Brunchmate Premium Tapa for a quick and easy family meal

Being a working mom myself, I know the struggles of juggling the demands of family and work responsibilities.

Despite the many freedoms that working from home has allowed me, I still sometimes feel like I’m falling short in my duties at home.

Take our family meals, for example. I always want to make sure that my little brood enjoys our mealtimes: tasty comfort food, therefore, is always the order of the day.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Sometimes, though, my Zoom meeting would go overtime, or I would be too engrossed in my work that I find myself pressed for time in preparing the family’s meal.I’m sure a lot of other moms out there have the same problem.

If only there was a way to quickly and easily whip up a wholesome and delicious meal for our family, yes?

Well, that’s what the couple behind Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa – AR and Jam Periquet – set out to do.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Both love to eat out, but with the pandemic and the quarantine strictures, their dining adventures were curtailed and they were forced to spend more time at home.

Being a foodie himself and beef tapa connoisseur, AR sought to elevate this Pinoy comfort viand by using premium Angus beef and incorporating some secret ingredients.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

The result? Strips of tender Angus beef strips, marinated to perfection, packaged into 350 gram packs.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

All we need to do is thaw out the packet, pour its contents into a pan and cook over low heat (no need to add oil). Spread the strips evenly across the pan and allow to fry in own juices until, flipping occasionally, until the beef strips are tender and brown. These are best served hot.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate’s Premium Beef Tapa come in four variants – Original (Sweet), Garlic, Seeet & Spicy and Spicy Garlic – all at Php280 per pack. My Original tapa was juicy and flavorful, and went well with rice and fried eggs, much to the fam’s delight!

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Too bad there were none left to make into tapa flakes the next day.

Fortunately, ordering my Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa is a breeze with this online form. Payments via BPI, BDO, GCash and COD are accepted. Brunchmate delivers from Las Pinas to anywhere in the metro.

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa

To know more about Brunchmate Premium Beef Tapa, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

So to stop yourself from stressing over mealtimes, momshie, order your Brunchmate now!

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

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Express your love for Mom with a Stories & Blossoms gift basket

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we should be on the lookout for the perfect gift to express our love and bring delight to our moms on their special day.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

While Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the early twentieth century to honor mothers and how they influence society through their love and sacrifices for the family, there have been many age-old traditions giving tribute to motherhood. For instance, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of mother-goddesses such as Rhea and Cybele while early Christians celebrated “Mothering Sunday” by returning to their mother church, spending time at home and presenting their moms with flowers and tokens of appreciation.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Over the years, Mother’s Day, or iterations of this holiday, are celebrated by various countries according to their local customs. In Thailand, for instance, it is celebrated during the birthday of Queen Sirikit, with ceremonies and parades to mark the occasion.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Mother’s Day is notably the busiest time for restaurants as families give their moms a break from kitchen duties and treat her to delicious meals throughout the day that she didn’t have to prepare herself.

Some would even treat their mothers to a rejuvenating time at the spa, a welcome respite from their usual deluge of duties and chores.

However, with stricter quarantine protocols in place due to the pandemic, bringing Mom out to dine in style or to have a “me time” at the spa may not be the best choice.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Why not treat Mom to a relaxing day off at home on Mother’s Day?

With Stories & Blossoms’ Mom’s Day Off Floral Care Basket (Php3,500), the most important woman in your life will be able to enjoy a beautiful arrangement of preserved flowers, customizable according to her favorite colors and blooms, in an attractively rustic 14-inch basket. Nestled among the blooms is a carefully curated package of locally made yet luxurious self-care items she can enjoy at home.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

To help chase away tensions and lull her to a state of ease, artisanal scent-maker Favori contributes a carbon-neutral and eco-friendly Soy Aroma Candle, a calming Lavender Massage Oil and a soothing Sleep and Relaxation Salve.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Mabula PH, on the other hand, provides lovingly handcrafted, all-natural and organic multi-bars from the farmers of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur such as a set of five mini multi-purpose bars in papaya, turmeric, calamansi, turmeric and cucumber variants which can be used as facial cleansers, body soap or shampoo, as well as a conditioner bar to revitalize her locks.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Your mom might be stuck at home during Mother’s Day but you can make it a deluxe pamparing experience for her with this special floral care basket.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

With this thoughtful and heart-warming gift, you can bring Mom a patch of sunny sky and summer blooms without having to leave home.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Other sets your mom would love from Stories & Blossoms include:

Stories in a Bag (Php1,300 to Php1,500). A tasteful curation of assorted preserved flowers in a transparent box with a gold chain handle, and comes with a 100-gram bar of Belgian chocolate. Treat her to an overload of sweetness with this arrangement.

Stories & Blossoms Mother’s Day

Farmhouse Stories (Php1,800). Hydrangeas represent gratitude, grace and beauty. Gift your mom with a lavish hydrangea arrangement in a pretty farmhouse box to usher in bright and cheery feelings even during these uncertain times.

Stories & Blossoms Mother’s Day

Take your pick from the many arrangements available at storiesandblossoms.com. Order your preferred sets now so that Mom can receive her pleasant surprise for Mother’s Day.

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

Stories & Blossoms Mom’s Day Off

To know more about its newest arrangement creations and offers, like and follow Stories & Blossoms on Facebook or Instagram or call +63 967 5099050.

Disclosure: A product sample was provided to facilitate this feature article. Photos of Stories in a Bag and Farmhouse Stories used with permission from Stories & Blossoms.

Lumina Homes Offers Biggest Home Reservation Discount in Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival

Kabarangay, are you looking for a convenient way to avail of your Lumina home? Here’s how you can reserve your dream home through Shopee!

Proceed to Lumina’s official store in Shopee Mall and “add to cart” your preferred Lumina home e-voucher that you can avail of from April 24 to May 5, 2021, with a 55% discount!

Vista Land’s ever-innovative affordable housing arm joined Shopee in May 2020—the platform’s first real estate partner brand—and has never been more active in participating in the platform’s monthly and seasonal promotions.

Lumina Homes has partnered with Shopee on numerous occasions to offer home reservation discounts, including a house-and-lot prize during Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

So, to celebrate Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival, home-seekers can avail themselves of Lumina Homes e-vouchers at 55% off from April 24 to May 5.*

Prices of e-vouchers are already discounted, such that the 55% OFF will automatically be applied upon check out. The e-voucher that corresponds to a specific Lumina home model will be used to reserve the home model located in the Lumina Homes project of your choice.

For instance, if you purchase a P2,250* Angelique Duplex e-voucher, you may only use it to reserve one Angelique Duplex in any Lumina Homes project nationwide that features the home model.

Buying an affordable house and lot in Lumina Homes through Shopee is as easy as adding-to-cart your favorite teaching materials and daily home needs!

Follow “Lumina Homes” Official Store in ShopeeMall: www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial and check out house and lot models with the biggest discount, P2,250* (discounted rate), or the top-selling homes you can purchase for as low as possible P4,500* (discounted rate).

Click the “Chat Seller” button for more information about the offered e-vouchers. A Lumina Homes Representative is always on standby to attend to inquiries so you can expect an immediate response. 

Like any other items that are available in Shopee, you can pay through credit cards or digital wallets like Shopee Pay and GCash.

Follow this process for your Lumina home reservation now:

1) Go to Lumina Homes Shopee Mall store at http://www.shopee.ph/luminahomesofficial;

2) Browse featured home reservation e-vouchers;

3) Read the description and chat with the seller to inquire about Lumina Homes projects and locations where you can use the e-voucher;

4) Select your preferred e-voucher and click “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” and pay for the e-voucher through Shopee Pay, GCash, or credit card.

5) The Lumina Homes Representative will be notified of the sale, then will contact you to schedule an online appointment for a marketing briefing.

You may choose among the 50 developments of Lumina Homes in key locations across the country: Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, CamarinesNorte, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, MisamisOccidental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato.

Lumina Homes offers reliable housing financing options like bank home loan and Pag-IBIG housing loan.

So what are you waiting for? Open your Shopee app today and click Lumina’s special promo banners to avail discounted home reservation e-vouchers!

Snackable baked goodies from Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

To be honest, my quarantine life has been made so much more bearable by the joys of snacking.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Munching on some sweet or savory pastries in the afternoon after office Zoom meetings or during tutoring sessions with my son help to tide me over until dinnertime, giving me that much-needed energy boost. When my kids and I get a case of the munchies late at night, we also reach for some breads that we pair with our favorite spreads.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Fortunately, there’s a Breadtalk branch in the mall near my home which lets me grab delicious and affordable baked goods whenever I go out for a supply run.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Here, some of my go-to breads and pastries are made fresh everyday. In keeping with safety protocols, it already accepts cashless payments via GCash.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

My favorites among its offerings include:

Kick Kick (Php39). Soft pillowy bread split in the middle to give way to a creamy sweet custard.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Rocky Rocky Milk (Php45). Fluffy Danish pastry with milky cream.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Strawberry Rocky (Php45). Rocky Rocky Milk breads halved then split in the middle to hold some tangy and sweet strawberry jam.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Prosperity Polo (Php56). Similar to a Danish pastry, this is topped with a pineapple ring with a creamy sweet custard in the middle.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Earthquake Cheese Toast (Php159). A toasted airy loaf filled with cheese bits.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Almond Frenzy (Php41). A fluffy baked doughnut topped with sliced almonds.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Custard Bun (Php35). Soft milk bread with a rich custard filling in the center.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Baguette (Php62). A long thin and crusty loaf which is a perfect companion for the the Shrimp Gambas I sometimes make for dinner.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Wholemeal Toast (Php109). Fluffy bread which serves as a perfect foil for my son’s favorite tuna spread.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

So if you’re looking for savory breads for your sandwiches or to complement your viands, or for sweet pastries for your snack or dessert, drop by a Breadtalk branch near you.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

You can also have your orders delivered right to your doorstep via GrabFood.

For the latest updates from Breadtalk, visit its website or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

Breadtalk, SM East Ortigas

This Breadtalk branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Pasig City.

Other Breadtalk branches in the metro are located at:

  • Quezon City: Eastwood Mall, Robinsons Galleria, Gateway Mall, Robinsons Magnolia, Trinoma Mall, SM City North EDSA The Block, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, SM City Novaliches, SM City Fairview
  • Marikina: SM City Marikina
  • Mandaluyong: SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza
  • San Juan: V Mall Greenhills Shopping Center
  • Taguig: Uptown Place Mall, Market! Market!, Bonifacio High Street, SM Aura Premiere
  • Makati: Powerplant Mall, Century City Mall, Ayala Malls Circuit, Glorietta, The Landmark, Ayala North Exchange, Assembly Grounds at The Rise
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, SM City Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Pasay: SM Mall of Asia
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall

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

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Birthday lunch from Lido Cocina Tsina, C. Raymundo

Celebrations call for good food enjoyed with loved ones and my recent birthday was no exception.

My family and I sat down for a sumptuous birthday lunch of delicious Tsinoy comfort food in hearty servings delivered right to our doorstep from Lido Cocina Tsina.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

This homegrown Chinese food chain came about in the 1930s when Cantonese chef Mr. Lido started a modest eatery in Binondo called Panciteria Lido. Rebranded as Lido Cocina Tsina, it has become a byword for Chinese dishes that appeal to Pinoy taste buds.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

During my recent birthday, I was able to introduce the fam to some of my favorites from Lido Cocina Tsina as well as tried some new dishes:

Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php132). For me, a Chinese meal wouldn’t be one without this egg fried rice mixed with shrimp, pork, carrots and spring onions.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Sweet and Sour Fish (Php374). Lightly battered and fried fish fillets served in a sweet and sour sauce with carrots, bell peppers and onions.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Manchurian Wings (Php392). Crispy chicken wings coated with a gingery, sweet and spicy oriental sauce, another showcase for the Pinoy’s penchant for flavor combinations.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Spareribs Salt and Pepper (Php380). Crispy pork spareribs sauteed in Chinese five-spice mix, and then served with house-made vinegar, another mainstay in my Chinese food spread.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Shrimp Foo Yong (Php468). Ever since I had my first taste of this Lido-style egg omellete with shrimps, mushrooms and vegetables, and served in a nice and light oyster sauce a year ago, I haven’t been able to resist it.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

One thing I’ve noted about Chinese food, especially the ones here at Lido that have been adapted to the Pinoy palate, is that varied combinations tend to mesh well together. The dynamics of sweet, sour, salty and spicy, as well as the different textures from various ingredients complement and play off one another, making it easy to select a new dish to add to your go-to orders when you’re feeling adventurous or looking for a change.

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

My sumptuous birthday lunch was a delicious revisit of my Tsinoy food favorites. Why don’t you give these a try and tell me how your Chinese food adventure went?

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

Lido Cocina Tsina, Rosario

This Lido Cocina Tsina branch is located at GA 1-GA 2, 8003, C. Raymundo Ave, Barangay, Rosario, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 9pm for dine-in, take-out and delivery. For delivery, call +63 2 88885436 (LIDO) or visit lidodelivery.com.

Other Metro Manila branches are located at:

  • Quezon City: New Manila, Project 6, Batasan Hills, Project 8, Z Square Mall Banawe,
  • Makati: San Lorenzo
  • Manila: Ermita
  • Paranaque: Don Bosco, San Isidro
  • La Pinas: Talon

Lido Cocina Tsina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Summer at home? Grab makes it rewarding with Summer Steals: Bahaycation

Summer greetings from Grab!

Everybody looks forward to the summer season every year for all the fun memories and activities associated with it, be it for the refreshing beverages, the relaxing vacations, or lively beach trips. But while we have to stay in the safety of our homes for the meantime, Grab, Southeast Asia’s everyday superapp, gives us a chance to make this summer one to remember by bringing your summer vacation right to your doorstep with Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Until May 2, 2021, grab a bite of that exciting slice of summer with the chance to win BIG prizes through the Bahaycation Deals Wheel and sulit week-long deals and daily flash sales across Grab’s different services!

Amp up your summer and create unforgettable experiences with your loved ones with exciting prizes up for grabs just from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel! Who knows, you might just be one of the lucky winners to take home a Dyson Airwrap, KitchenAid Mixer, Philips Air Fryer, Samsung Air Conditioner, Nespresso Lattissima machine, iPad Pro, or even a 50″ Samsung TV, perfect for enhancing your summer at home!

While you’re getting some exciting prizes from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel, get your game face on for Grab’s Bahaycation Challenge just from making some purchases on GrabMart, and stand the chance to win a P120 off voucher for GrabMart’s Mega Sale from April 29 to May 4!

Last but not least, continue treating yourself to a fun and memorable summer that you deserve through thousands of deals from GrabFood, GrabMart, and GrabPay for the best summer-at-home experience yet! Beat the heat and have your summer staples delivered from your favorite restaurants like Yellow Cab, Taco Bell, Botejyu, and Coco with UNLI FREE DELIVERY today! To top this off, select merchants are offering you 50% OFF when you order from GrabMart stores like Assi Fresh Plaza, Zagana, Lawson, and Candy Corner. And be sure to complete that summer bahaycation OOTD and earn over P1,000 in cashback when you shop at Zalora, Shein, BeautyMNL, ShopSM, and more using GrabPay!

Get a slice of that summer experience— even from home— through the Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation and make sure not to miss out on the week-long deals and exciting prizes available on the Grab app from April 26 to May 2, 2021!

For more details, check out the Grab app or visit the Grab website to learn more about Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Promo details provided in a recent press release

You Can Now ‘Mine’ a Lumina Home through Live Selling sa Brgy. Lumina

Tune in to the Facebook page of your preferred Lumina project this April 24, 2021, and get ready to “mine” your dream Lumina house and lot!

Lumina Homes is the affordable housing arm of Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc., the country’s largest homebuilder and one of the country’s leading integrated property developers.

Founded in 2012, Lumina has grown to become the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the country, with over 50 projects nationwide. Each Lumina Homes location offers reasonably priced and high-quality homes priced between Php500,000 and Php1.7 million. Lumina Homes, from its easy-on-the-pocket payment terms, surely encourages every Juan to own a home!

Lumina Homes develops communities in the most accessible locations, near transportation hubs, major thoroughfares, hospitals, schools, and business and recreational centers. Additionally, because these projects are part of master-planned communities, they include amenities such as basketball courts, community halls, mini gardens, playgrounds, as well as space for future commercial areas.

What is Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina?

Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina is a virtual platform that replicates the house and lot purchasing experience during an Open House event but adds some fun elements such as games, giveaways, limited-time offers, and all-out inventory via Facebook. There will also be prizes for the Top Sharer and Top Commenter.

As another way for Lumina Homes to connect with partner networks and interested home seekers, Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina is an interactive activity that allows house and lot reservations by simply commenting “mine” during the live stream. Following the live stream, the Lumina Account Officer will coordinate with the acknowledged “mine” comments to proceed with the house and lot reservation in an official manner.

So, mark your calendars for April 24, 2021, and set your alarms by 2 pm for the highly anticipated return of Live Selling sa Barangay Lumina and pa-mine na lang, Kabarangay!

For the latest news & blogs on Lumina Homes, click here.

Get the best of both worlds with Zark’s Pizza x Burger series

Among us foodies, some would say that their food of choice are burgers while some would make a beeline for the nearest pizza joint when the hunger pangs strike.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

For those that can go either way, Zark’s Burger has a special treat for you: its Pizza x Burger series!

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Burgers made its name by introducing burger innovations: fresh, crazy and sometimes over-the-top takes on the all-time favorite burger, and its newest line of burger creations is no exception.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

For just Php229 per burger, your inner glutton can indulge in not one, but two (!) of your food cravings with these creations.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

These filling burgers all consist of meaty and juicy char-grilled quarter-pound hunks of pure beef on a bed of seasoned fries sandwiched in fluffy and freshly baked brioche buns which are then topped with a tangy and savory pizza sauce, oodles of mozzarella and your favorite pizza toppings.

Check them out:

Pepperoni Overload.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Four Cheese.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Bacon and Mushroom.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Each pizza x burger would be more than enough to sate your cravings.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Still, for us foodies, we go big or we go home, right? So how about giving in to your super-sized appetite and adding these munchies to your order:

Hall of Fame Nachos (Php179).

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Chicken Wings: Classic Buffalo (Php289) and Honey BBQ (Php289).

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Those savory and spicy appetizers will sure work up quite a thirst so be sure to add a refreshing cup of Iced Tea (Php49) or Blue Lemonade (Php49) to your order.

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

So if you want to enjoy both of your food faves – pizzas and burgers – at one go, head to the nearest Zark’s Burgers!

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

Zark’s Pizza Burger

This Zark’s Burger branch is located at Eastwood Citywalk 2, Eastwood City Mall, Libis.

Other branches are located at:

  • Pasig: SM City East Ortigas
  • Quezon City: Robinsons Galleria, Shopwise Araneta, SM City Santa Mesa, Fisher Mall, SM City North EDSA, SM City Fairview
  • Taguig: Food District Signatures on 5th BGC
  • Makati: Glorietta
  • Marikina: SM Marikina
  • Manila: SM City Manila, SM City San Lazaro
  • Pasay: Mall of Asia
  • Caloocan: South Caloocan
  • Valenzuela: SM City Valenzuela
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Paranaque: SM City BF Homes

Zark’s Burger delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Zark's Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my reviews of other burger joints in the metro:

GrabFood Signatures family dinner from Cafe Mary Grace

I admit: having been “stuck at home” for more than a year has got me a bit tired of the usual home-cooked ulam.

Every once in a while, I want to treat the fam to something special: mouthwatering viands that go beyond the usual gisasigangprito that comprise my business-as-usual cooking repertoire.

If you have the same problem, then we’re both in luck, because Grab recently launched its newest program, GrabFood Signatures. It partnered with popular restaurants to offer amazing deals on best-selling food and drink, exclusively for GrabFood users.

One such restaurant is Cafe Mary Grace.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

While this restaurant is best known for its baked goods, particularly its ensaimada and cheese rolls, it also offers hearty comfort food good for sharing and perfect for family meals.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Together with my daughter #ExhibitA, I selected some dishes that were off-the-beaten-path for the fam:

Fried Kesong Puti & Calamansi Vinaigrette (Php393). Nuggets of kesong puti which are breaded, fried and tossed in with lettuce and grilled tomatoes, then drizzled with calamansi vinaigrette.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Smoked Salmon & Cream (Php438). Smoked salmon sauteed with garlic cream, tossed with pasta and garnished with caviar.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Dory & Saffron Cream (Php414). Linguini noodles topped with cream dory fillets and covered with a light cream sauce, subtly flavored with leeks and saffron.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Grilled Chicken Couscous (Php483). Chicken fillets marinated in rosemary and grilled before topping spicy steamed couscous, with a homemade tomato concasse and blance asparagus. This dish also has a 20% off deal, coming out at just Php368!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Parma Ham & Arugula (Php624). Freshly made pizza dough, generously topped with premium mozarella, homemade tomato sauce, slices of parma ham and arugula.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This meal was a welcome break from our run-of-the-mill ulam. And thanks to GrabFood Signature Deals, the total food bill for this meal amounted to just a little over Php2,000!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This Cafe Mary Grace branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City. Other Metro Manila outlets are located at:

  • Antipolo: SM Masinag
  • Marikina: SM Marikina
  • Mandaluyong: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall
  • Pasig: Rockwell Business Center, Estancia Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz, SM East Ortigas, SM Hypermart Pasig, Ayala Malls the 30th
  • San Juan: Unimart
  • Quezon City: Trinoma, SM Fairview, Gateway Mall, Eastwood Mall, SM North EDSA, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Robinsons Galleria, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Fisher Mall
  • Makati: Greenbelt 2, Century City Mall, Power Plant Mall, Steps Dance Studio, Enterprise Center, Makati Medical Center, Glorietta 4, Cash and Carry, SM Makati, Ayala Circuit, Waltermart
  • Taguig: Serendra, SM Aura, Venetian Mall, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Uptown Mall, One Bonifacio High Street, Rustans Central Square
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, SM Manila, SM San Lazaro
  • Pasay: NAIA Terminal 3, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Arena Annex, SM Mall of Asia Hypermarket, Resorts World Manila, Double Dragon Plaza
  • Paranaque: SM BF Paranaque, Okada, SM Sucat, SM Bicutan
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Fiesta Supermall

As a GrabFood Signatures restaurant, Cafe Mary Grace delivers via GrabFood and provides exclusive deals for GrabFood orders such as a Php100 discount for every minimum order of Php550.

Disclosure: A GrabFood voucher was provided to facilitate the ordering and delivery experience.

Cafe Mary Grace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Guiltless snacking with Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Spending all this time at home and going on TV binge-watching sprees sure do give us quite an appetite, doesn’t it?

If the thought of stuffing your face with junk food fills you with dread, you’re in luck! You won’t have to wallow in guilt when you indulge your snack cravings with treats from Mom’s Haus of Mushroom.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

These appetizing treats are produced by Food For Thought Live Well Together Corp., a social enterprise that seeks to address unemployment in the countryside by providing jobs and optimizing the local agriculture.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

It produces extremely snackable crispy mushroom chips, perfect for munching on while watching your favorite TV series, to fill the tummy with something delish in-between meals or a show-stopping addition to an appetizer spread.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

These crispy mushroom chips are all made with wholesome and natural ingredients: freshly picked mushrooms, vegetable oil, wheat flour, egg whites and spices, onion, vinegar and natural flavorings (salted egg, garlic and chili). These chips are baked to yummy crispiness and are available in 25g and 100g packs in several flavors, which include:

Original. The honest-to-goodness taste of mushroom in every piece!

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Garlic. A well-balanced nutty mushroom flavor with a hint of garlicky spice.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Salted Egg. The earthy taste of mushroom refined with the richness of salted egg.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Chili. Want your snack with a bit of a spicy kick? Well, this one’s for you!

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

So be bold and have good eats without the guilt. Stock up on Mom’s Haus of Mushroom Crispy Mushroom Chips today!

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Drop by the Sysu Food Hub Store on Shopee and add these to your cart today!

For more deets on Mom’s Haus of Mushroom, its products and its social enterprise initiatives, check out its website or follow it on Facebook, Instagram or Youtube.

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

Mom’s Haus of Mushroom

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Smart Shopping Tips for Shopee’s 4.15 Pay Day Sale

Stocking up on essentials you will need while on MECQ? The good news is that you don’t have to leave the safety of home nor burn a hole through your pockets to get the items you need.

Replenishing your supply of groceries, hygiene products, or personal care items is a breeze with online shopping. Aside from the convenience and safety of getting all your purchases delivered to your home, you can enjoy huge savings through perks such as free shipping, cashback, and more when you purchase on Shopee.

Here are some ways you can stretch each peso and maximize your sweldo at Shopee’s Payday Sale today.

Always check if free shipping is available

Ditch the additional fees and enjoy more savings by using free shipping vouchers. This April 15, you can claim free shipping vouchers sitewide, available with no minimum spend, from 12:00 to 2:00 AM. You can also enjoy all-day free shipping from participating shops.

Make the most of coin cashback deals

Did you know that you can get coin cashback deals when you shop on Shopee? You can redeem coins for discounts on your subsequent purchases. Get 20% cashback on all your purchases from 12:00 to 2:00 AM, then enjoy 15% cashback for the rest of the day.

Pro tip: to earn even more coins, click the Daily Check-In Button on the Coins Rewards section, play Shopee Prizes, view Shopee Live streams, and review your purchases.

Keep an eye out for ₱15 flash deals

You can get products priced as high as ₱3,999 for only ₱15. Keep checking Shopee throughout the day to score these Fila Women’s Shoes, Unilove Baby Package, Zeus x Fujisan Desk Speakers, and more for only ₱15. 

Use ShopeePay to enjoy more rewards

Shop, buy load and pay bills with ShopeePay to earn additional perks. Check out with ShopeePay to get free shipping vouchers and an extra 15% cashback with no minimum spend. You can also enjoy ₱1 deals from your favorite fast-food brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Bonchon, Big Guys, and Red Ribbon. From 12:00 to 2:00 AM, buy ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1 and enjoy free access to Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, and more. Finally, get up to 25% cashback when you pay your electricity, water, and internet bills with ShopeePay!

Use these tips and tricks to make the most out of your hard-earned money when you shop for essentials at Shopee’s 4.15 Payday Sale! For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/payday-sale

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Welcome the cherry blossom season with Starbucks’ Sakura series

In Japan, the advent of spring season is welcomed by the blossoming of sakura – more commonly known to us as cherry blossoms – from the last week of March to mid-April.

Widely considered as Japan’s national flower, these beautiful and delicate, pale pink blooms figure prominently in Japanese culture.

Starbucks Sakura Series

When the blossoming peaks, usually in the first week of April, it is a wondrous sight, prompting locals and visitors alike to hold tea ceremonies called hanami and other festivities to coincide with cherry blossom viewings.

Starbucks Sakura Series

We may not be able to travel to Japan to see these lovely blooms for ourselves but we can recreate the experience at home by having these Starbucks limited-edition Strawberry Sakura drinks delivered via GrabFood.

Starbucks Sakura Series

Starbucks Sakura Series

Starbucks Sakura Series

The Sakura Blossom Strawberry Frappuccino (Php205). Fresh strawberries are blended with whole milk and ice with sweet strawberry sauce at the bottom of the glass. Petal-shaped pink chocolate sprinkles garnish the whipped cream that top this drink.

Starbucks Sakura Series

Starbucks Sakura Series

Iced Sakura Blossom Tea (Php200). Starbucks’ Teavana Hibiscus Tea is combined with strawberry sauce and topped with cold foam sprinkled with petal-shaped pink chocolate sprinkles.

Starbucks Sakura Series

Starbucks Sakura Series

A perfect partner for these drinks is Starbucks’ Cherry Blossom Cake (Php215), a light yet moist and sweet cherry cake layered with creamy filling made with crushed cherries and finished with cherry cream.

Starbucks Sakura Series

Starbucks Sakura Series

Who says we can’t celebrate sakura season in the comforts of home?

Starbucks Sakura Series

This Starbucks branch is located at Mercedes Residences, Mercedes Avenue, San Miguel, Pasig City. For inquiries, call +63 2 82450773.

Photo Credit: Sakura blossoms by kazuend on Unsplash

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Want to win a Home Appliance and Gadgets bundle from Shopee?

One lucky Pinoy’s dream will come true as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, along with its newest brand ambassador, Willie Revillame, bring the newest exciting online contest, #MyShopeeWish.

Shopee users can submit video entries – the more heartfelt, the better – for a chance to win a Mega Package from Shopee and Willie Revillame. The Mega Package includes an exciting selection of gadgets and home appliances from top brands such as a La Germania Gas Stove, LG Refrigerator, Sharp Washing Machine, Union Electric Fan, Ballarini Frying Pan, Samsung Galaxy A12, and Sharp 32-Inch Television.  

#MyShopeeWish is just one of the many activities shoppers can look forward to at the 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale. This is part of Shopee’s efforts to make online shopping more entertaining and rewarding for Filipinos. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to join #MyShopeeWish: 

  1. Create a 30-60 second video explaining why you deserve to win the Mega Package. The video should have a maximum size of 50 MB. 
  2. From March 18 to April 4, upload your video entry to http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish. Provide personal information such as your full name, mobile phone number, home address, email address, and Shopee username as well.
  1. You can only upload one official entry. However, you can also post your video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or TikTok accounts with the hashtags #MyShopeeWish #MEGAnonSaShopee.
  2. Shopee’s social media team will screen each entry based on the following criteria: authenticity, 10%; adherence to the mechanics, 20%; Shopee branding, 15%; memorability, 35%; and video presentation, 20%. 
  3. Shopee will select 20 finalists during the preliminary judging on April 7. Shortlisted finalists will make it to the final judging on April 8. Look out for the winner announcement on April 11 via Shopee’s official Facebook page.
  4. Shopee will also notify the winner through their registered mobile number, email address, and mailing address.

Submit your #MyShopeeWish entries now and let Shopee know why you deserve to have your wish granted! 

For more information on how to join #MyShopeeWish, visit http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB – 115769 series of 2021

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Sun Life rallies millennials to reach for their dreams

If you feel like you’re headed towards a dead end, that you’re not where you feel you’re supposed to be, well, chin up, young person.

With its newest campaign, Sun Life Philippines is encouraging you to hit that reset button and claim a fresh new start in your journey towards the future you’ve always dreamed of.

Entitled “Ito ang Araw Mo,” the campaign launched on March 8 with a digital video highlighting the unique experiences of today’s generation, such as graduating in a virtual ceremony, exploring gaming as a career, pursuing online entrepreneurship, and starting a new family in extraordinary times.

The “Ito ang Araw Mo” campaign takes inspiration from the pursuits of the Millennials who are keen on building their career, growing their wealth, and finding self-enrichment amid the pandemic.

“The times we are in may have pushed Millennials to put their goals on hold, but it also brought out their creativity, resourcefulness, and undeniable spirit. They are well equipped to fulfill all their dreams, even as they navigate their way in a new environment,” Sun Life Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer Gilbert Simpao said. “It all begins with recognizing the start of this new chapter in their lives, taking control of what they can accomplish today, while working on their bigger goals in the future with Sun Life as their partner.”

To inspire and enable them with specific actionable to-dos, Sun Life will hold an interactive workshop entitled “Build Bright Habits to Reach Your Goals” on March 20, 10am, featuring international author, speaker, and life coach Dr. Christine Carter and AHA! Behavioral Design Managing Director TJ Agulto.

These bright habits on self-improvement, relationships, and personal finance will be reinforced through a Facebook community where they can avail mini mentorship programs, weekly challenges, and exclusive promos in the company of their fellow goal-achievers.

Those ready to craft their financial plans and be experts in handling their money are encouraged to seek the help of a Sun Life advisor, who can help them create a financial roadmap that matches their needs and will put them in a better position to make their plans a reality.

“Ito Ang Araw Mo” updates and other relevant information will be posted on Sun Life’s various online platforms for those who wish to take part in the activities and for those looking for added inspiration.

“There may have been a tremendous shift in our lives, but Millennials have the power to realize their goals and aspirations. It can start today,” Simpao said. “Ito ang araw nila, and it would be Sun Life’s honor to be their partner for life in this journey.”

So equip yourself with the right attitude and the right habits that will help you as you forge your way through life. And, make sure to enjoy the journey as well.

The Bistro Group launches Bistro Delivers, its on-demand delivery app

With the shift to instant commerce brought by the pandemic, The Bistro Group launched the Bistro Delivers app to help customers get their favorite food on their terms.

The Bistro Delivers app, which houses all 17 Bistro Group restaurant brands, aims to make life for urban dwellers just a little bit easier. Offering on-demand delivery and take-out options, the app bridges decades of the company’s food and operational expertise with the convenience of today’s technology.

For those who want to order in—whether it be to binge while watching the latest Netflix show or partake in an intimate dinner with family and friends, the Bistro Delivers app is the perfect way to get food anytime, anywhere. From pasta and wings to sushi and paella, the app allows customers to order their favorite food safely and conveniently from any of The Bistro Group’s wide roster international and homegrown brands.

To give customers even more options, customers can order from multiple brands in the same vicinity, so they no longer have to choose between two good things. With a delivery radius of 8-km, customers can also enjoy access to restaurants that have typically been out of reach.

For those craving savings, discounts and offers will be exclusively available for redemption within the app. “BFFs,” members of The Bistro Group’s loyalty program, can also expect to enjoy special privileges and perks.

Through the launch of Bistro Delivers, The Bistro Group hopes to elevate its high standards of customer satisfaction even further—giving customers a hassle-free way to get the food they love from the convenience of their phones.

Bistro Delivers can be downloaded in the Play Store/Google Play and App Store.