#QuarantitaTreats: Winner wings from Clingy Wingy

Hello, quarantitas!

I know that all the inconveniences and restrictions brought about by the still ongoing quarantine can’t defeat your indomitable spirit.

Your search for tasty treats that sate your appetite and excite your taste buds continues.

And if you happen to chance upon one that from enterprising young ‘uns, then all then all the better, right?

Take Clingy Wingy, for example.

Clingy Wingy

A partnership between twenty-two-year-old Gabrielle Carreon and nineteen-year-old Dana Amores, Cainta-based Clingy Wingy is one of the newest (and most welcome) entrants into the online food selling business.

Best friends Gabrielle and Dana decided to extend the reach of their family’s kitchens and offer their well-loved flavored chicken wings to stuck-at-home foodies at affordable prices. These include:

Classic Buffalo. Crispy chicken wings coated in a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce for an unbeatable mix of tangy and spicy.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Spiced Honey Garlic. A sweet-savory sauce made with a combination of honey and garlic flavors the chicken pieces.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Garlic Parmesan. Garlic butter sauce topped with parmesan cheese add flavor to chicken wings that kids love.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Hickory Barbecue. Smokey barbecue-flavored wings reminiscent of Southern-style barbecues.

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

You can munch on these pieces while camped out in front of the TV, while having an e-numan session with your buddies or you can serve them with lots of rice to the fam for dinner.

Clingy Wingy

These chicken wings are available in boxes of four pieces (Php119), eight pieces (Php229) and twelve pieces (Php339).

Clingy Wingy

To order, message Clingy Wingy on Facebook or Instagram. Payments via BDO and GCash are accepted, as well as cash on delivery. These wings can be delivered for free within three kilometers of Midtown Village, Cainta, Rizal, and to anywhere in Metro Manila and Rizal with a delivery fee.

So quarantitas, show some love to these budding entrepreneurs and get yourself of box of Clingy Wingy wings!

Clingy Wingy

Clingy Wingy

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

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Fried Chicken ‘n Biscuits at Popeyes

Contrary to my initial assumption, Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, Inc. was not named after my childhood hero Popeye the Sailorman. Instead, owner Al Copeland always claimed that his inspiration for the name of his fried chicken company was Det. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, Gene Hackman’s character in The French Connection.

That wrong assumption aside, I had no other expectations when Hubby requested that we take advantage of Popeyes’ free delivery promo to get some of this resto’s famous fried chicken for our merienda.

Popeye’s Chicken

We have been busy working from home ever since the start of the community quarantine and one of the usual highlights of our workday is our afternoon snack break.

Popeye’s Chicken

Aside from the respite this little pocket of time gives us from our work, it also allows us to spend some time with the kids as we all enjoy what our friendly GrabFood delivery rider drops off at our doorstep.

On that particular day, we snacked on:

8-piece Bucket of Chicken (Php523). Crunchy skin and tender juicy pieces of Southern fried chicken that we can’t just help but bite into!

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

2 orders of Box of 3 Honey Biscuits (Php284). Crumbly and flaky quick breads that go so well with the chicken and a little bit of honey.

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

The chicken, biscuits and honey all come together for that unbeatable sweet-savory flavor combination that we so love.

Popeye’s Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken

This Popeyes branch is located at Arcovia City, 99 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City, open for dine in, takeout and delivery Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays to Sundays from 9am to 8pm.

Other branches are located at:

  • Alabang Town Center
  • SM San Lazaro
  • NU Tower, Mall of Asia Complex
  • Eastwood
  • SM Southmall
  • Ali Mall
  • Kroma
  • Robinsons Place Manila

Download the Grab App to get your own chicken and biscuits from Popeyes and get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Until September 19, enjoy free delivery of your Popeyes order from GrabFood for a minimum purchase of Php550 by using the code GRABPOPEYES.

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

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The Jelly List: Food Deliveries for Your Party at Home

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

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

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

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

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

Grazing Box from Platterea Luna

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

Platterea Luna

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

Read more about Platterea Luna here.

Party Trays from The Happy Kitchen

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

The Happy Kitchen

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

Read more about The Happy Kitchen here.

Fried Chicken Wings from Ben & Cha Unlimited Wings

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

Ben & Cha’s Unlimited Wings

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

Lasagna from Maya’s Baked Pasta

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

Maya’s Baked Pasta

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

Mushroom Burgers from The Saucier

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

The Saucier Mushroom Burger

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

Cinnamon Rolls from Rolls.PH

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

Rolls.PH

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

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Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things, Tomas Morato

If you’re eating lunch with a big group and you all want to stay together in one place, what do you do?

Head straight to Buffalo Wings N’ Things, of course! Here, everyone in the fam and barkada will find something to like.

Deep-frying chicken wings is rooted in Southern cooking but cooking them in peppery sauces started in Buffalo, New York in 1964. A bar owner in the area decided to cook leftover wings in hot sauce as a snack for her son and his friends. Served with celery slices and bleu cheese, it was a hit among the guys and the rest, as they say, is history.

Buffalo Wings N’ Things enriches its buffalo wings by having eleven savory flavors and seven spicy ones for its customers to choose from, along with tasty add-ons that chicken lovers can enjoy along with their Buffalo Wings.

While out on my lunch break with my office buddies (ten people in total!), we decided to maximize our budgets while sating our hunger by getting Grand Slam bundles of Buffalo Wings, and, well, things:

Grand Slam 6 (Php688 Good for 4). 8 pcs Champion Buffalo Wings, 8 pcs Signature Chicken Tenders,Bacon & Cheese Fries, steamed rice (we added Php98 for iced tea.

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Grand Slam 4 (Php988 Good for 6). 12 pcs Champion Buffalo Wings, 12 pcs Signature Chicken Tenders, Chili n’ Cheese Nachos, steamed rice (we added Php138 for iced tea.

Buffalo Wings N’ Things, Tomas Morato

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

Buffalo Wings ‘N Things

With these bundles, we were able to enjoy these Buffalo Wings flavors:

Honey BBQ. Southern BBQ flavor blended with sweet honey.

Creamy Salted Egg. Rich and creamy version of the regional favorite.

Chipotle Lime. Creamy smoked Chipotle sauce enhanced with the tanginess of freshly squeezed lime juice.

Garlic Parmesan. A blend of garlic butter sauce and real Parmesan cheese.

New York’s Finest. Medium heat Buffalo Wing sauce.

Thanks to the bundles, our meal amounted to just a little Php200 per person!

How’s that for value for money?

The good news for chicken lovers out there is that you can enjoy  these with your family at home during the quarantine by ordering from these Buffalo Wings N’ Things branches now open for takeout or delivery via GrabFood, FoodPanda or LalaFood:

  • Brixton Kapitolyo, Pasig
  • Banawe, QC
  • Calle Bistro , Ever Gotesco Commonwealth
  • BGC Stopover
  • SM Manila
  • Grace Mall, Taguig
  • SM North EDSA
  • SMDC Jazz Mall
  • Southwoods Mall
  • SM Valenzuela

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. 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.

If you can’t find Buffalo Wings N’ Things on your food delivery apps, you can course your order through this order form a day in a advance.

This Buffalo Wings N’ Things branch is located at M Place, Panay Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.

Buffalo's Wings N' Things Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sarap-to-the-Bones Fried Chicken at Max’s, Tomas Morato

While I consider myself adventurous when it comes to food, I get a hankering for familiar and comfortable flavors every once in a while.

That’s why I dragged my officemates to a branch of Max’s Restaurant near our office for lunch. Aside from offering no-frills but exceedingly flavorful fried chicken, this branch also has sprawling grounds with some green spaces, which provided our eyes with a welcome break from our computer and gadget screens.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s Restaurant had its start in 1945 when Stanford-educated teacher Maximo Gimenez befriended the American GIs stationed in Quezon City and invited them to his home for a drink or two. These visits led to their patronage of the cafe Maximo decided to build, with his sister, Ruby, developing a special recipe for tender, juicy and crispy fried chicken that won the hearts of both the Americans and Pinoys.

During that lunch break, Max’s is where my officemates and I were able to enjoy fuss-free yet tasty fried chicken (best enjoyed with Max’s Banana Ketchup!) and other Pinoy classics such as:

Chopsuey (Php249). The Pinoy’s go-to vegetable dish made with pork and shrimp bits sauteed together with fresh vegetables and chicken liver.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Half-Regular Chicken (Php216). The keto choice for the dieter in the group (spoiler: it wasn’t me!).

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Basic Meal (Php199). A quarter fried chicken served with steamed rice, a glass of iced tea or soft drinks and a Caramel Bar.

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Fiesta Plate (Php289). The Basic Meal plus choice of fresh or fried Lumpiang Upod (I prefer it fresh :-))

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Chicken Leg Quarter with Rice Pork Sinigang and Pepsi (two for Php499).

Max’s, Tomas Morato

Not a bad deal for a work day lunch break, yeah?

This Max’s Restaurant branch is located along Scout Tuazon Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. During the Enhanced Community Quarantine, it will be open from 10am to 5pm and serving a limited menu for delivery. You may course your orders directly through its delivery numbers +63 2 83751032 05 +63 2 83751052, Max’s delivery website, GrabFood and Food Panda.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. 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

Other Metro Manila branches still operating during the Enhanced Community Quarantine include:

  • North Manila: Mindanao Avenue (+63 2 88916535), EDSA Caloocan (+63 2 86346501 | +63 2 86346502), Banawe (+63 2 83548804 | +63 2 83548805), Matalino Street (+63 2 89318958), Commonwealth (+63 2 89320810 | +63 2 89520841), Regalado / Robinsons Townville (+63 2 82820476), Taytay (+63 2 68606642 | +63 2 86606643), Antipolo Sumulong (+63 2 84705846), Congressional Avenue (+63 2 89280648), EDSA Eats Main Avenue (+63 919 0883844 | +63 2 79091911)
  • South Manila: Valero (+63 2 85198924), Las Pinas (+63 2 88730210), Sucat (+63 2 88252902 | +63 2 88252904), Malacanang (+63 2 77357925 | +63 2 74047365), Ermita (+63 2 85221076 to 77), Pasig Kapitolyo (+63 2 86969806), Market! Market! (+63 2 88867784), Shell C5 Heritage (+63 2 79785724), Forbestown (+63 998 9603867), Baclaran (+63 2 88321991)m Dona Soledad (+63 950 6574682 | +63 975 3665633 | +63 2 77533306)

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Fuss-free Chinoy dinner at home, thanks to North Park Noodles, Cainta

This year’s Valentine’s Day dinner at home was easy and fuss-free, thanks to a nearby branch of North Park Noodles.

That Friday came at the end of a very busy work week and I was in no mood to worry about elaborate food preparation.

Well, technology came to the rescue. At that time, North Park Noodles offered a special Sama-Sama Bundle – a combination of dishes good for sharing available at a discount – to orders made through GrabFood.

For the past twenty-five years, North Park has been serving freshly cooked Chinoy comfort food – Pinoy takes on popular Chinese dishes – to its clientele.

For only Php888 (+Php45 delivery fee), the fam and I were able to feast on some of its best-sellers which included:

Yang Chow Fried Rice. A mainstay in many Chinese meals, this fried rice is made with white rice, char siu barbecued pork, shrimp, green peas, green onion, and eggs, which all come together to make for a filling rice dish.

North Park, Cainta

Sweet and Sour Pork. Made with marinated pork pieces lightly covered in cornstarch, deep-fried to a golden brown then doused with a sweet-sour sauce.

North Park, Cainta

Shanghai Rolls. The lumpiang shanghai we all know and love, served in bite-size pieces with a sweet chili sauce.

North Park, Cainta

China Chicken. A half-serving of the simple Chinese-style fried chicken with crispy skin and tender meat.

North Park, Cainta

All of these dishes – though Chinese in origin – feature familiar flavors that that we grew up with.

North Park, Cainta

The fam’s Valentine’s Day dinner at home may be lacking in polish and pizzazz, but it allowed me to spend more time talking and bonding with the people I love.

This North Park branch is located at SM Hypermarket Cainta, Felix Avenue, Barangay Santo Domingo, Cainta, Rizal.

North Park Noodles delivers through its delivery hotline +63 2 87373737, through its website, and through GrabFood.

Download the Grab App on the App Store or Google Play. Get a discount on your first food order when you use my code: GRABJELLYBEANS.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

  • Pasig: The Strip Commercial Complex Ortigas
  • Mandaluyong: Greenfield District
  • Quezon City: SM Hypermarket Cubao, Tomas Morato, G. Araneta Avenue, Trinoma Mall, Banawe, Tandang Sora, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Eton Centris
  • Taguig: Market! Market!, SM Hypermarket FTI
  • San Juan: P. Guevarra Street (opposite Petron)
  • Makati: Makati corner Kalayaan Avenue, Glorietta 3, Salcedo Village, Legaspi Village, SM Hypermarket Market
  • Paranaque: SM City Bicutan, ASEANA Square
  • Manila: Manila Ocean Park
  • Pasay: Mall of Asia Arena Parking Building
  • Valenzuela: South Supermarket
  • Alabang: Alabang Town Center, South Supermarket
  • Muntinlupa: SM Center Muntinlupa

North Park Noodles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Manam Comfort Filipino, Trinoma

Comfort food are fare that provide the diner with a feeling of consolation or well-being and are oftentimes associated with the food enjoyed at home or during childhood.

While these evoke nostalgia and sentimentality, they also excite the taste buds and stir anticipation.

After a typical morning at the office, my officemates and I opted to get some comfort and good eats at the newly opened branch of Manam in Trinoma.

Manam, Trinoma

Manam, Trinoma

Manam, Trinoma

We were welcomed by Manam’s friendly and accommodating wait staff as well as its well-appointed yet cozy interiors.

Manam was formerly known as NamNam, and it boasts of a menu that offers both the classic renditions as well as fresh twists on Pinoy cuisine.

That day, we feasted on these dishes:

Adobong Kangkong (Php98). Kangkong (water spinach) shoots sauteed in garlic and soy-vinegar.

Manam, Trinoma

Gising Gising (Php125). Sigarilyas and kangkong sauteed with pork and chilis in coconut cream and bagoong (shrimp paste).

Manam, Trinoma

Pinakbet (Php130). Okra, string beans, eggplant, squash and tomatoes sauteed in with pork bits and shrimp in bagoong.

Manam, Trinoma

Mangga at Bagoong (Php140). Sliced green mango and shrimp paste, this combo is famous for that sour-salty dynamic.

Manam, Trinoma

Caramelized Patis Wings (Php170). A twist on fried chicken, patis (fish sauce) flavors the zesty wings.

Manam, Trinoma

Crunchy Salt and Pepper Squid (Php280). Lightly battered squid pieces tossed in a crunchy mixture of stir-fried garlic and chilis.

Manam, Trinoma

House Crispy Sisig (Php398). Ranked as the No. 1 Sisig in Manila for two consecutive years, this dish features chopped pork jowl and cheek served sizzling.

Manam, Trinoma

Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon (Php775 for family size). The sour broth of the beef sinigang is given a slightly sweet twist with the addition of watermelon.

Manam, Trinoma

Manam, Trinoma

Bibingka de Leche (Php125). A layer of leche flan (caramel egg custard) tops a pancake-like rice cake.

Manam, Trinoma

Kape, Sago at Gulaman (Php105). The samalamig (Filipino version of slushy drink) given a twist with the addition of coffee flavors.

Manam, Trinoma

Puto Bumbong with Muscovado Butter (Php80). The classic purple rice cake traditionally steamed in bamboo tubes accompanied by grated cheese, grated coconut and a bar of muscovado-enriched butter.

Manam, Trinoma

What a delicious way to get some comfort on a work day!

Manam, Trinoma

This branch of Manam Comfort Filipino is located at Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall Garden Wing, Bagong Pag Asa, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 10pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 79005750.

Other branches are located at:

  • Powerplant Mall, Rockwell, Makati
  • Net Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
  • O Square, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
  • South Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
  • Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Entertainment City, Paranaque
  • SM North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City
  • SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City
  • Ayala Fairview Terraces, Novaliches, Quezon City

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2020 Meet Up Meal Deal at Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Think the treats are done just because the holidays are over?

Well, here’s some good news!

You and the gang can come together to enjoy good eats for just Php2,020 thanks to Shakeys’ 2020 Meet Up Meal Deal.

I discovered this great offer together with my office buddies when we went out to lunch.

Truth be told, we were actually supposed to eat at the a newly opened resto nearby but we were told that serving time would take longer than usual. Having meetings or tasks already lined up in the afternoon, we opted to eat somewhere else.

That “somewhere else” turned out to be Shakeys along Tomas Morato.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

This branch has transferred from its previous location across the street to this new location which affords it some added floor space and reinvigorated decor for its interiors.

At my coworker’s suggestion, we decided to take advantage of the 2020 Meet Up Meal Deal which allowed us to eat our fill from these Shakeys specialties:

Two Large Thin Crust Pizzas. We opted for Shakeys’ No. 1 flavor, the Manager’s Choice which is loaded with ham, beef, Italian sausage, green bell pepper and onions, and Hawaiian Delight which is topped with ham and – I-don’t-know-why some-people-make-a-big-deal-about-this-and-I-don’t-care – pineapple tidbits.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Two Pasta Platters. We opted for a platter each of Skiletti (spaghetti which was served in a skillet back when I was a kid and I guess the name stuck), and Carbonara Supreme.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Ten Pieces Chicken ‘N Mojos. Crispy and juicy fried chicken paired with Shakeys’ famous mojos – breaded and deep-fried potato slices.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Ten Pieces Mozzarella Sticks. Sticks of mozzarella coated in breading and deep-fried to a a crispy golden brown on the outside and stretchy and melty on the inside.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

One Family Tuna Ceasar Salad. Tuna flakes, fresh lettuce, cucumber slices and crunchy croutons tossed in creamy Caesar dressing and topped with grated Cheddar cheese.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

One Pitcher of Iced Tea and One Pitcher of Soda.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

All these can satisfy the appetite of ten people but since we were only seven in our group, you can imagine how full we were at the end of the meal. We ended up getting the remaining few slices of pizza and a sizeable portion of the carbonara for takeout.

Shakeys, Tomas Morato

Plus, the 2020 Meet Up Meal Deal comes with some bonuses you can enjoy on your next visit: a free Shakeys SuperCard and Php450 worth of gift vouchers.

Shakeys’ 2020 Meet Up Meal Deal is available in all Shakeys outlets until March 31, 2020. The price is for dine in and carry out only. Add Php100 for delivery.

This Shakeys branch is located at Tomas Morato corner Scout Rallos Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open 24/7. For delivery, visit shakeyspizza.ph, or call +63 2 77777777 (landline) or #77777.

Shakey's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pre-holiday lunch at Chives Bistro, Lamp Quarters

It was the start of the holiday break, and my office buddies and I wanted to celebrate this short period of freedom by dining out together and catching up.

Together with my East-based coworkers, I hied myself off to Lamp Quarters in Marikina to have lunch at Chives Bistro.

This restaurant has a rustic industrial design with its combination of wood and metal furnishings and decor, but still retains homey vibe in line with its concept of combining European and Asian cuisines.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives, Lamp Quarters

While waiting for our orders, we were provided with complimentary bread to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives currently has Weekday Lunch Specials for only Php195 which consist of a viand plus spring roll, choice between red or white rice and raspberry iced tea. Our orders included:

Set A. Grilled Gangnam Chicken.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Set C. Grilled Baguio Sausage.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

These lunch specials do offer good value and I appreciate the novelty of the chicken and the longganisa as well as the option for a healthier rice given to the diner. The spring rolls, however, are heavily flavored with tinapa, the smokiness of which clashed with the main viand.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Our group also ordered:

Fried Chicken (Php195). Deep-fried chicken pieces coated in homemade sriracha marinade with a cucumber dip.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Truffled Mushroom Pasta (Php280). Fettuccine noodles tossed in alfredo sauce flavored with a bit of truffle oil along with shiitaki and shimeji mushrooms. Taking the place of bacon is the the etag crisp which is a type of cured pork made in the Sagadas.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Turones (Php130). Flambed bananas, chocnut and parmesan cheese in lumpia wrapper.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

Celebrity Cake (Php150 per slice). A moist chocolate cake topped with rich chocolate ganache and and a pinch of pink salt. This dessert has been hailed by Spot.ph as the No. 1 Chocolate Cake in Metro Manila.

Chives, Lamp Quarters

I find Chives’ concept and food curation exciting but some dishes, like the lunch specials, suffer a bit in the execution. Also, some items were not available when we were there which does limit our choices.

Still, I wouldn’t mind coming back and checking out Chives’ other dishes… especially if I could have my friends again with me when I visit!

Chives, Lamp Quarters

By the way, two of us unlocked our Zomato Gold privilege so two of our orders are free! Zomato Gold provides members with 1+1 (Buy 1 Get 1) deals on food or 2+2 (Buy 2 Get 2) deals on drinks. All you have to do is sign up for a Zomato Gold membership here. Use the code JELLYB to get 10% off the membership fee.

Chives Bistro is located at Lamp Quarters, Gil Fernando Avenue, Santo Nino, Marikina City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 88664158 or +63 927 8591926.

Another branch is located at EM Gems Building, L. Sumulong, Circumferential Road, San Roque, Antipolo City.

Chives Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Southern fried chicken at Alabama Mamma, California Garden Square

The food of the American South is known for down-home comfort and hearty flavors.

One of the best known dishes that Southern cuisine brought about is the fried chicken: a viand with a rich and somewhat dark history.

Fried chicken is believed to have originated from the tradition of Scottish immigrants of deep-frying chicken in fat (as opposed to the English who baked or boiled chicken).

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

The dish has also become interwoven into the identity and cuisine of the Southern people, especially among the African Americans. In the 1800s, enslaved and segregated African American women were only allowed to own yard chickens. They would prepare the dish during special occasions (because the ingredients and flavorings were quite costly in those days), and eventually, they became noted sellers of poultry in the South.

Today, fried chicken is acknowledged as “soul food” and has branched out beyond the US to countries such as the Philippines where it became almost a staple dish.

The culinary roots of Southern fried chicken are re-explored and re-invented in a new restaurant in Mandaluyong called Alabama Mamma.

Alabama Mamma, California Garden Square

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Here you can get a taste of Southern-style fried chicken by the bucket (Php399 for 6 pieces | Php499 for 8 pieces | Php499 for 6 pieces with rice and drinks for 4 people) or by the platter (Php80 for 1 piece with rice | Php 150 for 2 pieces with rice | add Php10 for drinks).

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

You can also opt for tender and juicy Chicken Wings (Php199 for 6 pieces) doused in your choice of flavored sauce from the Classic Buffalo, the slightly street barbecue-style Manila Wings, the kid friend Butter and Calamansi Butter and the rich Liver Pate.

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

These iterations aptly demonstrate how versatile fried chicken can be.

Biting into a piece of Alabama Mamma’s fried chicken is a piece of Southern comfort. Try it out for yourself!

Many thanks to Ms. Ani Conanan and the crew of Alabama Mamma for the meal and to Harvard of AlwaysHungryPH for extending the invitation!

Alabama Mamma, Mandaluyong

Alabama Mamma is located at Ground Floor, Cluster Anaheim, California Garden Square, Domingo M. Guevarra Street, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call +63 917 8384668.

Alabama Mamma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself

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