk Tea with Nata de Coco (Php110/700ml), Milk Tea with Grass Jelly (Php110/700ml), Taro Milk Tea with Pearl (Php115/700ml), Chocolate Milk Tea with Pearl (Php110/700ml), Matcha Milk Tea with Pearl (Php115/700ml0, Original Cheese Tea (Php130/500ml | Php150/700ml), Chocolate Cheese Tea (Php135/500ml | Php155/700ml) and Brown Sugar Milk Tea (Php120/700ml).

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Definitely not to be missed is the Salted Egg Milk Tea (Php130/500ml | Php155/700ml) which should appeal to the Pinoy’s penchant for sweet and salty combos.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

If fruit teas are more your thing, you can select your favorite blends from among: Signature Fruit Tea (Php130/700ml | Php160/1000ml), Special Lemon Tea (Php80/500ml | Php100/700ml | Php130/1000ml) or Orange Tea (Php80/500ml | Php100/700ml).

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

You might also want to check out the new fruit tea flavors Mango Gulu, Strawberry Gulu and Dalandan Tea.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

So if you happen to be in the area and you feel your tummy rumblin’, you know where to go!

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Don’t miss out on these special offers you can enjoy in this Gulu Gulu branch until February 28:

  • 15% off on sushi rolls and rice bowls
  • 2 Taro Milk Teas for Php165

To know its latest promos and offers, follow Gulu Gulu on Facebook or Instagram.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

This Gulu Gulu branch is located at 405 Mayon Corner Calamba Street, La Loma, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 83595787, +63 916 2125964 or +63 932 6144675.

Other branches are located at Savemore Nagtahan, SM North EDSA, SM San Lazaro, SM Sta. Mesa, Sto. Domingo Avenue, QC and Dapitan Street corner Maria Cristina Street in Manila.

Don’t want to leave home? Have your takoyaki and milk tea delivered right to your doorstep by coursing your Gulu Gulu order via GrabFood or FoodPanda.

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Gulu Gulu, La Loma

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting here together with fellow foodies. Food items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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

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Perfect Pair: Pizza and Pasta at Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Some things just go well together: burger and fries; peanut butter and jelly; bacon and eggs; and, of course, pizza and pasta.

For me, pizza and pasta comprise a winning combination. Over the years, my fellow foodies and I have learned to appreciate the way these two Italian classic faves complement each other.

This awesome twosome is showcased in the recently opened Tomas Bistro branch at Eatogether Food Hall in SM Megamall.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro is a home-grown restaurant founded by balikbayan chef James Basalo who leveraged his extensive experience in gourmet cuisine and fine dining to whip up comfort food for local folks to enjoy.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Among these is the perfect pairing of two of its signature dishes which I was able to sample together with my foodie friends:

Harry’s Special (Php165 Junior | Php295 solo | Php595 grupo). Al dente linguini tossed in a creamy jalapeno sauce along with chicken bits and mushrooms and topped with spring onions, garlic and parmesan cheese. Tasty and quite filling!

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Supreme (Php240 solo | Php460 grupo). Artisanal flatbread pizza covered with homemade marinara sauce and topped with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, peppers and olives then accented with a chunky salsa.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

This kind of pairing will make you believe in forever, right?

So pair up with someone you love and experience this perfect pair and more at Tomas Bistro!

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Plus, here are more reasons to head to Tomas Bistro with your gang in tow: Grupo Deal Offers! Save as much as 10% ans get a free 1.5 lifer of Coke when you get combos of pizza, pasta and wings.

  • Grupo Deal 1 (Php995 | good for 3-4 people) – 8 pcs wings + 1 choice of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza
  • Grupo Deal 2 (Php1,225 | good for 4-5 people) – 12 pcs wings + 1 choice of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza
  • Grupo Deal 3 (Php1,850 | good for 5-6 people) – 18 pcs wings + 2 choices of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza

This Tomas Bistro branch is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Its original branch is located near Alfamart, Pacita Main Road, Augusto Commercial Bld. 71-80, San Pedro, Laguna.

For more updates on its latest promos and offers, follow Tomas Bistro on Facebook or Instagram, or visit its website.

Tomas Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Chickks The Party Chicken, SM Megamall

Are you in the mood to paaaaar-teyyyy!?!

(Somebody say, “Oh yeah!”)

With community quarantine restrictions still in effect, we may not be able to get on up, get down and get jiggy with it, but we can certainly have a rollickin’ good time with the fun flavors of Chickks The Party Chicken.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

This new chicken joint at SM Megamall’s Eatogether Food Hall brings to fried chicken lovers new ways to enjoy their favorite dish with succulent and juicy fried chicken in amazing flavors.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

These include:

Korean-Spicy. Sweet and spiced with gochujang, perfect with beer for that chimaek experience.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Honey Soy Garlic. My personal fave ‘coz I like ’em sweet and garlicky.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Spicy Mango. A taste of the tropics right at your fingertips.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Garlic Parmesan. Another fave because of that salty parmesan highlighting the garlic flavor.

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Other flavors that I haven’t been able to sample include Teriyaki, Lemon, Truffle Cheese and Bleu Cheese. Well, these are what return visits are for, right?

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Enjoy your Chickks as flavored wings (prices start ar Php208 for half dozen | Php408 for 1 dozen), solo meals (prices start Php100 for 1 pc | Php288 for 3 pcs), poppers (prices start at Php268 for 250g | Php428 for 500g) or nuggets (prices start at Php188 for half dozen | Php358 for 1 dozen).

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

And you know what? Chickks gives you even more reasons to go for your favorite chicken. Check these out:

Unli Wings Wednesday. Feast on unlimited wings available in all flavors along with unli rice when you drop by the resto at Eatogether Food Hall on Wednesdays for just Php358!

Chikks, SM Megamall

Ready to Cook Packs. Enjoy your flavored chicken wings (Php180 for half dozen | Php350 for 2 dozen) or poppers Php200 for 250g | Php380 for 500g) at home any time you like.

With such delicious flavors, any reason is a good reason to party, right?

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chikks, SM Megamall

Chickks The Party Chicken is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

For delivery orders, send a message via +63 917 7991261 or +63 2 72115956. You may also order thru FB Messenger. Payments via GCash, BPI or BDO are accepted.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting here together with fellow foodies. Food items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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

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Double servings of Ramen at Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Are you loving the recent spate of cold weather, foodies?

Chilly days like these make me want to slurp on some fully loaded and steaming hot ramen. When I’m feeling particularly ravenous, I don’t think a single bowl would suffice.

Well, wouldn’t you know it: at the newly opened Dabururamen at SM Megamall, I can get two bowls for the price of one! Yey!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

“Daburo” is one way of saying “double” in Japanese. With its ramen dishes available on Buy 1 Take 1 deals, Dabururamen gives you double the flavor and double the ramen goodness with every order.

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Are you curious yet on what you can enjoy at Dabururamen? Here’s a sampling:

Daburu Ramen (Php358 for double | Php188 for single). The house special ramen with rich broth, chashu slice and marinated egg, resulting to a hearty blend of authentic Japanese flavors. Definitely incredouble!

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Kamabaku Ramen (Php348 for double | Php198 for single). Dabururamen’s version of the Tantanmen and my new favorite! Its blend of nutty and spicy sweetness can’t be beat!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Melting Gyoza (Php98 for 6pcs | Php190 for 12pcs). The classic Japanese dumpling made with minced pork and chopped vegetables gets an upgrade with the addition of oozing melted cheese!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

House Special Takoyaki (Php168 for 6pcs | Php298 for 12pcs). A mixture of wheat batter and chopped octopus formed into succulent and savory balls topped with special sauce and bonito flakes.

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

So the next time you’ve got a monster craving for ramen or just want to chase the chilly weather blues away, drop by Dabururamen!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For delivery, call in your orders at +63 917 1598522 or +63 9605151688. You may also course your order through FoodPanda, GrabFood and Poodtrip.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting here together with fellow foodies. Food items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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

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Awesome pairing of cookies and coffee from Bake Boss and TOV Coffee

It’s a weekday afternoon, you’ve just had your lunch and you’re contemplating on what will power you up for more hours of doing remote work.

For me, its quite simple: cookies and coffee!

Bake Boss

Both give me a boost of energy and wakefulness that’s sure to get me over that midday slump.

Fortunately, I got some sweets and TOV coffee packets from Bake Boss that really hit the spot.

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Bake Boss is managed by local entrepreneur Earl Reyes, who launched this online bakery in May last year to pursue her passion for baking and make some money during the lockdown due to the pandemic. (Check out my post about Bake Boss’ Chocolate Banana Muffins and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies here.)

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

True to her entrepreneurial spirit, Earl expanded her offerings to include new desserts under her Bake Boss label and even drip coffee which she branded TOV Coffee after the Hebrew word for “good”..

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

My Bake Boss cookie treats included:

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies (Php240/box of 8). The chewy, cinnamon-spiced oatmeal cookies got a chocolatey upgrade with the addition of decadent dark chocolate chips.

Bake Boss

Brookie (Php240/box of 8). The lusciously moist and chocolatey brownie now in cookie form.

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

For you brownie purists out there, Bake Boss also offers Dark Fudge Brownies (Php240/box of 12) so you can indulge yourself with bite-sized pieces of rich dark fudge chocolate.

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Paired with my sweets are cups of coffee made with TOV Drip Coffee (Php45/packet), an easy way to enjoy freshly brewed coffee anytime you want. Solo servings of ground coffee beans are conveniently packaged in bags which can be torn open and hooked onto the sides of coffee mugs. Hot water is passed through the bags and the resulting brew gathers at the bottom of the mug, ready to drink and enjoy.

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

TOV Drip Coffee is made with coffee beans from Sagada and is available in variants that are sure to appeal to coffee connoisseurs:

  • Home-grown brews such as Kalinga, Benguet and Barako which showcase our local coffee artistry
  • Blends enriched with infusions such as Double Chocolate, Hazelnut, Macadamia, Cookies & Cream and Bailey’s Irish Cream which brings us new notes to enjoy with our cuppa without the sugar

Drip Coffee also has the flexibility to be made into other coffee creations such as:

  • Iced Americano: just let the coffee drip over ice cubes
  • Ca phe sua da: place two to three tablespoons of condensed milk into the cup and let the coffee drip over it

So with just my cookies and my drip coffee after lunch, the rest of the day will surely perk up!

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Bake Boss

Send your orders to Bake Boss via Facebook or Instagram two days prior to delivery. Cashless payments via GCash are accepted.

Bake Boss

All of Bake Boss’ goodies are freshly baked everyday and can be delivered from Paranaque to anywhere in Metro Manila via Grab, Lalamove, Happy Move, MoveIt, Angkas, Mr Speedy and others (delivery fee charged to buyer).

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature article.

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Healthy eating myths debunked with Fit Food Manila

As the clock struck down to this New Year, I’m sure many of us resolved to live healthier lives, yes?

Central to healthy living is healthy eating. What we choose to nourish ourselves determine quite a lot of how our wellness efforts shape out.

Fit Food Manila

However, we might find ourselves inundated by a barrage of information about eating right, some of which may not be so helpful in achieving our health goals.

Here’s a sampling:

Myth #1: Say goodbye to meat and dairy.

Going all plant-based may have incredible health benefits such as lowering rates of diabetes and heart disease. However, we can’t discount that animal products are excellent sources of protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc. Cutting meat and dairy out of your diet means that you are limiting your options for getting these nutrients.

Myth #2: Ditch the processed food.

In today’s fast-paced life, not all of us have the time and energy to prepare our food from scratch. Sometimes, we would need to resort to processed food. The trick is in choosing which kinds of processed food to incorporate into our meals. For example, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits provide an easy way for us to get the nutrients we need from these food items even when they’re off season.

Myth #3: Toss off all the fat.

For decades, fat has been vilified as the big bad of food. It has been blamed for everything from widening girths to heart disease. The thing is: we need fat. It provides the feeling of satiation when we eat and it helps out bodies absorb other nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E.

Myth #4: Do away with desserts.

Being a sweet tooth, I shy away from diets that compel me to give up desserts. I would reason that by doing so, I would live longer, but would I want to? (Yes, dessert is my reason for being.)

The trick is in choosing which food items go into the sweets we eat: if we opt for healthier versions of the usual decadent ingredients like substituting milk with soy or almond milk or choosing a lower calorie cream are already significant steps you can take to eat healthy.

Myth #5: Skip meals.

It seems so simple, doesn’t it? To lose weight, you need to eat less. To eat less, simply skip a meal. However, doing so may also mean depriving yourself of key nutrients and energy you need to power through your day. (I know I can get cranky when I skip a meal.)

While you won’t have to divest yourself of tasty and mouthwatering food, doing the nitty-gritty of ingredient selection, food preparation and calorie counting can be both time-consuming and difficult.

Luckily, with food delivery services like Fit Food Manila, you won’t have to hassle yourself with these.

Fit Food Manila is whole team dedicated to helping you with your health goals. Its culinary group is manned by a head chef and several cooks who ensure that the food delivered to you is delicious so you won’t feel deprived. Its in-house dietician and nutritionist, on the other hand, calculate the amount of calories you get from different food groups to help your body get the nourishment it needs.

If you think that it’s impossible to achieve nutritious yet mouth-watering meals everyday, then check out this five-day meal plan that Fit Food Manila prepared for me which totals to just 1,500 calories per day.

Day 1:

Fit Food Manila

Breakfast: Philly Cheesesteak (420KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Lunch: Grilled Chicken with Peking Duck Sauce on Red Rice (362 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Dinner: Paella Negra topped with Seafood (429 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Snacks: Baked Potato Wedges with Grated Cheese (141 KCal) and Caramel Banana (140 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila

Day 2:

Fit Food Manila

Breakfast: Chicken Longganisa with Garlic Brown Rice and Sunny Side Up Egg (443 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Lunch: Hickory BBQ Fish Fillet on Brown Rice (390 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Dinner: Malaysian Beef Rendang on Brown Rice (484 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Snacks: Pad Thai (131 KCal) and Popcorn (90 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila

Day 3:

Fit Food Manila

Breakfast: Ube Granola and Chia Seed Oats (392 Kcal)

Fit Food Manila

Lunch: Spicy Chili Beef Strips with Red Rice (393 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Dinner: Boneless Chicken BBQ with Atchara and Peanut Sauce on Red Rice (443 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Snacks: Pizza Bread (192 KCal) and Grape Jello (80 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila

Day 4:

Fit Food Manila

Breakfast: Mexican Chili con Carne Omelet (402 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Lunch: Pan-Grilled Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Brown Rice (367 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Dinner: Chicken Strips in Oyster Sauce on Brown Rice (401 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Snacks: Banana Graham (109 KCal) and Carrot Cake (216 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila

Day 5:

Fit Food Manila

Breakfast: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich (392 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Lunch: Tokyo Spicy Salmon Salad (384 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Dinner: Grilled Chicken Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Red Rice (419 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Snacks: Apple and Cheese Quesadillas (140 KCal) and Cookie Squares (182 KCal)

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila

Fit Food Manila meal plans include three meals and two snacks. These are delivered to you the night before so refrigerate within one hour of delivery to ensure the freshness of the ingredients and heat right before consumption to give the best taste and quality.

Available meal plans include:

Fit Food Original (Php420/day). The original meal plan based on calorie counting that helps in losing weight.

  • Php2,100 for 5 days at 1200 calories per day
  • Php2,500 for 5 days at 1500 calories per day
  • Php2,900 for 5 days at 1800 calories per day

Fit Food Plus (Php550/day). The meal plan that’s low in carbs but high in fiber but not as high in fat. This is recommended for individuals who want to maximize weight loss while controlling other issues like blood sugar.

  • Php2,750 for 5 days at 1200 calories per day
  • Php3,050 for 5 days at 1500 calories per day
  • Php3,350 for 5 days at 1800 calories per day

Fit Food Keto (Php595/day). The Ketogenic meal plan that limits carbs to around 5-10% of the daily source of energy, limits protein to around 15-20% and gets the rest from healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, eggs, butter, animal fat, and coconut oil, designed to turn the body into a fat-burning machine.

  • Php2,975 for 5 days at 1200 calories per day
  • Php3,225 for 5 days at 1500 calories per day
  • Php3,725 for 5 days at 1800 calories per day

Fit Heart (Php600/day). The low sodium and low fat meal plan which will help not just in lowering body weight but also in lowering blood markers like LDL Cholesterol. This meal plan also replaces high fat meat with low fat alternatives.

  • Php3,000 for 5 days at 1200 calories per day
  • Php3,300 for 5 days at 1500 calories per day
  • Php3,600 for 5 days at 1800 calories per day

Fit Food Veg (Php470/day). The veg meal plan with no meat, poultry, fish, egg and dairy.

  • Php2,350 for 5 days at 1200 calories per day
  • Php2,725 for 5 days at 1500 calories per day
  • Php3,100 for 5 days at 1800 calories per day

Options for 7-day meal plans are also available.

Select your meal plan at fitfoodmanila.com or call +63 917 7240222.

Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Pasta

It’s around that time of the month when the stocked food in my fridge are beginning to run low and all I’ve got to work with for the fam’s lunch are a couple of frozen chicken breasts, some strips of bacon and pantry staples such as pasta and parmesan cheese.

Plus, I’m coming in from a late morning Zoom meeting (the bane of work-from-home moms, am I right?) and I’ve barely got enough time to prepare a meal, eat with the family and make it to my afternoon meetings.

Hmmm… what can I possibly whip up quickly and easily during my lunch hour?

Luckily, this recipe for Tuscan Chicken Pasta came to my rescue.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

What I love about this is that it made use of the remaining frozen food as well as incorporated wholesome and fresh produce that made for a hearty and tasty meal for the family. Also, I didn’t have to use a lot of utensils to cook the dish; it’s basically a one-skillet recipe. (However, I made use of Hubby’s trusty wok as it gave me a sizable surface area to cook in and it distributed the heat quite well. I hope the wok purists won’t come after me!)

Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo spaghetti noodles, cooked per package instructions (reserve 1 cup of the water these were boiled in)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, thawed and filleted into 4 flat pieces
  • salt to taste (I used Himalayan sea salt from Goodness MNL but you can use ordinary table salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 10 slices of bacon cut into short strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 to 6 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 kilo Baguio spinach
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan
  • 6 basil leaves for garnish

Procedure:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. After seasoning the chicken breast fillets with salt and pepper, fry them for 7 to 8 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove them from heat and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before slicing them into thin strips.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Using the same skillet, fry the bacon pieces over medium heat for 8 minutes or until they reach your desired crispiness. (I prefer my bacon to be fried just enough to curl up but not be too crispy). Drop them on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain them of excess oil. Set aside.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Again, using the same skillet, pour out half the fat from cooking the chicken and the bacon before sautéing the garlic and tomatoes over medium heat.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Add the spinach and cook for two minutes until the leaves are slightly wilted.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Season with salt and pepper prior to adding the heavy cream, parmesan and half of the reserved pasta water. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat. (If the sauce becomes to thick, stir in some more of the pasta water).

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Toss the cooked pasta in sauce until well coated, then toss the chicken and bacon strips until evenly distributed.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Garnish with freshly torn basil leaves before serving.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Try this recipe and let me know how it goes!

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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A sumptuous taste of the East at Wangfu Chinese Cafe

Chinese cuisine is so ingrained in the local food scene that I simply can’t imagine going without it.

As one of the chief culinary influences to the Pinoy cuisine, Chinese food has been a frequent feature of many a Pinoy table from simple family dinners to lavish feasts.

Wangfu, Eastwood

In pre-COVID times, my officemates and I would sometimes go to the Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch near our office for lunch. There, we would feast on tasty yet affordable Chinese dishes that would sate our midday hunger and power us for our tasks for the rest of the workday.

Wangfu, Eastwood

With the community quarantine in effect since last year, going out for Chinese food is not as easy as it once was.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thankfully, Wangfu has made its dishes available for long distance delivery via GrabFood so I can have my Chinese food cravings satisfied with little effort.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Giving in to my daughter #ExhibitA’s request for Chinese food for lunch at home one day, I ordered some of my old faves from Wangfu, which included:

Hakaw (Php206.84). Both my daughter and I go crazy over this shrimp dumpling. When dipped in toyomansi with a little bit of chili paste, it’s irresistible!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Half Hainanese Chicken (Php614.25). Half of a chicken poached in sub-boiling temperatures along with ginger, garlic and pandan leaves, then sliced upon serving. It’s best eaten with the oily chicken rice accompanied by three dipping sauces – soy sauce, chili sauce and ginger sauce.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Chicken Rice (Php84.48). The stock produced in poaching the chicken is used to boil rice, producing a flavorful oily rice (Yes, it’s oily and I don’t care! It’s yummy!) that goes so well with the chicken.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Salted Egg Squid (Php457.55). Breaded and deep-fried squid rings flavored with mashed salted egg yolks.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

All of these flavors mesh well together. Once you’ve gotten a taste of this winning combination, I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thanks to Wangfu, my daughter and I were able to satisfy our cravings for good Chinese food!

Wangfu, Eastwood

This Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch is located at Lower Ground Floor, LeGrand Tower 1, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 73734308 or +63 917 6295466. It also delivers via GrabFood.

Other branches may be found at:

  • Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City
  • Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Ground Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Balintawak, Quezon City
  • Lower Ground Floor, The Parkway, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City

Wangfu Chinese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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EATS A CELEBRATION at Italianni’s with 50% off on all pizzas on February 23!

Buon giorno, Italian food lovers!

Your go-to Italian-American restaurant has cooked up something special for you to enjoy on its silver anniversary.

Italianni’s prides itself on giving you good food, conviviality and good service through the years from the opening of its first branch in Greenbelt 1 in 1996 to the present. Despite the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, it still strives to bring its signature blend of tasty Italian-American dishes in servings big enough for sharing, welcoming atmosphere that encourages conversation and bonding, as well as the cheery attention of its crew to its new and loyal clientele.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Even after twenty-five years, discriminating foodies still can’t get enough of its signature dishes such as Spaghetti and Meatballs,  Spinach Artichoke Formaggio, Seafood Cioppino, Sicilian Salad, Quattro Staggioni Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Tartuffo Cake and NY Cheesecake.

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s lives by one of its credos: GRAND to imply “Guest Requests are Never Denied”. The staff go the extra mile to please guests with simple gestures such as providing an extra salad dressing or parmesan cheese, cooking items off the menu, to indulging kids to assemble their own pizza. It is a passion founded on Bistro’s genuine and authentic customer service.

This is why Italianni’s is giving back to everyone who has patronized it for the last quarter century. On February 23, 2021, all pizzas are available at 50% off for dine-in and take-out orders.  That means, you can enjoy their Classico, Margherita, Quattro Carne, Truffle Mushroom, Quattro Staggioni, Pepperoni, Tropicale, Shrimp and Mushroom Anchovy, Garlic and Cheese, and Quattro Formaggi pizzas…all at half the price!

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

This is the restaurant’s way of saying “Grazie!” for sharing twenty five years of wonderful and fulfilling journey and Italianni’s expects many more years of bringing people together. The future is promising and Italianni’s is in this for the long haul.

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

So celebrate Italianni’s silver anniversary with your loved ones by dropping by one of its branches and sharing a pizza or two, along with your favorite Italian-American food!

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s branches are located at:

  • 4th Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
  • Level 6, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • B5, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
  • Second Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
  • Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
  • Ayala North Exchange, Ayala Avenue Corner Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Second Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • Level 1, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Corte de Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Ground Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City

Promo details provided in a recent press release.