Guiltless goodness in Tagaytay: Koomi

One of the happiest discoveries of the family’s Tagaytay sojourn is the presence of one of our favorite yogurt drink stores at the nearby Ayala Malls Serin.

Koomi is an Australia-based chain which specializes in combinations of natural probiotic drinking yogurt with various fresh and wholesome ingredients to produce yummy and icy drinks.

Koomi Tagaytay
Koomi Tagaytay

If you haven’t tried Koomi drinks yet, you definitely should mainly for two reasons:

  • They are so good for you. Yogurt aids in digestion, boosting immunity and is rich in nutrients that promote bone health.
  • They taste so good. Flavored with natural sweeteners like fruit honey and enhanced with fruits, nuts and other healthy ingredients, Koomi drinks are yummy concoctions meant to be heartily enjoyed.

I took the opportunity during a supply run in Ayala Malls Serin to take out some delicious Koomi drinks for the fam, such as:

Koomi Tagaytay
Avo Nice Day (Php170). Yogurt flavored with rich avocado, my all-time fave!
Koomi Tagaytay
Mango Cracker Rocker (Php155). My daughter’s go-to drink made with yogurt, mango bits and crushed graham crackers.
Koomi Tagaytay
Cookies ‘n Cream (Php135). A treat for my son who loves the combo of yogurt and chocolate cookies.
Koomi Tagaytay
Banana Dance with Some Berries (Php175). For my health-conscious Hubby, this combo of yogurt, bananas, blueberries and strawberries is his smoothie!
Koomi Tagaytay
Nuts About You (Php155). I introduced Koomi to my mother-in-law with this not-too-sweet mix of yogurt, almonds and pistachios.
Koomi Tagaytay
Boppin’ Boba (Php135). I treated my nephew (and my son’s bestie) to the yogurt version of his favorite milk tea.

I opted for the Aussie blend, resulting in drinks with a very pronounced tanginess. However, Koomi also offers a Filipino blend which has cream added to the mixture, a flavor profile more aligned to the Pinoy palate.

Koomi Tagaytay
Koomi Tagaytay

Tagaytay vacationers (and residents, of course!) sure have some guiltless goodness to enjoy with this Koomi branch.

It’s located at Ayala Malls Serin, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Highway Brgy. Silang Crossing East Tagaytay City, Cavite 4120.

In Metro Manila, Koomi branches are located at:

  • Pasig: The Podium, Unimart Capitol Commons
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Magnolia, Eastwood City Mall, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Galleria, Z Square Mall, Ali Mall, Ayala Vertis North, SM Fairview, Timog Avenue, Mezza Residences, Fisher Mall QC, Hemady Square, White Plains, UP Town Center, Maginhawa
  • Makati: SM Jazz, Glorietta 4, Salcedo Village
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia, Double Dragon Plaza
  • Manila: SM San Lazaro, SM Manila, Lucky Chinatown
  • Taguig; SM Aura, Uptown Mall
  • San Juan: VMall Greenhills
  • Muntinlupa: Festival Mall
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Paranaque: SM City Bicutan, BF Homes
  • Malabon: Fisher Mall Malabon

2D Themed Cafe in QC: Kurimi Milk Tea Bar

Nope, entering this milk tea bar doesn’t magically land you into a cartoon world.

Instead, it welcomes you into a place where you can take Instagrammable pics while enjoying your freshly made milk tea.

Check out Kurimi Milk Tea Bar!

Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato

This little store in the foodie-friendly Tomas Morato area in QC serves up the Pinoy’s new favorite beverage – milk tea, of course – in a quaint and picturesque setting. Every wall, nook and cranny has been painted white with thick black outlines to give that interesting 2D effect. Yes, it’s walking into a cartoon!

Here you can enjoy a wide array of Japanese style tea drinks, from Kurimi’s signature milk tea, cheesecake and cream cheese series as well as specialty drinks that include:

Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Mil Tea with Pearl
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Cocoa Cream Cheese with Pearl
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Honey Peach Fruit Tea
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Honey Peach Fruit Tea with Cream Cheese and Mixed Jelly
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Cheesecake Kurimi Milk Tea with Pearl
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Taro Cream Cheese
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Taro Cheesecake with Pearl
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Matcha Cream Cheese

Hang out here with your frinds and take a pic: you and your drink will be the pops of color against your cute 2D background.

Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato
Kurimi Milk Tea Bar, Tomas Morato

This Kurimi Milk Tea Bar branch is located at 88 Scout Limbaga Street, Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open for dine-in, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery via GrabFood.

For inquiries or orders, call +63 951 3558571.

Tasty Taiwanese dishes at FatFook Kitchen, UP Town Center

For a recent holiday get-together with my former office buddies, we settled on FatFook Kitchen at UP Town Center as our meet-up place.

For one thing, UP Town Center is easily accessible to all of us, scattered all over the metro as we are. Despite the Christmas rush, getting there was relatively easy, since most of the traffic are headed towards the opposite direction to the Makati and South areas.

Secondly, we know that we won’t be disappointed in the food. After all, Taiwanese cuisine is so close to what appeals to the Pinoy palate while offering a welcome break to flavors and textures we consider mundane.

FatFook, UP Town Center
FatFook, UP Town Center

The next challenge was ordering food for a group of five that will please everyone’s taste buds or sate their personal cravings. Fortunately, FatFook has a ready solution with its Feast for the Family offer which allows diners to order one appetizer, one noodle or rice dish, one vegetable dish and two main entrees for just Php1,1088.

Given our appetites and this amazingly affordable offer, we ordered two sets of Feast for the Family and indulged ourselves in a variety of Taiwanese dishes which included:

Appetizer.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Hot & Sour Soup for Sharing.
A thick, savory and spicy soup which contains day lily buds, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoots, and tofu, in pork blood broth.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Fried Squid.
Thinly sliced squid rings covered in batter, deep fried for the characteristic crunch and then liberally seasoned with salt and pepper.

Noodles and Rice.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwan-Style Fried Noodles.
Hand-pulled noodles are stir-fried with pork strips and veggies for a hearty and flavorful noodle dish.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwan-Style Fried Rice.
Served in a small pan, the rice is fried with a salty brown sauce and accompanied by bits of green onion and Taiwanese sausage.

Vegetable Dish.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Eggplant with Minced Pork.
Slivers of eggplant stir-fried with minced pork resulting in a flavorful – yet thankfully non-spicy – viand.
FatFook, UP Town Center
String Beans.
A healthy side dish of string beans stir-fried with minced pork to lessen the guilt from eating so much, hehehe!

Main Entrees.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Chicken Chops.
Juicy and tender chicken breasts coated with batter and breading, then deep-fried, seasoned and sliced into -bite-sized strips.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Sweet & Sour Pork.
A dish that has become a mainstay in many Pinoy dining tables, this combines sweet, savory and sour flavors.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Oyster Omelette.
A dish that brings the flavors of the sea from the oysters encased with bits of lettuce in a savory egg wrap, then smothered in a sweet sauce.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Beef Tendon Hotpot.
A sinful dish made with melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef tendon stewed in a thick sauce with chopped chilis for that hint of spice.

Dimsum. Our meal wouldn’t be complete with some tasty potstickers so we ordered some of the frozen dumplings which the restaurant steamed and served to us.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Pork Siomai (Php375 | 15pcs).
FatFook, UP Town Center
Shrimp Hakaw (Php430 | 12pcs).

We also couldn’t pass up the chance to have a taste of FatFook’s signature Taiwanese Sausages, plump and meaty links with a sweet, savory and garlicky flavor. Also, since FatFook does not offer service water, we washed down our meal with soda and TeaCo Black Tea.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwanese Sausage (Php328).
FatFook, UP Town Center
Teaco Black Tea

Our enjoyable time together over good food was enhanced by the great service of FatFook’s staff.

FatFook, UP Town Center
FatFook, UP Town Center

I’m so looking forward to our next meet-up here.

This FatFook branch is located at 2nd Floor, Phase 1A, UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in and takeout.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

FatFook delivers frozen and ready-to-cook dishes via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Sweet Sunday meetup at Sundays, Marikina

During pre-pandemic times, one of the highlights of my workday is the #HappyLunch I used to enjoy with my officemates.

We used to scope out the various dining spots in the vicinity of our workplace and choose a new place in which to spend that precious lunch hour. These midday adventures not only presented us with gustatory delights, they also provided our group with a welcome break from our work environment and an opportunity for some levity in between periods of being good little workers.

Well, things happened (some officemates transitioned to other companies, and, of course, COVID-19 reared its ugly head in the metro, which curtailed opportunities for dining out), so we haven’t been able to get together for almost two years.

Thanks to the loosening of community quarantine restrictions, I was able to meet up with two of my former office friends for brunch at Sundays Cafe & Restaurant.

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

One of the newest dining spots in foodie-friendly Marikina, Sundays offers breakfast, comfort food and coffee. Located along J.P. Rizal Street, it’s housed in a single-story Spanish villa-inspired building, with clean and minimalist interiors well-suited for intimate gatherings as well as a pet-friendly al fresco dining area.

Quite fittingly, I met up with my friends on a Sunday morning for brunch. After experiencing some confusion in the drive over (note to self: rely on Waze, not Google Maps, for directions in this part of Marikina, especially with the one-way streets), I was able to snag the last remaining parking spot, quite ably assisted by the parking attendant.

One of my friends was later in arriving than me and had to park quite a distance away from the cafe.

In between various chika and catching up on events in each other’s lives since we last saw each other, my friends and I broke our fast with Sundays’ cafe staples, which included:

Mocha (Php145). A chocolatey version of the restaurant’s cafe latte, served hot.

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

Eggs Benedict (Php250). Sundays’ version of my favorite breakfast dish consists of fluffy brioche buns topped with slices of homemade bacon and poached egg drenched in hollandaise sauce, with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

Homemade Bacon Slab on Kimchi Rice (Php320). This breakfast food given a Korean vibe consists of thick slices of homemade bacon, a fried egg (sunny side up, per our request) on top of flavorful kimchi rice served on a skillet.

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

Tres Leches (Php130). I indulged my sweet tooth with this light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with sweetened whipped cream with a sprinkling of cornflakes for texture.

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

The restaurant was still on soft opening mode during our visit so hopefully, it will be able to smooth out some kinks in its operations, particularly some delays in serving our food and in providing the bill.

That said, the restaurant was true to its proposition of providing “Great food. Great memories.” It certainly was a memorable brunch meetup with my friends over delicious food!

Sundays Cafe, Marikina
Sundays Cafe, Marikina

Sundays Cafe and Restaurant is located at J.P. Rizal corner V. Gomez Street, Barangay San Roque, Marikina City, open Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 10pm and Fridays to Sundays from 8am to 11pm. For reservations, call +63 917 1572634.

#PepsiChristmasHitSaSarap combo deals with Bonchon at FoodPanda

Holiday mealtimes are all-set to become a lot merrier with the latest offer from Pepsi and FoodPanda.

As part of Pepsi’s Hit Sa Sarap Christmas Campaign, the softdrink giant partnered with food delivery service FoodPanda in bringing exciting deals to the metro’s foodies:

  • Php100 OFF your favorites upon using the code PEPSIXMAS (minimum spend of Php350)
  • Up to 20% off on select Pepsi Christmas Hit Sarap Combo Deals
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Can’t wait to dig in? Check these out!

Regular Bibimbowl Meal (Php165.60 from Php207).

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Sate your Bonchon’s samgyeopsal-inspired rice bowl packed with savory pork strips, kimchi-flavored bean sprouts and sesame shitake mushrooms, all mixed together with that signature bold, sweet and spicy Korean sauce. Available variants include beef and chicken, which comes with a regular Pepsi drink and choice of soup, K-Fries or banchan.

2 Pcs Chicken Boxed Meal (Php172 from Php215).

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Savor Bonchon’s famous crispy and flavorful fried chicken, available in Soy Garlic, Honey Citrus, Spicy, Crunchy Garlic, K-Classic Buffalo and Honey Almond Butter Flavors. These succulent pieces come with regular Pepsi and rice.

So if you’ve got serious cravings over the holidays, grab your mobile phone and order PepsiChristmasHitSaSarap combo deals on FoodPanda stat!

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Similar deals are available on FoodPanda for Tapa King and Pizza Hut. Promo is valid until December 31, 2021 only.

Disclosure: Food items were provided to facilitate this feature story.

These Tanduay holiday cocktails are sure to make your celebrations merrier

Get into the holiday spirit with these cocktails infused with Tanduay’s most-awarded and best-selling rum products.

Cranberry Champagne Rum Punch

Tanduay Holiday Cocktails

Delight your family and friends with this twist to your regular champagne. We know you’re busy will all the other preparations, so we’ve made this cocktail really easy to make with the Tanduay Asian Rum Silver giving it that right kick.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Rosé Sparkling Wine, chilled
  • 11 oz Ginger Ale, chilled
  • 2 oz Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
  • Frozen Raspberries
  • Rosemary for garnish

Procedure

Mix all the liquids in a large pitcher and distribute it into a champagne glass or any glass you’d like to serve it in. Garnish it with frozen cranberries and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Hot Buttered Rum

Tanduay Holiday Cocktails

As the months have gone colder, it’s nice to snuggle up and drink a delicious warm beverage. Find comfort in Tanduay’s version of the Hot Buttered Rum. That Tanduay Asian Rum Gold in the mix gives it notes and aromas that would remind you of summer nights in the tropics.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1 oz Tanduay Asian Rum Gold
  • 8 oz Boiling Water
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon Stick (optional)

Procedure

  1. You can use an electric mixer or a simple whisk will do. Mix the softened unsalted butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla extract and salt until they are well combined.
  2. Scoop a tablespoon-full of the butter mixture into a glass and add Tanduay Asian Rum Gold and boiling water.
  3. Stir until the butter is fully dissolved. You can opt for more or less water, depending on the level of sweetness you want.
  4. Top it with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.
  5. To make it more Instagram-able, you can add a stick of cinnamon or a whole star anise on top of the whipped cream. You can transfer the remaining butter in a small ramekin to save for later use.

White Christmas Mojito

Tanduay Holiday Cocktails

A mojito is a standard drink in any celebration and Tanduay gives its own twist to this favorite by adding its Boracay Rum Coconut. The flavor is distinctly Filipino and distinctly Tanduay.

Ingredients

  • 10 pcs Mint Leaves
  • 3 pcs Lime Wedges
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz Boracay Rum Coconut
  • 2 oz Coconut Cream
  • 3 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • Desiccated Coconut
  • Sprig of Mint
  • Frozen Cranberry
  • Ice

Procedure

  1. In a shaker, muddle the lime wedges. Slightly scrunch the mint leaves with your hands, then add into the shaker. Scrunching rather than muddling releases the mint oils without making it bitter.
  2. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, Boracay Rum Coconut, coconut cream, and cranberry juice.
  3. Fill it halfway with ice and then shake.
  4. Rim the glass with desiccated coconut and then strain the mixture 3/4 of the glass.
  5. Top it with club soda. You can use frozen cranberries and a sprig of mint for garnish.

Boozy Peppermint Mocha

Tanduay Holiday Cocktails

No need to line up to get your peppermint mocha fix. You can now make your own at home with this easy-to-follow recipe. Having the Boracay Rum Cappuccino into the mix makes it even more delicious. You can enjoy this drink hot or cold.

Ingredients

2 oz Simple Syrup
0.5 tsp Peppermint Extract
10 oz Whole Milk
5 oz Heavy Cream
1 tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Powder
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
2 oz Boracay Rum Cappuccino
8 oz Espresso
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream
Candy Cane (optional)

Procedure

  1. In a small saucepan, sift the cocoa powder and whisk in the heavy cream until the cocoa powder is fully dissolved. Add the milk and place the pan over low heat.
  2. Stir until the mixture starts to steam, then turn off the heat.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until fully dissolved. Transfer the mixture into a blender and add simple syrup, peppermint extract, espresso, and Boracay Rum Coconut. Blend it until it becomes frothy.
  4. Get a cup and drizzle it a bit of chocolate inside for design. Pour in the mocha mixture, then top with whipped cream. Drizzle again with chocolate syrup and garnish with a candy cane.

If you prefer something cold, you can put the chocolate milk mixture in the refrigerator and wait for it to cool down. Instead of espresso, use cold brew. Then serve it over fresh ice.

If you want something ice-shaken, just add ice into the blender with your mixture.

Whichever Tanduay holiday cocktail you plan to make for your celebrations, you and your guests are sure to enjoy them. In creating these cocktails, you bring a part of the Philippines, a country known for celebrating Christmas as early as September, into your own homes during this season of joy.

Cocktail images and recipes provided in a recent press release.

Photo Credit: Jia Jia Shum in Unsplash

La Germania’s kitchen cleaning hacks for a better holiday cooking experience

La Germania shares 3 easy-to-follow hacks to take your kitchen cleaning to greater heights

This holiday season, a lot of people will be spending time in the kitchen not only to prepare their delicious Noche Buena dishes but to make mouthwatering treats for everyone. Because of the amount of time you’ll be in the kitchen, it’s important you make sure your kitchen is clean at all times.

​By maintaining a clean kitchen this season, you reduce your family’s exposure to indoor pollutants and bacteria. To add to this, it’s so much easier to navigate around and cook in a neat kitchen. That’s why La Germania is sharing kitchen cleaning secrets every Filipino family should take note of.

While You Were Sleeping

La Germania Cleaning Tips

Did you know that you can clean your La Germania range oven while snoozing? You don’t even need fancy cleaning equipment to get the job done. Making this homemade cleaning spray will leave your oven squeaky clean and free from bad odor.

  1. Combine 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup white vinegar, and 1/2 cup baking soda into an empty spray bottle.
  2. Remove the grates and coats inside your oven. Spray the solution to the insides of your oven. Make sure you avoid the heating elements of your oven as you spray away.
  3. Close the oven door and let the DIY spray do its magic for up to 12 hours.
  4. Once you’re up the morning after, clean the oven with soapy water and dry it with a plush cloth.

Rack It Up

La Germania Cleaning Tips

Your power detergent isn’t just for your laundry pile. You can bring back the original shine of your La Germania range oven without potentially damaging it by leaving your racks in the bathtub or basin.

​What’s great about this particular hack is that you already have everything you need in your house already. You can even opt to leave the racks in the detergent overnight. You just have to make sure the racks are free from soap suds before you start cooking up a storm again.

  1. Pour some washing detergent into a bathtub or large basin.
  2. Leave the oven racks in the solution for at least four hours.
  3. Rinse the racks with clean water, and wipe dry with a wash cloth before you return them into the oven.

In the Hood

La Germania Cleaning Tips

It’s important to keep your La Germania range hood clean so it can remove airborne grease, and clear your kitchen from smoke and other pollutants. To make sure it does its job well, all you need is some hot water and baking soda. Just make sure you wear gloves because the filter will be super hot while you’re in the process of cleaning it.

  1. Remove the dry layer of dust on your range hood with a brush.
  2. Boil hot water in a large pot, and gradually add baking soda to the pot. Next, you need to place the filter in the pot to soak. Leave it there for 15-20 minutes. If your pot is not big enough to accommodate the entire filter, you might have to soak each side separately.
  3. Rinse the hood with warm water and let it dry for some time. Wipe it dry with a towel or microfiber cloth.

​For you to enjoy your kitchen equipment throughout the holidays and beyond, it’s imperative that you give them the care they need. By applying these cheap and easy kitchen hacks, your holiday cooking will be a much more enjoyable experience.

​If you’re looking for kitchen partners that can last you throughout the demands of the Christmas season, it’s imperative you invest in excellent quality kitchen equipment. Built to the highest standards with the most advanced European engineering and design, La Germania has stood the test of time as your trusted kitchen partner in creating perfect dishes with ease and style. Each appliance is imagined, designed, and produced to perform to the highest standards and meet a specific need.

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

Photo Credit: Sidekix Media on Unsplash

5 reasons to hold your next get-together at Sometimes Music Barbecue Hotpot Restaurant

Ah yes, the holiday season…

It’s the time of warm wishes, gift-giving, and, of course, get-togethers!

Whether its an intimate gathering of the gang or a boisterous office party, Christmas shindigs are all about fun, friends and food.

And here are five reasons why you should enjoy all of these at Sometimes Music Barbecue Hotpot Restaurant.

1. It’s very accessible.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

Located at the corner of Mayapis, Bakawan and Yakal Streets in Malati’s Barangay San Antonio, this restaurant is a just short ride from the CBD’s office buildings.

2. It has a well-stocked bar.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit quite like, well, spirits! Feel free to let loose and enjoy your favorite tipple or discover new ones at the bar, such as: local and imported beers, classic and signature cocktails as well as a wide array of liquors including blended whiskey, rum, tequila, cognac, single malt, vodka, gin, wines and liqueurs, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

3. It’s great for big events.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

With its sprawling dining area that can seat up to sixty people and above, complete with dining amenities, use of audio equipment plus buffet packages starting at Php1,100 per head, organizing a rockin’ shindig for a large group becomes easy and hassle-free.

4. It also has function rooms for smaller gatherings.

Sometimes Hotpot
Videoke Room (Php10,000 consumable with 1 free whisky)
Sometimes Hotpot
VIP Room
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

If you’re with a smaller group but would like to have a space all to yourselves, you can also opt for a Videoke or VIP Room.

5. Here you can enjoy unli hotpot and barbecue from 11am to 9pm.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

Eat all the hotpot and barbecue you possibly can for just Php688 per person from Mondays to Thursdays, or for Php799 per person from Fridays to Sundays.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

Start by ordering your soup base (one soup per person). Choose from Sizhuan Spicy, Thai Tom Yum, Mushroom or Satay flavors. Then select up to eight food items for your hotpot (maximum of three orders per item) such as:

  • Meats: Beef Karubi, Pork Belly Slice, Lamb Slice, Beef Throat, Shrimp Slip, Crispy Bell Roll, Duck Blood, Duck Intestines, Chicken Feet, Chicken Gizzard, Beef Tripe and Quail Egg
  • Balls and Tofu: Sea Urchin Ball, Taro Stick, Cheese Ball, Mini Sausage, Lobster Ball, Crab Stick, Squid Ball, Beef Ball, Fish Ball, Chiba Tofu, Fish Tofu, Cold Tofu, Skin Tofu, Fried Yuba and Fried Tofu
  • Seafood: Fresh Shrimp, Fish Fillets, Scallops, Squid Flower
  • Rice and Noodles: Special Fried Rice, Plain Rice, Fried Noodles, Noodles, Sotanghon, Ramen
  • Vegetables: Enoki, Crab Mushroom, Korean Radish, Japanese Corn, Togue, Fungus, Seaweed, Tomato, Baguio Pechay, Lettuce, Water Spinach, Taiwan Pechay, Winter Melon, Potato, Cucumber and Cabbage
Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

You can also order freshly grilled barbecue such as BBQ Chicken Wings, BBQ Skewers, BBQ Pork Belly, BBQ Sausage, BBQ Gizzard and Fried Mantou.

Sometimes Hotpot
Sometimes Hotpot

So if you’re looking for a place to accommodate your group, as well as your appetites, Sometimes Music Barbecue Hotpot Restaurant just might be your best bet.

Sometimes Music Barbecue Hotpot Restaurant is located at Unit 2 Southway Condominium Building, Mayapis Street corner Bakawan and Yakal Street, Barangay San Antonio, Makati City.

It is open Mondays to Thursdays from 11am to 2pm and Fridays to Sundays from 11am to 5am.

To book your tables or inquire for your events, call +63 927 5781253 or +63 923 5183734.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting event hosted by this restaurant. Food items served were not paid for by the attendees.

Snack time with Chef Park’s Chikin Sliders

After bouts of binge-watching Korean dramas, don’t you sometimes wish you can also get a taste of the Korean Chicken that your K-drama idols are wolfing down between gulps of soju or beer?

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.

Online K-Chicken store Chef Park has been releasing exciting flavors to excite and tantalize the metro’s foodies such as Truffle Honey and Korean Buffalo, both released earlier this year.

Chef Park’s
Chef Park’s
Chef Park’s
Chef Park’s

With just a few days remaining in 2021, Chef Park launches a new K-Chicken innovation: Chickin Sliders!I

Chef Park’s Sliders
Chef Park’s Sliders
Chef Park’s Sliders
Chef Park’s Sliders

In case you’re curious, these small burgers were given the moniker of sliders in the 1940s because of their greasiness and smaller size (“in just one or two bites, the burger will slide right down”).

Chef Park’s Sliders
Chef Park’s Sliders

Well, I’m happy to discover that Chef Park’s newest menu item is totally in keeping with its promise of being 100% addicting. For just Php375, you get four sliders consisting of crunchy and flavorful Korean chicken sandwiched in soft Korean buns along with a side of sweet potato chips.

You also get to mix and match among four delicious flavors:

  • Spicy and tangy Yangnyum with Kimchi
  • Savory Cheesy Bacon
  • Buttery and garlicky Garlic Parmesan
  • Spicy Jalapeno
Chef Park’s Sliders
Yangnyum with Kimchi
Chef Park’s Sliders
Cheesy Bacon
Chef Park’s Sliders
Garlic Parmesan
Chef Park’s Sliders
Spicy Jalapeno

These sliders are perfect for my family’s snacktime! There’s a flavor that will appeal to every one in the fam.

Chef Park’s Chikin Sliders
Chef Park’s Sliders

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.

Payments via Paypal, credit cards, BPI bank transfer and GCash are accepted.

Disclosure: A product sample was provided to facilitate this feature.

New flavors made with #HeatToPerfection at 390 Degrees

Do you know what it takes to get a sumptuous meal of Western dishes that appeals to the Pinoy palate?

The answer is 390 Degrees.

That’s the name of the vibrant and well-appointed restaurant located at Sequoia Hotel in Aseana Business Park, Paranaque.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees
390 Degrees
390 Degrees

That’s also the temperature maintained in the restaurant’s signature charcoal brick oven which cooks all the viands it serves, all masterfully curated by Chef Mark Griffin.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Operated by the same team behind Ombu Kusina in Quezon City led by its owner, Edison Lo, a veteran in the Filipino F&B scene, and its Marketing Manager Tammy Lim, 390 Degrees brings imaginative takes on classic Western dishes, served in generous portions and in a luxurious setting.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

I had a sneak preview of its offerings in time for Valentine’s Day almost two years ago and was looking forward to its grand opening. However, the pandemic struck and 360 Degrees’ grand launch was postponed.

390 Degrees, Entertainment City
390 Degrees, Entertainment City

In the meantime, the restaurant set about making its signature dishes available to the dining public despite the lockdowns and restrictions on the restaurant industry by innovating on its offers. Thus, its much celebrated party trays and DIY Black Burger Kit made their way into many a foodie’s heart during the community quarantine.

390 Degrees DIY Black Burger Kit
390 Degrees DIY Black Burger Kit

A little under two years after its soft opening, 390 Degrees is finally ready to unveil its delicious signature dishes for dine-in, which include:

Tomato Soup with Ravioli (Php240). A comforting bowl of roasted and pureed local tomatoes topped with spinach-cheese raviolo.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Beef Brisket Sandwich (Php490). Tender slices of 5-star Angus beef topped with lettuce, tomato, crispy-fried onions, caramelized shallots and seasoned mustard served inside house-made charcoal activated buns.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Chicken Skewers (Php360). Flavorful and juicy grilled chicken pieces in house-made sauce served with buttered vegetables on thyme-infused rice pilaf.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Signature Iced Tea (Php120). House-brewed black tea infused with pineapple and lemon.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Thinking of having a get-together here with family and friends? You can reserve the place for exclusive private dining (with a sanitized set up) for three hours. The place can accommodate a maximum of thirty people (to be able to observe physical distancing and other safety measures) for a consumable food and drinks order of Php15,000.

Want to bring its delicious dishes to your home or office parties? Check out 390 Degrees’ party trays of charcoal grilled creations good for six to seven people.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Beef Brisket (Php880 ala carte | Php3,490 quarter slab | Php5,900 half slab | Php10,700 whole slab). Five-star Angus beef slab slow-roasted in 390 Degrees’ oven.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

BBQ Pork Ribs (Php1,370). Oven-roasted pork ribs dressed in house-made BBQ sauce.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Blackened Salmon (Php2,650). Oven-baked salmon fillet with creamy dill sauce.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

You can even bring home desserts from 390 Degrees’ Breads and Pastries line such as these decadent Chocolate Banoffee Pie (Php150 pie | Php575 box of four) and Mango Banoffee Pie (Php150 pie | Php575 box of four).

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Its grand opening may have been derailed by the pandemic, but with all its innovative and delicious offers, I still stand by my prediction that 390 Degrees is all set to be hottest foodie destination in the metro.

390 Degrees
390 Degrees

Many thanks to Edison, Tammy and Chef Griffin for a wonderful meal and a fun event that became a mini-reunion of foodies. Our group missed each other during the lockdowns and appreciated the opportunity to come together again.

390 Degrees

390 Degrees is is located at the Ground Floor, Sequioa Hotel Manila, Aseana City Business Park, Entertainment City, Paranaque, open daily from 10.30am to 8pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 82845110 or +63 921 2446502. It accepts safe and cashless payments via Alipay and WeChat Pay.

Taste real and authentic Thai dishes and the original noodle soup at RODDEEDED

Do you feel like going on a foodie adventure? How about giving Thai noodles a try?

It wouldn’t be too hard to indulge yourself in this new gustatory experience, especially now that Thailand’s best noodle shop for the past fifty years has finally branched out to the Philippines with its recently opened store in Mandaluyong City.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Here at RODDEEDED, foodies in the metro can get a taste of authentic Thai dishes that showcase the intricate balance of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavors, lightly prepared but with strong aromatic components.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

The restaurant started out in its native Thailand as a small and cozy eatery specializing in hand-crafted beef noodles, a hallmark menu item that is brought all the way to its Philippine branch along with a select curation of Thai food favorites.

Original Noodle Soup. This delicious journey begins by choosing the soup base (original or spicy), then the rice noodles (Sen Lek which are linguini-like or Sen Mee, the rice vermicelli, then the meat to go with the noodle soup such as meatball + beef slices (Php195), meatball + brisket (Php235), meatball + beef slices + brisket (Php265), meatball + brisket + tendon (Php295) or mixed (Php295). The original soup base is friendlier to the Pinoy palate but the spicy one is closer to the Thai preference.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Stewed Brisket in Claypot (Php295). Tender beef slices stewed in a broth infused with lots of herbs and spices.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Green Chicken Curry (Php265). Boneless chicken thighs stewed in coconut milk infused with Thai green curry paste.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

Chicken Pad Thai (Php275). Stir-fried rice noodles with chicken bits, peanuts, bean sprouts and other vegetables, beautifully encased in a net made of delicate scrambled eggs.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

With such tasty and exotic viands, one couldn’t help but wonder what else will go well with them. Well, the restaurants creamy house Thai Coffee (Php90) and Thai Milk Tea (Php90) are perfect companions to the Thai dishes and may also be enjoyed by themselves. A Pineapple and Passionfruit Sorbet (Php90) is a refreshing dessert that perfectly caps this Thai meal.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

So if you’re game for a change from your usual culinary scene, or have a hankering for Thai food, just drop by or call RODDEEDED.

RODDEEDED
RODDEEDED

RODDEEDED is located at 126 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 8.30pm for dine in, takeout and delivery.

For inquiries, reservations and orders, call +63 949 6734702.

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

Wake up to great mornings with Upgrounds Coffee

I have no problem admitting it: I don’t consider myself fully awake unless I’ve had my morning cup of coffee.

I love coffee in almost anything – from gourmet dishes to decadent desserts – but my favorite coffee experience remains starting my day with it.

When the aroma of coffee brewing begins tickle my nostrils, the smell beckons me to get up and face the day. As I sip from my coffee cup, I enjoy the flavors and full-bodied feel of it in my mouth .

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Throughout the day, I would try to find little snippets of time in which to enjoy my favorite drink and the extra energy boost it gives me.

I know I’m not alone in my love for this drink.

Filipinos have a deep love for coffee, consuming 170,000 metric tons of the stuff in 2018, in fact. Sadly, a huge bulk of this consumption come from dried coffee beans imported Indonesia and Vietnam.

More’s the pity because 200 years ago, the Philippines was a powerhouse in coffee production, being the fourth largest coffee producer worldwide.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Coffee-loving startups like Upgrounds MNL seek to help in revitalizing the local coffee industry urge it back to a thriving level by bringing the best local coffee beans to Filipino homes for an upgraded coffee experience.

It started out by selling its coffee beans during weekend bazaars, showcasing coffee beans sourced from the Cordillera region.

Not only does this help in broadening the coffee-drinking public’s horizons regarding this beverage, it also supports local coffee farmers and gives a welcome boost to their rural economy.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

Upgrounds’ coffee bean variants included:

  • Arabica (with bittersweet, nutty taste and a smooth finish; available in Dark or Medium roast)
  • Robusta (with strong, full-bodied taste and a smokey finish; available in Dark and Medium roast.
  • House Blend (blend of Arabica, Robusta, and Excelsa coffee beans; available in Dark or Medium roast)
  • Mountain Blend (blend of Robusta, and Excelsa coffee beans; available in Dark roast)
  • Hazelnut (mix of Dark Roast Arabica and Robusta beans infused with flavored Hazelnut oil)
  • Caramel (mix of Medium Roast Arabica and Robusta beans infused with flavored Caramel oil)

These coffee variants are conveniently packaged according to the coffee lovers’ various preferences: in 250g and 500g pouches, in 8g single drip packs with mug-attachable filter, in 125g packs as part of a coffee sampler set.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

When the pandemic hit the country, Upgrounds saw the demand for coffee and coffee-making at home. It moved its business online, taking advantage of social media and e-commerce platforms to increase its reach and distribution while also expanding its product portfolio to include home coffee essentials such as premium and collectible coffee tumblers and mugs, coffee scooper and French press.

Coffee beans and accessories are also mixed and matched into gift sets which any coffee lover would be so happy to receive this holiday season.

Upgrounds Coffee
Upgrounds Coffee

I just love the coffee possibilities that Upgrounds brings.

If you’re a coffee lover like me, check out Upgrounds beans and coffee essentials at its website or Shopee page or follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

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

Tea’s the season: Salamat, Shopee and Serenitea

You would think that things would be winding down by the end of the year, but for many, the holiday season can be a stressful time.

This is why we should grasp any moment of serenity we can get. It is that feeling of calm and peace that comes from having an untroubled mind.

For centuries, the soothing effects of tea have been celebrated as way to de-stress and achieve inner peace.

ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea

Local tea brand Serenitea has made the achievement of inner peace central to its brand concept. As one of the tea pioneers on the country, it helped usher in tea drinking amongst a mostly coffee-drinking populace by brewing teas using an espresso machine and customizing drinks according to sweetness levels and by adding sinkers.

Thanks to its co-branded partnership with e-commerce giant Shopee, Serenitea offers up delicious moments of serenity to milk tea fans with exclusive promos leading to and during the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, accessible via the Shopee mobile app.

12% off on ALL Serenitea drinks

From November 26 to December 11, Shopee users can shop for milk tea drinks and enjoy a 12% discount.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Milk tea lovers can take advantage of this amazing deal to order their favorites as well as discover new ones to enjoy, such as:

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Traditional Milk Tea
ShopeeXSerenitea
Okinawa Milk Tea
ShopeeXSerenitea
Malty Choco Milk Tea
ShopeeXSerenitea
Taro Lover
ShopeeXSerenitea
Thai Milk Tea
ShopeeXSerenitea

Limited-edition co-branded cups

When milk tea fans purchase a large-sized Serenitea beverage during the same period, it will be served in a cute ShopeeXSerenitea cup. Scanning the QR code in the cup will allow the Shopee user to access exclusive offers such as Php1 Serenitea e-vouchers on Deals Near Me as well as more ShopeePay deals.

Buy 1 Get 1 on best sellers

On December 12, Shopee users can enjoy a Buy 1 Get 1 deal on Serenitea’s best-selling variants: Okinawa and Traditional Milk Tea. With this offer, the joy and sweetness can be shared with their someone special.

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ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea

Pay via ShopeePay

Shopee users can now enjoy a safe, convenient and cashless way to pay at selected Serenitea outlets: via ShopeePay! They can just scan the QR codes displayed at the counter to pay.

With these great offers from Shopee and Serenitea, tea’s the season to enjoy sweet moments of serenity.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Check out all the #ShopeeXSerenitea offers via the Shopee mobile app at this page.

Check out my previous posts on Serenitea:

Midnight snackin’ with Burger Jack

With so many great reasons to stay up late nowadays, sometimes the only downside is the lack of snacking options when the witching hour approaches.

Well, here is where Kraver’s Kanteen comes to the rescue.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

This cloud kitchen partnered with several food brands to deliver a variety of mouthwatering food items practically at all hours to the metro’s hungry denizens.

One such brand is Burger Jack which prides itself on bringing a jacked-up burger experience to its customers from the classics all the way to insane burger ideas.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

When the fam felt the stirrings of hunger in the middle of our TV binge-watching session, it’s lucky we had our had these Burger Jack items to snack on:

Smashed Burger (Php179).

Burger patty smashed to enhance its beefy flavor, then slathered with Burger Jack’s secret sauce and topped with caramelized onions and placed in between golden brioche buns.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

We loved the layers of flavors and textures with each bite!

For full burger enjoyment, a Jacked Smashed Burger Set (Php299) is a smashing choice. It includes a Smashed Burger, a serving of fries and house-blended insani-tea.

Brooklyn Dog (Php149).

A hotdog sandwich that calls to mind the good ole’ sandwiches from classic American diners. Large and juicy hotdogs are sandwiched in soft buns then topped with diced pickles and relish, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Filling, meaty with a bit of tanginess from the pickle and relish, this hotdog goes a long way towards satisfying anyone’s hunger pangs.

Kraver’s Insanitea (Php59 cup | Php170 liter).

Kraver’s Kanteen own house-blend iced tea, a fitting companion to the Burger Jack’s burgers and sandwiches.

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Whether you’re looking for a mid-day meal or midnight snack, or anything in between, Burger Jack’s got you covered!

Burger Jack
Burger Jack

Order now from Burger Jack through Kraver’s Kanteen’s website or via GrabFood.

Kraver’s Kanteen also houses Let’s Get Litson which specializes in litson baka. Read more about it here.

Other brands housed by Kraver’s Kanteen include:

  • Black Kimchi
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Century Tuna
  • Cloud Cakes and Shakes
  • El Nacho Libre
  • House of Rendang
  • Kyoto Sushi Bake
  • Osaka Cafe
  • Potatoville
  • Rico’s Lechon
  • Sheikh’s Kabab
  • Tokyo Don
  • Wicked Waffle

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

Crowd faves from Ping Pong Diplomacy, now back and available for delivery

Do you remember the part in the movie Forrest Gump where, after recovering from battle injuries, our hero became proficient in table tennis, joined the US Army Team, and even competed against Chinese teams during a goodwill tour.

That exchange of ping pong players between the US and China in the 1970s is a depiction of ping pong diplomacy. This paved the way for normalizing relations between the two countries then at opposite ends of ideological spectrum – the US and the People’s Republic of China – and aided in the stabilization of global politics.

This historical snippet just goes to show that it’s oftentimes better to work together to achieve mutual benefit than to always oppose each other.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

In much the same way, Chinese and American cuisines found a way to work together with the return of Ping Pong Diplomacy as a cloud kitchen at The Grid Food Market.

It brought back crowd favorites from its previous store that are now served in aluminum trays good for sharing for two to three people (reheating instructions included!). These are great when enjoyed at home or wherever the adventurous foodie may be in the metro.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

These best-selling dishes include:

Dan Dan Rice (Php515). Japanese fried rice is stir-fried with the house Dan Dan paste and oil, along with squash, green peas, shiitake and ground pork, then served with two fried eggs, crispy chicken skin and crushed peanuts.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Transfer to a microwavable container and heat in the microwave in high heat for one minute.
  • Option 2: Remove the egg and stir-fry the rice in a hot pan until heated through.

Simple Fried Egg (Php290). Four crispy deep-fried eggs topped with pork floss, hoisin sauce, crispy chicken skin, sauteed shallot, chili and spring onions.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Heat for three to five minutes in an oven or toaster pre-heated to 270 deg F (132 deg C).

Not Mapo Tofu (Php475). A new twist on the classic Mapo Tofu dish wherein steamed soy custard is covered in house mapo tofu sauce then topped with fried leeks, ground pork, sesame seeds and ground Szechuan peppercorns.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To reheat:

  • Option 1: Remove plastic lid and cover the tray with aluminum foil, then steam for 10-15 minutes until the tofu is warm.
  • Option 2: Partially submerge the container in hot water for ten minutes until the tofu is warm. Leave at least one inch from the top to avoid getting water on the tofu.

With local culinary greats like Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Noel Mauricio helming Ping Ping Diplomacy’s kitchen, food lovers can expect more of the exciting blend of Chinese and American flavors that they love from Ping Pong Diplomacy.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

Ping Pong Diplomacy is open for pickup and delivery at thegridfoodmarket.com or bit.ly/shop-ppd. It will also soon be available for dine-in at Stall 8 at The Grid Food Market, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.

Ping Pong Diplomacy
Ping Pong Diplomacy

To know more about its offers, follow Ping Pong Diplomacy on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.