Summer at home? Grab makes it rewarding with Summer Steals: Bahaycation

Summer greetings from Grab!

Everybody looks forward to the summer season every year for all the fun memories and activities associated with it, be it for the refreshing beverages, the relaxing vacations, or lively beach trips. But while we have to stay in the safety of our homes for the meantime, Grab, Southeast Asia’s everyday superapp, gives us a chance to make this summer one to remember by bringing your summer vacation right to your doorstep with Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

Until May 2, 2021, grab a bite of that exciting slice of summer with the chance to win BIG prizes through the Bahaycation Deals Wheel and sulit week-long deals and daily flash sales across Grab’s different services!

Amp up your summer and create unforgettable experiences with your loved ones with exciting prizes up for grabs just from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel! Who knows, you might just be one of the lucky winners to take home a Dyson Airwrap, KitchenAid Mixer, Philips Air Fryer, Samsung Air Conditioner, Nespresso Lattissima machine, iPad Pro, or even a 50″ Samsung TV, perfect for enhancing your summer at home!

While you’re getting some exciting prizes from spinning the Bahaycation Deals Wheel, get your game face on for Grab’s Bahaycation Challenge just from making some purchases on GrabMart, and stand the chance to win a P120 off voucher for GrabMart’s Mega Sale from April 29 to May 4!

Last but not least, continue treating yourself to a fun and memorable summer that you deserve through thousands of deals from GrabFood, GrabMart, and GrabPay for the best summer-at-home experience yet! Beat the heat and have your summer staples delivered from your favorite restaurants like Yellow Cab, Taco Bell, Botejyu, and Coco with UNLI FREE DELIVERY today! To top this off, select merchants are offering you 50% OFF when you order from GrabMart stores like Assi Fresh Plaza, Zagana, Lawson, and Candy Corner. And be sure to complete that summer bahaycation OOTD and earn over P1,000 in cashback when you shop at Zalora, Shein, BeautyMNL, ShopSM, and more using GrabPay!

Get a slice of that summer experience— even from home— through the Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation and make sure not to miss out on the week-long deals and exciting prizes available on the Grab app from April 26 to May 2, 2021!

For more details, check out the Grab app or visit the Grab website to learn more about Grab Summer Steals: Bahaycation!

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GrabFood Signatures family dinner from Cafe Mary Grace

I admit: having been “stuck at home” for more than a year has got me a bit tired of the usual home-cooked ulam.

Every once in a while, I want to treat the fam to something special: mouthwatering viands that go beyond the usual gisasigangprito that comprise my business-as-usual cooking repertoire.

If you have the same problem, then we’re both in luck, because Grab recently launched its newest program, GrabFood Signatures. It partnered with popular restaurants to offer amazing deals on best-selling food and drink, exclusively for GrabFood users.

One such restaurant is Cafe Mary Grace.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

While this restaurant is best known for its baked goods, particularly its ensaimada and cheese rolls, it also offers hearty comfort food good for sharing and perfect for family meals.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Together with my daughter #ExhibitA, I selected some dishes that were off-the-beaten-path for the fam:

Fried Kesong Puti & Calamansi Vinaigrette (Php393). Nuggets of kesong puti which are breaded, fried and tossed in with lettuce and grilled tomatoes, then drizzled with calamansi vinaigrette.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Smoked Salmon & Cream (Php438). Smoked salmon sauteed with garlic cream, tossed with pasta and garnished with caviar.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Dory & Saffron Cream (Php414). Linguini noodles topped with cream dory fillets and covered with a light cream sauce, subtly flavored with leeks and saffron.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Grilled Chicken Couscous (Php483). Chicken fillets marinated in rosemary and grilled before topping spicy steamed couscous, with a homemade tomato concasse and blance asparagus. This dish also has a 20% off deal, coming out at just Php368!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Parma Ham & Arugula (Php624). Freshly made pizza dough, generously topped with premium mozarella, homemade tomato sauce, slices of parma ham and arugula.

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This meal was a welcome break from our run-of-the-mill ulam. And thanks to GrabFood Signature Deals, the total food bill for this meal amounted to just a little over Php2,000!

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

Cafe Mary Grace, SM Marikina

This Cafe Mary Grace branch is located at Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City. Other Metro Manila outlets are located at:

  • Antipolo: SM Masinag
  • Marikina: SM Marikina
  • Mandaluyong: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Megamall
  • Pasig: Rockwell Business Center, Estancia Mall, Ayala Malls Feliz, SM East Ortigas, SM Hypermart Pasig, Ayala Malls the 30th
  • San Juan: Unimart
  • Quezon City: Trinoma, SM Fairview, Gateway Mall, Eastwood Mall, SM North EDSA, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Robinsons Galleria, UP Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Fisher Mall
  • Makati: Greenbelt 2, Century City Mall, Power Plant Mall, Steps Dance Studio, Enterprise Center, Makati Medical Center, Glorietta 4, Cash and Carry, SM Makati, Ayala Circuit, Waltermart
  • Taguig: Serendra, SM Aura, Venetian Mall, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Uptown Mall, One Bonifacio High Street, Rustans Central Square
  • Manila: Robinsons Place Manila, Lucky Chinatown Mall, SM Manila, SM San Lazaro
  • Pasay: NAIA Terminal 3, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Arena Annex, SM Mall of Asia Hypermarket, Resorts World Manila, Double Dragon Plaza
  • Paranaque: SM BF Paranaque, Okada, SM Sucat, SM Bicutan
  • Las Pinas: SM Southmall
  • Muntinlupa: Alabang Town Center, Fiesta Supermall

As a GrabFood Signatures restaurant, Cafe Mary Grace delivers via GrabFood and provides exclusive deals for GrabFood orders such as a Php100 discount for every minimum order of Php550.

Disclosure: A GrabFood voucher was provided to facilitate the ordering and delivery experience.

Cafe Mary Grace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A sumptuous taste of the East at Wangfu Chinese Cafe

Chinese cuisine is so ingrained in the local food scene that I simply can’t imagine going without it.

As one of the chief culinary influences to the Pinoy cuisine, Chinese food has been a frequent feature of many a Pinoy table from simple family dinners to lavish feasts.

Wangfu, Eastwood

In pre-COVID times, my officemates and I would sometimes go to the Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch near our office for lunch. There, we would feast on tasty yet affordable Chinese dishes that would sate our midday hunger and power us for our tasks for the rest of the workday.

Wangfu, Eastwood

With the community quarantine in effect since last year, going out for Chinese food is not as easy as it once was.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thankfully, Wangfu has made its dishes available for long distance delivery via GrabFood so I can have my Chinese food cravings satisfied with little effort.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Giving in to my daughter #ExhibitA’s request for Chinese food for lunch at home one day, I ordered some of my old faves from Wangfu, which included:

Hakaw (Php206.84). Both my daughter and I go crazy over this shrimp dumpling. When dipped in toyomansi with a little bit of chili paste, it’s irresistible!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Half Hainanese Chicken (Php614.25). Half of a chicken poached in sub-boiling temperatures along with ginger, garlic and pandan leaves, then sliced upon serving. It’s best eaten with the oily chicken rice accompanied by three dipping sauces – soy sauce, chili sauce and ginger sauce.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Chicken Rice (Php84.48). The stock produced in poaching the chicken is used to boil rice, producing a flavorful oily rice (Yes, it’s oily and I don’t care! It’s yummy!) that goes so well with the chicken.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

Salted Egg Squid (Php457.55). Breaded and deep-fried squid rings flavored with mashed salted egg yolks.

Wangfu, Eastwood

Wangfu, Eastwood

All of these flavors mesh well together. Once you’ve gotten a taste of this winning combination, I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!

Wangfu, Eastwood

Thanks to Wangfu, my daughter and I were able to satisfy our cravings for good Chinese food!

Wangfu, Eastwood

This Wangfu Chinese Cafe branch is located at Lower Ground Floor, LeGrand Tower 1, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 12 midnight. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 73734308 or +63 917 6295466. It also delivers via GrabFood.

Other branches may be found at:

  • Ground Floor, SM City Marikina, Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City
  • Ground Floor, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 1, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato Avenue Corner Scout Madrinan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City
  • Level 1, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Ground Level, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Avenue, Balintawak, Quezon City
  • Lower Ground Floor, The Parkway, SM City Fairview, Novaliches, Quezon City

Wangfu Chinese Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bold takes on Pinoy dishes at Soleras, Banawe

Banawe is known as the go-to place for car parts and Chinese food. This newly opened Filipino restaurant is setting out to change all that.

If you ever thought that Pinoy food lack imagination and pizzaz, you are in for quite an eye-opener at Soleras.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Situated at the ground floor of hardware and construction store BuildPlus in Banawe, Soleras provides shoppers and walk-in diners another welcome dining option within the premises (the other one is the steak and pizza restaurant Megawatt). Similar to its sister restaurant, it takes its name from the solar panels that serve as its tables and provides a casual vibe among its diners as well as a convenient location within the store.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

In line with the New Normal, Soleras operates with safety protocols already in place, such as:

  • Requirement for face masks and face shields for all customers
  • Mandatory temperature check
  • Contact tracing (either via paper forms or via a QR code for an online form for greater convenience and less contact)
  • Positioning of diners one seat apart for physical distancing

What really sets Soleras apart from other Filipino restos is its fresh and bold take on classic Pinoy dishes, tweaking ingredients or presentation in ways that produce “awesome-thentic” and “gastronomically exotic-citing” viands that will excite discriminating tastebuds and sate hungry tummies, all while not breaking the bank.

Soleras, Banawe

The stars aligned and my luck held because I was able to sample them together with my fellow food bloggers – Anj of AnjColumna.com, Jen of SandUnderMyFeet.com, Nix of IEatAndIWander.com and Chryz of Chryzpontaneous.

Soleras, Banawe

Together, this intrepid group of titas feasted on Soleras’ signature dishes such as:

Espesyal na Bulalong Lugaw (Php280). Lugaw (glutinous rice porridge) has long been a Filipino comfort food, especially during chilly or rainy days. Flavored with garlic and ginger and accompanied by bits of meat, hardboiled quail eggs and chopped scallions, this offshoot of the Chinese congee is best served hot, all the better to warm our tummies during cold days. Soleras kicks the awesomeness level of this dish up a notch with the addition of bulalo (beef shanks with bone marrow), making the dish extra special indeed.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Keso Dinakdakan (Php290). Dinakdakan is an Ilocano delicacy similar to the Kapampangan sisig. Our ancestors up north are not wont to waste any food item so they grilled and finely chopped “unwanted” pig parts such as cheeks, ears, liver and tongue, then tossed them in a tangy dressing together with minced ginger, onions and chili peppers. Soleras added tiny cheese cubes to the mix which lends more richness to the dish.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Angus Pares (Php145). I was late in joining the Beef Pares Appreciation Society, having only developed a liking for this dish last year, but I sure am making up for lost time. Beef Pares is so named due to the pairing of slow-braised beef stew with sinangag (garlic fried rice). I go crazy over spoonfuls tender bits of beef and melt-in-your-mouth tendon and garlic rice. The people behind Soleras – bless them! – improved on perfection by using Angus beef in their version of this dish, including a decadent roasted bone marrow, and made the dish available to pares lovers like me for only Php145! Woah!

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Pancit Sampler (Php185 for small | Php499 for medium | Php699 for large). The pancit is another example of how we Pinoys took a Chinese influence (noodles in this instance) and made it our own. Soleras updates the usual sauteed noodles with meat bits and veggies by adding the distinct flavors of known Filipino dishes such as Sisig, Bicol Express and Pares.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Pritong Itik (Php225 for small | Php345 for medium | Php450 for large). Instead of the usual fried chicken, Soleras instead serves crispy fried itik (native duck). The bird is first simmered in water with salt, ginger and other aromatics, then properly dried before deep-frying until golden brown.

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras, Banawe

Ginumis (Php185). For dessert, we had an Ilonggo version of the halo-halo (shaved ice dessert) made with sago pearls, gulaman (cubed gelatin), pinipig (toasted pounded rice), coconut milk and sugar syrup.

Soleras, Banawe

Gulaman (Php85). Our drinks were the classic samalamig (sweet chilled coolers) made with sago pearls and gulaman topped with shaved ice and flavored with muscovado sugar and pandan leaves.

Soleras, Banawe

Thanks to our Soleras sojourn, my friends and I were able to rediscover our appreciation for Pinoy food. Thanks to Midz of GastronomidaPH.com for extending the invitation!

Soleras, Banawe

Why don’t you take a break from your usual ulam, head on to Soleras and get a fresh perspective on Filipino cuisine?

Soleras, Banawe

Soleras is located at 686 Banawe Street, Barangay Siena, Quezon City (beside Megawatt Pizza & Steak), open daily from 10am to 10pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 917 1827583 or send a message on Facebook. Soleras also delivers via Grabfood (together with Megawatt).

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I was invited to sample Solera’s offerings.  All the food items mentioned here were served for us to taste the fare to facilitate our honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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

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Grab helps Filipino merchant-partners grow with fresh insights, tools, and tech-solutions through Grab Unlocked 2020

Furthering its commitment to support the success of its merchant-partners, Grab Philippines launched its 2020 Grab merchant conference GRAB UNLOCKED: Opening Doors to Uplifting Your Business this New Normal. With insightful talks from Grab and industry experts, merchant-partner attendees learned about digital trends and tools to help grow their business resiliently and sustainably through digitalization.

Virtually held last November 19 and attended by Grab merchant-partners, GRAB UNLOCKED featured updates and insights from Grab’s Head of Deliveries EJ Dela Vega, Head of GrabFood and Grab Financial Group Marketing Daniel Anore, Head of GrabFood Greg Camacho, Head of GrabAds Martin Luchangco, and Grab Philippines Country Head Grace Vera Cruz. To give attendees an informative and inspiring learning session, aside from Grab Philippines representatives, GRAB UNLOCKED also featured industry experts and successful entrepreneurs to share their stories and provide meaningful insights that Grab Merchant partners can be inspired on to grow their businesses, namely Chef Margarita Forés, CloudEats co-founder and CEO Kimberly Yao, 24 Chicken co-founders Mark Ong and Jeff Sy, DITO-CME COO and Udenna Corporation CIO Donald Lim, and Unilever Sr. Omniretail Customer Manager Joselle Dela Rosa.

Embracing change to effectively adapt

Donald Lim, the Chief Operating Officer of DITO CME and the Chief Innovation Officer of the Udenna Corporation also joined the virtual conference to share how businesses can prepare for a post-pandemic world. With insights on how businesses can adapt their strategic response and the secret behind mastering a business pivot, Lim ended his talk remarking “We do not know when COVID will really be gone, but the more that we accept the reality this year, the more we can make adjustments to our business, and [sic] prepare our business, and future-proof our business for other challenges to come,” he said.

To prepare for the challenges to come, Head of GrabFood Greg Camacho unveiled the many upcoming features and upgrades to help businesses effectively adapt to the new normal. “We know that running a business is never a smooth process, and we want to be there with you every step of the way,” he shared.

Taking merchant-partners’ feedback into consideration, Camacho announced a range of features and upgrades to be launched in the coming months:

In the GrabMerchant App, merchant-partners can look forward to upgrades that will give a more seamless operations process through several new features:

  • The improved GrabMerchant Owner Profile gives access to the full suite of tools, allows easy management of employee roles, and provides a seamless shift for store profiles through multi-owner access
  • With communication upgrades integrated in the app, merchant-partners will also be able to quickly make order changes and have access to an in-app live chat for real time feedback from Grab’s support team

Outside the GrabMerchant App, merchant-partners will be able to get ample support through new platforms:

  • To give an even more efficient work process, Grab will be launching the GrabMerchant Portal, a web-based interface where merchant-partners can view and download analytics and reports on sales, operations, and campaigns. Businesses will be able to operate smarter and faster once the GrabMerchant portal starts rolling out in phases by December 2020.
  • Starting early next year, Grab will be launching the Ad Manager, where merchant-partners will be able to build and launch GrabFood ads from the GrabMerchant app in just a few minutes
  • This December, Grab will also be launching the GrabAcademy, a one-stop learning center where merchant-partners can easily access Grab merchant tutorials and courses. As Grab continues to innovate and provide new solutions for more efficient processes, the new GrabAcademy for merchants is sure to make learning much easier for its employees.
Putting safety at the core of your business

As businesses learn to adapt to the so-called “new normal,” addressing the demand for deliveries and prioritizing safety become key factors every business owner must take into consideration.

Unilever, a key partner of GrabFood in its commitment to providing safer meals, shared tips and tricks on how food businesses can ensure protection and good health of its employees and customers. With the goal of raising the bar for safety and hygiene in the food and delivery industry, Unilever Philippines’ Manager Joselle Dela Rosa talked about talked about all the cleaning and hygiene must-haves to maintain a safe kitchen— from surface sanitizer sprays like CIF to hand sanitizers like its new product Lifebuoy.

After a whole afternoon of insightful talks, Grab made sure merchant-partner attendees not only got learnings to help them with their businesses, but also a chance to win from hundreds of exciting raffle prizes. With the support of GRAB UNLOCKED’s co-presenter Unilever and sponsor Coca-Cola, some of the prizes given out were 500,000 GrabReward Points, Samsung S10 phones, Cebu Pacific round trip flight tickets to a local destination, Coca-Cola branded LED watches and cooler bags, Knorr Seasoning, and so much more!

Despite living in these unprecedented times, Grab Philippines’ Country Head Grace Vera Cruz assured its merchants that Grab will continue to be their partner in leveraging technology that can be utilized to further grow their businesses. “While we have a long road to recovery ahead of us, I am confident that by working together, we can build a stronger and more resilient economy; and it starts with every one of us fully embracing digitalization and unlocking its many opportunities,” she said.

Although today’s circumstances remain unprecedented, Grab is committed to working together with its merchant-partners to find the most effective solutions to better reach and serve their consumers. Through technology and digitalization, Grab will continue to provide its merchant-partners with various platforms that will help grow their business, such as the 2020 Grab merchant conference GRAB UNLOCKED.

To learn more about how you can grow your business with Grab, sign up to be a Grab merchant through https://www.grab.com/ph/merchant/food/

GrabFood’s wide variety of offers continues to delight by giving you any food, any time

Nothing brings smiles to faces quite like food. No matter the challenges of your day, a satisfied craving is sure to brighten your mood. That’s why Grab, the leading everyday everything app, continues to delight Filipinos by providing any food, any time through GrabFood.

This month, GrabFood celebrates its second anniversary in the Philippines the best way it knows how —by launching a two-week mega sale! Starting November 23 until December 6, customers can enjoy up to 50% off on their favorite eats when they order through GrabFood!

Exciting deals and discounts available from GrabFood’s two week-long mega sale
  • Start the week right through Milk Tea Monday! Only on November 23, get 30% off on your favorite milk tea orders from Coco, Chatime, Cha Tuk Chak, and more!
  • Craving for chicken? This November 25, get 30% off from chicken chains JT’s Manukan Grille, Adobo Connection, Wee Nam Kee, and more!
  • Watch out for GrabFood’s BLOWOUT FLASH SALES throughout the next two weeks to get 50% off from 11 AM to 3 PM only!
    • November 24 – Foodee Global Concepts Food Group(Hawker Chan, Pound, Tim Ho Wan, and more)
      November 26 – The Moment Group (Din Tai Fung, 8Cuts, Ooma, and more)
      December 1 – The Bistro Group (TGI Friday’s, Itallani’s, Denny’s, and more)
      December 2 – Popeyes
      December 3 – Viva Food Group (Wing Zone, Pepi Cubano, Paper Moon Cafe, and more)
  • Get GrabFood Exclusive Bundles on November 29 and December 6 to save as much as Php199 per order from favorites like Frankie’s, Yellow Cab, Burger King, and more
  • GrabFood provides any food, any time
  • Two years since launching in the Philippines, GrabFood has driven the growth of the food delivery industry through consistent expansion and advancement.

    Customers can always look forward to GrabFood providing delight and excitement through its wide variety of food options. With its continuous expansion of its merchant-partner base, GrabFood continues to have the widest selection of restaurants and largest operation footprint, serving Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Cebu, and more.

    • Utilizing technology and innovation to further expand the reach of your favorite restaurants, GrabFood also recently launched Long Distance Delivery, a feature that gives customers access to a wider selection of restaurants. With a 10 kilometer delivery range, customers can enjoy even more delicious possibilities for whatever they’re craving.
    • With the average basket size of GrabFood orders increasing by over 16% across Southeast Asia since the start of the lockdown, GrabFood also launched the group ordering feature, which makes it easier for groups to collate orders and purchase in one go.
    • First introduced in February this year, GrabKitchen is another way that GrabFood has been making it easier for customers to order their favorites all in one order. Through GrabKitchen, some of the most sought-after restaurants are brought together in one central kitchen, giving customers the option to mix-and match orders from those restaurants— all in one order and delivery fee. Currently, GrabKitchen is available in Glorietta 2, Makati, but customers can look forward to new GrabKitchens cooking up in the Manila area very soon!
    • Through the resumption of GrabFood’s 24-hour operations across Metro Manila, GrabFood also ensures you can fill your tummy when hunger strikes— whatever time that may be.
    • Whether you’re ordering for yourself or someone else, do it without a sweat through GrabFood’s Scheduled Orders feature! It’s now much easier to plan your meals or pull off a surprise pakain with the option to schedule your orders on GrabFood!
    Continuous growth for its partners is continuous growth for GrabFood

    Since the start of the pandemic, the crucial role food delivery services play in the lives of customers has become even more apparent. Recognizing this need, GrabFood remains committed to providing a safe and convenient platform to connect customers with food businesses. Through continuous expansion, innovative solutions, and increased support, GrabFood will continue to grow its platform to uplift more lives.

    By providing merchant-partners a digital storefront to help them reach more customers, GrabFood not only gives customers more food choices to satisfy their cravings and fill their appetites, but also provides meaningful livelihood opportunities for its merchant and delivery-partners.

    “Food delivery has been an essential service for many of our kababayans – whether it’s to satisfy their everyday cravings, grow their businesses, or provide livelihood opportunities to our communities – and GrabFood is humbled to deliver all these things and more. We are very much thankful to the countless customers, partners, and delivery-partners who believe in our mission and continue to support us. We will continue to build on our strong foundations knowing that with every GrabFood order, we are able to help businesses and provide livelihood to our many delivery-partners” said Grab Philippines Head of Deliveries EJ Dela Vega.

    Working hand-in-hand, GrabFood commits to continuing to grow with you, its customer, merchant-partner, and delivery-partner.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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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    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.

    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 across339 cities in eight countries.

    About Coca-Cola

    The Coca-Cola company started in 1886 and grew with a purpose to refresh the world. This became refreshment not just in a physical sense but also in spirit, and not just to refresh people but also communities. Today, we are a total beverage company, present in almost every beverage category and have more than 500 brands. Over 700,000 people in our system help deliver those brands to customers and consumers everyday. The Coca-Cola Company purpose remains clear: To refresh the world and make a difference.

    SKY treats new subscribers to GrabFood discount codes

    SKY is giving new subscribers an irresistible treat as it partners with GrabFood—discount codes for their next food delivery when their application gets approved from October 1 to 31, 2020.

    Perfect for their next binge-watch and snacking session, this sumptuous offer entitles subscribers to at least two discount codes or more depending on the plan that they have subscribed to.

    For every P500 monthly fee of subscribed plan, new subscribers will receive two P69 worth of discounts. For instance, a SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 25Mbps + All in Box plan worth P1,499 will get six GrabFood discount codes with a total value of P414.

    Each discount voucher is valid for single use and may be availed of upon checkout for a minimum food order amounting to Php690 on GrabFood. The discount codes will be emailed to new subscribers within three to five days of successful installation of their SKY service.

    To avail of this latest SKY promo, subscribe to a SKYcable or SKY Fiber plan via mysky.com.ph within the promo period. For more details about the promo mechanics, visit mysky.com.ph/grabfood.

    Image and promo details provided by SKY in a recent press release.

    Nashville-style chicken from Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music, Taylor Swift and a special kind of fried chicken.

    The famous Nashville Hot Chicken got its moniker from its flaming spiciness, owed to the cayenne pepper-infused paste applied to the fried chicken.

    Ray’s Hot Chicken

    It’s said to have a pretty interesting history too. Back in the 1930’s, the girlfriend of womanizer Thornton Prince III served him fried chicken for breakfast after his night of carousing. She heavily doused the chicken with cayenne pepper, hoping that the resulting dish will be too hot for the Lothario. However, he ended up liking it so much that he and his brothers developed their own recipe and opened the first many hot chicken joints in Nashville.

    Today, the Nashville Hot Chicken is considered one of the city’s most popular attractions. This dish is commonly served as a freshly fried quarter chicken breast, doused in a cayenne pepper paste on top of two bread slices with a side of pickles and the diner’s choice of sauce among varying degrees of hotness. In the spirit of Thornton’s love for late-night shenanigans, the Nashville Hot Chicken proved to be popular among late diners.

    The good news is that we Pinoys don’t have to go halfway across the world to get a taste of this Nashville import, thanks to the newly launched Ray’s Hot Chicken. With a dine-in and delivery store along Taft Avenue (right next to sister-store Zark’s Burger) and delivery outlets in Eastwood City, BF and Makati, Ray’s Hot Chicken is now ready to serve the biggest and baddest chicks to the metro.

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Heat levels include Weak, No Spice, Sweet Yet Spicy, Nashville Hot and F*ckin’ Hot.

    Check out some of its best sellers!

    Dirty Nachos (Php169). Crunchy nachos topped with chili con carne, cheese sauce and corn kernels.

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Nashville Hot Double Chicken Sandwich with Bacon (Php379). A meaty combo of two hot chicken breasts topped with crispy bacon between buttery brioche-like buns

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Sweet Yet Spicy Hot Chicken Sandwich (Php189). Don’t let its dash of sweetness fool you; this sassy sandwich still has a lot of spice!

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    F*ckin Hot Wings (Php299/8 pcs). Well, there’s hot and then, there’s f*ckin’ hot. When it comes to these flavorful, juicy and spicy wings, how brave are you? (Tip: get several bowls of rice ready.)

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    If you still have some extra room in your tummy (or you want to take a rest from all those cayenne-fueled spiciness), grab a serving or two of classic sides such as Corn (Php45) or Mac ‘N Cheese (Php45), then wash your meal down with an icy glass of minty Nojito (Php50).

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    So if you feel you can take the heat, why not get yourself some of these Nashville-style spicy deliciousness from Ray’s Hot Chicken?

    Ray’s Hot Chicken, Malate

    Ray’s Hot Chicken is located at Ground Floor, Burgundy Building, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, open daily for dine-in and delivery.

    Other outlets open for delivery via GrabFood are located in Eastwood, BF and Makati.

    Disclosure: Food items were delivered to facilitate an honest review.

    Ray's Hot Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Check out my posts on other chicken places in the metro:

    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

    Check out my posts on other chicken places in the metro:

    “Kitakits sa bahay” with McDonald’s delivery

    Have you seen McDonald’s new ad “Kitakits?”

    It shows snippets of life that still goes on despite the raging pandemic: the shy smiles from behind the necessary face masks, greeting each other by shaking feet instead of hands, eating out together while remaining apart, and getting used to spending time indoors, all as part of the New Normal.

    My fam and I are also adjusting to the new way of being, enjoying our extended time together at home.

    And while we’re both busy working from home, Hubby and I still try to squeeze in some bits of time with kiddos within our workday: our own “kitakits.”

    McDonald’s Delivery

    On one such occasion, I ordered some of our favorites from McDonald’s for us to munch on during our afternoon break:

    Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Hubby’s big appetite needs a big burger and this one fits the bill. A quarter-pound beef patty topped with slices of onions, pickles and melty cheese in a sesame seed bun.

    McDonald’s Delivery

    McDonald’s Delivery

    McChicken Sandwich. My go-to order: a crispy fillet of chicken slathered with mayonnaise and sandwiched in a toasted sesame seed bun. It should have come with shredded ice lettuce but I guess someone left that out. Oh,well… 😒

    McDonald’s Delivery

    McDonald’s Delivery

    Chicken McNuggets. For the kiddos, we got juicy and crispy ten- and six-piece nuggets accompanied by barbecue sauce. They just can’t seem to stop biting into these yummies!

    McDonald’s Delivery

    McDonald’s Delivery

    French Fries. The fam’s favorite fries made with stripes straight cut from whole potatoes, deep-fried to a golden brown, salted and best enjoyed hot and crisp from the fryer.

    McDonald’s Delivery

    McDonald’s Delivery

    The missing iceberg lettuce from my McChicken Sandwich, I’m not to crazy about. My enjoyable time with the fam? Luv ko ‘to!

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

    Wanna have your favorite fast food delivered right to your doorstep? Order online at McDelivery between 6am and 9.30pm or download the McDelivery App. Due to the moderate enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), delivery will be available in selected areas.

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

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

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

    Check out my other posts on McDonald’s:

    MOS Burger introduces mouthwatering breakfast items

    Start your day right with MOS Burger’s delicious selection of breakfast items. They are available for dine-in, pick-up, and takeout at its Robinsons Galleria store from 8am to 11am.

    To ensure the health and safety of its customers and employees, MOS Burger observes the strictest health and sanitation measures. It is implementing a modified seating arrangement, with sticker guides to ensure physical distancing; having acrylic partition tables in place; and constantly disinfecting work and dining areas.

    On its breakfast menu are Japanese French Toast Sandwiches together with three of its popular burgers.

    The MOS Japanese French Toast Sandwich is available in spam and bacon, while burger selections include the well-loved MOS Cheeseburger, Yakiniku Garlic Rice Burger, and Natsumi Yakiniku. You can order them a la carte or as part of a breakfast set.

    Free Coffee on Breakfast Sets

    All the breakfast sets come with complimentary coffee. Customers can choose between the MOS Cafe Drip Coffee (hot or cold) and MOS Cafe Au Lait (hot or cold) for their free coffee.

    For an additional PhP10, they can also have the MOS Cafe Cocoa (hot or cold) or premium iced tea to go with their breakfast set.

    Delicious Side Dishes

    Apart from the breakfast sets, MOS Burger also offers its delicious MOS Fries, Sweet Potato, and Karaage on its breakfast menu.

    Bottled water, softdrinks, and orange juice are likewise available to order.

    How to Order

    You can either call or visit MOS Burger at the second level of Robinsons Galleria or place an order via Foodpanda or GrabFood.

    For those who would like to place their order via phone, please call +63 2 77472695. Settle your bill via bank transfer (MOS Burger Philippines: 0000-014751-363) and email the proof of your payment to payment.mosburger@gmail.com. Once your payment has been confirmed, you can pick up your order at the store.

    For those who’d be visiting MOS Burger Robinsons Galleria, you can scan the store’s digital menu via a QR code. A service specialist will the take your order. Payments are accepted via GCash, in cash, and through credit card. MOS Burger is open seven days a week from 8am to 7pm.

    Image and details provided by MOS Burger in a recent press release.

    Mother’s Day offers from The Bistro Group

    It’s that time of the year again when we honor and celebrate motherhood and the mothers in our family!  

    While in ECQ, we can still make this day special for moms by sharing meals together and bonding over good food and wonderful conversation.

    All of these are available for curbside pick-up, take out  orders and delivery via Grab at the specified branches.

    TGI FRIDAYS

    Give Mom that Fridays feeling and enjoy its Family Meal comprised of comforting, hearty favorites  –  Chicken Fingers, Liempo, Mozzarella plus complimentary nachos for P995 (from P1,420).

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    TGI Friday’s Bonifacio High Street
    8856-2997 | 0995-481-4847

    ITALIANNI’S

    Treat mom to Italian-American classics.

    Choose from two Mother’s Day Pizza and Pasta Combos (Better yet, why not have both, instead?)

    You can opt for the decadent Truffle and Chicken Mushroom Pasta and the healthy and sumptuous Margherita Pizza plus complimentary  Focaccia and Tuscan Rolls. An order is good for 3 persons for P999 (from P1,345).

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    Or the tomato-based Spaghetti Bolognese and the Pizza Tropicale plus complimentary  Focaccia and Tuscan Rolls. An order is good for 3 persons for P999 (from P1,365).

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    Italianni’s Bonifacio High Street
    0916-461-2182 | 0977-628-4515

    Italianni’s Greenbelt
    0995-095-1002/0961-7560728

    BUFFALO WILD WINGS

    Wow Mom at Home with two Buffalo Wild Wings’ Mother’s Day Offers:

    Award-winning, handspun Wings and Sliders that can be shared by 3 persons for P999 (from P1,220).

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    Then there’s the MVP Platter for 3 to 4 persons. It has the meaty goodness of traditional wings with your choice of sauce or dry rub, honey bbq ribs and grilled pork belly and served with rice, also for P999 (from P1,695).  

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    Buffalo Wild Wings Uptown Parade, Taguig City
    (8625-6361/ 0917-629-4442)

    EL POLLO LOCO

    Have a Fire-Grilled Day with Mom courtesy of El Pollo Loco.  Your family will love to dig into eight pieces of juicy, slow-cooked citrusy chicken plus 4 sides (P945). A fun way to celebrate with people you love while safely at home.

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    El Pollo Loco
    Inside Italianni’s Bonifacio High Street
    (8856-3890/0935-860-4544)

    DENNY’S

    Mom can enjoy some of  the dishes on Denny’s slammin’ menu such as The Original  Grand Slam (- fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs, bacon strips and sausages); All-American Slam (eggs, bacon, sausages and toasted bread) and the  Waffle Slam (waffle, eggs and bacon)  for lunch, breakfast or dinner.  All these for P999 (from P1,215)

    Mother’s Day The Bistro Group

    Denny’s Eastwood
    7720-9337 | 0919-604-6366
    Denny’s Robinsons Manila
    7234-3132 | 0927-392 0798
    Denny’s Uptown Parade
    8625-6361/0927-392-4442

    Promo details and images provided by The Bistro Group in a recent press release.

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