Pizza delivery from Papa John’s, Riverside

It’s been three weeks since the enhanced community quarantine came down and I’ve just got to say: thank the powers-that-be for food delivery services!

My son #ExhibitB is an avid pizza lover and he’s been hankering for his favorite food for some time now.

Wanting to give him a treat for not driving me crazy while we’re all stuck at home, I scanned the FoodPanda app for some options, and lo, and behold! There’s a Papa John’s branch in the next subdivision that offers pizzas for delivery.

Papa John’s, Riverside

Gifted with a FoodPanda discount voucher which gave me Php100 off my order, I was able to get a 12-inch family-size Simply Cheese Pizza (Php519 + 10% delivery fee) for just Php470.90.

Papa John’s, Riverside

Papa John’s, Riverside

Papa John’s, Riverside

This went so well with our Pinoy Spaghetti lunch and made my little boy so happy.

Not yet on Food Panda? Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Did you know can practice contactless delivery with your FoodPanda order? Here’s how:

  • Make sure you’re using the latest version of the FoodPanda app.
  • Upon checkout, select “Contactless delivery” before placing your order.
  • Go to your order and tap “Contact your rider” and indicate where you want your order to be placed upon delivery.
  • If you’re paying via cash, the rider will step three meters back so you can get your order. Please place your payment outside when you claim your food.

This Papa John’s branch is located at Ortigas Avenue Extension Corner Riverside Street, Santa Lucia, Pasig City. To order, call +63 2 88877272.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

  • 102 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City
  • Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
  • 87 Visayas Avenue, Vasra, Project 6, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, A.M. Pacleb Building, Bayan-Bayanan Avenue, Concepcion Uno, Marikina City
  • N. S. Amoranto Corner Banawe Street, Santo Domingo, Banawe, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Eton Baypark, Kalaw Avenue, Ermita, Manila
  • Gotaco Building, MacArthur Highway, Marulas, Valenzuela
  • Ground Floor, Chill Hotel, McArthur Highway, South Caloocan, Caloocan City
  • The Rolex Place, Rolex Corner Dahlia Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City
  • Shell Station, C5 Corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City
  • M.L. Quezon Corner MRT Avenue, Lower Bicutan, Greater Taguig, Taguig City
  • Lubiran Street, Bacood, Santa Mesa, Manila
  • VM Terminal Mall, Soldiers Hills, Putatan, Muntinlupa City
  • Aguinaldo Street, San Antonio, Parañaque City
  • Metro Gas Station, J.P Rizal Street, Nangka, Marikina City
  • Don Graciano Building, 1108 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City
  • Kamias Road, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Maysilo Circle Corner San Francisco Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
  • Petron Gas Station, Marcos Highway, Dela Paz, Pasig City

Papa John's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Got noods from Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

Pancit – aka noodles – are so firmly ingrained in Filipino cuisine that they qualify as Pinoy food.

Introduced by Chinese settlers, pancit – derived from Hokkien term pian i sit which translates to “convenient food” – has been widely adopted throughout the country, with many provinces boasting of their unique spin on the dish.

Well, one of my favorite pancit variants is the pancit canton, the Pinoy version of the chow mein.

Made with stir-fried meat and vegetables tossed with thick wheat noodles, the pancit canton is a beautiful fusion of colors, flavors and texture, a true symbol of bounty which is why this dish graces most, if not all, Pinoy celebrations.

Well, after tiring of the usual lutong bahay options while stuck at home during the enhanced community quarantine, I was lucky to find that a store near my house offers this dish.

And so twenty minutes after I called the store, I braved the heat of early summer to pick up my order of Pancit Canton (Php400 good for five persons) from Aling Banang’s. Apparently, I’m not alone in my quest as I encountered food delivery riders waiting for their orders as well.

Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

And what a platter of wonder my pancit canton was! Veggies, noodles and sauce plus a generous topping of crunchy bagnet slices mixed in. What’s not to love?

Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

Aling Banang’s, Santa Lucia

It was more than enough to satisfy my hungry fam. (There was no time to do a pretty plating of the pancit for the ‘gram because we just wolfed it down, really!)

And guess what! An order good for 15 people is just Php750. I guess I know where I’ll order my birthday noodles!

Stuck at home during the ECQ? No need to leave the safety and comfort of your abode to enjoy Aling Banang’s hearty dishes. You can simply have your meal delivered through GrabFood or LalaFood.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

This Aling Banang’s branch is located at 5th Street Corner Countryside Avenue, Santa Lucia, Pasig City, with a limited menu available for pickup. To order, call +63 915 3413183 or +6 399 85946908.

Other branches still open during the enhanced community quarantine are located at:

  • Pablo Ocampo Extension, Santa Cruz, Makati City
  • N. Domingo Street, Greater San Juan, San Juan City
  • Dona Anita Building, E Rodriguez Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City

Aling Banang Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Friends & Family Express, The Podium

“Kain tayo!”

It seems that for any Pinoy having a meal ot a snack, the experience won’t be complete without someone to share it with.

Well, Pinoy meals are best enjoyed with friends and family.

That’s probably the concept behind the newly opened stall in Podium Mall and its mother restaurant in BGC, both named Friends & Family.

Its food offerings harken back to old-timey faves and twists on classic Filipino recipes that kith and kin can all come together to enjoy.

One evening after work, I got together with my college girl daughter #ExhibitA for a bout of shopping and dinner at The Podium Mall.

Friends & Family, Podium

Since I was gifted with a Raintree Restaurants GC last Christmas, we decided to use it at the Friends & Family Express stall at The Corner Market Food Hall.

There, we were able to some of F&F’s signature dishes such as:

Mr. Jones US Beef Garlic Tapa (Php195). Tender beef tapa served on a sizzling plate with fried egg, pares rice and sinigang soup.

Friends & Family, Podium

Beef Pares (Php275). Braised beef stew also served on a sizzling plate with a soft-boiled egg, pares rice and sinigang soup.

Friends & Family, Podium

Ube Champorado (Php175). A large bowl of champorado flavored with purple yam instead of tablea chocolate served with a piece of dilis for a bit of salty contrast to the sweet porridge.

Friends & Family, Podium

Foodies seeking for cool and exciting twists to everyday Pinoy food will find their cravings satisfied at Friends & Family.

Friends & Family, Podium

Friends & Family, Podium

Thanks to Marj for the GC.

Friends & Family Express is located at The Corner Market Food Hall, Second Floor, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

The flagship store of Friends and Family is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

During the enhanced community quarantine, F&F’s BGC branch offers curbside pickup and delivers through its hotline +63 917 8917053 or via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Friends and Family Express Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Healthy snackin’ with The Sandwich Guy

It’s been two weeks into the enhanced community quarantine, and some of us might be feeling confined within the four walls of our abode.

My first instinct was to stock up on chips and chocolates – yes, my kind of comfort food – but I do realize that there are healthier alternatives.

Some of those alternatives may be found at the nearest branch of The Sandwich Guy, the go-to destination of health-conscious folks – or those like me who should be a little more health-conscious, hehehe!

I recently got to snack on two of its tasty yet healthy offerings that prove the adage “Everything is better with bacon.”

The Sandwich Guy, Pioneer

Check them out:

Bacon & Egg Sandwich (Php72 Junior | Php115 Whole). Creamy egg spread punctuated by crunchy toasted bits of bacon accompanied by lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers in two slices of toasted bread.

The Sandwich Guy, Pioneer

The Sandwich Guy, Pioneer

Keto Bacon Bits (P150). A protein-filled package of bacon bits, cheese, egg, tofu cubes, lettuce, tomato and cucumbers to build up on energy and strength, but not necessarily the pounds.

The Sandwich Guy, Pioneer

So the next time you’re hankering for a healthy snack, you know who’s your guy, right?

The Sandwich Guy! (See what I did there?)

The Sandwich Guy, Pioneer

Many thanks to Harvard of AlwaysHungryPH for sharing these items from his snack stash!

This outlet of The Sandwich Guy is located at Ground Floor, Robinsons Cybergate 1, Pioneer Street, Buayang Bato, Mandaluyong City.

Other branches are located at:

  • Robinsons Cyberscape Alpha, Garnet Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
  • Second Floor, Techno Plaza One, Libis, Quezon City
  • Third Floor, The Block, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Lower Ground Floor, Building B, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
  • Times Square Food Court, Pacific Star Building, Senator Gil J. Puyat corner Makati Avenue, Makati City
  • Lower Ground Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati
  • Second Floor, Cash & Carry Mall, Palanan, Makati City
  • Third Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Dela Rosa Car Park 1, Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, Net Plaza Building, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • Ground Floor, One World Square, McKinley Hill, Taguig
  • One E-Com Center, Harbor Drive, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Second Floor, Northgate Cyberzone, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa

The Sandwich Guy also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda. 

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

The Sandwich Guy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Drinks, bar chows and songs at 121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Celebrations are best done with good food and fun drinks amidst friends and family.

And you know what else marks good Pinoy-style celebrations?

Music!

Any true-blue Juan or Juana can gather up the courage to break into song (in tune or not!) for the sake of a good time.

And with 121 Restaurant’s Canta Rooms, you can enjoy just that!

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Canta Rooms are the restaurant chain’s videoke rooms that can cater to groups of up to twenty people. In these rooms, you and your friends can sing and party your hearts out!

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Don’t forget to fuel yourselves up for a night of singing and laughter with 121 Restaurant’s tasty bar chow, such as:

Nachos (Php419). Crispy nachos doused in cheese sauce, grated cheese, onions, peppers and ground beef.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

French Fries (Php139 solo | Php499 barkada). A mountain of crispy thin fries for mindless munching.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Cheese Sticks (Php199 solo | Php759 barkada). Sticks of cheese in lumpia wrapper.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Tofu Sisig (Php179 solo | Php699 barkada). A healthier version of the Pinoy’s favorite appetizer.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Calamares (Php219 solo | Php839 barkada). Succulent and chewy squid rings covered in batter and deep-fried for that satisfying crisp.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Pork Siomai (Php179 solo | Php699). Sate your hunger with these Chinese-style pork dumplings.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

4th of July (Php599). A bundle good for four people consisting of Spicy Buffalo Wings, Chili Fries and Beer Battered Onion Rings.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

To get the good times rollin’, be sure to check out the restaurant’s drinks, such as 121’s Pink Panty (P199 glass | Php999 scorpion bowl), a top secret concoction!

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

So the next time you’re in the mood to party and dine with your pals, head straight to 121 Restaurant’s Canta Rooms.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

Many thanks to Daryl of 121 Restaurant for having us!

By the way, with Zomato Gold, you get a dish free when you dine at 121 Restaurant with a friend. Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 2) deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use the code JELLYB to get 45% off the membership fee.

121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover

This 121 Restaurant branch is located at Third Floor, BGC Stopover Pavilion, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open 24/7. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 79467429.

Other branches are located at:

  • 121 L. P. Adamson building, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig
  • Second Floor, Allegro Center, Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes, Makati City
  • Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City

Stuck at home during the ECQ? No need to leave the safety and comfort of your abode to enjoy 121 Restaurant’s famous bar chow. You can simply have your meal delivered through GrabFood, LalaFood or FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Download the LalaFood App and get a free delivery coupon when you use my code: BEINGJMR53.

121 Restaurant 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.

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Chicken inasal meal at home from Mang Inasal, Libis

To me, grilled food is a taste of the outdoors.

Roasted chicken, or letson manok, is a welcome break from the braised, stewed, boiled or fried fare that the family and I usually have at home.

Chicken inasal, the version of roasted chicken from the Visayas, offered a delicious variance from our usual family meal. It is made by marinating the chicken in a mixture of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annatto then roasted over hot coals.

Well, as a treat for the fam (and a way for me to avoid cooking), I decided to order from Mang Inasal via GrabFood for our dinner. Thirty minutes after placing my order, my fam’s meal arrived, ready for eating.

Mang Inasal, Libis

Mang Inasal, Libis

Our meal included several orders of:

Pecho (Chicken Breast and Wing) Solo (Php125 each).

Mang Inasal, Libis

Mang Inasal, Libis

Paa (Chicken Thigh and Leg) Solo (Php109 each).

Mang Inasal, Libis

Mang Inasal, Libis

Pork Barbecue (Php39 per stick).

Mang Inasal, Libis

These chicken inasal solo meals are served with a cup of steamed rice and are best enjoyed with chicken oil (used to baste the chicken pieces) and a dipping sauce of calamansi, soy sauce and siling labuyo.

This delivery is from the Mang Inasal branch located at Intrepid Plaza, E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City, via GrabFood.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, other Mang Inasal branches in Metro Manila are open:

  • For delivery (via #73333): Navotas Bayan, East avenue, Novaliches Sta. Quiteria, San Roque Supermarket, San Lazaro, Kalentong, Pasong Tamo, Baclaran, Moonwalk, Gate 3
  • For takeout: Sangandaan Caloocan (+63 923 4025595), Navotas Bayan (+63 9399136147), Puregold Valenzuela (+63 918 3425363), Paso de Blas (+63 932 1336949), East Avenue (+63 933 8670280), Retiro (+63 933 8670279), Novaliches Sta. Quiteria (+63 925 6462725), San Roque Supermarket (+63 932 7998977), Doroteo Jose (+63 9332848245), Pedro Gil (+63 922 4132838), Kiko Camarin (+63 923 1283557), Hidalgo (+63 922 7620977), San Lazaro (+63 936 0962443), Parang Marikina (+63 932 2027036), Hillside Masinag (+63 917 1199318), MLQ Antipolo (+63 917 8143904), Ligaya Pasig (+63 977 8899997), Pasig Rotonda (+63 939 9159771), Pasig Market (+63 915 4061717), Puregold FTI (+63 922 9353717), Puregold Taguig (+63 922 9353717), Waterfun Taguig (+63 975 4824051), Gate 3 (+63 925 4944715), Pasong Tamo (+63 943 7055774), Guadalupe EDSA (+63 917 1165603), Evangelista (+63 942 3727748), Buendia Taft (+63 943 3292476), DD Meridian (+63 921 0097607), Burgos Arnaiz (+63 2 84423773), , Malibay Pasay (+63 932 5761960), Baclaran (+63 917 1782004), Lianas Sucat Paranaque (+63 923 7097331), Moonwalk (+63 927 8859925), Starmall Las Pinas (+63 923 4542164)

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Classic Pork BBQ Ribs at RACKS,Tiendesitas

Certified carnivores like Hubby, my daughter #ExhibitA and myself have a special affinity for RACKS.

This resto chain’s name stands for Real American Country Kitchen Style, so you can expect Southern-style hearty servings and rich flavors from down-home recipes, and what they claim to be “The Best Ribs in town.”

It is no wonder, then, that the fam would want to spend lunchtime at the newly opened branch of RACKS at Tiendesitas, which is nearest to our home.

Racks, Tiendesitas

Racks, Tiendesitas

There, we shared a meal comprised of:

The Onion Brick (Php295). Thinly sliced, marinated and lightly-breaded onion rings deep-fried to a crisp into a brick shape then served with a spicy remoulade and barbecue sauce. This particular iteration of the dish was a bit too oily, though, compared to the other times we had this dish.

Racks, Tiendesitas

Classic Pork Ribs (Php455 quarter rack | Php685 half rack |Php1,315 full rack). Slow-cooked to tender and smokey perfection, these meaty cuts of pork ribs never fail to appeal to us. We originally planned on getting just one half rack but we felt a bit bitin so we ended up ordering another half rack. I guess we were quite ravenous that day!

Racks, Tiendesitas

Racks, Tiendesitas

I prefer to eat my RACKS Classic Pork Ribs with Garlic Rice and Coleslaw while Hubby and Exhibit A prefer their ribs with Java Rice and Mac & Cheese.

Of course, these ribs are best enjoyed with RACKS’ Original Barbecue Sauce!

Racks, Tiendesitas

Another filling and hearty family meal done!

Racks, Tiendesitas

This Racks branch is located at Ground Floor, Building B, Frontera Verde, Ugong, Pasig City.

Craving for RACKS’ Classic Pork Ribs but stuck at home due to the enhanced community quarantine? You’d be happy to know that you can enjoy it at home by having RACKS’ frozen meats delivered from either its Tiendesitas branch or Paseo de Magallanes branch. Available meats include: Baby Ribs (Php1,733 for two full slabs), Classic Pork Ribs (Php1,381 for full rack), Premium Boneless Pork Ribs (Php1,403 for full rack) and Beef Ribs (Php1,485 for full rack). RACKS’ Original BBQ Sauce and Extra Hot BBQ Sauce are also available Php325 per bottle.

These are available for pick-up via walk-in (just call ahead of time to avoid long queues: +63 2 82341604 for Tiendesitas or +63 2 88215797 for Paseo de Magallanes) or for delivery via GrabFood or Food Panda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Use this link to download the FoodPanda app and get Php100 off your first order.

Other Racks branches in the metro are located at

  • SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
  • Connecticut Carpark Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
  • The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Timog Avenue, Laging Handa, Quezon City
  • Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • SM North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • South Park Plaza, Magallanes, Makati City
  • Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • ASEANA Square, Entertainment City, Paranaque
  • Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
  • SM Southmall, Almanza, Las Pinas
  • Evia Lifestyle Center, Almanza, Las Pinas
  • Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa

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

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