#SarapKasamaAngPamilya, thanks to Jollibee delivery

There are plenty of reasons why our home-grown fast-food chain Jollibee remains unbeaten by international giants that set up operations here.

For many Pinoys, the tastes and textures from this unassuming restaurant chain that they enjoyed and grew up with continue to hold pride of place in their hearts and palates. From its ice cream sundaes that parents treat their toddlers to, the uniquely Pinoy-style spaghetti that graces birthday celebrations, to the crispy and juicy fried chicken that teenagers on their first dates enjoy, Jollibee has been serving up tasty and affordable fast-food well-suited to Pinoy tastebuds through the years.

The quarantines brought about by the pandemic may have curtailed the busy mealtimes at Jollibee branches frequented by friends and family, but fortunately, they can still enjoying their fast food faves by ordering for delivery.

Jollibee Delivery

That’s what I did one lazy Sunday afternoon as the fam was enjoying our individual pursuits: myself binge-watching on Netflix, Hubby monitoring the news on the US elections and the kids cooped up in their rooms. When the delivery arrived, we all came together to grab a bite and catch up.

Jollibee Delivery

I treated myself to my favorite snack – a Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog Value Meal (Php83). The Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog consists of a juicy and meaty sausage encased in a hotdog bun, topped with special dressing, grated cheese and tomato ketchup. While other iterations of the Jolly Hotdog have been launched over the years, I remain loyal to this original version. The value meal comes with regular Coke and regular fries.

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

For Hubby, I got an Amazing Aloha Yumburger with Drink (Php109). Considering the man does not like mixing sweets with savory, I’m amazed that this burger made with Jollibee’s Yumburger beef patty topped with a pineapple slice, crispy bacon strips and melted cheese encased in a burger bun would appeal to him.

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

For the kiddos, I got Peach Mango (Php98 for a three-piece Pies-to-Go set) and two pieces of Buko Pie (Php33/piece). These pocket pies are made with fruit filling encased in puff pastry then deep-fried until the crust turns crispy and golden brown.

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

Jollibee Delivery

For a few precious moments that afternoon, the whole fam took a break and got together to share a bite. #SarapKasamaAngPamilya, indeed!

Jollibee Delivery

To have your Jollibee favorites delivered right to your doorstep, call #87000 on your mobile, visit jollibeedelivery.com, or course your orders through GrabFood, FoodPanda or LalaFood.

Jollibee Delivery

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

Sarap ka-pares from Pares Retiro

What can I say?

After I realized I could just have my fam’s faves from Pares Retiro delivered to my home, I just can’t get enough of it.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Truth be told: I haven’t eaten at a Pares Retiro outlet yet. All my encounters with its much-vaunted pares offerings were all through delivery: the first one was at work when my officemate and I ordered from the Pares Retiro branch in Tomas Morato via LalaFood, and the succeeding ones after the pandemic hit when its offerings became available in our neck of the woods via GrabFood’s Long Distance Delivery.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

In fact, our orders don’t really stray from our tried and tested favorites:

Classic Pares Meal (Php223). Pairing slow-braised, tender beef pares with garlic fried rice is surely a stroke of genius. The result is a delicious dynamic between sweet and savory that we Pinoys go crazy over.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Tendon Meal (Php217). What will make the classic pares dish made even more irresistible? Well, the addition of melt-in-your-mouth pieces of litid, that’s what! Those chunks of imported US beef tendon just adds flavor and texture to the dish.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Pares Retiro, Cubao

It’s a rare occasion when my entire family all wholeheartedly agree on the merits of a particular dish or restaurant, but Pares Retiro’s Classic Pares and Pares Tendon Meals have more than earned that distinction.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

Now, if only they will open a branch nearer to our home so I won’t have to pay as much for delivery!

Pares Retiro, Cubao

This Pares Retiro branch is located at SM Hypermarket, EDSA Corner Main Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, open daily from 9am to 6pm. Pares Retiro delivers via GrabFood, LalaFood and via Pares Retiro’s website.

Pares Retiro, Cubao

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

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Chinese food feast delivery from Yang Chow

Did you know that Chinese food has three key flavors? These are sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy.

Yang Chow, Industria

The combination and degree of intensity of these flavors have brought forth one of the most varied of the world’s cuisines. As you hop from one region to the next, you will see variations in the dishes they produce: Sichuan, for example, is famous for its numbingly spicy food while Hong Kong leans towards the sweet-salty dynamic. It just goes to show that one of the world’s richest cultures can produce a very diverse culinary heritage.

Yang Chow, Industria

Those are some of the flavors that came into play when I decided to give the fam a break for our usual ulam fare and order in a Chinese feast from a nearby branch of Chinese restaurant chain Yang Chow.

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Our delightful repast included:

Yang Chow Fried Rice (Php298 for large). Pre-cooked rice is stir-fried in a wok along with chopped char siu, scallions, veggies and scrambled egg. I wouldn’t dare order a Chinese meal without this staple. The kiddos would surely revolt!

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Beef Steak Chinese Style (Php398). Tender beef slices stir-fried and doused in a savory sauce. A new fave for my daughter #ExhibitA!

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Lemon Chicken (Php278). Another staple Chinese dish with crispy pieces of chicken served in a tangy lemon sauce. A Chinese food meal won’t be complete for my son #ExhibitB without it!

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Brocolli Flower with Oyster Sauce (Php218). Crisp and lightly blanched brocolli flowers served with and oyster-flavored sauce and topped with toasted garlic flakes. It’s the healthy part of the meal our meal and counter-balances the rich flavors of our other orders.

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

I’m glad to know that every time the fam tires of our go-to ulam dishes, we can just have an exotic Chinese feast delivered to us.

Yang Chow, Industria

Yang Chow, Industria

This Yang Chow branch is located at Industria Mall, Indusria Street, Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 6.30pm. To order for delivery, call +63 2 79009907 or +63 915 4470765 or course your order via GrabFood or FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

Yang Chow Seafood Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Tapa Box delivery from Tapa King

Sometimes, the stars align and everyone in the family agrees that they just had a good meal.

This Sunday, after running morning errands and lunchtime looming just a short hour away, neither Hubby nor I were in the mood to handle the stress of meal prep and cooking.

Well, I thought to myself, this looks like a job for my food delivery apps!

So off I went, tap-tap-tapping on my phone, looking for food that I can have delivered for the fam’s Sunday lunch. My criteria is that the meal should appeal to the fam’s collective taste in food, not be something we recently ate (for variety), and should cost below Php1,000, delivery fee included (because payday is still a few days away!).

Lo and behold, the solution to my dilemma was at my doorstep less than an hour later.

The fam’s meal consisted of five sets of Tapa King Classic.

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King started as a hole-in-the-wall business in 1987 in Makati CBD. Today, it’s a chain of restaurants with presence, not just in the Philippines but also in Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Despite recently undergoing a brand refresh and store makeover, it remains true to its original intent: to serve homestyle Pinoy comfort food – tapa.

Tapa is basically marinated beef, stir-fried in oil and, when served with fried egg and garlic fried rice, forms the iconic tapsilog (tapasinangagitlog).

The Tapa King Classic is the formerly known as Tapa King (yes, there were also a Tapa Queen and a Tapa Prince). It is tapa cooked the traditional way, seasoned with spices that bring out the beef’s natural flavors. With fried egg and garlic fried rice included in the order, it is a deliciously satisfying meal.

You can have it as a solo meal at Php169.

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Or you can choose to have all the meals in the 4-in-1 Box (Php678) be all Tapa King Classics. You even get solo bottles of Pepsi to go with your meal.

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

In our case, I opted for both so the whole fam – myself, hubby, the kiddos and yaya – can all enjoy our own Tapa King Classic. Thanks to a a GrabFood free delivery promo, my total bill came in at just Php847.

Tapa King, L&Y Plaza

Thanks to Tapa King, I escaped lunchtime stress. Now, on to worrying about dinner…

This Tapa King branch is located at G/F L&Y Plaza E. Rodriguez Ave. Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City, open daily from 6am to 8pm for dine-in, takeout and delivery. For inquiries, reservations or orders, call +63 2 82916254 or +63 915 0611117, or course your food delivery via GrabFood or FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

Tapa King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Mediterranean food delivery from Jamie’s Kebabs

To many, the word “Mediterranean” calls to mind sun-kissed rooftops, sparkling waves in an cerulean sea, and vibrant vistas. For foodies like me, it brings forth images of hearty dishes made with fresh produce and flavorful spices.

My love story with Mediterranean food came about because of Hubby. He introduced me to kebabs, shawarmas and hummus back when we were still dating. Twenty-plus years later, we share our love for this cuisine with our kids who look forward to our food adventures involving kebabs.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Thankfully, thirty-three-year-old food entrepreneur Adam Tan seeks to provide the metro’s denizens easy access to great-tasting Mediterranean dishes, even during quarantine.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Maximizing the existing kitchen space of his other food venture, casual dining resto Main Street in Kapitolyo, he decided to open Jamie’s Kebabs last April on a delivery basis. Its menu includes Middle Eastern staples, dishes familiar and appealing to the Pinoy palate. These include:

Hummus (Php189). A savory spread or dip made with mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice and garlic. Jamie’s Kebabs’ version is made even more appetizing by the addition of roasted bell peppers and fried chickpeas. This dish is served with a piece of fresh pita bread. It’s quite good when enjoyed on its own with the pita bread but adds a new dimension of flavor when added to the other dishes as a dip or a condiment.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Beef Kebab Pita Wrap (Php159). Marinated ground beef grilled in skewers and served wrapped in pita bread together with garlic sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers. Each bite brings an explosion of flavor and pleasant textures in my mouth. Like I said earlier, this also becomes phenomenal when a bit of hummus is added to the wrap.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kebabs, Kapitolyo

Kebab Sampler (Php329). Beef, lamb and chicken kebab served on top of buttered rice with one grilled tomato, alongside garlic and red hot sauce. It would be enough for two (I shared it with Hubby) but a really hungry (or selfish!) Mediterranean food fanatic can easily polish this off by herself.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kebabs’ offerings are great, not just of kebab fans but for budding foodies seeking to broaden their culinary horizons to include Mediterranean cuisine.

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kababs, Kapitolyo

Jamie’s Kebabs is located at 10 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City, open daily from 10am to 8pm for dine-in, pickup and delivery. To order, call +63 2 72392827 or +63 917 8158187. Payments via cash, credit card, BDO bank transfer and GCash are accepted.

You may also course your order via FoodPanda or GrabFood (the resto is included among the establishments available for long distance delivery).

Taguig, Pateros and Makati residents may soon also get a taste of Jamie’s Kebabs’ dishes as a new branch is set to open Barangay Sumilang, Pasig City which could serve those markets via delivery.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

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

Jamie's Kebabs Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Snackin’ on de Original Jamaican Pattie

One of my challenges as a work-from-home mommy during quarantine is keeping the fam energized for all the things we need to do at home. Whether these tasks involve Zoom meetings with work colleagues, attending online classes or simply doing our tasks to maintain the household, giving Hubby and kiddos a tasty snack to tide them over between mealtimes is crucial to the continued harmony of our home during quarantine.

One of my go-to snack treats for the fam is the Jamaican Pattie.

As its name implies, this meat-filled pastry came from Jamaica but had roots from among the various cultures present in the country during its colonial period. From the Cornish immigrants came the baked pastry, while the Indian and African laborers contributed the use of cumin, curry and cayenne pepper. Together, these influences have produced a tasty and filling savory dish.

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

Here in Manila, the Jamaican Pattie was introduced and popularized by de Original Jamaican Pattie Shop & Juice Bar. In these kiosks, the delicious pastries are baked – not fried – fresh everyday.

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

For the kiddos and myself, the Cheezy Beef Jamaican patties hit the spot while Hubby’s favorite pattie is the Cheezy Pinatubo. The patties’ flaky crust and generous filling make for an enjoyable family snackin’.

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

D’ Original Jamaican Pattie

Previously, we could only get these patties when we go to malls but since the quarantine, the chain’s kiosks have begun offering their wares for delivery via its official delivery partner Coco Delivery, or through GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

de Original Jamaican Pattie Shop and Juice Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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It’s a pot-lockdown celebration with GrabFood and Coca-Cola!

With exciting Coke #ComboDeals on GrabFood this holiday season, celebrations with family and friends can be just as meaningful.

Plans for the fast-approaching holiday season may have been altered, but good times with family and friends can remain. Whether you’re together in person or through a screen, what makes a celebration special is sharing moments with your loved ones over a good meal.

This holiday season, GrabFood and Coca-Cola make these celebrations even more special with pot-lockdown #ComboDeals! Because no gathering is complete without a refreshing drink of Coke, starting November 7, exclusive combo deals of your favorite food paired with Coca-Cola will be available— only on GrabFood.

To find a combo deal near you, just head on over to the GrabFood homepage and look for the Coca-Cola #ComboDeals icon or type #ComboDeals in the search bar. With a wide variety of food choices and #ComboDeals only on GrabFood, you’re sure to have a pot-lockdown celebration for the books!

For a memorable pot-lockdown style holiday celebration, all you need is good company and GrabFood’s Coke #ComboDeals! Visit http://grb.to/combodeals for more details.

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KFC delivery for Sunday lunch

When I was young, my parents used to reward my good grades with a meal at Kentucky Fried Chicken. (Oh, those simple joys!)

This ubiquitous fried chicken fast food chain’s history began during the Great Depression in the US with Colonel Harlan David Sanders who started selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. Having perfected his original recipe that made use of eleven herbs and spices, he then franchised his fried chicken recipe to restaurant owners.

KFC via FoodPanda

Today, KFC is a global presence, with presence in 150 countries.

It offers its “finger-lickin’ good” fried chicken to Pinoys along with a wide fast food menu which includes pastas and rice bowls that appeal to the Filipino market.

KFC via FoodPanda

As a busy, currently working-from-home mom, KFC is a way for me to escape from cooking duties while still providing the fam with a delicious meal.

This is why my family came to have KFC for our Sunday lunch.

KFC via FoodPanda

Feeling bone-tired from a hectic work week, I was in no mood to plan and prepare a meal.

Thankfully, I saw Mommy Ojie of PiggingOutOnSundays post a Php100 discount code for FoodPanda. I grabbed the code and ordered a Bucket of 10 (Php720).

KFC via FoodPanda

I asked my yaya to cook lots of rice because, yeah, it’s an unli-kanin kind of meal.

KFC via FoodPanda

Biting into finger-lickingly flavorful fried chicken in between spoonfuls of rice is more than fine by me.

I just wish that KFC start offering coleslaw as one of its fixins again. It stopped offering my favorite side dish since the pandemic started and hasn’t yet brought it back to its menu. (Note: I used to make a scene at KFC checkout counters when informed that coleslaw is not available.)

This KFC branch is located at Ground Floor, Robinson’s Place Cainta, Santo Domingo, Cainta, Rizal. To order for delivery, call +63 2 88878888 or course it via FoodPanda.

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

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

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Dairy Queen Blizzard Delivery

I had my first taste of Dairy Queen’s blizzards back when I was in high school (such a long, long time ago! Sigh!). After the last of our quarterly exams, my schoolmates and I made a beeline to SM Megamall to decompress.

Back then, the blizzard was totally new to me. For me, ice cream was something scooped out of a tub and served as is, or if you’re feeling fancy, with toppings. I found the concept of mechanically mixing ice cream while at the same time mixing in sundae toppings, and then handing it over to the customer upside down as proof of the thick creaminess of the ice cream absolutely amazing.

Fast-forward to a few decades later and I still enjoy Dairy Queen’s Blizzards, this time with the fam. As it happens, blizzards are dessert treats that appeal to the entire fam.

Dairy Queen Delivery

Despite being quarantined at home, we were still able to indulge ourselves with our icy dessert simply by ordering these Dairy Queen Blizzards via GrabFood.

Rocky Road Blizzard (Php110). My go-to blizzard order since high school, these are made with DQ’s soft-serve ice cream mixed with cocoa fudge, marshmallows and peanuts. As it happens, I share my taste in DQ Blizzards with both Hubby and my son #ExhibitB.

Dairy Queen Delivery

Dairy Queen Delivery

Oreo Blizzard (Php110). My daughter #ExhibitA’s only choice for her DQ Blizzard, being partial to Oreos herself. These are made with crumbled Oreo cookie pieces mixed into creamy vanilla soft-serve ice cream.

Dairy Queen Delivery

As these are frozen treats, it’s best to eat them as soon as they arrive! (And for heaven’s sake, don’t flip them upside down!) 😜

Dairy Queen Delivery

Dairy Queen Delivery

To get your Blizzards and more from Dairy Queen delivered to your home, call +63 2 89111111, order online, or course your orders through GrabFood, FoodPanda or Lalafood.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

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

Dairy Queen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Hot soothing goto from Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

We’ve been inundated with quite a lot of bad hits lately. Faced with the pandemic, still raging across the globe, and the spate of typhoons that battered our country, we sometimes want to curl up somewhere warm and comforting.

That is what goto brings: the comforting warmth that fills the tummy and soothes the soul.

During a particularly rainy day, Hubby decided to have goto for our merienda.

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

Also called arroz caldo con goto (which roughly translates to “rice soup with tripe”), goto is made with glutinous rice infused with ginger. Afterwards, thin strips of boiled tripe and other proteins are added to the porridge before the dish is garnished with a hard-boiled egg, toasted garlic and diced scallions. It’s great for chilly rainy days or for chasing away a hangover.

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

In our case, our goto snack is something to slurp on as we binge-watch some K-dramas during a rainy day.

Hubby ordered our snack from a relatively new goto place called Goto Believe which reinvents the classic porridge.

Our meal consisted of:

Goto Heaven (Php108). Hot ginger-infused rice porridge with strips of tripe, beef tendon, innards and meat.

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

Grilled Chicharong Bulaklak (Php126/2 sticks). Crispy and flavorful ruffled pork fat in skewers.

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

These are not the healthiest of food combinations but that’s why they’re comfort food, right?

Goto Believe, Kapitolyo

If you want to have your own bowl of comforting goto delivered right to your doorstep to chase away the rainy day blues, order online or via GrabFood or FoodPanda.

Download the Grab App and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

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

Goto Believe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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