The Golden Masquerade by Zomato Gold and Okada Manila

November last year, Zomato launched its biggest dining out program in Metro Manila – Zomato Gold. By partnering only with the top-rated restaurants on Zomato, the program has truly transformed the city’s dining experience. Now, Zomato Gold in Metro Manila has more than 50,000+ subscribers and 600+ restaurants partners.

Zomato Gold’s aim is to elevate its member’s dining experience; therefore, members get a chance to be invited to exclusive events called, Zomato Gold Experiences. To celebrate Zomato Gold’s success in Metro Manila, and as a part of the monthly Zomato Gold Experiences, a “Golden Masquerade,” will be held on February 18, 2019, at Okada Manila. This event is exclusive to Zomato Gold members only. The Golden Masquerade will feature a night full of dancing, drinking, and of course a lot of eating!

Do you want to get invited to Zomato Gold Experiences too? Become a member! Not only do you get to be a part of these interesting events, but you also get to enjoy 1+1 on food and 2+2 on drinks at over 600 restaurant partners in Metro Manila anytime, any day. Welcome to the future of dining out.

Event details and image provided by ZomatoPH.

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Sultry nights of Fil-Mex food and rockin’ music are comin’ at Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

In one of the quiet roads of Marikina just off the major thoroughfare that is Gil Fernando Avenue is a burst of vibrant colors, tastes and sounds, a perfect venue for chilling out when the sultry summer nights come along.

Bodega Casa Villa is a Fil-Mex restaurant that seeks to bring the fun and spice of Mexican food to the Filipino palate. This results to a mix of contrasts: spicy dishes and refreshing drinks, a rockin’ and colorfully decorated al fresco dining and bar area outside and a homey yet well appointed setting inside, and signature Mexican dishes using Pinoy ingredients.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

The Latin vibe is alive and well in this resto, from the murals and sombreros that adorn the warmly colored walls, the ornate mirrors in the washing area and restroom, to the table napkins that mark each place setting.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Together with other local foodies, I was able to try out its Fil-Mex fare, which include:

Mucho Nacho Bodega (Php230). Large piece of crrrrunchy corn nachos topped with salsa fresca, jalapeno peppers, garlic cream, queso sauce, and our very own longganisa and kesong puti!

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Sinugbang Maiz “Elote” (Php120). A very fresh twist on the grilled corn-on-the-cob (“sinugba” being the Cebuano term for anything grilled), succulent grilled corn are coated with a mixture of mayo, parmesan and cheese powder, then flavored with spices, cilantro and lime.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Crispy Dinuguan Burrito (Php250). Hefty rolls of burritos stuffed with rice flavored with dinuguan (Filipino version of blood stew), pork meat and lettuce, and served with bits of chicharon (pork skin cracklings) for added crunch and flavor. These are served with salsa verde and chipotle salsa.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Taco Trio (Php295). A triad of soft-shell tacos, each with a different flavorful filling: the Pork Bagnet Sisig, the Chicken Inasal and the Beef Barbacoa. Enjoy these with salsa verde, chipotle salsa and garlic cream sauce.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Aligue Squid Pasta (Php275). Cappelini pasta tossed in a decadent aligue (crab fat) sauce along with rings of grilled squid.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Stacked Chicken Wings (Php765). A mountain of twenty-four (!!!) meaty and juicy pieces of fried chicken wings doused in three different kinds sauces: Parmesan, Quezo and Chipotle. Have a taste for adventure? Reach into a platter of these without looking at what you’re getting and take a bite. Personally, I love the Parmesan-coated wings.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Be sure to check out the bar’s signature cocktails and other drinks while you’re enjoying the food and the live acoustic music.

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

It sure looks like Fil-Mex foodie adventurers have a new home in Marikina!

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Bodega Casa Villa, Marikina

Hankering for a chill and enjoyable night out with your friends? Take advantage of the resto’s various promos!

Php200/6 Bote. Get six bottles of San Miguel Beer products for only Php200 every Monday.

Taco Tuesday. Buy one get one on all tacos every Tuesday.

Beer-All-You-Can Wednesdays (Php350). Chug down all the brews you can muster, every Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm.

Bring Your Own Bottle Thursdays. Got your signature drink at home? Bring it here as there is no corkage fee, then enjoy it together with your fave Fil-Mex dishes and chill sounds.

Thanks to Fat Girls Day Out for extending the invitation!

Bodega Casa Villa is located at 48 Dragon Street, San Roque, Marikina, open daily from 5pm to midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 6451952.

Bodega Casa Villa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other restaurants serving Mexican food:

A Valentine celebration of love, food and music at Chef Jessie’s Place

Having said goodbye to the Christmas holidays, many of the metro’s denizens have rolled up their sleeves and got back to their daily grind.

However, this recent Valentine’s Day, many braved the traffic jams and packed malls to spend time with their special someones.

As for me, I was thrice-lucky: I was able to have a special Valentine’s Day celebration with three of my loves: food, music and friends.

I was among the bloggers of #WeLoveToEatPH invited to attend a benefit dinner held at Chef Jessie’s Place in Makati.

The venue is a newly built building located at the corner of Pililla, Tanay and Obrero Streets in Barangay Olympia in Makati. The building is the culmination of world-renowned Chef Jessie Sincioco‘s dream to have her own place, hence the name. It is set to open to the public in early March.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The benefit dinner, at Php3,500 net for two people (the proceeds of which will be donated to Caritas Manila), features a sumptuous international buffet selection, personally designed and overseen by Chef Jessie, along with her brother Chef Reo Sincioco.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The event is highlighted by musical performances by Madonna Decena and Renz Fernando. Madonna is the Filipina finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and a multi-medalist in the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA). Renz, on the other hand, is a four-time WCOPA medalist hailing from Tawi-Tawi. Together, they serenaded the diners with love songs and ballads.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

The dinner’s international buffet selection includes dishes from various cuisines such as:

An assortment of exotic appetizers. I loved the slightly spicy Fusili with Crab Sticks best of these.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Beef Cheeks Bourguignonne. Also known as Beef Burgundy, this hearty dish is highlighted by tender morsels of beef cheeks, stewed in red wine and meat stock, accompanied by root carrots and aromatics.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chestnut Pork Barbecue. I was excited to find out that the pork used in these skewers were actually flown in from Spain because Chef Jessie wanted her pork barbecue to be so tender that the meat falls off the stick with every bite.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Grilled Assorted Seafood in Berlinoise Sauce. Succulent salmon, prawns and other seafood are bathed in a rich creamy sauce.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Penne in Creamy Tomato Sauce. Al dente penne tossed in a rich creamy tomato sauce and sprinkled with cheese.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Brown Rice Vegetable and Mushroom Risotto. A flavorful rice dish which aptly complemented the other viands.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Decadent Desserts. Sweets for the sweet which include Crepe Samurai, Chocolate Fudge Slice with Salted Caramel, various panna cotta, Hazelnut Chocolate Tranche and Chilled Strawberry Cheesecake.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

Spirits from Titania Wine Cellar are also available by the bottle.

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

I couldn’t help but fill my plate with these tasty selections (and return for seconds and thirds, hehehe!). And it certainly seemed like I had the whole world on my plate!

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

This Valentine’s Day celebration at Chef Jessie’s Place was a memorable night spend with great music, great food and great friends!

Chef Jessie’s Place, Olympia Makati

I’m looking forward to coming back when it officially opens to the public.

Check out my previous blog post on Chef Jessie’s Place.

Disclosure: Together with my other food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was invited to a Valentine’s Day benefit dinner held at Chef Jessie’s Place. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Former OFW pays tribute to family recipes at Las Pinas’ Cafe Tribu

When OFW, nurse and new mother Krishna Torres – Pagarugan returned home to the Philippines to raise her daughter, she decided to become a franchisee of Cafe Tribu, a coffee shop specializing in Philippine-grown coffee beans.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

However, her coffee shop soon turned into a family affair.

Her sister and business partner Kathleen Torres-Bell turned their premises – formerly occupied by a beauty salon – into a bright and cheery haven for relaxing and conversing with friends. A colorful array of furniture and decor are mixed and matched into an eclectic yet tasteful combination: from the flowers and wire lamps hanging from the ceilings, her father’s paintings and mural taking pride of place on the walls, to the various chairs, tables and throw pillows that make one’s stay here quite comfy indeed.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

The cafe’s sprawling premises can accommodate up to fifty people for a party or office function, but can also serve as a cozy venue for an informal art exhibit or crafting workshop.

A wide spectrum of diners comfortably pass their time in this space – from local businessmen taking a break from their morning walk, to students of nearby schools and colleges meeting up with friends.

Her mother, a cooking enthusiast, helped her expand the store’s menu to include classic Filipino dishes – affectionately dubbed Naty’s Specialties after her late grandmother – some of which I was able to sample, among others, when I visited this place for a much-awaited get-together with two of my closest college friends. These are dishes made-to-order at least two days prior, and are good for three to four persons, which include:

Kare Kare (Php420). To be honest, I’m still loyal to my mom’s Kare Kare in terms of flavor and mouthfeel but this does come close. The meat, slow-cooked for hours, is tender and can be easily pulled apart by my fork. Together with crisp, lightly cooked vegetables, it is submerged in a thick peanut sauce. When eaten together with rice and the cafe’s slightly spicy homemade bagoong (shrimp paste), each mouthfull is an explosion of flavor.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Laing (Php240). Bicol’s signature dish of shredded taro leaves and meat bits cooked in coconut milk – and accompanied by a hefty serving of sliced chilis – is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. I took some home for his dinner which he loved. (Ganda points for me, huh!)

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Chicken Barbecue (Php350) and Liempo Barbecue. Another set of Pinoy classic dishes, these are comprised of large pieces of chicken and pork belly marinated in a sweet barbecue sauce and grilled to tender and juicy perfection.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Beef Tapa (Php130). Why, oh why, do strips of tender fried marinated beef become irresistible when accompanied by fried egg (sunny-side up, please!) and garlic fried rice?

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Alas, too bad for my #dietgoals, Naty’s Specialties go so well with rice, lots and lots of it. (Our nanays and lolas seldom thought about carbs when these recipes are being developed, I guess.)

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Meanwhile, to address the hunger pangs and limited budget of the students who frequent her cafe, Krishna also serves snacks that are easy on the tummy and on the students’ wallet such as:

New York Hotdog (Php115). A hefty Frankfurter rolled in oil, topped with caramelized onions, salsa, spicy mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and bacon bits.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Club House Sandwich (Php100). This double-decked sandwich has layers of ham, tuna and veggies, served with crisp potato chips.

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Want something hot to accompany those yummy snacks? You can’t go wrong with the drinks whipped up by the cafe’s Lebanon-trained barista such as the Hot Chocolate Velvet (Php90), White Chocolate Latte (Php105), Caramel Macchiato (Php105) and Oreo Latte (Php120).

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

How about something refreshing to cool yourself down when the hot summer days come along? Check out the cafe’s icy frappes such as the Matcha Green Tea (Php140), Strawberries and Cream (Php120) and White Mocha Frappe (Php120). But really, don’t leave the store without a taste of the cafe’s specialty, the Coffee Peanut Butter Avalanche (Php150), truly a heavenly concoction!

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

This day was memorable because three friends were able to come together for good conversation over good food and drinks, amidst beautiful surroundings. So make your own beautiful memories with family and friends here at Cafe Tribu!

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

Cafe Tribu, BF Resort

This Cafe Tribu branch is located at 136 Gloria Diaz Street Corner CV Starr Avenue, BF Resort Village, Talon, Las Piñas City. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 3563971 or +63 995 2740204.

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

Disclosure: Together with my college friends, I was invited to a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by my companions nor myself.

Check out my reviews of other restaurants that serve Filipino food:

What New Fashion Styles Should We Expect in 2019?

The saying “out with the old and in with the new” is never more appropriate than during the start of the year, and if you’ve kept up with social media then you’ve probably seen hundreds of posts about clearing out closets (literally and figuratively) to make space for better things. If you’re looking to beef your wardrobe back up after a Marie Kondo-esque purge, then here’s a short list of some fashion trends for 2019 that’ll definitely be on the top of your Instagram feeds.

Classic loose shorts

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While shorts have always been a good excuse to cool down and show off a bit of skin, 2019 looks like it’s going to take a more relaxed approach to the wardrobe staple. Glamour Magazine suggests wider-leg shorts with a looser fit are in this year, prioritizing the classic schoolboy look over a tighter fit. This is definitely a godsend for the hot weather, and as an added bonus they look and feel comfortable.

Pick shorts in lighter colors like khaki or light blue for a daytime look, and pair with loose-fit satin tops for maximum freshness. Don’t shy away from patterns, either; stripes are the way to go with this item.

Pleated skirts

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Pleated skirts may bring to mind private Catholic schools and strict dress codes, but luckily for the skirt lovers that’s about to change. 2019 looks like the year of balancing comfort with style, with Insider claiming pleated skirts are definitely going to play a part in that.

A long pleated skirt in a rich color like mustard or burgundy is a great piece to build your outfit around, and depending on your top could be perfect for a night out or a Sunday brunch. Wear with boots for a dressier look, or sandals for that easygoing vibe.

Flared jeans

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Tons of fashionistas are taking inspiration from previous decades and experimenting with their looks, and if there’s one style that’s a showstopper then it’s the flared jeans look of the 1970s. Flared jeans are making a huge comeback, and you’ll find more and more retailers offering them as part of their lineup. BNY Jeans is a denim brand from the Philippines that offers just that: light wash, high-waisted flared jeans in a flattering cut and comfortable fabric. They’ve made a name for themselves recently for releasing eye-catching flared denim jean ranges that are great for just about anyone.

Wear these jeans with a simple t-shirt and sneakers for a classic, everyday look, or go all out with a pair of killer heeled boots and a rockin’ top.

Statement sneakers

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In the past year, sneakers have taken center stage, and it looks like that trend is only going to continue. Stylecaster reports that Pinterest searches for “statement sneakers” are up over 2000%, which is a clear indication that people are putting more thought into what they’re wearing on their feet. The right pair of sneakers can turn your outfit from good to unforgettable, so it might just be time to invest in a nice pair.

You can go the tried and tested route with jeans and an oversized shirt, or you can get a little creative and play with colors, patterns, and silhouettes. Don’t let these sneakers intimidate you— just have fun!

For more on fashion trends and tips, check out the What to Wear category on Jellybeans in the City!

New SKYcable kids channel ZooMoo hosts panel on animal conservation

Well, first there was IQ, and then there was EQ.  Today, we have another aspect of child development that we, as parents, would do well to address: our children’s animal quotient (AQ).

From the apex predators in the wild, the little critters in the fields, and our furry friends at home, all animals have their own important place in the world.

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo, the new English language-based learning channel on SKYcable, aims to help parents in honing their preschoolers’ AQ, as well as fostering a love for animals and nature.  The channel is a product of the collaboration among the world’s foremost wildlife filmmakers, early childhood educationalists and technology developers.  Its entertaining and engaging animal-centered programs are designed stimulate and develop kids’ innate emotional connection to the natural world.

Recently, ZooMoo hosted a panel discussion for parents and guardians at the aptly themed Zoo Coffee.  Here, the attendees were able to gain insights on the importance of teaching kids about animals and nature at an early age and how to further integrate technology into their kids’ early education.

ZooMoo Launch Event

The panel is composed of photojournalist and environmental advocate Gregg Yan, lifestyle television host and online influencer Kelly Misa-Fernandez and the marketing manager of ZooMoo’s parent network Blue Ant Media, Trippy Padilla.  Together, the panelists imparted tips and information on how to foster kids into becoming good caretakers of the planet, which include:

The benefits and challenges to parents of being in the digital age

With the ubiquitous influence of technology, parents do wonder whether access to these gadgets, apps and social media is beneficial or harmful to their kids.

The answer is: As with most things, technology is neutral. It can be both good or bad, depending on how you use it.

In his line of work, Gregg Yan has seen first-hand how technology helps in animal conservation. For example, conservationists can upload photos of the lieft fin of the whale sharks they encounter on the Wild Hook system which helps them identify individual sharks as patterns of spots are unique to each shark.

Furthermore, access to animal and nature-related content through digital media has grealty helped in disseminating conservation awareness, even among kids.

“With digital technology, you don’t have to carry a fifty-pound backpack and go up mountains,” he said. “All you have to do is watch ZooMoo and you’ll be able to see the animals in their natural habitat.”

ZooMoo’s programming is comprised of 1,500 self-contained shows that combine spectacular wildlife footage with a range of puppetry, animation and narrative techniques to create a unique viewing and learning experience for a very young audience. Centered around five themes – explore, create, play, puzzle and quiet – ZooMoo’s shows are geared towards helping kids develop appreciation and compassion towards other creatures.

Through the ZooMoo App, kids and parents will have a second screen to enjoy ZooMoo’s animal-centric content. Parents can allow their kids to immerse themselves in the world of ZooMoo through interactive games, music, puzzles and other fun activities. The app’s Parent Page also provides personalized support to parents to aid in their children’s learning.

How to develop good conservation habits among young children

To Kelly Misa-Fernandez, modelling good behavior is key to raising socially and environmentally responsible kids.

“At this age, kids will immitate what they see.” she shares. “I want my son to see the real situation and I want him to be empowered to know that he can do something about it. And it’s best to lead by example.”

Recently, for example, her family has started assembling eco-bricks, environmentally friendly bricks made of recycled plastics from home waste. They stuff plastics like wrappers and cellophane tightly into sturdy containers which can later be used in construction while keeping harmful plastics away from the ocean and sea life.

Through the talks with the panelists, it is easy to see that conservation awareness is becoming a more important issue for today’s kids. Fortunately, with ZooMoo, parents and kids can get their start in becoming environmentally aware and doing their share to protect nature and animals.

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo Launch Event

ZooMoo ‘s program line up is packaged in an easy to understand format that is fun for both parents and kids. Among ZooMoo’s well-loved shows are Dinosaur Train wherein young Tyrannosaurus Rex Buddy travel across the Land of Dinosaurs with his family and friends), and  ZooMoo Wild Friends which take kids on a journey to discover animals and the world around them.

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SKYcable subscribers can choose to add zooMoo (channel 120 in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Lipa) to their channel line-up for only Php20 per month via SKYcable Select. For more details or to subscribe, visit mysky.com.ph or call +63 2 418 0000.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

New and exotic dishes at Essential Goodness for the Pilgrims in Poblacion

Along the busy and traffic-congested road that is Makati Avenue is a haven catering to the wanderers that venture into this bustling city.

Dubbed Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, it is a rooftop restaurant and bar of premium hostel Lub D Makati. The restaurant’s dining experience is the result of the hostel’s collaboration with notable local chefs Nicco Santos and Quenee Vilar of Hey Handsome and Your Local restaurants. With a menu that builds on familiar Pinoy favorites and international cuisines, the resto initially made a name for itself among Poblacion’s denizens with its All-Day brunch menu.

It also boasts of tastefully decorated interiors and an al fresco roofdeck with a breathtaking view of the Makati skyline.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Recently, along with fellow foodies, I got a sneak peek at its soon-to-be-launched menu items which were paired with drinks from the resto’s bar list. These include:

Tofu Salad. Made with marinated kino tofu tossed with spinach, cilantro, basil and lime. It is paired with Caipirinha, a Brazilian cocktail made with lime, sugar cubes and cachaca, a distilled spirit concocted from fermented sugar cane juice.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Salmon Ceviche. Raw marinated salmon served with green papaya, tomatoes, coconut cream, green and red eye chilis and cilantro. It is paired with Sauvignon Blanc.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Crab Curry. Crab meat stewed in curry, and served with cilantro and roti, flatbread originating from India made from stoneground wholemeal flour. It is paired with the exotic Sour Sup Black Tea, a drink made of guyabano juice, black tea and whisky.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Fried Chicken Poppers. Juicy fillets of breaded chicken served with spicy sambal cream cheese and edible flowers.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Vegan Curry Laksa. The Southeast Asian spicy rice noodle soup made even healthier with shitake mushrooms, zucchini, bean sprouts and banana hearts. It is paired with a refreshing glass of Essential Iced Tea made with black tea, lemongrass and calamansi.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Thai Fried Chicken. Cured chicken deep-fried to achieve a crisp and flavorful skin and tender juicy meat. It is served with pickled red bell pepper and green chili sambal on top of fragrant herbed rice.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Braised Beef. Local beef slow-cooked for four hours and served with guava sauce, green papaya salad and herbed and toasted rice. It is paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the world’s best-known red wine varieties.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Earl Grey Chocolate. A thick layer of grey black tea infused chocolate smeared onto a bowl containing vanilla ice cream topped with citrusy yuzu syrup and brown butter crumbs.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Mango and Sticky Rice. Slices of sweet ripe mangoes topping a bed of coconut sticky rice with a side of caramelized peanuts.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

The new dishes feature a distinct Southeast Asian taste profile, with some heat from the chilis and crisp freshness from the vegetables. One or two dishes do have a bit of a problem in balancing the flavors but this can be addressed prior to their official launch. Do watch out for these tasty offerings in the coming days.

The deliciously exotic food, chill vibe and beautiful surroundings made this food tasting a very memorable event for me and my fellow foodies. Kudos to the Essential goodness, for the pilgrims team for the masterfully prepared dishes and the lovely event.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims, Poblacion

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims is located at 13th Floor, Lub d Makati, 7820 Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, open daily from 6am to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 5416358 loc 2600 or +63 917 5340497.

Essential goodness, for the pilgrims Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other food bloggers, I was invited to attend a food tasting held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.