Underrated yet must-try Korean food try from Soban K-Town Grill

Sure, Korean culture has infiltrated the Pinoy consciousness with all the K-dramas, K-idols and K-variety shows almost constantly streaming on our TV screens.

However, there’s one aspect of Korean culture that appeals to me the most: Korean food!

Despite its penchant for pungent fermented condiments and spices, Korean food is known for creating a delicious harmony of flavors.

For years now, Korean food, particularly the samgyeopsal or the Korean pork barbecue, has been capturing hearts and palates of Pinoy diners, with restaurants such as Soban K-Town Grill serving up diverse meats and side dishes such as the ones I enjoyed during a previous visit with the fam.

Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Classic BBQ Combo Set
Soban K-Town, Eastwood
Banchan

However, today, I’ll be featuring some of the lesser known Korean dishes which I think also deserves some attention.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Hubby decided to order some dishes via GrabFood to go with the Korean barbecue I’m cooking at home so these delectable dishes arrived to grace our dinner table.

Gimbap (Php110/6 pcs | Php195/12 pcs). Lightly seasoned steamed rice, scrambled egg, chopped vegetables and meat rolled in gim – dried seaweed sheets – then cut up into thin slices prior to serving. Although highly snackable, it’s also a good side dish in any Korean meal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Php405). Thinly sliced pork pieces are marinated in spicy gochujang paste along with fresh garlic and ginger, then stir-fried along with vegetables. I like wrapping up the pork in lettuce leaves along with rice and sliced garlic and ssamjang, essentially treating this dish as another form of samgyeopsal.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Banchan Set (Php140 | free with our order). For me, much of celebrated harmony of flavors that Korean cuisine is known for is attributable to its wide array of side dishes also known as banchan. With Soban’s Banchan Set, diners can enjoy six side dishes such as kimchi, scrambled eggs and stir-fried or pickled vegetables that can be mixed and matched with other dishes.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

These dishes sure added a lot of interest (and flavor!) to the fam’s dinner, and further strengthened Korean food’s position in our hearts.

Soban K-Twon Grill
Soban K-Twon Grill

Craving for your Korean food faves or want to try something new? Order now from Soban K-Town Grill via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

Steak break at Meat Depot

If you’re a true-blue carnivore like me, a big hunk of steak would be one of your ultimate gustatory pleasures.

Just imagine: a sizeable well portioned slice of beef, rightly seasoned and then seared over on a hot grill over charcoal or a cast-iron pan to the perfect juicy and tender doneness (and no, it won’t be well-done).

Meat Depot, Greenhills
Meat Depot

What’s not to love?

From the contrast of its seared surface to the reddish tender flesh underneath, its wonderful aroma wafting to your nostrils, to its strong flavor and rich, juicy mouthfeel, a perfectly cooked steak is a multi-sensory experience.

For me, the go-to place for this kind of epicurean delight is Meat Depot in Greenhills.

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

With the pandemic still a consideration, Meat Plus implemented health and safety measures for strict compliance inside its stores to keep its customers and staff safe. These include:

  • Wearing of face masks inside the premises and conduct of respiratory etiquette (covering of nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing)
  • Temperature check and footbath upon entry
  • Frequent washing and sanitizing of hands
  • Maintaining 6-foot distance from other people

All store personnel are also required to face masks and disposable gloves, while the stores and their equipment are cleaned and sanitized on an hourly basis.

Being both a butcher shop that carries a wide variety of meats, poultry, seafood, and of course, steaks, as well as a steakhouse, Meat Depot allows you to select your preferred meats from among the choicest cuts to bring home or turn over to the store’s expert grillers who can cook them up for you to enjoy in a jiffy. You can also select which sauces and sides will go with your cooked meats.

Such was the case when Hubby and I dropped by after a running a few errands to give in to our steak cravings.

Rib Eye (Php870 + Php150 cooking charge)

Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot

We know that we can count on Meat Depot to bring out all the possibilities in flavor, juiciness and tenderness of our chosen steaks.

Lamb Chop (490.42 + Php150 cooking charge)

Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot
Meat Depot

Similarly, Meat Depot did not disappoint with our Grilled Lamb Chops, which are tender and full-flavored with every bite.

Well, the true-blue carnivore in me surely got her wish!

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

With some family celebrations coming up, we took advantage of the opportunity to stock up on some Rib-Eye (Php2,670/kg) that we can grill at home.

Meat Depot
Meat Depot

I don’t have pictures of those steaks because we gobbled those up so fast!

So if you’re craving for a delicious piece of steak or specialty meat that you can enjoy when you dine out or you can cook at home, check out Meat Depot.

Meat Depot branches are located at:

  • 2/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, North Avenue, Quezon City
  • 815 Banawe Street, Brgy. St. Peter, Quezon City
  • 283 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
  • G/F Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City
  • 2/F O Square 2, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
  • Corner Market, 2/F The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
  • 3/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA, Quezon City
  • G/F U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

Click here to reserve a table or here to shop online among Meat Depot’s extensive selections of meats.

Kabab delivery from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub

It’s no secret that Middle Eastern food holds a certain appeal to my fam.

Even my youngest couldn’t resist beef kabab, and has been known to demolish several helpings of this dish in one sitting.

With the pandemic still raging outside the safety of our home, the family can’t go out to dine at our usual kabab haunts. Fortunately, Hubby has discovered a resto that can not only cater to our kabab cravings but can supply the side dishes we love so well.

What’s more, its Middle Eastern food offerings are quite affordable and easily accessible.

Cheers to Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub, now available for long distance delivery on GrabGood!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

First established at Ortigas Home Depot in 2006, Uncle Moe‘s Shawarma Hub focused its offerings towards premium yet affordable Middle Eastern food.

Since then, it has branched out to fifteeb locations across the metro, serving a carefully curated menu stripped down to what its clientele keeps coming back to.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

For several weeks now, Hubby would oftentimes order some kababs from Uncle Moe’s via GrabFood for his midnight snack (which he is obligated to share with whoever among us is still awake, hehehe!). The fam grew to love Uncle Moe’s offerings and we started to look forward to it more and more.

At the tail end of a particularly hectic weekend, I decided to heed Hubby’s request and ordered our faves from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub for our Sunday dinner.

This included:

Hummus (Php185). A popular Middle Eastern dip, spread or dish in itself made from cooked chickpeas (garbanzos), tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It is best enjoyed with fresh pita bread.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Moutabal (Php185). A version of the baba ghanoush made with mashed broiled eggplant, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini and various seasonings. It has a yummy savory and smokey flavor which complements many Mediterranean dishes.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Ox Brain (Php195). Made with fried ox brain sprinkled with a bit of citrus juice, it adds a lot of richness to any Mediterranean dish it accompanies.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Beef Kabab Tray (Php510). Eight pieces of juicy beef kababs accompanied by four pieces of pita bread, garlic and red chili sauce as well as tomato-onion salsa.

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

Given my fam’s huge appetites and our love for kababs, it’s no wonder that we were able to finish off two orders of Beef Kabab Tray, three orders of Ox Brain, two orders of Hummus and an order of Moutabal, all in a single meal!

Uncle Moe’s
Uncle Moe’s

So if you’re on the lookout for delicious yet affordable Middle Eastern food, grab your phone and order from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub via GrabFood!

About Grab

Grab is the leading super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package, grocery delivery services, mobile payments and financial services across 339 cities in eight countries.

About GrabFood

Operating under the Grab super app, GrabFood is an online food delivery service that connects local food businesses to people. GrabFood presents a variety of food based on what’s available around consumers: Filipino, Western, Asian, European, Fusion and so on. Today, GrabFood’s services are available in areas of Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Cebu, with plans to continue expanding to reach more areas in the country.

Download the Grab app here.

The Jelly List: Desserts for delivery that will sate your sweet cravings

How’s your sweet tooth these days, foodies?

The quarantine has hampered our ability to go out for our sweet fix. Thanks to the internet, however, we can easily find dessert sellers, ready to supply us with goodies so we won’t have to leave home to sate our sweet cravings.

If you’ve been missing your favorite dessert stops during your life before the pandemic, it may be high time to get tapping on your phone and have your sweet cravings delivered to your doorstep.

Being a sweet tooth myself (and egged on by my equally sweet fanatic kids), I decided to give some of these sweets a try over the past few months. Others have been sent by friends and relatives to celebrate special occasions. Whatever the reason, being treated to new desserts is always a good idea.

Check out my picks and see if they can become your favorites too!

Triple Cheese Donuts from Lola Nena’s

The social media star for many months into the quarantine is Lola Nena’s Triple Cheese Donuts. It’s the offshoot of the old-fashioned donuts inspired by the sugary bicho-bicho but now overloaded with cheese.

These are best served when heated so that the cheese gets all melty and yummy!

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

Get a box of eight for just Php216.

Order online at Lola Nena’s website or via GrabFood.

Remilly’s Yema Cakes

Remember that sticky and milky-sweet candy we loved as kids? Well, the yema has long been turned into a cakes.

Check out Remilly’s Yema Cake single- serve creations the Yema Cake – vanilla chiffon cake covered with yema frosting topped with grated cheese – and Yema Caramel – vanilla chiffon cake covered with caramel frosting and topped with dark chocolate shavings.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

Get these single-serve cakes at Php70 each.

Order online at Remilly’s Yema Cake Facebook Page or via GrabFood.

Flavored Ensaymada from Bread for EveryJuan

Ensaymadas are another childhood favorite of mine. I prefer these pastries to be fluffy and topped with lots of sugar and cheese for that sweet-and-salty dynamic.

Bread for EveryJuan, however, ups the ante on my favorite kind of ensaymada with the addition of Ube and Caramel flavors.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

Get a box of 5 mixed special ensaymadas for just Php250.

Order now by sliding in to BFE’s DMs on Facebook.

Flavored Cream Puffs from The Puff Dough

Biting into a cream puff is such a decadent experience: just imagine the flaky pastry studded with caramelized sugar gives in to a creamy custard filling, producing different textures and kinds of sweetness in your mouth.

Now, imagine discovering another dimension to this French-inspired dessert through the addition of flavors such as Chocolate, Ube, Cheesecake, Milo and Matcha, thanks to The Puff Dough.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

Well, you won’t have to imagine for long if you order through TPD’s jot form, especially since you can get a box of twelve assorted cream puffs for just Php500.

Snickers Bomb from Pufft Doughnuts

Want your favorite chocolate bar in doughnut form?

Check out Pufft Doughnuts’ Snickers Bomb, a dessert inspired by the Snickers bar, from crunchy and chewy Snickers bits and peanut butter chips drizzled with caramel sauce on top to the rich and creamy peanut butter filling inside the soft and fluffy doughnut.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

At Php140 per piece, it’s an explosive piece of pastry for any dessert lover.

Order now at Pufft Doughnuts website.

Mango Torte from I Khan Bake

For a showstopping finish to a meal, check out I Khan Bake’s Mango Torte.

From its crunchy and meringue base to its cream topping studded with mango balls, every piece is a masterpiece. It’s best to keep it refrigerated, though.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

You can order this cake for Php1,050.

Order now by sending a message over Facebook.

Signature Moist Chocolate from Amante’s Decadent Moist Cakes

The gold standard for any chocolate cake is the moistness (read: non-dryness) of its chocolate cake base. (Speaking as a home baker myself, it’s actually hard to achieve!)

That’s why it’s best to let the pros handle it, like Amante’s Decadent Moist Cakes. It’s Signature Moist Cake has that moist cake base, and a decadent chocolate frosting topped with chocolate chips. It is not too sweet, so you can savor more of its richchocolate goodness.

Desserts for Delivery
Desserts for Delivery

A nine-inch cake sells for Php570, while its tin-can version is available for Php520.

Send a message over Facebook to order.

So, foodies, you can always indulge your sweet tooth during quarantine. Just choose which dessert you’re craving for and order away!

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Send love despite the distance with Ben’s Cookies

It sometimes seems that this time of being separated from our loved ones will never end.

While we look back on the days when we can venture out of our homes to spend time with our friends and family and look forward to the days when we can do so again, the fact remains that, for the time being, our best expression of love is to protect them by keeping to a safe distance.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t bridge the distance to our loved ones with some sweet thoughts and sweet gestures.

For instance, how about sending a box of Ben’s Cookies?

Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Ben’s Cookies Delivery

This cookie brand itself was borne out of a mother’s love. Cookbook writer Helge Rubinstein set up a business baking and selling cookies in a stall at UK’s Covered Court in 1983 and named it after her son. Today, it has branched out beyond the UK and even reached our shores when it opened its first store at the Podium Mall in 2019.

Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Ben’s Cookies Delivery

Each palm-sized cookie creation is moist and chewy, made with chunks – not chips – of premium chocolate, unsalted butter, wheat flour, fresh eggs, cane sugar and nuts, all freshly baked everyday.

Ben’s Cookies come in crave-worthy variants such as:

Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Milk Chocolate Chunk. The classic chocolate chip cookie leveled up.
Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Dark Chocolate Chunk. Well-loved among lovers of sophisticated dark chocolate.
Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Double Chocolate and Nut. With twice the chocolate goodness with some crunchy walnuts.
Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Praline & Milk Chocolate Chunk. Textured confection of sugared nuts and milk chocolate.
Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Orange & Milk Chocolate Chunk. Indulgent milk chocolate given the zesty tang of orange.
Ben’s Cookies Delivery
White Chocolate Chunk & Macadamia. Delicate white chocolate complemented by macadamia nuts.

Other variants include: Fruit & Nut, Peanut & Milk Chocolate, Oatmeal & Raisin, Cranberry & White Chocolate Chunk, Lemon, Triple Chocolate Chunk and Speculoos.

At Php90 per cookie, Ben’s Cookies are sure to deliver sweet joy to whoever will receive them.

Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Ben’s Cookies Delivery

Gift them to your special someone in prettily packaged in lovely tin cans (Php545 for 4 pieces | Php945 for 8 pieces).

You may also get an even sweeter deal by getting a Small Ben’s Box (Php495 for 5 pieces + 2 free) or Large Ben’s Box (Php990 for 10 pieces + 5 free).

Ben’s Cookies Delivery
Ben’s Cookies Delivery

With the holiday season coming, now is the perfect time to send your love with Ben’s Cookies.

Order now for your loved ones at Ben’s Cookies website. You may also drop by any of these branches:

  • Ground Floor, Main Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Second Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
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#YouDoYou with Yellow Cab’s sloppy wedges and party trays

We’re down to the last quarter of the year and you know what that means: celebrations!

Yes, ‘tis the season for merrymaking and central to every shindig is the abundance of food to enjoy with friends.

You can have this merriest of times anyway you like but it’s always best to experience it with good food!

Starting this October, Yellow Cab brings good eats fit how you want to celebrate the holiday season.

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Sloppy Wedges. We all love potatoes; it’s a very versatile vegetable. However, we’ve only just scratched the surface of its many possibilities.

Yellow Cab levels up its potato game with its Sloppy Wedges (Php129). These chunky potato wedges are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, a delight to the bite! Each order comes in your choice of sauce – Spicy Cheese, Garlic Ranch or Smoky BBQ – but if you can’t choose among the three, you can always go for the Ultimate option, which has all of them!

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Feel like entertaining some friends to some snacks while watching a movie at home? Yellow Cab’s Sloppy Wedges are the perfect foil to Yellow Cab’s bestselling pizzas, pastas or wings so your little house party will have a wonderful time nibbling in between breathtaking scenes.

Sloppy Wedges will be available in all Yellow Cab outlets nationwide for delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, drive-thru and dine-in starting October 4.

Party Trays. I personally can’t get enough of Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan pasta. Actually its a pasta dish that comes across as an Asian noodle dish with al dente spaghetti stir-fried along with mushrooms, chicken, peanuts and spring onions in a sweet, tangy and spicy Oriental sauce. Its complex flavors will have people going for multiple servings.

Now, it’s available as a Party Tray which is a great way to share good food with family and friends!

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Other Party Tray variants include Chicken Alfredo – an old favorite with chicken strips, olives and basil chiffonade tossed in a creamy sauce – and Spaghetti and Meatballs – wherein giant meatballs are baked and simmered in a chunky red wine tomato sauce.

Pasta dishes go so well with wings so you can always pair your pasta party tray with the Yellow Cab’s Wings Party Box. This limited-time offer gives you your choice of four different flavors of chicken wing flavors – Yellow Cab’s original Hot Chix, buttery Garlic Parmesan, lip-smacking sweet soy and sweet and tangy Sriracha – all in a 1.75-pound box that’s good for sharing.

Pasta Tray prices start at Php900 while Wings Part Box start at Php1,000, which give you more than enough as your potluck contribution to an family gathering or an office party.

Both Pasta Party Trays and Wings Party Boxes will be available for delivery, takeout, curbside pickup and drive-thru from October 4 to January 9, just in time for the holidays.

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Make this holiday season your own. Celebrate it the way you want with your old and newfound faves from Yellow Cab.

Yellow Cab delivers through its website.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

The Jelly List: Tasty food options available for delivery

While many of our old dining haunts have (thankfully!) re-opened for business, they are doing so at just thirty percent capacity for outdoor dining and ten percent capacity for indoor dining, catering only to customers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

That leaves many of us members of the dining public still with little recourse for our foodie adventures but to have them at home.

Fortunately, great food is only a few phone taps away with these food shops!

SaladStop!

Veggies are front and center at Salad Stop!, a salad-centric shop that espouses “Eating Wide Awake.” Its salad creations are not only fresh, nutritious and flavorful, their ingredients are also sustainably sourced.

Hubby likes to add some greens to our meals by ordering his favorite salad trays which consist of up to six servings of fresh salad variants.

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

Hail Caesar Salad Tray. A variation of the classic Caesar Salad with romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan, sliced cage-free eggs, croutons and bacon bits tossed in Caesar Salad dressing.

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

Man-Go Wild! Salad Tray. A salad that makes vibrant use of the tangy green mango, with crabsticks, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, white turnip, yellow raisins and fried garlic tossed Mango Vinaigrette.

Salad Stop delivers via GrabFood.

Juliano’s

While its menu are mostly made up of ready-to-eat meals, this Antipolo-based enterprise also curates its own grazing spreads such as this Sampler, which consist of two kinds of cold cuts, two kinds of cheese, nuts and chocolates prettily and conveniently arranged in a 3×2 can.

While this sampler gifted by my brother-in-law is perfect for solo nibbling while watching TV or for sharing with a special someone over a glass of wine, Juliano’s also has bigger grazing spread variants for family dinners or parties.

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

Juliano’s accepts orders and bookings via Facebook.

Slow Burn MNL

Chef Chryso Morales crafts platters and food trays that highlight the enhanced flavors of food grilled to burned perfection through the business set up with his brother Dale: Slow Burn MNL.

Mother-in-law has the delicious habit of marking special occasions by sending us a tray of Slow Burn MNL’s Surf and Turf Tray (without shrimps) which features fall-off-the-bone tender Smoked Ribs over Umami Rice served with cherry tomatoes and French beans.

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

To order, call +63 956 0270730 or send a message via Facebook or Instagram.

Naked Bones

Barbecue is really close to our hearts, and appealing to our tastebuds because those barbecued ribs are always a hit with the fam.

Naked Bones’ Feast, for example, is portioned just right with a full slab of barbecued ribs, four cups of rice and four side dishes, all in one box, ready to serve!

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

Naked Bones accepts orders via Facebook and Instagram.

Let’s Get Litson

The roast beef has expanded its horizons beyond hotel buffets and is now in-demand as a food delivery item, particularly in its Pinoy iteration: the litson baka.

Cloud kitchen Kraver’s Canteen houses Let’s Get Litson which offers litson baka that’s been marinated for twenty-four hours, smoked and slow-cooked for six hours to tender and flavorful perfection.

It comes in an All-Meat Tray (all-meat, no rice), which contains roast beef slices good for up to four people accompanied by its own dipping sauce.

It’s perfect with rice and leftovers (if there are any!) can be added to salads. Yum!

Food for Delivery
Food for Delivery

Let’s Get Litson accepts orders through the Kraver’s website or via GrabFood.

Baked Sushi Manila

One of the top quarantine food trends – the Sushi Bake – has evolved into many delicious varieties such as the ones offered by Baked Sushi Manila.

Food for delivery
Food for delivery

Salmon Kani Avocado Bomb. Loaded with fresh toppings and premium Japanese spices, it’s a healthy and savory spin on the dish.

Food for delivery
Food for delivery

Cheesy Beef Gyudon. Thinly sliced beef cooked in a sweet and savory mixture of mirin and soy sauce and torched to smokey perfection.

Baked Sushi Manila accepts orders via Facebook.

These online food shops make it easy for us epicures to sate our cravings and discover new favorites.

Foodies, as you can see, you don’t need to venture out of home to enjoy great food. Just keep your phone handy and get to tapping for those orders!

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Grazing box of goodies from Home Table Deli

With the holidays nearly upon us, it’s time to think about what we can give to our loved ones as a token of our affection and to spread the joy of the season.

Despite most of us still spending most of our time at home, we do experience the struggle of dividing our time among our many responsibilities. A thoughtful gifter, therefore, would consider the following:

  • Will the gift help the recipient save time and energy?
  • Will the gift itself be something the recipient will enjoy?
  • Will the gift enhance the recipient’s enjoyment of being at home?

And the gift that ticks all of these boxes is a lovingly curated grazing box from Home Table Deli.

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

This online delicatessen offers an array of deli products which include choice and seasoned meats as well as box selections, pasta trays, coffee and cheeseballs.

Its grazing box tastefully curates its various products into one exciting package, which includes:

A massive 250-gram Bacon Jalapeno Cheeseball…

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

… together with crunchy veggie sticks, succulent fruits, nuts, olives and tasty cold cuts…

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

… ready for a round of snacking while binge-watching heartwarming TV series or for intimate celebrations at home.

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

It brings a whole table of goodies – great for sharing for up to seven people – all in one box!

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

You can order this grazing box from Home Table Deli for your special someones for just Php650 by visiting its online store or by sending a message via Instagram with at least a 24-hour lead time. If ordering online, indicate “give as gift” in the special instructions upon checkout.

Payments via GCash, bank transfer (Metrobank), credit card (via Paypal) and Paymaya are accepted. Home Table Deli can ship orders to customers in Metro Manila and nearby provinces for fixed rates or you can opt to book your own third-party rider to pick them up and deliver them to your giftees.

Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli
Home Table Deli

With a tasteful Home Table Deli grazing box, you can express your love and spread the holiday cheer to your loved ones with a thoughtful present that will make staying home for the holidays so much more enjoyable!

Home Table Deli

Want to have your boxes customized? Reach out to Home Table Deli via email (hometabledeli@gmail.com) or call +63 917 7016886 or +63 2 82879850.

Disclosure: Product sample was provided to facilitate this feature article.

Yaki Yaki now in my neighborhood!

What’s your newly discovered snacking fave?

Mine is takoyaki, those chopped octopus-filled balls made from batter cooked in a special molded pan, then drenched with takoyaki sauce and Japanese mayo before topping with bonito flakes.

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig

First introduced in Osaka, Japan by street vendor Tomekichi Endo in the 1930s, the takoyaki (from “tako” or octopus, and “yaki” or grilled) has reached well beyond its origins, even reaching our shores where it is sold in establishments ranging from specialty restaurants to food stalls.

While I’ve been encountering takoyaki for decades now, I’ve only recently learned to appreciate it: the chewy balls given texture by the bits of octopus, the mixture of flavors from the sauces and the umami from the bonito flakes.

When I sometimes get tired of the usual contents of my pantry, I now experience a hankering for these tasty snackable balls.

And lucky me, a takoyaki joint just opened right in my neighborhood!

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig

Despite being a business born from the pandemic, Yaki Yaki (from YAKIsoba and TakoYAKI) has grown and is now open to franchisees to bring its delicious Japanese streetfood treats to more communities.

Its newest store opened just a stone’s throw away from my home.

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig

Its menu, of course, includes takoyaki in wondrous variety.

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Tako (Octopus Bits)
Php45 – 4pcs | Php89 – 8 pcs | 125 – 12 pcs
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yasai (Vegetable)
Php45 – 4pcs | Php89 – 8 pcs | 125 – 12 pcs
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Chizu (Cheese)
Php45 – 4pcs | Php89 – 8 pcs | 125 – 12 pcs
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Bekon Chizu (Bacon and Cheese)
Php55 – 4pcs | Php99 – 8 pcs | 145 – 12 pcs
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Kani (Crabsticks)
Php45 – 4pcs | Php89 – 8 pcs | 125 – 12 pcs

As can be gleaned from its name, Yaki Yaki also offers yakisoba, a dish made of noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables in a sweetish sauce, which can be enjoyed on its own or partnered with the store’s signature takoyaki in one delicious serving.

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Chizu-Soba
Php99 solo | Php189 sumo
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Yasai-Soba
Php99 solo | Php189 sumo

Aside from its filling takoyaki and yakisoba combinations, Yaki Yaki also serves handcrafted milk beverages.

Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Tokyo Iced Kohi
Php69 medium | Php79 large
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Blueberry Mirukuru
Php69 medium | Php79 large
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Strawberry Oreo Kurimu
Php69 medium | Php79 large
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Butterscotch Makiato
Php69 medium | Php79 large
Yaki-Yaki, Countryside Pasig
Mango Cream Tanoshi
Php69 medium | Php79 large

These snack and beverage offerings are not only tasty and filling, they’re quite affordable too!

It sure looks like I have a new go-to snacking destination that’s right in my neighborhood! And if I’m in no mood to venture out of my home, I can always order through FoodPanda, yey!

Live nearby? Do check it out!

Yaki Yaki is located at Unit 2, Landex Apartment, 3rd Street corner Countryside Avenue, Countryside Village, Bgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open from 11am to 8pm.

Interested in this business? Call +63 998 2431707 to inquire about becoming a franchisee.

Authentic Pad Thai from The Pad by Samyan, now available for delivery

Given how deeply ingrained Pad Thai is to Thai cuisine, you would think that it dates back centuries.

On the contrary, this stir-fried noodle dish was introduced quite recently. Aa the story goes, during World War II, Thailand experienced a rice shortage due to the war and floods. To reduce rice consumption in the country, the Thai government encouraged the consumption of noodles instead. It didn’t take long before the Pad Thai came into being and went on to become Thailand’s national dish.

The Pad by Samyan

The good news for adventurous foodies in the metro is that this exotic dish is quite readily available, thanks to The Pad by Samyan.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The online offshoot of restaurant Samyan Thai Street Food, The Pad is helmed by Michelin Star Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, who cooks up different versions of Pad Thai for Thai food fans.

The Pad Thai Pu, also known as Crab Pad Thai, for instance, is a delectable mixture of flavors and textures: slippery noodles, sweet-savory sauce, the crunch from the sprinkling of peanuts, the tang from a slice of lime, some heat from the red pepper powder, and of course, the sweet-briny taste of the fried soft shell crab and tender lump crab.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

It is a filling dish, not just for the tummy, but also for the taste buds.

Pad Thai lovers can enjoy a set meal consisting of this dish plus a 300ml bottle of The Grid’s Thai Iced Tea for just Php600.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

Other Pad Thai variants available at The Pad by Samyan include Pad Thai Gung (Shrimp Pad Thai), Pad Thai Gai (Chicken Pad Thai), Pad Thai Moo (Pork Pad Thai) and Pad Thai Talay (Seafood Pad Thai).

Clearly, there’s more than enough at The Pad by Samyan to sate your Pad Thai cravings.

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

The Pad by Samyan

So check out the Pad Thai possibilities offered by The Pad by Samyan. Drop by its stalls in The Grid Food Market in The Powerplant Mall or at the Poison Karrivin Plaza along Chino Roces Avenue in Makati.

To order for pickup or delivery, visit its PickUp.ph store.

Disclosure: Product sample was provided to facilitate this feature.

Spiked cold brew coffee from Kohi

Want a drink that can wake up your senses but is still good for chillin’?

Then grab a flask (or more!) of the Kohi Spiked Collection!

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

These adventuresome coffee creations are all cold-brewed: instead of using hot water to bring out the flavor and caffeine from the coffee beans, they are instead steeped in cold water for long periods (from 12 to 24 hours), relying on time to gently draw out the coffee qualities we so love. This process results into a coffee concentrate that can be mixed with cold water and other ingredients to come up with great-tasting coffee drinks for us to enjoy.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Cold-brewed coffee also has several advantages over its hot-brewed cousin:

  • It is less acidic so it less likely to cause heartburn or plague those suffering from acid reflux.
  • It can also be served hot simply by adding hot water.
  • It is sweeter and smoother, with less bitterness that we associate with brewed coffee so less cream or sugar is needed to make the perfect cup.

Kohi takes coffee for an exciting spin by adding some alcohol to its signature cold brew to craft the inventive drinks that make up the Kohi Spiked Collection.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

They come in cute and handy 260ml hip flasks, a throwback to the times when we had to sneak our liquor in to where we’re going. (Hopefully, we won’t need to do that anymore, hehehe!)

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

These include:

Spiked Kohi (Php179). Kohi’s signature premium cold brew with a bit of coffee liqueur. It has a rich coffee flavor with some sweet notes. Shake well and serve with ice.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

White Russian (Php209). Kohi’s signature premium cold brew combined with milk with a bit of vodka mixed in. It has milky taste and creamy mouthfeel that should appeal to latte lovers. Shake well and serve with ice.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Dizzy Kohi (Php189). A fizzy drink made with Kohi’s signature cold brew, coffee liqueur and soda. It has a more astringent and fruity taste that goes well with the fizz. Do not shake.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

So want to have your coffee and chill with it too? Order your choice from the Kohi Spiked Collection, available every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm, and enjoy that lovely buzz along with your caffeine fix.

Kohi Spiked Collection

Kohi Spiked Collection

Orders may be coursed via Facebook or Instagram.

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

Garden Dining while at home

With this seemingly endless loop of heightened and then loosened quarantine restrictions, many among the restaurant and hospitality have had to rethink the way they do business.

One of these is Manila Ocean Park’s White Moon Bar.

In operations for the past ten years, White Moon Bar has provided its clientele with an outstanding menu of gourmet dishes and spirits to be enjoyed while watching the Manila Bay sunset or under the starlit night sky.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

In May of this year, it pivoted its operations to cater to patrons who have been looking forward to dining out since the quarantines started by opening its outdoor restaurant, Garden Dining. It took advantage of Manila Ocean Park’s sprawling grounds where diners can enjoy the delicious creations of Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi in comfort while observing safety and physical distancing protocols.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Once again, Garden Dining by White Moon Bar has adapted to the current re-tightening of quarantine restrictions in the metro by offering a diverse menu of delicious and nourishing, yet very affordable, dishes curated by its renowned chef and making these available online. These delectable dishes are available for delivery, pickup and takeout so that diners may enjoy them in the safety and comfort of their own home.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

With this, Garden Dining by White Moon Bar has expanded its market to include not just diners who miss going to restaurants, but also busy working professionals and families with little time to cook.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

These include tasty and comforting dishes such as:

Bulalo Steak (Php450). Batangas beef shank braised in roasted garlic sauce along with sweet corn, Baguio beans, cabbage and pechay, served with Java Rice.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Spicy Korean-Style Pork Belly (Php290). Tender slices of pork belly glazed with a spicy Korean chili sauce served with fried potato wedges, mixed salad and spicy mayo dip.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Chicken Inasal (Php220). Chicken thigh fillet marinated in lemongrass then grilled and served with fried potato wedges, mixed salad and toyo calamansi dip.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings (Php200). Crispy and deep-fried chicken wings glazed in sriracha and chili oil and served with pechay and Java Rice.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Kimchi Fried Rice (Php230). Kimchi and steamed rice stir-fried in a wok along with sliced pork, spring onions, fried egg, toasted sesame and fried seaweed.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Leche Flan (Php180). The Pinoy version of the classic baked egg custard with caramel.

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

If the thought of these dishes are making your mouth water, you might want to order a Mukbang Set that includes all of these at only Php1,099!

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Check out more Mukbang sets and ala carte dishes that you can savor at home with your family!

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining at Home (White Moon Bar)

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar is open daily from 11am to 9pm. You may course your orders online or call +63 917 8753292 for delivery in areas within Manila and Pasay with payments via credit card accepted. Orders may also be coursed through the Manila Ocean Park takeout counter, with payments via cash and credit card accepted.

Disclosure: Food samples were provided to facilitate the dining experience for this feature article.

Virtual resto-hopping at GrabKitchen in Pasig

Do you sometimes miss those times when you can just hang out at a mall and go restaurant-hopping?

Being able to try various cuisines is heaven for a foodie like me.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

However, with lockdowns and restrictions brought about by the pandemic, restaurant hopping is nigh impossible.

Even if you try to order food from different establishments for delivery, the delivery fees would also multiply.

Unless, of course, you get your food orders from GrabKitchen.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchens are designed to greatly expand the food choices available in a particular locale by serving a varied curation of food selections from restaurants with no physical presence in the area all served from one central kitchen. It also offers customers the ability to mix-and-match – ordering from different restaurants hosted by the GrabKitchen for a single checkout and delivery fee.

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

That’s a load of convenience and savings, right?

GrabKitchens have already set up branches in Glorietta, Malate and Paranaque, and now, finally, right in my neck of the woods: Pasig City!

Through this GrabKitchen, I was able to able to treat the fam to a wide array of dishes and cuisines from different restaurants for our weekend lunch. These include:

Dimsum and noodles from King Chef such as Hakaw (Php190/4pcs), Pork & Shrimp Siomai (Php130/4pcs) and Beef Brisket Noodles (Php280).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Korean-style boneless fried chicken from 24 Chicken such as a Half Half order of Original and Yangnyeon (Php545/7pcs each) and a Half order of Snow Cheese (Php299).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Solo (100ml) cups of artisanal ice cream from Merry Moo such as Honey Comb (Php135), Milo (Php135) and Strawberry Shortcake (Php135).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Refreshing drinks from CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice such as CoCo Milk Tea (Php85/regular), Pearl Milk Tea (Php90/regular), Strawberry Au Lait (Php150/regular with pudding) and Chocolate with Pudding & Pearl (Php100/regular).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Thanks to GrabKitchen, the fam and I had a virtual resto-hopping experience right at home!

But that’s not all!

A few months ago, driven by our K-drama triggered cravings, we also ordered our Korean meal from Happilee Korean Kitchen which included Pork Mandu (Php99/4pcs), Mini Kimbap (Php150/5pcs), Kimchi (Php30) and Soy Glazed Chicken Tray (Php600/10pcs).

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig

Other restaurants hosted by GrabKitchen Pasig include Omakase, Conti’s, Las Titas MNL and Merienda by Pan de Manila.

With the mix-and-matching options available, ordering from GrabKitchen Pasig is well-suited for families whose members have varied food preferences.

GrabKitchen Pasig

So, fellow Pasiguenos, when you feel like having some variety in your meals or want to explore new food options, download the Grab app and order from GrabKitchen Pasig!

GrabKitchen Pasig

GrabKitchen Pasig is located at 172 C. Raymundo Avenue, Maybunga, Pasig City, open daily for delivery orders from 9am to 10pm.

Disclosure: A gift voucher was provided to facilitate the order experience.

Non-dairy and fructose-free milk teas from Grillin’ Ape

As a sweet tooth myself, I have to admit that I do have trouble saying no to sugary treats.

There’s nothing like a l bit of sweetness that I can enjoy in various parts of my day to give me that little kick of energy so I can power on or get out of a slump.

Grillin’ Ape

However, said sweet treats may have an impact on my health.

Milk teas, for example, are some of my perennially favorite drinks but these have high sugar levels and make heavy use of dairy products which may lead to difficulty in weight management as well as other potential health problems.

If only there was a way to enjoy my milk tea fix without its troublesome components, right?

Grillin’ Ape

Well, the Japanese street food joint in Eastwood Grillin’ Ape has expanded its product line to include fructose-free and non-dairy milk teas under its new brand: Ape Tea.

With exciting flavors such as Honey Dew Cheesecake and Strawberry Salted Caramel, Ape Tea brings that sweet and creamy goodness of milk tea without the use of fructose-based sugars and dairy products.

Grillin’ Ape

Grillin’ Ape

Grillin’ Ape

Try it with some of Grillin’ Ape’s tasty Takoyaki for a light and delicious snack.

Grillin’ Ape

You can also enjoy it as your dessert after feasting on Grillin’ Ape’s heartier offerings.

Grillin’ Ape, Eastwood

Grillin’ Ape, Eastwood

Ready to indulge yourself with a new milk tea experience and more? Order now through the Grillin’ Ape website or via Facebook. You may also call in your orders at +63 2 83677135 or +63 956 1504450.

Grillin’ Ape

Grillin’ Ape is located at Eastwood Cybermall level 3, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

Explosion of flavors from Explosive Burger Pasig

You would think that burgers are a dime a dozen nowadays. After seeing them proliferating through various fastfood stands and outlets all over the metro, you would be hard put to pinpoint one that you could claim as your true-blue favorite.

Well, for Pasiguenos like me, a new burger sensation has just come into town!

Explosive Burger has set up shop in our neck of the woods, right at the Northwing Food Hub of Hampton Gardens Arcade.

Explosive Burger Pasig

This newest branch is run by partners Eric Montoya and Jovy Barcinas who acquired the franchise from the original Explosive Burger based in Cavite, which incredibly spawned over thirty franchisees in just one year of operations.

If you happened to taste some of Explosive Burger’s variants, you wouldn’t wonder at its phenomenal growth.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Each burger is made with an expertly seasoned all beef patty, fresh off the grill then encased in a soft, lightly toasted buns along with house-made sauces, fresh vegetables and toppings, all combined to ensure and explosion of flavors in your mouth every bite. Hence the name: Explosive Burger.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Explosive Burger Pasig

And with burger prices ranging from Php68 for a single quarter pounder to Php189 for quadruple quarter pounder (!), you definitely get a whole lot of bang for your buck.

Explosive Burger Pasig

One weekend, Hubby decided to indulge the fam with Explosive Burger’s hearty and flavorful burger delights (and why on earth would I refuse?), so we drove off to Hampton Gardens Arcade to pick them up.

Waiting for our orders is already an exercise in self-control because the sight, smell and sound of the burgers cooking on the grill got us salivating.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Explosive Burger Pasig

We lost no time hieing ourselves back home so the fam could enjoy our Explosive Burgers together.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Explosive Burger Pasig

These included:

Pinatubo (Php78). A single quarter pounder with sliced cheese, cheese sauce, honey mustard, tomato, cucumber, white onion and fresh lettuce. We got this sans ketchup because my daughter #ExhibitA prefers her burgers that way.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Bulusan (Php100). A single quarter pounder topped with bacon, caramelized mushrooms and sliced cheese, along with cheese sauce, honey mustard, ketchup, tomato, cucumber, white onion and fresh lettuce. This sated my craving for cheesy bacon mushroom burgers right off the bat!

Explosive Burger Pasig

Explosive Burger Pasig

Banahaw (Php120). Two quarter pounder patties with cheese sauce, honey mustard, ketchup, tomato, cucumber, white onion and fresh lettuce. Hubby got two of these: one for him and another for our son #ExhibitB. Two heavy-weight burgers for my strapping boys!

Explosive Burger Pasig

We also got a couple of orders of fries to go with our burgers. Amazingly, these fries are infused with the flavor of the burgers!

Explosive Burger Pasig

After this initial taste of Explosuve Burgers, we found ourselves hankering for another so later in the week, Hubby ordered some for our midnight snack.

If you’re looking for that explosion of flavors in your burger, then give Explosive Burger a try. You just might discover your new go-to burger.

Explosive Burger Pasig

Explosive Burger Pasig is located at Northwing Food Hub, Hampton Garden Arcade, 100 C. Raymundo Avenue, Pasig City, open for takeout and delivery Tuesdays to Sundays from 1pm to 9pm.

Call in your orders at +63 917 8935131 or send a message on Facebook.