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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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

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

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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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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

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

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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.

Chicken Galantina by Fira’s Kitchen

If you haven’t encountered the dish called Chicken Galantina yet, you’re missing on quite a lot!

This delectable dish is made with a deboned chicken stuffed with ground pork, hard-boiled egg and sausages with some pickle relish and spices which is then baked until cooked.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

Its origins go all the way back to France with a dish called galantine which employs basically the same method and similar ingredients. Its name may have been derived from its elaborate preparation and presentation: deboning a chicken, after all, is pretty difficult and time-consuming, and the finished dish is lavishly decorated before serving. This leads to a spread of food on the table that is urbane and sophisticated – therefore gallant.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

Given the effort that goes into making this dish, it usually makes an appearance during special occasions or holiday feasts.

I remember my mom trying her hand at making this dish back when I was young and I could attest to the difficulty and care needed in making it. No wonder then, that despite the appeal of the dish among our family members, Mom rarely ventured into making this dish since then.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

To my reckoning, it’s been years since the last time I had a taste of Chicken Galantina, while my kiddos have yet to acquaint themselves with it.

As luck would have it, the family of my honorary daughter – my real daughter #ExhibitA’s BFF – sent a whole Chicken Galantina from Fira’s Kitchen to us.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

Established in the early 2000s, Fira’s Kitchen specializes in Chicken Galantina, making use of a family recipe that had been passed down through generations.

Honorary Daughter and her mom swear by it, and I have to say that I agree.

From its flavorful browned skin to the succulent chicken meat and delicious stuffing – thankfully not overflowing with raisins! – it is a welcome highlight at our dinner table.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

It came with its special gravy which my kiddos consumed quite liberally but I quite prefer my Chicken Galantina portion without it.

The remarkable thing about this dish is that it can be enjoyed hot or cold, so what few leftovers we had conveniently became sandwich fillings for our midnight snack.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen sells its Whole Chicken Galantina with Gravy for Php850. Galantina Rolls (a version of the Chicken Galantina rolled in chicken breast) and Chicken Embutina (the same Chicken Galantina recipe but in embotido-style) are also available for Php150 and Php180, respectively.

Fira’s Kitchen

Fira’s Kitchen

To order, call +63 927 5192810 or send a message via Facebook or Instagram.

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Filling Japanese lunch at Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Back when my office was located in the Ortigas area, a lunchtime sojourn to SM Megamall was a frequent occurrence.

For one thing, it’s just a short cab (or FX) ride away; my officemates and I can easily grab a quick meal, enjoy the change of scenery, and be back at our desk usually before our bosses came back from their own lunch outs.

Another reason is the sheer number of affordable and delicious dining options available, which, sadly, far outnumbers those housed in our office building’s cafeteria.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

One of our favorite SM Megamall haunts is Yoshinoya, the second-largest chain of gyudon restaurants in the world. It makes Japanese rice bowls and more easily accessible to Pinoys through its affordable menu items that don’t scrimp on fresh ingredients.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Sadly, our office moved locations and a lunchtime trip to Yoshinoya is no longer as convenient.

Plus, with the quarantine restrictions still in place, I really haven’t been going out much.

That is, until my daughter #ExhibitA and I went shopping for supplies at SM Megamall.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Giving in to #ExhibitA’s request for us to eat somewhere which offers gyoza, I decided to treat her to lunch at Yoshinoya. There, we refueled after a round of shopping with these dishes:

Gyoza (Php79). Pork and vegetable-filled dumplings steamed then pan-grilled for a satisfying mix of chewy and crunchy textures and served with a dipping sauce.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

California Maki (Php79). A sushi roll containing cucumber, kani and mango bits.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Pork Tonkatsu Bento (Php189). Deep fried breaded pork served in a bento box with macaroni salad, tiramisu and served with Tonkatsu sauce.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Regular Gyudon Beef (Php159 ala carte | Php189 solo meal with with red iced tea and coffee jelly). Tender beef slices are simmered in a special herb and spice broth together with sliced onions and then served on top of a bowl of steaming rice.

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Green Tea Ice Cream (Php50).

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

Well, with these flavorful Japanese dishes that don’t burn a whole through my wallet, I am quite satisfied with my return to Yoshinoya!

Yoshinoya, SM Megamall

This Yoshinoya branch is located at Upper Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, open daily from 10am to 9pm. For delivery, call +63 2 2882888.

Other branches are located at:

  • Food Court, Level 1, Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, Annex Building, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Valero Carpark 2, Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Second Floor, Glorietta 1, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
  • Fourth Floor, SM City Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • Ground Floor, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City

To know more about Yoshinoya, visit its website or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

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

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J.CO Donuts’ 9th anniversary offer

Head’s up, dessert lovers!

In celebration of its ninth anniversary, J.CO Donuts & Coffee is offering two dozen of its delicious donuts for only Php550 until March 17!

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Originating from Indonesia in the early 2000s, J.CO Donuts set about creating soft and fluffy donuts that come with all sorts of premium toppings and fillings.

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Taking advantage of this offer, I had two boxes, each with a dozen of these treats, delivered to my home for the fam’s dessert.

The most notable among these sweet offerings include:

  • Al Capone. Dipped in white chocolate with toasted sliced almonds strewn on top, this donut has been my go-to treat since I first stepped into a J.CO Donuts store.
  • Berry Spears. Filled with whipped cream, dipped in strawberry jam and garnished with flakes of white chocolate, it is a fruity confection for dessert lovers.
  • Caviar Chocolate. Dipped in hazelnut chocolate with dark chocolate coated crisps sprinkled on top, it’s a treat for chocolate lovers.
  • Mr. Green Tea. Dipped in green tea chocolate with crushed toasted almonds strewn on top, it will appeal to matcha fans.

With the sheer variety of donut options included in these boxes, we found our all-time faves and some new ones, too!

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

So why don’t you go on a donut adventure with your nears-and-dears and order these for yourself?

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Order via GrabFood or send J.CO Donuts a message via Facebook Messenger.

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

This J.CO Donut & Coffee branch is located at Ground Floor, 1800 Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 5pm.

J.CO Donuts & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tsinoy food feast at Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

More often than not, a dish with Chinese origins would make its way into a Filipino’s hapag-kainan.

This is hardly surprising as the Pinoys and the Chinese have been trading since even before the Spanish colonization.

Through the centuries, various waves of Chinese migration occurred, each bringing their own cultures, especially their culinary traditions, into the country.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

In the 1930s, a Cantonese chef known as Mr, Lido established a modest eatery in Binondo called Panciteria Lido. In the next eighty years, this eatery has grown into a chain of restaurants – now under the Lido Cocina Tsina brand – that are renowned for serving tasty Chinese dishes that also appeal to the Filipino palate.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Before the pandemic hit the metro last year, I was able to sample some of Lido’s signature dishes. These left quite an impression on me that when restrictions on dining out were recently loosened in the metro, I quickly grabbed the opportunity to bring my fellow foodie unnis – Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com and Nix of IEatAndIWander.com – to the resto so they can taste for themselves what I had beem raving about for the past year.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

That day, the unnis feasted on delectable Tsinoy food which included:

Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php132). I couldn’t fathom a Chinese meal without this egg fried rice made heartier and more flavorful with shrimp, pork, carrots and spring onions.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Pugon Roasted Asado (Php436). Mr. Lido’s claim to fame from his eighty-year-old recipe of pork loin basted in precise proportions of Chinese herbs and spices, and then cooked in the a wood-fired brick oven which infuses the meat with a rich and smokey flavor. It’s great as a viand for the Yang Chow Fried Rice but it’s wonderful when used as a filling for hot pan de sal.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Sweet and Sour Pork (Php374). A dish that appeals to the Pinoy penchant for the sweet and sour combination. It’s made with fried pork pieces sauteed with pineapple chunks, bell peppers and onions and served in a sweet and sour sauce.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Shrimp Foo Yong (Php468). Ever since I had my first taste of this egg omelette with shrimp, mushroom and veggies served in light oyster sauce, I’ve been obsessed with it. Taste it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Buchi (Php138). Deep-fried sesame balls with lotus cream filling make for a satisfying cap for a hearty Chinese meal.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

This visit to Lido Cocina Tsina has sated my year-long cravings and made believers out of my fellow unnis.

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

We sure are looking forward to our next Lido Cocina Tsina adventure!

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

This Lido Cocina Tsina branch is located at 1014-1020 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Barangay Mariana, Quezon City, open daily from 8.30am to 6.30pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 8885436, +63 2 84145436 or +63 947 4925752.

Other branches are located at:

  • 16 Visayas Avenue, Barangay Vasra, Quezon City
  • Unit 6 and 7, La Fuerza Bldg., 2241 Don Chino Roces Avenue Corner Sabio Street, Barangay Bangkal, Makati City
  • Block 8, Lot 9 Commonwealth Avenue, Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City
  • 43 Mindanao Avenue (beside Phoenix Gasoline Station), Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City
  • Upper Ground Floor, Z Square Mall, Banawe Street Corner Del Monte Avenue, Barangay Manresa, Quezon City
  • 532 United Nations Avenue cor. Jorge Bocobo St., Barangay Malate, Manila
  • 35 Dona Soledad Avenue, Barangay Don Bosco, Paranaque City
  • Ground Floor, Puregold Building, Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Barangay San Isidro, Paranaque City
  • 262 Alabang-Zapote Road, Talon Dos, Las Pinas City

To have your Chinoy food feast delivered right where you are, order online.

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

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Get “Cool for the Summer” at Moonleaf, Novaliches

Ooh, summer!

There was a time when it was the most awaited season among the metro’s denizens. It used to signal a time to take a break from the daily grind of school and work.

Now, though, with the country still in quarantine and restrictions on travel and mobility still in effect, you might think that the pervasive heat will be the only thing noteworthy about this season.

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Well, the Moonleaf Tea Shop in Novaliches is all set to bring new reasons to enjoy the summer with its new line of drinks, aptly named “Cool for the Summer.” With these drinks, harried city dwellers can enjoy refreshing beverages that bring a moment of Zen while tickling their tastebuds. Plus, accompanied by chewy add-ons and topped with a dollop of thick and foamy wintercream, this drinks also provide opportunities for sheer indulgence.

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Wintermelon Milk Tea with Pearls and Wintercream

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Lychee Strawberry Tea with Rainwbow Jelly and Wintercream

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Mango Black Tea with Nata and Wintercream

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Watch out for these refreshing drinks this April!

Want something to nibble on as you enjoy your drinks? Why don’t you indulge your sweet tooth with some pastries?

Fudgy Dark Brownie (Php49)

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Blueberry Cheesecake (Php110)

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

As the summer season rolls by, don’t sweat the small stuff. Starting this April, you can get cool for the summer at Moonleaf Tea Shop!

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

This Moonleaf Tea Shop is located along General Luis Street, Novaliches Bayan, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 8pm. For inquiries, call +63 926 7007720. It delivers via GrabFood and soon, via FoodPanda, too so you can enjoy your drinks and nibbles without having to leave home!

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

Moonleaf, Novaliches

To know about its latest offers and promos, follow Moonleaf Tea Shop Novaliches on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to elicit my honest feedback.

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

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Shrimp Bucket delivery via Pick•A•Roo!

It’s been a year since the quarantine took place, and while I don’t miss the hellish commute from my home to Tomas Morato, I do miss the lunchtime foodie adventures that my officemates and I used to have around the area.

One of our favorite haunts, especially for our payday splurge, is the Shrimp Bucket branch in Il Terrazzo Mall, a short walk away from the office.

Here, we would binge on shrimps and mussels by the pound, drenched in flavorful sauces that would leave us wanting more.

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

It’s been quite some time since our last foodie adventure at Shrimp Bucket but today, I was able to relive that experience with the family thanks to a new app called Pic•Ka•Roo!

Shrimp Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

This new all-in-one and on-demand lifestyle delivery app features all possible essentials for the home and more, delivered in a hygienic, contactless and stress-free. Aside from groceries, medicines, household appliances and gadgets, it also delivers from the metro’s restaurants, which is how I was able to get my hands on my Shrimp Bucket faves.

White Shrimp in Salted Eggsperience (Php785). Plump shrimp coated with a creamy savory sauce made with salted egg yolks.

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Mussels in Mardi Gras (Php575). Mussels coated in a flavorful sauce made with pork chorizo blended with spices.

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Both dishes are tasty by themselves but together, they’re dynamite!

Have a lot of steamed rice ready when dining on this winning combination of shrimps and mussels. You’ll be reaching for more again and again!

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

Shrimps Bucket, Sheridan

This Shrimp Bucket branch is located at Ground Floor, Rockwell Business Center, Sheridan Corner United Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Other branches that deliver via Pic•Ka•Roo are located at:

  • Ground Floor, Bridgeway Shops, Across Connecticut Carpark Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan City
  • Ground Floor, Grand Hamptons Tower 1, 31st Street Corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Want to give Pick•A•Roo a try? Get a Php250 PICK•A•ROO voucher and have your groceries, food & more delivered when you register with my referral code: ANGE7726. Download the app here.

Shrimp Bucket Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bring home happiness from the north with Bantay Bread

Baked goods do tend to elicit a feeling of happiness. From their appetizing scents wafting to our nostrils, the sight of them laid out on the table to their sweetness as we bite into them, baked goodies sate our hunger while also calling to mind fun memories from our childhood.

These kinds of baked goodies are what Ilocos-based bakery Bantay Bread specializes in.

Bantay Bread

This family business started out in 2010 as a local panaderia supplying morning pan de sal to its patrons.

In response to the changes brought about by the pandemic and its resulting community quarantine, the family behind Bantay Bread set about pivoting their business to operate in their new business environment.

Bantay Bread

First, they expanded their product offerings to include much-loved Pinoy desserts, some of which my family and I were recently able to sample. These include:

Kabayan. Bite-sized butter muffins shaped like the Pinoy salakot. My daughter – a middle-aged Asian tiger mom trapped in the body of a Gen Z girl – developed a liking for it as it is not too sweet.

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Hopiang Baboy. A Filipino pastry, that contrary to the name, actually does not contain pork meat. This flaky pastry is actually filled with onions caramelized in pork fat and combined with flour, sugar and milk. Hubby likes to munch on these during his coffee break.

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Pianono. Interestingly, this pastry is actually named after Pope Pius IX whose nickname was Pio Nono. Of course, we Filipinized its name to pianono. It is a sponge cake roll with a sweet buttercream filling. I recall having this as my baon for recess when I was in grade school. My son – a sweet tooth like me! – likes having this for dessert.

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread

Another way Bantay Bread was able to pivot its business is by expanding its availability beyond Ilocos. In Metro Manila, for instance, Bantay Bread fans can just contact these local resellers to order the objects of their baked good cravings.

  • Marikina: +63 916 7760087 or +63 927 8657119
  • Parañaque: +63 917 8438012
  • Alabang: +63 917 8068027
  • Pasig/Fairview: +63 908 8887417

So if you’ve got a hankering for home-grown Pinoy baked goods for merienda, dessert or for munching on anytime of the day, bring home some happiness from the north and get a box of Bantay Bread.

Bantay Bread

Bantay Bread’s main branch is located at Buquig, National Hi-way, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, open daily from 8am to 7pm. For inquiries or to apply to be a reseller, call or text +63 917 7007696. For more details on its product offerings and availability in your area, follow Bantay Bread on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to elicit honest feedback.

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