Papa Diddi’s celebrates ice cream day with Scoop-All-You-Can

Here’s a fun scoop (pun intended): National Ice Cream Day is coming up! To celebrate the occasion, Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream will be having a scoop-all-you-can promo on July 15 for only P250.

Papa Diddi’s Scoop-All-You-Can

With a wide selection of unique flavors such as their famed Tres Leches, you can now mix-and-match different flavors and scoop to your heart’s content at a Papa Diddi’s near you. And better yet, these artisanal ice creams are made from all-natural ingredients and have less sugar content, allowing you to have as many scoops as you want, guilt-free!

Papa Diddi’s Scoop-All-You-Can

Papa Diddi’s Scoop-All-You-Can

Papa Diddi’s Scoop-All-You-Can

Papa Diddi’s Scoop-All-You-Can

To avail of the Scoop All You Can Promo, visit Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream in the following:

  •  168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village Quezon City
  • Pobstacion, L11 B4 Valdez Street, Poblacion Makati
  • The Community Kitchen, G/F The Community Bldg., Metropoli Drive, Metropoli Residenza, Bagumbayan, 1110 Quezon City, Philippines

Want more? Papa Diddi’s also offers a pint subscription service. Subscribers can get their ice cream fix for the summer with two handcrafted and hand-packed pints delivered fresh straight to their doorstep. Papa Diddi’s also offers an Ice Cream mobile bar for special events.

Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream is small batch, hand-mixed & hand packed all-natural premium ice cream, using produce sourced directly from farms, markets & gardens all over the Philippines.

Promo details provided by Papa Diddi’s in a recent press release.

Aqua S now serves up Australia’s premium soft-serve ice cream at SM North EDSA

Summer’s over so one would think that our predilection for ice cream would wane, right?

Wrong!

Not when Aqua S, Australia’s premium soft-serve ice cream, has arrived at our shores and opened its first Philippine store at SM North EDSA.

Aqua S, SM North

What makes this ice cream so special? Well, as my fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH and #SaanSaPH and I found out, aside from the sweet-salty tastiness of Aqua S’ Signature Sea Salt flavor, it has also developed serving up its soft serve as an artform.

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S, SM North

Here’s how:

First, you choose how you want to enjoy your ice cream.

You can go for one with a black waffle cone (Php160) or one in an Aqua S cup (Php130 for 5oz | Php160 for 8oz).

Second, pick your flavor.

Of course, you’ve got to try the Signature Sea Salt variant! You would know it by its bright, ethereal aqua color, reminiscent of the calm, tropical sea, and its sea salt flavor, a delicate balance between sweet and salty that tickles your tongue and has you reaching for more.

Aqua S, SM North

Every fifteen days, Aqua S launches new exciting flavors. Available from July 1 to 15 are the fruity Strawberry Milkshake and earthy-yet-sweet Matcha Frappe. You can enjoy these variants by themselves or twisted with the Signature Sea Salt (which I highly recommend!).

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S, SM North

Finally, make your artwork.

Choose from a variety of toppings and add-ons at Php30 each that will not only make your ice cream a treat for your tastebuds, but a feast for your ice as well. For example:

  • Fairy Floss is a bed of delicate cotton candy that will make your ice cream seem to float on a cloud.
  • Sweet Popcorn adds more of that salty-sweet dynamic to your dessert.
  • Popping Candy adds some color and zing to your ice cream.
  • Grilled Marshmallow on a Peppero stick adds more of that gooey sweetness to an already indulgent dessert.

So if you’re looking for a new kind of sweetness, drop by Aqua S and check out its yummy and pretty ice cream variants. In fact, come back at least every two weeks to taste its new flavors.

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S, SM North

Thanks to Mr. Vincent Aurelio, Mr. Stephen Chua and Ms. Vicky Chua of Aqua S for the wonderful ice cream experience.

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S, SM North

Aqua S is located at Upper Ground Floor, Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, QC.

Aqua S is also looking for franchisees! Want to ride on the next wave of dessert innovation? Contact Aqua S through its Facebook Page to know more.

Aqua S Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Feel free to get cheesy at Tori Chizu, UP Town Center

Did you know that while the doria, or the Japanese version of the baked rice casserole, did originate in Japan, it was actually invented by a Swiss chef who worked in a hotel restaurant in Japan in the 1930s?

It is considered an example of yoshoku – Western food in Nihonggo – which take the form of Japanized Western dishes.

Today, Tori Chizu, a new restaurant brand under the same company that manages Korean fastfood chain Bon Chon, brings this Japanese dish and more to foodies the metro, with most of its dishes served with its signature cheesy chizu sauce.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

(This got me all excited because, as most of my friends know, I’m an avid cheese lover. Yeah, cheesy talaga!)

Together with my fellow foodies from #SaanSaPH, I visited its UP Town Center branch to get a taste of its offerings.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Our meal included:

Chicken Katsu Curry Chizu Bowl (Php139). I never developed a liking for curry but, at least, the Japanese versions leans more towards sweet rather than spicy. Still, when taken together with chizu sauce, I found the combination to be quite overwhelming. The chicken katsu, however, is well-seasoned with a crisp batter covering and tender meat.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Chicken Karaage Chizu Bowl (Php129). Karaage is a way of lightly coating meats – most often chicken pieces – in seasoned flour or potato starch then deep-frying them in oil. Today, it is one of the most popular Japanese chicken dishes, no doubt due to its versatility and near-universal appeal. The addition of the chizu sauce to the rice bowl adds a layer of decadence to the dish.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Beef Chizu Bowl (Php149). This is another dish with wide appeal which feature strips of sauteed sukiyaki-cut beef, whose relatively mild flavor is complemented by the chizu sauce.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Baked Pasta with Egg (Php135). The tomato-based sauce does not conform to the expectations of the Pinoy palette. If you don’t like pasta sauce that tends towards the sour rather than the spicy-sweet we’ve grown used to, this pasta dish might not be for you.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Chicken Racks (Php554 for 8-piece combination of Umami and Spicy). I got intimidated by the color and presentation of the spicy chicken pieces so I just took a bite of the umami chicken. Thankfully, it was juicy and tender: just well-seasoned enough to go well with rice.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Desserts: Double Cheese (Php55) and Ube Macapuno Soft (Php62). We capped our meal with soft-serve ice cream: one was topped with lots of cheese powder resulting in an appetizing mixture of sweet and salty flavors while the other features the local flavors of ube (purple yam) and macapuno (soft and chewy coconut flesh), adding a very Pinoy spin to this dessert.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

I found Tori Chizu’s menu to have quite a lot of variety so you can definitely come back several times to have a taste of something new while you’re deciding on which dish is your favorite. Its offerings are also quite affordably priced, making its dishes accessible to more people.

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu, UP Town

Tori Chizu is well worth a visit for cheese lovers and those on the lookout a new take on Japanese cuisine.

(And also those who are feeling a bit cheesy…)

Thanks to Shishi of Shi’s A Mom for extending the invitation!

This Tori Chizu branch is located at the Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.

Other branches may be found at:

  • Upper Ground Floor, Outside Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Second Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Security Land Center, VA Rufino corner Ayala Avenue, Salcedo Village, Makati

Disclosure: Together with other #SaanSaPH foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held in this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Tori Chizu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Ice Cream Time at Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

One afternoon, after sightseeing at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, my bro treated the fam to ice cream at the nearby Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse.

Diamond Knot first made a name for itself for its craft beers made by the company founders Bob Maphet and Brian Sollenberger.  It was named after the cargo ship the Diamond Knot which was wrecked in 1947 and is now a renowned dive sites in the Pacific Northwest.  The company serves as a tribute by the founders – both of whom are avid divers – to the salvage crew of the original Diamond Knot, for their perseverance; they aimed to replicate the tenacity of salvage crew in their own struggles in educating the local market about craft beer.

For our late afternoon sweet treat, the focus was on the hand-scooped ice cream that can be ordered to-go through one of the restaurant’s windows, which include:

Huckleberry.  Smooth and creamy ice cream that features the sweet and tart taste of local huckleberries.

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

Chocolate Chip Mint.  The rich sweetness of chocolate chips mixed into a fresh minty ice cream.

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. A yummy ice cream mixed with chocolate chips and bits of cookie dough.

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

These yummy frozen treats are priced USD3 for single scoop and USD5.5 for double scoops, with additional USD0.5 for a sugar cone and USD1 for a waffle cone.

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

These frozen goodies were just the right treats for the fam to enjoy on that beautiful sunny afternoon.

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

Diamond Knot, Mukilteo

Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse is located at 621 Front Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275, open weekdays from 10am to 1am and weekends from 8am to 1am. For inquiries, call (425) 5128080.

For more details, visit www.diamondknot.com.

Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Starting the day right at Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

We keep hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

No wonder, with all the health benefits that the meal has been touted to confer on those who partake of it. Among the positive effects that Natural Food Series website purports that breakfast brings are:

Promoting psychological health. Eating food rich in brain-nourishing minerals like potassium, magnesium and selenium helps in improving concentration and guarding against illnesses such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

Giving energy to your body. Breakfast powers your body to do the work you need to do for the rest of the day.

Promoting heart health. Food with nutrients such as omega-3 and good fats help in maintaining cardiovascular health by enhancing your heart’s cells healing power.

If these samplings of health benefits aren’t enough to get you to rushing to wolf down some breakfast as soon as you wake up, then Milky & Sunny‘s all-day breakfast menu surely would.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

While most of us usually enjoy the first meal of the day at home, Milky & Sunny prides itself on breakfast dishes you will journey to their nearest branch to taste.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Together with fellow Zomato foodies, I was able to try out some of the resto’s signature dishes which include:

Buttermilk Chicken Caesar Salad (Php200). The resto claims that the the dressing is the real deal and I can agree. The Ceasar dressing is well-incorporated balanced into the crisp lettuce, while the deep-fried battered chicken breast adds some heartiness to this light dish.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Tapa Rice Meal with Egg (Php225) and Garlic Lonnganisa Rice Meal with Egg (Php190). With these hearty meals, you can choose how you want your rice (plain or garlic) and eggs (scrambled or sunny side up) to be served. Yep, it’s your call. The tender beef strips of the tapa were cooked in a special Pinoy-style marinade with a great harmony of salty and sweet flavors, while the garlicky longganisa goes quote well with the eggs.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Crispy Kare-kare with Rice (Php320). Crunchy pork belly served on a bed of rich peanut sauce together with leafy greens, eggplant and banana bud, along with a serving of salty bagoong (shrimp paste).

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Lechon Kawali with Rice (Php175). The classic Pinoy dish is comprised of pork belly simmered to tenderness then deep-fried in a pan until crispy and golden. Together with rice, achara and lechon sauce, it is a filling and flavorful meal.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Margherita Pizza (Php180). A light yet tasty pizza made of tomatoes, Italian cheeses, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil on a thin crunchy crust.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Strawberry Banana Pancake (Php180). Two pieces of regular-sized pancakes mace with strawberry puree and served with frothy whipped cream, banana slices and drizzles of strawberry and chocolate syrup.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Hazelnut Banana Crepe (Php300). Vanilla-filled crepe topped with ice cream and served with banana slices and drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Malted Milkshake (Php150). Its flavor is driven by the toasty milk powder blended with milk and topped with crea, and nuts.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

Soybliss Ice Cream (Php100). A non-dairy ice cream that caters to the lactose-intolerant and the health conscious. I opted for the Avocado flavor which has a strong soy flavor and is not too sweet. I wish the avocado flavor is more apparent, though.

Milky & Sunny, Tomas Morato

With healthy and hearty choices of food to break your fast, Milky & Sunny is a happy start to your day. Check this place out and let me know what you think!

This Milky & Sunny branch is located at Ground Floor, Ignacia Place, 62 Mother Ignacia Corner Sergeant Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 11am to 5pm.

Milky & Sunny Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

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Top food finds at the Greenfield Weekend Market

With such hectic weekdays in the metro, it really seems weekends are made for us city slickers to just catch our breath, de-stress and savor our time with our fam and friends.

And what better way to relax and enjoy with our nears-and-dears than to go on a food trip with them?

Fortunately for us, right in the center of the metro is a weekend mecca for foodies, with offerings that will appeal to varied and discerning tastes.

The Greenfield Weekend Market, held every Saturday at the Greenfield District’s Central Park in Mandaluyong City, is where foodies can go to enjoy wondrous varieties of food and drink by local artisan vendors. It’s country fair setup, which includes a dining experience under the stars and live music from featured local bands, contributes to a refreshingly chill vibe.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfiel Weekend Market

During a recent visit to the Greenfield Weekend Market together with fellow foodies from #SaanSaPH, I was able to discover some interesting and tasty food finds.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Curious yet? Read on to find out what they are.

Takoyaki Balls from Shuma Gorath (Php95 for six pieces). Takoyaki are ball-shaped wheat flour-based snacks which originated from Japan. The balls served here are also flavored with green onions, tempura scraps and real octopus. Oh, and Marvel Comics geeks will surely find the store’s name familiar: Shuma Gorath is the villainous octopus-like alien ruler of several universes.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Cebu Lechon Belly from Raffy’s Belly Good (Php100 for 120 grams with no rice). Those flavorful pieces of pork belly, cooked Cebuano style, are now more easily accessible to us Metro Manila denizens, thanks to Raffy’s Belly Good. By the way, the store also accepts orders via + 63 2 2392466 or +63 917 8817239.

Greenfiel Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Smoked Beef Brisket (Php170 with rice and BBQ sauce) and Smoked Pork Belly (Php150 with rice and mango salsa) from Carnivore Cookery. Meat lovers, celebrate! Feast on these savory meats smoked for full flavor and tenderness for 12 hours! Want these delivered at home? Order via +63 917 52292222.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Fishballs, Squidballs and Kwek-Kwek (Php100 for four sticks plus 1) and Cheese Sticks (Php75) from Cheesy Stuff. Remember “Kuya, can I make tusok-tusok the fishballs?” Well, you’ll find yourself saying that again and again with Cheesy Stuff’s array of freshly cooked street food. Oh, and bite into the really cheesy cheese sticks, perfect snacks for the entire barkada.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

Spiked Carabao Milk Ice Cream from The Blissful Story Creamery (Php135 for single scoop). Ice cream is every kid’s favorite dessert, but these small-batch frozen treats made from carabao milk have something extra for us grownups: a little bit of Tequila Rose to go with the Strawberry Rose’s sweet fruity flavor and nutty cacao nibs for added oomph, amirite? By the way, you can also order this icy concoction online.

Greenfield Weekend Market

Greenfield Weekend Market

All these yummy discoveries and more are waiting for you in their respective food stalls at the Greenfield Weekend Market, held every Saturday from 4pm to 12 midnight at the Greenfield District Central Park, EDSA cor Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

Check them out and do let me know what you think!

Disclosure: Together with other #SaanSaPH foodies, I was invited to check out the food stalls at this event. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Everyday’s a good day for ice cream at Sundays by Merry Moo, The Podium

What’s the simplest pleasure that you can picture yourself freely indulging in come the long hot summer?

For me, it’s ice cream, of course!

The icy yet velvety creamy feel of it on my tongue and the bursts of sweetness on my tastebuds combine to bring back memories of my childhood’s enjoyable summers, slurping this cool treat.

Well, with Sundays, Merry Moo’s first in-line ice cream store at the Corner Market Food Hall in the Podium, I won’t have to venture far to have a taste of my favorite ice cream flavors, and more.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Merry Moo made a name for itself with its artisanal and premium ice cream. Believing that happy cows make great dairy, it sources its milk from dairy farmers in Laguna whose herds are given expansive pastures to graze and roam freely. Since its dairy is non-UHT (Ultra Heat Treated), its milk and cream retain their flavors and nutritional content.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

To guarantee freshness, Merry Moo’s ice cream is churned in small batches using fresh and locally sourced ingredients to produce yummy icy desserts that bring smiles to the faces of those who taste them.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Together with my fellow foodies, I was able to taste some of its new flavors which are:

Bananarama. Brown sugar is added to Cavendish bananas which are then oven-roasted. Afterwards, the mixture is blitzed, added to fresh milk and cream, then allowed to steep overnight to let the flavors intensify before being placed in the ice cream batch freezer. Chocolate cookie chunks are then added to the churned ice cream.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Spanish Bread and Doughnut. Curiously, these two flavors come from the baked products that inspired them. To infuse the ice cream base with these flavors, the breads are blitzed then added to the milk and cream base. The mixture is allowed to steep overnight then placed in the batch freezer. More chunks of Spanish bread or doughnuts are then added to the churned ice cream.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Yogurt. Hacienda Macalauan in Laguna, Merry Moo’s dairy supplier, also produces Greek yogurt. This is used to infuse Merry Moo’s milk and cream base, resulting in ice cream that is a little more tart but still yummy.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

My scoops of these decadent treats were served on a crunchy waffle bowl, sprinkled with my chosen toppings: Horlicks, a sweetened malt-based powder, and buttered pecans.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

The ice cream flavors sure are unusual, but call to mind tastes and textures that are near and dear to us. Who hasn’t whiled away a lazy afternoon munching on warm buttery Spanish bread, or added bananas to ice cream to for added fruity sweetness? Who hasn’t been caught in the recent frozen yogurt craze?

What I love most about Merry Moo’s ice cream is the thought and care that goes into the creation of each flavor. I plan to drop by one of its stalls soon to taste more of its flavors like Avocado and Salted Chocolate.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

A scoop of Merry Moo’s premium ice cream flavors sells for Php115 while one of gourmet flavor sells at Php135. Add Php15 to drizzle your preferred sauce on it or add your favorite toppings for an additional Php20.

Want Merry Moo at your party? Have a scooping station for as low Php8,500, good for 100 servings.

For the mumshies out there: Did you know that through its partnership with Mommy Treats, Merry Moo produces the country’s first and only lactation ice cream? At only Php450/pint, enjoy flavors such as Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel and Match Green Tea packed with milk boosters to improve your milk supply.

Sundays by Merry Moo, The Corner Market Food Hall

Sundays by Merry Moo is located at the The Corner Market, Second Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.

Sundays by Merry Moo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other dessert places: