Tasty Taiwanese dishes at FatFook Kitchen, UP Town Center

For a recent holiday get-together with my former office buddies, we settled on FatFook Kitchen at UP Town Center as our meet-up place.

For one thing, UP Town Center is easily accessible to all of us, scattered all over the metro as we are. Despite the Christmas rush, getting there was relatively easy, since most of the traffic are headed towards the opposite direction to the Makati and South areas.

Secondly, we know that we won’t be disappointed in the food. After all, Taiwanese cuisine is so close to what appeals to the Pinoy palate while offering a welcome break to flavors and textures we consider mundane.

FatFook, UP Town Center
FatFook, UP Town Center

The next challenge was ordering food for a group of five that will please everyone’s taste buds or sate their personal cravings. Fortunately, FatFook has a ready solution with its Feast for the Family offer which allows diners to order one appetizer, one noodle or rice dish, one vegetable dish and two main entrees for just Php1,1088.

Given our appetites and this amazingly affordable offer, we ordered two sets of Feast for the Family and indulged ourselves in a variety of Taiwanese dishes which included:

Appetizer.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Hot & Sour Soup for Sharing.
A thick, savory and spicy soup which contains day lily buds, wood ear fungus, bamboo shoots, and tofu, in pork blood broth.
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Fried Squid.
Thinly sliced squid rings covered in batter, deep fried for the characteristic crunch and then liberally seasoned with salt and pepper.

Noodles and Rice.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwan-Style Fried Noodles.
Hand-pulled noodles are stir-fried with pork strips and veggies for a hearty and flavorful noodle dish.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwan-Style Fried Rice.
Served in a small pan, the rice is fried with a salty brown sauce and accompanied by bits of green onion and Taiwanese sausage.

Vegetable Dish.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Eggplant with Minced Pork.
Slivers of eggplant stir-fried with minced pork resulting in a flavorful – yet thankfully non-spicy – viand.
FatFook, UP Town Center
String Beans.
A healthy side dish of string beans stir-fried with minced pork to lessen the guilt from eating so much, hehehe!

Main Entrees.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Chicken Chops.
Juicy and tender chicken breasts coated with batter and breading, then deep-fried, seasoned and sliced into -bite-sized strips.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Sweet & Sour Pork.
A dish that has become a mainstay in many Pinoy dining tables, this combines sweet, savory and sour flavors.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Oyster Omelette.
A dish that brings the flavors of the sea from the oysters encased with bits of lettuce in a savory egg wrap, then smothered in a sweet sauce.
FatFook, UP Town Center
Beef Tendon Hotpot.
A sinful dish made with melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef tendon stewed in a thick sauce with chopped chilis for that hint of spice.

Dimsum. Our meal wouldn’t be complete with some tasty potstickers so we ordered some of the frozen dumplings which the restaurant steamed and served to us.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Pork Siomai (Php375 | 15pcs).
FatFook, UP Town Center
Shrimp Hakaw (Php430 | 12pcs).

We also couldn’t pass up the chance to have a taste of FatFook’s signature Taiwanese Sausages, plump and meaty links with a sweet, savory and garlicky flavor. Also, since FatFook does not offer service water, we washed down our meal with soda and TeaCo Black Tea.

FatFook, UP Town Center
Taiwanese Sausage (Php328).
FatFook, UP Town Center
Teaco Black Tea

Our enjoyable time together over good food was enhanced by the great service of FatFook’s staff.

FatFook, UP Town Center
FatFook, UP Town Center

I’m so looking forward to our next meet-up here.

This FatFook branch is located at 2nd Floor, Phase 1A, UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in and takeout.

Other branches in the metro are located at:

FatFook delivers frozen and ready-to-cook dishes via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

#PepsiChristmasHitSaSarap combo deals with Bonchon at FoodPanda

Holiday mealtimes are all-set to become a lot merrier with the latest offer from Pepsi and FoodPanda.

As part of Pepsi’s Hit Sa Sarap Christmas Campaign, the softdrink giant partnered with food delivery service FoodPanda in bringing exciting deals to the metro’s foodies:

  • Php100 OFF your favorites upon using the code PEPSIXMAS (minimum spend of Php350)
  • Up to 20% off on select Pepsi Christmas Hit Sarap Combo Deals
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Can’t wait to dig in? Check these out!

Regular Bibimbowl Meal (Php165.60 from Php207).

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Sate your Bonchon’s samgyeopsal-inspired rice bowl packed with savory pork strips, kimchi-flavored bean sprouts and sesame shitake mushrooms, all mixed together with that signature bold, sweet and spicy Korean sauce. Available variants include beef and chicken, which comes with a regular Pepsi drink and choice of soup, K-Fries or banchan.

2 Pcs Chicken Boxed Meal (Php172 from Php215).

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Savor Bonchon’s famous crispy and flavorful fried chicken, available in Soy Garlic, Honey Citrus, Spicy, Crunchy Garlic, K-Classic Buffalo and Honey Almond Butter Flavors. These succulent pieces come with regular Pepsi and rice.

So if you’ve got serious cravings over the holidays, grab your mobile phone and order PepsiChristmasHitSaSarap combo deals on FoodPanda stat!

Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon
Pepsi FoodPanda Bonchon

Similar deals are available on FoodPanda for Tapa King and Pizza Hut. Promo is valid until December 31, 2021 only.

Disclosure: Food items were provided to facilitate this feature story.

Tea’s the season: Salamat, Shopee and Serenitea

You would think that things would be winding down by the end of the year, but for many, the holiday season can be a stressful time.

This is why we should grasp any moment of serenity we can get. It is that feeling of calm and peace that comes from having an untroubled mind.

For centuries, the soothing effects of tea have been celebrated as way to de-stress and achieve inner peace.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Local tea brand Serenitea has made the achievement of inner peace central to its brand concept. As one of the tea pioneers on the country, it helped usher in tea drinking amongst a mostly coffee-drinking populace by brewing teas using an espresso machine and customizing drinks according to sweetness levels and by adding sinkers.

Thanks to its co-branded partnership with e-commerce giant Shopee, Serenitea offers up delicious moments of serenity to milk tea fans with exclusive promos leading to and during the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, accessible via the Shopee mobile app.

12% off on ALL Serenitea drinks

From November 26 to December 11, Shopee users can shop for milk tea drinks and enjoy a 12% discount.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Milk tea lovers can take advantage of this amazing deal to order their favorites as well as discover new ones to enjoy, such as:

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Traditional Milk Tea
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Okinawa Milk Tea
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Malty Choco Milk Tea
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Taro Lover
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Thai Milk Tea
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Limited-edition co-branded cups

When milk tea fans purchase a large-sized Serenitea beverage during the same period, it will be served in a cute ShopeeXSerenitea cup. Scanning the QR code in the cup will allow the Shopee user to access exclusive offers such as Php1 Serenitea e-vouchers on Deals Near Me as well as more ShopeePay deals.

Buy 1 Get 1 on best sellers

On December 12, Shopee users can enjoy a Buy 1 Get 1 deal on Serenitea’s best-selling variants: Okinawa and Traditional Milk Tea. With this offer, the joy and sweetness can be shared with their someone special.

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ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea
ShopeeXSerenitea

Pay via ShopeePay

Shopee users can now enjoy a safe, convenient and cashless way to pay at selected Serenitea outlets: via ShopeePay! They can just scan the QR codes displayed at the counter to pay.

With these great offers from Shopee and Serenitea, tea’s the season to enjoy sweet moments of serenity.

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ShopeeXSerenitea

Check out all the #ShopeeXSerenitea offers via the Shopee mobile app at this page.

Check out my previous posts on Serenitea:

Elevate your holiday treats with the latest in world-class cooking technology

La Germania shares 3 easy and irresistible dessert ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth and gift your loved ones this Christmas season

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner! It’s no secret the Philippines celebrates the earliest and longest Christmas season in the world, especially when this holiday commemorates the 3 things Pinoy families value the most: faith, family and food.

Approaching the holidays, the kitchen comes alive with the hustle and bustle of delicious meals sizzling on the stove and warming up in the oven, filling the house with mouth watering aromas that beg the curious question: “What are we having?”

However, although this is the most beloved holiday, it can also be the busiest and most stressful season for home cooks. Planning and preparing your Noche Buena meals and ordering gifts can not only be time-consuming, but costly as well.

This holiday season, consider going through the personalized route by baking up a storm and serving up some homemade treats that are handmade with love. These dessert recipes are sure to be the perfect gift for your loved ones, or satisfy their sweet tooths during your holiday feasts.

Christmas Cookies

La Germania Christmas Photos

Take a break from your usual chocolate-chip by making special Christmas cookies.

With your La Germania Table Oven, you can prepare these cute and quirky treats that celebrate the festive spirit! With its thermostat control and 60-minute timer, you can whip up the perfect batch to wow the crowd and experiment with a variety of different recipes even if you have a small kitchen space. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa Claus!

Ingredients:

FOR THE COOKIE DOUGH

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. milk

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set the mixture aside after.
  2. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
  3. Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. When ready to roll, preheat the oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out the dough until 1/8” thick. 
  5. Cut out shapes and transfer to prepared baking sheets. You can use cookie cutters for fun shapes. You can also make your own if you’re feeling creative. Freeze it for 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking).
  6. Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until smooth, then add powdered sugar and beat until no lumps remain. Add cream, almond extract, and salt and beat until combined.
  7. Bake cookies until the edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. 
  8. Let cool, then frost and decorate as desired.

Dulce de Leche

La Germania Christmas Photos

You can step up the sweetness this season by making your own Dulce de Leche.

Aside from enjoying it on its own, you can drizzle Dulce de leche on ice cream, add it to your usual brownies, or layer them in smores. There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile dessert, and it will be so easy to make at home with the help of an induction cooker! 

A staple in smaller homes, an induction cooker can do a lot of wonders. This heat-tempered glass worktop has a timer and child-lock, meaning you can cook dishes safely and precisely while you bond with your kids in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of whole milk
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups sugar (adjust based on your preference)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large pot over medium-low heat, stir until the sugar or panela is well dissolved. Reduce the heat to low.
  2. Continue cooking until the mixture is significantly reduced and starts to thicken while the color changes from a creamy beige to a caramel tone. It will take between 2 ½ hours to 3 hours for the dulce de leche to be done.
  3. During the first 1 ½ hours you will need to stir occasionally to prevent it from boiling over and sticking. During the last hour, it needs to be stirred more frequently and has to be watched very closely to keep it from burning – you can also decrease the heat to low. 
  4. Cook it until it has a dark amber or caramel tone and has a creamy consistency. Keep in mind that it will thicken more when it cools down.
  5. The final product can be served warm or cold and must be kept refrigerated.

Classic Bibingka

La Germania Christmas Photos

A Noche Buena spread is incomplete without the classic Filipino rice cake known as Bibingka.

With your 90cm oven, you can prepare this holiday favorite at home. With its five cooking functions, including a fan-assisted electric oven, you can cook up a storm. Plus, its enamel cavity finish is easy to clean, making the whole cooking process so much easier. Preparing this particular dish may look like a daunting task, but it’s actually pretty easy to make. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk
  • 1 piece salted duck egg sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 3 pieces raw eggs
  • Pre-cut banana leaf

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, combine rice flour, baking powder, and salt then mix well. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter then gradually put-in sugar while whisking. Then, add the eggs then whisk until every ingredient is well incorporated.
  3. Gradually add the rice flour, salt, and baking powder mixture then continue mixing.
  4. Pour in coconut milk and fresh milk then whisk some more for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Arrange the pre-cut banana leaf on a cake pan or baking pan.
  6. Pour the mixture on the pan, then bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven then top with sliced salted egg and grated cheese (do not turn the oven off).
  8. Put back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the color of the top turns medium brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool. Brush the dish with butter and sprinkle some sugar on top once it cools. You can also top this with grated coconut.

These are only some of the mouthwatering holiday treats you can prepare with your La Germania kitchen appliances. Built according to the highest European standards in terms of construction and design, La Germania appliances allow you to prepare your Noche Buena extravaganza in an efficient and easy way. 

What’s more, as a special holiday treat, enjoy FREE aprons and cookware for a minimum spend of Php 5,000 when you shop on La Germania’s website during their 11.11 sale this November 11-30, 2021. With guaranteed durability and superior quality, they’re a good investment for you to channel your inner chef, and unleash your kitchen genius for all seasons to come!

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La Germania 11.11 1

La Germania products are available online through La Germania’s official e-commerce website www.lagermaniaph.com and e-commerce platforms on Shopee and Lazada. For more information on La Germania and its products, you may follow the official Facebook and Instagram accounts of the trusted kitchen and appliance brand.

About La Germania

Italian-heritage brand La Germania has been the preferred kitchen companion of Filipino homemakers for 53 years and counting. Its wide array of ovens, cooktops, and stoves is made of high-grade materials and designed to stand the test of time and extensive use. La Germania’s current line of products continues to serve the cooking needs and lifestyle of this generation and the next.

Recipes and food images provided by La Germania in a recent press release.

Header photo Freepik.

#YouDoYou with Yellow Cab’s sloppy wedges and party trays

We’re down to the last quarter of the year and you know what that means: celebrations!

Yes, ‘tis the season for merrymaking and central to every shindig is the abundance of food to enjoy with friends.

You can have this merriest of times anyway you like but it’s always best to experience it with good food!

Starting this October, Yellow Cab brings good eats fit how you want to celebrate the holiday season.

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Sloppy Wedges. We all love potatoes; it’s a very versatile vegetable. However, we’ve only just scratched the surface of its many possibilities.

Yellow Cab levels up its potato game with its Sloppy Wedges (Php129). These chunky potato wedges are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, a delight to the bite! Each order comes in your choice of sauce – Spicy Cheese, Garlic Ranch or Smoky BBQ – but if you can’t choose among the three, you can always go for the Ultimate option, which has all of them!

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Feel like entertaining some friends to some snacks while watching a movie at home? Yellow Cab’s Sloppy Wedges are the perfect foil to Yellow Cab’s bestselling pizzas, pastas or wings so your little house party will have a wonderful time nibbling in between breathtaking scenes.

Sloppy Wedges will be available in all Yellow Cab outlets nationwide for delivery, takeout, curbside pickup, drive-thru and dine-in starting October 4.

Party Trays. I personally can’t get enough of Yellow Cab’s Charlie Chan pasta. Actually its a pasta dish that comes across as an Asian noodle dish with al dente spaghetti stir-fried along with mushrooms, chicken, peanuts and spring onions in a sweet, tangy and spicy Oriental sauce. Its complex flavors will have people going for multiple servings.

Now, it’s available as a Party Tray which is a great way to share good food with family and friends!

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Other Party Tray variants include Chicken Alfredo – an old favorite with chicken strips, olives and basil chiffonade tossed in a creamy sauce – and Spaghetti and Meatballs – wherein giant meatballs are baked and simmered in a chunky red wine tomato sauce.

Pasta dishes go so well with wings so you can always pair your pasta party tray with the Yellow Cab’s Wings Party Box. This limited-time offer gives you your choice of four different flavors of chicken wing flavors – Yellow Cab’s original Hot Chix, buttery Garlic Parmesan, lip-smacking sweet soy and sweet and tangy Sriracha – all in a 1.75-pound box that’s good for sharing.

Pasta Tray prices start at Php900 while Wings Part Box start at Php1,000, which give you more than enough as your potluck contribution to an family gathering or an office party.

Both Pasta Party Trays and Wings Party Boxes will be available for delivery, takeout, curbside pickup and drive-thru from October 4 to January 9, just in time for the holidays.

Yellow Cab
Yellow Cab

Make this holiday season your own. Celebrate it the way you want with your old and newfound faves from Yellow Cab.

Yellow Cab delivers through its website.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature.

Good times and good eating with Hodai’s newest Daebag Set

With all we’ve been through during lockdowns and quarantines, one can’t help but hold out hope for better times ahead.

At the same time, we can’t help but look back on all the things we used to enjoy, like dining out to savor our favorite and spending fun times with family and friends.

Personally, I miss going out for Korean BBQ (or “mag-samgyup” as we Pinoys like to term it). The sheer adventure of grilling our own food as we talk, laugh and banter with our companions always proves enjoyable.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

A prime destination for this experience is Hodai Restaurant in Quezon City. Located in a remodeled two-story house along Examiner Street in Barangay West Triangle built in the 1960s, it lives up to its name (“Hodai” translates to “all you can” in Nihongo), it’s where you can get your fill of unlimited meats and side dishes.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

To mark its recent re-opening, Hodai Restaurant celebrates the good times ahead with its Daebag Set. For just Php599 per person, this set brings together everybody’s Korean BBQ and yakiniku favorites, plus more, into one table for everyone to enjoy.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Seafood. Includes salmon sashimi, assorted sushi rolls (California Roll, Kani Roll and Mango Roll) and Salmon Sushi (Torched Salmon Sushi with Spicy Sauce, Salmon Maki with Mustard Sauce and Salmon Sushi) as well as fresh shrimp.

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Salmon Sashimi
Hodai Daebak Set
Assorted Rolls
Hodai Daebak Set
Sushi
Hodai Daebak Set
Fresh Shrimp

LA Galbi. Barbecued beef short ribs cut thinly along the bone usually served during special occasions.

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LA Galbi

Cheese Spicy Ribs. Tender pork ribs marinated in gochujang sauce with stringy mozzarella cheese.

Hodai Daebak Set
Cheese Spicy Ribs

Five kinds of pork. Includes Herb Pork Steak, Daepae Pork, Plain Pork, Yakiniku Pork and Gochujang Pork.

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Herb Pork Steak
Hodai Daebak Set
Daepae Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Plain Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Yakiniku Pork
Hodai Daebak Set
Gochujang Pork

Five kinds of beef. Includes Enoki Beef Roll, Plain Beef, Herb Beef, Yangnyeom Beef and Gochujang Beef

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Enoki Beef Roll
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Plain Beef
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Herb Beef
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Gochujang Beef

Side dishes. Includes Beef Tteokbokki, Galbi Fried Chicken, Potato Marbles, Kimchi, Japchae, Fishcake and Sour Radish.

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Beef Tteokbokki
Hodai Daebak Set
Galbi Fried Chicken
Hodai Daebak Set
Kimchi
Hodai Daebak Set
Japchae
Hodai Daebak Set
Fishcake
Hodai Daebak Set
Assorted Side Dishes

Did you know that “daebag” translates to “Awesome!” in Korean? In Korean dramas. it’s usually uttered as an expression of surprise at a positive situation. No doubt you will echo the same sentiment when this sumptuous spread is laid before you and your companions.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Such a delicious bounty sure seems like a portent of great things to come, doesn’t it? Well, invite more good fortune into your life by gathering your nears-and-dears and celebrating being alive and being together over good food. (While practicing physical distancing, of course!)

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

If you feel that luck is on your side, here’s your chance to win a free Daebag Set. From September 27 to October 10, paying adults ordering the Daebag Set can play a fun game wherein they can choose one out of four boxes containing a dalgona candy with an imprinted shape. They will be tasked to trim away the candy outside the imprinted shape using just a toothpick. Any customer that successfully accomplished this feat will be awarded a free Daebag Set.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

(You might be getting flashbacks to similar scenes in the Netflix Show Squid Game, but this activity is actually a favorite pastime of Korean kids.)

So if you feel that you have been without fun times with family and friends over good food for too long, go meet up at Hodai Restaurant and feast over the Daebag Set.

Hodai Daebak Set
Hodai Daebak Set

Hodai Restaurant is located at 14 Examiner Street, Barangay West Triangle, quezon City, open daily for dine-in from 12 noon to 10pm. Note: Al fresco diners is available for all customers regardless of vaccination status while indoor diners are required to present their vaccination cards.

To reserve your table, call +63 956 4605848.

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies, I attended a food tasting held at this restaurant. Food items were served to facilitate this feature and were not paid for by the attendees.

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

Summer greetings from Grab!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Promo details provided in a recent press release

Smart Shopping Tips for Shopee’s 4.15 Pay Day Sale

Stocking up on essentials you will need while on MECQ? The good news is that you don’t have to leave the safety of home nor burn a hole through your pockets to get the items you need.

Replenishing your supply of groceries, hygiene products, or personal care items is a breeze with online shopping. Aside from the convenience and safety of getting all your purchases delivered to your home, you can enjoy huge savings through perks such as free shipping, cashback, and more when you purchase on Shopee.

Here are some ways you can stretch each peso and maximize your sweldo at Shopee’s Payday Sale today.

Always check if free shipping is available

Ditch the additional fees and enjoy more savings by using free shipping vouchers. This April 15, you can claim free shipping vouchers sitewide, available with no minimum spend, from 12:00 to 2:00 AM. You can also enjoy all-day free shipping from participating shops.

Make the most of coin cashback deals

Did you know that you can get coin cashback deals when you shop on Shopee? You can redeem coins for discounts on your subsequent purchases. Get 20% cashback on all your purchases from 12:00 to 2:00 AM, then enjoy 15% cashback for the rest of the day.

Pro tip: to earn even more coins, click the Daily Check-In Button on the Coins Rewards section, play Shopee Prizes, view Shopee Live streams, and review your purchases.

Keep an eye out for ₱15 flash deals

You can get products priced as high as ₱3,999 for only ₱15. Keep checking Shopee throughout the day to score these Fila Women’s Shoes, Unilove Baby Package, Zeus x Fujisan Desk Speakers, and more for only ₱15. 

Use ShopeePay to enjoy more rewards

Shop, buy load and pay bills with ShopeePay to earn additional perks. Check out with ShopeePay to get free shipping vouchers and an extra 15% cashback with no minimum spend. You can also enjoy ₱1 deals from your favorite fast-food brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Bonchon, Big Guys, and Red Ribbon. From 12:00 to 2:00 AM, buy ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1 and enjoy free access to Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, and more. Finally, get up to 25% cashback when you pay your electricity, water, and internet bills with ShopeePay!

Use these tips and tricks to make the most out of your hard-earned money when you shop for essentials at Shopee’s 4.15 Payday Sale! For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/payday-sale

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Want to win a Home Appliance and Gadgets bundle from Shopee?

One lucky Pinoy’s dream will come true as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, along with its newest brand ambassador, Willie Revillame, bring the newest exciting online contest, #MyShopeeWish.

Shopee users can submit video entries – the more heartfelt, the better – for a chance to win a Mega Package from Shopee and Willie Revillame. The Mega Package includes an exciting selection of gadgets and home appliances from top brands such as a La Germania Gas Stove, LG Refrigerator, Sharp Washing Machine, Union Electric Fan, Ballarini Frying Pan, Samsung Galaxy A12, and Sharp 32-Inch Television.  

#MyShopeeWish is just one of the many activities shoppers can look forward to at the 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale. This is part of Shopee’s efforts to make online shopping more entertaining and rewarding for Filipinos. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to join #MyShopeeWish: 

  1. Create a 30-60 second video explaining why you deserve to win the Mega Package. The video should have a maximum size of 50 MB. 
  2. From March 18 to April 4, upload your video entry to http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish. Provide personal information such as your full name, mobile phone number, home address, email address, and Shopee username as well.
  1. You can only upload one official entry. However, you can also post your video on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or TikTok accounts with the hashtags #MyShopeeWish #MEGAnonSaShopee.
  2. Shopee’s social media team will screen each entry based on the following criteria: authenticity, 10%; adherence to the mechanics, 20%; Shopee branding, 15%; memorability, 35%; and video presentation, 20%. 
  3. Shopee will select 20 finalists during the preliminary judging on April 7. Shortlisted finalists will make it to the final judging on April 8. Look out for the winner announcement on April 11 via Shopee’s official Facebook page.
  4. Shopee will also notify the winner through their registered mobile number, email address, and mailing address.

Submit your #MyShopeeWish entries now and let Shopee know why you deserve to have your wish granted! 

For more information on how to join #MyShopeeWish, visit http://bit.ly/44MyShopeeWish

Per DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB – 115769 series of 2021

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

J.CO Donuts’ 9th anniversary offer

Head’s up, dessert lovers!

In celebration of its ninth anniversary, J.CO Donuts & Coffee is offering two dozen of its delicious donuts for only Php550 until March 17!

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Originating from Indonesia in the early 2000s, J.CO Donuts set about creating soft and fluffy donuts that come with all sorts of premium toppings and fillings.

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Taking advantage of this offer, I had two boxes, each with a dozen of these treats, delivered to my home for the fam’s dessert.

The most notable among these sweet offerings include:

  • Al Capone. Dipped in white chocolate with toasted sliced almonds strewn on top, this donut has been my go-to treat since I first stepped into a J.CO Donuts store.
  • Berry Spears. Filled with whipped cream, dipped in strawberry jam and garnished with flakes of white chocolate, it is a fruity confection for dessert lovers.
  • Caviar Chocolate. Dipped in hazelnut chocolate with dark chocolate coated crisps sprinkled on top, it’s a treat for chocolate lovers.
  • Mr. Green Tea. Dipped in green tea chocolate with crushed toasted almonds strewn on top, it will appeal to matcha fans.

With the sheer variety of donut options included in these boxes, we found our all-time faves and some new ones, too!

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

So why don’t you go on a donut adventure with your nears-and-dears and order these for yourself?

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

Order via GrabFood or send J.CO Donuts a message via Facebook Messenger.

JCo Donuts 9th Anniversary

This J.CO Donut & Coffee branch is located at Ground Floor, 1800 Eastwood Avenue, Libis, Quezon City, open daily from 10am to 5pm.

J.CO Donuts & Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Ripplin’ sushi at Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami refers to “small waves” or “ripples.”

It may very well refer to the ripples of gastronomic pleasure you experience when you bite into the sushi rolls made at the new sushi place in SM Megamall named Sazanami.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

If you haven’t been to Eatogether Food Hall, I suggest you visit it stat because here you can take part in a new wave of dining experiences like the one at Sazanami.

It offers, not your run-of-the-mill sushi rolls, but ones that use various (and even surprising!) ingredients and make them into tasty combinations that tickle your fancy, not to mention your tastebuds. This is in large part thanks to Sazanami’s in-house sushi chef who’s been servin’ up these sushi rolls since the 90s.

During a recent foodie meetup at Eatogether Food Hall, my fellow foodies and I were able to sample some of its delectable sushi creations. Each sushi roll order is served with pickled ginger, wasabi and Japanese soy sauce, as well as Sazanami’s signature creamy and savory sauce that go so well with its sushi variants.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Ready for a run-down of your delightful sushi options at Sazanami?

Take for example its Sazanami Maki (Php265/8pcs). This is the house specialty baked sushi with salmon, sesame seeds, scallions, spiced garlic mayo, unagi sauce, mango bits and kani.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami, SM Megamall

The Yin Yang Roll (Php265/10pcs), on the other hand, is one of the store’s best sellers. It’s a deep-fried and crunchy shrimp tempura roll with cream cheese and umagi sauce.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami, SM Megamall

The Special Roll (Php295/8pcs) is a treat: it’s ingredients vary every week, making it a real foodie adventure. So if you want to have a sushi surprise, go for this sushi roll!

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami, SM Megamall

With such a tasty sampler, I just knew I had to take some home to the fam who are all certified sushi lovers.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

All I had to do was give my order at the stall where servers selected my choices from their menu screen, a bill was run up automatically and I just had to pay via GCash! What a safe and contactless way to get your food, huh? (By the way, other contactless payment options are available or you can just get a Vikings Card at the Eatogether Food Hall reception and load it up every time you visit.)

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Curious on what I took home? Check these out:

First, I got an order of Ripple Roll (Php260), Sazanami’s own version of the classic California Maki, with crabstick, mango, tobikko and black sesami fried kani stick.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Then, I got a cute Caterpillar Maki (Php195), a sushi roll made with kani, cucumber, avocado, sesame seeds and unagi sauce.

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Sazanami, SM Megamall

And thanks to Sazanami’s ongoing promo which gives four Sazanami Maki pieces free for every sushi order, I was able bring home an additional eight Sazanami Maki pieces!

Sazanami, SM Megamall

Well, the fam devoured the sushi as soon as I got home so I could pretty much say these were met with their approval.

If you’re on the lookout for your next sushi adventure, do give Sazanami a try!

Sazanami is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting here together with fellow foodies. All food items mentioned here were served for us to sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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

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Double servings of Ramen at Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Are you loving the recent spate of cold weather, foodies?

Chilly days like these make me want to slurp on some fully loaded and steaming hot ramen. When I’m feeling particularly ravenous, I don’t think a single bowl would suffice.

Well, wouldn’t you know it: at the newly opened Dabururamen at SM Megamall, I can get two bowls for the price of one! Yey!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

“Daburo” is one way of saying “double” in Japanese. With its ramen dishes available on Buy 1 Take 1 deals, Dabururamen gives you double the flavor and double the ramen goodness with every order.

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Are you curious yet on what you can enjoy at Dabururamen? Here’s a sampling:

Daburu Ramen (Php358 for double | Php188 for single). The house special ramen with rich broth, chashu slice and marinated egg, resulting to a hearty blend of authentic Japanese flavors. Definitely incredouble!

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Kamabaku Ramen (Php348 for double | Php198 for single). Dabururamen’s version of the Tantanmen and my new favorite! Its blend of nutty and spicy sweetness can’t be beat!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Melting Gyoza (Php98 for 6pcs | Php190 for 12pcs). The classic Japanese dumpling made with minced pork and chopped vegetables gets an upgrade with the addition of oozing melted cheese!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

House Special Takoyaki (Php168 for 6pcs | Php298 for 12pcs). A mixture of wheat batter and chopped octopus formed into succulent and savory balls topped with special sauce and bonito flakes.

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

So the next time you’ve got a monster craving for ramen or just want to chase the chilly weather blues away, drop by Dabururamen!

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Daburu Ramen, SM Megamall

Update: I went back to Eatogether Food Hall with my foodie friends and was able to try more of Dabururamen’s dishes. Check them out!

Shoyu Ramen (Php328 for double | Php185 for single). Crispy pork katsu tops a bowl of savory clear soup, spring onions, nori and mushrooms.

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Cheesy Katsudon Poppers (Php275). Cheese-stuffed breaded pork roulade drizzled with Dabururamen’s Emperor sauce and served with cabbage salad and oriental veggies.

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

And again, more of that fabulous Dabururamen. Yey!

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Now I’m looking forward to more visits!

Dabururamen, SM Megamall

Dabururamen is located at Eatogether Food Hall, Second Floor, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For delivery, call in your orders at +63 917 1598522 or +63 9605151688. You may also course your order through FoodPanda, GrabFood and Poodtrip.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting here together with fellow foodies. Food items mentioned here were served to let us sample the fare and elicit our honest feedback.

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

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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.

Get “Berry Much in Love” with these newly relaunched strawberry drinks from Moonleaf Tea Shop

Who can resist strawberries?

That vibrant red color, the rich plumpness of the fruit, the heady beckoning fragrance and the burst of fruity sweetness as you bite into it with just a bit of tanginess to make it all the more intriguing to the palate. Any encounter with this fruit is a sensual delight.

Strawberry

It’s hardly surprising, then, that this fruit becomes so prevalent around Valentine’s Day.

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Moonleaf Tea Shop brings strawberry lovers fresh ways to enjoy their favorite fruit with the relaunch of its strawberry line of drinks under its Berry Much in Love category.

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

These drinks pair the fruity sweetness of strawberry with Moonleaf’s house-brewed black or green tea, creamy milk, and chewy coconut nata. This line includes:

Strawberry Milk Tea with Nata (Php120).

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Strawberry Black Tea with Nata (Php100).

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Strawberry Yakult with Nata (Php120).

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Strawberry Milk Slush with Nata (Php160).

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Since these drinks are best enjoyed when shared with our special someone, Moonleaf makes this drinks available on special deals which give great savings:

  • 2 Strawberry Milk Tea with Nata for Php199 (save Php41)
  • 2 Strawberry Black Tea with Nata for Php179 (save Php21)
  • 2 Strawberry Yakult with Nata for Php189 (save Php51)
  • 2 Strawberry Milk Slush with Nata for Php249 (save Php71)

Enjoy these deals until March 31, 2021.

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Can’t wait to get “Berry Much in Love” with these drinks? Grab yours now by dropping by your nearest Moonleaf Tea Shop branch or ordering from GrabFood, FoodPanda, Shopee and Lazada.

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Moonleaf Berry Much In Love

Disclosure: Product samples were provided to facilitate this feature article.

Photo credit: Massimiliano Martini on Unsplash for the strawberry photo

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

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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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