Perfect Pair: Pizza and Pasta at Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Some things just go well together: burger and fries; peanut butter and jelly; bacon and eggs; and, of course, pizza and pasta.

For me, pizza and pasta comprise a winning combination. Over the years, my fellow foodies and I have learned to appreciate the way these two Italian classic faves complement each other.

This awesome twosome is showcased in the recently opened Tomas Bistro branch at Eatogether Food Hall in SM Megamall.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro is a home-grown restaurant founded by balikbayan chef James Basalo who leveraged his extensive experience in gourmet cuisine and fine dining to whip up comfort food for local folks to enjoy.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Among these is the perfect pairing of two of its signature dishes which I was able to sample together with my foodie friends:

Harry’s Special (Php165 Junior | Php295 solo | Php595 grupo). Al dente linguini tossed in a creamy jalapeno sauce along with chicken bits and mushrooms and topped with spring onions, garlic and parmesan cheese. Tasty and quite filling!

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Supreme (Php240 solo | Php460 grupo). Artisanal flatbread pizza covered with homemade marinara sauce and topped with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, peppers and olives then accented with a chunky salsa.

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

This kind of pairing will make you believe in forever, right?

So pair up with someone you love and experience this perfect pair and more at Tomas Bistro!

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Tomas Bistro, SM Megamall

Plus, here are more reasons to head to Tomas Bistro with your gang in tow: Grupo Deal Offers! Save as much as 10% ans get a free 1.5 lifer of Coke when you get combos of pizza, pasta and wings.

  • Grupo Deal 1 (Php995 | good for 3-4 people) – 8 pcs wings + 1 choice of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza
  • Grupo Deal 2 (Php1,225 | good for 4-5 people) – 12 pcs wings + 1 choice of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza
  • Grupo Deal 3 (Php1,850 | good for 5-6 people) – 18 pcs wings + 2 choices of regular grupo pasta + 1 choice any flatbread pizza

This Tomas Bistro branch is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

Its original branch is located near Alfamart, Pacita Main Road, Augusto Commercial Bld. 71-80, San Pedro, Laguna.

For more updates on its latest promos and offers, follow Tomas Bistro on Facebook or Instagram, or visit its website.

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

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Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Pasta

It’s around that time of the month when the stocked food in my fridge are beginning to run low and all I’ve got to work with for the fam’s lunch are a couple of frozen chicken breasts, some strips of bacon and pantry staples such as pasta and parmesan cheese.

Plus, I’m coming in from a late morning Zoom meeting (the bane of work-from-home moms, am I right?) and I’ve barely got enough time to prepare a meal, eat with the family and make it to my afternoon meetings.

Hmmm… what can I possibly whip up quickly and easily during my lunch hour?

Luckily, this recipe for Tuscan Chicken Pasta came to my rescue.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

What I love about this is that it made use of the remaining frozen food as well as incorporated wholesome and fresh produce that made for a hearty and tasty meal for the family. Also, I didn’t have to use a lot of utensils to cook the dish; it’s basically a one-skillet recipe. (However, I made use of Hubby’s trusty wok as it gave me a sizable surface area to cook in and it distributed the heat quite well. I hope the wok purists won’t come after me!)

Check it out!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilo spaghetti noodles, cooked per package instructions (reserve 1 cup of the water these were boiled in)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, thawed and filleted into 4 flat pieces
  • salt to taste (I used Himalayan sea salt from Goodness MNL but you can use ordinary table salt)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 10 slices of bacon cut into short strips
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 to 6 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 kilo Baguio spinach
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan
  • 6 basil leaves for garnish

Procedure:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. After seasoning the chicken breast fillets with salt and pepper, fry them for 7 to 8 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove them from heat and allow them to rest for 10 minutes before slicing them into thin strips.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Using the same skillet, fry the bacon pieces over medium heat for 8 minutes or until they reach your desired crispiness. (I prefer my bacon to be fried just enough to curl up but not be too crispy). Drop them on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain them of excess oil. Set aside.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Again, using the same skillet, pour out half the fat from cooking the chicken and the bacon before sautéing the garlic and tomatoes over medium heat.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Add the spinach and cook for two minutes until the leaves are slightly wilted.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Season with salt and pepper prior to adding the heavy cream, parmesan and half of the reserved pasta water. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat. (If the sauce becomes to thick, stir in some more of the pasta water).

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Toss the cooked pasta in sauce until well coated, then toss the chicken and bacon strips until evenly distributed.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Garnish with freshly torn basil leaves before serving.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Try this recipe and let me know how it goes!

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

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EATS A CELEBRATION at Italianni’s with 50% off on all pizzas on February 23!

Buon giorno, Italian food lovers!

Your go-to Italian-American restaurant has cooked up something special for you to enjoy on its silver anniversary.

Italianni’s prides itself on giving you good food, conviviality and good service through the years from the opening of its first branch in Greenbelt 1 in 1996 to the present. Despite the restrictions brought about by the pandemic, it still strives to bring its signature blend of tasty Italian-American dishes in servings big enough for sharing, welcoming atmosphere that encourages conversation and bonding, as well as the cheery attention of its crew to its new and loyal clientele.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Even after twenty-five years, discriminating foodies still can’t get enough of its signature dishes such as Spaghetti and Meatballs,  Spinach Artichoke Formaggio, Seafood Cioppino, Sicilian Salad, Quattro Staggioni Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Tartuffo Cake and NY Cheesecake.

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

Italianni’s lives by one of its credos: GRAND to imply “Guest Requests are Never Denied”. The staff go the extra mile to please guests with simple gestures such as providing an extra salad dressing or parmesan cheese, cooking items off the menu, to indulging kids to assemble their own pizza. It is a passion founded on Bistro’s genuine and authentic customer service.

This is why Italianni’s is giving back to everyone who has patronized it for the last quarter century. On February 23, 2021, all pizzas are available at 50% off for dine-in and take-out orders.  That means, you can enjoy their Classico, Margherita, Quattro Carne, Truffle Mushroom, Quattro Staggioni, Pepperoni, Tropicale, Shrimp and Mushroom Anchovy, Garlic and Cheese, and Quattro Formaggi pizzas…all at half the price!

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

This is the restaurant’s way of saying “Grazie!” for sharing twenty five years of wonderful and fulfilling journey and Italianni’s expects many more years of bringing people together. The future is promising and Italianni’s is in this for the long haul.

Italianni’s 25th Anniversary

So celebrate Italianni’s silver anniversary with your loved ones by dropping by one of its branches and sharing a pizza or two, along with your favorite Italian-American food!

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s branches are located at:

  • 4th Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
  • Level 6, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • B5, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
  • Second Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
  • Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
  • Ayala North Exchange, Ayala Avenue Corner Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Second Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • Level 1, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Corte de Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Ground Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City

Promo details provided in a recent press release.

Raintree #ValentineFoodCrawl: Pizza and Pasta Rendezvous at Stella Wood-fired Pizza, BGC

With Valentine’s Day just a scant few days away, the metro’s gallants and ladies fair are anticipating the time when they can meet, share a meal and have a lovely time together: their romantic rendezvous.

Bonifacio Global City is abuzz with romance as Raintree Restaurants welcomes lovers of all ages to celebrate love with special promos during the month of love.

Stella Wood-fired Pizza in Boni High Street is no exception.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

The last time I was here with friends was in early 2015, when it was more of a bistro which shared a space with Rocket Room.

Stella, BGC

Back then, it served an array of pastas and pizzas, as well as other dishes of the West Coast, Mediterranean and South American variety, which incorporated natural wood in the cooking of its dishes, giving them that unique wood-fire oven cooked flavor and quality.

It closed for a while in 2017 but has recently re-emerged inside Friends & Family, the Filipino restaurant that took its previous space in BHS Central Square.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

It still offers its memorable wood-fired dishes, some of which take center-stage in its Pizza & Pasta Rendezvous promo. This Valentine deals allows lovers to enjoy a delicious yet affordable meal.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

For example, they can enjoy an intimate meal for two with a Spaghetti and Meat Sauce Pasta and an Aloha Pizza (with Double-Smoked Bacon and Grilled Pineapple) for just Php699.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

They may also opt for a decadent Melted Garlic Cream Pasta with an Everything on It Pizza (everything includes Double-Smoked Bacon, Pepperoni, Sausage, Bell Peppers, Onions, Roasted Tomatoes, Olives and Mushrooms) for just Php799.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

With these tasty and hearty offerings, sweethearts will flutter and make their way to Stella.

Stella, BGC

Stella, BGC

If you’re planning a romantic meal for you and your special someone, you better book your table soon as these Pizza & Pasta Rendezvous offers are only available within February.

Stella Wood-Fired Pizza is located inside Friends & Family, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, open daily from 12nn to 9pm for dine-in, takeout and delivery via GrabFood and FoodPanda. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 917 8917053.

Stella Wood Fired Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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An Italian cafe experience at Goppion Caffe

Italy is known for its rich coffee culture, with many exacting implements and coffee preparations that correspond to treasured rituals.

For example, did you know that Italians usually drink milky coffees such as cappuccinos and lattes in the morning along with a pastry for breakfast? At any other time of the day, going out for coffee means getting a shot of strong black coffee, the espresso, as an afternoon pick-me-up or as a post-meal drink.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Walk by the streets of Italy and you will find quaint coffee shops called caffeteria. Aside from serving coffee in its various forms, these stores also serve as meeting places, where people can come together to enjoy their favorite brew. Hence the phrase “Prendiamo un caffe!” (“Let’s get a coffee!”) has become synonymous to taking a break from work to fully savor a cup of coffee (no, they don’t believe in drinking their coffee while working!)

Goppion Caffe was started by Luigi Goppion in the main square of the small Italian town of Lughignano in 1859. Luigi’s passion for good coffee was carried on by his sons and grandsons who sought ways to roast and brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Its first branch in the Philippines opened its doors along Westdrive in Glorietta 2 in Makati last December.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Here, coffee lovers can indulge in their favorite brews and blends, all made with authentic pre-packed coffee shipped all the way from Italy, such as:

Espresso Dopio (Php140). A double shot of espresso.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Cappuccino (Php140/Php190). Equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and foamed milk.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppioncino (Php180/Php140). Goppion Caffe’s signature blend made with espresso, chocolate, milk and whipped cream.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Ginseng Macchiato (Php200/Php240). Steamed milk “marked” with a splash of espresso flavored with ginseng root extract.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Iced Caramel Macchiato (Php190/Php230). A shakerato (coffee drink made with espresso and ice cubes) combined with milk, vanilla-flavored syrup and caramel sauce.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Cold Brew (Php180/Php220). A strong cold coffee drink that resulted from ground coffee beans steeped in cold water overnight.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe also offers non-coffee beverages, all crafted with the same care and artistry as its coffee drinks, such as:

Ciocolata (Php160). Thick and creamy hot chocolate, made with cocoa, milk and sugar though not too sweet!

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Ciocolata ala Nocciola (Php240). Dark chocoate with hazelnut.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Friutti di Bosco (Php240). A frullato di frutta (smoothie) made with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries blended with milk.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Arancia (Php220). Freshly squeezed orange juice.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Want to nibble on something while sipping on your drink of choice? Goppion Caffe’s got you covered there as well with its selection of cafe food which includes:

Pita Rolls with Pizza Dip (Php275).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Four Cheese Panini (Php225) and Smoked Ham and Cheese Panini (Php235).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Beef Lasagna (Php240).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Chicken Alfredo (Php260).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Tuna in Pesto Sauce (Php240).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

So if you’re craving for a good cup of coffee or meticulously handcrafted drinks, drop by Goppion Caffe.

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Better yet, grab a couple of your friends to catch up over your favorite brews (while practicing physical distancing, of course!).

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe, Glorietta

Goppion Caffe is located at Ground Floor, Westdrive (beside Jade Garden), Glorietta Complex, Makati City. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 88431316, +63 2 79551728 and +63 2 79551808. Goppion Caffe also delivers via FoodPanda.

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies, I attended a food and coffee tasting event at this restaurant. Food items were served to enable us to sample the fare and facilitate our honest reviews.

Goppion Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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#TheBistroGroup Trinoma Food Crawl: Italianni’s

Don’t you sometimes miss the experience of dining out with the fam or your pals? I know I do.

It seems that the pandemic has seriously affected many of the things we so enjoyed from our life before it.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Still, while dining out may now be different, given all the restrictions and regulations, it can still be very enjoyable.

Take dining at Italianni’s at Trinoma Mall, for example.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s espouses amore di merrier, which denotes the Italian philosophy of having more food to be shared by more people, resulting to more merriment. This is why its signature dishes, all made with the finest ingredients, come to the table in servings large enough to share with family and friends, starting with its signature Tuscan and Focaccia bread served with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

In the Philippines, Italianni’s is part of The Bistro Group, a collection of imported and homegrown hospitality brands.

In response to the need of the times, The Bistro Group has instituted safety protocols for safe dining-in at its restaurants. These include: regular health checks for all its personnel, compliance of all outdoor and indoor seating to physical distancing guidelines, hand sanitizers available at the entrance and on every table, as well as contactless menu ordering and payment.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

These protocols require diners to submit to temperature checks, provide contact tracing details and using the hand sanitizers and sanitation mats prior to entering the restaurant premises, as well as wearing their personal protective equipment (PPEs) while inside. Would-be diners who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to people who do, have underlying health conditions or have concerns about contracting the disease when dining out are advised to stay home and avail of the restaurant’s contactless delivery options.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

During an epic #TrinomaFoodCrawl with my foodie friends, I saw these protocols in action in Italianni’s, but still enjoyed our time as we feasted on a hearty spread of sumptuous Italian dishes:

Sicilian Salad (Php595/Php795). A fresh fusion of flavors and textures made with romaine lettuce, mangoes, red grapes, walnuts, creamy anchovy dressing.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Quattro Staggioni (Php795). Four-flavored pizza consisting of Pepperoni, Mushroom & Artichokes, Shrimp & Black Olives and All Cheese

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Seafood Cioppino (Php595/Php795). Spaghetti pasta tossed with mussels, shrimps, clams and calamari in white wine, marinara sauce and chili flakes.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

New York Cheesecake (Php485). New York-style cheesecake on a bed of strawberry amaretto sauce.

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Fruity Drinks (Php175 each): Orange Lemonade, Four Seasons, Peach Mango

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Mojitos (Php220 each): Apple and Classic

Italianni’s, Trinoma

As I’ve said many times before, good food plus good company equals a great time for everyone!

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

Italianni’s, Trinoma

You can savor more of the tastes of Italy together with your friends, thanks to these awesome deals from Italianni’s:

  • BFF Bundle (Php1,195): Pepperoni Pizza + Spaghetti Pomodoro + Chicken Italianni’s
  • BOGO Everyday: Truffle Chicken & Mushroom + Eggplant Parmigiana (Php950), Chicken Italianni’s + Spaghetti Bolognese (Php795), Porkchop Au Poivre + Margherita Pizza (Php895), Burrata + Spinach and Gorgonzola Pasta (Php795)

You can also get great savings with the BFF Card, The Bistro Group’s loyalty program that gives members exclusive perks across 15 restaurant brands such as:

  • 30% off on Mondays
  • 20% off on Tuesdays
  • Complimentary coffee or hot tea single-serve with entree purchase
  • Online seats reservation
  • Six Php250 e-vouchers with minimum purchase of Php1,000 per voucher

This Italianni’s branch is located at 4th Floor, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 8pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 79153582.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
  • Level 6, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • B5, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
  • Ground Floor, Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
  • Second Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
  • Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
  • Ayala North Exchange, Ayala Avenue Corner Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
  • Second Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
  • Level 1, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Corte de Las Palmas, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Ground Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City

Italianni’s delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

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

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Leave the cooking up to ALPHA’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Sure, momshies, we might have just a wee bit more free time nowadays. It’s been three-and-a-half months since our lives were upended by the pandemic and many of us found ourselves stuck at home. Some even discovered a talent for cooking as I have, cooking up a storm for the fam’s meals.

But cooking up a storm for every meal can be tiring, right?

I sometimes wish that I can leave the whole menu planning and food preparation to someone else.

Fortunately, I can have the folks over at ALPHA’s Kitchen Home Delivery take care of all of that for me.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

The dish on this new entrant in the local food business is that it began as the home service massage company ALPHA Massage & Wellness Therapy.

With their original business severely affected by the quarantines and rules on physical distancing arising from the pandemic, the owners landed upon a great way to pivot for the New Normal: their massage therapists turned to cooking!

Curious on what delicious delights they came up with? Well, here’s a sampling:

Lasagna. Al dente lasagna noodles layered with beefy, slightly herby tomato sauce and thick cheesy bechamel. A hit with my little boy!

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Crispy Bagnet Kare Kare. Crrrrrrunchy oven-baked bagnet pieces and crisp veggies in a rich peanut sauce.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Bicol Express. Tender pork cubes cooked in creamy coconut milk and chilis make for a hearty viand with a bit of a kick.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Spicy Salmon Pesto. Flavorful salmon flakes tossed in pesto sauce along with spaghetti noodles. A little too spicy for me but would appeal to those who like their pasta hawt!

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Leche Flan. The classic Pinoy version of creme caramel, this is creamy, milky-sweet and smooth on the tongue.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Maja Blanca. The traditional coconut pudding topped with latik (caramelized coconut creme).

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

These delish dishes come in affordable yet hearty servings – medium (serves two to three people), family (serves six to seven people) and party (serves twelve to fifteen) – that will surely satisfy hungry tummies!

Chicken or Pork Dishes:

  • Medium: Php299
  • Family: Php699
  • Party: Php1,499

Beef or Seafood:

  • Medium: Php349
  • Family: Php799
  • Party: Php1,799

Dessert:

  • Medium: Php249
  • Family: Php499
  • Party: Php999

You can also try the Famous Bundle – five medium tubs – for just Php999.

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

Alpha’s Kitchen Home Delivery

To have these tasty viands delivered right to your doorstep, send your name, address, contact number and food orders to Alpha Kitchen Home Delivery on Facebook or Instagram, or call +63 906 5955707 (delivery costs shouldered by buyer). Payments via cash on delivery, GCash or online bank transfer are accepted.

So momshies, now you know how you can whip up a satisfying meal for the fam without having to slave all day in the kitchen!

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

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Feast on Father’s Day at home ala Chef Jessie

Celebrate Father’s Day at home with Chef Jessie’s uniquely delicious offerings.

Have an appetizer of Smoked Salmon Caviar Pie with Croutons and follow it up with Caesar Salad in the Classic Way. Soup choices are Creamy Shrimp Bisque, Cream of Fresh Mushroom, Cream of Carrot and Pumpkin and Seafood and Corn Chowder.

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Every Dad would love a Grilled Prime Black Angus Beef Tenderloin or Grilled Prime Black Angus Rib Eye with a choice of sauces like Béarnaise, Bordelaise, Bourguignon, Wild Mushroom, Goose Liver and Creamy Pepper. Other meat dishes include US Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Tips Salpicao, US Beef Cheeks and Mushroom Ragout and Iberian Chestnut Pork Barbeque.

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Seafood lovers can order Grilled Chilean Sea Bass in Mariner Sauce, Baked Chilean Sea Bass in Miso Sauce, Grilled Salmon in Berlinoise Sauce, Grilled Tiger Prawns in Lemon Butter Sauce.

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Also on the menu are Grilled Duck à L’orange and Chicken Cordon Bleu with Homemade Potato Chips.

Enjoy the meal with a bottle of Menhir Salento Numero Zero Negroamaro (N°0), Pope Francis’ favorite wine. The rosato is of a ruby hue with purple highlights with a bouquet of strawberry, blackberry and raspberry with a taste that is fresh, vinous and slightly astringent.

If you want something light, there are pastas like A La Jessie, A la Créme with Truffle, Pomodoro with Seafood, Bolognese, Carbonara or Putanesca. Choose from Spaghetti, Linguine or Penne. Another popular menu item is Wild Rice Vegetable Risotto.

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Sandwiches to go with the pastas can be Club Classic, Grilled Ham and Cheese, Smoked Salmon and Trio Pandesal with Chicken Adobo, Corned Beef and Sardines.

Whole cakes will satisfy the whole family’s sweet tooth with the mango sponge cake classic My Tita’s Special Treat, the buttercream, meringue and pistachio layered Princess Carmen, Chef Jessie’s Baked Cheesecake with Cherry, Blueberry and Mango Toppings, Chocolate Gateau ala Teddy and Sugar Free Decadence Cake. End the meal with Chef Jessie’s Premium Roast Coffee.

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Chef Jessie Father’s Day

Chef Jessie can prepare your favorites even if they are not on the menu as long as the ingredients are available.

To order, text or call ‪+63 917 8967880‬, ‪+63 917 8330797‬ and ‪+63 977 0976649‬ or email chefjessiesplace@chefjessie.com. Chef Jessie’s Place is at ‪1997 Pililia St.‬ corner Obrero and Tanay Streets, Makati and is open everyday for pick up and delivery ‪from 9am to 4pm‬.

Details and images provided by Chef Jessie in a recent press release.

Bar chows and chill drinks at After Hours, Tomas Morato

After hours is that precious time when the day’s work is done and we can finally sit back to relax and spend time with friends.

After Hours is also the name of a newly opened bar in foodie haven Tomas Morato. This is where my foodie friends and I, shortly before the Covid-19 and the ECQ came down upon all of us, were able to enjoy a few hours chillin’ in each other’s company while discovering all the fun to be had after hours.

1) The buzzy welcoming vibe

You would think that Tomas Morato would already have its fill of concept bars but there’s definitely room for more, especially this one.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

With its ample parking space, trendy decor, comfy furnishings, a playlist made up of 80s and 90s hits (which my friends and I sang along with!), excellent chows and a well-stocked bar, After Hours is a haven for those looking for some well-deserved R ‘n R.

2) Chill drinks

According to co-owner Rey Trillana, the focus of After Hours are on cocktails, whiskey and a bit of wine, drinks to chill with after work. Each cocktail is handcrafted (no pre-mixes). For whiskey connoisseurs, the bar also boasts of a well-curated whisky collection. Guests even have the option of getting the bartender to craft something Out of the Blue, based on their favorite liquor and taste profile.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

During our visit, my foodie friends and I were able to sample:

Jack Estate’s Pink Moscato. A fresh and fruity wine from Australia.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Perfect Pear. A fruity non-alcoholic mocktail for lightweights like me.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Smoked Old Fashioned. The classic mix of bourbon, simple syrup and Angostura bitters, served with a bit of smoke and flair.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Red Sangria Spritzer. Handcrafted sangria made with wine, brandy, mixed berries, chamomile honey, calamansi and soda.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Six. Gin mixed with elderflower liquor, lavender syrup, egg white and lemon juice.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Punch Drunk Love. After Hours’ signature cocktail made with spiced rum, chai pandan syrup, lemon and pineapple juice, Angostura bitters and clarified milk, served with a dehydrated pineapple.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

3) Tasty bar chows

Of course, we needed some chows to go with those drinks, and After Hours has a very good kitchen going managed by Chef Miggy. He and his crew whipped up some tasty bar chows to complement our drinks, such as:

Beef Salpicao. Tender USDA beef tenderloin sauteed in a garlic butter sauce, definitely a favorite among tipplers and foodies.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Buffalo Style Chicken Poppers. Spicy, salty and slightly sweet bite-sized chicken breasts.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

BBQ Beef Pockets. Crispy wonton pockets stuffed with ground beef doused with bourbon BBQ sauce and cheese.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Four Cheese Pizza. Mozzarella, feta, parmigiano reggiano and gorgonzala, all the good stuff on a thin-crust pizza.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

All-Meat Pizzadilla. Gooey mozzarella sandwiched in two flour tortillas and topped with pepperoni, sausage, bacon, BBQ sauce and even more cheese.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Pork Binagoongan Pasta. Spaghetti with crispy-fried pork cubes tossed in shrimp paste.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Bacon Mushroom Truffle Pasta. Creamy truffle spaghetti topped with crunchy bacon.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Oh, such a happy time! There were good food, good drinks and good company.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

But then, the community quarantine came and, sadly, After Hours had to close its doors for a while.

It seemed like the entire bar industry had been severely affected by the community quarantine.

However, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasant surprise of finding out that it had resumed operations to enable its loyal customers to get that After Hours experience even while at home through Buy One Take One offers on its wines, its signature cocktails by the bottle, as well as a selection of its bar chows, all available for delivery or pickup!

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours, Tomas Morato

Thanks to Rey Trillana and the rest of the management and staff of After Hours Bar for having us and congratulations for succeasfully pivoting your business to operate in The New Normal.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

So until the next time I can visit After Hours again, I can enjoy my after hours at home.

After Hours, Tomas Morato

After Hours is located at 125 Don A. Roces Avenue, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. To order its bar chows, wines and cocktails for pick up or delivery, fill up this form, send a message over Instagram or call +63 917 1767383.

After Hours Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

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The Jelly List: Fresh takes on Filipino food

The Philippine Independence Day is just around the corner and despite having a lot of restrictions on movements and dining out, there are still enough reasons to celebrate the flavors and ingenuity of Filipino cuisine.

Characterized by the interplay of sweet (tamis), sour (asim) and salty (alat) flavors, Pinoy food is rich in tradition and history, with many recipes passed down from one generation to the next.

Every once in a while, however, a kitchen maverick adds an unheard-of twist to an established Pinoy dish or adapts a foreign recipe by incorporating local ingredients or cooking styles which will result in an entirely new way to enjoy an old favorite.

In this edition of The Jelly List, let me share with you fresh takes on Filipino food from innovative restaurants. And since the community quarantine is still in effect in many areas in Metro Manila, I’ve chosen dishes from restaurants that are open for pickup or delivery.

Manam’s Caramelized Patis Wings (Php180)

Manam, Trinoma

Just when you thought that there couldn’t be another twist to fried chicken wings, Manam brings out this zesty appetizer flavored with patis (fish sauce). Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

To order, visit MomentFood.com.

More on Manam here.

Lola Cafe’s Prawns in Aligue (Php420)

Lola Cafe, Tomas Morato

We Pinoys sure do love our seafood! And while pasta is not native to our country, Lola Cafe has made this dish Filipino with the use of crab fat (aligue) and carabao cheese (kesong puti).

To order, call +63 917 8176045 or course your order through FoodPanda or LalaFood.

More on Lola Cafe here.

Locavore’s Sugpo con Mayonesa (Php980)

Locavore, Kapitolyo

Locavore may be best known for its Sizzling Sinigang but its Sugpo con Mayonesa surely deserves a second (or third!) look. Made with jumbo black tiger prawns set on a rich sauce of crab fat, garlic, butter and Japanese mayo, this is truly a decadent dish.

To order, call +63 917 6842014 (Pasig), +63 917 5742017 (Taguig), +63 917 1782018 (Makati), +63 917 8472747 (Pasay) and +63 917 5120159 (Quezon City), or visit Locavore.ph.

More on Locavore here.

Ombu Kusina’s Sisig Pizza (Php560).

Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato

The Kapampangan delicacy pork sisig may be mainstay in many Filipino restos but here’s an exciting way to enjoy it: on top of a thin-crust pizza and drizzled with garlic sauce.

To order, call +63 2 84411789 or +63 922 8149086, or course your order through FoodPanda.

More on Ombu Kusina here.

Moonshine Pub’s Pizza Margerito (Php465)

Moonshine Pub, Ortigas

A twist on the Italian classic Pizza Marherita, this is adapted to local taste with the inclusion of Moonshine Pub’s housemade longganisa.

To order, Viber +63 927 8000920 or send a message to Moonshine Pub on Facebook.

More on Moonshine Pub here.

ALTA by Relik’s Bagnet Sinigang (Php395).

ALTA by Relik, San Juan

The classic sinigang dish is deconstructed into pieces of bagnet and vegetables served with a broth made of fresh sampaloc dialed up to its asim-est level.

To order, call +63 917 3172582.

More on ALTA by Relik here.

Kusina Moderne’s Sans Rival (Php225)

Kusina Moderne, Poblacion

What’s a Filipino meal without dessert? With Kusina Moderne’s version of the San Rival consisting of meringue balls studded with chopped walnuts and filled with buttercream, any meal will end on a sweet note.

To order, call +63 920 8178956 or course your order through GrabFood or FoodPanda.

More on Kusina Moderne here.

So if you’re planning a celebration for our Araw ng Kalayaan, have a couple of these dishes delivered to your home and appreciate the ingenuity and vibrancy of Pinoy cuisine.

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Fine Italian food at Amici

Who would have thought that an Italian missionary would establish a tasty culinary tradition in the Philippines?

Well that’s exactly what happened when Salesian Father Gianluigi Colombo decided to open a canteen (then called Amici di Don Bosco or “Friends of Don Bosco”) to cater to the workers of Don Bosco’s printing press.

Its initially simple menu of coffee and gelato which later expanded to include wood-fire oven baked pizzas and homemade pastas. Amici later became known for serving tasty and authentic Italian food prepared by priests grew and developed its own loyal following.

Today, Amici has 9 branches in Metro Manila, one of which is in SM City North EDSA where my fellow foodies and I headed for dinner after attending a few events.

Amici, SM North EDSA

Amici, SM North EDSA

Amici, SM North EDSA

Amici, SM North EDSA

Amici, SM North EDSA

There, we shared a meal which included:

Truffle Mushroom Dip (Php385). Truffle, porcini, shiitake and button mushrooms mixed together with caramelized onions in a rich creamy sauce. Dip the crisp pieces of pizza crust served with it and you’ll find yourself addicted to this.

Amici, SM North EDSA

Pesto Prosciutto (Php400). A hearty dish of penne pasta covered in creamy pesto sauce and topped with fried prosciutto.

Amici, SM North EDSA

Linguine al Prosciutto e Tartufo (Php380). Al dente linguine pasta tossed in a sauce of proscuitto, truffle oil, porcini and shiitake mushrooms.

Amici, SM North EDSA

Since Amici translates to “friends,” it looks like its yummy offerings are best shared among friends.

Amici, SM North EDSA

Hankering for a taste of good Italian food but can’t go out because of the enhanced community quarantine? Amici’s Tomas Morato and Don Bosco branches are now open for pick up or delivery. Just call in your orders through Amici’s hotline +63 2 85551000.

This Amici branch is located at Ground Floor, The Block, SM City North EDSA, Bago Bantay, Quezon City, with store hours from 10am to 10pm daily. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 85551000 or +63 2 87095545.

Other branches are located at:

  • Level 3, One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig
  • Bellagio Square, Tomas Morato Avenue, Laging Handa, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, UP Ayala Technohub, Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
  • Ground Floor, 101 Missouri Square, Missouri corner Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
  • Third Floor, Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
  • Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Don Bosco School, A. Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City
  • Second Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

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

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The Jelly List: My fave resto dishes you can enjoy at home

Hello, fellow foodie! How are you holding up? I hope you’re safe at home and surrounded by your loved ones just like me.

After several days of being #TeamBahay, I have to admit: I may be getting a bit tired of home-cooking. (Yaya, don’t be tampo! Your cooking is great!)

I can’t help but miss those scrumptious, meticulously prepared, beautifully presented dishes from my favorite restaurants.

Do you feel the same?

Well, guess what: we can enjoy those wonderful viands at home, thanks to delivery services. (I panicked for a while when Gran and FoodPanda briefly suspended their services the other day. Thank heavens that’s all sorted out! Whew!)

So, if you have a craving for any of these delectable dishes, just contact the resto and have them delivered to you. Not only will you get to enjoy a fabulous meal in the safety and comfort of home, you also contribute to the continued health of these businesses.

Buttered Parmesan Chicken Wings of Buffalo Swing Cafe

Buffalo Swing, Pasig

Ooh, these tender and juicy chicken wings, deep-fried to crunchy goodness and flavored with a butter parmesan rub are perfect bites when you’re binge-watching movies on Netflix.

Buffalo Swing Cafe is located at 363 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Caniogan, Pasig City. To order, call +63 2 86412561 or +63 917 7954554.

Buffalo Swing delivers via Food Panda.

Read more about Buffalo Swing Cafe here.

Martabak Manis of Sammy’s

Sammy’s, Cainta

If you have ever come across this delightful Indonesian dessert called Martabak Manis, I’m sure you will agree that it’s quite a treat. Made with thick pancake layers filled with chocolate sprinkles, crushed peanuts, cheese and condensed milk, it’s perfect for those late-night sweet cravings.

Sammy’s is located at 14 Raspberry Bend Street, Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, San Juan, Cainta. To order, call +63 939 1483960.

Sammy’s delivers via Grab Express.

Read more about Sammy’s here.

Nasi Lemak Rice Bowl with Thai Chicken from BOA Kitchen + Socials

BOA Kitchen + Socials, Tomas Morato

Got a taste for exotic food? BOA Kitchen’s take on the Malaysian rice dish partnered with crispy Thai Fried Chicken would be right up your alley. Take a break from the usual with this Southeast Asian dish.

BOA Kitchen + Socials is located at Mezzanine Floor, 45 ABDC Building, Scout Rallos corner Scout Tuazon, Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City. To order, call +63 2 82903103.

BOA Kitchen + Socials delivers via Food Panda.

Read more about BOA Kitchen + Socials here.

Longganisa Flatbread with Salted Egg Cream from Alta by Relik

ALTA by Relik, San Juan

Lakas maka-alta nito because Alta by Relik elevates your classic ulam of longganisa, tomatoes and salted egg by putting them on a freshly baked, crispy flatbread.

Alta by Relik is located at Santolan Town Plaza, Col. Bonny Serrano Avenue, Little Baguio, San Juan City. To order, call +63 917 3172582.

Read more about Alta by Relik here.

Grilled Liempo from 121 Restaurant

121 Restaurant, Allegro

Can’t go to your favorite seaside summer resort? Here’s the next best thing: bring out your shades, swimwear, inflatable pool and worship the sun while eating the sweet-smoky Grilled Liempo from 121 Restaurant. If you can, order a bottle of 121 Secret Sauce to go with it.

121 Restaurant is located at Second Floor, Allegro Center, Pasong Tamo Extension, Magallanes, Makati City. To order, call +63 2 88560529.

121 Restaurant delivers via GrabFood, FoodPanda and LalaFood.

Read more about 121 Restaurant here.

Pasta Arabbiata from Bistro Manuel

Bistro Manuel, Poblacion

Here’s a light pasta dish to enjoy during with a glass of wine with your special someone. Made with penne tossed in tomato base sauce seasoned with basil, garlic and chili flakes, this will make your home dinner for two extra special.

Bistro Manuel is located at Second Floor, Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City. To order, call +63 926 7341067.

Bistro Manuel delivers via Grab Delivery.

BBQ Platter from Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ

Mang Ding’s, Marikina

Who says you can’t enjoy a bottle of beer and some BBQ with your friends? Of course you would have to do it in your own homes and just show your yummy sticks of barbecue and isaw on Facebook Messenger. Well, let them salivaye when they see this!

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ is located at Block 3, Lot 13, C. Buenviaje Street, Santo Nino, Marikina City. To order, call +63 917 5159872 or +63 916 2853031.

Mang Ding’s Pinoy BBQ delivers via GrabFood.

Read more about Mang Ding’s here.

Breast + Wing Grilled Chicken with White Rice from Chicka Chicka Chicken

Chicka Chicka Chicken House, Bridgetowne

Chicken monster, are ya? Well, these well-marinated, brined and grilled to smoky and tender perfection chicken pieces will have you reaching for another piece again and again! Get a cup of Cream Corn to go with it and you’ve got a winner!

Chicka Chicka Chicken House is located at the Ground Floor, Robinsons Zeta Tower, Bridgetowne Business Center, Libis, Quezon City. To order, call +63 2 77522927 or +63 917 1763026.

Chicka Chicka Chicken delivers via GrabFood.

Read more about Chicka Chicka Chicken here.

Fish and Wedges from Vanderlust Bistro

Vanderlust, Tomas Morato

Fish and Chips gets a continental flair with this appetizing dish made with beer-battered deep-fried fish and large wedges of potatoes served with aioli.

Vanderlust Bistro is located at 100 Scout De Guia corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City. To order, call +63 927 2189085.

Vanderlust Bistro delivers via GrabFood and Food Panda.

Read more about Vanderlust Bistro here.

Gyudon from Hanako

Hanako, Katipunan

Get a taste of Japan with a bowl of steaming hot Japanese rice topped with tender beef simmered in a sauce made of dashi, soy sauce and mirin (rice wine).

Hanako is located at Second Floor, Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. To order, call +63 907 4879346.

Hanako delivers via GrabFood, FoodPanda and LalaFood.

Read more about Hanako here.

Chami Special of Lido Cocina Tsina

Lido Cocina Tsina, New Manila

Made with Asian wheat (miki) noodles sauteed in a flavorful sauce with pork bits, shrimp and crisp vegetables, this is a welcome break from the usual pancit guisado.

This Lido Cocina Tsina branch is located at 1014-1020 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City.

Lido delivers through its delivery hotline +63 2 8888-LIDO (5436) or through its website lidodelivery.com.

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Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

This past November, Dean & DeLuca opened its newest branch in Quezon City.

This much-awaited outlet is notable for many things, not the least of which is the fact that it is owned by actress (and idol of the titas) Bea Alonzo.

“Good old coffee. Just what I need today.” she posted on her Instagram.

(Oh, Bea… don’t we all?)

Dean & DeLuca started as a chain of upscale grocery stores in New York City but has since evolved into cafe operations. Its first three branches in the country are located in Makati and BGC, with more in the works.

This past Tuesday, my officemates and I made our way to QC’s Dean & DeLuca, a five-minute car ride from our workplace, for our lunch break.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

With the exception of the guys who joined us for the midday meal, this bunch consisted mostly of titas, who all have been looking forward to dining at Dean & DeLuca.

Our orders included:

Truffle Fries (Php160). Crispy French fries drizzled with truffle oil and sprinkled with grated parmesan before serving with a creamy zesty dip.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Aglio e Olio Gamberini (Php450). Organic pasta tossed in traditional Italian garlic and olive oil base along with prawns and cherry tomatoes.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Prawn and Gorgonzola Pasta (Php495). Organic pasta tossed in a creamy paprika wine sauce along with fresh prawns, gorgonzola cheese, mushroom and basil.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Butifarra con Salsa Funghi e Tartufo (Php470). Organic pasta tossed in truffle cream along with slices of Butifarra sausage and fresh mushrooms.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich (Php380). Free-range chicken, grated cheese pimiento, pickled dill, slaw and dressing in yeast-free sourdough bread.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Umami Fried Chicken (Php390). Aburi fried chicken, miso glaze, slaw and lettuce in sourdough brioche.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Beef Rendang (Php590). Himalayan red rice topped with grass-fed beef cooked in rendang spice and coconut milk.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

After lunching on these food items, we capped our meal with our chosen coffee drinks – Salted Caramel Latte, Cafe Latte and Cappuccino – all priced at Php160 each.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLucca does tick off all the marks when it comes to trendy cuisine (eg. grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, organic pasta, etc.) which I’m sure many foodies will appreciate.

Sadly, given its price points, I’m not as impressed as I hoped I would be when it came to my truffle pasta which I found too heavily flavored. My friends told me that I simply ordered the wrong item from the menu but how can I go wrong with ordering one of my favorite pasta dishes?

Oh, well. Maybe when I try the desserts on my next visit I’ll have a better experience!

Plus, my officemates and I still had a chill “tita-ish” lunch break here.

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca, Tomas Morato

Dean & DeLuca is located at Scout Rallos corner Scout Tuazon Streets, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 9pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 916 2126535.

Dean & DeLuca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sourdough Cafe + Deli, Tomas Morato

Sourdough bread is a new food trend that gaining traction in the metro. It is made by fermenting dough using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast producing a sour taste compared to breads made with baker’s yeast. It also keeps longer, owing to the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli.

For the health-conscious, sourdough may be used to improve the quality of gluten-free breads by enhancing their texture, aroma and shelf-life. Its glycemic index is lower than other types of bread which is good news for people watching their sugar intake.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

It’s a good thing, then, that a cafe specializing in sourdough recently opened near my workplace.

With such an exciting item in its menu (in fact, the central item in it!) as well poshly designed yet comfy interiors ideal for quiet lunches or intimate dinners tucked away in an office building along Tomas Morato, Sourdough held an irresistible appeal to titas like me.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

This is why during one of our lunchbreaks prior to the Christmas break, my co-titas in the office and I decided to have our meal at Sourdough Cafe + Deli.

This tita meal consisted of:

Complimentary Flatbread Slices. Dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with some parmesan cheese, these gave our tastebuds a good preview of Sourdough’s offerings.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Prosciutto Arugula Flatbread (Php345). Sourdough flatbread topped with marinara sauce, mozarella, arugula leaves and bits of prosciutto.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Pasta Carbonara (Php395). Al dente noodles tossed in a creamy sauce made with eggs, pecorino cheese, parmegianno reggiano, guanciale (Italian cured meat made from pork jowl) and pancetta (Italian salt-cured pork belly).

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Php295). Four cheeses – gouda, yellow cheddar, mozzarella and grana padano – sandwiched between sourdough bread slices lightly spread with mayo.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Basque Burnt Cheesecake (Php195). Also a trending food item, this cheesecake is an offshoot of Spain’s tarta de queso. Its top appears toasted but the center has a soft custard-y texture. Combined the top’s buttery taste to the tanginess of the cheesecake filling, and you have a winning dessert you would want to taste again and again.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

After lunch, we also treated ourselves to Sourdough Cafe’s handcrafted coffee.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Not bad for a bunch of titas out for lunch.

By the way, since wine and titas go together so well, you might want to check out Sourdough Cafe’s unli wine at Php599 per person.

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe, Tomas Morato

Sourdough Cafe + Deli is located at Ground Floor, JSB Building, 104 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Delagado Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, open daily from 11am to 11pm. For reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 85259463 or +64 917 1889463.

Sourdough Cafe + Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lunch Buffet at Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

The Tomas Morato area is definitely a foodie haven. At practically every corner is an old and familiar or a new and exciting food destination, something that will spark a foodie’s curiosity and appetite.

One such destination is Vanilla Cafe along Mother Ignacia Avenue. Formerly known as Vanilla Cupcake Bakery, it has expanded its repertoire from cupcakes and pastries to pastas and classic Filipino food.

Enter its doors and you will be taken to a place of fun and cuteness with pastel-printed walls, plush floral couches and dainty chandeliers.

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Guess what: come around lunchtime and you can eat your fill at Vanilla Cafe’s Lunch Buffet where you can enjoy a delightful curation of Vanilla Cafe’s food offerings served with delicate country style flair.

Have a sampling of these dishes:

Prettily prepared canapes and veggie dips.

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Freshly made pastas.

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Binagoongan and Tinapa Rice.

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Classic Pinoy Favorites: Sizzling Tofu, Sizzling Sisig, Bagnet, Fish Sarciado, Chop Suey, Chicken Adobo, and of course, Vanilla Cafe’s famous Kare Kare.

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

And since there’s always room for dessert, have a cupcake (or two… or more!) because, why not!

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

This buffet is best enjoyed with pals as a barkada lunch date…

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

Or as part of a festive celebration!

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

So check it out: the Premium Lunch Buffet is available at Vanilla Cafe Tomas Morato on weekdays from 11am to 2pm for only Php398 per person (+10% service charge).

Vanilla Cafe, Tomas Morato

This branch also has a Boomin’ Breakfast Buffet available everyday from 7am to 10am at Php228 for adults and Php114 for kids ages four to eleven (plus 10% service charge). Kids below four years old eat for free.

This Vanilla Cafe branch is located along Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City, open Sundays to Thursdays from 7.30am to 11pm and Fridays to Saturdays from 7.30pm to 12 midnight.  For inquiries and reservations, call +63 2 2 83743783 or +63 918 8264552.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor, Garden Wing, Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
  • Second Floor, Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza, Las Pinas City
  • 20 Villamor Street, Lualhati, Baguio, Benguet

Planning a get-together? Why not order one of Vanilla Cafe’s Party trays? Pastas, entrees, salads and rice trays are available for order at any Metro Manila branch.

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