McDo-snackin’ with the fam

A few days ago, I received a very welcome piece of news: McDonalds Shakes are back and they’re here to stay!

I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed this childhood treat.

That got me thinking: I have been working hard lately, putting in a lot of hours in telecons and drafting presentations. Hubby, too, has been pretty busy with his job, while the kiddos have been dealing with their adjustments to distance learning. Hmm… don’t we all deserve a reward?

So I took out my phone and a few taps later, my treats for the fam were on their merry way to our doorstep.

McDonald’s, Santolan

A little taste of our favorite fast food every now and then can’t hurt, right?

Check them out:

Big Mac Meal (Php207 with medium Coke and medium fries). Oh, yes… the 🎶 two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame-seed bun.🎶 For those who are below forty years of age, one of McDonald’s early advertising campaigns in the country was hinged on listing the ingredients of the Big Mac in a TVC that had a whole lot of airtime. There’s no surprise, then, that many of my generation know this list by heart, and that some, like my Hubby, would consider it his go-to McDo order, inseparable from the fries and Coke.

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

Cheeseburger (Php62). For those of us – like me and my little boy – who can’t handle the size and the sheer commitment of tummy space that a Big Mac requires, this burger made with ground beef topped with cheese, onions, pickle slice, ketchup and mustard in a toasted bun will have to do.

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

McNuggets (Php123). Six pieces of battered and deep fried chicken chunks that my daughter just can’t resist.

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

Apple Pie (Php37). Apple pieces stewed cinnamon encased in a flaky crust then deep-fried. (Because there’s always room for dessert!)

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDo Shake (Php94 for medium). Ah, the catalyst for this snackin’ adventure. McDonald’s creamy soft-serve ice cream flavored with your choice between chocolate and strawberry syrup. My childhood treat is back and that is goooooood!

McDonald’s, Santolan

McDo Shakes

McDo Shakes

After the fam made short work of these fast food items, we were ready to tackle our work again.

So every once in a while, it’s good to give in to your fast food cravings.

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McDo shakes are here to stay!

Get shakin’ anytime, anywhere as McDonald’s Philippines announces that its McDo Shakes are here to stay!

Now a permanent offering alongside other McDonald’s favorites, you can get your favorite McDo Shakes anytime and anywhere! Add a little sweetness to your day with the cool and delicious drink made from McDonald’s creamy soft-serve ice cream you love, combined with sweet Chocolate or Strawberry syrup. Indulge yourself with the milky, luscious, and decadent drink that’ll surely cool your day.

McDo Shakes

McDo Shakes

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with your favorite Strawberry or Chocolate Shakes for as low as P69 for regular and P89 for medium. Make sure to upgrade your meal’s beverage to give it that right amount of sweetness for as low as P45. You can also enjoy your McDo Shakes paired with everyone’s favorite World Famous Fries that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

Don’t miss out on the exclusive Strawberry Shake promo on the McDonald’s App. Download the app now on the App Store or Google Play Store and to find out more about the deals offered! 

McDo Shakes

McDo Shakes available in all McDonald’s stores nationwide via Dine In, Take Out, Drive Thru, Pick-up, and McDelivery. For more information, follow McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook or McDo PH on Viber to stay up to date on all McDo announcements.

Details provided by McDonald’s Philippines in a recent press release. Header image is mine.

#QuarantineCookbook: Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Hey, foodie!

Come on, let’s list the uses for vanilla ice cream!

  • A dessert on its own
  • A topping for dessert pies and crumbles
  • The thing that floats in a root beer float
  • The thing that makes milk shakes extra decadent
  • The thing that’s sandwiched when you typically make ice cream sandwiches

I’m sure there are lots more that good ole’ plain vanilla ice cream can contribute to the enjoyment of foodies everywhere.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Surprisingly, I’ve been having trouble finding vanilla ice cream in my neighborhood grocery and convenience stores the past few days. And with the modified enhanced community quarantine just around the corner, I can be sure that ice cream deliveries to these local stores will be delayed.

This is quite unfortunate as I have hankering for pies and shakes that include this treat.

Since necessity is the mother of invention, I decided to make vanilla ice cream myself.

Here’s how:

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 cup all-purpose cream (my substitute for the 1 cup half-and-half that the original recipe called for)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Procedure:

Combine the milk, all-purpose cream, sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Mix until well blended.

In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream until it begins to double in volume or form stiff peaks.

Mix in the vanilla mixture until well combined.

Freeze overnight.

Now, I have vanilla ice cream ready to use for pies and milkshakes!

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Try this recipe out for yourself!

Banana Crisp

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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A new hidden gem in Marikina: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar

Weekends are best spent close to home.

And my home is located east of Manila, where traffic jams abound and going to the overcrowded malls is sometimes too much of a hassle to be worth the effort.

This is why I #LookToTheEast for new destinations, foodie or otherwise. Because why brave the metro’s streets when you can find what you want right where you are?

Recently, I discovered another reason for us Eastern foodies to not venture far to satisfy our food cravings.

In the suburbs of foodie-friendly Marikina, away from the hustle and bustle of busy highways and malls, is a new and exciting foodie destination: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

A hidden gem in a quiet Marikina neighborhood

The brainchild of Mario Mendoza, one of Marikina’s homegrown culinary talents, Swig & Nosh takes its name from the British colloquial terms for “taking a drink” and “eating a snack,” respectively.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Located in a remodeled bungalow along Mt. Pleasant street, Swig & Nosh is geared to be the place for Marikina locals and visitors to enjoy great-tasting comfort food along with their drinks of choice.

Mario took his cues from the house’s original architect (who also happens to be his dad) and furnished the space with comfort in mind. Ceramic tile-topped hardwood tables bring splashes of color while also accommodating large groups of diners. The chairs are also ergonomically-designed; they adjust when the diner leans back, giving back support that facilitates comfort for resting or conversing with companions after eating.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

A well-stocked bar is situated in one of the inner rooms with mixologists at the ready to pour out spirits or concoct cocktails for the guests.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Diners also have the option to take their meals in the garden outside; this will become the location of choice when the cool weather sets in by December to February.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Nosh on fusion of American and Filipino cuisines

Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was able to sample some of Swig & Nosh’s signature dishes.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

These included:

Apple Pie Salad (Php220). A healthy combination of sweet and savory flavors made withmixed greens tossed with apple compote, streusel crumbs and cheddar with a cider vinaigrette.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Pork Cubes and Watermelon (Php230). Fork-tender cubes of pork belly tossed with watermelon cubes and hoisin sauce.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Calamares sa Bawang (Php210). Garlic-flavored battered squid rings served with tarragon vinegar and lemon.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Gambas Aligue (Php305). The shrimp and garlic appetizer hyped-up with the inclusion of crab roe balanced with orange bits.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Bacon Benedict (Php335). The hyped-up version of Eggs Benedict with special pan de sal, homemade bacon jam, spinach, bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Wagyu Bacon Royale Burger (Php350). Wagyu patty, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon jam in a buttered brioche bun served with spiced ketchup.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Tinapa Rice. Fried rice flavored with smoked fish.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Dry Rub Chicken with Truffle Honey (Php295). Chicken leg and thigh covered with the house-recipe dry rub and truffle honey then fried to a crispy golden brown and served with cole slaw and ranch dressing.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Prime Rib (Php392/100g). Tender and perfectly grilled grilled steak made of Black Onyx Australian Angus beef.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Choco Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake (Php170). Made with vanilla ice cream and milk with balls of edible cookie dough, topped with whipped cream in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Brownie Mocha Milkshake (Php175). Made with chocolate ice cream and milk with bits of brownie, topped with whipped cream and chopped nuts in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked brownie.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

These hearty and tasty comfort food, all meticulously prepared and prettily presented, are suitable for discerning foodies in big celebrations, intimate get-togethers or even solo food adventures. The milkshakes, in particular, were a treat to both the eyes and the sweet tooth.

Take swigs of refreshing drinks and cocktails

Wash down these delicious viands with your choice of drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic – from Swig & Nosh’s well-stocked bar.

House Blend Iced Tea (Php185/liter). Swig & Nosh’s own signature flavor of iced tea. A raspberry-flavored variant is also available at Php175/liter).

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Atomic Cat (Php130). A mocktail made with lemonade and grenadine.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Long Island Iced Tea (Php170). A cocktail made with rum, vodka, gin and other spirits mixed with cola and lemon juice.

Tequila Sunrise (Php180). A cocktail made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine.

Amaretto Sour (Php190). A cocktail made with amaretto, lemon juice, egg whites and bitters.

Blue Lagoon (Php170). A cocktail made with vodka, blue curacao and lemonade.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

So if you find yourself in Marikina, know that you have somewhere to go for good eats and drinks.

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Swig & Nosh, Marikina

Many thanks to the management and crew of Swig & Nosh for the warm welcome and great food, and to EJ of I Love To Eat PH for extending the invitation!

Swig & Nosh is located at No. 6, Mt. Pleasant Street, Bgy. Santa Elena, Marikina City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 28 2801298.

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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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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.

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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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Spiked milkshakes at The Lost Bread, SM East Ortigas

The thing with having a nearly grown-up daughter is that sometimes you want to enjoy kid stuff with her (like ice cream and milkshakes) while her tastes are evolving towards more grown-up stuff (like cocktails and nights out).

Fortunately, we found the perfect combination at the recently opened kiosk of The Lost Bread in SM East Ortigas which we chanced upon while running some errands.

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread has its roots in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City where it found fame as a the go-to place for French toasts and milkshakes.

This branch in SM East Ortigas is basically a dessert bar where you can order masterfully prepared milkshakes, milk teas, French toast cubes and soft-serve ice cream. You can order your concoction or confection of choice at the counter and enjoy your dessert or drink in the seating area at the back, which, by the way, gets props for the wise, unusual and Instagrammable use of available space.

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

Now, the wonderful combination I mentioned earlier refers to the Spiked Milkshakes available at The Lost Bread (and only to those at age 18 and above). These are dessert-based milkshakes accompanied by a small syringe of liqueur that you can elect to add to your drink or not (and why would you not? Hehehe!)

My daughter #ExhibitA ordered a Swiss Missed Milkshake (Php145) which features mini marshmallows, chocolate wafers, cocoa and a bit of Kahlua.

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

I, on the other hand, got for myself a Spiked Cookie Milkshake (Php145), which is flavored by coffee and chocolate chip cookies plus a bit of Baileys (which just happen to be my favorite drink!)

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

The Lost Bread, SM East

Such a happy time spent with my daughter, indulging ourselves in our favorite sweets and a harmless but enjoyable bit of buzz from the accompanying liqueur.

I’m looking forward to coming back and trying out the store’s other dessert and drink offerings.

This branch of The Lost Bread is located at Ground Floor, SM City East Ortigas, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Santa Lucia, Pasig City. Other branches may be found at:

  • Streat: Maginhawa Food Park, Teachers Village, Quezon City
  • Fourth Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Third Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

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