Comfort food delivery from Pares Retiro, P. Tuazon

Lately, we’ve been craving for comfort food, right?

Now more than ever, we’re looking for that feeling of well-being and fullness that comfort food brings.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

An example of Pinoy comfort food that I was happy to rediscover is beef pares. This dish is braised beef stewed in a savory-sweet sauce and served with garlic fried rice, making winning combo indeed!

For me, the benchmark for beef pares is the one I tasted prior to the quarantine, when my officemate and I had our lunch delivered from the Pares Retiro near our office. I guess that’s why this resto chain was dubbed the best pares in town. I get cravings for it sometimes since then.

Pares Retiro, Tomas Morato

However, I’ve been stuck at home for the past few months and the nearest Pare Retiro is too far for delivery.

That is, until GrabFood made Pares Retiro in P. Tuazon available for long-distance delivery. Yey!

I found out about it when Hubby gave in to his late-night cravings and had some beef pares and bone marrow delivered for us to devour in between episodes of the K-drama we’re bingeing on.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

(Spoiler Alert: they were gone in mere minutes that I haven’t been able to take decent pictures!)

That late-night taste intensified my craving for the dish again so I decided to order from Pares Retiro via GrabFood for our dinner.

Tonight, the kiddos and I feasted on:

Classic Pares Meal (Php208). That winning tamdem of beed pares and garlic fried rice. The slow-braised meat is fork-tender and the sauce has the right dynamic between sweet and savory that goes so well with the garlic fried rice.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Tendon Meal (Php214). The classic pares dish made even more irresistible with the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of imported US beef tendon that adds flavor and texture to the dish.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Bone Marrow (Php189). Roasted bone marrow flavored with herbs and spices. Add a bit of bone marrow to each bite of pares and rice and you’ll see why the fam and I got obsessed with it. I only wish there was more of it.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

These dishes are not high-brow nor elaborate. Instead, they are simple dishes that give us comfort especially during these trying times.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

This Pares Retiro branch is located at P. Tuazon Corner 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. It delivers via GrabFood, LalaFood, FoodPanda and Pares Retiro’s website.

Pares Retiro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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#QuarantitaTreats: Pinoy and proud bubble tea drinks from Boba Unibers

Rain or shine, it’s always a good time for a boba tea.

These delish concoctions can give us a much-needed sugar boost to get us going, or refresh us after a hot or grueling day.

Boba (“bubble”) gets its name from the chewy pearls made of tapioca soaked in sugar syrup that look like dark bubbles which add texture to your drink.

Boba teas originated from Taiwan in the 1980s when the smaller pearls were used for milk teas. An enterprising shop owner then decided to use larger pearls in a bid to make his offerings stand out.

Boba teas then made their way across the globe and soon established a foothold in the Philippines with new shops offering all sorts of bubble tea variants opening every month.

The newest of these boba tea shops is Boba Unibers, managed by twenty-seven-year-old Jacques Michael Buenviaje together with his partner, twenty-six-year-old Katrina Mikaela Laygo.

Boba Unibers

Both were working in a five-star hotel in BGC when the pandemic struck the metro. They decided to leave their hotel jobs and forge new paths for themselves, which, luckily for us boba tea lovers, includes launching Boba Unibers.

As you can discern from their business’ moniker, #PinoyPride infuses their business and product concept.

By incorporating local flavors and ingredients to their boba tea offerings, they bring milk tea fans like us fresh ways to enjoy our favorite drink while tapping into our sense of nostalgia (plus they also help local farmers by sourcing their coffee beans and muscovado from them).

Being good to the environment is also high on their list of priorities. Not only do they eschew the use of single-use plastics, they also made use of reusable glass jars and edible straws (made with rice and tapioca) which scored major points with my environmentally-aware daughter, #ExhibitA.

Now let’s talk about Boba Unibers’ drinks, shall we?

Wintermelon (Php75). Made with BU’s special tea blend, caramel-y wintermelon syrup, milk, house syrup and boba. #ExhibitA reserved this boba as soon as she saw it.

Boba Unibers

Taro (Php75). Made with BU’s special tea blend, taro, milk, house syrup and boba. A creamy masterpiece of a drink! (And cutely light purple too!)

Boba Unibers

Champorado (Php85). Made with BU’s special tea blend, tablea rice milk, house syrup, powdered milk and boba. Who would have thought that our favorite chocolatey breakfast item would taste so good in boba tea form? My son #ExhibitB snatched this up as soon as I was done taking photos.

Boba Unibers

Pandan Yema (Php85). Made with BU’s special tea blend, milk, pandan yema syrup and boba. A mix of the mild taste of pandan and the milky salted caramel-like taste of yema made for a candy-like sweet drink.

Boba Unibers

Salted Pistachio (Php110). Made with pistachio syrup, caramel sauce, caramel syrup, Kievit and Lipton Tea. This milky and slightly nutty drink will satisfy pistachio lovers.

Boba Unibers

Cold Brew Milk Tea (Php85). Made with BU’s special tea blend, milk, cold brew coffee and boba. This woke me right up from my mid-afternoon stupor.

Boba Unibers

These are just a sampling of the many possibili-teas that Boba Unibers has launched into the milk tea stratosphere, with more flavors to come as Jacques and Katrina continue to experiment with new flavors and ingredients.

Boba Unibers

So #quarantitas (or #quaranTEAtas?), let’s help these young entrepreneurs raise our flag and bring the spotlight to the unique flavors we Pinoys love by supporting Boba Unibers.

Boba Unibers

To order, call +63 906 3485071 or message Boba Uniberse on Facebook or Instagram. Cashless payments via GCash, Metrobank and BDO, as well as cash on delivery, are accepted. The jars of milk tea can be delivered from Cainta to Rizal and Metro Manila areas via GrabExpress, Lalamove, Mr. Speedy, Angkas and Joyride (to be shouldered by the buyer).

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Flashback to my childhood with Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

We Pinoys do love our kakanin, don’t we?

These are the sticky rice cakes that many of us used to wolf down for merienda after a bout of running around the neighborhood with our pals.

The term kakanin is the portmanteau of the Filipino words kain (“to eat”) and kanin (“rice”). Made with glutinous rice and coconut milk, and sweetened with sugar or accompanied by sweet fruits, these rice treats can go a long way in re-energizing youngsters after playing all afternoon and tide them over until dinnertime.

One of my favorites is the suman, a kakanin in which the glutinous rice is cooked in coconut milk and streamed and is usually served wrapped in banana leaves. There are many ways to enjoy this rice dessert: the ones my lola in Bataan used to make is composed of short cylinders of that I would dip in sugar before eating, while my mom likes to lightly fry some in oil until they get a little crispy.

I was already an adult by the time I came across a new variant called suman sa latik. In this suman iteration, the rice cake is doused with latik, or caramelized coconut milk. This makes for a decadent dessert or filling merienda.

Thanks to a fellow foodie sharing his snack stash, I was able to get a taste of Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik one afternoon.

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

These suman are handmade with love, just like how our lolas used to make.

These are best enjoyed right away, but as I had a couple of telecons that Saturday afternoon, I delayed eating them for a while. No worries, though; I just reheated a piece in the microwave for half a minute before pouring some of the caramelized coconut cream sauce over it, and placed the rest in the fridge.

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

And since I couldn’t keep such a yummy treat to myself, I sent a few pieces over to my mom, who also loved it!

You can get your own box of Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik for just Php200. It contains six pieces of banana leaf-wrapped suman and a generous helping of latik, more than enough to satisfy your suman craving.

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

To order, send your name, contact number, delivery address and number of orders to Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik on Facebook or Instagram for delivery anywhere in Metro Manila or Cavite on Saturday. Cashless payments via BDO, BPI and GCash are accepted.

If you are not consuming your suman sa latik right away, they may be kept in the refrigerator for up to seven days. Aside from microwaving, they may be reheated using a steamer for thirty minutes.

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik

Go ahead and order a box of Mama Lola’s Suman sa Latik to share with the fam and reminisce about the good ole’ days.

Thanks to Harvard of AlwaysHungry.PH for sharing his snack stash!

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‘Tis the start of the season for fam celebrations with Silverspoon

Just like that: September is here, momshies. And so begins the world’s longest Christmas season.

And while the whole world is still battling that dread virus, you still shouldn’t let it keep you from celebrating what joys you can, right?

Life does go on, so let’s celebrate it with good food, especially now when you won’t have to slave away in the kitchen to serve the fam a show-stopping meal, thanks to SilverSpoon.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

The brainchild of thirty-year-old financial advisor and budding food entrepreneur Decebelle Montefrio, SilverSpoon brings tasty gourmet dishes to your table for your family to enjoy.

Silver Spoon PH

It was Decie’s dream since her college days to pursue her love of cooking and have her own food business. When the pandemic struck the country a few months after she returned to the Philippines from Canada, she decided to set up an online food business instead. By June this year, Decie has launched SilverSpoon, offering viands that appeal to the Pinoy palate which are also close to her heart such as:

Roasted Potato Wedge Snack (Php180). Generous wedges of potatoes, flavored with herbs and seasoning and oven-roasted until golden brown. It’s great for munching while binge-watching your favorite TV shows, or as a appetizer to a fabulous meal.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Butter Garlic Shrimp Platter (Php630). Plump shrimps lightly breaded and coated in a flavorful sauce of butter and garlic, great with lots and lots of rice! Also available in a solo meal with rice and veggies for Php230.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Honey Garlic Liempo Platter (Php380). Tender grilled pork belly glazed in a sweet-savory honey garlic sauce. Also available in a solo meal with rice and veggies for Php150.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Lechon Kawali Solo Meal (Php150). Deep fried pork belly with crunchy skin and flavorful meat served with rice and veggies. Also avail also as a Platter for Php360.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Spicy Adobo Solo Meal (Php150). Decie’s childhood pork adobo recipe with a bit of a spicy kick. True to the adage that adobo gets better in its second serving, leftovers from this generously portioned dish were also great as adobo flakes the next day. Also available as a Platter for Php350.

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

Silver Spoon PH

To order a belly-filling and heart-warming gourmet meal for your family, message SilverSpoon on Facebook or Instagram, or text +63 936 8102017. Pre-orders for next-day delivery are accepted until cut-off at 8pm. Payments via GCash, BPI or BDO, as well as cash on delivery are accepted. Orders may be delivered from SilverSpoon’s kitchens in Commonwealth, Quezon City to anywhere in Metro Manila (delivery fee to be shouldered by the buyer).

Silver Spoon PH

So, momshies, have a merry early start to your holiday celebrations with SilverSpoon!

Silver Spoon PH

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No-stress meal from Jampax Foods Delivery

Momshies, just because you spend more time at home nowadays doesn’t mean you’re less stressed, right?

With all that juggling between working from home, and all the stuff you need to work on at home, it’s enough to make you get frazzled sometimes.

Fortunately, the folks over at Jampax can take stress out of preparing your family’s next meal.

Jampax Foods

A group of friends who used to work in food industry before the pandemic hit our shores banded together and put their skill sets to bear to whip up tasty yet affordable rice meals for online selling.

Jampax Foods

Here’s a sampling of what you can expect from Jampax:

Gyoza (Php45/5 pieces). Mini-versions of the popular Japanese potstickers made with ground meat and minced vegetables flavored by garlic and aromatics wrapped in thin dough wrappers. This is my daughter’s favorite dumpling and she considers no Japanese meal complete without it.

Jampax Foods

Jampax Foods

Katsudon (Php110). Tender piece of pork loin, breaded and deep-fried served with egg cooked in a sweet and savory sauce over steamed rice and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. My little boy can’t get enough of it!

Jampax Foods

Jampax Foods

Chicken Inasal (Php85 | Php100 with rice). A boneless quarter leg of chicken flavored in the traditional Ilonggo marinade of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annato then roasted until tender and flavorfully smokey.

Jampax Foods

Jampax Foods

Other dishes from Jampax’s home-cooked menu include:

  • Chicken Teriyaki (Php85 | Php100 with rice)
  • Karaage (Php85 | Php100 with rice)
  • Tonkatsu (Php85 | Php100 with rice)
  • Pork Siomai (Php40/5 pieces)
  • Japanese Siomai (Php55/5 pieces)
  • Lumpiang Shanghai (Php45/5 pieces)

These dishes are jam-packed with flavor and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways:

  • A single order can be a busy office worker’s hassle-free lunch
  • Several orders can be family’s quick and easy dinner
  • Large orders can be a crew meal for outdoor projects and or party fare for big celebrations

Want to stock up on food you can cook later? Jampax also offers marinated chicken wings and chicken breast fillets at Php200 per half-kilo pack (in flavors garlic parmesan, hickory barbecue and buffalo flavors), as well as frozen pork siomai, Japanese siomai, gyoza and lumpiang shanghai for Php70 per twelve-piece pack.

So momshies, kiss the stress away for your fam’s mealtime. Just order your food at Jampax by calling +63 915 5850297 or sending a message on Facebook or Instagram between 8am and 6pm daily with a two-day lead time (same day orders may be accommodated depending on stock availability). Cashless payments via BPI and GCash are accepted and encouraged. Delivery is free in selected areas in Cavite.

Jampax Foods

Jampax Foods

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Home-cooked feels from Aling Banang’s

After almost five months of being cooped up at home, I must say that I have developed a newfound respect for home-cooking.

These are the dishes that many of us grew up with and have loved over the years, the viands that we may not always list as put absolute faves but nevertheless welcome when they are presented to us on the dinner table.

The thing is, however, having the same home-cooked dishes again and again can become a drag. Blame it on the limited repertoire of many homemakers when it comes to Filipino food, or simply the lack of time to learn to cook new dishes despite being stuck at home or to replenish the pantry with the needed ingredients.

Whichever the reason, I found myself having to look for viand for my family’s lunch one weekday.

I already know that Aling Banang’s makes a tasty Pancit Canton for groups, but the challenge was how to scale that for a simple family meal.

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

Fortunately, Aling Banang’s also offers solo servings of its dishes such as:

Pancit Canton (Php60). Pinoy-style stir-fried noodles with shredded veggies topped with Lecon Kawali pieces.

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

Lechon Kawali (Php60). Pork belly that is boiled, seasoned then deep-fried in a wok until the meat is tender and juicy and the skin is crispy and golden brown.

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

With five orders of Lechon Kawali and two orders of Pancit Canton, I was able to satisfy the lunch appetites of the entire fam for just Php420!

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

Aling Banang’s, Manggahan

What’s your meal hack?

Get your own lutong bahay eats without having to sweat it out in the kitchen. If you’re in the Pasig area, order your meal from Aling Banang’s by calling +63 2 73582953, +63 921 3364640 or +63 955 6922033.

You may also course your orders through these food delivery apps.

Download the Grab App and 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.

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Pinoy street food for #TeamBahay from Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Momshies, do you sometimes wish that you could enjoy your guilty pleasures – like Pinoy street food – in full view of your kids?

Well, no need to hide your street food fix from your kids. In fact, you can take this opportunity to introduce them to Pinoy street food.

It’s all thanks to Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ and its frozen ready-to-grill Malinis, Masarap at Mura street food.

Mang Ding’s is where I had my first (and only!) taste of isaw. There, during a foodie meetup with fellow food bloggers, I had a whole lot of fun rediscovering tasty Pinoy street food, all freshly cooked at Mang Ding’s Instagrammable al fresco restaurant.

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

When Marikina was placed under quarantine and restrictions were placed on mobility and dining out, Mang Ding’s started offering its fare in frozen and ready-to-grill packs.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Each pack is frozen and vacuum-sealed, its contents seasoned and marinated with Mang Ding’s signature sauce.

Tonight, I flexed my indoor grilling muscles, got out my grilling pan and got to grilling.

And wouldn’t you believe it: it was actually quite easy!

First, I thawed out the frozen pack containing the pork barbecue and isaw. Then, I added six tablespoons of cooking oil to the basting sauce provided. I then brushed both sides of the meats while they were grilling until they’re done.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

From the satisfying sizzle you hear as they grill, to the appetizing smell of barbecue wafting throughout the kitchen that had my eldest #ExhibitA blurt out “Ang bango, Ma!“, to the beautiful spread these make on my dining table, and to the my fam’s joy as we bite into the tender sweet-savory pork barbecue, isaw manok and isaw baboy, my fam’s Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ dinner is a feast for the senses.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

So have one yourself. Treat your #TeamBahay to a lovely street food meal, right at home.

Mang Ding’s Marikina

Mang Ding’s Marikina

These ready-to-grill frozen packs are priced at:

  • Pork Barbecue: Php400/20 sticks
  • Isaw Manok: Php360/20 sticks
  • Isaw Baboy: Php450/20 sticks
  • Chicken Tail: Php550/20 pcs
  • Chicken Barbecue: Php390/3 pcs quarter leg (1 kilo)
  • Chicharon Bulaklak: Php280 (500 grams)
  • Liempo: Php270 (500 grams)
  • Rib Eye Steak: Php500/2 pcs (380 to 400 grams)

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ branches are located at:

  • Shoe Avenue, Barangay Elena, Marikina City (store hours: daily from 11am to 6pm | Tel: +63 906 3977559)
  • Block 3, Lot 13 C Buenviaje Street, Barangay Santo Nino, Marikina City (store hours: daily from 11am to 6pm | Tel: +63 916 2853031)

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is open for dine-in, takeout, pickup and delivery via GrabFood. Safe cashless payments via BPI, BDO and GCash are also available.

Note: If you’re getting a frozen pack, place your order a day before. Mang Ding’s vacuum-packs on demand to ensure freshness.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate an honest review.

Mang Ding's Pinoy BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Leave the cooking up to ALPHA’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Sure, momshies, we might have just a wee bit more free time nowadays. It’s been three-and-a-half months since our lives were upended by the pandemic and many of us found ourselves stuck at home. Some even discovered a talent for cooking as I have, cooking up a storm for the fam’s meals.

But cooking up a storm for every meal can be tiring, right?

I sometimes wish that I can leave the whole menu planning and food preparation to someone else.

Fortunately, I can have the folks over at ALPHA’s Kitchen Home Delivery take care of all of that for me.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

The dish on this new entrant in the local food business is that it began as the home service massage company ALPHA Massage & Wellness Therapy.

With their original business severely affected by the quarantines and rules on physical distancing arising from the pandemic, the owners landed upon a great way to pivot for the New Normal: their massage therapists turned to cooking!

Curious on what delicious delights they came up with? Well, here’s a sampling:

Lasagna. Al dente lasagna noodles layered with beefy, slightly herby tomato sauce and thick cheesy bechamel. A hit with my little boy!

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Crispy Bagnet Kare Kare. Crrrrrrunchy oven-baked bagnet pieces and crisp veggies in a rich peanut sauce.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Bicol Express. Tender pork cubes cooked in creamy coconut milk and chilis make for a hearty viand with a bit of a kick.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Spicy Salmon Pesto. Flavorful salmon flakes tossed in pesto sauce along with spaghetti noodles. A little too spicy for me but would appeal to those who like their pasta hawt!

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Leche Flan. The classic Pinoy version of creme caramel, this is creamy, milky-sweet and smooth on the tongue.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Maja Blanca. The traditional coconut pudding topped with latik (caramelized coconut creme).

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

These delish dishes come in affordable yet hearty servings – medium (serves two to three people), family (serves six to seven people) and party (serves twelve to fifteen) – that will surely satisfy hungry tummies!

Chicken or Pork Dishes:

  • Medium: Php299
  • Family: Php699
  • Party: Php1,499

Beef or Seafood:

  • Medium: Php349
  • Family: Php799
  • Party: Php1,799

Dessert:

  • Medium: Php249
  • Family: Php499
  • Party: Php999

You can also try the Famous Bundle – five medium tubs – for just Php999.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

To have these tasty viands delivered right to your doorstep, send your name, address, contact number and food orders to Alpha Kitchen Home Delivery on Facebook or Instagram, or call +63 906 5955707 (delivery costs shouldered by buyer). Payments via cash on delivery, GCash or online bank transfer are accepted.

So momshies, now you know how you can whip up a satisfying meal for the fam without having to slave all day in the kitchen!

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The Jelly List: Fresh takes on Filipino food

The Philippine Independence Day is just around the corner and despite having a lot of restrictions on movements and dining out, there are still enough reasons to celebrate the flavors and ingenuity of Filipino cuisine.

Characterized by the interplay of sweet (tamis), sour (asim) and salty (alat) flavors, Pinoy food is rich in tradition and history, with many recipes passed down from one generation to the next.

Every once in a while, however, a kitchen maverick adds an unheard-of twist to an established Pinoy dish or adapts a foreign recipe by incorporating local ingredients or cooking styles which will result in an entirely new way to enjoy an old favorite.

In this edition of The Jelly List, let me share with you fresh takes on Filipino food from innovative restaurants. And since the community quarantine is still in effect in many areas in Metro Manila, I’ve chosen dishes from restaurants that are open for pickup or delivery.

Manam’s Caramelized Patis Wings (Php180)

Manam, Trinoma

Just when you thought that there couldn’t be another twist to fried chicken wings, Manam brings out this zesty appetizer flavored with patis (fish sauce). Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

To order, visit MomentFood.com.

More on Manam here.

Lola Cafe’s Prawns in Aligue (Php420)

Lola Cafe, Tomas Morato

We Pinoys sure do love our seafood! And while pasta is not native to our country, Lola Cafe has made this dish Filipino with the use of crab fat (aligue) and carabao cheese (kesong puti).

To order, call +63 917 8176045 or course your order through FoodPanda or LalaFood.

More on Lola Cafe here.

Locavore’s Sugpo con Mayonesa (Php980)

Locavore, Kapitolyo

Locavore may be best known for its Sizzling Sinigang but its Sugpo con Mayonesa surely deserves a second (or third!) look. Made with jumbo black tiger prawns set on a rich sauce of crab fat, garlic, butter and Japanese mayo, this is truly a decadent dish.

To order, call +63 917 6842014 (Pasig), +63 917 5742017 (Taguig), +63 917 1782018 (Makati), +63 917 8472747 (Pasay) and +63 917 5120159 (Quezon City), or visit Locavore.ph.

More on Locavore here.

Ombu Kusina’s Sisig Pizza (Php560).

Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato

The Kapampangan delicacy pork sisig may be mainstay in many Filipino restos but here’s an exciting way to enjoy it: on top of a thin-crust pizza and drizzled with garlic sauce.

To order, call +63 2 84411789 or +63 922 8149086, or course your order through FoodPanda.

More on Ombu Kusina here.

Moonshine Pub’s Pizza Margerito (Php465)

Moonshine Pub, Ortigas

A twist on the Italian classic Pizza Marherita, this is adapted to local taste with the inclusion of Moonshine Pub’s housemade longganisa.

To order, Viber +63 927 8000920 or send a message to Moonshine Pub on Facebook.

More on Moonshine Pub here.

ALTA by Relik’s Bagnet Sinigang (Php395).

ALTA by Relik, San Juan

The classic sinigang dish is deconstructed into pieces of bagnet and vegetables served with a broth made of fresh sampaloc dialed up to its asim-est level.

To order, call +63 917 3172582.

More on ALTA by Relik here.

Kusina Moderne’s Sans Rival (Php225)

Kusina Moderne, Poblacion

What’s a Filipino meal without dessert? With Kusina Moderne’s version of the San Rival consisting of meringue balls studded with chopped walnuts and filled with buttercream, any meal will end on a sweet note.

To order, call +63 920 8178956 or course your order through GrabFood or FoodPanda.

More on Kusina Moderne here.

So if you’re planning a celebration for our Araw ng Kalayaan, have a couple of these dishes delivered to your home and appreciate the ingenuity and vibrancy of Pinoy cuisine.

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The Jelly List: Food Deliveries for Your Party at Home

Just because we’re quarantined at home doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, right?

After all, celebrating important occasions and significant milestones helps us in staying sane in these extraordinary times. We and the people around us need a little break every now and then from the somewhat monotonous routines we’ve established since the quarantine was implemented.

What better way to celebrate than to have a party? And what kind of party can it be without lots and lots of delicious food?

Luckily, you won’t have to sweat it out in the kitchen to come up with delicious party fare. With a few taps on your mobile, you can have your party food delivered to your doorstep for you and your family (or housemates) to enjoy.

Check out these yummy delights that can fuel your house party fun!

Grazing Box from Platterea Luna

With Platterea Luna’s stylishly assembled grazing boxes, there’s no need to trouble yourself in sourcing the elements for an elegant charcuterie experience at home. Each box is filled with a well-curated selection of meats, cheeses and accoutrements, perfect for grazing while catching up with friends.

Platterea Luna

To get your hands on a lovely Platterea Luna grazing box, course your order through Platterea Luna’s Facebook page or Instagram account, or call +63 977 8211591.

Read more about Platterea Luna here.

Party Trays from The Happy Kitchen

Avoid the hassle of slaving in the kitchen by ordering party trays from The Happy Kitchen. Its product lines include include party trays, packed meals and “paluto” requests of comfort food and party favorites such as Cheesy Beef Caldereta, Pork Sisig, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Korean Chicken.

The Happy Kitchen

To order your party trays, visit The Happy Kitchen’s Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 922 3057613 or +63 917 5493643.

Read more about The Happy Kitchen here.

Fried Chicken Wings from Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings

It seems that no party is complete without fried chicken. Why not enjoy this party staple with a twist… or several? A Pamilya Package from Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings, for instance, will give you thirty (read that: 3-0!) pieces of crispy fried chicken wings in five flavors. I had regular, orange zest and teriyaki but I especially liked the garlic parmesan and salted egg.

Ben & Cha’s Unlimited Wings

To order your chicken wings, visit Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings’ Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 949 1743338.

Lasagna from Maya’s Baked Pasta

There’s something so appetizing about a slice of meaty and cheesy lasagna. I attempted to DIY it a time or two, but my conclusion is to just leave it to the experts like Maya’s Baked Pasta. A Sample-sized tray from this store was part of my fam’s Mother’s Day meal.

Maya’s Baked Pasta

To order your lasagna tray, visit Maya’s Baked Pasta’s Facebook page, Instagram account or call +63 945 5166199.

Mushroom Burgers from The Saucier

Any kid at heart loves a cheeseburger. Add a tasty yet healthy adult twist to it by making it a Mushroom Burger. The Saucier’s homemade mushroom burger patties are made with pure mushrooms – no eggs and no preservatives. Served in a freshly baked bun with a side of cooked-upon-order potato chips, it’s a wonderful way to soothe a case of the munchies.

The Saucier Mushroom Burger

To order your mushroom burgers, visit The Saucier’s Facebook page, Instagram account or call +63 917 8870125.

Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls.PH

Cap off your party with a sweet treat: Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls.PH! Made by hand and freshly baked everyday, these rolls will give you and your party guests a sugar high that will all make you look forward to the next home celebration. Plus, your purchase of these buns also help build a learning center in Mindoro as well as fund environmental cleanup groups.

Rolls.PH

To order your cinnamon rolls, visit Rolls.PH’s Facebook page or Instagram account or call +63 917 5350923.

Header Photo by Rebecca of Unsplash

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