Sumptuous snacking at Silverspoon, Tomas Morato

Did you welcome the loosening of quarantine restrictions and the prospect of being able to dine out?

I know I did!

Aside from the assurance that the pandemic is steadily easing its hold on the metro, the added freedom to wander about has allowed me and my friends to meet up for a sumptuous snack at one of my new favorite haunts: Silverspoon.

A cozy and hidden spot in a busy food haven

This little cafe tucked away in a quiet side street near the busy food hotspot Tomas Morato Avenue is the brainchild of young entrepreneur Decie Montefrio, who transitioned her thriving food delivery business during the pandemic into a lovely brick-and-mortar restaurant that serves a combination of Filipino and intercontinental dishes.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

I just love its minimalist aesthetic and comfy furnishings, it offers you a bright yet cozy setting for a satisfying meal or a light repast, whether you’re going solo or with friends.

Plus, the place also offers WiFi access so you can enjoy a change of scenery as you study or do some remote work here.

Expanded menu to include snackables

Recently, Decie and her team expanded Silverspoon’s menu to also include lighter dishes, perfect for a quick lunch or snack in between meals.

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SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

These include tasty sandwiches accompanied by a side of fries and housemade sauce, as well as mouth-watering appetizers and a kid-friendly pasta dish which can be paired with Silverspoon’s signature handcrafted drinks. Check them out!

Tapa Burger (Php265). Tender slivers of savory cured beef on cucumber and tomato, topped with julienned greens.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Mushroom Burger (Php265). Silverspoon’s vegetarian sandwich option with thin mushroom slivers sauteed in garlic on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy-fried veggies.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Crispy Chicken Sandwich (Php275). Crispy Southern-fried chicken breast fillet on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy onion rings and julienned greens.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Fish Fillet Sandwich (Php290). Crispy fried fillet of fish on cucumber and tomato topped with crispy onion rings and julienned greens

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Grilled Sausage Sandwich (Php310). Cheese-filled Hungarian sausage on cucumber and tomatoes topped with crispy-fried veggies.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

SS Clubhouse (Php380). Generous layers of bacon, ham and egg with cucumber and tomatoes in between slices of lightly toasted bread served with a side of crunchy potato chips.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Buffalo Chicken Wings (Php250). Juicy fried chicken wing pieces covered in Buffalo glaze (your choice among 3 levels of spiciness) and served with housemade aioli.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Filipino-Style Meatball Spaghetti (Php285). A delight for kids who love sweet-style spaghetti, especially with the giant cheese-filled meatball at the center.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Ube Macapuno Cheesecake (Php245). Two Pinoy dessert flavors – ube and macapuno – combined in one decadent cheesecake.

SilverSpoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Brewed Coffee (Php115). Freshly brewed from Arabica beans with Sagada, Kalinga, Barako, Hazelnut and Macadamia variants, available hot or iced.

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Hot Sagada
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Iced Kalinga

Chocolate (Php120). Silverspoon’s Signature classic thick and comforting chocolate, available hot or iced.

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Hot Chocolate
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Iced Chocolate

With such delicious inclusions to Silverspoon’s menu, it’s definitely all-set to be my all-day foodie haunt.

So the next time you crave for some snackables and want to hang out somewhere comforting and cozy, grab a friend or two and drop by Silverspoon to get that spoonful of happiness.

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SilverSpoon Snack
Silverspoon Snack
SilverSpoon Snack

Silverspoon Kitchenette is located at 81 Scout Gandia Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City, open daily for dine-in, takeout or delivery from 11am to 10pm. For inquiries, reservations or delivery orders, call +63 917 1603327. It also delivers via GrabFood and FoodPanda.

For updates on its latest offers, follow Silverspoon on Facebook or Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting event held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to facilitate an honest review and were not paid for by the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about Silverspoon:

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits celebrates POUR years

In heaven there is no beer, (no beer!)
That’s why we drink it here (right here!)
And when we’re gone from here,
Our friends will be drinking all our beer!

Well, I couldn’t posit on the unavailability of booze past the Pearly Gates, but I do know a place where good ales abound that it’s sheer heaven to beer lovers: Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits.

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Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

This nano-brewery and pub hidden away in the Quezon City suburbs is known for producing high-quality craft beers, hard ciders and hard seltzers while incorporating sugars from local fruits such as mangoes, dalandan, guava and guyabano, readily available on tap for customers thirsting for their favorite beverage and a good time with friends.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Elias came about when owner and certified beer sommelier Raoul Masangkay brought home the wealth of knowledge on the art and science of fermented drinks that he developed in the US as well as his award-winning craft beer recipes back home to Manila.

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Here, expert and budding beer connoisseurs can enjoy artisanal beverages, brewed for six hours, fermented in small batches for four weeks, re-carbonated for four days before bottling, resulting to artisanal beers that have a a clear and sparkling appearance as well as a clean and distinct taste. These can be enjoyed by the bottle, on tap or in tasting flights.

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Bright Side Very Berry
(hard seltzer)
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Lost in Japan
(white ale)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Pwedeee Guava
(hard cider)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Supa Fly
(India pale ale)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Darker Vader
(stout)
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Tasting Flight: Half Full (ale), Hop Boi (IPA), Rose Rizal (hard cider), Swabe Raspberry (hard cider)

Of course, beer is best enjoyed with some chows. Fortunately, Elias offers mouth-watering pulutan with a twist that make swillin’ your booze so much more fun.

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Pulled Pork Nachos
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Honey Glazed Wings
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Pride Chicken
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Wicked Sisig
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Crispy Pata
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

Plus, in celebration of its four years in the business, Elias launched an epic three-day celebration called POUR Years. From April 22 to 24, customers can enjoy unlimited refills of over twenty types of craft beers, hard ciders and hard seltzers on tap for just Php1000, plus daily specials:

  • Apr 22 (Fri): Libis Nights Throwback with DJs Simon Castro, Jeano and Mike Tan
  • Apr 23 (Sat): Acoustic Rockeoke
  • Apr 24 (Sun): Unli Wings
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Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits

So now’s definitely the time to join the outpouring of fun, plus happy times with good food and great friends, and, of course, our favorite booze, while we still can, right? Just in case it’s true that in heaven, there is no beer, we should definitely drink it all here!

Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits is located at 13 Ubay Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, open daily from 3pm to 1am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 926 6179030 or check out its beverage at food menu at www.wickedelias.com.

Disclosure: I attended a food tasting for media held at this establishment. Food and beverage items mentioned here were served at no cost to the attendees.

A great reason to dine out: House of Lasagna’s Pizza and Wings Happy Hour

After almost two years of lockdown and community quarantine restrictions, it sometimes seems as if we are just now emerging from our cocoons, relatively free to go out into the world once more.

That’s surely something worth celebrating, right?

Lucky us, House of Lasagna’s got just the thing that will make our celebrations complete: a Pizza and Wings Happy Hour!

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

From April 18 to May 7, 2022, from 2pm to 5pm, we can give our appetites for tasty and hearty food free rein for 90 minutes with unlimited refills of these irresistible selections:

Pergola Pizzeria

Composed of three best-selling variants of House of Lasagna’s line of stone-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas, these feature that irresistible combination of crunchy-chewy crust and flavorful toppings.

Pergola Special. Topped with bacon, ham, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, onions and mozzarella.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

Pepperoni. Topped with pepperoni, mozzarella and aged cheddar.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

All Meat. Topped with premium ground beef, bacon, ham and mozzarella.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

Southern Fried Chicken Wings

These consist of three variants of chicken wings coated in batter, deep-fried to achieve that golden-brown skin and juicy meat, then shaken with flavorings to add new dimensions in taste to the dish.

Original.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

Classic Buffalo.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

Garlic Parmesan.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

House Iced Tea

House of Lasagna’s Pergola Pizzas and Southern Fried Chicken Wings are best paired with the restaurant’s refreshing house iced tea, served bottomless and available only through this Happy Hour offer.

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House of Lasagna Happy Hour

Treat yourself and your #TeamDineIn buddies to House of Lasagna’s Happy Hour Unli Pizza and Wings offer for just Php499/head.

So go ahead and celebrate our collective re-emergence from being cooped up for the past two years by dining in at these House of Lasagna branches and taking advantage of its Happy Hour treats:

  • 240 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes Paranaque, Paranaque City
  • 218 Katipunan Ave, Project 4, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Quezon City
  • 3/F Dela Rosa Carpark 2 Bldg., Dela Rosa St. , Brgy. San Lorenzo Legaspi Village Makati, Makati
  • Unit 2 l, Ground Floor, Quad 2, Plaridel, Sto. Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga (starting Wednesday, April 20, 2022)
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour
House of Lasagna Happy Hour

To keep updated of its latest promos and offers, follow House of Lasagna on Facebook and Instagram.

You may also order House of Lasagna’s ala carte offers online through its website, which covers delivery in Metro Manila, Batangas (Lipa, Tanauan, Padre Garcia, Rosario,Cuenca, San Jose, Mataas na Kahoy, Malvar, Sto. Tomas), Cavite (Kawit, Imus, Bacoor), Laguna ( Biñan and San Pedro) and Rizal (Cainta, Taytay, Antipolo, Angono and Binangonan). It accepts payments via GCash, Visa and Mastercard.

Disclosure: I attended a food-tasting held by this restaurant wherein food items were served at no cost to the attendees.

Check out my previous posts on House of Lasagna:

Gourmet Food Trippin’ at Manila Ocean Park

How’s your summer going so far, foodies?

If you’ve got a hankering for some #VitaminSea but are not keen on leaving the city, then Manila Ocean Park is definitely the place to be!

Having just reopened after nearly two years of being closed to the public, Manila Ocean Park is reinforcing its positioning as the all-season holiday destination with eight exciting attractions now ready for the hordes of urbanites like you who are raring for fun and adventure.

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Exploring the Oceanarium
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Sea Lion Encounter

All that walking around and sight-seeing is sure to work up an appetite, though. Well, don’t worry, dear foodies, because Manila Ocean Park also serves up gastronomic delights that will satisfy even the most discerning gastronome.

These culinary creations are all curated by Manila Ocean Park’s Executive Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi, who brings his extraordinary skill sets to bear in bringing distinctly gourmet dining experiences for the park’s visitors through its in-house restaurants.

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Chef Ranuka Hettiarachchi, Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H20’s Executive Chef
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Chef Ranuka joins Mr Francis Low in welcoming me and my fellow bloggers to Manila Ocean Park

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar came about in May 2021 when the lockdowns were beginning to ease up but indoor dining was not yet allowed. By making use of Manila Ocean Park’s Barnyard area to offer al fresco dining, and serving up a refreshed menu of Asian fusion dishes, this newly opened eatery became a bright spot for foodies looking for restaurant-quality fare during quarantine.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar
Garden Dining by White Moon Bar

Looking at these mouth-watering dishes, you would be hard-pressed to imagine Chef Ranuka whipping these up using just a griddle and stove, which was all he had available when this restaurant first opened.

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Pineapple Glazed Pork Liempo (Php280). Grilled pork belly slices glazed with homemade pineapple sauce served with fried potato wedges, mixed salad and spicy mayo dip.
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Bulalo Steak (Php450). Batangas beef shank, sweet corn, French beans and cabbage served in garlicky gravy with Java rice.
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Umami Chicken & Cheese Madness (Php240). Grilled chicken thigh fillet in mushroom ang garlic sauce topped with melted mozzarella cheese, and served with sauteed greens, fried seaweed and Java rice.
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Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings (Php200). Deep-fried chicken wings glazed in sriracha and fermented bean paste, garnished with spring onions, garlic pechay and white sesame, served with Java rice.
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Hungarian Sausage (Php370). Fried sausages served with potato wedges and Dijon mustard.
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Blueberry Cheesecake (Php190).

While feasting on these dishes, you can quench your thirst with refreshing shakes and cocktails.

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Watermelon Shake (Php120).
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Pineapple Shake (Php120).
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Ginger + Honey + Citrus Booster (Php120).
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Mojito (Php220). Refreshing cocktail made with white rum, mint, citrus juice and soda water.

Garden Dining by White Moon Bar is located at the side entrance of Manila Ocean Park near The Barnyard and Sea Lion pool.

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MOP Food Trip
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Read about my previous experience here.

Makan Makan Asian Food Village

Makan Makan Asian Food Village got its name from the Singaporean expression that invites people to eat.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

Located at the second floor of Hotel H2O off to the side of Manila Ocean Park, this restaurant presents an extensive array of tasty Singaporean hawker fare, staple Chinese dishes, and Pinoy classic faves, giving hotel guests and park visitors a viable option for their midday or evening meal.

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Chicken Corn & Egg Drop Soup (Php380). A thick and soothing savory soup with chunks of minced chicken, corn and ribbons of egg whisked into the broth.
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Mixed Seafood Fried Rice (Php360). A distinctly Asian twist to our sinangag with the addition of finely chopped seafood and veggies.
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Crispy Pork with Adobong Kangkong (Php420). A take on the Ilocano dish Apan-Apan which features slices of deep fried pork belly on a bed of sauteed water spinach.
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Sweet & Sour Fish Fillet (Php350). A Singaporean version of our Escabeche made with battered and deep-fried fillets of fish served in a sweet and sour sauce.
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Pancit Canton (Php300). A Pinoy favorite made of egg noodles tossed with sauteed veggies, seafood and chopped meat.
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Sambal Squid (Php490). Also known as Sambal Sotong, it is made of fresh squid rings cooked in a sauce made with chili, shallots and garlic.

With both familiar and exotic dishes on offer, Makan Makan Asian Food Village is a worthy food stop during your Manila Ocean Park adventure.

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MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip
MOP Food Trip

For more details and updates on its food offerings, follow Makan Makan Asian Food Village on Facebook and Instagram.

Garden Cafe by Hotel H2O

If you feel like you want to take a coffee break in the middle of your wanderings around the park, drop by Garden Cafe by Hotel H2Oo. Here, you can relax amidst a refreshing backdrop of foliage and open air, while you sip your handcrafted coffee or smoothie.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

You may as well indulge yourself with some pastries while you’re at it. These confections are usually sea-themed and lovingly crafted by Chef Ranuka’s pastry chefs.

Mirror Glazed Sea-Themed Cake.

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MOP Food Trip
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Aqua Bavarian Donut.

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MOP Food Trip

Other Pastries.

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Almond Chocolate
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Sable Cookies

Want something to help you combat a hot day? Go for some iced coffee, then.

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Iced Latte (Php100).
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Iced Mocha (Php110).
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Iced Kopi Tarik (Php110). Made with coffee dark roasted with margarine and sugar, sweetened with condensed milk.
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Don’t hesitate to sit down and take a break with your pals while having some coffee and pastries in this comfy (and very Instagrammable) nook.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

Garden Cafe by Hotel H2O is located at the ground floor of Hotel H2OO, easily accessible from Manila Ocean Park.

Follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

White Moon Bar

Want to end your Manila Ocean Park adventure on a high note?

Then, proceed to the second floor deck of Hotel H2O to catch the gorgeous sunset while you hang out at White Moon Bar.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

Nibble on some appetizing bar chow while listening to chill music.

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Chicharon Bulaklak (Php280).
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Potato Wedges (Php180).
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Edamame Beans (Php350).
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Beef Burger (Php400).

Of course, your sunset chillout sesh wouldn’t be complete without some of White Moon Bar’s Classic and Signature cocktails.

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Tequila Sunset (Php300). A sweetened version of Tequila Sunrise due to the addition of grenadine.
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Amalfi Sour (Php390). Made with limoncello and vodka, shaken with honey, strawberries and fresh lemon juice.
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Sangria Blanco (Php320). Made with white wine, a splash of sweet citrus, cucumbers and peaches.
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So take the time to enjoy good food and great company at White Moon Bar as you wind down from your activity-packed day at Manila Ocean Park.

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MOP Food Trip
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MOP Food Trip

Follow White Moon Bar by Hotel H2O on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on its offers.

Watch out for more foodie destinations that Manila Ocean Park will be launching soon!

Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta along Roxas Boulevard, Ermita Manila. To stay updated on its promos and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended food tastings held at these restaurants during my recent tours in Manila Ocean Park. Food items here were served at no cost to the attendees.

Check out my previous posts about Manila Ocean Park:

Pasalubong from the “Home of the Original Cheesebread” – LA Bakeshop in Pampanga

One of the highlights of the Pampanga Food Crawl that I joined with my fellow foodies is our stop at LA Bakeshop for my first taste of its cheesebread.

This bakery-slash-cafe has been baking this singular artisanal pastry since 1985, further solidifying the Kapampangan’s reputation for culinary ingenuity.

LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop

After several lambings, my boss took advantage of one of her trips home to Pampanga to bring me a welcome pasalubong: a box of cheesebread and Spanish bread from LA Bakeshop.

LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop

One bite of LA Bakeshop’s famous cheesebread will surely have you craving for more. When served while still warm from the oven, its sweet milky scent will get you salivating. Its cheesy crust gives way to soft and milky bread underneath. It’s best enjoyed when paired with hot coffee or chocolate for breakfast or merienda.

LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop

LA Bakeshop’s Spanish bread, on the other hand, is soft with a buttery sugar filling. It has been a merienda favorite since childhood.

LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop

The fam and I enjoyed this box of goodies for our afternoon snack or post-dinner dessert!

LA Bakeshop’s cheesebreads sell for Php7 apiece or Php210 for a box of thirty pieces, while its Spanish bread sells of Php9 apiece or Php270 for a box of thirty pieces. The best deal is to get a box of fifteen cheesebread pieces and fifteen Spanish bread pieces for Php240.

LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop
LA Bakeshop

LA Bakeshop also sells classic breads such as pan de sal, pandesitos, pesto sticks, ensaymadas and ensaymadas.

Its branches are located at:

  • Main Branch/San Fernando: 318 Abad Santos Street, Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Dolores Branch: McArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Saguin Branch: Unit 7 AP Building, McArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Sto. Rosario Angeles Branch: 792 Sto. Rosario Street, Angeles City, Pampanga
  • Balibago Branch: 1 Sandico Building, McArthur Highway, Angeles City, Pampanga

For more news and updates on LA Bakeshop, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

#YouDoYou with Yellow Cab’s new Truffle Honey & Cheese Pizza

Want to treat your taste buds to something new and exotic? Well, Yellow Cab’s got something exciting for you this April!

It’s newest pizza variant is sure to win your hearts, from the intoxicating earthy aroma that wafts to your nostrils as you open its box to the bursts of decadent decadent flavors in your mouth with every bite.

Curious yet?

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Available only for a limited time, Yellow Cab’s Truffle Honey & Cheese Pizza (Php349 for 9″ | Php580 for 12″ | Php790 for 15″) is a wondrous edge-to-edge combination of savory shiitake mushrooms and olive slices on a bed of gooey mozzarella and tangy cheddar cheese. Adding new dimensions of flavor to this pizza are the drizzles of golden honey and infusion of aromatic black truffle oil.

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Just when you thought that pizza just couldn’t get any better, Yellow Cab brings you this delicious creation!

The Truffle Honey & Cheese Pizza is available only from April 4 to July 3, 2022 in all Yellow Cab stores nationwide for dine-in, takeout, drive-thru, delivery or curbside pick-up. Whether you prefer your Yellow Cab pizzas in Original or NY-style thin crust variant, you’ve got no worries as it is available in both.

You can also choose to complement your pizza with your other Yellow Cab favorites, such as:

Spaghetti & Meatballs (Php210 regular| Php390 large). The classic spaghetti dish made with al dente noodles topped with giant meatballs which were baked and simmered in a rich and chunky red wine and tomato sauce.

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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Poppers (Php220 regular | Php450 large). Boneless chicken bites fried to that GBD (Golden Brown Delicious) state then flavored with buttery Garlic Parmesan.

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With this winning combination of new offerings and classic go-to dishes at Yellow Cab, the days ahead are sure looking up!

So what are you waiting for? #YouDoYou and order now from Yellow Cab!

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Yellow Cab is a quick casual dining restaurant that offers New York-style pizzas made the best and finest ingredients.

It’s delivery hotlines include:

  • Metro Manila: (02) 8-789-9999
  • Baguio: (074) 442-9999
  • Batangas: (043) 723-2222
  • Cavite: (046) 416-9999
  • Cebu: (032) 254-1111
  • Laguna: (049) 502-9999

It also delivers through its website, GrabFood and FoodPanda.

To stay updated on its products and offers, follow Yellow Cab on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Check out my previous posts on Yellow Cab’s exciting offerings:

Disclosure: A product sample was provided to facilitate this feature.

Quick and sweet escape at Cinnabon, Estancia Mall

Whenever the stresses of work get me down, I know I can count on some sweet indulgence to pick me right up.

And what better #indulgingcomfort is out there other than minibons from my all-time favorite: Cinnabon!

Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia

Cinnabon has been around since the mid-80s when Seattle’s father-and-son team Rich and Greg Komen partnered with master baker Jerilyn Brusseau to come up with the most delectable cinnamon bun possible.

The result of their success propelled Cinnabon from its origins in the Pacific Northwest to the other parts of the US, then the world.

Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia

Cinnabon reached our shores back in 1999 with the opening of its first bakery at Robinsons Place Manila.

From that initial store, Cinnabon grew into a fixture in various malls nationwide, enticing mall-goers with the delicious scent of freshly baked cinnamon buns.

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Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia

In one such store located at Estancia Mall in Ortigas, I met up with my fellow Maritesses to exchange some tea (ie, gossip) about the goings-on in our lives while treating ourselves to some sweet delight, courtesy of our orders of Cinnabon’s Minibons.

These included:

Classic Cinnabon (Php85). The recipe that started it all in a more compact size, perfect for snacking.

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Cinnabon Estancia

Chocobon (Php95). The classic cinnabon with an added chocolatey delight.

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Cinnabon Estancia

Caramel Pecanbon (Php100). My favorite among the Cinnabon variants which is made with caramel sauce and chopped pecans.

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Cinnabon Estancia

Our group enjoyed our indulgent comfort in the form of a Triple Combo 9 Cinna-Pack (Php580). This box of nine minibons contains three pieces each of the classic, chocobon and caramel pecanbon minibons.

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Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia
Cinnabon Estancia

We paired our minibons with cold drinks – Iced Americano (Php110) and Iced Mocha (Php130) – to cool us down on a very hot day.

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Cinnabon Estancia

Who says we can’t indulge ourselves with some sweetness?

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Cinnabon Estancia

This Cinnabon outlet is located at the Lower Ground, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Barangay Orambo, Pasig City.

Other Cinnabon stores are located at:

  • SM Aura Premiere, SM Baguio, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA and SM North EDSA North Towers, SM City Clark, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Fairview, SM Mindpro
  • Trinoma Mall
  • Festival Mall
  • Ayala Malls Manila Bay
  • Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria
  • Alabang Town Center
  • SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Main, SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, SLEX Shell Mamplasan
  • Petron Travel Plaza
  • Caltex San Pedro Travel Plaza
  • NLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, NLEX Drive & Dine
  • NAIA Terminal 3, NAIA Terminal 4

Can’t go to a Cinnabon bakery? Order your Cinnabons for delivery right to your doorstep via GrabFood, FoodPanda and G-Life.

For the latest news on its products and offers, follow Cinnabon on Facebook and Instagram.

A taste of Southern Italy at Sicilian Roast

Hey, foodies! Want to take your taste buds on an exciting adventure?

How about a trip to sun-kissed Sicily?

Well, you won’t have to travel far to savor the rich culinary traditions of Southern Italian cuisine. Just drop by Sicilian Roast by Giuseppe Genco in Legazpi Village, Makati.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

At this quiet spot in the busy commercial district, diners can sit back, relax and leisurely savor the fulsome flavors of Southern Italy as they sip on fine wines or their cocktails of choice.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, which also serves as the crossroads between various cultures, landscapes and cuisines.

Sicilian food is heavily influenced by various cultures that have existed on the island for over two millennia. These culinary traditions include the use of dried fruit, nuts and spices from Arab countries, the fondness for meat dishes from the Normans and the introduction of ingredients from the New World by the Spanish.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

At its heart, Sicilian cuisine is all about the fresh ingredients that celebrate the fruits of the land and sea, made evident in Sicilian Roast’s celebrated dishes such as:

Parmesan Truffle Chips (Php250). Hand-cut potatoes, deep-fried to a gorgeous golden brown, flavored with truffle oil and parmesan cheese and served with Gorgonzola and Cream Cheese Dip.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Burrata Alla Caprese (Php370). Fresh creamy burrata cheese on a bed of romaine lettuce and halved cherry tomatoes.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Quattro Formaggio (Php430). Neapolitan-style pizza topped with a white sauce and four kinds of cheese: Gorgonzola, Smoked Scamorza, Mozzarella and Parmesan.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Tartufo Prosciutto (Php615). Neapolitan-style pizza topped with white sauce flavored with truffle cream, mushrooms, scamorza cheese, mozzarella and covered with thin slices of prosciutto.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Bellini (Php160). Cocktail made with peach schnapps and proseco.

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

So, foodies, if you want to expand your food horizons with the fresh flavors of Southern Italy, drop by Sicilian Roast!

Sicilian Roast
Sicilian Roast

Sicilian Roast by Giuseppe Genco is located at Second Floor OPL Building, Don Carlos Palanca Street corner Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.

Other branches are located at:

  • Second Floor SM North Towers, SM City North EDSA corner North Avenue, Barangay Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City
  • 226 Upper Ground Floor, Arton Strip, Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Blue Ridge, Quezon City

For more details about its offers, follow Sicilian Roast on Facebook and Instagram.

New delicious food brands at KG Hall’s Super Secret Supper Club

Do you want to explore fresh ways to enjoy your classic faves? Do you look forward to broadening your food horizons? Do you long to be in on exciting foodie adventures?

Well, along Sgt. Esguerra Street in Quezon City’s Tomas Morato area, there’s a thrilling secret that’s soon to be revealed that will surely enliven the metro’s foodies.

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall

A Super Secret Supper Club!

This secret society will meet at KitchenGarten, a multi-functional space that houses two professional integrated cloud kitchens and a spacious event hall. The area can serve as a venue for various types of personal and commercial events and functions.

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall

Located in a loft overlooking the main kitchen is KG Hall, an open space that can accommodate up to sixty seated guests. It’s ideal for large social gatherings such as parties and seminars.

Sometime soon, once or twice a month, KG Hall will serve as the venue for the Super Secret Supper Club, a gathering for foodies to savor the wondrous creations from KitchenGarten’s talented chefs.

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall

Among these creations are four exciting food brands that will soon find their way into the hearts of the metro’s foodies.

Betwixt

Getting its name from the sandwich’s main characteristic – being between two pieces of bread – Betwixt serves up delightful twists through fresh takes on sandwich filling, all made from scratch, generously portioned into freshly baked, house-made bread served with root-crop chips.

(Note: The sandwiches in the pictures below are bite-sized versions for tasting). The actual sandwiches would be bigger, sized for a solo serving or might be large enough to share.)

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Tuna Confit Melt (Php450). House-made tuna confit, lettuce, olives, gherkins, mozzarella and provolone with Betwixt mayo-mustard in honey whole wheat bread.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Kickass Cubano (Php450). House-made mojo pork and ham, gherkins and Swiss cheese pressed in Cubano bread.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Pulled from Nosh (Php295 for two sandwiches). Pulled pork, lettuce, guava slaw, provolone in toasted brioche buns.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Betwixt Pastrami (Php495). Homemade pastrami and sauerkraut, gruyere cheese, Betwixt mayo-mustard in house-made dark rye.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
The Lechon Baka (Php525). Beef lechon short plate, kesong puti, atchara, tomato, lettuce, Betwixt soymansi au jus and mayo on Cubao bread.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Root Crop Chips (Php60). Sweet potato, cassava and taro chips lightly seasoned with salt and pepper then deep-fried to deliciousness crispiness.

Nosh Market

For meat lovers out there, Nosh Market serves up appetizing twists on ribs that will get you reaching for piece after delicious piece. Solo servings include your choice of Nosh’ tasty Side Kick while full portions come with your choice of two Side Kicks. Pair these viands with a the house-made iced tea – Nosh Slosh – or the various craft beers and sparkling seltzers available.

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Nosh Rack of Ribs (Php395 solo | Php1450 full). Pork ribs slow-smoked for sixteen hours with Nosh’ signature barbecue sauce.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Ultimate RIBosado (Php345 solo | Php1250). Ultra-soft and tender pork ribs with a light crunchy covering.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Pork Ribs and Beans (Php355 solo | Php1300 full). Pork ribs slow-cooked with cannellini beans, pork cheese, fresh herbs and spices.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
General Tso’s Ribs (Php315 solo | Php1150 full). Pork ribs cooked sous vide then deep-fried and served glazed in a sweet and spicy sauce.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
NY Buffalo Ribs (Php315 solo | Php1150 full). Super tender pork ribs glazed in New York-style buffalo sauce.
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Buttered Corn (Php75).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Guava Slaw (Php120).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Picnic Rice (Php180).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Nosh Slosh
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Beers and Sparkling Seltzers

The Bakery and Estheritas

Wondering where Betwixt’s freshly baked breads come from? Not far, apparently.

Within the same kitchen is The Bakery by Nosh Market which supplies breads and loaves such as honey whole wheat, rye, Cubano, banana bread and banana muffin.

Also available are whole cakes such as Nosh Tablea Cake, Mixed Berries Shortcake and Nosh Mini Cakes.

Estheritas MNL, on the other hand, is the prime source for glammed up cakes, pies and pastries such as the La Trinidad Shortcake, Classic Pistachio Sans Rival and Classic Ensaymada.

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Mixed Berries Shortcake (Php1150 for 6” square | Php1150 for 8” square).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Nosh Mini Cakes (Php650). Four pieces of tasting slices of Mixed Berries Shortcake, Nosh Tablea Cake, Tablea Opera Cake and Pistachio Sans Rival)
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Nosh Tablea Cake (Php1050 for 6” square | Php2400 for 8” round).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
La Trinidad Shortcake (Php1600).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Pistachio Sans Rival (Php850 medium | Php1200 whole).
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Classic Ensaymada (Php390).

With such delectable items on offer, KG Hall’s Super Secret Supper Club is certainly something we shouldn’t keep to ourselves, is it?

I don’t mind spreading the word about it, so do check it out!

Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall
Super Secret Supper Club at KG Hall

KG Hall is located at 36 Sgt. Esguerra Street, Bgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, open Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am to 6pm. For event bookings, delivery orders and other inquiries, call +63 2 87406550, +63 2 77536903 or +63 917 1163693. You may also send an email to kgecorporders@gmail.com.

To stay updated on the latest promos and offers of KG Hall brands, follow them on social media:

Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a food tasting held at this venue. Food and beverage items mentioned here were served at no cost to the attendees.

Aegyo Korean Chicken for a yummy K-Lunch

Everytime I watch the antics of Josh Carrott and Ollie Kendal on the Youtube channel Korean Englishman, I get absolutely green with envy at the sight of those two and their friends enjoying those scrumptious Korean food.

At some point, I would get so envious that I simply have to get those delicious dishes for myself.

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Fortunately, yummy and affordable Korean dishes is just a phone call away, thanks to Aegyo Korean Chicken.

It started out as a Korean mini-mart located a few blocks from my home. Thanks to this establishment, I acquired a readily accessible source for ingredients for my #SamgyupAtHome and my #HotPotAtHome adventures, including pork, beef, fish balls and lobster balls.

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Recently, it started offering classic Korean dishes, so I was able treat my fam to a Korean lunch with viands such as:

Bone-in Korean Chicken (Php269 for 5 pcs | Php488 for 10 pcs). I ordered both Spicy Yangneom and Lemon Pepper flavors so that my family members who prefer spicy and non-spicy Korean Chicken would be able to have something to enjoy.

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Bibimbap (Php198). A solo-sized meal all by itself consisting of steamed rice with, beef strips and veggies topped with a fried egg, all of which are meant to be mixed together for a wonderful layering of flavors.

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Fishcake (Php75) and Tteokbokki (Php88). These popular Korean street food items also serve great side dishes for this Korean lunch.

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Well, now I don’t have to go all #FOMO whenever Josh and Ollie feeds their guest with Korean dishes, simply because I can readily have them here at my neck of the woods.

What’s your K-food craving today?

Aegyo Korean Chicken
Aegyo Korean Chicken

Aegyo Korean Chicken and Coffee is located at the corner of Countryside Avenue and 4th Street, Countryside Village, Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, open daily from 9am to 9pm. For inquiries, call +63 915 064 2961 or order for delivery via FoodPanda.

To stay updated on its products and offers, follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

Coffee appreciation at Himawari Specialty Coffee in Silang, Cavite

Personally, I can’t get started on my day without my cuppa joe first thing in the morning. I’ve found that, in order to be physically energized and mentally alert, I need to have a cup of hot coffee waiting for me as soon as I get up from bed.

At various points of the day, such as the unholy hour after lunch when I feel a wee bit drowsy or late in the afternoon when my energy levels start to dip, I would find myself reaching for another cup of coffee to get that energy boost.

Apparently, I’m not alone in my dependence on this beverage as Statista revealed in a recent study that total coffee consumption in the Philippines in 2020 reached 3.3 million 60-kilogram bags.

However, this consumption is actually driven by the demand for soluble coffee, also known as instant coffee. While so easily accessible and, for many, very affordable, instant coffee does not fully showcase the possibilities of the beverage, and that experience of enjoying an outstanding cup of coffee will remain beyond reach for a lot of people.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Introducing specialty coffee

Fortunately, there’s a coffee shop in Silang, Cavite that advocates for the highest quality of coffee, prepared according to exacting standards, so that Filipinos can discover the experience of enjoying a really good cup of this amazing beverage.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Himawari Specialty Coffee is a coffee bean roasting shop located along the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road. It sells single-origin roasted beans sustainably sourced from various countries. It differentiates itself from other coffee shops by offering specialty coffee – those which come from green coffee beans of exceptional quality which are farmed, roasted and brewed to a significantly higher than average standard.

The shop is helmed by its Master Roaster, Mr. Yutaka Shinozaki, whose pursuit of knowledge and skills in specialty coffee has earned him 100 points in the Coffee Skills Program and a diploma from the Specialty Coffee Association.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

“I want to introduce specialty coffee here in the Philippines,” he said.

To this end, he established the Himawari Coffee Shop in 2019 and regularly holds coffee brewing workshops at the store on Saturday afternoons.

During my recent visit to his shop, Mr. Shinozaki provided a crash course on what goes into specialty coffee which he summarized into three elements: the bean, the roasting process and the brewing method.

The bean.

Specialty coffee begins with single origin beans grown in select altitudes, climates and soil, and nursed for years before harvesting. These beans are free from defects and picked at their peak of ripeness.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

“There are two main types or species of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta,” shared Mr. Shinozaki. “Robusta is mainly for instant coffee. Arabica is for coffee shop practice.”

He further explained that there may be differences in levels of quality among Arabica beans. “The lowest grade of Arabica are normally used by some commercial coffee shops. They say that they are using Arabica, yes, that is correct. But it is the lowest grade, meaning low-quality and cheap. So they are using cheap beans but selling at high price.”

Specialty coffee, on the other hand, is made from the highest quality of Arabica beans, as certified by the Specialty Coffee Association.

The roasting process.

Mr. Shirataki personally roasts the green coffee beans for up to twelve minutes in a 180-deg C roaster, taking careful note of the measurements and resulting flavor profiles.

The beans are lightly roasted, going from a light green color to beige to medium brown, throughout the process. A light roast ensures that the distinct tastes of the coffee depending on the region where it was sourced are discernible.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Common lore is that coffee is best when its freshly roasted, but Mr. Shirataki shares that immediately after roasting, the beans are still emitting some gases so it is best to wait for up to three days before brewing.

To maintain the freshness of the roasted beans, they are stored in air-tight containers at room temperature away from direct sunlight.

The brewing method.

The final element to creating the delicious cup according to Mr. Shirataki is the brewing method.

“To make a good cup of coffee, of course, you need good beans. But you also need to know how to make good coffee. Even with the same bean, if you don’t know, your cup is different from our cup.”

Brewing specialty coffee to bring out all its natural goodness requires a very specific method and measurements. The process begins with grinding the fresh-roasted beans only when you’re ready to brew and pre-heating the equipment that you will use.

The ground coffee is placed onto the filter, then 20ml of freshly boiled water is poured over the grounds to let them expand or “bloom.” After thirty seconds, 140ml of water is slowly poured over the bloomed coffee for a minute, making sure that the white foam – which has a bitter taste – that appeared on top of the grounds does not touch the filter so as not to transfer the bitter taste to the coffee.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Whew! All that effort just to get a cup coffee. However, for true coffee lovers, that perfect cup of coffee is well worth all that effort.

Visitors of Himawari Specialty Coffee can enjoy hand-drip hot coffee by the cup for:

  • Specialty Coffee (Yirgacheff from Ethiopia, El Jagar from Costa Rica, Fazenda and Ipanema from Brazil, Mandheling from Indonesia): Php250/cup (roasted beans also available in 100g pouch for Php1,000)
  • Local Beans (Mt. Apo and Bukidnon): Php150/cup (roasted beans also available in 150g pouch for Php400)
  • Mimawari Premium Blend: Php200 (roasted beans also available in 100g packs for Php200)
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Those who want to munch on something as they sip their coffee can also enjoy Japanese cream-filled pastries such as the Chocolate Eclair (Php120)and the Cream Puff (Php120) or the Japanese-style Cheescake (Php200) which has a smooth and silky cheesecake layer.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Whether you’re a true-blue coffee fan or a casual coffee drinker, Himawari Specialty Coffee is definitely worth a visit. Here, you can enjoy your favorite beverage or expand your coffee horizons. Doing so will also support the continued growth and richness of our own coffee culture.

Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee
Himawari Specialty Coffee

Himawari Specialty Coffee is located at CVI Building along the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road, Sitio Muson, Silang, Cavite. To order its specialty coffee beans, visit its online store.

To stay updated on its offers, follow Himawari Specialty Coffee on Facebook and Instagram.

Disclosure: I attended a workshop and coffee tasting held here. Food and beverage items mentioned here were served in exchange for this feature at no cost to me.

Enjoy some #IndulgingComfort with Cinnabon’s Cranberry Biscoff Minibon

If you love decadent desserts as much as I do, then I’m sure Cinnabon cinnamon buns ranks highly among your go-to baked goods.

After all, what’s not to love? From their creamy and gooey frosting to the soft and fluffy buns rolled between layers of sweet cinnamon, you’d be hard-pressed to resist this kind of temptation.

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

Thank heavens that back in 1985, father-and-son duo Rich and Greg Komen of Seattle, together with master baker Jerilyn Brusseau, took it upon themselves to craft the most delectable cinnamon bun. Their efforts resulted in the recipe that drove the Cinnabon brand from its Seattle mall roots to global cinnamon bun domination.

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

Cinnabon made its way to Asia by way of the Philippines in 1999 when it opened its first bakery at Robinsons Place Manila. Today, the country has twenty Cinnabon bakeries, all committed to churning out these dreamy sweets using the finest quality ingredients and serving them, hot, irresistibly fragrant and fresh from the oven.

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

From the one that started it all, the Classic Cinnabon Roll, to variants such as the Caramel Pecanbon and Chocobon, Cinnabon’s mouth-watering desserts have carved their place in the local foodie scene, giving dessert lovers a dose of indulgent comfort that can only come from a decadently gooey and sticky baked good.

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

Enter a newest variant that’s all set to become a new favorite: the Cranberry Biscoff Minibon. It combines the crunch and sweet spice of Lotus Biscoff Crunchy Spread and the fruity tanginess of cranberry bits integrated into a compact minibon.

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

You can grab a sweetness-packed Cranberry Biscoff Minibon for just Php100 per piece or you can get a box of four for Php300.

Don’t hesitate to get a box or two to bring home some delicious and indulging comfort for the fam.

And don’t worry about finishing the entire box all at once. Store your buns at room temperature for up to two days and then re-heat in the microwave oven for 15-20 seconds (add 5 seconds per additional bun).

Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff
Cinnabon Cranberry Biscoff

This scrumptious variant is available only for a limited time so be sure to drop by your nearest Cinnabon outlet stat!

Cinnabon stores are located at:

  • SM Aura Premiere, SM Baguio, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA and SM North EDSA North Towers, SM City Clark, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Seaside Cebu, SM Fairview, SM Mindpro
  • Estancia Mall
  • Trinoma Mall
  • Festival Mall
  • Ayala Malls Manila Bay
  • Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Galleria
  • Alabang Town Center
  • SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Main, SLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, SLEX Shell Mamplasan
  • Petron Travel Plaza
  • Caltex San Pedro Travel Plaza
  • NLEX Shell Travel Plaza – Deli2Go, NLEX Drive & Dine
  • NAIA Terminal 3, NAIA Terminal 4

Can’t go to a Cinnabon bakery? Order your Cinnabons for delivery right to your doorstep via GrabFood, FoodPanda and G-Life.

For the latest news on its products and offers, follow Cinnabon on Facebook and Instagram.

#BakaNaman it’s time for Andok’s Litson Baka

I’m one of those folks who make a beeline for the carving station at hotel buffets. My quest was usually centered on roast beef being served – a few slivers at a time – by a server who I sometimes think secretly judges me for coming for seconds.

While I can overcome my self-consciousness for my second (or third) plate of roast beef from the carving station, what I couldn’t overcome is the dearth of buffet options during the pandemic.

This is why I was excited last year when Andok’s launched its Litson Baka.

Andok’s Litson Baka
Andok’s Litson Baka

Andok’s has been around since the 1980s, serving up Pinoy-style roasted chicken – litson manok – in a way that’s easily accessible to everyone, being so affordable and present in practically every street corner.

Which is why I was more than a little miffed when its litson baka was made available only in a limited number of stores (and none near my home!) during its initial launch.

I had to get Hubby to drive some distance just to get our hands on a box (or two!) for my daughter #ExhibitA’s birthday lunch a few months ago.

Andok’s Litson Baka
Andok’s Litson Baka

Well, no more, because Andok’s litson baka is now more widely available. And at Php429 per box, quite affordable, too! (In my case, #BakaNaman became #BakaNaTalaga!)

Whenever I get a craving for this kind of roast beef, or I need a quick, fuss-free and delicious contribution to a family potluck, all I have to do is grab my phone and open the Grab app to order from the nearest branch.

Andok’s Litson Baka
Andok’s Litson Baka

Within a few minutes, the fam and I will be enjoying tender and flavorful slices of Pinoy-style roast beef. (Definitely with lots and lots of rice!)

I keep meaning to make roast beef sandwiches from leftovers. However, despite always ordering two boxes at a time, I never seem to get any of this delicious litson baka left over once it has been laid out on our dinner table.

Andok’s Litson Baka
Andok’s Litson Baka

Oh, well. That’s what future orders are for.

And at least I won’t have to worry about any server judging me as I go for my second or third serving.

#BakaNaman it’s time to get your own taste of Andok’s litson baka. Drop by your nearest Andok’s outlet or order for delivery via Grabfood.

To know more about Andok’s products and promos, follow it on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy weekend at Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

I always look forward to the weekend (who doesn’t?). Aside from giving me a welcome break from the daily grind, it’s also a chance to take things slow and spend time with my loved ones.

This particular Saturday, I decided to indulge my daughter #ExhibitA once again when she said she wanted some donuts from Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe.

And being the indulgent mom that I am (as well as a foodie who loves discovering new places to eat in), I decided to treat her to brunch there as well.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

I was happy to discover that this new cafe located in Pioneer Centre is managed by the same group that runs Mad Mark’s Creamery, one of my favorite haunts for steak and ice cream.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe offers quite a different gustatory experience to the metro’s foodies: artisanal fluffy brioche donuts and specialty coffee created in “pursuit of the noblest art of making people happy.” Plus, with a well-curated selection of pasta dishes and sandwiches and a quaint, industrial yet neat and comfy decor, it’s all set to become a favorite brunch venue for the titas of the city (like me!).

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

On my brunch date with #ExhibitA, we tried out tasty selections from its menu such as:

Chick ‘n Pops (Php185). A mixture of crispy chicken skin and juicy bits of buttermilk fried chicken served with barbecue sauce and Molly’s Special Sauce.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

Guanciale & Mushroom Pasta (Php245). Al dente linguini tossed in a cream sauce with bacon bits and shiitake mushrooms.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

Yangnyeom Chicken Bun (Php215). Buttermilk fried chicken coated in homemade yangnyeom sauce encased with onions, tomatoes and lettuce in fluffy brioche buns.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

Fluffy Donut Ala Mode (Php165). Our choice of fluffy donut (Roasted Brown Butter) and homemade ice cream (Madagascar Vanilla Bean).

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

We partnered these dishes with our orders of refreshing handcrafted beverage: Iced Spanish Latte (Php125), made with an espresso shot, homemade spice blend, homemade scratch caramel and steamed milk, and Iced Uji Matcha Latte (Php135), made with whisked matcha from Uji, Japan and steamed milk.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

This delish brunch date gave me and #ExhibitA the opportunity to have some time to ourselves, a bit of very welcome mother-daughter bonding.

The great thing is that the happy time didn’t stop when we left the cafe; we actually brought it home with us in the form of a dozen fluffy brioche donuts!

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

We decided to surprise our boys – Hubby and my son #ExhibitB – as well as our yaya with some delicious donut creations for merienda or even breakfast the next morning.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Roasted Brown Butter (Php65).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Walnut Crunch (Php75).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Peanut Butter Cup (Php65).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Bacon Bomb (Php75).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Bean-to-Bar Dark Chocolate (Php65).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter (Php75).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Nutty Chocolate (Php65).
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Super Peanut Butter Cup (Php75).
Molly’s Donuts
Uji Matcha Morihan (Php75).
Molly’s Donuts

While these goodies are best consumed immediately, they can be refrigerated and then heated in the microwave right before eating for that “fresh from the oven” taste and feel.

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe
Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe

So, get ready to give yourself and your loved ones some happiness with these treats!

Molly’s Donuts & Brunch Cafe is located at Ground Floor, Pioneer Centre Supermarket, Pioneer Street corner United, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City, open for dine-in, takeout or delivery daily from 10am to 8pm. For delivery and pre-order, visit mollys.pickup.ph.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie, SM Mega Fashion Hall

I had to accompany my daughter #ExhibitA as she got her booster shot last Sunday, and I thought “Why not make an outing of it?”

Given my work schedule and her classes, we hardly get any opportunity for some mother-daughter bonding.

So we took the opportunity to have brunch at PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

This cafe is a spot of understated luxury inside a busy mall. Here, handmade bread are freshly baked throughout the day as has been done in various PAUL bakeries for over 120 years.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

The cafe also offers menu items that combines the pleasures of eating with well-being. These dishes are characterized by authenticity, the use of natural ingredients and being attentive to the need for a balanced diet. These include:

Croque Salmon (Php420). Smoked salmon, cream and ementhal cheese enveloped in soft butter-toasted pain de mie and served with crisp greens drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinaigrette.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

Pesto & Cream Pasta (Php295). Al dente fusili tossed in basil pesto cream sauce and garnished with sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and bread stick.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

Creme Brulee (Php175). Rich and creamy vanilla flavored custard topped with caramelized sugar.

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

Drinks. Freshly steeped Earl Grey Tea (Php115) and Salted Caramel Flavored Latte (Php215).

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

A lovely meal and a relaxing atmosphere made for an enjoyable time!

PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie
PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie

This PAUL Boulangerie et Pattiserie branch is located at Ground Floor Al Fresco 1, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call +63 995 2525279.

To know more about its products and offers, visit PAUL’s website or follow it on Facebook or Instagram.